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Random Acts Of Violence

Jay Baruchel writes, directs and stars in his horror debut Random Acts of Violence, which makes its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International in conjunction with Shudder, following its success on the streaming service.

Fan favourite Jesse Williams (Cabin in the Woods) leads in this gore-filled slasher as his own creation is bought to life by a fan hell-bent on committing Random Acts of Violence in increasingly gruesome murders. The film will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital to download and keep on 23 August 2021.

Comic book creator Todd Walkley (Williams - Grey's Anatomy), his wife (Jordana Brewster - Fast and the Furious), assistant (Niamh Wilson - Saw III) and best friend (Jay Buchel - This is the End, Sorcerer's Apprentice) are heading to NYC Comic Con when bad things start to happen - a lot of people are getting murdered. It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using his "SLASHERMAN" comic as inspiration for the killings. As the bodies pile up, and Todd's friends dropping like flies, he is forced to face the killer and put an end to his notorious comic.

Will Todd be able to stop the spree or will he fall victim to his own creation?

Get in on some Random Acts of Violence.



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Baptiste Series 2 and Baptiste Series 1 & 2 Boxset

ONE OF TV's best loved French detectives Julien Baptiste, played by the inimitable Tcheky Karyo, returns for the highly anticipated second and final series of Baptiste and is joined by the fantastic Fiona Shaw. Following its run on BBC One, Baptiste Series Two gets its DVD release this Summer courtesy of Acorn Media International.

Making waves with the hugely successful drama The Missing Series 1 & 2 Julien Baptiste went solo in his own show Baptiste from the same creators/writers Harry and Jack Williams. The gripping six-part crime drama garnered critical acclaim and now both series will be available as Baptiste Series 1 and 2 Box Set alongside Baptiste Series Two on DVD from 23 August 2021.

The second series joins Julien Baptiste as a changed man, following a devastating personal tragedy, his life will never be the same again. Having pushed his wife Celia (Anastasia Hille - Keeping Faith) away, he is looking for anything to distract him from his pain, whether it's alcohol or an all consuming new investigation... when news reaches him that Ambassador Emma Chambers' (Fiona Shaw - Killing Eve) whole family has disappeared without trace, he wastes no time in offering his help, knowing that this could be the case he needs.

Travelling to the scene of the crime, he embroils himself in this huge undertaking, and Emma quickly realises that she needs Julien as much as he needs the case. Even though he's no longer on the force he is the only person that can really help with his experience and capacity for understanding human nature.

It becomes apparent that this isn't a clear-cut missing persons investigation and soon Julien and Emma are sucked into a dangerous world of terrorism, politics and extremism. As Julien tries to escape his own struggles, will he pay the ultimate price to help find Emma's family? Also starring Ace Bhatti (Line of Duty) and BAFTA rising star winner Conrad Khan (County Lines).



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Tigers Are Not Afraid

Lauded by horror royalty Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King, Issa Lopez's critically acclaimed Tigers Are Not Afraid is a harrowing and enthralling film that is set amid life in Mexico where the cartel wars are part of everyday life and is shown through the eyes of innocent children. Premiering at FrightFest and originally released on Shudder, this astounding feature is now set for its UK Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 23 August 2021 courtesy of Acorn Media International.

Drawing comparisons to Pans Labyrinth with its dark fairytale nature, and combining real life horror with fantasy, Tigers Are Not Afraid captivates and shocks its audience with its young cast bringing the tale to life. Critically acclaimed at international film festivals, and with beguiling performances from Juan Ramon Lopez in his feature debut and Paola Lara in the lead role makes the movie all the more terrifying and poignant.

Estella (Paolo Lara) lives in Mexico where a sprawling drug war is raging. When a harrowing shooting takes place near her school, her teacher passes her three pieces of chalk capable of granting three wishes. When she returns home, she finds her Mum missing, taken by the drug lords. Using one of the wishes, she's plunged into a supernatural misadventure. Forced to join a street gang to get answers, and take down the cartel, will Estella be able to find out what happened to her mum and defeat the villainous crime boss Chino?

Tigers Are Not Afraid is a not-to-be missed stunningly original piece of filmmaking that shines a light on the shocking lives of children embroiled in the cartel wars, set against a thrilling supernatural fantasy.



