This Week In DVD/Blu-Ray: 18th April

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This week the DVD and Blu-Ray releases will Test Your Might.
April 19th
The King’s Speech
Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
Synopsis: This is a dramatisation of the events surrounding King George VI at the end of the 1930s, as he struggled with a speech impediment. It cleaned up at the Oscars, but personally I don’t watch films about the British Monarchy.

MORTAL KOMBAT!/Mortal Kombat Annihilation
Year: 1995
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 33%/7%
Synopsis: Johnny Cage, Sonya and that other guy travel to a mysterious island to take part in you guessed it, Mortal Kombat. On the way they meet up with McLeod from Highlander (played here by Christopher Lambert) and have to face off against Shang Tsung. The director would go on to destroy any hopes of a decent Resident Evil live action film. However, this one is one of those “so bad it’s good” films. As for the sequel, I haven’t seen it, but it’s just more of what you’d expect, but with less McLeod being played by Christopher Lambert.

Once you’ve heard the theme, it will never leave your head. MORTAL KOMBAT! FIGHT!

Ip Man 2
Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%
Synopsis: A sequel that follows the further life of Kung Fu Grandmaster Ip Man after escaping the Japanese Occupation in China and arriving in Hong Kong.

Rabbit Hole
Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
Synopsis: A film that follows the lives of Nicole Kidman and Harvey Dent (played here by Aaron Eckhart) as they struggle to find their purpose in life and after the death of their young son.

Gulliver’s Travels 3D
Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 20%
Synopsis: A modern retelling of the classic story. Here, it’s Jack Black who ends up on the island of Liliput. In 3D.

WPR Movie Of The Week
Kes
Year: 1969
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray (Criterion Collection)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: N/A
Synopsis: The classic coming of age British film is now on Blu-Ray. A boy befriends a kestrel who helps him escape from the reality of Northern Britain.
Editor’s Opinion: Kes is a film that fully deserves to be in the British Film Institute’s top ten films of the 20th century. It’s a brilliant film that is just as relevant now as it was back then, perfectly portraying the problems that many of us face growing up. Ok we don’t befriend birds (of the animal kind) but we can relate with Billy because we know how it feels to be a misfit in society. It’s also a beautiful film to watch, mainly because Yorkshire is such a lovely place and contrasts well with the bleakness of the film and its locations.

Somewhere
Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 72%
Synopsis: A film that follows a Hollywood actor after he is reunited with his young daughter.

Short Circuit 2
Year: 1988
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 33%
Synopsis: Number 5 is sent to New York to aid his inventor with the production line. The criminals of New York have other plans for the robot though.

Tokyo Gore Police
Year: 2008
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Synopsis: One for the weeaboos. A cop in a dystopian Future Tokyo is on a mission to avenge the death of her father.

Pirates Of The Caribbean Trilogy
Year: 2003,2006,2007
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%,54%,45%
Synopsis: The trilogy of films based on the Disney Theme Park ride of the same name and follows the adventures of Johnny Depp, played here by a pirate named Jack Sparrow.

April 22nd
The Queen
Year: 2006
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
Synopsis: Another film about the British Monarchy, that follows the life of Queen Helen Mirren (played here by Elizabeth II) in the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana.

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