'Everybody loved him. One woman understood him. Inspired by the extraordinary life of salsa legend, Hector Lavoe. In their dazzling first on-screen pairing, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony bring to life this riveting tale of romance and redemption based on the true story of salsa legend Hector Lavoe and the woman who kept him from falling over the edge. It''s the 1970s and the salsa revolution is in full swing. Hector Lavoe (Anthony), is the singer, El Cantante whose voice can move millions and whose passion moves one woman, his wife Puchi (Lopez). But when the spotlight brings Lavoe''s personal demons and addictions to light, it will take the incredible devotion of his wife to put him on the path to becoming the legend he was born to beSpecial Features:Interviews with Jennifer LopezNone ListedPhoto GalleryTheatrical Trailer'
'Forgetting Sarah Marshall From the producers of ''The 40-Year-Old Virgin'' and ''Knocked Up'', comes the comical look at one guy''s quest to get over being dumped. Struggling musician Peter (Segel) has spent six years idolising celebrity girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Bell). His world comes crashing down when he''s dumped for rock-star Aldous (Brand). Plans to leave his troubles behind backfire as his worst nightmare begins to unfold! Knocked Up They say that opposites attract...well, for super-slacker Ben (Seth Rogen) and career-girl Alison (Katherine Heigl), that''s certainly the case at least for one intoxicating evening. Two months and several pregnancy tests later, Ben and Alison go through a hysterically funny, anxious and heart-warming journey that leads to huge laughs in the most outrageous comedy of the year! You, Me And Dupree Carl (Matt Dillon) and Molly (Kate Hudson) have just got married and are eager to start their life together. But when Carl''s best friend Dupree (Owen Wilson) loses his job, his company car and his apartment, Carl being a good friend, allows him to move in until he''s back on his feet. But as the days go by and Dupree''s bachelor lifestyle starts to kick in, Carl and Molly''s relationship is put to the test. Co-starring Michael Douglas and Seth Rogen, this lively comedy will have you laughing all the way through. (Matt Fairfield)'
'Though the pedigree--a screenplay from BABYLON 5''s J. Michael Straczynski--might suggest a science fiction film, THE CHANGELING is a historical thriller in the vein of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL or CHINATOWN and is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood. Angelina Jolie stars as a mother whose son disappears in 1928 Los Angeles. When he returns months later, she realizes that he is not her child.Special Features:Making-ofFeaturette'
Journey into a world of hope and discovery with the sumptuous adaptation of David Almonds acclaimed, award-winning novel. A young boy discovers a strange, winged creature hidden amongst the shadowy cobwebs of his decayed garden shed. Together with his new friend Mina, Michael befriends this extraordinary being whilst his baby sister clings to life in an incubator. But Skellig is far more than he seems and his presence will change Michaels life, and the lives of his family, forever. Featuring an all-star cast, Skellig is a magical and inspiring tale of friendship told with a compassion and sensitivity that wont fail to touch your heart.Special Features:Behind The Scenes Special FX: tour of the wings workshop with demonstrationsInterviews with the cast (Bill Millner, John Simm, Tim Rothe and Kelly McDonald), director AJ Jankel and writer David AlmondMake Up Tim Roths prosthetic application in high speed
'From Academy Award-winning director, Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13), comes the electrifying, untold story behind one of the most unforgettable moments in history. When disgraced President Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with jet-setting television personality, David Frost, he thought he''d found the key to saving his tarnished legacy. But, with a name to make and a reputation to overcome, Frost became one of Nixon''s most formidable adversaries and engaged the leader in a charged battle of wits that changed the face of politics forever. Featuring brilliant portrayals by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon is the fascinating and suspenseful story of truth, accountability, secrets and lies. Special Features: Deleted Scenes The Making Of Frost/Nixon The Real Interview The Nixon Library Feature Commentary with Ron Howard.'
Singer Josef Locke (Ned Beatty) fled to Ireland 25 years ago to escape the clutches of the tax man and police Chief Jim Abbott (David McCallum). What he also left behind was the love of his life Cathleen Doyle (Shirley Anne Field). Now, Micky ONeill (Adrian Dunbar) is desperate to save both his ailing Liverpool nightclub Heartlys and his failing relationship with the beautiful Nancy (Tara Fitzgerald), Cathleens daughter. The solution? Book the infamous Josef Locke. Mr. X. (is he or isnt he the real Josef Locke?), is booked to play the club. Disaster strikes when he is revealed as an imposter, Micky loses the club and his girlfriend in one night. Next solution? This time book the real Josef Locke! What follows can only be described as magical mayhem as Micky travels to Ireland in search of the elusive man.
'The world''s most powerful man is about to fight his greatest battle... between love and glory. On the remote Atlantic island of St. Helena, the residence in exile for the past six years of the great Napoleaon Bonaparte, that exile is about to end. A secret network of loyal Bonapartists is poised to return the Emperor to Paris while a double will play his part on the island. When the Emperor arrives in Paris, the double on St. Helena will reveal himself as an imposter, and Napoleon will reclaim his throne. Disguised as able-bodied seaman Eugene Lenormand, Napoleon sets off for Paris while his doppelganger, the real Eugene Lenormand, wakes up in his Emperor''s bed. But things don''t work out as planned. Napoleon''s ship changes course and he misses a crucial link in his network of supporters. Arriving, eventually, in Paris, alone and friendless he meets a widowed melon seller and the two forge an unlikely but life changing relationship while Napoleon waits impatiently for his moment. When his return to glory is thwarted by an unexpected turn of events on St. Helena, Napoleon has to find another way to confirm his true identity while finally letting go of imperial dreams.'
