Sunday, 7 August 2011


Dragons' Den
9x02 Episode 2
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

BBC Four drama about singer and comedienne Gracie Fields and her relationship with Italian film director Monty Banks, starring Jane Horrocks and Tom Hollander, first shown a little under two years ago. The film also details Gracie's fall from the public's affections thanks to lies printed in the papers. Some things never change...

Grand Designs Australia
1x04 Clovelly House
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]


Sucker Punch: Extended Cut (2011)
[#72 in 100 Films in a Year 2011]

DVD Extras

Sucker Punch: Behind the Soundtrack


Sucker Punch: Animated Shorts
Feudal Warriors
The Trenches
Distant Planet

Aside from a Maximum Movie Mode*, these are the only extras on the Sucker Punch Blu-ray, and they run under three minutes each. The first is a brief (obviously) look at the film's intriguing soundtrack. It's clearly designed to be promotional, but incidentally reveals a few interesting tidbits. (An even shorter version of it is linked to above.)

The animated shorts are 'prequels' that detail the background to the fantasy worlds visited in the film. It's the kind of thing you know can't be that essential because otherwise it'd be in the film itself -- The Trenches doesn't have much to do, for instance, because that world is explained in the movie -- but a couple of them are quite good anyway. Distant Planet in particular, as that felt one of the more under-explained environments to me. (All can be watched in full at the above links.)

* which, in fairness, could be very good -- it's potentially a feature-length making-of/commentary, after all.