Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Grandmaster - 30th March Home Entertainment Release






Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with some very exciting news that The Grandmaster is finally getting a UK DVD release! I remember reading a year or so back how great it was and have been itching to see it since that time. Directed by Wong Kar Wai who also made 2 of my favourite Asian movies Chunking Express and Saviour of the soul. Starring the brilliant Tony Chiu Wai Leung star of classics Red Cliff 1&2 and Infernal Affairs this looks cracking! Yes OK so it is another telling of the classic IP Man but anyone who has ever seen an IP Man film knows you can't get enough of him so bring on The Grandmaster!
Watch this space for my review coming very soon,
Jonny T.




METRODOME DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES 30th MARCH HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE DATE FOR



THE GRANDMASTER

“You won’t ever see any other kung fu movie quite like it”

THE INDEPENDENT



“Wong has delivered his best film in a decade”

TOTAL FILM



A FILM BY WONG KAR WAI (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, CHUNGKING EXPRESS)



STARRING TONY LEUNG (INFERNAL AFFAIRS, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE), ZIYI ZHANG (CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) & CHANG CHEN



THE GRANDMASTER, the highly-anticipated film by acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai, will open through Metrodome on 28 November. Six years in the planning and three years in the making, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.



Nominated for two Academy Awards, for Cinematography and Costume Design, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances from those at the film’s heart: Wong regular, Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, HERO) and Chang Chen (HAPPY TOGETHER, 2046). It was filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of north east China and the subtropical south.



With THE GRANDMASTER, Wong Kar Wai has made a kung fu film like no other. Years of research and a virtual battalion of martial arts trainers on set ensured that THE GRANDMASTER portrays both the Chinese martial arts and the world of the martial artists with unprecedented authenticity: the fight scenes were choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping, renowned for his work on films including THE MATRIX, KILL BILL and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON; and the trio of lead actors completed several years of rigorous and challenging kung fu training for their roles.


OFFICIAL TRAILER 





Release date 30th March 2015
Certificate TBC & Running time 98 Minutes





Saturday, 24 January 2015

GREATFUL DEAD - Reviewed.





Nami is a young girl who's early life is quite traumatic, She is in frequent trouble at school something her mother and father don't seem to care about and leave it to her sister to deal with, It comes to a head one day when her mother who is more obsessed with the plight of starving foreign children than her home family just up's and leaves,The father who is devastated but obviously not that much then brings home a mistress Akko Chan, who whilst Nami watches just smiles and keeps taking him into a room and needless to say what goes on in there but when he comes out he looks well and truly knackered! All the previous events happen within I would say the 1st ten minutes of the film so it's very quickly paced and reminded me a hell of a lot of the openeing to the Jean Pieere Jeunet classic Amelie both in the way the visuals are set up and the pacing.



The film then jumps to when Nami turns 20, By this time her father has committed suicide and she has inherited a substantial amount from his death.She now also has a new hobby, Watching people through her binoculars but not just anybody she watches people she calls "Solatarians" who she describes as people who have gone mad through loneliness.She explains the 5 different types of Solitarians she follows and mentions on guy called Mr Inexhaustable who's house she finds and creeps through the door only  to be hit by a rancid stench and various adult magazines scattered aboutthe floor, Then she spots Mr Inexhaustable lying face down on the floor, Rather than being shocked by the sight of a corpse she seems more elated, She flips him over and laughs out loud as she looks down and see that the corpse haS an erection, Still laughing she poses for a "Selfie" with stiffer in more ways than one Mr Inexhaustable!
Nami decides to sit and watch another one of her Solatarians, The one people call The Loon of Central Park who happily ballet dances around the park with a plastic bag full of popcorn flinging it through the air for the pigeons, He doesn't bother anybody but one day whilst being watched by Nami a group of teenagers decide to pick on him, at first he is beaten but then gets a pitbull like grip with his teeth on the back of one of the teenagers hands and will NOT let go resulting in a big chunk of flesh being bitten from the bullies hand, He screams and runs off with the group whilst The Loon of Central Park just picks it out of his teeth and carries on with his day, Once again much to the delight of Nami!



