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  • Fall Of Eagles [DVD]Fall Of Eagles | DVD | (02/09/2013) from £15.99   |  Saving you £20.00 (125.08%)   |  RRP £35.99

    Stunning BBC dramatisation of the decline and fall of three European dynasties featuring an amazing cast of British actors. In the latter half of the 19th Century, three ruling houses dominated Europe: the Hapsburgs of Austria-Hungary, the Romanovs of Russia and Hohenzollerns of Germany. Centuries of despotism, a continued lack of social reform and the advent of the devastating First World War caused the vultures of revolution to star t circling. This 13-part epic drama features a who's who ...

  • Ryan's Daughter [1970]Ryan's Daughter | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £6.29   |  Saving you £10.70 (170.11%)   |  RRP £16.99

    World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her father's pub and Rosy was tending bar for the first time since her marriage to the village schoolmaster. Then one stormy night some Irish revolutionaries expecting a shipment of guns arrive at Ryan's pub. Is it Rosy who betrays them to the British? Wi

  • Robbery [DVD]Robbery | DVD | (31/08/2015) from £6.79   |  Saving you £13.20 (194.40%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the planning and execution of criminal cause celebre the Great Train Robbery, this taut, meticulously researched drama stars Stanley Baker as a crime boss undertaking the heist of his career with Frank Finlay and Barry Foster among the gang he assembles, and James Booth as the dogged detective who's determined to catch them all.Co-produced by Baker and directed by multiple-Oscar-nominated Peter Yates, Robbery is a classic of British Film exceptionally scripted (winning a WGGB Award for Best British Screenplay), powerfully acted and sporting a legendary score by composer-arranger Johnny Keating. It is presented here as a brand-new restoration from original film elements in its original aspect ratio.Having successfully pulled off a daring jewel heist, Paul Clifton prepares to hit a mail train heading south from Glasgow. Several difficulties stand in his way, however, not the least of which is the police who are hot on his tail and already know he's planning something bigger...SPECIAL FEATURES:Brand-new interview with Michael Deeley recorded for this releaseCinema: Stanley Baker an archive interview from 1972German film The Great Train RobberyWaiting for the Signal: The Making of Robbery brand-new documentary featuring interviews with cast and crewBehind-the-scenes footage archive news footage of the filming at Market HarboroughImage gallery - posters, lobby cards, memorabilia and production stillsOriginal campaign guide, exhibitors' manual and flyers in PDF format32 page booklet by film historian Sheldon HallABOUT THE RESTORATION:Previously released on DVD from an old 1.33:1 (4:3 pan and scan) transfer, Robbery has now been scanned to 2K resolution from the 35mm original negative and restored in its correct theatrical aspect ratio (1.66:1).The restoration involved grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations. The image has been fully colour corrected. While conforming, it was found that a ten second interior shot of the police car during the opening chase sequence had been cut from the DVD release. This has been re-instated for this restoration.The original 35mm magnetic audio elements were unfortunately in a very poor condition and unable to be used due to deterioration, so the existing mono soundtrack has been restored.

  • Sweeney! Movie Collection (Sweeney!/Sweenet 2) [1976]Sweeney! Movie Collection (Sweeney!/Sweenet 2) | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £16.18   |  Saving you £-3.19 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Both full length big screen outings of Detectives Regan and Carter. Sweeney!: The sexy mistress of a cabinet minister is found dead of an apparent overdoes and D.I. Regan (John Thaw) and D.S. Carter (Dennis Waterman) shake off the booze and women to take on the case. But when the bullet-riddled bodies start to pile up in the London streets Regan and Carter find themselves bollocks-deep in a murderous conspiracy involving doomed prostitutes machine-gun assassins multi-national oil companies and a cold-blooded bureaucrat who may be above the law. Barry Foster (Frenzy) and Ian Bannen (Braveheart) co-star in this smash feature film that took all the hard-hitting drama of television's The Sweeney and blasted it onto cinema screens like never before! Sweeney 2: When the Chief of the Flying Squad is nicked on corruption charges he makes one last official request of D.I. Regan (John Thaw) and D.S. Carter (Dennis Waterman): Take down a ruthless crew of highly-skilled and heavily armed bank robbers terrorizing London. But as the gangs getaways become increasingly violent Regan and Carter must tangle with crooked cops beautiful women a mad bomber the government of Malta and a final raid that becomes a desperate shotgun massacre. Denholm Elliott (Raiders Of the Lost Ark) and Ken Hutchison (Straw Dogs) co-star in this second gritty feature film based on the roughest toughest and most politically incorrect crime series in TV history!

