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An audience of 38.9 million was recorded during its premiere in September 1990. It set a record for the highest rated PBS series broadcast, which stands today. Now fully restored to achieve the highest definition for optimal picture quality, the release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original broadcast. The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild, People's Choice Award, Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia Award, D.W. Griffith Award and the Lincoln Prize, among dozens of others.
Directed by Philippe de Broca and arriving in the wake of the newly popular James Bond films, these were a riotous cut above the many 007 spoofs that spilled forth worldwide. In the first, set against the beauty of Brazil, Jean Paul Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac are in hot pursuit of a stolen Amazonian statuette, while others pursue them for the same treasure. In the second, Belmondo plays a bored and recently bankrupted millionaire who is convinced to allow someone to murder him so that he can leave the insurance money in his will. He's fine with the plan until he meets a stunning stripper (Ursula Andress).
An inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic impulses of Australian-born musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave's life with never-before-seen verite observations of his creative cycle.
In 1942, Fritz Lang decided to make a film that would face the Nazi terror head-on. Working with the famous playwright Bertolt Brecht and the Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Lang devised a fact-based thriller that would shock and stir audiences.
An historical drama that tracks a recent chapter in Italy's history as a web of political corruption runs rampant from the Mafia to the Vatican. The film features an all-star cast, including Giancarlo Giannini, Rutger Hauer, Omero Antonutti and Pamela Villoresi.
Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland - a remote village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle - boasts the world's only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Siggi Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses mammalian members collected over 40 years.
In this frame by frame, digitally restored, first time Blu-ray release, comes this rare entry into the poliziotteschi genre. A robbery goes terribly wrong for a hapless criminal Massimo (Ray Lovelock) when he tries to break into a jewelry store only to have the steel shutters immediately slam down and lock him inside until the police arrive.
Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, a man who confronts his destiny by swimming home, pool by pool, through the suburban nightmare of upper-class East Coast society. Based on the acclaimed short story by John Cheever, and directed by Frank Perry.
A young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum ... and in which his grandfather died in a fire. When he puts it up for sale, an axe-wielding madman ... who has been hiding in the residence ... threatens anyone who comes near. Who is this deranged murderer ... And why are the local townspeople acting so strange?
Hollywood discovered Peggy-Jean Montgomery when she was just 19 months old and made her a star before she was two. By the time she was six, Baby Peggy had appeared in feature films, more than 150 popular shorts and was earning $1,500,000 a year -- making her one of the most popular stars in Hollywood.
Two classic films presented in new HD transfers from 35mm archival restorations by the Library of Congress: Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker and Orson Welles' The Stranger.
East meets West in two wildly hilarious comedies starring legendary action star Jackie Chan and funnyman Owen Wilson. Experience the hilarious action-adventure of Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights for the first time on Blu-ray.
Meticulously restored from the original film negative in pristine high definition, supervised by Steven Spielberg and includes bonus features that shed unprecedented light on the story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party who risked his own life to save more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.
Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr in the story of the Bible's fabled strongman and the woman who seduces and betrays him. The film brings to life Samson's incredible feats, including his battle with a lion, his single-handed assault on a thousand Philistine soldiers, his struggle with a giant and finally the spectacular climax in which he pulls down the pagan temple.
One of biggest blockbusters of the silent era, is a dazzling Arabian Nights adventure fantasy and one of the most imaginative of all movies. The elaborate and lush backgrounds and the massive sets by William Cameron Menzies (who would later design Gone With the Wind) all have an expressionistic quality unique for American films of the time. The amazingly acrobatic and energetic Fairbanks is at his impudent best as the dashing Ahmed, the thief who wins a princess.
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Our friends at Milestone Film & Video are engaging on a major restoration project for Portrait of Jason, a ground-breaking documentary by Shirley Clarke that was one of the first no-holds-barred films about LGBT life.
D.W. Griffith's first talkie, and for this important project, he returned to the historical era of his greatest success, The Birth of a Nation. Walter Huston stars as the nation's 16th president, following his personal triumphs and tragedies. Mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration by The Museum of Modern Art.
Making Its Long-Overdue Comeback, Noir Classic with Over Two Hours of Illuminating Bonus Features, Including a Never-Before-Released Deleted Scene. A fitting release to continue Paramount's centennial celebration, Billy Wilder's seminal classic continues to enthrall audiences with its bizarre and tragic tale of Hollywood's dark side.
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