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THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21 (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (20/05/2013)
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One of the most revered names in world cinema, Henri-Georges Clouzot, made a remarkably self-assured debut in 1942 with the deliciously droll thriller The Murderer Lives at 21 [L'Assassin habite au 21]. A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from Monsieur Durand at the scene of each crime. But after a cache of these macabre identifications is discovered by a burglar in the boarding house at 21 Avenue Junot, Inspector Wenceslas Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) takes lodging at the infamous address in an undercover bid to solve the crime, with help from his struggling-actress girlfriend Mila (Suzy Delair). Featuring audacious directorial touches, brilliant performances, and a daring tone that runs the gamut from light comedy to sinister noir, as well as a subtle portrait of tensions under Nazi occupation, this overlooked gem from the golden age of French cinema is presented in a beautiful new high-definition restoration. Special Features: Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray New and improved English subtitles A fully-illustrated booklet, including the words of Henri-Georges Clouzot and rare imagery
Rear Window - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (04/08/2014)
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Like the Greenwich Village courtyard view from its titular portal, Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window is both confined and multileveled: both its story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's imprisonment in his apartment, convalescing in a wheelchair, from which both he and the audience observe the lives of his neighbors. Cheerful voyeurism, as well as the behavior glimpsed among the various tenants, affords a droll comic atmosphere that gradually darkens when he sees clues to what may be a murder. Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is, in fact, a voyeur by trade, a professional photographer sidelined by an accident while on assignment. His immersion in the human drama (and comedy) visible from his window is a by-product of boredom, underlined by the disapproval of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and a wisecracking visiting nurse (Thelma Ritter). Yet when the invalid wife of Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) disappears, Jeff enlists the two women to help him to determine whether she's really left town, as Thorwald insists, or been murdered. Hitchcock scholar Donald Spoto convincingly argues that the crime at the center of this mystery is the MacGuffin--a mere pretext--in a film that's more interested in the implications of Jeff's sentinel perspective. We actually learn more about the lives of the other neighbors (given generic names by Jeff, even as he's drawn into their lives) he, and we, watch undetected than we do the putative murderer and his victim. Jeff's evident fear of intimacy and commitment with the elegant, adoring Lisa provides the other vital thread to the script, one woven not only into the couple's own relationship, but reflected and even commented upon through the various neighbours' lives. At minimum, Hitchcock's skill at making us accomplices to Jeff's spying, coupled with an ingenious escalation of suspense as the teasingly vague evidence coalesces into ominous proof, deliver a superb thriller spiked with droll humour, right up to its nail-biting, nightmarish climax. At deeper levels, however, Rear Window plumbs issues of moral responsibility and emotional honesty, while offering further proof (were any needed) of the director's brilliance as a visual storyteller. --Sam Sutherland
Fallen Idol | Blu Ray | (02/05/2016)
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Cone Of Silence | DVD | (25/02/2008)
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Veteran pilot George Gort (Bernard Lee) faces a Court of Inquiry as the result of the crash of a Phoenix jet airliner He is severely cross-examined by Sir Arnold Hobbes Q.C. (Gorge Sanders) and found guilty of a pilot error. The pressure mounts on Gort when Captain Judd (Peter Cushing) accuses him of bringing the aircraft in too low at Calcutta. With passenger lives at risk Gort's daughter Charlotte (Elizabeth Seal) fights to clear her father's name by enlisting the help of Captain Dallas (Michael Craig).
From Here to Eternity | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013)
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From Here to Eternity offers a much more heartfelt interpretation of the event that propelled the United States into World War II than any film made in recent years. Here there are no angst-ridden scenes where "true love" returns from the dead, no costly CGI and definitely no Hallmark happy ending. This is a film about illicit sex, military machismo and tragic loss of love, friendship and ultimately life. The filmmakers did, however, have to make some compromises when adapting James Jones's novel: Alma becomes a "hostess" rather than a prostitute and the very downbeat ending, where Captain Holmes is essentially rewarded for his brutality by the military, was replaced with the morally acceptable punishment of his actions by a more self-aware army. Although Private Robert E Lee Pruitt's story provides the meat of the film, there are other subplots woven into the narrative, including a couple of doomed love affairs, which explore themes of adultery and social acceptance. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) begins a torrid affair with the commander's wife Karen (Deborah Kerr) leading to one of the most famous moments in movie history--the "clinch in the surf". From then on everything is challenged. Love, honour and eventually whether you should conform or stand up for what you believe in. At the end the couples are left wondering about the future of their relationship, but fate decides for them as the Japanese launch their attack on Pearl Harbor, leaving us with one of the most dramatic and moving endings of any war film. On the DVD: The black and white film is not anamorphically enhanced but presented full frame in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, although the transfer is well done and the picture is pretty sharp. Sound is 2.0 mono rather than the standard 5.1 reworking of the audio track, and it works. The dialogue is clear without any noticeable hiss. There's a 22-minute "making of" documentary, which doesn't really do justice to the film and contains very little information of interest. Along with this is Fred Zinnemann's As I See It, an extract from the director's home video footage from the shoot. You also get the theatrical trailer, but the best feature is the audio commentary, by Fred Zinnemann's son Tim and screenwriter Alvin Sargent, which has some fantastic detail about the struggle between director and studio-head Harry Cohn over casting, along with the run-ins with the censor and US military over the "inflammatory nature" of the film.--Kristen Bowditch
Mary Poppins - 45th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (02/03/2009)
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Mary Poppins is one of Disney's most enchanting fantasies and the motion-picture hit that made 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' a household word! Julie Andrews stars as the loveable nanny who soars out of the skies and into the hearts of everyone she encounters. Toting a carpetbag full of magical adventures Mary and her fun-loving sidekick Bert (Dick Van Dyke) deliver endless joy and surprises to a troubled family.
