Major Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a band of mercenaries head into the Central American jungle to rescue some Americans from guerillas. However, there is an additional evil force at work in the jungle, something not human. The mercenaries are picked off one by one and soon Schaefer must face the alien predator alone. From Amazon.co.uk Although it was only made in 1987, Predator is already the kind of film that has action fans sighing, "They don't make 'em like that any more". Few later films can equal its testosterone-fuelled scenario, its graphic violence or its genuinely unnerving sense of danger. An alien big-game hunter comes to Earth to hunt the meanest, most dangerous creatures on the planet. Naturally, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his astonishingly muscle-bound team of marines are prime targets. The premise has a compelling Zen-like simplicity and the correspondingly minimalist script consists, for the most part, of the statuesque soldiers snarling one-liners at each other ("I ain't got time to bleed", "If it bleeds we can kill it") in between firing unfeasibly large weapons. Director John McTiernan emphasises the claustrophobic confines of the jungle setting, allowing tension to build for the film's first two thirds by keeping the titular hunter concealed from both its prey and the audience. Composer Alan Silvestri's nerve-jangling percussive score racks up the tension yet further. When the creature does show its handiwork the results are horrifically gory, and, thanks to the film's insistently realistic tone, all the more terrifying. By the final act, a memorably mud-caked Arnie must discard all his high-tech weaponry and fight hand-to-hand against creature effects wizard Stan Winston's classic monster; McTiernan's action choreography ensures that the outcome of this hard-fought duel is never a foregone conclusion. On the DVD: Predator at last gets the DVD release it deserves. Its previous incarnations used the bowdlerised TV edit; but this two-disc set restores the full theatrical cut, with skinned corpses aplenty and Carl Weathers' lopped-off arm among other messy delights. Not only that, but the sound options are now ultra-vivid Dolby 5.1 or DTS 5.1, though the anamorphic picture is still grainy in some of the darker scenes. John McTiernan provides a decent director's commentary, but much more fascinating information can be had from a text commentary option. On the generously filled second disc there are seven short behind-the-scenes featurettes (including one dedicated to "Old Painless" the Gatling gun) plus a retrospective documentary, "If It Bleeds We Can Kill It", which includes both old and new interviews with many of the cast and crew. There are also outtakes and a deleted scene, special effects segments, camouflage tests and a text profile of the creature and its weaponry, plus a photo gallery. --Mark Walker --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition. Running Time: 106 minutes Region: Region 2 Release Date: 6 Oct. 2003
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A Touch of Frost is one of Britain's best loved ITV detective dramas starting Sir David Jason as Detective Inspector Jack Frost--an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganised and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet. Also starring Bruce Alexander and John Lyons. This DVD box set features all episodes from series 1-15, including the last ever episode (please note that there was no series 13 ever broadcast). DVD Extras include 3 x different endings (1 exclusive to DVD), plus Touched by Frost: Goodbye Jack Documentary Episodes Include: Series 1Care And Protection, Not With Kindness, Conclusions Series 2A Minority of One, Widows and Orphans, Nothing to Hide, Stranger in The House Series 3Appropriate Adults, Quarry, Dead Male One, No Refuge Series 4Paying the Price, Unknown Soldiers, Fun Times For Swingers, The Things We Do...
Collection of six operas performed by the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus in Covent Garden, London, between 1992 and 1994. Edward Downes conducts productions of Verdi's 'Stiffelio' (1993), starring Josá Carreras in the lead role, and 'Aida' (1994) featuring Cheryl Studer as the titular tragic slave girl. Downes also conducts Richard Strauss's 'Salome' (1992) with Maria Ewing in the title role alongside Michael Devlin and Kenneth Riegel. Sir Georg Solti leads the orchestra and chorus in Verdi's 'Otello' (1992) which includes the performing talents of Plá¡cido Domingo as the doomed title character and Sergei Leiferkus as his adversary Iago. Gounod's 'Romeo et Juliette' (1994) stars Roberto Alagna and Leontina Vaduva in the leading roles with the production led by conductor Charles Mackerras. Finally, Mozart's 'Mitridate, re di Ponto', recorded in 1993, is conducted by Paul Daniel and includes...
In this series, world-renowned experts investigate the man behind the monster taking us into the of depths Hitler s mind. Using the latest research across the course of Hitler s life, they pinpoint the key moments in his meteoric rise and ultimate downfall. The series features some rarely seen archive material and state-of-the-art colourisation which helps bring Hitler powerfully to life. Expert analysts reveal fresh insights into Hitler s body language and the power of his speech. Ultimately, this series provides a fresh perspective on Hitler and explains how he was able to go from jobless loner to a ruthless dictator loved and feared by millions. Running Time: 360 minutes Region: Region 2 Release Date: 21 Nov. 2016
This collection of five wartime Naval Instruction Films prepared for the Admiralty offers a detailed and diverse look at the skills expected to be mastered by the men of the Royal Navy and their duties on board ship. Running Time: 199 minutes Region: All Regions Release Date: 03/04/2006