What would you do if a complete stranger tried to convince you that three of your closest friends were really Soviet agents? That's the dilemma facing an investigative TV journalist who is looking forward to a weekend reunion party when he is approached by the CIA and told that his male guests are not what they seem...
The word "vampire" is never mentioned in Near Dark, but that doesn't stop this 1987 cult favourite from being one of the best modern-era vampire films. It put then-unknown director Kathryn Bigelow on Hollywood's radar and gave choice roles to Aliens costars favoured by Bigelow's ex-husband James Cameron--Lance Henriksen is the leader of a makeshift family of renegade bloodsuckers, nocturnally seeking victims in rural Oklahoma; his immortal gal pal is Aliens and T2 alumnus Jenette Goldstein; and Bill Paxton is the group's deadliest leather-clad ass kicker. Fellow traveller Jenny Wright lures Okie farm boy Adrian Pasdar into the group with a love bite and he's soon turning toward vampirism with a combination of frightened revulsion and relentless desire. With Joshua Miller as the youngest vampire, Near Dark is Bigelow's masterpiece of low-budget ingenuity--a truck-stop thriller that begins well, gets better and better (aided by a fine Tangerine Dream score) and goes out in a blaze of glory. --Jeff Shannon
A collection of animated shorts by Jan Svankmajer.
Scanners (Dir. David Cronenberg 1981): Cameron Vale is living on the fringe of society self-induced due to his telepathic ability to read other people's minds. Darryl Revok has the same condition and is the head of an underground association of so-called Scanners that want world domination. When Vale is taken to Dr Paul Ruth as a result of supposed insanity he's enlisted into a program that will involve him in a battle against his fellow Scanners. Scanners 2 - The New Order (Dir. Christian Duguay 1991): In order to take over the city corrupt police commander Forrester intends to use a telepathic breed of human Scanners. To control the Scanners Forrester enlists the help of evil scientist Dr Morse who wants to conduct mind control experiments on the Scanners with a new drug. Unfortunately the side effects render the Scanners incapable so Forrester finds David Kellum a good rational Scanner who unaware of his own powers agrees to work with him. Scanners 3 - The Takeover (Dir. Christian Duguay 1992): A young lovable Scanner with extraordinary telepathic powers transforms into a murderous megalomaniac after taking one of her father's experimental drugs. After taking over his pharmaceutical drugs company the deranged Scanner runs amok on a killing spree and takes over a television company in her quest for world domination. Will her Scanner brother fresh from a spell in a Thai Monastery have the power to stop her?
This box set features the following films: The Duke Wore Jeans (Dir. Gerald Thomas) (1958): Comedy about a cockney lad who pretends to be a Lord in order to woo a South American princess It's All Happening (Dir. Don Sharp) (1963): Billy Bowles (Tommy Steele) is an A & R talent co-ordinator who has grown up as an orphan. He returns every Saturday to the place he grew up. The sentimental Billy arranges a recording session and a benefit performance to help the orphanage. He gathers a bevy of song and dance professionals in the spirit of Andy Hardy and puts on a show the kids will never forget. The Tommy Steele Story (Dir. Gerard Bryant) (1957): This is the story of the early life and rise to fame of Tommy Steele . His manager wanted him to be a tough rock'n'roller and so challenge Elvis Presley but Tommy was just too nice. Tommy The Toreador (Dir. John Paddy Carstairs) (1959): Tommy is a happy sailor travelling the world singing his favourite songs. When he visits Spain he gets mistaken for a famous bullfighter and somehow ends up in the bull-ring facing a very angry bull and an expecting crowd!
