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Simon Callow: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • Victoria & Abdul (DVD + digital download) [2017] Victoria & Abdul (DVD + digital download) | DVD | (22/01/2018) from £8.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Queen Victoria strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Viceroy's House [DVD] [2017] Viceroy's House | DVD | (07/08/2017) from £6.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Viceroy's House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film's story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

  • Hampstead [DVD] [2017] Hampstead | DVD | (30/10/2017) from £5.72  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The hilarious and heart-warming story of an American widow (Diane Keaton) who finds unexpected love with a man (Brendan Gleeson) living off-grid on Hampstead Heath when they take on the land developers who want to destroy his home.

  • Four Weddings And A Funeral [1994] Four Weddings And A Funeral | DVD | (29/11/2004) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Amadeus [1985] Amadeus | DVD | (07/12/1998) from £4.94  |  Saving you £9.05 (64.70%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The satirical sensibilities of writer Peter Shaffer and director Milos Forman (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest) were ideally matched in this Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Shaffer's hit play about the rivalry between two composers in the court of Austrian Emperor Joseph II--official royal composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and the younger but superior prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The conceit is absolutely delicious: Salieri secretly loathes Mozart's crude and bratty personality but is astounded by the beauty of his music. That's the heart of Salieri's torment--although he's in a unique position to recognise and cultivate both Mozart's talent and career, he's also consumed with envy and insecurity in the face of such genius. That such magnificent music should come from such a vulgar little creature strikes Salieri as one of God's cruellest jokes, and it drives him insane. Amadeus creates peculiar and delightful contrasts between the impeccably re-created details of its lavish period setting and the jarring (but humorously refreshing and unstuffy) modern tone of its dialogue and performances--all of which serve to remind us that these were people before they became enshrined in historical and artistic legend. Jeffrey Jones, best-known as Ferris Bueller's principal, is particularly wonderful as the bumbling emperor (with the voice of a modern mid-level businessman). The film's eight Oscars include statuettes for Best Director Forman, Best Actor Abraham (Hulce was also nominated), Best Screenplay and Best Picture. --Jim Emerson Note: this region two DVD is a "flipper" with a break between sides A and B.

  • Amadeus [Blu-ray] [1984] Amadeus | Blu Ray | (16/02/2009) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama sumptuous period epic glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz) Actor (F. Murray Abraham) Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer).

  • Victoria & Abdul (BD + digital download) [Blu-ray] [2017] Victoria & Abdul (BD + digital download) | Blu Ray | (22/01/2018) from £10.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Queen Victoria strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Click Images to Enlarge

  • James And The Giant Peach [1996] James And The Giant Peach | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Roald Dahl's modern classic for children becomes a delightful combination of live action and stop-motion animation by the team that made The Nightmare Before Christmas: director Henry Selick and producers Tim Burton (Batman) and Denise Di Novi. The story concerns young James (played for real and through voice-overs by Paul Terry), who is orphaned and left in the charge of two cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley). Rescued by a mysterious fellow (Pete Postlethwaite), James ends up inside a giant peach, drifting over the Atlantic Ocean in the company of a gentleman grasshopper (voiced by Simon Callow), a fast-talking centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), an anxious earthworm (David Thewlis), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and a sexy spider (Susan Sarandon). The collection of actors and their creepy-crawly alter egos are a delight, especially when some of the song-and-dance numbers (tunes are written by Randy Newman) get everyone going. --Tom Keogh

  • Four Weddings And A Funeral [1994] Four Weddings And A Funeral | DVD | (29/07/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £11.80 (73.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When it was released in 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral quickly became a huge international success, pulling in the kind of audiences most British films only dream of. It's proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best: in terms of plot, the title pretty much says it all. Revolving around, well, four weddings and a funeral (though not in that order), the film follows Hugh Grant's confirmed bachelor Charles as he falls for visiting American Carrie (Andy McDowell), whom he keeps bumping into at the various functions. But with this most basic of premises, screenwriter Richard Curtis has crafted a moving and thoughtful comedy about the perils of singledom and that ever-elusive search for true love. In the wrong hands, it could have been a horribly schmaltzy affair, but Curtis' script--crammed with great one-liners and beautifully judged characterisations--keeps things sharp and snappy, harking back to the sparkling Hollywood romantic comedies of the 30s and 40s. The supporting cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow and Rowan Atkinson (who starred in the Curtis-scripted television show Blackadder) is first rate, at times almost too good: John Hannah's rendition of WH Auden's poem "Funeral Blues" over the coffin of his lover is so moving you think the film will struggle to re-establish its ineffably buoyant mood. But it does, thanks in no small part to Hugh Grant as the bumbling Charles (whose star-making performance compensates for a less-than-dazzling Andie MacDowell). Though it's hardly the fault of Curtis and his team, the success of the Four Weddings did have its downside, triggering a rash of far inferior British romantic comedies. In fact, we had to wait until 1999's Notting Hill for another UK film to match its winning charm--scripted, yet again, by Curtis and starring Grant. --Edward Lawrenson

