Eureka Entertainment to release THE COCKLESHELL HEROES, an exhilarating action thriller based on true events, for the first time ever on Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range from 15 July 2019. At the height of the Second World War, a battalion of German ships are safely docked at the unassailable port of Bordeaux. Newly promoted Major Stringer (JosÃ© Ferrer, also behind the camera as director) has a unique idea send a team of commandos out in collapsible canoes, have them paddle seventy miles upriver in arduous conditions and blow up the German ships with limpet mines. Also starring Trevor Howard and Christopher Lee, The Cockleshell Heroes is the true story of one of the most daring raids in British military history, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its worldwide debut on Blu-ray. Special Features: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio Optional English SDH subtitles Brand New and Exclusive interview with film historian Sheldon Hall
Shelagh Delaney's play A Taste of Honey had already played in the West End and on Broadway when Tony Richardson made his film adaptation, shot on location in Salford and Blackpool. Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo, a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie mother a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff, a gentle kind-hearted gay art student, they move in together like two children playing house and - for a while - finding an innocent fragile happiness. Richardson (who co-wrote the screenplay with Shelagh Delaney), always skilled with actors, draws fine performances from the entire cast and A Taste of Honey remains an outstanding example of the British New Wave, and was shot by its star cinematographer Walter Lassally. Special features: Presented in High definition Walter Lassally Video Essay (2002, 21 mins):the cinematographer recalls shooting A Taste of Honey 50th Anniversary Q&A With Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin and Walter Lassally (2011, 25 mins): the team reunite for a discussion with the BFI's Dr Josephine Botting A Taste of Honey From Stage to Screen - A Journey With Murray Melvin (2018, 25 mins): the actor looks back on both his role in the original play and reprising it for cinema Rita Tushingham on A Taste of Honey (2018, 15 mins): the actor reminisces about the making of the film Holiday (1957, 18 mins): jazz-scored documentary capturing a day (and night) in the life of high-season Blackpool, in glorious colour Illustrated booklet with new writing by Cecilia Mello and Melanie Williams, plus full film credits
Hawkins (Sim) is a timid clockmaker with a part time job; International Assassination Expert. He hasn't been getting too many assignments recently but his latest mission will put him back on the top of his profession. However he stalks the wrong target blowing up a boring politician instead and now he must pay the price for his breezy bungling in this murderously funny black comedy!
Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie of a mother - a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff (Murray Melvin) a gentle kind-hearted gay man and they move in together like two children playing house for a while finding an innocent but fragile happiness.
This 1951 Nettlefold Production was directed by top British director Lewis Gilbert who directed Alfie, Shirley Valentine,Moonraker, Sink The Bismark and Reach for the Sky as well as many others..Scarlet Thread was one of his earliest works and he displays his obvious talent in this production.Laurence Harvey stars as a small time crook looking for the high life and Sydney Tafler as an educated gang boss living the high life - both take part in a robbery that goes wrong.Good scenes of Cambridge and supporting cast Harry Fowler, Kathleen Bryon and good time girl Dora Bryan make for anenjoyable British crime drama.
Long Lost Comedy Classics is a collection of films from a golden age of British Cinema remembered for timeless stars and some unique movies that have stood the test of time. So why not take a trip down memory lane and see how cinema used to be? The Prime Minister is planning a celebratory visit to the model village of Little Hayhoe where a new factory has created the utopian state of total employment. Everyone is content it seems and looking forward to the occasion. That is almost everyone. Local lay-about Dan Dance still refuses to work sleeps under the stars and is a potential cause of huge embarrassment to the local dignitaries. So without further delay Dan's shipped off to the local almshouse where he awaits an uncertain yet very funny future.
A host of British comedy luminaries - including veteran farceur Sir Brian Rix and, in his last film role, actor and stand-up comedian Ronald Shiner - star in this good-natured comic caper charting the misadventures of a hapless bunch of Brighton-based petty crooks dogged by disaster at every turn. The Night We Got the Bird is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. It's a set-up of craft and graft. 'Chippendale Charl...
A lonely young boy is caught up in a sinister and intriguing murder-mystery in this classic British film based on a short story by Graham Greene and directed with great style by Carol Reed both of who received Academy Award nominations. It was the first film on which Greene and Reed collaborated and remains both a moving portrayal of lost innocence and a genuine classic of British cinema.
Shelagh Delaney's play 'A Taste of Honey' had already played in the West End and on Broadway when Tony Richardson made his film adaptation shot on location in Salford and Blackpool. Rita Tushingham made her indelible screen debut as Jo a young girl who falls pregnant after leaving home and her floozie of a mother - a revelatory performance by Dora Bryan. Jo befriends Geoff (Murray Melvin) a gentle kind-hearted gay man and they move in together like two children playing house for a while finding an innocent but fragile happiness. Richardson always skilled with actors draws fine performances from his entire cast and 'A Taste of Honey' remains an outstanding example of the British New Wave shot by its star cinematographer Walter Lassally.
In a fantasyland of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.
The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father's hand. Later as a troubled young woman she is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father and while in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon however he regrets his decision...
Long Lost Comedy Classics is a collection of films from a golden age of British Cinema remembered for timeless stars and some unique movies that have stood the test of time. So why not take a trip down memory lane and see how cinema used to be? In this delightful fantasy adventure a mild-mannered newspaper columnist (Richard Hearne) finds himself presented with an intriguing proposition from an elderly fan (Margaret Rutherford). She suggests that they conspire to steal a secret whiskey formula from ruthless distillers who themselves stole it from her family in years gone by. With the recipe back in hand however it's not long before they attract attention from the Inspectors of Scotland Yard.
