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Das Boot - The Mini Series | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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This 282-minute version of Das Boot is the full-length TV series, originally shown in six parts but here edited into a seamless whole. Director Wolfgang Petersen has since graduated to mega-budget Hollywood productions (2004's Troy for example), but has never managed even to come close to this, his German-language masterpiece. Petersen and his sterling cast (including Jürgen Prochnow in his best role as the U-boat captain) went to great lengths to ensure that this claustrophobic depiction of life aboard the German sub U-97 while attacking British convoys in the Atlantic is thoroughly authentic and totally convincing. Even the set itself, which is a replica of a U-boat interior, had no false walls, so all camera angles are necessarily from within its horribly narrow, overcrowded and sweaty confines. The result is certainly the finest submarine drama ever made, and one of the most compelling depictions of the physical, psychological and emotional effects of warfare. This mini-series is rather longer than the movie version, which is also available on DVD in a Director's Cut version. The differences are not in matters of plot, but in the pacing: everything here takes longer to happen, while the crew must sit around, bicker, swear and sweat it out--the agonising searching for action, the tension of the attack, the terrible stress of hiding from enemy destroyers. Everything unfolds as if in real time, which is the great advantage a TV production has over a movie (contrast, for example, Band of Brothers with Saving Private Ryan). This, therefore, is the definitive presentation of a World War II classic. On the DVD: Das Boot is presented on two discs, with no breaks where the original TV episodes started and finished. The default language option is German with optional English subtitles. For those constitutionally allergic to subtitles there is also an alternative English-language dub, voiced by many of the original cast (including Prochnow). Sound is adequate stereo or Dolby 5.1, and the anamorphic widescreen is good for the murky green underwater shots. Unlike the theatrical version, though, there is no commentary. --Mark Walker
Pan's Labyrinth | DVD | (12/03/2007)
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Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine. Pan's Labyrinth is the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain 1944 - after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.
The Battle Of Midway | DVD | (02/05/2005)
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A star-studded World War II drama about the great air and naval battle in which the underdog Americans - outnumbered by the huge Japanese flotilla - won American military supremacy in the Pacific. Leading them to their heroic victory is Admiral Nimitz and Captain Matt Garth (Heston) the latter a junior officer whose life is complicated by his son's romance with a Japanese-American girl...
Black Hawk Down | Blu Ray | (22/04/2007)
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Ridley Scott directs this fast moving action adventure about the disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers commanded by Capt. Mike Steele were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which leads to a large and chaotic firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which destroys two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu.
Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (2 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (09/07/2007)
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Thematically ambitious and emotionally complex, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is an intimate epic with much to say about war and the nature of heroism in America. Based on the non-fiction bestseller by James Bradley (with Ron Powers), and adapted by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis (Jarhead screenwriter William Broyles Jr. wrote an earlier draft that was abandoned when Eastwood signed on to direct), this isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic. In telling the story of the six men (five Marines, one Navy medic) who raised the American flag of victory on the battle-ravaged Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23rd, 1945, Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers (played by Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, and Jesse Bradford) became reluctant celebrities - and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign - after their flag-raising was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in the most famous photograph in military history. As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatising the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective. Critically hailed as an instant classic, Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is a masterwork of uncommon humanity and a harrowing, unforgettable indictment of the horrors of war. In an unprecedented demonstration of worldly citizenship, Eastwood (from a spare, tightly focused screenplay by first-time screenwriter Iris Yamashita) has crafted a truly Japanese film, with Japanese dialogue (with subtitles) and filmed in a contemplative Japanese style, serving as both complement and counterpoint to Eastwood's previously released companion film Flags of Our Fathers. Where the earlier film employed a complex non-linear structure and epic-scale production values to dramatise one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and its traumatic impact on American soldiers, Letters reveals the battle of Iwo Jima from the tunnel- and cave-dwelling perspective of the Japanese, hopelessly outnumbered, deprived of reinforcements, and doomed to die in inevitable defeat. While maintaining many of the traditions of the conventional war drama, Eastwood extends his sympathetic touch to humanise "the enemy," revealing the internal and external conflicts of soldiers and officers alike, forced by circumstance to sacrifice themselves or defend their honour against insurmountable odds. From the weary reluctance of a young recruit named Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya) to the dignified yet desperately anguished strategy of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi (played by Oscar-nominated The Last Samurai costar Ken Watanabe), whose letters home inspired the film's title and present-day framing device, Letters from Iwo Jima (which conveys the bleakness of battle through a near-total absence of colour) steadfastly avoids the glorification of war while paying honorable tribute to ill-fated men who can only dream of the comforts of home. --Jeff Shannon
Girls Aloud Ten, The Hits Tour 2013 | DVD | (11/11/2013)
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The British pop act captured live in performance on their final UK tour in March 2013. The tour was in support of the group's second greatest hits album, 'Ten' (2012), and saw them perform tracks including 'Sound of the Underground', 'Love Machine', 'Jump', 'Biology' and 'The Promise'. Following the completion of the tour, the group announced that they had split.
