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Black Balloon | DVD | (02/02/2009)
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Life with an autistic brother is tough for Thomas when all he wants is to be a normal teenager. His girlfriend Jackie tries to help Thomas but he has to take a long hard look at himself in order to accept his brother.
All Quiet On The Western Front | DVD | (11/06/2007)
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Taken from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front is a devastating portrait of a small group of German soldiers during World War I. In this 1979 made-for-TV version the star-studded cast is lead by Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Paul Baumer, strongly supported by screen veterans Ernest Borgnine, Ian Holm and Patricia Neal. As both narrator and star, Thomas occasionally seems to reincarnate his familiar John-Boy persona, but does at least succeed in creating a character that has more levels than his television alter ego. After watching all of his high school buddies loose their lives, Paul returns home a changed man, conflicted in his feelings about the Army and war, and altered from an idealistic schoolboy into a fearful and humble veteran. Although Lewis Milestone's 1930 films remains the cinema's definitive version, director Delbert Mann (Desire Under the Elms, Marty) has done a workmanlike job bringing the novel to the screen. The scenery and costuming in this period piece are well done, and surely contributed to its winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Made for TV. Also exceptional are the cinematography and special effects that, while realistically gruesome, truly emphasise the horrors of war. --Zachary Lively, Amazon.com
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire | Blu Ray | (12/11/2007)
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Beset by nightmares that leave his scar hurting more than usual Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is all too happy to escape his disturbing dreams by attending the Quidditch World Cup with his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). But something sinister ignites the skies at the Quidditch campsite - the Dark Mark the sign of the evil Lord Voldemort. It's conjured by his followers the Death Eaters who haven't dared to appear in public since Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) was last seen thirteen years ago - the night he murdered Harry's parents. Harry longs to get back inside the safe walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) can protect him. But things are going to be a little different this year. Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament one of the most exciting and dangerous of the wizarding community's magical competitions. One champion will be selected from each of the three largest and most prestigious wizarding schools to compete in a series of life-threatening tasks in pursuit of winning the coveted Triwizard Cup. The Hogwarts students watch in awe as the elegant girls of the Beauxbatons Academy and the dark and brooding boys of Durmstrang Institute fill the Great Hall breathlessly awaiting the selection of their champions. Ministry of Magic official Barty Crouch (Roger Lloyd Pack) and Professor Dumbledore preside over a candlelit ceremony fraught with anticipation as the enchanted Goblet of Fire selects one student from each school to compete. Amidst a hail of sparks and flames the cup names Durmstrang's Quidditch superstar Victor Krum (Stanislav Ianevski) followed by Beauxbatons' exquisite Fleur Delacour (Clemence Poesy) and finally Hogwarts' popular all-around golden boy Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson). But then inexplicably the Goblet spits out one final name: Harry Potter. At just 14 years old Harry is three years too young to enter the grueling competition. He insists that he didn't put his name in the Goblet and that he really doesn't want to compete. But the Goblet's decision is binding and compete he must. Suspicion and jealousy abound as muckraking journalist Rita Skeeter (Miranda Richardson) fans the flames of the Harry Potter backlash with her outrageous gossip columns. Even Ron begins to believe his fame seeking friend somehow tricked the cup into selecting him. Suspecting that whoever did enter Harry's name in the Tournament deliberately wants to put him in grave danger Dumbledore asks Alastor Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson) the eccentric new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor to keep his highly perceptive and magical eye trained on the teenage wizard. Harry prepares for the challenging Triwizard tasks - evading a fire-breathing dragon diving into the depths of a great lake and navigating a maze with a life of its own. But nothing is more daunting than the most terrifying challenge of them all - finding a date for the Yule Ball. For Harry dealing with dragons merpeople and grindylows is a walk in the park compared to asking the lovely Cho Chang (Katie Leung) to the Yule Ball. And if Ron weren't so distracted perhaps he would acknowledge a change in his feelings for Hermione. Events take an ominous turn when someone is murdered on Hogwarts grounds. Scared and still haunted by dreams of Voldemort Harry turns to Dumbledore. But even the venerable Headmaster admits that there are no longer any easy answers. As Harry and the other champions battle through their last task and the advancing tendrils of the ominous maze someone or something is keeping a watchful eye.
Combat Zone | DVD | (28/01/2002)
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A tough realistic war film that centers around a small platoon at a remote firebase in Vietnam. The platoon are sent relentlessly on search and destroy missions. On one particular mission the Platoon move into a village catching and killing a band of Viet-Cong they then destroy the arms cache. As the Platoon moves out of the village they discover they are surrounded by a battalion. They make for a rendezvous point where they will be lifted out by helicopter they manage to fight their way to the helicopter pick-up point most of the platoon are now dead and the handful of men left become trapped at the bottom of the ravine.
Colditz | DVD | (15/11/2010)
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This classic series deals with Allied prisoners of war imprisoned at the supposedly escape-proof Colditz Castle during World War II and their many attempts to escape captivity as well as the relationships formed between the various nationalities and their German captors. One memorable episode portrays the attempts of a prisoner Wing Commander Marsh (Michael Bryant) to get out of Colditz by feigning insanity. He succeeds but is pushed to the limits of his sanity in the process...
