Sunday, 24 August 2008

New DVD releases round up 25th / 26th August.

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases we've come up with some recommendations to help you recover from all those late nights / early mornings watching the Olympics.

In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 25th August 2008 are:

First up is a film perfect fo a summer bank holiday Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders. Think of a slightly surreal, dream like and ethereal version of The Wicker Man, but made in Czechoslovakia in 1970 and it gives you a taste of what the film is about. A film that has grown into cult viewing amongst nu-folkists with its folk-lore settings and wonderful soundtrack. Second Run have released a new digital transfer with restored picture and sound, and also the release also includes an interview with its star Jaroslava Schallerová amongst other things.
Take a look at the trailer for this fabulous film here.



Love is the Devil. This fantastic film from 1998 should have been huge. A biopic of Britain's most controversial painter Francis Bacon, charts his relationship with with his model George Dyer. An amazing script is carried off by a perfect cast Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton and Derek Jacobi. Given a re-release on the very lovely BFI label. (Put back from 18th August).

In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 26th August 2008 are:

The Nightmare Before Christmas - special 2 disc edition. Released to coincide with, erm the summer? This special 2 disc edition is a welcome re-release for the long out of print classic from Tim Burton. Released on HD and standard DVD. How long to wait for a 3d version on disc?

On the Ecstasy of Ski-Flying An hour long treat. Werner Herzog, modern cinema's unfathomable genius in conversation. A fascinating insight into a very intriguing subject.

The Rape of Europa. A different and multi-layered perspective on the horrors of the 3rd Reich. This time its effect on the art world.

Other recommended August 2008 new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk DVD releases.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

New DVD releases round up 18th / 19th August.

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases we've come up with some recommendations to help put Stars Wars Clone Wars out of your mind temporarily.

In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 18th August 2008 are:

Happy-Go-LuckyHappy-Go-Lucky. Fresh from his previous film (oscar nominated Vera Drake) Mike Leigh manages to sneak this film out without anyone noticing. Harping back to an attitude he explored in Life Is Sweet, we are served up a marvelous confection of widescreen optimism (to match the mood of the nation). Great film and a stunning lead performance by Leigh collaborator and star in the making Sally Hawkins.

Love is the Devil. This fantastic film from 1998 should have been huge. A biopic of Britain's most controversial painter Francis Bacon, charts his relationship with with his model George Dyer. An amazing script is carried off by a perfect cast Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton and Derek Jacobi. Given a re-release on the very lovely BFI label.

Lonesome Jim . Steve Buscemi directs this excellent comedy drama about a failed novelist who returns home from New York to work in his families ladder factory. Strangely strange.

La Belle et la Bete. Jean Cocteau's 1946 retelling of the classic children's story Beauty And The Beast. One of the most beautifully made films ever.

In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 19th August 2008 are:

Twenty-Four Eyes. AKA Nijushi no hitomi. Revered in its homeland of Japan, but little known outside the country, Twenty-Four Eyes is an absolute classic of 1950s Japanese cinema. A masterpiece.

Orson Welles' Don Quixote. Welles unfinished 1961 film was a valiant attempt to bring the notoriously un-transferable tale to the silver screen. His lost masterpiece is lovingly refinished and reshaped by Jesús Franco. Certainly good enough until Terry Gilliam finally gets round to making his version of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote - the exploits of which were the subject of the excellent film Lost In La Mancha.

Recount.Providing a slight insight into the 2000 US elections and its farcical outcome, and posing the question what price democracy and where can you find some?

Primo Levi's Journey. A tale of a truly remarkable man and his 1000 mile journey from the Auschwitz concentration camp to his home in Berlin. His footsteps are retraced 60 years later for a new look at Europe.

Other recommended August 2008 new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk DVD releases.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Shane Meadows Somers Town official site


The official site for Somers Town Shane Meadows' first film since This Is England, which is due for release in the UK on 22nd August, has now got its own official site at www.somers-town.com.

