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Grace of My Heart

Inspired by the life of internationally renowned singer songwriter Carole King, acclaimed feature film Grace of My Heart, arrives on DVD on 15 August 2016, following hot on the heels of Carole's hugely successful concert in Hyde Park, her first performance in London in 30 years. With the successful smash hit Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, still selling out in London's West End, Carole's star continues to shine brightly.

Featuring a stellar cast, a stunning soundtrack and Martin Scorsese as executive producer, Grace of My Heart hits all the right notes as it charts the inspirational story of a female singer-songwriter's struggle to make her mark in the dynamic American music scene of the 60s and 70s.

Set at the time when prodigiously talented singer-songwriters were fighting for recognition in a tough, male-dominated music industry, Grace of My Heart traces the 'long and winding road' to stardom of Denise Waverly (Illeana Douglas - Six Feet Under), whose songs bring fame to other people - until she finds her own voice. This influential story also stars Eric Stoltz (Mask), Patsy Kensit (Absolute Beginners), Bridget Fonda (Single White Female), Matt Dillon (Crash) and John Turturro (Barton Fink).



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Liverpool 1

Liverpool: the home of heroes and legends. Football, The Beatles, Ferry Across the Mersey- people know this city. At least, they think they do... Merseyside CID know another Liverpool. Day to day, on the streets, they're at the sharp end of the fight against the drug pushers, porn barons, paedophiles and pimps who run this great port's crime networks.

Liverpool 1 is a gritty drama that originally aired on ITV in the late 1990s, from BAFTA award-winning directors Ken Horn and Terry McDonough. Starring a wealth of great British acting talent including Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Game On), Scot Williams (Mersey Beat, Meadowlands) and Mark Womack (Murphy's Law, Babylon) and featuring the inimitable Carry On favourite Leslie Phillips CBE, it comes to DVD for the first time in the UK thanks to Simply Media as a bumper 4-disc set on 15 August 2016.



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Empresses in the Palace

An epic tale of love, betrayal and scandal in Imperial China, Empresses in the Palace, aka The Legend of Zhen Huan, was a huge hit across Asia and now this gripping Chinese TV drama makes its UK DVD debut thanks to Simply Media.

Sun Li, China's 'queen of television', stars as Zhen Huan, a 17-year-old innocent introduced into the imperial court as the latest concubine of Emperor Yong Zheng (Chen Jianbin). Her dreams of a new life of love and prosperity are swiftly dashed as she enters a dog-eat-dog world of treachery and corruption.

Her arrival sparks anger and resentment with Consort Hua (Jiang Xhin), the highest-ranking concubine in the imperial harem and a powerful figure due to the authority of her brother, a prominent general. She must also do battle with the First Empress (Ada Choi), whose own elevated position in the court is under threat.

Amidst all the bitter rivalries and deadly conspiracies, Zhen Huan must summon all her inner strength to protect herself - even from those she once counted as friends. But can she rise to wealth and glory in the Forbidden City without being tainted by corruption?

Shown in China in 2012 as 76 episodes across two seasons, the English version is presented as six sumptuous 90-minute episodes and will be released for the first time in the UK on 15 August 2016.



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10 Extraordinary True Stories

Starring screen legends Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Donald Sutherland (Don't Look Now) alongside Matthew Fox (Lost), Lloyd Bridges (Airplane!), Shannen Doherty (Charmed) and William Devane (Interstellar), 10 Extraordinary True Stories is a fantastic collection of films based on fascinating real life events, which arrives in a stunning 10-disc set on 15 August 2016.

The films include First Do No Harm (1996) where Meryl Streep stars as Lori Reimuller who takes on the medical establishment in a battle to save her son who suffers from epileptic fits, Freefall - Flight 174 (1995) which stars William Devane as Captain Bob Pearson who must attempt to land an airliner when it runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and Behind the Mask (1995) where Dr Bob Shushan (Donald Sutherland) tries to find a role in society for James (Matthew Fox), the disturbed and withdrawn young man who saved him from a heart attack. The other films are Deadly Whispers (1995), Sharing the Secret (2000), Gone in the Night (1996), Death in the Shadows (1998), The Other Woman (1995), (1999), To Live For (1999) and Trial By Fire (1995).



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A Dozen Summers

Garnering critical acclaim on its theatrical release, A Dozen Summers is a delightful, homegrown coming-of-age comedy drama set for DVD release this summer, courtesy of Screenbound.

This heartwarming independent film stars a wealth of young talent and tells us what it's really like to grow up in the 21st Century. Get ready to enter the world of Maisie and Daisy McCormack, twin sisters who have just hijacked a children's film in order to tell their own story. In the process they address issues faced by all twelve year olds such as family, friends, bullying and school life. A Dozen Summers is a movie that will strike a chord with the young and remind parents of their own childhood. It will be released on DVD for the first time on 15 August 2016.



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The Ambassador

British acting legend Pauline Collins OBE (Shirley Valentine, Dickensien) stars as The Ambassador in this powerful BBC drama from award-winning, BAFTA-nominated Russell Lewis (Inspector Morse, Endeavour), which originally aired in 1998 and now makes its UK DVD premier courtesy of Simply Media.

Harriet Smith is the newly appointed British ambassador to Ireland; recently widowed, this sharp-witted confident woman, holds one of Britain's most coveted and powerful Embassy posts and has unenviable task of quelling the mounting tensions between the two countries. She must perform a delicate balancing act between raising her two teenage sons and the demands of her career.

John Stone (Denis Lawson - Bleak House, Star Wars) is Harriet's determined commercial attache and main aide. But the ever-crafty Stone also works for another master - MI6.

Harriet finds herself in a sinister and dangerous world far removed from the cocktail parties of Downing Street. Entangled in a complicated web of half-truths and withheld information - rife both in and outside of the Embassy walls - Harriet is up against a host of people who would love nothing more than to see her fail.



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The Gingerbread Man

Based on a gripping original story by bestselling thriller writer John Grisham (The Firm), The Gingerbread Man (1998) is tale of murder, madness, revenge and sexual infatuation set in America's Deep South, directed by Oscar-winning Robert Altman (Gosford Park). It arrives on DVD on 15 August 2016 from Odyssey.

Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie) stars as cocky Savannah lawyer Rick Magruder, who falls for waitress Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz - Schindler's List) who is being stalked by her cult leader father, Dixon (Robert Duvall - The Godfather). With help from private eye Clyde Pell (Robert Downey Jr - Iron Man), his acerbic PA Lois (Daryl Hannah - Kill Bill) and Mallory's ex-husband Pete (Tom Berenger - Platoon), Rick succeeds in getting Dixon institutionalised. But when Dixon escapes, Rick is forced to go on the run as he fights to clear his name - and save his life. But just who can he trust? And has the legal hotshot been played for a fool?



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Boy Meets Girl Series Two and Series 1 & 2 Box Set

FOLLOWING THE success of the hilarious, first ever transgender rom-com Boy Meets Girl, it returns for a second series. Boy Meets Girl Series 2 is set for a DVD release, after its run on BBC Two, courtesy of RLJ Entertainment's Acorn Label, alongside the box set release of Boy Meets Girl Series 1 and 2 on 15th August 2016.

Having declared their enduring love for one another, Leo (Harry Hepple - Criminal) and Judy (Rebecca Root - The Danish Girl) are now co-habiting - albeit at Peggy's (Janine Duvitski - Benidorm) - and making plans for a future together. Their respective families are very supportive but cannot help sticking their noses in and causing chaos.



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