In October 1913 a group of aristocratic men and women gather for a shooting party at an estate in the heart of the British countryside. Assured and opulent they move through the elaborate rituals of an Edwardian England country house-party. They dine they shoot gossip flirt and are discreetly adulterous. As members of the privileged elite they practice an etiquette largely imposed by the late King Edward VII - anything goes just as long as it does not threaten the established order or offend accepted morality. But times are changing. The values that have ordered their glittering world will no longer have any meaning in the new age about to dawn.
Based on the novel by Agatha Christie a posh 1937 tour of the holy land turns murderous when a malicious malevolent matriarch (Piper Laurie) is mysteriously poisoned. Each of her fellow tourists had the means and the motive to kill her and any of them would have enjoyed plunging the lethal hypodermic syringe into Mrs. Boynton's fleshy arm. It's up to nimble-witted Belgian detective Poirot (Peter Ustinov) to discover whodunit.
Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is a moving tragic story which chronicles the tempestuous journey of Charles Ryder through the tangled and stormy world of the aristocratic Marchmain family. It is an epic tale of his love - for his closest friend Sebastian Flyte for Sebastian's sister Julia Flyte and for an entire way of life. This classic visually stunning TV drama directed by Charles Sturridge and Michale Lindsay-Hogg was adapted for the screen by John Mortime
Alice in Wonderland the haunting nightmarish 1966 BBC Television version writ-ten and directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Peter Sellers Sir John Gielgud Sir Michael Redgrave Wilfrid Brambell Peter Cook Alan Bennett John Bird Leo McKern and Anne-Marie Mallik as Alice. Shot in pinpoint ghostly black and white with a dream-like editing schematic actors dressed not in costumes but in period clothes and a jarring seductive beautiful score by Ravi Shankar this Alice in Wonderland is like no other version you'll see of the Lewis Carroll classic. Alice in Wonderland is a dark nightmarish excursion into pointless almost listlessmadness...which makes it even more off-putting and uncomfortable in its rigid diffidence. Alice in Wonderland doesn't look like anything I've ever associated with the literary source. Instead Miller gives us an Alice who sleepwalks through increasingly madden-ing scenes that although she says she's a bit confused by them on the soundtrack she doesn't appear fazed by them at all.
Murder by Decree has the distinction of being not only one of the best Sherlock Holmes films, but one of the best pastiches (i.e., a Holmes fiction created by someone other than author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) featuring the late-Victorian detective. Christopher Plummer is very good as Holmes, and James Mason redeems the many mishandled screen portrayals of Dr John Watson with a rare, insightful performance. The story may not be unique in post-Doyle Holmes adventures--the private investigator pursues Jack the Ripper during the latter's murderous reign in foggy London--but the script by John Hopkins (Thunderball) is keenly intelligent, developing concentric circles of power and evil with great subtlety. Before losing himself in Porky's, director Bob Clark did a masterful job of surprising audiences with Murder by Decree, convincing viewers they were watching one kind of drama but then unleashing something very different, very unsettling. --Tom Keogh
John Gielgud (Gulliver's Travels) Annette Crosbie (Calendar Girls) and Susan Fleetwood (Persuasion) star in this intriguing drama series adapted by John Mortimer (Rumpole Of The Bailey) from his best selling novel. Molly Pargeter (Susan Fleetwood) has found the perfect Tuscan vvilla for her family's summer holiday. Molly had hoped to soak up the local colour and revel in the artistic masterpieces that surround her instead she ends up exploring the myster
Victor Hugo's classic tale of pursuit, uprising and redemption, on which the musical sensation is based, is presented here in a lavishly restored edition. Jean Valjean (Richard Jordan - The Hunt for Red October), a handsome young woodcutter, is cruelly sent to prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving family. Released from prison many years later, he faces freedom with an urge for revenge until he encounters the benevolent Bishop Myriel, who convinces him to become an honest man and to perform good deeds for others. However, Javert (Anthony Perkins - Psycho), the ice-cold Inspector of Prisoners, relentlessly purses Valjean and is determined to put him back in prison... Les Miserables weaves a tale of courage, daring, escape, and the indomitable human spirit. Filmed in extravagant locations throughout France and elsewhere in Europe, it is truly a masterpiece of production. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Textless Material Image Gallery Production Information and Script
