DVD Tuesday: Mission Impossible III, C.S.I. Miami & More!
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Baywatch-Season-1: This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on a crowded resort beach. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job.
Baywatch: Collection 1: This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on a crowded resort beach. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job.
Baywatch: Collection 2: This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on a crowded resort beach. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job.
Mission - Impossible III: Tom Cruise is back as Special Agent Ethan Hunt in the third installment of the big screen spin-off of the cult espionage TV series of the 1960s and this time takes on a vindictive international super-villain (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who takes his revenge on Hunt by kidnapping his fiancé (Michele Monaughan). Directed by TV creator J.J. Abrams, it plays like a an entire season of Alias condensed into one film where any motivation beyond revenge simply confuses the issue. The rest is just action movie spectacle, pyrotechnics, and devilishly clever missions full of split second timing and cool gear and feints that always work. Keri Russell (star of Abrams' earlier series Felicity) makes a striking appearance as a fellow agent, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maggie Q, and Billy Crudup fill out Hunt's team, and Simon Pegg and Laurence Fishburne co-star. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. The 2-Disc Collector's Edition includes exclusive featurettes. Details: Color, 125 mins, Paramount, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by director J.J. Abrams and actor/producer Tom Cruise; Deleted scenes; "The Making of the Mission" featurette; Tribute Montage: Excellence in Film; Exclusive to 2-Disc Collector's Edition:; "Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit" featurette; "Visualizing the Mission" featurette; "Inside the IMF" featurette; "Mission: Metamorphosis" featurette; "Scoring the Mission" featurette; "Launching the Mission" featurette; Moviefone Unscripted: Tom Cruise/J.J. Abrams; Tribute Montage: Generation: Cruise; Photo gallery; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.
Mission Impossible 3 HD DVD: Tom Cruise is back as Special Agent Ethan Hunt in the third installment of the big screen spin-off of the cult espionage TV series of the 1960s and this time takes on a vindictive international super-villain (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who takes his revenge on Hunt by kidnapping his fiancé (Michele Monaughan). Directed by TV creator J.J. Abrams, it plays like a an entire season of Alias condensed into one film where any motivation beyond revenge simply confuses the issue. The rest is just action movie spectacle, pyrotechnics, and devilishly clever missions full of split second timing and cool gear and feints that always work. Keri Russell (star of Abrams' earlier series Felicity) makes a striking appearance as a fellow agent, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maggie Q, and Billy Crudup fill out Hunt's team, and Simon Pegg and Laurence Fishburne co-star. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. The 2-Disc Collector's Edition includes exclusive featurettes. Details: Color, 125 mins, Paramount, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by director J.J. Abrams and actor/producer Tom Cruise; Deleted scenes; "The Making of the Mission" featurette; Tribute Montage: Excellence in Film; Exclusive to 2-Disc Collector's Edition:; "Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit" featurette; "Visualizing the Mission" featurette; "Inside the IMF" featurette; "Mission: Metamorphosis" featurette; "Scoring the Mission" featurette; "Launching the Mission" featurette; Moviefone Unscripted: Tom Cruise/J.J. Abrams; Tribute Montage: Generation: Cruise; Photo gallery; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.
Mission Impossible 3 Blu Ray: Tom Cruise is back as Special Agent Ethan Hunt in the third installment of the big screen spin-off of the cult espionage TV series of the 1960s and this time takes on a vindictive international super-villain (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who takes his revenge on Hunt by kidnapping his fiancé (Michele Monaughan). Directed by TV creator J.J. Abrams, it plays like a an entire season of Alias condensed into one film where any motivation beyond revenge simply confuses the issue. The rest is just action movie spectacle, pyrotechnics, and devilishly clever missions full of split second timing and cool gear and feints that always work. Keri Russell (star of Abrams' earlier series Felicity) makes a striking appearance as a fellow agent, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maggie Q, and Billy Crudup fill out Hunt's team, and Simon Pegg and Laurence Fishburne co-star. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. The 2-Disc Collector's Edition includes exclusive featurettes. Details: Color, 125 mins, Paramount, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by director J.J. Abrams and actor/producer Tom Cruise; Deleted scenes; "The Making of the Mission" featurette; Tribute Montage: Excellence in Film; Exclusive to 2-Disc Collector's Edition:; "Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit" featurette; "Visualizing the Mission" featurette; "Inside the IMF" featurette; "Mission: Metamorphosis" featurette; "Scoring the Mission" featurette; "Launching the Mission" featurette; Moviefone Unscripted: Tom Cruise/J.J. Abrams; Tribute Montage: Generation: Cruise; Photo gallery; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.
Mission Impossible: Ultimate Missions Collection Blu-ray: Three film collection
Mission Impossible: Ultimate Missions Collection HD DVD: Three film collection
42nd Street Forever Vol 2: The Deuce: Compilation of exploitation trailers for cult and trash films, promising sex, violence, monsters, mayhem, and all around sleaze. Details: Color/Black and White, 121 mins, Synapse, widescreen, 1.78:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional subtitles.
Acapulco H.E.A.T Season 2: Beginning as a counter-terrorist organization stationed in the tropical paradise of Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco H.E.A.T. has evolved into an elite team for hire. H.E.A.T. once again delivers fast-paced action set against a heavenly landscape of sunny beaches and beautiful women.
Andy Goldsworthy - Rivers and Tides (Special Two-Disc Collector's Edition): (2001) Andy Goldsworthy uses the natural world as the raw materials of his art, which he creates as ephemeral artifacts in the natural environment of the materials. Thomas Riedelsheimer investigates the art of the Scottish creator, the philosophy behind it, the artist in his element as he creates his organic sculptures (or earthworks, as he calls them) in this award winning documentary, now in a new special edition featuring 7 bonus short films dedicated to individual earthworks and a new documentary about his recent project involving 13 giant snowballs. Details: Color, 155 mins, Docurama. Supplements: Seven short films: Storm King Wall, Leaf Horn, Ice Arch, Garlic Leaf Line, Black Stone/Rain Shadow, Ice Cake, Colored Leaf Hole; Photo gallery; Andy Goldsworthy biography; Filmmaker biography ; New to this edition:; Bonus documentary Snowballs in Summer; Exclusive interview with filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer; Companion book with never-before-seen photos of Andy Goldsworthy creating his artwork during the making of the film. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.
Angel Terminators: (Hong Kong, 1990) Sharon Yeung leads an all-female group of elite cops to take on a fugitive drug trafficker. Carrie Ng co-stars and Wai Lit directs. Details: Color, 92 mins, Tai Seng. Supplements: Trailer. Audio: Cantonese and Mandarin. Optional English subtitles.
Benny Hill Collection: Benny Hill Collection Sets 1-5
Boogiepop Phantom DVD Thinpak Collection: No Description Available
C.S.I. Miami - The Complete Fourth Season: David Caruso is Lt. Horatio Caine, the former homicide detective who leads the Miami forensics unit in the first spin-off of the hugely popular crime investigation series. Emily Proctor co-stars as the famed "bullet girl," a ballistics specialist almost as driven at Horatio, Sofia Milos is Detective Yelina Salas, who just so happens to be his dead brother's widow, and Khandi Alexander, Adam Rodriguez, and Jonathan Togo round out the team, each bringing a specialty to the unit that is, invariably, essential to solving the crime at hand, and they take pains to explain it to each other in every episode. Details: Color, Paramount, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: 25 episodes on seven discs; Commentary on six episodes; "Creating Feature Television: The Concept, Script, and Pre-Production of CSI: Miami" featurette; "Producing Feature Television The Production of CSI: Miami" featurette; "Finishing Feature Television The Post-Production of CSI: Miami" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.
