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  • The Vikings (1958) (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray The Vikings (1958) (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (16/10/2017) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Kirk Douglas produced the trendsetting barbarian epic The Vikings and took the showiest, most aggressive role: lusty Viking Prince Einar, the "only son in wedlock" of King Ragnar (a cackling, wild-eyed Ernest Borgnine). With jagged scars down his face and a milky-white blind eye that almost glows in his skull, Douglas has a rowdy time battling defiant slave Tony Curtis (the long-lost heir to the British throne) for the hand of the beautiful princess Janet Leigh. It's pure Hollywood hokum, sure, but spectacular hokum: the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff turns his Norway locations into a lush Valhalla on earth. Faced with an absurd story, journeyman director Richard Fleischer goes for the gusto in brawling Viking parties, furious sieges, and clanging broadsword battles. An enormous hit, the film spawned a huge wave of Viking movies, some perhaps smarter but none as much fun. --Sean Axmaker

  • Conan The Destroyer Blu Ray [DVD] Conan The Destroyer Blu Ray | Blu Ray | (05/11/2012) from £5.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (66.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as Conan, the unconquerable warrior king in this thrilling tale of swords vs sorcery. This time he joins forces with a wizard (Mako), a warrior (NBA star Wilt Chamberlain), a runaway (Olivia D'Abo) and a renegade (Grace Jones) to defeat the evil Queen Taramis (Sarah Douglas). When Queen Taramis promises to bring Conan's beloved Valeria back from the dead, our hero must first bring before her highness a jewel-encrusted horn and a beautiful young princess. What Conan doesn't know is that the wicked queen plans to use the horn to awaken the demon god Dagoth and sacrifice the princess to him. Faced with enemies both mortal and supernatural, Conan must summon his super-human strength to battle Taramis and even Dagoth himself!

  • Doctor Dolittle [DVD] [1967] Doctor Dolittle | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £5.89  |  Saving you £4.10 (41.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Doctor Doolittle was an expensive 1967 movie that nearly wiped out the studio (20th Century-Fox) that made it, owing to public apathy. It doesn't engender much more excitement today. Rex Harrison still looks lost in the overblown production, the songs are still awful (except "Talk to the Animals", of course), the story of one man's communication with beasts devoid of enchantment. Director Richard Fleischer (The Vikings) certainly shares in the blame. --Tom Keogh

  • Soylent Green [1973] Soylent Green | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £3.33  |  Saving you £11.66 (77.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    While Soylent Green may be one of the many dystopian visions of the future, the film stands out because it's one of the few titles that addresses current environmental issues head on. Adapted from Harry Harrison's novel Make Room, Make Room, it gives us a nightmarish vision of an over-populated, polluted future on the brink of collapse--a vision that gets uncomfortably closer every year. Charlton Heston as police officer Thorn investigates a murder in between suppressing food riots and uncovers the nightmarish truth about Soylent Green, the new foodstuff being sold to the poor. The film neatly combines police procedural with conspiracy thriller. Heston's scenes are counterpointed by more elegiac ones in which the centenarian Edward G Robinson as his friend Sol broods on the world he has outlived--his death in a euthanasia chamber is a gloriously lachrymose moment, which he plays to the hilt. Heston, too, is good as Thorn, a morally equivocal cop who loots the apartments of the victims whose deaths he investigates--he's a man just getting by in an impossible world. On the DVD: Soylent Green on disc comes with a commentary from director Richard Fleischer, the highpoint of which is a memorable description of what it was like to work with the brilliant ailing, entirely deaf Robinson. He is joined by Leigh Taylor-Young whose work on the film as heroine led to years of serious environmentalist commitment. It has a useful contemporary making-of documentary and touching shots of Robinson's 100th birthday party with telegrams from Sinatra and others. The feature itself is presented in anamorphic widescreen with its original mono sound. --Roz Kaveney

