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Adventures of Felix [Drôle de Felix]. Directed by Olivier wide screen and Jacques Martineau. Starring Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Charly Sergue, Philippe Garziano, Maurice Bénichou. 2000. 95 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

This is a ‘road movie’ with the hero hitch-hiking south across France. On the way he meets a number of interesting people, among them an older women played by the wonderful Patachou who was also known as a great chanteuse.

The Adventures of Indiana JonesThe Adventures of Indiana Jones. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Harrison Ford. 1981, 1984, 1989. A four-disc set with the three classic Indiana Jones adventures (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade), and a disc with about three hours of bonus material, including interviews with Spielberg and Ford. Fine set in a slip-case. $35.00

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Directed by Silvio Narizzano and Guy Slater. Starring Joan Hickson. BBC Vido. 1984. DVD movie. 421 minutes. 3 disc set in slip-case. With these mysteries: The Body in the Library, A Murder Is Announced, A Pocketful of Rye. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $36.00

Amazing Grace. Directed by Michael Apted. Written by Steven Knight. Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Ciaran Hinds, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N'Dour, Michael Gambon, Albert Finney. 2006. 118 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $16.00

Atonement. Directed by Joe Wright. Based on a novel by Ian McEwan. Starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave. 2007. 123 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with artwork. $12.00

Backbeat. Directed by Iain Softley. Starring Stephen Dorff, Ian Hart, Sheryl Lee. 1993. 101 minutes. Fine copy with original artwork. $16.00

Bad Education [La mala educación]. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Starring Gael García Bernal, Fele Martinez. 2004. 105 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Widescreen format. R-rated version. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

Before Night Falls. Directed by Julian Schnabel. Starring Javier Bardem. 2000. 133 minutes. Widescreen format. Closed captions. Fine with original artwork. $20.00

Beloved Friend [Amic/Amat]. Directed by Ventura Pons. Starring Josep Maria Pou, Rosa Maria Sardà, Mario Gas, David Selvas, Irene Montalà. 2001. 90 minutes. Widescreen format. In Spanish (Catalan) with English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

Bend It Like Beckham. Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Myers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjanbi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper. 2003. 112 minutes. Widescreen format. With a number of extra features including a cooking lesson by the director. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

Billy Elliot. Directed by Stephen Daldry. Starring Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis. 2000. 111 minutes. Widescreen format. With various special features including interviews with the stars. $25.00

Black Book [Zwartboek]. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Screenplay by Gerard Soetemann and Paul Verhoeven. Starring Carice Van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Haline Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek De Lint. 2006. 146 minutes. In Dutch with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. The disc has some light scratches, but it is still playable; original liner notes. $20.00

Borat: Cultural Learnings for Make America Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Directed by Larry Charles. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen. DVD movie. Fine copy with original liner notes. $8.50

Borsalino and Co. Directed by Jacques Deray. Music by Claude Bolling. Starring Alain Delon, Riccardo Cucciolla, Adolfo Lastretti, Gabriella Farinon, Catherine Rouvel. 1974. 102 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine with original liner notes. $18.00

Borstal Boy. Directed by Peter Sheridan. Screenplay by Nye Heron and Peter Sheridan. Starring Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dye, Lee Ingolby, Robin Laing, Eva Birthistle, Michael York. 2002. 91 minutes. Fine copy with original artwork. $22.00

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Directed by Mark Herman. Starring Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O'Brien, Domokos Némethe, Henry Kingsmill. 2008. 94 minutes. Fine copy with original liner notes. $15.00

BrotherBrother. Directed by Aleksei Balabanov. Starring Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Victor Sukhorukov, Svetlanta Pismishenko, Mariya Zhukova, Yuri Kuznetsov. 1997. 96 minutes. Color. In Russian with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $22.00

A young man, recently having left his army service, is drawn into the violent gang world of St. Petersburg. The star, Sergei Bodrov, Jr. was a very fine actor. Alas, he was killed in a mountain accident while working on another film. See also Prisoner of the Mountains, below.

Butterfly [La lengua de las mariposas]. Directed by José Luis Cuerda. Based on the book Qué Me Quieres, Amor? by Manual Rivas. Starring Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Alexis De Los Santos. 1999. 94 minutes. color Widescreen format. In Spanish with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $25.00

Callas Forever. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Starring Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan, Gabriel Garko. 2002. 108 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $14.00

Zeffirelli, who knew Maria Callas well, directs this discordant drama about her last days. She is shown popping pills while listening to her old recordings. A fictional gay character who is producing a rock concert in Paris—for a group jokingly called ‘Wet Dreams’—calls on her and hence the story unfolds, not very convincingly. However, anyone who has seen the real conversations Callas had with Lord Harewood will not confuse the very elegant and intelligent woman shown there with the person portrayed by Ardant. As for Jeremy Irons as the producer, the less said the better, except that his pony-tail is something to behold.

CarandiruCarandiru. Directed by Hector Babenco. Based on the book Estaçao Carandiru by Drauzio Varella. Starring Rodrigo Santoro, Milton Gonçalves, Luiz Carlos Vasconellos, María Luisa Mendonça. 2004. 145 minutes. Color. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

A compelling film about life in a notorious prison in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where during a riot in 1992 111 of the inmates were brutally murdered by an assaulting police squad. The central figure in the drama is a doctor who treats the many ailments of the prisoners, and as he does so learns some of their stories.

