Deadly Pursuit is the polished chase thriller which marked Sidney Poitier's return to the big screen 11 years after A Piece of the Action (1977). Poitier, already 61 but not looking a day over 45, is an FBI agent hunting a killer who takes mountain guide Tom Berenger's girlfriend hostage and heads into the wilds of Washington State. Inevitably Poitier and Berenger reluctantly join forces, going through the usual mismatched buddy arguments with commendably straight faces and lending a quality of acting which elevates the movie above its routine screenplay. The girlfriend meanwhile is Kirstie Alley in one of her first major feature roles, providing little more than eye candy and enduring her ordeal with hardly a beautifully flowing tress out of place. Director Roger Spottiswoode maintains the suspense well and mounts the action set-pieces with a taut, lean style, though the film lacks the sharp edge of his Under Fire (1983) or the sheer scale of his Bond outing, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). One major asset is Michael Chapman's gorgeous mountains-and-rivers cinematography, actually filmed in British Columbia. Without the star cast and strong production values Deadly Pursuit could be any of a thousand straight-to-video action flicks, but as it stands is a superior formula adventure. The film was also released with the title Shoot to Kill. On the DVD: Deadly Pursuit comes to disc with no extras bar numerous subtitle options and a choice of a Spanish dubbed version. The original Dolby SR soundtrack has been given a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix and is effectively atmospheric, clean and clear, if lacking the firepower of a more recent equivalent. The anamorphically enhanced picture is a little soft in places and somewhat grainy, but otherwise good. The film was presented theatrically at 2.35:1 and has been reformated for DVD at 1.78:1. As the movie was shot in Super-35, a format designed to allow widescreen theatrical films to be more easily recomposed for television and video, the result here is visually quite different to the cinema original, with some shots losing information to the sides while others gain additional material at the top and bottom of the frame. Mostly the compositions look fine, as if the film had been shot at 1.85:1, though the mountain landscapes inevitably lack the sheer visual sweep and majesty of the big screen original version.--Gary S Dalkin
Steven Spielberg directs Tom Cruise in a present day retelling of the classic HG Wells story.
Their missions aren't impossible. They just make them look that way... From Chris Carter creator of the X-Files! The computer-hacking conspiracy-exposing Lone Gunmen are always looking for that next big government cover-up that would bring their newsletter 'The Lone Gunman' national attention. Whether in their secret underground office or in the back of their old VW bus this bumbling and often socially inept trio is routinely derided by their peers. Now wit
Directed and written by legendary rock promoter Simon Napier-Bell, manager of The Yardbirds, T Rex and George Michael, and created to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this is an engaging journey through the subsequent years of how those changes affected LGBT lives. It features interview with leading activists and cultural commentators including Ian McKellen, Elton John, Matt Lucas, Derek Jacobi and Simon Callow.
Jake Hopper once an operative on the inside on his way to retirement receives some startling news. While vacationing in Thailand his daughter has been kidnapped by a notorious terrorist group. The C.I.A. launches an attack mission to save her but that's not good enough for Hopper. He has never been one to play by the rules and this time there are no rules!
Set in 1797 at the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, HMS Defiant is an enthralling British naval drama made to capitalise upon MGM's epic remake of Mutiny on the Bounty, also released in 1962. Based on the novel Mutiny by Frank Tilsey and starring Alex Guinness as a fair-minded captain locked in psychological conflict with Dirk Bogarde, his manipulative, coldly malicious first officer, the parallels with the famous true story are clear. However there were many naval mutinies at this period and this large-scale saga, which includes some spectacularly staged widescreen naval battles, offers a realistic depiction of life in the British navy at the time--from the press gangs and floggings, to the appalling food and living conditions. Director Lewis Gilbert--who previously helmed Sink the Bismarck! (1960)--strikes a good balance between the personal drama and sweeping maritime adventure. Guinness successfully varies his firm-but-fair officer from The Bridge on the River Kwai, Bogarde is chillingly hateful and Anthony Quayle gives strong support. ITV's recent Hornblower cumulatively offers a more detailed portrait of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars, though the TV series cannot match the visual scale of this big-screen production. On the DVD: HMS Defiant is presented anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, though a little of the original CinemaScope frame is still cropped at the sides. The image is generally very good, though a handful of scenes near the end show considerable print damage and there is an inconstancy of colour grading between some shots. Grain is variable, but not generally a problem, though some unattractive "ringing" from edge enhancement is noticeable, particularly around Alex Guinness when he stands against a bright sky. The sound is in very clear mono with just occasional distortion on the music score. The disc offers the option of watching with dubbed French, German, Italian or Spanish soundtracks. The original trailer is included--under the American title of Damn the Defiant!--as are trailers for three other classic war films. The only other extra features are a small gallery of original publicity materials and three very basic filmographies. --Gary S Dalkin
An adaptation of John Adam's opera 'The Death Of Klinghoffer' which tells the story of the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship the Achile Lauro.
