On April 19th 1949 HMS Amethyst a frigate of the Royal Navy left Shanghai for Woosung and passage up the great Yangtse river to the Chinese capital. On a peaceful mission the Amethyst was unexpectedly attacked by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on the north bank of the river. Taken by surprise the amethyst ran aground. Many of the crew were killed. With rescue attempts blocked by the Chinese communist army a skeleton crew refloat the ship but closely watched and covered by shore batteries they are prisoners. For a long time the situation remains in deadlock until finally lieutenant-commander John S. Kerans [Richard Todd] realizes he must make a dangerous decision - trust their captors to agree a deal or run the gauntlet of communist batteries down 140 miles of hostile territory.
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson find themselves on their most dangerous case in this gripping thriller When Holmes (John Neville) receives a chilling package in the post he and Dr Watson (Donald Houston) find themselves on the trail of Jack the Ripper the bloody killer of prostitutes. Special Features: Trailer
With the fate of Europe still hanging in the balance a disparate bunch of brave Mosquito pilots are ordered on a near suicide low-level mission to destroy a Nazi rocket fuel depot in Norway... To make the film which was based on a true story a squadron of legendary de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers was resurrected from near extinction. Dazzling flying sequences bone-shaking sound and superb special effects help to make this one of the most realistic air combat films ever to
From the team behind the Carry On films Twice Around The Daffodils focuses on the nurses and patients of a British TB ward.
Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948 the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production and distribution unit headed by Egar Anstey OBE one of the pioneers of British documentary films. The unit produced hundreds of travelogues promoting travel on Britain's railways and other forms of transport. Consistently winning top awards at film festivals including an Oscar in 1966 the films provide a wonderfully crafted visual record of 20th century life
In his first starring role, Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, Gods and Monsters) gives a sensational performance as D.H. Lawrence in the impressively mounted and acted biopic (Variety) Priest of Love. After the English government burns copies of The Rainbow, Lawrence continues through his exodus around the world, joined by his combative wife Frieda (Janet Suzman). From his destructive sojourn to the American Southwest, to an earth-shaking visit to Oaxaca, and finishing with his erotic adventures in Italy, Priest of Love provides a colorful and insightful portrait of Lawrence's life and art. Featuring an excellent supporting cast of Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith and John Gielgud. Special Features: An extensive feature on Christopher Miles' early career Christopher Miles: Priest of Love and D.H. Lawrence featurette The Way We Got it Together: A Documentary on the Making of the Film Interviews with Ian McKellen and Christopher Miles Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary Trailers
Four classics from Hammer, each presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Whether it's a mad man brandishing a welding torch, a mythical monster who's looks can kill, an ancient royal with diabolical powers, or a mad woman wielding a pair of scissors, this set has something to unease everybody. Containing a wealth of new and exclusive extra features including title-specific documentaries, cast and crew interviews, expert appreciations, introductions and more this stunning Blu-ray-only Limited Edition box set is published in a horribly limited, numbered edition of 4,000 units. The titles are: MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963) THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964) THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964) FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965) INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: HD restorations of all four films Original Mono audio All-new documentaries exploring aspects of each film The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness' Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness New interviews with actors Barbara Shelley and Mike McStay New interviews with cameramen Michael Reed and Douglas Milsome Playwright Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and Fanatic Hammer's Women an exclusive series of filmed appreciations of Nadia Gray, Barbara Shelley, Jeanne Roland and Tallulah Bankhead Original trailers and promotional films Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays, contemporary reviews, historic articles, and full film credits New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing UK premieres on Blu-ray Limited edition box set of 4,000 copies
