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Gladiator (2 Disc Set)

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Gladiator (2 Disc Set)
(2000) [M]


Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save...  More


 
Tristan and Isolde

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Tristan and Isolde
(2006) [M]


One of the great stories of doomed love is given a new screen interpretation in this historical drama. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, King Donnchadh (David O'Hara) of Ireland has become the de facto ruler of England, but one of his underlings, Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), dreams of uniting...  More


 
The Illusionist

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The Illusionist
(2006) [M]


Nothing Is What It Seems. A supernatural mystery that combines romance, politics and magic, The Illusionist is the latest film from the producers of Crash and Sideways, starring Oscar nominees, Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti as two men pitted against each other in a battle of wits: Norton as...  More


 
Atonement

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Atonement
(2007) [MA]


Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.  More


 
The Duchess of Duke Street - BBC TV  (Disc 1 of 5)

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The Duchess of Duke Street - BBC TV (Disc 1 of 5)
(1976) [PG]


London at the turn of the century is a city of horse-drawn cabs, gas lighting, great wealth and even greater poverty… and it's a city of opportunity for scullery maid Louisa Trotter, who rises to become hostess, entertainer and friend of princes and kings. Beautifully presented in a...  More


 
Gladiator (Blu-Ray)

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Gladiator (Blu-Ray)
(2000) [M]


Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save...  More


 
Far From Men

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Far From Men
(2015) [M]


Algeria, 1954. The war is beginning and village schoolteacher Daru, an ex-soldier, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he's a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by locals and colonisers alike. So when he reluctantly agrees to escort a dissident to a...  More


 
Sense And Sensibility

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Sense And Sensibility
(1995) [G]


Elinor uses her head...Marianne follows her heart. Two sisters on very different paths, are about to discover there's only one road that leads to true love. SENSE & SENSIBILITY is the glorious adaptation of JANE AUSTEN's timeless story, brought to life with humour, heart and wonderful...  More


 
There Will Be Blood

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There Will Be Blood
(2007) [M]


The story chronciles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down and out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. When Plainview gets a mysterious tip off that there's a little town out West where an ocean of oil...  More


 
The Duchess

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The Duchess
(2008) [M]


Based on the remarkable, true story of the beautiful, powerful and notoriously scandalous Duchess of Devonshire. The Duchess unfolds the tale of a woman who became one of the world’s first celebrities, who was adored by all the people of England, save one: her husband, the Duke. Once she...  More


 
Farewell My Queen  ("Les adieux à la reine")

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Farewell My Queen ("Les adieux à la reine")
(2012) [M]


In July 1789, the French Revolution is rumbling. Far from the turmoil, at the Ch teau de Versailles, King Louis XVI, Queen Marie-Antoinette and their courtiers keep on living their usual carefree lives. But when the news of the storming of the Bastille reaches them, panic sets in and most of the...  More


 
The Picture Show Man

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The Picture Show Man
(1977) [G]


A warm and witty comedy set in the 20s, The Picture Show Man chronicles the adventures of Maurice Pym (John Meillon), a flamboyant showman traveling the Aussie outback unreeling silent films. Braving much hardship and heartbreak along the way, Pym soon clashes with rival showman Palmer - a...  More


 
David Copperfield (BBC)

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David Copperfield (BBC)
(1999) [PG]


Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.  More


 
The Water Diviner (Blu-Ray)

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The Water Diviner (Blu-Ray)
(2014) [M]


After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Russell Crowe has...  More


 
Twelfth Night (BBC)

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Twelfth Night (BBC)
(1980) [G]


Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino sends her to help him woo the Lady Olivia, who doesn't want the Duke, but finds that she likes the new...  More


 
Anna Karenina  (2012)   (Blu-Ray)

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Anna Karenina (2012) (Blu-Ray)
(2012) [M]


The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with director Joe Wright, following the award-winning boxoffice successes 'Pride & Prejudice' and 'Atonement,' is the epic love story 'Anna Karenina,' adapted from Leo Tolstoy's classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard...  More


 
The Go-Between

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The Go-Between
(1970) [PG]


Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last and the summer Leo turns 13. He's the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian, Marcus's twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a...  More


