New DVDs: Feature Length Films and TV Series – May 2008

The Boys from Brazil
A band of Nazi leaders, escaped from postwar Germany, scheme to return to power. Their plans to dominate the world are based on a bizarre biological experiment undertaken by Josef Mengele, to clone Hitler. Cast: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Steve Guttenberg. Originally released as a motion picture in 1978. Based on the novel by Ira Levin. Rated R.

The Conversation
A provoking mystery-suspense drama explores the morality of privacy in the story of Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, who conducts a routine surveillance job only to later find himself suspicious that he has become an unwitting player in murder scheme. Originally released as a motion picture in 1974. Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall.

The Counterfeit Traitor
An American businessman turned Swedish oil-trader finds his life and fortunes held hostage when he’s blackmailed by British agents and forced into the perilous arena of WWII espionage. Cast: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith. Originally released as a motion picture in 1962.
Based on the book by Alexander Klein. Not rated.

The Day of the Jackal
Story of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal, relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world. The tension mounts as the methodical preparations of the Jackal are paralleled with the efforts of the police to uncover the plot, which gives the story non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense. Cast: Edward Fox, Alan Badel, Tony Britton, Cyril Cusack, Michel Lonsdale, Eric Porter, Delhpine Seyrig. DVD release of the 1973 motion picture. Based on the book by Frederick Forsyth. Rated PG.

Eye of the Needle
While attempting to complete a crucial mission during WWII, a ruthless German spy is shipwrecked on a deserted Scottish island and befriended by a lonely woman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Ian Bannen, Christopher Cazenove. Based on the novel by Ken Follett. Rated R.

Five Days
After Leanne and her children vanish into thin air, her husband and family soon learn that nobody is what they seem. Cast: Nikki Amuka-Bird, Hugh Bonneville, Charlie Creed-Miles, Lucinda Dryzek, Rory Kinnear, Patrick Malahide, Janet McTeer, David Oyelowo, Sarah Smart, Penelope Wilton, Edward Woodward. Originally broadcast on HBO in 2007. Rated TV-MA

Love’s Unfolding Dream
Missie’s adopted daughter Belinda is determined to become a doctor, but despite her dedication and ability, Doc Jackson believes women should stay at home– and so does Belinda’s suitor, Drew Simpson. But with faith and hard work, Belinda begins winning the hearts and minds of everyone around her, including a wealthy dowager, who just might help make Belinda’s dreams come true. Cast: Erin Cottrell, Dale Midkiff, Scout Taylor-Compton, Robert Pine, Patrick Levis, Nancy Linehan Charles, Samantha Smith. Based on the novel by Janette Oke. Originally broadcast as a made-for-TV movie in 2007. Not Rated

Man Who Never Was
Account of wartime espionage based on the true story of an intelligence operation designed to mislead the Nazis prior to the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Cast: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1955. From the book by Ewen Montagu. Not rated.

Marathon Man
Story of a graduate student and marathon runner unwittingly trapped in a terrifying drama revolving around a murderous Nazi fugitive. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller. DVD release of the 1976 motion picture. Rated R.

The Omega Man
Biological warfare has decimated the world’s population. Los Angeles is a windswept, debris-strewn ghost town. There, Robert Neville tools his convertible through the sunny streets, pillaging deserted department stores to survive. And making damn sure he gets undercover before sundown, when the other ‘survivors’ emerge. Based on the novel “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson. Cast: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash. Rated PG.

The Three Days of Condor
A CIA agent who is on the run from a mass slaughter in his research office suddenly finds himself the target of both his employers and the unknown killers of his associates. Based on the novel “Six days of the Condor” by James Grady. CastRobert Redford, Cliff Robertson, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow. Rated R.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Some say George Smiley is in innocent retirement. Others say he was sacked after the Czech scandal. But all agree that nobody ever leaves the ‘Circus’ without some unfinished business. Brought out of retirement to trace an enemy infiltrator in the department where he was once the prize employee, the shy and retiring master of espionage moves forwards to investigate and finds himself going backwards over very old ground … Cast: Alec Guinness, Ian Bannen, Bernard Hepton, Terence Rigby, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett and Anthony Bate. Based on the novel by John Le Carre. Not rated.

Touch of Frost Season 13
Detective Jack Frost is called to investigate when a couple return from holiday to find the body of a complete stranger in their bed. He also becomes involved in a murder inquiry and uncovers a crime ring involved in the importing of endangered species and illegal animal goods. Cast: David Jason, Bruce Alexander. Not rated.