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It's A Wonderful Life | DVD | (09/11/2007)
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Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director's optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It's a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic. --Robert Horton
How To Steal a Million | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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William Wyler, one of Hollywood's greatest directors, deftly blends comedy, visual shenanigans, suspense and romance in this captivating tongue-in-cheek crime caper starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole.The daughter (Hepburn) of a wealthy Frenchman (Hugh Griffith) who creates counterfeit art learns her father is in danger of being exposed as a crook. She decides to steal the family's forged Cellini sculpture from a museum before experts can examine it and enlists a society burglar (O'Toole) to help her. Eli Wallach and Charles Boyer co-star in this classic Hepburn comedy shot in authentic Paris locations.
The Red Shoes | DVD | (06/07/2009)
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The tragic and romantic story of Vicky Page the brilliant young dancer who must give up everything if she is to become a great ballerina is one of Powell and Pressburger's most famous films. Creators of classics such as Black Narcissus A Matter of Life And Death and The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp they were renowned for their use of brilliant colour and wonderful costumes and with the exhilarating cinematography of Jack Cardiff were among the most influential film makers of their time. The Red Shoes is one of the finest examples of their work and has become an inspiration to artists film makers and musicians all over the world.
The Private Life of Henry VIII | DVD | (27/04/2009)
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Set almost entirely within the Royal Castle The Private Life Of Henry VIII tells the story of Henry's love affairs with his last five wives.
Bette Davis - Anniversary Collection | DVD | (16/06/2008)
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To commemorate Bette's 100th birthday here are six films from her heyday: In This Our Life (Dir. John Huston) (1942): A young woman Stanley (Bette Davis) dumps her fiance Craig (George Brent) and runs off with her sister's husband Peter (Dennis Morgan). They marry settle in Baltimore and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister and old flame have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections but her true character is revealed when she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on the young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. The Old Maid (Dir. Edmund Goulding) (1939): This is the sad story of Charlotte (Bette Davis) a woman whose circumstances force her to give up her illegitimate child and pose as the childs old maid aunt thereby facing a lifetime of maternal sacrifice. Miriam Hopkins provides effective counterbalance with her portrayal of Charlottes effusive cousin who raises the little girl. All This And Heaven Too (Dir. Anatole Litvak) (1940): A first-rate drama about a 19th century nobleman who falls in love with his childrens' governess and murders his wife The Great Lie (Dir. Edmund Goulding) (1941): After a newlywed's husband apparently dies in a plane crash she discovers that her rival for his affections is now pregnant with his child. Watch On The Rhine (Dir. Herman Shumlin and Hal Mohr) (1943): Set during WW2. An anti-Nazi leader escapes with his wife to America only to find himself being pursued and blackmailed by Nazi agents. Deception (Dir. Irving Rapper) (1946): Based on Louis Verneuils 1928 play Jealousy the film tells the story of pianist Christine Radcliffe separated from her great love cellist Karel Novak by World War II. Unexpectedly reunited with him Christine desperately strives to hide her wartime dalliance as the mistress of a wealthy sadistic composer (Rains) with devastating results. All films come with the extra content 'Warner Night At The Movies' - a special selection of extras that recreate the movie going experience of the time with newsreel footage featurettes and contemporary cartoons and trailers
Annie Hall | Blu Ray | (26/08/2013)
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Annie Hall is one of the truest, most bittersweet romances on film. In it, Allen plays a thinly disguised version of himself: Alvy Singer, a successful--if neurotic--television comedian living in Manhattan. Annie (the wholesomely luminous Dianne Keaton) is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. When the two meet, the sparks are immediate--if repressed. Alone in her apartment for the first time, Alvy and Annie navigate a minefield of self-conscious "is-this-person-someone-I'd-want-to-get-involved-with?" conversation. As they speak, subtitles flash their unspoken thoughts: the likes of "I'm not smart enough for him" and "I sound like a jerk". Despite all their caution, they connect, and we're swept up in the flush of their new romance. Allen's antic sensibility shines here in a series of flashbacks to Alvy's childhood, growing up, quite literally, under a rumbling roller coaster. His boisterous Jewish family's dinner table shares a split screen with the WASP-y Hall's tight-lipped holiday table, one Alvy has joined for the first time. His position as outsider is incontestable when he looks down the table and sizes up Annie's "Grammy Hall" as "a classic Jew-hater".The relationship arcs, as does Annie's growing desire for independence. It quickly becomes clear that the two are on separate tracks, as what was once endearing becomes annoying. Annie Hall embraces Allen's central themes--his love affair with New York (and hatred of Los Angeles), how impossible relationships are, and his fear of death. But their balance is just right, the chemistry between Allen's worry-wart Alvy and Keaton's gangly, loopy Annie is one of the screen's best pairings. It couldn't be more engaging. --Susan Benson
