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10 Things I Hate About You [DVD] [1999]

Gil Junger

Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz

2001    93 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Buena Vista)

It's, like, Shakespeare, man! This good-natured and likeable update of The Taming of the Shrew takes the basics of Shakespeare's farce about a surly wench and the man who tries to win her and transfers it to modern-day Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is a sullen, forbidding riot grrrl who has a blistering word for everyone; her sunny younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is poised for high school stardom. The problem: overprotective and paranoid Papa Stratford (a dryly [...]

It's, like, Shakespeare, man! This good-natured and likeable update of The Taming of the Shrew takes the basics of Shakespeare's farce about a surly wench and the man who tries to win her and transfers it to modern-day Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is a sullen, forbidding riot grrrl who has a blistering word for everyone; her sunny younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is poised for high school stardom. The problem: overprotective and paranoid Papa Stratford (a dryly funny Larry Miller) won't let Bianca date until boy-hating Kat does, which is to say never. When Bianca's pining suitor Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets wind of this, he hires the mysterious, brooding Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to loosen Kat up. Of course, what starts out as a paying gig turns to true love as Patrick discovers that underneath her brittle exterior, Kat is a regular babe. The script, by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, is sitcom-funny with peppy one-liners and lots of smart teenspeak; however, its cleverness and imagination doesn't really extend beyond its characters' Renaissance names and occasional snippets of real Shakespearean dialogue. What makes the movie energetic and winning is the formula that helped make She's All That such a big hit: two high-wattage stars who look great and can really act. Ledger is a hunk of promise with a quick grin and charming Aussie accent and Stiles mines Kat's bitterness and anger to depths usually unknown in teen films; her recitation of her English class sonnet (from which the film takes its title) is funny, heartbreaking and hopelessly romantic. The imperious Allison Janney (Primary Colors) nearly steals the film as a no-nonsense guidance counsellor secretly writing a trashy romance novel. --Mark Englehart [less]

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12 Dogs of Christmas (DVD)

Kieth Merril

John Billingsley, Eric Lutes, Mindy Sterling

2012    105 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Signature Entertainment)

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12 Years a Slave [DVD] [2013]

Steve McQueen

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender

2014    134 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Entertainment One)

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51st State [DVD] [2001], The

Ronny Yu

Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Whitmey, Robert Jezek

2002    89 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Momentum Pictures)

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100 Million BC [DVD] (IMPORT) (No English version)

Griff Furst

Michael Gross, Christopher Atkins, Greg Evigan, Marie Westbrook, Phil Burke

No. Discs: 1    (Import-W)

NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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1944, The Final Defence [DVD]

Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen

Rauno Ahonen, Mikkomarkus Ahtiainen, Frank Biermann, Jussi Brech, Mikko Bredenberg

2014    110 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Metrodome Distribution)

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2012 [DVD] [2010]

Roland Emmerich

John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover

2010    151 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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5039036043052 Independence Day/I, Robot/Hitman 3 disc set

Will Smith, Timothy Olyphant

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About a Boy [DVD] [2002]

Chris & Paul Weitz

Hugh Grant|Toni Collette|Rachel Weisz

2002    98 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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About Schmidt [DVD] [2003]

Alexander Payne

Jack Nicholson|Hope Davis

2003    125 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1    (Ev)

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Above Us The Waves [DVD]

Ralph Thomas

John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice, Michael Medwin

2007    95 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1    (ITV Studios Home Entertainment)

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Judging by the number of times it has shown up on TV, Above Us the Waves may be American viewers' favorite British war film. Most of the film is set in a British midget submarine, commandeered by John Mills. The sub's mission (together with its "fellow" vessels) is to sink the German battleship Tirpitz. This will be accomplished by the midget sub [...]

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Judging by the number of times it has shown up on TV, Above Us the Waves may be American viewers' favorite British war film. Most of the film is set in a British midget submarine, commandeered by John Mills. The sub's mission (together with its "fellow" vessels) is to sink the German battleship Tirpitz. This will be accomplished by the midget sub fleet sneaking into Norwegian waters, floating beneath the Tirpitz, then planting explosives. Only Mills' sub manages to complete the mission. Based on a true-life 1943 incident, Above Us the Waves takes a revisionist approach by showing the German officers and seamen to be human beings rather than faceless minions of Hitler. ...Above Us The Waves ( Above Us the Wave ) [less]

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Absolute Power [1997] [DVD]

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Scott Glenn

2000    116 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Warner Home Video)

Whilst on a job, burglar Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) witnesses the President of the United States, Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman), committing murder in the apartment of wealthy businessman Walter Sullivan. Richmond kills Sullivan's wife, with whom he wa

Whilst on a job, burglar Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) witnesses the President of the United States, Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman), committing murder in the apartment of wealthy businessman Walter Sullivan. Richmond kills Sullivan's wife, with whom he wa [less]

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Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [DVD], The

Steven Spielberg

Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell

2012    107 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Paramount Home Entertainment)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [DVD]

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Alice in Wonderland [1999] [DVD]

Nick Willing

Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Pete Postlethwaite

2007    129 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1    (Boulevard Entertainment Ltd)

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Alien: The Director's Cut (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]

Ridley Scott

Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton

2004    117 Minutes    No. Discs: 2    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott's legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith's [...]