'Boat that rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60''s, and pop music. It''s about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, prefers jazz.In 1966 - British pop music''s finest era - the BBC played just 2 hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio played rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people - over half the population of Britain - listened to the pirates every single day.Recently expelled from school, Carl (Tom Sturridge) has been sent by his mother to find some direction in life by visiting his godfather Quentin. However, Quentin is the boss of Radio Rock, a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea, populated by an eclectic crew of rock ''n'' roll DJs.They are led by The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman) - big, brash, American, god of the airwaves, and totally in love with the music. He''s faithfully backed up by his co-broadcasters Dave (Nick Frost) - ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny Simon (Chris O''Dowd) - super-nice and searching for true love Midnight Mark (Tom Wisdom) - enigmatic, handsome and man of few words Wee Small Hours Bob - the late night DJ, whose hobbies are folk music and drugs Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke) - possessor of the smallest intelligence known to mankind On-The-Hour John (Will Adamsdale) - the newsreader and Angus ''The Nut'' Nutsford (Rhys Darby) - possibly the most annoying man in Britain.Life on the North Sea is eventful. Simon finds the woman of his dreams and is married on the boat... only to be left by his bride the next day. Gavin (Rhys Ifans) returns from his drug tour of America to his rightful position as greatest DJ in Britain and, in doing so, clashes with the Count. And Carl discovers the opposite sex and who his real father is.Meanwhile, pirate stations have come to the attention of government minister Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh) who is out for the blood of these lawbreakers. In an era when the stuffy corridors of power stifle anything approaching youthful exuberance, Dormandy seizes the chance to score a political goal and The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act is passed in an effort to outlaw the pirates and remove their ghastly influence from the land once and for all.What results is a literal storm on the high seas. With Radio Rock in peril, it''s devoted fans rally together and stage an epic Dunkirk-style hundred boat rescue to save their DJ heroes. Some things may come to an end, but rock ''n'' roll never dies.'
'Unpredictable, bizarre, elegiac, often cruel but above all painfully funny, What It Is sees Dylan ponder the joys and disappointments of human existence with the sensibility and intense perception of a man teetering on the edge. Critically and publicly acclaimed around the world for his previous Monster and Like, Totally shows, What It Is is Dylan''s finest live performance yet.'
'Special FeaturesCalzaghe Undefeated - An ''access all areas'' documentary following Joe in the build up to his last ever fight in New York with exclusive retirement interview Joe vs Roy Jones Jnr at Madison Square Garden on 8th November 2008. The full fight - 12 classic rounds ''Gonna Miss You Now You''re Gone'' - an exclusive track with a special montage video saluting Joe''s incredible career written by Enzo Calzaghe and sung by Enzo, Uccio and Sergio Calzaghe Amateur fight highlights - rare footage from Joe''s personal archive of amateur bouts My Life Story Documentary ''Shooting Joe''- Behind the scenes at the shoot ''Portrait of a Legend'' - An ultra slow motion montage of Britain''s greatest boxer ''In the ring with Joe'' - Come face to face with the undisputed World Champion and see what it''s like to face Joe Calzaghe in the ring! ''Taming The Bull'' - An exclusive interview with ''Raging Bull'' Jake La Motta ''Summer Boy'' & ''Got To Be Love'' performed by Sergio and Enzo Calzaghe'
'This set brings together three television plays from multi-award-winning comedienne and writer Victoria Wood. Originally transmitted between 1979 and 1981, the plays provided an early showcase for the bittersweet, distinctly Northern humour and mastery of dourly comic, sometimes poignant dialogue that has made her one of Britain''s best-loved and most consistently successful performers. Included is the highly acclaimed Talent, commissioned in 1978 by the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and the play which first brought Victoria Wood to the attention of Granada Television the productions also reunited Wood and long-time friend Julie Walters, and marked the beginning of their phenomenally successful television partnership. Wood and Walters stalwart Duncan Preston also appears in all three plays, with turns from Tracey Ullman, George Costigan and stand-up veteran and Bullseye host Jim Bowen. TALENT: Julie, a young woman seeking an escape from the encroaching drudgery of domestic life, and Maureen, her frumpish friend, prepare for a talent show at a seedy club. NEARLY A HAPPY ENDING: Maureen has been faithfully attending the slimmers'' club for months. Now the weeks of endless crispbreads have paid off - but is her optimism misplaced? HAPPY SINCE I MET YOU: Frances is 28, single and happy, despite ritual interrogations from her family as to why she''s not married. Then she meets Jim, and finds she has decisions to make...'
'Screenwriter Neil Biswas'' (BRADFORD RIOTS) adaptation of Martina Cole''s novel THE TAKE, spans 10 years of British socio-political change. The backdrop of the Thatcher era and its transition into the birth of New Labour, is particularly relevant to the drama''s theme of idealised new beginnings stemming from and resulting in a sense of disillusion.Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy, BRONSON, ROCKNROLLA) leaves prison in 1984, after serving 4 years for bank robbery. His loyal, if unstable, wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing, RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER) has waited for him on the outside, under the misguided impression that he wants to go straight. Freddie, however, is raring to get back into the game, keen on becoming king of the East End underworld. Cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans, BOY A) is hot on his heels and, with time, rises the ranks of the quickly expanding crime empire -- eventually eclipsing Freddie himself. He also has something else Freddie covets, Jackie''s younger sister Maggie (Charlotte Riley, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), and together they have a loving relationship the Jacksons can only dream of. Bitterness and jealously threaten to tear the family apart, as loyalties are brought into question, trusts are betrayed, and violence ensues. In an era of new promises and possibilities, everyone it appears, is on the take.'
