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Stanley Kubrick | DVD | (10/09/2001)
from £41.45 | Saving you £25.04 (25.00%) | RRP
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
Monteverdi - Pierre Audi's Monteverdi Cycle Box Set | DVD | (29/01/2007)
from £51.69 | Saving you £18.30 (26.10%) | RRP
Opus Arte is proud to present Pierre Audi's profound and refined productions of Monteverdi's opera masterpieces from the Amsterdam Muziektheater as a complete 9.5 hours box set, which explores the depths of human emotions in compelling music drama. The brilliant cast of the beautifully styled, evocative L'Orfeo, under the sophisticated musical direction of Stephen Stubbs, includes John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance and David Cordier. II ritorno d' Ulisse in patria features Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Graciela in patria features Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Graciela Araya, both commanding and very moving under Glen Wilson's transparent and inspired musical direction. In L'incoroazione di Poppea Christophe Roussel and the musicians of his Les Talens Lyriques lead an all-star cast, including Brigitte Balleys, Cynthia Haymon, Claron McFadden and Dominique Visse, together reaching great heights in a highly evocative production. As a bonus disc, this box set includes the previously unreleased II combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, starring Lorna Anderson and Maarten Koningsberger, with the ASKO Ensemble boldly led by David Porcelijn.Never before have these timeless Monteverdi masterworks been presented with such consistent and inspired vision, and the results is an astonishing theatrical experience. An essential for any serious opera collector's library!
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
Puccini: La Boheme -- San Francisco/Severini | DVD | (28/08/2000)
from £99.97 | Saving you £-74.98 (-300.00%) | RRP
One way to use the DVD format for opera is to provide a video format with a clear picture and sumptuous sound and let a good performance speak more or less for itself. Severini's La Boheme comes with a minimum of trimmings--subtitles in English, French and German; even a short account of the performance history is relegated to text in a booklet. The live performance has real theatrical presence, even to the extent that, at times, the vocal and orchestral subtleties get lost in wild applause. Pavarotti's Rodolfo was, in 1988, as plangently lyrical as ever and Freni's care-worn Mimi is a deeply touching and musical performance; Pacetti is a beefy full-blooded no-nonsense Musetta--the waltz song and ensuing duet with Marcello is for once the Broadway show-stopper it ought to be. Of the supporting roles, though, perhaps the most moving is Ghiaurov's Colline--his farewell to his old coat is a short passage of deep pathos which he has rarely sung as well as he does here. --Roz Kaveney
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)
Giuseppe Verdi - Aida | DVD | (01/02/2010)
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Concerts By Art Blakey/Dizzy Gillespie/Louis Armstrong Etc
Jose Carreras Collection | DVD | (02/07/2007)
from £34.77 | Saving you £15.14 (22.60%) | RRP
Contains the performances:- The Vienna Comeback.- La Grande Notte a Verona.- Frankfurt Concert.- A Bolshoi Opera Night.- Montseratt Caballe and Jose Carreras.- Salzburg Recital.