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appy New Year to you all! Production schedules mean that whilst you’re enjoying the beginning of 2012, I’m writing this in December, shortly after learning of Ken Russell’s death. A major figure in British cinema, he is certain to be missed and perhaps now people will be more appreciative of his brilliantly idiosyncratic filmmaking. Coincidentally, 2012 will be an interesting year for Ken Russell fans as The Devils is finally seeing its UK DVD release this March. You’ll find more on Ken Russell and 1970s cinema in James’s column on page 30.

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real gem – Outcast of the Islands. Made by Carol Reed directly after The Fallen Idol and The Third Man, starring Trevor Howard and taken from a Joseph Conrad novel, this film has pedigree to spare and I’m pleased to report that it lives up to its great promise. Enjoy your films,

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Milo Wakelin (Carol Reed’s The Third Man) A MovieMail alumnus (and current Screen Editor of Gay Times), Milo has broad tastes in films, from art house oddities to 3D epics. Having spent 2011 obsessed with stereoscopy, he plans to spend 2012 obsessing about films which finally break the 24fps barrier. The same stories, only faster.

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1 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A brilliant new adaptation of John le Carré’s cold war novel by director Tomas Alfredson. The film features a top-notch cast – Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and especially Gary Oldman, who does the almost unthinkable by creating an interpretation of Smiley to stand alongside Alec Guinness’s. Item # 67209 UK | 2011 | STUDC | 127 min | 15 | £19.99

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Based on a Joseph Conrad story, Outcast of the Islands stars Trevor Howard (in magnificent form) as the morally compromised Willems. Made by Carol Reed after Odd Man Out, Fallen Idol and The Third Man, this is one of cinema’s finest adaptations from Joseph Conrad and should be far better known. Item # 67053 UK | 1951 | STUDC | 95 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

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The gripping, award-winning Danish crime thriller The Killing returns with another twisting tale of top-level cover-ups, betrayals and lies set in a time of terrorisminspired fear that shakes Denmark’s government and military to the core.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Recommended Director: Tomas Alfredson Starring: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathy Burke Released: 30th January Extras: Commentary with Gary Oldman & Tomas Alfredson; le Carré Interview. Item # 67209 | UK | 2011 | STUDC | 127 min | Cert 15 | P&P £1

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here can be few drama series more revered than John Irvin’s 1979 BBC adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and few actors more beloved than Alec Guinness, who delivered a career-crowning performance as the mild-mannered spy, George Smiley. To remake the former and recast the latter could have been a betrayal to make even Burgess and Maclean blush. Director Tomas Alfredson will know the feeling well – an American remake of his brilliantly original vampire drama Let The Right One In was announced before production had finished. As it turned out, Let Me In was a rare example of a remake that worked, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which has already won rave reviews and numerous nominations, is a triumphant example of another. Casting helps, and the ensemble includes established heavyweights – Hurt, Firth, Hinds – alongside talented newcomers such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy, and a rare, delightful appearance from Kathy Burke. Overseeing them all is Gary Oldman, crueller and more reptilian than Guinness’s sphinx-like portrayal of a

A triumphant British remake of le Carré’s beloved spy tale spy called out of retirement to hunt down a traitor inside the British Secret Service. The BBC series coincided with the public exposure of Anthony Blunt, giving le Carré’s cold war intrigue added pertinence. This adaptation has the feel of period piece, a costume drama even, in which every detail of late 1970s Britain is meticulously recreated. Alfredson and screenwriters Peter Straughan and Bridget O’Connor have found elegantly cinematic shortcuts around the material. Here, Prideaux’s desperate forest escapade is replaced by a Hitchcockian sequence in a Hungarian café; Ricky Tarr’s surveillance of a Russian agent and his wife evokes Rear Window, and the mole’s fate is played out, ingeniously, in a poignant close-up. The result is a taught, engaging thriller that retains the distinctive slow-burning tension of the original. Milo Wakelin

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Éric Besnard A slick, densely-plotted French crime thriller. Cash (Jean Dujardin) is a suave and well-mannered outlaw who specialises in grandscale heists, but when his partner in crime is killed by a rival outfit, he joins forces with Jean Reno’s veteran thief to pull off a huge heist.

Les Amours Secrètes Franck Phelizon

As an old man reads the diary of a young Jewish woman in love with a Nazi officer in occupied France, her story comes to life in a potent mix of love, jealousy and danger. Richard Bohringer, Anémone, Deborah Durand and Grégory Barboza star. France | 2010 | RND | 85 | subt | 15 Item # 67182 | RRP £12.99 | Released 6th February

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Athina Tsangari An absorbing Greek coming-of-age drama that takes its title from David Attenborough’s mispronounced name. Ariane Labed plays an inexperienced woman struggling with her ambiguous sexual awakening through wildlife documentaryinspired experimentations with her flirtatious best friend Bella and an awkward engineer. Greece | 2010 | ART-E | 97 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 66849 | RRP £15.99 | Released 9th January

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Before the Fall Dennis Gansel

In the throes of WWII, two teenagers – a workingclass boy with a talent for boxing, and a Governor’s sensitive, poetry-loving son – must lay aside their innocence and humanity when they are enrolled in a National Political Academy for the training of future leaders. Germany | 2004 | MET-D | 110 min | subt | Cert 12 Item # 67103 | RRP £15.99 | Released 23rd January

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Cell 211

Daniel Monzon An award-winning, actionpacked Spanish thriller in which a new prison officer endures a desperate battle for survival when he is mistakenly trapped in a jail as a riot unfolds. His only way out is by pretending to be an prisoner – but first he will have to successfully befriend the violent inmate leading the rebellion. Spain / France | 2009 | STUDC | 113 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 66496 / 499 | RRP £15.99 | Out 9th January

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Come and See Elem Klimov

Hailed as one of the greatest war films ever made, Come and See is a hallucinatory cinematic experience that does for World War II what Apocalypse Now did for the Vietnamese conflict. Includes some of the most frighteningly realistic battle scenes ever committed to celluloid, thanks to Klimov’s insistence on using live ammunition during filming to ensure maximum authenticity. Russia | 1985 | ART-E | 137 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 66738 | RRP £15.99 | Released 5th December

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Life, Above All

The Big Picture

Oliver Schmitz

Eric Lartigau

Adapted from Allan Stratton’s bestseller Chanda’s Secrets, this is an emotional drama with universal relevance that follows a young South African girl who goes searching for her mother who has been ostracised by her community.

Romain Duris stars as a lawyer with a seemingly perfect existence whose life unravels after the discovery of his wife’s lover, leading him to devise an elaborate strategy for a new life. France | 2010 | ART-E | 115 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 66467-68 | RRP £15.99 | Out 9th January

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France | 2008 | MET-D | 100 min | Cert 18 Item # 67332 / 339 | RRP £15.99 | Out 30th January

South Africa / Germany | 2010 | SAFFR | 105 min | subt | Cert 12 Item # 65822 | RRP £16.99 | Released 23rd January

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Bluebeard Recommended Director: Catherine Breillat Starring: Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton Released: 23rd January Extras: Interview with Catherine Breillat. Item # 67033 | France | 2009 | NW | 80 min | subt | Cert 15

Once upon a time, Catherine Breillat seemed the great agent provocateur of French cinema, with explicit sex and feminist polemic her key weapons. So her move into fairy tale territory may come as a surprise. However, the story of the infamous wife killer Bluebeard allows her plenty of scope to develop her themes of gender conflict while immersing the viewer in a glorious never-never land of turreted castles and wild French countryside. Breillat also resurrects her familiar structure of two warring though eternally bonded sisters, here the impoverished daughters of a deceased nobleman who fall prey to Bluebeard’s advances. But there are two other sisters, children reading the story in the 20th century, who provide an amusing commentary on the action. Vilko Filac’s cinematography is the real star here, evoking the work of Nestor Almendros and capturing the natural light of the region exquisitely. But Lola Créton is beautifully poised as Bluebeard’s teenage bride, and the whole is a masterful exercise in adaptation, both as a faithful reproduction of the tale and an exploration of its effect on the reader’s mind. MB

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Drôle de Drame Recommended Director: Marcel Carné Starring: Michel Simon, Jean-Louis Barrault, JeanPierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Françoise Rosay Released: 9th January Item # 66497 | France | 1937 | CONTM | 97 min | subt | B&W | Cert TBC | P&P £1

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See Alsos Boudu Saved from Drowning Jean Renoir

Item # 64922 France | 1932 | PARKC | 81 min | subt | B&W | PG | £15.99

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Kind Hearts and Coronets (Remastered) Robert Hamer

Item # 62499 UK | 1949 | STUDC | 101 min | B&W | U | £15.99

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Potiche

François Ozon

Item # 66437 France | 2010 | STUDC | 102 min | subt | 15 | £17.99

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revented by the censors from making a drama about a notorious children’s prison in Brittany, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert went to the opposite extreme with this gleefully eccentric take on a forgotten novel by J. Storer Clouston. Set in Edwardian London, the picture succeeded in lampooning such British traits as class snobbery, religious pomposity and the need to save face, while also mocking French institutions like the church, the police and the press. It also brought a touch of satirical, and often surreal, sophistication to the format perfected for the stage by Georges Feydeau. Yet Drôle de Drame was dismissed on its release in 1937 and has only subsequently come to be recognised as one of the great screen farces. Respectable botanist Michel Simon leads a double life as the author of the racy crime thrillers that are roundly condemned by his priggish bishop cousin, Louis Jouvet, who invites himself to dine on the very day that Simon’s cook resigns, leading his wife (Françoise Rosay) to hide herself in the kitchen to maintain standards of bourgeois hospitality. However, Jouvet takes her absence as proof that Simon has murdered her and the couple is forced to

Gleefully eccentric, this is one of the great French screen farces flee to a cheap hotel, where they encounter Jean-Louis Barrault, whose passion for animals has been twisted by Simon’s books into a psychosis that prompts him to slaughter butchers. As paths cross, disguises are assumed and the situation grows ever more convoluted, the action becomes darker and more hilarious. The performances are superb, with Jouvet and Simon particularly relishing one drunken exchange. Even a romantic subplot involving a milkman and Simon’s secretary is utterly charming, while the boorish behaviour of Scotland Yard inspector Pierre Alcover and a drunken journalist adds a broader buffoonery that feels rather Ealing in tone. Eugen Schüfftan’s photography, Alexandre Trauner’s sets and Maurice Jaubert’s score are all accomplished. But, most crucially, Prévert’s script sizzles with wit and Carné times the manic mayhem with a surety that leaves one lamenting he only attempted comedy twice more in his illustrious career. David Parkinson

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World Cinema Made in Chile: Two Films by Pablo Larraín

Contains Tony Manero and Post Mortem (see right for a review) – two intelligent, subversive films from an exciting young director. In Tony Manero (2008), Larraín explores Pinochet’s dictatorship through a psychopathic disco-dancer, while Post Mortem looks at the 1973 coup through the eyes of a mortuary assistant. 2 discs. Alfredo Castro stars in both. Chile | 2008-10 | NETWR | subt | Cert 18 Item # 67263 | RRP £19.99 | Released 23rd January

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The ongoing Japanese horror film series based on the popular manga by Junji Ito sees a dead girl walk back into the life of her younger sister, nipping her a new sense of freedom in the bud and proceeding to dominate her even more thoroughly than before. Japan | 2011 | BOUNT | 85 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 67328-29 | RRP £17.99 | Out 23rd January

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Troll Hunter

Norwegian thriller in a documentary style in which a group of students set out to film a bear poacher – only to find that he is hunting something else altogether. When they covertly follow the hunter into the woods they find themselves caught up in the adventures of a real-life troll hunter.

