Filled with mystery, scandal and intrigue, Pretty Little Liars continues for another suspenseful season. Based upon the best-selling book series, the one-hour drama revolves around four teenage girlfriends -- Aria Montgomery (series star Lucy Hale), Hanna Marin (series star Ashley Benson), Spencer Hastings (series star Troian Bellisario) and Emily Fields (series star Shay Mitchell) -- who each began receiving threatening messages from someone named A one year after the supposed murder and disappearance of their friend Alison DiLaurentis (series star Sasha Pieterse), a notorious queen bee. Somehow A knew their most private secrets; things the girls hoped would remain hidden. As the torment and manipulations continued, destroying relationships and affecting their loved ones, the tension continued to build as Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer discovered strengths they didn't know they had and experienced scares they could never have imagined -- scares which didn't end even when Alison returned, A was unmasked and their frenemy -- and suspected A accomplice Mona Vanderwaal (series star Janel Parrish) -- seemed to be on their side.... In season six, the series leaped forward five years, when a shocking event brought the girls -- now young women -- together again, back in the town of Rosewood, to face a new threat. Now, in the seventh season of the hit drama series, the PLLs band together to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets and take down Uber A for good in the most romantic season yet.
Contains all 9 episodes from Lizzie Dripping (Series One) and Lizzie Dripping Rides Again (Series Two). In the country village of Little Hemlock lives a young girl called Penelope Arbuckle. With a vivid imagination and regular daydreaming, Penelope is known by the nickname Lizzie. Although an introvert Lizzie has the most mischievous side which is encouraged by a Witch that only Lizzie can see or hear.
If the concept of a TV drama set in a woman's prison was one potentially fraught with cliché, the critical and commercial success of Bad Girls is a testament to fine writing, performance and production. With no preamble or scene setting, Series 1 immediately plunges the viewer into the world of Larkhall Prison, its inmates and staff. This approach leaves the characters to reveal themselves at varying pace, with each episode bringing new details about their life on the outside. Given the nature of the setting, it is unsurprising that the show is an ensemble, female-dominated piece. Simone Lahbib, Mandana Jones and Debra Stephenson are all excellent in the three key roles, with impressive support throughout the cast. Male characters are generally relegated to the sidelines, with the exception of sleazy warden Jim Fenner (played with skin crawling accuracy by Jack Ellis). The sexual realities of the environment are handled realistically and sensitively, and not for nothing is the word "uncut" splashed across the cover: there are some quite disturbing scenes, especially in the earlier episodes. On the DVD: The DVD enhances the show's attempts to capture the atmosphere of prison, with sharp contrast between light and darkness and the constant barracking, cat-calling and snide asides sounding crisp, clear and suitably nasty. Of the impressive 70 minutes of extra features much will only be of real interest to absolute devotees. A documentary examining work on the forthcoming third series may go into admirable detail, but how much interest a costume truck can actually be is perhaps debatable. The footage itself is a little unpolished, but does provide the cast members with an opportunity to reveal themselves, as does the extensive interview section. Not only do the main actors give valuable insights into their characters, but it is also interesting to see how the process has influenced their opinions on the prison system. A feature on a book signing in London certainly puts the show into an audience context, but the collection of outtakes (presented in a, supposedly intentionally, amateurish and tacky manner by Lahbib) is at best superfluous. There is more than a hint of trying to find material to fill the space, but overall this is an impressive effort. --Phil Udell
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
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.
The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father's hand. Later as a troubled young woman she is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father and while in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon however he regrets his decision...
New York psychologist Dr Bill Capa (Bruce Willis) is stunned when an old friend and colleague is brutally stabbed to death. Capa believes the vicious murderer to be one of the members of a therapy group. While all around him falls apart he finds Rose (Jane March) and they embark on a reckless and passionate affair of erotic sexual discovery. But is there more to Rose than meets the eye? He will only know if he survives long enough to find out...
Boasting a virtuoso comic performance from Leonard Rossiter The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-79) remains one of the greatest of all television sitcoms. Writer David Nobbs combined the surrealist absurdity of Monty Python with an on-going story line that unfolded through each of the three seasons with a clear beginning, middle and end; a ground-breaking development in 70s TV comedy. The first and best season charts middle-aged, middle-management executive Reginald Perrin as he breaks-down under the stress of middle-class life until he informs the world that half the parking meters in London have Dutch Parking Meter Disease. He fakes suicide and returns to court his wife Elizabeth (Pauline Yates) in disguise, a plot development that formed the entire basis of Mrs Doubtfire (1993). Series Two is broader, the rapid-fire dialogue still razor sharp and loaded with caustic wit and ingenious silliness, as a now sane Reggie takes on the madness of the business world by opening a chain of shops selling rubbish. The third season, set in a health farm, is routine, the edge blunted by routine sitcom conventions. At its best The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is hilarious and moving, its depiction of English middle-class life spot on, its satire prophetic. Reggie's visual fantasies hark back to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) and Billy Liar (1963), and look forward to Ally McBeal (1997-2002) and are the icing on the cake of a fine, original and highly imaginative show. On the DVD: Reginald Perrin's discs contain one complete seven episode season. There are no extras. The sound is good mono and the 4:3 picture is generally fine, though some of the exterior shot-on-film scenes have deteriorated and there are occasional signs of minor damage to the original video masters. Even so, for a 1970s sitcom shot on video the picture is excellent and far superior to the original broadcasts. --Gary S Dalkin
Newspaperman Roger Adams (Cary Grant) falls for record store worker Julie Gardiner Adams (Irene Dunne) and the pair marry on New Year's Eve shortly before Roger leaves for a new job in Tokyo. His new wife joins him three months later and announces she is pregnant but a major earthquake in Tokyo leads to her losing the baby and unable to bear anymore. The pair eventually return to America where Roger buys a small country newspaper and Roger and Julie begin the process of adopting a
One man stands alone against the fury of mob justice. Threats. Fists. Bullets. Fire. By one means or another riled-up folks at Stone Junction are going to have their way. They're dead set on inflicting their brutal vigilante justice on the accused killer held in the town's jailhouse. But there's an immovable object in their path. His name is Johnny Reno. Dana Andrews (Laura The Best Years of Our Lives) portrays Reno a U.S. Marshal armed with his gun and the unflinching cour
Old college buddies meet up for one week each year. On the surface they look like typical men in their forties but, as with most people, there's more to them than meets the eye...
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