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  • Longest Day, The / Patton / Tora Tora Tora [1962] Longest Day, The / Patton / Tora Tora Tora | DVD | (19/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    THE LONGEST DAYTHE LONGEST DAY is a vivid hour-by-hour re-creation of June 6th 1944 - the historic day that marked the beginning of the end of World War II. Featuring a stellar international cast and told from the perspectives of both sides it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations mistakes and random events that determine the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. THE LONGEST DAY ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.PATTONA critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) PATTON is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. Charismatic and flamboyant Patton was the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. He outmanoeuvred Rommel in Africa and after D-Day led his troops in an unstoppable campaign across Europe. But he was rebellious as well as brilliant and as PATTON shows with insight and poignancy his own volatile personality was one enemy he could never defeat.TORA! TORA! TORA!TORA! TORA! TORA! is the Japanese signal to attack - and the motive meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbour and the events leading up to it. Opening scenes contrast the American and Japanese positions. Japanese imperialists decide to stage the attack. Top U.S. brass ignore its possibility. Intercepted Japanese messages warm of it - but never reach F.D.R.'s desk. It's the most dazzling recreation of America's darkest day - and some of her finest hours!

  • Belle Of The Nineties [1934] Belle Of The Nineties | DVD | (05/05/2008) from £6.78  |  Saving you £3.01 (30.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Mae West, who wrote this and a handful of other movies during the 1930s, stars as 1890s blues singer Ruby in a comic romp that follows the dazzling entertainers quest to find the man of her dreams without being duped. Ruby distracts boxer Tiger so much that Tigers manager asks Ruby to leave town, but its not the last that Ruby and Tiger will see of each other. Singing such songs as "My Old Flame" and "Memphis Blues" with a sultry air in front of Duke Ellingtons orchestra, Ruby projects sex and sincerity at the same moment. Using both her brains and her looks to keep herself out of the grasp of troublemakers, Ruby outwits her female competition and the male predators to emerge unscathed and with her beau on her arm. The script was ruthlessly pared by the censorship board, but Mae West slips enough double entrendres through to make this show, directed by the great Leo McCarey, a delight.

  • For Those In Peril [DVD] [1944] For Those In Peril | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £5.25  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Flt.Lt Murray (David Farrar) is a pilot who fails to join the RAF during WWII and decides to join the Air - Sea Rescue instead. His boat is out in all conditions picking up drowned pilots and taking them to safety. P/O Rawlings (Ralph Michael) is a new recruit who resents joining Farrar's boat and would rather be where the action is - in the air. During a mission they run into an enemy minefield and an armed trawler... For Those In Peril presents the work of the Air-Sea Rescue in documentary terms providing the public with a glimpse of an aspect of war that tends to be overlooked. It was also the closest Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob Dead of Night The Titfield Thunderbolt) got to documentary realism during his long Ealing career. The story was written by Richard Hillary a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain whose experiences inspired his book The Last Enemy.

  • Hitchcock, The Early Years [DVD] Hitchcock, The Early Years | DVD | (25/04/2016) from £16.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (51.40%)  |  RRP £34.99

    From Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, nine of his earliest films presented together for the first time, running from the silent film era to the invention of talkies. Hitchcock's silent films such as The Ring(1928), The Farmer's Wife(1929) and Champagne(1928) were greeted with great enthusiasm by critics, and, at a time of expansion and increasing optimism for the British film industry, they were heralded as evidence that British films had reached an international standard of artistry. Hitchcock's final silent film The Manxman(1930) was also a considerable commercial success. In 1929, Hitchcock directed Blackmail, hailed as a film which used sound and dialogue with more flair and imagination than any Hollywood or European film of the time. In particular, Hitchcock's inventive and expressionist use of sound demonstrated that the new technology opened a new realm of possibilities. In the wake of Blackmail, there were searches for new challenges. These included an adaptation of a high profile West End play, The Skin Game(1931), two more thrillers Murder! (1930), Number Seventeen(1932), and an intriguingly odd marital drama, the appropriately titled Rich and Strange(1932).

  • The Virgin Soldiers [DVD] [1970] The Virgin Soldiers | DVD | (07/10/2013) from £4.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (66.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Virgin Soldiers is a bawdy look at life in Britain's conscript army of the 50s, and how their 'virgin soldiers' spent two years defending King and country. Take Private Brigg (Hywel Bennett), for example, when he's not filling in forms or engaging the Malaysian bandits, he's out on manoeuvers with a Chinese dance-hall girl named Juicy Lucy (Tsai Chin). She is supposed to be a lady of easy virtue but, to Brigg's delight, she proves to be a lady of no virtue at all. Brigg also sets out on t...

