Videomatica’s Top Ten DVD

1 A Great Masterpiece Becomes a Greater Picture!

Dostoievsky’s immortal novel of human passion becomes a powerful drama starring Edward Arnold (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) as Inspector Porfiry and Peter Lorre (Casablanca) as Roderick Raskolnikov, an impoverished student struggling with the nature of good and evil.  Crippled by guilt and paranoia after committing a murder he thinks is just, Raskolnikov is torn between the detective investigating the murder and the woman he saved, who now wants to save his soul.


2 Director Mark Hartley takes us on a hilarious thrill ride through the masterworks of Yoram Globus and the late Menahem Golan, two movie-obsessed immigrant cousins who became Hollywood’s ultimate gate-crashers. With hair-trigger randomness, these cousins of chaos churned out a breathtaking cavalcade of hits and misses, made movies out of posters, released a sequel before the original film, botched plots, bounced checks and burned careers – and in so doing, changed the way movies were made and marketed.


3 Essie Davis (The Babadook, The Slap) returns as Miss Phryne Fisher, a “lady detective” from Melbourne with a fabulous sense of fun and a flair for solving crimes. In a country reemerging from the shadow of World War I, Phryne takes life in her stride—and murder, too. Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, The Secret Life of Us) works alongside her, although she often outraces him to the crime scene. Despite Jack’s efforts to keep matters on a professional level, their playful partnership is growing more and more personal. In Series 3, Phryne and Jack’s developing relationship is matched by the on-again, off-again romance of Phryne’s assistant, “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings, Tomorrow, When the War Began), and Jack’s constable, Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt, San Andreas). But with the unexpected arrival of her father in Australia, Phryne recalls troubling incidents from her past—and contends with ominous affairs in the present.


4 A dynamic round-up of stars including Robert Mitchum , Angie Dickinson and David Carradine provides enormous talent in this hard-riding, rugged gun-slinging adventure that’s one of the boldest and most fascinating tales of outcasts, outlaws and lawmen ever filmed. Mitchum is an aging but tough-as-nails lawman that meets up with Young Billy Young (Robert Walker), a fast-draw outlaw on the run after a deadly robbery. Discovering that they have a common enemy, the two men join forces. But it’s a partnership that explodes like a keg of TNT when the lawmen discover a secret that initiates a barroom brawl… and ends in a six-gun shoot-out that practically rips two towns apart!


5 Italian cinema dream team Sophia Loren (Marriage Italian Style) and Marcello Mastroianni (La dolce vita) are cast against glamorous type and deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in this moving, quietly subversive drama from Ettore Scola (The Family). Though it’s set in Rome on the historic day in 1938 when Benito Mussolini and the city first rolled out the red carpet for Adolf Hitler, the film takes place entirely in a working-class apartment building, where an unexpected friendship blossoms between a pair of people who haven’t joined the festivities: a conservative housewife and mother tending to her domestic duties and a liberal radio broadcaster awaiting deportation. Scola paints an exquisite portrait in sepia tones, a story of two individuals helpless in the face of fascism’s rise.


6 For Detective Chief Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw, Death in Holy Orders), the world is changing at a dizzying pace—economically, politically, socially, culturally. As the 1960s draw to a close and a new era beckons, he feels more and more estranged and ill-equipped to cope. But for Gently and his fellow officers, one thing remains constant in their northeast England beat: violent crime. In four all-new, feature-length episodes, Gently is again assisted in his crime-fighting duties by Detective Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Place of Execution), who is up for promotion to inspector, and Constable Rachel Coles (Lisa McGrillis, Hebburn), who is preparing to take her sergeants exam. While Gently and Bacchus collaborate as usual in their investigations, both are harboring secrets from each other that threaten to bring their professional careers to an end. Compelling mysteries and superb performances continue to make this “one of the most successful detective dramas on British television” (Daily Express Saturday Magazine, UK).


7 Mummies! Monsters! Mayhem! Madness!

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Absorbed in research directed towards freeing the two natures of man, Dr. Jekyll degenerates in to Mr. Hyde, a vengeful maniac. While Hyde wants revenge against a gambler whom his wife is in love with, Dr. Jekyll, takes steps to do away with his evil self.

 Scream of Fear

A young wheelchair-bound woman returns to her father’s estate to find he’s away on business, but she keeps seeing his dead body in various places. Her stepmother and other house guests employ a plan to drive her insane and take her inheritance.

The Gorgon

In a rural village, a series of murders have been committed where each victim was turned into stone. A local professor investigates and finds an evil Gorgon haunting a nearby castle and in search of more victims.

Stop Me Before I Kill!

After a horrific car crash, race car driver Alan Colby goes on vacation to recover, but suffers blackouts and violent outbursts. With his wife by his side, he visits a psychiatrist who promises to cure Alan’s suffering but they have now encountered a mind more unbalanced and disturbed.

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb

An American showman and financier disrupts the coffin of a mummified pharoah and finds it empty. The mummy has escaped to fulfill the dreadful prophesy and exact a violent and bloody revenge on all those who defiled his final resting place.


8 Blood And Glorry: The Civil War In Color brings one of the most defining periods in American history to life in this highly acclaimed, four-part documentary series. Using state-of-the-art technology with unprecedented access to government and private archives, over 600 rare and compelling black-and-white photographs have been painstakingly colorized to illustrate the story of a nation torn apart, pitting North against South-brother against brother.


9 Winner of three 2015 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, this renowned documentary examines the controversial Church of Scientology and how the church attracts new followers. Researching one of the most secretive religions ever, Alex Gibney asks what members, including A-list stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta, are willing to do for their faith. Featuring forms of the church from its roots to modern rules of church agents.


10 A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg (Scanners), starring Oliver Reed (Women in Love) and Samantha Eggar (The Collector). With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly scary vision.


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