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Director William Wyler

  • Ben Hur [1959] Ben Hur | DVD | (05/11/2001) from £3.48  |  Saving you £15.04 (75.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ben-Hur scooped an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards in 1959 and, unlike some later rivals to this record-breaking win, richly deserved every single one. This is epic filmmaking on a scale that had not been seen before, and is unlikely ever to be seen again. It cost a staggering 15 million dollars and was one of the largest film productions ever undertaken: the Circus Maximus set alone covered 18 acres and was filled with 40,000 tons of Mediterranean sand. But it's not just running time or a cast of thousands that makes an epic, it's the subject-matter that counts and in Ben-Hur the subject is rich, detailed and sensitively handled. Despite both the original novel's and the film's subtitle, "A Tale of the Christ", this is really a parallel life, that of Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his estrangement from old Roman pal Messala (Stephen Boyd). The eponymous character's journey of self-discovery through bitterness and hate to eventual redemption has many deliberate echoes of Christ's life (at one point, Judah is mistaken for Jesus, much as Brian would be later in Monty Python's masterful satire), and the multi-layered script from (uncredited) literary titans Gore Vidal and Christopher Fry wrings out every nuance and every possible shade of meaning.Director William Wyler, who had been a junior assistant on MGM's original silent version back in 1925, never sacrifices the human focus of the story in favour of spectacle (he had the good sense to leave the great chariot race to second-unit director and experienced stuntman Yakima Canutt), and it is his concentration on human drama and fully rounded characters that gives Wyler's epic its heart. In this he is aided immeasurably by Miklós Rózsa's majestic musical score, arguably the greatest ever written for a Hollywood picture, in which the development of character-driven leitmotifs produces the effect of grand opera. The Christian theme concentrates on the central character's love and compassion for his family (evoked by the discovery of their leprosy) rather than any heavy-handed sermonising (the figure of Christ is seen but never heard--his presence signalled by a serene musical motif instead).On the DVD: this long-awaited release presents the film's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.76:1 in a glorious anamorphic print, complete with remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The music sounds fresher than ever, and both the theatrical "Overture" and "Entracte" are included (civilised times the 1950s: they had specially composed intermission music to enjoy while topping up on ice cream and popcorn!). There's an extensive and enjoyable documentary tracing the history of the story from Lew Wallace through stage productions to the first MGM version in 1925 and then to the 1959 production. Charlton Heston provides an intermittent commentary, evidently enjoying the experience of watching the film again, and his comments are usefully indexed so you can skip to the next bit without having to sit through chunks of silence (during the chariot race he voiced his concern to second-unit director Yakima Canutt that the stuntmen were better drivers. Replied Canutt: "Chuck, just drive the damn chariot and I guarantee that you'll win"). There's also a couple of screen tests, one with Leslie Nielsen in pre-Naked Gun days as Messala and a photo gallery and theatrical trailers complete an epic DVD package. --Mark Walker

  • Roman Holiday [DVD] [1953] Roman Holiday | DVD | (14/09/2009) from £5.00  |  Saving you £4.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck an American newspaperman who seeking an exclusive story pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they rapidly fall in love...

  • The Bette Davis Collection (Now Voyager / The Letter / Dark Victory / Mr Skeffington) The Bette Davis Collection (Now Voyager / The Letter / Dark Victory / Mr Skeffington) | DVD | (22/08/2005) from £10.44  |  Saving you £24.54 (70.10%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The Letter (Dir. William Wyler 1940): While her husband inspects his rubber planatation Leslie Crosbie murders Geoffrey Hammond. His widow has a letter written by Leslie asking him to meet her as her lover the night of the murder. Leslie can buy the letter but must come for it herself. Learning that he is broke from paying for the letter Leslie's husband next learns its contents. He forgives her. Leslie walks into the garden where the widow appears with a dagger. Now V

  • The Collector - Limited Edition Blu Ray [Blu-ray] [Region Free] The Collector - Limited Edition Blu Ray | Blu Ray | (24/09/2018) from £17.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The great Hollywood director William Wyler (Jezebel, Wuthering Heights, The Heiress, Ben-Hur) took John Fowles' celebrated novel and turned it into one of the finest and most controversial psychological thrillers of the 1960s. A lonely, unbalanced young butterfly collector (Terence Stamp, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mind of Mr. Soames, Superman II) stalks and abducts a young art student (Samantha Eggar, Psyche 59, The Brood), keeping her imprisoned in a stone cellar as if she were one of his specimens. Stamp and Eggar won Best Actor prizes for their roles at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, and the film remains a surprising and often shocking depiction of psychotic obsession. Special Features: 2K Restoration Original mono audio Audio commentary with author and film historian Neil Sinyard Interview with Terence Stamp (2018): a new interview with the iconic actor Interview with Samantha Eggar (2018): a new interview with the award-winning actor Richard Combs on ?The Collector' (2018): a new appreciation of the film by the renowned critic, lecturer and broadcaster Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Carmen Gray, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Limited Edition of 3,000 copies All extras subject to change

