Having found global fame as RKO's tenth Tarzan, American actor Lex Barker established a long and successful career in Europe that began in 1957 with this classic tale of greed, deception and murder. Co-starring Italian actress Lisa Gastoni and directed by B-movie stalwart Montgomery Tully, Strange Awakening casts Barker as a man who loses his memory but gains a large inheritance… along with a sinister new 'family'! Also known as Female Fiends, Strange Awakening is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Motoring in the South of France, Peter Chance is attacked and left unconscious. On recovering, he has no memory either of his past or who he is, and is shocked to be told that he is the heir to two million dollars. As he slowly regains his health, his suspicions are aroused by the women who claim to be his mother, sister and wife. When police call to investigate the death of his father, Chance realises that he too is a suspect, and begins his own investigation... Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery
The Great Escape:In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft North, a maximum security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar), and composer Elmer Bernstein.The Magnificent Seven:In the blistering heat of the Mexican sierra, a village trembles in fear - waiting for the savage onslaught from Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his bandidos. Terrorised, robbed, humiliated, the villagers are desperate to hit back and set off for the American border to buy guns. But in thier quest they come across seven awesome weapons of destruction: a group of hard-riding, mercenary Western gunmen who will ride with them to the village and take out the bandidos. Led by Chris Adams (Yul Brymner), the seven find themselves plunged into a terrifying struggle - and a fight for the life of the village. In this classic Western, inspired by the Seven Samurai of Japan, Brymner - together with a cast of the calibre of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronsan and Horst Buchholz - fire the first bullets in a fight to the death.The Thomas Crown Affair:Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) is a lone wolf in chic clothing. He's a Boston tycoon who masterminds a daring bank job, even though he doesn't need the money. What he needs is the thrill of the heist, the adrenaline rush of not getting caught. Catching crooks is where insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) comes in. She always gets her man. But this time she may be too much in love to give him up. McQueen and Dunaway are lovers and adversaries in a stylish cat-and-mouse thriller written by Alan R. Trustmas and directed by Norman Jewison (In The Heat Of The Night, Moonstruck). Jewison makes exciting use of split-screen images as the action leaps from the boardroom to the boudoir, the polo field to a glider cockpit. The Oscar. Winning Best Song 'The Windmills Of Your Mind' sets the perfect tone for the swirl of romance and intrigue.The Sand Pebbles:The Sand Pebbles tells many storied. It's the story of China, a slumbering giant that rouses itself to the cries of it's people - and of the Americans who are caught in the bloody awakening. It's the story of French (Richard Attenborough), a crewman on the U.S.S San Pablo who kidnaps his Chinese bride from the auction block. Most of all, it's the story of Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), a sailor who has given up trying to make peace with anything - including himself. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for McQueen, The Sand Pebbles blends explosive action with stirring drama and romance.Special Features:Interactive menuNone Listed.
BLOOD HUNGER: THE FILMS OF JOSE LARRAZ One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz (Symptoms) finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career. In Larraz’s debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare Whirlpool (1970), Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer’s secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat - but soon transpires to be anything but. 1974’s Vampyres - perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz’s films - sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining... in more ways than one. Meanwhile, in 1978’s The Coming of Sin (La Visita del Vicio, in its native Spanish), a young gypsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality. By turns terrifying, titillating, artful and scandalous, these three films collected here - all newly restored from original film elements, with Whirlpool and The Coming of Sin making their Blu-ray world premieres - collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre’s most overlooked auteurs. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: Three films from José Ramón Larraz: Whirlpool, Vampyres and The Coming of Sin, all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements Newly-produced, extensive bonus features and unseen archival content English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for all features Newly comissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis WHIRLPOOL Original US Theatrical Cut Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz - author and critic Kim Newman reflects on the recurring themes and underlying obsessions linking together the early productions of José Larraz A Curious Casting - actor Larry Dann on the strange story behind his casting in Whirlpool Deviations of Whirlpool - featurette comparing the differences between the US Theatrical Cut and a previously circulated, alternate cut of the film Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz Image Gallery Original US Theatrical Trailer VAMPYRES Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger Brand new interviews with producer Brian Smedley-Aston, actors Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke Reimagining Vampyres - a brand new interview with Larraz’s friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest Image Gallery Trailers THE COMING OF SIN Spanish and English language versions of the feature Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin – exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz's most censored film Remembering Larraz – author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his fond and extensive memories of his long-time friend and collaborator José Larraz His Last Request (2005, 27 mins) - short film by Simon Birrell made under the guidance of José Larraz and starring Spanish horror legend Jack Taylor Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz Image Gallery Original Spanish Trailer
