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  • Khartoum [1966] Khartoum | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £5.33  |  Saving you £10.66 (66.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Set in the expanse of the Sudan desert in the midst of holy war, Khartoum (1966) plays like an attempt to work the Lawrence of Arabia magic on the (mostly) true story of eccentric British general Charles "Chinese" Gordon in 1884 North Africa. The magnificent opening desert battle suggests David Lean's epic sweep, at least until the film settles into a more modest story of political games, military standoffs, and a battle of wits and wiles between two fierce leaders. Charlton Heston plays the Christian soldier as cocky, unconventional maverick, and Laurence Olivier (behind heavy make-up and a thick black beard) is almost as good as his cagey nemesis the Mahdi, the Islamic holy warrior on a mission of annihilation. More talk than spectacle, the film falls short of Lawrence but is nonetheless a compelling story of colonial politics, cynical manoeuvring and the unconventional heroics of another colourful British maverick abroad. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - [ITV] - [Network] - [DVD] The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - - - | DVD | (19/09/2011) from £24.00  |  Saving you £25.99 (52.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    Nitro and gylcerine... and I light the fuse!Two millionaire playboys - one a peer of the realm, born into money, and the other a self-made man who fought his way out of the New York slums - are conned by a retired judge into righting wrongs in a series that combines action, style, humour and panache in large quantities!Regarded by many as the finest of Lew Grade's ITC film series, The Persuaders! stars Roger Moore and Tony Curtis as the mismatched playboys with an eye for the ladies and a penchant for landing themselves in trouble.

  • The Victim The Victim | DVD | (10/04/2006) from £7.48  |  Saving you £5.51 (42.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    This BAFTA-nominated film starring the great Dirk Bogarde in one of his career-best performances also includes excellent support from Sylvia Syms and Denis Price. The police are after Jack Barrett (Peter McEnery). He has stolen 2 300 from the building construction firm that employs him as a wages clerk. Despite being an ordinary young man of twenty-three years of age he is scared out of his wits by the crisis that is mounting - and they are circumstances beyond his control - Barret

  • The Man Who Haunted Himself Film [Blu-ray] The Man Who Haunted Himself Film | Blu Ray | (24/06/2013) from £9.48  |  Saving you £10.51 (52.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    While driving one evening, Harold Pelham appears possessed and has a car accident. While on the operating table, there even appears to be two heartbeats on the monitor. When he awakes, Pelham finds his life has been turned upside-down: he learns that he now supports a merger that he once opposed, and that he apparently is having an affair. People claim they have seen him in places that he has never been. Does Pelham have a doppelganger - or is he going insane?

  • The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - [ITV] - [Network] - [Blu-ray] [DVD] The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - - - | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £31.88  |  Saving you £48.11 (60.10%)  |  RRP £79.99

    Two millionaire playboys - one a peer of the realm, born into money, and the other a self-made man who fought his way out of the New York slums - are conned by a retired judge into righting wrongs in a series that combines action, style, humour and panache in large quantities!Regarded by many as being the finest of Lew Grade's ITC film series, The Persuaders! stars Roger Moore and Tony Curtis as the mismatched playboys with an eye for the ladies and a penchant for landing themselves in trouble.Highly anticipated on Blu-ray, this very popular action adventure series is presented here in stunning High Definition for the first time. All 24 episodes are featured alongside a wealth of special features.

  • The League Of Gentlemen Special Edition The League Of Gentlemen Special Edition | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £6.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (53.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A former army officer bitter at being made to retire early uses his special access to military personnel files to plot a 1 million bank robbery and sets about gathering an unlikely assortment of accomplices

  • The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 3 [DVD] The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 3 | DVD | (10/06/2013) from £9.11  |  Saving you £5.88 (39.20%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release. The Ealing Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance - featuring new transfers from...

  • The Green Man [1956] The Green Man | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Hawkins (Sim) is a timid clockmaker with a part time job; International Assassination Expert. He hasn't been getting too many assignments recently but his latest mission will put him back on the top of his profession. However he stalks the wrong target blowing up a boring politician instead and now he must pay the price for his breezy bungling in this murderously funny black comedy!

  • The Blue Lamp The Blue Lamp | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £8.84  |  Saving you £4.15 (31.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The unending battle of the city streets. When PC George Dixon is shot whilst on duty the Paddington Green police investigate the West London underworld to bring the culprit to justice...

