DVD New Releases – November 2015

Hello there,

Here is a selection of November DVD releases from Brighton and Hove City Libraries. Click on the image of the film or the title, to be redirected to the appropriate catalogue entry. By using our catalogue – you can find out more about the film, write a review and place a reservation.

Whats newDid you know we compile a monthly list of all of our latest DVD titles on the catalogue? It is called ‘New Films’ and is part of our ‘What’s New’ section.

To see the current list of DVD releases, click here.


Films

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys – Science Fiction – 120 min

In 2029, John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance movement against the machines, learns that Skynet is planning to attack the movement by targeting him in the past and changing the future timeline. In an effort to ensure his own existence and the survival of the human race, John sends lieutenant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to protect his mother. But Kyle arrives to find Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) partnered with a T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and fending off an unexpected enemy.

Almost Christmas

Almost Christmas – Comedy – 107 min

Released from prison on parole, Dennis (Giamatti) returns to his hometown to find his wife has shacked up with his former criminal accomplice Rene (Rudd) and told his young daughter that he has died to protect her from the shame of having a father in prison. Determined to get his life back on track and buy his daughter the present she dreams of, Dennis travels to New York City with Rene to sell Christmas trees. But can they manage to maintain their legitimate business operation without turning to crime?

Cider with Rosie

Cider with Rosie – Drama – 90 min

Samantha Morton and Jessica Hynes star in this BBC adaptation of the novel by Laurie Lee, narrated by Timothy Spall. Set in post-war Gloucestershire in a sleepy Cotswold village, dreamy days spent sampling Granny Wallon (June Whitfield)’s home brew give way to a darker vision of country life. As young Lol (Archie Cox) suffers at the hands of his sadistic teacher, happiness soon arrives as he experiences his first love with the precocious Rosie (Ruby Ashbourne Serkis).

Slow West

Slow West – Western – 84 min

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee star in this Western from writer/director John Maclean, who makes his feature debut. Set in the late 1800s, the story follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he goes on a journey from Scotland to America, traveling across the Wild West in an attempt to find his sweetheart Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Jay meets the mysterious Silas Selleck (Fassbender) along the way and the two team up as they face the harsh environment and a band of bounty hunters.

Lessons in Love

Lessons in Love – Comedy – 99 min

Tom Vaughan directs this romantic comedy starring Pierce Brosnan as a womanising English professor who begins an inappropriate love affair with an undergraduate student.  When his latest squeeze, Kate (Jessica Alba), informs him that she’s pregnant, Richard becomes excited at the prospect of having a family of his own. However, when he meets Olivia (Salma Hayek), Kate’s sister, things become a little more complicated…


Television Shows

Aquarius

Aquarius – The Complete First Season – Drama – 3 Discs

All 13 episodes from the first season of the US crime drama starring David Duchovny as an LAPD detective. Set in 1967, the story follows Hollywood Detective Sam Hodiack (Duchovny) and narcotics officer Brian Shafe (Grey Damon) as they search for missing teenager Emma Karn (Emma Dumont), with their search leading them to encounter Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony) and his infamous family.

Doctor Foster

Doctor Foster – Drama – 2 Discs

Suranne Jones stars in this five-part BBC drama. Dr. Gemma Foster (Jones)’s life begins to unravel when she suspects her husband Simon (Bertie Carvel) of having an affair. But, rather than confront him directly, Gemma confides in her friend and colleague Ros (Thusitha Jayasundera) and employs a young girl to tail her husband in the hope of identifying the other woman.

Witnesesses - The Complete Season One

Witnesesses – The Complete Season One – Drama – French Language – 2 Discs

All six episodes from the first season of the French crime drama. The series follows Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier), the young detective in charge of a case involving unrelated dead bodies being left inside model homes. When a photo of retired detective Paul Maisonneuve (Thierry Lhermitte) is found at the crime scene, he is forced to return to duty and help Winckler conduct her investigation. But does Maisonneuve know more about the crimes than he is willing to reveal?

