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Win a Digital Download Code for The Hummingbird Project

The Hummingbird Project

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the October 4, 2019, digital release of The Hummingbird Project, we have a copy of the film – redeemable via iTunes – up for grabs courtesy of Vertigo Releasing!

The Wolf of Wall Street meets The Social Network as A-listers Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek star in a tense tech thriller from Oscar-nominated director Kim Nguyen.

Oscar-nominated Nguyen’s flashy, visceral tech finance thriller is the head-spinning story of an incredible plan to drill a tunnel halfway across the US in a quite literal ‘get rich quick scheme’.

Zombieland’s Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic as the street smart, hustling Vincent, while Tarzan himself Alexander Skarsgård is here virtually unrecognisable as the tech genius Anton.

Together with Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), brilliantly funny as an engineer, they plan to revolutionise the stock exchange – by a millisecond. Salma Hayek is on wickedly good form as the devilishly devious executive who wants to thwart their plan.

It’s a gripping and illuminating examination of greed and the ruthless insanity of the money market, that recalls the classics Wall Street and The Wolf of Wall Street, and like the Jesse Eisenberg starrer The Social Network, turns technological progress into thrilling entertainment.

The Hummingbird Project will release on digital on October 4, 2019, courtesy of Vertigo Releasing.

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Win the ultra HD Blu-ray edition of Sylvester Stallone's Lock Up

Lock Up

Preview by Jack Foley

IT’S ‘Stallone September’ with Sly’s return to the big screen in Rambo: Last Blood from September 19 and the release of a brand new, uncut 4K restoration of his 80s cult action thriller Lock Up on September 23, 2019.

Lock Up stars Stallone as Frank Leone, a convict who can’t seem to escape the wrath of delightfully villainous warden Drumgoole, played by Donald Sutherland.

The action that ensues is riveting from the first trade of one-liners to the final explosion. Lock Up also introduced a young Tom Sizemore on the big screen (Saving Private Ryan, Twin Peaks) in his first movie role.

For a chance to win a 4K UHD Blu-ray edition simply answer the question below…

Q. This 2019 release of Lock Up marks which anniversary for the film?

A) 20th
B) 30th
C) 40th

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

Lock Up will be available as a Limited 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and digital from September 23, with a brand-new cover inspired by the theatrical artwork from 1989 for maximum cult appeal.

A limited 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook edition will also be available, exclusive to Zavvi.com.

More about Lock Up

“This is hell and I’m going to give you a guided tour!”

With these chilling words, the warden (Donald Sutherland) welcomes Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) to Gateway Prison, a nightmare jail where every minute is hard time.

The warden wants vengeance for the past; Leone wants only to survive the present. Their explosive battle of wills is the electrifying heart of one of Stallone’s most heroic thrillers, Lock Up. Stallone gives a monumental performance as Leone, a convict driven to break his own cherished code by a warden who will stop at nothing to get him. Sutherland portrays the sadistic prison head in this riveting white-knuckle ride to hell and back.

More about the format

For the very first time, Lock Up will be available in 4K Ultra HD including Dolby Vision® HDR, a stunning format offering four times the resolution of full HD to bring entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality.

When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colours never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - DVD Review

John Wick 3

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

THE third instalment in the John Wick franchise is a wildly entertaining action epic that embraces its own ridiculousness to rip-roaring effect.

Breathless, relentless, punishing, yet stylish, Chad Stahelski’s third entry hits the ground literally running and barely allows you to stop to catch breath. And yet, it also manages to expand the world that its central character inhabits, while bringing in a new set of fascinating players.

Picking up mere seconds from where the the second film left off, the film finds Keanu Reeves’ hero in a rain-swept New York, looking to patch himself up and searching for unlikely allies – or unpaid markers.

Yet having been rendered ‘ex-communicado’ by Ian McShane’s hotel manager Winston, for gunning down a member of the High Table, help is in short supply. When it comes, it comes with a price. And it eventually sends Wick to Casablanca, where he enlists an old colleague (Halle Berry) to set up a meeting that may offer him an unlikely second chance.

