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hile preparing our Female Directors sale (see page 11), we were disheartened to discover just how few feature films directed by women are available on DVD in the UK – around a hundred out of the 15,000 films we have selected for our database. Noticeably, nearly all of these films are among the very best cinema has to offer, which demonstrates that women have a much higher bar to cross to get their films made in the first place. A number of high-profile films on recent cinematic release have been directed by women – Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, (our film of the month), Andrea Arnold’s

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We Need To Talk About Kevin Recommended Director: Lynne Ramsay Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller Released: 27th February Extras: Interviews; Trailer Item # 66937 | UK | 2011 | ART-E | 112 min | Cert 15

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arking Lynne Ramsay’s return to British cinema after a nineyear hiatus, We Need To Talk About Kevin tackles, in an intoxicating mix of horror, thriller and melodrama, one of society’s taboos at full tilt. What if a mother does not love her child; should he commit a crime, is it a result of nature or nurture? Ramsay’s acute distillation of Lionel Shriver’s bestseller overhauls the novel’s structure in which a traumatised mother exorcises her demons about her son via a series of letters to her estranged husband. The film plunges straight into Eva’s fractured mind, beset by grief, guilt, selfloathing and shame. In a dizzying array of interwoven flashbacks, it seamlessly moves from her daily life, visits to her incarcerated son and their years of battles, culminating in a high school massacre. Tilda Swinton plays the omnipresent Eva with exceptional power and emotional range, one moment resembling an icy Modigliani portrait, the next a lifeless

A consummate and intoxicating piece of filmmaking Munch cadaver. Almost matching her intensity are the three actors who play Kevin. These are boys you would do well to keep away from kid sisters and archery equipment. This just leaves John C. Reilly as Eva’s ineffectual husband, to complete cinema’s most dysfunctional family since Mildred Pierce (1945). On-screen violence is kept to a minimum. Instead Ramsay leaves her top-notch production team to create unease and menace with, for example, the sinister use of red woven through the film’s fabric. Kevin is primarily about a mother trying, failing and then trying again to love her son. As she embraces Kevin during her last prison visit and walks towards the light, perhaps redemption is not too far away. Alexander Ballinger

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Joseph Vilsmaier

A drama focussing on the tragic events surrounding the sinking of the cruise liner the Wilhelm Gustloff in the dying days of World War II as it helped with the evacuation of Poland. The catastrophe resulted in the loss of 9,000 lives – the worst single loss of life in maritime history.

Alexander: The Warrior Saint Igor Kalyonov

A spectacular Russian historical drama which brings to life the struggles of Prince Alexander Yaroslavich (who came to be known as ‘Alexander Nevsky’) to defend and consolidate his power in 13th century Russia. Anton Pampushny takes the lead role. Russia | 2008 | MET-D | 110 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67553 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th February

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Cano Dorado Eduardo Pinto

A raw Argentinian crime thriller which tells the story of a young labourer from one of the poor suburbs of Buenos Aires who starts making pipe guns and selling them to small time hoods as a way out of his dead-end existence. Then the local mafia begins to take an unwelcome interest. Argentina | 2008 | ISIS | 100 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 67259 | RRP £16.99 | Released 20th February

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Cat o’ Nine Tails Dario Argento

A haunting and suspenseful Dario Argento thriller starring Karl Malden as a blind former newsman who teams up with an investigative journalist to uncover the truth behind a sinister chain of Dario grisly murders. Argento: An Eye for Horror documentary. Italy | 1971 | ARROW | 108 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 62323 / 62465 | RRP £15.99 | Out 20th Feb

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The Dust of Time Theo Angelopoulos

The second part of Angelopoulos’ Trilogy, of which the first was The Weeping Meadow. Willem Dafoe plays an American film director of Greek ancestry, making a film that tells the story of his parents and the events that left their mark on the 20th century. Also stars Irène Jacob, Michel Piccoli and Bruno Ganz. Greece | 2008 | ART-E | 125 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 65896 | RRP £15.99 | Released 23rd January

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A haunting psychological drama based on a screenplay co-written by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Cate Blanchett plays a teacher living in Italy where she watches on helplessly as her husband and friends fall victim to drugs. With the help of a sympathetic police officer (Giovanni Ribisi), she decides she has nothing to lose by taking justice into her own hands. Germany / Italy / France / UK | 2002 | MIRAM | 93 min | | Cert 15 Item # 67298 | RRP £19.99 | Released 13th February

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Lisandro Alonso Proclaimed as the ‘Best Film of 2008’ by CinemaScope, Liverpool is a moving study of solitude, in which a homesick shipworker visits his family in Tierra del Fuego – only to find that he has been forgotten by them. Short film by Alonso: Untitled (Letter for Serra); Alonso on Camera.

Gad Elmaleh French comedy in which a self-made businessman (Elmaleh) decides that his son’s Bar Mitzvah will be the social event of the year. But as he lavishes expense on his grandiose plans, he fails to notice that his obsession is alienating his family. France | 2009 | STUDC | 91 min | subt | Cert 12 Item # 67333 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th February

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A master of composition, Theo Angelopoulos is among the last of the great film philosophers. In classic Greek fashion, his work melds myth, memory and odyssey and his most recent outings have all been deeply personal voyages of (re)discovery. In Ulysses’ Gaze, returning filmmaker Harvey Keitel searches for lost movies by the pioneering Manakia brothers, recorders of a Balkans whose turn-of-the-century transition mirrors that of the post-Communist era. Another traveller reconnects with the past in hoping for a better future in Eternity and a Day, as ailing poet Bruno Ganz communes with his dead wife while rescuing a young child from a brutal adoption racket. Finally, the focus falls on an emblematic couple in the first parts of a trilogy, which sees a 1930s take on the legend of Paris and Helen in The Weeping Meadow, while Michel Piccoli and Irène Jacob encourage director son Willem Dafoe to produce a picture about history’s impact on the individual in The Dust of Time (available separately, see left). DP

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The Conformist Recommended Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda Released: 30th January Extras: 2 discs; Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema documentary (Bluray only); Commentary by David Forgacs; Booklet. Item # 66743 | Italy | 1970 | ARROW | 113 min | subt | Cert 18

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lthough his previous work had earned him a certain reputation, it was with The Conformist that Bernardo Bertolucci became a truly great director. Early promise had matured into genuine mastery. For the first time, he fully assimilated his impulses and influences, creating a work that can truthfully be described as a masterpiece. It’s a film charged with Bertolucci’s concerns: sex, psychology, politics and cinema. Young Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant) was molested by the family chauffeur; he grows up desperate to erase the shame and does so by rigid conformity. Further embarrassed by his father’s reputation (the old man is incarcerated in an asylum), Clerici falls in behind Mussolini as he goose-steps into power. With his marriage to a good bourgeois woman his conformity seems absolute, but the mask doesn’t fit as well as he hoped. The government orders him to spend his honeymoon in Paris, and to mix his pleasure with business by murdering one of his former professors, an outspoken critic of the Italian state. It is a task complicated by the feelings he develops for the professor’s wife and, perhaps, a twinge of revulsion. So, Italy’s moral collapse is embodied by a weak man who

A masterpiece made at the height of Bernardo Bertolucci’s powers wants to appear strong. It might be instructive to compare The Conformist with Pasolini’s Salò, which also depicts the barbarity of the fascist state in terms of sexual aberration, albeit by observing animalistic indulgence rather than repression. The Conformist is one of the most sumptuous films ever made, with the whole film consciously parallelling Hollywood glamour and the fascist aesthetic. Bertolucci and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti contrast the monochrome Clerici with striking art deco settings, while cinematographer Vittorio Storaro marries freewheeling new wave camera choreography to the kaleidoscopic lighting of an MGM musical. The film was made at the very height of Bertolucci’s powers, in a dazzling year in which he also produced The Spider’s Stratagem. He would produce other remarkable films: all are worth owning. The Conformist, however, is essential. James Oliver

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World Cinema Los Bastardos Amat Escalante

A provocative and deliberately paced drama about the realities of America and its ‘second-class citizens’, in which two migrant workers are driven to sawn-off shotgun measures when they are exploited by a callous boss.

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A Norwegian psychological drama about a day in the life of a recovering drug addict struggling to find his way in life. A follow-up to Trier’s 2006 film Reprise, it sees Anders Danielsen Lie reprise his role as a oncepromising writer, now fresh out of rehab and revisiting and reflecting upon his old haunts and acquaintances.

Shohei Imamura

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Released after 8 years imprisonment for murdering his adulterous wife, a likeable but disconnected introvert commences his difficult rehabilitation by starting a new life in a small town, opening a barber’s shop and devotedly tending his pet eel. As a favour to the town priest he agrees to help a young woman with a troubled past by offering her job as his assistant. However, when he least expects it, her past collides with his. Bracketing lyrical interludes and a tentatively blooming romance between deadly explosions, Imamura’s second Palme d’Or winner (the first was The Ballad of Narayama) sidles up to the viewer with a wistful charm.

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A Chinese comedy that sees traditional Chinese etiquette clash with modern sexual mores when a luckless Beijinger opens an adult shop to make ends meet, sparking a sexual revolution in his conservative neighbourhood. Will anyone visit, and what will Director’s introduction; the ruling Party do? Deleted scenes; Audience Q&A; Making-of. China | 2010 | TC-M | 91 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 66850 | RRP £14.99 | Released 13th February

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The Insect Woman / Nishi Ginza Station Shohei Imamura

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Comparing his heroine, Tome Matsuki (played by Sachiko Hidari, who won the ‘Best Actress’ award at the 1964 Berlin Film Festival for the role), to the restlessness and survival instincts of worker insects, The Insect Woman is an unsparing study of working-class female life. Beginning with Tome’s birth in 1918, it follows her through five decades of social change, several improvised careers and male-inflicted cruelty. Brimming over with black humour and taboo material and immaculately staged in crystalline NikkatsuScope, this is arguably Imamura’s most emphatic testament to female resilience. Also includes Nishi Ginza Station, Imamura’s 1958 feature. Booklet.

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Óskar Jónasson

Iceland’s official submission to the 2010 Oscars, Reykjavik-Rotterdam features an all-star Icelandic cast and sees a security guard, stuck in a life of dull routine and facing money problems, tempted by one last smuggling job on a freighter between Reykjavik and Rotterdam.

