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  • Theatrical Box Set 1 Theatrical Box Set 1 | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £17.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Evita (Dir. Alan Parker 1996): Eva Peron (Madonna) was born the illegitimate daughter of a penniless farmer. Determined to make it to the top Eva attaches herself to a poplar tango singer (Jimmy Nail) in the big city. Eva becomes a radio and film actress moving in influential circles within Buenos Aires society. When she becomes involved with rising politician Juan Peron (Jonathan Pryce) the establishment disapproves and he is arrested. Eva fights on the freedom both for

  • The Gang's All Here (1943) [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] The Gang's All Here (1943) | Blu Ray | (22/09/2014) from £9.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (47.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The iconic director-choreographer Busby Berkeley's first full-length film in Technicolor is well established as being perhaps the most visually stunning spectacle of any Hollywood musical. But to focus on this risks overlooking its exuberant performances gleeful humour sensational music and glowing romance amidst countless other pleasures. A young soldier's fast-struck love affair with a New York City nightclub singer despite his long-standing betrothal to a wealthy childhood friend provides the catalyst for this dizzying parade of home-front melodrama comic set-pieces and mind-boggling musical numbers (including 'The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat' and 'The Polka-Dot Polka'). Featuring some of the most popular musical stars of its day including Alice Faye the incomparable Carmen Miranda and the legendary Benny Goodman along with brilliantly funny supporting turns from Edward Everett Horton Eugene Pallette and Charlotte Greenwood The Gang's All Here is an outlandishly surprising classic from one of the Hollywood dream factory's most influential innovators. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a world premiere of a stunning new restoration on Blu-ray. Special Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired New and exclusive full-length audio commentary with critics Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme and film historian Ed Hulse The documentary Busby Berkeley: A Journey with a Star A deleted scene from the film Trailer A 36-Page Booklet featuring essays on the film by critics David Cairns and Karina Longworth and more!

  • Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage [Blu-ray] [2012] Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage | Blu Ray | (25/11/2013) from £9.98  |  Saving you £15.01 (60.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Stage musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' alien invasion novel recorded live at London's O2 arena in 2012. The reimagined story which was first released in 1978 as a concept album by Jeff Wayne is narrated by Liam Neeson and includes performances by Jason Donovan Marti Pellow and Ricky Wilson.

  • The Pirates of Penzance [DVD] The Pirates of Penzance | DVD | (01/08/2011) from £10.48  |  Saving you £7.51 (41.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Frederic was, as a child, apprenticed to a band of inept pirates. Upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29th in a leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates, a Major General, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the local constabulary all contribute to a cacophony of music and laughter.

  • The Wizard Of Oz [1939] The Wizard Of Oz | DVD | (07/11/2005) from £4.95  |  Saving you £3.58 (35.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    ""We're Not In Kansas Anymore."" We click our heels in anticipation. There's no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation The Wizard Of Oz brings us together - kids grown-ups families friends. The dazzling land of Oz a dream-come--true world of enchanted forests dancing scarecrows and singing lions wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured book series

  • Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake [1996] Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake | DVD | (20/07/1998) from £9.80  |  Saving you £8.19 (45.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This Swan Lake was the unexpected popular hit of 1996, when radical choreographer Matthew Bourne took Tchaikovsky's traditional ballet by the scruff of the neck and reworked it with a myriad of modern influences and themes to astonishing effect. Seldom have the dark psychological riptides at the heart of so many classical ballets been so brilliantly exposed. The Prince (Scott Ambler) is a wretched and dissolute young man dominated by his mother, the Joan Collins-like Queen (Fiona Ambler). Shades of Tennessee Williams, indeed. Von Rothbart becomes a press secretary, more sinister éminence grise than hissable villain. Most startling of all, The Swan (Adam Cooper) is a muscular, emphatically masculine male. Bourne has stressed the universality of his interpretation, which proved such a success for his Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company. And indeed this is never an overtly "gay" Swan Lake, although the electricity of the pas de deux at the height of Act 2 delivers a palpably homoerotic charge. Its universal threads--as Bourne suggests, the need to be held and understood is common to us all--are synthesised in the utterly moving conclusion as the Swan cradles the lifeless Prince and raises him to a better place. Swan Lake becomes a human, rather than simply romantic, tragedy. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in full screen 4:3 video format and this version would certainly have benefited from widescreen to show off the dazzling court and night club scenes as well as the lake and the impact of the all-male swan corps de ballet. But the lush Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound serves the rich interpretation of Tchaikovsky's score from The New London Orchestra to handkerchief-wringing effect. Extras include menu-driven resumes and a synopsis. --Piers Ford

