Monday, 11 May 2015

DVD Roundup: Nice edition

Winning the Oscar for Best Actor, Eddie Redmayne is excellent as the famous Stephen Hawking. Felicity Jones is great too as his wife Jane, and the story takes more of a look her side of the story. While an interesting film, it always plays it nicely, meaning there is no major criticism of the main charatcers. And don't worry if you're not too hot on your theoretical physics, as this film looks more at his life then his studies. Listen to our full review in the player below, or download here.

You can tell how confused people are about this film, as the other day I over heard a couple studying the cover of Birdman and saying "What's it about?" - "I don't know, he flies of something...". Even in the showing at the cinema we saw it in, a couple walked out half way through, moaning that it was nothing like the trailer. Unfortunately for them, they walked out five minutes before all the explosions and flying that they expected. This film is maybe more arty and philosophical then what you'd expect, but it's well worth a watch if you sometimes debate whether superhero films are worth the criticism they get. Download our podcast review here.

If you thought the theatrical cut of Lars von Trier's notorious Nymphomaniac wasn't extreme enough, then it's your lucky day, as the extended director's cut is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. At 5 1/2 hours long in total, the extended cut includes an abortion scene that protagonist Joe performs on herself, which at the films Danish premiere caused three men to faint. You have been warned... Read my review of the 4 hour version here.

How can you resist a film that bills itself as "Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead". About a man trying to find his sister in the Australian desert, dodging the zombies that plague it and who poisoned the fuel supplies, Richee and I are quite excited to see this one, especially with Mad Max: Fury Road coming out on Friday. Expect our review of Wyrmwood within the next week or so. UPDATE: Listen to our podcast review here.

Talking about zombies, the first feature length zombie film White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi, has been re-released on DVD and Blu-ray. Released in 1932, White Zombie is Pre-Code, so expect some of the naughtiness that Hollywood tried to push out with force in the '40s. Not as well received as the likes of Dracula and Frankenstein, White Zombie will definitely be worth a watch for those of you out there that are interested in the history of cinematic horror and zombies. UPDATE: read Layla's review of it here.

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