Babe: Babe's enchanting adventure begins in Farmer Hoggett's barnyard. Under the care of Fly the sheep dog Babe figures he's a sheep dog too - and acts like it! But on a farm where outrageous antics and outrageous characters abound you'll come to believe it yourself - and root for the polite little pig as he competes in the National Sheepdog Championships. Babe is a hilarious heart-warming classic your family will love watching again and again. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and winner for Best Visual Effects Babe is the timeless tale of the young orphaned piglet. Through his own innocence sheer will and remarkable way with words he overcomes the odds to become a pig of destiny. Babe: Pig in the City: This sequel takes the three musketeers Babe Ferdy and Mrs. Hoggett on a crusade into the midst of a large city where despite incredible obstacles they're able to turn enemies into friends raise enough money to save the farm and combine the two worlds into one. Once again it's Babe's kind and steady heart that achieves the miracles.
Six tough, no-nonsense noirs from six of the genre's toughest, no-nonsense directors: Budd Boetticher's Escape in the Fog, in which a nurse and a war veteran take on Nazi spies in San Francisco; Joseph H Lewis' The Undercover Man, inspired by the real-life case against Al Capone; Richard Quine's Drive a Crooked Road, which finds Mickey Rooney moving away from comedies and musicals to a tougher persona; Phil Karlson's 5 Against the House, starring Kim Novak as a nightclub singer embroiled in a casino heist; Vincent Sherman's The Garment Jungle, from which Kiss Me Deadly director Robert Aldrich was famously fired; and Don Siegel's police procedural The Lineup, based on the radio and television series, and as brutal a film as he ever made. All six films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, with The Undercover Man and Drive a Crooked Road making their world Blu-ray premieres. This stunning collection also boasts a 120-page book, and is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units. ESCAPE IN THE FOG (Budd Boetticher, 1945) THE UNDERCOVER MAN (Joseph H Lewis, 1949) DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD (Richard Quine, 1954) 5 AGAINST THE HOUSE (Phil Karlson, 1955) THE GARMENT JUNGLE (Vincent Sherman and Robert Aldrich, 1957) THE LINEUP (Don Siegel, 1958) Extras: 2K restorations of Escape in the Fog, The Undercover Man and The Garment Jungle High Definition presentations of Drive a Crooked Road, 5 Against the House and The Lineup Original mono soundtracks Audio commentary with film historian Pamela Hutchinson on Escape in the Fog (2020) Audio commentary with writer and film programmer Tony Rayns on The Undercover Man (2020) Audio commentary with critic Nick Pinkerton on Drive a Crooked Road (2020) Audio commentary with critic David Jenkins on 5 Against the House (2020) Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons on The Garment Jungle (2020) Audio commentary with author James Ellroy and the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller on The Lineup (2009) Audio commentary with film historian David Del Valle and author and screenwriter C Courtney Joyner on The Lineup (2020) Introduction to Drive a Crooked Road by Martin Scorsese (2014) It's a Jungle Out There (2007): archival interview with actor Robert Loggia conducted after a screening of The Garment Jungle Appreciation of The Garment Jungle by Tony Rayns (2020) The Influence of Noir (2009): appreciation of The Lineup by filmmaker Christopher Nolan Two episodes of The Lineup radio series: The Candy Store Murder (1950), written by Blake Edwards and Richard Quine; and The Case of Frankie and Joyce (1951) Screen Snapshots: Mickey Rooney, Then and Now (1953): Columbia Pictures promotional short featuring the famed performer looking back at his series of Mickey Maguire comedies Man on a Bus (1955): short film directed by Joseph H Lewis for the United Jewish Appeal, featuring a star-studded cast, including Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Lassie, and Ruth Roman, and presented in High Definition Original theatrical trailers for Drive a Crooked Road, 5 Against the House, The Garment Jungle and The Lineup The Lineup trailer commentary: short critical appreciation by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson Image galleries: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Iris Veysey, Paul Duane, Jill Blake, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Nathalie Morris, and Sergio Angelini; archival interview extracts with Budd Boetticher, Joseph H Lewis, Phil Karlson, and Robert Aldrich; extracts from the autobiographies of Don Siegel and Vincent Sherman; and film credits World and UK premieres on Blu-ray Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units MORE EXTRAS TO BE ANNOUNCED All extras subject to change
