The Assassin [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Well Go USA Brand: WELL GO USA INC Model: 34972495
Celebrated Taiwanese Master Director Hou Hsiao-hsien's long-awaited return to the screen tells the story of Yie Ninniang (Shu Qi), a General's daughter, kidnapped as a child and trained by a nun in the deadly arts- only to be sent home on a bloody mission of revenge, with her betrothed (Chang Chen) as the target.DVD EXTRASBehind the ScenesTrailerEnglish SubtitlesFrench Subtitles
Clannad: Complete first season [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Section23 Films Brand: ADV Films Model: 814131011718
Tortured by his past and pained by an uncertain future, Tomoya drifts through life with an almost overwhelming anger and emptiness. But when he meets the mysterious, charming and shy Nagisa, his world seems to change. Drawn in by her gentle but lonely spirit, he begins to experience the joy life can bring. But as he discovers the reason for his newfound friend's loneliness, Tomoya also finds that life can be frighteningly fragile. Poignant. Compelling. Heartbreaking. Clannad is one of the most cherished anime of all time. And now it's available for the first time in beautiful, high-definition clarity. The romantic comedy Clannad began as an online visual novel developed by Key in 2004 that was adapted to manga, CDs, a feature film, and this 2007 television series. Bitterly disillusioned high school senior Tomoya Okazaki was recruited by Hikarisaka High as a potential basketball star, but he injured his shoulder in a fight with his alcoholic father and can no longer play. As a self-described delinquent and slacker, he shows up late, plays hooky with his friend Sunohara, and sleeps in class--unthinkable misconduct in the formal Japanese school system. But he's really a very nice guy, as he reveals when he strikes up a conversation with Nagisa Furukawa, a diffident girl who's repeating her senior year after a serious illness. As Okazaki helps Nagisa realize her dream of reviving the school drama club, he gets involved with an assortment of odd characters: reclusive, brilliant Ko...
As It Is in Heaven
Manufacturer: Lorber Films Brand: Kino International Model: 6617014
ACADEMY AWARDÂ® NOMINEE: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMNominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy AwardsÂ®, As It Is In Heaven is the story of Daniel, a successful international conductor who returns to his childhood village in Sweden. Soon thereafter, the local church choir seeks him out to solicit his advice. He can't refuse, and nothing in the village is the same again. As the amateur choir develops and grows, he is drawn to the people of his old hometown, makes friends and finds love... A beautiful and engaging film, As It Is In Heaven is a wonderful story about life and love that is sure to inspire and delight. Starring Michael Nyqvist, of the upcoming Millennium series of films, from the books by Stieg Larsson.2005 Swedish with English subtitles 132 minutes 16:9 Widescreen
Kung Fu Killer [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Well Go USA Brand: WELL GO USA INC
A vicious killer stalks the streets of Hong Kong, methodically executing top martial arts competitors. Xia (Donnie Yen), a convicted killer and kung fu expert, offers to help police find the killer and put him behind bars in return for his own freedom. The killer eludes them again and again, taunting the cops - and Xia, his new target - to discover his next moves. Xia refuses to play his lethal game...until the killer threatens the woman he loves most.DVD EXTRASMaking ofTrailerDUB and Subtitles AvailableEnglishSpanishFrench
The Russian Woodpecker
Manufacturer: Kino Lorber Model: 35440101
The Russian Woodpecker is a thrilling, award-winning investigation into whether the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown was an inside job. Director Chad Gracia follows the unforgettably eccentric artist Fedor Alexandrovich, who reveals to the world an enormous secret Soviet weapon that stands in the shadow of Chernobyl, which Kremlinologists in the 1980s thought might be a giant mind-control device. But what Fedor discovers is much more sinister. Secret police start appearing and one of the crew members is shot by a sniper, as revolution, paranoia and terror engulf the crew. This Sundance Grand Jury winner and darling of critics worldwide pushes the boundaries of the documentary form while telling a crucial story about the deadly dance between Ukraine and Russia.Bonus Features: English Subtitles, Closed Captions, 5.1 Surround Sound, Climbing the Duga, Deleted Scenes, Dreams of Fedor, Epilogue, More Duga Secrets, Trailer
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection (Direct) Model: 29279706
A New York crime reporter exposes a Nazi spy ring fronted by a peace organization. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
The Sissi Collection
Manufacturer: Koch Lorber Films Brand: Koch International
At the age of seventeen, Romy Schneider became an international star through her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in the first of three lavish films directed by Ernst Marischka. While she would go on to work with some of the most influential and daring European directors of the era, Schneider will always be remembered by this defining role. Now for the first time on DVD, KOCH LORBER Films proudly presents the restored "Sissi Trilogy" (Sissi, Sissi: The Young Empress, Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress) in its entirety along with the U.S. theatrically released, English-language dubbed version, Forever My Love, and Victoria in Dover (The Story of Vickie), a precursor to the trilogy in which Schneider plays Britainâ€™s Princess Victoria. The Sissi trilogy presents through heartwarming storytelling and undeniable visual beauty a Cinderella story in scrupulous detail, in three chronologically biographical films that, together, take nearly six hours to watch. Made between 1955-1957 by German director Ernst Marischka, Sissi, Sissi: The Young Empress, and Sissi: The Fateful Years of An Empress chronicle, in not-strictly historical terms, Elisabeth of Bavaria's marriage to her cousin, Franz Josef (Karlheinz BÃ¶hm), for which she is crowned Princess of Austria and, later, Queen of Hungary. Nicknamed Sissi (Romy Schneider), Elisabeth possesses fairy tale beauty and charm, from her early days in her Austrian schlosse, where she raises dachshunds, doves, and...
Ikiru (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection (Direct) Brand: CRITERION COLLECTIONS Model: 34392706
One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai),Â IkiruÂ presents the director at his most compassionateâ€”affirming life through an exploration of death. Takashi Shimura (Rashomon) beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two-part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision,Â IkiruÂ is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURESÂ â€¢ New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack â€¢ Audio commentary from 2004 by Stephen Prince, author ofÂ The Warriorâ€™s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa â€¢Â A Message from Akira KurosawaÂ (2000), a ninety-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa Productions and featuring interviews with Kurosawa â€¢ Documentary onÂ IkiruÂ from 2003, created as part of the Toho Masterworks seriesÂ Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create,Â and featuring interviews with Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and others â€¢ Trailer â€¢ Essays by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer and critic Donald Richie
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