Seven films in a set: Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (1990), All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009) and The Skin I Live In 7 discs. (2011).

Spain | 1990-2011 | FOX | 769 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 67344 | RRP £49.99 | Out 26th December

Norway | 2010 | MOMET | 103 min | subt | Cert 12 Item # 67382 / 84 | RRP £17.99 | Out 9th January

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Swedish Erotica: The Complete Collection

A collection of 1970s arthouse skin flicks that blurred the lines between sex and art. Features The Language of Love, More About the Language of Love, Anita: Swedish Nymphet, Wide Open, Exposed and Love Play. 6 discs. Also available separately: Exposed, The Language of Love and Anita.

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Life is Beautiful Roberto Benigni

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Le Silence de la Mer (Masters of Cinema) Jean-Pierre Melville

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The Tin Drum

Volker Schlöndorff

The Theo Angelopoulos Collection: Volume 2 Five films from the celebrated Greek filmmaker, examining his country’s history from a social and political perspective: Alexander the Great (1980), Voyage to Cythera (1984), The Beekeeper (1986), Landscape in the Mist (1988) and The Suspended Step of the 5 discs. Stork (1991).

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Noboru Iguchi

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Pedro Almodóvar: The Ultimate Collection

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Post Mortem Recommended Director: Pablo Larraín Starring: Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers Released: 23rd January Extras: Booklet; Behind Post Mortem featurette. Item # 66847 Chile | 2010 | NETWR | 98 min | subt | Cert 15

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín’s previous picture, Tony Manero, was one of the most electrifying discoveries of recent years: a brilliant coal-black comedy that explored his country’s troubled recent history. Developing the themes of his earlier film, Post Mortem establishes Larraín as one of the most exciting new directors around. The film is set in Santiago in 1973; Mario Cornejo (Alfredo Castro) works as an assistant in the mortuary. A bloodless fellow, he nonetheless conceives a romance with Nancy, an ex-dancer. But then Pinochet launches his coup and Mario unexpectedly finds himself playing a small, but crucial, part in history. Larraín shoots proceedings in long, often static takes that build a disquieting, morbid atmosphere; the horror is coldly clinical and, thus, much more disturbing. Integral to all this is a superb performance by Castro as Mario; an apparently bland bureaucrat happy to be assimilated by the junta, he’s at once laughable and terrifying. Indeed, this masterful film’s keen sense of the absurd only serves to amplify its moral outrage. You sense Buñuel would approve. JO

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Mr Bongo

DVD Bonanza Beat the drum for the Mr Bongo DVD Bonanza – bringing you a dozen of the best world cinema titles at low prices. Don’t miss these seriously good films from Antonioni, Fellini, Buñuel, Pasolini and Aleksandr Dovzhenko.

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Susana

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Luis Buñuel

Anna Magnani stars as the eponymous prostitute who longs to go straight. However, her idyll is shattered when her old pimp will not leave her alone and her son discovers her trade.

A powerful, sexually charged melodrama in which an escapee from a home for delinquent girls wreaks havoc in a peaceful and apparently contented community. Anticipates That Obscure Object of Desire.

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Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni. A beautiful, searching exploration of uncertainty and alienation. Item # 54466 Italy | 1982 | Bongo | 125 min | subt | 18 | £12.99

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Earth

Lola

Dir: Aleksandr Dovzhenko. A visually stunning Soviet film poem, in which technological progress aids the endless cycles of rural life.

Dir: Jacques Demy. Anouk Aimée stars in Demy’s beautiful debut feature, which he described as a ‘musical without music’.

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Hamlet

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Dir: Wojciech Has. A labyrinthine, mysterious film of magical texts and worlds within worlds within worlds. Item # 53979 Pol | 1965 | Bongo | 180 min | B&W | 15 | £12.99

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The Hourglass Sanatorium

Strawberry and Chocolate

Dir: Wojciech Has. An other-worldly, dreamlike cinematic feast, adapted from Bruno Schulz’s novel.

Dir: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. A compassionate Cuban comedy about a gay man and a straight communist.

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Item # 57864 Cuba | 1993 | Bongo | 110 min | subt | 18 | £12.99

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I Am Cuba / The Siberian Mammoth

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Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov. An extraordinary paean to the Castro revolution 2 discs. plus a ‘making-of’ film. Item # 50909 Cuba | 1964 | 193 | subt | B&W | PG | £12.99

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Dir: Aleksandr Dovzhenko. This amazing revolutionary epic is the first in the director’s ‘Ukraine Trilogy’ (followed by Arsenal and Earth.) Item # 64016 Russ | 1928 | BG | 90 | subt | B&W | 12 | £12.99

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Dir: Luis Buñuel. This fiery social melodrama about a simple-minded labourer is one of the highlights of Buñuel’s Mexican period.

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Dancer in the Dark

Day of Wrath

Lars von Trier

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Deservedly winning the Palme d’Or for its canny blend of showstopping tunes and brutal naturalism, this is an emotionally draining swipe at American injustice. Björk’s performance is heartrending.

Dark and powerful, restrained and spare, this is a tale of love and betrayal in a 17th century community gripped by an obsessive fear of witchcraft. 2 short films by Dreyer.

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After the Wedding

Italian for Beginners

Dir: Susanne Bier. A wedding brings long-hidden liaisons to the surface in this Oscar-nominated drama from director of In a Better World.

Dir: Lone Scherfig. A delightful and surprisingly lighthearted Dogme romantic comedy about the students of an Italian class.

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Breaking the Waves

Master of the House

Dir: Lars Von Trier. An intense love story and latter-day religious parable anchored round Emily Watson’s incredible central performance.

Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer. A wonderful proto-feminist comedy of domestic manners in which a businessman learns to appreciate his wife.

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Dogville

Nightwatch

Dir: Lars von Trier. Nicole Kidman stars in this powerfully bleak and multiple award-winning vision of small-town, Depression-era America.

Dir: Ole Bornedal. A gem of genre filmmaking, this is an intelligent thriller mixing necrophilia, mutilation and dark humour in a killer whodunit.

Item # 62073 Denmark | 2003 | ICON | 177 min | 15 | £10.99

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Festen

Pusher

Dir: Thomas Vinterberg. Dogme Film 1 is a brilliant study of love and hate and the thoroughly icy charm of the bourgeoisie.

Dir: Nikolas Winding Refn. A smalltime drug dealer has just 48 hours to come up with the readies when a deal goes wrong in this gritty thriller.

Item # 55561 Den | 1998 | MET-D | 106 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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The Idiots

Reconstruction

Dir: Lars von Trier. An original and provocative film about adults who confront the conventions of society by releasing their ‘inner idiot’.

Dir: Christoffer Boe. Boe’s feature debut – and winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes – turns romantic drama inside out.

Item # 271 Denmark | 1998 | PALIS | 109 min | subt | 18 | £19.99

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Danish directors have been on the rise since von Trier and Vinterberg set out the Dogme manifesto in 1995. Last year, Susanne Bier won an Oscar for In a Better World, von Trier released the acclaimed Melancholia and Refn wowed with Drive – high time to explore the country’s past cinematic riches.


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Susanne Bier

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Daratt

M-Saleh Haroun

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White Material Claire Denis

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t would be more or less accurate to describe Susanne Bier’s impressive, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner as a story about idealism – hence the title. But the original Danish title is Hævnen, which means ‘vengeance’. The real meat of the film is concerned with the tension between those two human impulses: to make the world better, and to smite its wrongdoers. The story cuts between a small town in Denmark and a Sudanese refugee camp: Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) is a doctor whose commute between the two is breaking his marriage apart. Meanwhile, the elder of his two sons, Elias, is being victimised at school. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Christian, a boy newly arrived from London with his father and carrying a pile of emotional baggage after the death of his mother. Christian befriends Elias and turns the tables on the school bully, but gets a taste for delivering retribution and recruits Elias as a reluctant co-conspirator. The tension racks up brilliantly in the first half of the film, as Anton tries to teach the boys a lesson in moral courage after a run-in with a local thug, but Christian draws his own conclusions. Meanwhile, Anton’s medical work in the Sudan brings

An Oscar-winning film about idealism and vengeance him to a stand-off with a local warlord whose female victims he has treated. The juxtaposition of northern and southern hemispheres works well, although writer Anders Thomas Jensen risks a certain glibness by drawing parallels between an African warlord and a school bully. But the point is strikingly made: even in a country like Denmark, known for its easygoing tolerance, violence and victimisation are rife. Anton and his family are Swedish, a fact used as a slur against them several times. The film works best when we can’t quite read the situation or the characters’ intentions: for example, is Christian just in blanked-out shock from grief, or a psychopath in the making? This pent-up energy is finally released in a series of confrontations with Bier and Jensen suggesting that the line between the everyday and the unthinkable is a thin one. There’s plenty of food for thought here, skillfully served. Nick Riddle

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New Releases Castle of the Living Dead Luciano Ricci

Christopher Lee stars in this Italian horror about an evil count who enjoys experimenting on living creatures. When a circus arrives at his castle, he thinks he is in for a treat... Donald Sutherland plays three different roles and Michael Reeves (Witchfinder General) was an uncredited assistant director.

