Directed with a keen sense of ambiguity by William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives), this film based on a hit stage adaptation of Henry James’s Washington Square pivots on a question of motive. When shy, fragile Catherine Sloper (Olivia De Havilland, in a heart-breaking, Oscar-winning turn), the daughter of a wealthy New York doctor, begins to receive calls from the handsome spendthrift Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she becomes possessed by the promise of romance. Are his smouldering professions of love sincere, as she believes they are? Or is Catherine’s calculating father (Ralph Richardson) correct in judging Morris a venal fortune seeker? A graceful drawing room drama boasting Academy Award–winning costume design by Edith Head (Roman Holiday), The Heiress is also a piercing character study riven by emotional uncertainty and lacerating cruelty, in a triumph of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its most psychologically nuanced. Features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New conversation between screenwriter Jay Cocks and film critic Farran Smith Nehme New programme about the film’s costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueen The Costume Designer, a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith Head Appearance by actor Olivia de Havilland on a 1979 episode of The Paul Ryan Show Excerpts from a 1973 tribute to director William Wyler on The Merv Griffin Show, featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter Pidgeon Wyler’s acceptance speech from the American Film Institute’s 1976 Salute to William Wyler Interview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary Directed by William Wyler Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson
This grippingly dramatic adventure film stars Eric Portman as a scholar who encounters deception and danger as he crosses the Sahara in search of the fabled tomb of a Roman general. Co-starring Oscar-winning character actor Van Heflin, featuring lush cinematography from Oswald Morris and solid direction from Jack Lee – best-known for A Town Like Alice and the genre-defining The Wooden Horse – South of Algiers is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Dr Burnet, an eminent archaeologist, sets out for North Africa to search for the lost tomb of Marcus Manilius, said to contain the priceless golden mask of Moloch. But it soon becomes clear that two crooked fortune-hunters are also seeking the mask, and a desperate and deadly race across the desert begins… SPECIAL FEATURES: Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Promotional material PDFs
One of the most underrated and neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz (Symptoms) finally receives his due with this collection of his work 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 turns into a descent into deadly depravity. 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. 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 assembled here collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre’s most overlooked auteurs. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS Three films by José Ramón Larraz: Whirlpool, Vampyres and The Coming of Sin, restored in 2K from original film elements English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for all features Newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx WHIRLPOOL (1970) Original US Theatrical Cut Audio commentary with 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 Vivian Neves interviewed by Michael Parkinson on BBC’s Parkinson, originally broadcast in July 1972 Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz Image Gallery Original US Theatrical Trailer VAMPYRES (1974) Full Uncut Version Audio commentary with Kat Ellinger Interviews withproducer Brian Smedley-Aston, actors Marianne Morris, Anulka, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke Reimagining Vampyres – an interview with Larraz’s friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz José Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest Image Gallery Trailers THE COMING OF SIN (1978) Spanish and English language versions of the feature Audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan 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
Robert Shaw (Young Winston), Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Barbara Bach (Short Night of Glass Dolls) and Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal) star alongside Carl Weathers (Rocky), Richard Kiel (Moonraker) and Franco Nero (Django) in the star-studded high adventure, Force 10 from Navarone. Directed with an assured hand by Guy Hamilton (Battle of Britain), this rip-roaring adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s follow-up to the classic The Guns of Navarone sees the elite cadre of commandos embark on a secret mission deep in the Yugoslavian wilderness, during the darkest days of World War II. Features: High Definition remasters The extended, 126-minute European version with 5.1 surround, stereo and mono options Box-set exclusive presentation of the alternative, 118-minute original theatrical cut with original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Steve Mitchell and Steven Jay Rubin (2020) The BEHP Interview with Ron Goodwin (1999): archival video recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated composer in conversation with Linda Wood Tour de Force (2020): actor Angus MacInnes recalls his early film role From Žabljak with Love (2020): the making of Force 10 from Navarone as told by construction manager Terry Apsey, stuntman Jim Dowdall, grip Dennis Fraser, chief hairdresser Colin Jamison, and chief make-up artist Peter Robb-King Christopher Challis: A Life Behind the Lens (2020): a tribute to the acclaimed cinematographer, featuring interviews with fellow directors of photography and camera crew Dennis Fraser, Oswald Morris, John Palmer and Sidney Samuelson, and archival footage of Challis including previously unseen material A Show of Force (2020): video comparison of the different versions of Force 10 from Navarone Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation Two original theatrical trailers TV Spot Image gallery: publicity and promotional material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Sheldon Hall, archival production reports including interviews with cast and crew members, an interview with actor Robert Shaw, recollections of the film’s Yugoslavia shoot excerpted from the memoirs cinematographer Christopher Challis and screenwriter George Macdonald Fraser, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits Limited edition exclusive set of five replica production stills UK premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies
It's The Time Of Your Life That May Last A Lifetime. In his debut film as writer-director, John Hughes immediately cemented himself as the king of teen cinema with Sixteen Candles, and in the process also introduced one of the most iconic faces of ‘80s Americana: Molly Ringwald. For high schooler Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald), her 16th birthday might be the worst day of her life. Her entire family has forgotten about it due to her older sister’s impending wedding; her biggest crush, high school hunk Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) has discovered an embarrassing “sex quiz” filled out by Sam in which she details how she is saving herself for him; and to make matters worse, she is hounded by a relentless nerd (Anthony Michael Hall) who won’t take no for an answer. But Sam’s sweet sixteen isn’t over yet, and before the end of the night, all her birthday wishes could still come true… Taking the rude and crude humour of the teen sex comedies that came before it and placing it within the intimately portrayed perspective of a girl's mid-teenage-life crisis, Sixteen Candles is a bombshell of 80s pop culture that continues to be debated and beloved over three decades after its release. Special Edition Contents: New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical Version of the film (92 mins), plus Blu-Ray world premiere Extended Version (94 mins), featuring the additional “cafeteria” scene newly remastered in high-definition Original lossless mono audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Alternate “home video” soundtrack prepared for VHS and laserdisc releases Option to watch additional scene from the Extended Version separately Newly-filmed conversation between actors Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack All-new audio interview with casting director Jackie Burch Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos Newly-filmed interview with camera operator Gary Kibbe Newly-filmed interview with filmmaker Adam Rifkin, who shadowed John Hughes while working as an extra on set All-new video essay written and narrated by writer Soraya Roberts, looking at the film from a contemporary feminist perspective Celebrating Sixteen Candles, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including stars Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Haviland Morris and Gedde Watanabe, among others Theatrical trailer Image gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck First Pressing Only : Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman
These 12 exciting episodes take you to the San Francisco waterfront, following Pat Novak as he solves some shady crimes. Pat Novak, for Hire began in 1946 as a regional radio show produced at KGO in San Francisco and starred Jack Webb in the title role, with scripts by Webb's friend Richard L. Breen. When Webb moved to Los Angeles in 1947, Ben Morris replaced Webb as Novak. In a later network version, Jack Webb resumed the role along with Breen as scriptwriter. Pat Novak, for Hire lasted until 1949, when Jack Webb turned his attention to the series that would make him a star, Dragnet. The 12 episodes in this collection, with the actor in the role of Pat Novak and the date of its broadcast, are the following: "John Brown Gambling Ring" with Ben Morris (August 3, 1947), "The Mysterious Set of Books" with Ben Morris (August 10, 1947), "Death in Herald Square" with Ben Morris (November 30, 1947), "The Jack of Clubs" with Jack Webb (February 20, 1949), "Marcia Halpern" with Jack Webb (February 27, 1949), "Reuben Callaway's Pictures" with Jack Webb (March 13, 1949), "Rory Malone" with Jack Webb (March 20, 1949), "Joe Candano" with Jack Webb (March 27, 1949), "Shirt Mix-Up at the Laundry" with Jack Webb (April 9, 1949), "Sam Tolliver" with Jack Webb (April 23, 1949), "Rita Malloy" with Jack Webb (May 1, 1949), "Geranium Plant" with Jack Webb (May 15, 1949). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Webb, Ben Morris, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009455/bk_blak_009455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Overcome with the loss of his boyfriend, Sydney, Gavin Winters has set fire to every reminder in their home. A neighbour has captured the blaze on video, turning this little-known TV actor into a household name. Gavin flees LA for New Jersey, where he hopes that 10-year-old Joan, the daughter of a close friend, can reconnect him with the memories of Sydney he is now in danger of losing forever. Joan was born with a rare ability to recall every single day of her life in perfect detail, and in return for sharing her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help her write a song for a local competition. For Joan has had enough of being the girl who can't forget - she wants to be the girl who will never be forgotten.... Charming, beautifully observed, poignant and funny, The Reminders by actor and musician Val Emmich is an irresistible story of the unlikely friendship between a grief-stricken man who can't remember and a 10-year-old girl who can't forget. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Morris, Kevin T. Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/001123/bk_macm_001123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again? Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eileen Stevens, Tristan Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009856/bk_blak_009856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jack Webb (1920 - 1982) was a popular American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter. He started out in the entertainment industry in comedy, but achieved his first success playing the title character in the radio show Pat Novak, for Hire. His greater success came from his role as Los Angeles Police Department sergeant Joe Friday in the show Dragnet, which he created based on actual LAPD criminal case files and which ran for many years on both radio and television. This classic radio collection spotlights Jack Webb in episodes from a variety of series from the golden age of radio. The Jack Webb Show: "Slim Slade, Western Bandleader" (17 Apr 46), Suspense: "Murder by an Expert" (24 Jul 47), Escape: "Ring of Thoth" (11 Aug 47), The Whistler: "Meeting on Tenth Street" ( 25 Feb 48), Jeff Regan, Investigator: "The Guy from Gower Gulch" (13 Nov 48), Pat Novak, for Hire: "Watch Wendy Morris" (8 May 49), The Whistler: "The Eager Pigeon" (28 Aug 49), Escape: "Border Town" (13 Dec 49), Escape: "Poison" (28 Jul 50), Pete Kelly's Blues: "Shy Woman" (29 Aug 51), Dragnet: "Big Jolt" (5 Oct 52), Dragnet: "Big Pill" (19 Oct 52). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Webb, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009299/bk_blak_009299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.