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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
Various Composers - Walter Felsenstein Edition | DVD | (28/01/2008)
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Stanley Kubrick: 8-Film Masterpiece Collection | Blu Ray | (10/11/2014)
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Lolita (1962)A divorced British professor becomes infatuated with a flirtatious 14-year-old girl after moving to a small-town America. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)A psychotic Air Force General unleashes an ingenious and irrevocable scheme to send bombers to attach Russia whilst the President and Soviet premier frantically try to save the world. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)Kubrick's dazzling Academy Award-winning achievement (Special Visual Effects) is an allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man and a compelling drama of man vs. machine. A Clockwork Orange (1971)In future Britain the singing tap-dancing derby-topped hooligan Alex has a good time - at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Kubrick's future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess' novel. Barry Lyndon (1975)Redmond Barry is a young roguish Irishman who dupes duels and seduces his way up the social ladder entering into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon and assuming wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams. The Shining (1980)The Shining is Kubrick's epic tale of a man who journeys to the elegant isolated Overlook Hotel as an off-season caretaker with his wife and son and ultimately descends into murderous delusions. Full Metal Jacket (1987)A superb ensemble falls in for Kubrick's brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)Tom Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage - and may ensnare him in a murder mystery - after his wife's (Nicole Kidman) admission of sexual longings in Kubrick's daring and controversial last film. Special Features: 78 page Hardcover book All-new Kubrick documentary - Kubrick Remembered Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures O Lucky Malcolm! Onece Upon A Time...A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick In Focus Commentaries Rare Interviews Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
Doctor Strangelove | DVD | (01/10/1999)
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Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr. Strangelove is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with "the purity of precious bodily fluids," mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so-called "Doomsday Device," and the world hangs in the balance while the US president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart. Sellers also plays a British military attaché and the mad bomb-maker Dr. Strangelove; George C. Scott is outrageously frantic as General Buck Turgidson, whose presidential advice consists mainly of panic and statistics about "acceptable losses." With dialogue ("You can't fight here! This is the war room!") and images (Slim Pickens' character riding the bomb to oblivion) that have become a part of our cultural vocabulary, Kubrick's film regularly appears on critics' lists of the all-time best. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to another version of this video.
Wagner - Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Boulez) | DVD | (11/07/2005)
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Working closely with video director Brian Large Chereau re-rehearsed his staging for the films taped at that time to recreate the experience on screen and to preserve career-defining performances from the original cast headed by Donald McIntyre Gwyneth Jones and Manfred Jung.
100 Years of Universal - Limited Edition 100 Movie Collection Box Set | DVD | (19/11/2012)
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Celebrate 100 Years of Universal Studios with this Limited Edition 100 Movie Collection Box Set. In 2012, Universal Studios celebrates its 100th anniversay, and as part of the year long Centennial celebration, Universal have put together this magnificent collection of film's from the studio's rich legacy, beginning with the 1930s and Universal's first Best Picture Oscar winner All Quiet on the Western Front, all the way through to last year's most popular releases including the critical and commerical hits Bridesmaids and Senna. Along the way, Universal's releases have included the classic Monster films from the 30s to the 40s (including Dracula and Bride of Frankenstein), Award-winning films such as To Kill A Mockingbird and The Sting as well as many great films from great filmmakers such as Peter Kackson (The Frighteners and King Kong), Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Robin Hood), Orson Welles (Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil), Martin Scorsese (Casino) and Steven Spielberg (Duel, Jaws, E.T. and Schindler's List). From drug kingpins to King Kong, from toga parties to deadly sharks, from loveable extraterrestrials to fearsome dinosaurs, from gladiators to 40-year-old virgins, Universal has kept audiences laughing and crying, cheering and covering our eyes for a glorious century. This box set comes in a stunning hard-bound book of 25 double-page spreads (with four DVDs contained on each spread and many rare photos from Universal's library) as well as an exclusive poster