Simply Media are delighted to announce the first UK DVD release of two emotional dramas, both which tell compelling character-led tales about recovering from grief, and one hilarious comedy film from Shoreline.

Showcasing the talents of much-loved actors including the late Alan Rickman, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Carlyle, Sean Astin and John Goodman, to name only a few, these films needed to be available on DVD.

 

THE SEARCH FOR JOHN GISSING

RELEASED ON DVD 2ND JULY 2018

Alan Rickman stars in a farcical screwball comedy set in London’s corporate world.

The Search for John Gissing DVD Trailer

Rated 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

An American businessman Matthew Barnes (Mike Binder) is summoned to London to oversee a new business merger. Unknown to him, he is being groomed to replace John Gissing (Alan Rickman). But Gissing does not intend to give up his job without a fight and makes Barnes’ visit as miserable as possible.

Alan Rickman steals the show as the scheming Brit, and his Truly, Madly, Deeply co-star Juliet Stevenson also features as his exasperated colleague.

What the Press Said:

 “Comedy that actually delivers the goods with striking frequency” – Hollywood Reporter

“This is a very funny film, sometimes uproariously so.” – Variety

RRP: £14.99/ Certificate: TBC /Catalogue Number: 188944 / Barcode: 5019322889441

Genre: Film / Comedy / Run Time: 91 mins approx. on 1 disc

 

THE BOAT BUILDER

RELEASED ON DVD 2ND JULY 2018

Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd stars in a feel-good family drama about two outcasts dreaming of a better life.

The Boat Builder DVD Trailer

 

Abner (Christopher Lloyd) is a reclusive widower living in a small coastal town. Having alienated his family, including his daughter (Jane KaczmarekMalcolm in the Middle), he spends his days building a sailboat in his yard.

When a neglected orphan, 9-year-old Rick, hides from bullies on Abner’s property, the old sea captain agrees to protect the lonely boy on one condition: that he help him finish his half-built boat. The pair gradually form an unlikely friendship as the boat becomes their one hope of escape.

RRP: £14.99/ Certificate: TBC /Catalogue Number: 188943 / Barcode: 5019322889434

Genre: Film / Drama / Run Time: 88 mins approx. on 1 disc

 

MARILYN HOTCHKISS’ BALLROOM DANCE AND CHARM SCHOOL

RELEASED ON DVD 2ND JULY 2018

An all-star cast including Robert Carlyle, Sean Astin, John Goodman, Danny DeVito, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Donnie Walberg and Marisa Tomei in a tale of one man’s dream becoming another’s destiny.

Marilyn Hotchkiss DVD Trailer

 

Grieving widower Frank Keane (Robert Carlyle) has a life-changing encounter when he comes across Steve Mills (John Goodman), a man dying at the wheel after a car accident.

Steve tells Frank he was on his way to meet his long-lost sweetheart. Frank promises to attend the reunion in his place, at a dance school.

Reluctantly Frank finds himself drawn into the eccentric and equally lonely group at the school and finds himself swept away by the power of dance.

 Marilyn Hotchkiss demonstrates that the same old construct can be made thrillingly fresh with the right components.” – Washington Post

RRP: £14.99/ Certificate: TBC /Catalogue Number: 188945 / Barcode: 5019322889458

Genre: Film / Drama / Run Time: 103 mins approx. on 1 disc

 

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