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Hunted Recommended

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst

Director: Charles Crichton

Italy / France | 1964 | ODEON | 82 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 67371 | RRP £14.99 | Released 23rd January

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Lionel Jeffries, Niall MacGinnis, Tony Britton, Ian Bannen, Miles Malleson

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars, Kay Walsh, Geoffrey Keen

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Deadline at Dawn Harold Clurman

1940s noir in which a sailor awakes from a drink-induced blackout with a mysteriously large sum of money. He tries to return it to the girl he was with – but she is dead, and now he has just a few hours to prove he wasn’t responsible. USA | 1946 | ODEON | 83 min | Cert PG Item # 67351 | RRP £12.99 | Released 30th January

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Every Girl Should Be Married Don Hartman

After a chance meeting with Doctor Madison Brown (Cary Grant), a headstrong beauty (Betsy Drake) intends to become his wife by any any means necessary. Upset that he steadfastly resists her charms, she mounts a campaign to wear down his resistance! USA | 1948 | ODEON | 81 min | Cert U Item # 67352 | RRP £12.99 | Released 30th January

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Girl On Approval Charles Frend

Sensitively directed by Charles Frend, this is an absorbing study of troubled lives in which parents (Rachel Roberts and James Maxwell) seek to foster an abandoned teenager in a children’s home. UK | 1961 | ODEON | 78 min | 12 Item # 67376 | RRP £12.99 | Released 16th January

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Newly qualified surgeon Philip Selwood (Tony Britton) has it all: he’s engaged to Pamela (Vanessa Redgrave) and has just landed a top job at the hospital run by her father (Michael Redgrave). Young Philip is pretty handy with scalpel and sutures, as seen in two nerve-racking operations (shot in unflinching detail by cinematographer Robert Krasker), but operating within the murky world of hospital politics is far less straightforward as Philip’s divided loyalties to fiancée, father-in-law and a troubled colleague take him to the brink of professional and personal ruin. This is a meaty medical drama and it provides a fascinating flipside to the comic antics of 1950s hospital-set films like the Dirk Bogarde vehicles Doctor in the House / ...at Large / ...at Sea and Carry On Nurse. This is also a must-see film for any fan of British cinema as it features the movie debut of Vanessa Redgrave, whose performance has an ethereal quality akin to that of Grace Kelly. Also, it’s the only film in which she shared, if only fleetingly, screen space with her father, Michael Redgrave: pure screen magic. AB

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This Scotland-set thriller about an unlikely pair of fugitives boasts two first-rate central performances. In an early diversion from his (eventually reluctant) journey to matinee idol, Dirk Bogarde – unshaven, abrasive, lupine – is great as Chris Lloyd, a cuckolded sailor on the run after murdering his wife’s lover. As Robbie, the little scamp who latches onto him, the cherubic Jon Whiteley (in his first film role) is almost effortlessly heartbreaking. Robbie has a penchant for misbehaviour, but we soon find there’s a good reason for this, and a cautious affection develops between the child and the forbidding older man. Surprisingly (and thankfully) this is handled with no trace of excess sentimentality: assured direction from Charles Crichton reins everything in to a tense, no-nonsense 80 minutes. Notable also for Eric Cross’s sharply executed location photography – from the bombed-out streets of post-war London (standing in for Glasgow) to the hills of Dumfries and Galloway and the rocky shores of Portpatrick – Hunted’s recognition as a minor classic of fifties British cinema is long overdue. JU

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Item # 67131 USA | 1979 | STUDC | 194 min | 15 | £15.99

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Lord Jim

Richard Brooks

Item # 19792 UK / USA | 1965 | COL-T | 148 min | PG | £12.99

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revor Howard was always good at portraying insufferable blowhards and irredeemable bastards, but he excels himself as Peter Willems in this adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s second novel, a tumultuous tale of a late-19th century trader who escapes scandal and infamy in Singapore to take up equally disruptive residence on a small Malayan island ‘belonging’ to sea captain Lingard (Ralph Richardson). A ruthless and conceited misanthrope, Howard’s Willems surpasses even There Will Be Blood’s Daniel Plainview; indeed, he makes that oil man seem a paragon of capitalist virtue. He personifies the worst excesses of rapacious imperialism: arrogantly taking what doesn’t belong to him and, worse, demanding it with an almost sociopathic sense of entitlement. Inevitably, he clashes with Almayer (Robert Morley, superbly pompous and pathetic), the blundering, overgrown schoolboy who is in charge of the island solely because he is married to Lingard’s demure daughter (Wendy Hiller), but it is his infatuation with – and single-minded pursuit of – the beautiful but formidable Aissa (Kerima), the daughter of an elderly local chief, that puts Willems on far more dangerous ground with the islanders.

Trevor Howard is at his best in Carol Reed’s vivid and stormy film Outcast of the Islands was Carol Reed’s follow-up to his triumvirate of classics, The Fallen Idol, Odd Man Out and The Third Man, and it shows no let-up in the director’s push for more richness in visual style, narrative sweep and psychological complexity. Not only is the film a finely detailed (and beautifully shot) exploration of the stormy waters of imperialist colonisation – with the elements of epic adventure and heated costume melodrama all in place – it is also a remarkably brave character study. For all Willems’ egregiousness, there is an inadequacy at his core, and a trace of humanity; there’s also an unquenchable passion that will put him forever at odds with his surroundings and his times. Howard brings this off marvellously, delivering a now ‘forgotten’ performance that ranks with his best. Not until Albert Finney went off his rocker in Under the Volcano was tropical meltdown captured quite as effectively again. Julian Upton

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Classic Movies Go to Blazes

Rocket to the Moon

Michael Truman

Don Sharp

A classic British comedy in which three charming but unsuccessful crooks hatch a plan when they see the traffic part ways for a fire engine. Unfortunately, they are mistaken for real firemen... Stars Robert Morley, Dennis Price, Dave King, Daniel Massey, Maggie Smith, Coral Browne and Miles Malleson. UK | 1961 | STUDC | 90 min | Cert U Item # 67251 | RRP £15.99 | Released 9th January

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Inspired by Jules Verne’s writings, this is a hugely entertaining comedy boasting an all-star cast headed by Burl Ives, Terry-Thomas and Lionel Jeffries. In 1875, showman Phineas T Barnum (Ives) flees America ahead of a hoard of clamouring creditors and sets up shop in England where he forms a syndicate to finance the first flight to the moon – but money troubles, spies, and saboteurs ensure that the plan is doomed before it starts! UK | 1967 | STUDC | 101 min | Cert U Item # 67137 | RRP £15.99 | Released 9th January

The High Bright Sun Ralph Thomas

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An adventure set in Cyprus in 1957 against the background of the island’s determined struggle for independence from British rule. Dirk Bogarde stars as a British Intelligence Officer whose sense of duty imperils the life of the woman he loves (Susan Strasberg). Based on Ian Stuart Black’s novel of the same name. UK | 1964 | SPIRT | 109 min | Cert PG Item # 67218 | RRP £12.99 | Released 16th January

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The Shakedown John Lemont

In this gritty British crime film, Terence Morgan plays a crook just out of prison and intent on getting his rackets backfrom ‘Gollar’ (Harry H. Corbett). To this end he sets up down-and-out photographer (Donald Pleasence) in a studio Digitally restored. with blackmail in mind. UK | 1960 | RENOWN | 89 min | Cert U Item # 67380 | RRP £12.99 | Released 30th January

Irene

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Herbert Wilcox

A romantic musical comedy starring Anna Neagle as an Irish New York shopgirl who moves into wealthy circles when, modelling her boss’s creations at a society party, she is mistaken for a member of an old Irish family. A black and white film that includes a vivid Technicolor ballroom scene.

The Story of Shirley Yorke Maclean Rogers

In this 1948 crime drama, Dinah Sheridan’s nurse is accused of murdering the ailing wife of a British lord – who happens to be her former lover. Now she stands accused and needs to prove her innocence. Co-stars Derek Farr and Charles Hawtrey.

USA | 1940 | ODEON | 96 min | Cert U Item # 67353 | RRP £12.99 | Released 30th January

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Jericho

Thornton Freeland Paul Robeson stars as a US soldier in WWI who is forced to desert the army and finds a new life for himself in Africa, where he discovers a culture that shows greater appreciation for him and the skills he has to offer – but will the US Army threaten the happiness he has found there?

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Cleopatra

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Item # 66923 USA | 1963 | FOX | 248 min |

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The Brigand of Kandahar John Gilling Fort Kandahar...! Hell’s Last Outpost ... wherre the battle line was drawn in blood by a ruthless renegade-hero! Oliver Reed shows as villainous streak in this colonial-era adventure set in the Indian desert, where the British army faces scorching temperatures and savage local warriors. Reed plays Eli Khan, leader of local bandits who come to the aid of a disgraced British lieutenant (Ronald Lewis), who is found guilty on a trumped-up charge of cowardice. He escapes and takes to the hills where, joining up with the mad and violent Khan, he plans to have his revenge on the British officers who have sullied his name. UK | 1965 | STUDC | 78 min | Cert PG Item # 67171 | RRP £15.99 | Released 16th January

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The Scarlet Blade John Gilling A Bold Avenger ... igniting the flames of rebellion in a land of blood and betrayal! A lively 17th century English civil war swashbuckler, The Scarlet Blade (which was crimson for its US release), finds Oliver Reed in roguish form as a Roundhead soldier who kidnaps King Charles I (Robert Rietty) on the orders of his tyrannical Colonel (Lionel Jeffries). It’s down to a local group of loyal soldiers to rescue him, led by the Royalist cavalier known as ‘The Scarlet Blade’ (Jack Hedley), who is helped in his quest – unbeknownst to the Colonel – by his own beautiful young daughter. UK | 1964 | STUDC | 79 min | Cert PG Item # 67172 | RRP £15.99 | Released 16th January

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Director: Basil Dearden

Starring: Stanley Baker, David McCallum, Anne Heywood, Peter Cushing, John Slater Released: 16th January Item # 67223 | UK | 1958 | SPIRT | 107 min | B&W | Cert TBC

When CID man Stanley Baker is reassigned as a Juvenile Liaison Officer (a job so novel in the 1950s that it has to be explained to everyone he meets) he is not best pleased: kids aren’t his bag at all. But as he pounds the city’s waste grounds and teeming sink estates, trying to steer tykes and urchins away from trouble, he sees the value of the long-term effects of his role. In the process, he also falls for the older sister (Anne Heywood) of a couple of tiny truants. A film that is highly characteristic of its director at the time, this slice of social realism is distinguished by the square-jawed and ever-reliable Stanley Baker, extensive location shooting on the streets of a now barely recognisable Liverpool, and a gripping climax in which sociopathic teenager David McCallum gets hold of a Tommy gun and lays siege to a primary school. Look out also for 14-year-old Fred Fowell – now better known as Freddie Starr – bringing some authentic Scouse cheek to his supporting role as one of McCallum’s adolescent henchmen. JU

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The Passionate Friends

They Made Me a Fugitive

David Lean

Alberto Cavalcanti

A fascinating companion piece to Brief Encounter, with a number of similar themes. The central trio of the love triangle – Ann Todd, Claude Rains and Trevor Howard – are superb.

