Disaster movies used to work because there was little certainty as to who would survive. Not so in this film, really an amalgam of two original stories, about a group of well-to-do celebrants at the top floor of a skyscraper. Cheapo electrical wiring and bad construction management cause an enormous blaze at the lower floors, steadily rising to consume the revellers. Newman's an architect, McQueen a firefighter and Fred Astaire a kind old gentleman, for which he was Oscar-nominated. OJ Simpson plays a security guard who rescues a cat. Now that's a disaster. -- Keith Simanton, Amazon.com
San Francisco has been the setting of a lot of exciting movie car chases over the years, but this 1968 police thriller is still the one to beat when it comes to high-octane action on the steep hills of the city by the Bay. The outstanding car chase earned an Oscar for best editing, but the rest of the movie is pretty good, too. Bullitt is a perfect star vehicle for cool guy Steve McQueen, who stars as a tenacious detective (is there any other kind?) determined to track down the killers of the star witness in an important trial. Director Peter Yates (Breaking Away) approached the story with an emphasis on absolute authenticity, using a variety of San Francisco locations. Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Duvall appear in early roles, and Robert Vaughn plays the criminal kingpin who pulls the deadly strings of the tightly wound plot. --Jeff Shannon
Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samurai was a natural for an American remake--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. Thus The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turns samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa's Yojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars). The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen. If that isn't enough to awaken the 12-year-old kid inside anyone, the unforgettable Elmer Bernstein music will do it: bum-bum-ba-bum, bum-ba-bum-ba-bum... Followed by three inferior sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride! --Robert Horton
The Magnificent Seven effortlessly turn samurai into cowboys (the same trick worked more than once: Kurosawa'sYojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars) and Akira Kurosawa's rousing Seven Samuri was a natural for an American remake through this movie--after all, the codes and conventions of ancient Japan and the Wild West (at least the mythical movie West) are not so very far apart. The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of 60s stardom: Steve McQueen, JamesCoburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. The man who brings these warriors together is Yul Brynner, the baddest bald man in the West. There's nothing especially stylish about the approach of veteran director John Sturges (The Great Escape), but the storytelling is clear and strong, and the charisma of the young guns fairly flies off the screen. If that isn't enough to awaken the 12-year-old kid inside anyone, the unforgettable Elmer Bernstein music will do it: bum-bum-ba-bum, bum-ba-bum-ba-bum... followed by three inferior sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven Ride!--Robert Horton, Amazon.com
The word 'cop' isn't written all over him - something more puzzling is. In one of his most memorable roles Steve McQueen stars as Detective Frank Bullitt a hard-driving tough-as-nails San Francisco cop. Bullitt has just received what sounds like a routine assignment: keep a star witness out of sight and out of danger for 48 hours then deliver him to the courtroom on Monday morning. But before the night is out the witness will lie dying of shotgun wounds and Bullitt a no-glitter all-guts cop won't rest until he nabs the gunmen and the elusive underworld kingpin who hired them. Famed for it's Lalo Schifrin score and one of the greatest car chases in cinema-history Bullit won the 1969 Oscar for Best Film Editing (Frank P. Keller).
The con is on! Hustle follows the fortunes of a gang of five expert con artists let loose on the streets of London. They are specialists in the way of the grifter and all are keen to liberate cash from the amoral and undeserving. From faking film sets and expensive paintings to double-crossing the duplicitous head of a bank's security system the con is on! Episodes comprise: 1. The Con Is On 2. Faking It 3. Picture Perfect 4. Cops And Robbers 5. A Touch Of Class 6. Th
In Bud the C.H.U.D. a couple of high-school kids loose the cadaver for the next day's science experiment, then hit on a plan to steal a body from the local hospital to replace it. Unfortunately what they dont know is that the hospital is home to a rather more sinister and dubious military trial, the sole remaining C.H.U.D (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller), who has been cryogenically frozen after the experiment went horribly wrong. Unwittingly they thaw Bud the C.H.U.D, who has the rebel-boy charm of James Dean and the personal tastes of Hannibal Lector. Bud then lumbers off on a cannibalistic rampage infecting everyone he munches on (including the family dog) and turning the town into a whole army of C.H.U.Ds. Only the Colonel (played with great melodramatic gusto by Robert "Napoleon Solo" Vaughn) and the kids who unleashed him can save the town from a fate worse than death. This tongue-in-check schlock horror movie is worth watching just for the late-80s nostalgia, the performances are clichéd and the plot wafer thin, but the humour hits the spot and Brian Robbins as the eponymous Bud positively eats his way into your heart. On the DVD: the DVD is unfortunately devoid of any special features other than a filmography and the film stock has a kind of graininess that comes from being low budget (rather than purposefully art house). It wont be to everyones taste but you cant beat the pure entertainment factor of a cannibalistic poodle. --Kristen Bowditch
