20th Century Fox bring us a whole range of world cinema hits, here we look at three of them. Bread and Tulips
Very funny tale from Italy comes the gentle comedy Bread and Tulips, about a housewife who temporarily flees from the grinding tedium of her household duties and drifts into a world of amicable weirdos. Winner of multiple awards in Italy, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor and Actress at the Italian Donatello Awards, Bread and Tulips has a feature running time of 111 minutes and is rated M15+.
The Taste of Others
This French romantic comedy and winner of Best Film 2000 French Academy of Cinema is about good taste and bad manners. Jean-Jacques Castella goes to a play only to fall for the leading lady who was once his English tutor that he fired! Now he must win back her affections. The Taste of Others has a feature running time of 92 minutes and the rating is to be confirmed.
Talk to Her
This highly surreal Spanish flick Talk to Her is an offbeat drama that explores the friendship of two men brought together under unusual but strangely similar circumstances – being in love with women whom they have never met & whom are in Comas. Talk to Her has a feature running time of 109 minutes and is rated MA15+.
Coming on DVD and Blu-Ray 5 Nov is Bertrand Tavernier’s dystopoian, Glasgow shot, sic-fi epic Death Watch.
Bertrand Tavernier’s Death Watch (La Mort En Direct) is being released for the first time ever on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Containing a host of exclusive and unique extras it’s being released by Park Circus.
This special release showcases a brand new digital restoration of the film that was personally approved by director Bertrand Tavernier. The extras include an in-depth interview with the director (The Morality of Filmmaking), filmed in Glasgow to coincide with the restoration’s world premiere at Glasgow Film Festival 2012 plus a personal letter sent from Harvey Keitel (who plays the lead role) to Tavernier before the shooting of the film and sourced from the Institut Lumière’s archive. A behind-the-scenes image gallery and new trailer for this year’s theatrical release also feature.
Death Watch is a mad, twisty dystopian sci-fi noir. Starring Harvey Keitel, Romy Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton and Max Von Sydow plus an early screen appearance by Robbie Coltrane, Death Watch is a lyrical, haunting and deeply prescient work ripe for rediscovery.
Roddy (Keitel) has a camera implanted in his brain. He’s been hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine (Schneider) without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular TV reality show, but Katherine has other plans. Opaquely scripted by David Rayfiel (Valdez is Coming, Jeremiah Johnson) and filmed in Glasgow while it was undergoing massive renovation, Death Watch is a bizarre, brilliant and prophetic fantasy.
Death Watch is released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK from Monday 5 November 2012.
Personal letter from Harvey Keitel to Bertrand Tavernier
Interview with Bertrand Tavernier – ‘The Morality of Filmmaking’ (39-mins)
New theatrical trailer
The third season of Chicago Hope starring Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Adam Arkin (Sons Of Anarchy), Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman), Peter Berg (Collateral) and Christine Lahti (Running On Empty) arrives on Region 2 DVD on 5 November 2012 via Revalation Film.
David E. Kelley’s award-winning medical drama features a wealth of guest appearances from Vanessa Williams (Soul Food), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), Tom Skerritt (Brothers & Sisters) and Ron Silver (The West Wing).
In Season Three, Kate heads back to Chicago to face her ex-husband, possible arrest and her dying father. Kronk and Grad continue to quarrel as he prepares to leave Africa and Nyland returns to find a new doctor in charge of the trauma service. Elsewhere, Dr Aaron Shutt is faced with the revelation that his deceased father may never have been his father after all, in The Son Also Rises.
Very cool 1950′s crime drama series The Bletchley Circle gets a region 2 DVD on 5 November via Acorn Media UK.
A hit with critics and audiences alike, The Bletchley Circle has an instantly thrilling premise. During World War II when women were called into all kinds of service, some of the most brilliant found themselves operating as code-breakers in the now famous, but then highly secret Bletchley Park. But what were they to do when the war was over? Could they suddenly switch off their bright minds and return to housewifely drudgery?
Not so these four women who, when faced with daily news reports of women being murdered turn their sharp, observant minds to cracking the codes and breaking the patterns that the killer leaves behind him.
Can World War II code breakers become post-war detectives? All it will take is following the trail, breaking the code – and possibly risking their lives.
A powerful cast includes Anna Maxwell Martin (Accused: Tina’s Story), Rachael Stirling (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Sophie Rundle (Great Expectations) and Julie Graham (Tower Block).
This exciting TV series which saw audiences grow in its second week to over 4 ¼ million is coming straight to DVD this November, including a half-hour special feature which takes viewers behind the scenes of this cracking post-war thriller.
Originally posted 2004 Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment Certificate: M15+ | 88 minutes Director: John Hough
ANYONE IN IT WE KNOW?
Mark Lester, Lionel Jeffries, Susan George, Jeremy Kemp, Peter Vaughan, Tony Bonner, Betty Marsden, Peter Bowles, Joseph Fürst, David Lodge, Anthony Stamboulieh, Robert Russell, John Allison
WHAT’S IT ABOUT THEN?
Young Ziggy living on the island of Malta with his grandfather and elder sister is the only witness to an assassination (the shooting takes place in a crowded square but only Ziggy sees the killers), of course with Ziggy being prone to melodramatic stories no one believes him… except the killers!
SO IS IT ANY GOOD?
