Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone. Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, and Craig Sheffer shine in this essential 80s classic that reteams Writer/Producer John Hughes and director Howard Deutch (PRETTY IN PINK). The result is another unforgettable romantic comedy of unconditional, but sometimes unclaimed, love in the time of teen angst. Special Features Commentary by Director Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson Back to Wonderful: A Conversation with Director Howard Deutch (HD) The Making of Some Kind of Wonderful Meet the Cast of Some Kind of Wonderful John Hughes Time Capsule
The flaws are easily forgiven in this beautiful version of Louisa May Alcott's novel. A stirring look at life in New England during the Civil War, Little Women is a triumph for all involved. We follow one family as they split into the world, ending up with the most independent, the outspoken Jo (Winona Ryder). This time around, the dramatics and conclusions fall into place a little too well, instead of finding life's little accidents along the way. Everyone now looks a bit too cute and oh, so nice. As the matron, Marmee, Susan Sarandon kicks the film into a modern tone, creating a movie alive with a great feminine sprit. Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) has another showy role. The young ensemble cast cannot be faulted, with Ryder beginning the movie in a role akin to light comedy and crescendos to a triumphant end worthy of an Oscar. --Doug Thomas
If you've never seen an aviation movie before in your entire life, you'll be blissfully ignorant of the fact that Memphis Belle shamelessly (and yet gloriously) incorporates just about every cliché in the flight-movie handbook. If you're a big fan of aviation films--especially ones about World War II bomber crews--you'll be glad that the genre's clichés have been handled with such professional flair. As it follows the crew of a B-17 bomber on its final and most dangerous mission over Germany, Memphis Belle may be little more than a slick and highly authentic presentation of familiar thrills and characters, but it's a rousing piece of entertainment. Featuring an ensemble cast of fresh faces who've since enjoyed thriving careers (including Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Eric Stoltz, DB Sweeney and Harry Connick Jr.), the movie exists as a fitting tribute to the men who fought and often died in the air over hostile territory. It's the Hollywood version of a 1944 wartime documentary made by legendary director William Wyler (whose daughter served as one of this film's producers), and as such it's a bit contrived and melodramatic. And yet, this exciting movie is almost certain to grab and hold your attention, offering an honourable reminder of the bravery and integrity that were crucial ingredients of any bomber's crew. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is an intelligent, outgoing and humorous teenager who suffers from a facial deformity called lionitis and has now outlived his life expectancy. While his mother, Rusty (Cher), struggles to fight for his acceptance in the public school system, he proves himself to be a highly accomplished student. Though Rocky endures ridicule for his appearance, he finds love and respect from his mother's biker gang family, and even experiences his first love.
Beginning With The 1997 Cult Classic That Rocked Movie-Goers And Encouraged A New Generation Of Thrill-Seekers To Avoid A Backpacking Trip To The Wilds Of Latin America, The Anaconda Series Hits Bluray From 88 Films With Each Film Restored In Gloriously Gory Hd. For The Original Film, Starring Oscar Winner Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy), Pop Sensation J-Lo, Ice Cube (Three Kings), Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction) And Owen Wilson (Zoolander), Audiences Were Introduced To A Group Of Hunted And Helpless Explorers Who Encounter A Legendary Giant Reptile Whilst Sailing Upstream In The Legendary Wilds Of Colombia'S Epic Rainforest. Anaconda Wrapped Itself Around Audiences Over Two Decades Ago And Is Sure To Slither Its Way Into The Hearts Of Horror Buffs Of A New Generation. For Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid (2004), The Veteran Fear-Filmmaker Dwight Little (Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers) Gave Audiences Not Just One Giant Carnivorous Serpent But An Entire Gang Of Them! Adding Even More Fright To The Formula, The Sequel Ups The Stakes Of Survival - And Was Followed By Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008) In Which Cult Legend David Hasselhoff (Starcrash) Attempts To Avoid Becoming A Snake Snack Whilst Discovering That Scientific Misdeeds Has Resulted In The Creation Of An Inflated And Very Dangerous New Forked-Tongue Antagonist. Finally Comes Anacondas: Trail Of Blood (2009), Headlined By The Great John Rhys-Davis (Lord Of The Rings) And Packing-In More Squish And Screams Than Ever Before!! The Snake Is Ready To Strike... Dare You Chow Down On This Feast Of Slithery Fear On Bluray?
