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June 2014 | Edition 13
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SNUGGLE IN WITH A DVD THIS WINTER
Looking for great Film and TV to watch this winter?

12 Years a Slave finally comes to DVD after its Best Picture win at this year's Oscars. It's an astonishing achievement in film-making by the director of Shame and Hunger, Steve McQueen.

Leonardo DiCaprio mightn't have walked away with an Oscar for Best Actor, but his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street has to be seen to be believed, amazing stuff.

We also have a new season of Call The Midwife, the brilliant first season of Ray Donovan (which was the highest rating premiere in Showtime's history last year), and the beautiful locally made The Gods of Wheat Street.

We've still got plenty of great titles on DVD and Blu-Ray out this month, so let's get started!

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Andrew Cattanach
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WINNER OF BEST PICTURE 2014
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Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyongo
Directed by: Steve McQueen


Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.

12 Years a Slave tells the incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty from a malevolent slave owner (Michael Fassbender), Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity in his quest to be reunited with his family.


THE PERFORMANCE OF LEO'S CAREER
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Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Directed by: Martin Scorsese


With an Oscar nominated turn by Leonardo DiCaprio, this is the story of New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s.

Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title "The Wolf of Wall Street." Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant.

For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.

BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE SERIES RETURNS
Click here for more details or to buy CALL THE MIDWIFE: SEASON 3
Starring: Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris & Judy Parfitt
Created by Heidi Thomas


Call the Midwife follows Nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House as they work to provide the best possible care to the expectant mothers of Poplar. Series 3 is set in 1959, and shows Jenny facing some tough personal and professional challenges. There are changes too for Chummy, as she settles into motherhood and for Sister Bernadette - now known as Shelagh as she prepares to marry Dr Turner.

At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is discovered under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families find themselves homeless. Later, Dr Turner faces a race against time to more...
 
A GROUNDBREAKING NEW AUSTRALIAN SERIES
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Starring: Ursula Yovich, Shari Sebbens, Kelton Pell, Lisa Flanagan
Written by Jon Bell


The Gods of Wheat Street transports you into the world, hearts and humour of a modern Aboriginal family of local legend. Odin Freeburn, head of the family, is being pulled in all directions as he tries to keep his family together.

Odin has one brother in jail, another brother is in love with the daughter of the family enemy and his wife has run away to the city leaving him to raise their two daughters. To complicate matters, his employer has just died, his sister-in-law is in love with him and the spirit of his mother Eden has come back on a mission to protect the important destiny of the Freeburn family line.

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Booktopia Price: $28.50  
ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOWS IN THE US
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Starring: Leive Schreiber, Jon Voight
Created by Ann Biderman


The show takes place in Los Angeles, California, where Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), originally from South Boston, is a "fixer" for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous.

Ray experiences his own problems when his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, and FBI agents try bringing down Ray and his associates.


 

AN AMAZING CAST BRING MAGIC TO THE SCREEN
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Starring: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Akiva Goldsman


New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality.

One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying.

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Booktopia Price: $37.95 
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF UP IN THE AIR AND JUNO
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Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin
Directed by: Jason Reitman


A story of love, passion, and betrayal as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy and the man he later becomes.

Henry looks back on his fateful 13th year, when he lived with his reclusive divorced mother. At the start of Labor Day weekend, while on a rare excursion to town, Henry and his mother encounter an injured man who asks for refuge in their home.

Over the course of the next four days, they're taken 'hostage' by a man who ultimately captures them, body and soul.
THE HANGOVER MEETS GRUMPY OLD MEN
Click here for more details or to buy LAST VEGAS
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline
Directed by Jon Turteltaub


Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days.

However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it's these four who are taking over Vegas.

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Booktopia Price: $37.95
 
THE ACCLAIMED FILM STARRING SHAILENE WOODLEY
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Starring: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller
Directed by: James Ponsoldt


Based on the beloved book by Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), high school senior, effortless charmer, and self-proclaimed 'life of the party' - and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with the 'nice girl' Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley).

While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now. And yet somehow, they're drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth, one that doesn't look for tidy truths.
 
 
ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF WORK FROM JOHN PILGER
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Directed by: John Pilger,
Alan Lowery

Following his hard-hitting documentary The War You Don't See, John Pilger's new film is a rare and powerful insight into a secret Australia and breaks what amounts to a national silence about the indigenous first people - the oldest, most enduring presence on Earth.

An epic film in its production, scope and revelations, Utopia reveals that apartheid is deep within Australia's past and present and that Aboriginal people are still living in abject poverty and Third World conditions, with a low life expectancy and disproportionately high rate of deaths in police custody.

Starting his career as a journalist in his native Australia before moving to London, John Pilger has been the recipient of multiple awards more...

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Booktopia Price: $31.50


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