Resistance tells the remarkable true story of a lesser known part of the French Resistance in World War Two. Before he becomes a world-famous mime, aspiring Jewish actor Marcel Marceau (Eisenberg) joins the resistance thanks to his friend Emma (PoÃ©sy), in order to save thousands of orphaned children from the Nazis. Their mission: to take the children safely across the Swiss border whilst being pursued by the ruthless SS Klaus Barbie (SchweighÃ¶fer).
The last desperate fight that changed the course of history. Five months after D-Day most American soldiers think the German army is broken. The Germans think otherwise. In an attempt to buy time to fill the skies with their invincible new jets they launch one fast furious offensive: the Battle of the Bulge. For this epic recreation of one of World War II's most crucial confrontations director Ken Annakin (The Longest Day) captures the explosive action of massive f
Kelly's Heroes: Clint Eastwood's misfit squad is in the Army - and in the money! They were goldbricks until they found out about the gold bricks - a fortune in Nazi-confiscated bullion! Clint Eastwood and Brian Hutton (Where Eagles Dare) team-up once more, for this alternately action-filled and tongue-in-cheek tale of GIs who decide to get something extra out of the war. Where Eagles Dare: Commandos, posing as German soldiers, parachute into a small mountainside town to...
Stanley Kubrick's singular war saga packs a more visceral punch in 4K. Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio and R.Lee Ermey- as a drill instructor from hell- shine in this gripping chronicle of U.S. Marine recruits during the Vietnam War. Shifting from the raw brutality of basic training to the dehumanising effects of combat, Full Metal Jacket deftly combines nonstop action with scathing dark humour.
Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama sumptuous period epic glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz) Actor (F. Murray Abraham) Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer).
"Australia" is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in the land of Oz on the explosive brink of World War II.
During WWI, three French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... One of the very first prison escape movies, La Grande Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made.
When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, and then finds himself haunted by his spirit as well as his own ambitions. With his late colour masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returned to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his careerthe play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendour of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power. Special Features: Restored high-definition digital transfer with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack Audio commentary featuring Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa) Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa (19 minutes, 2005), in which directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola discuss Kurosawa and their roles as executive producers of Kagemusha A 41-minute documentary on the making of Kagemusha, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create Image: Kurosawa's Continuity, a new video piece that reconstructs Kagemusha through Kurosawa's paintings and sketches A series of Suntory Whiskey commercials made on the set of Kagemusha A gallery of storyboards painted by Kurosawa and images of their realization on-screen Theatrical trailers and teasers Optional English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Peter Grilli and and interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns
HACKSAW RIDGE is the epic and inspiring true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield; The Amazing Spider-Man franchise) an army medic and conscientious objector who, during the bloodiest battle of World War II, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. Also starring Sam Worthington (Avatar), Vince Vaughn (True Detective), Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit franchise) and Teresa Palmer (Triple 9).
A sweeping love story about a 1940s romance between two teens from very different worlds.
Stanley Kubrick's singular war saga packs a more visceral punch in 4K. Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio and R.Lee Ermey- as a drill instructor from hell- shine in this gripping chronicle of U.S. Marine recruits during the Vietnam War. Shifting from the raw brutality of basic training to the dehumanising effects of combat, Full Metal Jacket deftly combines nonstop action with scathing dark humour. This Ultimate Collector's Set Includes: Full Metal Jacket 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Feature Films 32-page Booklet Letter from Stanley Kubrick 4 Character Art Cards Replica Theatrical Poster Exclusive film artwork
From the makers of Balamory comes Me Too! a drama series for pre-schoolers set in the fictional city of Riverseafingal. Me Too! revolves around the lives of nine main adult characters in their workplaces - including a teacher doctor market stallholder cleaner on the buses buffet car attendant nurse and a taxi driver - with the contrasting daily adventures of their pre-school child at play with Granny Murray. Granny Murray is warm and welcoming and also the fountain of all wisdom and inspiration. At the beginning of each episode she opens the door of her basement flat in Tattiemoon Lane to a different adult with their pre-school child. Episodes Comprise: 1. Fireworks 2. Snooze 3. The Waterfall 4. The Operation 5. The Rattle 6. Tummy Rumbles
Flambards is a delightful tale about a young orphan called Christina (Christine McKenna). Set in the years surrounding the first World War Flambards is a deeply moving story of growing and loving in a world that is continually changing. Christina has been moved from home to home for most of her life until one day she is sent to live at Flambards the once grand country home of her domineering disabled Uncle Russell and his two sons Mark and William. However much as Christina is hoping to find a loving new family she soon discovers the inhabitants at Flambards are an unhappy group torn apart by bitterness and jealousy. Episodes Comprise: 1. Christina 2. The Blooding 3. Entry To A New World 4. Lady Bountiful 5. Point To Point 6. The Cold Light Of Day 7. Edge Of The Cloud 8. Flying High 9. Sing No Sad Songs 10. New Blood 11. Prisoners Of War 12. What Are Servants For? 13. Inheritance
Eureka Entertainment to release HELL AND HIGH WATER; Samuel Fuller's Cold War submarine adventure starring Richard Widmark; presented on Blu-ray from a stunning 4K restoration, as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series. Available from 7 December 2020, the release will be limited to 1000 copies only. In the summer of 1953, it was announced that an atomic bomb of foreign origin had been exploded somewhere outside of the United States... This is the story of that explosion. Starting with a nuclear explosion and only escalating from there (Fuller was a master of the opening scene If a story doesn't give you a hard-on in the first couple of scenes, throw it in the goddamn garbage.), Hell and High Water is a white-knuckle Cold War thriller that would have a huge influence on the future of blockbuster cinema (Steven Spielberg was so enamoured with the film that he kept a print in his car for many years). When military intelligence suggests a secret atomic base is being covertly set-up on an island near Japan, former US Navy commander Adam Jones (Richard Widmark) is sent on a covert mission to prevent a nuclear attack that could trigger World War 3. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Samuel Fuller's Hell and High Water on Blu-ray from a stunning 4K restoration. Special Edition Contains: 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Fox's 4K restoration Original, uncompressed, monaural soundtrack Optional English SDH Audio commentary by author Scott Harrison Audio commentary with Film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters [45 mins] a documentary on the actor Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring an essay by film critic Philip Kemp and the words of Samuel Fuller.
