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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.
Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Films Collection | DVD | (25/05/2015)
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Charlie Chaplin entered the film industry in 1914 and by 1916 was the highest paid entertainer in the world after signing a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation for a salary of $670 000. Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make 12 two-reel films during a 12-month period which have been brought together for the first time on this two-disc boxset. Chaplin subsequently recognised this period of film-making as the most inventive and liberating of his career. These twelve films demonstrate the breadth of Chaplin&rsquo;s abilities as both a physical slapstick actor and a subtle endearing character actor. The collection includes the slapstick custard pie fights of Behind the Screen and his first minor masterpiece The Vagabond where he successfully combines pathos and comedy to create a lyrical love story. This collection of Chaplin films has been fully restored and features music by acclaimed silent film composer Carl Davis. Bonus Features: 12 films (1916-1917) with Carl Davis scores all presented in full High Definition: The Floorwalker The Fireman The Vagabond One AM The Count The Pawnshop Behind the Screen The Rink Easy Street The Cure The Immigrant The Adventurer Alternative scores for each film by a range of composers Audio commentaries for selected films Newsreel shorts: Chaplin Signs the Mutual Contract (1916 30 secs); Charlie on the Ocean (1921 5 mins) Carl Davis interview (9 mins) Extensive booklet with essays and full film credits
The Way to the Stars | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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In 1940 a deserted airfield somewhere in the heart of England becomes a bustling bomber command station. In 1942 advance units of the American Air Force arrive to join The Royal Air Force and help turn the tide of World War II. So unfolds the story of a group of flyers and their 'missions'. Peter Penrose (John Mills) a young RAF pilot is sent to Halfpenny Field close to the small town of Shepley. His Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant David Archdale (Michael Redgrave) gives him inspiration and encouragement and they fast become friends. They are joined by a young American pilot Johnny (Douglas Montgomery) which complicates the friendship. This is the story of the group's private lives - particularly their loves during war-time.
A Farewell To Arms (1932) (Dual Format Edition) | DVD | (22/09/2014)
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Beautifully restored to High Definition the original Oscar-winning version of A Farewell to Arms is released to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. A forgotten masterpiece Frank Borzage's film of Ernest Hemingway's novel published just two years earlier is both a persuasive picture of the nightmare that was World War One and a deeply affecting tribute to the transcendent power of love. Starring Gary Cooper as Frederic Henry an American serving in the Italian ambulance brigade who meets through his cynical womanising doctor friend (Adolphe Menjou) Catherine (Helen Hayes) an English nurse whose fianc&eacute; died at the Somme. A hugely popular film when it was first released in 1932 A Farewell to Arms was nominated for four Oscars and won for Best Cinematography and Best Sound. Special Features: Newly restored Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition Alternative ending Original trailer
The Honey Pot | Blu Ray | (30/11/2015)
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Millionaire Cecil Fox (Harrison) feigns terminal illness in an attempt to trick three of his former mistresses and find out which of them really cares for him rather his money. The women soon come to his bedside, but what was intended as a wily scheme soon becomes serious as one of his former lovers attempts to give nature a helping hand... Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All about Eve), this comedy re-working of 'Volpone' stars the great Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady), Susan Hayward (Valley of the Dolls) and Cliff Robertson (Obsession).
Bob Le Flambeur | DVD | (13/11/2006)
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Once a renowned criminal Bob the Gambler now contents himself with gambling frequenting casinos in the shady districts of Paris. He is convinced his gangster days are over - until he meets up with an old accomplice who has news which interests him. The casino at Deauville has a safe which is loaded with several hundred million francs. Short of cash Bob decides to plan one last great robbery. He recruits a number of former fellow criminals and plans the theft to the greatest detail. Unfortunately on the day of the robbery things rapidly begin to go wrong. Bob's luck appears to have taken an unexpected turn - for the better.
