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Goodbye Christopher Robin

GOODBYE Christopher Robin is a touching nostalgic trip back in time, recounting when author AA Milne created the adorable children’s classic story of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Directed by Simon Curtis, it is “one of the best British films you’ll see all year… an absolute must for grown-up Winnie-the-Pooh fans” (Mail on Sunday, EVENT) and one that will warm your hearts as we encounter how the infamous Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore first came to life.

Releasing on Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 26, 2018, we’re celebrating by giving away 2xDVD copies!

At the end of the First World War, beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) creates the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh – which brings him immediate acclaim.

But the books’ international success comes at a cost to the author, his young son, Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), in this beautifully filmed, poignant story about fame and family that also stars Kelly Macdonald.

Follow the journey AA Milne and his family embark on when the birth of Winnie-the-Pooh grasps the attention of not just Britain, but the entire world, as everyone falls for the warm, soft, fuzzy bear who conquers our hearts just as much today as he did back then.

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

Q. Name the other film Margot Robbie and Domnhall Gleeson have previously starred together in…

A) About Time
B) Ex-Machina
C) The Big Short

Be sure to check out the below clip from the Blu-ray™ and DVD extras! Goodbye Christopher Robin is available on Digital Download from February 12, 2018, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from February 26, 2018.

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Win Once Were Warriors on Blu-ray

Once Were Warriors

Preview by Jack Foley

LEE Tamahori’s highly acclaimed Once Were Warriors is a powerful, unflinching depiction of domestic and gang violence within New Zealand’s urban Maori community. And now, more than 20 years after it thrust Tamahori into the limelight and laid bare the trials of indigenous New Zealanders this powerful and uncompromising film makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight.

Maori couple Jake (Temiera Morrison) and Beth (Rena Owen) have been married for 18 years, but although charming, Jake has a brutal temper and a rampant drink problem.

Living in the Auckland slums with their children, unemployed Jake spends most of his time in the pub, drinking and getting into fights to prove his masculinity, and when he returns home Beth and the children are on the receiving end of his extreme violence.

With the ongoing abuse and instability affecting their children differently, Beth struggles to keep her family together and soon devastating events unfold that will change all their lives forever.

The film helped Lee Tamahori become a big-name Hollywood director, with blockbusters including Die Another Day and The Devil’s Double among his successes, and put New Zealand film into the spotlight on a global stage, earning rave reviews worldwide.

Now, Once Were Warriors can be seen in stunning high definition, and arrives with brand new special features on Blu-ray on February 19, 2018.

Win Once Were Warriors on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Once Were Warriors on Blu-ray for the first time on Monday, February 19, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Once Were Warriors?

Simply send the answer to Once Were Warriors competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Brimstone - DVD Preview

Brimstone

Preview by Jack Foley

BRIMSTONE is a suspenseful tale of retribution set at the end of the 19th century in the American West.

Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) plays a mute young woman whose life changes dramatically when a vengeful and mysterious preacher (Guy Pearce, Memento) comes to town with sinister motives.

Written and directed by Martin Koolhoven, Brimstone picks up as our heroine, Liz (Fanning), a young and beautiful woman, is being hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Pearce) – a diabolical extremist and her nemesis.

But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s no victim but instead a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve.

Told in four chapters, Brimstone is a suspenseful tale of guilt and retribution that unfolds at the end of the 19th century in the unforgiving American West.

The film receives its critically-acclaimed premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. It is a tale of powerful womanhood and the resistance against an unforgiving cruelty of a hell on Earth.

The film also stars Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones, Black Book) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Testament of Youth).

Brimstone is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Win The Valley of Gwangi on Blu-ray

The Valley of Gwangi

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of The Valley of Gwangi – available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD Dual Format from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 26, 2018 – we are giving away a copy!

Cowpokes head into a mysterious Mexican valley to head ’em up and move ’em out. But they’re not looking for little dogies. They’re looking for great, big dinosaurs.

James Franciscus stars in this thunderous adventure featuring amazing special effects by Ray Harryhausen (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Clash of the Titans).

Franciscus plays a Wild-West showman who leads his riding and roping crew into the title region where prehistoric giants still roam.

Thanks to Harryhausen wizardry, fantastic creatures lunge, fight and rampage in scene after dazzling scene (including an awesome sequence where the cowboys rope Gwangi, a razor-toothed allosaurus). Saddle up and join the excitement.

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 artcards featuring the films key art and 3 lobby cards style stills.

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Win The Valley of Gwangi on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of The Valley of Gwangi on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Dual Format on Monday, February 26, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What type of dinosaur is Gwangi in The Valley of Gwangi?

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

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms - Win a copy on Blu-ray

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms – available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Dual Format from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 26, 2018 – we are giving away a copy!

Near the Arctic Circle, an atomic bomb is detonated. This fearsome experiment disturbs the sleep of a giant rhedosaurus encased in ice for over 100 million years and sends it southward on a destructive, deadly rampage!

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms was the first screen adaptation of a work by fantasy-fiction titan Ray Bradbury. It also marked the first time Ray Harryhausen had total control over special effects.

