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  • Oliver [1968] Oliver | DVD | (11/12/2000) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Film buffs and critics can argue until their faces turn blue about whether this lavish Dickensian musical deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1968, but the movie speaks for itself on grandly entertaining terms. Adapted from Dickens's classic novel, it's one of the most dramatically involving and artistically impressive musicals of the 1960s, directed by Carol Reed with a delightful enthusiasm that would surely have impressed Dickens himself. Mark Lester plays the waifish orphan Oliver Twist, who is befriended by the pick-pocketing Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and recruited into the gang of boy thieves led by Fagin (played to perfection by Ron Moody). The villainous Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) casts his long shadow over Oliver and his friends, but the young orphan is still able to find loving care in the most desperate of circumstances. Full of memorable melodies and splendid lyrics, Oliver! is a timeless film, prompting even hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael to call it "a superb demonstration of intelligent craftsmanship," and to further observe that "it's as if the movie set out to be a tribute to Dickens and his melodramatic art as well as to tell the story of Oliver Twist". --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Oliver! [Blu-ray] [1968] Oliver! | Blu Ray | (21/10/2013) from £7.17  |  Saving you £5.30 (40.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale! Young Oliver (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He's immediately taken in by aband of street urchins, headed by the lovable villain, Fagin (Ron Moody), his fiendish henchman, Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), and his loyal apprentice, The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his educati...

  • The Third Man [DVD] [1949] The Third Man | DVD | (20/07/2015) from £7.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    THE THIRD MAN has been beautifully restored in 4K for the first time showcasing the genius of this celebrated British noir voted the ‘The greatest British film of all time’ by a British Film Institute poll. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton Citizen Kane ) a naïve writer of pulp westerns arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (the incomparable Orson Welles) nut finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins too curious for his own good hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants. Complicating matters are the sardonic Major Calloway (Trevor Howard Brief Encounter) head of the British forces and Lime’s stage actress mistress Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli). Will Martin’s curiosity lead him to discover things about his old friend that he’d rather not know? Brilliantly scripted by Graham Greene and set to Anton Karas’ evocative zither score this justly celebrated classic is further enhanced by Robert Karasker’s Academy Award winning cinematography and Orson Welles in one of his most iconic screen roles. Extras: Feature Audio Commentary Famous Fan Featurette Restoring the Third Man Interview & Zither Performance by Cornelia Mayer Guardian Interview Cotton (audio) Guardian Interview Greene (audio) Joseph Cotton’s Alternative Opening (Audio) Shadowing The Third Man Dangerous Edge Third Man on Radio (Audio) Trailer

  • Annie / Oliver! Deluxe Box set [DVD] Annie / Oliver! Deluxe Box set | DVD | (26/09/2011) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: Annie (1982): Annie is the story of a plucky, red-haired girl who dreams of a life away outside her orphanage and its gin-soaked tyrant, Miss Hannigan (played to perfection by Carol Burnett). One day Annie meets the famous billionaire, Daddy Warbucks, and the pair share spectacular times in 1930's New York City. But Miss Hannigan and her zany, villainous colleagues are determined to spoil the fun for America's favourite orphan...Oliver! (1968): Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens classic tale!Young Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. Hes immediately taken in by a band of street urchins, headed by the lovable villain Fagin (Ron Moody), his fiendish henchman Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and his loyal apprentice The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing, Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own.Set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as Consider Yourself, Where Is Love? and As Long As He Needs Me, Oliver! leads us on a journey in search of love, belonging and honour among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards , including Best Picture and Best Score, Oliver! will steal your heart!

  • The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 1 [DVD] The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 1 | DVD | (08/04/2013) from £7.48  |  Saving you £7.51 (50.10%)  |  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 Studios Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance. Featuring new transfe...

  • The Third Man [Blu-ray] [1949] The Third Man | Blu Ray | (20/07/2015) from £11.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    THE THIRD MAN has been beautifully restored in 4K for the first time showcasing the genius of this celebrated British noir voted the ‘The greatest British film of all time’ by a British Film Institute poll. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton Citizen Kane ) a naïve writer of pulp westerns arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (the incomparable Orson Welles) nut finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins too curious for his own good hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants. Complicating matters are the sardonic Major Calloway (Trevor Howard Brief Encounter) head of the British forces and Lime’s stage actress mistress Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli). Will Martin’s curiosity lead him to discover things about his old friend that he’d rather not know? Brilliantly scripted by Graham Greene and set to Anton Karas’ evocative zither score this justly celebrated classic is further enhanced by Robert Karasker’s Academy Award winning cinematography and Orson Welles in one of his most iconic screen roles. Extras: Feature Audio Commentary Famous Fan Featurette Restoring the Third Man Interview & Zither Performance by Cornelia Mayer Guardian Interview Cotton (audio) Guardian Interview Greene (audio) Joseph Cotton’s Alternative Opening (Audio) Shadowing The Third Man Dangerous Edge Third Man on Radio (Audio) Trailer

