David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie's enigmatic eccentric and extremely intelligent detective Hercule Poirot. From England to the Mediterranean accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks Captain Hastings Chief Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions. Includes all 70 episodes plus many extras.
To save his father, stuntman Johnny Blaze makes a deal with Mephistopheles and sacrifices his soul. When its time for the devil to take his due, he brings Johnny into an epic battle with Blackheart. In the presence of evil, Johnny transforms into a super-strong skeleton with a flaming skull who has the power to defeat Blackheart and his minions.
Though Hammer Films ceased theatrical production in the mid-1970s, the TV series Hammer House of Horror afforded the studio a last hurrah in 1980. Though it uses original scripts rather than adaptations of published stories, the series feels like an update of Hammer's earlier Journey to the Unknown, with a mix of contemporary settings, predictable twist endings, mock-gruesome horror, mild sex, familiar TV faces and sly camp that puts it on the shelf somewhere between Nigel Kneale's Beasts and Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. The shows are variously directed by Hammer regulars Don Sharp (Kiss of the Vampire), Peter Sasdy (Countess Dracula), Robert Young (Vampire Circus) and Alan Gibson (Dracula AD 1972). --Kim Newman Volume One Episodes: "The House That Bled to Death; "The Silent Scream"; "Two Faces of Evil". A box set is also available.
In 1879 the British Colonies in response to the perceived threat of the Zulu Nation deliver a deliberately unacceptable ultimatum to the King who responds by putting his people on a war footing. Confident in their weapons technology and organization's ability to crush the seemingly outclassed primitive enemy the British invade Zululand. General Lord Chelmsford sends in hundreds of British troops in order to squash the spear-carrying Africans with superior fire power. The sheer number of Zulus however overwhelms the British infantry.
Clayhanger: The Complete Series (8 Discs)
A telephone number dialled in error could prove the downfall of a ruthless criminal gang in this gripping Merton Park thriller from versatile British director Vernon Sewell. Featuring Italian star Lisa Gastoni and noted character players Peter Reynolds and Paul Whitsun-Jones, Wrong Number is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.A security guard is murdered during a mail-van robbery and one of the van crew overhears the killer's name: Angelo. Before he can phone his boss to confirm that the job has been successfully accomplished, the elderly Miss Crystal mistakenly dials the same number and hears a girl ask if it is Angelo speaking. The next day, seeing the newspaper headlines, Miss Crystal realises she may have a valuable clue but can she remember the incorrect number she dialled..?
""Sometimes there's a man well he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude. The Dude from Los Angeles. And even if he's a lazy man - and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in all of Los Angeles County which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide. Sometimes there's a man sometimes there's a man. Well I lost my train of thought here. But... aw hell. I've done introduced it enough."" - The Str
Nicolas Cage stars as cult comic book vigilante Johnny Blaze in this epic live-action adventure.
An intense drama of life and death amongst fighter pilots in World War I. A moving story of comradeship and bravery loneliness and fear from award winning director Jack Gold 'Aces High' contains some of the most magnificent aerial battles ever staged leading to a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography and Best Film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Beginning with the dramatic closing minutes of the Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange 1976 blockbuster remake, 'King Kong Lives' brings the legendary Kong back to life! After falling to his death (or so everyone thought) from the World Trade Centre, fast forward 10 years and the mighty Kong is on life support with Dr. Amy Franklin (Linda Hamilton) ready to perform an operation to return him to life - if only they can find a blood match. Back in Kong’s native Africa, doctors miraculously discover a female gorilla of Kong’s size just in time and the operation is a success. But the U.S. Army soon learns of the pair and is determined to capture them and avoid the bloodshed of the first rampage. But this is King Kong, America’s biggest hero, and he’s back and he’s not happy!!
A delightful family adventure based on a remarkable true story featuring amazing effects courtesy of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Rene Russo stars as eccentric socialite Gertrude ""Trudy"" Lintz who adopts a baby gorilla into her already-bustling animal menagerie. Along with chimpanzees Maggie and Joe Buddy gets into all kinds of hilarious monkey business and proceeds to drive everyone bananas. .
