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To celebrate the release of Silicon Valley The Complete First Series on Blu-ray and DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on Blu-ray.

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The socially challenged underdogs of the lucrative world of tech start-ups are finally uncovered in the painfully funny SILICON VALLEY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES released on Blu-ray and DVD from the 23rd March 2015, courtesy of HBO.

From the offbeat mind of Mike Judge (Office Space, Idiocracy), this critically-acclaimed HBO comedy takes viewers inside the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley. Inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 80’s, the show follows the trials and tribulations of awkward computer programmer Richard (Thomas Middleditch – The Wolf of Wall Street), who lives in a “Hacker Hostel” along with his friends Big Head (Josh Brener - The Big Bang Theory), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr – This Is The End), and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani - Sex Tape).

Under the watchful eye of Erlich (T.J. Miller - Transformers: Age of Extinction), a dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free (as long as he gets a 10% stake in their projects), the friends struggle to break into the elusive and lucrative market. Richard is stuck in a part-time job at tech company Hooli, and his obscure website, Pied Piper, is going nowhere fast. But when a colleague realises just how valuable the site’s compression algorithm is, Richard finds himself caught in the middle of an extreme bidding war between Hooli founder Gavin Belson (Matt Ross - American Horror Story) and independent billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch - The Master).

Combining brilliant observational comedy with a fantastic cast and razor-sharp dialogue, SILICON VALLEY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES taps into the zeitgeist in a completely unique way and shows, in the funniest way possible, how often the people most qualified to succeed are really the least capable of handling success.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of Silicon Valley The Complete First Series to give away on Blu-ray:

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Wednesday 8th April, and Silicon Valley The Complete First Series is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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To celebrate the release of THE IMITATION GAME on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on Blu-ray.

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One of the cinematic events of 2014 becomes the first essential home entertainment release of 2015 as THE IMITATION GAME – beloved by critics and audiences alike – arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital platforms on 9th March 2015, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, THE IMITATION GAME portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers, endorsed by Churchill himself, at Britain’s top-secret Government Code & Cypher School at Bletchley Park during the darkest days of World War II. The film spans the key periods of Turing’s life, from his unhappy teenage years at boarding school and the triumph of his secret wartime work on the revolutionary electro-mechanical ‘Bombe’, which was capable of breaking 3,000 Enigma-generated naval codes a day, to the tragedy of his post-war decline following his conviction for a now outdated criminal offence.  A complicated and troubled man, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, Turing may have been the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on…

Starring Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, TV’s Sherlock) as Turing, Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Keira Knightley (Begin Again, Atonement) as his confidante and equal, Joan Clarke, and featuring supporting turns from Matthew Goode (Stoker, Watchmen), Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, Welcome To The Punch), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, TV’s Penny Dreadful) and Charles Dance (TV’s Game Of Thrones, Gosford Park), THE IMITATION GAME is at once a searing piece of British drama, a brilliantly taut thriller and a posthumous honour to arguably one of Britain’s most important, most brilliant men.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of THE IMITATION GAME to give away on Blu-ray – well two Blu-rays and a Steel Book.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday March 30th, and THE IMITATION GAME is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Platforms now.

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To celebrate the release of The Hundred-Foot Journey on Blu-ray and DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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Set in the beautiful Southern France countryside, this sumptuous story features outstanding performances from; Golden Globe nominee Helen Mirren (The Queen, Calendar Girls) as Madame Mallory, the owner of a Michelin starred French restaurant; Om Puri (Charlie Wilson’s War, East Is East) as Papa Kadam, who leads his family to the South of France; Manish Dayal (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 90210) as Papa Kadam’s son, young Indian chef Hassan Kadam; and Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent, Mood Indigo) as Madame Mallory’s French sous chef, Marguerite.

Hassan Kadam (Dayal) is a culinary prodigy who travels with his family to the South of France after being displaced from their native India.  It’s the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, that is until Madame Mallory (Mirren), the icy proprietress of a Michelin starred French restaurant gets wind of it. Her protests against the ‘Maison Mumbai’ located a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French cuisine and for a beautiful sous chef, Marguerite (Le Bon), combine with his mouth-watering talent to weave culinary magic between their two cultures.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of The Hundred-Foot Journey to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday March 24th, and The Hundred-Foot Journey is available on Blu-ray and DVD now courtesy of Entertainment One.

