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Blood Simple | Blu Ray | (30/10/2017)
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The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. (Imagine the novels of Jim Thompson somehow fused with the comic tabloid Weird Tales and you get the idea.) The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance) and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. (A scene in which a character who has been buried alive suddenly emerges from his own grave instantly becomes an archetypal nightmare.) Shot by Barry Sonnenfeld before he became an A-list director in Hollywood, Blood Simple established the hyperreal look and feel of the Coens' productions (undoubtedly inspired a bit by filmmaker Sam Raimi, whose The Evil Dead had just been coedited by Joel). Sections of the film have proved to be an endurance test for art-house movie fans, particularly an extended climax that involves one shock after another but ends with a laugh at the absurdity of criminal ambition. This is definitely one of the triumphs of the 1980s and the American independent film scene in general. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
A Brighter Summer Day | Blu Ray | (03/07/2017)
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Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by EDWARD YANG (Yi Yi), finally comes to Blu-ray. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centres on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's CHEN CHANG, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil. Special Features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns New interview with actor Chen Chang Our Time, Our Story, a 117-minute documentary from 2002 about the New Taiwan Cinema movement, featuring interviews with Yang and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, among others Videotaped performance of director Edward Yang's 1992 play Likely Consequence New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and a 1991 director's statement by Yang Click Images to Enlarge
Jamaica Inn Dual Format | Blu Ray | (07/11/2016)
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It's generally acknowledged that the Master of Suspense disliked costume dramas, and Jamaica Inn--a rip-roaring melodrama drawn from a Daphne du Maurier pot-boiler, set in 1820s Cornwall--is about as costumed as they come. So what was he doing directing it? Killing time, essentially. In 1939 Hitchcock was due to quit Britain for Hollywood, but delays Stateside left him with time on his hands. Never one to sit idle, he agreed to make one picture for Mayflower Productions, a new outfit formed by actor Charles Laughton and émigré German producer Erich Pommer. An innocent young orphan (the 19-year-old Maureen O'Hara in her first starring role) arrives at her uncle's remote Cornish inn to find it a den of reprobates given to smuggling, wrecking and gross overacting. They're all out-hammed, though, by Laughton at his most corseted and outrageously self-indulgent as the local squire to whom Maureen runs for help. Since his star was also the co-producer, Hitch couldn't do much with the temperamental actor. He contented himself with adding a few characteristic touches--including a spot of bondage (always a Hitchcock favourite), and the chief villain's final spectacular plunge from a high place--and slyly sending up the melodramatic absurdities of the plot. Jamaica Inn hardly stands high in the Master's canon, but it trundles along divertingly enough. Hitchcock fanatics will have fun comparing it with his two subsequent--and far more accomplished--du Maurier adaptations, Rebecca and The Birds.--Philip Kemp
Bad Lieutenant | Blu Ray | (16/04/2012)
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He's the kind of cop who steals drugs off a dead man's body, the kind of father who'd rather feed his drug habit than his family. His badge means nothing to him other than the right to act like the very criminals he's supposed to be chasing. The fierce anger beneath his personality is only fuelled by his addiction to heroin, crack and alcohol. But when a beautiful young nun (Frankie Thorn) is raped on the altar of a local church, the Bad Lieutenant (Academy Award Nominee, Harvey Keitel) is drawn to her case and into a final desperate attempt to find the true depths of human sin and the power of mercy. Enjoy for the first time ever this fully restored hi-definition collector's edition of one of the most controversial films ever made. Special Features: Original Directors Cut Original Theatrical Trailer Filmed Introduction by Director Abel Ferrara Interview with Director Abel Ferrara Audio Commentary by Director Abel Ferrara Original Cast and Crew Biographies Stills Gallery
Basic Instinct | Blu Ray | (15/09/2008)
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A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger. Michael Douglas stars as Nick Curran a tough but vulnerable detective. Sharon Stone costars as Catherine Tramell a cold calculating and beautiful novelist with an insatiable sexual appetite. Catherine becomes a prime suspect when her boyfriend is brutally murdered - a crime she had described in her latest novel. Has she been set up by a jealous rival or is she guilty? Obsessed with cracking the case Nick descends into San Francisco's forbidden underground where suspicions mount bodies fall and he finds within himself an instinct more basic than survival.
