Upcoming Bad Ass releases that we are interested in, and you might be interested in includes; the English version of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher, the much anticipated American remake of 13, my top Sci-Fi film of 2012 Rian Johnson’s Looper, Brit flicks TWENTY8K and GBH, Gareth Evans’s The Raid and classic bad ass films released for the first time on Blu-ray; Wild Geese, Who Dares Wins, The Terminator, Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Back in 1996 a little know Danish Director Nicolas Winding Refn made his directorial feature debut with Pusher, a dark and dingy kitchen sink tale of Frank, a small time drug dealer and his daily life in the Copenhagen underworld, played out brilliantly by an inexperienced and mostly unknown cast. Pusher spawned 2 sequels set in the same gritty world and the trilogy has gone on, to build a huge cult audience.
In 2012 things are looking decidedly different - Nicolas Winding Refn is one of Hollywood’s hottest Directors and Pusher has just got an English update produced by Nicolas Winding Refn. The English Pusher is set in London and stars an almost household name actor Richard Doyle (who earns Bad Ass status with Pusher) and a talented supermodel Agyness Deyn and an electric score by Orbital. You can listen to the Orbital Pusher theme below:
Pusher in London, a drug pusher’s (Richard Coyle) life spins out of control over the course of one week.
As edgy and explosive as Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 cult classic, this English language remake tells the story of a week in the life of Frank, a big time drug pusher in London. Frank’s life is a fun-filled rollercoaster of a ride that soon spins out of control. Friendships start to vanish, there is no longer room for love within his life, and violence takes over. Danger and chaos are all around and he becomes a man trapped in his own world. Eventually Frank is left with no one to turn to and nowhere to go, becoming a man paralysed with the fear of knowing there is no way of preventing his inevitable fate. Fast-paced, visually striking, witty and with some of acting’s finest talents, Pusher will have you gripped from beginning to end.
It may have lost some of the gritty charm of the original but Richard Doyle’s performance will undoubtedly impress you with the seething intensity of a man with a dangerous vocation whose plans are going awry.
A full review will be up soon, in the meantime feast your eyes on the new UK poster for Pusher below to get an idea of what we thought, our review will of course include a thorough breakdown of our 4 star rating we gave Pusher.
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I loved the original Georgian, Black & White version of 13 Tzameti, it is an outstanding mix of Art house and Grindhouse as we are swept into a gritty noir adventure following penniless Sébastien (George Babluani) as he tries to make himself money leading to him being tangled in a desperate game for his life.
The American remake, directed by Géla Babluani the Writer/Director of the original seems to follow a similar tale but has managed to pick up an outstanding cast along the way - Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård - I am sure most of these appearances will be cameos but what a cast! My hopes for 13 have been running high for almost 4 years while I have been waiting for the English language version and 13 is finally getting a release next month on the 8 October 2012
Jason Statham heads up an all-star action cast - including Sam Riley (Control), Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Academy Award® nominee Mickey Rourke - in this full-throttle thriller surrounding the underground ‘sport’ of Russian roulette. Fiercely organized and ferociously secret, it attracts depraved gamblers and desperate men. And tonight, one naïve young player will mistakenly become a numbered participant in a deadly world of power, violence and chance where the ultimate bets are decided by a squeeze of the trigger. The stakes are high, but the payout is more than he can resist.
Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), David Zayas (Dexter) Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) and Ben Gazzara (Road House) co-star in writer/director GélaBabluani’s white-knuckle American remake of his 13 TZAMETI, the film that swept Europe, shocked Sundance and now translates as one of the most extreme edge-of-your-seat thrillers of the year.
13 is available on DVD & Blu-ray 8th October 2012
The Wild Geese
I have watched the DVD version since, but I’ll never forgot the first time I saw this tale of the original Expendables - The Wild Geese in the cinema, an old school military story with an all star cast set in the badlands of Africa. The Wild Geese follows an elite band of mercenaries as they go up against innumerable odds. I think this classic tale is ready for a serious update but keep the electro Roy Budd score.
The DVD version I have seen suffers a little in the quality of both the editing and voice dubbing and hopefully this Blu-ray release will fix some of the issues.
British film legends Richard Burton (Where Eagles Dare; Cleopatra), Roger Moore (James Bond) and Richard Harris (Gladiator; Unforgiven) head up an all-star cast in the much-revered, all-action adventure film, The Wild Geese, coming to Blu-ray for the first time in October.
The trio of acting heavyweights star as the leaders of the film's eponymous group of heroes, a band of crack mercenaries hired by a British industrialist to penetrate a remote and hostile corner of the African wilderness and rescue a deposed political leader from a heavily guarded prison. While the prisoner is a man with noble visions of racial reform, the industrialist financing the operation cares only about his own business interests.