Trinity Blood: Complete Collection (6 Discs)
Breaking the mould of previous "Walking with" offerings, the BBC's Walking with Cavemen sees Professor Robert Winston follow in the footsteps of ancient man in a series that traces the history of humanity from bipedal ape-men (Australopithecus Aphaeresis) to the awakening of the human mind's potential with Homo Erectus. Spread over four fascinating half-hour instalments, Wilson presents an accessible and populist, but still suitably anthropological study on how apes became human and the traits that we inherited from our earliest ancestors. Unlike Dinosaurs and Beasts, Cavemen combines CGI with actors to portray the characters in the story of man. Initially this seems to make it far less technically impressive than the earlier programmes--memories of Kubrick's 2001 are inevitable--but fortunately the acting is superb and the viewer soon forgets that these are people in monkey suits. The series also makes use of a special effect called "deep time-lapse", which shows in a matter of dramatic seconds the thousands of years of geological changes that sped up our ancestors' evolution. Wilson himself takes part in the action as if he is a modern-day naturalist following lions across the Serengeti rather than creatures long extinct. This approach makes for a more immediate as well as poignant interpretation of history: the result is an enlightening and moving tribute to the human journey. On the DVD: Walking with Cavemen on disc has production interviews with series producer Peter Georgi, executive producer and director Richard Dale, director of animated extras Ben Palmer and actor David Rubin. There are also location interviews, the best of which is two of the actors in full costume explaining the difficulties involved in eating lunch. There are sequences explaining the creation of the digital effects, and the original score can be accessed as an audio-only option. A fact file for each episode and a picture gallery complete the extras package. --Kristen Bowditch
Titles Comprise: 2001: A Space Odyssey: When a large black monolith is found beneath the surface of the moon the reaction immediately is that it was intentionally buried. When the point of origin is confirmed as Jupiter an expedition is sent in hopes of finding the source. When Dr. David Bowman discovers faults in the expeditionary space craft's communications system he discovers more than he ever wanted to know. A Clockwork Orange: Stomping whomping stealing singing tap-dancing violating Derby-topped teddy-boy hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has his own way of having a good time. He has it at the tragic expense of others. Alex's journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future-shook vision of Anthony Burgess's novel. Unforgettable images startling musical counterpoints the fascinating language used by Alex and his pals - Kubrick shapes them into a shattering whole. The Shining: Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack being a family man takes his wife and son to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long and isolated nights. During their stay strange things occur when Jack's son Danny sees gruesome images powered by a force called ""The Shining"" and Jack is heavily affected by this. Along with writer's block and the demons of the hotel haunting him Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse. Full Metal Jacket: Full Metal Jacket begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits focusing on the relationship between Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker. We see Pyle grow into an instrument of death as Hartman has foreseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle's torment and Joker's unwillingness to stand up against it the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or inaction. The second chapter of Full Metal Jacket delves into Joker's psyche and the repeated referral to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondent is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrust into real combat and ultimately must choose if he really is a killer. Eyes Wide Shut: Sexual jolts disrupt Manhattan physician Bill Harford (Tom Cruise)'s equilibrium. At an elegant Christmas party two ""models"" hit on him he watches a Lothario try to pick up his tipsy wife he aids a woman sprawled naked in a bathroom after an overdose. The next night his wife (Nicole Kidman) reveals sexual fantasies with a stranger; a dead patient's daughter throws herself at him; as he walks brooding six teen boys hurl homophobic insults at him; a streetwalker takes him to her flat; he interrupts men having a sex party with a girl barely in her teens. His
Three features. We're going to tell you not once, but twice. You can't cheat what fate has in store for you, particularly if it involves death. FINAL DESTINATION 1 and FINAL DESTINATION 2 are considered by fans and critics alike as the thinking persons' horror films, showing the usual group of teens put in the peculiar position of - could it be - having to use their smarts to outwit the grim reaper. This package of films is a roller coaster ride of funs and thrills. See individual titles for complete descriptions of this fabulously fun duo. Also includes 'Final Destination 3'.
