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Home From Home - A Chronicle of A Vision BR | Blu Ray | (15/06/2015)
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Edgar Reitz (director of the Heimat Trilogy) continues his visionary journey through German history with a domestic drama and love story set against the backdrop of a forgotten tragedy. In the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans emigrated to faraway South America. It was a desperate bid to escape the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home. Jakob, the younger of two brothers, dreams about leaving his small village for adventures in the wild Brazilian jungle. Everyone who encounters Jakob is drawn into the maelstrom of his dreams: his parents, his belligerent brother Gustav, and above all, Henriette, the daughter of a gem cutter fallen on hard times. His brother's imminent return from military service, however, is destined to shatter Jakob's world and his love for Henriette.
Rocco and his brothers | DVD | (25/02/2008)
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From Luchino Visconti - the master director of such classics as La Terra Trema Bellissima and The Leopard - comes this epic study of family sex and betrayal. A widow Rosaria moves to the metropolis that is Milano from Lucania - Italy's rural south - with her 4 sons; one of whom is Rocco. The shock of the new is violent and immediate. A mother meddles. A whore beguiles. Brother faces brother.
Army of Shadows | Blu Ray | (08/04/2013)
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Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece completes his triptych about the German Occupation of France and the Resistance after Le Silence de la mer and Leon Morin, pretre. Now I have said everything about the war he told the newspaper Paris-Presse. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville's most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their own brand of honour in their battle against Hitler's regime. Special Features: Army of Shadows - The Hidden Side of the Story Documentary Booklet on the Movie Written by Professor and Film Critic Ginette Vincendeau
The Wages of Fear (Limited Edition Dual Format) | DVD | (24/07/2017)
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In 1953, before any American studio exec used the phrase "high concept", Henri-George Clouzot's The Wages of Fear boasted a premise so literally explosive that audiences were excited before they got into the theatres. With an oil-fire burning out of control deep in the South American jungle, two lorryloads of highly unstable nitro-glycerin have to be driven through miles of unstable terrain littered with dangerous turns, crumbling planks, falling rocks and mediocre hardtop. One good jolt will vaporise truck, nitro, drivers and a substantial swathe of the countryside, so the company recruits desperate souls among the loser tramps who loiter around the nowhere town of Las Piedras, begging for any kind of work. On the road, Clouzot stages a string of unforgettable sequences: one stretch of badly paved track can only be crossed by driving at under six miles an hour or over 40; a mountain turn requires that the trucks back out onto a rickety, rotten wooden structure; a 50-ton boulder has fallen into the road, and one of the drivers calmly drains a litre of nitro into his thermos to blow it up, only remembering when the fuse is lit that this will rain pebbles all over the countryside and a few good hits on the cargo will set it off. This is perhaps as great a mix of action-adventure and contest as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and still a textbook example of sustained suspense. On the DVD: The print is in great shape, though the image is a little soft; the menu has a clever explosive aspect and uses the same vintage artwork as the sleeve cannily combined with a snippet. There are trailers for both Wages and Clozuot's other masterpiece, Les Diaboliques, as well as biographies of the principal cast, eight stills and three posters.--Kim Newman
The Concert | DVD | (08/11/2010)
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Thirty years ago Andrei Simoniovich Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was the celebrated conductor of the renowned Bolshoi Orchestra. But during the communist era he was fired at the height of his fame for refusing to get rid of all his Jewish musicians which included his best friend Sasha. Now demoted to the position of cleaner at the Bolshoi he learns by chance that the Ch''telet Theatre in Paris has invited the Orchestra to perform there. Andrei decides to reunite his orchestra and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi Orchestra. He wants Anne-Marie Jacquet (M''lanie Laurent) a young virtuoso as the solo violinist to accompany his old Jewish and gypsy musicians. If they all manage to overcome the hardships ahead this very special concert will be a triumph.
Close Up | DVD | (27/08/2007)
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A brilliant exploration of the power of movies Close-Up reconstructs the true story of a cinephile's attempt to become a filmmaker he admires. Hossein Sabzian introduces himself as celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and under the pretext of working on a film project enters the private life of a well-to-do Teheran family and eventually faces fraud charges.
