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Double Indemnity (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (25/06/2012)
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Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) and writer Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck: kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But, of course, in these plots things never quite go as planned, and Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out. From the opening scene you know Neff is doomed, as the story is told in flashback; yet, to the film's credit, this doesn't diminish any of the tension of the movie. This early film noir flick is wonderfully campy by today's standards, and the dialogue is snappy ("I thought you were smarter than the rest, Walter. But I was wrong. You're not smarter, just a little taller"), filled with lots of "dame"s and "baby"s. Stanwyck is the ultimate femme fatale, and MacMurray, despite a career largely defined by roles as a softy (notably in the TV series My Three Sons and the movie The Shaggy Dog), is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap. --Jenny Brown
The Musicals Collection (West Side Story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fiddler On The Roof, Man Of La Mancha, Guys & Dolls) | DVD | (19/02/2007)
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West Side Story: Garnering a total of ten Academy Awards - including Best Picture of 1961 - West Side Story set a brilliant standard for movie musicals that remains unsurpassed to this day. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins from Ernest Lehman's spectacular screenplay the film combines the unforgettable score of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim with Robbins' exuberant choreography to create a transcendent fusion of realism and fantasy that will forever be a feast for the eye the ear and ultimately the heart. A triumph on every level this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in the slums of 1950's New York. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: From the book by Bond creator Ian Fleming and adapted for the screen by Roald Dahl Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the wonderful family film starring Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts an eccentric inventor who designs an extraordinary car that not only drives but flies and floats. Along with his two children Jemima (Heather Ripley) and Jeremy (Adrian Hall) and the beautiful Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) Caractacus and Chitty lead everyone into a magical world of pirates castles and endless adventure. Fiddler On The Roof: An outstanding accomplishment in every way this lavishly produced and critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the international stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol) a poor milkman whose love pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century Tsarist Russia. Nominated eight Academy Awards (1971) including Best Picture and Best Director and featuring such classic songs as ""If I were a rich man"" ""Matchmaker"" and ""Sunrise Sunset"" Fiddler On The Roof is a universal story of hope love and acceptance: a musical masterpiece! Man Of La Mancha: The hit stage musical given the movie treatment. A skinny old gentleman with wispy white hair dreams the impossible dream... He is Don Quixote de La Mancha the knight errant. Don Quixote is the mad aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza)... Guys And Dolls: Hollywood legends Marlon Brando Frank Sinatra Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine (from the original Broadway cast) are dazzling in this masterpiece unleashing a spectacular song-and-dance show that's loaded with entertainment. The slickest big-time New York City gamblers Sky Masterson (Brando) and Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) can't resist making or taking a bet on anything. So when a pretty missionary (Simmons) sets up shop in the neighbourhood Nathan stakes a grand that Sky can't seduce her. But all bets are off when Sky falls madly in love in this romantic musical spectacular that sets the Big Apple afire with excitement.
The True Story Of Jesse James | DVD | (03/09/2007)
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The Real Story Really Told for theiFirst Time! What sets a preacher's son on the path to violence? Against the backdrop of post-Civil War brutality Jesse James (Robert Wagner) goes from teenage Missouri farm boy to Confederate vigilante and then to outlaw king - as he ""invents"" the train robbery and his exploits virtually change Missouri's name to ""The Robber State!"" With director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause) at the reins this re-telling of the life of Jesse
The Millionairess | DVD | (21/05/2001)
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Based on a play by George Bernard Shaw which studies an immensely wealthy woman who falls for the charms of a poor Indian doctor. Sophia Loren plays a spoilt heiress able to buy anything she wants. When she meets an Indian doctor (Peter Sellers) whose sole concern is to help the poor and needy she knows that this is the man for her. Although in love with her he is so terrified of being in her power that he foils all her attempts to 'buy' him. Only by setting an endurance test for each other are they able to be sure of their true feelings.
The Misfits | DVD | (23/07/2012)
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A sexy divorce falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada.
