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Doctor Who - The Black Guardian Trilogy | DVD | (10/08/2009)
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Dr. Who (Doctor Who): Black Guardian Trilogy (3 Disc)
West Side Story / Guys And Dolls / De-Lovely | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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West Side Story: Garnering a total of ten Academy Awards - including Best Picture of 1961 - West Side Story set a brilliant standard for movie musicals that remains unsurpassed to this day. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins from Ernest Lehman's spectacular screenplay the film combines the unforgettable score of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim with Robbins' exuberant choreography to create a transcendent fusion of realism and fantasy that will forever be a feast for the eye the ear and ultimately the heart. A triumph on every level this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in the slums of 1950's New York. Guys & Dolls: Based on the Broadway show from the Damon Runyon short story and filled to the brim with Frank Loesser tunes such as Luck Be a Lady and Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat this outrageously comic film featuring Marlon Brando's bold musical debut is a colorful tale about gamblers a feisty Salvation Army lass and a dance-hall girl with a pining heart. Veteran gambler Sky Masterson (Brando) takes a bet from Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) that he can win the affection of a soldier (Jean Simmons) in the Salvation Army setting himself up to lose both his money and his heart. Romance is the last thing the gambler and the missionary expect and they fight against their attraction for all they're worth in glowing singing and dancing numbers. Love proves to be contagious as spicy dancer Miss Adelaide in a role re-created for the screen from Broadway by showstopper Vivian Blaine is determined to get her fiance Nathan to the altar one way or another. Stubby Kaye and B.S. Pully also reprise their stage roles in this glorious Cinemascope film that earned four Academy Award nominations. Guys And Dolls consistently ranks among the most popular film musicals of all time. De-Lovely: Directed by Irwin Winkler De-Lovely depicts the life of the great American composer Cole Porter (Kevin Kline). Despite his sexual preference for men Porter found inspiration and virtually unconditional love with Linda Lee (Ashley Judd). Told in flashback as Porter is near death the film follows the Porters' fabulous unconventional relationship from their meeting in Paris to their subsequent moves to Venice New York Hollywood and Williamstown as well as the many stops along the way. Kline perfectly captures the Porters' zest for life and seemingly inexhaustible need for love. Classic tunes such as Let's Do It Let's Fall in Love Let's Misbehave and Anything Goes take on whole new meanings when considered in the context of Porter and Lee's life together. Contemporary musical performers including Alanis Morissette Natalie Cole Robbie Williams Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow appear in the film singing Porter standards.
Stanley Kubrick | DVD | (10/09/2001)
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This superb nine-disc Stanley Kubrick Box Set contains all the late director's work from 1962's Lolita to Kubrick's final film, the highly controversial Eyes Wide Shut (1999). There's also the excellent and highly informative two-hour documentary: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, narrated (a little drably) by Tom Cruise. It isn't exactly a warts-and-all portrait of Stan the Man, which is not surprising, really, given that it's directed and produced by Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan, and that Kubrick's widow Christine was closely involved in the making of it. But it does give a detailed and revealing portrait of a brilliant, demanding and often infuriating man, airing rare footage that goes right back to his earliest years as a brash youngster in the Bronx, already playing to camera with a frightening degree of self-awareness. Six of the eight movies (all but Dr Strangelove and Eyes Wide Shut) have been digitally restored and remastered, and almost all (barring Strangelove again and Lolita) now boast Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo sound remixes. For some bizarre reason, Kubrick insisted on mono sound for the 1999 set, which he approved shortly before his death. Visually the improvement over the often grainy, scratchy prints previously on offer--The Shining (1980) was notoriously messy--is immense. All the features are presented in their original ratios, which in the case of Strangelove means the changing ratios in which it was originally shot, and for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) the full glorious 2.21:1 expanse of the Cinerama screen.So what don't you get? Essentially, the early Kubrick--the work of the young, hungry director before he moved to England and started to gather all the controlling strings into his own hand: most notably the tough, taut thriller The Killing (1956) and the icily furious war film Paths of Glory (1957). Too bad Warners couldn't have negotiated the rights for those too. But what we have here is the culminating phase of Kubrick's filmmaking career--the final 27 years of one of the great masters of cinema. On the DVDs: Besides the visual and sonic improvements mentioned above, each of the eight features includes the original theatrical trailer and multiple-language subtitles. The DVD of Dr Strangelove also gives us filmographies of the principal players, plus theatrical posters and a photo gallery, while Eyes Wide Shut includes interviews (taped after Kubrick's death) with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Steven Spielberg, plus a couple of 30-second TV spots. And with The Shining we get a fascinating 34-minute documentary made by Kubrick's then 17-year-old daughter Vivian, plus--just to add a further layer--Vivian's present-day voice-over commentary on her film. --Philip Kemp
