KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV opening 12 Minutes

KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV, debuts on digital on August 30 and on Steelbook, Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Highlighted by beautiful, state-of-the-art CG technology, the revolutionary new movie goes beyond the game franchise to deliver an experience that action fans, both familiar and unfamiliar with FINAL FANTASY, will enjoy. Featuring the voice talent of Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings franchise) and new music from Florence + The Machine, KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV finds King Regis (Bean) attempting the save the city of Insomnia from the menacing empire of Niflheim with the help of an elite force of soldiers called the KINGSGLAIVE, led by Nyx Ulric (Aaron Paul).

The Steelbook, Blu-ray, DVD and digital release of KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV each include four behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper than ever before into the making of the one-of-a-kind movie. Fans go behind the scenes and into the recording booth with Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean as they reveal the process of creating vocals for their characters in “A Way with Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals”; viewers see what goes into designing the world of the film in “Fit for The KINGSGLAIVE: Building the World”; the intricate process of capturing the physical, human performances at the heart of the computer-generated film is explored in “To Capture The KINGSGLAIVE: The Process” and; fans can learn about the creation of the film’s sweeping score in “Emotive Music: Scoring The KINGSGLAIVE.”

The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.

KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV was directed by Takeshi Nozue from a screenplay by Takashi Hasegawa and was produced by Larry Sparks, Shinji Hashimoto, Kosei Ito and Hajime Tabata.

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Extras Include:

“A Way with Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals”

“Fit for The KINGSGLAIVE: Building the World”

“To Capture The KINGSGLAIVE: The Process”

“Emotive Music: Scoring The KINGSGLAIVE”

KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV has a run time of approximately 110 minutes and is rated 12 for fantasy violence and action throughout.

Nosferatu 2013 Cinema Release

Nosferatu Remastered Halloween 2013
Nosferatu Remastered Halloween 2013

Eureka! Entertainment have just announced the theatrical and DVD releases of their new restored version of F. W. Murnau’s legendary silent cinema horror classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), expertly restored in Germany by the world-renowned Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (FWMS).

Nosferatu is one of the most famous of all silent films, and is a result of a rights issue on the Dracula story.

Nosferatu’s UK theatrical run will be co-ordinated by Eureka! Entertainment and will open in selected cinemas nationwide on Friday October 25, 2013, just in time for Halloween, and will also feature as part of the BFI’s GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film which runs from 21st October 2013 – 31st January 2014. This year the BFI will take Britain back to darker times and thrill the nation by uncovering, as never before, the dark heart of film. With over 150 titles and around 1000 screenings GOTHIC features spectacularly terrifying special events to thrill every corner of the UK. GOTHIC will explore film’s most popular theme, spawning some of the medium’s most iconic, powerful and terrifying scenes and characters whose lasting popularity just refuses to die www.bfi.org.uk/gothic .

Blu-ray, Blu-ray SteelBook and DVD releases of Nosferatu will follow with a raft of special features to be announced nearer the release date, as part of Eureka! Entertainment’s award-winning The Masters of Cinema Series www.mastersofcinema.org .

The Dark Knight Rises – Preorders Open!

The Dark Knight Rises

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

ARRIVES ON BLU-RAYTM DVD and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM 3rd DECEMBER

Pre-order in the UK from 2nd October HERE

The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset also available on 3rd December

The Dark Knight Rises arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download from 3rd December. In the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Gotham City is threatened by the masked terrorist Bane, forcing Batman to return from an eight-year absence and fight for his city one more time.

“The Dark Knight Rises” will be available on 2 disc Blu-ray and on single disc DVD The Blu-ray features the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray and in standard definition on DVD. “The Dark Knight Rises” Blu-ray disc takes advantage of the marriage of IMAX and 35mm formats by using the hybrid master to replicate the unique theatrical experience of integrated film formats.  The Blu-ray is also available in limited edition Bat Cowl packaging. Both the Blu-ray and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

Also available on 3rd December, just in time for holiday gift-giving, is “The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset,” featuring “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” all in one collection. Available on Blu-ray or standard definition DVD, “The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset” will also include a premium book exclusive to the collection, which takes fans deeper into the epic franchise, as well as existing special features.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. “The Dark Knight Rises” also stars Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker; Michael E. Uslan; Kevin De La Noy; Thomas Tull; with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.

