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annes Film Festival takes centre stage this month – it’s the 65th edition and it looks like being a vintage year, with films from Michael Haneke, Jacques Audiard and Ken Loach among many others. To mark this we have an enticing sale of previous winners on pages 16-17. Excitingly, this year also sees a MovieMail correspondent present on the Croisette. Alexander Ballinger will be reporting back throughout the festival, with his reviews and findings published on our website and in next month’s catalogue. There is a wealth of titles in this issue as ever but I have to

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say I’m most looking forward to sitting down with Island of Lost Souls one evening. Starring Charles Laughton, it was banned for 25 years by the BBFC for being ‘against nature’! Time to see what the fuss was all about. Enjoy your films,

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Michael Brooke (Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce) After nearly a decade, Michael gave up his day job at the BFI to become a freelance film writer with a particular interest in central and eastern European cinema. He remains a prolific contributor to Sight & Sound and various Blu-ray/DVD releases from Arrow Academy, the BFI and Second Run. He has a blog at michaelbrooke.com/kinoblog/

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1 The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Lovingly researched and five years in the making, this provides a worldwide guided tour of some of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion-dollar globalised digital industry. Item # 67618 UK | 2011 | NWORK | 915 min | 15 | £49.99

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Shame Recommended Director: Steve McQueen Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan Released: 14th May Extras: Interviews. Item # 67770 | UK | 2011 | MOMET | 100 min | Cert 18

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Andrea Arnold

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Steve McQueen

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ith Shame, artist Steve McQueen has made one of the most talked about British films of recent years. It has become a cliché to label a film ‘daring’ for tackling a contentious theme, no matter how the subject matter is actually approached in the narrative, but Shame deserves the epithet. The first major feature to deal with sex addiction and its consequences, it is a film that could have been pretentious and laughable. Instead it is one of the most intense, moving and – yes – daring films of modern British cinema. Before its release, Michael Fassbender’s much ballyhooed nude scenes absorbed most of the press, until people actually saw the film and witnessed an astonishing, compelling character study of obsession and addiction. Completely different in conception and tone from Hunger, his raw depiction of Bobby Sands’ final days, McQueen focuses on Brandon, a goodlooking and successful man living in New York, who struggles with the constant need for sexual release. When his troubled sister (Carey Mulligan), comes to stay with him, it sparks off a further decline with life-

One of the most daring, intense and moving of recent British films changing results. When Fassbender was not nominated for an Oscar there was outrage among film critics, yet Shame is the kind of film that wins glowing reviews rather than mainstream awards. It’s a naked performance in more than one sense, and Fassbender gives a sympathetic, despairing portrayal of a man out of control. The film has some unforgettable set pieces: Fassbender’s painfully wellobserved date with a colleague; Mulligan’s incredible rendition of ‘New York, New York’; Fassbender’s wilfully self-destructive confrontation with a man in a bar. It’s a triumph for Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady), a screenwriter who appears to be ubiquitous at the moment – it’s arguably the highlight of her career so far. Ultimately, it’s great to see a film from Britain – a country that tends to play erotic compulsion for laughs – that takes sex seriously. Alex Davidson

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New Releases Avé

Konstantin Bojanov Recalling classic road movies and inspired by real-life encounters, Avé tells the tale of two teenagers on a road trip across Bulgaria. The girl is a compulsive liar, and as she invents new identities for both of them, he is drawn ever deeper into a life-changing adventure. Bulgaria | 2011 | NETWR | 88 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 68053 | RRP £15.99 | Released 28th May

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Pål Sletaune A Norwegian thriller starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as a woman who moves home with her son after a relationship breakdown, only to find herself witness to a possible murder that she hears on her baby alarm. Norway | 2011 | SodaElev | 96 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67969 | RRP £15.99 | Released 4th June

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A Call Girl

Damjan Kozole

A Slovenian drama starring an impressive Nina Ivanisin as a girl who escapes small town life by moving to Ljubljana and setting herself up as a call girl to make money from visiting diplomats. Then one of her clients dies of a heart attack and she suddenly finds herself pursued by the press, pimps and the police. Slovenia | 2009 | AXIOM | 90 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 68001 | RRP £15.99 | Released 14th May

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The Fall of the Innocent Petr Nikolaev

The first Czech-made feature film to deal with the horrific events that took place in the small village of Lidice, whose inhabitants were massacred by the Nazi regime in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich during WWII. Czech Republic | 2011 | POINT | 120 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67958 | RRP £14.99 | Released 14th May

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House of Tolerance Recommended

Director: Bertrand Bonello

Starring: Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Adèle Haenel, Xavier Beauvois, Jasmine Trinca

Director: Igor Maslennikov

Released: 28th May

Starring: Vasili Livanov, Vitali Solomin

Extras: Making-of; Rehearsals; Interviews.

Released: 21st May

Item # 68113 | France | 2011 | UPV | 125 min | subt | Cert 18

Item # 67902 | Russia | 1981 | Bong | 147 min | subt | Cert TBC

As the 19th century bled into the 20th, ‘houses of tolerance’ were high-class bordellos where a well-todo gentleman might enjoy female company and good, clean fun. At least that’s how the punters saw it; as this outstanding film shows, life was far harder for the unfortunate souls who were engaged there. Set in one of Paris’s premier maisons, House of Tolerance shows the cost of ‘innocent fun’ – the women endure violence, infection and addiction; they sustain themselves with sisterly comradeship, but it’s not always enough. The film’s issues of exploitation remain regrettably topical. While the subject is grim, Bonello films it beautifully; it’s no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most ravishing films in recent years, with opulent design and stunning, crepuscular photography. Utterly languorous, it’s sometimes dreamlike, sometimes inscrutable. It’s seldom comfortable, but this is sensational filmmaking, immersive and enveloping. It’s the best film about Parisian prostitution since Belle du Jour. JO

There have been over 25 adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holmes mystery. But the most curiously engaging was filmed in the USSR as part of the TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. This two-part take sticks reasonably closely to the text and the enduring fascination of the story about a family curse and the savage beast roaming the moors and marshes around Baskerville Hall remains. A vein of offbeat humour courses through the action and when not fondly lampooning British eccentricity, Maslennikov makes splendid use of the bleak landscape to reinforce the mood of entrapment that is intensified by creaking interiors that simultaneously suggest shabby grandeur and menace. Livanov ably captures Holmes’ brilliance and Solomin is an admirably dutiful Watson. This is a palpably atmospheric adaptation; few would object if more entries from this intriguing franchise found their way onto disc. DP

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Classic Bergman Recommended Contains: A Ship Bound for India (1947), It Rains on Our Love (1946), Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), Dreams (1955), So Close to Life (1958) Starring: Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Eva Dahlbeck, Erland Josephson, Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin Released: 28th May Extras: 5 discs; The Women and Bergman and The Men and Bergman documentaries Item # 67747 | Sweden | 1946-58 | ART-E | 457 min | subt | B&W | Cert 15

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lassic Bergman brings together five of the Swedish director’s little-seen works. Three have never previously been released on disc in the UK, and two were only available as part of the mammoth 30 film set issued some years back. A tying up of loose ends perhaps, but this release offers more than just satisfaction to the Bergman collector. It may not represent his best known works, but it demonstrates that ‘minor Bergman’ is not a derogatory term. The earliest inclusions, both new to DVD, were the director’s second and third features. It Rains on Our Love (1946) concerns a pair of social misfits – a pregnant teenage runaway and a young man fresh out of prison – whose burgeoning romance must cope with adverse economic realities and their own pasts catching up with them. The spectre of the past is present in the visually striking A Ship Bound for India (1947) too. Here a sailor returns to his hometown after seven years away, sparking memories of his abusive father, put-upon mother and the mistress he too had feelings for.  The three other titles all hail from the 1950s, by which point Bergman was well on his way to international recognition. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) is the bleakest

An enticing collection of five little-seen films from Ingmar Bergman of the bunch, to the point where its box-office failure prompted his production company to ask for a comedy next. Instead he provided them with Dreams (1955), a tale of weak men, determined women and the failure of relationships. The style in this one is particularly striking, acting as an extension of its lead characters’ fragile psychological states. So Close to Life (1958), also new to disc, earned Bergman and his female cast members (Ingrid Thulin, Eva Dahlbeck, Bibi Andersson & Barbro Hiort af Ornäs) prizes at that year’s Cannes Film Festival and it’s easy to why. Confined to the claustrophobic environs of a maternity ward it relates the stories of three very different pregnant women, and consequently offers meaty roles for much of the director’s regular acting troupe.  Classic Bergman is being issued in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, the latter a welcome sign that labels are continuing to be adventurous with their high definition releases. Anthony Nield

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L’Atalante and the films of Jean Vigo Recommended

Contains: L’Atalante; À Propos de Nice; Taris; Zéro de Conduite. Released: 14th May Extras: 2 discs. Item # 67988 Fr | 1930-34 | AE | 160 min | subt | B&W | PG

Although Jean Vigo’s entire filmic output comes to just 160 minutes, there are few bodies of work which you can approach time and again with such unalloyed pleasurable expectation. There is the gleeful enjoyment of shape, shadow and everyday human oddity among holidaymakers that is À Propos de Nice, and the impressionistic, seditious chronicle of boarding-school misrule, Zéro de Conduite, but the centrepiece of the collection is his 1934 film, L’Atalante. The tale of a newly-wed couple’s makeshift honeymoon on his cramped, cat-ridden barge, where interrupted intimacy and an eccentric first mate (a reliably unbridled Michel Simon) trouble their days is filled with extraordinary, haunting beauty. Vigo died from TB at the age of 29, just a few weeks after L’Atalante’s unsuccessful release. Its entrancing images remain fresh, frank and surprising to this day. They are filled with curiosity and mischief, as if Vigo was seeing things for the first – and the last – time. Which he was. GH

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Described as ‘Cuba’s answer to Shaun of the Dead’, this politically aware zombie horror satire sees the shiftless Juan and his friends profiting from a crisis by setting up a zombie eradication business after Havana falls prey to a fullblown invasion. Spain / Cuba | 2011 | MET-D | 92 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67873 | RRP £15.99 | Released 4th June

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Tuesday, After Christmas Recommended

Bruno Dumont

Director: Radu Muntean

A meditation on faith, fanaticism, martyrdom and delusion from Bruno Dumont (L’Humanité, La Vie de Jesus). Julie Sokolowski plays a young Christian who falls in with a group of Muslim fundamentalists after she is sent away from her Paris convent for being too extreme in her devotion.

Starring: Mimi Branescu, Mirela Oprisor

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Michael

Markus Schleinzer

An acclaimed Austrian drama focusing on five months in the life of an outwardly respectable paedophile who keeps a 10 year-old boy locked in his basement. Despite its controversial subject matter, this is a restrained observational thriller, revealing its alarming plot with a patient, naturalistic atmosphere. Austria | 2011 | ART-E | 96 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 68002 / 68405 | RRP £15.99 | Out 28th May

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Mother Joan of the Angels (Restored) Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Imagery is sparse and striking in this brilliantly filmed exploration of faith and repression based on documented tales of the demonic possession of nuns in 17th century France (the same that inspired The Devils). Kawalerowicz called it his ‘film against dogma’. Winner of the Cannes All-new HD transfer. Jury Prize in 1961. Poland | 1961 | 2RUN | 102 min | subt | Cert PG Item # 68398 | RRP £12.99 | Released 28th May

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Released: 14th May Extras: Newly filmed interview with director Radu Muntean; Director approved transfer; Booklet. Item # 67756 | Romania | 2010 | 2RUN | 99 min | subt | Cert 15

An acutely observed Romanian drama, Tuesday, After Christmas is even more scalpel precise than Radu Muntean’s earlier Boogie (2007) in its dissection of the peculiarly selfish psychology of married family men. Paul and Adriana are successful middle-class professionals: he’s in financial services, she’s a lawyer, and their daughter wants for nothing. But Paul, conscious of his greying hair and visible paunch, is also having an affair with attractive blonde dental technician Raluca, fifteen years his junior. He’s been very happy with this situation (the film opens with an extended conversation between Paul and Raluca as they lie naked in a golden post-coital glow), but as a family Christmas approaches, he feels the need to make a definite decision about his future. To up the ante, Muntean also cast an actual married couple as Paul and Adriana and filmed their big emotional set-pieces in a series of long, riveting single takes (one lasting 11 minutes), giving them nowhere to escape as they deliver and process potentially life-changing news. MB

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Modern French Film Sale Explore modern French film – with its sophisticated, stimulating cinema, France remains the first port of call for distinguished adult drama. Our selection covers the 1990s to the present day, with films from essential directors such as Rohmer, Haneke and the Dardenne brothers alongside lesser known talents. Lovers of world cinema will find much to enjoy (and don’t miss the previous film from the director and star of The Artist).

