THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER

childhood-of-a-leaderTHE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER (12A) CORBET, BRADY IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH £17.99
Loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story about a young American boy living a dysfunctional and unhappy childhood with his diplomat father in France just after the end of the First World War. Here he becomes seduced by fascism.
In French with English subtitles

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Play of -THE RAILWAY CHILDREN – released on dvd

railway-childrenTHE RAILWAY CHILDREN: YORK THEATRE ROYAL (U) 2015 CRUDEN, DAMIAN £15.99
Stage adaptation of the novel by E. Nesbit in a live recording at the National Railway Museum in York.

Bobby (Rozzi Nicholson), Peter (Izaak Cainer) and Phyllis (Beth Lilly) are three siblings who relocate, with their mother (Andrina Carroll), from London to a cottage in the Yorkshire countryside through economic hardship.

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RECENT SHAKESPEARE RELEASES ON DVD 

ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2014 MUNBY, JONATHAN £19.99
Live performance staring Jolyon Coy and James Hayes. 
THE GLOBE COLLECTION – SHAKESPEARE 400 1616-2016 (E) 2014   £97.99
Collection of 20 performances commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe between 2009 and 2014, the collection includes: ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘As You Like It’, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, ‘Henry VII’, ‘Henry IV: Part I’, ‘Henry IV: Part II’, ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Henry V’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, ‘The Tempest’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Titus Andronicus’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and ‘Doctor Faustus’.
HAMLET (12A) 2015 FRANKCOM,S/WILLIAMS, M £17.99
Adaptation of Hamlet featuring Maxine Peake in the title role.
HENRY V: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2015  DORAN, GREGORY £19.99
Live performance with Alex Hassell as King Henry 
JULIUS CAESAR: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2014 DROMGOOLE, DOMINIC £19.99
   Live performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy recorded at the Globe Theatre in London.
KING & COUNTRY – SHAKESPEARE’S GREAT CYCLE OF KINGS (E) 2015  DORAN, GREGORY DVD – £49.99 BLU RAY – £59.99
Royal Shakespeare Company’s Great Cycle of Kings collection featuring  Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry 
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2015  FINDLAY, POLLY £19.99
RSC production of the Shakespeare play.
MUSE OF FIRE – A SHAKESPEARE ODYSSEY (12) 2013 POOLE,D/TERERA, G £17.99
 The directors travel the globe to discover everything they can about Shakespeare and talk to  Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Earl Jones, Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Baz Luhrmann.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (PG) 1990 STOPPARD, TOM £19.99
Adaptation of Stoppard’s play in which two minor characters from ‘Hamlet’ amble unknowingly toward their inevitable demise.
SHAKESPEARE AT THE BBC: COMEDIES (PG) 1984 £23.99
  Collection of five BBC dramatisations of Shakespeare’s comedic plays. Titles are –  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1981) ,  Much Ado About Nothing (1984) ,  The Taming of the Shrew (1980) ,  The Winter’s Tale (1981) and  Twelfth Night (1980) .
SHAKESPEARE AT THE BBC: TRAGEDIES (PG) 1984 £23.99
Features –  Hamlet (1980), King Lear (1982), Macbeth (1983),  Othello (1981) and Romeo and Juliet (1978). 
THE WAR OF THE ROSES: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 1965 HALL, P/BARTON, J £27.99  
Royal Shakespeare Company production adapted from Shakespeare’s plays ‘Henry VI: Parts 1-3’ and ‘Richard III’. Filmed in 1965 and presented as three plays, the performance features, among others, Ian Holm, Peggy Ashcroft, David Warner and Janet Suzman.

OTHER SHAKESPEARE RELEASES

BBC SHAKESPEARE

ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL (U) UK 1981  MOSHINSKY, ELIJAH £12.99  
    Stars  Michael Hordern.  
ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA (U) UK 1981MILLER, JONATHAN £12.99 

Stars Colin Blakely.
COMEDY OF ERRORS (PG) UK 1983 JONES, SIMON CELLAN £12.99   
    Stars Cyril Cusack and Roger Daltrey.
CORIOLANUS (PG) UK 1984  MOSHINSKY, ELIJAH £12.99 
    Alan Howard, Joss Ackland and Irene Worth.  
CYMBELINE (12) UK 1983 MOSHINSKY, ELIJAH £12.99
  
