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THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT Comp!

Posted on 30 June 2016 by Chris Ford

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT is based on the notorious 1971 psychological study by Stanford University professor Dr Philip Zimbardo, who consulted closely on the making of the film. Billy Crudup (Spotlight, Watchmen) stars as the professor who cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behaviour in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few short days.

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Featuring a stunning ensemble cast including outstanding performances from Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Tye Sheridan (Mud, Dark Places) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT was the winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay.

This chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller is released in cinemas on 10th June, on Digital Download from 13th June and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 27th June and we three copies of the DVD to give away to lucky readers.

 

Simply email me with the subject ‘THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT’  to enterthecomp@gmail.com     by the 8th July when three winners will be selected at random.

Good luck!

 

 

 

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Rise of The Krays Interview – Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie

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Rise of The Krays Interview – Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie

Posted on 24 August 2015 by Chris Ford

Recently I had the pleasure to talk to Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie who the Kray brothers in the new Krays movie The Rise of The Krays, we spoke among about how it felt to play such infamous figures, if they would have liked to meet the Krays and how they felt about the other two Krays movies that have been made.

To celebrate the release Simon and Kevin have also signed three posters which along with a DVD of the film we will be giving away.

To win one of the four prizes just email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com  with the answer to the following :

What is the name of the East End pub The Krays are famously associated with ?

A. The Blind Beggar

B. The Kings Head

C. The Dog and Duck

The Rise of The Krays is out on DVD and Blu-Ray from the 31st August and you can pre order your copy now

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The Biggest Wastes of Police Time

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The Biggest Wastes of Police Time

Posted on 09 March 2015 by Chris Ford

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From Oscar© winner Danny Boyle, TV police comedy drama, Babylon: The Complete First Series, comes to DVD on 9th March 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One. James Nesbitt is Metropolitan chief constable Richard Miller who must deal with daily trials and tribulations from public nuisances, to serious threats, all whilst trying to maintain a positive public image.
To celebrate the  release we take a look at some of the biggest wastes of police time, which by the way, is illegal in itself (according to Section 5 of the Criminal Law Act) and just how bizarre, funny and weird these timewasters can really be.

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HOOK(ER), LINE AND SINKER

In 2013, a man decided to explore his sexual side further by trying out some street products, however, what he discovered was in fact a huge breach of the “Sale of Goods Act”, he claimed the prostitute had made out that she was “better looking than she actually was”, so the man called the emergency service up immediately to report on this. He was not sold a replacement item.

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CONTRABAND

In 2012, a couple reported that £10,000 worth of cannabis had been stolen from their marijuana farm that they’d been illegally growing. To make sure it was obvious how upset they were they decided to wave an air pistol in front of the police when they were arrested. They’ve now said bye to their garden and high to jail.

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FAMILY ISSUES

In 2012, a 14-year old boy had the audacity to ignore his parent’s demands to turn off his games console and go to sleep; this resulted in a call being made to 999. The parents complained that their son would not go to bed and clearly thought this was a criminal matter. The only arrest made was on his parent’s pride.

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RSPCA-IN’T US

In 2014, a man called the police to say he had a fly in his ear. The police had to explain they were too buzzy to deal with this time wasting call.
At the beginning of the year a father called the police to report that his out-of-control cat had trapped his family in their bedroom and was holding them hostage. “He’s charging at us, he’s at our door, bedroom door, he’s trying to attack us, he’s very, very, very, very hostile”, said the father. Thankfully, the police managed to capture the criminal.
On another occasion, a woman called to report a hedgehog she was “scared” of in her garden, when asked whether if it was alive of dead, she responded, “It’s not dead. It’s alive”. The call handler then calmed her down by explaining hedgehogs live in gardens.
A woman dialled 999 because her neighbour’s cat was giving her a “strange look”, nevertheless, the police patrol were not sent out.

 

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GARMENT GRIEVANCES

In 2014, a distressed call was made to the police saying, “Police please, I need to exchange my shoes”. The superintendent in charge later said, “We want the public to think very carefully before dialling 999”.
In 2013, a man lost his trousers, which in turned resulted in him losing his head too, he called the emergency services to alert them to this great loss. Unfortunately, his trousers were never found again. RIP.

