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Desert Hearts | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017)
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Donna Deitch's tender, ground-breaking debut, a landmark in queer cinema and a triumph of independent filmmaking The swooning and sensual first narrative feature by DONNA DEITCH, Desert Hearts was ground breaking upon its 1985 release: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a self-financed shoestring budget, by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (The Colour of Money's HELEN SHAVER) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Manhunter's PATRICIA CHARBONNEAU), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breath-taking desert landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by ROBERT ELSWIT (Punch-Drunk Love), Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candour. BONUS FEATURES DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch New conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch New conversation between Deitch, Elswit, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall about the film's visual style New interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau Excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1995 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based PLUS: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich
Thelma and Louise | Blu Ray | (06/02/2012)
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Thelma & Louise is a feminist manifesto writ large on the big screen, a smart and funny gender reversal of the standard Hollywood buddy formula, a road movie extraordinaire, with characters who became instant cultural icons. No matter how you define it, Ridley Scott's 1991 box-office hit pinched a nerve and made the cover of national news magazines for tweaking gender politics like no movie before or since. Callie Khouri's screenplay overhauls the buddy formula with its story about two best friends (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who embark on a liberating adventure that turns into an interstate police chase after a traumatic incident makes both women into fugitives; they are en route to a destiny they could never have imagined. The perfect casting of Sarandon and Davis makes Thelma & Louise a movie for the ages and Brad Pitt became an overnight star after his appearance as the con-artist cowboy who gives Davis a memorable (but costly) night in a roadside motel. --Jeff Shannon
The Prestige | Blu Ray | (02/07/2007)
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Are you watching closely? From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento Batman Begins) comes a mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy with dangerous and deadly consequences. From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) were competitors. However their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. Full of twists and turns The Prestige is set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London with an exceptional cast that includes two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie. Based on the novel by Christopher Priest.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool | Blu Ray | (19/03/2018)
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Based on Peter Turner's memoir, FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy AwardÂ®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening). Liverpool, 1978: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.
12 Years a Slave | Blu Ray | (12/05/2014)
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In the pre-Civil War United States Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. 12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
Stand By Me | Blu Ray | (08/08/2011)
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A sleeper hit when released in 1986, Stand by Me is based on Stephen King's novella "The Body" (from the book Different Seasons); but it's more about the joys and pains of boyhood friendship than a morbid fascination with corpses. It's about four boys ages 12 and 13 (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell) who take an overnight hike through the woods near their Oregon town to find the body of a boy who's been missing for days. Their journey includes a variety of scary adventures (including a ferocious junkyard dog, a swamp full of leeches and a treacherous leap from a train trestle), but it's also a time for personal revelations, quiet interludes and the raucous comradeship of best friends. Set in the 1950s, the movie indulges an overabundance of anachronistic profanity and a kind of idealistic, golden-toned nostalgia (it's told in flashback as a story written by Wheaton's character as an adult, played by Richard Dreyfuss). But it's delightfully entertaining from start to finish, thanks to the rapport among its young cast members and the timeless, universal themes of friendship, family and the building of character and self-esteem. Kiefer Sutherland makes a memorable teenage villain and look closely for John Cusack in a flashback scene as Wheaton's now-deceased and dearly missed brother. A genuine crowd-pleaser, this heartfelt movie led director Rob Reiner to even greater success with his next film, The Princess Bride. --Jeff Shannon
The Light Between Oceans | Blu Ray | (13/03/2017)
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As beautiful as it is heart-breaking, The Light Between Oceans features an incredible cast including Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. This breath-taking story is set to remind us all of the infinite power of love, the overwhelming fear of loss and the complexities of human nature that bind the two. When lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his adored wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) discover a baby adrift in a boat off the remote coast off Western Australia, they must make a choice. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the shattering consequences of this choice will change their lives forever.
Braveheart | Blu Ray | (23/06/2014)
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A stupendous historical saga, Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for star Mel Gibson. He plays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish commoner who unites the various clans against a cruel English King, Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but they never glorify the bloodshed. There is such enormous scope to this story that it works on a smaller, more personal scale as well, essaying love and loss, patriotism and passion. Extremely moving, it reveals Gibson as a multitalented performer and remarkable director with an eye for detail and an understanding of human emotion. (His first directorial effort was 1993's Man Without a Face.) The film is nearly three hours long and includes several plot tangents, yet is never dull. This movie resonates long after you have seen it, both for its visual beauty and for its powerful story. --Rochelle O'Gorman
The Bodyguard | Blu Ray | (12/03/2012)
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The Bodyguard stars Whitney Houston as a pop-music diva and Kevin Costner as he ultra-serious bodyguard assigned to protect her in the aftermath of several death threats. Initially repelled by each other like water and oil, a passion ignites between them as the danger increases, transforming them as everything around them explodes.
