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  • From Here to Eternity [Blu-ray] [1953] From Here to Eternity | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013) from £6.00  |  Saving you £6.99 (53.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    From Here to Eternity offers a much more heartfelt interpretation of the event that propelled the United States into World War II than any film made in recent years. Here there are no angst-ridden scenes where "true love" returns from the dead, no costly CGI and definitely no Hallmark happy ending. This is a film about illicit sex, military machismo and tragic loss of love, friendship and ultimately life. The filmmakers did, however, have to make some compromises when adapting James Jones's novel: Alma becomes a "hostess" rather than a prostitute and the very downbeat ending, where Captain Holmes is essentially rewarded for his brutality by the military, was replaced with the morally acceptable punishment of his actions by a more self-aware army. Although Private Robert E Lee Pruitt's story provides the meat of the film, there are other subplots woven into the narrative, including a couple of doomed love affairs, which explore themes of adultery and social acceptance. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) begins a torrid affair with the commander's wife Karen (Deborah Kerr) leading to one of the most famous moments in movie history--the "clinch in the surf". From then on everything is challenged. Love, honour and eventually whether you should conform or stand up for what you believe in. At the end the couples are left wondering about the future of their relationship, but fate decides for them as the Japanese launch their attack on Pearl Harbor, leaving us with one of the most dramatic and moving endings of any war film. On the DVD: The black and white film is not anamorphically enhanced but presented full frame in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, although the transfer is well done and the picture is pretty sharp. Sound is 2.0 mono rather than the standard 5.1 reworking of the audio track, and it works. The dialogue is clear without any noticeable hiss. There's a 22-minute "making of" documentary, which doesn't really do justice to the film and contains very little information of interest. Along with this is Fred Zinnemann's As I See It, an extract from the director's home video footage from the shoot. You also get the theatrical trailer, but the best feature is the audio commentary, by Fred Zinnemann's son Tim and screenwriter Alvin Sargent, which has some fantastic detail about the struggle between director and studio-head Harry Cohn over casting, along with the run-ins with the censor and US military over the "inflammatory nature" of the film.--Kristen Bowditch

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy [Blu-ray] [1965] The Agony and the Ecstasy | Blu Ray | (31/03/2014) from £8.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (46.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In 16th century Rome, Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) commissions Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo refuses and tries to flee Rome, but is eventually forced to undertake the work by Julius. The project then takes on a subtler scale, representing not merely the heavenly hierarchy, but the clash of wills between the two men.

  • The Sound Barrier (Restored) [Blu-ray] [1952] The Sound Barrier (Restored) | Blu Ray | (11/04/2016) from £11.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Directed by DAVID LEAN and written by TERENCE RATTIGAN, THE SOUND BARRIER is about the men who challenged the speed of sound, told from the viewpoint of central character, Sir John Ridgefield (RALPH RICHARDSON). The oil tycoon and aircraft constructor is determined to manufacture a supersonic jet that will travel faster than the speed of sound. Ridgefield's desire to reach this goal has already led to the death of his test pilot son (DENHOLM ELLIOTT), and his daughter Susan's (ANN TODD) fighter-pilot husband (NIGEL PATRICK). Shocked at the death of her husband and her father's disregard of human life in his single-minded determination to achieve his goal, Susan walks out on him. Unperturbed, Ridgefield approaches another pilot with the challenge of piloting his test craft. The film marked a departure from the domestic or literary concerns which had characterized the director David Lean's choice of subject matter to date. Its heroics pre-empted his later films Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

  • Manhattan [Blu-ray] [1979] Manhattan | Blu Ray | (26/08/2013) from £6.98  |  Saving you £6.01 (46.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Nominated for two Academy Awards and considered one of [Woody] Allen's most enduring accomplishments (Box office) Manhattan is a wry touching and finely rendered portrait of modern relationships set against the backdrop of urban alienation. Sumptuously photographed in black and white (Allen's first film in that format) and accompanied by a magnificent Gershwin score Allen's aesthetic triumph is a prismatic portrait of a time and a place that may be studied decades hence (Time). Forty-two-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis (Allen) has a job he hates a seventeen year- old girlfriend Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) he doesn't love and a lesbian ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep) who's writing a tell-all book about their marriage... and whom he'd like to strangle. But when he meets his best friend's sexy intellectual mistress Mary (Diane Keaton) Isaac falls head over heels in lust! Leaving Tracy bedding Mary and quitting his job are just the beginnings of Isaac's quest for romance and fulfilment in a city where sex is as intimate as a handshake - and the gateway to true love... is a revolving door.