Mademoiselle Chambon

The Michael Haneke Collection

OSS 117: Lost in Rio

Stéphane Brizé

Four important works from one of the most acclaimed directors currently at work in world cinema: Hidden, Time of the Wolf, The Piano Teacher and Code Unknown. 4 discs.

Michel Hazanavicius

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An Autumn Tale

Jeanne La Pucelle: The Battles

Dir: Éric Rohmer. The last of the tales of the Four Seasons and arguably the best, set during a glorious Indian summer in Provence. Item # 21685 Fra | 1998 | ART-E | 107 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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Dir: Jacques Rivette. Sandrine Bonnaire stars as the Maid of Orleans in this drama about Joan of Arc. Item # 59356 Fra | 1994 | ART-E | 160 min | subt | 15 | £15.99

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Of Gods and Men Dir: Xavier Beauvois. A profoundly moving study of grace under pressure in which eight monks threatened by extremists remain in Algeria. Item # 64669 / 64672 2010 | A-E | 121 | subt | 15 | £15.99

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Jeanne La Pucelle: The Prisons

Rendez-vous in Paris

Dir: Jacques Audiard. Romain Duris stars as a man torn between crime and music in this superb drama.

Dir: Jacques Rivette. The second part of Rivette’s magnificent and richly detailed six-hour drama.

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Laissez-Passer

The Son

Dir: Catherine Breillat. A stylised, beautifully filmed retelling of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale, in which two sets of sisters’ tales are woven together.

Dir: Bertrand Tavernier. Two men try to preserve their integrity while working for a German controlled film studios in Occupied France.

Dir: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. A carpenter becomes obsessed with a student in this film of profound film of moral complexity. 2 discs.

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Let’s Talk about the Rain

Three Colours Trilogy

Dir: Michael Haneke. A masterful film in which Haneke traces the subtle ways in which many lives intertwine in modern-day Europe. Item # 8716 France | 2000 | ART-E | 112 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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Dir: Agnès Jaoui. A comedy drama, set one wet August, about the fault lines in Gallic middle-class life. Item # 57250 France | 2008 | ART-E | 98 min | subt | 12 | £15.99

Dir: Éric Rohmer. A delightful trilogy of stories of love, seduction and coincidence that take place in a variety of Parisian locales. Item # 61394 France | 1995 | ART-E | 95 min | subt | PG | £15.99

Krzysztof Kieslowski. Features Blue, White, Red: Kieslowski’s acclaimed meditations on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity 4 discs; I’m So-So... Item # 17916 / 66339 1994 | ART-E | subt | 15 | £39.99

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A Comedy of Power

The Man from London

Triple Agent

Dir: Claude Chabrol. Insightful drama in which Huppert plays a judge trying a high-profile fraud case, the pressure of which unravels her private life.

Dir: Béla Tarr. A brooding mystery drama, based on a Georges Simenon novel and characterised by stunning, fluid monochrome photography.

Dir: Éric Rohmer. A compelling tale of intrigue, based on true events, set against the political turmoil of pre-World War II Europe.

Item # 54837 France | 2006 | ICA | 110 min | 12 | £12.99

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An understated and subtly erotic chamber drama, reminiscent of Brief Encounter, in which a devoted husband is inexorably drawn to a teacher at his son’s school.


World Cinema Documentaries Le Quai des Brumes Marcel Carné

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Jean Gabin, Michel Simon. Scripted by Jacques Prévert, this is the distillation of romantic pessimism which responded to the storm clouds gathering over France in the late 1930s. Jean Gabin plays the army deserter who fetches up in a fogRestored.

France | 1938 | STUDC | 88 min | subt | Cert PG Item # 68268 | RRP £15.99 | Released 4th June

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The Rafi Pitts Collection Three films from the acclaimed English-Iranian director, containing It’s Winter – a poignant tale of unemployment in present day Tehran, The Hunter – a brooding thriller in which a man snaps in the face of police indifference and takes up his hunting rifle, and Sanam (see below).

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Iran | 2006-2010 | ART-E | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67983 | RRP £29.99 | Released 14th May

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Sanam

Rafi Pitts

An affecting drama that tells the story of a woman left widowed when her husband is shot after being accused of stealing a horse. While she tries to prove her husband’s innocence through the unresponsive Iranian legal system, her son, fuelled by thoughts of revenge, sets out in search of the horse and stumbles upon what appears to be his true calling. Iran | 2000 | ART-E | 88 min | subt | Cert TBC Item # 67982 | RRP £15.99 | Released 14th May

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Nikolai Lebedev An award-winning portrait of courage that recounts the bravery of a scout unit behind German lines during WWII. Blending into their surroundings the patrol is involved in a deadly game of cat-andmouse with German troops as they try to deliver their vital military intelligence. Russia | 2002 | CHEL | 97 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67766 | RRP £12.99 | Out Now

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1940s Britain: Skills for Wartime Kay Mander

A collection of wartime training films from the innovative documentarian. Contains Transfer of Skill (1940, How to File (1941), Mobilising Procedure (1942), Model Procedure for Water-Relaying (1943) and Debris Tunnelling (1943). Also contains One Continuous Take (Carroll, 2001), a biography of Mander’s life and work. UK | 2001 | PANA | 133 min | Cert E Item # 68011 | RRP £15.99 | Out Now

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Gas Warfare of WWI The Battle of Ypres in April 1915 saw the first use of a terrifying new weapon in trench warfare – poison gas. This documentary looks at the development, use and countering of this ghastly Gas Warfare weapon. into WWII.

UK | 2011 | C-RED | 138 min | E Item # 68081 | RRP £14.99 | Out Now

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day Bert Stern

A wonderful record of some of America having a great time one hot afternoon in 1958 at the Newport Jazz Festival. Footage of Jimmy Guiffre, The Chico Hamilton Quintet, Anita O’Day, The Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Louis Armstrong and more are combined with footage of the nearby America’s Cup. USA | 1958 | ARTF | 85 min | Cert E Item # 67072 | RRP £14.99 | Released 21st May

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West End Jungle Arnold L. Miller

‘The sex-film that London Banned! Made in the actual places of vice!’ A graphic account, originally banned by the BBFC, of the seedy reality of pick-up techniques, private member’s clubs, prostitution and massage parlours in Bonus films: London during the early 1960s. Skin Deep; Get ‘Em Off (1976); Clubs Galore! (1958); Arnold L. Miller in Conversation (2009). UK | 1961 | C-RED | 52 min | Cert 15 Item # 68079 | RRP £14.99 | Out Now

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A Royal Anniversary 2012 is the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II with June 2nd being the 60th anniversary of her coronation. Below we’ve selected the most interesting DVDs and Blu-rays commemorating the event and her history. A Queen is Crowned

When Queen Elizabeth the Second was crowned in 1953, Britain’s leading cinematic artists were commissioned to create a feature-length Technicolor record of the coronation. Produced by Castleton Knight, written by Christopher Fry and narrated by Laurence Olivier, the film conveys the sights, sounds, pomp and New HD restoration; pageantry of the day. Palaces of a Queen 1966 documentary narrated by Michael Redgrave. UK | 1953 | NWORK | 83 min | Cert E Item # 67782 / 68132 | RRP £14.99 | Out 28th May

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Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s Five British Pathé documentaries celebrating the early years of QEII’s reign: Long Live The Queen (1952), The Queen’s Birthday (1952), Elizabeth is Queen (1953), Royal Review (1953) and Welcome The Queen (1954): an insight into the monarch’s first tour around the Commonwealth.

UK | 1952-54 | C-RED | 112 min | Cert E Item # 62483 | RRP £14.99 | Out Now

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The Diamond Queen A landmark BBC series marking the 60th year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Presented by Andrew Marr, the three part programme gives an insight into her life, family and work as it follows her for a year and a half as she carries out her official duties.

UK | 2012 | 2ENT | 174 min | Cert E Item # 68417 | RRP £15.99 | Released 14th May

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The Queen at 80

A 2006 BBC documentary looking at the Queen and her present-day role. It features a cross-section of engagements, including the royal tour of Canada and the End of the War celebrations for 2,000 veterans at Buckingham Palace and also features exclusive footage, including access to the rarely-seen archive of Her Majesty’s private collection. UK | 2006 | BBC | 120 min | Cert E Item # 29076 | RRP £12.99 | Out Now

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A Royal Occasion: From Victoria to Elizabeth II Recommended

Contains: Queen Victoria: Scenes at Balmoral (1896), Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (1897), Edward VII & Queen Alexandra: Edward VII at Queen Victoria’s Funeral (1901), Edward VII’s Coronation (1902), King Edward VII launches HMS Dreadnought from Portsmouth Dockyard (1906), Queen Alexandra’s Drive through London (1916); George V & Queen Mary: The Queen and the Land Lassies (1918), Queen’s Visit to the East End (1917), Silver Jubilee (1935), George VI & Queen Elizabeth: Wedding Cake for Duke of York’s Bride (1923), The Royal Wedding (1923), Britain’s Baby Princess (1926), Elizabeth II: Long to Reign Over Us (1953), Lambeth Rejoices: Coronation Television (1953) Released: 28th May Extras: 2 discs; Buckingham Palace Allotment (1918); Comprehensive booklet. Item # 67887 | UK | 1953 | BFI | 287 min | Cert E

A specially-curated collection which draws upon a number of archival collections to build a comprehensive historical survey of the Royal Family from the late Victorian era, A Royal Occasion begins with rare footage of Queen Victoria at Balmoral in 1896, before moving through the monarchs up to the present Queen’s Coronation in 1953. This superb set boasts a number of rare and previously unseen films from the National Archive, including silent films and early colour productions. And its typically extensive and informative booklet could also serve as a potted history of early British newsreels and reportage.

COI Collection: Volume 7: The Queen on Tour Recommended

Contains: Royal Destiny (1953), Southward with Prince Philip (1957), Princess Margaret in Mauritius and East Africa (1959), Life of a Queen (1960), The Queen’s State Visit to Iran (1961), Royal Children (1961), Queen Elizabeth II in Pakistan (1961), Sierra Leone Greets the Queen (1962), Britain Welcomes the President of India (1963), The Royal Tour of the Caribbean (1966), Britain Welcomes the President of Pakistan (1966), A State Visit to Turkey by Queen Elizabeth II (1971), Britain Welcomes the Emperor and Empress of Japan (1971) Released: 28th May Extras: 2 discs; Comprehensive booklet. Item # 67888 | UK | 1971 | BFI | 234 min | Cert E

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the BFI has conducted an extensive search through the National Archive to unearth a wealth of illuminating footage on a range of Royalty-related subjects. This latest volume in the COI series brings together a number of Central Office of Information productions which captured the Royal Family on film between 1953-1971. With their makers given unprecedented access to the royal household, the films in this unique collection provide a fascinating and valuable record of royal tours and state visits in a world adjusting to a post-colonial future, while the Queen’s visit to places such as Iran in 1961 and Sierra Leone in 1962 provide a marker for just how much has changed in the intervening years.

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Classic Movies English Language Films, 1930 - 1969

New Releases The Blue Max

John Guillerman A WWI thriller featuring spectacular aerial combat sequences. George Peppard stars as the ambitious young pilot who is determined to win the coveted Blue Max – even if it means betraying his squadron. James Mason is the commander who threatens to thwart him.

