‘Attack the Block’ Hits Blu-ray and DVD October 25

Attack the Block‘s theatrical run is almost at an end, but fear not — you’ll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own home soon enough. The “cult classic in the making” will hit shelves October 25 on Blu-ray and DVD. Whether you missed it the first time around or just really loved it and want to see it again and again, it’s worth checking out on disc. Though the film is small in scope, it crams more action, laughs, and intelligence into a lean 88 minutes than many films do in 120. There’s a reason it’s become a /Film favorite over the past few months.

Written and directed by Joe Cornish and executive produced by Edgar Wright, the film revolves around a south London street gang who must defend their housing complex when it comes under attack by terrifying monsters from outer space. The immensely talented John Boyega plays the tough, stoic leader of the group; Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, and Luke Treadaway co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the Blu-ray/DVD, including a picture of the cover.

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The second round of US promo screenings for Joe Cornish‘s tremendously entertaining ‘kids versus aliens’ movie Attack the Block took place tonight, and timed accordingly there is also a new red-band trailer for the movie. In the film, a small group of foul-mouthed South London council flat hooligans run afoul of alien beasts that rain from the sky. Made on a smallish budget and with the biggest ‘name’ talent being Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker and Luke Treadway, the film has to build a good amount of mainstream interest before opening (via Screen Gems) in late July. So check out the red-band action after the break, and get ready to believe. Read More »

There was no small amount of anticipation for One Day, the new film from An Education director Lone Scherfig, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. But the first trailer was, let’s say, uninspiring. Now there is a second trailer, cut for the UK, and it is a definite improvement. It doesn’t make the film look like any sort of modern classic in the making, but it does sell it as a salvageable romance with an interesting angle. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Screen Gems to Distribute ‘Attack the Block’

The ‘aliens invade a South London housing project’ movie Attack the Block has been playing like gangbusters in screenings at SXSW and in LA. The film is scheduled to open in the UK next month, but was without a US distributor. That has changed as Screen Gems just sent out a press release announcing that the company will release the film in the States. Read More »

In London, a new film called Ashes has pulled together an impressive core trio: Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess and Lesley Manville. The film also features Jodie Whittaker (who’ll be a lot more known once people have a chance to see Attack the Block) and Luke Evans, and will be directed by Mat Whitecross.

We don’t have many plot details, but the script, by the director and Paul Viragh (the two also did the Ian Dury biopic Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, starring Andy Serkis) is described as a ‘contemporary noir thriller.’ Good enough for me, especially with that cast. It’s a relatively low-budget affair ($8m), with part of the money coming from Coldplay. Yeah, that Coldplay. The film will begin shooting next week on the Isle of Man.[Variety]

Speaking of Attack the Block, one of the companies behind that movie is assembling another UK genre picture, called Cockneys Vs. Zombies. Details on that are after the break. Read More »

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I’ve been tracking Attack the Block pretty closely so far, and providing I can keep the scent, I’ll be up its backside until the premiere. According to director Joe Cornish, the film is “a lean, mean action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien creatures” and “a comic book fantasy set where you’d least expect to find one”. I’ve made comparisons to Shaun of the Dead, but somebody rather more close to the production has told me it’s a bit more like the first twenty minutes of Clockwork Orange meets The Warriors.

At last, we’ve got a confirmed list of members of the film’s cast and crew. This not only includes Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway, as I’ve previously mentioned, but also Jodie Whittaker of Venus and Perrier’s Bounty. The other announced names are all newcomers. After the break I’ll dish a little on the roles these actors have been given, plus plenty more spoiler-free info.

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