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TAKE (‘EM) AWAY

In 2010, a caller insisted police action against a Chinese takeaway who was 45 minutes too late in feeding him, for that, immediate punishment was demanded. The corrupt takeaway eventually made his way to the rightful mouth and he was very lucky that he wasn’t taken away.
In 2013, a woman dialled 999 because she was delivered the wrong takeaway during the Christmas period. The police festively reminded her to only call the line with real emergencies. Little is known on whether she also complained to Santa Claus about receiving the wrong present too.

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THE HEAT

In 2013 a woman was robbed of her own central heating. The lady in question called the emergency department to declare that someone had come to fix her boiler but, “it’s not as hot as it used to be, I think he must’ve stole some heat from me”. When asked if she’d tried to turn up her thermostat she asked, “What’s a thermostat?”.

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THE OFF SCREEN DRAMA

In 2013, a man watching The X Factor was mortified he was unable to put in a vote for his favourite act on the reality TV show and felt he had to do something about it, via 999. The issue lasted as long as his question, “I’m watching The X Factor and I can’t get through to make a vote… would you please telephone them yourself and put a vote on for me?”.

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MISSING PERSON

Missing people are no joke, the heartbreak that ensues is enough to tear anyone apart, so you can imagine how serious the police took a call in 2014 when it was reported that a person was missing. “I went out about five minutes ago to have a fag and he’s gone”. The police man sympathetically asked, “who’s gone sorry?”, to which the man clarified, “my snowman”.

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KIDNAPPING

In 2013, a woman called 999 and reported that she had been kidnapped, “”I can’t see anything, I’m wearing a blindfold. Wait, I’m trapped”. After a few more minutes she realised she was under her duvet covers. The suspicious quilt has since stopped kidnapping her.

 

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CRÈME DE LA CRÈME

The icing on the cake, of all the above calls made to 999, the following still remains unbeatable to this day. In 2008, a man called the police as he was having trouble breathing and was worried he was going to pass out, the dispatcher reassured him that an ambulance would be on the way but needed to clarify some further details, “Are you an asthmatic? What were you doing when you started having trouble breathing?”. Thankfully he cleared up his medical history, “running from the police”.

 

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Babylon: The Complete First Series, available on DVD now, courtesy of Entertainment One.

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‘Death By Food’ Challenge at Red Dog Saloon

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‘Death By Food’ Challenge at Red Dog Saloon

Posted on 05 October 2014 by Chris Ford

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To celebrate the release of Western themed comedy starring Seth Macfarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West, on DVD and Blu-ray  today , Universal Pictures have teamed up with London’s authentic Kansas City Bar-B-Q Red Dog Saloon, to create an extra special, super-spicy food challenge, hot enough to take on the UK’s most daring food fans.

 

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Last week I was invited down to Red Dog for a special preview of the challenge, faced with three extra-large ribs, coated in a super-hot spicy sauce developed by Red Dog Saloon chefs especially for the challenge (inspired by a scene in  A Million Ways to Die in the West) I was a little worried.

The hot sauce features not one, but four chilli varieties, including Nage Viper, Scotch Bonnet, Thai Red and Jalapeno. In between each rib, challengers must take a 60 second Burn-out Break, to ensure they really take on the heat and experience what it feels like to be under the hot western sun.

I started off well, and was somewhat surprised when almost halfway through the first rib I didn’t feel too bad… then it hit me I have NEVER experienced so much pain in my mouth,  it was bad as I reached for a pint of milk expecting it to sooth the pain it barely touched the surface next I pretty much downed a pint of beer,  things felt somewhat better but still the pain was there.

To be fair I am somewhat of a light weight when it comes to spice and chill based sauces,  while I was there’s these two courageous fellows demolished the ribs with great ease.

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The challenge, which will run for a limited period only, will be added to the Red Dog Saloon menus in both the Hoxton Square and Clapham branches from today  and will run for two weeks, at a cost of £12.99. Those who manage to complete the challenge will be added to the special A Million Ways to Die in the West DEATH BY FOOD Wall of Fame and the first twenty to beat the heat will win a copy of the film on DVD.

