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Win The Promise on DVD

The Promise

Academy Award director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) brings us an epic story of courage and resistance with The Promise. Starring award winning actors Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight) and Oscar Issac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), The Promise is based on actual events that took place during the Armenian Genocide during the onset of the First World War. It is available on Blu-ray and DVD now, courtesy of Entertainment One.

In 1914, brilliant Armenian medical student Michael (Isaac) moves to the the great city of Constantiople to continue his studies, where he meets fellow Armenian Ana (Charlotte Le Bon, Anthropoid) and her boyfriend Chris (Bale), an American photo-journalist dedicated to exposing the truth of the Ottoman Empire’s plans to enter the Great War.

It’s not long before Chris’s suspicions come to pass and the Empire descends into war-torn chaos where the unlawful extermination of the Armenian people is the top of their agenda.

Determined to protect their lives and countrymen Michael, Chris and Ana join forces with exiled rebels in order to fight back against the might of The Empire and aid the Armenian people in their flight to safety.

The Promise is an undeniably effective film that shines a light on a shocking part of history that is still unknown to many today. The sweeping shots of the incredible backdrops of Europe are a feast for the eyes, adding to the outstanding performances from the cast.

Christian Bale feature

To celebrate the release of The Promise on Blu-ray and DVD now, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which late Armenian-American billionaire provided most of the financing for The Promise (Clue, the answer is in our review)?

A) Kirk Kerkorian
B) Richard Kerkorian
C) Michael Kerkorian

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Win Dunkirk (1958) on DVD

Dunkirk

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce that a new restoration of Leslie Norman’s classic wartime epic Dunkirk (1958) is being released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on September 25, 2017.

Featuring brand new extras, Ealing Studios’ remarkable Dunkirk (1958) will release as part of STUDIOCANAL’s Vintage Classics Collection. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2xDVD copies!

Dunkirk follows the dramatic events leading up to Operation Dynamo, where upon the British Army attempted to rescue fellow soldiers and allied troops from Nazi occupied France.

Seen from the dual perspectives of a jaded journalist in search of propaganda and a weary soldier desperately trying to give his troop some hope, Dunkirk never shies away from the brutality of war and the bravery of its soldiers.

Directed by Leslie Norman (The Long, The Short And The Tall), starring John Mills (Ice Cold In Alex, Goodbye Mr Chips, Great Expectations), Richard Attenborough (Brighton Rock, The Great Escape) and a cast featuring genuine army officers, Dunkirk is one of the most authentic representations of conflict during World War II.

The film premieres on the very beaches of Camber Sands where it was shot, on the evenings of Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21. The event is produced in association with The Luna Cinema and The Vintage Festival, and is part of the BRITAIN ON FILM collection: COAST AND SEA.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question…

Q. Who directed the 1958 version of Dunkirk?

A) Leslie Norman
B) Christopher Nolan
C) Will Attenborough

Simply send the answer to Dunkirk (1958) competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

New 2k restoration of Dunkirk (1958) being released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download on September 25, 2017.

Knights of the Damned - Preview

Knights of the Damned

Preview by Jack Foley

PREPARE to be thrilled as medieval knights lock horns with the undead in brand new epic fantasy adventure Knights of the Damned.

This action-packed visually stunning feature from the VFX artists behind Harry Potter and Inception is executive produced by award-winning Chris Newman (Game of Thones, Star Wars) and boasts an impressive cast, including Ross O’Hennessy (Game of Thrones), Ben Loyd-Holmes (Skyfall), Zara Phythian (Doctor Strange), Silvio Simac (Transporter 3), Adrian Bouchet (Clash of the Titans) and Andrea Vasiliou (Wonder Woman).

It arrives on DVD and digital from September 25, 2017 courtesy of High Fliers Films.

After relentless attacks on his castle the King enlists his finest knights to slay the dragon besieging the land. The elite army embark on their quest to defeat the fire breathing beast, but nothing can prepare them for the treacherous journey ahead.