SYNOPSIS

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

BLU-RAY

  • “THE BATMOBILE” DOCUMENTARY: Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history.  Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. (01:00)
  • ENDING THE KNIGHT: A comprehensive look into how Director Christopher Nolan and his production team made “The Dark Knight Rises” the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.

Production

    • The Prologue: High-Altitude Hijacking
    • Return to the Batcave
    • Beneath Gotham
    • The Bat
    • Batman vs Bane
    • Armory Accepted
    • Gameday Destruction
    • Demolishing a City Street
    • The Pit
    • The Chant
    • The War on Wall Street
    • Race to the Reactor

Characters

    • The Journey of Bruce Wayne
    • Gotham’s Reckoning
    • A Girls Gotta Eat

Reflections

    • Shadows & Light in Large Format
    • The End of A Legend
  • Trailers
  • Art Galleries
  • UltraViolet: Instantly stream and download films to compatible devices

DVD

  • The Journey of Bruce Wayne
  • UltraViolet: Instantly stream and download films to compatible devices

Avengers Assemble Blu Ray / DVD Preorders Breaking Records

Marvel Avengers Assemble - Click Blu Ray Pack shot for other format options
The biggest film of the year will take retailers by storm on 17th September 2012 when Marvel Avengers Assemble is released on Blu-ray and DVD. As well as giving fans the chance to enjoy the exhilarating action and the movie?s visually stunning special effects over and over again, Blu-ray audiences will also be treated to a host of behind-the-scenes insights and all new footage.

Coupled with box office takings that exceeded $1 billion globally after just 19 days ? making it the third biggest movie of all time globally ? Marvel Avengers Assemble is unquestionably a must own Blu-ray and DVD. Pre-order sales for the film?s Blu-ray and DVD release underline how hotly anticipated this release is, racking up enough sales in three days of pre-orders to put it on track to be the second biggest week one in pre-order sales ever in the UK.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition is the highly anticipated all-new short ? Marvel One Shot: ?ITEM 47.? The Avengers won the battle, but a few items were left behind…is the stark warning underlining this side story in which New York City is in ruins following the epic climax to Marvel?s Avengers Assemble. Certain alien technology has been left behind. S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered all but one?a Chitauri weapon, aka ?ITEM 47.? Fans will only be able to find out what happens after Benny (Jesse Bradford) and Claire (Lizzy Caplan), stumble across the elusive weapon by watching the thrilling short exclusively on Blu-ray.

Also, for the first time, Marvel shares scenes that never made it into the cinematic version of the movie and invites viewers to the very early stages of pre-production on the film ?Marvel Avengers Assemble?. Included in the 90 minute documentary ?Building A Dream: Assembling the Avengers? is never before seen footage from ?Iron Man? as well as fascinating insight from director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige on how they began creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe for what has been described as ?the smartest, wittiest, & most unapologetically entertaining comic-book adaptation of the modern era? (Kevin Maher ? The Times) and become one of the most anticipated and talked about movie events in the world.

Marvel Avengers Assemble brings together some of Marvel?s most loved and iconic superhero characters in the biggest superhero movie in history. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsg?rd and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, Marvel Avengers Assemble is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series ?The Avengers,? first published in 1963 and a comic institution ever since.

Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.

The appetite for Marvel Avengers Assemble is seemingly insatiable. In addition to smashing box office records Marvel?s official Facebook site is liked by over 4 million people, and the new Facebook game ?Marvel: Avengers Alliance? attracts over 1.2 million daily users. Sales of all consumer products ranging from action figure toys to adult apparel have exploded since the launch of the movie and is set to continue with with new additions to the range of existing products available and a new animated series of ?The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? set to premier this summer on Disney XD. Filming has just begun on Iron Man 3, which will be released in 2013.

Marvel Avengers Assemble is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is produced by Marvel Studios? President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Louis D?Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham.