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Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman) has a dream: to ‘represent the beautiful women of my state’ in the Miss Bala contest. But beauty pageants can be a ruthless business, even more so when they become entangled in the drugs trade. Based on the true story of Laura Zúñiga, a model and beauty queen arrested in connection with trafficking, Gerardo Naranjo’s unrelenting drama follows Laura’s waking nightmare as she is unwittingly drawn into Mexico’s war on drugs, first as an innocent bystander, then as a reluctant participant. Naranjo’s depiction of a world without hope is technically impressive, if dispiriting. Shot using long, unflinching takes, the lines that separate ordinary family life, the artificial world of the pageant and the brutal urban warfare which erupts without warning, become blurred. Laura’s fate is synonymous with that of Baja California, a state racked with crime and corruption, where beauty, innocence and ambition are seized upon and used. This powerful film doesn’t offer her any obvious way out, but Laura’s sheer resilience, and the film’s remorseless kinetic energy, make it hard to look away. MW

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Polish Cinema Classics Recommended Contains: Eroica (Andrzej Munk, 1958), Night Train (Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1959), Innocent Sorcerers (Andrzej Wajda, 1960), Goodbye, See You Tomorrow (Janusz Morgenstern, 1960) Released: 27th February Extras: 4 discs; New HD digital transfers with restored picture and sound; New interview with Wajda; Extract from the documentary about Kawalerowicz My Seventeen Lives; Andrzej Munk’s 1958 short A Walk in the Old Town of Warsaw. Item # 67428 | Poland | 1958-60 | 2RUN | 348 min | subt | B&W | Cert 15

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hat are the characteristics of a typical late-50s/early-60s Polish film? WWII drama? A dark psychological thriller? Andrzej Wajda as director? Zbigniew Cybulski and a boyish Roman Polanski amongst the cast? You’ll find all these ingredients in Second Run’s four-film Polish Cinema Classics box, but not in the way that you’d necessarily expect. Wajda is indeed one of the directors, but his fifth feature Innocent Sorcerers (1960) is a contemporary drama about the troubled personal lives of assorted twentysomethings – Jerzy Skolimowski, twelve years Wajda’s junior, was hired to make the dialogue more convincing and also plays a boxer named Hamlet. Cybulski and Polanski are in this too, but the film’s protagonist is Basil (Tadeusz Lomnicki), a doctor and amateur jazz musician who never has trouble scoring with the ladies but is frustrated that none of his conquests ever turn into lasting relationships. Emotional complications also fuel Janusz Morgenstern’s Goodbye, See You Tomorrow (1960), a film that superficially looks like a French new wave tribute about the hesitant romance between Jacek (Cybulski) and a capricious Frenchwoman, but was actually co-written by Cybulski in

An essential set of classic Polish cinema from Second Run 1957. He also pops up in an amusingly foppish supporting role in Night Train (1959), Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s take on the popular train-thriller genre. Mostly set in a single sleeper carriage on an overnight trip to the Baltic coast, it revolves around two mismatched people, accidentally sharing the same compartment, each harbouring dark secrets – a risky situation when there’s a killer on the loose. The WWII film is Andrzej Munk’s extraordinary Eroica (1958). For understandable reasons, most Polish films about the war tend to be deadly serious, but Munk’s riotous black comedy has at least as much to say about Polish patriotism and heroism, albeit from unexpected angles. For instance, the first part is about a drunken coward whose many failings paradoxically make him a perfect Resistance hero, while the second is about the men left behind in a German prison camp after one of their number escapes. But did he? The film is arguably the masterpiece of this excellent set. Michael Brooke

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World Cinema The Silence

Baran bo Odar

An atmospheric and intense German murder mystery in which a teenage girl goes missing on a hot summer’s night, with her abandoned bicycle found in the exact spot where another girl was murdered 23 years before. Paced to perfection and with excellent characterisations, this is highly recommended.

Tomboy

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Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Zoé Héran, Jeanne Disson

A Useful Life

Extras: Behind the scenes; Director interview. Item # 66605 | France | 2011 | PECCA | 82 min | subt | Cert U | P&P £1

One of French cinema’s brightest new talents, director Céline Sciamma specialises in studies of that particular moment between childhood and adolescence. After 2007’s Water Lilies – concerning rivalries within a synchronised swimming squad – this follow-up centres on a prepubescent sprite adapting to a new school, home and body. Wiry young Mikael’s athleticism wins the admiration of his football teammates, and the adoration of the girl next door, who senses he’s something special. Special indeed, for the lad has a secret: Mikael’s actually called Laure. We spot traces of incipient selfloathing in a heroine not old enough to figure herself out, yet the director remembers well the pleasures of being young, from the afternoons stretching out like centuries to the ever-satisfying scent of Play-Doh. Sciamma is turning out to be as strong a screen sensualist as Claire Denis: buoyed by lead Zoé Héran’s superbly instinctive performance, her latest wrestles with complex gender issues even as it renders sweet and very enjoyable homage to the joys and confusions of youth. MM

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Federico Veiroj A delicate Uruguayan drama in black and white about a cinema worker who looks to movies to help him survive the ordeals of the outside world, such as getting a haircut, after his employer the Cinemateca Uruguay closes down. Uruguay / Spain | 2010 | DOGW | 67 min | subt | Cert E Item # 67074 | RRP £14.99 | Released 27th February

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Javor Gadev

A neo-noir tale of love, murder and betrayal from Bulgaria, which tells the tale of three people, Moth, Mantis and Slug, whose lives are inextricably linked by a black diamond that they grabbed in a botched jewellry raid 20 years before. The diamond went missing, but after serving his prison sentence, Moth resumes the search. Bulgaria | 2008 | ISIS | 92 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67249 | RRP £16.99 | Released 20th February

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Orlando

Ratcatcher

Claire Denis

Sally Potter

Lynne Ramsay

A beautifully crafted dissection of familial ties and the need for independence, in which a father and daughter’s relationship is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

A fascinating, rich and intelligent version of Virginia Woolf’s novel, concerning the adventures of the eponymous gender-changing central character (Tilda Swinton), through the centuries. 2 discs.

Ramsey’s full-length debut, a coming-of-age tale set during a 1970s Glasgow refuse collectors’ strike, is a work of often breathtaking magical realism, soaring on childlike flights of imagination.

Item # 59501 France | 2008 | NW | 100 min | subt | 12 | £19.99

Item # 60134 UK | 1992 | ART-E | 90 min | PG | £15.99

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Chocolat

Morvern Callar

Dir: Claire Denis. Denis’ breakthrough film, exploring France’s colonial past through the eyes of a girl and her family’s black servant in Cameroon.

Dir: Lynne Ramsay. Samantha Morton excels as a matter-of-fact girl who leaves her dead lover and escapes her life in this award winner.

La Pointe Courte (1954), Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Le Bonheur (1965), The 4 discs. Gleaners (2000).

Item # 57251 France | 1988 | ART | 100 min | subt | 15 | £15.99

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The Alcohol Years

The Gold Diggers

The Piano

Dir: Sally Potter. A key film of 1980s feminist cinema, starring Colette Laffont as a black woman working in the City. Julie Christie co-stars.

Dir: Jane Campion. With its brooding sensuality, this tale of a mute heroine’s liberation from despotic male control is genuinely uplifting.

Item # 59642 France | 1954-2000 | ART | subt | 15 | £39.99

Dir: Carol Morley. A poetic and poignant retrieval of the years Morley spent in the Manchester music scene in a blur of inebriation.

Item # 59839 UK | 1983 | BFI | 89 min | B&W | U | £19.99

Item # 29653 NZ | 1993 | OPTIM | 120 min | 15 | £15.99

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Beau Travail

The Hurt Locker

Red Road

Dir: Kathryn Bigelow. A tense and gritty war film that follows the lives of an army bomb disposal squad. Won Bigelow the Best Director Oscar.

Dir: Andrea Arnold. A CCTV operator spies a man she thought she would never see again... One of the best British films of the new millennium.

Item # 59873 / 866 USA | 2008 | LG | 124 min | 15 | £19.99

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Lady Chatterley

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Dir: Pascale Ferran. Marina Hands stars in this sensuous adaptation of DH Lawrence’s novel about a bored wife’s affair. 2 discs.

Dir: Joanna Hogg. A woman is forced to confront her inner sadness when she takes refuge with an old friend’s family on holiday in Tuscany.

Item # 54302 France | 2006 | ART | 161 min | subt | 18 | £15.99

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Brief Crossing

The Last Mistress

Winter’s Bone

Dir: Catherine Breillat. A provocative and explicit portrayal of a sexual encounter between a teen and an older woman on a Channel crossing.

Dir: Catherine Breillat. Period love and lust in 19th century Paris in Breillat’s innovative take on the period drama. Asia Argento stars.

Dir: Debra Granik. A tense thriller set in the poverty-stricken backwoods of Minnesota where a young girl sets out to track down her father.

Item # 30178 France | 2001 | 2ND | 81 min | subt | 18 | £19.99

Item # 54935 France | 2007 | ART | 102 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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Dir: Claire Denis. A beautiful exploration of masculinity in the French Foreign Legion, combining literature, music, poetry and dance. Item # 5939 France | 1999 | ART-E | 90 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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Blackboards Dir: Samira Makhmalbaf. In Iranian Kurdistan, a band of roaming teachers, blackboards strapped to their backs, go in search of pupils. Item # 8227 Iran | 2000 | ART | 82 min | subt | PG | £19.99

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Classic Russian Cinem innovative Hyperkino Introducing Hyperkino We present classic Russian cinema on DVD in the innovative Hyperkino format, produced by Ruscico and distributed exclusively in the UK by MovieMail. This range of six Russian films – which includes four UK DVD premieres – are presented in 2-disc ‘hyperkino editions’: Disc 1 contains the standard film in the best available print, with optional subtitles. Disc 2 contains the film, plus numerous scene-specific annotations, video clips and documents (in Russian and in English). These can be viewed on screen, contextualising the film and enhancing the viewer’s understanding. This innovative format works extremely well and is one of the most exciting developments in DVD for years. It is especially valuable for important works of world cinema whose historical contexts crave further exploration. Two of the DVDs are sound films – By The Bluest of Seas and The Great Consoler – while the rest are silent. We recommend starting with the cinematic fairytale By the Bluest of Seas and the surreal silent Happiness, both of which are extremely welcome new discoveries, whose enjoyment is aided by the Hyperkino annotations.

