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Miss Austen Regrets | DVD | (28/04/2008)
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Based on Jane Austen's actual letters and diaries this drama unravels the secrets of this elusive woman. Jane is nearing her forties and has never married. To her niece Fanny Knight - a young pretty girl desperate to fall in love - Jane is a favourite aunt who offers the wisdom and knowledge that will help her in her own search for a happy marriage. But surely the woman so capable of writing love on the page must have experienced love herself? Jane surrenders little to her niece but secrets there are and Jane is forced to examine afresh the reasons why she has remained single.
Daniel Deronda | DVD | (02/05/2011)
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From the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech comes this sumptuous, BAFTA award-winning BBC adaption of George Eliot’s masterpiece, charting an intense love story set in Victoria high society. The noble Daniel Deronda becomes entranced by frivolous beauty Gwendolen Harleth and though she shares his feelings fate conspires to keep them apart. Gwendolen, facing financial ruin, is forced into an oppressive marriage with the sinister but wealthy aristocrat Henleigh Grandcourt and Daniel finds a new life through his friendship with Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth. As their lives are once more shaped by fate and self-discovery this classic, mesmerizing tale reaches its dramatic conclusion. Adapted by renowned writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, Tipping the Velvet) this highly-acclaimed costume drama boasts a glittering cast including Hugh Dancy, Romola Garai, Hugh Bonneville, Jodhi May, Greta Scacchi, Edward Fox, Celia Imrie and Barbara Hershey.
Emma | DVD | (05/02/2001)
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Most people didn't mind Gwyneth Paltrow's English accent in this charming, 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel (which also inspired Clueless). But even if it doesn't sound quite right to you, there are plenty of authentic and wonderful Brit thespians in this film by screenwriter-turned-director Douglas McGrath (co-author of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway), including Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply), Alan Cumming (Buddy), Phyllida Law (Much Ado About Nothing), Ewan McGregor (the Scots star of Trainspotting), and Sophie Thompson, outstanding and finally heartbreaking as the chattering Miss Bates. Paltrow plays Austen's benign busybody, Emma Woodhouse--so busy trying to arrange the lives of others that she is sidestepping her own. McGrath brings a kind of pretty and light touch to the production, his best move the wise delegation of creative authority to the actors themselves. --Tom Keogh
Tom's Midnight Garden | DVD | (07/11/2011)
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Tom's Midnight Garden is the magical tale of a young boy who is transported to a mysterious world of times past. 14-year-old Tom is sent to stay with his Aunt and Uncle for the summer to avoid catching measles from his brother. One night on hearing the grandfather clock strike 13 he sets off to explore and discovers the house has been transformed. He investigates further and opens the door to a magical sunlit garden of a bygone age where he meets Hatty a young orphan girl and begins an incredible adventure. Based on Philippa Pearce's timeless fantasy Tom's Midnight Garden stars Greta Scacchi James Wilby and David Bradley who later starred as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series.
Heat And Dust | DVD | (17/03/2008)
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The passion violence mystery and beauty of India are rapturously evoked in Merchant Ivory Productions' acclaimed 'Heat And Dust' based on the novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala the Oscar winning screenwriter and novelist. Blending east with west and moving effortlessly between the vibrant world of modern-day India and the magnificent splendours of the Raj 'Heat And Dust' intertwines the contemporary story of Anne a young woman drawn to India by her desire to unravel the scandal surrounding her great-aunt Olivia's seduction in the 1920's by a glamorous Indian Prince. For Anne it proves as much a journey of self-discovery as the opportunity to solve an enigma as she too becomes seduced by the romantic and luxurious enchantments of India.
White Mischief (1987) | DVD | (26/09/2011)
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The Merchant Ivory Collection | DVD | (20/09/2004)
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Presumed Innocent | DVD | (26/07/1999)
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Rich with ambiguity, this smooth adaptation of Scott Turow's bestselling mystery novel stars Harrison Ford as Rusty Sabich, the prosecuting attorney assigned to a case involving the murder of a beautiful, seductive lawyer (Greta Scacchi) with whom he'd been having a secret affair. After the investigation gets off to a slow start, damning evidence points to Rusty as the prime suspect. His career is destroyed when his superior and secondary suspect Raymond Horgan (Brian Dennehy) sets him up for the fall. Bonnie Bedelia plays Rusty's wife Barbara, who is not above suspicion herself. While Ford's performance rides a fine line between presumed innocence and possible guilt, director Alan J Pakula (All the President's Men) maintains a consistent tone of uncertainty that keeps the viewer guessing. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Defence Of The Realm | DVD | (28/01/2008)
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A reporter Mullen (Gabriel Byrne) stumbles on a story linking a prominent Member of Parliament to a KGB agent. Has there been a Government cover-up? Mullen teams up with Vernon Bayliss (Denholm Elliott) an old hack and Nina Beckam (Greta Scacchi) the MP's assistant to find out the truth.
Rasputin | DVD | (24/07/2000)
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Prince Alexei heir to the last Tsar is a hemophiliac. The Tsarina is persuaded to allow a mysterious monk Rasputin to use his powers of healing on the Prince. Against the wishes of the Tsar Rasputin tends to the young Prince - with frighteningly successful results. So begins a relationship which ended in Rasputin's murder and the eventual downfall of Imperial Russia...
