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  • Battle Of The River Plate [1956] Battle Of The River Plate | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £4.69  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Something of a swan song for the legendary Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger partnership, 1956's The Battle of the River Plate is their penultimate film together (the following year's Ill Met By Moonlight was the last). Shot in a semi-documentary style that stands apart from the "magical realism" of much of their previous work--Canterbury Tales, A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes--the film tells the story of the pursuit of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee by three British cruisers off the River Plate in Uruguay during November 1939. Incorporating actual wartime footage adds to the authentic air, albeit one that sits uneasily with the obviously studio-bound look of the rest. Among the solid cast Peter Finch stands out as the beleaguered Captain Langsdorff of the Graf Spee, while John Gregson is his counterpart, the stalwart British hero type. Things get a bit odd when Christopher Lee pops up in the unlikely role of a Latin-American nightclub boss. It's an atypical Powell and Pressburger picture and not exactly their best, but still a fine World War II picture that documents an important incident in the opening salvos of the war. --Mark Walker

  • The Lady Vanishes [1938] The Lady Vanishes | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £4.08  |  Saving you £1.91 (31.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Intrigue and espionage and the effects on the lives and futures of passengers aboard a Trans-Continental Express emerge when a girl traveller (Margaret Lockwood) returning from a holiday strikes up an acquaintance with a middle-aged English governess who during the journey mysteriously disappears from her compartment. The girl seeking an explanation for the disappearance is accused of hallucinating and is nearly convinced that her new friend does not exist.

  • Mary Poppins - 45th Anniversary Edition [1964] Mary Poppins - 45th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (02/03/2009) from £6.95  |  Saving you £9.22 (51.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Mary Poppins is one of Disney's most enchanting fantasies and the motion-picture hit that made 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' a household word! Julie Andrews stars as the loveable nanny who soars out of the skies and into the hearts of everyone she encounters. Toting a carpetbag full of magical adventures Mary and her fun-loving sidekick Bert (Dick Van Dyke) deliver endless joy and surprises to a troubled family.

  • In Which We Serve [1942] In Which We Serve | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £5.19  |  Saving you £7.80 (60.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The story of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Torrin and those that serve in her. In the Battle of Crete she is dive-bombed while streaming at thirty knots and goes down fighting. We see through the memories of her survivors the ordeals achievements and gallantry of HMS Torrin from her commissioning until she sinks in her last battle.

  • In Which We Serve [1942] In Which We Serve | DVD | (26/09/2008) from £4.69  |  Saving you £11.30 (70.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the true story of Lord Louis Mountbatten's destroyer HMS Kelly, In Which We Serve is one of the most memorable British films made during World War II. Unfolding in flashback as survivors cling to a dingy, constantly strafed by the Luftwaffe, the film recounts the history of HMS Torrin through various battles to her sinking off the coast of North Africa, interwoven with the onshore lives of her crew. The film was the inspiration of Noel Coward, who desperately wanted to do something for the war effort, and he produced, wrote the screenplay, composed the stirring musical score and starred as Captain Edward Kinross. Coward also officially co-directed, though in reality he soon handed the reigns over to David Lean, whose directorial debut this became. There is a fine performance from Celia Johnson, anticipating her character in Lean and Coward's Brief Encounter (1946) and excellent support from John Mills, as well as a star-making debut from an uncredited Richard Attenborough. The use of real navy and army personal as extras, together with lavish studio production and authentic shipboard location footage lends the film a sense of realism unusual for the time. A landmark in the careers of many of the most important names in British film, this moving and occasionally harrowing classic has a vital place in the development of British cinema. On the DVD: The image is presented in a close approximation of the original 1.37:1 Academy ratio using a print that is good for its age but which would benefit from some restoration, several scenes showing notable damage. The sound is robust mono, though the main title music is very distorted. Speech is very clear. Extras are the original trailer, a stills gallery set to music from the film and a 23-minute retrospective documentary. This last is excellent, containing information on how to simulate bullets hitting water using condoms, and interviews with surviving members of the production including Sir John Mills and cinematographer Ronald Neame. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Operation Pacific [1951] Operation Pacific | DVD | (21/07/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (64.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    'Duke' Gifford an ultra devoted commander feeling guilty about the death of his former commanding officer and the failure of his marriage leads his submarine crew up into uncharted waters in the battle for the Pacific...

