John Schlesinger's trailblazing Oscar winner, a touchstone of the New American Cinema explosion, in a new 4K restoration. One of the British New Wave's most versatile directors, JOHN SCHLESINGER (Billy Liar) came to New York in the late1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. JON VOIGHT (Coming Home) delivers a careermaking performance as Joe Buck, a wideeyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico Ratso Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by DUSTIN HOFFMAN in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its homosexual frame of reference, Midnight Cowboy became the first Xrated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema. Features: New 4K digital restoration, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTSHD Master Audio Audio commentary from 1991 featuring director John Schlesinger and producer Jerome Hellman New selectedscene commentary by cinematographer Adam Holender The Crowd Around the Cowboy, a 1969 short film made on location for Midnight Cowboy ï· Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey, an Academy Award-nominated documentary from 1990 by Eugene Corr and Robert Hillmann Two short 2004 documentaries on the making and release of Midnight Cowboy Interview with actor Jon Voight on The David Frost Show from 1970 Interview from 2000 with Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA LA Tribute to Schlesinger, featuring Voight and actor Dustin Hoffman Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris
1966s Cast a Giant Shadow is based on Ted Berkmans biography of Colonel "Mickey" Marcus, the American soldier who served as an adviser in the fight to establish the state of Israel in 1948. It stars Kirk Douglas as the likeable "stiffneck" and WWII veteran persuaded to take up the cause. Israel back then was depicted as a negligible military force under threat of extinction at the hands of its Arab neighbours, hamstrung by a UN embargo on arms supplies. It takes Douglas at his most square-jawed to see off the Egyptian military and defy a blockade to beat a path through to Jerusalem. This is not cinema verité but Hollywood. Marcus dilemma--to settle into peacetime in America or follow his more natural, combative instincts abroad--is symbolised by a love triangle, involving wife Angie Dickinson and Santa Berger as Magda, the soldier whom he falls for in Palestine. Although lavish and spectacular, especially in the war scenes--filmed in the actual Middle Eastern locations in which they occurred--Cast a Giant Shadow is not entirely authentic (for a start, theyre driving 1950s vehicles in the 40s). Moreover, in the light of later troubles in the region, not everyone will be heart warmed by this depiction of plucky little Israel coping against Arab foes who are barely depicted as human throughout the film, merely as tanks and gunfire. Still, its an impressive enough relic of epic 1960s cinema, with cameos from Yul Brynner, John Wayne as Marcus wartime general, and Frank Sinatra as a pilot scattering the enemy by dropping soda dispensers on them. On the DVD: Cast a Giant Shadows restoration here is visually immaculate. The mono sound, however, is often indistinct, with a good deal of sibilant hiss. Disappointingly, the only extra is the original trailer.--David Stubbs
The first, and only, X-rated film to win a best picture Academy Award, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy seems a lot less daring today (and has been reclassified as an R), but remains a fascinating time capsule of late-1960s sexual decadence in mainstream American cinema. In a career-making performance, Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, a naive Texas dishwasher who goes to the big city (New York) to make his fortune as a sexual hustler. Although enthusiastic about selling himself to rich ladies for stud services, he quickly finds it hard to make a living and eventually crashes in a seedy dump with a crippled petty thief named Ratzo Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman, doing one of his more effective "stupid acting tricks," with a limp and a high-pitch rasp of a voice). Schlesinger's quick-cut, semi-psychedelic style has dated severely, as has his ruthlessly cynical approach to almost everybody but the lead characters. But at its heart the movie is a sad tale of friendship between a couple of losers lost in the big city, and with an ending no studio would approve today. It's a bit like an urban Of Mice and Men, but where both guys are Lenny. --Jim Emerson
