"Raging Bull" is arguably the finest work from the Scorsese and De Niro partnership. De Niro gives an amazing portrayal of a man whose animal side lurks just beneath the surface, ever ready to erupt.
Rattle and Hum is not a film for anyone looking for an introduction to Irish band U2's career in the 1980s, but it is a vibrant portrait of an established group making its musical pilgrimage through the America it has always imagined, from blues and gospel to early rock 'n' roll. Filmmaker Phil Joanou (Heaven's Prisoners), a veteran music-video director and maker of the distractingly kinetic Three O'Clock High, finds a suitable outlet for his high energy in this juggernaut of a journey, which finds U2 collaborating with a black gospel choir and BB King, recording inside the legendary Sun Records studio, dropping by Graceland, and in a moment of fearlessness, performing the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" to exorcise Charles Manson's sick claim on the song. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
A battle of action and wits in a World War II prison camp where the Fuhrer's scheme for looting a treasure-laden island off Greece is under way. Prisoners of war labour under the eye of the camp's Austrian Commandment Major Otto Hecht as they dig up priceless Greek art. Zeno the island's resistance leader and his woman Eleana scheme to defeat the occupiers. Zeno and his men clash with the Germans to save the lives of condemned prisoners and try to locate a submarine oil supply dep
Filmmaker Julien Temple chronicles the life of the antiestablishment icon known to the world as Joe Strummer.
Eureka Entertainment to release TROLL: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, a celebration of one of the greatest bad movies ever made, on Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range from 8 October 2018. Featuring a Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase, with artwork designed by Devon Whitehead, and a collector's booklet featuring rare content. Embraced by a generation of bad movie fans, Troll 2 has become one of the most iconic cult films of its generation, and to this day regularly plays to sold-out theatres of adoring fans. Presented here alongside the first (and entirely unrelated) film, Troll, as well as Best Worst Movie, the definitive documentary on the film's unexpected resurgence as a cult favourite, Troll: The Complete Collection is a celebration of one of the most unusual success stories in movie history. Troll The Potter family (including future Law & Order star Michael Moriarty as Harry Potter) is about to find out there's no place like home when a troublesome troll starts taking over their building, transforming each apartment into an overgrown garden of ancient evil and turning tenants into a horde of hairy hobgoblins. Troll 2 After his family moves to the rural community of Nilbog (spoilers, it's goblin spelled backwards), a g-g-g-ghost warns young Joshua Waits that vegetarian goblins want to transform him and his family into plants and then eat them. Best Worst Movie An affectionate and intoxicatingly fun tribute to one of the greatest bad movies ever made, and the people responsible for unleashing it upon the world. Features: Limited Edition O Card slipcase featuring artwork by Devon Whitehead 1080p presentation of Troll, Troll 2 and for the first time ever on Blu-ray, Best Worst Movie. DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio on Troll and Best Worst Movie, with LPCM mono audio on Troll 2 Optional English SDH subtitles for Troll and Troll 2 The Making of Troll [50 mins]- featuring director John Carl Buechler, producer Charles Band, Writer Ed Naha, composer Richard Band and more Feature length audio commentary on Troll 2 with Actors George Hardy and Deborah Reed Best Worst Movie - over an hour of deleted scenes and interview footage not included in the final cut of the documentary Interview with Troll 2's Goblin Queen, Deborah Reed Screenwriting Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Michael Stephenson and George Hardy [audio only - 81 mins] Fan contributions Monstrous - Music Video by ECOMOG A limited edition collector's booklet featuring rare archival material
It's 1962 and Tracy Turnblad has the largest bouffant on the block. She also has all the right moves to be on the local dance show and win the crown of Miss Auto Show as well as the ex-steady of Amber the snooty reigning princess. But Amber is not too happy and has other plans for Tracy.
A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll.
Mafia thriller story of a man condemned to prison for murder where his coldblooded ruthlessness and brilliance earns him the nickname 'The Professor'. From his cell he sets out to take control of all the extortion rackets in Naples. The streets soon run red...