Carnage [Carnages]. Directed by Delphine Gleize. Starring Chiara Mastoianni, Jacques Gamblin, Julien Lescarret. 2002. 130 minutes. In French, Italian and Spanish, with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

A number of unrelated people, all unknown to each other, are tied together by what transpires in a Spanish bullring.

Carry On Teacher/Carry On Constable. Directed by Gerald Thomas. Starring Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Leslie Philips, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques. 1959/1960. Two movies. 87/86 minutes. Black & white. Widescreen format. Fine copy. $18.00

These are two of the early Carry On films, and both are hilarious. If you are not familiar with the series, I recommend you start with these.

The Children of Huang Shi. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh. 2008. 125 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $24.00

This is about a British journalist, George Hogg, who witnesses the Japanese attack on Nanking in 1937 and thereafter hides in a remote orphage where he takes over the care of the boys. As the enemy advances he has to lead them on an epic journey to safety. The story is touching, and in the end heart-breaking. What are most memorable, though, are the interviews with some of the boys—now old men—who remember him fondly.

Chinatown. Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Robert Towne. Music scored by Jerry Goldsmith. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, John Huston. 1974. 130 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

A classic film noir set in the California of the 1930s. There is a most interesting discussion by the director, the producer, and the screenwriter on this DVD.

City of God [Cidade de Deus]. Directed by Fernando Mierelles. Based on the novel by Paolo Lins. Starring Alexandre Rodriques, Leandro Firmino Da Hora. 2002. 130 minutes. In Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

A remarkable film about two boys from the slums of Rio who take very different paths, although their lives are intertwined and the connection ends only with the death of one at the hands of boys he had himself armed.

Cold Comfort Farm. Directed by John Schlesinger. Based on the novel by Stella Gibbons. Screenplay by Malcolm Bradbury. Starring Eileen Aitkins, Kate Beckinsale, Sheila Burrell, Stephen Fry, Freddy Jones, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen, Rufus Sewell. 1994. 105 minutes. Widescreen format with optional subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $15.00

Come and See. Directed by Elem Klimov. Starring Alexei Krahchenko, Olga Mironova, Lubomiras Lauciavicius. 1985. 142 minutes. Color. In Russian with English subtitles (or dubbed). DVD with widescreen format. Two disc set, the second having a number of interesting features including archival documentaries, one about the life for the partisans in Belarus. Fine copy with original artwork. $35.00

The Constant GardenerThe Constant Gardener. Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Screenplay by Geoffrey Caine. Based on the novel by John Le Carré. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Huston, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite. 2005. 129 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with liner notes. $12.00

Criminal Lovers [Les amants criminels]. Directed by François Ozon. Starring Natacha Régnier, Jérémie Renier, Salim Kechiouche. 1999. 96 minutes. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00

At the urging of his seriously unbalanced girlfriend, a boy murders another boy who has flirted with her. The pair then take his body out to the country and bury it in the woods. However they are seen by a recluse who holds them captive. Interestingly, in his later films the director, François Ozon, also deals with depraved and dangerous young women. His misogyny is certainly clear, but why it should obsess him is hard to understand.

The Curse of the Golden Flower. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, Lie Ye. 2007. 114 minutes. Color. In Chinese with or without English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

A remarkably lavish production with the full spectrum of colors in nearly every scene. It is a simple story about a family riven with secrets and tensions which finally explode, however the family in question is the imperial one so the consequences are bloody.

The Dancer UpstairsThe Dancer Upstairs. Directed by John Malkovich. Screenplay by Nicholas Shakespeare, from his novel. Starring Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, Juan Diego Botto. 2002. 135 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. With commentary and featurette. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00

Darling. Directed by John Schlesinger. 1965. Drama. Screenplay by Frederic Raphael. Music by John Dankworth. Starring Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey, Dirk Bogarde. 127 minutes. Black & white. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

De-Lovely, The Cole Porter Story. Directed by Irwin Winkler. Screenplay by Jay Cocks. Starring Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce. 2004. 125 minutes. Widescreen format. With various extra features. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

The Devil's Backbone [El espinazo del diablo]. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Starring Eduardo Noriega, Masisa Paredes, Federico Iuppi, Iñigo Garcés, Fernando Tielve. 2001. 110 minutes. Widescreen format. In Spanish with English subtitles. Includes various extra features. $18.00

Diva. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. Starring Frédéric Andrei, Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez, Thuy An Luu, Richard Bohringer. 1981. 123 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Alas, the sound quality of this film is only mediocre. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

Divided We Fall. Directed by Jan Hrebejk. Starring Boelslav Polivka, Anna Diskova, Jaroslav Dusek. 2001. 122 minutes. Widescreen format. In Czech with English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $28.00

Don't Tempt Me. Directed by Augustin Diaz Yanes. Starring Penelope Cruz, Victoria Abril, Gael Garcia Bernal. 2002. 108 minutes. Full screen version. Various languages with English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

The Dreamers. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Screenplay by Gilbert Adair, based on his novel. Starring Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel. 2003. 112 minutes. In English and French with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Includes various extra features. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

The Duchess. Directed by Saul Dibb. Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Jensen, Saul Dibb, based on a book by Amanda Foreman. Starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell. 2008. 109 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

East/WestEast/West. Directed by Régis Wargnier. Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menchikov, Sergei Bodrov Jr., Catherine Deneuve. 1999. 125 minutes. In French and Russian with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $12.00

After World War II most of the returning Russians were murdered on Stalin's orders—doubts about their commitment to the Communist ideals and what were they doing away. In this case the protagonist is a doctor whose skills are needed. But both he and his French wife suffer the paranoia of the régime. A remarkable film.

