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Monday News Roundup - 12th January 2015

Metrodome are to release Effie Gray onto UK Blu-ray and DVD on 23rd February. The film, originally written by Emma Thompson stars Thompson herself alongside Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox and David Suchet.

EFFIE GRAY is the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson and features an accomplished cast lead by Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, Man on Fire), who delivers a career-marking performance in her first adult starring role as the eponymous Effie. A host of prized English actors provide support, including Emma Thompson (The Remains of the Day, Howards End), Julie Walters (Harry Potter), Tom Sturridge (On the Road), David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) and Greg Wise (Walking on Sunshine).

The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

The film is produced by Andreas Roald and former President of Merchant Ivory Productions Donald Rosenfeld, who created such cinematic masterpieces as The Remains of the Day and Howards End and also recently produced Terence Malick’s Tree of Life. EFFIE GRAY was filmed in the Scottish Highlands, London, and Venice, Italy. Andrew Dunn (Gosford Park, The Madness of King George) is the cinematographer and two-time Academy Award nominated Ruth Myers (LA Confidential, Emma) designed the costumes. Paul Cantelon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) composed the score.

2nd February sees the BFI release of Night Will Fall on DVD. The powerful documentary follows the liberation of Nazi concentration camps and using moving eyewitness testimonies, it reveals how combat and newsreel cameramen filmed the shocking scenes they encountered, and why, in 1945, a documentary aimed at proving the terrible events took place was never finished.

The disc will include the following extras:
  • Original trailer
  • Death Mills (Hanuš Burger and Billy Wilder, 1946, 22 mins): US propaganda film about the Nazi concentration camps
  • Oświęcim (Auschwitz) (1945, 22 mins): Russian propaganda film
  • Belsen Death Camp Leaders Meet Justice (1945, 2 mins): short newsreel about the Nuremberg trials
  • Night Will Fall – Panel Discussion (2014, 13 mins)
  • An Interview with Dr Jeremy Hicks at Auschwitz Concentration Camp (2014, 24 mins)
  • An Interview with Professor Rainer Schulze at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (2014, 28 mins)
  • An interview with Professor David Cesarani at Buchenwald Concentration Camp (2014, 25 mins)
  • An Interview with Caroline Moorehead (2014, 13 mins)
  • Stills gallery
  • Illustrated booklet with credits and essays by Nick James, André Singer, Sally Angel, Toby Haggith and Patrick Russell

Michael Mann's Thief comes to Blu-ray on 26th January via Arrow Home Video. The new release will be limited to 3000 editions that will include two versions of the film - the original theatrical cut and the extended Director's Cut.

For his first theatrical feature, Michael Mann (Manhunter, The Insider, Miami Vice) returned to the rain-soaked streets of his hometown, Chicago, for a stunning piece of neo-noir starring James Caan (The Godfather, Rollerball) at his toughest.

Caan plays Frank, a jewel thief and former convict who is looking to settle down with his girlfriend (Tuesday Weld, Once Upon a Time in America) and begin a family. But when his ‘fence’ is thrown from a window and the Chicago mafia begin to flex their muscles, his hopes of a quiet life become anything but…

With a sterling supporting cast in the shape of James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Willie Nelson and Dennis Farina, lush electronic score by Tangerine Dream and the assured direction of Mann, Thief is a standout eighties crime flick that paved the way for the his later urban thrillers such as Heat and Collateral as well as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

The disc will also feature the following extras:
  • Limited Slipcase Edition [3000 units] featuring two versions of the film
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the director’s cut from a new 4K film transfer, approved by director Michael Mann, with uncompressed 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the original theatrical cut [Limited Edition Exclusive] with original uncompressed 2.0 Stereo PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Optional isolated music and effects track on the theatrical cut
  • Audio commentary by writer-director Michael Mann and actor James Caan
  • The Directors: Michael Mann – a 2001 documentary on the filmmaker, containing interviews with Mann, James Belushi, William Petersen, Jon Voight and others
  • Stolen Dreams – a new interview with Caan, filmed exclusively for this release
  • Hollywood USA: James Caan – an episode of the French TV series Ciné regards devoted to the actor, filmed shortly after Thief had finished production
  • The Art of the Heist – an examination of Thief with writer and critic F.X. Feeney, author of the Taschen volume on Michael Mann
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Brad Stevens

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