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  • Verdi: Falstaff Verdi: Falstaff | DVD | (06/03/2006) from £27.19  |  Saving you £-2.20 (-8.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This 1956 Falstaff from Radiotelevisione Italiana is one of the finest of the many studio productions that RAI presented in the 1950s. In addition to the presence of the legendary maestro Tullio Serafin there is the elegant physical production and brilliant staging by the renowned opera director Herbert Graf. the top-notch cast includes a number of singers particularly associated with this opera. Anna Moffo scored many of her early successes as Nannetta often opposite Luigi Alva's Fenton. Just a month after appearing in this production the two joined the cast of the studio recording of Falstaff under Karajan also featuring Fedora Barbieri as Mrs Quickly. Giuseppe Taddei Rosanna Carteri and Anna Maria Canali had also taken part in a 1949 Cetra recording of the opera. Taddei Rosanna Carteri and Anna Maria Canali had also taken part in a 1949 Cetra recording of the opera. Taddei who made a specialty of the title role began his long career in the mid-1930s.

  • El Cid El Cid | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £22.00  |  Saving you £-6.01 (-37.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    El Cid is an epic movie masterpiece a tribute to one of history's greatest legends. This dazzling spectacle with a cast of thousands fills the screen with action and romance - from knights in armour jousting on horseback to massive battles on sea and land where columns of warriors stretch across the horizon. At the centre of this powerful motion picture is Charlton Heston in the role he was born to play... the immortal El Cid. Heston is the Spanish warrior battling to drive the Moors from Spain with the vision to be just and the courage to be merciful whose love and devotion to the radiant Chimene (Sophia Loren) knows no bounds... Anthony Mann's epic was nominated for three Oscar's but surprisingly returned home empty-handed.

  • The Joseph Losey Collection The Joseph Losey Collection | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £29.88  |  Saving you £20.11 (40.20%)  |  RRP £49.99

    The Go Between: Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last and the summer Leo turns 13. He's the guest of Marcus a wealthy classmate at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian Marcus's twenty-something sister a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit takes him on walks and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor Ted Burgess a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling realizes he's betraying Hugh but continues as the go-between nonetheless asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbours stay secret for long? And how does innocence end? The Servant: In this landmark drama of class struggle and moral decay a pampered playboy (James Fox) acquires an elegant townhouse complete with a dedicated man servant (Dirk Bogarde). But when the young man's fiance (Wendy Craig) becomes suspicious of the servant's intentions he and his 'sister' (Sarah Miles) thrust the household into a sinister game where seduction is corruption and power becomes the most shocking desire of all. Accident: When an accident kills one of his student and Oxford professor (Dirk Bogarde) recounts the circumstances of their meeting. But as these turbulent memories unfold they reveal a series of shocking relationships betrayed by adultery obsession and self-destruction in which nothing is what it seems and everything has its cost. The Criminal: Stanley Baker (Hell Is A City Zulu) stars as underworld kingpin Johnny Bannion sprung from prison by his best friend Mike Carter to mastermind a daring racetrack heist. But when Johnny is sent back to jail shortly after hiding the stolen loot he must survive and ordeal of brutality and betrayal at the hands of his fellow convicts and former accomplices in this gritty drama that was originally advertised as The Toughest Film Ever Made In Britain! Eva: Welsh writer Tyvian Jones (Stanley Baker) seems to have it all Sixties style -- an international best seller an apartment in Rome a gorgeous fianc''e in Virna Lisi - but he's bitter anyway. He meets his existential match in ennui in the mod seductress Eve played by Jeanne Moreau who was never more cynical or iconic. Decked out in pointy pumps and heavy eyeliner listening to Billie Holiday on scratchy LPs as she counts the lire and smokes endless packs of cigarettes in strangers' bedrooms she is the epitome of frayed glamour. An emotional tyrant Eve's casual maneuvering forces Baker to confront his past - and his weaknesses - as a man and an artist. Mr. Klein: As Jews flee Paris Mr. Klein exploits them preying on their desperation by buying their valuables at a fraction of their worth... until he finds his name is shared by a Jewish member of the anti-Nazi resistance. Klein reports this to the authorities only find that he is uncontrollably sinking into the quicksand of mistaken identity. The Sleeping Tiger: An intriguing psychological drama starring Dirk Bogarde as a petty crook who is sheltered by a psychiatrist planning to use him as a guinea pig until Bogarde seduces his wife. The Big Night: After his adored father is savagely beaten by sports writer Al Judge 17 year-old George goes on a mission of revenge. In a twisted coming of age tale George explores the seedy side of his town and in his inability to understand the savage attack gets more than he bargained for.

  • Strauss; Salome Strauss; Salome | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Salome, composed by Richard Strauss. Performed by The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and conducted by Philippe Jordan.