Christina Ricci (Monster, Sleepy Hollow) stars as the enigmatic Miranda, whose appearance in the life of daydreaming librarian Frank (John Simm Human Traffic) propels him into a chaotic world where nothing is what it seems. From the docile domain of his Yorkshire library information desk, Frank suddenly finds himself in a world of confidence tricksters, sadistic villains, and amazing sex Miranda, he discovers, has five identities - geisha girl, businesswoman, con woman, dancer and dominatrix. But which one is the real Miranda? John Hurt (Captain Corellis Mandolin) plays Christian, the elegant schemer who sets Miranda on the trail of deception. Kyle MacLachlan (Sex and the City) is Nailor, the million dollar businessman whose weird fantasies are fuelled by assertive Miranda.
'Japanese horror tale of a haunted high-rise block. When a young woman takes up residence on the 13th floor of an apartment block, she thinks she''s fallen on her feet. Unfortunately for her, she soon wishes she had. As her boyfriend approaches the entrance, his attention is drawn to the top floor where he sees her screaming as she falls from the balcony. This chain of events is repeated with the next female resident, Sayaka, whose sister Mariko (Noriko Nakagoshi) begins to establish a pattern to the events. It transpires that a single mother and daughter, who shared an abusive relationship, once occupied the apartment. When the daughter, after years of abuse, finally snapped, she killed her mother, throwing herself from the balcony in fear of arrest. Mariko, failing to convince the police of her discoveries, returns to apartment 1303 expecting to find her mother. She''s not there - but something else is.'
Edward James Olmos turns in a supporting performance in this thriller, the feature debut from his son Michael D. Olmos. Enrique Almeida stars as Dreamer, a young man whose memory was severely inhibited in a gang attack that left his older brother dead. Bent on revenge, Dreamer sets out in search of the killers, but soon finds himself in the middle of a case involving a string of brutal gangland murders. Tom Sizemore also stars.
'Adventure and horror merge in this morbid tale of two 18th century grave robbers who make it their mission to hunt down the undead abominations that refuse to accept their rightful place in the ground. Arrested by towering holy man Father Duffy (Ron Perlman) and threatened with the guillotine for robbing graves with his mentor, Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden), apprentice ghoul Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) agrees to make a full confession in exchange for a steady flow of whiskey. Arthur''s story begins when he was just a young boy stealing jewelry from corpses in order to eat. Later, Arthur formed a partnership with Willie, and the pair went to work ensuring the walking dead learned to rest in peace. Now, with the specter of death looming ever closer, Arthur agrees to tell his tale to the very man charged with deciding his ultimate fate.'
'Singer, talk show host, comedian and legendary entertainer, Des O''Connor has been a mainstay of the light entertainment industry since he first made his way onto television screens in the 1950s. Acclaimed for his work on both stage and television, his successful black and white 1960s variety series - The Des O''Connor Show - was so popular that his first colour series in 1970 garnered him a massive international following, being shown all over the world and transmitted prime-time in America.This special volume contains the best bits of this hit 1970 series, featuring a wonderful mixture of comedy and music. Terry-Thomas, Val Doonican, Dusty Springfield, Liberace, Jimmy Edwards, Lonnie Donegan, Sacha Distel, Sandie Shaw, Matt Monro, Roy Hudd, Harry Secombe and many more stars join Des and his regulars Jack Douglas (more often than not in the guise of Alf Ippititimus) and the statuesquely gorgeous Valerie Leon in over five hours of unforgettable entertainment from 1970.'
Internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster ( New York Trilogy , The Book of Illusions , Man in the Dark ) explores the art of writing in the darkly comical THE INNER LIFE OF MARTIN FROST. Having completed his fourth novel, Martin Frost accepts the invitation of friends to spend a few weeks in their vacant country house. On his first morning there, he awakes to find the beautiful and mysterious Claire Martin lying next to him. Intrigued by her presence, Martin finds himself compelled to write a new story. But as he progresses, he realises that his and Claire s fate are bound up in the tale he is telling. Employing the wit and intelligence of his literary work, and featuring excellent performances by David Thewlis (THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS), Irne Jacob (THREE COLOURS: RED) and Michael Imperioli (THE SOPRANOS), Auster s third film (after BLUE IN THE FACE and LULU ON THE BRIDGE) is both a mystery and a fascinating portrait of an artist and his muse.