For a film so reliant on action, it’s actually quite reassuring to find that there is still a wider plot, which remains worth exploring. Stahelski ensures that the John Wick universe is vast and populated by wicked characters, dropping in the odd double cross and deception that ensures the main characters are put through the emotional wringer.

And while that emotional investment is still minimal at best, that which does exist enables the film, as a whole, to avoid suffering from action fatigue – even though it flirts with doing so on several occasions.

Hence, the likes of McShane, Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon (as a smug, death-dealing Adjudicator) and Mark Dacascos (as Wick’s main nemesis), all get [limited] time to make their mark as characters, enhancing the personality of the film beyond the action sequences.

That being said, the main reason for seeing any John Wick film at this stage is seeing just how gloriously OTT things can become. And former stuntman-turned-director Stahelski works overtime to ensure that the carnage is striking.

An early fight in a library, involving a 7ft opponent and a book, sets the tone and is wonderfully, wickedly choreographed, as is the bravura knife fight that follows it, the horse chase, the Casablanca shoot-out (complete with attack dogs) and the climax involving veterans from another action masterpiece, The Raid.

Admittedly, some of the kills and gun-worship flirt with being voyeuristic, and even pornographic – which if viewed in that sense can create a troubling side issue for the film to contend with (it does play to America’s passion for fire-arms, which all too often reveal themselves with deadly consequences).

But for those willing to embrace the escapist absurdity and balletic beauty of what unfolds, John Wick 3 is a kick-ass blast that fully warrants both the success it continues to enjoy, the iconic action status it’s destined to attract, and the fourth film in the series that is now on the way.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 2hrs 10mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: September 16, 2019

Win British classic The Go-Between on DVD

The Go-Between

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce the release of a new 4k restoration of the multi award-winning British classic The Go-Between on September 16, 2019. Available to own on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download, audiences will at last be able to revisit the film looking better than ever as part of the Vintage Classics collection. Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray packages will also include an exclusive booklet and set of art cards.

Featuring an outstanding cast that boasts Julie Christie (Far From the Madding Crowd, Don’t Look Now), Alan Bates (Women in Love, Far From the Madding Crowd), Dominic Guard (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Margaret Leighton (The Good Die Young), Edward Fox (A Bridge Too Far, Ghandi) and Michael Redgrave (The Lady Vanishes, The Browning Version), fans will also be given the opportunity to experience the film on the big screen via a special premiere taking place in Norwich (TBC).

Directed by Joseph Losey (The Criminal, Accident), this breath-taking adaptation of L.P. Hartley’s novel brought to the screen by the celebrated screenwriter Harold Pinter was an instant hit on its original release in 1971.

Winning both audience and critical acclaim as well as a raft of awards (including 4 BAFTAs and the prestigious Palme d’Or), the visceral story of an Edwardian romance set during one seemingly endless Norfolk Summer continues to endure with a contemporary audience. The film was acknowledged by Ian McEwan as a strong inspiration for his modern classic, Atonement.

For the 2019 restoration of The Go-Between, STUDIOCANAL returned to the original camera negative where possible and, only when confronted by severe damage that could not be repaired, alternative sources were used. These elements were scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit.

The project involved over 200 hours of manual frame by frame fixes and resulted in the creation of a new 4k DCP, and a new HD version, which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases.

Set over the course of the sweltering Norfolk summer of 1900, Marian (Julie Christie) is set to be engaged to Hugh (Edward Fox), a well-bred viscount and her perfect match. Marian’s young brother, Marcus (Richard Gibson), invites his classmate Leo (Dominic Guard) to stay at the grand House for the holiday.

Quickly, Leo becomes besotted with the vivacious Marian and, innocent of romantic and sexual matters, unwittingly becomes a pawn in the forbidden romance between her and eminently unsuitable local farmer Ted Burgess (Alan Bates).