  • The Four Just Men - The Complete Series [DVD] The Four Just Men - The Complete Series | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £17.99  |  Saving you £32.00 (64.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    This ITC crime drama series, loosely based on Edgar Wallace's novel of 1905, assembles an astonishing array of talent: Jack Hawkins (The Cruel Sea), Richard Conte (The Godfather) and Oscar nominees Vittorio de Sica and Dan Dailey star as the four men chosen to pursue justice and defeat tyranny worldwide; their regular co-stars include Avengers heroine Honor Blackman, as glamorous secretary Nicole, Lisa Gastoni, June Thorburn, and Andrew Keir (Quatermass and the Pit). The series' cosmopolitan...

  • Violent Playground [DVD] Violent Playground | DVD | (16/01/2012) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.

  • Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 6 [DVD] Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 6 | DVD | (16/09/2013) from £8.29  |  Saving you £6.70 (44.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release. The Ealing Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance - featuring new transfers from...

  • Ealing Studios Boxset 2 Ealing Studios Boxset 2 | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £18.25  |  Saving you £11.74 (39.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A superb box set featuring 4 golden Ealing classics. Includes: 1. The Lavender Hill Mob (Dir. Charles Crichton 1951) 2. Titfield Thunderbolt (Dir. Charles Crichton 1953) 3. Hue & Cry (Dir. Charles Crichton 1947) 4. Dead of Night (Dirs. Alberto Cavalcanti & Charles Crichton 1945)

  • The Definitive Ealing Studios Collection The Definitive Ealing Studios Collection | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £36.99  |  Saving you £83.00 (69.20%)  |  RRP £119.99

    A box set featuring 16 of the finest efforts from the house of Ealing. 1. Champagne Charlie (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1944) 2. Dead of Night (Dirs. Alberto Cavalcanti & Charles Crichton 1945) 3. Hue & Cry (Dir. Charles Crichton 1947) 4. It Always Rains on Sunday (Dir. Robert Hamer 1947) 5. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Dir. Robert Hamer 1949) 6. The Ladykillers (Dir. Alexander Mackendrick 1955) 7. The Lavender Hill Mob (Dir. Charles Crichton 1951) 8. The Maggie (Dir. Alexander Mackendrick 1954) 9. The Magnet (Dir. Charles Frend 1950) 10. The Man in The White Suit (Dir. Alexander Mackendrick 1951) 11. Nicholas Nickelby (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1947) 12. Passport To Pimlico (Dir. Henry Cornelius 1949) 13. Scott of The Antarctic (Dir. Charles Frend 1948) 14. The Titfield Thunderbolt (Dir. Charles Crichton 1953) 15. Went The Day Well? (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1942) 16. Whisky Galore (Dir. Alexander Mackendrick 1949)

  • 1950s Great British Movies [DVD] 1950s Great British Movies | DVD | (22/09/2014) from £11.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Boxset of four classic films from the 1950s. 'Simba' (1955) is an adventure drama about a man who travels to post-colonial Africa to visit his brother only to find he has been killed by a Kenyan rebel group. When Alan Howard (Dirk Bogarde) arrives in Africa, he soon learns his brother has been killed by the Mau Mau, a group of rebels who are fighting against the newly imposed rule of the white man. Enraged by his brother's murder, Alan decides to stay and put all of his energy into fighting the Mau Mau who he now considers his enemy. However, along the way he falls in love with a neighbouring settler called Mary (Virginia McKenna) who disagrees with his abhorrence of the native people and tries to put an end to his prejudices. 'Sapphire' (1959) is a hard-hitting crime drama exploring racism towards immigrants among the London police and public. Sapphire (Yvonne Buckingham), a fair-skinned West Indian immigrant is discovered hiding in London and murdered. To the police, led by Superintendent Hazard (Nigel Patrick) and Inspector Learoyd (Michael Craig), the case seems clear cut - Sapphire must have been killed by a member of the black community. However, when Sapphire's brother (Earl Cameron) turns up at the police station and Sapphire's true ethnic roots become known, Hazard and Learoyd must face up to the racism of two communities and, quite possibly, their own. 'The Happy Family' stars Stanley Holloway and Kathleen Harrison as a couple who refuse to move from their house as the government reveal their plans to build a Festival Hall on the South Bank. The tenants of the local corner shop, Mr and Mrs Lord (Holloway and Harrison), are the only residents who refuse to make way for the construction - even when the police issue an eviction order. As the family barricade themselves into the shop, the bailiffs must try to think of another way to get them out. Violent Playground (1958) is a tough kitchen sink drama starring Stanley Baker and David McCallum and is set amongst the tough council estates of Liverpool.

