Three film adaptations have been made, the first being by animator Ralph Bakshi in and the second an animated television special by Rankin-Bass in The films chronicle the struggle of Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood as he battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. A host of extras includes eight documentaries, music videos, trailers and Behind the Scenes features. This rarely seen British comedy known as Scotch on the Rocks in the USA is a classic tale of the canny Highlanders versus sassenachs - a theme similarly explored in films such as Whisky Galore and Local Hero.
The few residents of a remote Scottish Highland community called Laxdale who own cars are refusing to pay their road fund licence because of the poor state of the only road which links them to the rest of Scotland.
A parliamentary delegation including Samuel Pettigrew, M. P the excellent Raymond Huntley and Andrew Flett a remarkably young Fulton Mackay is dispatched to quell the rebellion. There is a brief appearance by Rikki Fulton, making his film debut as a salmon poacher, and a hilariously impassioned sermon by Kynaston Reeves as Rev.
Directed by John Eldridge and produced by the legendary John Grierson, Laxdale Hall was filmed amongst the beautiful scenery of the Applecross peninsula in This Ealing-style comedy is a delight, high on charm and gently knowing humour. In this timeless parable of politicians at odds with their electorate, the recently de-mobbed Hector Andrews takes to the hustings to stop Cadisburn Glen being converted from a beauty spot into an amusement park.
An article by Brian Pendreigh in the booklet details the making of Laxdale Hall. Created by Jean Bruce in , four years before the publication of the first James Bond book, OSS has been the hero of novels, selling 75 million copies worldwide. Eight feature films have seen him played by a variety of actors, and Lost in Rio is the latest box office hit featuring Jean Dujardin as the suave, sophisticated and utterly clueless French spy.
Armed with an arsenal of weapons including classic good looks, matchless charm and unrivalled stupidity, he joins forces with Dolores, a charming Mossad agent also on the trail of underground Nazis, but with the aim of bringing them to justice. Will they find their man, will the microfilm be returned to France and will OSS conquer his fear of heights?
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Lost in Rio is a sparkling comic satire that sends up every conceivable cliche of the espionage genre. This led to a civil war and proves to be the downfall of both of them, thanks to the machinations of Mortimer. Forced to flee their desert village due to severe drought and the threat of war, the stoic Rahne Isaka Sawadogo , his wife Mouna Carole Karemera and their three children reluctantly head off on an unknown quest for water and safety. With only a handful of sheep and a few goats, Sawadogo, the only literate villager, chooses to travel in the opposite direction to his fellow migrants, and the family are faced with a treacherous and uncertain journey across the pitiless desert in fierce relentless sun in the hope of survival.
The stunning landscapes are beautifully photographed and there are fine performances by the partly amateur cast. Live And Become Va, vis et deviens is a gripping story of deception and survival; a beautifully crafted coming of age tale about the fate of a young refugee told with warmth and humour. Ethiopia civil war and famine rage.
Forced by his Christian mother to declare himself Jewish to escape starvation, young Solomon Moshe Agazai is swept away to Israel. Live And Become is a moving and heart-wrenching story of a boy bravely confronting ignorance. Haunted by the troubling choices he has made, Frank discovers an unlikely kindred spirit in the younger Kate, and for a moment the two seem destined to redeem and remake each other.
As the holidays and New Year pass against an urban landscape that seems both breathtakingly beautiful and starkly quiet, their friendship becomes one of necessity and survival for these two lost spirits. But neither lonely soul can escape the lives they have left behind. As events unfold and the painful truth slowly emerges, Frank is forced to face the man he really is, while Kate struggles to be the stronger woman she needs to be.
The Merry Gentleman is a heady mix of suspense and quiet humour - a gripping, entertaining tale of forgiveness and redemption that blends a hopeful spirit with a surprisingly dark heart. Keaton plays the enigmatic Frank with considerable subtlety and Kelly MacDonald is captivating as Kate. This tender, cleverly scripted film is a moving and melancholy triumph for Keaton and everyone else involved. Highly recommended. In this overlooked British comedy from , Laurence Olivier plays Everard Logan, a handsome, cynical lawyer who falls in love with the beautiful Leslie Steele played by Merle Oberon.
The next day she overhears Logan making disparaging remarks about women in divorce cases and decides that with the aid of her friends Lord and Lady Mere Ralph Richardson and Binnie Barnes she will teach the misogynist a lesson. Olivier is not usually renowned for his comedy performances but his scenes here with the enchanting Merle Oberon are delightful, while Ralph Richardson enjoys himself hugely and is effortlessly brilliant as always. Look at Life was a regular monthly series of short documentary films produced in the s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation for showing before the main feature in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas from They were invariably light and breezy in style and depicted many aspects of life in Britain at that time.
Over Look at Life films were made altogether and this four disc set from Network complies 54 of the most memorable dealing with a wide range of transport.
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Digitally restored in bright s colour from the original film elements, they vividly capture the vibrancy of the Swinging Sixties. These beautifully filmed glimpses of contemporary life in the s have been transformed into fascinating snapshots of history. It consisted of a series of operations starting in June in which troops under British command attacked the Imperial German Army for control of the village of Passchendaele near the town of Ypres in West Flanders, Belgium. During the battle, fought in atrociously muddy conditions, British troops launched several massive attacks but never succeeded in breaking through the well-entrenched German lines until the Canadian Corps ended the battle by taking Passchendaele on 6 November Hundreds of thousands of soldiers on both sides were killed or injured and Passchendaele came to symbolise the horrific nature of the war Adolf Hitler was a Gefreiter in the battle and its last surviving veteran, Private Harry Patch, died on 25th July Gross plays the shell-shocked and badly wounded Sergeant Michael Dunne who is shipped back home and falls for Sarah, the nurse who helps him recuperate.
