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Grand Hotel Steelbook (Blu-ray + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013)
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp - Restoration Edition Metalpak (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (22/10/2012)
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Drama about the life of Clive Candy, an English soldier who served in three wars (Boer, World War I, World War II), and had relationships with three women along the way (each played by Deborah Kerr). Despite Candy's tours-of-duty, he harbors no ill will towards the Germans, instead he believes they have been the pawns of military leaders. Colonel Blimp, an old, befuddled British military officer, reminisces about his past glories in this witty war satire.
Black Orpheus | Blu Ray | (09/01/2017)
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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
Jan Svankmajer - The Short Films 1964-1992 | DVD | (28/05/2007)
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A collection of animated shorts by Jan Svankmajer.
The Sound Barrier (Restored) | Blu Ray | (11/04/2016)
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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).
Viva Maria | DVD | (12/01/2009)
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When two women-both named Maria-unwittingly invent the striptease circa 1910 they become such a hit that enthusiastic audiences strip along with them! But when one of the Marias falls for a handsome revolutionary (George Hamilton) she finds that she has unwittingly embroiled the two of them in an armed peasant revolt!
Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (06/05/2013)
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Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problems?. Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp
Those Were The Days - Britain In The 1940s | DVD | (07/06/2004)
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The 1940s were dominated by the War. For the first half of the decade Britain was under siege. Thousands of men joined up to fight in the services hundreds of thousands of children were evacuated from Briatin's cities to the relative safety of the countryside and life changed completely for the nation's women. They did their bit for the war effort going to work on the land and filling in for men in Britain's factories. Britain's families were subjected to almost constant rationing and austerity throughout the decade. This film tells the story of this turbulent decade and the remarkable fortitude of the British people during and after the war through the eyes of the newsreel cameras. From the horror and destruction of The Blitz in 1941 to the joyeous celebration that marked the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to the dashing Prince Philip in 1947 we take a nostalgic and sentimental journey back to how we lived and the way we were 60 years ago.
Tommy Steele Collection | DVD | (28/01/2008)
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This box set features the following films: The Duke Wore Jeans (Dir. Gerald Thomas) (1958): Comedy about a cockney lad who pretends to be a Lord in order to woo a South American princess It's All Happening (Dir. Don Sharp) (1963): Billy Bowles (Tommy Steele) is an A & R talent co-ordinator who has grown up as an orphan. He returns every Saturday to the place he grew up. The sentimental Billy arranges a recording session and a benefit performance to help the orphanage. He gathers a bevy of song and dance professionals in the spirit of Andy Hardy and puts on a show the kids will never forget. The Tommy Steele Story (Dir. Gerard Bryant) (1957): This is the story of the early life and rise to fame of Tommy Steele . His manager wanted him to be a tough rock'n'roller and so challenge Elvis Presley but Tommy was just too nice. Tommy The Toreador (Dir. John Paddy Carstairs) (1959): Tommy is a happy sailor travelling the world singing his favourite songs. When he visits Spain he gets mistaken for a famous bullfighter and somehow ends up in the bull-ring facing a very angry bull and an expecting crowd!
Magical Mystery Tour | Blu Ray | (08/10/2012)
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The Worker | DVD | (28/05/2007)
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Charlie (Charlie Drake) is keen to work for his living but unfortunately he's completely accident-prone. He's been visiting his local Labour Exchange regularly for over 20 years and has had nearly 1000 jobs. He managed to get himself sacked from every one of them within hours of starting. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Machinery Of Organisation 2. Out Of The Mouths Of Casual Labourers 3. The Mechanics Of Piecework 4. No Automation Without Representation 5. A Democratic Democratism 6. And Never The Twine Shall Meet 7. A Host Of Golden Casual Labourers 8. Eight And Thrupence 9. Little Tom 10. A Punting We Will Go 11. Through A Glass Darkly 12. The Man Who Moved His Head 13. I Just Don't Want To Get Involved 14. Hello Cobbler 15. You Have Enjoyed The Sweets Now You Must Suffer The Sours 16. The Siege Of Kidney Street 17. Now Is The Time For All Left Legs 18. When Adam Delved And Eve Span 19. A Change Is As Good As A Rest 20. Breed For Speed Breed Out For Stamina 21. Cough 22. The Saucerer's Apprentice 23. Ma Chandelle Est Morte 24. I Babble Babble As I Flow To Join The Brimming River 25. No Room At The Inn For The Odd Couple Up The Staircase
How Green Was My Valley | DVD | (18/02/2002)
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M (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011)
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Of all Fritz Lang’s creations, none have been more innovative or influential than M, the film that launched German cinema into the sound era with stunning sophistication and mesmerising artistry. A spate of child killings has stricken a terrified Berlin. Peter Lorre gives a legendary performance as the murderer Hans Beckert, who soon finds himself chased by all levels of society.From cinema’s first serial killer hunt, Lang pulls back to encompass social tapestry, police procedural, and underworld conspiracies in an astonishingly multi-faceted and level-headed look at a deeply incendiary topic. One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, M remains as fresh and startling 80 years on. Special Features: Restored high-definition transfer in the correct 1.19:1 aspect ratio [1080p on Blu-ray] Two audio commentaries: one by German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler; the other featuring film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich’s 1965 interviews with Lang The original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety, recently rediscovered, featuring different actors, alternate takes, and Peter Lorre’s first performance in English, courtesy of the BFI National Archive [1080p on Blu-ray, 93 mins] Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang, a 1968 documentary by Erwin Leiser with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema [480p, 21 minutes] 48-Page Booklet including writing by Fritz Lang, historian Robert Fischer, details of a missing scene, behind-the-scenes stills, and production drawings
Le Mepris | DVD | (05/04/2010)
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Starring Brigitte Bardot, then at the height of her fame, and Michel Piccoli as a married couple tearing the last strips off a failing marriage, Le Mépris is both one of Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible films and perhaps his most excoriating and emotionally raw. Godard and his regular cinematographer Raoul Coutard (lensman for most of the greatest films of the New Wave) splashed out the budget for this international co-production on Bardot's salary and gorgeous CinemaScope photography to capture the Italian setting's intense beauty, bright as a knife. The nominal story concerns the film production of an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, on which Piccoli is the scriptwriter, much to the disgust of his wife Camille (Bardot) who preferred life when he merely wrote novels. Hired by Jack Palance's swaggering American producer to adapt the Greek epic for a film to be directed by the august Fritz Lang (director of M, here playing himself), Paul inadvertently sets in motion the elements which will unravel his marriage, earning his wife's contempt (the closest translation of the French word "mépris"). Soon, the tenderness of the film's opening sequence--wherein they loll naked on a bed as she coquettishly solicits his approval of each of her body parts--gives way to harrowing bickering, the meat of film's central 35-minute scene which will induce pained winces in anyone who has ever been through a bitter split-up. If that sounds harrowing, be reassured that Le Mépris is not without its lighter moments and joys: Godard's trademarked musings on the nature of cinema, Bardot looking exquisitely chic in a selection of soigné little outfits, Lang bemusedly quoting the German poet Hölderlin and Bertolt Brecht. As mannered as the New Wave posturings now seem, Le Mépris still looks unbeatably stylish, its themes as eternal as Homer and the Capri landscape. --Leslie Felperin
The Hound Of The Baskervilles | DVD | (10/05/2004)
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A man runs for his life through the moors breathless and frightened. Behind him we hear the baying of a hound a sound so fearful it chills the soul. The man falls. From the desolate rocky nightscape another man peers: He is bearded and rough looking perhaps a convict from the nearby prison.... Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star in their first outing as Holmes and Watson in this celebrated adaptation of The Hound Of The Baskervilles....
Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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Voted The Guardian's 14 Best Romantic Film of All Time. Described by director Jacques Demy as 'a film in song' the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo) a 20-year-old French auto mechanic has fallen in love with 17-year-old Genevi&egrave;ve Emery (Catherine Deneuve: Belle de Jour) an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria the pair share a passionate night. Genevi&egrave;ve becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel: Lola). Special Features: Feature Geoff Andrew On Umbrellas of Cherbourg Virginie Ledoyen on Umbrellas of Cherbourg Once Upon A Time... The Umbrellas of Cherbourg The World of Jacques Demy The Restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Stills gallery Trailer Trailer (2013)
Here Comes Mr Jordan | Blu Ray | (20/06/2016)
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A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) bankerwhose soul could use a transplant. Having inspired a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes (the first starring Warren Beatty and the second Chris Rock), Alexander Hall's effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection. Special Features: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New conversation between critic Michael Sragow and independent filmmaker Michael Schlesinger Audio interview from 1991 in which actor Elizabeth Montgomery discusses her father, actor Robert Montgomery Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Here Comes Mr. Jordan from 1942 starring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James Gleason Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme Click Images to Enlarge
Overlord | Blu Ray | (06/06/2016)
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Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage and a fictional narrative, this immersive account by STUART COOPER of one twenty-year-old's journey from basic training to the front lines of D-Day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity. Overlord, impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick's long-time cinematographer JOHN ALCOTT, is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine. Special Features: Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Stuart Cooper, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary featuring Cooper and actor Brian Stirner Mining the Archive, a 2007 video piece featuring archivists from London's Imperial War Museum detailing the footage used in the film Capa Influences Cooper, a 2007 photo essay featuring Cooper on photographer Robert Capa Cameramen at War, the British Ministry of Information's 1943 film tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen A Test of Violence, Cooper's 1969 short film about the Spanish artist Juan GenovÃ©s Germany Calling, a 1941 Ministry of Information propaganda film, clips of which appear in Overlord Excerpts from the journals of two D-day soldiers, read by Stirner Trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization by Cooper and Christopher Hudson Click Images to Enlarge
Bachelor Mother | DVD | (21/04/2014)
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This sparkling comedy was Oscar nominated. Polly (Ginger Rogers) a clerk at Merlin's Department Store is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a young child. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct David Merlin (David Niven) becomes determined to keep the single woman and 'her' baby together in this wonderful comedy of errors.
The Ladykillers - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (07/09/2015)
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THE LADYKILLERS is quintessential Ealing. Director Alexander Mackendrick&rsquo;s film centres on a criminal gang planning their next job who find themselves boarding with an innocent old lady who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs. Wilberforce they run into one problem after another and get what they deserve. Mackendrick&rsquo;s last film as director before his move to Hollywood THE LADYKILLERS remains one of the best British comedies ever made.