By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott's legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith's wonderfully unsettling score produce a sense of disquiet from the outset: everything about the spaceship Nostromo--from Tupperware to toolboxes-seems oddly familiar yet disconcertingly ... well, alien. Nothing much to speak of happens for at least the first 30 minutes, and that in a way is the secret of the film's success: the audience has been nervously peering round every corner for so long that by the time the eponymous beast claims its first victim, the release of pent-up anxiety is all the more effective. Although Sigourney Weaver ultimately takes centre-stage, the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent. The remarkably low-tech effects still look good (better in many places than the CGI of the sequels), while the nightmarish quality of H.R. Giger's bio-mechanical creature and set design is enhanced by camerawork that tantalises by what it doesn't reveal. [less]

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Amazing Spider-Man (DVD + UV Copy) [2012], The

Marc Webb

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field

2012    136 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1    (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)

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Amelie [DVD] [2001]

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon

2002    122 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Momentum Pictures)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie could have been marketed as a simple love story, but this would be missing a huge part of its appeal. It is in fact only the second half of the movie where romance begins to blossom, and even then it is in an unconventional way. With its use of special effects to express the main character's internal emotions, this could also have been mistaken for a French version of Ally McBeal; however, unlike Ally "woe is me for I cannot find a man" McBeal, [...]

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie could have been marketed as a simple love story, but this would be missing a huge part of its appeal. It is in fact only the second half of the movie where romance begins to blossom, and even then it is in an unconventional way. With its use of special effects to express the main character's internal emotions, this could also have been mistaken for a French version of Ally McBeal; however, unlike Ally "woe is me for I cannot find a man" McBeal, Amelie is not distressed by the lack of men in her life, in fact the whole idea of sex seems to amuse her no end. Basic pleasures such as cracking the top of a Crème Brule offer her all the sensual satisfaction she needs and her existence in the "Paris of Dreams" is the stuff of fairy-tales. Indeed, this cinematic treat must have worked wonders for the Paris tourist board; Jeunet's beautiful interpretation of Parisian life includes all the vibrant colours you would expect from the director of Delicatessen. But Amelie is much more than a simple "feelgood" movie. The pixie woman herself is a shining symbol for our times. Set at the time of Princess Diana's death, Amelie is struck with a plan to offer goodness back to the world--to become the Mother Teresa of France. The film never offers a motive for this do-gooding--like all great martyrs Amelie simply is and does as she pleases to please others. She demands no thanks for her offering of love, simply hiding in the shadows and gaining the warm glow of satisfaction from the knowledge that she has managed to change someone's life. Her selflessness is a breath of fresh air in a dog-eat-dog world where we ignore our neighbour's troubles, and each other's loneliness. Featuring a strong supporting cast who play fully rounded characters, as well as the beautiful imagery and typical French humour which borders on the black, Amelie will leave the viewer feeling like the happiest person alive. On the DVD: Disappointingly low on features for such a well-loved release, this disc has one treasurable special feature: a commentary (in English) by the enigmatic Jean-Pierre Jeunet which is pure joy (it's also refreshing to hear an accent other than American--a rarity for the DVD format). The disc comes with a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS sound adding to the enchantment of the piece; the anamorphic widescreen print enhances the rich colours so loved by Jeunet.--Nikki Disney [less]

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American Beauty [DVD] [2000]

Sam Mendes

Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari

2006    117 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Dreamworks Home Entertainment)

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American Gangster Extended Edition [2007] [DVD]

Ridley Scott

Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin

2008    169 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Universal Pictures UK)

Armed with the ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.Original: American Gangster (USA, 2007)Regie/Director: Ridley ScottDrehbuch/Script: Steven ZaillianProduktion/Production: Brian Grazer, Ridley ScottMusik/Music: Marc StreitenfeldKamera/Camera: Harris [...]

