The Gathering Storm is a fictionalised portrayal of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine during their wilderness years of the 1930s. It deservedly won numerous awards, including an Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe in recognition of Albert Finney's wonderful central performance. Equally deserving were those for all aspects of the production design: period wardrobe, set dressing and use of location are equally impressive, apparently ensuring that this production has everything going for it in its depiction of pre-War Britain. The snag is that its restriction to TV movie format, a mere 90 minutes, excludes a lot of historical context that ought not to have been left out. Seeing Churchill's adoration of his wife (Vanessa Redgrave) or the family woes troubling Ralph Wigram (Linus Roache) is all very emotionally dramatic, but it uses precious screen time that might have been better devoted to highlighting the political situation abroad, or indeed the monarchy's situation at home. The enterprise smacks a little too much of sentimental contrivance, lionising Churchill in rose-tinted retrospect. True, some attempt is made to acknowledge the personality traits that excluded him both from office and popularity prior to Germany's re-building, but like so much else pertinent to the machinations of anticipating the war, these are glossed over for familial feel-goodery and button-pushing poignancy. This is a film that's easy to admire, but ought not to be mistaken for well-rounded history. On the DVD: The Gathering Storm doesn't look or sound quite as crisp and clear as you'd hope for a recent TV-movie transfer. That's down to some obvious grain in the picture, and the 2.0 surround audio that tends to lose quieter dialogue moments. There are extensive cast and crew biographies that will no doubt help international viewers place the naggingly familiar British faces. There's also the accumulatively enthusiastic commentary from director Richard Loncraine and producer Frank Doelger, which happily points many of them out. --Paul Tonks
This classic series deals with Allied prisoners of war imprisoned at the supposedly escape-proof Colditz Castle during World War II and their many attempts to escape captivity as well as the relationships formed between the various nationalities and their German captors. One memorable episode portrays the attempts of a prisoner Wing Commander Marsh (Michael Bryant) to get out of Colditz by feigning insanity. He succeeds but is pushed to the limits of his sanity in the process...
""I never knew that love could hurt so much yet I love you and all I want is to love you."" This cry from the heart comes from bachelor Oxford don C.S.Lewis (Hopkins) who discovers exquisite happiness in later life through his marriage to American Joy Davidman (Winger). His beliefs and new found fulfillment are shattered by Joy's struggle against an unexpected and devastating illness. Based on the true-life love story of C.S.Lewis the author of 'The Lion The Witch and the W
Sherlock Holmes, the creation of novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of the world's greatest and most popular fictional detectives, as famous for his deerstalker and pipe as his legendary powers of observation and deduction. He is an aloof and private man driven by a fierce intellect that gives him astounding brilliance and unfathomable eccentricity in equal measure. The late Jeremy Brett, the definitive Holmes, stars in these beautiful adaptations taken from the classic ITV1 series and as ever Dr Watson is on hand as his indispensable assistant. Featuring guests appearances from stars such as John Thaw (Inspector Morse), Robert Hardy (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Natasha Richardson (Maid in Manhattan), Joss Ackland (Lethal Weapon 2), Peter Vaughan (Remains of the Day) and many more.
""I am become Death destroyer of worlds..."" - J. Robert Oppenheimer A thrilling miniseries biopic of American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who led the U.S efforts during World War II to develop the atomic bomb only to find himself suspected as a risk to national security from Communist sympathies stemming from an increasing ambivalence toward's his life's work... Nominated for a Golden Globe for Sam Waterston in the title role.
A policeman is shot dead and two South London boys stand accused of his murder. The verdict and the sentence passed the crime. Both the verdict and the sentence were subsequently quashed. This is the case that shocked the nation.
A future history as scripted by the visionary writer H.G. Wells, Things To Come set a high benchmark for science fiction with its fantastic design, gigantic sets and spectacular special effects. Acknowledged as a landmark within the genre, Oscar-winning William Cameron Menzies creates an astounding vision of post-war desolation and utopian futurism. Starring Oscar-nominated Raymond Massey as John Cabal and his descendants and the award-winning Ralph Richardson as The Boss, Things To Come showcases a gorgeous, and instantly recognisable, score by Arthur Bliss. Presented for the first time in High Definition, this version of Things To Come has been painstakingly restored from the remaining film elements and represents the most complete version known to exist.It's Christmas 1940 and the people of Everytown, unprepared and ill-equipped, find themselves at war against an enemy who has been planning such a conflict for years. The land is devastated by the horrors of aerial bombardment as the war drags on for thirty years, causing a period of despair, with feudal tyrants ruling a downtrodden populace suffering famine and pestilence. Can the human race rise above its desperate circumstances and build a scientific utopia?