Edges of the Lord. Directed by Yurek Boyayevicz. Starring Haley Joel Osment, Willem Dafoe. 2001. 98 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy. $18.00

L'Enfant [The Child]. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Starring Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Ségard. 2005. 96 minutes. In French with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $14.00

A young man, who has not yet found his moral compass and who is involved in petty crime, has a baby with his girlfriend. He sells the baby for cash but soon regrets what he has done. This is just the beginning, though, of a downward spiral. The question is what the title refers to—the baby or the young man himself? This film won the Palme d'or, the top prize at Cannes in 2005.

The Entertainer. Directed by Tony Richardson. Screenplay by John Osborne and Nigel Kneale. Starring Laurence Olivier, Brenda De Banzie, Roger Livesey, Joan Plowright. 1960. 104 minutes. Black & white. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

Finding Neverland. Directed by Marc Foster. Screenplay by David Magee. Based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman, Julie Christie. 2004. 101 minutes. Widescreen format. Closed captions. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

Based, loosely, on the story of J. M. Barrie and how he found his lost boys. Depp does fairly well with his accent but really is miscast as Barrie. He does not manage to portray the plegmatic nature of the playwright who created Peter Pan. Also, many things in the real story are even better than the created incidents in this film. However the sets and costumes are entertaining.

Fleeing by Night [Ye ben]. Directed by Li-Kong Hsu and Chi Yin. Starring Chao-Te Yin, Li-Jen Tai, Rene Liu, Lei Hunang. 2000. 123 minutes. Widescreen format. In Mardarin with optional English subtitles, or dubbed in English. Fine copy. $18.00

Four Weddings and a Funeral. Directed by Mike Newell. Starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Simon Callow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rowan Atkinson. 1994. 118 minutes. Closed captions. With both widescreen and standard formats. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

Foyle's War. Directed by Jeremy Silverston and David Thatcher. Written and created by Anthony Horowitz. Starring Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell, Honeysuckle Weeks, Julian Ovenden. 2001-2002. 400 minutes. 4 discs. Widescreen format. This is the first series and has four mysteries: The German Woman, The White Feather, A Lesson in Murder, and Eagle Day. $35.00

This long-running crime series has been justly popular. It is set in the south coast town of Hastings during World War II. Inspector Foyle, played by Michael Kitchen, has a unusual character, which is restrained and undemonstrative. The stories, although they are all different, are placed amidst actual events, such as the massive sea rescue of British soldiers at Dunkirk.

The French ConnectionThe French Connection. Directed by William Friedkin. Screenplay by Ernest Tidyman. Music by Don Ellis. Starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi. 1971. 102 minutes. Widescreen format. The is a two-disc set with documentaries and other special features. Fine copy with original liner notes. $24.00

From Russia With Love. Directed by Terence Young. From the novel by Ian Fleming. Starring Sean Connery, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Daniela Bianchi. 1963. 111 minutes. Widescreen format. Two disc set which includes interviews with Ian Fleming and a documentary about the producer Harry Saltzman. Fine copy. $14.00

Futtocks End. Directed by Bob Kellett. Starring Ronnie Barker, Michael Hordern, Roger Livesey.SRO. 1969. DVD movie. Full screen format. English. Fine copy with liner notes. $8.50

Gangs of New York. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson. 2002. 167 minutes. Widescreen format. Two discs, the second including various special features. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

In the 1800s gangs rule the lives of the many immigrants who have crowded into lower Manhattan's Five Points area. The principals are involved in a vicious struggle of vengeance and survival.

Girl with a Pearl Earring. Directed by Peter Webber. Screenplay by Olivia Hetreet. Based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier. Starring Colin Firth, Scarlett Johannson, Tom Wilkinson. 2003. 100 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

Gladiator. Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Russell Crowe, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Djimon Hounsou. 2000. 155 minutes. Color. DVD with widescreen format. Two discs, with the second having a number of interesting features. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Gosford Park. Directed by Robert Altman. Written by Julian Fellowes. Starring Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Maggie Smith. 2002. 138 minutes. Widescreen format. With special features, including an interesting documentary on the making of the film. $16.00

The Great Train RobberyThe Great Train Robbery. Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Starring Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down. 1978. 111 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $12.00

The Great Water [Golemata voda]. Directed by Ivo Trajkov. Based on the novel by Zivko Cingo. Screenplay by Valdimir Blazevski, Ivo Trajkov. Music by Kiril Dzajkovsky. Starring Saso Kekenovski, Maja Stankovska. 2004. 90 minutes. In Macedonian with English subtitles (narration also available in English). Widescreen version. Includes a second music CD disc with the film soundtrack. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

The story of two boys—one played by a girl actor in a wordless role—who are re-educated in an primitive and frightening orphanage just after the War in Communist Yugoslavia.

The Harmonists. Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Starring Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Heinrich Schafmeister, Max Tidof, Kai Wisinger, Meret Becker. 1999. 115 minutes. Widescreen format. In German with English subtitles. Fine copy. $14.00

The Comedian Harmonists was a popular singing group in the 1930s but had several Jewish members. It was forced to disband by the Nazi authorities.

Hey Babu Riba. Written and directed by Jovan Acin. Starring Gala Videnovic, Relja Basic. 1986. 109 minutes. In Serbo-Croatian with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00

The History Boys. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Based on the play by Alan Bennett. Starring Richard Griffiths, Frances De La Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Clive Merrison, Samuel Barnett, Dominic Cooper. 2006. 112 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

Eight boys who hope to go on to Oxford or Cambridge stay on for an additional term of coaching by some wise and encouraging teachers. A marvellous film which I highly recommend.