Good Dick is a modern fairy tale about a troubled, reclusive young woman and the persistent video clerk who draws her out of her claustrophobic world by starting up a unique courtship with her.As they become closer, her sexual antipathy is met with his unflinching optimism, until finally her aggressive defenses overwhelm them both and the relationship bursts apart. Profoundly affected by his presence in her life, she finds that she has the courage to face her past., Good Dick is a modern fairy tale about a troubled, reclusive young woman and the persistent video clerk who draws her out of her claustrophobic world by starting up a unique courtship with her.As they become closer, her sexual antipathy is met with his unflinching optimism, until finally her aggressive defenses overwhelm them both and the relationship bursts apart. Profoundly affected by his presence in her life, she finds that she has the courage to face her past.Special Features:None Listed
'TWILIGHT, based on the acclaimed novel by Stephenie Meyer, is the highly-anticipated movie of the ultimate forbidden love affair between a vampire and mortal. Boasting a whole host of bright young talent including Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Kristen Stewart (Into The Wild, What Just Happened) and Cam Gigandet (Never Back Down, The O.C.), the screenplay is written by Melissa Rosenberg (Step Up, The O.C.) and directed by the Award-winning filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen). Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesnt expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any shes ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than a mountain lion, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands and he hasnt aged since 1918. Like all vampires, hes immortal. But he doesnt have fangs, and he doesnt drink human blood, as Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will they do when Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and James (Cam Gigandet), the Cullens mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for Bella? EXTRAS over 2 hours of additional material Audio commentary The Adventure Begins The Journey from page to screen A conversation with Stephanie Meyer The Comic-Con phenomenon Deleted scenes (with director introduction) Extended scenes (with director introduction) Video: Muse performing Supermassive Black Hole Video: Decod by Paramore UK premiere footage (exclusive to UK) Theatrical trailer Theatrical TV spots Becoming Edward Becoming Bella Catherine Hardwickes Vampire Kiss montage Edwards piano concert Music: The heartbeat of Twilight Catherine Hardwickes Bellas Lullaby Remix music videoSpecial Features:A conversation with Stephanie MeyerBecoming BellaBecoming EdwardCatherine Hardwicke''s ''Bella''s Lullaby Remix'' music videoCatherine Hardwicke''s Vampire Kiss montageDeleted scenes (with director introduction)Edward''s piano concertExtended scenes (with director introduction)Music: The heartbeat of TwilightThe Comic-Con phenomenonTheatrical trailerTheatrical TV spotsUK premiere footage (exclusive to UK)Video: ''Decode'' by ''Paramore''Video: ''Muse'' performing ''Supermassive Black Hole'''
'Collision tells the story of a major road accident and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one single defining moment that will change their lives. Amid the tangle of twisted metal and emotional turmoil wrought by the tragedy of a crash of this scale, are the stories of the victims, and the impact of the accident on their families, friends and colleagues. As the terrible task of investigating the cause of the carnage begins, a series of revelations emerge: from Government cover-ups and smuggling, to disturbing secrets and murder. Douglas Henshall (Primeval, French Film) and Kate Ashfield (The Children, The Diary of Anne Frank) play the senior police officers in charge of the investigations whose complicated personal lives threaten to collide with the grim job they face. Paul McGann (True Dare Kiss, Withnail and I) stars as millionaire property dealer Richard Reeves. Dean Lennox Kelly (Shameless, The Invisibles) and his brother Craig Kelly (Hotel Babylon, Queer as Folk) team up for the first time to play brothers Danny and Jeffrey Rampton, whose business dealings are about to be exposed as a result of the crash. Zoe Telford (The Palace, Marple: The Sittaford Mystery) is Jeffrey''s wife Sandra. Claire Rushbrook (Mutual Friends, Whitechapel) plays Karen Donnelly who survives the crash, but has a secret which puts her life in jeopardy again. Phil Davis (Bleak House, Whitechapel) plays Brian Edwards who escapes the carnage which kills his mother in law. His wife Christine, played by Jan Francis (U Be Dead, New Tricks) is devastated by the death of her mother, and confused by her husband''s reaction to the police questions. David Bamber (Rome, Daniel Deronda) plays Sidney Norris, a piano teacher whose guilty secrets are uncovered in the investigations'
'Though the pedigree a screenplay from Babylon 5''s J. Michael Straczynski might suggest a science fiction film, The Changeling is a historical thriller in the vein of L.A. Confidential or Chinatown and is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood. Angelina Jolie stars as a mother whose son disappears in 1928 Los Angeles. When he returns months later, she realizes that he is not her child. Special Features:U-Control interactive features'
'Today is the biggest day in Jamal Malik''s life. A Penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, he''s one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India''s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? But when the show breaks for the night, suddenly, he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much? Determined to get to the bottom of Jamal''s story, the jaded Police Inspector spends the night probing Jamal''s incredible past, from his riveting tales of the slums where he and his brother Salim survived by their wits to his hair-raising encounters with local gangs to his heartbreak over Latika, the unforgettable girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of Jamal''s increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show''s seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out... The result is the sweeping, stylish, intoxicatingly human experience of Slumdog Milliomaire, the new film from acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Millions, 28 Days Later, Sunshine). Part exhilarating love story, part eye-catching journey into the underbelly of the so-called maximum city of Mumbai, part stirring tale of an Everyman''s triumph against a harsh, cynical world, Slumdog Millionaire is a visceral, action-packed Dickensian epic for the 21st Century. At the heart of its exhuberant storytelling lies the the intriguing question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love. Special Features: Making-of Deleted scenes Directors commentary Featurettes.'
'From Academy Award-winning director, Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13), comes the electrifying, untold story behind one of the most unforgettable moments in history. When disgraced President Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with jet-setting television personality, David Frost, he thought he''d found the key to saving his tarnished legacy. But, with a name to make and a reputation to overcome, Frost became one of Nixon''s most formidable adversaries and engaged the leader in a charged battle of wits that changed the face of politics forever. Featuring brilliant portrayals by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon is the fascinating and suspenseful story of truth, accountability, secrets and lies.'
