Phantom Boy arrives on DVD

13th February, 2017

New to order this week is stunning French superhero animation Phantom Boy, about a young child who's confined to a hospital room due to his illnes. Fortuntly, Leo has mysterious powers which allow him to join forces with a police officer and a journalist to help prevent dastardly supervillain, The Face, from destroying New York City.

Also released this week is musical comedy Trolls, boasting songs from Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani, and Nepali coming of age drama The Black Hen, which tells the story of two young boys from a war-torn area of Nepal who attempt to make money from selling the eggs of a hen they have found.

Whichever you order, be sure to leave us your reviews. And if you're in the mood to review, don't forget to enter our new Stories From Around The World review writing competition where you can win great prizes!

TrollsTrolls U (5+) 

Duration: 92mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
Cast: John Cleese, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, James Corden, Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick

Based on the popular dolls of the same name, Trolls is a colourful, energetic and musical adventure. Princess Poppy – the head of the Troll village – is permanently happy, as are the other trolls, all except Branch. However, when the troll-eating monsters known as the Bergens kidnap their friends, Princess Poppy and Branch set out on a dangerous mission to save them, leaving the Troll world behind. Filled with catchy pop songs old and new, including original compositions from Justin Timberlake, this is an entertaining frenzy of emotions packed full of visual humour.

Related Films: Toy Story, A Town Called Panic, Wreck-It Ralph, The LEGO Movie

Phantom BoyPhantom Boy PG (7+) 

Duration: 85mins
Year: 2015
Director(s): Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Disney, Fred Armisen, Jared Padalecki, Marcus D’angelo, Dana Snyder

Surrounded by his loving family, Leo is a boy suffering from a serious illness in hospital. One of its side-effects, however, gives him the ability to float through space unseen, a power which soon comes in very useful when supervillain The Face threatens to destroy New York City. Choosing to use his energy to fight crime for the good of the city, Leo is aided by a female journalist and a wheelchair-bound policeman who is recovering after an encounter with the master criminal. Together they face a race against time to prevent the city from falling, cleverly using Leo’s power as the ace up their sleeve.

Find out how Phantom Boy explores film history under the guise of an exciting adventure with a relateable hero in our Film Programmer Joe's blog.

Related Films: The Incredibles, Batman - The Movie, Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris), Hugo

The Black HenThe Black Hen 12A (11+)

Duration: 90mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Min Bahadur Bham
Cast: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka, Benisha Hamal

In the year 2001, a ceasefire brings a welcome pause for a war-torn village in northern Nepal caught up in an ongoing conflict between the government and a group of Maoist insurgents. Prakash and Kiran, two young boys from different social backgrounds, become inseparable best friends. Their time is spent raising a hen they have found, with the aim of selling its eggs to local residents. When the hen goes missing, the pair set out on a risky mission to try and retrieve her, but find themselves drawn dangerously close to the fragile ceasefire they had remained innocent of. A sensitive, moving and immersive story, with an observational style providing a child’s perspective on conflict and a culture very different to our own.

Related Films: Turtles Can Fly, Grave Of The Fireflies, Children of Heaven, The Crow's Egg

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