Classic Christmas Collection: It's a Wonderful Life / White Christmas
Complete The Persuaders Series: No Description Available
Daughters of Darkness: 2-Disc Special Edition: (Belgium/France, 1971) Delphine Seyrig is the elegant, ageless Countess Bathory who seduces a honeymooning couple in a posh French hotel. While her loyal "companion" (Andrea Rau) works on the husband (John Karlen), the Countess introduces the young wife (Daniele Ouimet) to the pleasures of blood. One of the classics of erotic horror and surrealism, it is presented in a 2-disc set with the Spanish erotic horror The Blood Spattered Bride (1972), Vicente Aranda's adaptation of Le Fanu's "Carmilla." Details: Color, 100 mins, Blue Underground, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.66:1. Supplements: Disc 1: Daughters of Darkness; Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kumel; Audio Commentary #2 with Star John Karlen and Journalist David Del Valle; "Locations of Darkness" - Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kumel and Co-Writer/Co-Producer Pierre Drouot; "Playing the Victim" - Interview with Star Danielle Ouimet; "Daughter of Darkness" - Interview with Star Andrea Rau; Theatrical Trailer; Radio Spots; Poster & Still Gallery; Disc 2: The Blood Spattered Bride; U.S. Combo Theatrical Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.
The Devil's Rain (1975): (1975) Ernest Borgnine is a Satanic priest who will stop at nothing to recover a book with names of those whose souls belong to Satan and Eddie Albert, Tom Skerritt, and William Shatner are among those that stand up to him in the seventies cult horror. Joan Prather, Ida Lupino, Keena Wynn, and John Travolta co-star and Robert Fuest directs. Details: Color, 86 mins, Dark Sky Films/MPI, widescreen, 2.35:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Robert Fuest; Newsreel with Anton LeVey, High Priest of the Church of Satan; Trailer; Radio spots; Still gallery. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.
Down to the Bone: A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
Excalibur HD DVD: The myth of King Arthur brought once again to the screen. Uthur Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by the wizard Merlyn. At his death Uthur buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uthur's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes king. Guided by Merlyn, Arthur marries Guenivere and gathers the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall.
Future-Kill: (1985) Sci-fi slasher thriller about a mutant murderer on a Texas college campus, featuring the stars of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Edwin Neal and Marilyn Burns. Details: Color, 89 mins, Subversive, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by director Ronald Moore and star/co-writer Edwin Neal; "Making of" featurette; Cast and crew bios; Trailers; Reproduction of original artwork by H.R. Giger. Optional subtitles.
Ghost in the Shell SAC Complete 1st Season Box Set: The second season of Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex begins with Section 9 being called back to work after a hostage situation of concern to the Ruling Party renders the Police useless. The entire team returns to the front lines: Kusanagi, Batoh, Togusa, Ishikawa, Saito, Paz & Borma, with four of the original Tachikomas restored after the firefight of Episode 26. The hostage situation announced the rising of a new terrorist cell, which takes much after another one in the headlines of today's papers. The Individual Eleven, whose members are neither individuals, or total up to eleven are a new threat to Public Security. How does a specialized public security group face an enemy more faceless than the "laughing man" during a time of political unrest? Among the broad changes from the first show involve the new ruling party, headed by the new Prime Minister Kabayuki after the prior ousting in GITS: SAC, the Japanese Residents caught in the middle of the affairs and paying the taxes for jobs they're going to lose in a time of recession, and the downtrodden "invited" Asian Immigrants of the Second Vietnamese War who were brought to Japan as a half-hearted humanitarian act from the government who was really just seeking cheap labor. And just who is the man called "Gohda", a mysterious new 'supervisor' (don't worry, Aramaki still runs the group) who appears to be calling the shots for Section 9 during certain missions? He calls out orders as if he was in charge of the group, yet has no apparent loyalty or respect to the government, military or Section 9.
Ghost Whisperer: The Complete First Season: Jennifer Love Hewitt doesn't just see dead people, she converses with them in this supernatural drama. Earth bound spirits who have yet to cross over to the other side seek out Melinda Gordon (Hewitt) for help in communicating and resolving unfinished business with the living, much to her consternation. As a newlywed to a paramedic (David Conrad) and a partner in an antique store wither her friend Andrea (Aisha Tyler), she's ambivalent about her talent but embraces her unique "abilities" -- at times a blessing, at others a curse -- and helps clients both alive or dead find emotional closure. Details: Color, 960 mins, Paramount, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: 22 episodes from the 2005-2006 season on 6 discs; Commentary by cast and crew on select episodes; "Can You See Me? The First Season of Ghost Whisperer" featurette; "Second Sight: The Clairvoyants of Ghost Whisperer" featurette; A Tour of Grandview; Ghost Whisperer Mythology; Scare Tactics; Deleted Scenes; Blooper Reel. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional English subtitles.
Hardcastle & Mccormick: Season 1: Milton C. Hardcastle was Judge in Los Angeles. Mark McCormick, a racing motorist, convicted for robbery, was Hardcastles last case. McCormick was set under supervision of Hardcastle and they start to inspect two hundred cases that were never closed totally during Miltons judgeship.
Heartstopper: Robert Englund plays the good guy for a change in the horror film about an executed serial killer (James Binkley) who rises to life in the hospital morgue and continues his rampage. Meredith Henderson, Nathan Stephenson, and James Binkley co-star. Details: Color, 92 mins, Union Station/Anchor Bay, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Interviews with star Robert Englund and director Bob Keen. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional subtitles.
Irving Klaw Classics Vol 1:Bettie Pag: (1951-1956) A box set of classic exotic dance, fetish, strip, and bondage loops made by mail-order nudie king Irving Klaw, collected in four volumes organized by theme: The Bettie Page Films (16 short films starring the cult pin-up), The Wrestling Films, The Fetish Films, and The Dance Films. All accompanied by fifties lounge, jazz, rock and roll, and big band soundtracks. Details: Color/Black and White, 270 mins, Cult Epics, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 68 short films on four discs; Bonus films. Optional subtitles.
It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition): George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all - and it's Christmas ! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget about suicide ?
Jules Verne's the Fabulous Journey to the Center of the Earth (1978) A.K.A. Where Time Began: From the director of PIECES and SLUGS, comes WHERE TIME BEGAN based on the Jules Verne classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth". Juan Piquer Simon helms this tale of an expedition, led by Kenneth More, to the earth's core via an inactive volcano. There they discover an underground sea, giant mushrooms and prehistoric creatures.
Kids in the Hall - Complete Season 5: "The Kids in the Hall" are a sketch comedy troupe, set apart by their cross-dressing antics and seemingly infinite supply of unique characters. Although writer Paul Bellini, various extras, and sometimes even an actual woman appear in the sketches, for the most part, the five main cast members portray every single character themselves. Recurring characters range from the harried corporate executive Danny Husk to Queen Elizabeth, from alienated teen rocker Bobby Tarrance to gay bar owner Buddy Cole, from occult TV show host Simon and his sidekick Hecubus to the gossiping corporate secretaries Cathy and Kathy, and an endless parade of others.
