The Deer Hunter is an expansive portrait of friendship in a Pennsylvania steel town, and of the effects of the Vietnam War. Led by the trio of Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken (who won a supporting actor Oscar), the first hour is dominated by an engrossing Russian Orthodox wedding and reception. When the drama moves overseas it switches from anthropologically realistic documentation of a community's rituals to highly controversial and still shocking Russian Roulette scenes, symbolising the random horror of war. Unforgettable as they are, the Vietnam sequences occupy less than a third of the three-hour running time; defying movie convention The Deer Hunter is fundamentally a before-and-after ensemble character study anchored by De Niro's great performance. Although it was the first serious Hollywood feature to address the Vietnam War, the plausibility of some of the later plot developments raises awkward questions. But the film remains powerfully effective, its deliberate pace, naturalistic overlapping dialogue and unflinching seriousness marking it very much a product of the 1970s. With nine Oscar nominations and five wins, including Best Picture and Director, it's a cinematic landmark that stands the test time, almost incidentally setting Meryl Streep on the road to superstardom in her first leading role. On the DVD: The Deer Hunter: Special Edition has the film on the first disc with a serious yet amiable Region 2 exclusive discussion track between director Michael Cimino and critic SX Finnie. The picture is anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, and perfectly reproduces Vilmos Zsigmond's deliberately desaturated, necessarily grainy cinematography. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack clearly reveals the mono original, being largely focused on the centre speaker and while it does a good job, some of the choral music does sound harsh. Dialogue is sometimes indecipherable, but that's due to the naturalistic nature of the original sound recording and mixing. Disc 2 offers excellent new interviews with Jon Savage (15 mins), Vilmos Zsigmond (15 mins) and Michael Cimino (23 mins). Also included is the original trailer (anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1), a routine photo gallery and a DVD version of the original press brochure. There's no trace of the 40 minutes of deleted material referred to by Cimino, but this presentation is still an object lesson in how quality of extras triumphs over quantity. --Gary S Dalkin
The Long Island colonial house on the rivers edge seemed perfect. Quaint spacious and affordable it was just what George and Kathy Lutz had been looking for. But looks can be deceiving...and their new dream home soon becomes a hellish nightmare as the walls begin to drip blood and satanic forces haunt them with sheer unbridled evil. Now with their lives - and their souls - in danger the Lutz's must run as fast as they can from the home they once lived...or fall prey to its terri
Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
William Hurt and Kathleen Turner join Geena Davis in the bittersweet comedy about a travel writer's unlikely new romance. After the death of his son Macon Leary a travel writer seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife seems to be having trouble too and thinks it would be best if the two would just split up. After the break up Macon meets a strange outgoing woman who seems to bring him back down to earth. After starting a relationship with the outgoing woman Macon
The Only Way is Essex is back - and the second series is bursting with more drama, glamour, boob jobs and orange tans than the last!Find out what happened with Mark's turbulent love life - Could sexy Sam or sultry Lucy keep the lothario from settling down with long time love Lauren? What will sister Jess and mum Carole make of his decisions?We follow bubbly beautician Amy and cousin Harry as they introduce the definitive Essex spray chart, search for an assistant and go glamping!- OH SHUT UUUP!Having won over Lydia can loveable 'Arg' keep her when faced with Lyd's protective Mother Debbie? And what sort of advice can Kirk's dad give to the fiery club manager over his true feelings for girlfriend Lauren.It's not just the parents getting in on the act as we meet Joey Essex (yes, real name) who spends his days perfecting his walnut-whip and evenings wooing the ladies, his cousin, model Chloe and let's not forget Essex's number one car sales rep, wheeler-dealer Gemma All this served up with a healthy portion of national treasure Nanny Pat too! So don't miss out on the explosive second series and don't get jel - get watching. It's totally reem!