featuring all 100 titles. Titles included (in alphabetical order): 8 Mile (2002) The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) Airport (1970) All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) American Graffiti (1973) American Pie (1999) An American Werewolf in London (1981) Apollo 13 (1995) Atonement (2007) Back to the Future (1985) Being John Malkovich (1999) The Big Lebowski (1998) Billy Elliot (2000) The Birds (1963) The Blues Brothers (1980) Born on the Fourth of July (1989) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) The Breakfast Club (1985) The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Bridesmaids (2011) Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Carlito's Way (1993) Casino (1995) Charade (1963) Children of Men (2006) Citizen Kane (1941) Coraline (2009) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Despicable Me (2010) Do the Right Thing (1989) Double Indemnity (1944) Dracula (1931) Duck Soup (1933) Duel (1971) E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) The Fast and the Furious (2001) Fast Times in Ridgemont High (1982) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Field of Dreams (1989) Frankenstein (1931) The Frighteners (1996) Gladiator (2000) Happy Gilmore (1996) Harvey (1950) High Plains Drifter (1973) Holiday Inn (1942) The Holiday (2006) Hot Fuzz (2007) Hulk (2003) In Bruges (2008) The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Inglourious Basterds (2009) The Invisible Man (1933) It Came From Outer Space (1953) It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Jaws (1975) The Jerk (1979) Jurassic Park (1993) Kick-Ass (2010) King Kong (1933) King Kong (2005) Knocked Up (2007) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Love Actually (2003) Mamma Mia! (2008) Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) The Mummy (1932) The Mummy (1999) National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) Notting Hill (1999) Out of Africa (1985) Parenthood (1989) Pillow Talk (1959) Psycho (1960) Public Enemies (2009) Quadrophenia (1979) Ray (2004) Reality Bites (1994) Rear Window (1954) Road to Morocco (1942) Robin Hood (2010) Scarface (1932) Scarface (1983) Schindler's List (1993) Senna (2010) Shakespeare in Love (1998) Shaun of the Dead (2004) Sixteen Candles (1984) Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Spartacus (1960) The Sting (1973) Sullivan's Travels (1941) The Thing (1982) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Touch of Evil (1958) Twelve Monkeys (1995) United 93 (2006) Vertigo (1958) Waterworld (1995) The Wolf Man (1941)
Chaplin DVD Box Set (Chaplin Collection) | DVD | (14/11/2011)
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A must-have for Charlie Chaplin fans - this DVD Box Set contains a collection of much-loved classic films: The Chaplin Revue, The Circus, City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, The Kid, A King in New York, Limelight, Modern Times, Monsieur Verdoux and A Woman of Paris. Extras include: Behind-the-scenes footage Deleted scenes Documentaries Introductions Outtakes Photo galleries Trailer reels NB A King in New York, Monsieur Verdoux and A Woman of Paris have not previously been released in Park Circus’ Charlie Chaplin Collection
The Ken Loach Collection Volume 2 | DVD | (03/09/2007)
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Available together in a box set for the first time experience the drama and intensity from some truly ground-breaking and memorable British Cinema. Cathy Come Home (1965): Cathy Come Home is probably the most famous British television play ever - watched by a quarter of the population both on its first broadcast in 1966 and on its repeat in 1967. Its impact was enormous provoking questions in the Houses of Parliament and helping launch the new housing charity 'Shelter'. K
Alfred Brendel Plays & Introduces Schubert: Late | DVD | (17/09/2007)
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Brendel Plays Late Schubert (5 Discs)
Miles Davis The Definitive Miles Davis At Montreux DVD Collection 1973-1991 | DVD | (24/10/2011)
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This historically important 10 DVD set captures all of Miles Davis’ performances at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival between 1973 and 1991, the last being less than three months before his death. It is an unparalleled archive of live Miles Davis performances and is now being released on a visual format for the first time ever. Although many tracks are repeated across the years the concerts are strikingly individual with extensive improvisation and frequent rearrangements. The final concert from 1991 sees Miles Davis paying tribute to his collaborator and close find Gil Evans who had died in 1988. With Miles’ philosophy of “never look back” it was extraordinary that he would agree to perform such a show and it was a truly unique occasion captured here for posterity. Miles Davis is undeniably one of the most important and successful jazz figures of the 20th century. This unrivalled DVD box set of his live performances at Montreux is a release to be truly cherished. Bonus Features On disc one there are full interviews with Claude Nobs, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock plus shorter interviews about Miles Davis with Monty Alexander, Helen Merrill, Betty Carter, Charlie Haden, Gil Goldstein, Stanley Clarke, Jean Luc Ponty and Al Di Meola and Michel Petrucciani.
