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Brothers is the emotionally charged story of two brothers who struggle to find their place within their family after one of them is sent to the war in Afghanistan. When loyal family man and soldier Michael is presumed dead after his helicopter crashes, his younger brother, Jannik, summons previously unseen courage in order to care for Michael's wife, Sarah. Starring renowned actress Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Devil's Advocate), this is a riveting testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
|The Wild Blue Yonder
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From legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu) comes an inspired vision: as humans search for a new planet to colonize, aliens attempt to settle on the nearly-uninhabitable Earth. Oscar-nominee Brad Dourif (Deadwood, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Seed of Chucky) delivers a remarkable performance as he tells the aliens' story.
Herzog has combined original NASA footage with Henry Kieser's incredible documentary images from beneath the Antarctic Ocean, as well as interviews with respected scientists, that culminate in his personal plea to save our planet.
The Wild Blue Yonder has fans, critics and skeptics alike in a furor. This unique cinematic experience comes in a limited edition DVD release including hours of special features.
WINNER: FRIPESCI Award, Bienalle Venice 2005
Of all the strange, uncategorizable movies that Werner Herzog has made, The Wild Blue Yonder is one of the strangest. Brad Dourif (Wise Blood, Deadwood) portrays an alien from the Andromeda galaxy who describes an attempt by Earth astronauts to explore the alien's home planet for possible colonization--a journey depicted using preexisting footage of real astronauts during a space shuttle flight and divers under the Antarctic ice cap. This is science fiction at its most conceptual, with far more in common with the more cerebral stories of Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov than the action-packed space opera of Star Wars, or even the chilly suspense of 2001: A Space Odyssey. For many viewers, The Wild Blue Yonder will seem disjointed or dull, but for someone receptive to a less plot-driven experience, the combination of striking visual images (the footage from under the ice cap is stunningly eerie), intriguing speculative ideas, and unearthly music (from avant-garde cellist Ernst Reijsiger) creates a unique and memorable experience. The dvd also includes cheerfully unpretentious interviews with Herzog (Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God) and Dourif. --Bret Fetzer
|A Song for Martin
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In midlife, two soul mates finally meet, and their passion is fueled by their love of music. When their new blissful existence is threatened, the strength of their love is put to the test.
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A young boy is expelled from school for fighting. He is sent away to a boarding school where the seniors rule the day. When the young boy refuses to submit to their authority, the seniors plot to do him in.
Based on the novel, Ondskan, by Swedish author Jan Guillou, Evil questions the very definition of the term by telling the story of Erik Ponti (Andreas Wilson), a high-schooler who confronts his violent past in order to overcome it. Directed by Mikael Håfström (Derailed), the film opens with Erik being expelled from high school for fighting, then being transferred to the militaristic academy, Stjärnsberg, as his last chance for graduation. Having been raised by a weak mother and an abusive stepfather, Erik's worldview is skewed by a sensitivity to injustice, so that when upper-classmen bully him and his best friend, Pierre Tanguy (Henrik Lundström), Erik is plagued by his desire to handle situations violently. Once Pierre teaches Erik about Gandhi, Erik quickly grasps the non-violent idea of mind over matter since he was forced to transcend physical pain as an abused child. However, when Erik does get his revenge on both his father and his schoolmates, his violence is justified. Evil sophisticatedly examines violence from the perspectives of its perpetrators and victims, showing how violence breeds violence. In learning how self-loathing begets violent behavior, protagonist Erik Ponti does much more than become a better person in the film. He becomes a living example of how an "evil" person can be multi-faceted, thus complicating an oversimplified concept of good versus evil. --Trinie Dalton
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Anders Rønnow Klarlund's stunning new film imagines a mythical kingdom populated entirely by stringed puppets. The Emperor of Hebalon dies a dramatic death, taking a terrible secret to the grave with him. His young son, Hal Tara, is set to take over the throne, however, his uncle leads him to believe his father was murdered by the Zeriths, their sworn enemy. Forced to set out to avenge his father's death, Hal is unaware of the perils he is facing, both inside his kingdom and out. As he faces new challenges on this journey, he ends up discovering the truth about his own people - and where he least expects it - he finds true love. A dramatic tale of adventure, bondage and liberation; of love and war, destiny and vitality, identity and common humanity, Strings is a magical blend of themes that range from Shakespeare to Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings.
