San Francisco has been the setting of a lot of exciting movie car chases over the years, but this 1968 police thriller is still the one to beat when it comes to high-octane action on the steep hills of the city by the Bay. The outstanding car chase earned an Oscar for best editing, but the rest of the movie is pretty good, too. Bullitt is a perfect star vehicle for cool guy Steve McQueen, who stars as a tenacious detective (is there any other kind?) determined to track down the killers of the star witness in an important trial. Director Peter Yates (Breaking Away) approached the story with an emphasis on absolute authenticity, using a variety of San Francisco locations. Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Duvall appear in early roles, and Robert Vaughn plays the criminal kingpin who pulls the deadly strings of the tightly wound plot. --Jeff Shannon
Passion. Seduction. Betrayal. A Scandalous Love Story. The sensuous true story of the woman who defied convention in 16th-century Venice. Catherine McCormack plays Veronica Franco who under the knowing tutelage of her mother becomes a courtesan to the rich and powerful. She'll pay a price. Veronica may have to turn away forever from the nobleman she loves. And she may stand alone when the Inquisition charges her wiles are witchcraft.
The word 'cop' isn't written all over him - something more puzzling is. In one of his most memorable roles Steve McQueen stars as Detective Frank Bullitt a hard-driving tough-as-nails San Francisco cop. Bullitt has just received what sounds like a routine assignment: keep a star witness out of sight and out of danger for 48 hours then deliver him to the courtroom on Monday morning. But before the night is out the witness will lie dying of shotgun wounds and Bullitt a no-glitter all-guts cop won't rest until he nabs the gunmen and the elusive underworld kingpin who hired them. Famed for it's Lalo Schifrin score and one of the greatest car chases in cinema-history Bullit won the 1969 Oscar for Best Film Editing (Frank P. Keller).
May 2011: A man is arrested for sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid... Mr. Devereaux is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations cannot, it seems, control his own sexual appetite. The events that followed laid bare his failures and ultimately led to his dismissal from public office. Welcome To New York: Directed by Abel Ferrara, legendary actor Gerard Depardieu plays Devereaux: a man consumed by his own ego, arrogance and believing nothing is out of his reach be it political power or the objects of his lust. This film was inspired by a court case, the public stages of which have been filmed, broadcast, reported and commented on throughout the media worldwide. Nonetheless, the characters portrayed in the film and all sequences depicting their private lives remain entirely fictional, no one being able to claim the ability to recreate the complex truth of the lives of the protagonists and witnesses in this case, about which everyone has his or her own point-of-view.
Stanley Donen's sophisticated comedy drama charts the lives of a stylish British couple (Albert Finney Audrey Hepburn) as they travel on various holidays over the course of their 12-year marriage with separate vignettes combining to form a collage of highs and lows as the young couple struggles to maintain their fading marital bliss...
Elegant, all-star production, introducing Albert Finney as the first screen Hercule Poirot. A no-good American tycoon lies dead with twelve dagger wounds, but which of the passengers is the guilty party? Includes an OscarÂ® winning performance from Ingrid Bergman
Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, The Deep (1977) is a lavish, suspense-filled adventure, adapted from Peter Benchley's (Jaws) best-selling novel. Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) and David Sanders (Nick Nolte) are on a romantic holiday in Bermuda when they come upon the sunken wreck of a WWII freighter. Near it, they find an ampule of morphine, one of tens of thousands still aboard the wrecked ship. Their discovery leads them to a Haitian drug dealer, Cloche (Louis Gossett), and an old treasure hunter, Romer Treece (Robert Shaw). With Cloche in pursuit, Gail, David and Treece try to recover the sunken treasure. Extras: The Making of the Deep Select Scenes from the three hour Special Edition
Just the name "Orient Express" conjures up images of a bygone era. Add an all-star cast (including Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Bacall, to name a few) and Agatha Christie's delicious plot and how can you go wrong? Particularly if you add in Albert Finney as Christie's delightfully pernickety sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Someone has knocked off nasty Richard Widmark on this train trip and, to Poirot's puzzlement, everyone seems to have a motive--just the set-up for a terrific whodunit. Though it seems like an ensemble film, director Sidney Lumet gives each of his stars their own solo and each makes the most of it. Bergman went so far as to win an Oscar for her role. But the real scene-stealer is the ever-reliable Finney as the eccentric detective who never misses a trick. --Marshall Fine
The extraordinary story tells of a quest that took as illiterate French peasant girl and transformed her into one of the most revered leaders of all time.
