In the spy-crazed film world of the 1960s, Len Deighton's antihero Harry Palmer burst onto the scene as an antidote to the James Bond films. Here was a British spy who had a working-class accent and horn-rimmed glasses and above all really didn't want to be a spy in the first place. As portrayed by Michael Caine, Palmer was the perfect antithesis to Sean Connery's 007. Unlike that of his globetrotting spy cousin, Palmer's beat is cold, rainy, dreary London, where he spends his days and nights in unheated flats spying on subversives. He does charm one lady, but she's no Pussy Galore, just a civil servant he works with, sent to keep an eye on him. Eventually he's assigned to get to the bottom of the kidnapping and subsequent "brain draining" of a nuclear physicist, all the while being reminded by his superiors that it's this or prison. Things begin to get pretty hairy for Harry. Produced by Harry Saltzman in his spare time between Bond movies, the film also features a haunting score by another Bond veteran, composer John Barry. --Kristian St. Clair, Amazon.com
At 6pm on April 20th 1992 Roger Taylor Brian May and John Deacon the surviving members of Queen took the stage of London's Legendary Wembley Stadium to announce the start of one of the biggest events in rock history organised by Queen themselves to pay tribute to their former colleague - the incomparable Freddie Mercury. The atmosphere of emotion mixed joy and sadness shared by stadium audience worldwide television viewers and performers alike was an experience that will n
Ranked #1 in Kerrang Magazine's 100 Gigs That Shook The World and voted as Nirvana's #1 Greatest Moment by fans in an NME poll Nirvana's historic August 30 1992 headlining appearance at the UK's Reading Festival is one of the most bootlegged concerts in the annals of rock'n'roll. Tracklist Intro - Live at Reading 2. Breed 3. Drain You 4. Aneurysm 5. School 6. Sliver 7. In Bloom 8. Come As You Are 9. Lithium 10. About A Girl 11. Tourette's 12. Polly 13. Lounge Act 14. Smells Like Teen Spirit 15. On A Plain 16. Negative Creep 17. Been A Son 18. All Apologies 19. Blew 20. Dumb 21. Stay Away 22. Spank Thru 23. Love Buzz 24. The Money Will Roll Right In 25. D-7 26. Territorial Pissings
ABBA were one of the first pop groups to exploit the promotional video as a vehicle for publicising their music across the globe. ABBA--The Definitive Collection provides an audio-visual timeline of how their promos developed over a 10-year period from the mid-1970s to the early 80s. The first ABBA videos were simple recordings of the band miming to their songs in a studio ("Waterloo" and "Ring Ring"); then, for "Mamma Mia" and "SOS", the style was replaced by something more adventurous, focusing on the four grouped together in rival pairs. As technology and the group evolved so did their promo films, with more recent examples shot on videotape and incorporating post-production special effects and outdoor locations ("One Of Us" and "Head over Heels"). Director Lasse Hallstrom has since made the transition from these relatively low-budget vehicles to Hollywood success with Chocolat and The Shipping News. If ABBAs early efforts look a little primitive compared to big-budget modern music promos, the songs themselves now sound even better than ever, having been digitally re-mastered in 24-bit format. As well as featuring the digitally re-mastered promos for the majority of their single releases, exclusive previously unreleased material is also incorporated here, such as the extended original mix of "On and On and On". On the DVD: ABBA--The Definitive Collection on DVD squeezes in all 30 videos, plus five bonus tracks which include the promos for the Spanish-language versions of "I Have a Dream", "Happy New Year" and "When All is Said and Done". The video for the never released "When I Kissed the Teacher" is also included, too, as is a camp recording of "Dancing Queen" filmed at a gala tribute for Swedens King and Queen. The 20-minute picture gallery is an excellent and comprehensive photographic record of the group through the years. Background information about all of the material, is discussed in the accompanying biographical booklet.--John Galilee
Made in 1984, The Hitcher is an update--in spirit at least--of Steven Spielberg's first feature film, 1971's Duel. Here C Thomas Howell plays a guy taking a drive-away car from Chicago to San Diego. On a whim, in the rain, and against his better judgment, he picks up a hitchhiker (Rutger Hauer). The hitcher quickly admits to being a murdering psychopath and once Howell finally gets him out of his car, he is pursued with all the vengeance of the ancient furies. We're never sure if the hitcher is a figment of his imagination, making Howell a schizophrenic killer, or if he's real and Howell is the random victim of a wandering madman, which is how his potential new girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh) thinks of him. Either way, The Hitcher is great fun, kinda scary and teetering on the brink of "must see". --Andy Spletzer
