12 of the Best New DVD Releases this December

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An invasion from Mars, a medieval whodunit, classic adaptations, Oscar winning superstars, a pesky whale, a music maestro, a dancing king… and Doc Martin! This month is bubbling over with top quality entertainment, out now or later this month on DVD. What will you watch next?

 

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The War of the Worlds

“BBC One’s The War of the Worlds is pretty much perfect Sunday night TV” – New Statesman

Critics and audiences alike are raving about this eerily stylish adaptation of the H.G. Martian invasion classic. The BBC's three-part adaptation stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall, Rupert Graves and Robert Carlysle.


Journalist George has left his permanently aggrieved wife for an aspiring scientist, Amy.

The couple met at a Society for Free Thinkers, and are now living together in Woking, where their unmarried state makes them pariahs.

The Martians land nearby and all hell breaks loose.

Will George and Amy, having become separated on the day of the invasion, find each other again? And if they do, what kind of life will they have?

Out on DVD on 02/12/19

 

Anton's Truly Madly Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Anton du Beke gives his own personal insight of the world of the BBC's popular celebrity dance competition.

He takes us on a tour of the very best and most memorable dances, from the bravest and the boldest to the most technically skilled.

Out now on DVD

 

Ken Burns' Country Music

The multi award-winning documentary director is probably best known for his definitive chronicles on the American Civil War and Jazz. His latest epic series tells the story of another American cultural landmark: country music.


Explore the history of country music – from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it America’s music.

From the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and more.

It also covers the times in which they lived, featuring incredible stories of the joys and hardship they went through.

Out on DVD on 16/12/19

 

Moby Dick

Gregory Peck leads the cast in this epic adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel, directed by John Huston.


A ship's captain is hell-bent on killing the great white whale that bit off his leg, but his obsessive quest for revenge endangers the lives of all on board. Seafaring adventure, based on Herman Melville's classic novel.

Out now on DVD

 

Mia and the White Lion

A gorgeously filmed family drama about a girl in South Africa whose best friend is a lion.

 

The abhorrent trade in lions sold for “canned hunts” serves as the basis of this animal adventure.

Mia has been unwillingly relocated from London to a South African farm her parents inherited from her grandfather. She misses her friends in London, and in spite of the beautiful landscape, she resents her new life

On Christmas morning, her father walks in with a newborn white lion, and Mia's world changes as she falls in love.

But there are dangers ahead…

Out now on DVD

 

Gold Digger

Julia Ormond stars as a wealthy middle-aged woman whose family suspects that her much-younger lover is a gold digger.

 

Julia Day is a wealthy 60-year-old woman whose husband (Alex Jennings) has left her. On her birthday, feeling adrift, she leaves her Devon home and heads to London to celebrate with her children. But they let her down.

Crestfallen, she goes to pass the time in a museum and meets a young man. Benjamin is 26 years younger than she is, but she falls for him.

As the impact on their whirlwind romance on Julia’s family is explored and secrets revealed, the questions remains as to whether Benjamin is too good to be true…

Out on DVD on 30/12/19

 

André Rieu: Christmas Down Under

28 beautifully performed melodies by the master Dutch violinist, during a magical evening of music and dance, recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall. 

André plays beloved Christmas tunes like The Holy City, Sleighride, O Holy Night and Jingle Bells and romantic classics like Plaisir d’Amour, Auld Lang Syne, Highland Cathedral and Can’t Help Falling in Love.

Of course, he plays famous waltzes like The Beautiful Blue Danube, and Carl Orffs majestic O Fortuna from Carimina Burana; as well as the two most famous Hallelujah’s ever written: the joyous tune from Handel’s Messiah and Leonard Cohen’s much loved version.

Out now on DVD

 

Blinded by the Light

Bend it Like Beckham director, Gurinder Chadha, has done it again! Another poignant heartfelt coming-of-age drama about culture clash and personal dreams. This time with a fabulous soundtrack by Bruce Springsteen.


Javed is a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in Luton in 1987.

Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father.

But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics and soon finds the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

Out on DVD on 16/12/19

 

The Name of the Rose

A thrilling murder mystery set in a 14th-century Italian monastery.

 

 
John Turturro as a very Sherlock-like Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and Rupert Everett stars as the dark force that is Inquisitor Bernard Gui in this lavish, critically acclaimed, adaptation of Umberto Eco’s bestselling medieval whodunit.

Baskerville is called in to investigate a series of gruesome murders amongst the Benedictine brotherhood.

While the 1986 film version, starring Sean Connery, became a box office hit, this gorgeously filmed eight-part TV version is truer to the original novel and has more depth in it's plot development, making it a thoroughly entertaining and deeply intriguing watch.

Out now on DVD

 

Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes

Remake of the classic BBC sitcom starring Kevin McNally, Kevin Eldon and Mathew Horne, faithfully recreated from Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s original BBC scripts.


Britain's favourite sitcom, Dad's Army, ran for 80 episodes over nearly ten years on the BBC and is regularly repeated. But three of those episodes were lost many years ago and haven't been seen since 1969.

Kevin McNally stars as Captain Mainwaring, with Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, Kevin Eldon as Corporal Jones and Mathew Horne as Private Walker.

Out now on DVD

 

Ironweed

Classic adaptation of William Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.


Francis Phelen Francis Phelan is a full-time bum with the gift of gab, who has hit bottom.

Years earlier he’d left his home town after he dropped his infant son accidentally, and the boy died.

Now Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and present.

Out on DVD on 02/12/19

 

Doc Martin: Series 9

He is rigid, surly and self-centered, but he is the only doctor in Portwenn.

 


Martin Clunes stars as Doctor Martin Ellingham, a respected surgeon from London. This series sees the doc's career hanging in the balance. His future as a GP is under scrutiny from the General Medical Council following complaints about his irascible approach to patients.

Out now on DVD

 

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