After starring in the now-legendary Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns for Italian director Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood became a box-office star and imported the style of those classic shoot-em-ups for this 1967 Western directed by Ted Post, with whom Eastwood had worked during their days on the television series Rawhide. Eastwood plays an innocent rancher who is mistaken for a cattle rustler and sentenced to hang by an angry mob. When he is saved from the noose by a passing lawman, he embarks on a renegade campaign of vengeance against the men who attempted to lynch him. Hang 'Em High offers a number of memorable moments and stylistic flourishes, and features a superb supporting cast of Western veterans, including Ben Johnson, Ed Begley, Pat Hingle, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, LQ Jones, and the "Skipper" himself, Alan Hale Jr Made just three years before Dirty Harry, the film marked a turning point for Eastwood, who would soon move into a prolific period of contemporary thrillers. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films, To Kill a Mockingbird is quite simply one of the finest family-oriented dramas ever made. A beautiful and deeply affecting adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film retains a timeless quality that transcends its historically dated subject matter (racism in the Depression-era South) and remains powerfully resonant in present-day America with its advocacy of tolerance, justice, integrity and loving, responsible parenthood. It's tempting to call this an important "message" movie that should be required viewing for children and adults alike, but this riveting courtroom drama is anything but stodgy or pedantic. As Atticus Finch, the small-town Alabama lawyer and widower father of two, Gregory Peck gives one of his finest performances with his impassioned defence of a black man (Brock Peters) wrongfully accused of the rape and assault of a young white woman. While his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford), learn the realities of racial prejudice and irrational hatred, they also learn to overcome their fear of the unknown as personified by their mysterious, mostly unseen neighbour Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his brilliant, almost completely nonverbal screen debut). What emerges from this evocative, exquisitely filmed drama is a pure distillation of the themes of Harper Lee's enduring novel, a showcase for some of the finest American acting ever assembled in one film, and a rare quality of humanitarian artistry (including Horton Foote's splendid screenplay and Elmer Bernstein's outstanding score) that seems all but lost in the chaotic morass of modern cinema. --Jeff Shannon
Released in 1968, Charly is a period-piece from the summer of love when "natural" was nirvana, the air hummed with the mantra "Everybody's beautiful", and all ills stemmed from institutional monoliths such as Science, Government, Education, and Religion. It is adapted from Daniel Keyes' novel Flowers for Algernon and its hero, Charly (Cliff Robertson), is 30 years old and mentally handicapped. His innocent sweetness makes him superior to most able-minded folk, whether they're the bigoted dolts he sweeps floors for or the ambitious scientists who see him as the human equivalent of Algernon, a mouse they've surgically (but impermanently) smartened up. Naturally, post-op Charly, sporting a genius IQ, "sees things as they are". Trotted out as the neurosurgeons' poster boy, he stands up to the "learned" audience--shot as faceless, inhuman interrogators. He's every 60s flower child, berating his "elders" for blighting their brave new world. The one reward Charly derives from his higher IQ is sex. In a lengthy montage resembling a retro TV commercial, he and his teacher (Claire Bloom, a madonna with an eternal Mona Lisa smile) romp through Edenic gardens, their embraces hallowed by sunlight glinting through leaves, moonlight glinting on water, and sappy Ravi Shankar music (stylistic clichés also include embarrassing outbreaks of split screens and multiple small screens within the frame, notably when rebellious Charly turns biker). Robertson's performance is well-meaning but mawkishly sentimental. Still, in the penultimate moments when Charly begins to slide back into mental illness, the actor achieves a genuine tragic gravity, and he became a surprise Oscar winner for his pains. --Kathleen Murphy, Amazon.com
Boon is a reiver (that's a cheat a liar a brawler and womaniser) and he has just four days to teach young Lucius the facts of life (like cheating lying brawling and womanizing)! Based on the novel by William Faulkner THE REIVERS tells the story of a young boy who leaves home and sets out on a journey with his best friend and Boon Hogganbeck (McQueen) his family's handyman. During the trip from Jefferson to Memphis the trio learns some valuable life lessons.
