Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Upon his return to his native India and fed up with the unjust political system he joins the Indian Congress Party which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his ""subversive"" activities land him in jail masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives so the crown responds by slaughtering 1 500 Indians. Enraged the ascetic spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.
The long-awaited DVD premiere of this influential science-fiction series which was first broadcast on BBC1 in early 1975. Well remembered for its unsettling depiction of a society in meltdown The Changes paved the way for the likes of Survivors and Day of the Triffids. When a strange noise is emitted from machinery and electricity pylons previously placid and easy-going folk turn violently against the technology that surrounds them - ruthlessly attacking radios TVs and other domestic appliances. In the devastating aftermath young Nicky Gore (Victoria Williams) is separated from her parents but finds a surrogate home with a group of Sikhs. But they soon are dubbed 'The Devil's Children' by superstitious locals and Nicky is accused of sorcery by a witchfinder. In grave danger she is forced to find a way to escape find her parents and uncover what caused the world to become so unbalanced. This highly acclaimed series was adapted from Peter Dickinson's best-selling trilogy by Anna Home (who would later become chief executive of the Children's Film and Television Foundation) and features music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Paddy Kingsland (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Its gritty depiction of a near-apocalyptic world and its integration of Sikh characters make it as progressive and fascinating now as it was when it was first broadcast. Episodes Comprise: The Noise The Bad Wires The Devil's Children Hostages! Witchcraft! A Pile of Stones Heartsease Lightning! The Quarry The Cavern
The only piece of British soil to be occupied by the Germans during World War II the Channel Islands are the setting for Enemy at the Door - a gripping and sometimes harrowing account of the Islanders living under German rule.
George Lazenby made his first and only appearance as James Bond in this the unheralded gem of the franchise. With an incredibly affecting denouement and one of John Barry's finest scores OHMSS would show a different side to Bond and open up the character to different approaches in the future. Agent 007 (George Lazenby) and the adventurous Tracy Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) join forces to battle the evil Spectre organization in the treacherous Swiss Alps. But the group's powerful leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) is launching his most calamitous scheme yet: a germ warfare plot that could kill millions!
Australian model George Lazenby took up the mantle of the world's most suave secret agent when Sean Connery retired as James Bond--prematurely, it turned out. Connery returned in Diamonds Are Forever before leaving the role to Roger Moore, and Lazenby's subsequent career fizzled, yet this one-hit wonder is responsible for one of the best Bond films. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 007 leaves the Service to privately pursue his SPECTRE nemesis Blofeld (played this time by Telly Savalas), whose latest master plan threatens the world's crops with agricultural sterilisation. Bond teams up with smooth international crime-lord Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti) and falls in love with--and marries--his elegant daughter, Tracy (Diana Rigg). Bond monogamous? Not at first; after all he has Blofeld's harem to seduce. Lazenby hasn't the intensity of Connery but he has fun with his quips and even lampoons the Bond image in a playful pre-credits sequence. Rigg, fresh from playing sexy Emma Peel in The Avengers, matches 007 in every way. Former editor Peter Hunt makes a strong directorial debut, deftly handling the elaborate action sequences with a kinetic finesse and a dash of humour. Though not a hit on its original release, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has become a fan favourite and the closest the series has come to capturing the spirit of Ian Fleming's books. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com -- On the DVD: Affable and intelligent director Peter Hunt explains his ambition to take the series back to the original spirit of Fleming's books with this instalment. Out of all the Bond DVDs, his commentary track--interspliced with comments from other cast and crew members--is one of the most entertaining and informative as he chuckles over some of his more felicitous touches. Although sadly Diana Rigg is absent from the "making of" featurette, an older and wiser George Lazenby reveals how he acquired one of Connery's suits and went to the same barber in order to make himself look credible for the part. Hunt and others are disarmingly frank about how Lazenby's arrogance on set won him few friends. The late lamented Desmond Llewelyn, who played the boffin "Q", presents an amusing guide to the greatest gadgets of the series and explains how he can barely work a can opener in real life. The rest of the technical features are all present and correct and up to this series' usual high standards. --Leslie Felperin
This near two-hour Granada Television production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan Doyle's most popular Sherlock Holmes tale, stars series regular Jeremy Brett as the Baker Street detective and Edward Hardwicke as his close ally, Dr John Watson. A thrilling blend of detective yarn and Gothic horror, the tale concerns the apparent return of an old curse upon the Baskerville family in the terrifying form of a gigantic killer hound. Fans of Hardwicke get an opportunity to see his Watson on a solo mission for part of this story, though Brett--easily the best of all screen actors to play the sleuth--is never far from the narrative. The supporting cast is very good, and the beast itself, revealed in a famously terrifying finale, is indeed a spooky revelation. --Tom Keogh
Featuring a score by Elmer Bernstein unique opening credits by Bond optical effects veteran Maurice Binder and gritty performances by Roger Moore and Ray Milland 'Gold' is a superb adaptation of Wilbur Smith's acclaimed novel concerning a group of greed-driven businessmen conspiring to flood a South African gold mine... ....spectacular underground sequences and a rousing finale - Halliwell's Film And Video Guide 1999.
It's 1942 and the Channel Islands are still held tightly in the Germans' grip. Dr. Martel is currently serving a term of imprisonment in France and his family are finding it hard to get along without him as are the Germans who cannot get along with his replacement on the Civilian Controlling Committee.
The only piece of British soil to be occupied by the Germans during World War II the Channel Islands are the setting for Enemy at the Door - a gripping and sometimes harrowing account of the Islanders living under German rule. The series starred Alfred Burke as Major Richter Bernard Horsfall as Dr. Philip Martel and Simon Cadell as SS Hauptsturmfhrer Reinicke. Episodes Comprise: By Order of the Fuhrer The Librarian After The Ball Steel Hand from the Sea The Laws and Usages of War V for Victory The Polish Affaire Officers of the Law Jerry Bag Treason Pains and Penalties The Prussian Officer The Judgement of Solomon
Enemy At The Door is set during World War II in German-occupied Channel Islands and describes the relationship between the German conquerers and the English natives. Episodes Comprise: 1. By Order Of The Fuhrer 2. The Librarian 3. After The Ball 4. Steel Hand From The Sea 5. The Laws And Usages Of War 6. 'V' For Victory 7. The Polish Affaire 8. Officers Of The Law 9. The Jerrybag 10. Treason 11. Pains And Penalties 12. The Prussian Officer 13. Judgment Of Solomon
Fight and you may die run and you'll live... at least for a while. And dying in your beds many years from now would you be willin' to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they'll never take... our freedom! Mel Gibson directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning epic based on the life of legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero William Wallace. Returning to his homeland following the death of an heirless king Wallace (Mel Gibson) finds the political landscape precarious. Edward the Longshanks King of England (Patrick McGoohan) has captured Scotland's throne and threatens the freedom of all Scottish people as tyrannical policies instituted by the English plague the Scots. Initially Wallace is content to stand by the wayside yearning for the simple life of building a home and raising a family. However when the woman he loves (Catherine McCormack) suffers a cruel fate at the hands of English soldiers Wallace takes a stand against the new rule. With his fierce patriotism and determination he gathers an amateur but passionately rebellious army
A box set featuring: 'Gold' based on the novel by Wilbur Smith and the story of a group of businessmen who decide to flood a gold mine in South Africa. 'Call Of The Wild' Jack London's classic tale of the Klondike Gold Rush as we follow the lives of the dog Buck and his master John Thornton. 'Treasure Island' Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young boy's search for buried treasure.
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