Amityville II: The Possession tells the 'true' story of the Montelli's, a dysfunctional Catholic family who arrive in the Amityville house two years before the Lutz's of the first film. Sonny, the eldest son, is horrifically possessed by a sinister supernatural presence rising up from a secret basement room. Instructed by a voice through his Walkman, Sonny seduces his younger sister before brutally slaughtering his entire family. Local priest, Father Adamski, tries to rescue Sonny's soul and returns to the sinister Amityville house to face the demon...
Based on the infamous urban legend and featuring one of the most famous and gripping opening scenes in horror movie history (homaged by Wes Craven in the opening of Scream), Fred Walton's When a Stranger Calls is a masterclass in suspense that has rarely been equalled. A student babysitter has her evening disturbed when the phone rings. On the other end of the line an anonymous caller asks, have you checked the children lately? So begins a series of increasingly terrifying and threatening calls that lead to a shocking revelation. Special Features: Brand new scan and restoration The sequel When a Stranger Calls Back in HD New scan and restoration of the original short film The Sitter New interview with director Fred Walton New interview with actor Rutanya Alda New interview with composer Dana Kaproff Reversible sleeve with new artwork by Obviously Creative and original poster artwork English subtitles for the hearing impaired for both films
The Deer Hunter is an expansive portrait of friendship in a Pennsylvania steel town, and of the effects of the Vietnam War. Led by the trio of Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken (who won a supporting actor Oscar), the first hour is dominated by an engrossing Russian Orthodox wedding and reception. When the drama moves overseas it switches from anthropologically realistic documentation of a community's rituals to highly controversial and still shocking Russian Roulette scenes, symbolising the random horror of war. Unforgettable as they are, the Vietnam sequences occupy less than a third of the three-hour running time; defying movie convention The Deer Hunter is fundamentally a before-and-after ensemble character study anchored by De Niro's great performance. Although it was the first serious Hollywood feature to address the Vietnam War, the plausibility of some of the later plot developments raises awkward questions. But the film remains powerfully effective, its deliberate pace, naturalistic overlapping dialogue and unflinching seriousness marking it very much a product of the 1970s. With nine Oscar nominations and five wins, including Best Picture and Director, it's a cinematic landmark that stands the test time, almost incidentally setting Meryl Streep on the road to superstardom in her first leading role. On the DVD: The Deer Hunter: Special Edition has the film on the first disc with a serious yet amiable Region 2 exclusive discussion track between director Michael Cimino and critic SX Finnie. The picture is anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, and perfectly reproduces Vilmos Zsigmond's deliberately desaturated, necessarily grainy cinematography. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack clearly reveals the mono original, being largely focused on the centre speaker and while it does a good job, some of the choral music does sound harsh. Dialogue is sometimes indecipherable, but that's due to the naturalistic nature of the original sound recording and mixing. Disc 2 offers excellent new interviews with Jon Savage (15 mins), Vilmos Zsigmond (15 mins) and Michael Cimino (23 mins). Also included is the original trailer (anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1), a routine photo gallery and a DVD version of the original press brochure. There's no trace of the 40 minutes of deleted material referred to by Cimino, but this presentation is still an object lesson in how quality of extras triumphs over quantity. --Gary S Dalkin
An elaborate game of mind control begins when the son of government agent Peter (Douglas) is kidnapped for his psychokinetic powers. Desperate to find him the father hires a girl (Irving) with similar psychic abilities. She soon reveals that his son is a prisoner at a secret U.S. agency where he's being used for dangerous mind experiments - and programmed for elimination...
