The satirical sensibilities of writer Peter Shaffer and director Milos Forman (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest) were ideally matched in this Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Shaffer's hit play about the rivalry between two composers in the court of Austrian Emperor Joseph II--official royal composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and the younger but superior prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The conceit is absolutely delicious: Salieri secretly loathes Mozart's crude and bratty personality but is astounded by the beauty of his music. That's the heart of Salieri's torment--although he's in a unique position to recognise and cultivate both Mozart's talent and career, he's also consumed with envy and insecurity in the face of such genius. That such magnificent music should come from such a vulgar little creature strikes Salieri as one of God's cruellest jokes, and it drives him insane. Amadeus creates peculiar and delightful contrasts between the impeccably re-created details of its lavish period setting and the jarring (but humorously refreshing and unstuffy) modern tone of its dialogue and performances--all of which serve to remind us that these were people before they became enshrined in historical and artistic legend. Jeffrey Jones, best-known as Ferris Bueller's principal, is particularly wonderful as the bumbling emperor (with the voice of a modern mid-level businessman). The film's eight Oscars include statuettes for Best Director Forman, Best Actor Abraham (Hulce was also nominated), Best Screenplay and Best Picture. --Jim Emerson Note: this region two DVD is a "flipper" with a break between sides A and B.
A star-studded production from New York's Metropolitan Opera with Aprile Millo and Placido Domingo in the lead roles supported by the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; conducted by James Levine. Please note: This is a NTSC disc please ensure the compatibility of your TV.
Join the Ghost crew as they embark on their most important mission in Star Wars Rebels' fourth and final season! As the Rebellion struggles against the might of the Empire, Ezra leads the Ghost crew back to his home world to defeat the oppresive forces under the command of cunning Grand Admiral Thrawn. Old friends are reunited and new alliances are forged as the critically acclaimed series builds to a transformative conclusion that reveals our heroes' destinies. Features: Rebels Recon: Inside Heroes Of Mandalore In The Name Of The Rebellion The Occupation and Flight Of The Defender Inside Kindred and Crawler Commandeers Inside Rebel Assault Inside Jedi Night And DUME Inside Wolves And A Door And A World Between Worlds Inside A Fool's Hope And Family Reunion - And Farewell
Join the Ghost crew as they embark on their most important mission in Star Wars Rebels' fourth and final season! As the Rebellion struggles against the might of the Empire, Ezra leads the Ghost crew back to his home world to defeat the oppresive forces under the command of cunning Grand Admiral Thrawn. Old friends are reunited and new alliances are forged as the critically acclaimed series builds to a transformative conclusion that reveals our heroes' destinies. Bonus: Rebels Recon Audio Commentary Ghosts Of Legend Force Of Rebellion Kevin Kiner: The Rebel Symphony
Set in No Name City California during the gold rush this musical comedy concerns prospectors Ben and Pardner and their unusual nuclear family. The business partners strike a deal to share Ben's wife Elizabeth whom Ben purchased from a Mormon. But the free-thinking Ben is worried about rivalry over Elizabeth from the town's all-male population hungry for female company. So he arranges to kidnap a stagecoach full of working girls on their way to a nearby city and sets up a brothel
Three city boys head into the wilderness in this comedy take on classic film "Deliverance."
In the screwball comedy Speechless, Michael Keaton and Geena Davis are political speechwriters with bad cases of insomnia who meet, fall in love, and then discover that they are working for opposing candidates. The subsequent short-lived war of dirty tricks and one-upmanship is one of those contrivances that is soon (and thankfully) discarded in light of their instant rapport and mutual respect. In a world where candidates are for sale and campaigns are fought like poker games, these idealists are made for each other--they just don't know it yet. Director Ron Underwood (City Slickers) has a light touch with comedy and a nice feel for romantic fun, but it's the charm of Keaton and Davis that puts the bounce in an otherwise limp political satire. --Sean Axmaker
A note-perfect cinematic event whose immortality was assured from its opening night, Amadeus is an unlikely candidate for the Director's Cut treatment. Like one of Mozart's operas, the multiple Oscar-winning theatrical version seemed perfectly formed from the outset--ideal casting, costumes, sets, cinematography, lighting, screenplay, music, music, music--so the reinstatement of an extra 20 minutes simply risks adding "too many notes". Yet though this extended cut can hardly be said to improve a picture that needed no improvement, it does at least flesh out a couple of small subplots and shed new light on certain key scenes. Here we learn why Constanze Mozart bears such ill-will towards Salieri when she discovers him at her husband's deathbed: he has insulted and degraded her after she came to him for help. We also see deeper into the reasons why Mozart has no pupils: not only has Salieri poisoned the Emperor's mind against him, but the only promisingly lucrative teaching job he can find ends disastrously when he realises that the master of the house just wants music to quiet his barking dogs. In a humiliating coda to that episode, a drunk and desperate Wolfgang returns later to beg for money only to be coldly rejected. The structure of the picture is otherwise unaltered. On the DVD: Amadeus--The Director's Cut finally accords this masterful work the DVD treatment it deserves. The handsome anamorphic widescreen picture is accompanied by a choice of Dolby 5.1 or Dolby stereo sound options, and it's all contained on one side of the disc (the original single-disc DVD release was that crime against the format, a "flipper"). Director Milos Forman and writer Peter Shaffer provide a chatty though sporadic commentary, but they're obviously still too mesmerised by the movie to do much more than offer the odd anecdote. Disc 2 contains an excellent new hour-long "making of" documentary, with contributions from Forman, Shaffer, Sir Neville Marriner and all the main actors, taking in the scriptwriting, choice of music, casting and problems involved in filming in Communist Czechoslovakia with half the crew and extras working for the Secret Police. --Mark Walker