War Collection | DVD | (28/04/2010)
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A Bridge Too Far: In September 1944, flush with success after the Normandy Invasion, the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden, a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants. But a combination of battlefield politics, faulty intelligence, bad luck and even worse weather led to the disaster beyond the Allies' darkest fear.The Great Escape: One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell ('Shogun') and W.R. Burnett and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story.The Battle Of Britain: This is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best. Few defining moments can change the outcome of war . But when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied unsurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe, they may well have altered the course of history!
Ill Met By Moonlight | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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In Nazi-occupied Crete British officers Fermor (Bogarde) and Moss (Oxley) aided by local patriots are assigned the job of kidnapping German commander-in-chief Kreipe (Goring). The operation if successful will be an incredible propaganda coup for the Allies; while the abduction goes smoothly the resultant chase across the rocky Cretan landscape proves anything but...
The Reader | Blu Ray | (25/05/2009)
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The Reader opens in WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from 'The Odessey' 'Huck Finn' and 'The Lady With The Little Dog.' Despite their intense bond Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. The Reader is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
This Is England | Blu Ray | (15/09/2008)
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Roland Rat Margaret Thatcher; Rubik's Cubes the Royal Wedding; aerobics skinheads... It's 1983 and the schools are breaking up for summer. Shaun is 12 and a bit of a loner growing up with his mum in a grim coastal town his dad was killed fighting in the Falklands War. On his way home from school where he's been tormented all day for wearing flares he runs into a group of skinheads who against expectations turn out to be friendly and take him under their wing. Soon Shaun discovers parties girls and snappy dressing and finds some role models in Woody Milky and the rest of the gang. But when an older overtly racist skinhead returns home from prison the easy camaraderie of the group is broken and Shaun is drawn into much more uncomfortable territory...
In The Valley Of Elah | Blu Ray | (26/05/2008)
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When model soldier Mike Deerfield (Jonathan Tucker) mysteriously goes AWOL shortly after returning to the U.S. from the front lines in Iraq his career officer father Hank (Tommy Lee Jones) enlists the aid of police detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron) in the search for his son. His wife Joan (Susan Sarandon) also joins them to uncover the truth of his disappearance.
Desert Fox, The / The Desert Rats | DVD | (02/06/2003)
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James Mason plays Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in both The Desert Fox (1951) and The Desert Rats (1953), a WWII double-bill on DVD. The Desert Fox, released six years after the end of the War, is a solemnly respectful tribute to Erwin Rommel, Germany's most celebrated military genius. James Mason's portrayal of this gallant warrior became a highlight of his career iconography. The film itself is oddly disjointed, though: a pre-credit commando raid to liquidate Rommel is followed by a flashback to the field-marshal's lightning successes commanding the Afrika Korps--a compressed account via documentary footage and copious narration (spoken by Michael Rennie, who also dubs Desmond Young, the Rommel biographer and one-time British POW appearing briefly as himself). The dramatic core is Rommel's growing disenchantment with Hitler (Luther Adler), his involvement in the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and his subsequent martyrdom. The Desert Rats stars Richard Burton in only his second Hollywood role (between Oscar-nominated turns in My Cousin Rachel and The Robe), as a Scottish commando put in charge of a battalion of the 9th Australian Division defending Tobruk. The Aussies don't like him, and with a year of grim North African duty already under his belt, he's not too crazy about his new responsibilities either. The outfit is charged with staving off the battering assaults of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel for two months, to give the British Army time to regroup in Cairo and prepare for a counterattack. In the end, the "desert rats" play hell with the Desert Fox for 242 days, during which time they and their commander develop some mutual respect. This is a solid, workmanlike World War II picture that, having been made in 1953 rather than 1943, can acknowledge a degree of eccentric humanity and soldierly professionalism in the enemy. Featured guest star James Mason reprises his Rommel from The Desert Fox, playing all his scenes in German except for a scene of ironical repartee with Burton. Another distinguished Brit, Robert Newton, gets costar billing as a boozy, self-confessed coward who used to be Burton's schoolmaster. However, a goodly number of Australians--including Chips Rafferty and Charles "Bud" Tingwell rate at least as much screen time. Robert Wise directed, with a trimness that reminds us he started out as an editor, and the pungent black-and-white cinematography is by Lucien Ballard. --Richard T. Jameson
Redacted | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009)
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From the director of Scarface and The Untouchable comes Redacted - a fictional story inspired by true events! Redacted is a unique cinematic experience that will force viewers to radically reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq Redacted alternates points of view balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and members of the media with those of the local Iraqi people illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.
Black Rain | Blu Ray | (08/09/2008)
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An American Cop in Japan. Their country. Their laws. Their game. His rules. Black Rain is centered around two New York City police officers Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia who arrest a member of the Japanese Yakuza and must escort him back to Japan. Once there he escapes and the two police officers find themselves dragged deeper and deeper into the Japanese underworld.