By the Bluest of Seas Recommended

Director: Boris Barnet

Happiness Recommended Director: Alexander Medvedkin Released: Out now Extras: 2 discs. Hyperkino clips and annotations

Released: Out now Extras: 2 discs. Hyperkino clips and annotations Item # 67481 Russia | 1936 | Ruscico | 69 min | subt | B&W | P&P £1.50

‘It’s an amazing film. A salty, windy, sunny film. You don’t seem to watch it or listen to it, you’re simply absorbing it, like the blue sea air, gulp after gulp,’ said film scholar Mark Kushnirov of Boris Barnet’s 1935 film. Watching it, you know exactly what he means. A lovely, windblown ‘cinematic fairytale’, its storyline is simplicity itself: two sailors fetch up on an island in the Caspian sea after their boat is shipwrecked and find work at its ‘Lights of Communism’ collective farm. They also both fall in love with the same girl – the winsomely smiling farm manager Mashenka, who teaches her lovesick suitors a lasting lesson about love and faithfulness. It’s all done with a smile, an occasional song and the sunny sparkle of rolling waves; Barnet is obviously entranced with the natural elements of island life. It means that this really is a film to savour for its unfettered enjoyment in visual delight. It doesn’t seem as if it should be unforgettable, but it is. GH

Item # 67477 Russia | 1934 | Ruscico | 66 min | subt | B&W | P&P £1.50

Released in 1935, described two years later in a regional newspaper as ‘pernicious’ and ‘a libel against the Russian peasantry’, forcing its withdrawal from circulation for more than 20 years, Happiness is a mischievous and sprightly silent tale of what happens when a peasant goes looking for exactly that. It’s subtitled ‘A Tale of a Hapless Mercenary Khmyr, His Horse-Wife Anna, His Well-Fed Neighbor Foka and Also of a Priest, a Nun and Other Old Relics’ (and as an example of just how extensive the ‘hyperkino’ notes on the film are, the one for the title alone spends 4 pages explaining, with reference to Russian etymology, just how inadequate a translation this is), and draws on folk-tales, proverbs, idioms and songs to tell its story in what Medvedkin called ‘hyperbolized folklore’. Its soundtrack is the one that Chris Marker prepared for its re-release in France in 1971. Exuberantly playful, broadly satirical, filled with visual invention, it’s a real treat to have Happiness with us once more. GH

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The Great Consoler

Lev Kuleshov

Lev Kuleshov

Lev Kuleshov’s directorial debut is a landmark work of Russian cinema, being the first film to use what came to be known as ‘Soviet montage’. Although Kuleshov is little known outside of his native country, he was a true film pioneer, and his students included such great directors as Pudovkin and Barnet. In Engineer Prite’s Project a young, dynamic engineer, whose talents have helped him rise above humble origins, is pitted against an entrenched capitalist whose oil company’s profits are threatened when Prite develops a plan to turn peat into energy. This edition also includes an important 55-minute documentary, The Kuleshov Effect (1969), which provides a useful overview of the director’s career, with clips from his major films. Extensive Hyperkino notes and annotations.

Addressing the question of the role that a creative person should play in society, The Great Consoler is a melodrama based upon the life of the American author, O. Henry, and the time he spent in prison for embezzlement. It is set in America in 1899, Bill Porter – the ‘great consoler’ of the title – is in prison, where his writing skills earn him privileges from the governor and he is spared the inhumane treatment meted out to other prisoners. Porter is aware of the brutality around him but, mindful of his conditions, initially refuses to write about prison life, preferring instead to console his companions with romantic fantasies – until grave circumstances change his mind. The film was denounced at the 1935 Communist Party conference, effectively ending Kuleshov’s career. Extensive Hyperkino notes and annotations.

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Item # 67478 1933 | Ruscico | 91 min | subt | B&W | £24.99

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October

Strike

Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein

Commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, the celebratory October: Ten Days That Shook the World is a thrilling reconstruction of the events from February 1917 to the revolution, and of the Bolsheviks’ overthrow of the Czarists and Kerensky’s provisional government in October 1917. Although Eisenstein’s visually dynamic expression of abstract ideas was attacked for excessive ‘formalism’, October has lost none of its power to attract and energise, with its rapidly alternating machine-gunned images and audacious cross-cutting. With its Leningrad location and the Winter Palace appearing the same as in 1917, and many participants of the actual revolution appearing in the film, October has become the official record of the Revolution. Extensive Hyperkino notes and annotations.

Trying out new ideas which he was to go on and make famous the following year in Battleship Potemkin, Strike – Eisenstein’s first full-length feature – depicts a strike in 1903 by factory workers in pre-revolutionary Russia, where one of the workers commits suicide after being accused of stealing a micrometer. His colleagues demand higher wages and improved labour conditions, but the management calls in local thugs and then Tsarist Cossacks to suppress their uprising. Abandoning conventional storytelling in favour of the broad chronicle, the film taps into the revolutionary Soviet experiment even as it happened. Filled with striking images and impressive cross-cutting, Strike – conceived as the first film in the Towards the Dictatorship series – is an enduring and important work of world cinema. Extensive Hyperkino notes and annotations.

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Item # 67479 Russ | 1924 | Ruscico | 94 min | B&W | £24.99

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Classic Movies English Language Films, 1930 - 1969

Her Private Hell

New Releases Broken Horseshoe Martyn C. Webster

A swift-moving British crime thriller starring Robert Beatty as a doctor who finds himself mixed up with a drug smuggling racket after he operates on a hit and run victim. Elizabeth Sellars is the gang moll who falls for the doctor and attempts to save his life. UK | 1953 | RENOWN | 76 min | Cert U Item # 67571 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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Starring Lilli Palmer and Sylvia Syms, Conspiracy of Hearts finds Italian nuns smuggling Jewish children out of an internment camp near their convent. The Italian officer in charge turns a blind eye. Then the Germans take over security and the nuns’ activities become far riskier.

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Mermaids of Tiburon

USA | 1962 | ODEON | 76 min | Cert 15 Item # 67350 | RRP £12.99 | Released 16th January

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UK | 1960 | SPIRT | 113 min | Cert PG Item # 67225 | RRP £12.99 | Released 20th February

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A Day to Remember Ralph Thomas

The darts team of a London pub go on a day trip to Boulogne in France in this rather innocent little British 1953 comedy starring a host of familiar faces, including Stanley Holloway, Donald Sinden, Bill Owen, Joan Rice and Thora Hird. UK | 1953 | SPIRT | 90 min | PG Item # 67567 | RRP £12.99 | Released 20th February

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Dracula, Prince of Darkness Terence Fisher

Seven years after their original Dracula, Hammer persuaded Christopher Lee to don the cape once more – resulting in one of their greatest films, in which Dracula threatens a society in which sexuality 2 discs; is repressed. Christopher Lee Interview; Featurette; World of Hammer episodes.

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UK | 1968 | BFI | 84 min | Cert 15 Item # 67099 | RRP £19.99 | Out 20th February

A surreal ‘nudie cutie’ in which a marine biologist learns of an underwater trove of ‘flame pearls’. In his search for the treasure he encounters a gangster and a band of mermaids, led by voluptuous pinup Diane Webber, intent on protecting their treasure.

Ralph Thomas

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This cautionary tale of an innocent girl abroad caught up in London’s sleazy world of modelling put Britain on the map in the realm of home-grown adult features. Features a distinctive jazz soundtrack by composer John Scott. 2 discs; Screen tests; Making-of; Shorts from Norman J Warren: Incident (1959) & Fragment (1966); Anatomy of a Pin-up (1971); Booklet.

John Lamb

Conspiracy of Hearts

UK | 1966 | STUDC | 86 min | Cert 15 Item # 67140 | RRP £22.99 | Released 5th March

Norman J Warren

Mr. District Attorney William Morgan

A fast-paced crime melodrama laced with humour, in which a law graduate’s stuttering start to his career hots up when he is given the job of reviewing the closed case of Peter Lorre’s crooked city official who vanished with a stolen $100,000. Then the money reappears, and a number of apparently related murders occur... USA | 1941 | ODEON | 68 min | Cert PG Item # 67355 | RRP £12.99 | Released 16th January

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Nudes of the World / Take Off Your Clothes and Live Arnold L Miller

A double bill of nudist comedies. In Nudes of the World (1962) a group of beauty queens turn a stately home into a nudist camp, while the sequel, Take Off Your Clothes and Live (1963), sees a group of girls discovering the joy of stripping off in the sunshine on the French Riviera. UK | 1962-63 | ODEON | 119 min | Cert 12 Item # 67498 | RRP £12.99 | Released 13th February

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This Land is Mine Recommended

Director: Jean Renoir

Starring: Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara, Kent Smith, George Sanders, Walter Slezak Released: 13th February Item # 67488 | USA | 1943 | ODEON | 103 min | Cert PG | P&P £1

As the second world war raged, Hollywood fought the good fight with a series of artful movies dramatising life in occupied Europe. This Land is Mine was Jean Renoir’s contribution to the cycle: it’s one of the best. It’s set in an unglamorous provincial town, in an unnamed European country not unlike the director’s native France. When the Nazi invaders roll in, the locals react in different ways. Some resist, others collaborate. Schoolmaster Albert Lory (Charles Laughton) is too cowardly to do either: he’s a timid soul, dominated by his mother. But when the Nazis escalate their efforts to crush the resistance, Albert discovers a courage he never knew he had. Famously, Jean Renoir never really found his rhythm in Hollywood and the American films tend to be the least regarded of his work. But, as This Land is Mine shows, any ‘decline’ was surely relative. No other studio film of this era understands the pain of occupation – or its compromises – so well. It shows Hollywood (if not Renoir, quite) at the top of its game. JO

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The Spy in Black Recommended Director: Michael Powell Starring: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw, Marius Goring, Cyril Raymond, Mary Morris Released: 20th February Extras: Restored. Item # 67234 | UK | 1939 | SPIRT | 78 min | B&W | Cert U

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The 39 Steps

Alfred Hitchcock

Item # 7669 UK | 1935 | CRLTN | 78 min | B&W | U | £15.99

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Went the Day Well? (Restored) Alberto Cavalcanti

Item # 65769 UK | 1942 | OPTIM | 93 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

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his thrilling WWI adventure sees Conrad Veidt as Captain Hardt, a German U-boat commander dispatched to a village on the Orkney Islands in order to destroy the resident British fleet. Hardt arrives to find he is to be harboured by Fraulein Tiel (Valerie Hobson), a German agent who has taken the identity of a schoolteacher, Anne Burnett, whose journey to the village has been derailed by Tiel’s nefarious colleagues. As he settles in to ‘domestic’ life with Tiel, Hardt finds he is attracted to her. But she has thoughts of her own about how the mission should be carried out. In lacing this rich brew of drama and suspense with a generous splash of dry humour, director Michael Powell showed he was more than up to the role just vacated by the Hollywood-bound Alfred Hitchcock, as The Spy in Black easily bears comparison with ‘the Master’s’ then-recent classics of the genre, The 39 Steps and Secret Agent. Powell’s assured touches of individuality were already shining through: the wartime verisimilitude is enhanced by heightened, atmospheric visuals (the foggy studio sets evoking the craggy Scottish landscape are great) and the women in the film

Powell & Pressburger’s first film is a cracking wartime thriller (particularly Hobson) turn in refreshingly strident performances. Moreover, Powell occasionally lets loose his soon-to-becharacteristic penchant for expressionism, not least in the way he frames and lights Captain Hardt’s face, which at times pays unmistakable homage to the sinister beauty of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and other, earlier Veidt classics. But Hardt is also afforded a human side, and the romantic tension between Veidt and Hobson unwinds effectively. In its depiction of a German ‘invasion’ of a bucolic British village, The Spy in Black prefigures Cavalacanti’s WWII drama, Went the Day Well?, by a few years. It also anticipated World War II itself (it was released just prior to the 1939 breakout of Anglo-German hostilities). The film is most significant now of course as the first pairing of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (who served as its screenwriter), but it has more than stood the test of time and is a classic in its own right. Julian Upton

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11 films including Tales of Hoffman, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus, Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, I Know Where I am Going, A Canterbury Tale, 49th Parallel, Ill Met By Moonlight and The Red Shoes. Item # 30839 UK | 1943-66 | G-VEN | 1239 min | PG | £59.99

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ichael Powell’s best known films are spectacular, sensual, fanciful. The others are quiet, retiring, secretive, perhaps even disappointing – until odd details tease your mind and the simplicity reveals their depths. Film-struck at 16, Powell quickly landed a studio job (as mop-boy), swiftly learning the A-Z of movies. He shot quota quickies crammed with sharp, rich detail and then got himself out of the rut by steaming off to a distant Scottish island to make The Edge of the World. And then came his partnership with his soulmate-becauseopposite, Emeric Pressburger, setting themselves up as The Archers in 1943, when their seven ‘golden years’ began, including A Matter of Life and Death, One of Our Aircraft is Missing and the mysterious pastorale A Canterbury Tale. Much later, after experiments with ‘art spectacles’, came the controversial Peeping Tom and the mellow finesse of The Age of Consent. The riches to discover in his films are many, various and unending.

