Few would have guessed from its initial headline-grabbing shock tactics, but the BBC's This Life went on to become one of the most influential television dramas of the 1990s. The show's creators certainly went for the jugular with liberal smatterings of sex, drugs and general debauchery--not many television shows then or now come with an 18 certificate. But beneath all the surface gloss lay a drama of real substance. The first 11 episodes begin with the five individuals coming together in London's legal world and then take us through their shared experiences. This Life's great strength was that there was enough drama between the main protagonists to maintain the show's momentum, while introducing just the right amount of secondary characters (Delilah, Ferdy)--a trick that Queer as Folk, perhaps the show's natural successor, was also to employ. The chemistry between the leading players has rarely been bettered since and, all in all, This Life has aged not a jot. On the DVD: while there is little in the way of extra features, the DVD format suits This Life perfectly. And where 430 minutes of VHS would be too unwieldy, this two-disc collection is sharp and snappy. The menu layout is excellent, enabling easy access to those classic moments, and the hip soundtrack (The Prodigy, Iggy Pop, Dubstar) sounds crisp and clear. --Phil Udell
Coupling is a witty, instantly addictive series that charts the tangled sex lives of a close-knit group comprising "exes and best friends": womaniser Jack, hapless nice guy Steve, "strange and disturbing" Jeff, uninhibited Susan, neurotic Sally and manipulative Jane. The obvious frame of reference is Friends (Steve and Susan are the Ross and Rachel equivalent), but this series also echoes Seinfeld in its coinage of catchphrases and plot lines (in episode one, Steve tries to dump Jane, who refuses to accept). But it's no mere British clone of US sitcoms: Coupling has its own fresh and provocative take on relationships. At one point, a furious Susan discovers that Patrick not only had a videotape of the former couple having sex, but that he also taped over her. --Donald Liebenson
In the six-part British "vampire-slaying" mini-series Ultraviolet we discover that UV light is used (both in surgery and via high-tech weaponry) to identify people who have been infected with a disease labelled "Code 5". It's transmitted via a bite to the neck, but at no point in the series is the word "vampire" used. Instead, in the second episode ("In Nomine Patris") the nickname "Leech" is introduced. We learn that it was this disease, these "Leeches", that were responsible for the Fire of London, and that one in 20 people are already infected. In the opening episode, policeman Michael Colefield (Jack Davenport) is recruited into the secretive CIB. He meets its introverted priest-chief Pearse (Philip Quast), the emotionally driven Dr Angela March (Susannah Harker) and the bullish heavyweight Vaughan (Idris Elba). Spinning around Mike's suddenly complicated life are his best friend's jilted fiancée Kirstie (Colette Brown) and old flame Frances (Fiona Dolman). In later hard-hitting episodes we see a 12-year-old boy stab his teacher priest to death ("Mea Culpa") and the capture of a "Leech" ("Persona Non Grata"). This intriguing series ends having tied together most of its threads, but dangles worrying implications at the viewer... not so much to suggest a sequel as to hammer home everything at stake. --Paul Tonks
Thriller/horror set during World War II. A group of German soldiers in the Ardennes in 1944 take refuge from the advancing Allied troops in an underground bunker system. However during the night a series of strange and horrifying events occur.
Miles Anna Egg Milly Warren and Ferdy return for the second series of the groundbreaking BBC drama This Life. This time around life is even more complicated: Egg is having serious problems with money and direction; Milly enters an affair with her boss O'Donnell; Anna is still in love with Miles but having a hard time accepting it; meanwhile Miles gets engaged despite his feelings for Anna; Warren gets arrested for 'cruising' in the local park and decides to le
Her courage paved the way to their freedom. Mary Bryant is the true story of a remarkable woman's fight for freedom and dignity in the first colony in Australia. An action-packed film with an all-star cast including Jack Davenport (This Life) Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Romola Garai as Mary this is the biggest mini-series ever filmed in Australia.
Prepare to be blown out of the water. Jack Sparrow (Depp in an Oscar nominated performance) and Will Turner (Bloom) brave the Caribbean Sea to stop a ship of pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Rush) who intend to break an ancient curse using the blood of the lovely Elizabeth Swann (Knightley)... This special 3 disc edition is available for a limited time only!
Set in the 1820s the story centres on beautiful young Alice Maybell played by OSCAR Nominee British-born actress Naomi Watts' (21 Grams King Kong Mulholland Drive). Orphaned as a child Alice is brought up by the local squire Fairfield 'Derek Jacobi' (The King's Speech Gladiator). When she comes of age it becomes clear that Squire Fairfield has designs on Alice but is dismayed that Alice and her secret love the Squire's eldest son Charles 'Iain Glen' (Game of Thrones Downton Abbey) plan to elope. Aided and abetted by Charles' younger brother Harry 'Jack Davenport' (Pirates of the Caribbean) the young couple flee to Carwell Grange escaping the furious Squire. At the mysterious and gloomy Carwell Alice begins to realise that the Fairfield men are not all they seem. She then becomes plagued by nightmares about a macabre amorphous being stalking her. Horror eventually gives way to tragedy and Alice now a mother becomes embroiled in the dark secrets of the family's past and the evil ambitions of its present.
