Every Wednesday we’re going to be taking a brief look at the biggest and best new releases on DVD and Blu-Ray. Unless otherwise stated, everything listed below is due for release next Monday – so in this case, Monday 23rd July – and each title is now available for pre-order on zavvi.com. This week: one of the greatest comedies of all time arrives on Blu-Ray, Dexter Fletcher makes his directorial debut and Jean-Luc Picard’s first steps make the transition to hi-definition for the first time….

Bel Ami [DVD] [Blu-Ray

Starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas, Bel Ami chronicles the rise to power of journalist Georges Duroy, as he manipulates a parade of wealthy, smitten (and in many cases) powerful mistresses. Directed by relative newcomers Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.

Special Features:

  • Audio Description
  • Interviews with Directors Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod, Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Holliday Grainger, Screenwriter Rachel Bennette, Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Production designer Attila Kovács, hair and Make up designer Jenny Shircore
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Trailer

Wild Bill [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

The extremely accomplished directorial debut of Dexter Fletcher, Wild Bill is an engaging comedy drama about a reformed parolee named Bill Hayward, who returns home after eight years in prison to find his two young sons abandoned and fending for themselves. When his youngest son gets into trouble with one of his old partners in crime, Bill quickly has to decide what kind of Dad he wants to be; a good one, or a free one.

Special Features:

  • Making of
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Favourite Films
  • Premiere and After-party footage
  • Theatrical trailer

I am Bruce Lee [DVD] [Blu-Ray

An in-depth documentary about one of the most iconic action film stars of all time, I am Bruce Lee purports to be, “the first film to truly tell Bruce Lee’s story in his own words and actions, as well as through the eyes of international stars from the worlds of film, television, music and sports.” Includes interviews with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Mickey Rourke and UFC President Dana White.

Special Features:

  • Backyard Training – Bruce Lee’s Personal Films
  • Inspiration – Bruce Lee’s Global Impact
  • Bruce Lee in Action
  • Theatrical Trailer

Some Like it Hot [DVD] [Blu-Ray

Arriving on Blu-Ray for the very first time – alongside a shiny new DVD re-release – Billy Wilder’s classic 1959 comedy remains as timeless as ever. Still regarded as one of the best comedies every made – it remains at the top of the American Film Institute’s list of the funniest American movies of all time – the film was nominated for a whopping seven Academy Awards back in 1960…

When Chicago musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a gangland shooting they quickly board a southbound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest and homeliest members of an all-girl jazz band. Their cover is perfect…until a lovelorn singer (Marilyn Monroe) falls for “Josephine,” an ancient playboy ( Joe E. Brown) falls for “Daphne,” and a mob boss (George Raft) refuses to fall for their hoax!

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Making its debut on Blu-Ray next week – which is where it so clearly belongs – is the first series of the Discovery Channel’s phenomenally popular science documentary Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman…

Morgan freeman, Oscar winning Hollywood star, hosts this fascinating exploration into the deepest mysteries of existence, science and faith. He searches for answers to such questions as: Did our Universe just come into being by chance or was it created by a God who looks after us? Where did mankind come from if billions of years ago our planet was just a ball of molten rock? What happens to an object when it falls into a black hole? Can anything ever escape from black holes? Einstein s Theory of Relatively says that time travel is possible if you re going forward in time, but finding a way to travel backwards requires breaking the speed of light. Do we have the capabilities to do this? Is life on Earth unique, are we truly alone or do life forms exist elsewhere, and would they be interested in interacting with us?

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 1 [Blu-Ray]

Also making its debut appearance on Blu-Ray – in full 1080p no less – is the first series of the seminal series reboot Star Trek: The Next Generation….

For the first time ever, you can experience all 25 season one episodes in glorious 1080p high definition, with true high definition visual effects and English language digitally remastered 7.1 sound – or with the original audio. You’ll witness new picture detail and depth and enjoy spectacular visual effects that have been painstakingly re-created from the original film elements… not upconverted from videotape! Join Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the entire crew of the Enterprise on a voyage to the next generation… of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Wallander – Series 3 [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

The penultimate series of the BBC’s rolling adaptation of Henning Mankell’s popular thriller novels, season 3 of Wallander arrives on both DVD and Blu-Ray next week…

Kenneth Branagh returns to his BAFTA award-winning role as Inspector Kurt Wallander in three new feature length episodes of the acclaimed detective drama based on Henning Mankell’s best-selling novels.

Having relocated to the Swedish countryside, Wallander’s fresh start is crushed when the remains of a young woman are found buried in his back garden in An Event in Autumn. In The Dogs of Riga Wallander travels to Latvia to assist the Rigan police in the hunt for killers but soon finds himself entangled in a web of corruption with no one to trust. Before the Frost finds Wallander fearing for the safety of his daughter’s childhood friend when it appears she has become involved with a religious fanatic.

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