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  • Ocean's 11 [Blu-ray] [1960] Ocean's 11 | Blu Ray | (07/05/2018) from £10.15  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Eleven friends who know each other from World War II service plan to rob five of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas in one night. They develop a master plan but after the whole thing is over, something goes wrong...

  • The Story Of The 1966 World Cup The Story Of The 1966 World Cup | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £2.92  |  Saving you £4.43 (34.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    This is the story of the most triumphant moment in English sport the success of the 1966 England football team. Featuring interviews with the surviving members of that great team take a nostalgic look back at how England with the added benefit of playing on home soil progressed through the competition to that memorable final against West Germany.

  • The Sound Of Music - 2 disc Special Edition [1965] The Sound Of Music - 2 disc Special Edition | DVD | (09/04/2001) from £5.75  |  Saving you £7.03 (35.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio, The Sound of Music grows fresher with each viewing. Though it was planned meticulously in pre-production (save for the scene where Maria and the children take a dipping in an Austrian lake that nearly cost a life), on each viewing one is struck anew by the spontaneous almost improvisatory air of the acting, notably of Julie Andrews under Robert Wise's direction. There are also the little human touches he brings to, for instance, the scene where Maria leads the children to the hills, over bridges and along tow paths where the smallest boy trips up and momentarily gets left behind: it creates a feeling that most of us have encountered. From the opening pre-credit sequence of muted excitement as the camera roves over the Austrian Alps (photographed in magnificent colour), where little phrases from the wind instruments on the soundtrack are flung as if on the breeze, foreshadowing the title song to follow, the production never puts a foot wrong. On the DVD: On the first disc the film itself has never looked or sounded better since its original presentation in Todd AO (prints of which are said to have disappeared forever). The disc also contains a separate audio guide that takes the viewer through the film sequence by sequence, with director Robert Wise commenting on the weather, the production design by Boris Leven, the sequences filmed on location and in Hollywood (like the interiors of the Von Trapp villa), and the naming of other actors who were eager for the lead roles, notably Doris Day and Yul Brynner. On the second disc there are the documentaries. "Salzburg Sight and Sound" was Charmian Carr's own record of her time on location in the summer of 1964, playing Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter. "From Fact to Fiction", running two hours, begins with the birth of Maria in 1905 who inspired the film, charts her subsequent marriage to Captain Von Trapp, their escape from Nazi Germany not across the Alps but via a train across the Italian boarder, their home in Vermont and thence to the German film of the family that was brought to the attention of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an ideal vehicle for a stage musical. A second group of documentaries covers previews, television and radio commercials and a 1973 interview with Wise and Andrews. Overall, this is a marathon package but in its way is as compelling as the film itself. --Adrian Edwards

  • The Goose Steps Out - 75th Anniversary (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [1942] The Goose Steps Out - 75th Anniversary (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (15/05/2017) from £7.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Comedy legend Will Hay stars as William Potts, a hapless, clumsy schoolteacher, who just happens to be an identical body double for a notorious German Nazi general. When the army is made aware of this uncanny resemblance to the German, who they are currently holding prisoner; they decide to drop the reluctant Mr Potts behind enemy lines. His deadly mission is to find and retrieve information on a secret weapon that the Germans are planning to use. But whilst impersonating the Nazi general, William Potts manages to infiltrate the college of Hitler Youth. He also manages to make a big impression on the students who are being trained as spies and are learning how to fit into British society. Luckily Mr Potts is at hand to give them lots of handy hints in honour of the war effort! Extras: Interview with Graham Rinaldi Go to Blazes Will Hay short BBC Radio 3 The Essay: British Film Comedians Will Hay Audio Featurette by Simon Heffer