Wagner - The Ring | DVD | (14/07/2008)
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Seven-DVD set of Wagner's gargantuan Ring Cycle - the celebrated critically-acclaimed production at the Royal Danish Opera come to be known as the Copenhagen Ring. Striking memorable and controversial staging by Kasper Bech Holten. The action experienced as an extended flashback presents Wagner's epic as a family saga from a feminist perspective. The production is visually stunning disturbing and at times explicit.
Leonard Bernstein: Beethoven - Cycle 7 | DVD | (18/11/2008)
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Lucerne Festival Orchestra - the First 5 Years | DVD | (13/08/2007)
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Lucerne Fest Orch: First 5 Years (5DVD)
Barenboim on Beethoven | DVD | (05/02/2007)
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In 2005 Daniel Barenboim performed the complete Beethoven piano sonatas over eight concerts in two weeks at the Staatsoper in Berlin. These magnificent performances were captured on film and are now presented in a stunning 6 DVD set. The product includes a comprehensive booklet which includes notes on all 32 sonatas and interactive Beethoven and piano timelines which make it a fantastic educational tool. Also included are 6 master classes with some of the world's most notable young pianists where the legendary man imparts his wisdom to the next generation. Lavishly filmed and beautifully produced this is the definitive edition of the Beethoven piano sonatas on DVD.
Leaving Home - Orchestral Music In The 20th Century - Vols. 1 To 7 | DVD | (27/02/2006)
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Box Set Volume 1-7A conducted tour by Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham OrchestraThe entire 7-CD Leaving Home series is released in a boxed set this month available at a special price.A remarkable diversity of expression developed - not all of the difficult or discordant variety commonly associated with modern music. The range is wide and this series samples the work of over thirty composers discovering new and challenging sounds as well as some unexpectedly familiar music. It present an extraordinary kaleidoscope of orchestral images full of contrasts and surprises.
Mozart At Drottningholm | DVD | (02/10/2006)
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Arthaus is proud to present this new Mozart boxset containing the full series of reissues from the Drottingholm Theatre, available for the special price of 6 DVDs for the price of 4.This intimate setting, dating back to 1766, provides a perfect stage for the operas of Mozart and features excellent casts and superb directors, accompanied by period instruments for a truly authentic experience.Includes:- Cosi Fan Tutte (1984)- La Finta Giardiniera (1988)- La Clemenza Di Tito (1987)- Idomeneo (1991)- Die Zauberflote (1989)- Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (1990)
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Lisa Gasteen/Robert Gambill/Stuttgart Opera/Lothar Zagrosek) | DVD | (27/09/2010)
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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
Deanna Durbin | DVD | (07/11/2011)
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From the late 1930s to the mid 1940s,Deanna Durbin was one of the most popular singing stars in the world. HerHollywood musicals were a hit with the critics and the public alike and she was adored by countless millions offans.The world reeled when, in 1948, Deanna suddenly announced that she was to retire from fi lm-making at the ageof just 27 and her name has since passed into Hollywood legend.Blessed with the voice of an angel, Deanna Durbin is now best remembered for her superb performances as asinger, but she was also an exceptionally gifted actress and comedienne.The 19 fi lms in these collections capture Deanna at the height of her career, singing many of her best-loved songsand leaving us with performances to cherish.Titles comprise:100 Men & A GirlMad About MusicThree Smart GirlsBecause Of HimChristmas HolidayFirst LoveThree Smart Girls Grow UpCan't Help SingingFor The Love Of MaryThe Amazing Mrs HollidayIt Started With EveUp In Central ParkHers To HoldNice Girl?His Butler's SisterI'll Be YoursLady On A TrainSomething In The WindThat Certain Age
Gunter Wand | DVD | (27/02/2006)
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CONTAINS:Ludwig van Beethoven - Overture 'Leonore III' Op. 72aAnton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 in E flat major 'Romantic'.Recorded live at The Dom Lubeck 24 June 1990.Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor D759 'Unfinished'/Symphony No. 9 in C major D944 'The Great'.Recorded live at The Musik- und Kongresshalle Lubeck 20 August 1995.Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485.Johannes Brahm - Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op.68Recorded live at The Kieler Schloss Kiel 24 August 1997.Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major.Recorded live at The Musik - und Kongresshalle Lubeck 28 August 1999.
Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces - Vols. 1-6 - Complete | DVD | (29/10/2007)
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Six master composers, six symphonies, a star conductor and a leading orchestra make Kent Nagano Conducts Classical Masterpieces a first-class music documentary.