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The Godfather | DVD | (08/07/2013)
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Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end--almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. Based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel about a Mafia dynasty, Coppola's Godfather extracted and enhanced the most universal themes of immigrant experience in America: the plotting-out of hopes and dreams for one's successors, the raising of children to carry on the good work, etc. In the midst of generational strife during the Vietnam years, the film somehow struck a chord with a nation fascinated by the metamorphosis of a rebellious son (Al Pacino) into the keeper of his father's dream. Marlon Brando played against Puzo's own conception of patriarch Vito Corleone, and time has certainly proven the actor correct. The rest of the cast, particularly James Caan, John Cazale, and Robert Duvall as the rest of Vito's male brood--all coping with how to take the mantle of responsibility from their father--is seamless and wonderful. --Tom Keogh
A History of Celtic Britain | DVD | (02/05/2011)
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In the second part of his fascinating series TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver (Coast and A History of Scotland) tells the story of Britain before and during the Roman occupation. The series traces the development of Britain from 1000 BC to 400 AD. It shows how a thriving Iron Age Britain became part of the Roman Empire heralding an era of luxury for some and harsh subjugation for many; it reveals how Celtic communities survived north of Hadrian's Wall and around the fringes of the island and examines how a new Romano-British culture emerged from the bitter struggle for Britannia.
Ancient Worlds | DVD | (06/12/2010)
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Ancient Worlds is a six-part odyssey from the first cities of Mesopotamia to the Christianisation of the Roman Empire with archaeologist and historian Richard Miles at the helm. The series tells the story of what Richard argues is mankind's greatest achievement - civilisation. The series offers an epic sweep of history against a panorama of stunning locations and bold propositions about the origins of human society. In the 21st century we might fondly imagine that it is humankind's natural state to live together in communities that extend beyond blood ties. As Ancient Worlds sets out to show however no such assumptions were made by the first clan chiefs who decided to form communities in southern Iraq in 4500 BC. There is nothing natural about the city and its founders understood that its very survival relied on compromise ruthlessness sacrifice and toil. In the West we have consigned the term 'civilisation' to the museum display case. Embarrassed by its chauvinistic and elitist connotations we have increasingly taken refuge in more politically correct and soft-focused terms such as 'culture' to explain our origins. This series seeks to rescue civilisation from its enforced retirement and celebrate such a hard-fought invention.
Cliff Richard - The "Sing-A-Long" Collection | DVD | (30/10/2006)
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The Young Ones: Nicky and his friends find their youth club threatened by a property tycoon who intends to buy it and tear it down. Determined not to be beaten they sing and dance to raise the money to save the club. After all 'young ones shouldn't be afraid to live and love while the flame is strong or they may not be young ones very long!' (Dir. Sidney J. Furie 1961) Summer Holiday: Borrowing a double decker bus for a mobile home four young mechanics search for fun in the sun from London to Athens. Bachelor Boy Cliff Richard dons his Dancing Shoes and brings a beat to the beach in the breeziest 'Summer Holiday' on record! (Dir. Peter Yates 1963) Wonderful Life: Frustrated by shooting a movie with a stuffy veteran director who's not hip to the scene Cliff and the Shadows conspire to make their own musical version! (Dir. Sidney J. Furie 1964)
1066 | DVD | (25/05/2009)
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Channel 4 two-part historical drama telling the story of the Norman conquest in 1066 from the perspective of a group of ordinary villagers caught up in the chaos and bloodshed. Written by Peter Harness.
Million Pound Note | DVD | (21/05/2007)
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Two old, bored and fabulously wealthy brothers, Roderick and Olivier Montpelier, strike up a cruel wager. They draw up a currency note worth £1 million. Roderick believes it would be quite useless for any poor but honest man to use. Oliver however believes that just by possessing the note and never cashing it - any man could live like a lord. To find out who is right, the two old millionaires pick on Henry Adams (Gregory Peck), a young and impoverished American hopelessly adrift in London. Will the £1 million pound note change his life for the better or the worse? This classic, sparkling comedy - an updated version of the riotous short story by Mark Twain sees Gregory Peck giving one of his finest performances aided and abetted by a distinguished cast which includes Joyce Grenfell and Wilfrid Hyde White.
