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  • Brideshead Revisited  - The Complete Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD] Brideshead Revisited - The Complete Collection (Digitally Remastered) | DVD | (12/09/2011) from £9.19  |  Saving you £13.80 (60.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Digitally Re-mastered for the very first time! Based on Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Jeremy Irons stars as Charles Ryder a disillusioned army captain who is moved to reflect on his languid days in the enchanted castle that was Brideshead home of the aristocratic Marchmain family whose acquaintance Charles made in the company of Oxford classmate the charming wild-child Sebastian. Anthony Andrews co-stars as the doomed Sebastian. Sebastian takes Charles under his wing but vows early on that he is not going to let Charles get mixed up with his family. But mixed up Charles gets! He becomes a friend and confidante not to mention a lover to Sebastian's sister Julia (Diana Quick). Meanwhile the self-destructive Sebastian's life spirals out of control. Brideshead Revisited boasts a distinguished ensemble cast including Laurence Olivier in his Emmy Award-winning role as the exiled Lord Merchmain Claire Bloom as Lady Merchmain and the magnificent John Gielgud as Charle's estranged father. Grand locations and a haunting musical score make this a memorable revisit of an irretrievable bygone era. Episodes comprise: 1. Et In Arcadia Ego 2. Home And Abroad 3. The Bleak Light Of Day 4. Sebastian Against The World 5. A Blow Upon A Bruise 6. Julia 7. The Unseen Hook 8. Brideshead Deserted 9. Orphans Of The Storm 10. A Twitch Upon A Thread 11. Brideshead Revisited

  • Clash Of The Titans [1981] Clash Of The Titans | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £4.98  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Experience The Fantastic! You've visited lands where a Cyclops roams (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) skeletons duel (Jason and the Argonauts) and cowboys lasso dinosaurs (The Valley of Gwangi). They are the worlds of Ray Harryhausen the stop motion effects master who creates another dazzling realm in Clash of the Titans. Olympian gods mythological monsters and heroic mortals populate this imaginative spectacle. Harry Haml

  • The Haunting [1963] The Haunting | DVD | (29/09/2003) from £4.98  |  Saving you £9.01 (64.40%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Certain to remain one of the greatest haunted-house movies ever made, Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963) is antithetical to all the gory horror films of subsequent decades, because its considerable frights remain implicitly rooted in the viewer's sensitivity to abject fear. A classic spook-fest based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House (which also inspired the 1999 remake directed by Jan de Bont), the film begins with a prologue that concisely establishes the dark history of Hill House, a massive New England mansion (actually filmed in England) that will play host to four daring guests determined to investigate--and hopefully debunk--the legacy of death and ghostly possession that has given the mansion its terrifying reputation. Consumed by guilt and grief over her mother's recent death and driven to adventure by her belief in the supernatural, Eleanor Vance (Julie Harris) is the most unstable--and therefore the most vulnerable--visitor to Hill House. She's invited there by anthropologist Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), along with the bohemian lesbian Theodora (Claire Bloom), who has acute extra-sensory abilities, and glib playboy Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn, from Wise's West Side Story), who will gladly inherit Hill House if it proves to be hospitable. Of course, the shadowy mansion is anything but welcoming to its unwanted intruders. Strange noises, from muffled wails to deafening pounding, set the stage for even scarier occurrences, including a door that appears to breathe (with a slowly turning doorknob that's almost unbearably suspenseful), unexplained writing on walls, and a delicate spiral staircase that seems to have a life of its own. The genius of The Haunting lies in the restraint of Wise and screenwriter Nelson Gidding, who elicit almost all of the film's mounting terror from the psychology of its characters--particularly Eleanor, whose grip on sanity grows increasingly tenuous. The presence of lurking spirits relies heavily on the power of suggestion (likewise the cautious handling of Theodora's attraction to Eleanor) and the film's use of sound is more terrifying than anything Wise could have shown with his camera. Like Jack Clayton's 1961 chiller, The Innocents, The Haunting knows the value of planting the seeds of terror in the mind, as opposed to letting them blossom graphically on the screen. What you don't see is infinitely more frightening than what you do, and with nary a severed head or bloody corpse in sight, The Haunting is guaranteed to chill you to the bone. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Man Between (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [2016] The Man Between (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (02/01/2017) from £8.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A later collaboration between Mason and Carol Reed, The Man Between is often considered a companion piece to The Third Man thanks to its atmospheric portrayal of a city struggling to survive in a grim post-war reality of poverty and mistrust. The action is here transposed to a divided Berlin, and to the beginning of the Cold War. Unlike the devilish Harry Lime, Mason's world-weary dealer Ivo Kerr is ultimately still a decent man, compelled by his love for a naïve schoolteacher to make one last misguided trip through the Brandenberg Gate, with potentially tragic consequences.

