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    New release - Better this World

    2 Friends. 8 Bombs, 1 FBI Informant.

    Better this World is now available to own on DVD, and to watch online via Dogwoof TV.

    Boyhood friends from Midland, Texas are arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Better This World follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to the convention. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, BETTER THIS WORLD goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

    Order from the Dogwoof DVD shop now - £9.99

    Watch on Dogwoof TV - £2.99

    New release - Bill Cunningham New York

    Dogwoof's most recent documentary film success, Bill Cunningham New York, comes to DVD today. Available exclusively from the Dogwoof shop this week, this is a must-see film for fashionistas and photography fans:

    The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

    Extras included on the DVD release include the film's trailer and 22 minutes of deleted scenes for those who just can't get enough Bill

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    Find out more about Bill Cunningham New York and watch the trailer by visiting the film's website, or stay updated via Facebook or Twitter

    New release - Bombay Beach

    Alma Harel's Bombay Beach is out on DVD from Dogwoof today - order your copy here. With a soundtrack by Beirut & Bob Dylan, the film won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival, opened to glowing reviews in the UK and was named BBC Film 2012's film of the week on release:

    The rusting relic of a failed 1950s development scheme, the Salton Sea is a barren California landscape often seen as a symbol of the failed American Dream. First-time director Alma Har’el visits this poetically fruitful terrain and finds there a motley cast, including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea's land of thwarted opportunity. True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Alma Har’el crafts an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film. Bombay Beach is a dreamlike poem that sets these personal stories to a stylized melding of observational documentary and choreographed dance, to music specially composed for the film by Zach Condon of the band Beirut, and songs by Bob Dylan. The result is a moving and madly inventive documentary experience - an evocative, symbolic portrait of rural America and its inhabitants.

    The DVD comes packed with a bunch of extras - including deleted scenes, find out what happened to Ceejay, The Parrish Family and Red after the film in 'Where are they now?' featurettes, and listen to commentaries by director Alma Har'el, editor Joe Lindquist and choreographer Paula Present. Also included on the disc are the films trailer and the Bieirut music video to Elephant Gun.

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    Find out more about Bombay Beach and watch the trailer by visiting the film's website, or stay updated via Facebook or Twitter

    March DVD's

    Spring is coming so its time to give your DVD collection a Spring Clean - here are all of our March releases, available to pre-order now:

    An African Election - 5th March. The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win

    Dreams of a Life - 12th March. Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. ho was she? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age- the so-called age of communication? For her film Dreams of a Life, filmmaker Carol Morley set out to find out.

    Bombay Beach - 19th March. Bombay Beach is an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film—a dreamlike poem that sets the personal stories of these distinctive yet familiar characters to a stylized amalgam of observational documentary and choreographed dance, with music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, all cast against the atmospheric scenery of the titular ghost town.

    New release - A Useful Life

     A Useful Life, Dogwoof's love story between man and cinema, is now available for you to own on DVD - order your copy today.

    Jorge (45) lives with his parents and has been working at a Film Archive for 25 years. He is a film programmer, he makes technical support, and he conducts the film news show at a radio station in Montevideo. Without any other job experience than working at the Film Archive, Jorge loses his position. A Useful Life explores the way Jorge changes his way of living in order to adapt to the new world that appears to him. After all, maybe ‘movies’ will help him survive.

    As Mark Kermode notes in his DVD review from this week's Observer, projectionists in the UK are dwindling so don't forget to read our blog on the end of the cinema projectionist here.

    If you are still not sure whether A Useful Life is up your alley then have a gander through some of these great reviews

    Sight and Sound - 'Exhilaratingly idiosyncratic, Veiroj’s film is ultimately an ode to the blind faith in the transformative power of film.'

    Empire Magazine - 'A paean to cinephilia'

    Little White Lies - 'Forged in an ultra-dry, Jarmuschian mould, Veiroj’s film is gorgeously bittersweet.'

    The Observer - 'A delightful hors d'oeuvre'