  • The Red Shoes [DVD] [1948] The Red Shoes | DVD | (06/07/2009) from £7.98  |  Saving you £8.01 (50.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    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 Graduate 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1967] The Graduate 50th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (14/08/2017) from £10.89  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION BRAND NEW RESTORATION A complete sensation on its original release in 1967, THE GRADUATE was a one-of-a-kind cinematic portrait of America which captured the mood of disaffected youth seething beneath the laid-back exterior of 1960s California. It earned Mike Nichols a Best Director Oscar, introduced the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience and featured one of the most famous seductions in movie history and a truly iconic final scene. THE GRADUATE also introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman, perfectly cast as the jaw-droppingly naïve Benjamin. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion as he wonders what to do with his life. He returns to his parents' luxurious Beverly Hills home, where he idles away the summer floating in the pool and brooding in silence. He is rescued from the boredom when he is seduced into a clandestine affair with a middle-aged married friend of his parents, Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). That liaison is soon complicated by Benjamin's infatuation with her college-age daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross). Visually imaginative and impeccably acted, with a witty, endlessly quotable script by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry (based on the novel by Charles Webb), with a supporting cast that includes William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Walter Brooke and Elizabeth Wilson, THE GRADUATE had the kind of cultural impact that comes along only once in a generation.

  • Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition [Blu-ray] [1945] Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (24/02/2014) from £11.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (47.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    A portmanteau work from four of Ealing's best directors, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer. Starring Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers, <i>Dead Of Night</i> represented a departure for Ealing from the classic comedy mode and is instead a spooky psychological thriller made up of five chilling ghost stories.

  • Doctor Who - Time-Flight & Arc of Infinity Doctor Who - Time-Flight & Arc of Infinity | DVD | (06/08/2007) from £9.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Time Flight: The Doctor finally manages to deliver Tegan to Heathrow Airport where he gets drawn into investigating the in-flight disappearance of a Concorde. Following the same flight path in another Concorde with the TARDIS stowed in the hold he discovers that it has been transported back millions of years into the past through a time corridor. Arc of Infinity: An antimatter creature has crossed into normal space via a phenomenon known as the Arc of Infinity but needs to bond physically with a Time Lord in order to remain stable. A traitor on Gallifrey has chosen the Doctor as the victim.

  • Yellow Submarine [1968] Yellow Submarine | DVD | (01/02/2000) from £28.92  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This restored, animated valentine to the Beatles offers viewers the rare chance to see a work that's been substantially improved by its technical facelift, not just super-sized with extra footage. Recognising that its song-studded soundtrack alone makes Yellow Submarine a video annuity, United Artists has lavished a frame-by-frame refurbishment of the original feature, while replacing its original monaural audio tracks with a meticulously reconstructed stereo mix that actually refines legendary original album versions. What emerges is a vivid time capsule of the late 1960s and a minor milestone in animation. The music represents the quartet's zenith--Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The story line, cobbled together by producer Al Brodax and a committee of writers, is a broad, feather-light allegory set in idyllic Pepperland, where the gentle citizens are threatened by the nasty, music-hating Blue Meanies and their surreal arsenal of henchmen, with the Beatles enlisted to thwart the bad guys. Visually, designer Heinz Edelmann mixes the biomorphic squiggles, day-glo palette and Beardsley-esque portraits of Peter Max with rotoscoped still photographs and film; Edelmann's animated collages also nod to Andy Warhol and Magritte in properly psychedelic fashion, which works wonderfully with such terrific songs. High-orthodox Beatlemaniacs can still grouse that the animated Fab Four are (literally) flat archetypes, but that's missing the sheer bloom of the music or the giddy, campy fun of the visuals. Making sense of the story is second to submerging blissfully in the sights and sounds of this video treat. --Sam Sutherland

  • Classics of German Cinema [2007] Classics of German Cinema | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £25.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (33.30%)  |  RRP £44.99