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night at the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe uniting favourite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
STANLEY KRAMER followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. Ah, who are we kidding? It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly hare-brained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast, including MILTON BERLE, SID CAESAR, ETHEL MERMAN, MICKEY ROONEY, SPENCER TRACY, JONATHAN WINTERS, and a boatload of other playingto-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer's wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery. TWO BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: Restored 4K digital film transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack New high-definition digital transfer of a 197-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show versionincluding some scenes that have been returned to the film here for the first time New audio commentary featuring It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo New documentary on the film's visual and sound effects, featuring rare behind-thescenes footage of the crew at work and interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt Talk show from 1974 hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters Press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and members of the film's cast Interviews recorded for the 2000 AFI program 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs, featuring comedians and actors discussing the influence of the film Two-part 1963 episode of the CBC television program Telescope that follows the film's press junket and premiere The Last 70mm Film Festival, a program from 2012 featuring cast and crew members from Mad World at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hosted by Billy Crystal Selection of humourist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg's original TV and radio advertisements for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg Original and re-release trailers, and re-release radio spots PLUS: An essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis
Stanley Kramer's 1963 Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is a sprawling comedy about a search for buried treasure by at least a dozen people--all played by well-known entertainers of their day--is the kind of mass comedy that has recently come back to the for-front of Hollywood with the film Rat Race. After a number of strangers (including Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers and others) witness a dying stranger (Jimmy Durante) identify the location of hidden money, a conflict-ridden hunt begins, watched over carefully by a suspicious cop (Spencer Tracy). The ensuing two and a half hours of mayhem has its ups and downs--some sketches and performers are certainly funnier than others. But Kramer, who is better known for socially conscious, serious cinema (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?), is in a mood for broad comic characterization, and some of his jokes are so intentionally obvious (Durante literally kicks a bucket when he dies), they could have derived from the Airplane! reject bin. Watch for lots of cameo appearances, including Jerry Lewis. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Featuring lovable characters, brilliant animation and heartwarming messages, Disney's classic tale about an unlikely friendship is now available in high definition on Blu-rayTM. When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog-and the object of his search is his best friend! Your family will want to share the fun and adventure of The Fox And The Hound again and again!
Pete a young orphan flees from his cruel guardians to a fishing town with a loveable but mischievous dragon named Elliott. Despite Elliott's constant troublemaking Pete is taken in by a kind lighthouse keeper (Helen Reddy) and her father (Mickey Rooney). But when Pete's guardians arrive demanding his return Pete's new family led by one fire-breathing dragon refuses to let him go! This Disney Classic is filled with memorable songs rousing dances and splend
A Viking with a conscience, Erik tires of pillaging and decides to set out on a quest. When the wise Freya informs Erik that a great mythic wolf has eaten the sun, the warrior resolves to venture to Asgard, home of the Norse gods, to set things right. Before Erik can reach Asgard, he and his allies must first find a magical horn that resides in the land of King Arnulf, who, luckily for the hero, has a lovely daughter, Princess Aud.
