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Triple 9

Preview by Jack Foley

Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that action-packed heist thriller Triple 9 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on June 27, 2016; available digitally from June 20, 2016. To celebrate its release, we have 3 Blu-ray copies to give away!

Full of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge-of-your-seat, the film presents an incredible ensemble cast, including Academy Award Nominees Casey Afleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson and Academy Award Winner Kate Winslet.

Also starring Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and Gal Gadot, and directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Road), Triple 9 is available to pre-order now from Amazon

When a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist, they realise the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”.

The chaos that ensues when a police officer is shot in the line of duty is just the diversion they’ll need to do the job, but whether they have the will to kill one of their own is an entirely different matter.

Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.

Q. Which Triple 9 star was nominated for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards in 2013?

A) Woody Harrelson
B) Chiwetel Ejiofor
C) Casey Affleck

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Triple 9 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from June 27, 2016 and Digital HD from June 20, 2016.

Win The Highly Intense Thriller Strangerland on DVD

Strangerland

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the release of the thriller Strangerland on DVD and for download on July 4, 2016, we have teamed up with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment to give away a copy on DVD.

An A-list cast of Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes star in this highly-tense thriller from Kim Farrant about a family whose children have disappeared in the Australian desert.

Following a tradition of enigmatic mysteries from Down Under, Strangerland is packed with fantastic dramatic performances, scorching cinematography of the outback, and dark, gripping secrets.

Synopsis

Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew Parker’s (Joseph Fiennes) lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy (Nicholas Hamilton) and Lily (Maddison Brown), have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits.

With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae (Hugo Weaving). It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to the children.

Suspicion is cast, rumours spread and the town begins to turn against the Parkers. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the mystery of their children’s fate.

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Win Strangerland on DVD

To celebrate the release of Strangerland on DVD on July 4, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy of the film. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Strangerland?

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A Bigger Splash - Preview

A Bigger Splash

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce the Home Entertainment release of A Bigger Splash, Luca Guadagnino’s lush, sun drenched feature follow-up to his Academy Award nominated I Am Love.

Reuniting Luca with Tilda Swinton, the stylish erotic–thriller also stars Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts in an immaculately cast quartet.

A Bigger Splash is a dazzling, sexually-charged psychological thriller exploring the politics and dangers of desire and its consequences.

Luca Guadagnino has crafted a film around themes of intense love, beauty and sexuality and a returning lover whose presence unearths the past of the lead characters and brings their most destructive tendencies to the surface.

Inspired by Jacques Deray’s 1969 La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) and its story of suspense, sexual longing and jealousy, Guadagnino also takes inspiration from the thrillers of Patricia Highsmith and the raw energy of Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking.

A Bigger Splash is his vibrant portrait of the clash between the Rock and Roll world and the conservative, modern world taking its place.

Tilda Swinton, reuniting with Guadagnino for the third time in their twenty year partnership, brings an electrifying performance to the role of Marianne, a Bowie-like Rock star whose idyllic summer and new relationship is upended by the arrival of her former flame.

Ralph Fiennes plays superbly against type as her ex – wild, coked-up record producer Harry, a force of nature unlike any role Fiennes has undertaken before.

Completing the quartet are Matthias Schoenaerts as Paul, Marianne’s new lover whose brooding patience is repeatedly broken by Harry’s jibes until he cannot take any more, and Dakota Johnson as Penelope, Harry’s newly discovered daughter.

Inheriting her father’s knack for manipulation Penelope makes her move on Paul while Harry closes in on Marianne, making a violent climax inevitable for at least one of the party.

Central to the film is the setting for the characters hot summer encounter – the volcanic island of Pantellaria, the natural drama of the landscape becoming essential to the atmosphere of the story. A spectacular and stunning island between Sicily and Tunisia, its visual force perfectly frames the dramatic conflict between the characters isolated there.

