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Win Conor McGregor: Notorious on DVD

Conor McGregor: Notorious

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOW one of sport’s most unforgettable journeys as the unflinching and brutally honest documentary, Conor McGregor: Notorious, is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Platforms.

Boxing since the age of 12, Dublin-born Conor McGregor has gone from a plumbing apprenticeship and a life on benefits to being the current UFC Featherweight Champion and the biggest fight sports star in the world.

Just 29-years-old and a pro-fighter since 2008, with 15 wins by knock out under his belt, McGregor is an icon to his faithful fans who remain absorbed by his peerless skill, his fearless attitude and his infamous swagger.

Much more than that though, McGregor is a personality who is hard to ignore and is admired within and without the world of UFC for his unrivalled passion, dedication and commitment.

Conor McGregor: Notorious, filmed over the course of 4 years, is a gripping access-all-areas account of McGregor’s personal and professional journey from claiming benefits and living in his mum’s spare room with his girlfriend to claiming multiple championship belts and 7-figure pay packets.

Featuring exclusive interviews, unprecedented access and fight footage, this is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at a sporting icon and his meteoric rise.

Following McGregor from his transition as a largely unknown fighter to the status he currently enjoys, the film includes highlights from throughout his career including winning the UFC championship belt in just 13 seconds and his shock loss to rival Nate Diaz, culminating in his recent foray into the world of boxing and his record-breaking Las Vegas bout against Floyd Mayweather.

With all the controversy, candour and steely-eyed self-belief we’ve come to expect, Conor McGregor: Notorious offers an unprecedented glimpse into the public and private life of a man considered a hero by fans across the globe. A window into the world of one of sport’s true individuals, this is timely, essential viewing.

Directed by Gavin Fitzgerald, Conor McGregor: Notorious is produced by Jamie D’Alton for Motive Films.

Win Conor McGregor: Notorious on DVD

To celebrate the release of Conor McGregor: Notorious 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. Who directs Conor McGregor: Notorious?

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Win An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power on DVD - available on digital and DVD on December 11

An Inconvenient Sequel

Preview by Jack Foley

HAILED as “a wake-up-call” (Frankie Crossley, Miro Magazine) and “skillfully put together” (Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent), the eye-opening and compelling An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power arrives on Digital Download and DVD on December 11, 2017. To celebrate the release, we are giving you the chance to win a copy on DVD!

Ten years after the Academy Award®-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, the 2017 Environmental Media Association (EMA) Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power follows former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his tireless fight, traveling around the globe to educate and inspire the next generation of climate champions.

This “daring, urgent and exhilarating follow-up” (Josh Dickey, Mashable) shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.

Watch the incredible trailer

For your chance to win a copy of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power on DVD, simply submit your answer to the question below…

Q. In the trailer, where is the annual climate change conference held?

A) Paris
B) London
C) Berlin

Simply send the answer to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Like Paramount on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and follow #BeInconvenient for all the latest news and information.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – See It on Digital and DVD from December 11, 2017.

© 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved

Win exorcism documentary Deliver Us on DVD

Deliver Us

Preview by Jack Foley

A HARD-hitting documentary filmed in Palermo, Deliver Us (Liberami) follows two Sicilian priests as they perform the ancient rite of exorcism – a practice that is regaining popularity within the Catholic Church worldwide.

Federica di Giacomo’s compelling, often chilling film offers a startlingly intimate insight into the work of veteran exorcist Father Migliazzo and fellow Franciscan priest Father Carmine modern healers who offer religious salvation and solace in place of clinical help for some of the island’s most desperate and vulnerable individuals.

Taking the award for Best Film in the 73rd Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section, Deliver Us explores a post-modern world in which medieval traditions and contemporary values co-exist, presenting a story told from the perspectives of the people who experience it every day both the “possessed” and those who seek to deliver them.

Viewers should be advised that this film contain images, language and ideas that some may find offensive.

Deliver Us is in UK cinemas and on DVD now.

Win Deliver Us on DVD

To celebrate the release of Deliver Us on DVD, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Deliver Us?

Simply send the answer to Deliver Us competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

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Win The Wall on Blu-ray

The Wall

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the highly intense and gripping action war film – The Wall – will be available on Digital Download from November 17, 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD from November 20, 2017. Pre-order now. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2x Blu-ray copies!

From Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity, American Made and Edge of Tomorrow, comes a deadly psychological thriller and a war film like no other. U.S. Sergeants Allen Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals, Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Shane Matthews (WWE’s John Cena) are investigating a pipeline construction site in a desert of Iraq.

When he heads into open space, Matthews is shot by an Iraqi sniper, leaving Isaac to take cover and form a rescue plan behind an unsteady, crumbling wall. What unfolds is as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship in the toughest of conditions.

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

Q. Other than being an actor, what is John Cena known for?

A) Modelling
B) WWE Wrestler
C) NFL Player

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

The Wall is available now on Digital Download and on Blu-ray and DVD.

Win Son of Bigfoot DVD bundle

Son of Bigfoot

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM the creators of Robinson Crusoe and The House Of Magic, STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that The Son Of Bigfoot – the epic coming-of-age adventure for all the family that tells the legendary tale of Bigfoot – will be available on DVD and Digital Download from November 20, 2017; pre-order now.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of The Son of Bigfoot on DVD in a bundle with The House of Magic, A Turtle’s Tale and Robinson Crusoe.

Adam, a 13-year-old outsider, sets out on a daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad (Christopher L. Parson) – only to discover he is the legendary Bigfoot! As father and son start making up for lost time, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination. But little do they know, HairCo. the giant corporation Bigfoot is hiding from, is hot on their tails as Adams tracks have led them straight to him!

The Son Of Bigfoot is the latest film to come from nWave Pictures, a Belgian-American animation studio who have produced a number of modern family classics including I>Robinson Crusoe (2016), The House Of Magic (2013) and A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010), collectively selling over 1 million units to date.

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

Q. Who plays the voice of Bigfoot?

A) Christopher L. Parson
B) Pappy Faulkner
C) Joe Thomas

Simply send the answer to Son of Bigfoot competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

The Son of Bigfoot is out now on DVD.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - DVD Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

A THIRD new Spider-Man incarnation in 20 years didn’t necessarily suggest great things. But having finally found a Homecoming of its own amid Marvel’s ambitious superhero universe, this latest outing for one of the comic book world’s most prized assets is a pleasant surprise on many levels.

First and foremost, it’s fun. John Watts’ film carries an innocence and wide-eyed brashness befitting its central character’s coming-of-age journey.

But it’s also capable of surprising – a trait that has become increasingly rare in this somewhat predictable and hopelessly over-crowded genre. Some 16 films in and Marvel clearly still has a trick or two up its sleeve.

Skipping the expected origins format, Spider-Man: Homecoming jumps straight in, firstly by establishing a motive for the film’s main villain, Michael Keaton’s Vulture, and then picking up in the aftermath of Peter Parker’s role in Captain America: Civil War, as he excitedly re-watches footage of that superhero square up he has assembled on a mobile camera.

Desperate for more Avengers involvement, Parker (again played by Tom Holland) returns to New York and college but puts everything on hold as he waits, and waits (and waits) for that next call.

As frustration sets in, however, he stumbles upon a criminal enterprise being set up by The Vulture, which has links to the climactic events of Avengers Assemble. Yet while Parker views bringing The Vulture down as his best way to prove himself, he risks incurring the wrath of his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr).

And then there’s the everyday complications posed by Parker’s school life, including balancing a good education with superhero duties and realising his love for college hottie Liz (Laura Harrier).

Just as Peter Parker spends a lot of the movie balancing priorities, so too does director Watts. But while certain elements do get under-served (Keaton’s villain being one of them), he mostly gets that mix just right.

For a start, the emphasis on humour works in its favour, meaning this arrives like a breath of fresh air amid some of the more weighty superhero fare out there. But there’s also a fairly even divide between the coming-of-age high school stuff, where Parker gets to battle his inner nerd, as well as the more super-sized hero material.

It means Holland gets plenty of time to create someone who – as Downey Jr instructs at one point – is more than just a suit, coming across as fresh-faced, eager to a fault, naïve yet likeable at all times. You root for the kid as much as the icon.

Jacob Batalon also scores highly as Parker’s best friend, a similarly awkward teen who cannot believe his luck in befriending a superhero, as well as Harrier’s love interest. Indeed, Watts juggles the wide variety of supporting players in reasonably satisfying fashion throughout, affording plumb roles for some genuinely up-and-coming talent (including Donald Glover and Bokeem Woodbine as two more criminals and Zendaya as the kooky Michelle).

Spider-Man: Homecoming

He also keeps Downey Jr’s involvement to some nicely judged cameos (along with Captain America), meaning that early fears about how great a role Iron Man might have are without merit.

