He'll get you away faster than anyone else on wheels. Ryan O'Neal plays the driver - an ice-cool getaway ace for hire by whoever can afford his crash course skills. Bruce Dern is the detective - a man obsessed with arresting the speed demon at any cost... The Driver lures his foe into a deadly game of cross and double cross by leaving tantalising evidence at every heist until the vengeance-crazed Detective can stand no more and the film erupts into a frenzy of twisted metal and burning rubber. A 1970's classic from Walter Hill.
An early work from director Luc Besson, Subway is a dark and highly stylised picture which concerns an enigmatic safecracker (Christopher Lambert) hiding out in the Paris Metro system. While living in the underground and eluding both gangsters and Metro police he meets up with a group of colourful and quirky subterranean inhabitants eager to help him and start a rock band. All the while the safecracker blackmails a rich woman (Isabelle Adjani) with whom he is in love. Meant to be a tongue-in-cheek commentary on urban life, the film works better as a light freewheeling entertainment, with well-constructed fast-paced action sequences and a breezy sense of humour about itself. Subway is an intriguing diversion and a chance to see the cutting-edge of contemporary French moviemaking. --Robert Lane
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Once the byword for expensive Hollywood failure, Ishtar is slowly and rightfully becoming recognised as one of the unsung greats of eighties' American cinema. In a nod to Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road to movies, Warren Beatty (Mickey One) and Dustin Hoffman (Straw Dogs) star as brilliantly awful songwriters who find themselves mixed up in Cold War shenanigans whilst in Morocco. Another comedy gem from Elaine May's sadly small, but utterly perfect directorial career. Special Features 2K restoration Two presentations of the film: the 1987 Theatrical Cut (107 mins) and the 2013 Director's Cut (105 mins) Original mono soundtrack Optional 5.1 surround sound Audio commentary with ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May editors Dean Brandum and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (2021) Elaine May and Mike Nichols in Conversation (2006): archival video recording of the two friends and collaborators discussing their careers following a retrospective screening of Ishtar at New York's Walter Reade Theater New interview with songwriter Paul Williams (2021) New appreciation with actor, comedian and filmmaker Richard Ayoade (2021) Waiting for Ishtar (2017): Jonathan Crombie and John Mitchell's charming documentary, featuring interviews with Williams, actors Charles Grodin and Carol Kane, journalists Peter Biskind and David Blum, film critic J Hoberman, and others Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Jessica Kiang, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies More extras to be announced! Extras subject to change
Beyond the realm of human desire there is a darkness... A horror film like no other Possession is an intense shocking experience that was banned in the UK as a 'video nasty'. With its dark subject matter and high gore quotient it's not for the faint hearted. With their marriage in pieces Anna and Mark's tense relationship has become a psychotic descent into screaming matches violence and self-mutilation. Believing his wife's only lover is the sinister Heinrich Mark is unaware of the demonic tentacled creature that Anna has hidden away for liaisons in a deserted apartment and will stop at nothing to protect. Written and directed by Andrzej uawski Possession is a deeply unsettling experience aided by the horrific special effects of the great Carlo Rambaldi (Deep Red Close Encounters Alien). The film though banned on video was nominated for a BAFTA and the Palme d'Or and Adjani's astonishing performance earned her Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the French Cesars.