USA | 1966 | FOX | 146 min | Cert PG Item # 68099 | RRP £9.99 | Out Now

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The Caine Mutiny Edward Dmytryk

Humphrey Bogart plays the commander who loses his head in a tropical storm. His officers relieve him of his post, but on their return to land, he charges the men with mutiny. The Navy must then decide: was the Caine Mutiny a criminal act or an act of courage? Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson and José Ferrer co-star. USA | 1954 | COL-T | 119 min | Cert U Item # 4826 / 68077 | RRP £19.99 | 6th June

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Checkpoint

Ralph Thomas A British crime drama to appeal to classic sports car enthusiasts. Stanley Baker plays the man hired by a racing team to steal a rival team’s plans. A shootout sees him hunted down by their agents. Includes plenty of scenes of racing through Italy. UK | 1956 | SPIRT | 86 min | Cert U Item # 67725 | RRP £12.99 | Out Now

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Cuckoo Patrol Duncan Wood

A solid British cast, Kenneth Connor, John Le Mesurier and Arthur Mullard among them, star in this story of the scrapes that a troop of scout misfits led by Freddie Garrity (of Freddie and the Dreamers) gets into on their way to camp. UK | 1967 | RENOWN | 76 min | Cert PG Item # 68368 | RRP £12.99 | Released 21st May

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You Only Live Once Recommended

Ruggles of Red Gap Recommended

Director: Fritz Lang

Director: Leo McCarey

Starring: Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney

Starring: Charles Laughton, Charlie Ruggles

Released: 4th June

Released: 28th May

Extras: 75th Anniversary Edition; Audio interview with Fritz Lang (1962); Introduction.

Extras: 2 discs; Print from new high-definition master; Optional music and effects track; Three radio adaptations featuring Charles Laughton and Charlie Ruggles; Charles Laughton reciting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; Booklet.

Item # 67962 | USA | 1937 | STUDC | 86 min | B&W | Cert 15

When Fritz Lang came to America, he abandoned the fantastic excess that characterised his German work and embraced a greater realism. But if his subject changed, his obsession with the inequities of fate remained: the new world gods were no more forgiving than those he had left behind. Fresh out of jail, Eddie Taylor (Fonda) means to settle down with his gal Joan (Sidney) and go straight. But when Eddie is implicated in a violent robbery, he’s dragged back to the Big House and sentenced to The Chair. Eddie escapes and goes on the lam with Joan by his side; as the law closes in, they celebrate their doomed romance. Bathed in Germanic shadows, You Only Live Once shows Lang at an interesting stage in his career. He’d make other worthwhile films but this, his second American movie, was his last gig with truly ‘A’ list resources. It features some of his best work, notably the robbery and prison break sequences and represents one of his creative peaks – arguably his zenith. An essential masterpiece. JO

Item # 67667 | USA | 1935 | EUREK | 91 min | B&W | Cert U

Marmaduke Ruggles (Laughton) is a gentleman’s gentleman, happy to serve as his forefathers served. So when his master trades his services in a poker game, he is dismayed. Worse still, his new employer is an American. However, relocating to the uncouth frontier town of Red Gap, Ruggles is surprised to find himself most warmly welcomed. More surprisingly still, he finds himself embracing life in the land of the free. Leo McCarey was one the great comedy directors and Ruggles... is one of his finest films, a satire both on European diffidence and the snobbishness of American would-be elites. Ultimately though, this is Laughton’s show: Scarborough’s favourite son rarely had the chance to play comedy, and makes the most of his opportunities, delivering a performance that is among his best. Astoundingly, Ruggles of Red Gap has never been available for domestic viewing in this country before. Now it’s finally here, it should be greeted with open arms. JO

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June 2012 MovieMail Film Catalogue

Island of Lost Souls Recommended Director: Erle C Kenton Starring: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen Released: 28th May Extras: 2 discs; Highdefinition restoration of the uncut theatrical version; Exclusive video interviews with Laughton biographer Simon Callow and film historian Jonathan Rigby; Booklet. Item # 66223 | USA | 1932 | EUREK | 71 min | B&W | Cert PG

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See Also Frankenstein / The Bride of Frankenstein James Whale

Item # 62037 UK | 1931-35 | UCA | 145 min | B&W | 15 | £14.99

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Freaks

Tod Browning

Item # 31696 USA | 1932 | WHV | 63 min | B&W | 12 | £15.99

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Old Dark House James Whale

Item # 29583 USA | 1932 | NWORK | 70 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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A

year after its masterful take on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Paramount revved up its efforts to capitalise on the contemporary Hollywood horror wave with this adaptation of HG Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau. It succeeded almost too well; the re-titled Island of Lost Souls both out-horrored Universal’s Frankestein and Dracula while giving MGM’s Freaks a run for its money. At least this was the view of the British Board of Film Censors, who banned Lost Souls for 25 years for being ‘too horrible’ and ‘against nature’. Indeed, this tale of a megalomaniac doctor with God-like pretensions indulging in gene-busting experiments on the mutant population of his isolated, South Seas island is, in its premise, as unsettling for modern audiences attuned to the possibilities of genetic modification as it was to those still reeling from Darwin’s theories at the turn of the 20th Century. Throw in a permeating air of sexual danger – as the twisted Dr. Moreau encourages his shipwrecked guest Parker (Richard Arlen) to ‘mate’ with the sensual but only half-human Panther Woman, Lota (who is, admittedly, more woman than panther in her pre-Hays code bikini) – and

Banned for 25 years, this out-horrors Frankestein and Dracula you can see why the BBFC examiners nearly choked on their tea and biscuits. The film is chiefly of interest now though for a barnstorming performance by a young Charles Laughton. As Moreau, he transcends the movie acting style of the period, staying just this side of chewing even this florid scenery with a sinister, grandiloquent, menacingly unctuous performance that is still pretty unnerving long after other horror turns of the period have become unintentionally funny. (Laughton reportedly based Dr. Moreau on his dentist; you can understand why he might have lived in fear of getting toothache.) As the ‘real monster’ in this riotous yarn, Laughton towers above the other actors like a monument to high camp, but an unrecognisable Bela Lugosi gives spirited support as the lycanthropic ‘Sayer of the Law’ and Kathleen Burke (who won a competition to take part) is alluring as the darkly feline Lota. Julian Upton

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Classic Movies Diplomatic Courier

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Henry Hathaway

Cold war espionage drama starring Tyrone Power as the American diplomatic courier who follows Hildegarde Knef’s mysterious blonde to Trieste after an exchange of secret papers goes disastrously wrong. But just who is she working for – and who is the glamorous American widow (Patricia Neal) who keeps turning up?

Alberto Cavalcanti

Standing alongside Great Expectations as one of the best feature adaptations of Dickens, this Ealing production stars Derek Bond as the hero who is robbed of his inheritance by the scheming of his avaricious uncle (Cedric Hardwicke); Digitally Remastered.

Freud Recommended

USA | 1952 | ODEON | 93 min | Cert U Item # 67851 | RRP £12.99 | Released 28th May

Director: John Huston

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Hello, Dolly!

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Gene Kelly

Item # 67955 | USA | 1962 | TDM | 134 min | B&W | Cert 12

An Oscar-winning musical comedy of romantic errors set in 1920s New York, where Barbra Streisand plays the society matchmaker hired to find the perfect partner for Walther Matthau’s millionaire. She concludes that she is exactly the woman he needs, but first has to get rid of the competition!

A timely DVD release that complements David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, John Huston’s Freud is a deep-focus study of how the father of modern psychiatry developed his controversial techniques, following a radical apprenticeship that saw him treating hysteria with hypnotherapy. Avoiding the soapy asides that characterise many a modern biopic, the film goes straight for the intellectual jugular, as young Sigmund battles academic and societal resistance to uncover the sexual drive at the heart of the human psyche. The narrative intensity is embodied by a post-auto accident Montgomery Clift in the title role – his fractious, damaged beauty brings an extra layer of anxious passion to the proceedings – and Douglas Slocombe’s imposing black-andwhite cinematography creates a vivid sense of time and place that teems with visible and invisible tensions. Shot in Germany and Austria with a cast including Susannah York, Eric Portman and David McCallum, this is a fascinating, mostly forgotten entry in Huston’s long and often unruly career. Needless to say, the dream sequences are pretty lively too. JU

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Hindle Wakes Arthur Crabtree

When unforeseen tragedy strikes during the Wakes week holiday, the romantic tryst of mill worker Jenny (Lisa Daniely) and boss’s son Alan (Brian Worth) is discovered by their families, who insist that Alan ‘do the right thing’. But will he? And what does Jenny think? UK | 1952 | RENOWN | 85 min | PG Item # 68369 | RRP £12.99 | Released 21st May

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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Robert Aldrich

Aldrich and Bette Davis repeated the successful formula of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? with this grand guignol Southern gothic melodrama, with Davis playing an elderly recluse slowly being driven mad and in fear of losing her condemned home. USA | 1964 | FOX | 133 min | Cert 15 Item # 68106 | RRP £9.99 | Out Now

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UK | 1947 | STUDC | 107 min | Cert U Item # 67280 | RRP £15.99 | Released 14th May

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The Man with X-Ray Eyes Roger Corman

Corman’s lurid and engrossing slice of sci-fi pulp stars Ray Milland as a doctor who uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but finds his new power has disastrous consequences. As his unearthly powers grow stronger, he is faced with a terrible quandary... USA | 1963 | FCE | 76 min | Cert PG Item # 68078 | RRP £14.99 | Released 28th May

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The Old Curiosity Shop Thomas Bentley

A scenery-chewing Hay Petrie plays the demonic, Mr. Quilp in this melodramatic 1934 adaptation of Dickens’ tale which sees the wicked landlord ruin the lives of shopkeeper Trent and his resourceful granddaughter Little Nell. Silent film: Wonderful Dickens (Miller, 1924). UK | 1934 | STUDC | 92 min | Cert U Item # 67281 | RRP £15.99 | Released 14th May

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Out of the Fog / Radio Cab Murder Tully / Sewell

Double bill of British crime thrillers. Out of the Fog (1962) stars David Sumner as a policeman assigned the task of catching a killer who only strikes during a full moon; Radio Cab Murder (1954) sees Jimmy Hanley play a cab driver recruited by the police to infiltrate a dangerous gang. UK | 1962 | RENOWN | 138 min | Cert U Item # 68254 | RRP £14.99 | Released 30th April

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Vintage WWII Film Sale The Dam Busters

Tawny Pipit

Yesterday’s Enemy

Michael Anderson

Charles Saunders

Val Guest

The legendary story of the development and use of Dr Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb, which includes newsreel footage of the actual raid. Michael Redgrave stars as the inventor.

A thoroughly charming wartime drama in which decency and English values are encapsulated in the effort to protect the eggs of a rare migrant bird from egg thieves, the army and the Ministry of Agriculture.

BAFTA-nominated Hammer film, in which, cut off by the Japanese advance into Burma, Captain Langford (Stanley Baker) and his exhausted British troops take over an enemy-held jungle village.

Item # 61424 UK | 1954 | OPTIM | 123 min | B&W | U | £15.99

Item # 65295 UK | 1944 | ODEON | 78 min | B&W | U | £12.99

Item # 59715 UK | 1959 | SPHE | 91 min | B&W | PG | £9.99

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Battle of Britain

To Hell and Back

San Demetrio London

Dir: Guy Hamilton. An all-star tribute to ‘The Few’ of the Royal Air Force who protected a beleaguered country in 1940.

Dir: Jess Hibbs. Audie Murphy, WWII’s most decorated American soldier, stars as himself in this actionpacked autobiographical war drama.

Dir: Charles Frend. A true wartime drama about the crew of a torpedoed petrol tanker struggling against the odds to get home to Britain.

Item # 56904 UK | 1969 | FOX | 126 min | PG | £19.99

Item # 60390 USA | 1955 | 2ND | 102 min | £15.99

Item # 53812 UK | 1943 | OPTIM | 93 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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The Battle of the River Plate

In Which We Serve

Theirs is the Glory

Dir: David Lean. Noël Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in this stirring tribute to Britgrit at its most cornered. Restored.

Dir: Hurst & Young. A fictional recreation of the WWII Battle of Arnhem featuring performances from soldiers who fought in the battle.

Dir: Powell & Pressburger. A gripping wartime drama about the British attempt to capture the Graf Spee.

Item # 54969 UK | 1942 | G-VEN | 138 min | B&W | U | £12.99

Item # 66119 UK | 1946 | SPIRT | 79 min | PG | £12.99

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Blitz on Britain

Millions Like Us

They Met in the Dark

One of the most famous documentaries ever made about WWII, written and narrated by the respected broadcaster, Alistair Cooke.

Dirs: Launder & Gilliatt. A sincere but effective flagwaver evoking the trials and tribulations of a working class English family during WWII.