In the opening scene of Hamlet, Laurence Olivier describes the play in a voice-over as "the tragedy of a man who couldn't make up his mind". But Olivier's screen adaptation is considerably more thoughtful and complex than this thesis would suggest. The contradictions and ambiguities of the title character, who prowls cavernous sets filled with vast, ancient corridors and winding staircases, emerge as if from a dream. The plethora of tracking shots--precise enough to impress Stanley Kubrick--encircle Olivier and his tightly constructed geometry of demise. Drawing on his experience playing the Prince on stage at Elsinore in 1937, the legendary thesp provides the film with the patina of greatness and shows how the constitution of the formerly cheerful Prince weakens increasingly under the burden of his own thoughts and inability to accept his mother's o'er-hasty marriage to uncle Claudius (Basil Sydney). Indeed, if emotions could possess ghosts, Olivier's Hamlet shows how they would manifest themselves. There is even a dollop of Freud, suggesting that Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie) has perhaps loved her offspring too closely--thus providing the fuel for Hamlet's actions. As Ophelia, Jeans Simmons captures the character's early spirit better than her gradual disintegration (Helena Bonham Carter fares better in Franco Zeffirelli's fine 1990 remake). Purists may bemoan the loss of Fortinbras, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but these choices allow Olivier to focus more squarely on Hamlet's plight. His monologues, many held in secret enclaves, glow with the dramatic markedness of a Dostoevski novel, with all of the master's irony, allusions and witticisms in place. The winner of four Oscars (Best Picture, Actor, Art Direction, and Costumes), this is a Hamlet for the ages. The rest is silence. --Kevin Mulhall
A stunning new 4K restoration of THE ELEPHANT MAN, with both picture and sound overseen by revered director David Lynch, this release is the perfect celebration of the films 40th anniversary. Starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt, THE ELEPHANT MAN is an extraordinary and intensely moving true story of bravery and humanity. John Merrick (John Hurt) is The Elephant Man, forced into circus sideshows and spurned by society because of the disfiguring disabilities he was born with. Rescued by a well meaning surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), he tries to escape a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities. Beautifully shot in black and white by the incomparable Freddie Francis, THE ELEPHANT MAN is an unforgettable story of human dignity and survival. A stunning new 40th anniversary restoration Extras: NEW - Interview with Frank Connor, Stills Photography NEW - BFI Q&A With Jonathan Sanger Interview With David Lynch Interview With John Hurt Mike Figgis Interviews David Lynch The Air Is On Fire: Interview With David Lynch at Cartier Foundation Joseph Merrick: The Real Elephant Man The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed
An intense drama of life and death amongst fighter pilots in World War I. A moving story of comradeship and bravery loneliness and fear from award winning director Jack Gold 'Aces High' contains some of the most magnificent aerial battles ever staged leading to a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography and Best Film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
The trials and tribulations of Stephen Dedalus a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the 20th century. He starts to feel a stranger in his own land as he starts to understand the nature of art and politics and he has to make a decision whether to accept exile in another land or stay and fight....
There will be days and days and days like this... Meryl Streep delivers one of her greatest performances in David Hare's adaptation of his own stage play which spans two decades in the life of a French Resistance operative who struggles to build a new life amid the apathy of post-war England. Featuring a stellar supporting cast and winning a brace of awards and nominations in 1985 this masterly feature is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. At the end of World War Two Susan Traherne a young Englishwoman who has worked as a courier in Nazi-occupied France returns home full of hope for a golden future. Yet peacetime brings its own difficulties for Susan; she finds her marriage to a Foreign Office diplomat arid and unfulfilling and the seemingly trivial concerns of others leave her cold. As the danger and intensity – and undeniable excitement – of her wartime days give way to a new mundane life her fragile mental and emotional stability begins to crumble… Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF
Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, presents this star studded, captivating trio of murder mysteries. The Pale Horse pits a young man with an eye for danger against a perilous coven of conniving and black magic. Sparkling Cyanide revels in the coincidence of money, manipulation and murder, uncovered by Colonel Reece and Dr. Catherine Kendall. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is the question to hand when Bobby Jones comes across a dying man with links to the Bassington-ffrench estate and a world of all-too tempting inheritances.
