Bunny And The Bull is released on dvd and blu-ray today in the UK.
The film, directed by Mighty Boosh director Paul King, stars Edward Hogg & Simon Farnaby as two flatmates, Stephen & Bunny. Stephen (Hogg) is a profoundly neurotic young man suffering from a recent bout of agoraphobia, recalling a disastrous vacation in Europe with his friend Bunny (Farnaby).
Bunny And The Bull also features cameo appearances from Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade, plus a soundtrack from The Ralfe Band.
While none of the online retailers seem to list the extras for the dvd or blu-ray, we can confirm the following additional features.
* Audio commentary by Paul King & members of the cast.
* Paul King’s guide to the film.
* Interviews with the cast & crew.
* Behind the scenes featurette.
* Bloopers reel.
You can buy both from all good retailers now, but if you can’t wait to go to the shops, you can order them via Amazon.co.uk & The Velvet Onion Store below.
The Velvet Onion contributor BabyOnFire gives her view on the release below. Click to read more…
The day has finally come! Everyone is now ordered to order the smashing Bunny And The Bull as it is now on sale on DVD and Blu-ray!
If anyone was unfortunate enough to have not seen it whilst it was out in a handful of Independent cinemas, Bunny And The Bull takes you on a most spectacular journey, as Stephen (Edward Hogg) thinks back to his adventure across Europe with his best friend Bunny (Simon Farnaby) whilst he slowing but surely attempts to leave the comfort of his own flat, which he has failed to do for the past year.
When you watch BatB it really is difficult not to be in complete awe of its magnificent plot, or the delicious backdrop that all the characters are taken through. I speak as an aspiring Director when I say that Paul King’s pure imagination goes beyond anything that I could even consider producing from essentially a blank piece of paper.
What stands out from everything else is the sets in the film, with heavy use of back projection. It’s an interesting style, as the characters are constantly enveloped in a look straight out of Paddington Bear or Mr Ben. One of the screenings that I attended, at the Curzon, included a Q&A afterwards with King himself. Obviously I was beaming with excitement, and my laryngitis that day still didn’t stop me from asking just one of the many, many questions that I had for him: Exactly when did he have the imagery for the film planned? Was it thought of because of budget constraints or was it planned in parallel to him writing?
The look of the film is obviously very important to him, as it reflects and reminds you that what you are seeing is simply Stephen’s nostalgia; that everything he is remembering is somewhat emphasised or taken way beyond reality because Stephen is only human. All human beings will say they saw a spider the size of their fist when it was really no bigger than your big toe. So if, for example, they came across a homeless man and his dog on their travels, that will turn into a crazy 7 foot yeti man with 10 dogs, one of which is his wife!
Paul’s answer to my question (after his sweet and very unnecessary apology for ‘rambling’) was smiple: “Very early. The script.” And that answer was enough to convince me that he truly put his heart and soul into this film.
Bunny And The Bull proves that if you have a gripping script, a Director with a clear vision and the dedication of ten men then you can achieve something beautiful!
The fact that when the budget had been reached, King was given the choice of raising more but having to wait longer, and he chose to just go for it, instinctively suggests a man at the top of his creative game, creating something that no Spielberg with a multi million dollar budget could achieve. The end result wasn’t only a joy to look at – Paul is now currently in development for the live action Paddington Bear film on the back of his debut!
So if you haven’t ordered Bunny & the Bull yet… go out and get it, and see magic in solid form!