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  • Oliver [1968] Oliver | DVD | (11/12/2000) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Film buffs and critics can argue until their faces turn blue about whether this lavish Dickensian musical deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1968, but the movie speaks for itself on grandly entertaining terms. Adapted from Dickens's classic novel, it's one of the most dramatically involving and artistically impressive musicals of the 1960s, directed by Carol Reed with a delightful enthusiasm that would surely have impressed Dickens himself. Mark Lester plays the waifish orphan Oliver Twist, who is befriended by the pick-pocketing Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and recruited into the gang of boy thieves led by Fagin (played to perfection by Ron Moody). The villainous Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) casts his long shadow over Oliver and his friends, but the young orphan is still able to find loving care in the most desperate of circumstances. Full of memorable melodies and splendid lyrics, Oliver! is a timeless film, prompting even hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael to call it "a superb demonstration of intelligent craftsmanship," and to further observe that "it's as if the movie set out to be a tribute to Dickens and his melodramatic art as well as to tell the story of Oliver Twist". --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Gladiator - 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2000] [Region Free] Gladiator - 15th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (04/05/2015) from £7.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (70.40%)  |  RRP £26.99

    When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

  • Gladiator [2000] Gladiator | DVD | (13/08/2004) from £2.74  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximus' favor with the emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....

  • Oliver! [Blu-ray] [1968] Oliver! | Blu Ray | (21/10/2013) from £6.37  |  Saving you £5.30 (40.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale! Young Oliver (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He's immediately taken in by aband of street urchins, headed by the lovable villain, Fagin (Ron Moody), his fiendish henchman, Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), and his loyal apprentice, The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his educati...

  • Hannibal Brooks [DVD] Hannibal Brooks | DVD | (17/09/2017) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Hannibal Brooks (Oliver Reed) is a British prisoner of war assigned to care for an elephant in a zoo in Munich. When the zoo is bombed by the Americans, Brooks is ordered to transport the elephant to a safer zoo in Innsbruck. En route to Innsbruck, Brooks accidentally kills the Nazi member of the escort ( Peter Carsten) and the sets off with an American (Michael J.Pollard) and an Austrian (Helmuth Lohner), the trio escapes with the elephant and head for the Swiss border and freedom.

  • Royal Flash [DVD] Royal Flash | DVD | (19/08/2013) from £11.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (23.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    In this unique and outrageous period comedy adapted from George MacDonald Fraser's novel Malcolm McDowell stars as a comic character come to life. It is 19th Century Europe and Captain Harry Flashman (McDowell) is a gutless bully who seeks admission into European high society. Seeing a chance to promote their own menacing political schemes devious Otto von Bismarck (Oliver Reed) and Rudi Von Sternberg (Alan Bates) convince Flashman to disguise himself as a Prussian noble so that he can marry a gorgeous duchess (Britt Ekland). However the hoax is discovered and Flashman flees the continent experiencing one calamity after another - as well as some of history's most significant events - in this hilarious romp that might just make you laugh instead of marvel at the next comic book 'hero' you encounter!

  • The Damned [DVD] The Damned | DVD | (04/10/2010) from £3.28  |  Saving you £6.71 (67.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The brutality of modern society is fast encroaching on the picturesque seaside town of Weymouth. American tourist Simon Wells (Macdonald Carey) is looking for a relaxing holiday but he is mugged by the psychopathic King (Oliver Reed) and his gang of thugs. Wells escapes with Kings sister, Joanie (Shirley Anne Field), and they stumble upon a sinister establishment where nine ice-cold children are being subjected to a horrifying experiment. The shadowy authorities control of the base will stop at nothing to safeguard their secret, but it is the mysterious children who will doom them all... Special Features: Photo Gallery 24-page illustrated booklet This Official UK DVD is Region 2,4,5

  • The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] The Devils (Special Edition) | DVD | (19/03/2012) from £10.18  |  Saving you £9.81 (49.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In seventeenth-century France, a promiscuous and divisive local priest, Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudon from destruction at the hands of the establishment. Soon, he stands accused of the demonic possession of Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), whose erotic obsession with him fuels the hysterical fervour that sweeps through the convent. With its bold and brilliant direction by Ken Russell, magnificent performances by Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, exquisite Derek Jarman sets and sublimely dissonant score by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Devils stands as a profound and sincere commentary on religious hysteria, political persecution and the corrupt marriage of church and state.

