July 29, 2018

This Week's New DVDs: July 30th 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

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This Week's New DVDs: July 30th 2018

Pacific Rim - Uprising, Poldark, A Wrinkle In Time and My Friend Dahmer are among this week's new releases on DVD. 

Pacific Rim - Uprising (hmv Exclusive) 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Steelbook

Pacific Rim - Uprising

Universal Pictures UK

It looked for a long time like we’d only get to see the Kaijus and Jaegers once, but, thankfully, a second instalment of Pacific Rim now arrives.

The first movie starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba and was set in the future where a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, in the midst of that a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon known as jaegers and try to save humanity.

For the sequel, Hunnam and Elba do not return, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' John Boyega instead playing a leading role. Boyega plays the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost in the new movie. Scott Eastwood also takes a key role, while Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman all return.

The next film is set 10 years after the events of the first film and in the years in between, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defence force in human history. But, when the Kaiju threat returns, a whole new generation are asked to step up and fight.

Steven S. DeKnight, best known as the creator of Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its assorted spin-offs, directs this movie, taking over from Guillermo Del Toro, who has stayed on as a producer.

Click here to watch our interviews with DeKnight and Eastwood.

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Disney

Disney gathers together an all-star cast for this big-budget family blockbuster.

The film is an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 novel of the same name and has been directed by Selma's Ava DuVernay, with Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine leading the way in the cast.

It follows Meg, a young girl whose scientist father disappears and is tasked by three peculiar beings to find him again with help from her brother and friend, a task that will take her into a mysterious land...

Starring alongside Winfrey, Pine and Witherspoon are Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michael Peña.

Click here to read our full preview. 

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer

Altitude

Rising star Ross Lynch plays serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in this low-budget biopic about Dahmer’s high school days and the origins of his hideous crimes.

Dahmer committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991 before his eventual conviction in 1992.

Starring alongside Lynch are Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser and Alex Wolff, working to a script and direction from Marc Meyers. The film is an adaptation of John Backderf’s graphic novel.

Click here to read our interview with Meyers. 

Poldark: Complete Series Four

Poldark

2Entertain

The hugely successful period drama returns for a fourth run. 

Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ellise Chappell, Heida Reed and Jack Farthing are back to star with Rebecca Front and Max Bennett joining the cast.

In the new series, Ross Poldark is forced to defend Cornwall from mischievous banker  George Warleggan and risks everything he holds dear as he embarks on a political journey which takes him to the nation's capital…

Our Girl - The Bangladesh Tour

Acorn Media UK

Michelle Keegan leads the BBC's military drama which follows experienced medic Lance Corporal Georgie Lane. This time she heads to Bangladesh to assist in the provision of medical care to refugees. 

Hidden

Hidden

Dazzler

Sian Reese-Williams leads this dark BBC drama about a group of detectives who called in look into the disappearance of a girl five years earlier. 

Gwyneth Keyworth and Rhodri Meilir co-star.

Journeyman

Journeyman

StudioCanal

Paddy Considine writes, directs and stars in this heartbreaking drama. 

Considine plays Matty Burton, a middleweight boxer who takes a tough fight against dangerous prospect Andre Bryte in order to secure one last payday. 

Despite winning, he takes some heavy punches during the fight and later collapses and falls into a coma. The film follows him as he tries to rebuild his life. 

Jodie Whittaker and Paul Popplewell co-star. 

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Sony Pictures

Empire star Taraji P. Henson plays Mary Goodwin, a very successful and utterly no-nonsense hit woman working for the mob in Boston.

Then, however, her life is turned upside down when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong and she leaves the boy orphaned.

Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck

StudioCanal

Todd Haynes, from his success with 2015’s tender drama Carol, returns with a new mystery.

Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds as well as newcomer Oakes Fegley all star in this movie, which follows two storylines, 50 years apart in time.

In the first, which is set in 1927, we follow a young girl named Rose who runs away from her father's New Jersey home to find her mother, an actress named Lillian Mayhew. In 1977, we watch as recently orphaned Ben runs away from his Minnesota home in search of his father.

Of Gods and Warriors

Of Gods And Warriors

101 Films

Will Mellor, Anna Demetriou, Paul Freeman, Victoria Broom and Will Mellor star in this low-budget British fantasy drama. 

The film follows Viking Princess Helle of Volsung who is exiled from her kingdom when she is wrongfully accused of her father's murder.

She vows to win back her people's trust and her rightful place on the throne...

Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker

Dazzler

Beloved cartoon star Woody Woodpecker goes full-length in this first ever live-action/animated film. 

Thumper

Thumper

The Works

Pablo Schreiber, Eliza Taylor and Lena Headey come together for this action thriller. 

The film follows Kat Carter, a new resident in Los Angeles, who finds herself part of a group of dispirited teens who find themselves lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer to make ends meet. 

Carnivore - Werewolf of London

Carnivore Werewolf of London

High Fliers Video Distribution

Ben Loyd-Holmes and Atlanta Johnson play Dave and Abi, a couple who head for a romantic getaway in the country in an attempt to get their failing relationship back on track. 

Sadly, their getaway is interrupted by a hungry werewolf...

Shark Shock

Shark Shock

Dazzler

Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Clint James star in this bloody action thriller about a ravenous great white shark snakes its way upriver and terrorises the residents of the flooded Soggy Meadows trailer park. 

Fanged Up

Fanged Up

Altitude

Dapper Laughs leads this comedy horror about a young rogue who is thrown into prison for the weekend, unaware that the guards are blood-sucking vampires and the inmates are their victims...