November 27, 2017

This Week's New DVDs: November 27th 2017
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This Week's New DVDs: November 27th 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Emoji Movie, Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling and Gunpowder are among this week's new releases on DVD. 

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox

After the huge success of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, we get another action-packed outing.

Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Gabriel Chavarria and Judy Greer star, while Matt Reeves returns to direct once again.

In this new instalment, we pick up directly after Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and find Caesar and his ape colony embroiled in a battle with an army of humans, an army led by Harrelson's ruthless Colonel.

As the movie goes on the fighting means both sides take heavy losses and all is set up for a battle to determine which species will survive.

Click here to read our full preview. 

The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie

Sony Pictures

In this animated adventure, we find ourselves in Textopolis, a bustling city hidden within all our smartphones, every emoji bides their time here, waiting to used by their user. Every emoji has just the one facial expression, except in one case, that’s Gene, who can do all sorts of faces, a situation he hates.

Determined to become “normal” Gene sets off on an adventure with his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak.

Tony Leondis, director of Igor, is both writer and director of this movie, with James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Sofía Vergara, Christina Aguilera, Ilana Glazer and Steven Wright also in the voice cast. 

Click here to read our full preview. 

Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Warner Bros

There wasn’t an awful lot of hype around Robert Galbraith’s 2013 thriller Cuckoo’s Calling when it was first published, but when it was subsequently revealed that Galbraith was, in fact, J. K. Rowling, sales soon surged and an adaptation from the BBC and HBO was ordered.

The first of the adaptations is Cuckoo’s Calling, which is the debut of Rowling’s Cormoran Strike, the former soldier now scraping a living in London as a private detective. In this story, Strike is hired to find out if a supermodel's suicide in London may have been a murder.

Tom Burke, star of The Musketeers and War and Peace, is in the title role, with Holliday Grainger playing his assistant Robin Ellacott. 

Click here to watch our interview with Burke. 

Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II

2Entertain

David Attenborough narrates the BBC's seven-part series which uses cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore new worlds deep into the oceans.

The series reveals astonishing creatures and extraordinary new animal behaviours. 

Gunpowder

Gunpowder

Dazzler

Kit Harington stars in this lavish new three-part re-telling of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which a group of noblemen, including Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby, devised a plot to assassinate the king and blow up the Houses of Parliament. 

Liv Tyler, Peter Mullan and Mark Gatiss co-star. 

Better Call Saul: Season 3

Better Call Saul

Sony Pictures

The Breaking Bad spin-off returns for a third run, lead, once again by Bob Odenkirk. 

Set before the days when he became lawyer Saul Goodman, here he's Jimmy McGill, a petty con artist with big dreams. 

In this series, more lies come back to haunt Jimmy as he vows to regain his brother Chuck's trust. 

Tin Star

Tin Star

Dazzler

Tim Roth plays Jim Worth, a hardened police detective who has left began some troubles in London and started a new life as the Chief of Police in a rural town in the Rocky Mountains.

His hopes of a quiet life are quickly dashed by an influx of migrant workers from a new big oil company, headed by the mysterious Mrs. Bradshaw, who bring with them a wave of crime that threatens his town.

Deciding to take a stand against the criminals results in assassins attacking him and his family, leading Worth to revive his violent alter-ego, Jack Devlin, to enact revenge. Bloody revenge.

Starring alongside Roth are Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Genevieve O’Reilly and Hell On Wheels' Christopher Heyerdahl.

Rowan Joffe, writer/director of Before I Go To Sleep, has created and is the driving force behind this 10-part series.

Marvel's Luke Cage: The Complete First Season

Marvel's Luke Cage

Disney

Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, a man blessed with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin, escaped criminal Cage attempts to keep a low profile while hiding out in Harlem.

However, when merciless gangster Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stoke starts to cause chaos in the city, Cage is forced into action. 

47 Metres Down

47 Metres Down

20th Century Fox

Mandy Moore and Pretty Little Liars' Claire Holt star as sisters Lisa and Kate who go on holiday in Mexico, and are invited to cage dive and see sharks up close. When the cable holding the cage breaks and it plummets to the ocean floor with the two girls trapped inside.

Terrified and shaken, they must find a way to escape, with their air supplies running low and great white sharks stalking nearby.

Black Mirror: Series 3

Black Mirror: Series 3

Dazzler

All six episodes from the third series of the sci-fi anthology drama created by Charlie Brooker come to DVD this week, with Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, James Norton and Kelly MacDonald among the stars. 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

2Entertain

As Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone celebrates its 20th anniversary, J.K. Rowling takes a look around the artefacts on show at a new exhibition about the history of magic and discusses her own interest in magic and her research for the books. 

Foreman

Foreman

Universal Pictures

Chris Perkel writes and directs this documentary about the unlikely comeback of George Foreman following his initial retirement in the 1970s. 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Lionsgate

Luc Besson takes on his most ambitious challenge to date as he directs Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in huge sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The movie, which has cost a reported $180 million to make, stars DeHaan as Valerian, who along with partner Laureline (Delevingne) works as a special operative for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

Under instructions from their commanders, the pair are sent on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe, a city where they discover a plot is being cooked up that threatens to destroy everything.

Starring alongside DeHaan and Delevingne are Clive Owen, Rihanna, Kris Wu, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke and Mathieu Kassovitz.

The movie has been written and directed by Besson. It is based on the much-loved graphic novel series Valérian and Laureline.