- Strings is a mythological story about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to revenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people - and where he least expects it - he finds true love. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN Rating: NR Age: 720917546322 UPC: 720917546322 Manufacturer No: FLV5463
|The Dark (2005)
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In the tradition of The Ring comes this frightening psychological thriller. In an attempt to pull her family together, New Yorker Adele (Maria Bello) travels with her young daughter Sarah to Wales to visit her father- James (Sean Bean). The morning after they arrive, Sarah mysteriously vanishes in the ocean. While they desperately search for Sarah, a guilt-ridden Adele is haunted by visions of her daughter as though Sarah is trapped somewhere inside the house. Adele soon learns of an ancient local legend of a place called The Dark- an ethereal land of the dead- and she becomes convinced that Sarah is communicating to her from The Dark. Not long after Sarah disappears, Adele and James find themselves involved with a little girl who not only bears a striking resemblance to their missing daughter, but reveals that she has retuned from the dead to show them that in order to get Sarah back, they must follow the rule: "one of the living, for one of the dead." Based on the novel "Sheep", by S
Dark is as mysterious as it is horrific, making it refreshingly eerie compared to the current wave of lackluster horror films. Dark's protagonist, Ada (Maria Bello), a heroically sly mother who aims to bring her allegedly dead daughter back to life, further clarifies director John Fawcett's affinity for femme fatales, best exemplified in his juicy feminist werewolf film, Ginger Snaps. This time mining the indestructible psychic mother-daughter bond for material, Fawcett tells the story of Ada, who brings daughter, Sarah, to Wales for a visit with husband and father, James (Sean Bean), an artist relocated to a remote seaside haunt. After Sarah becomes obsessed by a monolith carved with cryptic text about Annwyn, the pagan Welsh equivalent of purgatory, Ada predicts her daughter's fall off a cliff in a nearby pasture. Search parties fail to locate the girl's body, so Ada heads to the local library for research, discovering that the house they live in is inhabited by the ghost of Sarah's doppelganger, Ebrill, who seeks rebirth after a similar drowning accident. Ada makes the ultimate sacrifice to rescue her daughter while Sarah's father stands idly by. Dark's plot directly relates to the classic psychological thriller, Don't Look Now, but lacks the same subtle visual beauty, instead opting for a modern primitive look. But with Welsh mythology mixed in, not to mention subplots involving a psychotic shepherd into trepanation, and a local sheep population afflicted with a suicide-inducing virus, Dark contains appealing medieval imagery, and its contemporary take on pagan self-sacrifice is sick and cultish rather than sexy and natural, as in The Wicker Man. Dark can at least be applauded for entering some intriguingly creepy territory. --Trinie Dalton
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Lars von Trier claimed to be in psychic communication with the late Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc), on whose screenplay the film is based, during the shooting. This brilliantly original exploration of the dark passions of a woman scorned unfolds in shimmering North Sea marshlands and gloomy subterranean passageways. Von Trier (Dancer in the Dark) has created a haunting work of mythic realism. Loosely adapted from the play by Euripides.
|A Fish Tale
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Fly, Stella and Chuck set off on a fishing trip that takes a crazy turn when they find themselves in cranky Professor Mac Krill's mysterious laboratory. The professor is working on a potion that will make it possible for humans to live under water but when Stella accidentally drinks the potion she becomes the first test subject! Transformed into a Starfish, Stella relies on Fly and Chuck to drink the potion too and come rescue her before it's too late!
|Pelle the Conqueror
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The 1988 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language and The Grand Prix Award winner at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Pelle the Conqueror is about the course each man must steer in following his dreams. Drunken and defiant laborer Lasse Karlsson (a tr
- PELLE THE CONQUEROR is based on the first of the four volumes of Martin Andersen Nexo s epic novel. Talented Danish director Bille August focuses on Pelle when he and Lasse find work at Stone Farm. After being humiliated by the farm s young trainee manager, Pelle is disappointed when Lasse does not stand up for him. Pelle admires Eric, an older immigrant who is not cowed by the farm manager and wh
|Light Keeps Me Company
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Sven Nykvist, best known for his work with Ingmar Bergman, photographed scenes with an expressive simplicity that ran counter to the technically slick lighting schemes that prevailed at the times, and helped create some of the most important films of modern cinema. Featuring interviews with many famous people who he inspired, this documentary examines the influential cameraman's tumultuous life and the respite he found in movie-making.
"Feeling wrapped in light gives me a sense of spiritual atmosphere," confesses legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist, whose rich career suddenly ended in 1998 when he was diagnosed with aphasia. This retrospective documentary directed by son Carl-Gustav Nykvist examines the way he molded the cold winter light and simple studio setups into the enthralling images in films by Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkovksy, and of course Ingmar Bergman. "Our feeling for light was the same," observes Bergman in a rare interview, as generous film excerpts illustrate. While the quality of some of the clips is less than stellar (and many are unidentified), the power and texture of the images sear through. Carl-Gustav is less revealing of his father's personal life, suggesting that his career came at the expense of his family, and that this reverent and loving tribute is a son's attempt to reconnect. The DVD features a text introduction by the director and a comprehensive Sven Nykvist filmography. --Sean Axmaker
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