The Kids in the Hall Megaset: "The Kids in the Hall" are a sketch comedy troupe, set apart by their cross-dressing antics and seemingly infinite supply of unique characters. Although writer Paul Bellini, various extras, and sometimes even an actual woman appear in the sketches, for the most part, the five main cast members portray every single character themselves. Recurring characters range from the harried corporate executive Danny Husk to Queen Elizabeth, from alienated teen rocker Bobby Tarrance to gay bar owner Buddy Cole, from occult TV show host Simon and his sidekick Hecubus to the gossiping corporate secretaries Cathy and Kathy, and an endless parade of others.
King Dinosaur/The Jungle: King Dinosaur - A new planet moves into our solar system and four scientists (two couples) are sent to explore Planet Nova. In between romantic interludes, the cast faces an iguana masquerading as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Jungle - A great white hunter and an Indian princess trek into the Indian jungle to investigate a number of wild animal stampedes which have resulted in the deaths of many people. On their journey, they discover a herd of prehistoric wooly mammoths are responsible for the terror!
Kissology, Vol. 1, 1974-1977 (2006): No Description Available
Lady Libertine: (1984) Adaptation of the anonymous Victorian erotic novel "Frank and I," starring Jennifer Inch as the cross-dressing orphan Frank (or Frances) and Christopher Pearson as the kinky nobleman who adopts him/her. Sophie Favier co-stars in the Harry Alan Towers production, which had its American debut on The Playboy Channel. Details: Color, 84 mins, Private Screenings, Academy Ratio. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.
Macumba Sexual: (Spain, 1983) Euro-tica from exploitation legend Jess Franco and his muse Lina Romay (under the pseudonym Candy Coster), about a young wife whose erotic hallucinations become flesh when the self-proclaimed "Goddess of Unspeakable Lust" draws her and her unsuspecting husband into a kinky world of hedonism. Details: Color, 80 mins, Severin, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: "Voodoo Jess" - Interviews with Director Jess Franco and Star Lina Romay. Audio: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional English subtitles.
Mansion of the Living Dead: (Spain, 1985) Sexploitation meets zombie horror in Jess Franco's tale of libidinous stewardesses on vacation and undead Knights templar who rise from the dead to crash the party. Lina Romay (under the pseudonym Candy Coster), Eva Leon, and Robert Foster star. Details: Color, 93 mins, Severin, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: "The Mansion Jess Built" - Interviews with Director Jess Franco and Star Lina Romay. Audio: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional English subtitles.
Martin & Lewis:Vol 1: This 4 disc set includes 8 movies - My Friend Irma, My Friend Irma Goes West, That's My Boy, Sailor Beware, Jumping Jacks, The Stooge, Scared Stiff, and The Caddy.
The most beautiful wife: (Italy, 1970) Ornella Muti made her film debut in the drama of a peasant girl who is abducted and raped by the local Mafia and, after being spurned by friends and family, breaks a tradition of silence in Sicily and reports the crime to the authorities. Damiano Damiani directs the drama, which is based on a true story. Details: Color, 108 mins, NoShame, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: Introduction by director Damiano Damiani; "Sicily, Ornella, The Mafia and Beyond" featurette - interviews with director Damiano Damiani, assistant director Mino Giarda, editor Antonio Siciliano, star Alessio Orano and director of photography Franco Di Giacomo. ; Booklet with liner notes and talent bios. Audio: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.
Northville Cemetery Massacre: Mayhem starts when a gang of bikers is accused of a sadistic rape in a small town.
Parts: The Clonus Horror: Peter Graves (Mission Impossible) and Hollywood legend Keenan Wynn (Dr Strangelove) star in this dazzling political thriller, that works equally well as a pulse pounding horror film, packed with moments of jaw dropping terror. Somewhere in California is hidden a mysterious industrial complex. Apparently well known to certain priveleged members of the inner circles of government, this factory has only one product: human clones...Raised in a state of blissful ignorance, both about their origins and their ultimate fate, the clones dream of 'America' - where, so their guardians tell them, they will one day be sent. But what happens hen one of these farmed clones starts to ask difficult questions... and comes looking for the real America?
The Passing Show - The Life & Music of Ronnie Lane: This brilliant musical documentary tells the story of Ronnie Lane from his heyday with first the Small Faces and then the Faces, through the sixties and seventies, his experiments with a rural life and the touring musical circus that he dubbed The Passing Show. Finally it charts his latter days once he developed Multiple Sclerosis. Featuring numerous musical clips and interviews with family, friends and colleagues including Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones, Glyn Johns, Henry McCullough, Joe Ely and many more.
The Phantom of the Opera Blu-ray: "The Phantom of the Opera" is a magnificent tale that begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protoge lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? Watch and find out
Rampo Noir: No Description Available
Raw Force/Kung Fu Cannibals: Two cannibal films to satisfy the appetite! Kung Fu Cannibals has a secluded village in China grabbing unsuspecting travellers (a la Texas Chainsaw Massacre)and carving them into edible works of art. A police inspector is sent ti investigate but finds that he too is on their menu! Directed by Hong Kong master Tsui Hark! Raw Force takes you to a remote island where the locals worship a god who needs human sacrifices. When fortune hunters turn up they find out they are worth their weight in gold. Hang on to your heads!
The SearchersBlu-ray: Working together for the 12th time, John Wayne and director John Ford forged The Searchers into an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards, a believer more in bullets than in words. He's seeking his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his obsessive, five-year quest, Ethan encounters something he didn't expect to find: his own humanity.
Speed Racer 5: (Japan, 1967-1968) Go, Speed Racer, go in the final 8 episodes of the popular animated action series about a teenage race car driver and his death defying race adventures, many of them featuring the mysterious Racer X ("who is secretly his older brother Rex, who ran away from home years ago"). Dubbed with a rapid fire delivery (to fit all that exposition in mouths that race like the cars on the track) and animated in a limited style that favors speed and violent motion, it raced into pop culture. Features episodes 45-52. Details: Color, 184 mins, Lionsgate. Supplements: Eight episodes; Miniature license plate. Optional subtitles.
Splatter: Naked Blood: A young scientist named Eiji (Sadao Abe from "Uzumaki") decides to follow in his father's footsteps to help humanity by developing a drug that converts pain into pleasure. To test it out, he secretly adds his drug to a contraceptive that his mother has been performing clinical trials on with three young women at a local clinic. Of these women, one is enamored with eating, one is obsessively narcissistic, while the third has one seious case of insomnia.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Volume 2: (1989-1991) The Brooklyn plumbers of video game fame became TV stars in animated adventures and live action segments (featuring Captain Lou Albano as Mario and Danny Wells as Luigi) in the weekday half hour series. The second volume of episodes features appearances by Vanna White, Fred Travalena, and Rowdy Roddy Piper. Details: Color, 600 mins, Shout! Factory, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 24 episodes on four discs; 4 Bonus Animated Episodes ; "Meeting Mario: A Fan's Tale" featurette ; Super Mario Bros. Fan Costume Gallery; The Worlds of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Concept Art Galleries; Interactive Tour Of The Mario Bros. Plumbing. Optional subtitles.
Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Fifth Season: Tomb it may concern. Yes, you. No one else is reading this, right? Besides, you're the ideal person for this happily haunted collection of scares and silliness ? someone warm and bleeding. Sorry, breathing. The Cryptkeeper delivers more keepers (and terrorific Spookcial Feartures) with this atmosfearic Season 5. Ready to delight your feverishly warped mind are Forever Ambergris, with Steve Buscemi and Roger Daltrey portraying war photographers; Two for the Show, with Traci Lords, David Paymer and Vincent Spano embroiled in a tale of wife and death; Well Cooked Hams, with Martin Sheen and Billy Zane putting hocus pocus in focus as rival magicians; plus 10 more eerie encounters of fate, fiends and flat-out funniness. Lullaby and good fright, kiddies!
Tales of the Rat Fink: Pop culture chronicler Ron Mann pushes the definition of documentary with his animated portrait of hot rod and custom car culture guru Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, whose merchandising savvy made his designs and cartoons into a cottage industry. The colorful history lesson in an idiosyncratic key is entertaining and informative, if a little indulgent in its adoration. John Goodman narrates as the voice of the deceased Roth. Details: Color, 76 mins, Shout! Factory, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Big Daddy Lives! - Rare interviews with Ed "Big Daddy" Roth; Rat Fink Reunion - Painting Jam with Ed Roth and Von Dutch; Big Daddy's Garage - Virtual Art Gallery; Interview with Director Ron Mann; Deleted Scene; Theatrical Trailer; The Sadies Music Video. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.
The Tarzan Collection Starring Johnny Weissmuller, Vol. 2: The final six features in the 12-film series starring Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller as the quintessential screen Tarzan. His natural athleticism, his lean, lithe grace and easy physicality, the and naiveté and sincerity of his untrained performance style made his interpretation the one the fans embraced (even if it is not the character as envisioned by creator Edgar Rice Burroughs). The series began at MGM but Weissmuller moved to RKO for Tarzan Triumphs (1943), which inaugurated a run of lower budget adventures, and he recorded a new trademark yell with the studio relocation. Jane is gone from both this and Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943), but Boy (Johnny Sheffield) and Cheetah join him in the two World War II adventures, which pit the jungle team against the Nazis in Africa. Brenda Joyce takes over the role of Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan stayed at MGM) in Tarzan and the Amazons (1945), co-starring Henry Stephenson, Barton MacLane, Maria Ouspenskaya as the Amazon Queen, and she played the part through the final films in the series: Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946), Tarzan and the Huntress (1947), and Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948), directed by Robert Florey, which marked Weissmuller's final appearance as Tarzan, though not his final role as a jungle swinger: he returned to the screen in Jungle Jim the same year, while Johnny Sheffield went on to headline his own series with Bomba the Jungle Boy. Details: Black and White, 433 mins, Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Box Set Includes:; Tarzan Triumphs (76 mins.); Tarzan and the Amazons (76 mins.); Tarzan and the Huntress (72 mins.); Tarzan's Desert Mystery (70 mins.); Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (72 mins.); Tarzan and the Mermaids (68 mins.). Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.
Under Siege HD DVD: The battleship Missouri is about to be decomissioned. Casey Ryback is Captain Adam's personal cook. And Ryback is always butting heads with the ship's XO Commander Krill but the Captain always intercedes. One day, after the President visits the Missouri, which is also the Captain's birthday, the Captain learns that a helicopter has been cleared to land on the ship by Commander Krill, which he was not informed of. When questioned Krill tells the Captain that it's a surprise for his birthday, the Captain then allows it. Later after another one of their scuffles, Krill has Ryback locked in the freezer. During the party, the rock band reveals themselves to be mercenaries, led by William Stranix, a CIA operative, who is in league with Krill to unload all of the ship's nuclear warheads. They lock up all of the crew and make preparations to remove the warheads. And Krill remembers Ryback, Stranix sends two of his men to take care of Ryback, only thing is that Ryback took care of them. Upon discovering their bodies, Stranix deduces that Ryback is more than a cook. He then sends Krill to check on him, and Krill discovers that Ryback's a NAVY SEAL, who got busted down to a cook after an incident in Panama. And Ryback continues to create trouble for them, so Stranix tries to hunt him down. Along the way, Ryback meets Jordan, a former playmate, who was supposed to entertain at the party but was also forgotten.
Under Siege Blu-Ray: The battleship Missouri is about to be decomissioned. Casey Ryback is Captain Adam's personal cook. And Ryback is always butting heads with the ship's XO Commander Krill but the Captain always intercedes. One day, after the President visits the Missouri, which is also the Captain's birthday, the Captain learns that a helicopter has been cleared to land on the ship by Commander Krill, which he was not informed of. When questioned Krill tells the Captain that it's a surprise for his birthday, the Captain then allows it. Later after another one of their scuffles, Krill has Ryback locked in the freezer. During the party, the rock band reveals themselves to be mercenaries, led by William Stranix, a CIA operative, who is in league with Krill to unload all of the ship's nuclear warheads. They lock up all of the crew and make preparations to remove the warheads. And Krill remembers Ryback, Stranix sends two of his men to take care of Ryback, only thing is that Ryback took care of them. Upon discovering their bodies, Stranix deduces that Ryback is more than a cook. He then sends Krill to check on him, and Krill discovers that Ryback's a NAVY SEAL, who got busted down to a cook after an incident in Panama. And Ryback continues to create trouble for them, so Stranix tries to hunt him down. Along the way, Ryback meets Jordan, a former playmate, who was supposed to entertain at the party but was also forgotten.
UnforgivenBlu-Ray: The town of Big Whisky is full of normal people trying to lead quiet lives. Cowboys try to make a living. Sheriff 'Little Bill' tries to build a house and keep a heavy-handed order. The town whores just try to get by.Then a couple of cowboys cut up a whore. Unsatisfied with Bill's justice, the prostitutes put a bounty on the cowboys. The bounty attracts a young gun billing himself as 'The Schofield Kid', and aging killer William Munny. Munny reformed for his young wife, and has been raising crops and two children in peace. But his wife is gone. Farm life is hard. And Munny is no good at it. So he calls his old partner Ned, saddles his ornery nag, and rides off to kill one more time, blurring the lines between heroism and villainy, man and myth.
V for Vendetta HD DVD: "Remember, remember the fifth of November," for on this day, in 2020, the minds of the masses shall be set free. So says code-name V (Hugo Weaving), a man on a mission to shake society out of its blank complacent stares in the film V for Vendetta. His tactics, however, are a bit revolutionary, to say the least. The world in which V lives is very similar to Orwell's totalitarian dystopia in 1984: after years of various wars, England is now under "big brother" Chancellor Adam Sutler (played by John Hurt, who played Winston Smith in the movie 1984), whose party uses force and fear to run the nation. After they gained power, minorities and political dissenters were rounded up and removed; artistic and unacceptable religious works were confiscated. Cameras and microphones are littered throughout the land, and the people are perpetually sedated through the governmentally controlled media. Taking inspiration from Guy Fawkes, the 17th century co-conspirator of a failed attempt to blow up Parliament on November 5, 1605, V dons a Fawkes mask and costume and sets off to wake the masses by destroying the symbols of their oppressors, literally and figuratively. At the beginning of his vendetta, V rescues Evey (Natalie Portman) from a group of police officers and has her live with him in his underworld lair. It is through their relationship where we learn how V became V, the extremities of the party's corruption, the problems of an oppressive government, V's revenge plot, and his philosophy on how to induce change.
