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  • Jabberwocky [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]Jabberwocky | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017) from £19.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Welcome to the kingdom of Terry Gilliam: his solo-directing debut, a gonzo medieval comedy Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town's only possible saviour but Dennis Cooper (Life of Brian's MICHAEL PALIN), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? The first outing as a solo director by TERRY GILLIAM (Brazil)inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky and made on the heels of Gilliam's success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Pytho - showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker's most uproarious visions of society run amok. BONUS FEATURES DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin and actor Annette Badland New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs Selection of Gilliam's storyboards and sketches PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

  • To The Devil A Daughter (Doubleplay) [Blu-ray]To The Devil A Daughter (Doubleplay) | Blu Ray | (29/01/2018) from £13.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Hammer's To the Devil a Daughter was the last film made by the once great studio. Clearly ailing, Hammer again adapted a novel by Dennis Wheatley, the author behind one of their greatest successes, The Devil Rides Out (1967). Unfortunately for the studio, films such as Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Exorcist (1973) had, in the intervening decade, radically changed horror cinema. With American star Richard Widmark echoing Gregory Peck's role in the far more polished The Omen (1976), the film seemed, rather than setting the pace as Hammer once had, to be very much jumping on the 1970's occult band-wagon. Christopher Lee is the satanic ex-communicated priest whose coven plan to incarnate the ancient demon Ashteroth, while a supernaturally beautiful Nastassja Kinski demonstrates the same willingness to disrobe as in Cat People (1982). Even so, this lacklustre, misogynistic film couldn't compete with Carrie and Suspiria (both also 1976) and Hammer thereafter concentrated on TV productions. Surprisingly, director Peter Sykes' next film, Jesus (1979), as well as being the most seen and internationally distributed film ever (with an audience of over two billion by 2000), is also the most faithful portrayal of Christ yet committed to celluloid. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Jabberwocky [1977]Jabberwocky | DVD | (17/02/2003) from £5.19   |  Saving you £7.80 (150.29%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A medieval comedy-adventure starring Michael Palin and directed by Terry Gilliam, Jabberwocky is an episodic adaptation of Lewis Carrolls surreal poem. Having previously directed Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) with Terry Jones, Jabberwocky marked Gilliams solo directorial debut--is it coincidental that Jones is killed by the titular monster in the opening scene? Palin plays the naive Dennis Cooper, a man seeking his fortune just as the Jabberwocky is laying waste to the country. Its much the same world as Holy Grail, with all the trappings of the romantic Hollywood epic being liberally coated with literal and metaphorical muck. Palins character causes unwitting mayhem wherever he goes--one stand-out scene involves the destruction of a maintenance shop for damaged knights-in-armour--though as much humour comes from exposing the foibles of the people he meets. And those people constitute a roll call of contemporary British comedy: Harry H Corbett as a sex-mad squire, Warren Mitchells Mr Fishfinger, plus Annette Badland, Max Wall, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, John Bird, Neil Innes and John Gorman. Jabberwocky lacks the hilarity of Holy Grail, but is a consistently amusing, exceptionally atmospheric, gleefully gory yarn which points the way to Gilliams Time Bandits (1981) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). On the DVD Jabberwocky is distinguished by an engaging and enthusiastic commentary from Gilliam and Palin, in which they delight in the amazing cast and ponder how such a handsome film was made. Otherwise the extras are a short sketch-to-screen comparison, three posters and three trailers (only one for Jabberwocky). Transferred anamorphically enhanced at 1.77:1, the picture is variable, with many beautifully lit indoor scenes looking fine, while other exterior, daylight shots appear washed out. There is some minor print damage. The sound is a revelation for a low-budget 1970s film originally released in mono. Given a full Dolby Digital 5.1 remix the tremendously detailed, rich and involving soundscape really brings Gilliams world alive and puts many much more recent and expensive titles to shame. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Carry On Abroad [1972]Carry On Abroad | DVD | (27/08/2001) from £11.08   |  Saving you £1.90 (23.49%)   |  RRP £9.99

