This film adaptation of a critically acclaimed stage production of Shakespeare's historical drama stars Ian McKellen in the title role. The setting is a comic-book vision of 1930s London: part art deco, part Third Reich, part industrial-age rust and rot. The play's force is turned into a synthetic high by art directors and storyboard sketchers, all of whom have a field day condensing the material into disposable pop imagery. Richard III is a fun film, more than anything, so infatuated with its own monstrous stitchery that even the most awkward casting (Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr) seems a part of the ridiculous design. McKellen is the best thing about the movie, his mesmerising portrayal of freakish despotism and poisoned desire a thing to behold. --Tom Keogh
Two hilarious short films from British funny man Erik Sykes: 'Rhubarb Rhubarb' concerns a mad game of golf and in 'Mr H Is Late' a coffin is late for a funeral...
Based on J L Carr's novel two young soldiers fresh from the trauma of World War I meet in a tranquil Yorkshire village and form an unusual bond. Birkin has come to spend a month restoring a church mural whilst Moon who is still suffering nightmares from the horrors of war has come to excavate a forgotten chapel. Set against the background of an idyllic summer passion and forbidden love are uncovered as Birkin falls for the rector's beautiful wife and Moon has to face his own inner desires. As the men become drawn into their work they find reassurance and escape from their experiences and can begin a personal journey to recovery.
A respectable and picturesque realisation of DH Lawrence's novel, 1989's The Rainbow is director Ken Russell's prequel to his 1969 version of Women in Love. By Russell's standards, this is a remarkably restrained treatment of Lawrence's novel, set in the Midlands in the 19th century: with its lush, rural setting and quaint bucolic soundtrack there are moments when you might imagine you're watching The Railway Children--until the sex scenes kick in, that is. Her soul infused with infinite longing by the sight of a rainbow as a child, Ursula Brangwen grows up restless at the prescribed roles set out for women in Victorian England, which are stoically endured by her mother (Glenda Jackson, who played Ursula's sister Gudrun in Women in Love). She idealises her swimming instructor--the older, more experienced Winifred (Amanda Donohoe) with whom she enjoys a passionate, borderline lesbian relationship. She becomes a schoolteacher against her parents' wishes, and takes up with Paul McGann, who is somewhat tepid as a Boer War officer. Ultimately, however, she finds all of these limitations too constraining and finally strikes out on her own in search of true spiritual and sexual freedom. On the DVD: This is a full-screen version of the film, ratio 4:3. The sound quality is fine as is the colour and sharpness, though like the film itself, not quite as ravishing as you might hope. Special features consist of a routine trailer ("She played by her passion, not by their rules") and disappointingly perfunctory "filmographies" of the director and cast: merely lists of their previous movies. --David Stubbs
Home Front Britain explores the archives of British Wartime Films and documentaries, and how they were made to inform and lift the spirits of the British Public during World War 2. The films include a rare narrated piece by Sir Laurence Olivier, The Story of the Silent Village, the true story of the massacre of a small Czech village by the Nazis, Other films show the life of a wartime housewife, the importance of personal hygiene for Soldiers serving overseas and the V1 rocket bombardment of British cities in 1944. Home Front Britain captures the mood of a nation during wartime Britain and gives a unique insight on what it was like living in Britain in World War 2.
Intense, imaginative portrayal of three distinct periods in the life of an Edinburgh man from film-critic turned director Richard Jobson.
The fourth series of Dawn French's fantastic black comedy Murder Most Horrid comes to DVD for the very first time. In the concluding episodes Dawn takes on another range of deadly and wacky characters including a woman who is so overcome by lust that she accidentally kills the object of her desire a yachtswoman whose husband has an affair with her race partner (will the traitor return alive?) and a bored police constable who suddenly finds herself embroiled in the New York gangster scene. With more brilliant writing and fantastic performances the series guest stars many famous faces including Downton Abbey's Jim Carter and Hugh Bonneville Sarah Lancashire and Peter Serafinowicz. Episodes Comprise: Frozen Going Solo Whoopi Stone Confessions of a Murderer Elvis Jesus and Zack Dinner at Tiffany's
Caroline Quentin stars as DCI Janine Lewis the hit police drama Blue Murder. Starring along side her are Ian Kelsey ( Casualty ) David Schofield ( Our Friends in the North ) and Nick Murchie.
The second series of the BBC's The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Richard E. Grant. Contains 3 feature length TV films on 3 discs. Episodes 1. Ennui 2. Friends And Enemies 3. A Good Name
For Jonathan (or Jack for short) 'Jack And The Beanstalk' has never been a fairy tale but part of his family history which has been buried for centuries. In order to destroy this curse on his family he must visit the fantastic world where fairy tales really do come true...
Julien Temple directs this modern and personal take on an extraordinary story. Vigo is a tragic but inspiring film about the passionate relationship between French film-maker Jean Vigo and his beautiful wife Lydu. The film is interspersed with extracts of Vigo's work.
This compelling account of Fidel Castro has never been heard - the account of Castro himself taken largely from private letters speeches and interviews - with exclusive footage of Castro's childhood home. Castro's many political battles are discussed by players in the confrontations: John F. Kennedy's speech writer Theodore Sorensen recalls the Cuban Missile crisis; Sergei Khrushchev speaks of his father's memories of Castro; and Jimmy Carter discusses the US embargo against Cuba.