Armed with the ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.Original: American Gangster (USA, 2007)Regie/Director: Ridley ScottDrehbuch/Script: Steven ZaillianProduktion/Production: Brian Grazer, Ridley ScottMusik/Music: Marc StreitenfeldKamera/Camera: Harris SavidesSchnitt/Cut: Pietro ScaliaSchauspieler/Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Cuba Gooding junior, Josh Brolin, Carla Gugino, Joe Morton, Common, T.I., Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lymari Nadal, Ruby Dee, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Hawkes, Yul Vazquez, Malcolm Goodwin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Skyler Fortgang, John Ortiz, Armand Assante, Fab 5 Freddy, Robert Diggs, Kevin Corrigan, Jon PolitoFormat: DVD, VideoStudio/Label: UniversalDVD-Erscheinungstermin/Released: 2008Laufzeit/Running Time: Theatrical Film Runtime: 2hrs 30mins approx, Extended Version Film Runtime: 2hrs 49mins approxBild/Picture Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, ColourTon/Sound Format: Dolby Digital 5:1 SurroundSprache/Language: English, HungarianUntertitel/Subtitle: English SDH, Hungarian, Arabic, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, SwedishLändercode/Regional Code: 2,4,5 PALBestell-Nr./Catalog#: 825 506 8This DVD is copy-protected [less]

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Angels' Share (Theatrical Version) [DVD], The

Ken Loach

Roger Allam, Paul Brannigan, James Casey, John Henshaw, William Ruane

2012    92 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Entertainment One)

From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bitter sweet comedy caper which proves that sometimes all you need in life is a little spirit. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. [...]

From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bitter sweet comedy caper which proves that sometimes all you need in life is a little spirit. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Angels' Share (2012) ( Andelský podíl ) ( La part des anges ) [less]

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Anna Karenina [DVD]

Joe Wright

Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

2013    130 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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Anne Frank (2001) [DVD]

Robert Dornhelm

Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Lili Taylor, Tatjana Blecher

2004    190 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1    (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)

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Annie [DVD]

Will Gluck

2015    118 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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Anomalisa [DVD]

Charlie Kaufman

David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh

2016    90 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Curzon Artificial Eye)

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Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]

Francis Ford Coppola

Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper

2002    203 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Disney)

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Apollo 13 - Augmented Reality Edition [DVD]

Joe Spano

Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris

2012    134 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Universal Pictures UK)

NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton play (respectively) astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in director Ron Howard's intense, painstakingly authentic docudrama. The Apollo 13 crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and [...]

NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton play (respectively) astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in director Ron Howard's intense, painstakingly authentic docudrama. The Apollo 13 crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth from a distance of 205,500 miles. Using state-of-the-art special effects and ingenious filmmaking techniques, Howard and his stellar cast and crew build nail-biting tension while maintaining close fidelity to the facts. The result is a fitting tribute to the Apollo 13 mission and one of the biggest box-office hits of 1995. --Jeff Shannon [less]

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Appaloosa [DVD]

Robert Jauregui

Jeremy Irons, Ed Harris, Timothy Spall, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger

2009    115 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1    (Eiv)

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Around The World In Eighty Days [1956] [DVD]

John Farrow, Michael Anderson

David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley, Ronald Squire

2004    135 Minutes    No. Discs: 2    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.20:1    (Warner Home Video)

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Atonement [DVD] [2007]

Joe Wright

Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Blethyn

2008    123 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Universal Pictures)

Atonement reunites Keira Knightley with her Pride & Prejudice director, Joe Wright, for the movie based on Ian McEwan’s book of the same name. The result? Once of the most widely acclaimed pictures of 2007. Atonement tells the story of Cecilia Tallis (Knightley), and the housekeeper’s son, Robbie Turner (played by the increasingly prevalent James McAvoy). Set during the heat of 1935, their coming together and the ensuing drama brings in Cecilia’s thirteen-year old sister, [...]

Atonement reunites Keira Knightley with her Pride & Prejudice director, Joe Wright, for the movie based on Ian McEwan’s book of the same name. The result? Once of the most widely acclaimed pictures of 2007. Atonement tells the story of Cecilia Tallis (Knightley), and the housekeeper’s son, Robbie Turner (played by the increasingly prevalent James McAvoy). Set during the heat of 1935, their coming together and the ensuing drama brings in Cecilia’s thirteen-year old sister, Briony, whose actions prove to have far-reaching repercussions. With a terrific cast and superb direction from the aforementioned Wright, it’s utterly understandable as to how Atonement has earned itself such praise. Diligently told, with some superb photography, Wright is blessed by terrific central performances by Knightley and McAvoy, both of whom have never been better. His trick also is to get the pacing of the film bang-on, taking his time to build up and layer events before he looks for any kind of pay off. As a result, as Atonement heads into its latter stages, it proves itself as a top quality drama, with a real emotional punch. Furthermore, it’s one of the increasingly rare breed of films that sticks in your head for days after. As a result, for once, it really is worth seeing what critics the world over have been raving about: Atonement really is something very special indeed. --Jon Foster [less]

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Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart Music Festival [DVD]

2003    27 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1    (Walt Disney Studios HE)

Baby Mozart is from the award-winning infant-developmental media company Baby Einstein, whose goal and philosophy is the satisfaction of a childs curiosity through sight and sound. In the main Theatre section of this disc youll find lots of simple shapes, primary colours and favourite toys passing across the screen. Unlike the simpler earlier releases, this is focused on the works of Mozart, and so just like the Bach and Beethoven releases all the images are choreographed around the chosen [...]

