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The Jazz Singer | DVD | (02/10/2006)
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Back in 1927, The Jazz Singer entered the history books as the first true, sound-on-film talking picture, with Al Jolson uttering the immortal words, "You ain't heard nothing yet!" But even then it was a creakingly sentimental old yarn. By the time this second remake showed up in 1980 (there was a previous one in 1953) it looked as ludicrously dated as a chaperone in a strip club. Our young hero, played by pop singer Neil Diamond in a doomed bid for movie stardom, is the latest in a long line of Jewish cantors, but secretly moonlights with a Harlem soul group. When his strictly Orthodox father (Laurence Olivier, complete with painfully hammy "oya-veh" accent) finds out, the expected ructions follow. Though the lad makes it big in showbiz, it all means nothing while he's cut off from family and roots. But in the end--well, you can guess, can't you? Diamond comes across as likeable enough in a bland way, but unencumbered by acting talent, and the music business has never looked so squeaky clean--nary a trace of drugs, and precious little sex or rock 'n' roll. As for anything sounding remotely like jazz, forget it. This is one story that should have been left to slumber in the archives. --Philip Kemp
Caligula: Uncut Edition | DVD | (27/07/2009)
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The Most controversial film ever made as you have never seen it before. From the moment he ascends to the throne, the Emperor Caligula enforces one of the most depraved reigns in history. Depicting his descent into madness and immorality with graphic sex and violence, this unprecedented uncut edition presents a bolder and more revealing Caligula than ever before, with a pristine new transfer from recently uncovered film. Featuring a stellar cast including Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, Peter O Toole and John Gielgud this unflinching look at the decadence of Ancient Rome will startle and amaze like no other film before.
Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen | DVD | (16/03/2009)
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The TARDIS is lured to Earth in 1985 by a distress call sent by Lytton who has made contact with a group of Cybermen based in London's sewers. The Doctor and Peri are then captured and forced to take Lytton and the Cybermen in the TARDIS to the Cybermen's home planet Telos. The Cybermen have stolen a time vessel from another race and plan to change history by crashing Halley's Comet into Earth and obliterating it before it can bring about the demise of their original home world Mondas in 1986.
Sunset Boulevard | Blu Ray | (04/02/2013)
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Intense, enthralling, and unforgettable, Sunset Boulevard stars Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent-movie star, and William Holden as Joe Gillis, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter whom she enlists to help her make her triumphant return to the screen. Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Billy Wilder, this mesmerising Hollywood classic won three Academy Awards.
Darcey Bussell Diverse Dance Mix | DVD | (26/12/2017)
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Darcey Bussell Diverse Dance Mix DVD is an easy to use dance based fitness programme with the aim of getting fit while having fun, using a variety of different types of dances. The DVD features Darcey teaching short routines from 14 different dance styles. There are dances from across the decades including 1920s Charleston, 1960s, 1970s Disco, a 1980s boxing routine inspired by the movie ?Rocky' and the 1990s trend for ?Vogue' dancing. Countries from all over the world are also celebrated with workouts inspired by Arabian, Bhangra, Japanese, Irish and Greek dancing, as well the Latin dances, Flamenco and Salsa, and even Hoedown dancing. This variety of dance ensures that the mind is stimulated, not just the body and this combination will enable a better work out. Because there really is something for everyone, no one will ever get bored while exercising to DDMIX!
Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition | DVD | (24/02/2014)
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A portmanteau work from four of Ealing's best directors, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer. Starring Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers, <i>Dead Of Night</i> represented a departure for Ealing from the classic comedy mode and is instead a spooky psychological thriller made up of five chilling ghost stories.
Doctor Who: The E Space Trilogy | DVD | (26/01/2009)
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Full Circle: The TARDIS falls through a CVE into E-Space and arrives on the planet Alzarius. There the inhabitants of a crashed Starliner and a group of young rebels called the Outlers led by a boy named Varsh and including his brother Adric are being terrorised by a race of Marshmen who emerge from the marshes at a time known as Mistfall. State Of Decay The Doctor Romana K9 and Adric - an Outler from Alzarius who has stowed away aboard the TARDIS - arrive on a planet where the native villagers live in fear of 'the Wasting' and of three Lords named Zargo Camilla and Aukon who rule from an imposing Tower. The Lords are soon revealed to be vampire servants of the last of the Great Vampires a race referred to in Time Lord mythology. Warrior's Gate: The TARDIS is hijacked in the vortex by a time sensitive Tharil named Biroc and brought to a strange white void. Biroc wants to free the others of his race who are being transported in a slave ship captained by Rorvik which is also trapped in the void. The only other thing present in the void is an ancient gateway leading to a decrepit banqueting hall.