Poor Cow | Blu Ray | (25/07/2016)
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"I fell in the family way when I was 18 and I got married to a right bastard". Ken Loach's debut feature tells the story of Joy, a young mother (Carol White) whose chauvinistic thug of a husband is thrown into prison. She takes up with one of his friends, lovable, kind-hearted burglar Terence Stamp, but he too ends up in jail.It's intriguing to compare Poor Cow with Cathy Come Home, which Loach made for TV with the same actress at around the same time. Both are about mums trying to make a go of their lives in adverse circumstances. Cathy Come Home, shot in black and white, is an altogether tougher film. Poor Cow, with its Donovan music, gaudy colour photography, star names, and incongruously bawdy humour, seems lightweight by comparison. Certain sequences--Joy making love in the hay or posing half-naked for lecherous amateur photographers--must surely make Loach grimace now. There are some powerful moments--Joy desperately looking for her son who has wandered off, unattended, onto a building site, or trying to escape from her abusive husband--which anticipate such later Loach films as Ladybird, Ladybird or Raining Stones. The scenes between Joy and Stamp are played with real tenderness and humour. Don't be surprised if you think you've seen them before--some of the footage of Stamp was used in Steven Soderbergh's recent thriller, The Limey. --Geoffrey Macnab
I'm Alright Jack *Digitally Restored | Blu Ray | (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 ?lm 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
Doctor Who - The War Games | DVD | (06/07/2009)
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Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler. | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013)
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One of the legendary epics of the silent cinema - and the first part of a trilogy that Fritz Lang developed up to the very end of his career - Dr. Mabuse der Spieler. [Dr. Mabuse the Gambler.] is a masterpiece of conspiracy that even as it precedes the mind-blowing Spione from the close of Lang's silent cycle constructs its own dark labyrinth from the base materials of human fear and paranoia. Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays Dr. Mabuse the criminal mastermind whose nefarious machinations provide the cover for - or describe the result of - the economic upheaval and social bacchanalia at the heart of Weimar-era Berlin. Initiated with the arch-villain's diabolical manipulation of the stock-market and passing through a series of dramatic events based around hypnotism charlatanism hallucinations Chinese incantations cold-blooded murder opiate narcosis and cocaine anxiety Lang's film maintains an unrelenting power all the way to the final act... which culminates in the terrifying question: WHERE IS MABUSE?! A bridge between Feuillade's somnambulistic serial-films and modern media-narratives of elusive robber-barons Lang's two-part classic set the template for the director's greatest works: social commentary as superpsychology poised at the brink of combustion. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Lang's early masterpiece in its fully-restored version on Blu-ray in 1080p for the first time ever. Special Features: New officially licensed transfer from restored HD materials New and improved optional English subtitles with original intertitles Exclusive feature-length audio commentary by film-scholar and Lang expert David Kalat Three video pieces: an interview with the composer of the restoration score a discussion of Norbert Jacques creator of Dr. Mabuse and an examination of the film&rsquo;s motifs in the context of German silent cinema 32-Page Booklet featuring vintage reprints of writing by Lang
The Errol Flynn Collection | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD Dashing Errol Flynn triumphs in this lavish version of the Robin Hood saga. Olivia de Havilland (as Maid Marian), supreme villains Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains, and a boisterous who's who of character actors co-star. THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON General Custer (Flynn) and the famed 7th Cavalry ride to hell or to glory. CAPTAIN BLOOD Flynn skyrocketed to stardom as a 17th-century physician-turned-pirate after escaping unjust political imprisonment. Radiant Olivia de Havilland co-stars in the first of their eight films together. Michael Curtiz directs. THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX Flynn, Bette Davis and de Havilland in a royal showdown of passion and power.
Waterloo Road | DVD | (08/02/2010)
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As World War Two rages Jim Colter (John Mills) finds himself called up to serve in the army - but he's soon to find himself at war on two fronts.While he's away his lovely wife Tillie (Joy Shelton) attracts the amorous attention of Ted Purvis (Stewart Granger) a vicious local spiv and self-acclaimed ladies man.When Jim's sister writes informing him of what is happening Jim decides that the Nazis can wait and that an even more insidious enemy needs to be dealt with first. He breaks out of camp goes AWOL and sets off to find his wife. With the military hot on his tail Jim must make his way through war torn London to settle things once and for all.
