Your new weekly look at what’s arriving on Blu-ray & DVD. Gore Verbinski gives us ‘A Cure For Wellness’ in the remote Swiss alps in a chilling thriller starring Dane DeHaan; we meet the three African-American women who helped the US win the space race in the Oscar-nominated ‘Hidden Figures’, Michael Fassbender & Brendan Gleeson go head-to-head in the tense crime drama ‘Trespass Against Us’, plus there’s the hilarious screen adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel ‘The Hippopotamus’.
A Cure for Wellness (18)
Mystery | Thriller
Dir. Gore Verbinski, Germany/US, 2016, 146 mins
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.
Hidden Figures (PG)
Dir. Theodore Melfi, US, 2016, 127 mins
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.
Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.
Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
The Hipppotamus (15)
Dir. John Jencks, UK, 2017, 89 mins
Cast: Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine, Russell Tovey, Tommy Knight, Emily Berrington
Triple Olivier Award winner Roger Allam heads a stellar cast as the cantankerous, whiskey-swilling protagonist in this brand-new adaptation of Stephen Fry’s bestselling novel. With a supporting cast that includes Tim McInnerny, Emily Berrington, Russell Tovey, Fiona Shaw and Matthew Modine, director John Jencks realises a decade-long ambition to become the first person to bring one of Fry’s novels to the screen.
Ted Wallace, lapsed poet and disgraced theatre critic, is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Logan’s Norfolk manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, his fifteen-year-old godson David Logan, whose parents believe he has healing hands. Unaware of David’s disturbingly unorthodox methods, the Logans are now set on sharing their son’s “gift” with the world. With a poet’s passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.
SPECIAL FEATURES:  Book to Screen  British Comedy Special  Making-of featurette  Extensive interviews with cast and crew
Trespass Against Us (15)
Action | Crime | Drama
Dir. Adam Smith, UK, 2016, 99 mins
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal
Three generations of the notorious Cutler family live as outlaws in the Cotswolds, the heart of Britain’s richest countryside. The Cutlers live by their own rules, practising their own way of life—poaching, pilfering and provoking the police.
Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his archaic father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), and a desire to forge a better life for his children. When Colby coerces him into a major robbery one night, Chad is faced with a choice that will change his life forever. Should he follow tradition and do his father’s bidding as his rightful son and heir, or should he break the chain and set out on a new path?
With the law cracking down on the clan, Colby tightening his grip on the family, and prejudices among the local populace becoming ever more hostile, Chad discovers that his destiny may no longer lie in his own hands…