The next title in our Rare and Unseen series looks at English rock band Slade - the first act to have three singles enter at #1 and all six of the Wolverhampton band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Total UK sales were 6 520 171 and their best selling single Merry Xmas Everybody sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. With Holder's powerful vocals and guitarist Dave Hill's equally arresting dress sense Slade were one of the most successful British chart bands of the 1970s scoring seventeen consecutive Top 20 hits. Told through missing-believed-wiped archive interviews and rare and unseen footage of the band talking this insightful DVD is a worthy addition to any Slade collection. Items genuinely unseen and never before on DVD including film from the ITN archive. Includes lost and now restored TV interviews from the past and rare film of the band talking about their career. A must for the die-hard fan!
A trio of films by the acclaimed Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. Featuring the films: Cronos (1993): A strange object the ""Cronos device "" has been found inside the statue of an angel in an antique store. While the dealer Jesus Gris is holding the device it springs open and its metallic legs pierces his flesh. Once ""bitten "" he develops a craving for human blood and his body grows more and more youthful with each drink. As the addiction spreads through his body he realizes he desires the blood of his innocent granddaughter... The Devil's Backbone (2001): A deliciously dark horror The Devil's Backbone tells the tale of a remote Spanish orphanage during the final days of The Spanish Civil War whose young inhabitants are brutally terrorised by Santi a decomposing spirit who stalks the building's dark decaying hallways. But as the film builds to a grisly explosive finale the children learn the true story of Santi's death and rise up to vow a deadly vengeance on his vicious murderer. Produced by Pedro Almodovar and brilliantly photographed for maximum suspence by leading cinematographer Guillermo Navarra The Devil's Backbone is a truly haunting memorable ghost story. Pan's Labyrinth (2006): the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain 1944 - after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.
Legendary and long sought-after, this live Led Zeppelin collection is nothing less than the rock music equivalent of the Holy Grail. Quite simply, this is what all the fuss was about. Given that they were the biggest band in the world, Zeppelin were notoriously camera-shy in their heyday. Their official filmic legacy until now has been just the fascinating but flawed The Song Remains the Same. While this new set presents some previously unseen footage from the same 1973 Madison Square Garden gigs, its real wonders lie in the earlier (1970) Royal Albert Hall footage and the later Earls Court (1975) and Knebworth (1979) concerts. Everything here looks and sounds new-minted, thanks to painstaking restoration and remastering of both audio and visual sources, a Herculean labour of love on the part of co-producer Dick Carruthers working hand-in-glove with Jimmy Page. Trawling through thousands of yards of previously unseen film and unheard tape recordings--some with missing visuals, some with missing audio--Page and Carruthers have chosen only the best possible footage available. They were also at pains to make the segments segue seamlessly so that the viewer is treated to what feels like a continuous concert--just sample the transition from a grainy Super 8 "Immigrant Song" (Sydney, 1972) to "Black Dog" at MSG. Highlights? It's not hyperbole to say that every powerhouse minute of this collection (some 230 minutes of concert footage plus another hour and a half of extra DVD material) is a rare musical and visual treat. But hearing Page's violin bow work on "Dazed and Confused" in DTS or Dolby 5.1 is an experience not soon forgotten. On the DVD: Led Zeppelin two-disc set presents all the footage in pristine 4:3 picture ratio (the Madison Square Garden footage is letterboxed) with Dolby 5.1, DTS or PCM Stereo sound options. Note that the audio is uncompressed for maximum ear-shattering enjoyment. The menu screens do not pop up beforehand, but have to be selected. It's well worth doing so. Enjoy the music first, then discover that even the menus have been painstakingly designed to provide still more unseen footage and unheard recordings (some screens don't cycle round, but present another song in its entirety). Extras include rare TV appearances, interviews and bootleg footage. --Mark Walker