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To celebrate the release of Babylon The Complete Series on DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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BABYLON is the razor-sharp TV comedy series created by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) that takes a wry look at the people and politics of London’s police force. From BAFTA winning writers Sam Bain (The Thick Of It, Peep Show) and Jesse Armstrong (The Thick Of It, Four Lions), don’t miss BABYLON: THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES as it comes to DVD on 9th March 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.

This slick black comedy features some of the UK’s most celebrated talent including: James Nesbitt (The Missing,The Hobbit trilogy) as Metropolitan chief constable Richard Miller; Brit Marling (Another Earth, Arbitrage) as American PR consultant Liz Garvey; Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Law and Order UK) as figurehead Charles Inglis; Adam Deacon (Kidulthood, Adulthood) as Territorial Support Group officer Robbie; and Daniel Kaluuya (Welcome to the Punch, Kick-Ass 2) as documentary filmmaker Matt Coward, who is filming a documentary on the Metropolitan police force.

The Metropolitan police are in need of a major public image revamp and Chief Constable Richard Miller (Nesbitt) thinks he’s found just the right person for the job. Liz Garvey (Marling) is hired, a visionary from the world of new media and the woman tasked with revolutionising the force’s image. But her job couldn’t have come at a worse time, as an outbreak of chaos and violence erupts in the capital. At the same time documentary film maker Matt Coward is shadowing Territorial Support Group officers including Robbie (Deacon) and plans to expose footage that will stun the public and the police force.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of Babylon The Complete Series to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday March 24th, and Babylon The Complete Series is available on DVD now courtesy of Entertainment One.

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To celebrate the release of The Village Complete Series Two on DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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The critically acclaimed TV drama THE VILLAGE is back for a highly anticipated second series set in the roaring twenties. Series one was nominated for three Television BAFTAs and is one not to be missed as the story of one Peak District village moves into the jazz age. THE VILLAGE is seen through the prism of Bert Middleton’s eyes – the young man who never leaves the village but sees the world transform around him. Catch the epic story that charts the life and turbulent times of one English village through the 20th Century as THE VILLAGE: THE COMPLETE SERIES 2 comes to DVD on 9th March 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.

From creator and writer Peter Moffat (Silk, Criminal Justice), series 2 features a returning stellar cast alongside the addition of much-loved British talent including: John Simm (Life On Mars, Doctor Who) as John Middleton, a Peak District alcoholic farmer; Maxine Peake (Silk, Shameless) as John’s wife, Grace Middleton; Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Killing Fields) as political sponsor, Lord Kilmartin; Juliet Stevenson (White Heat, Truly Madly Deeply) as Clem Allingham of the Allingham estate; Nico Mirallegro (Upstairs Downstairs, My Mad Fat Diary) as the eldest Middleton son, Joe Middleton; Juliet Aubrey (The White Queen, The Constant Gardener) as family planning teacher, Joy Dangerfield; Ben Batt (Shameless, Scott & Bailey) as teenage bully, Alf Rutter; and making their acting debuts Bill Jones, Tom Varey, Alfie Stewart (Sadie J, Not Fade Away) and David Ryall (Trollied, Outnumbered) all star as central character, Bert Middleton.

It’s 1923. The Great War is over but what kind of England has won? Now in a world of boom and bust, motor cars and the Charleston, the twenties bring a blast of energy and freedom to the village; dance halls and jazz music are having their influence on the villager’s lives. As an election year divides and inspires, we will find the power of the woman’s vote has been sorely undervalued. That is until now, as the outside world continues to break down barriers, bringing with it big dramas and change.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of The Village Complete Series Two to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday March 24th, and The Village Complete Series Two is available on DVD now courtesy of Entertainment One.

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To celebrate the release of Assassin on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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On a break from his duties as the landlord of The Vic, Danny Dyer  takes you on a journey through the murky London underworld when ASSASSIN is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Platforms on March 9th courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

From the producers of Rise of the Footsoldier and Fall of the Essex Boys, and starring Danny Dyer (Vendetta), Martin Kemp (The Krays) and Gary Kemp (The World’s End), ASSASSIN is the  brutal, hard-hitting story of a former hitman out for revenge.

