The Other Side of Midnight
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox Brand: 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTMNT Model: 4966499
A Greek tycoon's French movie-star mistress tracks down her ex-World War II lover. From the Sidney Sheldon novel. An over-the-top film co-starring a young and gorgeous Susan Sarandon, The Other Side of Midnight is a deliciously melodramatic adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's sweeping (and often schlocky) novel of the same name. Released theatrically in 1977, the film focuses on the intermingling lives of sexily innocent Noelle (Marie-France Pisier), who has a brief affair with a cad named Larry (John Beck), who ends up marrying wealthy and proper Catherine (Sarandon). When Noelle and Larry meet first lock eyes, he is a dashing World War II American fighter pilot who professes his love for her. But when she discovers she is pregnant with his baby, he is nowhere to be found. So what's a poor girl to do but abort her baby, rise to stardom as one of the world's most famous actresses, and plot revenge against her duplicitous ex-lover? But faster than you can say, "You go, girl!" (or "Oh no she didn't," depending on your point of view), Noelle once again falls for Larry's vaguely porn star charms. But what to do with Catherine, who refuses to divorce her cheating spouse? Make no mistake about it: The Other Side of Midnight is not quality filmmaking and is probably not something Academy Award winner Sarandon even lists on her resume. But she is a joy to watch, even as she has to deliver clunky lines such as, "If you don't love me, Larry, don't lay me." This is not a great movie. Heck, i...
Johnny Got His Gun
Manufacturer: Shout! Factory Brand: VIVENDI ENTERTAINMENT
A young American soldier (Timothy Bottoms) is wounded by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed as a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. He remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams, memories and conversations with Jesus (Donald Sutherland), unable to distinguish whether he is awake or dreaming. Dalton Trumbo, author of the famous 1930s antiwar book Johnny Got His Gun wrote and directed this film adaptation. In 1947, he refused to testify before a congressional committee investigating alleged Communist infiltration of the film industry. Blacklisted for nearly a decade, he wrote numerous scripts under pseudonyms including Roman Holiday and Gun Crazy until he was finally credited for his work on Exodus and Spartacus in 1960.Bonus Features: * Includes a limited-edition reproduction of the film poster in-pack.* Dalton Trumbo: Rebel In Hollywood (60 min. feature available for the first time in U.S.).* Interview with star Timothy Bottoms.* Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by films DP, Jules Brenner & Timothy Bottoms.* Original theatrical trailer.* Metallica Music video for 'One', featuring footage from the film.* 1940 Radio adaptation staring James Cagney. Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo directed just one film in his career, but it was a doozy: Johnny Got His Gun, Trumboâ€™s 1971 adaptation of his 1939 novel and a work that has long been considered...
Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Fifth Season
Manufacturer: Paramount Brand: Paramount Model: 4948971
The complete fifth season of the TV series Hogan's Heroes. The fifth season of Hogan's Heroes aired in 1969 with a divisive war tearing the nation apart, and decades later there is still comfort to be taken from Col. Hogan (Bob Crane) and company coming up with daring, ingenious, and outrageous plots to sabotage the German war effort from their base of operations in Stalag 13. Ineffectual commandant Col. Klink (Werner Klemperer, a two-time Emmy-winner, and a nominee for this season) may have Hogan's number as "a scheming troublemaker," but he is as ever clueless about Hogan's elaborate operations. To the outrage of visiting German brass, Hogan still has the run of the camp and still makes with the impudent wisecracks about "the little sign painter" and "Himmler with the laughing face." Getting information to the Underground and blowing up German installations remains job 1, but Hogan and his men--hustler Newkirk (Richard Dawson), LeBeau (Robert Clary), explosives expert Carter (Larry Hovis), and radio operator Kinch (Ivan Dixon)--must also ensure that the bumbling Klink is not transferred ("At Last-Schultz Knows Something," a great episode for co-star John Banner) or executed ("The Kommandant Dies at Dawn"), lest a more savvy or ruthless officer replace him. Hogan's Heroes caught considerable flack from critics for its lighthearted portrayal of life in a P.O.W. camp, but between the punchlines, effective moments of suspense and intrigue remind viewers that Hogan's work is no ...
