With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.
Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth remains one of the most infamous for a number of reasons: the copious amounts of bloody gore, its expert use of location settings (filmed in North Wales) and Lady Macbeth's nude sleepwalking scene. Despite its notoriety, though, this does remain one of the more compelling film adaptations of the Scottish tragedy, if one of the more pessimistic takes on the story of Macbeth and his overreaching ambition. If you think the play is normally a bit of a downer, you haven't seen Polanski's bleak version of it, made in reaction to the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson "family". Jon Finch (Hitchcock's Frenzy) is a forceful Macbeth, bringing out the Scot's warrior instincts, and Francesca Annis is a memorable Lady Macbeth but the main thrust of the film belongs to Polanski's and noted British playwright and critic Kenneth Tynan's take on the play: extremely violent, nihilistic and visceral; this is down-in-the-dirt, no-holds-barred Shakespeare, not fussy costume drama. Pay close attention to the end, a silent coda that puts a chilling twist on all the action that has come beforehand and foreshadows more tragedy to come. --Mark Englehart
Strike tells the police that the circumstances of Rochelle's death merit further investigation but is dismissed. He seeks out Lula's friends and learns that Lula was looking for her biological family.
All three comedy-drama features featuring the mis-matched neighbours on another booze cruise to France...
A spectacular adventure set in mysterious ancient lands inhabited by incredible creatures and monsters. Sinbad - Prince of Baghdad and legendary sailor - finds an intriguing map and sets sail for the previously uncharted island of Lemuria with a beautiful slave girl Margianna and the Grand Vizier of the land of Marabia in an adventure that sees Sinbad explore uncharted waters and do battle with the evil Prince Koura and many mythical beasts.
Long-awaited, long-overdue: The Professionals as you have never seen them before. Bodie and Doyle need little by way of introduction, but if the series had at all escaped you since its debut in 1977 their boss George Cowley, head of CI5, couldn't put it more succinctly than his opening gambit: anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men experts from the army, the police, from every service. These are The Professionals;. Featuring the perfect ensemble cast of Martin Shaw, Gordon Jackson (completely against type here) and the much-missed Lewis Collins, the series ran for 57 action-packed episodes and made an immediate impact on British and then international audiences which has sustained more than 35 years. But the series has never looked this good. Painstakingly restored from the camera-original negatives, the series could have been made yesterday. No matter how many times you have seen The Professionals, this is a new experience, like seeing it for the first time. FEATURES ON THIS EDITION: Restorations of all 57 episodes from the camera-original negatives 5.1 tracks from original sound elements Remastered original mono and separate music-only tracks featuring Laurie Johnson s original scores All Series One episodes feature original Assault Course titles Without Walls: 1996 Channel 4 documentary on The Professionals Photo galleries featuring hundreds of rare and previously unseen images PDF material featuring scripts and memorabilia And much more!
What sounds like a high-concept romantic comedy pitch from hell--widower president falls for smart lobbyist while the world watches--is actually intelligent, charming, touching and quite funny. Granted, it's wish fulfilment all the way (when was the last time you saw a president who was truly presidential?) but in the capable hands of writer Aaron Sorkin (TV's Sports Night) and director Rob Reiner, TheAmerican President is incredibly enjoyable entertainment with quite a few ideas about both romance and the government. Michael Douglas stars as the president, who after three years in office starts thinking about the possibility of dating. When he auspiciously encounters cutthroat environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), sparks begin to crackle and the two begin a tentative but heartfelt romance. Of course, his job gets in the way--their first kiss is interrupted by a Libyan bombing--but darn it if these two kids aren't going to try and make it work! However, they hadn't counted on the president's Republican antagonist (Richard Dreyfuss), who starts carping about family values. The predictable plot--Douglas finally goes to bat for his lady and his country--is leavened by Sorkin's wonderful, snappy dialogue and a light touch from the usually subtle-as-a-sledgehammer Reiner. Both manage to create a believable White House-office atmosphere (with a crack staff including Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Deavere Smith and Samantha Mathis) as well as a plausible and funny dating scenario. The true success of the movie, though, rides squarely on Douglas and Bening; this is unequivocally Douglas's best comedic performance (ergo his best performance, period) and Bening, usually such a good bad girl, takes a standard career-woman role and fleshes it out magnificently. You can see in an instant why Douglas would fall for her. One of the best unsung romantic comedies of the 90s. --Mark Englehart
The Bafta Award-winning courtroom drama is back with the hard hitting Judge John Deed.
