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  • M.A.S.H. [1969] M.A.S.H. | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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 Jean-Pierre Melville Collection [1956] The Jean-Pierre Melville Collection | DVD | (02/03/2009) from £30.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (31.80%)  |  RRP £44.99

    Jean-Pierre Melville (1917 - 1974) is one of the most revered French film directors of all time. Born in Paris he was to become a member of the French Resistance in the Second World War an experience which he drew on as a film director creating underworlds of secrecy and deception. The reluctant godfather of the French New Wave Melville''s highly individual style was influenced by the ideas of existentialism and surrealism but arguably his greatest debt was to the American film noirs of 1930s and '40s Hollywood the traditions of which he wove with inimitable style into his quintessentially French films seeing him hailed by many as the father of the French gangster movie. This set contains six of his finest films from his early bittersweet masterpiece Bob Le Flambeur to his final film Un Flic his wonderfully fatalistic study of loss and deception; a fitting epitaph to one of contemporary cinema''s most exceptional careers. Titles Comprise: Army of Shadows (1969): Regarded as one of the best films ever made about wartime France. Members of the French resistance fight for freedom in the face of constant danger. Extras: Ginette Vincendeau Commentary / Le Journal de la Resistance - a 33 minute documentary / Melville short film Le Doulos (1962): An unforgettable story of trust betrayal and honour. A criminal just free from jail goes in search of revenge. Extras: Selected Scene Commentary / Ginette Vincendeau Introduction / Interview with Assistant Director Volker Schlondorff / Original Trailer Leon Morin Pretre (1961): Unforgettable drama set in occupied France. A beautiful but disillusioned woman becomes friends with a priest but her feelings for him soon deepen dangerously. Extras: Selected Scene Commentary / Ginette Vincendeau Introduction / Interview with Assistant Director Volker Schl''ndorff / Original Trailer Le Cercle Rouge (1970): A suave jewel thief teams up with a fugitive and a reckless ex-cop to carry out an elaborate heist. Extras: Ginette Vincendeau Commentary and Introduction / Interview with Assistant Director Bernard Stora / Original Trailer Bob Le Flambeur (1956): An early foray into the gangster genre Melville's self-confessed 'love letter to Paris' follows the world-weary eponymous hero Bob a down on his luck gambler embarking on his final crime. Extras: Introduction by Melville expert Ginette Vincendeau. Un Flic (1972): A Parisian police commissioner and the leader of a gang of criminals in love with the same woman clash when a daring bank robbery takes place.

  • The Mummy [1932] - Special Edition The Mummy - Special Edition | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £2.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (70.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Boris Karloff's legendary performance has become a landmark in the annals of screen history. As the mummy Im-Ho-Tep he is accidentally revived after 3 700 years by a team of British archaeologists. It is revealed in a flashback that he was a high priest embalmed alive for trying to revive the vestal virgin whom he loved after she had been sacrificed. Alive again he sets out to find his lost love.

  • Sleeping Beauty  (Disney) [Blu-ray]  (Disney) [1958] Sleeping Beauty (Disney) (Disney) | Blu Ray | (27/10/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £23.00 (76.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep which can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. This classic makes wondrous use of Tchaikovsky's same-titled ballet score.

  • Martin Scorsese 3 Film Collection [DVD] [1972] Martin Scorsese 3 Film Collection | DVD | (01/10/2012) from £5.99  |  Saving you £24.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    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.

  • All About Eve [1950] All About Eve | DVD | (18/02/2002) from £4.95  |  Saving you £6.78 (52.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    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

  • Classics of German Cinema [2007] Classics of German Cinema | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £27.95  |  Saving you £5.04 (11.20%)  |  RRP £44.99

    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

  • Jeunet And Caro Box Set [1991] Jeunet And Caro Box Set | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £13.09  |  Saving you £6.90 (34.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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.