Dating from 1970 Eyewitness is a very entertaining variation on the boy who cried wolf theme with a great cast and some wonderful Mediterranean ( Malta ) locations. Young Mark Lester (following up his breakthrough in Oliver) is very cute as Ziggy, there are also roles for cuddly Lionel Jeffries as Ziggy’s grandfather and the sexy Susan George as his elder sister. Watch out for Australia ’s own Tony Bonner as the love interest of George (going by the name of Tom Jones no less!) Some great English character actors also appear (Peter Vaughan, Peter Bowles, Jeremy Kemp). The story might be slight but the unusual locations and some nice acting turn Eyewitness into an enjoyable little movie.
Distributor: Magna Pacific
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Cast: Nicole Kidman, James Lugton, Angelo DAngelo, David Argue, John Ley
Easter Eggs: No
Despite having no extras at all BMX Bandits is a must buy nostalgia feast, a frizzy haired Nicole Kidman, BMX bikes, dodgy clothes it can only mean one thing its the 1980s.
BMX Bandits (made in 1983) is a classic Enid Blyton Famous Five type tale of young kids getting one over on a gang of crooks only updated to take in the then current BMX craze.
George (James Lugton) and PJ (Angelo DAngelo) are out to raise enough money to buy their friend Judy (Our Nicole) a BMX, whilst out collecting shell fish (which they hope to sell) the trio discover a hoard of stolen walkie-talkies which means the bad guys as well as the police are soon on their tail.
Still hugely entertaining both for younger viewers out to watch an adventure and for those out to relive their youth. Director Trenchard-Smith has a bit of a reputation as a one take king thanks to his work on movies like the outrageous Turkey Shoot but BMX Bandits fair races along.
Watch out for the male stunt rider pretending to be Nicole in some of the more dangerous riding sequences.
Network DVD | Region 2 | Release Date: 14 November 2011
The series that first made everyone sit up and take notice of Jack Shepherd, Bill Brand, gets a web exclusive DVD release this month from Network.
Written by the superb Trevor Griffith the series sees Shepherd playing the titular Bill Brand, a newly elected left-of-centre Labour MP who struggles to reconcile socialist principles with the realpolitik of Westminster.
Driven by a determination to improve the lives of his textile-worker constituents, he finds his ideas of representation provocatively different from those of the whips. In a world of oblique negotiations and hidden bargains, Brand’s fundamental belief in the Party is assailed by doubts, while his troubled personal life further endangers his
tenuous political career…
We’ve been hoping this 1970′s classic would get a DVD release one day so we are extremely happy to see Network giving this one the go ahead.
The 3 disc set is available only through the Network DVD website.
Network DVD | Region 2 | Release Date: 7 November 2011
Based on a series of mystery novels by Tim Heald Bognor is an early 1980′s series that scored highly when it was initally broadcast but has seldom been seen since, thankfully though it’s released this month in a web exclusive by Network in a four disc set.
The series stars David Horovitch as a do things by the book Department of Trade investigator and the supporting cast is fab including as it does the likes of Patrick Troughton, John Le Mesurier, Glynis Barber, Peter Jeffrey and Elizabeth Spriggs.
The series features four stories (Unbecoming Habits, Deadline, Lets Sleeping Dogs Lie and Just Desserts) made up of multiple stories and is not to be missed.
Bognor is a web exclusive availble only from the Network website and was released on November 7, 2011.
Network DVD | Region: 2 | Release Date: 28 November 2011
This is why we love Network, they consistently surprise us with their uncovering of hidden gems from the 1970′s, definitely our favourite TV era. This month sees the debut of The Crezz which was broadcast on ITV in 1977, it was created by BAFTA-nominated writer and playwright Clive Exton.
The series of twelve soap-style dramas takes a light-hearted look at the varied inhabitants of Carlisle Crescent, a fictitious West London street, who share communal gardens but little sense of community spirit. With further scripts by Willis Hall (Billy Liar, Budgie), William Trevor (Play for Today) and Alick Rowe (Morgan’s Boy, The Prime of Miss
Jean Brodie) The Crezz also features some top notch performances too from the likes of Joss Ackland, Peter Bowles and Nicholas Ball.
The 3-disc set is released as a web exclusive on 28th November 2011 and can be purchased up direct from the Network website.
BBC America | Region 1 | Release Date: October 18, 2011
The private life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has long been of keen interest to all students of British politics, so much so that Meryl Streep is currently making a big screen movie about her. Before that though comes this rather fabulous BBC America box set featuring a trio of BBC dramas under the banner of The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher.
The productions all look at various aspects of Baroness Thatcher’s life and in each she is played to perfection by very different actresses. First up in The Long Walk To Finchley she is played by rising star Andrea Riseborough and it’s a drama that focuses on her decision to stand for parliament for the first time.
In The Falklands Play she is portrayed by the superb Patricia Hodge and the drama itself caused something of a controversy, the Falklands crisis of the early 1980′s between the UK and Argentina still very much a raw nerve.
Finally there is Lindsay Duncan in Margaret which focuses on Thatcher’s final years in power as her cabinet plots to bring her down, watch out too for the excellent Rosemary Leach popping up as Queen Elizabeth.
Definitely a recommended viewing experience for any British drama fan. Check out more in the clip below.