17th June: This Week’s Family DVD Releases

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Each week FILMCLUB’s experts in film pick a selection of their favourite DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.

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Halfway House


Cert: PG

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 95 mins

Year Produced: 1944

Director: Basil Dearden

Cast: Tom Walls, Mervyn Johns, Guy Middleton, Glynis Johns

In Wartime Wales four very different strangers with four very different stories find themselves together in a remote countryside inn.

Though the setting is beautiful and the staff courteous and kind, all the newspapers and calendars are a year out of date and the innkeeper and his daughter cast neither shadows nor reflections. Could it be that all is not as it seems at the Halfway House?

Before becoming famous for their post-war comedies, Ealing Studios made films like this one; unofficial propaganda pieces that, while sentimental at times, were vital for morale through their sensitive treatment of loss, an issue to which all too many families could relate to.

Related Films: Dead of Night, A Matter of Life and Death, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Went the Day Well?, The Others


I Am Number Four


Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 109 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: D.J. Caruso

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Alex Pettyfer, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand

Starring Stormbreaker heartthrob Alex Pettyfer, and based on the best-selling novel of the same name, this Hollywood teen sci-fi is the story of nine young aliens with human appearance who have fled their home planet to hide from a deadly enemy.

Three of them have already been killed, and the fourth of them, John Smith (Pettyfer), is next in line.

John has been on the run for his whole life, but when he starts attending high school and starts falling in love, he finds himself torn between his desire for an ordinary existence and fulfilling his super-human destiny…

Related Films: Stormbreaker, The Faculty, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Galaxy Quest, Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Horrid Henry Goes to the Movies


Cert: U

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 5+

Running Time: TBC

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Nick Moore

Cast: Anjelica Huston, Parminder Nagra, Richard E. Grant, Noel Fielding, Mathew Horne, Rebecca Front, Prunella Scales, Jo Brand, Tyger Drew-Honey, Theo Stevenson, Kimberley Walsh, Siobhan Hayes & Helen Lederer

An outing to the movies with Pimply Paul, Prissy Polly and Vomiting Vera is never going to be simple!

This special release offers over one hours worth of mayhem and Horrid Henry mischief. Featuring six episodes taken from the successful 2nd series show

Related Films: Horrid Henry Goes Fishing, Paddington Goes to the Movies, Horrid Henry’s Christmas Underpants




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