A gritty British film noir in which Trevor Howard’s bored and cynical ex-RAF man joins a criminal gang and finds himself on the run after he is framed.

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Brief Encounter

I See a Dark Stranger

Dir: David Lean. A rightly celebrated tear-jerker recreating a little England on a northern railway platform. One of the all-time greats.

Dir: Frank Launder. A suspenseful, entertaining spy drama in which Howard’s army officer falls in love with Deborah Kerr’s IRA sympathiser.

Item # 54970 UK | 1945 | G-VEN | 83 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

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Dir: Carol Reed. WWII drama about the perilous operation of tugboats in the Atlantic. William Holden and Sophia Loren co-star. Item # 63090 UK | 1958 | PALL | 134 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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The Clouded Yellow

Staying On

Dir: Ralph Thomas. A Hitchcockstyled thriller in which Howard’s ex-spy has to go to ground with a beautiful suspect.

Dir: Silvio Narizzano. The awardwinning sequel to Jewel in the Crown. Howard and Celia Johnson star as the colonel and his wife.

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Item # 32569 UK | 1980 | G-VEN | 86 min | PG | £9.99

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Green for Danger

The Third Man

Dirs: Launder & Gilliatt. Howard joins Alastair Sim and Rosamund John in this suspenseful murder mystery set in a wartime cottage hospital.

Dir: Carol Reed. One of the most justly famed of British films. Howard joins Cotten and Welles in shadowy postwar Vienna. 2 discs.

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Heart of the Matter

The Way to the Stars

Dir: George More O’Ferrall. A faithful adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel starring Howard as a police commissioner in Sierra Leone.

Dir: Anthony Asquith. With its starry line-up and a stirring Terence Rattigan script, this account of life on an RAF bomber base still inspires.

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It is no coincidence that Trevor Howard starred in some of the most highly-regarded British films ever made. He had a tremendous, commanding screen presence that he used to paint vivid characters – from grave and courteous in Brief Encounter to completely caddish in Outcast of the Islands. His performances made all his films worth watching.


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Sergei Paradjanov

One of 2011’s funniest, most surprising and poignant comedies. Gérard Depardieu, who plays a slaughterhouse worker in search of his pension, shines in one of his most uninhibited roles for years.

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Item # 64633 1953 | MoC | 105 | subt | B&W | PG | £22.99

A dreamlike masterpiece which paints a portrait of the 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, the ‘King of Song’, in a series of exquisitely orchestrated tableaux. Item # 66113 USSR | 1969 | 2ND | 70 min | subt | U | £19.99

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La Signora senza Camelie A behind-the-scenes study of the Italian film industry and the fine line between art and commerce. The captivating Lucia Bosè stars as a shopclerk turned screen siren.

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Dir: Denis Villeneuve. An Oscarnominated drama in which twins journey to Lebanon to uncover their mother’s tumultuous past.

Dir: Corneliu Porumboiu. A comedy satire underscored by a mordantly funny undercurrent of hopelessness.

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Le Amiche

Farewell

La Jetée / Sans Soleil

Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni. A key film of Antonioni’s middle period, exploring the emotional make-up of the ‘modern woman’. 2 discs.

Dir: Christian Carion. A fine French espionage thriller based on real events in the cold war and starring Willem Dafoe and Emir Kusturica.

Dir: Chris Marker. Two films: the influential science-fiction short La Jetée and Sans Soleil – a meditation on ‘the dreams of the human race’.

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Before the Revolution

Father

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Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci. A brilliant early work from Bertolucci celebrating the passions and ideology of the 1960s. 2 discs.

Dir: István Szabó. A young Hungarian boy concocts a fantasy ideal of his father in this film of extraordinary intimacy and power.

Dir: François Ozon. A wonderful French farce that pairs Deneuve and Depardieu in a tale of a trophy wife taking over an umbrella factory.

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Faust

Red Psalm

Dir: Agnès Varda. A brilliant, beautiful and controversial drama exploring the complex and devastating effects of an extra-marital affair.

Dir: FW Murnau. Epic scene follows epic scene in this magnificent version of Faust. Emil Jannings is the malevolent Mephistopheles. 2 discs.

Dir: Miklós Jancsó. Jancsó’s technical and conceptual virtuosity are at their peak in this astounding retelling of a peasant uprising.

Item # 66041 France | 1965 | ART-E | 76 min | subt | 18 | £15.99

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Il Generale della Rovere

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Dir: Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Isabelle Adjani stars in this entertaining and sophisticated romp set against the backdrop of the Vichy Government. Item # 19900 Fra | 2004 | OPTIM | 110 min | subt | 12 | £19.99

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Roberto Rossellini’s understated masterpiece in which a petty thief pretends to be a General. Item # 65110 It | 1959 | AR | 133 min | subt | B&W | 12 | £19.99

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Jules Dassin’s classic French film noir, hugely inspirational for the crime genre and famous for its central, wordless half-hour robbery sequence. Item # 65114 Fr | 1955 | ARR | 117 min | subt | 12 | £24.99

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Sapphire

Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra star in this wonderful musical remake of The Philadelphia Story. Sit back and soak up Cole Porter’s beautiful melodies and wicked lyrical ingenuity.

Carol Reed

A hard-hitting British 1950s crime drama exploring racist attitudes towards immigrants among the London public – and also its police. Earl Cameron, Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig star.

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Charles Walters

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Trevor Howard, in magnificent form, stars as the morally compromised man who finds himself on a remote trading outpost. A vivid and stormy adaptation from Joseph Conrad.

Basil Dearden

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Age of Consent

The Ghost Train

Peeping Tom

Dir: Michael Powell. James Mason plays the painter on a gorgeous Australian island; the nubile young Helen Mirren his willing model.

Dir: Walter Forde. Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch are among the travellers in for a night of frights at a ghostly rural railway station.

Michael Powell’s disturbing masterpiece about a voyeuristic, murderous focus puller outraged many. Far ahead of its time. Restored.

Item # 56129 Australia | 1968 | SPHE | 95 min | 12 | £9.99

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Bonjour Tristesse

Hell Drivers

Performance

Dir: Otto Preminger. Jean Seberg and David Niven star in this drama set in the south of France and based on Françoise Sagan’s novel.

Dir: Cyril Endfield. Hard, high-speed road-haulage thriller starring Connery, McGoohan, Baker, McCallum, Lom and Jackson. 2 discs.

Dirs: Cammell / Roeg. Mick Jagger. A heady brew of sex, mind games and violence. The suits at Warner Bros hated it and shelved it for two years.

Item # 23257 USA | 1958 | SPHE | 91 min | PG | £12.99

Item # 32693 UK | 1957 | NW | 103 min | B&W | 12 | £19.99

Item # 32784 UK | 1970 | WHV | 105 min | 18 | £16.99

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The Boy with Green Hair

Ice Cold in Alex

Quatermass and the Pit

Dir: Joseph Losey. A pacifist parable starring Dean Stockwell as the war orphan whose hair turns green. Item # 63460 USA | 1948 | ODEON | 82 min | U | £9.99

Dir: J L Thompson. A fatigued officer, a nurse and a Boer coax an ambulance across the desert to Alexandria. A cool beer awaits. Restored. Item # 66417 UK | 1958 | STUDC | 124 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

Dir: Roy Ward Baker. Andrew Keir takes the lead in this fine Hammer adaptation from Nigel Kneale’s script. Item # 65718 UK | 1967 | STUDC | 178 min | 12 | £22.99

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Don’t Look Now

Mrs Miniver

Dir: Nicolas Roeg. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie play the married couple rebuilding their lives in this haunting film. 2 discs. Restored.

Dir: William Wyler. Spirit-lifter about an idealised England that struck a patriotic chord and was the top boxoffice hit of 1942.

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Dr Strangelove

North by Northwest

Young Mister Lincoln

Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Peter Sellers stars three ways in this wicked cold war satire that sees Sterling Hayden’s lunatic general launch nuclear attack.

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant plays the ad executive on the run in this classic Hitchcock film. Score by Herrmann, titles by Saul Bass.

Dir: John Ford. An account of the early life of President Lincoln as he faces his first case as a young lawyer. A beautifully-framed picture.

Item # 9626 USA | 1963 | COL-T | 90 min | B&W | PG | £19.99

Item # 6835 / 59587 USA | 1959 | WHV | 130 | PG | £19.99

Item # 18970 USA | 1939 | OPTIM | 100 min | U | £9.99

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The Thomas Crown Affair Dir: Norman Jewison. Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen star in this glamorous romantic crime drama. Item # 4066 USA | 1968 | MGMHE | 98 min | PG | £15.99

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The Magnificent Film Sale Wonderful cin Television The Hour Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw star in this sharp, six-part BBC drama which takes viewers behind the scenes of the launch of a topical news programme in London 1956. 2 discs. Item # 66039 / 048 UK | 2011 | 2ENT | 360 | 15 | £24.99

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The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe The classic 1964 TV adventure of a young man’s quest for survival on a 2 discs. desert island.

Watership Down

Stephen Poliakoff Box Set Six dramas from the acclaimed British playwright and director: The Lost Prince, Perfect Strangers, Caught on a Train, Shooting the Past, Friends and Crocodiles, Gideon’s Daughter.

9 discs.

Item # 26286 UK | 1980-2005 | BBC | min | 15 | £59.99

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Das Boot (Mini-series) Dir: Wolfgang Petersen. The full miniseries of life aboard a wartime German submarine in the Atlantic. Simply brilliant filmmaking. 2 discs.

The complete animated TV series based on Richard Adams’ novel and featuring the voice talents of a range of top British acting talent – Stephen Fry, John Hurt and Richard Briers among them. 14 discs. Item # 25981 UK | 1999 | 4FV | min | | £59.99

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Here Come the Double Deckers! All 17 episodes from the classic children’s comedy adventure series. 2 discs.