  • Mrs Miniver [1942] Mrs Miniver | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £4.98  |  Saving you £8.50 (60.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A movie doesn't win seven Oscars for nothing. A glowing Greer Garson (Best Actress) commands the screen as Mrs Miniver, a middle-class British housewife whose strength holds her family together as World War II literally hits their home. Walter Pidgeon as her architect husband seems to be the prototype for future TV dads in this affecting portrait of love--familial and romantic--during war. But the relationship between Mrs Miniver's college-age son (Richard Ney) and the upper-crust Carol (Best Supporting Actress Teresa Wright) is filled with inherent drama--as the war speeds up their young love, it also has the potential to doom it. The 1942 film, which also won for Best Picture and Best Director, is filled with colourful characters, snappy dialogue and sensational plot twists. Although you spend much of the movie dreading that one of the Minivers will become a casualty of war, when it finally happens, it's not what you anticipated. Exactly what you would expect from a legendary film that lives up to its billing. --Valerie J. Nelson, Amazon.com

  • The Big Country [1958] The Big Country | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    William Wyler directed this epic Western, about the clash of East and West, intellect and action. Gregory Peck stars as a sea captain who moves way out West to marry Carroll Baker and become part of the ranch owned by her father (Charles Bickford). But he discovers that daddy's top hand (Charlton Heston) carries a torch for Baker and doesn't particularly like Peck stepping into his place. Peck also finds himself caught in the midst of a power struggle between Bickford and his surly neighbour, Burl Ives (and his reprehensibly bullying son, Chuck Connors). The Big Country is a long, sprawling tale that works because its characters are played by movie stars who know how to command the big screen in a big story. --Marshall Fine

  • The Big Country [Blu-ray] [1958] The Big Country | Blu Ray | (13/01/2014) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    One of Hollywood’s greatest directors teams with a cast of incredible screen legends for this bold sweeping tale of a ship’s captain who ventures west to find a hotbed of jealousy hatred and dangerous rivalries. As the reluctant hero is thrust into the maelstrom he must summon all of his resolve to save not only his own life but also the life of the woman he loves. Four-time Academy Award Winner William Wyler directs this action-packed adventure that triumphs as “a work of art” (Motion Picture Herald). Starring Gregory Peck Jean Simmons Charlton Heston Chuck Connors and Burl Ives (in an Oscar-Winning performance) this magnificently entertaining epic will take your breath away with unbridled suspense exhilarating excitement and explosive drama on a grand scale.

  • Wuthering Heights [1939] Wuthering Heights | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When Mr. Earnshaw encounters Heathcliff a ragamuffin orphan he kindly brings the boy into his home and makes him part of the family. Instantly Heathcliff falls hopelessly in love with the daughter of the house the beautiful but headstrong Catherine. When a wealthy neighbor woos her Catherine's material instincts overcome her adoration for Heathcliff and so she agrees to marry. Yet as time passes Catherine is to discover that she is unable to forget Heathcliff and not even dea

  • How To Steal A Million [1966] How To Steal A Million | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £6.29  |  Saving you £6.70 (51.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A movie about those who appreciate the finer things in life.... for free! Director William Wyler went to Paris to shoot this frothy caper comedy. Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn) lives with her father Charles (Hugh Griffith). He keeps them in luxury by selling an occasional painting--maybe a Renoir maybe a van Gogh. A well-known art connoisseur he has an endless supply of paintings; he paints them himself--like his father before him he is an expert forger. Persuaded to loan

  • How To Steal a Million [DVD] [1966] How To Steal a Million | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £6.79  |  Saving you £3.20 (32.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    William Wyler, one of Hollywood's greatest directors, deftly blends comedy, visual shenanigans, suspense and romance in this captivating tongue-in-cheek crime caper starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole.The daughter (Hepburn) of a wealthy Frenchman (Hugh Griffith) who creates counterfeit art learns her father is in danger of being exposed as a crook. She decides to steal the family's forged Cellini sculpture from a museum before experts can examine it and enlists a society burglar (O'Toole) to help her. Eli Wallach and Charles Boyer co-star in this classic Hepburn comedy shot in authentic Paris locations.

