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  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (22/01/2018) from £11.92  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Considered by many Holmesians to be the best Sherlock Holmes movie ever made, Billy Wilder's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is both an affectionate parody, and a brilliant, melancholy celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle's infamous detective. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely), are tasked with locating the missing husband of a mysterious woman fished out of the River Thames. The course of their investigation leads them to Scotland and encounters with a group of monks, some dwarfs and even the Loch Ness Monster. Can Holmes and Watson crack the case? Co-written by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond (one of eleven screenplays they wrote together) and starring the late great Christopher Lee as Sherlock's brother Mycroft, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is one of the most underrated films in Billy Wilder's filmography, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film for Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Blu-Ray Special Features: Glorious 1080p presentation Uncompressed PCM soundtrack (on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing A new video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard The Missing Cases (50 mins): A presentation of the films deleted sequences, using script excerpts, production stills and surviving film footage. Includes the film's Original Prologue, The Curious Case of the Upside Down Room, The Adventure of the Dumbfounded Detective and The Dreadful Business of the Naked Honeymooners Deleted Epilogue Scene (audio only) Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder - an archival interview with Christopher Lee about his experience working with Billy Wilder | Interview with editor Ernest Walter Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A collectors booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; the words of Billy Wilder; and rare archival imagery

  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes [1970] The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £5.34  |  Saving you £7.65 (58.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    When a beautiful woman claims that her dear husband has disappeared the investigation takes Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) to Scotland where - to their surprise - they uncover a plot involving clandestine society Her Majesty's Secret Service... and the Loch Ness Monster! But before he can deduce matters to the elementary Holmes makes an error that may jeopardize the national safety of Britain... and ruin his reputation!

  • King Lear King Lear | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £7.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (49.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A production of the Shakespeare tragedy which brings out the themes of family relationship youth versus age and the struggle of good over evil.

  • The Vengeance Of She [1968] The Vengeance Of She | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £9.79  |  Saving you £3.20 (24.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    When beautiful young Carol is taken over by the spirit of Ayesha queen of the lost city of Kuma an eccentric millionaire gives her refuge unaware that she brings the dark shadow of death to everything she touches...

  • The Dogs Of War [1981] The Dogs Of War | DVD | (11/02/2002) from £6.75  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth, The Dogs of War is an uneasy mix of espionage and combat that never really succeeds in either role. Based around the character of Paul Shannon, the film follows events in the fictional African state of Zagaro. Hired on a reconnaissance mission by a nameless multi-national corporation, Shannon is captured and tortured before his release, only to return to the country to lead a small band of mercenaries (the dogs of the title) in a bloody coup. The first section of the movie works best, building a real sense of tension and unease, not least through a typically understated performance by Christopher Walken as the paranoid loner who keeps a pistol in his fridge (watch too for a brief appearance from a young Jim Broadbent). There are obvious references to the by-then obsolete school of Vietnam filmmaking in the second section, with the Asian enemy replaced by an African one. The gung-ho mentality of the soldiers is, however, so two-dimensional that the viewer develops little empathy for their plight. The action is slow and drawn out, with the seemingly endless pregnant pauses operating as a means for enabling the film to achieve a reasonable running time. On the DVD: little is on offer here aside from the usual scene selection, audio and subtitle options and original cinema trailer. --Phil Udell

  • This Sporting Life [1963] This Sporting Life | DVD | (31/01/2000) from £24.06  |  Saving you £-18.07 (-301.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Prolific British filmmaker Lindsay Anderson weaves this small, evocative tale of young life at the crossroads in early 1960s Northern England. A rough, sullen young man (Richard Harris) working in the local coal mines begins to make a name for himself as a star rugby player, but even as he begins to fall in love he cannot escape the harsh realities of the bleak life around him. The rugby sequences in the film are striking, but no more so than the depiction of downtrodden people living in the shadow of industry and corruption that too often crushes their spirit. Harris in one of his first roles, is remarkably effective as an unlikeable but sympathetic figure trying against hope to savour the small joys life has to offer, and the film also features the debut of renowned actress Glenda Jackson. One of a series of working-class, character-driven British imports, This Sporting Life is one of the best on the field. --Robert Lane

  • Evil Under The Sun [DVD] Evil Under The Sun | DVD | (23/10/2017) from £11.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A star-studded cast heads this Agatha Christie story of one man's efforts to fathom the mysterious death at a resort hotel in the Mediterranean. Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Also stars Jane Birkin, Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith. EXTRAS: Making Of Interview with costume designer Anthony Powell Interview with writer Barry Sandler Interview with producer Richard Goodwin Behind the scenes stills gallery Costume designs stills gallery

  • Paradise Postponed [1986] Paradise Postponed | DVD | (08/08/2005) from £29.40  |  Saving you £30.59 (51.00%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Written by barrister and playwright Sir John Mortimer Paradise Postponed takes in all of the upheavals of post-war British society. Why does the left-wing cleric Rev. Simeon Simcox leave the Simcox brewery millions to the morally loathsome Leslie 'The Toad' Titmuss? Titmuss is a city developer and Conservative cabinet minister who has wheeled and dealed his way through life. Simeon's sons set out to unravel the truth behind the will. Episodes comprise: 1. Death Of A Saint