Item # 17895 Ger | 1981 | COL-T | 282 min | 12 | £24.99

Item # 63032 UK | 1970-71 | 2ND | 353 min | U | £19.99

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Beiderbecke Trilogy

Callan: Wet Job

The award winning comedy-drama detective thriller written by Alan Plater and starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn. 6 discs.

Dir: Shaun O’Riordan. One-off movie follow-up to the 1960s espionage series starring Edward Woodward as the hitman brought out of retirement.

The Kennedys: Season 1

Item # 62733 UK | 1988 | NWORK | 660 min | PG | £39.99

Item # 64119 UK | 1981 | NWORK | 90 min | 12 | £14.99

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BBC TV Shakespeare

Crime and Punishment

The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder

All 37 of the Bard’s plays in the BBC series. Great directors and Shakespearian actors bring his works to life. 37 discs.

Dir: Julian Jarrold. This BBC adaptation of Dostoevsky’s classic novel. John Simm stars as Raskolnikov.

Classic Thames drama series, based on Edgar Wallace’s stories about the mild-mannered sleuth. 4 discs.

Item # 24869 UK | 1979-85 | BBC | min | 12 | £199.99

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Item # 57295 UK | 1969 | NW | 800 min | B&W | 12 | £39.99

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

The Forsyte Saga

Saigon: Year of the Cat

Item # 50295 Fra | 1964 | NW| 325 min | B&W | PG | £19.99

Dir: RW Fassbinder. A universallyacclaimed epic set in 1920s Berlin that follows the efforts of an ex-con trying to go straight. 6 discs.

The complete Victorian drama based on the series of novels by John Galsworthy. Susan Hampshire and Kenneth More star. 6 discs.

The story of the fabled American political family, told in a manner 3 discs. similar to The Godfather. Item # 65460 USA | 2011 | UPV | 346 min | | £24.99

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Dir: Stephen Frears. Judi Dench stars in this David Hare-scripted drama about the Vietnam war’s final days.

Item # 50820 Ger | 1980 | SEC | 910 min | subt | 15 | £54.99

Item # 18886 UK | 1967 | BBC | B&W | 12 | £69.99

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Blott on the Landscape

Fortunes of War

The War You Don’t See

BBC’s adaptation of Tom Sharpe’s bawdy tale. David Suchet and Geraldine James star. 2 discs

Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson and Rupert Graves star in this majestic drama set in the upheaval of Europe in the 1930s. 3 discs.

Item # 22354 UK | 1985 | BBC | 311 min | 15 | £19.99

Item # 30624 UK | 1987 | CC | 407 min | 15 | £29.99

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Dir: John Pilger. A timely and powerful investigation into embedded reporting and the media’s role in war.

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Wagner

Joe Cornish

Tony Palmer

A fast, funny action adventure that pits a teenage gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters on a London housing estate. One of 2011’s most delightful surprises.

Described in Opera News as ‘one of the most beautiful motion pictures in history’, Palmer’s 8 hour TV biopic of the German composer features a stellar cast supporting Richard Burton in the title role.

Docs Public Information Films of the British Home Front 1939-1945 The definitive compilation of WWII films made for the ‘Dig for Victory’, ‘Make-Do and Mend’, ‘Careless Talk 2 discs. Costs Lives’ campaigns and more.

Item # 65773-74 UK | 2011 | STUDC | 87 min | 15 | £19.99

Item # 66855 UK | 1984 | TONYP | 466 min | 15 | £27.99

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9 Songs

Hamlet

Dir: Michael Winterbottom. The innovative and graphic film of an affair told through explicit bedroom scenes and music concerts.

Dir: Kenneth Branagh. An amazing cast, breathtaking sets and gripping, insightful performances characterise this splendid adaptation of Hamlet.

Item # 22186 UK | 2004 | OPTIM | 69 min | 18 | £19.99

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Aria

Hammett

Baraka / Chronos

An operatic portmanteau film, with ten classic arias given imaginative reinterpretation by ten directors, Ken Russell and Godard among them.

Dir: Wim Wenders. A noir mystery set in 1940s San Francisco, Wenders’ Hammett evocatively recreates the mood of the genre.

Dir: Ron Fricke. Two stunning films that span the geographical, cultural and social diversity of our changing planet. 2 discs.

Item # 58621 1988 | 2ND | 85 min | subt | 18 | £19.99

Item # 64252 USA | 1982 | STUDC | 93 min | | £15.99

Item # 51140 USA | 1985-92 | SEC | 134 min | PG | £29.99

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Cross of Iron

Hanna

Free Cinema

Dir: Sam Peckinpah. Peckinpah’s only war film, following a doomed German platoon in 1943. James Mason and James Coburn star.

Dir: Joe Wright. A thriller in which a young girl raised deep in the Finnish wilderness is trained by her father to be the perfect assassin. 2 discs.

A collection of films from the groundbreaking ‘free cinema’ movement, including those by Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson. 3 discs.

Item # 66416 UK | 1977 | STUDC | 127 min | 18 | £15.99

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Item # 27000 UK | 1950s | BFI | 314 min | B&W | E | £29.99

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An Education

Overlord

Night Mail

Dir: Lone Scherfig. A coming-of-age drama set in 1960s London, adapted from the memoirs of journalist Lynn Barber. Carey Mulligan stars.

Dir: Stuart Cooper. A strikingly authentic and highly-praised story of an unassuming young man’s journey from basic training to D-Day.

Dir: Basil Wright / Harry Watt. The most justly famed of all the GPO films, about the nightly postal special from London to Scotland.

Item # 60592 UK | 2009 | E1 | 100 min | 12 | £19.99

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The Ghost

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Pina

Dir: Roman Polanski. A Hitchcockian political thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan and resonant with topical political themes. Item # 62477 / 481 USA | 2009 | OPT | 123 min | 15 | £19.99

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Dir: Philip Kaufman. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Milan Kundera’s incorrigible womanising surgeon. Item # 14166 USA | 1987 | WHV | 166 min | 18 | £19.99

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Item # 59821 UK | 1945 | SFE | 281 min | B&W | E | £24.99

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A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Postwar Britain Dir: John Krish. Six films from one of Britain’s foremost documentarians. Item # 64690 UK | 1964 | BFI | 92 min | B&W | E | £19.99

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Dir: Wim Wenders. A fine tribute to the brilliant German choreographer Pina Bausch, filled with entrancing and expressive physicality. Item # 65651 Germany | 2011 | ART | 103 min | subt | U | £15.99

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Modern Film


Television Programmes Originally Broadcast

Doctor Who: U.N.I.T Files

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All three episodes of C4’s satirical series written by Charlie Brooker, which explores the dark side of humanity’s gadget addiction. Contains The National Anthem, 15 Million Merits and The Entire History of You, in which it is possible to record all your memories. UK | 2011 | 4DVD | 180 min | Cert 15 Item # 67390 | RRP £19.99 | Released 23rd January

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A double bill of classic Earth-set Doctor Who serials: Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974) – the last storyline to feature Jon Pertwee as the Doctor – and The Android Invasion (1975), in which the Doctor (now Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) seem to have landed near a peaceful English village. But 3 discs; Featurettes; Audio commenis it? taries; Deleted scenes and Doctor Who Stories. UK | 1974-75 | 2ENT | 240 min | Cert PG Item # 67368 | RRP £29.99 | Released 9th January

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Christmas at Downton Abbey Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Nigel Havers, Hugh Bonneville. A Christmas special of the ITV costume drama. It’s 1919, and preparations for a lavish Christmas at the Abbey are under way, but the atmosphere is tense, clouded by Bates’ arrest, while Cora is about to make a shocking discovery.

Borgen: Season 1 This latest Danish drama sensation from the producers of The Killing follows the intertwined lives of politicians, media spinners and the reporters who feed off them, uncovering a world of political and personal intrigue along the way. 3 discs.

Denmark | 2010 | Arrow E1 | 580 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67084 | RRP £39.99 | Released 6th February

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Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

The 2011 Christmas special is set during WWII, when the Doctor (Matt Smith) becomes involved in the adventures of two children who are evacuated from London to the country, where they are transported into a magical snow-filled dimension. Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir are among the co-stars. UK | 2011 | 2ENT | 60 min | Cert 12 Item # 67358 / 63 | RRP £12.99 | Out 16th January

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Fry’s Planet Word

In his new five-part BBC series, Stephen Fry explores linguistic achievements and how our skills for the spoken word have developed from the time when man first mastered speech. Fry dissects language in all its guises with his idiosyncratic mixture of learning, 2 discs. love of lexicon and humour.

UK | 2011 | 2ENT | 300 min | Cert 15 Item # 66287 | RRP £19.99 | Out 6th February

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Great Barrier Reef

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Doctor Who: The Sensorites Mervyn Pinfield

In this early serial from the long-running show, William Hartnell and his companions enter into a battle of wits with the Sensorites, inhabitants of Sense-Sphere, when they board a moving spaceFeaturettes. craft. UK | 1964 | 2ENT | 149 min | U Item # 67359 | RRP £19.99 | Released 23rd January

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Paddy Russell

Marine biologist and former Royal Marine Monty Halls heads off on an exploration of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure on the planet. The very latest in filming technology is employed to capture the magic of the reef as it has never been seen before. UK| 2011 | 2ENT | Cert E Item # 67367 / 370 | RRP £19.99 | Out 30th January

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Great Expectations Recommended

Director: Brian Kirk

Starring: Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson, Douglas Booth, David Suchet, Frances Barber, Vanessa Kirby, Shaun Dooley, Mark Addy Released: 30th January Item # 67377 | UK | 2011 | 2ENT | TBC min | Cert TBC

With 2012 marking the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth, the BBC is celebrating the occasion with a new adaptation of his ever-popular Great Expectations, which traces the story of young Pip from village orphan to London gentleman – a story that begins with his fateful meeting with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch out on the Essex marshes. From the moment he goes to fetch a file and food from his Uncle Joe’s forge, the course of his life is set. As expected, the BBC’s new adaptation is meticulous in its recreation of the era and its production design. The reclusive Miss Havisham’s Satis House for example takes its influences from Edgar Allan Poe, Edvard Munch and even the underground catacombs in Kensal Green. With a star-filled cast including Ray Winstone as Magwitch, Douglas Booth as Pip, David Suchet as the lawyer Mr Jaggers and Gillian Anderson – memorable in her haunting portrayal of Miss Havisham – this is a worthy beginning to a notable anniversary.