  • A Star is Born [Blu-ray] [1944][Region Free] A Star is Born | Blu Ray | (18/03/2013) from £8.39  |  Saving you £9.60 (53.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Janet Gaynor plays a small town girl with stars in her eyes looking for fame and fortune in Hollywood only to face rejection after rejection. A chance meeting with Hollywood star Norman Maine played by Fredric March gives her the opportunity for a screen test. She is instantly rocketed to fame but fame can be a cruel taskmaster. Produced by legendary film-maker David O. Selnick (King Kong and Gone with the Wind) this is the classic tale of happiness and heartbreak.

  • Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition [Blu-ray] [1945] Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (24/02/2014) from £11.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (47.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    A portmanteau work from four of Ealing's best directors, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer. Starring Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers, <i>Dead Of Night</i> represented a departure for Ealing from the classic comedy mode and is instead a spooky psychological thriller made up of five chilling ghost stories.

  • M*A*S*H [Blu-ray] [1970] M*A*S*H | Blu Ray | (04/11/2013) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    MASH--a 1970 comedy-drama set among surgeons drafted into the Korean war--was a breakthrough not just for director Robert Altman but for movie-making in general. Although set in the 50s, there are few who did not realise that the film's anti-war messages were directed at the US involvement in Vietnam. Indeed, the Pentagon banned US servicemen from seeing the film. Starring Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye Pierce and Elliot Gould as Trapper John McIntyre, two hip young surgeons drafted against their will. Their general attitude--while never corroding either their humanity or their professionalism as surgeons--is one of insolence towards military authority and the arbitrary structures and regulations continually droning from the tannoy system. The film, too, thrives on a lack of attention to conventional order, with its cross-dialogue and random, episodic style reflecting the vivacious and unbuttoned feel of the content. However, MASH has dated and much of what seemed like "liberating" high jinks, today smacks of sexist, frathouse boorishness and harassment, especially at the expense of Major "Hotlips" Hoolihan (Sally Kellerman), while the episode in which "Painless" plans a suicide out of a fear of being gay reflects the persistence of homophobia even in 60s counterculture. Despite this MASH feels ahead of its time and certainly sharper and blacker than the too-cute sitcom it spawned. On the DVD: this is an excellent restoration, overseen by Altman himself, in which any obfuscation from the original have been cleaned up, especially the sound quality. As well as a commentary from Altman, there are three separate documentaries, featuring interviews with Altman, the cast and screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr, who had been blacklisted during the anti-Communist witch-hunt which swept through Hollywood in the 1950s. We learn he was initially appalled at how little of his script Altman actually used but was mollified by the Academy Award he received. Altman is candid about the making of the movie ("It wasn't released by Fox, it escaped from Fox"). There's an abundance of similarly rich, anecdotal material here. --David Stubbs

  • Speedy [Blu-ray] [1928] [Region Free] Speedy | Blu Ray | (18/04/2016) from £14.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (46.40%)  |  RRP £27.99

    Speedy was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his Glasses Character, this time as a good-natured but scatter-brained New Yorker who can't keep a job. He finally finds his true calling when he becomes determined to help save the city's last horse-drawn streetcar, which is operated by his sweetheart's crusty grandfather. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climatic stunts on the city's streets, Speedy is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

  • Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray] [2012][Region Free] Magical Mystery Tour | Blu Ray | (08/10/2012) from £16.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (21.40%)  |  RRP £20.99

  • The Lost Weekend [Masters of Cinema] (Ltd Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) The Lost Weekend (Ltd Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) | Blu Ray | (25/06/2012) from £19.87  |  Saving you £-2.36 (-10.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    "I'm not a drinker--I'm a drunk." These words, and the serious message behind them, were still potent enough in 1945 to shock audiences flocking to The Lost Weekend. The speaker is Don Birnam (Ray Milland), a handsome, talented, articulate alcoholic. The writing team of producer Charles Brackett and director Billy Wilder pull no punches in their depiction of Birnam's massive weekend bender, a tailspin that finds him reeling from his favorite watering hole to Bellevue Hospital. Location shooting in New York helps the street-level atmosphere, especially a sequence in which Birnam, a budding writer, tries to hock his typewriter for booze money. He desperately staggers past shuttered storefronts--it's Yom Kippur, and the pawnshops are closed. Milland, previously known as a lightweight leading man (he'd starred in Wilder's hilarious The Major and the Minor three years earlier), burrows convincingly under the skin of the character, whether waxing poetic about the escape of drinking or screaming his lungs out in the D.T.'s sequence. Wilder, having just made the ultra-noir Double Indemnity, brought a new kind of frankness and darkness to Hollywood's treatment of a social problem. At first the film may have seemed too bold; Paramount Pictures nearly killed the release of the picture after it tested poorly with preview audiences. But once in release, The Lost Weekend became a substantial hit, and won four Oscars: for picture, director, screenplay, and actor. --Robert Horton

