Based on the novel by Larry McMurty The Last Picture Show is a more bitter than bittersweet drama about growing up and winding down in the dusty nowhere town of Anarene, Texas, during 1951-52. Unusually shot in black and white while the rest of Hollywood was going psychedelic in 1971, it's an interesting contrast with the rock 'n' roll nostalgia of American Graffiti (the films share a key moment in which the boy who is leaving town gives a precious car to his stay-at-home friend and both make oblique references to Vietnam). It visits a recent past already nostalgic for a heroic Western era and discovers that whatever was wonderful has already gone by the time of these teenagers. Introspective Timothy Bottoms and outgoing Jeff Bridges are best friends and stalwarts of the school's losing football team. Cybill Shepherd is the blonde teen queen who innocently spreads chaos, ditching long-time boyfriend Bridges to run with a richer, faster set. She steals Bottoms away from an older married woman (Cloris Leachman) which prompts a vicious falling-out between Bottoms and Bridges. As the kids run around heedless, the town's older generation remember their own wilder days and wonder how they came to be so unhappy. Ben Johnson, in Academy Award-winning form, is "Sam the Lion", the wise old cowboy who runs the movie house and pool hall. He muses about his long-ago affair with Shepherd's feisty mother (Ellen Burstyn), who is currently throwing herself at a callous oilman stud (Clu Gulager). A soap in essence but director Peter Bogdanovich plays it as a John Ford-style "closing of the frontier" Western, with ugly-beautiful images of a West that has swapped cattle for oil but failed to strike it rich. He layers in evocative snatches of Hank Williams among the whistling winds and the whining locals. It perhaps has a tragedy too many in its last act and can't quite work up the tears with an actual martyrdom, but it does deliver a signature line of wistful regret, "nothing's been right since Sam the Lion died".On the DVD: this is an anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 version of the 121-minute 1974 re-release, with one additional scene for Eileen Brennan's waitress, now labelled "the director's cut". It boasts a great sounding mono track, with alternate soundtracks and subtitles in a bunch of languages; a tiny promo piece from 1974 with a Bogdanovich interview; a solid hour-long retrospective documentary with interviews from a lot of the cast and crew (including future director Frank Marshall, an assistant and bit-player) and some trailers. Oddly, Bogdanovich has done a full-length commentary for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane but not for his own best film. --Kim Newman
Watch out for the Man watching the Rollercoaster. In this high-speed suspense thriller a determined terrorist (Timothy Bottoms) begins to turn America's amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as an affable safety inspector (George Segal) attempts to track down the saboteur who has targeted the country's most popular rollercoaster and its riders for senseless destruction. The edge-of-the-seat excitement mounts as the battle of wits between Segal and Bottoms build
A young man (Timothy Bottoms) is terrorising the American public by placing bombs at a variety of amusement parks. His next target is the country's most popular rollercoaster, and it is left to safety inspector Harry Calder (George Segal) to calm the spreading panic. Harry is the one chosen to deliver the ransom money and, while the FBI attempt to pinpoint the bomber's position, Harry does his best to reach the explosive device before it goes off.
A straight-arrow high-school student falls in love with the perfect 'girl-next-door', only to discover she's a former porn star.
True story of British and Australian POW's held by the Japanese in Thailand. Near the end of the war the fittest of the POW's were moved by rail and ship to Japan and during the sea journey the convoy comes under attack from an American submarine at the same time as the Allied POW's were making a daring attempt to take over the ship.
Clayton 'Wolf' Wolfson and his friend Lieutenant George Barwell have been hired by U.S. Colonel Stevens (who's in charge of the Omega Base Communications Operations) to blow a hole in a mountain adjacent to the Omega Base. The Army plans to open up an entrance to an unexplored cave system where they can set up a sonic tester to test communication abilities. Against Wolf's warning that the caves might not be safe Colonel Stevens starts sending down men and equipment. The first night in the cave a technician above ground hears a scream on the radio and then silence. When Wolf and the others go back into the cave the men are missing and the sonic tester is destroyed. Deep within the cave system. the rescue team find caves of breathtaking beauty but there is great danger which they cannot see ''- the one that is waiting for the right moment to attack...
