Doc ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ Due on Disc Nov. 2

Capelight Pictures will release the documentary The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2.

In Jörg Adolph’s documentary adaptation of Peter Wohlleben’s best-selling book, Wohlleben guides viewers through his ideas and understanding of how trees work. Presenting ecological, biological and academic expertise with matter of fact candor, he inspires viewers to really see the forest for the trees. Traveling through Germany, Poland, Sweden and Vancouver, Peter discusses, debates and explains the amazing process of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland, and the amazing scientific mechanisms behind these wonders.

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Korean Drama ‘The Concubine’ Set for Nov. 9 DVD Release by MPI Media Group

Capelight Pictures and the MPI Media Group have set a Nov. 9 DVD release date for the Korean film The Concubine, a 2012 erotic romantic historical drama.

Set during the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Hwa-yeon, a minister’s daughter, and Kwon-yoo, a commoner, are deeply in love. When Hwa-yeon is ordered to the royal palace to become the king’s concubine, she and Kwon-yoo attempt to flee. They are intercepted by Hwa-yeon’s father and his men, who threaten to kill Kwon-yoo. To save her one true love, Hwayeon agrees to go to the palace as instructed.

Five years later, the king is slowly dying and Hwa-yeon is the mother of the heir to the throne. After his death, the king’s stepmother uses her power to appoint her biological son Sung-won as the successor. Sung-won has been madly in love with the unobtainable Hwa-yeon for years. Now that he must procreate in order to produce an heir to the throne, he can have any woman he wants except Hwa-yeon … which pushes both of them into a dangerous chess game of lust, sex and power.

The Concubine was directed by Kim Dae-Seung and stars Cho Yeo-Jeong, Kim Dong-Wook, and Kim Min-Joon. The film was produced by Hwang Yun-Jeong and Park Sung-Il.

The DVD will be issued in special collector’s media book packaging, as a two-disc set. The set comes with a 24-page booklet featuring director and cast profiles and photos.

MPI, Capelight Set DVD, Blu-ray Dates for ‘Chernobyl 1986,’ ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group on Nov. 2 will release Chernobyl 1986 and The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Chernobyl 1986 follows the deadly explosion that year at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what was then the Soviet Union. Europe is faced with an even greater threat — a possible steam explosion that would eject even more radioactive material into the atmosphere over the entire continent. Firefighter Alexey volunteers for what seems like a suicide mission: manually drain the plant’s reservoir before the melting reactor collapses into it. Risking their lives in service to their country, Alexey and his colleagues must navigate the labyrinthine passages of the plant’s underground, facing danger at every turn from the facility’s quickly failing infrastructure. With time running out, and the fate of all of Europe hanging in the balance, this team of ordinary citizens turned heroes must use all their strength and bravery to save their nation from complete devastation.

The Hidden Life of Trees is based on the bestselling book of the same name by forester and writer Peter Wohlleben. Traveling through Germany, Poland, Sweden and Vancouver, he discusses, debates and explains the process of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland, and the scientific mechanisms behind trees.