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Funny Girl / Funny Lady | DVD | (04/03/2002)
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Like giant monuments to good old-fashioned star quality, Funny Girl (1968) and Funny Lady (1975) hark back to the golden days of American vaudeville, while essentially celebrating one of the great, egotistical show-business talents of all time. Viewed end to end, these two films, which tell the story of Ziegfeld comedienne Fanny Brice, run for almost five hours. That's a lot of biopic. But with the greatest of respect to Brice, undoubtedly a formidable star of her time, the talent really in the spotlight here belongs to Barbra Streisand. Streisand created the role of Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway stage musical and her performance for the big screen is a tour de force, fully deserving the Best Actress Oscar which she received. As a biopic, Funny Girl is superior fare, full of sumptuous production numbers. Brice's glory days are explored against the background of her turbulent private life with her flawed playboy husband Nicky Arnstein (a sympathetic performance from Omar Sharif) with considerable attention to the details of her inner turmoil. More rambling and less cohesive, Funny Lady finds Fanny divorced but still in love with Arnstein (Sharif also revisiting his role), drifting into marriage number two with uncouth songwriter and impresario Billy Rose (the excellent James Caan), her successful career again juxtaposed with a less than happy personal life. Combined, both films measure Streisand's rise to greatness. In Funny Girl, the bravura of the performance as a whole masks occasional gaucheness, while if Funny Lady is the less impressive picture overall, it still marks how far she has developed as a screen actress. The rough edges are gone, replaced by a sophisticated poise and the sense of a talent that has come to terms with itself. And of course throughout she is superb in the musical numbers, which include her theme song "People" and the classic belter "Don't Rain on my Parade", as well as Brice's classic torch song, "My Man". On the DVD: this package of tremendous, old-fashioned entertainment takes the viewer back to pre-multiplex days when going to the cinema was an event you might dress up for. Funny Lady's soundtrack includes a pre-picture "Overture" to give you time to unwrap the chocolates. You really need some plush velvet curtains to swing back across the television screen. Then, guaranteeing a twinge of nostalgia, there's an intermission break. Both films are presented in their original widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Dolby Digital 5.0 (Funny Girl) and LCR (Funny Lady) soundtracks do justice to Streisand's lung power. The first disc offers the most interesting extras, including a couple of featurettes about Streisand. Both discs provide standard filmographies and song highlights so Streisand addicts can skip between numbers to their hearts' content.--Piers Ford
James Cagney - The Signature Collection Volume 2 : West Point Story / Torrid Zone / The Fighting 69th / The Bride Came C.O.D. | DVD | (10/12/2007)
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The Oscar winning screen icon, James Cagney, comes to life in this DVD collection The Bride Came C.O.D., The Fighting 69th, Torrid Zone and The West Point Story. Special features on each title in the Collection include the entertaining Warner Night at the Movies short subject galleries with vintage newsreels, vault treasures and classic cartoons. The Bride Came C.O.D. Comedy comes from numerous sources in this screwball farce headlined by the ebullient pairing of James Cagney and Bette Davis, scripted by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein (Casablanca, Arsenic and Old Lace). Whether up in the clouds, or underground in a mine, the stars (in their second and final film together) spar with harebrained zest as a pilot hired to kidnap an about-to-elope heiress, and the happy result from start to end is C.O.D. Comedy on Demand. The Fighting 69th In the seventh of their nine movies together, off-screen pals James Cagney and Pat O'Brien play soldiers of the famed, largely Irish-American World War I regiment, the Fighting 69th. O'Brien is Father Duffy, the brave chaplain whose statue stands today in Manhattan's Times Square. Cagney is Jerry Plunkett, a street-tough braggart turned yellow by the horror of No Man's Land, but inspired to redemptive heroism by Duffy's courage under fire. The Torrid Zone Off-screen pals James Cagney and Pat O'Brien team for the eighth time in this snappy action comedy set in a Central American Banana Republic. In a role widely cited as putting her on the movie fan's map, Hollywood's Oomph Girl Ann Sheridan portrays wisecracking chanteuse Lee Donley who's the lure to keep the plantation's best man (Cagney) from leaving the company. With superb support, zippy repartee, plus 950 banana trees planted over 5 backlot acres, the heat is on. The West Point Story James Cagney puts on his dancing shoes again for this merry musical comedy packed with spirited starpower and lively tunes by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.
