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Director and star Kenneth Branagh brings another Shakespearean adaptation to the screen. Hamlet (Branagh), Prince of Denmark, vows revenge when informed by the ghost of his murdered father (Brian Blessed) that the present king Claudius (Derek Jacobi) was responsible. Spurning the romantic advances of his sweetheart Ophelia (Kate Winslet), Hamlet attempts to open the eyes of his mother Gertrude (Julie Christie), whom Claudius has now wed. However, Hamlet's procrastination when it comes to killing Claudius costs more lives.
Martin Shaw stars as P.D. James's detective Adam Dalgliesh in these adaptations of her popular crime novels. In 'Death in Holy Orders', Dalgliesh returns to St Anselm's, the theological college he attended in his youth, where a rash of brutal murders forces him to confront old memories. In 'The Murder Room', Dalgliesh traces the clues in a murder all the way to the House of Lords.
The cast of this unabridged recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream includes Warren Mitchell as Bottom and Sarah Woodward as Titania.
BONUS FEATURE: Conversation between the author and the editor,
Ray Winstone brings history's most beguiling monarch to life in this story of Henry VIII revealing the destruction Henry often left in his wake during his extraordinary 38 year reign. From the moment Henry Tudor casts aside his faithful wife Katherine of Aragon for the bewitching and determined Anne Boleyn (Helena Bonham-Carter), he sets himself on course for a series of disastrous marriages.
Practising Taiji and Qigong is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life and a great way to stay healthy. Now caring professionals can help those with limited mobility to experience the benefits of Taiji and Qigong with this easy-to-follow guide. Covering everything caregivers need to know about Taiji and Qigong, this illustrated guide provides an explanatory introduction to these forms of exercises and shows how to build up a program from easy steps to more challenging ones. There are exercises to stimulate every part of the body, with variations to suit the patient's needs and preferences. All the movements are adapted from the same ancient principles guiding classic Taiji and Qigong and will help strengthen the body as well as provide contemplative relaxation. This book will show occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, activity directors, mental health practitioners, martial arts instructors, and anyone else working with people with physical disabilities and the elderly exactly how these simple techniques can make big improvements to a person's physical and mental wellbeing.
Christopher Menaul directs this British drama based on the lives and loves of the Newlyn School of artists, influential at the beginning of the 20th century. Arguably the wildest and most free-spirited sect of the school is the Lamorna Group, who live together at the Lamorna Valley Estate on the Cornish coast. Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) is one of the foremost artists based at Lamorna, a strident opponent of modernism particularly famous for his skill at depicting horses. However, Alfred faces stern competition for the love of fellow artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) in the form of the estate's land agent Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens).
In a rocky cave, in a prehistoric wood, lives The Great Snorasaurus, the dinosaur with the terrifying snore. Although loved dearly by all who know him, Snorasaurus is cast out of his home for his dreadful snoring. But when an unexpected neighbor moves into the cave, the forest creatures learn about friendship, loyalty, and compromise.
Charlotte Pollard's adventures are over. She escaped death aboard the R101 and travelled in the TARDIS - but now in the service of the monolithic, unknowable Viyransm, their unending mission is stifling her. An encounter with would-be adventurer Robert Buchan, near the mysterious Ever-and-Ever-Prolixity, provides the opportunity Charley needs for escape. So the adventuress is abroad once more: meeting a lost expedition in uncharted forests, solving enigmas, and hoping beyond hope to see the people she misses most: her family. But Charley cannot run forever. The Viyrans knwo the power of the 'Lamentation Cipher' and they have a solution for everything.
