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Wilde (DVD) 2002 Stephen Fry as the brilliant, egocentric and misunderstood Oscar Wilde. A tour de force performance.
Wilde (DVD) 2.35:1 widescreen Color Approx. 117 minutes Region One - Playable in the US, Canada, Mexico, etc. Beautiful print! Optional English subtitles, Optional audio commentaries by filmmakers, Original featurette “Simply Wilde”, “Still wild about Wilde”, photomontage, many extras.
Starring: Stephen Fry, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Jones. Written by Julian Mitchell and Richard Ellmann. Directed by Brian Gilbert.
Brilliant, egocentric and completely unique, Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) defied convention on almost every level. While coming to terms with his newfound sexual identity, he also experienced his most creative period, resulting in some of his best-known works. As his literary career flourished, the self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law). It is this passionate and stormy relationship which consumed and ultimately destroyed him. Featuring a brilliant supporting cast including Jennifer Ehle, Academy Award-Winner Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Wilkinson as Wilde's chief adversary, the Marquis of Queensbury.
La Bete Humaine (La bête humaine) 1938 (DVD) Shown in original 1.37: 1 aspect ratio Approx. 95 min. Black and white Region One - Playable in the US, Canada, Mexico, etc. Beautiful print! In French with easily accessible optional subtitles in English.
Starring: Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy, Gérard Landry, Jenny Hélia, Colette Régis, Claire Gérard, Charlotte Clasis, Jacques Berlioz, Tony Corteggiani, André Tavernier, Marcel Pérès, Jean Renoir, Julien Carette. Based on “ La Bête humaine” 1890 novel by Émile Zola. Screenplay by Jean Renoir and Denise Leblond. Directed by Jean Renoir.
Jacques Lantier (Jean Gabin) is a train engineer who is prone to violent seizures, a condition he attributes to his forefathers' habit of excessive drinking. Roubaud (Fernand Ledoux) is a train conductor on the same railroad that Lantier works on, married to the much younger Séverine (Simone Simon). When Roubaud catches wind of his wife's affair with her godfather, the wealthy M. Grandmorin (Jacques Berlioz), he kills him during a train journey in a fit of jealousy. He makes sure that Séverine is also present, making her an accomplice to murder. Lantier, despite having witnessed them quite clearly in the train corridor, hides the fact during the investigation as he is attracted to Séverine. They both begin an affair, all the while Roubaud becomes increasingly withdrawn and starts to gamble. Séverine urges Lantier to kill her husband so that they would be free, but she is unaware of Lantier's unfortunate condition.
Peter the Great (1986) 4-disc DVD set Color Shown in original 1.33: 1 aspect ratio Approx. 351 min. Released here in its full-length restored version. Region One - Playable in the US, Canada, Mexico, etc. Beautiful print!
Starring: Maximillian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Laurence Olivier, Ursula Andress, Elke Sommer, Helmut Griem, Lilli Palmer, Trevor Howard, Mel Ferrer, Hanna Schygulla, Renée Soutendijk and Jan Niklas. Written by Edward Anhalt, based on the book “Peter the Great: His Life and World” by Robert K. Massie. Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and Lawrence Schiller
Maximillian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Laurence Olivier and Ursula Andress star in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert K. Massie. This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. PETER THE GREAT depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all European" country, importing scientists, costumes, technology and military tactics.