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The Day the Earth Stood Still | DVD | (05/11/2012)
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The very epitome of a cult SF classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still is more often referenced than seen, which is a pity since it remains even now one of the most thought-provoking examples of the genre. The title is a misnomer, a mere tease to entice 1950s audiences into the cinema in the expectation of seeing another sensationalist B-movie about murderous aliens (i.e. Communists). In fact, Robert Wise's film of Edmund North's screenplay is a thoughtful Cold War allegory about a Christ-like visitor (Michael Rennie) who comes to Earth preaching a message of salvation for mankind, only to be spurned, killed then finally resurrected (significantly, Rennie's character Klaatu adopts the pseudonym "Mr Carpenter" while on the run from the authorities). Aside from its philosophical message, the film also boasts memorable imagery--notably the giant robot Gort--a much-quoted catchphrase in "Klaatu barada nikto", and one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most admired scores, featuring the theremin and other electronic instruments that must have sounded very otherworldly back in 1951. The result is a bona fide landmark in cinema SF with a central message about "weapons of mass destruction" that's still uncannily relevant today. On the DVD: The Day the Earth Stood Still has been splendidly restored for its DVD incarnation from the original 35 mm print, and the results are demonstrated in the "Restoration Comparison" feature. Also included is a fascinating 1951 newsreel showing Klaatu receiving a certificate of merit amid stories of Communist threats, the Korean war and beauty pageants ("Pomp and pulchritude on parade in Atlantic City"). Best of all is an absorbing commentary track with director Robert Wise in conversation with Nicholas Meyer (both men have Star Trek movies on their CV). --Mark Walker
Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (50th Anniversary Edition) | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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Voted The Guardian's 14 Best Romantic Film of All Time. Described by director Jacques Demy as 'a film in song' the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo) a 20-year-old French auto mechanic has fallen in love with 17-year-old Genevi&egrave;ve Emery (Catherine Deneuve: Belle de Jour) an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria the pair share a passionate night. Genevi&egrave;ve becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel: Lola). Special Features: Feature Geoff Andrew On Umbrellas of Cherbourg Virginie Ledoyen on Umbrellas of Cherbourg Once Upon A Time... The Umbrellas of Cherbourg The World of Jacques Demy The Restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Stills gallery Trailer Trailer (2013)
Dad's Army: The Movie | DVD | (23/11/2015)
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Five fine episodes of the evergreen Home Guard sitcom here. Dad's Army endures because it combines a healthy dollop of self-mockery with a sense of pride in Britain's lonely defiance against Hitler's might in 1940, encapsulated in the pompous and incompetent yet courageous Captain Mainwaring. Arthur Lowe is sublime in this role. Though he generally acts as a foil to his flippant platoon of funny stereotypes (Walker, Frazier, Godfrey, etc.), his subtle double-takes and apoplectic facial expressions of exasperation are endlessly hilarious. Corporal Jones' doddery recklessness can generally be relied upon to culminate in a finale involving trousers, cries of "Don't panic!" and chases across country but the masterstroke of this series was the casting against type of John Le Mesurier as the vague, aristocratic Sergeant and Lowe as his military but not social superior. These episodes include "The Day The Balloon Went Up" (a typically frantic caper involving a stray barrage balloon), "The Two And A Half Feathers" (including a wonderful Jonesy flashback to his days in the Sudan) and "The Deadly Attachment", in which Pike cheeks the captain of a captive U-Boat crew, who demands his name to add to his "list" of insolent Englanders. "Don't tell him, Pike!" urges Mainwaring. --David Stubbs
The Devil Rides Out | DVD | (23/10/2006)
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Revered as one of the best horror films produced by Hammer Studios The Devil Rides Out is a chilling battle between good and evil. Christopher Lee perhaps best known for his role as Dracula gets to show his good side as the heroic and cavalier Duc de Richleau who maintains the air of a gentleman throughout his tireless battle with a Satanic coven led by the wonderfully villainous Mocata (Charles Gray).
Quatermass And The Pit | DVD | (13/11/2006)
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A London subway excavation abruptly halts when construction workers unearth a cluster of prehistoric skulls and skeletons. Anthropologist Dr. Roney his assistant Barbara Judd and space expert Professor Quatermass are driven by curiosity and dig deeper to discover a strange 'missile' that is not of this earth...
