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  • Send Me No Flowers [DVD] Send Me No Flowers | DVD | (04/05/2015) from £5.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Norman Jewison directs one of Hollywood's most famous screen teams, DORIS DAY and ROCK HUDSON as a perky housewife and her hypochondriac husband in this, their third and final film together. Hudson is hilarious as an obsessed hypochondriac who mistakenly overhears his doctor discussing the impending death of a patient. Believing the poor victim is himself, Hudson elicits the help of his friend and neighbour, Tony Randall, to find a new husband for his soon-to-be-widowed wife. Randall, unfortunately, isn't much help as he deals with his upcoming loss by swigging martinis. Alarmed by her husband's increasingly strange behaviour, Day becomes even more frustrated when an old paramour (Clint Walker) shows up at their country club and Hudson encourages his attentions towards her! With it's 'top performers...in top form' ( The Hollywood Reporter), Send Me No Flowers also features Paul Lynde as a side-splitting cemetery plot salesman who 'loves people'. Hal March and Burt Bacharach's title tune is sung by Miss Day, and her costumes, include her sexy boudoir wardrobe, are designed by Jean Louis.

  • Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet [1996] Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/09/2002) from £20.41  |  Saving you £4.58 (18.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Two very different Stravinsky ballets are here presented by The Royal Ballet: the traditional, colourful designs perfectly suit the opulence of The Firebird, contrasting with the later, more austere, ritualistic scoring and choreography of Les Noces ("The Wedding"). Firebird is a traditional fairytale: the Prince gets his girl (a princess, naturally), with a little help from a magical Firebird, by defeating the evil Kostchei, who's holding the Princess and her fellow maidens captive. The devil notoriously gets all the best tunes, and with the riveting presence of David Drew's Kostchei it's apparent that baddies get the best moves in dance, too. Leanne Benjamin is an immensely athletic Firebird and Jonathan Cope, as the Prince, dances with style and personality. Les Noces is, by contrast, a genuine ensemble piece, with the principals (the bride and groom) being almost less important than the corps de ballet itself. There are a few moments of less-than-perfect ensemble here, but these pale into insignificance in the face of the raw power of Stravinsky's angular music (scored for four pianos, percussion and chorus with solo voices). A third item finds Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in his own Firebird Suite. The date was 1965 and he was a frail 83 at the time, but the concentration of the reading is compelling, as is his own stern visage, only breaking into a smile at the very end of the performance. This is an excellent filler for a first-rate ballet release. On the DVD: The Firebird & Les Noces on this disc are presented with terrific technical values, both visually and in sound quality (the Stravinsky archive performance is in mono, however, but it's perfectly respectable). This is a real feast for the eye, backed up by solid documentation in the booklet and excellent additional features--David Drew's arch and entertaining "Nijinska's World" and behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage--that will appeal to both seasoned ballet fans and those who are new to the art form. --Harriet Smith

  • Ballet Class for Beginners [1986] Ballet Class for Beginners | DVD | (07/07/2008) from £13.80  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

  • The Wizard Of Oz [1939] The Wizard Of Oz | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £6.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

    Like the Tin Man's heart, the true test of a real classic is how much it is loved by others. The enduring charms of The Wizard of Oz have easily weathered the vicissitudes of changing fashions making the film one of the world's best-loved, most-quoted and frequently imitated movies. It's now as ubiquitous an American pop-cultural icon as McDonald's, making judging the movie purely on its own merits an almost impossible task. Judy Garland's tragic later life, for example, makes her naïve and utterly beguiling Dorothy seem all the more poignant in retrospect. But this at least is clear: much of this movie's success depends on the winning appeal of Garland's "Everygirl" figure, who creates the vital identification and empathy necessary to carry the audience with her into the land of Oz. We always care deeply about Dorothy, her quest for home and the strength of her friendship with her companions. Garland's assured dancing and singing routines with her ideally cast Broadway comedy co-stars Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley are still endlessly delightful, of course, and the songs and score (by Arlen, Harburg and Stothart) are as good as anything in the Hollywood musical canon. It is Garland's deeply felt rendition of "Over the Rainbow" that is both the film's emotional core and the reason why adults as much as children the world over still respond so strongly to this movie. So long as people long for home and the love of their friends and family, the nostalgic appeal of Oz will never fade. On the DVD: another splendid digital restoration from the MGM vaults keeps this wonderful classic as vivid and alive as it was back in 1939, if not more so. The 1.33:1 picture is clear and defined, bursting with the vibrant colours of Oz (you can even see the wires holding up the Lion's tail). Even more remarkably, because the original microphone tapes have been preserved the soundtrack has been remastered in 5.1 stereo, thereby accentuating the lush tones of the MGM orchestra and Garland's famous singing. The disc is also chock full of extras, including outtakes, audio sequences, composer Harold Arlen's backstage movies, extracts from earlier silent Oz films, clips from the Academy Awards and interviews with the stars among many other fascinating nuggets. The new 50-minute documentary hosted by Angela Lansbury, and irritatingly narrated in the present tense, is oddly the weakest part, with too little hard information and too much padding about how everyone loves the movie. The only gripe is Warners' trademark cardboard slipcase, which is awkward and easily damaged. But this is still an essential disc for the young at heart everywhere. --Mark Walker