The twin pillar to Pantellaria is to Guadagnino the music of The Rolling Stones, encapsulating the rock n roll world the characters are borne from. The character of Harry was crafted to the history of their music and the soundtrack features standout tracks from The Rolling Stones, Captain Beefheart, Harry Nilsson and St. Vincent, with a beautifully understated rendition of Emotional Rescue

Completing the exquisite collaborations that produced the film, the costumes for Tilda Swinton’s recuperating rock star were crafted by Raf Simons during his tenure at Dior, drawing inspiration from 50’s styles and Guadagnino’s love of Ingrid Bergman and the films of Rossellini.

A Bigger Splash is the perfect feast for summer – an electrifying cast, a beautifully evocative setting, stunning visuals and a standout soundtrack along with waves of sexual tension. It arrives on Home Entertainment formats with carefully selected bonus material including deleted scenes, and production featurettes along with detailed directors commentary.

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A Bigger Splash is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday, June 27, 2016.

Win the action-packed British sci-fi Kill Command on DVD

Kill Command

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of the action-packed British sci-fi Kill Command – available on DVD and VOD on June 27, 2016 – we have teamed up with Vertigo Releasing to giveaway a copy on DVD.

A dazzling mix of Predator, Robocop and District 9, but with a distinctly British flavour, this is a sci-fi thriller not to be missed!

Like Gareth Edwards’ Monsters before it, Kill Command is a low budget sci-fi that defies its budget – visual effects supremo turned director Steven Gomez has fashioned a slick, exciting and expertly designed action film that is the match of any multi-million pound Hollywood blockbuster.

Featuring a gripping man versus machine plot line and some of the scariest robot creatures to ever grace the screen, this is a pure adrenalin rush of a film, that fans of the Alien and Predator films will devour.

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Win the action-packed British sci-fi Kill Command on DVD

To celebrate the release of Kill Command on VOD and DVD on June 27, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy of the film on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Kill Command?

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies - Win a DVD, signed poster and novel

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Preview by Jack Foley

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies comes to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD Monday, June 27, 2016.

Courtesy of Lionsgate, we have a copy on DVD, a signed poster by the cast and a copy of the best-selling book by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen.

It’s Pride and Prejudice like you’ve never seen it before, as Jane Austen’s 19th Century classic is invaded by hordes of flesh-eating zombies!

With its killer premise, an incredible cast of established stars and Hollywood’s hottest rising talent, and big, blood-splattered action, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the literary-monster mash-up you’ve been waiting to feast on!

Synopsis

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel.

A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th Century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry.

Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.

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Win Pride & Prejudice & Zombies on DVD

To celebrate the release of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies on Blu-ray and DVD on June 27, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy of the film on DVD as well as a signed poster and a copy of the novel. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies?

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Win a DVD bundle with The Sweeney: Paris starring Jean Reno

The Sweeney: Paris

To celebrate the release of The Sweeney: Paris – out now on DVD – we have teamed up with Vertigo Releasing to offer one lucky winner a bundle of must-see DVDs featuring The Sweeney: Paris, The Sweeney, Bronson, Monsters and Monsters Dark Continent!

Go on a fast-paced ride-along with tough cop Serge Buren (Jean Reno) and his no-nonsense police squad as they attempt to take down a crime ring operating in Paris.

From the makers of The Sweeney, directed by Benjamin Rocher and co-starring Alban Lenoir, Oumar Diaw and Catarina Murino, The Sweeney: Paris is an action thriller you do not want to miss!

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Win The Sweeney: Paris DVD bundle

To celebrate the release of The Sweeney: Paris on DVD, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a DVD bundle comprised of The Sweeney: Paris, The Sweeney, Bronson, Monsters and Monsters Dark Continent. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Sweeney: Paris?

Simply send the answer to The Sweeney: Paris competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Triple 9 - DVD Review

Triple 9

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

JOHN Hillcoat has already delivered some hard-hitting films in the form of Outback Western The Proposition and Prohibition drama Lawless so it’s little surprise to find the director bringing the same kind of gritty intensity to the heist genre.