An outstanding array of screen talent comes together in this compelling courtroom thriller from 1958. Helmed by pioneering producer-director Herbert Wilcox and co-written by legendary crime author and broadcaster Edgar Lustgarten with a top-flight cast headed by Anthony Quayle and Wilcox s wife and film collaborator Anna Neagle The Man Who Wouldn t Talk is a story of Cold War intrigue and of one man s courageous refusal to reveal potentially devastating secret information. The film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Dr Frank Smith and Eve arrive from America apparently on honeymoon. In fact they have only just met and their honeymoon is merely a cover for an assignation from Washington; Eve is a secret agent and Smith is a prominent American virologist. They have been instructed to rendezvous at Victoria station with a Hungarian scientist who has vital information about biological warfare which he refuses to disclose to anybody but an American scientist... SPECIAL FEATURES:  Image Gallery
The unending battle of the city streets. When PC George Dixon is shot whilst on duty the Paddington Green police investigate the West London underworld to bring the culprit to justice...
Filmed three years after the real Great Train Robbery the plot is centred on a bunch of criminals who infiltrate the school and plan to use the dubious educational establishment to stash the loot. But the train robbers fall foul of the schoolgirls and their need to have a good time causing havoc.
After stumbling upon a portal to the past in the ruins of an old Yorkshire farmhouse Tom a troubled schoolboy is whisked back to the time of the Second World War. With a loveable sheep dog named Tess as his only guide he meets Sam Wheeler a kindly farmer (Tom Wilkinson) and May an orphaned evacuee about his own age. Learning to cope with the dangers and difficulties of life in this time helps Tom come to terms with his own family problems. Back in the present he discovers something terrible has happened to his friends just a few days after his visit and he is desperate to get back to the past to save them... even if doing so has consequences he could never dream of.
In a fantasyland of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.
This is a double-feature of two British crime classics, The Blue Lamp (1949) and The Nanny (1965). The Blue Lamp is the film that introduced PC George Dixon, played by Jack Warner, later immortalised in the BBC's long-running Dixon of Dock Green (1955-76). Here Dixon's murder is the catalyst for an exciting London manhunt, shot largely on location in a fast-moving, starkly efficient style showing the influence of The Naked City (1948). The war-damaged East End and the car chases through almost vehicle-free streets offer a documentary-like vision of a London now long gone, and a young Dirk Bogarde makes a serious impact in an early starring role. In contrast, The Nanny has a superstar, the imported Hollywood legend Bette Davis, in the declining years of her career. Just one of three psychological thrillers Hammer produced in 1965 (the others were Frantic and Hysteria), the film capitalises on the popularity of Davis's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) with a comparable mix of hateful insanity and paranoia. The screenplay skilfully juggles the audience's sympathies between a superb Davis and the dysfunctional family of which she becomes a part, developing a powerful sense of dread which shows such clichéd later fare as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) how to do this sort of thing with real class. On the DVD: The Blue Lamp and The Nanny are presented in black and white with adequate mono sound. The Blue Lamp is in its original 4:3 ratio; The Nanny is cropped from its theatrical 1.85:1 to 4:3, though it's only in a few shots that it becomes obvious that information is missing at the sides of the screen. The print of The Blue Lamp is soft and grainy, while The Nanny is grainy with a considerable amount of flicker. There are no extras. --Gary S. Dalkin
Anzio (1968): Robert Mitchum Peter Falk and Arthur Kennedy star in the rivetting war drama Anzio a vivid portrait of one of the bloodiest WWII battles ever fought. After landing with Allied troops at Anzio Italy in 1944 war correspondent Dick Ennis (Mitchum) and buddy Corporal Rabinoff (Falk) tell Anzio commander General Lesley (Kennedy) that the road to Rome is wide open. But instead of heading to Rome Lesley attempts to build a coastal stronghold only to discover that the Germans have outflanked them by enclosing the Anzio beachhead. Four months and over 30 000 casualties later the Allied forces smash through the German lines and victoriously march to Rome. Directed by Edward Dmytryk Anzio is a powerful film and a symbol of heroic tenacity. Cockleshell Heroes (1955): In World War II Royal Marine Major Stringer (Jose Ferrer) and Captain Thompson (Trevor Howard) chose volunteers for an unknown job. They trained the volunteers intensively in top secrecy for more than a year and then embarked with them on the most dangerous mission of the war - the canoe invasion of an enemy-held French port for the purpose of blowing up the giant battleships. The ten ""canoe commandoes"" were carried to their jump-off point by submarine despite a depth-charge attack. Facing fantastic hazards they paddled 70 miles through enemy waters to complete their mission. But only two survivors would return... Night Of The Generals (1967): Five years after their triumphant teaming in Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif reunited for this powerful World War II thriller about a Nazi General who becomes a serial killer. When a Polish prostitute is brutally murdered in Nazi-occupied Warsaw her killer is identified as a German General. The investigator Major Grau (Sharif) narrows the suspects to three Generals in the German high command: the heroic Tanz (O'Toole) the cynical Kahlenberge (Donald Pleasence) and the weak Von Seidlitz-Gabler (Charles Gray). For years the crime remains unsolved until the killer strikes again bringing this mesmerising mystery to its unforgettable finish. Also starring Christopher Plummer Tom Courtney Philippe Noiret and Joanna Pettet The Night Of The Generals is an all-star thriller from a master of the form.
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