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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
War Collection | DVD | (19/10/2009)
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In Which We Serve | DVD | (15/09/2008)
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The story of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Torrin and those that serve in her. In the Battle of Crete she is dive-bombed while streaming at thirty knots and goes down fighting. We see through the memories of her survivors the ordeals achievements and gallantry of HMS Torrin from her commissioning until she sinks in her last battle.
The Dirty Dozen | DVD | (31/05/2004)
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A model for dozens of action films to follow, this box-office hit from 1967 refined a die-hard formula that has become overly familiar, but it's rarely been handled better than it was in this action-packed World War II thriller. Lee Marvin is perfectly cast as a down-but-not-out army major who is offered a shot at personal and professional redemption. If he can successfully train and discipline a squad of army rejects, misfits, killers, prisoners, and psychopaths into a first-rate unit of specialised soldiers, they'll earn a second chance to make up for their woeful misdeeds. Of course, there's a catch: to obtain their pardons, Marvin's band of badmen must agree to a suicide mission that will parachute them into the danger zone of Nazi-occupied France. It's a hazardous path to glory, but the men have no other choice than to accept and regain their lost honor. What makes The Dirty Dozen special is its phenomenal cast including Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, Trini Lopez, Robert Ryan, and others. Cassavetes is the Oscar-nominated standout as one of Marvin's most rebellious yet heroic men, but it's the whole ensemble--combined with the hard-as-nails direction of Robert Aldrich--that makes this such a high-velocity crowd pleaser. The script by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller (from the novel by E.M. Nathanson) is strong enough to support the all-star lineup with ample humour and military grit, so if you're in need of a mainline jolt of testosterone, The Dirty Dozen is the movie for you. --Jeff Shannon
Me Too - Welcome To The City | DVD | (28/07/2008)
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From the makers of Balamory comes Me Too! a drama series for pre-schoolers set in the fictional city of Riverseafingal. Me Too! revolves around the lives of nine main adult characters in their workplaces - including a teacher doctor market stallholder cleaner on the buses buffet car attendant nurse and a taxi driver - with the contrasting daily adventures of their pre-school child at play with Granny Murray. Granny Murray is warm and welcoming and also the fountain of all wisdom and inspiration. At the beginning of each episode she opens the door of her basement flat in Tattiemoon Lane to a different adult with their pre-school child. Episodes Comprise: 1. Fireworks 2. Snooze 3. The Waterfall 4. The Operation 5. The Rattle 6. Tummy Rumbles
A Bridge Too Far | DVD | (24/05/2004)
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1977's A Bridge Too Far by director Richard Attenborough features an all-star cast in an epic rendering of a daring but ultimately disastrous raid behind enemy lines in Holland during the Second World War. A lengthy and exhaustive look at the mechanics of warfare and the price and futility of war, the film is almost too large for its aims but manages to be both picaresque and affecting, particularly in the performance of James Caan. The impressive cast includes Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery and Liv Ullmann among others. While not a classic war film, it nevertheless manages to be a consistently interesting and exciting adventure. --Robert Lane
Amadeus | Blu Ray | (16/02/2009)
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Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama sumptuous period epic glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz) Actor (F. Murray Abraham) Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer).
Ill Met By Moonlight | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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In Nazi-occupied Crete British officers Fermor (Bogarde) and Moss (Oxley) aided by local patriots are assigned the job of kidnapping German commander-in-chief Kreipe (Goring). The operation if successful will be an incredible propaganda coup for the Allies; while the abduction goes smoothly the resultant chase across the rocky Cretan landscape proves anything but...
Odette | DVD | (08/06/2009)
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Odette is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII.
Rise Of The Footsoldier | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008)
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Based on a shocking true story the Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties.
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...