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Boardwalk Empire: Series 1 Recommended Starring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald Released: 9th January Extras: Commentary; Making-of; The Original Sin City; Speakeasy Tour. Item # 67012 | USA | 2010 | WHVHB | 670 min | Cert 18 | P&P £3

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Martin Scorsese

Item # 14148 USA | 2002 | EV | 160 min | 18 | £19.99

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The Untouchables Brian De Palma

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reated by Terence Winter (onetime writer and Executive Producer of The Sopranos), godfathered by Martin Scorsese and boasting one of the best ensemble casts in many a year – expectations were understandably high when Boardwalk Empire made its debut last year. Happily, this HBO series quickly made good on its promise and, as this box set containing the complete first series shows, established itself as one of the better television series of recent times. It is set at the dawn of America’s disastrous experiment with prohibition, as an unholy nexus of politicians and criminals seek to benefit from the new opportunities offered by the ban on booze. The main character is Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the heroically corrupt treasurer of Atlantic City, who regulates the new liquor trade in his neighbourhood. However, the tightly controlled world of this ‘emperor’ is falling apart: his protégé Jimmy (Pitt) has fallen in with an ambitious young thug called Al Capone, who doesn’t care who he hurts on the way up. The forces of law and order are determined to stop both the flow of alcohol and the bosses that control the trade. And, if all that were not enough, Nucky’s head has

Award-winning HBO drama godfathered by Martin Scorsese been turned by a pretty Irish widow, Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald). But will she reciprocate his feelings? Since this is an HBO show, no expense has been spared to recreate the New Jersey of the Jazz Age: Boardwalk Empire has production values that would make most feature films jealous, let alone TV shows. There are huge sets, such as the full-size replica of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and the beautifully tailored costumes will impress even the least clothes-conscious of viewers. As enticing as this is though, it is only decoration. The real attraction of Boardwalk Empire is its vividly drawn characters. As the series progresses and we get to know them and their world, we discover hidden depths to these people. Nucky struggles with loss and regret, desperate for the normality that he believes Margaret Schroeder offers. This is engrossing, compelling drama, offering yet more proof of the vitality of US TV right now. James Oliver

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A Film by Pablo Larraín

POST MORTEM September 11th 1973. A bloody revolution in Chile. He had to deal with the bodies. He chose the wrong time to fall in love.

“A film of remarkable poise and poison.”

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Written by multi-award-winning playwright Jack Rosenthal – one of Britain’s best-loved and most consistently successful screenwriters Sadie, It’s Cold Outside is a wry and sympathetic comedy starring Rosemary Leach and Bernard Hepton as Sadie and Norman Potter, a world-weary middle-aged couple lamenting their lost dreams in an exhausting, increasingly hostile world.

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An eight-part adaptation of two classic Nancy Mitford novels by novelist & dramatist Simon Raven, starring Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Michael Aldridge, Diana Fairfax and Simon Cadell, Love in a Cold Climate presents the English upper class of the Twenties and Thirties as seen by one of its most gifted chroniclers. The series traces the unconventional lives and loves of the Alconleigh family, and also encompasses the economic and political crises of the Thirties and the upheavals of the Second World War.

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Television Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2

Michael Portillo ventures on five more railway journeys which take him from Brighton to Cromer, Ledbury to Holyhead, Newcastle to Melton Mowbray, London Bridge to Hastings and Ayr to Skye. Along the way he witnesses all the things that have changed since 5 discs. the early days of rail transport. UK | 2011 | PNE | Cert E Item # 66914 | RRP £39.99 | Released 9th January

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Heartbeat: Series 9 The complete ninth series of the Yorkshire TV police drama. With PC Rowan having emigrated, former Metropolitan officer PC Bradley (Jason Durr) is now responsible for the residents of the 1960s Yorkshire village of Aidensfield. In this series he is preoccupied with preparations for his marriage.

6 discs.

UK | 1999 | NWORK | 1200 min | Cert 12 Item # 67036 | RRP £49.99 | Out 6th February

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Hidden

Niall MacCormick

A gripping BBC drama starring Philip Glenister as a solicitor who is forced to delve into his murky past when a mysterious lawyer (Thekla Reuten) turns up asking him to find a missing alibi. As he begins to untangle a web of deceit, he is caught up in a much bigger and far 2 discs. more complex conspiracy. UK | 2011 | PNE | 240 min | Cert 15 Item # 67015 | RRP £19.99 | Out 16th January

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Holy Flying Circus

Just Henry

An engaging family drama adapted from Michelle Magorian’s novel and set in 1949, when a 14 yearold film enthusiast who knows his father died a hero in the war is about to make a discovery which will turn his world upside-down.

UK | 2011 | G-VEN | 90 min | 12 Item # 66581 | RRP £19.99 | Out 26th December

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Merlin: Complete Series 4 Mixing action, adventure and magic, Merlin’s fourth series sees Camelot on the brink of a golden age – but its birth will not be easy. This series sees the arrival of the Knights of Camelot while a fantastic guest cast includes Phil Davis, Gemma Jones, and, as the dashing 5 discs. Lancelot, Santiago Cabrera. Also available: Series 4, part 2 (3 discs). UK | 2011 | PNE | Cert PG Item # Various | RRP £34.99 | Out 23rd January

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Midsomer Murders: A Sacred Trust / The Night of the Stag / The Sleeper Under the Hill Three murder mysteries from season 14, available separately, featuring Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby, a cousin of the original detective, who has moved in to fight crime in the beautiful but thoroughly deadly villages of Midsomer.

UK | 2011 | ACORN | 89 min | 12 Item # 67301-03 | RRP £17.99 | Out 16th January

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The Professionals: Seasons 1-4

In the wake of the controversy caused by Monty Python’s Life of Brian in 1979, Michael Palin and John Cleese found themselves defending their film against blasphemy in a live television debate with Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark. This is an unofficial re-imagining of the event, written by Tony Roche (In the Loop).

From Laurie Johnson’s wah-wah guitar and blaring brass theme, this classic 1970s crime series offered pure highthrills action, as CI5 operatives Bodie (Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw), and their controller (Gordon Jackson), combatted all manner of high-profile crime. Usually with squealing tyres and plenty of rough and tumble. First four series 4 discs. available separately.

UK | 2011 | PNE | 89 min | Cert 15 Item # 66960 | RRP £15.99 | Released 6th February

UK | 1978 | E1 | 705 min | Cert 15 Item # 66447-50 | RRP £34.99 | Out 9th January

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Look Back in Anger Recommended

Director: Judi Dench

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson Released: 30th January Item # 67038 | UK | 1989 | NWORK | 114 min | Cert 12

It’s hard to credit now that John Osborne’s play was vilified by most critics on its release, so confirmed is its classic status as the catalyst for a succession of ‘Angry Young Man’ dramas. This 1989 adaptation marks Judi Dench’s sole directorial effort, and stars Kenneth Branagh as Jimmy, the bitter anti-hero, and Emma Thompson as his weary wife, just before both went on to hugely successful film careers. Dissecting the lot of the working-class male in 1950s Britain, Branagh excels in the role – a burning and bitter mass of unfulfilled potential, he captures the character’s essence more effectively than Richard Burton’s interpretation in the 1959 film. Some of the strongest scenes are those between Thompson and Siobhan Redmond as her friend / love rival, with Dench emphasising the feminine relationship against the male grandstanding – there is a streak of misogyny in the play that Dench tempers with her sensitive focus. Her film is a moving, if claustrophobic, portrayal of lives at the end of their tether.

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Television Romany Jones: Series 2

All six episodes from the second series of the 1970s sitcom following the lives of two couples – newly-married Bert and Betty Jones (James Beck and Jo Rowbottom) and their down at heel neighbours (Arthur Mullard and Queenie Watts), with whom they share their life on a dilapidated caravan site. In this series, Bert and Betty’s carefree existence receives a jolt when Betty announces she’s expecting a baby. UK | 1973 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert 12 Item # 67026 | RRP £12.99 | Released 23rd January

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Sadie, It’s Cold Outside Written by playwright Jack Rosenthal – one of Britain’s best-loved screenwriters – this is a wry comedy starring Rosemary Leach and Bernard Hepton as a world-weary middle-aged couple lamenting their lost dreams in an exhausting, increasingly hostile world. Unscreened Pilot Episode.

UK | 1975 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert PG Item # 67042 | RRP £12.99 | Released 30th January

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Secret Britain

UK | 2010 | ACORN | 240 min | Cert E Item # 67326 | RRP £19.99 | Out 6th February

Silent Witness: Series 13+14

All ten two-part episodes from series 13 and 14 of the BBC crime thriller. In these series, forensic experts Dr Leo Dalton (William Gaminara), Dr Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward) and Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) investigate cases which include the suicide of a bullying victim and the discovery of a girl’s body 6 discs. who disappeared in the 1980s.

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Vicky McClure, Joe Gilgun. Shane Meadows follows his BAFTA awardwinning This Is England ‘86 with a this three hour special, which acts as a bridge to a further series by pulling together the story threads from ’86, and leaving the way clear for ’90. UK | 2011 | 4DVD | 180 min | Cert 18 Item # 66207 / 205 | RRP £19.99 | Out 23rd January

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Twilight Zone - The Original Series: Season 5

The concluding fifth season of the classic American TV sci-fi series by Rod Serling. In each episode, an ordinary person finds himself in an extraordinary situation, where the laws of reality are suspended. Almost every episode had a guest appearance by a big star of the day – this fifth series included William Shatner, Telly Savalas, Lee Marvin and 5 discs. Mickey Rooney. USA | 1963-64 | PNE | 879 min | Cert 12 Item # 66263 / 267 | RRP £34.99 | Out 6th February

The Widowmaker John Madden

Starring Annabelle Apsion (Shameless) and David Morrissey (Red Riding) and directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), this BAFTAnominated drama tells the story of a woman coming to terms with the trauma of being married to a mass murderer. UK | 1990 | NWORK | 105 min | Cert 15 Item # 67030 | RRP £12.99 | Released 6th February

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Shane Meadows

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BBC documentary series examining some of the lesser-known treasures of the British countryside. Presented by Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury, the show examines neglected sights of natural beauty and features the programmes The Crowded South, The Hidden Heart, True North and Borderlands and 2 discs. Beyond.

