Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) - another Christmas-themed movie special

Rating 7.4/10
Runtime: 102 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Peter Godfrey
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037595/

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck ... Elizabeth Lane
Dennis Morgan ... Jefferson Jones
Sydney Greenstreet ... Alexander Yardley
Reginald Gardiner ... John Sloan
S.Z. Sakall ... Felix Bassenak
Robert Shayne ... Dudley Beecham
Una O'Connor ... Norah

Description: A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=73275165474296853666

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_cjJzSk55ZVdZM3c


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.20 GB, 1734 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 116
Audio : 139 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Greek), posters and screenshots included

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Last train from Gun Hill (1959) - Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in John Sturges western

Rating 7.3/10
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: John Sturges
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052993/

Cast

Kirk Douglas ... Marshal Matt Morgan
Anthony Quinn ... Craig Belden
Carolyn Jones ... Linda
Earl Holliman ... Rick Belden
Brad Dexter ... Beero
Brian G. Hutton ... Lee Smithers
Ziva Rodann ... Catherine Morgan
Bing Russell ... Skag

Description: The wife of marshal Matt Morgan is raped and murdered. The killers leave behind a distinctive saddle, that Morgan recognises as belonging to his old friend Craig Belden, now cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill. Belden is sympathetic, until it transpires that one of the murderers is his own son Rick, whom he refuses to hand over. Morgan is determined to capture Rick and take him away by the 9.00 train; but he is trapped in the town alone, with Belden and all his men now looking to kill him.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=76170359574667286089

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_V3lhQ2xRRjAtbGc


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.07 GB, 1619 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 716x478 ~> 849x478 (16:9), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 112
Audio : 130 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Greek, Croatian, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Czech), posters and screenshots included

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ride lonesome (1959) - lesser known western from director Budd Boetticher starring Randolph Scott, Lee Van Cleef and James Coburn

Rating 7.2/10
Runtime: 72 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053220/

Cast

Randolph Scott ... Ben Brigade
Karen Steele ... Mrs. Carrie Lane
Pernell Roberts ... Sam Boone
James Best ... Billy John
Lee Van Cleef ... Frank
James Coburn ... Whit

Description: A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely. However, the Indian attacks persist, the outlaws plan to take Billy for themselves, tempted by the offer of amnesty for his captor, and Billy's brother Frank is in hot pursuit to rescue him. But Brigade has plans of his own...

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Download link (torrent file):

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=06355881393628117912

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_eURCaXY4RnNhTms


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.14 GB, 2198 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x364 ~> 855x364 (2.35:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 119
Audio : 100/100 MB (main/commentary), 192/192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Croatian, Turkish), posters and screenshots included



Dual audio track information

This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is audio commentary by film historian Jeremy Arnold. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio=>Audio track, main on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) - French film noir from director Jaques Becker starring Jean Gabin

Rating 7.8/10
Runtime: 96 min
Language: French
Country: France
Directed by: Jaques Becker
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046451/

Cast

Jean Gabin ... Max dit Max le Menteur
René Dary ... Henri Ducros dit Riton
Dora Doll ... Lola
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Ramon
Marilyn Buferd ... Betty
Gaby Basset ... Marinette
Daniel Cauchy ... Fifi

Description: Max, an old gangster, and his buddy Riton have got away with 50-million francs in gold bars. They think they ought to retire now, but Riton's girl-friend is tired of him, and has a new protector, Angelo, who is the boss of a rival gang. Through her, Angelo learns about his rival's "grisbi" (loot) and plots to get it. So he kidnaps Max's partner. Max asks some of his friends for help but then gets the message he can exchange the money for his partner.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_bEc5a1o1eUVqRjA

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=35528462783823023521


Also included set of extras, with English subtitles:

* Video interview with actor Daniel Cauchy - 7'27"

* Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps dedicated to Jacques Becker, with screenwriter Maurice Griffe, Grisbi author Albert Simonin, actor Lino Ventura and François Truffaut - 5'41"

* 1972 interview excerpt with Lino Ventura - 9'11"

* Original theatrical trailer - 4'00"

* Clip from a 1978 interview with composer Jean Wiener - 1'52"