Nami bumps into her sister after several years of not seeing her and her sister explains to her how she really does "Like The Ordinary" and from what iv'e said so far you can obviously tell that Nami is the exact opposite of her sister!
All of the above happens within the 1st 40 minutes of the film which brings me again to the pacing of it again, it's constant and never drags at any point, Brilliantly filmed, Doesn't in anyway shy away from the violence. So in summing up I would highly recommend Greatful Dead, Very funny in places but always with extremely dark undertones right until the very last frame, Asian cinema at it's finest.
8/10
Jonny T.
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday January 26th 2014

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

THE AVENGERS - The Complete Series 4 - First time on Blu-ray - 23 February






Hello Folks,
Jonny T here today with the news of The Avengers Season 4 is coming to Blu-Ray for the 1st time. It has to be one of my favourite all time TV shows and although released on DVD way back and now out of print but this version is looking brilliant. Just look at the list of amazing extras to see what I mean! Watch this space for a review coming very soon,
Enjoy,
Jonny T.


STARRING
DIANA RIGG & PATRICK MACNEE

RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY ON 23RD FEBRUARY 2015

“SEXIER THAN DOCTOR WHO, WITTIER THAN THE PRISONER, CLASSIER THAN THE SAINT”     EMPIRE



Extraordinary crimes against the people and the state have to be avenged by agents extraordinary. Two such people are madcap agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee), top professional, and his glamorous partner, Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), talented amateur. Otherwise known as The Avengers.

THE AVENGERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES 4 was a defining series for many reasons; the production budget increased with location shoots being favored over the original studio setting, it was the last of the series to be shot in black and white, as well as the first to be shot on film, allowing multiple camera angles.

A cult classic, this seven disc boxset includes the complete and uncut Series 4, on Blu-ray™ for the first time, jam packed with over six hours of special features, THE AVENGERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES 4 is not to be missed when released this February.


Extras
            • Exclusive audio commentaries with: director Roy Ward Baker and scriptwriter/producer Brian Clemens on The Town of No Return, scriptwriter      Robert Banks Stewart on The Master Minds, scriptwriter Roger Marshall on Dial             A Deadly Number, director Gerry O’Hara on The Hour That Never Was and director Don Leaver on The House That Jack Built.
            • The Series of No Return - Exclusive audio interview with Elizabeth Shepherd
            • Armchair Theatre – The Hothouse (starring Diana Rigg)
            • USA Chessboard opening sequence
            • Strange Case of the Missing Corpse promotional trailer
            • Alternative end tag from Death At Bargain Prices
            • Episode reconstructions for series 1 scripts Kill The King and Dead of Winter
            • Colourised test footage from Death At Bargain Prices and A Touch of       Brimstone
            • Reconstructed ‘The Avengers are back’ John Stamp trailer
            • Alternative UK opening and closing credits
            • Alternative UK animated bumpers
            • UK animated bumper
            • Variant opening title credits for The Gravediggers
            • French opening credits
            • German opening credits
            • ITN Newsreel footage

Blu-ray tech specs: Cert: PG / Combined running Time: 1352 mins approx / Black and white / Feature Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1 / 2.0 Mono CPCM / Region B / English language. HOH Subtitles


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Rabies (Kalevet) reviewed






From Israel 2010 comes the 1st film of writers/Directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado who later went on to direct the rather excellent Big Bad Wolves.
The film opens up with a girl trapped down a hole put there by some psychopath and her bother desperately trying to rescue her. He tries and tries but to no avail, He runs to get help and she hears what sounds like screaming. Now on to a park ranger, his lady and their dog who are just wondering through the woods, have a little conversation and she decides to go for a walk, Next up we see a car with 4 tennis players, 2 boys, 2 girls.They stop when one of the girls has to take a pee in the woods then drive on hitting the brother that is looking for help.
 In the meantime the psychopath returns to get the girl out of the hole when he see's the rangers dog, He coxes it over to him only to slit the poor dogs throat. The ranger notices his dog missing so goes looking only to find is dead dog then spots the psychopath walking away with the girl over his shoulder, he takes aim with his tranquilliser gun and shoots twice, Once hitting the girl then hitting the psychopath who still  managers to run off.
Back to the 4 in the car and the brother who they think they have killed but he comes around and tells them about his sister, so one of the girl calls the police whilst the boys go off to find his sister, when the cops arrive the are not the nicest of people to say the very least! They don't believe a word the girls are saying as one of them are covered in blood from the brother that they hit, so what is going on?...............

