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  • School for Randle School for Randle | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £3.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (72.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    School caretaker `Flatfoot Mason (Frank Randle) a former Music-Hall artiste harbours a secret. He has a daughter Betty (Terry Randall) who unbeknownst to her was adopted when his wife died. Now a teenager shes a pupil at the school and this causes complications when the staff feel that Randle is being `over attentive to Betty. Told to steer clear of her Randle reluctantly agrees but Betty thinks hes rejecting her and decides to run away to make her name in showbusiness. Randle assisted by his fellow caretakers (Mancunian Studio regulars Dan Young and Alec Pleon) trace her to a seedy carbaret club. Disguising themselves as The Three Who Flungs Chinese acrobat troupe the Mancunian trio try to persuade Betty to come home

  • Seven Days To Noon [DVD] [1950] Seven Days To Noon | DVD | (22/02/2010) from £7.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (38.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Professor Willingdon (Barry Jones) is a scientist engaged on highly secret Government research. When he sends a letter to 10 Downing St threatening to blow up the Houses of Parliament within 7 days unless the Prime Minister agrees to his demands it is first dismissed as a hoax. When Willingdon disappears however alarm bells ring and soon the whole of London has joined in the manhunt for this modern day Guy Fawkes. Also starring Joan Hickson the film won the Oscar for Best Screenplay that year.

  • Vertigo [Blu-ray] [1958] [Region Free] Vertigo | Blu Ray | (23/09/2013) from £7.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (46.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Dreamlike and nightmarishly surreal, Vertigo is Hitchcock's most personal film because it confronts many of the convoluted psychological issues that haunted and fascinated the director. The psychological complexity and the stark truthfulness of their rampant emotions keeps these strangely obsessive characters alive on screen, and Hitchcock understood better than most their barely repressed sexual compulsions, their fascination with death and their almost overwhelming desire for transcendent love. James Stewart finds profound and disturbing new depths in his psyche as Scotty, the tortured acrophobic detective on the trail of a suicidal woman apparently possessed by the ghost of someone long dead. Kim Novak is the classical Hitchcockian blonde whose icy exterior conceals a churning, volcanic emotional core. The agonised romance of Bernard Herrmann's score accompanies the two actors as a third and vitally important character, moving the film along to its culmination in an ecstasy of Wagnerian tragedy. Of course Hitch lavished especial care on every aspect of the production, from designer Edith Head's costumes (he, like Scotty, was most insistent on the grey dress), to the specific colour scheme of each location, to the famous reverse zoom "Vertigo" effect (much imitated, never bettered). The result is Hitch's greatest work and an undisputed landmark of cinema history. On the DVD: This disc presents the superb restored print of this film in a wonderful widescreen (1.85:1) anamorphic transfer, with remastered Dolby digital soundtrack. There's a half-hour documentary made in 1996 about the painstaking two-year restoration process, plus an informative commentary from the restorers Robert Harris and James Katz, who are joined by original producer Herbert Coleman. There are also text features on the production, cast and crew, plus a trailer for the theatrical release of the restoration. This is an undeniably essential requirement for every DVD collection. --Mark Walker

  • Electra Glide In Blue [DVD] Electra Glide In Blue | DVD | (22/09/2014) from £5.69  |  Saving you £4.30 (43.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A pint-sized police officer who would rather use his brains than his gun is put into a situation where neither can help him in this police drama. John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) is a street-smart Arizona motorcycle cop who dreams of climbing the ladder and becoming a police detective, but his ambitions are scoffed at by his partner, Zipper (Billy 'Green' Bush). Wintergreen's superiors also tend not to take him seriously due to his short stature, but when he stumbles upon the scene of a murder, he digs up enough relevant evidence to ensure his advancement to detective status. However, Wintergreen soon realizes just how corrupt his superior Poole (Mitchell Ryan) truly is, after Poole attempts to frame a local hippie, Bob Zemko (Peter Cetera), for a crime he didn't commit. Adding fuel to the fire is Poole's discovery that he and Wintergreen have both been dating the same woman, dancer-turned-barmaid Jolene (Jeannine Riley) Electra Glide In Blue was the first (and, to date, only) directorial credit for James William Guercio. Successful in the music industry as a manager and producer, Guercio was best known for his association with the top-selling jazz-rock group Chicago: several members of the band appear in the movie, as does a young Nick Nolte in a bit part. On a note of sad irony, Terry Kath, the longtime Chicago vocalist who died in 1978 from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, plays a gun-wielding killer in this film.

