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Shoot The Pianist - Preview

Shoot The Pianist

Preview by Jack Foley

FRANCOIS Truffaut’s classic 1960 French crime drama Shoot The Pianist is based on the novel Down There by David Goodis and stars Charles Aznavour as the titular pianist.

The story follows washed-up classical pianist, Charlie Kohler/Edouard Saroyan (Aznavour) as he bottoms out after his wife’s suicide. Indeed, he spends most of his time stroking the keys in a Parisian dive bar.

However, waitress Lena (Marie Dubois) finds herself falling in love with Charlie, only to find out that he is not who he says he is.

When his brothers get into trouble with gangsters, Charlie inadvertently gets dragged into the chaos and is forced to rejoin the family he once fled.

Shoot The Pianist is released for the first time on Blu-ray and on DVD by Artificial Eye on Monday, July 28, 2014.

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Jules et Jim - Preview

Jules et Jim

Preview by Jack Foley

FRANCOIS Truffaut’s classic tale of a love triangle which takes place over 20 years, both before and after World War I.

Jeanne Moreau stars as Catherine, the beautiful and unpredictable woman who maintains a delicate relationship with two friends, the quiet German Jules (Oskar Werner) and the romantic Parisian Jim (Henri Serre).

The War intervenes and drives the men to the opposing fronts; afterwards, the two quickly resume their friendship, but the balance of their relationship with Catherine is now upset by more adult concerns.

Jules et Jim is released for the first time on Blu-ray and on DVD by Artificial Eye on Monday, July 28, 2014.

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The Legend of Hercules (Kellan Lutz) - Preview

The Legend of Hercules

Preview by Jack Foley

KELLAN Lutz (The Expendables 3) stars as the mythical Greek hero, Hercules, in this epic origin story. The son of Zeus is betrayed by his stepfather, a tyrant King (Scott Adkins; The Expendables 2) and sold into slavery.

Hercules must then embark on a legendary odyssey using his extraordinary strength to overthrow the king and restore peace to the land.

The Legend Of Hercules is an epic action adventure with mind-blowing thrills and an all-star supporting cast including Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Roxanne Mckee (Game of Thrones) and Gaia Weiss (Vikings).

Special features include The Making of The Legend of Hercules and audio commentary with Director Renny Harlin and Actor Kellan Lutz.

The Legend of Hercules is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, August 4, 2014.

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Enemies Closer - Preview

Enemies Closer

JEAN-Claude Van Damme is reunited with legendary filmmaker Peter Hyams (Timecop; Sudden Death) for a rare villainous turn even more gleefully deranged than his role in The Expendables 2!

After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the US-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel, led by the ruthless killer Xander (Van Damme), forces him to help retrieve the downed package.

Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution.

Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of Xander and his ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo.

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The Stag - Preview

The Stag

Preview by Jack Foley

EVER wondered what happens when metrosexual man meets the great outdoors? Well Fionnan is about to find out when The Stag arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from July 21, 2014 courtesy of Arrow Films.

Badgered into a stag do by his bride-to-be, Fionnan (Hugh O’Connor – TV’s Moone Boy, Chocolat) is determined to avoid the clichés of booze, babes and more booze and defers to his best man, Davin (Andrew Scott – TV’s Sherlock, Locke), to organise a sedate sojourn in the Irish countryside.

All goes to plan until Fionnan’s soon-to-be brother-in-law, The Machine (Peter McDonald – TV’s Moone Boy and Titanic) invites himself along – and with The Machine travels mayhem which materialises in the form of lost clothes, lost dignity and some hopelessly ill-equipped and very lost men…

Featuring pitch-perfect performances from a host of well-known faces, The Stag is a heart-warming and genuinely hilarious look at the twin modern curses of lost masculinity and unrequited love, set amongst the stunning scenery of County Wicklow.

Reassuring proof that not every Irishman loves U2, The Stag is the year’s best bromance – and with enough naked flesh to get the girls interested, too!

Read our special feature on The Stag and other Men at Play movies

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Q. Which Sherlock features among the cast of The Stag?

