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Four Weddings and A Funeral | Blu Ray | (12/05/2014)
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When it was released in 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral quickly became a huge international success, pulling in the kind of audiences most British films only dream of. It's proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. In terms of plot, the title pretty much says it all. Revolving around? well, four weddings and a funeral (though not in that order), the film follows Hugh Grant's confirmed bachelor Charles as he falls for visiting American Carrie (Andy McDowell), whom he keeps bumping into at various functions. But with this most basic of premises, screenwriter Richard Curtis has crafted a moving and thoughtful comedy about the perils of singledom and that ever-elusive search for true love. In the wrong hands, it could have been a horribly schmaltzy affair, but Curtis' script--crammed with great one-liners and beautifully judged characterisations--keeps things sharp and snappy, harking back to the sparkling Hollywood romantic comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. The supporting cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow and Rowan Atkinson (who starred in the Curtis-scripted television show Blackadder) is first rate, at times almost too good--John Hannah's rendition of WH Auden's poem "Funeral Blues" over the coffin of his lover is so moving you think the film will struggle to re-establish its ineffably buoyant mood. But it does, thanks in no small part to Hugh Grant as the bumbling Charles (whose star-making performance compensates for a less-than-dazzling Andie MacDowell). Though it's hardly the fault of Curtis and his team, the success of the Four Weddings did have its downside, triggering a rash of inferior British romantic comedies. In fact, we had to wait until 1999's Notting Hill for another UK film to match its winning charm (scripted, again, by Curtis and also starring Grant). --Edward Lawrenson
Out Of Africa | Blu Ray | (03/02/2014)
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Sydney Pollack's 1985 multiple-Oscar winner is a sumptuous and emotionally satisfying film about the life of Danish writer Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep), better known as Isak Dinesen, who travels to Kenya to be with her German husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer) but falls for an English adventurer (Robert Redford). The film is slow in developing the relationship, but it is rich in beautiful images of Africa and in the romantic tone surrounding Blixen's gradual discovery of her life and voice. One downside: while we may all love Redford, he is as convincingly British as Kevin Costner is in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. --Tom Keogh
Forever Marilyn Four Film Collection | Blu Ray | (23/07/2012)
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Marilyn Monroe forever stands alone as Hollywood's quintessential icon of sex appeal and timeless allure. Her breathy voice, voluptuous figure and wide-ranging talents catapulted her to superstardom, where she remains as legendary today as ever. Immortalized here in this must-own collection are four of her best and most popular films, presented on Blu-ray - the perfect format to showcase Marilyn's flawless beauty and captivating performances as they're meant to be seen.Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell co-star as showgirls who set a course for love and laughter on board a luxury liner sailing to France.How To Marry A Millionaire:Marilyn, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall play three Manhattan models who concoct a wild scheme to meet the men of their dreams.The Seven Year Itch:Marilyn plays a seductive starlet who tests the wedding vows of a married man when she moves into the apartment above him.Some Like it Hot:Marilyn is the lead singer of an all-girl band joined by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who are posing as women to hide from the mob.
THE LIFE OF OHARU | Blu Ray | (17/04/2017)
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A LONG UNAVAILABLE MASTERPIECE OF JAPANESE CINEMA, IN A NEW RESTORATION A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, KENJI MIZOGUCHI (Ugetsu) had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the incredibly talented KINUYO TANAKA (The Ballad of Narayama) as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained its Director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Introductory commentary by scholar Dudley Andrew Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States New English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez
The Audrey Hepburn Collection | Blu Ray | (10/09/2013)
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The Great Gatsby | Blu Ray | (11/11/2013)
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From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald&rsquo;s novel The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922 an era of loosening morals glittering jazz bootleg kings and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream Nick lands next door to a mysterious party-giving millionaire Jay Gatsby and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich their illusions loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness within and without of the world he inhabits he pens a tale of impossible love incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Special Features: The Greatness of Gatsby Within and Wihout with Tobey Maguire The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby The Jazz Age Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the '20s Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry Gatsby Revealed: Gatsby's Party Disconcerting Ride The Plaza Pool Scene Deleted Scenes
Happy End | Blu Ray | (26/03/2018)
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Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it's a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Happy End bears all the hallmarks of Haneke's uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. Pairing pitch-black humour with chillingly precise direction, it's proof if we ever needed it that he remains one of modern cinema's true visionaries. Read more at https://www.curzonartificialeye.com/happy-end/#HiJoRqmElwrKDZ6e.99
Chinatown | Blu Ray | (28/05/2012)
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A landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in ... Chinatown.Co-starring film legend John Huston and featuring an Academy Award-winning script by Robert Towne, Chinatown captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.