  • Funny Girl / Funny Lady [1968] Funny Girl / Funny Lady | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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

  • The Man Who Watched Trains Go By The Man Who Watched Trains Go By | DVD | (02/06/2008) from £7.89  |  Saving you £10.10 (56.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A film based on jealousy and infatuation. De Koster's obsession with Parisian girl Michelle leads him to strip Popinga's company clean of money. From this revelation Popinga pursues him and it leads to De Koster's death. Popinga makes off to Paris with what money he got from De Koster but has the police in close pursuit.

  • Hitchcock Classics - The Man Who Knew Too Much / The 39 Steps [1934] Hitchcock Classics - The Man Who Knew Too Much / The 39 Steps | DVD | (29/10/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    39 Steps: Alfred Hitchcock considered The 39 Steps to be one of his favourite films partly because it launched his classic theme of the innocent man on the run from villains and lawmen. Robert Donat stars as Richard Hannay in this freely adapted version of John Buchan's story. Despite repeated remakes Hitchcock's riveting original remains unequalled. The Man Who Knew Too Much: A husband and wife's holiday in Switzerland goes horribly wrong when their daughter is kidnapped leading them into a web of mystery and intrigue...

  • Grease: Ultimate Sing-along Special Collector's Edition (2 Disc) [1978] Grease: Ultimate Sing-along Special Collector's Edition (2 Disc) | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £11.93  |  Saving you £8.06 (40.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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!

  • Psycho Collection 1-3 Psycho Collection 1-3 | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Psycho: The classic Hitchcock thriller involving a series of murders at a lonely motel where the deaths are attributed to the mother of the young owner. (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock 1960) (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - English Spanish French) Psycho 2: Norman Bates is coming home after spending 22 years in a mental institution. He plans to renovate the old Bates Motel the place where his first murders occurred... (Dir. Richard Franklin 1983) (Dolby Digital 5.1 - English French German ; Dolby Digital 2.0 - Italian Spanish) Psycho 3: The Bates Motel is again the site of some nasty doings as the rehabilitated Norman who has installed a new ice machine attempts to put his life back together. But old habits die hard... (Dir. Anthony Perkins 1986) (Dolby Digital 5.1 - English French Italian ; Dolby Digital 2.0 - German Spanish)

  • Gracie Fields Collection Gracie Fields Collection | DVD | (11/02/2008) from £9.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    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.

  • Classic Films Triple - A Night To Remember/Caesar And Cleopatra Classic Films Triple - A Night To Remember/Caesar And Cleopatra | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £4.21  |  Saving you £8.78 (67.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A Night To Remember: On April 10th 1912 RMS Titanic sailed from Southampton on her maiden voyage. On her fourth night at sea she struck and iceberg and sank with the loss of 1 500 passengers and crew. The film faithfully depicts the drama heroism and horror of the night the unsinkable sank. The Red Shoes: The tragic and romantic story of Vicky Page the brilliant young dancer who must give up everything if she is to become a great ballerina is one of Powell and Pressburger's most famous films. Creators of classics such as Black Narcissus A Matter of Life And Death and The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp they were renowned for their use of brilliant colour and wonderful costumes and with the exhilarating cinematography of Jack Cardiff were among the most influential film makers of their time. The Red Shoes is one of the finest examples of their work and has become an inspiration to artists film makers and musicians all over the world. Caesar And Cleopatra: Vivien Leigh is the young Cleopatra and Claude Rains is Julius Caesar in the spectacular 1945 version of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra. As Rome invades Egypt Julius Caesar (Rains) stumbles across the young and unrefined princess Cleopatra (Leigh) sheltering in the Sphinx. Impressed by her spirit and intelligence seduced by her charm he determines to make her Queen. Cleopatra learns about power and politics at the feet of a master but her downfall begins when she is seduced by Mark Antony. This witty brilliantly designed movie features a memorable cast including Stewart Granger Flora Robson Stanley Holloway and a very young Jean Simmons as a harpist. Caesar and Cleopatra was the most expensive movie made in Britain at the time with director Gabriel Pascal even using sand from Egypt to get the right cinematic colour.

