June 3, 2018

This Week's New DVDs: June 4th 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

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This Week's New DVDs: June 4th 2018

Darkest Hour, Journey's End, The Split and Den Of Thieves are among this week's new releases on DVD. 

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Universal Pictures UK

Gary Oldman took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in this lavish new biopic from director Joe Wright.

The movie begins with Churchill newly elected as Prime Minister of Great Britain and facing one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a sceptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Wright directs, working from a script from Anthony McCarten, the adaptor of the Oscar-winning The Theory Of Everything, with Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane and Ronald Pickup also in key roles.

Click here to read our full preview. 

Den of Thieves

Den Of Thieves

Sony Pictures

Gerard Butler leads this action-packed crime saga in which we follow an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank and the police plan how to stop it.

50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones and Dawn Olivieri are among the supporting cast.

Journey's End

Journey's End

Lionsgate

Sam Claflin leads the way in this charged WWII drama.

Starring alongside Claflin are Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham and Paul Bettany.

Set in March 1918, we follow C-Company, led by a war-weary Claflin's Captain Stanhope, which arrives in northern France to take its turn in the front-line trenches. Told that a German offensive is imminent Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers and their cook attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before the war.

They are joined by Butterfield's Raleigh, a young new officer fresh out of training excited about his first real posting, and a chance to serve under Stanhope. Raleigh’s naivety serves as a stark contrast to the other men’s impending fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.

The film has been directed by Saul Dibb, best known for work on Suite Francaise, it is adapted from R. C. Sheriff's play of the same name.

Click here to read our full preview. 

The Split

The Split

2Entertain

Abi Morgan brings together Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Fiona Button, Annabel Scholey, Deborah Findlay, Stephen Tompkinson and Meera Syal for this hit new six-parter. 

The series focuses on the lives of the Defoe family, three of whom are divorce lawyers. We watch as personal and professional rivalries escalate and each member of the family struggles to keep themselves together...

Bobby Robson - More Than a Manager

Bobby Robson - More Than a Manager

Spirit Entertainment

Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones direct this British documentary about legendary English football manager Bobby Robson, charting his rise from Ipswich Town to FC Barcelona and Newcastle United, all the way to managing England. 

Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne and Ronaldo are among the talking heads. 

The Mercy

The Mercy

StudioCanal

Colin Firth stars in this biopic about the life of amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst and his disastrous attempt to complete the 1968 Golden Globe round-the-world boat race. 

Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis and Ken Stott co-star, with James Marsh directing. 

The Last Ship: The Complete Fourth Season

The Last Ship

Warner Bros

The fourth season of the epic drama arrives on DVD this week.

The series is set in a world has gone into meltdown after the outbreak of a deadly virus leaving one lone battleship, unaffected by the virus, who must sail until find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity. 

WWE: Wrestlemania 34

Wrestlemania 34

WWE Entertainment

The 34th Wrestlemania, captured live at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, comes to DVD this week. 

The featured matches include John Cena Vs The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar Vs Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship, Charlotte Flair Vs Asuka for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship and The Miz Vs Seth Rollins Vs Finn Bálor in a triple threat match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Marvel's Iron Fist: The Complete First Season

Marvel's Iron Fist

Walt Disney Studios

All 13 episodes from the first season of the action-adventure series starring Finn Jones arrive on DVD this week. 

Jones plays Danny Rand, who returns to New York 15 years after disappearing and being presumed dead, now a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon the power of the Iron Fist...

Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

101 Films

Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in this dark thriller about a reclusive writer, struggling to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay, who somehow becomes involved with a drifter named Jack. 

As Jack quickly embeds himself in Paul's life and becomes involved in his creative process, things improve, but then become complicated as Jack's behaviour begins to spiral out of control...

120 Beats Per Minute

120 Beats Per Minute

Curzon Artificial Eye

This heartbreaking French drama, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, arrives next month.

Set in Paris in the early 1990s, this is the story of Act Up, a group of activists who are demanding action from the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic.

We follow Nathan, a newcomer to the group, who has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical in the movement...

Click here to watch our interview with the key cast. 

Storming Juno

Storming Juno

Dazzler

This Canadian war documentary re-enacts the events of the invasion of Juno Beach on 6th June 1944, telling the story of Canada's involvement in D-Day. 

The Titan

The Titan

Signature Entertainment

Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling star in this sci-fi thriller. We watch as a soldier takes part in an innovative experiment which, if successful, would see humans evacuated to a nearby planet named Titan. Sadly, the experiment proves to be more complex than anticipated...

Plebs: Series 4

Plebs

Acorn Media UK

The fourth season of the bawdy, Rome-set comedy comes to DVD this week. Aisling Bea, Robert Lindsay and Steve Oram are among this season's guest stars. 

The 15:17 to Paris

The 15:17 to Paris

Warner Bros

Clint Eastwood directs this hard-hitting new thriller. 

The movie retells the story of the 2015 Thalys train attack, in which three American soldiers discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train and are forced to step up and confront the attackers. 

Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, the soldiers involved in the attack, play themselves in the movie, while The Office's Jenna Fischer and Jurassic World's Judy Greer co-star.