Along their momentous crusade they encounter malicious water sirens, a race of warrior women hell bent on revenge and an unstoppable army of the damned.

Who will prevail in this epic battle against the forces of evil?

Win Knights of the Damned on DVD

To celebrate the release of Knights of the Damned on DVD on September 25, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who executive produces Knights of the Damned?

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First Kill (Bruce Willis) - Preview & trailer

First Kill

Preview by Jack Foley

A FAMILY vacation forces a detached father to face his worst fears in First Kill, an explosive thriller set to make all other summer holidays look tame when it arrives on DVD and digital platforms on September 25, 2017 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

In an attempt to reconnect with his son Danny, successful Wall Street broker Will (Hayden Christensen; Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Jumper) takes his family on a vacation to the cabin where he grew up. While Will and Danny are hunting, their trip takes a deadly turn when they witness the murder of a crooked police officer as a bank robbery goes awry.

When Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will is forced to help them evade the police chief investigating the murder (Bruce Willis; Looper, RED) and recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life.

Also starring Gethin Anthony (TV’s Game Of Thrones), First Kill (directed by Steven C. Miller) is a taut, effective backwoods thriller that shows, no matter how horrendous your own summer holiday may have been, there’s always someone worse off than you…

Win First Kill on DVD

To celebrate the release of First Kill on DVD on September 25, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs First Kill?

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Alien Covenant - DVD Review

Alien Covenant

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

IF Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s first return to the world he created with the original Alien, flattered to deceive in terms of overall satisfaction, then his follow-up, Alien Covenant, returns the bite to this beloved horror franchise.

That’s not to say that Scott has abandoned the ideology behind his first prequel. Far from it. Rather, with the help of co-writers John Logan and DW Harper (replacing Damon Lindelof), he has found a better, richer balance between the crowd-pleasing, adrenaline rush terror of Alien and Aliens and the more philosophical intelligence that Prometheus clearly aspired to.

There are glitches, almost inevitably. By attempting to explain so much, Scott and company open themselves up to hole-picking, while some of the more mainstream touches undermine the film’s credibility and feel like trailer-bait.

But for long periods, Covenant engages the brain and delivers a white knuckle ride that delivers on the living hell the trailer promised.

Set 10 years after the events of Prometheus, the film primarily focuses on the 15-strong crew of the spaceship Covenant who are transporting colonists and embryos to a new planet in the hope of saving humanity.

When a freak electrical storm awakens them prematurely from their artificial hibernation and causes a tragedy, they are soon faced with a dilemma: whether to return to sleep for another seven years or investigate the possibilities posed by another, closer planet that is only weeks away and looks even more sustainable. To make it more enticing, the planet seems to be transmitting a possibly human distress signal.

Led by newly promoted Captain Oram (Billy Crudup), the crew – including his immediate subordinates Daniels (Katherine Waterston) and Tennessee (Danny McBride) – investigate the planet, only to find unimaginable horrors lie in wait.

Intrinsic to this are the dual characters played by Michael Fassbender. In one guise, he is Walter, a newly created robot with limited scope for free-thinking, who is there to serve the crew of the Covenant. In the other, he is David, of Prometheus fame, now living on the planet the Covenant finds. But what has he been doing all this time? And what is his agenda?

Scott’s film is arguably at its most compelling when focusing on Fassbender, whose portrayal of David, in particular, is in some ways more terrifying than watching the various xenomorphs themselves. David’s inability to emote gives rise to uncertainty whenever he is around, making him almost impossible to read. Can he be trusted? What is he plotting? And what has he already done?

One scene, in which David teaches Walter how to play a flute, is mesmerising: an exercise in extreme tension that somehow also manages to draw in elements of absurdist, sexual humour as well as informed debate about creativity and choice. It transfixes completely and shows how the Alien franchise still has room to surprise and evolve.

