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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [Blu-ray] [2019]Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy | Blu Ray | (02/09/2019) from £13.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Seven-part BBC miniseries based on the novel by John le Carre. Deputy Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service George Smiley (Alec Guinness) has been in retirement for some time due to his mishandling of a failed mission in Czechoslovakia. However, the spy finds himself summoned back to the Circus when it transpires that an enemy infiltrator is at work in the department. The cast also includes Ian Richardson, Anthony Bate, Bernard Hepton and Hywel Bennett.

  • Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes IV, V And VI [DVD]Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes IV, V And VI | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £14.94   |  Saving you £1.54 (12.89%)   |  RRP £13.49

    Share the epic adventure! Relive the exhilarating action spectacular battles and ultimate triumph of good over evil that make Star Wars the greatest space fantasy adventure of all time...and the ultimate entertainment experience for every family. The Star Wars Original Trilogy Episodes - A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi - continue the saga with Luke Skywalker Princess Leia and Han Solo leading the Rebel Alliance to claim victory over the Empire and win freedom for the galaxy!

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [Blu-ray] [2020] [Region Free]Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back | Blu Ray | (24/08/2020) from £16.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The Rebels scatter after the Empire attacks their base on the ice planet Hoth. Han Solo and Princess Leia are pursued by Imperials, while Luke trains with Jedi Master Yoda. Luke battles Darth Vader and learns the shocking truth of his past. Special Features: Audio Commentary By George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren Archival Audio Commentary By The Cast And Crew Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Bonus Disc Conversations: The Lost Interviews Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled A Conversation With The Masters (2010) Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk Hoth Overview George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back 1979 Irvin Kershner Interview Dagobah Overview Pursued by the Imperial Fleet Overview George Lucas On The Force: 2010 Cloud City Overview Han And Leia: Extended Echo Base Argument Luke's Recovery Luke And Leia: Medical Center Wampa Attacks The Fate of General Veers Yoda's Test Hiding In The Asteroid Alternate Han And Leia Kiss Lobot's Capture Leia Tends To Luke AT-AT Walker Fallen Model Snowspeeder Model Tauntaun Maquette Rebel Transport Model Hoth Landscape Matte Painting Leia Hoth Costume Han Solo Interior: Hoth Costume Yoda Model Luke's Severed Head Dagobah Bog Matte Painting Dagobah Matte Painting Luke's Tan Costume Star Destroyer Model Millennium Falcon Model Space Slug Darth Vader's Star Destroyer Model Star Destroyer Hull Model Executor Bridge Matte Painting Boba Fett Prototype Costume Imperial Officer Costume Rebel Cruiser Model Twin-Pod Cloud Car Model Cloud City Models Cloud City Matte Painting Cloud City Landing Platform Matte Painting Cloud City Core Vane Matte Painting Cloud City Core Vane Platform Matte Painting Lando Bespin Costume Cloud City Slave I Matte Painting

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope [Blu-ray] [2020] [Region Free]Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope | Blu Ray | (24/08/2020) from £13.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Young farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into a galaxy of adventure when he intercepts a distress call from the captive Princess Leia. The event launches him on a daring mission to rescue her from the clutches of Darth Vader and the Evil Empire. Special Features: Audio Commentary by George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren Archival Audio Commentary by the Cast and Crew Episode IV: A New Hope Bonus Disc Conversations: Creating A Universe Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber Anatomy Of A Dewback Star Wars Launch Trailer Archive Fly-Through Tatooine Overview Mark Hamill Interview Anthony Daniels Interview Aboard The Death Star Overview Carrie Fisher Interview The Battle of Yavin Overview Tosche Station Old Woman On Tatooine Aunt Beru's Blue Milk The Search For R2-D2 Cantina Rough-Cut Stormtrooper Search Darth Vader Widens The Search Alternate Biggs And Luke Reunion Landspeeder Prototype Model Millennium Falcon Prototype Model R2-D2 Tatooine From Orbit Matte Painting Jawa Costume Tusken Raider Mask Ketwol Mask Death Star Prototype Model Holo Chess Set Bridge Power Trench Matte Painting Luke's Stormtrooper Torso X-wing Fighter Model - Prototype X-wing Fighter Model - Final Y-wing Fighter Model - Prototype Y-wing Fighter Model - Final TIE Fighter Model - Prototype TIE Fighter Model - Final Darth Vader's TIE Fighter Model X-wing Pilot Costume with Helmet Death Star Laser Tower Model Yavin 4 Matte Painting

  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi [Blu-ray] [2020] [Region Free]Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi | Blu Ray | (24/08/2020) from £21.79   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star. The Rebel fleet counters with a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader in a final climactic duel. Special Features: Audio Commentary By George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren Archival Audio Commentary By The Cast And Crew Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi Bonus Disc Conversations: The Effects Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds of Ben Burtt Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer It Began TV Spot Climactic Chapter TV Spot Tatooine Overview Endor Overview Harrison Ford Interview Death Star II Space Battle Overview Vader's Arrival And Reaching Out To Luke Tatooine Sandstorm Rebel Raid On The Bunker Jerjerrod's Conflict Battle Of Endor: The Lost Rebels Rancor Maquette EV-9D9 Salacious B. Crumb C-3PO's Head With Eye Poked Out Leia's Boussh Costume Lando Skiff Guard Costume Jabba's Radio-Controlled Eyes AT-ST Walker Model Speeder Bike Imperial Shuttle Model Ewok Hang Glider Maquette Imperial Shuttle Landing Matte Painting Endor Landing Platform Matte Painting Ewok Costume Biker Scout Costume B-wing Fighter Model TIE Interceptor Model Death Star Under Construction Model Imperial Shuttle Bay Matte Painting Admiral Ackbar Costume Death Star Equator Docking Bay Matte Painting Millennium Falcon In Hangar Matte Painting Jabba's Palace, Road Creature Matte Painting Sarlacc Pit Matte Painting

  • Doctor Zhivago [1965]Doctor Zhivago | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.29   |  Saving you £7.70 (122.42%)   |  RRP £13.99

    David Lean's wintry adaptation of Boris Pasternak's melodramatic Russian Revolution romance, Doctor Zhivago, is a masterpiece of epic filmmaking, but one that risks leaving the viewer cold. Though none of the film was shot in the then USSR, Lean's assured technique nevertheless illuminates the breathtaking backgrounds magnificently: from the snowy wastes of the Urals to the strife-torn streets of Moscow, Lean stages a series of wonderful set-pieces showing war, revolution and its terrible aftermath. The problem lies in the foreground. Omar Sharif's entirely passive Zhivago is, we are told, a romantic poet of great sensitivity who internalises all his emotions and expresses them in verse. The trouble is the audience never gets to see a line of his poems, not even the centrally important "Lara" cycle. Thus Zhivago at the end of the picture is as much an emotional blank to us as he was at the beginning. His affair with the idealised beauty that is Julie Christie's Lara is also taken for granted by the filmmakers rather than set up in any convincing way, their mutual attraction remaining a mystery that creates a vacuum at the core of the picture. Given that none of the central characters with the exception of Rod Steiger's fire-breathing lecher Komarovsky ever give way to strong emotions, the romantic heart of the film remains oddly frigid. Matters are not helped by composer Maurice Jarre's incessant "Lara's Theme", which many will find teeth-grindingly irritating. Still, any David Lean epic, even a flawed one, is always going to be a first-class cinematic experience, and Zhivago is assuredly that. On the DVD: A stunning anamorphic widescreen print is the ideal way to appreciate David Lean's craftsmanship and this movie's glorious, wintry cinematography. Maurice Jarre's "Lara's Theme" and the rest of his patchwork score can be heard in a music-only track, while Omar Sharif is joined by Lean's widow Sandra and Rod Steiger for an intermittent commentary. The second bonus disc contains a good hour-long making-of documentary plus 10 shorter contemporary documentaries giving various insights into the location shooting and the cast and crew. But it's the sheer beauty of the picture that will astonish and make this disc forever treasurable. --Mark Walker

  • Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [Blu-ray]Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011) from £34.59   |  Saving you £-9.60 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Titles Comprise: Episode IV - A New Hope: Luke Skywalker a young farm boy from Tatooine is thrust into the struggle of the rebel alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Three years later Imperial forces continue to pursue the rebels. After the rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the Dark Side Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin... Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi: In the epic conclusion of the saga the Empire prepares to crush the rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station.

  • Lawrence of Arabia [Blu-ray][Region Free]Lawrence of Arabia | Blu Ray | (10/09/2012) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    In 1962 Lawrence of Arabia scooped another seven Oscars for David Lean and crew after his previous epic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, had performed exactly the same feat a few years earlier. Supported in this Great War desert adventure by a superb cast including Alex Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole gives a complex, star-making performance as the enigmatic TE Lawrence. The magnificent action and vast desert panoramas were captured in luminous 70mm by Cinematographer Freddie Young, here beginning a partnership with Lean that continued through Dr Zhivago (1965) and Ryan's Daughter (1970). Yet what made the film truly outstanding was Robert (A Man For All Seasons) Bolt's literate screenplay, marking the beginning of yet another ongoing collaboration with Lean. The final partnership established was between director and French composer Maurice Jarre, who won one of the Oscars and scored all Lean's remaining films, up to and including A Passage to India in 1984. Fully restored in 1989, this complete version of Lean's masterpiece remains one of cinema's all-time classic visions. --Gary S Dalkin On the DVD: This vast movie is spread leisurely across two discs, with Maurice Jarre's overture standing in as intermission music for the first track of disc two. But the clarity of the anamorphic widescreen picture and Dolby 5.1 soundtrack justify the decision not to cram the whole thing onto one side of a disc. The movie has never looked nor sounded better than here: the desert landscapes are incredibly detailed, with the tiny nomadic figures in the far distance clearly visible on the small screen; the remastered soundtrack, too, is a joy. Thanks are due to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg who supervised (and financed) the restoration of the picture in 1989; on disc two Spielberg chats about why David Lean is his favourite director, and why Lawrence had such a profound influence on him both as a child and as a filmmaker (he regularly re-watches the movie before starting any new project). Other features include an excellent and exhaustive "making-of" documentary with contributions from surviving cast and crew (an avuncular Omar Sharif is particularly entertaining as he reminisces about meeting the hawk-like Lean for the first time), some contemporary featurettes designed to promote the movie and a DVD-ROM facility. The extra features are good--especially the documentary--but the breathtaking quality of both anamorphic picture and digital sound are what make this DVD package a triumph. --Mark Walker

  • Smiley's People [1982]Smiley's People | DVD | (28/06/2004) from £6.19   |  Saving you £3.80 (61.39%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The second of the BBC's well-regarded serialisations of John Le Carré's espionage bestsellers, Smiley's People is slightly less compulsively watchable than Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy if only because Tinker, Tailor had a much stronger plot premise (who is the mole in British Intelligence?) than Smiley's People, which takes a very long time to come into focus. Retired spymaster George Smiley (Alec Guinness) wanders around Europe and visits a succession of desperate or eccentric characters as he plays a game which finally leads to another confrontation with and a possible victory over his Moriarty-like Soviet arch-nemesis Karla (an expressive but silent Patrick Stewart). Directed by Simon Langton and coscripted by John Hopkins and Le Carré this is a leisurely mystery. It offers a cannily generous central performance from Guinness, who never takes off his scarf and does his best to fade into the background while a succession of striking character players hold centre screen; but slowly and by sheer presence he begins to dominate the panoramic view of European treachery, deception, and disappointment. Among the terrific supporting cast are Michel Lonsdale, Mario Adorf, Vladek Sheybal, Michael Gough, Alan Rickman (a tiny, early role as a hotel clerk), Beryl Reid, Ingrid Pitt, Bernard Hepton, Michael Elphick, Rosalie Crutchley, Michael Byrne, Bill Paterson, and Maureen Lipman. Smiley's People is more interested in character than thrills, with each cameo contributing another view of the human cost of the cold war: most of the old friends Smiley seeks out react to his reappearance by saying they never wanted to see him again, and victory is only possible because Smiley discovers that his opposite number has a weakness that makes him almost sympathetic. It was originally broadcast in six hour-long episodes, and its intelligent approach works better if you watch episode-length chunks, letting one sink in before going on. --Kim Newman

  • The Ladykillers [Blu-ray] [2020]The Ladykillers | Blu Ray | (09/11/2020) from £11.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    This stunning new 4K restoration of 1955 Ealing comedy THE LADYKILLERS and the first from the original 3 strip technicolour negative, showcases Alexander Mackendrick's vision is its full glory. Considered by many as the finest British comedy ever made, THE LADYKILLERS follows the hilarious capers of a group of small-time crooks, taking on more than they can handle in the form of their sweet elderly landlord, Mrs. Wilberforce (BAFTA Award winning actress Katie Johnson; How To Murder A Rich Uncle). The criminal gang, posing as a string quartet, are unprepared for their landlord's meddling when one of the ˜musicians' cases gets caught in a door, revealing the group's true identity. Featuring an impressive all-star lineup, with the finest comedy actors of the day; Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Lavender Hill Mob) plays the gang's mastermind ˜Professor Marcus', Cecil Parker (A French Mistress) is Claude otherwise known as ˜Major Courtney', Peter Sellers (I'm Alright Jack) is Harry aka ˜Mr. Robinson', Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther) is Louis aka ˜Mr. Harvey' and Danny Green (A Kid For Two Farthings) plays One Round also known as ˜Mr. Lawson'. A stunning new 4K restoration of Ealing Studios finest comedy Special Features: NEW Investigating the Ladykillers featurette NEW Colour in The Ladykillers: an interview with Professor Keith Johnston Lobby Cards gallery Behind the scenes stills gallery Peter Sellers spoof trailer from the set of The Ladykillers Audio commentary with author and film scholar Philip Kemp King's Cross Locations featurette with Alan Dein Audio Interview with Assistant Director Tom Pevsner Audio Interview with Unit Production Manager David Peers Trailer Includes the feature in both 1.37 and 1.66 aspect ratios - first time both have been available together

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy & Smiley's People boxset [Blu-ray] [2021]Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy & Smiley's People boxset | Blu Ray | (11/10/2021) from £22.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The critically acclaimed BBC productions of John Le Carré's espionage classics. Starring Sir Alec Guinness, Ian Richardson, Bernard Hepton, Joss Ackland, Eileen Atkins & Beryl Reid. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: In BAFTA-winner Sir Alec Guinness's first major TV role he plays George Smiley, a retired agent who is secretly brought into ˜the Circus' (the code name for British Secret Intelligence Service) to root out a top-level mole. Gradually piecing together the story, the weary but determined Smiley trawls through the murky waters of Cold War espionage and his own past. Special Feature: The Secret Centre Original transmission 10th September 1979 to 22nd October 1979. Smiley's People: Winner of four BAFTAs, including Best Actor and Best Actress. Smiley and Karla in the final confrontation. The bespectacled spymaster is once more called from retirement to come to the aid of ˜the Circus' - and he returns with a vengeance. The murder of an émigré Soviet General , who was also a British agent, sends him digging into the past on a twisted trail across Europe that moves, inexorably, towards a final showdown with his old adversary, Karla of Moscow Centre. Special Features: Interview footage with John Le Carré and John Irvin, Restoration Featurette & Collectors' Booklet with production notes Original transmission 20th September 1982 to 25th October 1982.

  • The Bridge On The River Kwai [1957]The Bridge On The River Kwai | DVD | (04/12/2000) from £3.99   |  Saving you £20.26 (742.12%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). On the DVD: Too often the best extras come attached to films that don't really warrant them. Not so here, where a truly great film has been given the attention it deserves. The first disc presents the film in the original extra-wide CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1, in an anamorphically enhanced transfer which does maximum justice to the film's superb cinematography. The sound has been transferred from the original six-track magnetic elements into 5.1 Dolby Digital and far surpasses what many would expect from a 1950s' feature. The main bonus on the first disc is an isolated presentation of Malcolm Arnold's great Oscar-winning music score, in addition to which there is a trivia game, and maps and historical information linked to appropriate clips. The second disc contains a new, specially produced 53-minute "making of" documentary featuring many of those involved in the production of the movie. This gives a rich insight into the physical problems of making such a complex epic on location in Ceylon. Also included are the original trailer and two short promotional films from the time of release, one of which is narrated by star William Holden. Finally there is an "appreciation" by director John Milius, an extensive archive of movie posters and artwork, and a booklet that reproduces the text of the film's original 1957 brochure. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Smiley's People [Blu-ray] [2020]Smiley's People | Blu Ray | (09/11/2020) from £13.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    British masterspy George Smiley (Alec Guinness) returns to his old department following the murder of his friend, General Vladimir, a Russian who once worked for British Intelligence. When it transpires that Vladimir was in fact a double agent, Smiley becomes engaged in a battle of wills with his old nemesis, Karla of Moscow Centre.

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [1979]Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | DVD | (26/05/2003) from £6.21   |  Saving you £5.04 (101.82%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy stars Alec Guinness as George Smiley, John Le Carré's familiar, ageing British Intelligence agent, called out of retirement to discover the identity of the high-ranking Russian mole who has burrowed deep into "The Circus"--codename for the British secret service. This slow-burning, complicated and ultimately rewarding BBC adaptation, dramatised by Arthur Hopcroft and directed by John Irvin, perfectly captures Le Carré's own insight into the shady underworld of spies and the political climate during the Cold War. Le Carré's style is the antithesis of his contemporary Ian Fleming's--far from the glamorous lifestyle of Bond, with his fast cars and faster women, these agents ride around in Skodas, and Beryl Reid is the closest thing to a femme fatale, save for Smiley's elusive wife, Anne. An extraordinary cast (including Ian Bannen, Hywel Bennett and Ian Richardson), gritty realism and close attention to detail make Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy an outstanding piece of television drama. --Nicola Perry

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version)Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version) | DVD | (11/09/2006) from £12.13   |  Saving you £10.86 (89.53%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Available for a limited time only! Three years after the events in Episode IV - A New Hope Imperial forces continue to pursue the rebels. After the rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the Dark Side Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin...

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy and Smiley's People Double Pack [DVD]Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy and Smiley's People Double Pack | DVD | (22/08/2011) from £9.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (62.58%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:In Sir Alec Guinness's first major TV role he plays George Smiley, a retired agent who is secretly brought into 'the Circus' (the code name for British Secret Intelligence Service) to root out a top-level mole. Gradually piecing together the story, the weary but determined Smiley trawls through the murky waters of Cold War espionage and his own past.Originally transmitted 10th September1979 to 22nd October 1979.Smiley's People:The bespectacled spymaster is once more called from retirement to come to the aid of 'the Circus' - and he returns with a vengeance. The murder of an migr Soviet General, who was also a British agent, sends him digging into the past on a twisted trail across Europe that moves, inexorably, towards a final showdown with his old adversary, Karla of Moscow Centre.Originally transmitted 20th September1982 to 25th October 1982.

  • Our Man In HavanaOur Man In Havana | DVD | (26/12/2005) from £5.69   |  Saving you £7.30 (128.30%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Jim Wormold (Alec Guinness) a vacuum cleaner salesman is short of money. His 17-year old daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has reached an expensive age - so he accepts Hawthorne's (Noel Coward) offer of 0-plus a month and becomes Agent 59200/5 MI6's man in Havana. To keep the job Wormold pretends to recruit sub-agents and sends fake stories. Then the stories start becoming disturbingly true... Based on the novel by Graham Greene this was the final collaboration between Greene and director Carol Reed who had previously worked together on The Third Man and Fallen Idol.

  • The Bridge On The River Kwai [Blu-ray] [1957]The Bridge On The River Kwai | Blu Ray | (06/06/2011) from £7.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (150.19%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). On the DVD: Too often the best extras come attached to films that don't really warrant them. Not so here, where a truly great film has been given the attention it deserves. The first disc presents the film in the original extra-wide CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1, in an anamorphically enhanced transfer which does maximum justice to the film's superb cinematography. The sound has been transferred from the original six-track magnetic elements into 5.1 Dolby Digital and far surpasses what many would expect from a 1950s' feature. The main bonus on the first disc is an isolated presentation of Malcolm Arnold's great Oscar-winning music score, in addition to which there is a trivia game, and maps and historical information linked to appropriate clips. The second disc contains a new, specially produced 53-minute "making of" documentary featuring many of those involved in the production of the movie. This gives a rich insight into the physical problems of making such a complex epic on location in Ceylon. Also included are the original trailer and two short promotional films from the time of release, one of which is narrated by star William Holden. Finally there is an "appreciation" by director John Milius, an extensive archive of movie posters and artwork, and a booklet that reproduces the text of the film's original 1957 brochure. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Great Expectations [1946]Great Expectations | DVD | (26/09/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    David Lean's masterpiece based on Charles Dickins' timeless novel about Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who suddenly comes into great fortunes.

  • Star Wars Episode VI:Return Of The Jedi (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version)Star Wars Episode VI:Return Of The Jedi (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version) | DVD | (11/09/2006) from £12.13   |  Saving you £10.86 (89.53%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Available for a limited time only! In the epic conclusion of the saga the Empire prepares to crush the rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station...

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