A Canterbury Tale A mysterious, profound and suggestive study of Englishness in which four people are drawn towards the place of pilgrimage in wartime. Item # 4358 UK | 1944 | CRLTN | 120 min | B&W | U | £6.99

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The Edge of the World A moving drama about the evacuation of St Kilda, where new trawler fleets collide with old island ways. Item # 15231 UK | 1937 | BFI | 74 min | U | £19.99

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A Matter of Life and Death Audacious romantic fantasy in which Niven’s nearly-dead airman debates his right to live in celestial court. Item # 3080 UK | 1946 | CRLTN | 103 min | U | £19.99

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One of Our Aircraft is Missing Forced to bail out over the Low Countries, an RAF bomber crew falls prey to suspicion and paranoia. Item # 28278 UK | 1941 | UPV | 98 min | B&W | U | £9.99

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The Small Back Room This superbly crafted low-key war movie sees backroom boffin Sammy Rice (David Farrar) battle with whisky and booby-trapped bombs. Item # 57885 UK | 1949 | OPTIM | 107 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

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The Lavender Hill Mob

A Matter of Life and Death

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orn in 1910, Crichton began work as an editor for Alexander Korda (he cut The Thief of Bagdad) before graduating to the director’s chair at Ealing, where he made some of their best (and best-loved) comedies, including Hue and Cry, The Titfield Thunderbolt and, above all, The Lavender Hill Mob. So successful were Crichton’s comedies that his strengths as a drama director are sometimes overlooked. The best of these is Hunted, in which murderer Dirk Bogarde goes on the lam with a small boy. When Ealing went into decline, Crichton briefly tried Hollywood but found himself temperamentally unsuited to tinsel town. So he returned to Britain and moved into television, directing episodes of Danger Man, The Avengers and Space: 1999. He had all but retired when John Cleese begged him to do A Fish Called Wanda – one of the all-time great comedies. Crichton died in 1999, aged 89. It’s impossible to imagine British film without him.

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Charles Crichton A neglected gem, this thoroughly charming, beautifully filmed Ealing Studios romance is set on the boats that travel the Grand Union Canal and is a classic piece of poetic realism. Item # 57903 UK | 1945 | OPTIM | 61 min | B&W | U | £15.99

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Against the Wind A thoughtful, tense Ealing wartime thriller about a traitor in the ranks of a group being trained for sabotage missions. Item # 50632 UK | 1947 | OPTIM | 94 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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A Fish Called Wanda An unhinged Kevin Kline, stammering Michael Palin, John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this bright spot for British comedy. Item # 12711 UK | 1988 | MGMHE | 108 min | 15 | £22.99

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Hunted Dirk Bogarde’s misfit killer goes on the run with an emotionally scarred young boy in this first-rate British thriller whose recognition is overdue. Item # 67410 UK | 1952 | SPIRT | 81 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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The Lavender Hill Mob (Restored) Alec Guinness’s unassuming bank clerk fronts a bullion heist in this affectionately remembered comedy. Item # 65767-68 UK | 1951 | OPT | 77 min | B&W | U | £15.99

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Train of Events Portmanteau film following the stories of different people caught up in the same train crash. Stars a host of familiar British faces. Item # 56913 UK | 1949 | OPTIM | 86 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

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The Draughtsman’s Contract A 17th century draughtsman undertakes a series of drawings in return for sexual favours. Greenaway’s breakthrough film is coolly enigmatic, its splendid visuals in harmony with Michael Nyman’s distinctive score. Item # 14961 UK | 1982 | BFI | 104 min | 15 | £19.99

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rained as an artist and practised as an editor, Peter Greenaway is one of the few modern directors whose work not only demonstrates an appreciation of the history of cinema (indeed, of all the visual arts), but also a fascination with its untapped potential. Conscious of the grasp that language and literature have over this essentially visual medium (and wanting to release it from this hold), Greenaway has redefined the way in which ideas, plot and character traits can be assimilated into a film – and if this makes the films seem dry, then think again. The Draughtsman’s Contract is coolly and splendidly enigmatic, A Zed and Two Noughts takes its visual texture from Vermeer, 8½ Women presents a comic parade of archetypes of male sexual fantasy, The Cook, The Thief... is the blackest of satires, and Nightwatching is, among other things, an involving period drama. Time and again, Greenaway shows how little of the moving picture’s box of tricks mainstream and arthouse cinema has so far utilised.

8½ Women An inventively bizarre tale of sexual fantasies and blackmail in which a man establishes a diverse harem after his wife’s death. Item # 14175 UK | 1999 | PATHD | 116 min | 15 | £12.99

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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover A modern day revenge tragedy spiked with black comedy. Item # 15515 UK | 1989 | UN | 119 min | 18 | £15.99

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Early Films of Peter Greenaway Vols 1&2 Two volumes of playful, experimental films, including his ‘Violent Unknown Event’ epic The Falls in volume 2. Item # 14962 / 15230 UK | 1973-80 | BFI | PG | £19.99

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Nightwatching A drama exploring the romantic and professional life of Rembrandt and his painting, The Night Watch. 2 discs; Rembrandt’s j’accuse (Greenaway). Item # 60954 Netherlands | 2007 | Ax | 136 min | 18 | £15.99

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A Zed and Two Noughts A tirelessly provocative, funny and stylish examination of life, death and decay, lit in twenty-six different ways. Item # 16673 / 62346 UK | 1985 | BFI | 112 | 15 | £19.99

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Peter Greenaway The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

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Classic Movies The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

The Saint

Raoul Walsh

Kenneth More plays the salesman for a London sporting gun company who heads west to supply firearms to cowboys. Despite his impeccable manners and immaculate tailoring, once in the lawless frontier town of Fractured Jaw he is accidentally mistaken for the fastest gun in the West – and quickly appointed sheriff! He also melts the heart of saloon owner Miss Kate (Jayne Mansfield), but he’s soon being measured up for Boot Hill when a range war breaks out. UK / USA | 1958 | ODEON | 99 min | Cert PG Item # 67572 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

The Three Musketeers Roland Lee

A rousing RKO swashbuckler presenting a condensed version of Alexandre Dumas’ novel. The impulsive young Gascon D’Artagnan (Walter Abel) arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the King’s Musketeers. Porthos, Aramis and Athos take him under their wing. USA | 1935 | ODEON | 96 min | Cert U Item # 67357 | RRP £9.99 | Released 30th January

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Wall of Death Lewis Gilbert

This 1951 Nettlefold production stars Laurence Harvey as ‘Mag Maguire’ – a likeable fairground prizefighter – and Maxwell Reed as ‘Eddie Racer’ a bad-boy motorbike daredevil, who vie for the beautiful girl from the carnival (Susan Shaw). UK | 1951 | RENOWN | 76 min | U Item # 67574 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan

Item # 67573 USA | 1962 | UPV | 124 min | B&W | 12 | £15.99

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The Saint in New York

Days of Glory Recommended Director: Jacques Tourneur Starring: Gregory Peck, Tamara Toumanova Released: 13th February Item # 67482 | USA | 1944 | ODEON | 86 min | B&W | Cert PG | P&P £1

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Crusading crimefighter Simon Templar in five adventures new to DVD

A youthful Gregory Peck leads a band of Soviet guerillas against the invading German army in this wartime production from Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past) that provides a fascinating snapshot of World War II-era Hollywood politics. The prolific writer and producer Casey Robinson – whose screenplays ranged from the melodrama of Now, Voyager to the action of Captain Blood – draws on both genres to tell this story of heroism, sacrifice, and, yes, socialism – although only a light sprinkling. A cast of then-unknowns plays a motley assortment of characters, including a geologist, a ballerina, and a pair of squabbling roués, all living in a hideout and waiting for the big push. Peck, in his first film role, already has the quiet authority and gravitas of his classic performances. His love interest is played by Tamara Toumanova, who was a famous ballerina in her own right but demonstrates her acting chops as an outsider who wins the respect of the other fighters. Propaganda it may be, but Days of Glory is also a ripping good yarn in its own right. NR

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Ben Holmes

Simon Templar (here played by Louis Hayward in the first film in the series) is in New York where he is engaged in a dangerous search for the real identity of ‘the Big Fellow’. USA | 1938 | ODEON | 73 min | Cert PG Item # 67484 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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The Saint in London JP Carstairs

The Saint (George Sanders), newly back in London, is tipped off by a friend in the Secret Service to a mystery involving a plot to pass off a bundle of foreign currency. USA | 1939 | ODEON | 69 min | Cert PG Item # 67483 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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The Saint Takes Over Jack Hively

The Saint (George Sanders) plays a modern-day Robin Hood in order to clear his friend who was framed by mobsters. The first movie in the series not based on a story by Leslie Charteris. USA | 1940 | ODEON | 67 min | Cert PG Item # 67486 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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The Saint’s Vacation Leslie Fenton

A dangerous cat-and-mouse game between Nazi agents and Simon Templar (Hugh Sinclair) ensues when he goes to Switzerland. Arthur Macrae plays Templar’s trusty sidekick. UK / USA | 1941 | ODEON | 61 min | PG Item # 67487 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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The Saint Meets the Tiger Paul L. Stein

