Bob Hope built a career out of the persona of the fussy, fast-talking lothario spooked by sex, the blowhard who crumbles at the first sight of trouble, in the Cat and the Canary Hoe gave this character it's first outing and never looked back, the film to this day is still one of the best horror spoofs ever made.Ten years have passed since the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman, his attorney gathers his six remaining relatives in his old mansion in the swamps of Louisiana to read the will. The family maid appears and announces that the spirits have told her that one of them will die that night and Hendrick, the local prison guard warns that that The Cat a homicidal maniac has escaped and could appear at any minute. This sets up a night filled with murders, mysteries and intrigue. Hope has one great one-liners after another in this old dark house mystery-comedy.
After a slow beginning, in which the complex tangle of relationships is initially confusing, this BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's last novel, Persuasion, develops into an elegant romantic comedy. Austin combines a subtle dissection of the folly of class with a slow-burning, intensely passionate love story. Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) has loved Captain Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds) ever since she was persuaded to reject him years before. Now he has returned from the Napoleonic wars, but will love be allowed to blossom? Especially when Anne is surrounded by the selfish, petty-minded Mary, misguided by Lady Russell, and burdened by a father obsessed with fairness of countenance above all other considerations. Excepting a basic booklet, on-screen character biographies and a Dolby Digital soundtrack, there is nothing to distinguish this DVD from the video version. The picture is very good, but showing some grain, not exceptional, so unless you have a large television there is little advantage over tape. In any format, what makes this adaptation work is the sharp screenplay by Nick Dear and the naturalistic style of director Roger Mitchell (who joined the A-list with Notting Hill, 1999), together eliciting fine performances from the ensemble cast. Less flamboyant than Pride and Prejudice (1995), this is a civilised treat. --Gary S Dalkin
The Ghost Breakers: Mary Carter inherits her family's ancestral home located on a small island off Cuba and despite warnings and death threats decides to take possession of the reputedly haunted castle. She is joined by radio broadcaster Larry Lawrence who believing he has killed a mob gunsel flees New York with his butler Alex. Once on the island the threesome enter the eerie castle and after viewing the ghost of one of Mary's ancestors and fighting off a menacing zombi
One of Walt Disney's most beloved film classics So Dear To My Heart brilliantly blends live action and animation to tell a heartwarming story the whole family will cherish. The fun begins when Danny a rejected and mischievous black lamb is adopted by a determined young boy named Jeremiah (Bobby Driscoll). While drawing a picture of Danny in his scrapbook Jeremiah daydreams of winning first prize in a local contest. Then from his drawings Danny and other animal pictures magica
Ten years have passed since the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman. Relatives gather at midnight in a creepy old house for the reading of his will whereupon the local prison guard arrives to warn all assembled that a homicidal maniac known as 'The Cat' has escaped and could be heading for the house...
The story highlights an investigation which unleashes the evil in the basement of the world's most haunted house. A magazine writer's investigation into a s''ance turns to horror when an abandoned well beneath the basement floor turns out to be the gateway to Hell.
Footloose:A city boy comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.Flashdance:A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.Grease:Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
John Baxter (Tony Roberts), an investigator of psychic frauds for Reveal magazine, unmasks a fake medium racket operating in the Amityville house. Baxter then discovers the property is going cheap due to the house's reputation and buys it, sceptical of its history. But once moved in, he is hard pressed to find explanations for a series of supernatural events. Before long the evil in the basement awakens to claim even more innocent victims. Is the Amityville house really the gateway to hell?
Tilda Swinton Billy Zane and Quentin Crisp star in this ""hip sexy and wickedly funny"" film based on the gender-bending novel by Virginia Woolf. Swinton stars as Orlando an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations which humorously and hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes. Visually stunning and beautifully acted 'Orlando' is an intoxicating ble
What it lacks in grandeur, this 1978 TV version of The Four Feathers makes up for in fidelity to AEW Mason's classic novel. By cannibalising the superior 1939 production for epic shots and sequences, this modest adaptation draws attention to its meagre production values, relying heavily on casting and chemistry to compensate. That it succeeds, more or less, in capturing the essence of Mason's grand adventure is largely due to the appeal of Beau Bridges and Jane Seymour in the prime of their early careers. (Bridges' film career was gaining momentum; Seymour would rise from here to the similarly romantic Somewhere in Time.) Bridges is the shamed soldier Harry Faversham, transcending cowardice by rescuing his closest friends during Britain's bloody campaign in 1870s Sudan; Seymour is his beloved back home, torn between Harry and the seemingly braver Jack (Robert Powell). TV veteran Don Sharp provides tepid direction, while screenwriter Gerald DiPego would continue his prolific career for decades to come. --Jeff Shannon
The Definitive Dance Collection! 4 Discs of pure dancing magic... Footloose: Teenager Ren MacCormack sends ripples through Bomont a small Midwestern town that could stand some shaking up when he arrives from Chicago with his mother Ethel to settle with her relatives. The adults tend to view him with suspicion as a possible contaminant from the outer world. Some of his male peers eye him as a threat and most of the girls just plain eye him. It's a tough time for Ren
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Sid the Sexist: Sidney Smutt is a smooth talking sex machine a lady killing hard man who can drink anyone under the table... or so he thinks. Meet Sid Baz Bob and Joe on their adventures as they paint Newcastle red and jet off to sunny Spain in search of love excitement and a truly satisfying takeaway. Oh Lordy! It's The Fat Slags - 3 Saucy Adventures: Here it is. Raunchier than a Swedish rabbit and bluer than a baboon's arse. The two and only Fat Slags burst on
Based on William Wharton's transcendent novel of the same name, this film is about many things: friendship, war, and, of course, birds. The framing device is an effort by a horribly scarred combat soldier (Nicolas Cage) to break through to his best friend, Birdy (Matthew Modine), hospitalised after seemingly being driven mad by fighting in the Vietnam War. Cage then flashes back to their boyhood, where Birdy, a canary aficionado, was considered the school weirdo but managed to be a solid companion none the less. Directed by Alan Parker, it works best as a coming-of-age story, but misses the bizarre psychological transferences of the book, in which Birdy imagines himself within the world of canaries he creates in his bedroom at his parents' house. Modine is fine as an out-of-it misfit enraptured by his own little universe. --Marshall Fine
A biopic of one of the first true greats of boxing in the 20th century this film is interspersed with footage from the real Joe Louis in action. The fact that Louis is treated on equal par with the white characters in the story led to the film being banned in certain parts of southern America when originally released!
The Bob Hope collection contains some of the greatest works from the comic genius that is Bob Hope. Entertaining audiences during his long career & working alongside some of the greatest stars in the industry Bob Hope has stamped his mark in history. Tiitles Include: * My Favourite Brunette * Road To Rio * Road To Bali * The Bob Hope Story * Cat And The Canary
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