Mystery & Thrillers
A hidden gem of the French New Wave, Alain Cavalier’s thrilling black-and-white noir is as sleek and cool as it is gripping. Filled with thrilling plot twists, daring shoot-outs and stormy betrayals, Le Combat dans l’ile takes place against a backdrop of 60′s political turmoil and is strikingly shot by legendary cameraman Pierre Lhomme (Army of Shadows, King of Hearts). Jean-Louis Trintignant (Z, The Conformist) is Clément, a member of a right-wing terrorist organization who becomes involved in a political assassination attempt. A member of his gang betrays him and he hides out with his wife Anne (a luminous Romy Schneider) in the country home of a childhood friend, Paul (Henri Serre, Jim of Jules and Jim). Clément defines macho, with his surly incommunicativeness and sudden outbursts of violence, with Anne often its recipient. Paul, by contrast, is a gentle pacifist, and as affection grows between him and Anne, the emotional as well as political tension soar. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:- Gorgeous new high-definition transfer, supervised by cinematographer Pierre Lhomme- France 1961 : A brand-new short film by Alain Cavalier, created especially for this release- Rare behind-the-scenes photos, including images from the archive of producer Louis Malle- An exclusive booklet with essays by the filmmakers, and more
Available in Swedish with English subtitles and with English dub track.
In dreamlike mountain scenery, Toshiko makes a daring escape from her sexually warped Uncle Sonezaki. Fortunately, she met Samehada as she runs for her life, which is also escaping from some slayers. What follows is a wild chase that leads the audience into a comically violent world.
The relationship between beautiful Emilia and her imaginative young daughter, Alicia, is tested after moving to a new apartment, When her mother starts bringing men home, Alicia takes refuge in dreams that soon become nightmares. Now that Alice is convinced that her mother is possessed by a vampire, she will do anything to save her.La relación entre la hermosa Emilia y su hija Alicia es puesta a prueba después de mudarse a un apartamento. Esto empieza cuando su mama empieza a llevar hombres a la casa y Alicia se empieza a refugiar en sueños que pronto se convierten en pesadillas. Cuando Alicia se convence de que su madre está poseída por un vampiro, hará todo lo posible por salvarlaEnglish Subtitles
Two brothers, Ho-jin and Dae-jin, were the only family they had. The older brother Ho-jin married Eun-soo, extending their family to three, and they all lived happy, tranquil days together. But one day, in spite of Ho-jin’s objection, Dae-jin takes part in a car race finals. At the exact same time and in different places, both brothers get into a tragic accident and they both lose consciousness. One year later, a miracle unfolds when Dae-jin wakes up from his coma. But when he does, he claims that he’s Ho-jin. After taking care of Dae-jin at the hospital, Eun-soo and Dae-jin go home and their life together begins. But Eun-soo is utterly confused as Dae-jin’s way of talking, tastes and even habits are exactly like her husband’s. Eun-soo has trouble accepting the fact that her husband’s spirit has taken over Dae-jin’s body, while Dae-jin tries to convince her that he’s really her husband, Ho-jin. At first they live distantly from each other, but as time passes, they get closer. Eun-soo keeps noticing things about her husband from Dae-jin, but she persists on keeping a fine line between them as in-laws. Then Dae-jin weeps while recalling a memory that only Eun-soo and Ho-jin would know. Finally, Eun-soo breaks down the barrier she built, and accepts Dae-jin as her real husband. Feeling that it could have been a love lost forever, they begin a more passionate love, but the people around them look distastefully at their relationship.
IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES International film star Bruno Cremer brings the beloved Parisian Inspector Maigret to life in this definitive series of filmed adaptations of legendary writer Georges Simenon’s bestselling crime novels. Sporting his pipe that seems a nod to Sherlock Holmes, the pragmatic, reserved and refined Maigret investigates murders in his singular unhurried manner and inevitably discovers the truth. To crack his cases he peels back the veneer of seemingly idyllic villages and neighborhoods, exposing the criminals who lurk in all levels of society. Against a backdrop of 1950s Paris and the surrounding French countryside, these original feature-length films pay homage to one of the most brilliant detective minds of the twentieth century.