The official Somers Town site includes the film trailer, a synopsis of the film, news and reviews of the film, some beautiful stills from the movie and also some equally beautiful music from the forthcoming soundtrack CD by longtime Meadows contributor Gavin Clark.

It looks for all the world to be another excellent movie by Shane Meadows and certainly we can't wait for it's release on 22nd August (actually we'll have to wait until 5th September till it reaches us out in the sticks).

To find out more about Shane Meadows (or buy some of his DVDs and soundtrack CD) go to our Shane Meadows guide, or to the Shane Meadows official site.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

New DVD releases round up 11th / 12th August.

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases we've come up with some recommendations to while away the summer hours wishing the rain away.

In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 11th August 2008 are:



Son Of Rambow. After a few weeks delay, this film, of one of last years most charming and genuinely funny films, gets it's DVD release. Director Garth Jennings is back from his criminally ignored sojourn with studio money (in the guise of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy) with this charming, funny, heartfelt and hugely innovative tale of two schoolmates who attempt to make their own film, their own sequel to First Blood, in which they attempt to rescue Rambo (played by a wonderfully vagueEric Sykes). One of the surprise hits of last year. We highly recommend this one for laugh and a big heart.

Check out the trailer below.


The Best of 15th Raindance Film Festival. It does what it says on the tin. A superb collection of short films that featured in the 2007 Raindance Film Festival. There are already a few names from this collection that we are very much looking forward to seeing directing full length features.

Gimme Shelter. An extras pack release of the Mayles brothers classic documentary of the Rolling Stores American tour that culminated in Altamont, and the final beginning of the very end of the 60s dream. Without doubt one of the finest musical documentaries ever made.

In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 12th August 2008 are:

Brand Upon the Brain!. Weird is an often overly used word in society, but this DVD release seems to fit the weird and wonderful bill nicely. This strange piece from Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin is as confusing and as a eccentrically delirious trip as you could wish for. (It's like what you dream after eating too much strong cheese before bed on a hot summer night).

Larisa Shepitko: Eclipse Series 11 (Wings / The Ascent). Before her untimely death, Shepitko's all to brief career showed consistent flashes of genius, and had she lived she would not doubt to have gone on to become a significant name in European cinema. Collected her are two films Wings and The Ascent, given a suitable treatment by the Criterion label.

Irina Palm. This one slipped out almost unseen last year. Starring the ever wonderful Marianne Faithfull and ever gorgeous Jenny Agutter. The film follows the exploits a middle-aged widow who, in order to raise money to pay for her grandson`s medical bills, takes a hostess job in a sex club. She soon finds she can turn her hand to almost anything. Sorry for the cheesy write up - the film is much better than our blurb.

Other recommended August 2008 new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk DVD releases.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Mel Gibson in bottom of barrel scraping drama


It is with deep regret, that the staff here at alt-flix, have to sadly report that top Australian actor Mel Gibson (Chicken Run, Pocahontas) sadly, and very tragically, today lost his very short battle with artistic credibility when it was announced that will be appearing in Lethal Weapon 5.

Alt-flix would like to take this opportunity to remember all those who suffered so terribly watching the first four instalments of this franchise.
Lest we forget.

Our thoughts at this time of course go out to Mr Gibson and his family and friends (none of whom are in Hollywood it seems). And, we here at alt-flix would never say he brought it all on himself with that disgustingly unforgivable drunken incident in July 2006.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Quentin Tarantino picks Pitt for 'Bastards'


The good news is that alt-flix favourite Quentin Tarantino is summoning up his strength for his latest directorial effort, the charmingly titled Inglorious Bastards.
The film sees Tarantino paying tribute to and gently subverting yet another film genre, this time the Dirty Dozen movies.
After the relative failure of his last film Grindhouse: Death Proof (which we just so happened to absolutely love), Tarantino is pulling in some heavyweight Hollywood insurance by way of casting none other Brad Pitt (better known as the husband of Angelina Jolie).
Perhaps more interestingly, Brit-com actor Simon Pegg is also being lined up to take a role in the movie.
Shooting starts in October.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Happy-Go-Lucky DVD release


To celebrate the UK DVD release of Mike Leigh's most recent film Happy-Go-Lucky on August 18th, the official site for the movie is holding a competition with prizes of Mike Leigh box sets, film posters and Happy-Go-Lucky DVDs all signed by Mike Leigh himself.