  • The Whistle Blower [1986]The Whistle Blower | DVD | (05/05/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    A 1987 espionage thriller, The Whistle Blower stars Michael Caine as Frank Jones, a businessman and regular patriotic war veteran whose son Bob (Nigel Havers) is a Russian linguist who works at GCHQ. Bob begins to express doubts to his father about aspects of his work; days later, police report to Frank that his son has died in a fall. A verdict of accidental death is recorded. However, in the midst of his grief, Frank is puzzled by aspects of the death and decides to conduct his own investigation. In so doing he finds himself pitted against an utterly unscrupulous Secret Service prepared to stop at nothing, including murder, to cover up their operations. Set at the time when concerns about GCHQ were at their height and the Cold War had yet to thaw, many of the film's concerns seem, years subsequently, to be thankfully dated. Moreover, it's hard to believe that the bumbling British Secret Services would actually be capable of organising a convivial soiree in a brewery, let alone orchestrate the sort of skulduggery they perpetrate here. Still, with a cast that features all the usual British suspects (Sir John Gielgud, James Fox, Gordon Jackson) there's no doubting the pedigree of The Whistle Blower, which, despite its ostensibly uncomfortable message, actually makes for very agreeable comfort viewing. Michael Caine is especially fine as Michael Caine. --David Stubbs

  • Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 3 [DVD]Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 3 | DVD | (17/09/2012) from £17.53   |  Saving you £12.46 (71.08%)   |  RRP £29.99

    One of the twentieth century's most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace's thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television - the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Unseen for decades and freshly transferred from the original film elements specifically for this release, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. This third volume includes top-notch performances from Barry Foster, Michael Gough, Bernard Lee, Jack Watling and Michael Goodliffe, and features scripts by Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Robert Banks Stewart (Undermind, The Human Jungle) and Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen). Special Features: Breakout - A thriller made by Independant Artists Ltd during the same period as the Merton Park films Exclusive booklet by author and critic Kim Newman Image Gallery PDF Material

  • Sweeney! [DVD]Sweeney! | DVD | (04/02/2019) from £9.59   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Rough, tough and politically incorrect, The Sweeney was one of the major television successes of the last fifty years and this first feature film spin-off is just as hard-hitting! Featuring memorable performances from John Thaw and Dennis Waterman - and made by the same team who worked on the hit television series - Sweeney! has been newly transferred from original film elements. Hard-bitten, womanising Flying Squad officer Jack Regan becomes embroiled in a political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate a seemingly suspicious death. Framed on a drink-driving charge and suspended from the force, Regan is embroiled in a deadly conspiracy and must think fast and rely on his wits if he's to survive! SPECIAL FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer Image gallery PDF material