Dir: Karel Lamac. A thrilling wartime spy drama in which James Mason’s Naval Commander comes up against a Nazi spy ring.

Item # 62491 UK | 1960 | OPTIM | 71 min | B&W | PG | £17.99

Item # 20173 UK | 1943 | DD | 98 min | B&W | U | £13.99

Item # 65501 UK | 1944 | ODEON | 91 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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Cornered

The Next of Kin

Dir: Edward Dmytryk. A wartime noir starring Dick Powell as a demobbed Canadian pilot who follows the Nazi trail all the way to Argentina.

Dir: Thorold Dickinson. The story of a British Commando brigade setting out on a daring raid against a German Harbour in occupied France.

A Time to Love and a Time to Die

Item # 65346 USA | 1945 | ODEON | 102 min | B&W | | £9.99

Item # 28922 UK | 1941 | SMPLY | 95 min | B&W | 12 | £15.99

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The Halfway House

The Red Beret

Unpublished Story

Dir: Basil Dearden. A 1944 fantasy drama from Ealing which mixes ghostliness with propaganda when guests gather at a Welsh inn.

Dir: Terence Young. Alan Ladd stars as an Army officer who resigns his commission after feeling responsible for a fellow airman’s death.

Dir: Harold French. British wartime spy thriller, set in London’s Docklands during the Blitz of 1940, in which a journalist finds his stories censored.

Item # 64900 UK | 1944 | OPTIM | 92 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

Item # 59558 UK | 1953 | SPHE | 85 min | U | £12.99

Item # 25599 UK | 1942 | DD | 77 min | B&W | PG | £13.99

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Item # 13101 UK | 1956 | CRLTN | 114 min | U | £12.99

Dir: Douglas Sirk. Sirk’s penultimate film is a powerful drama set in the ruins of burnt-out Germany. Item # 56234 USA | 1958 | EUREK | 127 min | PG | £19.99

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WWII casts a very long cinematic shadow on British cinema. A tremendous number of films and documentaries have portrayed the personal stories and political history of the time – here we’ve selected some of the best vintage titles, from 1942-1960.


Cannes Winners

The most exciting event in the film calendar, the annual Cannes Film Festival is a glimp premiering films from the world’s most exciting filmmakers. With this year’s event runn a sale of some of our favourite past award winners so you can enjoy the cream of Ca

Palme d’Or

Grand Prix

Camera d’Or

The Tree of Life

The Wages of Fear

Hunger

Terrence Malick

Henri-Georges Clouzot

Steve McQueen

An intimate epic of universal and personal origins, this ambitious, awe-inspiring Palme d’Or winner centres on a family in 1950s Texas, but reaches for cosmic significance. Sean Penn and Brad Pitt star.

Tanker driver Yves Montand, at the height of his charm, tries to find a way out of the seedy Latin American outpost. Memorably described by Karel Reisz as ‘unselectively and impartially anti-everything’!

Michael Fassbender (also in McQueen’s Shame) stars in this powerfully unflinching artistic dramatisation of the last weeks in the life of IRA man Bobby Sands. A worthy winner of multiple awards.

Item # 66435 / 439 USA | 2011 | FOX | 139 min | 12 | £20.99

Item # 9462 Fra | 1953 | OPT | 147 | subt | B&W | PG | £19.99

Item # 57403 UK | 2008 | FOX | 96 min | 15 | £19.99

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The Lost Weekend

Accident

Billy Wilder’s devastating look at alcoholism, in which Ray Milland goes on a 48 hour bender, flashing back to the events in his ruined life.

Dir: Joseph Losey. Sexual tension simmers under a glacial surface of companionship in Harold Pinter and Losey’s second screen collaboration.

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Item # 21499 USA | 1945 | UPV | 100 min | B&W | PG | £15.99

Item # 52580 UK | 1967 | OPTIM | 101 min | PG | £15.99

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Theo Angelopoulos Collection: Volume 3

Blow-Up

Ulysses’ Gaze, The Dust of Time, The Weeping Meadow and the garlanded Eternity and a Day. 4 discs. Item # 66839 Gre | 1991-08 | AE | 750 | subt | 15 | £39.99

Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni. A cinematic close-up of mid-60s London and a brilliantly scripted snapshot of a rootless generation. Item # 17230 UK | 1966 | WHV | 106 min | 15 | £12.99

Dir: Zacharias Kunuk. A remarkable film set in the Arctic wilderness where a mysterious shaman sows discord. Item # 60151 Canada | 2001 | ICA | 168 min | subt | 15 | £12.99

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Me and You and Everyone We Know Dir: Miranda July. A simple, immensely likeable film about adults trying to figure out where life is going. Item # 25318 USA | 2005 | OPTIM | 90 min | 15 | £15.99

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The Tin Drum

Gomorrah

Reconstruction

Dir: Volker Schlöndorff. A masterful film in which little Oscar decides to stop growing as a protest against the sordid Nazi society around him.

Dir: Matteo Garrone. A hard-hitting, controversial inside look at Italy’s modern-day crime families, based on the book by Roberto Saviano.

Dir: Christoffer Boe. Beautifully shot on the streets of Copenhagen, Boe’s feature debut turns romantic drama inside out. Europe (Boe, 2004).

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Item # 66745 Ger | 1979 | ARROW | 142 | subt | 15 | £29.99

Item # 57186 / 56954 | 2008 | OP | 137 | subt | 18 | £15.99

Item # 22924 Den | 2003 | SODA | 91 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Pretty Baby

Samson and Delilah

Dir: Louis Malle. The notorious film that starred a 12 year-old Brooke Shields as the daughter of a prostitute in 1917 New Orleans.

Dir: Warwick Thornton. The fledgeling romance between two aboriginal teenagers takes centre stage in this strikingly good Australian film.

Dir: Jacques Demy. Catherine Deneuve stars in this glorious feast of colour and music. 2 discs.

Item # 32177 USA | 1978 | PARA | 105 min | 18 | £9.99

Item # 61794 / 798 Aus | 2009 | TRNTY | 97 min | 15 | £15.99

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The White Ribbon

A Prophet

Toto The Hero

Dir: Michael Haneke. A mesmerising black and white study of a village in 1913 that shows the currents that went to shape 20th century Germany.

Dir: Jacques Audiard. An intense, epic portrayal of a young man in jail. Takes its rightful place among the great French crime films.

Dir: Jaco Van Dormael. Cutting between past and present, comedy and tragedy, this poignant film sees a man reflect on a stolen life.

Item # 60951 / 60974 2009 | 144 | subt | B&W | 15 | £15.99

Item # 61340-41 Fra | 2009 | OPTIM | 149 | subt | 18 | £19.99

Item # 28159 Bel | 1991 | SECND | 88 min | subt | 15 | £19.99

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Item # 24158 France | 1964 | OPTIM | 86 | subt | U | £19.99

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Actor / Actress

Best Director

Smiles of a Summer Night

This Sporting Life

Ingmar Bergman

Richard Harris gives a powerful, career-best performance in this unblinking portrait of a tough miner who quits his job to follow his dream of becoming a professional rugby player.

Julian Schnabel

Item # 50650 UK | 1963 | NWORK | 128 min | B&W | 12 | £14.99

Item # 53945 France | 2007 | FOX | 112 min | subt | 12 | £19.99

Husbands dally and wives stray when three couples meet up one midsummer weekend at an actress’s country estate. A delightful comic masterpiece from Bergman. Item # 8499 Swe | 1955 | TARTN | 104 | subt | B&W | PG | £19.99

Lindsay Anderson

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Mathieu Amalric takes the lead in this remarkable true story of a man who dictated his memoirs by the movement of just one eye after being left paralysed by a stroke.

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Kwaidan

Antichrist

Days of Heaven

Dir: Masaki Kobayashi. Four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese ghost stories and presented in lavish CinemaScope.

Dir: Lars Von Trier. This controversial exploration of guilt and sexuality stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a grieving couple.

Dir: Terrence Malick. A sublime, ravishingly shot film in which a young, impoverished unmarried couple move to rural Texas to escape the city.

Item # 28575 Japan | 1964 | EUREK | 183 | subt | 15 | £19.99

Item # 60454 / 60493 Den | 2009 | A-E | 104 | 18 | £15.99

Item # 7938 USA | 1979 | PARAH | 89 min | PG | £9.99

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Mon Oncle

The Artist

Fanfan La Tulipe

Dir: Jacques Tati. A wonderful gentle satire of sterile modernity and pretentious gadgetry that features a wealth of visual riches.

Dir: Michel Hazanavicius. With his matinee idol looks, Jean Dujardin takes the lead in this Oscar-sweeping modern-day silent film comedy.

Dir: Christian-Jaque. Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida star in this swashbuckling romantic comedy set during the reign of King Louis XV.

Item # 20158 France | 1958 | BFI | 111 min | subt | U | £19.99

Item # 67979-80 France | 2011 | EV | 100 min | PG | £24.99

Item # 18031 France | 1952 | CEST | 85 min | PG | £19.99

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A Screaming Man

In the Mood for Love

Hidden

Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. An engaging, humane drama set in modern-day Chad where civil war intrudes on a penniless man’s life.

Dir: Wong Kar-Wai. A beautiful swoon of a film of unexpected love between a woman (Maggie Cheung) and a man (the award-winning Tony Leung).

Dir: Michael Haneke. Lauded as ‘the first great film of the 21st century’, Hidden takes a provocative look at guilt and responsibility.

Item # 65936 Chad | 2010 | Soda | 92 min | subt | PG | £15.99

Item # 8845 Hong Kong | 2000 | PALIS | 94 | subt | PG | £22.99

Item # 28146 / 56137 2005 | AE | 109 | subt | 15 | £19.99

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The Tales of Hoffmann

Mona Lisa

Rendez-Vous

Dir: Neil Jordan. Bob Hoskins is excellent as the ex-con caught up in the underworld when he is hired as a chauffeur to a high-class call girl.

Dir: André Téchiné. An erotic drama that gave Juliette Binoche her first major role as an actress on a series of sexual encounters.

Dir: Powell & Pressburger. A brilliantly exuberant adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera.

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Item # 59976 UK | 1985 | OPTIM | 99 min | 15 | £15.99

Item # 27091 Fra | 1985 | SECND | 80 min | subt | 18 | £19.99

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A Taste of Honey

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment

Wings of Desire

Item # 50618 UK | 1951 | OPTIM | 119 min | U | £15.99

Dir: Tony Richardson. Classic 1960s realist drama based on the play by Shelagh Delaney. Rita Tushingham plays the Salford teenager. Item # 55842 UK | 1961 | OPTIM | 96 min | B&W | 15 | £15.99

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Dir: Karel Reisz. A barely sane, Marxist, gorilla-fixated artist kidnaps his ex-wife, Vannessa Redgrave. Item # 64185 UK | 1966 | OPTIM | 93 min | PG | £15.99

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Dir: Wim Wenders. A spellbinding film about two angels moving invisibly in the world of mortals, listening to their thoughts and fears. Item # 53872 / 60477 1987 | Ax | 122 | B&W | 12 | £15.99

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Classic Movies Panic

John Gilling

A lean, tough British crime drama in which a man lies dead after a brutal raid on a diamond merchant. The finger of guilt points towards missing employee Janine (Janine Gray). But she is suffering from amnesia after being struck during the hold-up. And the cops aren’t the only ones who want to find her... UK | 1963 | ODEON | 77 min | Cert PG Item # 67852 | RRP £12.99 | Released 28th May

The Science Fiction Cliffhanger Collection

A compilation of ‘Saturday serials’, containing The Phantom Empire (1935) with Gene Autry, Undersea Kingdom (1936), with Ray Corrigan, and Radar Men from the Moon (1952), starring George Wallace as the rocket-suited scientist. 5 discs.

USA | 1935-52 | PPORT | 682 min | Cert PG Item # 67501 | RRP £14.99 | Out Now

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The Prisoner of Shark Island John Ford

Shadows

John Cassavetes

This classic drama – a favourite of Ford himself – is based on the trial of Dr. Samuel Mudd, sentenced to a life of hard labour for aiding the assassin of President Lincoln. With a muscular performance by John Carradine as a sadistic prison guard, this is a tautly-scripted examination of Mudd’s struggle to overcome inhumane justice.