  • Shakespeare In Love [1999] Shakespeare In Love | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £2.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (84.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Chance In A Million - The Complete Series [DVD] Chance In A Million - The Complete Series | DVD | (04/10/2010) from £13.73  |  Saving you £16.26 (54.20%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Chance In A Million the classic 1980s series widely regarded as one of the best UK sitcoms of its day comes to DVD for the very first time! Episodes Comprise: Plumstones Honour Thy Father and Mother Flowing with the Tide The Birthday Party Man of Iron Stuff of Dreams The Taxman Cometh For Whom the Bell Tolls The Lost Weekend And What Shall We Do for a Ring? Winning Streak Naming the Day Goodbye Mr Hemstridge Guess Who's Not Coming for Dinner The Blessing The Once and Future Chance Pre-Matrimonial Tension The Wedding

  • Viceroy's House [Blu-ray] [2017] Viceroy's House | Blu Ray | (07/08/2017) from £10.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Viceroy's House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film's story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

  • Dead Head [DVD] Dead Head | DVD | (15/04/2013) from £8.09  |  Saving you £6.10 (40.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    London based petty crook, Eddie Cass (Denis Lawson) agrees to pick up a package and courier it across the capital. When nobody answers the door at the drop off address Eddie opens the package and finds a woman's severed head in a hatbox. He panics and dumps it in the River Thames. Returning home Cass is kidnapped by the mysterious Eldridge (George Baker) and his heavies who inform Eddie that he has been framed for the murder. The hatbox belonged to his ex-wife and his fingerprints are all over it. Eddie panics and goes off the rails - boozing and sleeping rough. Eventually he ends up at his ex-wife Dana's house, played by Lindsay Duncan. Whilst he sleeps there, his former partner informs on him, and Eddie once again has to go on the run. The next morning the newspaper headlines reveal the discovery of the gruesome hatbox. Eddie's own private atom bomb has gone off... Written in 50-minute episodes by playwright Howard Brenton and directed by Rob Walker the series has a top-notch cast including Denis Lawson (Bleak House, Holby City, Perfect Sense) as Eddie Cass, Don Henderson, George Baker (The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Hopscotch), Simon Callow (Amadeus, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Lindsay Duncan. (Rome, Under the Tuscan Sun) Special Features: Commentary on Episode 1 and 2 with Writer Howard Brenton.

  • Maurice [1987] Maurice | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £4.59  |  Saving you £11.40 (71.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society E.M. Forster's Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one's sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall and Clive Durham find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for 'the unspeakable vice of the Greeks' Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice however struggles with questions of his identity and self-confidence seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife Anne Maurice is seduced by the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice's life and outlook. Sparkling direction by James Ivory distinguished performances from the ensemble cast and a charged score by Richard Robbins all combine to create a film of immense power one that is romantic moving and a story of love and self-discovery for all audiences.

  • Four Weddings and A Funeral [Blu-ray] Four Weddings and A Funeral | Blu Ray | (12/05/2014) from £7.79  |  Saving you £8.20 (51.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When it was released in 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral quickly became a huge international success, pulling in the kind of audiences most British films only dream of. It's proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. In terms of plot, the title pretty much says it all. Revolving around? well, four weddings and a funeral (though not in that order), the film follows Hugh Grant's confirmed bachelor Charles as he falls for visiting American Carrie (Andy McDowell), whom he keeps bumping into at various functions. But with this most basic of premises, screenwriter Richard Curtis has crafted a moving and thoughtful comedy about the perils of singledom and that ever-elusive search for true love. In the wrong hands, it could have been a horribly schmaltzy affair, but Curtis' script--crammed with great one-liners and beautifully judged characterisations--keeps things sharp and snappy, harking back to the sparkling Hollywood romantic comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. The supporting cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow and Rowan Atkinson (who starred in the Curtis-scripted television show Blackadder) is first rate, at times almost too good--John Hannah's rendition of WH Auden's poem "Funeral Blues" over the coffin of his lover is so moving you think the film will struggle to re-establish its ineffably buoyant mood. But it does, thanks in no small part to Hugh Grant as the bumbling Charles (whose star-making performance compensates for a less-than-dazzling Andie MacDowell). Though it's hardly the fault of Curtis and his team, the success of the Four Weddings did have its downside, triggering a rash of inferior British romantic comedies. In fact, we had to wait until 1999's Notting Hill for another UK film to match its winning charm (scripted, again, by Curtis and also starring Grant). --Edward Lawrenson

  • 50 Years Legal [DVD] 50 Years Legal | DVD | (14/05/2018) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Directed and written by legendary rock promoter Simon Napier-Bell, manager of The Yardbirds, T Rex and George Michael, and created to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this is an engaging journey through the subsequent years of how those changes affected LGBT lives. It features interview with leading activists and cultural commentators including Ian McKellen, Elton John, Matt Lucas, Derek Jacobi and Simon Callow.

