In the spy-crazed film world of the 1960s, Len Deighton's antihero Harry Palmer burst onto the scene as an antidote to the James Bond films. Here was a British spy who had a working-class accent and horn-rimmed glasses and above all really didn't want to be a spy in the first place. As portrayed by Michael Caine, Palmer was the perfect antithesis to Sean Connery's 007. Unlike that of his globetrotting spy cousin, Palmer's beat is cold, rainy, dreary London, where he spends his days and nights in unheated flats spying on subversives. He does charm one lady, but she's no Pussy Galore, just a civil servant he works with, sent to keep an eye on him. Eventually he's assigned to get to the bottom of the kidnapping and subsequent "brain draining" of a nuclear physicist, all the while being reminded by his superiors that it's this or prison. Things begin to get pretty hairy for Harry. Produced by Harry Saltzman in his spare time between Bond movies, the film also features a haunting score by another Bond veteran, composer John Barry. --Kristian St. Clair, Amazon.com
The tense spy thriller by Len Deighton that turned Michael Caine into a superstar. Cynical and rebellious ex-army sergeant Harry Palmer has been blackmailed into working for Britain's security service. Hot on the trail of a kidnapped scientist Palmer finds himself enmeshed in a sinister conspiracy involving horrifying brainwashing techniques murder and treachery that reaches up to the highest levels of the security service itself. Often hailed as Len Deighton's finest spy story
General 'Chappy' Sinclair starts a school for young offenders. Whilst in training the youngsters discover a group of Air Force officers moving canisters containing toxic substances. So enraged by the potential dangers the youngsters decide to take action...
The Young Ones: Nicky and his friends find their youth club threatened by a property tycoon who intends to buy it and tear it down. Determined not to be beaten they sing and dance to raise the money to save the club. After all 'young ones shouldn't be afraid to live and love while the flame is strong or they may not be young ones very long!' (Dir. Sidney J. Furie 1961) Summer Holiday: Borrowing a double decker bus for a mobile home four young mechanics search for fun in the sun from London to Athens. Bachelor Boy Cliff Richard dons his Dancing Shoes and brings a beat to the beach in the breeziest 'Summer Holiday' on record! (Dir. Peter Yates 1963) Wonderful Life: Frustrated by shooting a movie with a stuffy veteran director who's not hip to the scene Cliff and the Shadows conspire to make their own musical version! (Dir. Sidney J. Furie 1964)
Spine-chilling tale about a woman who is raped and attacked by an unknown spirit... Dazzling special effects powerful acting a taut tightly written script and imaginative direction all combine to make 'The Entity' a powerhouse supernatural film that will rivet you to your seat. Based on a true event which took place in California October 1976.
Featuring a quintessential performance from double-Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine and an iconic score from the legendary John Barry this stylised and compelling Cold War spy movie won multiple awards on its theatrical release - including three BAFTAs. The Ipcress File is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Harry Palmer a stubbornly insolent sergeant working for the Ministry of Defence is less than thrilled to be transferred under threat of blackmail to an elite counter-intelligence unit. Palmer and the rest of his unit follow the trail of a missing scientist but when he finds a piece of tape marked 'IPCRESS' in an abandoned warehouse he suddenly becomes a marked man... Special Features: (Standard Definition unless otherwise stated) Michael Caine is Harry Palmer - exclusive interview with Sir Michael Caine The Design File - exclusive interview with production designer Sir Ken Adam Commentary with director Sidney Furie and film editor Peter Hunt Michael Caine Goes Stella comedy short 1969 documentary: Candid Caine Original theatrical trailer (HD) text less material (HD) and US radio commercials Extensive image galleries (HD) Commemorative booklet
For the Superman completist a bumper collection of all five films in the Superman saga. Superman: The Movie - Special Edition sees the birth of a legend as we are introduced to the titular superhero and his Kryptonian origins. Also included is the expanded edition which features an additional eight minutes of screen time. This is followed by Superman II - Special Edition in which our boy in blue must do battle with three escaped super criminals bent on destroying the earth. Presented here in both its theatrical and director's cut versions the latter is expanded by an alternate beginning and ending as well as 15 minutes of restored footage of Marlon Brando as Jor-El. In the third instalment in the franchise Superman III - Deluxe Edition Superman learns of his Achilles heel when he is exposed to kryptonite. The penultimate Superman IV - The Quest For Peace sees the Man of Steel take on Nuclear Man culminating in an explosive showdown of epic proportions. When the Super One returns to Earth in Superman Returns - Special Edition he discovers that the woman he loves Lois Lane has moved on with her life and must figure out how to protect a world that has learned to survive without him.