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (Live at the Metropolitan Opera, 2013) | DVD | (07/04/2014)
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ERA 2564632035; ERATO - Francia; Classica Lirica
Straight Outta Compton - Director's Cut | DVD | (11/01/2016)
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The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. Bonus Features: Director's Cut Becoming NWA NWA: The Origins Impact Click Images to Enlarge
Sink The Bismarck! | DVD | (04/07/2005)
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The story of one of World War II's most famous sea battles is brought to the screen in this exciting semi-documentary style movie. In the Spring of 1941 Nazi Germany's greatest battleship - the Bismarck scourge of Atlantic shipping - is pinned down at her anchorage in Norway. Making a break for freedom and the safety of air cover from the Luftwaffe the great ship is chased by the Royal Navy. Eventually after heavy casualties including the loss of HMS Hood the Bismarck is fina
Beneath Hill 60 | DVD | (11/10/2010)
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Up The Junction | DVD | (18/08/2008)
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A girl from a rich family in Chelsea is bored and decides to go slumming in depressed Battersea. She gets a flat and starts working in a factory and makes some friends there. One of her friends is pregnant but abortion is illegal...
Princess Ida | DVD | (16/08/2010)
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The Doors | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Oliver Stone give us his take on the life of rock star Jim Morrison whose life came tragically to an end in a haze of drug abuse. The movie captures the psychedelic atmosphere of the Doors work and particularly Jim Morrison's life - who is played by a very convincing Val Kilmer.
Northern Soul | DVD | (20/10/2014)
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Northern Soul is the story of a youth culture in the 1970&rsquo;s which changed a generation. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production line two young boys dream mof going to America to discover rare records which will help them become the best DJ&rsquo;s on the scene. This journey forces them to confront rivalry violence and drug abuse and their friendship is tested to the limit. This is Northern Soul.
Above Us The Waves | DVD | (19/06/2007)
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Directed by Ralph Thomas, Above Us the Waves (1955) tells of a Royal Navy mission to sink the "invincible" German battleship Tirpitz, off the Norwegian coast. John Mills is calm and confident as the mission commander, with strong support from John Gregson and Donald Sinden--all treated by the German personnel as fellow gentlemen when captured. Despite stirring music from Arthur Benjamin, the action sequences are visually no more than adequate, and the film is only a partial success.--Richard Whitehouse
The Guns of Navarone | Blu Ray | (24/10/2011)
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This rousing, explosive 1961 WWII adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's thrilling novel, turns the war thriller into a deadly caper film. Gregory Peck heads a star-studded cast charged with a near impossible mission: to destroy a pair of German guns nestled in a protective cave on the strategic Mediterranean island of Navarone, from where they can control a vital sea passage. As world famous mountain climber turned British army Captain Mallory, Peck leads a guerrilla force composed of the humanistic explosives expert, Miller (David Niven), the ruthless Greek patriot with a grudge, Stavros (Anthony Quinn), veteran special forces soldier Brown (Stanley Baker) and the cool, quiet young marksman Pappadimos (James Darren). This disparate collection of classic types must overcome internal conflicts, enemy attacks, betrayal and capture to complete their mission. Director J. Lee Thompson sets a driving pace for this exciting (if familiar) military operation, a succession of close calls, pitched battles and last-minute escapes as our heroes infiltrate the garrisoned town with the help of resistance leader Maria (Irene Papas) and plot their entry into the heavily guarded mountain fort. Carl Foreman's screenplay embraces MacLean's role call of clichés and delivers them with style, creating one of the liveliest mixes of espionage, combat and good old-fashioned military derring-do put on film. In 1978, the sequel Force 10 from Navarone was released, but MacLean fans will prefer to check out the action-packed thriller Where Eagles Dare. --Sean Axmaker
Gomorrah | Blu Ray | (09/02/2009)
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Based on the bestselling expos'' of the Neapolitan mafia by award-winning journalist Roberto Saviano Gomorrah is an unforgettable and compelling story of power money and blood. Five stories are woven together in modern day Naples set in a brutal world from which there is no escape and no mercy. Gomorrah is directed by acclaimed and multi award-winning director Matteo Garrone. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2008 and was a multi prize winner at the European Film Academy awards with honours including Best European Film and Best European Director.
Motown Definitive Performances: The DVD | DVD | (09/11/2009)
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Tracklist1. The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman (Teen Town)2. The Contours - Do You Love Me (Hy Lit Show)3. Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike (Hollywood A-Go-Go)4. Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts (Shivaree)5. Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street (The Ed Sullivan Show)6. The Temptations - My Girl (Teen Town)7. Martha & The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run (Murray The K)8. Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Tienerklanken)9. The Supremes - Back In My Arms Again (Mike Douglas Show)10. Kim Weston - Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (Swingin' Time)11. Marvin Gaye - Ain't That Peculiar (Live From The Bitter End)12. Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Swingin' Time)13. The Marvelettes - Don't Mess With Bill (Hullabaloo)14. Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Beat Club)15. Gladys Knight & The Pips - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Save The Children Concert)16. David Ruffin - My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) (Upbeat)17. Edwin Starr - War (Upbeat)18. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tears Of A Clown (Andy Williams Show)
HMS Pinafore & Trial By Jury | DVD | (16/08/2010)
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James Last - Gentleman Of Music | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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