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A Night to Remember | Blu Ray | (19/03/2012)
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Two years after 20th Century Fox released its melodramatic disaster film Titanic in 1953, Walter Lord's meticulously researched book A Night to Remember surprised its publishers by becoming a phenomenal bestseller. Lord had an intuition that readers craved the reality of the Titanic disaster and not the romantically mythologised translations (like Fox's film, starring Barbara Stanwyck), which relied on fictional characters to "enhance" the world's worst maritime disaster. Lord's book proved that the truth was far more compelling than fiction, outlining the many "if onlys" (if only the iceberg had been spotted a few minutes earlier, etc.) that lent sombre irony to the loss of 1,500 Titanic passengers. Three years after Lord's book appeared, it was brought to the screen with the kind of riveting authenticity that Lord had insisted upon in his own research. The 1958 British production of A Night to Remember remains a definitive dramatization of the disaster, adhering to the known facts of the time and achieving a documentary-like immediacy that matches (and in some ways surpasses) the James Cameron epic released 39 years later. The film erroneously perpetuates the once-common belief that the Titanic sunk in one piece (instead of breaking in half as its bow began to plunge), but many other misconceptions are accurately corrected, and the intelligent screenplay by thriller master Eric Ambler is a model of factual suspense. By making Titanic the star of the film, director Roy Baker emphasises the excessive confidence of the booming industrial age and creates an intense you-are-there realism that pays tribute to Walter Lord's tenacious quest for truth. --Jeff Shannon
La Strada | Blu Ray | (19/06/2017)
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Regarded by some as Federico Fellini's finest work, and the winner of the first Academy AwardÂ® for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada is a masterpiece of 20th Century filmmaking. Sold by her impoverished mother to Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a brutish fairground wrestler, waif-like Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) lives a life of drudgery as his assistant. After taking to the road with a travelling circus, a budding relationship with Il Matto/The Fool (Richard Basehart), a gentle-natured, tightrope walking clown, offers a potential refuge from her master's clutches. Trapped by her own servile nature, Gelsomina waivers, and Zampano's volcanic temper erupts with tragic consequences. SPECIAL FEATURES: New Interview with director Julian Jarrold New Interview with Peter Matthews, Senior Lecturer, Film & Television, London College of Communication The Guardian Interview: Anthony Quinn (recorded at the BFI in 1995) Giulietta Masina 1955 Cannes interview Audio commentary by Chris Weigand on selected scenes
Leave Her to Heaven | DVD | (24/09/2012)
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Leave Her to Heaven is one of the most unblinkingly perverse movies ever offered up as a prestige picture by a major studio in the golden age of Hollywood. Gene Tierney, whose lambent eyes, porcelain features, and sweep of healthy-American-girl hair customarily made her a 20th Century Fox icon of purity, scored an Oscar nomination playing a demonically obsessive daughter of privilege with her own monstrous notion of love. By the time she crosses eyebeams with popular novelist Cornel Wilde on a New Mexico-bound train, her jealous manipulations have driven her parents apart and her father to his grave. Well, no, not grave: Wilde soon gets to watch her gallop a glorious palomino across a red-rock horizon as she metronomically sows Dad's ashes to the winds. Mere screen moments later, she's jettisoned rising-politico fiancé Vincent Price and accepted a marriage proposal the besotted/bewildered Wilde hasn't quite made. Can the wrecking of his and several other lives be far behind? Not to mention a murder or two. Fox gave Ben Ames Williams's bestselling novel (probably just the sort of book Wilde's character writes) the Class-A treatment. Alfred Newman's tympani-heavy music score signals both grandeur and pervasive psychosis, while spectacular, dust-jacket-worthy locations and Oscar-destined Technicolor cinematography by Leon Shamroy ensure our fixed gaze. Impeccably directed by the veteran John M. Stahl (who'd made the original Back Street, Imitation of Life, and Magnificent Obsession a decade earlier), the result is at once cuckoo and hieratic, and weirdly mesmerizing. Bet Luis Buñuel loved it. --Richard T. Jameson
We Were Soldiers | DVD | (05/11/2007)
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In a place soon to be known as 'The Valley of Death' in a small clearing called landing zone X-Ray Lt. Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) and 400 young troops all from an elite American combat division were surrounded by 2 000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history...
Jane Eyre | DVD | (14/03/2011)
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An all-star cast - including Orson Welles Joan Fontaine Agnes Moorehead and Elizabeth Taylor - breathes magnificent life into this captivating 1943 black and white film version of Charlotte Bront's gothic romance novel. Adapted for the screen by Aldous Huxley Robert Stevenson and John Houseman and directed by Stevenson this stirring film is the definitive version of the engrossing classic! After spending her childhood in an orphanage young Jane Eyre (Fontaine) becomes governess to the ward of an imposing older man named Edward Rochester (Welles). Ultimately Jane's gentle influence forces Rochester to drop his forbidding veneer and he proposes to her. But the discovery that Rochester is already married and further that his volatile wife is locked in the attic prompts Jane to leave as a series of tragic events unfold in this riveting classic that also features Margaret O'Brien.
