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Blu-ray releases

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Blu-ray release of the Week

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Blu-ray release of the Week

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Based on Mark Millar's graphic novel which took a 'yoof' and turned him into James Bond; the film adaptation casts Colin Firth as a gentleman spy and Taron Egerton as his apprentice.

Sam Jackson plays the villain with a lisp and his henchwoman (Sofia Boutella) shops at the Sharper Image catalogue for super villains by having blades for legs.

Riffing off the Roger Moore era of Bond, Kingsman is funny and violent, with a couple of fantastically shot scenes (including one set in a church).

Like most of Millar's work it's not as clever or as subversive as it thinks it is, with director Matthew Vaughn going full steam ahead with one joke in particular that's at best misjudged and at worst distasteful.

But that's Kingsman in a nutshell – prepare to be entertained and offended in equal measure.

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Inherent Vice

Strange, hazy and idiosyncratic, the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson is very good once you settle into its rhythm.

Joaquin Phoenix plays Larry 'Doc' Sportello, a private investigator in ’70s Los Angeles on the case of a missing landowner who may – or may not– have something to do with the disappearance of Doc's former squeeze, Shasta Fay Hepworth (a radiant Katherine Waterston).

Take Vice in its languid stride and you'll be taken in by its charm and goofball humour. The plot is dense though, and at two-and-a-half hours it is a long film to sit through.

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Trash slipped through the net of cinemas but you can catch it now on Blu-ray.

The plot follows three kids from a Brazillian favella who come across a wallet in a garbage dump that's more valuable than they could have imagined. They soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the police and go on the run to prove their innocence.

Trash features some actors you recognise (Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen) and some you may not (Wagner Moura from Elite Squad), but it's the vibrant performances of the three kids at the centre of the plot that makes this energetic and gritty crime film a recommendation.

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What else?

The best of the week's releases is led by... the not-so-good crime caper Mordecai (opens in new tab)starring Johnny Depp and his odd curly 'tache. Then there's Ewan McGregor's crim who takes Brendow Twaites as his bank-robbing apprentice in Son of a Gun (opens in new tab).

For Blu-ray collectors Monty Python & the Holy Grail (opens in new tab) gets a steelbook reissue while the film that almost caused World War 3, The Interview (opens in new tab) starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, gets a bog-standard standard and limited edition steelbook (opens in new tab) release. Can anyone remember what the fuss was about?

Rounding up the list of feature film releases is Kajaki (opens in new tab), a tense thriller based on a true story that saw a company of British soldiers stranded in the desert surrounded by landmines.

And with Terminator Genisys out in a few weeks, the first four Terminator (opens in new tab) films have been re-released as a box set (watch the first two, consider the third, give Salvation a miss).

On the TV front series 1-3 of Luther (opens in new tab)arrive in a boxset; with the ninth series of Supernatural (opens in new tab), the fourth series of Suits (opens in new tab) and BBC's The Game (opens in new tab) bounding on to Blu-ray.

Monday 8th June

Game of Thrones – Pick of the Day, 9pm

Game of Thrones – Pick of the Day, 9pm

Live FIFA Women's World Cup EuroSport HD, 8.45pm

Sweden vs. Nigeria. The Women's football World Cup is up and running, and the usual suspects of Brazil, Germany, Sweden and the USA are among the favourites.

Is there a dark horse that could upset the bookies' favourites? (And could it be England?)

Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic HD, 9pm

The Dance of Dragons. We're approaching the endgame of Game of Thrones fifth series, and after the excitement of last week's episode events continue at pace as Stannis has to make a troubling decision and Jon returns to the wall.

The description for this episode also mentions 'distressing scenes', in a program full of them what could the hot-button topic be this week?

Tuesday 9th June

Penny Dreadful – Pick of the Day, 10pm

Penny Dreadful – Pick of the Day, 10pm

ODI: England v New Zealand Sky Sports HD 2, 2pm

England arrive for this one-day international with low expectations. A poor World Cup has been followed by even poorer performances, and with a young squad up against World Cup finalists New Zealand, favourites they most certainly are not.

Empire E4 HD, 9pm

Our Dancing Days. There's tension at Empire Entertainment (isn't there always?) As Luscious attempts to brand EE as a more tightly knit company, the move causes friction between Hakeem and Jamal.

That's not the only problem Luscious faces as Cookie and Anika are stepping up their attempts to take over the company.

Penny Dreadful Sky Atlantic HD, 10pm

Glorious Horrors. Poor Vanessa, she never has much fun at parties. This time it's Dorian Gray's lavish ball that ends up being too much for her. And the secret is out for Ethan as Sembene figures out what he's hiding.

Wednesday 10th June

Hannibal – Pick of the Day, 9pm

Hannibal – Pick of the Day, 9pm

Hannibal Sky Living HD, 10pm

Antipasto. If you've been hungry for more Hannibal then your appetite is about to be sated with the first episode of the third series.

Anipasto sees Lecter living under a new alias in Florence, Italy with Bedelia Du Mariner. But he can't resist teasing Will Graham and sends him a little valentine. How… weirdly... romantic?

Jane the Virgin E4 HD, 9pm

Chapter Eight. Xiomara looks to have made it in the music industry when a producer contacts her to record a demo. Things, however, don't quite turn out as she anticipated.

In more Jane-centric news, she and Rafael share some shocking personal secrets.

Napoleon BBC Two HD, 9.30pm

The first in a new BBC series that sees historian Andrew Roberts explore the life of Napoleon - one of history's sorest losers.

But his rise to power was impressive as this documentary shows, from his early beginnings as an officer in the Corsican Army to eventually becoming the First Consul and Emperor of France. Interesting.

The Affair Sky Atlantic HD, 10pm

It feels like the relationship between Noah and Allison has been heating up for a while, but this week it really does get steamy.