The Natalie Wood Collection | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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Splendor In The Grass (1961)Deanie (Wood) is a teenager eager to do right in her 1920s Kansas town but the emotions she shares with boyfriend Bud (Warren Beatty) are too strong. The conflict between behaviour and desire may ruin them both in this Oscar&reg; winner* from director Elia Kazan. Gypsy (1962)This film version of the Broadway hit sweeps you up in the roller-coaster relationship of Louise (Wood) the wallflower who blossoms into sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her ambitious mother Rose (Rosalind Russell). Karl Malden co-stars. Sex and the Single Girl (1964)Snoopy magazine editor Bob Weston (Tony Curtis) and Sex and the Single Girl author Helen Gurley Brown (Wood) square off in a will-she/won't-she breezy battle of the sexes. Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall join in the comic combat as a warring neighbour couple. Inside Daisy Clover (1965)Daisy Clover (Wood) is a star at 15 - but in the 1930s 'star treatment' can mean anything from being discovered to being discarded. Robert Redford and Ruth Gordon co-star in this blend of Hollywood stardust and melodrama.
Will Hay Collection | DVD | (01/09/2008)
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A collection of classic films starring British comic actor Will Hay. Films Incllude: 1. Ask A Policeman 2. Boys Will be Boys 3. Oh Mr Porter 4. Convict 99 5. Old Bones Of The River 6. Where There's A Will 7. Good Morning Boys 8. Hey! Hey! USA 9. Windbag The Sailor
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane | DVD | (17/07/2006)
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Sister sister oh so fair why is there blood all over your hair? The film that paired two of the greatest screen-actresses not only lived up to its promise but provided years of Hollywood gossip at the expense of the two warring stars! Baby Jane (Davis) was a child star. When she grows up she is forgotten by the public. Instead her sister Blanche (Crawford) becomes famous as a Hollywood actress overshadowing her sister who is increasingly bitter. After a mysterious car ac
The London Box Set | DVD | (15/06/2009)
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Boxset Contains: 1. Pool Of London 2. The Small World Of Sammy Lee 3. The Yellow Balloon 4. The London Nobody Knows / Les Bicyclettes De Bellsize
Martin Scorsese 3 Film Collection | DVD | (01/10/2012)
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Raging Bull Robert De Niro gives the performance of his career as Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are unforgettable as the brother who falls prey to Jake's mounting paranoia and jealousy, and the fifteen-year-old girl who becomes his most prized trophy. Raging Bull garnered eight Oscar nominations, and won two, including Best Actor for De Niro. Offers French, German, Italian and Spanish language dubbing and Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and German for the hearing impaired subtitles. New York New York Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro team up in Martin Scorsese's romantic post-war film that celebrates the glorious days of New York's big band era. Offers French, Spanish and Polish language dubbing and French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Slovenian, Croatian and Bulgarian subtitles. Boxcar Bertha Based on a true story, Boxcar Bertha is a beautifully directed (The New York Times) tale of railroad renegades and runaway romance. Bristling with searing energy and the raw, sensual (Motion Picture Herald) performances of Barbara Hershey and David Carradine, the film delivers a humour and warmth (Cue) that's right on track. Free-spirited Bertha (Hershey) is a small-time crook with a 'love 'em and leave 'em' philosophy until she falls hard for union man and 'Robin Hood of the rail', Big Bill Shelly (Carradine). Stealing from the rich and giving to the workers, Bertha and Bill soon become the most notorious train robbers in the south. Offers German, French and Spanish language dubbing and French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Polish and Greek subtitles. The Last Waltz It started as a concert. It became a celebration. Join an unparalleled line-up of rock superstars as they celebrate The Band's historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Last Waltz is not only the most beautiful rock film ever made (The New York Times), it's one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades (Rolling Stone). Offers Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and German for the hearing impaired subtitles. The King of Comedy A struggling comedian gambles his uncertain future on a hare-brained scheme to ransom his way onto televison by kidnapping a popular talk show host. Offers Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles.
