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  • San Demetrio, London [1943] San Demetrio, London | DVD | (12/05/2008) from £9.79  |  Saving you £3.20 (24.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Set in 1940 during the battle of the Atlantic this is the true story of how the crew of the petrol tanker 'San Demetrio' was left with a near impossible task when she was torpedoed by the Germans. After the ship was torpedoed the crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats. Two are picked up by other ships in the convoy but the third drifts for days until its crew spies the burning 'San Demetrio' on... the horizon. Do they board the ship try to put out its fires and get it back to English shores or do they stay in the drifting lifeboat in the hope of being rescued?

  • Magical Mystery Tour [DVD] [2012] Magical Mystery Tour | DVD | (08/10/2012) from £11.87  |  Saving you £4.60 (25.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Songs you'll never forget, the film you've never seen and a story that's never been heard. In 1967, in the wake of the extraordinary impact of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and the Our World satellite broadcast of All You Need Is Love, The Beatles devised, wrote and directed their third film, Magical Mystery Tour, a dreamlike story of a coach day trip to the seaside. Apple Films have fully restored the long out-of-print, classic feature film for October 8th release worldwide...

  • Son Of Dracula [1943] Son Of Dracula | DVD | (05/05/2008) from £5.00  |  Saving you £4.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A certain Count Alucard relocates from Budapest to the swamps of the American Deep South where he finds plenty to get his teeth into. Stylish directorial effort from Siodmak who would later make his mark with noir classics such as The Killers.

  • A Chorus Line [1985] A Chorus Line | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £9.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (23.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    An adaptation of one of the most successful and unusual musicals of all time. A group of Broadway hopefuls auditioning for a place in the chorus line of a new show relate the stories of their lives -- their disappointments their dreams and the professional rejections and successes. Among the dancers trying to make the grade is the director's former lover a woman who once made it big and now would be grateful just to dance in the chorus.

  • How Green Was My Valley [DVD] [1941] How Green Was My Valley | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £5.19  |  Saving you £4.80 (48.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    John Ford's beautiful, heartfelt drama about a close-knit family of Welsh coal miners is one of the greatest films of Hollywood's golden age--a gentle masterpiece that beat Citizen Kane in the Best Picture race for the 1941 Academy Awards. The picture also won Oscars for Best Director (Ford), Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp), Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography; all of those awards were richly deserved, even if they came at the expense of Kane and Orson Welles. Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, the film focuses its eventful story on 10-year-old Huw (Roddy McDowall), youngest of seven children to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan (Donald Crisp, Sarah Allgood), a hardy couple who've seen the best and worst of times in their South Wales mining town. They're facing one of the worst times as Mr. Morgan refuses to join a miners union whose members have begun a long-term strike. Family tensions grow and Huw must learn many of life's harsher lessons under the tutelage of the local preacher (Walter Pidgeon), who has fallen in love with Huw's sister (Maureen O'Hara). As various crises are confronted and devastating losses endured, How Green Was My Valley unfolds as a rich, moving portrait of family strength and integrity. It's also a nod to a simpler, more innocent time--and to the preciousness of memory and the inevitable passage from youth to adulthood. An all-time classic, not to be missed. --Jeff Shannon

  • Laura [DVD] [1944] Laura | DVD | (02/07/2012) from £6.89  |  Saving you £3.10 (31.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

  • The Apartment [Blu-ray] [1960] The Apartment | Blu Ray | (29/07/2013) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Romance at its most anti-romantic--that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavoury world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humoured Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make. Lemmon and MacLaine are ideally matched and while everyone cites Wilder's Some Like It Hot closing line "Nobody's perfect" as his best, MacLaine's no-nonsense final words--"Shut up and deal"--are every bit as memorable. Wilder won three Oscars for The Apartment, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (cowritten with long-time collaborator I A L Diamond). --Robert Abele

