When a girl is given the horse of her dreams the pair form a bond of love and trust that will last forever. Polly and her Black Beauty share wondrous adventures and face hardship and danger with brother Bertie Merry Legs the pony and the other residents of their lush country estate. All of the splendor and excitement of Anna Sewell's classic novel are thrilling to boys and girls.
Join the award-winning cast of Mr Selfridge in this Complete Series Set that includes all 40 episodes from Series One, Two, Three & Four. Jeremy Piven (Golden Globe and Emmy winner, Entourage) stars as the famboyant American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, who comes to England to change the face of retail through his lavish department store. Supported by a glamorous cast, including Frances OConnor as Harrys wife Rose, Katherine Kelly as the alluring socialite and close-ally, Lady Mae, GrÃ©gory Fitoussi as creative director Henri Leclair and Aisling Loftus as successful store worker, Agnes.
A young single mother (Juliette Binoche), with her 6-year-old daughter in tow, moves to a small French village and opens an unusual chocolate shop.
Join the award-winning cast of Mr Selfridge in this Complete Series Set that includes all 30 episodes from Series One Two and Three. Jeremy Piven (Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Entourage) stars as the famboyant American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge who comes to England to change the face of retail through his lavish department store. Supported by a glamorous cast including Frances O’Connor as Harry’s wife Rose Katherine Kelly as the alluring socialite and close-ally Lady Mae Grégory Fitoussi as creative director Henri Leclair and Aisling Loftus as successful store worker Agnes. The gripping storylines from the frst two series span the period from 1909 when Selfridges frst opened its doors to the First World War. Series three continues post-war at a time where Selfridges offers the world an escape from the depression and gloom. Though the store may be thriving Harry’s charmed personal life starts to unravel. Bonus Features Selfridges: Then & Now The Making of Mr Selfridge Deleted Scenes Behind the Scenes
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made screen history together more than once, but they were never more popular than in this 1946 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, directed by Howard Hawks (To Have and Have Not). Bogart plays private eye Philip Marlowe, who is hired by a wealthy socialite (Bacall) to look into troubles stirred up by her wild, young sister (Martha Vickers). Legendarily complicated (so much so that even Chandler had trouble following the plot), the film is nonetheless hugely entertaining and atmospheric, an electrifying plunge into the exotica of detective fiction. William Faulkner wrote the screenplay. --Tom Keogh
A marvellous reinvention of the costume epic, The Lost Prince is Stephen Poliakoff's absorbing study of the turbulent years leading up to and during the First World War, seen through the percipient eyes of a scarcely remembered royal child. Extensively researched, impeccably cast, beautifully filmed, written and directed by Poliakoff himself with masterly economy and restraint, this is a timely reminder that original, intelligent drama can work as prime time entertainment while appealing on multiple levels; and there isn't an escaped soap star in sight. Johnnie, the prince kept hidden away by his parents Queen Mary and George V for fear that his epileptic fits and idiosyncratic ways might draw unwelcome attention, is not presented as a tragic figure. His view of the great events which shatter his family and change the world forever is direct and uncluttered. Poliakoff celebrates his apartness--and that of all children who are different--as a force for good, without judging the standards, protocols and contemporary medical theories which kept him on the periphery of society. The series makes the most of its well-chosen locations, and from Johnnie's garden at Sandringham to the assassination of the Russian imperial family, it maintains a hypnotic and elegiac quality The acting is first-rate, too. Gina McKee is profoundly moving as Johnnie's devoted nurse Lalla; and Miranda Richardson's Mary is an extraordinary performance, the controlled façade of single-minded focus occasionally fracturing to reveal a flash of humanity. This production is exquisite in every respect. On the DVD: The Lost Prince is presented in its original transmission format of 16:9. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, enhanced by Adrian Johnston's haunting score is crystal clear. Extras include Poliakoff's revealing commentary, with occasional input from Johnston and designer John-Paul Kelly, and a couple of documentary fragments which show the production in progress and place it in context with the rest of Poliakoff's work. --Piers Ford
Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) is released from prison on good behavior swearing that she will have nothing to do with fur ever again in her life.
From Kenneth Williams' intimate diaries Martyn Hesford's Fantabulosa! has written a fascinating portrait of the greatly-loved performer. Starring Michael Sheen in an award-winning role as the fastidious performer who could create a thousand voices and characters yet was unable to be comfortable in himself.
