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  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [DVD] [1969] The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | DVD | (02/08/2010) from £7.95  |  Saving you £9.00 (53.00%)  |  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

  • Box of Delights [DVD] Box of Delights | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

  • 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 £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  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!

  • 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 £10.48  |  Saving you £24.51 (70.00%)  |  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!

  • The Shout [Blu-ray] The Shout | Blu Ray | (15/09/2014) from £11.48  |  Saving you £3.51 (23.40%)  |  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

  • 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 £13.62  |  Saving you £16.37 (54.60%)  |  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.

  • 99-1 - The Complete First Series [1994] [DVD] 99-1 - The Complete First Series | DVD | (14/02/2011) from £9.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (53.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Leslie Grantham (EastEnders) stars as maverick cop Mick Raynor in this six-part thriller set in the no-man's land where the underworld meets the establishment. While Raynor is posing as a bent ex-policeman he is still very much part of the force - using his current identity to gain information on a complex web of organised crime and high-level corruption lurking beneath the surface of British public life. Raynor doesn't make arrests every week. He's after the big fish: the gangsters with knighthoods; the politicians who are laundering the money. In their pursuit he faces the most dangerous assignments that will stretch his nerves - and his conscience - to the very limit. Also starring Robert Stephens (as Raynor's controller Commander Oakwood) with appearances by Robert Carlyle and Sharon Duce 99-1 was written by British playwright and dramatist Terry Johnson recipient of nine British theatre awards including Olivier Awards for Best Comedy Playwright of the Year at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards Writers Guild Awards for Best Play for two consecutive years and the 2010 Tony Award; this first series was produced by BAFTA winner Steve Clark-Hall. Originally broadcast in 1994 Series One is available here for the first time on DVD.

  • Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Rivals of Sherlock Holmes | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £16.99  |  Saving you £22.11 (55.30%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes: Series 1 (4 Discs)

  • The Box of Delights The Box of Delights | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £5.75  |  Saving you £2.24 (14.90%)  |  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 Shout [1978] The Shout | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £8.29  |  Saving you £1.70 (17.00%)  |  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 Christopher Reeve Superman Collection The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection | DVD | (20/11/2006) from £16.62  |  Saving you £34.37 (67.40%)  |  RRP £50.99

    Featuring the 4 disc SE of Superman the 3 disc SE of Superman 2 and both double disc Deluxe Editions of 3 and 4 this beast of a box set is a must for any hardened fan of the franchise. Superman The Movie: The movie that makes a legend come to life. You know the story. The planet Krypton is doomed. Only one man Jor-El knows it and rockets his infant son to refuge on a distant world called Earth. As Jor-Els son grows to manhood he learns he possesses super-powers he must hide from ordinary mortals around him. It takes a big movie to contain the considerable talents of Marlon Brando Gene Hackman Jackie Cooper Glen Ford Margot Kidder Valerie Perrine and at its heart the most human portrayal of the Man of Steel Christopher Reeve. Superman an Academy Award winner (1978) for special achievement in visual effects is more than big enough. Directed by Richard Donner Superman: The Movie makes us believe this epic story all over again. Superman II: A nuclear explosion in outer space has freed rebel General Zod and his evil cohorts from their captivity in a fragment of Kryptonite. Having been banished from Krypton for their treachery against Jor-El they now plot revenge on his son - Superman. Arch villian Lex Luthor offers his services to Zod meanwhile Lois Lane has discovered Clark Kents identity. Will Superman surrender his superhuman powers to marry her or will he save the city of Metropolis? Original cast members from Superman create a blend of thrills humour and humanity that makes this sequel great fun for the whole family. Superman III: After Superman: The Movie's epic storytelling and Superman II's awesome battles how could the first two hits be topped? In Superman III meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role deepening his character's human side as Clark Kent reunites with an old flame (Annette O'Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling conviction. Incredible visual effects abound - but above all it has heart heroism and high-flying humor. All in superabundance of course. Superman IV: Christopher Reeve not only dons the hero's cape for the fourth time in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace but also helped develop the film's provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. ""For me it's the most personal of the entire series "" Reeve says. ""It directly reflects what Superman should be and should be doing."" Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants archvillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China. Your quest for superheroic excitement is over!

  • Morgan, A Suitable Case For Treatment [DVD] Morgan, A Suitable Case For Treatment | DVD | (17/01/2011) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Anarchic Londoner Morgan Delt a working class artist and self-confessed dreamer with a gorilla-fixation tries to regain the affections of his upper-class ex-wife Leonie. Leonie rejects Morgan's attempts at reconciliation and when she informs him of her plans to marry stuffy art dealer Charles Napier Morgan slips off the mental deep end into a vivid fantasy life. Morgan enacts a series of bizarre gags and stunts in an often hilarious campaign to win Leonie back... Boasting a brilliant cast including Vanessa Redgrave (Howard's End Blow Up) who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role and David Warner (Tron The Omen) Morgan A Suitable Case For Treatment is a 60s cult classic adapted from David Mercer's BBC Sunday night play and directed by Karel Reisz (The French Lieutenant's Woman Saturday Night And Sunday Morning). Cut with dream sequences from King Kong and Tarzan films Morgan's depiction of surreal madness and dark humour made it the swinging sixties wildest funniest and most provocative comedy.

  • Morgan - A Suitable Case For Treatment [1966] Morgan - A Suitable Case For Treatment | DVD | (24/09/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Time does odd things to some films. In 1966, Morgan--A Suitable Case for Treatment was hailed as a touching black comedy about the destruction of a free spirit by an uncaring bourgeois world. Playwright David Mercer's screenplay is full of his standard obsessions of the time--Trotskyism and RD Laing's perception of the mad as truly sane--and Karel Reisz's direction effectively balances Morgan's failing real-world life with a fantasy life of gorillas, King Kong and sinister partisans emerging from a crisply photographed Battersea Power Station. David Warner's Morgan is far more like his student rebel Hamlet of the same year than the B-Movie villains for which he has been more famous for ever since; it is a sentimentalised performance, but only because of the deep sentimentality of the film. A cast that includes Robert Stephens, Irene Handl and Bernard Bresslaw give us some effective social satire and low comedy. The trouble is that Morgan's pursuit and near-rape of his ex-wife, and his trashing of her society wedding, now look more like the behaviour of a stalker than an act of bohemian rebellion; it is significant that the film treats Vanessa Redgrave as a treacherous bimbo with nothing much to do except smile wistfully. Morgan may have been one of the trendiest films of its Swinging London epoch but it has not aged well. On the DVD: the DVD is presented with Dolby Digital sound that makes the most of John Danworth's jazz score in a 2:1 full frame visual aspect. The clean print makes the most of the mono photography. --Roz Kaveney

  • The Fruit Machine [1987] The Fruit Machine | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £10.37  |  Saving you £4.62 (30.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

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

  • Heartstopper [DVD] [2006] Heartstopper | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £1.99  |  Saving you £9.16 (70.50%)  |  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....

  • Lunch Hour [DVD + Blu-ray] [1961] Lunch Hour | Blu Ray | (25/04/2011) from £13.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (31.00%)  |  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).

  • A Taste Of Honey [1961] A Taste Of Honey | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  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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