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A Star Is Born - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (17/04/2019)
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A musical remake of the classic 1937 film of the same name, A Star is Born was designed as Judy Garland's comeback vehicle after she had been cruelly axed by MGM studios for professional unreliability. Her erratic moods caused serious production delays this time around, too, but the behind-the-scenes turmoil was certainly worth it--Garland gives just about the greatest one-woman show in movie history. The story is the stuff of pure Hollywood legend. Aspiring actress-singer Esther Blodgett meets fading matinee idol Norman Maine (James Mason), who navigates her to stardom under the more melodious handle of Vickie Lester. As she rises meteorically, he declines into alcoholic self-pity--and the result, if you haven't guessed, is plenty of heartbreak. Mason lends subtle support in a role Cary Grant refused as too downbeat for his image, but Garland grabs centre stage with an all-out emotional performance that rivets the attention. Director George Cukor was famous for coaxing the very best out of screen divas, and A Star is Born must be counted as his crowning achievement. The lush visual style that he contributes provides a suitable setting for Garland's deep, rich voice--throbbing with melancholy in the Harold Arlen-Ira Gershwin ballad "The Man That Got Away", then capering joyfully in the gargantuan musical number "Born in a Trunk". Moss Hart's script takes many cynical swipes at the pretensions of Tinsel Town--perhaps too many for the taste of studio boss Jack Warner, who ordered drastic cuts in the film after its premiere. --Peter Matthews
Mildred Pierce | Blu Ray | (27/02/2017)
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Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by JOAN CRAWFORD (Johnny Guitar) as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford's career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical ANN BLYTH) becomes a venomous serpent's tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting JAMES M. CAIN's rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional. Special Features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New conversation about Mildred Pierce with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito Excerpt from a 1970 episode of The David Frost Show featuring actor Joan Crawford Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, a 2002 feature-length documentary on Crawford's life and career Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller Segment from a 1969 episode of the Today show featuring novelist James M. Cain Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith Click Images to Enlarge
Arsenic And Old Lace | DVD | (17/04/2019)
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In 1941, when Frank Capra filmed Arsenic and Old Lace, he was in the midst of his string of social-concern pictures. So this uncharacteristic property must have seemed like a vacation; it's a straight farce, played at full tilt and closely adapted from the Broadway play. Almost all of the action takes place on a single set: the old home of the Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair), those dear, dotty old ladies who mix up a very special elderberry wine. Very special. As their nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) discovers on the eve of his wedding, the two ladies have been spiking the wine with poison and sending lonely gentleman callers off to the great beyond. More specifically, they've been burying them in the cellar with the help of nutty Uncle Teddy, who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt (and thus digging the Panama Canal down in the basement). The ominous happenings are made more sinister with the arrival of another menacing relative (RaymondMassey) and his quack doctor (Peter Lorre), who look and act like refugees from a horror movie. Played completely over the top, this movie offers up lots of bracing slapstick, with Grant run to near exhaustion by the galloping insanity of his family. Although Capra shot the film in 1941, prior to his making military films during World War II, the film was not released until 1944; the contract stipulated that the movie not come out before the play ended its enormously successful run. --Robert Horton
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof | DVD | (17/04/2019)
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof offers a smouldering, angry Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie, the feline in question. Paul Newman is her ex-athlete husband, Brick Pollitt, an alcoholic who frustrates and disappoints his wife and his overbearing father, Burl Ives, the vulgar patriarch of this positively Gothic Southern family whose children return to the nest like vultures when they learn he is dying of cancer. Infidelities, addictions, latent homosexuality, depression, unrequited love and mendacity are woven into this powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Though it was somewhat whitewashed by Hollywood, the sentiment remains powerful due to the provocative performances. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor and Actress for Newman and Taylor. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
Mildred Pierce | DVD | (17/04/2019)
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Joan Crawford delivers a critically acclaimed performance as Mildred Pierce a woman clawing her way to success to provide her daughter with everything she lacks. No sacrifice is too much - ending her middle class marriage climbing to the top of a male-dominated business world and marrying a man she doesn't love - but is murder a step too far? Based on a novel by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice Double Indemnity) Mildred Pierce is a stylish film noir which rejuvenated screen icon Joan Crawford's career and earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
The Joan Crawford Collection | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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Mildred PierceA classic American novel published to tie-in with a major new SKY series starring Kate Winslet.Whatever Happened to Baby JanePossessed