Be afraid... Be twice as afraid! Troll: When an evil troll named Torok attempts to bring about cataclysmic changes that will forever erase mankind an ancient sorceress and a young boy join forces to stop him before he can carry out his diabolical plan. Troll II: Trolls live in the woods around Nibog and feed on the town's population. By transforming themselves into people the trolls are able to come into town and pick their menu. This summer their prey is the Waits
Analyze That has more bada bing than its lukewarm box office reception would lead you to expect. Analyze This (1999) had the advantage of a then-fresh idea--Robert De Niro as a neurotic mob boss seeking therapy with reluctant shrink Billy Crystal--but that idea's stale (and has been handled more authentically in The Sopranos), so this sequel relies on established chemistry and zesty dialogue that matches the original. There's nothing wrong with a retread when it's this funny, and De Niro's latter-day penchant for comedy suits him well when, as kingpin Paul Vitti, he lures Dr Sobel (Crystal) into a prison breakout scheme involving faked catatonia and West Side Story show tunes. The contrived plot involves Vitti's criminal comeback. Unfortunately, there's little room for Lisa Kudrow as Sobel's sarcastic wife, but De Niro's Raging Bull co-star Cathy Moriarty-Gentile is welcomed as a rival mob queen. You want a comedy masterpiece? Fuhgeddaboudit. You want 95 minutes of easy fun? It's right here... and don't miss those obligatory outtakes. --Jeff Shannon
Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal return in this comedy sequel as a gangland boss and his put upon psychiatrist.
Located alongside the Tennessee River Muscle Shoals Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger Keith Richards Percy Sledge Gregg Allman Clarence Carter Etta James Alicia Keys Bono and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism mystery and why it remains influential today.
Though most of the stars got back together for Airplane II: The Sequel, the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team passed the torch to new writer-director Ken Finkleman, who manages to reprise the style of the original quite well but is, as perhaps expected, more or less one-third as funny. The premise, alarmingly similar to the dead-straight contemporary Starflight One, is that the first commercial passenger shuttle to the moon has 2001-style computer hassles en route and finds itself headed straight through an asteroid belt into the sun. Cracked-up test pilot Robert Hays and promoted-from-stewardess technical expert Julie Hagerty have to save the day, despite panicking passengers, inept ground staff, complicated trauma flashbacks, deadpan one-liners and deliberately dodgy special effects. Leslie Nielsen is glimpsed only in footage from Airplane that sets up an extended slapping-the-hysterical-passenger gag redone (into the ground) here, but Lloyd Bridges and Stephen Stucker return as the overly-intense airport crisis controller and his happy-go-lucky gay sidekick. There are sterling cameos in the patented agonisingly serious mode from Raymond Burr (a judge), Chuck Connors (cigar-tossing fire chief), William Shatner (who gets the best sight gag) and Sonny Bono (impotent mad bomber). Back in the early 80s, it was still possible to do mild gags about paedophilia (not only Graves's chumminess with the cute kid who visits the cockpit, but also the priest looking at the centrefold of Altar Boy magazine) but aside from some incidental naked breasts, the humour is a touch cleaner than in the first film. Hays and Hagerty are better than the material, and it's all over swiftly enough--the film clocks in at 75 minutes before the slow, padded end credits--to avoid wearing out your patience. The end title promises an Airplane III, but we're still waiting. The 1.78:1 widescreen ratio of the DVD allows you to see gags in the corners of the frame that would be cropped in a full-screen transfer. --Kim Newman
In a career that's approaching four history-making decades..In an artist creative enough to succeed in every entertainment medium including: A successful singing career with hits in the 60's 70's 80's and 90's Two Top Ten - rated television shows A critically acclaimed appearance on the Broadway stage A succession of hit films including an Academy Award for ""Best Actress"". For all this and so much more Cher has given us reason to believe. With the incredible success of Beli
U2 live in concert September 1st 2001 at Slane Castle Co. Meath. Tracklist: Elevation Beautiful Day Until The End Of The World New Year's Day Out Of Control Sunday Bloody Sunday Wake Up Dead Man Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of Kite Angel Of Harlem Desire Staring At The Sun All I Want Is You Where The Streets Have No Name Pride (In The Name Of Love) Bullet The Blue Sky With Or Without You One Walk On.