  • Chinatown [DVD] [1974] Chinatown | DVD | (14/01/2013) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Roman Polanski's brooding film noir exposes the darkest side of the land of sunshine, the Los Angeles of the 1930s, where power is the only currency--and the only real thing worth buying. Jack Nicholson is JJ Gittes, a private eye in the Chandler mould, who during a routine straying-spouse investigation finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a jigsaw puzzle of clues and corruption. The glamorous Evelyn Mulwray (a dazzling Faye Dunaway) and her titanic father, Noah Cross (John Huston), are at the black-hole centre of this tale of treachery, incest, and political bribery. The crackling, hard-bitten script by Robert Towne won a well-deserved Oscar, and the muted colour cinematography makes the goings-on seem both bleak and impossibly vibrant. Polanski himself has a brief, memorable cameo as the thug who tangles with Nicholson's nose. One of the greatest, most completely satisfying crime films of all time. --Anne Hurley, Amazon.com

  • Barnacle Bill [1957] Barnacle Bill | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

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  • What A Crazy World [DVD] What A Crazy World | DVD | (07/07/2014) from £6.09  |  Saving you £3.90 (39.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Joe Brown stars as a likable young dreamer who finds himself with a hit on his hands in this wonderfully endearing musical drama of 1963. Also starring Harry H. Corbett and featuring songs from Joe and his Bruvvers Marty Wilde Susan Maughan and Freddie and the Dreamers What a Crazy World is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Against the background of London's East End is set the story of Alf Hitchins an unemployed lad whose life revolves around dance halls amusements arcades and cafés - any place to escape from the family home where his father mother and sister are deeply preoccupied with dog racing bingo and courting respectively. Alf's cynical but cheerful acceptance of life expresses itself in the song he casually composes one night - and the results take everyone by surprise! Special Features: Image Gallery

  • Theorem [Blu-ray] Theorem | Blu Ray | (27/05/2013) from £8.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (58.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Award-winning and controversial 1968 film starring Terence Stamp and Silvana Mangano, and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (The Decameron, Salo). A handsome, enigmatic stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives at a middle-class household in Milan and seduces each family member, including the maid, leaving the family in crisis. Theorem is visually ravishing and features superb performances from its international cast, and a brilliant soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

  • Rosemary's Baby [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] Rosemary's Baby | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Under ROMAN POLANSKI's chilling direction, a classic thriller is born. Rosemary (MIA FARROW) and Guy Woodhouse (JOHN CASSAVETES) are newlyweds, but Rosemary has no idea that her wedded bliss is about to come to a horrific end. Her husband's ambition as a struggling actor is about to plunge her into an abyss of terror like she has never known. In exchange for a taste of fame, Guy makes a deal with the devil that puts his wife and soul in jeopardy. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, her husband b...

  • Jane Eyre [DVD] [1944] Jane Eyre | DVD | (14/03/2011) from £11.09  |  Saving you £3.01 (20.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    An all-star cast - including Orson Welles Joan Fontaine Agnes Moorehead and Elizabeth Taylor - breathes magnificent life into this captivating 1943 black and white film version of Charlotte Bront's gothic romance novel. Adapted for the screen by Aldous Huxley Robert Stevenson and John Houseman and directed by Stevenson this stirring film is the definitive version of the engrossing classic! After spending her childhood in an orphanage young Jane Eyre (Fontaine) becomes governess to the ward of an imposing older man named Edward Rochester (Welles). Ultimately Jane's gentle influence forces Rochester to drop his forbidding veneer and he proposes to her. But the discovery that Rochester is already married and further that his volatile wife is locked in the attic prompts Jane to leave as a series of tragic events unfold in this riveting classic that also features Margaret O'Brien.

  • Curse Of Frankenstein, The / Horror Of Dracula / The Mummy [1958] Curse Of Frankenstein, The / Horror Of Dracula / The Mummy | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £37.94  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £30.99