Woodstock | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009)
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In August 1969 half a million hippies flocked to attend a huge rock music event at Woodstock USA. It was an event destined to become the definitive document on the freaked-out craziness of the peace and love era. The line-up includes The Who Joan Baez Santana Joe Cocker Ten Years After Country Joe And The Fish Crosby Stills And Nash and Jimi Hendrix.
The Razor's Edge | DVD | (02/07/2012)
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A adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiance in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.
The Ken Loach Collection Volume 2 | DVD | (03/09/2007)
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Available together in a box set for the first time experience the drama and intensity from some truly ground-breaking and memorable British Cinema. Cathy Come Home (1965): Cathy Come Home is probably the most famous British television play ever - watched by a quarter of the population both on its first broadcast in 1966 and on its repeat in 1967. Its impact was enormous provoking questions in the Houses of Parliament and helping launch the new housing charity 'Shelter'. K
Grease 1 & 2 Box Set | DVD | (28/02/2005)
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Grease: John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a who's who in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50's. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade - it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock n'roll! Grease 2: It's 1961 two years after the original gang graduated from Rydell High and there's a new crop of seniors. The Pink Ladies and the T-Birds are still the epitome of cool except that over the summer something's happened to Stephanie the sorority leader. She feels she's outgrown Johnny the head T-Bird and is looking for a new love - one who's even more cool and whose bike is even hotter. Meanwhile newcomer Michael is smitten with Stephanie who won't even notice him...
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.
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
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
The Jacques Tati Collection (Jour de fête / Les Vacances de M. Hulot / Mon Oncle / Playtime / Parade) | DVD | (02/11/2009)
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The Jacques Tati Collection (5 Discs)
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
Classics of German Cinema | DVD | (21/05/2007)
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Perhaps no period of any national cinema extends its influence so powerfully into the present day of movies as that of the German cinema of the Weimar era. From the fraught angles that accompanied magisterial set-design to the dreamlike interplay of light and shadow German films of the pre-WWII era defined the famed ""expressionistic"" visual style even as they tested the boundaries of social and sexual taboos. This collection contains five films. Four are classic films emblematic of the legendary Weimar period and one is an historical curiosity commissioned under the Nazi regime. Paul Wegener's and Carl Boese's 1920 film Der Golem represents the second (and the only fully surviving) film treatment by Wegener of the Yiddish folktale based around a towering clay monster created by magic corrupted by evil and redeemed ultimately by the force of the human soul. From the same year comes Robert Wiene's nightmarish classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - a story of mesmerism sleepwalking and murder - a demented dreamscape that perhaps single-handedly galvanized the Expressionist movement of silent cinema. Nine years on Joe May's Asphalt opens a door to the sordid carnality lurking inside the Weimar heart of darkness - and gives audiences the gift of Betty Amann the greatest ""siren unsung"" of the early silver-screen. No lack of recognition would beset the besotted lead of Josef von Sternberg's 1930 masterpiece The Blue Angel - presented here in both its German- and English-language versions. Simply put this tale of a mild-mannered professor (Emil Jannings) sucked into the world of a licentious cabaret artiste introduced the public to an immortal: her name written among the stars would read ""Marlene Dietrich"". By 1943 a new era had dawned one in which Joseph Goebbels called the shots and it was Josef von Bky's Mnchhausen that epitomized the ""new German epic"" - a state-sanctioned Agfacolor melange of the picaresque and Aryan myth that nevertheless served to inspire Terry Gilliam's more benign modern fantasia The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Myth sex magick and the ""tall-tale"": Classics of German Cinema: 1920-1943 presents the viewer with a selection of masterpieces that tower not only over the awesome first phase of German movies but over the origins of world cinema as a whole. 