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  • My Fair Lady: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray] [1964] My Fair Lady: 50th Anniversary Restoration | Blu Ray | (11/07/2016) from £5.98  |  Saving you £14.01 (70.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    More lovely than ever! Restored in 4K from 8K scans of original 65 mm elements with 96K resolution English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio, this 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION celebrates the breathtaking musical extravaganza that won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This beloved adaptation of the Broadway stage hit stars AUDREY HEPBURN as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor, and REX HARRISON as the elitist Professor Higgins, who attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But, when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself

  • Doctor Dolittle [DVD] [1967] Doctor Dolittle | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £4.75  |  Saving you £4.50 (45.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Doctor Doolittle was an expensive 1967 movie that nearly wiped out the studio (20th Century-Fox) that made it, owing to public apathy. It doesn't engender much more excitement today. Rex Harrison still looks lost in the overblown production, the songs are still awful (except "Talk to the Animals", of course), the story of one man's communication with beasts devoid of enchantment. Director Richard Fleischer (The Vikings) certainly shares in the blame. --Tom Keogh

  • My Fair Lady [1964] My Fair Lady | DVD | (01/10/1999) from £7.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Hollywood's legendary "woman's director", George Cukor (The Women, The Philadelphia Story), transformed Audrey Hepburn into street-urchin-turned-proper-lady Eliza Doolittle in this film version of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady stars Rex Harrison as linguist Henry Higgins (Harrison also played the role, opposite Julie Andrews, on stage), who draws Eliza into a social experiment that works almost too well. The letterbox edition of this film on video certainly pays tribute to the pageantry of Cukor's set, but it also underscores a certain visual stiffness that can slow viewer enthusiasm just a tad. But it's really star wattage that keeps My Fair Lady exciting--that and such great songs as "On the Street Where You Live" and "I Could Have Danced All Night". Actor Jeremy Brett, who gained a huge following later in life portraying Sherlock Holmes, is quite electric as Eliza's determined suitor. --Tom Keogh

  • Cleopatra [DVD] [1963] Cleopatra | DVD | (13/05/2013) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Still the most expensive movie ever made, Cleopatra nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. It also scandalised the world with the very public affair of its two major stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. But Joseph L Mankiewicz's 1963 epic deserves to be remembered for more than its off-screen troubles. An extravagantly elaborate production, the sets and costumes alone are awe-inspiring; Mankiewicz's own literate screenplay draws heavily on the classics and Shakespeare; while the supporting cast, led by Rex Harrison as Caesar and Roddy McDowall as his nephew (and future emperor) Octavian, are all first-rate thespians and generally put in more convincing performances than either of the two leads. Mankiewicz's original intention was to make two three-hour films: the first being Caesar and Cleopatra, the second Antony and Cleopatra. But before the film?s completion, and following a boardroom coup worthy of Ancient Rome itself, legendary mogul Darryl F Zanuck took back control of Fox and insisted that Cleopatra be cut to a more economical length. A heartbroken Mankiewicz was forced to trim his six-hour vision down to four. This was the "roadshow" version shown at the film?s premiere and now restored here. Then following adverse criticism and pressure from cinema chains Zanuck demanded more cuts, and the final released version ran a mere three hours--half the original length. Capitalising on the feverish publicity surrounding Burton and Taylor, the shortened version played up both their on- and off-screen romance. This longer four-hour roadshow version allows for a broader view of the film, adding some depth to the politics and manipulation of the characters. But the director?s original six-hour edit has been lost. Perhaps one day it will be rediscovered in the vaults and Mankiewicz?s much-maligned movie will finally be seen the way it was meant to be. Until then, Cleopatra remains an epic curiosity rather than the complete spectacle it should be.

  • Blithe Spirit [1945] Blithe Spirit | DVD | (12/05/2003) from £4.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (53.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Noel Coward's favourite play, Blithe Spirit, was certainly a departure for David Lean, best known at the time for adapting Dickens. While it's the director's only comedy, the result is a delightful gem. Rex Harrison is an acerbic author haunted by the ghost of first wife Elvira (Kay Hammond), who tries to seduce him all over again. This throws his second wife (Constance Cummings) into a panic, second-guessing her lack of passion. It's a celestial sex romp that hasn't lost its bite. Margaret Rutherford, as always, steals the show as the sardonic medium. --Bill Desowitz

  • The Long, Dark Hall [DVD] The Long, Dark Hall | DVD | (12/09/2016) from £5.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A disquieting story of obsession and manipulation unfolds in a critically acclaimed thriller based on a novel by crime writer Edgar Lustgarten. Oscar and Golden Globe winner Rex Harrison plays a man accused of murdering his mistress, with Lilli Palmer (then Harrison's wife) as the woman who stands by her husband as he fights for his life in the courtroom. An outstanding Brit-Noir, The Long Dark Hall is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. When Arthur Groome finds his girlfriend murdered at her Earls Court flat he is stricken with grief and fear. When the police question him about the crime, Arthur, a married man, denies all knowledge of the girl. Soon, however, he finds himself charged with murder and inexorably drawn towards the gallows...

