Murphy's Law says that anything that can go wrong will go wrong and that's just how tough cop Jack Murphy (Charles Bronson, Death Wish, 10 to Midnight) feels. His marriage is over, he's drinking too much and oh boy now he's the target of a psycho trying to frame him for murder one. But Bronson isn't licked that easily. Aided and abetted by street punk Arabella (Kathleen Wilhoite, Witchboard), he fights back: someone's going to learn the hard way that you don't [mess*] with Jack Murphy... Produced by the fabled Cannon Film factory, Murphy's Law is a one of the best late-period Bronson flicks, brought to you by the criminal masterminds at 88 Films. Extras: Brand New Commissioned Artwork by Graham Humphreys HD Transfer in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio Stereo DTS-HD MA Soundtrack Optional English SDH Subtitles Audio Commentary by Film Historian Nick Redman and actress Kathleen Wilhoite A Quick Survey of The Odd-Couple Handcuffed Together Subgenre - with Mike Malloy Original Theatrical Trailer
The so-called spaghetti Western achieved its apotheosis in Sergio Leone's magnificently mythic (and utterly outlandish) Once upon a Time in the West. After a series of international hits starring Clint Eastwood (from A Fistful of Dollars to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly), Leone outdid himself with this spectacular, larger-than-life, horse-operatic epic about how the West was won. (And make no mistake: this is the wide, wide West, folks--so the widescreen/letter-boxed version is strongly recommended.) The unholy trinity of Italian cinema--Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Dario Argento--concocted the story about a woman (Claudia Cardinale) hanging onto her land in hopes that the transcontinental railroad would reach her before a steely-eyed, black-hearted killer (Fonda) does. (The film's advertising slogan was: "There were three men in her life. One to take her ... one to love her ... and one to kill her.") Meanwhile, Leone shoots his stars' faces as if they were expansive Western landscapes, and their towering bodies as if they were looming rock formations in John Ford's Monument Valley. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com
Sergio Leone's masterpiece is restored and re-released, celebrating once again this epic, and definitive Western.
Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samurai was a natural for an American remake--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. Thus The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turns samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa's Yojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars). The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen. If that isn't enough to awaken the 12-year-old kid inside anyone, the unforgettable Elmer Bernstein music will do it: bum-bum-ba-bum, bum-ba-bum-ba-bum... Followed by three inferior sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride! --Robert Horton
The Great Escape image of Steve McQueen (as "The Cooler King") astride his motorcycle has entered silver-screen iconography, alongside Brando on his bike from The Wild One. Based on a true story about a group of POWs who mount a daring breakout from a supposedly inescapable Nazi prison camp, this rousing and suspenseful World War II epic features an all-star cast, including James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and David McCallum. --Jim Emerson
Walter Hill's colourful directorial debut has quite a cult following for its toughness and violence, and it may well be his best film. Charles Bronson plays a silent street fighter in 1930s New Orleans, managed by the cool James Coburn. Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, and Michael McGuire co-star in this spare existential Depression dirge. It owes a lot to its noir origins that Hill adores so much, yet there's something very fresh and vital about its subject and approach. That's really what made so many of these films from the '70s so endearing. A bonus is the love and affection displayed by the real-life husband and wife team of Bronson and Ireland. --Bill Desowitz
The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turn samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa'sYojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars) and Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samuri was a natural for an American remake through this movie--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of 60s stardom: Steve McQueen, JamesCoburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen. If that isn't enough to awaken the 12-year-old kid inside anyone, the unforgettable Elmer Bernstein music will do it: bum-bum-ba-bum, bum-ba-bum-ba-bum... followed by three inferior sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride!--Robert Horton, Amazon.com
