New from Network

Network’s upcoming Blu-ray releases inlcude Silver Dream Racer and The Belstone Fox. Silver Dream Racer – starring pop legend David Essex, Beau Bridges and Clarke Peters – is a thrilling ride though the cut-throat world of motorcycle racing as hot-headed racer Nick Freeman (Essex) is determined to prove himself on the track with his prototype Silver Dream Machine. The Belstone Fox is a captivating film for the whole family with exquisite backdrops of landscapes and country wildlife. From Born Free director James Hill, it tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between an orphaned fox, Tag, and the foxhound Merlin. The film boasts an impressive British cast including Eric Porter, Jeremy Kemp, Dennis Waterman, Rachel Roberts and Bill Travers. Now both available for the first time on Blu-ray and join Network’s extensive The British Film collection.

New BFI Flipside title

BFI Flipside is to issue The Orchard End Murder, a film by Christian Marnham in a Dual Format Edition (DVD/Blu-ray) release on 24 July 2017. Set in an idyllic Kent village one balmy summer during the 1960s, The Orchard End Murder, an obscure British oddity from 1981, is a macabre tale of murder and mischief. This is the 35th title on the BFI Flipside label, which rescues weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presents them in new high quality editions on DVD and Blu-ray. A young woman from the suburbs (Tracy Hyde, Melody), bored by a countryside tryst, wanders off to explore her surroundings. When she meets a gnome-like stationmaster and his towering, half-witted railway-worker friend (played by Casualty’s Clive Mantle), an initially strange encounter turns sinister among the trees of a nearby orchard.Written and directed by Christian Marnham and shot by Pete Walker’s regular cameraman Peter Jessop, The Orchard End Murder is a violent, darkly humorous thriller, unseen since it originally shocked UK cinemas audiences.

Eureka launches new world cinema range

Eureka Entertainment have announced today that it is set to launch a new world cinema sub-label under the brand name Montage Pictures, which will focus on delivering ground-breaking and thought-provoking world cinema from new and upcoming directors. The initial line up will include recent theatrical release Suntan (2016, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Greece), an unpredictable psychological drama, full of suspense and humour, set on a hedonistic Greek Island; Rescue Under Fire [Zona Hostil] (2017, Adolfo Martínez Pérez, Spain), a directorial debut based on events that happened in 2012 in the north of Bala Murghab in Afghanistan. Continue reading

THE REPLACEMENT due from Sony

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 From May 1, accclaimed British actors Vicky McClure (“Line of Duty”, “This Is England”, “The Secret Agent”) and Morvern Christie (“The A Word”, “The Young Victoria”, “Lilting”) star in the gripping psychological thriller The Replacement, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by BAFTA nominated Joe Ahearne (“Doctor Who”), The Replacement is a psychological thriller set in Glasgow that examines workplace rivalry, motherhood and the issues that arise from making “the right choice”. The

 

SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 LAUNCHES

Today the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 launches its astronomical 17th annual programme which will run from the 27th April until the 6th May 2017 across London with ten days of amazing film, live music, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 6 world film premieres, 13 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 25 features, 51 shorts and 4 VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!
Opening this year’s festival on the 27th April at the Rich Mix is the UK Premiere of CAUGHT– a film that returns us to the great days of British science-fiction, directed by Jamie Patterson (Fractured), written and produced by Alex Francis (Moon) and starring April Pearson, Mickey Sumner and Cian Berry. It’s the story of a ‘work-from-home’ journalist couple who invite a man and woman, called Mr & Mrs Blair, into their idyllic village home. But what begins with an informal interview descends into a nightmarish fight for survival.

Final Cut to release MOBSTERS on Blu-ray

Starring Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Michael Gambon, Richard Grieco, Mobsters is  directed by Michael Karbelnikoff; it is to be relesed on BLu-Ray by Final Cut..The history of the most formidable foursome in American gangster history: Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello. `Mobsters’ traces their lives and work, from their formation of a New York street gang through bootlegging and finally to a more modern, corporate-style organised crime. Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey and Richard Grieco star.

 

Andrei Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS & Mizoguchi’s THE LIFE OF OHARU from Criterion

The Criterion Collection UK are celebrating the sheer beauty of cinema with two outstanding works from two legendary filmmakers. These are Andrei Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS on 3rd April and Kenji Mizoguchi’s THE LIFE OF OHARU on 24th April. April also marks the 1st anniversary of Criterion’s successful launch in the UK awith severl outstanding releases over the past 12 months. 

 

NORDIC NOIR & BEYOND ANNOUNCES BBC FOUR SLOW TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

 

This Christmas the sleigh ride will never end – Nordic Noir & Beyond is pleased to announce the DVD release (on Nov ember 21) of the Slow TV Christmas special ‘All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride’ on Monday 21st November 2016, which was aired last Christmas Eve on BBC Four. The DVD arrives just in time to embrace the Danish lifestyle of Hygge which has taken hold of the UK. Hygge is all about being cosy and content and what is more Hygge than snuggling up underneath a blanket with a hot chocolate or a hot cup of tea and going on a magical sleigh ride? ‘All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride’ follows the path of an ancient postal route, showing the traditional world of the Sami people who are indigenous to northern Scandinavia. The journey captures breath-taking scenery, normally not glimpsed by anyone other than the Sami. An epic two-hour trip capturing undulating snowy hills, birch forests and traditional Sami settlements.

 

New BFI Blu-Ray for 2017

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The line-up of BFI DVD and Blu-ray releases for January – March 2017 includes worldwide Blu-ray premieres of two films from the legendary director Martin Scorsese, new restorations of Chaplin shorts, plus important world cinema rediscoveries. As part of the BFI’s major Martin Scorsese retrospective that is taking place during early 2017, March will see the release of Dual Format Editions of Who’s That Knocking at My Door and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. This will be the first time that either film has been made available on Blu-ray anywhere in the world. In January, Victor Erice’s (Spirit of the Beehive) magical El Sur will be released on DVD/Blu-ray. Acclaimed as ‘Perfection’ by Little White Lies on its recent theatrical release, and considered by the award-winning director Pedro Almodóvar as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time, this will be the first time it has been available on any home entertainment format in the UK. January also sees the release of new restorations of Charlie Chaplin’s legendary Essanay Comedies, available as separate 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray collections. February will see the re-scheduled release of the Dual Format Edition of Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning The Crying Game, along with a Dual Format Edition of Isaac Julien’s controversial Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask. We’ll also be releasing the epic Chinese melodrama The Spring River Flows East, recently restored by the Chinese Film Archive, on DVD. As well as the new Scorsese titles, March sees the release of Lino Brocka: Two Films. Featuring recent restorations by the World Cinema Project of Manilla in the Claws of Light and Insiang, this 4-disc Dual Format collection will at last make the key works of the Philippines’ greatest film director available in the UK.
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