The Hours. Directed by Stephen Daldry. Based on the novel by Michael Cunningham. Music by Philip Glass. Starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson. 2002. 114 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

I Am David. Directed by Paul Feig. Starring Ben Tibber, Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright. 2005. 90 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $8.00

It is 1952 and a young boy has spent most of his life in a brutal work camp in Bulgaria, the reasons for which one comes to learn late in the film. He is given the chance to escape and does. This is the story of his journey.

The Illusionist. Directed by Neil Burger. Based on the short story Eisenheim the Illusionist by Steven Millhauser. Starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell. 2006. 109 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

In Love and War. Directed by John Kent Harrison. Based on a book by Eric Newby. Starring Callum Blue and Barbora Bobulova. 2001. 98 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy. $14.00

The Island on Bird Street. Directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen. Screenplay by John Goldsmith, Tony Grisoni. Starring Jordan Kiziuk, Patrick Gergin, Jack Warden. 1996. 102 minutes. Fine copy with original liner notes. $20.00

The Italian Job. Directed by Peter Collinson. Written by Troy Kennedy Martin. Music by Quincy Jones. Starring Michael Caine, Noël Coward. 1969. 99 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

A criminal organization based in a prison organizes a gold heist in Turin, Italy. Noël Coward, as the prison warden in charge of the whole scheme, and Michael Caine, as the group leader, more or less play themselves. But the real stars are the red, white and blue Mini Coopers which are used to drive the gold away. In the end the cars are discarded into an Alpine gorge, and for doing that we have little sympathy with the robbers.

Johnny English. Directed by Peter Howitt. Starring Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia, John Malkovich. 2003. 88 minutes. Widescreen format. With various special features. Fine copy with original artwork. $16.00

Some great slapstick comedy from the remarkable Rowan Atkinson, but the movie is spoiled, in my view, by John Malkovich, whose wig and French accent are risible.

JuggernautJuggernaut. Directed by Richard Lester. Written and produced by Richard DeKoker. Starring Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins, Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, Clifton Webb. 1974. 110 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy. $14.00

A number of fiendishly complicated bombs are placed on a passenger ship and set to go off in the mid-Atlantic unless a substantial sum is paid. A squad of demolition experts is dropped near the ship, taken aboard, and sets to work to try and understand the bombs and to disarm them. A nail-biting thriller, and Richard Harris is terrific, as usual.

Kolya. Written and directed by Jan Sverák. Starring Zdenek Sverák, André Chalimon, Liuse Safranskova. 1996. 105 minutes. In Czech with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with artwork. $18.00

KM.0. [Kilometer Zero]. Directed by Juan Luis Iborra and Yolanda García Serrano. Starring Concha Velasco, Georges Corraface, Silke, Carlos Fuentes, Mercé Pons, Alberto San Juan. 2000. 105 minutes. In Spanish with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. $12.00

A number of people, all strangers to each other, arrange to meet at the same time in a central square in Madrid for what they hope will be amorous encounters. However each ends up being paired with the wrong person, with interesting results.

Ladies in Lavender. Written and directed by Charles Dance. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl. 2004. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $14.00

The Last Butterfly. Directed by Karel Kachyna. Starring Tom Courteney, Brigitte Fossey, Freddie Jones, Ingrid Held. 2005. 106 minutes. Full frame format. Fine copy with original artwork. $24.00

The Last Day [Le dernier jour]. Directed by Rodolphe Marconi. Starring Gaspard Ulliel (Simon), Mélanie Laurent (Louise), Nicole Garcia (Marie), Bruno Todeschini (Marc). 2004. 105 minutes. Color. In French with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork.$25.00

Simon, studying art in Paris, returns for a visit with his family. On the night train he meets a girl and invites her to join him. However she is more than she seems and eventually the truth comes out.

Lawrence of ArabiaLawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean. Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. Music by Maurice Jarre. Starring Peter O'Toole. 1962. 217 minutes. Widescreen format. Two discs with original booklet and case. ‘Limited Edition’ $25.00

Les liaisons dangereuses. Directed by Josée Dayan. Based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett. 2003. 200 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

The Lion In Winter. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Screenplay by James Goldman, based on his play. Starring Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. 2004. 167 minutes. Full frame format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $16.00

Longford. Directed by Tom Hooper. Written by Peter Morgan. Starring Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Lindsay Duncan, Andy Serkis. 2007. 93 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

The affecting story of the long, and unsuccessful, campaign waged by Lord Longford on behalf of Myra Hindley, one of the most notorious murderesses in British history.

Look at Me [Comme une image]. Directed by Agnès Jaoui. Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui. Starring Marilou Berry (Lolita), Jean-Pierre Bacri (Étienne), Agnès Jaoui (Sylvie), Laurent Grévill (Pierre). 2004. 111 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

Lust, CautionLust, Caution [Se, jie]. Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Tony Leung, Tan Wei, Wang Keehom. 2007. 155 minutes. In Mandarin Chinese with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

In World War II a group of student freedom fighters attempts to target a Japanese collaborator, but the young woman who is to lure him into an ambush falters at the last moment.