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video Brand: Warner Brothers Model: 1000027312
Merrill's Marauders (DVD)Burma, 1944: The 5307th commanded by Brigadier General Frank D. Merrillis deep behind Japanese lines marching through the dense, unforgivingjungle. They've gone undetected--so far--but the trek has taken its tollon the gaunt, fatigued soldiers. Then, arriving at their destination,the men endure the sheer hell of war, only to be ordered on anotherforced march through the jungle ... another mission for the hard-bittenmen dubbed Merrill's Marauders.]]> The theatrical trailer included in this DVD release of Merrillâ€™s Marauders, touting its depiction of "World War IIâ€™s most fabulous jungle fightersâ€¦ (as) they showed the world what the American soldier can do," makes director Samuel Fullerâ€™s 1962 film sound like jingoistic propaganda, but itâ€™s considerably more than that. The year is 1944; the U.S. Armyâ€™s 5307th Composite Unit, a 3000-strong outfit under the command of Brigadier General Frank Merrill (Jeff Chandler), has already been fighting the occupying Japanese forces in the wilds of Burma for several months when theyâ€™re assigned to march hundreds of miles through jungles, swamps, and mountains to Myitkyina, a town of considerable strategic importance and the gateway to India, where the Allies fear the Japanese and Nazis will meet and consolidate their forces. Mission impossible? So it would seem, as the men are exhausted, disease-ridden, disheartened, and ill-equipped; his second in command, Lt. Stockton ...
Manufacturer: Vci Video Brand: GAIAM INTERNATIONAL Model: 4968385
THE BROADWAY MUSICAL HIT ILLUSTRATES THE LEGENDARY ODYSSEY OF CHARLEMAGNE'S SON PIPPIN. HEIR APPARENT TO THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, PIPPIN SEARCHES FOR MEANING AND TRUTH. DVD FEATURES: INTERVIEW WITH FOSSE, BIOGRAPHIES, PHOTO GALLERY.
TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures (Desperate Journey / Edge of Darkness 1943 / Northern Pursuit / Uncertain Glory / Objective Burma)
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video Brand: Warner Brothers Model: 1000110513
DESPERATE JOURNEY Allied airmen shot down over Germany fight their way back to England. ERROL FLYNN leads RONALD REAGAN and other flyboys in a rousing wartime spirit-lifter. EDGE OF DARKNESS Theyâ€™re everyday citizens â€“ and extraordinary heroes. Flynn and ANN SHERIDAN rally Norwegians against the Nazi occupiers of their once-peaceful village. NORTHERN PURSUIT Icebound wilds and ice-blooded Nazis! Canadian officer Flynn infiltrates a cadre of saboteurs and guides them toward their destinationâ€¦and into the unraveling of their scheme. UNCERTAIN GLORY The Gestapo decree: 100 Frenchmen will die if a resistance leader fails to turn himself in. Condemned French prisoner Flynn volunteers to pose as the wanted man. Powerful heroism! OBJECTIVE, BURMA! Pinned down in the jungle â€“ and fighting back! Flynn commands a stranded paratrooper patrol in this gritty, volatile tale noted for its battlefield authenticity. Unlike so many boxed-set tributes to actors, this one's actually got a tight, logical theme: Errol Flynn Adventures offers five World War II pictures made at Warner Bros. during Flynn's reign as a top leading man. Four of the films were directed by one of Flynn's favored collaborators, the robust Raoul Walsh, and all of them have an urgent wartime commitment that puts them in a zone between entertainment and propaganda. That zone is a compelling place, and often emotionally potent. The earliest (1942) of the films is also the lightest in tone: Walsh's D...
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