A man murdered at the Saint’s doorstep utter a few words before he dies, sending Templar off to confront crime mastermind ‘The Tiger’ and his gang as they plan to smuggle gold bullion from country. Hugh Sinclair stars. UK | 1943 | ODEON | 69 min | Cert PG Item # 67485 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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Documentaries New Releases Girl Model

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky

The documentary that uncovered a miscarriage of justice in the American state of Arkansas, after three teenagers were convicted of murder amid an atmosphere of moral panic, despite there being no evidence that they were guilty. A film about the price paid for ‘being

David Redmon A documentary revealing the mechanics behind the modelling industry, told through the eyes of a jaded former model and scout and a 13 year-old girl plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the centre of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. USA | 2011 | DOGW | 78 min | Cert E Item # 67092 | RRP £14.99 | Released 20th February

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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Morgan Spurlock

Spurlock (Super Size Me) explores the world of product placement and advertising in film, unmasking the marketing process which feeds into our everyday entertainment. The film was fully financed through product placement! USA | 2011 | UPV | 144 min | Cert 15 Item # 67381 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th February

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different’. USA | 1996 | ARTF | 150 min | Cert E Item # 67578 | RRP £14.99 | Released 5th March

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Urbanized

Gary Hustwit The final film in Hustwit’s ‘design trilogy’ (Helvetica, Objectified), Urbanized features some of the world’s foremost planners, policymakers, architects and thinkers discussing urban design, infrastructure initiatives and the future of cities. USA / UK | 2011 | PLEXI | 85 min | Cert E Item # 67566 | RRP £17.99 | Released 13th February

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Hollywood: My Home Town William Martin

Candid footage of the stars of the golden era of Hollywood, seen relaxed and at play, candidly filmed by old Hollywood’s historian Ken Murray. Features Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Lana Turner and a host of others.

John Smith Box Set

A timely documentary profile of British PM Margaret Thatcher, featuring extensive public and private footage and with retrospective contributions from her former Cabinet colleagues. Includes previously unseen footage.

A comprehensive 3-disc selection of Smith’s film and video works made between 1975-2007. Inspired by the Structural Materialist ideas that dominated British artists’ filmmaking during his formative years, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, Smith has developed a body of work that deftly subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Drawing upon the raw material of everyday life, his meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema. Contains: Associations, Girl Chewing Gum, Om, Shepherd’s Delight, The Black Tower, Regression, Gargantuan, Slow Glass, Blight, The Kiss, The Waste Land, Lost Sound, Worst Case Scenario, Hotel Diaries, Frozen War, Museum Piece, Throwing Stones, B&B, Pyramids/Skunk, Dirty Pictures, Six Years Later. 3 discs.

UK | 2011 | ODEON | 80 min | Cert E Item # 67418 | RRP £14.99 | Released 9th January

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USA | 1965 | PALL | 54 min | Cert E Item # 67401 | RRP £9.99 | Released 20th February

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Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady

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Ozu: The Student Comedies Recommended

Starring: Tatsuo Saito, Chishu Ryu Released: 20th February

Contains: Days of Youth (1929), I Flunked But... (1930), The Lady and the Beard (1931), Where Now Are The Dreams of Youth? (1932) Extras: 2 discs; Surviving fragment of Ozu’s I Graduated, But... (1929).; New scores by Ed Hughes; Ozu: Emotion and Poetry (2011) – Tony Rayns discusses Ozu’s early work; Booklet. Item # 67076 Japan | 1929-32 | BFI | subt | B&W | Cert PG | P&P £1.50

Watching this compilation of four features from Ozu’s early career is rather like following the development of a young man, moving from the carefree antics of studenthood to the melancholy of the downtrodden businessman with his newfound responsibilities. It begins with Days of Youth (1929), a featherlight comedy, heavily indebted to Harold Lloyd, with loads of sight gags and fratboy pranks, and ends with Where Now Are The Dreams of Youth? (1932), in which schoolboy humour gives way to a more sober contemplation of lost friendship and dashed hopes. But in all of these comedies, Ozu celebrates the slacker, the chancer and the brazen exam cheat. This joie de vivre reaches its apotheosis in I Flunked But... (1930), with a gang’s attempts to deceive their teachers taking up the first third of the narrative. There’s a wonderful boisterousness here that stands in marked contrast to Ozu’s later, more sober, work. MBa

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Television Programmes Originally Broadcast

Doc Martin: Series 5

New Releases Airline: Complete

All nine episodes of the 1980s ITV series following the adventures of a WWII pilot (Roy Marsden) who decides to set up his own air freight business with a wartime colleague (Richard Heffer) in the aftermath of the war. The series brings vividly to life the progress of indepen3 discs. dent airline operators of the 1940s. UK | 1982 | NWORK | 450 min | Cert 12 Item # 67035 | RRP £29.99 | Released 13th February

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The Borrowers Tom Harper

Stephen Fry (Professor Mildeye), Christopher Eccleston (Pod Clock) and Victoria Wood (Granny Driver) star in this fresh new adaptation of Mary Norton’s delightful novels about the miniature people who live beneath the floorboards. UK | 2011 | UPV | 88 min | Cert U Item # 67504 | RRP £17.99 | Released 9th January

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Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection

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Citizen James

Rumple-faced Sid James is joined by Bill Kerr and Liz Fraser in this 1960s sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (Series 1) and Sid Green and Dick Hills (Series 2 & 3). Contains all the existing episodes – the complete Series 1, plus two episodes each from 2 discs. Series 2 and 3. UK | 1960-62 | ACORN | 240 min | Cert PG Item # 67489 | RRP £19.99 | Out 6th February

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UK | 2011 | MOMET | 368 mins | Cert 12 Item # 67342-43 | RRP £19.99 | Out 5th March

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Doctor Who: Revisitations 3 Special Editions of three classic Doctor Who series with exclusive new special features: The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967, with Patrick Troughton), The Three Doctors (1973, with Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton & William Hartnell) and Robots of 5 discs; Death (1977, with Tom Baker). Commentaries and many, many featurettes. UK | 1967-77 | 2ENT | Cert PG Item # 67369 | RRP £34.99 | Released 13th February

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Doctor Who: The Face of Evil Pennant Roberts

Four recent BBC Dickens adaptations: Great Expectations (2011), starring Gillian Anderson and David Suchet, Little Dorrit (2008), starring Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Twist (2007), starring Timothy Spall, and Bleak House (2005), starring Charles 9 discs. Dance.

UK | 2005-11 | 2ENT | 1268 min | Cert 12 Item # 67536 | RRP £44.99 | Out 30th January

After a two-year break, Martin Clunes is back in his role of curmudgeonly Doctor Martin Ellingham, whose truculent, tactless manner upsets just about everyone in the picture postcard Cornish village of Portwenn. Can the Doc cope with being a new dad while trying to resume his career as a surgeon? Also available: 10 disc Series 1-5 Box Set.

Tom Baker stars in this 1977 serial from the fourteenth series of Doctor Who, notable for marking the debut of Louise Jameson as the Doctor’s new companion, Leela, to whom he is introduced when the TARDIS lands on a mysterious jungle 2 discs. planet. UK | 1976 | 2ENT | 103 min | Cert PG Item # 67415 | RRP £19.99 | Released 5th March

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Dramarama: Volume 1

A staple of children’s programming through the 1980s, Dramarama presented an eclectic mix of drama, from whimsical comedy and surreal fantasy to supernatural fable and hard-hitting realism. This first volume presents ten memorable dramas. Stars include Gary Oldman, David Jason and Patrick 2 discs; ‘Schools dramas’ School Malahide. for Clowns and Mr. Magus is Waiting for You. UK | 1980s | NWORK | 325 min | Cert PG Item # 67027 | RRP £19.99 | Out 13th February

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Braquo: Series 1 Recommended Director: Olivier Marchal Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Samuel Le Bihan, Joseph Malerba Released: 13th February Extras: 2 discs. Item # 67445 | Fra | 2009 | Arrow | 416 min | subt | Cert 15 | P&P £1.50

If you’re an aficionado of uncompromising crime series on TV and you haven’t yet watched Braquo, you’re missing something. This flint-edged, dyspeptic and utterly compelling series is so uncompromising – even nihilistic – in its view of French police work that it makes such rivals as Spiral look positively rose-coloured. Apart from impeccable ensemble playing (with Jean Hugues-Anglade as a compromised Parisian cop finding himself drawn ever deeper into realms of corruption and violence after his squad leader’s suicide), the series’ really provocative aspect lies not so much in the visceral impact of the filmmaking but in the uneasy dialogue it sets up with the viewer. As the team is drawn into ever more brutal territory in pursuit of a variety of criminals, with an internal affairs team hard on their heels, it’s hard to decide how much director Marchal (36 Quai des Orfèvres) wants us to sympathise with the beleaguered maverick heroes. Never comfortable viewing, the series is essential for those who like the equation: crime drama = strong meat. BF

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Game of Thrones: Series 1

USA | 2011 | WHV | 600 min | Cert 18 Item # 67464 / 466 | RRP £39.99 | Out 5th March

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Gone to the Dogs and Gone to Seed: Complete Series Contains the six-part comedy drama set in the lucrative world of greyhound racing, starring Alison Steadman, Warren Clarke, Jim Broadbent, Sheila Hancock, Martin Clunes and Harry Enfield, along with its follow-up, which re-united the principal cast in entirely new 3 discs. roles.

UK | 1992 | NWORK | 550 min | Cert PG Item # 67040 | RRP £29.99 | Released 27th February

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Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City

Author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore presents a three-part series illuminating the history of the sacred city of Jerusalem, looking at how this unique city came into being and how it assumed such importance to the three Abrahamic faiths.

UK | 2011 | 2ENT | 180 min | Cert E Item # 67454 | RRP £19.92 | Released 20th February

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The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen Rupert Edwards

To mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s first novel, Sense and Sensibility, Professor Amanda Vickery explores the ebb and flow of Austen’s popularity and the hold her fiction has on us now. UK | 2011 | DIGCL | 60 min | Cert E Item # 67552 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th February

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Who Pays the Ferryman? Recommended

Starring: Jack Hedley, Patience Collier, Betty Arvaniti, Neil McCarthy, Stefan Gryff Released: 20th February Extras: 3 discs. Item # 67272 | UK | 1977 | EUREK | 393 min | Cert 12 | P&P £1

With its powerful and enthralling storyline, memorable theme tune and wonderful scenery – it was filmed around Elounda, in eastern Crete before mass tourism changed its character – Who Pays the Ferryman? is classic 1970s television from the BBC. Jack Hedley takes the lead role as Alan Haldane, a British ex-serviceman and boat-builder who takes early retirement and returns to Crete to look up the friends he made while fighting there with the partisans during the war. However, when he arrives he finds out that Melina, his former lover, has died but that she gave birth to his now grown-up daughter, for whose future he determines to stay on the island. He meets and falls for Melina’s sister, Annika (Betty Arvaniti), but his new found happiness is short-lived when the past comes back to haunt him and he breathes new life into an old family feud. Densely plotted, well acted and thoroughly compelling, this is one of those series that immediately makes you want to watch the very next episode as its Greek tragedy unfolds.

