It's silly, it's superficial, it's so desperately earnest about its tale of time-spanning love that you almost wish for a cheap flatulence gag just to break the solemn mood. But there is something so unabashedly gushy and entertaining about Somewhere in Time that you can't begrudge its enduring popularity. The film has become a staple of romantic-movie lovers since its release in 1980, and endless showings on cable TV have turned it into a dubious classic of sorts--a three-hanky weepy that anyone can enjoy as a guilty pleasure or a beloved favourite, with no apologies necessary. In his first film after the star-making success of Superman, Christopher Reeve stars as a contemporary playwright who visits a posh hotel and sees the portrait of an actress (Jane Seymour) who had performed there in 1912. He becomes obsessed with this beautiful woman and learns all he can about her, and then discovers a method of hypnotically transporting himself backward in time to meet her. "Is it ... you?" she says upon seeing the lovestruck playwright, and it's clearly a mutual attraction. But even the slightest reminder of the playwright's modern time can jar him from his seemingly real existence in the past, so his wonderful love affair is constantly just a step from being stolen away. Based on Richard Matheson's novel Bid Time Return, this flaky film may strain one's tolerance for plot holes and corny romance, but it's hard to deny its lasting appeal--and let's face it, guys, it'll make wives and girlfriends swoon if they are in a tearjerker mood. --Jeff Shannon
The story of a young writer who sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past where true love awaits him. Young Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Years later Richard Collier is overwhelmed by a photograph of a beautiful young woman (Jane Seymour). Another picture of this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the gold watch. Collier then becomes obsessed with returning to 1912 and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there.
Following their animated/live action hit Space Jam, Warner Bros. jumped into the fully animated feature competition by playing it safe, giving the Arthurian legend a conspicuously Disneyesque facelift. Ingredients from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas are evident in the tale of a girl named Kayley (Jessalyn Gilsig) whose father, a Knight of the Round Table, is killed by Sir Ruber (Gary Oldman), a maniacal brute who steals Excalibur and threatens to seize King Arthur's Camelot. Kayley enlists the blind, reclusive knight-aspirant Garrett (Cary Elwes) to brave the Enchanted Forest and retrieve the magic sword, and their adventure is (of course) fraught with danger. Adding extra punch to the movie's commercial appeal, the soundtrack songs are performed by big names like LeeAnn Rimes and Celine Dion. And if that's not enough to hold a kid's attention, there's a two-headed dragon ("we're the reason cousins shouldn't marry") voiced by Eric Idle and Don Rickles. With so much talent involved, it's entertaining but uninspired, although cleverly harmless riffs from Dirty Harry, Taxi Driver and other movies spice up the adventure with enjoyable pop-culture references. --Jeff Shannon
Sinbad! The Greatest of all Adventurers in His Biggest Adventure of All! An all-time classic adventure, featuring the pioneering special effects of filmmaking legend Ray Harryhausen, presented here in a stunning restoration on Blu-ray. Extras: 2K restoration from the original negative Original mono audio Alternative 5.1 surround sound track BFI interview with Ray Harryhausen (1981, 85 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Philip Strick at the National Film Theatre, London The Princess Diaries (2017, 12 mins): a new interview with the award-winning actress Jane Seymour Ray Harryhausen interviewed by filmmaker John Landis (1995, 12 mins) The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998, 58 mins): a documentary exploring Harryhausen's career, narrated by Leonard Nimoy Isolated score: experience Roy Budd's original soundtrack music Theatrical trailer Image gallery: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Live and Let Die - Roger Moore finds himself immersed in the world of heroin, voodoo and black magic in his debut as Bond. The Man with The Golden Gun - Bond is assigned to retrieve a top secret solar power converter, but finds himself the target of the world's greatest professional assassin. The Spy Who Loved Me - Britain and Russia both send their best agents to negotiate for a tracking system that has lost them each a nuclear submarine. Moonraker - When a Moonraker space shuttle disappears the chase leads Bond into outer space. For Your Eyes Only - In the race to beat the Russians to a missing communications device Bond finds himself involved with the Greek underworld. Octopussy - Stolen art treasures lead to a plan that will see Europe fall to a Russian invasion unless Bond can stop it in time A View To A Kill - In pursuit of new computer super chips, Bond uncovers a plan which could destroy Silicon Valley and the West's computer industries.
The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms presented as the ""new attraction"" at the Brighton Amusement Pier complete with syrupy cheer-up songs shooting galleries free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead The Story focuses mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) whose five sons enlist and end up as cannon fodder Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war including: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers The final image is a veddy proper British picnic on a graveyard. Of the many fleeting satiric images parading past the camera one of the most indelible is the sight of several generals playing leapfrog as the world all around them goes to hell in a handbasket.
