The BFG strides onto DVD this week
21st November, 2016
New on DVD this week is Steven Spielberg's live-action version of Roald Dahl's The BFG, starring Mark Rylance as a gentle giant who whisks a young girl off to Giant Country for a heartwarming adventure.
Also released is Ghostbusters, which sees the beloved 1980s sci-fi comedy updated for 2016 with a cast of well-known female comedians taking the lead roles, and sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond, in which Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise find themselves stranded on an alien world.
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The BFG PG (7+)
10-year-old Sophie is lying awake in a London orphanage one night while everyone else is quietly dreaming. As she looks out of the window, she is shocked to see a 24-foot giant who picks her up and whisks her away to his home in Giant Country. Once she is there, Sophie discovers that the Big Friendly Giant is not so scary. However there are even bigger foes out there who want nothing more than to eat her up. As their friendship develops, the two lonely characters realise that they need to get rid of the other giants forever, so hatch a devious plan. This enchanting, visually sumptuous adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic ignites the imagination, containing heartfelt lessons about learning to stand up for yourself and other human beans.
Watch young reporter Ketsia ask director Steven Spielberg about his movie-watching habits and what his advice is for young filmmakers at the film's special press conference.
Ghostbusters 12A (11+)
A much-loved 80s film, this version of Ghostbusters brings the sci-fi comedy up to date turning the four-man ghostbusting team into a group of feisty, funny, supernatural loving women. High-school science pals Erin and Abby are thrown together again when their book on the supernatural is discovered by managers of a haunted house. Realising this is their chance to prove to the world ghosts really exist they set up a ghostbusting service with the help of another science-mad (with emphasis on the mad) colleague Holtzman and Patty, a New York savvy subway attendant who leads them to their first catch. With cameo appearances from original cast members and 80s styled special effects, this is an affectionate nod to the past as well as a cleverly written, female-led action adventure for a new generation of ghostbusting fans.
Star Trek Beyond 12A (11+)
Halfway into their five-year mission – and with some senior members of the crew starting to feel disaffected – the USS Enterprise finds itself under attack from a group of unknown aliens. Forced to abandon ship, Kirk, Spock and co are separated and left stranded on a mysterious planet with no prospect of rescue. Their situation becomes graver still when a dastardly new villain comes into conflict with them. With a commitment to multiculturalism and diversity in its characters and narrative, the franchise continues its quest to reinvent the long-running saga for a modern audience. Amidst all the science, action and humour is a heartfelt poignancy, due to events in the real world as well as the Star Trek universe.
Want more Trekkie action? Watch our reporter Ogo interview the USS Enterprise crew including screenwriter Simon Pegg, aka Scotty.
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