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Leon: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows
Cool Runnings | DVD | (22/01/2001)
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Based on an improbable but true story, Cool Runnings concerns the Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Director Jon Turteltaub (Phenomenon) does a fine job with both the absurdity of the situation (the athletes had never even seen snow) and the passion behind it (their desire to compete and win). John Candy, in one of his last roles, is touching as a disgraced coach who seizes the opportunity to work with the Jamaicans as a chance for redemption. The bobsled scenes look good and the races are exciting. The climax, which is entirely unexpected, takes the film to a wholly different level, even if events in the story don't quite match the facts. --Tom Keogh
Tora! Tora! Tora! | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010)
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Here is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora!: "Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war films, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary war. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Face | DVD | (07/10/2002)
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At thirty five Ray's learned the tricks and done the time. Now he's a face - a villain to be reckoned with and definitely not to be crossed - ready for the blag the big score that'll really set him and his team up. Although the job goes smooth and sweet the take doesn't scratch the three million the gang had it figured for. And when somebody starts thieving from the thieves and people start getting blown away Ray's got some serious thinking to do before the traitor - or the law -
Carve Her Name With Pride | DVD | (12/09/2016)
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Virginia McKenna gives a moving, BAFTA-nominated performance as Violette Szabo, one of the Second World War's most revered heroines. The dramatic story of her resistance work, imprisonment and ultimate fate, Carve Her Name with Pride stands as a tribute to the secret agent who would be posthumously awarded the George Cross for her vital and courageous role in the fight against Nazism. Directed by the Oscar-nominated Lewis Gilbert and co-starring Paul Scofield and Jack Warner, this classic feature is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Following her recruitment by the Special Operations Executive, Violette Szabo volunteers to be parachuted into occupied France to re-organise a shattered resistance group. Though successful in destabilising German reinforcements for the battles raging on the Normandy front, Violette knows only too well that the life expectancy of an undercover operative can usually be measured in weeks and months... SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary with Virginia McKenna and John Shirley (Editor) Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery
The Jensen Code - The Complete Series | DVD | (18/05/2009)
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Sixteen-year-old Terry Connor is sent, along with a few of his friends, to an Outward Bound centre. On his first day at the centre Terry is taken pot-holing by the senior instructor, Alex. All goes well until, at 100 feet underground, Alex goes to search for the torch that Terry has dropped.Hours pass, and, to Terry's astonishment, when Alex finally returns he has no recollection whatever of having been absent. Terry suspects something sinister is taking place - it is surely no coincidence that there is a secret Ministry of Defence establishment nearby. But just how deeply his curiosity will involve him in dangerous matters becomes clear when he learns the truth about the 'Jensen Code'...The Jensen Code was a highly unusual children's thriller series, written by Carey Harrison (author son of actor Rex Harrison), and starring David (Dai) Bradley, the BAFTA-winning young star of Kes, as the teenager who unwittingly uncovers a terrifying space-age espionage project. This complete 13-part series, rarely seen since its original transmission in 1973, is released here for the first time in any format. Originally made in colour, The Jensen Code now exists only as black and white telerecordings made for overseas sales, the full colour episodes having been junked many years ago.
Silver Bullet | DVD | (28/02/2011)
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A Werewolf terrorizes the small city where lives Marty Coslaw - a paralytic boy his uncle and his sister.
Your Move | DVD | (05/02/2018)
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How far will you go to protect your family?
Vera - Series 1 | DVD | (23/05/2011)
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Introducing this major new detective franchise Vera starring Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Brenda Blethyn as Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Middle-aged Vera is an experienced not to mention brilliant murder detective. Kind-hearted but a loner she freely admits she can become obsessed with her job.