Silence Of The Lambs | Blu Ray | (04/05/2009)
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As Hannibal The Cannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero--cultured quick-witted uncontainable--a portrait of the sharpest human faculties gone diabolically wrong. His performance marked him as a major star in America and the movie swept the 1991 Academy Awards--Best Picture Director (Jonathan Demme) Actor (Hopkins) Actress (Foster) and Screenplay Adaptation (Ted Tally from the novel by Thomas Harris).
Das Testament Des Dr Mabuse (Dual Format SteelBook Edition) | Blu Ray | (24/09/2012)
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With the etching onto glass of a single word - MABUSE - Berlin reawakens into a nightmare. Fritz Lang's electrifying Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (The Testament of Dr. Mabuse) is the astonishing second instalment in the German master's legendary Mabuse series, a film that puts image and sound into an hypnotic arrangement unlike anything seen or heard in the cinema before - or since.It's been eleven years since the downfall of arch-criminal and master-of-disguise Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), now sequestered in an asylum under the watchful eye of one Professor Baum (Oskar Beregi). Mabuse exists in a state of catatonic graphomania, his only action the irrepressible scribbling of blueprints that would realise a seemingly theoretical Empire of Crime. But when a series of violent events courses through the city, police and populace alike start asking themselves with increasing panic: Who is behind all this?! The answer borders on the realm of the impossible...
Solace | Blu Ray | (18/01/2016)
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Kill The Irishman | Blu Ray | (26/09/2011)
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An orphan from the tough streets of Cleveland, Irish Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) rises from working longshoreman to union leader and mob ally. Forced out of the union by the feds, Danny starts anew as an enforcer for loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken), while still maintaining influence with mafia boss John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio).With Detective Joe Manditski (Val Kilmer) in pursuit, Danny rapidly acquires his own power and places himself at odds with the Italians, who find him to be a very difficult man to kill. What follows is a bloody war that breaks out on the streets of Cleveland and gives it the name Bomb City, U.S.A. Based on a true story, Kill The Irishman is the saga of one man who embodies the Irish warrior mentality with a mixture of pride, brutality, ambition and principle, as he became a central figure in the '70s mob war that forever changed organized crime in America.
Black Mass | Blu Ray | (21/03/2016)
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In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiralled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. The film also stars Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as Whitey's brother, powerful State Senator Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane as Steve Flemmi, Whitey's closest partner in crime; Jesse Plemons as Whitey's main henchman, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGuire; Dakota Johnson as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey's former girlfriend and mother of his only child and Peter Sarsgaard as Brian Halloran. Click Images to Enlarge
The Usual Suspects | Blu Ray | (09/04/2007)
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Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Pete PostlethwaiteDirector: Bryan Singer
The Taking of Pelham 123 | Blu Ray | (11/01/2010)
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Starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta Tony Scott's explosive remake of the 1978 classic The Taking Of Pelham 123 is a nail-biting ride through New York's subway. When a train hijacking starts to cost lives it is up to subway dispatcher Garber (Washington) to outwit the criminals. Tony Scott's re-make of the 1978 classic thriller. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is a New York City subway dispatcher whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder (John Travolta) the criminal mastermind behind the hijacking and leader of a highly-armed gang of four threatens to execute the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there's one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money how can they possibly escape?
