This promises to be a veddy good adventure, chap.
A bloody good adventure.
On June 7, Image Entertainment will release individual collections of films starring two beloved British actors. One is known for his eccentric portraits of English life, the other for his portrayals that hold no illusions.
The Bob Hoskins Collection includes the films that made him famous. As a mob boss in The Long Good Friday, small-time hood in Mona Lisa, commanding officer in Raggedy Rawney (which he also co-wrote and directed) and untrustworthy neighbor in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, his rough persona is unforgettable. Helen Mirren, Michael Caine and Maggie Smith…insuring the emotional intensity that these stories command.
The Michael Palin Collection displays the Monty Python alum’s trademark wit and wisdom. As a co-writer of Time Bandits (with some cameos as well), he investigates time travel, history and a child’s imagination. He stars as a meek doctor in A Private Function which gently satirizes post-war England. And as writer–and titular star–of The Missionary he parodies the responsibilities and innocence of a man of the cloth.
PBS Home Video offers some more factional fare:
Frontline: Post Mortem explores the autopsies (or lack thereof) of the nearly 7,000 people that die in America each day. When these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation. But the reality is very different. In more than 1,300 counties across America, elected coroners, many with no medical or scientific background, are in charge of death investigations. Nationwide there is a severe shortage of competent forensic pathologists to do autopsies. The rate of autopsies–the gold standard of death investigation–has plummeted over the decades. As a result, not only do murderers go free, but innocent people go to jail.
The Greely Expedition recounts the legendary scientific journey begun on July 7, 1881, when 25 Americans led by U.S. Army Lieutenant Adolphus Greely set sail from the harbor of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Their destination was Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a part of the world that had been described by a British admiral as a “sheer blank.” Three years later, only six survivors returned with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism. This epic tale is one of the greatest scientific adventures of all time.