  • Our Man In Havana Our Man In Havana | DVD | (26/12/2005) from £4.10  |  Saving you £8.89 (68.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Jim Wormold (Alec Guinness) a vacuum cleaner salesman is short of money. His 17-year old daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has reached an expensive age - so he accepts Hawthorne's (Noel Coward) offer of 0-plus a month and becomes Agent 59200/5 MI6's man in Havana. To keep the job Wormold pretends to recruit sub-agents and sends fake stories. Then the stories start becoming disturbingly true... Based on the novel by Graham Greene this was the final collaboration between Greene and director Carol Reed who had previously worked together on The Third Man and Fallen Idol.

  • Trapeze [DVD] Trapeze | DVD | (30/07/2012) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Trapeze is Carol Reed's breath-taking circus melodrama featuring an all-star cast including Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida and former trapeze artist Burt Lancaster.Mike is the master of the trapeze but is severely injured after an accident while attempting a dangerous triple somersault. Tino is the aspiring aerialist who is determined to learn the death-defying trick and knows Mike is the man to teach him. The pair become friends but their relationship is threatened by the arrival of Lola, a beautiful and driven acrobat with ambitions of her own.With spellbinding stunts performed by the best circus performers in Europe, Trapeze is a high-flying visual treat with an unforgettable finale.

  • The Way Ahead [1944] The Way Ahead | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £4.49  |  Saving you £5.50 (55.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Originally intended as a training film this war story (based on a screenplay by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov) tells of the light-hearted tomfoolery which soon gives way to the grim realities of life on the most dangerous battlegrounds of the Second World War...

  • Diana Dors - Icon Collection Diana Dors - Icon Collection | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £12.99  |  Saving you £47.00 (78.30%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Diana Dors was adored by the British public. A star of the silver screen for nearly forty years the woman once dubbed the 'English Marilyn Monroe' was a larger than life character who had it all. This DVD collection showcases some of the films that made Diana Dors one of Britains most popular female idols and rocketed her to stardom. Set Comprises: Yield to the Night Lady Godiver Rides Again Good Time Girl The Calendar Oliver Twist It's Not Cricket Diamond City A Boy a G

  • The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 2 [DVD] The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 2 | DVD | (13/05/2013) from £6.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (53.40%)  |  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 Studios Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance. Featuring new transfe...

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy [DVD] [1965] The Agony and the Ecstasy | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £6.79  |  Saving you £3.20 (32.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Carol Reed (The Third Man) directed this 1965 portrait of the relationship between Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison), who commissioned the artist to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Based on a novel by Irving Stone, the script of The Agony and the Ecstasy plods along, juggling the dynamics between the two men along with a somewhat perfunctory love story and distracting battle sequences. Reed seems more attuned to the nuances and great pains of the artistic process, as seen in sequences of Michelangelo working. But the overall focus of the film is unfortunately fuzzy. --Tom Keogh

  • The Agony And The Ecstasy [1965] The Agony And The Ecstasy | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £6.66  |  Saving you £6.33 (48.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Much of what appeared in Irving Stone's biographical novel of the life of Michelangelo was of the author's invention but few will dispute that the artist painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which is the subject of Carol Reed's film. Starring Charlton Heston as the irascible genius it traces his life from the age of 13 to his death at 88 but deals mainly with the five years during which he painted the chapel. Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) has commissioned the work in the hope

  • The Man Between (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [2016] The Man Between (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (02/01/2017) from £8.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A later collaboration between Mason and Carol Reed, The Man Between is often considered a companion piece to The Third Man thanks to its atmospheric portrayal of a city struggling to survive in a grim post-war reality of poverty and mistrust. The action is here transposed to a divided Berlin, and to the beginning of the Cold War. Unlike the devilish Harry Lime, Mason's world-weary dealer Ivo Kerr is ultimately still a decent man, compelled by his love for a naïve schoolteacher to make one last misguided trip through the Brandenberg Gate, with potentially tragic consequences.

