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101 Dalmatians - Live Action | DVD | (06/11/2001)
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It's hard to know who thought it would be a good idea to make a live-action version of Disney's animated classic. The one bright notion anyone had was casting Glenn Close as Disney Übervillainess Cruella de Vil; her flashing eyes and angular features are a perfect match and do credit to what is one of the most indelible animated characters Disney has ever created. The story remains essentially the same, focusing on Cruella's plot to kidnap the puppies of a young married couple (Jeff Daniels and Jolie Richardson) and make them into a coat. But the dreaded John Hughes, who wrote this script, fills it with sadistic slapstick and far too few genuine laughs. The human actors work hard, but to little avail; thankfully, there's a posse of puppies to regularly steal scenes when the going gets dreary--although there are only so many laughs to be had from inappropriate dog puddles. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com
Air Force One | DVD | (11/06/2001)
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If you can manage to suspend your disbelief for the duration, you won't be disappointed with Air Force One. Harrison Ford plays a US president who single-handedly employs his rigid anti-terrorism policy when a band of Russian thugs hatch a mid-flight takeover of Air Force One. Gary Oldman, who chews the scenery as the lead terrorist, will shoot a hostage at the slightest provocation. Glenn Close plays the sternly pragmatic vice president who negotiates with Oldman from her Washington seat of power. If you can believe that the aircraft's pressurized cabin can sustain hundreds of rounds of machine-gun fire, you'll buy anything in this entertaining potboiler, especially thanks to Ford's stalwart heroics and some nifty special effects. Director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) keeps the action moving so fast you won't be sweating the details.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Fatal Attraction | DVD | (02/09/2002)
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Fatal Attraction was the most controversial hit of 1987, a film nominated for six Oscars that launched a whole up-market psycho sub-genre. In an elaboration of Play Misty for Me (1971), Michael Douglas plays a married middle-class everyman who has an opportunistic weekend affair with New York publishing executive, Glenn Close. The twist is that Close's Alex is a borderline psychotic. She won't let go, and the film moves from a study of modern sexual mores to an increasingly tense thriller about neurotic obsession. The performances are exceptional and two set-pieces, one which gave us the term "Bunny Boiler" and another in a fairground, provide metaphorical and literal rollercoaster rides. Only a laughable sex scene--in a sink, anyone?--and a melodramatic finale shamelessly ripping-off the 1955 French classic Les Diaboliques and Psycho (1960) prevent a good thriller being a great one. Even so, Fatal Attraction is still a film worth seeing again, even if it's hard to wonder what all the fuss was about in 1987. On the DVD: Fatal Attraction on disc has a new 28-minute documentary featuring the principal players explaining how wonderful each other are. More substantial is a 19-minute feature on creating the visual look, with sections on cinematography, costume and make-up design. A worthwhile 10-minute piece examines the social impact of the movie and the controversy it generated. Seven minutes of the three stars in rehearsal is intriguing, but more interesting is the opportunity to see the original, low-key ending, rejected after test screenings. Much of the best documentary material focuses on how the finally released ending came about, while Lyne's commentary is thoughtful and illuminating. The original trailer is included and there are 16 sets of subtitles, including English for the hard of hearing, as well as an alternative German dub. The sound has been remixed from stereo into a subtly involving Dolby Digital 5.1, and the 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer looks fine, though there is some very minor print damage. --Gary S Dalkin
101 Dalmatians / 102 Dalmatians (Live Action) | DVD | (22/09/2008)
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This Disney 2-Pack collection will have you seeing spots as it includes Disney''s live-action 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians. 101 Dalmatians Cruella De Vil dognaps a litter of Dalmation puppies--as well as every other Dalmation pup in London--and the litter''s parents must rally all the animals to their rescue. 102 Dalmatians Cruella De Vil is released from prison and is soon plotting another fur-ocious scheme to get her ultimate dalmatian coat.
Tarzan | Blu Ray | (21/05/2012)
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For the first time in stunning High Definition, experience the wild adventure and laugh-outloud characters of Disney's Tarzan, as the magnificent adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic story of the ape man comes to Blu-ray.Deep within the African jungle, a mother gorilla names an orphaned baby boy Tarzan and adopts him as her own, even though the silverback leader Kerchak shuns the hairless wonder. Growing up alongside his wisecracking ape buddy Terk and neurotic elephant pal Tantor, Tarzan develops all the instincts and prowess of a jungle animal, surfing and swinging through the trees at lightning speed. But with the sudden appearance of Tarzan's own kind - humans - including the beautiful Jane, the only world Tarzan has ever known and the onein which he belongs collide with extraordinary force!Driven by five powerful songs written and performed by pop superstar Phil Collins, and starring the voice talents of Minnie Driver, Glenn Close and the hilarious Rosie O'Donnell, Disney's Tarzan delivers incredible adventure as well as important reminders about acceptance and family!