Triple 9 greatly benefits from the director’s assured, no-nonsense touch, as well as his ability to handle ensemble casts, thereby turning what could have been a straight-forward thriller into something much more interesting.

Based on a script by Matt Cook, the film follows a crew of dirty cops and ex-soldiers (led by Chiwetel Ejiofor and including Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul and Clifton Collins Jr) as they are forced into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist by a Russian Mob boss (Kate Winslet).

In order to increase their chances of success, the crew plan to manufacture a 999 call, the US police code for ‘officer down’, by shooting one of their own and creating a diversion. But while Mackie’s idealistic new partner (Casey Affleck) seems like the obvious contender to take the fall, circumstances soon complicate matters for everyone involved.

Triple 9 may take its cues from a wide range of genre classics, from Michael Mann’s Heat to Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day via Scorsese’s duplicitous The Departed to TV’s The Wire, but it still retains an identity of its own, thanks to Hillcoat’s smart handling of the material (which often rises above some of the more trashy elements).

Hence, while adhering to those classic elements, Triple 9 also feels very much like a film of its time. The Atlanta setting, in particular, helps to create a gritty urban feel where a sense of desperation permeates like a bad smell that won’t go away – and only intensifies whenever the heat gets turned up. The threat of violence is everywhere, while the contrasts between the rich and the poor – the higher class criminals and the banks as opposed to the poverty-stricken, gang-infested poor – are starkly drawn.

If the current US election is to be decided by which candidate can exploit the perceived anger within America at this moment in time, then Hillcoat also mines that anger for everything it’s worth here. This is a film populated by desperate men compelled to do even more desperate things, which – in turn – suits Hillcoat’s trademark direct, brutal approach to violence. It’s unflinching and any idealists are in for harsh lessons.

Triple 9

Even the survivors, such as Woody Harrelson’s boozy superior, wear their scepticism like a badge of honour – or, in Harrelson’s case, a stars and stripes tie. The priority is to survive by any means possible – and not to die trying.

And if the performances don’t hammer that point home hard enough, then the set pieces do – never more so than during an incredibly taut house search in which Affleck’s newbie officer leads the hunt for a heavily armed suspect in a seemingly never-ending collection of rooms. Your heart will literally be in your mouth.

Indeed, the look and feel of the film is particularly striking, thanks in no small part to cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis, but also to the way in which Hillcoat injects every action sequence with an urgency that feels so immediate: whether in the opening heist or the final showdowns.

Cook’s twisting script also serves this feeling by making double cross and betrayal almost par for the course.

Indeed, if there’s a criticism, it’s that Hillcoat sometimes feels like he’s trying to cram too much into a film that boast’s an incredibly tight running time. He tosses you into the action, literally, and sweeps you along on the ride, forcing you to play catch-up at several points, while keeping up with what’s also unfolding right before your eyes. It can sometimes negate the emotional connection, creating a sense that a few more talky scenes here and there might have benefitted.

Indeed, given the quality of the cast, it wouldn’t have felt like an indulgence to be able to spend more time in the company of the characters created by Ejiofor, Harrelson, Affleck and Mackie, in particular – even though Winslet’s villain strikes the only really false note thanks to a cumbersome Russian accent.

But in the main, this is powerhouse filmmaking: gritty, pulse-pounding, intelligent and viscerally thrilling. Genre fans should have a blast.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 1hr 55mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: June 27, 2016

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip - DVD Review

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

RESISTANCE almost seems futile now for the Alvin & The Chipmunk franchise given that we are now, somehow, four films in. So, if you’re willing to get on board then Road Chip continues to showcase the best and the worst that the series has to offer.

Walt Becker’s film is actually a great deal better than the previous instalment, Chip Wrecked, but it does test the patience at times by virtue of the incessant sweetness on show, the high pitched voices, the near-endless product placement, the pointless adult references and some of the wretched cover versions.

