'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey the Company continues East encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves the Dwarves journey to Lake-town and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug. Special Features: New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth - Part 2 Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Trailer 1 Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Trailer 2
Experience this acclaimed, addictive crime series with ALL 12 SEASONS together for the first time plus special features that include the memorable send-off, Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Bones Brennan (Emily Deschanel) has an uncanny ability to solve the FBI's most bizarre, gruesome mysteries. Along with hard-nosed agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), and the quirky squints (Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley) at Washington's Jeffersonian Institute, Brennan tackles cases involving everyone from serial killers to senior citizens. As the series unfolds, Brennan and Booth find themselves as deeply in love as they are in danger. With its dark humour, mesmerising plots, celebrated cast and beloved guest stars, Bones is cutting-edge entertainment from its first incision to its final cut.
Mr. Link Is The Altogether Lovable And Hilarious Title Character In This Globe-Trotting Comedy-Adventure From The Award-Winning Animation Studio, Laika. Hugh Jackman is Sir Lionel frost: a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is, no one else seems to agree. He sees a chance to prove himself by traveling to America's Pacific Northwest to discover the world's most legendary creature. A living remnant of Man's primitive ancestry. The Missing Link. Zach Galifianakis is Mr. Link: the slightly silly, surprisingly smart and soulful beast who Sir Lionel discovers. As species go, he's as endangered as they get; he's possibly the last of his kind, he's lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Together they set out on a daring quest around the world to seek out Link's distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with the independent and resourceful Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only known map to the group's secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster ride of a journey. Along the way, our fearless explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril, stalked at every turn by dastardly villains seeking to thwart their mission. Through it all, Mr. Link's disarming charm and good-humoured conviction provide the emotional and comedic foundation of this fun-filled family movie.
From the acclaimed graphic novel comes the tale of a masked vigilante in a Fascist Britain and the young woman he takes under his wing.
Set in an English stately home in 1932 Robert Altman's award winning film follows the goings on above and below stairs over one busy shooting weekend, culminating in a mysterious murder.
Like a skidmark through history the Edmund Blackadders left an indelible dirty stain on every era they passed through. No one knows where the notorious Blackadder family originated from - some say the shallow end of the gene pool others just nod and point to the cess-pit behind the pig-sheds. Every new era produces a more contemptuous Edmund Blackadder each incarnation bearing a striking resemblance to the last carrying forward the family traditions of cowardice treachery and political corruption. Accompanying each generation of Edmund Blackadders is the 'Baldrick' family a loyal breed of human pack-animal and the byword for all things stupid.
Relentlessly intelligent, gloriously uninhibited and occasionally controversial, QI has engaged the brains of discerning quiz fans for over a decade, garnering no fewer than ten prestigious TV awards and multiple BAFTA nominations. Hosted by Stephen Fry and co-starring stalwart player/resident whipping boy Alan Davies, these shows feature Jack Dee, Phill Jupitus, Bill Bailey, Danny Baker, Sean Lock, David Mitchell, Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr, Rich Hall, Dara O Briain, Sandi Toksvig, Johnny Vegas, Rob Brydon, Ross Noble, Sue Perkins and many others joining the ranks of cleverclogs and dunderheads sparring with the famously erudite quizmaster. Each show questions of such brain-boggling difficulty or baffling obscurity that a correct answer is a near-impossibility; instead, points are deducted for answers that are both obvious and wrong, and awarded for incorrect answers which are, nevertheless, Quite Interesting! From Hoaxes and Hysteria to Idleness and Jumpers, this thirteen-disc set offers an unmissable meander though the complete Series H to J .
