After a relatively quiet start to May, this week certainly makes up for it. Scorsese's Silence is finally released, which will surely look gorgeous on Blu. Perhaps too beautiful is the distilled vision of the future seen in Passengers, available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K. A Monster Calls left a lot of people in floods of tears late last year and this double release should, in fairness, come with a free pack of tissues. Season Four of Orange Is The New Black stands out this week as the pick of the TV releases, although fans of Line of Duty may beg to differ.
In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.
A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
A Monster Calls (DVD/Blu-ray)
A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.
Orange Is The New Black - Season Four (DVD/Blu-ray)
The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.
Collateral Beauty (DVD/Blu-ray)
Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
Man Down (DVD/Blu-ray)
In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.
Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.
The Eagle Huntress(DVD/Blu-ray)
Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle huntress.
Railroad Tigers (DVD/Blu-ray)
A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.
Line of Duty - Season Four (DVD)
DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.
Stan Lee's Lucky Man - Series 2 (DVD)
From the mind of comic book legend Stan Lee comes a bold new action crime series about a brilliant but flawed police officer with the power to control luck.
The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
The Last Kingdom: Season 2 (DVD/Blu-ray)
The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred.
Childhood soulmates Georgia and Holly are only a few weeks into the so-called best years of their lives at university in Edinburgh, when Georgia gets drawn into the elite clique of alpha-girls, led by lecturer Jude McDermid.
Benidorm Series 9(DVD)
Follow holidaymakers at the Solana Resort in Benidorm. Hilarity ensues as guests try to get value for their Euros.
Violette, a 40-year old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene, while on a spa retreat with her best friend.
Of the less recognised releases this week is the Oscar nominated Tanna, a wonderfully written film deserving of more attention. Similarly The Eagle Huntress, which just missed out on an Oscar nomination, is one that needs to be seen. Norman Wisdom's There Was A Crooked Man comes to DVD and the Alan Parker penned Melody hits Blu-ray.
and the Alan Parker penned Melody
hits blu-ray too.
Monster Trucks (DVD/Blu-ray)
A young man working at a small town junkyard discovers and befriends a creature which feeds on oil being sought by a fracking company.
Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible. The story is told from the children's point of view.
There Was A Crooked Man (DVD)
An explosives expert blows the lid off a leading citizen's shady dealings.
Born Free (DVD/Blu-ray)
At a national park in Kenya, English game warden George Adamson and his wife, Joy, care for three orphaned lion cubs.