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The Reader | Blu Ray | (25/05/2009)
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The Reader opens in WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from 'The Odessey' 'Huck Finn' and 'The Lady With The Little Dog.' Despite their intense bond Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. The Reader is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
The Butcher Boy | DVD | (15/10/2007)
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A classic Irish movie, The Butcher Boy is set in a small town in Ireland in the mid part of the twentieth century. It tells the story of Francis 'Francie' Brady, a schoolboy who lives with his mother and alcoholic father. In the early part of the book it becomes apparent that Francie's mother is abused both verbally and physically by her belligerent husband, on a frequent basis. Francie's father, Benny, was raised in a tough religious school in Belfast, and it is suggested that this experience left him mentally traumatised. This mental trauma has left Benny bitter and angry, and he takes this anger out on his wife, his fury fuelled by alcohol. Francie's mother considers suicide and is committed for a time to a mental health facility.
All Quiet on the Western Front | Blu Ray | (10/09/2012)
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Unlike most message films which date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key unpolished and deeply-felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in countries mobilising for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres) declares, We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed - that's all. All Quiet On The Western Front is an anthology of now famous scenes: Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for the butterfly.
Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera | DVD | (07/02/2011)
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Track Listing:1 FLEMING, RENEE - OPENING CREDITS & INTRODUCTION 2 SUMMERS, PATRICK - MADAMA BUTTERFLY 3 E SOFFITTO...E PARETI... 4 DOVUNQUE AL MONDO 5 QUALE SMANIA VI PRENDE! 6 ECCO! SON GIUNTE AL SOMMO DEL PENDIO...AH! QUANTO 7 GRAN VENTURA 8 L'IMPERIAL COMMISARIO 9 VIENI, AMOR MIO! 10 IERI SON SALITA TUTTA SOLA IN SEGRETO ALLA MISSION 11 O KAMI! O KAMI! 12 BIMBA, BIMBA, NON PIANGERE 13 VIENE LA SERA 14 BIMBA DAGLI OCCHI PIENI DI MALIA 15 VOGLIATEMI BENE 16 E LZAGHI ED LZANAMI, SARUNDASICO E KAMI 17 UN BEL DI VEDREMO 18 C'E. ENTRATE 19 YAMADORI ANCOR LE PENE DELL'AMOR 20 ORA A NOI. SEDETE QUI 21 DUE COSE POTREI FAR... 22 E QUESTO? E QUESTO? 23 CHE TUA MADRE DOVRA PRENDERTI IN BRACCIO 24 VESPA! ROSPO MALEDETTO! 25 UNA NAVE DA GUERRA... 26 SCUOTI QUELLA FRONDA DI CILIEGIO (FLOWER DUET) 27 OR VIENMI AD ADORNAR 28 CORO A BOCCA CHIUSA (HUMMING CHORUS) 1 SUMMERS, PATRICK - MADAMA BUTTERFLY 2 INTERMEZZO...OH EH! OH EH! 3 GIA IL SOLE!...DORMI AMOR MIO, DORMI SUL MIO COR 4 CHI SIA? 5 LO SO CHE ALLE SUE PENE NON CI SONO CONFORTI! 6 ADDIO FIORITO ASIL 7 SUZUKI! SUZUKI! DOVE SEI? 8 COME UNA MOSCA PRIGIONIERA 9 CON ONOR MUORE...TU, TU? PICCOLO IDDIO 10 NOT APPLICABLE - BOWS & CLOSING CREDITS 11 RACETTE, PATRICIA - INTERVIEW: PATRICIA RACETTE & 12 ZIFCHAK, MARIA - INTERVIEW: MARIA ZIFCHAK 13 MINGHELLA, ANTHONY - FEATURE: ANTHONY MINGHELLA 14 CHOA, CAROLYN - INTERVIEW: CAROLYN CHOA 15 RACETTE, PATRICIA - INTERVIEW: PATRICIA RACETTE
Jazz On A Summers Day | DVD | (28/05/2015)
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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: In 1958, celebrated photographer Bert Stern was inspired by a friend to "take pictures" of the Newport Jazz Festival. Following a turn of events, Stern decided to produce a full fledged motion picture. It would become his only film. By breaking many cinematic taboos, Stern recreated the look of his still photography into motion with a dazzling display of rich human observation and some of the most remarkable scenes of live jazz ever brought to the screen. When it premiered at the Venice Film Festival rumours of an American "New Wave" swirled. Although the principle emphasis of JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY is on the performances of such legendary artists as Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Mahalis Jackson, and Thelonious Monk, Stern's camera also fills us with illuminating images of America at its best. Whether it's a birds eye view of the rich in their yachts or young from Brooklyn on a tour of Newport's picturesque streets and beaches, this is more than just a jazz film, it's the film of an era. ...Jazz on a Summer's Day ( Bert Stern's Jazz on a Summer's Day )
Breaking Glass - Uncut Collectors British Edition | DVD | (05/11/2012)
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Kate Crowley is an idealistic young musician who performs angry songs that rail against a dehumanising world. Hustler Danny has ambitions for her, and almost overnight she is transformed into a huge star. Once at the top, however, the pressure ratchets up. Kate's trusted musicians are manoeuvred out of her band and she is left at the mercy of a ruthless and exploitative music industry. Before long, the social disintegration of the external world begins to mirror Kate's tragic descent into obl...