He came up with a fantastic creature (constructed at full scale, all 50 tons of it) that swims down from the north to run amok through New York City before being conquered in a spectacular Coney Island roller-coaster finale.

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 artcards featuring the films key art and 3 lobby cards style stills.

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Win The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Dual Format on Monday, February 26, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Whereabouts is the climax of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms set in New York?

Simply send the answer to The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Win Sally Potter's The Party on DVD

The Party

Preview by Jack Foley

Lionsgate UK and Picturehouse Entertainment are delighted to announce the UK Home Entertainment release of Sally Potter’s hilarious comedy, The Party, on February 19, 2018.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends.

As the guests arrive at their home in London, the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.

Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sally Potter (Orlando, Rage, The Tango Lesson, Ginger & Rosa) the film is brought to life by an outstanding cast that includes Academy Award-nominee Patricia Clarkson (The Green Mile, Shutter Island), who was awarded Best Supporting Actress at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards, Bruno Ganz (Downfall, The Reader), Primetime Emmy Winner Cherry Jones (24, Ocean’s Twelve), Emily Mortimer (Hugo, The Sense of an Ending), Cillian Murphy (Dunkirk, Free Fire), Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour, The English Patient), and BAFTA Winner Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech, Mr Turner).

Since the its UK premiere at the 2017 London Film Festival, the film has gone on to box office success and critical acclaim. Witty, sharp and very funny, The Party will be an unmissable date for everyone’s diary this February.

The Party is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital from February 19. Pre-order now

Win The Party on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Party on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, February 19, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Kristin Scott Thomas’s husband in The Party?

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

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Win A Caribbean Dream on DVD

A Caribbean Dream

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the story of the Shakespearean classic A Midsummers Night’s Dream, A Caribbean Dream shows Theseus and Hippolyta returning Nationals, arriving back in Barbados to be married during Crop Over.

Using the island’s folklore, cultural history, and landscape, and portraying mixed race relationships using a Barbadian and British cast; the film’s Caribbean setting is the perfect backdrop for this tale of mysticism and chaos on the night before the Midsummer celebrations.

This traditional tale takes a twist with the creation of new characters where Mechanicals are re-imagined as Fishermen, and Bottom as a Black Belly Sheep, along with Birdman and a Changeling Boy.

Chaos and madness unfolds at night, exploring Caribbean folklore and culture. This is a unique and entertaining re-imagination of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

The film is directed by Shakirah Bourne.

Win A Caribbean Dream on DVD

To celebrate the release of A Caribbean Dream on DVD on Monday, February 12, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which Shakespeare play is A Caribbean Dream based upon?

Simply send the answer to A Caribbean Dream competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

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Blade Runner 2049 - DVD Review

Blade Runner 2049

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

IS there a more exciting filmmaker working in contemporary cinema than Denis Villeneuve right now?

Having delivered one of the most clinical and exciting action thrillers in recent years, in the form of Sicario, he then made one of the most jaw-dropping science fiction films ever with Arrival. In both cases, he showed that it is possible to combine spectacle with intelligent thinking and highly engaging emotional content.

His latest, Blade Runner 2049, is perhaps even more remarkable an achievement for the way in which it confounds pre-built expectations. For while Sicario and Arrival emerged as stunning surprises, this belated follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner arrives with many sceptics in tow.

Could Villeneuve match, let alone surpass, that original? Well, the answer is a resounding yes. Based on a script that was co-written by original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher and Alien Covenant‘s Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049 is visually stunning, intellectually stimulating and – at times – emotionally devastating.

It’s a film that demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible, to properly take in the spectacle. But it’s also one that resonates on a human level, working just as well during its smaller, more intimate moments as it does the grand-standing set pieces.

The story is essentially a neo-noir missing person thriller. It follows K (Ryan Gosling), a new generation blade runner who is programmed to hunt down the last remaining Nexus 8 replicants that occupied the first film. After one brutal encounter with a protein farmer (Dave Bautista), K makes a discovery that has life-altering implications, and which puts him on a path to finding Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the rogue blade runner from the first film, who has long since gone into hiding.

The ensuing hunt may take its time to unfold (clocking in at two hours and 43 minutes) but it also allows Villeneuve and company (including regular cinematographer Roger Deakins, back on Oscar-worthy form) the time to really preserve and enhance the look of Scott’s original, while building a set of characters who are genuinely worth spending that much time with.

And while there are plenty of expected nods to the 1982 movie, stylistically as well as narratively, Villeneuve still manages to inject plenty of ingenuity into proceedings, while furthering the debates surrounding the nature of existence and the complexities of love and social standing.

A sequence involving a three-way love scene may sound kinky, for example, but it’s done in such a way as to be romantic and unlike anything you’ve witnessed before. While there’s something incredibly spellbinding about witnessing a thrilling chase scene amid the neon-lit skyscrapers of a dark, rain-soaked LA.

Villeneuve is bold in his delivery of the set piece moments, mixing tried and tested genre traits with unexpected twists. It lends the film an immediacy and an edge that can be missing from other blockbusters of its type.