American Gigalo/Ghost/An Officer And A Gentleman | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Titles Comprise: American Gigolo: Julian Kay is on the prowl and looking for someone to please. Boyish and sensual he speaks five or six languages and is equally comfortable as a chauffeur for a wealthy middle-aged matron and as a translator/companion for the lonely wife of an executive. He is the 'American Gigolo'. But Julian's love-for-sale lifestyle turns deadly when a client is murdered and Julian became the prime suspect. Richard Gere is electrifying as Julian in this stylish sexually charged drama from Paul Schrader (Light Sleeper Cat People). Co-starring Lauren Hutton. Ghost: A romantic thriller in which yuppie banker Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is murdered but returns to Earth as a ghost to protect his grief-stricken young girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore) and solve his own murder. As he cannot communicate directly with his love he turns to fake medium Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) for help. Nobody is more shocked than Oda Mae to discover she has the genuine power to contact the dead. An Officer and a Gentleman: Richard Gere stars as Navy recruit Zack Mayo while the stunning Debra Winger is his love interest. Lou Gossett Jnr. won an Academy Award for his brilliant portrayal of a tough drill instructor. David Keith plays Zacks struggling fellow candidate. Zack Mayo is a young loner with a bad attitude. Tempted by the glamour and admiration of the life of a Navy pilot he decides to sign up for Officer Candidate School. After thirteen tortuous weeks under Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley (Gossett Jnr.) he slowly begins to learn the importance of discipline love and friendship. Foley warns Zack about the local girls who will do anything to catch themselves a pilot for a husband but despite this Zack finds himself falling in love with Paula (Winger).
Elvis Presley - Elvis Collection | DVD | (03/11/2008)
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Set Comprises: Blue Hawaii (1961): The year was 1961. Fallout shelters dot surburban backyards. Ken joins Barbie. Roger Maris slugs 61 home runs. And Elvis Presley is in paradise playing an ex-G.I. who comes home to Blue Hawaii. His mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to climb the corporate ladder. But Elvis would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar so he goes to work as a tour guide. Lucky Elvis: his first customers are a carfull of cuties. Elvis lovely scenery lovelier girls and rock-a-hula songs - now that's paradise! Girls Girls Girls (1962): Ross Carpenter a fishing guide/sailor who loves his life out on the sea finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona and has to find a way to buy the Westwind a boat that he and his father built. GI Blues (1960): The year was 1960. A payola scandal shocks the music world. Movie fans are introduced to glorious Smell-O-Vision. The 50-star flag is adopted. And in G.I. Blues Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life - a singin' G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the heart of a willowy dancer (Juliet Prowse). But all bets may be off when real love intervenes... Roustabout (1964): The year was 1964. The miniskirt is in. If you can't Watusi you can't dance. Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali) claims the heavyweight crown. And Elvis is a karate-chopping biker who's hired as a carnival Roustabout. At first he just provides the muscle and a diversion for the beautiful carny girls. Then he picks up a guitar and gets the midway rockin'. Looks like this talented tough guy may be what the good-hearted owner (Barbara Stanwyck) needs to save her travelling show from bankruptcy. King Creole (1958): The year was 1958. Everybody's dating at the drive-in. America launches its first satellite. The novel 'Lolita' stirs up controversy. And Elvis Presley gives Bourbon Street a new beat in King Creole. He plays a troubled youth whose singing sets the French Quarter rockin'. With a sweet girl to love him and nightclubbers cheering it looks like Elvis will shake off his past and head for the top. But will a mobster (Walter Matthau) and his man-trap moll (Carolyn Jones) snare him in a life of crime? Easy Come Easy Go (1967): On his first day as a civilian Elvis starts his new job -- self-employed treasure hunter! Fans will dig these treasures too: rockin' tunes romance with a go-go dancer underwater action and The King twisted like a human pretzel at a groovy '60s yogafest!