Mars Attacks | DVD | (11/05/1998)
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It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in cinemas. The idea of invading aliens ray-gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humour seems a bit more concentrated. The Earth actors (most of whom get zapped or kidnapped for alien science experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Steiger, Michael J Fox, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, Tom Jones and Pam Grier. --Jim Emerson
Damages - Season 1-5 | DVD | (15/07/2013)
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Season 1Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protge Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs - and that lives, not just fortunes, are at stake. Season 2Another season of the Emmy Award-winning show comes to DVD! After her unprecedented victory over billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) has the legal world at her feet. Just as she's pondering her next move, Daniel Purcell (William Hurt), a man from Patty's past, throws her into a new legal challenge. What starts as a domestic murder case escalates into the highest reaches of government as Patty unearths a vast conspiracy. At the same time, Ellen (Rose Byrne) is on a mission to take down Patty. She's agreed to act as an informant for the FBI, assisting them in their criminal investigation of Patty and the firm. As Patty unravels the mystery surrounding Daniel Purcell, she must also negotiate the perilous minefield both inside and outside her office. Season 3Inspired by recent worldwide economic events, the acclaimed Third Season of the award-winning legal thriller stars three-time Emmy-winner Glenn Close as litigator Patty Hewes. Confronting the most challenging case of her illustrious career, Patty and trusted lieutenant Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan) meet their match against the manipulative Tobin family empire - matriarch Marilyn (Lily Tomlin), son Joe (Campbell Scott) and the clan's loyal attorney Leonard Winstone (Martin Short). When former protge Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) is also pulled into the maelstrom, she discovers she hasn't escaped Patty Hewes after all. Season 4For brilliant attorney Patty Hewes (two-time Emmy winner Glenn Close), the stakes have never been higher, professionally or personally, in the riveting Fourth Season of the hit legal thriller. When Patty joins former charge Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) to expose a corrupt security firm in Afghanistan, they unravel a cover-up at the highest levels involving an inscrutable mercenary agent (Dylan Baker), a key witness taken hostage (Chris Messina) and the powerful CEO (double Emmy winner John Goodman) with his own explosive secrets. It all comes down to one final, fatal double-cross. Season 5Channing McClaren's (Ryan Phillippe) controversial website devoted to revealing confidential information about corporations and the government exposes the identity of a whistleblower (Jenna Elfman). The case leads to Patty (Glenn Close) and Ellen (Rose Byrne) on opposing sides and delivers the perfect stage for the ultimate showdown between the mentor and her former protge.
Tarzan (1999) Disney | DVD | (04/09/2000)
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After watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote to Walt Disney about adapting his novel of an ape-man into a feature animated cartoon. Some 60 years later, the tale is finally told with brilliant design work that looks unlike any previous animated film. The story is a natural for Disney since the themes of misunderstood central figures have been at the heart of its recent hits. Disney's Tarzan doesn't wander far from the familiar story of a shipwrecked baby who is brought up by apes in Africa. What gives the film its zing is its clever use of music (the songs are sung by Phil Collins himself rather than onscreen characters) and the remarkable animation. Deep Canvas, a 3-D technology, was developed for the film, creating a jungle that comes alive as Tarzan swings through the trees, often looking like a modern skateboarder racing down giant tree limbs. The usual foray of sidekicks, including a rambunctious ape voiced by Rosie O'Donnell, should keep the little ones aptly entertained. The two lead voices, Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan and Minnie Driver as Jane, are inspired choices. Their chemistry helps the story through the weakest points (the last third) and makes Tarzan's initial connection with all things human (including Jane) delicious entertainment. Disney still is not taking risks in its animated films, but as cookie-cutter entertainment, Tarzan makes a pretty good treat. --Doug Thomas
Hoodwinked | DVD | (29/01/2007)
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Trouble in the Hood! Little Red Riding Hood: a classic story but there's more to every tale than meets the eye! Before you judge a book by its cover you've got to flip through the pages. For this story we begin at the end. Furry and feathered cops from the animal world investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny's cottage involving a girl a wolf and an axe. The charges are many: breaking and entering disturbing the peace intent to eat and wielding an axe without a license. Not to mention this case might be tied to the elusive and infamous ""Goody Bandit"" who has been stealing the recipes of goody shops everywhere!