A horror film like no other Possession is an intense shocking experience that was banned in the UK as a 'Video Nasty'. At the Cannes Film Festival however the film was nominated for the palm d'Or and Isabelle Adjani won Best Actress for her mesmerising performance. With their marriage in pieces and Anna and Mark's tense relationship has become a psychotic descent into screaming matches violence and self- mutilation. Believing his wife's only love is sinister Heinrich Mark is unaware of the demonic tentacled creature that Anna has hidden away for liaisons in a deserted apartment and will stop at nothing to protect. Special Features: The other side of the wall: The making of Possession Audio Commentary with Director Andrzej Zulawski Audio Commentary with Co-Writer Frederic Tuten Andrzej Zulawski Interview Repossessed - The film's UK and US Reception the 'Video Nasties' furore and the U.S. recut A Divided City - The Berlin Locations The Sounds of Possession - Interview with Composer Andrzej Korszynski Our Friend in the West - Interview with the legendary Producer Christian Ferry Basha - Featurette on the artist who created the famed poster of the film Theatrical Trailer
Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, La Reine Margot concerns the events behind infamous Massacre of St Bartholomew in sixth-century France. Isabelle Adjani plays Margot, betrothed for political reasons to one man (Daniel Auteuil) by her mother (Virna Lisi), while she is, in fact, in love with another (Vincent Pérez). Despite the bond that grows between the reluctant couple, plots are hatching all over the castle against the royals. Adventurous, exciting, erotic and given strong artistic credibility through its outstanding cast, the film is enthralling and visually sumptuous. Directed by Patrice Chereau, less known outside of France than is the film's producer, Claude Berri (director of Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources). --Tom Keogh
International screen star Isabelle Adjani (The Story Of Adele H. Ishtar) is the creative prodigy Camille Claudel. Gerard Depardieu (Green Card Cyrano de Bergerac) is the legendary sculptor Rodin. This is the true story of their passionate obsession with art - and with each other. Both an inspiring saga of artistic vision and the haunting portrayal of a doomed romance Camille Claudel is a beautiful and stirring cinematic masterpiece.
The time is the present. The Driver (Ryan O'Neal) is the best 'Wheel Man' for hire. His work in driving getaway cars are exhibitions in excellence works of art. The Detective (Bruce Dern) is the top cop of the force. Nobody he tracks down ever eludes him. Except the Driver. As the Driver pulls off another job the Detective lays in wait for him. But the Driver has already lanted his alibi and is one step ahead of him. Through his operative the Connection (Ronee Blakley) he hires the mysterious young woman the Player (Isabelle Adjani) to lead the Detective astray... Special Features: Alternative Opening Sequence
Besson's second feature after Le Dernier Combat Subway is a stylish urban odyssey which helped to consolidate Besson's growing reputation for unique visually creative output. Fred (Christopher Lambert) a charismatic safe blower realises he is in love with rich society girl H''l''na (Isabelle Adjani) when he is in the midst of trying to blackmail her. To complicate matters he is also on the run from both gangsters and the police and is forced to take refuge in the tunnels of the Paris metro. Here in the brutal and surreal world beneath the city a strange collection of petty criminals and people with a reason to hide exist. Gradually Fred's life begins to interweave with theirs as rediscovering forgotten dreams he decides to form a band. However Fred cannot forget H''l''na and he becomes determined both to win her love and drive his band to success - with the police and gangsters all the while in hot pursuit.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (DVD) A film by Werner Herzog Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz, Downfall) lives with his young wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani, Possession) in the idyllic town of Wismar, where he works as an estate agent. In spite of grim omens, Harker ventures deep into the Carpathian Mountains to close a property deal with Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski - Aguirre, Wrath of God), a sickly, wraith-like creature with sunken eyes and pallid skin. While dining that night at the Count's ghostly castl.
The Story of Adele H is Francois Truffaut's dramatisation of the true story of Adele Hugo, the daughter of French author-in-exile Victor Hugo, and her romantic obsession with a young French officer. It's a cinematically beautiful and emotionally wrenching portrait of a headstrong but unstable young woman. Adele (Isabelle Adjani, whose pale face gives her the quality of a cameo portrait) travels under a false name and spins half-a-dozen false stories about herself and her relationship to Lieutenant Pinson (Bruce Robinson), the Hussar she follows to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pinson no longer loves her, but she refuses to accept his rejection. Sinking further and further into her own internal world, she passes herself off as his wife and pours out her stormy emotions into a personal journal filled with delusional descriptions of her fantasy life. Beautifully shot by Nestor Almendros in vivid colour, Truffaut's re-creation of the 1860s is accomplished not merely in impressive sets and locations but in the very style of the film: narration and voiceovers, written journal entries and letters, journeys and locations established with map reproductions, and a judicious use of stills mixing old-fashioned cinematic technique with poetic flourishes. The result is one of Truffaut's most haunting portraits, all the more powerful because it's true. --Sean Axmaker
Diabolique is Jeremiah Chechik's 1996 revamped version of the 1955 French film noir tale of two teachers at a boys school conspiring to kill the headmaster (played in the remake by Chazz Palminteri of Jade and The Usual Suspects). The three assemble an intriguing triangle of revenge and deceit as the headmaster's abused and humiliated wife and mistress team up to get even. Mia Baran is the fragile wife with a delicate heart condition, portrayed by Isabelle Adjani (Queen Margot), and Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct) is the plotting, contemptuous mistress. Together they set out to wreak an unfortunate revenge, but as the story reveals itself, miscalculations abound as hidden agendas and secret lives are unexpectedly exposed. Chechik's new look and timeless setting give film noir audiences something neoteric and seductive to play with. A welcomed change to the film's story line is the fresh addition of Kathy Bates as a daunting private detective. Fans of Stone's will not be disappointed with the latest version of her "I-could-give-a-damn smoldering broad" technique and anyone not yet familiar with Chazz Palminteri will love watching him succeed as the ultimately despicable headmaster. --Michele Goodson
A talented musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto and the concentration camps of World War II.