Cassavetes’ groundbreaking debut feature about the doomed relationship between a white man and a mixed-race woman gave birth to a radical new film language. Shot on location in the beatnik underground of 1950s New York, it 2 discs; remains as powerful as ever. Commentary by Seymour Cassell and Tom Charity; Peter Falk on Cassavetes; Booklet.

USA | 1936 | ODEON | 92 min | Cert U Item # 67836 | RRP £12.99 | Released 28th May

USA | 1959 | BFI | 78 min | Cert PG Item # 67894 | RRP £19.99 | Out Now

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The Reptile John Gilling

‘What strange power made her half woman – half snake?’ Hammer goes to Cornwall where local police are baffled by fang marks on the necks of murder victims. Filmed back-to-back with Plague of the Zombies using several of the same sets. 2 discs; Cast interviews; World of Hammer episodes. UK | 1966 | STUDC | 90 min | Cert 15 Item # 67136 | RRP £22.99 | Released 28th May

Twice Round the Daffodils

Lewis Gilbert

An early crime drama from Lewis Gilbert (Reach for the Sky, Educating Rita). Laurence Harvey plays the small-time crook looking for the high life. The supporting cast includes Kathleen Bryon (as a Don’s frustrated girlfriend) and the film is also notable for its location shots of Cambridge.

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A musical comedy that marked the first film outing for Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Curly Howard, aka The Three Stooges. When a costume shop owner faces bankruptcy, local fireman Ted and his crazy workmates (Larry, Moe and Curly) lend a hand.

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Scarlet Thread

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Benjamin Stoloff

USA | 1930 | FOX | 68 min | Cert U Item # 67724 | RRP £9.99 | Released 30th April

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UK | 1951 | RENOWN | 76 min | Cert PG Item # 68370 | RRP £12.99 | Released 21st May

The Three Stooges: Soup to Nuts

Gerald Thomas

Joan Sims, Donald Sinden, Jill Ireland, Nanette Newman and Kenneth Williams star in this comedy directed by Carry On stalwart Gerald Thomas in which a group of male patients at a TB sanatorium take a shine to the nurses that are there to care for them. UK | 1962 | STUDC | 85 min | Cert PG Item # 67156 | RRP £15.99 | Released 30th April

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Mr. Moto Peter Lorre stars as the Japanese detective in these four adventures, new to DVD

Mr. Moto’s Gamble Dir: James Tinling. In this third adventure in the detective adventure series, Peter Lorre (joined here by Keye Luke – Charlie Chan’s ‘Number One Son’) comes out fighting when a boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder. Assisted by detectivein-training Lee Chan (Luke), Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single clue: a poisoned boxing glove. But when his hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate he is forced to wager his life to unmask the culprit. Item # 68230 USA | 1938 | ODEON | 69 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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Mr. Moto Takes a Chance Dir: Norman Foster. This fourth adventure in the series sees Mr. Moto set off on a mission to unmask the leader of a military uprising in Tong Moi. He finds himself deep in the Cambodian jungle posing as an archaeologist – but when his excavation of a local temple unearths a cache of explosives, Moto joins forces with a beautiful, mysterious aviatrix (Rochelle Hudson) whose interest may not be as innocent as it seems... Item # 68227 USA | 1938 | ODEON | 61 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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Mr. Moto on Danger Island Dir Herbert I. Leeds. The seventh film in the series finds the detective heading to Puerto Rico to put a stop to the glut of contraband diamonds flooding the world’s jewel market – but his smuggling investigation quickly turns into a murder mystery when an undercover government agent and a top political figure wind up dead. Moto realises he is going to have to masquerade as a criminal if he wants to trap the crooks. Item # 68226 USA | 1939 | ODEON | 67 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Dir: Norman Foster. When Mr. Moto takes a vacation you know that criminal business is not far away! Peter Lorre mixes business and pleasure in his final appearance as the Interpol agent, who heads to Egypt to thwart a criminal mastermind determined to steal the crown of the Queen of Sheba. The action heats up when the treasure begins its perilous journey to America and Moto races against time to unmask a cunning thief. Item # 68228 USA | 1939 | ODEON | 60 min | B&W | PG | £12.99

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Britain on Film Rare Documentaries Sale

Explore the past of the British Isles with our sale of classic documentaries published by Panamint. Panamint have long made a speciality of releasing great British films that would otherwise be lost to a modern audience. This sale comprises a selection of rare documentary films that show the changing face of Britain. Drifters / Caller Herrin’

London in Festival Year 1951

The Pattern of Britain

John Grierson

Three films celebrating the 1951 Festival of Britain. Contains Brief City, in which Patrick O’Donovan tours the South Bank site with Hugh Casson, Festival in London and Humphrey Jennings’ Family Portrait.

Four beautiful, remastered films about the farmlands of England, from Cornwall to the Downlands and the Fens, made between 1944-1947. Contains The Grassy Shires, Fenlands, Cornish Valley and Downlands.

Item # 31574 UK | | PANA | 66 min | B&W | E | £19.99

Item # 21729 UK | 1944-47 | PANA | 65 min | B&W | Ex | £19.99

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At the Coal Face

North British / Today and Every Day

The Rugged Islands: Shetland - Eriskay Orkney

Item # 13431 UK | 1929/47 | PANA | 80 min | B&W | E | £19.99

Contains the two coal mining modernisation films The Cumberland Story (Humphrey Jennings, 1947) and Rhondda and Wye (1948). Item # 28429 UK | 1948 | PANA | 60 min | B&W | E | £19.99

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Crown of the Year Four fascinating wartime farming films showing seasonal activities on a selection of British farms during the years 1941-1942. Item # 17286 UK | 1941-42 | PANA | 60 min | B&W | Ex | £19.99

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Two rare 1940s documentaries that celebrate the skills of British railway engineering. Item # 22946 UK | 1947, 1949 | PANA | 77 min | E | £19.99

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Our Country / The Dim Little Island Pairs John Eldridge’s Dylan Thomasscripted Our Country with Humphrey Jennings’s The Dim Little Island. Item # 24163 UK | 1944 | PANA | 55 min | B&W | E | £19.99

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Four rare films from the 1930s-50s depicting all aspects of island life. Item # 55813 UK | 1934-57 | PANA | 85 min | B&W | E | £19.99

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St Kilda: The Lonely Islands / Fair Isle: The Happy Island Two films, from 1966 and 1978 respectively, about life on the islands. Item # 53204 UK | 1978 | PANA | 53 min | E | £19.99

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Iona: Dove Across the Water

Portraits of Railwaymen

The St Kilda Story / Wildlife of St Kilda

Over the Sea to Skye, Isle of Rhum (1961), Island of the Big Cloth (1971), Iona: Dove Across the Water (1982).

Four films about work on the railways in the 1940s and 1950s, including Shunter Black’s Night Off.

The filmed history of St Kilda from 1906-1980, paired with a quarter of a century of the island’s wildlife filming.

Item # 67050 UK | 1961-82 | PANA | 88 min | E | £19.99

Item # 17287 UK | 1941-59 | PANA | 71 min | B&W | E | £19.99

Item # 53203 UK | 1980 | PANA | 60 min | E | £19.99

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Laxdale Hall

A Pride of Islands

Dir: John Eldridge. An Ealing-esque Scottish comedy classic in which a Westminster MP is sent to Scotland to quell a road tax rebellion!

Three colour films about some of Scotland’s many islands: Enchanted Isles (1957), Islands of the West (1972), A Pride of Islands (1973).

The True Story of Lili Marlene

Item # 61325 UK | 1953 | PANA | 103 min | B&W | U | £15.99

Item # 55762 UK | 1957-73 | PANA | 74 min | E | £19.99

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London Pride

Roamin’ in the Gloamin’

We Forgot about Germany

A fine set of vintage Scottish entertainment, with Kenneth McKellar Harry Lauder, Rikki Fulton and more.

A collection of seven morale-boosting British wartime films that show how civilians stood up to the Nazi threat.

Item # 66930 UK | 1931-80 | PANA | 96 min | B&W | E | £20.41

Item # 54661 UK | 1940-44 | PANA | 83 min | B&W | E | £19.99

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Contains London Can Take It! (1940), The Proud City (1945), Moving Millions (1947), London Airport (1949) Journey on a London Bus (1950). Item # 28431 UK | 1940-50 | PANA | 65 min | B&W | E | £19.99

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Dir: Humphrey Jennings. The story of Lale Anderson and her WWII song, plus Before the Raid (Weiss, 1943). Item # 31710 UK | 1943 | PANA | 65 min | E | £19.99

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Grierson’s classic Drifters (1929), about the North Sea herring fleets, paired with Alan Harper’s Caller Herrin’ (1947), which follows the herring boats off the Scottish coast.


Television Programmes Originally Broadcast

The Golden Bowl

New Releases And Mother Makes Five: Series 1

The complete first series of Thames TV’s 1970s sitcom – a sequel to And Mother Makes Three. Wendy Craig stars, and she also wrote some of the episodes under the pseudonym of ‘Jonathan Marr’. In this series, Sally, her new husband, her two teenage boys and his daughter make for a confusing household!

James Cellan Jones

BBC’s highly-praised 1972 adaptation of the Henry James novel in which a damaged golden bowl plays a key role in exposing the artifice within a wealthy family. This sixhour adaptation features a screenplay from Jack Pulman and stars Gayle Hunnicutt, Barry Morse, Daniel Massey, Kathleen Byron and Cyril 2 discs. Cusack, who acts as narrator. UK | 1972 | ACORN | 257 min | Cert PG Item # 68274 | RRP £19.99 | Released 7th May

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The Invaders: Complete

UK | 1974 | NWORK | 175 min | Cert PG Item # 67819 | RRP £12.99 | Released 28th May

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Arthur Haynes Show: Vol 3 The third volume of episodes from the Johnny Speight-scripted comedy sketch series starring the popular comedian Arthur Haynes and his straight man, Nicholas Parsons. The episodes included in this volume date from 3 discs. 1962.

Both seasons of the 1960s US series – an intriguing combination of paranoid science fiction and dramatic thriller – in which Roy Thinnes’ architect discovers that aliens have landed on Earth – and tries to convince the rest of humanity of the terrible threat it faces. 13 discs; Bonus Disc of featurettes. USA | 1968 | PARAH | 780 min | Cert PG Item # 68257 | RRP £39.99 | Released 7th May

UK | 1962 | NWORK | 425 min | PG Item # 67941 | RRP £24.99 | Released 21st May

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Born and Bred: Series 1-4

All 36 episodes from the popular drama series set in 1950s Britain, following the lives of a father and son doctor team in a time of postwar optimism. James Bolam plays GP Arthur Gilder and Michael French his son – who never thought he would return to the Lancashire village of Ormston where he grew up to follow 14 discs. in his father’s footsteps. UK | 2002-5 | ACORN | 1980 min | Cert PG Item # 68283 | RRP £99.99 | Released 7th May

Keep It in the Family: Series 3

All six episodes from the third series of 1980s sitcom starring Robert Gillespie as comic strip illustrator and full-time practical joker and dreamer Dudley Rush, who, to the exasperation of his agent, finds it hard to hit his deadlines.

UK | 1981 | NWORK | 150 min | 12 Item # 67804 | RRP £12.99 | Released 28th May

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Midsomer Murders: Series 15 - The Dark Rider

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Car 54, Where Are You?: Series 2

Alex Pillai

The second series of the comedy that follows a pair of mismatched cops – shy, clever bachelor Francis Muldoon and his dim-witted but inquisitive partner, Gunther Toody – as they go about their beat in the Bronx. 4 discs.

When a series of untimely deaths are tied to reported sightings of a headless horseman, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his assistant, DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) investigate. The mystery seems to revolve around the wealthy DeQuettevilles and their annual civil war re-enactment...