The Vampire & The Vampire's Coffin: The Vampireaka:El Vampiro - Described as "Dracula on a hacienda," The Vampire chronicles the journey of young Marta (Ariadna Welter) who learns that her family is under the demonic control of Count Luvad (Germán Robles). As he feeds on the blood of the locals and aims to raise his brother from the dead, Marta and the mysterious Dr. Enrique (Abel Salazar) threaten the Count. The wrath of The Vampire then reigns down upon them, and an all-time horror classic plays out with unforgettable eeriness and excitement. The Vampire's Coffinaka:El Ataúd del Vampiro - You can’t keep a wicked bloodsucker down, as proven in The Vampire's Coffin, the follow-up to The Vampire. Marta (Ariadna Welter) and Dr. Enrique (Abel Salazar) battle Count Luvad (Germán Robles) anew, after he has turned the grave-robbers who accidentally resurrected him into zombie servants. Bent on vengeance and clamoring for the blood of beautiful women, Count Luvad proves to be one of horror’s most indelible villains, and The Vampire’s Coffin is a spooky, thrilling classic every bit on par with its renowned predecessor.
Van Morrison - Live At Montreux 1980 & 1974: Van Morrison's long and illustrious career has included many appearances at the Montreux Festival. This two DVD set focuses on two performances that have been chosen by Van to create his first ever DVD release. Dating from 1974 and 1980 they illustrate the evolution of his songwriting over this period and include many of his best loved tracks including "Wavelength", "Moondance", "Street Choir" and "Tupelo Honey" alongside other classics.
Western Double Feature: The Lonesome Trail - A veteran of the Indian wars, Johhny Rush returns to his home to find that it has been confiscated by a cattle baron taking over in the valley. Rush also finds that his girl is engaged to the baron, because the girl's fathers' ranch is in financial jeopardy. When Rush loses the use of his gun arm in a fight with the barons henchmen, he learns to use a bow and arrow for defense...with deadly consequences. The Sheriff - A frontier marshal doubts his own courage when three gunmen threaten his town.
Keeping Up with the Steins: Lucky is the story of a 13-year-old boy who uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather.
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America: An outbreak of avian flu mutates into a virus that becomes transmittable from human to human.
Fast Food: Stars Douglas Henshall, Emily Woof and Gerard Butler. Shot in 16mm, this kinetically charged indie is highlighted by an early screen appearance of sexy, young Gerard Butler. Fast Food is an offbeat story of a simple man on a collision course with his past. Benny (Douglas Henshall) is back. He’s come home to visit the friends he knew, to find the girl he once loved and become the man he might have been. In the years he’s been gone things have changed quite a bit. His boyhood friends Zac (Robert Donovan), Jacko (Gerard Butler), Bisto (Danny Midwinter) and Flea (Stephen Lord) are now big talking, wannabe criminals who spend their days playing cards, arguing about the Royal Family and eating repellent fast food. But they’ve also been plotting to rob a local mobster’s safe. And that robbery has come to include Benny.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawntreader: Young Prince Caspian of Narnia wonders and dreams about the old days of Narnia when animals talked, and there were mythical creatures and four rulers in Caer Paravel. But his uncle and aunt don't like to hear him thinking of such things, and plan to murder him and take his throne. Caspian's tutor, Dr. Cornelius manages to save him, and not only teach him about the old ways, but bring him into the real Narnia and introduce him to the real Narnia. But Caspian's plight is desperate, and he must use the legendary horn to call help from another world: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.
Isabella: On the eve of Macau's handover to China, police officer Shing is having the worst time of his life. Suspended for suspected corruption, he tries to find solace with an elfin creature by the name of Yan, whom he just picks up. As he tries to smooth-talk her to bed, she suddenly snaps back with the biggest turn-off imaginable: that she is the daughter he never knew existed!While Shing desperately tries to hold himself together, his bachelor life inevitably falls apart as Yan insists on living under his roof. Together the two of them start roaming through exotic Macau, tracking down Yan's missing puppy and striving to acquaint with each other. No sooner has Shing grown into his new role as a father than he finds his hands full: when Yan is not fighting with his girlfriend Kate, she is being bothered by her dorky classmate Fai.
Don't Open Your Eyes: (Hong Kong) A police detective (Alex Fong) and a supernatural expert (Yuen Wah of Kung Fu Hustle) team up to battle a group of evil ghosts in the Wong Jing production. Details: Color, 94 mins, Tai Seng, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: "Making of" featurette; Trailer. Audio: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional) and English subtitles.
The Trouble Makers: (Hong Kong) Romantic comedy starring Maggie Q and Terence Yin as bickering neighbors who become something more when a prank backfires and sends her into a breakdown and turns him into her attentive care-giver. Aman Chang directs. Details: Color, 85 mins, Tai Seng, Widescreen anamorphic. Audio: Cantonese and Mandarin. Optional Chinese (Unspecified) and English subtitles.
The Red Shoes: A mysterious pair of pink shoes found on a subway platform seems to bring a curse on the owner. Those that see them must have them and a grisly end awaits those that forcibly take them. A mother, who has just left her cheating husband, finds them and ghostly apparitions and strange occurrences follow her as she tries to make a go of it with her young daughter. A helpful decorator helps her solve the mystery and put the ghosts to rest. Or does he?
Another Way: Acclaimed Hungarian director Karoly Makk (LOVE, CATSPLAY) directs a startling romantic drama set against the aftermath of the failed Hungarian uprising of 1956. Livia, the quiet wife of an army officer, is a reporter for a Budapest newspaper where Eva, an outspoken lesbian, comes to work after two years of politically motivated unemployment. Eva and Livia engage in an intense flirtation, which leads to tragic consequences. Makk, a master at portraying complex relationship with socio-political undertones, based his film on a best-selling autobiographical novel by Hungarian author Erzsebet Galgoczi.
The Wait: THE WAIT tells the story of three intertwined lives: a mother, her daughter and their neighbor. Their dependent coexistence is driven by lonlinesss and a yearning for genuine affection, but the happiness they pursue cannot be obtained because of the price life exacts. Director Aldo Garay’s masterful mise-en-scene and painterly eye together to create a film with a power that goes beyond words.
White Soup -- Zurek: The award-winning and highly acclaimed story of a woman's struggle to discover the identity of her grandchild's father. The grandmother (played by Katarzyna Figura) becomes obsessed with discovering the identity of the man who fathered her daughter's child.
Vabank II: A sequel to "Vabank" (1981), introduces the same characters entangled in a duel between a former safecracker and a crooked bank manager. Imprisoned ex-banker Kramer breaks out with the help of recently released accomplice and wants to get even with his nemezis, Kwinto. Kwinto calls up the old gang to respond to this threat. In the end, Kramer seemingly victorious heads to Switzerland by a prearranged flight to Zurich. First, however, they have to cross the German border. They bribe the Nazi border guards, board the plane and land in what they think is Switzerland, only to find out that the film-team has outwitted them with sets and actors and the police is waiting for them.
Terrorstorm: A History of Government Sponsored Terrorism: From Good Morning America, 20/20, and 60 Minutes to The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, controversial talk show host and activist Alex Jones has brought the information war to the mainstream media worldwide. Now, Jones is back with a chronicle of the startling actions Western governments don't want their citizens to know about in TERRORSTORM.
