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  • The Small Black Room [DVD] The Small Black Room | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £10.00  |  Saving you £5.99 (37.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    From the legendary filmmaking duo Powell and Pressburger [A Matter of Life and Death The Red Shoes] The Small Back Room is the story of the troubled love affair between a tormented back room scientist and a beautiful secretary told against a background of ministerial intrigue and empire building. Sammy Rice [David Farrar] was the army's finest bomb disposal officer until he was injured in the war and left with a false foot. Now part of a specialist 'back room' team he dismantles the booby-trapped devices being dropped by Nazi bombers. He falls in love with Susan [Kathleen Byron] a colleague and the two begin a secret affair. However embittered by life he feels inferior; inferior as a lover inferior as a man unable to wear uniform; inferior in his work for although a brilliant scientist he allows himself to be exploited by his power-hungry boss. Haunted by his past he drowns his sorrows in whiskey. Sammy's life is descending into disarray when the news comes; a bomb has exploded with catastrophic consequences and another has been found. Faced with the biggest challenge of his career Sammy must confront his demons and take his own life in his hands to solve the mystery of the bomb's lethal mechanism.

  • It's A Wonderful Life [DVD] It's A Wonderful Life | DVD | (17/11/2014) from £4.79  |  Saving you £15.20 (76.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director's optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It's a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic. --Robert Horton

  • Brighton Rock [1947] Brighton Rock | DVD | (16/09/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £4.03 (25.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Hard to imagine now but long before Richard Attenborough became Lord Dickie, benevolent patriarch of British moviedom, he specialised in playing weaselly little thugs and punks. Brighton Rock, adapted from Graham Greene's classic novel, offered him one of his best early roles as Pinkie, juvenile leader of a seedy gang of racetrack crooks in the Sussex seaside town. When it seems an innocent young waitress may know too much about one of their killings, Pinkie decides to keep her quiet by marrying her. But in Greene's world of guilt-ridden Catholicism and inexorable doom, it was never going to be that easy. Is the famous twist ending a cop-out? That depends just how much irony you read into it. But the Brighton atmosphere, all tawdry gaiety shot through with a crackling undercurrent of fear, is so vivid you can smell it. Made with a cool, dispassionate eye by the Boulting Brothers (before they turned jokey with the likes of I'm Alright Jack, for instance) and superbly shot by Harry Waxman, this is one of Britain's few great contributions to the noir thriller cycle. Young Dickie, twitchy, vicious and terrified, is a revelation--and don't miss William Hartnell, the original Dr Who, as his cynical sidekick. --Philip Kemp

  • My Favourite Wife [1940] My Favourite Wife | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £9.35  |  Saving you £0.64 (6.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The funniest fastest honeymoon ever screened! Ellen Arden (Irene Dunne) has been shipwrecked for seven years but returns to discover her husband Nick (Cary Grant) has had her declared dead and remarried. She wants her man back and makes him jealous over Stephen (Randolph Scott) a man with whom she was shipwrecked. After all these years can true love still find its way? Leo McCarey's My Favourite Wife puts the wide-ranging comedic talents of Grant and Dunne to hilarious use.

  • Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte [DVD] [1964] Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £4.75  |  Saving you £3.20 (32.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Poor Charlotte Hollis. She's been shunned by the community for decades, ever since the fateful night in 1927 when her lover was hacked apart with an axe. Her antebellum southern mansion is slated for the bulldozer, as it stands in the way of highway construction. Charlotte's only hope lies in her cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland), coming down from up north to help settle things. Miriam, however, has other designs. Together with her boyfriend Drew (Joseph Cotten), she embarks on a scheme to systematically drive Charlotte out of her mind (not a great leap) and get her mitts on the family fortune. From there, things only get more complicated. Charlotte puts the "gothic" in southern gothic, as a great showcase for completely bizarre, overwrought, and out-of-control performances from all involved. Agnes Moorehead plays Charlotte's loyal, dishevelled housekeeper to the hilt, with an odd inflection that calls to mind Amos and Andy more than southern gentility. As the drunken, conniving Dr. Drew, Cotten's accent is indeterminate at times, and seems to come and go. As great as the supporting players are, though, the crown goes to Bette Davis as the shrieking Charlotte, a portrait of isolation and decay stuck in a world of tragic delusions inside her crumbling mansion. De Havilland is a close second as the scheming Miriam; the scene where she slaps the holy snot out of a hysterical Charlotte is itself worth the price of admission. Mary Astor (in her last role) and Cecil Kellaway (as a kindly Lloyd's of London adjuster) put in the only performances with any restraint, acting as counterweights for the rest of the cast. Besides, you'll never get another chance to see Joseph Cotten playing the harpsichord and singing, or caked in mud and lily pads! With Robert Aldrich's claustrophobic direction, Charlotte is as Southern as a field of kudzu, and as subdued as a train wreck. --Jerry Renshaw

