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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 £12.49  |  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

  • Box of Delights [DVD] Box of Delights | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £5.49  |  Saving you £9.50 (63.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [DVD] [1969] The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | DVD | (02/08/2010) from £8.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (50.60%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Maggie Smith is so witty and commanding in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie that you might forget the script paints Jean Brodie as an ultimately self-deluding spinster. Dame Maggie won the first of her two Oscars for playing a teacher in 1930s Edinburgh more in thrall to her romantic notions of art and beauty than the real world (she exalts the Mona Lisa and Mussolini with equal fervour), a cultivator of worshipping "Brodie Girls". Smith's expert playing makes many of the brogue-heavy Brodie-isms worth memorising ("She seeks to intimidate me by the use of quarter-hours") and raises the picture above its generally theatrical style. Real-life husband Robert Stephens plays Jean's married lover; Celia Johnson excels as the hostile headmistress; and Pamela Franklin is the deadpan whistle-blower within Miss Brodie's coven. The dippy music of Rod McKuen helps mark the movie as more of a reflection of the 1960s than the 30s. --Robert Horton

  • The Small World Of Sammy Lee (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [2016] The Small World Of Sammy Lee (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (14/11/2016) from £8.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (52.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A 1963 British crime film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Julia Foster and Robert Stephens. THE SMALL WORLD OF SAMMY LEE is just around any corner in Soho. Peopled by the pimps, the punters, the brasses and the bookies, and with boils on its face like the sleazy Peepshow club where Sammy (Anthony Newley) comperes the strip-tease. Sammy Lee is worried. When you owe £300 to a bookie like Conner you're entitled to be worried. Particularly when his muscle men (Kenneth J. Warren and Clive Colin Bowler) are coming in a few hours' time to collect the cash. Refused help from brother Lou (Warren Mitchell) by Lou's wife (Miriam Karlin) who won't pour the profits of their delicatessen into bookies' pockets, Sammy is desperately setting up shady deals to raise the money. EXTRAS: New Interview with Julia Foster New Locations Featurette with Film Historian Richard Dacre New Interview with Mike Hodges

  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes [1970] The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £5.39  |  Saving you £7.60 (58.50%)  |  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!

  • Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Rivals of Sherlock Holmes | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £15.49  |  Saving you £24.50 (61.30%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes: Series 1 (4 Discs)

  • The Asphyx [DVD] The Asphyx | DVD | (14/10/2013) from £10.85  |  Saving you £2.14 (16.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Brilliant Victorian aristocrat and scientist Sir Hugo Cunningham (Robert Stephens) has a morbid fascination with photographing the dead. But when his son's death in a horrific boating accident is caught on film he discovers that a mysterious creature (called the Asphyx) appears at the point of death to consume the soul. Sir Hugo theorises that if he can capture the Asphyx when it appears and lock it away he can achieve immortality. Together with his soon to be son-in-law Giles (Robert Powell) Sir Hugo embarks on a dangerous and all-consuming quest to give his family eternal life. But as his obsession takes over his experiments start to go wrong... The Asphyx has been digitally remastered from the original negatives by BBC Post Production. Special Features: Deleted Scenes Theatrical Trailer Stills Gallery Restoration Featurette

  • Tales Out Of School - Four Plays by David Leland [Blu-ray] [1983] Tales Out Of School - Four Plays by David Leland | Blu Ray | (04/07/2011) from £16.75  |  Saving you £13.24 (44.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    These four television films originally screened by Channel 4 in 1983 brought the emerging writing talent of former actor David Leland to national attention. He would subsequently win a BAFTA Award for his directorial debut Wish You Were Here and an Emmy Award for his contribution to Band of Brothers and work on screenplays for Mona Lisa and Personal Services. Featuring early roles for Tim Roth and Jim Broadbent the plays form a scathing portrait of British society in the early 1980s focusing in particular on the polarisation of attitudes towards the role and methods of education in an increasingly fragmented society. Without overtly offering solutions Leland s plays depict - often with unnerving acuity and foresight - the experience of individuals within systems that have become inadequate in dealing with the fallout of social breakdown. Of the four plays presented here Made in Britain directed by Alan Clarke (Scum) inevitably aroused the strongest controversy with Tim Roth s astonishing portrayal of a nihilistic racist teenage skinhead captured by Chris Menges innovative cinematography; the screenplay won Leland the Prix Italia in 1983. Birth Of A Nation: Featuring Jim Broadbent the play dramatises the conflict between old authoritarian teaching methods and the more relaxed approach of progressive educationalists. Flying Into The Wind: Graham Crowden stars in a play depicting the battle between parents who want to home-educate their children and the local education authority. R.H.I.N.O.: The harrowing story of Angela a disenfranchised young black girl living in 1980s London and her encounters with a well-meaning but often ineffectual social system. Made In Britain: Directed by Alan Clarke Tim Roth makes his TV debut as a hate-filled teenage skinhead on a self-destructive campaign destined to lead to permanent incarceration.