Caligula: Uncut Edition | DVD | (27/07/2009)
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The Most controversial film ever made as you have never seen it before. From the moment he ascends to the throne, the Emperor Caligula enforces one of the most depraved reigns in history. Depicting his descent into madness and immorality with graphic sex and violence, this unprecedented uncut edition presents a bolder and more revealing Caligula than ever before, with a pristine new transfer from recently uncovered film. Featuring a stellar cast including Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, Peter O Toole and John Gielgud this unflinching look at the decadence of Ancient Rome will startle and amaze like no other film before.
The Runaway Bus | DVD | (16/10/2006)
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When heavy fog prevents any flights from leaving London Airport a group of passengers are put on a bus driven by Percy Lamb (Frankie Howerd in his first starring role) to drive to another airport. The fog is that heavy Percy doesn't know where he is going or that he is carrying stolen gold bullion that the robbers and police are relentlessly pursuing.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang / Oliver / Annie | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Dir. Ken Hughes 1968): Everything Caractacus Potts invents goes wrong - even his sweets are full of holes. So how can he have created a car that not only drives but floats and flies as well? Find out as the fantasmagorical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang takes your family on a magical musical adventure you won't forget. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has never looked or sounded better. With its catchy tunes including the Oscar nominated theme tune (Best Song 1968) marvelous cast and enchanting storyline this delightful film is first-class family entertainment and definitely far toot sweet to miss! Annie (Dir. John Huston 1982): A plucky red-haired girl dreams of a life away outside her orphanage and its gin-soaked tyrant Miss Hannigan (played to perfection by Carol Burnett). One day Annie meets the famous billionaire Daddy Warbucks and the pair share spectacular times in 1930's New York City. But Miss Hannigan and her zany villainous colleagues are determined to spoil the fun for America's favourite orphan... Oliver! (Dir. Carol Reed 1968): Young Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He''s immediately taken in by a band of street urchins headed by the lovable villain Fagin (Ron Moody) his fiendish henchman Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and his loyal apprentice The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own.
Daddy Long Legs | DVD | (12/03/2012)
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This 1955 Oscar-nominated musical romance features the incomparable Fred Astaire in some of his most stunning dance sequences.Daddy Long Legs is a magical musical, following a young French girl (Leslie Caron) through college, her education sponsored by a mysterious man with long legs. Millionaire Jervis Pendleton III (Fred Astaire) is from old money, and although generous with his wealth, he must learn how to give of his emotions. Amid sparkling musical numbers and dream sequences, comic relief comes from Fred Clark as Griggs, Jervis' assistant, and Thelma Ritter as Jervis' secretary.
Lord Of The Flies | DVD | (23/07/2007)
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Following a plane crash a group of schoolboys find themsleves on a deserted island. They appoint a leader and attempt to create an organised society for the sake of their survival. Democracy and order soon begin to crumble when a breakaway faction forms and quickly regresses to brutal savagery with horrifying consequences. Peter Brook's classic adaptation of William Golding's novel has lost none of the impact it made when given an 'X' certificate on its 1963 release. Shot with a raw
Passport To Pimlico (SPECIAL EDITION) | Blu Ray | (11/06/2012)
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An archaic document found in a bombsite reveals that the London district of Pimlico has for centuries technically been part of France. The local residents embrace their new found continental status, seeing it as a way to avoid the drabness, austerity and rationing of post-war England. The authorities do not, however, share their enthusiasm...A whimsical and charming British film, 'Passport To Pimlico' is one of the finest examples of the classic Ealing comedies.