1 - Life On The Limit | DVD | (17/03/2014)
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Narrated by Michael Fassbender 1: Life on the Limit is an action documentary that evokes the glamour speed danger and excitement of the golden age of Formula 1. In an era when the sport was terrifyingly dangerous the drivers were revered as rock stars with charisma and raw talent however many of them paid the ultimate price. Those who survived racing at this time became leaders standing up to save lives in a sport that was stealing them at a tragic rate. Special Features: Interview with Director Paul Crowder
First Position | DVD | (27/05/2013)
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Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary, First Position, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Position paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.
Himalaya With Michael Palin | DVD | (22/11/2004)
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You might think that Michael Palin has visited pretty much every nook and cranny of the globe by now, but not so: he's managed to find a few previously unexplored hectares in Himalaya, his latest jaunt for the BBC. Here the format, established originally in his Phileas Fogg-inspired Around the World in 80 Days, remains unchanged: always affable, seemingly unflappable, Palin journeys through the various countries along the world's greatest mountain range, getting friendly with everyone he meets and offering gently witty, gently affectionate observations on the customs and cultures he encounters. From the Khyber Pass through dangerous territory along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, via Nepal then up into Tibet to Everest and down into China, and finally to Bangladesh, Palin is, as ever, unfazed by whatever the world has to throw at him, be it chaotic bull-racing in Peshawar, the threat of kidnap by Maoist rebels in Nepal, Tibetan Yak herding, or rafting down the Yangtze. Even if both the once indefatigable traveller and the programme format itself seem a little tired at times (in Palin's case probably a side-effect of the high altitudes), the trek still provides manna from heaven for armchair travellers. On the DVD: There are two hour-long episodes on each disc, accompanied by a series of extended scenes which are accessed separately. Palin provides a brief introduction, filmed before he began his journey. --Mark Walker
Searching For Sugar Man | Blu Ray | (27/12/2012)
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The Academy Award-winning producer of Man on Wire unveils the incredible and moving story of Rodriguez, a '70s U.S. rock icon who never was. In the late '60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Despite overwhelming critical acclaim, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
Doctor Who: The Rescue & The Romans | DVD | (23/02/2009)
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The Rescue: Arriving on the planet Dido in the late 25th Century the time travellers come upon a crashed spaceship from Earth. Its two occupants - a paralysed man named Bennett and a young girl Vicki - are living in fear of a creature called Koquillion a native whose people have apparently killed the other members of the human expedition. However the Doctor quickly deduces that Koquillion is in fact Bennett in disguise; it was he who killed the others in order to conceal an earlier murder he had committed on the ship. The Romans: The four time travellers are enjoying a rare holiday staying at a villa not far from Rome in the year 64 AD. The Doctor soon becomes restless and sets off to visit the city taking Vicki with him. In their absence Ian and Barbara are kidnapped by slave traders. Having been mistaken for the famous lyre player Maximus Pettulian and asked to perform at the Emperor Nero's Court the Doctor has to devise ever more elaborate schemes to avoid revealing that he cannot actually play the instrument. Ian meanwhile becomes a galley slave while Barbara is sold to Nero's slave buyer Tavius at an auction in Rome. Ian and a fellow slave named Delos escape from the galley when it is wrecked in a storm and make their way to Rome to try to find and rescue Barbara.
The Lady Vanishes | DVD | (18/08/2008)
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Intrigue and espionage and the effects on the lives and futures of passengers aboard a Trans-Continental Express emerge when a girl traveller (Margaret Lockwood) returning from a holiday strikes up an acquaintance with a middle-aged English governess who during the journey mysteriously disappears from her compartment. The girl seeking an explanation for the disappearance is accused of hallucinating and is nearly convinced that her new friend does not exist.
Poldark - Complete Series 1-2 | DVD | (22/06/2015)
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The entire first and second series of this romantic TV drama series set in 1780s Cornwall. The story begins when Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) returns from the American War of Independence to claim his inheritance and marry his fiancée Elizabeth (Jill Townsend). However during his two year absence false reports of Poldark's death have been circulated and Elizabeth has found comfort in the arms of another.
Andrew Marr's Box of Britain | DVD | (01/11/2010)
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Andrew Marr's Box Of Britain
Senna | DVD | (10/10/2011)
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Senna is the true story of Brazilian motor-racing legend, Ayrton Senna, whom many believe was the greatest driver who ever lived.Spanning Senna's titanic Formula One career, the film charts his physical and spiritual journey, both on track and off; his quest for perfection and his ultimate transformation from a supremely gifted novice, who exploded into F1 in 1984, to myth after the tragic events of Imola in 1994. Made with the full co-operation of the Senna family and Formula One Management, Senna is the first official documentary feature about his life, featuring astounding archive material, much of which is previously unseen.