  • Finian's Rainbow [1968] Finian's Rainbow | DVD | (16/05/2005) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Musical morality tale about prejudice directed by Francis Ford Copolla and starring Fred Astaire. Based on a Broadway show from the late 40's. Astaire plays an Irishman who's moved to a small southern town. His plan is to bury a leprechaun's pot of gold that he's brought with him - so that it will grow faster. But his plans go awry when his daughter makes the wrong wish while Astaire stands over the magical pot...

  • Stanley Kubrick 3 Film Collection [DVD] [1955] Stanley Kubrick 3 Film Collection | DVD | (01/10/2012) from £10.06  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition Causing major controversy when first released the film garnered four Academy Award nominations - Best Picture Best Director Best Film Editing and Best Screenplay - and is number 4 on AFI's Top 10 List of Best Science Fiction films of All Time. Disc 1: Feature Film Lolita (1962) Humbert a divorced British professor of French literature travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte Haze his widowed and sexually famished landlady whom he marries in order that he might pursue the woman's 14-year-old flirtatious daughter Lolita with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love but whose affections shall be thwarted by a devious trickster named Clare Quilty. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick's dazzling Academy Award-winning achievement (Special Visual Effects) is an allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man and a compelling drama of man vs. machine. Featuring a stunning meld of music and motion the film was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director Art Direction and Writing. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits the prehistoric age-ancestry past then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space perhaps even into immortality. Barry Lyndon (1975) Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) is a young roguish Irishman who's determined in any way to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army and fighting in Europe's Seven Years War Barry deserts then joins the Prussian army gets promoted to the rank of a spy and becomes a pupil to a Chevalier and con artist/gambler. Barry then lies dupes duels and seduces his way up the social ladder entering into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon. He takes the name of Barry Lyndon settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams before eventually falling into ruin. The Shining (1980) From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel Kubrick melds vivid performances menacing settings dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. The Shining is the director's epic tale of a man in a snowbound hotel descending into murderous delusions. In a signature role Jack Nicholson (Heeeere's Johnny!) stars as Jack Torrance who's come to the elegant isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Kubrick's daring and controversial last film is a bracing psychosexual journey through a haunting dreamscape a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage - and may ensnare him in a murder mystery - after his wife's (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. His graceful tracking shots rich colours and startling images are some of the bravura traits that show Kubrick as a filmmaker for the ages.

  • The Third Man [1949] The Third Man | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £7.43  |  Saving you £9.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This classic noir mystery from the team of Carol Reed and Graham Greene is regarded to be the best filmwork of both of these extreme talents. The Third Man features Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins a pulp novelist who has come to post-WWII Vienna with the promise of work from his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). When he finds that Lime has just been killed in a questionable car accident he decides to remain in the city to investigate his friend's mysterious death. The Third Man is a masterpiece of melancholia featuring extraordinary writing acting and directing as well as a classic zither score by Anton Karas.

  • The Magic Of Musicals The Magic Of Musicals | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £4.08  |  Saving you £1.91 (31.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The Magic of the Musicals DVD starring Marti Webb and Mark Rattray brings together a selection of the finest and best-loved songs from the most successful West End musicals of all time including Les Miserables Blood Brothers Chess A Chorus Line Five Guys Named Moe Follies La Cage Aux Folles A Little Night Music Miss Saigon Buddy West Side Story and many more. The enchanting melodies of some of our best-loved songwriters are brought together in one spectacular show in celebration of the special quality that is The Magic of the Musicals. Marti Webb has established herself as one of Britain's most popular stars. She has appeared in numerous popular West End musicals throughout her professional career including Evita Stop the World I Want to Get Off The Card Oliver Godspell The Good Companions and The Seven Deadly Sins. Marti also starred in the musical Tell Me on a Sunday which was written especially for her by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black. Mark Rattray's singing career burst onto the live musical stage following his win on the BBC TV Opportunity Knocks programme. After embarking on a North American and European tour with the Magic of the Musicals he has appeared in numerous productions and shows across the country earning him a reputation of one of the UK's most versatile male stage vocalists. The Magic Of The Musicals DVD is a stunning musical experience. So sit back turn down the lights and enjoy a night of musical splendour. Tracklist: 1. One Night Only 2. Something's Coming 3. Tonight 4. Losing My Mind 5. Not While I'm Around 6. Send In The Clowns 7. Do You Hear The People Sing 8. Empty Chairs At Empty Tables 9. I Dreamed A Dream 10. The Heat Is On In Saigon 11. The Last Night Of The World 12. Bui-Doi 13. They're Playing Our Song 14. I Hope I Get It 15. Our Singular Sensation 16. Mama 17. In One Of My Weaker Moments 18. Anthem 19. You And I 20. The Time Warp 21. That'll Be The Day 22. Great Balls Of Fire 23. Tell Me It's Not True 24. Leaning On A Lamp Post 25. Once You Lose Your Heart 26. Five Guys Named Moe 27. Early In The Morning 28. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby 29. I Am What I Am