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show / Shock Treatment Double Pack [DVD] [1975] The Rocky Horror Picture Show / Shock Treatment Double Pack | DVD | (01/07/2013) from £5.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (44.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    <strong>The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975):</strong> Relive Richard O'Brien's sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music - a 'sensual daydream to treasure forever' - starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Do the 'Time Warp' and sing 'Hot Patootie' with Meatloaf again... and again... and again... at home, or in a movie theater, where it will probably be playing for another 25 years! <strong>Shoc...

  • Somewhere in the Night [DVD] [1946] Somewhere in the Night | DVD | (24/09/2012) from £6.60  |  Saving you £3.20 (32.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Meet That Guild Gal...She gives as Good as She Gets!A man awakens in a Honolulu hospital with no memory of his identity. He has three personal items: a wallet, a letter from an angry ex-lover, and a note from one Larry Cravat, and apparent business associate. Searching for Cravat, the amnesiac heads to Los Angeles, enlisting the help of a saloon singer (Nancy Guild), her boss (Richard Conte) and a police lieutenant (Lloyd Nolan). When he starts asking questions, he's blindsided by goons and chased by cops... But ultimately makes a shocking discovery.

  • Far From the Madding Crowd [Blu-ray] [1967] Far From the Madding Crowd | Blu Ray | (01/06/2015) from £11.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Headstrong and passionate Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie) unexpectedly inherits a large farm in rural Dorset. Struggling to manage the farm herself she captivates the hearts and minds of three very different men: an honest and hardworking sheep farmer (Alan Bates) a wealthy but tortured landowner (Peter Finch) and a reckless and violent swordsman (Terence Stamp). But as emotions become entangled free spirited and innocent folly soon leads to devastating tragedy. The restoration process of Far From the Madding Crowd was overseen by the film&amp;rsquo;s cinematographer and acclaimed director Nicolas Roeg. The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration the BFI&amp;rsquo;s Unlocking Film Heritage programme Awarding funds from the National Lottery.

  • The Werewolf Of London [1935] The Werewolf Of London | DVD | (02/03/2002) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    While in Tibet Dr. Wilfred Glendon is attacked in the dark. On his return to London he finds himself changing at night into a werewolf and terrorising the city!

  • The Captain's Table [DVD] The Captain's Table | DVD | (14/03/2011) from £6.15  |  Saving you £6.84 (52.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the novel by Richard Gordon.

  • Ships With Wings [1941] Ships With Wings | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £7.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Ships With Wings

  • The Thomas Crown Affair [Blu-ray] [1968] The Thomas Crown Affair | Blu Ray | (02/09/2013) from £6.09  |  Saving you £6.90 (53.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Millionaire businessman Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) is also a high-stakes thief; his latest caper is an elaborate heist at a Boston bank. Why does he do it? For the same reason he flies gliders, bets on golf strokes and races dune buggies: he needs the thrill to feel alive. Insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) gets her own thrills by busting crooks, and she's got Crown in her cross hairs. Naturally, these two will get it on, because they have a lot in common: they're not people, they're walking clothes racks. (McQueen looks like he'd rather be in jeans than Crown's natty three-piece suits.) The Thomas Crown Affair is a catalogue of 60s conventions, from its clipped editing style to its photographic trickery (the inventive Haskell Wexler behind the camera) to its mod design. You can almost sense director Norman Jewison deciding to "tell his story visually," like those newfangled European films; this would explain the long passages of Michel Legrand's lounge jazz ladled over endless montages of the pretty Dunaway and McQueen at play. (The opening-credits song, "Windmills of Your Mind," won an Oscar.) It's like a "What Kind of Man Reads Playboy?" ad come to life, and much more interesting as a cultural snapshot than a piece of storytelling. --Robert Horton

  • Keep It Clean [1956] Keep It Clean | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £6.10  |  Saving you £1.28 (9.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    An all-star comedy cast with Ronald Shiner headlining in Keep it Clean and playing an advertising agency's wheeler/dealer who is attempting to sell a new invention - the Demon Cleaner - to the public. Comic chaos ensues when he has to keep debt collectors unhappy crumpet clients and a posse of women morality campaigners from the Purity League at bay!

  • Raising The Wind [DVD] [1961] Raising The Wind | DVD | (15/02/2010) from £9.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (37.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A group of music students decide to share a flat together which results in a series of amusing adventures.

  • Laurel And Hardy Film Reel Collection [DVD] Laurel And Hardy Film Reel Collection | DVD | (20/10/2014) from £8.93  |  Saving you £4.74 (31.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Laurel and Hardy were a comedy double act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of thin Englishman, Stan Laurel (1890 1965) and heavyset American, Oliver Hardy (1892 1957). They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid- 1940s for their slapstick comedy with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. As a team they appeared in 106 films with the pair starring in 34 short silent films, 45 short sound films & 27 full-length feature films. This nostalgic collection contains 6 of the duo s most popular films and 7 Stan Laurel classic comedy shorts, making it perfect for Laurel & Hardy fans and comedy lovers alike.