This 9 disc box set features two television series based on the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes (Jeremy Brett) investigates 13 baffling cases. From a blackmailed king to an abandoned Christmas goose Holmes must use his acute perception and powers of observation to solve the riddles and catch the criminals to ensure the safety of strangers and colleagues alike. The Return Of Sherlock Holmes
This 16 disc box set features all 41 episodes from four television series based on the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes (Jeremy Brett) investigates 13 baffling cases. From a blackmailed king to an abandoned Christmas goose Holmes must use his acute perception and powers of observation to solve the riddles and catch the criminals to ensure the safety of strangers and colleagues alike. The Re
Clive Dunn (Dad's Army) is Sam Cobbett, the geriatric hero of this hilarious sitcom which takes a look at the generation gap in particular, what happens when a wily, outspoken old curmudgeon ends up living under the same roof as his daughter and son-in-law. This second series also stars Priscilla Morgan, Edward Hardwicke and Jon Laurimore.Having been prised from his terraced house in Ironmonger Row by the crowbars of the demolition men, retired engine driver Sam Cobbett now lives with his daughter Doris and her husband, Arthur. A veteran of both world wars, Sam is all things considered a reasonable man. But he has rather firm ideas about Life and How to Live It; whether it's lowering the tone in the local pub or embarking on disastrous fishing trips, Sam's escapades cause consternation for most of the people around him, and none more so than his socially ambitious son-in-law...
Clive Dunn (Bootsie and Snudge Dad's Army) is Sam Cobbett the geriatric hero of this hilarious sitcom from Yorkshire Television. Based on a BBC pilot that originally starred Ronnie Barker My Old Man takes a look at the generation gap - in particular what happens when a crusty opinionated old timer ends up living under the same roof as his daughter and son-in-law. Also starring Dunn's wife Priscilla Morgan (as daughter Doris) Edward Hardwicke and Keith Chegwin My Old Man proved a ratings hit for Yorkshire Television between 1974 and 1975; this release presents the complete first series. Retired engine driver Sam Cobbett has been prised from his terraced house in Ironmonger Row by the crowbars of the demolition men. With Sam needing a new home an obvious solution emerges in the shape of the spare room in his daughter's new high-rise fl at. Sam is all things considered a reasonable man. He fought in two world wars and he's seen a lot of life. It's just that he has some rather strong ideas on how to live it and they're not usually shared by his social-climbing son-in-law Albert - whom Sam takes much delight in embarrassing at every opportunity...
As World War II looms in Europe, an ambitious young English lawyer embarks on his turbulent career and even stormier love life. Set amidst the politically turbulent times surrounding World War II, this acclaimed 13-part BBC drama (adapted from C.P. Snow's novel) chronicles the impassioned life of young Englishman Lewis Eliot (Shaughan Seymour). In a world where truth and justice test the moral fibre of even the most solid of men, Eliot is the ambitious lawyer fighting the temptations that cou.
This 16 disc box set features all 41 episodes from four television series based on the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes (Jeremy Brett) investigates 13 baffling cases. From a blackmailed king to an abandoned Christmas goose Holmes must use his acute perception and powers of observation to solve the riddles and catch the criminals to ensure the safety of strangers and colleagues alike. The Return Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes' powers are called upon once more in solving a compendium of crimes more baffling than ever. Dr Watson (Edward Hardwicke) is on hand as his ever-faithful assistant. The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes: In this series Holmes is joined by his indispensable colleague Dr. Watson in addressing a variety of bizzarre crimes. The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes:
A global war begins in 1940. This war drags out over many decades until most of the people still alive (mostly those born after the war started) do not even know who started it or why. Nothing is being manufactured at all any more and society has broken down into primative localized communities. In 1966 a great plague wipes out most of what people are left but small numbers still survive. One day a strange aircraft lands at one of these communities and its pilot tells of an organisation which is rebuilding civilization and slowly moving across the world re-civilizing these groups of survivors. Great reconstruction takes place over the next few decades and society is once again great and strong. The world's population is now living in underground cities. In the year 2035 on the eve of man's first flight to the moon a popular uprising against progress (which some people claim has caused the wars of the past) gains support and becomes violent.
