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The Butcher Boy | DVD | (15/10/2007)
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A classic Irish movie, The Butcher Boy is set in a small town in Ireland in the mid part of the twentieth century. It tells the story of Francis 'Francie' Brady, a schoolboy who lives with his mother and alcoholic father. In the early part of the book it becomes apparent that Francie's mother is abused both verbally and physically by her belligerent husband, on a frequent basis. Francie's father, Benny, was raised in a tough religious school in Belfast, and it is suggested that this experience left him mentally traumatised. This mental trauma has left Benny bitter and angry, and he takes this anger out on his wife, his fury fuelled by alcohol. Francie's mother considers suicide and is committed for a time to a mental health facility.
All Quiet on the Western Front | Blu Ray | (10/09/2012)
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Unlike most message films which date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key unpolished and deeply-felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in countries mobilising for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres) declares, We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed - that's all. All Quiet On The Western Front is an anthology of now famous scenes: Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for the butterfly.
Sharpe's Peril | DVD | (10/11/2008)
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Only one man can save them all The award-winning series Sharpe starring Sean Bean returns for another action-packed adventure. It's India 1818 and Lt Col Richard Sharpe and Sergeant Major Patrick Harper are travelling across India escorting the beautiful Marie-Angelique Bonnet to meet her fianc''e. While in bandit-plagued badlands they come across the very dregs of the Crown's troops; an ill disciplined rag-tag unit led by boy soldier Beauclare. As Sharpe and company sit down to have dinner with their hosts the camp comes under attack by the notorious bandit Chitu. As the dust settles it becomes apparent there have been many casualties and Sharpe realises that he is the only person now capable of getting this wagon train to the safety of the next army garrison. Little does Sharpe know that the adventure has only just begun and that he has inadvertently stumbled across a massive opium trafficking ring...
The Cruel Sea | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011)
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Nicholas Monsarrat's novel is an unflinching, realistic and emotionally involving account of naval life during the Second World War in which the "heroes" are the men, the "heroines" the ships and the "villain" is not so much the German U-Boats lurking below as "the cruel sea" itself. This 1953 film has become a classic of British cinema largely because it is a straightforward, no-frills adaptation of the book and retain's much of the original's compelling yet almost understated dramatic focus. On convoy duty in the North Atlantic, the crew of HMS Compass Rose face as a matter of routine the threat of destruction from U-Boats as well as a constant struggle against the elements. The convoys themselves are Britain's only lifeline and their loss would lead to certain defeat, but in the early years of the war the ships sent to protect them can do almost nothing to prevent the U-Boat attacks. Jack Hawkins gives one of his finest performances as Captain Ericson, the commander who has to balance destroying the enemy against saving the lives of the men under his care. In one unforgettable scene--a crucial turning point for all the characters--he must decide whether to depth charge a suspected submarine despite the presence of British sailors in the water. As with the book, the individual officers and their lives are carefully delineated, helped by the strength of a cast of (then) young actors (notably Donald Sinden and Denholm Elliot). Ultimately what makes The Cruel Sea such an undeniable classic is that it has neither the flag-waving jingoism nor the war-is-hell melodrama so common to most war movies: instead it relates in an almost matter-of-fact way the bitterness of the conflict at sea fought by ordinary men placed in the most extraordinary of circumstances. --Mark Walker
Zodiac - Director's Cut | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008)
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Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history Zodiac is a thriller from David Fincher director of Se7en and Panic Room. As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
The Green Berets | DVD | (22/02/1999)
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Anyone who fought in Vietnam can tell you that the war bore little resemblance to this propagandistic action film starring and codirected by John Wayne. But Green Berets itself is not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest; critics roasted its gung-ho politics while ignoring its merits as an exciting (if rather conventional and idealistic) war movie. Some notorious mistakes were made--in the final shot, the sun sets in the east!--and it's an awkward attempt to graft WWII heroics onto the Vietnam experience. But as the Duke's attempt to acknowledge the men who were fighting and dying overseas, it's a rousing film in which Wayne commands a regiment on a mission to kidnap a Viet Cong general. David Janssen plays a journalist who learns to understand Wayne's commitment to battling Communism, and Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) plays an ill-fated soldier who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. --Jeff Shannon
Brick | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009)
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A prizewinner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for Originality of Vision Brick is Rian Johnson's debut feature as writer and director and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin) Lukas Haas (Last Days) and Emilie de Ravin (Lost). Brendan Frye is a loner someone who knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead he is determined to find the who and why and plunges into the dark and dangerous social strata of rich girl Laura intimidating Tug drug-addled Dode seductive Kara and the ominous Pin. But who can he really trust? Brick turns the American high-school genre on its head injecting hard boiled dialogue and a classic film noir style reminiscent of The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. An original absorbing mystery that will leave you spellbound.
