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  • Oliver [1968] Oliver | DVD | (11/12/2000) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (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

  • The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 1 [DVD] The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 1 | DVD | (08/04/2013) from £4.85  |  Saving you £10.14 (67.60%)  |  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 £11.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (47.80%)  |  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 £3.00  |  Saving you £9.99 (76.90%)  |  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.

  • The Way Ahead [1944] The Way Ahead | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £4.19  |  Saving you £5.80 (58.10%)  |  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...

  • The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 12 [DVD] The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 12 | DVD | (07/04/2014) from £4.85  |  Saving you £10.14 (67.60%)  |  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 best available elements in their correct aspect ratio this multi-volume collection showcases a range of scarce films from both Basil Dean's and Michael Balcon's tenure as studio head making them available once more to the general public. Three Men In A Boat (1933)An adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome's classic story charting the comic misadventures of three friends - and a dog - as they take a boating holiday on the Thames. Loyalties (1933)The sole Jewish guest at a Society gathering is robbed; when he exposes a fellow guest as the thief he finds the veneer of racial tolerance to be disturbingly thin... The Bailiffs (1932)In one of their earliest films Crazy Gang stars Flanagan and Allen star as a couple of incompetent broker's men who take possession of the wrong house... Laburnum Grove (1936)A respectable suburban householder shocks unwelcome visiting relatives by telling them that he is now a forger working for a criminal gang.

  • Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 13 [DVD] Ealing Studios Rarities Collection: Volume 13 | DVD | (19/05/2014) from £4.85  |  Saving you £10.14 (67.60%)  |  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 best available elements in their correct aspect ratio this multi-volume collection showcases a range of scarce films from both Basil Dean's and Michael Balcon's tenure as studio head making them available once more to the general public. IT HAPPENED IN PARIS (1935) Whilst looking for artistic inspiration in Paris a millionaire's son falls for a beautiful girl. Romantic complications arise when he feigns poverty in order to win her love. Black and White / 66 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English AUTUMN CROCUS (1934) In his final film role Ivor Novello plays the married owner of a Tyrolean inn; Fay Compton is the holidaying schoolteacher who falls hopelessly in love with him. Black and White / 80 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English THE DICTATOR (1935) A drama depicting the stormy marriage of King Christian VII and his English consort Caroline Matilda and the Queen's tragic affair with the royal physician Struensee. Black and White / 82 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English SECRET LIVES (1937) A powerful World War I drama tracing the life of a German-born woman who is trained by the French as a spy but pays a heavy price for her apparent freedom. Black and White / 78 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

  • The Third Man [1949] The Third Man | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £8.99  |  Saving you £3.05 (17.00%)  |  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.

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang / Oliver / Annie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang / Oliver / Annie | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £7.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Dir. Ken Hughes 1968): Everything Caractacus Potts invents goes wrong - even his sweets are full of holes. So how can he have created a car that not only drives but floats and flies as well? Find out as the fantasmagorical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang takes your family on a magical musical adventure you won't forget. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has never looked or sounded better. With its catchy tunes including the Oscar nominated theme tune (Best Song 1968) marvelous cast and enchanting storyline this delightful film is first-class family entertainment and definitely far toot sweet to miss! Annie (Dir. John Huston 1982): 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... Oliver! (Dir. Carol Reed 1968): 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.

  • 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...

  • A Kid For Two Farthings A Kid For Two Farthings | DVD | (05/02/2007) from £15.84  |  Saving you £-5.85 (-58.60%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In a lower-class London community of small shops open-air vendors and flea-marketers Joe a small boy lives with his mother Joanne who works in and rooms above the Kandinsky tailor shop. Joe is innocently and earnestly determined to help realize the wishes of his poor hard-working neighbors. Hearing from Mr. Kandinsky the tale that a captured unicorn will grant any wish Joe uses his accumulated pocket change to buy a kid with an emerging horn believing it to be a unicorn. His subsequent efforts to make dreams come true exemplify the power of hope and will amidst hardship..

  • The Agony And The Ecstasy [1965] The Agony And The Ecstasy | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £11.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (8.00%)  |  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

  • Oliver!/Annie Oliver!/Annie | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (76.50%)  |  RRP £16.99

    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 Third Man [DVD] [1949] The Third Man | DVD | (20/07/2015) from £9.98  |  Saving you £8.01 (44.50%)  |  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

  • Oliver! [Blu-ray] [1968] Oliver! | Blu Ray | (21/10/2013) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  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...

  • Odd Man Out [1946] Odd Man Out | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £8.53  |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)  |  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.

  • Margaret Lockwood Collection [1938] Margaret Lockwood Collection | DVD | (16/06/2008) from £11.72  |  Saving you £26.10 (65.30%)  |  RRP £39.99

    This box set features the following films: The Wicked Lady (Dir.Leslie Arliss) (1945): The lusty bawdy epic story of England's legendary highwayperson Lady Barbara Skelton who married a nobleman lusted after a highway-man and sought the love of the only man she could never have... Love Story (Dir. Leslie Arliss) (1944): After successful pianist Lissa Campbell is diagnosed with a terminal heart defect she vows to make her last months worth living. She takes a trip to Cornwall where she meets Tom Tanner Kit Firth and Judy Martin. Bank Holiday (Dir. Carol Reed) (1938): Various people set off on an August bank holiday including a raucous Cockney family a would-be beauty queen and two young lovers - whose relationship starts to come apart when one has to deal with a bereavement at the hospital where she works. Give Us The Moon (Dir. Val Guest) (1944): A young man Sascha joins a group call 'The Elephants' whose principle is to abide by a complete disregard for work. However chaos ensues when the group decides to help run the hotel owned by Sascha's father! Highly Dangerous (Dir. Roy Ward Baker) (1950): When British Intelligence discovers that a (mythical) Iron Curtain country is developing insects as weapons they dispatch entomologist Fraces Gray to get into the county and collect specimens. However her cover is almost immediately blown on her arrival and her contact is murdered... The Lady Vanishes (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock) (1938): Intrigue and espionage and the effects on the lives and futures of passengers aboard a Trans-Continental Express emerge when a girl traveller (Margaret Lockwood) returning from a holiday strikes up an acquaintance with a middle-aged English governess who during the journey mysteriously disappears from her compartment. The girl seeking an explanation for the disappearance is accused of hallucinating and is nearly convinced that her new friend does not exist. However further inquiries made among the passengers reveal the curious behaviour of a group of foreign government agents who are also travelling as passengers... Classic Hitchcock!

  • The Third Man [1949] The Third Man | DVD | (14/01/2002) from £17.98  |  Saving you £1.01 (5.30%)  |  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 Agony and the Ecstasy [DVD] [1965] The Agony and the Ecstasy | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £6.59  |  Saving you £3.40 (34.00%)  |  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

  • Trapeze [DVD] Trapeze | DVD | (30/07/2012) from £6.25  |  Saving you £9.74 (60.90%)  |  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.

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