American VisaMario Alvarez (Demian Bichir) is an English teacher in the Bolivian countryside. He decides to send his son to study in the U.S. in hope of reuniting with him later on. Along the way he meets Blanca (Kate del Castillo), a beautiful exotic dancer who will make him question whether the road to happiness lies in following your heart or in fulfilling the American Dream. Rosario Tijeras Rosario Tijeras tells the story of 2 friends who one day meet and are seduced by a beautiful and sensuous hitwoman named Rosario Tijeras (Flora Martinez). Moved by hatred against everyone who has ever hurt and abused her, violence has become her way of life. The three friends will soon loose themselves in a passionate love triangle where the pain of love will be confused with that of death.American Visa Mario Álvarez (Demian Bichir) es un profesor de inglés que envía a su hijo a estudiar a los Estados Unidos. Años después, decide reunirse con El, sin embargo sus planes se frustran cuando su visa Americana es rechazada. Desesperado por reunirse con su hijo, Mario hará cualquier cosa para llegar a Gringolandia. En medio de sus hazañas, conoce a Blanca (Kate del Castillo), una bella y alegre bailarina exótica quien le cuestionará si la felicidad esta en el amor o en realizar el sueño americano. Rosario Tijeras: Basada en la novela del aclamado escritor Jorge Franco, Rosario Tijeras cuenta la historia de Antonio y Emilio, dos amigos que conocen a una bella y sensual sicaria del narcotráfico Colombiano, Rosario Tijeras (Flora Martinez). Movida por el odio contra todos los que la han maltratando, Rosario hace de la violencia su estilo de vida. Los tres amigos pronto se perderán en un triángulo pasional donde confundirán el dolor del amor con el de la muerte.English Subtitles
First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La Piovra) is aninternational blockbuster, running for 18 years and producing 9 follow-up series.The title of thisclassic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a secret criminalculture which extends itstentacles intoevery layer of society.Ultimately shot on three continents, The Octopus brought scope and sophistication to the story of an old battle and shows the cost men and women pay when they stand up to the injustice of organized crime. InSeries 2 it gets personal for Police Inspector CorradoCattani(Michele Placido).His lust for revenge drives him undercover, where hediscovers a multi-million dollar arms deal.Helped by a familiar foe -the Countess OlgaCamastra(FlorindaBalkan) -whose love for him leads her to break the criminals’ code of silence, Cattaniworks both sides of the law as his battle withthe Mafiareaches a shocking climax.
(In Italian with English Subtitles) First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La Piovra) is an international blockbuster, running 18 years and producing nine follow-up series. The title of this classic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a secret criminal culture extending its tentacles into every layer of society. Ultimately shot on three continents, The Octopus brings scope and sophistication to the story of an old battle and shows the cost men and women pay when they stand up to the injustice of organized crime. Series 8 and 9 take us back fifty years, to a time when the ruthless Don Pietro engineers his rise to power. Will Don Pietro s protégé, a young boy named Tano, follow his own conscience or will he too be corrupted by the force of the Mafia? In Series 10 we move to the present, where an aging and solitary Tano Cariddi lives in self-imposed exile on the slopes of Mount Etna. Deputy Prosecutor Silvia Conti has also retired, living a quiet life with her husband. The time has come for these two old enemies to face a final reckoning…
Michele Placido, Remo Girone, Patricia Millardet. The drama only intensifies as Police Inspector Corrado Cattani tries to foil heartless mobster Tano Carridi’s attempts to take control of a multinational business. In Italian with English subtitles. 6 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1989/color/10 hrs., 8 min/NR/fullscreen.
