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Great Literature on Film

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The Forsyte Saga : Series 1 (2 disc set)

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The Forsyte Saga : Series 1 (2 disc set)
(2002) [M]


All 6 episodes from the first series on 2 DVDs. A classic of English literature, The Forsyte Saga paints a fascinating picture of early twentieth century London life, charting the progress of a great dynasty from the height of the Victorian era through the turbulent transition into the modern...  More


 
Wuthering Heights (Granada-TV)

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Wuthering Heights (Granada-TV)
(1998) [M]


Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights remains one of the most powerful and passionate novels ever written. It is a classic tale of love, jealousy and pain that defies social boundaries and challenges death itself. This acclaimed adaptation of Bronte's classic novel stars Orla Brandy (The Heart...  More


 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2 Disc Set)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2 Disc Set)
(2001) [PG]


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based off the novels by J.K. Rowling. It is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to...  More


 
Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles
(1998) [M]


This made-for-T.V. movie is based very closely on Thomas Hardy's novel. The film stars Teresa "Tess" Derbeyfield, the sinister Alec D'Urbervilles, and the handsome Angel Clair, with the bleak background of rural Victorian England. Follow Tess through her life, starting as a young and naive...  More


 
The Great Escape (Special 2 disc edition)

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The Great Escape (Special 2 disc edition)
(1963) [PG]


Arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made, John Sturges's dramatisation of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian POWs who executed a massive escape from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944, stars Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts. The...  More


 
Jane Austen's Emma

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Jane Austen's Emma
(1996) [PG]


Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not...  More


 
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2 Disc Set)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2 Disc Set)
(2001) [M]


In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth still it remained lost to him....  More


 
Hamlet (2000)

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Hamlet (2000)
(2000) [MA]


Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City. Loaded with style and substance, packed with haunting imagery, and featuring a superb cast, this version of Hamlet will change the way you think about Shakespeare.  More


 
Wuthering Heights (1992)

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Wuthering Heights (1992)
(1992) [M]


Captivating and truly magnificent, this is a soul-stirring adaptation of Emily Bronte's immortal classic about love and vengeance. Set in the unforgiving Yorkshire moors, it tells the timeless tale of Heathcliff and Cathy and their passion born of need but forbidden by convention.

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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 Cherry Orchard

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The Cherry Orchard
(1999) [PG]


Set in Russia during the Nineteenth Century, The Cherry Orchard is based on the play by Anton Chekhov and is concerned with the effects of industrialisation and social change in Russia. In the film, aristocratic Madame Ranevskaya returns to her cherry orchard after a sojourn in Paris. She is...  More


 
To the Ends of the Earth

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To the Ends of the Earth
(2005) [MA]


An epic journey of self-discovery In this dramatic adaptation of William Golding's trilogy 'Rites Of Passage', 'Close Quarters' and 'Fire Down Below', a young aristocrat boards a war ship heading for Australia, where he will take up a government post. It is not long, however, before the...  More


 
Portrait of a Marriage

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Portrait of a Marriage
(1990) [M]


Melodrama detailing the real-life love affair between feminist writer Vita Sackville-West (Janet McTeer) and novelist Violet Keppel (Cathryn Harrison) against the backdrop of post-World War I England and opposition by Vita's politican husband Harold Nicolson (David Haig). Vita and Violet's...  More


 
Becoming Jane

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Becoming Jane
(2006) [PG]


Fictional romantic biopic of author Jane Austen. A young girl's future prospects in English society of 1795 are based around marrying for financial gain. As a rebellious twenty-year-old, Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) contemplates a future mapped out for her by her parents, when into her life rides...  More


 
300

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300
(2006) [MA]


Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, "300" is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice...  More


 
A Good Year

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A Good Year
(2006) [M]


Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe re-team for this adaptation of author Peter Mayle's best-selling novel. After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent...  More


 
Macbeth

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Macbeth
(2006) [MA]


