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  • Classic Christmas Box Set [DVD] Classic Christmas Box Set | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £10.70  |  Saving you £9.29 (46.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A Christmas Carol:Academy Award Winner George C. Scott gives a powerful performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in this truly heartwarming telling of Charles Dickens' beloved drama. At first, miserable, greedy old Scrooge can't tolerate the revelry of Christmas, much less comprehend its meaning. But visits from his former business partner's ghost and three cautionary specters from past, present and future force the man to soul-search. Grappling with his own losses, Scrooge recognises the repercussions of heartlessness in this classic, timeless story that also stars Susannah York and David Warner. The Sound of Music:The magical, heart-warming story, which has become the most popular family film of all time, tells the story of a spirited young woman, Maria (Julie Andrews), who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of the autocratic Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Miracle on 34th Street:In this new miracle based on the 1947 classic, a little girl discovers dreams can come true if you really believe. Six-year old Susan Walker has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the secret about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. This uplifting and joyous film will make believers out of the entire family! Chitty Chity Bang Bang:Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - start your engines. You're about to take an incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever tunes (including the OSCAR-Nominated title song), marvellous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply toot sweet to pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives - but also flies and floats - as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure.

  • A Christmas Carol [1984] A Christmas Carol | DVD | (07/11/2005) from £3.42  |  Saving you £4.57 (57.20%)  |  RRP £7.99

    This 1984 version of the Dickens' classic `A Christmas Carol ' directed by Clive Donner stars George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. A miserable old man who hates the festive season is taught the true meaning of Christmas in this definitive version of Dickens' Yuletide tale.

  • Christmas Crackers Collection [DVD] Christmas Crackers Collection | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £25.45  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

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  • The Scarlet Pimpernel [DVD] The Scarlet Pimpernel | DVD | (05/08/2013) from £7.99  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Paris 1792. Crowds hungry for blood cheer as the heads of hundreds of aristocrats fall under the blade of the guillotine. The French Revolution has entered its phase of terror. A mysterious rescuer know only by his alias of The Scarlet Pimpernel is proving the scourge of the Revolution as he daringly snatches aristocrats from the jaws of death under the noses of the executioners. Against this backdrop sits a love story a marriage and a man hunt for the Scarlet Pimpernel ordered by Robespierre himself. Special Features: Actor Filmographies Subtitles

  • Some People [DVD] Some People | DVD | (20/05/2013) from £6.29  |  Saving you £3.70 (37.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A lively musical tale of teen rebellion Some People stars BAFTA winner Kenneth More alongside a group of young actors on the cusp of bursting onto the Swinging London film scene. Ray Brooks Annika (Anneke) Wills and David Hemmings play the young bored rebels living for kicks in this key British film from the early 1960s. Some People is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Young and bored Johnnie Bill and Bert are teenaged tearaways whose only interests are motorbikes and rock music. When they are banned from riding and fined heavily they become convinced that society has no use for them. But a choirmaster finds them playing rock on a church organ and for some of them at least there seems to be a way out of a no-hope situation... SPECIAL FEATURES [] Full-frame 4:3 as-filmed version of main feature [] Original theatrical trailer [] Image gallery [] Press book PDF

  • Nothing But the Best [DVD] Nothing But the Best | DVD | (30/06/2014) from £6.48  |  Saving you £3.51 (35.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Black humour and biting social satire combine in this acclaimed feature of 1963, starring Alan Bates as an ambitious young real-estate clerk who s determined to crawl his way to the top of the social pile; Denholm Elliott is the disreputable aristocrat who teaches him all he needs to know, Millicent Martin the girl he sets out to woo and win. Nothing but the Best is scripted by Oscar winner Frederic Raphael, who received a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for his screenplay, with Nic Roeg.