The three nostalgic British musicals in the Cliff Richard DVD Collection are a good reminder that, thanks to a few short years in the 1960s, Sir Cliff can legitimately include "film star" on his already exceptional show business CV. The Young Ones (1961), Summer Holiday (1963) and Wonderful Life (1964) would make tame fare for a teen audience today, but they retain a polished and honest charm which might surprise the sharpest of cynics. First and foremost, of course, they were Cliff Richard vehicles: designed to showcase his all-round talents and capitalise on his first, heady wave of pop chart success. They are also unashamed homages to the heyday of the MGM B-musical with familiar themes: let's put on a show/save the youth club/make a film. But with up-and-coming directors Sidney Furie and Peter Yates making imaginative and sophisticated use of wide-angle camera work and fresh, snappy choreography by Herbert Ross and Gillian Lynne, they also have plenty of assets other than Cliff's wholesome appeal. There are some fine set pieces and surreal flashes, notably the history of cinema in Wonderful Life and the extraordinary mime sequence in Summer Holiday. They also tap into the very British energy of a group of young actors and dancers including Una Stubbs, Susan Hampshire, Melvyn Hayes and Richard O'Sullivan, as well as Cliff's band at the time, The Shadows. For sheer verve, they deserve to be seen on their own merits. On the DVD: The Cliff Richard DVD Collection has been pristinely restored; the colours and clarity, not to mention the use of Cinemascope, leap off the screen (aspect ratio 2.35:1). The mono soundtrack recreates the authentic bandbox sound of the 1960s. Aside from theatrical trailers, the most notable extras are directors' commentaries: actually Furie and Yates in occasionally long-winded conversation with film and music writers. Both men give fascinating insight into the film-making climate in Britain in the early 1960s.--Piers Ford
The wild blue yonder just got wilder. When an outlaw nation takes the world hostage America's oldest enemy becomes hew newest ally. Oscar''-winner Louis Gossett Jr. is back in the skies as General Chappy Sinclair in Iron Eagle II. With a crew of American and Russian misfits Chappy must teach them to fly together to fight together and to face an enemy bent on nuclear destruction. To Chappy it means only one thing trouble! Iron Eagle II... an aerial extravaganza where the wild blue yonder just gets wilder.
Iron Eagles (short of Top Gun) is close to being the definitive boys' movie of the 1980s. An 18-year-old (Jason Gedrick) gets instruction from an old vet (Louis Gossett Jr) in how to fly an F-16 jet and kick butt in the Middle East, all while listening to his Walkman and--oh, yeah--saving his father from terrorist clutches. Gossett wears his tough-love face while the kids run rampant. Speaking of children, young guys must have like this comic-book movie, as its success spawned three sequels. But watch out for the Reagan-era jingoism and political reductiveness. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Nicky & his friends find their youth club threatened by a property tycoon who intends to buy it and tear it down. Determined not to be beaten they sing and dance to raise money to save the club.
Cliff Richard & The Shadows are hired to star in a movie shot amid the lush tropical scenery of the Canary Islands. A sunny seaside spectacular filled with romance excitement and high spirits - not to mention a dozen musical numbers.
