The Balkans 1939. British professor Guy Pringle (Kenneth Branagh) arrives in Romania with his new bride Harriet (Emma Thompson) and becomes enmeshed in the politics of anti-fascism. Despite Harriet's serious misgivings Guy's social circle soon includes members of the British Secret Service who want to involve him in dangerous missions and a downtrodden prince who zeroes in on Guy's generous nature and winds up living with the Pringles. Thus the stage is set for this mesmerizing story of marriage tested by accidental betrayal callous insensitivity and a world in upheaval. Based upon the autobiographical novels of best-selling author Olivia Manning and set in places as far-flung as Bucharest Athens and Cairo Fortunes of War is majestic in both its scope and its vision.
Paris 1792. Crowds hungry for blood cheer as the heads of hundreds of aristocrats fall under the blade of the guillotine. The French Revolution has entered its phase of terror. A mysterious rescuer know only by his alias of The Scarlet Pimpernel is proving the scourge of the Revolution as he daringly snatches aristocrats from the jaws of death under the noses of the executioners. Against this backdrop sits a love story a marriage and a man hunt for the Scarlet Pimpernel ordered by Robespierre himself. Special Features: Actor Filmographies Subtitles
A mysterious very old solicitor Mr. Blunden (Naismith) visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the housekeepers to a derelict country mansion in the charge of the solicitor. One day the children meet the spirits of two other children who died in the mansion nearly a hundred years previously and start to look into the mystery surrounding a fire that destroyed the house and claimed the lives of the two children...
Join Hugh ""Bulldog"" Drummond in two of his groovy sixties adventures! Deadlier Than The Male (Dir. Ralph Thomas 1966): For Hire: Deadly Weapons! - Blonde Brunette Redhead A rarely seen 1966 tongue-in-cheek spy thriller starring Richard Johnson as Hugh Bulldog Drummond investigating the attempted sabotage of oil deals and assassination of a Persian King. Elke Sommer co-stars. Some Girls Do (Dir. Ralph Thomas 1969): Hugh ""Bulldog"" Drummond returns! Drummond'
It's tough trying to beat the 1934 version of the popular adventure-romance story, starring Leslie Howard as the 18th-century British hero who poses as a fop in London society but runs a secret mission to rescue the doomed in Robespierre's Paris. But this 1982 television version, starring Anthony Andrews (Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited) as the Pimpernel and Jane Seymour as his beloved but estranged wife, is quite a treat. Andrews and Seymour expertly capture the essence of a relationship suffering from misunderstandings and elusive passion, and there is plenty of crackle to the action sequences. Clive Donner (What's New, Pussycat?) brings some strong cinematic qualities to this television presentation. --Tom Keogh
Very few first-time film directors would have been capable of making such a triumphant adaptation of Henry V; but a still-youthful Kenneth Branagh's years of stage experience paid off handsomely and his 1989 version qualifies as a genuine masterpiece, the kind of film that comes along once in a decade. He eschews the theatricality of Laurence Olivier's stirring, fondly remembered 1945 adaptation to establish his own rules: Branagh plays it down and dirty, seeing the Bard's play through revisionist eyes, framing it as an anti-war story in contrast to Olivier's patriotic spectacle. Branagh gives us harsh close-ups of muddied, bloody men, and of himself as Henry, his hardened mouth and wilful eyes revealing much about the personal cost of war. Not that the director-star doesn't provide lighter moments: his scenes introducing the French Princess Katherine (Emma Thompson) trying to learn English quickly from her maid are delightful. What may be the crowning glory of Branagh's adaptation comes when the dazed leader wanders across the battlefield, not even sure who has won. As King Hal carries a dead boy (a young Christian Bale) over the hacked bodies of both the English and French, a panorama of blood and mud and death greet the viewer as Branagh opens up the scene and Patrick Doyle's rousing hymn "Non nobis, Domine" provides marvellous counterpoint (like the director, the composer was another filmic first-timer). A more potent expression of the price of victory could scarcely be imagined. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
A British expedition team in Egypt discovers the ancient sealed tomb of the evil Queen Tera. But when one of the archaeologists steals a mysterious ring from the corpse's severed hand he unleashes a relentless curse upon his beautiful daughter. Is the voluptuous young woman now a reincarnation of the diabolical sorceress or has the curse of the mummy returned to reveal its horrific revenge? Andrew Keir and the luscious Valerie Leon star in this supernatural shocker based on Bram Stoker's classic novel 'Jewel Of The Seven Stars'.
This heart warming comedy starring John Goodman as the unlikliest king ever.... A freak accident kills off the whole Royal Family and a new heir must be found. The last person anyone expects it to be is lounge singer Ralph Jones who goes from one disaster to another as he reluctantly becomes King Ralph....
A Nanny anxious to remain head of a household will go to any lengths to maintain her station....
Paris 1792. Each day scores of the French nobility feed the guillotine. They are trapped in the capital: there is no escape. But rumours whisper of a league of young English gentlemen of unparalleled daring who risk their lives to spirit aristocrats across the Channel. They leave no trace behind them except a note from the ""Scarlett Pimpernel"" (Anthony Andrews). The ruthless spy master Chauvelin (Ian McKellen) is determined to stop the rescuers by fair means or foul - and desperately outnumbered the Scarlet Pimpernel and his men must use all their wits to evade capture and stay alive. With a dazzling all-British cast this glorious production of Baroness Orczy's classic adventure novel is one of the largest single television productions ever made - winning critical acclaim on its release and wowing generations of viewers for over two decades. Nominated for three Academy awards and winner of an Emmy award for Outstanding Costume Design.