  • Doctor Who - Time-Flight & Arc of Infinity Doctor Who - Time-Flight & Arc of Infinity | DVD | (06/08/2007) from £10.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (63.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Time Flight: The Doctor finally manages to deliver Tegan to Heathrow Airport where he gets drawn into investigating the in-flight disappearance of a Concorde. Following the same flight path in another Concorde with the TARDIS stowed in the hold he discovers that it has been transported back millions of years into the past through a time corridor. Arc of Infinity: An antimatter creature has crossed into normal space via a phenomenon known as the Arc of Infinity but needs to bond physically with a Time Lord in order to remain stable. A traitor on Gallifrey has chosen the Doctor as the victim.

  • The Misfits [DVD] [1961] The Misfits | DVD | (23/07/2012) from £5.39  |  Saving you £4.60 (46.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A sexy divorce falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada.

  • The Exterminating Angel [1962] The Exterminating Angel | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £5.79  |  Saving you £10.20 (63.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Through a classic Surrealist conceit an elegant gathering of high society folk find that they are unable to leave the dinner party they are attending. Their impeccable bourgeois manners turn bestial as the servants disappear and the days pass... With savage wit and unfailing precision Bunuel shows the skill of a master filmmaker who has reached the peak of his maturity.

  • The Red Shoes [DVD] [1948] The Red Shoes | DVD | (06/07/2009) from £6.68  |  Saving you £9.31 (58.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The tragic and romantic story of Vicky Page the brilliant young dancer who must give up everything if she is to become a great ballerina is one of Powell and Pressburger's most famous films. Creators of classics such as Black Narcissus A Matter of Life And Death and The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp they were renowned for their use of brilliant colour and wonderful costumes and with the exhilarating cinematography of Jack Cardiff were among the most influential film makers of their time. The Red Shoes is one of the finest examples of their work and has become an inspiration to artists film makers and musicians all over the world.

  • Dangerous Moonlight - 1941 DVD Dangerous Moonlight - 1941 DVD | DVD | (16/08/2010) from £8.84  |  Saving you £4.15 (31.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Stefan Radetzky a Polish pilot and famous concert pianist is hospitalised in England from injuries sustained while in combat and having lost his memory. As Radetzky plays the piano in a trance-like state the story moves back in time to war-torn Warsaw. During an air-raid Radetzky meets American journalist Carole and there is a mutual attraction. Following the fall of Poland Radetzky and Irish pilot Mike escape to Rumania and then on to America. Radetzky continues his musical career in America and meets up again with Carole...

  • The Long Gray Line [DVD] The Long Gray Line | DVD | (07/10/2013) from £4.29  |  Saving you £8.70 (67.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    An inspiring drama directed by the great John Ford (Stagecoach, The Searchers) starring Tyrone Power (The Mark Of Zorro, The Razor's Edge) as Marty Maher, a humble Irish man from a poor background who joins the US Army to make a career for himself. after a difficult beginning he attains the rank of cadet instructor at famed West Point Military Academy. Co-starring Maureen O'Hara (The Quiet Man, Only The Lonely), this is superb, and little known or seen, military drama.