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Flatland

Lauded South African writer/director Jenna Bass (Love The One You Love, High Fantasy) works her magic to bring a clever contemporary spin to the Western in new feature Flatland. This innovative and captivating film premiered at Berlin International Film Festival to critical acclaim and follows three women as their lives collide as they endeavour to escape. The film is set for its UK premiere courtesy of Bohemia Media on 17 August 2021 on the Bohemia Euphoria, followed by a digital release on 23 August 2021.

Set against the harsh and bleakly beautiful scenery of South Africa, the film takes the classically male-dominated western genre and turns it on its head, exploring the delicate issues of gender politics and consent through a female lens.

Suffering from anxiety Natalie (Nicole Fortuin - Dead In The Water, Rage) is already apprehensive about her impending nuptials, but when her wedding night ends in violence she flees the scene, her husband and her small rural town in the desolate Karoo region. Reuniting with her best friend, the heavily pregnant Poppie (Izel Bezuidenhout - Ring Of Beasts), the two women escape together on horseback across the endless winter landscape. But they're not out of the woods yet, as hot on their trail is lonely policewoman Beauty Cuba (Faith Baloyi - Tried To, Blowing In The Wind) who is intent on proving the innocence of her long-lost ex-fiancee, the man who has been framed for Natalie's crime.

Flatland is a breathtakingly original journey of three extraordinary women on their difficult path to freedom.



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Scare Me

Critically acclaimed comedy horror hit Scare Me, from Josh Ruben in his feature directorial debut, which he also writes and stars in, makes its UK Blu-ray debut this August from Acorn Media International in conjunction with Shudder, following its success on the streaming service.

This 'Imaginative and witty, razor-sharp horror comedy' (Bloody Disgusting) combines innovative sound design and gripping performances from Aya Cash (The Boys, You're The Worst), Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live) and Josh Ruben for an outside-of-the-box horror, unlike anything you've seen before. There may not be monsters and ghouls, but Scare Me will still have you cowering behind the sofa with vivid storytelling akin to those dark nights around a campfire. Set to be released on 16 August 2021 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, this is one horror that will have you both laughing your socks off and scared silly.

A chance meeting between new in town Fred (Josh Ruben) and renowned author Fanny (Aya Cash) results in the beginning of a 'friendship'. During a power outage, they decide to tell each other scary stories. With the pizza delivery driver (Chris Redd) joining in with the fun, the two grow increasingly competitive. The more they commit to their tales, the more real the stories become. As Fred's masculine pride is challenged, fiction turns to fact as the terror gets all too real.

Scare Me will scare you.



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My Life Is Murder

Award-winning actor Lucy Lawless takes the lead in one of Australia's most popular crime dramas: My Life is Murder. Now the first series of this entertaining show is set for its UK DVD release from Acorn Media International following its run on UKTV's Drama.

Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Parks and Recreation) is retired cop Alexa Crowe, but her ex-boss (Bernard Curry - Once Upon a Time) is persistently on her case to help with cold cases and rookie police data-analyst (Ebony Vagulans) is hassling Alexa to be her mentor... so her detective days may not be over just yet.

When she's asked to investigate the case of a woman who had fallen from the 19th floor apartment of a male escort called Dylan Giroux, she's desperate to know did she fall, or was she pushed? It doesn't take long for Alexa to be back in the game, putting her crime-solving nous to good use as an intrepid private investigator.

Tenacious and unapologetic, Alexa brings her dry wit and brash style as she contends with a suspicious death at a competitive culinary school, a murder in an exclusive cycling club, a locked-room mystery, and more.

Also starring Danielle Cormack (Xena), Mavournee Hazel (Neighbours) and Alin Sumarwata (Home and Away), this show is a must watch for amateur sleuths with a taste for the Antipodean. Recently renewed for a second series which gets its UK premiere on Acorn TV UK this Autumn, it's the perfect time to catch-up with the gripping My Life is Murder Series One on DVD from 16 August 2021.