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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
In the deepest reaches of space the fight to save all human life from extinction has begun in this science fiction adventure that launched the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon! Hopeful for lasting peace following centuries of intense warfare the Twelve Colonies gather to sign a treaty with their dreaded enemies the Cylons. But after an act of treachery on the eve of the ceremony the Cylons launch a devastating surprise attack destroying the Colonies' home planets and most of their military strength. A lone flagship battlestar the Galactica remains to aid the surviving colonists on their epic journey for a new home to a far-off legendary planet - Earth. They must survive the pursuing Cylons in a series of epic battles that will determine the fate of the human race in this non-stop action-packed classic filled with cutting-edge special effects by John Dykstra (Star Wars Spider-Man).
At times brilliant and insightful, at times repellent and false, Happiness is director Todd Solondz's multi-story tale of sex, perversion and loneliness. Plumbing depths of Crumb-like angst and rejection, Solondz won the Cannes International Critics Prize in 1998 and the film was a staple of nearly every critic's Top 10 list. Admirable, shocking, and hilarious for its sarcastic yet strangely empathetic look at consenting adults' confusion between lust and love, the film stares unflinchingly until the audience blinks. But it doesn't stop there. A word of strong caution to parents: One of the main characters, a suburban super dad (played by Dylan Baker), is really a predatory paedophile and there is more than an attempt to paint him as a sympathetic character. Children are used in this film as running gags or, worse, the means to an end. Whether that end is a humorous scene for Solondz or sexual gratification for the rapist becomes largely irrelevant. Happiness is an intelligent, sad film, revelatory and exact at moments. It's also abuse in the guise of art. That's nothing to celebrate. --Keith Simanton
In Roger Moore's first outing as 007, he investigates the murders of three fellow agents, he soon finds himself a target, evading vicious assassins as he closes in on the powerful Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). Known on the streets as Mr Big, Kananga is co-ordinating a globally threatening scheme using tons of self-produced heroin. As Bond tries to unravel the mastermind's plan, he meets Solitaire (Jane Seymour), the beautiful Tarot card reader whose magical gifts are crucial to the crime lord. Bond, of course, works his own magic on her, and the stage is set for a series of pulse-pounding action sequences involving voodoo, hungry crocodiles and turbo-charged speedboats.
All the romance drama and terror of Gaston Leroux's sensational horror story are brought to life in this lavish adaptation starring Oscar-winner Maximillian Schell Jane Seymour Michael York Diana Quick and Jeremy Kemp. Elena Korvin a young soprano commits suicide after a spurned suitor ruins her opera house debut - and the stage is set for a stirring tale of love and retribution. Now horribly disfigured Elena's grieving husband becomes The Phantom of the Opera a masked creature who haunts the opera house plotting vengeance through the beautiful singer Maria Gianelli who is the image of the dead Elena. But the Phantom's plans go awry as Maria falls for a charismatic English opera director...
Starring Michael Landes and Ophelia Lovibond, Hooten & The Lady is a rip roaring, rope swinging adventure that follows an American treasure hunter and an English aristocrat who, despite not getting along, form a team travelling the world searching for lost treasures on behalf of the British Museum.
Jane Hayes's adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland an eccentric Austen inspired resort.
A TV version of the Jack The Ripper story which claims to show the truth behind the grisly murder of prostitutes in Victorian London. Detective Abberline (Caine in a Golden Globe award winning performance) must find the murderer while under terrific pressure from the public and the Government...
The story of a young writer who sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past, where true love awaits him. Young Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Years later, Richard Collier is overwhelmed by a photograph of a beautiful young woman (Jane Seymour). Another picture of this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the gold watch. Collier then becomes obsessed with returning to 1912 and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there. Extras: Timing it Right Cutting Together Somewhere in Time Interview with Jeff Gourson (Film Editor) 21 mins A Place in Time Kim Newman Remembers Somewhere in Time 31mins A Romantic Rendevouz with Allan Bryce (Editor of Infinity Magazine)
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
Michael Caine heads a star-studded cast in this acclaimed dramatisation of the hunt for the notorious serial killer who preyed on the prostitutes of London's East End. Made for the 1988 centenary of these infamous murders, the production team were granted unprecedented access to Home Office files on the Ripper case the resulting two-part miniseries winning Caine a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of the dogged Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline. Jack the Ripper is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film materials, in its original aspect ratio. In the autumn of 1888, Chief Inspector Abberline is sent to investigate the murder and mutilation of a prostitute. Others soon meet the same fate, and a press frenzy ensues. With Jack the Ripper terrorising London and both police and outraged public clamouring for a conclusion, Abberline and his partner, Godley, work doggedly through their list of suspects more than one of whom has royal connections. SPECIAL FEATURES: Feature-length widescreen version Brand-new Dolby 5.1 mix Image gallery
In Roger Moore's first outing as 007 he investigates the murders of three fellow agents he soon finds himself a target evading vicious assassins as he closes in on the powerful Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). Known on the streets as Mr Big Kananga is co-ordinating a globally threatening scheme using tons of self-produced heroin. As Bond tries to unravel the mastermind's plan he meets Solitaire (Jane Seymour) the beautiful Tarot card reader whose magical gifts are crucial to the crime lord. Bond of course works his own magic on her and the stage is set for a series of pulse-pounding action sequences involving voodoo hungry crocodiles and turbo-charged speedboats.
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