Alien: Covenant

It also renders some suggestions that Covenant is merely a greatest compilation rather mute. For while Scott does have a certain amount of fun ticking boxes and self-referencing, there is plenty of original thought at play too.

When it comes to the horror, meanwhile, Scott knows how to deliver a jolt or too, even if this particular Alien incursion relies more on the grotesque than the suspenseful. It means body horror is used a lot, with Scott finding more than one way to birth a beast. While the aliens themselves, which mark a welcome [and long overdue] comeback for HR Giger’s original extra-terrestrials, are as nasty and agile as ever.

Scott ensures that tension is maintained throughout and may even leave you gasping for breath on a couple of occasions.

It’s just a shame, therefore, that Covenant can’t always sustain its own higher standards. For while arguably the best the franchise has had to offer since Scott first disgusted and impressed way back in 1979, and James Cameron then matched in 1986, Covenant is far from that kind of perfection.

The film’s characterisation sometimes falls short. Hence, while Fassbender is towering in dual roles, and Waterston, Crudup and McBride acquit themselves really well with limited material, the rest of the crew struggle to rise above being mere alien bait – despite the presence of a talented ensemble that further extends to Demian Bichir, Carmen (Selma) Ejogo and Jussie (Empire) Smollett.

But then Logan’s screenplay does render some of their actions rather silly when the terror takes hold, with many falling prey to genre convention rather than anything strikingly original or clever.

Similarly, some of the plot developments from Prometheus still leave more questions than answers (and not everything still makes sense). Scott’s decision to crowd-please also gives rise to some ridiculous gestures, including a completely unnecessary shower scene that feels like a cheap ‘eeew’ tactic. It’s during these moments that die-hard Alien fans may find themselves pining for the clinical efficiency of the originals.

With all things considered, however, and bearing in mind that this is the sixth film in the central Alien franchise, Scott deserves a lot of credit for getting things back on track and overseeing something that still manages to exhilarate, gross-out and give occasional pause for intelligent thinking. Alien Covenant is therefore a huge success when taken on its own terms.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 2hrs 3mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: September 18, 2017

Win Song To Song on DVD

Song To Song

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that from cinematic master Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, To The Wonder), comes Song To Song – a story of a lyrical love triangle – that will be available on DVD and Digital Download from September 25, 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away a DVD to two lucky winners!

BV (Academy Award®-nominees Ryan Gosling, La La Land, Drive) and Faye (Rooney Mara, Carol, Lion) are a song-writing couple trying to forge their way in the Austin music scene.

However, their relationship grows complicated when they fall into the orbit of a big-shot producer (Academy-Award nominee® Michael Fassbender, Alien: Covenant, Assassin’s Creed) and his waitress muse (Academy Award-winner® Natalie Portman, Jackie, Black Swan).

With cameos from music scene stars including Florence Welch, Iggy Pop and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a soundtrack including Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, Song To Song is a vibrant and alluring exploration into music, love and the turbulent Texan rock and roll scene.

Check out this clip of Actress Natalie Portman discussing working with Terrence Malick

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question..

Q. Which one of these Terrence Malick films does not star Natalie Portman?

A) Song To Song
B) The Tree of Life
C) Knight of Cups

Simply send the answer to Song To Song competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Song To Song will be available on DVD and Digital Download on September 25, 2017.

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Win Hillsong: Let Hope Rise on DVD

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of Hillsong: Let Hope Rise on DVD and VOD on October 2, 2017, we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

An uplifting, truly euphoric portrait of the band Hillsong United, captured onstage and off, showing its rise from humble beginnings to global phenomenon.

Capturing the onstage energy and offstage hearts of the Australian church band Hillsong United, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise spotlights the talent and humility of this group that has become a global phenomenon. Their songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people worldwide.

Discover their modest beginnings and astonishing rise to prominence in this captivating movie of unwavering faith and musical inspiration.

Win Hillsong: Let Hope Rise on DVD

To celebrate the release of Hillsong: Let Hope Rise on DVD and VOD on October 2, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What country do Hillsong come from?

