DVD New Releases – December 2015

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Here is a selection of December 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.

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Kon-TikiKon-tiki – Drama – 109 min

Academy Award-nominated Norwegian drama based on explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 expedition in which he journeyed across the Pacific Ocean on a raft from South America to Polynesia. Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen) aims to prove his theory that the Hanau epe, an ancient Peruvian tribe, settled on the Polynesian islands 1500 years ago. To do so, he builds a raft named KonTiki which resembles the type of vessel the tribe would have had the technology to make. Then, with five crew members and a parrot he sets off from Peru and takes to the ocean, despite the fact he is unable to swim or sail, to show that such a journey would have been possible even in the pre-Columbian era.

SouthpawSouthpaw – Drama – 123 min

Reigning light-heavyweight boxing champion Billy ‘The Great’ Hope (Gyllenhaal) has a loving wife (Rachel McAdams) and child and a promising career ahead of him. However, Billy finds himself in danger of losing all of that after tragedy strikes and he is declared unfit to look after his young daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). Having hit rock-bottom, Billy desperately tries to regain control of his life and win back custody of his little girl with the help of boxing trainer Titus ‘Tick’ Wills (Whitaker).

London RoadLondon Road – Drama/Musical – 91 min

Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman head the cast of this adaptation of the award-winning musical production directed by Rufus Norris. The film tells the story of how the residents of Ipswich reacted to and came to terms with the fact that Steve Wright, one of their neighbours, was found guilty of murdering five local sex workers in 2008.

MaggieMaggie – Horror – 95 min

When Maggie Vogel (Breslin) gets stuck outside after curfew she is bitten by a zombie and becomes infected with the Necroambulist virus. Her father Wade (Schwarzenegger) goes searching for her and finds her in a quarantined zone of a hospital. Her doctor agrees to release her but warns Wade that before Maggie completely transforms he will have to place her back in quarantine.  As Maggie’s condition worsens her father and stepmother Caroline (Richardson) become increasingly concerned but Wade can’t bear to take her back to quarantine. His other option is to kill her himself and give her a quick death. Will he be able to do the unthinkable?

Ant-ManAnt-Man – Science Fiction – 117 min

Decades earlier scientist Hank Pym (Douglas) invented a special suit that would allow him to transform to the size of an ant and give him super strength. The ageing hero approaches petty thief Scott Lang (Rudd) and, with the help of his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Lilly), Hank trains him to become the new Ant-Man. After Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) takes over his former mentor Pym’s business he produces a similar suit to be worn by the military as well as a more powerful suit for himself, transforming him into Yellowjacket. This results in chaos and it’s up to Ant-Man to use both his thieving skills and his newfound abilities to save the day.

Television Shows

The Last KingdomThe Last Kingdom – Drama – 3 Discs

Eight-part historical BBC drama centred around the wars between the Saxons and Danes during the ninth century. Alexander Dreymon stars as the warrior Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the son of a Saxon nobleman who was captured by the Danes as a child and raised as one of their own. After Uhtred is blamed for an English uprising he is imprisoned along with fellow captive Brida (Emily Cox). When they are released the pair flee to Winchester, the capital of Wessex, and pledge allegiance to King Alfred (David Dawson). Uhtred takes on the role of training the Saxon forces but will he remain loyal to the country of his birth or will he turn back to those who raised him?

Boy Meets GirlBoy Meets Girl – Drama – 1 Disc

All six episodes of the British comedy drama starring Harry Hepple and Rebecca Root. When recently-fired 26-year-old Leo (Hepple) gets stood up on a blind date, he unexpectedly meets an interesting older woman called Judy (Root). The two have an immediate connection and arrange to meet up again, but how will Leo react when he discovers Judy’s unusual secret?

From DarknessFrom Darkness – Drama – 2 Discs

Anne-Marie Duff and Johnny Harris star in this four-part BBC psychological drama. The story follows former detective Claire Church (Duff) who fled to the remote Scottish Western Isles after quitting her job in Manchester. But she finds herself dragged back into an old unsolved case when bodies are discovered back in Manchester that are seemingly linked to a 17-year-old investigation.