Malle, Louis (director): 3 Films by Louis Malle: Murmur of the Heart; Lacombe, Lucien; Au revoir les enfants. The Criterion Collection: 1971-87. 4 discs, each with a booklet, in a slip-case. The set includes three classic films, plus a documentary about Malle and the complete Charlie Chaplin silent comedy which is partially shown in Au revoir les enfants. The films are in French with optional English subtitles and have the widescreen format. (1) Le souffle au coeur: 1971, 118 minutes, starring Benoît Ferreux, Leá Massari, Daniel Gélin. (2) Lacombe, Lucien: 1974, 138 minutes, starring Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holder Löwenadler, Thérèse Giehse. (3) Au revoir les enfants: 1987, 101 minutes, starring Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtö. Fine. $65.00

The three films are superb and much could be said about each of them. Le souffle au coeur is about a bourgeois family in Dijon in 1950, at the time of the French war in Vietnam. The youngest son contracts a heart murmur during a Boy Scout camping trip, so he is taken by his mother for a cure at a luxurious hotel/spa. But what the film is about is his coming of age, particularly his sexual awakening which is moved along by his two scallywag brothers and then by an incestuous encounter with his unfulfilled mother. There are no moral judgements, though. The boy's rite of passage is treated with humor, and in fact the ending has gales of laughter. Yet at the time the film was released, in 1971, it caused a scandal. We now see it now as Malle's greatest.

El Mar. Directed by Augustín Villaronga. Based on the novel by Blai Bonet. Starring Roger Casamajor, Bruno Bergonzini, Antonia Torrens. 2000. 107 minutes. In Catalan with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Maria Full of Grace. Directed by Joshua Marston. Starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega Sanchez, Jhon Alexander Toro, Guilied López, Patricia Rae. 2004. 101 minutes. In Spanish with or without English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

A bright, attractive teenage girl from Columbia in order to help her family and to seek a better life becomes a ‘mule’ transporting, inside her own body, drugs for sale in the U.S.

Merci Docteur Rey!. Directed by Andrew Litvack. Starring Diane Wiest, Jane Birkin, Stanislas Merhar. 2002. 92 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. In English and French with English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

Midnight ExpressMidnight Express. Directed by Alan Parker. Starring Brad Davis, John Hurt, Randy Quad, Paul Smith, Irene Miracle. 1978. 121 minutes. The disc includes both full and widescreen versions. Closed captions. Fine with original artwork. $20.00

Mister Foe [Hallam Foe]. Directed by David Mackenzie. Starring Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles. 2008. 96 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

Set mainly in Edinburgh with scenes that will make you reassess your memories of visits there, this film is about a teenager who has lost his mother but then becomes obsessed by a woman who resembles her.

Mongol, The Rise of Genghis Khan. Directed by Sergei Bodrov. Starring Asano Tadanobu, Sung Hong Lei, Khulan Chuluun. 2007. 125 minutes. In Mongolian with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy. $14.00

Munich. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay by Tony Kuschner, Eric Roth. Based on a book by George Jonas. Music by John Williams. Starring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Amalric, Michel Lonsdale. 2005. 164 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with the original artwork. $15.00

This violent film is ‘inspired by true events’, actually what the Israeli did to wreck revenge on the members of the Palestinian Black September group which had kidnapped the Israeli Olympic team at Munich in 1972. We follow the hitmen as they move across Europe in pursuit of their prey. As usual Spielberg has produced a gripping thriller that has, however, a great deal of ambiguity and pain.

Musa the Warrior. Directed by Kim Sung-Su. Starring Zhang Ziyi, Jung Woo-Sung, Joo Hin-Mo, Ahn Sung-Gi. 2001. 130 minutes. In Korean and Cantonese with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork and slip-case. $18.00

An epic adventure set in 14th Century China. Two dynasties, the Yuan and the Ming, are warring with each other. The Koreans send some delegates in an effort to make peace with the Ming, but they are accused of spying. They escape, but then the story becomes complicated considerably by the appearance of a Ming princess.

My Beautiful LaundretteMy Beautiful Laundrette. Directed by Stephen Frears. Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. Starring Gordon Warnecek, Daniel Day-Lewis, Saaed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth. 1985. 98 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

My Family and Other Animals. Directed by Sheree Folkson. Based on a book by Gerald Durrell. Starring Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham, Omid Djalili, Tamzin Merchant, Matthew Goode, Russell Tovey, Eugene Simon. 2005. 90 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. Closed Captions. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

Nada. Directed by Claude Chabrol. Based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette. Starring Fabio Testi, Mariangelo Melato, Maurice Garrell, Michel Duchaussoy. 1974. 107 minutes. Color. Wide screen format. Language options: English dubbed or French with or without subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $16.00

Omagh. Directed by Pete Travis. Written by Guy Hibbert, Paul Greenglass. Starring Gerard McSorley, Michèle Forbes, Brenda Flicker. 2004. 102 minutes. Wide screen format. Closed captions. Fine copy with the original artwork. $12.00

The IRA set a bomb to explode in the Northern Ireland town of Omagh in 1998, and it killed 31 people. This deeply moving film focuses on one family, and in particular the father who organizes a very public call for the men responsible to be brought to justice, only to discover that his efforts are being frustrated by the authorities with whom he has to work.

Orde Wingate. Directed by Bill Hays. Starring Barry Foster, James Cosmo, Arnold Diamond, Denholm Elliott. 1976. 174 minutes. Two disc set with full screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Paradise Now. Directed by Hany Aby-Assad. Written by Hany Abu-Assad and Bero Beyer. Starring Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal. 2005. 91 minutes. In Arabic with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

A very affecting film about two young Palestinian men who volunteer for martyrdom. Only one of them, who is the more driven because of the shame he bears because his father who had been a collaborator, gets through to complete his mission.

