Dating from 1969, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has never lost its popularity or its unusual appeal as a star-driven Western that tinkers with the genre's conventions and comes up with something both terrifically entertaining and--typical of its period--a tad paranoid. Paul Newman plays the legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy as an eternal optimist and self-styled visionary, conjuring dreams of banks just ripe for the picking all over the world. Robert Redford is his more level-headed partner, the sharp-shooting Sundance Kid. The film, written by William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and directed by George Roy Hill (The Sting), basically begins as a freewheeling story about robbing trains but soon becomes a chase as a relentless posse--always seen at a great distance like some remote authority--forces Butch and Sundance into the hills and, finally, Bolivia. Weakened a little by feel-good inclinations (a scene involving bicycle tricks and the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" is sort of Hollywood flower power), the film maintains an interesting tautness, and the chemistry between Redford and Newman is rare. (A factoid: Newman first offered the Sundance part to Jack Lemmon.) --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: This anamorphic widescreen print of the 2.35:1 Panavision original looks marvellously crisp, highlighting the sepia tinting and washed-out, over-exposed look of the film nicely and making the best of the deep focus cinematography. The mono soundtrack sounds clean and clear in Dolby 2.0. The commentary track is hosted by documentary-maker Robert Crawford with contributions from George Roy Hill, cinematographer Conrad Hall, and lyricist Hal David (who chips in during the "Raindrops" sequence). The 40-minute documentary dates from 1968 and is narrated by director Hill, who talks in detail about the making-of process, comments on his relationship with the three principals (Katharine Ross was the difficult one apparently), and adds little nuggets such as how they sprayed the bull's testicles to make him charge at the end of the bicycle scene. Also included are a series of absorbing 1994 interviews with all the main players: Newman, Redford, Ross, writer William Goldman, and composer Burt Bacharach. Trailers, Production Notes and an Alternate Credit Roll complete an attractive package. --Mark Walker
The Rescuers Down Under isn't a quickie, direct-to-video sequel, cashing in on the success of the original 1977 animated hit about adventurous mice, but a full-blown theatrical effort. This time around, Bernard (voice of Bob Newhart) is trying to pop the question to Bianca (Eva Gabor) when they're summoned to Australia, where a young boy has been kidnapped by a pallid, grey-faced poacher (who looks like and is voiced by George C. Scott). Wilbur, a chatterbox of an albatross (John Candy, replacing the late Jim Jordan's character Orville), and Jake (Tristan Rogers), a kangaroo mouse--Bernard is jealous of the dashing rodent--assist the Rescuers in saving the day and imparting a mild environmental message. The film opens with an absolutely breathtaking aerial sequence--this was made near the beginning of Disney's animation renaissance--so impressive it would seem the story, literally, has nowhere else to go but down. However, some smart gags, excellent animation and rollicking adventures ensue. So why isn't it better known? It had the bad luck to open, in 1990, opposite another kids' film--Home Alone. --David Kronke
While its sequels were formulaic and safe, the first Beverly Hills Cop set out to explore some uncharted territory and succeeded. A blend of violent action picture and sharp comedy, the film has an excellent director, Martin Brest (Scent of a Woman), who finds some original perspectives on stock scenes (highway chases, police rousts) and hits a gleeful note with Murphy while skewering LA culture. Good support from Judge Reinhold and John Ashton as local cops not used to doing things the Detroit way (Murphy's character hails from the Motor City). Paul Reiser has a funny, brief moment at the beginning and Bronson Pinchot makes an hilarious impression in a great, never-to-be-duplicated scene with the star. --Tom Keogh
'Fun And Fancy Free' Walt Disney's 9th full-length animated masterpiece is a delightful gem that sparkles with charm and is rich in history-making Disney moments. It was the last animated feature starring Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse and the only film featuring all four of Walt Disney's most famous characters -- Mickey Mouse Donald Duck Goofy and Jiminy Cricket. Following Disney's classic tradition of great storytelling unforgettable characters music and adventur