The Third Man | Blu Ray | (20/07/2015)
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THE THIRD MAN has been beautifully restored in 4K for the first time showcasing the genius of this celebrated British noir voted the &lsquo;The greatest British film of all time&rsquo; by a British Film Institute poll. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton Citizen Kane ) a na&iuml;ve writer of pulp westerns arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (the incomparable Orson Welles) nut finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins too curious for his own good hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants. Complicating matters are the sardonic Major Calloway (Trevor Howard Brief Encounter) head of the British forces and Lime&rsquo;s stage actress mistress Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli). Will Martin&rsquo;s curiosity lead him to discover things about his old friend that he&rsquo;d rather not know? Brilliantly scripted by Graham Greene and set to Anton Karas&rsquo; evocative zither score this justly celebrated classic is further enhanced by Robert Karasker&rsquo;s Academy Award winning cinematography and Orson Welles in one of his most iconic screen roles. Extras: Feature Audio Commentary Famous Fan Featurette Restoring the Third Man Interview &amp; Zither Performance by Cornelia Mayer Guardian Interview Cotton (audio) Guardian Interview Greene (audio) Joseph Cotton&rsquo;s Alternative Opening (Audio) Shadowing The Third Man Dangerous Edge Third Man on Radio (Audio) Trailer
The Osbournes - The First Series | DVD | (07/04/2003)
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The first series of The Osbournes is a hilarious fly-on-the-wall documentary concerning the day-to-day domestic misadventures of Ozzy Osbourne (former frontman of Black Sabbath), his relatively sensible wife Sharon and their kids Jack and Kelly. Having made his millions and been to rock & roll hell and back, Ozzy seems content nowadays to put his feet up in the sofa of the kitchen of his palatial Beverly Hills abode. However, a host of problems--including poorly toilet-trained domestic pets, noisy neighbours, his continuing obligations as an ageing metal superstar, his inability to operate the state-of-the-art telly and his ever-quarrelsome kids flapping fractiously about the place--forbid him a moment of peace. This real-life sitcom fodder has led many to describe the Osbourne family as "dysfunctional"--however, despite the generous helpings of expletives with which the series is garnished, like The Simpsons, they're actually a loving and stable family unit underneath it all. The series isn't perfect--the stylised MTV treatment is occasionally obtrusive and more Ozzy and less of the career-hungry teen brats would be welcome. Still, it's a gloriously refreshing change from the usual bland evasiveness of celebrity profiles. On the DVD: The Osbournes boasts a welter of wittily packaged special features. These include a commentary track ("Aww, look at Kelly, being nice! Can't we have that Kelly back?"), an "Ozzy translator" (English subtitles) for the benefit of those bamboozled by his Brummy accent and "Ozzy's Ten Commandments" delivered impromptu by the great man, tidied up into biblical-speak in the subtitles ("Thou shall cling tight to the moneybelt of thy father"). Although Sharon declares that she's "worried about the oranges" on the DVD, she needn't be. Given that this is a transfer from video, it looks clean and pristine, necessarily so in that it enhances the colourful, almost cartoon air of the series. Sound wise, there are no problems either, despite the competing setbacks of thick accents, background music, "voices off" and barking. Everything is picked up, from offhand grunted remarks to ear-splitting tantrums. --David Stubbs
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
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (incl. CD) | DVD | (28/11/2011)
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It has been an incredible year for Adele, starting with her #1 album 21, her number 1 single Someone Like You, the global smash Rolling In The Deep and her spellbinding live appearance on The Brits. Her album 21 has become the biggest selling album in the world this year -12 million copies sold and counting - and 21and 19 remain the UK's 1st and 2nd highest selling albums so far. She has received rave reviews for her live shows and Live At The Royal Albert Hall, recorded at the height of this amazing year, showcases exactly why Adele has become one of the most sought after live performers in the world. Tracklist:Hometown GloryI'll Be WaitingDon't You RememberTurning TablesSet Fire To The RainIf It Hadn't Been For LoveMy SameTake It AllRumour Has ItRight As RainOne & OnlyLovesongChasing PavementsI Can't Make You Love MeMake You Feel My LoveSomeone Like YouRolling In The Deep
Our World & Beyond 3D Collection | Blu Ray | (05/10/2015)
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Discover the wonders of the world and beyond in this ultimate collection of 3D features. This amazing collection contains over 12hrs of breath-taking wonder. Includes: Amazing Ocean • Best Of 3D • Coral Reef 3D • Coral Reef 3D: Hunters & The Hunted • Coral Reef 3D: Mysterious Worlds Underwater • Dolphins & Whales 3D • Our Universe 3D • Polar Bears 3D: Ice Bear • Sea Rex 3D: Journey To A Prehistoric World • Sharks 3D
His Girl Friday | DVD | (30/10/2006)
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His Girl Friday is one of the five greatest dialogue comedies ever made. Howard Hawks had his cast play it at breakneck speed, and audiences hyperventilate trying to finish with one laugh so they can do justice to the four that have accumulated in the meantime. Rosalind Russell, not Hawks' first choice to play Hildy Johnson--the ace newsperson whom demonic editor Walter Burns is trying to keep from quitting and getting married--is triumphant in the part, holding her own as "one of the guys" and creating an enduring feminist icon. Cary Grant's Walter Burns is a force of nature, giving a performance of such concentrated frenzy and diamond brilliance that you owe it to yourself to devote at least one viewing of the movie to watching him alone. But then you have to go back (lucky you) and watch it again for the sake of the press-room gang--Roscoe Karns, Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards, Regis Toomey, Frank Jenks, and others--the kind of ensemble work that gets character actors onto Parnassus. --Richard T Jameson, Amazon.com
Terry Wogan's Ireland | DVD | (14/03/2011)
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After 40 years Sir Terry Wogan returns to Ireland stepping back into his past to explore how the country helped shape him and looking at what it means to be Irish in the 21st century.
