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Director Barbet Schroeder

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  • Single White Female [1992] Single White Female | DVD | (12/10/1998) from £3.00  |  Saving you £9.99 (76.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    You can take this 1992 thriller one of two ways: it's either a highly suspenseful movie about an unfortunate young woman's psychological breakdown, or it's a glossy slasher movie starring two of Hollywood's best young actresses. Or maybe it's both at the same time-or perhaps it's the clever and well-acted thriller for its first hour before resorting to the routine shocks of a cheap horror flick. However you look at it, there's no denying that this is a dynamite showcase for Jennifer Jason Leigh as the flatmate from hell who becomes the bane of Bridget Fonda's existence. First she picks up Fonda's mannerisms, then starts to borrow her wardrobe, cuts her hair to resemble Fonda's, and even "borrows" her roommate's boyfriend for a deceitful night of lovemaking. By that point Fonda's totally freaking out (wouldn't you?), and, well, that's when the whole thing gets a little too silly. Still, this is a nifty little shocker, and director Barbet Schroeder brings more intelligence and style to the material than it really deserves. Add that to the fine performances by the battling roommates and you've got a movie that will make you think twice before inviting total strangers to live with you. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Desperate Measures [1998] Desperate Measures | DVD | (30/10/2000) from £7.49  |  Saving you £11.16 (55.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    San Franciscan Police Officer Frank Connor has to go to desperate measures to find a suitable bone marrow donor for his critically ill son. The perfect match is a homicidal sociopath serving a life sentence who escapes from prison while being transferred to hospital. The race is on to recapture him and he has to be alive.

  • Kiss Of Death [1995] Kiss Of Death | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In this suspense-filled remake of Henry Hathaway''s 1947 noir thriller a parolee is lured into one last heist to help a friend. When things go awry a sadistic detective coerces him into reentering the underworld to get the goods on a psychotic mobster. Caruso and a pumped-up supremely menacing Cage highlight a spectacular cast that also features Samuel L. Jackson as a cop and Stanley Tucci as a Machiavellian district attorney. Novelist Richard Price supplies the screenplay and di

  • Devil's Advocate / Jeepers Creepers / Dreamcatcher Devil's Advocate / Jeepers Creepers / Dreamcatcher | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £6.45  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Devil's Advocate In this modern gothic fable Keanu Reeves plays eager Lomax and Al Pacino is the charismatic firm founder who knows there are cases to be won and souls to be lost. Lomax's life wife (Charlize Theron) and soul are on the line. He's landed a job that's Heaven on Earth...which can lead him straight to hell! Murder By Numbers Sandra Bullock ""redefines the female detective genre"" as Cassie Mayweather a homicide investigator who puts her career in jeo

  • Maitresse (DVD & Blu-ray) Maitresse (DVD & Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (05/11/2012) from £11.98  |  Saving you £8.01 (40.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    World premiere on Blu-ray (as part of this BFI Dual Format Edition), this controversial film from director Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Single White Female, The Valley) is both a conventional love story and a dark study of fetishism. Starring Gerard Depardieu as Olivier, the young innocent who falls for the mysterious maitresse Ariane (Bulle Ogier), a leather clad dominatrix. Based on an encounter with a real-life dominatrix, this story of a Paris prostitute specialising in bondage and sado-masochism was refused a certificate by the BBFC on its original release. The film features graphic scenes of torture and fetishism which the Board described as 'miles in excess of anything we have ever passed in this field in 1976.' Only released at the time in a handful of club cinemas in 1981, the film was cut by almost five minutes and finally awarded an X certificate. This fully uncut version was first passed in 2003 and is presented in new High Definition transfer for the very first time.

  • Murder By Numbers [2002] Murder By Numbers | DVD | (20/01/2003) from £5.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (61.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Murder by Numbers is a satisfying, if hardly earth-shattering, addition to Sandy Bullock's CV and the thriller genre in general. While director Barbet Schroeder ratcheted up the tension in his Single White Female, here the action coasts along at a more sedate pace with a tale of teenage murderers that's loosely based on a real incident. (The same incident was the basis for two other movies: Rope and Compulsion.) Bullock plays seasoned cop Cassie Mayweather, who links the murder of a young woman in Los Angeles to two high-school students. Cassie and her partner (Ben Chaplin) engage in the obligatory game of cat-and-mouse with the two teenagers before the ludicrous finale. It could have been a good film, but Murder by Numbers continually misses the interesting point that this was a crime committed by highly intelligent young men simply for the intellectual thrill of it; instead, it serves up a by-the-numbers thriller with all the trappings of a TV movie. The performances are solid (especially that by Ryan Gosling, who plays one of the murderous teens) but there are so many gaping holes in both plot and logic that the film pretty much manages to disappear into them. On the DVD: Murder by Numbers gets a by-the-numbers DVD release. The normally commentary-friendly Ms Bullock is absent from the chit-chat here, and the director and editor really don't throw up anything of significant interest beyond discussing an extra scene that they claim is included on the DVD but in fact seems absent and giving the reasons why they couldn't use the high school locations originally planned. The DVD also includes the trailer. A good sharp transfer and strong Dolby 5.1 mix are the plus points. --Jon Weir

