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
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.
Available in Swedish with English subtitles and with English dub track.
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
Based on the bestselling Varg Veum novels and two collections of short stories by author Gunnar Staalesen, this modern noir Norwegian crime series is distinguished by dark humor, insightful characterization, and unremitting suspense. Varg is the old Norwegian word for wolf, and Varg Veum is one lone wolf who’s become a household name to the European crime audience. He may be unconventional but he gets the job done.
Now the end has two faces. Renzo Marquez (Julio Chavez) and Marina Segal (Cecilia Roth) join forces again to solve yet another logic-defying homicide case. With the help of XL (Alejandro Awada), a psychiatric patient suffering from low brain activity, they manage to anticipate a serial killer’s next move. This time, the murderer is a tormented man who views killing as an art form and, as such, thinks each homicide deserves to be immortalized in a series of photographs. Homicide detectives embark on a race against time to catch him, even as Renzo and Marina are burdened by the ghosts of their own pasts.
(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…
(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.
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.
When the beautiful Kumiko joins the editorial desk at a small local newspaper, the most deeply kept secrets of the rich and powerful leader of a religious cult suddenly begin finding their way into print in blistering exposes. Scandalous exposes which have even more shocking repercussions for the paper’s sales manager, Okomoto, and his elegant wife Shizuyo. Ensnared in the escalating war of wits and chains between the sadistic cult master and Kumiko, his former sex slave, Shizuyo finds herself strung in the rope bonds of a ruthless game that mixes sensuality with humiliation. Could it be that Shizuyo’s only hope of release may come in the form of her own husband’s mistress? Or is that exactly what the Devil has been planning on all along? From the novels of the late, legendary SM Master Oniroku Dan, prepare to be served a dark and unsettling vision of twisted lust and inhuman bondage: THE DEVIL’S FEAST!
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
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.
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!
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!