Throughout film history, Hollywood has produced a number of sweeping epics and generation-defining movies. However, one film – Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments – has stood the test of time. Universally recognised among critics as a cinematic masterpiece, this unforgettable motion picture has also been recognised by The American Film Institute as one of the 'Top Ten' epics of all time. From its Academy Award-winning director* and revolutionary Oscar-winning special effects** to its memorable music score and all-star cast, The Ten Commandments presents the story of Moses in all of its stunning glory. Starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter and a 'who's who' of legendary screen talent, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1956***. Special Features: 3 Theatrical Trailers 1956, 1966 and 1989 (1959 - PAL 4272459, NTSC 4272457) *Winner: Best Director (Cecil B. DeMille), The Greatest Show On Earth, 1952. **Winner: Best Special Effects (John Fulton), 1956. ***Additional Oscar nominations (1956): Picture; Cinematography – Colour; Art Direction/Set Decoration; Costume Design – Colour; Film Editing; and Sound Recording.
A performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical 'Cats' filmed live at the Aldelphi Theatre.
Garnering a total of ten Academy Awards - including Best Picture of 1961 - West Side Story set a brilliant standard for movie musicals that remains unsurpassed to this day. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins from Ernest Lehman's spectacular screenplay the film combines the unforgettable score of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim with Robbins' exuberant choreography to create a transcendent fusion of realism and fantasy that will forever be a feast for the eye the ear a
By any rational measure, Alan Parker's cinematic interpretation of Pink Floyd's The Wall is a glorious failure. Glorious because its imagery is hypnotically striking, frequently resonant and superbly photographed by the gifted cinematographer Peter Biziou. And a failure because the entire exercise is hopelessly dour, loyal to the bleak themes and psychological torment of Roger Waters' great musical opus, and yet utterly devoid of the humour that Waters certainly found in his own material. Any attempt to visualise The Wall would be fraught with artistic danger, and Parker succumbs to his own self-importance, creating a film that's as fascinating as it is flawed. The film is, for better and worse, the fruit of three artists in conflict--Parker indulging himself, and Waters in league with designer Gerald Scarfe, whose brilliant animated sequences suggest that he should have directed and animated this film in its entirety. Fortunately, this clash of talent and ego does not prevent The Wall from being a mesmerising film. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof (in his screen debut) is a fine choice to play Waters's alter ego--an alienated, "comfortably numb" rock star whose psychosis manifests itself as an emotional (and symbolically physical) wall between himself and the cold, cruel world. Weaving Waters's autobiographical details into his own jumbled vision, Parker ultimately fails to combine a narrative thread with experimental structure. It's a rich, bizarre, and often astonishing film that will continue to draw a following, but the real source of genius remains the music of Roger Waters. --Jeff Shannon
Teen Beach Movie centers around two teen surfers Brady and Mackenzie who are magically transported into a 1960s Beach Movie where they must try to blend in until they can find their way out! They soon discover that there is an intense rivalry between the local surfers and bikers. Things don't go according to plan when our modern-day duo accidently change the plot of the movie and the two lead characters fall for them instead of each other! As everyone around them starts singing and dancing and a fight between bikers and surfers break out Brady and Mack must attempt to get out of the movie and back to present day.
Anton du Beke is the only professional dancer who has been on Strictly Come Dancing since day one! In this special feature-length DVD, Anton uses his unique insight to take viewers on a tour of the show's very best and most memorable dances. He also shares some of his more personal memories, such as the routine he created and delivered with Sir Bruce Forsyth. Of course, it wouldn't be Anton without the comedy His hilarious pairings with contestants like Nancy Dell'Olio and Ann Widdecombe are the stuff of legend. INCLUDES: Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton's American Smooth Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell's Quickstep Abbey Clancy and AljaÅ¾ Skorjanec's Waltz Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani's Jive Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse's Samba And many more! SPECIAL FEATURES: OPENING GROUP CELEBRITY DANCE, LAUNCH SHOW 2019 STACEY AND KEVIN, PASON DOBLE, LAUNCH SHOW 2019 RIVOLI BALLROOM Anton takes a look behind the scenes as he relives his own memories of London's iconic ballroom
Set in 1899, this musical drama from director Baz Luhrmann ("Romeo + Juliet") stars Ewan McGregor as a young poet who begins a passionate but doomed affair with the most famous courtesan in Paris (Nicole Kidman).
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera is a worldwide entertainment phenomenon. It has been staged in 145 cities across 27 countries and its box office sales eclipse Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars. Seen by over 130 million people, the stage show has never been available to own on DVD or Blu-ray. Until now. To celebrate its 25th Anniversary year, Cameron Mackintosh presents The Phantom Of The Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of the Royal Albert Hall. Phantom Of The Opera At The Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo as 'The Phantom' and Sierra Boggess as 'Christine'. They are joined by Barry James as 'Monsieur Firmin', Gareth Snook as 'Monsieur Andr', Liz Robertson as 'Madame Giry', Wynne Evans as 'Piangi' and a supporting cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.This is a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime staging of the world's biggest musical, and a must-have on DVD and Blu-ray for fans everywhere.