Take To The Road | DVD | (29/03/2010)
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Kind Hearts And Coronets | DVD | (05/09/2011)
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Set in the stately Edwardian era Kind Hearts And Coronets is black comedy at is best with the most articulate and literate of all Ealing screenplays. Sir Alec Guinness gives a virtuoso performance in his Ealing comedy debut playing all eight victims standing between a mass-murderer and his family fortune. Considered by some to be Ealing's most perfect achievement of all the Ealing films.
Rear Window - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (04/08/2014)
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Like the Greenwich Village courtyard view from its titular portal, Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window is both confined and multileveled: both its story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's imprisonment in his apartment, convalescing in a wheelchair, from which both he and the audience observe the lives of his neighbors. Cheerful voyeurism, as well as the behavior glimpsed among the various tenants, affords a droll comic atmosphere that gradually darkens when he sees clues to what may be a murder. Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is, in fact, a voyeur by trade, a professional photographer sidelined by an accident while on assignment. His immersion in the human drama (and comedy) visible from his window is a by-product of boredom, underlined by the disapproval of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and a wisecracking visiting nurse (Thelma Ritter). Yet when the invalid wife of Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) disappears, Jeff enlists the two women to help him to determine whether she's really left town, as Thorwald insists, or been murdered. Hitchcock scholar Donald Spoto convincingly argues that the crime at the center of this mystery is the MacGuffin--a mere pretext--in a film that's more interested in the implications of Jeff's sentinel perspective. We actually learn more about the lives of the other neighbors (given generic names by Jeff, even as he's drawn into their lives) he, and we, watch undetected than we do the putative murderer and his victim. Jeff's evident fear of intimacy and commitment with the elegant, adoring Lisa provides the other vital thread to the script, one woven not only into the couple's own relationship, but reflected and even commented upon through the various neighbours' lives. At minimum, Hitchcock's skill at making us accomplices to Jeff's spying, coupled with an ingenious escalation of suspense as the teasingly vague evidence coalesces into ominous proof, deliver a superb thriller spiked with droll humour, right up to its nail-biting, nightmarish climax. At deeper levels, however, Rear Window plumbs issues of moral responsibility and emotional honesty, while offering further proof (were any needed) of the director's brilliance as a visual storyteller. --Sam Sutherland
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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Poor Charlotte Hollis. She's been shunned by the community for decades, ever since the fateful night in 1927 when her lover was hacked apart with an axe. Her antebellum southern mansion is slated for the bulldozer, as it stands in the way of highway construction. Charlotte's only hope lies in her cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland), coming down from up north to help settle things. Miriam, however, has other designs. Together with her boyfriend Drew (Joseph Cotten), she embarks on a scheme to systematically drive Charlotte out of her mind (not a great leap) and get her mitts on the family fortune. From there, things only get more complicated. Charlotte puts the "gothic" in southern gothic, as a great showcase for completely bizarre, overwrought, and out-of-control performances from all involved. Agnes Moorehead plays Charlotte's loyal, dishevelled housekeeper to the hilt, with an odd inflection that calls to mind Amos and Andy more than southern gentility. As the drunken, conniving Dr. Drew, Cotten's accent is indeterminate at times, and seems to come and go. As great as the supporting players are, though, the crown goes to Bette Davis as the shrieking Charlotte, a portrait of isolation and decay stuck in a world of tragic delusions inside her crumbling mansion. De Havilland is a close second as the scheming Miriam; the scene where she slaps the holy snot out of a hysterical Charlotte is itself worth the price of admission. Mary Astor (in her last role) and Cecil Kellaway (as a kindly Lloyd's of London adjuster) put in the only performances with any restraint, acting as counterweights for the rest of the cast. Besides, you'll never get another chance to see Joseph Cotten playing the harpsichord and singing, or caked in mud and lily pads! With Robert Aldrich's claustrophobic direction, Charlotte is as Southern as a field of kudzu, and as subdued as a train wreck. --Jerry Renshaw
Citizen Kane | Blu Ray | (29/08/2016)
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Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 25, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions and can't be known easily. Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. The result is that every well-meaning or tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and photographed by Gregg Toland, the film is the sum of Welles's awesome ambitions as an artist in Hollywood. He pushes the limits of then-available technology to create a true magic show, a visual and aural feast that almost seems to be rising up from a viewer's subconscious. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brechton film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films this century. --Tom Keogh
In Live Concert at The Royal Albert Hall (3CD+2DVD) | DVD | (20/09/2010)
