Competition: Win ‘The Summit’ on DVD

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Nick Ryan’s gripping IFTA-nominated film The Summit is available to buy nationwide on DVD from Friday, 4th April, with over an hour of exclusive never-seen-before bonus material included on DVD.

The film, which has been nominated in the Best Feature Documentary category, chronicles one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history when 11 climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell, lost their lives on the most dangerous mountain on Earth, K2. Audiences will get a chance to watch fascinating never-seen-before footage of the crews’ perilous journey to film K2 and the process of shooting the re-enactments on the DVD’s bonus materials.

The Sundance winning documentary that wowed cinema audiences last November and December is also up for another IFTA as Crowded House musician Nick Seymour has been nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on the film.

Thanks to the good people at Wildcard Distribution, we have a copy of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

K2 is located on the border of which two countries ?

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com by Friday, 11th April, when the Film Ireland Hat will select the winner at high altitude. The winner will be notified by email. Be sure to follow us on twitter & facebook

Wildcard Distribution releases The Summit on DVD in Irish stores including HMV, Tower Records, Golden Discs, Tesco and The Great Outdoors as well as through the Wildcard Distribution website and Amazon.co.uk from Friday, 4th April.

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Competition: Win ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ on DVD

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY 3D™, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD  

AVAILABLE 4 APRIL 2014

 

To celebrate the release of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-Ray and DVD, filmireland.net are delighted to offer five lucky readers the opportunity to win a copy of the DVD.

Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

This film, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett and Lawrence Makoare.
To be in with a chance of winning yourself a DVD copy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, answer the following question:

The floor of Smaug’s Lair is covered with ___________ .

a) Dragon scales

b) Heaping piles of diamonds

c) Heaping piles of gold

d) Dragon scat

 

Email your answer, along with a postal address, to filmireland@gmail.com by Monday, 14th April, when a swarm of giant Spiders will select the lucky winners from the Film Ireland Hat. Be sure to follow Film Ireland on twitter & facebook.

 

SYNOPSIS

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all–a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself–The Dragon Smaug.

©2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit, and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein, are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.

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‘The Summit’ Released on DVD

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Nick Ryan’s gripping Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) nominated film The Summit is available to buy nationwide on DVD this Friday 4th April, with over an hour of exclusive never-seen-before bonus material included on DVD.

The film, which has been nominated in the Best Feature Documentary category, chronicles one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history when 11 climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell, lost their lives on the most dangerous mountain on Earth, K2. Audiences will get a chance to watch fascinating never-seen-before footage of the crews’ perilous journey to film K2 and the process of shooting the re-enactments on the DVD’s bonus materials.

The Sundance winning documentary that wowed cinema audiences last November and December is also up for another IFTA as Crowded House musician Nick Seymour has been nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on the film.

The annual Irish Film and Television Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, 5th April at the DoubleTree Hilton on Burlington Road and will be broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE.

Wildcard Distribution is releasing The Summit on DVD in Irish stores including HMV, Tower Records, Golden Discs, Tesco and The Great Outdoors as well as through the Wildcard Distribution website and Amazon.co.uk on Friday 4th April.

 

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‘King of the Travellers’ released on DVD

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Mark O’Connor’s King of The Travellers is now available on DVD.

The film follows John Paul Moorehouse as he falls in love with the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father.

Peter Coonan (Love/Hate), Michael Collins (Man About Dog) also star among a large ensemble of non-actors from the travelling community.

O’Connor said: ‘We made a film which I hope is entertaining for audiences, as well as being of cultural importance to the traveller community. It was a big risk casting traveller non-actors in the film, but I felt it was necessary to give the film real authenticity.’

King of The Travellers is produced by Cormac Fox and John Wallace for Vico Films, and supported by the Irish Film Board, the BAI and TV3.

 

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DVD Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec

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An industry unto himself in his native France, Luc Besson returns to the live action arena for another slice of fantasy whimsy after the animated Arthur series with The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec, a broad family-friendly adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s Franco-Belgian comic book series about an intrepid Indiana Jones-like heroine and her amazing adventures in pre-and post World War I Paris.

In what appears to be the first in a series or possible franchise, we are introduced to our fetching protagonist played by Louise Bourgoin in Egypt as she attempts to track down a mummified physician from the times of the Pharoahs needing said mummy to be brought back to life to cure her coma-induced sister. And… hang on a second! There’s plenty more story here and this all happens within the twenty minutes!

She is also being pursued by her arch nemesis Dieuleveut who is portrayed by an unrecognizable Mathieu Almaric in quasi- Gestapo garb and while in Egypt, her old codger accomplice Professor Esperandieu (Jacky Nercessian) accidentally hatches a 136 million year old Pterodactyl egg being kept in the Natural History Museum back to life with his telepathic abilities where the creature proceeds to cause some Parisian havoc. Phew!

Okay, so Besson throws us head and feet first into this world at a breathless pace without much pause or explanation for the uninitiated. Some exposition is delivered but at such a clip that it seems Besson is in a hurry to get to the films open-ended climax. I was completely uninformed about the character’s cultural importance going in so the films avoidance of the typically laborious, spoonfeeding Hollywood style was like a breath of fresh air.

Anchoring the freewheeling plot is a delightful performance from Bourgoin as the feisty Adele Blanc Sec. She displays a light touch throughout and aside from a not particularly amusing sequence in which she dons several latex disguises shows a far lighter touch than her co-stars who, when not mugging amidst Besson and Arbogasts Gilliam-esque compositions, are lumbered with ridiculous facial hair or grotesque make-up which renders them all but one dimensional cartoons.

Though, to be fair this extreme style seems intentional along with the buffoonish characterization of authority figures. Gilles Lellouche as Inspector Caponi suffers constant indignity throughout in a laborious running gag involving his unsatiated appetite for food.

Whilst sitting through this admittedly entertaining trifle, it was difficult to reconcile this mostly family-friendly excursion with Besson’s previous work – violent action melodramas such as La Femme Nikita and Leon which made his reputation. To see Besson return to more adult-oriented material and utlilize his considerable technical chops on something with a bit more meat to it may take a while though seeing that this potential franchise and the Arthur series pretty much keep his studio Europa Films afloat.

A strange, unwieldly combination of adventure, low comedy, fantasy and romance directed in a manner that suggests Spielberg colliding with Jeunet, Adele Blanc Sec is a charming, beautifully designed, often stupid but never less then enjoyable yarn; a Gallic version of old-ashioned adventure serials albeit with added nudity, satire and gags involving pterodactyl faeces.

The extras include:

  • Making of
  • Interviews with Luc Besson and Louise Bourgoin
  • In the Studio
  • Cinemoi interview with Luc Besson

Derek Mc Donnell

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec is releases on DVD & Blu-Ray on 15th August 2011

  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2011

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‘Adam & Paul’ DVD Re-Release

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The award-winning Adam & Paul is to be re-released on DVD on the 4th December 2009.

Dedicated to the memory of the late Tom Jordan Murphy (1968 – 2007), it stands as a testament to his great talent.

Since its release in 2004, Adam & Paul, a funny, downbeat, bleak and beautiful comedy, has achieved cult status among its devoted fans. Featuring brilliant performances in the lead roles, the film follows two hapless Dublin drug buddies (Mark O’Halloran and Tom Murphy) through a single day, which, like every other, is entirely devoted to the business of scrounging and robbing money for drugs.

This special edition DVD includes deleted scenes, a director and writer’s commentary, rushes and the original shooting script.

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