  • Suspicion [1941] Suspicion | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £7.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 'Suspicion' wealthy sheltered Joan Fontaine is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Cary Grant. Though warned that Grant is little more than a fortune-hunter Fontaine marries him anyway. She remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Fontaine comes to the conclusion that Grant intends to do away with her in order to collect her inheritance...a suspicion confirmed when Grant's likeable business partner Nigel Bruce dies under mysterious circumstances. Suspicion's stylish chills put Hitchcock on the top of the Hollywood heap...and keeps audiences on the edges of their seats to this day. So hang on for an-all suspense that's all-out Hitchcock!

  • Look Back In Anger [DVD] [1959] Look Back In Anger | DVD | (31/08/2009) from £8.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (43.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Look Back In Anger

  • Carrington V.C. [DVD][1955] Carrington V.C. | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £25.10  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    David Niven stars in this gripping drama about a war hero who finds himself facing disgrace and ruin in a military courtroom. Major Carrington won the Victoria Cross at Tobruk, but his wartime heroics have caused deep resentment amongst some who did not see action. So when money goes missing from his barracks' safe - and Carrington is found in a compromising situation with a woman officer - his enemies seize the chance to destroy him...

  • Musicals Musicals | DVD | (18/09/2006) from £9.95  |  Saving you £7.25 (40.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Wizard of Oz: We click our heels in anticipation. There's no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation The Wizard Of Oz brings us together - kids grown-ups families friends. The dazzling land of Oz a dream-come--true world of enchanted forests dancing scarecrows and singing lions wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured book series The Wizard Of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by American Film Institute. And this never-before-seen restoration looks and sounds better than ever. We invite you to embark for the Emerald City on the most famous road in movie history. Dorothy (Judy Garland) Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) Tin Woodman (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) await you on the Yellow Brick Road and ""Over the Rainbow."" Singin' in the Rain: Starring Gene Kelly Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds and featuring unforgettable song and dance classics like 'Singin' in the Rain' 'Make 'Em Laugh' and 'All I Do Is Dream of You' it has ""just about everything you could ask for in a movie musical"" Sunday Review. Set in Hollywood in the roaring 20s co-starring Jean Hagen and the incomparable Cyd Charisse and featuring a spectacular 12-minute 'Broadway Ballet' finale it is indisputably ""the most enjoyable of all American movie musicals"" Pauline Kael. The programme now contains a previously-deleted sequence featuring Debbie Reynolds in the never-seen-before footage of 'You Are My Lucky Star'. High Society: Beautiful aloof Newport heiress Tracy Lord (Kelly) is about to marry bland businessman George Kittredge (John Lund) but matters become complicated when her ex-husband C K Dexter-Haven (Crosby) moves to her neighbourhood determined to win back her hand. Things go from bad to worse for Tracy when journalist Mike Connor (Sinatra) arrives to cover the wedding for Spy Magazine. When Tracy is forced to choose between her suitors will she realise that ""safe"" doesn't always mean the best bet?

  • A Farewell to Arms [DVD] [1957] A Farewell to Arms | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £3.70  |  Saving you £4.60 (46.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This dense adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel features Rock Hudson as American soldier Lt. Henry and his ill-fated love affair with British Nurse Catherine, portrayed by Jennifer Jones, during World War I. The two lovers will stop at nothing to be together but Lt. Henry's internal struggles ultimately threaten the relationship. Hemingway's theme of questioning the nature of war and fighting is fully recognised under Charles Vidor's direction.

  • Trouble Brewing [DVD] [1939] Trouble Brewing | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    George Formby plays a newspaper compositor with dreams of becoming a detective. He unmasks a gang of counterfeiters after a big win on the horses unfortunately he is paid off in counterfeit bills. To avoid the long arm of the law Formby sets about collaring the crooks himself whose leader also happens to be the newspapers editor.

