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  • Out of the Vault: Lady and the Tramp

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     Disney’s Lady and the Tramp is released from the ‘vault’ - available on DVD from 7 May 2014.

    Originally released in theatres in June 1955, Lady and the Tramp has enjoyed a long life, delighting young and old for almost 60 years.

    My first introduction to this animated feature came during the mid-90s when it was re-released in Australian theatres. I was eager to catch up, feeling out of the loop for not knowing this Disney classic by heart like all my VCR-having young friends. Tramp, Lady and all did not disappoint: the music, the animation, the story of puppy love (pun intended) from two different sides of the tracks and the memorable “We are Siamese if you please. We are Siamese if you don't please” from the two trouble-making cats, Si and Am. I was hooked.

     

    “I'll bet they got a lid on every trash can. Uh-oh, and a fence around every tree. I wonder what the leash-and-collar set does for excitement?”
    -Tramp

     

    The Vault

    Disney is known for releasing its titles for a limited time only. After a period of time, the title is placed ‘in the vault’ and is not made available until the next re-release rotation (up to 7 years). Lady and the Tramp has not been available on DVD for some time.
    A new generation of children (and grown-up-children) can enjoy this film once more.

  • April Featured DVD New Release Titles

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    Featured DVD Movie Release

    BACKYARD ASHES

    Backyard Ashes is an entertaining family film that uses the famous Australian past time of backyard cricket as an analogy for the bitter sporting rivalry between England and Australia.

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    Dougie Waters loves nothing more than a weekend barbie and cricket match with his mates. But his paradise on earth is destroyed when his best mate and neighbour Norm is forced to leave town and their new boss, a pompous English administrator called Edward Lords, moves in. The animosity between the two peaks during one fateful backyard cricket match when Dougie hits a ball that accidentally stuns Edward’s prize winning cat, Dexter. The cat falls into the roaring BBQ and is instantly incinerated, leaving only ashes. Dougie’s son captures footage of the unfortunate event on camera and it is uploaded onto YouTube where the video instantly goes viral! The idea of a backyard cricketing challenge is hatched, with the winner keeping the ashes of Edward’s deceased cat, Dexter. The two teams battle it out in the greatest game of backyard cricket ever for the Backyard Ashes.

     

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    Featured DVD TV Series Release

    THE SPOILS OF BABYLON

    Legendary author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), the undisputed master of dramatic fiction, introduces audiences to the brilliant adaptation of his best-selling novel, a sweeping chronicle of the provocative and captivating exploits of the Morehouse family. Patriarch Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins) shepherds his daughter Cynthia (Kristen Wiig) and adopted son Devon (Tobey Maguire) from meagre beginnings in the oil fields of Texas to powerful boardrooms in New York City.
    Cynthia and Devon, entwined in undeniable love, stumble through war-torn battlefields, blazing mansions, filthy drug dens and velvet-sheeted bedrooms on their quest for power and influence. Despite Jonas's best efforts to intervene, Cynthia and Devon's merciless love sets into motion a wave of destruction that crashes down on Devon's graceful wife Lady Anne, his daughter Marianne, his colleague and lover Dixie, Cynthia's hen-pecked husband Chet, her evil son Winston, the scheming Generals and far beyond.

     

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    Featured DVD Special Interest Release

    GOING WILD IN WATERCOLOUR

    In this new instructional DVD, UK artist Jake Winkle demonstrates his exciting style of watercolour painting. Winkle shows how to paint five wild animals (giraffe, owl, leopard, rabbit and bees) in stunning and vivid colours, incorporating a surprising array of colours to achieve his unique style.

  • March Featured DVD New Release Titles

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    Featured DVD Movie Release

    THE BUTLER

    The Butler follows the life of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as White House head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.  The film features Forest Whitaker as the Butler.  Also in the cast are Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda, with cameo appearences from Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.  The Butler has won a number of awards including three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two People's Choice Awards and three Critics Choice Awards.