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Win a Blu-ray copy of Spark

Spark

Preview by Jack Foley

THE thrilling intergalactic adventures of a teen monkey and his gang zoom onto Blu-ray and DVD, in an animated sci-fi comedy from the makers of The Nut Job and Coraline, featuring the talents of Patrick Stewart, Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon.

Synopsis:

Spark is a wisecracking, teenage monkey who lives on an abandoned planet with his friends Chunk the pig Chunk, a fox called Vix and some insects.

Thirteen years ago, power- hungry Zhong seized control of their planet Beta, wiping out Spark’s family and sending him into hiding.

Now, Zhong plans to use the deadly space Kraken to destroy the entire universe, and no one but Spark and his ragtag gang can stop him.

Spark is out now on Digital Download and on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD from Monday, September 18.

Win Spark on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Spark on DVD and Blu-ray on September 18, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What form of animal is Spark?

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Win a limited edition poster and Blu-ray of Point Blank

Point Blank

Preview by Jack Foley

We are giving away a limited edition poster and Blu-ray to celebrate the release of Point Blank – out on September 18, 2017.

They double-crossed Walker, took his $93,000 cut of the heist and left him for dead, but they didn’t finish the job. Big mistake. He – someday, somehow – is going to finish them.

Lee Marvin is in full antihero mode as remorseless Walker, talking the talk and walking the walk in John Boorman’s (Deliverance) edgy neo-noir classic filled with imaginative New Wave style, blunt dialogue and Walker’s relentless quest that, one by one, smashes into the corporate pecking order of a crime group called the Organisation.

Angie Dickinson plays the accomplice who uses her seductive wiles to ensnare one of Walker’s prey.

Special features

Commentary by Director John Boorman and Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

Vintage Featurettes The Rock Part 1 and The Rock Part 2.

Theatrical Trailer

The Premium Collection, revered films across all genres celebrated in a Premium package set containing the film on Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy (via the Ultraviolet service) giving fans a must own version that allows them to watch however they choose. Each release also includes a collectible slipcase and 4 collectible art cards featuring the films key art and 3 lobby cards style stills.

Win a limited edition poster and Blu-ray of Point Blank

To celebrate the release of Point Blank on Blu-ray on September 18, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a limited edition poster and Blu-ray of Point Blank. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directed Point Blank?

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Win Chicken on DVD

Chicken

Preview by Jack Foley

NETWORK Distributing is proud to announce that it will be releasing the critically acclaimed feature debut film Chicken from writer/director Joe Stephenson from September 18, 2017, on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and Ireland.

Chicken won the Grand Jury Award at the New Hampshire International Film Festival, Best Film at Cine A La Vista International Film Festival, 2nd Prize at Giffoni International Film Festival and a Special Critics Circle mention for Scott Chambers at the Dublin International Film Festival.

The DVD and Blu-ray will feature special extras including special Sir Ian McKellen interviews with Scott Chambers, additional auditions and performances from the lead actors, phone videos, full score and a behind the scenes gallery.

Synopsis

Chambers plays Richard, a fifteen-year-old boy with learning difficulties who lives in a shabby caravan with his older brother, Polly (Watkins). Life for Richard is harsh, with the engaging, nature-loving teenager yearning for stability while frequently finding himself on the wrong side of his brother’s destructive, often violent moods.

Finding it easier to communicate with animals – none more so than his beloved hen, Fiona – Richard nevertheless forms a friendship with rebellious seventeen-year-old Annabel (Paige), whose family have recently acquired the farmland on which the brothers live.

But growing conflict with the new landowners will lead to a situation that severely tests Richard’s natural optimism, as a world of privilege collides with the brothers’ precarious, marginalised existence.

Chicken is available on DVD & Blu-ray from September 18, 2017. Buy it

Win Chicken on DVD

To celebrate the release of Chicken on DVD and Blu-ray on September 18, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote and directed Chicken?

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