  • The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle [DVD] The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle | DVD | (21/04/2014) from £7.79  |  Saving you £5.20 (40.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The great Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in this fascinating biopic as the greatest ballroom dancing team of the first half of the 20th Century: Vernon and Irene Castle. This phenomenal dancing pair swept the world with their mastery of dancing and quickly became celebrities before World War I brought their fame to an end.

  • Rififi [Blu-ray] Rififi | Blu Ray | (17/11/2014) from £10.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (45.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    RIFIFI (ri-f&amp;rsquo; -fi) n. French argot. 1. Quarrel rumble free-for-all open hostilities between individuals or gangs rough and tumble confrontation between two or more individuals. 2. A tense and chaotic situation involving violent confrontations between parties. A seminal work of crime filmmaking that lead the young critic Fran&amp;ccedil;ois Truffaut to declare &amp;ldquo;the best Film Noir I have ever seen&amp;rdquo; Jules Dassin&amp;rsquo;s Rififi [Du rififi chez les hommes] has influenced films as diverse as Reservoir Dogs and Ocean&amp;rsquo;s Eleven since its release. Following Tony le St&amp;eacute;phanois (Jean Servais) a master thief fresh out of jail wearing a harried look and suffering ill health he refuses to be involved with crime until he finds his girlfriend shacked up with a rival gangster. With little reason to keep living he plans a final job. Tony sets about finding his crew and meticulously planning the job; a robbery of the jewellery store Mappin &amp;amp; Webb. Rififi revolves around the central heist famed for its finite detail and incredible tension but the drama does not end at the heist like so many other crime films. Dassin&amp;rsquo;s film is a humanist tale that hinges on the loyalty among thieves and draws on the fatalistic doom laden lives common to crooks and thieves in pulp literature. An instant commercial success in Paris and worldwide the film was also very well received by the critics with Jules Dassin being awarded the best director prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Arrow Academy is proud to present Jules Dassin&amp;rsquo;s legendary film in 1080p high definition for the first time in the UK. FEATURES: High Definition restoration Uncompressed original mono PCM audio Newly translated English subtitles Introduction by French cinema critic and author Ginette Vincendeau Interview with Jules Dassin Q&amp;amp;A with Jules Dassin from BFI Southbank London Original Theatrical Trailer Reversible sleeve featuring two original artworks Collector&amp;rsquo;s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and filmmaker David Cairns Alastair Philips on source novel author Auguste Le Breton and the S&amp;eacute;rie Noire a contemporary review by Fran&amp;ccedil;ois Truffaut notes on the translation and the BBFC&amp;rsquo;s John Trevelyan on Rififi illustrated with original posters and stills

  • The Reckless Moment [1949] The Reckless Moment | DVD | (18/09/2006) from £8.95  |  Saving you £8.85 (44.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This Ophuls film noir classic is rich in suspense strikingly photographed and features career best performances from Joan Bennett and James Mason. Based on the story 'The Blank Wall' by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.

  • The Belles Of St Trinian's - 60th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1954] The Belles Of St Trinian's - 60th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (28/04/2014) from £8.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (52.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Belles of St Trinian&#39;s is a classic comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian&#39;s School released in 1954 directed by Frank Launder and written by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Featuring a star cast of British comedy talent including - Alastair Sim as both Miss Millicent Fritton and Clarence Fritton Joyce Grenfell George Cole Beryl Reid and many others. This 60th anniversary edition has been fully restored plus features brand new extra content. The unruly schoolgirls of St. Trinian&amp;rsquo;s are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. But greater trouble beckons when the arrival at the school of Princess Fatima of Makyad coincides with the return of recently expelled Arabella Fritton who has kidnap on her mind. Special Features: The Girls of St Trinian&amp;rsquo;s Interview with Alistair Sim&amp;rsquo;s Daughter - Merlith McKendrick Interview with Geoff Brown - film historian Interview with Steve Chibnall &amp;ndash; Professor of British Cinema De Montfort University Interview with Melanie Williams - Senior Lecturer in Film Studies UEA

  • 12 Angry Men [Blu-ray] [1957] 12 Angry Men | Blu Ray | (03/06/2013) from £10.48  |  Saving you £-0.49 (-4.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley and Jack Klugman lead the distinctive cast of jurors whose character portrayals are perfect in every detail (The Hollywood Reporter). With its star-powered cast and three Oscar Nominations including Best Picture, 12 Angry Men is a powerful, suspenseful and fascinatingly entertaining film (Los Angeles Examiner). Eleven jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one man steer the others toward the same conclusion? It's a case of seemingly overwhelming evidence against a teenager accused of killing his father in one of the best pictures ever made (The Hollywood Reporter).

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