  • The Music Man [1962] The Music Man | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    We're getting ready to blow our horn like we've never blown it before! Let 76 trombones lead the big parade from the Great White Way into your home. It's the Music Man the screen version of one of Broadway's all-time blockbusters a skyburst of Americana as irresistible as 4th of July fireworks.

  • Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary [DVD] Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary | DVD | (29/11/2010) from £5.69  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Edition

  • Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion [2000] Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion | DVD | (28/01/2002) from £4.94  |  Saving you £11.99 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The work of the Canadian circus troupe Cirque Du Soleil, Dralion is a show which has toured worldwide. It features elements of Chinese circus tradition interspersed with the troupe's own pan-cultural sense of stage spectacle. It's a combination of music, dance, clowning and acrobatics lavishly bathed in dry ice, strobe lights and a colourful array of oriental finery, elaborate costumes and props. Here you'l find Chinese women finding the strength from somewhere in their tiny bodies to balance by their hands atop 10-foot poles which are wheeled around gracefully; and young boys tumbling rapidly through revolving golden hoops; and bronzed dancers swinging through the air in balletic arcs from lengths of blue ribbon. What one could do without, though, is the She-Goddess' New Age babble throughout the proceedings, as well as the soundtrack, which is a queasy fusion of world music marinated in bass. There's also an over-indulgence of costume and choreography, presumably the work of the "avant garde" Cirque Du Soleil, though much here is distinctly apres-garde, reminding the viewer irresistibly of the musical extravaganza that was the daily centrepiece of the ill-fated Millennium Dome. All of this at times smothers and distracts from the impressive physical feats of the Chinese performers. Still, for the three million people who have witnessed this show worldwide this will certainly provide a worthy memento.On the DVD: a number of extra features include a featurette about the five-month deadline the troupe had to meet in putting together the show, splendid for those who thrill to the spectacle of tents being erected and dancers being winched carefully into the rafters of giant hangars. There's also a facility for viewing the performances from different angles. The show is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio, and is generally pristine in both colour and definition. --David Stubbs

  • Shakespeare: As You Like It (Shakespeare: As You Like It Globe Theatre 2009) [DVD] Shakespeare: As You Like It (Shakespeare: As You Like It Globe Theatre 2009) | DVD | (26/04/2010) from £15.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (22.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    William Shakespeare's As You Like It: Globe Theatre 2009

  • Cover Girl (Masters Of Cinema) (Dual Format) (Blu-ray & DVD) Cover Girl (Masters Of Cinema) (Dual Format) (Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (13/02/2017) from £12.77  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Cover Girl was one of the big hits of Rita Hayworth's run as movie queen (and World War II pinup girl), a splashy musical geared to the talents of its redheaded star. Be warned: this is the kind of movie in which a single magazine cover turns an unknown dancer into the toast of her own Broadway show, virtually overnight. The corn runs high, but so do the spirits; plus, Eve Arden is around to toss in her trademark one-liners. Gene Kelly, as Hayworth's sulky choreographer and part-time boyfriend, stops the movie cold with his brilliant dance alongside his own reflection. The Jerome Kern-Ira Gershwin songs are middling, except for the lovely "Long Ago and Far Away". One number presents a parade of magazine cover girls come to life (great snapshot of an era). And check out the movie's hats: a parade of insane creations, perched uncertainly on many beautiful women's heads. --Robert Horton