  • Mr. Popper's Penguins / A Christmas Carol / Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Collection [DVD] [1984] Mr. Popper's Penguins / A Christmas Carol / Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Collection | DVD | (07/10/2013) from £8.33  |  Saving you £5.90 (39.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Miracle on 34th StreetIn this new holiday miracle based on the famous 1947 film classic a little girl discovers dreams can come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan Walker has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the secret about Santa a long time ago so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. Starring Richard Attenborough Elizabeth Perkins Dulan McDermott and Mara Wilson as Susan. This uplifting and joyous film will make believers out of the entire family. A Christmas CarolAcademy Award Winner George C. Scott gives a powerful performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in this truly heartwarming telling of Charles Dickens' beloved drama. At first miserable greedy old Scrooge can't tolerate the revelry of Christmas; much less comprehend its meaning. But visits from his former business partner's ghost and three cautionary specters from the past present and future force the man to soul-search. Grappling with his own losses Scrooge recognizes the repercussions of heartlessness in this classic timeless story that also stars Susannah York and David Warner. Mr. Popper's PenguinsChill out with the funniest family comedy of the year! Jim Carrey stars as Mr. Tom Popper a successful businessman who's clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six adorable penguins each with its own unique personality. Soon Mr. Popper's rambunctious roommates turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - and the rest of his world upside-down. Based upon the award-winning classic children's book Mr. Popper's Penguins is a cool blast of fun for all ages! Chill out with the funniest family comedy of the year! Jim Carrey stars as Mr. Tom Popper a successful businessman who's clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six adorable penguins each with its own unique personality. Soon Mr. Popper's rambunctious roommates turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - and the rest of his world upside-down. Based upon the award-winning classic children's book Mr. Popper's Penguins is a cool blast of fun for all ages!

  • Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 2 [DVD] Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 2 | DVD | (30/07/2012) from £10.48  |  Saving you £19.51 (65.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    One of the twentieth century s most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace s thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Long-awaited and much sought after, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. As special features, they will also include the seven separate Edgar Wallace thrillers made by Independent Artists Ltd between 1959 and 1961. This series includes top-notch performances from Michael Caine, Alfred Burke, Barry Foster, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee, Bernard Archard, Michael Gough, Jack Watling, Harry H. Corbett and Bernard Lee, including scripts by Robert Banks Stewart (Callan), Man in a Suitcase co-creator Richard Harris, Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen) and Roger Marshall (The Sweeney). Noted directors include Sidney Hayers (The Avengers), Robert Tronson (Armchair Thriller) and Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). A recording of the series memorable theme music, Man of Mystery, also spawned a Top Five UK hit for The Shadows.

  • Danger Man - The Complete Series 1 [DVD] Danger Man - The Complete Series 1 | DVD | (09/12/2013) from £19.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

  • Vampira [DVD] [Blu-ray] Vampira | Blu Ray | (14/08/2017) from £11.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    It's Dracula with a difference as the smooth, suave David Niven brings a new dimension to the time-honoured role of the Transylvanian Count...conducting a desperate quest to bring his beloved Vampira, Countess Dracula, back to life. To do so he needs to find a victim with the right blood group - seizing his chance when a group of shapely beauty contest winners are brought to his castle, Count Dracula's efforts to track down the right donor on a trail which leads from Transylvania to London are both horrific and hilarious... David Niven, as might be expected, gives a brand-new look to the bloodthirsty role of Dracula. Also starring under Clive Donner's fast paced direction are Peter Bayliss, Teresa Graves, Nicky Henson, Jennie Linden and Bernard Bresslaw.

  • What's New Pussycat [1965] What's New Pussycat | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    O'Toole stars as a fashion editor in Paris who is constantly surrounded by beautiful women - a leggy American stripper a blonde daredevil and a neurotic nymphomaniac. The problem is that they all find him irresistable which makes it almost impossible for O'Toole to settle down with his marriage-minded girlfriend. Woody Allen makes his film debut as O'Toole's sex-starved friend who would kill to have such problems! Peter Sellers in a dazzlingly demented performance plays a famed ps

  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush [DVD] [1968] Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush | DVD | (13/09/2010) from £8.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (58.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Clive Donner's (The Caretaker) modish and glossy swinging Sixties comedy follows the sexual exploits of irrepressible teenager Jamie (Barry Evans) who is full of adolescent energy obsessed by sex and determined to lose his virginity. Based on the book by respected British author and journalist Hunter Davies (The Beatles authorized biography) and with music by The Spencer Davies Group and Traffic Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush caused a considerable stir when first released due to its taboo-busting portrayal of permissive 60s society and is now rightly regarded as a definitive British coming-of-age film. Unavailable in any format since its initial theatrical run this lost cult classic now receives its home video premier in High-definition.

