Mike Myers returns as International Man of Mystery Austin Powers for a third time. When his arch nemesis Dr. Evil teams up with new villain Goldmember its up to Austin to save the day!
Originally screened as part of BBC's Play for Today series in 1977, Abigail's Party is among Mike Leigh's most celebrated pieces, with his then-wife Alison Steadman appallingly brilliant as what Alan Bennett described as the "brutal hostess" at a ghastly suburban soiree. The Abigail of the title never appears--rather, the dull thud of her lively teenage party forms a distant backdrop (and contrast) to an excruciating evening of chilled red wine, olives and the music of Demis Roussos. Steadman plays the overbearing Beverley, an Amazonian mass of frustrated sensuality in a low-cut party frock. Tim Stern is her small, stressed estate-agent husband. The guests are Janice Duvitski as Angela, a nurse whose quite spectacular gormlessness shields her from the stilted social awkwardness quietly raging around her, John Salthouse as Tony, her taciturn husband and Harriet Reynolds as Sue, the gangly and miserably nervous mother of Abigail. Rather than play for gags, Leigh and his actors mercilessly turn the screw of embarrassment through a series of too-true-to-life exchanges of dialogue, the stuff of all our collective worst memories of encounters with neighbours, aunts and office colleagues. Often misread as a satirical parade of suburban grotesques, Abigail's Party probes deeper than that, touching on nerves of anxiety and repression that throb behind the net curtains of modern England, culminating not in farce but tragedy. Decades on, Abigail's Party is as psychologically true and close to home as ever--hard to bear but utterly brilliant. On the DVD: Abigail's Party is perfectly reproduced here in all its 1970s garishness. The one extra is a short featurette, focussing on Alison Steadman's playing of Beverley, with comments from the original actors in the TV series and Peter York marvelling at her "paint-scraping" voice. --David Stubbs
Episodes include: Pilot Brains Know-How & Native Intelligence Dreams Schemes And Putting Greens Soapy Sanderson The Russian Flu Sex Lies & Ed's Tape A Kodiak Moment and Aurora Borealis.
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Verona, Italy, Letters to Juliet is a story of discovery and the search for that one true love.
Springfield's first family finally come to the big screen in a feature length animated adventure.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a comedy thriller about disability that teeters perpetually on the brink of execrable taste, but more often ends up being bland. Brash blind Wally (Richard Pryor) and mild-mannered, cute deaf Dave (Gene Wilder) form a working partnership based partly on mutual regard and partly on desperation. A man is killed at the counter of their cigar store and neither of them can quite account for their actions or identify the killer, Eve (Joan Severance). They find themselves arrested and subsequently on the run. Eve and her henchman--a surprisingly sinister Kevin Spacey--pursue them remorselessly, searching for a gold coin that is more and less than it appears. Mild sexual chemistry between Wilder and the villainess is perhaps one of the few elements here not entirely watered down from late-period Hitchcock. Playing disability for slapstick is perhaps not the most enlightened way to increase sympathy for the disabled: this is a crass film whose good intentions are more than usually fragile. On the DVD: the disc includes a rather smug featurette and filmographies of the two stars. --Roz Kaveney
A milestone in television comedy Spitting Image lifted satire to a new level for over a decade through the 1980's and 90's. No target was safe from the series' gunsights: politicians of all persuasions Ronald Reagan the Pope and even the Royal Family could find themselves up for a ribbing on any given programme. Exceptionally topical the series was worked around that current weeks news stories to retain its biting edge and many famous impressionists honed their craft portraying the voices behind the wickedly accurate rubber puppets: Chris Barrie Rory Bremner Phil Cornwell Steve Coogan John Culshaw Harry Enfield and Kate Robbins (among many others).
Live At Drury Lane: A Local Show for Local People! The 'League of Gentlemen Live' Tour took the inhabitants of Royston Vasey on a travelling roadshow that was the comedy sensation of 2001. Packed with your favourite characters brand new sketches and classic sketches... Tubbs and Edward Papa Lazarou Pauline and Mickey Mr Chinnery Herr Lipp and many more. An absolute must for all League fans. Starring Mark Gatiss Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. Apocalypse (Dir. Steve Bendelack 2005): Are you local? In this feature length adventure based on the darkly hilarious TV series the fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of local characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators. From present day Soho to the fictional film world of 17th Century Britain the residents must overcome countless bizarre obstacles in their bid to return Royston Vasey to safety by literally meeting their makers! Are Behind You: The League Of Gentlemen bring their 2006 tour for local people to DVD!
Beneath Bruce Garrett's under-confident, overweight exterior, the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Now, one woman is about to reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click - Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury.
Join the trio of lovable rogues in Series 13 and 14 of Last Of The Summer Wine.
A lonely architect living in San Francisco falls in love with the ghostly spirit of a comatose woman.