  • Cul-De-Sac [Blu-ray] [1966] [Region Free] Cul-De-Sac | Blu Ray | (27/02/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Roman Polanski (Repulsion) orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director's golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasance (Halloween) and Françoise Dorl�ac (The Soft Skin) star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is infiltrated by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander (Unfaithfully Yours). The three engage in a game of shifting identities and sexual and emotional humiliations. Cul-de-sac is an evocative, claustrophobic, and morbidly funny tale of the modern world in chaos. Special Features: New digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Two Gangsters and an Island, a 2003 short documentary about the making of Cul-de-sac, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor Interview with Polanski from 1967 Theatrical trailers PLUS: A booklet featuring Click Images to Enlarge

  • The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1960] The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (26/08/2013) from £11.98  |  Saving you £12.01 (50.10%)  |  RRP £23.99

    United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily for some, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way. ...The Brides of Dracula (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)

  • Seven Deaths in the Cats Eye [Blu-ray] Seven Deaths in the Cats Eye | Blu Ray | (26/12/2016) from £12.90  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    International sex symbol Jane Birkin (BLOW-UP) stars as Corringa, a beautiful young girl who returns from a convent school to her family s ancestral castle. But within these walls seethes unspeakable evil, including religious fervor, depraved desires, and sudden, sadistic murder. Now, someone with a taste for terror is slaughtering the castles demented guests. Six have already met their deaths... and for delicious Corringa, the ultimate torment is still to come!

  • Hobson's Choice - 60th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] Hobson's Choice - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (05/05/2014) from £11.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    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&#39;s master boot-maker. Mossop is at first stunned by the suggestion but eventually agrees to Maggie&#39;s authoritative persuasion and together they set up a rival boot shop. A timeless masterpiece that marked a temporary return to David Lean&#39;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

  • The Grapes of Wrath [Blu-ray] [1940] The Grapes of Wrath | Blu Ray | (13/01/2014) from £4.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Winner of two including Best Director for John Ford The Grapes of Wrath comes to Blu-ray for the first time! This American classic based on John Steinbeck&#39;s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in an Oscar-Nominated role) and his family as they escape the Depression-era Oklahoma dust bowls for the promised land of California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions offer little hope and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face.

  • Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight [Blu-ray] Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight | Blu Ray | (29/06/2015) from £5.55  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    On the brink of Civil War King Henry IV (John Gielgud) attempts to consolidate his reign while fretting with unease over his sons seeming neglect of his royal duties. Hal (Keith Baxter) the young Prince openly consorts with Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) and his company of &ldquo;Diana&rsquo;s foresters Gentlemen of the shade Minions of the moon&rdquo;. Hal&rsquo;s friendship with the fat knight substitutes for his estrangement from his father. Both Falstaff and the King are old and tired; both rely on Hal for comfort in their final years while the young Prince the future Henry V nurtures his own ambitions. Orson Welles considered Chimes at Midnight his personal favorite of all his films. Perhaps the most radical and groundbreaking of all Shakespeare adaptations the film condenses the Bard&rsquo;s Henriad cycle into a single focused narrative. Its international cast comprises of Jeanne Moreau Fernando Rey Margaret Rutherford and Ralph Richardson as the narrator in addition to Welles and Gielgud. The film&rsquo;s harrowing war scenes have proven especially influential cited in Kenneth Branagh&rsquo;s Henry V as well as Mel Gibson&rsquo;s Braveheart.