  • Funny Girl / Funny Lady [DVD] Funny Girl / Funny Lady | DVD | (08/10/2012) from £4.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    <b>Funny Girl:</b> One of the most popular movie musicals ever made, Funny Girl follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice - a role that earned Barbra Streisand the 1968 Oscar for Best Actress. As the film opens, only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business. When she gets her first break at Keeney's Music Hall, her hilarious debut as a roller-skating chorus girl gets her hired as a comedienne. A year later Fanny is working for Florenz Ziegfeld in his famous Follie...

  • Dead End [1937] Dead End | DVD | (12/07/2005) from £11.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (8.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    On the mean streets of New York's Lower East Side Drina (Sylvia Sidney) hopes to save her brother from a life of crime. But notorious hoodlum Baby Face Martin (Bogart) has come back to his old haunts looking for trouble and threatening to drag the boy down with him. Drina turns to her childhood friend Dave (Joel McCrea) for help. But can he stop Martin without becoming just like him?

  • Audrey Hepburn Collection [DVD] Audrey Hepburn Collection | DVD | (07/10/2013) from £11.99  |  Saving you £-1.99 (-19.90%)  |  RRP £10

    Box-set collection of five of Audrey Hepburn's most famous films. <b>Roman Holiday</b> (1953) In her Hollywood debut, Hepburn won an Academy Award as Princess Anne, the bored royal who absconds from her duties and meets up with Gregory Peck's American ex-pat journalist. <b>Sabrina Fair</b> (1954) Billy Wilder directs her as the shy daughter of a wealthy family's chauffeur, who returns from two years in Paris as a sophisticated young woman. <b>Funny Face</b> (1957) The musical romanti...

  • The Heiress The Heiress | DVD | (20/02/2006) from £5.00  |  Saving you £4.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Olivia de Havilland won her second Academy Award for The Heiress giving one of her finest screen performances in this version of the Ruth and Augustus Goetz play based on Henry James's 'Washington Square'. In 1840's New York Catherine lives with her father Dr. Sloper a physician. Her mother died some years before and Dr. Sloper still idolizes her. He never misses an opportunity to compare his daughter to her - a comparison the daughter cannot win. When Morris Towns

  • Ben-Hur - Ultimate Collector's Edition [Blu-ray][Region Free] Ben-Hur - Ultimate Collector's Edition | Blu Ray | (26/09/2011) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Ben-Hur scooped an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards in 1959 and, unlike some later rivals to this record-breaking win, richly deserved every single one. This is epic filmmaking on a scale that had not been seen before, and is unlikely ever to be seen again. It cost a staggering 15 million dollars and was one of the largest film productions ever undertaken: the Circus Maximus set alone covered 18 acres and was filled with 40,000 tons of Mediterranean sand. But it's not just running time or a cast of thousands that makes an epic, it's the subject-matter that counts and in Ben-Hur the subject is rich, detailed and sensitively handled. Despite both the original novel's and the film's subtitle, "A Tale of the Christ", this is really a parallel life, that of Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his estrangement from old Roman pal Messala (Stephen Boyd). The eponymous character's journey of self-discovery through bitterness and hate to eventual redemption has many deliberate echoes of Christ's life (at one point, Judah is mistaken for Jesus, much as Brian would be later in Monty Python's masterful satire), and the multi-layered script from (uncredited) literary titans Gore Vidal and Christopher Fry wrings out every nuance and every possible shade of meaning.Director William Wyler, who had been a junior assistant on MGM's original silent version back in 1925, never sacrifices the human focus of the story in favour of spectacle (he had the good sense to leave the great chariot race to second-unit director and experienced stuntman Yakima Canutt), and it is his concentration on human drama and fully rounded characters that gives Wyler's epic its heart. In this he is aided immeasurably by Miklós Rózsa's majestic musical score, arguably the greatest ever written for a Hollywood picture, in which the development of character-driven leitmotifs produces the effect of grand opera. The Christian theme concentrates on the central character's love and compassion for his family (evoked by the discovery of their leprosy) rather than any heavy-handed sermonising (the figure of Christ is seen but never heard--his presence signalled by a serene musical motif instead).On the DVD: this long-awaited release presents the film's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.76:1 in a glorious anamorphic print, complete with remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The music sounds fresher than ever, and both the theatrical "Overture" and "Entracte" are included (civilised times the 1950s: they had specially composed intermission music to enjoy while topping up on ice cream and popcorn!). There's an extensive and enjoyable documentary tracing the history of the story from Lew Wallace through stage productions to the first MGM version in 1925 and then to the 1959 production. Charlton Heston provides an intermittent commentary, evidently enjoying the experience of watching the film again, and his comments are usefully indexed so you can skip to the next bit without having to sit through chunks of silence (during the chariot race he voiced his concern to second-unit director Yakima Canutt that the stuntmen were better drivers. Replied Canutt: "Chuck, just drive the damn chariot and I guarantee that you'll win"). There's also a couple of screen tests, one with Leslie Nielsen in pre-Naked Gun days as Messala and a photo gallery and theatrical trailers complete an epic DVD package. --Mark Walker