Rocky: The Complete Saga | Blu Ray | (10/02/2014)
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Go the distance with this Rocky Heavyweight Collection featuring all six knockout Rocky films. Sylvester Stallone stars in the greatest boxing saga of all time and triumphs as one of the most inspirational characters in cinematic history. Witness every epic action-packed fight and unforgettable moment as Rocky strives for greatness through sheer determination against impossible odds.
Ran (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (02/05/2016)
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One of the most important and influential film makers in cinematic history, Akira Kursawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. His final masterpiece, RAN has been beautifully restored in 4k for the first time. A reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear set in feudal Japan, Ran tells the story of Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsya Nakadai Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an aging warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his Kingdom amongst his three sons Taro (Akira Terao - Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu - Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father's plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and when his servant Tango comes to Saburo's defense, he banishes both of them. This allows Taro and Jiro to take charge, unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle for the absolute power of the warlord.
Boomerang! (Masters of Cinema) (DUAL FORMAT Edition) | Blu Ray | (26/05/2014)
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One of the early films by Method Actor's director Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire On the Waterfront) Boomerang! also marked one of the early American Hollywood entries into the Cannes Film Festival in 1947. Kazan's impactful noir drama stars a cast of stalwarts of the '40s and '50s hard-boiled streak and his own oeuvre including Dana Andrews Lee J. Cobb Jane Wyatt Arthur Kennedy and Karl Malden. When the murder of a piece results in a botched police investigation prosecutor Henry Harvey (Dana Andrews) leads an effort to bring the murderer to justice. Once blackmail creeps into the investigation all bets on an unclouded trial are off resulting in an explosive finale that remains one of the toughest in Kazan's work. With its documentary-like treatment of the procedural and generally authentic portrayal of an exurban Connecticut town Kazan's film was a success at the time of its release and garnered awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of review for Kazan's direction. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Boomerang! for the first time anywhere on Blu-ray in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition. Special Features: Gorgeous 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray with a progressive encode on the DVD More on-disc extras to be announced closer to release! 36 page booklet with a new essay vintage interview material and more!
American Psycho | Blu Ray | (06/07/2015)
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Christian Bale stars as Patrick Bateman, a dismembering-obsessed lunatic hiding in plain sight on Wall Street.
Network | Blu Ray | (23/03/2015)
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I will be retiring from this programme in two weeks' time because of poor ratings. In 1976 two of the key players in the Golden Age of Television writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Sidney Lumet delivered a coruscating attack - at once savage and hilarious - on the medium that made their names. Since this show is the only I had going for me in my life I've decided to kill myself. To speak Chayefsky's Oscar-winning dialogue Lumet enlisted a powerhouse cast list including Faye Dunaway William Holden Peter Finch (as 'the mad prophet of the airwaves' Howard Beale) Robert Duvall Ned Beatty and Beatrice Straight. Five of them would be nominated for Academy Awards three would win. I'm going to blow my brains out right on this programme a week from today. As well as its four Oscars Network was also garlanded with a quartet of Golden Globes a BAFTA and numerous other awards. In the years since its release its reputation has only grown: the Library of Congress granted it a place on their prestigious National Film Registry; the American Film Institute named it as one of the greatest American films of all time; and the Writers Guild of America declared it screenplay one of the ten best of all time. It remains a true classic. So tune in next Tuesday. Special Features: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film Uncompressed mono PCM audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing The Directors: Sidney Lumet - a 1999 documentary on the director containing interviews with Jack Lemmon Rod Steiger Christopher Walken and others Tune in Next Tuesday - a visual essay by Dave Itzkoff the author of Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies Theatrical Trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mike Sutton and an American Cinematographer article by director of photography Owen Roizman illustrated with original stills and artwork
WAKE IN FRIGHT (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (31/03/2014)
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Have a drink mate? Have a fight mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat mate? There's nothing else out here. Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror this disturbing subversive portrayal of Australia's cultural underbelly failed to find a wide audience on its original release but has since become established as a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema. A middle-class schoolteacher stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in the Yabba may take him on a path darker than ever expected. One of the many triumphs in director Ted Kotcheff's career Wake in Fright effortlessly sustains the quality of a sun-baked nightmare with a relentless forward drive and outstanding performances by Donald Pleasance Gary Bond Sylvia Kay and Chips Rafferty in his final role. A brutal gripping dissection of the limits of masculinity and amorality to stand alongside Straw Dogs A Clockwork Orange and Deliverance it remains a stunning entry in the envelope-pushing cinema of the early 1970s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this film in a new Dual Format edition for its UK home viewing premiere. Special Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film from the 2009 restoration Audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and Editor Anthony Buckley A selection of video pieces including new interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage Original US Outback TV spot Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired A booklet featuring writing on the film its restoration rare imagery and more!