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Game of Thrones

The complete first season of HBO’s utterly engrossing medieval fantasy drama based on the best-selling novel series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George RR Martin. Sean Bean takes the lead in this tale of feuds, intrigue, swordsmanship, deception and the pursuit of power featuring a cast of kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords 5 discs; Featurettes. and honest men.

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Television Portrait of a Lady James Cellan Jones

The powerful 1967 adatation of Henry James’s classic novel, superbly adapted for the screen by Jack Pulman (I, Claudius). Suzanne Neve stars as the young woman who heads for Europe; Richard Chamberlain her cousin who admires her independent spirit. CP Snow described this production as ‘a supreme televi2 discs. sion achievement.’ UK / USA | 1967 | ACORN | 233 min | Cert U Item # 67495 | RRP £19.99 | Out 20th February

Charlie Russell

Bestselling author Terry Pratchett has recently been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This BBC documentary follows his personal journey as he explores current research into the possibilities of slowing the disease’s course and faces up to an uncertain future and, ultimately, a world without words. UK | 2009 | DIGCL | 120 min | Cert E Item # 67548 | RRP £15.99 | Released 6th February

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Ripping Yarns

Thatcher: The Final Days

Terry Hughes

All nine of Palin & Jones’ series of ‘Boy’s Own’ parodies: Tomkinson’s Schooldays, Escape from Stalag Luft 112B, Golden Gordon, Whinfrey’s Last Case, Roger of the Raj, Across the Andes by Frog, Curse of the Claw, Murder at Moorstones 2 Manor, The Testing of Roger Olthwaite. discs; Comic Roots (1983); Secrets: Palin and Jones’ screenplay for BBC’s Black and Blue. UK | 1976-79 | NWORK | 225 min | Cert 15 Item # 64125 | RRP £19.99 | Released 5th March

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The Royal: Series 2

All the episodes from the second series of the British medical drama set in the 1960s at the fictional St Aidan’s Royal Free Hospital. The show follows Matron (Wendy Craig) and the other hospital staff as they face challenges in and out of 2 discs. the workplace.

UK | 2003 | G-VEN | 360 min | Cert TBC Item # 67441 | RRP £19.99 | Out 27th February

Tim Sullivan

Featuring a bravura performance from Sylvia Syms as Margaret Thatcher, this dramatised documentary is a wellresearched reconstruction of the fall of one of the UK’s most outspoken Prime Ministers. UK | 1991 | NWORK | 50 min | PG Item # 33962 | RRP £9.99 | Released 2nd January

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Village Hall: Series 1

Featuring outstanding scripts from celebrated playwrights such as Jack Rosenthal and Willis Hall, each episode in this Granada anthology series sees a typical village hall act as the focus point for diverse storylines. The seven plays in this gently humorous portrait of provincial English life star, among others, Richard Griffiths, Bernard Hill, Bernard Hepton, 2 discs. George Cole and Colin Welland. UK | 1974 | NWORK | 350 min | Cert PG Item # 67031 | RRP £19.99 | Out 20th February

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Tales from the Darkside: Season 2 ‘Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight’. Featuring major stars from film and TV, here are 24 spine-tingling stories of suspense and thrills from the second season of the popular horror anthology series that reveals the dark underworld of our everyday existence.

Terry Pratchett: Living With Alzheimer’s

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Yanks Go Home: Complete A comic – and, in its day, controversial – look at relations between a group of American servicemen and the inhabitants of the Lancashire town in which they are billeted during WWII. Both parties experience a series of culture shocks, with the GIs encountering resentment and romance in 2 discs. equal measure.

USA | 1986 | REVE | Cert 15 Item # 67213 | RRP £19.99 | Released 20th February

UK | 1977 | NWORK | 325 min | Cert PG Item # 67046 | RRP £19.99 | Released 5th March

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Sherlock: Series 2 Recommended Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Russell Tovey, Lara Pulver Released: 5th March Extras: 2 discs; Sherlock Uncovered. Item # 66868 | UK | 2012 | 2ENT | 266 min | Cert 12 | P&P £1.50

It was a high-risk strategy, updating Sherlock Holmes to the 21st century. Principal objections? That a fogbound 19th century London is crucial to the Holmes ethos, and the fact that a new Holmes franchise (with Robert Downey Jr) was a palpable hit. However, the BBC series has proved successful in terms of critical acclaim and audience enthusiasm. In Season 2, we have a brilliant rejigging of two of Holmes’ nemeses: Irene Adler is now a dominatrix who nonplusses The Great Detective by greeting him naked, and there is gleefully lunatic Moriarty who comes across as an intellectual version of Batman’s enemy The Joker. Much of the praise showered upon this modern rethink is due to the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Cumberbatch’s very modern portrayal of Holmes as a sociopath to rival (in his own way) Lisbeth Salander is fascinating, but Freeman’s underplayed support should not be underestimated. And then there’s the wonderfully inventive writing by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. BF

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Classic British TV Sale

Network delve into the Television archives, making classic British TV available for all to enjoy once again. Our selection includes intrigue from the Victorian era with The Blackheath Poisonings and the stylish The Dark Angel starring Peter O’Toole, important documentaries such as Disappearing World and The War You Don’t See plus classic comedy from Galton and Simpson, Arthur Haynes and Anthony Newley.

Heartbeat: Series 1-4

Love in a Cold Climate

Mystery and Imagination

Series 1-4, available separately, of this enduringly popular series set in a 1960s Yorkshire village and interwove crime and medical storylines. Nick Berry stars. 3 discs each.

Donald McWhinnie

The classic anthology series presenting a selection of gothic tales. A fine cast includes Freddie Jones as Sweeney Todd, Ian Holm as Dr Frankenstein and Denholm Elliot as Dracula. 4 discs.

Item # Various UK | 1992 | NWORK | 816 min | 12 | £24.99

Item # 64941 UK | 1980 | NWORK | 400 min | PG | £19.99

The Arthur Haynes Show: Volume 1 13 episodes from the 1960 run of the Johnny Speight-scripted show. Nicholas Parsons co-stars. 2 discs.

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Item # 57300 UK | 1968-70 | NWK | 540 min | B&W | £39.99

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Flickers

Napoleon and Love

Bob Hoskins and Frances de la Tour star in this TV comedy series about the silent movie world in Edwardian Britain. 2 discs.

With an illustrious cast headed by Ian Holm and Billie Whitelaw, this is a dramatised account of the life and loves of Napoleon. 3 discs.

Item # 61749 UK | 1980 | NWORK | 300 min | 12 | £19.99

Item # 57294 UK | 1974 | NWORK | 450 min | 12 | £24.99

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The Blackheath Poisonings

The Galton and Simpson Playhouse

The Strange World of Gurney Slade

A suspenseful Victorian murder mystery whose cast includes Ian McNeice and Zoë Wanamaker.

Seven individual comedy plays from Britain’s most successful comedy writing partnership.

Anthony Newley stars in this brilliantly inventive, surreal series that was unlike anything seen before on TV.

Item # 61296 UK / USA | 1992 | NWORK | 150 min | 15 | £14.99

Item # 56935 UK | 1977 | NWORK | 175 min | 12 | £14.99

Item # 65840 UK | 1960 | NWORK | 150 min | PG | £14.99

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The Clifton House Mystery

The Good Companions

The Upper Hand: Series 1-7

A spooky HTV series for children, starring Peter Sallis as an eccentric but affable ghost-hunter.

Jan Francis leads a lively cast in Alan Plater’s adaptation of JB Priestley’s celebrated novel. 3 discs

Joe McGann stars as the footballer who becomes Honor Blackman’s housekeeper. 2 discs per series.

Item # 60789 UK | 1978 | NWORK | 150 min | PG | £14.99

Item # 65766 UK | 1980-81 | NWORK | 450 min | PG | £24.99

Item # Various UK | 1990 | NWORK | 325 min | PG | £19.99

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The Dark Angel

Look at Life: Vol 2 – Military

The War You Don’t See

45 films from the 1960s on the theme of the military from Rank’s concise, bright cine-magazine. 3 discs.

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

Item # 65240 UK | 2011 | NWORK | 450 min | E | £29.99

Item # 63937 UK / USA | 2010 | NWORK | 120 min | E | £14.99

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Lorna Doone

The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club: Series 1-4

Item # 64903 UK | 1960 | NWORK | 325 min | B&W | £19.99

Peter O’Toole stars in this sensual and stylish adaptation of Uncle Silas – Sheridan le Fanu’s Victorian literary masterpiece. Item # 65214 UK | 1987 | NWORK | 180 min | 15 | £14.99

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Disappearing World: Volume 1 This first volume of Granada’s anthropological series. 15 programmes from 1970-75. 4 discs. Item # 60770 UK | 1970-75 | NWORK | 790 min | E | £39.99

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Dir: Andrew Grieve. Polly Walker, Sean Bean, Clive Owen and Billie Whitelaw star in this Thames TV adaptation from RD Blackmore. Item # 63372 UK | 1990 | NWORK | 86 min | PG | £12.99

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Four volumes available separately Bernard Manning stars. 2 discs. Item # Various UK | 1974 | NWORK | 315 min | E | £19.99

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An eight-part adaptation of two classic novels by Nancy Mitford, starring Judi Dench and Michael Williams and chronicling the English upper class of the 1920s-30s.


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The Granada anthology series from writers such as Jack Rosenthal and BAFTA nominees Willis Hall and Peter Ransley and starring Richard Griffiths, Bernard Hill, Michael Angelis, Liz Smith, Bernard Hepton, George Cole, Gwen Taylor and Colin Welland is a gently humorous portrait of provincial English life. on DVD From 26 mArCH

GONE TO THE DOGS & GONE TO SEED

Alison Steadman, Warren Clarke, Jim Broadbent, Sheila Hancock, Martin Clunes and – in his TV drama debut – Harry Enfield star in Gone to the Dogs; a six part comedy drama set in the lucrative world of greyhound racing. This 3 disc set also includes Gone to Seed which reunites Steadman, Clarke, Broadbent and Hancock in different roles as a family trying to revamp their garden centre. on DVD 27 FEBrUArY

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Charles Dickens Anniversary Sale

Immerse yourself in the drama of Victorian urban life with our timely sale. This February sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, widely considered the greatest English novelist of the Victorian era. Responsible for some of literature’s most iconic characters, his writings have proved irresistible to filmmakers for well over a century.