  • Liszt - Mayerling Liszt - Mayerling | DVD | (03/03/2008) from £11.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London on 1st and 5th February 1994.

  • Macbeth [2003] Macbeth | DVD | (15/10/2003) from £14.95  |  Saving you £8.04 (35.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Billy Elliot The Musical [Blu-ray] Billy Elliot The Musical | Blu Ray | (24/11/2014) from £4.19  |  Saving you £20.80 (83.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Seen by over 10 Million people with a global theatre box office of over $720 Million and winner of over 80 theatre awards worldwide comes the one-off spectacular production from London’s West End! This amazing one-off staging of Billy Elliot is a celebration of one of the most popular and successful stage shows and has never been available to own on DVD or Blu-ray until now! ‘Based on the Academy Award® nominated film Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London’s West End and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world winning over 80 theatre awards along the way including Tony Awards® and 5 Olivier Awards. Set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. The original creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book & lyrics) director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling are joined by music legend Elton John (music) to produce a funny uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever! .…breathtaking choreography…’ ‘…remains the best musical in London.’ ‘Billy Elliot….is still terrific’ Baz Bamigboye Daily Mail April 2013 ‘A fantastic inspiring and uplifting night!’ BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans ‘Still the Musical of the Decade’ Radio 2 18 May 2009 Great Paul Gambaccini ‘Not only the best musical in London now possibly the best British musical ever – It’s simply tremendous’ Paul Callan 21 August 2009 Daily Express ‘A Definitive British Musical’ Time Out 3 November 2009

  • Bugsy Malone [Blu-ray] [1976] Bugsy Malone | Blu Ray | (23/06/2008) from £6.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (68.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Written and directed by Alan Parker Bugsy Malone is a gangster musical set in New York a world of would-be hoodlums showgirls and dreamers. A world where you never see an adult - kids play the entire film including Scott Biao as Bugsy and Jodie Foster as Tallulah. Bugsy Malone. is totally unique: quite simply there has never ever been a movie like it!

  • Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary [Blu-ray] Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary | Blu Ray | (29/11/2010) from £9.98  |  Saving you £15.01 (60.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Edition

  • Annie Get Your Gun [1950] Annie Get Your Gun | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (64.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Irving Berlin's classic stage musical Annie Get Your Gun finally reached the big screen in 1950, four years after it had taken Broadway by storm. The irresistible combination of the story of ground-breaking sharpshooter Annie Oakley, fantastic songs like the rousing anthem "There's No Business Like Show Business" and the setting of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, made most people feel it was worth the wait. More than half a century on, the book creaks audibly and the treatment of the "Indians" who make up the bulk of the troupe is inevitably embarrassing. But in glorious Technicolor, this in-your-face spectacular defies you not to get sucked in. Quite simply, the show is a winner. Ethel Merman's performance on Broadway became an immediate show business legend, but she was largely ignored by Hollywood. Here, Betty Hutton's whirlwind Annie is, on its own terms, an explosive and hugely entertaining turn, matched by Howard Keel in his first starring part as Frank Butler. But Judy Garland was the first choice for the role and had already filmed several numbers before MGM fired her for her erratic behaviour. It seems almost cruel to include a couple of her songs as extras; even a 40-watt Garland makes the otherwise incandescent Hutton look merely adequate. They certainly add a frisson to this celebration of all-American entertainment at its boldest and brassiest. On the DVD: Annie Get Your Gun is presented in standard 4:3 format (the original aspect ratio was a similar 1.37:1) and the picture quality is so sharp it blows you out of your seat. Likewise the stereo soundtrack, brilliant for songs which include "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "Anything You Can Do" and the sublime "They Say it's Wonderful". Apart from the Garland numbers, the extras include a Hutton outtake and an introduction to the show from a recent Broadway Annie, Susan Lucci. Overall, though, the show's the thing. --Piers Ford