Margaret (Valerie Leon) suffers a recurring nightmare in which she sees an ancient Egyptian queen, to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance, sealed up in a sarcophagus. The priests who entomb her first chop off her hand, before throwing it to jackals. They are then killed by a mysterious and powerful force that lacerates their throats. Margaret's father, Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir), gives her a ring that he discovered in the tomb of Queen Tera 20 years before the ring was on the queen's disembodied hand. At the moment Fuchs discovered the Queen's perfectly preserved, still bleeding, body, Margaret's mother died giving birth to her. When a certain celestial conjunction is complete, and three key artefacts are assembled by Tera's corpse, the evil sorceress will be reborn EXTRAS: NEW FEATURETTE - The Pharaoh's Curse: Inside Blood From the Mummy's Tomb ORIGINAL TRAILER
The Fast Lady team rides again! The newlywed Munroes purchase a rundown ramshackle cottage and plan to fix it up themselves primarily to escape their meddling father. However they haven't appreciated the scope of the work required to get the place up to scratch.. They have no choice but to seek outside help. When Builder Josh Wicks arrives on the scene the bills start going through the roof... Written by Henry Blyth (The Bulldog Breed) and Jack Davi
Based on Peter Barnes' hit play this caustic hilarious and irreverent black comedy has rightly become a cult classic. The House of Gurney has a family problem - namely the 14th Earl of Gurney (Peter O' Toole) who thinks he is Jesus Christ and when restored to `normalcy' turns into Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately the young earl is also the sole heir to the family fortune so his relatives go to great lengths to trick him into siring a new heir. Then they can institutionalise him and
Amidst the mud and blood of Passchendaele in 1917 Private Hamp (Tom Courtenay) awaits Court Martial for desertion. His crime? Simply walking away from the slaughter after three solid years at the front during which all his mates have been killed. Captain Hargreaves (Dirk Bogard) the officer detailed to defend him is initially unsympathetic. However as he learns the facts of the case he becomes increasingly determined to save Hamp from the firing squad. But his superiors are equally keen to make an example of the unfortunate Private...
Carol a young girl living in Sixties' London is repelled yet fascinated by men. Her radiant beauty attracts the opposite sex but she shrinks from their advances. Her days are spent in an intensely feminine atmosphere: working in a beauty salon and clinging to her sister Helen for love. But as she incarcerates herself in her sinister shadowy flat men begin to invade her dreams night and day mixing her terror with delight as bizarre hallucinations take hold of her mind. The
A severed hand beckons from an open grave! A British expedition team in Egypt discovers the ancient sealed tomb of the evil Queen Tera. But when one of the archaeologists steals a mysterious ring from the corpse's severed hand he unleashes a relentless curse upon his beautiful daughter. Is the voluptuous young woman now a reincarnation of the diabolical sorceress or has the curse of the mummy returned to reveal its horrific revenge? One of Hammer's most notorious productions Blood From The Mummy's Tomb was plagued by the sudden deaths of director Seth Holt and the wife of original star Peter Cushing leading to rumours of a real-life curse. Andrew Keir (Quatermass And The Pit) and the luscious Valerie Leon star in this supernatural shocker based on Bram Stoker's classic novel Jewel Of The Seven Stars.
Richard Johnson returns as Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond in this action-packed take on the exploits of H.C. McNeile's famous fictional hero - this time with an added dose of late '60s whimsy when Drummond comes up against a gang of armed, gorgeous fembots! Some Girls Do is presented here as a new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original aspect ratio. Drummond is hot on the trail of his nemesis, the devious Carl Petersen, who is hell-bent on sabotaging the new British fighter airplane. Peterson must be stopped - whatever the cost - but this time he's protected by a bodyguard of murderous female androids! SPECIAL FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer Extensive Image gallery
Bob Rafelson's Mountains Of The Moon based on William Harrison's biographical novel 'Burton and Speke' tells the story of 19th century explorers Captain R.F. Burton (Patrick Bergin) and Lt. John Hanning Speke's (Iain Glen) 1854 expedition to Africa to find the source of the river Nile. Shot in the actual locations where the events unfolded the protagonists sustain injuries and illness and encounter animosity from tribes as they struggle with the uncompromising African wilderness. T
Roman Polanski's psychological drama was his first English-language feature. A young Belgian woman (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in a Kensington apartment when her sister goes away. She becomes increasingly unstable, experiencing hallucinations which have their roots in her fear of male sexuality. When two aggressive men turn up, her tortured nightmares spill into real life violence.
Michael York stars as a fictional British prince who fall in love with a beautiful Japanese tour guide in this sumptuous romantic adventure of 1977. Directed and produced by Oscar-nominated Lewis Gilbert - whose career spans six decades and iconic British films such as Alfie You Only Live Twice and Shirley Valentine - Seven Nights in Japan is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Handsome Prince George arrives on board his ship in Japan. Youthful immaculate in naval uniform and smiling broadly he goes through the complicated formalities of being greeted by a host nation. But housed with the Ambassador and his family the Prince finds the atmosphere stuffy and dull; he longs for freedom and for once rebels against his upbringing with all its constraints and responsibilities escaping for a week of romance and unexpected drama... Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Original Pressbook PDF
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