Desperate to prove his worth, he uses a fraudulent medical certificate to enlist and is posted to Passchendaele. Michael has no choice but to follow David and try as best he can to ensure that he survives. The pair are re-united but during a heavy German artillery attack Michael is astonished to find Sarah has enlisted as a nurse again.
Beautifully shot, with many memorable images, this intensely emotional film explores profound relationships and gives an authentic glimpse into the hellish nature of war.
The hunt leads her to a place, she prayed eleven years prieviously that she would never set foot in again. It was the first feature film by Budapest-based British writer and director Peter Strickland, who used the money from a bequest from his uncle to fund the project. The result is a gripping, Dostoyevskian tale of vengeance and menace, based on a traditional Transylvanian ballad, leading to a memorably brutal climax.
Mary Queen Of Scots is a long lost classic costume drama on an epic scale. Mystifyingly unavailable since its original theatrical release almost forty years ago, when it was nominated for five Oscars, the film finally makes its DVD premiere. Originally released in , this lavish Tudor power play tells the story of Queen Mary, the last Catholic ruler of Scotland, who faces religious prejudice from the Protestant community and, in particular, her half-brother James Stuart McGoohan leader of the Protestant faction.
Throughout her reign she is faced with a fierce adversary, her cousin the Queen of England Elizabeth I. Mary Queen Of Scots is a passionate and energetic costume drama that makes for powerful viewing. Bonus features include: Isolated John Barry music track with commentary by film historians Nick Redman and Jon Burlingame, overture and intermission music, and a promotional featurette.
Phantom tells the story of Lorenz played by Alfred Abel , a town clerk and would-be poet who is almost driven to insanity when he sees an apparition of a girl driving a team of white horses. The powerful final scenes of atonement and redemption are particularly moving. The best and funniest performance is by Alfred Abel as a wealthy eccentric friend of the Duke. These excellent film restorations, directed by the F. Murnau Foundation in Germany, have original tinting and German-language intertitles with newly translated optional English-language subtitles.
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From the early stages of his career across five decades to his final film, Fritz Lang directed a trilogy of paranoiac thrillers focused on an entity who began as a criminal mastermind, and progressed into something more amorphous: fear itself, embodied only by a name - Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler was made in and is a two-part, nearly 5-hour silent epic detailing the rise and fall of Dr.
Mabuse in Weimar-era Berlin. Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse The Testament of Dr. Die Augen des Dr. Mabuse The Eyes of Dr.
A great array of extras includes the original German-language intertitles for Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, along with newly translated English-language subtitles for each film; Audio commentaries on all the films by Fritz Lang expert David Kalat; Three featurettes on Dr.
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Mabuse; An alternate ending to Die Augen des Dr. Mabuse taken from the French print of the film. Mabuse, new writing on Die Augen des Dr. Mabuse by critic David Cairns, extracts from period interviews with Fritz Lang, as well as production stills, illustrations and marketing material. Chilean born director Raoul Ruiz rose to international prominence in the early s and has proved to be one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers of recent years.
His uncompromising intellectual style and artistic experimentation have seen him compared to Jean-Luc Godard and Orson Welles. He was an avant-garde playwright before moving into filmmaking with the release of his first feature, Tres tristes tigres, in A Closed Book is a chilling psychological thriller in which Sir Paul Tom Conti , a distinguished author and critic, blinded in a horrific accident, who lives reclusively in part a huge inherited house.
He advertises for an amanuensis, an assistant to help him write his autobiography, and employs the amiable Jane Ryder Daryl Hannah to be his eyes as he revisits scenes from his past and works on what he intends to be his final work. But gradually we become aware that Jane has another agenda.
Tension builds in a genuinely disturbing way in this dark, twisted tale, scripted by Gilbert Adair from his own novel. Conti and Hannah are brilliant together in what is essentially a two-hander, though they receive fine support from Miriam Margoyles and Elaine Paige as they explore dark secrets and play psychological mind games. The Indian film director Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and letters.
Ray was one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema, directing thirty-seven films in all, including features, documentaries and shorts. He was also a writer, poet, publisher, illustrator, composer, graphic designer and film critic. Company Limited Seemabaddha , is the second film in his Calcutta trilogy and tells the story of Shyamal, an ambitious marketing manager in the fan division of a British firm in Calcutta.
Living in a smart company flat above the heat and dust of the city with his young wife, he has become increasingly westernised and aspires to be a director of the company, aware that he will have to compete with a colleague who has a relative on the board. As his chances for promotion are jeopardised, he realises that he must make difficult choices that will save either his job or his relationships. In this new release it has been lovingly restored by The Academy in LA.
The Stranger Agantuk sees the charming Anila receive a letter from a man claiming to be her uncle, a man who suddenly disappeared 35 years earlier. He turns up at her family home professing to be an anthropologist, a globally seasoned traveller en route from the United States to Australia. The family are suspicious of the stranger, believing he may be an impostor intending to make a financial gain at their expense.