They Went From Zeroes To Heroes In One Fantastic Weekend. If you can't get a date make one! After proving himself the king of heartfelt teen flicks with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes infused the genre with a hefty dose of wacked-out sci-fi comedy in Weird Science, a film where every teenage boy's wildest fantasies come to life. Perenially picked-on high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall, Sixteen Candles) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt's computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys' dreams come true but what about Wyatt's gun-toting psycho older brother Chet (Bill Paxton), and the two bullies (Robert Downey Jr and Vamp's Robert Rusler) determined to put them back in their place? Inspired by EC Comics and boosted by a killer soundtrack (including the classic title theme by Oingo Boingo), Weird Science has never looked better than in this new special edition, including an exclusive extended version of the film featuring deleted scenes never released on home video before. Special Edition Contents: New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the original Theatrical Version of the film (94 mins), plus seamlessly-branched exclusive Extended Version (97 mins), featuring two additional scenes newly remastered in high-definition Original lossless stereo audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only) Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and takes Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately Newly-filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos All-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch It's Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall Theatrical trailers and TV spots Image gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching First Pressing Only : Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes
Experience the time travel adventure of a lifetime with Back To The Future! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) Doc Brown Christopher Lloyd) and a time-travelling DeLorean as they travel to the past present and future - setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum. From filmmakers Steven Spielberg Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale experience the ultimate time travel adventure. Packed with bonus features - it's time to go Back To The Future! Back To The Future: Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly a typical American teenager accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean time machine invented by slightly mad scientist Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). During his often hysterical always amazing trip back in time Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love otherwise he'll never be born... Back To The Future - Part 2: A visit by Marty and Doc Brown to the year 2015 seems to resolve a few problems with the future McFly family. However when they return home they discover someone has tampered with time and Hill Valley 1985; they must once again get back to 1955 to save their future..... Back To The Future - Part 3: Mary Steenburgen joins the cast for this rousing conclusion to the popular series. Stranded in 1955 after a freak burst of lightning Marty must travel back to 1885 to rescue the Wild West Doc Brown from a premature end. Surviving an Indian attack and unfriendly townsfolk Marty finds Doc Brown is the local blacksmith. But with the Doc under the spell of the charming Clara Clayton it's up to Marty to get them out of the Wild West and back to the future...
A puppeteer (John Cusack) discovers a door in his office that allows him to enter the mind and life of John Horatio Malkovich (John Malkovich) for 15 minutes.
Steve Coogan returns in his iconic role winning him the BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy. Scissored Isle also won the International Emmy for Best Comedy. Following a controversial on-air incident, Alan attempts to make amends. Leaving behind his comfortable existence and vast detached house, Alan takes a journey of redemption. He journeys into an unreported Britain inhabited by the very people he had offended to ask whether, in this once united kingdom, a schasm' has formed - a schism or chasm, between the haves and the have-nots (or haven'ts). From supermarket staff to payday lenders, disaffected street gangs to food scavenging freegans', Alan pledges to move among them; to understand them; to see the world through their eyes. And - god willing - along the way become a better citizen, a better man and a better, more sought-after broadcaster.
Prepare for an onslaught of robust breezy humour when the Carry On team take to the great Outdoors.
If Robert Zemeckis's mega-hit Forrest Gump was too sweet for your taste, you may enjoy the undiluted bitterness of his previous movie, a cynical black comedy that was ahead of its time. Death Becomes Her, an outlandish parable about America's obsession with youth and vanity, exposes the corrosive side of Zemeckis's comic sensibility, the sort of scathing satirical edge he gleefully flourished in his overlooked 1980 Used Cars, which has developed a cult following. Meryl Streep has a ball as the deliciously vicious Madeline Ashton, a flamboyantly mannered actress who makes Bette Davis's formidable Margo Channing in All About Eve look like a wallflower. Goldie Hawn is also in razor-sharp comedic form as Madeline's long-time "best friend," Helen. Sensing a bargain she just can't resist, Madeline steals Helen's meek, plastic-surgeon husband Ernest (Bruce Willis) for her own convenience, and the two women become sworn enemies. But the real complications arise when the two are introduced to a secret anti-aging formula by a mysterious and exotic woman (Isabella Rossellini, delightfully ridiculous) that not only smoothes away wrinkles but actually guarantees immortality. As their undying bodies are twisted and mutilated by violent attacks on each other, both women grow increasingly dependent on Ernest for cosmetic repair. The pioneering digital effects inflicted on Streep and Hawn are as grotesque as they are imaginative and hilarious. Like James Cameron (The Abyss, Titanic), Zemeckis loves a technical challenge, and the new visual tools developed for this movie made his later work (in Forrest Gump and Contact) possible. The digital video disc includes a short feature on the movie's production. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com
The story of a father and baby daughter, 1995's Jack and Sarah is the best cinematic depiction of what came to be known as "the 90s man". No matter how bad things get we know Richard E Grant will eventually learn to get in touch with his feelings and express his emotions. Grant plays Jack, whose reaction to the loss of his wife during childbirth is initially complete rejection followed by an alcoholic binge. Jack's family coax fatherhood from him easily enough however and this is where the film's heart lies. Brushing away the bitter beginning, Grant's comedic performance in juggling life around newborn baby Sarah is often hilarious: the image of the child in a sock hat being carried in a padded envelope is priceless. Bouncing off Grant's acting are some terrific cameos from Judi Dench as his stuffy mum and Sir Ian McKellen as a convincingly inebriated butler. Samantha Mathis plays an American waitress who provides a twist to the tale. There's genuine chemistry between her and Grant, specifically when they are both around the outrageously cute baby Sarah. Written and directed by Tim Sullivan, this is clearly a very personal expression of the meaning of family. Although backed by lots of Simply Red songs, it hopefully won't be one that's too quickly outdated. On the DVD: The ratio is confusingly stated as "Widescreen 4:3". Effectively it's an anamorphic 1:66:1 presentation giving a tad more edge than its video predecessor. Sound is in Dolby surround. The minimal extras are four repetitive TV spots and two theatrical trailers. --Paul Tonks
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve who is brutally murdering the former cast of The Happytime Gang, a beloved classic puppet show.
Ike Graham (Richard Gere) is a New York newspaper columnist with a problem - his deadline is an hour away, his ex-wife is his boss and his writer's block is working overtime.
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