  • The Caretaker [1963] The Caretaker | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £11.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Caretaker was the play that made Harold Pinter's name when it was first performed at the Arts Theatre London in 1960 and it remains probably his most famous. Two years later Clive Donner's film version began shooting after producer Michael Birkett had raised the finance from such figures as Noel Coward Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor Peter Sellers Peter Hall and Leslie Caron - all passionate admirers of the play. For the film two of the cast of the original production

  • Peter Sellers Collection - Pink Panther/What's New Pussycat?/The Party/Casino Royale/After The Fox/The World Of Henry Orien Peter Sellers Collection - Pink Panther/What's New Pussycat?/The Party/Casino Royale/After The Fox/The World Of Henry Orien | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £14.49  |  Saving you £25.50 (63.80%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Whats New Pussycat (Dir. Clive Donner 1965): O'Toole stars as a fashion editor in Paris who is constantly surrounded by beautiful women - a leggy American stripper a blonde daredevil and a neurotic nymphomaniac. The problem is that they all find him irresistable which makes it almost impossible for O'Toole to settle down with his marriage-minded girlfriend. Woody Allen makes his film debut as O'Toole's sex-starved friend who would kill to have such problems! Peter Sellers in a dazzlingly demented performance plays a famed psychotherapist who is crazier than his patients. Combining satire slapstick and good old-fashioned sex appeal Woody Allen's wildly original script pokes fun at everything from Freud to Fellini culminating in one of the most outrageous finales ever filmed! The Party (Dir. Blake Edwards 1968): Hollywood mogul Fred Clutterbuck isn't just giving a party he's giving 'The Party'. Absolutely everyone who's anyone will be there: gorgeous models ravishing starlets powerful producers - even a baby elephant! And by mistaken invitation accident-prone Indian actor Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) will be there too. He wouldn't miss it for the world and if you enjoy side-splitting gags neither should you! Casino Royale (Dir. Val Guest 1967: Things are looking decidedly bleak for British Intelligence in both senses of the term. SMERSH has begun to sabotage global stability no less than 11 agents have been lost and to make matters worse our greatest secret agent 007 is languishing in stately retirement. M - together with the heads of the CIA and KGB - have only one hope: to bring Sir James Bond (David Niven) out of retirement and into the field. Finding himself pitched against an opposition of fiendish intensity - an array of female secret agents armed with explosive grouse; a baccarat-playing illusionist (Orson Welles) and a neurotic megalomaniac (Woody Allen) - Bond launches his brilliant plan... After the Fox (Dir. Vittorio De Sica 1966): Millions of dollars worth of gold bullion is on its way from Cairo to an unknown Italian destination. There is only one criminal mastermind capable of stealing it: Aldo Vanucci (Peter Sellers) also known as ""the Fox."" Aldo devises the perfect plan to seize the gold: Posing as a flamboyant film director he casts an aging egotistical film star (Victor Mature) and his own voluptuous sister (Britt Ekland) in a fake film about a gold theft! But the action really heats up when the boat with the real gold arrives. The World of Henry Orient (Dir. George Roy Hill 1964): Two starry-eyed schoolgirls spy stalk and scheme their way into the life of a concert pianist (Sellers) in this ""wacky piece of inspired lunacy"" (The Hollywood Reporter). With half of New York - including a bevy of befuddled cops and one man-hungry mom - in tow these precocious teens do all they can to keep tabs on their harried hero turning The World Of Henry Orient entirely upside down! Pink Panther (Dir. Blake Edwards 1963): When the famous Pink Panther diamond goes missing the bumbling Inspector Clouseau goes on the trail of notorious jewel thief The Phantom but looks everywhere except in the right place!

