The art and craft of filmmaking and storytelling at its ultimate best!

The story and characters audiences know and love come home to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told that is available on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and iTunes Store South Africa.

Beauty and The Beast on Blu-Ray is an absolute must for any collector!  You will fall in love with Disney’s magic and musicals all over again as the insightful featurettes take you on a captivating journey into the art and craft of filmmaking and storytelling at its ultimate best!   Read more about the live-action film

Scroll down for details on the Blu Ray features and enter our Beauty and The Beast competition where you can win DVs of the animated classic of Beauty and the Beast as well as the live-action feature!

Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic directed by Bill Condon.

Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic directed by Bill Condon.

Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.

Bonus Features on Blu Ray 

  • Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.
  • A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.
  • The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.
  • From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from Beauty and the Beast
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.
  • Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video. “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.

COMPETITION: Win a DVD of the animated classic and live-action feature of Beauty and The Beast

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Tell us who wrote the screenplay for the live-action feature of Beauty and The Beast and send your answer and contact details to us before September 15.  Enter competition here

 

 

Add these exciting local titles to your collection of South African Films!

Kalushi – The Solomon Mhlanga Story – a human drama that will break your heart

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South African filmmaker, Mandla Walter Dube, makes his feature directorial debut with this powerful true story about a nineteen-year-old hawker, Solomon Mahlangu from the streets of Mamelodi a ghetto township outside Pretoria in South Africa, who was brutally beaten by police and fled into exile following the 1976 Soweto uprisings to join the liberation movement. He returns from military training in Angola en route to their mission, his friend and comrade, Mondi, loses control and shoots two innocent people on Goch Street in Johannesburg. Mondi is severely beaten & tortured; Kalushi is forced to stand trial under the common purpose doctrine. The state seeks the highest punishment from the court, Death by Hanging. Kalushi has his back against the wall and uses the courtroom as a final battlefield. His sacrifice immortalizes him into a hero of the struggle and an international icon of June 16, 1976. Read more about Kalushi: The Solomon Mhlanga Story

Tess is a gritty no-holds-barred drama.

TessTess is a hard-hitting journey into the heart of a young prostitute who sells her soul on the streets of Cape Town. Sassy twenty-year-old Tess (Christa Visser) sells her body on Cape Town’s streets.  She survives by popping painkillers by the bunch and through her wry humour.  But her life turns upside down when she falls pregnant. Though Tess tries to run, her past torments her. She begins to question her own sanity. Tess fights back, fighting her demons, searching for the truth. When she abandons her daily ritual of popping pills, awful pictures from her past ambush her mind. But Tess does not allow herself to collapse. Instead, she learns – perhaps because of the baby in her belly – to connect with the people around her. The Congolese refugee next door (Nse Ikpe-Etim0 treats her like a daughter. An impotent client shows her his heart. Tess finds sanctuary among strong women in a belly dance studio, and discovers she can dance up a storm. With new courage she tracks down her childhood friend, Dumi, who helps her to face the truth of her past. Read more about Tess

Be A Winner In Our Despicable Me 3 Giveaway

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If you want to win a funtastic Despicable Me 3 Magnet Frame, Squishy Mel key chains,  Squishy Prison Break,  Stationery Set and a Sticker Sheet the title treatment on the front , tell us who directed the film and send us your answer and contact details with Despicable Me 3 in the subject line.  Deadline: 31 July, 2017.  Enter Here

 

Illumination, one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis.  But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.  Read more about the film 

 

Be A Winner! Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2

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If you want to win a Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 hamper that includes a Blu-Ray of Guardians of The Galaxy,  and awesome Mix Volume 2 – CD Soundtrack, and a Groot T-Shirt …

Tell us who wrote the screenplay and send your answer with your contact details and Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol 2. in the subject line to us before 31 May, 2017.  Enter competition here

Picking up where “Guardians of the Galaxy”—2014’s highest grossing film of the summer—left off, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the action-packed, irreverent, epic space adventures of Peter Quill aka Star-Lord and his gang of eccentric characters as they patrol and protect the universe, doing mercenary work in the wake of the popularity and fame they garnered from saving Xandar.

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the story follows the team as they fight to keep their newfound family together while traversing the outer reaches of the cosmos to unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

From Comic Book To Box-Office Hit: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2

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In Fast and Furious 8 a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

If you want to win a FF8 hamper that includes a key chain, car shammy, T-shirt and 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD, tell us who wrote the screenplay and send your answer and contact details with FF8 in the subject line to us before April 30, 2017.  Enter Competition Here

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Add Disney’s classic animated feature Beauty and The Beast to your collection

Beauty Blu RayBeauty and the Beast was the first animated feature to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture and won two Oscars® (best original score and best song), three Golden Globes® and four GRAMMY® Awards, among a multitude of other awards. The film was the first animated feature to gross more than $100 million at the box office in its initial release and the first Disney animated feature to become a stage musical production, one which subsequently ran on Broadway for 13 years and was translated into eight languages, playing in over 20 countries.