Go along to the Happy-Go-Lucky official site and enter for a chance to win.

More about Happy-Go-Lucky.

Happy-Go-Lucky was released in 2008, and was Mike Leigh's first film since the critically lauded Vera Drake. It is in our opinion one of the best films released in 2008 so far. Happy-Go-Lucky marked a return to a more light-hearted feel, reminiscent of some of Leigh's earlier work (most notably Life Is Sweet).
The films central character of Poppy (portrayed superbly by the wonderful Sally Hawkins) is an optimist who enjoys life, in spite of all those who are around her, be it her damaged driving instructor, or her family and friends.
The films feel good element was possibly at odds with the cynical movie press, which no doubt contributed to the cinematic release coming and going with little fanfare. Hopefully the release of Happy Go-Lucky on DVD will see the film gain the wider audience that this little gem of a film deserves.

Take a look at Happy-Go-Lucky trailer to see what you are missing out on.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Somers Town trailer released


The trailer for Somers Town Shane Meadows' first film since This Is England, has just been made available on Shane Meadows official site. The film is due for limited release in the UK on 26th August, and has already picked up the prestigious Michael Powell award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film stars young actor Thomas Turgoose, the brilliant young actor who made such an impact in Meadows' film This Is England. Judging by the trailer it looks like another Meadows masterpiece and we here at alt-flix can't wait to see the film, in fact it will be the highlight of our summer.

Check out the trailer below and see if you agree.



To find out more about Shane Meadows (or buy some of his DVDs) go to our Shane Meadows guide, or to Shane Meadows offical site, which is still a very, very nice place indeed.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

New DVD releases round up 4th / 5th August.

Sifting through this weeks crop of contemporary DVD releases we've come up with some recommendations, and hopefully some relief from corporate realisations of comic book icons, and without doubt the lamest movie of all time 'Mama Mia'.

In the UK, our pick of the DVD releases on 4th August 2008 are:



Those Glory, Glory Days. In those halcyon days of the newly formed Channel 4 (films), they knew their place and their inability to take on Hollywood. This gentle charming TV film and many others (P'Tang Yang Kipperbang etc) made by the company during the 1980s provided a welcome antidote to sharp suits and exploding helicopters in the movies. This was one of their films that made zero impact anywhere, but is a great 'little' film none the less.

In Memory Of My Father. A very interesting tale about the Hollywood family and the Hollywood system. Great soundtrack from yesterday's fey pioneers 'Belle & Sebastian'.

Rhapsody in August. Akira Kurosawa's 1991 tale of an old Japanese woman who is prompted to recall the past after a visit from her grandchildren and nephew (Richard Gere), which opens up the feelings she has about the loss of her husband who was killed as a result of the bombing of Nagasaki.

In the USA, the pick of the DVD releases on 5th August 2008 are:

The Killing of John Lennon. The dramatisation of the life of Mark Chapman, murderer of John Lennon. With a chilling insight into the mind and motives of a marginalised outsider who wanted to be a 'somebody not a nobody'.

Joy House. AKA Les Felins. René Clément's supremely enjoyable mid-1960s rom-crime flick. Starring Jane Fonda and the ever-marvelous Alain Delon.



The Counterfeiters. Rightly won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It tells the true story of a swindler who became Berlin's "King of the Counterfeiters." After living the high life he is caught and imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp where he own specialist skills are of interest to the Nazis trying to fund the war effort.

Other recommended August 2008 new DVD releases can be found on our site at alt-flix.co.uk DVD releases.