(In Italian with English Subtitles) First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La Piovra) is an international blockbuster, running 18 years and producing nine follow-up series. The title of this classic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a secret criminal culture extending its tentacles into every layer of society. Ultimately shot on three continents, The Octopus brings scope and sophistication to the story of an old battle and shows the cost men and women pay when they stand up to the injustice of organized crime. In Series 7, Judge Silvia Conti finds herself caught between warring factions of rival Mafia clans as she seeks to discover the truth behind the murder of her former lover, Police Inspector Corrado Cattani. Another face from the past returns in the form of the Countess Olga Camastra, who has in her possession a list of Mafiosi names and secret account numbers a list the Mafia hierarchy desperately wants back. And one man in exile, seeing an opportunity, plots his revenge and return to power…
A lifetime of police work has left Kurt Wallander with the look of a man who’s seen too much. In a spare and compelling performance, Krister Henriksson does justice to the detective beloved by fans of the crime novels by Henning Mankell. The series depicts a police team in the city of Ystad, Sweden, confronting the darkness of the human heart. Wallander works with his daughter Linda, who shares his instinct for crime solving and Stefan Lindman, a young detective eager to prove himself.
Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is abducted and locked up in a strange, private "prison." No one will tell him why he’s there and who his jailer is. Over time his fury builds to a single-minded focus of revenge. 15 years later, he is unexpectedly freed, given a new suit, a cell-phone and 5 days to discover the mysterious enemy who had him imprisoned.
Acclaimed director Lars von Trier (Dogville, The Five Obstructions) presents Series Two of his supernatural thriller set inside Denmark’s most esteemed but cursed medical institution. Malicious forces are once again at work as the hospital’s restless spirits become even more entwined with the eccentric staff and residents. Resuming after the birth of "Little Brother," the deformed offspring of demon-doctor Aage Krüger (Udo Kier), these four episodes will propel you deeper into the madness and evil that dwells within The Kingdom.
From Jacques Rivette, one of the giants of French cinema, director of such modernist classics as Celine and Julie Go Boating, La Belle Noiseuse and Va Savoir, comes a delightful tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art. On a winding mountain road in the Languedoc region in the South of France, Vittorio stops to help Kate, whose car has broken down. After gallantly making the repair, without a single word exchanged, he speeds off. When their paths cross again, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s travelling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions many years ago. Intrigued by her story, Vittorio stays for the show, and the next one, and little by little, is ingratiated into the circus and the lives of its performers all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure. SPECIAL FEATURES: – Mastered from HD Source Material – Audio Commentary by film scholar Chris Fujiwara – Interview with Jane Birkin – Theatrical Trailer – Essay by Rob White, Editor of Film Quarterly
A Psychoanalytic Thriller Restored by the Munich Film Museum and the F.W. Murnau Foundation. In the 1920s, film studios around the world sought to capitalize on the public s curiosity about the newborn science of psychoanalysis. In 1925, Hans Neumann (of Ufa s Kulturfilm office) contacted members of Sigmund Freud s inner circle with a plan to make a dramatic film that explores the mystifying process of the interpretation of dreams. With the help of noted psychologists Karl Abraham and Hanns Sachs, and under the direction of G.W. Pabst (Pandora s Box), SECRETS OF A SOUL was completed. Werner Krauss, who had played the deranged Dr. Caligari six years earlier, stars as a scientist who is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife. Driven to the brink of madness by fantastic nightmares (designed by Ernö Metzner and photographed by Guido Seeber in a brilliant mix of expressionism and surrealism), he encounters a psychoanalyst who offers to treat the perplexing malady.
One of the most suspenseful psychological thrillers from Sweden, the Van Veeteren series brings to life the best-selling crime novels by one of Sweden s most popular mystery writers, Hakan Nesser, whose books have been published in more than 20 countries worldwide. Set in the fictitious city of Maardam, in a made-up country that could be anywhere in northern Europe, the series follows the murder cases of retired chief inspector, Van Veeteren, and his two crime squad protégés, Münster and Moreno.