As the oppressive heat intensifies so too does Leon’s burgeoning adolescent questioning of love, attraction and the rules of the upper class that he doesn’t really belong to. Both a beautifully subtle critique of the English class system and a visual masterpiece that perfectly captures the timeless beauty of an English Edwardian summer.

Win The Go-Between on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Go-Betweem on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 16, 2019, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote the book from which The Go-Between has been adapted?

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

The Go-Between is part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.

Win Stanley Baker classic The Criminal on DVD

The Criminal

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce that a newly restored version of director Joseph Losey’s (The Go-Between, Accident) gritty crime drama about the British penal system, The Criminal, will be released on September 16, 2019, on DVD, Digital Download and, for the very first time, on Blu-Ray looking better than ever as part of the Vintage Classics collection.

Featuring a great British cast including Stanley Baker (Zulu, The Guns of Navarone), Sam Wanamaker (The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Death on the Nile), Grégoire Aslan (Cleopatra, The Return of The Pink Panther), Margit Saad (Playback, The Saint) and Jill Bennett (For your Eyes Only, Moulin Rouge), The Criminal was deemed shocking upon its original release for its unashamedly graphic violence but was highly acclaimed for the beautiful stark black and white cinematography by Oscar winner Robert Krasker and cool score by jazz legend John Dankworth.

The Criminal is an intelligent and naturalistic precursor to the British gangster film genre that continues to enjoy success to this day.

For the 2019 restoration of The Criminal, STUDIOCANAL returned to the original camera negative wherever possible and, only when confronted by severe damage that could not be repaired, alternative sources were used.

These elements were scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit. The project involved over 200 hours of manual frame by frame fixes and resulted in the creation of a new DCP, and a new HD version, which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases.

Ex-con Johnny (Stanley Baker) used his time in prison wisely – to plan the biggest robbery of his career. The robbery goes smoothly and Johnny goes to bury the money in a field until the heat is off, as agreed with friend and racketeer Mike Carter (Sam Wanamaker) and the rest of the gang.

In a moment of weakness, Johnny pockets five hundred odd pounds from the haul. Coupled with a tip-off from his ex-girlfriend (Jill Bennett) this proves to be his undoing and Johnny is soon back in prison. The rest of the gang try in vain to get the location of the money out of him without success until Mike hits upon the idea of a break-out using Johnny’s new love Suzanne (Margit Saad) as bait.

Win The Criminal on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Criminal on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 16, 2019, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Criminal?

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

The Criminal is part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.

Win Woman At War on Blu-ray

Woman At War

Preview by Jack Foley

PICTUREHOUSE Entertainment are delighted to announce the Home Entertainment release of Woman At War available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on September 16, 2019, and to pre-order now here.

This funny, smart and engaging film from acclaimed director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) is by turns heart-warming and hilarious featuring a stand-out performance by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in the role of feisty female protagonist Halla.

To her friends, Halla leads a quiet and routine existence. But her happy and upbeat exterior hides a secret double life as a committed environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias ‘The Woman of the Mountain’, she secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry to protect the stunning highland landscape that is under threat.

Just as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that will change everything.

She will be forced to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling her dream of becoming a mother. Funny, moving and utterly unique, Woman At War follows Halla as she juggles the adoption of a beautiful little girl whilst planning her final act of industrial sabotage.

Celebrated by audiences and critics globally, Woman At War is an unmissable comedy drama which captures the zeitgeist of today’s environmental issues and modern motherhood.

Win Woman At War on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Woman At War on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 16, 2019, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Woman At War?

Simply send the answer to Woman At War competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

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Arthurian blockbusters: Three movies changing the rules

Hellboy

Feature by Jack Foley

THERE are a few UK trademarks automatically associated with the country, but none have made the same impact as the Arthurian legend.