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Acorn TV August 2021 Highlights

2 August: GEORGE GENTLY SERIES 8

Based on the classic detective novels by Alan Hunter, the hit long-running series follows the set-in-his ways, stubborn Detective Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw - Judge John Deed), who, after the death of his wife, moves up North to solve one more case, but ends up staying. The final series sees DI George Gently at the start of a new decade, 1970 and there's an air of change and unrest in the air as he and his team take on cold cases that see them embroiled in political corruption, putting their lives in danger. Stars Lee Ingleby (Line of Duty, The A Word) and Lisa McGrillis (Mum, Deadwater Fell).

9 August: JACK IRISH MOVIES

Emmy Award-winning Guy Pearce (Memento, Mildred Pierce) takes the lead as ex-lawyer turned PI Jack Irish in this acclaimed Australian noir that makes its highly anticipated UK premiere with its first three feature length outings - Bad Debts, Black Tide and Dead Point. In Bad Debts, Jack receives a call from ex-client Danny McKillop. Jack goes to help, only to discover Danny is dead. In Black Tide, Des Conners - an old friend of the Irish family - comes to consult Jack over the disappearance of his son Gary. In Dead Point, Jack is consulted by Justice Loder to recover a mysterious red book.

16 August: AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE PALE HORSE

Sarah Phelps adapts another of queen of mystery Agatha Christie's stories for the BBC in a critically acclaimed two-part mini-series. When a mysterious list of names is found in the shoe of a dead woman, Mark Easterbrook (Rufus Sewell), a man who is mentioned on the list, decides to investigate. He is drawn to The Pale Horse, the home of three women who are rumoured to be witches, who can wreak revenge on troublesome relatives. He is soon embroiled in the mysterious and dangerous world of dark arts and, as the bodies mount up, his search for a rational explanation appears to be out of his reach.

16 August: WE GOT THIS

Schiaffino Musarra writes, directs and plays the lead in this hilarious six-episode comedy drama about a down-on-his luck American living in Sweden with his put-upon family, who embarks on a quest to solve the 1986 murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme, inspired by the real-life case. With the promise of $5 million government reward for the person who finds the killer, unemployed George English (Musarra) sees it as his only way to pay off a large tax debt. Teaming up with his closest friend, a wacky conspiracy theorist and former police officer, they venture into a web of intrigue, with side-splittingly funny results.

30 August: MS FISHER'S MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES SERIES 2

The stylish and intrepid investigator Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill, Wanted) returns for a second thrilling series of intriguing mysteries. As murders continue to plague the streets of 1960s Melbourne, our daring detective must tackle her trickiest assignment yet; juggling her career, the busy life of an Adventuress, and her romance with Detective James Steed (Joel Jackson, Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, Deadline Gallipolli). This series includes canine chaos with murder at a Dog Show, heads rolling at a bowling alley as mods take on rockers and Peregrine attempting to reel in the perpetrator of a fishy crime, and the case of the pigeon enthusiast killer.



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The Babadook Limited Edition Blu-ray

Internationally renowned horror The Babadook saw The Nightingale's Jennifer Kent make a huge impact with her feature film debut. Now Second Sight Film brings this acclaimed chiller back to life with a brand-new Limited-Edition dual format release featuring the world premiere on 4K UHD plus Blu-ray which will ensure you won't want to get rid of The Babadook.

This standout film sees Essie Davis, star of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, as a grief-stricken mother who is desperately trying to bring up her troubled son the best she can, will a new book be the answer to his sleep woes, or is it the beginning of an unimaginable nightmare?

Following the violent death of her husband on the day their son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) was born, Amelia struggles with his erratic behaviour, and is still battling with the never-ending grief. Refusing to celebrate Samuel's birthday as it's inextricably linked to such a traumatic time, life is a struggle and the one person who's always been there for her, her sister Hayley McElhinne's patience is wearing thin.

As Samuel's seventh birthday approaches his fears get worse, he's convinced a monster is coming to get them, and he won't settle, no matter how many bedtime stories he's told. When an intriguing storybook appears on the bookshelf, Samuel becomes convinced that the Babadook is the monstrous creature he's always feared and as Amelia senses the ominous presence herself, she slowly begins to unravel.

The stunning Limited Edition is released on 26 July 2021 and is presented in a stunning rigid slipcase with new artwork by Peter Diamond. Full of outstanding special features it includes brand-new and archive interviews, audio commentaries, a short film and a 150-page hardback book with brand new essays and collectors' art cards.



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