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Interview – Crime Expert Tom Prior

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Interview – Crime Expert Tom Prior

Posted on 14 August 2014 by Chris Ford

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Boardwalk Empire’s forth season is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, throughout the previous seasons, Al Capone has been one of the key characters, but in season 4 he steals the show which is why I thought Id have a chat with Tom Prior,who is an expert on high profile American Gangsters, with Al Capone being his forte.

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How historically accurate would you say Boardwalk Empire is with its portrayal of people like Al Capone?

Like most Hollywood productions there is always some artistic licence taken but Boardwalk , particularly season 4, has kept close to the facts when portraying Capone in his rise to power beginning with the killing of Dean O’Banion. Meyer Lansky and Luciano are also well portrayed as the scene is being set for future series when all the gangsters come together to form an organisation called the Seven Group.

What do you think of the choice of Stephen Graham playing Capone?

I may be a little bit biased here but fellow Scouser Stephen Graham does a very good job in playing Capone. He has the same build as Al; the round pudgy face and same height. He capture’s Capone’s intelligence and temper(which may have been down to the first symptoms of paresis beginning to surface) and his accent can’t be faulted.

He reminds me much of Rod Steiger who played the Big Fellow in the 1959 picture entitled Al Capone. Steiger too gave Al many layers of character that looking at it now sometimes captures a future Tony Soprano.

Robert DeNiro (The Untouchables) took his portrayal over the top and both Jason Robards(The St Valentine’s Day Massacre,1967) and Ben Gazzara (Capone, 1975) although both quite good, lacked Capone’s Italian ancestry and likeness.

Capone tried to paint himself as a bit of a Robin Hood figure, opening soup kitchens for the poor etc, do you think think that was a genuine desire to help the less fortunate or a early form on PR on his part?

Most definitely an early form of PR. One of Capone’s early biographers subtitled his book ‘the biography of a self made man’. Capone was the first gangster to court publicity and use it to his advantage.

New York gangster Dutch Shultz used the same tactic some years later when facing trial for tax evasion . He had his trial moved to an upstate farming town were Shultz turned local benefactor and the rural jury returned a not guilty verdict.


Being an expert on American Gangsters who would you say was the most ruthless of them all?

Capone must be a contender for the most ruthless gangster. He gave his enemies a very low life expectancy but to me it is actually a Sicilian mobster Salvatore “The Beast” Riina who was so ruthless that not only women and children were his victims but judges, police and politicians were too . He waged war on the entire Italian state – and nearly won.

Do you believe the mafia or similar organisations as they were portrayed in programs like The Sopranos still function today?

The American Mafia were pretty much decimated by the FBI during the eighties but after 9/11 the attention was turned to anti-terrorism leaving a void that has allowed, not only the Mafia to re-emerge but also the Colombian and Mexican cartels expand their networks.

In the UK I would guess our most famous gangster were The Kray Twins they are somewhat seen as Robin Hood figures by some much like Al Capone was, why do you think people admire criminals?

I think most of us admire their power and prestige and are fascinated by their lives while being equally appalled at the crimes they commit. Perhaps it is best summed up by Tony Montana
(Scarface,1983). “…you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money you get the power. Then when you get the power you get the women.”

Whats your favourite gangster movie? And why?

There are some great contenders for the best gangster movie. Joe Peci in GoodFellas stole the show with his portrayal of psychotic mobster Tommy DeVito. The scene were Henry Hill takes his wife through the back entrance of the Copacabana nightclub to the top tables were the power and prestige of the wiseguys is displayed for all to see was stunning.
But in the vastly underrated Donnie Brasco(1997) we see the real lives of the wiseguys lounging around doing nothing and hoping that some easy money will come their way. Al Pacino can be seen stealing dimes from a parking meter that shows the reality of the gangster life.

But it is The Godfather(1972) that wins it for me. I can still remember going to see it in the cinema and the whole audience practically jumped when a nurse bursts in as Michael Corleone tries to move his father from assassins coming to kill him in the hospital.
I recently watched it again on C4 and the lighting and cinematography coupled with the acting and storyline make it the greatest of them all.