Bob Hoskins, Martin Shaw, Paul Eddington and David Daker are among the cast of this LWT crime series with a difference. Villains follows the exploits of nine bankrobbers from the moment of their dramatic escape from imprisonment; told from the point of view of the criminals, the individual stories of the men, their accomplices, their women and the audacious heist itself unfold through each of the 13 hour-long episodes. Nine men move into a disused ladies' lavatory and seal themselves in for the weekend. Then they tunnel their way up through the floor of a nearby City bank, and walk out clutching a third of a million pounds between them. It seems the perfect job - but something goes wrong. Most of the men are subsequently caught and convicted. One year on, as the 'Bog Robbers' are being driven from prison to the Appeal Court, another ingenious plan is put into action. It sees them going on the run, taking desperate, sometimes farcical measures to evade recapture, and finding time to reflect on their shady pasts and uncertain futures.
Woody Allen's gentlest and most unassuming movie, Radio Days isn't so much a story as a series of anecdotes loosely linked together by a voice-over spoken by the director. The film is strongly autobiographical in tone, presenting the memories of a young lad Joe (clearly a stand-in for Allen himself) growing up in a working-class Jewish family in the seafront Brooklyn suburb of Rockaway during the late 1930s and early 40s. In this pre-TV era the radio is ubiquitous, a constant accompaniment churning out quiz shows, soap operas, dance music, news flashes and Joe's favourite, the exploits of the Masked Avenger. Given Allen's well-publicised gallery of neuroses, you might expect childhood traumas. But no, everything here is rose-tinted and even the outbreak of war makes little impact on the easygoing, protective tenor of family life. Now and then Allen counterpoints his family album with the doings of the radio folk themselves (blink, and you'll miss a young William H Macy in the studio scene when the news of Pearl Harbour comes through). The rise to fame of Sally (Mia Farrow), a former night-club cigarette girl turned crooner, is the nearest the film comes to a coherent storyline. But most of the time Allen is content to coast on a flow of easy nostalgia, poking affectionate fun at the broadcasting conventions of the period and basking in the mildly rueful Jewish humour and small domestic crises of Joe's extended family. There aren't even any of his snappy one-liners, and the humour is kept low-key, raising at most an indulgent smile. A touch of Allen's usual acerbity wouldn't have come amiss. But for anyone who shares these memories, Radio Days will surely be a delight. On the DVD: Not much besides the theatrical trailer, scene menu and a choice of languages. The screen's the full original ratio, but nothing seems to have been done to enhance the soundtrack, and the dialogue's not always clear. A boost in volume may help.--Philip Kemp
The Bafta Award-winning BBC courtroom drama with the hard-hitting Judge John Deed. Despite the red robe and wig Judge John Deed is no average high court judge. Good-looking fit and fifty-something he has a rakish charm that belies his sharp intellect. His passion for justice and his maverick approach set him at odds with the Lord Chancellor's department. This judge's individual approach too often flies in the face of convention for his own good as he determinedly avoids the traditionalism the system tries to force upon him. Judge John Deed has become one of Martin Shaws defining roles. The sharp intellect rakish charm keen wit and passionate belief in justice were all qualities GF Newman had in mind for Martin when writing the series.