Eureka Entertainment to release BREAKHEART PASS, an exhilarating murder-mystery western starring Charles Bronson, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 14 May 2018. An action-packed mystery western based on the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean (The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles Dare), Breakheart Pass throws open the throttle for runaway excitement! At the height of the frontier era, a locomotive races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote Army post. But one by one, the passengers are being murdered. Their only hope is John Deakin (Charles Bronson, Hard Times, The Magnificent Seven), a mysterious prisoner-in-transit who must fight for his life and the lives of everyone on the train as he uncovers a deadly secret that explodes in a torrent of shocking revelations, explosive brawls, and blazing gun battles. With a rousing score by Jerry Goldsmith and a powerful supporting cast that includes Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show), Richard Crenna (First Blood) and Jill Ireland (Hard Times), Eureka Classics is proud to present Breakheart Pass for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Dual Format edition. Features: 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encoding on the DVD Uncompressed LPCM audio (on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing A new video interview with critic and author Kim Newman Original theatrical trailer
Death WishIn this explosive story of revenge and urban violence Charles Bronson plays Paul Kersey a bleeding-heart liberal who has a change of opinion after his wife and daughter are violently attacked by a gang of thugs in their apartment. His daughter is raped and his wife is raped and murdered. Bronson then turns vigilante as he stalks the mean streets of New York on the prowl for muggers hoodlums and the like. Death Wish is a violent controversial film that is frank and original in its treatment of urban crime and the average citizen's helplessness in dealing with it. Herbie Hancock wrote the musical score and Jeff Goldblum makes his big screen debut as one of the thugs. Death Wish 2Paul Kersey is trying to pick up the pieces of his life in Los Angeles California. His architectural business is successful he has a new girlfriend and although his daughter hasn't recovered from the trauma of her assault she's slowly becoming happier and learning to speak again. But peace is not destined to last and Kersey soon finds himself the victim of a petty crime when some street punks swipe his wallet but this is only a light premonition of things to come. Not satisfied with the wallets contents decides to escalate their crime to a home invasion. They break into Kersey's home and when he tries to retaliate Kersey is viciously beaten and his maid is kicked to death. The punks kidnap his daughter and bring her to their hideout where they rape her thereby causing her to commit suicide. Now Kersey has lost all faith in the justice system and offers no co-operation with local law enforcement. He has plans of his own for each of the thugs that assaulted his family...plans that include their premature deaths. The UK version is based on the unrated version but was censored approx. 3 mins. by the BBFC. Death Wish 3He's Judge Jury and Executioner! Paul Kersey doesn't seek out violence. It just seems to find him. But when it does... he's not about to back down! Charles Bronson brings out the heavy artillery in this gun-blazing no-holds-barred thriller! Road-worn and battle-weary Kersey longs to leave his fighting days behind him. But when he arrives in New York to visit an old friend he finds him brutally attacked and gasping for breath in a pool of blood! Now the silent avenger must wage war once more on the city's punks thugs and hoodlums. But this time he's brought a small arsenal of guns knives - and even a bazooka - to help him! Death Wish 4: The CrackdownArchitect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend's daughter dies from an overdose. Death Wish 5: The Face of DeathNew York's garment district has turns into Dodge City when mobster Tommy O'Shea muscles in on the fashion trade of his ex-wife Olivia Regent. Olivia is engaged to Paul Kersey who provides a sense of security for herself and her daughter Chelsea. Olivia isn't impressed when Tommy tortures her manager Big Al so Tommy hires an enforcer named Freddie Flakes who is a master of disguise. Freddie dons women's clothing to follow Olivia into a ladies' room where he smashes her face into a mirror causing permanent disfigurement. In the offices of D.A. Tony Hoyle and his associate Hector Vasquez Paul and Olivia vow to see to it that Tommy is prosecuted. Later Freddie and two of his men disguise themselves as cops infiltrate Olivia's apartment and shoot Olivia dead. Now Kersey is ready to take things into his own hands. Kersey follows Tommy's thug Chickie Paconi to the Paconi family bistro where Kersey kills Chickie by lacing his cannelloni with cyanide. Next Paul tricks Freddie out of his fortress-like home and blows him up with a rigged ball. After dispatching the corrupt Hector Vasquez with a gun concealed in a doll Kersey discovers that D.A. Hoyle is in cahoots with Tommy. Using Chelsea as bait Tommy lures Paul to Olivia's factory for a confrontation.
In 1943 the Germans opened Stalag Luft III a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so however the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen James Garner Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven) screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar) and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story The Great Escape is epic entertainment that captivates thrills and stirs (Variety).