In 1937, the Walt Disney Studios released its first fully animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and pioneered a new form of family entertainment. More than seven decades later, Walt Disney Animation Studios continues to honor its heritage through animated films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful storytelling, and ground-breaking technology. Relive & own forever 55 Disney Classics from 1937-2018 with this special collection celebrating the output of the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The boxset contains a space for Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) available to purchase in Spring 19' and an additional bonus 80-page book A Celebration Of The Walt Disney Animated Studios'. Also included is a collectible poster art for each Disney classic featured alongside the disc. Disney Classics Complete Movie Box Set 1937-2018 Snow White (1937) Pinocchio (1940) Fantasia (1940) Dumbo (1941) Bambi (1942) Saludos Amigos (1942) The Three Caballeros (1944) Make Mine Music (1946) Fun & Fancy Free (1947) Melody Time (1948) Ichabod & Mr Toad (1949) Cinderella (1950) Alice In Wonderland (1951) Peter Pan (1953) Lady & The Tramp (1955) Sleeping Beauty (1959) 101 Dalmatians (1961) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Jungle Book (1967) The Aristocats (1970) Robin Hood (1973) The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977) The Rescuers (1977) The Fox & The Hound (1981) The Black Cauldron (1985) Basil The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Oliver & Company (1988) The Little Mermaid (1989) Rescuers Down Under (1990) Beauty & the Beast (1991) Aladdin (1992) The Lion King (1994) Pocahontas (1995) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Hercules (1997) Mulan (1998) Tarzan (1999) Fantasia 2000 (1999) The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Atlantis (2001) Lilo & Stitch (2002) Treasure Planet (2002) Brother Bear (2003) Home On The Range (2004) Chicken Little (2005) The Wild (2006) Meet The Robinsons (2007) Bolt (2008) The Princess & the Frog (2009) Tangled (2010) Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Frozen (2013) Big Hero 6 (2014) Zootropolis (2016) Moana (2016) With Space To Add Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) Please note: for the Blu-ray collection that the 5 films below are DVD discs as they are not available on Blu-ray: Saludos Amigos (1943) The Three Caballeros (1945) Make Mine Music (1946) Melody Time (1948) The Black Cauldron (1985)
Director Tony Britten's adaptation of this evergreen comedy, shot entirely on location in and around the Jacobean Wiveton Hall in North Norfolk, stays faithful to Oliver Goldsmith's original text, at the same time making the play Relevant for a modern television audience the cast includes a host of theatre and television stars Polly Hemingway, Ian Redford, Miles Jupp, Susannah Fielding, Holly Gilbert, Mark Dexter, Joseph Thompson and Roy Marsden. Made for Sky Arts and presented in five episodes, the two disc set also contains a video diary by actor/comedian Miles Jupp, who plays a definitive Tony Lumpkin in the series, actor’s workshops with writer/director Tony Britten and the cast, as well as a one hour documentary exploring Goldsmiths life and work, written and presented by Simon Butteriss entitled A Gooseberry Fool Oliver Goldsmith Stoops to Conquer. Capriol Films 'She Stoops to Conquer' premiered on Sky Arts to great critical and audience acclaim, both for its attention to textural detail and the beauty and quality of its visual style. 'She Stoops to Conquer' has recently had a very successful three month season at the National Theatre that has raised the profile of this great period comedy.
Featuring teen idols Shaun Cassidy Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martin. Follow the clues to mystery adventure and thrills as Season Two of The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries comes to DVD! Former teen sensations Shaun Cassidy Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martine star as brave super-sleuths in 22 spooky episodes loaded with spellbinding action and smash-hit pop songs!
This dramatic story of the life of composer Edward Grieg set in his native Norway includes abridged versions of his best music and highlights of his personal life.