1939 Battle of Westerplatte | DVD | (24/06/2013)
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This harrowing war film is an epic dramatization of the first battle of World War II. The Battle of Westerplatte that began on 1 September 1939 will forever be remembered as the one that announced the beginning of the Second World War in Europe. Over one week fewer than 200 Polish soldiers fought against heavy German bombardment and in the process came to symbolize the power of resistance. As the violence rages a complex battle of a more personal nature plays out between two Polish commanders over how to best lead their men. Amid the bloodshed they must ask themselves - should they fight until the last man standing or surrender in the face of overwhelming odds? What unfolds is a stirring exploration of the fight against the forces of tyranny.
Katalin Varga | DVD | (22/02/2010)
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Antal Borlan's loving wife would never even suspect that her devoted and kind husband is responsible for a past atrocity. Antal believes he has felt God's forgiveness and that his enduring marriage is testament to his redemption. An avenging angel by the name of Katalin Varga scales the Carpathian Mountains by horse and is in possession of the one thing that can redefine Antal's notion of redemption. Yet Katalin cannot fully comprehend the notion of vengeance until the devastating trail she leaves behind in her search for Antal finally catches up with her.
Dune | DVD | (04/10/2004)
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David Lynch's Dune is the brilliant but fatally flawed would-be epic feature film version of Frank Herbert's novel of the same name, the bestselling science fiction novel ever written. It is a complex but too heavily simplified version of a far more elaborate book, a darkly Gothic far future space opera revolving around an imperial, dynastic power struggle on the desert planet of Arrakis. With what was in 1984 an enormous $40 million budget, Lynch retained a surprising amount of the industrial/Victorian feel of his previous features, Eraserhead (1976) and The Elephant Man (1980), and was able to bring to the screen some of the most imaginative and awe-inspiring production designs, costumes and action then seen. Indeed, as a spectacularly atmospheric vision of the future Dune has as much to recommend it as the far more celebrated Blade Runner (1982), with which it even shares the female romantic lead, Sean Young--here just one star in a superb cast. The problem, which an unauthorised extended TV version failed to fix, is that Lynch's original vision of Dune was massively cut for length, and as such the final third is so rapidly paced as to undermine the superb first two thirds. A director's cut is sorely needed, the cinema version playing like a butchered masterpiece. Also available is an entirely unconnected four-and-a-half-hour mini-series, Frank Herbert's Dune (2000), which is less visionary but more coherent. On the DVD: The 2.35:1 image suffers from not being anamorphically enhanced. There are minor flecks of dirt and scratches, but generally the print used is in good condition although there is a considerable amount of grain in some scenes and the image could be more detailed. The packaging claims the sound is Dolby Digital 5.1, but it is actually three-channel sound (stereo plus centre speaker), with the main stereo feed being duplicated in the rear channels. A full 5.1 remastering would improve matters considerably. Special features consist of the original trailer and a pointless gallery of seven badly cropped stills. There is a very basic animated and scored menu using the portentous main theme music from the film. --Gary S Dalkin
Café De Flore | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.
After The Wedding | DVD | (25/06/2007)
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Jacob Petersen has dedicated his life to helping street children in India. When the orphanage he heads is threatened by closure he receives an unusual offer. A Danish businessman Jrgen offers him a donation of $4 million dollars. There are however certain conditions... Not only must Jacob return to Denmark he must also take part in the wedding of Jrgen's daughter. The wedding proves to be a critical juncture between past and future and catapults Jacob into the most intense dilemma of his life.
