Anyone who fought in Vietnam can tell you that the war bore little resemblance to this propagandistic action film starring and codirected by John Wayne. But Green Berets itself is not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest; critics roasted its gung-ho politics while ignoring its merits as an exciting (if rather conventional and idealistic) war movie. Some notorious mistakes were made--in the final shot, the sun sets in the east!--and it's an awkward attempt to graft WWII heroics onto the Vietnam experience. But as the Duke's attempt to acknowledge the men who were fighting and dying overseas, it's a rousing film in which Wayne commands a regiment on a mission to kidnap a Viet Cong general. David Janssen plays a journalist who learns to understand Wayne's commitment to battling Communism, and Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) plays an ill-fated soldier who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. --Jeff Shannon
During his long and varied career, Jacques Tourneur (The Comedy of Terrors, Cat People) tackled a breadth of genres on both sides of the Atlantic. With 1956 s Nightfall, he returns to the noir trappings he tackled so successfully with Out of the Past for a tale of deception, intrigue and paranoia. Adapted from the novel by prolific crime fiction author James Goodis (Dark Passage), Nightfall is the story of Jim Vanning (Aldo Ray, The Violent Ones; The Naked and the Dead), an innocent man wrongly accused of murder. On the same night he has a chance encounter in a bar with glamorous model Marie (Anne Bancroft, The Graduate), the hoods he s spent the past year running from catch up with him, determined to recover the money they believe he stole from them. Pursued by both the hoods and law enforcement, Vanning and Marie go on the lam, leading to a desperate chase that takes them from the streets of Los Angeles to the snowy peaks of Wyoming. Eschewing both the big names associated with the genre and its familiar urban locales, and featuring striking monochromatic photography by Oscar-winner Burnett Guffey (From Here to Eternity), Nightfall is a gripping and inventive late-period noir which shows that, even in its twilight years, the genre still had room for innovation. Special Contents: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, restored from original film elements Original lossless mono soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing New audio commentary by author and critic Bryan Reesman White and Black, a new video appreciation of Nightfall by film historian Philip Kemp Do I Look Like a Married Man?, a new video essay on the themes of Nightfall by author and critic Kat Ellinger Theatrical trailer Image gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Amy Simmons
They were crack troops skilled in the techniques of unconditional warfare the soldiers of the Special Forces - and the focus of Hollywood's first feature film about the Vietnam War: The Green Berets. John Wayne stars in and co-directs this red-white-and-blue depiction of America's Vietnam effort. Wayne wrote to President Lyndon Johnson to request military assistance for the film - and got more than enough firepower to create an impressive spectacle. Its soldiers fit the tried and true mould of earlier Wayne war classics like Back To Bataan and Sands of Iwo Jima. Their heroics are timeless.
Three convicts - Joseph (Bogart) Albert (Aldo Ray) and Jules (Peter Ustinov) - are plotting their escape from Devil's Island. Fate intervenes when they hide out with kindly but inept Felix (Leo G. Carrol) and his family. Felix manages a store for his arrogant cousin Andre (Basil Rathbone) who makes the fatal mistake of stealing Albert's pet a poisonous snake. After resolving Felix's problems the convicts return to prison convinced that the world is much too wicked!
Set in the Korean war in 1950 and based on a 1949 World War II novel of the Normandy campaign 'Day without End' by Van Praag. On September 6 1950 at the beginning of the Korean War Lt. Benson and his platoon are stranded on a hillside unable to contact division headquarters on their radio and unable to advance because their truck is beyond repair. Lieutenant Benson (Robert Ryan) is leading his platoon in enemy held territory after a retreat. They are joined by Sgt Montana (Aldo Ray) who's only concern is looking after his catatonic colonel (Robert Keith). Benson and Montana loath each other but must work together to get the men to hill 465 where they hope a division is waiting - but the harrowing march is filled with danger. Directed by Anthony Mann (El Cid and Fall of the Roman Empire).
This rollicking look inside the rural Deep South brings to life the primitive, ribald rustics of Erskine Caldwell's steamy bestselling novel. Both humorous and heartrending, this critically acclaimed film reveals the hidden passions and violent impulses heating up beneath the hot Southern sun, as well as the warmth and humour of every day life. A poor sharecropper's family struggling to survive is nearly torn apart as the patriarch stubbornly pursues his belief that gold is buried somewhere on his land. Nothing will stop him as he goes to outrageous lengths in his efforts to find the treasure.
Miss Sadie Thompson (Hayworth) is a bawdy night club entertainer stranded on a tropical island during World War II...
Wrongly accused of murdering the doctor who refused to treat his ailing mother young Arnold (Jim Hutton) is placed in a mental institution under the care and supervision of Dr Laura Scott. While there he is taught the secrets of out of body travel by a fellow inmate. Freed when the real killer is found Arnold swears revenge on those who committed him. Using his new-found psychic powers Arnold eliminates those he hates in a brutal and bloody reign of terror which leaves Detectives Mogan (Paul Burke) and Anderson (Aldo Ray) faced with a killer they can't even see.
