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  • 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.

  • Khartoum [1966] Khartoum | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £5.19  |  Saving you £10.80 (67.50%)  |  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 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?

  • The League Of Gentlemen Special Edition The League Of Gentlemen Special Edition | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £7.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (50.00%)  |  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

  • Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition [DVD] [1945] Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition | DVD | (24/02/2014) from £8.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (52.90%)  |  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.

  • 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.

  • Peter Sellers - Hoffman / The Smallest Show On Earth / Carlton-Browne Of The F.O./ Two Way Stretch [1957] Peter Sellers - Hoffman / The Smallest Show On Earth / Carlton-Browne Of The F.O./ Two Way Stretch | DVD | (15/10/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Featuring the films: 'Hoffman' 'The Smallest Show On Earth' 'Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.' and 'Two Way Stretch'. Hoffman *(WS 1.85:1 Anamorphic 1970 1 hour and 47 Minutes Colour): Peter Sellers is Hoffman a middle aged misfit who blackmails his young attractive secretary into spending a week with him. Although he behaves like a creep throughout the weekend he actually emerges as a sympathetic character in the end. Two Way Stretch *(FS 1960 1 hour and 23 minutes B&W):

  • 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 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 Four Just Men - The Complete Series [DVD] The Four Just Men - The Complete Series | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £16.59  |  Saving you £33.40 (66.80%)  |  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 £8.48  |  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

  • A Place to Go A Place to Go | DVD | (16/02/2009) from £11.71  |  Saving you £1.28 (9.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    First ever DVD release of this classic crime film which Bernard Lee Rita Tushingham Michael Sarne and Doris Hare. Ricky Flint (Mike Sarne) finds his world stifling. The East End that he grew up in is being demolished to make way for high rise blocks of flats and there seems just one possible means of escape: a one-off crime of robbing a cigarette factory. He becomes involved in a gang to carry out the robbery and then meets the forthright Cat (Rita Tushingham) when their tempestuous liaison takes a violent course...

  • The Tommy Trinder Collection The Tommy Trinder Collection | DVD | (11/02/2008) from £14.24  |  Saving you £20.75 (59.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Save a Little Sunshine (Dir. Norman Lee) (1938): In this musical comedy a man earns a reward and decides to spend some of it on restoring a ramshackle boarding house. Unfortunately his endeavor fails and he ends up working there to make ends meet. Later his ingenious girl friend saves the day by suggesting he turn the house into a fancy restaurant. Sailors Three (Dir. Walter Forde) (1940): Three British sailors find they've accidentally strayed on board a Nazi ship during WWII. They then proceed to take it over and requisition it for the Royal Navy. The Foreman Went To France (Dir. Charles Frend) (1942): Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment. Fiddlers Three (Dir. Harry Watt) (1944): A pair of Jolly Jack Tars on shore leave take a Wren (lady sailor) to Stonehenge and get caught in a time warp finishing up in ancient Rome. The Bells Go Down (Dir. Basil Dearden) (1943): Comedian Tommy Trinder plays it straight in this tribute to the wartime AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service). The dedicated band who kept the fires of London under control during the blitz and fire bombings of WWII. Bitter Springs (Dir. Ralph Smart) (1950): Tommy Trinder is called in to smooth things out when Wally King encroaches upon Aboriginal Tribal ground. Champagne Charlie (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti) (1944): The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.

  • The Victim The Victim | DVD | (10/04/2006) from £7.49  |  Saving you £5.50 (42.30%)  |  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 Definitive Ealing Studios Collection The Definitive Ealing Studios Collection | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £48.43  |  Saving you £71.56 (59.60%)  |  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)

  • 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.

  • Violent Playground [DVD] Violent Playground | DVD | (16/01/2012) from £5.79  |  Saving you £7.20 (55.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

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

  • Sapphire [DVD] Sapphire | DVD | (05/09/2011) from £5.43  |  Saving you £7.56 (58.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    First individual DVD release! Basil Dearden's ground-breaking tale starring Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig portraying two Scotland Yard detectives who are investigating the murder of a young black woman who had been passing for white. As timely a topic today as when made in an England rampant with racial prejudice in the 1950s, it stays just this side of an in-depth indictment of racism and bigotry as the detectives investigate the vast array of suspects - everyone from the girl's white boyfriend and his parents who feared that the association would destroy his career to the boys that the girl had spurned when she was accepted by white society. Winner of BAFTA for Best British Film 1960.

  • 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.

  • Out Of The Clouds (Ealing) *Digitally Restored [DVD] [1955] Out Of The Clouds (Ealing) *Digitally Restored | DVD | (13/07/2015) from £9.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (44.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From acclaimed director Basil Dearden creator of such classic celebrated British films &amp;nbsp;such as The Blue Lamp and The League of Gentlemen comes a bedazzling ensemble piece that encapsulates the early days of recreational aviation. Starring Bernard Lee (who later found fame as James Bond&amp;rsquo;s &amp;lsquo;M&amp;rsquo;) James Robertson Justice (Doctor In The House) and Carry On star Sid James Out Of The Clouds manages to capture the glamour and excitement of post-war air travel. Out Of The Clouds follows the complex lives of several passengers and members of an airline crew during a typical bustling day at Heathrow airport. A pilot dealing with his gambling addiction a chief duty officer who dreams of becoming a pilot a love struck American engineer and an extremely popular air hostess are just some of the unforgettable characters within the rich tapestry of tales that make Out Of The Clouds such entertaining and compulsive viewing. Extras: Introduction by Film Historian Charles Barr Stills Gallery

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