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HeyUGuys UK DVD/Blu-ray Round-Up – 20th August

20 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last week saw the release of a handful of new international films, with Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters topping the list, and this week brings with it a rather different line-up, with Peter Berg’s Battleship being the biggest name amongst the new arrivals, opposite Kevin Macdonald’s critically acclaimed documentary, Marley.

My picks of the week:

Kevin Macdonald’s Marley     &     Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance.


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Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) returned this year with Marley, a documentary following on from his Life in a Day project last year, bringing us a portrait of one of the most iconic figures in music of the last century.

And we’ve currently got three copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away – click here to enter the competition.

Marley is the definitive film about one of »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Outcast of the Islands – Classic DVD

19 May 2012 4:12 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Carol Reed, 1951, Studio Canal, PG)

Carol Reed was acclaimed as an important new talent when Graham Greene, as film critic of the Spectator, reviewed his second film as a director, Midshipman Easy, in 1935. After the second world war they found fame, collaborating on The Fallen Idol and The Third Man. Reed thought they might scale new heights with a film of Joseph Conrad's 1896 novel An Outcast of the Islands. But Greene, in thrall since childhood to Conrad, had been trying to escape the Polish writer's influence and rejected Reed's invitation. A pity, because it might have been a revealing masterpiece.

Instead, it's an ambitious, deeply flawed picture, filmed on unromantically observed south- east Asian locations with a powerful performance by Trevor Howard as the self-destructive Willems and Ralph Richardson (a key exponent of Greene) providing a highly stylised portrait of the godlike Captain Lingard. A crucial film in an important, »

- Philip French

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DVD Review - Outcast of the Islands (1951)

23 April 2012 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Outcast of the Islands, 1951.

Directed by Carol Reed.

Starring Robert Morley, Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson and Wendy Hiller.


Escaping scandal in Makassar, a morally compromised man finds himself on a remote Indian Ocean trading outpost, where his malign influence soon spreads to all around him.

The name Joseph Conrad might not immediately ring any bells. Try Heart of Darkness. Then try Apocalypse Now, one of cinema’s bravest and best adaptations of that very work, deeply rooted in the stark power of Conrad’s doom-laden prose. The man wrote a great many other books exploring the depths a human soul can sink to, given time, trust and every chance to escape. Add to that the directorial genius of Carol Reed, who brought Graham Greene’s The Third Man to the screen with such dark flair and menace, and you have Outcast of the Islands, a true gem of a »

- flickeringmyth

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Fred Zinnemann/Oscar Actors: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr

26 February 2012 1:09 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gary Cooper, High Noon Fred Zinnemann: Top Oscar Directors for Actors Fred Zinnemann-directed movies: twenty acting nominations; six wins. (s) supporting category; (*) Academy Award winner 1944 Hume Cronyn (s), The Seventh Cross 1948 Montgomery Clift, The Search 1952 * Gary Cooper, High Noon Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding 1953 Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity * Frank Sinatra (s), From Here to Eternity * Donna Reed (s), From Here to Eternity 1957 Anthony Franciosa, A Hatful of Rain 1959 Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story 1960 Deborah Kerr, The Sundowners Glynis Johns (s), The Sundowners 1966 * Paul Scofield (with Susanna York), A Man for All Seasons Robert Shaw (s), A Man for All Seasons Wendy Hiller (s), A Man for All Seasons 1977 Jane Fonda, Julia Maximilian Schell (s), Julia * Jason Robards (s), Julia * Vanessa Redgrave (s), Julia »

- Andre Soares

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Tues Top Ten: Best Best Supporting Actress Winners

14 February 2012 7:41 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

"I Simply Cannot Do Alone" might well be the theme song all lead actors should sing to their stellar supporting castI felt a list coming on so I didn't fight it. Neither did I fight the order as I slotted them in, though you know how this goes if you've ever made such insane list. The order might change with a moodswing and it would definitely change (perhaps drastically) if I had an opportunity to rewatch all these pictures back to back. 

Ten Most Deserving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Wins

Runners up: I'm crazy about Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker and Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon but they're both unarguably leading roles so I'm not voting for them. My apologies in no particular order to Ruth Gordon, Wendy Hiller, Catherine Zeta-Jones and, oh, dozens of people. Never mind. Moving on! (The one winning performance I'm most frustrated to have »


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Ben Gazzara: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Strange One, They All Laughed

3 February 2012 6:40 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, They All Laughed Ben Gazzara Dead Pt.1: Anatomy Of A Murder, Husbands, An Early Frost Long before An Early Frost, Ben Gazzara had already appeared in two (however veiled) gay-themed productions. On Broadway, he was the virile ex-football player pining for his "best friend" while ignoring wife Barbara Bel Geddes in the 1955 original staging of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. (Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor played those two roles in the bowdlerized 1958 movie version directed by Richard Brooks.) And in 1957, Gazzara made his film debut as a sexually troubled military man who gets off by viciously abusing (or watching others viciously abuse) his fellow cadets in Jack Garfein's The Strange One. Among Gazzara's other 75 or so feature films — many of which were made in Italy — are Steve Carver's Capone (1975), in the title role; Stuart Rosenberg's Voyage of the Damned »

- Andre Soares

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