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 8th October – and each title is now available for pre-order on zavvi.com. This week: Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel arrive in both 2D and 3D, Ben Drew a.k.a Plan B makes his directorial debut and the Sons of Anarchy return…
Sons Of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that: charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless, thriving illegal arms business. This is a series about the seduction of money, power and blood.
Charlie Hunnam stars as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, the MC’s Vice-President who is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness. Katey Sagal stars as Gemma Teller Morrow, Jax’s force-of-nature mother; and Ron Perlman stars as Clarence ‘Clay’ Morrow, Jax’s stepfather and MC President. The triangle of mother, son and stepfather will ultimately reveal the dark secrets in this family’s past and the lengths they will go to protect their sins.
An action packed thriller from the explosive star of Harry Brown & The Sweeney. In a city controlled by guns, gangs and the illegal drug trade, an unseen war is raging. It is a turf war fought between rival dealers and the city’s armed police units as they battle to clean up the blood-filled streets. As the pavements become a battleground, one man (Riz Ahmed – Shifty, Centurion) tries to break the cycle of violence but ends up going head to head with some of the most vicious criminals that inhabit this brutal underworld. Gripping, bullet-paced and utterly unmissable, the incendiary new film from Ben Drew is a breathtaking thrill ride that will blow you away. Featuring new music by Plan B.
“Rock Of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.
Returning to the genre he helped define, Sir Ridley Scott has crafted the most unforgettable experience of 2012 in Prometheus. This gripping, thought-provoking and often terrifying masterpiece features a stellar ensemble cast including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Idris Elba and is a must-have for any self-respecting film fan.
After scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green – Devil) discover mysterious cave drawings that point to the origins of mankind, they soon find themselves aboard the spaceship Prometheus, sponsored by Weyland Industries and on a journey to uncover the secrets of humanity. Overseen by the imperious Meredith Vickers (Theron – Snow White & The Huntsman), looked after by the android David (Fassbender – X-Men: First Class), and backed up by a team of scientists Shaw and Holloway arrive on the isolated moon LV-223 to discover an abandoned alien spaceship and the truth… that not all is as it seems…
From the award-winning creators of Peep Show, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and starring Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) and Robert Webb, Fresh Meat is Channel 4’s latest comedy drama series.
The series follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives thus far – University! Away from home for the first time, on the brink of adult life, they are about to discover who they really are. From the moment they ship up as freshers at their shared house, their lives are destined to collide, overlap and run the whole gamut of appalling behaviour and terrible errors of judgement.
They are: JP (Jack Whitehall), public school boy with good teeth and an inflated sense of entitlement; Kingsley (Joe Thomas), charming, loveable and crushingly insecure; Josie (Kimberley Nixon), overly enthusiastic, determined to experience ‘new things’, however bad they are for you. Then there’s socially awkward and know-it-all Howard (Greg McHugh); straight talking, hard-living Vod (Zawe Ashton); and finally Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie), desperate to be cool and terrified of being boring.
In the dying days of Edwardian England, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens finds himself marrying Sylvia, a beautiful but cruel socialite who is pregnant with a child who may or may not be his. Christopher is determined to remain loyal to his wife, but his life is transformed the day he meets Valentine Wannop, a fearless young suffragette. Moving from the glittering yet shallow world of London high society to the trench-scarred battlefields of France, Parade’s End is the story of one of the defining eras of the last century; a time when old certainties are being torn down and lives are changed forever.
Maïwenn spent time with the Child Protection Unit in Paris before co-writing, directing and starring in this multi-faceted portrait of the department. She plays a photographer assigned to record the workings of the unit’s day shift, following the officers as they deal with each case – many of which are based on actual incidents – and the impact the job has on their personal lives. The resulting tapestry of working life will appeal to fans of The Wire and Spiral. Starring Karen Viard (Potiche), Joey Starr (22 Bullets), Nicholas Duvauchelle (Braquo), Arnaud Henriet (Mesrine)
The multi-talented Ashton Kutcher, whose success spans film, television and social media, joins the cast of the Emmy Award-nominated Two And A Half Men as the hit comedy series returns for its ninth season, continuing the laughs about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love.
The nation’s ‘mammy’ of comedy is back and badder than ever in her second series. TV’s funniest and proudest mother, Agnes Brown, is back with the second series of her hit BBC comedy show. Mrs Brown, the loveable Dublin matriarch, continues her quest to meddle and interfere in the lives of her long suffering 6 children, with even more shocking and hilarious consequences.
The nation’s most endearing mother hen is funnier than ever in her side-splitting second series. Thought you’d seen Mrs Brown at her most outrageous in series one? Well you ain’t seen nothing yet!!
Following the success of Anglo-Amalgamated’s Scotland Yard and Edgar Wallace Mysteries, the production company scored another hit with Scales Of Justice, thirteen dramas based on real-life trials that dramatise events from the alleged crime to the courtroom. As with the previous series, the films were produced at the company’s Merton Park Studios to be screened as support features in British cinemas, making a successful transition to the small screen during the 1970s. This set contains all thirteen films, produced between 1962 and 1967.
Introduced by crime writer Edgar Lustgarten and complemented by The Tornados’ memorably pacy theme music, the dramas feature performances from some of the era’s finest, and now most instantly recognisable, actors – including Alexandra Bastedo, Patrick Wymark, Peter Barkworth, Keith Barron, and Barrie Ingham.
At the police academy they trained together, argued and celebrated together. Now Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym, Heroes) and her fellow rookie graduates are in the real world, getting to grips with their tough job as well as their turbulent private lives.
This group of twenty-somethings is about to learn the hard way that no amount of training could have prepared them for the job… or for real life.
DI Richard Poole is sent to the paradise island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean to solve an impossible murder. He hates sun, sea and sand, but no matter – once he’s solved the murder he’ll be heading back to wonderful, cold, drizzly London. He does so, with brilliance and tenacity – only to discover his boss back home has conspired to keep him there. He’s trapped on an island he hates and people just keep getting murdered.
Watch the trailer for Prometheus below:
Watch the trailer for Ill Manors below: