Robert Redford made his Oscar-winning directorial debut with this highly acclaimed, poignantly observant drama (based on the novel by Judith Guest) about a well-to-do family's painful adjustment to tragedy. Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland play a seemingly happy couple who lose the elder of their two sons to a boating accident; Timothy Hutton plays the surviving teenage son, who blames himself for his brother's death and has attempted suicide to end his pain. They live in a meticulously kept home in an affluent Chicago suburb, never allowing themselves to speak openly of the grief that threatens to tear them apart. Only when the son begins to see a psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch) does the veneer of denial begin to crack, and Ordinary People thenceforth directly examines the broken family ties and the complexity of repressed emotions that have festered under the pretence of coping. Superior performances and an Oscar-winning script by Alvin Sargent make this one of the most uncompromising dramas ever made about the psychology of dysfunctional families. There are moments--particularly related to Mary Tyler Moore's anguished performance as a woman incapable of expressing her deepest emotions--when this film is both intensely involving and heartbreakingly real. No matter how happy and healthy your upbringing was, there's something in this excellent film that everyone can relate to. --Jeff Shannon
Celebrated for the macabre tour-de-force plots and sublime twist endings that would come to define the very genre of suspense Alfred Hitchcock is one of cinema's greatest auteurs his career spanning six decades and over sixty films. One of Hitchcock's most significant pre-war thrillers – a series of films that would help pave the way to even greater success in Hollywood – Young and Innocent stars Derrick de Marney as Robert Tisdall a man who turns fugitive after he finds the body of a young woman washed up on a beach and is promptly accused of her murder; Nova Pilbeam is the beautiful young lady whose help he enlists and George Curzon features in one of his best-known British film roles as the jealous ex-husband who harbours a terrible secret...
In the delightful romantic comedy Green Card, Georges (Gérard Depardieu), a composer and one-time petty thief who grew up in poverty, attempts to escape his life in Paris and begin anew in America by illegally marrying Bronte (Andie MacDowell), a prim and repressed young lady from a privileged life in Connecticut. Bronte, who has agreed to the scheme for her own self-serving reasons, is exasperated when the Immigration & Naturalisation Service investigates their case, and she and Georges, whom she detests, must spend time together studying each other's lives to avoid disaster. The fallout is infinitely better handled than any run-of-the-mill Hollywood romantic comedy, and the very ending itself stops deliciously short of where Hollywood would feel compelled to drag the story. Fine performances are given by MacDowell, Depardieu--who is fiercely charming pounding the keyboard of a Steinway at an upper class Manhattan dinner party--and Bebe Neuwirth, who is perfect as an upper-class child turned artist who revels in her irresponsibility. --James McGrath, Amazon.com
A Celebration Of Magic Music And Adventure! Direct from the vault Disney's 6th full-length animated film Saludos Amigos is available for the first time ever! Loosely translated as Greetings Friends it features the Academy Award-nominated song of the same title and showcases the brilliance of Disney's legendary animators. A whimical blend of live action and animation Saludos Amigos is a colorful kaleidoscope of art adventure and music set to a toe-tapping samba beat. Your south-of-the-border traveling companions are none other than famous funny friends Donald Duck and Goofy. They keep things lively as Donald encounters a stubborn Ilama and El Gaucho Goofy tries on the cowboy way of life...South American-style. From high Andes peaks to Argentina's pampas to the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro Saludos Amigos is a hilarious visual feast that will entertain and delight the whole family.