Unavailable at all for nearly three decades, then issued in a VHS edition in 1996, the Rolling Stones' legendary Rock and Roll Circus finally gets the full treatment with this DVD release documenting the 1968 event. The Stones were reportedly unhappy with their performance (hence the long delay), and it isn't their finest moment; performing "Jumping Jack Flash" and a variety of songs from their then-new Beggars Banquet album, Keith Richards is game, but Jagger's preening (especially on "Sympathy for the Devil") is over the top, and guitarist Brian Jones looks dissolute and well on his way to his death the following year. A certain weirdness permeates some of the other musical acts as well: Jethro Tull lip-syncs unconvincingly, Taj Mahal and band were obliged to perform before the circus set was completed and the audience had arrived, and John Lennon's outing with impromptu supergroup the Dirty Mac (with Richards, Eric Clapton, and drummer Mitch Mitchell) is hampered by Yoko Ono's caterwauling, although their version of the Beatles' "Yer Blues" is cool. Still, the Who are brilliant, Marianne Faithfull is beautiful, the various circus acts are fun, and the crowd clearly loves it. The DVD comes with some fascinating bonus features, including three extra songs by Mahal, some lovely classical piano by Julius Katchen, and a "quad split-screen" version of "Yer Blues". Best of all are a new interview with the Who's Pete Townshend and the various commentary tracks added for the DVD--especially those by Tull's Ian Anderson, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and Stones Jagger, Richards, and Bill Wyman (who dryly attributes Jagger's reluctance to issue the show to his dissatisfaction with his own performance, not the band's). Flaws notwithstanding, this is a treat. --Sam Graham
This film documents the 1987 North American tour of the great rock band U2. Fresh with their success of their best selling album The Joshua Tree the band plays monster gigs. Along the way the band takes the opportunity in indulge in some special musical activities like playing with BB King and performing I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For with a famous church choir. All the while concert footage of the band's biggest hits on tour is featured while Bono speaks his mind on the problems of his homeland.
After the huge lavish spectacles of previous tours, U2 decided to tone things down a bit for Elevation, which accompanied their All That You Can't Leave Behind album. Just as the album marked a return to a simpler more stripped-down sound, so the live shows did away with the glitter-ball lemons and huge stadiums, returning to smaller venues and all-together more intimate shows. From the small stage with its heart-shaped walkway, and a minimum of special effects, the emphasis is on the music, and from start to finish Elevation provides a welcome reminder of what a great band U2 are. Recorded in Boston, the show features a healthy mixture of new and old tracks, which--considering they were written over the course of two decades--sound as fresh and relevant as ever. From classics such as "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Will Follow" right up to instant favourites such as "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation", every track is stunningly executed. If you saw the concerts, this is a worthy lasting souvenir, if you didn't, watch this recording and you'll be kicking yourself that you didn't go. On the DVD: With the full concert on the first disc, the second one contains a wealth of superb extras. For starters there's the "Another Perspective", which enables you to watch the concert from alternative points of view--the "Fancam" (from the heart of the crowd ensconced within the heart-shaped walkway) and the "Directorcam" (from the production office where director Hamish Hamilton creates his masterpiece). There's also a Road Movie, which gives a time-lapse photography look behind the scenes of a day on the road, and an insight into how to turn an empty, cold impersonal indoor arena into an intimate, spectacular concert venue. It also includes some alternative live takes of some of the key tracks from the album, including a fantastic performance of "Beautiful Day" from the rooftops of Dublin. With the concert offered in a choice of sound ratios (Dolby 5.1, PCM Stereo) the songs sound even greater. As concert DVDs go, Elevation is a definite benchmark. --Helen Marquis
At the dawn of the 90s, tensions in the U2 camp were fraught. The band fought about the direction they should take for their next project having received some harsh criticism for the backward looking Rattle & Hum a couple of years before. Bono & Edge were keen to tap into Alternative Dance Music and European Industrial landscapes while Mullen and Clayton wanted to continue with the sound that had assured their success for more than a decade already. When solutions were not readily forthcoming, the band even considered splitting up. But a communal belief in the power of the group to overcome such obstacles bought U2 back from this lowest of ebbs, the result of these discrepancies allowed U2 to offer up the strongest statement they had made to date. Changing the entire musical background in which they existed - it may be unfashionable to suggest now, but without this pivotal album laying a fair bit of groundwork for alternative music generally, it would be doubtful if the likes of Radiohead and Coldplay would have achieved quite so much - U2 had triumphed. Recognised today as one of the greatest albums ever produced, the first film in this two disc set looks back at the development, production, reception and aftermath of Achtung Baby and features interviews with the band and those closest to them, plus a host of other features making this programme the finest document yet to chart the album that saved U2 from extinction But this most classic of albums did nothing if not pave the way for what came in its wake, and disc two in the set covers the post-Achtung era - follow up projects, as well as their arrival in the second millennium. Over three hours in length across two discs, completed in digi-style packaging, this visual celebration of 20 years of Achtung Baby will remain the ultimate tribute to a modern classic.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, joined by Bono, Eric Clapton, Bruce Willis, Ringo Starr and many others, including appearances by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and President Obama. In this movie, the legendary B.B. King opens his heart to Director Jon Brewer and tells the story of how an oppressed and somewhat orphaned youth came to influence and earn the unmitigated praise of the music industry to carry the title, 'King of the Blues'.
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