Share the wonder and enchantment in Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure, a heartwarming tale featuring a new generation of hilarious canine pals as well as Jock, Trusty and all the characters you love! Lady and Tramp's mischievous pup Scamp is always in the doghouse. Now, an itch for freedom is sending him on the ultimate adventure! Scamp joins up with the Junkyard Dogs, a notorious pack that includes his idol, the streetwise Buster, and a sweet and sensible stray named Angel. Will Scamp choose the collar-free life with his new pals or embrace the pampered life he had at home? With nonstop laughs and paw-tapping songs, Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure is a new breed of Disney fun your whole family will love! Special Features: 5 Sing-along Songs Including: Junkyard Society Rag and Always There
A powerful study of courage in the face of irrational odds, The Bridges at Toko-Ri (based on James Michener's novel) is no less patriotic than many other war films, but it dispenses with the gung-ho bluster to focus on the very real and tragic consequences of war. This is also one of the first films to openly criticise the morality of the Korean War while praising the honour and integrity of the men who fought it. Lt Harry Brubaker (William Holden) is one of those men: a lawyer with a loving wife (Grace Kelly) and two young daughters, who is recalled to duty from the Navy Reserve, his mission; to fly with a bomber jet squadron over one of the Communists' most heavily protected targets, the strategically vital bridges in the Korean canyon of Toko-Ri. Brubaker has his own noble protection from his fellow pilots (including Charles McGraw in a fine supporting role), admiring admiral (Frederic March), and from the helicopter scouts (Mickey Rooney, Earl Holliman) who saved his life on a previous missions. But his ambivalence--and his fear that the Toko-Ri mission will be his last--is what gives the film its potent emotional impact. Holden is perfect in his role, and director Mark Robson steadfastly avoids any false sentiment or macho theatrics that would diminish the film's devastating climax. The Bridges at Toko-Ri is also a superlative showcase for the naval operations; the aerial sequences earned an Oscar for special effects and the Navy's cooperation assures total authenticity in the "flat-top" aircraft carrier scenes. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Six of your favourite Western Classics in one box set! Disc One - Hell Bent For LeatherAfter having his horse stolen Clay Santell stops in the town of Suttersville but is mistaken by the townspeople and a crooked U.S. Marshall for a murderer named Travers. Clay's challenge is not only to get away from the Marshal and his posse but to somehow prove his innocence as well Disc Two - Evil Roy SladeOrphaned and left in the desert as an infant Evil Roy Slade grew up alone - save for his teddy bear - and mean. As an adult he is notorious for being the meanest villain in the West so he's thrown for quite a loop when he falls for sweet schoolteacher Betsy Potter. There's also Nelson L. Stool a railroad tycoon who along with his dim-witted nephew Clifford is trying to get revenge on Evil Roy Slade for robbing him. Disc Three - Gun For A CowardA young cowboy whose dedication to the principles of peace and reason has earned him a reputation for cowardice overcomes his psychological aversion to violence after his elder brother unjustly censures him for not joining in a foolhardy gunfight in which their youngest brother is killed. Disc Four - Whispering SmithLuke Whispering Smith is a by-the-book no-nonsense railroad detective who learns his friend Murray Sinclair has been fired from his railroad job. Seeking vengeance Sinclair begins helping outlaw Barney Rebstock wreck trains. Now Smith must find and bring his old friend to justice... at any cost in this suspenseful adventure filled with pistol-packing action. Disc Five - The Cimarron KidAfter being falsely accused of a payroll heist the Cimarron Kid heads for the high country where he joins the outlaw Dalton gang. When the Daltons are decimated during a daring daylight bank robbery the Kid takes over what is left of the gang and hides out at a local ranch. Here he is reformed by the love of the rancher's daughter Carrie Roberts but not so reformed that he doesn't embark upon one last robbery. Disc Six - Ride A Crooked TrailAudie Murphy plays Joe Maybe an outlaw who is mistaken for U.S. Marshall Jim Noonan when he assumes the man s identity after his death. Pretending to be Noonan Maybe is appointed sheriff of Webb City a rough river town. The only reason he goes along with the ruse is so that he can gain easy access to the town and plan a robbery.