Sharpe's Peril | DVD | (10/11/2008)
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Only one man can save them all The award-winning series Sharpe starring Sean Bean returns for another action-packed adventure. It's India 1818 and Lt Col Richard Sharpe and Sergeant Major Patrick Harper are travelling across India escorting the beautiful Marie-Angelique Bonnet to meet her fianc''e. While in bandit-plagued badlands they come across the very dregs of the Crown's troops; an ill disciplined rag-tag unit led by boy soldier Beauclare. As Sharpe and company sit down to have dinner with their hosts the camp comes under attack by the notorious bandit Chitu. As the dust settles it becomes apparent there have been many casualties and Sharpe realises that he is the only person now capable of getting this wagon train to the safety of the next army garrison. Little does Sharpe know that the adventure has only just begun and that he has inadvertently stumbled across a massive opium trafficking ring...
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.
The Cruel Sea | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011)
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Nicholas Monsarrat's novel is an unflinching, realistic and emotionally involving account of naval life during the Second World War in which the "heroes" are the men, the "heroines" the ships and the "villain" is not so much the German U-Boats lurking below as "the cruel sea" itself. This 1953 film has become a classic of British cinema largely because it is a straightforward, no-frills adaptation of the book and retain's much of the original's compelling yet almost understated dramatic focus. On convoy duty in the North Atlantic, the crew of HMS Compass Rose face as a matter of routine the threat of destruction from U-Boats as well as a constant struggle against the elements. The convoys themselves are Britain's only lifeline and their loss would lead to certain defeat, but in the early years of the war the ships sent to protect them can do almost nothing to prevent the U-Boat attacks. Jack Hawkins gives one of his finest performances as Captain Ericson, the commander who has to balance destroying the enemy against saving the lives of the men under his care. In one unforgettable scene--a crucial turning point for all the characters--he must decide whether to depth charge a suspected submarine despite the presence of British sailors in the water. As with the book, the individual officers and their lives are carefully delineated, helped by the strength of a cast of (then) young actors (notably Donald Sinden and Denholm Elliot). Ultimately what makes The Cruel Sea such an undeniable classic is that it has neither the flag-waving jingoism nor the war-is-hell melodrama so common to most war movies: instead it relates in an almost matter-of-fact way the bitterness of the conflict at sea fought by ordinary men placed in the most extraordinary of circumstances. --Mark Walker
Zodiac - Director's Cut | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008)
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Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history Zodiac is a thriller from David Fincher director of Se7en and Panic Room. As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
The Green Berets | DVD | (22/02/1999)
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Anyone who fought in Vietnam can tell you that the war bore little resemblance to this propagandistic action film starring and codirected by John Wayne. But Green Berets itself is not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest; critics roasted its gung-ho politics while ignoring its merits as an exciting (if rather conventional and idealistic) war movie. Some notorious mistakes were made--in the final shot, the sun sets in the east!--and it's an awkward attempt to graft WWII heroics onto the Vietnam experience. But as the Duke's attempt to acknowledge the men who were fighting and dying overseas, it's a rousing film in which Wayne commands a regiment on a mission to kidnap a Viet Cong general. David Janssen plays a journalist who learns to understand Wayne's commitment to battling Communism, and Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) plays an ill-fated soldier who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. --Jeff Shannon