Blood Of Fu Manchu / Castle Of Fu Manchu | DVD | (25/10/2004)
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Blood Of Fu Manchu: The treacherous villain Fu Manchu brought to life by Christopher Lee kidnaps ten of the world's most beautiful women administers a drug with the power to kill any man who kisses their lips and plots the end for his 10 most hated enemies. Fu Manchu sends the deadly ladies around the world to inflict the 'kiss of death' on his enemies. First stop his arch-nemesis Nayland Smith (Richard Greene)... Castle Of Fu Manchu: The malevolent Fu Manchu unleashes a device that if all goes to his twisted plan will cause the Earth's oceans to freeze over...
Pillow Talk/Lover Come Back/It Happened To Jane | DVD | (21/01/2008)
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Pillow Talk: Day is an uptight interior decorator forced to share a party line with an amorous playboy who ties up the line with his exploits while she is trying to conduct business. When the two accidentally meet he's taken with her beauty and pretending to be a wealthy Texan begins to court her mercilessly. Though flattered by this stranger's attention it's not long before she discovers his true identity. Now it's her turn to have a little fun...at his expense! Lover Come back: Jerry Webster (Hudson) and Carol Templeton (Day) are rival Madison Avenue advertising executives who each dislike each other's methods. After he steals a client out from under her cute little nose revenge prompts her to infiltrate his secret VIP campaign in order to persuade the mystery product's scientist to switch to her firm. Trouble is the product is phony and the scientist is Jerry who uses all his intelligence and charm to steal her heart! It Happened To Jane: Jane Osgood (Day) is a widowed mother who runs a struggling lobster business in coastal Maine while Harry Malone (Kovacs) is a wealthy businessman who has bought out the local railroad. He harbors big plans for it aiming to transform it into a luxury passenger train replacing the freight train the residents of the area depend upon. When a large lobster shipment of Jane's is rerouted and returned to her dead she decides to fight back and sues Malone with the help of her longtime friend and lawyer George Denham. This instigates a battle of increasingly epic proportions as Malone uses every trick in the book--as well as his massive bank account--to quell the resolve of the spitfire businesswoman; Jane for her part has public sympathy on her side. A reporter for the national news doing a story on Jane (Steve Forrest) begins to fall in love with her and she is forced to decide between the romantic journalist and her childhood friend George. The magical pairing of Lemmon and Day is augmented by the beautiful location photography in Maine and a stellar supporting cast including Mary Wickes Russ Brown and a rare film appearance from Kovacs.
Second Chorus | DVD | (02/02/2009)
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A marvelously delightful 1930's style song and dance spectacular the likes of which would be wiped away by the December bombing of Pearl Harbor Second Chorus finds Fred Astaire as a struggling bandleader chased by a collection agent - Paulette. She serves the papers he chases her. She wangles him an audition with Artie Shaw which Burgess Meredith hilariously sabotages. A rich sugar daddy (the marvelous Charles Butterworth) smoothes things over with Artie and through it all Fred and Paulette dance and sing. For what more could you ask?