Box set featuring nine action movies. In 'Skinheads' (1989) a group of Los Angeles neo-nazis are forced to move to North California when one of them shoots a black man. When they arrive in the small town they continue on their path of hatred, harrassment and destruction until they come across two resilient college kids determined to stop the skinheads' reign of violence. When a Hollywood film crew travel to shoot on an isolated desert location they are attacked by CIA-backed mercenaries. At first the film people fight back using their special effects equipment, but as the carnage mounts they sustain heavy losses, and soon the director's daughter is the only one still alive. She then teams up with one of the embittered mercenaries to better her chances of surviving. 'Hiroshima' (1990) paints a dramatic account of the race to develop the atomic bomb, the ethics and politics behind it, and the events which led to its use at the end of World War 2. In 'Emperor' (1988), Tony (Alex D'Andrea) is a Bronx street hustler, an old-fashioned, low-level operator who finds himself forced off his turf by vicious crime boss Falco (Anthony Gioia). Teaming up with an ex-con and sultry songstress, he learns a few things about the way of the world and makes an attempt to get back on the right side of the wrong side of the tracks - taking the fight back to Falco. In 'South Bronx' (1985), two young children are being brutally exploited as their foster home moonlights as the headquarters for one of the city's largest pornography rings. Amazingly, the two children escape to the streets, where they enlist the help of an undercover cop (Mario Van Peebles) and his partner to capture the porn king and his accomplices. In 'The Swap' (1969) Robert DeNiro plays Sammy Nicoletti, an adult film director who is murdered. His brother Vito (Anthony Charnota) vows to find the killer and avenge Sammy's death. When Vito is released from prison he begins his own investigation, encountering deceit and blackmail. The final days of Sammy's life unfold from a party on Long Island back to the big city. As Vito draws nearer to the truth, his own life hangs precariously in the balance. In 'Death Collector' (1975) it's 'all in the family' for a young, streetwise hood as he becomes a collector for the mob. He quickly rises, run by rung, up the ladder of the underworld in this violent crime saga. Blaxploitation legend Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson stars in 'Black Cobra' (1987). When fashion photographer Elys Trumbo (Eva Grimaldi) sees one of her neighbours being murdered by a member of the Black Cobras, a psychopathic motorcycle gang, she manages to catch the killer's face on film. The Cobras' leader comes after her, but luckily tough police sergeant Malone (Williamson) has been appointed to protect her. In 'Born To Win' (1971), George Segal stars as as an ex-hairdresser who struggles to support his expensive drug habit and to avoid arrest, turns 'narc', informing on his fellow junkies. Eventually Segal's sense of self-hatred threatens to overwhelm him. In 'Revenge' (1988), the gun-crazy right-wing terrorist group 'Strike Force' have set their sights on the deadly NK-2, which is a very large weapon indeed, and will do everything in their power to get hold of it. Vietnam vet Jason Shepherd (Roger Rodd) is approached with the job of tracking down these vicious killers and preventing them from doing any more damage. He accepts the job, but when the group gun down two of his most loyal friends, it suddenly becomes personal.
Brought to you by Penguin. Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us . . . Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
This anthology of Kipling's most famous poems - "If", "Mandalay", "Gunga Din" - is taken from the Naxos AudioBooks "Great Poets" series. Though sometimes still regarded as a product of the colonial era, Kipling touches a very popular nerve in Britain's literary tradition, and is regarded more generously now as a master of popular verse. It is often forgotten that he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.
Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a 'traditional' school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power. One of his contemporaries unaccountably disappears, and as we follow Engleby's career, which brings us up to the present day, we are led to ask: is Engleby capable of telling the whole truth? This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.
Using the complete, unabridged texts established in the New Cambridge Shakespeare edition, Naxos are making audio versions of all of Shakespeare's plays and the Sonnets. The first titles, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, are now available, both as audio cassettes and as compact discs, sold jointly by Cambridge University Press and Naxos. Each recording has a full cast of well-known professional actors, accompanied by appropriate music from the Naxos catalogue. A set of three or four cassettes/cds is accompanied by notes and a play synopsis. The CUP versions feature the New Cambridge Shakespeare design and logo. The next two titles are A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Sonnets. The full text of The Dream has been recorded, with Warren Mitchell as Bottom, Michael Maloney as Oberon and Sarah Woodward as Titania.
In an authoritative performance by actor Richard Bebb, two sections from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are presented in Old English, under the advisement of the leading living scholar on Chaucerian pronunciation, Professor Derek Brewer.
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