  • The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night [1964] The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night | DVD | (30/09/2002) from £4.15  |  Saving you £13.84 (76.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A Hard Day's Night may have been the Beatles' first big-screen experience but, as they had become the biggest band in the world by the time of its production, the Moptops were able to ensure it was a bit different from the band-movie norm. "We'd made it clear that we weren't interested in being stuck in one of those nobody-understands-our-music plots," John Lennon would later recall, "The kind of thing where we'd just pop up a couple of times between the action, all smiles and clean shirts, to sing our latest record." Instead the quartet recruited a young director named Richard Lester--who had previously worked with the Fab Four's beloved Goons--to make a movie that followed them as they enjoyed and endured the phenomenon that was Beatlemania. "The film wrote itself right in front of our eyes," says Lester. "We just took the dirty bits and cut them out." The result is a frenetic hour and a half inside the Beatles' personal space as they engage in all manner of surreal hijinks--more often than not involving Paul's "grandfather" (played by Steptoe and Son's Wilfrid Brambell) while dodging the ever-present horde of screaming fans. Although the result now seems a little dated, there remains an almost heartbreakingly good-natured aura around the foursome's naïve performances, while few could argue about the quality of a soundtrack that includes "Can't Buy Me Love", "And I Love Her" and "A Hard Day's Night" itself, to name but a few. Whether the film would have been quite so successful if Lester had followed McCartney's suggestion and called it "Oh, What a Lovely Wart!" will, sadly, never be known. --Clark Collis

  • Classic Musical Classic Musical | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £5.99  |  Saving you £1.47 (14.70%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Consisting of 9 classic musicals spread over 3 discs this collection contains some of the finest names in song and dance from the golden era of musicals featuring such talent as Fred Astaire James Cagney Duke Ellington and the Dorsey Brothers. Titles included are: Disc 1: Second Chorus / The Duke Is Top / Private Buckaroo Disc 2: The Royal Wedding / The Fabulous Dorseys / Black And Tan Disc 3: Something To Sing About / Basin Street Revue / Forbidden Music

  • Singin' In The Rain - Special Edition [1952] Singin' In The Rain - Special Edition | DVD | (25/11/2002) from £6.99  |  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

  • Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala [Blu-ray] [2007] Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala | Blu Ray | (24/11/2008) from £21.25  |  Saving you £8.74 (29.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

  • The Sound Of Music [1965] The Sound Of Music | DVD | (28/11/2005) from £4.25  |  Saving you £7.86 (52.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Share the magical heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time - Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or merriment. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture this timeless cla

  • Dreamgirls Collector's Edition [2006] Dreamgirls Collector's Edition | DVD | (28/05/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £12.37 (53.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women who have formed a promising girl group - The Dreamettes. At a talent competition they get the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James 'Thunder' Early. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined...

  • West Side Story [1961] West Side Story | DVD | (29/07/2005) from £7.37  |  Saving you £8.62 (53.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, West Side Story stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighbourhoods--and ethnicities. The film's real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colourful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score. --Tom Keogh

  • The Tango Lesson [1997] The Tango Lesson | DVD | (25/06/2001) from £18.49  |  Saving you £1.50 (7.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Sally Potter's self-reflective film stars Potter (an actress and the director of Orlando), more or less as herself, learning to tango from master-dancer Pablo Veron and considering making a film called The Tango Lesson. The film that we happen to be watching, however, is concerned largely with the delicious conflict between the politics of tango--the need for one partner, typically the woman, to yield to the other--and the expectations of the film-maker to do things on her own terms. Can Potter simultaneously surrender and control for the duration of this circular project? The question is made more complicated by Veron's desire to be in one of Potter's films--in other words, to follow her lead. Potter may not be Veron's equal on the dance floor, but that isn't the point of this interesting movie and its provocative, internal debate. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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