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Certificate: 15
Running time: 94mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: July 21, 2014

The Stag and other Men at Play movies - special feature

The Stag

Compiled by Jack Foley

THROUGHOUT cinematic history, the ‘group of guys misbehaving’ trope has been visited often – whether this is through the medium of school/college kids searching for sex, or middle-aged men behaving badly.

The Stag, set for a digital release on July 7, 2014, and coming to Blu-ray and DVD from July 21, is the latest testosterone-heavy comedy to mine this seam so, to celebrate we’re taking a look at some of the best ‘man’ films out there:

Animal House (1978)
Directed by John Landis, National Lampoon’s Animal House follows a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College. Based on writer Harold Ramis and producer Ivan Reitman’s personal College experiences, the film’s cast is led by John Belushi as drunken degenerate Bluto who leads his fellow Frat members into all kinds of gross-out, tasteless but very hilarious antics.

Swingers (1996)
Doug Liman’s much-loved 1996 comedy-drama follows two single, unemployed actors living in Hollywood during the 1990s swing revival; starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn (in his debut role), the former is pining over the loss of his long-term girlfriend, whilst the latter makes it his personal mission to teach his pal the swinging lifestyle (giving exposure to the term ‘wingman’) amidst Hollywood nightlife.

The Full Monty (1997)
Peter Cattaneo’s Sheffield-set comedy-drama stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy and Tom Wilkinson as unemployed men who decide to form a male striptease act in order to earn enough money to do something with their lives. The film’s title is a reference to a line of dialogue in the film where it is announced they will go ‘the full monty’ – (which translates to stripping all the way). The film’s use of Hot Chocolate’s classic You Sexy Thing helped earn this place amongst the most revered British films of the 90s.

American Pie (1999)
This naughty teen film – which has spawned three sequels – focuses on five male friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. Forcing Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott (as scene-stealer Stifler) into the limelight, the film was a box-office smash with the film’s title referring to a particularly debauched scene whereby Biggs’ Jim is caught masturbating with a pie after being told how third base feels like ‘warm apple pie’. Eugene Levy’s role as Jim’s father is also a highlight.

Wedding Crashers (2005)
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star as John and Jeremy, the two ‘wedding crashers’ of the title who naughtily sneak into wedding parties in order to meet and bed women. During one particular wedding party (held by Christopher Walken’s U.S. Secretary of the Treasury) the two meet and fall for his daughters Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Gloria (Isla Fisher).

Superbad

Superbad (2007)
Greg Mottola’s Superbad, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (responsible for 2013’s This Is the End), stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as teenagers who lament their poor social standing and, of course, their virginity. Obtaining a fake ID, Fogell (Mintz-Plasse) successfully buys alcohol for a party they were invited to by Emma Stone’s Jules. What ensues is a debauched night of drinking, drug-taking and sexual mishaps.

Role Models (2008)
Role Models stars Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as two energy drink reps whose wild behaviour forces them to enrol in a community service program which sees them tasked with being role models to two kids. Showing they have hearts, and forging genuine affections for the kid they’re paired with, the two still manage to get up to no good during several raucous set-pieces – one standout scene taking place on a scouting trip!

The Hangover

The Hangover (2009)
The two films that followed it may have dipped in quality, but the first Hangover film was a stellar naughty comedy which saw a group of males (led by Bradley Cooper, alongside Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) head to Las Vegas to celebrate their best friend’s wedding. Having a night to remember, they awake the next morning to have forgotten almost everything, including why one is missing, why one has lost a tooth and why there is a Tiger in their bathroom…

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
Take a small-time E4 comedy series set in a fictional town in England and put it on the big screen and set it in Crete and apparently you get a recipe for blockbusting success. Obviously, this is down to writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris and the Inbetweeners themselves: Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison). After completing their final year at school together, the four head on a party holiday where misadventures follow – as well as laughs. Lots of laughs.

The Stag (2014)
The Stag follows a group of males who attend an adventurous bachelor party weekend in Ireland, which takes some unexpected detours throughout. Led by Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, the laugh0out-lod comedy enabled him to showcase a softer side, playing the adorable, charming best man to Hugh O’Conor’s groom. Displaying a natural aptitude for comedy, Scott was roundly praised for his performance, and the film displays far more depth and heart than the average ‘bachelor weekend’ film.