Star! | DVD | (05/11/2012)
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Julie Andrews stars as stage legend Gertrude Lawrence, a glamorous, flamboyant and charismatic personality - a woman who is both 'maddening and infuriating' and 'probably the most beautiful and entrancing creature ever to walk onto a stage.' Robert Wise's lavish musical recalls the golden age of musical theatre, from 1912 to 1940. Lawrence rises from irrepressible chorus girl in the music halls to become the toast of two continents. Her lifelong friend Noel Coward (Daniel Massey) provides w...
Live at the Royal Albert Hall | DVD | (07/11/2005)
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THE AMAZINGLY POPULAR ANDRE RIEU & HIS MASSIVE ORCHESTRA, LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL. This wonderful DVD has the following tracks: 1. Voices Of Spring, 2. Vienna Blood, 3. Seventh Heaven Of Love, 4. Hava Nagila, 5. Tea For Two, 6. The Skaters Waltz, 7. Funiculi Funicula, 8. Nun's Choir, 9. Salome Sabredance, 10. The Blue Danube, 11. Radetzky March, 12. Strau & Co. , 13. The Second Waltz, 14. Glenn Miller Melody, 15. The Andre Sisters, 16. Sirtaki (zorba's Dance), 17. Stars & Stripes, 18. Auld Lang Syne, 19. Brasil Symphony. The DVD is shipped from the UK.
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner | DVD | (22/06/2015)
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Following the success of Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe adapted another of his works for the screen this time a short story of a disillusioned teenager rebelling against the system making Tony Richardson's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner one of the great British films of the 1960s. Newcomer Tom Courtenay is compelling as the sullen defiant Colin refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Arrested for burglary and sent to borstal Colin discovers a talent for cross-country running earning him special treatment from the governor (Michael Redgrave) and the chance to redeem himself from anti-social tearaway to sports day hero. With Colin a favourite to win against a local public school tensions build as the day approaches...
Theorem | Blu Ray | (27/05/2013)
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Award-winning and controversial 1968 film starring Terence Stamp and Silvana Mangano, and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (The Decameron, Salo). A handsome, enigmatic stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives at a middle-class household in Milan and seduces each family member, including the maid, leaving the family in crisis. Theorem is visually ravishing and features superb performances from its international cast, and a brilliant soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.
Far From the Madding Crowd | Blu Ray | (01/06/2015)
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Headstrong and passionate Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie) unexpectedly inherits a large farm in rural Dorset. Struggling to manage the farm herself she captivates the hearts and minds of three very different men: an honest and hardworking sheep farmer (Alan Bates) a wealthy but tortured landowner (Peter Finch) and a reckless and violent swordsman (Terence Stamp). But as emotions become entangled free spirited and innocent folly soon leads to devastating tragedy. The restoration process of Far From the Madding Crowd was overseen by the film&rsquo;s cinematographer and acclaimed director Nicolas Roeg. The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration the BFI&rsquo;s Unlocking Film Heritage programme Awarding funds from the National Lottery.
Lord Of The Flies | DVD | (23/07/2007)
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Following a plane crash a group of schoolboys find themsleves on a deserted island. They appoint a leader and attempt to create an organised society for the sake of their survival. Democracy and order soon begin to crumble when a breakaway faction forms and quickly regresses to brutal savagery with horrifying consequences. Peter Brook's classic adaptation of William Golding's novel has lost none of the impact it made when given an 'X' certificate on its 1963 release. Shot with a raw
10 Pack: Frank Clarke (including On Golden Pond, Derrygimla Bog, The Burren, The Quiet Man Bridge, Lanzarote Street Scene, Aasleagh Falls, Atlantic Seascape, ... Good Enough To Eat, The Giants Causewa | DVD | (02/04/2007)
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The Pleasure Garden | DVD | (18/08/2008)
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Patsy Brand works as a chorus girl at a music hall called The Pleasure Garden. She helps down on her luck Jill Cheyne to find a job and she subsequently meets Hugh Fielding who she becomes engaged to. Meanwhile Patsy has married Levett but he and Hugh have to leave for the English colonies in the tropics. With her husband away Jill starts to live the high life but Patsy remains loyal to Levett. When she hears that he is ill she makes the journey to the tropics only to find him living with a native with a severe alcohol problem.