Michael Cimino's epic masterpiece The Deer Hunter has been stunningly restored with a brand new 4k restoration. Winner of no less than five Academy AwardsÂ® in 1978 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter is widely acknowledged as one of cinema's great masterpieces and contains some of the most memorable scenes in film history. With the film painting a sobering portrait of a small Pennsylvania steel town rocked by loss when three of its sons go off to fight in Vietnam, Cimino's ambitious and daring vision is showcased in this bold and brilliant war classic that, 40 years on, is even more striking than ever before. When Michael (Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage) and Nick (Christopher Walken) are captured by the Vietcong, they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors, who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds, and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfil an old promise to one of his friends, he makes an unexpected, horrific discovery. Also featuring astonishing performances from Meryl Streep as the woman both Michael and Nick fall in love with, and John Cazale (The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon) as their unhinged and insecure friend Stan. For the restoration of The Deer Hunter, STUDIOCANAL went back to the original 35mm negative, which was scanned at 4K resolution in 16bit. The restoration was completed at Silver Salt in London, who created a restored 4K DCP and UHD version for the home entertainment release. Bonus material includes: New Interview with David Thomson - film critic A brand new and exclusive interview with author and film critic David Thomson 1979 ITV South Ban Show interview with Michael Cimino A rarely seen ITV South Bank Show Interview from 1979 with director Michael Cimino provides an in-depth analysis of his inspirations and motivations for the making of the film Realising The Deer Hunter - Interview with director Michael Cimino Shooting The Deer Hunter - Interview with director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond Playing The Deer Hunter - Interview with star John Savage Audio Commentary with Michael Cimino Audio Commentary with Vilmos Zsigmond and journalist Bob Fisher Deleted and Extended scenes Deleted and extended scenes from the original production including extra footage of the infamous Russian Roulette sequence.
Misery (Dir. Rob Reiner 1990): When author Paul Sheldon suffers a car accident in a blizzard he thanks his lucky stars that nurse Annie Wilkes was on hand. That is until he discovers that she's his number one fan and has no intention of ever letting him go... The Dark Half (Dir. George A. Romero 1993): Masters of horror Stephen King and George A. Romero have created a gripping creepy frightening film that thrills shocks and works us over! Featuring an intelligent screenplay and first-rate cast including Oscar winner Timothy Hutton The Dark Half will keep you captivated to the chilling end. Horror writer Thad Beaumont (Hutton) hopes to distance himself from his murder novels and from George Stark the pseudonym he has used to author them. To achieve this he cooks up a murder of his own: a publicity stunt that should lay Stark to rest forever. But when the people around him are found gruesomely slain - and his own fingerprints dot the crime scenes - Beaumont is dumbfounded until he learns that Stark has taken on a life of his own and begun a gruesome quest for vengeance... Carrie (Dir. Brian De Palma 1976): Based on the novel by Stephen King with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen Carrie is the story of a young girl with telekinesis who has the power to move objects by the force of her mind. The school wallflower and the brunt of her classmates' jokes Carrie's revenge is the focus of this tense and stylish horror film. This is the film that made Sissy Spacek a star and featured John Travolta and Amy Irving in their first important screen roles. Carrie established director Brian DePalma as a new creative force in motion pictures.
Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Although it lacks the creepy subtleties of Stephen King's celebrated novel, George Romero's underrated adaptation of The Dark Half is among the best films based on King's fiction, with Romero taking care to honour the central theme while serving up some gruesome gore in the film's much-criticised finale. Inspired by King's own admission that he wrote several novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, The Dark Half explores the duality of a writer's impulse, ranging from literary respectability to the viscerally cathartic thrills of exploitative pulp fiction. Author and teacher Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) finds himself torn between those extremes when he "kills" his profitable alter ego, George Stark (the bestselling dark half to Thad's light), who then assumes evil, autonomous form (again played by Hutton) to defend lethally his role in Thad's creative endeavours. Forced to wrestle with this evil manifestation of his own unformed twin, Thad must fight to protect his wife (Amy Madigan), their twin babies and himself. While Romero skilfully develops the twin/duality theme to explore the writer's dilemma, Hutton is outstanding in his dual roles, playing Stark (in subtly fiendish makeup) as a redneck rebel with a knack for slashing throats. Julie Harris adds class in a supporting role, and horror fans will relish Romero's climactic showdown, in which swarms of sparrows seal Stark's fate. It favours a pulp sensibility with clunky exposition to explain Stark's existence, but The Dark Half is a laudable effort from everyone involved. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
The living nightmare of the Lutz family. They got out alive! but another family wasn't as lucky. They lived at 112 Ocean Avenue Amityville before the luckless Lutz family and what is the real history of this desirable family residence? In a sequel to the original film The Amityville Horror which tells the true story of the Lutz family's chilling supernatural encounter Amityville: The Possession dramatises other terrifying events which took place at the same house. Not for the faint hearted this is a tale of satanic possession that leads to cold blooded murder on a massive scale - you have been warned!