Paris, je t'aime [Paris, I Love You]. Directed by Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Aubertin and many others. 2006. Wide screen format. Fine with original artwork. 20 short features, all with a theme of love of one kind or another, in Paris. $15.00

Paul Verhoeven Collection. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Boxed set of 5 discs which includes these films: Business Is Business (1971), Turkish Delight (1973), Katie Tippel (1975), Soldier of Orange (1977), and The 4th Man (1983). 562 minutes in total. Wide screen format. Booklet. Slip-case. Fine. $35.00

Pierrot le fou. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Based on the novel Obsession by Lionel White. Starring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo. 1965. 110 minutes. Color. In French with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

This film was a great success for Godard. The likeable hero, Pierrot, runs off with his child's babysitter, but along the way they encounter murder, mayhem, and double-crossing. Louis Aragon said of Godard: ”The disorder of our world is his raw material—all this shantytown of our lives without which we couldn't live, but which we manage not to see.”

The Playboys. Directed by Gillies MacKinnon. Written by Shane Connaughton and Kerry Crabbe. Starring Albert Finney, Robin Wright, Aidan Quinn. Milo O'Shea. 1992. 109 minutes. With both wide screen and full screen formats. Closed captions. Fine with original artwork. $14.00

Pola X. Directed by Leos Carax. Written by Leos Carax, Lauren Sedofsky, and Jean-Pol Fargeau. Starring Guillaume Depardieu, Katerina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve. 1999. 134 minutes. Wide screen format. In French with English subtitles. This is based on Herman Melville's novel Pierre, Or the Ambiguities. $16.00

Prick Up Your Ears. Directed by Stephen Frears. Screenplay by Alan Bennett. Starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave. 1987. 110 minutes. Color. DVD. With both wide screen and full frame formats. Fine copy with original artwork. $12.00

The story of English playwright Joe Orton, his background, his rapid rise to fame, and then his brutal murder at the hands of the man who was closest to him.

Prisoner of the MountainsPrisoner of the Mountains. Directed by Sergei Bodrov. Starring Sergei Bodrov Jr., Oleg Menshikov, Djemal Sikharilidze, Susanna Mekhralieva. MGM Home Entertainment. 1996. DVD movie. 99 minutes. Color. In Russian with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $22.00

Purple Butterfly [Zi hudie]. Directed by Lou Ye. Starring Zhang Ziyi (Cynthia), Liu Ye (Situ), Toru Nakamura (Itani). 2003. 127 minutes. Color. In Chinese with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

Set in China of the late 1920s and early '30s. A young woman witnesses the death of her brother at the hands of Japanese extremists. She moves to Shanghai, changes her name and joins a violent extremist group. The director says of his film: ‘The people of that period faced more or less the problems we face today. Our lives are still chaotic, still hard to grasp or control.’

A dramatic story about a love triangle, set in the Vietnam of the early 1950s when the communist insurgency is already underway and the situation is dangerous and unpredictable.

The Return of the Pink Panther. Directed by Blake Edwards. Music by Henry Mancini. Starring Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, Peter Arne. 1974. 119 minutes. Color. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $12.00

Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Screenplay by Franco Brusati. Starring Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting, Milo O'Shea, Michael York, John McEnery, Pat Heywood. 1968. 138 minutes. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $20.00

Safe Conduct [Laissez-passer]. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier and Jean Cosmos. Starring Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès, Marie Gillain, Marie Desgranges. 2004. 163 minutes. Color. In French with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Set in and around the French film industry during the German occupation. A number of the main characters lead double lives: usually pursuing their careers during the day, but at night blowing up trains in a marshalling yard.

Salaam Bombay!. Directed by Mira Nair. Starring Safiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chandra Sharma. 1988. 114 minutes. Wide screen format. With various extra features. Fine copy with original artwork. $14.00

Salvador. Directed by Oliver Stone. Screenplay by Oliver Stone and Richard Boyle. Starring James Wood, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage, Elpedia Carrillo, Cindy Gibb. 1985. 123 minutes. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

In El Salvador civil war is raging between peasant insurgents and the government forces supported by the CIA. Into this stumbles a drunken, failed American photojournalist who at last discovers something to live for. A compelling story.

Sebastiane. Directed by Derek Jarman and Paul Humfress. Music by Brian Eno. Starring Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James, Neil Kennedy, Richard Warwick. 1976. 85 minutes. In Latin with English subtitles. Wide screen format. The DVD disc is lightly scratched, otherwise it is perfectly playable and has the original artwork. $20.00

The first film by Derek Jarman is about a group of Roman soldiers who are sent to a remote post where the only things they have to do are play games, drink, gamble, swim, sleep, groom themselves, and love. One among them, though, is a Christian, and it is he who suffers from the attentions of all the others.

The Seven Samurai. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Starring Takeshi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Keiko Tsushima. 1954. 207 minutes. Black & white. Full screen format. Criterion Collection with excellent screen resolution. Three discs including a 50 minutes documentary on the making of the film and a two hour conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshine from 1993. Fine set with booklet in original slip-case. $35.00

Shanghai Triad. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Gong Li, Li Boatian, Li Xuejian, Sun Chun. 1994. 107 minutes. In Chinese with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $22.00

It is the 1930s in Shanghai. A boy is brought in from the country to be a servant for the mistress of a gangland boss. Soon the boy and the woman are caught up in a violent struggle between two gangs. A remarkable film with some wonderful cinematography.

