An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria Obayashi's deranged fairy tale House is one of Japanese cinema's wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature. Distressed by her widowed father's plans to remarry Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway in her aunt's isolated mansion. But all is not well - in this house of dormant secrets long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiments and the girls will have to use all their individual talents if any are to survive. A rollercoaster ride without brakes House is by turns sinister hilarious and curiously touching with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical full-blooded approach to the horror genre. A gigantic smash upon its original release in Japan the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK premiere on DVD.
A collection of Sexploitation movies from Shameless Screen Entertainment (Love Goddess of the Cannibals, Satan Baby Doll & The Beast in Space). These BBFC-baiting mind-frying stories of gory carnage and sex push 18 cert to its outer regions like no other films. Literally jaw-dropping stunning. Special Features: Specially commissioned booklet and box-set artwork
Series three of Born Survivor sees presenter Bear Grylls travel to the furthest ends of the earth in search of action and adventure. From the jagged peaks of the Baja peninsula to the scorching sands of Namibia Bear takes on almost impossible obstacles; battling the elements to show you how to survive in some of the world's toughest places. As if the environments weren't dangerous enough Bear takes on the wildlife; he wrestles an alligator in the Louisiana swamps reacts violently to a bee-sting in Mexico and goes into underground tunnels hunting for porcupine with the San bushmen in Namibia.
A group of yuppies charter a plane for a camping getaway only to find themselves making an emergency landing on an isolated island. They are taken in for the night by the only inhabitants the rabidly-religious ""Ma & Pa"" who seem trapped in a Rockwellian time-warp. This proves to be every bit as unpleasant as it seems.
All the British raptors and Owls: High quality footage has been filmed to show both the raptors (day-flying birds of prey) and the owls. Featured species: Kestrel Merlin Hobby Red-footed Falcon Peregrine Gyr Falcon Sparrowhawk Goshawk Marsh Harrier Hen Harrier Montagu's Harrier Red Kite Black Kite Honey Buzzard Common Buzzard Rough-legged Buzzard Osprey Golden Eagle White-tailed Eagle Barn Owl Little Owl Tawny Owl Long-eared Owl Short-eared Owl and Snowy Owl. 25 species in total.
Titles Comprise: Wolfman Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Bram Stokers Dracula
Using exclusive access and the latest technology this extraordinary documentary DVD seeks to understand more about the lives the history and the uncertain future of our endangered relative the gorilla. Only discovered a century ago mountain gorillas inhabit a fragile world. A small number of families cling to existence on the forested peaks of isolated volcanoes in three war-torn countries surrounded on all sides by a growing human population. Mountain gorillas live in highly social families held together by long-term bonds often resembling the way that we ourselves live. Mountain Gorillas closely follows one of the families and the team's exclusive access means that for the first time they can use night vision technology to film the gorillas' secret night-time routines. There are a great number of threats to the safety of this family. Poachers are rife and snares have been left throughout the forest - one gorilla in the family has a painfully swollen hand caused by a snare that remains tightly embedded around his wrist. However even the best intentions can cause the gorillas harm as well meaning tourists can transmit diseases that can prove fatal. This series meets the dedicated team of eight vets belonging to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project who are working hard to protect the future of the mountain gorilla. For years they have provided emergency medical care that has saved many of the gorillas' lives. However they are not alone in helping the species - vets rangers researchers and conservationists all work together to raise awareness of the benefits of this unique species - but their dedicated work will only succeed with the support of all those who share the land with them. This is the most intimate portrait of gorilla life to date and reveals how if the mountain gorillas are to survive a close connection between them and the local people must remain.
An isolated Alaskan town is tormented by vampires when the sun sets one night. And in Alaska, night lasts for 30 days.
