Chalet Finds A Home In The Papers

Tuesday, October 4 2011
Chalet Finds A Home In The Papers

Chalet Girl, Momentum’s rom com, may have under-performed at theatrical, but the title was set up nicely for its home entertainment bow by becoming one of the weekend’s most reviewed titles, as our weekly round-up of home entertainment release coverage in the national press and selected magazines shows.

Sony’s Point Blank was another well reviewed title, while keep an eye out for George Harrison: Living In The Material World, due from Lionsgate on October 10. It earned a lot of coverage ahead of that date and has been featured all over the place, the recent premiere has only helped awareness (more on that next week).

The week in reviews starts, for us, on a Tuesday, with the Metro newspaper’s page of home entertainment coverage. This week it featured Thor (Paramount) as its DVD of the week. Other titles covered included Blitz (Lionsgate), Kill The Irishman (Anchor Bay) and Treacle Jr (Soda). Its Cult Vulture section (Oddball Choices For Sofa Loafers) was The Peddler (Network), its highest marked title of the week, earning four stars (“an enchanting documentary” it was called).

Moving on to Friday, and London’s other commuter giveaway newspaper, the Evening Standard, also led on Thor, which it described as “a perfectly judged comic book adaptation”, As If I Am Not There (Element), Way Of The Morris (Safecracker) and Kill The Irishman (Anchor Bay).

Kill The Irishman has picked up a decent amount of reviews for what is essentially a DTV title, a fact further aided by a review in The Sun’s Something For The Weekend entertainment section, alongside Lemonade Mouth (Disney) and Thor.

Fellow red-top tabloid the Daily Star had a competition in conjunction with Lionsgate offering a state of the art TV and Blu-ray player and copies of Blitz, which was also reviewed, alongside Footloose, Back To The Future on Blu-ray, which got full marks on its standard packaging price promoted catalogue release (“a pleasure from start to finish”) and Warner’s Westerns Collection.

The Daily Mirror’s The Ticket entertainment supplement had its usual full page devoted to DVD and Blu-ray releases with a diverse selection ranging from Chalet Girl (Momentum) through to Cannibal Holocaust Redux (Shameless), the latter getting four stars (“only those with strong stomachs need apply”). Other titles covered included Everywhere And Nowhere (Icon), Angels Of Evil (Artificial Eye), Huge (Independent) and Footloose (Paramount), under the great headline of “Bacon with cheese”.

The Daily Mail covered two titles that had received extensive coverage both this weekend and the one before, Thor and Blitz. It’s rival mid-market tabloid, the Daily Express, tends to be far less obvious in its choices. This week’s selection was a fine example if that, with The Bang Bang Club (eOne), Lemonade Mouth and Kill The Irishman (Anchor Bay) all receiving column inches.

The Independent, meanwhile, had two four star reviews, for SPHE’s Point Blank (“subtle and clever it isn’t, but it is bloody exciting”) and Artificial Eye’s Pina (“mesmerizing, with or without a pair of silly glasses”), as well as also finding room to cover Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (Fox), Chalet Girl and Turnout.

The Guardian’s Your Next Box Set feature this week covered Friday Night Lights (Universal Playback) and its Film And Music section had an interesting feature on Juice (Second Sight). “Twenty years on,” the feature said, “Juice is still making noise” adding that it had become “a hip-hop classic”.

On to Saturday and the weekend edition of the Financial Times gave a five star review to Bal (Axiom), two four star reviews for Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy (Mr Bongo), and How I Ended This Summer (New Wave) and a further review for How To Make It In America (Warner).

The Daily Telegraph’s Saturday Review section featured Chalet Girl as its sole title.

Over in The Times’ Review section, there were reviews ranging from the scathing (Chalet Girl) to the so-so (Point Blank) and the rave – Footloose (“the Blu-ray means that now, at last, you can see Kevin Bacon doing backflips in a deserted warehouse in high definition”. It was interesting to note that its Everyone’s Talking About… page featured both The Lion King 3D (mentioning its Blu-ray bow next year) and Lionsgate’s forthcoming George Harrison doc, Living In The Material World.

That same release featured as the lead review in The Guardian’s Guide supplement (“this film shows he was not only the most interesting of the four, but also the most loved”). There were also mentions for Point Blank, Studiocanal’s Blu-ray editions of Richard Lester’s The Three Musketeers and Four Musketeers and Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena (Anchor Bay).

Moving on to some of the Saturday TV and other supplements which traditionally cover home entertainment releases, as the Mirror’s We Love Telly featured a competition for the complete Will & Grace box set, while Fabulous, in The Sun, offering copies of the The Killing Season 1 (Fox) on its crossword page.

The Weekend lifestyle and telly supplement that comes complete with Saturday’s Daily Mail, chose Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena (Anchor Bay) for the one television box set it traditionally covers, a somewhat strange choice given the over the top sex, violence and profanity that would hardly endear itself to the Mail’s readership.

Sunday now, and, rattling through the tabloids, the Daily Star Sunday covered Chalet Girl, Street Kings 2: Motor City and, in a four star review, Rio Breaks (Mr Bongo), which it said was “fascinating and moving stuff”.

The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, featured Chalet Girl, giving it one of its better reviews (“a genuinely funny British rom com”) and Firefly: The Complete Series (Fox). Its Celebs supplement also had a promotion tying in with Lionsgate’s release of Blitz and Blood Out.

The People covered Morecambe And Wise Two Of A Kind (Network) and Chalet Girl.

Moving on to the broadsheets and the Independent On Sunday reviewed two of the films that had appeared in its sister publication’s Friday review section, Chalet girl and Point Blank.

The Sunday Telegraph’s Seven supplement was as esoteric as ever in its choices, covering The Iron Horse (Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema), Cold Comfort Farm (Fremantle) and Treacle Jr (Soda).

And on to our last port of call for the Sunday press and Mark Kermode in The Observer. He raved about Sienna (Universal), enthusing “let me just say that this electrifying documentary is as dramatic, suspenseful and tragic as any feature film I have seen this year”. He wrote a perceptive review of Point Blank, honing in on the additional features: “The sparks continue to fly on the extras, with behind-the-scenes coverage candidly revealing outright arguments between the director and his cast and crew. If only more ‘making of’ material had such a refreshingly frank approach.” We always admire the way that Kermode, unlike some of his contemporaries, actually looks at the additional features and often comments on them. There were further reviews for The Housemaid (Axiom) and Chalet Girl.

We’ll end with a few magazines we regularly check thanks to their consistently strong coverage of the home entertainment sector. The Radio Times covered Chalet Girl and Third star, mainly for their ppv offerings. Its DVD of The Week was Point Blank, while the Box Set Of The Week was Scrubs Seasons 1-9 (Disney), proving our theory, once again, that, where possible, reviewers will always go for a complete box set rather than just one series.

Over at one of our favourites, Time Out, the DVD Of The Week slit was given over to a brace of titles, taking in the respective Tintin offerings from both Anchor Bay and the BFI. Also reviewed were Paganini’s Daemon (Christopher Nupen), The Persuaders (Network), and, in brief, Daytime Drinking (Inclusionism), R: Hit First, Hit Hardest (Soda) and Grand Prix: The Killer Years (Bigger Picture).