Director Guillermo del Toro returns with this tale about a young girl and the mythical monsters she confronts.
True stories from the war that turned brother against brother. Experience for yourself the historical and personal impact of the Civil War in a way that only History can provide. This action-packed 3 DVD collection is a multi-faceted look at 'The War Between the States' and vividly brings the most legendary battles soldiers and leaders to life. From Antietam to Shiloh delve into the full military and political contexts of America's bloodiest era. Hear the intimate stories of the women slaves and soldiers who fought on both sides while the country's most renowned historians describe the less familiar incidents that add perspective and depth to the war that divided a nation.
Powerful, disturbing and moving in equal measure, 2006's acclaimed "Kidulthood" took us deep into London's unseen underbelly - now it's time to grow up.
Platoon (Dir. Oliver Stone 1986): Writer/director Oliver Stone has created a personal and searing testament to the men who fought the war in Vietnam. Seen through the eyes of a college drop-out the war is a real nightmare a private hell of fears from outside and in with enemies on both sides of the line. His platoon's allegiance is split between leaders Sergeant Barnes and Sergeant Elias. Barnes is a scar-faced gung-ho fanatic bent on destroying the elusive Viet Cong and anyone who disagrees with him. Elias is a different type of soldier--he has lost faith in the war but not in man. Friction between the two sergeants leads to a second war as deadly as the one being waged against the enemy. Tigerland (Dir. Joel Schumacher 2000): Roland Bozz after being conscripted into the US army joins a platoon of other young soldiers preparing to fight in Vietnam. He has no interest in fighting for his country and tries to get sent home as a trouble maker but his superiors mistake his defiance as intelligence and he soon gets a chance to try his hand at leadership... Hamburger Hill (Dir. John Irvin 1987): The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all up hill... up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their country their fellow soldiers and their lives. War is hell but this is worse. Hamburger Hill tells it the way it was the way it really was. It's a raw gritty and totally unrelenting dramatic depiction of one of the fiercest battles of America's bloodiest war. Dodge the gunfire. Get caught behind enemy lines. Go into battle beside the brave young men who fought and died. Feel their desperation and futility. This happened. Hamburger Hill - war at its worst men at their best.
Based on Jack Higgins electrifying World War II novel in which a Nazi impersonator is asked to recover the secret plans of the 1944 D-Day landings. Shortly before the D-Day landings Colonel Kelso, an American officer with plans of the forthcoming invasion, is washed ashore on Nazi occupied Jersey. Hearing that Kelso is still alive, the Allies ask Harry Martineau (George Peppard) to travel to Jersey, pose as a Nazi agent, and to either rescue Kelso, or silence him. Martineau is accompanied on his daring mission by the beautiful Sara Drayton (Deborah Raffin) a former resident of Jersey. Martineau's assignment becomes more complicated when Field Marshall Rommell (Michael York) appears on Jersey for an unannounced visit. Will our heroes be able to rescue Kelso and return him to England or will he pay the ultimate price?
Hitch a ride with three of Hollywood's most acclaimed actresses in this rollicking road movie that's full of warmth tears and humorous zingers (The New York Observer). Starring Academy Award Winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates and Academy Award Nominee Joan Allen Bonneville is a charming gem of a film that celebrates fun friendship and the detours of life that makes us who we are. Recently widowed Arvilla (Lange) is at a crossroads. Her stepdaughter Francine (Christine Baranski) has threatened to sell Arvilla's Idaho home unless Arvilla brings her late husband's ashes to California where they'll be interred for eternity beside his first wife. Arvilla's friends Margene (Bates) and Carol (Allen) convince Arvilla to deliver the ashes. But when Arvilla convinces them to go with her in her husband's '66 Bonneville the stage is set for an unforgettable journey filled with hitchhikers truckers breathtaking vistas Vegas jackpots and a powerful final showdown.
Martin has two best friends Patrick and Carl who couldn't be more different. One is an irresponsible unreliable feckless womaniser and the other is dead. Guess which one slept with his wife? Martin Grantham is happily married to Jen. They have a son Dan a nice house the works. One day his best friend Carl throws himself under a train setting off a disastrous sequence of events that will change Martin's life forever... Into this mess steps Patrick a friend from way back. Patrick is everything Martin is not - glib self-confident popular and pathologically immature. He's the last person Martin needs in his life right now. Or is he? It's not a matter of life and death; it's much funnier than that.
Love rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfil a destiny her grandfather steadfastly refuses to recognize... This beautiful and enchanting film was just awarded the the Feature Film Children's BAFTA award. Keisha Castle-Hughes earned an Oscar nomination for her outstanding performance.
It's the moment of truth in the studio of India's smash hit TV show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' as a young orphan from the slums of Mumbai finds himself on the verge of winning 20 million rupees!