American Honey (Blu-ray + Digital Download) | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017)
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A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Paper Moon (1973) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (25/05/2015)
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Continuing a run of Seventies smash-hits for director Peter Bogdanovich after the enormous success of his The Last Picture Show and What&rsquo;s Up Doc? Paper Moon saw the filmmaker sustaining his collaboration with actor Ryan O&rsquo;Neal and introduced the world to the precocious talent of the future Barry Lyndon star's daughter Tatum then 10 who for her performance was the youngest-ever actress to be awarded an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. After meeting a newly orphaned girl named Addie Loggins (Tatum O&rsquo;Neal) con man Moses Pray (Ryan O&rsquo;Neal) who may or may not be Addie&rsquo;s father is enlisted to deliver the newly orphaned Addie to her aunt in Missouri. Shortly after however the two realise that together they make an efficient scam-artist duo. Adventure ensues as the pair blaze through the American Midwest stealing swindling and selling the moon&hellip; With its stunning black-and-white cinematography shot by the great L&aacute;szl&oacute; Kov&aacute;cs and its superb evocation of Depression-era locales Paper Moon endures as one of the key American comedies of the 1970s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in its UK home viewing premiere in a new Dual-Format edition. Bonus Features: Glorious new 1080p transfer of the film Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Full-length audio commentary with director Peter Bogdanovich A group of documentaries about the making of the film 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay on the film by Mike Sutton rare production stills and more!
Her | Blu Ray | (23/06/2014)
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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.
Apollo 13 (4K UHD + Blu-ray + UV) | Blu Ray | (02/10/2017)
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Nominated for nine Academy AwardsÂ®â?, including Best Picture, produced by Academy AwardÂ® winner Brian Grazer* and directed by Academy AwardÂ® winner Ron Howard**, Apollo 13 stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in the inspiring and riveting story of the real-life space flight that gripped a nation and changed the world. Special Features: LOST MOON: THE TRIUMPH OF APOLLO 13 (THE MAKING OF APOLLO 13) CONQUERING SPACE: THE MOON AND BEYOND LUCKY 13: THE ASTRONAUT'S STORY APOLLO 13: 20 YEARS LATER FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR RON HOWARD
Fifty Shades of Grey | Blu Ray | (22/06/2015)
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Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the #1 bestselling book by E L James. Fifty Shades Of Grey follows the relationship of 27-year-old handsome billionaire Christian Grey and innocent college student Anastasia Steele. Since its release the &ldquo;Fifty Shades&rdquo; trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print&mdash;making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever. Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele who have become iconic to millions of readers are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.
Magnificent Doll | Blu Ray | (19/02/2018)
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Following her Best Actress Oscar win in 1940 for Kitty Foyle, Ginger Rogers was able to spend the next decade and beyond balancing dramatic roles with the lighter musical and comedy performances for which she had become known. The RKO films with Fred Astaire behind her, Rogers found herself in a position where she could appear in Tender Comrade, a black-and-white film about wives living on the home front, one year, and lavish Technicolor musical Lady in the Dark, the next. In 1946, she was cast by Frank Borzage (7th Heaven, Street Angel) as one of America's most beloved First Ladies, Dolley Payne Madison, in Magnificent Doll. Written by Irving Stone, whose popular biographical novels would inspire such films as Vincente Minnelli's Lust for Life and Carol Reed's The Agony and Ecstasy, Magnificent Doll traces Madison's journey to the White House from her youth in Virginia at the end of the Revolutionary War to the famed episode in which, during the Battle of Bladensburg, she refused the leave her exalted residence without a portrait of George Washington. In between she is wooed by two great men of American politics, Senator Aaron Burr (David Niven) and his colleague, James Madison (Burgess Meredith). Lavishly designed, Magnificent Doll boasts cinematography by five-time Academy Award nominee Joseph A. Valentine (Shadow of a Doubt), striking outfits by legendary costume designers Travis Banton (best known for his work on a number of Josef von Sternberg's pictures with Marlene Dietrich) and Vera West (whose credits include Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and other classic Universal horror pictures), and hats by the celebrated milliner and fashion designer Lilly DachÃ©. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand new audio commentary by writers and film historians David Del Valle and Sloan De Forest Brand new visual essay by film critic and novelist Farran Nehme on the dramatic roles of Ginger Rogers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathalie Morris
The Florida Project | Blu Ray | (05/03/2018)
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Hope And Glory | Blu Ray | (30/10/2017)
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This winning 1987 epic written and directed by John Boorman (Deliverance, The General) serves as a picaresque and semi-autobiographical remembrance of a boy's coming of age during the Second World War. Exhibiting a defiant and humorous take on life during the London blitz, the family of the young boy at the center of the story (Sebastian Rice-Edwards) are a close-knit and resilient bunch, undeterred in the face of the war and revelling in each other's company even as they hide from the incessant bombing. To be sure, there are some poignant moments in this childhood reminiscence, such as when the boy's older sister (Sammi Davis) falls in love with a Canadian, becomes pregnant, and marries him, only to see him taken away by the military police. And the boy's mother (Sarah Miles) serves as a strong influence in the his life as she leads her family through this tumultuous time. The majestic sweep of the film is contrasted with so many comic moments as the people in town go about the mundane details of their daily lives yet also engage in the most absurd rituals in dealing with the onslaught of German artillery - from taking the air raids for granted to wearing gas masks at school. Boorman doesn't dwell on the horrors of war; instead he celebrates the richness and resilience of the people he remembers so fondly. An adventurous and nostalgic slice of life, Hope and Glory is a superb and memorable film. --Robert Lane
Stardust (Special Edition) | Blu Ray | (01/02/2010)
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Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jason Flemyng, Sarah Alexander, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, Peter O'Toole, Nathaniel ParkerDirector: Matthew Vaughn
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.
Florence Foster Jenkins | Blu Ray | (05/09/2016)
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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere.
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.