Video and audio information:

Video : 2.09 GB, 3094 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 714x478 ~> 714x535 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 118
Audio : 133 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC-3, CBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, German, Portuguese-Brazilian, Polish, Turkish, Greek, Serbian), posters, sample and screenshots included

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Le deuxieme souffle aka Second Breath (1966) - another crime movie from director Jean-Pierre Melville

Rating 7.9/10
Runtime: 150 min
Language: French
Country: France
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060305/

Cast

Lino Ventura ... Gustave 'Gu' Minda
Paul Meurisse ... Commissaire Blot
Raymond Pellegrin ... Paul Ricci
Christine Fabréga ... Simone - dite 'Manouche'
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Jo Ricci
Paul Frankeur ... Inspector Fardiano
Denis Manuel ... Antoine Ripa

Description: Three prisoners break from the prison and the notorious Gustave 'Gu' Minda is the only one that survives. He heads to Paris where he meets his lover Manouche and his friend and Manouche's bodyguard Alban that take him to a hideout. Meanwhile the smart Commissary Blot is investigating a shooting plotted by the mobster Jo Ricci and the gangster Jacques the Lawyer that is murdered. Gu decides to travel to Italy but he is short of money; his friend Orloff invites him to participate in the heist of an armored truck with his friend Paul Ricci and the gangsters Antoine and Pascal in Marseille. The talkative Inspector Fardiano is responsible for the investigation, but the persistent Commissary Blot believes that Gu is behind the scheme.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_aGQtbV9SZGNPdE0

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=41640512298537892096


Also included set of extras, with English subtitles:

* Video interview with director Bertrand Tavernier who served as publicity agent on the film - 11'37"

* "Cinèma" - featuring interviews by François Chalais with Melville and actor Lino Ventura - 25'53"

* "Original theatrical trailer - 2'19"

* ""Province Actualitès" - a 4 minute newsreel taken from the set of the movie


Video and audio information:

Video : 2.08 GB, 1978 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 676x480 ~> 801x480 (1.66:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 129
Audio : 206 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, VBR


Subtitles (English, Greek closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazilian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Serbian), posters, sample and screenshots included

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The mask of Dimitrios (1944) - film noir starring Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Zachary Scott

Rating 7.1/10
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037055/

Cast

Sydney Greenstreet ... Mr. Peters
Peter Lorre ... Cornelius Leyden
Zachary Scott ... Dimitrios Makropoulos
Faye Emerson ... Irana Preveza
Victor Francen ... Wladislaw Grudek
Steven Geray ... Karel Bulic
Florence Bates ... Madame Elise Chavez

Description: Dutch mystery writer Cornelius Leyden is vacationing in Istanbul when he makes the acquaintance of Turkish Police Colonel Haki, a fan of his books. Haki makes Leyden aware that he is currently investigating the murder of Greek master criminal Dimitrios Makrpouloss, bloated corpse has just washed ashore on a beach in the Bosphorous. Never having seen a murdered body. Leyden accepts Haki's invitation to view it before cremation. Initially repulsed, he becomes fascinated by Haki's tale of Dimitrios sordid career as he rose from petty crime, smuggling and murder to blackmail, espionage, and political assassination. Following Haki's leads, his investigations lead him to such varied cities as Athens, Sofia, Geneva, and Paris, where he interviews Dimitrios' former mistress, who doesn't rise until ten in the evening, and the urbane, aristocratic cat-fancier who hired Dimitrios to steal state secrets. During his travels Leyden becomes friendly with Mr. Peters, an idiosyncratic three hundred pound Englishman, who seems more obsessed with Makropoulos than Leyden. Peters, who was betrayed by Dimitrios years before, is eager to take revenge on his former partner, and he forms a alliance with the writer to track down and blackmail the enigmatic criminal, a very high-risk enterprise.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://speedy.sh/s7NuR/The-mask-of-Dimitrios-1944.torrent

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_cmVUQjM4dk9pWVk


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.23 GB, 1844 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 640*480 (4:3), XviD 1.2.1 (UTC 2008-12-04)
Audio : 175 MB, 256 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), posters, sample and screenshots included