Mars Attacks! | Blu Ray | (20/09/2010)
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Stars that shine across the galaxy. Jack Nicholson (in a dual role) Glenn Close Annette Bening Pierce Brosnan Danny DeVito and a dozen more. And mean green invaders from the angry red planet! Armed with insta-fry ray guns endowed with slimy humungous brains - and enlivened with out-of-this-world but state-of-the-art special effects. As the U.S. legislature is overwhelmed. (Don't fear we still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for us and that ain't bad!). As Earth fights back with an unexpected weapon. Take that Martians!
102 Dalmatians (Live Action) | DVD | (10/09/2001)
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It is rare to find a sequel which outdoes the original concept, particularly in the world of Disney movies, but 102 Dalmatians is an exception to the rule. The high jinks and action is back, with an additional puppy--the lovable Oddball, who has no spots--and of course the cruellest of villains, Cruella DeVil. After two years of rehabilitation Cruella is released into London's community once more--but this time insists on being called Ella, "Cruella just sounds so cruel"--but has the evil one really changed her ways to become not only a pillar of society, but also a dog-loving activist? Her probation officer Chloe is not convinced and added to that her dalmatians have just had puppies. Glenn Close is back in fine form as Cruella--this may be the defining role of her career-and with a great range of costumes and hair-dos she adds fantastic menace to the character. Added to this is the joy of having two British actors in the role of dog-loving humans (Ioan Gruffudd as Kevin and Alice Evans as Chloe)--instead of having to listen to the cod Dick Van Dyke English accent that Disney seems to love. The film also offers an extrovert turn by Gerard Depardieu as the flamboyant French Fashion designer Monsieur Le Pelt. Through Le Pelt this film does make some important references to the fur trade and the "No Logo-esque" fashion production methods--adding political humour for adults. However as always the true stars of the films are the animal actors themselves, with the talking parrot Waddlesworth who thinks he is a rottweiler (voiced by Eric Idle) and of course the true star Oddball--the cutest puppy since the promotion of a certain toilet roll! On the DVD: This disc is literally rammed with features and fun. From "Puppy Overload" (a compilation of clips to music) and trailers to educational Featurettes, set out in an easily to use menu allowing kids to stop and start the DVD and fully comprehend how the movie and the digital effects work. In addition to these features is a deleted scene offering further Cruella antics, "Dalmations 101" which will help parents across the world to wriggle out of that ultimate question "Can we get a puppy!" and a nice little commentary from the Director Kevin Lima and a multitude of dog handlers which offers lively and concise information on the movie. Finally there is a DVD-ROM connection with a game allowing budding fashion designers a mix and match activity on Cruella's clothes and a link to the Disney Web site. With Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and widescreen 1.85:1 format offering excellent viewing, this disc proves that Disney really is top of the league for educational and fun DVD packaging --Nikki Disney
Damages - Season 4 | DVD | (16/07/2012)
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For brilliant attorney Patty Hewes (two-time Emmy winner Glenn Close), the stakes have never been higher, professionally or personally, in the riveting Fourth Season of the hit legal thriller. When Patty joins former charge Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) to expose a corrupt security firm in Afghanistan, they unravel a cover-up at the highest levels involving an inscrutable mercenary agent (Dylan Baker), a key witness taken hostage (Chris Messina) and the powerful CEO (double Emmy winner John Goodman) with his own explosive secrets. It all comes down to one final, fatal double-cross. Special Features: A Case for War: The Cast and Crew Discuss the Fourth Season The Evolution of Patty Hewes I'm The Father Outtakes What Am I Doing Here?
Damages - Season 5 | DVD | (15/07/2013)
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Channing McClaren's (Ryan Phillippe) controversial website devoted to revealing confidential information about corporations and the government exposes the identity of a whistleblower (Jenna Elfman). The case leads to Patty (Glenn Close) and Ellen (Rose Byrne) on opposing sides and delivers the perfect stage for the ultimate showdown between the mentor and her former protge.