Buckle up for ride in the Black Moon, a sleek, high-tech supercar, powered by hydrogen and capable of speeds of over 300mph! Tommy Lee Jones (Rolling Thunder, Under Siege) stars as Sam Quint, a master thief working for the government who hides a computer disc loaded with evidence of corporate crime in a prototype supercar, the Black Moon. When a gang of thieves steal the car, Quint seduces their leader, Nina (Linda Hamilton, Terminator), to get to the disc. But in order to reclaim his property, Quint and Nina must break into an impenetrable skyscraper and take down Ed Ryland (Robert Vaughn, The Delta Force), the head of a dangerous stolen car syndicate A fast-moving, hydrogen-fueled action thriller written by John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), Black Moon Rising has earned admiration from cult movie audiences for its thrilling chase sequences, pounding synth score, and slick direction courtesy of Harley Cokeliss (Battle Truck, The Glitterball). Special Edition Contnets: Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original 35mm interpositive High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Uncompressed PCM 2.0 stereo audio and alternative 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing New audio commentary by Lee Gambin, author of Show Me: The Making of Christine Black Moon Ascending, a new interview with director Harley Cokeliss Thief in The Night: Producing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with producer Douglas Curtis Sound of Speed: Composing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with composer Lalo Schifrin and film music historian Daniel Schweiger Carpenter's Craft, a new video essay on co-writer John Carpenter's screenwriting career by author and critic Troy Howarth Making Black Moon Rising, an archival documentary featuring behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews Alternative Hong Kong version scenes, a presentation of selected scenes from the Hong Kong theatrical version with a different score and sound effects Theatrical trailer and radio spots Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kieran Fisher
Academy Award' winner Yul Brynner stars in the landmark western that launched the film careers of Steve McQueen Charles Bronson and James Coburn. Tired of being ravaged by an army of marauding bandits the residents of a small Mexican village seek help from seven American gunfighters. The only problem? It's seven against 50! Also featuring Eli Wallach and Robert Vaughn and set against Elmer Bernstein's Oscar' Nominated score director John Sturges' thrilling adventure belongs in any Blu-ray collection.
A group of college-aged ornithologists have taken a class trip deep into the wilderness on a quest to find and study a rare and possibly extinct species of bird. Despite receiving ominous warnings, both human and avian, they set up camp in a musty old house, only to find themselves under siege from mysterious supernatural forces. But it's not just the house or the hoards of hungry birds that they have to worry about, they quickly realize that they're also going to have to contend with a group of bloodthirsty zombies, who have descended on the deserted farmhouse! A positively jaw-dropping slice of late 80s horror, as only Italians are capable of imagining, Claudio Lattanzi's Zombie 5 (aka Killing Birds and Raptors) is an 'everything but the kitchen sink' styled thriller which piles on gore and insane plot twists. Starring Lara Wendel (Tenebre) and Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), and produced by exploitation auteur Joe D'Amato (Anthropophagus), 88 Films brings Zombie 5 to Blu-ray newly restored from the original negative. Features Include: THE ITALIAN COLLECTION NUMBER 68 New 2K Master from the Original 35mm Camera Negative High Definition (1080p) Presentation in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio LPCM English Soundtrack LPCM Italian Soundtrack with optional English Subtitles Audio Commentary By Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson From Raptors to Quarantine - An Interview with Composer Carlo Maria Cordio Claws to Raptors - An Interview with Caludio Lattanzi The Sound of Raptors - An Interview with Piero Parisi Blood on the Mirage - An Interview with Pietro Tenoglio Alternate Title Sequences Original Trailer Reversible Sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys and original Italian poster art with THE ITALIAN COLLECTION branding
Renew your acquaintance with two of the very best secret agents, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, those smooth, stylish, self assured men from U.N.C.L.E.It has been fifteen years since this intrepid pair made international espionage an art at United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Their nemesis THRUSH, has been inactive for years. But when THRUSH announces that it has captured an American nuclear device and demands a $350 million ransom, to be delivered in person by Napoleon Solo, the illustrious duo swing back into action.Napoleon and Illya are ready to prove that fifteen years has only improved their friendships and prowess, and that state of the art technology is no replacement for class, panache and a great sense of humour!
This season sees the return of the notorious master con man Mickey Bricks (Adrian Lester) accompanied by his long-standing accomplices veteran roper Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) and quick fix extraordinaire Ash 'Three Socks' Morgan (Robert Glenister). Also returning are brother and sister duo Sean and Emma Kennedy (Matt Di Angelo EastEnders and Kelly Adams Holby City) who after being tutored in the art of the con are now fully fledged members of this outstanding group of grifters. This series followed the Hustle teams efforts to liberate more greedy fat cats from their ill gotten gains. While Sean and Emma continue to learn about the substantial risks and rewards the life of a grifter provides.