  • Hotel Du Lac [1986]Hotel Du Lac | DVD | (26/05/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Hotel du Lac is an impeccably produced BBC television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Booker Prize-winning novel. Middle-aged writer Edith Hope has fled London and romantic disappointment to find sanctuary at a luxury hotel on a Swiss Lake, but finding no escape from her loneliness must eventually face her past. Edith is played with compassion by Anna Massey, her intellect and wit acting as a defence against her own failings, and support comes from a superb cast including Denholm Elliott, Googie Withers, Julia McKenzie, Patricia Hodge, Irene Handl and Barry Foster. Brookner's apparently slight but multi-layered tale is skilfully crafted by writer Christopher Hampton, who has with such films as Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and The Quiet American (2002) become a master of literary adaptation. Giles Foster's direction focuses on bringing the best from his cast, rather than attempting any sort of cinematic sweep, and Carl Davis' eloquent theme music makes the introspection all the more touching. Ultimately, though, it is Anna Massey's insightful central performance which makes Hotel du Lac such a memorable slice of television. On the DVD: Hotel du Lac is presented in the original TV broadcast 4:3 ratio with a very poor, extremely grainy and soft picture. The sound is reasonable mono, clear and free from distortion though lacking in dynamic range. The only extra, though one well worth having, is a serious and highly informative commentary from Giles, Hampton and producer Sue Birtwistle. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Frenzy [1972]Frenzy | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (85.69%)   |  RRP £9.99

    By the time Alfred Hitchcock's second-to-last picture came out in 1972, the censorship restrictions under which he had laboured during his long career had eased up. Now he could give full sway to his lurid fantasies, and that may explain why Frenzy is the director's most violent movie by far--outstripping even Psycho for sheer brutality. Adapted by playwright Anthony Shaffer, the story concerns a series of rape-murders committed by suave fruit-merchant Bob Rusk (Barry Foster), who gets his kicks from throttling women with a necktie. This being a Hitchcock thriller, suspicion naturally falls on the wrong man--ill-tempered publican Richard Blaney (Jon Finch). Enter Inspector Oxford from New Scotland Yard (Alex McCowan), who thrashes out the finer points of the case with his wife (Vivian Merchant), whose tireless enthusiasm for indigestible delicacies like quail with grapes supplies a classic running gag.Frenzy was the first film Hitchcock had shot entirely in his native Britain since Jamaica Inn (1939), and many contemporary critics used that fact to account for what seemed to them a glorious return to form after a string of Hollywood duds (Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz). Hitchcock specialists are often less wild about it, judging the detective plot mechanical and the oh-so-English tone insufferable. But at least three sequences rank among the most skin-crawling the maestro ever put on celluloid. There is an astonishing moment when the camera backs away from a room in which a murder is occurring, down the stairs, through the front door and then across the street to join the crowd milling indifferently on the pavement. There is also the killer's nerve-wracking attempt to retrieve his tiepin from a corpse stuffed into a sack of potatoes. Finally, there is one act of strangulation so prolonged and gruesome it verges on the pornographic. Was the veteran film-maker a rampant misogynist as feminist observers have frequently charged? Sit through this appalling scene if you dare and decide for yourself. --Peter Matthews

  • Van der Valk: The Complete Series [DVD]Van der Valk: The Complete Series | DVD | (20/08/2018) from £59.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A huge success for Thames Television, Van der Valk stars Barry Foster as the no-nonsense Dutch detective whose exploits enthralled ITV audiences over three decades. As head of Amsterdam CID he has to contend with murder, blackmail, missing persons and the more tricky cases that come the way of the Dutch police! Created by Nicolas Freeling, this ratings-topping series co-stars Michael Latimer, Nigel Stock and Ronald Hines, and guest stars include Clifford Rose, Geoffrey Bayldon, Michael Sheard, Paul Eddington, Sydney Tafler, Lisa Daniely, Jane Lapotaire, Freddie Jones, Hildegard Neil, Patrick Troughton, Suzy Kendall, Bob Hoskins, Pamela Salem, Ian Hendry, Jane Merrow, Tom Bell, Amanda Burton, Kenneth Cranham, Brian Cox and Anthony Valentine. This set contains all five series, including the feature-length specials that were made in the early 1990s.