The Sound Of Music - 2 disc Special Edition | DVD | (09/04/2001)
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The most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio, The Sound of Music grows fresher with each viewing. Though it was planned meticulously in pre-production (save for the scene where Maria and the children take a dipping in an Austrian lake that nearly cost a life), on each viewing one is struck anew by the spontaneous almost improvisatory air of the acting, notably of Julie Andrews under Robert Wise's direction. There are also the little human touches he brings to, for instance, the scene where Maria leads the children to the hills, over bridges and along tow paths where the smallest boy trips up and momentarily gets left behind: it creates a feeling that most of us have encountered. From the opening pre-credit sequence of muted excitement as the camera roves over the Austrian Alps (photographed in magnificent colour), where little phrases from the wind instruments on the soundtrack are flung as if on the breeze, foreshadowing the title song to follow, the production never puts a foot wrong. On the DVD: On the first disc the film itself has never looked or sounded better since its original presentation in Todd AO (prints of which are said to have disappeared forever). The disc also contains a separate audio guide that takes the viewer through the film sequence by sequence, with director Robert Wise commenting on the weather, the production design by Boris Leven, the sequences filmed on location and in Hollywood (like the interiors of the Von Trapp villa), and the naming of other actors who were eager for the lead roles, notably Doris Day and Yul Brynner. On the second disc there are the documentaries. "Salzburg Sight and Sound" was Charmian Carr's own record of her time on location in the summer of 1964, playing Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter. "From Fact to Fiction", running two hours, begins with the birth of Maria in 1905 who inspired the film, charts her subsequent marriage to Captain Von Trapp, their escape from Nazi Germany not across the Alps but via a train across the Italian boarder, their home in Vermont and thence to the German film of the family that was brought to the attention of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an ideal vehicle for a stage musical. A second group of documentaries covers previews, television and radio commercials and a 1973 interview with Wise and Andrews. Overall, this is a marathon package but in its way is as compelling as the film itself. --Adrian Edwards
The High And Mighty | DVD | (14/05/2007)
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Soar into the skies on a thrilling airborne adventure in this meticulously restored John Wayne film classic. In one of his most memorable roles Wayne plays Dan Roman a veteran pilot haunted by a tragic past. Now relegated to second-in-command cockpit assignments he finds himself scheduled on a routine Honolulu-to-San Francisco flight - one that takes a terrifying suspense-building turn when disaster strikes high above the Pacific Ocean at the point of no return. A ""Who's Who"" of Hollywood greats - Claire Trevor Laraine Day Robert Stack Jan Sterling Phil Harris and Robert Newton among others - are aboard for this celebrated drama bursting with conflict and excitement. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director (William A. Wellman) and two Best Supporting Actress nods (Trevor and Sterling) the film nabbed the Oscar for Dimitri Tiomkin's unforgettable musical score.
Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Films Collection (Limited Edition Blu-ray box set) | Blu Ray | (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 limited edition 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
Morecambe & Wise: The Movie Collection | DVD | (13/08/2012)
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The Intelligence Men: Morecambe and Wise are special agents 00, oh oh! in this hilarious spy caper. James Bond has nothing to fear when Eric and Ernie get mixed up with Colonel Grant, MI5 and the KGB. Their task: to protect the Ballerina Madam Petrovna, the idol of the Russian people, and God help Madam Petrovna. Her life is in the hands of two of the world's most incompetent spies, dressed as Ballerina's and one of them showing off his short fat hairy legs. Intelligence work has never been so funny as when Britain's best loved comedy duo get involved in the world of spying!That Riviera Touch: Eric and Ernie star as a pair of traffic wardens, heading for far away shores after giving a parking ticket to someone of royal rank by mistake. They set off in a 'vintage' car, and are soon spotted by a gang of jewel thieves who see in Eric, Ernie and their decrepit motor car the perfect cover for smuggling stolen goods. As the two settle into their villa, a rival gang begins to stalk them. Eric and Ernie must foil all the crooks, who become most anxious when Eric wins in the casino and plans to buy a new car!The Magnificent Two: Not only do our two amigos, Eric and Ernie, find themselves selling toys to make ends meet, but they end up selling them in Latin America. The land where revolutions are the national sport and the seoritas the national past time. Things can only become more bizarre when Eric is persuaded by a hot blooded Latin beauty, and the threat of being shot, to pose as a dead rebel leader...
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!
The Errol Flynn Collection | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD Dashing Errol Flynn triumphs in this lavish version of the Robin Hood saga. Olivia de Havilland (as Maid Marian), supreme villains Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains, and a boisterous who's who of character actors co-star. THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON General Custer (Flynn) and the famed 7th Cavalry ride to hell or to glory. CAPTAIN BLOOD Flynn skyrocketed to stardom as a 17th-century physician-turned-pirate after escaping unjust political imprisonment. Radiant Olivia de Havilland co-stars in the first of their eight films together. Michael Curtiz directs. THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX Flynn, Bette Davis and de Havilland in a royal showdown of passion and power.
M.A.S.H. | DVD | (29/04/2002)
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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