The Natural | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Nothing would stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy (Robert Duvall) who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobbs' career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dreams. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from the New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose Hobbs with his boyhood bat has his chance to lead the Knights to the penant and to finally fufill his dream.
Hamlet | DVD | (05/01/2009)
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Evening | DVD | (18/02/2008)
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From the author of The Hours comes Evening a passionate and heartwarming story featuring an all-star cast including Meryl Streep Toni Collette Claire Danes Natasha Richardson and Glenn Close! Overcome by the power of memory Ann Lord (Vanessa Redgrave) reveals a long-held secret to her concerned daughters; Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette). Both are bedside when Ann calls out for the man she loved more than any other. But who is this ""Harris "" wonder her daughters and what is he to our mother? While Constance and Nina try to take stock of Ann's life and their own lives their mother is tended to by a night nurse (Eileen Atkins) as she journeys in her mind back to a summer weekend some fifty years ago when she was Ann Grant (Claire Danes)... ...a young woman who has come from New York City to be maid of honor at the high-society Newport wedding of her dearest friend from college Lila Wittenborn (Mamie Gummer). The bride-to-be is jittery and turns to her maid of honor rather than her own mother (Glenn Close) for support. Ann stays close to her friend yet is even closer to Lila'.s irrepressible brother Buddy (Hugh Dancy). Unexpected feelings surge forth once Ann meets wedding guest Harris Arden (Patrick Wilson) a lifelong friend and intimate of the Wittenborn family. Ann's love for Harris will change her life and those of her daughters forever.
Stepford Wives, The | DVD | (29/11/2004)
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Make one! Having been moved from the pressure of Manhattan life to the ordered society of Stepford Connecticut Joanna Eberhard (Nicole Kidman) together with acerbic author Bobbie Markowitz (Bette Midler) discovers that all is not what it seems with the outwardly perfect women of the town... Please note: this film has been rated as a '12'; however some of the content in the 'Gag Reel' extra feature has prompted the higher '15' certificate for this DVD release.
Reversal Of Fortune | DVD | (04/08/2003)
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Reversal of Fortune focuses on one of the most intriguing criminal trials of the 1980s, that of Claus von Bülow, who was accused of sending his rich wife Sunny into a permanent coma with an overdose of insulin. Director Barbet Schroeder, working from Nicholas Kazan's evocative, darkly humorous script, turns the story into both a look at the lives of rich folks with too much time on their hands and a whodunit, as lawyer Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) prepares to defend von Bülow (Jeremy Irons) in court. Irons won an Oscar for his spooky, knowing performance, which hints at depths of degeneracy without ever putting a dent in a veneer of bored elegance. The contrast between the hard-charging Dershowitz and his eager-beaver Harvard law students and the eternally languid von Bülow adds unexpected humour. --Marshall Fine
Dangerous Liaisons | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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A sumptuously mounted and photographed celebration of artful wickedness, betrayal and sexual intrigue among depraved 18th-century French aristocrats, Dangerous Liaisons (based on Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses) is seductively decadent fun. The villainous heroes are the Marquise De Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte De Valmont (John Malkovich), who have cultivated their mutual cynicism into a highly developed and exquisitely mannered form of (in-)human expression. Former lovers, they now fancy themselves rather like demigods whose mutual desires have evolved beyond the crudeness of sex or emotion. They ritualistically act out their twisted affections by engaging in elaborate conspiracies to destroy the lives of their less calculating acquaintances, daring each other to ever-more-dastardly acts of manipulation and betrayal. Why? Just because they can; it's their perverted way of getting their kicks in a dead-end, pre-Revolutionary culture. Among their voluptuous and virtuous prey are fair-haired angels played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, who have never looked more ripe for ravishing. When the Vicomte finds himself beset by bewilderingly genuine emotions for one of his victims, the Marquise considers it the ultimate betrayal and plots her heartless revenge. Dangerous Liaisons is a high-mannered revel for the actors, who also include Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, and Keanu Reeves. --Jim Emerson
Hamlet | DVD | (26/12/2005)
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Treachery. Madness. Murder. Mel Gibson plays the leading role in Franco Zeffirelli's version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Gibson plays the prince of medieval Denmark sensing a dark conspiracy behind his royal father's death. Ensnared in this unraveling treachery is one of the most powerful casts ever in a Bard-based film: Glenn Close as Hamlet's mother Gertrude Alan Bates as the usurper Claudius Paul Scofield as the ghost of Hamlet's father Ian Holm as meddling advisor Poloni