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Band of Brothers | DVD | (20/11/2002)
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Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Recreated With Stunning Special Effects And The Second Collaboration Between Tom Hanks And Steven Spielberg, The SeriesIs Both A Profound And Captivating Look At The Reality Of War.
Gilbert And Sullivan | DVD | (25/10/2004)
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An 11 disc collection featuring peformances of: The Gondoliers H.M.S. Pinafore Iolanthe The Mikado Patience The Pirates of Penzance Princess Ida Ruddigore The Sorcerer Trial By Jury Cox and Box and The Yeomen of the Guard.
Must-See Musicals Collection | DVD | (29/10/2012)
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<b>Titles comprise:</b> Calamity Jane Love me or Leave Me 42nd Street Annie get Your Gun Easter Parade High Society Meet me in St Louis Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Singin in the Rain On Moonlight Bay April in Paris A Star is Born Gypsy Band Wagon By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Glee - Complete Season 1-3 | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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<i>Glee</i> is a biting musical comedy that has quickly become a pop-culture phenomenon. It boasts critical acclaim, a loyal fan base of 'GLEEks,' two certified Gold albums, more than 10 million song downloads and an incredible 19 EmmyÃ¯Â¿Â½ nominations--earning it the distinction of being the most-nominated series of the year. Glee follows a group of eager and ambitious students as they strive to outshine their singing competition while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High. Although New ...
John Mills - Centenary Collection Vol.2 | DVD | (02/06/2008)
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This box set features the following films: Car Of Dreams (Dir. Graham Cutts and Austin Melford) (1935): John mills stars as playboy Robert Miller the son and heir of a wealthy tycoon who owns a musical instrument factory. Robert is in love with Vera Hart (Grete Mosheim) a poor girl who works at his father's factory--but neither is aware of the other's true identity. When Robert anonymously buys Vera a Rolls-Royce he discovers her low social class and must further conceal his identity to avoid a family scandal. This Happy Breed (Dir. David Lean) (1944): A dramatisation of Noel Coward's play which details the lives of ordinary people between WWI and WWII. The Way To The Stars (Dir. Anthony Asquith) (1945): In 1940 a deserted airfield somewhere in the heart of England becomes a bustling bomber command station. In 1942 advance units of the American Air Force arrive to join The Royal Air Force and help turn the tide of World War II. So unfolds the story of a group of flyers and their 'missions'. Peter Penrose (John Mills) a young RAF pilot is sent to Halfpenny Field close to the small town of Shepley. His Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant David Archdale (Michael Redgrave) gives him inspiration and encouragement and they fast become friends. They are joined by a young American pilot Johnny (Douglas Montgomery) which complicates the friendship. This is the story of the group's private lives - particularly their loves during war-time. The Long Memory (Dir. Robert Hamer) (1952): After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit a man is torn between revenge or making a new life for himself. The Vicious Circle (Dir. Gerald Thomas) (1957): When Dr Howard Latimer finds the German Actress that he has just met at London Airport murdered in his flat it leads him into the world of murder blackmail and a fake passport scam. Above Us The Waves (Dir. Ralph Thomas) (1955): The dramatic World War II story of Britain's heroic attempts to sink the monster German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian Fjord using midget submarines. In this adventure of unsurpassed courage the crews of the Navy become human torpedos. Tiger Bay (Dir. J. Lee Thompson) (1959): Polish sailor Korchinsky (Buchholz) is furious to discover his lover has left him for another man and in a confrontation murders her. The crime is witnessed by 10 year old Gillie (Hayley Mills) who steals the gun used and as officer Graham (John Mills) closes in Korchinsky abducts Gillie... Forever England (Dir. Walter Forde) (1935): A war drama based on the story by C.S. Forrester in which the illegitimate son of a British naval officer singlehandedly brings about the downfall of a German battleship during World War I.
Mamma Mia! Gift Set | DVD | (24/11/2008)
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An independent single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island Donna (Meryl Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding Donna has invited her two lifelong best friends-practical and no-nonsense Rose (Julie Walters) and wealthy multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)-from her one-time backing band Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic magical hours new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from Dancing Queen and S.O.S. to Money Money Money and Take a Chance on Me. Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters old friends and new family found.
