Antiquities & Oddities

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  • Bruce, the son of the busy Dr Henshaw and a doting mother, is pretty used to doing just as he likes.  But Bruce also has an older sister who is not quite so charmed by him. Bruce doesn't realise the value of money, has no respect for the property of others, is too lazy to apply himself to school and always seems to talk his way out of the mischief he gets into so effortlessly. But when he 'borrows' a motor car belonging to City merchant Mr. Ferguson, almost has an accident and the bewildered merchant gets a summons to appear in court for reckless driving, Bruce's father knows the time has come to teach his charming lad a sharp lesson in reality. He also needs to learn that driving recklessly in a 'borrowed' motor is NOT a 'lark'.  The railway line near Boonderong in Queensland is being extended and Dr. Henshaw's friend Mr. Langdon is in charge of the work camp there. And this is where Bruce is sent - to work, to learn the value of what he earns and to respect that which does not belong to him... and he has to learn it the hard way.
  • If you want to know how to be a publican, a jockey, a politician or a national hero, this book will provide valuable - if unorthodox - advice. Please be sure and read the author's tips on such hazards as sex, honeymoons, beer-drinking, defamation, the social ladder and the law, otherwise you'll get into serious strife. Dead-pan Aussie humour with illustrations by Tanner and Wep - and a foreword by Nino Culotta.
  • This is a screen adaptation of Orwell's Keep The Aspidistra Flying. Comstock's struggle in 1930s England - that's George Comstock, budding poet and suitably angry young man - to write poetry and be a free man means that he must throw up his job as a star copywriter at an illustrious advertising firm to work in a dingy book shop for far less money. It also means that he must sponge off his hard-working sister, girlfriend and wealthier friends, while calling every man 'comrade' and loudly deploring the 'God of Money' - not to mention loudly abhorring that eternal symbol of stodgy respectability, the dreaded aspidistra.  George has to descend into the squalid, bed bug-ridden depths of disreputable Lambeth to prove his point, while his patient and ever-practical girlfriend Rosemary stands by and waits for him to come to his senses. With many guest appearances by well-loved English character actors.
  • An Australian yarn of a man who fooled himself. A young ship's apprentice loses his indentures by missing his ship because of drunkenness and, demoted to common seaman, is taken on the windjammer Laconda for a voyage from Melbourne to Boston around the Horn.  He tries to bolster his self-conceit by building a reputation for toughness and assumes responsibility for the murder of the brutal first mate, Bates. His shipmates' awe is gratifying - until this deception rebounds.
  • Bride-to-be Sophie is on a quest to find her father before the big day.  The only problem is - she's not sure who he is! After reading her mother's diary, she narrows it down to three great loves.  So she invites them all - knowing her mother would not approve - and tries to conceal their presence...but it's not long until the secret's out!
  • Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) brings it all to create a cinema spectacular of the classic tale of the legendary gorilla brought from a treacherous island to civilisation, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival. Also starring Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Andy Serkis as Kong.
  • One man is dead, two are accused of murder and the entire Marine Corp is on trial.  A powerhouse drama about the dangerous difference between following orders and following one's conscience.
  • The Godfather: chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone, highlighting the transformation of his son Michael from reluctant family outsider  into a  ruthless Mafia boss. Stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. The Godfather II: the film is both sequel and prequel to The Godfather, presenting parallel dramas: one picks up the 1958 story of Michael Corleone, the new Don of the Corleone family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life; the prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City. Stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro. The Godfather III: The final chapter of the story of Michael Corleone, the patriarch of the Corleone family and his attempts to legitimise his criminal empire.  Stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton,  Eli Wallach, Andy Garcia and Bridget Fonda.
  • A stunning visual and sensational diving adventure beneath the waves to the heart of the oceans - the coral reefs. Aris the turtle will conduct the viewer through this magical, enchanting, fragile and endangered world, from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Bahamas to discover the vast bio-diversity that thrives there and the crucial role of coral reefs within the marine eco-system.
  • Maverick, a hotshot flyer, is sent to the Navy's prestigious Top Gun program. But in order to become the 'best of the best', he'll need the help of his wingman 'Goose' Bradshaw and new love Charlotte. Also starring Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan.
  • During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of Alan Turing - mathematician, cryptologist and war hero - to investigate a reported burglary. Instead, Turing is arrested on the charge of gross indecency - an accusation that would lead to his conviction for the criminal offence of homosexuality. Little did officials know that were incriminating the pioneer of modern day computing. Leading a motley crew of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable code of Germany's Enigma machine in World War II.
