Ethel & Ernest leads our new year DVDs

3rd January, 2017

New on DVD for the new year is beautifully affecting Raymond Briggs animation Ethel & Ernest. If you missed the film on BBC1 over the Christmas period, you can order the film on DVD now, and follow the journey of Briggs' parents through the mid 20th century, as they attempt to navigate a world that changes drastically around them as the decades pass.

Also new to order in the first batch of 2017 releases is Brotherhood, the final part in Noel Clarke's Kidulthood trilogy; War Dogs, a comedy drama in which two high school friends find themselves becoming arms dealers; and Café Society, which sees an aspiring Hollywood agent quit and try to emulate Tinseltown's glamour in his new bar.

Whichever you order, be sure to leave us your reviews!

Ethel & ErnestEthel & Ernest PG (7+)

Duration: 95mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Roger Mainwood
CastJim BroadbentBrenda BlethynPam FerrisLuke Treadaway

This quintessentially British film is adapted from a graphic novel by The Snowman creator Raymond Briggs. In it, Briggs charts the life of his parents, from their initial courtship in the late 1920s, right through to their old age in the early 1970s. Living in London their entire lives, Ethel and Ernest endure two world wars, and witness incredible shifts in society, often struggling to adapt as the world changes around them. Animated in Briggs’ signature style, this is a warm, quaintly funny and sometimes heartbreaking look at Britain throughout the 20th Century.

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BrotherhoodBrotherhood 16 (16+)

Duration: 105mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Noel Clarke
CastNoel ClarkeTonia SotiropoulouArnold OcengOlivia ChenerySteven CreeAshley ThomasNick NevernJack McMullenCornell John

Following on from Kidulthood and Adulthood, this is the third and final film in the trilogy focusing on a group of troubled friends in London. Written, starring and directed by Noel Clarke, the violent series concludes with the continued exploration of gang culture found in the previous instalments, as Sam Peel and his friends become once again embroiled in new dangers. They must each decide once and for all what path they wish to take with the rest of their lives, despite the pressures and pitfalls all around them.

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War DogsWar Dogs 15 (16+)

Duration: 114mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Todd Phillips
CastJonah HillBradley CooperMiles TellerAna de ArmasJ. B. BlancBarry Livingston

In 2005, America was embroiled in two simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, placing unprecedented strain on their resources. This led to the US government setting up an initiative allowing for small businesses to bid on lucrative arms contracts, an opportunity seized upon by two old school friends in Miami. Before long they are living the high life, willfully ignoring any moral or ethical issues raised by their practice, but an especially sizable operation inevitably tempts the partners into increasingly questionable and dangerous territory. Based on a true story, this comedy drama is an insightful, occasionally politically incorrect and often horrifying portrait of modern warfare, corruption, and a world still dealing with the aftermath of 9/11.

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Café SocietyCafé Society 12 (11+)

Duration: 96mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Woody Allen
CastSteve CarellJesse EisenbergKristen StewartKen StottBlake Lively

Bobby is a naïve young man from the Bronx who is sent by his parents to Hollywood to see if he can get a leg-up from his uncle Phil, a successful agent to the stars. Bobby is quickly drawn to the glamour of Hollywood during its ‘Golden Age’, and finds his uncle’s assistant Vonnie, who has been given the job of helping him find his feet, especially alluring. However, his new confidence is quickly dashed, and he is called back to New York where he attempts to emulate the excitement of his Tinseltown experience by managing a high-society nightclub with lowlife connections.

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