Blood From The Mummy's Tomb (Doubleplay) | Blu Ray | (30/10/2017)
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Margaret (Valerie Leon) suffers a recurring nightmare in which she sees an ancient Egyptian queen, to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance, sealed up in a sarcophagus. The priests who entomb her first chop off her hand, before throwing it to jackals. They are then killed by a mysterious and powerful force that lacerates their throats. Margaret's father, Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir), gives her a ring that he discovered in the tomb of Queen Tera 20 years before the ring was on the queen's disembodied hand. At the moment Fuchs discovered the Queen's perfectly preserved, still bleeding, body, Margaret's mother died giving birth to her. When a certain celestial conjunction is complete, and three key artefacts are assembled by Tera's corpse, the evil sorceress will be reborn EXTRAS: NEW FEATURETTE - The Pharaoh's Curse: Inside Blood From the Mummy's Tomb ORIGINAL TRAILER
Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead | DVD | (11/05/2015)
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Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister Brooke is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers &amp; experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her &amp; teams up with Benny a fellow survivor - together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.
Lone Wolf McQuade | DVD | (12/01/2004)
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Chuck Norris is Lone Wolf McQuade a legendary Texas Ranger feared by outlaws and respected by other lawmen. When McQuade uncovers a gun smuggling operation led by an American gangster the action explodes with McQuade wreaking havoc on all those who come between him and the law...
Meet Me In St. Louis | DVD | (24/05/2004)
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The wonderful Judy Garland stars in this charming musical as Esther Smith whose father comes home and announces he is going to uproot his whole family to New York on the very eve of the 1903 St. Louis World Fair. Brilliantly directed by Vincente Minnelli and full of wonderful songs - 'Trolley Song' 'Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas'.
Fresh Horses | DVD | (01/08/2005)
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Love doesn't have to last a lifetime. A Cincinnati college student breaks off his engagement to his wealthy fiance after he falls in love with a backwoods Kentucky girl he meets at a party. She claims to be 20 years old but he learns that she's actually just 16 and already married. Available for the first time on DVD!
Jericho | DVD | (15/05/2006)
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A mind for crime a taste for fame. Robert Lindsay stars in this four part series as 1950's renegade Detective Inspector Michael Jericho of Scotland Yard. A wonderfully distinctive series the CGI flourishes really help to create a sense of a sense of London in the '50s to which some have dubbed 'Glamour Noir'. Episode 1: A Pair of Ragged Claws This episode is set in 1958. Jericho is the most famous policeman in London. Two different crimes fall into his lap: the mur
Vera - Series 2 | DVD | (21/05/2012)
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The first series of Vera may have left the show a little bit of work to do, but this follow-up run of stories improves things with considerable skill. The basic premise remains similar. Vera follows the work of Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a woman driven to solve crime, whilst battling a catalogue of problems of her own. So far, so conventional. Television is hardly short of detectives, after all. But Vera has a trump card, and her name is Brenda Blethyn. The Oscar-nominated actress gives a considered performance in the title role, and the lends the show the gravitas it needs to keep us hooked. Blethyn is front and centre for much of the four episodes collected together here, and it's a complex collection of cases she's presented with. For instance, she has to face the mysterious suicide of a former colleague, and the odd murder of a social worker, each of which comes with a labyrinthine backstory that Vera needs to get to grips with. There are still problems with Vera that this second series doesn't completely solve. Based once more on Ann Cleeves' novels, the wonderful Blethyn has proven to be a divisive choice amongst hardened fans of the books, and whilst her character is deepened here, more work on the writing and less reliance on the leading actress would serve the show well. That said, her adventures here are fleshed out, interesting, and intriguing to watch. And Vera continues, as it did in the second half of its maiden series, to improve. Well worth a look. --Jon Foster
Beat Street | DVD | (12/04/2005)
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A slightly dated but nonetheless fascinating snap shot of musical history, Beat Street is an urban musical detailing the roots of hip-hop. Set in early 1980s New York, the film focuses on the lives of a small group of young people setting their experiences against the larger backdrop of the city's burgeoning music scene. The story of up and coming DJ Kenny and his relationship with jazz musician Tracy may only be a device, but it's surprisingly effective, as is the ultimately tragic tale of graffiti artist Remo. The movie's real raison d'être, however, is to showcase the sounds of the street and thus is full of some of hip-hop's most influential names--Melle Mel, Doug E Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, The Rocksteady Crew, Jazzy Jeff and Arthur Baker--and while the combination of electro and rapping may sound a little crude to modern ears, there can be no doubt that Beat Street is the sight and sound of history being made. On the DVD: Beat Street on disc comes with pretty basic picture quality, but the soundtrack has benefited greatly from the digital remastering. The extras are limited to a collection of stills from the film and an amusing guide to break beats, which seems like a wasted opportunity. Given the nature of the movie, it's something of a shame that this disc doesn't go deeper into the subject matter. For a far more detailed examination of how the music of Kraftwerk blended with the sounds of American city streets, go to Volume 3 of the excellent BBC series Dancing in the Street. --Phil Udell
Filmworker | DVD | (23/07/2018)
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It s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else s creative vision. Yet, that s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as Lord Bullingdon in Stanley Kubrick s Barry Lyndon. The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick s loyal right-hand man. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind-the-scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work. The complex, interdependent relationship between Leon and Kubrick was founded on devotion, sacrifice and the grueling, joyful reality of the creative process. By entering their unique world, we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless cinema is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.
Three Extremes 2 | DVD | (25/09/2006)
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3...Extremes took you to the edge; now 3 Extremes II pushes you over with three more nightmarish tales of terror from Kim Jee-Woon (A Tale Of Two Sisters) Nonzee Nimiburr (Nang Nak) and Peter Ho-Sun Chan (producer of The Eye The Eye 2 and 3...Extremes). Memories: A woman wakes up on a street without memory and wanders the streets trying to contact the only phone number she has on her while her husband cannot remember why she left him...then discovers a mutilated body hidden in his car. The Wheel: Extravagant cursed puppets cause fires death physical pain and a little girl to be possessed. Going Home: A father in search of his missing son is abducted by a man who keeps his dead wife in his apartment under the impression she will ""wake up.""
The Postman Always Rings Twice | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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Even under the heavy censorship of 1946 Hollywood, Lana Turner and John Garfield's libidinous desires burn up the screen in Tay Garnett's adaptation of James M. Cain's torrid crime melodrama. Platinum blond Turner is Cora, a restless sexpot stuck in a roadside diner married to mundane middle-aged fry cook Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) when handsome drifter Frank (Garfield) blows her way. It's lust at first sight, a rapacious desire that neither can break off, and before long they're plotting his demise--but in the wicked world of Cain nothing is that easy. Garnett's visual approach is subdued compared to the more expressionistic film noir of the period, but he's at no loss when he films the luminous Turner in her milky-white wardrobe. She radiates repressed sexuality and uncontrollable passion while Garfield's smart-talking loner Frank mixes street-smart swagger and scrappy toughness with vulnerability and sincere intensity. Co-star Hume Cronyn cuts a cold, calculating figure as their conniving lawyer, a chilly character that only increases our feelings for the murderous couple, victims of an all-consuming amour fou that drives their passions to extremes. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Never Give A Sucker An Even Break | DVD | (05/05/2008)
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In his last starring role W.C. Fields plays himself having a typical day at his studio Esoteric Pictures. Director Eddie Cline masterfully imparts a certain level of surreal spontaneity to Field's digressions and misadventures. Fields eats breakfast spars with a sarcastic waitress (Jody Gilbert) and then pitches his fractured script to studio head Franklin Pangborn. The script reading becomes a film within a film commencing with the hero of the tale (Fields again playing himself) leaping out of an airplane in hot pursuit of a flask of whiskey. He lands on the bed of an innocent young girl and tries to seduce her before her mom (Margaret Dumont) comes crashing in. Fields then escapes over a cliff in a basket. Things get even more bizarre before Pangborn throws him out and back into a reality that culminates in a lengthy frenetic car chase. There's also some musical interludes courtesy Gloria Jean a singing star Universal was grooming for success at the time. Though Fields undoubtedly bristled at the studio's insistence he share the bill the two actually display a touching rapport in their scenes together; just another small miracle in this truly unique and hilarious film.