Das Boot (Two-Disc Collector's Set) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brand: SONY (COLUMBIA) Model: 17370549
It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. Das Boot is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. Newly remastered, the Das Boot 2-Disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray features the director’s cut of the film, adding 60 nail-biting minutes to the original theatrical release, which was nominated in 1982 for six Academy Awards® including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Effects/Sound Effects Editing and Best Sound. The two-disc set includes the original theatrical version of the film as well as three hours of new special features, including the Blu-ray exclusive retrospective documentary with Director Wolfgang Petersen.
The African Queen
Manufacturer: Warner Bros. Brand: Warner Manufacturing Model: 26229312
African Queen, The (DVD)Starring Academy Award® winners* HUMPHREY BOGART and KATHARINE HEPBURN, The African Queen tells the timeless tale of two mismatched strangers jo ining forces in a common cause - and finding love along the way. The sto ry chronicles the burgeoning romance between Bog ie’s river rat Charlie Allnut and Hepburn’s missionary Rose Sayer, as they reluctantly join for ces to torpedo a German gunboat in wa r-torn East Africa. Directed by Ac ademy Award® winner** JOHN HUSTON, and filmed on location in the Belgian Congo, The African Queen is arguably one of the finest films ever made - with one of the most legendary star pairings ever to appear on the scr een! *Hum phrey Bogart: 1951, Best Actor, The African Queen; Kathar ine Hepburn: 1932/33, Best Actress, Morning Glory; 1967, Best Actress, G ues s Who’s Coming to Dinner ; 1968, Best Actress, The Lion in Winter; 1 981, Best Actress in a Leading Role, On Golden Pond **1948, Best Direct ing and Best Writing (Screenplay), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ‘AC ADEMY AWARDS®’ is the registered trademark and servic e mark of the Acad emy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.]]>
Justice League: War [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: WARNER HOME VIDEO Brand: Warner Manufacturing
The world's finest heroes founded the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth. During a criminal pursuit, Batman crosses paths with the arrogant intergalactic cop Green Lantern, and the unlikely duo uncovers an impending threat bigger and more deadly than anything the Earth has faced before. For the Earth to have a chance to survive, it will be a race to forge an uneasy alliance of its greatest super powers, including the Kryptonian alien, Superman; the Amazonian envoy, Wonder Woman; and the Scarlet Speedster, the Flash, Cyborg and teen super hero Shazam. Sean Astin and Michelle Monaghan provide voices for this DC animated cartoon.
Hatfields & McCoys
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brand: SONY PICTURES HOME ENT Model: 25343068
Bonded by their oath to the same flag, two confederate soldiers, “Devil” Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), return home seeking peace after tireless months of battle. Their expectations are quickly shattered when a murder based on misunderstandings and an illicit love affair trigger warfare between former comrades and their clans. This historic feud teeters on the brink of an all out civil war as friends and neighbors join opposing sides in a rivalry that would ultimately shape American History. The legendary 19th-century battle between two West Virginia clans that came to define the term feud gets a lengthy and frequently dramatic retelling in Hatfields & McCoys, a six-hour miniseries driven by leads Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the warring family patriarchs. Both actors lend considerable gravitas to the sprawling story, which begins with Costner's Devil Anse Hatfield going AWOL during the Civil War, setting in motion a growing animosity with former friend Randolph McCoy (Paxton) that blossoms into full-blown violence over a property dispute between the families. Bloodshed begets bloodshed, due in part to a series of miscommunications, long-simmering grievances, and acts of outright foolishness, several of which are the work of hot-blooded Hatfield relative Jim Vance (Tom Berenger). What emerges from the final work is a portrait of generational murder as a sort of Biblical virus, with the sins of the fathers wreaking untold havoc on their children, including a pair of young Hatfield-McCoy lovers (Lindsay Pulsipher and Matt Barr) whose romance considerably exacerbates tensions. The latter subplot is probably the sole weak element in the miniseries, detracting from the tragic forward momentum of the familial conflict and solid turns by all concerned, including Powers Boothe as Costner's sage older brother and Jena Malone and the always-welcome Mare Winningham as women on the McCoy side. A major ratings hit and multiple Emmy nominee for The History Channel, which made its dramatic project debut with the miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys is a compelling historical drama for both Western fans and non-genre followers alike. The DVD includes a modest, electronic press kit-style making-of featurette as well as a music video for the song "I Know These Hills," sung by Costner and his band, Modern West. --Paul Gaita
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