Modern blockbuster cinema came of age with the release of three huge science fiction/fantasy extravaganzas in the late 1970s. In 1978 Superman was the last of these, a gigantic hit unfairly overshadowed by Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Christopher Reeve is completely convincing as both Superman and mild-mannered alter ego Clarke Kent, sparking real chemistry with Margot Kidder's fellow reporter Lois Lane. Very much a film of two halves, the opening tells the origin of Superman from the apocalyptic fate of Krypton to his nostalgically rendered boyhood in the mid-West. After a wonderful sequence introducing the Fortress of Solitude the film changes gear as the adult Clarke Kent arrives in Metropolis and Superman battles arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). Though the tone becomes lighter and introduces comedy, Superman succeeds because Donner plays the titular character straight. From Marlon Brando's heavyweight cameo to the surprisingly wrenching finale, Superman unfolds as an epic modern myth, a spiritual fable for a secular age and a fantastic entertainment for the young at heart. With breathtaking production design, still special effects, gorgeous cinematography, thrilling set-pieces, wit, romance and John Williams' extraordinarily rich music score, Superman has the power to make you believe a man can fly.On the DVD: Superman is presented in an extended director's cut which adds eight minutes to the theatrical original. The restored material is so artfully integrated many viewers may not even notice, but it would have been nice to at least have the opportunity to watch the original via seamless branching. The sound has been remixed into extraordinarily powerful Dolby Digital 5.1--the superb main title sequence is worth the price alone--and the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is, except for some unavoidably grainy effects shots, pristine. The commentary by Richard Donner and writer Tom Mankiewicz reveals more about the background than all but the most dedicated fan will ever need to know, while film music aficionados will revel in the opportunity to listen to John Williams' score isolated in Dolby Digital 5.1. On the second side of the disc are a eight alternate John Williams music cues, a selection of deleted scenes and the screen tests of a variety of would-be Lois Lanes, introduced and with optional commentary by casting director Lynn Stalmaster. These are fascinating, and show how right for the part Margot Kidder really was. A DVD-ROM only feature presents the storyboards plus various Web features, while the real highlight is a 90-minute documentary divided into three sections covering pre-production, filming and special effects. The picture quality on all the extras is very good indeed. An enthralling package, DVD doesn't get much better than this. --Gary S Dalkin
Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true Man of Tomorrow. Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere - nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve's Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner's definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director's Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis' favourite son that preserves the director's intent while feeding superfan demands. Extras: (On Superman: The Movie Special Edition Disc); Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz, 3 Documentaries: Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend, and The Magic Behind the Cape, Screen Tests, Restored Scenes, Additional Music Cues, Music-Only track
Director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) took over the franchise with this first sequel in the series, though the film doesn't look much like his usual stylish work. (Superman III is far more Lesteresque.) Still, there is a lot to like about this film, which finds Superman grappling with the conflict between his responsibilities as Earth's saviour and his own needs of the heart. Choosing the latter, he gives up his powers to be with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), but the timing is awful: three renegades from his home planet, Krypton, are smashing up the White House, aided by the mocking Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film isn't nearly as ambitious as its predecessor, but the accent on relationships over special effects (not that there aren't plenty of them) is very satisfying. --Tom Keogh
The few remaining residents of a Canadian sorority house are celebrating the onset of Christmas vacation when a thirteen year-old girl is found dead in the park. Soon it is discovered that one of the sorority sisters is missing which triggers a terrifying chain of murders within the house... Director Bob Clark's tense effective film is a precursor to the 'slasher' films Friday 13th and Halloween that would come a half decade later.
A group of eight sorority sisters find themselves being harassed by threatening and intimidating mystery phone-calls during Christmas break.
For the Superman completist a bumper collection of all five films in the Superman saga. Superman: The Movie - Special Edition sees the birth of a legend as we are introduced to the titular superhero and his Kryptonian origins. Also included is the expanded edition which features an additional eight minutes of screen time. This is followed by Superman II - Special Edition in which our boy in blue must do battle with three escaped super criminals bent on destroying the earth. Presented here in both its theatrical and director's cut versions the latter is expanded by an alternate beginning and ending as well as 15 minutes of restored footage of Marlon Brando as Jor-El. In the third instalment in the franchise Superman III - Deluxe Edition Superman learns of his Achilles heel when he is exposed to kryptonite. The penultimate Superman IV - The Quest For Peace sees the Man of Steel take on Nuclear Man culminating in an explosive showdown of epic proportions. When the Super One returns to Earth in Superman Returns - Special Edition he discovers that the woman he loves Lois Lane has moved on with her life and must figure out how to protect a world that has learned to survive without him.