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Oliver Twist

8 BBC adaptations: Two Cities (1980), Christmas Carol (1977), Oliver (1985), Pickwick Papers (1985), Chuzzlewit (1994), Mutual Friend (1998), Great Expectations (1999), Copperfield (1999). 12 discs.

A superbly atmospheric adaptation of Dickens’ famous tale which gives a tangible sense of the horrors of Victorian slum life. John Howard Davies plays Oliver and Alec Guinness, Fagin.

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The recent star-studded BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, featuring Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson.

Dir: Carol Reed. A superb musical translation of Dicken’s tale, rounded out by Lionel Bart’s effortlessly hummable tunes.

Ross Devenish Denholm Elliott (John Jarndyce), Peter Vaughan (Tulkinghorn) and Diana Rigg (the icily beautiful Lady Dedlock) star in this superb 1985 BBC adaptation of the classic Dickens novel. 3 discs.

Bleak House (2005), Oliver Twist (2007), Little Dorrit (2008) and Great 9 discs. Expectations (2011).

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David Copperfield

Hard Times

Our Mutual Friend

Dir: Simon Curtis. A who’s who of British actors play out this BBC adaptation from Dickens, adapted by Adrian Hodges.

Dir: John Irvin. Granada’s BAFTAwinning adaptation, directed and dramatised by the team behind BBC’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Dir: Peter Hammond. Direct from the BBC’s golden age of costume drama, this 1976 adaptation boasts a superb cast in its many parts. 2 discs.

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Dickens Before Sound

Little Dorrit

Our Mutual Friend

Andrew Davies’s BBC adaptation brings to life this tale of hardship in 1820s London. Claire Foy & Matthew MacFadyen star. 3 discs.

Steven Mackintosh stars in this epic BBC adaptation of Dickens’ complex tale of greed, passion and death in Victorian London.

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Great Authors: Charles Dickens

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Scrooge

Uncovering the Real Dickens, the BBC’s 1999 David Copperfield and Songs from Grope Lane. 3 discs.

Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge alongside all your Muppet favourites in Dickens’ classic tale.

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Dir: David Lean.This atmospheric adaptation won Oscars for art direction and photography and fluently blends excitement and emotion. Item # 54971 UK | 1946 | G-VEN | 113 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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Dir: Ronald Neame. Albert Finney plays the old miser in this musical version of Dickens’ tale, with Alec Guinness as Jacob Marley’s ghost. Item # 27154 UK | 1970 | PARAH |115 min | U | £15.99

Dir: Ralph Thomas. Dirk Bogarde. One of the great British literary adaptations, based on the stormy novel set around the French revolution. Item # 9733 UK | 1958 | CRLTN | 112 min | B&W | U | £15.99

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Contemporary Film English Language Films, 1970 – present Dolphin Tale

New Releases Afterschool

Antonio Campos

Rosemarie DeWitt. A downbeat tale of teenage alienation starring Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin). This acclaimed film sees a public school pupil confront death in the digital age, setting age-old adolescent anxieties within the contemporary culture of omnipresent voyeurism. USA | 2008 | NETWR | 106 min | Cert 18 Item # 67493 | RRP £9.99 | Released 13th February

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Charles Martin Smith

Inspired by an amazing true story, this is the tale of a rescued dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the 11-year old boy who helps save her life. A top cast includes Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr and Ashley Judd, but the real star is the dolphin Winter, who serves as a symbol of courage, perseverOrmie and the Cookie Jar. ance and hope. USA | 2011 | WHV | 108 min | Cert U Item # 67472-73 / 67583 | RRP £15.99 | Out 13 Feb

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Vanessa Redgrave, Derek Jacobi and David Thewlis star in this drama based around the notion that Shakespeare was not the author of the plays attributed to him. Enter the dashing and wildly talented Edward de Vere, 17th Featurettes Earl of Oxford. Germany | 2011 | COL-T | 130 min | Cert 12 Item # 67402-03 | RRP £15.99 | Released 5th March

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

USA / Australia | 2011 | STUDC | 99 min | Cert 15 Item # 67139 / 67143 | RRP £17.99 | Out 20th Feb

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The Getting of Wisdom

Beautiful Boy

Bruce Beresford

Shawn Ku

Martin Sheen and Maria Bello play the couple on the brink of separation who are rocked by the news that their teenage son is responsible for a college shooting. Can their relationship be revived by the most unlikely of circumstances? USA | 2010 | ANBAY | 96 min | 15 Item # 66997 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th February

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A vivid, amusing Australian drama set in a posh Melbourne girls boarding school during the Victorian era, where a spikily independent 13 year-old from the outback raises havoc with the manners of the place and time. Aus | 1977 | CONTM | 100 min | PG Item # 66470 | RRP £19.99 | Released 13th February

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The Ides of March

Contagion

George Clooney

Steven Soderbergh An intense bio-thriller that charts the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus spread by human contact. Can medics contain the mutating bug? The star-filled cast includes Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Jude Law.

George Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in this political drama set in Ohio during the final round of a presidential primary election, where idealistic press secretary Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) falls prey to dirty backroom politics. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti co-star.

USA | 2011 | WHV | 106 min | Cert 12 Item # 67396 / 67398 | RRP £19.99 | Out 5th March

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3D

A horror remake of the 1973 film of the same name, written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins, about an 8 year-old girl who discovers monsters in a concealed basement after moving in to her father’s country mansion, thereby unleashing an ancient, unholy presence that knows her name – and needs feeding.

Roland Emmerich

Recommended Director: Julia Leigh

Troy Nixey

Anonymous

Sleeping Beauty Starring: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, Ewen Leslie Released: 27th February Extras: TBC. Item # 67187 | Australia | 2011 | REV | 101 min | Cert 18 | P&P £1

Lucy (Emily Browning), a university student in Sydney, starts freelancing for an agency that provides ‘lingerie silver service’ for wealthy clients’ dinner parties. Soon she is offered a different kind of work: to lie in a drugged sleep while a much older man avails himself of her. No penetration allowed; a ‘clean’ transaction, ostensibly. Julia Leigh’s directing debut (‘mentored’ by Jane Campion) has polarised audiences. Is Lucy as blankly passive as she seems? Not really; she commits many acts of rebellion, large and small, against received notions of how she should behave. And we see clearly that her new line of work is affecting her: she finds that she can’t bear to sleep naked in her own bed any more, and reacts with fascinated horror at seeing a sleeping woman on a train. Sleeping Beauty isn’t always easy watching, but its enigmatic air and its cool European aesthetic – two parts Michael Haneke to one part Catherine Breillat, with the merest dash of Tinto Brass – make it an intriguing piece of work. NR

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Midnight in Paris Recommended Director: Woody Allen Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni Released: 6th February Extras: Audio Descriptive English. Item # 67284 | USA / Spain | 2011 | WHV | 94 min | Cert 12

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Before Sunrise / Before Sunset Richard Linklater

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t’s refreshing that after a great many years, during which Woody Allen fans had to sometimes work quite hard to defend the reputation of the great man (Cassandra’s Dream had … uhm … a good performance from Tom Wilkinson, Scoop had a nice cameo from Ian McShane etc), to be able to say, here, at last, is the first great Woody Allen movie since Sweet and Lowdown. Like Sweet and Lowdown or, for that matter, the Gatsby-esque narrator of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris is an old-fashioned sort of film. This is a movie for anyone who is likely to be swept up by Fred Astaire in Top Hat or Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes. In other words, it’s that rare beast – a film like the films they used to make, before all of the swearing and the car chases and the CGI and the explosions. Owen Wilson is Gil, a screenwriter who has come to Paris to finish up his novel, whether his novel likes it or not. Gil is a romantic, the latest in a long, long line of Woody romantics (he romanticises Paris out of all proportion, to paraphrase a line from Manhattan) – a feeling not shared by his catty fiancé Inez, or her parents who think she can do a lot better. Left to wander around the city at night,

A great Woody Allen movie, full of romantic adventure in Paris Gil seemingly lucks across a hole in the fabric of time that transports him back to 1920s Paris in the company of Picasso, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds (Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill), eliciting novel advice from the likes of Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) and almost falling in love with Marion Cotillard’s Adriana along the way. It’s a confection to be sure, a frothy amuse bouche of a film, and yet there is great delight to be had in just seeing Allen get it all so right. Midnight in Paris is Woody without a foot placed wrong. It also uses a fantastical device, as the incomparable Purple Rose of Cairo did, in a subtle and nuanced way that will have you silently applauding the fact that he can still pull a smasher out of the bag when he really tries. For the first time in a long time, we can all look forward to his next (Nero Fiddled, starring Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg) with a smaller measure of trepidation. Peter Wild

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Midnight in Paris


Contemporary Immortals

Penitentiary

Tarsem Singh

Jamaa Fanaka

Henry Cavill stars as Theseus and Mickey Rourke as villain King Hyperion in this stunninglooking fantasy action film very loosely based on the Greek mythological warrior hero Theseus, who joins forces with the Gods to fight the Titans and save humankind. USA | 2011 | UPV | 110 min | Cert 15 Item # 67601 / 67604 | RRP £19.99 | Out 5th March

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Restless

Philip S Hoffman

A New York-set comedy adapted by Robert Glaudini from his own play, starring and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose socially awkward limo driver is set up on a blind date with the equally shy Connie (Amy Ryan). The two begin a tentative courtship that gives a whole new meaning to the word patience... USA | 2010 | TRNTY | 91 min | Cert 15 Item # 67165 | RRP £17.99 | Released 27th February

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Johnny English Reborn Rowan Atkinson reprises his role as wildly incompetent secret agent Johnny English in this spy spoof sequel which finds him lying low in Tibet and learning martial arts. Then he is given a last chance to prove himself when MI-7 call him back for one final mission: to take out the assassins intent on murdering the Chinese Deleted Scenes; Commentary. President. UK | 2011 | UPV | 101 min | Cert PG Item # 67230 / 67232 | RRP £19.99 | Out 13th Feb

Bob Clark

A quirky coming-of-age love story between a young man who has given up on life (Henry Hopper) and a beautiful girl (Mia Wasikowska) who possesses a deeplyfelt love of the natural world. When they meet at a funeral, they find Van Sant’s unexpected common ground. Silent Version of Restless; Featurettes.

Bruiser

George A. Romero

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The Cemetery Man Michele Soavi

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In Time

Andrew Niccol

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The Monkey’s Mask Samantha Lang

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Paranormal Activity 3 Henry Joost

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Real Steel

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Shawn Levy

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Bruce Robinson

Drama based on Hunter S Thompson’s debut novel, starring Johnny Depp as a burned-out journalist who heads off to work for a newspaper in Puerto Rico, where he adopts a liquorsoaked lifestyle and develops an obsession with the fiancee of a shady property developer. USA | 2010 | EV | 120 min | Cert 15 Item # 66949 / 66951 | RRP £19.99 | Out 5th March

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Warrior

Gavin O’Connor

A mystery thriller set in Victorian London starring Christopher Plummer and James Mason as the legendary companions Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, who investigate the case of Jack the Ripper – and stumble across a Masonic mystery involving the Royal Family.