It must be stressed that, despite the fact that it was produced in 1973 and stars Christopher Lee, The Wicker Man is not a Hammer Horror film. There is no blood, very little gore and the titular Wicker Man is not a monster made out of sticks that runs around killing people by weaving them into raffia work. Edward Woodward plays Sergeant Howie, a virginal, Christian policeman sent from the Scottish mainland to investigate the disappearance of a young girl on the remote island of Summerisle. The intelligent script by Anthony Schaffer, who also wrote the detective mystery Sleuth (a film with which The Wicker Man shares many traits), derives its horror from the increasing isolation, confusion and humiliation experienced by the naïve Howie as he encounters the island community's hostility and sexual pagan rituals, manifested most immediately in the enthusiastic advances of local landlord's daughter Willow (Britt Ekland). Howie's intriguing search, made all the more authentic by the film's atmospheric locations and folkish soundtrack, gradually takes us deeper and deeper into the bizarre pagan community living under the guidance of the charming Laird (Lee, minus fangs) as the film builds to a terrifying climax with a twist to rival that of The Sixth Sense or Fight Club. --Paul Philpott On the DVD: The Wicker Man can finally be seen in its glorious entirety on DVD, thanks to the restoration of some 15 minutes of previously lost material. Since the original negative long ago disappeared (apparently dumped beneath the M3 motorway) the picture quality for the added scenes is dubious, but what's much more important is the regained richness in the depiction of Summerisle's society (including a wonderful deflowering ritual set to music) and the added depth to Howie's character. Almost redundantly this excellent two-disc package provides the butchered theatrical cut as well, which comes with a good new documentary explaining both the genesis of the film and its turbulent history. Christopher Lee and director Robin Hardy pop up in an archival interview from the 1970s and are also reunited with Edward Woodward in the brand-new and first-rate commentary track for the director's cut: Lee in particular remains passionate about the movie and still angry about its shabby treatment. Both versions of the film are widescreen 1.85:1; the theatrical cut is in remastered Dolby 5.1, but the director's cut remains in mono. --Mark Walker
Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey -- a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town's corrupt mayor sits idly by while muggers, robbers and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens. Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy, emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes The Toxic Avenger! Actors: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen and Jennifer Babtist Directed by: Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman The Toxic Avenger Part 2 Toxie's mean, green, and back on the screen! Melvin Junko was a nerdy 98lb weakling until he fell into a vat of toxic waste, turning him into the first ever superhuman superhero from New Jersey. This time the hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength takes on Tokyo. The Toxic Avenger Part II is a spectacular sequel with even more ingenious special effects, even more bizarre action, and even more unbelievably famous fight scenes. He's come a long way from Tromaville, baby! Starring: Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere, John Altamura Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. The Toxic Avenger Part 3 Troma's most celebrated superhero is back with THE TOXIC AVENGER III... and this time, it's personal! Toxie is unwittingly forced into a deal with the Devil himself in this classic sequel - and it is all because he wants to restore the sight of his blind girlfriend, Claire. Ever the charmer, our environmentally friendly crimefi ghter does not even care if the only lady in his life opts to find someone else once she discovers his monstrous visage. But will true love fi nally win out? The suspense is killing the people of Tromaville... And so is Apocalypse Inc. - Toxie's number one enemy and the cash-grabbing gang of ghouls who have his hometown in their grip! With plenty of skull-smashing action, and a sizzling satirical streak, THE TOXIC AVENGER III takes this acclaimed creature series to new heights of bombastic brilliance. Prepare to be radiated by the raucous charms of THE TOXIC AVENGER III - fully restored and remastered for BluRay! Starring: RON FAZIO, PHOEBE LEGERE, JOHN ALTAMURA, RICK COLLINS, LISA GAYE Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV Troma went all out for CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV and it shows... Right from the get-go the audience is plunged into an orgy of sanguine-spilling sleaze and over-the-top superhero action. Returning to the sexy thrills, and splatter film theatrics, of the classic original, this fourth instalment is esoteric, idiosyncratic and positively insane! Only Troma's Lloyd Kaufman could dream up a movie as demented as this: with Toxie put into battle against his devilish doppleganger The Noxious Avenger. What follows is more gore, more menace and more comic book horror than ever before! Featuring cameo appearances from director Eli Roth (HOSTEL), MotÃ¶rhead singer Lemmy, adult movie legend Ron Jeremy and Scream Queens Debbie Rochon, Tiffany Shepis and Julie Strain, CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV might just be Troma's finest achievement to date! Starring: DAVID MATTEY, HEIDI SJURSEN, CLYDE LEWIS, DEBBIE ROCHON, RON JEREMY, PAUL KYRMSE, DAN SNOW Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman.
The abduction of a small child threatens the world, when the forces of evil threaten to exploit the extraordinary powers she possesses.
Titanic: Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar nominee Kate Winslet light up the screen as Jack and Rose the young lovers who find one another on the maiden voyage of the unsinkable R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival. Man In The Iron Mask: Its 'all for one and one for all' as the Three Musketeers along with D'Artagnan reunite in this swashbuckling tale of action and adventure. Leonardo DiCaprico stars in the dual role of the cruel King Louis XIV and the mysterious prisoner encased in the iron mask. Paris is starving but the King of France is more interested in the debauched affairs of court. The Musketeers devise a daring plot to save France from the tyranny of this King only D'Artgnan stands in their way. The Man in the Iron Mask is a stunning film of intrigue danger action and romance. Romeo + Juliet: Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes portray Romeo and Juliet the youthful star-crossed lovers of the past. But the setting has been moved from its Elizabethan origins to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona beach. This brilliant and contemporary retelling of the world's most tragic love affair makes this wildly inventive Romeo & Juliet unforgettable.