And yet he’s not afraid to ensure that the story works on a human level – even if the ‘humans’ he’s predominantly dealing with are, in fact, replicants looking for their own take on humanity.

Hence, while Gosling’s K may exist in a certain cold, calculated state, which offers very little room for emotional complexity, the moments he delivers bursts of anguish or romance are all the more affecting – and the actor does a great job of combining the minimalist with something broader and more endearing.

Blade Runner 2049

Ford, meanwhile, is afforded the opportunity to tap into a rare vulnerability that effectively juxtaposes his more naturally gruff demeanour. Deckard’s journey, albeit limited in terms of the screen-time, is utterly captivating and contributes to a wholly satisfying, even emotionally draining, climax.

Yet throughout, there are performances to savour, including several strong roles for female characters. Ana De Armas brings innocence and charm to her role as K’s virtual reality girlfriend, Joi (thereby imbuing the film with much of its early soul), while Sylvia Hoek is terrific as a new model replicant named Luv, a clinical right-hand to Jared Leto’s eerie corporate villain Niander Wallace, who sort of has the Rutger Hauer-style role.

And Robin Wright once again shines as K’s no-nonsense, yet oddly sympathetic boss Lieutenant Joshi.

The world that Villeneuve creates is breath-taking, too, embellishing much of what Scott created, yet mixing up the palette with several different landscapes – such as the red desert sands of Vegas or a beautifully snowy clinical facility.

His vision is entirely seductive, and further enhanced by an often pulse-pounding score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, which pays homage to the future electronic elements of the Vangelis original, while also drawing on the wall of sound-style build-ups that have become a recent Zimmer trait.

And that’s not forgetting the eye-catching, and sometimes mind-boggling, technical insights into the future, or the colourful city-scapes, many of which feature beautiful Geisha-style women holographs attempting to sell you something. This really is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the brain.

But then Blade Runner 2049 excels on so many levels that it’s easy to overlook some of its flaws, which extend to an under-used but overly verbose Jared Leto and the rare over-indulgence concerning plot ambiguities, product placement or further sequel hints.

At a time when science fiction seems to be enjoying a strong resurgence (off the back of the likes of Arrival, Westworld and Ex_Machina), Blade Runner 2049 continues to raise the possibilities of what the genre can achieve.

Villeneuve, meanwhile, further enhances his reputation as one of cinema’s most prodigious talents of all-time, a director for whom it is easy to run out of superlatives.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 163mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: February 5, 2018

Win Kingsman: The Golden Circle on DVD

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Preview by Jack Foley

Rejoin the world’s most elite secret service when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases Kingsman: The Golden Circle on Digital Download on January 13 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on January 29, 2018.

Director Matthew Vaughn returns to helm the sequel in his signature kick-ass style, with stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong reprising the roles that helped make Kingsman a global phenomenon.

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage.

Their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, and in a new adventure, these two elite, secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and Halle Berry, with Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges.

The home entertainment release will give fans over two hours of brand new bonus content that will take them inside of the exclusive worlds of the Kingsman and Statesman.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is available on Digital Download on on January 13, 2018, and Blu-ray and DVD on January 29, 2018, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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To celebrate the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, January 29, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of Mark Strong’s character in Kingsman (Clue, the answer is in our review)?

A) Lancelot
B) Merlin
C) Arthur

Simply send the answer to Kinsman Golden Circle competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Win The Battle of Algiers: New 4K Restoration on Blu-ray

The Battle of Algiers 4K restored edition

Preview by Jack Foley

CultFilms is delighted to announce the hugely anticipated release of the newly restored 4K version of The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo’s multi award-winning masterpiece of political cinema, which arrives for the first time on UK Blu-ray.

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1966 Venice Film Festival and nominated for three Oscars® (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Picture), The Battle of Algiers is a tour-de-force of world cinema and features a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone.

It arrives as a stunning luxury collector’s set featuring a host of fascinating special features and a booklet on Blu-ray and will also be available on DVD and VOD platforms on February 5, 2018.

Recreating the Algerian struggle for independence from French occupation this powerful, thought provoking film is one of the most influential political movies of all time, depicting the brutal acts of both sides.

Shot in a gritty documentary style, with remarkable crowd scenes, it features the ground-breaking use of amateur actors, including Algerian activists such as Saadi Yacef, all adding to the film’s realism – so much so that the film is used by military organisations including the Pentagon to offer insights in to guerrilla strategy and the effects of foreign occupation.

Digitally remastered in 4K and beautifully restored preserving the grainy, newsreel look that the director Gillo Pontecorvo designed, the restoration was made by the L’Immagine Ritrovata with the participation of the director’s son, cinematographer and director Marco Pontecorvo, in collaboration with CultFilms and was nominated for the Best Restored Version Award at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

Win The Battle of Algiers: New 4K Restoration on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of The Battle of Algiers: New 4K Restoration on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, February 5, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Battle of Algiers?

Simply send the answer to The Battle of Algiers: New 4K Restoration competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email