Following the success of Karel Reisz's 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' Alan Sillitoe adapted another of his works for the screen this time a short story of a disillusioned teenager rebelling against the system to make Tony Richardson's 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' one of the great British films of the 1960s. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is compelling as the sullen defiant Colin refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Arrested for burglary and sent to borstal Colin discovers a talent for cross-country running earning him special treatment from the governor (Michael Redgrave) and the chance to redeem himself from anti-social tearaway to sports day hero. With Colin a favourite to win against a local public school tensions build as the day approaches...
A boxing promoter who shares a church hall with a prudish reverend is the knockout formula for this sparkling Brian Rix farce.
Spikes All Star Band is a unique assembly of some of the fines musicians and singers in the world. Formed by Spike Edney former keyboard player with Queen the response to the first concert in 1994 was so positive that it led to a gigs and TV appearances. Members include Roger Taylor Fish Roger Chapman Steve Lukather Chaka Khan Leo Sayer Mica Paris Brian May and many more. Tracks include Blinded By The Light (Chris Thompson) All I Need Is A Miracle (Paul Young) Big Area (Mark Shaw) Fire (Arthur Brown) My Generation (Leo Sayer and Damon Hill) Every Time You Go Away (Paul Young) Hammer To Fall (Tony Hadley) Radio Ga Ga (Roger Taylor).
Recorded live at London's Dominion Theatre in late 1984. 1. Atmospherics 2. Out In The Cold Again 3. Hope And Glory 4. Old Friend 5. Murder At The End Of The Day 6. Any Favours 7. Prison 8. War Baby 9. Back In The Old Country 10. 2-4-6-8 Motorway 11. Never Gonna Fall In love (Again) 12. Martin 13. Cabin Boy
An anthology of gems from the Classic Rock Legends vaults. Featuring: Asia Wishbone Ash Hawkwind Ian Gilllan Saxon Caravan The Strawbs Lindisfarne Sky Rick Wakeman Ronnie Montrose Steeleye Span Robin Trower Jan Akkermann Gong Dr. Feelgood Tom Robinson.
Tom Robinson in concert recorded in Nottingham 1991 performing some of the best of his work. Tracklist: Number One Protection Winter Of '89 You Gotta Survive Rigging It Up Duncannon Green Green Green Green Green Blood Brother Glad To Be Gay War Baby 2 4 6 8 Motorway Up Against The Wall Power In The Darkness.
Tom Robinson is one of the first titles released from the ITV Live Archive Concert Series a multi-part music concert series featuring some of the biggest names in the UK music scene from the 70's 80's and 90's. This series features rare and previously unavailable music concerts long laying dormant in ITV's archives and include live performances and studio sessions by international hit-makers such as Status Quo Belinda Carlisle Pulp Motorhead Wishbone Ash Spandau Ballet and many more. The singer-songwriter bassist and radio presenter is best known for the hits Glad to Be Gay 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Don't Take No for an Answer with his Tom Robinson Band. He later peaked at #6 in the UK Singles Chart with his solo single War Baby.
TRUCKIN', the new film from DFS MEDIA, features the latest freeride snowboarding caught on vivid 16mm film. Filmed in the backcountry of the Wild West, Europe and urban NYC; it contains the household names of Jason Borgstede, Tommy Czechin, Travis Robinson, Cooper Hoffmeister, Dave Scaffidi, Nate Murphy and many of the names of tomorrow. Witness the DFS crew take snowboarding to the next level on rails, powder, cliffs and uber-park.
TRUCKIN' the new film from DFS MEDIA features the latest freeride snowboarding caught on vivid 16mm film. Filmed in the backcountry of the Wild West Europe and urban NYC; it contains the household names of Jason Borgstede Tommy Czechin Travis Robinson Cooper Hoffmeister Dave Scaffidi Nate Murphy and many of the names of tomorrow. Witness the DFS crew take snowboarding to the next level on rails powder cliffs and uber-park.
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