A box-office smash, an Academy Award-winner and a fan favourite since it first flew into theaters, Superman: The Movie assembles a cast and creative contingent as only a big movie can. As its heart (and for three sequels) is Christopher Reeve's intelligent, affectionate portrayal of a most human Man of Steel. Reeve, Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) give performances that fuel the film's aura of legend. Watching Superman isn't just like being a kid again. It's better. Includes theatrical version on both 4K and remastered Blu-Ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz Taking Flight: The Development of Superman Making Superman: Filming the Legend Screen Tests Music-Only track Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot.
Based on terrifying true events, The Amityville Horror tells the story of George and Kathy Lutz who believe they have found the perfect family home on the coast of Long Island. But the house has a shocking history and within its walls a demonic presence lies in wait that will turn the Lutz's lives into a living nightmare. Their only hope is to get out before it's too late! Features: Brolin Thunder' A New Interview with Actor James Brolin Child's Play' A New Interview with Actor Meeno Peluce Amityville Scribe' A New Interview with Screenwriter Sandor Stern The Devil in The Music' A New Interview with Composer Lalo Schifrin My Amityville Horror' Feature-Length Documentary with Daniel Lutz For God's Sake Get Out' Archive Interviews with James Brolin and Margot Kidder Intro by Dr Hans Holzer, PhD. in Parapsychology (Author of Murder in Amityville') Audio Commentary by Dr Hans Holzer Original Trailer, TV Spot, Radio Spots DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Uncompressed Stereo Audio Options New Optional English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired
The Long Island colonial house on the rivers edge seemed perfect. Quaint spacious and affordable it was just what George and Kathy Lutz had been looking for. But looks can be deceiving...and their new dream home soon becomes a hellish nightmare as the walls begin to drip blood and satanic forces haunt them with sheer unbridled evil. Now with their lives - and their souls - in danger the Lutz's must run as fast as they can from the home they once lived...or fall prey to its terri
If these walls could talk... the screams would wake the dead. Based on the chilling best seller this spooky study in psychological terror throws open the doors to your deepest darkest fears! The Long Island colonial house on the river's edge seemed perfect. Quaint spacious and affordable it was just what George and Cathy Lutz had been looking for. But looks can be deceiving... and their new dream home soon becomes a hellish nightmare as the walls begin to drip blood and
Superman The Movie: The movie that makes a legend come to life. You know the story. The planet Krypton is doomed. Only one man Jor-El knows it and rockets his infant son to refuge on a distant world called Earth. As Jor-El''s son grows to manhood he learns he possesses super-powers he must hide from ordinary mortals around him. It takes a big movie to contain the considerable talents of Marlon Brando Gene Hackman Jackie Cooper Glen Ford Margot Kidder Valerie Perrine and at its heart the most human portrayal of the Man of Steel Christopher Reeve. Superman an Academy Award winner (1978) for special achievement in visual effects is more than big enough. Directed by Richard Donner Superman: The Movie makes us believe this epic story all over again. Superman II: A nuclear explosion in outer space has freed rebel General Zod and his evil cohorts from their captivity in a fragment of Kryptonite. Having been banished from Krypton for their treachery against Jor-El they now plot revenge on his son - Superman. Arch villian Lex Luthor offers his services to Zod meanwhile Lois Lane has discovered Clark Kent''s identity. Will Superman surrender his superhuman powers to marry her or will he save the city of Metropolis? Original cast members from Superman create a blend of thrills humour and humanity that makes this sequel great fun for the whole family. Superman III: After Superman: The Movie's epic storytelling and Superman II's awesome battles how could the first two hits be topped? In Superman III meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role deepening his character's human side as Clark Kent reunites with an old flame (Annette O'Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling conviction. Incredible visual effects abound - but above all it has heart heroism and high-flying humor. All in superabundance of course. Superman IV: Christopher Reeve not only dons the hero's cape for the fourth time in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace but also helped develop the film's provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. For me it's the most personal of the entire series Reeve says. It directly reflects what Superman should be and should be doing. Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants archvillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China. Your quest for superheroic excitement is over!
