General TV/Movie News & Announcements


Quintessential Grav
AUKN Staff
I noticed there wasn't an exact thread on this section dedicated to any movie or TV news that would be handy in case one of us wanted to mention an upcoming theatrical or home video release so here's one to help fill the void.

I'll provide some examples to start this off:

Arrow Video have recently revealed plans to bring the following to the UK on home video this May 2019:
  • The Annihilators (Charles E. Sellier, Jr., 1985) - 13th May
  • The Grand Duel (Giancarlo Santi, 1972) - 6th May
  • In The Aftermath (Carl Colpaert, 1988) - 6th May
  • Mega Time Squad (Tim Van Dammen, 2018) - 20th May
  • She-Devils on Wheels (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1968) - 20th May
  • Trapped Alive (Leszek Burzynski, 1988) - 20th May
  • Yakuza Law (Teruo Ishii, 1969) - 13th May
UK distributor MUBI has confirmed that Luca Guadagnino's 2018 reimagining of Suspiria will be available to stream on Amazon Prime sometime this April.

Second Sight revealed a few weeks ago that they will be releasing George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead to the UK on Ultra HD Blu-ray as well as standard Blu-ray and video on demand. The release will include the original, unrated US theatrical release cut, Romero's pre-US release Cannes cut, and also the Dario Argento foreign version. The distributor has also confirmed "scanning, colour grading and restoration of both films will be managed by Final Frame under the supervision of Director of Photography Michael Gornick. The mastering and encoding will be handled by one of the entertainment technology industry’s most experienced specialists, David Mackenzie of Fidelity in Motion". The current estimated release date is late Summer 2019. Romero's Martin was also acquired however it will be released on standard Blu-ray only.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray & Blu-ray combo pack for Avengers: Infinity War is currently being sold for £13.99 on Amazon UK for some bizarre reason, get it while it's cheap!

Current release schedule for UK versions of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles for those curious:
  • 4th March:
    Bohemian Rhapsody, The Deer Hunter, Evil Dead 2
  • 11th March:
    The Grinch (2018), Overlord
  • 18th March:
    Escape From New York, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Fog, The Prince of Darkness, They Live, Widows
  • 25th March:
    Creed II, The Girl in the Spider's Web, Pet Sematary, Robin Hood (2018)
  • 1st April:
    Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition, Annihilation
  • 8th April:
  • 15th April:
    Mary Poppins Returns
  • 22nd April:
    Captain America Trilogy, Mortal Engines, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • 3rd June:
    The Mule


Quintessential Grav
AUKN Staff
Arrow Academy have announced plans to bring Nightfall and The Running Man to UK Blu-ray this June.




Quintessential Grav
AUKN Staff
James Gunn is now back as director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, after being fired back in July 2018 for past Twitter tweets many years ago.

He will still continue to work on Suicide Squad 2. Deadline reports.


Quintessential Grav
AUKN Staff
Avengers: Endgame tickets are now on sale. The midnight launch is available on Wednesday 24th April 2019 followed by nationwide screenings on Thursday 25th April 2019.

Cineworld (+ Infinity War Double Bill)
The Light ~ switch between each location to find your respective screening (link goes to Sheffield)
ODEON ~ site may be broken

For those who wish to watch the film in IMAX at the midnight launch, at Cineworld these will be exclusive to a double bill with Avengers: Infinity War. The 2D viewing option is available if you just want Endgame on its own.


Wouldn't have been my first choice for Spike but I'm interested...
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Somehow I’m thinking they want to make jet black, well, black, wouldn’t know why so that’s Shakir, Cho is a shoe in for spike Pineda is Faye and I can somehow see Hassel as vicious. Could be wrong here, Hassel could be jet, or these could not be the main cast. Remains to be seen I guess

Edit: damn that tiny text. Cho is spike, no confirming the rest though


Eureka are releasing two early John Woo films on Blu-ray.
Hand of Death (1976)
Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)


From Amazon:

A decade before he would change action filmmaking forever with A Better Tomorrowand The Killer, director John Woo was directing martial-arts films for the two biggest studios in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. Under the mentorship of the great Chang Cheh ( Five Deadly Venoms), Woo began to develop his signature style, films that featured slick, stylish and often violent choreography, with dramatic plots that revolved around brotherhood, honour and redemption. Presented here are two of his early works from this period.

