An epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play.
Martin Cruz Smith's bestselling mystery novel seemed ideal material for a movie version, but in Gorky Park director Michael Apted and the usually reliable writer Dennis Potter couldn't quite solve the problem of taking the story from page to screen. William Hurt plays Renko, a Cold War-era Moscow police detective who must cope with both crooks and Communist party protocol as he tries to solve a murder case in the middle of one of Moscow's public parks that leaves three faceless corpses. The strands of the mystery involve corruption, American money and the fur trade and, ultimately, take Renko to New York. But the tension is never all there, despite a deliciously menacing performance by Lee Marvin as the bad guy and Brian Dennehy as an American cop who becomes Renko's ally. --Marshall Fine
Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Upon his return to his native India and fed up with the unjust political system he joins the Indian Congress Party which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his ""subversive"" activities land him in jail masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives so the crown responds by slaughtering 1 500 Indians. Enraged the ascetic spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.
Susan Geroge stars as Amanda a babysitter who finds herself in peril when the biological father of the child in her care shows up unannounced having just been released from a lunatic asylum.
A collection of PD James' crime mysteries, featuring Scotland Yard's Adam Dalgleish (Roy Marsden). 16 disc drama set made between 1983 and 1998. This collection is a must for all fans of high quality police drama
Based on Charles Dickens' epic novel, this critically acclaimed film version stars Dirk Bogarde and Dorothy Tutin in the unforgettable tale of the French Revolution.
Directed by cult British filmmaker Peter Collinson (The Italian Job, Open Season) and written by Tudor Gates (The Vampire Lovers, Lust For A Vampire), Fright has been cited as one of the earliest examples of what would become notoriously known as the slasher movie. Starring Susan George (Straw Dogs, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry), Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney, Minder) and Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, The Avengers), Fright remains one of the most hauntingly atmospheric, genuinely creepy and fundamentally disturbing horror films of the early seventies. Amanda is the young, attractive babysitter hired by the Lloyd family to look after their son one fateful evening. It isn't long before Amanda realizes she is being watched. As the night progresses, Amanda is gradually subjected to a brutal ordeal of unhinged terror that she may not survive. Extras: Interview with Susan George, Interview with Kim Newman, Behind the Scenes Stills gallery
This winning 1987 epic written and directed by John Boorman (Deliverance, The General) serves as a picaresque and semi-autobiographical remembrance of a boy's coming of age during the Second World War. Exhibiting a defiant and humorous take on life during the London blitz, the family of the young boy at the center of the story (Sebastian Rice-Edwards) are a close-knit and resilient bunch, undeterred in the face of the war and revelling in each other's company even as they hide from the incessant bombing. To be sure, there are some poignant moments in this childhood reminiscence, such as when the boy's older sister (Sammi Davis) falls in love with a Canadian, becomes pregnant, and marries him, only to see him taken away by the military police. And the boy's mother (Sarah Miles) serves as a strong influence in the his life as she leads her family through this tumultuous time. The majestic sweep of the film is contrasted with so many comic moments as the people in town go about the mundane details of their daily lives yet also engage in the most absurd rituals in dealing with the onslaught of German artillery - from taking the air raids for granted to wearing gas masks at school. Boorman doesn't dwell on the horrors of war; instead he celebrates the richness and resilience of the people he remembers so fondly. An adventurous and nostalgic slice of life, Hope and Glory is a superb and memorable film. --Robert Lane
A reporter Mullen (Gabriel Byrne) stumbles on a story linking a prominent Member of Parliament to a KGB agent. Has there been a Government cover-up? Mullen teams up with Vernon Bayliss (Denholm Elliott) an old hack and Nina Beckam (Greta Scacchi) the MP's assistant to find out the truth.
Flora appears to be the perfect politician's wife running her husband's constituency and country home with ease while he pursues his career as Minister for the Family at Westminister. Until a sex scandel involving her husband changes Flora's life forever. Political intrigue adultery and betrayal is just the beginning until Flora takes her revenge.