Agent CarterMarvel’s Agent Carter – The Complete First Season – Drama – 2 Discs

All eight episodes from the first season of the action adventure show starring Hayley Atwell as the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter. Following the Second World War, Peggy returns to the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) where she is reduced to performing secretarial work. When her friend Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), an inventor and industrialist, is investigated by the SSR after being accused of treason Peggy tries to prove his innocence, helped by Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), and demonstrates her skills as an agent along the way.

RiverRiver – The Complete Series – Drama – 2 Discs

All six episodes of the British television drama following Detective Inspector John River (Stellan Skarsgård), who, while being haunted by visions of his recently deceased partner Jackie (Nicola Walker), tries to carry on with his work while his superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Reid (Lesley Manville), grows increasingly worried about his state of mind.

World Cinema

13 Minutes13 Minutes – World – German Language – 114 min

Oliver Hirschbiegel directs this German drama based on a true story. Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) is an apolitical man who becomes determined to put a stop to the Nazis and attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler (Udo Schenk) in November 1939. When his attempt fails he is captured and questioned by the authorities. It is revealed through his confession how he was driven to perform such an act and how the people he cares for, including his lover Elsa (Katharina Schüttler), have suffered because of his resistance to Nazism.

The TreatmentThe Treatment – World – Dutch Language – 131 min

Hans Herbots directs this Belgian crime thriller starring Geert Van Rampelberg. Still haunted by the childhood kidnapping of his younger brother Bjorn (Roy Aernouts), Inspector Nick Cafmeyer (Van Rampelberg) is appointed lead investigator on a disturbingly similar case two decades later. After a 9-year-old boy is kidnapped in a burglary gone wrong Nick is determined to find the one responsible as he suspects the incident is linked to his own personal tragedy. But as his investigation continues Nick must decide how far he is willing to go to solve each respective case…


Brand: A Second ComingBrand: A Second Coming – Documentary – 104 min

Feature documentary chronicling the journey of comedian-turned-activist Russell Brand as he embarks on his latest project: save the world. As the self-proclaimed narcissist, who admits to believing he is a messiah, sets out to make people understand how we, the human population, are slowly killing the world we live in, he encounters opposition from every direction, including the people who put him on the showbusiness map. The documentary includes interviews with Brand’s parents, his ex-wife Katy Perry and several of his friends including Noel Gallagher, Jonathan Ross and Matt Morgan.

Love is allLove Is All – Documentary – 74 min

Documentary showcasing love and romance in films over the last century, directed by Kim Longinotto. Since the introduction of the video camera and the production of moving images, love and courtship have been key topics for film-makers showcasing their work on the screen. This feature uses archive footage from the British Film Institute to document how the theme of love was displayed throughout the ever-changing twentieth century as it witnessed the break-out of war and the birth of youth culture. Amongst the archive footage are the very first kisses caught on camera and the change in attitudes towards the display of same-sex relationships on-screen.


Pandora and the flying dutchmanPandora And The Flying Dutchman – Drama – 124 min

Albert Lewin’s adaptation of the ‘Flying Dutchman’ legend transposes the story into an upper-class English-speaking community in a small port in 1930s Spain. James Mason stars as Hendrick van der Zee, a man cursed to travel the seven seas until he can find a woman willing to die for his love. He certainly does not think he has discovered her when he meets beautiful, spoiled, nightclub singer and femme fatale Pandora Reynolds (Ava Gardner), who is engaged to be married to racing driver Stephen Cameron (Nigel Patrick) but is also being courted by hotheaded bullfighter Juan Montalvo (Mario Cabre). However, the pair soon discover that love can blossom in the unlikeliest of places.

One you may have missed

The AffairThe Affair – Season One – Drama – 4 Discs

All ten episodes from the first season of the American domestic drama starring Dominic West as Noah Solloway, an adulterous husband and aspiring novelist who finds himself embroiled in an affair with a younger woman. When Noah travels to his in-laws’ Hamptons estate to spend the summer with his wife and four children, he meets Alison (Ruth Wilson), a young married diner waitress, and begins an affair. But with two marriages at stake, it inevitably takes its toll on all involved. The supporting cast includes Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney.

Did you know?

Whats newWe 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.

Thanks for reading,

Duncan Andrews – Library Officer

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