The Complete War Collection (12 Discs) | DVD | (06/11/2006)
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A complete collection of the best of British war movies! Films comprise: 1. The Colditz Story (Dir. Guy Hamilton 1955) 2. The Cruel Sea (Dir. Charles Frend 1953) 3. The Dam Busters (Dir. Michael Anderson 1954) 4. I Was Monty's Double (Dir. John Guillermin 1958) 5. Ice Cold In Alex (Dir. J. Lee Thompson 1958) 6. Went The Day Well? (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1942) 7. The Wooden Horse (Dir. Jack Lee 1950) 8. They Who Dare (Dir. Lewis Milestone 1954) 9. Cross Of Iron (Dir. Sam Peckinpah 1977) 10. The Way Ahead (Dir. Carol Reed 1944) 11. In Which We Serve (Dir. Noel Coward/David Lean 1942) 12. The Battle Of The River Plate (Dir. Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger 1956)
The Phantom Of The Opera - Deluxe Boxset | DVD | (07/11/2005)
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The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely young soprano Christine the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera. The stage musical sensation is magically and hauntingly transformed by director Joel Schumacher into a lavish film production sweeping audiences to new heights of
Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (4 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (09/07/2007)
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Thematically ambitious and emotionally complex, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is an intimate epic with much to say about war and the nature of heroism in America. Based on the non-fiction bestseller by James Bradley (with Ron Powers), and adapted by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis (Jarhead screenwriter William Broyles Jr. wrote an earlier draft that was abandoned when Eastwood signed on to direct), this isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic. In telling the story of the six men (five Marines, one Navy medic) who raised the American flag of victory on the battle-ravaged Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23rd, 1945, Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers (played by Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, and Jesse Bradford) became reluctant celebrities - and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign - after their flag-raising was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in the most famous photograph in military history. As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatising the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective. Critically hailed as an instant classic, Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is a masterwork of uncommon humanity and a harrowing, unforgettable indictment of the horrors of war. In an unprecedented demonstration of worldly citizenship, Eastwood (from a spare, tightly focused screenplay by first-time screenwriter Iris Yamashita) has crafted a truly Japanese film, with Japanese dialogue (with subtitles) and filmed in a contemplative Japanese style, serving as both complement and counterpoint to Eastwood's previously released companion film Flags of Our Fathers. Where the earlier film employed a complex non-linear structure and epic-scale production values to dramatise one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and its traumatic impact on American soldiers, Letters reveals the battle of Iwo Jima from the tunnel- and cave-dwelling perspective of the Japanese, hopelessly outnumbered, deprived of reinforcements, and doomed to die in inevitable defeat. While maintaining many of the traditions of the conventional war drama, Eastwood extends his sympathetic touch to humanise "the enemy," revealing the internal and external conflicts of soldiers and officers alike, forced by circumstance to sacrifice themselves or defend their honour against insurmountable odds. From the weary reluctance of a young recruit named Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya) to the dignified yet desperately anguished strategy of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi (played by Oscar-nominated The Last Samurai costar Ken Watanabe), whose letters home inspired the film's title and present-day framing device, Letters from Iwo Jima (which conveys the bleakness of battle through a near-total absence of colour) steadfastly avoids the glorification of war while paying honorable tribute to ill-fated men who can only dream of the comforts of home. --Jeff Shannon
Elvis Costello - Spectacle - Seasons 1 & 2 Boxset | DVD | (07/11/2011)
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Both seasons of Elvis Costello's rock and interview television show in one package. Shot at the legendary Appollo Theater, 30 Rock’s 8H Studio in New York and Toronto's Masonic Temple, Spectacle blends the best of talk and music television. This is an unprecedented series and a must for fans of every kind of music! Includes extended episodes with previously unseen footage, extra songs and behind-the-scenes interviews.Season 1 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Elvis Costello conducts insightful interviews and participates in once-in-a-lifetime musical performances and collaborations with Elton John, President Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, The Police, Smokey Robinson, Rufus Wainwright, Jakob Dylan, Jenny Lewis, She & Him, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Kris Kristofferson, Roseanne Cash, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp James Taylor and Renee Fleming.Season 2 Viewers will share in the passion of seven intriguing episodes of chords and conversation with superstar singers and songwriters, including: Bono and The Edge Of U2, Bruce Springsteen, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith, Jesse Winchester, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint, Levon Helm, Mary-Louise Parker, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, and Ray Lamontagne. Bonus features include the behind-the-scenes documentary Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...Inside Notes hosted by co-Executive Producer David Furnish and four bonus songs from Elvis & The Imposters and guests not seen in the original broadcast versions.