But it also somehow endears at times, whether its courtesy of a couple of really fun musical sequences, an always endearing Jason Lee (who gets a little more to do this time around) and an OTT but amiable pantomime villain performance from Veep‘s Tony Hale.

The story this time around finds music manager Dave (Lee) enjoying a blossoming romance with Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), a beautiful doctor, and embarking on a business trip to Miami where it looks as though he might be about to propose.

Fearful that this new chapter in Dave’s life might spell the end for them, and mindful of Samantha’s antagonistic stepbrother (Josh Green), Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Theodore and Simon embark on a cross-country odyssey to prevent their best pal from ruining their lives.

The ensuing adventure boasts little in the way of plot surprises or even worthwhile character development and seems to exist only to ram home the point about dysfunctional family dynamics. But while that may often grate, particularly among the reluctant parents forced to drag their kids along, there are elements that enliven proceedings.

Some of the pratfalls that befall the central characters are amusing in an old school Tom & Jerry kind of way, with the hapless [but highly game] Hale forced to bear the brunt of most of it, while a couple of the musical numbers are genuinely rousing: a New Orleans-based take on Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk being a particular standout.

The decision to focus more on the guy chipmunks, rather than The Chipettes, also proves wise, as does the more low-key approach to the scale of the adventure.

It’s just a shame that some of the more onerous elements are left unchecked, including the unnecessary product placement (for all things Alvin related, as well as numerous other things), while a lot of the adult in-jokes (such as a cameo by John Walters or a nod to horror classic The Exorcist) are completely superfluous.

Still, if you’re looking for something to amuse the kids on a cold, windy afternoon then Road Chip is bearable enough – just. But a fifth film would really be a stretch.

Certificate: U
Running time: 92mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: June 20, 2016

Doomwatch: Feature Length version - Preview

Doomwatch

Preview by Jack Foley

DOOMWATCH is one of the great, lost TV programmes, a classic slice of science fiction (with the emphasis as much on science as the fiction), a stunningly prescient home-grown programme that followed hot on the heels of Doctor Who.

Famed for its look at issues facing us long before anyone else, not least technological developments, the threats they pose and fears over what was happening to the environment, it also set the template for sci-fi TV programmes for years to come – with the series spinning off into the feature film world.

And now, for the first time on Blu-ray and in a newly restored DVD version, the feature length outing for sci-fi thriller Doomwatch arrives on June 20, 2016 courtesy of Screenbound.

Doomwatch, directed by Peter Sasdy (Taste the Blood of Dracula, Hands of the Ripper) takes the TV series one step further and, thanks to this pristine restoration looks better than ever.

Win Doomwatch: Feature Length version on DVD

To celebrate the release of the feature length version of Doomwatch on DVD and Blu-ray from June 20, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs the feature length version of Doomwatch?

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Win the Ultimate WWE Blu-ray bundle!

Father's Day WWE bundle

To celebrate Father’s Day we are offering one reader the chance to win a fantastic WWE Blu-ray bundle.

Give The Ultimate Super Star in your Life The Father’s Day WWE Gift that tells him he’s your Hero!

One winner will receive 1 Royal Rumle Blu-ray, 1 Wrestlemania 32 Blu-ray, 1 Fastlane 2016 Blu-ray, 1 US Championship A Legacy of Greatness Blu-ray and 1 NXT Greatest Matches Blu-ray.

Win the Ultimate WWE Blu-ray bundle!

To celebrate Father’s Day, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win the Ultimate WWE Blu-ray bundle comprised of 1 Royal Rumle Blu-ray, 1 Wrestlemania 32 Blu-ray, 1 Fastlane 2016 Blu-ray, 1 US Championship A Legacy of Greatness Blu-ray and 1 NXT Greatest Matches Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which Wrestlemania is up for grabs?

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