  • Annie/Annie 2/Oliver [DVD] Annie/Annie 2/Oliver | DVD | (27/09/2010) from £8.93  |  Saving you £11.06 (55.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Annie: A plucky red-haired girl dreams of a life away outside her orphanage and its gin-soaked tyrant Miss Hannigan (played to perfection by Carol Burnett). One day Annie meets the famous billionaire Daddy Warbucks and the pair share spectacular times in 1930's New York City. But Miss Hannigan and her zany villainous colleagues are determined to spoil the fun for America's favourite orphan... Annie 2: The little red-head orphan is back in this film based on the classic Harold Gray comic strip. This time she and her faithful canine Sandy visit England after Daddy Warbucks is called over to be knighted by the Queen. Oliver!: Young Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He's immediately taken in by a band of street urchins headed by the lovable villain Fagin (Ron Moody) his fiendish henchman Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and his loyal apprentice The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own.

  • Odd Man Out [Blu-ray] Odd Man Out | Blu Ray | (18/06/2012) from £8.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (57.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    James Mason is Johnny McQueen, the idealistic leader of an illegal organisation in Northern Ireland. Shot during an armed raid he is badly wounded. Stumbling through the back streets of Belfast his friends, enemies and the police begin to close in as he tries to find a place to hide...Outstandingly directed by the Oscar-winning Carol Reed, Odd Man Out stars James Mason as a terrorist on the run in post-war Belfast. Giving what is undeniably his finest performance, Mason gets exemplary support from both Robert Newton, a crazed artist who desires to paint the death in McQueen's eyes, and Kathleen Ryan as the woman who loves him more than life itself. This High Definition digital restoration showcases the film's stark and beautiful imagery, ably complemented by the its exceptional score, which continually drives the story forward to its shocking conclusion.

  • Oliver [1968] Oliver | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £6.49  |  Saving you £5.99 (46.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens classic tale! Young Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. Hes immediately taken in by a band of street urchins headed by the lovable villain Fagin (Ron Moody) his fiendish henchman Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and his loyal apprentice The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own. Set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as ""Consider Yourself "" ""Where Is Love?"" and ""As Long As He Needs Me "" OLIVER! leads us on a journey in search of love belonging and honour among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Score OLIVER! will steal your heart!

  • The Third Man [1949] The Third Man | DVD | (14/01/2002) from £9.90  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £18.99

    The fractured Europe post-World War II is perfectly captured in Carol Reed's masterpiece thriller, set in a Vienna still shell-shocked from battle. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an alcoholic pulp writer come to visit his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). But when Cotton first arrives in Vienna, Lime's funeral is under way. From Lime's girlfriend and an occupying British officer, Martins learns of allegations of Lime's involvement in racketeering, which Martins vows to clear from his friend's reputation. As he is drawn deeper into post-war intrigue, Martins finds layer upon layer of deception, which he desperately tries to sort out. Welles' long-delayed entrance in the film has become one of the hallmarks of modern cinematography and it is just one of dozens of cockeyed camera angles that seem to mirror the off-kilter post-war society. Cotten and Welles give career-making performances and the Anton Karas zither theme will haunt you. --Anne Hurley

  • The Third Man [1949] The Third Man | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £7.43  |  Saving you £9.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This classic noir mystery from the team of Carol Reed and Graham Greene is regarded to be the best filmwork of both of these extreme talents. The Third Man features Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins a pulp novelist who has come to post-WWII Vienna with the promise of work from his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). When he finds that Lime has just been killed in a questionable car accident he decides to remain in the city to investigate his friend's mysterious death. The Third Man is a masterpiece of melancholia featuring extraordinary writing acting and directing as well as a classic zither score by Anton Karas.

  • Odd Man Out [1946] Odd Man Out | DVD | (07/07/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Odd Man Out is a British classic from 1947 that fits the film noir definition in almost every respect. It's one of the milestones of its era, highlighted by what is arguably the best performance in the illustrious career of James Mason, here playing the leader of an underground Irish rebel organisation, who is seriously wounded when a payroll heist goes sour. Left for dead by his accomplices on the streets of Belfast he's forced to hide wherever he can find shelter and as his gunshot wound gradually drains his life away, his lover (Kathleen Ryan) struggles to locate him before it's too late. Although the IRA and Belfast are never mentioned by name, this film was a daring and morally complex examination of Northern Ireland's "troubles" and the compelling tragedy hasn't lost any of its impact. A study of conscience in crisis and the bitter aftermath of terrorism, this was one of the first films to address IRA activities on intimately human terms. Political potency is there for those who seek it, but the film is equally invigorating as a riveting story of a tragic figure on the run from the law, forced to confront the wrath of his own beliefs in the last hours of his life. It was this brilliant, unforgettable film that established the directorial prowess of Carol Reed, whose next two films (The Fallen Idol and The Third Man) were equally extraordinary. --Jeff Shannon

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