1. Der Golem 2. Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari 3. Asphalt 4. The Blue Angel 5. Munchhausen
Laurence Olivier Presents | DVD | (21/05/2007)
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The greatest actor of the 20th century presents five works by great 20th-century playwrights. Stars include Olivier Natalie Wood Robert Wagner Maureen Stapleton Alan Bates Malcolm McDowell Helen Mirren Joanne Woodward Carrie Fisher Greta Scacchi and Joan Plowright.. The Plays: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (by Tennessee Williams): A rich plantation owner and his family come to grips with their greed envy and self-delusion. The Collection (by Harold Pinter): What did or did not take place in a Leeds Hotel ruffles the lives of four habitus of fashionable London. Hindle Wakes (by Stanley Houghton): An independent young mill worker refuses to bow to convention after an indiscretion with the boss's son. Come Back Little Sheba (by William Inge): Loss and regret bubble to the surface of a troubled marriage after a young boarder moves in. Saturday Sunday Monday (by Eduardo de Filippo): A monumental argument erupts smolders and subsides over a weekend in the life of a boisterous Italian family. The Ebony Towers (by John Fowles): Laurence Olivier portrays an elderly painter who has locked himself away from the world in a crumbling French chateau. Olivier is not quite a hermit; he enjoys the attentions of two nubile admirers played by Greta Scacchi and Toyah Willcox. This situation is disturbed by the arrival of young transient Roger Rees.
Vertigo | DVD | (20/10/2008)
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Considered by many to be director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest achievement comes this fully restored and remastered version of the haunting film classic. This special release also contains a restoration trailer and revealing documentary footage. Set in San Francisco James Stewart portrays an acrophobic detective hired to trail a friend's suicidal wife (Novak). After he successfully rescues her from a leap into the bay he finds himself becoming obsessed with the beautifully troubled woman. One of cinema's most chillingly romantic endeavours: it's a fascinating myriad of haunting camera angles shot among some of San Francisco's renowned landmarks. This film is a must for collector's; Leonard Maltin gives Vertigo four stars and hails it as 'A genuinely great motion picture that demands multiple viewings.
Carry On Collection Vol.2 | DVD | (01/09/2008)
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Titles Comprise: 1. Carry On Regardless: It's non stop romps as the Carry On team deliver the goods in one of the rudest and funniest of the Carry On films. The cast are all on top form as a bunch of no-hoppers who join an agency in the search for a job. The anarchy mounts as they do a series of odd jobs including a chimps tea party trying to stay sober at a wine tasting and demolishing a house. 2. Carry On Cruising: A life on the ocean wave with the Carry On crew! Sid James is the long-suffering Captain of the luxury cruise liner S.S. Happy Wanderer a ship full of misfits who don't know their portholes from any other holes! It isn't long before the luckless passengers mix with the hopeless crew to raise titanic laughs on the ship of fools. 3. Carry On Jack: Able seaman Poop-Decker (Bernard Cribbins) signs up for adventure on the high seas with the wicked Captain Fearless (Kenneth Williams). Those swabbing the decks include Juliet Mills Charles Hawtrey and Donald Houston. 4. Carry On Cabby: Charlie (Sid James) owner of the Speedee Cabs company finds he has some serious competition when his wife Peggy (Hattie Jacques) sets up a rival firm consisting only of glamorous female drivers.
