Murder by Decree has the distinction of being not only one of the best Sherlock Holmes films, but one of the best pastiches (i.e., a Holmes fiction created by someone other than author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) featuring the late-Victorian detective. Christopher Plummer is very good as Holmes, and James Mason redeems the many mishandled screen portrayals of Dr John Watson with a rare, insightful performance. The story may not be unique in post-Doyle Holmes adventures--the private investigator pursues Jack the Ripper during the latter's murderous reign in foggy London--but the script by John Hopkins (Thunderball) is keenly intelligent, developing concentric circles of power and evil with great subtlety. Before losing himself in Porky's, director Bob Clark did a masterful job of surprising audiences with Murder by Decree, convincing viewers they were watching one kind of drama but then unleashing something very different, very unsettling. --Tom Keogh
The story of a young writer who sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past, where true love awaits him. Young Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Years later, Richard Collier is overwhelmed by a photograph of a beautiful young woman (Jane Seymour). Another picture of this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the gold watch. Collier then becomes obsessed with returning to 1912 and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there. Extras: Timing it Right Cutting Together Somewhere in Time Interview with Jeff Gourson (Film Editor) 21 mins A Place in Time Kim Newman Remembers Somewhere in Time 31mins A Romantic Rendevouz with Allan Bryce (Editor of Infinity Magazine)
Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) is a talented young psychic who is frittering his gifts away betting on the ponies. That is, until he's coerced by his old pal and mentor Dr Paul Novotny (Max von Sydow) into taking part in a dream research project in which his psychic abilities make him indispensable. The project concerns "dreamlinking", whereby talented individuals like Alex hook up via electrodes and project themselves into some troubled subject's nightmares, in which they not only observe but participate in the dream, hopefully effecting some remedy. Alex is by nature a feckless guy, a charismatic scoundrel sporting a Cheshire cat's grin. But he warms easily to his new role as dream-dwelling psychotherapist, having a core of decency. Not so his nemesis, Tommy Ray Glatman (David Patrick Kelly), a dreamlink prodigy and pawn of Bob Blair (Christopher Plummer), who runs the research project for the government (he's described as the "head of covert intelligence"). Blair is worried about the President (Eddie Albert), whose nightmares of nuclear holocaust cause him to escalate disarmament talks with the Russians, much to Blair's dismay, being your basic evil, slick, smarmy covert kind of guy. Turns out Blair's real aim is to use the project to train dreamlink assassins, his star pupil being psycho Tommy Ray and his test case the President. Only Alex is there to stop them.Dreamscape is all business, with a well-structured screenplay that lays the groundwork for the film's many admirable performances. Kate Capshaw in particular is very dreamy as a research scientist and Dennis Quaid's love interest. And David Patrick Kelly is likely to become your worst nightmare, especially when he's the Snakeman, giving an often fantastical performance. But what you are most likely to remember from this wonderful thriller is the many vivid dream sequences, aptly surreal images from the troubled psyche. --Jim Gay
All The Money In The World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son's captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son's life in the balance, Gail and Getty's advisor become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
"The Last Station" is a love story set during the last year of the life and turbulent marriage of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and his wife the Countess Sofya.
This epic adventure is set amid the encounter of European and American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Settlement in 1607.
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Share the magical heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time - Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or merriment. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture this timeless cla
An intense drama of life and death amongst fighter pilots in World War I. A moving story of comradeship and bravery loneliness and fear from award winning director Jack Gold 'Aces High' contains some of the most magnificent aerial battles ever staged leading to a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography and Best Film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
The intrigue of the global oil industry is explored in this political thriller from writer/director Stephen Gaghan.
From before the nativity to the Crucifixion and Resurrection Jesus Of Nazareth brings to life all the majesty and sweeping drama of the Gospels. This extended version features an additional 2 hours of footage not seen before! Robert Powell plays Jesus and a star-studded international cast adds depth and humanity to the roles of the saints sinners and ordinary people who walked in the footsteps of the Lord. The film shows the setting and background for the birth childhood and many miracles of the Messiah culminating in the Divine Resurrection. Directed by Oscar nominee Franco Zeffirelli and acclaimed by critics and religious leaders worldwide Jesus Of Nazareth tells the greatest of all stories with tremendous emotion and splendour.
Romantic comedy starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. After his daughter (Marcia Gay Harden) persuades him to move into a new apartment, aged widower Fred (Plummer) strikes up a friendship with his eccentric 74-year-old neighbour Elsa (MacLaine), who convinces him it's never too late to keep enjoying life. Although he seemed resigned to a miserable bedridden existence, Frank embraces Elsa's youthful enthusiasm as she introduces him to the path of life and entertains him with outlandish stories about her past life. But when he discovers Elsa's terminally ill, Frank decides to accompany her on the trip of her dreams to the eternal city of Rome to help her fulfil a lifelong ambition.
Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth. The film doesn't skimp on some of the other landmark events of this famous story either. Director Franco Zeffirelli gives ample screen time each to the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Passages of the Bible are quoted verbatim, the locations have a Palestine-like authenticity, and, aside from some of the principals (Robert Powell as Jesus, Olivia Hussey as Mary, and Stacy Keach as Barabbas), many of the non-Roman characters are actually played by Semitic-looking actors. Zeffirelli diligently provides the socio-political background that gave rise to Jesus' following and the crisis in belief it caused for the people of Israel (and one or two Romans). --Kimberly Heinrichs, Amazon.com
See and hear The Sound of Music in a whole new way! A timeless cinematic treasure soars to new heights in this 45th anniversary edition. Digitally remastered for spectacular sound and pristine picture quality you've never seen or heard The Sound Of Music like this before! Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children.
Oliver Stone and Colin Farrell bring the legendary Macedonian leader Alexander to the big screen.
Oliver Stone and Colin Farrell bring the legendary Macedonian leader Alexander to the big screen.
A classic of the war genre, Aces High is based on R.C. Sheriff's 1929 London and Broadway stageplay and brings together the estimable talents of Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer and Simon Ward. Director Jack Gold's big-screen adaptation follows the story of a naive young officer (McDowell) in World War I, fresh out of school, who arrives on the Western Front, ready to join the airborne fight against the Germans.
With the return of director Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country restored the movie series to its classic blend of space opera, intelligent plotting and engaging interaction of stalwart heroes and menacing villains. Borrowing its subtitle (and several lines of dialogue) from Shakespeare, the movie finds Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his fellow Enterprise crew members on a diplomatic mission to negotiate peace with the revered Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner). When the high-ranking Klingon and several officers are ruthlessly murdered, blame is placed on Kirk and crew. The subsequent investigation, which sees Spock taking on the mantle of Sherlock Holmes (and even quoting some of the great detective's lines), uncovers an assassination plot masterminded by the nefarious Klingon General Chang (Christopher Plummer) in an effort to disrupt a historic peace summit. As this political plot unfolds Star Trek VI takes on a sharp-edged tone with Kirk and Spock confronting their opposing views of diplomacy and testing their bonds of loyalty when a Vulcan officer (Kim Cattrall) is revealed to be a traitor. With a dramatic depth befitting what was to be the final movie mission of the original Enterprise crew, this film took the veteran cast out in respectably high style, with the torch being passed to the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the following movie, Star Trek: Generations. --Jeff Shannon On the DVD: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a two-disc set with the main feature presented in anamorphic widescreen at the fascinating (as Mr Spock would say) ratio of 2.00:1. Sound is strong Dolby Digital 5.1. Director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn provide an audio commentary and Trek-trivia gurus Michael and Denise Okuda give another of their fact-packed text commentaries. The second disc has several lengthy and interesting documentaries: The Perils of Peacemaking delves into the many deliberate parallels with the Cold War; Stories from Star Trek VI consists of eight separate chapters about the making of the film (where it's revealed that "Gene Roddenberry hated the script", and that "The studio was not ready to relinquish the original actors possibly because they were still ambulatory"!); The Star Trek Universe has various nuggets of information, including the creation and evolution of the Klingons. Finally, in Farewell there are interviews with the principal cast from the set, plus a tribute to DeForest Kelley. Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner all provide up-to-date contributions throughout. --Mark Walker
Sexy space pirate Stella Star - who's kinda like Han Solo's super-hot sister - (played by Caroline Munro, the former Hammer Horror siren and Bond girl) and her loyal co-pilot Akton (Marjoe Gortner) are arrested by the Imperial Police. Fortunately the Emperor of the Universe (Christopher Plummer) offers them a reprieve. The Evil Count Zarth Arn has a secret weapon of immense power, hidden away on a planet somewhere, with which he plans to take over the galaxy. The Emperor's only son, Prince Simon (David Hasselhoff) has disappeared on an earlier mission to tackle the Count. The Emperor charges Stella and her trusty crew with locating the Count's weapon, finding the lost Prince and saving the Galaxy.. Originally released in the year after Star Wars and with the budget of Barbarella, this piece of cult cinema is a sexy space classic and given the benefit of a John Barry soundtrack, this is a must have for all sci-fi fans.
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock reunite for this love story between two people who are two years apart in time.
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