In the 1960s, transitioning from acting to politics was rare. Ronald Reagan was not the first to do it, but he was the first to jump from the screen to the stump and on to credibility as a presidential contender. Reagan’s transformation from struggling liberal actor to influential conservative spokesman in five years - and then to the California governorship six years later - is a remarkable and compelling story.In Becoming Ronald Reagan, Robert Mann explores Reagan’s early life and his career during the 1950s and early 1960s, including his growing desire for acclaim in high school and college, his political awakening as a young Hollywood actor, his ideological evolution in the 1950s as he traveled the country for General Electric, the refining of his political skills during this period, his growing aversion to big government, and his disdain for the totalitarian leaders in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. All these experiences and more shaped Reagan’s politics and influenced his career as an elected official.Mann not only demonstrates how Reagan the actor became Reagan the political leader and how the liberal became a conservative, he also shows how the skills Reagan learned and the lessons he absorbed from 1954 to 1964 made him the inspiring leader so many Americans remember and revere to this day.The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.Praise for the book:“Will emerge as the standard interpretation of Reagan’s ideological evolution and his development as a major political figure. A must-read.” (Robert David Johnson, professor of Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center)“With empathy and critical insight, Robert Mann guides us on a journey through Ronald Reagan’s personal and political awakening.” (Joshua M. Zeitz, author of Building the Great Society) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry Dean Evans. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/184169/bk_acx0_184169_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A story of how one man, born of humble means, migrated to the United States of America during the Noriega regime.Born with a physical handicap, illegal, and undocumented for 21 years, he was determined to enter mainstream American society and corporate America and overcame insurmountable odds to achieve unimaginable heights. His journey had a spiritual awakening that changed his life.After assimilating into corporate America, he set sales records and felt a calling to reach others in his race who were shut out and who also aspired to become productive citizens in the United States of America. He ultimately started the "I Am Latino" movement. Finally gaining legalization, C-Ray Stanziola went on to be a talented musician, actor, minister, father, husband, and leader of an international movement. An uplifting story that will inspire you to take a look at your own immigration experience, your future, and how you too can achieve the American Dream. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Seth Char. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/196789/bk_acx0_196789_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Irish are arguably the most literate people in the world. The number of famous Irish authors, from Joyce to Trevor and from Goldsmith to O'Brien, is a clear testimony to that. In this rich selection, we have concentrated on some of the early Irish writers who were particularly adept at the difficult art of writing good short stories. They range from Gerald Griffin's chilling tale, "The Brown Man", to the delicate and closely observed "Araby", taken from James Joyce's Dubliners, about adolescent sexual awakening. Also included are Oscar Wilde's stylish and witty story "The Model Millionaire", about a young man on whom good fortune smiles; Oliver Goldsmith's "Adventures of a Strolling Player", a compressed narrative of a peripatetic existence; Sheridan Le Fanu's story about the "Faustian" Sir Dominick Sarsfield; William Castleton's wily distiller Bob Pentland and his outwitting of the excide man; and Agnes Castle's romantic Rosanna. They combine in a distinctive potpourri of stories written by Irish story tellers and inspired by Irish life and character. With his wonderfully rich voice and expertise at story-telling, narrator T.P. McKenna, the well-known Irish actor, brings an authentic flavour to this audiobook. 1. Language: English. Narrator: T.P. McKenna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/csaw/000051/bk_csaw_000051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith. At 21, still a struggling actor living hand to mouth, Martin and his wife, Janet, welcomed their firstborn, Emilio, an experience of profound joy for the young couple, who soon had three more children: Ramon, Charlie, and Rene. As Martin’s career moved from stage to screen, the family moved from New York City to Malibu, while traveling together to film locations around the world, from Mexico for Catch-22 to Colorado for Badlands to the Philippines for the legendary Apocalypse Now shoot. As the firstborn, Emilio had a special relationship with Martin: They often mirrored each other’s passions and sometimes clashed in their differences. After Martin and Emilio traveled together to India for the movie Gandhi, each felt the beginnings of a spiritual awakening that soon led Martin back to his Catholic roots, and eventually led both men to Spain, from where Martin’s father had emigrated to the United States. Along the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path, Emilio directed Martin in their acclaimed film, The Way, bringing three generations of Estevez men together in the region of Spain where Martin’s father was born, and near where Emilio’s own son had moved to marry and live. With vivid, behind-the-scenes anecdotes of this multitalented father’s and son’s work with other notable actors and directors, Along the Way is a striking, stirring, funny story—a family saga that listeners will recognize as universal in its rebellions and regrets, aspirations and triumphs. Strikingly candid, searchingly honest, and full of the immediacy and warmth that 1. Language: English. Narrator: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004291/bk_adbl_004291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With a foreword by Eric Metaxas, best-selling author of Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace. The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain's upper classes, and taught a nation how to read. The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th Century British society through her keen intellect, literary achievements, collaborative spirit, strong Christian principles, and colorful personality. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a best-selling author and acclaimed playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. Yet she was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain's slave trade. Fierce Convictions weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield's Great Awakening, the rise and influence of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Stevens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000408/bk_tnwd_000408_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.