    One of the last decent Carry On movies, Carry On Abroad is a 1972 venture into the world of package holidays. After this, the series descended into unfunny coarseness as opposed to camply laboured double entendre, culminating in the dreadful Carry On Emanuelle. Here, publican Sid James and dutiful mother's son turned sex maniac Charles Hawtrey are among a brace of Brits heading for the "paradise island" of Elsbels. Kenneth Williams is the out-of-his-depth tour operator, reverting to the sort of effete types he played in the 1950s, Peter Butterworth a pre-Manuel-style manager of a half-built hotel. A series of disasters ensue, with the entire gang landing up in jail following a fracas in a brothel at one point, but everyone finds romantic and sexual fulfilment in a quaint disco finale. This includes a gay character who is "dissuaded" from his homosexuality in a typical example of the thoroughly reactionary subtext that constitutes the really naughty bit of most Carry On films. Nonetheless, this throwback to an imaginary time when the lewdest innuendo of a dirty old man was greeted by young females with a flirty "Ooh, saucy!" is enjoyable on condition that you enter into its seaside-postcard spirit. June Whitfield is fine as a sexually uptight wife, Kenneth Connor a model of red-faced frustration as her wimpish husband. On the DVD: Sadly, no extra features except scene selection. The picture is a 4:3 ratio full-screen presentation. --David Stubbs

  • ScroogeScrooge | DVD | (22/11/2004) from £4.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (220.44%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A mixed bag as variations on A Christmas Carol go, this 1970 British musical tells the usual story of Scrooge (Albert Finney) and his spirits on Christmas Eve, although the whole thing is set to music by Leslie Bricusse. Except for Finney's feisty and involved performance, however, there isn't much to recommend this. The songs, which absorb so much of the evolving story line and emotions, are not all that good. Plenty of support, however, from the likes of Roy Kinnear (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) and Dame Edith Evans (Tom Jones), the handsome production is directed by veteran Ronald Neame (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie). --Tom Keogh

  • Rare Chills - The Fear Makers:Shadow Of Death & Supernatural:Mrs Amworth [DVD]Rare Chills - The Fear Makers:Shadow Of Death & Supernatural:Mrs Amworth | DVD | (13/08/2018) from £6.59   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A Collection of Rare Spine-Chilling Tales Do you wake at night, hearing sounds under the floorboards? Are ghosts real? Or figments of your imagination? Are you brave enough to walk through a graveyard at night? Two chilling tales of terror to keep you awake at night: The Fearmakers : The Shadow of Death Shot on location at Warwick Castle, this spooky tale stars Jack Woolgar (Swallows and Amazons) as Booth and Barry Stokes (Z-Cars) as Weaver. Supernatural: Mrs. Amworth A mysterious epidemic is attacking an English village and the inhabitants are gradually being drained of their blood. Francis Urcombe becomes convinced that the disease is the work of a vampire. Starring Oscar-nominee Glynis Johns (Mary Poppins), John Phillips (Bleak House), Rex Holdsworth (Softly, Softly) and Derek Francis (Scrooge). Directed by BAFTA-nominee Alvin Rakoff.

  • Carry On Abroad [1972]Carry On Abroad | DVD | (17/02/2003) from £6.22   |  Saving you £8.03 (161.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

    One of the last decent Carry On movies, Carry On Abroad is a 1972 venture into the world of package holidays. After this, the series descended into unfunny coarseness as opposed to camply laboured double entendre, culminating in the dreadful Carry On Emanuelle. Here, publican Sid James and dutiful mother's son turned sex maniac Charles Hawtrey are among a brace of Brits heading for the "paradise island" of Elsbels. Kenneth Williams is the out-of-his-depth tour operator, reverting to the sort of effete types he played in the 1950s, Peter Butterworth a pre-Manuel-style manager of a half-built hotel. A series of disasters ensue, with the entire gang landing up in jail following a fracas in a brothel at one point, but everyone finds romantic and sexual fulfilment in a quaint disco finale. This includes a gay character who is "dissuaded" from his homosexuality in a typical example of the thoroughly reactionary subtext that constitutes the really naughty bit of most Carry On films. Nonetheless, this throwback to an imaginary time when the lewdest innuendo of a dirty old man was greeted by young females with a flirty "Ooh, saucy!" is enjoyable on condition that you enter into its seaside-postcard spirit. June Whitfield is fine as a sexually uptight wife, Kenneth Connor a model of red-faced frustration as her wimpish husband. On the DVD: Sadly, no extra features except scene selection. The picture is a 4:3 ratio full-screen presentation. --David Stubbs