A story of the most corrupt crime bosses in the London underworld, and one man’s crusade to bring them to justice. A killer for hire (Dyer) breaks the rules of his profession when he falls for a beautiful young woman. But when the most notorious gangland brothers in London (Martin & Gary Kemp) hire him to kill his girlfriend’s father, his world breaks down and he must turn against his notoriously fearsome employers and their gang to save the woman he loves.

Don’t miss the chance to see Danny Dyer give a career defining performance when ASSASSIN is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Platforms on March 9th.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of Assassin to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Monday March 23rd, and Assassin is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Platforms from March 9th.

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To celebrate the release of Dying of the Light on Blu-ray and DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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Directed by the legendary Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, DYING OF THE LIGHT, the essential thriller of 2015, explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD on March 2nd, 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment. 

Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage – On Frozen Ground, Face/Off) is a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander KarimZero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but is alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact location is unknown but with the help of a disgraced young agent (Anton Yelchin Odd Thomas, Star Trek), Evan sets out to track down and confront him before it is too late for both of them. A supremely classy cast is rounded out by French cinema icon Irene Jacob (Othello, The Inner Life Of Martin Frost).

Beating Homeland at its own game and taking a remarkably prescient and refreshingly original look at the cat and mouse thriller, DYING OF THE LIGHT sees Cage deliver a blistering, unforgettable performance as a man driven to obsession by his past and by what his own future holds.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of Dying of the Light to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday March 17th, and Dying of the Light is available on Blu-ray and DVD now courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

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To celebrate the release of Glue: The Complete Series on DVD, we are giving two lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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From the BAFTA award winning writer of Skins and This is England ’88, comes a compulsive thriller exploring the dark underbelly of the British countryside. Prepare to be stuck on GLUE: THE COMPLETE SERIES as it comes to DVD on 23rd February, courtesy of Entertainment One (eOne).

Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast of rising home-grown British stars including; BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award nominee Callum Turner (Ripper Street, The Borgias) as Eli Bray, whose brother has been murdered; Jessie Cave (Pride, Great Expectations) as Annie Maddocks; Yasmin Paige (Pramface, Submarine) as Ruth Rosen; Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks) making his acting debut as Rob Kendle; Adrian Rawlins (Silent Witness, Harry Potter) as DCI Simson; Billy Howle (New Worlds) as James Warwick; Faye Marsay (Pride, Fresh Meat) as Janine Riley; and Charlotte Spencer (Les Miserables, Wild Bill) as Tina Fallon.

When 14 year old Cal is found murdered in the small town of Overton, the lives of his friends change forever. During the police investigation old loyalties are stretched to the limit as dark secrets threaten to surface, secrets that could tear the friends and their communities apart. The tragic events set the village on a collision course that could spell disaster, and with the killer still at large, the race is on to stop them before they strike again.

How to enter to win

We have two copies of Glue: The Complete Series iller to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Saturday March 14th, and Glue: The Complete Series is available on DVD now courtesy of Entertainment One.

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To celebrate the release of the new movie focus, we are giving four lucky winners a pair of tickets each to see it an any IMAX in the UK.

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Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.

Focus is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) is the producer, with Charlie Gogolak and Stan Wlodkowski serving as executive producers. The cast is headed by Academy Award nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali),

Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Rodrigo Santoro (the 300 films) and Gerald McRaney (TV’s

House of Cards). The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Xavier Grobet (Enough

Said), production designer Elizabeth Mickle (Drive), editor Jan Kovac (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm), and from Crazy, Stupid, Love., costume designer Dayna Pink and composer Nick Urata. Apollo Robbins, nicknamed The Gentleman Thief, served as a consultant, conceiving and choreographing original sleightof-hand manoeuvres.

How to enter to win

We have four pairs of tickets to give away.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 7pm on Thursday February 26th, and if you are selected you must respond to us no later than 9.30am on Friday 27th.

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To celebrate the release of Kung Fu Killer on Blu-Ray and DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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Following the announcement that Kung Fu legend Donnie Yen was taking his latest opus, KUNG FU KILLER, to last year’s London Film Festival, Signature Entertainment is thrilled to be able to confirm a wider release for the martial arts saga when it comes to cinemas on February 20th and home entertainment platforms on February 23rd.

Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) stars as Hahou, a former martial arts instructor imprisoned after accidentally killing an opponent. When a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang, A Touch Of Sin) starts targeting martial arts masters, though, Hahou offers to help the police capture him in return for his freedom.