Peter Green Splinter Group An Evening With... | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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Peter Green is universally accepted as one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. BB King famously said of Peter Green He's the only white guy to ever make me sweat. Peter Green's troubles since his departure from Fleetwood Mac in the early 70's are well documented. After a number of years in the wilderness he returned in the mid 90's in the guise of the Peter Green Splinter Group and recaptured the magic of his early days. This concert, recorded in England in 2003, is made up of two sets. The first is a pared down acoustic set of predominantly vintage blues finished off by the all-time Fleetwood Mac classic Albatross, one of the most popular instrumentals ever written. The second is a full on rocking electric set combining blues tracks, Splinter Group originals and other Fleetwood Mac classics. Tracklist:Acoustic Set: 1) Hitch Hiking Woman 2) Sweet Home Chicago 3) Dead Shrimp Blues 4) Can You Tell Me Why (aka Legal Fee Blues) 5) Little Queen Of Spades 6) Hell Hound On My Trail 7) AlbatrossElectric Set: 1) I Believe My Time Ain't Long 2) Running After You 3) Little Red Rooster 4) Ain't Nothing Gonna Change It 5) Shadow On My Door 6) Must Be A Fool 7) The Stumble 8) Cool Down 9) Man Of The World 10) Dangerous Man 11) Need Your Love So Bad 12) Real World 13) The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown) 14) Black Magic Woman 15) Look On Yonder Wall
Brick | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009)
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A prizewinner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for Originality of Vision Brick is Rian Johnson's debut feature as writer and director and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin) Lukas Haas (Last Days) and Emilie de Ravin (Lost). Brendan Frye is a loner someone who knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead he is determined to find the who and why and plunges into the dark and dangerous social strata of rich girl Laura intimidating Tug drug-addled Dode seductive Kara and the ominous Pin. But who can he really trust? Brick turns the American high-school genre on its head injecting hard boiled dialogue and a classic film noir style reminiscent of The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. An original absorbing mystery that will leave you spellbound.
Full Metal Jacket | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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One of a series of revisionist Vietnam cinema released in the late 1980s, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket is essentially split into two stories linked by a number of characters. The film follows new recruit Joker (Matthew Modine) and his fellow soldiers through their basic training and into combat in Vietnam. The first half is a chilling portrayal of military brutality and de-humanisation, mainly at the hands of Sgt Hartman (played at a level of staggering intensity by ex-Marine Lee Ermey), that centres around the tragic character of Private Pyle, a young man pushed to the edge of his endurance. The tone of the film is no less harsh when transported to the combat zone as we see the results of the training process in action: the young men turned into unquestioning killing machines. Joker is perhaps the one exception, a soldier with "Born to Kill" written on his helmet who also sports a peace sign on his lapel. But the film finds itself caught in the trap of many of the war movies of the time--how to create audience empathy with characters who are essentially in the wrong. It's a dilemma that Full Metal Jacket never really solves, although as a spectacle the film is a masterpiece. Made in the days before CGI became the norm, the battle sequences--filmed, rather bizarrely, in London's Docklands before its redevelopment--are hugely realistic and are perhaps the key moments of the movie, heightening the disorientation and fear felt by the soldiers. By offering no more than a snapshot of the Vietnam conflict (the action deals with one individual skirmish), Kubrick cleverly leaves any judgement on the war to the audience, although clearly attempting to influence them. The fate of the characters who survive is also left in the balance, but we can perhaps imagine what awaits them. On the DVD: Part of a series of Kubrick DVD reissues, Full Metal Jacket has been treated to the full remastering and restoration treatment. The battle sequences have benefited the most, gaining a new audio and visual crispness and clarity that adds to their already impressive sense of realism--you can almost feel the heat searing from the screen and the explosions detonating around you. Maybe not the best war film ever made, as some may claim, but certainly one to take you right to the heart of the action. --Phil Udell
Wargames | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a young computer whizz who hacks into what he believes is a new line of video games, little knowing that it is in fact NORAD, America's defence program. He inadvertently creates a hostile global situation, placing the world on the brink of nuclear war. Together with his girlfriend Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and a misanthropic computer expert (John Wood), David must fight to prevent an atomic meltdown.