The Sting | Blu Ray | (10/09/2012)
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In 1930s Illinois, young hustler Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) vows revenge after his older partner (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered at the behest of kingpin Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) in retribution for a con pulled on one of his runners. Travelling to Chicago, Hooker teams up with old hand Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), and together they plan the ultimate 'sting' against Donnegan. This re-teaming of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, following the success of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', won seven Oscars and helped repopularize the music of Scott Joplin, which features heavily on Marvin Hamlisch's soundtrack.
The Dictator | Blu Ray | (07/01/2013)
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From the creators of Borat comes the hilarious story of a North African dictator (Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat, Brno, Da Ali G Show) who, on a visit to New York, is stripped of his power and forced to get a real job at a Brooklyn health food store. Special Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD) MUSIC VIDEO - Best Love Song Your Money Is On The Dresser (HD) Larry King Interview (HD)
Look Back In Anger | DVD | (31/08/2009)
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Look Back In Anger
The Ladykillers - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (07/09/2015)
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THE LADYKILLERS is quintessential Ealing. Director Alexander Mackendrick&rsquo;s film centres on a criminal gang planning their next job who find themselves boarding with an innocent old lady who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs. Wilberforce they run into one problem after another and get what they deserve. Mackendrick&rsquo;s last film as director before his move to Hollywood THE LADYKILLERS remains one of the best British comedies ever made.
Classic Films Triple - The Battle Of The River Plate/In Which We Serve/We Dive At Dawn | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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The Battle Of River Plate - Ten days before World War II Germany's crack battleship Admiral Graf Spee sails with orders to carry out action against Allied merchant shipping in the South Atlantic. Captained by Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch) Graf Spee with her superior speed sinks ship after ship. Meanwhile the net is tightening round the German Killer. Outwitted by British Intelligence the Germans are convinced Graf Spee is trapped by a massive naval force. The captain evacuates his men and as a succession of explosions light the night Graf Spee becomes a burning inferno Langsdorff has scuttled the pride of the German fleet in the belief that he was facing impossible odds. The killer of the Atlantic would strike no more. In Which We Serve - The story of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Torrin and those that serve in her. In the Battle of Crete she is dive-bombed while streaming at thirty knots and goes down fighting. We see through the memories of her survivors the ordeals achievements and gallantry of HMS Torrin from her commissioning until she sinks in her last battle. We Dive At Dawn - When all leave is cancelled for the crew of the British submarine Sea Tiger the men know they are in for an important mission. Their target: the German warship Brandenburg located in the Baltic and surrounded by mines and escorting destroyers. Picking up three German airmen who have been shot down they learn the exact position of the Brandenburg and head for it. Now they must face the mines the destroyers and perhaps the biggest threat of all - the Brandenburg's own deadly torpedoes!
The Overlanders | DVD | (26/01/2009)
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The Grapes of Wrath | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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This American classic based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in an Oscar- Nominated role) and his family as they escape the Depression-era Oklahoma dust bowls for the promised land of California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions offer little hope, and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face.
Cleopatra | DVD | (13/05/2013)
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Still the most expensive movie ever made, Cleopatra nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. It also scandalised the world with the very public affair of its two major stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. But Joseph L Mankiewicz's 1963 epic deserves to be remembered for more than its off-screen troubles. An extravagantly elaborate production, the sets and costumes alone are awe-inspiring; Mankiewicz's own literate screenplay draws heavily on the classics and Shakespeare; while the supporting cast, led by Rex Harrison as Caesar and Roddy McDowall as his nephew (and future emperor) Octavian, are all first-rate thespians and generally put in more convincing performances than either of the two leads. Mankiewicz's original intention was to make two three-hour films: the first being Caesar and Cleopatra, the second Antony and Cleopatra. But before the film?s completion, and following a boardroom coup worthy of Ancient Rome itself, legendary mogul Darryl F Zanuck took back control of Fox and insisted that Cleopatra be cut to a more economical length. A heartbroken Mankiewicz was forced to trim his six-hour vision down to four. This was the "roadshow" version shown at the film?s premiere and now restored here. Then following adverse criticism and pressure from cinema chains Zanuck demanded more cuts, and the final released version ran a mere three hours--half the original length. Capitalising on the feverish publicity surrounding Burton and Taylor, the shortened version played up both their on- and off-screen romance. This longer four-hour roadshow version allows for a broader view of the film, adding some depth to the politics and manipulation of the characters. But the director?s original six-hour edit has been lost. Perhaps one day it will be rediscovered in the vaults and Mankiewicz?s much-maligned movie will finally be seen the way it was meant to be. Until then, Cleopatra remains an epic curiosity rather than the complete spectacle it should be.