In early 1939, with the Second World War looming, aristocrat Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O'Toole) attempts to avert the impending catastrophe by assassinating Adolf Hitler. But his mission fails. Captured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert survives his torture but is hunted by both the British and German authorities on his return to England and must use his wits and guile to survive . Based on Geoffrey Household's cult thriller, Rogue Male is a suspenseful action adventure featuring an exceptional lead performance by O'Toole and a superb supporting cast, including Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter and John Standing. Special Features: Newly remastered in HD from the original 16mm A/B negatives Extras TBC Fully illustrated booklet with new writing by Paul Fairclough and full film credits
You could only see his eyes behind the layers of makeup in The Elephant Man but those expressive orbs earned John Hurt a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his moving portrayal of John Merrick, the grotesquely deformed Victorian man. Inarticulate and abused, Merrick is the virtual slave of a carnival barker (Freddie Jones) until dedicated London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins in a powerfully understated performance) rescues him and offers him an existence with dignity. Anne Bancroft co-stars as the actress whose visit to Merrick makes him a social curiosity, with John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller as dubious hospital staffers won over by Merrick. David Lynch earned his only Oscar nominations as director and co-writer of this sombre drama, which he shot in a rich black-and-white palette, a sometimes stark, sometimes dreamy visual style that at times recalls the offbeat expressionism of his first film, Eraserhead. It remains a perfect marriage between traditional Hollywood historical drama and Lynch's unique cinematic eye, a compassionate human tale delivered in a gothic vein. The film earned eight Oscar nominations in all and though it left the Oscar ceremony empty-handed, its dramatic power and handsome yet haunting imagery remain just as strong today. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com On the DVD: Being black and white, it's easier to judge the digital transfer in terms of shade and thankfully this print looks just fine. There's a little confusion over the sound, however, which is advertised as Stereo on the box but says Mono on the Audio Menu. It certainly seems to be a basic Dolby stereo but it's a shame Lynch hasn't given it the personal touch since he's obsessed with mixing his films' sound himself. From the nicely thought-out animated menus there's a gallery of 20 photos and a misguiding, dramatic theatrical trailer. The only other extra is a 64-page book of which only 10 pages relate directly to the film (the rest re-tell Lynch's career and the real Elephant Man's life). --Paul Tonks
"Before the Rains" is a lush cinematic period piece set in the waning years of the Raj and produced in the Merchant Ivory tradition.
This 1976 adventure story set in World War II concerns a Nazi plot to kidnap Churchill from his retreat--or murder him if need be. The large, great cast and a director, John Sturges, who's been down this road of ensemble action before (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) make this project exciting if not as memorable as Sturges' more famous works. The weak ending doesn't help. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Leeson (Ewan McGregor) is rightly proud of himself: despite his humble beginnings, the Watford lad is now a trusted employee of Barings Merchant Bank, the City of London's oldest Banking House founded in 1763.
A great value triple film collection of great British horror films that includes Blue Blood, Neither The Sea Nor The Sand & The Legacy. Starring Oliver Reed, Fiona Lewis, Anna GaÃ«l and Susan Hampshire. Blueblood - An unusually nasty butler takes over the possessions of his degenerate master by means of witchcraft. Neither the Sea Nor the Sand - Susan Hampshire and Frank Finlay star in this distinctly unsettling British supernatural thriller based on a book by newsreader Gordon Honeycombe. The Legacy - This 1978 British chiller sees a young couple trapped in a mansion. An occult ceremony is in progress - and all Hell is about to break loose. Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott & Roger Daltrey star.
Set in the 1930's A Good Woman is an elegant, witty, romantic comedy based on Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan".
This mini-series based on Joanna Trollope's novel explores the internal politics and scandals of a British cathedral choir school. It features the singing voice of first-time actor and boy treble soloist Anthony Way a real-life student at the St. Paul's Cathedral Choral School in London.
German World War II plot to capture Winston Churchill, based on Jack Higgins' best-selling novel. Colonel Radl discovers that Churchill is planning to spend a couple of days in an almost-deserted village in Norfolk. Radl is convinced an attempt to kidnap him should be made and enlists the help of Colonel Steiner, who is under suspended sentence of death, and Liam Devlin, an Irishman. A crack force of German paratroopers lands safely in England, poised and ready for the kidnap. All appears to be going smoothly until an unforeseeable incident exposes the Germans, but the kidnap plan continues and Steiner, his finger on the trigger of his luger, approaches the unmistakable figure of Churchill. The star-studded cast includes Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Quayle, Jean Marsh and Judy Geeson.