  • Woman Of Straw [DVD] Woman Of Straw | DVD | (06/04/2015) from £7.75  |  Saving you £5.24 (40.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Sean Connery and Gina Lollobrigida star in this 1960s drama based on the novel by Catherine Arley. When Anthony Richmond (Connery) learns of his wealthy uncle Charles (Ralph Richardson)'s ill-health, he plots a way to get his fortune after his death. Employing attractive young nurse Maria (Lollobrigida) to care for Charles in his final days Anthony encourages his uncle to fall in love with and marry Maria. As Anthony realises that he, too, is falling for Maria, a love triangle emerges and complications arise.

  • The Smallest Show On Earth [1957] The Smallest Show On Earth | DVD | (08/07/2002) from £14.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    An amiable knock-off of the Ealing comedy style, The Smallest Show on Earth starts with aspiring novelist Bill Travers and his "nice gel" wife Virginia McKenna inheriting a cinema from a hitherto unknown uncle and discovering that it isn't the sumptuous modern Grand, which specialises in those "smash 'em in the face, knock 'em over the waterfront" pictures, but the decrepit Bijou, known locally as "the fleapit". The initial plan, set up by lawyer Leslie Phillips, is to sell off the cinema to the owner of the Grand so he can knock it down to make a car park, but our heroes are put off by the arrogant bullying of the rival manager (Francis De Wolff) and succumb to the inept charms of the crazed, aged staff--drunken projectionist Peter Sellers, doddery commissionaire Bernard Miles and dotty ticket lady Margaret Rutherford (who joined the team as a piano accompanist). In the 1950s, there was a run of gentle British comedies in which outmoded and broken-down local institutions (steam trains, tugboats, vintage cars) were saved by collections of committed eccentrics who despised the new-fangled bus services or soulless council bureaucracies and were willing to resort to a little larceny (in this case, arson). The Smallest Show slots in perfectly with the cycle, getting laughs from the Bijou's already outmoded programme of scratchy Westerns and desert dramas (which increase ice cream sales) and sentiment over the staff's midnight screenings of silent movies that remind them of better days. It's likeable rather than hilarious, with Sellers and Miles buried under crepe hair and fake wrinkles competing to out-dodder each other and losing the picture to the inimitable Rutherford, who doesn't have to fake her eccentricity. Pin-up, June Cunningham, is the glamorous usherette and Sid James plays her annoyed Dad. On the DVD: The Smallest Show on Earth is presented in a decent print, but with no extras. The film is also available as part of the four-disc Peter Sellers Collection. --Kim Newman

  • Victim [Blu-ray] Victim | Blu Ray | (28/07/2014) from £6.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (53.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Banned on its original theatrical release in the United States and highly controversial in Britain, this BAFTA-nominated story of deception, blackmail and revenge stars Dirk Bogarde in a brave, career-best performance as a prosperous young barrister with a dark secret. With powerful direction from Basil Dearden and strong supporting performances from both Sylvia Syms and Dennis Price, Victim is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited th.

  • Life For Ruth Life For Ruth | DVD | (25/06/2007) from £6.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (30.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A young girl Ruth (Lynn Taylor) is injured in a boating accident and taken to hospital for what is regarded as a routine emergency. Her parents are informed that only a blood transfusion will save her life but her religious fundamentalist father John Harris (Michael Craig) ignores the doctors advice and forbids the procedure believing that God will inexplicably heal his daughter. His embittered wife Pat (Janet Munro) who has tolerated her husband's religious convictions throughout their marriage finally relents and signs the required papers but sadly too late and their daughter dies. The angry Dr. Brown (Patrick McGoohan) decides to press ahead with manslaughter charges against Harris and the case quickly comes to the law courts. After a lengthy and emotional trial Harris is eventually acquitted. Though a free man he must come to terms with his own conflicting feelings over his faith and his daughter's death.

  • Train Of Events [1949] Train Of Events | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £11.48  |  Saving you £4.51 (28.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Four different perspectives of a train disaster are told through a quartet of short stories.

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