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Till Death Us Do Part | DVD | (30/10/2006)
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The world according to Alf Garnett - the most opinionated loud-mouthed and prejudiced bigot in all comedy creation! Londoner Alf chronicles the hilarious history of the put-upon Garnett family from the war with Hitler to another battle with the Germans - the 1966 World Cup Final!
The Humphrey Bogart Collection - The Maltese Falcon / Casablanca / The Big Sleep / Key Largo | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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FOUR DVD BOX SET containing the films The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep and Key Largo - THE MALTESE FALCON: Bogart's career breakthrough and John Huston's directorial debut! P.I. Sam Spade (Bogart) follows a trail of murder and high-living low-lifes to a coveted 'dingus' - the falcon statuette. Audio: 1.0 Mono - Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame / B&W - Run Time: 101 Mins. Approx - Languages: English, German, Spanish - Hearing Impaired: English, German - Subtitles: Finnish, German, Hebrew, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. CASABLANCA: The forever classic of love lost, renewed and sacrificed, with Bogart's cynical Rick becoming the all-time archetype for romantic heroes. They'll play this one for as long as time goes by! Audio: 1.0 Mono - Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame / B&W - Run Time: 98 Mins. Approx - Languages: English, French, Italian - Hearing Impaired: English, Italian - Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch THE BIG SLEEP: In this unequaled masterpiece, the two stars are embroiled in suspense in this landmark, hard-boiled Raymond Chandler whodunit. KEY LARGO: Academy Award winner (1948): best supporting actress (Claire Trevor). Trapped by a storm and a killer! Bogart and Bacall ride out a hurricane while facing the business end of Edward G. Robinson's gun.
The Day the Earth Stood Still | DVD | (05/11/2012)
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The very epitome of a cult SF classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still is more often referenced than seen, which is a pity since it remains even now one of the most thought-provoking examples of the genre. The title is a misnomer, a mere tease to entice 1950s audiences into the cinema in the expectation of seeing another sensationalist B-movie about murderous aliens (i.e. Communists). In fact, Robert Wise's film of Edmund North's screenplay is a thoughtful Cold War allegory about a Christ-like visitor (Michael Rennie) who comes to Earth preaching a message of salvation for mankind, only to be spurned, killed then finally resurrected (significantly, Rennie's character Klaatu adopts the pseudonym "Mr Carpenter" while on the run from the authorities). Aside from its philosophical message, the film also boasts memorable imagery--notably the giant robot Gort--a much-quoted catchphrase in "Klaatu barada nikto", and one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most admired scores, featuring the theremin and other electronic instruments that must have sounded very otherworldly back in 1951. The result is a bona fide landmark in cinema SF with a central message about "weapons of mass destruction" that's still uncannily relevant today. On the DVD: The Day the Earth Stood Still has been splendidly restored for its DVD incarnation from the original 35 mm print, and the results are demonstrated in the "Restoration Comparison" feature. Also included is a fascinating 1951 newsreel showing Klaatu receiving a certificate of merit amid stories of Communist threats, the Korean war and beauty pageants ("Pomp and pulchritude on parade in Atlantic City"). Best of all is an absorbing commentary track with director Robert Wise in conversation with Nicholas Meyer (both men have Star Trek movies on their CV). --Mark Walker
Stop Making Sense - Restored Edition | DVD | (16/11/2015)
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Widely hailed as the greatest concert movie ever made, director Jonathon Demme's celebrated film captures Talking Heads live at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in December, 1983. The film's legendary opening sees David Byrne walk only an empty stage and give a mesmerising, stripped-back rendition of Pyscho killer. From here the set and the band literally evolve song by song until both are complete and Byrne appears in his iconic 'big suit'. Capturing the infectious energy of a unique Talking Heads performance, Stop Making Sense is an unforgettable musical cinematic experience.
Glen Campbell - I'll be Me | DVD | (23/05/2016)
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It's 2011, and the country music legend, humble family man, winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has just received a devastating diagnosis He has Alzheimer's Disease, and he's about to begin promoting what will now become his last album, Ghost on the Canvas. What follows is upsetting and uplifting by turns. On an emotional star-spangled rodeo-ride, we follow Glen, wife Kim and his family on an epic journey from the Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl and all points in between. The planned three weeks of shows turns into a mammoth 151-date tour, with stunning performances of classics such as Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman alongside heartfelt tributes from the likes of Bill Clinton, U2's The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and more. There's no denying the film's emotional toll but Campbell's good humour and sheer courage are every bit as inspiring as his awesome musical legacy.