A barnstorming box set of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musicals! Carousel (Dir. Henry King 1956) Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are reunited in this second classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. In this bittersweet love story Billy Bigelow (MacRae) a smooth-taking carny barker falls in love with a mill worker (Jones) in a little town on the coast of Maine. Although Billy is killed during a robbery before the birth of his daughter years later he is allowed to return
Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problems . Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp
Joseph Mankiewicz's moody classic is less ghost story than romantic fantasy, a handsome 1947 drama of impossible love. Independent young widow Lucy Muir (the luminous Gene Tierney), desperate to escape her uptight in-laws, falls in love with a grand seaside house and moves in, only to discover the cantankerous ghost of the hot-tempered Captain Gregg (a histrionically flamboyant performance by Rex Harrison). Lucy refuses to let the bombastic captain frighten her away, earning his respect, his friendship, and later his love. They team up to turn the captain's salty memoirs into a bestseller, but as his affection grows he fades away, leaving Lucy free to undertake a more worldly suitor, notably a charismatic children's author (George Sanders at his smarmy smoothest) with his own guarded secret. Charles Lang's melancholy black-and-white photography and Bernard Herrmann's haunting score set the tone for this sublime adult drama, and Tierney delivers one of her most understated performances as the resolute Mrs. Muir. Mankiewicz turns this ghost story into a refreshingly mature and down-to-earth romance. --Sean Axmaker
Jesus Christ Superstar is a phenomenon: a brilliant example of modern moviemaking that translates a legendary rock opera to the screen. Told entirely in song images and music the story focuses on the last week of Christ's life his betrayal and crucifixion seen from the point of view of Judas. Producer-director Norman Jewison shot his film entirely on location in Israel and fills the screen with a never-ending series of dazzling images.
The Robe was designed by 20th Century-Fox to show off the wonders of CinemaScope, and taken simply as a vehicle for widescreen photography the movie is undeniably a visual treat. Perhaps the clumsy early 'Scope cameras were partly to blame, but from any other perspective--plot, dialogue and acting--The Robe is a flat, overly reverential and turgid piece of film making. Richard Burton is the Roman Centurion on duty at Christ's crucifixion who bets on and wins Jesus' robe, then spends the rest of the movie agonising about becoming a Christian. Victor Mature is his sanctimonious slave Demetrius. So confident were the producers of box-office success that they commissioned the sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators, even before The Robe had been released. --Mark Walker
Titles Comprise:Australia: Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman join forces with visionary director Baz Lurhman in Australia, an epic and romantic action adventure set on the brink of World War II. When an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) travels to this faraway continent, she meets rough-hewn cattle drives (Hugh Jackman) and an enchanting Aboriginal child (Brandon Walters). This unlikely trio joins forces and embarks on a transforming journey, driving a herd of cattle across hundreds of miles of the world's most beautiful, yet unforgiving terrain. When their world is torn apart by powerful enemies, they must try to find each other amidst the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attached Pearl Harbour. Moulin Rouge: Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent and John Leguizamo head an internationally renowned cast in this musical extravaganza. Baz Luhrmann's sensual reinvention of the movie musical was Nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Set in a Paris nightclub that caters to society's decadent elite, the exhilaration Moulin Rouge follows the story of the ill-fated love affair between a stunning courtesan (Kidman) and a struggling you writer (McGregor). Romeo and Juliet: Baz Luhrmann's modern classic unfolds with its heart on its sleeve and guns ablaze. In this dazzling adaption of Shakespeare's classic love story Oscar Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio stars opposite Claire Danes. They Light up the screen as the original star-crossed lovers against a thumping soundtrack and boldly imagined modern-day setting. Strictly Ballroom: From Baz Luhrmann - the director of the award-winning hits Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge! - comes Strictly Ballroom... the hilariously funny romantic comedy that's sure to leave you laughing, cheering and feeling great. It's the magical story of a championship ballroom dancer who's breaking all the rules, and his ugly duckling dancing partner. Together they make their dreams come true.
The girl's first live concert at the Royal Albert Hall is in just five day's time. With trusty bus driver Dennis (Meatloaf) at the wheel they hurtle from guest appearances to parties photoshoots and even dance camp! But when evil tabloid editor Kevin McMaxford steps up his campaign against them their best friend goes into labour and their manager collapses in hysterics the girls must draw on all their Girl Power to make it to the show on time...
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.
In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lovers' future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.
Blessed with a treasure of timeless songs South Pacific combines the passionate heartwarming romance of a naive young Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) and an older French plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi) with South Seas splendour and a world at war while the breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written.
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