  • Reversal Of Fortune [1991] Reversal Of Fortune | DVD | (04/08/2003) from £8.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (34.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Reversal of Fortune focuses on one of the most intriguing criminal trials of the 1980s, that of Claus von Bülow, who was accused of sending his rich wife Sunny into a permanent coma with an overdose of insulin. Director Barbet Schroeder, working from Nicholas Kazan's evocative, darkly humorous script, turns the story into both a look at the lives of rich folks with too much time on their hands and a whodunit, as lawyer Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) prepares to defend von Bülow (Jeremy Irons) in court. Irons won an Oscar for his spooky, knowing performance, which hints at depths of degeneracy without ever putting a dent in a veneer of bored elegance. The contrast between the hard-charging Dershowitz and his eager-beaver Harvard law students and the eternally languid von Bülow adds unexpected humour. --Marshall Fine

  • More (DVD + Blu-ray) More (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £7.59  |  Saving you £12.40 (62.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Barbet Schroeder's (Single White Female, The Valley) dark tale, based on a true story, follows the naive Stefan (Klaus Grunberg) in his pursuit of offbeat American Estelle (Mimsy Farmer) to the island paradise of Ibiza. He leads a seemingly idyllic life with her by the sea - where the scenic beauties and delights of LSD and nude sunbathing are fully revealed by Nestor Almendros' stunning photography - before succumbing to the destructive trappings of heroin addiction.The film is famous for its subdued, moody Pink Floyd soundtrack, featuring some of the band's most spontaneous and eclectic work - including Green is the Colour, Cymbaline and The Nile Song.Extra Features: Dual Format Edition: includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and the extras. Original trailer Trailers for The Valley and Matresse Interview with Barbet Schroeder Fully illustrated booklet

  • Single White Female [1992] Single White Female | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £2.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (70.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    An innocent flat share ad opens the door to murderous unrelenting terror in this pulse-pounding psychological shocker. After an unfaithful fiance leaves her abruptly single young New Yorker Allie Jones (Bridget Fonda - 'Jackie Brown') advertises for a flat-mate to share her spacious apartment. But when mousy Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh - 'Dolores Clairbourne') moves in she doesn't just take over Allie's spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes her boyfriend her identity... and then tries to take her life. Before Allie's eyes Hedra makes a startling transformation - the perfect room-mate becomes the perfect nightmare.

  • Terror's Advocate [2007] Terror's Advocate | DVD | (25/08/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £11.92 (59.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Dictators. Terrorists. War criminals. Jacques Verges is the man who has defended them all. Acclaimed filmmaker Barbet Schroeder takes us down history's darkest paths in his engrossing attempt to illuminate the mystery behind this enigmatic and controversial lawyer. At the height of his career Verges disappeared without trace for 8 years. Following his return to the public eye he resumes his profession with a vengeance acting as legal representative to some of the century's most notorious figures including Carlos The Jackal Slobodan Milosevic and Nazi lieutenant Klaus Barble.

  • Valley, the [Blu-ray] Valley, the | Blu Ray | (14/02/2011) from £9.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A group of dropouts and dreamers search for New Guinea's uncharted Valley of the Gods resulting in an odyssey of sexual and spiritual discovery. Barbet Schroeders beautiful second feature The Valley probes the limits of experience and freedom journeying into the unknown to the sounds of Pink Floyds especially composed soundtrack Obscured by Clouds. Aided by Nester Almendros striking photography and the tribes people of the Mapuga who allowed westerners to participate in and film their rites for the first time the film is an authentic tribute to a liberating sense of adventure.

  • Single White Female / Single White Female 2 Single White Female / Single White Female 2 | DVD | (23/01/2006) from £10.18  |  Saving you £7.06 (35.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Single White Female (Dir. Barbet Schroeder 1992): Allie's new roommate is about to borrow a few things. Her clothes. Her boyfriend. Her Life. 'SWF seeks female to share apt in West 70s. Non-smkr professional preferred.' An innocent want ad opens the door to murderous unrelenting terror in this pulse-pounding psychological shocker starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Single White Female 2: Psycho (Dir. Keith Samples 2005) A roommate with kill

  • Maitresse [1976] Maitresse | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £32.37  |  Saving you £-12.38 (-61.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Originally rejected outright by the BBFC in 1976 and then released with nearly 5 minutes of cuts in 1981 Maitresse is now finally released uncut on DVD. Bulle Ogier plays a professional dominatrix who indulges in a conventional romance with Gerard Depardieu on the ground floor but satisfies more demanding clients in her 'dungeon'. Director Barbet Schroeder apparently cast genuine masochists in this wickedly funny fable on the foibles of sex and love...

