In this 10 disc collection features Five classic gangster films; American Gangster:Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) in this powerful, epic story. Armed with ruthless tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem’s chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas’s multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. Carlito's Way: Oscar winner Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his highpowered attorney (Academy Award winner Sean Penn). He stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight from a history of violence, but his plans are undermined by misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honour. In a life-or-death battle, Carlito takes on therelentless forces that refuse to let him go.Casino:Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in director Martin Scorsese’s riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and24-carat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas, 1973, is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob’s multimillion-dollar casinooperation, where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice.Mean Streets:Mean Streets announced Martin Scorsese’s arrival as a new filmmaking force – and marked his first historic teaming with Robert De Niro. It’s a story Scorsese lived, a semi-autobiographical tale of the first-generation sons and daughters of New York’s Little Italy. Harvey Keitel plays Charlie, working his way up the ranks of a local mob. Amy Robinson is Teresa, the girlfriend his family deems unsuitable because of her epilepsy. And in the starmaking role that won Best Supporting Actor Awards from the New York and National Society of FilmCritics, De Niro is Johnny Boy, a small-time gambler in big-time debt to loan sharks.Scarface:Directed by hit-maker Brian DePalma and produced by Martin Bregman who brought both Carlito’s Way legends to the screen, Scarface follows the violent career of a small-time Cuban refugee hoodlum who guns his way to the top of Miami’s cocaine empire. With its intense screenplay by Academy Award Winner Oliver Stone, driving musical score by Giorgio Moroder, and superb insights into Miami’s Latin lifestyle, Scarface joins the ranks of Hollywood’s greatest underworld dramas, as it lays bare the sordid power of the American drug scene.
Director Curtis Hanson and a terrific cast serve up a thrilling tale of police corruption and Hollywood glamour in this film of James Ellroy's novel. Three cops (Kevin Spacey Russell Crowe Guy Pearce) a call girl (Kim Basinger) a mysterious millionaire (David Strathairn) a tabloid journalist (Danny DeVito) and the Chief of Detectives (James Cromwell) fuel a plot rife with mystery ambition romance and humour. The film captured 1998 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson).
No Country For Old Men: Approaching retirement Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is one of the last links to the history of Texas' Old West and the men who patrolled the frontiers of decency and lawlessness. These days though he feels less and less able to comprehend the new breed of violent criminals that have drifted into his jurisdiction. Violent men like Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem): an enigmatic psychopathic and obsessively compulsive killer who determines the fate of his victims with a quick flip of a coin. Chigurh an ex-special-forces operative turned hit man has been hired to track down two million dollars in cash taken from the scene of a drug-deal gone awry and whoever spirited it away. That man is Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin): a financially struggling hardened Vietnam veteran who stumbled upon the money and a substantial amount of heroin amongst a sea of bloody corpses and a bullet-strewn truck whilst hunting antelope in the desert near the Mexican border. A Beautiful Mind: A Beautiful Mind begins with Nash (Russell Crowe) at Princeton where he struggles to think of an original idea and the stroke of genius that will make him matter. Nash is eccentric socially awkward and extremely competitive. Eventually he finds the inspiration for his innovative and influential work on game theory. He's chosen for a post at MIT which includes crucial code-breaking work for the US government. There he meets a beautiful and brilliant student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). They marry but their happiness is threatened... American Beauty: Marking the feature film directorial debut of award-winning theatre director Sam Mendes this funny moving and shocking journey through life in suburban America follows the trials and tribulations of Lester (Kevin Spacey) and Carolyn (Annette Bening) an upper-middle-class couple whose marriage - and lives - are slowly unraveling. Lester's wife hates him his daughter Jane regards him with contempt and his boss is positioning him for the axe. So Lester decides to make a few changes in his life; the freer he gets the happier he gets which is even more maddening to his wife and daughter. But Lester is about to learn that the ultimate freedom comes at the ultimate price. Winner of five Academy Awards: Best Picture Director Actor Screenplay and Cinematography.
The epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-take-all battle for a fortune in gold.
In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, LA Confidential is the real thing--a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal and corruption of all sorts (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of LA history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolour noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero" (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion. --Jim Emerson
Oscar winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast in a blistering thriller about a rising congressman and an investigative journalist embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France,Les Misrables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. Featuring an incredible cast who give truly outstanding performances including: Hugh Jackman, Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Filmed by the visionary Academy-Award Director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper. Special Features: The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Miserables Les Miserables: A Revolutionary Approach (The Start of Les Miserables) The West End Connection Les Miserables on Location Creating the Perfect Paris Battle at the Barricade Les Miserables Singing Live Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper
A New York Winter's Tale' is about miracles crossed destinies and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award - winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman ('A Beautiful Mind') and stars Colin Farrell ('Saving Mr. Banks') Jessica Brown Findlay (TV's 'Downton Abbey') and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe ('Gladiator'). Peter Lake (Farrell) is a master thief who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Brown Findlay). But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor the demonic Pearly Soames (Crowe). Peter desperately tries to save his one true love across time against the forces of darkness even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down - winner take all and loser be damned. What Peter needs is a miracle but only time will tell if he can find one.