Although not one of Hammer's best-known films, the lurid Maniac is a tightly paced and intricately plotted thriller, penned by the great Jimmy Sangster, and taking inspiration from both Clouzot's Les Diaboliques and Hitchcock's Psycho. A young American (Kerwin Mathews, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) stranded in rural France takes up with local hotel owner Eve (Nadia Gray), and is soon involved in a plot to spring her criminally insane husband from an asylum... Features: High Definition remaster Original mono audio White-Hot Terror: Inside Maniac' (2017, 11 mins): an analysis of the film by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby and cultural historian John J Johnston Hammer's Women: Nadia Gray (2017, 8 mins): horror-film expert Lindsay Anne Hallam looks at the fascinating life and work of the Romanian stage and screen actor Focus Puller Trevor Wrenn and Clapper Loader Ray Andrew on Maniac' (2016, 6 mins): original crew members share their memories of working with Hammer Original theatrical trailer Original Promotional Material: extensive gallery of stills, lobby cards and posters On-set Photography: selections from the personal archives of writer Jimmy Sangster and director Michael Carreras New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
The very first film in the ever popular Doctor series. Here we are first introduced to Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) and follow his hilarious adventures as a student doctor in St. Swithins Hospital - from naive bumbling trainee to his first day as a fully qualified doctor. In these early formative years he learns how to cope with the occupational hazards of being a medical student such as fiery ward sisters frightening surgeons over-knowledgeable patients the eccentricities o
Digitally remastered, the first ever DVD release of this lost gem from Ealing Studios features a brand new Making of featurette. Story by Alexander Mackendrick (Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit, Whisky Galore!) and from the director of The Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt, Dance Hall is a romantic melodrama centred round the life and loves of four working-class women who spend their Saturday nights at the Chiswick Palais dancing to the music of Ted Heath's Big Band. Natasha Parry (Romeo and Juliet, Oh, What a Lovely War!) stars as Eve, whose marriage to Phil (Donald Houston, The Longest Day, Room at the Top) is imperilled when she takes a different partner for an upcoming dance contest. Her reasoning is that Phil is a lousy dancer, but she loves him all the same; Phil, however, is the jealous type, who doesn't quite see things Eve's way. Petula Clark (Goodbye Mr Chips, Finian's Rainbow) plays Georgie, whose ambition is to become a dance champion with her partner, Peter (Douglas Barr, Hue and Cry). Among the other familiar faces floating by in Dance Hall are Bonar Colleano, Diana Dors, Sydney Tafler, Gladys Henson, Dandy Nichols and Jane Hylton. Special Features: Making of Featurette Restoration Comparison Trailer
Richard Attenborough stars as Peter Watson The Man Upstairs. A man plagued by guilt. A man haunted by the past. A man tormented by the tragic events that have driven him to change his identity and take refuge in a rundown border house. But as the night draws on his mind slowly begins to unravel.
When the usually ranting and raving Sir Lancelot Spratt becomes gentle and considerate the hospital inhabitants become positively alarmed until Dr Simon Sparrow diagnoses the trouble: love!
Set against the Notting Hill race riots of the late 1950's The Wind Of Change is a gripping kitchen-sink drama focusing on the relationship between a father (Donald Pleasence) a world-weary yet liberal man who spends all his spare time looking after his rabbits and his rebellious unemployed son Frank (Johnny Briggs). Frank is bigoted racist who believes the black immigrants are taking all the British jobs though he doesn't seem too concerned in trying to get one himself. When Frank and his gang of teddy boys beat up a black man who later dies of his injuries he must face the consequence of his actions...
Released just a few years before a similar British film ZULU this 1962 English gladiator film depicts the tiny army of Sparta and their efforts to stave off an attack by Persian forces which greatly outnumbered the Spartans. Led by King Leonidis (Richard Egan) the Spartans army consisted primarily of a security force who guarded the palace. This rousing gladiator epic boasts an incredible cast including Diane Baker Ralph Richardson and Kieron Moore.
This excellent British thriller, thought lost for decades, stars Donald Houston, Alan Wheatley and Susan Shaw (cast against type here in a 'bad-girl' role) in a gripping story of love and deception in the world of British association football. Featured here in a new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, Small Town Story includes appearances from football and cricketing legend Denis Compton along with players from Millwall, Arsenal and Hayes football clubs, and boasts the only screen acting credit of future World of Sport commentator Kent Walton. Though there is noticeable film damage in the first reel, this is the only copy known to exist. Canadian ex-serviceman Bob Regan returns to Oldchester, the English town where he was posted during the war. Meeting up with his friend Mike, now manager of the local football club, he discovers that Oldchester are desperate for promotion as they stand to inherit Â£25,000 from recently deceased supporter Wallace Hammond if they make the Third Division a situation that Hammond's devious nephew finds intolerable...