The Red Violin | DVD | (12/05/2008)
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A skilled craftsman makes a violin for his unborn child. When tragedy strikes and his wife and child are killed he decides to finish the violin. The story follows the instrument as it travels across the centuries and changes hands many times.
The Player | DVD | (04/02/2008)
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The Odyssey | DVD | (30/05/2007)
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The Ebony Tower | DVD | (19/09/2011)
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Featuring a formidable central performance by Laurence Oliver one of Britain s most revered actors this BAFTA-nominated television play was adapted by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) from the novel by John Fowles; a distinguished supporting cast includes Greta Scacchi and Roger Rees. Henry Breasley (Olivier) is an elderly painter whose secluded retirement is invaded by David Williams (Rees) a brash young artist commissioned to produce a biographical study of the great man. Breasley shares his home in the South of France with two young English girls both former art students Diana and Anne. In this strange mnage David is left in no doubt about his host's views on modern abstract art. However he is puzzled by the old man's relationship with the girls especially when he also finds himself strongly attracted to Diana...
The Player | DVD | (30/04/2001)
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Robert Altman's a biting satire on the Hollywood industry, The Player, has always been acknowledged by insiders as too close to the truth for comfort. Opening with a self-referential nine-minute tracking shot around the studio lot where producer Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) works, the story's intrigue begins with the first of several postcard death threats from a writer he's angered. After accidentally killing the wrong man, Mill moves from one star-studded lunch table to another. All the while he's hounded by the real writer and an obsession with "Ice Queen" artist June Gudmundsdotter (Greta Scacchi) who'd been the deceased's girlfriend. Altman's tradition of improvised dialogue makes each of the dozens of cameos a fascinating treat for movie fans. Blink and you'll miss Angelica Houston, John Cusack, Rod Steiger, or Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts who appear in the hilarious movie-within-a-movie finale. There's an endless list of terrific support from the likes of dry-witted Fred Ward, fly-swatting Lyle Lovett, or tampon-twirling Whoopi Goldberg. Aside from the star-spotting and a script that crackles with sharp dialogue, this also warrants acknowledgement for being the movie to set off an explosion of independent film in the Nineties. On the DVD: there's a commentary track (which leaves the film's soundtrack playing a little too loud) from director Altman who talks at length about the poor state of today's industry, and writer Michael Tolkin who contributes about ten minutes of veiled displeasure about the treatment of a writer's work. There are five grainy deleted scenes featuring lost cameos from Tim Curry, Jeff Daniels, and Patrick Swayze. Then in a 16-minute featurette a lot of the deleted footage is repeated around an interview with Altman. A trailer rounds out the package. --Paul Tonks
Broken Trail | DVD | (18/06/2007)
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Set in 1898 Print Ritter (Robert Duvall) and his estranged nephew Tom Harte (Thomas Haden Church) become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls (introducing Caroline Chan Olivia Cheng Jadyn Wong Valerie Tian and Gwendoline Yeo). Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes.
Baltic Storm | DVD | (02/04/2007)
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This excellent drama follows a German journalist and a Swedish lawyer as they discover the truth behind the 1994 sinking of the MS Estonia in which more than 850 people lost their lives.
The Red Violin | DVD | (03/02/2003)
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François Girard's The Red Violin (1998) is a good-looking but ultimately insubstantial piece from a director who seems more concerned with tone, colour and style than narrative coherence. The film traces the story of a violin originally made in 17th-century Italy, which is taken to an 18th-century monastery to be played by a child prodigy. The violin later comes into the hand of a virtuoso in 19th-century Oxford, from there to China in the Cultural Revolution and on to Montreal, where--before it can be auctioned--it is "acquired"' by Samuel L Jackson. Unfortunately, none of these stories make much of an impression: the episode in Oxford is particularly weak, with Greta Scacchi wasted, and the film is even less than the sum of its parts. Jackson is completely miscast as an expert on musical instruments, even if a criminal one. To be frank, this is a poor effort, though well photographed and with a pleasing score by composer John Corigliano performed by violinist Joshua Bell. On the DVD:The disc contains a theatrical trailer but no other features. The soundtrack is excellent, in Dolby Surround. The image is equally good, in a 1.78:1 anamorphic print. --Ed Buscombe
Defence Of The Realm | DVD | (11/10/1999)
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In the politically charged atmosphere of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, newspaper reporters are hungry for the big story that will make them stars and their newspapers famous. Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne in his first starring role) is one such reporter for the London Daily Dispatch. A top member of Parliament (Ian Bannen) is the focus of the latest political scandal: he has been photographed with a prostitute who is known to have Russian contacts. Nick barrels into the scandal full-bore, despite warnings from his mentor (a deft Denholm Elliott). Nick receives a tip that makes his story a front-page item and he quickly becomes a celebrity himself. But as he soon discovers, there is much more to the story than he imagined. Director David Drury (Prime Suspect 3) keeps this highly complex, John le Carré-esque story moving swiftly. The clues are hard to find at times but it is not because the story is told unclearly; rather, the filmmakers have decided that audiences can think for themselves and piece together the information along with Nick. Defence of the Realm overlooked and truly entertaining thinking person's film. --Doug Thomas
The Book Of Revelation | DVD | (07/07/2008)
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A talented dancer (Long) is abducted and tortured by three mysterious women. He struggles to come to grips with his harrowing experience in this erotic mystery about power and sex the entanglement of victim and perpetrator and a man's struggle to regain his lost self. From the writer of the acclaimed Lantana.