  • Oliver Twist [1983] Oliver Twist | DVD | (18/04/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Clive Donner's take on the classic Dickens tale of an orphan boy who escapes the horrors of the orphanage only to be taken in by a band of thieves and pickpockets...

  • Vampira [DVD] Vampira | DVD | (14/08/2017) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    It's Dracula with a difference as the smooth, suave David Niven brings a new dimension to the time-honoured role of the Transylvanian Count...conducting a desperate quest to bring his beloved Vampira, Countess Dracula, back to life. To do so he needs to find a victim with the right blood group - seizing his chance when a group of shapely beauty contest winners are brought to his castle, Count Dracula's efforts to track down the right donor on a trail which leads from Transylvania to London are both horrific and hilarious... David Niven, as might be expected, gives a brand-new look to the bloodthirsty role of Dracula. Also starring under Clive Donner's fast paced direction are Peter Bayliss, Teresa Graves, Nicky Henson, Jennie Linden and Bernard Bresslaw.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel [1982] The Scarlet Pimpernel | DVD | (18/09/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    It's tough trying to beat the 1934 version of the popular adventure-romance story, starring Leslie Howard as the 18th-century British hero who poses as a fop in London society but runs a secret mission to rescue the doomed in Robespierre's Paris. But this 1982 television version, starring Anthony Andrews (Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited) as the Pimpernel and Jane Seymour as his beloved but estranged wife, is quite a treat. Andrews and Seymour expertly capture the essence of a relationship suffering from misunderstandings and elusive passion, and there is plenty of crackle to the action sequences. Clive Donner (What's New, Pussycat?) brings some strong cinematic qualities to this television presentation. --Tom Keogh

  • Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 1 [DVD] Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 1 | DVD | (30/07/2012) from £8.39  |  Saving you £21.60 (72.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    One of the twentieth century s most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace s thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Long-awaited and much sought after, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. As special features, they will also include the seven separate Edgar Wallace thrillers made by Independent Artists Ltd between 1959 and 1961. This series includes top-notch performances from Michael Caine, Alfred Burke, Barry Foster, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee, Bernard Archard, Michael Gough, Jack Watling, Harry H. Corbett and Bernard Lee, including scripts by Robert Banks Stewart (Callan), Man in a Suitcase co-creator Richard Harris, Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen) and Roger Marshall (The Sweeney). Noted directors include Sidney Hayers (The Avengers), Robert Tronson (Armchair Thriller) and Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). A recording of the series memorable theme music, Man of Mystery, also spawned a Top Five UK hit for The Shadows.

  • A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] A Christmas Carol | Blu Ray | (08/11/2010) from £8.93  |  Saving you £11.06 (55.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Academy Award Winner George C. Scott gives a powerful performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in this truly heartwarming telling of Charles Dickens' beloved drama. At first miserable greedy old Scrooge can't tolerate the revelry of Christmas much less comprehend its meaning. But visits from his former business partner's ghost and three cautionary specters from the past present and future force the man to soul-search. Grappling with his own losses Scrooge recognises the repercussions of heartlessness in this classic timeless story that also stars Susannah York and David Warner