1940s Great British Movies | DVD | (22/09/2014)
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Boxset of four classic films from the 1940s. 'Sleeping Car to Trieste' (1948) stars Jean Kent and Albert Lieven. Set on board the Orient Express the film follows the story of a man named Charles Poole (Alan Wheatley) who has stolen an important political diary and is being pursued by two different people who want it back. 'It's Not Cricket' (1949) stars Basil Radford as Major Bright and Naunton Wayne as Captain Early - detectives who have recently been thrown out of the army for their failure to capture a notoriously evil Nazi Otto Fisch (Maurice Denham). The detectives are invited to a weekend of cricket by their old friend Gerald Lawson (Nigel Buchanan) but what Gerald doesn't realise is that the ball he has purchased for the match contains the famous Rothstein diamond, stolen by Fisch, who will stop at nothing to get it back. 'All Over the Town' (1949) is a British comedy drama starring Norman Wooland as a Royal Air Force pilot who returns to work as a newspaper reporter. After fighting in the Second World War, Nat Hearn (Wooland) resumes his former position at the Tormouth Clarion and finds himself working with Sally Thorpe (Sarah Churchill), the woman who was given his job when he left. When Nat is promoted to editor of the paper, he decides to use his new status to make changes within the publication that will benefit the town but in the process he angers powerful figures within the community. 'Once a Jolly Swagman' (1949) is a British drama about speedway racer Bill Fox (Dirk Bogarde). Factory worker Fox is bored of his daily life and decides to quit his job to become a motorbike racer. Success goes to his head as he leaves his wife (Sandra Dorne) for socialite Pat (Renee Asherson), but when tragedy strikes on the track he returns to his wife and joins a union to fight for riders' rights.
A New Leaf (1971) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (07/12/2015)
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One of America’s greatest comic legends, Elaine May, made her debut as writer and director in the wonderful A New Leaf. Unanimously acclaimed from the start, but unavailable for many years, it now stands as a classic alongside Harold and Maude, Bananas and M*A*S*H* as a key film in the new direction of American screen comedy in the 1970s. The great Walter Matthau stars as Henry, a once-rich playboy who has obliviously spent his entire inheritance. Desperate to marry into further financial support, he meets Henrietta (Elaine May), a shy, awkward, though independently wealthy botany professor. What follows is a giddy tale of dubious legal advice, ruthless skullduggery and ferns. A most unorthodox romantic comedy, stuffed with deadpan hilarity and brilliant comic invention, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK home video premiere in a new Dual-Format edition.
New Orleans Jazz Festival 1969 | DVD | (11/11/2013)
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Live performances from Jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie and more recorded at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1969 Dizzy Gillespie was an American trumpet virtuoso and improviser. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop. In the 1940s Gillespie, together with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and in...
The Cool Mikado | DVD | (07/06/2010)
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The Cool Mikado
Fallen Idol | Blu Ray | (02/05/2016)
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Nosferatu (1922) - Two-disc set | DVD | (22/01/2001)
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Nosferatu ... the name alone can chill the blood!". F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, released in 1922, was the first (albeit unofficial) screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Nearly 80 years on, it remains among the most potent and disturbing horror films ever made. The sight of Max Schreck's hollow-eyed, cadaverous vampire rising creakily from his coffin still has the ability to chill the blood. Nor has the film dated. Murnau's elision of sex and disease lends it a surprisingly contemporary resonance. The director and his screenwriter Henrik Gaalen are true to the source material, but where most subsequent screen Draculas (whether Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella or Gary Oldman) were portrayed as cultured and aristocratic, Nosferatu is verminous and evil. (Whenever he appears, rats follow in his wake.)The film's full title--Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror)--reveals something of Murnau's intentions. Supremely stylised, it differs from Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919) or Ernst Lubitsch's films of the period in that it was not shot entirely in the studio. Murnau went out on location in his native Westphalia. As a counterpoint to the nightmarish world inhabited by Nosferatu, he used imagery of hills, clouds, trees and mountains (it is, after all, sunlight that destroys the vampire). It's not hard to spot the similarity between the gangsters in film noir hugging doorways or creeping up staircases with the image of Schreck's diabolic Nosferatu, bathed in shadow, sidling his way toward a new victim. Heavy chiaroscuro, oblique camera angles and jarring close-ups--the devices that crank up the tension in Val Lewton horror movies and edgy, urban thrillers such as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice--were all to be found first in Murnau's chilling masterpiece. --Geoffrey MacnabOn the DVD: This two-disc set gives you the choice of watching Nosferatu in either a sepia-tinted version or the original black & white. Both, however, feature the same modern electronic music score by Art Zoyd (at the movie's lavish 1922 premiere a live orchestra performed a newly composed, quasi-Wagnerian score by Hans Erdmann). The anonymous commentary track is a scholarly critical appraisal of the movie that exhaustively documents every aspect of it, from Murnau's aesthetic use of framing devices to the homoerotic subtext of the Hutter-Orlock relationship. In the "Nosferatour" featurette the movie's locations (principally, the Baltic cities of Wismer and Lubeck) are shown as they are today, and there is also a look at the original artwork that served as Murnau's inspiration. Two text features provide a brief history of the vampire myth from Vlad the Impaler onwards, as well as a discussion of the controversy caused by the movie's release. Appropriately, a trailer for the John Malkovich-Willem Dafoe movie Shadow of the Vampire, which imagines that "Max Schreck" actually was a vampire employed by Murnau in his obsessive pursuit of verisimilitude, is also included. --Mark Walker
The Pink Panther | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009)
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Along with co-stars David Niven Robert Wagner and Capucine comedy genius Peter Sellers first introduced the world to the hilarious bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau in this 'delightful caper' (Leonard Maltin). When a suave jewel thief (Niven) sets out to rob a princess of both her heart and her priceless diamond The Pink Panther Clouseau falls all over himself - literally - to try to stop the crime.