Few 1950s creature features deliver in the way Fiend Without a Face does. The first hour is all build-up as tension grows between an Air Force research base and a small Canadian town (this is one of those British B films that pretends to be set overseas) as a series of mystery deaths are blamed by the superstitious on weird military experiments. It's not a spoiler to give away the big revelation, since every item of publicity material, including the DVD cover, blows the surprise: the initially invisible culprits turn out to be a killer swarm of disembodied brains with eyes on stalks and inchworm-like spinal cord tails. These creatures have a nasty habit of latching onto victims and sucking out their grey matter. The finale is a siege of a house by the fiends, which swarm en masse making unsettling brain-sucking sounds, and are bloodily done away with by the heroes. Using excellent stop-motion animation, this climax goes beyond silliness and manages to be genuinely nightmarish. The orgy of splattering brains stands proud among the cinema's first attempts at genuine horror-comic glee, setting a precedent for everything from The Evil Dead to Peter Jackson's Braindead. Marshall Thompson is a bland, stolid uniformed hero and most of the rest of the cast struggle with "anadian" accents, but Kynaston Reeves is fun as the decrepit lone researcher whose fault it all is. On the DVD: Fiend Without a Face on disc comes with a montage of scenes from other films in this batch of releases (The Day of the Triffids, The Stars Look Down) that plays automatically when the disc is inserted, but otherwise not even a trailer, much less the commentary track and other material found on the pricey but luxurious US Region 1 Criterion release. The print has nice contrasts but is pretty grainy. --Kim Newman
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by contemporary observers; they doubted that the short cartoons shown before the main film could ever successfully make the transition from filler to feature presentation. Surely, no one would sit still for over an hour to watch an animated film, their eyes smarting from the bright colours on screen? Fortunately, Walt Disney and his army of artists persisted and the world's first full-length animated feature was finally released in 1937 to widespread acclaim.Adapted from the Grimm fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is chillingly dark in places, reflecting its roots in European folklore, but the deft Disney touch ensures that the overall tone remains light and the story develops apace, swept along on the perfect musical score. Any lingering gloom is quickly dispelled by the superbly characterised dwarfs and by the humorous antics of the various irresistible fauna that threaten to steal the show in several scenes. The pioneering animation is breathtaking and songs such as "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho" and "Whistle While You Work", now firmly embedded in popular culture, are seamlessly interwoven with the action.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs happens to be an interesting technological milestone in cinema history--it is also an enduring masterpiece of family entertainment. To the millions who have fallen under its spell over the years, this magical fairy tale remains one of Disney's most enchanting and best-loved films. Only Grumpy could resist. --Helen Baker On the DVD: the video quality on this DVD is stunningly clear. Though it is noticeable that the film is nearly 65 years old, Disney has done a great job in the cleaning process: the bright colours shine clearly, the blacks are deep and the whites clear. There is little to no visible wearing on the film and the digital transfer has done wonders in restoring Snow White and her seven little pals. The sound is very clear and you get a real sense, in places, of the newly mastered 5.1 Dolby Sound enhancements that have been added, making for enjoyable listening to the well-loved songs. The extras on disk one are plentiful and give a real insight into the making of Snow White. Little was done in 1937 for the filming of behind-the-scenes documentaries, but what could have been included has been. The audio commentary is strung together from interviews with Walt Disney himself, all of which are fascinating, and to keep the kids happy there is a familiar Disney sing-along and a Dopey game to play. The disk two extras are packed with information on the movie and Disney, from the 3-D virtual tour of the Snow White kingdom, that also has some documentary information, to an outtakes section showing abandoned footage and ideas that were never included in the final movie. There is also an informative timeline of the creation of the Walt Disney Studios that includes some deleted scenes from the movie. Altogether, great additions to a classic film. --Robert Hyde
Undeniably one of the toughest and most powerful gangster thrillers of the 70's 'Across 110th Street' hits hard with a thrill ride through the hell-raisin' hoods of Harlem! When a crew of gangsters make the fatal mistake of crossing a Mafia heist in Harlem things turn very ugly. But as the bullets start flying and the cops start dying a pair of New York's finest are forced to work together to bring justice to the streets before the Mafia brings the Ghetto to its knees! Up against
The life and times of the legendary Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata are brought to the screen in this powerful production of John Steinbeck's screenplay. Marlon Brando gives a stunning portrayal of the outlaw turned revolutionary leader with the film also boasting Anthony Quinn's Oscar-winning performance as Zapata's brother and intelligent direction by Elia Kazan.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs: No film in history has captured the world's imagination like Walt Disney's first full-length animated masterpiece. Through Astonishing Blu-ray... high definition technology experience this timeless classic in its most spectacular presentation ever! With an all-new state-of-the-art digital restoration and Disney Enhanced High Definition sound the breathtaking animation and unforgettable music of the most revered Disney film of all time will enthral you like never before! Join the beautiful princess Snow White as she escapes her jealous stepmother the queen and befriends a lovable group of dwarfs. But when she falls under the queen's wicked spell only true love's kiss can save her. Tangled: Disney presents a new twist on one of the most hilarious and hair-raising tales ever told. Your whole family will get tangled up in the fun excitement and adventure of this magical motion picture. When the kingdom's most wanted - and most charming - bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower - 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes laughter and suspense. Let your hair down and get ready to cheer for Tangled!