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! [1970] Tora! Tora! Tora! | DVD | (04/06/2001) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Here is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora!: "Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war films, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary war. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • The Vikings [1958] The Vikings | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £6.79  |  Saving you £9.20 (57.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Kirk Douglas produced the trendsetting barbarian epic The Vikings and took the showiest, most aggressive role: lusty Viking Prince Einar, the "only son in wedlock" of King Ragnar (a cackling, wild-eyed Ernest Borgnine). With jagged scars down his face and a milky-white blind eye that almost glows in his skull, Douglas has a rowdy time battling defiant slave Tony Curtis (the long-lost heir to the British throne) for the hand of the beautiful princess Janet Leigh. It's pure Hollywood hokum, sure, but spectacular hokum: the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff turns his Norway locations into a lush Valhalla on earth. Faced with an absurd story, journeyman director Richard Fleischer goes for the gusto in brawling Viking parties, furious sieges, and clanging broadsword battles. An enormous hit, the film spawned a huge wave of Viking movies, some perhaps smarter but none as much fun. --Sean Axmaker

  • Red Sonja [1985] Red Sonja | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    After her family is murdered a young woman becomes a master of the sword and seeks revenge on the evil queen responsible for the mayhem that has befallen her.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea [1954] 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea | DVD | (29/03/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The swashbuckler genre bumped into science fiction in 1954 for one of Hollywood's great entertainments, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Jules Verne story of adventure under the sea was Walt Disney's magnificent debut into live-action films. A professor (Paul Lukas) seeks the truth about a legendary sea monster in the years just after the Civil War. When his ship is sunk, he, his aide (Peter Lorre), and a harpoon master (Kirk Douglas) survive to discover that the monster is actually a metal submarine run by Captain Nemo (James Mason). Along with the rollicking adventure, it's fun to see the future technology that Verne dreamed up in his novel, including diving equipment and sea farming. The film's physical prowess is anchored by the Nautilus, an impressive full-scale gothic submarine complete with red carpet and pipe organ. In the era of big sets, 20,000 Leagues set a precedent for films shot on the water and deservedly won Oscars for art direction and special effects. Lost in the inventiveness of the film and great set pieces including a giant squid attack are two great performances. Mason is the perfect Nemo, taut and private, clothed in dark fabric that counters the Technicolor dreamboat that is the beaming red-and-white-stripe-shirted Kirk Douglas as the heroic Ned Land. The film works as peerless family adventure nearly half a century later. --Doug Thomas

  • Schwarzenegger -- Special Edition 4-Disc Box Set [1985] Schwarzenegger -- Special Edition 4-Disc Box Set | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £5.99  |  Saving you £21.83 (54.60%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in four classic action films that confirmed him as the world's leading action star of his time. Red Heat Raw Deal Red Sonja and the sci-fi masterpiece Total Recall. Red Heat: Captain Ivan Danko (Arnold Schwarzenegger) nicknamed ""Iron Jaw"" is a ruthless cop who heads Moscow's homicide division. He is sent to Chicago to pick up a Russian drug-dealer arrested on a minor traffic violation. In Chicago Danko is assigned to partner with Detective Art Ri