The Andrzrej Wajda War Trilogy | DVD | (26/05/2008)
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Contains: A Generation (a.k.a Pokolenie): Set against the German occupation of Poland during World War Two this is the story of a group of youths and their coming of age. Canal (a.k.a Kanal): Set during the last days of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 this is the story of a company of men who are forced to say goodbye to their families and retreat to the sewers in a bid to flee the advancing deadly battle. Ashes And Diamonds (a.k.a Popiol i Diament): On the last day of World War Two a young Resistance fighter is ordered to kill a Communist leader. However his conscience is telling him not to obey knowing the consequences could be deadly he must decide whether to follow his orders for the last time.
Lore | DVD | (27/05/2013)
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Stranded with her younger siblings after their Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads the remains of her family across war-torn Germany in 1945. To survive the children must reach their Grandmother's house in the North but amidst the chaos of a defeated nation, Lore meets a young Jewish refugee called Thomas. In order to survive Lore must learn to trust a person she has been taught to hate. And as the consequences of her parent's actions and beliefs apparent, Lore must also start to face the darkness within herself.
Classic FM | DVD | (15/12/2003)
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Muscle Shoals | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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Located alongside the Tennessee River Muscle Shoals Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger Keith Richards Percy Sledge Gregg Allman Clarence Carter Etta James Alicia Keys Bono and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism mystery and why it remains influential today.
Four Classic War Movies | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Titles comprise: Running on Empty: After antiwar activists Annie and Arthur Pope (Chistine Lahti and Judd Hirsh) blew up a napalm lab in 1971 they became lifelong fugitives. They and their children have stayed just one step ahead of the law running from state to state job to job identity to identity. But now elder son Danny (River Phoenix) wants to stop running from a past not his. And to do so he might never see his on-the-lam family again... Escape To Victory: This is no ordinary soccer match: this is war! The battlefield: a stadium in occupied Paris. The armies: German all-stars vs. ragtag Allied POWs. The objective: demonstrate another proof of Aryan superiority. Guess who wins? Better yet guess who cleverly uses the match as a means of escape? Sylvester Stallone Michael Caine and Max von Sydow star in this rouser directed by the legendary John Huston. The climatic match is a heart-in-the-throat hat-in-the-air exhibition of brute force and balletic grace featuring soccer legends Pele Bobby Moore Osvaldo Ardiles Co Prins Mike Summerbee and more. Score a splendid entertainment goal for 'Victory'! Gettysburg: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. Two great armies will clash at Gettysburg site of a theology school. For three days through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge the fate of one nation indivisible hangs in the balance. The bloodiest battle fought on American soil comes to the screen in a powerful production. Tom Berenger Jeff Daniels Martin Sheen Richard Jordan and more play key roles in this magnificent epic based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning book 'The Killer Angels' filmed at actual battle locations and rigorously authenticated. Memphis Belle: Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz head the dynamic cast of Memphis Belle an adventure inspired by true World War II heroics. During spring 1943 they took to the war-torn skies for the most dangerous mission in defence of freedom. If the ten-man crew of the bomber Memphis Belle returned they would receive a hero's welcome and renew flagging public morale. But the odds were stacked heavily against them in the true courageous story of the brave fly-boys who each fought mortal fear while fighting the enemy together.