The latest remaster from MGM in celebration of its 90th anniversary is the Sergio Leone-directed The Man with No Name Trilogy that launched Clint Eastwood into international stardom. The release comes almost exactly four years to the day after MGM's previous release of the same set, and the first two films—A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More—are identical to the earlier discs. The third film, however, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, first seen on Blu-ray in 2009, has received a long-hoped-for restoration under the auspices of the Cineteca di Bologna. Although the audio options remain unchanged from the 2009 release (a subject that has prompted protests from some corners), the upgrade in image quality is dramatic.
Meet the seven gunmen who fought like seven hundred in John Sturge's classic Western retelling of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. This "iconic film" (Variety) features spectacular gun battles, Elmer Bernstein's Oscar®-nominated score and legendary cast including Academy Award® winners Yul Brenner (Best Actor, The King and I, 1956) and James Coburn (Best Supporting Actor, Affliction, 1997), together with Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Often imitated and spawning three sequels and a television series, the "enduring popular" (Leonard Maltin) cinematic achievement is "the very finest of the genre ever made" (Los Angeles Times).
Broadcast in the dying hours of Christmas Eve, the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas series was a fixture of the seasonal schedules throughout the 1970s and spawned a long tradition of chilling tales which terrified yuletide viewers for decades to come. This expansive box set collects over 13 hours' worth of content, including all 12 episodes of the classic A Ghost Story for Christmas series, the entire Classic Ghost Stories series (presented by Robert Powell), the M R James episodes of Spine Chillers (presented by Michael Bryant), and three of the Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee instalments from 2000.