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Hidden | Blu Ray | (27/10/2008)
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Writer/director Michael Haneke delivers a masterpiece of unsettlement with Hidden (Cache). Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep showing their house under surveillance from across the street their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arrive accompanied by mysterious drawings and gradually Georges becomes convinced that he's being tormented by a figure from his past. But when he confronts him the man assures Georges he is innocent. A growing sense of guilt begins to rise in Georges as he recalls his less-than-angelic childhood yet for some reason he's unable to be completely honest with Anne. Soon their happy home is an emotional battleground leading to a climax that is breathtaking in its ferocity and ambiguousness. Though Haneke's film works first and foremost as an insidious thriller it is also a powerful commentary on the urban paranoia and racism that continue to permeate modern society. Without using a score and keeping his camera detached and static Haneke nonetheless establishes a nearly unbearable level of tension. Not for the squeamish Hidden remains a work of menacing brilliance and was the winner of the Best Director award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
Black Hawk Down | DVD | (31/01/2011)
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Ridley Scott directs this fast moving action adventure about the disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers commanded by Capt. Mike Steele were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which leads to a large and chaotic firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which destroys two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu.
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.
Christmas Hope | DVD | (20/09/2010)
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Tora! Tora! Tora! | DVD | (04/06/2001)
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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
Studio Classic: Classic War Movies | DVD | (10/10/2005)
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Von Ryan's Express (1965): Colonel Joseph Ryan of the US Army Air Forces is shot down in Italy and taken to a prison camp populated by the Royal Army's 9th Fusiliers and run by sadistic commandant Battaglia. With the recent passing of their commanding colonel the 9th Fusiliers under Major Eric Fincham must now answer to the new senior officer of the prisoners Ryan. Also in the camp are several American prisoners who don't cotton to Major Fincham's stubborn passive resistance
The Human Condition Trilogy Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016)
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Kobayashi's monumental film can clarify and enrich your understanding of what it is to be alive. (A.O. Scott, New York Times) One of the towering masterpieces of Japanese and world cinema, this three-part war epic has rarely been seen in the UK, at least partly because of its dauntingly gargantuan nine-hour length. Director Masaki Kobayashi (Harakiri) was attracted to Junpei Gomikawa's source novel because he recognised himself in the character of the protagonist Kaji, a pacifist and socialist who came of age during the aggressively militaristic 1930s and 40s. Following Kaji's career from factory worker to Japanese army private, Kobayashi unflinchingly examines the psychological toll of appallingly complex decisions made along the way, where being morally ?right' risks an outcome ranging from ostracism to savage beating to death. As Kaji, Tatsuya Nakadai (Sanjuro) is in virtually every scene, providing a rock-solid emotional anchor and a necessary one in Japan, where the film was hugely controversial for being openly critical of the nation's conduct during WWII. But it's this willingness to confront national taboos head-on that makes it such a lastingly powerful experience.
The Edge Of Love | DVD | (27/10/2008)
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The Edge Of Love stars Cillian Murphy Keira Knightley Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys in a story about the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The film revolves around two feisty free-spirited women Caitlin Thomas and Vera Killick Vera's husband William Killick and the brilliant charismatic poet Dylan Thomas who loves both women. Broken promises passion betrayal the shadow of war and the constant threat of imminent death push the protagonists to The Edge of Love.
Company K | DVD | (26/07/2010)
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A gripping story of a unit of American Marines in World War I Company K is based on the classic novel by William March which detailed his own experiences and those of his close comrades in the war torn trenches of France during 1918.
Angel-A | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009)
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The first film directed by the iconic Luc Besson (Nikita Leon The Fifth Element The Big Blue) in seven years Angel-A is his most personal and beautiful yet and a love letter to his home town. Shot in black and white in an unforgettably picturesque Paris the film stars supermodel Rie Rasmussen who starred in Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale and Jamel Debbouze last seen in the smash hit Amelie. Renowned director of photography Thierry Arbogast joins Luc Besson in their fifth collaboration fifteen years since they first worked together on Nikita. Angel-A is a visually beautiful tale that begins when two strangers meet on a bridge in Paris one morning. Looking to escape his past Andre (Jamel Debbouze) accepts the help of the mysterious Angela (Rie Rasmussen) and sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life forever. Beautiful in its simplicity Angel-A is a striking supernatural love-story.
The Hurt Locker | Blu Ray | (28/12/2009)
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The Hurt Locker presents an intense and unflinching portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant James takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict he surprises his two subordinates Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader the city explodes into chaos and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. Winner of the BAFTA Awards for Best Film Best Director Best Original Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Editing and Best Sound. Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow) Best Screenplay Best Editing Best Sound Mixing & Best Sound Editing. Play.com Review One of the best films of 2009 The Hurt Locker bears similarities to David Simon and Ed Burns' Generation Kill in its non-judgemental depiction of military life and the motivations of soldiers. It's a complicated and sometimes uncomfortable look into a world in which most of us will never get closer to than on our TV screens. The fact is some soldiers for one reason or another like the thrill of war. Sgt. James (charismatically played by James Renner - 28 Weeks Later) is one such soldier. Not one to do things by the book James is right at the centre of this devastating action film. Unhinged but not without his demons James regularly comes into conflict with his new teammates: the aspirational but conventional Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie - Notorious) and rabbit in the headlights Spc. Eldridge (Brian Geraghty - The Guardian). The proverbial 'hurt locker' is one they barely keep shut. There's a job to be done even if it does draw them closer to hell with each passing moment. Film buffs will be pleased to learn that The Hurt Locker features sterling cameos from Guy Pearce (The Road) David Morse (16 Blocks) and Ralph Fiennes (briefly reunited with his Strange Days director). Bigelow knows her action as Point Break K-19: The Widowmaker and Near Dark fans will testify and here she has created a battleground where even the camera is nervous - danger even when it doesn't come feels like it's everywhere. Moving through a series increasingly fraught bomb disposals the movie presents an apolitical view of soldiering that whilst not being unique to the genre (Kubrick's Paths Of Glory Coppola's Apocalypse Now and Fuller's The Big Red One) captures a chaos and intensity seldom seen elsewhere. It's refreshing to watch a war film that doesn't preach endlessly about the nature of war but shows you enough horror for you to make up your own mind. Overall we can't urge you strongly enough to open The Hurt Locker and experience this masterpiece from a master director - it's an experience you will not forget in a hurry.