Mr & Mrs Smith | DVD | (21/04/2003)
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Before Hollywood had entirely typecast Alfred Hitchcock as the master of suspense, with Mr & Mrs Smith he was allowed to fashion an elegant romantic trifle starring Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard. It probably won't replace Rear Window or Psycho in your affections, but the film is more than a curious footnote to the director's career. The two leads play David and Ann Smith, a devoted but endlessly squabbling couple who discover their three-year marriage isn't legal. When he unexpectedly hesitates to arrange a second wedding, she storms out in a huff and soon begins dating his solid, dependable business partner Jeff (Gene Raymond). The rest follows the formula laid down by such previous screwball comedies as The Awful Truth (1937) and Bringing Up Baby (1938): David employs fair means or foul to win back Ann's heart, causes all sorts of complicated mischief, then... well, three guesses what happens in the end. The intriguing thing about the movie is how Hitchcock takes Norman Krasna's paper-thin script and adds sly undercurrents of menace. You may note, for instance, that the ostensibly happy Smiths treat each other with subtle sadism right from the start, and that David's tactical pursuit of his ex-wife (spying on her and deliberately offending Jeff's parents) involves them both in humiliations that are really quite sinister and ugly. Violence seems about to erupt in the recurring scenes where Ann shaves her husband (suggestively holding a razor up to his throat)--and make what you will of our hero's symbolic nosebleeds. There's a touch of Vertigo in one scary moment when a jammed amusement park ride leaves two characters dangling helplessly high above the ground--and a touch of shall we say relief for Hitchcock's well-known love of toilet humour in another oddball sequence. Montgomery and Lombard keep the mood acceptably frivolous, while indicating the flawed nature of the marital relationship. From the evidence of this one-off, Hitchcock might have been among the best comedy directors in the business, had he so wished. --Peter Matthews
Judy Garland Collection | DVD | (28/09/2009)
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Titles Comprise: A Star Is Born: A Star Is Born marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four year absence director George Cukor's first musical and first colour film and a showcase for the great Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James Mason) an alcoholic actor in a career decline. Their intense love transforms them both. Only one will survive Hollywood's slings and arrows... For Me & My Gal: Gene Kelly and Judy Garland star as Jo and Harry two vaudeville artists. Harry deliberately injures himself to avoid being drafter into Word War I but he later makes amends. Harvey Girls: Vittles songs and dance are amply ladeled out when Judy Garland headlines The Harvey Girls a joyous musical slice of Americana celebrating the restaurants that brought extra helpings of civilization to Old West rail passengers. Highlights include Garland holding saloon patrons at jittery gunpoint to retrieve stolen beefsteaks Ray Bolger's loose-limbed comic hoofing. Virginia O'Brien's sure-shot comic timing Angela Landsbury stylish wickedness as a saloon singer and the On the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe romp. All Board! In The Good Old Summertime: Starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner set in a Chicago music store finds a sales girl (Garland) corresponding through a dating service with a man (Johnson) who turns out to be the manager she detests. Love Finds Andy Hardy: Love Finds Andy Hardy is the fourth film in the series and finds Andy (Mickey Rooney) frantically trying to juggle two girlfriends (Ann Rutherford and Lana Turner) at the same time. It's the new kid next-door (Judy Garland in the first of three fondly remembered Andy Hardy appearances) who helps Andy out of his jam and sings such delightful songs as In Between It Never Rains But What It Pours and Meet the Beat of My Heart. Ziegfeld Girl: The greatest musical extravaganza of all time! An elevator operator a wife of a struggling concert violinist a born-in-the-trunk vaudevillian: they're three different women on three different paths of life yet they soon share one dream: to become a Ziegfeld Girl.
The Tarnished Angels (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (26/08/2013)
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One of legendary director Douglas Sirk's most cherished passion projects this spectacular adaptation of William Faulkner's Pylon has risen in stature to become one of his most acclaimed films. Reuniting with his core creative team from oil tycoon saga Written on the Wind Sirk this time examined the marginal lives and lost souls living one rung from the bottom with surpassing delicacy and artistry. Rock Hudson stars as journalist Burke Devlin fascinated by the sordid lives of a trio eking out a living in carnival circuit daredevil air shows - Roger Shumann (Robert Stack) former WWI fighter pilot forced into races and parachute routines with the help of his wife LaVerne (Dorothy Malone) and faithful mechanic Jiggs (Jack Carson). Evoking Depression-era New Orleans with glorious black-and-white CinemaScope photography Sirk's spellbinding chronicle of personal obsession romantic longing and irreconcilable desires now appears as one of the most extraordinary films to come out of 1950s Hollywood. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Tarnished Angels on Blu-ray for the first time. Special Features: Beautiful new 1080p high-definition master Feature-length audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin Talk About the Business an interview with supporting actor William Schallert Infernal Circle an interview with critic Bill Krohn Acting with Douglas Sirk a collection of archival interviews with Douglas Sirk producer Albert Zugsmith and actors Rock Hudson Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone Original theatrical trailer Isolated music and effects track Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired on the feature 40 Page Booklet featuring the words of Douglas Sirk vintage reportage from the film set rare imagery and more!