20,000 Days on Earth | DVD | (20/10/2014)
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20 000 days on earth is a bold and unique look at one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures the iconic musician and writer Nick Cave. Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard present a vision of an artist in a way that is unconventional yet undeniably intimate while also exploring more universal themes of creativity and how we choose to spend our time on the Earth. The film presents Cave’s personal analysis of his own life and creative processes. He shares humorous tales of times past with bandmate and frequent collaborator Warren Ellis and engages in enlightening discussion with those who have affected his life both professionally and personally including former Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld actor friend Ray Winstone and perhaps most notably Kylie Minogue with whom Cave collaborated on his breakout hit Where the Wild Roses Grow.
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.
7-49 Up | DVD | (12/12/2011)
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The original Seven Up was broadcast in 1964 as a one-off World in Action special, featuring children who were selected from different backgrounds and social spheres to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation who would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become? Inspired by World In Action founder editor Tim Hewat's passionate interest in both the Jesuit saying: Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man, and the rigid class system of 1960s Britain, Seven Up set out to discover whether or not the children's lives were pre-determined by their background.The result is ground-breaking television - the very first example of a programme recording real people living real lives - and the follow-up films have won an array of awards. Director Michael Apted, who has since moved to Hollywood to direct films, has returned every seven years to chart the children's progress through life. Over the past five decades, the series has documented the group as they have become adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between.
Electra Glide In Blue | DVD | (22/09/2014)
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A pint-sized police officer who would rather use his brains than his gun is put into a situation where neither can help him in this police drama. John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) is a street-smart Arizona motorcycle cop who dreams of climbing the ladder and becoming a police detective, but his ambitions are scoffed at by his partner, Zipper (Billy 'Green' Bush). Wintergreen's superiors also tend not to take him seriously due to his short stature, but when he stumbles upon the scene of a murder, he digs up enough relevant evidence to ensure his advancement to detective status. However, Wintergreen soon realizes just how corrupt his superior Poole (Mitchell Ryan) truly is, after Poole attempts to frame a local hippie, Bob Zemko (Peter Cetera), for a crime he didn't commit. Adding fuel to the fire is Poole's discovery that he and Wintergreen have both been dating the same woman, dancer-turned-barmaid Jolene (Jeannine Riley) Electra Glide In Blue was the first (and, to date, only) directorial credit for James William Guercio. Successful in the music industry as a manager and producer, Guercio was best known for his association with the top-selling jazz-rock group Chicago: several members of the band appear in the movie, as does a young Nick Nolte in a bit part. On a note of sad irony, Terry Kath, the longtime Chicago vocalist who died in 1978 from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, plays a gun-wielding killer in this film.
This Island Earth | DVD | (04/02/2008)
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Weird events in the life of atomic scientist Cal Meacham culminate in an invitation from the strange-looking Exeter to work at a secret lab in Georgia supposedly in the cause of world peace. Other scientists are already there including the gorgeous Ruth Adams. They quickly discover there's more to Exeter than meets the eye. Is he benevolent? It may take an interstellar journey to find out.
That Touch Of Mink | DVD | (04/06/2007)
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How much should a girl sacrifice to get the man of her dreams? That's the question facing an innocent country girl (Doris Day) who is swept into the whirlwind of the rich and famous when a Rolls Royce splashes her with mud. Profound apologies come courtesy of a romantic business tycoon (Cary Grant) who becomes enchanted with the girl's simple direct manner and open honest heart. But he's not interested in marriage...and she's never been interested in anything else. It's a delicious game of cat-and-mouse as working girl and wealthy bachelor pursue each other with hilarious results. 'That Touch Of Mink' is an enchanting romantic comedy featuring wonderful performances from Hollywood favourites Cary Grant and Doris Day. Bouncy dialogue and superb supporting performances from Gig Young and Audrey Meadows earned this dazzling comedy three Oscar nominations including Best Screenplay in 1962.