That's down to Noah learning that there's more to Allison than he was led to believe. Is this a good or a bad thing?

What's new on VOD?


Monday 8th June - The Expendables 3

Stallone and gang return to dish out some old-school violence as they go up against the wonderfully named, former Expendable Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).

There are more famous names in this than you can shake a Hollywood agent's phone at.

Friday 12th June – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

A film that's sparked one or two arguments in the office (it's much better than At World's End). Johnny, Keira and Orlando reprise their roles in this Empire Strikes Back-like sequel.

Bill Nighy as the wonderfully realised Davy Jones is the real reason you should watch. One of the best CG characters ever.

Amazon Prime Instant

Thursday 11th June - The Wizard of Oz

Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz arrives on Prime Instant with Judy Garland's ruby red shoes glittering in shiny HD.

Still the best, and most memorable, film to come from Frank L. Baum's books (although Return to Oz with its Wheelers spooks us every time).

Now TV

Friday 12th June - Lucy

Scarlett Johansson develops superhuman abilities in this thriller from Luc 'The Fifth Element' Besson. Agreeably loopy, although for a film that sees a character ingest a substance to stay on top of events, it could do with some of it itself.

That, and a lot more activity in the brain area wouldn't go amiss.

READ MORE: Review of Lucy

Thursday 11th June

Guardians of the Galaxy – Pick of the Day, 8pm

Guardians of the Galaxy – Pick of the Day, 8pm

Wayward Pines Fox HD, 9pm

The Truth. Wayward Pines reaches its mid-way point and it looks as if we're finally getting some answers. Newly appointed sheriff Ethan Burke makes some shocking discoveries as he starts to put the pieces together.

Guardians of the Galaxy Sky Movies HD Showcase, 8pm

Marvel Studios head into outer space with Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that was better than anyone expected. Uniting five intergalactic criminals, they put aside their differences to stop Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy.

It's great fun, although the villain is another weak one from MCU's pantheon of rogues.

Live England U21 v Belarus U21 BT Sport 1 HD, 7.45pm

The England U21 squad continue to prepare for Euro 2015 in this warm-up. Will they, like the senior team, get our hopes up before crashing on the rocks of an international tournament?

A few players are missing, but this is as good a chance as the U21 team has had – probably since they were battered 4-0 in the finals back in 2009. Ouch.

Friday 12th June

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Channel 4 HD, 9pm

SOS Part 2. The second series of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D concludes as Coulson and his team go up against the Inhumans.

Agents is now a much more confident series, and the ending brings to a close several storylines while setting up a few more that will leave fans pondering what the future holds.

Orange Is the New Black series 3, Netflix

Netflix returns to the stomping grounds of Litchfield Penitentiary woman's prison for the third series of Orange Is the New Black.

Not much is known about the plot, but we can expect several new characters including Mary Steenburgen as the mother of George 'Pornstache' Mendez. Expect laughs, rowdy behaviour and the kind of clever humour that's made this series such a hit.

Saturday 13th June

Le Mans 24 Hours – Pick of the Day, all day!

Le Mans 24 Hours – Pick of the Day, all day!

Le Mans 24 Hours British EuroSport HD

Twenty-four hours of motor racing. Twenty-four hours!

Audi will be looking to bag another win – perhaps before it registers an interest in F1?

Speaking of F1, Nico Hulkenberg – currently a driver for Force India – will be driving for Porsche.

Rebecca BBC Two HD, 2.40pm

Hitchcock's Rebecca sees Lawrence Olivier's Maxim de Winter marry Joan Fontaine's shy, naive young woman and take her back to his mansion called Manderly. But soon after, she begins to be haunted by the spectre of his dead first wife.

And that's not the only strange thing happening. The housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, turns out to be a thorn in the new Mrs de Winter's backside.

Rebecca is a taut gothic horror and looks gorgeous in black and white, but there has always been something holding us back. Perhaps it's because it moves at a pace so slow it threatens to put us to sleep.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ITV HD, 7pm

The point where the Harry Potter series grew up, in part thanks to Alfonso Cuaron. Dropping the kiddy shenanigans of the first two films, Azkaban is a darker and more mature take that set the benchmark for the rest of the series.

All three lead actors up their game but it's the supporting cast that's a brilliant as ever, with Gary Oldman fantastic as Sirius Black.

Sunday 14th June

Slovenia vs. England – Pick of the Day, 5pm

Slovenia vs. England – Pick of the Day, 5pm

Live Euro 2016 Qualifier: Slovenia vs. England ITV HD, 5pm

England could move a step closer to qualifying for Euro 2016 with a win in Slovenia. They'll have to better their limp performance in the recent friendly against the Republic of Ireland which was lacklustre in the extreme.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell BBC One HD, 9pm

Arabella. Strange and Arabella's plans are ruined by The Gentleman's appetite to exact revenge.

Magic Mike Channel 4 HD, 10pm

Magic Mike is a film about male strippers. But it's not that kind of film about male strippers (well, it sometimes is).

It's a decidely un-Hollywood take on the material with the titular Mike (Channing Tatum), wanting to make enough money to start his own furniture company (exciting).

Problems keep rearing their tanned, well-coiffured heads in Alex Pettyfer's delinquent Adam and a welcome distraction in Cody Horn's potential love interest Brooke. A decent warm up for the sequel out this summer (Magic Mike XXL), which is absolutely that kind of film.

'Til next week...

Kob began his career at What Hi-Fi?, starting in the dusty stockroom before rising up the ranks to join the editorial and production team as the Buyer’s Guide editor. Experienced in both magazine and online publishing, he now runs the TV & audio section at Trusted Reviews where he keeps a beady eye on all the latest comings and goings in the hi-fi and home cinema market.