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DVD Choice - September 2013

Posted September 10, 2013

 

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The Hunt

RRP$32.95   $29.65

 

Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair) delivers a superb, award-winning performance in this electrifying new film from Thomas Vinterberg, the acclaimed director of The Celebration.

Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is beloved by his students and fellow teachers at his local kindergarten. After a divorce, made especially painful when his wife moved away from town with their teenage son, Marcus, Lucas’ life is recovering with a new girlfriend, and the reforging of his relationship with Marcus. His world comes crashing down, however, when a young girl in his class accuses him of inappropriate behaviour. It’s a simple lie that spirals out of control and the small community suddenly finds itself in a collective state of hysteria. Long held friendships are tested as mistrust takes hold, and Lucas must summon all his strength in a brave fight for his life and dignity.

Better Man

RRP $32.95  $29.65

 

From acclaimed writer and director Khoa Do, Better Man is a four-part mini-series based on the true story of the tragic death of Van Nguyen, a Vietnamese-Australian man who was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore and executed for his crime in 2005. His hanging was the first execution of an Australian worldwide since 1993. Nguyen was only 25 years old at the time.  Better Man tells the powerful account of a young man desperately trying to provide for his family, for which he paid the ultimate price. From the tough but loving upbringing that Van shared with his twin brother Khoa and devoted mother Kim, to the gripping and heart-stopping events leading up to his arrest in Singapore, Better Man culminates in an extraordinary three-year legal battle led by Melbourne lawyer, Julian McMahon and Melbourne QC, Lex Lasry to save the young man’s life.


 Endeavour: Complete 1st Series (Region 4 DVD)

 

The Central Park Five

RRP $32.95  $29.65

 

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between six and thirteen years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned.  Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. Written, produced and directed by Ken Burns, Dave McMahon, and Sarah Burns. 


 

 

Underbelly: Squizzy

RRP $54.95   $49.45

 

The name Squizzy Taylor will go down in history. Long before Gangitano, Moran, Trimbole and Williams hit the headlines, in the 1920s Squizzy was the most infamous crime tzar Australia had ever seen. Driven by an insatiable apetite for money, power and fame, Squizzy ruled it all and played the game like no other - courting the press, entertaining the masses and baffling the police. And he would do anything to stay on top, betraying or extinguishing anyone who stood in his way. Now watch in awe as Squizzy comes to like in this shocking, glittering and adrelin-fuelled series that takes the world of Underbelly to a whole new era.


 

Ripper Street

RRP $43.95  $39.55

 

 

Haunted by the failure to catch London's most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid now heads up the notorious H Division the toughest police district in the East End. Charged with keeping order in the blood-stained streets of Whitechapel, Reid and his men find themselves fighting to uphold justice and the rule of law; but always in the background lurks the fear of the Ripper; is he back for another reign of terror? Rich episodic storylines meld with the intrigue of a criminal underworld festering on the hard streets of Victorian London, following the battle of the men whose job it is to bring the law to the lawless.


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