Title number 003 in our Black Label range. 101 Films presents an unforgettable trip filled with sense-shattering twists and hairpin turns in Rollercoaster, starring Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show), George Segal (Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Richard Widmark (Kiss of Death) and Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men). Thrills abound in this high-speed suspense yarn as a determined terrorist (Bottoms) begins to turn America s amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as affable safety inspector Harry Calder (Segal) attempts to track down the saboteur who has targeted the country s most popular rollercoaster and its riders for senseless destruction. The edge-of the-seat excitement mounts as the battle of wits between Calder and the terrorist builds to an explosive climax. Includes both the U.S. theatrical cut and the German uncut version. Extras: Brand New Extras: The 1970s: A Rollercoaster of Disasters: A new documentary on Rollercoaster and the era of disaster movies, with film historian Simon Fitzjohn Commentary with Allan Bryce and David Flint Additional Extras: An interview with Associate Producer / Writer Tommy Cook Theatrical Trailer
The fate of millions rests on the fortitude of one... 'Ike: Countdown To D-Day' follows the 90 terrifying days leading up to the invasion of Europe as Commander In Chief of the Allied forces General Dwight D. Eisenhower decides the fates of thousands of soldiers while managing complex strategic relationships with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French President Charles de Gaulle as well as the feuding American General George S. Patton and Britain's Field Marshall
In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. Special Features A career in Cannon/Tobe Hooper in the 80's --interview with David Del Valle (Journalist and former Cannon associate) Mission to Mars-the Special effects of Tobe's Invaders by Alec Gillis (Art Dept Coordinator and creature effects crew) Red Planet recollection--Remembering Invaders from Mars by Leslie Dilley (Production Designer) Creative Concepts--An interview with William Stout (Concept Artist) Invaders from Mars concept art presented by William Stout
Director Peter Bogdanovich revisits small-town Texas life in the long-awaited sequel to his 1971 masterpiece 'The Last Picture Show'. It's been over 30 years since Duane Jackson Sonny Crawford and Jacy Farrow graduated from high school. Life is still bittersweet as the town prepares to host the county's centennial celebration. Duane struck it rich with oil but is saddled with $12 million in debt and a shopaholic wife Karla. To make matters worse his dysfunctional children are out
In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines.
In the 1950s Senator Joe McCarthy blacklisted many American citizens for alleged Communist ties. Anybody who spoke out against America or war was a traitor. One such man was Dalton Trumbo with 'Johnny Got His Gun' being the best example of an anti war statement. On the last day of the First World War a young solider (Joe) is involved in an explosion. He wakes up in hospital a shell of the man he used to be. Now without his arms and legs the use of his eyes ears or mouth yet remaining conscious and still able to reason he struggles to decipher between reality and nightmares. Trapped inside his own mind when he finally learns how to communicate he asks that he be used as a shocking demonstration of the horrors of war or be left to die. Johnny got his Gun inspired Metallica's Grammy Awarding winning song 'One' making the film famous to a new generation of MTV viewers and young audiences around the world.
Maverick cop Jake Wilder (Chuck Norris) is convinced his career has gone to the dogs when he meets his new partner a mischievous high-I.Q. canine name Reno. But when a brutal terrorist plot is uncovered Jake and Reno joins forces to become a two-fisted four-pawed crime fighting machine in this explosive action adventure.
A young American soldier tragically injured by a landmine on the last day of the Great War in 1918 lies in a hospital bed. A quadruple amputee without the use of his eyes ears or mouth yet remaining conscious and still able to reason he tries to communicate to his doctors his wish that he be put on show as a demonstration of the full horrors of war... Starring Donald Sutherland and Timothy Bottoms 'Johnny Got His Gun' was winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festiva
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It's Feeding Time! A voracious-insect specialist (Lucy Lawless) now a college professor in search of a simpler life who gets caught up in the investigation of a student who is found dead with his body completely depleted of blood and realizes that the killers are actually vampire bats that have mutated due to a tainted water supply.
Based on the novel 'Goosefoot' by Patrick McGinley which tells of a fresh naive and idealistic Irish woman who moves to Dublin yearning for a more exciting life. On her arrival she is plunged into a world of fear when a multiple killer starts to call her.
Taxi (2004): A loose remake of the Luc Besson production of the same name. Cab driver Belle Williams (Queen Latifah) regularly flies through the streets of New York in her souped-up Taxi earning her a reputation as the Big Apple's fastest cabbie. However Belle wants to be a real race-car driver and her day-job is only a means to paving the way for that dream. Well on the way to her ambition she is put in between a rock and a hard place by cop Andy Washburn: a great underco
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