  • Henry V [Blu-ray] [1945] Henry V | Blu Ray | (19/10/2009) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Henry V is one of Shakespeare's most compelling historical plays. Early in the play Henry sets out to press his claim to the Crown of France. His small expedition encounters vastly superior French forces at Agincourt and there Henry delivers his famous exhortation to the soldiers. His army victorious the King visits the French Court where he meets and marries Catherine of Valois thereby establishing the beginning of a promising alliance with France.

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest [1952] The Importance Of Being Earnest | DVD | (30/04/2001) from £19.98  |  Saving you £-9.99 (-100.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    If you're looking for the definitive example of dry wit, look no further than this 1952 version of The Importance of Being Earnest. Of course, it helps to have Oscar Wilde's beloved play as source material, but this exquisite adaptation has a charmed life of its own, with a perfectly matched director and a once-in-a-lifetime cast. Mix these ingredients with Wilde's inimitable repartee, and you've got a comedic soufflé that's cooked to perfection. Opening with a proscenium nod to its theatrical origins, the film turns Wilde's comedy of clever deception and mixed identities into a cinematic treat, and while the 10-member cast is uniformly superb, special credit must be given to Dame Edith Evans, reprising her stage role as the imperiously stuffy Lady Bracknell. To hear her Wilde-ly hilarious inflections and elongated syllables is to witness British comedy in its purest form. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • It's A Wonderful Life [1946] It's A Wonderful Life | DVD | (09/11/2007) from £3.91  |  Saving you £9.47 (52.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director's optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It's a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic. --Robert Horton

  • The Red Shoes [1948] The Red Shoes | DVD | (01/10/1999) from £16.98  |  Saving you £-6.99 (-70.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Overall, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1948 tale of the tragic ballerina Vicky Page (Moira Shearer) is not in the top drawer of their achievements. The backstage wranglings offer insufficient scope for their usual cinematic vision (though the Monte Carlo scenes are prettily sumptuous). Page's central dilemma, meanwhile, is a bit on the trite side--she must choose between love for a young composer and her career under stern taskmaster Boris Lertomov (Anton Walbrook), the ballet company impresario. The climax is also risibly melodramatic, a rare fumble for Powell and Pressburger. That said, The Red Shoes is worth purchasing alone for its middle sequence, a fantasy cinematic setting of the ballet of The Red Shoes, based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a girl who dances herself to death. A superb score by Brian Easdale is matched by an impossibly elaborate, shifting backdrop in which all of Powell and Pressburger's sense of drama, colour, invention and the super-real is encapsulated in one small but intensely concentrated dose. While the rest of the film is relatively dispensable, the ballet scene bears up to repeated rewindings.--David Stubbs

  • The Rookie [Blu-ray] [2002] The Rookie | Blu Ray | (10/03/2008) from £4.19  |  Saving you £19.80 (82.50%)  |  RRP £23.99

    When a shoulder injury ended his minor league pitching career twelve years ago Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) resorted to the next best thing: coaching. But Jim's team knowing their coach is a great ball player makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship they want Jim to try out for a major-league organization. Going from worst to first the team makes it to state and Jim is forced to live up to his end of the deal. While there prove to be a lot of pitches to be thrown before he makes it off the mound big-league dreams are revived and there's no telling where he could go!

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest [DVD] [1952] The Importance Of Being Earnest | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £8.84  |  Saving you £4.15 (31.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Oscar Wilde's comic jewel sparkles in Anthony Asquith's film adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. Featuring brilliantly polished performances by Michael Redgrave Joan Greenwood and Dame Edith Evans the enduringly hilarious story of two young women who think themselves engaged to the same nonexistent man is given the grand Technicolor treatment. Seldom has a classic stage comedy been so engagingly transferred to the screen!

  • The Thin Man [1934] The Thin Man | DVD | (28/06/2013) from £6.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (61.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Nick and Nora Charles cordially invite you to bring your own alibi to The Thin Man the jaunty whodunit that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing. Bantering in the boudoir enjoying walks with beloved dog Asta or matching each other highball for highball and clue for clue they combined screwball romance with mystery. The resulting triumph nabbed four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and spawned five sequels. Credit W.S. ""Woody"" Van Dyke for recognizing that Powell and Loy were ideal together and for getting the studio's okay by promising to shoot this splendid adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel in three weeks. He took 12 days. They didn't call him ""One-Take Woody"" for nothing!