Titles Comprise: Kind Hearts And Coronets: Set in the stately Edwardian era Kind Hearts And Coronets is black comedy at is best with the most articulate and literate of all Ealing screenplays. Sir Alec Guinness gives a virtuoso performance in his Ealing comedy debut playing all eight victims standing between a mass-murderer and his family fortune. Considered by some to be Ealing's most perfect achievement of all the Ealing films. The Ladykillers director Alexander Mackendrick's third Ealing farce is the final comedy produced by the famous British studio and one of its most celebrated. Like the equally applauded Kind Hearts And Coronets the film is more sophisticated and blacker in tone than typically lighthearted Ealing fare (such as Mackendrick's Whiskey Galore!). Alec Guinness stars as the superbly shifty toothily threatening Professor Marcus the leader of a crime ring planning a heist. Marcus rents rooms from a sweet eccentric old lady Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) in her crooked London house. The professor and his co-conspirators blowhard Major Courtney (Cecil Parker) creepily suave Louis (Herbert Lom) chubby Harry (Peter Sellers) and muscleman One-Round (Danny Green) pose as an unlikely string quartet using the rooms for rehearsal. Dodging Mrs. Wilberforce's constant interruptions the hoods hit upon the idea to use her in the daring daylight robbery (filmed in and around London's King's Cross station). When the old girl discovers the truth Marcus and company cannot persuade her to stay buttoned up about it and thus decide to do her in. Accompanied by a noirish cacophony of screeching trains parrots and little old ladies at afternoon tea a series of unlikely events builds to the hilarious surprising finale. The Man In The White Suit: Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) works quietly at Michael Corland's (Michael Gough) textile mill until his mysterious costly lab experiment is discovered. Fired by Corland Stratton takes a menial job at Alan Birnley's (Cecil Parker) mill in order to continue his work on the sly. When Daphne (Joan Greenwood) Corland's fianc''e and Birnley's daughter discovers his secret she threatens to expose Stratton. The desperate scientist reveals to Daphne that he has invented an indestructible cloth that never gets dirty. Close to realizing his vision Stratton celebrates by having a white suit made of the fabric (because it repels dye). The trouble however is just beginning. The lowly mill workers (who spout market economics in rough accents) fear for their jobs while the mill owners led by the decrepit Godfather-esque Sir John Kierlaw (Ernest Thesiger) worry about their profits. Passport To Pimlico: An archaic document found in a bombsite reveals that the London district of Pimlico has for centuries technically been part of France. The local residents embrace their new found continental status seeing it as a way to avoid the drabness austerity and rationing of post-war England. The authorities do not however share their enthusiasm... The Lavender Hill Mob: Mr. Holland (Alec Guinness) has supervised the bank's bullion run for years. He is fussy and unnecessarily overprotective but everyone knows he is absolutely trustworthy. And so on the day the bullion truck is robbed he is the last person to be suspected. But there is another side to Mr. Holland; he is also Dutch the leader of the Lavender Hill Mob.
Professional serial killer hunter Creighton Duke sets out to catch Jason with the help of a young couple whose daughter is set to be the next victim... This was the movie that paved the way for the battle between Hollywood horror heavyweights Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger...
In a prequel to legendary horror "The Exorcist," priest Lancaster Merrin encounters unspeakable evil in the deserts of East Africa.
London's dockside is teeming with ships and sailors who have made their fortune in foreign lands. Sweeney Todd a Fleet Street barber awaits the arrival of men whose first port of call is for a good close shave. For most it will be the last time they are seen alive as Sweeney Todd robs them of their new found fortunes and chops their remains into small pieces. Meanwhile Mrs Lovett from next door is enjoying a roaring trade for her popular penny meat pies... In the gold fields of Australia Sir Percival Glyde is murdered by the hammering of a tent peg through his ear. Tod Slaughter assumes the identity of Sir Percival's estate in London. He schemes a marriage to Laurie Fairlie (Sylvia Marriott) the daughter of wealthy man and plans to murder his new wife and substitute her with the deranged and dying daughter of the real Sir Glyde. But will his double deception be uncovered? In Maria Marten Squire William Corder (Tod Slaughter) wins the affection of Maria Marten (Sophie Stewart) but their happiness is cut short when she falls pregnant and demands that Corder marry her. At first he agrees but his wicked mind is planning her murder in the Red Barn... Features:Superb triple feature from the grand master of British horror Tod Slaughter featuring his most famous role as Sweeney Todd - the Demon Butcher of Fleet Street plus his dastardly shenanigans in Crimes at the Dark House and as the murderous squire in Maria Marten - Murder in the Red Barn!
She can't (and won't) drive 55.... Stephen King's novel about the twisted love affair between a boy and his car gets transferred to the screen, courtesy of suspense master John Carpenter. Although lacking some of the more outré supernatural elements of the source material, this high-octane cinematic tune-up more than delivers the goods, horror-wise (Christine's midnight rampages will never be forgotten)--as well as being a sly exposé of the random cruelties within the high-school pecking order. Keith Gordon (who has gone on to become a stellar director in his own right, with films such as A Midnight Clear and Mother Night to his credit) gives a wonderfully controlled central performance. Carpenter's atmospheric original score is backed up by a well-chosen collection of rock classics, including George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" (the titular character's all-too-apt theme song). --Andrew Wright, Amazon.com
As demonic possessions grow, the devil grows stronger. The Apocalypse is coming. The Devil and his legions are ready for battle. They will wage a war that will see his armies walk the earth and the fire of eternal hell burn across the globe. Only a small group of men stand between him and the annihilation of the human race. They are members of a secret sect called 'The Cloth'. With only seven days to stop the invasion of ultimate evil, they will use every weapon at their disposable to halt the approaching darkness.
