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Anzio | DVD | (13/09/2004)
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Available for the first time on DVD! Robert Mitchum Peter Falk and Arthur Kennedy star in the rivetting war drama Anzio a vivid portrait of one of the bloodiest WWII battles ever fought. After landing with Allied troops at Anzio Italy in 1944 war correspondent Dick Ennis (Mitchum) and buddy Corporal Rabinoff (Falk) tell Anzio commander General Lesley (Kennedy) that the road to Rome is wide open. But instead of heading to Rome Lesley attempts to build a coastal stronghold only
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
Fracture | Blu Ray | (22/06/2009)
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Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling star in the dramatic thriller Fracture. When a meticulous structural engineer (Hopkins) is found innocent of the attempted murder of his wife (Embeth Davidtz) the young district attorney (Gosling) who is prosecuting him becomes a crusader for justice. Fracture is packed with twists and turns that weave in and out of the courtroom as the pair try to outwit each other. The film features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice) is directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) and written by Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears The Manchurian Candidate) and Glenn Gers.
Das Boot - The Mini Series | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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This 282-minute version of Das Boot is the full-length TV series, originally shown in six parts but here edited into a seamless whole. Director Wolfgang Petersen has since graduated to mega-budget Hollywood productions (2004's Troy for example), but has never managed even to come close to this, his German-language masterpiece. Petersen and his sterling cast (including Jürgen Prochnow in his best role as the U-boat captain) went to great lengths to ensure that this claustrophobic depiction of life aboard the German sub U-97 while attacking British convoys in the Atlantic is thoroughly authentic and totally convincing. Even the set itself, which is a replica of a U-boat interior, had no false walls, so all camera angles are necessarily from within its horribly narrow, overcrowded and sweaty confines. The result is certainly the finest submarine drama ever made, and one of the most compelling depictions of the physical, psychological and emotional effects of warfare. This mini-series is rather longer than the movie version, which is also available on DVD in a Director's Cut version. The differences are not in matters of plot, but in the pacing: everything here takes longer to happen, while the crew must sit around, bicker, swear and sweat it out--the agonising searching for action, the tension of the attack, the terrible stress of hiding from enemy destroyers. Everything unfolds as if in real time, which is the great advantage a TV production has over a movie (contrast, for example, Band of Brothers with Saving Private Ryan). This, therefore, is the definitive presentation of a World War II classic. On the DVD: Das Boot is presented on two discs, with no breaks where the original TV episodes started and finished. The default language option is German with optional English subtitles. For those constitutionally allergic to subtitles there is also an alternative English-language dub, voiced by many of the original cast (including Prochnow). Sound is adequate stereo or Dolby 5.1, and the anamorphic widescreen is good for the murky green underwater shots. Unlike the theatrical version, though, there is no commentary. --Mark Walker
In Which We Serve | DVD | (26/09/2008)
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Based on the true story of Lord Louis Mountbatten's destroyer HMS Kelly, In Which We Serve is one of the most memorable British films made during World War II. Unfolding in flashback as survivors cling to a dingy, constantly strafed by the Luftwaffe, the film recounts the history of HMS Torrin through various battles to her sinking off the coast of North Africa, interwoven with the onshore lives of her crew. The film was the inspiration of Noel Coward, who desperately wanted to do something for the war effort, and he produced, wrote the screenplay, composed the stirring musical score and starred as Captain Edward Kinross. Coward also officially co-directed, though in reality he soon handed the reigns over to David Lean, whose directorial debut this became. There is a fine performance from Celia Johnson, anticipating her character in Lean and Coward's Brief Encounter (1946) and excellent support from John Mills, as well as a star-making debut from an uncredited Richard Attenborough. The use of real navy and army personal as extras, together with lavish studio production and authentic shipboard location footage lends the film a sense of realism unusual for the time. A landmark in the careers of many of the most important names in British film, this moving and occasionally harrowing classic has a vital place in the development of British cinema. On the DVD: The image is presented in a close approximation of the original 1.37:1 Academy ratio using a print that is good for its age but which would benefit from some restoration, several scenes showing notable damage. The sound is robust mono, though the main title music is very distorted. Speech is very clear. Extras are the original trailer, a stills gallery set to music from the film and a 23-minute retrospective documentary. This last is excellent, containing information on how to simulate bullets hitting water using condoms, and interviews with surviving members of the production including Sir John Mills and cinematographer Ronald Neame. --Gary S Dalkin
Oh! What a Lovely War | DVD | (23/01/2007)
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The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms presented as the ""new attraction"" at the Brighton Amusement Pier complete with syrupy cheer-up songs shooting galleries free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead The Story focuses mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) whose five sons enlist and end up as cannon fodder. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers and many scenes portray some o
La Grande Illusion 75th Anniversary | DVD | (23/04/2012)
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During WWI, three French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... One of the very first prison escape movies, La Grande Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made.
Ice Cold In Alex (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (12/09/2011)
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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...
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...
