The Santa Clause: It's the night before Christmas when toy salesman Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) finds himself in an awkward predicament. The real Santa Claus has fallen off his roof and his ""emergency card"" instructs Scott to take his place. But by putting on the Santa suit Scott unknowingly accepts all the responsibilities of the rosy-cheeked legend. With his young son by his side Scott starts a comical new life of weight gain beard growth narrow chimneys and elves with attitude! The Santa Clause 2: Santa's got problems and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son Charlie has landed on this year's ""naughty"" list. Desperate to help his son Scott heads back home leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole. But when the substitute redefines naughty and nice putting Christmas at risk it's up to Scott to return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas! The Santa Clause 3:Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin-aka Santa as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short) whose chilling Santa envy has him trying to take over the ""big guy's"" holiday. At the risk of giving away its secret location Scott invites his in-laws Sylvia and Bud Newman (Ann-Margret and Alan Arkin) to the North Pole to share in the holiday festivities and be near their daughter Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell)-aka Mrs. Claus- as she prepares for the eagerly anticipated birth of baby Claus.
A group of unlikely traveling companions find themselves on the same stagecoach to Cheyenne. They include a drunken doctor, a bar girl who's been thrown out of town, a professional gambler, a traveling liquor salesman, a banker who has decided to embezzle money, a gunslinger out for revenge and a young woman going to join her army captain husband. All have secrets but when they are set upon by an Indian war party and then a family of outlaws, they find they must all work together if they are to stay alive.
A magician's assistant Corky performs disastrously at his first solo appearance. He is given a ventriloquist dummy called Fats to improve his act and within a few years Corky is at the height of fame. However Fats has developed a mind of his own and wants to control his master.
Lots of laughs and great songs have made this alltime favourite based on the hit Broadway show one of the most memorable musicals of all time. When rock star and teenage heartthrob Conrad Birdie gets drafted, the nation's teenagers go haywire and Conrad's songwriter, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), faces unemployment. So Albert and his girlfriend (Janet Leigh) organize a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss from Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim McAfee (AnnMargret) turns out to be the lucky teenager and Conrad's whole entourage moves into her quiet, Midwestern home much to the chagrin of her everirritable father (Paul Lynde) and her jealous boyfriend (Bobby Rydell). The result is chaos and a series of hilarious romantic complications.
In this comedy-western Kirk Douglas plays Cactus Jack Slade the worst badman in the West who has his beady eyes on a gold mine strongbox. Whenever he finds himself faced with a few hurdles he consults a book called 'How To Be A Badman' and he'll need it too to overcome the owner of the strongbox the feisty Charming Jones (Ann-Margret) and her huge helper (Schwarzenegger) known only as Handsome Stranger...
If you've ever wanted to hear Jack Nicholson sing or marvel at the sight of Ann-Margret drunkenly cavorting in a cascade of baked beans, Tommy is the movie you've been waiting for. The Who's brilliant rock opera is sublimely matched by director Ken Russell's penchant for cinematic excess during the peak of his filmmaking audacity. Tommy revolves around the 'deaf, dumb, and blind kid' (Roger Daltrey) who survives the childhood trauma that stole his senses to become a Pinball Wizard in Pete Townshend's grandiose attack on the hypocrisy of organised religion. Tommy's odyssey is rendered through wall-to-wall music, from the bloodstream shock of Tina Turner to Elton John's towering rendition of 'Pinball Wizard' and Daltrey's epiphanous rendition of 'I'm Free'. Other star performers include Eric Clapton and the Who's drummer Keith Moon in this classic of creative rock cinema.