  • Up In The World [1956] Up In The World | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £5.99  |  Saving you £-11.99 (-120.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 1956 the title of his latest film, Up in the World accurately described Norman Wisdom's career. This was the great British comedian's fourth hit in as many years, this time finding himself employed as window cleaner to Lady Banderville (Ambrosine Phillpotts). Apart from having hundreds of windows to polish, things would be going fine for Norman if it weren't for the endless practical jokes played by Lady Banderville's son, Sir Reginald (Michael Caridia). However, when the irritating Regie is kidnapped, Norman has the chance to prove himself a hero, and it just might impress Jeannie Andrews too, his beautiful co-star Maureen Swanson, then making a name for herself in A Town Like Alice and The Spanish Gardener (both 1956). By now Norman Wisdom was set on a winning formula, working with much the same team as on his three previous smashes, including Jerry Desmonde as Major Willoughby, who had starred in both Trouble in Store (1953) and Man of the Moment (1955). Later, in Carry On Regardless (1961) Desmonde would make a single appearance with another British comedy institution, and interestingly Ambrosine Phillpotts would be there in the same film. Norman meanwhile, would go on to his good fortune in Just My Luck (1957). --Gary S. Dalkin

  • The Dick Van Dyke Show Series 1 - Complete [1961] The Dick Van Dyke Show Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £27.21  |  Saving you £2.78 (9.30%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Remember when Laura got her toestuck in a hotel bathtub? When Rob dreamed about ever-presentwalnuts and an alien with no thumbs that looked like Danny Thomas? Trip into the living room of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) along with his lovely wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) wisecracking co-workers and nutty neighbors. Consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all time and renowed for its top-notch cast and stellar writing.

  • The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Season Two [1962] The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Season Two | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £21.86  |  Saving you £2.54 (8.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The Dick Van Dyke Show which ran from 1961 to 1966 on the CBS Network ushered in the golden age of the situation comedy poised as it was on the threshold between the comedy-variety star vehicles of the 1950s and the neorealist socio-comedies of the early 1970s. The Dick Van Dyke Show truly found it's niche in its second season. Millions tuned in weekly for the fun with comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) on the job with his wisecracking co-workers (Morey Amsterdam Rose Maria) and at home with his lovely wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore). Now enjoy all 32 of the season's hilarious episodes each digitally remastered to its original full-length version. Episodes Comprise: 1. Never Name a Duck 2. The Two Faces of Rob 3. The Attempted Marriage 4. Bank Book 6565696 5. Hustling the Hustler 6. My Husband Is Not a Drunk 7. What's in a Middle Name? 8. Like a Sister 9. The Night the Roof Fell In 10. The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally 11. A Bird in the Head Hurts 12. Gesundheit Darling 13. A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own 14. Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra 15. The Cat Burglar 16. The Foul Weather Girl 17. Will You Two Be My Wife? 18. Ray Murdock's X-Ray 19. I Was a Teenage Head Writer 20. It May Look Like a Walnut! 21. My Husband Is a Check-Grabber 22. Don't Trip Over That Mountain 23. Give Me Your Walls! 24. The Sam Pomerantz Scandals 25. The Square Triangle 26. I'm No Henry Walden! 27. Racy Tracy Rattigan 28. Divorce 29. It's a Shame She Married Me 30. A Surprise Surprise Is a Surprise 31. Jilting the Jilter 32. When a Bowling Pin Talks Listen

  • Matt Sorum -Drums Licks And Tricks From The Rock N Roll Jungle Matt Sorum -Drums Licks And Tricks From The Rock N Roll Jungle | DVD | (01/01/2000) from £20.05  |  Saving you £6.94 (25.70%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Matt Sorum: Drum Licks And Tricks From The Rock N Roll Jungle

  • Indiscreet [1958] Indiscreet | DVD | (04/04/2011) from £21.98  |  Saving you £-11.99 (-120.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Anna Kalman (Ingrid Bergman) is a wealthy actress whose love affairs never last for long. When she meets businessman Philip Adams (Cary Grant) at a NATO dinner she is attracted to him. He reveals that he is married but this does not prevent them embarking on a love affair. However just as Philip prepares to depart for a job in New York Anna discovers that he has been less than honest with her...

  • Brief Encounter [1945] Brief Encounter | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £23.20  |  Saving you £-7.21 (-45.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Expanded from a one-act stage play by Noel Coward, Brief Encounter is without doubt one of the true masterpieces of British film history. The story seems slight--a respectable suburban housewife has a chance meeting with a handsome married doctor, their friendship becomes romance, but they feel the pressures of convention pulling their relationship apart--but the writing, acting and direction are sublime, turning what might have been just another melodrama into a memorable and heartbreaking story of impossible love. David Lean went on to make much bigger films than this, but few of those epics packed the emotional punch of this picture, set in a mundane world of railway stations, semi-detached houses and inexpensive cafes. Trevor Howard is perfectly cast as Alec, the doctor, but the film belongs above all to Celia Johnson, as the heroine Laura. It's easy to mock her clipped ultra-English accent, but she gives one of the greatest screen performances imaginable, brilliantly evoking how an ordinary life can be turned upside down by unexpected passion. Throw in the superb use of Rachmaninov's swooning Second Piano Concerto, shrewd supporting acting from Cyril Raymond, Joyce Carey and Everley Gregg, and some of the best black-and-white photography of its era, and the result is irresistible. Anyone who isn't besotted with Brief Encounter has either never been in love, or doesn't deserve to be. --Andy Medhurst

  • All That Heaven Allows [1955] All That Heaven Allows | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £24.99  |  Saving you £-15.00 (-150.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) is a well-to-do widow gradually re-entering a social life amongst her mostly dull country club peers. Her only apparent enjoyment in life comes from weekend visits from her college-age children. Cary then meets a handsome younger man Ron (Rock Hudson) who owns a small landscaping business. Ron is a follower of Henry David Thoreau's Walden and ""hears a different drummer"" enjoying a life focused on nature; he is deliberately uninterested in the gossipy opinions of others. Their romance causes clashes and tensions between Cary her children and the country club folk.