Falling Skies: Season 1 DVD / Blu Ray

Falling Skies - DVD
Through the eyes of a child, war (even one of an extra-terrestrial nature) is terrifying beyond imagination. The crayoned drawings depict the invasion in such touching and graphic detail. Next, the Human race is shattered, close to extinction perhaps, but not defeated. There is resistance, the resolute grip on survival and attack. Food and provisions are essential, caution against both aliens and other Human groups intent on their own survival (at any cost) necessary.

Welcome to ?Falling Skies?, the American post-apocalyptic science fiction series created by Robert Rodat and produced by legend Steven Spielberg (both Rodat and Spielberg worked together on the 1998 war film ?Saving Private Ryan?). So expectations are high.

For this reviewer there was a moment of doubt, ?a routine affair? I thought after viewing the first episode, ?nothing exceptional or worth positive comment?, I believed. But how wrong I was. Three episodes in and I am hooked, embracing the survivors including father of three and second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment Tom Mason (Noah Wyle). Taking a pinch of everything from the ?Terminator? franchise, reimagined shows ?V? and ?Battlestar Galactica? (showrunner Mark Verheiden had even worked on BSG as writer and producer), and ?Jericho?, ?Falling Skies? does what is intended: allows you to deeply care about the characters while introducing them to dangers, friendships and even death. Both the ?skitters? (humanoid six-legged creatures that have invaded the Earth) and ?mechs? (mechanical two-legged drones) are well realised and work affectively in raising the tension, the ?mechs? and that chilling call of theirs especially.

Children are captured and a terrifying biomechanical device attached to their spines for the purpose of mind control ? the resistance refer to it as a ?harness?. This allows for two purposes: slave labour and a zombified army, unquestioning and fearless. They can also be expendable, as is proven in one episode.

Although created by Rodat, there is certainly a heavy touch of Spielberg in this, and it is all the better for it. The special effects are simply captivating, and the combination of CGI and live action so seamlessly blended that you forget just what is real, and what is not. For some people a possible negative could be the heavy use of soap-style story-telling, but for this viewer there are no concerns – ?Falling Skies? may well depict life after invasion but focusing on emotional conflict such as a father worrying for the safety of his sons is necessary to allow the series growth instead of restricting it, real life ?Human? issues mixed with science fiction elements.

This is one US show that is guaranteed to entertain if you are a sci-fi fan. Let us just hope that it is seen through to a conclusion and not left hanging, like so many television projects these days. It certainly deserves that! Highly recommended.

Woman In Black Blu Ray Review

Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman In Black
Daniel Radcliffe windswept and a bit Hugh Grant in The Woman In Black

Hammer Films has been releasing new films for a while now, but none so far have had that ?Hammer? feel fans associate with the classic horror brand. That is until now. ?The Woman In Black? is Hammer at its classic-movie best, chills and tingles, interesting plot and a whole heap of tension (but not a heaving bosom in sight, sadly!)

Starring Daniel Radcliffe in his first major role post-Potter, the film is based on Susan Hill?s popular novel, and tells the tale of a young lawyer who travels to a remote village to deal with the affairs of an old client who has passed away. However, the village is less than welcoming, and soon he discovers the people are being terrorized by the vengeful ghost of a ?woman in black?. The film also features Janet McTeer and Ciaran Hinds, but the real stars are the chills.

I?ve never really enjoyed so-called chillers as they never seem to chill me. Films that purport to ?scare? an audience just don?t scare me. I think it is something to do with the inability to suspend disbelief long enough to build up a sense of dread. Just about all these films fail to engage with their characters, locations or plots. Usually they either bore me or make me laugh (yes, I am one of those people who laugh at horror films?they just make me giggle, and not in a nervous way!) So I came to ?The Woman In Black? with a sense of uninspired ?meh?. I?ve read the book and seen the play and neither grabbed me as anything special. Not to do them down, they are both entertaining and worth laying down some hard cash on, but I don?t understand the near-universal love affair the rest of the country has with them. That said, Susan Hill writes very well and has used a classic British ghost tale to create a solid modern (well, Victorian) spooky story that is so much more than a vengeful-spirit-on-a-rampage tale.

Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman In Black
Daniel Radcliffe weilding an Axe in The Woman In Black

So, to the movie. While the original book is a little turgid in its use of ?ye olde Victorian language?, the movie sticks with a more modern use of English and it is to the film-makers? credit, as it gives the film a much more accessible tone from the start. The costumes and locations are Victorian enough to give us the setting, the actors are therefore able to focus on engaging our interest in their story. This also immediately raises the film above the Hammer history?a no-cheese-zone as one friend put it. This is a film that gets on with things, no waiting, no fluff. I appreciate a story that moves on quickly. So, we start in London with Radcliffe being told he has one last chance to redeem himself by heading off to the wilds to deal with the paperwork of the dead client. He?s had a rough time of it, with his young wife dying in childbirth a few years before?understandably the poor chap is not quite himself. But before you know it he is saying goodbye to his son and the nanny and zooming up north via the Hogwarts Express/GNER. Getting the hero to the key location so quickly does the film favours, as it means more screen-time for the spooky shenanigans later on. Once in the unwelcoming village Daniel heads off to the old mansion in the marshes and very quickly begins to see the spectre of the mysterious woman in black. And this is where the film makes the jump from so-so to superb. There is a palpable feeling of tension building, of mystery and suspense. You never feel scared but you certainly feel uneasy. The glimpses of the spectre are handled with aplomb, with occasional jump-scares, but mostly with excellent use of misdirection and sound. It is interesting that Daniel?s character is never afraid of the apparition, as he is desperately hoping to be reunited with his dead wife. He sees the ghost as an opportunity to find out if he can find his wife again. And so, with the hero never truly scared, we as an audience are never really frightened. And this is the genius stroke, because by doing away with an expectation of fear, we are allowed instead to enjoy a slow-burn tension. We are fascinated by this spectre and the other ghosts he sees. We are as curious and wary of the odd sounds and strangeness within the old mansion, but we want to see what is going on as much as Daniel?s character does. Our senses are heightened and our nerves are primed. When the ?event? moments occur they don?t terrify but they do force a surge of adrenaline through our systems. Goose-bumps and raised hairs everywhere! And so much of this is down to timing, sleight-of-hand camera tricks, excellent sound design and a beautiful use of colour and shadow. Take note horror directors?we don?t always need to see the ?monster? up close and in HD detail. Suggestion and subtlety work extremely well. Director James Watkins excels in creating a tone of malevolence and anger, while holding back from terror and fear, a real achievement.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM 18TH JUNE 2012

So far so good. But I do have complaints. As much as Daniel Radcliffe does a good job as Arthur Kipps, he doesn?t ?own? the role. As I watched I felt that any capable actor could have taken on the role and given as good a performance. There feels no need for it to be Radcliffe. He doesn?t bring anything unique or compelling to the role. That said, he is very good and has mastered the art of facial-acting. This is a largely dialogue-free movie, with a lot resting on the physical acting of the lead, and Radcliffe manages this impressively. Then there is the matter of his age. I know it has been talked about a lot, but Radcliffe just looks a bit too young for the character. He is supposed to have a 4/5 yr old son, but Daniel still looks 20 or 21. Surely he didn?t get married at 14 or 15? And he is also supposed to be a young but experienced lawyer, which means he would need to be in his mid-twenties at least. The one thing Radcliffe cannot do is change his youthful appearance, and sadly for me it did distract. An actor aged 25-30 would have made that much more sense. Then again, Hammer needed a BIG name lead to get the press attention they so desperately wanted, and for such a well-known book a famous lead is pretty much a must. I won?t take away from Daniel a good job done well. But I do think he is interchangeable with any number of other actors.

All in all ?The Woman In Black? is a superb film that will offer you an almost traditional movie experience, but with the added bonus of modern film techniques. The lack of Hammer-horror cheese, the superb visual and audio presentation, coupled with the clever use of tension and suspense all add up to make this a brilliant film. The ending is unusual, but oh-so-British and will make you reconsider the motivation of the central spirit. Is this the start of a renaissance for old-school chillers? I doubt it. The source material is certainly there to mine, but I fear few directors, and fewer studios, have the patience and nerve to do such films. This could be the niche market Hammer has been looking for. Steer clear of the rip-off teenagers in peril themes, and stick with intelligent, suspenseful chillers and they?ll be on to a winner.

