The Nun's Story
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video Brand: HEPBURN,AUDREY
Nun's Story, The (DVD)Academy Award winner Audrey Hepburn stars in this moving true story of adedicated nun who grows from an idealistic girl to a diligentcaretaker--but who cannot maintain her vow of peace when her country isdevastated and her father murdered by the Nazis.]]>
Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video Brand: ELLIOTT,SAM Model: 4973316 Color: Color
Sacketts, The (Dbl DVD)Louis L'Amour, the greatest storyteller ever to chronicle the American Wild West, spins an epic saga as vast as the untamed land. Blood feuds, cattle drives and gold strikes accent the lively legend of The Sacketts. Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Glenn Ford head a rough-riding cast of cowboys and gunslingers in this sweeping tale of three brothers who traverse the savagely beautiful territory in pursuit of fortune--and on the run from a vengeful gang. Rowdy and ready for whatever fate hurls their way, the willful brothers encounter folks as dangerous as the badlands they claim--a brutal place that can bring fabulous wealth or sudden death--the rugged home of The Sacketts.]]>
Ran (StudioCanal Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: LIONSGATE Brand: LIONSGATE Color: color
Lord Hidetora and his three sons wreak epic 16th-century chaos in this modified "King Lear." Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
The Horse Soldiers
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD) Brand: WAYNE,JOHN
A pacifist doctor joins a Union colonel's cavalry raid in Confederate territory. Directed by John Ford. This latter-day sort-of Western from John Ford--falling midway between The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--is a crisp retelling of a true-life episode from the Civil War. In 1863 a Union colonel named Grierson (Marlowe in the film, and John Wayne by any name) led his cavalry several hundred miles behind Confederate lines to cut the railroad between Newton Station and soon-to-be-embattled Vicksburg. Grierson's Raid was as successful as it was daring, and remarkably bloodless. Never fear that the screenplay makes up for that un-Hollywood lapse--as well as supplying amatory distraction for the colonel in the form of a feisty Southern belle (Constance Towers) who has to be dragged along to protect secrecy. There's a certain amount of bombast in the running arguments about wartime ethics between Marlowe and the new regimental surgeon (William Holden), who don't take to each other at all. But Ford more than makes up for it with such tasty scenes as an encounter with a couple of redneck Rebel deserters (Denver Pyle and Strother Martin), an ethereal swamp crossing led by a cornpone deacon (Hank Worden), and above all the famous skirmish with a hillside full of grade-school cadets from a venerable military academy. The film ends rather abruptly because Ford abandoned a climactic battle scene--the veteran stunt man and bit player Fred Kennedy having been killed in a...
Captain Horatio Hornblower
Manufacturer: Warner Bros. Pictures Brand: BEATTY,ROBERT
Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) (DVD)Screen legend Gregory Peck ("To Kill A Mockingbird") brings to life C.S. Forester's classic nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower. Hornblower battles the French and the Spanish forces during the Napoleonic wars, but also finds time for romance in this spectacle from director Raoul Walsh ("White Heat," "High Sierra"). Co-starring Virginia Mayo ("The Best Years of Our Lives").]]> The much-loved novels of C.S. Forester come to life in Captain Horatio Hornblower, a solid, engrossing seafaring tale. Forester himself worked on the script for the 1951 film, which mines its plot from three Hornblower books. Set during the Napoleonic era, the movie kicks off by steering British captain Hornblower (Gregory Peck) into the middle of a nimble cat-and-mouse game with anti-Spanish rebels in the New World--only to find that in the months since he set sail from Old Blighty, national alliances have changed, causing a reversal in his original mission. The action later shifts to Europe, and throughout there is a love story involving a noblewoman (Virginia Mayo) who takes unexpected lodging aboard Hornblower's ship. The film has an intelligence that keeps it watchable, although it's definitely not one of the more buoyant films of the robust director Raoul Walsh. Perhaps the movie falls short of classic status because of the casting: its sober nature might stem from the personality of Gregory Peck, who looks marvelous but remains stolid throughout, while Virgini...
From Here to Eternity
Manufacturer: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment Brand: Sony Model: 9531
In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars(r), including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.
To Hell and Back
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Brand: UNI DIST CORP. (MCA) Model: 4982247
Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier of WWII, plays himself in this gripping, action-packed battle saga. Amazingly realistic war footage combined with true-life heroics power this compelling story of an ordinary Texas youth whose extraordinary bravery brings him unparalleled glory. But as his list of medals grows, Murphy's band of brothers continues to fall, leaving him one of the few to recount the unforgettable tale of those who went to hell and back.
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD) Brand: Mgm/Ua Studios Model: 2222055
Inspired by Leon Uris' international bestseller, this "extraordinarily moving" (The New Republic) chronicle of the rebirth of a people and the establishment of a nation is the ultimate experience in human drama. Nominated* for three Academy AwardsÂ® and winner* for Best Score, Exodus is an "exciting, dramatic, scenic, panoramic and deeply moving" (New York Daily News) masterpiece. Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman), a commander of the Israeli underground, manages to lead 600 Jews from the detention camps of Cyprus onto a large freighter bound for Palestine. But British forces soon learn of his plan and insist that he turn back. Undaunted, Ari and his passengers refuse to give up, risking their lives for the greater cause of Israeli independence.
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