  • The Shout [Blu-ray] The Shout | Blu Ray | (15/09/2014) from £8.48  |  Saving you £6.51 (43.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Oscar-nominee Alan Bates turns in one of his most forceful performances as an asylum inmate with supernatural powers in a film that is both highly unsettling and deeply compelling – a perfect companion piece to Nicolas Roeg’s ’70s masterpiece Don’t Look Now. Also featuring strong performances from Susannah York and John Hurt and employing a distinctive narrative style employed by Palm d’Or-nominated director Jerzy Skolimowski The Shout is presented here in a High Definition transfer made from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. During a cricket match at an insane asylum between the inmates and the local villagers patients Crossley and Graves keep themselves entertained by telling stories. Crossley tells of how he came to possess supernatural powers enabling him to kill with a single shout and although his friend dismisses the tale as an insane fantasy as the match continues the proceedings take an emphatically sinister turn... Special Features: Audio commentary with horror experts Kim Newman and Stephen Jones booklet by Kim Newman Original Theatrical trailer Image gallery Original Press Material PDFs

  • Heartstopper [DVD] [2006] Heartstopper | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £4.03  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Each beat may be your last... Watch in terror as two hospitalized young people realise the dilapidated institution in which they reside is stranded by a severe storm. It would be a slight understatement to say that things go from bad to worse when they discover that a maniac is stalking the corridors butchering patients and staff by punching them through the rib cage and ripping out their still beating hearts....

  • 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!

  • Lunch Hour (DVD) Lunch Hour (DVD) | DVD | (22/06/2015) from £7.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In this inventive and gripping drama written by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) and directed by James Hill (Black Beauty Born Free) Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alfie) gives an unforgettable fiery performance as a young designer on the brink of an affair with a married male executive (Robert Stephens – The Shout Comrades). With its tightly-focused plot telling the story of an illicit rendezvous in real time Lunch Hour is presented here in a stunning digitally remastered transfer and is accompanied by a selection of director James Hill’s colourful and award-winning short films. Extras: Skyhook (1958 17 mins): the adventure of oil exploration deep in the tropics of Papua New Guinea Giuseppina (1959 32 mins): a young girl observes different characters at her father’s rural petrol station The Home-Made Car (1963 28 mins): a man restores his dilapidated car as a curious young neighbour watches

  • The Box of Delights The Box of Delights | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £5.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield this tale follows the adventures of Kay Harker a young boy who finds himself lured into a world of fantasy and danger after a chance encounter with an old Punch and Judy man. A magical mix of animation and live-action this spectacular production is guaranteed to thrill the fantasies of children and adults alike. Seldom is a story so sophisticated as to draw its audience spellbound into a series of such enchanting advent

  • A Taste Of Honey [1961] A Taste Of Honey | DVD | (13/10/2008) from £11.69  |  Saving you £4.30 (26.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie of a mother - a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff (Murray Melvin) a gentle kind-hearted gay man and they move in together like two children playing house for a while finding an innocent but fragile happiness.

  • The Small World Of Sammy Lee (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [2016] The Small World Of Sammy Lee (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2016) from £11.98  |  Saving you £11.01 (47.90%)  |  RRP £22.99

    A 1963 British crime film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Julia Foster and Robert Stephens. THE SMALL WORLD OF SAMMY LEE is just around any corner in Soho. Peopled by the pimps, the punters, the brasses and the bookies, and with boils on its face like the sleazy Peepshow club where Sammy (Anthony Newley) comperes the strip-tease. Sammy Lee is worried. When you owe £300 to a bookie like Conner you're entitled to be worried. Particularly when his muscle men (Kenneth J. Warren and Clive Colin Bowler) are coming in a few hours' time to collect the cash. Refused help from brother Lou (Warren Mitchell) by Lou's wife (Miriam Karlin) who won't pour the profits of their delicatessen into bookies' pockets, Sammy is desperately setting up shady deals to raise the money. EXTRAS: New Interview with Julia Foster New Locations Featurette with Film Historian Richard Dacre New Interview with Mike Hodges

