DVD & Blu-rays Released March 8, 2005

Compleat Female Stage Beauty

It's the 1660s, and Edward 'Ned' Kynaston is England's most celebrated leading lady. Women are forbidden to appear on stage and Ned profits, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers in the same old tragedies. Sinc… more

It's the 1660s, and Edward 'Ned' Kynaston is England's most celebrated leading lady. Women are forbidden to appear on stage and Ned profits, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers in the same old tragedies. Since no one will take him up on his suggestion to improve 'Othello' with a couple of good jokes, he decides to liven the royal palate by allowing real women to tread the boards. In a slightly less progressive spirit, he rules that men may no longer play women's parts. This is good news for the monarch's mistress, the saucy, stage-struck Nell Gwyn. It is also good news for Maria, Kynaston's lovelorn young dresser who has been secretly performing at the Cockpit Theatre in lavish costumes borrowed from her employer. It is very bad news for Ned who plummets from his exalted position as one of London's most desirable females to become a virtual nobody, virtually overnight. Cast out of the spotlight, Ned seems headed for the end of the pier until Maria, now a rising star, takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.

Hugh Bonneville, Richard Griffiths, Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Chaplin… more

Hugh Bonneville, Richard Griffiths, Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Chaplin, Alice Eve, Richard Eyre, Claire Danes

Drama
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99 mins

Woman Thou Art Loosed

After shooting her abusive stepfather at a church revival, an ex-stripper/crack addict turned honest citizen, confesses the motives of her crime to a Bishop while she sits on Death Row.

Clifton Powell, Michael Schultz, Reuben Cannon, Paul Garnes, Stan Foster… more

Clifton Powell, Michael Schultz, Reuben Cannon, Paul Garnes, Stan Foster, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Debbi Morgan

Drama
115 mins

Ladder 49

Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison, making the transition from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran, struggles to cope with a risky, demanding job that often shortchanges his wife and kids. He he relies on the support of his mentor and chief, Mike Kennedy and his second family--the brotherly… more

Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison, making the transition from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran, struggles to cope with a risky, demanding job that often shortchanges his wife and kids. He he relies on the support of his mentor and chief, Mike Kennedy and his second family--the brotherly bond between the men of the firehouse. But when Jack becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, his life and the things he holds important—family, dignity, courage—come into focus. As his fellow firemen of Ladder 49 do all they can to rescue him, Jack's life hangs in the balance.

Joaquin Phoenix, Scott Cooper, Robert Patrick, Jay Russell, John Travolta… more

Joaquin Phoenix, Scott Cooper, Robert Patrick, Jay Russell, John Travolta, Billy Burke, Casey Silver, Lewis Colick

Drama Action Adventure

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