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 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
In the vein of Hard Boiled, Infernal Affairs and Reservoir Dogs comes this hard-hitting action-thriller from rising director Dante Lam. Esteemed investigator Captain Manfred (Leon Lai, Bodyguards and Assassins) is at a crossroads in life when he s assigned to the case of a lethal car accident and the death of a prostitute. Working with him is aggressive Inspector Kee, who s determined to rise in the fast-paced world of Hong Kong law enforcement. Opposites in every way, Manfred finds himself in the unexpected position of defending his partner when he s linked to the crimes, and he s soon swept up into a shadowy world of dirty politics, graphic murders and dangerous secrets.
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.
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…
First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La Piovra) is an international blockbuster, running for 18 years and producing 9 follow-up series. The title of this classic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a secret criminal culture which extends its tentacles into every 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. In Series 1, Michele Placido stars as Chief Inspector Corrado Cattani, who arrives in Sicily full of resolve for the task of investigating a pair of high-profile murders. When the Mafia starts to push back, his convictions erode and he ends up compromising to save his life, and that of his family. What will prevent him from taking his own ruthless revenge against the Sicilian Mob?
A phantom sniper methodically assassinates key figures in a South Korean intelligence investigation. Special Agent Ryu and his partner, Lee, suspect North Korea’s most lethal female operative, Hee. When a security breach prompts the theft of high-tech liquid explosive, CTX, from South Korean authorities, Ryu and Lee are certain there’s a mole within their ranks. Deceptions are uncovered, loyalties questioned and two nations threatened in the thriller that smashed the Korean box office record set by TITANIC!
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.
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.
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
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.
George Stark, a wealthy industrialist and playboy, gathers a group of bourgeois friends at his isolated island beach house for the weekend. His guest of honor is Gerry Farrell, a brilliant chemist who has discovered a remarkable new formula. Farrell doesn’t care to discuss business, but the businessmen in attendance are determined to talk money–in the millions. Each of them angers the others with secrets bids and back alley deals, spawning an atmosphere of distrust, exacerbated by the sexual intrigue in the air between the men and their various wives and mistresses. Suspicions begin to rise when the guests begin to turn up dead, one by one! Mario Bava strikes again–and again, and again–in this stylish and wicked whodunit, never before released in America!
The charmed life of a successful young engineer is thrown into chaos following a decidedly uncomfortable dinner with his powerful boss and the man’s socially scabrous wife in With a Friend Like Harry director Dominik Moll’s twisted, semi-supernatural thriller. Upon relocating to an ultra-modern community in the south of France with the promise of a lucrative position at powerful Richard Pollock’s (Andr Dussollier) hi-tech firm, Alain Getty (Laurent Lucas) and his wife, Benedicte (Charlotte Gainsbourg), find their life together going better than they ever imagined. Happy in his work and deeply in love with his beautiful wife, Alain relishes his newfound success before a fateful dinner with Richard and his venomously eccentric wife, Alice (Charlotte Rampling), casts a dark thunderhead over Alain’s azure skies. Unable to sleep after the troubling and abbreviated dinner and driven to repair the kitchen sink during a sleepless fit of late-night productivity, Alain is shocked to discover that a lemming has become lodged in the drainage pipes. As Alain attempts to discover just how a rodent native to Scandinavia found its way to a tiny drain pipe in France, a sudden revelation regarding the grim fate of Richard’s troubled wife finds the once rational engineer struggling to maintain his sanity, and his marriage, against a malevolent and seemingly supernatural force. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Nora Davis (Leticia Roman) jets away to Rome to vacation with Edith, an old friend of her family. Unfortunately, her trip is anything but relaxing On the first night, Edith dies–and as Nora runs into the night for help, she becomes an eyewitness to murder as she sees a woman stabbed to death on the Piazza di Spagna! Being a young woman with an insatiable appetite for murder mysteries, Nora can’t get anyone to believe her story, but with the help of the attentive Dr. Marcello Bassi (John Saxon), she learns that a murder did occur on that very spot–10 years earlier–when Emily Craven fell victim to the "Alphabet Murderer"! What did Nora Davis really see, and who is stalking her through Rome? Could it be the Alphabet Killer, looking for Victim D? Mario Bava’s "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" is a stylish homage to the "Americans Abroad" thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock. Originally released in America (in greatly revised form) as "Evil Eye," Bava’s innovative thriller is presented here–for the first time–in its original director’s cut.