Full Metal Jacket | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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One of a series of revisionist Vietnam cinema released in the late 1980s, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket is essentially split into two stories linked by a number of characters. The film follows new recruit Joker (Matthew Modine) and his fellow soldiers through their basic training and into combat in Vietnam. The first half is a chilling portrayal of military brutality and de-humanisation, mainly at the hands of Sgt Hartman (played at a level of staggering intensity by ex-Marine Lee Ermey), that centres around the tragic character of Private Pyle, a young man pushed to the edge of his endurance. The tone of the film is no less harsh when transported to the combat zone as we see the results of the training process in action: the young men turned into unquestioning killing machines. Joker is perhaps the one exception, a soldier with "Born to Kill" written on his helmet who also sports a peace sign on his lapel. But the film finds itself caught in the trap of many of the war movies of the time--how to create audience empathy with characters who are essentially in the wrong. It's a dilemma that Full Metal Jacket never really solves, although as a spectacle the film is a masterpiece. Made in the days before CGI became the norm, the battle sequences--filmed, rather bizarrely, in London's Docklands before its redevelopment--are hugely realistic and are perhaps the key moments of the movie, heightening the disorientation and fear felt by the soldiers. By offering no more than a snapshot of the Vietnam conflict (the action deals with one individual skirmish), Kubrick cleverly leaves any judgement on the war to the audience, although clearly attempting to influence them. The fate of the characters who survive is also left in the balance, but we can perhaps imagine what awaits them. On the DVD: Part of a series of Kubrick DVD reissues, Full Metal Jacket has been treated to the full remastering and restoration treatment. The battle sequences have benefited the most, gaining a new audio and visual crispness and clarity that adds to their already impressive sense of realism--you can almost feel the heat searing from the screen and the explosions detonating around you. Maybe not the best war film ever made, as some may claim, but certainly one to take you right to the heart of the action. --Phil Udell
Wargames | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a young computer whizz who hacks into what he believes is a new line of video games, little knowing that it is in fact NORAD, America's defence program. He inadvertently creates a hostile global situation, placing the world on the brink of nuclear war. Together with his girlfriend Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and a misanthropic computer expert (John Wood), David must fight to prevent an atomic meltdown.
Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece; a magical adventure of sight and sound that transports its audience to a mythical time and place lifting the spirits and capturing the hearts of all who experience it. Based on Irish folklore this classic tale of Good vs. Evil expressed through the universal language of dance has thrilled audience's worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world's most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance!
The Andrzrej Wajda War Trilogy | DVD | (26/05/2008)
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Contains: A Generation (a.k.a Pokolenie): Set against the German occupation of Poland during World War Two this is the story of a group of youths and their coming of age. Canal (a.k.a Kanal): Set during the last days of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 this is the story of a company of men who are forced to say goodbye to their families and retreat to the sewers in a bid to flee the advancing deadly battle. Ashes And Diamonds (a.k.a Popiol i Diament): On the last day of World War Two a young Resistance fighter is ordered to kill a Communist leader. However his conscience is telling him not to obey knowing the consequences could be deadly he must decide whether to follow his orders for the last time.