The Stag is released on digital platforms from July 7 and on Blu-ray and DVD from the July 21 courtesy of Arrow Films.

Ashens And The Quest For The GameChild - Preview

Ashens And The Quest For The GameChild

Join collector, Ashens as he embarks on a journey that will take to far and wide as he searches for the long lost most collectable item ever created, the GameChild.

A comedy-adventure film best described as Indiana Jones meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With nods to The Matrix, Lord of the Rings and The Goonies it’s a treat for fans of science-fiction and fantasy.

Starring new YouTube superstar Stuart Ashen, alongside established stars such as Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Return of the Jedi) and Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf), the film follows Ashen’s insane search for a piece of electronic tat… the fabled Game Child console.

Ashens And The Quest For The GameChild is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Manga Entertainment UK on July 14, 2014. For more information on Manga UK releases, please visit the website or click here

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Win Under The Skin DVDs and soundtracks

Under The Skin

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce the home entertainment release of one of the films of the year, as Under The Skin arrives on digital platforms on July 7 and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14, 2014.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) Under The Skin features an absolutely mesmerising performance from Scarlett Johansson (Her, Don Jon) as a seductive alien preying upon hitchhikers in Scotland.

Adapted from Michael Faber’s novel of the same name, Under The Skin has undergone a decade-long transition from page to screen, with performances heightened in the finished film by Glazer’s singular decision to shoot many of Johansson’s scenes as unscripted conversations with non-actors, using hidden cameras.

Johansson’s revealing performance excitingly displays a further willingness to not only bare her own skin, but to deviate from convention as her character battles with burgeoning emotions in a world filled with feeling. Unsure as to why she acts the way she does, the conflicted emotion she gradually feels for her victims endangers her own existence.

Tinged with unnerving mysticism, Under The Skin has rightly been touted as a masterpiece by many and will work its way under your very own flesh to remain in the memory long after the credits roll.

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To celebrate the release of Under The Skin on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, July 14, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD plus copies of the soundtrack. Simply answer the following question…

Q. In which film does Scarlett Johansson play Jersey girl Barbara Sugarman (Clue, the answer is in our special feature)?

A) Lost in Translation
B) Don Jon
C) Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Need For Speed - Preview

Need For Speed

Preview by Jack Foley

AARON Paul and Dominic Cooper lead an all-star cast in the biggest and most thrilling action film to release on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD this summer – Need For Speed – which is available to pre-order now.

Out on July 21, this high adrenaline-fuelled tale of revenge and retribution is a must-see for those who relish breathtaking stunts and sensational cars – and we have 3 DVD copies to giveaway plus a merchandise pack!

Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, street racer Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad), joins an adrenaline-charged cross country supercar race with only one thing on his mind: revenge.

When Tobey’s main rival Dino (Dominic Cooper – The Devil’s Double) learns of his plan to compete he places a bounty on his head for anyone who stops him from reaching California. With Tobey’s reputation on the line and his life in danger… the race is on!

Inspired by most successful racing game franchise of all time and full of explosive action and exhilarating stunts, Need For Speed breaks all the limits.

Packed with special features, Need For Speed is available from July 21 on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD, and available to pre-order now on AMAZON. Also available to download on iTunes from July 14; an exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook is also available from Entertainment Store.

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Q. Which U.S state does the De Leon race take place?

A) Nebraska
B) Ohio
C) California

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The Lunchbox - Preview

The Lunchbox

Preview by Jack Foley

THE Lunchbox, India’s hottest indie film of the year, a feel-good romance with global appeal, comes to DVD & Blu Ray in July.

Saajan (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi), a Mumbai office worker nearing retirement, is delivered the wrong lunch by a dabbawala. Young housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) had intended it for her emotionally indifferent husband. To Saajan’s surprise, the food is a vast improvement on his usual meal.

When he finds a note from Ila enclosed with another meal, he decides to write back. So begins award-winning short filmmaker Ritesh Batra’s exquisite comedy-drama.

The Lunchbox, directed by Ritesh Batra, is released on Blu-ray and DVD by Artificial Eye on Monday, July 14, 2014.

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