One of the most invigorating period adventures to hit the big screen in decades, this lavish, brilliantly directed film drew critical and audience raves when it was released in 1995. Inspired by historical fact and larger-than-life legend, the intelligently scripted story takes place in Scotland in 1713, when Highland farmer and clan leader Rob Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson) is forced to borrow money from the duplicitous aristocrat Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) to help his clan survive a harsh winter. When Montrose's vile henchman (Tim Roth) schemes to dishonour MacGregor and his wife (Jessica Lange) and take the money for himself, the rugged Highlander must take courageous action to preserve his integrity. What follows--along with some of the finest sword-fighting ever filmed--is a tale of courage and valour destined to become an enduring movie classic. Tim Roth received a well-deserved Oscar nomination (for Best Supporting Actor) for his indelible performance as the foppish but deadly villain Cunningham, and both Neeson and Lange bring an earthy, sensual quality to their passionate roles. Boasting a wealth of breathtaking scenery and high-intensity action, Rob Roy is further blessed by a splendid supporting cast (including Brian Cox and Eric Stoltz), and the lush soundtrack by Carter Burwell strikes a perfect balance of romanticism and vigorous dramatic energy. --Jeff Shannon
The Prophecy: Christopher Walken leads an extraordinary cast including Eric Stoltz Virginia Madsen Elias Koteas Amanda Plummer and Viggo Mortensen in a terrifying supernatural thriller of heavenly war waged on Earth by renegade angels. When Thomas Daggett (Elias Koteas) falls victim to confusing and horrific dreams he abandons the church at his ordination into the priesthood. Years later as a homicide detective assigned to a grisly murder case he discovers a series of clues with dark religious overtones. Then begins a race against time to prevent the dead man's evil soul from falling into the hands of Gabriel (Christopher Walken) who seeks to take control of Heaven from God and destroy humanity itself. The Prophecy 2: An Evil Force Has Declared War... Big-screen favorite Christopher Walken returns in a riveting performance as the menacing angel Gabriel! When the powers of good and evil again descend to Earth in a battle over mankind the only hope for survival is the unborn child of an innocent woman (Jennifer Beals). With the help of a mysterious stranger she races to protect her child and save all humanity; unless Gabriel catches her first! With edge-of-your-seat thrills and suspense this is an unforgettable motion picture experience! The Prophecy 3: The Ascent: The Final Most Thrilling Chapter! Christopher Walken (Suicide Kings The Prophecy) and Vincent Spano (The Tie That Binds) star in The Ascent the third thrilling installment of the action-packed Prophecy trilogy! As fearsome armies of rebel angels continue to wage war in heaven and on earth Pyriel the brutal Angel of Genocide rises to power with the evil intent to destroy all of mankind! The only one on earth with the ability to stop the bloodshed is Danyael who was born of an angel and a woman. But he is unaware of his true purpose...until during a harrowing journey of discovery Danyael meets Gabriel (Walken) the fallen angel who has acted as his secret guradian! Now brace yourself for an epic battle of the ages as Danyael sets out to confront Pyriel in a bid to save the world and fulfill his ultimate destiny!
Based on a true story, a boy with a massive facial deformity and his biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. Two cuts of this film exist: the original theatrical version runs 120 minutes, was rated R and features songs performed by Bob Seger; the extended director's cut runs 127 minutes, is unrated, and includes an alternate soundtrack by Bruce Springsteen. Both versions were released on DVD.
Sometimes the most unlikely people become heroes. Based on the true story of a teenager with a facial deformity from a rare disorder that no child has been known to survive. Cher won Best Actress Award at Cannes for her performance as Rocky's mother in this emotional and spirited drama.
A documentary film crew headed by anthropologist Steve Cale (Eric Stoltz) and director Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) travel down the Amazon River in search of a mysterious Indian tribe. On their journey they save a man, Paul Sarone (Jon Voight), from a sinking boat. He offers to help in their search for the tribe, but he is actually a snake-hunter looking for the legendary Anaconda snake. When an accident leaves Cale unconscious, Sarone takes charge of the boat, leaving the rest of the crew in grave danger. Extras: HD Transfer in Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio Optional English Subtitles English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio Commentary by Genre Expert Scott Harrison A Blockbuster with Bite - The Legacy of Anaconda: Interview with critic Kim Newman Slithery Story - Remembering the Effects of Anaconda: An Interview with SFX Supervisor Steve Johnson A Franchise With Fangs - Remembering the Anaconda Movies: Interview with Jonathan Melville (Author of Seeking Perfection: The Unoffi cial Guide to Tremors) Squeeze Play - Producing Anaconda: Interview with Producer Leonard Rabinowitz Original Theatrical Trailer
Waking up on his very first morning newborn puppy Fluke discovers a wondrous world of excitement and fun. Whether romping and wrestling with his brothers and sisters or curling up by his mother for a nap Fluke is as contented as any young pooch can be. But when recurring dreams and a series of mishaps trigger memories of a very different world he slowly realises that he once had a very different life - as a man! Convinced of his previous identity Fluke sets out on an extraordinary
The Fly (Dir. David Cronenberg 1986): This frightening but extremely moving and romantic horror film stars Jeff Goldblum as an over-ambitious scientist who accidentally merges with a housefly while conducting a bizarre teleporting experiment. A journalist (Geena Davis) who has fallen in love with him while covering his scientific endeavours suddenly finds herself caring for a horrific creature whose insect half gradually begins to take over. The Fly 2 (Dir. Chris Walas
In Some Kind of Wonderful, John Hughes crystallises, for good and ill, much of the stock material of the modern high-school romantic comedy. There is the outsider boy Keith (Eric Stolz) with artistic talent and sexual ambitions above his lowly status in a hierarchy based on wealth and popularity. There is Watts, (Mary Stuart Masterson) the tomboy next door, whose good looks and love for him he has somehow always failed to notice. And, most interestingly, there is Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson), who has parlayed her looks into running with the rich kids, but is starting to realise she has the worst of the bargain. There are some odd ambiguities here--all three take passive-aggressive behaviour to a level that is not entirely sympathetic--as well as some slick plotting: Keith's attempt to befriend Amanda by following her into detention brings him into contact with delinquents like Duncan, a terrifying skinhead who is more than he seems. In the end, there is just enough edge and invention here to keep it from being as crass and sentimental as films which have imitated its formula. On the DVD: Some Kind of Wonderful is presented in 1.78:1 visual aspect ratio and has Dolby 5:1 sound in English, surround sound in Italian and mono in German and Italian--it also has subtitles in those languages and Danish, Dutch, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Turkish and no other special features whatever. --Roz Kaveney
Nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award 1995, this boldly inventive and expertly orchestrated crime saga is now available as a two disc DVD set that includes such extras as deleted scenes, interviews and a documentary.