  • Creature From the Black Lagoon (Limited Edition Steel Book) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [1954] [Region Free] Creature From the Black Lagoon (Limited Edition Steel Book) | Blu Ray | (06/10/2014) from £6.99  |  Saving you £23.00 (76.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Jack Arnold's horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon spawned not one but two iconic images: the web-footed humanoid gill-man with a hankering for women and the leggy, luscious Julia Adams, the object of his desire, swimming the lagoon in a luminous white bathing suit. Not since King Kong has the "beauty and the beast" theme been portrayed in such sexually charged (though chaste) terms. Arnold turns an effectively B-movie plot--a small expedition up a remote Amazon river captures a prehistoric amphibian man, who escapes to wreak havoc on the team and kidnap his bathing beauty--into a moody, stylish, low-budget feature. The jungle exteriors turn from exotic to treacherous when the creature blocks their passage and strands them in the wilds. Much of the film is shot underwater, where the murky dark is animated by shimmering shards of sunlight, creating images both lovely and alien (the studio-built sets of the creature's underground lair are far less naturalistic, but serve their purpose). As with most of Arnold's '50s genre films, he's saddled with a less than magnetic leading man (in this case the colorless but stalwart Richard Carlson) and a conventional script, but he overcomes such limitations by creating a vivid and sympathetic monster (helped immeasurably by a marvelous suit of scales and fins) and establishing a mood thick with atmosphere. The film was originally shot in 3-D. --Sean Axmaker

  • Women in Love [Blu-ray] Women in Love | Blu Ray | (22/08/2016) from £9.89  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Before director Ken Russell's name became synonymous with cinematic extravagance and overkill, he actually directed what is one of the most passionate and involving adaptations of DH Lawrence in recent memory. Oliver Reed and Alan Bates star as friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters (Jennie Linden and Glenda Jackson, who won an Oscar for the role). But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Bates and Linden learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Reed cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Jackson. Shot with great sensuality, Women in Love was surprisingly frank for its period (1970) and includes one of the most charged scenes in movie history: Bates and Reed as manly men, wrestling nude by firelight. --Marshall Fine

  • Melody [Blu-ray] [1971] Melody | Blu Ray | (08/05/2017) from £14.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Daniel (Mark Lester, Oliver!) and Ornshaw (Jack Wild, Oliver! Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), two mischievous schoolboys attending a south London comprehensive, strike up a trusting friendship despite their vastly different social backgrounds. But when Daniel falls head over heels in love with fellow pupil Melody, Ornshaw resents being neglected. Not only is their friendship compromised, but the dull, grumpy adult world that surrounds them is about to be turned upside down when ten-year-olds Daniel and Melody announce their plans to get married. Brilliantly and poignantly capturing the world of the pre-adolescent, Melody revels in the joys of youthful rebellion. Since its original release in 1971, it has gained an immense, international cult following and become one of British cinemas most cherished films. Not only was it Alan Parker's (The Commitments, Midnight Express) first screenplay, but also David Puttnam's (Chariots Of Fire, The Killing Fields) debut as a feature film producer. Melody features a fantastic, unforgettable soundtrack from The Bee Gees and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young EXTRAS: New Interviews with David Puttnam, Alan Parker, Waris Hussian and Mark Lester and Stills Gallery

  • Beyond the Darkness [Blu-ray] Beyond the Darkness | Blu Ray | (13/02/2017) from £11.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    God bless the late, and dearly missed, Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccesi). Not only did the censor-baiting Svengali of sleaze give us such video nasty masterpieces as ABSURD (1981) and ANTHROPOPHAGOUS (1980), as well as the sexploitation classic ELEVEN DAYS, ELEVEN NIGHTS (1987), he also unleashed one of Euro-horror's grisliest gore-fests in 1979's frequently-censored BEYOND THE DARKNESS! Focusing on a PSYCHO-style story of a young loner, under the authority of a besotted but blood-thirsty matriarch, who enjoys bouts of human taxidermy, bodily mutilation and cannibalism - this crimson-ridden splatter caper might just be D'Amato's crowning achievement. Starring the legendary Cinzea Monreale (THE BEYOND) as a beautiful blonde who is lured into the killer's premises, BEYOND THE DARKNESS also features a sublime score from prog-rockers Goblin (TENEBRAE) and a sick, but nonetheless satisfying, sense of humour. Also known as BURIED ALIVE, this D'Amato classic is finally making its UK HD premiere - uncut and uncensored! Extras: Restored in 2K From the Original 16mm Negative Uncompressed English Audio Uncompressed Italian Audio with Newly Translated English Subtitles Archive Interview with Cinzia Monreale Joe D'Amato retrospective Adrian Smith Booklet Promo Trailer Beyond the Darkness Locaions - Then and Now

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