Where he does come up short, however, is in his portrayal of Keaton’s Vulture, brilliant whenever he is on-screen, but not quite afforded enough to do to create someone as memorably complex as Dr Ock in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May also gets very little to do beyond being the butt of some sexy jokes.

Of the set pieces, Watts does well to generate excitement from rescue scenarios more than superhero dust-ups, with a scene at the Washington Momument and another aboard a ferry exciting and fresh (as well as amusing where possible).

Another of the film’s minor disappointments, however, is that last act square up, which again becomes too effects heavy and way too familiar within the superhero genre. There is, at least, a little more emotional investment but Watts’ film enters yawn-inducing territory at this point, before emerging for some amusing post-battle character wrap-ups.

Overall, though, Watts – whose previous credits include the gloriously OTT Cop Car – has pulled off something of a surprise for sceptics and fans alike. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a lively romp of a superhero movie that delights more than it misfires.

Once again, Marvel has defied the odds to serve up another crowd-pleasing winner that also keeps its cinematic universe in ridiculously good health.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 2hrs 13mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: November 20, 2017

The Big Sick - DVD Review

The Big Sick

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

JUDD Apatow has directed some of the best comedies of recent years. He now produces another gem in the form of The Big Sick, a romantic comedy-drama that was inspired by its leading man’s own life experiences.

Yet far from being the out-and-out laughter-fest that some reviews suggest, this also tugs at the heart-strings in a surprisingly endearing way, while probing attitudes to race that should resonate for everyone.

Co-written by Pakistani-American stand-up and actor Kumail Nanjiani and white comedy writer-producer Emily V Gordon, upon whose lives the story is based, The Big Sick follows the fortunes of Kumail, a part-time Uber driver and stand-up hopeful, who is also attempting to resist his family’s desire to set-up an arranged marriage.

When he finds himself being heckled one night by an audience member named Emily (Zoe Kazan), Kumail inadvertently becomes attracted to her and the two share a night of passion, which in turn leads to an unlikely friendship and relationship.

But as Kumail becomes increasingly reluctant to introduce Emily to his family, for fear of being cut off, the ensuing romance gets strained. And then Emily falls ill and is placed into a coma as the doctors attempt to find out what is wrong with her.

Much like Apatow’s own Funny People, The Big Sick starts out light and breezy, only to detour into more serious drama once the main characters are forced to confront a medical emergency.

In this case, however, the story is given greater poignancy by the knowledge that much of what unfolds on screen is real.

It’s a tribute to the way the characters have been written, and subsequently played by both Nanjiani and Kazan, that you’ll be rooting for them throughout, while also going on the emotional highs and lows that come with their romance as a whole.

Nanjiani and Gordon aren’t afraid to confront the race issues inherent in the story, exploring certain prejudices from the perspectives of all concerned and making for a much more balanced world-view than some films allow.

Yet, while also poking fun at certain stereotypes (right down to the lazy view of all Muslims as terrorists), Nanjiana and Gordon show they have a sense of humour too, thereby preventing the film from ever feeling either cynical or preachy. Rather, it earns your outrage (particularly during one racially inspired heckle) and your laughs.

Nanjiani and Kazan also work well together as a couple, infusing their characters with a flesh and blood feel that makes them as flawed, and thereby prone to serious errors of judgement, as they are loveable.

But they’re well supported by a top-quality ensemble, including Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff as Kumail’s overly traditional parents, and Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, as Emily’s at-first sceptical but eventually welcoming parents.

Michael Showalter’s direction doesn’t toss in any grand-standing comedic moments, preferring to let things unfold in an almost natural, fly-on-the-wall kind of way. Hence, while short on genuinely laugh-out loud moments, The Big Sick keeps you amused throughout, while simultaneously making you think and care about what’s going on.

The result is a charming experience that succeeds as a romantic comedy on its own terms – one that has more substance and less fluff than most films of its type.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 2hrs
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: November 20, 2017

The Wall (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) - DVD Review

The Wall

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

DOUG Liman’s The Wall is an entertaining, if deeply flawed, sniper drama anchored by a strong central performance from Britain’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Early on, it’s high on tension and what would you do conundrums. But it can’t sustain its momentum despite a taut 86 minute running time.

That it ultimately gets away with things more than it might is largely down to its leading man and an ending that, while increasingly predictable, is no less effective for it.

