When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Kirk Douglas produced the trendsetting barbarian epic The Vikings and took the showiest, most aggressive role: lusty Viking Prince Einar, the "only son in wedlock" of King Ragnar (a cackling, wild-eyed Ernest Borgnine). With jagged scars down his face and a milky-white blind eye that almost glows in his skull, Douglas has a rowdy time battling defiant slave Tony Curtis (the long-lost heir to the British throne) for the hand of the beautiful princess Janet Leigh. It's pure Hollywood hokum, sure, but spectacular hokum: the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff turns his Norway locations into a lush Valhalla on earth. Faced with an absurd story, journeyman director Richard Fleischer goes for the gusto in brawling Viking parties, furious sieges, and clanging broadsword battles. An enormous hit, the film spawned a huge wave of Viking movies, some perhaps smarter but none as much fun. --Sean Axmaker
Although Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy, is certainly the least of the bunch (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is the undisputed masterpiece, and maybe the best action movie ever made), it has still got a good share of imaginative industrial-wasteland-pastiche imagery. And casting Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown, was a masterstroke. Mel Gibson's character Max is pitted in a battle to the death against the bizarre Master Blaster in the Thunderdome, flying around on rubbery straps inside a sort of gigantic overturned colander with bloodthirsty spectators clinging to the outside. Miller's producing partner, Byron Kennedy, was killed in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for this film. Miller was devastated, only agreeing to direct the action sequences--and, somehow, you feel his heart wasn't entirely in it. --Jim Emerson
Disillusioned with life, celebrated artist Bradley Morahan (James Mason) retreats to the solitude of a tropical island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The island, however, turns out to be far from uninhabited. Bradley soon stumbles upon Cora, played by Helen Mirren (The Queen), a beautiful, highly spirited teenage girl who lives with her alcoholic grandmother. Cora dreams of escaping the island and running away to the bright lights of Brisbane. Inspired by the young girl, Bradley starts to paint naked portraits of her. To Cora, it's an innocent way to earn money and finally escape the island. To him, Cora is a fresh source of artistic inspiration. Others, though, may see their relationship differently... The last film made by celebrated director Michael Powell - and filmed on location on Australia's stunning Great Barrier Reef - Age Of Consent is a sensuous and sophisticated film classic, available now on DVD for the very first time Includes original theatrical trailer
Thrill! As Skippy rescues Sonny from an out of control speedboat.... Gasp! As Ranger Hammond comes face to face with his evil cigarette smoking twin.... Cheer! As Skippy escapes from the clutches of evil zoo keeper Frank Thring.... Hiss! As swinging honeymooners plot to steal Skippy's fur.... Applaud! As Skippy tinkles the ivories and plays drums in a rock band Much loved and fondly remembered by everybody who grew up during the 60s and 70s Skippy was no mere marsupial. Not only cou
More outback adventures for Skippy the kangaroo and the Hammond family. Episode titles: The Marine Biologist The Swagman Summer Storm Surf King Mayday Where There's Smoke The Empty Chair The Long Night
Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome
The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger makes his dynamic screen debut in this explosive tale from the British Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson. Based on the fascinating true-life story of the 19th century Australian 'Armoured Bandit.' When their mother is unfairly persecuted by police Ned Kelly (Jagger) and his brother Dan earn money for her defence by selling homemade liquor. But what begins as a simple moonshine operation escalates into a series of armed robbe
Sumptuous in every way, visually magnificent, with grandiose sets, panoramic Spanish vistas and intricately detailed costumes, possessor of one of cinema's greatest music scores, boasting vast and astonishingly kinetic battles, and breathing heroic virtue in every scene, El Cid is the very epitome of epic. For this reworking of the medieval legend of the Cid (Arabic for "Lord") who united warring factions and saved 11th-century Spain from invasion, producer Samuel Bronston and director Anthony Mann insisted every set had to be created from scratch, every costume specially made for this movie alone; they also shot entirely on location in La Mancha and along the Mediterranean coast of Spain to enhance the film's authenticity. The cinematography is saturated with the burnished hues of the Spanish landscape, as are the palatial sets and rich costumes; Miklos Rozsa's resplendent score is also the result of painstaking research into medieval Spanish sources. The screenplay is imbued with knightly gravitas and more than a little salvation imagery, from the opening scene of the young Rodrigo rescuing a cross from a burning church, to the movie's indelible finale as The Cid rides "out of the gates of history into legend".Charlton Heston is at his most indomitable as Rodrigo, "The Cid", a natural leader of men and the embodiment of every manly virtue (note that he fathers twins--a sure token of his virility); Sophie Loren is ravishing as Chimene, the woman whose love for Rodrigo conflicts with her filial instincts after he kills her father, the king's champion, over a point of honour. Their scenes together create a humane warmth at the heart of this vast movie: the moment when Chimene finally declares her love (beneath a shrine of three crosses--more symbolism) to the exiled Rodrigo forms a pivotal and very intimate centrepiece. Shortly thereafter he must rise from their rural marriage bed to lead his followers into battle, and the tension between his public and private lives adds a piquancy to the film's stunning battle sequences. The international supporting cast sometimes look like makeweights, especially when chewing on the occasionally stilted dialogue, but any such faults are easily forgiven as the scale and spectacle of El Cid carries the viewer away on a tide of chivalry.On the DVD: This disc is a sadly missed opportunity to present a classic epic in its original form. Although formatted for 16:9 widescreen TVs, which initially gives hope that this might be an anamorphic widescreen presentation, only the opening and closing titles appear in the correct cinematic ratio. Otherwise this is essentially the same picture as the pan & scan VHS version with the same poor print quality. Since a restored 35mm print of El Cid has been shown at cinemas and on TV in recent years there seems to be no excuse for this cut-down presentation. Add some decidedly minimal extras and the result is a disappointing disc. --Mark Walker
Much loved and fondly remembered by everybody who grew up during the '60s and '70s Skippy was no mere marsupial. Not only could she alert her human friends to danger she could also tie knots undo locks post letters attack poisonous snakes and even play the piano and drums. Now fans of the series can relive Skippy's adventures with her friends Sonny Mark Clancy and Park Ranger Matt Hammond as seven of her most action packed adventures arrive on the complete first season of S
Join Skippy and her friends in more adventures from Waratah National Park. Features eight episodes including: 'The Poachers' 'Sports Car Rally' 'Golden Reef' 'Cage Of Koalas' 'The Lyre Bird' 'Dead Or Alive' 'Time And Tide' and 'Can You Keep A Secret?'.
Join Skippy and her friends in eight more adventures from Waratah National Park.
Join Skippy and her friends in eight more adventures from Waratah National Park.
Professor Harry Beckmeyer is called to the White House to explain to the President his most startling piece of classified information and evidence that a tribe of werewolves are in existence in Australia. He experiments on a captured werewolf in his lab and learns the torment of a freak species. But to the US Government and the Military it's an experiment way out of control. For them an agent of Satan is at large. A dreadful threat to all of mankind. It must be hunted down and exterminated.
A young man finds no luck in the Australian gold rush and drifts into petty crime. His life changes when he gets twelve years in an infamous prison.
Join Skippy and his human chum Sonny as they try to protect Waratah National Park in Syndey from dastardly thieves in the episode. The Bushrangers Impersonators schemes and .000 await the duo in Double Trouble and Can You Keep A Secret? completes this selection of fabulous episodes from the hit TV Show.
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