Pom Poko (Blu-ray + DVD)
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Presents A Studio G Brand: BUENA VISTA HOME VIDEO Model: 31566586
Studio Ghibli presents a film about the clash between modern civilization and the natural world from acclaimed director Isao Takahata. The raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The raccoons practice and perfect the ancient art of transformation until they are even able to appear as humans. In often hilarious ways, the raccoons use their powers to try to scare off the advance of civilization. But will it be enough? Or will the raccoons learn how to live in balance with the modern world? Celebrate the magic of the forest and the beauty of the creatures who live among us in POM POKO -- now on Disney Blu-ray for the first time ever.
Astral City: A Spiritual Journey
Manufacturer: Strand Releasing Model: 22980854
Based on the best selling book by medium Chico Xavier, the film tells the story of Andre Luiz, a successful doctor who experiences an enlightening spiritual awakening after his death. When he wakes up in the spiritual world, he embarks on a new journey of self-discovery and transformation, from his first days in a dimension of pain and suffering, until when he is rescued and taken to the spiritual Astral City. With magnificent art direction and special effects that have never been seen before in a Brazilian production, and featuring an amazing score by composer Philip Glass, the film brings to the screen what life is like at the Astral City that hovers in the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere. In Portuguese with English Subtitles
King of Hearts
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
One of the most popular foreign films of all time, playing continuously in some theatres for over five years, King of Hearts is a "bright, lilting, whimsical, lyrical" (Cue) comedy thatcleverly satirizes the absurdity of war with a "message [that is] meaningful and entertaining" (Boxoffice). Bumbling Scottish Private Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent to a village in the beautiful French countryside during World War I on a suicide mission to detonate explosives set bythe retreating German army. The village, soon to be blown sky-high, has been abandoned by its inhabitantsand replaced with escapees from the local insane asylum. Now, with the mentally challenged running the town, Plumpick is crowned King! But his new title brings him his first horrible decision: to carry out his deadly mission or join the ranks of the blissfully ignorant who know nothing about war. King of Hearts is subtle, visually striking and, in short, the "ultimate display of madness" (Life)!
Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Color: color
This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss from Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski (The Double Life of VÃ©ronique) was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films were named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolutionâ€”liberty, equality, and fraternityâ€”but this hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red (KieÅ›lowskiâ€™s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by such actors as Juliette Binoche (Summer Hours), Julie Delpy (Before Sunset), IrÃ¨ne Jacob (The Double Life of VÃ©ronique), and Jean-Louis Trintignant (Z), KieÅ›lowskiâ€™s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema. Blue In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic deaths of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; itâ€™s also a tale of liberation, as Julie learns truths about her late composer husbandâ€™s life and attempts to free herself of the past. Shot in icily gorgeous tones by SÅ‚awomir Idziak (The Double Life of VÃ©ronique) and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigni...
Kagemusha (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brand: CRITERION COLLECTIONS Model: 5523378 Color: color
Just as many American studio-era directors found acclaim abroad that was denied them in their home country, by 1980 Akira Kurosawa's reputation outside Japan exceeded his esteem at home. As uncompromising as ever, he found considerable difficulty securing backing for his ambitious projects. Unsure he would be able to film it, the director, an aspiring artist before he entered filmmaking, converted Kagemusha into a series of paintings, and it was partly on the basis of these that he won the financial support of longtime admirers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Set in the 16th century, when powerful warlords competed for control of Japan, it offers an examination of the nature of political power and the slipperiness of identity. For some time, Shingen Takeda Tatsuya Nakadai has been able to stay removed from the heat of battle by using his brother Nobukado Tsutomu Yamazaki as a double. As the film opens, Nobukado offers another option, having discovered a condemned thief (also pla
Children of Paradise (Criterion Collection)
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection Brand: Image Entertainment Model: 25524833
Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Parisâ€™s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (The Pearls of the Crownâ€™s Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a street mime (La rondeâ€™s Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic Ã©lan, director Marcel CarnÃ© (Port of Shadows) and screenwriter Jacques PrÃ©vert (Le jour se lÃ¨ve) resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. Thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.
Borgen - Season 1
Manufacturer: MHz Networks Brand: MHZ NETWORKS Model: 33943789
IN DANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Cited by Stephen King as his favorite television series of the year, Denmark s blockbuster political drama, Borgen ( The Castle ) explores the insular world of high-stakes Danish politics and the press corps that covers it in instantaneous, relentless news cycles. Birgitte Nyborg becomes Prime Minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to learn the ways of power, quickly. She s an altruistic public servant in an old boys club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and understand that she has advisors but no real friends. She also must perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life while serving as Denmark s first female Prime Minister. The rigors of public life and the press may attract some of Denmark s finest, but it also exacts a high price from them all for participating in an open democracy.
Manufacturer: Wolfe Video
In this beautiful and uplifting gay romance, two teen track stars discover first love as they train for the biggest relay race of their young lives. Dutch phenom Gijs Blom stars as Sieger, a thoughtful 15-year-old who grapples mightily with his emerging gayness. Ko Zandvliet co-stars as his love interest, the spirited and outgoing Marc. In their boyish summer courtship the two of them swim, bike, run and share ice creams and kisses as they gradually find the courage to be vulnerable with one another. With its authentic and perfectly poignant tone Mischa Kamp s Boys ranks as one of the most wholesomely romantic gay teen films ever and features an irresistible pop soundtrack. Dutch with English subtitles
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