Le Trou | Blu Ray | (05/06/2017)
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Influential director Jacques Becker's final film, Le Trou is also amongst his very best. Hailed as a masterpiece by Truffaut, it remains a compelling work, superbly directed and photographed with a remarkable attention to detail. 1947. A young man, Gaspard Claude (Marc Michel), is convicted for the attempted murder of his wife, although he is innocent of the crime. He is sent to the notorious SantÃ© Prison in Paris and is placed in a cell with four hardened criminals. The latter have decided to escape from the prison by digging their way out of their cell. Reluctantly, they take Gaspard into their confidence and labour digging their way out of their cell. Then, just when escape appears certain, Gaspard is called away to see the prison governor
Man About Dog | DVD | (21/04/2008)
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An Irish black comedy featuring three chancers on the run from a violent debt collector. On the way they acquire an abandoned greyhound which they use to make some money from betting it at the races. After making a fortune from the dog the lads find themselves pursued by the dog's original owners an angry group of travellers armed with crossbows shotguns and chainsaws. At the same time local crime boss J.P. McCallion (Sean McGinley) is tailing the boys so he can snatch the dog and the money for himself.
The Charlie Chaplin Collection BR 11 discs | Blu Ray | (07/12/2015)
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THE CHAPLIN REVUE The Chaplin Revue consists of three highly acclaimed short silent comedies featuring Chaplin's famous trademark character, the Little Tramp. A Dog's Life (1918) The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city... Shoulder Arms (1918) Chaplin features as a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines... The Pilgrim (1923) Featuring the Tramp as an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church... CITY LIGHTS Wandering the city streets, the Little Tramp happens upon a blind flower girl who mistakes him for a wealthy gentleman, and manages to save and befriend a drunken millionaire who is trying to drown himself in the river. A world of disenchanted bourgeoisie, where social structure and class are misconceived and questioned at every turn, City Lights has gone down in history as not only one of Chaplin's best films but one of the best ever committed to celluloid. THE CIRCUS The Little Tramp is hired by a circus and soon becomes the main attraction when his comedic blunders drive the crowd wild. Yet he himself is unaware of this newly acquired eminence due to his tunnel vision of love for the ringmaster's daughter. The Circus features one of the most memorable appearances by the Little Tramp where Chaplin delivers a whirlwind of visual gags that are quite literally show stopping.
Immoral Tales | Blu Ray | (08/09/2014)
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Although it has much in common with Walerian Borowczyk's earlier work Immoral Tales marks the point where his reputation as an arty pornographer began and was sexually explicit enough to have caused problems with the censors on its original UK release. It tells four stories revolving around particular taboos (virginity female masturbation bloodlust incest) each delving further back in time as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human history and in all walks of life whether it's Lucrezia Borgia (Florence Bellamy) or Erzs&eacute;bet B&aacute;thory (Paloma Picasso in her only screen role) or the anonymous teenagers of the earlier episodes. This high-definition restoration by Argos Films is being released on Blu-ray with English subtitles for the first time. The film is presented in two versions: the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The True Story of the Beast of G&eacute;vaudan that was later expanded into Borowczyk's later feature The Beast. The disc also includes both cuts of A Private Collection (1973) the short film that scandalised film festival audiences with its witty and often graphic study of vintage erotica. Special Features: New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio Optional English subtitles Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird Love Reveals Itself a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duverg&eacute;-S&eacute;gr&eacute;tin and cinematographer No&euml;l V&eacute;ry A Private Collection (1973) presented in the commercially released version and the more explicit 'Oberhausen' cut Boro Brunch a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk's crew Theatrical Trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs Booklet
Weekend | DVD | (19/03/2012)
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On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend - in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex – that will resonate throughout their lives.Extras: Interviews with director and cast Quinnford with Scout Gallery and Commentary London Film Festival featurette
Pedro Almodóvar: The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (26/12/2011)