'The dramatic retelling of the life, remarkable rise, and violent fall of rapper Christopher Wallace (aka the Notorious B.I.G.), Notorious plays like A Star is Born set to a rattling gangsta snare. With crisp direction by George Tillman Jr., producer of the BARBERSHOP series, the film is briskly paced and strikes a worthy balance between sensationalized celebrity biopic and behind-the-scenes drama. Angela Bassett anchors the latter with a nuanced performance as Voletta, Wallaces long-suffering single mother who attempts to shelter him from the mean streets of Bed-Stuy. With deep involvement by those who knew him best--the real Voletta Wallace and Sean ''Puff Daddy'' Combs (played dynamically by Derek Luke) co-produced--the film nonetheless unflinchingly portrays Biggies troubled history as a teenage crack dealer, his chronic infidelity and poor fathering skills, and his own role in stoking the ludicrous coastal rivalry that claimed both his and Tupac Shakurs lives. NOTORIOUS delivers an impactful tribute to its subject''s genius--revealing to fans and neophytes alike the microphone skills, narrative chops, and fresh vision that made Wallace one of hip-hops greatest all-time MCs. Largely, this is due to the ace performance by Jamal Woolard, an amateur rapper who packed on 50 pounds to play the hulking gangsta.'
'The true story of one of World War One''s deadliest air aces comes to the screen in this historical drama. Manfred von Richthofen (Matthias Schweighoefer) became fascinated with flying when he was a boy, and as a young man he joins the German army and becomes part of their budding air force. Flying in a squadron with his best friend Werner Voss (Til Schweiger), von Richthofen is a pilot with a great talent for aerial battle, but he also has a sense of honor and fair play, and he and his cohorts often pay tribute to fallen opponent by dropping wreaths over the wreckage of their planes. When von Richthofen and Voss discover a Canadian pilot, Capt. Roy Brown (Joseph Fiennes), who has been stranded in German territory, they rescue the flier rather than leave an enemy soldier to die, and while bringing him to safety Manfred meets Kaete Otersdorf (Lena Headey), a military nurse who has devoted her life to helping those wounded by war. Manfred becomes deeply infatuated with Kaete, but while she is also taken with him, she cannot abide his open embrace of the blood sport of war, and even as he becomes one of Germany''s most decorated pilots, downing nearly eight enemy planes, he comes to understand the true horror of war and the consequences of his actions. von Richthofen gains an even greater perspective on war when he encounters Capt. Brown one last time.'
The unforgettable original version of acclaimed filmmaker Michael Hanekes classic exploration of screen violence is an uncompromising, sometimes uncomfortable but never less than compelling experience. Arriving at their remote lakeside holiday home, a middle class family are alarmed by the unexpected arrival of two young men who soon begin to subject them to a twisted and horrifying ordeal of terror. With characteristic mastery, Haneke turns the conventions of the thriller genre upside down and directly challenges the expectations of his audience, forcing viewers to question the complacency with which they receive images of casual violence in contemporary cinema.
'Laurence Olivier directs and stars in this classic adaptation of Shakespeare''s play about the king who led England to victory in the Battle of Agincourt. The film pays tribute to its origins by opening in a version of the Globe Theatre in 17th century London, where Henry (Olivier) takes to the stage along with a variety of nobles to discuss his plans to stake a claim to the French throne. As the range of Henry''s ambitions make themselves known, the theatrical artifice gives way to a more naturalised style and follows Henry as he sets sail from Southampton with his army. Inspired by Henry, the invading English hand the French several defeats, culminating in a triumph against far superior numbers at Agincourt. Shot during WWII, the film was designed to raise morale in the ongoing battle against Nazi Germany and earned Olivier an Academy Award for his ''outstanding achievement'' in bringing the film to screen.'
'What do you do when you''re hit by a quarter-life crisis ? At first fancying himself an enigmatic poet , twentysomething Art gradually realises that he must take action if he''s going to escape his life as a struggling musician. The answer comes within the pages of a self-help book entitled It''s Not Your Fault . Not content to just draw inspiration from its pages, Art invites the elderly author of the book to live with him and his parents, sparking off a painfully funny journey into dysfunction but towards fulfilment. Starring Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as neurotic musician Art, How To Be is a timely take on extended adolescence, frustrated creativity and the self-help phenomenon. This wry relationship comedy is directed by Oliver Irving from his own screenplay with contributions from Johnny White and Joe Hastings.Special Features:Audio CommentaryExtended Scenes (26 Minutes)How To Make How To Be'
'An untouchable classic, Ip Man is a glorious and evocative biopic of the man who defied an empire, pioneered the worlds most explosive fighting art, and went on to mentor Bruce Lee- the greatest martial arts icon of all time.Set in Foshan, China, during the Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man vividly brings to life the brutality of the infamous Japanese occupation, where once proud men are forced to fight to the death for a precious bag of rice. Defined by courage and humility, one man rises to the fore, Grandmaster Ip Man (Donnie Yen): a Wing Chun impresario, whose matchless fighting skill is revered all over China. Upon refusing to teach his beloved fighting art to the invading Japanese soldiers, he is forced to fight for the honour of his country in a series of battles that will culminate in a kill-or-be-killed showdown with Japans greatest fighter.With sumptuous production values, a career-defining performance from Kung Fu Superstar, Donnie Yen, and inspired close-quarter fight sequences by action-legend, Sammo Hung, Ip Man is an unforgettable event-movie experience that will define the benchmark in action-cinema for years to come. Special Features: Ultimate Edition, Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots Interviews ''Making Of'' Featurettes Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery ''Location/Set Design'' Featurettes Gala Premiere Deleted Scenes ''From IP MAN to Bruce Lee: Tracing The Legend'' Featurette.'
