April is almost here and with it comes another batch of new releases on Amazon Prime.
Lots will be familiar to Prime Instant Video subscribers, as The Town make a welcome return to the streaming line-up and Gortimer Gibbons is given a second season.
New faces include everyone’s favourite stop-motion sheep, a fantastic Studio Ghibli documentary and exclusive new seasons of US dramas Turn and The Red Road. With a deluge of Disney for the Easter holidays to boot, here are the top 14 new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime UK in April 2015.
(Note: Make sure you bookmark this page, as we will be updating it with more releases throughout the month.)
Grimm: Season 3 – Wednesday 1st April
Detective Nick Burkhardt continues his Buffy-like duty of hunting down nasty monsters inspired by the tales of the Brothers Grimm. Once Upon a Time not dark enough for you? Try this.
Suits: Season 3 – Wednesday 1st April
With Season 4 currently showing on Dave in the UK, Season 3 of Suits lands on Amazon Prime for those still catching up with Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) law career.
Parks and Recreation: Season 3 – Wednesday 1st April
Everyone’s favourite over-enthusiastic local official, Leslie Knope, continues to smile her way through bureaucracy in the third season of NBC’s delightful sitcom. Also, Chris Pratt.
Boys Don’t Cry – Wednesday 1st April
Hilary Swank won an Oscar for her performance in Kimberly Pierce’s seminal 1990s drama. You won’t be surprised after you reach the end credits. This is moving, shocking stuff.
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness – Wednesday 1st April
This overview of Studio Ghibli’s history and a behind-the-scenes look at Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises is not just a documentary for fans, but a look at an absolute master and artist, who is a more complicated beast than his wonderfully universal films. (Read our full review.)
Shaun the Sheep (Season 4) – Wednesday 1st April
Aardman Animations’ children’s series returns for another baa-rilliant blend of cute animation and classic silent comedy. The first half of Season 4 consists of 20 seven-minute episodes, each one as perfectly formed as their are blissfully dialogue free.
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (New Episodes) – Thursday 2nd April
The first live-action original kids’ TV series from Amazon, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is also written by nursery teacher, who submitted his script to the VOD service’s open-door pilot scheme. The show is a coming-of-age tale of friendship that centres around Gortimer and the bond with his two best friends, Ranger and Mel, as they chronicle their pursuits on Normal Street — an ordinary suburban neighbourhood that has a hint of something unexpected just beneath the surface.
From Paris with Love – Friday 3rd April
“Every man has his vice. Mine is a royale with cheese.” That’s John Travolta there, in character as psycho secret agent Charlie Wax, referencing his earlier work in Pulp Fiction. It’s either an audacious and brilliant in-joke, or it’s just lazy. And depending on your view of that line, you’ll pretty much think the same of From Paris with Love. From the director of Taken, it’s 100% trash. Trash which sees lots of Europeans getting shot. But Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Travolta have enough comic chemistry to keep you entertained.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey – Friday 3rd April
This 1993 remake of the original 1963 film of the same name is an enjoyable family adventure about three animals, who race to catch up with their owners when the family moves home and appears to have left them behind. Michael J. Fox and Sally Field provide charming vocals as an exciteable pup and snooty, sarcastic cat.
Wreck-It Ralph – Friday 3rd April
Disney’s arcade game movie follows Ralph, the villain of an 8-bit game, which sees him repeatedly tearing down a building, only for Fix-It Felix to repair the damage. Tired of being the bad guy, he wanders the digital world to find another game to call home.
The Red Road (Season 2) – Saturday 4th April
The Red Road follows two clashing communities, a small town and the neighbouring mountains, home to a Native American tribe. It stars Martin Henderson, Julianne Nicholson and Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa. The show’s second season will span six episodes, with new episodes released every Saturday, the day following the show’s US broadcast. (Read more.)
The 100 (Season 1) – Tuesday 7th April
Hot on the heels of Season 2, which premiered in the UK on E4 back in January, Season 1 lands on Amazon. This post-apocalyptic US drama, set 97 years after a nuclear Armageddon, sees 100 juvenile prisoners exiled from their dying ‘Ark’ in space and sent back to Earth so that they can explore the planet’s surface.
The Blind Side – Friday 10th April
John Lee Hancock’s semi-biographical sports drama is firmly at the cheesy end of the spectrum but won an Oscar for Sandra Bullock as Best Actress – deservedly so.
Turn (Season 2) – Wednesday 15th April
Season 2 of Turn: Washington’s Spies will run for 10 episodes. The Revolutionary War drama, written by Craig Silverstein, is set in 1778 and follows a Long Island farmer, Abraham Woodhulll, who is recruited to spy on the Britis. With a group of friends, he forms The Culper Ring, which will ultimately turn the tide in the battle for independence.
The show stars Jamie Bell, Burn Gorman, Kevin McNally, Meegan Warner and Heather Lind. Episodes will be released every Wednesday, the day following their US broadcast. (Read more.)
Centurion – Saturday 18th April
Neil Marshall these days is best known for his work on Game of Thrones, but he’s been making pulses race ever since 2002’s Dog Soldiers. Centurion, a historical action film about the killing of the Ninth Roman Legion in Caledonia, is no exception. From a gritty lead turn from Michael Fassbender to strong support from Liam Cunningham, David Morrisey, Noel Clarke and Riz Ahmed, this low-budget thriller zooms along with nary a worry about low budgets.
Cinderella – Friday 24th April
From A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes to Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Disney’s animated classic is packed full of winning songs and beautiful, hand-drawn frames. Has it dated since its release all the way back in 1950? Of course. But there’s still magic in the old shoe yet.
Yogi Bear – Saturday 25th April
Dan Aykroyd dons the green hat and tie of everyone’s favourite sandwich-stealer in this feature-length CGI take on the children’s TV series. Justin Timberlake joins him as sidekick, Boo Boo. The pair find themselves crossing path with Tom Cavanagh’s Ranger Smith and a documentary filmmaker, who is shooting a project in Jellystone Park.
The Town – Tuesday 28th April
Who knew that Ben Affleck would one day prove to be a great director? Before Argo, The Town gave a massive clue. This intense crime drama sees Affleck play a thief who ends up in a relationship with the woman (Rebecca Hall) he robbed. The tension erupts in one of the best screen car chases in recent years.
Going the Distance – Tuesday 28th April
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play a couple trying to make their long-distance relationship work, following a casual fling in a bar. Geoff LaTulippe’s raunchy script delivers a deceptively mature tale of a relationship overcoming realistic obstacles, while Long and Barrymore’s chemistry feels equally genuine.
Wednesday 1st April
The Mill (Season 2)
Friday 10th April
Tuesday 14th April
Superman vs. The Elite
Friday 24th April