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This is England ‘88

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Item # 67062 UK | 1977-78 | NWORK | 149 min | PG | £12.99

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Boon: Series 6

Item # 66323 UK | 1991 | NWORK | 740 min | 12 | £39.99

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For the Love of Ada: Series 4

Item # 67021 UK | 19971 | NWORK | 175 min | PG | £12.99

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Little House on the Prairie: Season 9 Item # 64566 USA | 1983 | UPV | £29.99

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Miss Jones and Son: Series 2 Peter Frazer-Jones

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My Old Man: Series 2 Item # 67025 UK | 1975 | NWORK | 150 min | 12 | £12.99

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Second Thoughts: Series 4 Item # 67044 UK | 1993 | NWORK | 175 min | PG | £12.99

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Shameless: Series 1-8

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Without You Tim Fywell

All three episodes from the fast-paced ITV drama starring Anna Friel as a woman who embarks on an amateur investigation into her husband’s death, which she is convinced was the result of foul play. But friends and family are increasingly concerned about her state of mind.

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January / February 2012 MovieMail Film Catalogue

Documentaries A Bigger Splash Jack Hazan

Taking its title from David Hockney’s 1967 painting of a dive into a California swimming pool, this is an important film in art and 2 discs; gay cinema. Portrait of David Hockney (Pearce, 1972); Love’s Presentation (Scott, 1966); Interview with Jack Hazan (2006); Booklet. UK | 1974 | BFI | 104 min | Cert 15 Item # 67100 | RRP £19.99 | Out 30th January

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The British Guide to Showing Off Jes Benstock

Made in the exuberantly eclectic spirit of Logan’s own artwork, this is a film about the eccentric English artist Andrew Logan and his now cult event, The Alternative Miss World, where the outrageous and the anarchic reign supreme. UK | 2011 | VER | 97 min | Cert 15 Item # 67048-49 | RRP £15.99 | Out 23rd January

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Project Nim

James Marsh

An engaging but unsettling documentary that follows the controversial life of a chimpanzee – ‘Nim Chimpsky’ – taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in the 1970s as a way of challenging Noam Chomsky’s contention that language is inherent only in humans. UK | 2011 | ICON | 99 min | Cert 12 Item # 66933 | RRP £15.99 | Released 9th January

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Tabloid

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USA | 1943 | ODEON | 81 min | Cert E Item # 67374 | RRP £12.99 | Released 16th January

G Hickenlooper

Coppola began filming Apocalypse Now in February 1976. After 238 days in the jungle, they had all, according to Coppola, gone a bit mad. This is his wife’s footage of all the blood, sweat and tears. USA | 1992 | STUDC | 92 min | 15 Item # 67158-59 | RRP £15.99 | Out 9th January

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With the new Tinker Tailor as our Film of the Month, we explore le Carré’s world of espionage beyond George Smiley.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Martin Ritt

This delirious meditation on hysteria and truth looks into the strangerthan-fiction life of Joyce McKinney, an American beauty queen who has generated a multitude of sensational tabloid headlines (gunpoint abduction, manacled Mormons, magic underwear, dreams of celestial union) over four decades.

This adaptation from le Carré’s novel perfectly captures the seedy atmosphere of cold war espionage and features one of Richard Burton’s best performances. Item # 31162 UK | 1965 | PARAH | 112 min | B&W | PG | £9.99

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The Constant Gardener

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Dir: Fernando Meirelles. A potent mix of spy thriller and romance starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.

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Item # 27485 UK / Germany | 2005 | UPV | 129 min | 15 | £19.99

The War Room

Chris Hegedus / DA Pennebaker An engrossing behindthe-scenes look at Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, focusing on the communications director and the campaign manager as they deal with unforeseen problems and negative press. USA | 1993 | ARTF | 96 min | Cert E Item # 67095 | RRP £14.99 |

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Art

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The Deadly Affair Dir: Sidney Lumet. The shabby ordinariness of spying is brilliantly captured in this adaptation of Call for the Dead. James Mason stars. Item # 31234 UK | 1966 | SPHE | 102 min | 12 | £12.99

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The Looking Glass War Dir: Frank Pierson. An unsparing cold war spy thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Jones. Item # 25945 UK | 1969 | SPHE | 103 min | 12 | £12.99

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A Perfect Spy

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Hearts of Darkness

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Errol Morris

John Ford

At the behest of the US military, Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland (Citizen Kane) made this docu-drama about the attack on Pearl Harbor, with the War Dept. censoring the result for being too even-handed. Contains both the original censored and the fullCapra’s Know your Enemy.

John le Carré

The Art of Clare Woods A film about one of the most exciting painters in Britain today. Her sensuous, sumptuous work, often on a spectacular scale, extends the tradition of landscape painting and also engages with contemporary concerns of unease and disorientation.

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Dir: Peter Smith. The BBC’s other Le Carré adaptation. Peter Egan is the charming liar, Ray McAnally his irrepressible old man. 3 discs. Item # 22348 UK | 1987 | BBC | 374 min | 15 | £15.99

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The Russia House Dir: Fred Schepisi. Sean Connery plays the publisher drawn into a high stakes game when he is sent a Russian scientist’s notebooks. Item # 16008 USA | 1990 | MGMHE | 118 min | 15 | £12.99

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Contemporary Film English Language Films, 1970 – present The Guard

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John Michael McDonagh An Irish crime comedy. Brendan Gleeson stars as a confrontational small town copper with a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes – and no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine smuggling ring that has brought an FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to his door.

Adam Resurrected Paul Schrader

Jeff Goldblum plays the Jewish comedian who finds himself in a concentration camp run by a fearsome Kommandant (Willem Dafoe), who keeps him alive to act as his ‘dog’. Years later, he relives the experience in a mental institution, where salvation may lie in an unusual friendship with another inmate. Germany / USA / Israel | 2008 | TRNTY | 102 min | Cert 18 Item # 67144 | RRP £17.99 | Released 30th January

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Albatross

Niall MacCormick A secret affair between an aspiring young novelist and an established writer threatens the stability of a family in this drama which stars Sebastian Koch, Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones and Julia Ormond.

Junkhearts

Tinge Krishnan A striking recent example of British independent filmmaking, this gritty London-set drama sees Eddie Marsan’s troubled former soldier taken advantage of by a pair of manipulative teenagers (Romola Garai and Tom Sturridge) who see him as a soft target.

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The Debt

John Madden An award-winning political thriller filled with action and intrigue, based on Assaf Bernstein’s 2007 Israeli film. Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson play the retired Mossad agents who have to get to the truth when a Nazi agent they captured long ago resurfaces. USA | 2010 | UPV | 113 min | Cert 15 Item # 67228-29 | RRP £19.99 | Out 23rd January

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Mahler

Ken Russell

Russell’s stunning portrait of the life of one of the great composers, Gustav Mahler (Robert Powell) as he reminisces on his life, his turbulent relationship with wife Alma (Georgina Hale) and his conversion from Judaism. Stirring music, exquisite cinematography, lavish sets and psychological insight combine to produce a fascinating study of art and sensuality. UK | 1974 | ODEON | 111 min | Cert 15 Item # 67378 | RRP £12.99 | Released 23rd January

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One Day

Lone Scherfig

The Getting of Wisdom

A romantic drama based on the bestselling novel by David Nicholls, which follows two friends (Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) who reunite every year on the anniversary of their first meeting. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition, he is a wealthy charmer, and the decades see them taking stock of their lives.

Bruce Beresford

Set in a class-conscious Melbourne girls boarding school during the Victorian era, this is a vivid, amusing drama that follows the development of a spikily independent 13 year-old girl from the outback who raises havoc with the manners of the place and time. Australia | 1977 | CONTM | 100 min | Cert TBC Item # 66470 | RRP £19.99 | Released 23rd January

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UK | 2011 | SodaElev | 99 min | | Cert 15 Item # 67205 | RRP £17.99 | Released 23rd January

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Tyrannosaur Recommended Director: Paddy Considine Starring: Peter Mullan, Eddie Marsan, Olivia Colman Released: 6th February Extras: Director’s Commentary; Dog Altogether (2007); Deleted Scenes; Booklet. Item # 67155 | UK | 2011 | STUDC | 92 min | Cert 18

Winner of three major prizes at the British Independent Film Awards, Paddy Considine’s directorial debut pulls no punches, opening with a man kicking his pet pooch to death. Astonishingly, this is the film’s idea of a hero. Alcoholic loner Joseph (Peter Mullan) is a raging bull of a man – so we fear further bad things when he seeks shelter one day in a charity shop, and encounters somebody seemingly as fragile as china. Olivia Colman’s devoutly Christian Hannah has, it turns out, worse waiting at home: a husband (Eddie Marsan) hiding abusive tendencies beneath an outwardly respectable veneer. While uncompromising in his depiction of human frailty, Considine leavens any grimness with black humour, and the perverse love triangle that results showcases outstanding performances. Mullan continues to find fresh and surprisingly funny ways of exploring the hard man archetype, yet Colman is if anything better still. Challenging viewing, certainly, but Tyrannosaur finally allows even the mousy Hannah to roar. MM

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Melancholia Recommended Director: Lars von Trier Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Hurt, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgard Released: 23rd January Extras: TBC Item # 66815 | Denmark | 2011 | ART-E | 136 min | Cert 15 | P&P £1

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See Also Antichrist

Lars von Trier

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Perfect Sense David Mackenzie

Item # 67404 UK | 2011 | Arrow E1 | 92 min | 15 | £12.99

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The Tree of Life Terrence Malick

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ars von Trier spent much of the 1990s and 2000s reducing his cinema to the bare essentials, first with the Dogme project, then with his studio-bound U.S. diptych Dogville and Manderlay. The latter’s failure has sparked a rebuilding process of sorts: the grand guignol of 2009’s Antichrist is now followed by a film combining intimate chamber drama with a lavish wedding-from-hell and a possible global apocalypse. Miraculously, Melancholia not only hangs together, it’s also moving, waspishly funny, and stunningly cinematic in its depiction of personal and planetary disintegration. Von Trier takes perverse pleasure in inviting us to the nuptials of Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard), laying on alcohol-fuelled speechifying alongside a veritable smorgasbord of angst. Beset by her neurotic sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and feuding parents (John Hurt and Charlotte Rampling), the bride understandably absconds during dessert to gaze upon her real soulmate: a solitary star in the night sky. The star, it transpires, is the planet Melancholia, set on a collision course with Earth, and getting closer by the minute. That the end is nigh has already been established by Melancholia’s painterly

A moving, waspishly funny and stunningly cinematic film prologue, with its wordless premonitions of the Earth’s final moments: an Ophelia-like Dunst lying in full bridal gear on a riverbed, Gainsbourg leaving heavy footsteps across a putting green. In dramatising his own struggles with depression, von Trier coaxes career-best work from Dunst, picking out the inner stillness in an actress commonly cast as prom queens and cheerleaders, and using it to give shape and gravitational pull to Justine’s wild mood swings. In 2011’s other arthouse event The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick treated the planet’s origins, and its perpetuation through the family unit, as a thing of enduring, relentless wonder. Von Trier, for his part, has lived in this world: here assuming the mantle of that other great Scandinavian sceptic Bergman in wrestling with the earthly and the spiritual, he daringly proposes the end of days might come as a blessed release for some. It’s more than mere provocation: this is one of this extraordinary filmmaker’s most serious and sincerely felt pictures yet. Mike McCahill

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Contemporary Perfect Sense

Also Released...