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bob le Flambeur aka Bob the Gambler (1956) - French film noir from director Jean-Pierre Melville

Rating 7.7/10
Runtime: 103 min
Language: French
Country: France
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047892/

Cast

Isabelle Corey ... Anne
Daniel Cauchy ... Paolo
Roger Duchesne ... Robert 'Bob' Montagné
André Garet ... Roger
Gérard Buhr ... Marc
Guy Decomble ... Commissaire Ledru

Description: Bob, a old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is planed exactly, but the police is informed about the planned coup. Meanwhile in the Casino Bob starts to gamble.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://speedy.sh/95XCf/Bob-le-Flambeur-1956.torrent

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_ZFo3QWtBRlQzdFU


Also included set of extras, with English subtitles where applicable:

* "Video interview with Daniel Cauchy (“Paulo”) - 22'00"

* "Radio interview with Jean-Pierre Melville - 20'33"

* "Theatrical trailer - 3'26"


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.26 GB, 1749 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 640*480 (4:3), XviD 1.2.0.dev47 (UTC 2006-11-01)
Audio : 103 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = MP3, VBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazilian, Polish, German, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Croatian, Serbian), posters, sample and screenshots included

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb (1964) - political satire on Cold War from director Stanley Kubrick

Rating 8.5/10
Runtime: 91 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/

Cast

Peter Sellers ... Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove
George C. Scott ... Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
Sterling Hayden ... Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper
Keenan Wynn ... Col. 'Bat' Guano
Slim Pickens ... Maj. 'King' Kong
Peter Bull ... Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky
James Earl Jones ... Lt. Lothar Zogg

Description: U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely and utterly mad, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He suspects that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. The U.S. president meets with his advisors, where the Soviet ambassador tells him that if the U.S.S.R. is hit by nuclear weapons, it will trigger a "Doomsday Machine" which will destroy all plant and animal life on Earth. Peter Sellers portrays the three men who might avert this tragedy: British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, the only person with access to the demented Gen. Ripper; U.S. President Merkin Muffley, whose best attempts to divert disaster depend on placating a drunken Soviet Premier and the former Nazi genius Dr. Strangelove, who concludes that "such a device would not be a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious". Will the bombers be stopped in time, or will General Jack Ripper succeed in destroying the world ?

Screens:

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Download link (torrent file):

http://speedy.sh/bnQqE/Dr.-Strangelove-1964.torrent

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_YVk2U0FrYkRlT1E


Also included a very nice set of various extras, with English subtitles (except "Making of"):

* "Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove - 46'04" - Hardcore Kubrick fan and filmmaker David Naylor was selected to produce this item, which is a genuine "documentary" rather than another typical "making-of" marketing puff-piece. It takes us into the complete life cycle of Dr. Strangelove's production, from script development, casting, design, promotion, and the enormous difficulties as well as the serendipitous discoveries that ultimately came together into the finished production. Though the film has outlived most of its creators, Naylor found several people who worked on it, including cinematographer Gil Taylor and production set designer Ken Adams (of the James Bond series). One of the integral elements of the story deals with a B-52 bomber and it's interior. Given the sensitive nature of the bomber, the Air Force refused to assist Adams and his crew of designers in their assessment of the planes' interior. However where there's a will there's a way. In doing his research, Adams came upon a novel that described in perfect detail the interior of the bomber. So complete was the description that the FBI became involved in an attempt to determine the source of material for Adams' set design! Lucky for him, it was all above board! Additionally, the story is conveyed about Peter Sellers playing four roles in the film as opposed to the three that currently exist. The piece is jazzily written and produced, sporting a respectful scholarly demeanor. It shows us stills from the never-seen Great Pie Fight climax and explains why the scene was replaced with the radically different (and superior) existing finale

* "No Fighting in the War Room Or: Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat - 30'02" - this insightful documentary contextualizes Dr. Strangelove within the Cold War that gave it a reason to be. On hand are Roger Ebert, Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward, directors Joe McGrath and Spike Lee, editor Anthony Harvey, James Earl Jones, Sellers/Kubrick biographer Alexander Walker, and — for the authentic insider perspective — former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (The Fog of War). Together they connect the big red dots between the film and the Cold War's real-life dynamics of Mutually Assured Destruction. (And, for extra relevance, between wartime groupthink and today's more reality-based geopolitical heat sources.) Dr. Strangelove is revealed to be not only a cinema masterpiece or a product of archeo-history that predates the births of many of this documentary viewers but also sees it as a purposeful reflection of political-military thinking that is anything except obsolete.