In Last Hurrah for Chivalry, two killers (Pai Wei and Damian Lau) agree to help a man exact vengeance upon a kung fu master. Woo s first cinematic masterpiece,Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a dark and violent revenge film, featuring lightning fast swordplay and stylish cinematography.

In Hand of Death, a young Shaolin monk must train to defeat a dangerous Manchu warlord ( James Tien) who is intent on wiping out the Shaolin once and for all. Featuring early performances from Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung (both also handled the film s stunts, along with third brother Yuen Biao), Hand of Death is an exquisitely stylish example of old school kung fu filmmaking.

Obscure and largely unseen for many years, Eureka Classics is proud to present these two early films from one of action cinema s all-time greats for the first time ever on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations.

  • Stunning 1080p presentation of both films on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations
  • Cantonese, Mandarin and English audio options
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new audio commentaries on both Last Hurrah for Chivalry and Hand of Death, by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder
  • Archival interviews with director John Woo
  • Trailers for both films
  • Reversible inlay featuring original poster artwork
  • Limited Edition Collector s booklet featuring new writing by film writer Matthew Thrift [First 2000 copies only]
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Mr L

Great Teacher
Agree but it is just a tease. Will have to see how its all handled. The worst case scenario is that they try backpedalling on Rey's heritage and somehow make the Emperor survive his fall, both of which would be a real hard sell.

I am predicting a Palpatine force ghost (surprised we haven't had a sith ghost yet honestly) and maybe Rey adopts the Skywalker name?


State Alchemist
It feels like they are going back to fan service like VII after VIIIs response which I hope not as 8 was good because it was different.
I've been apprehensive ever since they decided to go back to Abrams for IX. VII was fine, but "fine" was as good as it got imo. He played it incredibly safe which obviously pleased audiences who were looking for nostalgia but he didn't really bring anything new to the table - Let's face it, it was just ANH again but with different characters. VIII was much more interesting to me personally, not least because Johnson succeeded in trashing some of Abrams' safe and unoriginal plot elements. I was excited to see where it could go from there, but bringing Abrams back for IX has me thinking he'll just damage control whatever he didn't like or intend from VIII (Kylo has his mask back already, so much for letting the past die) and retreat back into his safety zone.

I am predicting a Palpatine force ghost (surprised we haven't had a sith ghost yet honestly) and maybe Rey adopts the Skywalker name?
I haven't yet read all of the supplemental material from the new EU to know if this is still the case, but I was under the impression Sith weren't supposed to be able to do the force ghost thing (they did in the old EU, but iirc Lucas didn't like the idea). But what has definitively been established is Sith possession of people via personal artefacts. That would be kinda interesting. There's also the fact we now have space-time portals as of Rebels, which we also know Palpatine took an interest in. I kinda don't want to be as excited as I am for more Palpatine, there are so many ways they could screw this up but I can't not be excited at the concept of actually competent and threatening villains again.

Mr L

Great Teacher
Even the new EU doesn't fully line up together all the time and Its a pretty big ask to have your scriptwriters and directors to research and adhere to a multitude of books, comics and games. This is why Doctor Who and Star Trek play so fast and loose with the Canon of spin-off media. Its easier that way.

Yes, I'm hoping for less 'safe' movies but there's always what Rian Johnson and the Game of Thrones people are working on.


State Alchemist
Even the new EU doesn't fully line up together all the time and Its a pretty big ask to have your scriptwriters and directors to research and adhere to a multitude of books, comics and games.
That's what the LSG is supposed to be for. I mean I'm very much in favour of consistency partly because the old EU became such a contradictory mess, not helped by the fact Lucas made no secret of the fact he could and would overrule anything in it and I don't think anyone wants a return to the days of the "canon tiers" system. I'd also be totally in favour of anyone making a SW film knowing everything there is to know about SW, frankly. I mean I don't think much would make me happier than them handing production of all TV and film projects to people like Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo and Dave Filoni who really do live and breathe this stuff.

Edit: Speaking of Dave... The Mandalorian and new Clone Wars look great. Probably more hype for these than I am Episode IX. It’s nice to see George at least somewhat involved, and consultant and ideas man is a good role for him - He can still share his vision of the universe he created without the final version being too self-indulgent. The Clone Wars benefitted hugely from this arrangement, so I’m very hopeful for The Mandalorian.
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