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Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down Ricky (Antonio Banderas) is released from a mental hospital, and knows exactly what he wants to do with his life, and his new found freedom. He hunts down Marina (Victoria Abril), a porn film star he once had sex with, and tries to convince her to be his wife. She is a bit reluctant, so Ricky ties her up until she falls in love with him...Will this approach endear him to her? This dark comedy from Oscar winning director Pedro Almodovar brings you an alternative love story... with strings attached! Bad Education Academy Award winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar takes a look at his own adolescence as well as confronting the issue of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church in this stylish thriller, which was chosen to open the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In 1980s Madrid two young men, filmmaker Ignacio (Fele Martinez, Talk To Her) and aspiring actor Enrique (Gael Garcia Bernal, Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mama Tambien) open up dark secrets as they revisit their early years together at a Catholic school. As they try to uncover the truth about themselves, each other and the diverse characters in their story, they realise that things and people are not as they first seem. All About My Mother From acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, a stunning valentine to femininity in all its disguises, motherhood in all its glory and to classic Hollywood melodramas and their diva actresses. A birthday treat turns into heart-rending tragedy for single mother Manuela (Cecilia Roth) when her teenage son is killed in a car accident after a performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' starring his favourite actress Huma Roja (Marisa Paredes). Determined to exorcise her overwhelming guilt, Manuela goes to Barcelona to finally tell his father about the son he never knew he had. There, the reason why she has kept the identity of her forbidden lover a secret for so long is revealed. He is a transvestite named Lola who is dying from an AIDS related illness. However in confronting her own past, Manuela forges a new future with Lola's transsexual best friend Agrado (Antonia San Juan), church social worker Sister Rosa (Penelope Cruz) and Huma, when her play comes to town. But even as the women from different fringes of society form a bond, further heartbreak, misfortune and ultimate joy lies in store for each. Considered by critics worldwide to be the finest movie Almodovar has directed in his entire glittering career, and featuring glorious acting from the cream of Spanish cinema, All About My Mother combines warmth, love, tears and humour as it builds to an unforgettable emotional crescendo. Talk To Her In this ravishing tale of romantic obsession, loneliness and friendship. Director Pedro Almodovar crafts a life affirming story of two tragic woman and the men who love them. After a chance encounter at a theatre, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. Volver Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) and her sister Sol (Lola Duenas) are visited by the apparition of their mother (Carmen Maura), who has returned to reconcile with her daughters and resolve an issue that has haunted the family since her death. Broken Embraces The latest film from Pedro Almodovar, starring Penelope Cruz. It starts in present-day Madrid. Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar) is a filmmaker who's been blind ever since a car accident on the island of Lanzarote that also claimed the life of his lover Lena (Penelope Cruz). Since the tragedy, he's been known only by his pen name Harry Caine, repressing his former self in order to live life to the full, looked after by his age-old friend Judit (Blanca Portillo) and her son Diego. The Skin I Live In Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders | DVD | (25/08/2008)
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With elements of horror fairy-tale folklore surrealism and Freudian symbolism Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a surreal tale in which love fear sex and religion merge into one fantastic world in the mind of an adolescent girl.
Luis Bunuel Boxset | DVD | (08/07/2013)
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Diary of a Chambermaid (1964) Jeanne Moreau is a chambermaid who uses her feminine charms to control and advance her situation, in a social setting of corruption, violence, sexual obsession and perversion. Belle de Jour (1967) A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. Tristana (1970) After the death of her mother, Tristana goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope, an older man who eventually breaks through his façade of respectability and seduces her. She repays him a hundred fold, preying on his jealousy and taunting him with perverse whimsies. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. The Phantom of Liberty (1974) Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of non sequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Buñuel throughout his career. The Milky Way (1969) Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they ...The Luis Bunuel Collection - 7-DVD Box Set ( Belle de jour / Le Journal d'une femme de chambre / Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie / Cet obscur objet du désir / Le Fantôme de la liberté / La Voie lactée / Tristana ) ( Beauty of the Day /
Tintin Movie Collection | DVD | (28/10/2013)
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Tintin is the world's most famous boy reporter. With his faithful dog Snowy at his side the intrepid pair travel the globe to investigate exciting cases. Join him on his adventures with these 3 feature-length animated movies. Find out what happens when mysterious explosions set Tintin and Captain Haddock on the trail of the enigmatic Professor Calculus in the The Calculus Affair. Will Tintin save the day when he travels to Peru and encounters the wrath of the Inca in Prisoners of the Sun? And prepare for peril as Tintin and Snowy are on the trail of a priceless pearl in Mystery at Shark Lake. Whether you're discovering Tintin for the first time or are a life-long fan this classic collection will be sure to take you on the adventure of a lifetime.