  • A Star Is Born - 2 Disc Special Edition [1954] A Star Is Born - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (10/02/2003) from £4.17  |  Saving you £9.60 (68.60%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A musical remake of the classic 1937 film of the same name, A Star is Born was designed as Judy Garland's comeback vehicle after she had been cruelly axed by MGM studios for professional unreliability. Her erratic moods caused serious production delays this time around, too, but the behind-the-scenes turmoil was certainly worth it--Garland gives just about the greatest one-woman show in movie history. The story is the stuff of pure Hollywood legend. Aspiring actress-singer Esther Blodgett meets fading matinee idol Norman Maine (James Mason), who navigates her to stardom under the more melodious handle of Vickie Lester. As she rises meteorically, he declines into alcoholic self-pity--and the result, if you haven't guessed, is plenty of heartbreak. Mason lends subtle support in a role Cary Grant refused as too downbeat for his image, but Garland grabs centre stage with an all-out emotional performance that rivets the attention. Director George Cukor was famous for coaxing the very best out of screen divas, and A Star is Born must be counted as his crowning achievement. The lush visual style that he contributes provides a suitable setting for Garland's deep, rich voice--throbbing with melancholy in the Harold Arlen-Ira Gershwin ballad "The Man That Got Away", then capering joyfully in the gargantuan musical number "Born in a Trunk". Moss Hart's script takes many cynical swipes at the pretensions of Tinsel Town--perhaps too many for the taste of studio boss Jack Warner, who ordered drastic cuts in the film after its premiere. --Peter Matthews

  • Singin' In The Rain - Special Edition [1952] Singin' In The Rain - Special Edition | DVD | (25/11/2002) from £6.15  |  Saving you £7.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Singin' in the Rain is probably the most treasured musical in the history of cinema. It is essentially a satire on the dawning age of talking pictures, but that description doesn't begin to describe its importance in the hearts of film lovers, even those who can't otherwise stand musicals. Given its origins--producer Arthur Freed wanted a framework on which to hang a selection of the hits he'd written in the early part of his career with Nacio Herb Brown, many of which had themselves featured in early talkies--it should have been a mongrel of a picture. But somehow, with its combination of endearing performances, the razor-sharp script of Adolph Green and Betty Comden, instinctive direction from Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen and those delightful songs, it is triumphantly greater than the sum of its parts. Kelly's dance sequence, conceived for the title song, is an undiluted joy and remains an iconic cinema moment. But there is so much more to savour: Donald O'Connor's knockout vaudeville, Jean Hagen's hilarious Bronx-voiced leading lady and the honest charm of underrated Debbie Reynolds, crowned by Kelly's choreography for the Broadway Melody suite. No collection is complete without this. On the DVD: Singin' in the Rain--Special Edition, vibrant in 1.33:1 fullscreen format with a crystalline mono soundtrack, is the crown jewel in the embarrassment of riches on this 50th anniversary two-disc DVD. The extras just keep coming: "Musicals, Great Musicals" (a documentary about Arthur Freed's legendary production unit at MGM), a shorter documentary about the film itself (much of which is duplicated by the audio commentary, led by Debbie Reynolds), outtakes and audio scoring sessions and extracts from films in which many of the songs originated. There's also a hidden feature in which Baz Lurhmann offers his own testimony to the film's enduring appeal, but it's a tad redundant given the primary sources on offer. --Piers Ford

  • The Fred And Ginger Collection [1935] The Fred And Ginger Collection | DVD | (10/11/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £35.99

    Contains the film titles: Top Hat: A musical comedy full of high style romance mistaken identity... and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing and singing 11 of Irving Berlin's best songs. When Jerry Travers meets lovely Dale Tremont it's love at first sight for him. Unfortunately Dale's affections chill when she mistakenly believes he's her best friend's new husband. Now she's engaged to someone else... Will she find out Jerry's real identity before she goes ahead and mak

  • High Society / Seven Brides For Seven Brothers / Meet Me In St Louis / Calamity Jane [DVD][2012] High Society / Seven Brides For Seven Brothers / Meet Me In St Louis / Calamity Jane | DVD | (17/09/2012) from £18.22  |  Saving you £5.50 (18.30%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Musicals 4 Pack (DVD/S)

  • Tender Mercies [DVD] [1983] Tender Mercies | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £4.44  |  Saving you £11.55 (72.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Sometimes everything comes together in a movie and it becomes something so much greater than the sum of its parts that it can only be described as a miracle. That's the case with Tender Mercies, a quietly luminous character piece about an alcoholic, washed-up country singer named Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall in an Oscar-winning performance) who hits bottom in a motel room one night and then slowly finds his way back into the land of the living with the help of the widow (Tess Harper) and her young son. It's a low-key, contemplative film that feels like a rural American family comedy in the vein of the great Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu. Tender Mercies was directed by Australian Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant), written by Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird), who won an Oscar for his screenplay, and has an unbeatable cast. This is one of Duvall's most intimate and deeply personal performances, matched only by his debut 14 years later as actor-writer-director in The Apostle. --Jim Emerson

  • Breakdance - The Movie [1984] Breakdance - The Movie | DVD | (06/04/2009) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Three aspiring dancers take their best shot - and pop and lock - at the big time in this invigorating romp that features a cameo by Ice-T! Lucinda Dickey Adolpho Shabba-Doo Quinones and Michael Boogaloo Shrimp Chambers pump up the jam as a struggling trio of dancers - jazz for her break for them - taking on a rival street gang in a professional dance competition. Packed with fast-paced moves and furious jives and featuring smash hits 'Breakin'... There's No Stoppin' Us and Freakshow on the Dance Floor this heart-in-your-throat dance movie is a nonstop floor show of excitingly staged... solid fun (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Double Trouble [1967] Double Trouble | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £8.99  |  Saving you £1.90 (13.60%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A case of mistaken identity has Elvis and a beautiful girl enmeshed in a smuggler's plot and an attempted murder in Europe.

