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A US Marine pilot (Lee Marvin) and a Japanese Naval officer (Toshiro Mifune) find themselves marooned on the same island in the middle of World War II. The pair's first impulse is to continue the wartime struggle and engage each other in a battle to the death, but they soon realise that their chances for survival will be much stronger if they work together. Can they suspend their mutual hatred long enough to begin the struggle against the hostile island environment or will their wish to destroy each other win out? John Boorman directs.
War epic telling the story of the coming-of-age of 18th century Kazak military strategist, Mansur (Kuno Becker) - later known as Ablai Khan. In the 18th century, the people of Kazakhstan are ruled by Mongolian invaders and divided by in-fighting. When Oraz (Jason Scott Lee) finds a baby boy who he believes is destined to unite the people, he trains him to be a fighter. Mansur goes on to become a mighty warrior and, along with his good friend, Erali (Jay Hernandez), attempts to unite the country's warring tribes and win back his nation's freedom.
Director Kimberly Peirce returns to the screen with this topical drama about the war in Iraq.
Ryan Phillippe plays a solider who finally gets to go home to America, only to be called back to fight in the Middle East. But he doesn't want to go back, so instead he goes AWOL.
DVD 1 - Prelude to War - The Second World War is a record of one of the most destructive conflicts in human history, more than 46 million soldiers and civilians died. By far the largest number of those killed, whether in battle or behind enemy lines, were unknown by name or face except to those few who knew or loved them.
DVD 2 - Our Russian Front - Disregarding the Ribbentrop-Molotov Non Agression Pact signed by Germany and the USSR on 23rd August 1939, Hitler launched operation Barbarossa in June 1941, intending to invade and conquer USSR and unite German and Japanese forces against the Allies. Stalin mobilised every man, woman and child to defend their country and this is their story.
DVD 3 - The Nuremberg Trials - The Nuremberg trials was the was the world's first attempt to apply the rule of war to the excesses of war. Its tribunal judged 24 of the most egregious offenders of the losing side on charges of crimes against peace (i.e. waging 'a war of aggression'), war crimes and crimes against humanity.
DVD 1 - Combat America - '1st Lieutenant Clark Gable' provides the voice over for this World War II US Army Air forces Film that tells the story of the 351st Bombardment Group AAF. Amongst remarkable footage taken from the combat planes in action, 'Combat America' provides a rare portrait of the planes and men that flew them both working and at rest.
DVD 2 - The Sky Soldiers, Vietnam - It was 1965 and the first combat troops had arrived in Vietnam. This remarkable archive film tells the story of 173 Airborne Paratroops - The Sky Soldiers - from the perspective of a journalist, and shows a close up portrait of the soldiers carrying out everyday peaceful tasks, alongside combat footage of their battles.
DVD 3 - Canada At War, V Was For Victory - Using archive film footage from World War II, 'V was for Victory' tells the fascinating story of the Canadian Force's role in the liberation of occupied Europe. Featuring the Canadian Army's march into occupied Netherlands and Belgium, and the troops' capture of enemy ground in Germany, the film also shows Mackenzie King's 1945 re-election and the Canadian Navy's role in the pacific.
Comprehensive history of the United States armed forces, charting the history and major engagements of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines over the years. Features archive footage, commentary, and interviews with the veterans involved.
Their names are enough to stir the heart and take the breath away. Their presence on the screen is nothing short of magical. These are the ultimate leading ladies, the ones who have charmed, dazzled, and thrilled. Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner, and Maureen O'Hara are all featured in this colossal collection of 17 movies starring icons of the silver screen.
Collection of documentaries on the battles fought by the US Marine Corps during WWII. Episodes comprise: 'Guam', 'Midway', 'Guadalcanal', 'Bougainville', 'Rabaul', 'Saipan', 'Tinian', 'Peleliu', 'Iwo Jima' and 'Okinawa'.
American pilot Dieter Dengler is shot down during a top secret mission to destroy Viet Cong strongholds in Laos at the beginning of the Vietnam War.
Taken hostage, he endures unimaginable conditions at the hands of cruel captors in a makeshift POW camp.
