Videomatica’s Top Ten DVD

1 boyntheworld Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s Academy Award-nominated masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color that critics proclaim is “one of the most beautiful animated features ever made.” (David Noh, Film Journal International) Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, Cuca embarks on a journey that unfolds like a tapestry – the film’s stunning visuals becoming more complex as his small world expands. The story of a changing world through the eyes of a curious child, Boy and the World depicts a clash between village and city, nature and industry, the rich and the poor – and despite the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song…
2 touchofzen Ku Shen Chai (Shih Jun), an unmotivated artist in his early 30s, still lives with his mother, but he is shaken from his comfortable rut by the arrival of beautiful and mysterious Yang Hui-ching (Feng Hsu), a princess on the run from Gen. Ou-Yang Nin (Tien Peng), who murdered her entire family. Yang brings Ku into her circle of protectors, including Nin’s rival, Gen. Shih Wen-Chiao (Pai Ying), and the nameless monk (Roy Chiao) whose spiritual guidance transforms Ku into a valiant fighter.
3 deadlineusa Screen legend Humphrey Bogart  stars as a fictional newspaper editor Ed Hutcheson of The Day , which will be folding in three days. Even though he and his staff will be out of work within days, he intends to expose the criminal activities of vicious crime boss Tomas Rienzi (Martin Gabel, The Thief). An abundance of subplots are expertly woven together by legendary screenwriter/director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry) in Deadline U.S.A. This classic film noir features stunning black-and-white cinematography by the great Milton R. Krasner (23 Paces to Baker Street) with an uniformly excellent cast that includes Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart and Jim Buckus .
4 borntobeblue Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke s virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blue unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.
5 rayharryhausen The remarkable career of the movie industry s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.

Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms , It Came from Beneath the Sea , The 7th Voyage of Sinbad , Mysterious Island , Jason and the Argonauts and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.

6 embraceoftheserpent The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
7 wallander4 Kenneth Branagh stars as the gifted but all-too-human detective Kurt Wallander in the three final, thrilling episodes of the BAFTA Award-winning series.

Follow Wallander to South Africa s beautiful open country and crushingly poor townships, where he tracks a missing Swedish national. Return to Sweden and plunge into forest swamps as Wallander races to save the missing child of a murdered woman. And try to beat the odds in his final case the most personal of all as his daughter s future hangs in the balance. An intriguing and emotional end to this elegantly filmed and brilliantly acted series, based on the best-selling novels of Henning Mankell.

8 dresser One fateful night in a small English regional theatre during World War II, a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeare s King Lear. Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but the actor/manager Sir (Anthony Hopkins) who is playing Lear is nowhere to be seen. His dresser Norman (Ian McKellen) must scramble to keep the production alive but will Sir turn up in time? And if he does, will he be able to perform that night?

The Dresser is a wickedly funny and deeply moving story of friendship and loyalty as Sir reflects on his lifelong accomplishments and seeks to reconcile his turbulent friendships with those in his employ before the final curtain.

9 STORFRONTTHEATRE Package Designed by Videomatica’s own Robin Bougie!

Vinegar Syndrome presents its new ‘Storefront Theatre Collection’, which celebrates both the strange and often homegrown productions that played in ‘mini-theatres’ of the 70s. This special-edition 3-disc set is uniquely packaged in 100% recycled card stock and features a heavy-duty slipcase.

10 hammerfilms 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.

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