It’s time for another round-up of recent DVD and Blu-ray announcements we’ve not yet covered elsewhere on the site. So without further ado…
First up we have some titles arriving on 26th April: Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live at the O2 from Universal Pictures which is sold in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and will feature the whole event in its entirety when over 35 of the nation’s favourite comedians and TV presenters took to the stage to perform at this one-off exclusive event.
Revolver Entertainment have a ‘mockbuster’ production of Sherlock Holmes which stars Gareth David Lloyd as Watson and newcomer Ben Syder as Holmes while Dominic Keating stars as their greatest foe.
Network Releasing will release Thomas Clay’s Soi Cowboy on 26th April 2010 with deleted scenes, outtakes and the original trailer. This drama set in Thailand is named after a red light district in Bangkok.
MVM have the low-budget indie horror flick Razor’s Ring on 3rd May 2010 which sees a mild-mannered businessman abducted by two thrill-seeking killers. Out the same day is Blood, an erotically charged vampire shocker from Japan which is directed by Ten Shimoyama (Shinobi). Extras on the latter includes trailers and TV spots.
Metrodome will release the Chinese martial-arts action film The Assassin’s Blade on 3rd May 2010. A little investigating leads me to believe this is the 2008 film more commonly known as Butterfly Lovers, directed by Jingle Ma and starring Charlene Choi. The disc is barebones. Watch the trailer here. They also have City of War: The Story of John Rabe out the same day. This German drama is the true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
The following week on 10th May they have Lockjaw, a monster movie starring DMX. Again, there are no extras.
Momentum Pictures have added another title to their line-up in the form of French zombie horror Mutants from debut writer/director David Morlet which arrives on 10th May 2010.
Anchor Bay will release Broken Lizard’s The Slammin’ Salmon on 17th May 2010. This comedy features multiple commentary tracks (one with Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme and a second with Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske) plus Paul’s Pre-Show Announcement, Hellish Kitchen and the trailer.
New Wave Films have two films arriving on 24th May 2010. From the man behind Afterlife, Nobody Knows and Maborosi, Horokazu Kore-Eda’s Still Walking is a drama of a middle-class family who come together to celebrate the memory of their youngest son. Presented in anamorphic widescreen with Japanese DD2.0 audio and English subtitles, you also get a 28-minute behind-the-scenes feature. The second film is Adoration from director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter). This drama about our connections with each other, our family history, with technology and with the modern world is presented in anamorphic widescreen with DD2.0 and DD5.1 audio. Extras on the disc are the original trailer and a 17-minute interview with the director.
Matchbox Films have the Canadian drama Normal arriving on 24th May 2010. Directed by Carl Bessai and starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Zegers and Callum Keith Rennie, the film follows three strangers who have avoided coming to grips with the aftermath of a senseless tragedy and their role within it. Presented in anamorphic widescreen with DD2.0 audio, extras include a 10-minute making of and the trailer.
National Geographic and FremantleMedia have a few titles due on 24th May. These include the Chris Barrie show Britain’s Greatest Machines Series 1 (with Series 2 to follow in July), the nature series The Triumph of Life and the story of an iconic photograph with In Search of the Afghan Girl. None are listed with any extras.
ISIS Ltd. have the British independent thriller Bad Day starring Sarah Harding (of Girls Aloud) coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 24th May 2010. Extras include a making of, commentary with the director, cast and crew plus deleted scenes and the trailer.
E1 Entertainment has the mixed martial arts fighting flick Unrivaled out on 24th May 2010. The film stars various UFC fighters and is the story of one man sacrificing everything to get in the ring and prove his worth. Extras are TBC.
The following week E1 Entertainment will release Teddy Chan’s epic period action movie Bodyguards and Assassins on 31st May 2010. Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the film starring Donnie Yen is a dramatic fictionalized retelling of the suspenseful events of 1906 that eventually led to the 1911 Xinhai Revolution and the founding of the Republic of China. Extras are TBC.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment have One Night in Turin, the inside story of the 1990 world cup, coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 31st May. Extras are TBC.
John Malkovich stars as a sadistic Soviet officer alongside Vera Farmiga in the tough prisoner of war camp drama In Tranzit, which comes to DVD through Universal Pictures on 31st May 2010. There are no extras.
Showbox will release The Foursome on 7th June 2010. This comedy about four friends who meet up for their 25 year high-school reunion stars Kevin Dillon.
Third Window Films will add another film from Japan to their catalogue on 21st June 2010 with the release of Kakera: A Piece of Life. Based on the best-selling manga ‘Love Vibes’ by Erika Sakurazawa and featuring a soundtrack by James Iha, the debut feature of Momoko Andô, is a portrait of two very different women, Haru and Riko. Presented in anamorphic widescreen with Japanese DD2.0 audio and optional English subtitles, extras include an interview with Momoko Ando by Midnight Eye's Jasper Sharp; footage from the UK theatrical premiere & director Q&A from the ICA Gala Screening; theatrical trailer and trailers of other Third Window Films titles.
Action Extreme will release 12 on 21st June 2010. Directed by newcomer (and UK born) Chee Keong Cheung this British martial arts action movie follows the brutal story of twelve fighters who are brought together to compete in an illegal underground tournament for the prize of £500,000 should they survive.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment have Resurrecting The Street Walker coming to DVD on 28th June 2010. Directed by Ozgur Uyanik and starring James Powell (Swimming with Sharks) & Tom Shaw (Skins, The Inbetweeners), this UK-made faux documentary tells the story of a wannabe filmmaker who finds the unfinished horror The Street Walker and becomes obsessed with completing it, sparking a horrific descent into madness. Extras include deleted scenes, test footage, cast and crew interviews and audio commentary.
Picking up the rights now Tartan have lost them Second Sight will release Edgar Reitz's Heimat: A Chronicle Of Germany and its follow up Heimat 2: Chronicle Of A Generation on 21st June 2010. RRP is £69.99 each and there are no extras.
Second Sight will release Peter Yates’ cycling movie Breaking Away on 28th June. Starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern, the film picked up the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1979. There are no extras.
There are also some updates on past round-ups - we've added disc specs for the Thai horror Phobia plus a trailer and artwork here while the horror film Bear mentioned here has been pushed back to 28th June (from 3rd May).