Downfall | Blu Ray | (15/12/2008)
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April 1945 a nation awaits its... Downfall Not since G.W. Pabst's 1956 effort Letste Akt (The Last Act) has a German film attempted to tackle the subject of their most famous leader Adolf Hitler. Breaking a long-standing taboo the director Oliver Hirschbiegel has made a film that has sparked much debate in Germany and the rest of the world. Downfall features an astonishing performance by Bruno Ganz as history's most notorious figure. Providing an unprecedented and controversial insider's perspective the film is a gripping insight into the madness and desperation of Hitler in the final hours of the war as the Russian Army closes a ring around Berlin. Beautifully photographed and brilliantly acted this tour de force is at once dramatic harrowing and remarkably authentic. The basis for the screenplay by writer-producer Bernd Eichinger came from two key sources: Joachim Fest's book Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of The Third Reich the recognition that the horrifying epic of Hitler and his people during his twelve years in power was reflected in those last twelve days in the bunker; and the memoirs of Hitler's private secretary Traudl Junge in Melissa Mueller's book Until The Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary which provided an invaluable insight into the character of the man and those final fatal few days of the war.
Moonstruck | Blu Ray | (13/01/2014)
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Remember the outfit Cher wore to the Oscars when she won an Academy Award for her performance in this 1987 film? Ay-yi-yi. The actress' more retiring character in this infectious comedy leaps several psychological hurdles just giving her hair a permanent. But then the original screenplay of Moonstruck, by John Patrick Shanley (Joe Versus the Volcano), is a wonderful, gently satirical tale of an Italian-American family dealing with repression and dissatisfaction against a backdrop of cultural expectations. Cher is focused and funny as a widow who feels she should marry an older fellow (Danny Aiello), but then falls for his black-sheep brother (Nicolas Cage). Olympia Dukakis and Vincent Gardenia are perfect as her parents, and John Mahoney (of TV's Frasier) has a memorable, small role as a middle-aged man on the make who gets a lecture from Dukakis's character. Shanley's dialogue is comically stylised in a way that makes one appreciate how much words can inform an actor's performance. Taking its cues from him and director Norman Jewison (And Justice for All), the cast immerse themselves in a pool of hilariously operatic emotion. --Tom Keogh
Billy Elliot | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011)
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Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it. Starring Julie Walters and newcomer Jamie Bell the film (based on a real-life story) follows the progress of little Billy Elliot a motherless 11 year-old from a poor Durham pit village. When young Billy chooses ballet classes over boxing lessons his life is changed forever. He decides to keep the lessons secret from his father a coal miner but when his ballet instructor persuades him to try out for the Royal Ballet School in London Billy must make the choice between family responsibilities and his dreams... Billy Elliot received plenty of recognition at the Academy Awards picking up nominations for Best Supporting Actress Best Director and Best Screenplay.
The Promise | Blu Ray | (04/09/2017)
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It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them. The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.
Field Of Dreams | Blu Ray | (04/11/2013)
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Zavvi Exclusive Steelbook with emboss finish. This product is limited to 4000 copies. It is the year 2035. In 1996 an unknown and lethal virus wiped out five billion people and only one percent of the population has now survived the decimating plague. In a grave new world in which the planet's surface has become uninhabitable the few remaining humans must live underground and rely on time travel to try to preserve their fate. A convict reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemy which he's told was spread by a mysterious Army of the Twelve Monkeys. He must locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can determine whether the cataclysm can be stopped before it is started. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 six years earlier than expected is arrested and locked up in a mental institution where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly a psychiatrist and Jeffrey Goines the insane son of a famous scientist... Special Features: The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys Theatrical Trailer Twelve Monkeys Archive Feature Commentary with Director Terry Gilliam and Producer Charles Roven