A Shot in the Dark. Directed by Blake Edwards. Music by Henry Mancini. Starring Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom. 1964. 102 minutes. With both wide screen and full screen versions. Fine with original liner notes. $16.00

Showgirls. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Starring Elizabeth Berkeley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer. MGM Home Entertainment. 1995. DVD movie. 2 hours, 11 minutes. Fine copy with original liner notes. $8.50

The Sound of Music. Directed by Robert Wise. From the stage musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker. 1965. 175 minutes. Wide screen format. Includes a second disc with many extra features. Fine copy with original liner notes. $22.00

Stage Beauty. Directed by Richard Eyre. Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher. Starring Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Chaplin. 2004. 109 minutes. Fine copy with original artwork. $10.00

In the 17th Century all female parts in the theater had to be played by men, until King Charles II decided otherwise. Here we have a production of Othello just as the decision is made, so by the end of the film the lead actor has played both Desdemona and Othello—a nice trick. Beautifully done with impeccable performances by all.

The Stan Laurel Collection. Produced by Hal Roach. Music by Neil Brand. Starring Stan Laurel. 1923-1925. Black & white. DVD. Two discs. Fine set with original artwork. $8.00

Sword of GideonSword of Gideon. Directed by Michael Anderson. Based on the book Vengeance by George Jonas. Starring Steven Bauer, Michael York, Colleen Dewhurst. 1986. 172 minutes. Full screen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $14.00

Sunday Bloody Sunday. Directed by John Schlesinger. Screenplay by Penelope Gilliatt. Starring Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Murray Head. 1971. 110 minutes. Wide screen format. Closed captions. Fine copy with original artwork. $16.00

Together. Directed by Chen Kaige. Starring Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige, Tang Yun. 2003. 119 minutes. Mandarin with English subtitles. Wide screen format. $20.00

Topkapi. Directed by Jules Dassin. Based on a story by Eric Ambler. Screenplay by Monja Danischewsky. Starring Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley, Akim Tamiroff. 1964. 119 minutes. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork and liner notes. $20.00

The TudorsThe Tudors. Michael Hirst [series created by]. Starring Jonathan Rhys Myers, Sam Neill, Callum Blue, Henry Cavill, Henry Czerny, Natalie Dormer, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Nick Dunning, James Frain, Jeremy Northam. Three seasons complete. Wide screen format. Slip-cases. Fine sets in slip-cases. $65.00

Twist & Shout | Zappa. Directed by Bille August. Starring Adam Tonsberg. 1983/1984. 103/108 minutes. Color. Wide screen format. In Danish with optional English subtitles. Two disc set, fine with original liner notes. $25.00

The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Directed by Ken Loach. Screenplay by Paul Laverty. Starring Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald. 2007 minutes. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00

Yi Yi. Directed by Edward Yang. Starring Nianzhen Wu, Elaine Jin, Kelly Lee, Jonathan Chang, Issey Ogata. 1999. 173 minutes. Color. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Wide screen format. With various special features. $22.00

Y Tu Mamá También. Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. 2002. Starring Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna. 105 minutes. Color. In Spanish with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $16.00

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Bleak House. Directed by Justin Chadwick, Susanna White. Screenplay by Andrew Davies. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Starring Gillian Anderson, Alun Armstrong, Charlie Brooks, Warren Clarke, Pauline Collins, Charles Dance, Phil Davis. 2005. 465 minutes. Widescreen format. 3 discs. Fine with original artwork. $28.00

Bright Young Things. Directed by Stephen Fry. Based on the novel Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh. Starring Emily Mortimer, Dan Ackroyd, Jim Broadbent, Stockard Channing, Richard E. Grant, Peter O'Toole. 2003. 105 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $16.00

David CopperfieldDavid Copperfield. Directed by Simon Curtis. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Nicholas Lyndehurst, Trevor Eve, Pauline Quirke. 190 minutes. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

The Day of the Jackal. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Screenplay by Kenneth Ross. Based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth. Starring Edward Fox, Michel Lonsdale, Alan Badel, Cyril Cusask, Tony Britten, Eric Porter, Dephine Seyrig. Universal. 1973. DVD movie. 143 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $15.00

Fortunes of WarFortunes of War. Directed by James Clellan Jones. Screenplay by Alan Plater. Based on the novels by Olivia Manning. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Ronald Pickup. BBC Video. 1987. DVD movie. 407 minutes. Full frame format. Color. Fine copy with liner notes. $18.00

Great Expectations. Directed by Julian Amyes. From the novel by Charles Dickens, adapated by James Andrew Hall. Starring Stratford Johns, Gerry Sundquist, Tim Munro, Joan Hickson. 1981. 351 minutes. Standard format. From the BBC. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Directed by Chris Columbus. From the novel by J. K. Rowling. Screenplay by Steve Kloves. Music by John Williams. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Isaacs. 2002. 161 minutes. Two disc set with widescreen format. Fine set in slip-case. $25.00

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. From the novel by J. K. Rowling. Screenplay by Steve Kloves. Music by John Williams. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, David Trewlis. 2004. 142 minutes. Two disc set with widescreen format. The second disc provides much background material, deleted scenes, and an interview with J. K. Rowling. Fine set with original artwork. $18.00

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Directed by Chris Columbus. From the novel by J. K. Rowling. Screenplay by Steve Kloves. Music by John Williams. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith. 2001. 152 minutes. Two disc set with widescreen format. The second disc has some very entertaining extra features. Fine in slip-case. $25.00

Some critics have not liked this first movie as well as subsequent ones, with different directors. However, the introduction of the characters, and of the magical world created by Rowling, is so well done that this remains my favorite of the films. However, none of the movies are as good as the books themselves!

