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  • A Night to Remember (Digitally Re-mastered) [DVD] [1958] A Night to Remember (Digitally Re-mastered) | DVD | (19/03/2012) from £5.57  |  Saving you £10.30 (64.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    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

  • A Night to Remember [Blu-ray] [1958] A Night to Remember | Blu Ray | (19/03/2012) from £6.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (68.50%)  |  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

  • A Night To Remember [1958] A Night To Remember | DVD | (19/06/2007) from £4.69  |  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

  • Crossroads - Part 2 Crossroads - Part 2 | DVD | (29/08/2005) from £22.49  |  Saving you £2.50 (10.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Here in all its glory is the second volume of Crossroads including episodes released on DVD for the very first time. Meg and Sandy Richardson Benny Hawkins Adam Chance Shughie McFee - the names still strike a chord in the memories with a generation of people who sat entranched watching the latest escapades of the staff and customers of Crossroads motel. Unrepeated for many years the general perception of Crossroads is coloured by that of Acorn Antiques

  • Crossroads - Part 1 Crossroads - Part 1 | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £20.50  |  Saving you £4.49 (18.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Here in all it's glory is Crossroads on DVD for the very first time. Meg and Sandy Richardson Benny Hawkins Adam Chance Shughie McFee - the names still strike a chord in the memories of a generation of people who sat entranced watching the latest escapades of the staff and customers of Crossroads motel. Entranced but usually for the wrong reason! Would the walls wobble? Would the actors dry up or start laughing mid sentence? Anything could happen. Unrepeated for many years th

  • Crossroads - Part 3 Crossroads - Part 3 | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £23.02  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Settle down for another volume of episodes from the Crossroads serial. Disc One: Episode 498 (from November 1966): Bill is dissuaded from marrying Marilyn which is what she wants. Sandy worries about his best man speech. A race to save Angela's sight is on. Episode 1192 (from November 1969): Archie comes to an arrangement with Diane. Meg is confined to bed after being taken ill at Tessa's wedding. Is her illness all it seems to be? Episode 1304 (fro

  • The Crossroads Collection The Crossroads Collection | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £34.13  |  Saving you £5.86 (14.70%)  |  RRP £39.99

    In its day Crossroads was one of television's most popular and enduring soap operas. The sets may have wobbled at times but many of its characters went on to become icons of popular culture. This eight-disc set includes some of the earliest surviving episodes as well as examples from many memorable storylines including Sandy's accident Meg's wedding and the shooting of David Hunter...

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