Dengler's iron will to survive guides him and his fellow prisoners in a meticulously-planned, death-defying escape, only to discover the harsh realities of an unforgiving jungle beyond the camp's walls.
As US soldiers occupied war-torn Afghanistan in 2002, a young Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar was arrested, along with his passengers, at a checkpoint for an alleged involvement in a Taliban rocket attack.
Confined to a solitary cell at Bagram, Dilawar was chained and exposed to continuous beatings and torture from the US soldiers. Five days after his arrest, Dilawar died.
Winner of the 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi To The Dark Side is a searing insight into the modern-day role of torture and political corruption in the war on terror, from Abu Ghraih through to Guantanamo Bay.
Italian war drama directed by Roberto Rossellini. When three Allied POWs escape from their camp and hide out in Rome, they are given shelter by a beautiful young woman. Now that they finally have something tangible to fight over, the three prisoners' national chauvinism (one is Russian, one English and one American) simmers to boiling point.
World War I action adventure focusing on America's first fighter pilots.
The year is 1917, and the war is not going well for the allies. Although America has refused to enter the conflict, some of its more altruistic young men decide to take action. Blair Rawlings (James Franco) abandons his ranch and follows his dream to fly, opting to fight with his compatriots in France. Once there, he and the other volunteers are brought under the command of French Captain Thenault (Jean Reno), and war-weary American pilot Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson).
Initially shunned by their fellow aviators, new squadron the Lafayette Escadrille soon begin to earn the respect of their comrades as they develop into a fearsome fighting unit.
American-made documentary focusing on real-life events of US combat troops during the Iraq war. Made using actual footage captured by marines with home video equipment, this two-hour film provides a unique insight into the front-line operations of Lima Company, who suffered some of the heaviest casualties of the war. The film follows the troops into combat, and records their daily thoughts on life in the battle zone.
The sixth in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1944.
The final part in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1945.
The fourth in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1942.
Noel Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in this patriotic World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed. Coward was awarded a Special Oscar for 'outstanding production achievement'. Also included is a 'making of' documentary.
The second in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1940.
The third in a series of documentaries charting the events of World War II year by year, using unique archive footage to take you back in time to see what actually happened when the world went to war. This film focuses on 1941.
World War II drama starring Richard Burton and Curt Jurgens as Captain Leith and Major Brand, a pair of British Army officers assigned to execute a daring commando raid on the Libyan stronghold of General Rommel. Even before the mission begins, the tension between the two is evident. This is further exacerbated when Brand learns that Leith and his wife (Ruth Roman) were once romantically involved. Once the operations is underway, Leith must save the day when Brand's cowardice is revealed, thus putting the mission and the lives of the men in jeopardy.
Under the Nazi occupation of Holland, the Dutch people are forced to choose between collaboration and resistance. Armed with the knowledge that those choices made by fellow countrymen will forever change the fate of their homeland, six college students set out on an epic adventure that will involve courage, betrayal and survival.
Triple pack of documentaries looking at World War I from the perspective of Great Britain. 'Land Warfare Technology' examines the development of land warfare and the effect it had on the conflict. From the killing power of the machine gun and the dramatic introduction of the tank to the emergence of the new terror weapon, gas first used by the Germans with terrible effect at Ypres on the Western Front in 1915. 'Air Power Technology' shows how, at the outbreak of war, aircraft were to play an increasingly important role in reconnaissance and range-finding for the artillery. In the latter stages of the conflict, their roles included ground attack and long-range bombing. 'Sea Power Technology' starts with the key sea battle of WWI, The Battle of Jutland in 1916, which, although inconclusive, blunted the threat of the German fleet. The programme ends with a look at the aircraft carrier which made a major breakthrough in 1917 with the first deck landing.
Dark and controversial Japanese war drama. Sakura Nishi (yako Wakao) is a young nurse posted to an army hospital during the Sino-Japanese war in 1939. Raped by her patients, she is punished by the high command for daring to make a complaint, and sent to a brutalised front-line unit. There she meets a morphine-addicted surgeon, and the damaged couple try to seek solace in each other as the world around them collapses into violence and despair.
Military documentary looking at the role of the paratrooper in the armies of the world. Drawing on combat footage, reconstructions and interviews, the film gives an inside account of the world's elite airborne units in action.
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