With its high-intensity plot about an attempt to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle, the bestselling novel by Frederick Forsyth was a prime candidate for screen adaptation. Director Fred Zinnemann brought his veteran skills to bear on what has become a timeless classic of screen suspense. Not to be confused with the later remake The Jackal starring Bruce Willis (which shamelessly embraced all the bombast that Zinnemann so wisely avoided), this 1973 thriller opts for lethal elegance and low-key tenacity in the form of the Jackal, the suave assassin played with consummate British coolness by Edward Fox. He's a killer of the highest order, a master of disguise and international elusiveness, and this riveting film follows his path to de Gaulle with an intense, straightforward documentary style. Perhaps one of the last great films from a bygone age of pure, down-to-basics suspense (and a kind of debonair European alternative to the American grittiness of The French Connection), The Day of the Jackal is a cat-and-mouse thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until its brilliantly executed final scene (pardon the pun), by which time Fox has achieved cinematic immortality as one of the screen's most memorable killers. --Jeff Shannon
David Attenborough's thrilling series taking us on a guided tour through the secret world of plants is captured on this amazing video. The account of plant life's struggle for survival is seen as never before in a story full of drama beauty and staggering achievement. Attenborough takes us through each aspect of plants' lives travelling growing flowering their struggle with other plants and animals and the ingenious way they adapt to even the harshest of conditions. From the
Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). On the DVD: Too often the best extras come attached to films that don't really warrant them. Not so here, where a truly great film has been given the attention it deserves. The first disc presents the film in the original extra-wide CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1, in an anamorphically enhanced transfer which does maximum justice to the film's superb cinematography. The sound has been transferred from the original six-track magnetic elements into 5.1 Dolby Digital and far surpasses what many would expect from a 1950s' feature. The main bonus on the first disc is an isolated presentation of Malcolm Arnold's great Oscar-winning music score, in addition to which there is a trivia game, and maps and historical information linked to appropriate clips. The second disc contains a new, specially produced 53-minute "making of" documentary featuring many of those involved in the production of the movie. This gives a rich insight into the physical problems of making such a complex epic on location in Ceylon. Also included are the original trailer and two short promotional films from the time of release, one of which is narrated by star William Holden. Finally there is an "appreciation" by director John Milius, an extensive archive of movie posters and artwork, and a booklet that reproduces the text of the film's original 1957 brochure. --Gary S Dalkin
Jenny Harris is an attractive young housewife with a cheating husband and an unhappy life. That is until her strange neighbour Rebecca introduces her to the world of imaginary fantasy lovers and awakens in Jenny a hitherto untapped lust. However as bizarre deaths begin to pile up around Jenny she feels the presence of something unearthly something quite evil...
Perhaps the most infamous title which was not only censored by the BBFC it had its title censored too removing the word “CHAINSAW” from its original video rental sleeve! Now available in the UK in a complete uncensored version very few films have achieved the cult status of Fred Olen Ray’s HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS. It played in festivals around the world it inspired numerous imitators and it made a bona-fide B-Movie Megastar of actress Michelle Bauer. Now 27 years later Nucleus Films presents a Special Anniversary Edition in celebration of the continuing mystique that is HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS. Join detective Jack Chandler as he tracks the runaway teen (played by Horror Queen Linnea Quigley) into the dark recesses of Los Angeles’s most stringent religious cult. Beware the chainsaw-worshipping madman played by THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE’S original Leatherface Gunnar Hansen! And above all else watch out for the saw-wielding vixen performing “The Virgin Danced of the Double Chainsaws”! Bonus Features: Theatrical Trailer Audio Commentary with Director Fred Olen Ray & TL Lankford Making Of Documentary Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers & the BBFC Double-Sided Sleeve
A Cinderella story from the mean streets of Kingston, Jamaica, the alternately comic and gritty Dancehall Queen is an intriguingly dark crowd pleaser. Marcia (Audrey Reid) is a single mom and street vendor barely scraping by even with a financial assist from the seemingly avuncular Larry (Carl Davis), a gun-toting strongman with a twisted desire for Marcia's teenage daughter. Complicating things is Priest (Paul Campbell), a murderous hood who killed Marcia's friend and now is terrorizing the defenseless woman. Facing three big problems--Larry, Priest, and a lack of money---Marcia arrives at an inspired solution: develop an alter ego, a dancing celebrity called the Mystery Lady who can compete in a cash-prize contest and pit both of the men against one another. Which is exactly what she does, and it's great fun watching Marcia instigate her complicated plan with a little help from sympathetic friends. Colorful, rowdy, funny, and dangerous, Dancehall Queen is a clever and ceaselessy energetic movie steeped in Kingston street life and the desire to keep body and soul together at home. Reid is a delight as the everyday figure who transforms into an icon in the evenings, and the dance scenes are amazingly bawdy. --Tom Keogh
A pair of foreign sisters check into the Hotel Cortez, while an L.A. detective investigates a brutal murder. American Horror Story Hotel features an all-star cast of Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloe Sevigny, Denis O'Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock.
Wild Fisherman Mozambique follows Matt Hayes as he joins local guide Wesley Peens to fish one of the most sparsely populated regions in the world, in an effort to catch a giant trevally on the fly. In four action packed episodes, Matt embarks on a fishing adventure that sees him combat extreme weather, desert roads and a wild, untamed landscape.
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