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  • Local Hero [1983] Local Hero | DVD | (12/05/2008) from £4.33  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Knox Oil and Gas Company lives in the top of a huge Houston skyscraper thousands of miles from the North Sea oil - and light years away from the sleepy Scottish seaside village it wants to buy raze and replace with refineries and deep-water docks. Knox sends its ace deal-maker and chief negotiator to handle the negotiations. But instead of encountering stiff local resistance he finds cheerful prospective millionaires beautiful northern lights and a mermaid with webbed toes. One of the most enchanting comedies in years Bill Forsyth's slyly original comic lark is pure cinema magic.

  • The Sweet Smell Of Success [1957] The Sweet Smell Of Success | DVD | (15/04/2002) from £5.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (66.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A classic from the late 1950s, The Sweet Smell of Success looks at the string-pulling behind-the-scenes action between desperate press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) and the ultimate power broker in that long-ago showbiz Manhattan, gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster). Written by Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets (who based the Hunsecker character on the similarly brutal and power-mad Walter Winchell), the film follows Falco's attempts to promote a client through Hunsecker's column--until he is forced to make a deal with the devil and help Hunsecker ruin a jazz musician who has the nerve to date Hunsecker's sister. Shooting on location, mostly at night, director Alexander MacKendrick and cinematographer James Wong Howe capture this New York demi-monde in silky black and white, in which neon and shadows share a scarily symbiotic relationship--a near-match for the poisonous give-and-take between the edgy Curtis and the dismissive Lancaster. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • Vera Cruz [1954] Vera Cruz | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £6.00  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Vera Cruz was only director Robert Aldrich's second Western (his first, made a few months earlier, was the revisionist, pro-Native-American Apache), but it's such an assured, stylish affair that he might have been roaming the sagebrush for decades. In the aftermath of the American Civil War two lone adventurers make their way south of the border, where Mexico is fighting a civil war of its own to rid the country of the French-imposed Emperor Maximilian. Neither the dour Benjamin Trane (Gary Cooper) nor the grinning, devil-may-care Joe Erin (Burt Lancaster) has much in the way of idealism, but Trane still retains a thin bitter edge of integrity, a quality quite alien to the cheerfully amoral Erin. In uneasy alliance, constantly looking to outwit or double-cross each other, the two find themselves escorting a beautiful French countess (Denise Darcel) and a shipment of gold across country. Cooper and Lancaster create a superb double-act, using their contrasted screen personas to point up the humour and the cynicism of the two mercenaries' relationship. Darcel makes less than she might of the femme fatale role, but there are relishable cameos from Cesar Romero as a suavely duplicitous aristo and Ernest Borgnine as another gringo with an exceptionally vicious streak. The script, according to Aldrich, was written on the run, "always finished about five minutes before we shot it", but you wouldn't guess it from the laconic wit of the dialogue. It looks great, too--Ernest Laszlo's widescreen photography makes the most of the handsome Mexican locations. With its irreverent take on the accepted moral conventions of the genre, Vera Cruz ushered in a new kind of Western, and its central love-hate relationship would be replayed in Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962) and Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). On the DVD: Not much in the way of extras but the mono sound has been expertly remastered to the benefit of Hugo Friedhofer's spirited score. Above all, the film's presented in its full Superscope ratio (16:9), a blessed relief after all those years when it showed up panned-and-scanned on BBC1. If ever a movie needed widescreen, it's this one--if only to fit in all Burt's teeth. You can see why they called him "Crockery Joe". --Philip Kemp

  • Sweet Smell of Success [Blu-ray] Sweet Smell of Success | Blu Ray | (30/03/2015) from £11.48  |  Saving you £8.51 (42.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A classic from the late 1950s, The Sweet Smell of Success looks at the string-pulling behind-the-scenes action between desperate press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) and the ultimate power broker in that long-ago showbiz Manhattan, gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster). Written by Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets (who based the Hunsecker character on the similarly brutal and power-mad Walter Winchell), the film follows Falco's attempts to promote a client through Hunsecker's column--until he is forced to make a deal with the devil and help Hunsecker ruin a jazz musician who has the nerve to date Hunsecker's sister. Shooting on location, mostly at night, director Alexander MacKendrick and cinematographer James Wong Howe capture this New York demi-monde in silky black and white, in which neon and shadows share a scarily symbiotic relationship--a near-match for the poisonous give-and-take between the edgy Curtis and the dismissive Lancaster. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • The Professionals [Blu-ray] [1966] The Professionals | Blu Ray | (23/06/2008) from £6.15  |  Saving you £13.84 (69.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Four soldiers of fortune are hired by a wealthy Texan oil baron to rescue his kidnapped wife (Cardinale) who's been spirited across the Mexican border by a band of mercenaries led by Jesus Raza (Palance). The four rugged professionals each regarded as a specialist in his selected field - an expert marksman and tracker (Strode) the explosives master (Lancaster) horse handler (Ryan) and one skilled in tactics and weaponry (Marvin) - make their way across the treacherous landscape to retrieve the beautiful kidappee but discover all is not what it seems...