Investigation of a Flame: On May 17, 1968, three Catholic priests, a nurse, an artist and four others walked into the Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed selective service records, and burned them with homemade napalm. INVESTIGATION OF A FLAME is an intimate look at this unlikely band - dubbed the Catonsville Nine - who broke the law in a poetic act of civil disobedience. The publicity frmo their ensuing trial helped galvanize an American public that was become increasingly disillusioned with the Vietnam War. The film explores this Sixties protest within the context of these extremely different times: times in which foes of Middle East peace, abortion, and technology resort to violence to access the public imagination. Lynne Sachs has combined volatile, long-unseen, archival footage with a series of informal interviews with Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Howard Zinn, John Hogan, Tom Lewis, and Marjorie and Tom Melville. The meditative result encourages viewers to ponder the contemporary relevance of civil disobedience, and the implications of personal sacrifice for the greater good.
The Thursday Club: In October 1967, documentary filmmaker George Paul Csicsery was beaten by police at an antiwar demonstration in Oakland, California. Thirty years later, he set out to find the policemen who were working that day. His only clue–a startling news photograph of himself begin clubbed by stern-faced cops. Take a trip back to America’s turbulent 1960s as Csicsery visits a group of retired Oakland, California, policemen, who recall their days battling antiwar demonstrators and Black Panthers
Hungry for Monsters: This gripping documentary captures the nightmare that one family endured after being persecuted by the mental health community and legal system.When a teenage girl confesses to a teacher that her father molested her, the entire household is turned upside down. During therapy sessions to recover her "repressed memories," the daughter exaggerates and embellishes her accusations as social workers, therapists, and officers of the court inadvertently egg her on. The girl’s tales of satanic rituals and wild orgies eventually lead to further arrests of family members, resulting in years of turmoil and heartache for all of them. As harrowing as any Hitchcock thriller, HUNGRY FOR MONSTERS warns of the damage that can occur when seemingly responsible professionals are overtaken by the zeal of a lynch-mob mentality.
Indoctrination: From his work in the fiction mode to documentary to installation, German filmmaker Harun Farocki (VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION) has consistently explored ideas of language, ideology, perception, and contemporary audio-visual culture. In INDOCTRINATION Farocki recorded a five-day seminar designed to teach management executives how to better present themselves using basic rules of dialectics and rhetoric. Throughout the seminar, a group of young professionals learn verbal skills so they can "sell themselves" better; then they are trained in body language, posture, and facial expression. Using no titles, talking heads, narration, or other conventions of documentary, Farocki manages to expose how big business uses psychology and principles of rhetoric to sell ideas and products. The result is a window into the secret world of corporate behavior, marketing manipulation, and ultimately modern capitalism.
The Interview: From his work in the fiction mode to documentary to installation, German filmmaker Harun Farocki (VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION) has consistently explored ideas of language, ideology, perception, and contemporary audio-visual culture.Everyone has experienced the stress of interviewing for a job; many have endured the strain of being unemployed. In this unique documentary, Farocki draws on the anxiety of unemployment as he follows the efforts of several candidates who take part in a training program designed to teach them how to apply for a job. The goal is to learn how to market and sell themselves, a goal that Farocki exposes as demeaning and superficial. An insightful look at the manipulative tactics of big business, THE INTERVIEW is as thought-provoking as it is revealing.
The Exodus Decoded (History Channel): Exodus Decoded is a documentary created by Jewish Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, in which new evidence in favor of the historicity of the Biblical Exodus is explored. It is partially narrated by film director James Cameron. Jacobovici suggests that the Exodus took place around 1500 BCE during the reign of pharaoh Ahmose I, and coincided with the eruption of Santorini that most scholars believe ended the Minoan civilization. In the documentary, the plagues that ravished Egypt in the Bible are explained as having resulted from that volcanic eruption, and a related collapse in the Nile river delta. While much of Jacobovici's archaeological evidence for the Exodus comes from Egypt, a surprising quantity comes from Mycenae, on mainland Greece.
The History Channel: Warrior Empire - The Mughals: WARRIOR EMPIRE: THE MUGHALS is a sweeping, in-depth portrait of India's most colorful, violent, and majestic era. From 1526 to 1858, this dynasty of nomadic warriors indulged their appetite for territorial expansion, spreading their rule throughout the Indian subcontinent. Though they conquered their kingdom with crushing brutality, the Mughals were also brilliant technological innovators and masters of art and architecture. This program offers lush, detailed images of Mughal accomplishments such as the glorious Taj Mahal, palaces, forts, water systems, elaborate gardens, and richly crafted artwork. Step-by-step scientific recreations of advanced Mughal metallurgy and weaponry show the meticulous production of chain mail armor for a battalion of elephants, lethally flexible composite bows, rocketry, and swordsmith techniques passed down through the generations, and still alive today. Join us for an enthralling history of the inventive warfare, material excess, architectural marvels, and cultural flowering that shaped modern India. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
Vikings: Journey To the New Worlds: Documentary on the Vikings, originally made for the IMAX format. Details: Color, 62 mins, Vista Point Entertainment, widescreen. Supplements: "The Making of Vikings" featurette. Audio: English, Spanish and French. Optional subtitles.
The Making of "Miss Saigon": A behind-the-scenes look at the production of a musical, this feature chronicles the development of "Miss Saigon," from its early beginnings, through casting, preparations, choreography to its opening night on The West End.
Hard Rock Treasures: An iconic guitar, an unmistakable stage prop, a hand written lyric Sheet… The next great piece of rock and roll memorabilia is out there, it just hasn't been discovered yet. Join host Don Bernstine in a high pressure, deadline driven search for that next great addition to the most extensive rock memorabilia collection on the planet. As the Director of Acquisitions for the Hard Rock, Bernstine is the king of rock and roll memorabilia, personally responsible for procuring and maintaining this priceless treasure-trove of rock and roll riches. Travel along as Don criss-crosses the globe searching the tour buses, studios, homes and garages of the biggest names in the world of rock and roll. For the first time, HARD ROCK TREAURES gives back stage access into the high stakes world of high-end rock and roll memorabilia collecting.
The Last Detective - Series 2: (2004) Peter Davison is Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies, a quiet, honorable guy who is the scorn of his precinct and "the last detective" his boss will ever hand a major case, in this low-key British mystery series adapted from the novels by Leslie Thomas. He manages to dig up interesting cases anyway, not that solving them does him any good in the eyes of this superiors. The only help he can count on is his eccentric buddy Mod (Sean Hughes), who's got a new line of work in every episode. Details: Color, 276 mins, Acorn, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: 4 feature length episodes on 2 discs; Leslie Thomas bio and booklist; Photo gallery; Cast filmographies. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.
A Touch of Frost - Seasons 11 & 12: Another Life: Frost returns after his suspension and is faced with a complex murder case. While one victim is leading a double life, another dismembered body turns up with two left feet and one of them isn't his! Frost will need all the help he can to crack these baffling cases. Dancing in the Dark: A man's body is discovered at a recycling plant with no ID, save a gold tooth. Frost ivestigates but can't seem to match him to any missing people. Next, the body of a female escort is found in the hotel room of a wealthy man who commits suicide prior to his arrest. Frost tries to find the link between forged passports and illegal immigrants from Poland. Near Death Experience: Sergeant George Toolan is seriously injured as he and Jack try to prevent a young man's suicide attempt. A ritualistic murder echoes a previous case and when another woman is murdered, it seems as if it's a direct challenge to Frost. The serial killer covers his tracks, but Frost finds a mistake that leads to vital information about the murderer's next move...and his next victim.