  • Evil Under The Sun [Blu-ray] Evil Under The Sun | Blu Ray | (23/10/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A star-studded cast heads this Agatha Christie story of one man's efforts to fathom the mysterious death at a resort hotel in the Mediterranean. Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Also stars Jane Birkin, Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith. EXTRAS: Making Of Interview with costume designer Anthony Powell Interview with writer Barry Sandler Interview with producer Richard Goodwin Behind the scenes stills gallery Costume designs stills gallery

  • Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun [1981] Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun | DVD | (07/01/2008) from £11.35  |  Saving you £1.64 (12.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate a case for an insurance company regarding firstly a dead woman's body found on a moor and then a important diamond sent to the company to be insured turns out to be a fake. Poirot discovers that the diamond was bought for Arlena Marshall by Sir Horace Blatt and Arlena is on her honeymoon with her husband and step-daughter on a tropical island hotel. He joins them on the island and finds that everybody else starts to hate Arlena for different reasons - refusing to do a stage show stopping a book and for having an open affair with Patrick Redfern another guest in full view of his shy wife. So it's only a matter of time before Arlena turns up dead strangled and Poirot must find out who it is....

  • Equus [1977] Equus | DVD | (04/08/2003) from £6.39  |  Saving you £6.60 (50.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A film adaptation of the play by Peter Shaffer, Equus stars Richard Burton as Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist who takes on an unusual case: a young stable boy (Peter Firth) who, in frenzy, has blinded six horses. Their sessions reveal that the boy has a quasi-religious fetish for horses and he rides them in the dead of night, experiencing an ecstasy unlike anything Dysart has ever known. Dysart begins to question: Is the pursuit of normalcy worth the loss of individual passions? Equus features a lot of hokum--its therapy scenes are absurd crescendos of revelation and insights--but its central question has substance, the direction is energetic, and the performances are powerful; Burton, handsome and haggard, brings a complex self-loathing to his role. It also features Jenny Agutter and Joan Plowright. --Bret Fetzer

  • Billy Wilder Collection - Vol. 2 - The Apartment/The Seven Year Itch/Witness For The Prosecution/The Fortune Cookie/The Pri Billy Wilder Collection - Vol. 2 - The Apartment/The Seven Year Itch/Witness For The Prosecution/The Fortune Cookie/The Pri | DVD | (22/01/2007) from £12.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (62.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The Apartment: C.C. ""Bud"" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) knows the way to success in business... it's through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) he not only advances his career but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) elevator girl and angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl... or his job. Seven Year Itch: It's every man's fantasy - a summer romance with the sexiest woman he can imagine. Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) is a happily married man whose wife and son are off on vacation when his tempting new neighbor (Monroe) sneaks in one hot summer night to cool off in his air-conditioned apartment. How does an ordinary man deal with this irresistible temptation after seven years of marriage? Witness For The Prosecution: When a wealthy widow is found murdered her married suitor Leonard Vole (Power) is accused of the crime. Vole's only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife (Dietrich)... but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own! Fortune Cookie: Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is one lucky guy! When he's accidentally clobbered by a 220-pound halfback all Harry suffers is a slight concussion. All that is until Whiplash Willie (Matthau) -- a legal scoundrel of the first order -- arrives on the scene! For if Harry follows shyster Willie's advice and feigns a crippling injury the two charlatans can split a cool million in phony insurance claims. But can Willie's world-class finagling dispel those ominous words that lie within the fortune cookie on Harry's hospital plate: You can't fool all of the people all of the time? The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes: When a beautiful woman claims that her dear husband has disappeared the investigation takes Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) to Scotland where - to their surprise - they uncover a plot involving a clandestine society Her Majesty's Secret Service... and the Loch Ness Monster! But before he can deduce matters to the elementary. Holmes makes an error that may jeopardize the national safety of Britain... and ruin his reputation!

  • This Sporting Life [Blu-ray] This Sporting Life | Blu Ray | (09/06/2014) from £10.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (26.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Prolific British filmmaker Lindsay Anderson weaves this small, evocative tale of young life at the crossroads in early 1960s Northern England. A rough, sullen young man (Richard Harris) working in the local coal mines begins to make a name for himself as a star rugby player, but even as he begins to fall in love he cannot escape the harsh realities of the bleak life around him. The rugby sequences in the film are striking, but no more so than the depiction of downtrodden people living in the shadow of industry and corruption that too often crushes their spirit. Harris in one of his first roles, is remarkably effective as an unlikeable but sympathetic figure trying against hope to savour the small joys life has to offer, and the film also features the debut of renowned actress Glenda Jackson. One of a series of working-class, character-driven British imports, This Sporting Life is one of the best on the field. --Robert Lane