David Mackenzie

Ewan McGregor and Eva Green play the chef and a scientist who fall in love against the backdrop of a neurological pandemic that robs people of their sensory perceptions. As the pair gradually fall under the spell of the virus, so they fall under the spell of each other, and witness together the apparently inexorable sensual deterioration of the human world. UK | 2011 | Arrow E1 | 92 min | Cert 15 Item # 67404 | RRP £12.99 | Released 30th January

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Crazy, Stupid, Love John Requa

Drive

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Released: 30th January

Ken Russell Classic 70s rock opera, written by The Who’s Pete Townshend, telling of a deaf, dumb and blind kid who is stricken with hysteria as a result of witnessing the murder of his father. In an attempt to return to normality he tries several cures, by the Acid Queen (Tina Turner), the preacher (Eric Clapton), and the Specialist (Jack Nicholson). UK | 1975 | ODEON | 107 min | Cert 15 Item # 67366 | RRP £12.99 | Released 23rd January

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The Whistleblower Larysa Kondracki

A fast-paced thriller inspired by actual events. Rachel Weisz plays the police officer who relocates to postwar Bosnia as a UN peacekeeper, but her hopes for rebuilding a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a sex trafficking ring that involves high-up UN personnel. Vanessa Redgrave co-stars. Germany / Canada | 2010 | HIFLI | 107 min | Cert 15 Item # 67007 / 010 | RRP £15.99 | Out 16th January

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Win Win

Thomas McCarthy A touching comedy from McCarthy (The Station Agent) in which Paul Giamatti’s disheartened attorney moonlights as a high-school wrestling coach and glimpses an opportunity to reverse the fortunes both of the team and his own life.

Far North

Asif Kapadia

Item # 67162 USA | 2007 | 89 min | 15 | £12.99

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Firestarter

Extras: Q&A with director Nicolas Winding Refn; Gallery; Drive in 60 seconds.

Mark L. Lester

Item # 66986 | USA | 2011 | ICON | 100 min | Cert 18

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Remember when Michael Mann was good? The audio-visual euphoria of Heat? The gorgeous neon styling of Manhunter? Well, now that aesthetic has returned in the hands of – dare I say it – a much more intriguing and adventurous director. Renowned for his Pusher Trilogy (though Bronson and Valhalla Rising are equally impressive) Refn channels the spirit of both ‘80s pop video and ‘70s existentialist action flick in his investigations of wounded loners, men of violence trying to suppress their instincts, twisted knight errants of the streets. The results are boys’ movies for the thinking man, art movies for the adrenaline junkie, films that avoid the respectable and dare to be ridiculous. The story here is pure pulp – a getaway driver falls foul of the mob while trying to help his girl. Gosling makes a lot out of very little, and the casting of Albert Brooks as the avuncular baddie is inspired. But it’s the images that you’ll never forget; the soundtrack alone is a source of deep joy. Buy it and bathe in its decadent beauty. MB

A Midnight Clear

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Olivier Megaton

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman

Tommy

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Colombiana

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Keith Gordon

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The Monkey’s Mask Samantha Lang

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Tim Blake Nelson

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Red State Kevin Smith

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Item # 67133 Italy | 1977 | 99 min | 15 | £19.99

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Legend

Ridley Scott

Item # 66934 USA | 1985 | 89 min | PG | £17.99

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Punishment Park (MoC) Peter Watkins

Item # 66862 UK / USA | 1971 | EUREK | 88 min | 15 | £19.99

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Two-Lane Blacktop Monte Hellman

Item # 66863 USA | 1971 | 98 min | 15 | £22.99

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The Clan

Arrietty

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Item # 66485 Japan | 2010 | STUDC | 94 min | subt | U | £24.99

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Cleopatra

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Boardwalk Empire: S1 Item # 67017 USA | 670 min | 18 | £49.99

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Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn

Item # 66991 USA | 2011 | 100 min | 18 | £17.99

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In a Better World Susanne Bier

Item # 67054 Denmark / Sweden | 2010 | Axiom | 119 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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Melancholia Lars von Trier

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Punishment Park (MoC) Peter Watkins

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Gaël Morel

Stéphane Rideau, Nicolas Cazalé and Thomas Dumerchez play the three working-class Algerian brothers who, with their father, struggle in the wake of their mother’s death to hold together as a family, their lives punctuated by violence. Set in Annecy, this drama sees the brothers learning to find an outlet for their simmering masculinity.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

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The Love Patient Michael Simon

How far would you go to win back the love of your life? In this off-the-wall romantic comedy, Paul, our hot but self-centred hero, has some extreme ideas when sensitive hunk Brad drops him and begins dating another man – such as pretending to have a life-threatening illness. But will it work or will his scheme get him into more trouble? USA | 2011 | TLAUK | 95 min | Cert 15 Item # 67098 | RRP £15.99 | Released 23rd January

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Sasha

Dennis Todorovic A romantic coming-out drama, this sensitive and rewarding tale of love and passion in a musical milieu sees a young pianist’s family prove more understanding than he had hoped after he is heartbroken by his beloved teacher’s plans to leave his city.

Tomas Alfredson

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Troll Hunter André Øvredal 12 | £19.99

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Two-Lane Blacktop Monte Hellman

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Tyrannosaur

Paddy Considine

Item # 67145 UK | 2011 | 92 min | 18 | £22.99

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Whisper of the Heart Yoshifumi Kondou

Item # 66509 Japan | 1995 | OPTIM | 110 min | subt | U | £24.99

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France | 2004 | PECCA | 90 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67078 | RRP £9.99 | Released 30th January

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Item # 67384 Norway | 2010 | MOMET | 103 min | subt |

Arrietty

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Unhappy Birthday Mark Harriott

A queer take on the classic British horror film inspired by classics such as The Wicker Man. A surprise birthday party becomes a nightmare for city-dwelling couple Sadie and Rick and their friend Jonny after they are invited to visit the remote tidal island of Amen. UK | 2010 | PECCA | 90 min | | Cert 18 Item # 66574 | RRP £15.99 | Out Now

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Extras: Trailers; TV spots; Storyboards. Item # 66477 | Japan | 2010 | STUDC | 94 min | subt | Cert U

After a series of spectacular epics involving moving castles, spirit worlds and marine monarchs, Studio Ghibli’s Arrietty is a beautiful, lovingly designed miniature. The basic idea, which sees tiny people fending for themselves in a full-size world, has been used many times before, but this entrancing rendition stands apart for its fresh and imaginative approach. The story, adapted by Hayao Miyazaki from Mary Norton’s The Borrowers but directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, nevertheless has the Ghibli master’s fingerprints all over it. The painterly backgrounds, the concern with visual detail, the strong female lead – all are pure Miyazaki. Arrietty’s friendship with Sho, the sickly boy who discovers the family of tiny people in the home of his great aunt, is the kind of thing that could score high on mawkishness, but the distinctive Ghibli humour and sense of the bizarre combine with the film’s leisurely pacing to give a reflectiveness to the story’s sentimentality. Arrietty is, above all, gorgeous to look at, and a triumph of ‘traditional’, hand-painted animation. NR

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James Oliver’s From the Cheap Seats

The Shabby Golden Age

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o. Farewell then Ken Russell, senescent enfant terrible of the British film industry. He will be missed; although I was never much of a fan of his film work, he himself was terrific value, a cheerfully vulgar antidote to the insufferable self-congratulatory politeness of the British film establishment. While he was hardly cut off in his prime, it’s hard not to rue the timing of his demise. In March, the BFI finally releases the long-awaited DVD of The Devils; it’s a shame the old goat won’t be around to savour the reaction. There’s no-one in British film history like Ken Russell. British films are supposed to be restrained and tasteful. Even when they get down and dirty, it’s usually for respectable, political reasons (to lay bare the miseries of the lower orders and so forth). Ken Russell stuck two fingers up at all that. For many years, his films were regarded as something of an aberration in British film, an indication of how standards in British film had plummeted in the early 1970s – a sort-of cultural equivalent of the malaise that gripped Britain during Heath’s Britain. The official line had it that, after the ‘swinging sixties’, British film collapsed twice in the 1970s – first symbolically, when Ken Russell and his ilk were calling the shots and then (at least partly in consequence) literally; about half way through the decade, the American studios pulled out of the UK, leaving British film in the hands of exploitation merchants who steered it into the gutter – until the clean-cut likes of Chariots of Fire, with their crinolines and well-pressed blazers, made cinemas safe for ‘nice’ people again. And yet, start watching the films made in this country during the 1970s

In hindsight, we can see the excitement of new horizons in 1970s British film and a different story emerges. Dig into British film of this decade and you’ll uncover any number of good, very good and authentically great films made during this supposedly stagnant period. Don’t Look Now, Gumshoe and O Lucky Man! suggested new horizons for British film. The Wicker Man, Death Line and Sir Henry at Rawlinson End skewer British self-image. In this context, Russell looks not like an anomaly but part of an authentic movement. Part of the reason this decade has been so traduced is that it has been hard to see the films. With the rise of DVD, however, many neglected titles are finally getting their due. The BFI have released Radio On, Winstanley and Bill Douglas’s Trilogy; their essential Flipside imprint has revived forgotten titles like Little Malcolm, Requiem for a Village and the remarkable Deep End. There is more. Later this year sees the publication of Offbeat, edited by

Julian Upton (of this parish). It looks at overlooked British films from the 1960s onward but it is the surveys of the 1970s that are most interesting, shining a spotlight on genuinely great (if somewhat sleazy) films like The Squeeze, Sitting Target and The Black Panther. The revival of The Devils, then, comes at a time when the films of this reviled decade are finally getting something like the acclaim they deserve. They might not have made an impact on original release but British film of the 1970s looks, in hindsight, like a time of great experimentation and excitement. Something of a golden age, then – albeit a slightly shabby one.

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