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock 'n' roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director's cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film's release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director's cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD. The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it's still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd ("half a million strong") expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, mid-concert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music--a non-stop parade of rock 'n' roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there--it's a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Over the course of his career Ali as part of UB40 has sold over 70 million records world wide and has one of the UK's most distinctive voices. This live concert was filmed at London's most prestigious venue The Royal Albert Hall on April 3rd 2008. It was Ali's first solo concert since leaving UB40. It is a special one-off concert which features many of the artists who dueted with Ali on his solo audio album Running Free a top ten chart success. Songs from that album and many UB40 classic hits are performed on this DVD. Content includes performances and exclusive interview footage of Sly and Robbie Beverley Knight Bitty McLean Kim Wilde Pato Banton and Lemar. Tracklisting: 1. Running Free (featuring Beverley Knight) 2. I Want One Of Those 3. Would I Lie (featuring Bitty McLean) 4. I'll Be Standing By (featuring Lemar) 5. Don't Try This At Home 6. Hallelujah Time 7. Seems To Me I'm Losing 8. I Got You Babe (featuring Kim Wilde) 9. Happiness 10. Baby Come Back (featuring Pato Banton) 11. Many Rivers To Cross 12. Kingston Town 13. Can't Help Falling In Love 14. Red Red Wine
MI5; not 9 to 5! The stakes are higher than ever for Adam Harry and the team as a series of terrorist attacks and political cover-ups threaten national security on an unprecedented scale. Packed with classic Spooks' intrigue Series 4 features all ten episodes plus a host of never before seen special features shot exclusively for the DVD. Series 4 is released just before the new TV broadcast in September. So make sure you pre-order your copy now to see all ten episodes in time for Series 5!
This Greatest Hits compilation charts the period (1987-92) in Kylie's career when there was the most rapid change in both her image and music. Every single promo she made during her PWL period is featured, including the previously unreleased videos for "Made in Heaven" and "Celebration". Although the track listing is out of sequence, if watched in chronological order the distinct stylistic phases of Minogue over this five-year period soon become evident. From the cute bubble-perm Kylie of the "I Should Be So Lucky" era, to the sex-Kylie phase that commenced with 1990's "Better the Devil You Know", the videos represent all her early incarnations. Her fashion disasters are also recorded, too, such as the bizarre outfit and shoes she wore for "Got to be Certain" and the Parisian wartime look adopted for "Je ne sais pas pourquoi". Her most outrageous but greatest video moment is where she parodies certain movie stars in the chic video for "What Do I Have to Do?", and because of her heavy eye make-up almost earns herself the title drag-queen Kylie (watch out for sister Dannii who briefly stars in the video, wearing a blonde wig). All in all it's an excellent collection for those wanting a visual introduction to early Kylie, and/or those too young to remember her first time round. On the DVD: Kylie Greatest Hits unearths some very rare pieces of Kylie history and the producers of the DVD have gone out of their way to make the compilation as comprehensive as possible. However, the transfer quality is not much better than awful, both for rarities and more popular material such as "Especially for You". Diehard fans will be pleased, though, by the majority of the videos from the late-1980s including vintage personal introductions from Kylie about the making of the promos etc. Other bonus features include the videos for the Australian versions of "Locomotion" and "Word Is Out", and alternate promos of "Got to be Certain", and "I Should Be So Lucky". --John Galilee
Tracklisting: 1. Livin' On A Prayer 2. You Give Love A Bad Name 3. Keep The Faith 4. Always 5. Blaze Of Glory 6. Lay Your Hands On Me 7. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 8. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (medley) 9. Bad Medicine/Shout (medley) 10. Hey God 11. Wanted Dead Or Alive 12. This Ain't A Love Song