Based on the infamous urban legend and featuring one of the most famous and gripping opening scenes in horror movie history (homaged by Wes Craven in the opening of Scream), Fred Walton s When a Stranger Calls is a masterclass in suspense that has rarely been equalled. A student babysitter has her evening disturbed when the phone rings. On the other end of the line an anonymous caller asks, have you checked the children lately ? So begins a series of increasingly terrifying and threatening calls that lead to a shocking revelation.
Curt Duncan a psychopathic murderer is apprehended by a detective John Clifford and sent to an asylum. Years later - he escapes to begin a new reign of terror. Once again the now aging detective sets out to track Duncan down. The climax provides twist after twist and one of the most terrifying cinematic endings ever.... The simple reality shows it could really happen... anywhere... at anytime... and to anyone... Additional
A reindeer doesn't have to fly to be magical to someone, and Prancer proves the point in an unassuming and plainspoken way. This 1989 family film stars Rebecca Harrell as nine-year-old Jessica, a motherless schoolgirl raised (and largely ignored) by her bereaved and embittered father (Sam Elliot), an apple farmer. While Jessica's dad struggles to keep food on the family table, the little heroine worries over the fate of a wounded reindeer she meets and wistfully identifies as a member of Santa's sled crew. The story may sound overly precious, but the film is grittier and more realistic than that. Far more concerned with wobbly family relationships than gilded escapism, Prancer is a rare family film that can entertain without invoking fluffy enchantment. It was followed 12 years later by a sequel, Prancer Returns. --Tom Keogh
'Mommie Dearest' is the outrageous and controversial story of legendary movie star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) and her struggle with the dual roles of fading actress and tormented mother. The public Crawford was strong-willed glamorous and admirable but Mommie Dearest reveals the private Crawford the woman desperate to be a mother adopting her children when she was single and trying to survive in the movie industry. The rage the debilitating strain and the terrifying descent in
Catharine (Theresa Russell) is a sultry beauty who meticulously sets her traps. Alex (Debra Winger) is a federal sleuth who just as meticulously uncovers what no one else suspects - that this femme fatale tricks wealthy men into marrying her then kills them to inherit their fortunes. Soon Alex's obsession with the mysterious Catharine draws her deeper and deeper into danger...
The living nightmare of the Lutz family. They got out alive! but another family wasn't as lucky. They lived at 112 Ocean Avenue Amityville before the luckless Lutz family and what is the real history of this desirable family residence? In a sequel to the original film ""The Amityville Horror"" which tells the true story of the Lutz family's chilling supernatural encounter ""Amityville: The Possession"" dramatises other terrifying events which took place at the same house. Not f
Fire-and-brimstone preacher sees Satan everywhere, trains gullible young boy to ''detect'' evil, and the two of them commit several murders in the name of Jesus. Based on a true story.
Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski) is a 17-year-old Goth with multiple face-piercings and a fondness for graveyards. Randall (Albert Brooks) is a middle-aged salesman with an obsessively tidy life and a fear of anything new. When these two opposites collide the chain reaction sparks a life-altering meltdown for them both in this wickedly perceptive critically acclaimed comedy from director and actress Christine Lahti. Desperate to escape the world of her infuriatingly cheery mother (Carol
Henry (Penn) and Nicky (Cage) are small town pals from blue-collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger (McGovern) believing her to be wealthy. Mischievous and irresponsible Nicky gets into trouble which forces the other two to become involved testing their relationship as well as the friendship between the boys...
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