The New Year release slate will leave you shaken and stirred with Daniel Craig’s final mission as James Bond, No Time to Die, hitting the shelves at JB. Halloween Kills, the second chapter in the new trilogy, also arrives on home entertainment this month along with a strong line-up of TV seasons, indie movies and cult favourites. Pre-order you copies today. 

NO TIME TO DIE – Jan 26
Daniel Craig’s swan song as James Bond finds 007 in the tropical oasis of Jamaica, retired from the secret service and living far off the grid. When his old CIA pal Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) tracks him down, Bond is dragged back into action to find a kidnapped scientist and prevent a global catastrophe at the hands of a maniacal villain. No Time To Die is textbook Bond and perhaps the most “classic” of the Daniel Craig entries.

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HALLOWEEN KILLS – Jan 12
A direct follow-up to the 2018 sequel-cum-reboot, Halloween Kills continues the ongoing battle between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her nemesis, the masked maniac Michael Myers. Picking up the action on the very same night, with Laurie admitted hospital after her ordeal (shades of Halloween II), the residents of Haddonfield decide ‘enough already’ and unite to ensure that “Evil dies tonight!” The home entertainment release includes both the Theatrical Cut and an Extended Cut with an Alternate Ending.

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THE STAND – Jan 26
Previously adapted for TV in 1994, Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic – set in a world ravaged by a super-flu – has made a timely return as a sprawling, 10-episode event series. Arguably one of King’s best books, this small screen update shuffles the story into a non-linear narrative, as we follow the survivors of the epidemic towards a showdown with the forces of evil in Las Vegas.

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DOCTOR WHO: GALAXY 4 – Jan 12
This lost story from the William Hartnell era is the latest to be reimagined in an animated version synched with the original audio recordings. Pitting the first Doctor against a race of warrior women on a planet that’s about to explode, Galaxy 4 is a delightful bit of retro ’60s sci-fi and has been given a vibrant colour revival here, along with a b/w option and the surviving Episode 3.

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THE LAST SON – Jan 5
Sam Worthington and Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) headline this visually striking period western. After a notorious outlaw (Worthington) is cursed by a Cheyenne chief, he sets out to murder his kin to ensure a prophecy that one of them will kill him never comes to pass.     

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HACKS: SEASON 1 – Out Now
This Emmy-winning showbiz sitcom is a great star vehicle for Jean Smart (Watchmen), playing a Las Vegas comedy queen (a character some suggest is based on Joan Rivers) about to get bumped from her regular gig. She joins forces with an out of work, twenty-something writer (Hannah Einbinder) to freshen up her material, but will the generation gap produce comedy gold?

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UNIVERSE – Jan 26
Professor Brian Cox, the David Attenborough of all things cosmic, takes us on a tour across the universe in this BBC companion series to 2019’s The Planets. From the very origins of the universe in the Big Bang to the reality-challenging properties of black holes and the history of our own galaxy, The Milky Way, the amiable Cox presents astrophysics in layman’s terms.

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THE RIPPER UNTOLD – Jan 5
Jack’s back! Descend into the foggy streets of Victorian London in 1888, if you dare, for a new take on the notorious Whitechapel killer. This period drama eschews the blood and brutality of previous Ripper flicks in favour of exploring the character dynamics between a Scotland Yard inspector and a medical examiner on the hunt for the fiend – one of whom conceals a dark secret…

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MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS – Jan 5
Based on the true-crime case of the Texas ‘Truck Stop Killer’, this procedural thriller teams Bruce Willis with Megan Fox as FBI agents undercover in Florida to bust a sex-trafficking ring. Learning of a series of serial killings in the area, they join the hunt alongside a local cop (Emile Hirsch). But is the suspect in both cases one and the same? A serial killer thriller with a ’90s flavour.

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DAY OF THE DEAD: SEASON 1 – Jan 5
This new zombie series from the Syfy channel is an homage to the 1985 George Romero film in name only. It shares more in common with TV’s Fear the Walking Dead, following six strangers attempting to survive the first 24 hours of the zombie apocalypse, which leads to gore galore and some social commentary as per the Romero films. Do we need another zombie show? You betcha!

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CRASH – Jan 19
David Cronenberg’s bold 1996 adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, about an underground subculture with a car accident fetish, makes a welcome return to local shelves. The Blu-ray forms part of Umbrella’s Beyond Genres label and includes an introduction from Cronenberg as well as new interviews with cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, composer Howard Shore, and more.

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THE PARALLAX VIEW – Out Now
Warren Beatty landed one of his finest roles in this cracking conspiracy thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula (All the President’s Men). He plays a newspaper reporter whose investigation into the assassination of a US senator leads him to believe a political conspiracy is afoot – especially after the seven witnesses to the event die in apparent “accidents.” Paranoia reigns as his attempts to uncover the truth lead him to the mysterious Parallax Corporation. One of the finest examples of the conspiracy thriller and a classic of ’70s cinema.

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CITIZEN KANE – 4K UHD – Jan 12
Acclaimed as one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, Orson Welles’s 1941 masterpiece follows a reporter’s attempt to discover the meaning behind a dead media baron’s final enigmatic word, “Rosebud.” All the elements that make a great movie are right here and have now been given a worthy upgrade to 4K Ultra HD resolution – and the results are simply stunning!

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DONNIE DARKO – 4K UHD – Jan 14
Has it really been 20 years since Jake Gyllenhaal followed a guy in a sinister bunny suit down a temporal rabbit hole of cult movie madness? Donnie Darko (and Frank the Rabbit) makes the jump to 4K UHD in a 3-disc Anniversary Edition that includes restorations of both the Theatrical and Director’s Cut from the original camera negatives, approved by director Richard Kelly and DOP Steven Poster.    

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