  • Cleopatra [Blu-ray] [1963] Cleopatra | Blu Ray | (30/01/2012) from £10.48  |  Saving you £5.51 (34.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Still the most expensive movie ever made, Cleopatra nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. It also scandalised the world with the very public affair of its two major stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. But Joseph L Mankiewicz's 1963 epic deserves to be remembered for more than its off-screen troubles. An extravagantly elaborate production, the sets and costumes alone are awe-inspiring; Mankiewicz's own literate screenplay draws heavily on the classics and Shakespeare; while the supporting cast, led by Rex Harrison as Caesar and Roddy McDowall as his nephew (and future emperor) Octavian, are all first-rate thespians and generally put in more convincing performances than either of the two leads. Mankiewicz's original intention was to make two three-hour films: the first being Caesar and Cleopatra, the second Antony and Cleopatra. But before the film?s completion, and following a boardroom coup worthy of Ancient Rome itself, legendary mogul Darryl F Zanuck took back control of Fox and insisted that Cleopatra be cut to a more economical length. A heartbroken Mankiewicz was forced to trim his six-hour vision down to four. This was the "roadshow" version shown at the film?s premiere and now restored here for the first time. Then following adverse criticism and pressure from cinema chains Zanuck demanded more cuts, and the final released version ran a mere three hours--half the original length. Capitalising on the feverish publicity surrounding Burton and Taylor, the shortened version played up both their on- and off-screen romance. This longer four-hour roadshow version allows for a broader view of the film, adding some depth to the politics and manipulation of the characters. But the director?s original six-hour edit has been lost. Perhaps one day it will be rediscovered in the vaults and Mankiewicz?s much-maligned movie will finally be seen the way it was meant to be. Until then, Cleopatra remains an epic curiosity rather than the complete spectacle it should be. On the DVD: this handsome three-disc set spreads the restored four-hour print of the movie across two discs. The anamorphic widescreen print looks quite magnificent and Alex North?s wondrous score comes up like new in Dolby 5.1 sound. There?s a patchy and only intermittently revealing commentary from Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky. Much better is the comprehensive two-hour documentary that occupies disc three, which tells in hair-raising detail the extraordinary story of a film production that became totally out of control. This is accompanied by some short archival material, but the documentary alone is a compelling reason to acquire this set. --Mark Walker

  • My Fair Lady [1964] My Fair Lady | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £8.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    By George they've got it! Newly transferred from elements painstakingly restored in 1994 the film version of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is lavish lovely and the acclaimed recipient of eight 1964 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director (George Cukor). Best Actor Oscar winner Rex Harrison reprises his signature stage role of Henry Higgins the supremely assured phoeneticist who wagers that under his tutelage cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle can pass for a duchess at the embassy ball. In one of her best-loved roles. Audrey Hepburn plays Eliza. If ever there was a face the professor could grow accustomed to it's hers. In Hertford Hereford and Hampshire (and elsewhere) no one's fairer than My Fair lady one of the most irresistible musicals ever.

  • My Fair Lady -- 40th Anniversary Special Edition (2 discs) [1964] My Fair Lady -- 40th Anniversary Special Edition (2 discs) | DVD | (05/04/2004) from £11.20  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Audrey Hepburn stars as Eliza Doolittle a poor flower girl who under the guidance of Professor Higgins played by Rex Harrison becomes the Belle of British Society. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture and blessed with an array of scintillating songs this classic movie is a feast for both the eyes and the ears and is breathtaking entertainment for the whole family.

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [DVD] [1947] The Ghost and Mrs. Muir | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £6.53  |  Saving you £3.20 (32.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Joseph Mankiewicz's moody classic is less ghost story than romantic fantasy, a handsome 1947 drama of impossible love. Independent young widow Lucy Muir (the luminous Gene Tierney), desperate to escape her uptight in-laws, falls in love with a grand seaside house and moves in, only to discover the cantankerous ghost of the hot-tempered Captain Gregg (a histrionically flamboyant performance by Rex Harrison). Lucy refuses to let the bombastic captain frighten her away, earning his respect, his friendship, and later his love. They team up to turn the captain's salty memoirs into a bestseller, but as his affection grows he fades away, leaving Lucy free to undertake a more worldly suitor, notably a charismatic children's author (George Sanders at his smarmy smoothest) with his own guarded secret. Charles Lang's melancholy black-and-white photography and Bernard Herrmann's haunting score set the tone for this sublime adult drama, and Tierney delivers one of her most understated performances as the resolute Mrs. Muir. Mankiewicz turns this ghost story into a refreshingly mature and down-to-earth romance. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Agony And The Ecstasy [1965] The Agony And The Ecstasy | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £6.48  |  Saving you £6.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Much of what appeared in Irving Stone's biographical novel of the life of Michelangelo was of the author's invention but few will dispute that the artist painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which is the subject of Carol Reed's film. Starring Charlton Heston as the irascible genius it traces his life from the age of 13 to his death at 88 but deals mainly with the five years during which he painted the chapel. Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) has commissioned the work in the hope