A bit about Tom Prior…

Tom Prior has been a contributor for Britain’s True Detective, Master Detective and True Crime magazines for over 25 years, specialising in American organised crime and Depression era gangsters.

He has written articles on many high profile gangsters such as Al Capone, John Gotti, Bonnie and Clyde, and John Dillinger, and is currently working on an article about Capone’s life in Alcatraz and how the gang boss suffered from the mental and physical ravages of advanced syphilis that caused his early death at 48.

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Scarlett Johansson- A Career Retrospective

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Scarlett Johansson- A Career Retrospective

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Chris Ford

It’s hard to recall that Scarlett Johansson started out as a child actress, starring in films ranging from Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer to The Coen Brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There. Transitioning from those child roles to altogether more grown-up performances, Johansson has risen to the A-list, ensuring her presence in Hollywood as a commercially successful actress who turns in critically-acclaimed performances and she also happens to be my biggest actress crush!

To mark the release of Under the Skin on Blu-ray and DVD on 14th July 2014 from STUDIOCANAL, we look back at some of her best performances…

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Ghost World (2001)
Despite small roles in her teens, many began taking notice of Johansson as a rising star after her performance in Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff’s cult comedy-drama based on the comic book of the same name. She plays Rebecca Doppelmeyer, a social outcast alongside best friend Enid (Thora Birch), who get up to no good in the summer following their graduation. Although the film wasn’t a commercial success, Johansson received critical acclaim for her understated performance.

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Lost In Translation (2003)
It was Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation which saw Johansson, not only become an adult but propelled forward to become the Hollywood starlet she is today. She plays Charlotte, a listless and lonely young wife who crosses paths with Bill Murray’s faded movie star in Tokyo. Acclaimed by all, Johansson earned a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination for her efforts.

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Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
At the age of 18, the same year which saw her breakout role, Johansson played Griet in Girl with a Pearl Earring (directed by Peter Webber), which saw her nominated for further BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The character of Griet was a 17th-century servant in the household of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). After Kate Hudson stepped down from the lead role and Webber came on-board as director, he auditioned 150 girls, opting for Scarlett Johansson as she ‘…just stood out’.

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Match Point (2005)
In the same year as critical bomb The Island alongside Ewan McGregor, she appeared in Woody Allen’s Match Point for which she received another Golden Globe nomination. She plays American actress Nola who begins an affair with her ex-boyfriend’s brother-in-law Chris Wilton (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) which causes problems for his social standing within his wealthy family. Many deemed the two lead performances as the best acting seen in a Woody Allen film for some time at that stage.

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The Prestige (2006)
A small, but extremely pivotal role, Johansson plays Olivia Wenscombe in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige in which Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale’s rival magicians try to outdo each other, with dire consequences for all surrounding them. Wenscombe is the assistant and lover of Robert Angier (Jackman) who becomes nothing more than a pawn played by the two. Showcasing an eye for quality, the actress was vocal of her praise for Nolan’s directing methods.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Her third appearance in a Woody Allen film (after 2006’s Scoop), Vicky Cristina Barcelona went onto become the director’s most profitable film. Johansson plays Cristina, one of two American women who spend a summer in Barcelona where they meet and become attracted to artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who remains enamoured with his emotionally unstable ex-wife (Academy-award winning performance from Penélope Cruz). Perhaps most notable for showing she can remain memorable amongst an ensemble of terrific actors.

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Iron Man 2 (2010)
An important film in Johansson’s career as this was her first performance as Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow, ahead of Avengers Assemble and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, furthering the ability to steal scenes amidst a gathering crowd of world-famous stars (including Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans). Despite not being the initial choice for the role (Emily Blunt, don’t you know…), she has since made the role her own, embracing the many extended choreographed fight sequences she partakes in throughout each film she appears in. Next up will be Avengers: Age of Ultron in May 2015.

