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  • The Land Of Promise [1930] The Land Of Promise | DVD | (28/04/2008) from £9.23  |  Saving you £25.76 (73.60%)  |  RRP £34.99

    40 films over 4 DVDs. Extensive collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films many of which are made available here for the first time since their original release - capture the spirit and strength concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before during and after the Second World War. These diverse and compelling films are fascinating historical documents bearing witness to the social and industrial transformations of the rapidly changing world. Yet they are also striking in their different approach to the form. Using poetry dramatic reconstruction modernist techniques and explicit propaganda the film-makers found fresh new ways to get their message across.

  • Quatermass [Blu-ray] [1979] Quatermass | Blu Ray | (27/07/2015) from £10.48  |  Saving you £19.51 (65.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    John Mills brings a stoic intensity to the role of Professor Bernard Quatermass in this key piece of British dystopian fiction from visionary writer Nigel Kneale. Unsettling in its vision of a crumbling society coming under alien attack, Quatermass is directed with characteristic style by BAFTA winner Piers Haggard and features the high production values associated with Euston Films. Shot on 35mm, the original negatives have been used for this stunning, brand-new High Definition restoration a new 5.1 mix from original triple-track audio elements is also presented here alongside the original mono soundtrack.Bernard Quatermass, former head of the British Rocket Group, lives in seclusion in western Scotland, watching in appalled silence as Britain slowly turns into a vision of violence, gang rule and governmental collapse. A desperate search for his missing granddaughter plunges him into a terrifying situation when he comes to realise that the mass disappearance of thousands of youths is nothing less than the culling of the human species by an unknown alien intelligence...Special Features: Brand-new 5.1 mix for episodic versionBrand-new HD restoration of The Quatermass Conclusion in its original theatrical aspect ratioMusic-only tracks for all four episodesEpisode recapsTextless titles Image GalleryBooklet by archive TV historian Andrew Pixley

  • Fantastic Voyage [DVD] [1966] Fantastic Voyage | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £6.89  |  Saving you £3.10 (31.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Fantastic Voyage is the original psychedelic inner-space adventure. When a brilliant scientist falls into a coma with an inoperable blood clot in the brain, a surgical team embarks on a top-secret journey to the centre of the mind in a high-tech military submarine shrunk to microbial dimensions. Stephen Boyd stars as a colourless commander sent to keep an eye on things (though his eyes stay mostly on shapely medical assistant Raquel Welch), while Donald Pleasance is suitably twitchy as the claustrophobic medical consultant. The science is shaky at best, but the imaginative spectacle is marvellous: scuba-diving surgeons battle white blood cells, tap the lungs to replenish the oxygen supply, and shoot the aorta like daredevil surfers. The film took home a well-deserved Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Director Richard Fleischer, who had previously turned Disney's 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea into one of the most riveting submarine adventures of all time, creates a picture so taut with cold-war tensions and cloak-and-dagger secrecy that niggling scientific contradictions (such as, how do miniaturised humans breathe full-sized air molecules?) seem moot. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Ten Commandments [1957] The Ten Commandments | DVD | (30/08/2004) from £6.99  |  Saving you £5.01 (31.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Cecil B. DeMille's Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner is a vintage product of the old Hollywood studio system complete with sweeping scenery and breathtaking effects including the crossing of the Red Sea by thousands of Hebrew slaves. With a dramatic and gripping plot superbly acted by Heston as the Hebrew saviour Moses The Ten Commandments has lost none of the impact and power it held over audiences on its initial release back in 1956.

  • Hobson's Choice / The Sound Barrier [1954] Hobson's Choice / The Sound Barrier | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £17.98  |  Saving you £-0.99 (-5.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Hobson's Choice (1953) and The Sound Barrier (1952) is a double bill of cleverly juxtaposed films from David Lean's early canon, demonstrating that even without the landmark epics to come, British cinema would have been an infinitely poorer place without his tremendous contribution. Both films reflect his endlessly penetrating view of human behaviour and its perseverance through obstacles great and small. And both are effectively prisms that reflect all the aspects of that view, keeping the audience's sympathies constantly on the move. Hobson's Choice, based on Harold Brighouse's eternally popular 1916 comedy, boasts fine turns from Charles Laughton--at his brilliant, physical best--as the boot-shop owner with three troublesome daughters, and John Mills as the lowly boot maker, elevated and improved by the eldest daughter Maggie in a neat inversion of the Pygmalion fable. But both are kept in their place by Brenda de Banzie's portrayal of Maggie, a performance that glows with intelligence, truth and increasing warmth. The Sound Barrier is a drama about the race for a supersonic aeroplane. Superficially, its setting is quintessential post-World War II Britain: stiff upper lips, twin beds and clipped Rattigan dialogue. But it's prescient stuff. Ralph Richardson's aircraft manufacturer, sinister in his obsession, is an ominously skilful film performance. And Lean's take on the unthinkable cost of human achievement, interwoven with some spectacular cinematography, absorbs and unsettles. It's especially poignant now that the supersonic age has been summarily ended by Concorde's retirement. On the DVD: Hobson's Choice and The Sound Barrier are both black-and-white films presented in 4:3 picture format, from reasonable prints, and with a mono soundtrack of suitably robust quality for Malcolm Arnold's inventive scores. There are no extras, apart from scene indexes. --Piers Ford

