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Italian Job/Zulu/Alfie (Triple Pack) | DVD | (14/11/2011)
from £4.76 | Saving you £11.23 (70.20%) | RRP
The Italian Job:Charlie Croker is out of jail and on the make with an ingenious plan for the heist of the century. Aided and abetted by top criminal mastermind Mr. Bridger, Charlie sets off with an ace team of villains and three very special minis to lift $4,000,000 from under the noses of the Turin Polizi. The trouble is, with the cops and the Mafia on his tail, Charlie finds that grabbing the money is kid's stuff compared to getting away with it... This action packed comedy drama is an all time cult classic of the 60's, with the craziest car chase in movie history and an incredible cliff hanger finale, The Italian Job is the caper movie to beat them all!Zulu:The year: 1879. The place: Natal, Africa. One British garrison has already fallen to a huge army of Zulu tribesmen. The fearless native warriors are now heading for the isolated colonial outpost of Rorke's Drift, which is manned by no more than a hundred South Wales Borderers.A stirring tale of courage under fire, Zulu boasts fine performances from Michael Caine and Stanley Baker as conflicting British officers, and an unforgettable rendition of Men of Harlech.Alfie:Michael Caine stars as Alfie, a Cockney Casanova, in this outstanding example of 1960s British filmmaking.Alfie is a good-looking charmer, who finds that the Swinging Sixties are a great time to be around in. He's always able to sweet-talk women into bed, and he just doesn't care about the consequences. The film charts Alfie's complex and amoral amour, while he offers his own perspective, addressing the camera with his observations on life and love.So what's it all about, Alfie?
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?
Dracula (1931)/House of Dracula/Dracula | DVD | (09/04/2007)
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Dracula (1931 & 1999 version with new soundtrack by Phillip Glass) : Although there have been numerous screen versions of Bram Stoker's classic tale none is more enduring than this 1931 original. Towering ominously among the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains Castle Dracula strikes fear in the hearts of the Transylvanian villagers below... Illuminated by the haunting presence of Bela Lugosi as the Count Tod Browning's direction makes full use of crisp black and white cinem
The Mummy - Special Edition | DVD | (21/07/2008)
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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.
Flags of our Fathers (2 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (09/07/2007)
from £2.94 | Saving you £19.26 (80.30%) | RRP
Thematically ambitious and emotionally complex, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is an intimate epic with much to say about war and the nature of heroism in America. Based on the non-fiction bestseller by James Bradley (with Ron Powers), and adapted by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis (Jarhead screenwriter William Broyles Jr. wrote an earlier draft that was abandoned when Eastwood signed on to direct), this isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic. In telling the story of the six men (five Marines, one Navy medic) who raised the American flag of victory on the battle-ravaged Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23rd, 1945, Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers (played by Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, and Jesse Bradford) became reluctant celebrities - and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign - after their flag-raising was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in the most famous photograph in military history. As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatising the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective. --Jeff Shannon
John Barrymore Collection | DVD | (14/04/2008)
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The John Barrymore Collection (3 Discs)
Burgess Meredith Collection | DVD | (14/04/2008)
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Titles comprise: Man On The Eiffel Tower (1949): A criminal genius orchestrates a complex game of murder ensnaring everyone around him in his web of deceit. After a wealthy American is murdered a poor street vendor found with blood on his hands is the obvious suspect. Inspector Maigret discerns that there is more to the story and begins to decipher hidden clues buried beneath the surface. When the detective and the mastermind come face to face they engage in a thrilling battle of wills. The killer leads the police on a furious chase through the streets and rooftops of Paris lashing out as the noose grows tighter around him. Winterset (1936): A young man returns to New York City 15 years after his father was tried and executed for a murder he did not commit. His search to find the real killers brings him to the slums of the city where he falls in love with a young girl Marianne and uncovers the truth he's been searching for his entire life. Adapted from the Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson and nominated for two Academy Award Winterset is a moody journey into the dark arms of malice murder and retribution. A rain-drenched testament to the tortured human condition. Second Chorus (1941): 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 Goddard). 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?