ROMAN POLANSKI directs and stars as Trelkovsky an expatriate Pole in Paris who takes over the lease of a gloomy apartment and comes to believe that the other tenants in the block are conspiring to drive him to kill himself. The real or imagined conspiracy is supported by the suicide of the previous tenant. Trelkovsky finds himself assuming the identity of his predecessor but the twist that sets this film above the competition is that this previous occupant was a girl. Polanski
Maurice Maurice Hall and Clive Durham find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for 'the unspeakable vice of the Greeks', Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice however, struggles with questions of his identity and self-confidence, seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his ...
FranÃ§ois is a petty drug dealer whose dream is to settle down and set up a Mr Freeze's ice lolly franchise in Morocco. But his ambition is smashed to pieces when he discovers that his own mother, a compulsive gambler and seasoned scammer, has burnt his savings that he was relying on to start their brand-new life. Putin, the local gang leader, offers FranÃ§ois to do one last job in Spain so that he can make some money he desperately needs. Things go from bad to worse when the deal goes wrong and everyone around him gets involved: his disillusioned love Lamya, his stupid former father-in-law who just got out of prison, two inseparable and uncontrollable wannabe gangsters and last but not least... his glamorous and manipulative mother.
Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz Downfall) lives with his young wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani Possession in the idyllic town of Wismar where he works as an estate agent. In spite of grim omens Harker ventures deep into the Carpathian Mountains to close a property deal with Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski Aguirre and Wrath of God) a sickly wrath-like creature with sunken eyes and pallid skin. While dining that night at the Count's ghostly castle Harker cuts his finger provoking a disturbing reaction to his host. Werner Herzog's masterful contribution to the vampire canon is both a discerning tribute to F W Murnau's 1922 silent classic and a singularly atmospheric and thoughtful horror film in its own right. Kinski's central performance Herzog's images and Popul Vuh's music combine to create a darkly hypnotic and seductive experience. This specially-designed limited edition SteelBook is released ahead of an extensive Werner Herzog box set from the BFI which will include newly remastered HD presentations of 17 of his greatest feature films and shorts. Special Features: Limited Edition SteelBook Newly Remastered Presentations of the English and German versions Original Mono Audio (German and English) Alternative 5.1 Surround audio (German) Feature-Length Audio Commentary with Werner Herzog On-set Documentary (1979 13 mins): Promotional Film Featuring Candid Interviews with Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski Original Theatrical Trailer Stills Gallery Fully Illustrated Booklet with a new Essay by Laurie Johnson Full Film Credits and on-set Photographs
In French comedy Mammuth the legendary Gerard Depardieu shines in his most uninhibited role to date, for which he was nominated for a Csar Award. One of the year’s funniest, most surprising and ultimately poignant comedies, cult directors Gustave Kervern and Benot Delpine (Louise-Michel, Aaltra) pull out all the stops in this bold and brazen road movie with a difference.
Vivianne Denvers is a well-known film actress who has many male admirers. At the premiere of her latest picture she is pursued by Beaufort a rather large government official. To get away from him she attaches herself to an unsuitable older man who takes her home. After an argument she slaps him only to find that he has dropped dead! Terrified she calls on a former boyfriend to help her move the body...
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