As accomplished as it is superfluous, Willard is a stylish horror film with plenty of style but precious little horror. Genre buffs will appreciate it as a visually superior sequel/remake of its popular 1971 predecessor, giving Crispin Glover a title role perfectly suited to his uniquely odd persona, in the same league as Psycho's Norman Bates. This time, Willard's the psychotically lonely son of the original film's now-deceased protagonist: a milquetoast introvert who befriends an army of obedient rats--lethal allies when Willard's pushed to his emotional breaking point by his abusive boss (R. Lee Ermey). In keeping with his memorably macabre episodes of X-Files, writer-director Glen Morgan excels with dreary atmosphere and mischievously morbid humor (including an ill-fated cat named Scully), and Glover gives his best performance since River's Edge. But even the furry villain Ben--an oversized rat with attitude--is more funny than frightful. With some justification, Glover's fans will appreciate the open door to a sequel. --Jeff Shannon
Enjoy for the first time ever all 13 episodes including the feature length pilot of this much loved 1980's motorcycle contender to Knight Rider. Jesse Mach an ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line of duty-now a police trouble shooter has been recruited for a top secret government mission to ride Street Hawk an all terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime capable of incredible speeds of up to 300 mph and immense firepower. Only one man Norman Tuttle knows Jesse Machs true identity. The Man The Machine Street Hawk. This is the first time that this 80s' cult classic has ever been released anywhere in the entire world on DVD. The series also features a groundbreaking score by the legendary electronic supergroup 'Tangerine Dream'.
There's really been only one rival to James Bond: Derek Flint in the swinging-60s action-comedies Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967). That's because of James Coburn's special brand of American cool. He's so cool, in fact, that he doesn't care to save the world. That is, until he's personally threatened. He's a true libertarian, with more gadgets and girls than Bond, but with none of his stress or responsibility. Our Man Flint finds our unflappable hero thwarting mad scientists who control the weather--and an island of pleasure drones. Lee J Cobb costars as Flint's flustered superior, and Edward Mulhare plays a British nemesis with snob appeal. For fans of Austin Powers, incidentally, the funny-sounding phone comes from the Flint films. However, Our Man Flint's best gadget remains the watch that enables Flint to feign death. There's a great Jerry Goldsmith score, too. There was bound to be a sequel, and In Like Flint delivers the same kind of zany fun as its predecessor. Flint is recruited once again by Lee J Cobb to be the government's top secret agent, this time to solve a mishap involving the President. It turns out, the Chief Executive has been replaced by an evil duplicate. The new plan for world domination involves feminine aggression, and Flint, with his overpowering charisma, is just the man to turn the hostile forces around. In Like Flint is still over the top, but some of the novelty has worn off, and it doesn't have quite the same edge as the original. Even Jerry Goldsmith's score is a bit more subdued. But the film still has James Coburn and that funny phone. --Bill Desowitz
Billion Dollar Brain (Dir. Ken Russell 1967): Ken Russell's big budget film is an adaptation of Len Deighton's novel a sequel to 'The Ipcress File' in which Michael Caine reprises his role as bespectacled British Intelligence officer Harry Palmer this time stumbling into a plot to overthrow the Soviet Communist regime using a supercomputer. But who is working for whom and will Harry live long enough to find out? Our Man Flint (Dir. Daniel Mann 1966): This comic send-up of James Bond films features Flint (Coburn) a secret agent who like Bond uses wacky contraptions to get himself out of sticky situations; and like Bond he's also habitually surrounded by beauteous babes. A deranged trio has devised a way to rule the world: by dictating the Earth's climate. Our man Flint is hired by ZOWIE (The Zonal Organization on World Intelligence Espionage) to suavely save the day. In Like Flint (Dir. Gordon Douglas 1967): A group of renegade women led by the lovely Helena. attempts to take over the world. When Flint's male ""allies"" try to double-cross Helena and seize power themselves only the amazing Flint can save the day.