  • Tommy [DVD] - A Ken Russell Film Tommy - A Ken Russell Film | DVD | (23/01/2012) from £9.09  |  Saving you £2.80 (21.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    If you've ever wanted to hear Jack Nicholson sing or marvel at the sight of Ann-Margret drunkenly cavorting in a cascade of baked beans, Tommy is the movie you've been waiting for. The Who's brilliant rock opera is sublimely matched by director Ken Russell's penchant for cinematic excess during the peak of his filmmaking audacity. Tommy revolves around the 'deaf, dumb, and blind kid' (Roger Daltrey) who survives the childhood trauma that stole his senses to become a Pinball Wizard in Pete Townshend's grandiose attack on the hypocrisy of organised religion. Tommy's odyssey is rendered through wall-to-wall music, from the bloodstream shock of Tina Turner to Elton John's towering rendition of 'Pinball Wizard' and Daltrey's epiphanous rendition of 'I'm Free'. Other star performers include Eric Clapton and the Who's drummer Keith Moon in this classic of creative rock cinema.

  • The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen [Blu-ray] [1988] The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen | Blu Ray | (07/04/2008) from £6.15  |  Saving you £13.84 (69.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From Terry Gilliam director of Time Bandits and Brazil comes The Adventures of Baron Munchausen a spectacular epic fantasy quite unlike any other film ever made. Just who is Baron Munchausen? Liar? Rogue? Madman? Or the greatest superhero ever to battle and triumph against unbeatable odds? Did he really ride through the air on a cannonball slay a three-headed griffin journey to the moon all before breakfast? Helped and hindered by a cast of quite literally thousands including Vulcan Berthold and many more the indomitable Baron succeeds in overcoming every obstacle to face his final greatest challenge: Death itself! There's never been a film remotely like this but then there's never been a hero to compare with the Baron...

  • The Three Musketeers [1973] The Three Musketeers | DVD | (17/03/2003) from £7.55  |  Saving you £-3.99 (-30.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The young D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men Athos (Oliver Reed) Porthos (Frank Finlay) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain) each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out that they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston) who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle

  • Women In Love [1969] Women In Love | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £5.61  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Before director Ken Russell's name became synonymous with cinematic extravagance and overkill, he actually directed what is one of the most passionate and involving adaptations of DH Lawrence in recent memory. Oliver Reed and Alan Bates star as friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters (Jennie Linden and Glenda Jackson, who won an Oscar for the role). But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Bates and Linden learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Reed cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Jackson. Shot with great sensuality, Women in Love was surprisingly frank for its period (1970) and includes one of the most charged scenes in movie history: Bates and Reed as manly men, wrestling nude by firelight. --Marshall Fine

  • Tommy (Special Edition) [1975] Tommy (Special Edition) | DVD | (14/06/2004) from £9.04  |  Saving you £-4.86 (-48.60%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Even by the standards of a genre not characterised by restraint, the 1974 rock opera Tommy is endearingly barmy, a bizarre combination of Pete Townshend's disturbed inspiration and director Ken Russell's wildly eccentric vision. Even if you gamely try and read allegorical meaning into it, the story is frankly odd: a child becomes psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing the murder of his father by his stepdad and goes on to become rich and famous as the world pinball champion (since when was pinball a world-class competitor sport?), before setting himself up as a latter-day messiah. It's about the travails of the post-war generation, the disaffection of youth, the trauma of childhood abuse, the sham nature of new-age cults, and many other things besides. At least, that's what Townshend and Russell would have you believe. But what's really important is the many wonderful, utterly bonkers set-pieces--effectively a string of pop videos--that occur along the way, performed by great guest stars: Tina Turner as the Acid Queen, Eric Clapton as the Preacher, Keith Moon as Uncle Ernie, Elton John's mighty rendition of "Pinball Wizard", even Jack Nicholson doing a turn as a suave specialist. Roger Daltrey is iconic in his signature role, and Oliver Reed makes up for a complete inability to sing with a bravura performance as his sleazy stepdad, but best of all is Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora: her charismatic presence holds the loose narrative together and she richly deserved her Academy Award nomination; the sight of her in a nylon cat suit being drenched in baked beans and chocolate from an exploding TV set is worth the price of admission alone. On the DVD: Tommy comes to DVD in a two-disc set, with the feature on disc one accompanied by three audio tracks: Dolby Stereo or 5.1 surround, as well as the original "Quintaphonic" surround mix--a unique experience with effectively two pairs of stereo tracks plus a centre track for the vocals. The anamorphic picture adequately recreates the original theatrical ratio. The second disc has a series of lengthy and illuminating new interviews with the main (surviving) players: Townshend, Russell, Daltrey and Ann-Margret, in which we learn among other things, that Daltrey wasn't Townshend's first choice for the role, that Stevie Wonder was the original preference for the Pinball Wizard, and that Ken Russell had never heard of any of these rock stars before agreeing to helm the movie. There's also a feature on the original sound mix and its restoration for DVD. All in all, a satisfying package for fans of one of the daftest chapters in the annals of rock music. --Mark Walker

  • Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £2.95  |  Saving you £19.75 (79.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Ridley Scott's glossy historical epic Gladiator revitalised the classic sword 'n' sandal genre, bringing both a modern pop-culture sensibility and state-of-the-art computer-generated special effects to what had seemed like a worn-out formula. Essentially a remake of Anthony Mann's stodgy 1964 Fall of the Roman Empire, Gladiator also borrows heavily from Saving Private Ryan in its stunning opening sequence, and employs Ridley's brother Tony Scott's rapid-fire editing style for the remarkably staged Colosseum fights. The overall effect is a hugely impressive but emotionally empty spectacle complemented by Hans Zimmer's bestselling but derivative score. Russell Crowe cements his star status with a brooding, muscular performance helped along by lots of pithily quotable mock-Shakespearean dialogue. But Crowe's Maximus, along with everyone else in the film, is a disappointing two-dimensional stereotype: there's also the ridiculously melodramatic villain (Joaquin Phoenix), the old flame who's still in love with her hero (Connie Nielsen) and the trusty companion (Djimon Hounsou--who seems stuck in these roles). Richard Harris lacks the gravitas to convince as the philosopher-king Marcus Aurelius, and only Oliver Reed, in his very last film, brings some depth to his world-weary ex-gladiator. Still, if Scott's film lacks the profundity of Ben-Hur, Spartacus or even Cleopatra, it remains a kinetic, exciting thrill ride that gives us some sense of what it must have been like to fight and die with a gladius in hand. On the DVD: Gladiator's two-disc set quickly became a must-have on its first release and remains one of the absolute essential DVD purchases. It set the standard both for picture and sound quality (Dolby 5.1 or DTS) as well as providing a second disc fully loaded with excellent special features. Scott's audio commentary is on the first disc, and the second has documentaries about both the history and the film, deleted scenes, storyboards, hidden "Easter Eggs" and more. --Mark Walker

  • The Four Musketeers [1975] The Four Musketeers | DVD | (17/03/2003) from £6.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    What could be better than The Three Musketeers? D'Artagnan (Michael York) has become a Musketeer. Protestants hold La Rochelle and the Queen loves Buckingham who'll soon send ships to support the rebels. Richelieu enlists Rochefort (Christopher Lee) to kidnap Constance (Raquel Welch) the Queen's go-between and D'Artagnan's love. The Cardinal (Charlton Heston) uses the wily amoral Milady de Winter (Faye Dunaway) to distract D'Artagnan. But soon she is D'Artagnan's sworn e

  • The Brood (DVD) The Brood (DVD) | DVD | (08/07/2013) from £7.75  |  Saving you £5.16 (32.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

  • The Brood (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] The Brood (Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (08/07/2013) from £9.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (53.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

  • And Then There Were None [1974] And Then There Were None | DVD | (11/01/2010) from £10.00  |  Saving you £5.99 (37.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians has been turned into a film more than once but none can compare with Rene Clair's version. The film begins as eight strangers find themselves on a small boat heading to the island retreat of their mysterious host. The guests have diverse backgrounds but all harbour a dark secret. When they are joined by the cook and a maid they become ten. The host fails to materialize and when the maid plays a recording that accuses each of the guests of murder each deny their involvement but this doesn't stop them being murdered one by one. Can the remaining guests find the murderer before it is their turn to die?

  • Curse of the Werewolf --Blu Ray--Region B [Blu-ray] Curse of the Werewolf --Blu Ray--Region B | Blu Ray | (21/09/2015) from £12.87  |  Saving you £10.12 (44.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Features: Censoring the Werewolf --A new 13-minute documentary directed by Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn. The Making of Curse of the Werewolf with interviews with Catherine Feller Yvonne Romain Mike Hill Don Mingaye Margaret Robinson Jimmy Sangster. Lycanthropy:The Beast in All of Us. Stills Gallery

  • Oliver [1968] Oliver | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £7.00  |  Saving you £5.99 (46.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens classic tale! Young Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. Hes immediately taken in by a band of street urchins headed by the lovable villain Fagin (Ron Moody) his fiendish henchman Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and his loyal apprentice The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own. Set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as ""Consider Yourself "" ""Where Is Love?"" and ""As Long As He Needs Me "" OLIVER! leads us on a journey in search of love belonging and honour among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Score OLIVER! will steal your heart!

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