A Bridge Too Far, Official UK region B release, includes trailers, 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, widescreen 2:35:1
Titanic: Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar nominee Kate Winslet light up the screen as Jack and Rose the young lovers who find one another on the maiden voyage of the unsinkable R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival. Man In The Iron Mask: Its 'all for one and one for all' as the Three Musketeers along with D'Artagnan reunite in this swashbuckling tale of action and adventure. Leonardo DiCaprico stars in the dual role of the cruel King Louis XIV and the mysterious prisoner encased in the iron mask. Paris is starving but the King of France is more interested in the debauched affairs of court. The Musketeers devise a daring plot to save France from the tyranny of this King only D'Artgnan stands in their way. The Man in the Iron Mask is a stunning film of intrigue danger action and romance. Romeo + Juliet: Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes portray Romeo and Juliet the youthful star-crossed lovers of the past. But the setting has been moved from its Elizabethan origins to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona beach. This brilliant and contemporary retelling of the world's most tragic love affair makes this wildly inventive Romeo & Juliet unforgettable.
From the director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire comes a masterpiece of terror. Starring Kerry Fox Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor this hermetically sealed shocker will take you on a fantastic ride that's riddled with hairpin turns. Juliet David and Alex find that their new reclusive roommate has not left the bedroom for days. After kicking in the door they discover this drug overdosed corpse... and a suitcase full of cash. Fatefully choosing to keep the money they know they have to get rid of the body. But the remains won't stay buried and a careless trail from the shallow grave leads the police and two money-hungry thugs-back to the trio. As the stakes get higher so does the body count not to mention their paranoia which is quickly putting their friendship in jeopardy...forever!
Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). On the DVD: Too often the best extras come attached to films that don't really warrant them. Not so here, where a truly great film has been given the attention it deserves. The first disc presents the film in the original extra-wide CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1, in an anamorphically enhanced transfer which does maximum justice to the film's superb cinematography. The sound has been transferred from the original six-track magnetic elements into 5.1 Dolby Digital and far surpasses what many would expect from a 1950s' feature. The main bonus on the first disc is an isolated presentation of Malcolm Arnold's great Oscar-winning music score, in addition to which there is a trivia game, and maps and historical information linked to appropriate clips. The second disc contains a new, specially produced 53-minute "making of" documentary featuring many of those involved in the production of the movie. This gives a rich insight into the physical problems of making such a complex epic on location in Ceylon. Also included are the original trailer and two short promotional films from the time of release, one of which is narrated by star William Holden. Finally there is an "appreciation" by director John Milius, an extensive archive of movie posters and artwork, and a booklet that reproduces the text of the film's original 1957 brochure. --Gary S Dalkin
Available for the first time on DVD! Robert Mitchum Peter Falk and Arthur Kennedy star in the rivetting war drama Anzio a vivid portrait of one of the bloodiest WWII battles ever fought. After landing with Allied troops at Anzio Italy in 1944 war correspondent Dick Ennis (Mitchum) and buddy Corporal Rabinoff (Falk) tell Anzio commander General Lesley (Kennedy) that the road to Rome is wide open. But instead of heading to Rome Lesley attempts to build a coastal stronghold only
Writer/director Michael Haneke delivers a masterpiece of unsettlement with Hidden (Cache). Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep showing their house under surveillance from across the street their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arrive accompanied by mysterious drawings and gradually Georges becomes convinced that he's being tormented by a figure from his past. But when he confronts him the man assures Georges he is innocent. A growing sense of guilt begins to rise in Georges as he recalls his less-than-angelic childhood yet for some reason he's unable to be completely honest with Anne. Soon their happy home is an emotional battleground leading to a climax that is breathtaking in its ferocity and ambiguousness. Though Haneke's film works first and foremost as an insidious thriller it is also a powerful commentary on the urban paranoia and racism that continue to permeate modern society. Without using a score and keeping his camera detached and static Haneke nonetheless establishes a nearly unbearable level of tension. Not for the squeamish Hidden remains a work of menacing brilliance and was the winner of the Best Director award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
Holland 1940: The German army invades the Netherlands and a nation suddenly finds itself under Nazi occupation. What follows is one of the most controversial periods in European wartime history as the Dutch are torn between collaboration and resistance. But for six young college students the choices they make will irreparably change the fate of their homeland as their lives become an epic adventure of courage betrayal and survival. Based on the best-selling memoir by Dutch war hero Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema Soldier Of Orange became the international breakthrough film for director Paul Verhoeven and stars Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe and is still considered by critics worldwide to be one of the most powerful war films ever made.
In a world where heroes are often in short supply, the story of Erin Brockovich is an inspirational reminder of the power of the human spirit.
Jarhead follows "Swoff", a third-generation enlistee, through the Middle East deserts with no cover from the intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers.
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