Superman The Movie: The movie that makes a legend come to life. You know the story. The planet Krypton is doomed. Only one man Jor-El knows it and rockets his infant son to refuge on a distant world called Earth. As Jor-El's son grows to manhood he learns he possesses super-powers he must hide from ordinary mortals around him. It takes a big movie to contain the considerable talents of Marlon Brando Gene Hackman Jackie Cooper Glen Ford Margot Kidder Valerie Perrine and at its heart the most human portrayal of the Man of Steel Christopher Reeve. Superman an Academy Award winner (1978) for special achievement in visual effects is more than big enough. Directed by Richard Donner Superman: The Movie makes us believe this epic story all over again. Superman II: A nuclear explosion in outer space has freed rebel General Zod and his evil cohorts from their captivity in a fragment of Kryptonite. Having been banished from Krypton for their treachery against Jor-El they now plot revenge on his son - Superman. Arch villian Lex Luthor offers his services to Zod meanwhile Lois Lane has discovered Clark Kent's identity. Will Superman surrender his superhuman powers to marry her or will he save the city of Metropolis? Original cast members from Superman create a blend of thrills humour and humanity that makes this sequel great fun for the whole family. Superman III: After Superman: The Movie's epic storytelling and Superman II's awesome battles how could the first two hits be topped? In Superman III meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role deepening his character's human side as Clark Kent reunites with an old flame (Annette O'Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling conviction. Incredible visual effects abound - but above all it has heart heroism and high-flying humor. All in superabundance of course. Superman IV: Christopher Reeve not only dons the hero's cape for the fourth time in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace but also helped develop the film's provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. For me it's the most personal of the entire series Reeve says. It directly reflects what Superman should be and should be doing. Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants archvillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China. Your quest for superheroic excitement is over!
This Box Set includes: Educating Rita (Dir. Lewis Gilbert) (1983): Rita a hairdresser with a sharp wit is married to Danny and at 26 doesn't want a baby. She wants to discover herself - so she joins the Open University. Dr Frank Bryant is a disillusioned university professor of literature. His marriage has failed his girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whiskey. He refers to himself as an appalling teacher of appalling students. What Frank needs is a challenge - and along comes Rita. In this hilarious and often moving drama the story tells how two people find a new lease of life through each other. The Fourth Protocol (Dir. John Mackenzie) (1987): On July 1 1968 America Britain and Russia signed a treaty to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. The powers then added four extra clauses. The most secret of them was and remains the final. One winter the Chairman of the KGB hatches a plan to breach this Fourth Protocol and destroy NATO. He sends an agent Major Petrofsky to assemble the operation. It is now up to MI6 agent John Preston who now must race against an unknown deadline to stop him and his devasting mission. The Eagle Has Landed (Dir. John Sturges) (1977): A Nazi Strike Force plots to assassinate Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk Village. Colonel Radl masterminds the plot which if successful would change the outcome of the war. He enlists the help of Colonel Steiner and Liam Devlin. Disguised as Polish airmen German paratroopers land in England. Radl's plan appear to be going smoothly until an unforeseeable incident exposed the Germans. But the kidnap continues and Steiner Luger in hand approaches the unmistakable figure of Churchill... The Ipcress File (Dir. Sidney J. Furie) (1965): The tense spy thriller by Len Deighton that turned Michael Caine into a superstar. Cynical and rebellious ex-army sergeant Harry Palmer has been blackmailed into working for Britain's security service. Hot on the trail of a kidnapped scientist Palmer finds himself enmeshed in a sinister conspiracy involving horrifying brainwashing techniques murder and treachery that reaches up to the highest levels of the security service itself... Without A Clue (Dir. Thom Eberhardt) (1988): A madcap comedy which takes a fresh look at the classic Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson escapades. Holmes is actually a figment of Dr. Watson's own success in crime detection a character who Watson uses when he writes in `The Strand' magazine. But when the printing plates for five pound notes are stolen Queen Victoria calls for the country's greatest detective.
Celebrate Britain's best-loved spy in this classic collection. Michael Paine is Harry Palmer, the irrepressible secret agent turned private investigator. Follow his exploits over the globe, from taking on the Russian Mafia in 'Midnight in St Petersburg' to combating chemical warfare in 'Bullet to Beijing'. Also featuring 'Ipcress File', 'Funeral In Berlin' and 'Billion Dollar Brain', this five film set will have you hooked.
