Everest, Breakdown, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Solace, Momentum: 18 January’s new DVDs

Ain’t no mountain high enough for Jake, hitman Craig is hunted, Russ goes to Hollywood, Anthony contacts the other side, and Olga’s face is her misfortune

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EVEREST (12)
★★

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Despite an A-list cast (Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Emily Watson), this true-story adventure thriller never really gets beyond base camp. The effects are suitably spectacular, but director Baltasar Kormakur fails to engage with the human element.

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


BREAKDOWN (15)
★★★

A fine performance by Craig Fairbrass as an ageing hitman who himself becomes a target lifts this thriller above the norm, although there’s still plenty of the red stuff on offer.

Formats: DVD and download


BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (18)
★★★★

Russ Meyer’s gloriously tacky satire about a female rock band getting mixed up in the hedonistic Hollywood lifestyle gets a Blu-ray release. The package includes a host of tasty extras and a DVD-only copy of THE SEVEN MINUTES, Meyer’s feature based on Irving Wallace’s novel about a man who claims reading a dirty book led him to commit rape.

Formats: Blu-ray (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) DVD (The Seven Minutes)


SOLACE (15)
★★★

A clairvoyant (Anthony Hopkins) is engaged by the FBI to help nab a serial killer in this often chilling thriller. Director Afonso Poyart gets a bit carried away with the visual tricks, but Hopkins is, as always, great value.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


MOMENTUM (15)
★★★★

James Purefoy stars here as a CIA assassin on the trail of a professional thief (Olga Kurylenko) who has stolen evidence about a corrupt government official. It’s fast-paced, slick and the thrills never let up for a moment.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

AAAAAAAAH! ★ Director Steve Oram’s bizarre tale of humans who have all the trappings of modern life, but still only communicate like apes.

ENTER THE NINJA ★ A dual format package release for the martial arts trilogy (also includes Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja lll: the Domination).

HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR  A Blu-ray release for this French drama in which an actress in Japan reflects on the end of a love affair.

THE VISIT ★ Children calling on the grandparents get a nasty shock in this black comedy horror from M Night Shyamalan.


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