Horatio HornblowerHoratio Hornblower, Collector's Edition. Directed by Andrew Grieve. Based on the novels by C. S. Forester. Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay. A & E. 2002. DVD movie. 13 hours, 20 minutes. Color. 8 discs in slip-case. With many extra features including an interview with Ioan Gruffudd. Fine copy. $52.00

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. Directed by Peter Jackson. Based on the book by J. R. R. Tolkien. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett. 2001. 178 minutes. Widescreen format. Includes a second disc which has various interesting extras, including a documentary about the making of the film. $22.00

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Directed by Peter Jackson. Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Vigo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett. DVD. 2002. 179 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. With second disc containing many special features. Fine condition with original artwork. $20.00

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Vigo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies. New Line Home Cinema. 2002. Special Extended Edition. 4 discs with a number of documentaries. In the original slip-case. Fine copy. $25.00

A Murder of Quality. Directed by Gavin Millar. Written by John Le Carré. Starring Denholm Elliott, Joss Acklund, Glenda Jackson, Billie Whitelaw, David Threlfall, Christian Bale. 1991. 103 minutes. New, unopened copy. $15.00

George Smiley, now retired from his career as a spy, is asked by a former colleague to look into a murder at a boys' school. As usual in a Le Carré thriller Smiley soon finds himself immersed in ambiguity and long suppressed scandals. A wonderful production with a fine cast.

The Odessa File. Directed by Ronald Neame. Screenplay by Kenneth Ross and George Markstein. Based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Starring Jon Voight, Mary Tamm, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell. 1974. 128 minutes. With both wide screen and full frame formats (double-sided). Fine with original liner notes. $12.00

The novel is better of course, and this filmed version is much changed; yet it still is well done with some favorite actors. Odessa is a clandestine organization of SS veterans which is hiding one particular war criminal.

Oliver Twist. Directed by Renny Rye. Written by Alan Bleasdale, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Starring Sam Smith, Robert Lindsay, Marc Warren, Michael Kitchen, Roger Lloyd Pack, Sophia Miles, Lindsay Duncan, Julie Walters, Tim Dutton, David Ross, Alun Armstrong, Andy Serkis. 1999. Three DVD set. 360 minutes. 4 x 3 full frame format. $6.00

This version of the Dickens novel adds an entirely fanciful back-story to Oliver's life. It was good to see Michael Kitchen, but he is much better as Detective Chief Inspector Foyle than Mr. Brownlow.

Oliver Twist. Directed by Roman Polanski. Screenplay by Ronald Harwood. Starring Barney Clark, Ben Kingsley, Jamie Forman, Leanne Rowe, Harry Eden, Edward Hardwicke. 2005 130 minutes. Wide screen format. Closed captions. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

The 23rd (by my count) filmed version of the Dickens classic, this one by no means as definitive as claimed by one of the actors in the supplementary feature. Actually the movie takes considerable liberties and departs unnecessarily from the novel in ways that do not help. And it could not be filmed in England because of Polanski's past. However Ben Kingsley as Fagin manages to convey more humanity than is found in some other portrayals.

Peter Pan. Directed by P. J. Hogan. Screenplay by P. J. Hogan and Michael Goldberg. Based on the play and books by J. M. Barrie. Starring Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave, Ludivine Sagnier. 2004. 114 minutes. Wide screen format. With numerous extra features, including conversations with the director, and a discussion about Barrie and the Lost Boys. $18.00

The Quiet AmericanThe Quiet American. Directed by Phillip Noyce. From the novel by Graham Greene. Screenplay by Christopher Hampton. Starring Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen. 2002. 101 minutes. Color. Wide screen format. With various extra features, including a brief history lesson on French and American involvement in Vietnam. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

The Tailor of Panama. Produced and directed by John Boorman. Based on the novel by John Le Carré. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bendan Gleeson. 2000. 109 minutes. Wide screen format. With director's commentary, conversations and other features. $25.00

The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Screenplay by Paul Dehn, Susu Cecchio D'Amico, Franco Zeffirelli. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern, Alfred Lynch, Alan Webb, Victor Spinetti, Michael York. 1967. 122 minutes. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $15.00

Tea With Mussolini. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Starring Cher, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin, Charlie Lucas, Baird Wallace, Massimo Ghini. 1999. 117 minutes. Color. Includes both wide screen and full screen formats. Closed caption. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

A touching story about a number of American and English ladies who can not bear to leave their beloved Florence despite Mussolini and the War. The story is based on Zeffirelli's own childhood experiences which he wrote about so entertainingly in his autobiography.

Young Sherlock Holmes. Directed by Barry Levinson. Written by Chris Columbus. Inspired by the characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Starring Nicholas Rowe (Holmes), Alan Cox (Watson), Sophie Ward (Elizabeth), Anthony Higgins (Rathe), Susan Fleetwood (Mrs. Dribb). 1985. 108 minutes. Color. Closed captions. DVD. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $10.00

A fanciful but entertaining ‘early’ adventure of Holmes complete with wonderful costumes and sets. Explains, if you wondered, how Holmes came by his deerstalker hat and his pipe!

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