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Optimum Releasing (Firm)

Overview
Works: 515 works in 777 publications in 5 languages and 5,450 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Fantasy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Science fiction films  Crime films  Gangster films  Political films 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Optimum Releasing (Firm)
Four lions by Christopher Morris( Visual )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A whip-smart, slapstick comedy ... takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Follow five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to strike a blow, and how they demonstrate that terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about idiots"--Container
Submarine by Richard Ayoade( Visual )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners, and indulging other self-absorbed fantasies, Oliver suddenly finds himself submerged in real-life, dual challenges, plotting to lose his virginity with a quirky new girlfriend while also struggling to reconcile his parents' marriage, even though his mom seems smitten with the self-help guru next door. Includes bonus features
Tyrannosaur by Paddy Considine( Visual )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph is an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who appears wholesome and happy. When the pair is brought together, Hannah appears as Joseph's potential savior, someone who can temper his fury and offer him warmth, kindness, and acceptance. As their story develops, Hannah's own secrets are revealed and Joseph becomes her source of comfort
Magic trip : Ken Kesey's search for a kool place( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1964, author Ken Kesey and his friends, known as the Merry Pranksters, set out on a cross-country bus trip from California to New York to visit the World's Fair. They also decided to record it, with several 16 mm movie cameras and audio tape. Compiled from more than 40 hours of footage shot during the journey, it was the magical mystery tour--fueled by both the countercultural sentiments of the time and lots of LSD--that became legend. The participants were not beatniks, not-yet-hippies, but a group of preppy-looking partygoers, outfitted in red, white, and blue, whose traveling bacchanal zigzagged across the country. In those more relaxed times, the Pranksters encountered only sporadic harassment, as they spread low-key mayhem in Phoenix, New Orleans, Houston, and the Millbrook, N.Y. estate where Timothy Leary held court. The film record of this famous bohemian lark is uneven, befitting an unsteady (if borderline revolutionary) group in a time of widespread cultural upheaval
Bunny and the bull( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the creators of cult hit The Mighty Boosh comes Bunny and the Bull, a road movie set entirely within a flat. Stephen Turnbull hasn't left the house in months. When an infestation of mice wreaks havoc on his precious routine, he finds his mind hurtling back to the disastrous trek round Europe he undertook the previous year with his best friend, Bunny. In an attempt to shake Stephen's life up, Bunny forces him to embark upon an epic road trip, on which they stumble upon a demented dog-loving tramp, an astonishingly dull tour-guide, and an alcoholic ex-matador. But it is the superstitious waitress, Eloisa, who steals their hearts. An unlikely love triangle develops, and the trio are propelled from the industrial wastelands of Poland to the haunting fields of Spain, where Bunny resolves that he is going to fight a bull
L'Année dernière a Marienbad by Alain Resnais( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a baroque spa hotel, an unnamed sophisticate (Albertazzi) attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman (Seyrig) that they have not only previously met, but that they were also romantically involved and had planned to elope together. The woman recalls no such encounter and so begins a sensual and philosophical examination of the uncertainty of truth. The film hypnotically merges chronology to radically blur the boundaries of reality and fantasy, and emerges as one of the most enigmatic movies ever made
La haine = Hate by Mathieu Kassovitz( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in French and English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Police viciously beat a 16-year-old housing estate kid they are questioning, leaving him almost dead. Responding to violence, teenagers from the estate turn their home into a 24hr war zone. Among the people blinded by hate are SaiÌd̤, Vinz and Hubert, youths who survive on petty crime and dealing dope. In the intensely volatile environment, the teenagers find a chrome-plated Smith and Wesson 44 that a plain clothes cop has lost. If killing a cop with his own gun doesn't express their rage then what will?
The Titfield thunderbolt by Charles Crichton( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British government, having nationalized the railways in 1947, announces that the Titfield-Mallingford Railway is being replaced by an "alternative passenger omnibus service". Titfield locals rally to save and operate the line independently, thanks to a loophole in the 1947 Transport Act. A rival company conspires to prevent the comeback
The Maggie by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wily Scottish ship captain cons a rich American into letting his coal burning scow "The Maggie" carry a valuable load of furniture to a Scottish island. The American soon realises he's been conned but can he stop the captain from ripping him off?
A run for your money( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Welsh mining brothers win tickets to a rugby match in London pitting England against Wales. Overzealous on their first trip to London, the brothers become separated from their group and then each other, and a newpaper gardening correspondent is given the task of locating the brothers for a human interest story
El laberinto del fauno = Pan's Labyrinth by Maribel Verdú( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in post-civil war Spain, a young girl flees the home of her cruel step-father into an underground fantasy world where she encounters a strange creature and a terrifying battle between good and evil
Whisky galore! by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an English ship runs aground with 50,000 cases of whisky on a tiny Scottish island, the temptation proves too great for its thrifty, God-fearing population, developing into a battle of wits between the canny Scots and the English customs inspector
Brighton rock by Rowan Joffe( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1947 in post-war Brighton, the elegant and respectable facade hides a sinister underworld ruled by intimidation and terror. Pinkie, a ruthless and sadistic young criminal, commits a murder and then marries the only witness to cover his tracks. A trail of killings and double crossings lead to his eventual downfall, when savage justice is finally meted out in a thrilling and memorable climax
El espíritu de la colmena by Víctor Erice( Visual )