Hobson's Choice - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (05/05/2014)
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Henry Horatio Hobson (Academy Award -Winner Charles Laughton) is the owner of a well-established boot shop in nineteenth century Salford Lancashire and the father of three daughters. The oldest Maggie (Brenda De Banzie) shoulders both home and business responsibilities while Hobson whiles the time away at the local pub. The younger sisters are both being courted by neighbours but Hobson refuses to give the couples settlements. Maggie becomes tired of his oafish behaviour and decides to take matters into her hands by seeking a husband. Much to the hilarity and consternation of her father aged spinster Maggie sets her sights on shy Will Mossop (John Mills) Hobson's master boot-maker. Mossop is at first stunned by the suggestion but eventually agrees to Maggie's authoritative persuasion and together they set up a rival boot shop. A timeless masterpiece that marked a temporary return to David Lean's period adaptations of Dickens (Great Expectations Oliver Twist). The film went on to win multiple awards. This film has been digitally restored to its former glory. Special Features: New and exclusive interviews with Prunella Scales and screenwriter Norman Spencer
Love Story | DVD | (14/01/2013)
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Strife-torn America wanted a meat-and-potatoes romance in the late 1960s, and the country embraced Erich Segal's slim, generic-sounding novel in a big way. It did so again for the film adaptation of Love Story in 1970, starring Ryan O'Neal as a law student who defies his rich and powerful father (Ray Milland) on every issue, including the former's love for a music student (Ali MacGraw). The two marry, start life together ... and then the Grim Reaper turns up at the door. Directed by Arthur Hiller (The In-Laws), the film ends up lacking the kind of stylistic boost that might have made it a must-see for the ages. But its faithfulness to the book's uncomplicated and, yes, moving intentions is pretty solid. O'Neal is convincing as a nice guy who's as bullheaded in his own way as his steely father (a nice job by Milland), and MacGraw has a way of getting under one's skin. A viewer just has to try not laughing at the refrain, "Love means never having to say you're sorry". --Tom Keogh
Niagara | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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In this sinister and dark portrait of human sexuality, Marilyn Monroe portrays a sexy and scheming wife who seduces her lover into helping with the murder of her husband during a romantic weekend at Niagara Falls.
Father Brown | DVD | (02/03/2009)
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Alec Guinness stars as G.K. Chestertons legendary detective Father Brown in this splendid comedy thriller directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets). When Father Brown hears that Flambeau (Peter Finch), an international art thief, is planning to steal a priceless cross once owned by Saint Augustine during its transportation to Rome, he is delighted at the opportunity to match wits with a criminal of such repute. However, Flabeau outwits Father Brown on their first encounter deep in the catacombs of Paris and vanishes with the relic. Now, the amateur sleuth must somehow lure the master criminal out of hiding, recover the cross and sace Flambeaus immortal soul into the bargain... Based on the first Father Brown story, The Blue Cross, and boasting a superb supporting cast including Joan Greenwood, Bernard Lee and Sidney James, Father Brown is a true British film classic
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos' old story from the 1920s about a pair of single women in search of husbands, gets a makeover in Howard Hawks' 1953 musical. The remake stars Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as two friends who go to Paris looking for mates. The film is charged by Hawks's stylish snap, a famous set piece or two (Monroe descending that staircase while singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"), Russell's wit and songs by Leo Robin and Jule Styne. The film may largely be a fluff project best remembered as a showcase for its leading actresses, but then Monroe and Russell rarely got such extended opportunities to prove that they were more than cinematic icons.--Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Brief Encounter | DVD | (26/09/2008)
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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
South Pacific - In Concert From Carnegie Hall | DVD | (25/09/2006)
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Aired as part of PBS's Great Performances series this one-night performance stars country-music star/actress Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush. McEntire does an excellent job of filling the role originally played by Mary Martin in the 1949 Rogers & Hammerstein musical. Filmed on June 9 2005 this theatrical production also features standout actors including Alec Baldwin and Brian Stokes Mitchell.