February 12, 2018

This Week's New DVDs: February 12th 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

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This Week's New DVDs: February 12th 2018

The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Mountain Between Us, The Ritual and Loving Vincent are among this week's new releases on DVD.

The Lego Ninjago Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Warner Bros

Following the huge success of The LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman, this time we head eastwards for The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux and Jackie Chan all lend their voices to this movie, with Charlie Bean, who has worked in more junior roles on movies like The Powerpuff Girls Movie, directing.

This movie follows a young man named Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Click here to read our full preview. 

The Ritual

The Ritual

20th Century Fox

Rafe Spall leads this bloody horror flick.

The film follows a group of old college friends who decide to honour the wishes of their dead friend by embarking on a hiking trip through an unnerving Scandinavian forest. Sadly, the trip quickly turns out to be nothing like they expected...

Starring alongside Spall are Downton Abbey's Robert James-Collier, Line Of Duty's Arsher Ali and Robin Hood's Sam Troughton.

The movie is an adaptation of Adam Nevill's novel of the same with David Bruckner, one of the key directors on the V/H/S compilation,  behind the camera.

My Little Pony

My Little Pony

Lionsgate

Emily Blunt, Sia and Kristen Chenoweth are among those on duty for the voices in My Little Pony: The Movie, which arrives on DVD this week. 

In this movie we find the magical world of Ponyville under threat from a new dark force, forcing the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – to embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

Also among the voice cast are Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana. Jayson Thiessen, who has been the mainman for the TV series, has stayed on to direct the big-screen adaptation.

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

Altitude Film Distribution

Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman co-write and direct this animated biographical drama about the life of painter Vincent Van Gough. 

Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aidan Turner are among the voice cast. 

The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us

Universal Pictures

Idris Elba and Kate Winslett star as two strangers forced to bond to survive when a plane crash leaves them stranded in the harsh environment of the Uinta Mountains.

With no sign of help on the way, the pair face a battle to reach civilisation before they starve or freeze to death, and wind forming an unlikely romantic bond in the process.

Click here to watch our interview with director Hany Abu-Assad. 

Big Cats

Big Cats

2Entertain

This three-part BBC documentary series, which showcases different species of big cats across the globe, gets a DVD release this week. 

Father Brown: Series 6

Father Brown

Dazzler

The sixth series of the TV drama starring Mark Williams as Roman Catholic priest Father Brown who has a knack for solving crimes arrives this week. 

Silent Witness: Series 21

Silent Witness

2Entertain

Emilia Fox returns for the 21st series of the forensic drama, coming with five more two-part episodes. 

The Deuce: The Complete First Season

The Deuce: The Complete First Season

Warner Bros

The Wire creator David Simon pulls no punches with his searing eight-parter which tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the porn industry in New York beginning in the 1970s.

James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal star with support from Gbenga Akinnagbe, Gary Carr, Dominique Fishback and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Franco plays twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, a front for the mob, whose interest in the newly legalised sex industry brings deadly and bloody consequences.

Most Beautiful Island

Most Beautiful Island

Bulldog

Ana Asensio writes, directs and stars in this thriller which follows Luciana, an illegal immigrant struggling to survive in New York City. 

A Woman's Life

A Woman's Life

Arrow Academy

Judith Chemla and Jean-Pierre Darroussin star in this French drama co-written and directed by Stéphane Brizé.

It tells the story of Jeanne, a young woman who experiences the harsh realities of a woman's life in the 19th-century in France. 

The Layover

The Layover

Universal Pictures

Alexandra Daddario and Kate Upton star as two friends on a road trip who compete for the affections of a handsome man when their flight is redirected due to a hurricane.

Inside No. 9: Series Four

Inside No. 9

2Entertain

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's madcap BBC comedy returns for a fourth season.