Also starring Michelle Bai and Charlie Young, KUNG FU KILLER is directed by Teddy Chan (star of Infernal Affairs 2) but notably also features key action scenes directed by the legendary Yen – a real draw to martial arts fans and a contributing element to one of the kung fu blockbusters of the year.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of Kung Fu Killer to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday March 10th, and Kung Fu Killer is available on Blu-Ray and DVD now.

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To celebrate the release of Gutshot on DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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Screen legend Steven Segal is back on the big screen again to escort you on a trip into the roller coaster world of high stakes poker when GUTSHOT is released on DVD from 16 February, 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Professional high stakes poker player, Jack Daniel (Jack Eads; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER), gets in with the underworld when he takes a wager proposed by Duffy (Stephen Lang; Avatar, Men Who Stare at Goats), a mysterious gambler. To protect his family and himself, Jack must outwit Lewis (Ted Levine; Shutter Island, American Gangster) and his scheming wife May (AnnaLynne McCord; 90210, Nip Tuck) as each attempts to force him into murdering the other. Jack seeks the help of Paulie Trunks (Steven Segal; Under Siege, Executive Decision), a loan shark looking to collect on Jack’s poker debts, and protect his investment.

Uniting two of Hollywood’s favourite action stars, Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Snatch, Gone in 60 Seconds) joins Steven Segal in this adrenaline filled ride alongside cult favourite Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World).

How to enter to win

We have three copies of Gutshot to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Wednesday March 4th, and Gutshot is available on DVD now.

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To celebrate the release of Dolphin Tale 2 on DVD and Blu-ray, we have a Q&A with star Harry Connick Jr.

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Believe in the spirit of friendship, the strength of family and the power of hope when DOLPHIN TALE 2, inspired by a true story, is available to own first on digital HD from February 2nd 2015 and makes a splash onto Blu-ray and DVD on February 16th 2015 .

Winter, the world’s most extraordinary dolphin returns in the charming and heartwarming sequel to DOLPHIN TALE. This time, Clearwater Marine Aquarium must find Winter a new companion, or risk loosing Winter to another Aquarium forever.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith (Dolphin Tale, Air Bud), DOLPHIN TALE 2 sees return performances from the entire main cast of DOLPHIN TALE led by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (The Lego Movie, Lucy) as the creator of Winter’s prosthetic tail, Dr. Cameron McCarthy; Harry Connick Jr (Dolphin Tale, Angels Sing) as head of the Clearwater Marine Hospital team, Dr. Clay Haskett; Nathan Gamble (Marley & Me, Beyond The Heavens) as Winter’s owner and trusted companion, Nelson Sawyer; Ashley Judd (Divergent, Olympus Has Fallen) as Sawyer’s mother, Lorraine Nelson; and Kris Kristofferson (San Patricios, 7 Minutes) as Reed Haskett, Dr. Clay’s father.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool-mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behaviour requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

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QUESTION: Are you starting to feel like an honorary citizen in Clearwater, Florida?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: It is a great part of the world. Just being in Clearwater again and driving past the aquarium, I realized how much time I’ve spent here doing these films. And it’s just an incredible part of the world.

QUESTION: What kind of response did you get from fans after the first one and did that affect your decision to do the second one?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: It didn’t matter about the fan response with regard to doing it again. I mean, even if it had been poorly received or people didn’t like it, there probably would have been a reason behind it. But if it were exactly the movie that it was and people didn’t like it, I would have come back and done it again anyway, just for lots of reasons. It was just a great filming experience, working with Charles [director Charles Martin Smith], who’s really a brilliant guy and a pleasure to be around, working with the rest of the cast, being at CMA [Clearwater Marine Aquarium], all of those things really contributed to this being, I’d probably say, the best filming experience I’ve ever had. It was just great.

And people really like it. What’s interesting to me is as you go through your career in the entertainment business, new people are being born and growing up and becoming teenagers and young adults and a lot of the people that came to know me through Dolphin Tale, they have no idea that I do anything else— but it’s not a bad thing. It’s cool.

QUESTION: Is that because you’ve been doing more in front of the camera and less in music?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Not really. I’m still making records and touring and stuff. If you happen to cross somebody’s path in a certain way, Dolphin Tale reached a lot of people, but maybe those people don’t go see me on tour, buy my records or watch TV or anything like that. So, I’m not doing any more acting than I was doing 20 years ago, but it kind of ebbs and flows with regard to how people are introduced to you, you know.