The Omen He was born at 6am on the 6th day of the 6th month. The coming of Armageddon the site of the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil as foretold in the Book of Revelations will begin with the birth of the son of Satan - in human form. Unable to tell his wife Katherine the tragic news of their still-born son American diplomat Robert Thorn accepts a new-born orphan as his son. Details of the child's birth remain a secret but as the boy Damien grows older it becomes apparent that he is no ordinary child. As mysterious deaths and strange warnings occur Robert Thorn slowly becomes aware of the hideous evil behind the child's innocent face and the significance of the numbers 666 which bring about the most terrifying of revelations. The Entity Something is after Carla Moran. It wants her soul. It wants her body. There's no stopping it. There's nowhere she can run. Yet The Entity won't kill Carla because it has far more terrifying other things in store for her... The Blair Witch Project Now prepare for a motion picture experience unlike anything you've ever seen heard or feared before. The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror. As the three become inexplicably lost morale deteriorates hunger sets in accusations fly. By night unseen evil stirs beyond their campfire's light. By day chilling ritualistic figures are discovered nearby. As the end of their journey approaches they realise that what they are filming now is not a legend but their own descent into unimaginable horror.
STARRING MARLEE MATLIN! A torrid love affair begins with a chance meeting between Jane Claire, a wealthy and beautiful deaf woman (Marlee Matlin; The West Wing, My Name is Earl) and Andrew Garfield, a struggling lawyer (Michael Dudikoff; Stranded, Gale Force). Jane's abusive husband discovers the two lovers in the heat of passion and Andrew kills him. Suspicion falls on Jane and Andrew must defend her in court. In Her Defense is a fine, taut thriller in the tradition of Body Heat.
The Ipcress File - The tense spy thriller by Len Deighton that turned Michael Caine into a superstar. Cynical and rebellious ex-army sergeant Harry Palmer has been blackmailed into working for Britain's security service. Hot on the trail of a kidnapped scientist Palmer finds himself enmeshed in a sinister conspiracy involving horrifying brainwashing techniques murder and treachery that reaches up to the highest levels of the security service itself... Kidnapped - When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's bleak Scottish house to claim his inheritance his relative first tries to murder him and then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies. Fortunately for David he strikes up a friendship with Alan Breck (Michael Caine) and together they manage to escape. On arriving back in England they set out for Edinburgh dodging the ruthless Redcoats to claim David's rightful inheritance. Educating Rita - Rita a hairdresser with a sharp wit is married to Danny and at 26 doesn't want a baby. She wants to discover herself - so she joins the Open University. Dr Frank Bryant is a disillusioned university professor of literature. His marriage has failed his girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whiskey. He refers to himself as an appalling teacher of appalling students. What Frank needs is a challenge - and along comes Rita. In this hilarious and often moving drama the story tells how two people find a new lease of life through each other. The Fouth Protocol - On July 1 1968 America Britain and Russia signed a treaty to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. The powers then added four extra clauses. The most secret of them was and remains the final. On winter the Chairman of the KGB hatches a plan to breach this Fourth Protocol and destroy NATO. He sends an agent Major Petrofsky (Pierece Brosnan) to assemble the operation. It is now up to MI6 agent John Preston (Michael Caine) who now must race against an unknown deadline to stop him and his devasting mission.
Recognised as the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket Boys of Company C is a high-end member of the cannon of classic battle-field movies and a frighteningly realistic critique of the pointlessness and corruption universally associated with the US/Vietnam war. Boys of Company C follows the lives of five nave young Marine inductees from their training in boot camp through a tour in Vietnam that quickly devolves into a hellish nightmare. Disheartened by futile combat appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team they can spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games behind the lines. But as they might have predicted nothing in Vietnam is as simple as it seems.
For the men of Echo Company it was hell to get out but they found it even harder... Going Back. From the Director of Boys in Company C and starring Casper Van Dien as Captain Ramsey comes a hard fought drama about Echo Company one of the hardest hit American units of the Vietnam War.Kethleen Martin (Carre Otis) a TV journalist is assigned on location to Vietnam to cover the reunion of Echo Company as they revisit old battlefields. Kathleen's documentary gets off to a rocky start when it is revealed that Captain Ramsey was accused of providing wrong bombing coordinates causing the deaths of his own men. The drama unfolds as we learn of the men and their stories culminating in the re-enactment of that fateful day.
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