Every week we take 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 29th October – and each title is now available for pre-order on zavvi.com. You can view each individual DVD or Blu-Ray on zavvi.com by clicking on the corresponding title below, or alternately you can visit the DVD homepage by clicking here, or the Blu-Ray homepage by clicking here.
This week: re-live the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Jason Segal and Emily Blunt get engaged and Willem Defoe goes in search of the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger…
‘We lit the flame, and we lit up the world’ Lord Coe
It was the Olympic Games we will never forget; an extraordinary event in Britain’s history with intense drama, sporting brilliance and heart-wrenching emotion. Capturing the key moments of the Games, including a specially-edited version of the entire Opening Ceremony from Director Danny Boyle, over seven hours of sporting highlights and the full Closing Ceremony, these day-by-day highlights relive the triumphs, moving stories and memories that will live on forever.
Experience once again the magnificent performances from outstanding athletes such as Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Chris Hoy and Jessica Ennis. Marvel at the many amazing achievements, including Mo Farah’s double gold, Oscar Pistorius’ Olympic Games debut and Nicola Adams’ gold in the boxing ring. Relive Team GB’s 29 gold medal triumphs and recapture the moments which made these Olympic Games so special; from the electrifying atmosphere in the stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ to judo’s Gemma Gibbons’ tearful dedication and the pure emotion of swimmer Chad le Clos’ father.
Join the Doctor, the Ponds and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle over an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure, and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking farewell – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever?
Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Academy Award Nominee terrence Howard lead a powerful ensamble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II.
Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskagee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky… even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breaktaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.
The Borgias return for more seduction, schemes, and outright villainy in all 10 riveting episodes from the second season.
Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons is back as Rodrigo Borgia, the power-hungry patriarch of the Borgia clan, who has schemed his way to the top of Roman society as Pope Alexander VI. But with absolute power comes even more powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to see him toppled. While the Pope schemes to destroy his foes, his mistress Giulia Farnese (Lotte Verbeek) realises her position in the bedroom is precarious at best; daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) seduces new suitors while caring for her illicit baby; and brothers Cesare (François Arnaud) and Juan (David Oakes) take sibling rivalry to a whole new level of deviancy. Be there for every stunning moment of the critically acclaimed crime drama with a royal pedigree.
A ruthless mercenary with a secret agenda comes to Australia to search for the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger. As his dramatic hunt for the elusive Tiger goes on and he discovers the mysteries hidden within the wild landscape, long-forgotten emotions resurface. Can a human who has led an immoral life find connection and redemption too?
Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, The Hunter is a powerful psychological drama that tells the story of Martin (Willem Dafoe), a mercenary sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a dramatic hunt for the last Tasmanian Tiger.
Directed by Daniel Nettheim, The Hunter stars Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe (Antichrist, Spider-man, The English Patient, Platoon), Frances O’Connor (Artificial Intelligence: AI, Mansfield Park) and Sam Neill (The Dish, Jurassic Park, The Piano).
Based on a true story King Of Devil’s Island tells the unsettling tale of a group of young delinquents banished to the remote prison of Bastøy. Under the guise of rehabilitation the boys’ daily regime is dictated by mental and physical abuse at the hands of their wardens. The arrival of new boys Erling (Helstad) and Ivar (Magnus Langlete) spark a chain of events that ultimately ignite rebellion. King of Devil’s Island explores a sinister moment in Norwegian history that won’t be forgotten.
A glorious conclusion to an unforgettable summer of sport, the London 2012 Paralympic Games was 11 days of awe-inspiring, heart-stopping sporting action that transfixed millions. The biggest Paralympic Games ever saw 4,200 athletes from 166 countries come together, including more than 300 British athletes, all of them searching for that elusive precious metal.
Each day of the games brought new, extraordinary stories to the fore, each one showcasing the superhuman capabilities of Paralympians from across the globe. The endeavours of these remarkable athletes brought disability into the mainstream, and made overnight household names of a new generation of sporting heroes.
The action, the emotion, the excitement, the controversy, the passion, the courage, the triumph and tragedy, and the sheer athletic excellence made this one of the great sporting events of British history. Clare Balding presents the most awe-inspiring moments of the 11 unforgettable days of sport that were the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Winner – Best Actor and Best Script, Berlin Film Festival 2012
Based on the true story of Caroline Mathilda, the English princess who married King Christian VII of Denmark in the early 1770s, A Royal Affair is a bold, sumptuous tale of illicit love and political passion on a sweeping, epic scale.
Keen to be a dutiful wife and Queen, Caroline’s hopes are soon dashed when she discovers the King’s true madness. Turning away from the King she finds herself in the arms of the King’s physician – a radical libertarian – with whom she embarks upon a passionate affair that would bring the kingdom to the brink of revolution.
Winner of two Silver Bears at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, A Royal Affair is a stunningly powerful portrait of love, lust and betrayal, told here for the very first time.
Broadcast in the dying hours of Christmas Eve, the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas series was a fixture of the seasonal schedules throughout the 1970s. For ten years viewers were chilled and terrified by atmospheric literary adaptations as well as sinister contemporary tales. More recently the series was revived, to critical acclaim. With three suitably spooky episodes derived from the pen of the master of English ghost story MR James.
This definitive collection finally brings together all of the A Ghost Story for Christmas episodes, along with a number of essential extra features, and extensive booklets with essays, film notes and full credits.
Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. Anglo-American couple Violet (Blunt) and Tom (Segel) fall in love and soon after decide to get married. But the wedding is repeatedly delayed by the various intricate and perplexing circumstances in which they find themselves, to the point where both parties – and their families – start to wonder if they are doing the right thing after all.
International action legend Jet Li stars in this action-packed martial arts epic. Three years after the infamous Dragon Inn was left in ruins, a new gang takes over, using it as their base to uncover a hidden treasure. But secrets lie within its walls, as a pregnant palace courtesan and a swordswoman take refuge from a determined royal who is determined to hunt them down. As an explosive mix of warriors, fugitives and assassins converge in the desert for a deadly showdown, only one man can protect the women – the mysterious Zhao (Jet Li). With eye-dropping special effects and stunning battle sequences, this martial arts masterpiece delivers knock-out action that has to be seen to be believed.
20 years after its first TV broadcast, the complete collection of Men Behaving Badly is now available in one definitive box set for the very first time. That’s all six classic series plus the hilarious final trilogy of feature length episodes ‘Last Orders’ and the riotous Christmas Special ‘Jingle Balls’. In addition, the rarely seen Comic Relief sketches from Red Nose Day ’97 & ’99 are included: ‘Kylie’ & ‘The Lost Pilot’ along with a fascinating new BBC radio documentary. Not only that but there are dozens of hysterical out-takes, bloopers and unique special features that will entertain for hours!