One of the most singular auteurs of the horror and science fiction genres, David Cronenberg has wowed audiences with his depictions of body transformations and explorations of society, this collection of his early short and feature films shows a master learning his craft and exploring many of the themes that would dominate his most celebrated work. Transfer (1966), Cronenberg’s first short film, is a surreal sketch of a doctor and his patient. From the Drain (1967) finds two men in a bathtub, which may be part of a centre for veterans of a future war. Stereo (1969), Cronenberg’s first official feature film, stunningly shot in monochrome, concerns telepaths at the Institute for Erotic Enquiry where patients undergo tests by Dr. Luther Stringfellow. In Crimes of the Future (1970) Cronenberg worked in colour and with a larger budget, where we find the House of Skin clinic director (Ronald Mlodzik, returning from Stereo) searching for his mentor, Antoine Rouge, who has disappeared following a catastrophic plague. Cronenberg’s early amateur feature films, shot in and around his university campus, prefigure his later films’ concerns with strange institutions, male/female separation and ESP, echoing the likes of Videodrome, Dead Ringers and Scanners.
The final film in François Truffaut's autobiographical 'Antoine Doinel' series, which follows the director's screen alter ego from adolescence (in 'Les Quatre Cents Coups') to the complications of married life here. Separated from his wife, novelist Antoine is having an affair with Sabine (Dorothee). When seeing off his son at a train station, he spots his first love, Colette (Marie-France Pisier), and jumps into her carriage. Colette is now seeing Sabine's brother, Xavier (Daniel Mesguich), and soon all four protagonists are back in Paris attempting to reconcile their lives.
Francois Truffaut's semi-autobiographical first feature stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, an unruly young Parisian whose unhappiness leads him into trouble. Frequently running away from school and home, Antoine spends much of his time playing with his friends on the streets of the city; but events take a more serious turn when an accusation of plagiarism leads him to quit school and the theft of a typewriter lands him in trouble with the police.
Olympus Has Fallen When a group of heavily armed and meticulously trained extremists launch a daring daylight ambush on the White House, the President (Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight) and his staff are taken hostage inside an impenetrable underground bunker. But as the Oval office and its environs sustain an aerial and ground attack, a disgraced former U.S. Secret Service agent, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler,300), finds his way into the besieged building to do the job he has trained for all his life: to protect the president - at all costs. With tension rising, the Acting President (Morgan Freeman, The Dark Knight Rises) and US national security team must rely on Banning to rescue the President before the terrorists can unleash their ultimate, terrifying plan. From visionary director, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day),Olympus Has Fallen is an electrifying, and inspired action thriller that will keep your heart pounding from start to finish! London Has Fallen The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? Bonus Features: RETRIBUTION MODE with Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua – Watch The Equalizer 2 with Denzel & Antoine as they take you through their favourite adrenaline-filled action scenes in their very first sequel together, with exclusive commentary and conversation. 11 Deleted & Extended Scenes Denzel As McCall: Round Two Trivia Track: Pop-up trivia guaranteed to surprise even the biggest fans of The Equalizer Also includes: Seconds Till Death: Action Breakdown Through Antoine’s Lens: The Cast NBA TV Spots (Footage courtesy of NBA Entertainment)
In La Ciotat, the South of France, Antoine (Matthieu Lucci) attends a summer writing workshop in which a few young people have been selected to write a crime thriller with the help of famous novelist Olivia (Marina Foïs). The creative process recalls the town's industrial past, a form of nostalgia to which Antoine feels indifferent. More concerned with the fears of the modern world, the young man soon clashes with the group and Olivia who seems at the same time alarmed and captivated by Antoine's violence.
After a bitter divorce, Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet) battle for sole custody of their son, Julien (Thomas Gioria). Miriam claims the father is violent but lacks proof. Antoine accuses her of manipulating their son for her own ends. Both sides seem to be hiding something with the truth buried in a web of deceit and jealousy. When the judge awards joint custody, Julien becomes a pawn in a tense conflict that soon brings the family's fraught past to light. Critically acclaimed and winner of numerous awards, CUSTODY is a gripping, tension-filled drama that heralds a stunning new cinematic voice in Xavier Legrand. Legrand's mastery of building suspense, supported by exceptional performances from the cast, marks this out as an absolute must-see.
A powerful adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's first novel 'Une vie', A Woman's Life is a timeless story of love, betrayal and anguish set in the repressive patriarchal world of early 19th century Normandy. Jeanne (Judith Chemla) is a young woman full of childish dreams and innocence when she returns home after finishing her schooling in a convent. Yet little by little her illusions are stripped away when she marries a local Viscount, Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who reveals himself to be a miserly and adulterous partner. This poignant period drama from French director Stéphane Brizé (The Measure of a Man) has impressed audiences and critics alike with its tragic tone and striking performances. The film competed at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Prize for Best Film in competition, and now comes to UK audiences in a Blu-ray special edition that includes a selection of fascinating extra features. Features: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Optional English subtitles From the Novel to the Film, by Stéphane Brizé, a featurette in which the director talks about adapting Maupassant's work Making A Woman's Life, interviews with cinematographer Antoine Litslé, and sound engineer Pascal Jammes Stills gallery Original trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original French poster art and newly commissioned UK artwork FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Margaret Deriaz
Much is known about scientists such as Darwin Newton and Einstein but what about lesser known scientists - people who have not achieved a high level of fame but who have contributed greatly to human knowledge? What were their lives like? What were their struggles aims successes and failures? How do their discoveries fit into the bigger picture of science as a whole? Overlooked sidelined excluded discredited key figures in scientific discovery come and take their bow in an alternative Nobel prize gallery Antoine Lavoisier the father of French chemistry who gave oxygen its name Lavoisier was a wealthy man who found himself on the wrong side of a revolution and paid the price with his life Mary Anning a poor working-class woman who made her living fossil-hunting along the beach cliffs of southern England Anning found herself excluded from the scientific community because of her gender and social class Wealthy male experts took credit for her discoveries George Washington Carver born a slave Carver become one of the most prominent botanists of his time as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute Carver devised over 100 products using one major ingredient - the peanut - including dyes plastics and gasoline Alfred Wegener a German meteorologist balloonist and arctic explorer his theory of continental drift was derided by other scientists and was only accepted into mainstream thinking after his death He died in Greenland on an expedition his body lost in the ice and snow Nikola Tesla a Serbian American inventor electrical engineer mechanical engineer physicist and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system A competitor of Edison Tesla died in poverty despite his intellectual brilliance Jocelyn Bell Burnell a Northern Irish astrophysicist As a postgraduate student she discovered the first radio pulsars (supernova remnants) while studying and advised by her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish for which Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in physics while Bell Burnell was excluded Fred Hoyle an English astronomer noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis - the process whereby most of the elements on the Periodic Table are created He was also noted for the controversial positions he held on a wide range of scientific issues often in direct opposition to prevailing theories This eccentric approach contributed to him to being overlooked by the Nobel Prize committee for his stellar nucleosynthesis work Any one of these figures could have been awarded a Nobel prize Not every scientific discoverer was lauded in their time for reasons of gender race or lack of wealth or (in the case of Lavoisier) being too wealthy in the 21st century there are many more reparations and reputations to be made