Grace of My Heart is a 1996 film written and directed by Allison Anders, set in the music world, starting in New York's Brill Building early 1960's era, weaving through the California Sound of the mid '60s and culminating with the adult-contemporary scene of the early 1970's . The story follows the life and career trajectory of it's protagonist, Denise Waverly. The soundtrack features songs by artists Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and Jill Sobule, replicating the musical style that emerged from the Brill Building, New York's music factory in the heyday of girl groups and 'pre-fab' acts like The Monkees. Loosely based on the early career of the great singer-songwriter Carole King Released for the very first time on DVD in the UK.
American safecracker (Stoltz) is summoned to Paris by childhood buddy Eric (Anglade) to help pull a Bastille Day bank heist. Dreams of easy money quickly evaporate when the heist goes sour and Eric transforms into a psychotic drug-crazed sociopath... This highly controversial first film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction) was an instant cult classic and fast became the barometer by which Generation X gauged its own nihilism.
PRETTY IN PINK - Andie is a high school girl from the other side of town. Blane's the wealthy heartthrob who asks her to the prom. As fast as their romance builds, it's threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. Written and produced by John Hughes, this essential 80s movie comes newly remastered for Blu-ray by director Howard Deutch. FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF - High-schooler Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), and his best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck) are skipping school by taking a wild romp through Chicago, in one of the greatest comedy films of all time. So, barf up a lung, forge a sick note from the parents, and tag along on the infinitely quotable, always entertaining classic written and directed by John Hughes. PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES - Turning from coming-of-age teens to the adult peril of making it home for the holidays, filmmaker John Hughes creates one of his most outrageous, and heartfelt, comedies in this tale of an uptight advertising executive (Steve Martin) reluctantly partnered with an obnoxious yet lovable salesman (John Candy). Their adventure, which includes various modes of transportation, is a non-stop series of hilarious mishaps and mistakes. SHE'S HAVING A BABY - FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY! It seems only yesterday that Jake and Kristi were two crazy single kids in love. Now they're two crazy married adults in transition, balancing work, parental expectations, and tuna casserole. But Kristi just got some news that really ought to make things interesting she's having a baby. It's an irresistible John Hughes comedy about the labor of life. SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL - FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY! Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone. Writer/Producer John Hughes and director Howard Deutch (PRETTY IN PINK) reteam for another unforgettable romantic comedy of unconditional, but sometimes unclaimed, love in the time of teen angst.
A human drama set against a World War II backdrop and focussing on the crew of a US Eighth Air Force B-17 bomber stationed in England. They have completed 24 dangerous bombing missions and are about to set out for the one mission that will allow them to go back home to a heroes' welcome.
Writer/Director Cameron Crowe's affable twentysomething romantic comedy is less a tale of tortured love than a prescient portrait of a culture on the cusp of Generation X--that is Seattle, circa 1991. One-time Rolling Stone journalist Crowe, ever aware of pop trends, lovingly details a society newly beguiled by slackers, answerphones, self-analysis, the coffee-house fetish, post-AIDS safe sex and, most importantly, grunge music--Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney and Jane's Addiction pepper the soundtrack, while various Pearl Jam players cameo as members of the film's fictional grunge wannabes Citizen Dick. In the midst of all this sits a cosy residential apartment block, a perfect setting for the emotional crises of on-again, off-again, on-again couples Steve and Linda (Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick) and Cliff and Janet (Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda). Steve is a sensitive transport engineer whose game-playing backfires when he meets Linda, an environmental activist with a fear of rejection. Cliff is a feckless rock musician, and front man for Citizen Dick, whose inability to commit to Janet is forcing her to take desperate measures. Will the couples split? Will they reunite? And will they learn a little something about life, maturity and commitment along the way? As you'd expect from the man behind the cutesy teen classic Say Anything (his directorial debut), Crowe's relationship resolutions are often simplistic and sentimental ("You rock my world!" and "You belong to me!" are two such vocal denouements). And this, combined with a rambling narrative often makes the movie feel longer than its 95 minutes (an inter-title announcing "The Theory of Eternal Dating" sums it up). Nonetheless, there's enough wit, comic digression and tap-along gaiety elsewhere to make Singles an enjoyably slight romantic placebo. --Kevin Maher
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