A pioneering film within Animation, Musicals and Fantasy, Walt Disney's Mary Poppins is possibly one of the warmest and dearest films ever made. Based on a story by PL Travers we find Julie Andrews on fine form in her debut lead role (for which she would win the "Best Actress" Oscar). She is practically perfectly teamed with Dick Van Dyke as the lovable chimney sweep Burt, whose cockney accent is endearingly inaccurate. Along with a fine supporting cast, where even the child actors hold their own without appearing like stage school wannabes, Poppins and her crew take you on a magical ride through chalk pictures, the roof tops of London and show you that laughter is not always the best medicine (even with a spoon full of sugar) when you can't get down. In total Mary Poppins clocked up five Academy Awards including Best Song and Best Visual Effects and has made it into the staple diet of family viewing across the world. On the DVD: Mary Poppins has certainly cleaned up a treat, restoring her to 1.85:1 widescreen glory and 5.1 Dolby digital sound--which is guaranteed to be music to your ears. The special features are "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" with the "Sing Along with the Movie" subtitles for all your favourite songs when they appear in the movie and the "I Love to Laugh" game offering Uncle Albert flying high in his parlour once more. "The Movie Magic of Mary Poppins" lets you look behind the scenes at how the magic was done and is fun, informative and easily understandable--pity the same cannot be said about the narrator. "Hollywood goes to a World Premiere" is a warm and amusing reminder about how premieres and stars used to be in 1964. The only disappointment is the lack of commentary--Dick Van Dyke would surely have offered a gem of a cockney voice-over! --Nikki Disney
John Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13 is a riveting low-budget thriller from 1976, in which a nearly abandoned police station is held under siege by a heavily armed gang called Street Thunder. Inside the station, cut off from contact and isolated, convicts heading for death row and the cops must now join forces or die. That's the basic plot, but what Carpenter does with it is remarkable. Drawing specific inspiration from the classic Howard Hawks Western Rio Bravo (which included a similar siege on disadvantaged heroes), Carpenter used his simple setting for a tense, tightly constructed series of action sequences, emphasising low-key character development and escalating tension. Few who've seen the film can forget the "ice cream cone" scene in which a young girl is caught up in the action by patronising a seemingly harmless ice cream van. It's here, and in other equally memorable scenes, that Carpenter demonstrates his knack for injecting terror into the mundane details of daily life, propelling this potent thriller to cult favourite status and long-standing critical acclaim. From this Carpenter went on to make the original Halloween, one of the most profitable independent films of all time. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Roald Dahl's chillingly brilliant antholgy series Tales of the Unexpected makes an expected return to DVD. Featuring all the episodes from series 2. Episodes Comprise: 1. Royal Jelly 2. Skin 3. Galloping Foxley 4. The Hitch-hiker 5. Poison 6. Fat Chance 7. Taste 8. My Lady Love My Dove 9. Georgy Porgy 10. Depart in Peace 11. The Umbrella Man 12. Genesis and Catastrophe 13. Mr Botibol's First Love 14. Back for Christmas 15. The Orderly World of Mr Appleby 16. The Man at the Top
From GUILLERMO DEL TORO, CARLTON CUSE and CHUCK HOGAN comes a chillingly original series. When a freak virus tracing back to ancient vampirism strikes New York, it gives rise to bloodthirsty human hybrids. Hoping to destroy the creatures and the evil Master behind the outbreak, the CDC's Dr. Eph Goodweather (Corey Stoll) develops a deadly bio weapon. Teaming with a mysterious Holocaust survivor (David Bradley), and searching clues found in an ancient book, Eph races against time amidst great personal loss in an effort to save humanity, in this thrilling, post-apocalyptic story. All four blood-curdling seasons are here, packed with special features and in-depth behind-the-scenes access. Features: In the Beginning A Novel Approach Setrakian's Lair Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes Deleted Scenes Meet the Crew of The Strain The White Room Gag Reels Beyond the Page Sentient Strigo The Strain: Under Siege Companion Series and Intro with Carlton Cuse Vamp Boom Music Video Coping with The Strain: A Therapy Session And More!
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