1 – The Beatles
The Beatles “1” was originally released in 2000 and quickly became the fastest selling album of all time. Featuring 27 of the band’s most significant singles, all of which reached number 1 in the US or UK charts, this brand new 2DVD/CD set represents the ultimate collectors edition of The Beatles “1”, featuring all 27 tracks on CD, all 27 promo videos on DVD1, and an additional 23 videos on DVD2, including alternate versions, as well as rarely seen and newly restored films and videos.
All the videos have been beautifully restored up to 4K resolution by a team of film and video technicians and restoration artists who have undertaken painstaking frame-by-frame cleaning, colour-grading, digital enhancement and new edits that took months of dedicated, ‘round-the-clock work to accomplish.
This stunning 2DVD/CD set boasts an expanded 124-page illustrated hardcover book, and also includes exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr respectively. 1+ also features fantastic new stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS HD surround audio mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios.
1 – The Beatles is out now on CD and digital download.
Courting The Squall
– Guy Garvey
Courting the Squall is a solo outing for Elbow’s Guy Garvey and represents a collection of songs from a musician who has been released from any expectations or industry pressure.
Bringing together a group of his industry friends, Garvey let’s his muse loose and in the main delivers a fine album of songs that boast intimacy and intelligence, whilst showcasing his songwriting skills.
Elbow fans will feel an instant familiarity but there is enough of an individual sense of something different happening here to give it an identity all of its own.
Courting The Squall is out now on CD and digital download.
Despite having solid field training, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has spent her entire career as a desk jockey, working hand-in-hand with dashing agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). Using high-tech equipment and a hidden earpiece, Susan is the guardian angel who helps Bradley avoid danger. However, when Bradley is assassinated by Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), Susan wrangles her way into her first undercover assignment to help capture Boyanov and avenge Bradley.
Spy is a consistently funny movie that benefits from a good cast and a particularly good turn from Jason Statham, who does a great job at sending his hard man image up.
Even McCarthy, who can be grating in large doses is tolerable.
Spy is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Amy tells the story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words.
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems.
The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention ,which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
Amy is a touching, sometimes heartbreaking insight into the troubled soul of a musical talent who never got the chance to shine but left her mark on the industry forever.
Amy is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Lessons In Love (15)
By day, Richard Haig (Brosnan) is a successful and well-respected English professor at renowned Trinity College in Cambridge, teaching 18th century romantic poetry. By night, he follows in the footsteps of his father (Malcolm McDowell), indulging in his own romantic fantasies with a steady stream of beautiful undergraduates. Longing for something a little more meaningful after a life of Byronic excess, he’s delighted when his 25-year old American girlfriend Kate (Alba) reveals that she’s expecting a baby.
Looking forward to having a family of his own, starting a new chapter in his life, and being a father his children can be proud of, Richard seems to have it all; but there’s just one problem- progressing with Kate means meeting the family. And that includes her older sister Olivia (Hayek)... who he just can’t seem to get out of his head.
Relocating to Malibu, Richard settles into a seemingly idyllic family life. That is, until Kate confesses she’s fallen for a younger man, Brian (Ben McKenzie) and the impending divorce means he has to navigate the immigration red tape. Desperate to avoid deportation, he’s forced to face up to his past mistakes (and some new legal troubles) in order to fight for his family... and Olivia.
A rom-com with a brain, LESSONS IN LOVE features Hollywood royalty in a smart, wistful and hilarious story about love, family and the power of a good Mexican lawyer.
Lessons In Love is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops III (18)
Another year, another Call Of Duty and whilst things haven’t changed that much from the last release - it’s loud, its brash, its still fun - you get the sense that something needs to change in the series because it may only be a matter of time before the whole thing starts to get a little mundane.
In Black Ops 3, Treyarch introduces a new momentum-based chained-movement system which enables players to move fluidly through the environment with finesse, using controlled thrust jumps, slides, wall runs and mantling abilities in a myriad of combinations, all while continuously keeping full control over their weapon. Maps are designed from the ground-up for the new movement system, enabling players to be successful with traditional movement, as well as with advanced tactics and maneuvers.
It all sounds good but with the last-gen consoles having been stripped of a single player campaign you get the sense that the developers have a key vision for the future of the game and see online multiplayer as the real cash cow here.
I wasn’t blown away to be honest, although I did have some fun with the new Zombies mode.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops III is out now on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
George R Vaughan
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