There have been many film and TV adaptations of Oliver Twist but this 1948 production from director David Lean remains the definitive screen interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic. From the ominous symbolism of its opening storm sequence (in which Oliver's pregnant, ill-fated mother struggles to reach shelter before childbirth) to the mob-scene climax that provokes Bill Sikes's dreadful comeuppance, this breathtaking black-and-white film remains loyal to Dickens while distilling the story into its purest cinematic essence.Every detail is perfect--Lean even includes a coffin-shaped snuffbox for the cruel Mr. Sowerberry--and as young Oliver, eight-year-old John Howard Davies (who would later produce Monty Python's Flying Circus for the BBC) perfectly expresses the orphan's boyish wonderment, stern determination and waifish vulnerability. Best of all is Alec Guinness as Fagin, so devious and yet so delightfully appealing under his beak-nosed (and, at the time, highly controversial) make-up. (Many complained that Fagin's huge nose and greedy demeanour presented an anti-Semitic stereotype, even though Lean never identifies Fagin as Jewish; for this reason, the film wasn't shown in the US until three years after its British release.) Likewise, young Anthony Newley is artfully dodgy as Fagin's loyal accomplice, the Artful Dodger. Guinness's performance would later provide strong inspiration for Ron Moody's equally splendid portrayal of Fagin in the Oscar-winning Oliver! and while that 1968 musical remains wonderfully entertaining, it is Lean's film that hews closest to Dickens' vision. The authentic recreation of 19th-century London is marvellous to behold; Guy Green's cinematography is so shadowy and stylised that it almost qualifies as Dickensian film noir. Lean is surprisingly blunt in conveying Dickens's theme of cruelty but his film never loses sight of the warmth and humanity that Oliver embodies. --Jeff Shannon
The original series of the The Lakes brought writer Jimmy McGovern and actor John Simm a great deal of critical praise in 1997. Following a particularly dry period for British TV drama, the show's realistic characterisations and their painfully honest decisions hit audiences hard. Simm is a twentysomething trapped in a life of compulsive gambling, theft and being on the dole in Liverpool. On a whim he heads north to the Lake District. He expects to find the countryside quietude where his hidden poetical leanings might find a home, but instead gets caught up in a community like any other. Lies, temptation and tragedy beset every household just as much as the big city. In the second series, far longer than the first, an exploration of Danny's tortured soul might have been the obvious continuation to the story; instead an almost Hitchcockian murder scenario occupies far more screen time. But by stretching things out, this second series does not have the same self-contained impact of the original. Additional writers only served to drag out Danny's boy-to-man journey. Ultimately, lessons are learned, including the realistic conclusion that life is without a poetical status quo. Despite the tail-off in overall quality, you'd be hard pressed to identify a better British drama in the years since. --Paul Tonks
This outstanding melodrama stars Anton Walbrook as a famous Parisian jewel thief whose life is irrevocably changed when he becomes the guardian of a vulnerable young woman. Based on the hugely successful screenplay by Ivor Novello and Constance Collier – already adapted for a trio of 1920s screen hits starring Novello in the title role – The Rat is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Jean Boucheron a.k.a. the Rat is a brilliantly elusive felon and a celebrity among the demi-monde of Montmartre. Then a fellow criminal who is about to be executed begs Jean to take care of Odile the lovely young daughter he has thus far shielded from the more sordid aspects of life. Odile goes to live with Jean but can she remain safe when he plans to steal a millionaire's pearls? Special Features: Image Gallery Original Promotional Material PDF
A powerful, atmospheric thriller and a major box-office hit for director Leslie Arliss, The Night Has Eyes boasts a supremely accomplished cast and crew, including Wilfrid Lawson, a youthful James Mason and British femme fatale Joyce Howard; Gunther Krampf's skilful cinematography is ably complemented by Charles Williams' evocative score. This memorable, highly acclaimed film is featured here in brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited aspect ratio. Schoolteacher Marian Ives visits the Yorkshire moors where her friend, Evelyn, disappeared a year ago. Caught in a violent storm, she takes refuge in a large, lonely house to which she is grudgingly admitted by Stephen Deremid, a reclusive pianist traumatised by his experiences in the Spanish Civil War. While Marian finds herself attracted to Stephen, she also begins to suspect that he may have had something to do with her friend's disappearance... SPECIAL FEATURES: Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF
Some of British cinema's best-loved stars were enlisted for this endearing wartime comedy featuring 'Old Bill' the memorably cantankerous, grittily determined Great War soldier created by cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather. Starring Morland Graham and John Mills as Bills senior and junior, Old Bill and Son is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.Old Bill has grumbled his way through the trenches of the First World War. Now it is the Second and, envious of his son, Young Bill, he decides to enlist. He finally enters the Pioneer Corps, which is based near his son. When Young Bill goes missing during a raid, Old Bill shows that there's still life in the old dog yet!SPECIAL FEATURE:Image Gallery
School's cool for 14 year olds Chloe and Riley Carlson. High school is a lot of work besides dating partying and shopping at the mall. 'So Little Time' episodes find Chloe and Riley taking on weird biology partners dumb after-school jobs and disastrous class projects. Episodes: Breakfast Club / Colour Of Money / Girls Just Want To Have Fun / True Lies / Trading Places / Teachers Pet
When a woman's body is discovered on the beach by one of her former lovers he races off to call the police. But two witnesses see him run and think he is the escaping killer. After being arrested he manages to escape in the confusion at the courthouse. With the assistance of the Police Constable's daughter he tries to prove his innocence while avoiding the police...