One of the big Elizabethan-era films of 1998, Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth serves up a brimming goblet of religious tension, political conspiracy, sex, violence and war. England in 1554 is in financial and religious turmoil as the ailing Queen "Bloody" Mary attempts to restore Catholicism as the national faith. She has no heir, and her greatest fear--that her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth will assume the throne after her death--is realised. Still, the late Queen Mary has her loyalists. The newly crowned Elizabeth finds herself knee-deep in dethroning schemes while also dodging assassination attempts. Her advisers (including Sir William Cecil, superbly played by Richard Attenborough) beg her to marry any one of her would-be suitors to stabilise England's empire. No matter that she already has a lover. The passionate Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes) is married, however, and shows he cannot stand up to the growing strength of the Queen. With the help of her aide Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), Elizabeth strikes against her enemies before they get to her first. But her rise ultimately entails rejecting love and marriage to redefine herself as the indisputable Virgin Queen. Cate Blanchett's Oscar-nominated performance as the naive and vibrant princess who becomes the stubborn and knowing queen is both severe and sympathetic. Her ethereal, pale beauty is equal parts fire and ice, her delivery of such lines as "There will be only one mistress here and no master!" expressed with command rather than hysterics. As striking as Blanchett's performance is the film's lavish and dramatic production design. The cold, dark sets paired with the lush costuming show the golden age of England's monarchy emerging from the Middle Ages. Rich velvet brushes over the dank stones while power is achieved at any price, and with such attention to physical detail, Elizabeth fully immerses you into its compelling chronicle of pioneering feminism and revisionist history. --Shannon Gee
Shakespeare's tragic story of how a great man's vanity is manipulated by a jealous aide to bring about his downfall. A film by Stuart Burge of JohnDexter's production of 'Othello' at The National Theatre.
The acclaimed, multi award-winning biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who headed the Manhattan Project, starring Sam Waterston. Sam Waterston stars in this classic seven-part BBC mini-series as nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man who led the Manhattan Project to build the weapon that would bring a devastating end to World War Two.A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer began to realise the scale of the weapon he was developing, and he became increasingly ambivalent and even hostile about its eventual use. His fears lead the military establishment to suspect him of having Communist sympathies and, during the McCarthy era, Oppenheimer found himself accused of being a risk to national security.The series won three BAFTAs including Best Drama Series, and was nominated for two Emmys. Sam Waterston was nominated for the Best Actor Golden Globe.
Two episodes from Granada TV's Sherlock Holmes series, starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke. "The Bruce Partington Plans": A junior clerk working for Britain's defence planning dashes off in the middle of a date with his fiancée, and turns up dead along some railroad tracks--apparently having been pushed from a train while carrying several secret documents related to England's development of a submarine warship. Was he a traitor? If so, who killed him? The case is brought to the attention of Sherlock Holmes and his Dr. Watson, by none other than Mycroft Holmes (Charles Gray), brother of the Great Detective and indispensable repository of government business. Sherlock's conclusions, however, prove there is more to the truth than meets the eye. Brett, as always, is the perfect Holmes while Hardwicke is the ideal Watson for the latter years of their crime-fighting career. "Wisteria Lodge": Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are drawn into the investigation of the murder of Garcia (Arturo Venegas), for which Scott Eccles (Donald Churchill), a guest of Garcia's at Wisteria Lodge, has been arrested--possibly mistakenly. An extreme rarity in the Holmes canon, a policeman of real competence named Inspector Baynes (Freddie Jones), is also on the case, making this tale all the more interesting for Holmes fans interested in comparing and contrasting investigative styles. Brett and Hardwicke, as always, are exceptionally good as the Great Detective and his famous ally. --Tom Keogh
Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of that. While graced with such 1950s niceties as VistaVision and Technicolor, The Ten Commandments (DeMille had already filmed an earlier version in 1923) has an anachronistic, impassioned style that finds lead actors Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner expressively posing while hundreds of extras writhe either in the presence of God's power or from orgiastic heat. DeMille, as always, plays both sides of the fence as far as sin goes, surrounding Heston's Moses with worshipful music and heavenly special effects while also making the sexy action around the cult of the Golden Calf look like fun. You have to see The Ten Commandments to understand its peculiar resonance as an old-new movie, complete with several still-impressive effects such as the parting of the Red Sea. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
This 7 disc box set features two television series based on the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes: In this series Holmes is joined by his indispensable colleague Dr. Watson in addressing a variety of bizzarre crimes. The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes returns to solve a series of even more sinister and baffling cases. This series features two appearances from Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holm
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