Each of the world's major cities has its best detective agency and each of these has its best agents; super-agents like The Protectors.The most sensitive baffling dangerous assignments are handled by this trio of adventurers with no equal among private eyes. In their nerve-tingling assignments they function as a highly trained team but they know that the next mission might mean death - and they live as if each moment were their last. Robert Vaughn stars as Harry Rule the suave American who leads their operations and works from a London office; Nyree Dawn Porter is the elegant Rome-based Contessa di Contini and Tony Anholt is Paul Buchet a French agent operating out of a Paris apartment. Produced by Gerry Anderson and Reg Hill (Thunderbirds) this glossy stylish series was one of ITC's most lavish and ambitious projects boasting intriguing action-packed storylines and location filming in some of Europe's most glamorous cities. John Thaw Diana Quick Stephanie Beacham Peter Bowles Patrick Troughton and George Baker are among the many stars making guest appearances while Tony Christie sings the show's theme tune Avenues and Alleyways - a UK Top 40 hit on its re-release in 2005. This 7-disc set comprises all 52 half-hour episodes originally aired between 1972 and 1974.
The con is on! Hustle follows the fortunes of a gang of five expert con artists let loose on the streets of London. From rare comic books to antique banknotes they are specialists in the way of the grifter and all are keen to liberate cash from the amoral and undeserving... Gold Mine: Mickey Danny Albert Ash and Stacie return from a well-earned break to discover that old time grifter Harry Holmes (Ronald Pickup) has been banged up. After attempting to con ruthless
Tommy Lee Jones is QUINT a shrewd and tough professional thief working for the government. He has hidden a computer disc containing vital evidence in a sleek fast prototype automobile which is stolen by a sophisticated car theft ring in Los Angeles. QUINT the owners of the car and the killers who want the disc back are forced into a high-risk raid on the impenetrable fortress of the car thieves in this taut action-filled suspense adventure.
Fine casting, rugged characters and authentic military detail make The Bridge at Remagen one of the best World War II action films of the 1960s. Based on actual incidents during the final Allied advance on Germany in March 1945, the story focuses on the US Army's exhausted 27th Armoured Infantry, assigned to seize the bridge at Remagen, on the Rhine river, to prevent 50,000 German troops from retreating to safety. Lt Hartman (George Segal) leads the mission, while a Nazi major (Robert Vaughn) defies orders by attempting to hold the bridge instead of blowing it up. With strong emphasis on war's harsher realities, the film's compelling characters illustrate the camaraderie of survivors and the heroism of mavericks in the thick of battle. Segal and Ben Gazzara effectively convey a hard-won friendship, and the film's dynamic action (filmed in Czechoslovakia and Italy) never overwhelms the story's emotional impact. This is highly recommended. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
The Con Is On The Con. An invisible crime built on the premise of finding someone who wants something for nothing then giving them nothing for something. Choose the mark play on their desires set them up and then reel them in. Includes every episode from the critically acclaimed 4th season.
The con is on! Hustle follows the fortunes of a gang of five expert con artists let loose on the streets of London. From rare comic books to antique banknotes they are specialists in the way of the grifter and all are keen to liberate cash from the amoral and undeserving... Features all six episodes from season 3.
All five feature-length spinoffs from the classic 1960s spy series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E'. With weapons in hand - and tongues in cheek - agents Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) carry out the bidding of U.N.C.L.E. chief Alexander Waverly (Leo G. Carroll). Guest stars include Joan Crawford, Rip Torn, Herbert Lom, Telly Savalas, Terry-Thomas, John Carradine and Leslie Nielson. Films are: 'The Spy With No Face', 'One Spy Too Many', 'Karate Killers', 'Helicopter ...
Robert Vaughn and David McCallum star as a team of secret agents battling the global crime organization THRUSH. Under the aegis of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement-- U.N.C.L.E.--the dapper suave Napoleon Solo (Vaughn) and the equally dashing Illya Kuryakin (McCallum) jet to exotic locations defending the world from evil chaos and bad taste in this hit spoof on the espionage genre. Episode List: Mr. Solo (pilot) The Iowa Scuba Affair The Quadripartite Affair The Shark Affair The Deadly Games Affair The Green Opal Affair The Giuoco Piano Affair The Double Affair The Finny Foot Affair The Neptune Affair The Dove Affair The King Of Knaves Affair The Terbuf Affair The Deadly Decoy Affair The Fiddlesticks Affair The Yellow Scarf Affair The Mad Mad Tea Party Affair The Secret Sceptre Affair The Bow Wow Affair The Four Steps Affair The See-Paris-and-Die Affair The Brain Killer Affair The Hong Kong Shilling Affair The Never-Never Affair The Love Affair The Gazebo In The Maze Affair The Girls From Nazarone Affair The Odd Man Affair The Vulcan Affair
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