Not to be confused with the 2002 Matt Damon big-screen version, this adaptation of The Bourne Identity is a 1988 two-part TV miniseries based on the Robert Ludlum paperback bestseller. "How can I find out who I am if I've been turned into another person?", cries amnesiac Richard Chamberlain, fished out of the sea by drunken doc Denholm Elliott, who patches him up and discovers a Swiss bank account number sewn into his thigh. Coming to believe that he is Jason Bourne, international assassin, our hero is sought after by the CIA, several European police forces and the gang of an evil terrorist. He hooks up with unlikely economist Jaclyn Smith to get to the bottom of the mystery, stay alive and face the big baddie. Stretched over three hours, this has room for a lot of the complex plot dropped from the big-screen movie, but it also means that the thrills are often interrupted by soap opera scenes. Chamberlain is perhaps too aptly cast as a man without an identity, but Smith matches him for lack of expression without any excuse given in the script. Aside from Donald Moffatt and Shane Rimmer in the CIA, the supporting cast mostly consists of distinguished Brits delivering value-for-money ham, mostly with cod-French accents, especially Anthony Quayle as a DeGaulle-style General, Jacqueline Pearce as a dress-designing spy and Peter Vaughan as a heavy Swiss banker. On the DVD: The Bourne Identity, though made for TV, is presented in widescreen, which sometimes chops off the tops of actors' heads like breakfast eggs but mostly looks fine. There are optional English subtitles. --Kim Newman
It could have been a stroke of genius reuniting Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore in a send-up of The Hound of the Baskervilles. In the event, director Paul Morrissey goes for Carry On-style humour: plenty of coarse word-play and camp innuendo, but little wit or subtlety. Cooke is a rather androgynous Sherlock Holmes, while Moore inexplicably attempts a Welsh accent to portray Dr Watson (his cameo as Holmes' mother is far less contrived). The support cast is a compendium of British comedy acting of the period--all now departed, and clearly relishing the one-liners and musical-hall farce. There are excellent contributions from Max Wall, Joan Greenwood (priceless in the seduction scene), and--in one of his last major screen appearances--Terry Thomas, as well as a winning "madame" from Penelope Keith. Don't expect even a free adaptation of Conan Doyle's novel, just let the humour take its enjoyably silly course. On the DVD: The Hound of the Baskervilles film reproduces very decently in the 4:3 aspect ratio, with stereo sound that's not too artificial in effect. Special features consist of nine biographical overviews, the re-release trailer, and a six-minute interview with director Morrissey. Die-hard fans of "Pete and Dud" will most welcome the inclusion of the original theatrical feature, playing for almost 80 minutes and featuring extra footage of Moore's wonderfully inept piano playing. --Richard Whitehouse
Cy Endfield cowrote the epic prequel Zulu Dawn 15 years after his enormously popular Zulu. Set in 1879, this film depicts the catastrophic Battle of Isandhlwana, which remains the worst defeat of the British army by natives--the British contingent was outnumbered 16-to-1 by the Zulu tribesmen. The film's opinion of events is made immediately clear in its title sequence: ebullient African village life presided over by King Cetshwayo is contrasted with aristocratic artifice under the arrogant eye of General Lord Chelmsford (Peter O'Toole). Chelmsford is at the heart of all that goes wrong, initiating the catastrophic battle with an ultimatum made seemingly for the sake of giving his troops something to do. His detached manner leads to one mistake after another and this is wryly illustrated in a moment when neither he nor his officers can be bothered to pronounce the name of the land they're in. That it's a beautiful land none the less is made clear by the superb cinematography, which drinks in the massive open spaces that shrink the British army to a line of red ants. Splendidly stiff-upper-lipped support comes from a heroic Burt Lancaster and a fluffy, yet gruff, Bob Hoskins. Although the story is less focused and inevitably more diffuse than the concentrated events of Rorke's Drift that followed soon after, Zulu Dawn is an unflinchingly honest depiction of British Imperial diplomacy. --Paul Tonks
A charming drifter returns to his ""home "" where he makes a desperate and very dangerous deal in order to reclaim his ex-girlfriend. When passion ignites into obsession a treacherous game of ""who can you trust?"" spins a deadly web of intrigue and murder - from which no one escapes unscathed.
Oscar-nominated Carroll Baker gives a memorable performance as a manipulative vamp in this erotically-charged, X-rated thriller written by Bryan Forbes and Brian Clemens and stylishly directed by Seth Holt. Co-starring Ian Bannen, Denholm Elliott and German character actor Peter van Eyck, Station Six Sahara is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film element in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Five dysfunctional individuals man an isolated oil pipeline station in the Sahara, their mutual contempt only overshadowed by their desire for female company. Without warning, a car drives out of the desert night and crashes in front of the station - the driver is badly injured but the passenger, a gorgeous blonde, stirs up the tension amongst the men to unbearable levels.
Celebrated filmmaker Antony Balch directs one of the most idiosyncratic and unforgettable British movies of all time - the film the censor tried to stop! From beyond the grave a 1 000-year-old mummy (voiced by Valentine Dyall) narrates a series of kinky stories to illustrate the age-old battle of the sexes. From cosmic thrills supernatural kinks and swinging permissiveness this is boy versus girl in a hip psychedelic mix of vintage glamour and grotesque horror. Now fully restored from the original negatives Secrets of Sex features a cast of gorgeous young models including Sue Bond (The Benny Hill Show) Cathy Howard (School for Sex) and Nicola Austine (Come Play with Me) and is presented here completely uncut for the very first time in the UK.
An overworked lawyer. An undercover cop. In a town where everyone is for sale they're the best that money can buy... A tough Manhattan Legal Aid Attorney is about to move up to a comfortable and well-paid job on Wall Street. His last assignment is to defend a black drugs dealer who has shot dead an undercover cop in Central Park. The dealer insists he fired in self-defence and the attorney must investigate a ring of crooked cops to finally prove his client's innocence...
Edward Forester a genetic researcher of considerable talent becomes obsessed with creating a human/ape hybrid species. However when he succeeds in his aim he is ordered to destroy the result. Unable to kill the baby he hides Gor passing him off as his adopted son whilst going to painstaking lengths to teach him to walk and talk. Eventually under Forester's tutelage Gor is able to blend into society and communicate as humans do. However it's only a matter of time before the g
A beautiful blonde (Baker) joins a small group of men running an oil station in the Sahara Desert and starts the emotions soaring.
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