Mother’s Milk is a powerful, moving and often funny drama, based on the award-winning novel by Edward St. Aubyn about an English family forced to come to terms with the imminent loss of their beloved holiday house in Provence. Told through the eyes of an intelligent young boy, Robert (Thomas Underhill); then his troubled father Patrick (Jack Davenport) and finally his long-suffering mother Mary (Annabel Mullion), it depicts their growing sense of betrayal and family breakdown after Eleanor (Margaret Tyzack), the ailing grandmother, decides to leave her house to Seamus (Adrian Dunbar) an Irish conman intent on setting up a New Age Foundation instead of her own family. Unable to get through to his stroke-ridden mother, Patrick descends into drunkenness and despair, embarking on a short adulterous affair as he struggles to contain his anger and frustration towards the charlatan who has deceived his mother and threatened the family inheritance.
Swingtown: Season 1
Robert Bradley gives up his job in the shipyards to work with his Uncle John as a carpenter. He starts to explore the surrounding countryside and soon encounters Millie a strange girl-child known as 'Thorman's Moth'...
A swashbuckling tale about a young man who teams up with the maverick pirate Captain Sparrow and takes on the sinister crew of the Black Pearl to save his true love from becoming the victim of a deadly curse.
National Treasure (Dir. John Turtletaub 2004): In order to break the code one man will have to break all the rules. Ben Gates comes from a family of treasure hunters. Now his grandfather believes that the Four Fathers buried a treasure somewhere in the country and have placed clues everywhere but unfortunately the clues are highly cryptic and scaterred all over the place. Now Ben thinks he has found it but it only leads him to another clue which is on the back of the
That Deadwood Feeling is a blackly comic film noir a tale of three guys who dream of making a movie of becoming players in the game of life. What could be simpler? Michael (Dexter Fletcher Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Hotel Babylon) has the enthusiasm Jack (Jack Davenport Pirates of the Caribbean) has the intellect and Frank (Demetri Goritsas The Bourne Identity) - well Frank has the answer to everything. The only minor obstacle is that they haven't a single original idea between them until out of the shadows comes this weird actor guy (Richard Stanley dir. Hardware Dust Devil) who offers them his life story on a plate. Off they set on a journey of optimism exploitation denial dreams both good and bad - and ultimately death. Throughout they're offered words of worldly wisdom by Larry (David Soul Starsky and Hutch) a seen-it-all done-it-all big shot - that's if you believe his own publicity. Watching over the unfolding story is an unnamed character (Angus Deayton) who seems to know everything and how it's all meant to be. But who the hell is he? What''s his game? And what''s his relationship to the mysterious Girl in the Red Dress (Ivana Horvat)?
The idyllic pirate life of roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp in an Oscar-nominated performance) capsizes after his nemesis the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) steals his ship the Black Pearl and later attacks the town of Port Royal kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead! Suspense-filled adventure sword-clashing action mystery humour unforgettable characters and never-before-seen special effects make Pirates Of The Caribbean a must-have movie on the grandest scale ever!
This box set contains the following films: The Notebook (Dir. Nick Cassavetes) (2004): A sweeping love story told by a man reading from his faded notebook (James Garner) to a woman in a nursing home (Gena Rowlands). The Notebook follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams). Though her upbringing takes place in an antebellum mansion and he grew up in the kind of house where musicians strum on the porch that doesn't stop Noah and Allie from spending one incredible summer together before they are separated first by her parents and then by WWII. After the war is over everything is different. Allie is engaged to a successful businessman and Noah lives alone with his 200-year-old house that he lovingly restores. But when Allie reads a newspaper article about Noah's handiwork. She knows that she's got to find him and make a decision once and for all about the path her life - and her love - must take... She's The Man (Dir. Andy Fickman) (2006): Viola Johnson (Amanda Bynes) had her own good reasons for disguising herself as her twin brother Sebastian (James Kirk) and enrolling in his place at his new boarding school Illyria Prep. She was counting on Sebastian being AWOL from school as he tried to break into the music scene in London. What she didn't count on was falling in love with her hot roommate Duke (Channing Tatum) who in turn only has eyes for the beautiful Olivia (Laura Ramsey). Making matters worse Olivia is starting to fall for Sebastian who-for reasons Olivia couldn't begin to guess-appears to be the sensitive type of guy she'd always dreamed of meeting. If things weren't complicated enough the real Sebastian has come back from London two days earlier than expected and arrives on campus having no clue that he's been replaced... by his own twin sister. The Wedding Date (Dir. Clare Kilner) (2005): In this sparkling romantic comedy Debra Messing plays Kat a never-married New Yorker who is invited to her parents' London home for her younger sister's wedding. What should be a joyous occasion bodes disaster for Kat however when she discovers that the best man will be none other than her ex-fianc'' who two years before inexplicably dumped her. In a desperate attempt to face the ordeal with dignity Kat hires Nick (Dermot Mulroney) a charming and handsome professional male escort to pose as her new boyfriend and escort her to the wedding. Even more valuable to Kat than Nick's good looks and charisma is his keen insight into human behavior--a well-learned trick of his trade. Over the course of the weekend Nick takes on the role of the bride's therapist the father's ideal son-in-law the groom's new best friend and the object of every woman's affection. For Kat what starts out as a pretend relationship with Nick begins to turn into something entirely unexpected: a second chance at love.
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