Glee - Complete Season 1 (Gleek Gift Set With Journal) | DVD | (01/11/2010)
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From a shaky start to a spectacular finale the first season of Glee pirouettes into a complete box set! Following the colourful characters of McKinley High Glee Club the multi award-winning show is bursting with singing dancing and exceptional storylines. This is one for the gleeks!
Takeshi Kitano Collection: Violent Cop, Boilingpoint, A Scene At The Sea, Sonatine, Getting Any?, Kids Return | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Violent Cop: Japanese superstar Beat Takeshi Kitano makes his directorial debut in this critically acclaimed action film in which he also stars as Azuma an urban cop at the end of his rope. Not above using violent tactics in order to punish the lawless Azuma's daily routine involves a new partner and a mentally challenged sister. When his violent ways cause the death of a friend his short fuse comes dangerously close to reaching its' end... Boiling Point: When Masaki a gas station attendant and local baseball player incurs the wrath of the local yakuza the notorious Japanese criminal organization he heads to Okinawa to buy a gun so he can stand up for himself. While there he is joined in his quest for revenge by a former gangster (Kitano) who seemingly has his own reasons for revenge. Violence escalates until the mild-mannered Masaki takes an oil truck from his gas station and drives it straight into yakuza headquaters... A Scene At The Sea: Kitano relates a touching story about a deaf-mute garbage collector who takes a passion in surfing. His mute girlfriend accompanies him and even though he is hindered at every point he never lets this dampen his passion. The couple does not exchange a single word throughout the entire film Kitano embracing the power of silence and love that transcends words. Sonatine: Takeshi is Murakawa an established and ruthless Yakuza sent outside his usual turf to intervene in a gang war on the tropical island of Okinawa. Things go badly wrong and he and his gang get caught in the crossfire. Forced to retreat to a seaside hideaway they kill time and fool around on the beach but then their enemies start picking them off one by one. Murakawa decides to go on the offensive for a final and breathtaking showdown... Getting Any?: Middle-aged Asao's sole goal in life is to have sex but in order to achieve his dream he is thrown from one wacky situation to the next. From robbing banks to becoming invisible to transforming into a super-sized fly monster Asao will do anything to get any! Kids Return: Two old friends revisit their old schoolyard to remember the times they shared together at school before they left and found their own ways in life one as a boxer and one as part of a local gang. They have done well but revisiting their memories reminds them of their undisciplined ways.
Volpone | DVD | (13/12/2010)
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A brand new series of classic plays aimed at the student teacher lecturer and theatre lover alike. Each production is highly polished using professional actors and directors at London's award-winning Greenwich theatre which specialises in productions for young people. Filmed in crystal clear High Definition these DVDs have been designed to deliver the look and feel of a live performance to be watched and enjoyed again and again. Theatre on DVD - the new way to enjoy stage plays and bring set texts to life! Volpone has long been a popular choice as a set text for students. Written by Ben Jonson it was first produced in 1606. Billed as a comedy it also includes elements of tragedy and even animal fable (Volpone is Italian for 'fox'). In essence it's a dark satire on greed and lust and remains Jonson's most performed work. The action takes place in seventeenth-century Venice over the course of one day. The chief characters are Volpone a rich libertine and conman and Mosca his self-seeking servant. They cause chaos with an audacious fraud designed to part the city's wealthiest from their fortunes. The tale twists and turns as all the characters attempt to deceive each other until the whole scheme finally collapses with disastrous consequences for Volpone.
The Duchess of Malfi | DVD | (13/12/2010)
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Aimed at the student teacher lecturer and theatre lover alike. Each production is highly polished using professional actors and directors at London's award-winning Greenwich theatre which specialises in productions for young people. Filmed in crystal clear High Definition these DVDs have been designed to deliver the look and feel of a live performance to be watched and enjoyed again and again. Theatre on DVD - the new way to enjoy stage plays and bring set texts to life! The Duchess of Malfi is a popular choice as a set text despite (or perhaps because of) the violence and horror of its later scenes. Generally considered to be the masterpiece of Jacobean playwright John Webster it was first produced in around 1613. It's a macabre tragedy based on actual events and tends to be loved or hated by critics - while consistently captivating audiences across the centuries. Set in Italy in the early fifteenth century it starts out as a love story with the Duchess marrying beneath her class. However her two brothers one cool and corrupt the other violent and warped have other ideas. With incredible plot twists along the way the play ends as an utter tragedy as the brothers take revenge on her destroying themselves in the process.