  • The Family Way [1966] The Family Way | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £10.09  |  Saving you £2.90 (22.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Hey There Hayley Girl... You're in a grown-up movie now When newly-wed Hywel Bennett fails to consummate his marriage his nervous bride Hayley Mills thinks it's her fault. But the root of the problem lies with his bullying father John Mills whose presence in the same Lancashire household has an inhibiting effect on his shy sensitive son.

  • March of the Wooden Soldiers [DVD] [1934] March of the Wooden Soldiers | DVD | (07/09/2009) from £1.99  |  Saving you £2.40 (30.00%)  |  RRP £7.99

    March Of The Wooden Soldiers

  • River of No Return [DVD] [1954] River of No Return | DVD | (23/07/2012) from £6.89  |  Saving you £3.10 (31.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Recently widowed Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) and his young son begin a new life in the breathtaking rugged Northwest wilderness where Matt is robbed and beaten by ruthless gambler Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun). When Weston's beautiful fiance (Marilyn Monroe) then decides to nurse Calder back to health, the insanely jealous Weston risks all their lives by taking them on a ride down a treacherous river...

  • Hard Times [1977] Hard Times | DVD | (16/02/2009) from £6.89  |  Saving you £8.10 (54.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Hard Times

  • Oliver Twist Oliver Twist | DVD | (10/03/2008) from £3.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £3.99

    Following the huge success of the BBC's production of Bleak House BBC Drama Production is set to breathe new life into Oliver Twist Charles Dickens' much-loved novel

  • The Captain's Table [DVD] The Captain's Table | DVD | (14/03/2011) from £6.25  |  Saving you £6.74 (51.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the novel by Richard Gordon.

  • The Dam Busters [Blu-ray] [1954] The Dam Busters | Blu Ray | (14/06/2010) from £8.49  |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Dr Barnes Wallis was possessed with a seemingly crazy idea - the creation of a bouncing bomb designed to destroy the Ruhr dams and paralyse the enemy's industrial nerve centre. He fought persistent scepticism and disbelief that such a feat was possible though even with the matchless skill of RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron could such a mission succeed?

  • Star! [DVD] [1968] Star! | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £5.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Julie Andrews stars as stage legend Gertrude Lawrence, a glamorous, flamboyant and charismatic personality - a woman who is both 'maddening and infuriating' and 'probably the most beautiful and entrancing creature ever to walk onto a stage.' Robert Wise's lavish musical recalls the golden age of musical theatre, from 1912 to 1940. Lawrence rises from irrepressible chorus girl in the music halls to become the toast of two continents. Her lifelong friend Noel Coward (Daniel Massey) provides w...

  • The Jessie Matthews Revue Volume 2 [DVD] The Jessie Matthews Revue Volume 2 | DVD | (22/06/2015) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Throughout the 1930s Jessie Matthews was Britain's best-loved musical film star her dynamism and gamine charm captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. With a string of box-office hits spotlighting her unique talent it's easy to see how she became so popular – and why she remains so to this day. Showcasing some the era's finest cinema talent – including directors Victor Saville and (in a change from his normal fare) Alfred Hitchcock actors Robert Young and Esmond Knight as well as comedy star (and Matthews' husband) Sonnie Hale – the two films on this volume are presented as transfers from the  original film elements in their as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratios. It's love again! A young actress secretly seizes the chance to play the part of an imaginary socialite invented by a gossip columnist. The enigmatic beauty becomes famous but the columnist is mystified when his fictional star appears in person! Waltzes from Viennna A pretty girl works in the bakery in which aspiring composer Johann Strauss is also forced to work by his father. Can she help him achieve his dreams despite his father's objections?