    Stars  Robert Lindsay and Helen Mirren.
HAMLET (U) UK 1980  BENNETT, RODNEY  £12.99
    Stars  Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom and Patrick Stewart.
HENRY IV PT. 1 (U) UK 1979 GILES, DAVID  £12.99
    Stars  David Gwillim.
HENRY IV PT. 2 (U) UK 1979 GILES, DAVID  £12.99
    Stars  David Gwillim.
HENRY V (U) UK 1979 GILES, DAVID £12.99
    Stars  David Gwillim.
HENRY VI PT. 1 (PG) UK 1983 POWELL, JANE £12.99
    Stars Bernard Hill and Brenda Blethyn.
HENRY VI PT. 2 (12) UK 1983  POWELL, JANE £12.99 
    Stars  Bernard Hill.
HENRY VI PT. 3 (PG) UK 1983  POWELL, JANE £12.99 
    Stars Bernard Hill.
HENRY VIII (PG) UK 1979 BILLINGTON, KEVIN £12.99 
    Stars Claire Bloom, Julian Glover and Thimothy West.
JULIUS CAESAR (U) UK 1979 WISE, HERBERT £12.99
    Stars  Charles Gray.
KING LEAR (PG) UK 1982 MILLER, JONATHAN   £12.99
    Stars  Michael Hordern.
LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN (U) UK 1984 GILES, DAVID £12.99
    Stars  John Thaw.
LOVES LABOUR LOST (PG) UK 1979 MOSHINSKY, ELIJAH £12.99 
    Stars Maureen Lipman and Jenny Agutter.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE (U) UK 1981 DAVIS, DESMOND £12.99 
    Stars Tim Piggott-Smith.
MERCHANT OF VENICE (U) UK 198O GOLD, JACK £12.99
    Stars  Warren Mitchell.
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (U) UK 1982 JONES, DAVID  £12.99
    Stars Prunella Scales.
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (U) UK 1981 MOSHINSKY, ELIJAH £12.99
    Stars Robert Lindsay.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (U) UK 1984 BURGE,  STUART    £12.99
    Stars Robert Lindsay.
OTHELLO (U) UK 1981 LOWERY, COLIN     £12.99 
    Stars Anthony Hopkins.
PERICLES (PG) UK 1984  JONES,  DAVID  £12.99  
    Stars  Juliet Stevenson.
RICHARD II (U) UK 1979  GILES, DAVID   £12.99  
    Stars Michael Hordern, Alan Rickman.
RICHARD III (U) UK 1980 HOWELL, JANE  £12.99
    Powerful BBC production.
ROMEO AND JULIET (PG) UK 1979  RAKOFF,  ALVIN    £12.99
    Stars John Geilgud and Derek Jacobi.
TAMING OF THE SHREW(U) UK 1980 MILLER, JONATHAN £12.99
    Stars  John Cleese.
TEMPEST (U) UK 1980  GORRIE, JOHN  £12.99
    Stars Michael Hordern.
TIMON OF ATHENS (12) UK 1981 MILLER, JONATHAN £12.99 
    Stars  Jonathan Pryce.
TITUS ANDRONICUS (PG) UK 1985 POWELL, JANE £12.99
    Stars  Edward Hardwicke.
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA(12) UK 1981 MILLER, JONATHAN £12.99 
    Stars Charles Gray.
TWELFTH NIGHT  (U) UK 1980  GORRIE, JOHN  £12.99
    Stars  Robert Hardy and Felicity Kendal.
TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (PG) UK 1983 TAYLOR, DON £12.99
    Stars  Tessa Peake-Jones.
WINTERS TALE (PG) UK 1981 OWELL, JANE £12.99 
    Stars Jeremy Kemp.
BBC TV SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION (12) UK 1979-1985   £199.99. 
    Contains all 37 plays.

