February 19, 2018

This Week's New DVDs: February 19th 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

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This Week's New DVDs: February 19th 2018

Geostorm, Strike: The Silkworm and The Snowman are among this week's new releases on DVD. 

The Snowman (hmv Exclusive) Limited Edition Steelbook

The Snowman

Universal Pictures UK

Jo Nesbo’s hugely successful detective Harry Hole finally makes it to the big screen with Michael Fassbender taking the role.

Starring alongside Fassbender are Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rebecca Ferguson, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, Jakob Oftebro and Chloë Sevigny.

The story follows Hole as he is brought in to investigate the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman, only to discover that this is tip of an extremely bloody iceberg and he has a serial killer on his hands.

Tomas Alfredson, director of Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is in charge, working from a script from Drive writer Hossein Amini and Deepwater Horizon's Matthew Carnahan.

Nesbø has written 11 novels starring Hole, beginning in 1997, but this is the first time the detective has been put on the big screen.

Click here to read our full preview. 

Geostorm

Geostorm

Warner Bros

The film stars Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Lara, Jim Sturgess, Kathryn Winnick, Amr Waked, Ed Harris and Andy García and has been directed by Dean Devlin, the writer on both Independence Day and Stargate. It is his directorial debut on the big screen.

Geostorm is set in the near future in a world where governments have united to battle the effects of climate change by creating the Dutch Boy Program: a worldwide net of satellites, surrounding the planet, that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off the natural disasters. After successfully protecting the planet for two years, something is starting to go wrong. 

However, after successfully protecting the planet for two years, something is starting to go wrong, leaving Butler's Jake to head into space to fix the problem, awkward timing given his brother has just discovered there's also a plot to assassinate the president... 

Click here to watch our interviews with Butler and Sturgess. 

Strike: The Silkworm

Strike: The Silkworm

Warner Bros

J.K.Rowling's Cormoran Strike, the former soldier now scraping a living in London as a private detective, returns for a second outing. In this story, Strike is hired to find out who is responsible for the death of an author, murdered in an eerily similar style to a death in his latest novel. 

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 interviews with Burke and Grainger. 

Still Open All Hours: Series Four

Still Open All Hours

2Entertain

David Jason's rebooted comedy returns for a fourth series on DVD this week. 

Hard Sun

Hard Sun

BBC

Luther creator Neil Cross returns with a new six-parter, led by One Day’s Jim Sturgess and model turned actress Agyness Deyn.

Sturgess and Deyn play police officers Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko who, whilst investigating what appears to be the routine death of a hacker in London, stumble upon proof that the world is facing certain destruction and it’ll be here in five years.

The Party

The Party

Picturehouse

Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson and Cillian Murphy star in this British comedy-drama written and directed by Sally Potter. 

Filmed in black and white, we watch on as Janet, the newly-appointed Shadow Minister for Health, throws a party for friends at her London flat. It quickly descends into anything but a celebration...

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day

Universal Pictures

This grizzly new take on Groundhog Day follows a college student who must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

The Sinner: Season 1

The Sinner

Paramount Home Entertainment

Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman and Christopher Abbott star in this highly-charged series about a young mother who is trying to find out what's causing her to have violent tendencies.

Brimstone

Brimstone

Thunderbird Releasing

Martin Koolhoven directs Kit Harington, Carice van Houten, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Paul Anderson in this gripping western-thriller. 

A young woman sets out on a dangerous journey, all the while hunted by a vengeful Preacher. 

Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge

High Fliers Films

Steven Luke and Tom Berenger star in this low-budget re-telling of the 1944 Battle of the Bulge in 1944 in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium. 

After the Storm

After The Storm

Arrow Academy

Hirokazu Koreeda writes and directs this Japanese drama about a private detective struggling to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. 

Slumber

Slumber

Precision Pictures

Jonathan Hopkins writes and directs Maggie Q, Kristen Bush, Sam Troughton, Lucas Bond and Honor Kneafsey in this chiller about a sleep doctor as she tried to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares. 

Selfie from Hell

Selfie from Hell

Lionsgate Home Entertainment

This spooky horror starts with vlogger Julia falling under the influence of a strange and sudden illness, leaving her cousin Hannah grows suspicious of Julia’s research into the elusive darknet. Could her love of selfies have been behind it?

Justice

Justice

Signature Entertainment

Jackson Rathbone, Ellen Hollman, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Stephen Lang come together for this bloody action thriller. 

We watch as a U.S. Marshal seeking justice for his brother's murder defends a small town from a corrupt Mayor and his henchmen with intents to revive the civil war.