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Merchant Ivory Boxset (Quartet / Howard's End / The Bostonians / The Europeans)
Quartet - Synopsis: Maggie Smith and Isabelle Adjani form the intriguing cast that tell the story of an art dealer's wife who finds herself penniless and homeless on the streets of Paris when her husband is convicted of theft. Desperate, she accepts the unlikely hospitality of two strange British expats - but what do they want in return? Howard's End - Synopsis: One of James Ivory's most adored and cherished films tells the a classic tale of three families and the inheritance of one's expansive estate called Howard's End, at the beginning of the 20th century. Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter make up one of the greatest ensemble casts of all time. The Bostonians - Synopsis: Academy Award®-winning actresses Jessica Tandy, Vanessa Redgrave and Linda Hunt headline an all-star cast alongside Christopher Reeve in this MERCHANT IVORY adaptation of Henry James's novel of political intrigue and forbidden romance in post-Civil War Boston. Olive Chancellor (Redgrave) finds her infatuation with young activist Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter) challenged by a Southern lawyer (Reeve) who also loves her. An intricately drawn study of the impact of women's suffrage on society, The Bostonians is also a lush evocation of the late 19th century, with dazzling cinematography by Walter Lassally and a memorable score by Richard Robbins. Cohen Film Collection is proud to present a new restoration of this MERCHANT IVORY classic. The Europeans - Synopsis: In the mid-nineteenth century, two bohemian siblings from Europe arrive on the doorstep of their puritanical Uncle in New England. The effect they begin to have on his family (their cousins) throws everything into disarray. An adaptation of the classic Henry James novel and starring Lee Remick in one of her most memorable roles.
The Merchant of Four Seasons + Beware of a Holy Whore
Made in quick succession in 1970 and 1971, Beware of a Holy Whore and The Merchant of Four Seasons represent a key stage in the career of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the point at which he matured as a filmmaker and first began to attract an international audience. A fictional recounting of the making of Whity, Fassbinder’s take on the American West, Beware of a Holy Whore is a backstage melodrama set in a Spanish seaside hotel. Starring Lou Castel (Requiescant) as the director and Eddie Constantine (Alphaville) as himself, the film is an intriguing and often acidic look through the mirror at Fassbinder and his ‘family’ of cast and crew. The Merchant of Four Seasons concerns itself with Hans, a fruit seller, former Foreign Legionnaire and family man. Inspired by the discovery of Douglas Sirk’s work – and set, like those classic melodramas, in the 1950s – Fassbinder charts Hans’ downfall with a perfect blend of poignancy and high drama. The Sirkian formula worked so well it would inspire a new phase in the director’s output and produce such classics as The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Fear Eats the Soul. Special Features: Brand new 4K restorations of the films from original camera negatives High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles Audio commentary on The Merchant of Four Seasons by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Christian McCrea Audio commentary on Beware of a Holy Whore by Adrian Martin Newly-filmed interview with actor Lou Castel on Beware of a Holy Whore Beware of a Holy Whore theatrical trailer
Churchill's Port Churchill's Crusted Port (Bottled 2006)
Churchill's Crusted Port is even closer in style to Vintage Port than their traditional LBV. It presents a dense, concentrated wine for far less than the price of a Vintage Port. (19.5% ABV - 2006) Crusted Port is a style of wine that was invented by English wine merchants when port was still being shipped in bulk and blended to their specification. It ceased to exist as soon as bulk shipments were stopped. There followed almost a decade before the Portuguese authorities reinstated Crusted port as a special category. Churchill's Crusted Port is made up of the very best wines from two or sometimes three different harvests. It is kept in wood for up to two years and then bottled for further maturation. As this blend is not subject to any fining or filtration it continues to develop and mature in bottle. Given sufficient time, it throws a thick sediment, otherwise called a Crust from which it derives its name. Churchill's Crusted, bottled in 2006 and aged in bottle in their cellars for a minimum of 3 years, is a full bodied port which has acquired the rich mellowness and distinctive nose usually associated with mature Vintage Port. It can be consumed now or laid down for a few more years. The wine is sealed with a driven cork allowing it to breathe and the bottle to be stored lying down. Care needs to be taken not to disturb the crust. When the bottle is taken from the horizontal position, it is best to leave it standing upright for a period of 24 hours prior to decanting. In his tasting notes the wine maker, Johnny Graham, writes " This Port Wine has a rich garnet colour with a violet hue. Fresh resinous notes on the aroma. Complex and elegant on the palate, combining cherry flavours with dark chocolate notes in a well balanced finish." Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Deep Purple Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Francisca Portugal Churchill's Estate Bottled 2006 Contains Sulphites
Cinderella Double Pack
Zavvi - The Home of Pop CultureCinderella (2015) The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress. Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever. A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realised characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”) with Tim Lewis (“Edge of Tomorrow”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”) Cinderella (1950) Cinderella has faith her dreams of a better life will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmothers wand, Cinderella's rags are magically turned into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball to meet her Prince. But when the clock strikes midnight, the spell is broken, leaving only a single glass slipper, a slipper that...