Despite the lack of evidence that King Arthur and the round table ever existed, storytellers have continued to amuse the masses with their versions. Today, we’ve moved far beyond T.H. White’s, Once and Future King, to the imaginative re-tellings of film-makers.

Three blockbusters stand out from the past three years for their producers’ grand, if criticised, poetic license…

3. Hellboy (2019)

Neil Marshall went for a far more hellish angle to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2004 and 2008 adaptations, while drawing on the connection between Hellboy and King Arthur as the superhero fights against Nimue, the Blood Queen.

Gore, humour and overwhelming CGI action sprinkled with ancient legends and moral contemplations sum up what this film entails. The overall production, as supported by the reviews on Metacritic, is too rushed and confused to be fully appreciated, especially compared to the high standards of its predecessor.

However, the fantastical horror its special effects bring to life, from Baba Yaga and her chicken-legged hut to gigantic monsters from hell, deserves commendation.

2. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight

The creator of Armageddon and The Rock put his own spin to Arthur’s story by placing Transformer knights at his side. Michael Bay outshines Marshall in CGI extravagance, not to mention signing on Anthony Hopkins as an eccentric Earl and Transformer historian, as well as Stanley Tucci in the brief role of a shady Merlin.

The Telegraph offers an opinion in defence, highlighting an important fact: you watch Transformers for fun and laughs, not meaningful depth.

This film should be enjoyed as the next step up in the action-packed franchise’s exploration of how far special effects can go to tell – or retell – stories.

1. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Ritchie’s adaptation, released a month before The Last Knight, was also met with mixed reviews. 6.8 is an admirable IMDB score, but earning it has been a battle in itself. Fans praise the gritty pace, full of banter and subplots, the CGI-heavy action and, of course, Daniel Pemberton’s unforgettable music.

On the other hand, critics condemn the director for a jumbled and unsatisfying interpretation of the legend, excluding many characters and reducing Arthur’s origin story to a less regal one.

Ritchie’s signature tricks, like quick jump sequences and fights, vivid characters and settings, was a modern shock to the system of sweet, straightforward fairy tales. And messing with beloved folklore is clearly not for the faint-hearted.

A silver lining

King Arthur has inspired more elements in popular culture than just cinema, elements that are perhaps better received. Video gamers, accustomed to developers mixing and matching mythology for the fun of it, are more welcoming of creative re-imaginings of this particular legend.

The Order PS4

So, it’s hardly surprising to come across titles like Sonic and the Black Knight on Wii or The Sword and The Grail among the slot games available through casino promotions at MagicalVegas.com.

Play’n Go uses the popular faces of Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere and Lancelot on its 5-reel game as easily as Ready At Dawn borrows their names and whole background for its steampunk third-person shooter title, The Order: 1886.

These latest Arthurian film adaptations may have missed the mark in one way or another, but comparing audiences across the entertainment industry, from video games and beyond, shows that their appeal is a subjective matter. At the end of the day, the legend of King Arthur has plenty of upright representations. Directors as artists should now be allowed to have their fun.

Win Jessica Hynes' The Fight on DVD

The Fight

Preview by Jack Foley

JESSICSA Hynes packs a punch with her directorial debut The Fight, which she also penned and stars in as struggling wife and mother Tina, who turns to boxing when her family problems and her own demons become too tough to handle. This knockout drama hits DVD and digital on September 9, 2019 courtesy of Pinpoint and Sparky Pictures.

Wowing critics and audiences on its London Film Festival premiere and subsequent theatrical release, this beautifully crafted home-grown drama features an all-star cast including Anita Dobson (Eastenders) and Christopher Fairbank (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Tina’s dysfunctional antagonistic mother and browbeaten father, Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary), a hilarious turn from Alice Lowe (Prevenge) and an appearance from the inimitable Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek), with standout performances from rising stars, Liv Hill (Three Girls) and Sennia Nanua (The Girl With All The Gifts).

