Scott Davis looks at the big releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week from the UK…
One of 2014’s biggest surprises (and best films), Nightcrawler cemented Jake Gyllenhaal’s mini renaissance and cemented his place as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. Here, he stars as Lou Bloom, a “nightcrawler” who finds employment as a investigate cameraman for a local new station, and soon sets out to become the best in the business. You can read our reviews here and here, as well as revisit out podcast on the film.
ORDER NIGHTCRAWLER ON BLU-RAY HERE
Exclusive to HMV is stunning limited-edition steelbook, which is available at many HMV stores nationwide, but is very limited in quantity.
Winner of Best British Debut at this year’s BAFTA’s, Pride has been a firm favourite with many across both sides of the pond, and is set to follow the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as another big UK-produced Blu-ray and DVD seller.
Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine and Andrew Scott, you can read our review here.
ORDER PRIDE ON BLU-RAY HERE
Shockingly overlooked at the Academy Awards this year, Mr. Turner is arguably the best film not nominated for Best Picture. Mike Leigh’s film, starring Timothy Spall, tells the life and career of British artist J. M. W. Turner.
ORDER MR. TURNER ON BLU-RAY HERE
The Sound of Music – 50th Anniversary Edition
A timely release to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film’s initial release, a brand-new DVD and Blu-ray edition of The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released on Monday at the low price of just £8.90 over at Amazon (excl. postage).
In addition, Amazon have a limited-edition steelbook Blu-ray release available.
ORDER THE SOUND OF MUSIC ON BLU-RAY HERE
Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. takes a break from taking on demi-gods and the metal suit to wear something much more comfortable, in this case a expensive lawyer’s suit, to star and produce The Judge, opposite Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga.
While the film didn’t set the box office alight as The Avengers did, the film is a great example of Downey Jr.’s range, ably supported by Duvall, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance.
You can read our review of the film here.
ORDER THE JUDGE ON BLU-RAY HERE
Other selected titles released:
Dying of the Light – Paul Schrader directs Nicolas Cage
This Is Where I Leave You – dramedy directed by Shaun Levy, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda
The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman – thriller starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood
Sons of Anarchy: Season 7 – final season of the hit show, with Charlie Hunnam
Wolf Hall: Series 1 – hit BBC period drama starring Damian Lewis