  • Cabaret Cabaret | DVD | (26/11/2007) from £6.40  |  Saving you £-9.49 (-158.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Cabaret brings 1931 Berlin to life inside and outside the Kit Kat Klub. There, starry eyed American Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish emee (Joel Grey) sound the call for decadent fun, while in the street the Nazi party is beginning to grow into a brutal political force. Into this heady world arrives British language teacher Brian Robert (Michael York) who falls for Sally's charm and soon, the two of them find themselves embroiled in the turmoil and decadence of the era.

  • Three By Rambert [1986] Three By Rambert | DVD | (01/07/2002) from £14.50  |  Saving you £3.24 (16.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Rambert Dance Company first made its name in the 1920s for its creative melding of tradition and innovation. That tenet has remained central to the company's ethos and Three by Rambert showcases its particular strengths to great effect in three highly contrasting ballets. Musically, we have three utterly different scores: Janacek’s searing Second String Quartet (subtitled "Intimate Letters", from which the ballet adapts its name), the moody, evocative songs of Bill Withers and, finally, a medley of folk songs from various climes. Though stylistically at odds, all three explore the twin themes of desire and loss. The other link is that, heard in isolation, none of these pieces seems remotely danceable. It’s a tribute both to the choreography (Robert North in the jazz ballet "Lonely Town" , the company's artistic director Christopher Bruce in the remaining two) and to the dancers themselves that the results are so stunningly effortless. Time and again, you’re struck not simply by the liquid perfection of both solo and ensemble work, but by the directness of the physical language, and the depth of emotions expressed. A brilliant showcase for one of the cultural treasures of our age. On the DVD: Three by Rambert has good sound and excellent picture, with the 16:9 format doing full justice to the different visuals encapsulated by the three ballets. The booklet is useful for basic information, though more analysis of the works would have been helpful for non-experts. Rather than 14 minutes of trailers for other titles, an introduction to the work of the company, and maybe to the ballets themselves, would have been more helpful and user-friendly.--Harriet Smith

  • The Sound Of Music [Blu-ray] The Sound Of Music | Blu Ray | (02/03/2015) from £20.89  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music — Winner of five ACADEMY AWARDS® including Best Picture* — with this 2-disc Blu-ray™ set that includes an all-new hour-long documentary detailing Julie Andrews’ return visit to Salzburg where she filmed her iconic role as Maria half a century ago! *1965: Directing Film Editing Music Best Picture Sound Includes All-New 60-Minute Documentary – The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg and more!

  • Shock Treatment Shock Treatment "Nation" Limited Edition | Blu Ray | (11/09/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    FROM THE CREATORS OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! It's not a sequel it's not a prequel it's an equal! Available on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, it is with absolute pleasure that Arrow Video presents Shock Treatment the criminally underrated sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Several years on from the events of the original Rocky, Brad and Janet Majors find their strained marriage put to the test on popular Denton TV show Marriage Maze. Poor Brad is heavily sedated and institutionalised, whilst Janet is given a radical makeover and primed for stardom. But what are the real motivations behind the kooky DTV crew and their enigmatic head-honcho, Farley Flavors? Featuring a host of familiar Rocky faces including Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn, alongside the likes of Jessica Harper, Barry Humphries and Rik Mayall not to mention a rocking, shocking score from Richard O'Brien and Richard Hartley Shock Treatment is the follow-up that's more than the equal of its predecessor. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: Digital transfer from original film elements High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 5.1 and Mono audio options Isolated Music and Effects Track Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by Shock Treatment Fan Club presidents Mad Man Mike and Bill Brennan 35 Years of Shock Treatment live panel filmed at British Film Insitute DTV Presents: A Shockumentary featurette Let's Rock 'n Roll: Shock Treatment's Super Score featurette Theatrical and International Trailers Exclusive Digipak Packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys Collector's Booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth Set of Exclusive Shock Treatment Mix ?n' Match Cards! Exclusive double-sided DENTON poster

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