Mad Men - The Complete Final Season

Mad Men – The Complete Final Season – Drama – 6 Discs

All episodes from the seventh and final season of the Golden Globe-winning drama set in a prestigious advertising agency in New York, where sexism is a way of life and everyone smokes like a chimney. In this season, which takes place between 1969 and 1970, Don (Jon Hamm) returns to work at Sterling Cooper and Partners but big changes take place for the company’s employees after Roger (John Slattery) makes a deal with rival agency McCann Erickson, giving them the majority share of the business.

The Leftovers - The Complete First SeasonThe Leftovers – The Complete First Season – Drama – 3 Discs

All ten episodes from the HBO drama based on the novel by Tom Perotta. The series follows the residents of Mapleton, New York, who are still struggling to come to terms with the inexplicable disappearance of many of their loved ones three years previously, an event which became known as the ‘Sudden Departure’. Chief of Police Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) attempts to keep the peace as many of the locals have been acting out in the wake of the mystery.


World Cinema

The Connection

The Connection – World – French Language – 125 min

Set in the 1970s, the story follows former Marseille judge Pierre Michel (Dujardin) as he attempts to take down the notorious drug smuggling operation known as the French Connection. In his relentless pursuit of justice, Michel experiences the brutal backlash of the La French gang, led by Gatean Zampa (Gilles Lellouche).

La Famille Belier

La Famille Belier – World – French Language – 105 min

This comedy follows married couple Gigi (Karin Viard) and Rodolphe (François Damiens) Bélier and their two children Paula (Louane Emera) and Quentin (Luca Gelberg). When Paula’s eccentric music teacher (Eric Elmosnino) discovers her natural gift for singing she is forced to decide whether to leave her family, who depend on her so much, to take part in a prestigious singing contest in Paris that could potentially give her a shot at stardom.


Documentaries

The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence – Documentary – 103 min

Documentary examining the anti-communist purge that took place in Indonesia between 1965-’66 in which an estimated one million people died at the hands of the miltary dictatorship. Born shortly after these tragic events, optician Adi sets out to confront those responsible for the death of the brother he never knew. He interviews former death squad leaders and, with the help of his family, questions how the country has still not accepted this part of its heritage.

Lambert and Stamp

Lambert and Stamp – Documentary – 117 min

Documentary focusing on the The Who’s first managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Seeking to make an underground film, aspiring directors Lambert and Stamp sought out a young and upcoming band that reflected the early ’60s youth culture to profile their rise to fame. They chose The Who, known at the time as the High Numbers, and quickly abandoned their filming to manage the band despite their inexperience. Through extensive archive footage and interviews with surviving members Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and Stamp, the feature chronicles the band’s rise and their key relationship with the two managers until they unceremoniously parted ways a decade later.

Cartel Land

Cartel Land – Documentary – 100 min

Matthew Heineman directs this documentary about the Mexican Drug War. Across both sides of the US-Mexico border, the feature follows two groups of vigilantes caught up in Mexico’s war on drugs and the country’s corrupt government.


Reissues

Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight

Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight – Classic – 116 min

Orson Welles’s version of five Shakespeare plays, amalgamated and shortened. Welles stars as Shakespeare’s recurring character Sir John Falstaff who develops a father-like relationship with Prince Hal (Keith Baxter). But with their kingdom on the brink of civil war, the young prince must decide whether to defend his father King Henry IV (John Gielgud) and accept his royal duties or honour his close friendship with Falstaff.


One you may have missed

True Detective

True Detective – Season One – Drama – 3 Discs

All eight episodes of the critically-acclaimed US television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The series follows two Louisiana homicide detectives, Rustin ‘Rust’ Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin ‘Marty’ Hart (Harrelson), as they hunt for a serial killer over a 17-year period.


Thanks for reading,

Duncan Andrews – Library Officer

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