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Thor: Hammer of the Gods coming to DVD and Blu-Ray April 16th

Koch Media are proud to announce the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Thor: Hammer of The Gods on April 16th.

Thor (Zachary Ty Bryan ? The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) and his companions set out on a journey to discover foreign coasts, striving for fame and honor. But when a scout goes missing on a strange island, the search party meet the terrified inhabitants of the land, terrorised by wild beasts.

Thor begins to have recurring dreams, telling him to start a quest for the Hammer of the Gods ? a mighty weapon that can save the island.

You can watch the trailer here.

Release Date: 16th April 2012

Cert: 15

Extras

  • Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Pre-order the DVD here.

Pre-order the Blu-ray here.

Go To Blazes Fires On All Cylinders ? DVD Review by Neil Gardner

Go To Blazes [DVD]
Go To Blazes DVD
It had been a bad day, no, make that a BAD day. I had been caught in terrible traffic and ended up late for an important meeting (with a lawyer, even worse!) which then made me late for a studio recording session, and then I was caught in some more terrible traffic trying to get home again. My fianc?, and erstwhile editing cohort, back home was having an even worse day?she was supposed to be editing a new audiobook but the editing software kept crashing, the new and expensive PC we?d just bought wouldn?t work and generally everything went mammory-glands-up! So as 8pm rolled around we plopped ourselves down on the sofa, both in grumpy moods and tired. It seemed as if this day would end with a dark cloud over it for us both. But then I suggested we pop in the new shiny DVD review disc I?d been sent from the lovely people at studiocanal and see if the film might lighten the mood. And you know what? Cor blimey guv?nor, it only darn well worked, didn?t it, eh? Phwoar!

January 30th 2012 sees the release on DVD of the classic British comedy GO TO BLAZES, on its 50th anniversary. This is a perfect example of how 1960s British comedies, Ealing comedies no less, brought joy and pleasure to millions. It tells the tale of three loveable ne?er-do-wells, Bernard (Dave King from The Long Good Friday), Harry (Daniel Massey from Bad Timing) and Alfie (Norman Rossington from The Longest Day) who keep failing in their smash-n-grab burglaries, but one day come upon the idea to use a fire engine as the perfect getaway vehicle. Of course, being an Ealing comedy, slapstick, japes and a constantly unravelling plan all get in the way of success, as does the gorgeous Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Harry Potter) who plays a French/Cockney fashion designer. Throw in to the mix a peach of a mad-scientist/pyromaniac played with relish by Robert Morley and plenty of fire engine antics and you have a perfect cure for what ails you.

The story is simple, but a lot of fun. Watching these foolish chaps have to learn to become real firemen is hilarious, while all the time you can enjoy the sights of London in the early 1960s?we played the old favourite game of ?Oooh, that?s, um, that?s?.oooh? while trying to spot streets we knew, or half built landmarks that we take for granted today. Maggie Smith (always a favourite in this household) is sexy and sophisticated, bringing some much needed glamour to an otherwise ?blokey? film, but don?t be fooled, she?s not there just to look pretty, there is a wonderful subplot involving her shop and an insurance claim, and she gets to show off some of those incredible acting chops she is so highly regarded for. This is high farce, true British comedy classic and perfect viewing for all ages. It will bring a big smile to your face, and is just the tonic after a long tough working week. I have to disagree with some other reviewers who say this film doesn?t stand up to many of the other Ealing comedies or the Carry On series. Personally I find this film tighter, more specific in its comedy, better written and broader in ambition than many of those other films. It also has very little of the infantile and sexual ?comedy? that pervades so much of the 1960s British comedy film catalogue?such a nice change, and one for the better.