USA | 1963 | PROPR | Cert TBC Item # 68410 | RRP £26.99 | Released 14th May

UK | 2012 | ACORN | 90 min | Cert 12 Item # 68288 | RRP £17.99 | Released 21st May

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The Bridge: Series 1 Recommended

Starring: Kim Bodnia, Sofia Helin Released: 21st May Extras: 10 episodes; 3 discs

Item # 68241 | Swe / Den | 2011 | Arrow | 600 | subt | Cert 15

The British taste for Scandinavian crime – both on screen and on the page – continues unabated, and this latest entry is one of the quirkiest and most intriguing, utilising familiar themes but giving them an idiosyncratic twist. A body is discovered on the Øresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark (two bodies, in fact – the torso and legs belong to different victims). An ill-matched female/male cop duo (one Swedish, one Danish) with equal jurisdiction are then obliged to work together on the case. They are wonderfully played by Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia. Helin’s eccentric Saga Norén shows every sign of becoming as much of a cult figure as The Killing’s Sara Lund – though she takes the latter’s lack of interpersonal skills to extreme levels with her Asperger’s-derived inability to relate to other human beings; in this area, she makes The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander looked like an agony aunt. The slew of mystifying plot strands thrown up throughout the episodes will keep viewers comprehensively hooked. BF

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June 2012 MovieMail Film Catalogue

Midsomer Murders: The Crystal Collection

A collection celebrating 15 years of the longrunning ITV murder mystery drama set in the fictional English county of Midsomer, containing the highest rated episode from each of the 15 series to date, including the pilot episode. John Nettles, Jason Hughes, Jane 15 discs. Wymark and Neil Dudgeon star. UK | 1997-2012 | ACORN | 1440 min | Cert 15 Item # 68289 | RRP £99.99 | Released 7th May

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Neverland

Nick Willing Charlie Rowe, Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel star in this TV fantasy adventure from Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man) who indulges his fantasies to tell the story of who Peter Pan and Captain Hook were before they came to be in Neverland with the Lost 2 discs. Boys. UK | 2011 | FOX | 240 min | Cert PG Item # 68043-44 | RRP £19.99 | Released 28th May

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No Job for a Lady: Series 2 & 3

Penelope Keith stars as the newly elected Labour MP who finds her cherished principles severely tested in the often murky world of Westminster, where swollen egos, rampant chauvinism and Machiavellian scheming of the political elite are the order of the day.

UK | 1991 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert TBC Item # 65708 / 67806 | RRP £12.99 | Out 4th June

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The Orchid House Horace Ové

Featuring an all-star cast and based on one of the great novels of West Indian literature, Channel 4’s four-part drama of thwarted passion, desire and colonialism in Dominica is narrated by Lally (Madge Sinclair), who reflects on a life spent in the household of a formerly wealthy colonial family headed by Master (Nigel Terry) 2 discs. and Madam (Diana Quick). UK | 1991 | ACORN | 212 min | Cert 12 Item # 68291 | RRP £19.99 | Released 21st May

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Paddington Bear: Complete

‘Please look after this bear, thank you’. All 56 episodes and three feature-length specials are gathered together on this release to celebrate 50 years of Paddington Bear – the marmalade sandwich loving bear with the permanently sticky paws. Michael Hordern 4 discs. narrates. UK | 1967-87 | ABBEY | 340 min | Cert U Item # 68216 | RRP £24.99 | Released 21st May

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Rings on their Fingers: Series 1

The complete first series plus the 1978 Christmas special of the comedy starring Diane Keen and Martin Jarvis as a couple who had lived happily together – but now find themselves caught up in the turmoil of arranging their wedding, with a minefield of stag parties and honeymoon destinations on the horizon. 2 discs. UK | 1978 | ACORN | 240 min | Cert PG Item # 68302 | RRP £19.99 | Released 21st May

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River Cottage: Veg

Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall joins River Cottage head gardener Mark Diacono to provide this step-by-step guide to the joys of growing your own vegetables, with the programme going through each stage involved in the process, from choosing the vegetables you want to grow to cooking your own produce.

UK | 2012 | RIVER | Cert E Item # 68063 | RRP £17.99 | Released 7th May

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Sez Les: Volume 4

Series 9 to 11 from the 1970s sketch show hosted by curmudgeonly comedian Les Dawson, whose show also provided a platform for other entertainers to showcase their talents. John Cleese made regular guest appearances, while Roy Barraclough acted as Dawson’s trusty sidekick. Guests appearing in this volume include Henry Cooper, Freddie Trueman, Lynsey de Paul and 3 discs. the MP, Cyril Smith. UK | 1976 | NWORK | 575 min | Cert 12 Item # 67808 | RRP £29.99 | Released 28th May

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The Comedy of Errors Recommended

Director: Philip Casson

Starring: Roger Rees, Michael Williams, Francesca Annis, Judi Dench, Mike Gwilym, Nikolas Grace, Richard Griffiths, Norman Tyrrell Released: 28th May Item # 67786 | UK | 1978 | NWORK | 130 min | Cert PG

Thankfully for theatre fans, Trevor Nunn’s legendary RSC song and dance version of Comedy of Errors was filmed by Granada Television in the 1970s. It has only been intermittently available since its television debut, but now timed perfectly for the start of the World Shakespeare Festival, it takes its DVD bow. Sporting a fabulous cast, it stars Judi Dench as the jealous noblewoman Luciana, who becomes embroiled in a series of comic misadventures when she mistakes (or chooses to believe) her husband’s long-lost twin brother to be her errant spouse. Playing the twin brothers are Roger Rees and Mike Gwilym, whose charm and duplicity respectively allow the audience to suspend their disbelief. With its surreal mix of 1930s costume and seventies Greek package holiday colour replacing classical Ephesus, Comedy dishes out a dazzling panoply of ribald comedy and show-stopping numbers from a company of Shakespearean actors at the top of their game. AB

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The Bridge: Series 1


Judi Dench, Michael Williams and Francesca Annis star in this special recording of the Olivier Award-winning production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. This musical presentation was conceived by Sir Trevor Nunn and originally performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Television Sale Weaving two strands of entertaining television into one excellent sale, we present our picks of much-loved vintage series from America and highlights from the recent wave of period dramas. From classic US entertainment such as Perry Mason and The Fugitive through to classy period drama in Mildred Pierce and Downton Abbey, there are many hours of happy viewing here.

Period Dramas

Rawhide

The Untouchables

Mildred Pierce

Get rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ with Clint Eastwood in the trail-blazing western series that jump-started his illustrious movie career. He stars as cowhand Rowdy Yates, with Eric Fleming playing his tough trail boss. Series 1-3, available separately.

Series 1-3, available separately, of the gritty 1960s series detailing Eliot Ness’s legendary exploits. Robert Stack takes the lead as the crimefighter taking on the Mafia underworld of gangsters in Prohibition-era Chicago.

Todd Haynes

Item # Various USA | 1959 | REVEL | PG | £34.99

Item # Various USA | 1960 | PARA | 12 | £24.99

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Columbo

Murder, She Wrote

The Borgias: Series 1

‘Oh, just one more thing...’ Series 1-9 of Columbo, available separately or in a 35 disc box set. Peter Falk stars as the rumpled detective.

Series 1-11, available separately, of the Emmy award-winning murder mystery dramas starring Angela Lansbury. 6 discs.

Jeremy Irons stars as Rodrigo Borgia in this lurid saga of one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history. 3 discs.

Item # Various USA | 1971-90 | UPV | 12 | £129.99

Item # Various UK | 1984-85 | UPV | 999 min | PG | £29.99

Item # 66405 / 66534 2011 | PARAH | 650 min | 15 | £30.49

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Diagnosis Murder

North and South

Downton Abbey

Medical drama and murder mystery meet in this long-running series starring Dick Van Dyke. Series 1-3 available separately. 5 discs.

The complete mini-series set in the 1800s in the years leading up to the US civil war. Patrick Swayze and many famous names star. 2 discs.

The first two series, available separately, of ITV1’s highly-rated costume drama set in an Edwardian country house. 3/4 discs.

5/8/7 discs.

Kate Winslet stars in HBO’s superb miniseries adapted from James M. Cain’s novel about an independent woman struggling to carve out a new life for herself during the Great Depression. 2 discs. Item # 65922 USA | 2011 | WHVHB | 328 min | 15 | £27.99

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Item # Various USA | 1996 | PARAH | 1080 min | 12 | £34.99

Item # 62172 USA | 1985 | WHV | 539 min | 15 | £30.49

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The Fugitive: Series 1

Perry Mason

Rome

The complete first season of the brilliant original 1960s TV series. David Janssen stars as the man permanently on the run. 8 discs.

Series 1 and 2, available separately, of the legal drama starring Raymond Burr as the defense attorney who never lost a case. 10 discs.

Series 1 and 2, available separately and together, of HBO’s controversial, sex and violence-filled drama of life in ancient Rome. 6/5 discs.

Item # 52884 USA | 1963 | PARA | B&W | 12 | £29.99

Item # 54164 / 58819 USA | 1957 | B&W | TBC | £24.99

Item # Various UK | 2005-07 | WHV | 720 min | 18 | £49.99

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Hawaii Five-O

Roots

Spartacus

‘Book ‘em Danno’. Series 1-7, available separately, of the Hawaii-set cop show starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur. 7/6 discs each.

The groundbreaking dramatization of Alex Haley’s novel, tracing the author’s family line from 18th century Gambia to America. 5 discs.

Series 1 and 2, available separately, of the entertaining and visceral US drama about the life of Rome’s most famous gladiator. 4/2 discs.

Item # Various USA | 1968 | PARA | 1220 min | 12 | £29.99

Item # 51583 USA | 1977 | WHV | 450 min | PG | £30.98

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Little House on the Prairie

The Streets of San Francisco

Upstairs Downstairs

Series 1-8, available separately, of the TV series about American frontier life in the 1870s. 6 discs.

The first two series, available separately, of the 1970s crime drama that starred Michael Douglas. 8/6 discs.

Item # Various USA | 1974-75 | UPV | 1138 min | U | £29.99

Item # 50511 / 58850 USA | 1973 | B&W | 12 | £24.99

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The first series of the 2011 remake of the much-loved series. Features a stellar cast, sumptuous production values and gripping storylines. Item # 64381 UK | 2011 | 2ENT | 180 min | 15 | £19.99

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Vintage American Series


Television Shine On Harvey Moon: Series 4

‘missing in action’!

Treme: Season 2

All eight episodes from the fourth series of ITV’s 1980s comedy-drama set in London’s postwar East End, to where, after being demobbed, Corporal Harvey Moon (Kenneth Cranham) returns – only to discover that his family, friends and neighbours had assumed he was 3 discs.

UK | 1985 | ACORN | 408 min | Cert PG Item # 68272 | RRP £25.99 | Released 21st May

Silent Witness: Series 15

3 discs.

UK | 2012 | 2ENT | 720 min | Cert 15 Item # 68045 | RRP £19.99 | Released 14th May

DVD Price: £35.99 Blu-ray: £39.99 The complete fourth season of the vampire drama adapted by Alan Ball from Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries. In this series, after returning from the realm of fairies, Sookie (Anna Paquin) discovers that she has been gone a year and that much has 5 discs; changed in Bon Temps. Also available: 20 disc seasons 1-4 box set. USA | 2011 | WHV | Cert 18 Item # Various | RRP £39.99 | Released 21st May

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Two Greedy Italians: Series 1

Solo: Series 1 and 2

The first two series of the comedy drama from Carla Lane (Butterflies, The Liver Birds) that finds Felicity Kendal playing a confused 30 year-old who sets out on an independent course after discovering that her boyfriend was having an affair. But keeping him out of her life and staying unfettered is anything but straightforward! 2 discs; Felicity Kendal Interview. UK | 1982 | ACORN | 372 min | Cert 12 Item # 68304 | RRP £19.99 | Released 7th May

Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo return to Italy together to remember their own pasts and discover how Italy is changing the way it cooks and eats. In each of the four hour-long episodes, they create dishes using recipes, ingredients and influences they discover along their gastronomic journey. 2 discs; 4 Recipe Cards. UK | 2011 | FHE | 237 min | Cert E Item # 68251 | RRP £19.99 | Out Now

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Stay Lucky: Series 3

USA | 2011 | WHV | Cert 15 Item # 67730 / 736 | RRP £39.99 | Out 28th May

True Blood: Season 4

Our DVD Price: £21.99 Emilia Fox, William Gaminara and Tom Ward don the white overalls once again as members of the team of forensic pathologists dedicated to uncovering the truth behind suspicious deaths. Series 15 contains the episodes Death Has No Dominion, Domestic, Paradise Lost, Redhill and Fear.

The complete second season of the US drama set in a post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, where the diverse residents of the Treme neighbourhood continue to rebuild their lives after the devastation caused 14 months previously. 4 discs.

Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story

All the episodes from the third series of the TV drama about a small-time London gangster who discovers a new life in Yorkshire. In this series, gangland dropout Thomas (Dennis Waterman) and businesswoman Sally (Jan Francis) reignite their affair when the wandering Sally returns home. However, a series of surprises and financial problems test 2 discs. the strength of their bond.

Lamont Johnson

UK | 1991 | NWORK | 350 min | Cert 12 Item # 67784 | RRP £19.99 | Out Now

USA / Yugoslavia | 1985 | REVEL | 208 min | Cert 15 Item # 67957 | RRP £19.99 | Released 25th June

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Made-for-TV drama based on the life of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in WWII. Richard Chamberlain takes the lead role of the wealthy architect who puts himself at great risk to shelter countless Jews in danger of persecution. Bibi Andersson, Mark Rylance and Alice Krige co-star.

Whodunnit: Series 3

All ten episodes, plus a Christmas special, from the third series of the 1970s murder mystery game show in which host Jon Pertwee invites a panel of celebrity sleuths to solve a dramatised murder, giving them the opportunity to grill the characters and make enquiries before deciding on who they think is the guilty party. Celebrities to appear in this series include Honor Blackman, Diana Dors, 3 discs. Jackie Collins and Derek Nimmo. UK | 1976 | NWORK | 495 min | Cert TBC Item # 67779 | RRP £29.99 | Released 4th June

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Pauline’s Quirkes: The Complete Series Item # 67807 UK | 1976 | 150 min | PG | £12.99

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Sorry!: The Complete Collection Item # 68191 UK | 1988 | 2ENT | PG | £59.99

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Tales from the Darkside: Season 3 Item # 67997 USA | 1986-87 | £19.99

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That’s My Boy: Series 5 Item # 67811 UK | 1986 | NWORK | PG | £12.99

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Where the Heart Is: Series 2

Item # 67789 UK | 1998 | NWORK | 500 min | PG | £29.99

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Blu-ray Highlights

Classic British TV from Network A fresh crop of vintage adventure, espionage and children’s series, newly released from Network. Codename Kyril

Chinatown

Roman Polanski

Item # 68258 USA | 1974 | 15 | £19.99

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Classic Bergman Ingmar Bergman

Item # 67752 Sweden | 1946-58 | ART-E | 457 min | subt | B&W | 15 | £69.99

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Blue Velvet

Ian Sharp

The Georgian House

One of the last great made-forTV spy series, this is a taut and skilfully plotted cold war thriller whose illustrious cast includes Joss Ackland, Peter Vaughan, Richard E. Grant and Edward Woodward.

Eerie and unsettling, this was one of the key children’s TV productions of the 1970s. It sees two students called back to 1772 by an African carving. Contains the 3 surviving episodes.

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Item # 68396 UK | 1988 | NWORK | 210 min | 15 | £14.99

Item # 68390 UK | 1976 | NWORK | 75 min | U | £7.99

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Coriolanus

Baffled!

The Jensen Code

Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, Susan Hampshire and Vera Miles star in this eerie story of revenge and murder from beyond the grave.

All 13 episodes of the children’s mystery series that sees sinister events at an outdoor activity centre. David Bradley (Kes) stars. 2 discs.

Item # 68395 UK / USA | 1973 | NWORK | 89 min | PG | £12.99

Item # 68391 UK | 1973 | NW | 325 min | B&W | PG | £19.99

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A Bunch of Fives

Scorpion Tales

An ATV drama series for teenagers, this school magazine series offers a uniquely adolescent perspective on 2 discs. life during the 1970s.

Boasting excellent casts, these six individual plays are each linked by the scorpion-like twist at their various 2 discs. ends.

Item # 68394 UK | 1977-78 | NWORK | 350 min | 12 | £19.99

Item # 68386 UK | 1978 | NWORK | 300 min | 15 | £19.99

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The Curse of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb

The Sentimental Agent

A lavish HTV drama filmed in Egypt with a stellar cast, including Wendy Hiller and Harry Andrews.

The complete adventures of an elegant ‘import-export agent’ with a finger in every pie. 4 discs.

Item # 68389 UK / USA | 1980 | NWORK | 80 min | PG | £12.99

Item # 68388 UK | 1963 | NWORK | 650 min | PG | £39.99

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Fly into Danger

Six Days of Justice

All the episodes of the 1972 adventure for a younger audience, set on an airfield in the heart of England where strange goings-on are afoot.

All six episodes from the first series of the crime drama that presents fictitious court cases in exacting detail. 2 discs.

Item # 68397 UK | 1972 | NWORK | 175 min | PG | £14.99

Item # 68387 UK | 1972 | NWORK | 300 min | PG | £19.99

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Funny Man

Smith

All 13 episodes of the comedy drama which follows a family of music hall entertainers who head to London. Jimmy Jewel stars. 4 discs.

The complete 1970 Thames TV adventure series that offers a vivid depiction of the precarious existence of the 18th century highwayman.

Item # 68393 UK | 1980 | NWORK | 650 min | 12 | £39.99

Item # 68392 UK | 1970 | NWORK | 200 min | PG | £12.99

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David Lynch

Item # 68120 USA | 1986 | 115 min | 18 | £17.99

The Bridge: Series 1

Item # 68383 Sweden / Denmark | 2011 | Arrow E1 | 600 min | subt | 15 | £59.99

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Ralph Fiennes

Item # 67973 UK | 2011 | 123 min | 15 | £24.99

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David Lynch: Collection Item # 68415 USA | 1997 | 18 | £64.99

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The Descendants Alexander Payne

Item # 68336 USA | 2011 | 115 min | 15 | £28.99

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Island of Lost Souls Erle C Kenton

Item # 66223 USA | 1932 | EUREK | 71 min | B&W | PG | £19.99

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Martha Marcy May Marlene T. Sean Durkin

Item # 68337 USA | 2011 | FOX | 102 min | 15 | £28.99

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Ruggles of Red Gap Leo McCarey

Item # 67667 USA | 1935 | EUREK | 91 min | B&W | U | £19.99

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Shame

Steve McQueen

Item # 67775 UK | 2011 | 100 min | 18 | £19.99

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Guy Ritchie

Item # 67727 UK | 2011 | WHV | 128 min | 12 | £26.99

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Contemporary Film English Language Films, 1970 – present

New Releases Appointment with Death Michael Winner

Peter Ustinov plays Agatha Christie’s Belgian mastermind Hercule Poirot in this star-studded murder mystery that begins with the murder of Piper Laurie’s wealthy widow in Jerusalem. As Poirot soon learns, there is no shortage of suspects! UK | 1988 | ACORN | 102 min | Cert PG Item # 68014 | RRP £17.99 | Out Now

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Arizona Dream Emir Kusturica

The stunningly imaginative American debut from the award winning director of Black Cat, White Cat. Johnny Depp plays the young drifter caught between dreams of youth and adulthood after his parents’ death. Faye Dunaway co-stars.

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The Black Panther Ian Merrick

Refraining from sensationalism, this accurate and restrained account of Donald Neilson’s 1970s killing spree fell foul of a media-driven campaign on its release, resulting in an effective ban. 2 discs; Recluse (Bentley, 1981); Booklet. UK | 1977 | BFI | 99 min | Cert 18 Item # 67878 | RRP £19.99 | Released 28th May

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Chronicle

Josh Trank A teen sci-fi thriller filmed in hand-held documentary style in which three high school friends – endowed with superpowers after making a once-in-a-lifetime discovery in an underground crater – find their friendship tested to the limit when the ambitions of one of their number take an altogether Digital Copy; Camera Tests. darker route. USA / UK | 2012 | FOX | 81 min | Cert 12 Item # 68242 / 68244 | RRP £19.99 | Out 28th May

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Recommended

The Baby of Mâcon Recommended

LIMITED STOCKS

Director: Alexander Payne

Director: Peter Greenaway

Starring: George Clooney, Beau Bridges

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Julia Ormond

Released: 21st May

Released: 7th May

Extras: Everybody Loves George; Working with Alexander; Casting Featurette; Digital Copy.

NB: Region 0 import, plays in all UK DVD players

Item # 68333 | USA | 2011 | FOX | 115 min | Cert 15

USA / France | 1993 | STUDC | 135 min | Cert 15 Item # 67936 | RRP £15.99 | Out Now

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The Descendants

Alexander Payne’s latest follows very much in the footsteps of his last two films, About Schmidt and Sideways, with a perceptive tale of masculine crisis. George Clooney is a Hawaiian lawyer on the cusp of making the biggest decision of his life when his wife is seriously hurt in a boating accident. Struggling to deal with the trauma even as day-to-day family life goes on, Clooney discovers his wife was having an affair and was planning to leave him. What follows is a quiet domestic drama full of elegance, wisdom and subtle, nuanced performances. Clooney is as good as we have come to expect but Robert Forster (playing Clooney’s grumpy father-inlaw), Beau Bridges (looking more like brother Jeff’s Big Lebowski) and Matthew Lillard (as the adulterous land developer) all deliver great scenes. The Descendants unfolds like a Raymond Carver short story, full of moments of quiet heroism and ripe with that sense of life never quite turning out the way you expect. PW

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Item # 68341 | UK | 1993 | INNLC | 117 min | Cert 18

Although this is Peter Greenaway’s most confrontational, sexually explicit and graphically violent film (parts of it make The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover look like CBeebies), none of this is gratuitous: even the most extreme material makes serious points about the commodification of religion and the human body and man’s infinite corruptibility, both individually and institutionally. Set in central France in 1659, it revolves around a performance of a traditional morality play about the cynical exploitation of a seemingly miraculous birth, first by the baby’s adult sister and then by the Church. Meanwhile, Greenaway deliberately blurs the distinction between performers and audience to the point when it becomes increasingly hard to tell whether what’s happening in front of us is faked or all too horribly real, before removing the division altogether for a climax as shocking now as it was two decades ago. It’s one of the most visually ravishing of all Greenaway’s films – the aestheticising of atrocity being, of course, one of the director’s key themes. MB

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Coriolanus Recommended Director: Ralph Fiennes Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt, John Kani Released: 4th June Extras: TBC Item # 67972 | UK | 2011 | LGATE | 123 min | Cert 15

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See Also Macbeth

Rupert Goold

Item # 64942 UK | 2010 | I-MIN | 180 min | 12 | £17.99

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Othello

Oliver Parker

Item # 66550 UK | 1995 | INNLC | 123 min | | £14.99

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Titus

Julie Taymor

Item # 21451 UK | 1999 | BUENA | 155 min | 18 | £15.99

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ilmed on location in Belgrade, Ralph Fiennes’s adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays retains the original text, but clarifies the story and updates the setting to a modern-day civil war. The tale of a general who triumphs on the battlefield only to find himself ill-equipped in the political arena, Coriolanus feels chillingly relevant in an era where swiftly-won wars have given way to division and unrest. Fiennes’ directorial debut captures the horror of urban warfare using hand-held camerawork intercut with news footage (featuring a terrific cameo from newsreader Jon Snow). This grey hell of dust and rubble proves to be the only environment in which Coriolanus feels totally at home. Shaven-headed, tattooed and clad in body armour, Fiennes cuts an unexpectedly powerful physical presence in the film’s numerous action sequences. Outside the fury of battle, the Roman general comes across as subdued and awkward; uncomfortable in the spotlight, distant even from his wife, Virgilia (an ethereally beautiful if underused Jessica Chastain), and totally in thrall to his mother, Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave). It’s a subtle, self-contained take on one of

A chillingly relevant take on Shakespeare’s play from Fiennes Shakespeare’s most complex warriors. His opponent, Gerard Butler’s Tullus Aufidius, is everything Coriolanus is not: confident in his leadership on and off the battlefield, and a far more obviously heroic presence. Butler has played beefcakes before (and in fact, he’s also played Shakespeare before, in the ensemble of Steven Berkoff’s 1996 Coriolanus revival), and his naturalistic performance is an effective counterbalance to Fiennes’ quiet intensity. However, despite all this testosterone, it’s Vanessa Redgrave who dominates every scene. Her steely-eyed performance as Volumnia is astonishing, and the only conceivable reason that she wasn’t nominated Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Oscars is because the Academy was scared of her (and rightly so). More than the mud, blood and explosions, her unflinching fanaticism captures the horror that lies at the heart of of civil war: a mother who would proudly send her son to die. Milo Wakelin

