Your weekly look at what’s new on Blu-ray & DVD. They created her, but they cannot control her. Ghost In The Shell follows Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid. Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India. SHOT! The Psycho-spiritual Mantra of Rock a deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. City Of Tiny Lights is a witty gumshoe in contemporary (sub)urban London.
City Of Tiny Lights (15)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Pete Travis, UK, 2016, 110 mins
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper, James Floyd
‘City Of Tiny Lights’ is a witty gumshoe in contemporary (sub)urban London.
When Asian Private Eye, Tommy Akhtar, is put on the trail of missing hooker, Sexy Russian, he begins to expose a series of dark secrets that reveal uncomfortable truths about Tommy’s own past and London itself.
Ghost in the Shell (12)
Action |Drama | Sci-Fi
Dir. Rupert Sanders, US, 2017, 137 mins
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott
They created her, but they cannot control her.
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9.
Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Handmaiden, The (18)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
Dir. Chan-wook Park, South Korea, 2016, 144 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki).
But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse.
The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Shepherd, The (15)
Dir. Jonathan Cenzual Burley, Spain, 2016, 98 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Maribel Iglesias, Miguel Martín, Alfonso Mendiguchía
A lonely shepherd’s home and way of life are threatened when building promoters become interested in his land.
SHOT! The Psycho-spiritual Mantra of Rock (15)
Documentary | Biography | Music
Dir. Barney Clay, UK/US, 2016, 98 mins
Cast (as themselves): Mick Rock
A deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. Rock’s work with some of the most accomplished personalities of the past forty years – David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop – created many of the images that would come to define them.
Presented in his own words, Rock takes us through his journey from the glam rock shimmer of London, through to the snarl of NYC punk and into the new millennium, combining a portrait of the man who did the work, with a look at what the work did to a man.
With a searing soundtrack featuring tracks by Lou Reed, Barrett, Bowie and The Sex Pistols, and featuring rare audio, film footage and stills from Rock’s collection, SHOT! is a dazzling, psychedelic account of a man destined to become one of the world’s greatest, and wildest, photographers.
Viceroy’s House (12)
Drama | History
Dir. Gurinder Chadha, UK/India, 2017, 106 mins
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville
Directed by Gurinder Chadha, VICEROY’S HOUSE tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India.
Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten (played by Hugh Bonneville), great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.
The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife (Gillian Anderson) and daughter (Lily Travers); downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.
The film is deeply personal to the director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as British rule came to an end. Her film examines those events through the prism of a marriage – that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten – and a romance – that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet (Manish Dayal), and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia (Huma Qureshi). The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope…