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Marilyn Monroe - The Diamond Collection | DVD | (05/08/2002)
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Released to mark the 40th anniversary of her death in 1962, The Diamond Collection brings together all of Marilyn Monroe's films for 20th Century Fox. This handsome box set stands as a salutary reminder of the considerable achievements of an actress who still reigns supreme as the greatest screen goddess of them all. The uninitiated might be surprised at the versatility of someone whose legend is founded so much on her image as a sex symbol. In particular, her touching performance as the abused second-rate bar singer Cherie in Bus Stop (1956) is a rounded study of a woman still capable of dreaming when life has done everything to dull her. The box set as a whole offers plenty of evidence that while she certainly specialised in a unique and complex variation on the blonde bombshell stereotype--embodied in her timeless performances as Lorelei Lee (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and short-sighted Pola in How to Marry a Millionaire, both 1953--she could certainly diversify. The documentary, Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days, provides a sympathetic take on the troubles and behaviour which led to her being sacked from her final picture, Something's Got to Give. The presentation of the restored footage from that movie is less successful, though, as the glimpses of Monroe's incandescent screen presence, belying her illness and depression, leave a palpable sadness in their wake. Better by far to focus on her earlier work. Whatever the role, her luminous beauty and statuesque figure, combined with an unselfconsciously joyful sexuality and an on-screen vulnerability, were always at their best under the careful guidance of directors like Billy Wilder and Otto Preminger. These qualities continue to give her an enduring appeal. On the DVD: The Diamond Collection has been digitally restored using, for the most part, the original negatives, making this a sumptuous package for any Monroe fan. Niagara and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes are both presented in standard 4:3 ratio but the rest--filmed in Cinemascope and presented here in letterbox format--are certainly better-served by widescreen viewing. The colours, like Monroe, come alive. The sound quality is crisp and Monroe's singing--she had limited but genuine musical talent--has polished up well. Multiple extras include before-and-after restoration comparisons, trailers from various countries, stills and posters, and newsreel footage. Eleven discs of Marilyn in one box, this is a veritable feast indeed. --Piers Ford
Classic Musicals - 5 Film Collection | Blu Ray | (15/10/2012)
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<b>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:</b> With its clever tunes (including the Oscar-Nominated title song), marvellous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply 'toot sweet' to pass up. Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives--but also flies and floats--as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magi...
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)
I Dream Of Jeannie - Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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With the blink of her eyes and a nod of her head Barbara Eden will make your wishes come true in the premiere season of I Dream Of Jeannie. Larry Hagman stars as Captain Anthony Tony Nelson an astronaut who finds himself Master to a beautiful and crafty genie (Eden) whom he unknowingly releases from a bottle. Together he and Jeannie are a magical match. Packed with bonus features and boasting some of television's brightest guest stars such as Dabney Coleman Maureen McCormick and Bill Mumy I Dream Of Jeannie is the beloved must-own comedy series that will have you dreaming of TV's Golden Age.
The Joseph Losey Collection | DVD | (20/10/2008)
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The Go Between: Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last and the summer Leo turns 13. He's the guest of Marcus a wealthy classmate at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian Marcus's twenty-something sister a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit takes him on walks and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor Ted Burgess a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling realizes he's betraying Hugh but continues as the go-between nonetheless asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbours stay secret for long? And how does innocence end? The Servant: In this landmark drama of class struggle and moral decay a pampered playboy (James Fox) acquires an elegant townhouse complete with a dedicated man servant (Dirk Bogarde). But when the young man's fiance (Wendy Craig) becomes suspicious of the servant's intentions he and his 'sister' (Sarah Miles) thrust the household into a sinister game where seduction is corruption and power becomes the most shocking desire of all. Accident: When an accident kills one of his student and Oxford professor (Dirk Bogarde) recounts the circumstances of their meeting. But as these turbulent memories unfold they reveal a series of shocking relationships betrayed by adultery obsession and self-destruction in which nothing is what it seems and everything has its cost. The Criminal: Stanley Baker (Hell Is A City Zulu) stars as underworld kingpin Johnny Bannion sprung from prison by his best friend Mike Carter to mastermind a daring racetrack heist. But when Johnny is sent back to jail shortly after hiding the stolen loot he must survive and ordeal of brutality and betrayal at the hands of his fellow convicts and former accomplices in this gritty drama that was originally advertised as The Toughest Film Ever Made In Britain! Eva: Welsh writer Tyvian Jones (Stanley Baker) seems to have it all Sixties style -- an international best seller an apartment in Rome a gorgeous fianc''e in Virna Lisi - but he's bitter anyway. He meets his existential match in ennui in the mod seductress Eve played by Jeanne Moreau who was never more cynical or iconic. Decked out in pointy pumps and heavy eyeliner listening to Billie Holiday on scratchy LPs as she counts the lire and smokes endless packs of cigarettes in strangers' bedrooms she is the epitome of frayed glamour. An emotional tyrant Eve's casual maneuvering forces Baker to confront his past - and his weaknesses - as a man and an artist. Mr. Klein: As Jews flee Paris Mr. Klein exploits them preying on their desperation by buying their valuables at a fraction of their worth... until he finds his name is shared by a Jewish member of the anti-Nazi resistance. Klein reports this to the authorities only find that he is uncontrollably sinking into the quicksand of mistaken identity. The Sleeping Tiger: An intriguing psychological drama starring Dirk Bogarde as a petty crook who is sheltered by a psychiatrist planning to use him as a guinea pig until Bogarde seduces his wife. The Big Night: After his adored father is savagely beaten by sports writer Al Judge 17 year-old George goes on a mission of revenge. In a twisted coming of age tale George explores the seedy side of his town and in his inability to understand the savage attack gets more than he bargained for.
The Dick Van Dyke Show Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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Remember when Laura got her toestuck in a hotel bathtub? When Rob dreamed about ever-presentwalnuts and an alien with no thumbs that looked like Danny Thomas? Trip into the living room of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) along with his lovely wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) wisecracking co-workers and nutty neighbors. Consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all time and renowed for its top-notch cast and stellar writing.
The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Season Two | DVD | (21/05/2007)
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The Dick Van Dyke Show which ran from 1961 to 1966 on the CBS Network ushered in the golden age of the situation comedy poised as it was on the threshold between the comedy-variety star vehicles of the 1950s and the neorealist socio-comedies of the early 1970s. The Dick Van Dyke Show truly found it's niche in its second season. Millions tuned in weekly for the fun with comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) on the job with his wisecracking co-workers (Morey Amsterdam Rose Maria) and at home with his lovely wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore). Now enjoy all 32 of the season's hilarious episodes each digitally remastered to its original full-length version. Episodes Comprise: 1. Never Name a Duck 2. The Two Faces of Rob 3. The Attempted Marriage 4. Bank Book 6565696 5. Hustling the Hustler 6. My Husband Is Not a Drunk 7. What's in a Middle Name? 8. Like a Sister 9. The Night the Roof Fell In 10. The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally 11. A Bird in the Head Hurts 12. Gesundheit Darling 13. A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own 14. Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra 15. The Cat Burglar 16. The Foul Weather Girl 17. Will You Two Be My Wife? 18. Ray Murdock's X-Ray 19. I Was a Teenage Head Writer 20. It May Look Like a Walnut! 21. My Husband Is a Check-Grabber 22. Don't Trip Over That Mountain 23. Give Me Your Walls! 24. The Sam Pomerantz Scandals 25. The Square Triangle 26. I'm No Henry Walden! 27. Racy Tracy Rattigan 28. Divorce 29. It's a Shame She Married Me 30. A Surprise Surprise Is a Surprise 31. Jilting the Jilter 32. When a Bowling Pin Talks Listen
The Lucy Show 8 DVD Set | DVD | (11/02/2008)
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One of the most popular television comedies of all time The Lucy Show was the follow up to the equally successful I Love Lucy. Whilst I Love Lucy was pre-dominantly set in New York The Lucy Show saw Lucille switch to the West Coast working at a bank as secretary to Mr Carmichael. The series would eventually feature guest appearances from fellow celebrities all of whom wanted to either open accounts or had some dealings with the bank. Not surprisingly Lucille's attempts to assist invariably went wrong. Sometimes things went wrong that weren't in the script - the very first show in this set Lucy And Viv Put In A Shower sees Lucy and Viv trying to install a shower in order to save paying a plumber and become trapped inside as it continues to fill with water. Midway through filming Lucy was unable to return to the surface and was in danger of drowning. Her co-star Vivian Vance realized something was wrong and pulled her to safety then ad-libbed whilst Lucy got her breath back. The remaining cast and crew and live audience were completely unaware of the problem until told after the show was completed. The thirty episodes in this box set has guest appearances from John Wayne Jack Benny Phil Silvers Tennessee Ernie Ford and Robert Boulet among others and feature Lucy in one mishap after another. Set Comprises: Disc 1: Lucy And Viv Put In A Shower/Lucy's Barbershop Quartet/Lucy And George Burns/Lucy And The Submarine Disc 2: Lucy The Bean Queen/Lucy And Paul Winchell/Lucy And The Ring-A-Ding-Ding/Lucy Goes To London Disc 3: Lucy Gets A Room-Mate/Lucy And Carol In Palm Springs/LOucy Gets Caught Up In The Draft/Lucy And John Wayne Disc 4: Lucy And Pat Collins/Lucy And The Money/Lucy And Phil Silvers/Lucy's Substitute Secretary Disc 5: Viv Visits Lucy/Lucy The Babysitter/Main Street USA/Lucy Meets The Law Disc 6: Lucy The Fight Manager/Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford/Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard/Lucy Meets The Berles Disc 7: Lucy Gets Trapped/Lucy And The French Movie Star/Lucy The Starmaker Disc 8: Lucy And Jack Benny's Account/Little Sid Lucy/Lucy And Robert Boulet
Daniel Boone - Season 2 | DVD | (02/04/2007)
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Join Emmy nominated Fess Parker as legendary frontier hero Daniel Boone. Seen for the first time in glorious colour Daniel Boone ran for six seasons on the BBC from 1968-1973. Season 2 continues Boone's adventures as he carves out his new life on the untamed frontier. Over 28 thrilling episodes we see how Daniel meets his future wife and becomes embroiled in not only the hardship but the intrigue and betrayal of the settlers struggle to build a new life in the untamed West. Re-ignite the spirit of the frontier with this beautifully restored and re mastered piece of television history - available for the first time on DVD. Episodes Comprise: 1. Empire of the Lost 2. The Tortoise and the Hare 3. The Mound Builders 4. My Name Is Rawls 5. The Old Man and the Cave 6. The Trek 7. The Aaron Burr Story 8. Cry of Gold 9. The Peace Tree 10. The Thanksgiving Story 11. A Rope for Mingo 12. The First Beau 13. The Perilous Journey 14. The Christmas Story 15. The Tamarack Massacre Affair 16. Gabriel 17. Seminole Territory 18. The Deserter 19. Crisis by Fire 20. The Gun 21. The Prisoners 22. The Fifth Man 23. The Gun-Barrel Highway 24. The Search 25. Fifty Rifles 26. The Trap 27. The Accused 28. Cibola 29. The High Cumberland (1) 30. The High Cumberland (2)
More Northern Comedy | DVD | (18/08/2008)
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This 3 DVD Box Set Contains: The Gay Dog: Raving Beauty is the name of Jim Gay's (Wilfred Pickles) racing greyhound. With the big race only days away Jim pretends that Raving Beauty is in bad shape in order to lengthen its odds and clean up at the bookies. But keeping up the pretence with his wife daughter the whole street and the inveterate gamblers played by Jon Pertwee and Peter Butterworth is no easy task. The Penny Pool/Stick Em' Up: The Penny Pool features Duggie Wakefield and his Crazy Gang who come to the assistance of young lovers Tommy Bancroft and Renee Harland who have been sacked from their jobs for filling in The Penny football pools during work hours. But the Crazy Gang's assistance is not always useful! Stick Em Up: Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss team up again as a pair of inept private detectives who are engaged to save a young man who is charged with murder from the gallows. With detectives like this pair on his side the young man will be lucky to escape with his life! School For Randle: School caretaker 'Flatfoot' Mason (Frank Randle) a former Music-Hall artiste harbours a secret. He has a daughter Betty (Terry Randall) who unbeknownst to her was adopted when his wife died. Now a teenager she's a pupil at the school and this causes complications when the staff feel that Randle is being 'over attentive' to Betty. Told to steer clear of her Randle reluctantly agrees but Betty thinks he's rejecting her and decides to run away to make her name in showbusiness. Randle assisted by his fellow caretakers (Mancunian Studio regulars Dan Young and Alec Pleon) trace her to a seedy carbaret club. Disguising themselves as The Three Who Flungs Chinese acrobat troupe the Mancunian trio try to persuade Betty to come home...
1960's - Decade To Remember | DVD | (31/01/2006)
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The Time Of Your Life - Decade To Remember The 1960's
The Rocky Horror Picture Show | DVD | (04/10/2004)
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Celebrate 25 years of midnight movie madness! The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an erotic nightmare beyond any measure. Relive Richard O'Brien's sinfully twisted salute to horror sci-fi B-movies and rock music - a sensual daydream to treasure forever - starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance) Barry Bostwick and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Do the Time Warp and sing Hot Patootie with Meatloaf again...and again...and again...at home or in a movie theater where it will probably be playing for another 25 years!