Subway | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009)
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Besson's second feature after Le Dernier Combat Subway is a stylish urban odyssey which helped to consolidate Besson's growing reputation for unique visually creative output. Fred (Christopher Lambert) a charismatic safe blower realises he is in love with rich society girl H''l''na (Isabelle Adjani) when he is in the midst of trying to blackmail her. To complicate matters he is also on the run from both gangsters and the police and is forced to take refuge in the tunnels of the Paris metro. Here in the brutal and surreal world beneath the city a strange collection of petty criminals and people with a reason to hide exist. Gradually Fred's life begins to interweave with theirs as rediscovering forgotten dreams he decides to form a band. However Fred cannot forget H''l''na and he becomes determined both to win her love and drive his band to success - with the police and gangsters all the while in hot pursuit.
The Devil's Brigade | DVD | (05/04/2004)
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During WWII a collection of Canadian soldiers and American misfits are brought together and promised that upon successful completion of a special mission their sentences will be struck off military records. The mission: a semi-suicidal charge to scale a well-fortified enemy emplacement on a steep hill...
Flags Of Our Fathers | Blu Ray | (09/07/2007)
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One shot can end a war February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag some of whom would die soon after never knowing that they had been immortalized. But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory. 'Flags of Our Fathers' is based on the bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers which chronicled the battle of Iwo Jima and the fates of the flag raisers and some of their brothers in Easy Company.
Tour of Duty - Season Three | DVD | (26/11/2012)
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Bravo Company returns for more explosive action and more thrilling adventures in the third and final season of this much acclaimed Vietnam war series. The men face some tough challenges ahead when their platoon, now called Team Viking, is transferred to Camp Barnett to become part of a Special Operations unit. The final season delivers extreme combat action and intense personal drama focusing on real Vietnam War issues such as the catastrophic effects of chemical warfare, the massacre of Vietnamese civilians, the out-of -control problem of heroin addiction and the difficulties soldiers faced when returning home to a country so bitterly divided by the war.
The Bucket List | Blu Ray | (07/07/2008)
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The Bucket List stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in a touching story about friendship family and finding the joy in life. Edward Cole (Nicholson) is a corporate billionaire who is currently sharing a hospital room with blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers (Freeman). Though initially the pair seems to have nothing in common conversation gradually reveals that both men have a long list of goals they wish to accomplish before they 'kick the bucket'. But one can't accomplish such lofty objectives from the confines of a hospital bed so now in order to live their lives to the absolute fullest Edward and Carter will have to make a break for it!
71 - Into the Fire | Blu Ray | (14/03/2011)
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Experience a masterpiece of World Cinema with incredible hyper-realistic full-scale battle sequences to rival 'The Pacific' and 'Saving Private Ryan'. On August 11th 1950 71 boy soldiers of the South Korean army singlehandedly held back the elite North Korean 766 Commando Brigade for a full 11 hours. Most were still in their school uniforms and had only fired a single bullet in training! Their astonishing bravery under fire enabled allied forces to hold a strategic bridgehead at the Nakdong River and gain a tactical advantage that would help turn the tide of the entire war. Nothing less than the freedom of their nation was at stake. Their ingenuity tenacity and brotherhood helped them to achieve the impossible. This is their remarkable true story... Now discover one of the greatest events in modern military history and re-live the day when courage came of age.
Passchendaele | Blu Ray | (25/01/2010)
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A shell shocked veteran returns home to Canada where he is assigned to help the on-going recruitment drive needed to feed the war machine. As he recovers from his experiences he falls for a war nurse whose younger brother cannot enlist due to a medical condition. Desperate to serve his country David uses a fraudulent medical certificate and joins the army. Michael feels he has no option but to follow him back to the Western Front and protect him from harm. Both men are dispatched to the front line of Passchendaele - a battle that became synonymous with the misery of the First World War and claimed over 600 000 casualties.
Everyman's War | DVD | (17/05/2010)
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One man's hope... One man's courage... Based on the true story of Don Smith's heroic experience at the Battle of the Bulge while with the 94th Infantry.
Cross Of Iron | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011)
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In Cross of Iron Sam Peckinpah weighs in on World War II from the German point of view. The result is as bleak, if not quite as bloody, as one expects from the director of The Wild Bunch, in part because this 1977 film was cut to ribbons by nervous studio executives. The assorted excerpts that remain don't constitute an exhilarating or even an especially thrilling battle epic. The war is grinding to a close, and veterans like James Coburn's Steiner are grimly aware that it's a lost cause. The battlefield is a death trap of sucking mud and barbed wire, and the German generals (viz., the martinet played by James Mason) seem to pose a bigger threat to the life and limbs of Steiner's men than the inexorable enemy. Not even Peckinpah's famous sensuous exuberance when shooting violence is much in evidence; the picture is a depressive, claustrophobically overcast experience. The bloody high (or low) point isn't a shooting; it's a wince-inducing de-penis-tration during oral sex. For a fun time with the men in (Nazi) uniform, try Das Boot instead. --David Chute, Amazon.com