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Stanley Kubrick | DVD | (10/09/2001)
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This superb nine-disc Stanley Kubrick Box Set contains all the late director's work from 1962's Lolita to Kubrick's final film, the highly controversial Eyes Wide Shut (1999). There's also the excellent and highly informative two-hour documentary: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, narrated (a little drably) by Tom Cruise. It isn't exactly a warts-and-all portrait of Stan the Man, which is not surprising, really, given that it's directed and produced by Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan, and that Kubrick's widow Christine was closely involved in the making of it. But it does give a detailed and revealing portrait of a brilliant, demanding and often infuriating man, airing rare footage that goes right back to his earliest years as a brash youngster in the Bronx, already playing to camera with a frightening degree of self-awareness. Six of the eight movies (all but Dr Strangelove and Eyes Wide Shut) have been digitally restored and remastered, and almost all (barring Strangelove again and Lolita) now boast Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo sound remixes. For some bizarre reason, Kubrick insisted on mono sound for the 1999 set, which he approved shortly before his death. Visually the improvement over the often grainy, scratchy prints previously on offer--The Shining (1980) was notoriously messy--is immense. All the features are presented in their original ratios, which in the case of Strangelove means the changing ratios in which it was originally shot, and for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) the full glorious 2.21:1 expanse of the Cinerama screen.So what don't you get? Essentially, the early Kubrick--the work of the young, hungry director before he moved to England and started to gather all the controlling strings into his own hand: most notably the tough, taut thriller The Killing (1956) and the icily furious war film Paths of Glory (1957). Too bad Warners couldn't have negotiated the rights for those too. But what we have here is the culminating phase of Kubrick's filmmaking career--the final 27 years of one of the great masters of cinema. On the DVDs: Besides the visual and sonic improvements mentioned above, each of the eight features includes the original theatrical trailer and multiple-language subtitles. The DVD of Dr Strangelove also gives us filmographies of the principal players, plus theatrical posters and a photo gallery, while Eyes Wide Shut includes interviews (taped after Kubrick's death) with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Steven Spielberg, plus a couple of 30-second TV spots. And with The Shining we get a fascinating 34-minute documentary made by Kubrick's then 17-year-old daughter Vivian, plus--just to add a further layer--Vivian's present-day voice-over commentary on her film. --Philip Kemp
Le Mepris | DVD | (05/04/2010)
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Starring Brigitte Bardot, then at the height of her fame, and Michel Piccoli as a married couple tearing the last strips off a failing marriage, Le Mépris is both one of Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible films and perhaps his most excoriating and emotionally raw. Godard and his regular cinematographer Raoul Coutard (lensman for most of the greatest films of the New Wave) splashed out the budget for this international co-production on Bardot's salary and gorgeous CinemaScope photography to capture the Italian setting's intense beauty, bright as a knife. The nominal story concerns the film production of an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, on which Piccoli is the scriptwriter, much to the disgust of his wife Camille (Bardot) who preferred life when he merely wrote novels. Hired by Jack Palance's swaggering American producer to adapt the Greek epic for a film to be directed by the august Fritz Lang (director of M, here playing himself), Paul inadvertently sets in motion the elements which will unravel his marriage, earning his wife's contempt (the closest translation of the French word "mépris"). Soon, the tenderness of the film's opening sequence--wherein they loll naked on a bed as she coquettishly solicits his approval of each of her body parts--gives way to harrowing bickering, the meat of film's central 35-minute scene which will induce pained winces in anyone who has ever been through a bitter split-up. If that sounds harrowing, be reassured that Le Mépris is not without its lighter moments and joys: Godard's trademarked musings on the nature of cinema, Bardot looking exquisitely chic in a selection of soigné little outfits, Lang bemusedly quoting the German poet Hölderlin and Bertolt Brecht. As mannered as the New Wave posturings now seem, Le Mépris still looks unbeatably stylish, its themes as eternal as Homer and the Capri landscape. --Leslie Felperin
