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10 Extraordinary True Stories

Starring screen legends Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Donald Sutherland (Don't Look Now) alongside Matthew Fox (Lost), Lloyd Bridges (Airplane!), Shannen Doherty (Charmed) and William Devane (Interstellar), 10 Extraordinary True Stories is a fantastic collection of films based on fascinating real life events, which arrives in a stunning 10-disc set on 15 August 2016.

The films include First Do No Harm (1996) where Meryl Streep stars as Lori Reimuller who takes on the medical establishment in a battle to save her son who suffers from epileptic fits, Freefall - Flight 174 (1995) which stars William Devane as Captain Bob Pearson who must attempt to land an airliner when it runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and Behind the Mask (1995) where Dr Bob Shushan (Donald Sutherland) tries to find a role in society for James (Matthew Fox), the disturbed and withdrawn young man who saved him from a heart attack. The other films are Deadly Whispers (1995), Sharing the Secret (2000), Gone in the Night (1996), Death in the Shadows (1998), The Other Woman (1995), (1999), To Live For (1999) and Trial By Fire (1995).



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Liverpool 1

Liverpool: the home of heroes and legends. Football, The Beatles, Ferry Across the Mersey- people know this city. At least, they think they do... Merseyside CID know another Liverpool. Day to day, on the streets, they're at the sharp end of the fight against the drug pushers, porn barons, paedophiles and pimps who run this great port's crime networks.

Liverpool 1 is a gritty drama that originally aired on ITV in the late 1990s, from BAFTA award-winning directors Ken Horn and Terry McDonough. Starring a wealth of great British acting talent including Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Game On), Scot Williams (Mersey Beat, Meadowlands) and Mark Womack (Murphy's Law, Babylon) and featuring the inimitable Carry On favourite Leslie Phillips CBE, it comes to DVD for the first time in the UK thanks to Simply Media as a bumper 4-disc set on 15 August 2016.



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Empresses in the Palace

An epic tale of love, betrayal and scandal in Imperial China, Empresses in the Palace, aka The Legend of Zhen Huan, was a huge hit across Asia and now this gripping Chinese TV drama makes its UK DVD debut thanks to Simply Media.

Sun Li, China's 'queen of television', stars as Zhen Huan, a 17-year-old innocent introduced into the imperial court as the latest concubine of Emperor Yong Zheng (Chen Jianbin). Her dreams of a new life of love and prosperity are swiftly dashed as she enters a dog-eat-dog world of treachery and corruption.

Her arrival sparks anger and resentment with Consort Hua (Jiang Xhin), the highest-ranking concubine in the imperial harem and a powerful figure due to the authority of her brother, a prominent general. She must also do battle with the First Empress (Ada Choi), whose own elevated position in the court is under threat.

Amidst all the bitter rivalries and deadly conspiracies, Zhen Huan must summon all her inner strength to protect herself - even from those she once counted as friends. But can she rise to wealth and glory in the Forbidden City without being tainted by corruption?

Shown in China in 2012 as 76 episodes across two seasons, the English version is presented as six sumptuous 90-minute episodes and will be released for the first time in the UK on 15 August 2016.



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The Ambassador

British acting legend Pauline Collins OBE (Shirley Valentine, Dickensien) stars as The Ambassador in this powerful BBC drama from award-winning, BAFTA-nominated Russell Lewis (Inspector Morse, Endeavour), which originally aired in 1998 and now makes its UK DVD premier courtesy of Simply Media.

Harriet Smith is the newly appointed British ambassador to Ireland; recently widowed, this sharp-witted confident woman, holds one of Britain's most coveted and powerful Embassy posts and has unenviable task of quelling the mounting tensions between the two countries. She must perform a delicate balancing act between raising her two teenage sons and the demands of her career.

John Stone (Denis Lawson - Bleak House, Star Wars) is Harriet's determined commercial attache and main aide. But the ever-crafty Stone also works for another master - MI6.

Harriet finds herself in a sinister and dangerous world far removed from the cocktail parties of Downing Street. Entangled in a complicated web of half-truths and withheld information - rife both in and outside of the Embassy walls - Harriet is up against a host of people who would love nothing more than to see her fail.



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A Dozen Summers

Garnering critical acclaim on its theatrical release, A Dozen Summers is a delightful, homegrown coming-of-age comedy drama set for DVD release this summer, courtesy of Screenbound.

This heartwarming independent film stars a wealth of young talent and tells us what it's really like to grow up in the 21st Century. Get ready to enter the world of Maisie and Daisy McCormack, twin sisters who have just hijacked a children's film in order to tell their own story. In the process they address issues faced by all twelve year olds such as family, friends, bullying and school life. A Dozen Summers is a movie that will strike a chord with the young and remind parents of their own childhood. It will be released on DVD for the first time on 15 August 2016.



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The Purple Mask

In Napoleonic France, the dandyish Count Rene de Traviere, played by award-winning actor Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot) is roped into a capture plot to provoke the release of a fellow Royalist. Little do they know he is the man behind the purple mask, an anonymous swordsman rescuing noblemen from the chop. The Purple Mask (1955) is a rollicking tale, that also features Murder She Wrote's Angela Lansbury, released 8th August 2016.



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Sign of the Pagan

Oscar winning star Jack Palance (City Slickers) is his swaggering best as Attila the Hun in Sign of the Pagan (1954). Attila unexpectedly finds his match in Roman Centurion Marcian (Jeff Chandler - Broken Arrow), who escapes Attila's capture - only for the two to meet again when they fall for the same woman. Schemes and betrayals abound in an opulent historical epic written by Oscar Brodney (Harvey).



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Song of Scheherazade

While working as a naval cadet in 1865, the young Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov falls for Spanish exotic dancer Scheherazade, played by Hollywood icon Yvonne De Carlo (The Ten Commandments), inspiring his greatest work. Helmed by renowned director Walter Reisch (Gaslight), fact and fiction combine in Song of Scheherazade (1947) to make a wonderful romantic drama.



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