When an orphan named Pete and his best friend Elliott - an invisible dragon! - wander into the seaside village of Passamaquoddy, the townspeople think he is behind the hilarious accidents that keep happening. But after a daring rescue, everyone starts to believe in Pete's fire-breathing buddy. Get ready for the magical adventure filled with friendship, fun and heart-warming songs, including the 1977 Academy Award Best Song nominee, Candle On The Water. Special Features: Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Behind Disney's Movie Magic Deleted Storyboard Sequence: Terminus and Hoagy Hunt Elliott Original Song Concept: Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)
DO YOU KNOW THIS VOICE? When a ransom bid results in the death of a child, the police have only one lead the old lady who witnessed the kidnapper using a public phone box. Though her recollection is vague, she volunteers to act as bait for the killer! DANGER TOMORROW Dr Bob Murray and his wife Ginny move into an old country house where Bob is to assist the local GP. In the days that follow, Ginny has strange visions that can only be explained as extra-sensory perception and with it comes a strong belief that her life is in mortal danger... WEST 11 Joe Beckett, seasoned citizen of the bedsitter belt, aged about 22, is, to use his own description, 'an emotional leper'. He decides that he needs a violent shock to shake him back into life, and as a result accepts a commission to carry out a murder... 24 HOURS TO KILL When a jet airliner with engine trouble lands in Beirut for a twenty-four hour stopover, purser 'Jonesey' fears his life is in danger from a gold-smuggling gang whom he double-crossed on a previous trip!
One of the remarkable things about making an animated sequel is that actors don't age. It took Disney 46 years to make a sequel to its 1955 hit Lady and the Tramp, yet the events of this made-for-video sequel take place only six months later. Lady and Tramp are getting along fine with their human family, the Darlings, and they have four new puppies. The three girl puppies take after mum, the boy, Scamp, has a lot of dad in him. Scamp dreams of "being a real dog", and that means living on the street as a member of the Junkyard Dogs. Despite his dad's warnings, Scamp (voiced by Scott Wolf) runs off and goes through the trials of a mutt, including run-ins with Junkyard leader Buster (Chazz Palminteri); the dogcatcher (Don Knotts); and a fellow stray, Angel (Alyssa Milano). The formula here is the same as other Disney direct-to-video sequels for The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, and the justification to return to a classic movie is flimsy at best. To its credit, Disney has made a quality effort in the animation department, adapting sets and characters from the original with great success. But the story is never engaging, the songs are forgettable, and the impact unsustainable (and at 62 minutes, quite trite). Nevertheless, a Disney kid should dig Scamp's rough-and-tumble adventures and the cute tale of puppy love (Scamp and Angel even revisit the Italian diner). --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com
One of Disney's less popular animated movies, for absolutely no good reason at all, because it's an excellent story, simply and expertly told. The box blurb rather confusingly compares it to Bambi, but this is a story which has rather more to do with how social conventions can divide friendships than the coming-of-age subtext which underlies the latter. The story is perhaps predictable--a fox cub and a puppy play together as friends, not realising that their places in the scheme of things dictate that they will grow up to become hunter and hunted. Of course, eventually they see the light and it all ends happily, but even so the story promotes the importance of tolerance. The master-stroke, however, is the gradually evolving realisation that the aggressive prejudices which we all stand to inherit from society are nothing more that the products of stupidity and manipulation, and should be treated with the contempt they deserve. Good stuff for kids and adults alike. Trivia buffs might like to know that this is one of the films Tim Burton worked on at Disney, his first job after graduating from college. --Roger Thomas
Deservedly acclaimed as one of 1998's best films, this sequel to the beloved 1995 live-action fantasy proved a commercial catastrophe and a source of dismay to parents expecting another bucolic, sweet-natured fable. Every bit as sly and visually stunning as its predecessor, Babe: Pig in the City is otherwise a jolting ride beyond the Hoggetts' farm into a no less vivid but far darker world--the allegorical city of the title, which for the diminutive "sheep pig" proves truly nightmarish. Australian filmmaker George Miller (Mad Max, The Road Warrior), who produced and cowrote the first film, this time takes the director's reins, and he ratchets up the pace and the peril as effectively as he did on his influential trilogy of apocalyptic, outback sci-fi