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Doctor Who - The Black Guardian Trilogy | DVD | (10/08/2009)
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Davina: Fitness Combo | DVD | (26/12/2014)
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This new Fitness Combo box set contains everything you need to get fit with Davina. INTENSE So just when I thought Mark and Jackie had done every kind of exercise ever invented with me they came up with a whole new way of training. I&rsquo;m completely hooked and you will be too! Intense is based on the principle of High Intensity Training which means that you&rsquo;ll be working out for a shorter amount of time at &ndash; you guessed it &ndash; a higher intensity. It&rsquo;s all about getting your heart rate up really high for short bursts which is great for fitness toning and fat burning! &nbsp; Intense Cardio Box Fantastic combination of boxing moves and high speed interval training. Intense Toning Brilliant mix of toning exercises with weights and more high speed interval training. Intense Abs A fantastic high velocity workout for your six pack and core muscles. FIT IN 15 With this workout you can get fit and toned with just 15 minutes exercise a day! Just do a combination of Jackie and Mark&rsquo;s amazing15 minute workouts and you&rsquo;ll see real results so even if you&rsquo;re super busy you can get FIT IN 15! There are four 15 minute workouts which are all designed to burn fat and tone muscle and if you&rsquo;re feeling really energised you can even join 2 or 3 of the workouts together. There&rsquo;s no need for a separate warm up because all the workouts build in intensity however you must ALWAYS do the cool down stretch! &nbsp;
The Innocents | DVD | (11/12/2006)
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The Innocents tells of an impressionable and repressed governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) who agrees to tutor two orphaned children Miles (Martin Stephens) and Flora (Pamela Franklin). On arrival at Bly House she becomes convinced that the children are possessed by the perverse spirits of former governess Miss Jessel (Clytie Jessop) and her Heathcliffe-like lover Quint (Peter Wyngarde) who both met with mysterious deaths.
Element: 5 Day Yoga | DVD | (04/05/2015)
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Filmed in a lush garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean this comprehensive series offers five different 15-minute yoga sessions. The Strength & Stamina practice focuses on toning the lower body with a strong series of standing poses. Energy & Flexibility is an uplifting session designed to increase flexibility release physical tension and leave you feeling energized. The Core Power sequence focuses on toning and strengthening the abdominals as well as conditioning the cardiovascular system. The Stretch & Restore session systematically releases tension commonly held in the upper back neck and shoulders to help improve posture and leave you feeling revitalized. The Stress Relief & Meditation segment is a perfect combination of standing and seated poses to flush out stress followed by a simple potent breath meditation for calm clarity. Choose one practice each day or link several together to create a custom yoga program that can help you look and feel better than ever.
Nosferatu Ltd. Edition Steelbook Dual Format | Blu Ray | (18/11/2013)
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An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema and one of the most famous of all silent movies F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt - and indeed terrify - modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare and launched the signature Murnau-style that would change cinema history forever. In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok - portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology - who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count's campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree erotic compulsion or the simple impulse of survival - that remains perhaps the greatest mystery of all in this film that's like a blackout... Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara's King of New York and The Addiction and E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire) F. W. Murnau's surreal 1922 cine-fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of the horror film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present newly restored on 1080p Blu-ray at long last Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror in its definitive restoration complete with original intertitles and accompanied by the score that played with the film at the time of its initial release. Special Features: Brand new high-definition restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens The Language of Shadows a 53-minute documentary on Murnau's early years and the filming of Nosferatu New video interview with BFI Film Classics Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson Newly translated English subtitles with original German intertitles More surprises to be revealed closer to release date! PLUS: a 56-page booklet featuring writings and rare imagery
Leslie Sansone: Total Body Blasting Workout Programme | DVD | (05/01/2015)