Save The Last Dance: Sara (Julia Stiles) is a small-town girl with a big dream: to become a world-class ballerina. But when her mother suddenly dies Sara must abandon her plans and join her estranged father (Terry Kinney) on Chicago's gritty south side. A white girl in a predominately black neighbourhood Sara feels out of place - until she is befriended by a black classmate Chenile (Kerry Washington) and her handsome brother Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas). Sparks fly between Sara and Derek whose shared love for dance leads to romance. But as Sara and Derek's relationship grows so does opposition from their famillies and friends. Now Sara and Derek face the biggest challenge of their young lives - to stay true to their dreams.. and each other. Save The Last Dance 2: Continuing the story of the original film Sara (Izabella Miko) follows her dream and becomes a student at Juilliard. As she is excels and becomes a star pupil Sara becomes torn between her love for traditional ballet and her passion for the urban street rhythms of hip-hop complicated further by her new love hip-hop musician Miles (Columbus Short). When pushed to make a choice will she follow the path of the tried and true or will she take a risk and dance into uncharted territory?
Tony Rome: Tony Rome a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD. The Detective: A hard-boiled mystery starring Frank Sinatra as the tough-as-nails Detective Joe Leland 'The Detective' was based on a novel by Roderick Thorp. Called in to investigate the murder of Teddy Leikman the homosexual son of a well-conn
This loving farce from FRANÃOIS TRUFFAUT (Jules and Jim) about the joys and turbulence of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films. Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (The 400 Blows' JEAN-PIERRE LÃAUD); an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Juliet of the Spirits' VALENTINA CORTESE); and a British ingÃ©nue haunted by personal scandal (Bullitt's JACQUELINE BISSET). An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of love and sex, Day for Night is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary GEORGES DELERUE (Contempt). Bonus Features: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New visual essay by filmmaker :: kogonada New interview with cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn New interview with film scholar Dudley Andrew Documentary on the film from 2003, featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf Archival interviews with director FranÃ§ois Truffaut; editor Yann Dedet; and actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nathalie Baye, Jacqueline Bisset, Dani, and Bernard Menez Television footage of Truffaut on the film's set in 1972 Trailer New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic David Cairns Click Images to Enlarge
An obvious attempt to cash in on the success of Jaws, this 1977 thriller was also based on a best-seller by Peter Benchley, and it features a memorable performance by Robert Shaw (the doomed shark hunter in Jaws) in one of the last roles of his career. Looking very tanned and healthy, Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset play a young couple enjoying a tropical vacation who discover a glass ampoule while scuba diving off the coast of Bermuda. It takes a seasoned treasure hunter (Shaw) to identify the ampoule as part of a valuable shipment of World War II morphine lost at sea, coincidentally, atop the even greater treasure of a sunken Spanish galleon. Thus begins a race for drugs and treasure pitting Nolte, Bisset and Shaw against a ruthless drug lord (Louis Gossett Jr) who will do anything--even resort to Haitian voodoo--to get what he wants. It's all rather contrived and exploitative (after all, the movie's best known for Bisset's wet T-shirt scuba-dive), but as escapist entertainment goes it's got some exciting highlights including a moray eel that attacks on cue and... well, uh, Jacqueline Bisset in a wet T-shirt. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Directed by Emmy Award winner Roger Young and featuring an all-star cast this mesmerising mini-series vividly depicts the life and mission of Jesus of Nazareth.
The executive producer of Mudbound and Assassination Nation brings you this slick, gun-toting neo-noir thriller. Asher (Ron Perlman: Hellboy), a former Mossad agent turned gun for hire, lives an austere life in an ever-changing Brooklyn. Approaching the end of his career, he breaks the oath he took as a young man when he meets Sophie (Famke Janssen: X-Men) on a hit gone wrong. In order to have love in his life before it's too late, he must kill the man he was, for a chance at becoming the man he wants to be.
Catherine Steadman and Jacqueline Bisset star in this drama directed by Don McBrearty. Aspiring writer Tilly (Steadman) has been travelling around Europe with her grandmother Isabella (Bisset) being shown what it is like to live in modern 1870's society. As they arrive in Dublin Isabella plans to teach Tilly the value of letters and the written word and she sets up a meeting with Ireland's poet laureate the Earl of Shannon (Robert O'Mahoney). What Isabella fails to tell Tilly, however, is that the Earl of Shannon is a past love and she hopes that he will pull some strings to get Tilly's work published.