Written by the late, great Jimmy Sangster (The Revenge of Frankenstein, Taste of Fear), this supernatural riff on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is a gruesome, hugely entertaining chiller. Two American architects (real-life couple Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, who met on the set of this film) are holidaying in England and find themselves trapped at a country mansion where the various guests become victims in a series of unexplained and increasingly violent deaths. Director Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi, Jagged Edge), making his feature-film directing debut, deftly balances horror and grisly black humour. The film also boasts sumptuous photography by the great Dick Bush and Alan Hume, a wonderfully eccentric score by Michael J Lewis and a superb supporting cast which includes Charles Gray, Margaret Tyzack, Ian Hogg, John Standing and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Extras: Two presentations of the film: the US theatrical cut, presented in widescreen from a High Definition master (100 mins); the UK theatrical cut, presented open matte from a Standard Definition master (102 mins) Original stereo audio New and exclusive audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television An Editing Legacy (2015, 14 mins): award-winning editor and second unit director Anne V Coates recalls her work on the film The Make-up Effects of The Legacy' (2015, 11 mins): Robin Grantham discusses his specialist make-up creations for the film Ashes and Crashes (2019, 4 mins): interview with second unit director Joe Marks An Extended Legacy (2019, 11 mins): an analysis of the differences between the US and UK cuts Between the Anvil and the Hammer (1973, 27 mins): The Legacy director Richard Marquand's acclaimed documentary short film, made for the Central Office of Information, about the Liverpool police force Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
Ebulliently imaginative and far more cleverly presented than you would expect from a TV miniseries, this adaptation of Gulliver's Travels succeeds by never pandering to the lowest common denominator. Closely based on Jonathan Swift's 1726 classic, it is enhanced by dazzling special effects from Jim Henson Productions and a superb, multi-ethnic cast. The biggest surprise is Ted Danson in the title role--one of his best performances, even if he is the only person in England with an American accent. He conveys amusement, amazement and intelligence as he travels from one strange country into another. Not that anyone back in Blighty believes Mr Gulliver's tales of little people or giants. The story is told in flashback from an insane asylum, where he is forcibly confined. This far outshines several previous adaptations of Swift's satirical novel. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
Vanessa Redgrave plays Clarissa Dalloway an MP's wife whose life is thrown into crisis when a lover she rejected 30 years ago makes an unexpected appearance at a party she is hosting at her elegant London home prompting bittersweet memories of her youth. Marleen Gorris the Oscar winning director of Antonia's Line brings to life Virginia Woolf's groundbreaking 1925 novel which itself inspired Michael Cunningham's Pultizer Prize-winning novel 'The Hours'. Beautifully filmed in
Based on the best-selling novel, this adaptation about an Australian who has a baby with her aristocratic cad of a boyfriend is written and directed by newcomer Sara Suggarman, who has injected her own particular style into the film.
This 1976 adventure story set in World War II concerns a Nazi plot to kidnap Churchill from his retreat--or murder him if need be. The Eagle Has Landed has a large, great cast and a director, John Sturges, who's been down this road of ensemble action before (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) make this project exciting if not as memorable as Sturges's more famous works. The weak ending doesn't help. -- Tom Keogh
The daring World War II plot that changed the course of history. In November 1943 Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasance) received a simple message The Eagle Has Landed. It meant that a crack force of German paratroopers were safely in England poised and ready to kidnap the Prime Minister of England Winston Churchill. The force is under the command of Colonel Kurt Steiner (Michael Caine). All goes smoothly as the German force disguised in Polish uniforms is accepted by the villagers. But one of the men is killed while rescuing a little girl and his German uniform is discovered. The entire village has to be taken hostage and hidden in the town church. Agents and counteragents work desperately to keep the scheme alive. Steiner himself takes a dangerous gamble. He overpowers an American ranger commandeers his jeep and uniform and drives to the mansion where Churchill is relaxing. The action and suspense are nonstop in this World War II thriller which also stars Treat Williams Larry Hagman Anthony Quayle and Jean Marsh.
Set within the steamy world of international show jumping Rupert Campbell-Black ad Jake Lovell are top riders and sworn enemies both in and out of the ring. Their bitter rivalry has been escalating until it ultimately erupts at the Los Angeles Olympics with devastating conclusions. The first of the Rutshire chronicles Riders is an explosive mix of romance sex and adventure.
Charming ladies' man Academy Award winner Cary Grant (1970 Honorary Award) becomes a charismatic matchmaker in his final screen appearance in Walk Don't Run. When English industrialist Sir William Rutland (Grant) arrives in Tokyo on business the influx of tourists for the upcoming Olympic games makes it impossible to find lodging. So Rutland fast-talks his way into sharing an apartment with beautiful Christine Easton (Samantha Eggar) for a few days. To further confuse matters R
Lord and Lady Braunceston are the impoverished landed gentry. 'Uncle Willy' is the eccentric Bishop whose church is threatened by greedy developers. Lady Anne is the daughter of the family and it's her impending marriage to the son of a wealthy neighbour which promises to be the salvation of the whole family... ... until the Bishop excels himself by managing to marry her to a penniless American at the wedding rehearsal. Things are looking black for everyone - then Ormiston the l
In the spy-crazed film world of the 1960s, Len Deighton's antihero Harry Palmer burst onto the scene as an antidote to the James Bond films. Here was a British spy who had a working-class accent and horn-rimmed glasses and above all really didn't want to be a spy in the first place. As portrayed by Michael Caine, Palmer was the perfect antithesis to Sean Connery's 007. Unlike that of his globetrotting spy cousin, Palmer's beat is cold, rainy, dreary London, where he spends his days and nights in unheated flats spying on subversives. He does charm one lady, but she's no Pussy Galore, just a civil servant he works with, sent to keep an eye on him. Eventually he's assigned to get to the bottom of the kidnapping and subsequent "brain draining" of a nuclear physicist, all the while being reminded by his superiors that it's this or prison. Things begin to get pretty hairy for Harry. Produced by Harry Saltzman in his spare time between Bond movies, the film also features a haunting score by another Bond veteran, composer John Barry. --Kristian St. Clair, Amazon.com
This second series finds Cockney model Lorraine with fading prospects of Tory MP Charles ever proposing marriage - particularly with his aristocratic fiance Sybilla (Patricia Hodge) still very much on the scene. So, displaying a greater spirit of independence, she decides to move far enough out of town to avoid being always at Charles' beck and call; a little reminder that she's still a free agent.
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