New DVDs for August include: the blockbuster Batman v Superman: dawn of justice a new Coen Brothers comedy set in Hollywood’s Golden Age; a sequel to the 2002 hit My big fat Greek wedding; a new HBO show set in the music scene in 1970s New York; an acclaimed feature documentary on the stories of students who have been sexually assaulted on American university campuses; the latest season of House of Cards and more….
“In the 1960s on the east coast of New Zealand, two Maori sheep-shearing families – the Mahanas and the Poatas – are longstanding enemies and commercial rivals. 14-year-old Simeon Mahana, the youngest son, is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta, he risks not just his own future prospects, but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society.” (Syndetics summary)
The hunting ground.
“The Hunting Ground is a critically acclaimed feature documentary that chronicles the personal stories of students who have been sexually assaulted on American university campuses. Interweaving observational footage, expert insights and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors pursuing both their education and justice in the face of institutional failure to respond effectively and appropriately to their reports. This confronting expose of sexual assault on American university campuses has sparked a national debate in the United States about rape culture, sexual consent and victim support.” (Syndetics summary)
Batman v Superman : dawn of justice.
“From director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Oscar-winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before. (Product Description, Amazon.co.uk)
“Four-time Oscar®-winning* filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Ceasar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum, Hail, Ceasar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.” (Description, MightyApe.co.nz)
My big fat Greek wedding. 2.
“The Portokalos Family is back as the original cast of the 2002 blockbuster hit reunite in this hilarious sequel. This time, Nia Vardalos (Toula) and John Corbett (Ian) are joined by new cast members, Rita Wilson and John Stamos. After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding – this time, even bigger and fatter.” (Editorial Reviews, Amazon.com)
The last panthers.
“A thrilling six-part crime drama series, based on real events. At the beginning of the millennium, major cities across Europe were targeted in a series of daring jewellery robberies carried out by the ‘Pink Panthers’ – a gang famed for their bold daylight raids and movie-style getaways. But after terrorising Europe’s jewellers for a decade, they suddenly disappeared. Now, a heist in the south of France bears all the hallmarks of the Panthers. What starts with diamonds, leads to guns, drugs, high-finance and involves the corridors of power in the EU, the City of London and the murky world of Europe’s criminal underworld, uncovering a new breed of criminal – the ‘Banksters’.” (Adapted from description, MightyApe.co.nz)
House of cards. The complete fourth season.
“Season 4 begins Commander-in-Chief Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) fighting for his political life with principled insurgent Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel) threatening to wrest the Democratic Party presidential nomination from him. Yet the biggest menace to his Presidency is posed by someone closer, First Lady Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) who has disappeared since her bombshell announcement at the end of season 3. But it soon becomes apparent that Claire is merely the start of his difficulties as unhappy ghosts of his past re-emerge to haunt him.” (Description, Mightyape.co.nz)
Vinyl. The complete first season.
“The music scene in 1970s New York is still awash in sex and drugs, but rock ‘n’ roll is giving way to an era of punk, disco and hip-hop. Desperately trying to navigate the changing landscape is American Century Records founder and president Richie Finestra, whose passion for music and discovering talent has gone by the wayside. With American Century on the verge of being sold, a life-altering event rekindles Finestra’s professional fire, but it may leave his personal life in ruins.” (Description, MightyApe.co.nz)
Scandal. The complete fourth season
“After the shocking events surrounding President Grant’s re-election, a newly fragile Olivia has gone off the grid. But her plan to “stand in the sun” with Jake is derailed when Quinn tracks her down with news of Harrison’s death. Once back in D.C., Olivia struggles to reconnect with her embittered “gladiators”. There, she’s finally forced to confront the unspeakable evil her father has wrought. And once she chooses sides against him, there’s no turning back.” (Syndetics summary)
“A heart-warming, modern and romantic comedy-of-errors. Since the age five, Rosie and Alex have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other, but is it just friendship, or something more?” (Syndetics summary)