Yes, there's a movie of Charles and Ray Eames, going by the name of Eames: The Architect and The Painter.
Some months back, we featured a new northern soul movie going by the name of Soulboy, which got a limited UK cinema release and a very positive reaction from cinema-goers and critics alike. If you missed it, you'll be pleased to know that Soulboy is about to be released on DVD in the UK.
It's a typical coming of age movie, with 17-year-old Joe McCain finding his way in the world of the 1970s – as well as discovering the world of northern soul via the allnighters at the Wigan Casino.
The DVD is released on January 3rd 2011, with the addition of some making of featurettes as bonus material. Amazon is discounting heavily, with a copy available on pre-order for just £7.99.
Find out more about the DVD at the Amazon website
Not long out of the cinema, the recent biopic of Serge Gainsbourg, which went by the name of Gainsbourg, is heading to DVD and Blu-ray in a matter of weeks.
Both are set for release on 10th January 2011, so you might want to save some of your Christmas money if you were a fan of the movie when it went round the cinemas – or you missed it first time round. It had mixed reviews, some people loving it, others disappointed – but if you're still reading now, I suspect you're one of the former.
The BFI has been releasing volumes of archive footage from the Central Office of Information (COI), previously taking in the military, the police and classic design films (which we featured here). Now it's the turn of the public information film in COI Collection Vol 4: Stop! Look! Listen!
Released on 15th November, the DVD includes Mind How You Go (1973), with green cross code advice courtesy of Valerie Singleton; Drive Carefully Darling (1975), starring Frank Bough and a cast of ‘numskulls’; Apaches (1977), massacre on the farm from John MacKenzie, director of The Long Good Friday; Betcher! (1971), in which a young Keith Chegwin takes on a cycling challenge; Never Go With Strangers (1971), sinister stranger danger advice for children and Twenty Times More Likely (1979), where Gillian Taylforth’s first love ends tragically. You'll also find people like Michael Palin, John Challis, Colin Baker, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Dick Emery and Reg Varney in there too.
This 2-disc set is accompanied by an illustrated booklet containing an introductory essay and comprehensive film notes and is available to pre-order now, priced at £11.99. See over the page for a full breakdown on content.
One of the strangest kid's movie ever made is heading to DVD for the very first time – Magic Roundabout's Dougal and the Blue Cat movie, which dates from 1972.
Like the TV shows, it was created in France by Serge Danot, then re-written in English by Eric Thompson, with Thompson himself did all the voices, except one – the creepy Madame Blue, which was voiced by Fenella Fielding. The story? Well, let's just say a Blue Cat called Buxton causes havoc in the Magic Garden, the friends ending up in a dungeon, while Dougal ends up on the Moon. Can he save the day?
You probably know the answer to that. This newly-restored version is out via Second Sight, packed with extras including interviews with Emma Thompson, Sophie Thompson, Fenella Fielding and Mark Kermode plus the French version, complete with English subtitles and a stills gallery. Amazon is doing pre-orders ahead of the 1st November release, the price is £9.93.
More views of London, this time through archival footage courtesy of the London on Film DVDs. The collection of eight DVDs is the result of a collaboration between Independent Film Studios and ITN Source New Classics – ITN's historical archive.
Each DVD is about an hour long and uses the historical news footage to focus on a different aspect of the city's history, covering quite a diverse range of topics: there's two on the history of the East End starting from 1900 and going up to the 70s, two on London in the 50s, while the others look at the Krays, Lost Docks, Railways and Haunted London. There are plans to release 100 DVDs in the London on Film series over the next five years so, if nothing appeals to you there, there's bound to be something to capture your interest eventually.
The DVDs cost £9.99 each.
Buy them from Archive Film shop