Doctor Who - The Complete Specials | Blu Ray | (11/01/2010)
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Includes all the Doctor Who Specials from 2009! Episodes Comprise: The Next Doctor: It's Christmas Eve in 1851 in The Next Doctor and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths he's surprised to meet another Doctor (David Morrissey) and soon the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan (Dervla Kirwan). But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing? Planet of the Dead: Starring Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans Planet Of The Dead was the first of this year's specials. When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand. And time is running out as the deadly Swarm gets closer... The Waters of Mars: The Waters of Mars welcomes Lindsay Duncan as the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion. The Waters of Mars is a dark scary thriller that sees the Doctor land on the planet Mars at a base in peril. A creeping infection beneath the Martian surface threatens not only the human race but also the Doctor's most fundamental beliefs. Together with Adelaide Brooke - the base's commander - the Doctor must stop a seemingly unstoppable menace before it can reach Earth and wipe out mankind. The End of Time: Part One: Join the Tenth Doctor for his final journey in The End of Time Parts One and Two when his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe. The End of Time: Part Two: The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder and an ancient trap closing around the Earth the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made and the deadly prophecy warns: He will knock four times.
Once | Blu Ray | (16/02/2009)
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How often do you find the right person? Once is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs and thus works part-time helping his father who runs a small vacuum cleaner repair business whilst he dreams of landing a record deal. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. She works as a house cleaner in an upper-class residence and is struggling financially yearning for a piano she cannot afford. As their lives intertwine they discover each other's talents and push one another to realise what each had only dreamt about before. Once is the inspiring story of their budding love for one another.
Heartbreak Ridge | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010)
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Sergeant Tom Highway (Eastwood) a hardened veteran of Korea and Vietnam campaigns returns to the United States for his last tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and has to shape up a ragtag band of soldiers ready for the onset of war...
Che - Part 2 - Guerilla | Blu Ray | (29/06/2009)
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Directed by Academy Award'-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven Traffic) Che: Part Two stars Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects 21 Grams) in a career-defining role that won him the Best Actor award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Following the successful Cuban uprising Ernesto Che Guevara's strong beliefs led him into the savage terrain of the Bolivian jungle to aide the revolutionaries in their own uprising against a military regime. This was to be his final tragic mission. Che: Part Two is a poignant and masterful portrayal of a complex icon that constantly challenged himself and the world around him.
The Thin Red Line | DVD | (31/01/2011)
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The Thin Red Line is a gritty war movie that focuses on the conflicts of two men as well as the hand-to-hand battles that commenced during the Guadalcanal campaign in World War 2. Freshly married Private Doll (Keir Dullea) has just been drafted to Guadalcanal where he meets Sergeant Welch (Jack Warden), Welch is a tough veteran and very stuck in his ways. His methods of training are somewhat harsh and he pushes his soldiers to the absolute limit. Upon arriving the two soldiers instantly clash as stubborn Private Doll disagrees with Welch’s methods and sees no problem breaking his rules. As the battle with the Japanese begins to heat up so does the confrontation with these two men, but will they see that they are on the same team? Or will they carry this conflict to its bitter end?
The Train | DVD | (05/05/2003)
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Inspired by a true incident during World War II in 'The Train' Burt Lancaster plays a French Resistance fighter doggedly attempting to stop a train used by the Nazis (led by Paul Scofield as Colonel Von Waldheim) to steal precious French art treasures in the summer of 1944. Featuring spectacular action sequences expertly directed by John Frankenheimer 'The Train' is a truly thrilling war film. The Oscar-nominated screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis superbly recreates the te
The Devil Is A Woman | DVD | (13/10/2008)
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Set against the surreal and fantastic Carnival in Spain this film tells the story of an older man's obsession for a woman who is desired by all but can belong to no one. Told through a series of flashbacks The Devil Is A Woman deals with frustration lost romance and desire.
The Pathe Collection -The Battle Of Ypres | DVD | (08/11/2010)
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Released in its entirety for the first time ever The Battle Of Ypres is the original 1925 British Instructional Films documentary re-enacting key scenes from the notorious Battle Of Ypres in the actual battle trenches. The lengthy campaign was largely a murderous stalemate that perfectly demonstrated the horror and futility of war. A massive 1.7 million soldiers died in the attempt to capture the Belgian town and its environs over the length of a four year campaign. The first second third and fourth battles of Ypres are all covered as are the key positions of Mesen Hill 60 and the Passchendaele Ridge - the scene of prolonged and terrible carnage over a mere 900 metres of land. A follow-up to the best-selling DVD The Battle Of The Somme (1916) as a representation of war The Battle Of Ypres was not without its controversy; it arguably distorted the grimmer realities of conflict - the trenchfoot the maiming and death - into a noble recount of the superiority of the Allies. But even in this light The Battle Of Ypres gives us a unique historical reading of one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the First World War. The original silent documentary has had an all new soundtrack created from digitally enhanced recordings of the period as well as the addition of evocative sound effects.
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.
Soldier Soldier; The Complete Series | DVD | (27/02/2006)
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This amazing box set features all seven series of the classic ITV military drama Soldier Soldier spread over 23 discs. For individual episode listings please see the individual series.
Jacob's Ladder | Blu Ray | (01/03/2010)
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Jacob Singer's life is falling apart. His world is fraying at the edges and he's starting to question his own sanity. Terrifying demonic hallucinations haunt his everyday life. Around every corner a monstrous shadow lurks. Visions of his dead son appear before him at any given opportunity. Why does he feel like he's constantly being followed? Why does he feel as if no one can be trusted? Are his fears real or just the delusions of a warped traumatised mind? His army buddies from Vietnam don't seem to think so. They've been suffering the same symptoms and now its time for some answers. But the truth is far stranger then any of them could have possibly imagined. Directed By Adrien Lyne (Fatal Attraction Indecent Proposal) written by Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost Deadly Friend) and starring Tim Robbins (Short Cuts The Player) Jacob's Ladder is the most visually surreal and nightmarish thriller you're likely to experience.