    Perhaps no period of any national cinema extends its influence so powerfully into the present day of movies as that of the German cinema of the Weimar era. From the fraught angles that accompanied magisterial set-design to the dreamlike interplay of light and shadow German films of the pre-WWII era defined the famed ""expressionistic"" visual style even as they tested the boundaries of social and sexual taboos. This collection contains five films. Four are classic films emblematic of the legendary Weimar period and one is an historical curiosity commissioned under the Nazi regime. Paul Wegener's and Carl Boese's 1920 film Der Golem represents the second (and the only fully surviving) film treatment by Wegener of the Yiddish folktale based around a towering clay monster created by magic corrupted by evil and redeemed ultimately by the force of the human soul. From the same year comes Robert Wiene's nightmarish classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - a story of mesmerism sleepwalking and murder - a demented dreamscape that perhaps single-handedly galvanized the Expressionist movement of silent cinema. Nine years on Joe May's Asphalt opens a door to the sordid carnality lurking inside the Weimar heart of darkness - and gives audiences the gift of Betty Amann the greatest ""siren unsung"" of the early silver-screen. No lack of recognition would beset the besotted lead of Josef von Sternberg's 1930 masterpiece The Blue Angel - presented here in both its German- and English-language versions. Simply put this tale of a mild-mannered professor (Emil Jannings) sucked into the world of a licentious cabaret artiste introduced the public to an immortal: her name written among the stars would read ""Marlene Dietrich"". By 1943 a new era had dawned one in which Joseph Goebbels called the shots and it was Josef von Bky's Mnchhausen that epitomized the ""new German epic"" - a state-sanctioned Agfacolor melange of the picaresque and Aryan myth that nevertheless served to inspire Terry Gilliam's more benign modern fantasia The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Myth sex magick and the ""tall-tale"": Classics of German Cinema: 1920-1943 presents the viewer with a selection of masterpieces that tower not only over the awesome first phase of German movies but over the origins of world cinema as a whole. 1. Der Golem 2. Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari 3. Asphalt 4. The Blue Angel 5. Munchhausen

  • The Graduate [Blu-ray] [1967] The Graduate | Blu Ray | (13/01/2014) from £12.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (43.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Mike Nichols directs this 1960s comedy drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. After graduating from college, Ben Braddock (Hoffman) returns to his wealthy parents' South Californian home unsure of what he wants to do next. Feeling pressurised to get on with his life, the young Braddock escapes into an aimless affair with Mrs Robinson (Bancroft), an older, married woman and friend of the family. The pair meet regularly, with neither expecting anything serious from the...

  • The Humphrey Bogart Collection - The Maltese Falcon / Casablanca / The Big Sleep / Key Largo [DVD] The Humphrey Bogart Collection - The Maltese Falcon / Casablanca / The Big Sleep / Key Largo | DVD | (17/09/2012) from £11.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £11.99

    FOUR DVD BOX SET containing the films The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep and Key Largo - THE MALTESE FALCON: Bogart's career breakthrough and John Huston's directorial debut! P.I. Sam Spade (Bogart) follows a trail of murder and high-living low-lifes to a coveted 'dingus' - the falcon statuette. Audio: 1.0 Mono - Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame / B&W - Run Time: 101 Mins. Approx - Languages: English, German, Spanish - Hearing Impaired: English, German - Subtitles: Finnish, German, Hebrew, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. CASABLANCA: The forever classic of love lost, renewed and sacrificed, with Bogart's cynical Rick becoming the all-time archetype for romantic heroes. They'll play this one for as long as time goes by! Audio: 1.0 Mono - Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame / B&W - Run Time: 98 Mins. Approx - Languages: English, French, Italian - Hearing Impaired: English, Italian - Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch THE BIG SLEEP: In this unequaled masterpiece, the two stars are embroiled in suspense in this landmark, hard-boiled Raymond Chandler whodunit. KEY LARGO: Academy Award winner (1948): best supporting actress (Claire Trevor). Trapped by a storm and a killer! Bogart and Bacall ride out a hurricane while facing the business end of Edward G. Robinson's gun.

  • Odd Man Out [1946] Odd Man Out | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £7.99  |  Saving you £7.70 (38.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    James Mason stars in this powerful suspense drama as Johnny McQueen the leader of a quasi-IRA group. When he's wounded in a botched robbery he becomes the object of an intense police manhunt and must scramble desperately about Belfast in an attempt to escape. Kathleen (Kathleen Ryan) the woman who loves him also takes off in pursuit of Johnny hoping to reach him before the police do.

  • Waltz Of The Toreadors [1962] Waltz Of The Toreadors | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £2.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (30.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The immortal Peter Sellers is hilarious as a pompous retired general who still has a taste for the ladies in French playwright Jean Anouilh's philosophical farce. A lusty comedy of manners ""Waltz of the Toreadors"" tempers its treatment of an old rake's delusions with generous dollops of wit and compassion.