  • Annie Get Your Gun [1950] Annie Get Your Gun | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £3.99  |  Saving you £2.21 (17.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Betty Hutton (as Annie Oakley) and Howard Keel (as Frank Butler) star in this sharpshootin' funfest based on the 1 147-performance Broadway smash boasting Irving Berlin's beloved score including Doin' What Comes Natur'lly I Got the Sun in the Morning and the anthemic There's No Business like Show Business. As produced by Arthur Freed directed by George Sidney and seen and heard in a new digital transfer from restored elements. This lavish spirited production showcases songs and pe

  • It's A Wonderful Life [1946] It's A Wonderful Life | DVD | (10/11/2008) from £3.59  |  Saving you £9.97 (55.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Hollywood's best-loved star teams up with America's favourite director to create one of the world's most popular films. It's A Wonderful Life is the ultimate 'feel-good' film. Starring the unforgettable James Stewart as George Bailey the man who receives the greatest Christmas gift of all. A superb ensemble cast includes Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore this high-spirited Christmas tale is directed by the immortal Frank Capra and ranks as an all-time favourite of fans and critics alike. It's A Wonderful Life began as a short Christmas tale called 'The Greatest Gift'. The premise was simple: A regretful man sees what would have become of his family and friends if he had never lived. Yet various writers struggled to balance the story's pathos and humour. Only Capra's painstaking polishing made the script filmable with enriched characters and plot adding hugely to its depth and drama. When James Stewart first read the script he said 'This is it! When do we start?'

  • Singin' in the Rain [Limited Edition] [DVD] Singin' in the Rain | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £3.59  |  Saving you £-10.49 (-131.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Decades before the Hollywood film industry became famous for megabudget disaster and science fiction spectaculars, the studios of Southern California (and particularly Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) were renowned for a uniquely American (and nearly extinct) kind of picture known as The Musical. Indeed, when Sight & Sound conducts its international critics poll in the second year of every decade, this 1952 MGM picture is the American musical that consistently ranks among the 10 best movies ever made. It's not only a great song-and-dance piece starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and a sprightly Debbie Reynolds; it's also an affectionately funny insider spoof about the film industry's uneasy transition from silent pictures to "talkies". Kelly plays debonair star Don Lockwood, whose leading lady Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) has a screechy voice hilariously ill-suited to the new technology (and her glamorous screen image). Among the musical highlights: O'Connor's knockout "Make 'Em Laugh"; the big "Broadway Melody" production number; and, best of all, that charming little title ditty in which Kelly makes movie magic on a drenched set with nothing but a few puddles, a lamppost, and an umbrella. --Jim Emerson

  • An American In Paris [1951] An American In Paris | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £8.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (30.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Gene Kelly stars as Jerry Mulligan a carefree young artist in post-WW II Paris. In her spectacular film debut Leslie Caron is Lise Bourvier a lonely French shopgirl engaged to marry a successful entertainer unless jerry can convince her otherwise! From their first on-screen meeting to the spectacular ballet finale Kelly and Caron are superb. And in his role as Jerry's best friend pianist Oscar Levant keeps the action lively with his droll humor and acid wit.

  • Laura [1944] Laura | DVD | (23/04/2007) from £6.29  |  Saving you £6.70 (51.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    ""The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!"" A Detective investigating the murder of a movie star starts to fall in love with her whilst piecing together her last moments.

  • Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium [Blu-ray] [2007] Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium | Blu Ray | (08/12/2008) from £6.85  |  Saving you £4.14 (37.70%)  |  RRP £10.99

    You have to believe it to see it... Molly Mahoney (Portman) is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium the strangest most fantastic most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium the 243 year-old eccentric who owns the store (Hoffman) bequeaths the store to her a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium.

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest [1952] The Importance Of Being Earnest | DVD | (08/10/1999) from £12.74  |  Saving you £-2.75 (-27.50%)  |  RRP £9.99

    If you're looking for the definitive example of dry wit, look no further than this 1952 version of The Importance of Being Earnest. Of course, it helps to have Oscar Wilde's beloved play as source material, but this exquisite adaptation has a charmed life of its own, with a perfectly matched director and a once-in-a-lifetime cast. Mix these ingredients with Wilde's inimitable repartee, and you've got a comedic soufflé that's cooked to perfection. Opening with a proscenium nod to its theatrical origins, the film turns Wilde's comedy of clever deception and mixed identities into a cinematic treat, and while the 10-member cast is uniformly superb, special credit must be given to Dame Edith Evans, reprising her stage role as the imperiously stuffy Lady Bracknell. To hear her Wilde-ly hilarious inflections and elongated syllables is to witness British comedy in its purest form. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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