Ballerina dances its way onto DVD this week

18th April, 2017

New on DVD this week is French animation Ballerina, which sees a young girl fleeing her orphanage for the bright lights of Paris to follow her dream of becoming a dancer. Finding herself alone in the big city, she resorts to trickery to get herself a place at a prestigious ballet school...

Also available to order are Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, a biographical drama focusing on Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a plane in the Hudson River in New York after the engine suffered damage, and The Birth of a Nation, a historical drama that follows the story of Nat Turner, a slave who was educated to be a preacher, and who eventually led a mass revolt among his fellow captives in Virginia.

Whichever you decide to order, be sure to leave us a review!

BallerinaBallerina U (5+)

Duration: 89mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Eric SummerÉric Warin
CastElle FanningDane DeHaanMaddie ZieglerCarly Rae Jepsen

In 1879, Félicie Milliner is an 11-year-old girl from rural Brittany who decides to flee her orphanage with her best friend, the charismatic but clumsy Victor, so that they can chase their dreams in Paris. Victor is determined to become an inventor, and Félicie can think about nothing but dancing, but upon their arrival in the big city the two become accidentally separated. Alone and with no money, Félicie decides to help out a cleaning lady for the opera house, home of a famous ballet school, in exchange for a bed for the night. So close to her dream, Félicie ‘borrows’ the identity of another girl in order to be taken on as a student in this music-filled, historical adventure that's full of impressive dance sequences.

To mark the release of Ballerina, our young reporter Blesina sat down with one of the stars of the film, Maddie Ziegler, who visited us at Into Film HQ in London to speak about what helped her transition from dance to acting.

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Sully: Miracle on the HudsonSully: Miracle on the Hudson 12 (11+)

Duration: 96mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Clint Eastwood
CastTom HanksLaura LinneyAaron EckhartHolt McCallanyAnna Gunn

In January 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became a hero around the world when he successfully landed a damaged passenger plane seemingly headed towards tragedy on the middle of New York’s icy Hudson River. Miraculously, everybody survived. Feted by the public and the media, behind the scenes Sully and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles were the subjects of robust internal investigations into their actions by a committee convinced the plane could have been simply returned to the airport. Alongside this stress – and dealing with the onslaught of public attention – Sully is also suffering from PTSD, repeatedly flashing back to events leading up to the crash and wondering what, if anything, he could have done differently.

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The Birth of a NationBirth of a Nation 15 (16+)

Duration: 120mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Nate Parker
Cast: Armie Hammer, Nate Parker, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller

Born into slavery and brought up on the Turner plantation, Nat’s quick-wittedness is recognised early on by the owners, who take him in to be educated alongside their son Samuel. However, this period of favour is shortlived, and he is soon returned to the field, with his ability to read put to use in his new role as preacher. The calming impact that his words have upon the other slaves is in high demand as unrest stirs in neighbouring plantations, and soon his owner and former playmate Samuel comes up with a scheme to sell Nat’s talent as a speaker. As they travel to deliver placatory speeches, the widespread brutality that Nat witnesses force him to question his role in supporting the status quo.

Related Films: Amistad, Beloved, 12 Years A Slave, Free State of Jones

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