  • Sweeney! [Blu-ray]Sweeney! | Blu Ray | (04/02/2019) from £10.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Rough, tough and politically incorrect, The Sweeney was one of the major television successes of the last fifty years and this first feature film spin-off is just as hard-hitting! Featuring memorable performances from John Thaw and Dennis Waterman - and made by the same team who worked on the hit television series - Sweeney! has been newly transferred in High Definition from original film elements. Hard-bitten, womanising Flying Squad officer Jack Regan becomes embroiled in a political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate a seemingly suspicious death. Framed on a drink-driving charge and suspended from the force, Regan is embroiled in a deadly conspiracy and must think fast and rely on his wits if he's to survive! SPECIAL FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer Image gallery PDF material

  • Robbery [Blu-ray]Robbery | Blu Ray | (31/08/2015) from £9.39   |  Saving you £10.60 (112.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the planning and execution of criminal cause celebre the Great Train Robbery, this taut, meticulously researched drama stars Stanley Baker as a crime boss undertaking the heist of his career with Frank Finlay and Barry Foster among the gang he assembles, and James Booth as the dogged detective who's determined to catch them all.Co-produced by Baker and directed by multiple-Oscar-nominated Peter Yates, Robbery is a classic of British Film exceptionally scripted (winning a WGGB Award for Best British Screenplay), powerfully acted and sporting a legendary score by composer-arranger Johnny Keating. It is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original aspect ratio.Having successfully pulled off a daring jewel heist, Paul Clifton prepares to hit a mail train heading south from Glasgow. Several difficulties stand in his way, however, not the least of which is the police who are hot on his tail and already know he's planning something bigger...SPECIAL FEATURES:Brand-new interview with Michael Deeley recorded for this release Cinema: Stanley Baker an archive interview from 1972 German film The Great Train Robbery Waiting for the Signal: The Making of Robbery brand-new documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew Behind-the-scenes footage archive news footage of the filming at Market Harborough Image gallery - posters, lobby cards, memorabilia and production stills Original campaign guide, exhibitors' manual and flyers in PDF format 32 page booklet by film historian Sheldon HallABOUT THE RESTORATION:Previously released on DVD from an old 1.33:1 (4:3 pan and scan) transfer, Robbery has now been scanned to 2K resolution from the 35mm original negative and restored in its correct theatrical aspect ratio (1.66:1).The restoration involved grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations. The image has been fully colour corrected. While conforming, it was found that a ten second interior shot of the police car during the opening chase sequence had been cut from the DVD release. This has been re-instated for this restoration.The original 35mm magnetic audio elements were unfortunately in a very poor condition and unable to be used due to deterioration, so the existing mono soundtrack has been restored.

  • The Edgar Wallace Anthology [DVD]The Edgar Wallace Anthology | DVD | (20/07/2020) from £55.48   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The thrillers of Edgar Wallace one of the twentieth century s most successful crime novelists have been widely adapted for film and television, with the most memorable adaptation being the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author s stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Transferred from the original film elements, all 47 films are included in this anthology set alongside a wealth of special features. SPECIAL FEATURES Urge to Kill a non-Wallace story that was included in syndication packages as an Edgar Wallace Mystery Seven films made by Independent Artists Ltd during the same period as the Merton Park films two of which were from Wallace stories Exclusive booklet by author and critic Kim Newman Image galleries PDF material

  • Inspector Morse - Series 3Inspector Morse - Series 3 | DVD | (21/02/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    This box set features the entire third series of the classic British Television drama Inspector Morse. Episodes comprise: 1. The Ghost In The Machine: Valuable erotic paintings are stolen from the stately home of Lord Hanbury and his disappearance is soon investigated by Morse... 2. The Last Enemy: A body is found in the canal and the only clue to its identity points to a connection with one of the Oxford colleges. When Morse discovers that intense riva