  • The Fly [DVD] [1958] The Fly | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £4.75  |  Saving you £3.20 (32.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

  • Father Brown [DVD] [1954] Father Brown | DVD | (02/03/2009) from £4.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (53.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Alec Guinness stars as G.K. Chestertons legendary detective Father Brown in this splendid comedy thriller directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets). When Father Brown hears that Flambeau (Peter Finch), an international art thief, is planning to steal a priceless cross once owned by Saint Augustine during its transportation to Rome, he is delighted at the opportunity to match wits with a criminal of such repute. However, Flabeau outwits Father Brown on their first encounter deep in the catacombs of Paris and vanishes with the relic. Now, the amateur sleuth must somehow lure the master criminal out of hiding, recover the cross and sace Flambeaus immortal soul into the bargain... Based on the first Father Brown story, The Blue Cross, and boasting a superb supporting cast including Joan Greenwood, Bernard Lee and Sidney James, Father Brown is a true British film classic

  • Doctor Who: The E Space Trilogy Doctor Who: The E Space Trilogy | DVD | (26/01/2009) from £13.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Full Circle: The TARDIS falls through a CVE into E-Space and arrives on the planet Alzarius. There the inhabitants of a crashed Starliner and a group of young rebels called the Outlers led by a boy named Varsh and including his brother Adric are being terrorised by a race of Marshmen who emerge from the marshes at a time known as Mistfall. State Of Decay The Doctor Romana K9 and Adric - an Outler from Alzarius who has stowed away aboard the TARDIS - arrive on a planet where the native villagers live in fear of 'the Wasting' and of three Lords named Zargo Camilla and Aukon who rule from an imposing Tower. The Lords are soon revealed to be vampire servants of the last of the Great Vampires a race referred to in Time Lord mythology. Warrior's Gate: The TARDIS is hijacked in the vortex by a time sensitive Tharil named Biroc and brought to a strange white void. Biroc wants to free the others of his race who are being transported in a slave ship captained by Rorvik which is also trapped in the void. The only other thing present in the void is an ancient gateway leading to a decrepit banqueting hall.

  • A Dandy In Aspic [1968] A Dandy In Aspic | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £4.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (66.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In this stylish spy thriller a Londoner working in British Intelligence Alexander Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) actually is a Russian counter-espionage agent named Krasnevin. Fraser (Harry Andrews) head of British Intelligence gives his men a special assignment--find and destroy Krasnevin! He discovers there is no one to whom he can turn and even doubts a swinging Londoner with whom he is having an affair.

  • Kim [1950] Kim | DVD | (26/05/2008) from £8.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (16.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    An epic magnificent adventure set in Victorian India the story of KIM (Dean Stockwell) who is recruited to train as a spy for the Raj. Written by the author of The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling starring Errol Flynn (Robin Hood Captain Blood) at his very best as Mahbub Ali mentor to the young boy Paul Lukas plays the mysterious Lama from Old Tibet a host of Hollywood's greatest character actors Richard Hale Reginald Owen Douglas Creighton provide support for this screen panorama a joy for the whole family filmed in brilliant Technicolor.

  • Poor Cow [DVD] [1967] Poor Cow | DVD | (25/07/2016) from £8.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (52.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    "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

  • The Pink Panther [1963] The Pink Panther | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £4.08  |  Saving you £1.91 (31.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    When the famous Pink Panther diamond goes missing the bumbling Inspector Clouseau goes on the trail of notorious jewel thief The Phantom but looks everywhere except in the right place!

  • They Shoot Horses Don't They? [1969] They Shoot Horses Don't They? | DVD | (13/10/2008) from £4.08  |  Saving you £1.91 (31.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    As one of the most acclaimed films of its time Sydney Pollack's dance marathon masterpiece picked up an amazing 9 Academy Award nominations in 1969. With dazzling performances from the entire cast it is easy to see why this film is universally regarded as a true movie classic. In the dark days of the depression dance marathons became a way for desperate people to compete for prize money. Events would last for days as contestants pushed themselves beyond the point of exhaustion while the barbarous crowds watched on wagering money for sport and profit. Against this backdrop the lives of a disparate group of contestants become intertwined. Brought together by chance they move relentlessly around the dance floor in search of a dream... the clock ticks on... which of them will survive?

  • Since You Went Away [1944] Since You Went Away | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £3.40  |  Saving you £1.59 (31.90%)  |  RRP £4.99

    With her husband Tim off at war Anne Hilton (Colbert) struggles to be a pillar of strength for her daughters Jane (Jones) and Bridget (Temple). During America's darkest hours she bravely steers her girls through heartbreak and hardships as she eagerly awaits news from overseas and wonders if life will ever be the same.

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