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Introducing Leslie Sansone &ndash; fitness expert and leader of the world&rsquo;s No.1 walking programme.&nbsp; Leslie Sansone is a recognized US fitness expert and creator of the Walk at Home programme. Leslie&rsquo;s energy is contagious. Her enthusiasm for walking and life is unmatched. She&rsquo;s a walk guru on a mission: to promote healthy lifestyles to ward off illness associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyles and to improve public health one stride at a time. Her philosophy is simple: Leslie believes our bodies were made to move and we can walk our way to health and wellness. And what&rsquo;s more it really works! Just ask a few of her 70 million US walkers.... This Total Body Blasting Workout Programme gives you the tools you&rsquo;ll need to walk your way to fitness: &nbsp; Easy-to-follow step-by-step workout plans for incredible results on five DVDs: Belly Blasting Walk Walk It Off and Tone It Up Walk And Work Your Hips And Thighs 4 Mile Power Walk and Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan Includes 3 walking aids &ndash; toning band fit cuffs and 2 x 1lb handweights to boost your workout Accessible for all fitness and ability levels tailor your workout to suit you Belly Blasting Walk Belly Blasting Walk is the complete package... cardio &amp; strength movements in ONE workout Includes 2 miles of cardio walking Includes &ldquo;belly trimming&rdquo; moves such as core rotations and standing curls Includes a floor session of belly&ndash;shaping exercises to tone and tighten the abs Floor session includes 2 segments &ndash; &ldquo;flexion&rdquo; and &ldquo;extension&rdquo; movements for upper and lower abs &bull; Core movements hit areas such as waist lower back &amp; glutes &bull; Tighten the tummy in less than an hour a day! Walk it Off &amp; Tone It Up Targets specific areas of the body for toning and is easy to customise your workout Includes toning band which can boost muscle activity while you walk Toning band helps you to tone specific areas of the body and do any number of strength training exercises such as bicep curls Multi muscle movement workout &ndash; compound exercises for boosted intensity Gentle &lsquo;warm up walk&rsquo; to get you ready for whatever workout you choose to do &lsquo;Cool down walk&rsquo; to complete your exercise programme Stretch exercises for a healthy end to your walk Walk &amp; Work Your Hips &amp; Thighs Focuses on toning your lower body Workout uses the Fit Cuff booster to intensify your session Fit cuff targets the lower body Fit cuff attaches around your ankles to provide resistance Features 2 mile power walk &ndash; a fun and fast workout with Leslie&rsquo;s classic walking moves This session targets the inner and outer thighs and glutes 4 Mile Power Walk Don&rsquo;t just walk... POWER WALK!!! DVD offers three workout options: 4 Mile Power Walk 2 Mile Classic Walk 2 Mile Power Express Workout offers low impact walking exercises and higher intensity options Include aerobic combinations and higher-impact cardio intervals Introducing Leslie&rsquo;s new move &ndash; Power Surges &ndash; higher intensity moves to maximise your workout Add hand weights to intensify your workout Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan Get your body moving every day of the working week Each daily workout includes a brisk daily walk workout Choose a longer workout session for weekend days Menu options allow you to combine any of the segments to play together Options allow you to choose from sessions for abs arms legs chest and back and full body stretch workout End your workout session with daily strength training for specific areas of the body Create a 2 3 4 or 5 mile walk workout session Add hand weights to intensify your workout &nbsp;
The Day the Earth Stood Still | DVD | (05/11/2012)
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The very epitome of a cult SF classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still is more often referenced than seen, which is a pity since it remains even now one of the most thought-provoking examples of the genre. The title is a misnomer, a mere tease to entice 1950s audiences into the cinema in the expectation of seeing another sensationalist B-movie about murderous aliens (i.e. Communists). In fact, Robert Wise's film of Edmund North's screenplay is a thoughtful Cold War allegory about a Christ-like visitor (Michael Rennie) who comes to Earth preaching a message of salvation for mankind, only to be spurned, killed then finally resurrected (significantly, Rennie's character Klaatu adopts the pseudonym "Mr Carpenter" while on the run from the authorities). Aside from its philosophical message, the film also boasts memorable imagery--notably the giant robot Gort--a much-quoted catchphrase in "Klaatu barada nikto", and one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most admired scores, featuring the theremin and other electronic instruments that must have sounded very otherworldly back in 1951. The result is a bona fide landmark in cinema SF with a central message about "weapons of mass destruction" that's still uncannily relevant today. On the DVD: The Day the Earth Stood Still has been splendidly restored for its DVD incarnation from the original 35 mm print, and the results are demonstrated in the "Restoration Comparison" feature. Also included is a fascinating 1951 newsreel showing Klaatu receiving a certificate of merit amid stories of Communist threats, the Korean war and beauty pageants ("Pomp and pulchritude on parade in Atlantic City"). Best of all is an absorbing commentary track with director Robert Wise in conversation with Nicholas Meyer (both men have Star Trek movies on their CV). --Mark Walker
The Misfits | DVD | (23/07/2012)
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A sexy divorce falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada.
Doctor Who - Time-Flight & Arc of Infinity | DVD | (06/08/2007)
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Time Flight: The Doctor finally manages to deliver Tegan to Heathrow Airport where he gets drawn into investigating the in-flight disappearance of a Concorde. Following the same flight path in another Concorde with the TARDIS stowed in the hold he discovers that it has been transported back millions of years into the past through a time corridor. Arc of Infinity: An antimatter creature has crossed into normal space via a phenomenon known as the Arc of Infinity but needs to bond physically with a Time Lord in order to remain stable. A traitor on Gallifrey has chosen the Doctor as the victim.