The Month’s Top U.K. Releases: December 2010


Released 6th December:

Inception, & Inception: Limited Edition:

Format: Blu-ray (Triple Play)/Blu-ray (Triple Play, Limited Edition)/DVD

Classification: 12

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer), Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight), Tom Hardy (Bronson)

Being an expert in his field, Dob Cobb steals individuals secrets from within their own subconscious; by entering their dreams; and agrees to take on one last job to get his old life back, and return to his family; implanting an important idea in the dreams of a corporate mogul.

Alice in Wonderland 3D:

Format: 3D Blu-ray

Classification: PG

Stars: Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Mia Wasikowska (Defiance), Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future)

Containing both the 2D and 3D versions of the film, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland places an imaginative new twist on the classic tale, and sees a 19-year-old Alice returning to the whimsical world she first entered as a child, and embarking on a journey to discover her true destiny.

Shrek Forever After, & Shrek 1-4 Box Set:

Format: Blu-ray/Blu-ray (Double Play)/DVD/2-Disc DVD

Classification: U

Stars: Mike Meyers (Wayne’s World), Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop), Cameron Diaz (Knight and Day), Antonio Bandreas (Desperado)

In the final chapter to the Shrek saga, Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get his roar back, and become a “real ogre” once again; a deal that turns his world upside down, makes his friends forget him, put on weight, and turn into fierce warriors; threatening his happy ever after.

Released 13th December:

The Last Airbender:

Format: Blu-ray (Triple Play)/DVD

Classification: PG

Stars: Noah Ringer (Cowboys & Aliens), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Nicola Peltz (Deck the Halls), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight)

Based on Nickelodeon’s hit series Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Last Airbender tells the tale of a boy with incredible “bending” powers, as he journeys through exotic lands filled with magical creatures, and learns that he is the only one able to stop an age-old conflict between four nations.

The Expendables, & The Expendables Collector’s Edition:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD/Blu-ray (Double Play) [Collector’s Edition]

Classification: 18

Stars: Sylvester Stallone (Rambo), Jason Statham (Blitz), Jet Li (Hero), Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier: Regeneration)

Featuring a cast that reads like an action wishlist; including Stallone, Lundgren, Statham, Li, Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), and cameos from Schwarzenegger (Commando), and Willis (Surrogates), The Expendables promises to be the action event of a generation.

Read our review of the movie online here.

Knight and Day:

Format: Blu-ray (Triple Play)/DVD

Classification: 12

Stars: Tom Cruise (Top Gun),Cameron Diaz (There’s Something About Mary), Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II)

When a small-town girl (Diaz) meets a mysterious stranger (Cruise), she thinks she’s found the man of her dreams; until she discovers he’s a fugitive super-spy, who thrusts her into a globe-spanning game of cat-and-mouse, forcing her to decide if he’s a traitor, or the love of her life.

Read our review of the film online here.


Format: Blu-ray/DVD

Classification: 15

Stars: Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012), August Diehl (Inglorious Basterds)

After being accused of being a Russian spy, C.I.A. officer Evelyn Salt goes on the run; using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture; in order to prove her innocence, but raising serious questions to her motives and identity along the way.

Released 27th December:

Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, & Scott Pilgrim Vs the World: Limited Edition:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD

Classification: TBA

Stars: Michael Cera (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Alison Pill (Dan in Real Life), Mark Webber (Bomb the System), Johnny Simmons (Jennifer’s Body)

When Scott Pilgrim (Cera) literally meets the girl of his dreams, he’s over the moon, until he realizes that in order for them to date, he has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends; which include an infamous skateboarder, a vegan rock star, and fearsome identical twins.

Jonah Hex:

Format: Blu-ray (Triple Play)/DVD

Classification: 15

Stars: Josh Brolin (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Megan Fox (Transformers), John Malkovich (Johnny English), Michael Fassbender (Centurion)

Adapted from the classic graphic novel, Jonah Hex tells the tale of a scarred drifter/bounty hunter who’s capable of tracking anyone, and forced by the military to hunt a dangerous terrorist who happens to be not only gathering an army and preparing to unleash hell, but also Jonah’s oldest enemy.

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Matt Wheeldon is the Founder, and Editor in Chief of Good Film Guide. He still refers to the cinema as "the pictures", and has what some would describe as a misguided appreciation for Waterworld.