Even by the standards of a genre not characterised by restraint, the 1974 rock opera Tommy is endearingly barmy, a bizarre combination of Pete Townshend's disturbed inspiration and director Ken Russell's wildly eccentric vision. Even if you gamely try and read allegorical meaning into it, the story is frankly odd: a child becomes psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing the murder of his father by his stepdad and goes on to become rich and famous as the world pinball champion (since when was pinball a world-class competitor sport?), before setting himself up as a latter-day messiah. It's about the travails of the post-war generation, the disaffection of youth, the trauma of childhood abuse, the sham nature of new-age cults, and many other things besides. At least, that's what Townshend and Russell would have you believe. But what's really important is the many wonderful, utterly bonkers set-pieces--effectively a string of pop videos--that occur along the way, performed by great guest stars: Tina Turner as the Acid Queen, Eric Clapton as the Preacher, Keith Moon as Uncle Ernie, Elton John's mighty rendition of "Pinball Wizard", even Jack Nicholson doing a turn as a suave specialist. Roger Daltrey is iconic in his signature role, and Oliver Reed makes up for a complete inability to sing with a bravura performance as his sleazy stepdad, but best of all is Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora: her charismatic presence holds the loose narrative together and she richly deserved her Academy Award nomination; the sight of her in a nylon cat suit being drenched in baked beans and chocolate from an exploding TV set is worth the price of admission alone. On the DVD: Tommy comes to DVD in a two-disc set, with the feature on disc one accompanied by three audio tracks: Dolby Stereo or 5.1 surround, as well as the original "Quintaphonic" surround mix--a unique experience with effectively two pairs of stereo tracks plus a centre track for the vocals. The anamorphic picture adequately recreates the original theatrical ratio. The second disc has a series of lengthy and illuminating new interviews with the main (surviving) players: Townshend, Russell, Daltrey and Ann-Margret, in which we learn among other things, that Daltrey wasn't Townshend's first choice for the role, that Stevie Wonder was the original preference for the Pinball Wizard, and that Ken Russell had never heard of any of these rock stars before agreeing to helm the movie. There's also a feature on the original sound mix and its restoration for DVD. All in all, a satisfying package for fans of one of the daftest chapters in the annals of rock music. --Mark Walker
A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart. Features Screenwriting for Dummies: William Goldman interview Archive Anthony Hopkins interview Victor Kemper: Cinematographer Ann-Margret make-up test Fats and Friends: a history of ventriloquism with the film's consultant Anthony Hopkins archive radio interview Trailer, TV Spots, Radio Spots
One of the most controversial movies of its time this thought-provoking (Leonard Maltin) comedy-drama from legendary director Mike Nichols is a funny yet poignant look at relationships as seen through the eyes of two friends over a 20-year period. Superbly crafted by playwright Jules Feiffer Carnal Knowledge is brimming with touching insights sexy banter and powerful performances by three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson Ann-Margaret Candice Bergen and pop music icon Arthur Garfunkel. Jonathan (Nicholson) and Sandy (Garfunkel) are college roommates who share an endless fascination - and obsession - with women. As time goes by their relentless pursuit for the joys of the flesh becomes more competitive. And more damaging. Soon Jonathan and Sandy's lives become a vicious circle of girls booze and unfulfillment and they realize only too late that in the war of the sexes they are their own worst enemy...
Finally on Blu-ray! Ken Russell's cinematic telling of The Who's psychedelic rock opera about a deaf dumb and blind kid. Roger Daltrey Oliver Reed Elton John Ann-Margaret Eric Clapton Keith Moon Jack Nicholson and Tina Turner star! Special Features: Audio Commentary with Ken Russell and Mark Kermode Ken Russell on Tommy Pete Townshend Interview Roger Daltrey Interview Ann-Margret Spills the Beans The Story of the Sound Theatrical Trailer
Queen Latifah plays the speed demon driver of a tricked out New York taxi forced to team-up with undercover cop Jimmy Fallon, who's on the trail of some deadly Brazilian bank robbers.
Impoverished Broadway peddler ""Apple Annie"" (Bette Davis) has a problem. Her daughter Louise (Ann-Margret) educated abroad since infancy is coming for a visit and bringing her wealthy fianc with her. The problem is that Louise has believed all her life that Annie's a wealthy dowager and the poor old woman doesn't know what to do! Enter ""Dave The Dude"" (Glenn Ford) - a big-hearted racketeer - who enlists aid to pass Annie off as a high-society grande dame so Louise can marry her fa
The returning soldier is amnesia victim Alan Bates, who remembers nothing of his life before suffering shell-shock, not even his long-term marriage to snooty Julie Christie. Spinsterish Ann-Margret, who has long harbored a fondness for Bates, hopes to take advantage of his memory loss.
Lucky Jackson is a Vegas gambling car racing singing and dancing ladies man. But all does not go the way he plans when he finds himself distracted by the lovely pool manageress...
Ken Russell's flamboyant treatment of The Who's rock opera about a deaf dumb and blind boy who develops an extraordinary ability at pinball. Under his sinister stepfather's influence he achieves fame and a cult following but his almost messianic status also spells the beginning of his destruction... Featuring musical contributions from a host of rock stars including Elton John Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.
