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 12th November – 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: a bumper set of new stand-up comedy sets arrive, David Cronenberg gets existential with Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis and the best ensemble cast in years gathers for the Oscar-nominated Margin Call…
Showtime is Michael McIntyre at his breathtaking best. Following his two record-breaking DVDs, Live and Laughing and Hello Wembley, Michael returns with his most hilarious show yet. Recorded during his phenomenal 10 night run at The 02 in London and part of his 71-date arena tour playing to over 700,000 fans. Michael raises the bar once again with his relentless energy and razor-sharp observations that has the crowd roaring with laughter!
The brilliantly funny Dara O Briain in his funniest show yet. Get this year’s comedy fix from the mighty Dara O Briain’s highly anticipated new Tour and Live DVD, Dara O Briain – Craic Dealer.
Host of Mock the Week, The Apprentice You’re Fired! and star of Three Men In A Boat returns this year with his funniest Live show to date, proving why Dara is regarded as one of the comedy greats by audiences and fellow comedians alike. The ‘down-right-funny’ Dara O Briain is at the peak of his career in this hilarious new DVD, making it a must-own show for any discerning comedy fan.
After becoming the best-selling female comedian of all time with her debut stand-up DVD, Sarah Millican is back with ‘Thoroughly Modern Millican Live’. Sarah’s had a phenomenal twelve months. She was crowned the Queen of Comedy (People’s Choice) at the 2011 British Comedy Awards, launched her own series on BBC2 and her second national tour, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millican’, was a complete sell-out with extra dates added due to the phenomenal demand.
‘Thoroughly Modern Millican Live’ is Sarah’s brand new live DVD. Ever wondered how to make a home-made treadmill? Or the practicalities of an orgy. Wonder no more. If your glass is half full, she’ll top it up.
On his last tour, John Bishop played to over 400,000 fans since topping the charts with the fastest selling debut stand-up DVD of all time. He has been regularly broadcasting into the homes of over 6.5m viewers in his own primetime BBC One show (John Bishop’s Britain) as well as starring in A League of Their Own (Sky1), but the public clearly haven’t seen enough of him yet. Due to overwhelming popular demand, this ‘Comedy Superstar’ (Telegraph) embarks on a brand new set of dates later in 2012 to be filmed for DVD and Blu-ray, making the official announcement that, despite everything, he is not quite ready for a holiday… just yet.
Kevin Bridges The Story Continues sees Kevin return to The SECC to perform a record-breaking run of ten sold out nights to over 75,000 ecstatic fans. Recorded on a Saturday night in Glasgow, Kevin is in his element, as this home town gig shows off his no nonsense approach to comedy. He cuts through the niceties with his Glaswegian man in the street charm to the next chapter of his epic comedic journey.
Prepare for a riot of bad behaviour with Mrs. Browns Boys Live, and see the Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV show as you’ve never seen it before – all your favourite bits, but ruder and much more outrageous! It’s packed with belly-aching laughs and drama as you’d expect from the Mother of all Comedy, and all your favourite characters from the hit series – live and unleashed.
So if you loved ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys The Series’, you will love Mrs. Brown’s Boys Live Tour: Good Mourning Mrs. Brown – Too Rude for TV!
The award-winning series, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, returns on Blu-Ray and DVD for a brand new and exclusive four-part series that once again pushes the boundaries of magic and illusion. Described as the most exciting and original British magician for a generation, the 28-year-old from Bradford wowed the world in the first series of Magician Impossible with a jaw-dropping array of magic. Matrix-style levitations, walking on water, transforming snow into diamonds in the Austrian mountains… Dynamo did it all.
Learning his skills from his late grandfather, Dynamo takes his magic to the streets and incorporates incredible illusion and amazing sleight of hand. Whether it be wowing celebrities, friends and family or members of the general public, Dynamo’s brand of 21st century magic is truly for everyone. And, in series two, he’s back, bigger, better than ever.
Once the king of TV talk shows, Alan (Steve Coogan) now hosts Mid Morning Matters, a weekday local radio show at North Norfolk Digital which is beamed?via studio webcam to a (potential) audience of billions. In this hilarious and critically acclaimed series, Alan and his sidekick Simon (Tim Key) courageously tackle the burning issues of the day; childhood obesity, popular TV prostitutes and how often you should wash your towels – and prove beyond doubt that mid-mornings matter.
Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Megan Fox (Transformers), Adam Scott (Leap Year), Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), and Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan) star in Friends With Kids, a daring ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of thirty-something friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. Jason (Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt), the last two singles in the group, observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way. Eventually they decide to have a kid together – but date other people.
There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional ‘experiment’ leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.
The Complete Collection of Friends is the eagerly awaited Blu-ray edition of the show. This compiles all ten seasons of the iconic and world renowned American sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. This Collection boasts Friends for the first time ever on Blu-ray, with all 236 original broadcast episodes on twenty-one discs, all completely remastered and enhanced in Blu-ray quality.
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling Academy Award nominated thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral, catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.
Propelled by a stellar cast that includes two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, two-time Oscar- nominee Mary McDonnell, with Demi Moore, and Oscar-nominee Stanley Tucci, writer/director JC Chandor’s enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens as they confront the decisions that shape our global future.
New York is in turmoil, the age of capitalism is drawing to a close and Eric Packer, a high finance golden boy is chauffeured across the city in his extravagant limousine to get a haircut. A visit from the President of the United States paralyses Manhattan and as the day goes by, an eruption of wild activity unfolds on the city’s streets. Eric watches helplessly as his empire collapses and as his paranoia intensifies during the 24-hour period, he starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.
Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1962, Lawrence of Arabia stands as one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces. The greatest achievement of its legendary, Oscar-winning director David Lean (1962, Lawrence of Arabia; 1957, The Bridge on the River Kwai), the film stars Peter O’Toole – in his career-making performance – as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire. Newly restored and re-mastered at 4K resolution, the massive scope and epic action of the Director’s Cut of Lawrence of Arabia can now be experienced like never before in this landmark 50th Anniversary Edition Collectors Box Set