Giant (1956): George Stevens' sweeping Oscar-winning epic about the cataclysmic effect the discovery of oil in Texas has on the lifestyle of the former cattle barons. Dean is Jett Rink a sullen-farm hand who becomes a millionaire overnight. Tough always angry restless bewildered and reckless Rink's animal charm and tycoon's magnetism means he always gets his way. But when he fails in love with Leslie he loses his way with an equal violence... East Of Eden (1955): J
A 1991 comedy, Delirious stars John Candy as the head writer on a soap opera set in the fictional small town of Ashford Falls, whose naff power dressing and power wrangling is distinctly reminiscent of Dynasty. Candy has a crush on the somewhat imperious and Joan Collins-esque star of the show, played by Emma Samms, although waiting in the wings to be written into the show is the more wholesome and unaffected actress Mariel Hemingway. Delirious takes a turn when Candy is felled in an accident and awakes, supernaturally, to find himself in the very world of his own soap, with Ashford Falls a real town and its fictional characters, including Samms, now real people. Candy discovers, however, that in this world he has the power to "write" situations as they suit him--in this case, by casting himself as a dashing, wealthy and mysterious Wall Street hero, able to sweep Samms off her feet. The film is in some ways a precursor of Pleasantville (in which two teens are sucked into the world of a "Honey, I'm home" black and white 1950s sitcom). However, between them the star, writers and director (Tom Mankiewicz) make a ham fist of Delirious. The parody of soap mores is quite well done but quickly palls in its obviousness; Candy's performance is misjudged, as if trying too hard to make the best of a bad job; while overall, the film feels cheap, tacky and broad, once again raising the question why in the 1980s and 90s America produced such great sitcoms but such poor film comedies. On the DVD: Delirious is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. It's a decent enough edition but looks its age in places, in terms of colour definition in particular. The only extra is the original trailer. --David Stubbs
Collection of three classic James Dean films. In 'East of Eden' (1955) two brothers compete for the love of their stern, overbearing, widowed father. However, when Cal (Dean), the rejected 'rebel' son, discovers that his mother is not dead but running a nearby brothel he tells his brother Aron (Richard Davalos). This leads to the destruction of not only his relationship with Aron but also his father. 'Giant' (1956) is an epic saga which begins when Texas cattle baron Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) takes a non-Texan wife, Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor). The story then traces two generations of his family, alongside the life of disreputable ranch-hand Jett Rink (Dean), who strikes it rich on an oil well and falls in love with Leslie. Director George Stevens won an Oscar for his work and the film garnered nine more nominations, including one for Dean, who was killed soon after filming. Finally, 'Rebel Without a Cause' (1955) takes place over a 24-hour period and follows Jim Stark (Dean), a restless teenager who is always in trouble with the law. When Jim is picked up for being drunk and disorderly he notices Judy (Natalie Wood) at the police station and determines to ask her on a date at high school the next day, which leads him into conflict with her boyfriend Buzz (Corey Allen).
Charlize Theron stars as Sara Deever who, every month, takes a new lover. But her plans go awry in November after she meets Nelson Moss (Keanue Reeves) who hopes to win her heart for good.
The things we do for love and things we should have done all come together on The Trip. An ambitious epic romance that traces the course of two men through their initial meeting as teenagers in 1973 until the mid 80's. Alan is a member of the Young Republicans and an aspiring journalist. He's working on a book about the evils of homosexuality and invites Tommy a gay rights activist over for dinner and to interview him for the book. Thus begins a friendship that leads to a
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in director Paul Verhoven's sci fi classic about a 2084 construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars.
A fallen aristocrat with a mountainous gambling debt enlists three men with similar financial instabilities to assist him in a mail van robbery.
Best friends. Bitter rivals. Sisters. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling novel A Thousand Acres (penned by Jane Smiley) follows the saga of the Cook family headed by the indomitable patriarch Larry Cook (Jason Robards). Cook's kingdom is a fertile farm that spans 1 000 acres but the seeds of its destruction are sown when he impulsively decides to distribute it among his three daughters Ginny (Jessica Lange) Rose (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Caroline (Jenn
Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George star in this remake of the classic supernatural chiller.
Chicago evidence detective Wayne Dobie (De Niro) is a shy soft-spoken man who hasn't drawn his gun in fifteen years. His fellow cops have jokingly nicknamed him ""Mad Dog"" for his lack of guts. But when Dobie inadvertently saves the life of Frank Milo (Murray) a local gangster and loan shark who moonlights as a stand-up comic he becomes the unwilling recipient of an unusual thank you present: a beautiful young bartender named Glory (Thurman) for one week. Before the week is out the two have fallen deeply in love making for a potentially murderous showdown with Milo. Now Dobie must at last live up to his ""Mad Dog"" nickname or it will be ""no guts no glory"" in this unique and heartwarming comedy.
""Funny and poignant. Sarandon and Portman sparkle!"" -Jami Bernard NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Adele is a flashy flirtatious dreamer. Her daughter Ann is a quiet no-nonsense realist. On the surface they're like oil and water but deep down they're two of a kind. ""Susan Sarandon makes magic"" (Chicago Tribune) and ""Natalie Portman soars"" (NY-1) in this funny and touching story about a mother who knows best...and a daughter who knows better!
Beth Early is trying to get over her broken marriage. She attends the local college where she meets Martin Knapek a successful lawyer. One night after accepting his lift home she is subjected to a brutal assault. At his trial he is freed and Beth is then faced with a libel suit for wrongly accusing him of rape... Based on a true story...
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