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  • Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition [Blu-ray] [1945] Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (24/02/2014) from £11.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (50.10%)  |  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.

  • Khartoum [1966] Khartoum | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £5.15  |  Saving you £10.84 (67.80%)  |  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 £20.00  |  Saving you £29.99 (60.00%)  |  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 £7.51  |  Saving you £5.48 (42.20%)  |  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 League Of Gentlemen Special Edition The League Of Gentlemen Special Edition | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £9.01  |  Saving you £5.98 (39.90%)  |  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 Four Just Men - The Complete Series [DVD] The Four Just Men - The Complete Series | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £17.10  |  Saving you £32.89 (65.80%)  |  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...

  • The Blue Lamp (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [2016] The Blue Lamp (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (12/12/2016) from £11.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fifty years on, it's hard to appreciate just how shocking one key scene in The Blue Lamp was considered by British audiences. Young delinquent Tom Riley (played with sensuous malevolence by Dirk Bogarde) guns down kindly, benevolent copper, PC Dixon (Jack Warner.) In early 1950s Britain, murdering a policeman was the ultimate taboo. Even the underworld's denizens help the police flush Riley out. Made by Ealing Studios, The Blue Lamp is not a comedy but shares many of the studio's characteristic comic hallmarks, as well as the same writer (TEB Clarke) for their classics Hue And Cry and The Lavender Hill Mob. Consensus and tolerance are the watchwords. Individualism is frowned upon. There are no extravagant displays of emotion, not even from Mrs Dixon (Gladys Henson) when she learns what happened to her husband. The understatement is very moving, although by today's standards the representation of the police seems absurdly idealised. Were they ever the doughty, patient sorts depicted here? It is no surprise to learn that Scotland Yard co-operated in the making of the film but this is much more than just police propaganda. Well-crafted, full of finely judged character performances, it ranks with Ealing's best work. It was made at an intriguing historical moment: before rock and roll and the era of teenage affluence, there was simply no place for young tearaways like Tom Riley. --Geoffrey Macnab

  • The Definitive Ealing Studios Collection The Definitive Ealing Studios Collection | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £40.00  |  Saving you £79.99 (66.70%)  |  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)

  • All Night Long [1961] All Night Long | DVD | (16/04/2007) from £5.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (57.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A corporate executive drops out after he is demoted. He takes an all-night job at a drug store where he meets and falls for an eccentric girl-next-door.

  • The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 3 [DVD] The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 3 | DVD | (10/06/2013) from £9.87  |  Saving you £5.12 (34.20%)  |  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...

  • Blue Lamp, The / The Nanny [1965] Blue Lamp, The / The Nanny | DVD | (23/06/2003) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This is a double-feature of two British crime classics, The Blue Lamp (1949) and The Nanny (1965). The Blue Lamp is the film that introduced PC George Dixon, played by Jack Warner, later immortalised in the BBC's long-running Dixon of Dock Green (1955-76). Here Dixon's murder is the catalyst for an exciting London manhunt, shot largely on location in a fast-moving, starkly efficient style showing the influence of The Naked City (1948). The war-damaged East End and the car chases through almost vehicle-free streets offer a documentary-like vision of a London now long gone, and a young Dirk Bogarde makes a serious impact in an early starring role. In contrast, The Nanny has a superstar, the imported Hollywood legend Bette Davis, in the declining years of her career. Just one of three psychological thrillers Hammer produced in 1965 (the others were Frantic and Hysteria), the film capitalises on the popularity of Davis's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) with a comparable mix of hateful insanity and paranoia. The screenplay skilfully juggles the audience's sympathies between a superb Davis and the dysfunctional family of which she becomes a part, developing a powerful sense of dread which shows such clich&eacute;d later fare as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) how to do this sort of thing with real class. On the DVD: The Blue Lamp and The Nanny are presented in black and white with adequate mono sound. The Blue Lamp is in its original 4:3 ratio; The Nanny is cropped from its theatrical 1.85:1 to 4:3, though it's only in a few shots that it becomes obvious that information is missing at the sides of the screen. The print of The Blue Lamp is soft and grainy, while The Nanny is grainy with a considerable amount of flicker. There are no extras. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • The Halfway House [DVD] [1944] The Halfway House | DVD | (20/06/2011) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A group of troubled people gather at the Halfway House Inn in rural Wales. As they stay there the innkeeper Rhys and his daughter Gwyneth come to have a strange effect over them bringing out and offering clarity to their problems. But the group soon comes to realize that there is something very strange about the inn... The Halfway House is one of Ealing's war propaganda films and is an adaptation from a play by Dennis Ogden.