A bumper box set of classic films featuring 'The Love Goddess' herself Rita Hayworth! Gilda (Dir. Charles Vidor 1946): The legendary Rita Hayworth sizzles with sensuality and magnetism as she sings ""Put the blame on Mame"" and delivers a dazzling performance as the enticing temptress Gilda. In the story of Gilda Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) goes to work for Ballin Mundson (George MacReady) the proprietor of an illegal gambling casino in a South American city and quickly r
An escaped prisoner tries to clear his name.
The lost unaired 1965 American pilot episode Boy, what a welcome home party the devil is waiting to throw for you! Albert Steptoe has always run a junk yard with his son Harold. Now he feels it,s time to retire...but can he stay retired? Who will he give the business to? Steptoe and Son began in 1962 on the BBC as a one-off single play for Comedy Playhouse in 1962. It became a national institution of comedy and the BBC made seven series. In 1965 the creators Ray Galton and Alan Simpson were approached by Joseph E. Levine to take a pilot for the USA. It was never optioned and a 35mm print was given to Ray Galton as a souvenir. In 1971, Steptoe and Son was eventually re-made for the US market as Sanford and Son. Starring Oscar-nominee Lee Tracy (The Best Man) and Golden Globe-nominee Aldo Ray (From Here to Eternity) The 35mm print of the original 1965 pilot lay undiscovered in Ray Galton's basement until found by Kaleidoscope during a film shoot. Special Feature: Footage from the Kaleidoscope documentary The Native Hue of Resolution featuring Ray Galton and Tessa Le Bars.
The most interesting--and entertaining--aspect of Battle Cry, a long, episodic World War II drama, is that it marked the debut of one Justus E McQueen, who subsequently took the name of the good ol' Arkansas boy he played in the movie: LQ Jones. He's only one of eight or nine marine recruits who divide the screen time with commanding officer Van Heflin and James Whitmore as a lifer sergeant named Mac, "just Mac", who ramrods their squad and also delivers the movie's overbearing narration. Unfortunately, the narration is necessary to maintain continuity as the CinemaScope production galumphs its way from rounding up the melting-pot cast to seeing them through basic training and sundry, mostly amatory misadventures in San Diego, to further training in New Zealand and finally to baptism of fire on Guadalcanal. Trouble is, among the recruits only McQueen/Jones (whose job is mostly comic relief) and Aldo Ray (as a brawling lumberjack who's never known family life) have any charisma or acting chops--and that's not forgetting Tab Hunter, whose matinee-idol status at the time does not speak well for the 50s. Battle Cry is also a cardinal example of Hollywood's penchant for buying big, lusty, profane bestsellers (by Leon Uris, in this case) and then bowdlerising all the lustiness and profanity to appease the censors. Raoul Walsh, the poet laureate of lowdown gusto, does what he can in the circumstances, and as one of the first guys ever to direct a widescreen movie (1930's The Big Trail), he makes the battle scenes roar. --Richard T. Jameson
A second volume of nasties that were at one time banned in the UK. Even more depraved and even more corrupt! Tenebrae (Dir. Dario Argento 1982): Shortly after American mystery-thriller novelist Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) arrives in Rome to promote his new book (the Tenebrae of the title) an attractive young woman is murdered by a razor-wielding maniac who stuffs pages of Neal's latest novel into the mouth of his victim before slashing her throat. So begins a biza
Detective Ash (Jim Kelly) must protect a woman who has the secret to a destructive weapon in a microchip implanted in her forehead. When ""The Pig"" creates an ""Ice Bomb"" that destroys people but leaves property intact Ash goes on a mission to stop him before he can use the weapon.
It's World War II Italy and by-the-book Captain Lionel Cash (Shawn) is sent by his general (O'Connor) to take over a troop of misfit soldiers led by the wily and resourceful Lieutenant Christian (Coburn). Cash's orders? To capture a nearby village. He finds the Italian soldiers eager to surrender but first they insist that the Americans join them in a night of carousing at the local festival. By the time everyone comes to the entire German and American armies are certain a pitched battle is in progress. Who wins? Who loses? Who ends up in the village beauty's bed? War may be hell but it sure can be fun!
Eli Kotch plans to use the visit of the Russian premier to aid him in his attempts to rob a bank at Los Angeles airport but can he get away with it?
Wrongly accused of murdering the doctor who refused to treat his ailing mother young Arnold (Jim Hutton) is placed in a mental institution under the care and supervision of Dr Laura Scott. While there he is taught the secrets of ""out of body travel"" by a fellow inmate. Freed when the real killer is found Arnold swears revenge on those who committed him. Using his new-found psychic powers Arnold eliminates those he hates in a brutal and bloody reign of terror which leaves Detectives Mogan (Paul Burke) and Anderson (Aldo Ray) faced with a killer they can't even see...
Christina Carver finds herself in dire straits after she arrives to spend some time with her TV-reporter husband who is visiting a Latin American country by a military dictator. After a car accident one day Chritina brings the helpful Col. Kostik home and then kills him in self defense when he violently attempts to rape and murder her. Terrified she covers up her act and hides the body yet in spite of her husband's efforts to protect her a local police detective starts to figure o
Something of a parody of the western films that had been done by Clint Eastwood (even down to shooting the cameraman right at the end!) Gone With The West stars James Caan as Jud McGraw and Stephanie Powers as Little Moon with the pair teaming up in search of revenge.
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