Michael Ball: Both Sides Now - Live Tour 2013 | DVD | (11/11/2013)
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Michael Ball is one of the UK's most loved performers. From leading the cast of Les Mis&eacute;rables to singing his heart out to adoring audiences around the world fans can treasure their favourite singer live in concert. Recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo with a 17 piece backing band this sensational performance - captured with 10 HD Cameras and in Dolby 5.1 Sound - will be a must buy for fans of Michael's both old and new. The On Both Sides Now Tour features the biggest hits from both Michael's recording and stage career - and also features a new track written by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Plus free bonus gift inside - 8 track CD! A perfect Christmas gift.
My Fair Lady | DVD | (09/10/2006)
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By George they've got it! Newly transferred from elements painstakingly restored in 1994 the film version of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is lavish lovely and the acclaimed recipient of eight 1964 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director (George Cukor). Best Actor Oscar winner Rex Harrison reprises his signature stage role of Henry Higgins the supremely assured phoeneticist who wagers that under his tutelage cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle can pass for a duchess at the embassy ball. In one of her best-loved roles. Audrey Hepburn plays Eliza. If ever there was a face the professor could grow accustomed to it's hers. In Hertford Hereford and Hampshire (and elsewhere) no one's fairer than My Fair lady one of the most irresistible musicals ever.
A Town Like Alice | DVD | (24/07/2006)
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Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch star in this moving story about a party of women compelled to trek through the Malayan jungle during World War II as no Japanese office will take responsibility for their care. Based on Nevil Shute's best selling novel the film tells how the women come to terms with their hardships and how they are befriended by a tough Australian prisoner of war who dreams of returning to his home town of Alice Springs...
The Mikado | DVD | (16/08/2010)
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Gallipoli - Collectors Edition (1982) | DVD | (03/04/2006)
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Mel Gibson delivers an electrifying performance in director Peter Weir's compelling story of friendship and adventure between two Australian soldiers in 1915. They cross continents and great oceans climb the pyramids and walk through the ancient sands of Egypt to join their regiment at the fateful battle of Gallipoli. The echoes of history blend with the friends' compelling destiny as they become part of a legendary World War I confrontation between Australia and the German allied Turks - a battle that is the Antipodean equivalent of the Alamo.
West Side Story | Blu Ray | (17/10/2011)
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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
Battle of Britain | Blu Ray | (01/01/2009)
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This is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best. Few defining moments can change the outcome of war; but when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied unsurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe they may well have altered the course of history!
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
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (12/05/2014)
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A spaceship lands in Washington D.C. capturing the attention of the world. But the peaceful alien emissary (Michael Rennie) it brings fails to earn the public's trust. When a young woman and her son befriend him they soon realise they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction.
Dial M for Murder (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (26/11/2012)
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Originally shot in 3D and newly remastered and restored for Blu-ray 3D, Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit Dial M for Murder is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances (Hitchcock's Rear Window and her Oscar-honoured work in The Country Girl). She loves Cummings; her husband Milland plots her murder. But when he dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer -and gleaming scissors become a deadly weapon. Dial 'M' for the Master of Suspense at his most stylish.
Hobson's Choice | DVD | (05/05/2014)
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Henry Horatio Hobson (Academy Award -Winner Charles Laughton) is the owner of a well-established boot shop in nineteenth century Salford Lancashire and the father of three daughters. The oldest Maggie (Brenda De Banzie) shoulders both home and business responsibilities while Hobson whiles the time away at the local pub. The younger sisters are both being courted by neighbours but Hobson refuses to give the couples settlements. Maggie becomes tired of his oafish behaviour and decides to take matters into her hands by seeking a husband. Much to the hilarity and consternation of her father aged spinster Maggie sets her sights on shy Will Mossop (John Mills) Hobson's master boot-maker. Mossop is at first stunned by the suggestion but eventually agrees to Maggie's authoritative persuasion and together they set up a rival boot shop. A timeless masterpiece that marked a temporary return to David Lean's period adaptations of Dickens (Great Expectations Oliver Twist). The film went on to win multiple awards. This film has been digitally restored to its former glory. Special Features: New and exclusive interviews with Prunella Scales and screenwriter Norman Spencer
Citizen Kane | Blu Ray | (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
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
Puccini: Tosca (Royal Opera House, 2011) | DVD | (15/10/2012)
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Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: In July 2011 Puccini's ever-popular Tosca returned to The Royal Opera with a fabulous cast. The star singers in this revival were Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel; the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House were under the baton of Antonio Pappano, the Music Director of the Royal Opera House. The a score includes such great set pieces as the Act I 'Te Deum', 'Vissi d'arte' and 'E lucevan le stelle' and Jo...
Oliver Twist | DVD | (10/03/2008)
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Following the huge success of the BBC's production of Bleak House BBC Drama Production is set to breathe new life into Oliver Twist Charles Dickens' much-loved novel