GLOBE THEATRE SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTIONS

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE(E) 2014 DROMGOOLE, DOMINIC £19.99
The play tells the story of Hermia (Olivia Ross) and Lysander (Luke Thompson), two young people who have fallen in love.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2014 MUNBY, JONATHAN £19.99
Live performance staring Jolyon Coy and James Hayes.
AS YOU LIKE IT: GLOBE THEATRE (E) 2009 SHARROCK, THEA £19.99
2009 production with Naomi Frederick as Rosalind and Jack Laskey as Orlando.
THE GLOBE COLLECTION – SHAKESPEARE 400 1616-2016 (E) 2014   £97.99
Collection of 20 performances commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe between 2009 and 2014, the collection includes: ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘As You Like It’, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, ‘Henry VII’, ‘Henry IV: Part I’, ‘Henry IV: Part II’, ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Henry V’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, ‘The Tempest’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Titus Andronicus’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and ‘Doctor Faustus’.
HENRY IV – PART 1: GLOBE THEATRE(E) 2012 DROMGOOLE, DOMINIC £19.99
King Henry (Oliver Cotton) is troubled by the behaviour of his son and heir, Prince Hal (Jamie Parker), who has forsaken the Royal Court.
HENRY IV – PART 2: GLOBE THEATRE(E) 2012 DROMGOOLE, DOMINIC £19.99
King Henry IV (Olivier Cotton) is serious ill and  his son, Hal (Jamie Parker), will shortly become King.
HENRY V: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2012 DROMGOOLE, DOMINIC  £19.99
Live performance of Shakespeare’s historical play at the reconstructed Globe Theatre.
HENRY VIII : GLOBE THEATRE(E) 2010  HESS, NIGEL £19.99
Henry VIII (Dominic Rowan) is involved in a passionate tryst with Anne Boleyn (Miranda Raison).
JULIUS CAESAR: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2014  DROMGOOLE, DOMINIC £19.99  Live performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy recorded at the Globe Theatre in London.
MACBETH: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2014  BEST, EVE    £19.99
Live performance recorded at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London.
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: GLOBE THEATRE (E) 2010 LUSCOMBE,  CHRISTOPHER £19.99
Christopher Benjamin leads the cast as the  rogue Sir John Falstaff
OTHELLO (E)  2007   £19.99
Starring Eamonn Walker and Tim McInnerny and performed at the Globe Theatre.
SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE COLLECTION: KINGS AND ROGUES (E) (0809478010920)  49.99    A collection contains –  ‘Henry IV: Part One’ and ‘Henry IV: Part Two’, ‘Henry VIII’ and  ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’.
SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE: COMEDY, ROMANCE, TRAGEDY  (E) (0809478010425)  49.99   A collection contains –  ‘As You Like It’ ,  ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2012     FROW, TOBY    £19.99   Recorded at the reconstructed Globe Theatre, the production features, among others, Michael Bertenshaw, Pearce Quigley and Samantha Spiro.
THE TEMPEST: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2013     HERRIN, JEREMY    £19.99
Live performance of William Shakespeare’s play, recorded at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in 2013.
TITUS ANDRONICUS: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2014 BAILEY, LUCY £19.99
The story follows Roman army general Titus Andronicus (William Houston), who sacrifices the eldest son of  Tamora Queen of the Goths (Indira Varma) to avenge his sons who were killed in war.
TWELFTH NIGHT: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2013 CARFOL,TIM £19.99
Shipwrecked Viola (Johnny Flynn)  disguises herself as a man to work for the charming Duke Orsino (Liam Brennan).

