Featuring a towering central performance from Charles Laughton, this celebrated biopic saw the legendary actor collaborating once again with director Alexander Korda following their global box-office triumph with The Private Life of Henry VIII. An account of the later life of the great Dutch painter, Rembrandt co-stars Elsa Lanchester (Laughton's wife) and stage star Gertrude Lawrence, while Georges Perinal's innovative cinematography recreates the texture of Rembrandt's work to stunning effect. This compelling character study is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. In 1642, Rembrandt van Rijn is at the height of his fame. Then, his beloved wife and model, Saskia, dies. Rembrandt is devastated, and when commissioned to paint an important work, creates a dark, brooding piece, considered highly inappropriate by his creditors. Now verging on bankruptcy and cast out by those who previously supported him, he is rescued by a new love; yet even now, happiness cannot be guaranteed SPECIAL FEATURE: Image Gallery
Hoping to find work in Wales, David Goliath (Paul Robeson: Show Boat), a ship's stoker, boards a train and winds up in a small mining town. There, his powerful physique and magnificent singing voice attract the attention of Parry (Simon Lack), the choir director, who hopes to win the national singing meet on the strength of David's vocal chords. Goliath soon finds himself embracing village life, working down the pit and singing with the choir. However, when a cave-in leads to disaster, the mine is closed and all the workers are left unemployed. Hoping to convince the owners to reopen the colliery, Goliath helps lead a group of activists in a walk to London. Along the way, they learn war has been declared, and begin to plan to get the mine up and running again in time to serve the nation's needs. With a wealth of musical numbers and Paul Robeson's undeniable charm, The Proud Valley is a must-see.
A key post-war British Noir unseen since the late 1940s, Man on the Run stars Derek Farr as an army deserter unjustly accused of murdering a policeman during an armed robbery. Co-starring Edward Chapman, Laurence Harvey and Kenneth More, it is presented here as a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. A prison escapee, army deserter Peter Burdon makes a new life for himself in London. Short of cash, he tries to pawn his old service revolver and is caught up in an armed robbery, during which a constable is shot and killed. Suspected of being part of the gang, Burdon must go on the run to prove his innocence. Special Feature: Image gallery
Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) It Always Rains On Sunday starring Googie Withers, John McCallum, Jack Warner is considered to be one of the greatest and most overlooked achievements of British 1940s cinema. The film was featured in Time Out's 100 Best British Films list, as chosen by 150 film industry experts, including Sam Mendes and Wes Anderson. Googie Withers stars as Rose Sandigate, a Bethnal Green housewife whose Sunday is turned upside down by the re-appearance of an old flame who is now an escaped convict seeking protection from the police. A rare glimpse into life in London's East End post WWII, It Always Rains On Sunday was Googie Withers' last film for Ealing Studios and, due to her wonderful performance as a woman trapped in a claustrophobic domesticity, it remains one of her best. Special Features: Coming in from the Rain: Elclusive Interviews with Film Historian Ian Christie, Writer Ian Sinclair, Producer Sean O'Connor and Director Terence Davies Locations Featurette with British Film Historian Richard Dacre Trailer Stills Gallery
A future history as scripted by the visionary writer H.G. Wells, Things To Come set a high benchmark for science fiction with its fantastic design, gigantic sets and spectacular special effects. Acknowledged as a landmark within the genre, Oscar-winning William Cameron Menzies creates an astounding vision of post-war desolation and utopian futurism. Starring Oscar-nominated Raymond Massey as John Cabal and his descendants and the award-winning Ralph Richardson as The Boss, Things To Come showcases a gorgeous, and instantly recognisable, score by Arthur Bliss. Presented for the first time in High Definition, this version of Things To Come has been painstakingly restored from the remaining film elements and represents the most complete version known to exist.It's Christmas 1940 and the people of Everytown, unprepared and ill-equipped, find themselves at war against an enemy who has been planning such a conflict for years. The land is devastated by the horrors of aerial bombardment as the war drags on for thirty years, causing a period of despair, with feudal tyrants ruling a downtrodden populace suffering famine and pestilence. Can the human race rise above its desperate circumstances and build a scientific utopia?