Set in a fictitious suburb rather like, say, Pinner (only more so), The Thin Blue Line is the wickedly funny story of a rather down-at-heel police station headed by Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson), a pompous, repressed but well-intentioned anachronism who wants to do the right thing but who is constantly hampered by his own shortcomings, not to mention his blundering CID colleagues. Atkinson expertly balances his character's inflated sense of self-importance with the insight born of old-school police values, for which his galumphing, shiny-suited CID counterpart, DI Grim (David Haig) has no time at all. Strongest among the supporting cast is Sgt Pauline Dawkins (Serena Evans), who also happens to be Fowler's live-in lover--a moral dilemma that his traditional values won't allow him to resolve. He salves his conscience by avoiding sex with her whenever possible, an amusing subplot enhanced by Evans's brilliant performance--she positively vibrates with contained, ladylike lust in a manner only equalled by Penelope Keith in the classic sitcom To the Manor Born. Scripted by Ben Elton, this series manages to satirise provincialism, institutionalised pig-headedness and dated moral values in one fell swoop, while also being chock-full of quick-fire, Blackadder-esque dialogue. --Roger Thomas
Like a skidmark through history the Edmund Blackadders left an indelible dirty stain on every era they passed through. No one knows where the notorious Blackadder family originated from - some say the shallow end of the gene pool others just nod and point to the cess-pit behind the pig-sheds. Every new era produces a more contemptuous Edmund Blackadder each incarnation bearing a striking resemblance to the last carrying forward the family traditions of cowardice treachery and po
Relentlessly intelligent, gloriously uninhibited and occasionally controversial, QI has engaged the brains of discerning quiz fans for over a decade, garnering no fewer than ten prestigious TV awards and multiple BAFTA nominations. Hosted by Stephen Fry and co-starring stalwart player/resident whipping boy Alan Davies, these shows feature David Mitchell, Noel Fielding, Phill Jupitus, Ross Noble, Sue Perkins, Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr, Jeremy Clarkson, Sandi Toksvig, Jo Brand, Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford, Victoria Wood and many others joining the ranks of cleverclogs and dunderheads sparring with the famously erudite quizmaster. Each show questions of such brain-boggling difficulty or baffling obscurity that a correct answer is a near-impossibility; instead, points are deducted for answers that are both obvious and wrong, and awarded for incorrect answers which are, nevertheless, Quite Interesting! From Knees and Knockers to Levity and Merriment, this thirteen-disc set offers an unmissable meander though the complete Series K to M .
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Holmes and Watson in this acclaimed action-thriller. This time, the sleuths face off against their greatest foe, Professor Moriarty, as they travel across Europe bent on thwarting the master criminal's plans for world domination.
This box set features all four seasons of the classic comedy series A Bit Of Fry And Laurie. After a few appearances on various television shows ex-Cambridge University students Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie finally got the chance to shine in their very own A Bit Of Fry And Laurie. Full of turns of phrase and elaborate wordplay A Bit Of Fry And Laurie was the kind of sophisticated comedy that had been little seen on British TV screens. With an old-fashioned revue-type atmosphere and oddly 'British' sketches the delicate innuendos coupled with Fry's ability to suggest hidden meanings in everyday phrases were a winning formula that allowed the pair to continue their partnership for almost 10 years.
In series three, the evil Imperatrix is no more killed when she terminated the robotic weapon which shared her life force. With her gone, Negatus now answers to no-one and can seize control of Yonderland for himself. But how will his fellow Overlords respond to the departure of Her Eminence?