George Burns - The TV Specials Collection: George Burns was a legendary comedian and actor and arguably the greatest straight man of the 20th century. He started his career in vaudeville, and later made a successful transition to film, radio and television, when he formed the Burns and Allen duo with talented comedian and future wife, Gracie Allen. His arched eyebrow and his cigar smoking became his trademarks in an illustrious career that spanned over three-quarters of a century. With his passing at the age of 100 in 1996, George Burns solidified himself as one of the grand old men of American show business. This collector’s DVD set preserves his most memorable TV specials – never before available on DVD or VHS - and features many of the greatest names in entertainment.
The Films of James Broughton: For the first time on DVD, the best films of avant-garde pioneer James Broughton have been assembled for this magnificent three-disc set. A poet, author, and filmmaker, Broughton, who was christened the "great and wise master of the American avant-garde" by critic Amos Vogel, attempted to use cinema as kind of poetic statement. He took as his subject matter love, sex, the human body, and dream imagery, rendered with a playful, whimsical, and sometimes erotic touch. Featuring such seminal titles as MOTHER’S DAY (1948), DREAMWOOD (1972), and TESTAMENT(1974), this three-disc set organizes 17 of Broughton’s films into three distinct eras to capture the breadth and evolution of his themes and subject matter. Disc 1: THE EARLY YEARS Disc 1: THE EARLY YEARSBroughton’s first films focused on the themes of romantic love and human behavior. A highlight in this collection includes THE PLEASURE GARDEN, which was named Best Fantastic-Poetic Film at the Cannes Film Festival. This group of black and white shorts include: MOTHER’S DAY(1948), LOONY TOM (1951), FOUR IN THE AFTERNOON (1951), and THE PLEASURE GARDEN (1953). Disc 2: A MIDDLE PERIOD During the 1960s and 1970s, Broughton’s imagery became more erotic while his subject matter explored the landscape of dream and the mysteries of Zen poetry. A highlight in this collection is TESTAMENT, a self-portrait that depicts Broughton’s life as a pageant of personal imagery. This group of color films include: THE BED (1968), THE GOLDEN POSITIONS(1970), This Is It (1971), DREAMWOOD (1972), HIGH KUKUS (1973), TESTAMENT (1974), THE WATER CIRCLE (1975), and EROGENY.Disc 3: FINALE: THE FILMS WITH JOEL SINGER In the last era of his life and career, Broughton teamed with partner Joel Singer to produce a series of films on the nature of intimacy and personal relationships. Films include: SONGS OF THE GODBOY (1977), HERMES BIRD (1979), THE GARDENER OF EDEN (1981), DEVOTIONS (1983), and SCATTERED REMAINS (1988), a portrait of Broughton by Singer in which the artist acts out his poetry.
Westerns with a Twist (Apaches / Chingachgook - The Great Snake / The Sons of the Great Bear): (1965-1973, East Germany) Three films from the sixties wave of "Indianerfilme," westerns of East Germany during the Communist era which cast the American Indians as the heroes and the American Army and white settlers as villains. The Sons of Great Bear (1965), Chingachgook: The Great Snake (1967), and Apaches (1973) all star Serbian actor/stuntman/screenwriter Gojko Mitic. See Cult and Classic for details on each film. Details: Color, 273 mins, First Run Features. Supplements: Interview with actor Gojko Mitic; Film notes from the DEFA Film Library; Photo Gallery; Biographies. Audio: English. Optional English subtitles.
The Hitchhiker, Vol. 3: A series of mystery-thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasional stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit.
BBC Atlas of the Natural World - Western Hemisphere and Anarctica (Land of the Eagle / Spirits of the Jaguar / Wild South America / Life in the Freezer): The first release in BBC Video's ambitious Atlas of the Natural World series presents an in-depth look at the Western Hemisphere and Antarctica. This six-disc set brings together four landmark BBC series that combine to give one of the most comprehensive portraits of the Americas and Antarctica ever assembled. In over 18 hours of programming viewers will explore the vast richness of the land, wildlife and peoples of North America (Land of the Eagle), Central America (Spirits of the Jaguar) South America (Wild South America) and Antarctica (Life in the Freezer).
Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting: Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, featuring real people, sometimes moving, in an effort to explain the series' significance.
Hamlet: Considered by many the finest screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s greatest work, Grigori Kozintsev’s HAMLET is a spare, haunting interpretation based on a translation by novelist Boris Pasternak. The malevolence afoot in the state of Denmark is magnificently captured by the foreboding black and white cinematography and the dark, dramatic score by composer Dmitri Shostakovich. In addition, acclaimed Russian actors Innokenti Smoktunovsky and Anastasia Vertinskaya offer stellar, award-winning performances. Kozintsev, a peer of Eisenstein’s who worked well into the 1960s, was a master of cinematic technique who finally achieved recognition at the end of his career for his stunning interpretations of Shakespeare. Leading film historian Richard Dyer wrote in the Boston Globe: "Paradoxically, the two most powerful films of Shakespeare plays [HAMLET and KING LEAR] were made not in Great Britain but in the Soviet Union."
Savior of the Soul II: (Hong Kong, 1992) Andy Lau is the only link this oddball super-hero/spy fantasy has to the original Savior of the Soul, this time as a single dad living in a high tech playhouse with his son and his gadget-man until he's off to battle The King of Hell for the secret of immortality. Directors Corey Yuen and David Lai fill the film with strange cartoonish gags and wild action. Details: Color, 93 mins, Tai Seng, widescreen. Audio: Cantonese and Mandarin. Optional Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional) and English subtitles.
Who Wants to Kill Jessie?: BIFF! POW!! KRAACKK!!! In this trippy but charming comedy, a well-respected scientist creates a formula that can remove elements from dreams. But, what she doesn't know is that these dream images can manifest themselves in the real world. When she injects her husband with the formula, his dreams of Jessie—the blonde, voluptuous heroine of the comic strip "Who Wants to Kill Jessie?"—come crashing into their lives. Following closely behind are the two men chasing her—a muscle-bound superhero and a gun-toting cowboy. The trio not only causes serious damage around Prague, but they still talk in comic-strip word balloons, which get in everyone’s way! WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE? mixes up Sixties pop culture with the anarchic spirit of Czech New Wave classics such as DAISIES and LEMONADE JOE to create a hilarious comic Molotov cocktail!
Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die: In 1975, controversial Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (ACCATONE,THE DECAMERON, SALO) was brutally murdered by Pino the Frog, a seventeen year-old male prostitute who claimed self-defense. Pasolini, an avowed Marxist and open homosexual as well as an outspoken critic of Italy’s consumer culture and rampant political corruption, was admired by artists and intellectuals but reviled by conservative authorities. Documentary filmmaker Philo Bregstein probes the mysterious circumstances surrounding Pasolini’s death to suggest a possible cover-up or conspiracy by right-wing groups. Interviews with Pasolini’s peers and associates, including director Bernardo Bertolucci, actress Laura Betti, and writer Alberto Moravia, put the controversial filmmaker’s life and career into perspective, along with photos, readings of his poetry, and clips from these films
The Sons of the Great Bear: (East Germany, 1965) Gojko Mitic plays Tokei-ihto, son of the Dakota Indian murdered by white settlers who discover gold on tribal lands. Jailed for refusing to move the tribe (who are resettled in his absence), he returns to reclaim his clan's ancestral lands and avenge his father's murder. The East German "Indianerfilme," one of fourteen such films featuring American Indian heroes. This one was filmed in Montenegro and East Germany. Details: Color, 93 mins, First Run Features. Supplements: Interview with actor Gojko Mitic; Film notes from the DEFA Film Library; Photo Gallery; Biographies. Audio: German. Optional English subtitles.