Meanwhile, sinister forces in the corridors of power have done a deal with the corrupt government, leaving the mercenaries stranded, their escape route cut off. Realising the rescue mission is no longer to his advantage the businessman decides to alter the course of events, setting off an explosion of violence.
Forced to flee across treacherous terrain, the Wild Geese battle the marauding armies who will stop at nothing to prevent them completing their mission.
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Special features include: High Definition Presentation of the main feature; Audio commentary with Roger Moore, producer Euan Lloyd and second unit director John Glen; World Premiere Newsreel Footage; Original Trailer; Bonus Feature Film: CODE NAME: WILD GEESE, starring Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Klaus Kinski, directed by Antonio Margheriti aka Anthony M. Dawson; Reversible sleeve with original poster and newly commissioned artwork cover; Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the both films by Ali Catterall, co-author of your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties and writer James Blackford as well as a biography of producer Euan Lloyd, illustrated with original artwork.
Wild Geese will be available to buy on Blu-ray from 8th October 2012
If you read The Establishing Shot you know how much I enjoyed Rian Johnson’s third feature Looper – it’s my favourite sci-fi film of 2012. Currently almost everyone is hyping Looper out of proportion (and expectations) and you can read my contribution to this over here! and if you would like to see Looper before everyone else enter our competition over here! to win tickets to a screening this Thursday.
Who Dares Wins
Another seriously bad ass British classic from the 80s with great performances from the likes of: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark, Edward Woodward. Who Dares Wins was a rite of passage for any lad from period and it may have lost some of its shine but there is no denying that Who Dares Wins is cold, chilling, brutal and full of political intrigue as we follow a crack S.A.S team as they have to take on a group of radical terrorists in the heart of London.
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A fanatical group of anti-nuclear radicals, calling themselves ‘The People’s Lobby’, is plotting a bloody outrage on British soil and, having already fatally lost their undercover operative at a violent protest, the secret services call on the aid of the SAS.
Who Dares Wins is available to buy on Blu-ray from 8th October 2012
A Brit flick covering two of my least interesting subject matter subjects; gangs and the east end but the trailer for TWENTY8K does look pretty flash and the talented people behind it and in front of the camera can deliver quality. From BAFTA winning writer Paul Abbott, comes a story of power, greed, corruption and lies on the streets of East London in the run up to the Olympic Games.
Starring Parminder Nagra (ER, Bend it like Beckham), Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood, Hit & Miss), Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Luther), Kaya Scodelario (Skins, Now is Good), Michael Socha (This is England), Nichola Burley (Street Dance3D, Donkey Punch), Derek Riddell (Ugly Betty) and Stephen Dillane (44 inch Chest, Game of Thrones).
Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER, Alcatraz) is Deeva Jani, a successful, Paris-based fashion executive who is forced to return home to the UK when she receives the shocking news that her teenage brother Vipon, played by newcomer Sebastian Nanena, has been arrested for a fatal gang shooting in East London. As she and her family are vilified and the dead boy’s violent family threaten retribution against her brother in jail, Deeva turns detective in an attempt to uncover the truth, prove her brother’s innocence and save his life.
Teaming up with youth worker and ex-gang member, Clint, played by Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood), Deeva soon finds herself up against powerful and unexpected adversaries including the corrupt but highly connected DCI Stone, played by Tony Award-winner Stephen Dillane (The Hours, SpyGame, Welcome to Sarajevo). As events unfold a deeper conspiracy is unlocked involving political corruption, media manipulation, prostitution, murder and power struggles way beyond London’s street gangs, all the way to the heart of the government.
Directed by: Neil Thompson and David Kew
Written by: Paul Abbott and Jimmy Dowdell
TWENTY8K - Own it on DVD, Blu-ray and video on demand on 1st October 2012, courtesy of Cine-Britannia.
I have a soft spot for the guys behind GBH, they are incredibly hard working and must be supporting 100s of people in the UK film industry with their prolific output. Their latest film GBH is the directorial debut of Actor and Producer Simon Phillips. Even though GBH also touches on another two of my least interesting subjects; football hooliganism and rioting - the premise seems full of promise - as an ex hooligan is forced into make a decision on that will have repercussions for his future. As with previous features GBH has a cast list that reads like a who’s who of upcoming talent and includes acting powerhouse Steven Berkoff so you can expect tension and intrigue.
GBH is a powerful tale of justice and vengeance starring Damien (Nick Nevern) a London police man with a past he’s trying to forget. Before signing up for the force he ran with a football firm, getting involved in tear-ups up and down the country. Now he’s on the other side of the law and faces a tough decision: side with his old crew or protect London as it burns and rioters run amok?