To be honest I wasn't too sure but I sure did like it, It has no straight formulaic story and you can never really tell what will happen next or who will be killed next and who will be left at the end.The way the story brings all the characters together is excellent and all the characters themselves are brilliantly played, For a d├ębut it's brilliant as was their next film Big Bad Wolves, so in summing up if you've not yet seen either films I would definitely recommend you do as soon as possible!
Rabies 8/10
Jonny T.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Starry Eyes - 16th March Home Entertainment Release




Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with some great news that Starry Eyes gets a well deserved DVD release on 16th March. I was fortunate enough to see Starry Eyes at last years MAYHEM festival and it was brilliant, The lead actress Alex Essoe is mesmerising and definitely an actress to keep your eye an as are directors Kevin Kolsh & Dennis Widmyer. Now I said a little about Starry Eyes in my review of MAYHEM but watch this space for a full in depth review coming very soon,
Jonny T.

METRODOME DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES 16th MARCH HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE DATE FOR



STARRY EYES

“A knockout performance by Alex Essoe”
VARIETY

“Horror fans should keep their eyes on the filmmakers and Essoe, who gives a star-making performance”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A mumblegore Mulholland Drive”
GROLSCH FILM WORKS

A FILM BY KEVIN KOLSCH & DENNIS WIDMYER

STARRING ALEX ESSOE, AMANDA FULLER & NOAH SEGAN

Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. 

After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful... and all together terrifying. 

From the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch's STARRY EYES is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true cost of fame.


Release date 16th March 2015
Certificate TBC & Running time 98 Minutes
DVD RRP / £14.99







Sunday, 18 January 2015

Unfriended - Trailer, looks shit!


Unfriended made by MTV and touted as a new genre to horror hits theatres in April 2015. Now you've had you fill of found footage by now surely and I may be sounding cynical but from the trailer you have 6 screens of found footage a one time to sit through and you know for a fact that you will sit there for at least an hour be for anything remotely interesting will happen then it will all happen in the last 15 minutes without any real conclusion, Now that's just my guess and slap me if i'm wrong but seeing the trailer  I am not holey convinced by the looks of it. But then again it's probably not aimed at me but aimed at teenagers who will be scared shitless by someone screaming on a webcam. It probably cost fuck all to make and will make a shit load of money money money , Ah the state of horror!
Erm, Rant over,
Enjoy,
Jonny T.




Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Dogwoof presents Manakamana on DVD and VOD 9 February 2015








"One of 2014's best films...how easy and instantly enriching the film is" ★★★★★
Little White Lies

MANAKAMANA

On DVD and VOD 9 February 2015

"You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit" ★★★★★
Time Out

"The must-see cinematic experience of the year" ★★★★★
Indiewire


Lauded by critics as film of the year, Manakamana is a stunningly original and breathtaking cinematic experience. The film follows pilgrims as they make an ancient journey by cable car to worship high above a jungle in Nepal and makes its home entertainment debut on DVD and VOD courtesy of Dogwoof on 9 February 2015.

The Hindu Manakamana Temple is almost a mile above sea level, instead of a lengthy journey on foot, worshippers can now take a 10-minute cable car journey up in to the mountains to pray at this sacred place. Using a 16mm camera co-directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez  join a varied mix of subjects on their pilgrimage.

The scenery is mesmerising, as are the characters - a diverse mix of commuters - from a group of old women discussing how much things have changed, a group of young men taking selfies, an elderly man and his grandson, a mother and daughter eating ice-creams, a married couple and their chicken and a herd of goats. Every shot follows a different set of passengers as we learn about them and their lives.