  • Nurse Edith Cavell [DVD] Nurse Edith Cavell | DVD | (08/02/2010) from £9.56  |  Saving you £3.43 (26.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp, Cavell aids him to reach Holland and safety. This leads to Cavell, a local noblewoman, the grandmother of the escaped prisoner-of-war, and others to form an organization to help Belgian, French, English and other soldiers escape as well. Eventually the Germans become aware of what's happening and take action.

  • For Those In Peril [DVD] [1944] For Those In Peril | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £9.79  |  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.

  • On The Waterfront [Blu-ray] [1954] On The Waterfront | Blu Ray | (11/08/2014) from £8.19  |  Saving you £4.80 (37.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Marlon Brando is the longshoreman who finds himself increasingly isolated when he challenges the might and power of the tough New York City dockers' Union. Rod Steiger is his elder brother torn between loyalty to union and love of family. Lee J. Cobb is the powerful union boss while Eva Marie Saint is the girl with whom Brando falls in love. Winner of 8 Oscars including Best Picture Best Actor Best Support Actress Best Director and Best Screenplay this devastating film has since its first screening become one of the movie greats.

  • A Chorus Line [1985] A Chorus Line | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £9.50  |  Saving you £1.64 (12.60%)  |  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.

  • Classic Films Triple - Rebecca/Brief Encounter/Mansfield Park Classic Films Triple - Rebecca/Brief Encounter/Mansfield Park | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £7.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (38.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: Rebecca: Based on Daphne du Maurier's classic novel this Masterpiece Theatre adaptation stars Emilia Fox as Mrs. De Winter the second wife of the aging aristocrat Maxim De Winter (Dance). Mrs. De Winter a young middle class girl met her husband while he was traveling and the two almost instantly fell in love even though Maxim was still grieving over his wife Rebecca that died only one year earlier. The two impulsively decide to get married and enjoy a blissful romance until the two return to Manderlay Maxim's estate and Mrs. De Winter finds that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone there especially the sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Rigg) who goes so far as to refer to her as the second Mrs. De Winter. Brief Encounter: Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter. Mansfield Park: At 10 Fanny Price goes to live at Mansfield Park the estate of her aunt's husband Sir Thomas. Clever studious and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral compass she becomes especially close to her cousin Edmund Thomas's younger son. Fanny is soon possessed of beauty as well as a keen mind and comes to the attention of a neighbor Henry Crawford. Thomas promotes this match but to his displeasure Fanny has a mind of her own asking Henry to prove himself worthy. As Edmund courts Henry's sister and as light shines on the link between Thomas's fortunes and New World slavery Fanny must assess Henry's character and assert her heart as well as her wit.

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1975] Rocky Horror Picture Show - 40th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (05/10/2015) from £10.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (26.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    If a musical sci-fi satire about an alien transvestite named Frank-n-Furter, who is building the perfect man while playing sexual games with his virginal visitors, sounds like an intriguing premise for a movie, then you're in for a treat. Not only is The Rocky Horror Picture Show all this and more, but it stars the surprising cast of Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick (as the demure Janet and uptight Brad, who get lost in a storm and find themselves stranded at Frank-n-Furter's mansion), Meat Loaf (as the rebel Eddie), Charles Gray (as our criminologist and narrator) and, of course, the inimitable Tim Curry as our "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania". Upon its release in 1975, the film was an astounding flop. But a few devotees persuaded a New York cinema to show it at midnight, and thus was born one of the ultimate cult films of all time. The songs are addictive (just try getting "The Time Warp" or "Toucha Toucha Touch Me" out of your head), the raunchiness amusing and the plot line utterly ridiculous--in other words, this film is simply tremendous good fun. The downfall, however, is that much of the amusement is found in the audience participation that is obviously missing from a video version (viewers in cinemas shout lines at the screen and use props--such as holding up newspapers and shooting water guns during the storm and throwing rice during a wedding scene). Watched alone as a straight movie, Rocky Horror loses a tremendous amount of its charm. Yet, for those who wish to perfect their lip-synching techniques for movie cinema performances or for those who want to gather a crowd around the TV at home for some good, old-fashioned, rowdy fun, this film can't be beat. --Jenny Brown

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