All About Eve | DVD | (18/02/2002)
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Alfred Hitchcock famously observed that movies should be more than just picture postcards of people talking. Sometimes, though, dialogue is all that's needed. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's immaculately scripted All About Eve is a case in point. There are no special effects (unless one considers Marilyn Monroe's wiggle or a scene in which a car breaks down). What the movie offers instead is some of the most coruscating one-liners ever committed to celluloid. The top-name cast certainly know how to put Mankiewicz's words across. Anne Baxter is all doe-eyed charm as Eve, the ruthless aspiring actress who passes herself off as a little girl lost. George Sanders (eminent character actor and the voice of Shere Khan the tiger in The Jungle Book) shows his customary mellowness of sneer as Addison De Witt, theatre critic and professional cynic ("a venomous foot louse" as he's characterised) who helps push Eve up the greasy pole toward success, if not happiness. Best of all is Bette Davis, a soured but still resplendent stage diva, who takes Eve under her wing. ("I'll admit I've seen better days but I'm still not to be had for the price of a cocktail--like a salted peanut", she tells her lover.) The plotting and double-dealing on the screen, described in Sam Staggs' All About All About Eve: The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made, were matched by what went on behind the scenes. Davis heartily loathed fellow actress Celeste Holm who--ironically enough--plays her best friend. She fell in love with another co-star, the handsome, good-looking Gary Merrill, whom she later married. Backstage dramas are often self-indulgent and stagy affairs, but this one dazzles. --Geoffrey Macnab
Jeunet And Caro Box Set | DVD | (14/07/2008)
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This Box Set Contains The Following Films: Delicatessan follows a sweet-natured clown Louison who moves into a run down apartment building with a delicatessen on the ground floor and falls in love with the butcher's daughter Julie Clapet. When it turns out that Julie's father is actually butchering human beings and selling the meat to the carnivorous tenants of the building Julie must decide if she will remain loyal to her father's business or expose the truth in order to save Louison from being the next victim. Taking place entirely inside underneath and on the roof of the delicatessen the film uses an old pipe that runs throughout the building as a channel of communication for its characters. City Of Lost Children is the story of a prematurely aging mad scientist named Krank who kidnaps children so he can steal their dreams. However Krank runs into trouble when his henchmen grab Denree a little boy whose adopted brother One is a circus strongman. One desperately tries to find Denree and begs for help from Miette a 9-year-old girl who heads up a gang of orphans. Together One and Miette finally find Krank's castle meeting along the way the lost identical brother--the original--of the three clones who serve as Krank's assistants. Also included is one of Jeunet and Caro's earlier short films.
Carry On Collection Vol.3 | DVD | (01/09/2008)
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Titles Comprise: 1. Carry On Spying: Fearless agent Desmond Simpkins and James Bind aided and abetted by the comely Agent Honeybutt and Agent Crump battle against the evil powers of international bad guys STENCH and their three cronies. 2. Carry On Cleo: Ancient British slaves save Caesar (Kenneth Williams) from assassination in Rome 50 B.C. Meanwhile Mark Antony (Sid James) romances Egyptian Empress Cleopatra (Amanda Barrie). Revolting Britons include Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey while Warren Mitchell plays a partner in the slave-trading firm Markus & Spencius. 3. Carry On Screaming: 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? 4. Carry On Cowboy: Sid James is on top form as the Rompo kid an outlaw who shakes up the sleepy residents of Stodge City. Kenneth Williams is the puritanical judge and Jim Dale plays Marshall P. Knutt a hapless plumber mistakenly sent to clean up the town.
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.
The Twilight Zone - Complete Season One Limited Edition | DVD | (22/08/2005)
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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow between science and superstition and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call...The Twilight Zone! This fantastic 6 DVD boxed set contains all 36 episodes from Rod Serling's classic groundbreaking series. Episodes comprise: 1. Where Is Everybody? 2. One For The Angels 3. Mr. Denton On Doomsday 4. Sixteen Millimeter Shrine 5. Walking Distance 6. Escape Clause 7. The Lonely 8. Time Enough At Last 9. Perchance To Dream 10. Judgment Night 11. And When The Sky Was Opened 12. What You Need 13. The Four Of Us Are Dying 14. Third From The Sun 15. I Shot An Arrow Into The Air 16. The Hitch-Hiker 17. The Fever 18. The Last Flight 19. The Purple Testament 20. Elegy 21. Mirror Image 22. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street 23. A World Of Difference 24. Long Live Walter Jameson 25. People Are Alike All Over 26. Execution 27. The Big Tall Wish 28. A Nice Place To Visit 29. Nightmare As A Child 30. A Stop At Willoughby 31. The Chaser 32. A Passage For Trumpet 33. Mr. Bevis 34. The After Hours 35. The Mighty Casey 36. A World Of His Own