Johnson plays one of two US Sergeants during the last days of the war in Iraq, who has been called to investigate a sniper attack at a remote desert outpost.

Convinced the sniper has departed, one of the two – John Cena’s Shane Matthews – ventures out of cover to take a closer look at the casualties. But when he is shot and wounded, it’s left to Johnson’s Allen Isaac to try and save him, while luring the sniper out.

To make matters more desperate, he has only a fragile wall for cover and has been wounded himself in a firefighting exchange.

Liman, whose best work includes The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, directs the action scenes with a clinical efficiency befitting the scenario and builds the tension nicely during the first third of the film.

He also contrives to give Isaac an audio connection to his tormentor, making their battle of wits verbal as well as physical.

This, too, initially gives the film an extra edge, particularly as the sniper seems to hold all of the cards.
But far from posing any really big ethical and moral questions from either men, Dwain Worrell’s screenplay is more content in having them trade insults and, with regard to ? in particular, make increasingly stupid decisions.

This, in turn, ultimately undermines the film’s credibility and reduces its tension.

Johnson does well, in spite of this, to make his character worth rooting for and Liman does eventually conjure a way out of the stand-off to deliver a potent ending. But far from offering anything really telling about the psychology of a sniper or the rights and wrongs of war, The Wall ultimately proves more content to deliver B-movie thrills and disposability.

Given its relationship to current events, that’s a missed opportunity.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 86mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: November 20, 2017

Win Ferrari: Race To Immortality on DVD

Ferrari: Race To Immortality

Preview by Jack Foley

FERRARI: Race To Immortality tells the story of the Scuderia Ferrari’s tumultuous early years in the 1950s, giving audiences extraordinary insight into the iconic brand, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. To celebrate the film releasing on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms (out now), we have a DVD copy to give away to three lucky winners!

It’s the 1950s… the dawn of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari in the Formula One World Championship and deadliest decade in motor racing history. As cars pushed the limits of human ingenuity, drivers lived on a knife edge between life and death.

At the centre of it all was Enzo Ferrari, a towering figure in motor racing and patriarch of Ferrari who dared to dream about speed in ways nobody else could. Amidst the stiff competition within his team, two of its stars, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, decided that their friendship was as important as winning the next race.

The film also features archive footage of Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso and Alfonso de Portago – all legends of the Scuderia Ferrari team.

Directed by sports filmmaker, Daryl Goodrich, and produced by Julia Taylor Stanley (Coriolanus, The Tempest), the award-winning Kevin Loader (The Lady in the Van, The Death of Stalin) and Maggie Monteith (Brotherhood, Searching for Sugar Man), Ferrari: Race To Immortality tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of Ferrari’s most decorated drivers in an era where it was la dolce vita during the week and a coin toss of whether they lived or died on the weekend.

Below is a clip taken from the Making Of DVD featurette, where director Daryl Goodrich and producer Julia Taylor Stanley provide an insight to the drivers seen in the film:

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

Q. Which decade in motorsport does the film Ferrari: Race To Immortality focus on?

A) 1930s
B) 1950s
C) 1990s

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

Ferrari: Race To Immortality is out now on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital platforms.

Win 89 on DVD

89

Preview by Jack Foley

EXPERIENCE one of the most pivotal and dramatic moments in football as told by the history makers themselves. 89 releases on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download on Monday, November 20, 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2xDVD copies!

Anfield 1989. For the first time in a century the final game of the season pitted the top two teams against each other for an intense sporting duel watched by millions. The league title was the prize and the entire season hinged on how the very last seconds played out.

Arsenal were unfancied and unfashionable compared to the mighty Liverpool. The odds were stacked against them.

With unprecedented access to the protagonists Lee Dixon, George Graham, Tony Adams and Michael Thomas and contributions from avid fans Dermot O’Leary, Nick Hornby and Alan Davies – 89 is a nostalgic, emotional tribute to one of the most compelling football finales of all time.

Directed by Dave Stewart (The Humans Face, Origins of Us) and executive produced by former Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon and football correspondent Amy Lawrence, 89 is a universal tale of a band of brothers whose camaraderie has lasted long after the trophy was lifted.

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

Q. Who scored the first goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Liverpool in the final game of the 1988/89 season?

A) Lee Dixon
B) Alan Smith
C) Paul Merson

Simply send the answer to 89 Arsenal competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

89 is in Ourscreen.com cinemas on November 11 and on DVD and Digital Download from November 20, 2017.