The Quiet Man | DVD | (15/01/2001)
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Blarney and bliss, mixed in equal proportions. John Wayne plays an American boxer who returns to the Emerald Isle, his native land. What he finds there is a fiery prospective spouse (Maureen O'Hara) and a country greener than any Ireland seen before or since--it's no surprise The Quiet Man won an Oscar for cinematography. It also won an Oscar for John Ford's direction, his fourth such award. The film was a deeply personal project for Ford (whose birth name was Sean Aloysius O'Fearna), and he lavished all of his affection for the Irish landscape and Irish people on this film. He also stages perhaps the greatest donnybrook in the history of movies, an epic fistfight between Wayne and the truculent Victor McLaglen--that's Ford's brother, Francis, as the elderly man on his deathbed who miraculously revives when he hears word of the dustup. Barry Fitzgerald, the original Irish elf, gets the movie's biggest laugh when he walks into the newlyweds' bedroom the morning after their wedding, and spots a broken bed. The look on his face says everything. The Quiet Man isn't the real Ireland, but as a delicious never-never land of Ford's imagination, it will do very nicely. --Robert Horton
Gracie Fields Collection | DVD | (14/04/2014)
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The Gracie Fields Collection Includes 8 Films: Love Life And Laughter Sing As We Go Sally In Our Alley Looking On The Bright Side Queen Of Hearts Look Up And Laugh The Show Goes On
Rear Window | Blu Ray | (13/05/2013)
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Alfred Hitchcock playfully explores the role of the voyeur in one of his best-loved suspense thrillers. After breaking his leg during a shoot, photo-journalist L.B. 'Jeff' Jeffries (James Stewart) is forced to spend a humid summer recuperating in his Greenwich Village apartment. The wheelchair-bound Jeff whiles away his time observing his neighbours through a telephoto lens, bestowing them with nicknames and growing familiar with their daily routines. However, his society girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) is exasperated and then alarmed when Jeff becomes obsessed with the notion that Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who lives in the apartment opposite, has murdered his wife. A 53-minute making of feature, 'Rear Window Ethics', is also included. Special Features: Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock Rear Window Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart Feature Commentary with John Fawell Author of Hitchcock's Rear Window
Merle Haggard - The Legendary Performances | DVD | (30/09/2010)
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Tracklist: 1. Branded Man 2. The Bottle Let Me Down 3. Swinging Doors 4. Mama Tried 5. I Started Loving You Again 6. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am 7. The Fightin' Side Of Me 8. Okie From Muskogee 9. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) 10. Workin' Man Blues 11. Movin' On 12. The Roots Of My Raising 13. Ramblin' Fever 14. That's The Way Love Goes 15. San Antonio Rose 16. Interview 17. Hall Of Fame Induction
The Raging Moon (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (23/11/2015)
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Bruce (Malcolm McDowell, If, A Clockwork Orange) is a lively young man with an irrepressible sense of fun and a sharp eye for a pretty girl. Returning home slightly the worse for wear after a wedding, he suddenly collapses. When he wakes the next day he finds himself in hospital unable to walk and the Doctors cannot diagnose his condition. When his family is unable to house him, Bruce is forced to move to a convalescence home. Here he becomes bitter about his situation and resents the intrusion of the other inmates upon his melancholy state. After a while Bruce strikes up a friendship with fellow inmate Jill (Nanette Newman) and under her influence, he begins to enjoy life again. Falling deeply in love, Bruce and Jill decide to get married against the wishes of the home's owners. Faced with the prospect of having to move out of the home and seek work, will Bruce's and Jill's love survive? Sensitively directed by Bryan Forbes (Whistle Down the Wind, The Stepford Wives), THE RAGING MOON is a tender love story featuring strong performances from Newman and McDowell
Love's A Luxury - What A Carry On | DVD | (26/03/2007)
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Love's A Luxury is a lighthearted comedy in which a group of provincial actors unite and aim to teach their boss' jealous wife a lesson! The troupe assume a variety of bizarre disguises and allow the jealous woman to assume the worst; the actors then have ever so much fun proving her wrong! What A Carry On! is one of the Northern Comedy greats! Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss decide to enlist in the army!
Jimi Hendrix - At Woodstock | DVD | (08/03/2010)
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