But but but?a 50 year old film, transferred to DVD in the HD world of today?is someone having a laugh? Well, surprisingly, no. This is a beautiful upscale, with vibrant colours, a killer audio track (mono 2.0 not surround, but it really doesn?t matter) and absolutely no sign of film degradation or noise. To put it bluntly, it is a gorgeous viewing experience. The reds of the fire engines spring out of the TV, with no bleeding or softness. If I had to find fault, it is that on two or three short occasions there is either a strange rippling effect (such as on a close-up of a fire engine bell), or an off-putting wide fisheye lens effect. The first I am sure is an artefact of the up-scaling/restoration process and can be forgiven easily (it happens once) and the second comes from the original film and the lenses used, the odd quality being more manifestly obvious on a large wide HD TV. Again it doesn?t detract from the enjoyment of the film. This is the film?s first ever release on DVD and it is a corker. Well worth watching. Be warned though, the DVD has no extras so it may feel a little expensive in this world of bonus features, triple-play packs and 3D releases. Is it worth buying? If you are a fan of Ealing/British comedies I would say buy it immediately. If you are looking for a good enjoyable film to rent, go for this one. As a casual purchase, the price feels a little steep, but you most certainly get a great movie for your money.

GO TO BLAZES is a wonderful example of British comedic film-making at its finest. Superb actors, fun script, all the fun up there on the screen and no padding in sight. The only downside is you?ll start thinking about buying your own fire engine?now, is there an ebay for old fire engines?

True Blood, Latest series to reach DVD to Blu Ray

True Blood 3 DVD / Blu Ray
True Blood 3 DVD / Blu Ray

TRUE BLOOD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 23 MAY 2011, from HBO Home Entertainment. The entire 12 episode season will also be available to download from iTunes and a Complete Season One to Three box-set will also be released on both formats on the same day. So if you’ve not yet been bitten, now is the time to offer yourself to the glamorous charms and get addicted from Season One.

In Bon Temps, everyone has something to hide, but when new threats emerge, no one can conceal the secrets of their past. After Sookie (Anna Paquin) discovers that Bill (Stephen Moyer) has been kidnapped, she heads to Mississippi where she becomes entangled in a world ruled by a pack of vicious werewolves and the powerful Vampire King, Russell Edgington (Denis O Hare). There, her powers resurface and she learns that Bill may not be trusted. Eric (Alexander Skarsg?rd) is also drawn to the King’s domain to settle an old score; Tara (Rutina Wesley) dives deep into turmoil; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) falls for a mysterious woman; Lafayette (Nelson Ellis) can’t avoid love or demons; Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) sharpens her vampire skills; and Sam (Sam Trammel) uncovers the truth about his birth family. It all leads up to the revelation of the series… Sookie’s real identity.

Everyone’s favourite VILFs are joined by a host of new characters including the brooding Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello), a reclusive werewolf from Mississippi set on leading a legitimate life away from the pack but forced to carry out favours and pay back his debt to Eric. As the lines between friend and foe become blurred and new alliances made, the relentlessly fast-paced third season proves that one bite is never enough ? it’s True Blood at its most sexy and addictive yet.

TRUE BLOOD is the latest hit series from ‘Six Feet Under’ creator Alan Ball, drawn from the meticulously crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. Described as ‘popcorn for smart people’ by Emmy? award-winning Ball, TRUE BLOOD caused a sensation from the first episode of season one and the latest instalments only build on the colourful life of the supernatural eccentrics.

Widely believed to be the adult, sexier alternative to that other vampire hit Twilight; TRUE BLOOD has made international stars of its cast and continues to grow in popularity and intricacy with each season. The series has been a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed hit for HBO, receiving the highest US broadcast ratings for the channel since The Sopranos and over 350,000 copies of the DVD sold in the UK to date.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Ep 302 Audio Commentary w/ Alexandr Skarsg?rd and Scott Winant
  • Ep 303 Audio Commentary w/ Michael Lehmann and Alexander Woo
  • Ep 304 Audio Commentary w/ Kristin Bauer and David Petrarca
  • Ep 306 Audio Commentary w/ Alan Ball and Dennis O’Hare
  • Ep 307 Audio Commentary w/ Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello, and Brian Buckner
  • Ep 312 Audio Commentary w/ Stephen Moyer and Anthony Hemingway
  • Minisodes Post Mortems
  • Anatomy of a Scene from Ep 302
  • Snoop Dogg Video

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
as above and:

  • Series Index
  • Previews
  • Recaps
  • Vampire Histories/Bios/Hints/FYI’s
  • Character Perspectives
  • True Blood Lines

SEASON 1-3 DETAILS
Price Complete S1-3 RRP: DVD ?64.99/ Blu-ray ?74.99
Discs: 15 disc set