QUESTION: Harry, one of the things I love about this movie it shows our interdependency—animal life, human life. What it is you take from Dolphin Tale?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: My trainer tells me all the time, when I’m complaining, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do another set or whatever.’ He always says, ‘No mind. Just do it. Just be quiet and do it. You’re going to get through it; you’re not going to die. Don’t think about it. Just do it.’

And there’s something about Winter… Obviously, she’s not a human being, so she doesn’t think about things the way we think about them, but it is what it is. This is what life gave her, and there’s something inspirational about watching a creature that has a mind that’s different in the way that we know it. This is the cards that were dealt to her, and what else you going to do?

Life is really like that, as we all know. There are certain things that are just wonderful about life and certain things that are not wonderful. And what are you going to do about it? You have to accept things with grace and with dignity and move through them. And that’s something that you’re reminded of when you see, especially Winter. I call it DWI – ‘Deal With It.’ [Laughs]

QUESTION: Is it easier to step in the shoes of a character you’ve already played? What is the preparation process for you on this film?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Well I did a pretty considerable amount of research the first time around, because I really wanted to know who this guy was. The second one was, obviously, much easier, because I had done it before. What was really strange is that it was almost the exact same set of circumstances as the first one. I mean, even the volunteers at CMA were pretty much the same, same set, same city, same cast. So, it was very easy to kind of remind myself of what that was.

But for the first one, I went and interviewed marine biologists and marine veterinarians, just anything I could to try. I watched how they looked. But the second time was a lot easier.

QUESTION: At the end of the film, you see a lot of the actual footage of the events that are pretty accurately portrayed in the film. How much were you trying to remain accurate? And where did you have room to embellish and make it your own?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Well, this is really Charles Martin Smith’s area. He is a brilliant, brilliant guy. And every single nuance of what happened in real life was thoroughly considered with regard to how it was going to be dramatized in the film. Nothing was not fully considered. So, that’s really about him as a character. You knew you were working within the realm of what’s on the page. Was I able to manipulate things and do things? Sure. He’s a great actor’s director, too.

But that’s really him. Many times, I would say I didn’t know what happened in real life and what didn’t happen, and he was extremely knowledgeable about every detail. Because as an actor you need to understand everything. So I’d say, ‘Did this happen?’ He’d say, ‘Oh, yeah,’ or ‘No, this happened.’

Sometimes you’d be on set and you wouldn’t know who was hired as an extra or a cast member and who was actually on the scene when it went down. We’d be standing out in the water with people with CMA costumes on or the kind of costumes with gear, and many times they were the people who actually did the rescue work. Sometimes they would be actors or whatever, but it was a weird kind of altered reality.

But that’s Charlie. He did a great job with that. It’s really hard to do, too. It’s easy to chalk it up as a family film, but it’s very complex to walk that line between what really happened and what didn’t.

QUESTION: Were you in attendance at the wrap party in 2011 when Hope was rescued?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Oh, yes, I was. That was crazy because we had been through this wonderful emotional journey with the entire filmmaking experience and with the animals and stuff. W were at the wrap party and there was this bustling and people were coming in with cell phones and pictures of Hope, who had been rescued. It was just another nod to that weird line between what really happened and making movies, because as we’re celebrating the wrap of the film, 24/7, these guys are still doing what they have to do.

They’re not messing around. I mean, this is a religion to these people. And it’s just constantly going on. That’s something that I hope continues to get out to people that see the movie. It was crazy, the fact that they did it, and then, a couple years later, when I saw the script, I said, ‘Man, I don’t know about doing this. What you going to do?’ I mean, how could you possibly tell the story in a different way? And then I read it and thought, ‘Oh, wow. It’s really cool.’ So that was an exciting night.

QUESTION: Did anybody toss around the idea of a sequel that night?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: No. I remember when I first heard it, Broderick [Johnson], one of our Alcon producers, said, ‘They’re talking about doing a second one.’ And I actually laughed. I said, ‘Man, you’ve got to be kidding.’ I thought it was a joke, really. And then I read the script and I’m like, ‘Holy crap.’ Charlie is , really smart, man. I mean, this is, in some ways, better than the first one, I think.