This excellent British thriller thought lost for decades stars Donald Houston Alan Wheatley and Susan Shaw (cast against type here in a 'bad-girl' role) in a gripping story of love and deception in the world of British association football. Featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements Small Town Story includes appearances from football and cricketing legend Denis Compton along with players from Millwall Arsenal and Hayes football clubs and boasts the only screen acting credit of future World of Sport commentator Kent Walton. Though there is noticeable film damage in the first reel this is the only copy known to exist. Canadian ex-serviceman Bob Regan returns to Oldchester the English town where he was posted during the war. Meeting up with his friend Mike now manager of the local football club he discovers that Oldchester are desperate for promotion as they stand to inherit £25 000 from recently deceased supporter Wallace Hammond if they make the Third Division – a situation that Hammond's devious nephew finds intolerable... Features: Image gallery
This enchanting children's drama series devised by Anne Carlton and written by Stewart Farrar develops the theme of the single play first shown in 1978 as part of Thames' acclaimed supernatural anthology series Shadows. The play and all six episodes are included in this set complete and uncut. Set in Wales during the Dark Ages the series tell the story of the young apprentice magician Merlin - the grandson of King Conaan fostered by the family of Dafydd Ismena. Merlin s father is unknown; some say he was a demon of the night. His foster-grandmother Myfanwy who also possesses magical powers is the only one to realise that Merlin's destiny lies at the court of King Arthur and it is she who schools him in magic and witchcraft. However because of the circumstances surrounding his birth Merlin is in constant danger from Vortigern the Saxon High King and his beautiful queen Rowena...
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This light-hearted, marvellously enjoyable family drama stars Harry Secombe as a Welsh schoolteacher and choirmaster who emigrates to Australia to teach in the sun but finds reality falls somewhat short of the blissful image on the recruiting poster. Filmed in central New South Wales, directed by TV comedy stalwart James Gilbert and co-starring multi-award-winning Australian actor John Meillon and veteran British character player Derek Nimmo, among others, Sunstruck is presented in a brand-ne.
Carry On Jack was the 1963 offering from a team which had, by then, become a repertory company with special guests dropping in for a dose of innuendo. "What's all this jigging in the rigging?" demands Kenneth Williams, this time playing a ship's captain, and the scene is set for 90 minutes of ribaldry involving cross-dressing, press-ganging and plank walking. The plot scarcely matters. It's set after the Battle of Trafalgar and the sea is awash with Spanish galleons and pirates as the British navy sets about defending its shores with as much incompetence as possible. Sally, a barmaid at the Dirty Duck (Juliet Mills in feisty principal boy mode), knocks Bernard Cribbins on the head and steals his uniform so that she can go in search of her childhood sweetheart. He is promptly press-ganged and they end up on the same ship. Williams, on the brink of his ascendancy as a star turn, just about keeps the mannerisms under control enough to build the character of the naïve and neurotic captain. Familiar Carry On faces on top form include Charles Hawtrey and Jim Dale, while Peter Gilmore--in his pre-Onedin Line days--appears as a pirate. Peter Rodgers' script is not quite vintage Carry On but the jokes keep coming and it's all good, clean fun. On the DVD: This was one of the first Carry On films to be made in colour. The print is in reasonable condition. The picture quality, apart from a couple of scratchy scenes of sailing ships that were probably drafted in from stock footage, is fair, as is the sound. But apart from the scene index there are no extras on the disc. Given the cult status of the Carry On films, and the wealth of documentary material which has been made about them and their stars, you'd think something extra could have been offered with the DVD releases to make them a more worthwhile alternative to the video. --Piers Ford
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