Introducing America's Playboy Hero! Move over 007! And watch out Austin Powers! The U.S. has a braver smarter and more randy secret agent. His name: Flint. Derek Flint (James Coburn). In this hilarious spy spoof and exciting action adventure Flint battles Gila the sexy and savvy head agent whose organization is planning to destroy the world. It's a task that demands all of Flint's awesome powers of deduction destruction and - most of all - seduction. Crammed with joke
Not much is going right for meek misfit Willard Stiles. He's constantly screamed at by his overbearing mother, ruthlessly bullied by the boss who stole his father's business and mercilessly laughed at by his co-workers. Willard eventually turns to a colony of rats for friendship and with training they will soon do anything for their new friend. It's time for Willard to get even. Ben Danny Garrison, a lonely young boy with a heart condition finds a friend in Ben, a rat once trained by misfit Willard Stiles. Danny's new best friend protects him from bullying and keeps his spirits up through hard times. But all is not well in Ben's colony and the other rodents terrify the town with a series of violent attacks. The police are determined to wipe them out. Can Ben survive? Willard Features: New 4K scan of the original camera negative Audio commentary with Actor Bruce Davison Interview with Actor Bruce Davison Theatrical trailer, TV spot, Radio Spot Stills gallery Ben Features: New HD transfer and restoration using the best surviving archive print Interview with Actor Lee Montgomery Audio interview with Actor Lee Montgomery Theatrical trailers TV Spots Willard / Ben double feature trailer and TV spot Radio spot Stills Gallery Additional Extras: LIMITED EDITION BOX SET 2,000 UNITS NEW ARTWORK BY GRAHAM HUMPHREYS EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET POSTER OF NEW ARTWORK EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET
Ivy Moore a black housekeeper in a white household has grown weary of domestic service. She dreams of leaving her sterile lifestyle and Long Island residence for big city living and a series of adventures on the road to self-discovery. Her employers however are loath to lose her. They've even offered Ivy a trip to Africa as an incentive to stay in their employment. But just when it looks like she's about to leave one of her employer's children finds the one person who could make her stay: Jack Parks a handsome eligible bachelor who'd be a perfect match for Ivy.
Not much is going right for meek misfit Willard Stiles. He's constantly screamed at by his overbearing mother, ruthlessly bullied by the boss who stole his father's business and mercilessly laughed at by his co-workers. Willard eventually turns to a colony of rats for friendship and with training they will soon do anything for their new friend. It's time for Willard to get even. Special Features: New 4K scan of the original camera negative Audio commentary with Actor Bruce Davison Interview with Actor Bruce Davison Theatrical trailer TV spot Radio spots Stills gallery
Shirley Booth won the 1953 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Lola an ageing woman dealing with loss: the loss of ""herself"" and her dreams twenty years before and the recent loss of her dog Sheba - in effect her replacement for a child. Burt Lancaster plays Doc Lola's husband; an ex-alcoholic dwelling on his belief that he was forced into marriage due to Lola's pregnancy which was subsequently lost. When a young college student named Marie rents a room in their house Doc f
This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Harry Kupfer with designs by Hans Schavernoch and conducted by Daniel Barenboim is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging Kupfer and his team turned away from the work's time of origin and located The Ring at a road of history a meeting-place of past present and future which sets the scene for the story's struggles of power and love. Barenboim's authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.
A 1950s romantic comedy transported into the end of the swinging 60s, For Love Of Ivy, is an intriguing snapshot of a Hollywood coming to terms with a changing world. Made in 1968, the movie fizzes with the colours of a Day-Glo world and the stark contrast between urban and suburban life at the turn of the decade. The Ivy of the title is a house maid (Abbey Lincoln) who longs to head for those bright lights and give her life more of a purpose, much to the chagrin of the dysfunctional white family that she works for, who set about matchmaking her with suave businessman Jack Parks (Poitier) in an effort to dissuade her. Although initially appearing to play to type, Poitier's character develops both darker and lighter sides as the movie (based on his own story) develops and the film becomes far more interesting when it leaves the semi-comedic scheming behind and focuses on the burgeoning relationship between the two protagonists. To be honest, much on offer here has dated-especially the dialogue-and there are a few sexual and racial howlers, but the film has a sweet heart. On the DVD : Very, very little-scene selection and biographies of Poitier, Beau Bridges and musical director Quincy Jones. Lincoln--arguably the films true star--is totally ignored. The colours and beauty of the film however are given added impact by the crispness of DVD.-Phil Udell
A small-time talent agent discovers an amazing boxing kangaroo and figures to use it as his stepping-stone into the big time...
An adaptation of Kurt Weill's Broadway musical which in turn is based on 'Cry The Beloved Country' by Alan Paton. A story of apartheid racially-biased justice and father-son love. Minister Stephen Kumalo searches the gritty streets of Johannesburg for his son Absalom to find him imprisoned and awaiting trial on a charge of capital murder. The ensuing trial severely tests Kumalo's faith as Absalom faces a racist trial. In the process Absalom marries his pregnant girlfriend Ir
Two enchanting Christmas tales... - Silent Night - Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
He bought six men out of hell and they brought it with them. Very much a traditional western 'The Revengers' stars William Holden (The Wild Bunch) as a peacful rancher driven to revenge when his family are murdered.
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