Mr Holmes, Poltergeist, Entourage: 26 October’s new DVDs

Holmes is still on the case, Vincent and the boys hit Tinseltown, and they’re here – again

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MR HOLMES (PG)
★★★★

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Just what the world needs, another Sherlock Holmes spin-off. To be fair though, this is a delightful tale that’s based on Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind and it sees the great detective (played by Ian McKellen) as 90-something and now retired to the country. But the sharp mind will not rest and he still agonises over his last, and unsolved, case.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and download


POLTERGEIST (15)
★★★

This remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror manages not to trounce all over the well-liked original and provides some nice scares all of its own. Once again the setting is suburban America, and once again the main focus of the home invading spooks is the youngest member of the family, which sends parents Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt into all sorts of panic.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


ENTOURAGE  (15)
★★★

Fans of the HBO series will be delighted to know that save for a few star cameos (Mark Whalberg, Liam Neeson, Gary Busey and, erm, Haley Joel Osment) this big screen version doesn’t get too far out of its depth. In fact, it stays well and truly in the shallow end as Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and pals take on Hollywood, where the cars are bigger and the bikinis are smaller.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


PASOLINI (18)
★★★

Willem Dafoe stars here as controversial film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini, who shocked audiences with films such as Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. It goes a bit further than a conventional biopic (Pasolini, conventional? Nah!) as it blends incidents from his final hours with extracts based on his unfinished novel and another unfilmed work.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


THE OVERNIGHT (15)
★★★

Awkward moments abound in this adult comedy when LA newcomers Alex and Emily (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) are befriended by Kurt and Charlotte (Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche) after their children start playing together. What seems like an innocent invitation to a pizza evening at Kurt and Charlotte’s takes a strange and decidedly saucy turn – and we ain’t talking pesto.

Formats: DVD and download


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

SECONDS ★★★★ A Masters of Cinema dual format release for this 1960s cult thriller in which Rock Hudson becomes involved in a shady body-swap organisation. 

THE SKULL ★★ Horror royalty Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star together in a story of secrets held within the Marquis de Sade’s skull. Released anew in a dual format package.

DRAGON INN ★★★★ This superb martial arts action adventure from director King Hu about a plot to kill a respected general’s family gets a dual format Masters of Cinema release.


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