 
Shakespeare In Love

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Shakespeare In Love
(1998) [M]


London, 1593: the Elizabethan Era. Young, handsome William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is craving inspiration due to his failing creativity. He seeks a soul mate to cure his writer's block, so he may continue to work on his upcoming play. Fate would leave its mark, and love will show its face in...  More


 
Seven Samurai (50th Anniversary Uncut Version)

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Seven Samurai (50th Anniversary Uncut Version)
(1954) [PG]


In 16th Century Japan a poor village is raided every of year by a group bandits until, driven to the brink of starvation, the villagers decide to hire professional warriors to protect them. With only three meagre meals a day to offer as payment, their quest seems an impossible one. A simple plot,...  More


 
Henry VIII and His Six Wives

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Henry VIII and His Six Wives
(1973) [PG]


Featuring a wealth of stars, this powerful period drama follows the illustrious life of King Henry VIII and his six wives. From his death bed Henry (Keith Michell) reminisces over his life and loves...  More


 
Cousin Bette

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Cousin Bette
(1998) [M]


COUSIN BETTE, based on the novel by Honore de Balzac, stars Jessica Lange in a delicious performance. Elisabeth Fisher (Jessica Lange), known to her relatives as Bette, is a humble seamstress in a burlesque theatre in Paris. She has always been taken for granted by her rich relations, and has...  More


 
The Village

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The Village
(2004) [M]


The people of a late nineteenth century village have built an harmonious and idyllic community in a beautiful setting. However, the surrounding woods contain creatures of an unknown origin refered to as "those we don't speak of". Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) is curious about the outside world...  More


 
Love in the Afternoon

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Love in the Afternoon
(1957) [M]


May-December romance is in bloom when screen legends Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper star in this "sparkling, witty romantic comedy" from three-times Academy Award winning director Billy Wilder. Co-starring Maurice Chevalier and the first collaboration with long-time future Wilder writing partner,...  More


 
1900 (2 disc set)

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1900 (2 disc set)
(1976) [R]


Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (De Niro). The drama spans from 1900 to about 1945, and focuses mainly on the rise of Fascism and the peasants' eventual reaction by...  More


 
Death In Venice

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Death In Venice
(1971) [PG]


One man becomes so obsessed by the beauty of a young boy in Venice that he cannot bear to leave, even when the city is affected by a plague. Based on the novel by Thomas Mann.  More


 
L'Innocente

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L'Innocente
(1976) [M]


With breathtaking elegance, Visconti's vision of a decadent aristocratic society, dazzles the eyes in sumptuous style.

Giancarlo Gianni stars as Tullio, a debauched unprincipled libertine who indulges himself in a series of affairs. Finally, he leaves his wife for his sensual mistress....  More


 
Ridicule*

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Ridicule*
(1996) [MA]


In the periwigged and opulent France of Louis XVI, an unwitting nobleman soon discovers that survival at court demands both a razor wit and an acid tongue. French dialogue with subtitles.  More


 
The Man Who Would Be King

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The Man Who Would Be King
(1975) [PG]


Based on a Richard Kipling story and packed with spectacle, humor, excitement and bold twists of fate, The Man Who Would Be King earns its crown as "an epic like no other. One of the screen's great adventure yarns." (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic) Sean Connery and Michael Caine -- chins...  More


 
Barry Lyndon

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Barry Lyndon
(1975) [PG]


How does an Irish lad without prospects become part of the 18th-century English nobility? For Barry Lyndon (Ryan O’Neal) the answer is: any way he can! Barry is a pining suitor, a duellist, a vagabond, a soldier in the Seven Years War, a rogue, a spy, a card shark - all way stations on the...  More


 
La Veuve De Saint-Pierre (The Widow of Saint-Pierre)

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La Veuve De Saint-Pierre (The Widow of Saint-Pierre)
(2000) [M]


The year is 1850. On Saint Pierre, a forgotten small island near Canada, Neel Auguste (Emir Kusturica) is found guilty of murder and condemned to death. But in Saint Pierre there is neither guillotine nor executioner to carry out the sentence. While waiting for a guillotine to arrive from France,...  More


 
 
 

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