  • The Ship That Died of Shame [DVD] The Ship That Died of Shame | DVD | (10/01/2011) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on a short story by Nicholas Monsarrat (author of 'The Cruel Sea') and directed by Basil Dearden (The Blue Lamp The League Of Gentleman) The Ship That Died Of Shame takes place during the bleak aftermath of the Second World War a crew of navy veterans played by screen legend Richard Attenborough George Baker (The Dam Busters) and Bill Owen (Last Of The Summer Wine) are forced into smuggling black market goods across the English Channel to make ends meet. But it isn't long before wine and cigarettes are replaced by the more lucrative cargo of automatic weapons and counterfeit money. A crisis of conscience lies upon the horizon when one of the crew refuses to turn a blind eye after discovering that the mysterious stranger they've been asked to smuggle into England hides a dark and harrowing secret.

  • The Persuaders: The Complete Series (Repackaged) [DVD] [1971] The Persuaders: The Complete Series (Repackaged) | DVD | (01/11/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £39.99

    A 9 disc set featuring the complete collection (all 24 episodes ever produced) of the cult TV series featuring John Barry's classic theme tune! Upper crust Lord Brett Sinclair (Roger Moore) and nouveau riche Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) two wealthy playboys from very different backgrounds are paired up by a stern judge who tasks them with becoming international crimestoppers.... Episodes Comprise: 1. Overture 2. The Gold Napoleon 3. Take Seven 4. Greensleeves 5. Powerswitch 6. The Time and the Place 7. Someone Like Me 8. Anyone Can Play 9. The Old the New and the Deadly 10. Angie Angie 11. Chain of Events 12. That's Me Over There 13. The Long Goodbye 14. The Man in the Middle 15. Element of Risk 16. A Home of One's Own 17. Five Miles to Midnight 18. Nuisance Value 19. The Morning After 20. Read and Destroy 21. A Death in the Family 22. The Ozerov Inheritance 23. To the Death Baby 24. Someone Waiting

  • The Man Who Haunted Himself Film [Blu-ray] The Man Who Haunted Himself Film | Blu Ray | (24/06/2013) from £8.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)  |  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?

  • All Night Long [DVD] All Night Long | DVD | (04/07/2016) from £8.29  |  Saving you £1.70 (17.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Patrick McGoohan and Richard Attenborough star in this powerful psychological drama which deftly re-interprets Shakespeare's Othello via the beating, syncopated heart of East London's early-sixties jazz scene. Directed by Basil Dearden, All Night Long features outstanding performances from jazz legends Charlie Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Dankworth and Tubby Hayes. It is presented here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its original, as-exhibited aspect ratio. Wealthy music promoter Rod Hamilton throws an anniversary party for a famous jazzman, Aurelius Rex, and his wife and musical partner, Delia. Music and goodwill flow freely until the arrival of an ambitious musical rival, Johnny Cousin, who intent on poaching Delia to join his own band plans to destroy the couple's relationship over the course of a single night... SPECIAL FEATURES: Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Commemorative booklet

  • Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition [DVD] [1945] Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition | DVD | (24/02/2014) from £10.00  |  Saving you £7.99 (44.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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.

  • 1950s Great British Movies [DVD] 1950s Great British Movies | DVD | (22/09/2014) from £11.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (42.50%)  |  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.

  • 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.

  • The Bells Go Down [DVD] [1943] The Bells Go Down | DVD | (19/07/2010) from £7.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Bells Go Down

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