Wargames | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a young computer whizz who hacks into what he believes is a new line of video games, little knowing that it is in fact NORAD, America's defence program. He inadvertently creates a hostile global situation, placing the world on the brink of nuclear war. Together with his girlfriend Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and a misanthropic computer expert (John Wood), David must fight to prevent an atomic meltdown.
The Guns of Navarone | Blu Ray | (24/10/2011)
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This rousing, explosive 1961 WWII adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's thrilling novel, turns the war thriller into a deadly caper film. Gregory Peck heads a star-studded cast charged with a near impossible mission: to destroy a pair of German guns nestled in a protective cave on the strategic Mediterranean island of Navarone, from where they can control a vital sea passage. As world famous mountain climber turned British army Captain Mallory, Peck leads a guerrilla force composed of the humanistic explosives expert, Miller (David Niven), the ruthless Greek patriot with a grudge, Stavros (Anthony Quinn), veteran special forces soldier Brown (Stanley Baker) and the cool, quiet young marksman Pappadimos (James Darren). This disparate collection of classic types must overcome internal conflicts, enemy attacks, betrayal and capture to complete their mission. Director J. Lee Thompson sets a driving pace for this exciting (if familiar) military operation, a succession of close calls, pitched battles and last-minute escapes as our heroes infiltrate the garrisoned town with the help of resistance leader Maria (Irene Papas) and plot their entry into the heavily guarded mountain fort. Carl Foreman's screenplay embraces MacLean's role call of clichés and delivers them with style, creating one of the liveliest mixes of espionage, combat and good old-fashioned military derring-do put on film. In 1978, the sequel Force 10 from Navarone was released, but MacLean fans will prefer to check out the action-packed thriller Where Eagles Dare. --Sean Axmaker
The Blackout | DVD | (05/11/2007)
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Casino | Blu Ray | (24/11/2008)
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Director Martin Scorsese reunites with members of his GoodFellas gang (writer Nicholas Pileggi; actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent) for a three-hour epic about the rise and fall of mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a character based on real-life gangster Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. (It's modeled after on Wiseguy and GoodFellas and Pileggi's true crime book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas.) Through Rothstein, the picture tells the story of how the Mafia seized, and finally lost control of, Las Vegas gambling. The first hour plays like a fascinating documentary, intricately detailing the inner workings of Vegas casinos. Sharon Stone is the stand out among the actors; she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her role as the voracious Ginger, the glitzy call girl who becomes Rothstein's wife. The film is not as fast paced or gripping as Scorsese's earlier gangster pictures (Mean Streets and GoodFellas), but it's still absorbing. And, hey--it's Scorsese! --Jim Emerson
Rendition | Blu Ray | (24/03/2008)
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Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwalley) an Egyptian-born chemical engineer disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. His pregnant American wife Isabella El-Ibrahim (Reese Witherspoon) travels to Washington to try and learn the reason for his disappearance. Meanwhile Doug Freeman a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) is forced to question the ethics of his assignment as he becomes party to the interogation of Anwar at a secret detention facility somewhere outside of the U.S.A.
Belle De Jour | Blu Ray | (28/09/2009)
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Undoubtedly Luis Bunuel's most accessible film Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences as it did on its debut 30 years ago. Screen icon Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion) plays Severine the glacially beautiful sexually unfulfilled wife of a surgeon whose blood runs icy with ennui until she takes a day-job in a brothel. There she meets a charismatic but sinister young gangster (Pierre Cl''menti) and ignites an obsession that will court peril.
The Jackie Chan Collection | DVD | (08/10/2012)
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Operation CondorJackie Chan is Condor, an adventurer hired in the North African desert by a German patrol as the Nazi war machine crumbled at the end of World War II. The hero is joined by three beautiful women in a race to get to the gold and outwit the evil forces relentlessly pursuing them. 36 Crazy FistsThe story of a young man who learns the art of kung fu from a Shaolin Master in order to avenge the death of his father by ruthless gangsters. Fights choreographed - directed by Jackie Chan, 36 Crazy Fists is one of the most action-filled pictures he's ever made and include some of the most stunning kung fu fights ever filmed. Eagle Shadow FistSet during World War II, Eagle Shadow Fist stars Jackie Chan as a famous Chinese actor who joins a group of anti-Japanese commandos to become a guerrilla fighter. Following their invasion of China, the Japanese have taken a fortune as the spoils of war. The commandos, led by Chan, are determined to get back at any cost. Dragon LordJackie plays Dragon, a talented young martial arts student and sports champion who falls in love with a beautiful village girl, and in his humorous struggle to win her over, gets caught up in a dangerous plot to smuggle precious artefacts out of China. Master with Cracked FingersJackie Chan sets out with his deadly weapons - namely his hands and feet - pledging to avenge the murder of his father. His quest takes him on a dangerous path, into the activities of a ruthless gang and the evil mastermind who was responsible for the killing. More action... more power... more fights from Jackie Chan - a true master of the martial arts.