Falling in love with fellow cop Louise (Kellie Shirley), Damien is quickly alerted to a street-level uprising that is about to shake London. Amidst the brutalities presented by the riots, Damien fights for justice at Louise’s expense. Having been raped by a rioter known to him, Damien finds himself levelling with the rioters, fighting a war he cannot win, as much against the rioters as against himself.
The film stars a wealth of british talent including Nick Nevern (White Collar Hooligan), Kellie Shirley (Eastenders), Peter Barrett (Jack Falls), Con O'Neill (Telstar), Lorraine Stanley (London to Brighton) and Steven Berkoff (The Krays). It is the directorial debut of prolific actor and producer Simon Phillips (The Jack trilogy, How to stop being a Loser) and is produced by Jonathan Sothcott (Elfie Hopkins) and Paul Tanter (The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan).
GBH is released theatrically in the UK on September 28th and on DVD, iTunes and VOD on October 1, 2012
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No bad ass release list could possibly hold its head up without mentioning Jaws - the baddest ass of them all. Earlier this month Jaws - arguably Steven Spielberg’s greatest film was released on Blu-ray and for the first time we can experience Peter Benchley's horrific tale of the gigantic great white shark that menaces the small island community of Amity and the men - Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider), Hooper a marine scientist (Richard Dreyfuss) and Quint a grizzled fisherman (Robert Shaw) that set out to stop it.
I was fortunate to see a big screen projection of the Blu-ray at a Jameson Cult Film Club, and have to say that it is a top quality restoration – with the appropriate attention applied to restoring and converting this great film to the highest standard we have available - in all honesty Jaws in many respects is as close to a perfect film as we’ll possibly get and when watching it I was quickly immersed in the story and wasn't really paying attention to anything else.
Jaws is available on Blu-ray from 3 September, 2012
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Another great Steven Spielberg film that I was fortunate enough to see on the big screen, well in fact - the biggest screen in the UK.Not only does Raiders of the Lost Ark stand the test of time proving beyond any doubt that - It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage - but apart from a couple of minor wobbles in the opening scenes Raiders of the Lost Ark’s restoration and transfer to high definition is outstanding, it is so crisp that it looks like it could have been filmed last year. Re-watching Raiders reminded me why Indiana Jones may be the greatest action hero we have had on screen and Raiders of the Lost Ark the greatest adventure of them all. It’s another case of when a performer's persona becomes so integral to the character that it will forever define the actor.
The cinematic classic that introduced the world to Indiana Jones is ready to embark on a new adventure when director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas’ unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark is released for an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX cinemas beginning September 21, 2012. The film has undergone a complete restoration for the IMAX exclusive one-week release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray, released October 8.
Under the supervision of Spielberg and renowned sound designer Ben Burtt, Raiders of the Lost Ark has been meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the iconic film for its highly-anticipated release on Blu-ray as part of INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures. Every extraordinary exploit of world-renowned, globetrotting hero Indiana Jones finally comes home in sparkling high definition on October 8, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark is released for an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX cinemas beginning September 21, 2012 More info on where Raiders of the Lost Ark is playing in the UK can be found here!
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures will be available for the first time on Blu-ray from 8 October 2012
It’s possibly the best martial arts film I have seen in years and in my top 10 films of 2012. My thoughts on The Raid can be found here! and my interview with Director Gareth Evans can be found here!
For a taste of what to expect here is a new clip from The Raid featuring a montage of fight scenes from The Raid
The Raid hits DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 24th September!
I'm not going to lie - I almost forgot about The Terminator but I just got a timely reminder that this bad boy will be released onto Blu-ray for the first time on the 1 October in the UK. What can I say about The Terminator that hasn't been said many time before? Other than The Terminator is the ultimate Bad Ass film. As with the brilliant castings of Han Solo, Conan and Indiana Jones the role of the T-101Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 or T-101 cyborg in The Terminator could not be played by anyone other than Arnold Schwarzenegger and the lines between reality and fiction blur when thinking of the man's persona.
I love James Cameron's Terminator so much so that when the chance to meet Cameron came up I took the opportunity to uncover more about The Terminator and you can read James Cameron's thoughts on how The Terminator came into being, the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger and what lies at the root of The Terminator over here! And if you are lucky enough to live in Manchester you could see the high definition version of The Terminator one more time on the big screen thanks to Jameson Cult Film Club that are hosting a special one night only screening of The Terminator on the 4th October. Head over here for tickets: https://www.facebook.com/jamesoncultfilmclub
The Terminator is out to own on Blu-ray from 1st October 2012.
The Establishing Shot: UPCOMING BAD ASS RELEASES - PUSHER, 13, WILD GEESE, LOOPER, WHO DARES WINS, THE TERMINATOR, TWENTY8K, GBH, JAWS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE RAID