    The Curse Of Frankenstein: (WS 1.85:1 Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono: English 80 mins) Following his partner's denouncement of their research into the secret of life the monstrous Frankenstein becomes more and more obsessed with the sinister experiments. Drawn deeper into madness by his dark work Frankenstein decides to create a man who is a superior being. Committing unimaginable horrors to complete the experiment Frankenstein has to face the consequences of playing god when the monster awakes... Dracula: (WS 1.85:1 Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono: English 79 mins) Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing Britain's premier masters of the macabre bring Dracula to vivid full-colour death in this retelling of Bram Stoker's spellbinding vampire tale. Dracula (Lee) a centuries-old nobleman damned to an eternal half-life travels from his native Transylvania to London. In the lurid nightlife of his adopted city he finds new victims. He also finds Dr. Van Helsing (Cushing) a scientist who becomes the count's impeccable foe in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. The Mummy: (WS 1.85:1 Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono: English 85 mins) Egypt 1895: An archaeological expedition led by Stephen Banning (Felix Aylmer) and his son John (Peter Cushing) discover the 4000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka. Ignoring warnings from a mysterious Egyptian that He who robs the graves of Egypt dies they enter the tomb. Whilst alone in the tomb Stephen Banning finds and reads the ancient 'Scroll of Life' and suddenly suffers a breakdown. Three years later John Banning visits his father confined to a nursing home since his return from Egypt and is warned that a 'living mummy' guarded the tomb of Ananka and will avenge those who desecrate it's Princess's tomb. Unknown to the Bannings Mehemet Bey has transported the mummy (Christopher Lee) to England and revives it using the 'Scroll of Life'. That night Stephen Banning is brutally murdered by the mummy. When his uncle suffers the same fate John Banning realises that his life is now in danger. He also discovers that his wife Isobel will be confronted by the 4000 year-old mummy as it embarks on a night of terror and murderous retribution...

  • The Belles Of St Trinian's - 60th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1954] The Belles Of St Trinian's - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (28/04/2014) from £11.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (50.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The Belles of St Trinian's is a classic comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian'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’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’s Interview with Alistair Sim’s Daughter - Merlith McKendrick Interview with Geoff Brown - film historian Interview with Steve Chibnall – Professor of British Cinema De Montfort University Interview with Melanie Williams - Senior Lecturer in Film Studies UEA

  • Creature From the Black Lagoon (60th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [1954] [Region Free] Creature From the Black Lagoon (60th Anniversary Edition) | Blu Ray | (06/10/2014) from £8.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Jack Arnold's horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon spawned not one but two iconic images: the web-footed humanoid gill-man with a hankering for women and the leggy, luscious Julia Adams, the object of his desire, swimming the lagoon in a luminous white bathing suit. Not since King Kong has the "beauty and the beast" theme been portrayed in such sexually charged (though chaste) terms. Arnold turns an effectively B-movie plot--a small expedition up a remote Amazon river captures a prehistoric amphibian man, who escapes to wreak havoc on the team and kidnap his bathing beauty--into a moody, stylish, low-budget feature. The jungle exteriors turn from exotic to treacherous when the creature blocks their passage and strands them in the wilds. Much of the film is shot underwater, where the murky dark is animated by shimmering shards of sunlight, creating images both lovely and alien (the studio-built sets of the creature's underground lair are far less naturalistic, but serve their purpose). As with most of Arnold's '50s genre films, he's saddled with a less than magnetic leading man (in this case the colorless but stalwart Richard Carlson) and a conventional script, but he overcomes such limitations by creating a vivid and sympathetic monster (helped immeasurably by a marvelous suit of scales and fins) and establishing a mood thick with atmosphere. The film was originally shot in 3-D. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Godfather [DVD] [1972] The Godfather | DVD | (08/07/2013) from £4.79  |  Saving you £15.20 (76.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end--almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. Based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel about a Mafia dynasty, Coppola's Godfather extracted and enhanced the most universal themes of immigrant experience in America: the plotting-out of hopes and dreams for one's successors, the raising of children to carry on the good work, etc. In the midst of generational strife during the Vietnam years, the film somehow struck a chord with a nation fascinated by the metamorphosis of a rebellious son (Al Pacino) into the keeper of his father's dream. Marlon Brando played against Puzo's own conception of patriarch Vito Corleone, and time has certainly proven the actor correct. The rest of the cast, particularly James Caan, John Cazale, and Robert Duvall as the rest of Vito's male brood--all coping with how to take the mantle of responsibility from their father--is seamless and wonderful. --Tom Keogh