A DVD for the already fit and healthy. Postures to maintain the body in a state of balance and strength. Work wholeheartedly with this DVD to feel physically lighter and exhilarated calm and strong.
Open the heart free and strengthen the spine improve circulation restore vital energy. Back stretches are an effective method of opening the body and relieving the stress and tensions that rule our lives. Stretching the back opening the chest and improving circulation is remarkably effective in easing the tensions created by the inevitable stress of everyday life. More important daily practice of this simple series of postures will prepare you to face the day with an open heart filled with confidence energy and a positive sense of well being that will improve the quality of life. Ruth White has developed her programmes for the life of today. They are straight forward clear based on 25 years experience of teaching and can be practised at home - no special equipment needed. Suitable for any age with optional levels of difficulty as you become more fit and flexible.
This yoga video presented by Ruth White has been produced to take advantage of the DVD format's versatility. For the first time it is possible to choose your own personal programme to suit your aims and condition. Yoga Postures contains 90 minutes of instructional material with sections in 3 levels suitable for complete beginners experienced and advanced students. With sections to relieve back-ache improve breathing and posture ease tension and blood pressure as well as strengtheni
Easy to follow Yoga exercises prepare you for a happy and natural childbirth. It is of the utmost importance in pregnancy that you create space in the abdominal area. Pressure on the abdominal area is reduced by straightening the spine then lifting the breast bone. This practice is quite safe as positions are chosen that do not compress or twist the abdominal area. Great emphasis is placed on the strengthening and lifting of the pelvic floor and in later stages of pregnancy stretching. An attitude of ease and harmony is encouraged throughout the practice. Enjoy your daily practice - do not tire or force the body. Allow yourself the luxury of the complete relaxation.
Modern life and work creates conditions that lead to tensions back aches poor circulation and loss of energy. This DVD shows how a simple series of postures can change all that and prepare you to face life with confidence and a relaxed and supple body. DVD chapters on back arching suitable for all compile an interactive practice to suit the individual. Extras include 2 relaxation sections and further information on yoga courses and equipment. Stretches Standing Postures Shoulder Balance Sitting Postures.
A dynamic daily practice for the more adept. For the already fit and healthy this tape takes you further working on the physical body to bring it into a state of balance and strength. By practising the ancient positions or asanas the body is kept supple. It is not competitive all that is necessary is to work wholeheartedly to one's maximum. When working like this under a precise discipline the mind has a chance to fall quiet and a sense of freedom can be experienced. One feels physically lighter and exhilarated mentally calm and peaceful yet at the same time strong. Ruth White is recognised internationally as a leading Yoga teacher. She trained with B.K.S. Iyengar and has run the Yoga Centre in Surrey for 20 years. She is well known for her fine attention to detail and insight into individuals needs in postures. You will find her warm direct manner and clear imaginative instruction delightful and uplifting regardless of your level of ability. Suitable for Intermediate/Advanced students.
Compile your own personal practice to suit your size. It is of utmost importance in pregnancy that you create space in the abdominal area. Pressure on the abdominal area is reduced by straightening the spine then lifting the breastbone. The practice is quite safe as positions are chosen that do not compress or twist the abdominal area. Great emphasis is placed on the strengthening and lifting of the pelvic floor and in the later stages of pregnancy stretching it. An attitude of
Suitable for complete beginners and the more experienced alike this programme features a selection of yoga positions designed to relieve back ache improve breathing and improving posture.
Compile your own personal practice to suit your own ability. Yoga for all from the complete beginner to the more adept. For the already fit and healthy this disc takes you further working on the physical body to bring it into a state of balance and strength. By practising the ancient positions or asanas the body is kept supple. It is not competitive all that is necessary is to work wholeheartedly to one's maximum. When working like this under a precise discipline the mind has a chance to fall quiet and a sense of freedom can be experienced. One feels physically lighter and exhilarated mentally calm and peaceful yet at the same time strong.
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