Hot on the heels of Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Dunk is a dazzling collision of hi-impact martial arts and red-hot sports action from the action-director of Hero and House of the Flying Daggers.Orphaned from birth, Jay (Jay Chow) is raised in a martial arts school, and becomes a prodigious master in the ancient art of Kung Fu. When he is expelled for overshadowing his teachers in an epic bone-crunching showdown, he hits the streets in search of a new challenge.Adopted by a local street-hustler (Eric Tsang), he soon discovers that lightning fast reflexes and a super-human eye are good for more than just fighting, and accepts the challenge to play for the college basketball team in exchange for information that may lead to his long-lost family.After a dazzling display of backboard-breaking slam-dunks, alley-oops and gravity-defying circus-shots, he quickly becomes the teams new star-player. Now, with one eye on the championships and the other on girl of his dreams, he must call upon all his training to survive a headlong race to the finals against a team whose trademark brutality is legendary. However, when most of his team-mates end up benched or broken, skill alone will not bring home the goldA three-pointer of explosive kung fu, gymnastic basketball and crowd-pleasing humour, Kung Fu Dunk delivers a high-velocity, hoop-tastic thrill-ride that will have you cheering for overtime!
'This 1987 television play, adapted from Evelyn Waugh''s barbed comic novel, centres on a nave young newspaper columnist, William Boot (Michael Maloney), who is caught up in an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. Each week, Boot writes a nature column for the Daily Beast entitled ''Lush Places'', featuring detailed observations from the depths of his country estate. All is fine until the paper''s foreign editor confuses him with a war reporter, and the bewildered Boot is dispatched to the East African republic of Ishmaelia to cover a major political crisis. Once there, he encounters the manipulative power of the world''s press, tangles with big business, and falls hopelessly in love for the first time.Inspired by Evelyn Waugh''s own experience as a war reporter, Scoop aims a satirical spear at an array of Fleet Street archetypes. Boasting a venerable cast, the play stars Donald Pleasence as the Beast''s opportunistically war-hungry publisher, Lord Copper Denholm Elliott plays his timorous foreign editor, Salter and Jack Shepherd is Corker, the roving hack who rarely misses a good story - factual or otherwise. Herbert Lom and Michael Hordern also appear in this excellent drama, which is directed by Gavin Millar (Foyle''s War), produced by Sue Birtwistle (Cranford), and scripted by internationally acclaimed writer and journalist William Boyd.'
'Adapted from Anne Michael''s acclaimed prose-poem novel, FUGITIVE PIECES is a harrowing and haunting tale of Holocaust survival and personal awakening. The film opens in Poland, as young Jakob Berr (Robbie Kay) is hidden away just before German soldiers storm into his Jewish family''s home. After watching his parents murdered and his sister dragged away to an uncertain fate, Jakob flees and hides in the woods. He is discovered by a kindly Greek archaeologist, Athos (Rade Sherbedgia), who smuggles the sickly Jakob back to his own island home and hides him for the rest of the war. Years later, having moved to Canada, the grownup Jakob (Stephen Dillane) has become a writer struggling to articulate his childhood horrors, haunted by the mystery of his sister''s fate. But after his troubled emotions lead to the breakup of his marriage to the free-spirited Alex (Rosamund Pike), Jakob must exorcise the ghosts of his past if he is to close a traumatic chapter of his life and find beauty in the present.'
William Camdens Britannia was the first absolute exploration of Britain, an audit of our island as had never been done before. It was the 16th centurys definitive guide to Great Britain.Nicholas Cranes Britannia is the new definitive guide, an examination of Great Britain through the eyes of an exciting pioneer, leaving no aspect of our island undiscovered. As Crane follows in Camdens footsteps, navigating the spectacular journey through the four countries of the UK, he uncovers the secrets from the past and discovers the intrinsic relationship between the landscape and its inhabitants through time. With only his umbrella for company, Crane brings Britannia into the 21st century.DVD Extras Subtitles Unseen footage Picture gallery Exclusive interview with Nicholas Crane Behind the scenes feature
Based on the hugely popular Japanese comic, GeGeGe no Kitaro , Kitaro is a live-action adaptation of the manga series created in 1959 by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. It is best known for its popularization of the folklore creatures known as y kai, a class of spirit-monster to which all of the main characters belong. It has been adapted for the screen several times, as anime, live-action, and video games. A new anime series has been made every decade since 1968. Kitaro (Eiji Wentz) is a yokai whose parents both died before he was born. Actually, to be more accurate he crawled out of his mother s dead-and-buried corpse and emerged from her grave, but obviously the movie doesn t get too in-depth in that sort of explanation. In order to protect Kitaro, his father gathered up what little life essence he had left and emerged as a single walking, talking eyeball called Medama Oyaji. Kitaro lives in a secluded tree house with other yokai, trying to remain as unseen to human eyes as possible. However, one day Kitaro receives a letter from a little boy named Kenta Miura (Ruka Uchida) begging for his help to get rid of the ghosts haunting his apartment complex. Kitaro decides to investigate the situation, and sure enough he finds a group of mischievous yokai tormenting the residents of the complex, working under the orders of Nezumi Otoko (literally Rat Man ). Rat Man is a shifty, selfish yokai who s always looking for a way to make a quick buck, so when a land developer offered him cash to force people out of the apartment complex he jumps at the chance.