  • LA NOTTE [THE NIGHT] (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) LA NOTTE (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (23/09/2013) from £8.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One of the masterworks of 1960s cinema, La notte [The Night] marked yet another development in the continuous stylistic evolution of its director, Michelangelo Antonioni - even as it solidified his reputation as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. La notte is Antonioni's Twilight of the Gods, but composed in cinematic terms. Examined from a crane-shot, it's a sprawling study of Italy's upper middle-class; seen in close-up, it's an x-ray of modern man's psychic desolation. Two of the giants of film-acting come together as a married couple living in crisis: Marcello Mastroianni (La dolce vita, 8-1/2) and Jeanne Moreau (Jules et Jim, Bay of Angels). He is a renowned author and public intellectual; she is the wife. Over the course of one day and the night into which it inevitably bleeds, the pair will come to re-examine their emotional bonds, and grapple with the question of whether love and communication are even possible in a world built out of profligate idylls and sexual hysteria. Photographed in rapturous black-and-white by the great Gianni di Venanzo (8-1/2, Giulietta degli spiriti), La notte presents the beauty of seduction, then asks: When did this occur - this seduction of Beauty? The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Michelangelo Antonioni's haunted odyssey for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Special Features: New 1080p presentation of the film in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio with previously censored sequences restored for the first time. New and improved English subtitles Original Italian Theatrical Trailer 56-page booklet with an essay by film-critic and scholar Brad Stevens, and the transcript of a lengthy Q&A conducted in 1961 with Antonioni upon the film’s release.

  • Cliff Richard DVD Collection - The Young Ones / Summer Holiday / Wonderful Life [1961] Cliff Richard DVD Collection - The Young Ones / Summer Holiday / Wonderful Life | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £29.99  |  Saving you £-12.00 (-66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The three nostalgic British musicals in the Cliff Richard DVD Collection are a good reminder that, thanks to a few short years in the 1960s, Sir Cliff can legitimately include "film star" on his already exceptional show business CV. The Young Ones (1961), Summer Holiday (1963) and Wonderful Life (1964) would make tame fare for a teen audience today, but they retain a polished and honest charm which might surprise the sharpest of cynics. First and foremost, of course, they were Cliff Richard vehicles: designed to showcase his all-round talents and capitalise on his first, heady wave of pop chart success. They are also unashamed homages to the heyday of the MGM B-musical with familiar themes: let's put on a show/save the youth club/make a film. But with up-and-coming directors Sidney Furie and Peter Yates making imaginative and sophisticated use of wide-angle camera work and fresh, snappy choreography by Herbert Ross and Gillian Lynne, they also have plenty of assets other than Cliff's wholesome appeal. There are some fine set pieces and surreal flashes, notably the history of cinema in Wonderful Life and the extraordinary mime sequence in Summer Holiday. They also tap into the very British energy of a group of young actors and dancers including Una Stubbs, Susan Hampshire, Melvyn Hayes and Richard O'Sullivan, as well as Cliff's band at the time, The Shadows. For sheer verve, they deserve to be seen on their own merits. On the DVD: The Cliff Richard DVD Collection has been pristinely restored; the colours and clarity, not to mention the use of Cinemascope, leap off the screen (aspect ratio 2.35:1). The mono soundtrack recreates the authentic bandbox sound of the 1960s. Aside from theatrical trailers, the most notable extras are directors' commentaries: actually Furie and Yates in occasionally long-winded conversation with film and music writers. Both men give fascinating insight into the film-making climate in Britain in the early 1960s.--Piers Ford

  • The Exorcist - 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free] The Exorcist - 40th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (20/10/2014) from £9.89  |  Saving you £15.10 (60.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Director William Friedkin was a hot ticket in Hollywood after the success of The French Connection, and he turned heads (in more ways than one) when he decided to make The Exorcist as his follow-up film. Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial best-seller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its unflinching depiction of a young girl (Linda Blair) who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and Ellen Burstyn plays Blair's mother, who can only stand by in horror as her daughter's body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by troubles during production, and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers. --Jeff Shannon

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