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    Featured DVD TV Series Release

    VIKINGS SEASON 1

    As seen on SBS late in 2013, Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors. Season 1 features 9 action-packed episodes.  This Canadian-Irish co-production was filmed in Ireland and features scenery from the beautiful Wicklow Mountains andWestern Norway.

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    Featured DVD Documentary Release

    DEVIL ISLAND

    As seen on ABC1, this 6-part documentary series follows fifteen Tasmanian devils as they are selected from Australian wildlife sanctuaries and then transported and released on remote Maria Island off the coast of Tasmania. Will they rediscover their instincts to hunt, mate and hopefully raise their own? It's a risky experiment. The devils are captive and hand-reared. They've never hunted, found shelter or fought off another predator. If they can fend for themselves, they might save their species. But how will the island's native wildlife cope with their fiesty new neighbours from hell?

  • 10 Book to Movie Adaptations Hitting Theatres This Year

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    Which was better, the book or the movie? - my favourite conversation to have on the way out of the theatre.  “...Too scrawny, he is completely wrong for the part!” or perhaps “She is supposed to be aloof at first and warm up by the end of the film, not be warm and engaging all the way through” these are the complaints of a book purist.  Some purists refuse altogether to see the movie adaption of their well loved books, lest it compromise characters or misinterpret some other element of the story.  But there is a certain joy in seeing the book through the imaginings of a director and cast.

    This year there are a number of theatre releases which have been adapted from popular books.  In random order here are some to add to your reading list – 10 book to movie adaptations hitting theatres this year.

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    1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

    As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother show kindness to a stranger with a terrible secret. Now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Labor Day is a poignant story of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery.

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    2. The Monuments Men by Robert M Edsel

    At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.
    In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
    Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

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    3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

    Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
    Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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    4. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

    A middle-aged chef, Hassan Haji, recounts his life’s journey, from his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai to his elegant restaurant in Paris where he has conquered the insular world of French haute cuisine. A tragedy at home in Mumbai pushes Hassan’s boisterous family into a picaresque journey across Europe, where they ultimately settle opposite a famous chef, Madam Mallory, in the remote French village of Lumière. After a series of hilarious cultural mishaps, the grand French chef discovers, much to her horror, that the young boy cooking in the cheap Indian restaurant across the way is a chef with natural talents far superior to her own. A culinary war ensues, full of plot twists, pitting Hassan’s Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Madam Mallory, a battle royale that finally reveals to young Hassan his true destiny in life.
    Full of eccentric characters, vivid settings, and delicious meals, Hassan’s charming tale lays bare the inner workings of the elite world of French haute cuisine. In the process, however, Hassan also discovers a truism that bedevils any man who has gone out into the world to make his mark: the true costs of rising to the top are only revealed later in life.

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    5. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.  This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's (One Last Thing Before I Go) most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

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    6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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    7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

    Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.
    Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

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    8. The Hunger Games: The Mocking Jay Part 1 by Suzanne Collins

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
    Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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    9. The Hobbit: There and Back Again by J R R Tolkien

    The Hobbit is one of the greatest fantasy sagas of all time, a classic that has captivated generations of readers and is now an eagerly anticipated film by Peter Jackson, Academy Award–winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    When Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves embark upon a dangerous quest to reclaim the hoard of gold stolen from them by the evil dragon Smaug, Gandalf the wizard suggests an unlikely accomplice: Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit dwelling in peaceful Hobbiton.

    Along the way, the company faces trolls, goblins, giant spiders, and worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Rivendell to the terrors of Mirkwood and beyond, Bilbo will find that there is more to him than anyone—himself included—ever dreamed. Unexpected qualities of courage and cunning, and a love of adventure, propel Bilbo toward his great destiny . . . a destiny that waits in the dark caverns beneath the Misty Mountains, where a twisted creature known as Gollum jealously guards a precious magic ring.

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    10. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

    In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
    Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

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