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTIONS 

HENRY IV – PART I: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2014  DORAN, GREGORY £19.99  Shakespeare’s historical plays performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014.
HENRY IV – PART 2: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2014  DORAN, GREGORY £19.99  Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014.
HENRY IV – PART I AND II: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2014  DORAN, GREGORY £29.99  Shakespeare’s historical plays performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014.
HENRY V: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2015  DORAN, GREGORY £19.99
Live performance with Alex Hassell as King Henry
KING & COUNTRY – SHAKESPEARE’S GREAT CYCLE OF KINGS (E) 2015  DORAN, GREGORY DVD – £49.99 BLU RAY – £59.99   Royal Shakespeare Company’s Great Cycle of Kings collection featuring  Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2015  CHRISTOPHER LUSCOMBE £19.99  Christopher Luscombe’s 2015 Royal Shakespeare Company production of this comedy.
LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2015  CHRISTOPHER LUSCOMBE £19.99  RSC comedy which sees soldiers Claudio (Tunji Kasim) and Benedick (Edward Bennett) battling to win the hearts of those they love.
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST/LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON: RSC (E) 2015  CHRISTOPHER LUSCOMBE £33.99
Double bill of performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
MACBETH (PG) UK 1978  CASSON, PHILIP £12.99               
Television performance of Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed RSC production with Ian McKellan and Judi Dench.
MACBETH (PG) 2003   UK         DURAN, GREGORY   £19.99           
RSC production with Antony Sher.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2015  FINDLAY, POLLY £19.99
RSC production of the Shakespeare play.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (PG) 1996  UK NOBLE, ADRIAN  £9.99            
Film adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1996 version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  With Lindsay  Duncan And Alex  Jennings.
RICHARD II: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2014  DORAN, GREGORY £19.99
Live performance of the historical play by William Shakespeare with David Tennant playing the title role. Richard II.
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 2013  GODWIN, SIMON £19.99   The story follows two best friends Valentine and Proteus (Michael Marcus and Mark Arends) who travel to Milan in search of adventure
THE WAR OF THE ROSES: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (E) 1965 HALL, P/BARTON, J £27.99   Royal Shakespeare Company production adapted from Shakespeare’s plays ‘Henry VI: Parts 1-3’ and ‘Richard III’. Filmed in 1965 and presented as three plays, the performance features, among others, Ian Holm, Peggy Ashcroft, David Warner and Janet Suzman.
WINTER’S TALE   £19.99            
RSC Production.

Biyi Bandele’s HALF OF A YELLOW SUN available on dvd and Blu Ray

Half of a Yellow SunHALF OF A YELLOW SUN (15) 2013 BANDELE, BIYI
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Biyi Bandele makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. In the late 1960s twin sisters Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) arrive back home in Nigeria, having finished their studies in England. While Olanna moves in with her boyfriend, professor Odenigbo (Ejiofor), and his young houseboy, Ugwu (John Boyega), Kainene becomes a businesswoman and gets involved with British writer Richard (Joseph Mawle).

When the Nigerian Civil War breaks out the sisters’ lives are changed forever.

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/literature-on-dvd

Sir Anthony Hopkins tribute to Dylan Thomas issued on dvd

DYLAN THOMAS DYLAN THOMAS: RETURN JOURNEY (12) 1990 HOPKINS, ANTHONY £12.99

One-man production which offers an interpretation of the lectures Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Bob Kingdom) gave in America. Among the poems included in the film are ‘Fern Hill’, ‘Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night’, ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’, ‘Return Journey’ and ‘A Story’.

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/literature-on-dvd

BBC Shakespeare epic histories cycle – AN AGE OF KINGS – available as a 5 disc set.

An Age of KingsAN AGE OF KINGS (E)   1960   £29.99
Finally released on dvd after 50 years this BBC Shakespeare  epic histories cycle stages the eight plays from Richard II to Richard III as studio dramas in 15 parts of between 60 and 75 minutes each. With distinguished by many outstanding performances, including Robert Hardy, Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins

Adapted from the plays ‘Richard II’, ‘Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2’, ‘Henry V’, ‘Henry VI: Parts 1, 2 and 3’ and ‘Richard III’, the series includes performances by actors such as Frank Pettingell, Angela Baddeley, Robert Hardy, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench and Sean Connery. The episodes are: ‘Richard II: The Hollow Crown’, ‘Richard II: The Deposing of a King’, ‘Henry IV: Rebellion from the North’, ‘Henry IV: The Road to Shrewsbury’, ‘Henry IV: The New Conspiracy’, ‘Henry IV: Uneasy Lies the Head’, ‘Henry V: Signs of War’, ‘Henry V: The Band of Brothers’, ‘Henry VI: The Red Rose and the White’, ‘Henry VI: The Fall of a Protector’, ‘Henry VI: The Rabble from Kent’, ‘Henry VI: The Morning’s War’, ‘Henry VI: The Sun in Splendour’, ‘Richard III: The Dangerous Brother’ and ‘Richard III: The Boar Hunt’.

Review at – http://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/blog/?news_id=385

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Live performance of Shakespeare’s – HENRY V: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE – issued on dvd

Henry V Shakespeare's GlobeHENRY V: SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE (E) 2012 DROMGOOLE, DOMINIC  £19.99
Live performance of Shakespeare’s historical play at the reconstructed Globe Theatre. The plot follows King Henry V, here portrayed by Jamie Parker, as he attempts to conquer France during the Hundred Years’ War. Other cast members include Brendan O’Hea, Paul Rider, David Hargreaves and Brid Brennan.

