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  • The Charge Of The Light Brigade [1968] The Charge Of The Light Brigade | DVD | (26/01/2009) from £8.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (43.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Charge of the Light Brigade was an infamous battle in the Crimean War considered one of the greatest military blunders in history and immortalized in the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The ill-conceived expedition to the Crimea was marked by an incredible lack of strategy and planning inadequate weapons camouflage food health care and communications. In the final battle all the soldiers had to protect them was their courage and blind faith. As Tennyson put it: Ours is not to question why/Ours is but to do and die. The film is a classic dissection of the pointlessness of war and the horrors inflicted on the common man who goes to fight in the name of his country. Directed by Tony Richardson and starring Trevor Howard Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement Howards End) and John Gielgud (Murder on the Orient Express Arthur The Charge of the Light Brigade was nominated for 6 BAFTAs.

  • The Entertainer [1960] The Entertainer | DVD | (01/03/2004) from £11.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (8.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Entertainer of the title is Archie Rice, a mediocre music hall artist upholding a dying tradition in an English seaside against a background of the 1956 Suez Crisis. Laurence Olivier stars and is supported by a superb cast including a young Alan Bates as his son, Roger Livesey as his kindly, now retired, always more talented and popular father, and Joan Plowright as his daughter (who, ironically given the story, married Olivier the following year). Albert Finney makes his screen debut in a tiny role and the remarkable cast also features Daniel Massey, Shirley Anne Field, Thora Hird and Charles Gray. Archie himself is a hollow man who brings pain to all around him, and while Olivier's brilliant performance reveals the layers of cynicism which disguise the emptiness inside, the emotional resonance lies with those forced to endure Rice's manipulations, adulteries and deceits. On stage John Osborne's play proved to be a signature part for Olivier, and director Tony Richardson--who filmed Osborne's equally sour Look Back In Anger (1958)--handles the material with unvarnished realism. Unfolding like a dark variation on Chaplin's Limelight (1952), the film equally casts a shadow over the less stellar Tony Hancock vehicle The Punch and Judy Man (1963), ultimately working as both family tragedy and allegory for a declining post-war England. Surprisingly an American 1976 TV movie remake starring Jack Lemmon held its own against this minor British classic. On the DVD: The Entertainer is presented letterboxed at 1.66:1, and sourced from an excellent print preserves the look of the original black and white cinematography very well. Even so a little material is clipped from either side of the image, though this is most notable on the left of the picture. The mono sound is very good. There are no features other than optional subtitles, including English for those hard of hearing. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Look Back In Anger [DVD] [1959] Look Back In Anger | DVD | (31/08/2009) from £8.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (43.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Look Back In Anger

  • The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner [1962] The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner | DVD | (22/06/2015) from £7.95  |  Saving you £11.04 (58.10%)  |  RRP £18.99

    Following the success of Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe adapted another of his works for the screen this time a short story of a disillusioned teenager rebelling against the system making Tony Richardson's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner one of the great British films of the 1960s. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is compelling as the sullen defiant Colin refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Arrested for burglary and sent to borstal Colin discovers a talent for cross-country running earning him special treatment from the governor (Michael Redgrave) and the chance to redeem himself from anti-social tearaway to sports day hero. With Colin a favourite to win against a local public school tensions build as the day approaches...

  • The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner [Blu-ray] [1962] The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner | Blu Ray | (22/06/2015) from £8.70  |  Saving you £11.14 (55.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Following the success of Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe adapted another of his works for the screen this time a short story of a disillusioned teenager rebelling against the system making Tony Richardson's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner one of the great British films of the 1960s. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is compelling as the sullen defiant Colin refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Arrested for burglary and sent to borstal Colin discovers a talent for cross-country running earning him special treatment from the governor (Michael Redgrave) and the chance to redeem himself from anti-social tearaway to sports day hero. With Colin a favourite to win against a local public school tensions build as the day approaches...

  • A Taste Of Honey [1961] A Taste Of Honey | DVD | (13/10/2008) from £11.69  |  Saving you £4.30 (26.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie of a mother - a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff (Murray Melvin) a gentle kind-hearted gay man and they move in together like two children playing house for a while finding an innocent but fragile happiness.

  • Hamlet [1969] Hamlet | DVD | (10/01/2005) from £4.02  |  Saving you £1.81 (30.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Available for the first time on DVD! Nicol Williamson's portrayal of Hamlet was greeted with storms of applause on both the London and Broadway stage. This performance is here captured on film by director Tony Richardson bringing life to William Shakespeare's immortal play.

  • Tom Jones [1963] Tom Jones | DVD | (03/02/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and featuring a cast of superb actors headed by the young Albert Finney and Susannah York Tony Richardson's wickedly funny adaptation of Henry Fielding's novel (scripted by John Osbourne) is a rollicking picaresque period comedy to savour. No one has ever lived so freely and carelessly as Tom Jones (Finney). Abandoned at birth and raised by a wealthy squire (Hugh Griffith) Tom romps through English society leading a lusty li

  • The Lonelines of the Long Distance Runner (DVD + Blu-ray) The Lonelines of the Long Distance Runner (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/10/2011) from £10.49  |  Saving you £9.50 (47.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Another classic of British cinema reissued by the BFI. Colin (Tom Courtenay) is a defiant teenager who rebels against the system, refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job, railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Sent to borstal, Colin discovers his talent for cross-country running. The borstal governor (Michael Redgrave) offers him the chance to redeem himself in a race against a local public school, and tensions build as the day approaches...Following the huge success of Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe here adapted another of his works for the screen. Newcomer Tom Courtenay compelling as the sullen, disillusioned delinquent in this British New Wave classic, a passionate, explosive tale of rebellion. This BFI release is remastered and includes a commentary from Tom Courtenay, Alan SIllitoe, and a documentary on Walter Lasally.

