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  • The L-Shaped Room (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [1962] The L-Shaped Room (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (27/11/2017) from £13.30  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The L-Shaped Room, adapted by writer-director Bryan Forbes from Lynne Reid Banks' novel, unfolds in a dank, depressing London boarding house. Leslie Caron plays Jane Fosset, a 27-year-old French woman, down on her luck, who takes a room. There are bugs in her mattress. The taps drip. The landlady ("the lovely Doris") is a drunken, malicious busybody. Forbes doesn't paint the English in a flattering light. They're covetous, eccentric and xenophobic. "I never close my door to the nigs," Doris tells Fosset, as if to prove that she is no racist. When Fosset reveals that she's pregnant and unmarried, everybody turns against her. The one real friend Fosset makes is Toby (Tom Bell), an impoverished would-be writer who lives in the room downstairs. She starts an affair with him, but for all his protestations to the contrary, he too turns out to be moralistic and conservative--he can't accept the idea that she is having another man's baby.Forbes' dialogue sometimes grates, the film risks running into a dead end (Fosset is stuck with nowhere to go and no prospects), but this is compelling fare all the same. Cameraman Douglas Slocombe (who went on to shoot Raiders of the Lost Ark) makes the boarding house seem as gloomy and oppressive as a Gothic mansion. Forbes doesn't sentimentalise at all. The London he portrays is nothing like the swinging, hedonistic city shown in later British movies of the 60s. --Geoffrey Macnab

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still [DVD] [1951] The Day the Earth Stood Still | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £4.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    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

  • Dr. Strangelove [Blu-ray] [1964] Dr. Strangelove | Blu Ray | (26/04/2010) from £6.80  |  Saving you £3.19 (31.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A brilliant film a classic black comedy. A group of war-eager military men plan a nuclear apocalypse that is both funny and frightening - and seems as relevant today as ever. Through a series of military and political accidents two psychotic generals - U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Joint Chief of Staff Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) - trigger an ingenious irrevocable scheme to attack Russia's strategic targets with nuclear bombs. The brains behind the scheme belong to Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers) a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist who has bizarre ideas about man's future. The President is helpless to stop the bombers as is Captain Mandrake (Sellers again) the only man who can stop them...

  • His Girl Friday [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1941] His Girl Friday | Blu Ray | (16/01/2017) from £17.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, MARCEL CAMUS' Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was a cultural event, kicking off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Optional English-dubbed soundtrack Archival interviews with director Marcel Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn New video interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro Looking for Black Orpheus, a French documentary about Black Orpheus's cultural and musical roots and its resonance in Brazil today Theatrical trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson Click Images to Enlarge

  • Love Story [DVD] [1970] Love Story | DVD | (14/01/2013) from £5.10  |  Saving you £14.89 (74.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Strife-torn America wanted a meat-and-potatoes romance in the late 1960s, and the country embraced Erich Segal's slim, generic-sounding novel in a big way. It did so again for the film adaptation of Love Story in 1970, starring Ryan O'Neal as a law student who defies his rich and powerful father (Ray Milland) on every issue, including the former's love for a music student (Ali MacGraw). The two marry, start life together ... and then the Grim Reaper turns up at the door. Directed by Arthur Hiller (The In-Laws), the film ends up lacking the kind of stylistic boost that might have made it a must-see for the ages. But its faithfulness to the book's uncomplicated and, yes, moving intentions is pretty solid. O'Neal is convincing as a nice guy who's as bullheaded in his own way as his steely father (a nice job by Milland), and MacGraw has a way of getting under one's skin. A viewer just has to try not laughing at the refrain, "Love means never having to say you're sorry". --Tom Keogh

  • Poor Cow [Blu-ray] [1967] Poor Cow | Blu Ray | (25/07/2016) from £11.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    "I fell in the family way when I was 18 and I got married to a right bastard". Ken Loach's debut feature tells the story of Joy, a young mother (Carol White) whose chauvinistic thug of a husband is thrown into prison. She takes up with one of his friends, lovable, kind-hearted burglar Terence Stamp, but he too ends up in jail.It's intriguing to compare Poor Cow with Cathy Come Home, which Loach made for TV with the same actress at around the same time. Both are about mums trying to make a go of their lives in adverse circumstances. Cathy Come Home, shot in black and white, is an altogether tougher film. Poor Cow, with its Donovan music, gaudy colour photography, star names, and incongruously bawdy humour, seems lightweight by comparison. Certain sequences--Joy making love in the hay or posing half-naked for lecherous amateur photographers--must surely make Loach grimace now. There are some powerful moments--Joy desperately looking for her son who has wandered off, unattended, onto a building site, or trying to escape from her abusive husband--which anticipate such later Loach films as Ladybird, Ladybird or Raining Stones. The scenes between Joy and Stamp are played with real tenderness and humour. Don't be surprised if you think you've seen them before--some of the footage of Stamp was used in Steven Soderbergh's recent thriller, The Limey. --Geoffrey Macnab

  • Love is a Many-Splendored Thing [DVD] [1955] Love is a Many-Splendored Thing | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £4.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

  • Earth Story Earth Story | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Heralding the new age of digital television this masterful BBC documentary was one of the first major programmes to usher in the new era back in 1998. Aubrey Manning takes viewers on a voyage of discovery across our very own planet and the wonders within. Earth Story unravels the secrets of our planet and brings it alive. The series took three years to make cost 3 million and was filmed all over the world from the craters of active volcanoes to the ocean floor. Where th

  • Big Cat Week - Series 3 Big Cat Week - Series 3 | DVD | (07/05/2007) from £3.49  |  Saving you £9.50 (73.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The team returns to the magnificent Masi Mara in search of old friends and new stars of the BBC's fantastic third series of Big Cat Week.

