11 of the best films & TV shows out this month on DVD

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Two British comedy classics, a charming detective priest, a joker, true crime drama, a war scandal … and a vampire that makes evil sexy!

February is bursting with the best DVD entertainment. What will you watch next?

The Windermere Children

August, 1945. A coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere, England. They are child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that has devastated Europe’s Jewish population.

Carrying only the clothes they wear and a few meagre possessions, they bear the emotional and physical scars of all they have suffered.

Midway

Set during 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, US military intelligence learns of the Imperial Japanese Navy's plan to take the Midway Islands.

Epic, real-life saga about an undermanned American fleet and the brave Navy leaders and pilots who triumphed, against the odds, over a powerful adversary. Starring Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans and Aaron Eckhart.

 

The Square Ring

1953 British film, directed by Basil Dearden for Ealing Studios. Set during one night at a boxing tournament, Jack Warner as the dressing-room attendant who links the stories together.

Co-starring Robert Beatty, Maxwell Reed, Joan Collins and Kay Kendall.


The Winslow Boy

Robert Donat stars in the classic film, directed by Anthony Asquith adapted from the play by Terence Rattigan.

When young Ronnie Winslow is expelled from the Royal Naval College after being accused of stealing a postal order, his father remains convinced of his innocence and risks everything to press for a trial with the assistance of a high-profile barrister, played by Robert Donat.

 

Joker

Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor Golden Globe for his rols as the DC Comics supervillain in Todd Phillips provocative film. The cast also includes Robert De Niro.

Set in 1981, the film follows Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill professional clown who aspires to be a stand-up comedian and lives with his elderly mother in Gotham City.

When he is fired from his job, Arthur begins a violent descent into madness that culminates in his rebirth as Gotham's clown prince of crime.



Official Secrets

Keira Knightly, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes star in this true life political thriller based on the actions of whistle-blower Katherine Gun, who exposed the government, by leaking confidential information to the press, during the Iraq War.

What ensues is an international scandal that undermines the Iraq War, leading to Katherine being charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

About to lose everything, Katherine and her legal team work tirelessly to prove her innocence and defend the measures she took to bring the truth to the public forum.

 

The Fast Lady

Classic 1960s British comedy starring Julie Christie, Stanley Baxter, James Justice Robertson, Leslie Phillips and more!

Murdoch Troon attempts to woo the daughter of wealthy businessman Charles Chingford by way of impressing her with a vintage – The Fast Lady. But first he must learn how to drive!

 

Father Came Too!

Classic British comedy sequel to The Fast Lady, starring Leslie Phillips, James Robertson Justice, Stanley Baxter, Sally Smith, and Ronnie Barker.

Newlyweds Dexter and Juliet Munro purchase a ramshackle cottage in order to escape her overbearing father, Shakespearean actor-manager Sir Beverly Grant.

But Sir Beverley soon turns up on the doorstep, determined to "help"... and the incompetent builder and his skiffling workmates hired by his son-in-law quickly earn the full force of his temper!

 

Dracula

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. And Claes Bang is the charismatic actor playing the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. But his adversary Agatha Van Helsing is no pushover.

 

 

Father Brown – Series 8

Welcome to rural England in the 1950s – a countryside dotted with small villages, quaint parish churches and large country houses.

In the quiet village of Kembleford, local priest Father Brown puts his unique talent for solving crimes to use. He’s joined by the regular cast of charming characters, including no-nonsense parish secretary Mrs McCarthy and rebellious socialite Bunty.

In this series Father Brown investigates the murder of an eccentric beekeeper, uncovers the hidden motivations behind a deadly art exhibition and steps in when Mrs McCarthy’s family reunion is threatened by a fortune-teller’s predictions.

Mark Williams stars as the charismatic priest, created by G K Chesterton, and Sorcha Cusack plays his wife.

 

White House Farm

ITV's critically acclaimed true crime, factual drama, based on the infamous 1985 murders at White House Farm, involving the Bamber family.

Read our blog feature for the full story.

 

  

Top January new releases you might have missed!

The Farewell

Awkwafina won the Golden Globe for Best Actress starring as a young Chinese American woman who faces a culture clash when she returns to China.

Although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To ensure her happiness the family come together from all corners of the globe to celebrate a speedily arranged wedding. In essence, they tell their matriarch “a good lie” in order to eliminate any anguish for her. This is the premise of this bittersweet tale, mixing comedy and family drama.


The Trial of Christine Keeler



The BBC TV series everyone has been talking about! Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Emilia Fox and Ben Miles star in the story of the political and sexual scandal that rocked sixties Britain – the Profumo affair.

The six-part series covers in detail the true events of the 1960s affair between showgirl Christine Keeler and former Secretary of State John Profumo and the resulting political fallout and national scandal.


Operation Petticoat

Cary Grant and Tony Curtis star in this classic hilarious comedy directed by Blake Edwards.

 

The U.S.S. Sea Tiger is a submarine that has seen better days. It’s skipper Matt Sherman is less than impressed by his newly appointed junior officer, Lieutenant Nick Holden, who has little experience and none of it relevant.

Following an emergency at sea, Sherman allows five stranded army nurses to come on board. Naturally mayhem ensues!

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