Faster / Fastest/ Hitting The Apex | DVD | (07/09/2015)
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Faster Faster is an electrifying tribute to the white-knuckle world of motogptm - the fastest sport on two wheels - where the world's top riders go wheel to wheel at over 200mph and crash at over 100mph. Narrated by Ewan McGregor, Faster chases two seasons' worth of the world championship, featuring revealing interviews with riders, mechanics, doctors, commentators and fans. If you want high octane, adrenaline fuelled thrills, Faster will take you on a nerve shredding journey through the most exciting sport on the planet! Fastest What does it take to be the fastest? From award-winning filmmaker Mark Neale, comes Fastest, a spectacular maximum-speed, full-length documentary delving deep into the world of motogp. This thrilling documentary, narrated by Ewan McGregor, highlights the thrills, spills and incredible commitment and courage the sport demands of it stars. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access and never before seen angles, interviews and insight, this truly cinematic experience charts the exhilarating highs, crushing lows, career-threatening crashes and spectacular comebacks, including Rossi's 41 days turn around to race following a leg shattering crash. Hitting the Apex Hitting the Apex is the inside story of six fighters - six of the fastest motorcycle racers of all time - and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport. It's the story of what is at stake for all of them: all that can be won, and all that can be lost, when you go chasing glory at over two hundred miles an hour on a motorcycle. From the director of Faster and Fastest, Hitting the Apex takes us to the heart of this exhilarating sport at a time when the speeds have never been higher or the talent on the track more brilliant. A film by Mark Neale. Brad Pitt presents and narrates.
The First World War In Colour | DVD | (01/09/2003)
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World War I in Colour is a Channel 5 documentary (6 x 50-minute episodes) made with the cooperation of the Imperial War Museum, designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives. The human cost is conveyed by moving interviews with the now very elderly survivors, and by extracts from letters and memoirs. All aspects of the war, on land, sea and air are covered in separate programmes. In theory the series continues the heritage of ITV's The Second World War in Colour (1999) and Britain at War in Colour (2000), and with 75 per cent of the material never shown on television before there is every reason to watch. The crucial difference between this and the WWII programmes is that the Great War wasn't filmed in colour, and the footage has been computer colourised. The programme-makers argue the conflict itself was in colour--but however realistic the digital processing, it still feels inauthentic and historically a distortion. Worse still is their destroying the original compositions by cropping the top and bottom of the material to fit widescreen TVs. The result is a potentially excellent series badly presented, best watched with the colour turned off. Even then it cannot compete with the BBC's 26-part The Great War (1964), still one of the finest documentaries ever made. On the DVD: World War I in Colour is presented on two discs with three episodes on each disc. The modern interview clips look and sound immaculate, while the historical footage varies from very poor to quite good. Even so, the picture resolution is not helped by discarding a third of the original images and stretching what remains to widescreen. The budget spent on colourisation would have been better used to restore the often very scratchy black-and-white film, and to pay for an orchestra to rerecord the score, which is realised with a clichéd palette of preset electronic samples. Both DVDs reproduce the same general background facts, timeline and 20 biographies as static text screens. Disc One has a 15-minute behind-the-scenes feature in which producer Philip Nugus and director Jonathan Martin justify the colourisation. Disc Two offers Tactics & Strategy, which at 52 minutes amounts to a whole seventh programme, mixing archive footage with new computer graphics to illustrate in detail 13 specific aspects of the conflict. Presented in 4:3 ratio this is the most creative, original and rewarding part of the entire package. --Gary S Dalkin
Doctor Who - The Masque Of Mandragora | DVD | (08/02/2010)