“After 20 years what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.” — In their third screen collaboration the iconic Sean Connery and director Sidney Lumet (Serpico Dog Day Afternoon) plumb the depths of what is perhaps their most psychologically complex creation: a member of the British Police Force who has perhaps witnessed one horror too many. Two decades into a career marked by fraught investigations into murders and sex crimes Detective-Sergeant Johnson (Connery) loses all composure whilst conducting an interrogation with a suspected rapist assaulting him and subsequently beating him to death. The lead-up to this moment is charted across the course of the film in a careful flashback structure... and the lines between guilt and innocence protector and sadist become ineradicably blurred. Released only one year before the director's Serpico and almost a decade before Prince of the City The Offence offers an early Lumetian investigation into the psyche of a policeman under duress and the potential for corruption within a high-stakes profession. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Offence for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Dual Format edition. Bonus Features: New 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray 32-PAGE BOOKLET with a new essay on the film by Mike Sutton an archival interview with Sidney Lumet and more!
The mysterious island village of Balfe is experiencing unexplainable phenomena...from grossly oversized sea life to half-buried bodies in the dark woods to strange Neanderthal-like men suffering from a rare disfiguring disease. Is this town afflicted by radioactive waste contaminating their water? Is there a vengeful mutant monster lurking in the woods? Or worse, are the townsfolk being punished by an act of God for their past sins? It is up to Dr. Del Shaw and the dedicated scientists at Doomwatch headquarters to discover the cause of these horrific mutations. Infuriating local villagers who cling to their secluded island's survival, Dr. Shaw (Ian Bannen) and local school teacher Victoria Brown (Judy Geeson) risk their lives to uncover the truth behind the strange happenings, no matter how frightening or dangerous it may be. Based on the British television series of the same name, DOOMWATCH is a haunting telltale film that just might be hazardous to your health!
In a gripping tale of courage resourcefulness and determination the consequences of a plane crash strip bare the morals of the survivors. The pilot of the doomed aircraft Frank Towns (James Stewart) is an aviator of the old school used to seat-of-the-pants flying distrustful of new technology. With his navigator Lew Moran (Richard Attenborough) he is piloting a cargo-cum-passenger plane high above the Arabian desert when a powerful sandstorm rises from below. Trusting his instincts Frank decides to fly through and above the storm; a risky move which leads to the starboard engine overheating and catching fire shortly followed by the demise of the port engine. Without power the plane begins a long dive towards the ground a sequence memorably intercut with the opening credits before impacting messily. Staggering from the wreckage the living find themselves deep within the Arabian desert far off their original flight plan and with little hope of rescue. Two of their number were killed instantly while a third (a young oil-worker) has been gravely wounded - right from this beginning the crosses of the dead loom over those left alive. Frank blames himself bitterly for this tragedy (correctly so from an objective perspective) but still tries to exert some authority over the rabble and provide reassurance. Since they have enough water for about ten days according to Dr.Renaud (Christian Marquand) and plenty of dates as food Frank and Lew spin the yarn that they will surely be found by search aircraft. Meanwhile a pecking order emerges among the men (a mix of oil-workers soldiers technical personnel and the aircrew) with the more learned/respected exerting control over the manual workers. As time passes the situation becomes increasingly bleak and Captain Harris (Peter Finch) decides to march to the nearest oasis with Sgt.Watson (Ronald Fraser) who is less than keen on the idea. In fact Sgt.Watson manages to fake a sprained ankle just to get out of the desert trip (a move symptomatic of his hatred of the military) and his superior leaves with another passenger. Unfortunately another survivor Trucker Cobb (Ernest Borgnine) is so deranged that he staggers after the departed pair. Frank is still so wracked with guilt that he goes after Cobb risking his own life in the brutal midday heat and fails once again in his task. Just when the situation looks irretrievably lost Heinrich Dorfmann (Hardy Kruger) comes up with an audacious idea - why not build a smaller plane from the debris of the first? Initially he is ridiculed both for being German and for having such a crackpot scheme but attitudes change slightly when he reveals that he is actually an aircraft designer. Once again there is hope no matter how slim that they won't become vulture food - just as long as the struggle for control between Frank and Heinrich doesn't destroy the entire enterprise...