  • Barabbas [1961] Barabbas | DVD | (25/03/2002) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Starring Anthony Quinn in the title role Barabbas was released in 1961 in the midst of a wave of widescreen epics based on Biblical characters. "It begins where the other big ones leave off", declaims the trailer. The screenplay, by playwright Christopher Fry (who also contributed to Ben-Hur), is an unusually intelligent one: listen out for Barabbas' final encounter with the Apostle Thomas, for example. Further assets are the imaginative, sparingly orchestrated score by Mario Nascimbene and a handsome production design by art director Mario Chiari that is so rewarding to the eye in Aldo Tonti's often dazzling cinematography. Like the other Biblical epics of the day, in its original theatrical incarnation Barabbas had an intermission and orchestral intermezzo which is sadly missing from this version. (It occurred at the point where Barabbas emerges from a 20 years exile in the sulphur mines in Sicily, allowing the audience to dwell on his recuperation before we next encounter him. He now appears muscled and bronzed ploughing the verdant fields outside Rome in all too quick a fashion!). Many scenes, such as Christ's crucifixion, are shot and staged like tableaux in a style reminiscent of the great masters of art. And in Fleischer's hands this film surpasses anything Ridley Scott achieved years later in Gladiator: he fills the huge arena--a vast Roman amphitheatre--with a gladiatorial school of hand-to-hand combat, a parade of elephants and a den of lions, and then caps his production with a riveting and thrillingly mounted duel between Jack Palance, careering round the circumference of the arena in his chariot, and Barabbas dodging him on foot. The supporting cast, who sport a variety of accents call for some tolerance, however. On the DVD: Barabbas on disc comes devoid of any extra features other than trailers for it and another contemporaneous blockbuster, The Guns of Navarone. --Adrian Edwards

  • The Jazz Singer [1980] The Jazz Singer | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    His story will make you cry. His music will make you sing. His triumph will make you cheer. Following in the family tradition maintained by his proud Orthodox father Yussel Rabinovitch (Neil Diamond) is the latest Cantor of his local synagogue. Blessed with a beautiful singing voice and with a loving wife at his side Yussel's life seems to be mapped out in front of him. But the restrictions of religious music can't satisfy his secret craving for life as a jazz singer. When his father (Laurence Olivier) discovers that Yussel has been moonlighting with a Harlem soul group the confrontation that follows leads Yussel to leave his family behind to seek a new life as a musician in California. He finds success and a new love but at a cost: cut off from his family Yussel still cannot find happiness. Has he strayed too far from his roots and will his family ever be willing to accept his new life?

  • Compulsion [DVD] Compulsion | DVD | (20/09/2010) from £5.79  |  Saving you £2.04 (12.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Sometimes murder is just a way to pass the time Compulsion is a compelling stylish thriller that sees two callous law students murder a young boy in cold blood to improve their intellectual superiority.

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! [Blu-ray] [1970] Tora! Tora! Tora! | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010) from £10.09  |  Saving you £9.90 (49.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Here is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora!: "Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war films, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary war. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • Red Sonja [Blu-ray] [1985] Red Sonja | Blu Ray | (28/06/2010) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Sonja (Brigitte Nielson) leads a peaceful life until the army of Evil Queen Gedren (Sandhal Bergman) murders her family and rapes her. Granted extraordinary powers in a vision Sonja swears to avenge their slaughter and embarks on a lonely quest for justice. When she learns Gedren has stolen a secret talisman that could annihilate the planet Sonja reluctantly joins forces with an arrogant Prince and his protector unaware that it is the mysterious and powerful stranger Kalidor (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who actaully holds the key to her destiny...

  • The Boston Strangler [1968] The Boston Strangler | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £9.99  |  Saving you £1.04 (8.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Why did 13 women willingly open their doors to the Boston Strangler? With 13 women murdered Boston is held under siege by a madman. One by one they fall each death more gruesome than the last. The actual murders that rocked Boston in the 60's are the gripping subject of this unforgettable police thriller. The Boston Strangler is one of the most powerful films in its genre with possibly Tony Curtis' finest performance.

  • Mr Majestyk [1974] Mr Majestyk | DVD | (03/05/2004) from £6.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Majestyk is an ex-con and Vietnam vet whose efforts to run a farm are thwarted by narrow-minded locals and corrupt cops. But when a Mafia hitman (Al Lettieri) destroys Majestyk's crop the farmer's fuse is finally blown. With his rifle in hand and his girlfriend (Linda Cristal) at the wheel he goes after the syndicate assassin and from high-speed backroad chases to an explosive backwoods confrontation mobster and maverick stalk each other...

