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 the following Monday – so in this case, Monday 10th September – and each title is now available for pre-order on zavvi.com. This week: Aardman Animation’s latest arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray, Jason Statham kicks off again and the American Pie crew stage a farewell reunion…
The original cast returns for this fourth and last instalment in the American Pie series.
All the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said good-bye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about – and get inspired by-the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.
Set sail for a fun-filled voyage of hilarious pirate antics with the biggest Band of Misfits on the seven seas! When the infamous Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) is shunned once again by his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Liz Cutlass (Salma Hayek), he sets his sights to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award! With his trusted “parrot” Polly and rag-tag crew at his side, Pirate Captain will need to battle Queen Victoria, save a young Charles Darwin and never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: Adventure!
Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
When ex-Government agent Luke Wright (Jason Statham) exposes the Russian mafia for rigging an illegal fight, they seek revenge on his family and threaten to kill anyone close to him. Destitute and living alone on the streets of New York, Luke has given up hope….until a chance meeting with a young girl changes everything.
Mei (Catherine Chan), a 10 year old mathematical prodigy, is abducted by Triad gangsters wanting to use her unique ability to memorise a secret code. When the Russian mafia and a group of corrupt cops also launch a plan to kidnap Mei, it’s clear she holds the key to something deeply dangerous and these men will stop at nothing to get it.
Over the course of one harrowing night Luke snaps back to life and tears through the city’s underworld…
Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a CIA Agent battling her own demons, becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a US soldier who had been missing and presumed dead for eight years, was a set-up, and may be connected to an al-Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.
Already on thin ice with the CIA, and now assigned to a desk job after an incident in Iraq, Carrie is forced to break protocol in order to prove her theory that Brody was “turned” during his many years in captivity (and is now working for al-Qaeda). Meanwhile, Brody receives a hero’s welcome at home, and attempts to reconnect with his family whom he hasn’t seen in eight years.
When Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) arrives in Spain for a weeklong sailing vacation with his family, the stressed young businessman is not in a holiday mood. His startup company is in trouble and his tense relationship with his disciplinarian father Martin (Bruce Willis) only makes matters worse. But when the family is kidnapped by what turns out to be intelligence agents hell-bent on recovering a mysterious briefcase, Will suddenly finds himself on the run.
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 10 [DVD]
Three years ago, Sasuke Uchiha turned against his comrade Naruto and went out in search of greater power. But Orochimaru, the villain who took Sasuke in, had an ulterior motive: he planned to transfer himself into Sasuke’s body and gain the power of the all-seeing Sharingan Eye. When their powers collide, however, Sasuke comes out on top-and now he’s a near-invincible ninja bent on revenge against his brother Itachi. Sasuke gathers a team of rogue ninjas for his quest, while Naruto and the rest of the Hidden Leaf Village try to track him down after hearing of what happened with Orochimaru. Both parties seek out the Akatsuki, a devious organization where Itachi Uchiha operates. When Sasuke runs into the Akatsuki’s explosives expert Deidara, a deadly battle begins.
London’s East End, 1969: Our heroes Kenny (Ray Winstone) and Danny (Jack Huston) come into possession of a mysterious box which turns out to contain a large lump of weapons grade Uranium – a true Hot Potato!
Initially unaware of The Hot Potato’s true value they very quickly realise the danger they’ve been exposed to. Ably assisted by Danny’s girlfriend, the beautiful Carole (Lois Winstone) and shadowed at every turn by the unshakeable criminal Harry (Colm Meadey), Kenny and Danny reluctantly embark on a quest to offload the potato to the highest bidder.
Taking them on an epic journey that criss-crosses Europe, and into the company of an ever increasing assortment of shady and bizarre characters, Hot Potato is an ‘Italian Job’ tinged crime caper that you won’t forget!
The Devil’s Business [DVD]
Two hit men are sent to murder an old associate of their underworld boss. But things are not all what they seem in their quarry’s house and the discovery of a make-shift black magic altar and its shocking sacrifice sends the uncomprehending duo into the shadowy darkness of their own tortured souls. They are then faced with terrifying confrontations with their worst primal fears in this spine chilling horror.
This beautifully animated film will captivate any adult or child who has ever been touched by the magical stories of Roald Dahl. The fantasy dream world of the BFG has been wonderfully brought to life by award-winning British animators Cosgrove Hall.
When little Sophie is taken from her orphange bed one night, it’s just the beginning of a thrilling adventure with The Big Friendly Giant. As they catch dreams together in Dream Country and blow them into children’s bedroom, trouble appears in the shape of The Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater – big, bad giants who like to gobble children for breakfast!
It’s up to Sophie and The BFG to persuade the Queen Of England to help them stop the giants and thwart their fiendish plans.
A Night In The Woods [DVD]
When three friends go hiking in Dartmoor jealousies, sexual tensions and strained relationships come to a head turning what should have been a peaceful camping adventure into a terror trip. As collective paranoia reaches fever pitch it becomes clear that there is a much darker force at work in their ancient eerie surroundings. Who or what is after them? And can any one of them survive a night in the woods?
Watch the trailer for Safe below: