April 2, 2018

This Week's New DVDs: April 2nd 2018
by James
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by James Forryan

hmv London; 02/04/2018

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This Week's New DVDs: April 2nd 2018

Blade of the Immortal, The Dinner and Acts of Violence are among this week's new releases on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K...

Blade of the Immortal (hmv Exclusive) with Limited Edition Artwork Sleeve

Blade of the Immortal

Arrow Video

This week sees the arrival of the latest film from Japanese director Takashi Miike, the man behind films such as Ichi the Killer and the thoroughly disturbing horror Audition. Blade of the Immortal is based on Hiroaki Samura's manga of the same name and follows the story of a Samurai named Manji, a warrior granted near-immortality on a quest to avenge the death of his sister.

Takuya Kimura and Hana Sugisaki lead the cast in Miike's big screen adaptation, which arrives in stores today.

The Dinner

The Dinner

Vertigo Films

Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall all star in this tense drama from director Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Time out of Mind).

Two brothers and their wives hold crisis talks to discuss how to handle the revelation that both their sons have been involved in a shocking criminal act, and the lengths they will go to to protect their children, as well as themselves.

Read our full preview here.

Acts of Violence

Acts of Violence

Signature Entertainment

Bruce Willis leads the cast in this high-octane action movie from director Brett Donowho, starring as a cop investigating human traffickers on the case of a kidnapped woman, teaming up with her fiancee and ex-military brothers to find her before it's too late.

Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Ashton Holmes, Sophia Bush and Mike Epps also star in Donowho's film, which arrives in stores on DVD today.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Guerilla Films

Len Collin directs this moving tale about two adults – Larry, who has Down's Syndrome, and Sophie, an epileptic - and their struggle to be together in the face of a world that seems hell bent on keeping them apart. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, Collin's film, starring Kieran Coppinger and Charlene Kelley, first premiered at the annual Galway Film Fleadh in June 2016, but finally gets a DVD release and arrives in stores today.

Human Flow

Human Flow

Altitude

This thought-provoking documentary from exiled Chinese artist/activist Ai WeiWei takes a harrowing look at the plight of refugees and displaced communities, travelling the world with a camera crew to try to understand the reasons behind mass migration and exploring the phenomenon from a human perspective.

WeiWei's documentary makes its arrival in stores on DVD today.

Mum: Series 2

Mum: Series 2

ITV DVD

The second series of Stefan Golaszewski's sitcom starring Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan, following the life of a 59-year old mother trying to adjust in the months following her husband's death. The series has been something of a surprise hit for BBC Two and with its second run having wrapped this week, the new series arrives in stores on DVD today.

Song of Granite

Song of Granite

Thunderbird Releasing

Silence director Pat Collins brings to life the dramatic story of traditional Irish 'Sean-nós' singer Joe Heaney, using a mixture of narrative storytelling and archive documentary footage to paint an unflinching and fascinating picture of the man and his music.

Score: A Film Music Documentary

Score: A Film Music Documentary

Dogwoof

Matt Schrader's riveting documentary exploring the world of composing music for film is a vital resource for any budding film composers and includes interviews with such industry luminaries as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor and John Barry, among many, many others. Schrader's film arrives in stores on DVD today.

WWE: Raw - 25th Anniversary

WWE: Raw - 25th Anniversary

World Wrestling Entertainment

This new DVD from the people behind the world's most famous wrestling outfit includes highlights of the recent TV broadcast celebrating 25 years of spandex-clad, skull-crushing action, including the 8-woman tag team match with Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James Vs Nia Jax, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and Alicia Fox, a tag team match with Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews Vs Heath Slater and Rhyno, and the Intercontinental Championship match between The Miz and Roman Reigns.