The Remains of the Day is one of Merchant-Ivory's most thought-provoking films. Anthony Hopkins is a model of restraint and propriety as Stevens, the butler who "knows his place"; Emma Thompson is the animated and sympathetic Miss Kenton, the housekeeper whose attraction to Stevens is doomed to disappointment. As Nazi appeaser Lord Darlington, James Fox clings to the notion of a gentleman's agreement in the ruthless political climate before World War Two. Hugh Grant is his journalist nephew all too aware of reality, while Christopher Reeves gives a spirited portrayal of an American senator, whose purchase of Darlington Hall 20 years on sends Stevens on a journey to right the mistake he made out of loyalty. As a period drama with an ever-relevant message, this 1993 film is absorbing viewing all the way. On the DVD: the letterbox widescreen format reproduces the 2.35:1 aspect ratio with absolute clarity. Subtitles are in French and German, with audio subtitles also in English, Italian and Spanish, and with 28 separate chapter selections. The "making-of" featurette and retrospective documentary complement each other with their "during and after" perspectives, while "Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honour" is an interesting short on the question of appeasement and war. The running commentary from Thompson, Merchant and Ivory is more of a once-only diversion. --Richard Whitehouse
Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950's, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.
Gloria Harkinson's mother an actress eager to maintain her glamorous mystique has tucked her away in a Swiss boarding school. The creative teenager realizes that she can not speak about her mom to anyone there. Because she has no living father either she decides to invent one -- a rugged adventurer no less. Her imaginary pop becomes a ""problem "" however when Gloria's friends demand to meet the heroic fellow. So she finds a vacationing composer to fill ""dad's"" shoes!
Two teenagers fly from New York to Los Angeles on New Years Eve, their nightmare begins when their plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes into the unknown
Contains the titles: Indiscreet: Wealthy American Philip and famous actress Anne meet just as Anne insists that all the best men have already been taken. Though Philip is taken Anne can't resist their instant attraction and electricity. But the rather big and unexpected secret Philip hides from his new love threatens to spoil everything. Operation Petticoat: When Adm. Matt Sherman's (Grant) submarine the Sea Tiger is damaged during the attack on Pearl Harbor he nee
After the technical achievement of Babe, it was almost inevitable that "talking animal" effects would be applied to the serious themes of George Orwell's Animal Farm. A bitterly satirical indictment of Stalinist Russia and the failure of Communism, Orwell's 1945 novel is a time-honoured classic, so it's only fitting that this TNT production remains largely faithful to Orwell's potent narrative. A showcase for the impressive creations of Jim Henson's Creature Shop (where director John Stephenson was a veteran supervisor), the film employs animatronic creatures and computer animation to tell the story of uprising, unity, and tragic rebellion among the farm animals.The politics of "Animalism" are initially effective, ousting enemy humans according to rules ordained by Old Major, the barnyard pig whose death sets the stage for the corruptive influence of the pig Napoleon, who cites superior intelligence as his right to dominance. This tyrannical reign destroys the farm's stability, and the film--decidedly not for young children--preserves Orwell's dark, cynical view of absolute power corrupting absolutely. Particularly effective is a propaganda film shown to the barnyard collective, and certain scenes--while not as impressive as the Babe films--powerfully convey the force of Orwell's story through animal "performance". Animal Farm occasionally falters in its emotional impact (the fate of the horse Boxer should be heart-rending, and it isn't), but it's certainly blessed with an elite voice cast, including Peter Ustinov, Patrick Stewart, Pete Postlethwaite, Julia Ormond, Kelsey Grammer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Paul Scofield, and Ian Holm. Not the masterpiece it might've been, this is nevertheless a worthy representation of Orwell's novel. --Jeff Shannon
The story of the most notorious paedophile priest in the modern history is told in this Oscar-nominated documentary.
The old adage - that there is a broken heart for every light on Broadway - is brought to life in thi four-times Oscar nominated blockbuster adapted from the long running Broadway stage play. Ginger Rogers Katherine Hepburn Lucille Ball Gail Patrick and Andrea Leeds star as a bevy of highly-strung showgirls and nightclub dancers hoping to make it big on Broadway. As they compete for auditions and try to avoid the casting couch of Anthony Powell (Adolphe Menjou) this group of tough-talking actresses develops a female camaraderie based on intense rivalry snappy dialogue and one-liners that would put down even the most hardened Broadway producer. As both romantic and artistic entanglements ensue the girls soon learn that in the world of the theatre the real drama takes place backstage...
McLintock (Dir. Andrew V. McLaglen 1963): Cattle baron banker and model citizen George McLintock has the world in his hands. The only thing missing is his wife Katherine who left him two years earlier suspecting him of adultery. In an effort to get on with his life McLintock saves a beautiful but impoverished widow from resettlement and hires her as his cook welcoming both her and her two children into his home. Sparks begin to fly and McLintock's simple and serene li
My Man Goddfrey
When his wife is believed dead after seven years missing at sea, a dashing attorney marries again only to have his first wife return on his honeymoon night.
DESPITE THE REVIEWS FROM AMAZON.COM ON HERE, this set contains these 5 movies:- ANGEL AND THE BADMAN: Gunslinger Quirt Evans is injured & found by Penelope Wirth & her father Thomas, a Quaker family with values & a way of living in contrast to Quirt Evans'. Quirt & Penelope are drawn to each other, although Quirt has no intention of embracing the Quaker lifestyle. He does, however, intervene to convince a rancher to restore their water supply, even if the family would not have approved of his methods. Evans' rival Laredo Stevens is unimpressed with the new, peaceful Quirt Evans, whilst local Marshall Wistful McClintock stokes up trouble between the two men, certain he'll get one or the other (the survivor) brought to justice in the end...Widely regarded as one of the most romantic of all John Wayne's films, this marked his first production credit. HELL TOWN: A carefree cowhand finally wants to settle down, but before he can he gets involved with rustlers.... McLINTOCK: He Tamed The West But Could He Tame Her? Cattle baron, banker & model citizen George McLintock has the world in his hands. The only thing missing is his wife, Katherine, who left him two years earlier, suspecting him of adultery. In an effort to get on with his life, McLintock saves a beautiful but impoverished widow from resettlement & hires her as his cook, welcoming both her & her two children into his home. Sparks begin to fly & McLintock's simple & serene lifestyle comes to a crashing halt as an unexpected turn of events results in brawls, gunfire, an Indian attack, the engagement of his only daughter & the return of Mrs McLintock! SAGEBRUSH TRAIL: A young cowboy breaks out of jail after being falsely accused of murder & must prove his innocence before the authorities lock him back up... HIS PRIVATE SECRETARY: Dick Wallace, a millionaire's son, tends to chase rather dubious women causing his father to despair of him. When he really falls in love his father assumes the girl is a gold digger...
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