Chingachgook - The Great Snake: (East Germany, 1967) Gojko Mitic is Chingachgook, the Indian warrior, in an adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Deerslayer." When the French and English pit rival tribes against each other in the battle for land, Chingachgook and his friend Deerslayer (Rolf Romer) unite them. Filmed in Slovakia and Bulgaria. Details: Color, 86 mins, First Run Features. Supplements: Interview with actor Gojko Mitic; Film notes from the DEFA Film Library; Photo Gallery; Biographies. Audio: German. Optional English subtitles.
Apaches: (East Germany, 1973) East German "Indianerfilme" set in the eve of the Mexican-American war and starring Gojko Mitic as young Apache warrior out to avenge the extermination of his tribe. Filmed in Romania and Uzbekistan. Details: Color, 94 mins, First Run Features. Supplements: Interview with actor Gojko Mitic; Film notes from the DEFA Film Library; Photo Gallery; Biographies. Audio: German. Optional English subtitles.
Western Film Noir, Vol. 1 (Little Big Horn / Rimfire): Double feature low budget westerns with a dark tinge. Lloyd Bridges and John Ireland star in Little Big Horn (1951), about a cavalry patrol that discovers an ambush awaiting General George Custer. Marie Windsor, Reed Hadley, Jim Davis, and Hugh O'Brian co-star in the film written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren. Rimfire (1949) is a revenge thriller about an unjustly convicted and executed man who returns from the grave, starring James Milligan and Reed Hadley. Details: Black and White, 150 mins, VCI, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Robert L. Lippert, Sr. Biography, Filmography, Theatreography; Rimfire Liner notes; Little Big Horn trailer; Advertising and stills gallery; Trivia; Bonus trailers; Bios. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.
Forgotten Noir 2 (Loan Shark / Arson Inc): Double feature of B-movie crime films, both making their DVD debut. George Raft headlines Loan Shark (1952) as an ex-con who takes on a loan-sharking mob. Robert Lowery is an undercover FBI agent out to douse a ruthless arson ring in Arson Inc. (1949). Details: Black and White, 137 mins, VCI, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Commentary on Loan Shark by Richard M. Roberts; "Inside Lippert - Part 1: 1907-1949)" as told to Robert L. Lippert Jr.; Bios; Photo gallery; Trivia; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.
Forgotten Noir 3 (Shadow Man / Shoot to Kill): Double feature of B-movie crime films. Cesar Romero is a saloon owner who falls for the neglected wife (Kay Kendall) of a gambler in Shadow Man (1953), and winds up caught in a murder investigation. This is the British cut of the American film and runs 7 minutes longer than the American cut. A crooked D.A. and an escaped killer go head to head in Shoot to Kill (1947), starring Russell Wade and Susan Walters. Details: Black and White, 143 mins, VCI, Academy Ratio. Supplements: "Inside Lippert - Part 2: 1950-1976)" as told to Robert L. Lippert Jr.; Shoot to Kill production records (schedule, wardrobe plot, contracts, sample script pages with director's notes); Advertising materials gallery; Bios; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.
The Human Factor: John Kinsdale (Academy Award winner George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke, The Dirty Dozen) is a devout family man working as a NATO computer specialist in Naples, Italy. When political terrorists kill his entire family, John uses his technological prowess to track and hunt down the cold-blooded killers. Trying to prevent him from taking the law into his own hands are a local police inspector (Raf Vallone), a U.S. military commander (Arthur Franz), and peers MacAllister (Sir John Mills) and Janice (Rita Tushingham). But nothing short can prevent John from meting out his bloody brand of grief-stricken revenge. Directed by Edward Dmytyk (The Caine Mutiny, Mirage) and featuring a haunting soundtrack by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, The Human Factor is the violent but emotional saga of an ordinary man pushed beyond the limits.
Black Venus: Based On The Scandalous Story By Honore de Balzac...Only Far, Far Filthier! Former Miss Bahamas Josephine Jacqueline Jones sparked an international firestorm with her debut starring role as Venus, the stunning ebony seductress whom no man - or woman - can possibly resist. But when Venus becomes the muse and lover of an impoverished young sculptor, she succumbs to a staggering odyssey of savage rape, Sapphic lust and extreme carnal degradation. In a Victorian society ruled by sexual repression and personal perversion, will the touch of her flesh lead them to the most depraved and shocking act of all? Karin Schubert (BLUEBEARD, BLACK EMANUELLE), Monique Gabrielle (BACHELOR PARTY, CHAINED HEAT) and Mandy Rice-Davies (the real-life teen temptress who almost brought down the British government) co-star in this infamous erotic classic now presented totally uncut and uncensored for the first time ever on DVD!
Movie Bad Girls (Sins of Jezebel / Queen of the Amazons): Double feature of low-budget screen sirens. Paulette Goddard stars in the Biblical sin spectacle Sins of Jezebel (1953). Patricia Morrison and Robert Lowery star in the jungle adventure Queen of the Amazons (1947). Details: Color/Black and White, 128 mins, VCI, Widescreen anamorphic, Academy Ratio, 1.85:1. Supplements: Article written by Robert L. Lippert Jr.; Biography of Robert L. Lippert Jr.; Bios; Photo gallery; Trivia; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.
Schramm: (Germany, 1993) Thriller about real life serial killer Lothar Schramm, the notorious "Lipstick Killer," by Germany's notorious extreme sex and gore director Jorg Buttgereit. Details: Color, 65 mins, Barrel Entertainment, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Commentary by director Jorg Buttgereit; Commentary by actors Florian Koerner von Gustorf and Monika M.; "The Making of Schramm" featurette; Early Jorg Buttgereit Super 8 shorts "Mein Papi" and "Captain Berlin"; Music video directed by Jorg Buttgereit; Still gallery of over 100 photos; Trailers of Jorg Buttgereit films; Liner notes by Jorg Buttgereit and his biographer, David Kerekes. Audio: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and German (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional English subtitles.
Red Nights of the Gestapo: (Italy, 1977) Fabio De Agostini directs this entry into the most notorious of exploitation genres: the Nazi sexploitation thriller. Details: Color, 103 mins, Exploitation Digital/Media Blasters, widescreen, 1.85:1. Supplements: Photo gallery; Bonus trailers. Audio: Italian. Optional English subtitles.
Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom: Three new students at a super-strict girl's school must face off with a repressive school administration, the sadistic, murderous student discipline brigade and corrupt politicians over the murder/suicide of one of their friends. They're approached by a blackmailer (Tsunehiko Watase) who promises to help them exact vengeance in exchange for setting up a corrupt local politician, and aided by a independent Yakuza biker chick (Reiko Ike).
Girl Boss Guerilla: Miko Sugimoto is the leader of the Red Helmet Gang, a biker girl gang from Shinjuku who wind up in Kyoto and make a bid to take over the local girl gangs there. Successful for a short time in ruling the streets it isn't long before Miko and her crew run afoul of the local Yakuza, and are forced to turn to Reiko Ike, a ronin Yakuza girl, and sister to one of the top Yakuza in Kyoto, for help, leading to a murderous showdown at a small coastal resort.