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Frank Sinatra - A Man And His Music Trilogy | DVD | (14/02/2011)
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All of Sinatra's swingin' 60's A Man And His Music TV specials are here presented on a single disc package for the very first time, with brand new remastered audio in full pristine PCM uncompressed audiophile quality. Featuring breathtaking performances with stellar special guests Ella Fitzgerald, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Nancy Sinatra, the 3 complete shows featured here are: A Man And His Music Part 1, A Man And His Music Part 2, A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim.
Brief Encounter | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009)
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Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter.
The Sand Pebbles | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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Director Robert Wise chose to film Robert McKenna's award-winning novel The Sand Pebbles as his follow-up to the success of The Sound of Music. Shot in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the film combines historical sweep and intimate human drama in several parallel stories, all revolving around US Navy machinist's mate Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), a skilful but fiercely independent sailor who joins the "sand pebble" crew of the USS San Pablo, a Navy gunboat patrolling the Yangtze River on the eve of the Chinese revolution in 1926. The San Pablo's inexperienced captain (Richard Crenna) obsessively defends the Navy's mission-however unnecessary or unwanted--to protect American missionaries and businessmen, blind to the more dangerous implications of American involvement with China's opposing political factions. Holman is a defiant voice of humanity in this clash between outmoded values and inevitable change; his final line of dialogue ("What the hell happened?") is a tragic summation of misguided policy, expressing the film's criticism of the Vietnam War. Rather than preach, however, Wise lets McKenna's potent drama emerge from finely drawn relationships: between Holman and a young American teacher (19-year-old Candice Bergen, in her second film); between Holman and the Chinese "coolie" (Mako), whose heart-breaking fate transcends all issues of racial or political difference; and between crewmate "Frenchy" Burgoyne (Richard Attenborough) and the Chinese woman he's sworn to love and protect at all costs. Combined with the film's colourful supporting cast, adventurous scope, and climactic battle scenes, these personal dynamics bring substance and spirit to a complex story of good intentions gone awry. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Ice Cold In Alex | DVD | (29/01/2007)
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A tense engrossing adventure set in the 1942 Libyan war zone in the hot Western Desert. A British ambulance officer (John Mills) escapes the siege in Tobruk and tries desperately to get his passengers to safety in Alexandria where he dreams he will have the luxury of an 'ice cold' glass of beer. His passengers include a stranded hospital nurse a Sergeant-Major and a stray South African Officer trying to return to his unit. Despite saving the group from the Germans something is not quite right about the last passenger. As he begins to undermine the group's stamina using psychological tactics the British officer begins to suspect he might be a German spy...
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)
Sink the Bismarck / The Enemy Below (Double Pack) | DVD | (02/06/2003)
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The Enemy Below and Sink the Bismarck! form a double feature of semi-classic CinemaScope-era WWII naval dramas sailing from the Fox vault onto DVD for the first time. In The Enemy Below Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens are respectively captains of a US destroyer and a German U-boat whose vessels come into conflict in the South Atlantic. Both are good men with a job to do, the script noting Jurgens' distaste for Hitler and the Nazis and engaging our sympathy with the German sailors almost as much as the Americans. Made at the height of the Cold War of the 1950s, the film delivers a liberal message of cooperation wrapped inside some spectacular action scenes and a story that builds to a tense and exciting, moving finale. Sink the Bismarck! is a British film dating from three years later and adopts a more documentary style in recounting the race against time to track and destroy what was in 1941 the most powerful battleship then built, the Bismarck. Shot in gleaming black and white so as to make use of genuine WWII archive footage, the film is held together by the introduction of a fictional naval officer in overall command of the operation, played excellently by Kenneth More. To add some human warmth he is given a tentative romantic subplot with a WREN played by the luminous Dana Wynter. Though initially slow to gather steam, Sink the Bismarck! finally delivers an epic, thoroughly horrifying conclusion. On the DVD: The Enemy Below and Sink the Bismarck! come as a two-disc set with multiple language and subtitle options, including English for Hard of Hearing, but no extras other than the original trailers. These are presented at 16:9 and 2.35:1. Both are rather faded, but are fine examples of an era when watching the previews didn't guarantee a migraine. Both films are anamorphically enhanced in their original 2.35:1 CinemaScope, and, bar a little grain in some shots and the inevitably inferior archive footage, the picture quality is excellent. The Enemy Below boasts sturdy three-channel sound (left, front, right) while Sink the Bismarck! is in very well mixed stereo. --Gary S Dalkin
Winter War | DVD | (21/02/2011)
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Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Osttrobottnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the farmer brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala.
Tora! Tora! Tora! | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010)
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Here is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora!: "Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war films, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary war. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
War Collection | DVD | (19/10/2009)
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In Which We Serve | DVD | (15/09/2008)
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The story of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Torrin and those that serve in her. In the Battle of Crete she is dive-bombed while streaming at thirty knots and goes down fighting. We see through the memories of her survivors the ordeals achievements and gallantry of HMS Torrin from her commissioning until she sinks in her last battle.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin | DVD | (04/02/2008)
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Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, February 2007.