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Contemporary Farewell to the King

David Lynch

John Milius

With echoes of his script for Apocalypse Now, director John Milius takes a similar journey to a ‘heart of darkness’ in his 1988 movie which sees Nick Nolte play the renegade American soldier who escapes WWII by venturing into the jungle of Borneo where a local tribe makes him their king. USA | 1988 | 2ND | 112 min | Cert 12 Item # 66094 | RRP £15.99 | Released 14th May

David Lynch: Collection

War Horse Recommended

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Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jeremy Irvine, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Benedict Cumberbatch

Invincible

Werner Herzog Few tales from Weimar Germany are stranger than that of Jewish blacksmith’s son Zishe Breitbart, who became a sensation in Berlin in the 1930s performing as the Aryan hero Siegfried to please the Nazi clientele. As anti-Semitism takes hold, he decides he has been chosen by God to warn his people. Tim Roth co-stars as his employer, self-proclaimed mystic Hannussen. Germany | 2000 | PARKC | 87 min | Cert 12 Item # 67911 | RRP £15.99 | Released 21st May

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Justine

Chris Boger Chris Boger’s adaptation of de Sade’s cruel tale stars a young Koo Stark as the innocent girl who has difficulty keeping to the virtuous path due to malevolent forces around her. Her cunning sister chooses a more sexually hedonistic life, and finds only happiness. UK | 1977 | NUCLE | 95 min | Cert 18 Item # 67841 | RRP £14.99 | Released 21st May

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Like Crazy

Drake Doremus

An indie romantic drama that tells the story of a couple’s blissful love affair – and their separation by intractable bureaucracy. Felicity Jones plays the British student who falls in love with an American boy when she goes to study in LA for a year, but Commentary. outstays her visa. USA | 2011 | PARAH | 90 min | Cert 12 Item # 68352 | RRP £19.99 | Released 28th May

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New editions of classic Lynch

Released: 7th May Extras: War Horse: the Journey Home Item # 68278 | UK / USA | 2011 | BUENA | 146 min | Cert 12

After his groundbreaking WWII movies and mini-series, Spielberg turns his attention to WWI with his adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel, the inspiration for a hugely-popular National Theatre play, now on Broadway. It tells the story of Joey, a valiant farm horse that goes to war in France after being cruelly separated from his beloved trainer Albert. And it’s a far cry from their bucolic Dartmoor farm, which here becomes a West Country Monument Valley with craggy tors and lowering skies.  Pushed and pulled around, Joey suffers under allied and enemy custodianship in equal measure and becomes a stoic witness to the calamities, cruelties and kindnesses of war. Meanwhile, Albert, now conscripted and scarred by his time in the trenches, never gives up the hope of finding his equine friend. Logistically and visually – especially Joey’s roles in a cavalry charge, hauling heavy guns and nail-biting entanglement in No Man’s Land – War Horse is both stirring and awe-inspiring. AB

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Six films from the director of extraordinary, lingering dreams: Eraserhead (1977), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) and Lost Highway (1997). Item # 68344 / 68415 USA | 1997 | UPV | 18 | £49.99

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Blue Velvet A severed ear embroils clean-cut Kyle MacLachlan in the nightmarish underside to respectable suburban America. Dennis Hopper inhales. Item # 68119-20 USA | 1986 | UPV | 115 min | 18 | £12.99

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Dune A sci-fi epic based on Frank Herbert’s best-selling novel. Kyle Maclachlan heads an all-star cast as an intergalactic warrior. Lynch’s marmite movie. Item # 68085-86 USA | 1984 | UPV | 131 min | 15 | £12.99

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Eraserhead Lynch’s incredible debut is a surrealist nightmare of a couple and a mutant child that has disturbed audiences for over three decades. Lynch (2007). Item # 68121-22 USA | 1976 | UP | 89 min | B&W | 18 | £12.99

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Lost Highway A postmodern film noir, a meditation on identity and a dreamlike tale of mysteriously entwined lives. Four Intervalometer Experiments. Item # 68087-88 USA | 1996 | UPV | 128 min | 18 | £12.99

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me The cinematic prequel to the TV series, tracing the events leading up to the death of teen Laura Palmer. Item # 68111-12 USA | 1992 | UPV | 129 min | 18 | £12.99

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Wild at Heart A bizarre, Palme d’Or-winning road movie and a twisted homage to The Wizard of Oz. Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern star. Dumbland. Item # 68115-16 USA | 1990 | UPV | 119 min | 18 | £12.99

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Gay & Lesbian Martha Marcy May Marlene T. Sean Durkin

John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen. A fleeing cult member struggles to re-adapt to life with her sister’s family in this powerful psychological drama. As the weeks go by and her family struggles to cope with her erratic mental state, she is filled with foreboding and paranoia, as she fears that her ex-leader is about to return. USA | 2011 | FOX | 102 min | Cert 15 Item # 68335 / 68337 | RRP £19.99 | Out 28th May

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Nightbirds

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Guy Ritchie

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson in Guy Ritchie’s second adaptation of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective novels. All threads appear to lead to criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)! The supporting cast includes Stephen Fry, Kelly Reilly, Geraldine James and Noomi Rapace. UK | 2011 | WHV | 128 min | Cert 12 Item # 67726-27 | RRP £19.99 | Released 14th May

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Andy Milligan ‘A chronicle of today’s permissive youth’ shot in Spitalfields in 1968 and never given a significant release anywhere. Berwick Kaler and Julie Shaw play the young couple whose relationship jags between sexual 2 discs; intimacy and raging jealousy. Commentary by Berwick Kaler; The Body Beneath (Milligan, 1970); Booklet. UK | 1970 | BFI | 77 min | Cert 15 Item # 67087 | RRP £19.99 | Released 28th May

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Ralph Thomas

1970s crime comedy in which former con artist Pinky (Richard Jordan) decides to live an honest life upon his release from jail. It is not long, however, before he is tempted back into his old habits by Ivan the Terrible (David Niven) – a local mobster who wants to enlist his help.

Up at the Villa Philip Haas

A drama based on a novella by W. Somerset Maugham. Kristin Scott Thomas plays the English woman staying at a villa in Florence in the late 1930s when Fascism is on the rise. She has little money and few prospects for survival outside of marriage – but is forced to take charge of her life after a one-night stand leads to tragedy. UK / USA | 2000 | TDM | 111 min | Cert 12 Item # 67956 | RRP £9.99 | Released 21st May

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Also Released... The Fall of the Louse of Usher Ken Russell

Item # 67669 UK | 2002 | FCE | 82 min | 18 | £14.99

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Haywire

USA | 1979 | BHORSE | 102 min | Cert PG Item # 67177 | RRP £12.99 | Released 21st May

Steven Soderbergh

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The Return of the Living Dead Dan O’Bannon

Item # 67763 USA | 2011 | 93 min | 15 | £17.99

Hotel Splendide Terence Gross

American Translation Jean-Marc Barr

A brooding, sexually ambiguous Frenchman (Pierre Perrier) tours his native countryside with a naive American lover (Lizzie Brocheré) – but it’s not long before their intense connection is consumed by his dark obsession with gay men. A twisted Bonnie and Clyde for a new generation. France | 2011 | TLAUK | 90 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 68013 | RRP £15.99 | Released 14th May

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Boys on Film: Cruel Britannia The hugely popular series returns with an eclectic collection of British queer short films, taking place in locations as diverse as cliffs on the Isle of Wight, an abandoned swimming pool and a broken-down lift in Lambeth. Acting talent includes Iwan Rheon (Misfits), Jonathan Firth (The Prince & Me), Iain de Caestecker (The Fades), Harry Eden (Flashbacks of a Fool) and Layke Anderson (House of Boys). UK | 2011 | PECCA | 180 min | Cert 18 Item # 67906 | RRP £16.99 | Released 28th May

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Jitters

Baldvin Zophoniasson A huge festival hit with its portrayal of teen angst in an ever-changing and complicated world, this Icelandic coming-of-age drama sees a 16 year-old forced to confront the question of his true sexuality when he crosses paths with the boy with whom he shared a kiss. Iceland | 2010 | TLAUK | 90 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67507 | RRP £15.99 | Out Now

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So Hard to Forget Malu De Martino

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A tender exploration of falling back in love. After breaking up with her girlfriend, English teacher Julia moves into a beach house with gay best friend Hugo and his friend Lisa. Crunch time comes in the shape of Lisa’s beautiful cousin, who encourages Antonia to learn to love once again.

Item # 67967 UK | 2011 | 119 min | 15 | £17.99

Brazil | 2010 | PECCA | 100 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 67077 | RRP £15.99 | Released 4th June

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Item # 67910 UK | 1999 | 94 min | 15 | £15.99

Tongue-in-cheek zombie horror and wry homage to the films of George A. Romero from the man behind Dark Star. Don’t mess with mysterious chemicals in a medical 2 supply warehouse! discs; Numerous extras.

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USA | 1985 | 2ND | 90 min | 15 Item # 67734 / 737 | RRP £19.99 | Out 4th June

Madonna

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Intruders

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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Just the Facts

W

erner Herzog has done many crazy things (pulling a boat over a mountain for Fitzcarraldo for instance) but his latest stunt may be his craziest: he is playing the villain in the next Tom Cruise flick. Seriously. Then again, Herzog is an increasingly mainstream figure these days: from the YouTube videos that parody his mellifluous Bavarian tones to his appearance on The Simpsons, he is recognisable in a way that, say, Wim Wenders isn’t. He has enjoyed considerable success with Grizzly Man (which may be the ultimate wildlife film), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (about ‘primitive’ art and the birth of humanity) and, most recently, Into the Abyss and its partner Death Row, in which he investigates the death penalty. Placing himself in front of the camera, he’s an engaging, quizzical guide: little wonder he’s been adopted by the mainstream. Herzog has made documentaries for as long as he has been a filmmaker but they have hitherto taken a back seat to his feature work. The fact that has now changed indicates something wider, a shift in the way documentaries are perceived. It’s a commonplace to say that this is a golden age of documentary but it’s true. While the documentary has always been a vital part of cinema (Robert Flaherty, Chris Marker, Humphrey Jennings...), it has never had the mainstream prominence that it has to-day. In part, this is surely political. The world is a scary place right now; documentaries have proved adept at helping people navigate the turmoil. Michael Moore won the Palme d’Or for Fahrenheit 9/11 and arguably did a better job of articulating discontent than the official political opposition.

There is a hunger for engaging stories that isn’t being satisfied by the mainstream Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job is a masterful account of the causes and consequences of the recent financial apocalypse. But I think the rise of documentaries has a lot to do with the failings of more orthodox films. There is a hunger for engaging stories which isn’t being satisfied by the bloated blockbusters (or, to be fair, the sometimes rarified world of arthouse cinema). Many of the most enthralling films of recent years have been drawn from life: Spellbound and Être et Avoir are two of the most charming films of any stripe of the past decade. And I’m not ashamed to say that Young@Heart made me cry. The problem with documentaries is that they are not always what they seem. For all their apparent objectivity, the documentary represents the perspective of the person who shaped the material. ‘Truth’ can be determined by how footage is presented and edited: ‘non-fiction’ does not always mean ‘fact’.

The best documentarians recognise this, which brings us neatly to Errol Morris. He can do serious (The Thin Blue Line helped acquit an innocent man) and political (Standard Operating Procedure is the best documentary on the recent war and its aftermath in Iraq) but he can also do playful: his new film, Tabloid, is one of his finest, the funny and strangely touching true story of how a beauty queen kidnapped a Mormon missionary, then had her dog cloned. What does it all mean? Dunno. Morris establishes the facts and lets us draw our own conclusions. It’s a lesson some of his colleagues would do well to learn.

Related Films Into the Abyss Werner Herzog

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Inside Job

Charles Ferguson

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Tabloid

Errol Morris

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Island of Lost Souls (Masters of Cinema) Erle C Kenton The best screen adaptation of HG Wells’ The Island of Dr Moreau, Island of Lost Souls was banned in Britain for many years for being ‘against nature’. Featuring a peerlessly sinister Charles Laughton as the diabolical doctor, the film returns to claim a central position among the nightmarish fantasies from Hollywood’s golden age of horror. Item # 66223 USA | 1932 | EUREKA | 71 min | B&W | PG | £19.99

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