Coppelia - Delibes | DVD | (23/10/2000)
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Scintillating" is the word which comes to mind to describe this performance of Delibes' Coppélia. Both the story and music (here presented in 2.0 Dolby stereo only, which is a shame) are among the most robust in the tradition, and here Oleg Vinogradov's choreography gives us the most extrovert depiction of an already extrovert subject. Highlights abound, but Irina Shapchits's Swanilda and Petr Rusanov's Coppelius are particularly delightful. The former is a boisterous, tomboyish interpretation, providing an additional dimension of contrast with the soullessness of Coppelius' dolls, while the latter eschews the bumbling eccentricity sometimes imposed on the role and instead depicts the dollmaker as an almost wraith-like, Mephistophelian figure. The disc carries one multi-angle option plus a DVD-ROM article by Harlow Robinson which includes a Web link to the label's home page, which is just as well given the drab, parsimonious nature of the accompanying black-and-white booklet. However, just buy this disc for the spectacular performance--you'll be glad you did. --Roger Thomas
Escape To Athena | DVD | (14/06/2004)
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A battle of action and wits in a World War II prison camp where the Fuhrer's scheme for looting a treasure-laden island off Greece is under way. Prisoners of war labour under the eye of the camp's Austrian Commandment Major Otto Hecht as they dig up priceless Greek art. Zeno the island's resistance leader and his woman Eleana scheme to defeat the occupiers. Zeno and his men clash with the Germans to save the lives of condemned prisoners and try to locate a submarine oil supply dep
A Bridge Too Far | Blu Ray | (01/01/2009)
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A Bridge Too Far, Official UK region B release, includes trailers, 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, widescreen 2:35:1
The Battle of Algiers | Blu Ray | (09/07/2012)
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Director Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 movie The Battle of Algiers concerns the violent struggle in the late 1950s for Algerian independence from France, where the film was banned on its release for fear of creating civil disturbances. Certainly, the heady, insurrectionary mood of the film, enhanced by a relentlessly pulsating Ennio Morricone soundtrack, makes for an emotionally high temperature throughout. With the advent of the "war against terror" in recent years, the film's relevance has only intensified. Shot in a gripping, quasi-documentary style, The Battle of Algiers uses a cast of untrained actors coupled with a stern voiceover. Initially, the film focuses on the conversion of young hoodlum Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag) to FLN (the Algerian Liberation Front.) However, as a sequence of outrages and violent counter-terrorist measures ensue, it becomes clear that, as in Eisenstein's October, it is the Revolution itself that is the true star of the film. Pontecorvo balances cinematic tension with grimly acute political insight. He also manages an even-handedness in depicting the adversaries. He doesn't flinch from demonstrating the civilian consequences of the FLN's bombings, while Colonel Mathieu, the French office brought in to quell the nationalists, is played by Jean Martin as determined, shrewd and, in his own way, honourable man. However, the closing scenes of the movie--a welter of smoke, teeming street demonstrations and the pealing white noise of ululations--leaves the viewer both intellectually and emotionally convinced of the rightfulness of the liberation struggle. This is surely among a fistful of the finest movies ever made. --David Stubbs
Maria Full Of Grace | DVD | (11/08/2008)
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Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino) a bright spirited 17-year old lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin-which she must swallow-to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials. The dramatic thriller builds toward a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a thousand true stories.
The Red Shoes | Blu Ray | (06/07/2009)
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La Grande Illusion 75th Anniversary | DVD | (23/04/2012)
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During WWI, three French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... One of the very first prison escape movies, La Grande Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made.
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | Blu Ray | (19/05/2008)
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Based on the 19th century legend of Sweeney Todd and the hit Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Johnny Depp) returns to London after being sent to prison unjustly by Judge Turpin. Sweeney opens a barber shop and vows to get his revenge not only for that cruel punishment but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett Sweeney's amorous accomplice who sells the worst pies in London. With the help of Mrs. Lovett Sweeney tries to rid of all the people who have ever done him wrong and hopes to be reunited with his daughter Joanna who is now Judge Turpin's ward.
Scarlet Street | DVD | (22/09/2008)
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A major box office hit in its day despite being banned in three American states Scarlet Street is seen by many as one of Fritz Lang's finest films. Its film-noire setting sees Edward G. Robinson in one of his most emphatic performances as a middle-aged cashier Chris Cross who has a chance meeting with the wayward Kitty (Joan Bennett). Trapped in an unfulfilling marriage and desperate to be a painter Chris falls in love with Kitty. Kitty however is already under the spell of her conman boyfriend Johnny (Dan Duryea) and as Chris becomes obsessed with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty Johnny senses an opportunity to extort money from the love struck cashier.