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John Gielgud: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • Gandhi Gandhi | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £3.00  |  Saving you £2.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Gandhi is a great subject, but is Gandhi a great film? Undoubtedly it is, not least because it is one of the last old-school epics ever made, a glorious visual treat featuring tens of thousands of extras (real people, not digital effects) and sumptuous Panavision cinematography. But a true epic is about more than just widescreen photography, it concerns itself with noble subjects too, and the life story of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the noblest of all. Both the man and the film have profound things to say about the meaning of freedom and racial harmony, as well as how to achieve them. Ben Kingsley, in his first major screen role, bears the heavy responsibility of the central performance and carries it off magnificently; without his magnetic and utterly convincing portrayal the film would founder in the very first scene. Sir Richard Attenborough surrounds his main character with a cast of distinguished thespians (Trevor Howard, John Mills, John Gielgud and Martin Sheen, to name but four), none of whom do anything but provide the most sympathetic support. John Briley's literate screenplay achieves the almost impossible task of distilling the bewildering complexities of Anglo-Indian politics. Attenborough's treatment is openly reverential, but, given the saint-like character of his subject, it's hard to see how it could have been anything else. He doesn't flinch from the implication that the Mahatma was naïve to expect a unified India, for example, but instead lets Gandhi's actions speak for themselves. The outstanding achievement of this labour of love is that it tells the story of an avowed pacifist who never raised a hand in anger, of a man who never held high office, of a man who shied away from publicity, and turns it into three hours of utterly mesmerising cinema.On the DVD: The anamorphic (16:9) picture of the original 2.35:1 image has a certain softness to it that may reflect the age of the print, but somehow seems entirely in keeping with the subject . Sound is Dolby 5.1. The extras are fairly brief, but worthwhile: original newsreel footage of Gandhi includes an astonishingly patronising British news account of his visit to England; in a recent interview, Ben Kinglsey chats enthusiastically about the film and the difficulties he experienced bringing the character to life. The dull "making-of" feature is simply a montage of stills. --Mark Walker

  • Elizabeth/Elizabeth - The Golden Age [1998] Elizabeth/Elizabeth - The Golden Age | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £7.09  |  Saving you £17.90 (71.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Elizabeth (1998) :Now close to death Queen Mary I (Kathy Burke) steps up her policy of Protestant repression. Even Princess Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) her younger sister and her heir apparent is in grave danger but Marys last ditch to execute her for treason fails. Within days Mary is dead and Elizabeth is crowned Queen of England but with enemies and rebellion continuing in her own council she is advised to hit back. She retaliated in a counter-coup of immense ferocity wiping out all opposition to her leadership. Her throne is finally secure. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) : Elizabeth: The Golden Age tells the thrilling tale of an era - the story of one woman's crusade to control love crush enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world. As Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart conspires with Philip of Spain to topple the throne Sir Francis Walsingham Elizabeth's trusty advisor works tirelessly to protect her from the many plots and conspiracies against her. Preparing to go to war to defend her empire Elizabeth struggles to balance royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her attraction to Sir Walter Raleigh.

  • Arthur [1981] Arthur | DVD | (28/06/1999) from £3.41  |  Saving you £10.58 (75.60%)  |  RRP £13.99