An act of industrial sabotage leaves billionaire playboy and scientific genius Tony Stark badly injured. Driven by an overwhelming desire for justice and honour he creates an invincible suit of armour. The super human masked defender Iron Man is unleashed and embarks upon an endless struggle to protect the world from the Mandarin his powerful rings and the forces of evil. Invincible Iron Man: This 1966 animated series on double DVD follows the amazing adventures of Iron Man Tony Stark's secret bodyguard. The golden gladiator upholds justice with an iron will whilst facing the demented Mandarin and a legion of villains including the Black Widow Ultimo and the Chameleon. Iron Man: This 1990s Marvel series introduces a sleek update for Iron Man. Follow the awesome adventures of the armoured avenger in this 4-DVD set as Iron Man's team takes on the mysterious Mandarin and his merciless minions plus a guest appearance by the Incredible Hulk.
The must have cult 80's TV adventure series! Long ago the Inhumanoids (Metlar Tendril and D'Compose) were defeated by the mutores (Granites Redwoods and Magnakor) who imprisoned the Inhumanoids deep within the Earth's crust. After centuries of confinement the Inhumanoids are unwittingly set free by unsuspecting human excavators unleashing their evil havoc. Now an elite team of scientists known as Earth Corps headed by noted geologist Armstrong must team up with the Muto
This Chaplin Collection DVD box set contains the following films, also available separately: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Limelight (1952). Full details can be found in our Chaplin Collection feature. There are also two films exclusive to this box set: A Woman of Paris (1923) and A King in New York (1957), plus the documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin--see DVD Description below.
This is one of Valentino's best films he plays a bullfighter in a small town in Spain and becomes one of the most idolised matadors in his country. The swaggering but sincere Valentino marries a good Catholic girl Lila Lee a coy innocent with bow-tie lips but is seduced by Nita Natal a high society man-eater who decides to add a bullfighter to her conquests.
A Hazard of Hearts, dramatised for television in 1987, could hardly be a better demonstration of Barbara Cartland's unique status as the most critically reviled, yet widely read, romantic novelist. The qualities which feed both points of view are present in abundance. There are the certainties of a wafer-thin plot: vulnerable but plucky young heiress falls on hard and tragic times, sails through mortal danger and escapes the clutches of lecherous older man, chastity intact, before claiming enigmatic and devastatingly handsome Lord for her own at the last minute. There are the pantomime characters, atrocious dialogue-by-numbers, set-piece scenes involving duels and smugglers, tight breeches and heaving bosoms. Produced by Lew Grade and the team behind The New Avengers and The Professionals, this is 90 minutes of camp hokum crammed to bursting point with stars clearly having the time of their lives. Helena Bonham Carter, her face like an earnest, worried raisin, is the heroine Serena, with Marcus Gilbert as her paramour. But Diana Rigg's evil Lady Harriet steals the show. To be watched without shame. On the DVD: A Hazard of Hearts is presented in 4:3 video format with a Dolby Digital stereo soundtrack which is splendid for Laurence Johnson's florid themes. The transfer has the appropriately soft-focus look and feel of a 1980s miniseries. The stately home settings certainly provide a sense of quality, but the disc has no extras. --Piers Ford
There's a sucker born every minute. Director Miguel Bardem (Javier Bardem's brother) delivers a stylish Grifters-style crime thriller that would not only make David Mamet proud - it would have him second-guessing the plot twists right down to the final frame. The slick handsome Ernesto (Ernesto Alterio) has spent a lifetime in the small-racket crime world working the three-card monte on suckers on the streets of Madrid conning store owners and scouting the train stations for easy marks to rob. His pleasant but decidedly small-time lifestyle changes when he meets the elderly El Manco (Manuel Alexandre) a veteran of the trade who has close contacts to the mysterious and masterful Federico (Federico Luppi) the king of all con men. The three hook up and after ascending to the rarified world of elegant hotels and high living Federico proposes a real estate con that will net them millions. The only hitch is that they need the assistance of Federico's ex-lover Pilar (Victoria Abril). A former con artist herself Pilar (who cheated Federico on a scam years earlier) is now living in luxury with her new elderly husband. The chase is on as the team embarks on their new complicated con . . . but can everyone be trusted? Swindled is an elegant fun fast-moving film where the secrets treachery and twists will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final frame.
A superb fun filled feature film for all the family! At Christmas the children of a village organise a snowball fight. But the flight gets a little bit out of control and both sides learn a lesson they will never forget.
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