  • Tomb Of Ligeia [1964]Tomb Of Ligeia | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Cat or woman or a thing too evil to mention? Roger Corman and Vincent Price hook up for yet more horror in Edgar Allan Poe's most terrifying tale of passion possession and PURR-fect evil! When a dead wife sinks her claws into immortality - and comes back as a ferocious feline - she leads her husband's (Price) new bride on a deadly game of cat and mouse. And when the fur starts flying she soon learns that even in death... she can land on her feet!

  • Rasputin, The Mad Monk [1996]Rasputin, The Mad Monk | DVD | (23/10/2006) from £8.98   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In early 20th century Tsarist Russia Rasputin (Christopher Lee) a wild-eyed peasant monk mysteriously demonstrates his healing powers by saving a woman's life and asking only for wine and Bacchanalian celebration in return. Soon Rasputin uses his evil charm to become increasingly manipulative and violent. Ferocious devious sensuous and other-worldly this uncouth peasant ingratiates himself into the lives of the sophisticated royal class...

  • Crossplot [1969]Crossplot | DVD | (20/02/2006) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    This playboy has killer instincts! Set in London during the swinging 60's this sly action thriller stars Roger Moore as a hip young professional who gets mixed up in some underworld affairs. Working with beautiful model Marla Kugash (Claudie Lange) on a big new campaign suave advertising executive Gary Fenn (Moore) is living theigood life. But the good life turns bad when someone tries to kill Marla and frame him for murder! Suddenly on the run with thugs and the police in

  • Oh BrotherOh Brother | DVD | (08/11/2004) from £35.08   |  Saving you £-13.09 (N/A%)   |  RRP £21.99

    A well meaning Brother treads a thin line between acceptance and expulsion at Mountacres Priory...

  • The Stanley Baxter Collection Vol 2The Stanley Baxter Collection Vol 2 | DVD | (15/10/2007) from £8.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (122.36%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Stanley Baxter is fondly remembered for his risque humour and his wickedly funny impressions. This release features both The Stanley Baxter Picture Show and The Stanley Baxter series.# The Stanley Baxter Picture Show: This four-show series had the audiences roaring with laughter at wicked impersonations such as 'Malcolm Gibberidge talking to Ethel Herman' 'John Bitumen's Britain' and 'Ken Rissole's The Musex Lovers'. The Stanley Baxter Series: Taking a break from his successful run of 'specials' Stanley once again delved into the half-hour format. This six-show series gave us such gems as 'The Antique People Show' 'the DAFTA Awards' a spoof on holiday programmes and 'Babes in Balham'.

  • To The Devil A Daughter [1976]To The Devil A Daughter | DVD | (11/10/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £13.99

    A heretic priest (the legendary Christopher Lee in one of his finest Hammer performances) plots to use a teenage nun (Nastassja Kinski) in a depraved sexual pact with the forces of darkness. But when an American occult novelist uncovers the conspiracy he must battle an international cabal of evil for the body and soul of the Devil's child-bride. Can this black magic marriage be stopped before an innocent girl is defiled as the womb of Satan?

  • Smokescreen/Hi-Jackers [DVD]Smokescreen/Hi-Jackers | DVD | (22/03/2010) from £13.48   |  Saving you £1.51 (11.20%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The Hi-Jackers Terry a lorry driver meets Shirley at a roadside cafe and offers her a lift. His truck carrying a valuable shipment of whiskey is later hijacked but who tipped off the hijackers? Smokescreen A parsimonious insurance assessor is assigned the task of investigating the mysterious death of a businessman. Was it an accident? Suicide? Or something more sinister?