  • Hotel New Hampshire Hotel New Hampshire | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £5.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    From the novel by John Irving comes this darkly comic tale of an eccentric New England family. As the father moves them from one place to the next setting up a new hotel each time the assortment of oddball characters seem to become involved in ever more bizarre situations. Frannie becomes obsessed with the boy who attacks her John becomes obsessed with Frannie his sister and both of them fall for a girl who is so insecure she hides in a bear outfit Frank is coming to terms with his homosexuality and the youngest Lilly is convinced she isn't growing. The family pet is a flatulent dog that ends up stuffed and causes more trouble than when it was alive...

  • Ned Kelly [1970] Ned Kelly | DVD | (20/06/2005) from £4.98  |  Saving you £7.75 (59.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger makes his dynamic screen debut in this explosive tale from the British Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson. Based on the fascinating true-life story of the 19th century Australian 'Armoured Bandit.' When their mother is unfairly persecuted by police Ned Kelly (Jagger) and his brother Dan earn money for her defence by selling homemade liquor. But what begins as a simple moonshine operation escalates into a series of armed robbe

  • Blue Sky [1995] Blue Sky | DVD | (20/01/2003) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Jessica Lange deserves three cheers for her performance in Blue Sky as an army wife in the early 1960s. Sensuous and unpredictable, Lange bridles at the restrictions in her life and is constantly seeking attention. Tommy Lee Jones is the nuclear engineer who adores her, but is just as passionate toward his career. Lange and Jones sizzle in spite of a weak plot tangent concerning the military cover-up of nuclear testing in the Nevada desert. The love story is everything as it bursts with undercurrents of passion, regret, sorrow and joy. Lange's sexy, high-strung performance earned her an Oscar. It was director Tony Richardson's last film. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com

  • Shakespeare Complete Collection Shakespeare Complete Collection | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £13.61  |  Saving you £26.38 (66.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    A quintet of the finest Shakespeare adaptations in one box set! Featuring 'The Taming Of The Shrew' 'King Lear' 'Macbeth' 'Henry V' and 'Hamlet'. The Taming Of The Shrew: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sparkle in Shakespeare's comic look at male chauvinism and women's lib. Petruchio journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife encountering the fiery Katharina a self willed shrew who leads Petruchio on a merry chase with Katharina as determined to maintain her indepen

  • Joseph Andrews [DVD] [1977] Joseph Andrews | DVD | (31/08/2009) from £8.92  |  Saving you £7.07 (44.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Joseph Andrews

  • The Border [1982] The Border | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £5.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    It divided the land. It divided the man. Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson stars alongside Harvey Keitel and cult favourite Warren Oates in this gripping story of a man torn between his career and his conscience. As a border guard involved in drug smuggling along the Rio Grande Charlie Smith (Nicholson) has crossed the line many times. But when he decides to clean up his act and help unite an ""illegal"" woman with her baby he runs afoul of his corrupt department his greed

  • A Taste Of Honey [1961] A Taste Of Honey | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £55.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Shelagh Delaney's play 'A Taste of Honey' had already played in the West End and on Broadway when Tony Richardson made his film adaptation shot on location in Salford and Blackpool. Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie of a mother - a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff (Murray Melvin) a gentle kind-hearted gay man and they move in together like two children playing house for a while finding an innocent but fragile happiness. Richardson always skilled with actors draws fine performances from his entire cast and 'A Taste of Honey' remains an outstanding example of the British New Wave shot by its star cinematographer Walter Lassally.

  • The Charge Of The Light Brigade [1968] The Charge Of The Light Brigade | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Dramatisation detailing the events that led to the destruction of the Light Brigade at the Crimea of the men who were sent to their death and those behind what is now recognised as one of British history's major military blunders.

  • Mademoiselle [DVD] [1966] Mademoiselle | DVD | (31/08/2009) from £10.61  |  Saving you £5.38 (33.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Mademoiselle

  • The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner [1962] The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Following the success of Karel Reisz's 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' Alan Sillitoe adapted another of his works for the screen this time a short story of a disillusioned teenager rebelling against the system to make Tony Richardson's 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' one of the great British films of the 1960s. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is compelling as the sullen defiant Colin refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Arrested for burglary and sent to borstal Colin discovers a talent for cross-country running earning him special treatment from the governor (Michael Redgrave) and the chance to redeem himself from anti-social tearaway to sports day hero. With Colin a favourite to win against a local public school tensions build as the day approaches...

  • The Hotel New Hampshire [DVD] [1984] The Hotel New Hampshire | DVD | (16/08/2010) from £3.98  |  Saving you £5.10 (31.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Hotel New Hampshire

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