Clive Brook and John Clements star as naval officers at odds with one other in this thrilling drama from Ealing Studios that pits duty against love during wartime. The final film from rising star Pen Tennyson, killed a year later on active service, Convoy is presented here as a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Returning to port after a long and tiring tour of duty, Captain Armitage receives orders to take his warship and urgently escort a fleet of merchantmen safely to Britain. Reaching the convoy, Armitage realises that one ship is missing and amongst the refugees it is carrying is his ex-wife, Lucy. SPECIAL FEATURE: Image gallery
Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.
The secrets of a street you know. An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea....
A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman...
Enrol at the wacky College of Lifemanship where a senior host of great British comedians teach a completely uproarious course on how to come out tops in any social situation! Study with Alistair Sim and learn his valuable hints on the art of comic One-upmanship. Follow his expert advice to victimised Ian Carmichael about romance fully equipped to cope with life's hilarious humiliations without really cheating. Based on the books by Stephen Potter.
A key post-war British Noir unseen since the late 1940s, Man on the Run stars Derek Farr as an army deserter unjustly accused of murdering a policeman during an armed robbery. Co-starring Edward Chapman, Laurence Harvey and Kenneth More, it is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. A prison escapee, army deserter Peter Burdon makes a new life for himself in London. Short of cash, he tries to pawn his old service revolver and is caught up in an armed robbery, during which a constable is shot and killed. Suspected of being part of the gang, Burdon must go on the run to prove his innocence. SPECIAL FEATURE: Image gallery
From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas the British musical films of the 1930s offered audiences a source of much-needed escapism throughout the decade haunted by the Great Depression and the growing menace of war. Often adapting much-loved hits of the music hall as well as serving as vehicles for the era's composers performers and band leaders they showcased home-grown talent alongside some of Hollywood's most bankable stars. This ongoing multi-volume collection makes available a wealth of rare gems from the very earliest days of the British talkies many of which have remained unseen since their original release; each film is presented uncut in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Blossom Time (1934)World-renowned tenor Richard Tauber features in a dramatisation of the life of Schubert focusing on the composer's unrequited love for a dance master's daughter. Black and White / 86 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English Over The Garden Wall (1934)An aunt objects to the romance between her nephew and a neighbour's niece and the two aunts step in to put an end to the love affair - with comic consequences...Black and White / 64 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English Mister Cinders (1934)The Cinderella story is reversed in this light-hearted adaptation with Cinders a young man who eventually wins the 'princess' - in this case an oil millionaire's daughter!Black and White / 69 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English Everything Is Rhythm (1936)Based on the spectacular rise of bandleader and vaudevillian Harry Roy this is the comic tale of a Ruritanian princess who elopes with a dance-band leader.Black and White / 69 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English
This 1987 thriller was a predictable hit with the teen audience it worked overtime to attract. Like most of director Joel Schumacher's films, it's conspicuously designed to push the right marketing and demographic buttons and, granted, there's some pretty cool stuff going on here and there. Take Kiefer Sutherland, for instance. In Stand by Me he played a memorable bully, but here he goes one step further as a memorable bully vampire who leads a tribe of teenage vampires on their nocturnal spree of bloodsucking havoc. Jason Patric plays the new guy in town, who quickly attracts a lovely girlfriend (Jami Gertz), only to find that she might be recruiting him into the vampire fold. The movie gets sillier as it goes along, and resorts to a routine action-movie showdown, but it's a visual knockout (featuring great cinematography by Michael Chapman) and boasts a cast that's eminently able (pardon the pun) to sink their teeth into the best parts of an uneven screenplay. --Jeff Shannon
This Norman Wisdom Collection contains 12 vintage Wisdom comedies, from 1953's Trouble in Store to 1966's Press for Time. All are also released as six separate two-in-one sets. Please refer to our individual film reviews for each release: Trouble in Store/Up in the World The Square Peg/Follow a Star On the Beat/Man of the Moment The Bulldog Breed/One Good TurnA Stitch in Time/Just My Luck The Early Bird/Press for Time On the DVDs: The Norman Wisdom Collection has four brand-new audio commentaries from Norman Wisdom himself in conversation with film historian Robert Ross. The four films with commentary are: Trouble in Store (1953), On the Beat (1962), A Stitch in Time (1963) and The Early Bird (1965). All the discs come with a trailer and English subtitles as standard.