From coffee to curfew 14-year-olds Chloe and Riley Carlson (Mary-Kate and Ashley) manage the ups and downs of growing up and now that they're in high school they have to deal with boys too! In this collection of episodes from the hit television series 'So Little Time' Chloe and Riley tackle girl stuff like first dates first kisses first loves and broken hearts...thank goodness they have each other! With hip new music from cool new bands 'So Little Time' is a series worth cleari
You can pick your friends but you can't pick your family! Watch as teens Riley and Chloe Carlson (Mary-Kate and Ashley) juggle high school and their social lives while struggling to keep peace in their unconventional beachside family! In this laugh-out-loud collection of episodes from the hit television series So Little Time Riley and Chloe learn their family will always be there for them - which isn't always a good thing! Join them as they play matchmakers for their own parents al
An astonishingly good David Lean double-bill featuring his two Dickensian adaptations, Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), this is a reminder that cinema does not necessarily have to debase its literary sources, sometimes it can enhance them. Lean's painterly eye for evocative locations--be they windswept marshes or bustling London streets--provides the backdrop, but his focus on smaller details--the ominous tree in the graveyard with its almost human face, the reaction of Bill Sikes' dog to Nancy's murder--adds the vital ingredient that brings both place and character to life. Starring a youthful John Mills as Pip, Lean's Great Expectations is an unadulterated delight, a serendipitous gelling of screenplay, direction, cinematography and acting that produces an almost perfect film. The cast is exemplary, with Alec Guinness in his first (official) role as Pip's loyal pal Herbert Pocket; Martita Hunt is a cadaverous Miss Havisham; Finlay Currie transforms himself from truly threatening to entirely sympathetic as Magwitch; while the young Jean Simmons makes more of an impact as the girl Estella than Valerie Hobson does as the older incarnation. Perhaps best of all, though, is Francis Sullivan as the pragmatic but kindly attorney Jaggers. The cinematography alone (courtesy of Guy Green) would qualify Oliver Twist as a classic: the opening sequence of a lone woman struggling through the storm is an indelible cinematic image. Fortunately, Lean's film has many more aces up its sleeve thereafter, notably Alec Guinness' grotesque Fagin--a caricature certainly, but a three-dimensional one--and Robert Newton's utterly pitiless Bill Sikes. The skewed angles and unsettling chiaroscuro lighting transform London itself into another threatening character. --Mark Walker
This powerful drama recounts a love story amid the malice professional jealousy and deprivation of a small industrial town. Marking another major box-office success for husband and wife Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray – one of post-war Britain's best-loved screen couples – My Brother Jonathan is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Jonathan Dakers' early ambition was to become a great surgeon and to marry Edie Martyn. But on the death of his father he is obliged to start work as a partner in a poor general practice in the Black Country. Edie falls in love with Jonathan's brother Harold who is killed in the Great War and Jonathan marries her as planned. It is only afterwards that he realises he now loves another... Special Features: Image Gallery Promotional Material PDFs
Hitchcock's masterful film about intrigue and espionage is filled with suspense and excitement.
Hitchcock's masterful film about intrigue and espionage is filled with suspense and excitement.
The Beggar's Opera captures the quality and satiric edge of the Hogarth engravings that influenced John Gay's original version. The fast-paced scenes scintillating dialogue and inventive music have made this ballad opera an overwhelming success time and again.
The Great Maximus (Claude Rains - Casablanca Lawrence of Arabia) has got a new act for the music halls where he makes his living. Working with his beautiful wife Rene (Fay Wray - King Kong) he poses as a mind reader. It's all a trick of course: he certainly doesn't have the gift for real. Or so he thinks... When he correctly predicts a terrible train crash Maximus becomes an instant celebrity. But his new-found fame and his friendship with sultry Christine Shawn (Jane Baxter) threatens his marriage. Worse is to come: he is accused not of foreseeing accidents but actually causing them...
Say it with FlowersThis 1934 Real Art production was made at Twickenham Film Studios. Directed by John Baxter, this was one of his earliest works. He was already showing his deft hand at understanding the working people, the sequence along a row of market traders was years ahead of its time. The story revolves around market flower sellers Kate Bishop (Mary Clare) and husband Joe Bishop (Ben Field) who fall on hard times and fellow traders decide to put on a benefit concert for them. Stars of the concert are Charles Coborn, (The Man That Broke The Bank Of Monte Carlo), Florrie Forde (Has Anyone Seen Kelly) and Marie Kendall, Grandmother of Kay Kendall. Enjoy this wonderfull slice of history. Picture and sound of excellent quality.Song of the RoadAnother classic from John Baxter who directed this 1937 UK film production. It stars Bransby Williams as old Bill, a horse and cart driver and Tod Slaughter, a fairground medicine man. The council whom Bill works for are turning to motor transport to replace the horse and cart. Bill, unable to accept the change, buys his horse and sets off to seek work in the country. He encounters many folk that he helps along the way. A lovely gentle film with some unique shots of the horse and rider through London. A great social document of a bygone age, with picture and sound of excellent quality following extensive restoration.
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