  • The Train [1964] The Train | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £5.39  |  Saving you £7.60 (58.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Inspired by a true incident during World War II in 'The Train' Burt Lancaster plays a French Resistance fighter doggedly attempting to stop a train used by the Nazis (led by Paul Scofield as Colonel Von Waldheim) to steal precious French art treasures in the summer of 1944. Featuring spectacular action sequences expertly directed by John Frankenheimer 'The Train' is a truly thrilling war film. The Oscar-nominated screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis superbly recreates the te

  • Trapeze [DVD] Trapeze | DVD | (30/07/2012) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Trapeze is Carol Reed's breath-taking circus melodrama featuring an all-star cast including Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida and former trapeze artist Burt Lancaster.Mike is the master of the trapeze but is severely injured after an accident while attempting a dangerous triple somersault. Tino is the aspiring aerialist who is determined to learn the death-defying trick and knows Mike is the man to teach him. The pair become friends but their relationship is threatened by the arrival of Lola, a beautiful and driven acrobat with ambitions of her own.With spellbinding stunts performed by the best circus performers in Europe, Trapeze is a high-flying visual treat with an unforgettable finale.

  • Birdman Of Alcatraz [1962] Birdman Of Alcatraz | DVD | (15/04/2002) from £5.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (66.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    How does bitter convict Robert Stroud cope with a lifetime of solitary confinement? The answer in a sense comes from above in the form of a feeble sparrow he finds in the isolation yard. Stroud brings this newfound companion to his cell nurses it to health and from that point on there's no turning back. Despite having only a third grade education and no hope of parole Stroud becomes a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind prison walls

  • The Scalphunters [1968] The Scalphunters | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £6.00  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    An old fur trader embarks on his own war to reclaim his 'trade' embezzled from him by bounty seeking scalphunters...

  • Airport Airport | DVD | (24/04/2006) from £9.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (52.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Airport (Dir. George Seaton 1970): Take a non-stop flight with an all-star cast to a world of tension-filled human drama in this trend-setting box office blockbuster. Based on Arthur Hailey's runaway best seller the emotion-charged adventure stars Burt Lancaster as the manager of a glamorous international airport who must juggle personal crisis with professional responsibilities as he attempts to keep his blizzard torn facility open to rescue a bomb-damaged jetliner. The la

  • The Leopard [1963] The Leopard | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £10.18  |  Saving you £8.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A 19th century Italian prince (Burt Lancaster) presides over the transition from his old world to a modern one where his class will no longer rule...

  • Separate Tables Separate Tables | DVD | (12/07/2005) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This is the film version of Terence Rattigan's 1955 West end theatre production. Major Pollack (David Niven) is a retired officer who likes to wax eloquent about fanciful acts of heroism in WWII North Africa and Sybil Railton-Bell (Deborah Kerr) is a repressed spinster boxed in by an oppressive mother (Gladys Cooper). John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster) a cynical hard-drinking occasional writer is surprised by the sudden arrival of his ex-wife Ann (Rita Hayworth). Though Ann's legenda

  • Tough Guys [1987] Tough Guys | DVD | (12/04/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Action comedy tale of two legendary bank robbers who are released on parole after their thirty year imprisonment. Together they face the 1980's as they plan a daring train heist eagerly pursued by a stubborn old cop and a myopic hitman...

  • Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (31/10/2016) from £10.29  |  Saving you £9.70 (48.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Eureka Entertainment to release Robert Aldrich's TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING, a nail-biting thriller starring screen legend Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark, on home video for the first time in the UK in a Dual Format edition, as part of the Masters of Cinema series, on 17 October 2016. High among idiosyncratic auteur Robert Aldrich's most powerful and intense dramas, Twilight's Last Gleaming is a thunderous political thriller and race-against-time doomsday classic. Burt Lancaster stars as the Air Force general Lawrence Dell who seizes control of a stockpile of nuclear missiles to force the US President (Charles Durning) to tell the truth about the Vietnam war. As negotiations get ever more desperate, General MacKenzie (Richard Widmark) leads an elite fighting team into the complex to disable Dell and his team directly. One of the most overlooked nail biters of the 1970s, Twilight's Last Gleaming is presented here on UK home video for the first time in a new Dual-Format edition. SPECIAL FEATURES: High-definition digital restoration Uncompressed PCM audio on the Blu-ray English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired Aldrich Over Munich - The Making of Twilight's Last Gleaming documentary PLUS: A booklet featuring new writing and archival images