  • War Collection - Between Heaven And Hell/Guadalcanal Diary/To The Shores Of Tripoli War Collection - Between Heaven And Hell/Guadalcanal Diary/To The Shores Of Tripoli | DVD | (28/05/2007) from £18.96  |  Saving you £-5.97 (-46.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Between Heaven And Hell (Dir. Richard Fleischer 1956): Sam Gifford (Wagner) is a young successful cotton planter who lacks compassion for others especially his own sharecroppers. But once in combat he answers a sadistic officer (Crawford) and must rely on the friendship of a ""cropper"" (Ebsen). Nominated for a 1956 Oscarifor Best Music 'Between Heaven And Hell' is an action-packed story of men in battle - sometimes with themselves... Guadalcanal Diary (Dir. Lewis Seiler 1943): Based on the best seller of the same name Guadalcanal Diary is one of the greatest war movies of all time. This strikingly realistic film follows a devoted platoon of Marines through the terrors of war in the South Pacific. The all-star cast includes Lloyd Nolan William Bendix Preston Foster and Anthony Quinn as soldiers battling disease treacherous terrain and unrelenting weather as well as a human enemy. Poignantly narrated and with explosive action rooted in a solid historical context 'Guadalcanal Diary' is action-packed entertainment from beginning to end. To The Shores Of Tripoli (Dir. H. Bruce Humberstone 1942): When a carefree playboy (John Payne) joins the Marine Corps he tests the skill and patience of the tough veteran sergeant (Randolph Scott) who tries to whip him into a real Marine. But as his training proceeds the recruit's cocky selfishness is replaced by selfless valour and he eventually earns the love of a beautiful Navy nurse (Maureen O'Hara). Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography 'To The Shores Of Tripoli' was shot with the co-operation of the US Marine Corps and contains authentic scenes of Marine combat training and ground drills.

  • Between Heaven And Hell [1956] Between Heaven And Hell | DVD | (03/05/2004) from £5.71  |  Saving you £5.11 (39.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Sam Gifford (Wagner) is a young successful cotton planter who lacks compassion for others especially his own sharecroppers. But once in combat he answers a sadistic officer (Crawford) and must rely on the friendship of a cropper (Ebsen). Nominated for a 1956 Oscar''ifor Best Music 'Between Heaven And Hell' is an action-packed story of men in battle - sometimes with themselves...

  • The Narrow Margin [DVD] The Narrow Margin | DVD | (25/07/2011) from £10.85  |  Saving you £2.14 (16.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Get on board for one of the very best hard-boiled thrillers ever to hurtle out of Hollywood. Charles McGraw (His Kind Of Woman) stars as Detective Walter Brown a cop with a simple mission - get mobster's wife Frankie Neale (Marie Windsor Force of Evil) on the train and take her to the grand jury in Los Angeles where she's going to testify against her late husband's colleagues. But the mob don't want her to spill the beans and they'll stop at nothing to stop her taking the stand; Brown realises they've planted assassins on the train with them and it's up to him to keep her safe. It's going to be one hell of a journey...

  • Conan The Destroyer [1984] Conan The Destroyer | DVD | (28/06/2004) from £5.49  |  Saving you £-2.57 (-42.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The dark, brooding tone of Conan the Barbarian is replaced in this rousing sequel by a lighter, more humorous tone and one of the campiest casts ever assembled. In Conan the Destroyer, our massively muscular hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is assigned by a duplicitous queen (Sarah Douglas) to escort a virgin princess (Olivia d'Abo) on a treacherous trek to a crystal palace where they will retrieve a priceless gemstone. Basketball champ and self-described Lothario Wilt Chamberlain plays Bombaata, a warrior sent on a secret mission to kill Conan, and the androgynous Grace Jones plays Zula, a wild woman who becomes Conan's loyal ally. Some consider this sequel a disappointment but the film makes no apologies for its silliness, and that's the key to its success as gloriously pulpy entertainment. --Jeff Shannon

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