  • Ben-Hur [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [1959][Region Free] Ben-Hur | Blu Ray | (15/04/2013) from £14.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (29.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    High-definition Blu-ray hits greater heights with the arrival of the visual splendour thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Charlton Heston brings a physical and moral presence to his Best Actor Oscar-winning role of Judah Ben-Hur a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Best Director Oscar winner William Wyler masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.

  • The Little Foxes - Samuel Goldwyn Presents [DVD] The Little Foxes - Samuel Goldwyn Presents | DVD | (13/02/2017) from £6.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    It's the turn of the century in the deep South, and the Hubbard siblings are embroiled in their ownmoney-driven, power-hungry civil war. Most calculating of the group is Regina, who, along with her brothers, demands ownership of a cotton mill expected to yield millions. Proving that blood is not thicker than greed, the Hubbards will stop at nothing to push their unscrupulous deal through even ifit means destroying everyone around them! Oscar(r) winner* Bette Davis leads a perfectlybrilliant cast (The New York Times) in this major screen achievement (The New Yorker) that garnered nine Academy Award(r) nominations,** including Best Picture. 'splendid [and] timeless (Los Angeles Times), The Little Foxes is an enduring classic and a chilling indictment of corruption and greed. *1935: Actress, Dangerous; 1938: Actress, Jezebel **1941: Actress (Davis), Supporting Actress (Collinge), Supporting Actress (Wright), Directing, Art Directing, Editing, Score, Screenplay

  • Audrey Hepburn Collection Box Set Audrey Hepburn Collection Box Set | DVD | (20/10/2003) from £16.49  |  Saving you £24.99 (50.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    This Audrey Hepburn Collection box set contains the following films: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sabrina, Funny Face, Paris When It Sizzles and Roman Holiday.

  • Place In The Sun, A / Roman Holiday / To Catch A Thief Place In The Sun, A / Roman Holiday / To Catch A Thief | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £7.99  |  Saving you £5.41 (27.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A Place In The Sun (Dir. George Stevens 1951): George Stevens' stunning adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's 'An American Tragedy' garnered six Academy Awards (including Best Director and Best Screenplay) and guaranteed immortality for screen lovers Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. Clift stars as George Eastman a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Shelley Winters plays the factory gir

  • Masters Of The Cinema Masters Of The Cinema | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £5.15  |  Saving you £-0.06 (-0.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Titles Comprise: Ben Hur: Having swept the board at the Academy awards Ben Hur achieved an outstanding feat in film history winning eleven oscars in 1959 including Best Picture Best Actor and Best Director. After a ten month production schedule and a then massive million budget this 1950''s epic movie has always represented a cinematographic feat that has rarely been bettered. Doctor Zhivago: Omar Sharif stars in the title role of Doctor Zhivago portraying the surgeon-poet over a half-century period. Zhivago who is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin) an aristocratic girl with whom he raises a family is also in love with Lara (Julie Christie) a nurse whose life has been destroyed by tragedy. Repeatedly brought together and separated from each woman by war and revolution Zhivago is torn apart by conflict. He loves Tonya deeply but his poetic soul belongs to Lara. Much like his beloved country Zhivago's spirit becomes battered by the devastation of war as he struggles to maintain his individualism in the face of overwhelming odds. Gone With The Wind: David O. Selznick's production of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winner Gone With The Wind is the pinnacle of Hollywood moviemaking ( Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight) . And in Maltin's view it looks better than it has in years. This sweeping Civil War-era romance won an impressive 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and its immortal characters Scarlett (Vivian Leigh) Rhett (Clark Gable) Ashley (Leslie Howard) Melanie (Olivia de Havilland) Mammy (Hattie McDaniel) and Prissy (Butterfly McQueen) populate as epic story of enduring appeal across generations.

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