Baby Mozart is from the award-winning infant-developmental media company Baby Einstein, whose goal and philosophy is the satisfaction of a childs curiosity through sight and sound. In the main Theatre section of this disc youll find lots of simple shapes, primary colours and favourite toys passing across the screen. Unlike the simpler earlier releases, this is focused on the works of Mozart, and so just like the Bach and Beethoven releases all the images are choreographed around the chosen pieces of music. This release was named Video of the Year by Child and Parent magazine and is a wonderful expansion of the companys original ideas. Its a slight advancement in expectation of your child from the more basic initial releases but has a Video Tutorial to help the parent understand how it all works. On the DVD: Baby Mozart is the name of the feature itself, but from the Main Menu you can enter a Concert Hall to replay the musical cues from the main show. Split into three sections (Little Ears, Playtime or Bedtime) you can mix and match from the main feature playlist (for example: Magic Flute, Concerto for Flute and Harp in C and movements from Piano Sonatas in C and D). Theres also a Resources section with the aforementioned Video Tutorial and a Toy Chest crediting all the toys used, just in case a certain someone wants one of their own. [less]

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Baby Neptune [DVD]

2004    No. Discs: 1    (Walt Disney Studios HE)

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Barbie & Her Sisters In A Pony Tale (Includes Hair Ribbon) [DVD]

Kyran Kelly

2013    75 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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Batteries Not Included [DVD]

Matthew Robbins

Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Michael Carmine

2005    102 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Universal Pictures UK)

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Beach [2000] [DVD], The

Danny Boyle

Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet

2000    115 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1    (Twentieth Century Fox)

Leonardo DiCaprio sought to distance himself from the cloying wholesomeness of his character in Titanic, and his role in The Beach is in many ways a polar opposite. As Richard, a young American seeking to "suck in the experience" of freestyle travel in Thailand, he is a chronic liar, a pot-smoking hedonist, an amoral lover and ultimately an unstable snake in a doomed Garden of Eden. This crazy descent might be expected from the filmmakers of Trainspotting, but The Beach is a movie [...]

Leonardo DiCaprio sought to distance himself from the cloying wholesomeness of his character in Titanic, and his role in The Beach is in many ways a polar opposite. As Richard, a young American seeking to "suck in the experience" of freestyle travel in Thailand, he is a chronic liar, a pot-smoking hedonist, an amoral lover and ultimately an unstable snake in a doomed Garden of Eden. This crazy descent might be expected from the filmmakers of Trainspotting, but The Beach is a movie without a rudder, venturing into fascinating territory, promising a stimulating adventure and then careening out of control.After receiving a not-so-secret map to a secluded island from a stoned-out loony (Robert Carlyle, full of dark portent and spittle), Richard sets out to find the hidden paradise with a young French couple (Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet). What they find is a tropical commune existing in delicate balance with Thai pot farmers, and before long--as always--there is trouble in paradise. There is trouble in the movie, too, as DiCaprio is reduced to histrionics when the plot turns into a muddled mix of Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now, with shark attacks tossed in for shallow tension. Director Danny Boyle attempts perfunctory romance and a few audacious moves (notably DiCaprio's vision of life as a violent video game), but what's the point? Tilda Swinton registers strongly as the commune's charismatic leader, but her character--and the entire film--remains largely undeveloped, and pretty scenery is no guarantee of a laudable film. --Jeff Shannon [less]

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Beaches [DVD] [1989]

Garry Marshall

Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan

2003    118 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1    (Walt Disney Studios HE)

Director Garry Marshall's 1988 drama Beaches about the 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and nicely textured in its contrast between the characters' separate destinies. When Hershey becomes ill with cancer, the film takes a predictably sentimental course, yet Marshall brings out the best in both actresses and catches some very [...]

Director Garry Marshall's 1988 drama Beaches about the 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and nicely textured in its contrast between the characters' separate destinies. When Hershey becomes ill with cancer, the film takes a predictably sentimental course, yet Marshall brings out the best in both actresses and catches some very fine drama. Beaches is a little too long, perhaps, but overall it is a fine experience. --Tom Keogh [less]

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Begin Again [DVD] [2014]

John Carney

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine

2014    104 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1    (Entertainment One)

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