  • The Killers [Blu-ray] [DVD] The Killers | Blu Ray | (08/12/2014) from £10.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (45.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This 1946 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's short story adds well over an hour of new material to the original tale. The reason is, while director Robert Siodmak, star Burt Lancaster, and an outstanding supporting cast are faithful to Hemingway's work, his story only takes up about 15 minutes of screen time. Burt Lancaster plays the doomed man sought by hired guns in a small town. Hemingway's bruisingly concise dialogue makes an early sequence set in a diner quite unnerving, but after the killers dispense with their prey, Siodmak turns to an insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien) who looks into the reasons behind the murder. An exemplary film noir (complete with a fickle femme fatale played by Ava Gardner), The Killers is all mood and fatalism.--Tom Keogh

  • From Here to Eternity [Blu-ray] [1953] From Here to Eternity | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013) from £7.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (40.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    From Here to Eternity offers a much more heartfelt interpretation of the event that propelled the United States into World War II than any film made in recent years. Here there are no angst-ridden scenes where "true love" returns from the dead, no costly CGI and definitely no Hallmark happy ending. This is a film about illicit sex, military machismo and tragic loss of love, friendship and ultimately life. The filmmakers did, however, have to make some compromises when adapting James Jones's novel: Alma becomes a "hostess" rather than a prostitute and the very downbeat ending, where Captain Holmes is essentially rewarded for his brutality by the military, was replaced with the morally acceptable punishment of his actions by a more self-aware army. Although Private Robert E Lee Pruitt's story provides the meat of the film, there are other subplots woven into the narrative, including a couple of doomed love affairs, which explore themes of adultery and social acceptance. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) begins a torrid affair with the commander's wife Karen (Deborah Kerr) leading to one of the most famous moments in movie history--the "clinch in the surf". From then on everything is challenged. Love, honour and eventually whether you should conform or stand up for what you believe in. At the end the couples are left wondering about the future of their relationship, but fate decides for them as the Japanese launch their attack on Pearl Harbor, leaving us with one of the most dramatic and moving endings of any war film. On the DVD: The black and white film is not anamorphically enhanced but presented full frame in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, although the transfer is well done and the picture is pretty sharp. Sound is 2.0 mono rather than the standard 5.1 reworking of the audio track, and it works. The dialogue is clear without any noticeable hiss. There's a 22-minute "making of" documentary, which doesn't really do justice to the film and contains very little information of interest. Along with this is Fred Zinnemann's As I See It, an extract from the director's home video footage from the shoot. You also get the theatrical trailer, but the best feature is the audio commentary, by Fred Zinnemann's son Tim and screenwriter Alvin Sargent, which has some fantastic detail about the struggle between director and studio-head Harry Cohn over casting, along with the run-ins with the censor and US military over the "inflammatory nature" of the film.--Kristen Bowditch

  • Airport [1970] Airport | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £4.19  |  Saving you £1.80 (30.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Take a non-stop flight with an all-star cast to a world of tension-filled human drama in this trend-setting box office blockbuster. Based on Arthur Hailey's runaway best seller the emotion-charged adventure stars Burt Lancaster as the manager of a glamorous international airport who must juggle personal crisis with professional responsibilities as he attempts to keep his blizzard torn facility open to rescue a bomb-damaged jetliner. The lavish Ross Hunter production co-stars a ve

  • Zulu Dawn [DVD] [1979] Zulu Dawn | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £5.69  |  Saving you £10.30 (64.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In 1879 the British Colonies in response to the perceived threat of the Zulu Nation deliver a deliberately unacceptable ultimatum to the King who responds by putting his people on a war footing. Confident in their weapons technology and organization's ability to crush the seemingly outclassed primitive enemy the British invade Zululand. General Lord Chelmsford sends in hundreds of British troops in order to squash the spear-carrying Africans with superior fire power. The sheer number of Zulus however overwhelms the British infantry.

  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 60th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray] [2017] Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 60th Anniversary (BD) | Blu Ray | (29/05/2017) from £7.87  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas star as larger-than life heroes in this classic Western epic directed by John Sturges. Frontier lawman Wyatt Earp (Lancaster) joins his three brothers in their feud against the villainous Clanton gang, a local clan of cattle thieves in Tombstone, Arizona. When Earp defends the sickly gambler John Doc Holliday (Douglas) and puts a stop to the Clanton's lawlessness, the ruthless outlaws seek revenge and murder one of Earp's brothers. This leads the men into the most devastating showdown in Wild West history! Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a timeless, cinematic tale of good versus evil.

  • The Killers [1946] The Killers | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £6.80  |  Saving you £3.19 (31.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant ""the Swede "" who's expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues the case against the orders of his boss who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the Swede's life Reardon uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime all linked with gorgeous mysterious Kitty Collins.

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