The Blu-Ray of the animated classic includes three versions of the film, the special extended edition, the original theatrical release, and the original theatrical release with storyreel picture-in-picture; as well as a backstage peek at Composing a Classic: A Musical conversation with Alan Menken, Don Hahn and Richard Kraft’as well as deleted scenes.

BEAUTY POSTERThe live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast is a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most enduring and beloved tales ever told, and one that has touched readers for centuries. Now, thanks to the artistry and imagination of director Bill Condon and a brilliant creative team, audiences of all ages are sure to be captivated by the story’s adventure, passion and romance once again.

If you want to win a Blu-Ray copy of the sensational animated Beauty and the Beast, tell us who wrote the screenplay for the live-action adaptation, and send us your name and contact details, with Beauty and The Beast in the subject line before April 30, 2017.

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Win Some Fun Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Goodies!

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If you want to win an exclusive Rogue One hoodie and cap, tell us who leads the band of unlikely heroes and send us your answer and contact details with Rogue One in the subject line before December 31, 2016.

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Rogue One tells the story of a group of unlikely heroes, who in a time of conflict band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters). The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, The Golden Compass) and Tony Gilroy  (The Bourne series and Michael Clayton).

 

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Add this funtastic Moana hamper to your Xmas goodies!

If you want to be a winner, simply tell us who composed the song How Far I’ll Go , performed  by South African songstress  and performing artist Lira, who has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go, from Disney’s upcoming animation comedy adventure film Moana.

Send us your contact details with Moana in the subject line before December 31, 2016

Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th Animated Feature, is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.  Go behind the scenes of Moana

How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me, to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you,” says Lira. “It’s a real honour to be involved! Also, the fact that Disney is able to incorporate and feature African voices in projects such as this, is truly exciting.”

How Far I’ll Go is written by Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who counts among his credits Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton” and the Tony-winning “In the Heights” who, when commenting on the track says “This is Moana’s chance to say for herself how she feels and where she belongs.”

 “We are delighted that Lira has lent her world-class talent and distinctively beautiful voice to How Far I’ll Go”, says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “Bringing her voice to the cinematic release of Moana adds a wonderful local dimension to this universal story of finding one’s true self. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lira to bring this unique recording to South African families.”

Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th Animated Feature, is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.   Go behind the scenes of Moana

 

The “astonishing” (The New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi—a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda.

queenofkatwe2Tim Crothers’ sensational bestseller Queen of Katwe is now an inspirational film.

One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.

Tim Crothers at Belk Track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tim Crothers is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is the author of The Man Watching, the biography of University of North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance, and co-author of Hard Work, the autobiography of UNC basketball coach Roy Williams.

Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that—like their daily lives—requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona.

By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master—the first female titled player in her country’s history—Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable countries.

The Queen of Katwe is a “remarkable” (NPR) and “riveting” (New York Post) book that shows how “Phiona’s story transcends the limitations of the chessboard” (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).

ADD QUEEN OF KATWE TO YOUR BOOKSHELF

If you want to win a copy of this must-read book that roused the imagination of readers worldwide, and stretched way beyond the borders of Uganda where the true story was born, tell us who wrote the screenplay and send us your answer with your contact details and Queen of Katwe in the subject line before October 31, 2016.  Send your answer here

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This stunning The Legend Of Tarzan Hamper could be yours!

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The Legend of Tarzan hamper includes:

  • A beach towel in a black drawstring bag
  • Ear buds bracelet wrap
  • Set of 4 cork coasters
  • A stuffed elephant
  • Hemp cap with patch
  • Raceback Eco-jersey camouflage Dreamstate tank
  • Alternative Eco jersey Pacific blue drop neck T-shirt
  • Wooden credit card size USB 1GB

If you want the be the proud owner of this hamper worth R1500, tell us where Joshn Ponte, the African technical adviser is based, and send your answer and contact details with The Legend Of Tarzan in the subject line to us before July 31, 2016.    Enter competition here

Josh Ponte, the Africa Technical Advisor on The Legend of Tarzan is on a mission to save endangered animals

 

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Win a Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records when it exploded on the big screen and became the cinematic event of a generation with over $2.05 billion worldwide.

Now, this epic experience from Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams takes us back again to a galaxy far, far away on DVD and a Blu-Ray 2-disc edition.

Fans can now discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with insightful and entertaining in-depth documentary and bonus material that turns a spectacular cinematic experience into an intimate and rewarding journey at home.

If you want to add Star Wars: The Force Awakens to your collection, and be the proud owner of a Star Wars cap, tell us who wrote the screenplay and send your answer and contact details to us before May 31, 2016