  • Claire Randall, a married combat nurse serving in World War II, falls back in time to 1743 while visiting the standing stones at Craigh na Dun at Inverness, Scotland. She falls in with a group of rebel Highlanders from Clan MacKenzie, who are being pursued by ruthless British Redcoats led by Captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, Frank's ancestor. She marries dashing Highlander Jamie Fraser out of necessity, but they quickly fall in love. The Clan suspect her of being a spy, and retain her as a healer, preventing her from attempting to return to her own time. Knowing that the Jacobite cause is doomed to fail, Claire tries to warn them against rebellion. Can she change history? Should she?
  • Arriving in Rome from Hong Kong, Tang Lung is enlisted to help a friend whose restaurant is being targeted by the local Mafia. After driving off the local thugs, the stakes are raised as Tang Lung must  confront a number of martial arts experts hired by the crime boss including karate champion Colt. There's an iconic final showdown in the Coliseum featuring the only surviving footage of Lee's incredible double-nunchuka technique. With four hours of extras.
  • Action war epic that traces the fate of three people thrown together during the grim battles of World War II. Also stars Samantha Eggar, Stacy Keach and Orson Welles.
  • Billy, the 11-year-old son of a coal miner in the north of England has his life transformed for ever when he discovers Mrs. Wilkinson's ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long he's immersed in the world of ballet, demonstrating a unique talent never seen before, and reaching for a dream that changes the  life of everyone around him.
  • Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings) brings the classic Kong to life - the legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilisation where he faces the ultimate battle for survival. Loads of  ground-breaking special effects, terrifying creatures and heart-pounding action.
  • When Joe Braven arrives at his remote hunting cabin with his ailing father, they're hoping for a quiet weekend. Instead, they find a stash of heroin hidden in the cabin by drug traffickers. When the criminals suddenly return, the quiet weekend becomes a do-or-die stand for survival.
  • From the DC Universe - The Flash! Barry Allen, a police crime technologist is endowed with sudden talents after a random laboratory accident. He swears to use his superpowers for good - superpowers that include ultra speed reflexes and the ability to vibrate his molecules to an intensity that will allow him to pass through solid walls. Medical researcher Tina McGee monitors Allen's accelerated metabolism and guards his secret identity. Central City is rife with criminals...The Trickster, Captain Cold, the Ghost and mad inventors - And The Flash is the one who'll keep pace with them.
  • 1429 - France is in political and religious uproar as members of the royal family battle for the throne. Then a peasant girl from a remote village gave her country the miracle it had been seeking = Joan of Arc would inspire and lead her countryman until her execution at the age of nineteen. Raised in a  religious family, Joan witnessed her sister's rape and murder at the hands of an invading army.  Years later, as the same war raged on, Joan stood before her king with a message she swore had come from God:  Give her an army and she would, in God's name, reclaim his diminished kingdom. But is the message real - or a delusion of a girl who life had been shattered?  Also stars Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman.
  • Based on a true story, this film chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland.  When the ship, La Amistad, is seized, the captives are brought to the United States to be charged with murder and await their fate in prison. An enthralling battle ensues that captures the attention of the entire nation, confronting the very foundation of the American justice system.  But for the men and women on trial, it is simply a fight for the right of all mankind - freedom.
  • The creatures on Manor Farm can no longer endure the cruelty of their negligent owner, Mr. Jones. Napoleon the  boar decides that if the farm is to be run  safely and become prosperous, then a revolt against the humans is in order. "Four legs good, two legs bad!" is the battle cry and with the help of the carthorse Boxer and Sheepdog Jessie, Jones and his wife are run off the property. For a time, the newly christened Animal Farm is under control - a little too much under the control of one particular pig.  Napoleon's tyranny creeps into Animal Farm - should they escape, or is another rebellion in order? The resilient comrades are prepared to rise against Napoleon and turn Animal Farm into the harmonious paradise they long to share.  George Orwell's classic fable brought to life by the magic of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and featuring the voices of Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Schofield, Patrick Stewart, Julia Ormond and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
  • An ancient decoder has been stolen from a collection of Vatican art. When an archeologist discovers its history to the Knights Templar she enlists a NY detective to find it before it falls into the wrong hands. Clue by clue, continent by continent and murder by murder, the quest is on to discover the secret that could change the course of history. Based on the novel The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury
  • A documentary that explores the fascinating and often shocking tales of how individuals from all walks of life turned against their nations and races to fight beside the Nazis in World War II. Many did it for financial gain, others for the promise of heightened status. Some believed that siding with the Imperialist Germans offered the best chance of survival for their families and themselves, and others would later claim the believed they would have been executed if they had refused. Contains Holocaust themes and war footage. 697 minutes.
