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Optimum Home Entertainment

continues their aggressive release schedule with four additional titles scheduled for release in July…

9th July 2007

The Conquest of Everest

- £12.99 - Nominated for the Oscar and winner of the BAFTA for Best Documentary Feature, this is the inspiring story of man’s first conquest of the world’s highest mountain. Made in 1953, the film documents the breathtaking ascent of Everest by Hunt, Hillary, Tensing et al, directed by fellow expedition member George Lowe.

Barebones, the film is presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame with English Mono audio.

Senso - £17.99 - Venice. 1866. After a night walking the empty streets of the ancient city together, a countess (Alida Valli, The Third Man) falls in love with an Austrian officer (Farley Granger, Strangers on A Train) and becomes his mistress. War breaks out and separates them until she eventually finds him again in the throes of battle against the Italians. Betraying both her principles and her cause, she tries to reform him with cruel and tragic consequences for them both…

Directed by Italian legend Luchino Visconti, Senso makes its UK DVD debut, remastered and presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame with Italian Mono and English subtitles. There are no listed extras.

23rd July 2007

Silent Tongue

- £17.99 - The last River Phoenix film to be released – a year after his premature death - Silent Tongue has never been out before on UK DVD. Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, the film is a haunting Western about a plainsman who will do anything to help his son get over the death of his Native American wife and baby in childbirth. Also stars Dermot Mulroney, Richard Harris and Alan Bates.

Specs are TBC.

The Minus Man - £12.99 - Unavailable in the UK before, The Minus Man is a psychological thriller starring Owen Wilson as a serial killer named Vann. After dispatching of his latest victim on a lonely highway, Vann moves to a sleepy sea-side town and in with unhappily married couple Doug (Brian Cox) and Jane (Mercedes Ruehl). Quietly and insidiously insinuating his way into the fabric of the town, Vann patiently waits for his latest target to reveal himself. Just as the last was an asthmatic junkie (Sheryl Crow) who screamed for him to put her out of her misery, Vann believes the next victim will somehow welcome his “intervention” in their lonely and pointless life. However, increasingly frequent blackouts, a burgeoning relationship with a postal clerk (Janeane Garofolo) and the dogged determination of a pair of cops soon threaten to unmask the killer at last…

A barebones release, specs are TBC.


Also scheduled for a July release but not yet officially announced is a 7-Disc Dirk Bogard Screen Icons collection (expected to include Accident, The Servant, The Blue Lamp, King & Country, The Sleeping Tiger, Hunted and The Spanish Gardener) and a 5-Disc James Mason Screen Icons collection (expected to include 5 Fingers, The Man Between, Man in Grey, Odd Man Out, and The Bells Go Down). Look out for news items on those just as soon as the press releases come in…

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