Face it, we are all greedy, materialistic people. I'm just here to satisfy your wishes for all things Alan. And look, I even did your shopping research for you. Welcome to The Slightly Weird Alan Rickman Fansite's shopper's guide! (Hey, if you print out this page, you can use it for a handy checklist. I even got the boxes in front of each title.)
First, let's take a look at Alan's movies. If you're going online shopping, use Amazon.com for maximum security, but for cheapskates like me, use Half.com baby! Half.com offers stuff at way cheaper prices.
All movies available as Region 1 DVDs
Region 1 DVDs can only play in the United States and Canada. If you're from Europe, the Middle East, or Japan, buy Region 2 DVDs. NTSC is the VHS equivalent to Region 1, and PAL is the VHS equivalent to Region 2. However, if you buy a multi-region DVD or VHS player, you'll be able to play both types. Hey, I'm not the one who thought of these stupid abbrevations.
All movies available as Region 2 DVDs
As you can see, lots of movies that you previously considered "rare," like that Romeo And Juliet performance and Help! I'm A Fish, are actually quite available. However, I should mention Romeo And Juliet comes disguised within the BBC Shakespeare box set, and Beckett's Play comes disguised within the box sex Beckett On Film. Those two, unfortunately, each costs about one hundred fifty American dollars.
The film We Know Where You Live is a recording of a live show in support of human rights, and is endorsed by Amnesty International! If you buy it, a portion of the proceeds goes toward that organization! I am part of Amnesty, and coincidentally so is Alan, so support us, darn it.
The Rasputin DVD currently says it's out of stock on Amazon.com. I am mad. But hey, there is a DVD copy of Rasputin out there in the world. You may find it, along with everything else under the sun, on eBay.
Okay, onto the videos. Lemme say this right now. VHS videos suck. Why have videos when you can have DVDs? Videos get rotten under the sun, you can't burn them onto the computer, and the image quality is horrid. But there are some Alan movies that are only on video, so I will have no choice but to give you the links of those. And only those! I will not provide links to VHS tapes of movies that are listed above as wonderful DVDs.
Old school ratty VHS tapes
Once again, even the Rasputin VHS is out of stock on Amazon.com. Stinky, stinky. Actually, if you see the "Buy Used And New" button on the right side of the page, you may get buy the out of stock titles from different retailers, via Amazon.com. It all depends on how much you want the video. When there's will, there's a way, right?
Now we get into the nitty gritty relatively unknown stuff from Alan's career. These are the early underground cameos, hidden jewels, or two frame fleeting appearances of our man. Don't worry if you've haven't heard of these babies before. Alan is in (may it be in voice or in actual appearance) in every single thing listed below.
Nitty gritty Alan appearances
A note on Girls On Top! Alan's in 2 episodes of the series. Holden has graciously informed me that he's in the first episode of Set 1 for sure. Dominique informs me he's also in the second episode where he plays an auditioner. You can only see the back of his head, but his voice is unmistakable! Die Hard 3 shows a short clip of Alan falling off the building from the original Die Hard. (Short, meaning about 2 seconds, tops.) However, Die Hard 3 is a kick ass movie, and Samuel L. Jackson is so funny in it, so I suggest you watch it!
Cool? You're still here? Okay, the next section is Alan's non-movie career. The following contain some cameos he appeared in on CDs, books, and all that. And that snazzy In Demand music video for only 8 bucks!
Now we move into the murky, virtually nonexistent areas of Alan's resume. If you're not the freaky, wide eyed, die hard (no pun intended) fan who stays up all night thinking about Alan, I suggest you turn back from this section now. I have scoured the net for information on these two following movies, but to no avail. These two movies being, Spirit Of Man: From Sleep And Shadow, and Revolutionary Witness: The Preacher. They were made for TV movies of Peter Barnes' plays under the same name.
From www.alan-rickman.com I found out that The Preacher can be purchased at Phoenix/Coronet Multimedia for 89 American dollars. It is 20 minutes long, and is marketed as an instructional video on acting. Order by calling 1-800-221-1274 during regular business hours. Ask to buy The Preacher. (Don't ask for Revolutionary Witness!) The item number is: 61383-V4, and ISBN number is: 0-3880-9900-3. Or (and this is the exciting part) you can download the whole movie from Alan Rickman Download Haven! Click on the Television button and scroll down.
I'm confident that a copy of Spirit Of Man: From Sleep And Shadow exists somewhere in the world. I don't know where. Go to the Peter Barnes site to view some screencaps from it. I guess your best bet is to email them and ask them what's up with all their footage. But personally, I'm not that desperate to get a copy when I can watch Alan Rickman dive off the boat naked in Dark Harbor...
But I digress.
Now, I know I am missing stuff from the above list. If you can find something I'm missing and you know where to buy the item, please, please, please email me to tell me! Thanks a bunch!
Or, you can just head down to Alan Rickman Download Haven to download all sorts of obscure Alan works mentioned above. If Alan's done it, I think that website has it.
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