  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit [1990] Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit | DVD | (30/06/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A story of love freedom and choice based on Whitbread prize winning author Jeanette Winterson. Her adopted mother is a passionate Pentecostalist whose world view is so entirely governed by the Bible that she believes her daughter to be the Chosen One from God. But Jess's feelings for other girls and her mother's fury at her daughter's 'unnatural passions' leads to her abrupt expulsion from the church and the beginning of her search to be herself.

  • Geordie [DVD] Geordie | DVD | (04/05/2009) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Tall handsome Bill Travers (Born Free The Smallest Show on Earth) plays opposite Norah Gorsen as Jean and Alastair Sim as The Laird (Folly to be Wise St Trinian's films) in this charming love story set in the beautiful highlands of Scotland and directed by Frank Launder (The Happiest Days of your Life The St Trinian's films). Geordie is a slight of frame and puny gamekeeper's son who feels that the girl he loves is ignoring him because of his size. He decides to take a correspondence course in body-building. At 21 Geordie becomes one of the tallest and strongest men in Scotland and an expert at throwing the hammer. His success story leads him to represent Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia. But will the new man that he is be able to charm Jean his life-long sweetheart? Geordie is an adaptation of the enchanting novel by David Walker.

  • Till Death Us Do Part [1969] Till Death Us Do Part | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £6.48  |  Saving you £6.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    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!

  • Doctor Who - The Black Guardian Trilogy [DVD] Doctor Who - The Black Guardian Trilogy | DVD | (10/08/2009) from £17.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Dr. Who (Doctor Who): Black Guardian Trilogy (3 Disc)

  • Cliff Richard - The Cliff Richard - The "Sing-A-Long" Collection | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £11.46  |  Saving you £13.53 (54.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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)

  • Harvey [1950] Harvey | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £5.10  |  Saving you £4.89 (48.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This classic stage production gets a Hollywood make-over. James Stewart plays the title role as Elwood P. Dowd who befriends a human-sized rabbit by the name of Harvey: the trouble is only he can see him.

  • The Misfits [Blu-ray] [1961] The Misfits | Blu Ray | (17/03/2014) from £6.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Expertly directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon) from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Miller The Misfits is a 'probing exciting drama' (Film Daily) of honesty intensity and sheer poetic brilliance. Divorced and disillusioned Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) befriends a group of 'misfits ' including an aging cowboy (Clark Gable) a heartbroken mechanic (Eli Wallach) and a worn-out rodeo rider (Montgomery Clift). Through their live-for-the-moment lifestyle Roslyn experiences her first taste of freedom exhilaration and passion. But when her innocent idealism clashes with their hard-edged practicality Roslyn must risk losing their friendship... and the only true love she's ever known.

  • Arctic Circle with Bruce Parry [DVD] Arctic Circle with Bruce Parry | DVD | (28/02/2011) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Amazon presenter Bruce Parry turns his attention to the Arctic Circle. Indigenous ways of life that have remained virtually unchanged for millennia will cease within our lifetimes. Marine mammal hunters like the Inuit of Northern Greenland will have to find new ways to live in this harsh place. They are the last of their kind. But for others this rapidly changing world promises great opportunity. The Arctic is rich in oil gas and minerals. The US geological survey estimates that 25% of the world's undiscovered oil and gas could be located under the polar ice cap. However this series will not be a series about the politics or science of global warming. The focus will be human. Bruce and his BAFTA winning production team have found a method of telling important global stories with humour and warmth drawing a large young audience to often difficult issues. Same immersive format as Amazon with Parry embedding himself in a series of indigenous tribes plus camps of Westerners who make their living out of the region's natural resources.

  • Walking With Monsters Walking With Monsters | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Part of the BBC series which began with Walking With Dinosaurs Walking With Monsters draws on the specialist knowledge of more than 600 scientists to tell the story of the weird wonderful and frequently terrifying creatures that came before during and after the age of the Dinosaurs. With state of the art technology and animation these creatures - 50 of which have never been seen before - are brought to life with amazing realism. There was a time when a

  • Mandy [1952] Mandy | DVD | (28/01/2008) from £10.31  |  Saving you £2.68 (20.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The touching story of a young girl who was born deaf and the tussle between her parents over how she should be educated.

  • The Day The Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [1951] The Day The Earth Stood Still | Blu Ray | (20/04/2009) from £3.09  |  Saving you £16.89 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.98

    From Out Of Space... A Warning And An Ultimatum! A spacecraft lands in Washington D.C. and an alien emerges flanked by a menacing robot with destructive capabilities far beyond anyone's imagination. So begins the science-fiction thriller The Day The Earth Stood Still a classic atomic movie from the 50s that would go on to inspire alien-invasion films for decades to come. Rebuffed in his efforts to meet the world's leaders and warn them of the earth's impending doom the alien Klaatu (Michael Rennie) takes to the streets. Klaatu's plea for peace is embraced by a pretty young woman (Patricia Neal) and an eminent scientist (Sam Jaffe) but the rest of humanity reacts with mistrust fear and violence. With time running out Klaatu is forced to demonstrate his awesome powers in a mind-boggling display teaching all of mankind a lesson for the ages. Watch The Day The Earth Stood Still and and you will never forget these words - Klaatu barada nikto!

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