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Happy-Go-Lucky out on DVD 18th August

Wow. When Mike Leigh goes comic, he really goes for it. Happy-Go-Lucky , the tale of Poppy, a North London primary school teacher with a very un-London persistently sunny nature and a whole host of whacky quips, gets driving lessons and talks too much. That's the film. The latest Mike Leigh film. No, really.            

The Saragossa Manuscript finally gets UK DVD release

When David Lynch calls a film "simultaneously horrific, erotic and funny," and master surrealist Luis Buñuel says that it is "exceptional," you know it's probably not an easy watch. Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola, along with Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, helped to finance a new print of the film, that's how much they love it. First released in ...

Burnt by the Sun gets UK DVD release

 This Russian-French movie won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 1995, but is only being released on DVD in the UK this month.   Burnt by the Sun (Russian: Утомлённые солнцем) is set in Russia in 1936. Stalin has been in power for almost a decade. Colonel Serguei Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov, also directing and co-writing) is living the good life in his dacha with his muc...

Theo Van Gogh's The Sixth of May out on DVD

The Sixth of May , directed by the late Dutch director Theo Van Gogh , is a thriller that re-enacts the murder of right wing Dutch politician, Pim Fortuyn, on 6th May 2002. The slick movie has a Hollywood feel to it, but might prove impenetrable without a little Wikipediaing of the facts (at least), unless you're clued up on your Dutch politics.  

John Pilger: The War on Democracy

This documentary, made by renowned [some might say notorious] left-wing journalist John Pilger, is out on DVD on 4th February. The film uses the USA's treatment of Latin America over the second half of the 20th century as evidence that the US is fighting a war against democracy in the region known as "America's backyard." His film shows us the flipside of Bush's "War on Terror,...