  • PD James: The Adam Dalgliesh Chronicles [DVD]PD James: The Adam Dalgliesh Chronicles | DVD | (05/11/2018) from £64.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A spectacular critical and ratings success when first transmitted on ITV, Upstairs, Downstairs still maintains its position as one of the major success stories of British television worldwide. Multi-award-winning (including ones from BAFTA, the Writers' Guild, the Royal Television Society, Emmys and Golden Globes), the series stars Jean Marsh, Gordon Jackson, Angela Baddeley, Pauline Collins and Lesley-Anne Down. Upstairs, Downstairs takes place at 165 Eaton Place from the turn of the century through the Great War and into the Roaring Twenties. It concerns the Bellamy family: politician Richard Bellamy, his wives Marjorie and Virginia, wastrel son James, wayward daughter Elizabeth and his flighty ward, Georgina Worsley. The house domestics are led by Hudson, the butler, a conservative Scot who must contend with the 'below stairs' behaviour of the household staff, including cook Mrs Bridges and maids Rose and Sarah. Features: The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs five exclusive documentaries Commentaries for selected episodes Variant version of On Trial Archive interviews with Gordon Jackson, Jean Marsh and Angela Baddeley An interview with composer Alexander Faris, and a 5.1 mix of Faris conducting the Upstairs, Downstairs theme with a live orchestra Russell Harty Goes Upstairs, Downstairs a 1975 Christmas special

  • Twisted Nerve [1968]Twisted Nerve | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £9.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (32.69%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl. A 21-year-old man suffers from a schizophrenia that makes him behave as a 6-year-old. He is taken in by a young woman and her mother but his behavior soon turns violent.

  • Sweeney! The Movie [DVD]Sweeney! The Movie | DVD | (09/11/2012) from £8.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (43.80%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The cinematic spin-off from the popular TV series, sweeney! Sees hard-bitten, womanising Flying Squad officer Jack Regan (John Thaw, Inspector Morse) embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of his girlfriend. Framed on a drunk-drive charge and suspended from the force, with his partner and his best mate George Carter (Dennis Waterman, Minder) unable to help, Jack must rely on his wits to evade deadly government hit-men and expose the real villain of the piece.

  • King And Country [1964]King And Country | DVD | (22/08/2011) from £11.65   |  Saving you £5.34 (45.84%)   |  RRP £16.99

    Amidst the mud and blood of Passchendaele in 1917 Private Hamp (Tom Courtenay) awaits Court Martial for desertion. His crime? Simply walking away from the slaughter after three solid years at the front during which all his mates have been killed. Captain Hargreaves (Dirk Bogard) the officer detailed to defend him is initially unsympathetic. However as he learns the facts of the case he becomes increasingly determined to save Hamp from the firing squad. But his superiors are equally keen to make an example of the unfortunate Private...

  • P.D. James - Death Of An Expert Witness - Parts 1 To 6 [1983]P.D. James - Death Of An Expert Witness - Parts 1 To 6 | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The first televisual adaptation of the P.D. James mysteries featuring Detective Adam Dagliesh.... Scotland Yard's senior murder detective Adam Dalgliesh is called to an isolated chalk quarry to investigate the murder of a young girl in the back of a derelict car. Could she be a victim of the back seat strangler? On his return to London Dalgliesh is called to another suspicious death at Hoggatt's government controlled forensic science laboratory. He soon discovers that the laboratory is a hot-bed of intrigue and jealousy making almost everyone a possible suspect. Whilst focusing on his investigations Dalgliesh battles to set aside the personal tragedy of losing his wife and their first baby in childbirth.

  • Van Der Valk - Series 1-5 - CompleteVan Der Valk - Series 1-5 - Complete | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £47.23   |  Saving you £52.76 (111.71%)   |  RRP £99.99

    Barry Foster stars as Van der Valk - the no-nonsense Dutch detective who delighted audiences for three decades on television. As head of Amsterdam CID he is aided by the young CID Inspector Johnny Kroon (Michael Latimer) as they work their way through murders blackmail missing persons and the more tricky cases that come the way of the Dutch police. Supported by his wife Arlette (Susan Travers/Joanna Dunham/Meg Davies) and Hoofd-Commisaris Samson (Nigel Stock/Barry Hines) it's no wonder that this entertaining and absorbing drama series topped the ratings and is well-remembered to this day. This complete box set of all Van der Valk's adventures contains all five series including the feature-length specials that were made in the early 1990s.

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