The late Dennis Potter was a master at mining the popular songs of the 1930s and '40s for dramatic effect, but he never did it better than in The Singing Detective. The inestimable Michael Gambon plays a mystery writer named Philip E Marlow, who is suffering a torturous bout of psoriatic arthritis in hospital, where he is a victim of both his disease and the National Health Service. Unable to move without pain, he escapes into his imagination, plotting out a murder tale in which he is both a big-band singer and a private eye. But Potter and director Jon Amiel also mix in flashbacks of Marlow's youth and his unhappy marriage to explain how the real Marlow reached this sorry pass. Flawlessly, intricately, kaleidoscopically assembled, the six one-hour episodes fly by like some fantastic fever dream. Marshall Fine
"Confetti" follows three couples as they duke it out to win a bridal magazine contest for "Most Original Wedding of the Year."
Back for a second series the ITV hit Mr Selfridge brings to life the spectacular rise of the American retail genius Harry Selfridge in a lavish and seductive series set in glamour of bustling London at the emergence of modern retail. Harry his family friends lovers and staff open up a rich cross section of London life. From the fashionable Mayfair society to the bright lights grease-paint glamour and backstage intrigue of London's theatres; from business board rooms private poker games and smoky jazz halls to the back-street cafes of the working men and women. It is the story of turn of the century ambition eccentricity and commercial enterprise against the remnants of stuffy Victorian and Edwardian values.
With 17 previous screen adaptations behind it, this 2002 BBC version of The Hound of the Baskervilles might have been inhibited by the sheer weight of expectation. But in this production--marking the centenary of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel--director David Attwood rings the changes subtly and strikingly, helped by Allan Cubitt's tautly argued script and Christopher Hall's vivid production: the viewer feels the "presence" of the moors as never before. Richard Roxburgh is a thoughtful, understated Sherlock Holmes--self-absorbed yet observant of life around him. There's nothing bumbling or ineffectual about Ian Hart's Dr Watson--a resourceful thinker who, often sceptical of Holmes, complements him in human awareness. Richard E Grant dons a plausibly sociopathic manner as Stapleton, and there's a touching portrayal of his put-upon sister from Neve McIntosh. John Nettles and Geraldine James contribute sterling character parts as Dr and Mrs Mortimer, and Matt Day is a suave, not too sophisticated Sir Henry Baskerville. It adds up to a convincing rethink of a hallowed tale. On the DVD: The Hound of the Baskervilles on disc comes with a 16:9 picture that reproduces the sombre atmosphere of Baskerville Hall--shot at a variety of English locations--with real immediacy, and the Dolby Digital sound has 5.1 surround enhancement. Subtitles are in 11 languages, with 10 scene selections--framed in a stylishly- presented main menu. Special Features include a 12-minute making of documentary and interviews with the cast members, as well as a running commentary from Attwood and Hall. --Richard Whitehouse
Warren Beatty Collection
Whoops Apocalypse: Complete Series (Dir. John Reardon): Whoops Apocalypse was a comedy series from the 1980's which depicted the frightening and fantastic decisions made by politicians and world leaders as the the end of the world approached. Anarchic alternative and inspired Whoops Apocalypse was a sitcom ahead of it's time and boasted a cast including John Cleese Jeffrey Palmer Rick Mayall and Alexi Sayle. Episodes Comprise: 1. Road To Jerusalem 2. Autumn Cannibalism 3. How To Get Rid Of It 4. Lucifer And The Lord 5. The Violet Hour 6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun Whoops Apocalypse (Dir. Tom Bussmann 1986): What do you get if you mix warped British humour with political intrigue Royal kidnaps hostile invasions nuclear bombs British Task Forces mad international terrorists and the SAS? Total mayhem!