* "Best Sellers Or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove - 18'26" - Sellers' "breathtaking versatility" is appropriately lauded by Michael Palin, Roger Ebert, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Lester, David Frost, Bob Woodward, Spike Lee and others. Sketching out his life from his boyhood to his early success on BBC Radio's pathbreaking The Goon Show, then to the international stardom that crystallized in Dr. Strangelove and Being There, this biography/eulogy underlines not only Sellers' talent, but also the "enigma" of the man who seemed to possess no singular identity except when playing a character.

* "The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove - 13'47" - A brief, well-made biographical introduction for viewers new to the director's early life and work.

* An Interview with Robert McNamara - 24'25" - This interview is exactly that: a simple one-camera sit-down with McNamara that isn't gummed up with production lacquer. It's unedited — they left in someone bumping the camera, and near the end the former Secretary of Defense lets the director know who's boss by telling him no, he has this much time left — so it's a refreshing raw discussion. McNamara dishes the goods on what went on behind the scenes during the Kennedy and Johnson years, when the so-called Cold War was hotter than the rest of us knew. He is passionate and well-spoken on the long-lasting impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the inherent irrationality, depicted in Dr. Strangelove, of a deterrence-based defense philosophy that ignores the X factors of human fallibility. "We've got to get rid of nuclear weapons," he says, and he should know. Parallels between the film and global tensions c. 2004 are not ignored.

* Split Screen Interviews with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott - 7'14" - For this promotional curio, Sellers and Scott were filmed individually answering scripted questions over telephones. Their footage was placed into the right-hand half of the film, the left half remaining black. TV news organizations could then film their reporters on telephones asking the questions, place their footage alongside Sellers' and Scott's pre-filmed responses, and create the illusion that a one-on-one interview was occurring. Both bifurcated interviews are gems. A highlight of the Sellers piece is his giving us a vocal dialect map of England, sliding effortlessly from London Cockney to Yorkshire brogue and elsewhere.


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.24 GB, 1963 Kbps, 25 fps, 688*528 (4:3), XviD 1.1.0 Beta2 (UTC 2005-04-04)
Audio : 124 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish), posters, trailer, sample and screenshots included

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seven days in May (1964) - political thriller from director John Frankenheimer, starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Frederic March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien and Martin Balsam

Rating 7.9/10
Runtime: 117 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058576/

Cast

Burt Lancaster ... Gen. James Mattoon Scott
Kirk Douglas ... Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
Fredric March ... President Jordan Lyman
Ava Gardner ... Eleanor Holbrook
Edmond O'Brien ... Sen. Raymond Clark
Martin Balsam ... Paul Girard
Hugh Marlowe ... Harold McPherson
George Macready ... Christopher Todd

Description: At the height of the cold war, a weakened President and a popular four-star general face off in a battle for control of the US government. President Jordan Lyman has successfully negotiated an arms reduction treaty with the Soviet Union, but his measure is unpopular and does not sit well with General James Mattoon Scott, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who has been quite vocal in his opposition. Marine Corps Col. Jiggs Casey, who works for Scott, comes to the conclusion that senior military officers are plotting a coup to overthrow the government. Working with a small circle of reliable and loyal officials, President Lyman tries to get the evidence of Scott's treachery and stop him.

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Download link (torrent file):

http://speedy.sh/5M4Pc/Seven-days-in-May-1964.torrent

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_MXhzVlFtckdnMFU


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.49 GB, 1850 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 704*400 (16:9), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Audio : 270 MB (main/commentary), 160/160 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3/MP3 , CBR


Subtitles (English (both as separate file and inside MKV file), Spanish, Greek, posters and screenshots included


Dual audio track information

This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track and switch to main audio track on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)