  • Amadeus -- Director's Cut 2-Disc Special Edition [1985] Amadeus -- Director's Cut 2-Disc Special Edition | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £8.50  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A note-perfect cinematic event whose immortality was assured from its opening night, Amadeus is an unlikely candidate for the Director's Cut treatment. Like one of Mozart's operas, the multiple Oscar-winning theatrical version seemed perfectly formed from the outset--ideal casting, costumes, sets, cinematography, lighting, screenplay, music, music, music--so the reinstatement of an extra 20 minutes simply risks adding "too many notes". Yet though this extended cut can hardly be said to improve a picture that needed no improvement, it does at least flesh out a couple of small subplots and shed new light on certain key scenes. Here we learn why Constanze Mozart bears such ill-will towards Salieri when she discovers him at her husband's deathbed: he has insulted and degraded her after she came to him for help. We also see deeper into the reasons why Mozart has no pupils: not only has Salieri poisoned the Emperor's mind against him, but the only promisingly lucrative teaching job he can find ends disastrously when he realises that the master of the house just wants music to quiet his barking dogs. In a humiliating coda to that episode, a drunk and desperate Wolfgang returns later to beg for money only to be coldly rejected. The structure of the picture is otherwise unaltered. On the DVD: Amadeus--The Director's Cut finally accords this masterful work the DVD treatment it deserves. The handsome anamorphic widescreen picture is accompanied by a choice of Dolby 5.1 or Dolby stereo sound options, and it's all contained on one side of the disc (the original single-disc DVD release was that crime against the format, a "flipper"). Director Milos Forman and writer Peter Shaffer provide a chatty though sporadic commentary, but they're obviously still too mesmerised by the movie to do much more than offer the odd anecdote. Disc 2 contains an excellent new hour-long "making of" documentary, with contributions from Forman, Shaffer, Sir Neville Marriner and all the main actors, taking in the scriptwriting, choice of music, casting and problems involved in filming in Communist Czechoslovakia with half the crew and extras working for the Secret Police. --Mark Walker

  • Arn [DVD] Arn | DVD | (12/09/2011) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Set in the Middle Ages – Arn, the son of a Swedish nobleman, must journey to the Holy Land on horseback as a sentence for falling in love with a forbidden romantic partner, Cecilia, who in turn, is banished to spend the rest of her days in a convent. The harsh voyage carries Arn through the heart of the medieval world and into the core of brutal and bloody Crusades. Both he and Cecilia must learn to fight to survive, to confront evil and overcome tremendous suffering and misery, guided by the faith that one day they will be reunited. Arn returns home to fight for his love and his life’s mission: to unite Sweden into one kingdom. Contains over 70 minutes of extra footage.

  • Inspector Morse - Series 2 Inspector Morse - Series 2 | DVD | (21/02/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (56.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This box set features the entire second series of the classic British Television drama Inspector Morse. Episodes comprise: 1. The Wolvercote Tongue: Morse is called to investigate the suspicious death of a wealthy American tourist Laura Poindexter. She was on a cultural tour of Britain with her husband and their visit to Oxford had a special significance for them. Laura had inherited a precious jewel known as 'The Wolvercote Tongue' and had announced her intention t

  • Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls (1995) Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls (1995) | DVD | (09/09/1999) from £4.19  |  Saving you £14.80 (77.90%)  |  RRP £18.99

    This inevitable sequel finds Jim Carrey reprising his role as the world's greatest pet detective. His latest case, the disappearance of a rare African white bat, draws him out of his spiritual retreat at a Tibetan monastery following the tragic outcome of his previous case. That traumatic experience, which makes for a hilarious opening-scene send-up of the Stallone thriller Cliffhanger, prompts Ace to venture to Africa, where he goes native with the tribe that hired him to find their symbolic bat. From that point anything goes, with Carrey pushing the boundaries of good taste (what, you were expecting good taste?) up to and including his now-infamous "birth" scene from the backside of a mechanical rhinoceros. Lighten up, and don't be ashamed if you find yourself laughing. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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