A mixed martial arts action drama starring Tom Hardy as a former wrestling prodigy and ex-marine haunted by a tragic past who enlists the help of his estranged father (Nick Nolte) to train him up for the fight of his life – against his Filmmakers’ Audio Commentary; brother. Featurettes.

UK | 1979 | STUDC | 118 min | Cert 12 Item # 67151 | RRP £15.99 | Released 5th March

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Gus Van Sant

The Rum Diary

Oliver Parker

Murder by Decree

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Jack Goes Boating

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The first in Jamaa Fanaka’s ‘grindhouse’ trilogy that graphically shows life inside an American prison where Martel ‘Too Sweet’ Cordone (Leon Isaac Kennedy) finds himself unjustly incarcerated and fighting for his freedom. Also contains the sequel, Commentary. Penitentiary 2, starring Mr. T.

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The Three Musketeers Paul W.S. Anderson

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Year of the Dragon Michael Cimino

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Repo Man (MoC) Alex Cox

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Thelma and Louise Ridley Scott

Item # 66932 USA | 1991 | 129 min | 15

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Who Dares Wins Ian Sharp

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Gay & Lesbian Stage

Blu-ray

August

Monthly Highlights

Eldar Rapaport A languorous, lyrical exploration of love split three ways in which a man who moves back to LA finds his ex-boyfriend Jonathan has begun dating a handsome immigrant, leading to rising temperatures in LA’s Behind summer heat. the scenes; Short films. USA | 2011 | PECCA | 100 min | Cert 18 Item # 67083 | RRP £15.99 | Released 13th February

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The Stranger in Us Scott Boswell

The pleasures and pitfalls of the nocturnal urban landscape serve as the backdrop for Scott Boswell’s moody debut feature in which an eager newcomer to San Francisco strikes up an unlikely friendship with a homeless street hustler. USA | 2010 | TLAUK | 107 min | Cert 18 Item # 67496 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th February

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Animation

Bodas de Sangre / Suite Flamenca

A double-bill of Spanish dance works by choreograper Antonio Gades, filmed at Madrid’s Teatro Real in 2011 to mark the 75th anniversary of his birth. Bodas de Sangre is a flamenco ballet version of Lorca’s tragedy of honour, Blood Wedding, while Suite Flamenca comprises seven pieces of traditional Documentaries; flamenco dance.

Spain | 2011 | TEATR | 134 min | Cert E Item # 67586 / 67589 | RRP £24.99 | Out Now

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Carmen

Carlos Saura Carlos Saura and Antonio Gades’ celebratory production of Carmen, recorded live at Madrid’s Teatro Real in 2011. A visual feast of flamenco fire and passion, the production features Vanesa Vento in the title role, with Angel Gil as Don José and Joaquín Mulero as the husband. About Carmen; Booklet. Spain | 2011 | TEATR | 112 min | Cert E Item # 67587 / 67590 | RRP £24.99 | Out Now

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The Gruffalo’s Child Uwe Heidschotter

Helena Bonham Carter, Shirley Henderson and Robbie Coltrane are among the voice talents featured in this sequel to The Gruffalo, in which he now has a little daughter. After hearing her father’s fantastic stories about the Big Bad Mouse, her curiosity leads her on a journey of discovery one snowy night. UK | 2010 | E1 | 26 min | Cert U Item # 67457-58 | RRP £12.99 | Out 13th February

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Lady and the Tramp Clyde Geronimi

Fuenteovejuna

Antonio Gades’ final work is here performed by his own dance company on the 75th anniversary of his birth, at Madrid’s Teatro Real in 2011. Based on a real event, the story follows the actions of villagers in Córdoba who rebel against a tyrannical commander. About Fuenteovejuna documentary; Booklet. Spain | 2011 | TEATR | 106 min | Cert E Item # 67588 / 67591 | RRP £24.99 | Out Now

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Macbeth: Royal Opera House Phyllida Lloyd

All Quiet on the Western Front Lewis Milestone

Item # 67568 USA | 1930 | UPV | 127 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

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The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci

Item # 66743 Italy | 1970 | ARROW | 113 min | subt | 18 | £27.99

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Contagion

Steven Soderbergh

Item # 67398 USA | 2011 | 106 min | 12 |

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Game of Thrones: Series 1

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The Ides of March George Clooney

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The Insect Woman (Masters of Cinema) Shohei Imamura

Item # 66858 Japan | 1963 | EUREK | 123 min | subt | B&W | 15 | £22.99

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Repo Man (Masters of Cinema) Alex Cox

Item # 66860 USA | 1984 | EUREK | 92 min | 18 | £19.99

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Sleeping Beauty Julia Leigh

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan

Item # 67573 USA | 1962 | UPV | 124 min | B&W | 12 | £15.99

One of Disney’s most delightful tales (and its first cartoon film to be made in CinemaScope) this is a song-filled adventure about the lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, Lady, and Tramp, the roguish mutt from across the tracks. Irresistible!

Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House in this production of Verdi’s opera, originally broadcast live from Covent Garden to cinemas in June, 2011. Simon Keenlyside stars. Interviews; Rehearsals.

USA | 1955 | WDHV | 73 min | Cert U Item # 67540-41 | RRP £17.99 | Out 30th January

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Lynne Ramsay

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Tomboy

Céline Sciamma

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James Oliver’s From the Cheap Seats

The Road Less Travelled

The Silence

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his column rarely covers contemporary film, preferring instead to concentrate on the old, the neglected and the forgotten. When I have the whole of film history to play with, why write about recent films, which have, in any case, usually been generously covered elsewhere? But there’s more than that. Bluntly, I don’t find modern film very inspiring. In fact, I’ll go further – I sometimes wonder if cinema is still a living artform for me or if I’m only interested in its past. Indeed, sometimes I wonder if I even still like movies. Oh, I know I’m not the only one to lament the state of Hollywood. But I find little sustenance in the ‘prestigious’ independent sector either. Indeed, many of the most acclaimed films of recent years strike me as severely deficient. This isn’t the space to rehearse the arguments against those films, nor to challenge their (sincere) admirers. But too often, when I think about the state of movies today, I get pessimistic (because I can’t see much changing, can you?). Then I get despondent, worrying that the great days are over and that film has ridden into the last sunset. The trouble with that line of thought is that I keep seeing excellent new films. They might not be the same ones that my brother-and-sister critics choose to eulogise but they exist and in sufficient numbers to keep tempting me into the picture palaces. Take Post Mortem, newly released on DVD and very nearly essential. It’s a brilliantly uneasy Chilean film about life at the very beginning of Pincochet’s dictatorship. A marginal subject, you might think, but director Pablo Larraín (who made Tony Manero, itself one of the better films of the past decade) makes it

Good, even great, films are still being made – they are just a bit harder to find compelling; its tone reminded me of something by Luis Buñuel. You want another? There’s a film called The Silence (see page 10). It’s being sold as another Euro-crime flick (Steig Larsson, The Killing, blah blah blah) but it deserves to stand on its own considerable merits. It’s a film about murder but also about loneliness, loss and isolation. It’s a tough film, extremely harrowing in parts, but consistently gripping. It’s the first film by director Baran bo Odar; if he can do something this good with his debut, how good is he going to be now he’s got this experience under his belt? There are two reasons why I mention these films. The first is to spread the word about films I love. If you’re looking to make new discoveries, you could do worse. Just think how smug you’ll feel when Pablo Larraín lifts the Palme d’Or or Baran bo Odar makes a commercial breakthrough (and if I was

a gambling man, I’d say both were worth a modest flutter); you’ll be able to tell your film buff friends, ‘of course, I liked them before they were famous.’ The second is more personal. It’s crucial to remind myself that good films – great films indeed – are still being made. And while it’s getting harder to find worthwhile films, it is always, without fail, worth the effort. I have no doubt that I shall hate the overwhelming majority of new releases this year. I have equally no doubt that I will see films that remind me why I love the medium. I can’t wait to tell you about them.

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L’Ennui

My Dog Tulip

Dir: Takashi Miike. Inventive and mercilessly entertaining, this is an allaction samurai tale in which a secret force tries to wipe out an evil Lord.

Dir: Cédric Kahn. The erotic and sometimes comic story of a philosophy professor with a midlife crisis who embarks on an obsessive affair.

Dir: Paul & Sandra Fierlinger. Beautifully animated, this is a touching adaptation of JR Ackerley’s memoir about his German Shepherd.

Item # 65656 / 662 Ja | 2010 | ART | 125 | subt | 15 | £15.99

Item # 7454 France | 1998 | ART-E | 117 min | 18 | £19.99

Item # 65483 USA | 2009 | Axiom | 83 min | 12 | £15.99

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DVD: £7 Save £8.99

The Banishment

In the City of Sylvia

Summer Hours

Dir: Andrey Zvyaginstev. Influenced by Tarkovsky, this visually ravishing film sees a family relocate from the city to their father’s old rural house.

Dir: José Luis Guerín. A spellbinding film of a young artist searching for a beautiful girl he glimpsed years before in Strasbourg.

Dir: Olivier Assayas. The divergent paths of three adult siblings (Binoche, Scob, Renier) collide in this inheritance drama.

Item # 56408 Russia | 2007 | ART-E | 150 | subt | PG | £19.99

Item # 58398 France | 2007 | Axiom | 85 min | subt | PG | £19.99

Item # 56342 France | 2008 | ART-E | 99 min | subt | 12 | £19.99

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DVD: £7 Save £12.99

DVD: £7 Save £12.99

Alexandra Aleksandr Histoire de Marie et Sokurov £7 Julien Rivette £7

Climates Nuri Bilge Ceylan £7

Kings of the Road Wim Wenders £7

Leap Year Michael Rowe £7

Private Fears in Public Resnais £7

Consequences of Love Sorrentino £7

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes £7

Monday Morning Otar Iosseliani £7

The Child Dardenne Bros £7

The Girl Cut in Two Claude Chabrol £7

The Sun Aleksandr Sokurov £7

In the City of Sylvia

13 Assassins

Offer ends 28th March or while stocks last

Explore wonderful international cinema old and new in this sale from Artificial Eye and Axiom. Ranging from modern French dramas (L’Ennui, Summer Hours) to Japanese samurai adventure (13 Assassins), from war in Chechnya (Alexandra) to an Italian arthouse thriller (The Consequences of Love) and from a German road trip (Kings of the Road) to animated surrealism (The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes) – there’s much to enjoy here.

MovieMail March 2012 Film Catalogue  

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