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Latest UK DVD, Blu-Ray and HD DVD releases week commencing - 27th October 2008

Also see - release schedules w/c 6th Oct, 13th Oct , 20th Oct

The top 3 DVD releases 27th October 2008

1. Never Apologize

The film is a recording of Malcolm McDowell 's one man theatre show about legendary British film director Lindsay Anderson. The show is cut with clips of Lindsay Anderson's films If... and O'Lucky Man! (both starring McDowell), and excerpts from Anderson's 'recently posthumously published memoirs.
We heartily recommend the film for fellow fans of Anderson and McDowell, film buffs and anyone who wants to have a damn good laugh at McDowell's hugely funny stories.

2. One Who Set Forth - Wim Wenders' Early Years

This superb and revealing documentary profiles the work and early career of renowned German director Wim Wenders, one of the few truly unique talents working in cinema today. The documentary is as fascinating as Wender's own films.

3. Wim Wenders Documentary Collection

A collection of documentary films from acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders includes: Nick's Film, Lightning Over Water, Room 666, Tokyo-Ga, Notebook on Cities And Clothes and A Trick Of The Light.

The best of the rest of other DVD releases 27th October 2008

My Winnipeg

Extraordinary Canadian director Guy Maddin explores and expounds his personal recollections of his home town of Winnipeg. The film is one of the most expansive and innovative films you could wish to see.


Nicolas Roeg's excellent (if overlooked) 2006 film surrounding a story of loss, love and lust set in the beautiful Irish countryside.


Following the trials and tribulations of Slimane, a sixty-something dock worker who decides to pursue his life long ambition of opening a couscous restaurant when he is laid off by his shipyard employer.


2 disc version. When the rising water levels combine with a deadly tidal wave, the Thames Barrier is powerless to defeat of flood of biblical proportions. With the lives of millions in the balance, a group of experts are called upon to deliver London from total devastation.

Junior Bonner

Sam Peckinpah's landmark film starring Steve McQueen as an aging rodeo champ who returns to his home town to participate in the annual rodeo. He finds his family estranged, does what he can to help, and then moves on.

The Edge Of Love

Set against a backdrop of London during World War II, and telling the story of a love triangle that forms between renowned poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys), his young, sultry wife, Cat ( Sienna Miller) and old flame Keira Knightley .

The top 3 Blu-ray releases 27th October 2008

1. Hidden

AKA Cache. Michael Haneke's classic 2005 taught psychological thriller. This masterpiece is superbly acted,and beautifully shot which looks incredible in Blu-ray.

2. The Godfather Trilogy

You saw them at the cinema, bought them on video and DVD, now buy them all over again on DVD. The picture and sound quality on this release is absolutely stunning thanks to a fabulous job on the remastering.

3. Iron Man

One of the most eagerly awaited Blu-ray releases, this superb double-disc ultimate edition includes a huge amount of superb bonus features - most of which are presented in HD.

The best of the rest Blu-Ray / HD DVD releases 27th October 2008


Jonathan (Ewan McGregor) is living a boring and lonely life before he meets a lawyer named Wyatt (Hugh Jackman). But Wyatt's exciting existence is far darker than Jonathan could have imagined, and Jonathan is soon in over his head.


Marc Schoelermann's recent pathological / medical thriller full of intrigue, and nastily unpleasant things taking place. Perfect for Halloween.

Hell Ride (USA import)

Quentin Tarantino presents Larry Bishop's Hell Ride. A superb cast including Michael Madsen, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper and Eric Balfour.

The Lost Prince

Stephen Poliakoff's story of Prince John, the youngest son of George V, who was born epileptic, with a form of autism. Largely shunned by his parents, the child can only find the semblance of a truly understanding parent figure in the form of his caring nanny.

Essential Holiday Collection

With Halloween looming this Blu-ray collection of Xmas movies is released. Includes: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf and The Polar Express.

Oasis - Lord Don't Slow Me Down

Feature length documentary tour film in blu-ray HD and multi audio options. One of the best tour film releases available and one of the first to exploit the potential of the new format.

The top 3 TV releases (all formats) 27th October 2008

1. Life on Mars series 1 (Blu-ray)

The best TV series for many, many years. Retro timeslip good cop / bad cop stuff, brilliantly written, brilliantly cast and now available on Blu-ray. Also just made available on Blu-ray is series 2 of Life On Mars.

2. Sunshine

Superb 3 part drama serial from Craig Cash (co writer of The Royal Family and Early Doors) and starring Steve Coogan and Bernard Hill.
Coogan stars as a bin man and a dreamer who turns to gambling to get money for his young family, only for him to become addicted.

3. Prisoner Cell Block H Vol.1

The first 32 episodes of the ultimate cult TV soap. Wobbly sets - not ideal for a prison drama, patchy acting (they obviously had tight shooting schedules), and plot holes you could drive a prison truck through, but its charm, trashy storylines and some great characters all conspire for a highly enjoyable viewing experience. Bonza mate!


The best of the rest TV releases (all formats) 27th October 2008

A Touch Of Frost - Series 14

Are we up to series 14 all ready for David Jason as Frost. This collection includes all three episodes from series 14, 'In The Public Interest', 'Dead End' and 'Mind Games'.

House - Series 1-4 complete

How many medical mystery series can we cope with? Actually this is the best one. Dr House is one of the strongest characters to have emerged in any drama series in the last few years.

Oz complete series 1 - 6

How many prison cram series can we cope with? This series is still as fresh as when it started despite its longevity. The individual series are all available separately for those collecting them that way.

4400 complete

How many dark and innovative sci-fi television dramas can we cope with - OK I'll stop now. Superbly moody includes complete series 1 - 4.

Wood And Walters Series 1

A few years before the success of As Seen On TV, Victoria Wood and Julie Walters made this show for Granada. Not the consistent quality of As Seen, but some great material here all the same.

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Anthony Minghella's very well received TV film based on the books by Alexander McCall Smith about a a fledgling private detective in Botswana setting up the country's first female-owned agency.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles

A lavish and contemporary take on Thomas Hardy's classic novel, which thankfully managed to steer clear of many of the formulaic recent historical novel adaptations.

Frasier Complete Collection

Every episode of this from the 11 series of this spin off from Cheers. Some brilliant writing and the fantastically well crafted character developments kept this one watchable right up until the finale. (Series 1 - 11 are all available individually too).

Mutual Friends

One of the highlights of 2008. An extremely skillfully balanced comedy drama series starring Marc Warren, Alexander Armstrong, Keeley Hawes, and Sarah Alexander. Hopefully it will be recommisioned for another series.

Also released this week: Charmed Complete Collection and At Home With The Braithwaites Series 1-4