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Optimum Releasing (Firm)

Overview
Works: 563 works in 887 publications in 5 languages and 5,815 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Fantasy films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Science fiction films  Gangster films  Film adaptations  War films  Crime films 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Optimum Releasing (Firm)
Four lions by Christopher Morris( Visual )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that takes aim at the war on terror. Follow five clueless buffoons as they plan to strike a blow on their own turf, showing that while terrorism is supposed to be about ideology, it can also be about idiots
Submarine by Richard Ayoade( Visual )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 622 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
Tyrannosaur by Paddy Considine( Visual )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 553 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 412 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 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the creators of cult hit The Mighty Boosh comes BUNNY & 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 (Julian Barratt), an astonishingly dull tour-guide (Richard Ayoade) and an alcoholic ex-matador (Noel Fielding). 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
La haine = Hate by Mathieu Kassovitz( Visual )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in French and English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film focuses on one day in the lives of these racially stereotyped friends and is a reflection of the cyclical nature of violence in the lives of the marginalized. This cult film is seen as a view of the future of French society. Since the film was made the rise of Islamic fundamentalism has increased French anti-Arab racism and fueled Islamic anti-Semitism. It is considered a classic film about the violence of disengaged and underprivileged youth. While the film speaks of France it transcends national borders
L'année dernière à Marienbad = Last year at 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 attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman 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 Maggie by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 52 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 51 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
The Titfield thunderbolt by Charles Crichton( Visual )

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

When the local railway is replaced with busses by the government, the citizens of Titfield decide to keep it running themselves. The owners of the new bus system try to sabotage their precious railway
El laberinto del fauno = Pan's Labyrinth by Maribel Verdú( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pan's labyrinth" unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a young girl uprooted to a remote military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in a place of great danger, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human after she discovers a neglected labyrinth behind the family home. There she meets Pan, a fantastical creature who challenges her with three tasks that he claims will reveal her true identity"--Container
Brighton rock by John Boulting( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pinkie is a desperate youth who is hellbent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. When a young and very innocent waitress, Rose, stumbles on evidence linking him to a revenge killing, he sets out to seduce her to secure her silence. Special features: a trailer, featurette, behind the scenes, and interviews
The Go-between by Joseph Losey( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boy on the verge of manhood is used as a pawn in the illicit affair between a beautiful aristocrat and the working class farmer she loves
Whisky galore! by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an English ship carrying 50,000 cases of whiskey wrecks off the coast of a tiny Scottish island that has ran out of "the water of life", Captain Waggett vows to defend the vessel against any looting efforts
The spirit of the beehive by Víctor Erice( Visual )

5 editions published between 1973 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 44 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
Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón by Pedro Almodóvar( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Spanish and held by 42 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
A taste of honey by Tony Richardson( Visual )

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

An awkward young girl, on her own when her mother finds a new husband, has a brief affair with a black sailor, becomes pregnant, and finds a friend in her gay male roommate
Night of the comet by Robert Beltran( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 41 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
Gomorra = Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone( Visual )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Italian and English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the bestselling exposé of the Neapolitan mafia, by award-winning journalist Roberto Saviano
A bout de souffle = Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in French and English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A couple of days in the lives of casual lovers in Paris. A young small-time crook kills a policeman after stealing a car, and goes on the run with his American girlfriend who eventually betrays him (c.f. Halliwell's, 1997 ed.). The film debut of Jean Luc Godard spearheaded the French new wave of filmmaking
 
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