Cul-De-Sac: A mismatched couple (he effeminate and petulant she sensual and enigmatic) share a bizarre sexual relationship living in a remote castle. Their very isolation from the world prevents their eccentric partnership from foundering. Only an outsider can disrupt their make-believe lifestyle. That disruption arrives in the belligerent form of Richard and Albert two oddball gangsters straight out of a 1940's film noir wounded desperate and on the run. They demand s
Set in the sultry splendor of Rio de Janeiro, Wild Orchid stars Mickey Rourke (9 1/2 Weeks), Jacqueline Bisset (Bullitt) and supermodel Carre Otis in a torrid (Variety) adventure of the senses. Filled with exotic settings (The Hollywood Reporter), it is a hypnotic odyssey that will leave you breathless and spellbound. Beautiful young attorney Emily Reed (Otis) travels to Rio to work with international negotiator Claudia Lirones (Bisset) on a multimillion-dollar deal. But once exposed to the raw sensuality of her surroundings, Emily is increasingly drawn into a world of erotic fantasy. Eager to guide Emily through this underworld is Claudia's old flame Wheeler (Rourke). Mysterious and seductive Wheeler unleashes Emily's most primitive desires... even as she threatens to unlock his world-weary heart. From director Zalman King (Red Shoe Diaries, Two Moon Junction) comes a tale of sex, passion and erotic taboos set against the backdrop of the rich and powerful. Wild Orchid will be released on Blu-ray in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition for the first time in the UK. Special Features Original theatrical trailerOptional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
This double DVD set features Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Soulstice and the sequel Summer Solstice Winter Solstice is the entrancing story of shattered lives and broken hearts and a Christmas retreat which brings healing and happy endings. When recently bereaved Elfrida Phipps moves into a tiny cottage she soon makes friends with her new neighbours the Blundells. Elfrida's favourite niece Carrie returns from Austria heartbroken and briefly meets businessman Sam on her flight home. A tragic accident befalls the Blundells and with everyone's lives in ruins Oscar Blundell Elfrida Carrie and her young sister Lucy decamp to a house on a Scottish Estate which is part owned by Oscar. Once in Scotland the party encounters the local landowner The Countess of Rhives and Carrie comes face to face with Sam again. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the wild Scottish Highlands Summer Solstice stars Jaqueline Bissett Sinad Cusack Jason Durr and Honor Blackman. Sam and Carries newly formed business empire is struggling. The exclusive Rhives Castle Hotel isnt attracting enough guests. Elfrida gets her big break when she is offered a small part in a soap opera. Meanwhile Lucinda The Countess of Rhives is enjoying her new found lease of life away from the burden of running the castle.
As rites-of-passage films featuring a young man's sexual initiation in the arms of a beautiful woman go, Class (1983) has plenty going for it, not least its attractive cast: Andrew McCarthy as Jonathan, Rob Lowe as Gatsby-ish best friend Skip and Jacqueline Bisset as the beautiful woman who is old enough to know better and just happens to be Skip's mother. Lewis John Carlino's film has moments of insight, taking a few well-aimed shots at the vaguely sinister network of American public school life. In the first reel it neatly subverts the bullying scenario that threatens when the geekish Jonathan arrives at the school, while offering the briefly intriguing sight of Lowe in scarlet bra and pants. And there's a subplot of deceit and complicity that both strengthens and threatens the friendship that rapidly forms between Skip and Jonathan. In many ways, though, the most interesting element of the picture--Skip's relationship with his dysfunctional family--is left unexplored. Jonathan's deflowering and subsequent interludes are merely titillating. And Bisset's Ellen, a desperately sad character, becomes superfluous once the revelation that she is the "teacher" sets the boys' friendship on the path to fraternal solidarity. On the DVD: Class is presented in widescreen anamorphic format and looks as good as its leading players, although the Dolby Digital mono soundtrack has odd moments of flatness that detract from the cinematic experience. Extras are limited to the cinema trailer that now looks like a red rag to the puritanical objectors who were appalled by the graphic scenes in which Jonathan loses his virginity to the predatory Ellen. --Piers Ford
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