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Life of Ryan | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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An official access all areas cinematic documentary celebrating Ryan Giggs&rsquo; illustrious career at Manchester United Football Club. Directed by Daniel Mendelle Life of Ryan combines video diary footage with archive film of the footballing legend&rsquo;s career along with a rare glimpse into Ryan&rsquo;s other passions outside the beautiful game. Currently assistant manager at Manchester United F.C. Ryan Giggs is celebrated as having the longest Premier League career to date having played 1 027 games and won 34 trophies over the course of a career spanning almost 8 000 days. Thanks to this he is now one of the most famous and successful footballers in history and is regarded as a true legend of the modern game. Life of Ryan comes from the producers of the acclaimed sporting documentary film The Class of 92 which details the rise to prominence of the infamous six Manchester United footballers who joined the team along with Ryan Giggs in the early 1990s and whose careers have been in the global spotlight ever since. The film also features high profile interviews with his Class of 92 teammates David Beckham Paul Scholes Phil Neville Gary Neville and Nicky Butt plus sporting icons Rio Ferdinand Diego Maradona and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson along with current Manchester United players including Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick.
One Direction: This Is Us (DVD + UV Copy) | DVD | (19/12/2013)
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One Direction: This Is Us is a captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon. Weaved with stunning live concert footage this inspiring feature film tells the remarkable story of Niall Zayn Liam Harry and Louis' meteoric rise to fame from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. Hear it from the boys themselves and see through their own eyes what it's really like to be One Direction. Directed by Morgan Spurlock the film is produced by Simon Cowell Adam Milano Morgan Spurlock and Ben Winston. The executive producers are Richard Griffiths Harry Magee Will Bloomfield Doug Merrifield Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin.
WWII In Colour Triple Pack | DVD | (29/10/2012)
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Nugus Martin Productions has accumulated the best collection of rare and unseen footage of World War II in the world. By using the very latest colorization techniques it is now possible to show the full story of World War II as it has never fully been seen before. With the very latest satellite delivered terrain mapping and state of the art graphics this story can now be told with access to information which was not previously available to other older series. View this epic struggle as never seen before. How could the settlement at the end of World War One the war to end all wars - lead to an even greater conflict just a few years later? The Gathering Storm shows how the Great Depression sapped the will of the democracies of the West to face up to a new and disturbing political phenomenon. Lightening War shows how the Nazis developed a terrifying new military tactic Blitzkrieg - and how it caught first Poland and then Britain and France utterly un-prepared. It charts the fall of Poland and how Hitler then conquered France in just a few weeks. Britain at Bay shows how close Britain came to defeat, as its exhausted air force struggled to fight off the German Luftwaffe. When Hitler expounded his intention to invade Russia his generals looked at him in horrified silence. The Soviet Union was vast and had matchless resources. Hitler s whole plan depended upon striking a swift and decisive knock-out blow. Hitler Strikes East takes in Stalingrad and the battle of Kursk, the biggest tank battle in all history. Explore the day that Japan entered World War II, with its surprise attack upon the US Fleet in Pearl Harbour in Red Sun Rampant . The Mediterranean and North Africa tells the extraordinary story of the war in North Africa and features the heroics of the tiny island of Malta. Both the Allies and the Nazis were always looking for a single knock-out blow to end the war. Britain s Sir Arthur Bomber Harris thought the answer might lie in strategic bombing. Turning the Tide explores how the idea was to blow the hell out of Germany s infrastructure and cities. By July 1943, the full extent of Hitler s failed gamble in the East had become clear, see how in Soviet Steamroller . Today it is easy to see D-Day as inevitable - a straightforward victory against a German army that was already all but defeated. OverLord explodes that myth.
Lord Of The Flies | DVD | (23/07/2007)
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Following a plane crash a group of schoolboys find themsleves on a deserted island. They appoint a leader and attempt to create an organised society for the sake of their survival. Democracy and order soon begin to crumble when a breakaway faction forms and quickly regresses to brutal savagery with horrifying consequences. Peter Brook's classic adaptation of William Golding's novel has lost none of the impact it made when given an 'X' certificate on its 1963 release. Shot with a raw