    When you get lost between the moon and New York City (ahem), chances are you'll find yourself taking another look at this hit comedy starring Oscar-nominated Dudley Moore as the charmingly witty, perpetually drunken millionaire Arthur Bach. Arthur falls in love with a waitress (Liza Minelli) who doesn't care about his money but unfortunately Arthur's stern father wants him to marry a Waspy prima donna. The young lush turns to his wise and loyal butler (Oscar-winner John Gielgud) for assistance and advice. Arthur was a huge hit when released in 1981, as was its Oscar-winning theme song by Christopher Cross. Few remember that the movie was,sadly, the only one ever made by writer-director Steve Gordon, who died less than a year after the film's release. Consistently funny and heartwarming, Arthur was hailed as a tribute to the great romantic comedies of the 1930s. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Elephant Man [Blu-ray] The Elephant Man | Blu Ray | (13/01/2014) from £10.89  |  Saving you £12.10 (52.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    You could only see his eyes behind the layers of makeup in The Elephant Man but those expressive orbs earned John Hurt a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his moving portrayal of John Merrick, the grotesquely deformed Victorian man. Inarticulate and abused, Merrick is the virtual slave of a carnival barker (Freddie Jones) until dedicated London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins in a powerfully understated performance) rescues him and offers him an existence with dignity. Anne Bancroft co-stars as the actress whose visit to Merrick makes him a social curiosity, with John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller as dubious hospital staffers won over by Merrick. David Lynch earned his only Oscar nominations as director and co-writer of this sombre drama, which he shot in a rich black-and-white palette, a sometimes stark, sometimes dreamy visual style that at times recalls the offbeat expressionism of his first film, Eraserhead. It remains a perfect marriage between traditional Hollywood historical drama and Lynch's unique cinematic eye, a compassionate human tale delivered in a gothic vein. The film earned eight Oscar nominations in all and though it left the Oscar ceremony empty-handed, its dramatic power and handsome yet haunting imagery remain just as strong today. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com On the DVD: Being black and white, it's easier to judge the digital transfer in terms of shade and thankfully this print looks just fine. There's a little confusion over the sound, however, which is advertised as Stereo on the box but says Mono on the Audio Menu. It certainly seems to be a basic Dolby stereo but it's a shame Lynch hasn't given it the personal touch since he's obsessed with mixing his films' sound himself. From the nicely thought-out animated menus there's a gallery of 20 photos and a misguiding, dramatic theatrical trailer. The only other extra is a 64-page book of which only 10 pages relate directly to the film (the rest re-tell Lynch's career and the real Elephant Man's life). --Paul Tonks

  • Becket [1964] Becket | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £7.82  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Unavailable on any format for 20 years Becket makes its worldwide DVD premiere following extensive restoration aided by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. Becket Becket is one of the great historical epics and features one of cinema's most legendary pairings; Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. The story tells of the tempestuous friendship between King Henry. The King appoints his trusted companion to the esteemed position of Archbishop of Canterbury believing his loyalty will give him control over the church. However Becket takes his new duties seriously and his devotion to God soon brings him into direct conflict with the State and his lifelong friend.

  • Agatha Christie's Why Didn't They Ask Evans [DVD] Agatha Christie's Why Didn't They Ask Evans | DVD | (05/08/2013) from £10.79  |  Saving you £7.20 (40.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie comes a tale of murder mystery and mistaken identity. When Bobby Jones comes across a dying man and the photograph of a beautiful young woman his interest is snared; especially when the photograph is later switched for one of someone else. With the help of his good friend Lady Frances Derwant Bobby investigates. Following a trail of clues and setting up an elaborate charade in order to insinuate themselves into the Bassington-French household their trail leads them into a world of morphine addiction psychiatric clinics and enticing inheritances and of course murder. But who is the mysterious trembling young wife of the hard-edged Dr. Nicholson; why is someone out to silence Bobby Jones; and what is the meaning of the dead man's dying words...Why didn't they ask Evans? Special Features: Agatha Christie Biography and Bibliography Photo Gallery Cast Filmographies Subtitles

  • The Whistle Blower [1986] The Whistle Blower | DVD | (05/05/2001) from £3.44  |  Saving you £-4.34 (-145.20%)  |  RRP £2.99

    A 1987 espionage thriller, The Whistle Blower stars Michael Caine as Frank Jones, a businessman and regular patriotic war veteran whose son Bob (Nigel Havers) is a Russian linguist who works at GCHQ. Bob begins to express doubts to his father about aspects of his work; days later, police report to Frank that his son has died in a fall. A verdict of accidental death is recorded. However, in the midst of his grief, Frank is puzzled by aspects of the death and decides to conduct his own investigation. In so doing he finds himself pitted against an utterly unscrupulous Secret Service prepared to stop at nothing, including murder, to cover up their operations. Set at the time when concerns about GCHQ were at their height and the Cold War had yet to thaw, many of the film's concerns seem, years subsequently, to be thankfully dated. Moreover, it's hard to believe that the bumbling British Secret Services would actually be capable of organising a convivial soiree in a brewery, let alone orchestrate the sort of skulduggery they perpetrate here. Still, with a cast that features all the usual British suspects (Sir John Gielgud, James Fox, Gordon Jackson) there's no doubting the pedigree of The Whistle Blower, which, despite its ostensibly uncomfortable message, actually makes for very agreeable comfort viewing. Michael Caine is especially fine as Michael Caine. --David Stubbs