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Don Jon (2013)
Furthering her acting skills as sassy, gum-chewing Jersey girl Barbara Sugarman, Johansson’s role in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed Don Jon was deemed a highlight by many. Starring opposite Levitt himself, who takes lead role duties as a modern day Don Juan obsessed with pornography, it is to the actresses credit that Sugarman is a character you will yourself fall in love with, and then rue the day you ever messed with her, just like the title character.

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Her (2013)
One of the more impressive feats of her career, in Spike Jonze’s Her, Johansson never once appears on the screen, instead allowing her voice to deliver a standout performance that had many calling for the Academy to take notice. Set in a futuristic setting, she voiced Samantha, an intelligent computer OS (operating system) who enters a virtual relationship with Joaquin Phoenix’s human Theodore Twombly.

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Under the Skin (2014)
Scarlett Johansson’s performance in Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed feature Under the Skin is a career best; starring as an alien who preys on men in Scotland, the actress heightens the mystery and intrigue surrounding her very existence. As the film endures, Johansson conveys the emotional battle she experiences, overcome with an unexpected feeling of guilt over her actions. Baring all for the role, Johansson embraces the experience – driving a van around Scotland and picking up unsuspecting Scottish men whilst a camera crew sat in the back of the van is a slice of film-making genius which has since hit headlines.

Under the Skin is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 14th July 2014 from STUDIOCANAL

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Win the Russian epic STALINGRAD on Blu-ray/DVD!

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Win the Russian epic STALINGRAD on Blu-ray/DVD!

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Chris Ford

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Acclaimed Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk’s action epic STALINGRAD explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD this June 23rd and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray/DVD to give-away completely free!
Starring Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron) “Stalingrad” is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. The film is directed by acclaimed Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company), who was introduced to the world of cinema at an early age as the son of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award®-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. The film stars an ensemble cast including Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.

To be in with a chance of winning simply watch the above trailer and answer the following question. What year did the Battle of Stalingrad commence?
a) 1942
b) 1842
c) 1742

email us the answer at enterthecomp@gmail.com, three winners will be chosen at random on 27th June

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STALINGRAD is out on Blu-ray (with 3D), DVD and digital download June 23rd. You can order your copy now here

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Win DownHill on DVD

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Win DownHill on DVD

Posted on 16 June 2014 by Chris Ford

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Downhill was without a doubt the best British film Ive seen in years, funny, heart warming and clever which is why I’m really happy to be able to giveaway three copies of of Downhill on DVD

for your chance to win just email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com

Three winners will be picked at random on the 27th June , open to UK and Ireland only.

Downhill is released on DVD and digital platforms on 16th June 2014

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True Detective Boxset  Competition

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True Detective Boxset Competition

Posted on 02 June 2014 by Chris Ford

HBO Home Entertainment’s groundbreaking and universally acclaimed new thriller series TRUE DETECTIVE is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 9 June 2014 following its successful broadcast on Sky Atlantic.
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This is the next must see box set from HBO the people that brought us groundbreaking shows such as The Sopranos and The Wire.

Starring Mathew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson their characters are partners on a sinister case that takes place in the pits of rural Louisiana, contending with oil industry pollution, religious zealots and satanic sacrificial murders.

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To celebrate the release HBO have very kindly given me two DVD boxsets to give away + 1 set of Bulldog Men’s Skincare range which includes; Original Facewash, Original Moisturiser, Original Eye Roll-on and Original Shave Gel.

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you want in? all you have to do is email me at enterthecomp@gmail.com and tell me what movie did Mathew McConaughey win an Oscar for at this years Academy® Award’s?

Winners will be selected and notified the week beginning June 9th

TRUE DETECTIVE is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 9 June 2014 courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment.

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RoboCop Competition

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RoboCop Competition

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Chris Ford

With the fantastic re-imaging of 80s classic RoboCop out on DVD on June 9th STUDIOCANAL have kindly provided us with 3 copies on DVD and 3x Tshirts to give away, for your chance to win a DVD and Shirt all you have to do is email us RoboCop’s real name to enterthecomp@gmail.com by June 9th

3 winners will receive a DVD and T-shirt each

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If you aren’t lucky enough to win our competition you can still buy RoboCop 2014 on dvd for only £10.00 from Amazon which is a bit of a bargain.

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