  • The Princess and The Goblin [2007] The Princess and The Goblin | DVD | (30/05/2007) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £3.99

    Princess And The Goblin The

  • Crimes And Misdemeanors Crimes And Misdemeanors | DVD | (01/07/2002) from £4.81  |  Saving you £10.60 (66.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Poignant penetrating and scathing hilarious Crimes and Misdemeanors is a deftly rendered tale about the complexity of human choices and the moral microcosm that they represent. Showcasing Allen’s brilliant grasp of the link between the funny and the fatal his nineteenth movie Crimes and Misdemeanors is one of the watershed films of his career. Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) is an idealistic filmmaker… until he is offered a lucrative job shooting a flattering profile of

  • Hamlet [1980] Hamlet | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £2.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (77.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    'Hamlet' is part of a unique collection of some of the finest dramatic masterpieces in the English language. Originally broadcast on BBC Television and highly acclaimed worldwide.

  • Clash Of The Titans [Blu-ray] [1981] Clash Of The Titans | Blu Ray | (15/03/2010) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Experience The Fantastic! You've visited lands where a Cyclops roams (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) skeletons duel (Jason and the Argonauts) and cowboys lasso dinosaurs (The Valley of Gwangi). They are the worlds of Ray Harryhausen the stop motion effects master who creates another dazzling realm in Clash of the Titans. Olympian gods mythological monsters and heroic mortals populate this imaginative spectacle. Harry Hamlin is Perseus mortal son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier) and champion of captive Andromeda (Judi Bowker). From that storyline Harryhausen unleashes sea creature Kraken snake haired Medusa swamp denizen Calibos flying horse Pegasus two headed dog Dioskilos giant scorpions and all manner of eye popping adventure. Let the clash begin!

  • Alexander The Great [1955] Alexander The Great | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £2.91  |  Saving you £13.08 (81.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Richard Burton stars in Alexander the Great, a middling entry in the 1950s CinemaScope epic cycle. The film boasts excellent production values and a fine cast--including Frederic March, Claire Bloom, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing and Michael Hordern--but it rarely comes to life other than as a big fat ancient Greek wedding of the talents of Burton and Bloom. They strike real dramatic sparks together, so much so they would be reunited in Look Back in Anger (1958) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965). The film's failures must be laid at the feet of writer, director and producer Robert Rossen, who never before or after helmed anything remotely on this scale; his best work would follow with the intimate The Hustler (1961). Rossen simply shows little sensibility for the epic, staging lavish but brief and rather pedestrian battles and somehow drawing from the usually mesmerising Burton a performance lacking the charisma essential to a great military commander. Burton fans can enjoy him at his epic best as Marc Anthony in Cleopatra (1963). On the DVD: Alexander the Great is presented anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, although the picture is still obviously cropped at either side of the screen throughout. The print is very variable, in places quite grainy and soft with some serious flickering blotchiness, but otherwise it has strong colours, detail and contrast. The sound is primitive stereo. The only extra is the theatrical trailer, effectively presented in anamorphic 2.35:1. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Laurence Olivier Shakespeare Collection Laurence Olivier Shakespeare Collection | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £11.98  |  Saving you £68.01 (85.00%)  |  RRP £79.99

    Set Comprises: King Lear Henry V Hamlet Merchant of Venice Richard III As You Like It

  • Richard III Richard III | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £7.21  |  Saving you £5.24 (35.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    ""Why I can smile and murder while I smile And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart And wet my cheeks with artificial tears And frame my face to all occasions..."" Soon after Edward IV is crowned King his brother Richard a hunchback twisted in mind as well as body starts scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins Lady Anne and then poisons Edward's mind against their brother Clarence later organising his death. But even after his coronation

  • The Man Between (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [2016] The Man Between (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (02/01/2017) from £11.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A later collaboration between Mason and Carol Reed, The Man Between is often considered a companion piece to The Third Man thanks to its atmospheric portrayal of a city struggling to survive in a grim post-war reality of poverty and mistrust. The action is here transposed to a divided Berlin, and to the beginning of the Cold War. Unlike the devilish Harry Lime, Mason's world-weary dealer Ivo Kerr is ultimately still a decent man, compelled by his love for a naïve schoolteacher to make one last misguided trip through the Brandenberg Gate, with potentially tragic consequences.

  • Brideshead Revisited - Complete Series [1981] Brideshead Revisited - Complete Series | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £12.16  |  Saving you £27.83 (69.60%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is a moving tragic story which chronicles the tempestuous journey of Charles Ryder through the tangled and stormy world of the aristocratic Marchmain family. It is an epic tale of his love - for his closest friend Sebastian Flyte for Sebastian's sister Julia Flyte and for an entire way of life. This classic visually stunning TV drama directed by Charles Sturridge and Michale Lindsay-Hogg was adapted for the screen by John Mortimer (Rumpole Of The Bailey /b%3E) and is here presented in its entirity. Brideshead Revisited collected together the absolute cream of British acting talent at the time including Lord Laurence Olivier in his Emmy Award-winning role as the exiled Lord Marchmain Claire Bloom as Lady Marchmain and Sir John Gielgud as Charles' estranged father. Brideshead Revisited won two Golden Globe Awards seven BAFTAs and an Emmy for Lord Olivier.