  • Gandhi [1982] Gandhi | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.15 (57.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Upon his return to his native India and fed up with the unjust political system he joins the Indian Congress Party which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his ""subversive"" activities land him in jail masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives so the crown responds by slaughtering 1 500 Indians. Enraged the ascetic spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.

  • The Scarlet And The Black [1983] The Scarlet And The Black | DVD | (11/08/2003) from £4.29  |  Saving you £5.70 (57.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    During the German occupation of Rome in 1943 an athletic Irish priest Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (Gregory Peck) devotes all the time he can spare from his work at the Vatican to hiding Allied POWs from the Nazis. Col. Herbert Kappler (Christopher Plummer) Rome's chief Gestapo Officer suspects O'Flaherty of hiding escapees but can do little about it because of the priest's Vatican diplomatic immunity. But when he unearths proof of O'Flaherty's complicity he orders that the priest be

  • The Oscar Wilde Collection The Oscar Wilde Collection | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £10.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (57.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Let the BBC transport you back to the decadent aristocratic drawing rooms of 1890's England. Lovingly restored the four plays in this collection feature a who's who of great actors of the British stage & screen; including stars like Sir John Gielgud Joan Plowright Jeremy Brett Susan Hampshire Margaret Leighton and Gemma Jones. This collection comprises dramatisations of 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' 'An Ideal Husband' 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' and 'Lady Windermere's Fa

  • Scarlett - The Sequel To Gone With The Wind (2 disc set) [DVD] Scarlett - The Sequel To Gone With The Wind (2 disc set) | DVD | (11/08/2014) from £11.19  |  Saving you £18.80 (62.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

  • Merlin [1998] Merlin | DVD | (15/07/2002) from £4.56  |  Saving you £0.55 (5.50%)  |  RRP £9.99

    What kind of guy was the wizard Merlin, anyway? He lives a long time, raises a boy to be a king, props up a Utopian empire with his magic and wisdom, and then watches as it all crumbles under such banal forces as vengeance and betrayal. This four-hour mini-series re-tells the story of Camelot and King Arthur from the perspective of the magic man who sacrifices a great deal to guide mortals toward a better destiny. Sam Neill plays Merlin as an accessible, flesh-and-blood fellow of real passion, powerless to undo the spell of a rival (Rutger Hauer) who has virtually imprisoned Merlin's great love, Nimue (Isabella Rossellini), but gifted enough to counter the treachery of Morgan Le Fey (Helena Bonham Carter) and the wicked Queen Mab (Miranda Richardson). The battle sequences and special effects are striking and original, and it is great fun to see such art-house movie actors as Richardson, Carter, Neill, etc., in fantasy entertainment the whole family can enjoy. (An unrecognizable Martin Short must be singled out, however, for a wonderful, largely dramatic performance as Mab's sidekick, Frik.) Directed by Steve Barron (The Adventures of Pinocchio), Merlin is a nice bit of glossy revisionism of a beloved legend. --Tom Keogh

  • 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.

  • The BBC TV Shakespeare Collection The BBC TV Shakespeare Collection | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £59.99  |  Saving you £140.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £199.99

    This mammoth box set includes the following BBC Shakespeare Adaptations: 1. Romeo And Juliet - Directed by Alvin Rakoff (1978) 2. Richard II - Directed by Jane Howell (1983) 3. As You Like It - Directed by Basil Coleman (1978) 4. Julius Caesar - Directed by Herbert Wise (1979) 5. Measure For Measure - Directed by Desmond Davis (1979) 6. Henry VIII - Directed Kevin Billington (1979) 7. Henry IV: Parts I & II - Directed by David Giles (1979) 8. Henry V: Parts I & II - Directed by Davi

