This week’s releases include: an alien invasion; an environmental crusader; an unique serial killer story; a guilt-driven monster movie; a British spy drama; and the third sequel to a horror movie.

Attack the Block on blu-rayAttack the Block (Blu-ray)
On her way home from work, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is intercepted by a group of teenagers who proceed to rob her. Luckily, they are interrupted by the crash landing of some sort of meteor. Moses (John Boyega), the group’s leader, goes in for a closer look only to discover the thing is alive and violent. Not to be outdone by some creature, the boys hunt and kill it, which turns out to be a mistake of epic proportions. Soon they find themselves on the run from the alien’s larger, meaner brethren and forced to defend their block from “big alien gorilla wolf monsters.”

Most sci-fi pictures dealing with alien invasion concentrate on the military and government’s efforts to address the invading force. This film is innovative because the only thing standing between London and an alien takeover is a group of teenagers armed with a baseball bat and sword. In addition to depicting a battle fiercer than any gang war the neighbourhood’s ever endured, the film portrays the attitudes, camaraderie and pitfalls of growing up in an impoverished neighbourhood. The dialogue is incredibly funny as the boys spew bravado and makes jokes in between running for their lives. The appearance of the creatures is phenomenal. As their blacker than night fur conceals them in the darkness, often all that can be seen is their razor sharp, glow-in-the-dark teeth. However, as more of the aliens are revealed, their look is simple but frightening.

Special features include: three filmmaker and cast commentaries: junior commentary by writer/director Joe Cornish with John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard and Leeon Jones; senior commentary by Cornish with Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost; and executive producer commentary by Cornish and executive producer Edgar Wright; and five featurettes. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson on DVDEco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (DVD)
This feature-length documentary is about a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. The film follows Watson in the act as he repeatedly flouts the law, so he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers: the illegal poachers of the world.

Special features include: nine deleted scenes. (Entertainment One)

Faces in the Crowd on blu-rayFaces in the Crowd (Blu-ray)
A horror-thriller centered on a woman (Milla Jovovich) living with “face-blindness” after surviving a serial killer’s attack. As she lives with her condition, one in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them, the killer closes in.

Special features include: a making-of featurette. (Entertainment One)

Mothman on DVDMothman (DVD)
An aspiring journalist in Washington, D.C., Katherine (Jewel Staite) has spent the past 10 years trying to forget the catastrophic drowning that she and her estranged friends covered up as high school seniors. Assigned to cover the town’s annual Mothman Festival, Katherine has no choice but to return to the town she escaped, where she is reunited with her old friends. While in town Katherine is plagued by stories of horrific sightings – a creature known as Mothman. Soon enough Katherine and her friends find out that these stories are no mere fairy tale and the Mothman has awoken to exact vengeance on them.

There are no special features. (Alliance Films)

Smiley's People on DVDSmiley’s People (DVD)
This is the thrilling sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Both had supposedly outlived their usefulness to the Circus, the British Secret Intelligence Service: George Smiley, the retired head of espionage, and General Vladimir, an aging informant who reported to him. When the general walks into a bullet after sending an urgent message to his old handler, the Circus asks Smiley to “tidy things up.” But Smiley hears Vladimir’s message as a call to arms against his nemesis, the Soviet super spy Karla, once again tantalizingly within his grasp.

Special features include: exclusive interview with director John le Carre; production notes; glossary of main characters and terms; cast filmographies; and le Carre’s biography and booklist. (Entertainment One)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on DVDTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (DVD)
No doubt remains: a mole has infiltrated the Circus, code name for the British Secret Intelligence Service. It can only be one of four men operating at the very highest level. Sidelined agent George Smiley is covertly tapped to root out the mole, a task that requires a painstaking dig through the double-blind world of Cold War-era espionage and his own past. Alec Guinness brilliantly captures the weary heart and steely soul of John le Carré’s master spy in an intricate drama hailed as one of the finest ever made for television.

Special features include: exclusive interview with director John le Carre; production notes; glossary of main characters and terms; cast filmographies; and le Carre’s biography and booklist. (Entertainment One)

Wrong Turn 4 on blu-rayWrong Turn 4 (Blu-ray)
In 1974, Glenville Sanatorium was the site of a brutal and horrific crime, as three hideously deformed cannibals went on a merciless killing spree. Now, years later, a group of college kids having the time of their life make a fateful wrong turn, giving this family of blood-thirsty cannibals new prey to stalk.  The abandoned medical wards within the sanatorium soon become killing fields as the panicked victims come face to face with a chilling choice: fight back or die.

Special features include: commentary by director Declan O’Brien; director’s diaries; making-of featurette; “Lifestyles of the Sick and Infamous”; and a music video featuring The Black Out City Kids (Fox Home Entertainment)

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