Flying Deuces | Blu Ray | (15/06/2015)
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This classic comedy caper sees Laurel and Hardy doing what they do best... in this case, wreaking havoc in the French Foreign Legion!Released in 1939, co-scripted by silent-era star Harry Langdon and featuring a guest appearance from long-standing Laurel and Hardy nemesis James Finlayson, The Flying Deuces is among the eternally popular duo's best-loved films. Restored in High Definition, the film is presented here in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio and has never looked better.Whilst holidaying in Paris, Ollie is heartbroken to learn that Georgette, the beautiful innkeeper's daughter with whom he has fallen in love, is already married. In an attempt to forget her, he decides to enlist in the Foreign Legion, persuading Stanley to join him. The hapless pair are posted to Morocco, where an unfortunate chain of events ends with them being charged with desertion and sentenced to death by firing squad!SPECIAL FEATURES:German version: Dick und Doof in der FremdenlegionImage GalleryPromotional Material PDF
Rodgers and Hammerstein Box set | Blu Ray | (10/09/2012)
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Six all time classic movies form the pens of two of the greatest collaborators in movie history. Titles Comprise:The Sound of MusicThe King and ISouth PacificOklahoma!CarouselState Fair
The Joan Crawford Collection | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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Mildred PierceA classic American novel published to tie-in with a major new SKY series starring Kate Winslet.Whatever Happened to Baby JanePossessed
I'm Alright Jack *Digitally Restored | DVD | (19/01/2015)
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Winning BAFTAs for Best British Screenplay and Best British Actor (Peter Sellers) I&rsquo;M ALL RIGHT JACK is popularly considered to be the best of John and Roy Boulting&rsquo;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&rsquo;s A Private&rsquo;s Progress the ﬁlm is bought roaringly to life by Sellers&rsquo; astonishing turn as the Stalinist unionist. Bonus Features: Brand new interview with Liz Fraser The Running Jumping &amp; Standing Still Film Cinefile: Seller&rsquo;s Best
Quatermass And The Pit | DVD | (13/11/2006)
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A London subway excavation abruptly halts when construction workers unearth a cluster of prehistoric skulls and skeletons. Anthropologist Dr. Roney his assistant Barbara Judd and space expert Professor Quatermass are driven by curiosity and dig deeper to discover a strange 'missile' that is not of this earth...
LES COUSINS (Masters of Cinema) (DVD) | DVD | (08/04/2013)
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Made barely a year after Claude Chabrol's debut Le Beau Serge, Les Cousins featured the earlier film's same starring pair of Jean-Claude Brialy and Grard Blain, here reversing the good-guy/bad-guy roles of the previous picture. The result is a simmering, venomous study in human temperament that not only won the Golden Bear at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival, but also drew audiences in droves, and effectively launched Chabrol's incredible fifty-year-long career. A gripping and urbane examination of city and country, ambition and ease, Les Cousins continues to captivate and shock audiences with its brilliant scenario, the performances of Brialy and Blain, and the assuredness of Chabrol's precocious directorial hand. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Claude Chabrol's breakthrough film in a beautiful new Gaumont restoration on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the UK. Special Features: Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio New and improved English subtitles Original theatrical trailer A 47-minute documentary about the making of the film L'Homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel [The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower], Chabrol's 1964 short film A lengthy booklet with a new and exclusive essay by critic Emmanuel Burdeau; a new and exclusive translation of a rare text about actress Franoise Vatel provided for this release by its author, the filmmaker and critic Luc Moullet; excerpts of interviews and writing by Chabrol; and more
Step Lively/Higher And Higher | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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Higher And Higher (Dir. Tim Whelan 1943): Formerly rich Mr. Drake is broke...with his household staff's wages seven months in arrears. Conniving valet Mike O'Brien hatches a scheme to pass off scullery maid Millie as Drake's debutante daughter and net a rich husband for the benefit of all. But all kinds of complications romantic and otherwise intervene... Step Lively (Dir. Tim Whelan 1944): Gordon Miller is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The mounting bill is driving Gribble frantic. Chaos increases when playwright Glen Russell whose dramatic play he thinks Miller is producing arrives. But it turns out Russell can sing like Sinatra and Miller has leading lady Christine turn on the charm. Can Miller's crazed machinations save the show?
Citizen Kane | Blu Ray | (19/11/2012)
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Digitally remastered from original film elements. In May 1941, RKO Pictures released a controversial film by a 25-year-old first-time director. That premiere of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane was to have a profound and lasting effect on the art of modern motion pictures. Through its unique jigsaw puzzle storyline, inventive cinematography, brilliant ensemble acting and direction by Welles, the story of Charles Foster Kane is a fascinating portrait of American's love of power and materialism and the corruption it sometimes fosters. Like all great films, Citizen Kane is a memorable fusion of cinematic art and marvellous entertainment, winning an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay in 1942. Special Features: Anatomy of a Classic - A 50 minute feature presented by Barry Norman Audio Commentary by Film Historian Ken Barnes The Original Film Budget Welles Off-Screen (The original 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds and Welles' 1945 commerical recording of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince) Blu-ray Exclusive - The Restorarion of Citizen Kane