  • This set contains:  Murder (1930): Two young actresses in a travelling seems one has murdered the other - but is that how it happened? The Skin Game (1931): A feud between two affluent families, the long-established and upper-class Hillcrists and the nouveau riche and ex-working-class Hornblowers also carries the underlying themes of class warfare and the urbanisation of the countryside. The Hillcrists are upset by the actions of the ostentatious and crass Hornblower who is buying up land, evicting tenant farmers and surrounding the area with factories. The Hillcrists make every effort they can to preserve the last large piece of open land that adjoins their beautiful rural estate. After being tricked out of the land in an auction, the Hillcrists learn a dark secret about Mr. Hornblower's beautiful daughter-in-law Chloe...Rich and Strange (1931): Fred and Emily Hill, a mundane middle-class couple receive a letter informing them that they will receive an advance against their future inheritance - as much money as they need to enjoy themselves in the present. But when money comes in the door, does sense fly out the window? Number 17: (1932) Detective Barton is searching for a necklace stolen by a gang of thieves - but there's far too many mad and maddening characters in the way! The Man Who Knew Too Much: (1934): Ben McKenna, his wife Jo and their son Hank are vacationing in French Morocco. On their travels they meet Frenchman Louis Bernard who seems friendly but asks a lot of questions. They also meet friendly English couple Lucy and Edward Drayton. But no-one is who or what they seem...The 39 Steps (1935)  Man-in-the-street Richard Hannay becomes caught up in preventing an organisation of spies from stealing British military secrets. After being mistakenly accused of the murder of a counter-espionage agent, Hannay is on the run. Inspired by John Buchan's book of the same name.  Secret Agent (1936): During World War I, British Captain Edgar Brodie returns home on leave, only to discover his obituary in the newspaper. A man identified only as "R" asks him to undertake a secret mission: to identify and eliminate a German agent on his way to Arabia to stir up trouble in the Middle East. Brodie agrees and is given a new identity and the assistance of a killer known variously as "the Hairless Mexican" and "the General". Sabotage (1936)  Mrs Verloc is unaware that her husband, a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent, one of a group planning attacks all over London.  Scotland Yard are on the case - but is Mrs Verloc innocent? The Lady Vanishes (1938) English tourist Iris Henderson and her friends Blanche and Julie are travelling in  Europe, when  an old lady, Miss Froy, disappears from the train. But why are her fellow passengers denying ever having seen the elderly lady? Jamaica Inn (1939): Apart from being a hostelry, Jamaica Inn houses the clandestine headquarters of a gang of cutthroats and wreckers, led by innkeeper Joss Merlyn, engineering shipwrecks on the rocky Cornish coast, killing survivors and stealing the cargo.  But business becomes complicated by the arrival of Mrs Merlyn's young niece. With a host of stars from Hollywood's glamor days - Maureen O'Hara, Peter Lorre, Charles Laughton, John Geilgud, Robert Donat and many more.
  • Raymond Cutter, a second-generation criminal, cuts a deal with an underworld art dealer to get released early from prison to spend time with his son who has an inoperable brain tumor. He must forge a copy of Monet's Woman With A Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son and switch it with the real one, with the help of his son and father, to repay the syndicate that arranged his release. Also starring Jennifer Ehle. 
  • Adapted from the 1985 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The story is the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill, his friends and family from 1955 to 1980. In 1955, a young Henry becomes enamored of the criminal life and Mafia presence in working class Italian-American Brooklyn. He begins working for local caporegime Paul "Paulie" Cicero and his associates: James "Jimmy" Conway, an Irish truck hijacker and gangster, and Tommy DeVito, a fellow juvenile delinquent. Henry begins as a fence for Jimmy, gradually working his way up to more serious crimes and into the quasi-glamorous life of the mobster.  Also by Nicholas Pileggi:
  • Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife, goes on the run.  He's determined to prove his innocence by leading the police to the one-armed man who committed the crime. He is the hunted - and Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a U.S. marshal is the hunter who will not give up. Inspired  by the classic television series.