Rough, tough and politically incorrect, The Sweeney was one of the major television successes of the last fifty years and this first feature film spin-off is just as hard-hitting! Featuring memorable performances from John Thaw and Dennis Waterman - and made by the same team who worked on the hit television series - Sweeney! has been newly transferred from original film elements. Hard-bitten, womanising Flying Squad officer Jack Regan becomes embroiled in a political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate a seemingly suspicious death. Framed on a drink-driving charge and suspended from the force, Regan is embroiled in a deadly conspiracy and must think fast and rely on his wits if he's to survive! SPECIAL FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer Image gallery PDF material
An American family moves into a spooky manor house located within a wooded area in the English countryside. Before long they start to see some odd things like mirrors that don't reflect and the ghost of a blindfolded girl. The new tenants learn that 30 years ago a teenage girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to their daughter Jan disappeared nearby. Soon the supernatural presence starts contacting both sisters.
A powerful drama set against the harsh and turbulent background of poverty and class distinction in Tyneside at the beginning of the century. A young docker John O'Brien falls deeply in love with Mary Llewellyn the daughter of a local shipbuilder. Their love unites them but the fifteen streets which separate poverty from wealth threaten to stand in their way.
In the politically charged atmosphere of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, newspaper reporters are hungry for the big story that will make them stars and their newspapers famous. Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne in his first starring role) is one such reporter for the London Daily Dispatch. A top member of Parliament (Ian Bannen) is the focus of the latest political scandal: he has been photographed with a prostitute who is known to have Russian contacts. Nick barrels into the scandal full-bore, despite warnings from his mentor (a deft Denholm Elliott). Nick receives a tip that makes his story a front-page item and he quickly becomes a celebrity himself. But as he soon discovers, there is much more to the story than he imagined. Director David Drury (Prime Suspect 3) keeps this highly complex, John le Carré-esque story moving swiftly. The clues are hard to find at times but it is not because the story is told unclearly; rather, the filmmakers have decided that audiences can think for themselves and piece together the information along with Nick. Defence of the Realm overlooked and truly entertaining thinking person's film. --Doug Thomas
More than 30 years after the Oscar-winning film Born Free moved millions To Walk With Lions is set to make a similar impact. Starring Richard Harris as Kenyan game warden George Adamson To Walk With Lions is the dramatic compelling true story of Adamsons continued battle to save the Kenyan wildlife. He takes on Tony Fitzjohn a down and out drifter from London to help at his reserve in Kora. When poachers begin to trespass into Kora hunting for rhino horn and ivory
Based on the characters created by Scots author A.J. Cronin Doctor Finlay updates the popular series of the 1960s - Doctor Finlay's Casebook. Set in the 1940s the series chronicles life in the town of Tannochbrae as people come to terms with post-war problems and Doctor Finlay prepares to cope with upheaval in his personal and professional life. Episodes Comprise: Series 1: 1. The Return 2. Working Together 3. Winning the Peace 4. A Bitter Pill 5. Forbidden Fruit 6. The Good Doctor Series 2: 1. A Delicate Balance 2. Childsplay 3. Stolen Lives 4. Burning Bridges 5. Secrecy 6. In Arcadia Series 3: 1. Old Flames 2. Time Will Tell 3. Private Lives 4. The Earth's Sweet Being 5. A Natural Mistake 6. The Greatness and the Power 7. No Time For Heroes Series 4 1. Home Truths 2. All Jock Tamson's Bairns 3. Days of Grace 4. A Simple Operation 5. Mercury 6. The Life of Men 7. Still Waters 8. Snowblind
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