  • Gone With The Wind [1939] Gone With The Wind | DVD | (09/03/2009) from £23.99  |  Saving you £-16.00 (-200.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    David O. Selznick's production of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winner Gone With The Wind features Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in their iconic roles as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara! This sweeping Civil War-era romance won an impressive 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and has thrilled audiences for more than a half century with its eternal love affair between handsome Rhett Butler (Gable) and his sassy headstrong heroine Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh).

  • Young At Heart [1954] Young At Heart | DVD | (28/05/2001) from £27.50  |  Saving you £-9.51 (-52.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • 400 Blows [1959] 400 Blows | DVD | (16/12/2002) from £8.95  |  Saving you £-10.00 (-50.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Praised by film-makers (Akira Kurosawa called it One of the most beautiful films that I have ever seen) and critics the world over Truffaut's 400 Blows launched the Nouvelle Vague and paved the way for some of cinema's most important and influential directors. Twelve-year-old Antoine Doinel has troubles at home and at school. Ignored and neglected by his parents his relationship with his mother is further strained when he discovers that she has taken a secret lover. Added to this his school teachers have written him off as a troublemaker and with luck seemingly never on his side it is Antoine who ends up getting the blame for bad behaviour. Finding refuge only in his love of cinema Antoine soon finds it necessary to break free and discover what the world can offer outside of the confines of his everyday life. This remarkable film features the extraordinary talent of Jean-Pierre Leaud as the rebellious Antoine a character based on Truffaut himself. Antoine Doinel was to make appearances in a number of Truffaut's films (including 'Stolen Kisses' 'Bed and Board' and 'Love on the Run') all of which chart his further adventures into adulthood.

  • Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet | DVD | (29/03/2004) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    An historic performance by the legendary Galina Ulanove highlights this lavish film version of the ever-popular ballet. Choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky and conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky this film is rich in detail and characterized by its lovely interior and exterior location work. Yuri Zhdanov is the young Romeo to Ulanova's unforgettable Juliet. With this release ROMEO AND JULIET can be seen for the first time in its remastered version on DVD.

  • This Sporting Life [1963] This Sporting Life | DVD | (31/01/2000) from £24.98  |  Saving you £-18.99 (-317.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Prolific British filmmaker Lindsay Anderson weaves this small, evocative tale of young life at the crossroads in early 1960s Northern England. A rough, sullen young man (Richard Harris) working in the local coal mines begins to make a name for himself as a star rugby player, but even as he begins to fall in love he cannot escape the harsh realities of the bleak life around him. The rugby sequences in the film are striking, but no more so than the depiction of downtrodden people living in the shadow of industry and corruption that too often crushes their spirit. Harris in one of his first roles, is remarkably effective as an unlikeable but sympathetic figure trying against hope to savour the small joys life has to offer, and the film also features the debut of renowned actress Glenda Jackson. One of a series of working-class, character-driven British imports, This Sporting Life is one of the best on the field. --Robert Lane

  • Puccini - Madama Butterfly (De Fabritiis, Rai Milan Orch) Puccini - Madama Butterfly (De Fabritiis, Rai Milan Orch) | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Anna Moffo as Madama Butterfly.

  • Carnegie Hall (1947 Feature Film) Carnegie Hall (1947 Feature Film) | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £24.12  |  Saving you £0.87 (3.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The only version with all the musical selections.A feature film shot in Carnegie Hall in 1947.The basic plot: A Carnegie Hall employee played by Marsha Hunt wants her son to be a musician and raises him in the hall. They attend performances by many of the greats of the day.

  • Handel - Agrippina (Malgoire, Grande Ecurie, Chambre Du Roy) [2004] Handel - Agrippina (Malgoire, Grande Ecurie, Chambre Du Roy) | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £18.49  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Agrippina was staged for the first time in late December 1709 - or possibly at the beginning of 1710 - at Venice's Teatro San Grisostomo and met with enormous success as testified by twenty-seven following performances a record number even for 18th-century standards. Agrippina's triumph sanctioned Handel's definitive investiture as an operatic composer. After nearly 300 years this opera appears as a masterpiece of 18th-century music and an innovative work considering that when Handel composed it he was just twenty-four years old. The composer's melodic creativity and sense of theatre are quite remarkable. The cast conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire includes Vronique Gens in the title role.

  • Carol Lawrence: Bell Telephone Hour, 1960-1967 Carol Lawrence: Bell Telephone Hour, 1960-1967 | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Carol Lawrence - Bell Telephone Hour 1960 - 1967

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