Wilde could easily have been nothing more than another well-dressed literary film from the British costume drama stable, but thanks to a richly textured performance from Stephen Fry in the title role, it becomes something deeper--a moving study of how the conflict between individual desires and social expectations can ruin lives. Oscar Wilde's writing may be justifiably legendary for its sly, barbed wit, but Wilde the film is far from a comedy, even though Fry relishes delivering the great man's famous quips. It takes on tragic dimensions as soon as Wilde meets Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, the strikingly beautiful but viciously selfish young aristocrat who wins Oscar's heart but loses him his reputation, marriage and freedom. Fry is brilliant at capturing how the intensity of Wilde's love for Bosie threw him off balance, becoming an all-consuming force he was unable to resist. Jude Law expertly depicts both Bosie's allure and his spitefully destructive side, there are subtle supporting performances from Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle and Zoe Wanamaker, and the period trappings are lavishly trowelled on. But this is Fry's show all the way: from Oscar the darling of theatrical London to Wilde the prisoner broken on the wheel of Victorian moralism, he doesn't put a foot wrong. It feels like the role he was born to play. --Andy Medhurst
School boy Patrick Smash has an amazing ability to fart! As he learns to harness his strange power he begins a weird and wonderful journey that takes him from fame to deathrow and finally onto his life-long goal: to become an astronaut.
In the early 1980s Granada's Alfresco gave early exposure to six young comedians who would become household names within a few years of its transmission. Having engaged Ben Elton as writer (a choice made by Rik Mayall who was originally to star) the show's producer Sandy Ross found his participants at the Edinburgh Fringe; Stephen Fry Hugh Laurie Emma Thompson Paul Shearer and Siobhan Redmond were then invited to take part in a sketch-based show that was intended to rival the BBC's Monty Python and more recently Not the Nine O'Clock News. The resulting mini-series screened only in the North-West in 1982 as There's Nothing to Worry About! was reborn a year later as Alfresco with Robbie Coltrane replacing Paul Shearer. Running for two series Alfresco was notable not only for its contributors but the originality of its format; the use of hand-held recording equipment (previously only used in news bulletins) ensured an innovative fresh feel for its many outdoor scenes. This complete set features both series of Alfresco and all three episodes of There's Nothing to Worry About!
Cold Comfort Farm is a hilarious spoof on British costume dramas that stars a pre-Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale as a strong-willed young woman named Miss Flora Poste, who finds herself orphaned and without means in the 1930s. Moving in with some half-savage relatives on a country farm, Flora is hardly daunted by their primitivism (as she might have been in a novel by Thomas Hardy) but instead takes charge and imposes hygiene, order and good manners on the dirty, superstitious lot. John Schlesinger directs this brisk, infectious adaptation of the 1932 novel by Stella Gibbons. Beckinsale is wonderful and the rest of the savvy, inspired cast perfectly send up a host of literary clichés. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Featuring the entire series of Jeeves And Wooster based on the characters created by P.G. Wodehouse. Jeeves & Wooster is one of the most delightful period comedy series in TV history. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have captured the wit and sophistication of P.G Wodehouse and manage to portray the marvellous light hearted atmosphere in which the stories were originally set to perfection. Now you can enjoy every episode at your leisure in this delightful box set of the complete tip-top shenanigans of Jeeves & Wooster.
The BBC's lavish, glowingly designed adapation of Mervyn Peake's eccentrically brilliant novels Titus Groan and Gormenghast is a triumph of casting. Ian Richardson's Lear-like depiction of the mad earl of a remote, vast, ritual-obsessed building is matched by the brutal pragmatism of Celia Imrie as his wife, the synchronised madness of Zoe Wanamaker and Lynsey Baxter as his twin sisters and the duplicitous charm of Jonathan Rhys-Meyer as Steerpike, the kitchen-boy determined to take over no matter how many deaths it costs. John Sessions is surprisingly touching as Prunesquallor, the family doctor who realises almost too late what Steerpike intends. It is always tricky to film a book dear to the hearts of its admirers: Wilson and his design team achieve a look rather more pre-Raphaelite than Peake's own illustrations, shabby velvets, garish sunlight and dank stone passages. The score by Richard Rodney Bennett is full of attractive surprises--fanfares and waltzes and apotheoses--and John Tavener's choral additions are plausibly parts of the immemorial ritual of Gormenghast. On the DVD: The double DVD comes with scene selection, an informative half-hour documentary on the making of the serial and a slide gallery of costume designs, characters and their dooms. --Roz Kaveney
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