One of several impressive westerns Charles Bronson made during his 1970s heyday, The Valdez Horses reunites the rugged star with celebrated director John Sturges, who he had previously collaborated with on the perennial classics The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. A surprisingly thoughtful film, The Valdez Horses sees Bronson play a half-breed rancher whose solitary life taming wild horses is upended when three people enter his life: a young runaway (Vincent Van Patten), a corrupt landowner (Marcel Bozzuffi, The French Connection), and his beautiful sister (Jill Ireland, Breakout, The Valachi Papers). Beautifully filmed in mountains of AlmerÃa, Spain, a quintessential Spaghetti Western location, Sturges' film contrasts fistfights and shootouts with considered characterisation and an unexpectedly melancholy tone. Extras High Definition remaster Original mono audio Two presentations of the film: with the original The Valdez Horses title sequence, and the alternative Italian title, Valdez, il mezzosangue Audio commentary with film historian Paul Talbot, author of Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish' Films and Bronson's Loose Again! (2021) New interview with make-up artist Giannetto De Rossi (2021) New interview with uncredited screenwriter Stephen Geller (2021) Alternative titles and credits Original theatrical trailer TV Spot Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Roberto Curti, an archival on-set report with contributions from Charles Branson, Jill Ireland, and John Sturges; interview extracts from Bronson and Ireland, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK Premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies EXTRAS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
The all time classic tale of a massive escape from a World War Two German Prisoner of War camp released as a two disc DVD set with a host of extra features.
Titles Comprise: The Magnificent Seven: Yul Brynner stars as one of seven master gunmen who aid the helpless farmers of an isolated village pitted against an army of marauding bandits in this rousing action tale based on Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. Released in 1960 John Sturges' masterpiece garnered an Oscar nomination for Elmer Bernstein (for Best Score) and launched the film careers of Steve McQueen Charles Bronson Robert Vaughn and James Coburn. The Big Country: The Big Country is big entertainment a magnificent Western spectacle of rival Texas cattle barons clashing violently over the water rights of the Big Muddy ranch. Gregory Peck stars as Jim McKay a sea captain who trades the expanse of the oceans for the open range of the West and grows to regret his choice. Charlton Heston is the menacing Steve Leech a rugged ranch foreman who loves the land and has a keen eye on McKay's beautiful fianc''e... The Long Riders: Jesse James and his gang of outlaws ride again in this extraordinary western that pulsates with hard-driving action and electrifying drama. Four sets of acclaimed actor brothers - Dennis and Randy Quaid. Stacy and James Keach Christopher and Nicholas Guest and Keith Robert and David Carradine - each depict real-life siblings in emotionally charged portrayals of the Old West's legendary bandits. The notorious James-Younger gang is the most famous group of outlaws in the country robbing banks trains and stage coaches with a sense of daring that makes them folk heroes throughout the land. But when the mighty Pinkerton detective agency swears to back them down these criminals must face an awesome enemy that will stop at nothing to see them behind bars... or dead! Only through the strength of their loyalty and blood ties can the outlaws hope to survive the brutal pursuits unexpected betrayals and blistering showdowns that mark the end of their dangerous ride.
Sergio Leone's monumental picture, here in its original form, ranks among his most admired achievements. In the dying days of the Old West, a struggle to control water in a dusty desert town embroils three hard-bitten gunmen in an epic clash of greed, honor and revenge.Henry Fonda stars in his most sinister role as Frank, a hired killer who ruthlessly slays an entire family. Jason Robards plays Cheyenne, an infamous bandit framed for the slaughter. And Charles Bronson is The Man, a mysterious loner determined to exact vengeance for a grudge he refuses to divulge. An infl uence on countless directors, Leone's masterpiece is considered among the greatest Westerns ever made.
Academy Award' winner Yul Brynner stars in the landmark western that launched the film careers of Steve McQueen Charles Bronson and James Coburn. Tired of being ravaged by an army of marauding bandits the residents of a small Mexican village seek help from seven American gunfighters. The only problem? It's seven against 50! Also featuring Eli Wallach and Robert Vaughn and set against Elmer Bernstein's Oscar' Nominated score director John Sturges' thrilling adventure belongs in any Blu-ray collection.