thrillers. From the opening scene, Babe: Pig in the City means to disrupt the reassuring calm achieved by the conclusion of the previous film. Babe's prior triumph proves short-lived, and within moments Miller has us literally peering into the depths as he sets up a horrific well accident that nearly kills the taciturn but good-hearted Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell), Babe's beloved "Boss." Journeying with the equally pink, even plumper Mrs. Hoggett (Magda Szubanski), the young pig finds himself in a city where animals are outcasts, staying in the lone hotel that allows pets. When Mrs. Hoggett is detained, Babe must contend with the suspicions and rivalries of the hotel's other four-legged guests. The film's G status doesn't fully telegraph the shock Miller induces: bad things happen to good animals, and Babe's new acquaintances are a far cry from his colleagues on the farm. In particular, he must contend with a cynical family of chimps given wonderful, dead-pan voice characterisations by Steven Wright and Glenne Headly. Miller's use of effects to transform his animals into "actors" is even more seamlessly integrated than in Babe. The sequel's production design is crucial to the creation of a complete, absorbing world, and purely visual ideas--such as a deluge of blue balloons during the climactic ballroom battle--achieve a splendour and originality that a room full of computer-graphics desktops couldn't muster. Ultimately, though, the film does more than amaze: as Babe's compassion and courage transform those around him, we're moved in ways that purveyors of by-the-numbers family fare can only dream of. --Sam Sutherland
Titles Comprise: Breakfast At Tiffany's: Holly is a deliciously eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. George Peppard plays her nextdoor neighbour a writer who is 'sponsored' by wealthy Patricia Neal. Guessing who's the right man for Holly is easy. Seeing just how that romance blossoms is one of the enduring delights of this classic set to Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning score and the Oscar-winning Mancini/Johnny Mercer song 'Moon River'. Funny Face: In the role of bookstore clerk transformed into a modeling sensation Hepburn showcases singing and dancing skills she had honed on the London stage performing ""How Long Has This Been Going On? "" a ""Basal Metabolism"" dance in a cool-cat bistro and more. Astaire as the fashion photographer who discovers her conjures up his inimitable magic for sequences that include his ""Let's Kiss And Make Up"" matador diversion a heavenly dance with Hepburn to ""He Loves And She Loves"" and again with Hepburn the title-tune enchantment ""I Love Your Funny Face."" Now and forever so do we. Sabrina: Humphrey Bogart William Holden and Audrey Hepburn star in a Cinderella story directed by renowned filmmaker Billy Wilder. Bogie and Holden are the mega-rich Larrabee brothers of Long Island. Bogie's all work Holden's all playboy. But when Sabrina daughter of the family's chauffeur returns from Paris all grown up and glamorous the stage is set for some family fireworks as the brothers fall under the spell of Hepburn's delightful charms.
Breakfast At Tiffany's: The names Audrey Hepburn and Holly Golightly have become synonymous since this dazzling romantic comedy was translated to the screen from Truman Capote's best-selling novella. Holly is a deliciously eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. George Peppard plays her nextdoor neighbour a writer who is 'sponsored' by wealthy Patricia Neal. Guessing who's the right man for Holly is easy. Seeing just how that romance blossoms is one of the enduring delights of this classic set to Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning score and the Oscar-winning Mancini/Johnny Mercer song 'Moon River'. Roman Holiday: Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck an American newspaperman who seeking an exclusive story pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they rapidly fall in love...
Adapted from the beloved novel by Walter Farley, The Black Stallion is a 1979 family classic that was hailed by no less than hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael as "may be the greatest children's movie ever made". A visual feast from start to finish, the timeless tale plays out on almost mythic terms. A young boy survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a deserted island with a graceful black stallion, with whom the boy develops an almost empathic friendship. After being rescued and returning home, the two make a winning team as jockey and lightning-fast racehorse under the tutelage of a passionate trainer, played by Mickey Rooney in an Oscar-nominated role. From its serenely hypnotic island sequence to the breathtaking race scenes, this delightful film is guaranteed to enthral any viewer, regardless of age. The Black Stallion is a genuine masterpiece of family entertainment.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
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