Episodes Comprise: Hard-Gating: A young black man is stabbed to death in a shared cell - by a known racist - a week before he is due for release. Over-crowding is the Prison Service''s excuse but the Judge''s questioning reveals that this prison wasn''t up to capacity. My Daughter Right or Wrong: A fire-bomb in the animal hotel of the science faculty at Sussex University destroys the new multi-million-pound building and kills a scientist. Henry Free an animal rights movement organiser is put on trial for murder. He refuses to name anyone else and armed with information from an informer and some dubious forensic evidence the police investigation implicates him in a conspiracy to destroy the building. Lost Youth: At Marc Thompson's hospital staff resuscitate a comatose two-year-old boy. Marc tells the child's parents that it would be in the baby's best interests if they did not resuscitate him again. The parents believe it is God's will that he should live and say they'll fight for him in court. Gilly Bridges is rushed into hospital with breathing difficulties. She has neurone disease. Gilly's husband Jake is suffering from stomach cancer and has been forced to retire from the police force. They are convinced that their illnesses have been caused by a mobile phone mast that has been erected above their flats and is used by the police for internal communication. They are suing the local council and Judge John Deed hears the case.
A critically acclaimed drama series from the early '90s, The Chief shows a police force under change and the friction generated as attempts are made to reform outmoded policies and challenge the often unacceptable conduct of front-line officers. Tim Pigott-Smith stars as John Stafford, an outspoken and deeply committed officer who has been newly promoted to Chief Constable at Eastland, East Anglia. Not one to shy from difficult decisions, his appointment of the highly capable Anne Stewart as his deputy proves deeply unpopular and exposes some of the more unpleasant institutional attitudes among the ranks. In later series, Stafford moves on and is replaced by Alan Cade (Martin Shaw). While no less capable than his predecessor, Cade finds that the challenge of frontline policing continues to be eclipsed by pressure from both his Home Office superiors and the local government agencies that are increasingly taking over many police roles. Forthright and, at times, controversial, The Chief does not shy from tackling the ever-mounting challenges of modern policing be they the consequences of militant student action, vigilante gangs, bombings, extreme activism, witness intimidation, the exploitation of migrant workers, and dealing with death in the line of duty.
Now you can enjoy all the outrageous fun and laughter of Disney's most loveable character as he stars in his very first full-length motion picture - A Goofy Movie. This rockin' and rollin' modern-day tale finds Goofy and his teenage son Max up to their floppy ears in misadventure as they blaze a cross-country trail to their favourite fishing spot. While goofy struggles to bridge the generation gap. Max faces a dilemma of adolescent proportions: keep a secret from his dad or risk losing the girl of his dreams.
Deed is a high-court judge who's made it to the top through sheer determination and character without the help of the old boys network. Hating all things archaic and bureaucratic his passion for justice and his maverick approach attract as many supporters as they do detractors. His humanity and success in and out of court make him a hero figure to some but an enemy to others... Episodes Comprise: 1. Rough Justice 2. Duty Of Care 3. Appropriate Response 4. Hidden Agenda
It's 1970 and the start of a new decade with great change in the air; Heath has become Prime Minister and there's political paranoia with the Cold War and industrial unrest.
Deed is a high-court judge who's made it to the top through sheer determination and character without the help of the old boys network. Hating all things archaic and bureaucratic his passion for justice and his maverick approach attract as many supporters as they do detractors. His humanity and success in and out of court make him a hero figure to some but an enemy to others... Episodes Comprise: 1. Pilot 2. Rough Justice 3. Duty Of Care 4. Appropriate Response 5. Hidden
Scarlet Pimpernel: The Complete Series 1 & 2 (4 Discs)
Inspector George Gently is one of the few good men at Scotland Yard his sense of public duty an increasingly rare commodity in a police force where corruption is rife and unchecked. But his relentless pursuit of notorious gangsters such as Joe Webster (Phil Davis Bleak House) leads to the murder of Gently's beloved wife Isabella a killing arranged by Webster himself in an act of revenge upon Gently. When a grieving Gently learns of the murder of a young biker Johnny Lister (Christian Cooke Where The Heart Is) who was part of a Northumberland drugs ring it has all the hallmarks of a Webster operation and he insists on being given the case deciding it will be his last...
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