The Lucy Show 8 DVD Set | DVD | (11/02/2008)
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One of the most popular television comedies of all time The Lucy Show was the follow up to the equally successful I Love Lucy. Whilst I Love Lucy was pre-dominantly set in New York The Lucy Show saw Lucille switch to the West Coast working at a bank as secretary to Mr Carmichael. The series would eventually feature guest appearances from fellow celebrities all of whom wanted to either open accounts or had some dealings with the bank. Not surprisingly Lucille's attempts to assist invariably went wrong. Sometimes things went wrong that weren't in the script - the very first show in this set Lucy And Viv Put In A Shower sees Lucy and Viv trying to install a shower in order to save paying a plumber and become trapped inside as it continues to fill with water. Midway through filming Lucy was unable to return to the surface and was in danger of drowning. Her co-star Vivian Vance realized something was wrong and pulled her to safety then ad-libbed whilst Lucy got her breath back. The remaining cast and crew and live audience were completely unaware of the problem until told after the show was completed. The thirty episodes in this box set has guest appearances from John Wayne Jack Benny Phil Silvers Tennessee Ernie Ford and Robert Boulet among others and feature Lucy in one mishap after another. Set Comprises: Disc 1: Lucy And Viv Put In A Shower/Lucy's Barbershop Quartet/Lucy And George Burns/Lucy And The Submarine Disc 2: Lucy The Bean Queen/Lucy And Paul Winchell/Lucy And The Ring-A-Ding-Ding/Lucy Goes To London Disc 3: Lucy Gets A Room-Mate/Lucy And Carol In Palm Springs/LOucy Gets Caught Up In The Draft/Lucy And John Wayne Disc 4: Lucy And Pat Collins/Lucy And The Money/Lucy And Phil Silvers/Lucy's Substitute Secretary Disc 5: Viv Visits Lucy/Lucy The Babysitter/Main Street USA/Lucy Meets The Law Disc 6: Lucy The Fight Manager/Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford/Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard/Lucy Meets The Berles Disc 7: Lucy Gets Trapped/Lucy And The French Movie Star/Lucy The Starmaker Disc 8: Lucy And Jack Benny's Account/Little Sid Lucy/Lucy And Robert Boulet
Midnight Lace | DVD | (08/05/2006)
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The beautiful Kit Preston becomes disconcerted when she starts receiving crank calls claiming that her life is in jeopardy. Although She tells police about the messages her somewhat hysterical manner leaves them convinced that the danger is all in her imagination... or fakes in order to get attention from her neglectful husband. However two people know that the peril is very real indeed...
The Graduate | Blu Ray | (08/09/2014)
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King Lear | DVD | (21/05/2007)
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A production of the Shakespeare tragedy which brings out the themes of family relationship youth versus age and the struggle of good over evil.
Sunset Boulevard | Blu Ray | (04/02/2013)
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Intense, enthralling, and unforgettable, Sunset Boulevard stars Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent-movie star, and William Holden as Joe Gillis, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter whom she enlists to help her make her triumphant return to the screen. Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Billy Wilder, this mesmerising Hollywood classic won three Academy Awards.
Battlestar Galactica | Blu Ray | (05/11/2013)
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In the deepest reaches of space the fight to save all human life from extinction has begun in this science fiction adventure that launched the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon! Hopeful for lasting peace following centuries of intense warfare the Twelve Colonies gather to sign a treaty with their dreaded enemies the Cylons. But after an act of treachery on the eve of the ceremony the Cylons launch a devastating surprise attack destroying the Colonies' home planets and most of their military strength. A lone flagship battlestar the Galactica remains to aid the surviving colonists on their epic journey for a new home to a far-off legendary planet - Earth. They must survive the pursuing Cylons in a series of epic battles that will determine the fate of the human race in this non-stop action-packed classic filled with cutting-edge special effects by John Dykstra (Star Wars Spider-Man).