Nicole Kidman is Isabel Archer a young woman of daring independence and equally fierce desires. But her headstrong innocence is no match for the manipulations of her duplicitous friend Madame Merle (Barbara Hershey in an Oscar-nominated performance) and the devious Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich). Adapted from the novel by Henry James.
A classic adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Richard III has helped to put his older brother Edward on the throne of England. But jealousy and resentment cause Richard to seek the crown for himself and he conceives a lengthy and carefully calculated plan using deception manipulation and outright murder to achieve his goal. His plotting soon had tumultuous consequences both for himself and for England when after Edward IV is murdered - drowned in a vat of wine - Richard finds his kingdom in dire peril and must defend his realm at the battle of Bosworth.
Tony Palmer's epic film was made in 1982/3 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wagner's death. Filmed in 200 locations throughout Europe, many where the actual historical events took place, with a team from 19 different countries, the entire production was completed in less than a year. Sadly Wagner was to be Richard Burton's last major role, but the stellar cast - including Laurence Oliver, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lszl Gllfi, Gemma Craven, Ekkehardt Schall, Richard Pasco, Marthe Keller, Gabriel Byrne, Franco Nero, Ronald Pickup, Corin Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Prunella Scales, Andrew Cruickshank, Joan Greenwood, Liza Goddard, Bill Fraser, Arthur Lowe, Joan Plowright, with composer Sir William Walton in a cameo role - assembled partly because of him.Only now is the film being released on DVD as its director Tony Palmer wishes it to be viewed. Previously it's been seen in badly edited versions and been made available on DVD (reproduced from poor-quality VHSs) with sub-standard pictures and sound. Finally, here is the restored presentation as it was originally edited by Tony Palmer in its complete 7 hours 46 minutes duration, issued in wide-screen, re-mastered in Hi-Definition. The music, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti with singers including Dame Gwyneth Jones and Peter Hofmann, has never sounded better, and the astonishing images of cameramen Vittorio Storaro and Nic Knowland have never looked better.The script by Charles Wood remains a miracle of historical compression and accuracy, given that Wagner himself was an appalling fantasist and the truth often hard to ascertain. And Richard Burton, who towers above the production, reminds us what a great actor he was. This is a fitting tribute to his - and to Wagner's - genius.
Even now Richard Wagner (1813-83) remains an enigma. His was a rags-to-riches saga with a fairy tale ending. He was loved yet hated admired yet despised a villain yet a hero who was worshipped a man whose fame and exploits were the gossip of Europe. Above all he was an incurable romantic whose love affair with Liszt's illegitimate daughter rivals that of Romeo and Juliet in excitement and drama. But he was also a dangerous political revolutionary whose influence penetrated the
Featuring all the first series episodes from the acclaimed mystery/suspense TV series. Episodes Comprise: 1. Man From the South 2. Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat 3. William and Mary 4. Lamb to the Slaughter 5. The Landlady 6. Neck 7. Edward the Conqueror 8. A Dip in the Pool 9. The Way Up to Heaven
From the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie comes a tale of murder mystery and mistaken identity. When Bobby Jones comes across a dying man and the photograph of a beautiful young woman his interest is snared; especially when the photograph is later switched for one of someone else. With the help of his good friend Lady Frances Derwant Bobby investigates. Following a trail of clues and setting up an elaborate charade in order to insinuate themselves into the Bassington-French household their trail leads them into a world of morphine addiction psychiatric clinics and enticing inheritances and of course murder. But who is the mysterious trembling young wife of the hard-edged Dr. Nicholson; why is someone out to silence Bobby Jones; and what is the meaning of the dead man's dying words...Why didn't they ask Evans? Special Features: Agatha Christie Biography and Bibliography Photo Gallery Cast Filmographies Subtitles
This box set features the entire seventh series of the classic British Television drama Inspector Morse. Episodes comprise: 1. Deadly Slumber: Avril Steppings was left with permanent brain damage after an operation went wrong. Morse is called in when the doctor who runs the clinic where the operation was performed is found murdered... 2. Day Of The Devil: Morse is involved in a man hunt when a dangerous mental patient escapes from a high security hospital...
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