Von Trapped stars Caroline Quentin as Maria Moogan a mobile hairdresser from Manchester who is obsessed with The Sound of Music having watched it the night she was jilted at the altar pregnant and emotionally wrought. Now 18 years later she lives with her man-hating mother (Una Stubbs) and only child Lee a moody teenager with all sorts of hormonal problems! When Maria's best friend Connie wins the lottery using Maria's lucky number 7 she gives Maria 10 000 of her winnings - with the stipulation that she must go to Salzburg to get The Sound of Music out of her system!
An illicit rendezvous discovered in a park initially appears to be a clear case of adultery but on closer inspection a darker picture develops. A man abuses his position of trust to recruit young girls into his religious sect. Morality is turned on its head when an innocent young girl is 'punished' for the wrong doings of her 'priest'. Bearing all the symbolism of the serpent rearing its ugly head in the Garden of Eden a world of religious fanaticism hypocrisy and perversity unfolds. Appearances can be deceptive as Fitz attempts to unearth the most sinister truths behind the religious fa''ade with spine-chilling consequences.
An illicit rendezvous discovered in a park initially appears to be a clear case of adultery but on closer inspection a darker picture develops. A man abuses his position of trust to recruit young girls into his religious sect. Morality is turned on its head when an innocent young girl is 'punished' for the wrong doings of her 'priest'. Bearing all the symbolism of the serpent rearing its ugly head in the Garden of Eden a world of religious fanaticism hypocrisy and perversity unfolds. Appearances can be deceptive as Fitz attempts to unearth the most sinister truths behind the religious faade with spine-chilling consequences.
Discovery Channel has teamed up with the British Film Institute to create this amazing six-part series presented by respected British actor Jim Carter. Films include: How to identify and accost a German spy (Miss Grant Goes to the Door) how to extinguish an incendiary bomb (Go to Blazes) and how to avoid VD (Love on Leave). Some of the most famous names in cinema were involved in the production of this treasured collection of wartime movies including writers JB Priestley and EM Forster; actors Laurence Olivier Michael Redgrave and John Mills; and directors Humphrey Jennings Ruby Grierson Jack Lee and Brian Desmond Hurst.
Seen and heard in this original footage are the dramatic speeches from U.S. Presidents politicians and world leaders that changed the course of history and inspired millions worldwide. Disc 1: 1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt following the bombing of Pearl Harbor 2. Sir Winston Churchill the world's greatest orator captures the spirit of the British people during WW2. 3. General Douglas MacArthur's Old Soldiers Never Die... speech 4. Harry S. Truman: The Give'em Hell Harry President delivering his fiery political rhetoric 5. John F. Kennedy speaks of new frontiers & the renewed faith in the American dream. Includes his inauguration speech Ask Not & Ich Bin Ein Berliner 6. Rev Martin Luther King Jr. perhaps the most inspirational speaker of all-time featured giving two memorable speeches including his last 7. Robert F. Kennedy interrupting a campaign stop in Indiana to deliver a stunning impromptu eulogy of Martin Luther King shortly after hearing of his death 8. Malcolm X: Controversial outspoken & as poignant as ever delivers a speech in Harlem 9. Richard M. Nixon: I will resign this office effective noon tomorrow .... 10. Ronald Reagan: President Reagan begins and ends his presidency with two of his greatest speeches. Disc 2: 1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1st Inaugural Address featuring the famous ... fear itself address answers the assertion that he feasts on Grilled Millionaires 1944 Teamsters Union Banquet 2. Richard M. Nixon the future Vice President addresses a TV audience with his 1952 Checkers Speech 3. JFK proposing the 1963 Test Ban Treaty 4. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Brown Chapel in Selma Alabama 1965 5. Barry Goldwater addresses the 1964 Republican National Convention 6. Ronald Reagan in support of the Goldwater-Miller G.O.P. ticket 1964 address at the Brandenburg Gate 1987 7. Mario Cuomo at the 1984 Democratic National Convention 8. Jesse Jackson addresses a political rally in Tendley Baptist Church 1984 9. George H.W. Bush following 1991 Desert Storm Victory 10. Bill Clinton commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion & 2nd Inaugural Address Washington D.C. - January 20 1997 Disc 3: 1. Will Rogers 1932 Campaign Rally with FDR 2. Huey Long on the re-distribution of wealth 1943 3. FD's Second Inaugural Address 1937 4. George S. Patton for War Bond Support 1945 5. John L. Lewis calling for ousting of the Secretary of the Interior 1947 6. Attorney Joseph Welch faces off with Sen. Joseph McCarthy 7. V.P. Richard Nixon &d Nikita Khrushchev at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow 1959 8. Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Presidential Primary race 9. John F. Kennedy on the introduction of the 1963 Civil Rights Legislation 10. Nelson Rockefeller addresses the 1964 Republican National Convention 11. RFK at the 1964 Democratic National Convention 12. U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan at the 1974 Impeachment Hearings of Richard Nixon 13. President Gerald Ford announcing a Pardon for Richard Nixon in 1974 14. Jimmy Carter on the growing 1979 Energy Crisis 15. President Ronald Reagan at the National Association of Evangelicals Convention - March 23 1983
Jimmy Carter: The President from Plains
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