A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together.
James Mason plays Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in both The Desert Fox (1951) and The Desert Rats (1953), a WWII double-bill on DVD. The Desert Fox, released six years after the end of the War, is a solemnly respectful tribute to Erwin Rommel, Germany's most celebrated military genius. James Mason's portrayal of this gallant warrior became a highlight of his career iconography. The film itself is oddly disjointed, though: a pre-credit commando raid to liquidate Rommel is followed by a flashback to the field-marshal's lightning successes commanding the Afrika Korps--a compressed account via documentary footage and copious narration (spoken by Michael Rennie, who also dubs Desmond Young, the Rommel biographer and one-time British POW appearing briefly as himself). The dramatic core is Rommel's growing disenchantment with Hitler (Luther Adler), his involvement in the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and his subsequent martyrdom. The Desert Rats stars Richard Burton in only his second Hollywood role (between Oscar-nominated turns in My Cousin Rachel and The Robe), as a Scottish commando put in charge of a battalion of the 9th Australian Division defending Tobruk. The Aussies don't like him, and with a year of grim North African duty already under his belt, he's not too crazy about his new responsibilities either. The outfit is charged with staving off the battering assaults of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel for two months, to give the British Army time to regroup in Cairo and prepare for a counterattack. In the end, the "desert rats" play hell with the Desert Fox for 242 days, during which time they and their commander develop some mutual respect. This is a solid, workmanlike World War II picture that, having been made in 1953 rather than 1943, can acknowledge a degree of eccentric humanity and soldierly professionalism in the enemy. Featured guest star James Mason reprises his Rommel from The Desert Fox, playing all his scenes in German except for a scene of ironical repartee with Burton. Another distinguished Brit, Robert Newton, gets costar billing as a boozy, self-confessed coward who used to be Burton's schoolmaster. However, a goodly number of Australians--including Chips Rafferty and Charles "Bud" Tingwell rate at least as much screen time. Robert Wise directed, with a trimness that reminds us he started out as an editor, and the pungent black-and-white cinematography is by Lucien Ballard. --Richard T. Jameson
David Bowie stars in Nagisa Oshima's 1983 Palme d'Or-nominated portrait of resilience, pride, friendship and obsession among four very different men confined in the stifling jungle heat of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java during World War II. In 1942, British officer Major Jack Celliers (Bowie) is captured by Japanese soldiers, and after a brutal trial sent, physically debilitated but indomitable in mind, to a POW camp overseen by the zealous Captain Yonoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Celliers' stubbornness sees him locked in a battle of wills with the camp's new commandant, a man obsessed with discipline and the glory of Imperial Japan who becomes unnaturally preoccupied with the young Major, while Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence (Tom Conti), the only inmate with a degree of sympathy for Japanese culture and an understanding of the language, attempts to bridge the divide through his friendship with Yonoi's second-in-command, Sergeant Hara (Takeshi Kitano), a man possessing a surprising degree of compassion beneath his cruel faÃ§ade. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky), it was the first English-language film by Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses, Gohatto), a leading light of Japanese New Wave cinema, and provided breakthrough big-screen roles for comedian Takeshi Kitano and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who also composed the film's hauntingly memorable BAFTA-winning score. This powerful wartime drama was adapted from Laurens van der Post's autobiographical novel The Seed and the Sower' (1963) by screenwriter Paul Mayersberg (The Man Who Fell to Earth). SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-rayâ¢ (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed stereo audio The Man Who Left His Soul on Film (1983), Paul Joyce's 82-minute documentary profile of Nagisa Oshima The Oshima Gang (1983), a 30-minute documentary following the film's cast and makers at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival Video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Exclusive newly filmed interview with critic Tony Rayns Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sam Hadley FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jasper Sharp
Scorned by reviewers when it came out, Where Eagles Dare has acquired a cult following over the years for its unashamed and highly concentrated dose of commando death-dealing to legions of Nazi machine-gun fodder. In 1968 Clint Eastwood was just getting used to the notion that he might be a world-class movie star; Richard Burton, whose image had been shaped equally by classical theatre and his headline-making romance with Elizabeth Taylor, was eager to try his hand at the action genre. Author Alistair MacLean's novel The Guns of Navarone had inspired the film that started the 1960s vogue for World War II military capers, so he was prevailed upon to write the screenplay (his first). The central location, an impregnable Alpine stronghold locked in ice and snow, is surpassing cool, but the plot and action are ultra-mechanical, and the switcheroo gamesmanship of just who is the undercover double (triple?) agent on the mission becomes aggressively silly. --Richard T Jameson
"The Counterfeiters" is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936.
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