  • Longest Day, The / Patton / Tora Tora Tora [1962] Longest Day, The / Patton / Tora Tora Tora | DVD | (19/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    THE LONGEST DAYTHE LONGEST DAY is a vivid hour-by-hour re-creation of June 6th 1944 - the historic day that marked the beginning of the end of World War II. Featuring a stellar international cast and told from the perspectives of both sides it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations mistakes and random events that determine the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. THE LONGEST DAY ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.PATTONA critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) PATTON is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. Charismatic and flamboyant Patton was the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. He outmanoeuvred Rommel in Africa and after D-Day led his troops in an unstoppable campaign across Europe. But he was rebellious as well as brilliant and as PATTON shows with insight and poignancy his own volatile personality was one enemy he could never defeat.TORA! TORA! TORA!TORA! TORA! TORA! is the Japanese signal to attack - and the motive meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbour and the events leading up to it. Opening scenes contrast the American and Japanese positions. Japanese imperialists decide to stage the attack. Top U.S. brass ignore its possibility. Intercepted Japanese messages warm of it - but never reach F.D.R.'s desk. It's the most dazzling recreation of America's darkest day - and some of her finest hours!

  • Stanley Kubrick 3 Film Collection [DVD] [1955] Stanley Kubrick 3 Film Collection | DVD | (01/10/2012) from £8.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition Causing major controversy when first released the film garnered four Academy Award nominations - Best Picture Best Director Best Film Editing and Best Screenplay - and is number 4 on AFI's Top 10 List of Best Science Fiction films of All Time. Disc 1: Feature Film Lolita (1962) Humbert a divorced British professor of French literature travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte Haze his widowed and sexually famished landlady whom he marries in order that he might pursue the woman's 14-year-old flirtatious daughter Lolita with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love but whose affections shall be thwarted by a devious trickster named Clare Quilty. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick's dazzling Academy Award-winning achievement (Special Visual Effects) is an allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man and a compelling drama of man vs. machine. Featuring a stunning meld of music and motion the film was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director Art Direction and Writing. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits the prehistoric age-ancestry past then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space perhaps even into immortality. Barry Lyndon (1975) Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) is a young roguish Irishman who's determined in any way to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army and fighting in Europe's Seven Years War Barry deserts then joins the Prussian army gets promoted to the rank of a spy and becomes a pupil to a Chevalier and con artist/gambler. Barry then lies dupes duels and seduces his way up the social ladder entering into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon. He takes the name of Barry Lyndon settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams before eventually falling into ruin. The Shining (1980) From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel Kubrick melds vivid performances menacing settings dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. The Shining is the director's epic tale of a man in a snowbound hotel descending into murderous delusions. In a signature role Jack Nicholson (Heeeere's Johnny!) stars as Jack Torrance who's come to the elegant isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Kubrick's daring and controversial last film is a bracing psychosexual journey through a haunting dreamscape a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage - and may ensnare him in a murder mystery - after his wife's (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. His graceful tracking shots rich colours and startling images are some of the bravura traits that show Kubrick as a filmmaker for the ages.

  • Vertigo [1958] Vertigo | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    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.

  • Ivan The Terrible - Part 1 And Part 2 - The Boyars Plot [1944] Ivan The Terrible - Part 1 And Part 2 - The Boyars Plot | DVD | (12/06/2000) from £10.29  |  Saving you £14.70 (58.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Sergei Eisenstein's saga of Czar Ivan IV continues with the struggle for power and the use of secret police, a controversial segment that caused the film to be banned by Stalin in 1946 (the film was not released until 1958). The predominantly black-and-white film features a banquet dance sequence in colour. Obviously the two parts must be viewed as a whole to be fully appreciated. Many film historians consider this period in Eisenstein's career less interesting than his silent period because of a sentimental return to archaic forms (characteristic of Soviet society in the 1930s and '40s). Perhaps it was just part of his maturity. --Bill Desowitz, Amazon.com

  • John Barrymore Collection John Barrymore Collection | DVD | (14/04/2008) from £5.84  |  Saving you £-1.85 (-46.40%)  |  RRP £3.99

    The John Barrymore Collection (3 Discs)

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