Night and the City (Limited Edition Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (28/09/2015)
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Adapted from the lowlife novel of the same name, Night and the City was directed by the twice Academy Award-nominated Jules Dassin and stars Richard Widmark as Harry Fabian, an ambitious American hustler who dreams of getting into the wrestling business in post-war London. The film was at the centre of a controversy when its director, Jules Dassin, was added to the Hollywood blacklist during the production of the film, and was unable to oversee either the editing or music score. Upon initial release the film was overlooked by critics but was re-evaluated in the 1960s when it was celebrated for its ground-breaking lack of sympathetic characters and finally recognised as a baroque masterpiece of corruption, paranoia and doom. Extras: Includes both the US and the previously unseen British version of the film Original theatrical trailer Audio commentary on the US release by Paul Duncan New audio commentary on the British version by film critic Adrian Martin The Guardian Lecture: Jules Dassin interviewed by film critic Alexander Walker (1981) Actor Richard Widmark interviewed at the National Film Theatre in 2002 by Adrian Wootton
Shoot 'Em Up | Blu Ray | (21/01/2008)
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No name no past... Nothing to loose! Shoot 'Em Up is a gritty fast paced action thriller starring Clive Owen as Mr. Smith; a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) in order to protect a newborn baby from a determined hitman (Paul Giamatti) who hunts them throughout the bowels of the city.
Bonnie And Clyde | Blu Ray | (05/05/2008)
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Bonnie and Clyde balances itself on a knife-edge of laughter and terror thanks to vivid title role performances by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and superb support from Michael J. Pollard Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons. Director Arthur Penn keeps the film's sensibilities tough but never cruel. It continually dazzles especially in the work of cinematographer Burnett Guffey and editor Dede Allen. And as film lovers since have discovered it's no ordinary gangster movie.
Max Payne | Blu Ray | (13/04/2009)
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Based on the popular computer game Max Payne is a fast paced action thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as the title character - Max Payne Max Payne joins the DEA after his baby daughter and wife are slaughtered in their house by psychotic junkies high on a new designer drug. Tracking the drug to the mafia Payne is framed for the murder of his partner and becomes entwined in a heavy conspiracy.
Hostage | Blu Ray | (24/09/2007)
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Bruce Willis stars as a small-town cop Jeff Talley; chief of Police in the sleepy town of Bristo Camino. Leaving behind the trauma of his career as a big city hostage negotiator Talley finds himself in a situation more volatile and terrifying than anything he could possibly imagine in his wildest nightmares...
The Grifters | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009)
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The Grifters is Stephen Frears' darkly modern noir tale of a small-time grifter Roy Dillon (John Cusack) torn between his new girlfriend (Annette Benning) and his estranged mother (Angelica Huston): both con-artistes with their own angles to play. When small-time cheat Roy Dillon winds up in hospital following an unsuccessful scam it sets up a confrontation between his mother Lilly and sexy girlfriend Myra. Both Myra and Lilly are ruthless at playing the con game in a league far above Roy... and always looking for their next victim. The question soon becomes who's conning who as Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust.
Argo (Blu-ray + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (04/03/2013)
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Based on real events, the dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top exfiltration specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. Special Features: Feature Length Picture in Picture Commentary Rescued from Tehran Argo: Absolute Authenticity Argo: The CIA and Hollywood Connection Escape from Iran
Tightrope | Blu Ray | (23/06/2014)
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Double bill of historical action adventures set in the Middle Ages. In 'Ironclad' (2011) it's 1215 in England and King John (Paul Giamatti) has reluctantly signed the Magna Carta treaty but quickly reneges on the promises drawn up in the charter and leads an army to the southern coast of England to take down the rebel barons who forced him to sign it. A courageous group of Knights Templar must now face off against King John's army as they place Rochester Castle under siege. Brian Cox Jason Flemyng James Purefoy and Charles Dance co-star. In the sequel 'Ironclad 2 - Battle for Blood' (2014) it's a year later and the Celtic raiders are terrorising England stealing livestock and killing people. When Hubert (Tom Rhys Harries)'s father is murdered he seeks the help of his cousin Guy (Tom Austen) to protect his family's castle and defeat the enemy. Guy who fought in the Great Siege of Rochester Castle is an embittered swordsman who demands payment for his services despite being a member of the family. While they are still amid the preparations for battle however the Celts attack. Who will survive the ensuing violence? The cast also includes Michelle Fairley Roxanne McKee and Danny Webb.