  • I'm Alright Jack *Digitally Restored [Blu-ray] I'm Alright Jack *Digitally Restored | Blu Ray | (19/01/2015) from £14.00  |  Saving you £8.99 (39.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Winning BAFTAs for Best British Screenplay and Best British Actor (Peter Sellers) I’M ALL RIGHT JACK is popularly considered to be the best of John and Roy Boulting’s social satires.Sellers plays both Sir John Kennaway and the tragic-comic trade union leader Fred Kite. The result is laugh-out-loud comedy with a satiric edge lampooning the then-burning issue of industrial relations. Bertram Tracepurcel (Dennis Price) plans to make a fortune from a missile contract a scheme that involves manipulating his innocent nephew Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) into acting as the catalyst in an escalating labour dispute from which the socialist Mr. Kite is only too keen to make capital. Featuring a superb supporting cast including Terry-Thomas Richard Attenborough John Le Mesurier Irene Handl and Margaret Rutherford this is an ingenious comedy about the British workplace and self-serving hypocrisy. A sequel to 1956’s A Private’s Progress the ?lm is bought roaringly to life by Sellers’ astonishing turn as the Stalinist unionist. Bonus Features: Brand new interview with Liz Fraser The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film Cinefile: Seller’s Best

  • How to Play Blues Guitar 2 How to Play Blues Guitar 2 | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £18.75  |  Saving you £8.24 (30.50%)  |  RRP £26.99

  • Sabrina / Funny Face Double Pack [DVD] [1954] Sabrina / Funny Face Double Pack | DVD | (22/04/2013) from £6.19  |  Saving you £6.80 (52.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    SabrinaAudrey Hepburn is the delightful, young, eponymous Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur who is hopelessly in love with David Larrabee (William Holden), the playboy younger son in the rich Long Island household her father works for. In order to help her forget her woes, Sabrina is shipped off to cooking school in Paris. While there, she befriends a baron who provides a bit of culture--and the encouragement to snip off her childlike ponytail. Upon her return to New York, Sabrina is transformed into a sophisticated woman, and David is entranced by her. However, his older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) has arranged David's marriage to Elizabeth Tyson in order to seal a business merger and thus must steer David away from Sabrina. To do this, Linus takes on the task of wooing her for himself. Full of great dialogue ("A woman happy in love, she burns the soufflé; a woman unhappy in love, she forgets to turn on the oven") and wonderful performances, this film is a romantic masterpiece. Also enjoyable is the 1995 remake, starring Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford. --Jenny Brown Funny FaceFred Astaire plays a fashion photographer based on real-life cameraman Richard Avedon, in this entertaining musical directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). The story finds Astaire's character turning Audrey Hepburn into a chic Paris model--not a tough premise to buy, especially within this film's air of enchantment and surrounded by a great Gershwin score. Based on an unproduced play, this is one of the best films from the latter part of Astaire's career. --Tom Keogh

  • My Favourite Brunette [1947] My Favourite Brunette | DVD | (08/12/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £4.99

    In My Favorite Brunette we witness Bob Hope's own unique brand of film comedy as he teams up with the great screen beauty Dorothy Lamour (who later co-starred with him in many of the classic Road To... movies along with Bing Crosby). Co-starring Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr. Hope romps through this yarn playing a bumbling photographer turned private eye and finds himself involved with a spy caper the mob and a dangerous brunette.

  • Comedy Classics - Time Gentlemen Please [1952] Comedy Classics - Time Gentlemen Please | DVD | (02/04/2007) from £5.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Long Lost Comedy Classics is a collection of films from a golden age of British Cinema remembered for timeless stars and some unique movies that have stood the test of time. So why not take a trip down memory lane and see how cinema used to be? The Prime Minister is planning a celebratory visit to the model village of Little Hayhoe where a new factory has created the utopian state of total employment. Everyone is content it seems and looking forward to the occasion. That is almost everyone. Local lay-about Dan Dance still refuses to work sleeps under the stars and is a potential cause of huge embarrassment to the local dignitaries. So without further delay Dan's shipped off to the local almshouse where he awaits an uncertain yet very funny future.

  • On The Beach [DVD] On The Beach | DVD | (12/10/2015) from £7.98  |  Saving you £12.01 (60.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After World War III is over, all life in the northern hemisphere is wiped out. Only the inhabitants of Australia, along with the crew of the US submarine Sawfish, survive. But when the Sawfish goes on an exploratory journey to assess the atmosphere, it soon becomes apparent that the end is near for everyone. Acclaimed Hollywood film-maker Stanley Kramer (Inherit the Wind, Judgement at Nuremberg) directs an all-star cast which includes Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire, along with Anthony Perkins and Donna Anderson as the young parents who must make a terrible decision, in one the most powerful films of all time.

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