Twilight Zone - Season Two | Blu Ray | (20/06/2011)
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All 29 episodes of the second season of Rod Serling's classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high-definition for the first time ever, along with hours of new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else! Episodes Comprise:King Nine Will Not ReturnThe Man in the BottleNervous Man in a Four Dollar RoomA Thing About MachinesThe Howling ManEye of the BeholderNick of TimeThe Lateness of the HourThe Trouble With TempletonA Most Unusual CameraThe Night of the MeekDustBack ThereThe Whole TruthThe InvadersA Penny For Your ThoughtsTwenty TwoThe Odyssey of Flight 33Mr. Dingle, The StrongStaticThe Prime MoverLong Distance CallA Hundred Yards Over the RimThe Rip Van Winkle CaperThe SilenceShadow PlayThe Mind and the MatterWill the Real Martian Please Stand Up?The Obsolete Man
Carefree | DVD | (08/05/2006)
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A lawyer sends his girlfriend who cannot decide whether to marry him to a psychiatrist to help her increase her confidence. However she falls hopelessly in love with the charming psychiatrist who is uncertain of his best course of action... This delightful film features a superb score from Irving Berlin including the songs 'I Used To Be Colour Blind' 'The Yam' and 'The Night Is Filled With Music'.
Star Is Born, A / Meet Me In St. Louis | DVD | (24/04/2006)
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A Star Is Born: This film marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four year absence director George Cukor's first musical and first colour film and a showcase for the great Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. One of the most beloved show business stories of all time A Star Is Born: represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James M
The Groom Wore Spurs | DVD | (31/12/2015)
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In this light comedy Rogers plays an attorney who marries then divorces a rugged cowboy. When he gets into trouble with the law she feels compelled to defend him. Naturally he turns out to be not so tough after all.
The Tarnished Angels | DVD | (05/05/2008)
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The Creature From Black Lake | DVD | (05/07/2005)
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Some fishermen are attacked in the Louisiana swamps. When the word gets out of a mysterious Bigfoot-type creature two researchers come to the small town to study and hopefully discover what the beast is. Their research from some farmers help the two men to learn that the creature may be a very angry and murderous missing link.
A Star Is Born | DVD | (09/10/2006)
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'A Star Is Born' marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four year absence director George Cukor's first musical and first colour film and a showcase for the great Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. One of the most beloved show business stories of all time it represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James Mason) an alcoholic actor in a career decline. Their intense love transforms them both. Only one will survive Hollywood's slings and arrows... Shortened after its premiere the movie underwent one rebirth in 1983 when film historian Ronald Haver found almost all the cut sequences and supervised a reconstruction to near its original length. Its rebirth on DVD is includes a breathtaking digital surround stereo track and incorporates picture and musical material found in Warner Bros' vaults.
A Star Is Born (Deluxe Series) | DVD | (17/03/2003)
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The A STAR IS BORN Deluxe Series box set will include: box set will include: two disc special edition (packed with extras) the complete set of eight limited edition lobby card prints a film Senitype'' (image from the film and 35mm film frame) US one sheet movie poster and an exclusive collection of behind-the-scenes black and white photo stills; plus an in-pack free rolled US cinema poster (one sheet) mail-in offer. Full details of content listed below A STAR IS BORN is the quintessential story of a couple one who's career is on the rise the other on the decline is made extraordinary by the performances of Judy Garland and James Mason. It marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four year absence director George Cukor's first musical and first colour film and a showcase for the great Harold Arden/Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. Shortened after its premiere the movie underwent one rebirth in 1983 when almost all the cut sequences were found and reconstructed to near its original length. Its new DVD rebirth is this breathtaking digital surround stereo track and incorporating picture and musical material recently found in the vaults.