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Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world.

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Anthony Adverse

Region: 0
Number of discs: 1
Rated:
Run Time: 140 minutes
PartNumber: 1000413154
A triumph of grand scale and a nominee for the prized Best Picture Oscar, Anthony Adverse is Hollywood moviemaking at its most glorious. This Mervyn LeRoy film won four Oscars for its magnificent cinematography, its deft editing, Erich Wolfgang Korngolds original music score and Gale Sondergaards brilliant performance, which won her the first Best Supporting Actress Oscar ever awarded. The story traces the struggles of its hero (Fredric March) to claim a rightful inheritance in spite of his illegitimate birth. From his swashbuckling travels to his final departure for the New World, he is forced to overcome the scheming of Don Luis (Claude Rains) and Faith (Sondergaard), who aim to destroy him. Adding to his misery is the fact that, while he is away, his beloved Angela (de Havilland), mother to his son, becomes a glamorous opera star and Napoleons mistress. Anthony Adverse is magnificent entertainment passionate, grand in scope and unforgettable.

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Apollo 13

Ages: 10 & Up
Publisher/Producer: Universal Studios Home Video
Amzon Product Link: Apollo 13

Babe

A biography of the sports hero.

Babel

Number of discs: 1
Rated:
Model: GLS-0131-0
PartNumber: 892038002626
"We are more than excited to release Babel into the world. We had started writing new songs well before we got into the studio to record. At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly. We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process, we had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks, and sort of road-testing new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again. The album started to come together, and with the help of Markus Dravs once more (and engineer Robin Baynton), we started to relish the challenge of making this album. As a band, we ve never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we re proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road." -Mumford & Sons

Babette's Feast

Region: 1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: G (General Audience)
Run Time: 103 minutes
Model: 29866263
PartNumber: CRRN2428DVD
An exiled Paris chef enlightens two pious Danish sisters who forsook romance and fame.

Batman

Number of discs: 1
Rated:
Model: 5235268
PartNumber: 4574792
Loose 'n' funky 1989 set of original songs to accompany the blockbuster film! Includes "Batdance" ; "Scandalous" and "The Future".

Beauty And The Beast

Number of discs: 1
Rated:
Model: 9238927
PartNumber: .
"The tale as old as time" is coming back to DVD-and its unforgettable soundtrack full of songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman returns now, too. This 1991 Disney classic won two Oscars: for this score and its title songs, which joins Be Our Guest; Something There; Transformation , and more!

Becket

Region: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Run Time: 148 minutes
Model: 4926005
PartNumber: 1053
King Henry II argues over church and state with Thomas a Becket in the 12th century after naming him archbishop of Canterbury.
The primary bonus feature is a treat: a feature-length commentary by Peter O'Toole, accompanied by a moderator. With only occasional gaps of silence, the still sharp and well-spoken O'Toole recalls the making of the film, how he didn't research the historical King Henry ("The author has made the character; that's his job. My job is to play it."), and his memories of Richard Burton, both personal ("We found that we both enjoyed rugby, we both enjoyed songs, and we both enjoyed drinking, and got along very well.") and professional ("he had an astonishing presence on the stage"). There are also two archival interviews with Burton from 1967 and 1977 (26 minutes total), in which he doesn't discuss Becket, but he does say a lot about his life on stage, he recites some lines, and speaks candidly about his drinking problem.

Don't skip over the interviews with the film's editor Anne Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal. Coates (7 minutes) has some good stories, and Rosenthal (12 minutes) discusses the influences on his Oscar-nominated score and how he had to teach Gregorian chant to Burton ("He was one of these people whom you really can't teach anything. He had this characteristic that you can only remind him of something he already knows. But he didn't know how to sing Gregorian chant."). In addition to a photo gallery and the four-and-a-half-minute theatrical trailer, MPI's long-delayed DVD looks better than many major-studio classics. --David Horiuchi

Beyond Becket


Other Peter O'Toole Films

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Stills from Becket (click for larger image)





Belle Epoque

Region: 99
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Run Time: 109 minutes
PartNumber: 79379
BELLE EPOQUE is the irresistible story of Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a free-thinking artist. Fernando finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist's four beautiful daughters return to their country home -- which woman should he romance? The answer ishilariously simple, as Fernando is seduced instead, by each of the high-spirited sisters. BELLE EPOQUE is a rollicking sensual romp celebrating newfound sexual freedom for women. A delicious blend ofhumor and passion that captured the Oscar(r) (1993) for Best Foreign Language Film and introduced theworld to the enchanting beauty of Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky).
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