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock is an original story that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil, just as budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
Later... with Jools Holland--Giants is a collection of classic live performances from a decade of the late-night BBC music show. Everyone will have their favourites and, no doubt, differing opinions on what constitutes a musical "giant". What is indisputable here is the sheer volume and variety of artists and styles on offer. The 32 performers range from Pete Towshend to Blondie; Paul Weller to Willie Nelson; Leonard Cohen to Jeff Beck; Page and Plant to Ronnie Spector and the Divine Comedy. The acts vary in quality--Brian Ferry's posturing, staccato rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" and Georgie Fame's futile, asthmatic efforts to keep up with the beat on "Yeh! Yeh!" are notable low points--but thankfully the few weaker moments are more than compensated for by tour de force performances from the likes of Al Green, REM, Tony Bennett, Dusty Springfield and George Benson. Your enjoyment will obviously depend on a desire to see these greats play, but where else are you going to get both Robbie Williams belting out an impromptu performance of "Suspicious Minds" and Solomon Burke singing "Cry to Me" from an enormous golden throne? On the DVD: Later... with Jools Holland--Giants comes with a desirable selection of interviews with 10 of the featured performers. Sadly, they are tantalisingly short--never longer than three minutes, some little more than a minute--and never stretch beyond Holland's stock questions or brief, if entertaining, anecdotes. Also included are: a "playlist" feature, which allows you to select six of your favourite tracks and play them in an order of your choice, normal track selection, subtitles and a credit list. --Paul Philpott
For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.
Eurovision Song Contest 2010 (3 Discs)
Getting Away With It Live is an electric souvenir of James' last ever live performance (before their new 2002 line-up), recorded in their home city of Manchester. The energy which bounces between the exuberant audience and the band crackles from start to finish. Tim Booth's bad language, particularly during the infamous technical breakdown at the start of "Out to Get You" just adds to the explosive atmosphere of the gig. The footage of these problems luckily remains in the final cut, exposing a more human side to the band, and highlighting James' long-term forte as a live band through their impromptu rendition of "Johnny Yen". Despite special appearances by former band members Andy Diagram and Larry Gott, Booth steals the show through his unique vocal talent and his trademark dancing style (when he gyrates round the stage like a possessed pipe cleaner). Featuring a sensible mix of old and new tunes, the concert concludes with an encore of break-through tracks "Come Home" and "Sit Down". On the DVD: Getting Away With It Live is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, and the sharp visual footage further enhance the excellent live show. Through the use of random transitions (short excerpts from the documentary), the DVD is fun and informative to navigate through, and the two bonus documentaries provide further added value. Discussion on the making of selected songs can be accessed at various points during the concert when the band's trademark flower logo appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen. As well as the promotional videos for three of their biggest hits from the 1990s ("Laid", "Say Something" and "She's a Star"); there's also a hidden section where the band discuss their nicknames. --John Galilee
The highlights of the unique 3-day Wilebski's Blues Saloon Festival brings together musicians who individual approaches demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of contemporary blues music. Yet all the artists' performances have one common factor that unites them - emotion - the heart and soul of blues. ARTIST AND TRACK LISTING: Willie& The Bees - Fine Brown Fame John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom Corky Siegel - Half Asleep At The Wheel Nick Gravenites & John Cippolina - Down In The Bottom Valerie Washington - Down In The Dumps Baby Doo Caston - Low Down Dog Geoff Muldaur - Why Should I Love You? Lady Blanca - Imagination Nick Graventies & John Cippolina - Small Walk-In Box Minnesota Barking Ducks - Jukes Dr John - You Lie Too Much Archie Shepp & Ben Sidran - Willow Weep For Me John Lee Hooker & Lady Bianca - Boogie Woman
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