  • The Paradine Case [1947] The Paradine Case | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £10.98  |  Saving you £-4.99 (-83.30%)  |  RRP £5.99

    This minor 1948 film by Alfred Hitchcock beats a familiar Hitchcockian drum: an attorney (Gregory Peck), in love with the client (Alida Valli) he is defending on a murder charge, implicates himself in her guilt by trying to put the blame on another man. The no-one-is-innocent theme may be consistent with Hitchcock's best films and world view, but this is one of the movies that got away from his crucial passion for the plastic side of creative directing. Stuck in a courtroom for much of the story, the film is fit to burst with possibility but is pinned down like a freshly caught butterfly in someone's airless collection. --Tom Keogh

  • Twisted Nerve [1968] Twisted Nerve | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £9.79  |  Saving you £3.20 (24.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl. A 21-year-old man suffers from a schizophrenia that makes him behave as a 6-year-old. He is taken in by a young woman and her mother but his behavior soon turns violent.

  • The Fly - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1958] The Fly - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (03/03/2014) from £12.85  |  Saving you £7.14 (35.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When a scientist (David [Al] Hedison) attempts to transfer matter through space things go horrifically wrong and two grotesque man-fly hybrids are created. Now with the head of a fly and a wing in place of one of his arms the scientist desperately hopes that he his wife (Patricia Owens) and his brother (Vincent Price) can capture the other mutant and reverse the experiment.

  • The King And I [1956] The King And I | DVD | (08/03/2004) from £4.89  |  Saving you £7.05 (44.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In 1955 this lavish production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit The King and I, starring Yul Brynner as the King of Siam and Deborah Kerr as the governess sent to look after his children, was the most expensive film ever mounted by 20th Century Fox. The 40 sets in ripe decors by Walter M Scott and Paul S Fox included a ballroom of black marble with jade and silk tapestries and a banqueting scene with a table that gives the impression of stretching to infinity. The costumes by Irene Sharaff, notably the hoop ballroom gown for Deborah Kerr and those for the ballet "The Small House of Uncle Thomas", dazzle the eye in their delineation of Western manners and Oriental splendour. Brynner remains impressive as the King but his pidgin dialogue, inherited from Hammerstein's book, with the dropping of the definite article takes some adjustment. Alfred Newman put his unique stamp on the music: the Overture offers an example of his luminous divided string sound, the climactic ballroom scene a full bodied orchestral reprise of "Shall We Dance?" as the camera pulls away to a high angle producing an exultant visual finish to this celebrated polka. On the DVD: To view The King and I in its original format (thanks to this DVD release) is a revelation. Over the years the production values of the film have been compromised through inadequate presentation on television and video. Now the eye can appreciate once more the novelty of the wide-screen process CinemaScope 55 which offers in-depth vision, breathtaking employment of Eastman colour and an enhanced sound system that ensures a well-upholstered backdrop for the sumptuous musical arrangements under conductor Alfred Newman. DVD supplements here include the original theatrical trailer, a Movietone news of the Oscar ceremony of 56-57 and three songs lifted from the movie itself. Marni Nixon overdubbed Deborah Kerr's vocals on screen--those moments where one voice takes over from another are more clearly delineated on the DVD with the result that there is some discrepancy between Kerr's spirited playing and Nixon's over careful (rather) twee enunciation of the lyrics. --Adrian Edwards

  • Obsession [1949] Obsession | DVD | (23/10/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Cliff Robertson (Spiderman) stars as wealthy American businessman Michael Courtland whose life is turned upside-down on his tenth wedding anniversary. After a lavish party Michael and his wife Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold) hear a scream from their daughter Amy's bedroom. Elizabeth runs to see what's wrong but doesn't return and by the time Michael reaches the room both have disappeared but he finds a ransom note demanding $500 000.

  • The Dam Busters [Blu-ray] [1954] The Dam Busters | Blu Ray | (21/09/2009) from £14.00  |  Saving you £1.30 (8.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A much-loved British classic Michael Anderson's 1954 drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the centre of Nazi Germany's industrial complex and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination. Split into two distinct sections the film deals first with the fraught but ultimately successful development of a new weapon by Dr. Barnes N. Wallis (Michael Redgrave). The second and pacier section deals with the mission itself during the British raid on the Ruhr Dams and its associated costs for the enemy and for the British airmen. Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Paul Brickhill's book Enemy Coast Ahead and featuring superlative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor (to say nothing of Eric Coates' stirring theme tune) The Dam Busters was Britain's biggest box-office success of 1955. Shot in black and white to allow the integration of original footage of the bomb trials the film boasts a 'gritty' documentary-style reality.

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