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is both adored and detested for its combination of sumptuous beauty and revolting decadence. Few directors polarise audiences in the same way as Peter Greenaway, a filmmaker as influenced by Jacobean revenge tragedy and 17th-century painting as by the French New Wave. A vile, gluttonous thief (Michael Gambon) spews hate and abuse at a restaurant run by a stoic French cook (Richard Bohringer), but under the thief's nose his wife (the ever-sensuous Helen Mirren) conducts an affair with a bookish lover (Alan Howard). Clothing (by avant-garde designer Jean-Paul Gaultier) changes colour as the characters move from room to room. Nudity, torture, rotting meat, and Tim Roth at his sleaziest all contribute the atmosphere of decay and excess. Not for everyone, but for some, essential. --Bret Fetzer
If a film fan had never heard of director Mike Leigh, one might explain him as a British Woody Allen. Not that Leighs films are whimsical or neurotic; they are tough-love examinations of British life--funny, outlandish and biting. His films share a real immediacy with Allens work: they feel as if they are happening now. Leigh works with actors--real actors--on ideas and language. There is no script at the start (and sometimes not at the end). Secrets and Lies involves Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), an elegant black woman wanting to learn her birth mothers identity. She will find its Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), who is one of the saddest creatures weve seen in film. Shes also one of the most real and, ultimately, one of the most loveable. Timothy Spall is Cynthias brother, a giant man full of love who is being slowly defeated by his fastidious wife (Phyllis Logan). There is a great exuberance of life in Secrets & Lies, winner of the Palme DOr and best actress (Blethyn) at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival--not Zorba-type life but the little battles fought and won every day. Leighs honest interpretation of daily life is usually found only on the stage. Secrets & Lies is more realistic than a stage production, however, especially when Leigh shows us uninterrupted scenes. Critic David Denby states that Leigh has "made an Ingmar Bergman film without an instant of heaviness or pretension." If that sounds like your cup of tea, see Secrets & Lies. --Doug Thomas
There are several occasions when this rousing Australian thriller from 1987 should have ended with a well-placed shot from a speargun or a stronger knot of rope, but you don't think about these small details when you're being scared out of your wits. In a role that catapulted her to international stardom, Nicole Kidman plays a young wife who has joined her husband (Sam Neill) on a yachting trip to recover from the tragic death of their son. Far out to sea, they encounter a sinking ship with one survivor (Billy Zane, 10 years before Titanic) but inviting him aboard turns out to be a very bad mistake. While Neill attempts to salvage the sinking boat, Kidman is fighting for her life against the psychotic Zane--a villain so creepy that you eagerly look forward to his demise. By the time that moment arrives director Phillip Noyce has resorted to a typical slasher-movie climax (proving that no boat should be without a flare gun) but until then Dead Calm is a nail-biting thriller that's guaranteed to keep you in a state of nail-biting suspense. --Jeff Shannon
Series 1 and 2 of the ITV hit Mr Selfridge brings to life the spectacular rise of the American retail genius Harry Selfridge in a lavish and seductive series set in glamour of bustling London at the emergence of modern retail. Harry his family friends lovers and staff open up a rich cross section of London life. From the fashionable Mayfair society to the bright lights grease-paint glamour and backstage intrigue of London's theatres; from business board rooms private poker games and smoky jazz halls to the back-street cafes of the working men and women. It is the story of turn of the century ambition eccentricity and commercial enterprise against the remnants of stuffy Victorian and Edwardian values.
A harrowing, if limited, 1993 thriller, Desperate Justice stars Lesley Ann Warren as Carol, a mother whose young daughter is raped by the caretaker of her school and left in a coma. The culprit is quickly rounded up; however, the case against him is dismissed for lack of rock-solid evidence. In a moment of blind fear and rage, Carol metes out summary justice of her own--and must face up to the consequences. Desperate Justice is suitably restrained in dealing with the violence central to its subject matter. While competently enough scripted and acted to retain the viewer's interest and sympathy, it has a slightly fuzzy, sucrose feel about it that acts as a general anaesthetic against the inevitably disturbing subject matter. The final scenes in particular achieve a tidy, somewhat predictable sense of "closure" so beloved by Americans. Despite its made-for-TV air, Desperate Justice has just enough about it to ensure a passable late night 90 minutes over a mug of Horlicks. On the DVD: This is not the sort of movie that was ever designed to benefit from DVD enhancement. Picture format is 4:3. As well as trailers, there are included here items entitled "About the film" and "About the stars", which turn out to be perfunctory text-only blurbs. --David Stubbs
The classic tale of Tom Jones a boy who is adopted in childhood by the kindly Squire Allworthy adapted from the novel written by Henry Fielding. As a result he becomes a privileged gentleman but one with a roving eye. Soon an amorous indiscretion results in him being exiled from his home...
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