Sir John Menier plays a juror in a murder trial of a young woman who is found next to the corpse and is suffering from amnesia due to shock. Sir John and the rest of the jury find her guilty and she is given the death penalty. Sir John has second thoughts and starts to suspect her boyfriend and begins an investigation of his own. In a race against time can he save the girl?
A global war begins in 1940. This war drags out over many decades until most of the people still alive (mostly those born after the war started) do not even know who started it or why. Nothing is being manufactured at all any more and society has broken down into primative localized communities. In 1966 a great plague wipes out most of what people are left but small numbers still survive. One day a strange aircraft lands at one of these communities and its pilot tells of an organisation which is rebuilding civilization and slowly moving across the world re-civilizing these groups of survivors. Great reconstruction takes place over the next few decades and society is once again great and strong. The world's population is now living in underground cities. In the year 2035 on the eve of man's first flight to the moon a popular uprising against progress (which some people claim has caused the wars of the past) gains support and becomes violent.
Ralph Richardson and Roland Young head the cast in this film in which a group of heavenly observers decide to bestow magical powers on a mild mannered draper's assistant George Fotheringay (Roland Young) with amazing results. At first George doesn't realise the extent of his gift and uses it to play tricks to impress and woo Ada Price (Joan Gardner). When others try to exploit George's gift for their own ends he is dismayed by their selfishness and takes it upon himself to assert moral authority. When things start getting out of hand the celestial beings decide it is time to intervene. Based on the novel by H.G Wells.
Adapting a play by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Richard Llewellyn best known for his classic work How Green Was My Valley this powerful, highly acclaimed drama explores the darker side of a seemingly idyllic English hamlet. Featuring an outstanding cast, including British screen legends Flora Robson and Robert Newton, Poison Pen is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited aspect ratio. The placid, harmonious life of a quiet village becomes a hotbed of paranoia and hatred as anonymous letters accusing the villagers of moral and sexual misdemeanours begin to circulate. As speculation and malicious gossip spread, suspicions begin to centre on Connie Fateley, a shy, solitary seamstress; it is only a matter of time before events take a tragic turn...
In School for Scoundrels wimpy Ian Carmichael wants to impress girls and get one over on all-round show-off and cad Terry Thomas (playing gloriously to type). Discovering Alastair Simms' unorthodox school Carmichael happily enrols and learns the quaint tricks of the day for securing the admiration of a fair lady. Ultimately as a star pupil he teaches the Master a thing or two about true love when everything turns out just fine in the end. Appealing to all male sensibilities is the idea of a magical set of simple rules for winning someone's affections. Set in the tweed-rich environment of an English boarding school makes this an even quainter notion. To watch this classic comedy is to cock one's snoot at womanisers everywhere while unavoidably making a mental list of anything that might actually work! The three central performances are brilliantly realised, particularly the role reversal between Carmichael and Thomas. Try playing a tennis match after a viewing without calling "hard cheese". -Paul Tonks
Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) It Always Rains On Sunday starring Googie Withers John McCallum Jack Warner is considered to be one of the greatest and most overlooked achievements of British 1940s cinema. The film was featured in Time Out's 100 Best British Films list as chosen by 150 film industry experts including Sam Mendes and Wes Anderson. Googie Withers stars as Rose Sandigate a Bethnal Green housewife whose Sunday is turned upside down by the re-appearance of an old flame who is now an escaped convict seeking protection from the police. A rare glimpse into life in London's East End post WWII It Always Rains On Sunday was Googie Withers' last film for Ealing Studios and due to her wonderful performance as a woman trapped in a claustrophobic domesticity it remains one of her best. Special Features: Coming in from the Rain: Elclusive Interviews with Film Historian Ian Christie Writer Ian Sinclair Producer Sean O'Connor and Director Terence Davies Locations Featurette with British Film Historian Richard Dacre Trailer Stills Gallery
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