Lore | DVD | (27/05/2013)
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Stranded with her younger siblings after their Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads the remains of her family across war-torn Germany in 1945. To survive the children must reach their Grandmother's house in the North but amidst the chaos of a defeated nation, Lore meets a young Jewish refugee called Thomas. In order to survive Lore must learn to trust a person she has been taught to hate. And as the consequences of her parent's actions and beliefs apparent, Lore must also start to face the darkness within herself.
Four Classic War Movies | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Titles comprise: Running on Empty: After antiwar activists Annie and Arthur Pope (Chistine Lahti and Judd Hirsh) blew up a napalm lab in 1971 they became lifelong fugitives. They and their children have stayed just one step ahead of the law running from state to state job to job identity to identity. But now elder son Danny (River Phoenix) wants to stop running from a past not his. And to do so he might never see his on-the-lam family again... Escape To Victory: This is no ordinary soccer match: this is war! The battlefield: a stadium in occupied Paris. The armies: German all-stars vs. ragtag Allied POWs. The objective: demonstrate another proof of Aryan superiority. Guess who wins? Better yet guess who cleverly uses the match as a means of escape? Sylvester Stallone Michael Caine and Max von Sydow star in this rouser directed by the legendary John Huston. The climatic match is a heart-in-the-throat hat-in-the-air exhibition of brute force and balletic grace featuring soccer legends Pele Bobby Moore Osvaldo Ardiles Co Prins Mike Summerbee and more. Score a splendid entertainment goal for 'Victory'! Gettysburg: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. Two great armies will clash at Gettysburg site of a theology school. For three days through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge the fate of one nation indivisible hangs in the balance. The bloodiest battle fought on American soil comes to the screen in a powerful production. Tom Berenger Jeff Daniels Martin Sheen Richard Jordan and more play key roles in this magnificent epic based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning book 'The Killer Angels' filmed at actual battle locations and rigorously authenticated. Memphis Belle: Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz head the dynamic cast of Memphis Belle an adventure inspired by true World War II heroics. During spring 1943 they took to the war-torn skies for the most dangerous mission in defence of freedom. If the ten-man crew of the bomber Memphis Belle returned they would receive a hero's welcome and renew flagging public morale. But the odds were stacked heavily against them in the true courageous story of the brave fly-boys who each fought mortal fear while fighting the enemy together.
The Colditz Story | DVD | (29/01/2007)
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One German maximum security prison was more famous than any other during World War II - Colditz castle. Although Colditz was considered 'escape proof' its boundaries were challenged many times by Allied prisoners of war with fatal results. On 15 October 1942 a group of British servicemen made the most historic and perhaps the most courageous attempt of all...
Footloose/Flashdance | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Footloose: Teenager Ren MacCormack sends ripples through Bomont a small Midwestern town that could stand some shaking up when he arrives from Chicago with his mother Ethel to settle with her relatives. The adults tend to view him with suspicion as a possible contaminant from the outer world. Some of his male peers eye him as a threat and most of the girls just plain eye him. It's a tough time for Ren whose father deserted him and his mother leaving them financially and emotionally strapped. But Bomont is a new setting a place for beginnings and Ren intends to give it every chance. He finds that the town is autocratically run by the local minister Rev. Shaw Moore who single-handedly manipulates the community sentiment and has had a hand in the banning of certain books all rock 'n' roll music public dancing and numerous other enjoyments that Ren had taken for granted in Chicago. From the moment he arrives in Bomont Ren is harassed and ostracized. He immediately finds himself in conflict with the community in a unique relationship with the minister's free-spirited daughter Ariel and involved in a feud with her bullying boyfriend Chuck. His greatest ally turns out to be Willard a good-natured schoolmate slow to wit but quick to fight. Eventually Ren galvanizes the youth of Bomont to confront the town's narrow-mindedness and in doing so he forces Rev. Moore to re-examine his own relationships with his daughter with his congregation and with his wife of 20 years. Flashdance:In Adrian Lyne's Flashdance a young woman Alex (Jennifer Beals) strives to achieve success as a classical dancer but economic forces require her to work as a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. Standing in her way is an abundance of profound social obstacles not the least of which is her boss at the welding factory Nick (Michael Nouri) who is also her boyfriend. Alex strives to be accepted into a prestigious ballet academy and she is furious when she realizes that her boyfriend might be pulling strings for her behind the scenes. Along the road to self-discovery and independence Alex also struggles to accept love come to terms with her own stubbornness and find the inner strength to turn her lofty dreams into reality. Edited for maximum rhythmic impact Flashdance is full of glistening bodies and metallic surfaces powered by Giorgio Moroder's throbbing music and one hit song after another: Michael Sembello's Maniac Karen Karmen's Manhunt and notably Irene Cara's Oscar-winning theme song Flashdance...What a Feeling. Flashdance marks the first co-production between Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson who geared the film toward the MTV generation...