The Dirty Dozen | DVD | (31/05/2004)
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A model for dozens of action films to follow, this box-office hit from 1967 refined a die-hard formula that has become overly familiar, but it's rarely been handled better than it was in this action-packed World War II thriller. Lee Marvin is perfectly cast as a down-but-not-out army major who is offered a shot at personal and professional redemption. If he can successfully train and discipline a squad of army rejects, misfits, killers, prisoners, and psychopaths into a first-rate unit of specialised soldiers, they'll earn a second chance to make up for their woeful misdeeds. Of course, there's a catch: to obtain their pardons, Marvin's band of badmen must agree to a suicide mission that will parachute them into the danger zone of Nazi-occupied France. It's a hazardous path to glory, but the men have no other choice than to accept and regain their lost honor. What makes The Dirty Dozen special is its phenomenal cast including Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, Trini Lopez, Robert Ryan, and others. Cassavetes is the Oscar-nominated standout as one of Marvin's most rebellious yet heroic men, but it's the whole ensemble--combined with the hard-as-nails direction of Robert Aldrich--that makes this such a high-velocity crowd pleaser. The script by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller (from the novel by E.M. Nathanson) is strong enough to support the all-star lineup with ample humour and military grit, so if you're in need of a mainline jolt of testosterone, The Dirty Dozen is the movie for you. --Jeff Shannon
Me Too - Welcome To The City | DVD | (28/07/2008)
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From the makers of Balamory comes Me Too! a drama series for pre-schoolers set in the fictional city of Riverseafingal. Me Too! revolves around the lives of nine main adult characters in their workplaces - including a teacher doctor market stallholder cleaner on the buses buffet car attendant nurse and a taxi driver - with the contrasting daily adventures of their pre-school child at play with Granny Murray. Granny Murray is warm and welcoming and also the fountain of all wisdom and inspiration. At the beginning of each episode she opens the door of her basement flat in Tattiemoon Lane to a different adult with their pre-school child. Episodes Comprise: 1. Fireworks 2. Snooze 3. The Waterfall 4. The Operation 5. The Rattle 6. Tummy Rumbles
A Bridge Too Far | DVD | (24/05/2004)
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1977's A Bridge Too Far by director Richard Attenborough features an all-star cast in an epic rendering of a daring but ultimately disastrous raid behind enemy lines in Holland during the Second World War. A lengthy and exhaustive look at the mechanics of warfare and the price and futility of war, the film is almost too large for its aims but manages to be both picaresque and affecting, particularly in the performance of James Caan. The impressive cast includes Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery and Liv Ullmann among others. While not a classic war film, it nevertheless manages to be a consistently interesting and exciting adventure. --Robert Lane
Amadeus | Blu Ray | (16/02/2009)
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Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama sumptuous period epic glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz) Actor (F. Murray Abraham) Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer).
Ill Met By Moonlight | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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In Nazi-occupied Crete British officers Fermor (Bogarde) and Moss (Oxley) aided by local patriots are assigned the job of kidnapping German commander-in-chief Kreipe (Goring). The operation if successful will be an incredible propaganda coup for the Allies; while the abduction goes smoothly the resultant chase across the rocky Cretan landscape proves anything but...
Odette | DVD | (08/06/2009)
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Odette is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII.
Bizet: Carmen | DVD | (15/09/2008)
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BIZET CARMEN.Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.Pappano.
Rise Of The Footsoldier | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008)
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Based on a shocking true story the Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties.
Footloose/Flashdance | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Footloose: Teenager Ren MacCormack sends ripples through Bomont a small Midwestern town that could stand some shaking up when he arrives from Chicago with his mother Ethel to settle with her relatives. The adults tend to view him with suspicion as a possible contaminant from the outer world. Some of his male peers eye him as a threat and most of the girls just plain eye him. It's a tough time for Ren whose father deserted him and his mother leaving them financially and emotionally strapped. But Bomont is a new setting a place for beginnings and Ren intends to give it every chance. He finds that the town is autocratically run by the local minister Rev. Shaw Moore who single-handedly manipulates the community sentiment and has had a hand in the banning of certain books all rock 'n' roll music public dancing and numerous other enjoyments that Ren had taken for granted in Chicago. From the moment he arrives in Bomont Ren is harassed and ostracized. He immediately finds himself in conflict with the community in a unique relationship with the minister's free-spirited daughter Ariel and involved in a feud with her bullying boyfriend Chuck. His greatest ally turns out to be Willard a good-natured schoolmate slow to wit but quick to fight. Eventually Ren galvanizes the youth of Bomont to confront the town's narrow-mindedness and in doing so he forces Rev. Moore to re-examine his own relationships with his daughter with his congregation and with his wife of 20 years. Flashdance:In Adrian Lyne's Flashdance a young woman Alex (Jennifer Beals) strives to achieve success as a classical dancer but economic forces require her to work as a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. Standing in her way is an abundance of profound social obstacles not the least of which is her boss at the welding factory Nick (Michael Nouri) who is also her boyfriend. Alex strives to be accepted into a prestigious ballet academy and she is furious when she realizes that her boyfriend might be pulling strings for her behind the scenes. Along the road to self-discovery and independence Alex also struggles to accept love come to terms with her own stubbornness and find the inner strength to turn her lofty dreams into reality. Edited for maximum rhythmic impact Flashdance is full of glistening bodies and metallic surfaces powered by Giorgio Moroder's throbbing music and one hit song after another: Michael Sembello's Maniac Karen Karmen's Manhunt and notably Irene Cara's Oscar-winning theme song Flashdance...What a Feeling. Flashdance marks the first co-production between Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson who geared the film toward the MTV generation...