  • Florence Nightingale [DVD] [1985] Florence Nightingale | DVD | (24/10/2011) from £4.52  |  Saving you £5.12 (51.30%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The True Story Of the Mother of Modern Nursing. Jaclyn Smith stars as Florence Nightingale in this stirring drama. Florence was an aristocratic woman who defied Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is know today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War, she was scorned by her community and faced great opposition for her new way of thinking. However, through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly became known as "The Lady With The Lamp," the caring nurse whose shadow softened those wounded.

  • Richard III [Blu-ray] Richard III | Blu Ray | (01/09/2014) from £9.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (35.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Directed and produced by and starring Laurence Olivier this iconic 1955 feature is for many the definitive film adaptation of Shakespeare's famous history play – a damning characterisation of the last Plantagenet king that has resonated through the centuries. Earning Olivier an Oscar nomination and BAFTAs for Best British Actor and Best British Film among numerous other awards this star-studded adaptation features towering performances from his co-stars including John Gielgud Ralph Richardson Cedric Hardwicke Claire Bloom Esmond Knight and Stanley Baker. Richard III is presented in a brand-new Film Foundation High Definition restoration from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Soon after Edward IV is crowned his brother Richard a hunchback whose disfigured body houses a twisted soul begins scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins the Lady Anne then poisons Edward's mind against their brother Clarence later securing his death. But even after his coronation Richard continues with his villainous campaign to secure his position as king... Special Features: Original Intermission Cards Original Theatrical and TV Trailers Extensive Image Galleries The Trial of Richard III

  • Hold The Dream - Barbara Taylor Bradford [1986] Hold The Dream - Barbara Taylor Bradford | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £-4.85 (-243.70%)  |  RRP £1.99

    In this second installment of the trilogy Emma Harte passes on the Harte business empire to her favourite grand-daughter Paula McGill Fairley who must strive to unite a warring family. This is the story of one woman's determination to find the passion and happiness that should be her rightful legacy.

  • Charly [1968] Charly | DVD | (02/07/2001) from £4.08  |  Saving you £8.91 (68.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Released in 1968, Charly is a period-piece from the summer of love when "natural" was nirvana, the air hummed with the mantra "Everybody's beautiful", and all ills stemmed from institutional monoliths such as Science, Government, Education, and Religion. It is adapted from Daniel Keyes' novel Flowers for Algernon and its hero, Charly (Cliff Robertson), is 30 years old and mentally handicapped. His innocent sweetness makes him superior to most able-minded folk, whether they're the bigoted dolts he sweeps floors for or the ambitious scientists who see him as the human equivalent of Algernon, a mouse they've surgically (but impermanently) smartened up. Naturally, post-op Charly, sporting a genius IQ, "sees things as they are". Trotted out as the neurosurgeons' poster boy, he stands up to the "learned" audience--shot as faceless, inhuman interrogators. He's every 60s flower child, berating his "elders" for blighting their brave new world. The one reward Charly derives from his higher IQ is sex. In a lengthy montage resembling a retro TV commercial, he and his teacher (Claire Bloom, a madonna with an eternal Mona Lisa smile) romp through Edenic gardens, their embraces hallowed by sunlight glinting through leaves, moonlight glinting on water, and sappy Ravi Shankar music (stylistic clichés also include embarrassing outbreaks of split screens and multiple small screens within the frame, notably when rebellious Charly turns biker). Robertson's performance is well-meaning but mawkishly sentimental. Still, in the penultimate moments when Charly begins to slide back into mental illness, the actor achieves a genuine tragic gravity, and he became a surprise Oscar winner for his pains. --Kathleen Murphy, Amazon.com

  • Anna Karenina (DVD) 2010 Anna Karenina (DVD) 2010 | DVD | (27/09/2010) from £6.98  |  Saving you £6.01 (46.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Anna Karenina

  • Anastasia Mysteries of Anna [2007] Anastasia Mysteries of Anna | DVD | (30/05/2007) from £2.68  |  Saving you £1.31 (32.80%)  |  RRP £3.99

    Anastasia Mysteries Of Anna

  • 80,000 Suspects [DVD] 80,000 Suspects | DVD | (19/10/2015) from £8.29  |  Saving you £1.70 (17.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Richard Johnson and Claire Bloom, multi-award-winning stars of The Haunting, headline this powerful romantic drama set against the backdrop of a smallpox epidemic in the city of Bath. One of BAFTA-winning director Val Guest's most memorable films, 80,000 Suspects is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Dr Steven Monks suspects smallpox when he is asked to examine a patient with unusual symptoms. The diagnosis is quickly confirmed and the authorities mobilise to try to contain the outbreak, with Monks working tirelessly to prevent an epidemic. With his marriage on the verge of collapse, however, this personal crisis threatens to overshadow his vital work as the deadly disease moves ever closer to those he loves...

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