  • The National Health (Dual Format Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] [Region Free] The National Health (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (28/08/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Jack Gold's film about life and death in a shabby London hospital interweaves the story of the real hospital with a fantasy one which exists in the soap-opera world of 'Nurse Norton's Affair', where everything is fully funded and patients are miraculously cured. A darkly funny satire on the state of the nation and also a deeply prescient comment on TV's ability to turn tragedy into entertainment, The National Health sits somewhere between the bawdy antics of the Carry On films and the angry satire of Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital, but emerges as a starkly prophetic film, more relevant now than ever. Available for the first time ever in the UK. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: High Definition remaster Original mono audio New audio commentary with star Jim Dale New interview with playwright and author Peter Nichols (2017, tbc mins) Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film World premiere on Blu-ray UK DVD premiere Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies

  • The Hanged Man - The Complete Series (2 Disc Set) [1975] [DVD] The Hanged Man - The Complete Series (2 Disc Set) | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £11.48  |  Saving you £8.51 (42.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    There have been three attempts to kill Lew Burnett. After the third attempt Burnett decides to stay 'dead' - so that he can stay alive. Burnett, owner of an international construction company, begins scouring his past to find out who hated, loved or envied him enough to want him out of the way for good; he is not running from his enemies but trying to draw them out. Undercover and on borrowed time, he has been given a second chance at life. In this state of transition - symbolised by the Hanged Man of the Tarot - he can no longer fall back on his money or influence, just the wits and hands with which he built up his own small empire. In the process, he is forced to confront some painful truths. In an exceptional performance, acclaimed RSC player and character actor Colin Blakely (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Son of Man) stars as Lew Burnett alongside Michael Williams as Alan Crowe and Gary Watson as hired assassin John Quentin. This powerful eight-part thriller series also features guest appearances from Jane Seymour, Gareth Hunt, James Grout and Frederick Jaeger, and is scripted by Edmund Ward, whose previous credits include The Power Game and The Main Chance. Ward found inspiration for the series in his own experiences in the often morally dubious world of international construction; The Hanged Man is both a story of self-discovery, and a journey into dark places where the global reach of money ultimately holds the power of life or death.

  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again [1976] The Pink Panther Strikes Again | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £6.45  |  Saving you £-0.46 (-7.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Being sent insane by working with Clouseau for too long Sgt Dreyfus vows to destroy him forever - and if he can't he vows he will destroy the world. Clouseau ends up with over 20 assassins on his tail but is more worried about his martial arts manservant getting the better of him!

  • The Hanged Man/Turtle's Progress: The Complete Series [DVD] The Hanged Man/Turtle's Progress: The Complete Series | DVD | (23/01/2017) from £17.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    This set comprises both The Hanged Man and Turtle's Progress, devised and scripted by The Power Game's Edmund Ward. THE HANGED MAN After three attempts to kill him, Lew Burnett, owner of an international construction company, decides to stay 'dead' in order to stay alive... Undercover and on borrowed time, he must draw his enemies out while confronting some painful truths. Starring Colin Blakely and Michael Williams, this powerful eight-part thriller also features appearances from Jane Seymour and Gareth Hunt. TURTLE'S PROGRESS Adopting a lighter tone, this spin-off charted the exploits of the petty crook first encountered in The Hanged Man, with Turtle and his accomplice Razor Eddie in accidental possession of a van containing eighty safe deposit boxes the proceeds of a bank job. Guest starring Antony Sher, Joss Ackland and Peter Bowles, Turtle's Progress prefigured Minder in its gritty London setting and sharp humour.

  • Charlie Bubbles Charlie Bubbles | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £8.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Charlie Bubbles is a writer from working-class Manchester but he has gotten caught up in his riches and fame and has forgotten his ability to connect to people. He sets out to reconnect with the important people in his life and re-establish his roots and family.

  • Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun [1981] Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £11.75  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A star-studded cast heads this Agatha Christie story about the efforts of Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) to fathom the mysterious death of a capricious star in a Mediterranean resort hotel...

  • Tales Of The Unexpected - Series 6 - Complete Tales Of The Unexpected - Series 6 - Complete | DVD | (28/01/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Sinister and with a touch of the macabre Tales of the Unexpected holds at its heart a core of black humour that makes each story both compelling and surprising with a twist in each tale that delighted audiences throughout the country. This complete sixth series first transmitted to great critical acclaim in 1983 features fourteen outstanding episodes showcasing powerful performances from a glittering international cast including Colin Blakely Judy Geeson Hayley Mills Stuart Wilson David Cassidy Darren McGavin Sheila Gish Peter Cushing Gayle Hunnicutt and Sharon Gless. Set Comprises: 1. A Passing Opportunity 2. The Memory Man 3. A Sad Loss 4. Clerical Error 5. Heir Presumptuous 6. Where is Your Sense of Humour? 7. Down Among the Sheltering Palms 8. The Vorpal Blade 9. The Wrong 'Un 10. The Luncheon 11. The Tribute 12. Youth from Vienna 13. Hit and Run 14. Turn of the Tide

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