Tina Bell (Hynes, Years and Years, W1A, Spaced) lives in a quiet seaside town, but her life is anything but quiet – her mother is threatening to leave her father, her daughter is being bullied, she and her husband Mick (Shaun Parkes, Lost in Space) are juggling full time jobs, three children and her past is catching up with her.

Determined to ditch the dysfunction and beat her inner turmoil, Tina pulls on her fighting gloves, literally – stepping into the boxing ring to sweat out her anxieties and punch up her self-worth, under the watchful eye of her astute coach (Cathy Tyson, Mona Lisa).

But does she have what it takes to get her family off the ropes and emerge victorious?

Win The Fight on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Fight on DVD on Monday, September 9, 2019, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote and directed (as well as stars) in The Fight?

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Win Double Date on Blu-ray

Double Date

Preview by Jack Foley

AFTER its much-lauded theatrical release and fantastic reception on its Fright Fest premiere, the bloody hilarious comedy-horror Double Date – written by and starring Screen International/FrightFest Genre Rising Star 2017 award winner Danny Morgan – is set to arrive on digital, DVD and Blu-ray from Sparky Pictures.

Self-assured, and irritatingly cocksure, one thing Alex (Michael Socha, This is England, Chernobyl) can boast about is his loyalty to his dearest friend, Jim (Danny Morgan, On The Road). As Jim’s 30th birthday approaches, Alex promises to help get his best friend laid, so he won’t reach this unwelcome milestone a virgin.

They muster up the courage to arrange a double date with sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham, Dracula: The Dark Prince) and Lulu (Georgia Groome, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging), but little do the boys know, their partners have other plans for the night ahead…

With appearances from the inimitable Big Narstie (The Big Narstie Show), and renowned actor and director of the moment Dexter Fletcher (Eddie The Eagle, Rocketman), Double Date is fun, ferocious and full of surprises.

The iconic Prince Charles Cinema will be hosting a special screening of Double Date on Thursday, September 5, 2019, followed by a Q&A with the director Benjamin Barfoot, producer Matt Wilkinson, and stars Michael Socha and Danny Morgan. Tickets are on sale now, and the film is out on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray from September 9.

If you’re looking for the love of your life, be careful… Double Date could be the kiss of death.

Win Double Date on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Double Date on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 9, 2019, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote and stars in Double Date?

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Win a copy of Long Shot on Blu-ray

Long Shpt

Preview by Jack Foley

AN ALL-star cast feature in the hilarious rom-com which sees sparks fly between comedy superstar Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, This Is the End) and Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max).

He’s a hard-hitting political writer with a talent for trouble. She’s the country’s top diplomat with a talent for…well, everything. When Fred Flarsky (Rogen) reunites with his first crush who also happens to be the current US Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Theron), he charms her with his self-deprecating humour and his memories of her youthful idealism.

As she prepares to make a surprise run for the Oval Office, Charlotte hires Fred to punch up her campaign speeches and their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world affair. But Fred’s carefree indiscretions, past and present, could bring down her campaign before it even begins.

The film redefines ‘international relations’ with a profane, funny and unexpected love.

From the celebrated team of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, creators of outrageous comedy hits including Sausage Party, Neighbours franchise and Knocked Up, Long Shot also features O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Den of Thieves, Straight Outta Compton), Andy Serkis (Black Panther, Planet of the Apes), June Diane Raphael (The Disaster Artist, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Ravi Patel (TV’s Master of None) and Alexander Skarsgård (TV’s Big Little Lies and The Legend of Tarzan).

Read our review of Long Shot

To celebrate the release of Long Shot, we are giving a lucky winner the chance to win a copy of the Blu-ray. For a chance to win, just answer the below question…

Q. What position is Charlize Theron’s character running for in Long Shot?

A) Mayor of Los Angeles
B) US President
C) Prime Minister

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

Experience comedy magic at its finest in the side-splittingly funny Long Shot; available on Digital Download now and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 9, 2019.

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