PolyannaThis enchanting version of Eleanor H. Porters timelessly popular story stars Amanda Burton as Aunt Polly alongside a prestigious cast including Kenneth Cranham, Pam Ferris and Tom Bell. Set in 1913, Pollyanna is the classic story of an orphaned girl who starts a new life with her strict spinster Aunt. The glad game she plays, of finding a silver lining in every cloud, transforms the inhabitants of a joyless community and brings love into the life of her Aunt. Then something so terrible happens to Pollyanna herself that even she doesnt know how to feel glad anymore Starring: Amanda Burton as Aunt Polly Georgina Terry as Pollyanna, Pam Ferris as Mrs Snow Tom Bell as Old Tom, David Bamber as Reverend Ford The Railway Children Three Edwardian children Roberta (Jemina Rooper), Peter (Jack Blumenau), and Phyllis (Clare Thomas) move to Yorkshire with their mother (Jenny Agutter) when their father (Michael Kitchen) is falsely imprisoned as a spy. The nearby railway becomes the centre of their new life, providing them with many adventures whilst they strive to prove their fathers innocence The Railway Children is based upon the classic childrens book written by Edith Nesbit. Ballet ShoesSet in 1930s London, Ballet Shoes tells the inspiring tale of Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy Fossil (Lucy Boynton), who are adopted by an eccentric explorer, Gum (Richard Griffiths), and raised as sisters by his selfless niece (Emilia Fox) and her nurse (Victoria Wood). Each of the girls has a dream to fulfil Pauline longs to be an actress, Petrova yearns to be an aviator, and Posy seems born to be a ballerina. But when Gum disappears, the money runs out and feisty, ambitious and devoted Fossils find they must fight to survive...
Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke s disturbing film portrays the alienation of a young boy, whose experience of the world is refracted through the lens of his video camera and his television screen. Arno Frisch, later to play one of the psychopathic young men in Funny Games, plays the 14 year-old Benny, who brings a girl home to his parents empty apartment where he commits a shocking act of casual violence. As with his later Funny Games , Haneke poses provocative and challenging questions about voyeurism and the relationship between violence real and imagined. Extras: Theatrical trailer/ interview with Michael Haneke
Based on a true story, Hanekes first theatrical feature is a disturbing portrait of familial disintegration which he describes as a depiction of his native Austrias progressive emotional glaciation. Set over a three year period, it documents how the mundane day to day routines of a middle class family alienate them from the world and each other until, suddenly and shockingly, their lives self-destruct. Addressing themes that would inform much of his later work the breakdown of society, violence and the media The Seventh Continent is both intelligent and masterfully composed.
For the very forst time anywhere in the world in glorious1080p High definition and in its original aspect ratio The Black Shield of Falworth, starring Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh was Universal-Internationals first feature in CinemaScope.In one of his earliest and most dashing performances, a young Tony Curtis pursues his real-life bride Janet Leigh, while defending the British throne in this swashbuckling saga filled with jousts, jests and medieval super heroics.The setting is England in the reign of King Henry IV, Miles (Curtis) is a headstrong, handsome peasant determined to learn the name of his slain father and discover his true heritage. His fiery ambition and swift sword lead him to the majestic MacWorth castle. There he must compete for both knighthood as well as the hand of the fair Lady Anne (Leigh), but her love is claimed by the evil, conniving Sir Walter Blount. All the while the English throne is being challenged to the death from sinister forces within.Soon the fate of the realm, and his beloved Lady Anne, will depend upon his martial skill, but not before Miles must unlock the secret of his own shocking, mysterious identity. With its outstanding supporting cast and dazzling set design this is truly an epic tale of which legends are made!Starring the ever charismatic, multi-award winning Tony Curtis (Some like It Hot, Smell of Sweet Success, The Defiant Ones), the Oscar nominated Janet Leigh (Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate) and directed by the Oscar nominated cinematographer Rudolph Mat.
Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the constant threat of foreign invasion while chasing young women all over Havana before finally meeting Elena (Daisy Granados), a young virgin girl he seeks to mould into the image of his ex-wife, but at what cost to himself?
'Robert Taylor plays Marcus Vinicius, commander of Rome''s 14th Legion and in love with Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a member of the Christian sect accused of undermining Roman values. Peter Ustinov, wrapped in purple-robed petulance, is the all-powerful Nero. The destinies of these three and of the Empire play out in a tale whose visual highlights include the parade of triumphant legions, the burning of Rome and the martyrdom of Christmas before cheering, bread-and-circus throngs. Special Features: Commentary by Critic/Film Historian F.X. Feeney New Ultra-Resolution Digital File Transfer New Featurette: In the Beginning: Quo Vadis and the Genesis of the Biblical Epic Theatrical Trailers'
'Alan Pao''s fast-paced thriller follows one man''s descent into a world of drugs and violence as his new acquaintance turns out to be exacting a long-harboured revenge.Jesse Metcalfe plays Tristan Price, a wealthy and privileged teenager who seemingly has everything he could ever want, money, loving parents and a beautiful girlfriend. However, his perfect life is turned upside down by the arrival of Sebastian, a handsome, charismatic, ruthless drug dealer. As Tristan is sucked into a seedy underworld of drugs, sex and violence he begins to realise his new best friend is, in fact, his worst enemy.'
Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster deliver knockout Oscar Winning performances in this shocking, powerful thriller. This terrifying masterpiece of suspense garnered five Academy Awards including Best Director and the coveted Best Picture. A psychopath known only as Buffalo Bill is kidnapping and murdering young women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI send in Agent Clarice Starling to interview an insane prisoner who may provide psychological Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant yet psychotic, with a taste for cannibalism, Lecter will only help Starling in exchange for details and secrets about her own complicated life. This twisted relationship forces Starling not only to face her own inner demons, but leads her face-to-face with a demented killer, an incarnation of evil so overwhelming, she may not have the courage or strength to stop him. Horrific, disturbing, spellbinding. This thriller set the standard by which all others are measured.
'The Deer Hunter is an astonishing, powerful and vivid epic about three men, steelworkers from Pennsylvania, whose lives are changed irrevocably in the tragic devastation of the Vietnam war. When Michael, Steven and Nick are captured by the Vietcong, they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors, who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfil an old vow to one of his friends, he makes an unexpected, horrific discovery. Director Michael Cimino''s The Deer Hunter won no less than 5 Oscars in 1978, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and Best Sound. Special Features: Realising The Deer Hunter Shooting The Deer Hunter Playing The Deer Hunter Unknown Images: The Vietnam War Introduction by Mickey Rourke Trailer Audio commentary by Michael Cimino BD-Live Booklet: Analysis by Ryan Gilbey, film critic of the New Statesman'
'Having worked as an assistant to acclaimed filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski, Isaacs'' reveals a great capacity to establish privileged relationships with the protagonists in his documentary films, creating a succession of deeply moving and uniquely original views of modern Britain. His camera''s presence fades and is forgotten... We present three of Marc Isaacs most remarkable films: Lift Travellers and Calais: The Last Border.'
'Karma should be a four-letter word. Just ask Earl, the lovable loser with a hilarious laundry list of dirty deeds that need undoing, from stealing a children''s bookmobile to getting his babysitter pregnantthe hard way! And, while Earls brother Randy starts a karmic list of his own, his ex-wife, Joy, and her husband are movin'' on up to the suburbs. Trouble is, you can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you cant take the trailer park out of the girl. Hilariously irreverent and outrageously over-the-top, Season Four of My Name is Earl proves, once again, that karma is a funny thing.'
Part boy-scout. Part genius. All hero.Using his brain in place of a gun, secret agent Angus MacGyver relies on his knowledge of science to save himself and others from jeopardy. Deploring the promotion of everyday violence, MacGyver refuses to carry weapons and instead designs life-saving tools out of household staples like paper clips and duct tape. Richard Dean Anderson portrays a likeable hero of strong principals and intellect in this clever series, which successfully ran for seven years (1985-1992) and continues to remain a beloved cult favourite.
This magnificent DVD box set contains four hand picked films from the outstanding, controversial and influential filmmaker Pedro Almodvar. This collection of his most critically acclaimed films is a must own for any genuine collector.Includes: Volver La Mala Educacin (Bad Education) Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her) Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother)
'The award-winning Derrida offers an intimate portrait of the brilliant, controversial philosopher and intellectual French icon Jacques Derrida, whose theory of ''deconstruction'' has deeply influenced the studies of literature, philosophy, ethics, architecture and law, indelibly marking the intellectual landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries.Combining extremely rare private footage of Derrida with his reflections on violence, love and death, the film also investigates the concept of biography, exploring the relationship between the public and the private. Provocative potent and entertaining, Derrida marks an inspired collaboration between philosophy scholar Amy Ziering Kofman and filmmaker Kirby Dick, the Director of Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist. The mesmerising score is courtesy of Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Gohatto).'
With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation. Featuring an eighteen piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including My Girl, Dancing In The Street, Aint No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Motown The Musical is a musical sensation with real soul. The Tony nominated Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York with Berry Gordy and legendary Motown artists Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder attending opening night. The show began its West End run in February 2016 with Gordy, Robinson and Wilson once again supporting the show on opening night. Subsequently, during the London run, The Four Tops and Martha Reeves have also visited the production. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago and continues to play to packed houses across America. From 7 March 2017 the West End cast comprises Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy with Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross, Obioma Ugoala as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. Members of the ensemble play the roles of Eddie Kendricks, Jackie Wilson, Anna Gordy, Esther, Teena Marie, Florence Ballard, Martha Reeves, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Mary Wells, Mary Wilson and Stevie Wonder. The ensemble features Cameron Bernard Jones, Ryan Carter, KM Drew Boateng, Samuel Edwards, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Vanessa Fisher, Terique Jarrett, Cleopatra Joseph, Wilson Kiiru, Natasha Leaver, Brandon Lee Sears, Kieran McGinn, Simone Mistry-Palmer, Samuel Nicholas, Brianna Ogunbawo, Matt Overfield, Jay Perry, Timothy Quinlan, Simon Ray Harvey, Sharon Rose, Lawrence Rowe, Ashley Samuels, Carl Spencer, Richard Taylor Woods, Alex Thomas-Smith, Cherelle Williams ,Michael Woolston-Thomas and Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli. Nana Ageyman-Bediako, 11 years old from Haringey, London, Raphael Higgins-Humes, 11 years old from Greenwich, London, Rio Myers, 10 years old from Lewisham, London and Tumo Reetsang, 12 years old from Southwark, London alternate the role of Young Michael Jackson. Motown the Musical is proudly supported by Swarovski crystal who originally partnered with the show on Broadway and provided 400,000 Swarovski crystals for costume and set.