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  • A Night To Remember [1958] A Night To Remember | DVD | (19/06/2007) from £4.68  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Two years after 20th Century Fox released its melodramatic disaster film Titanic in 1953, Walter Lord's meticulously researched book A Night to Remember surprised its publishers by becoming a phenomenal bestseller. Lord had an intuition that readers craved the reality of the Titanic disaster and not the romantically mythologised translations (like Fox's film, starring Barbara Stanwyck), which relied on fictional characters to "enhance" the world's worst maritime disaster. Lord's book proved that the truth was far more compelling than fiction, outlining the many "if onlys" (if only the iceberg had been spotted a few minutes earlier, etc.) that lent sombre irony to the loss of 1,500 Titanic passengers. Three years after Lord's book appeared, it was brought to the screen with the kind of riveting authenticity that Lord had insisted upon in his own research. The 1958 British production of A Night to Remember remains a definitive dramatization of the disaster, adhering to the known facts of the time and achieving a documentary-like immediacy that matches (and in some ways surpasses) the James Cameron epic released 39 years later. The film erroneously perpetuates the once-common belief that the Titanic sunk in one piece (instead of breaking in half as its bow began to plunge), but many other misconceptions are accurately corrected, and the intelligent screenplay by thriller master Eric Ambler is a model of factual suspense. By making Titanic the star of the film, director Roy Baker emphasises the excessive confidence of the booming industrial age and creates an intense you-are-there realism that pays tribute to Walter Lord's tenacious quest for truth. --Jeff Shannon

  • First Man Into Space [DVD] First Man Into Space | DVD | (24/08/2015) from £9.09  |  Saving you £3.51 (27.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Classic science-fiction from the golden age of 1950's cinema in this Robert Day directed tale of alien life forms! In this cautionary tale of interstellar exploration, brash U.S. Navy test pilot, Lieutenant Dan Prescott (Bill Edwards), hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth's atmosphere on test flight Y-13, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return to earth as a blood-drinking monster... Produced by one of the most respected British film producers, Richard Gordon (Devil Doll, Grip of the Strangler, Tower of Evil), this early tale of space exploration has been remastered and restored by the BFI and will delight all fans of the science-fiction genre.

  • Cat Girl [DVD] Cat Girl | DVD | (24/03/2014) from £4.89  |  Saving you £5.10 (51.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Updating Val Newton's classic <i>Cat People</i>, this supernatural chiller stars scream queen Barbara Shelley as Leonora, a beautiful girl obsessed by the idea that she is heir to an ancestral curse causing her to develop the ferocious, predatory instincts of a leopard. Directed by <i>Upstairs, Downstairs</i>' Alfred Shaughnessy and an early showcase for Shelley's smouldering talent, <i>Cat Girl</i> is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited ...

  • It's Never Too Late [DVD] It's Never Too Late | DVD | (25/01/2016) from £7.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This enchanting domestic comedy stars Gainsborough Studios' legendary leading lady Phyllis Calvert as a mother and housewife whose hidden literary talent is suddenly in the spotlight much to the consternation of her chaotic family! Also starring Patrick Barr, Guy Rolfe and Susan Stephen, It's Never Too Late is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original fi lm elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.To Laura Hammond's large family, she is simply the mother who makes their tumultuous lives run a little more smoothly. But although they don't know it, she is a very successful novelist and when her screenplay comes to the attention of a Hollywood producer, Laura is suddenly plunged into the big time. Perhaps it's time to stop taking Mum for granted..?SPECIAL FEATURES:Original theatrical trailerUnused songImage galleryOriginal synopsis PDFs

  • The Smoking Room - Series 2 The Smoking Room - Series 2 | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £16.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (15.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the world of work there is only one place where seniority counts for nothing where shop-talk is banned and where the last bastions against fresh air and desk-based massage gather regularly to discuss the minutiae of their lives: the smoking room. The complete second series of BBC3's The Smoking Room. Episode Listing: 1. Buzz 2. No Place Like Home 3. 1987 4. Smashed 5. Pity The Fool 6. Quitters 7. Last Night A Graphic Designer Saved My Life 8. Significant Others

  • Operation Diplomat / The Sicilians [DVD] Operation Diplomat / The Sicilians | DVD | (14/02/2011) from £12.19  |  Saving you £2.80 (18.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Titles Comprise: Operation Diplomat: Like Portait Of Alison and The Broken Horseshoe this thriller was originally made as a BBC television drama and was based on a story by popular crime writer Francis Durbridge. Forced to work on a mystery patient surgeon Mark Fenton (Guy Rolfe) finds the police do not believe his story... The Sicilians: An aide at the American Embassy in London finds himself involved with Scotland Yard and the French police over the kidnapping of the son of a mafia boss...

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