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DVDs for Autumn 2016

Our film critic Anthony Lowery looks at some of the most exciting DVDs released this autumn. You’ve seen them at the cinema; now sit back and enjoy them at home!

Captain America: Civil War

Coming out on DVD 13th September
A still from the film Captain America: Civil War (2016)
There’s much to be overzealous about here as not only does Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man clash with Chris Evans’ Captain America, but it’s also home to Tom Holland’s debut as Spider-Man.

As a way to heighten superhero accountability when catastrophes occur, the government introduces the Superhuman Registration Act, which consequently divides the featured characters.

The film is helmed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Winter Soldier), who will also tackle the next two Avengers installments. With its extravagant scope and exciting supporting cast (including Martin Freeman and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man), this already feels like an Avengers movie.


Coming out on DVD 27th September
A still from the film Warcraft (2016)
Warcraft was one of few videogame adaptations to hit our screens in 2016. Perhaps the antidote to Middle-earth withdrawals, this fantasy epic sees humans spar with orcs in the realm of Azeroth.

The adventure naturally appeals to Tolkien’s fanbase, but with talent like Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper starring, and with towering visual effects, it has the potential to attract an even larger audience and spawn yet another franchise.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Coming out on DVD 4th October
A still from the film X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Here’s the culmination of the trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class.

Bryan Singer remains in seat after his initial return to the franchise in Days Of Future Past and now, the X-Men face off against En Sabah Nur or Apocalypse, the very first mutant and quite possibly the most powerful. This doesn’t mean that Magneto will be taking a sabbatical from villainy though, as he’s recruited as one of the four Horsemen ordered to protect Apocalypse.

Overnight sensation Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays the title role and Channing Tatum’s Gambit makes his debut.


Coming out on DVD 11th October
A still from the film Ghostbusters (2016)

Director Paul Fieg reunites with Bridesmaids’ cast Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as he follows the trend of digging up treasured franchises.

The semi-controversial reboot features comedy-centric female leads, mixing things up in a way that’s consistent with Hollywood’s current addiction to diversity.

Co-starring Chris Hemsworth and with cameos from the original company, this humorous sci-fi will likely spark a trilogy.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Coming out on DVD 18th October
A still from the film Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
2016’s flagship blockbuster positions the original cast alongside newcomers Liam Hemsworth and William Fichtner. Due to budgetary constraints, Will Smith’s Col. Hiller does not appear and instead has been killed off, survived by his son, Dylan.

Twenty years after the events of Independence Day, an unprecedented alien force advances on planet Earth and it’s up to a select few (with their adapted alien technology) to claw the world back from the edge of extinction.

Watch this movie for its Star Wars-esque space battles, groundbreaking visual effects and the wit of its predecessor.

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap is the longest-running show in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances in London since it opened in the West End in 1952.

The play recently went on tour to celebrate its 60th anniversary, allowing people to see Agatha Christie’s famous murder-mystery at local theatres. Now the tour is back by popular demand!

Our journalist Tom Milsted visited Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to give his verdict.

The Mousetrap

“The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?

One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.”

– from the official tour website: mousetrapontour.com

The moment the curtains are raised, you cannot help but be struck by the immersive feel of the set.

True to the London original’s design, you feel you’re inside this creaky, dull-lit guest house . You’re not so much as fly on the wall as sat on the sofa next to a dysfunctional group of possible murderers.

The plot is deeply involving, with a stunning climax. There are sterling performances from all, especially the detestable Mrs. Boyle, the melodramatic but charming Mr. Paravicini, and the initially irritating but ultimately lovable Christopher Wren.

Go to see this long running piece of British heritage as it tours the UK, but remember to “keep the secret of ‘whodunit’ locked in your hearts.”

Tom Milsted

With thanks to Alison Trimming at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre