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Gracie Fields Collection | DVD | (11/02/2008)
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This box set features the following films: Love Life and Laughter (Dir. Maurice Elvey) (1934): An impoverished author and a cabaret girl each have their dream of success but are happy to wake to each other and reality. Sing As We Go (Dir. Basil Dean) (1934): When the textile mill closes putting her out of work Gracie finds herself experiencing all of the amusements of Blackpool. Sally In Our Alley (Dir. Maurice Elvey) (1931): A working class girl who waits on tables in a London coffee house sings to the customers to keep them entertained. Looking on The Bright Side (Dir. Graham Cutts / Basil Dean) (1932): Manicurist Fields falls for songwriting hairdresser Dolman whose heart belongs to a gorgeous singer. Queen of Hearts (Dir. Monty Banks) (1936): Gracie Perkins is a seamstress who is mistaken for a wealthy patroness of the arts! Look Up And Laugh (Dir. Basil Dean) (1935): Gracie rallies fellow stall-holders when a department store chain threatens to takeover and demolish their business. The Show Goes On (Dir. Basil Dean) (1937): The rise of British entertainer Graci Fields from humble mill girl to the most popular and highest paid performer in Great Britain during the Depression era is chronicled in this biographical drama.
Spellbound | DVD | (04/10/2004)
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Alfred Hitchcock takes on Sigmund Freud in this thriller in which psychologist Ingrid Bergman tries to solve a murder by unlocking the clues hidden in the mind of amnesiac suspect Gregory Peck. Among the highlights is a bizarre dream sequence seemingly designed by Salvador Dali--complete with huge eyeballs and pointy scissors. Although the film is in black and white, the original release contained one subliminal blood-red frame, appearing when a gun pointed directly at the camera goes off. Spellbound is one of Hitchcock's strangest and most atmospheric films, providing the director with plenty of opportunities to explore what he called "pure cinema"--i.e., the power of pure visual associations. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score (which features the creepy electronic instrument, the theremin) won an Oscar, and the movie was nominated for best picture, director, supporting actor (Michael Chekhov), cinematography and special visual effects. --Jim Emerson
Bernstein - the Making of Westside Story (Te Kanawa) | DVD | (11/07/2005)
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27 years after its Broadway premiere Leonard Bernstein went into a New York studio for Deutsche Grammophon to conduct his most famous work for the first time. In selecting his cast he decided to go for sound with the sumptuous operatic voices of Kiri Te Kanawa Jose Carreras and Tatiana Troyanos. This spellbinding film winner of the Prix Italia and the British Academy's Flaherty Award documents the stresses and strains exhilaration and eventual triumph in the making of a landmark recording.
Grand Hotel Steelbook (Blu-ray + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013)
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Cul-De-Sac | Blu Ray | (27/02/2017)
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Roman Polanski (Repulsion) orchestrates a mental mÃ©nage Ã trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director's golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasance (Halloween) and FranÃ§oise DorlÃ?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
1960s Great British Movies | DVD | (22/09/2014)
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Boxset of four classic films from the 1960s. 'No Love for Johnnie' (1961) stars Peter Finch as an MP whose thirst for greater power leads him to political intrigue. Johnnie Byrne (Finch) aspires to the big time and his hopes are raised when his party triumphs in a general election. As Johnnie is overlooked for a role on the front benches his personal life also hangs in the balance as his wife (Rosalie Crutchley) decides to leave him. When Johnny is approached by a couple of fellow backbenchers for help in a scheme that may destabilise the government but advance their careers, Johnny is faced with a difficult decision. 'The Beauty Jungle' (1964) is a British comedy drama in which a young woman finds a new career as a beauty queen. Attractive typist Shirley Freeman (Janette Scott) is encouraged by newspaper journalist Don Mackenzie (Ian Hendry) to enter a beauty pageant while on holiday. After winning she decides to quit her job and become a full time contestant, proving to be very successful. However, her success won't last forever... 'The High Bright Sun' (1964) is set in Cyprus in 1957 against the backdrop of Cyprus's determined struggle for independence from British rule. Dirk Bogarde stars as a British Intelligence Officer whose sense of duty imperils the life of the woman he loves. 'Flame in the Streets' (1961) is a hard-hitting melodrama about racial tensions in early 1960s England starring John Mills and Sylvia Sims. Jacko Palmer (Mills) is a union man who has to confront the prejudices of his members when a black foreman (Earl Cameron) is appointed and the members threaten to strike. When he discovers that his daughter (Sims) wants to marry Jamaican schoolteacher Peter Lincoln (Johnny Sekka) however, Jacko must confront his own prejudices and become a bigger man.
Beat Street | DVD | (13/10/2008)
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Rapper Kenny and his break dancing brother Lee are up and coming soul artists. They only need a few good connections and one big break to make it. When they meet a beautiful college music professor who can help them expand their horizons everything starts to fall into place. Produced by Harry Belafonte and film producer David Picker Beat Street stars many of the day's hottest breakdancers and musicians including the New York City breakers.
Madame De... | DVD | (18/09/2006)
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It was her vanity that destroyed her... In the Paris of the early 20th century Louise wife of a general sells the earrings his husband gave her: she desperately needs money for a gambling debt. As the general should not know during an opera she acts as she had lost them. When the resulting fuss in Paris frightens the local jeweler he tells the truth to the general. The general secretly buys the earrings back and with disdain for his wife gives them to his mistress Lola. Lola sells the trinket to an Italian diplomat Baron Donati who buys them to impress his mistress back in Paris Louise... Ophuls camera glides with seemingly effortless elegance in this visually dazzling masterpiece which renowned film critic Andrew Sarris described as ""the most perfect film ever made.""