WARNING: This boxset contains flash cars, bling parties and false boobs. The tans you see might be fake but the people are real and it has all been boxed up purely for your entertainment.Finally it's here! The complete series 1 & 2 of the BAFTA Award winning hit show, The Only Way is Essex.I compare Essex to LA, we all live the same sort of lifestyle, we've got as much money, we've got the same tans and I think we're better looking as well. - Mark Wright.OH SHUT UUUP! Meet Mark and his long suffering on/off girlfriend Lauren as they struggle with their tempestuous relationship. Can Mark keep his roving eye and hands to himself when faced with sexy Sam and sultry Lucy.Follow bubbly beautician Amy and Cousin Harry as they introduce us to the Vajazzle, a definitive Essex spray chart and glamping!Join nightclub owner Kirk as he goes head to head with Mark while trying to steer his own way to true love. Cheer along loveable Arg as he pursues his ultimate love Lydia.And slip into the ridiculously tight shoes of Joey Essex as he and model cousin Chloe burst onto the scene.Don't miss out, don't get jel. Join them all and many more!For anything can happen in the only way is Essex. It's bursting with more, drama, tears, tantrums and sayings than a plate full of Nanny Pat's sausage plait - It's totally Reem!
Based on terrifying true events, The Amityville Horror tells the story of George and Kathy Lutz who believe they have found the perfect family home on the coast of Long Island. But the house has a shocking history and within its walls a demonic presence lies in wait that will turn the Lutz's lives into a living nightmare. Their only hope is to get out before it's too late!
Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George star in this remake of the classic supernatural chiller.
Welcome to world of Essex! In this glamorous reality series you will follow the lives of some of the most glittering characters Essex has to offer. Showing us their real lives; the tears the tantrums and the triumphs. You'll visit the hottest night spots drink the finest champagne cocktails and socialise with Essex's most sensational. There's Mark a self confessed Mr Essex and a serial womaniser. Lauren his on/off ex girlfriend who loves him one minute then can't stand him the next! Will they ever get back together? Meet Amy who dreams of becoming the next Jordan and landing a lucrative modelling contract whilst on the look out for Mr Right... Could that be night club promoter and Mark's business nemesis Kirk? Hang out with Amy's lovable cousin Harry and Sam her best friend and Mark's sometime love interest. Get to know Mark's sister Jess and her girl band Lola - will they ever get that recording deal they're after? Not forgetting the inspirational Nanny Pat with her home-cooked meals and infinite wisdom. Join these and all the other colourful Essex characters who will take you on a journey where a visit to the nail bar and tanning salon is as regular as visiting the supermarket for your weekly shop. The Only Way is Essex where it's all about the glitz glamour and Vajazzle - you'll be seriously jel!
Injected with an experimental drug the research chemist Ryan leaves a mysterious rural health farm and drives to the outer city suburb of Homesville. As Ryan's body starts to deteriorate and his driving becomes more erratic a cruising police car starts to chase him. Charging towards a group of houses in Pebble Court Ryan leaves a cryptic message on his dicataphone: 'The first phase is hallucination. The second phase is glandular. The third phase is...' Before he can finish the sent
Comedy about Carnelle (Hunter) a sexually-loose hellraiser who enters the Miss Firecracker contest in the very old-fashioned town where she was raised Yazoo City Mississippi. Carnelle's not the usual kind of contestant -- but her cousin is a famous winner -- and Carnelle's determined to equal her no matter what the obstacles.
A recent divorcee and mother of a four-year-old girl discovers true passion for the first time in her life after meeting a free-spirited artist. But shocking charges against the young woman could shatter her new love and force her to prove she is a good mother in this tale of social intolerance.
The story of a wacky librarian who impersonates a New York city policeman during a dance contest. When he unexpectedly wins the competition the fast paced comedy begins.
A juror in a murder trial after voting to convict has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution... An actress in a travelling theatre group is murdered and Diana Baring another member of the group is found suffering from amnesia standing by the body. Diana is tried and convicted of the murder but Sir John Menier a famous actor on the jury is convinced of her innocence. Sir John sets out to find the real murderer before Diana's death sentence is carried out....
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