What The Devil Hath Joined Together Let No Man Cut Asunder! Before 1973, Brian De Palma was impossible to pigeonhole: he made comedies, political satires and openly experimental pieces. But with Sisters (originally released as Blood Sisters in the UK) he turned to the suspense thriller and discovered his natural home and a style that would lead directly to later masterpieces like Carrie, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out. When Danielle (Margot Kidder) meets potential boyfriend Philip (Lisle Wilson) after appearing on the TV show Peeping Toms (a nod to the Michael Powell shocker), she invites him home, only to attract the ire of her twin sister Dominique. From across the courtyard, Rear Window style, reporter Grace (Jennifer Salt) witnesses Philip being murdered by one of the twins but the police find no body or any physical evidence. Naturally, Grace takes things into her own hands, and discovers more about the sisters' relationship than she bargained for Strongly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski, and with a score by the great Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Psycho), Sisters was the first true Brian De Palma film. Features: Brand new High Definition digital transfer High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) What the Devil Hath Joined Together: Brian De Palma's Sisters A visual essay by author Justin Humphreys All new interviews with co-writer Louisa Rose, actress Jennifer Salt, editor Paul Hirsch and unit manager Jeffrey Hayes The De Palma Digest a film-by-film guide to the director's career by critic Mike Sutton Archive audio interview with star William Finley (excerpt) Theatrical Trailer Gallery of Sisters promotional material from around the world Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Titles Comprise:Cherry Tree Lane: is a tense urban thriller in which a couple are taken hostage by a gang planning revenge on their son. Christine and Mike (Rachael Blake and Tom Butcher) arrive home from work as usual to prepare dinner for themselves and their teenage son, Sebastian (Tom Kane). They are disturbed by a knock at the front door, which leads to a group of aggressive teenagers barging into the house. The teenagers want to have a word or two with the absent Sebastian, who they believe to be guilty of grassing up one of their friends, and are plenty happy to hold hostage and terrorise his parents until he returns.House of the Devil: (2009) follows cash-strapped college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue), who takes a babysitting job in a remote country mansion. Fairly soon, Samantha senses that something isn't quite right and that she was naive to believe she could land such a well-paid job without a catch. As a lunar eclipse darkens the sky overhead, Samantha begins to get the uncomfortable feeling that her employers (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) intend to use her for something rather more sinister than childcare.Bathory: Countess of Blood: (2008) is based on the legend of 16th-century Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who was said to bathe in the blood of virgins in a bid to preserve her youth and beauty. This feature, directed by Juraj Jakubisko, portrays Bathory (Anna Friel) in a somewhat different light - a woman born ahead of her time, who was betrayed by the men in her life. These include a talented young painter with whom she begins an affair, Merisi Caravaggio (Hans Matheson), and conniving rival land owner Juraj Thurzo (Karel Roden).
It's time for the Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don t express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally become concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem? Extras: Film and Fur: Remembering Black Christmas with Art Hindle Victims and Virgins: Remembering Black Christmas with Lynne Griffin Black Christmas Legacy Original TV and Radio Spots
Based on terrifying true events, The Amityville Horror tells the story of George and Kathy Lutz who believe they have found the perfect family home on the coast of Long Island. But the house has a shocking history and within its walls a demonic presence lies in wait that will turn the Lutz's lives into a living nightmare. Their only hope is to get out before it's too late!
Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George star in this remake of the classic supernatural chiller.
What the devil hath joined together let no man cut asunder! Before 1973 Brian De Palma was impossible to pigeonhole: he made comedies political satires and openly experimental pieces. But with Sisters (originally released as Blood Sisters in the UK) he turned to the suspense thriller and discovered his natural home - and a style that would lead directly to later masterpieces like Carrie Dressed to Kill and Blow Out. When Danielle (Margot Kidder) meets potential boyfriend Philip (Lisle Wilson) after appearing on the TV show Peeping Toms (a nod to the Michael Powell shocker) she invites him home only to attract the ire of her twin sister Dominique. From across the courtyard Rear Window style reporter Grace (Jennifer Salt) witnesses Philip being murdered by one of the twins - but the police find no body or any physical evidence. Naturally Grace takes things into her own hands and discovers more about the sisters relationship than she bargained for...Strongly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski and with a score by the great Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane Psycho) Sisters was the first true 'Brian De Palma' film. Special Features: High Definition Digital Transfer Newly Created Exclusive Content Reversible Sleeve Featuring Original and Newly Commissioned Artwork by Graham Humphreys Collector's Booklet Featuring New Writing on the Film Archive Content and More!
Vera Johnson (Rachael Leigh Cook) is two years out of high school but still lives with her parents. Wasting time with meaningless jobs she dreams of life beyond the limits of her small Montana town. When a young stranger walks into her life bearing a horrible dark secret it will turn her world upside down forever!
A collection of 5 films based on murder mystery novels by Mary Higgins Clark. Includes: 1. A Crime Of Passion 2. Before I Say Goodbye 3. Try To Remember 4. The Cradle Will Fall 5. I'll Be Seeing You
A modern day adaptation of Dostoyevsky's masterpiece...
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