The Titfield Thunderbolt | DVD | (21/06/2004)
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When an antiquated railway line is threatened with closure the villagers decide to run it themselves and enter into frenzied competition with the local bus route with hilarious consequences! Director Charles Crichton and writer Tibby Clarke team up again for the first Ealing comedy to be produced in Technicolor. The defiance of authority by local inhabitants was a favourite topic in the 40's and 50's and embellishes the characteristic Ealing theme - 'small is beautiful and big is bad'.
How to Play Blues Guitar 2 | DVD | (04/12/2006)
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Classic Drum Solos And Drum Battles - Vol. 2 | DVD | (05/09/2002)
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Another thunderous compilation that includes Gene Krupa Papa Jo Jones Shelly Manne Sam Woodyard and Bobby Troup....
Will Hay - Convict 99 | DVD | (03/12/2001)
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One of Will Hay’s brisker comic efforts, 1936’s Convict 99 sees Dr Benjamin Twist, Hay’s clueless schoolmaster, caught in a case of mistaken identity and invited to head up a prison for especially hard-boiled criminals. Unable to believe his luck, Dr Twist celebrates his success with a few drinks, is still drunk when he arrives to take up his post and, confused with a new batch of inmates, ends up behind bars himself. There he makes the acquaintance of Moore Marriott as "Jerry the Mole", who has been digging an escape tunnel for nigh on 40 years and is only a fortnight away from his release date. When eventually reinstated as governor, Hay runs a loose ship, with inmates waited on by wardens, allowed to bet and even play the stock market. However, when a criminal on the outside attempts to defraud Twist, their indignation is naturally aroused. Convict 99 is a typical outtake from Hay’s bizarrely lawless universe, in which for all his harrumphing and bluster, he’s unable to exercise any sort of discipline whatsoever over the men in his charge. Hay plays exactly the same character from film to film, one so ill-equipped for any situation he’s equally suited for all. Whereas Twist is an incompetent who somehow muddles through, Hay the comic actor is a master of timing and double-takes who knows precisely how to create the air of a shambles. On the DVD: the original 1930s film stock has been well restored, give or take the odd crackle. But there are no extras, except scene index. --David Stubbs
Unconquered - Digitally Remastered | DVD | (18/04/2011)
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An epic tale of three sisters their loves and their lives played out by an all-star British cast They Were Sisters was voted fourth in the National Film Awards of 1946 behind The Way to the Stars. Lucy (Phyllis Calvert) Charlotte (Dulcie Gray) and Vera (Anne rawford) are three sisters who are pursued by three very different kinds of men asking for their hand in marriage. Geoffrey (James Mason) is an ambitious carousing businessman who pursues Charlotte because he believes a demure stay-at-home wife will make his career progress more rapidly and his extra-marital social activities more pleasant. William (Peter Murray-Hill) is a dependable kindly man who recognises in Lucy a kindred spirit. Vera is a social butterfly with no interest in anyone but herself so when Brian (Barry Livesey) offers to marry her she accepts as a marriage of convenience and takes lovers when she desires. As time passes the three sisters suffer joy and heartache but as the cruel sadistic behaviour of Geoffrey threatens to send Charlotte insane the sisters decide to unite together with momentous consequences...
Seven Deaths in the Cats Eye | Blu Ray | (26/12/2016)
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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!
Films That Define A Decade: '60s | Blu Ray | (22/08/2016)
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There has never been a decade quite like the ?60s! An era of change, conflict and hope, it will be fondly remembered for its revolutionary thinking, the fight for freedom of expression and its definitive slogan to ?Make Love Not War'. Here we celebrate the ?60s by bringing together four of the greatest films of the decade; Alfred Hitchcock's iconic thriller The Birds; the historic epic Spartacus; literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird; and timeless Western The War Wagon starring the legendary John Wayne.
The Arthur Askey Collection | DVD | (13/08/2012)
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This fantastic six disc collection features some of Arthur Askey's finest works.Features Comprise:1. Back-Room Boy (Dir. Herbert Mason, 1942)2. Band Waggon (Dir. Marcel Varnel, 1940)3. Bees In Paradise (Dir. Val Guest, 1944)4. King Arthur Was A Gentleman (Dir. Marcel Varnel, 1942)5. Miss London Ltd (Dir. Val Guest, 1943)6. I Thank You (Dir. Marcel Varnel, 1941)For individual synopses please refer to the individual titles.
Carry On Screaming | DVD | (27/08/2001)
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One of the funniest Carry Ons ever! Who is stealing virgins and turning them into shop-window mannequins? What is the meaning of the gigantic hairy finger found at the scene of the latest crime? What clues can the mad professor or his deathly pale and impossibly buxom sister provide to the hopeless Detective Bung?
The Small Black Room | DVD | (27/04/2009)
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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.
The Graduate | Blu Ray | (13/01/2014)
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Mike Nichols directs this 1960s comedy drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. After graduating from college, Ben Braddock (Hoffman) returns to his wealthy parents' South Californian home unsure of what he wants to do next. Feeling pressurised to get on with his life, the young Braddock escapes into an aimless affair with Mrs Robinson (Bancroft), an older, married woman and friend of the family. The pair meet regularly, with neither expecting anything serious from the...
400 Blows | DVD | (25/09/2006)
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Truffaut's first feature-length film met with great approval from his critics. A somwhat autobiographical story of Truffaut's own childhood The 400 Blows tells the story of Antoine Doinel a 14-year-old schoolboy. Antoine is not a good student and always seems to be in trouble at school. At home he is disregarded by his parents who have better things to do. He starts to play truant and spends a lot of his time in cinemas. But he soon finds that his parents will not tolerate this behaviour.