The last desperate fight that changed the course of history. Five months after D-Day most American soldiers think the German army is broken. The Germans think otherwise. In an attempt to buy time to fill the skies with their invincible new jets they launch one fast furious offensive: the Battle of the Bulge. For this epic recreation of one of World War II's most crucial confrontations director Ken Annakin (The Longest Day) captures the explosive action of massive f
Based on the disclosures of mobster Joe Valachi, as recounted in Peter Maas' best-selling biography and at a sensational congressional hearing, The Valachi Papers tells the story of one man's brutal journey through the ranks of the Cosa Nostra, and a betrayal that would reveal the secrets of the Mob to the world. Terence Young (From Russia with Love) skilfully renders the clandestine world of violent gangsters in this stylish European co-production which benefits from thrilling action, a no-nonsense central portrayal from Charles Bronson (Breakout), and impressive ensemble performances from Lino Ventura (The Medusa Touch), Joseph Wiseman (The Garment Jungle) and Jill Ireland (The Valdez Horses). Extras High Definition remaster Original English and Italian mono soundtracks Audio commentary with film historian Paul Talbot, author of Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish' Films and Bronson's Loose Again! (2021) New interview with make-up artist Giannetto De Rossi (2021) New interview with screenwriter Stephen Geller (2021) Valachi: The Violent Era (1972, 7 mins): archival making-of featurette with on-set interviews with Terence Young and Charles Bronson On-set Footage (1972, 2 mins): rare behind-the-scenes The Valachi Hearings (1963): selection of highlights from Joseph Valachi's testimony to Senator John L McClellan's congressional committee on organised crime Original theatrical trailer TV Spot Radio Spot Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for the English soundtrack Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Pasquale Iannone, newspaper reports on Joseph Valachi's criminal career, excerpts from the source book by Peter Maas, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK Premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies EXTRAS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
A train crossing the Rockies in 1873 is bringing relief to a diptheria-stricken fort when some unnatural deaths occur... Based on the book by Alistair MacLean.
Charles Bronson is a hero all the way as a rogue cop pursuing a deranged killer in this action-packed suspense thriller. Serving up vigilante justice as only he can. Bronson delivers one of his most riveting performances in this exceedingly well-made film. Bronson plays Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacey (Gene Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection from beautiful women into the ultimate revenge. When the legal system sets Stacey free, Kessler plants evidence to put him behind bars for good. But Kessler's plan backfires, leaving him with only one option: to hunt down Stacey on his own... before the crazed killer strikes again! Extras: Producing Bronson interview with producer Lance Hool (12:41) Remember Bronson interview with actor Robert F. Lyons (6:00) Knife and Death interview with actress Jeana Tomasina (6:55) Charlie's Partner interview with actor Andrew Stevens (10:46)
A model for dozens of action films to follow, this box-office hit from 1967 refined a die-hard formula that has become overly familiar, but it's rarely been handled better than it was in this action-packed World War II thriller. Lee Marvin is perfectly cast as a down-but-not-out army major who is offered a shot at personal and professional redemption. If he can successfully train and discipline a squad of army rejects, misfits, killers, prisoners, and psychopaths into a first-rate unit of specialised soldiers, they'll earn a second chance to make up for their woeful misdeeds. Of course, there's a catch: to obtain their pardons, Marvin's band of badmen must agree to a suicide mission that will parachute them into the danger zone of Nazi-occupied France. It's a hazardous path to glory, but the men have no other choice than to accept and regain their lost honor. What makes The Dirty Dozen special is its phenomenal cast including Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, Trini Lopez, Robert Ryan, and others. Cassavetes is the Oscar-nominated standout as one of Marvin's most rebellious yet heroic men, but it's the whole ensemble--combined with the hard-as-nails direction of Robert Aldrich--that makes this such a high-velocity crowd pleaser. The script by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller (from the novel by E.M. Nathanson) is strong enough to support the all-star lineup with ample humour and military grit, so if you're in need of a mainline jolt of testosterone, The Dirty Dozen is the movie for you. --Jeff Shannon
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