Each week we look at the DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
First up is a blockbuster recommended by the experts at our friends, the film education charity FILMCLUB…
X-Men – First Class
Running Time: 131 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence
The producers have decided the time has come to rewind the whole X-Men story and go back to the start of Charles Xavier’s school for mutants. The year is 1963, which lets director Matthew Vaughn go for a different look and feel to the previous films. We’re in the middle of the so-called Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union, and the mutants are considered as potential weapons of great value. Meanwhile, Xavier and his friend Erik Lehnsherr (aka Magneto) start their long argument about the relationship between the mutants and other humans. Of course, there are also plenty of spectacular action scenes, too.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Batman Begins (2005, 12), Spider-Man (2002, 12), X-Men (2000, 12), Mystery Men (1999, PG), Star Trek (2009, PG)
A completely different type of film, but this one also gets the FILMCLUB stamp of approval!
Running Time: 123 mins
Year Produced: 2010
Director: Emilio Estevez
Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt
A middle-aged man (Emilio Estevez) dies during a pilgrimage in Spain. His dad – played by Estevez’s real father, Martin Sheen – decides to complete the long walk carrying his son’s ashes with him. Along the route he meets several other travelers – people who aren’t obviously religious but who do turn out to have big problems of their own that they slowly reveal as the many miles pass. This is emotional stuff set in amazing landscapes with a few funny moments thrown in to keep things from become too miserable.
Like this? Then also try these great films: The Straight Story (1999, U), The Road Home (2000, U), Alice In The Cities (1974, U)
Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece
Running Time: 97 mins
Year Produced: 1961
Director: Jean-Jacques Vierne
Cast: Georges Wilson, Georges Loriot, Jean-Pierre Talbot, Milo
Released on DVD for the first time, this 1961 live-action film follows the young globe-trotting adventurer Tintin. In an original tale, Tintin and comical best friend Captain Haddock journey to Istanbul to receive a ship they have inherited in a will. They arrive to find an old rust-bucket of a boat. Despite being seemingly worthless, a shady millionaire businessman is desperate to get his hands on it but why? Original characters including the Thomson Twins and lovable side-kick Snowy the dog all pitch in to unearth the ship’s secret history. A thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Tintin story. Voiced in French, subtitles in English.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, PG), The Maltese Falcon (1941, PG), Romancing The Stone (1984, 12)