Zavvi - The Home of Pop CultureShot down over occupied Holland, the crew of a Wellington bomber must navigate their way to safety through enemy territory, in this Second World War classic. Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death), One of Our Aircraft is Missing is an intense and suspenseful tale of wartime valour and heroism.An early success for the directing duo, this Academy Award-nominated drama stars a medley of British acting icons, including Eric Portman, Bernard Miles and Googie Withers, appearing in one of her first major film roles.A true landmark of 1940s British cinema that helped cement Powell and Pressburger's burgeoning reputations (as well as that of the film's editor David Lean), One of Our Aircraft is Missing arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.ExtrasPresented in High DefinitionLimited edition (4,000 units): packaged with a re-production of the original storybook based on the film by Emeric PressburgerNewly recorded audio commentary by film scholar Ian ChristieAn Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941, 5mins): Michael Powell's powerful propaganda short, narrated by John GielgudThe Volunteer (1944, 44 mins): an entertaining look at the Fleet Air Arm, directed by Powell & Pressburger and starring the legendary Ralph RichardsonTarget for Tonight (1941, 50mins): a record of a Wellington bomber's mission over GermanyThe Biter Bit (1943, 14mins): a glowing tribute to the Allied bombing campaign, narrated by Ralph RichardsonImage galleryNewly commissioned sleeve art by Jennifer Dionisio**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new essays by Ian Christie and Professor and Sarah Street, writing on the extras by Alex Prideaux and full film credits
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture A brand-new restoration of Michael Winner's 1963 crime drama WEST 11, starring Alfred Lynch, Kathleen Breck, Eric Portman and the inimitable Diana Dors. Based on the novel The Furnished Room by Laura Del-Rivo and filmed on location in Notting Hill, Michael Winners foray into British social realism sees an authentic portrayal of the grittier, darker side of West London in the 60s. Joe Beckett, seasoned citizen of the bed-sitter belt is the renegade son of middle-class parents and as he himself describes it, an emotional leper'. He decides that he needs a violent shock to shake him back into life and as a result accepts a criminal commission from a man he meets in a coffee bar. Extras Interview with Film Historian Matthew Sweet Original Theatrical Trailer
The Cold War just got a lot hotter... Nerve-wracking suspense surrounds The Bedford Incident the tale of a U.S. naval vessel on a routine NATO patrol that ends up in a freakish showdown with a Russian submarine. Richard Widmark is Capt. Eric Finlander the maniacal commander who drives his tense crew to the brink of of nervous exhaustion. Sidney Poitier is Ben Munceford photojournalist aboard assigned to record a 'typical' mission. His moral indignation is put to the test by the
Mystery, intrigue and the thrill of the chase are everyday elements in this exciting and exotic thriller based on the struggle to contain the narcotics trade in Egypt.Based on real cases from the files of Egypt's Anti-Narcotics Bureau, it stars Eric Portman as Colonel Youssef Bey, a police chief fanatical in his aim to stem the flow of drugs into his country and bring the traffickers to justice. Laurence Harvey features in an early role as dedicated junior officer Mourad, with French star Maria Mauban in a sympathetic performance as Mourad's wife, Marie; the cast also includes tragically short-lived Egyptian star Camelia.Filmed on location in Cairo, Port Said and Suez, Cairo Road is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.SPECIAL FEATURES:Image Gallery Original Pressbook PDFs
A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release. The Ealing Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance - featuring new transfers from...
This box set features a collection of Powell And Pressburger finest films. Includes: 1. The Tales of Hoffman (1951) 2. Black Narcisus (1946) 3. A Matter of Life & Death (1946) 4. The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 5. A Canterbury Tale (1944) 6. I Know Where I am Going (1945) 7. 49th Parallel (1941) 8. The Battle of the River Plate (1956) 9. Ill Met By Moonlight (1957) 10. They're A Weird Mob (1966) 11. The Red Shoes (1948)
Set Comprises: Great Expectations: One of the great translations of literature into film David Lean brings Dickens' masterpiece to robust on-screen life. Pip Magwitch Miss Havisham and Estella populate Lean's magnificent miniature beautifully photographed by Guy Green and designed by John Bryan. The October Man: He was Suspect Number One...while the real killer stalked the streets. Morning Departure: While hunting German shipping the Royal Navy submarine Trojan accidentally strikes an electronically-operated mine - and the race begins to save the lives of the crew of the stricken vessel. Rocked by a tremendous explosion the Trojan plunges to the sea bed. As time - and air - starts to run out the captain gathers together the survivors. A lucky few can escape immediately through emergency hatches - but the others will have to remain trapped in the dying submarine and hope that rescuers will arrive before it is too late. Those left behind must battle with terrifying fear and claustrophobia in the stricken disintegrating hulk far beneath the sea while rescuers begin a last-ditch attempt to raise the submarine to the surface. The rescue is difficult and fraught with danger at the best of times - but a storm of unprecedented ferocity is brewing which threatens to end all hope of rescue. This nail-biting and suspenseful thriller boasts a truly distinguished cast including John Mills Richard Attenborough and Nigel Patrick. Waterloo Road: As World War Two rages Jim Colter (John Mills) finds himself called up to serve in the army - but he's soon to find himself at war on two fronts. While he's away his lovely wife Tillie (Joy Shelton) attracts the amorous attention of Ted Purvis (Stewart Granger) a vicious local spiv and self-acclaimed ladies man. When Jim's sister writes informing him of what is happening Jim decides that the Nazis can wait and that an even more insidious enemy needs to be dealt with first. He breaks out of camp goes AWOL and sets off to find his wife. With the military hot on his tail Jim must make his way through war torn London to settle things once and for all. In Which We Serve: The story of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Torrin and those that serve in her. In the Battle of Crete she is dive-bombed while streaming at thirty knots and goes down fighting. We see through the memories of her survivors the ordeals achievements and gallantry of HMS Torrin from her commissioning until she sinks in her last battle.
An early feature from Michael Winner, this brilliantly gritty crime thriller sets its story of alienation and amorality amid the faded grandeur and seedy clubs of early-sixties Notting Hill. Alfred Lynch leads an excellent cast, and the film showcases an outstandingly vulnerable performance from Diana Dors. Scripted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, West 11 is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.Joe Beckett, seasoned citizen of the bedsitter belt, aged about 22, is the renegade son of modest, respectable parents and, to use his own description, 'an emotional leper'. He decides that he needs a violent shock to shake him back into life, and as a result accepts a commission to carry out the murder of a total stranger for a man he meets in a coffee bar...SPECIAL FEATURE:Original theatrical trailer Alternative scenes made for the overseas market
After being shot down over Nazi occupied Holland an RAF bomber crew attempt to make their way back to England with the help of the Dutch resistance.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a woman but can he suppress his urge to kill her? ...Wanted for Murder
This compelling drama by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (A Matter of Life and Death The Red Shoes) is now acknowledged as one of their finest films. Their re-working of Chaucer's epic fourteenth century tale largely set in wartime Kent centres on American army Sergeant John Smith British Soldier Dennis Price and Landgirl Shiela Sim who before making a modern-day pilgrimage to Canterbury solve the bizarre mystery of a man who pours glue over the hair of village girls at ni
During the Second World War the Germans put many of the Allied prisoners-of-war (POWs) who had proved consistent escapees together in a maximum security fortress, the very name of which became a legend. Based on the book by Colditz escapee Major Pat Reid, The Colditz Story (1957) documents the further, sometimes successful, escape attempts of these extraordinarily brave, resourceful and indomitable men. Starring John Mills, Eric Portman, Bryan Forbes and Anton Diffring, and co-written and directed by Guy Hamilton, who later made The Battle of Britain (1969), this is a sober, even-handed account, that is gripping and informative, yet not without humour. Sterling performances from the cast of stalwart actors adds up to a British cinema classic. Such is the fascination of Colditz that in 1972-3 the BBC made a very successful drama series staring Jack Hedley, Bernard Hempton, Robert Wagner and David McCallum, while in 2000 Channel 4 offered a superb three-part documentary, Escape from Colditz. In contrast to the semi-documentary feel of The Colditz Story David Lean's classic The Bridge on the River Kwai, from the same year, is an epic and powerful account of POW life in barbaric Japanese prison camps. --Gary S. Dalkin
This grippingly dramatic adventure film stars Eric Portman as a scholar who encounters deception and danger as he crosses the Sahara in search of the fabled tomb of a Roman general. Co-starring Oscar-winning character actor Van Heflin, featuring lush cinematography from Oswald Morris and solid direction from Jack Lee best-known for A Town Like Alice and the genre-defining The Wooden Horse South of Algiers is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Dr Burnet, an eminent archaeologist, sets out for North Africa to search for the lost tomb of Marcus Manilius, said to contain the priceless golden mask of Moloch. But it soon becomes clear that two crooked fortune-hunters are also seeking the mask, and a desperate and deadly race across the desert begins SPECIAL FEATURES: Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Promotional material PDFs
One German maximum security prison was more famous than any other during World War II - Colditz castle. Although Colditz was considered 'escape proof' its boundaries were challenged many times by Allied prisoners of war with fatal results. On 15 October 1942 a group of British servicemen made the most historic and perhaps the most courageous attempt of all...
Adapted from J.B. Priestley's famous novel charting the ups and downs of a struggling touring concert party, this endearing musical comedy features an outstanding array of British talent - including John Fraser, Rachel Roberts, Joyce Grenfell, Celia Johnson, Anthony Newley and Thora Hird. The Good Companions is presented here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. The future looks bleak for The Dinky Doos when their manager runs off w...