The Jazz Singer | DVD | (30/10/2006)
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His story will make you cry. His music will make you sing. His triumph will make you cheer. Following in the family tradition maintained by his proud Orthodox father Yussel Rabinovitch (Neil Diamond) is the latest Cantor of his local synagogue. Blessed with a beautiful singing voice and with a loving wife at his side Yussel's life seems to be mapped out in front of him. But the restrictions of religious music can't satisfy his secret craving for life as a jazz singer. When his father (Laurence Olivier) discovers that Yussel has been moonlighting with a Harlem soul group the confrontation that follows leads Yussel to leave his family behind to seek a new life as a musician in California. He finds success and a new love but at a cost: cut off from his family Yussel still cannot find happiness. Has he strayed too far from his roots and will his family ever be willing to accept his new life?
Flying Deuces | Blu Ray | (15/06/2015)
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This classic comedy caper sees Laurel and Hardy doing what they do best... in this case, wreaking havoc in the French Foreign Legion!Released in 1939, co-scripted by silent-era star Harry Langdon and featuring a guest appearance from long-standing Laurel and Hardy nemesis James Finlayson, The Flying Deuces is among the eternally popular duo's best-loved films. Restored in High Definition, the film is presented here in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio and has never looked better.Whilst holidaying in Paris, Ollie is heartbroken to learn that Georgette, the beautiful innkeeper's daughter with whom he has fallen in love, is already married. In an attempt to forget her, he decides to enlist in the Foreign Legion, persuading Stanley to join him. The hapless pair are posted to Morocco, where an unfortunate chain of events ends with them being charged with desertion and sentenced to death by firing squad!SPECIAL FEATURES:German version: Dick und Doof in der FremdenlegionImage GalleryPromotional Material PDF
The Lady Vanishes | DVD | (18/08/2008)
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Intrigue and espionage and the effects on the lives and futures of passengers aboard a Trans-Continental Express emerge when a girl traveller (Margaret Lockwood) returning from a holiday strikes up an acquaintance with a middle-aged English governess who during the journey mysteriously disappears from her compartment. The girl seeking an explanation for the disappearance is accused of hallucinating and is nearly convinced that her new friend does not exist.
I've Gotta Horse | DVD | (08/06/2015)
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1966&rsquo;s I&rsquo;VE GOTTA HORSE was Liverpool pop sensation; BILLY FURY&rsquo;S first hit feature film. This musical comedy centers on the star&rsquo;s famous love of animals. A thoroughbred racehorse horse named Armitage contracts pneumonia after Billy smuggles it backstage. Havoc ensues as Billy has to choose between his love of the horse and the big show. Songs include &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve Gotta Horse&rdquo; &ldquo;Stand By Me&rdquo; Find Your Dream&rdquo; and &ldquo;Tell Me Why&rdquo;.
Gilda | Blu Ray | (27/06/2016)
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Gilda, are you decent? RITA HAYWORTH (The Lady from Shanghai) tosses her hair back and slyly responds, Me? in one of the great star entrances in movie history. Gilda, directed by CHARLES VIDOR (Cover Girl), features a sultry Hayworth in her most iconic role, as the much-lusted-after wife of a criminal kingpin (Paths of Glory's GEORGE MACREADY), as well as the former flame of his bitter henchman (3:10 to Yuma's GLENN FORD), and she drives them both mad with desire and jealousy. An ever-shifting battle of the sexes set on a Buenos Aires casino's glittering floor and in its shadowy back rooms, Gilda is among the most sensual of all Hollywood noirs. Special Features: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary from 2010 by film critic Richard Schickel New interview with film noir historian Eddie Muller Appreciation of Gilda from 2010 featuring filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady, a 2000 featurette on Hayworth's career as an actor and dancer Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O'Malley Click Images to Enlarge
Doctor Who - The Masque Of Mandragora | DVD | (08/02/2010)
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A Song To Remember (Region 2 & 4) | DVD | (07/10/2013)
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Cornel Wilde, Paul Muni and Merle Oberon: a classic line-up of ageless talent in a film that has become an evergreen to millions of music lovers. It's the true story of Frederic Chopin, towering romantic pianist and composer, frail in body but fiery in spirit. It's the story of his eternal music, of the brilliant women who inspired it, of his fight for the freedom of his beloved Poland and his tragic death in the full flower of his genius. Charles Vidor, finest of all romantic film-makers, directs.