HIS WIFE. HIS MISTRESS. HIS CAREER. A DEADLY TRAP. In 1986, John Frankenheimer the director of The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds and French Connection II made the unlikely career move of working with schlockmeisters Cannon Films. Adapting Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name, 52 Pick-Up's union brought about the perfect blend of high calibre thrills and Cannon-grade trash. Roy Scheider (Jaws, Cohen and Tate) plays a successful businessman whose life quickly falls apart when a compromising videotape of him and his mistress (Kelly Preston) becomes a tool for blackmail. Unable to go to the police without compromising the political career of his wife (Ann-Margret), he must take things into his own hands and delve into a world of drugs, sleaze, pornography and snuff. Co-starring Prince protÃ©gÃ© Vanity and John Glover (who was described as the best, most reprehensible villain of the year by Roger Ebert), and featuring a host of cameos from the stars of the Silver Age of Porn', 52 Pick-Up has been described by Leonard as his favourite big-screen adaptation of his works. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by critics Glenn Kenny and Doug Brod recorded exclusively for this release Hardcore Cameos, a guide to the many cameo appearances by pornographic actors in 52 Pick-Up Theatrical trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist First pressing only: Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by the Badlands Collective
It's pretty tough to beat Jailhouse Rock in terms of sheer entertainment, but Elvis lovers are particularly fond of this 1964 hit. The Big E plays race-car driver Lucky Jackson, who arrives in Las Vegas for an upcoming Grand Prix race. Lucky's car needs a new engine, so he gets a waiter job at a casino and starts working his crooning charms on Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret). It's their on-screen chemistry that makes this flick a lot of fun; Presley never had a better co-star than Ann-Margret, and their race-car romance is quintessential 1960s fluff. Then there are the songs, of course, including the snappy title tune, a rockin' rendition of Ray Charles's "What'd I Say?" and "The Yellow Rose of Texas". Viva Las Vegas is one of the Elvis movies that stands the test of time, when the legend was still at his peak. --Jeff Shannon
UK Release 5-Disc DVD Set (Tom Horn / The Towering Inferno / Bullitt / The Cincinnati Kid / Never So Few) - TOM HORN: The saga of Tom Horn - areal-life "enforcer" of Old West days - held a particular fascination for another legend. Hollywood icon Steve McQueen starred in and executive produced what would be his next-to-last movie, a gritty, exciting recreation of Horn's latter-day career in a turn-of-the-century West where gentler ways supplanted the law of the gun - and Horn would be an unwitting victim of that change. THE TOWERING INFERNO: The world's tallest building is skyscraping testimony to ingenuity and innovation. In the hands of "Master of Disaster" film producer Irwin Allen ("The Poseidon Adventure"), it's also the world's tallest matchstick. An all-star cast gathers for this tall story of lofty dimensions: eight Academy Award nominations and three Oscars. On the night of the building's dedication, fire erupts, trapping people on the upper floors... and igniting multiple tales of heroism and loss involving a firefighter (Steve McQueen), an architect (Paul Newman) and others caught in the steel-and-glass inferno (including William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire and Jennifer Jones). With Star power, pyrotechnics and suspense in abundance, THE TOWERING INFERNO sizzled at box offices worldwide. BULLTIT: Detective Frank Bullitt's new assignment seems routine: protecting a star witness for an important trial. But before the night is out, the witness lies dying, and the cool, no-nonsense Bullitt (Steve McQueen) won't rest until the shooters - and the kingpin pulling their strings - are nailed. From opening shot to closing shootout, BULLITT crackles with authenticity: on location San Francisco filming, crisp dialogue and to-the-letter police, hospital and morgue prodcedures. An Oscar winner for Best Film Editing (1968), this razor-edged thriller features one of cinema history's most memorable car chases. Buckle up... and brace for unbeatable action.
The Tenth Kingdom, an epic 10-hour miniseries from the Emmy-winning screenwriter of Gulliver s Travels, was a ratings failure when broadcast on US television, but on video and DVD, where it can be enjoyed at ones leisure, it has a better chance to cast its magical spell. Kimberly Williams has never been more enchanting than as Virginia, a waitress who still lives with her janitor father (John Larroquette) and yearns for something exciting to happen to her. Her wish comes true when she and her father are transported from New York City into a dimension that, with apologies to Rod Serling, can only be called the "Fairy Tale Zone"; nine kingdoms populated by characters from fairy tales of yore. They team up with a dog whos really a prince--Wendell, grandson of Snow White--changed into canine form by the evil Queen (Dianne Wiest), who plots to usurp Wendells throne. Father, daughter, and his royal dogness are relentlessly pursued through the nine kingdoms by the Troll King (Ed ONeill) and his three bumbling and horrible children, and the conflicted Wolf (Scott Cohen), who is allied with the Queen but, with the aid of some Oprah-esque self-help books, tames his inner beast and falls in love with Virginia. The Tenth Kingdom is also a special effects extravaganza. There is indeed, as one character marvels, "magic to behold". But despite the Hallmark brand name and the presence of a grown-up Snow White (Camryn Manheim) and Cinderella (Ann-Margret), bewitched animals, magic mirrors and trolls, this is not kids stuff. It can get scary, surprisingly violent and quite intense, just like real fairy tales. --Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com
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