  • The Professionals - Series 4The Professionals - Series 4 | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £14.95   |  Saving you £25.04 (62.60%)   |  RRP £39.99

    The complete fourth series of this much loved classic crime TV show featuring 14 episodes uncut and digitally remastered! Episodes include: 'The Acorn Syndrome' 'Wild' 'Need to Know' 'Takeaway' 'Blackout' 'Blood Sports' 'Slush Fund' 'The Gun' 'Hijack' 'Mixed Doubles' 'Weekend in the Country' 'Kickback' and 'It's Only a Beautiful Picture'.

  • Press For Time [1966]Press For Time | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    In Press for Time Norman Wisdom offered his version of the crusading reporter movie, though by 1966 time was running out for Norman's style of big-screen comedy. Wisdom had played duel roles in The Square Peg (1958) and On the Beat (1962), but perhaps a sign of his growing frustration with the formulaic nature of his pictures was that he stretched himself to play not just his usual underdog hero, but also his own mother and his grandfather, the Prime Minister. Wisdom also co-wrote the movie, and as a reporter in a small seaside town causes chaos for the council, organises a beauty parade and manages to reprise his drag act (he dressed as a female nurse in A Stitch in Time) as a suffragette. This was really the penultimate Norman Wisdom comedy, since apart from What's Good for the Goose (1969), he has only made two more features, William Friedkin's The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968) and the belated thriller Double X (1992). Though now nearing the end of his years as a movie star, Wisdom shows himself to still be as polished as ever at his own brand of good-natured slapstick. Fans can be sure that with Norman around there's Trouble in Store (1953). --Gary S. Dalkin

  • What's Good for the GooseWhat's Good for the Goose | DVD | (02/04/2007) from £4.03   |  Saving you £1.96 (48.64%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Norman Wisdom is an assistant bank manager who lives the routine humdrum life of taking his work home with him working as he eats meals kissing his children goodnight on the cheek his wife goodnight on her forehead and next morning work. On his way to a bankers' conference in Southport he meets hippy-happy Sally Gleeson. The brief interlude is over almost before it began but it gived the man anew look on life the chance of a better understanding with his wife and even a fresh approach to...his work. A tender mildly sexy and amusing story starring one of Britain's most loved comic actors. Also features an appearance by The Pretty Things.

  • The Governor - Series 1The Governor - Series 1 | DVD | (11/07/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The Governor was written by Lynda La Plante and tells the story of a female governor who is put in charge of a high-security male prison. Facing various problems including hostage situations and escape attempts the new Governor is challenged not only to overcome the difficulties with in the prison but also the attitude of her fellow male prison guards. Is she up to the task? Features all 6 episodes of Series 1.

  • The Professionals - Season 4 [1980]The Professionals - Season 4 | DVD | (26/12/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    More episodes from the cult television series starring Lewis Collins Martin Shaw and Gordon Jackson. Episodes include: 'The Acorn Syndrome' 'Wild' 'Need to Know' 'Takeaway' 'Blackout' 'Blood Sports' 'Slush Fund' 'The Gun' 'Hijack' 'Mixed Doubles' 'Weekend in the Country' 'Kickback' and 'It's Only a Beautiful Picture'.

  • The Agatha Christie Hour - The Mystery Of The Blue Jar / The Red Signal [DVD]The Agatha Christie Hour - The Mystery Of The Blue Jar / The Red Signal | DVD | (10/05/2010) from £6.73   |  Saving you £1.26 (18.72%)   |  RRP £7.99

    Episodes Comprise: The Mystery of the Blue Jar: Playing golf early one morning Jack Harrington hears a cry Murder! Help! from a nearby cottage. He runs up to find a beautiful French girl Felise placidly weeding the garden oblivious to any disturbance. When the Jack hears the same cries for many days he begins to think he might be mad. But are more sinister forces at work? The Red Signal: Dermot West is invited to dinner at the home of Jack and Claire Trent. The first is his best friend the second the woman he loves. During the evening the conversation turns to the supernatural; Dermot admits he frequently gets what he calls 'the red signal' to warn him of impending danger. He neglects to mention that he is getting the signal strongly that night!

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