Citizen Kane | DVD | (29/08/2016)
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Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 25, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions and can't be known easily. Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. The result is that every well-meaning or tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and photographed by Gregg Toland, the film is the sum of Welles's awesome ambitions as an artist in Hollywood. He pushes the limits of then-available technology to create a true magic show, a visual and aural feast that almost seems to be rising up from a viewer's subconscious. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brechton film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films this century. --Tom Keogh
M (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011)
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Of all Fritz Lang’s creations, none have been more innovative or influential than M, the film that launched German cinema into the sound era with stunning sophistication and mesmerising artistry. A spate of child killings has stricken a terrified Berlin. Peter Lorre gives a legendary performance as the murderer Hans Beckert, who soon finds himself chased by all levels of society.From cinema’s first serial killer hunt, Lang pulls back to encompass social tapestry, police procedural, and underworld conspiracies in an astonishingly multi-faceted and level-headed look at a deeply incendiary topic. One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, M remains as fresh and startling 80 years on. Special Features: Restored high-definition transfer in the correct 1.19:1 aspect ratio [1080p on Blu-ray] Two audio commentaries: one by German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler; the other featuring film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich’s 1965 interviews with Lang The original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety, recently rediscovered, featuring different actors, alternate takes, and Peter Lorre’s first performance in English, courtesy of the BFI National Archive [1080p on Blu-ray, 93 mins] Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang, a 1968 documentary by Erwin Leiser with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema [480p, 21 minutes] 48-Page Booklet including writing by Fritz Lang, historian Robert Fischer, details of a missing scene, behind-the-scenes stills, and production drawings
Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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Voted The Guardian's 14 Best Romantic Film of All Time. Described by director Jacques Demy as 'a film in song' the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo) a 20-year-old French auto mechanic has fallen in love with 17-year-old Genevi&egrave;ve Emery (Catherine Deneuve: Belle de Jour) an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria the pair share a passionate night. Genevi&egrave;ve becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel: Lola). Special Features: Feature Geoff Andrew On Umbrellas of Cherbourg Virginie Ledoyen on Umbrellas of Cherbourg Once Upon A Time... The Umbrellas of Cherbourg The World of Jacques Demy The Restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Stills gallery Trailer Trailer (2013)
Clint Eastwood - The Blu-ray Collection | Blu Ray | (04/08/2014)
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Rediscover one of the Big Screen's most-loved actors in this beautifully packaged Blu-ray boxset. Includes 8 of Clint's best works: Coogan's Bluff Two Mules for Sister Sara The Beguiled Play Misty for Me Joe Kidd High Plains Drifter Breezy The Eiger Sanction Special Features: High Plains Drifter Theatrical Trailer
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner | DVD | (22/06/2015)
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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...
Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin | DVD | (11/05/2009)
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The Doctor arrives on Gallifrey where he is accused of the assassination of the Time Lord President. Investigating with the aid of Co-ordinator Engin and Castellan Spandrell he discovers that this is part of a plot hatched by his old adversary the Master. Having used up all twelve of his regenerations the Master is now a wizened husk. He is seeking to control the presidency in order to obtain the official regalia the Sash and Rod of Rassilon which are really keys to the Eye of Harmony the source of all the Time Lords' power.
Becket | DVD | (14/05/2007)
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Unavailable on any format for 20 years Becket makes its worldwide DVD premiere following extensive restoration aided by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. Becket Becket is one of the great historical epics and features one of cinema's most legendary pairings; Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. The story tells of the tempestuous friendship between King Henry. The King appoints his trusted companion to the esteemed position of Archbishop of Canterbury believing his loyalty will give him control over the church. However Becket takes his new duties seriously and his devotion to God soon brings him into direct conflict with the State and his lifelong friend.
The Dam Busters | Blu Ray | (14/06/2010)
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Dr Barnes Wallis was possessed with a seemingly crazy idea - the creation of a bouncing bomb designed to destroy the Ruhr dams and paralyse the enemy's industrial nerve centre. He fought persistent scepticism and disbelief that such a feat was possible though even with the matchless skill of RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron could such a mission succeed?
Martin Scorsese 3 Film Collection | DVD | (01/10/2012)
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Raging Bull Robert De Niro gives the performance of his career as Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are unforgettable as the brother who falls prey to Jake's mounting paranoia and jealousy, and the fifteen-year-old girl who becomes his most prized trophy. Raging Bull garnered eight Oscar nominations, and won two, including Best Actor for De Niro. Offers French, German, Italian and Spanish language dubbing and Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and German for the hearing impaired subtitles. New York New York Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro team up in Martin Scorsese's romantic post-war film that celebrates the glorious days of New York's big band era. Offers French, Spanish and Polish language dubbing and French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Slovenian, Croatian and Bulgarian subtitles. Boxcar Bertha Based on a true story, Boxcar Bertha is a beautifully directed (The New York Times) tale of railroad renegades and runaway romance. Bristling with searing energy and the raw, sensual (Motion Picture Herald) performances of Barbara Hershey and David Carradine, the film delivers a humour and warmth (Cue) that's right on track. Free-spirited Bertha (Hershey) is a small-time crook with a 'love 'em and leave 'em' philosophy until she falls hard for union man and 'Robin Hood of the rail', Big Bill Shelly (Carradine). Stealing from the rich and giving to the workers, Bertha and Bill soon become the most notorious train robbers in the south. Offers German, French and Spanish language dubbing and French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Polish and Greek subtitles. The Last Waltz It started as a concert. It became a celebration. Join an unparalleled line-up of rock superstars as they celebrate The Band's historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Last Waltz is not only the most beautiful rock film ever made (The New York Times), it's one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades (Rolling Stone). Offers Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and German for the hearing impaired subtitles. The King of Comedy A struggling comedian gambles his uncertain future on a hare-brained scheme to ransom his way onto televison by kidnapping a popular talk show host. Offers Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles.
