Your weekly look at what’s new on Blu-ray & DVD. Emma Watson stars as Belle in the live-action re-telling of the Disney studio’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion. Set against the devastating floods, Catto (Ellie Kendrick) must return home to Somerset in The Levelling. Kristen Stewart stars as a high-fashion personal shopper in the ethereal and mysterious ghost story, Personal Shopper.
A Quiet Passion (12)
Biography | Drama
Dir. Terence Davies, UK/Belgum, 2016, 125 mins
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff
Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Sunset Song).
Now recognized as a genius who committed to paper some of the most important verse in American literature, the 19th-century poet was virtually unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published.
A recluse who eventually boarded herself up in her bedroom, Dickinson explored her inner self in great detail. As source material, her story is as poetic as her work itself.
Beauty and the Beast (PG)
Family | Fantasy | Musical
Dir. Bill Condon, US, 2017, 129 mins
Cast: Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.
“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
The Levelling (15)
Dir. Hope Dickson Leach, UK, 2016, 83 mins
Cast: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden
Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Charlie (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey (David Troughton). She is shocked to discover her home changed forever by the devastating floods that destroyed the area six months earlier, and Aubrey a tormented shadow of his former self. As she learns what has been going on in her long absence she and her father forge a new understanding, but can it withstand the troubles that they face on the ravaged farm as well as the truth of what drove Charlie to take his own life?
Personal Shopper (15)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Dir. Olivier Assayas, France/Germany, 2017, 105 mins
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz
Internationally acclaimed writer/director Olivier Assayas (Clouds Of Sils Maria) returns with PERSONAL SHOPPER, an ethereal and mysterious ghost story, starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Parisian home, determined to make contact with him.
PERSONAL SHOPPER received its World Premiere as part of the Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with 5 star reviews and much critical acclaim. Assayas was the recipient of the festival’s prestigious Best Director award. The film went on to screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the 60th annual London Film Festival.