  • Murder By Numbers [DVD] [2002] Murder By Numbers | DVD | (20/01/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

  • More [1969] More | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £12.93  |  Saving you £7.06 (35.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Barbet Schroeder made this directing debut in 1969 with this story set in the youth culture of the Sixties. Stefan a young german student hitchhikes to Paris to begin the search for himself with the usual assistance offered by sex drugs and rock'n'roll. At a wild Left Bank party he falls in love with Estelle an off-beat American girl who gives him his first joint. When the pair meet up again in Ibiza it becomes apparent that Estelle is getting deeper and deeper into the drug scen

  • General Idi Amin Dada - Autoportrait [1974] General Idi Amin Dada - Autoportrait | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A rare chance to see the real Idi Amin in this mind-boggling documentary about one of the twentieth century's most reviled dictators. If it were fiction it would be acclaimed as a comic masterpiece... but it is all true. With an ambition the size of Napoleon Idi Amin considered himself a major leader and revolutionary on the world stage. In reality his regime was amateurish disorganised and his maniacal command was at once both hilarious and bizarre. The film has a uniquely chilling tone as it is known that Amin put at least 300 000 people to death between 1971 and 1979. Through his anti-Semitic rages fetish for artillery and military power and the aggression that drifts through almost every speech this seemingly amiable thoroughly pompous despot attempts to transform himself into a figure of heroic proportions. Idi Amin gave himself the title: ""His Excellency President for Life Field Marshal Al Hadji Dr. Idi Amin VC DSO MC King of Scotland Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular"". Amazingly General Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait was made with the full support and participation of Amin himself. The Director Barbet Schroeder (Maitresse Barfly Single White Female) lets Amin do all the work and instead of the carefully managed PR piece Amin clearly hoped for we instead see a preening vain psychotic clown who aspires to be Africa's Hitler.

  • Assault on Precinct 13/Desperate Measures [DVD] Assault on Precinct 13/Desperate Measures | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Assault On Precinct 13 (2005): To survive the night cops and criminals alike will have to unite and fight. A classic head-to-head showdown ignites in Assault on Precinct 13 an all-new update of the 1976 John Carpenter classic. With only a few hours left in the calendar year Precinct 13 one of Detroit's oldest precinct houses is closing. Amid heavy snowfall and unsafe road conditions only a few lawmen remain on duty for New Year's Eve. They are headed by Sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke) a good cop wrestling with bad memories of a fatal undercover op from the previous spring. Roenick and Precinct 13 have both seen better days. Early on December 31st deep in the city formidable crime lord Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne) is cornered by an undercover cop. Their ensuing struggle leaves the cop dead - and Bishop captured by the Organized Crime and Racketeering squad that Marcus Duvall (Gabriel Byrne) runs. Bishop is handcuffed and herded onto a prison bus with several criminals: junkie Beck (John Leguizamo) hustler Smiley (Jeffrey Ja Rule Atkins) and gang member Anna (Aisha Hinds). But the battering snowstorm stops the bus well short of its high-security destination and strands it at the remote Precinct 13 - where as night falls the prisoners are temporarily incarcerated. This influx of prisoners irks Roenick almost as much as visiting police psychologist Alex Sabian (Maria Bello) does. But Precinct 13's provocative secretary Iris Ferry (Drea de Matteo) and salty veteran cop Jasper Old School O'Shea (Brian Dennehy) won't let the increasing workload deter them from celebrating... . ..until two masked gunmen break in and attack the guards from the bus.The gunmen are just barely beaten back and everyone inside Precinct 13 realizes that more will come - to extract crime lord Bishop but also armed and ready to shoot anyone and everyone else. The cops looking to the reluctant Roenick for leadership and the cons looking to the steely Bishop for an angle must join forces to live. Fortifying themselves with minimal weaponry and maximum courage they will not go gently into the bad night. As they fight to the death the thin lines between good and bad bleed together. Desperate Measures (1998): San Franciscan Police Officer Frank Connor has to go to desperate measures to find a suitable bone marrow donor for his critically ill son. The perfect match is a homicidal sociopath serving a life sentence who escapes from prison while being transferred to hospital. The race is on to recapture him and he has to be alive.

  • Kiss of Death [Blu-ray] [1995] Kiss of Death | Blu Ray | (14/05/2012) from £24.28  |  Saving you £-11.29 (-86.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In Barbet Schroeder's gritty thriller, Jimmy Kilmartin (David Caruso) is an ex-con who is attempting to set his life straight. However, fate intervenes when he is lured back into a life of crime for one last heist. When a detective (Samuel L. Jackson) offers him his freedom in return for turning on a gangster (Nicolas Cage), he becomes a reluctant pawn caught between federal agents and the mob. Helen Hunt, Stanley Tucci and Michael Rapaport co-star in this stylish, streetsmart film noir.

  • La Vallee [DVD] [1972] La Vallee | DVD | (08/06/2009) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder explores themes of sexual freedom mind alteration and pursuit of paradise against the backdrop of an early 70's encounter with the Mapuga rain forest tribe in upland New Guinea.

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