Calamity Jane | DVD | (09/10/2006)
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The Deadwood Stage is comin' to town bringing Doris Day and Howard Keel to fuss feud and fall in love as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok in this entertainment from the golden age of movie musicals. At first curvaceous Calamity is too durned busy fighting Indians and cracking a bullwhip to pay much mind to such girlie what-alls as dresses and perfume. And Wild Bill is too danged busy wooing a dainty chanteuse to give a hoot about a hotheaded tomboy. But things change in a rootin'
Sabrina | DVD | (14/09/2009)
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Humphrey Bogart William Holden and Audrey Hepburn star in a Cinderella story directed by renowned filmmaker Billy Wilder. Bogie and Holden are the mega-rich Larrabee brothers of Long Island. Bogie's all work Holden's all playboy. But when Sabrina daughter of the family's chauffeur returns from Paris all grown up and glamorous the stage is set for some family fireworks as the brothers fall under the spell of Hepburn's delightful charms.
A Breath of Scandal / Houseboat Double Pack | DVD | (22/04/2013)
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<Strong>A Breath Of Scandal:</strong> Drawn from Sidney Howard's successful Broadway Americanization of the Molnar farce Olympia, and adapted by a then-blacklisted and uncredited Walter Bernstein, the film opens in the Austrian countryside of 1907. The widowed Princess Olympia (Loren) is living a lush, if dull, exile from the court of Frances Joseph I, banished as a result of vaguely-referenced indiscretions that have caused the royal family embarrassment. She's desperate for distraction, wh...
Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 14 | DVD | (25/08/2014)
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A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release. The Ealing Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance - featuring new transfers from the best available elements in their correct aspect ratio this multi-volume collection showcases a range of scarce films from both Basil Dean's and Michael Balcon's tenure as studio head making them available once more to the general public. LONELY ROAD (1936) On a drunken drive to the coast an ex-naval officer interrupts what he believes to be a smuggling operation and informs Scotland Yard... Black and White / 70 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English THE WATER GIPSIES (1932) A.P. Herbert's famous tale about a girl living on a Thames barge and her love for a local artist. Black and White / 74 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English THE SIGN OF FOUR (1932) Arthur Wontner stars in the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery in which an ex-convict seeks revenge on a man who failed to honour his word. Black and White / 74 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English FEATHER YOUR NEST (1937) Unseen since its original theatrical release this George Formby vehicle stars George as a gramophone record factory worker who creates a hit song. Black and White / 78 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English
Edvard Munch (1974) (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (13/06/2016)
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Described by Ingmar Bergman as a work of genius, Peter Watkins' multi-faceted masterwork is more than just a biopic of the iconic Norwegian Expressionist painter; it is one of the best films ever made about the artistic process. Focusing initially on Munch's formative years in late 19th century Kristiania (now Oslo), Watkins uses his trademark vÃ©ritÃ© style to create a vivid picture of the emotional, political, and social upheavals that would have such an effect on his art. The young artist (Geir Westby) has an affair with Mrs. Heiberg (Gro Fraas), a devastating experience that will haunt him for the rest of his life. His work is viciously attacked by critics and public alike and he is forced to leave his home country for Berlin, where, along with the notorious Swedish playwright August Strindberg, he becomes part of the cultural storm that is to sweep Europe. There have been countless film biographies of famous artists, but only a handful can be considered major works in their own right. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Watkins' extended 221-minute version, in a new Blu-ray presentation. Special Features: Director-approved high-definition restoration of the long version Optional SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 80-PAGE BOOK with a Peter Watkins self-interview, writing by Joseph Gomez, a Munch timeline, and numerous artworks