Yellow Submarine | DVD | (01/02/2000)
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This restored, animated valentine to the Beatles offers viewers the rare chance to see a work that's been substantially improved by its technical facelift, not just super-sized with extra footage. Recognising that its song-studded soundtrack alone makes Yellow Submarine a video annuity, United Artists has lavished a frame-by-frame refurbishment of the original feature, while replacing its original monaural audio tracks with a meticulously reconstructed stereo mix that actually refines legendary original album versions. What emerges is a vivid time capsule of the late 1960s and a minor milestone in animation. The music represents the quartet's zenith--Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The story line, cobbled together by producer Al Brodax and a committee of writers, is a broad, feather-light allegory set in idyllic Pepperland, where the gentle citizens are threatened by the nasty, music-hating Blue Meanies and their surreal arsenal of henchmen, with the Beatles enlisted to thwart the bad guys. Visually, designer Heinz Edelmann mixes the biomorphic squiggles, day-glo palette and Beardsley-esque portraits of Peter Max with rotoscoped still photographs and film; Edelmann's animated collages also nod to Andy Warhol and Magritte in properly psychedelic fashion, which works wonderfully with such terrific songs. High-orthodox Beatlemaniacs can still grouse that the animated Fab Four are (literally) flat archetypes, but that's missing the sheer bloom of the music or the giddy, campy fun of the visuals. Making sense of the story is second to submerging blissfully in the sights and sounds of this video treat. --Sam Sutherland
Get Carter | Blu Ray | (05/05/2014)
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Released in 1971 (the same year Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange hit the screens, which must make 71 the annus mirabilis for violent films set in Britain), Get Carter opens with gangsters leering over pornographic slides and ends on a filthy, slag-stained beach in Newcastle. It's a low-down and dirty movie from beginning to end, and possibly the grittiest and best film of its kind to come out of Britain. The granddaddy of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and all its ilk, director Mike Hodges' Get Carter offers revenge tragedy swinging-60s style, all nicotine-stained cinematography, shabby locations and the kind of killer catchphrases Vinnie Jones would die for ("You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself", says Michael Caine's deadpan anti-hero Carter before inflicting a few choice punches on Brian Mosley, aka Coronation Street's Alf Roberts, to name but one example from Hodges and Ted Lewis' exquisitely laconic script). Presenting the dark horse in his family of loveable Cockney geezer roles (Alfie, The Italian Job), Michael Caine plays the title role of Jack Carter, a man so hard he barely registers a flicker of regret watching a woman he's just had sex with plunge to her death. After taking the train up to Newcastle as the credits roll and Roy Budd's chunky bass-heavy theme tune plays, Carter returns to his hometown to attend his brother's funeral and investigate the circumstances of his death. Not that he's all that sentimental about family: he shaves nonchalantly over the open coffin, and shows affection to his niece Doreen (Petra Markham) by cramming a few notes in her hand and telling her to "be good and don't trust boys". Gradually, Carter unravels the skein of drugs, pornography and corruption tangled around his brother's death, which brings him up against supremely oleaginous kingpin Kinnear (played by the author of Look Back in Anger John Osborne) among others. A remake starring Sylvester Stallone is in the offing, but quite frankly it will be a 30-degree (Celsius) Christmas night in Newcastle before Hollywood could ever make something as assured, raw and immortal as this. --Leslie Felperin
Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (06/05/2013)
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Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problems?. Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp
Live at the Royal Albert Hall | DVD | (07/11/2005)
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THE AMAZINGLY POPULAR ANDRE RIEU & HIS MASSIVE ORCHESTRA, LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL. This wonderful DVD has the following tracks: 1. Voices Of Spring, 2. Vienna Blood, 3. Seventh Heaven Of Love, 4. Hava Nagila, 5. Tea For Two, 6. The Skaters Waltz, 7. Funiculi Funicula, 8. Nun's Choir, 9. Salome Sabredance, 10. The Blue Danube, 11. Radetzky March, 12. Strau & Co. , 13. The Second Waltz, 14. Glenn Miller Melody, 15. The Andre Sisters, 16. Sirtaki (zorba's Dance), 17. Stars & Stripes, 18. Auld Lang Syne, 19. Brasil Symphony. The DVD is shipped from the UK.