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Ride With The Devil | DVD | (22/05/2000)
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Great period pictures make you feel as if you've stepped into another era, heard its language, breathed its spirit, and come away with a fresh perspective on that time as well as your own. Ride with the Devil is one of those special films--why wasn't it more widely embraced by reviewers and filmgoers? Did it rely too much on our patience for slow accumulation of unforced rhythms and meanings (as opposed to The Patriot, which "moved" audiences with cattle-prod simplicity and manipulation)? Ride with the Devil--smart, handsome, tenderly awed by how individual lives get ambushed by history--is ripe for rediscovery. The Civil War of battlefields and plantation houses is nowhere to be seen here. Instead we see the war as an improvised and largely blundering but very bloody feud among neighbours in the border state of Missouri. In this bucolic war zone--more than a little reminiscent of the Balkans in the late 1990s--the Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee (The Ice Storm) traces the destinies of several young Southern bushwhackers (guerrilla fighters) as they experience violence, the seasons, and different kinds of love. Skeet Ulrich draws the aristocratic glamour role (and top billing), but he's overshadowed by Tobey Maguire as a first-generation American, the magnificent Jeffrey Wright (a shameful oversight at Oscar time) as a freed slave fighting beside his former master, and singer Jewel in a very natural acting debut as the young widow who graces all their lives. The title The Birth of a Nation was already taken, but by the end of this movie you feel it would have applied here. --Richard T. Jameson, Amazon.com
Basquiat | DVD | (30/06/2003)
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In his writing and directorial debut, Julian Schnabel's film Basquiat depicts the life of graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, aka SAMO, and the turbulent period from the late 1970s to 1988, as his life was catapulted into fame and notoriety. As Jean-Michel's work gained favourable attention from New York's elite art community, he went from a street punk living in a cardboard box to the first black artist to succeed in the all-white dominated art world. Tony Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright does a brilliant job portraying a man tortured by self-doubt and thoughts of suicide, struggling to survive and be acknowledged as an artist. The film's use of dream-like imagery and rhythmic pace tells the story from the perspective of Jean-Michel's eyes as he manages to "float" through relationships and gallery showings,until his impending death in 1988 from a heroin overdose. Brimming with talent, the film also stars David Bowie as pop-artist Andy Warhol, Michael Wincott as poet Rene Ricard and many others, including Gary Oldman, Benicio del Toro, Dennis Hopper and Courtney Love. --Michele Goodson
Casino Royale | UMD | (19/03/2007)
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Casino Royale | Blu Ray | (01/10/2012)
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<i>Bond is back!</i> Back to the beginning of James Bond's career, MI6's newest recruit (Daniel Craig, the first blonde 007) is tasked with taking down a man known as 'Le Chiffre' (Mads Mikkelsen), a money launderer for terrorists who is raising operational funds at a casino game in the Bahamas... The first Bond adventure since 1987 to be based on one of Ian Fleming's original novels, Paul Haggis (Oscar winning writer/director of <i>Crash</i>) adapts <i>Casino Royale</i> for a new generatio...
Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) | Blu Ray | (20/10/2008)
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Bond is back! Back to the beginning of James Bond's career MI6's newest recruit (Daniel Craig the first blonde 007) is tasked with taking down a man known as Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) a money launderer for terrorists who is raising operational funds at a high-stakes poker game in the exclusive Montenegro establishment of Casino Royale... Exhilarating breathless and at times brutal this is the first Bond adventure since 1987 to be based on one of Ian Fleming's original novels. Paul Haggis (Oscar winning writer/director of Crash) adapts Casino Royale for a new generation as Daniel Craig new Aston Martin DBS in tow fills out the tuxedo of the ultra-smooth and ultra-deadly superspy.
Double: Cadillac Records/ Ray (2004) | DVD | (10/10/2011)
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Titles Comprise:Cadillac Records:In the 1950's Leonard Chess' record label 'Chess Records' was at the forefront of blues, soul and rhythm and blues in the States. With a fine musical ear and canny business acumen, Chess managed to collate a roster which included such legendary stars as Etta James (Beyonce Knowles) and Chuck Berry (Mos Def). Sex, violence and rock 'n' roll hit hard in this dramatic telling of a famous music empires' rise and fall.Ray: Riding high on a wave of Oscar buzz, Foxx proved himself worthy of all the hype by portraying blind R&B legend Ray Charles in a warts-and-all performance that Charles approved shortly before his death in June 2004.
Cadillac Records | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009)
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In the 1950's Leonard Chess' record label 'Chess Records' was at the forefront of blues soul and rhythm and blues in the States. With a fine musical ear and canny business acumen Chess managed to collate a roster which included such legendary stars as Etta James (Beyonce Knowles) and Chuck Berry (Mos Def). Sex violence and rock 'n' roll hit hard in this dramatic telling of a famous music empires' rise and fall.
Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) | DVD | (20/10/2008)
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The most successful invigoration of a cinematic franchise since Batman Begins, Casino Royale offers a new Bond identity. Based on the Ian Fleming novel that introduced Agent 007 into a Cold War world, Casino Royale is the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service. Meet the new Bond; not the same as the old Bond. Daniel Craig gives a galvanising performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, yes, but also a "blunt instrument," reckless and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. In classic Bond film tradition, his global itinerary takes him to far-flung locales, including Uganda, Madagascar, the Bahamas (that's more like it) and Montenegro, where he is pitted against his nemesis in a poker game, with hundreds of millions in the pot. The stakes get even higher when Bond lets down his armour by falling in love with Vesper (Eva Green), the ravishing banker's representative fronting him the money. For longtime fans of the franchise, Casino Royale offers some retro kicks. Bond wins his iconic Aston Martin at the gaming table, and when a bartender asks if he wants his martini "shaken or stirred," he disdainfully replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?". There's no Moneypenny or "Q," but Dame Judi Dench is back as the exasperated M who, one senses, admires Bond's "bloody cheek." A Bond film is only as good as its villain, and Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre, who weeps blood, is a sinister dandy. From its punishing violence and virtuoso action sequences to its romance, Casino Royale is a Bond film that, in the words of one character, 'makes you feel it', particularly during an excruciating torture sequence. Double-0s, Bond observes early on, "have a short life expectancy". But with Craig, there is new life in the old franchise yet, as well as genuine anticipation for the next one when, at last, the signature James Bond theme kicks in following the best last line ever in any Bond film. To quote Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin, "now I know what I've been faking all these years". --Donald Liebenson
The Daniel Craig Collection - Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace | Blu Ray | (14/09/2015)
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Casino Royale Introduces JAMES BOND before he holds his licence to kill. No less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, Bond is elevated to 00 status. M (Judi Dench), head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly promoted 007 on his first mission to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier attempting to recapture funds in a highstakes poker game at the Casino Royale. When Bond is placed under the watchful eye of the treasury official Vesper Lynd, his initial skepticism of her turns into a deepening interest as Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one. Quantum of Solace On a nonstop quest for justice that crisscrosses the globe, Bond meets the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who leads him to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious Quantum organisation. When Bond uncovers a conspiracy to take control of one of the world's most important natural resources, he must navigate a minefield of treachery, deception and murder to neutralise Quantum before it's too late!
Syriana | HD DVD | (04/12/2006)
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Everything is connected. From writer/director Stephen Gaghan winner of the Best Screenplay Oscar for Traffic comes Syriana a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf the film's multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies while across the globe a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Boycott | DVD | (03/02/2003)
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A drama based on the events in Alabama in 1955. When a black woman refuses to give up her seat on a bus for a white woman she is arrested and charged under the state's segregation laws. Enter a man called Martin Luther King who leads a boycott of the buses and a fight against prejudice...
Ali | UMD | (01/09/2005)
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The Manchurian Candidate | HD DVD | (17/09/2007)
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When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer Major Ben Marco was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened or indeed didn't happen in Iraq. Searching for peace from his nightmares Marco discovers that Shaw's story is beginning to unravel; whatever the truth the sinister Manchurian Global corporation is desperate to prevent him finding it....
Chicago 10 | DVD | (05/04/2010)
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Chicago 10 tells the story of the buildup and unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy trial. Interweaving footage of the brutal clashes between police and demonstrators during the 1968 Democratic convention with 3D animated reenactments of the outrageous trial that followed it it presents the turmoil of what unfolded which descended into an absurdist spectacle. Set to a blazing soundtrack that ranges from Black Sabbath to the Beastie Boys and Eminem Chicago 10 is a stirring account of taking a stand in the face of an authoritarian and punitive government.
Syriana | DVD | (10/07/2006)
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Syriana is an oil-based soap opera set against the world of global oil cartels. It is to the oil industry as Traffic was to the drug trade (no surprise, since writer/director Stephen Gaghan wrote the screenplay to Traffic): a sprawling attempt to portray the vast political, business, social, and personal implications of a societal addiction, in this case, oil. A major merger between two of the world's largest oil companies reveals ethical dilemmas for the lawyer charged with making the deal (Jeffrey Wright), and major global implications beyond the obvious; a CIA operative (George Clooney) discovers the truth about his work, and the people he works for; a young oil broker (Matt Damon) encounters personal tragedy, then partners with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig) attempting to build a new economy for his people, only to find he's opposed by powers far beyond his control. Meanwhile, disenfranchised Pakistani youths are lured into terrorism by a radical Islamic cleric. And that's just the start. As in Traffic, in one way or another all of the characters' fates are tied to each other, whether they realize it or not, though the connections are sometimes tenuous. While Syriana is basically a good film with timely resonance, it can't quite seem to measure up to Gaghan's ambitious vision and it very nearly collapses under the weight of its many storylines. Fortunately they are resolved skilfully enough to keep the film from going under in the end. To some viewers, Syriana will seem like an unfocused and over-loaded film that goes, all at once, everywhere and nowhere. Others will find it to be an important work earnestly exploring major issues. In either case, it's a film that deserves to be taken seriously, and it's likely to be one that will be talked about for a long time to come. --Dan Vancini
Westworld: Season One - The Maze | Blu Ray | (06/11/2017)
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All ten episodes from the first series of the HBO sci-fi drama based on the 1973 film, written and directed by Michael Crichton. The show takes place in the futuristic and technologically advanced Western theme park 'Westworld' where androids known as hosts cater to their guests' every desire. Its creator Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has designed an expansive experience where wealthy customers pay to immerse themselves in the Wild West with his artificially intelligent beings on hand to indulge their fantasies. One such customer (Ed Harris) enters the park in search a maze and like so many of his fellow clients attacks two of the robots, Teddy and Dolores (James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood), shortly after his arrival. Dolores' subsequent strange behaviour leads Dr. Ford to investigate her programming which appears normal, but it seems she is not the only host displaying changes in their behaviour... The episodes are: 'The Original', 'Chestnut', 'The Stray', 'Dissonance Theory', 'Contrapasso', 'The Adversary', 'Trompe L'Oeil', 'Trace Decay', 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' and 'The Bicameral Mind'.