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Some big screen literary adaptations out on dvd.

ImageLIFE OF PI (PG) 2012            LEE, ANG        £19.99
Academy Award-winning fantasy adventure based on Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel. Suraj Sharma stars as Pi Patel, a 16-year-old zookeeper’s son from Pondicherry who finds himself stranded on a small boat in the Pacific Ocean in the company of a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger following the shipwreck of the freighter on which he and his family were sailing for Canada. Over the course of several months Pi manages to survive on the meagre supplies of food and water he finds on the boat, and also takes up fishing, while in his half-delirious state he muses on various aspects of animal behaviour, religion and the meaning of life.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Director (Ang Lee) and Best Cinematography (Claudio Miranda), as well as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Mychael Danna) and two BAFTAs.

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/literature-on-dvd

ImageMIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (12) 2012        MEHTA, DEEPA     £19.99
Based on Salman Rushdie magic realist novel, the film is set against the backdrop of India’s independence from British rule and the resulting partition of India. The story concerns Saleem Sinai (Satya Bhabha), who was born at the precise moment of India’s independence and has been imbued with telepathic powers which connect him to all other children born within a one-hour timeframe.

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ImageLES MISÉRABLES (12A) 2012       HOOPER, TOM            £19.99
Academy Award-winning big-screen adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel. Set in 19th-century France, the film tells the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a prisoner who breaks his parole and spends the next two decades fleeing from obsessive police inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). In his quest for personal redemption, Valjean adopts Cosette (Isabelle Allen/Amanda Seyfried), daughter of impoverished prostitute Fantine (Anne Hathaway), and is eventually elected as town mayor.

But despite the events of the intervening years, can he ever really shake off his past? The ensemble supporting cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hathaway won the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for her supporting performance. The film also won two additional Oscars and three BAFTAs, and received Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy (Jackman).

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ImageQUARTET (12) 2012        HOFFMAN,  DUSTIN        £19.99
Comedy drama adapted by writer Ronald Harwood from his own stage play of the same name. Beecham House is a retirement home with a difference: it specifically caters for former artistes including one-time opera singers Cissy (Pauline Collins), Reginald (Tom Courtenay) and Wilf (Billy Connolly). Once part of a quartet, the three still take part in an annual concert to celebrate the birthday of composer Giuseppe Verdi.

But this year things are complicated by the arrival of the fourth member of their quartet, Jean (Maggie Smith), a die-hard diva who also happens to be Reginald’s ex-wife. Theatrical temperaments and old hostilities flare as the dramatic foursome fuss, flirt and flounce their way through rehearsals, adhering emphatically to that old showbiz adage, ‘the show must go on’.

Once the water settles, the badly-injured mother and son begin a frantic search for the missing members of their family, but it soon becomes apparent that Maria is desperately ill and must be given medical help as quickly as possible.

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Roman Polanski’s Tess is re-issue on dvd

tess TESS (12) 1979 UK   POLANSKI, ROMAN    £19.99
Three times Academy Award winning film based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel. Set in 19th Century England where a peasant discovers that his family are descendants from a noble family, the d’Urbervilles. He sends his daughter Tess to live with a rich cousin, Alec d’Urberville.

She has a baby by him but it dies in infancy. Tess then runs away and on the way meets a pastor’s son, Angel, with whom she falls in love and marries. When she tells Angel about her past he is unable to forgive and goes off to Brazil.

Tess then goes back to Alec. But when Angel returns home, Tess kills her lover, Alec, in order to be with the only man she has ever loved, Angel.

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Walter Salles adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD out on dvd

Image ON THE ROAD (15) 2012      SALLES, WALTER        £17.99
Brazilian director Walter Salles helms this adaptation of the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac that defined the Beat Generation. Sam Riley stars as Kerouac’s self-styled protagonist, down-and-out intellectual Sal Paradise, who takes to the backroads of America with his free-spirited friend Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) in a frantic odyssey fuelled by jazz, poetry and drugs in search of the ‘it’ at the heart of life. Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Amy Adams co-star.

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