City of Life & Death | Blu Ray | (27/09/2010)
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Nanjing China 1937. Japanese forces invade this once-capital of the Republic of China on December 9th. Throughout the following six weeks soldiers raped thousands of women and annihilated hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians - with mass executions; crowds mown down by firing squads and victims digging their own graves. Few events carry the ugly and sickening connotations of what has become known as the 'Rape of Nanking'. Director Lu Chuan tells the horrifying story through several figures including a conscience-stricken Japanese soldier and John Rabe a Nazi businessman who would ultimately save thousands of Chinese civilians' lives.
The Saga of Anatahan (1953) (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition | Blu Ray | (14/08/2017)
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Josef von Sternberg the innovative director with an unmatched eye for detail and a reputation for his intensity brings to life this vulnerable tale of human trauma, survival and redemption. Set during the dying stages of World War II, The Saga of Anatahan tells the story of twelve Japanese seaman stranded on a forgotten island for seven years. Accompanied only by Keiko (Akemi Negishi), a young Japanese woman, all rationality and discipline are soon overcome by a struggle for power and control over Keiko s affections. Narrated by Sternberg himself, the director positions himself as the story s unconscious viewpoint amidst his other trademark qualities: lush mise-en-scene, theatrical lighting and bleak yet poignant storytelling. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on Blu-Ray for the first time in the UK in a special Dual Format edition. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: 1080p presentation from a new 2K restoration of the uncensored 1958 version of the film Uncompressed PCM soundtrack (on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles The complete 1953 version of the film (Blu-ray only) A new interview with Asian film expert Tony Rayns Whose Saga? - A visual essay by critic Tag Gallagher Saga: The Making of Anatahan An interview with Nicolas von Sternberg U.S. Navy footage of the actual survivors of Anatahan, immediately after their surrender Unused footage originally filmed specially for the 1958 version of the film Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp, alongside rare archival imagery
Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage | DVD | (24/11/2008)
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Inspired by the early life and the artwork of renowned painter Thomas Kinkade The Christmas Cottage is the story of how a small community and an aging mentor come to the aid of a family to save the only home they have ever known; and along the way teach a young man the meaning of love friendship and what it means to be an artist.
The Dirty Dozen - The Fatal Mission | DVD | (07/08/2006)
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The Dirty Dozen are sent on a dangerous mission to intercept and eliminate a cadre of idealistic young Nazi officers being sent to the Middle East in preparation for the establishment of a Fourth Reich after the war's imminent end...
Medium - Season 1 | DVD | (14/08/2006)
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From Emmy Award-winning executive producer creator and director Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting) comes Medium a chilling drama series inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison Dubois. Patricia Arquette (Lost Highway True Romance) stars as Dubois; a young wife and mother who since childhood has been struggling to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people. Taking up a role as police consultant she uses her mind to uncover the dark secrets of vicious killers. The risks to her life are enormous but the dead cry out for justice... Episodes Comprise: 1. Pilot 2. Suspicions And Certificates 3. A Couple Of Choices 4. Night Of The Wolf 5. In Sickness And Adultery 6. Coming Soon 7. Jump Start 8. Lucky 9. Coded 10. The Other Side Of The Tracks 11. I Married A Mind Reader 12. A Priest A Doctor And A Medium Walk Into An Execution Chamber 13. Being Mrs. O'Leary's Cow 14. In The Rough 15. Penny For Your Thoughts 16. When Push Comes To Shove