QUESTION: Did you offer any advice to the kids in the movie, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: They’re incredible, and I love them very much. I love both of them and know them really well. And Cozi, who’s a very serious musician and very talented, we have a great relationship because she wants me to critique her. And I do. It’s not about being hard on her, but it’s just about being honest. She’ll say, ‘What do you think about this?’ And I’ll say, ‘Listen, I think this is great, and here’s what I think you need to work on.’ And she’s like a sponge. I mean, she’s so brilliant, so smart, and I’ve told her before, ‘I’m not being tough on you. I just don’t want to waste your time. I want to tell you what the real deal is.’ And she’s tough. She gets it. And she works on it.

QUESTION: She sounds good in that song at the end.

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: That’s the tip of the iceberg. She’s a musical freak. [Laughs] No, I’m serious. She is really a very touched young lady. You have no idea how talented she is. Crazy talented.

QUESTION: We understand why you came back. Why do you think everybody was so keen to get back on board for the sequel?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: I think it was just the incredible filmmaking experience. It really was. You can take the subject matter of the movie, you can break it down into scenes that you’re really looking forward to doing. But when you look at it like as a package deal, you have to get on a plane, you have to come down, you have to block out a big chunk of your life. It’s a time commitment. It’s a great thing, but it’s a lifestyle. And a lot of boxes have to be checked off before you say, ‘That’s really what I want to do. I want to be away from my family, I want to stay up until four in the morning, whatever.’ It’s a commitment to make.

But it was such a great experience. It was just such a positive experience. That’s why everybody came back, because everybody loves each other. It’s a beautiful part of the world. You’re talking about a subject matter that everybody can relate to. So, it’s just a great experience.

QUESTION: Did you get in the tank with Winter?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Yeah. That was cool. And swimming with the dolphins versus really interacting with Winter and the other animals was a completely different thing. I have done that before like in situations where you can go and be in the same vicinity as them, but when you’re actually working one-on-one with Winter, it blows that other stuff away.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 IS AVAILBLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON 16TH FEBRUARY 2015

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To celebrate the release of Dolphin Tale 2 on Blu-ray and DVD, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD.

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Believe in the spirit of friendship, the strength of family and the power of hope when DOLPHIN TALE 2, inspired by a true story, is available to own first on digital HD from February 2nd 2015 and makes a splash onto Blu-ray and DVD on February 16th 2015 .

Winter, the world’s most extraordinary dolphin returns in the charming and heartwarming sequel to DOLPHIN TALE. This time, Clearwater Marine Aquarium must find Winter a new companion, or risk loosing Winter to another Aquarium forever.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith (Dolphin Tale, Air Bud), DOLPHIN TALE 2 sees return performances from the entire main cast of DOLPHIN TALE led by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (The Lego Movie, Lucy) as the creator of Winter’s prosthetic tail, Dr. Cameron McCarthy; Harry Connick Jr (Dolphin Tale, Angels Sing) as head of the Clearwater Marine Hospital team, Dr. Clay Haskett; Nathan Gamble (Marley & Me, Beyond The Heavens) as Winter’s owner and trusted companion, Nelson Sawyer; Ashley Judd (Divergent, Olympus Has Fallen) as Sawyer’s mother, Lorraine Nelson; and Kris Kristofferson (San Patricios, 7 Minutes) as Reed Haskett, Dr. Clay’s father.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool-mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behaviour requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

How to enter to win

We have three copies of Dolphin Tale 2 to give away on DVD.

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Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday March 3rd, and Dolphin Tale 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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To celebrate the release of Games of Thrones Season 4 on Blu-ray DVD, we are giving two lucky winners the chance to win it on DVD along with some other goodies.

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As Season 4 begins, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact in the wake of the Red Wedding slaughter that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses. But can they survive their own egos as well as new and ongoing threats?

Meanwhile, an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army; the Lannister-loathing ‘Red Viper of Dorne,’ Oberyn Martell, arrives at King’s Landing for Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell; Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons and unsullied force aim to liberate the largest Slavery City in the east…with long-range plans to take back the Iron Throne; and a depleted Night’s Watch faces the advance of Mance Rayder’s wildling army, who are in turn running from the undead White Walkers.

How to enter to win

We have two DVD bundles which includes; Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD, a Game of Thrones book, a Game of Thrones Clash of Kings book, bookmark, key ring and 4x set of coasters.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Monday March 2nd, and Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season is available on Blu-ray and DVD from the 16th February.

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