June 11, 2017

This Week's New DVDs: June 12th 2017
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by Tom Goodwyn

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This Week's New DVDs: June 12th 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2, The Great Wall, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and The Founder are among this week's new releases on DVD.

John Wick - Chapter Two

John Wick - Chapter Two

Warner Bros

Keanu Reeves wears his hair long once again as he returns as reluctant assassin John Wick for the second time.

This time he is forced out of retirement once again by a former associate who is plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers.

Reeves stars alongside rapper Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane. Chad Stahelski returns to direct the sequel with the script coming from Derek Kolstad.

Click here to watch our interview with Stahelski. 

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Sony Pictures

Milla Jovovich returns for a final time in this hugely successful post-apocalyptic franchise. 

The film is the sixth in the series and picks up directly after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution, with Jovovich's Alice forced to head back to Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends and an unlikely ally to save what's left of humanity. 

Starring alongside Jovovich are Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, William Levy, Ruby Rose and Iain Glen. Paul W.S Anderson is once again in the director's chair. 

The Great Wall (hmv Exclusive) Limited Edition Steelbook Includes 2D & 3D

The Great Wall

Universal Pictures UK

Matt Damon leads this huge scale action adventure set in the heart of Medieval China.

Starring alongside Damon in the movie, which has cost a reported $160 million, are Game Of Thrones' Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Luhan, and Zhang Hanyu. It has been directed by Zhang Yimou, the man behind on the camera on previous epics Curse Of The Golden Flower and House Of Flying Daggers.

The Great Wall tells the story of the construction of The Great Wall of China and, in this case, whether it was constructed to protect the civilian population from a vicious, fire-breathing monster.

Click here to read our full preview. 

The Founder

The Founder

Studiocanal

Michael Keaton leads this acclaimed biopic which follows the story of how McDonald's became the world’s most successful restaurant and the skullduggery for control of the business.

Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the travelling salesman who acquired McDonald's and turned into a global giant, at the expense of original founders Richard and Maurice McDonald.

Starring alongside Keaton are Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson and B.J. Novak., while John Lee Hancock, director of The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, is in control. He works from a script from Robert Siegel, writer of The Wrestler and Turbo.

Click here to read our interview with Hancock. 

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Sony Pictures

This is the story of 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad.

Ang Lee directs this adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel of the same name and rounds up an all-star cast that includes Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and newcomer Joe Alwyn.

Click here to watch our interview with Alywn and Lee. 

Fences

Fences

Paramount

Viola Davis, who earned an Oscar for her role, stars alongside Denzel Washington in this tense drama, which is an adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Washington plays Troy Maxson, a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh who once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes.

Now much older and still bitter over his missed opportunity, Maxson creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Washington directs from a screenplay Wilson wrote himself before his death in 2005. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney co-star.

Loving

Loving

Universal Pictures

This is the story of Richard Loving, a white construction worker in Caroline County, Virginia, who falls in love with a local black woman and family friend, Mildred Jeter. Upon Mildred discovering that she is pregnant, they decide to marry, but unfortunately, it is 1958, and knowing that interracial marriage violates Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, they drive to Washington, D.C. to get married, a decision that does not go down well when they return to Virginia.

Joel Edgerton plays Loving with Ruth Negga as Jeter, there are also appearances from Martin Czokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon, who are directed by Jeff Nichols, director of Mud and Midnight Special.

Grantchester: Series Three

Grantchester

ITV

The third season of ITV's hit drama, which stars James Norton and Robson Green and follows a vicar as he teams up with a grumpy detective to solve crimes in 1950s England, hits DVD shelves this week. 

The Hatton Garden Job

The Hatton Garden Job

Signature Entertainment

It was a story that shocked people all over the world, how one day in April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area, was burgled by 4 elderly men who walked away with goods reckoned to be worth around £200 million. This is a re-telling of how it all came together.

Matthew Goode, Joely Richardson, Stephen Moyer, Clive Russell, Phil Daniels, Larry Lamb and David Calder star in the movie, which has been written and directed by I Am Soldier and Tower Block’s Ronnie Thompson.

Click here to watch our interview with Lamb and Daniels. 

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Trinity

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang returns once again for the final instalment of the beloved kung-fu franchise, this time Chau-Sang's eponymous hero travels to Hong Kong several years after the resolution of the Second World War, ready for another brutal battle...

Paula

Paula

2 Entertain

Denise Gough leads this dark-hearted BBC three-parter about a teacher whose one-night stand with a married man leads her into all kinds of trouble. 

Born to Kill

Born To Kill

2 Entertain

Romola Garai, Daniel Mays and newcomer Jack Rowan star in Channel's 4 disturbing drama about a teenager whose psychotic tendencies begin to spin out of control...

Lovesong

Lovesong

StudioCanal

Riley Keough and Jena Malone lead this tender drama about two best friends trying to rebuild their friendship after an intimate moment drives them apart. 

Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter

Left Films

Niamh Hogan stars as teenage demon hunter Taryn Barker, who is on the warpath after a demon murdered her sister. 

Don't Hang Up

Don't Hang Up

Matchbox Films

This British slasher follows four teenage YouTubers who make prank calls to unsuspecting victims and post videos afterwards, but when one of their victims comes for revenge, things suddenly aren't so funny anymore...