British cinema icon Stanley Baker, cult favourite actor Peter Cushing and controversial actor/director Mai Zetterling feature among an impressive line-up for this British espionage thriller set in post-War Europe. The Man Who Finally Died is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. In London, jazz musician Joe Newman receives a startling telephone call: the caller is his German father, believed to have been killed in action twenty years ago! At the same time, a ...
The Battle Of River Plate - Ten days before World War II Germany's crack battleship Admiral Graf Spee sails with orders to carry out action against Allied merchant shipping in the South Atlantic. Captained by Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch) Graf Spee with her superior speed sinks ship after ship. Meanwhile the net is tightening round the German Killer. Outwitted by British Intelligence the Germans are convinced Graf Spee is trapped by a massive naval force. The captain evacuates his men and as a succession of explosions light the night Graf Spee becomes a burning inferno Langsdorff has scuttled the pride of the German fleet in the belief that he was facing impossible odds. The killer of the Atlantic would strike no more. In Which We Serve - The story of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Torrin and those that serve in her. In the Battle of Crete she is dive-bombed while streaming at thirty knots and goes down fighting. We see through the memories of her survivors the ordeals achievements and gallantry of HMS Torrin from her commissioning until she sinks in her last battle. We Dive At Dawn - When all leave is cancelled for the crew of the British submarine Sea Tiger the men know they are in for an important mission. Their target: the German warship Brandenburg located in the Baltic and surrounded by mines and escorting destroyers. Picking up three German airmen who have been shot down they learn the exact position of the Brandenburg and head for it. Now they must face the mines the destroyers and perhaps the biggest threat of all - the Brandenburg's own deadly torpedoes!
We Dive at Dawn (1943) tells of the encounter between a British submarine and a German warship in the Baltic Sea. John Mills gives a dependable performance as the submarine commander, with Eric Portman the pick of a strong supporting cast. Director Anthony Asquith finds the balance between action sequences and "in situ" dialogue, and there's an evocative score from Louis Levy. The film has long been underrated and deserves reappraisal.--Richard Whitehouse
Now stunningly repackaged 50p from the sale of this DVD will be paid to Royal British Legion Trading Limited which gives its taxable profits to The Royal British Legion (Charity no. 219279) and Poppy Scotland (Scottish Charity No. SC014096). Nominated for two Academy Awards One of Our Aircraft Is Missing is a dramatic and suspenseful World War II action story based on the actual methods by which the Dutch smuggled crashed British airmen back to England. Six such airmen parachute from their crippled plane into a wood and are discovered by children who take them to a farm where the Dutch question them at length before offering them help. They endure many narrow escapes from the Nazis before they reach a sea port. Their attempted journey across the Channel is fraught with many dangers and an unexpected turn of events.
This town drama from Ted Demme centres on former classmates coming together for their 10-year reunion. Scott Rosenberg's (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead) script thoughtfully passes over the usual grumblings of young adults who can't believe they still live in the same snowbound town. They accept--even welcome--their blue-collar jobs, whether ploughing snow or cutting hair. Willie (Timothy Hutton), the lone wanderer, returns to his listless house in a state of flux, the piano-bar circuit wearing thin as is his relationship with Tracy, a well-off attorney (Annabeth Gish). He isn't the only one with problems. Tommy (Matt Dillon) occasionally sleeps with his now-married high school sweetheart Darian (Lauren Holly) while the earnest Sharon (Mira Sorvino) is left to wait. Paul (another thick-headed role for Michael Rapaport) refuses to commit to Jan (Martha Plimpton) until it's too late. Paul is enamoured with the idea of the supermodel (the title's "beautiful girls") that, he believes, can make life perfect. It's a very satisfying comedy, with some forced poignancy (Willie's description of Tracy as a "seven and a half" comes off as a death sentence). Rosie O'Donnell's dissertation on why Playboy and Penthouse have ruined male expectations is much like Meg Ryan's orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally: it's hilarious, even memorable, but never wholly believable. The two wild cards thrown into Beautiful Girls give the film its kick. Uma Thurman enters as the local barman's (Pruitt Taylor Vince) radiant cousin. From the big city, she can flirt with the awestruck guys and still keep her head. Willie's true emotional tug is from Marty, his precocious 13-year-old neighbour. If you didn't see Natalie Portman's sophisticated work in Leon, her performance here will come as a revelation. You deeply believe that Willie and Marty are connected despite their age difference. Their courtship will never come to be, but the way the two talk (and talk some more) about their lives is the most insightful part of Rosenberg's script. Everyone's so comfortable in his or her roles that you may truly feel sad when the film ends. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com
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