  • Blithe Spirit [1945] Blithe Spirit | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Struggling to find material for his next novel writer Charles Condomine invites a local mystic Madame Arcati to hold a sance at his house in the presence of his wife Ruth and two guests. Sceptical of Arcati's powers Charles does not expect for anything to happen so it is much to his surprise when the ghost of his dead wife Elvira appears to him. Desperate to be rid of his dead wife as he fears she may kill him to have his company forever he pleads with Arcati to send her back to where she came...

  • Unfaithfully Yours [1948] Unfaithfully Yours | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £7.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Haughty conductor Sir Alfred De Carter (Harrison) is madly in love with his wife Daphne but is driven to a murderous fit of jealousy when he reads a private detective's report of her activities during his absence. Convinced she is having an affair with his handsome young secretary De Carter contemplates various methods of murdering them but when he attempts to execute his plans his efforts degenerate into farce!

  • Hollywood Musicals Of The 60's [1999] Hollywood Musicals Of The 60's | DVD | (01/09/2000) from £4.65  |  Saving you £1.34 (22.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The 60's were the last great decade for the American movie musical but it was also probably its best. With blockbusters like The Sound of Music West Side Story My fair Lady Mary Poppins Oliver! and Funny girl the artform reached its peak. Join us on a singing and dancing tour from the Austrian Alps to the vauderville halls of Brooklyn... from dancing in the streets of Spanish Harlem to the shores of River City... from the chimneys of Old London to the sound stages of Hollywoo

  • Major Barbara Major Barbara | DVD | (06/08/2007) from £6.69  |  Saving you £13.30 (66.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Barbara Undershaft is the idealistic daughter of a wealthy munitions manufacturer. A major in the Salvation Army she is devoted to a crusade against capitalists such as her father and has little time for the romantic intentions of the love-struck Adolphus a Greek professor. She is shocked when the Army accepts a large donation from her father and hands back her uniform. When she agrees to take a tour of his factory there are further surprises.

  • Constant Husband [DVD] Constant Husband | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £7.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (53.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A man wakes up in Wales with no recollection of how he got there. He eventually traces his life back to his wife in London and everything seems rosy... until further investigation reveals a string of other wives.

  • The Yellow Rolls Royce [DVD] The Yellow Rolls Royce | DVD | (28/09/2009) from £8.84  |  Saving you £4.15 (31.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Yellow Rolls Royce

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy [DVD] [1965] The Agony and the Ecstasy | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £4.75  |  Saving you £5.04 (50.50%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Carol Reed (The Third Man) directed this 1965 portrait of the relationship between Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison), who commissioned the artist to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Based on a novel by Irving Stone, the script of The Agony and the Ecstasy plods along, juggling the dynamics between the two men along with a somewhat perfunctory love story and distracting battle sequences. Reed seems more attuned to the nuances and great pains of the artistic process, as seen in sequences of Michelangelo working. But the overall focus of the film is unfortunately fuzzy. --Tom Keogh

  • Midnight Lace [1960] Midnight Lace | DVD | (08/05/2006) from £5.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (44.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The beautiful Kit Preston becomes disconcerted when she starts receiving crank calls claiming that her life is in jeopardy. Although She tells police about the messages her somewhat hysterical manner leaves them convinced that the danger is all in her imagination... or fakes in order to get attention from her neglectful husband. However two people know that the peril is very real indeed...

  • Cleopatra  (Special Edition)  [1963] Cleopatra (Special Edition) | DVD | (08/02/2006) from £6.64  |  Saving you £11.56 (57.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Possibly the most alluring mysterious and powerful woman of all time Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) changed the course of history when two of the most powerful men in Rome fell in love with her. Rex Harrison is Julius Caesar who wins the Egyptian throne for Cleopatra marries her and provides her with a child Caesarean. Upon returning to his native country Caesar is crowned Dictator of Rome but his desperate desire for even greater power causes a worried Roman Senate to fatally conspire against him on the Ides of March.

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