  • Charles Dickens Collection [DVD] Charles Dickens Collection | DVD | (19/03/2012) from £9.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (53.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Great ExpectationsThe key ingredient in this modern-day version of Charles Dickens's classic is director Alfonso Cuarón, who made the glowing, estimable A Little Princess. If you saw that (and you should), understand that Expectations has those ingredients (great sense of time, place, and timing) but adds modern music and sex appeal; the latter personified by the long-legged Gwyneth Paltrow. Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke as an adult, Jeremy James Kissner at age 10) is the new version of Dickens's Pip. He's a child wise beyond his years, befriending an escaped convict (Robert De Niro) in the warm waters of Florida's Gulf Coast. Finn is also the plaything for Estella (Paltrow as an adult, Raquel Beaudene at age 10), the niece of the coast's richest and most eccentric lady, Ms. Dinsmoor (a fun and flamboyant Anne Bancroft). The prudish Estella likes Finn (catch the best first kiss scene in many a moon) but has been brought up to disdain men; she'll break hearts. As the object of Finn's desires, Estella unfortunately is a one-dimensional character, yet what a dimension! Clad in Donna Karan dresses and her long, sun-kissed hair, Paltrow is luminous. She and Hawke make a very sexy couple. Mitch Glazer's script does better by Finn. He's a blue-collar worker with a gift for drawing (artwork by Francesco Clemente). Following his Uncle Joe's (Chris Cooper) honest ways, Finn grows up as a fisherman, thoughts of Estella and art drifting away in the hard work. When a mysterious benefactor allows him to follow his dream, Finn finds himself in New York, preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit--and in the arms of the engaged Estella. Filled with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's golden-drenched light, the film has an irresistible, wildly romantic look. Dinsmoor's place is certainly gothic, Estella and Finn's longing encounters glamorous. Cuarón uses an MTV-friendly soundtrack with a confident touch. Songs by Tori Amos and the band Pulp--along with Patrick Doyle's silky score--create passionate scenes. It all ends far too swiftly with a seemingly tacked-on ending (reflecting the book, as it happens) but the film is splendid storytelling. It's a stylish, sweet valentine. --Doug Thomas Oliver TwistIf Charles Dickens were alive to see Roman Polanski's faithful adaptation of Oliver Twist, he'd probably give it his stamp of approval. David Lean's celebrated 1948 version of the Dickens classic and Carol Reed's Oscar-winning 1968 musical are more entertaining in some ways, but Polanski's rendition is both painstakingly authentic (with superb cinematography and production design) and deeply rooted in the emotional context of the story. Both Polanski and Dickens had personal experiences similar to those of young Oliver (played here by Barney Clark)--Polanski in the Nazi-occupied ghettos of Poland during World War II, and Dickens during his hard-scrabble youth in Victorian London--and this spiritual kinship lends a certain gravitas to the tale of a tenacious orphan who escaped from indentured servitude in London society and is taken in by Fagin (Ben Kingsley) and his streetwise gang of pickpockets. As the evil Bill Sykes, who exploits Oliver for his own nefarious needs, Jamie Foreman is no match for Oliver Reed (in the '68 musical) in terms of frightening menace, but even here, Polanski's direction hews closer to Dickens, while the screenplay by Ronald Harwood (who also wrote Polanski's The Pianist) necessarily trims away subplots and characters for the sake of narrative economy. All in all, this Oliver Twist rises above most previous versions, and with the benefit of Kingsley's nuanced performance, Polanski arrives at a compassionate conclusion that captures the essence of Dickens' novel in a way that viewers of all ages will appreciate for many years to come.-- Jeff Shannon Nicholas NicklebyWhile it necessarily streamlines the Charles Dickens classic, this delightful adaptation of Nicholas Nickelby captures the essence of Dickens in all of its Victorian splendor and squalor. With Charlie Hunnam (the U.K. Queer as Folk) doing noble work in the title role, this quintessentially Dickensian tale begins with the death of Nicholas's father, and the subsequent scheme by his cruel uncle (Christopher Plummer, perfectly cast) to separate Nicholas from his now penniless sister and mother. Stuck in a squalid school run by the evil Mr. and Mrs. Squeers (Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson), Nicholas escapes with his loyal friend Smike (Billy Elliott's Jamie Bell), whose lineage will determine the greedy uncle's fate. As he did with Jane Austen's Emma, writer-director Douglas McGrath has crafted a prestigious production that shifts effortlessly between comedy and tragedy without compromising its warm, inviting tone. His dialogue rings true throughout, inspiring a stellar cast including Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, and Timothy Spall. Dickens himself would almost certainly have approved. --Jeff Shannon

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