Romper Stomper director Geoffrey Wright transplants Shakespeare's savage tale of power, murder and revenge to 21st century gangland Melbourne in his highly acclaimed, 5-time AFI Award nominated hit. Promising a bruising cocktail of drama and violence, Macbeth features stunning performances from...  More


 
Casino Royale (2 Disc Set)

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Casino Royale (2 Disc Set)
(2006) [M]


With his brand-new license to kill in hand, Bond tracks the infamous Le Chiffre, a man suspected to be the world's biggest banker for terrorist organizations. With back-up from MI:6, Bond takes on Le Chiffre in an ultra-high stakes game of Texas Hold'Em Poker, hoping to win his money and coerce...  More


 
Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette
(2006) [PG]


Lavish historical drama from writer/director Sofia Coppola. Born to Austrian nobility, Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) is only 14 years old when she's pledged to marry Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the 15-year-old king of France, in an alliance that has everything to do with politics and...  More


 
Robbery Under Arms (1985)

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Robbery Under Arms (1985)
(1985) [PG]


The classic tale of Australia‘s most colourful outlaw for the first time on DVD! Acclaimed actor Sam Neill (The Dish, Jurassic Park) stars as the suave and enigmatic bushranger Captain Starlight in this lavish action adventure tale set in the rugged Australian outback. Joined by bush larrikin,...  More


 
The White Masai

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The White Masai
(2005) [M]


At once a captivating romance and a breath-taking travelogue into the Kenyan outback, The White Masai is an epic journey based on the autobiography of Corinne Hofmann. It tells the unbelievable - yet true - tale of a white European woman who becomes the wife of a Masai warrior. The exotic African...  More


 
The Da Vinci Code

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The Da Vinci Code
(2006) [M]


Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is...  More


 
Capote

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Capote
(2005) [M]


The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small...  More


 
Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(2005) [PG]


In this lavish big screen adaptation of the C.S. Lewis tale, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are sent to live with the reclusive Professor Kirke (Jim Broadbent) in his mysterious country home during World War 2. Lucy soon discovers a wardrobe that hides a doorway into the magical world of...  More


 
Alice Through the Looking Glass

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Alice Through the Looking Glass
(1998) [G]


Starring Kate Beckinsdale (The Aviator, Pearl Harbour) and Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings), Alice Through the Looking Glass is a fantastic live action adaptation of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece sequel to Alice In Wonderland. Alice travelled to Wonderland once - but now she's taking another journey to...  More


 
Northanger Abbey

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Northanger Abbey
(1987) [PG]


A taste for melodrama from reading too many Gothic novels is almost Catherine Morland's downfall when she falls in love with Henry Tilney. Invited to stay at Northanger Abbey, she finds evidence of a sinister family secret. This is a disturbingly surreal interpretation of the Jane Austen novel.  More


 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2 Disc Set)

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2 Disc Set)
(2005) [M]


When Harry Potter's name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a grueling battle for glory among three wizarding schools - the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water...  More


 
All The President's Men: Special Edition (2 Disc Set)

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All The President's Men: Special Edition (2 Disc Set)
(1976) [M]


Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book and hailed as the most devastating detective story of this century, All The President's Men was released only 3 years after the sensation of Watergate. It tells of two unknown reporters who took on the colossus of the White House, the FBI, the CIA and...  More


 
Pride and Prejudice (2005)

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Pride and Prejudice (2005)
(2005) [G]


The five Bennet sisters have all been raised by their mother with one purpose in life - finding a husband. However, the second eldest Lizzie can think of 100 reasons not to marry. When Mrs Bennet hears the exciting news that a wealthy bachelor and his circle of sophisticated friends are to take...  More


 
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
(2004) [M]


The inside story behind the most infamous corporate fraud of all time – the Enron scandal – has been brought to light in a fascinating documentary. For the year 2001, Enron was ranked as the 6th largest corporation in the world, but before the year was out, the company was rocked by scandal...  More


 
 
 

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