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They Call it Acid

The year is 1988. Margaret Thatcher is still in power. Punk is a distant memory. Clubs are either full of beer boys, soul boys or posers. Club culture as we know it, has yet to be invented and Britain's youth are bored.

And then, by luck as much as design, a fortuitous trip to Ibiza, a batch of Euro-pop records, a brand new musical sound and a new drug that had hitherto been known only to a select few all fused together to create Acid House.

Acid House. The craze that had tens of thousands of teenagers around the country feeling ecstatic and left the authorities and powers that be bewildered and frightened had arrived.

The story of the last genuine youth culture movement seen in this country, one that spawned a generation of ravers and is still reverberating around the world, is told in They Call It Acid, the true story of acid house and the birth of rave culture, told by the people who were there. In the late-eighties Gordon Mason was a part time DJ and full time film editor and by the age of 21, during his formative years, he was naturally drawn towards this life-changing new scene, attending some of the first ever acid house parties. With the occasional VIP pass from promoters he was in a prime position, with his filmmaking experience, and a borrowed from work camera, to capture the burgeoning scene from the inside, long before the media became aware of it. A decade later, with years of filmmaking experience under his belt, he embarked on a journey to create the definitive documentary of this important, era defining movement. Taking some 10 years to make, this masterpiece is a labour of love, and totally self-funded. But now, although the film is finished, he needs the public's help to bring it to the masses.

In a unique crowd-funding project that launches on Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com) on 1 September 2015 and runs for 60 days, 8000 units of the film will be pre-sold on DVD for 15 with the opportunity to invest more for exclusive offers.



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Partners In Crime

In a major new adaptation, the BBC is bringing Agatha Christie's acclaimed Partners In Crime novels to life with an all-star cast lead by David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School) and Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) as Tommy and Tuppence Beresford - a husband and wife detective duo. Following its run on BBC One this summer, this thrilling six-part drama makes its home entertainment bow courtesy of RLJ Entertainment's Acorn Label. Produced by Endor Productions and Agatha Christie Productions Ltd., Partners In Crime is an action-packed, fun-filled espionage series set in 1950s London, and follows the couple as they stumble into a world of murder, undercover agents and conspiracy. The series comprises of two stories, containing three episodes each, The Secret Adversary and N or M?



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The Decline Of Western Civilization

Penelope Spheeris' iconic music documentaries The Decline of Western Civilization have been at the top of fans' most wanted DVD list for many many years and now thanks to Second Sight Films they are set to get their first ever UK DVD and Blu-ray release. This celebrated and infamous anthology chronicles L.A.'s hardcore punk phenomenon, the hair-metal movement at its pinnacle in the late-eighties and the late-nineties gutter-punk scene and will be released on DVD & Blu-ray 31 August 2015, as The Decline of Western Civilization Box Set complete with a slew of superb extras.



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Colors

Directed by the legendary Dennis Hopper, classic 1980s cop drama Colors starring Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn and Robert Duvall makes its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight. Late 1980s Los Angeles, the gangs rule the streets, with the Crips and the Bloods battling to reign supreme. In a dog-eat-dog world of drugs and guns, they don't care who gets caught in the crossfire. It's blue verses red and if you're wearing the wrong colour it could cost your life. This gritty police drama was one of the first films to tackle LA gang culture and features an outstanding soundtrack from Ice T and Herbie Hancock, it comes to Blu-ray on 24 August 2015.



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State Of Grace

Sean Penn gives a star turn as an undercover cop who infiltrates a local crime gang in his hometown, in the classic 90s New York gangster movie State of Grace. Also starring acting greats Ed Harris and Gary Oldman it comes to Blu-ray thanks to Second Sight. After a decade away, Terry Noonan (Sean Penn - 21 Grams) is welcomed back into the fold in his New York Irish-American neighbourhood, Hell's Kitchen. A one-time street tough, Terry is now an undercover officer tasked with getting entrenched with crime boss Frankie Flannery (Ed Harris - The Abyss), who happens to be the brother of both his best friend Jackie Flannery (Gary Oldman - The Dark Knight Rises) and old flame Kathleen Flannery (Robin Wright - House of Cards). As he rekindles old friendships and his romance with Kathleen, he starts to question his loyalties as the violence begins to escalate. With its stand out cast, gripping gritty story and striking performances, State of Grace is a must see and comes to Blu-ray on 24 August 2015.



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Operation Barbarossa: The Russian German War

Operation Barbarossa: The Russian German War is an eye-opening account of the events that unfolded between the Russians and Germans on the Eastern Front during WWII. Narrated by Douglas Rein (The voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey), this fascinating series, which originally aired in Canada in 1995 and features German and Russian film footage that has never before been seen outside those countries, comes to DVD on 24 August 2015. Far more than a struggle between nations, it pitted tyrant against tyrant and evil ideology against evil ideology as the lives of tens of millions were consumed by the conflict. One in 10 Russians died. One in four Poles died and whole divisions of Italians, Romanians and Hungarians disappeared without a trace. On average, 17,800 people died every single day - and the war on the Russian/German front lasted for 1,400 days.



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Hell On Wheels The Complete Fourth Series

From AMC, the network that brought you The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad and starring Anson Mount (Non Stop, Safe), Common (Selma, Wanted) and Colm Meaney (Con Air, Law Abiding Citizen) comes Hell On Wheels - Season Four - the most thrilling season yet, which makes its DVD bow courtesy of Entertainment One UK. Even Hell can freeze over and in 1867, construction work on the Union Pacific Railroad and its seemingly inexorable march westward across the USA has ground to a halt. As foreman and chief engineer Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) struggles to cope with the pressures of fatherhood and marriage, he must also get the ambitious rail project back on track, as well as facing off a vicious power struggle as factions battle for control of the key junction of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Hell on Wheels charts the pioneering spread of rail across the US, along with the power, the corruption, greed and violence that accompanied it.



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Jet Storm

When Ernest Tilley's (Richard Attenborough - Jurrassic Park, The Great Escape) daughter is killed in a hit-and-run, he vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her death. Armed with a homemade bomb, he tracks down the killer to an airport and boards the same flight. Once in the air, he threatens to blow up the place. Emotions run high among the passengers as they confront the reality of the situation and soon, drama and secrets spill as they are forced to take stock of their lives. Can Ernest, a man who has nothing to lose, be stopped in time? Written and directed by Cy Endfield (Zulu, Hell Drivers) this 1959 star studded aviation drama also features Stanley Baker (Hell Drivers), Hermione Baddeley (Mary Poppins), Paul Eddington (Yes Minister) and Diane Cilento (The Wicker Man).



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