  • Caligula Unlimited Edition [Blu-ray] Caligula Unlimited Edition | Blu Ray | (20/02/2012) from £9.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (52.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the dying days of Empire, Ancient Rome falls under the rule of Caligula, the most evil and perverse emperor ever to wield power over men. Director and softcore legend Tinto Brass and Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione team up to craft the most expensive, excessive erotic production ever filmed.Emperor Caligula is an incestuous, psychopathic despot, hell bent on bloodshed and sodomy in this orgiastic fever dream that plays like a Fellini movie with money shots.Watch with ever increasing shock and awe as Caligula, the twisted dictator brings an empire, and the women of Rome, to their knees, in an explosion of lust, lesbianism, torture and bloodshed.

  • Merlin's Revenge [DVD] Merlin's Revenge | DVD | (24/03/2014) from £3.29  |  Saving you £16.70 (83.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The great sorcerer Merlin (Sam Neill) has returned to Camelot a kingdom now at war since the theft of the Holy Grail which was its greatest gift and protection. With the help of Jack a cheeky young beggar-thief empowered with his own unruly magic the fight begins against the evil Rauskaug and the Lady of the Lake (Miranda Richardson)! They must find the Grail restore it to its rightful place and b ring Camelot back to its glory days. Merlin awakes after 50 years to find the Kingdom in disarray. Evil walks throughout the land and it seems all hope is lost. A young beggar thief Jack comes into Merlin's rooms where it's discovered he possesses magical abilities that may just be the key to finding the Holy Grail. This epic picture was also released under the title Merlin's Apprentice.

  • Shining Through [1992] Shining Through | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (16.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Based on a novel by Susan Isaacs, Shining Through is uncomfortably close to Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious. This World War II drama concerns a love affair between a spy (Michael Douglas) and a secretary (Melanie Griffith) that goes south when duty turns him cold and pushes her into dangerous, behind-the-lines intelligence work. Liam Neeson plays the gentleman Nazi unwittingly providing Griffith with cover as domestic help. The best parts of the film are the twists and turns in the romance (Douglas is very good at playing a character who can turn off all feeling at will) at the beginning; the German scenes are less compelling despite such high stakes for the heroine. The climax--taking us back to Notorious whether it wants to or not--is quite gripping, largely due to Douglas's performance.--Tom Keogh

  • The Charge Of The Light Brigade [1968] The Charge Of The Light Brigade | DVD | (26/01/2009) from £9.89  |  Saving you £6.10 (38.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Charge of the Light Brigade was an infamous battle in the Crimean War considered one of the greatest military blunders in history and immortalized in the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The ill-conceived expedition to the Crimea was marked by an incredible lack of strategy and planning inadequate weapons camouflage food health care and communications. In the final battle all the soldiers had to protect them was their courage and blind faith. As Tennyson put it: Ours is not to question why/Ours is but to do and die. The film is a classic dissection of the pointlessness of war and the horrors inflicted on the common man who goes to fight in the name of his country. Directed by Tony Richardson and starring Trevor Howard Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement Howards End) and John Gielgud (Murder on the Orient Express Arthur The Charge of the Light Brigade was nominated for 6 BAFTAs.

  • Richard III (Laurence Olivier) Richard III (Laurence Olivier) | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    A classic adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Richard III has helped to put his older brother Edward on the throne of England. But jealousy and resentment cause Richard to seek the crown for himself and he conceives a lengthy and carefully calculated plan using deception manipulation and outright murder to achieve his goal. His plotting soon had tumultuous consequences both for himself and for England when after Edward IV is murdered - drowned in a vat of wine - Richard finds his kingdom in dire peril and must defend his realm at the battle of Bosworth.

  • Oh! What A Lovely War - Special Collector's Edition Oh! What A Lovely War - Special Collector's Edition | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms presented as the ""new attraction"" at the Brighton Amusement Pier complete with syrupy cheer-up songs shooting galleries free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead The Story focuses mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) whose five sons enlist and end up as cannon fodder Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war including: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers The final image is a veddy proper British picnic on a graveyard. Of the many fleeting satiric images parading past the camera one of the most indelible is the sight of several generals playing leapfrog as the world all around them goes to hell in a handbasket.

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