  • Lunch Hour [DVD + Blu-ray] [1961] Lunch Hour | Blu Ray | (25/04/2011) from £9.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (52.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Shirley Anne Field gives a fiery performance as a young designer on the brink of starting an affair with a married male supervisor (Robert Stephens) at the wallpaper factory where she works. Based on the play by acclaimed writer John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) Lunch Hour is directed by James Hill (Black Beauty Born Free). With its tightly-focused plot and 'real-time' narrative this stylish examination of an illicit lunch-hour rendezvous features an underlying sexual radicalism that tells us much about the time in which it was made. Also presented here are three of James Hill's critically acclaimed and fondly remembered short films all of which have more recently garnered an appreciative fan-base amongst enthusiasts of so-called Trade Test films (which were broadcast to test the then-new colour transmission system by BBC TV engineers during the 60s and 70s).

  • The Shout [1978] The Shout | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £7.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    It's a gorgeous Summer's day and two teams play a cricket game with a difference. It's the annual match between the local mental asylum and the villagers and in the scoring hut patients Crossley and Graves sit side-by-side recording every run over and fallen wicket. To keep themselves entertained Crossley recounts a terrifying story of how he came to possess supernatural powers that enable him to kill with a shout. It was he claims an ancient magic he learnt from spending many years with the Australian Aborigines. Although Graves dismisses the tale as an insane fantasy as the match continues the proceedings take on an emphatically sinister turn...

  • The Fruit Machine [1987] The Fruit Machine | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £8.43  |  Saving you £6.56 (43.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Lovers Eddie and Michael witness a murder and go on the run with a professional hitman on their trail.

  • A Taste Of Honey [1961] A Taste Of Honey | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £38.74  |  Saving you £-18.75 (-93.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Shelagh Delaney's play 'A Taste of Honey' had already played in the West End and on Broadway when Tony Richardson made his film adaptation shot on location in Salford and Blackpool. Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie of a mother - a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff (Murray Melvin) a gentle kind-hearted gay man and they move in together like two children playing house for a while finding an innocent but fragile happiness. Richardson always skilled with actors draws fine performances from his entire cast and 'A Taste of Honey' remains an outstanding example of the British New Wave shot by its star cinematographer Walter Lassally.

  • Tales Out of School - Four Plays by David Leland [DVD] Tales Out of School - Four Plays by David Leland | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £11.69  |  Saving you £13.30 (53.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    These four television films originally screened by Channel 4 in 1983 brought the emerging writing talent of former actor David Leland to national attention. He would subsequently win a BAFTA Award for his directorial debut Wish You Were Here and an Emmy Award for his contribution to Band of Brothers and work on screenplays for Mona Lisa and Personal Services. Featuring early roles for Tim Roth and Jim Broadbent the plays form a scathing portrait of British society in the early 1980s focusing in particular on the polarisation of attitudes towards the role and methods of education in an increasingly fragmented society. Without overtly offering solutions Leland s plays depict - often with unnerving acuity and foresight - the experience of individuals within systems that have become inadequate in dealing with the fallout of social breakdown. Of the four plays presented here Made in Britain directed by Alan Clarke (Scum) inevitably aroused the strongest controversy with Tim Roth s astonishing portrayal of a nihilistic racist teenage skinhead captured by Chris Menges innovative cinematography; the screenplay won Leland the Prix Italia in 1983. Birth Of A Nation: Featuring Jim Broadbent the play dramatises the conflict between old authoritarian teaching methods and the more relaxed approach of progressive educationalists. Flying Into The Wind: Graham Crowden stars in a play depicting the battle between parents who want to home-educate their children and the local education authority. R.H.I.N.O.: The harrowing story of Angela a disenfranchised young black girl living in 1980s London and her encounters with a well-meaning but often ineffectual social system. Made In Britain: Directed by Alan Clarke Tim Roth makes his TV debut as a hate-filled teenage skinhead on a self-destructive campaign destined to lead to permanent incarceration.

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