Features HDR for brighter, deeper, more lifelike colour Academy AwardÂ® winner Russell Crowe and visionary director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) reunite for the untold story of the man behind the legend. In an age of oppression and shameless tyranny, an outlaw becomes the unlikely hero that saves a nation and inspires generations to fight for freedom. In this thrilling action adventure, Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott are at their most entertaining since Gladiator (Dan Jolin, Empire UK ). Also starring Academy AwardÂ® winner Cate Blanchett. Disc two- Blu-Ray movie + bonus features Director's notebook The art of Nottingham Disc three- DVD bonus features Deleted scenes with introduction and commentary by editor Pietro Scalia Rise and Rise Again: making Ridley Scott's Robin Hood
Man with the Iron Fists On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold a band of warriors assassins and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers. Man with the Iron Fists 2 Thaddeus (RZA) is back in this explosive action adventure inspired by Kung Fu classics. A reluctant villager joins forces with a mysterious outsider to fight off powerful evil forces both earthly and otherworldly in a 19th Century Chinese mining town. When a stranger Thaddeus is found badly wounded near the village miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Kang) offer him refuge. As he heals he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng) his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic.
Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger star in the story of Depression-era U.S. fighter and folk hero Jim Braddock.
Titles Comprise:The Eagle: A Roman epic adventure, based on the classic novel of the same name, set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain.In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth.Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.Gladiator: The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won, Maximus dreams of home, wanting only to return to his wife and son; however, the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power.Jealous of Maximus' favor with the emperor, the heir to the throne, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death, Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows.Now he has come to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....Robin Hood: Academy Award winner Russell Crowe reunites with legendary Gladiator director Ridley Scott for epic action adventure in Robin Hood.Discover the untold story of the man behind the legend as Robin, a heroic warrior, turns outlaw when he assembles a band of skilled marauders to confront injustice and lead an uprising against a weak and corrupt English King.When the rebellious hero falls for the spirited Lady Marion (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), he must first save her village and then confront a growing storm of threats from near and afar if he is to win her heart. As Robin and his men answer a call to ever-greater adventure, these unlikely heroes set off to battle for their country and return England to glory... and ride into Legend.
Titles Comprise: American Gangster: Drug-kingpin Frank Lucas smuggles heroin into the US by hiding it with the bodies of soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. By delivering a product that is far superior to his competitors Lucas has rapidly established his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer. While Lucas delicately constructs his own criminal empire Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) one of the few honest detectives in a corrupt system senses a sizeable shift within the hierarchy of the drug underworld and sets out to investigate this hitherto unknown power player that has come out of the shadows to dominate the drug trade. But with Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) Roberts' crooked and jealous colleague wanting to obstruct and ruin the integrity of his idealistic counterpart Roberts is left with little option other than to take desperate measures to end Lucas' rule in Harlem. Scarface: In the spring of 1980 the port at Mariel Harbour was opened and thousands set sail for the United States. They came in search of the American Dream. One of them found it on the sun-washed avenues of Miami... wealth power and passion beyond his wildest dreams. He was Tony Montana. The world will remember him by another name - Scarface! Casino: In an era of over-the-top glitz Sam 'Ace' Rothstein (De Niro) is riding high as front man for the Mob's multi-billion dollar Las Vegas operation. To protect their 'investment' the bosses send in Ace's boyhood pal - hot-headed enforcer Nicky Santoro (Pesci). It's a winning hand: Ace's brain and Nicky's muscle... until sexy wildcard Ginger McKenna (Stone) turns up the heat.
In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.
For the Moment
A taut and twisty cat-and-mouse game as Russell Crowe stars as the hard-bitten detective on the trail of a young man he is convinced is a would-be serial killer.
A coldblooded management consultant infamous for downsizing every firm he comes into contact with re-examines his own morals and values when his latest assignment puts him face to face with those affected by such actions.
Gladiator / Spartacus / Robin Hood
A Young Boy's Hero. A Married Woman's Desire. Russell Crowe stars as East Driscoll a bachelor horsebreaker who won't settle down. He becomes the idol of Alan a young boy with polio who dreams of riding just like his hero. As Alan struggles with the hardships of growing up he meets Grace an older English aristocrat for whom he develops feelings. The situation gets further complicated when the married Grace falls for the much younger East and Alan unwillingly is caught in the middle...
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