5 editions published between 1973 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A travelling movie exhibitor arrives in the 1940s in a small Castillian town with the Hollywood movie, Frankenstein. Two young girls are enthralled by the movie, which is just a fantasy to one but is all too real to the other. DVD
The Go-between by Joseph Losey( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Go Between: "The Go-between links the present and the past taking an ageing bachelor back to the long hot summer when he was twelve and lost his boyish heart to a beautiful headstrong young woman who used his adoration to suit her own purposes" ; Mr. Klein: "Set in France in 1942 at the beginning of the Nazi occupation, Mr. Klein tells of one man's search for another who has stolen his identity. Robert Klein (Alain Delon) is a well to do French Catholic art dealer; he is charming, cultivated and ruthless. One day he learns of another Mr. Klein, a jew who is using his identity to cover anti-Nazi resistance activities. As Klein becomes obsessed with the search for his imposter, he meets an elegant society lady (Jeanne Moreau) who is somehow involved with the Jewish Klein. Eventually, Klein's search becomes a trap into which he falls."--Container
A taste of honey by Tony Richardson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on one of the most controversial plays of its time, shows how a disaffected teenager finds her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite an absent, self-absorbed mother. With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, a classic that is still a startling benchmark work of realism
Gomorra by Matteo Garrone( Visual )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Italian and English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on the bestselling expose of the Neapolitan mafia, by award-winning journalist Roberto Saviano, Gomorrah is an unforgettable and compelling story of power, money and blood. Five stories are woven together in modern day Naples, set in a brutal world from which there is no escape and no mercy." -- Container
Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón : Pepi, Luci, Bom by Pedro Almodóvar( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Spanish and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almodóvar's provocative first feature Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980) is set during Madrid's punk era. The film is an outrageous comedy which follows docile housewife Luci (Eva Silva), her trendy, marijuana smoking neighbour Pepi (Carmen Maura) and rock star Bom (Olvido Gara) who are close friends. Events take a shocking turn when Pepi is raped by a policeman. Pepi vows revenge, and of course her friends are on hand to make sure she gets it
In the loop by Armando Iannucci( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Britain's Secretary Of State For International Development Simon Foster states, in the midst of a radio interview, that a war in the Middle East in "unforeseeable," it doesn't follow his government's "line" on events. The problem is that war is not unforeseeable, what with America itching to invade somewhere in the Middle East and the British government loyally following. Unfortunately, Foster suspects nothing about the firestorm to follow. By the next day, Foster is the target of the Prime Minister's director of communications Malcolm Tucker, and the focus of attention for anti-war American diplomat Karen Clarke. After US General George Miller and State Department hawk Linton Barwick jump into the mix, Foster's mountain of an ill-chosen remark turns into a series of festering molehills. In the end, one thing is clear: grave matters involving global power cannot be separated from the pettiness of democratic governance, which is impelled by careerism, vanity, moral compromise and--at least in London--by ear-singeing profanity
Night of the comet( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comet kills everyone who was not protected by steel. Now it's up to two valley girl high school seniors to protect themselves from cannibals, zombies, and still look good for any survivors they come across
 
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