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  • GandhiGandhi | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £3.00   |  Saving you £2.99 (99.67%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Gandhi is a great subject, but is Gandhi a great film? Undoubtedly it is, not least because it is one of the last old-school epics ever made, a glorious visual treat featuring tens of thousands of extras (real people, not digital effects) and sumptuous Panavision cinematography. But a true epic is about more than just widescreen photography, it concerns itself with noble subjects too, and the life story of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the noblest of all. Both the man and the film have profound things to say about the meaning of freedom and racial harmony, as well as how to achieve them. Ben Kingsley, in his first major screen role, bears the heavy responsibility of the central performance and carries it off magnificently; without his magnetic and utterly convincing portrayal the film would founder in the very first scene. Sir Richard Attenborough surrounds his main character with a cast of distinguished thespians (Trevor Howard, John Mills, John Gielgud and Martin Sheen, to name but four), none of whom do anything but provide the most sympathetic support. John Briley's literate screenplay achieves the almost impossible task of distilling the bewildering complexities of Anglo-Indian politics. Attenborough's treatment is openly reverential, but, given the saint-like character of his subject, it's hard to see how it could have been anything else. He doesn't flinch from the implication that the Mahatma was naïve to expect a unified India, for example, but instead lets Gandhi's actions speak for themselves. The outstanding achievement of this labour of love is that it tells the story of an avowed pacifist who never raised a hand in anger, of a man who never held high office, of a man who shied away from publicity, and turns it into three hours of utterly mesmerising cinema.On the DVD: The anamorphic (16:9) picture of the original 2.35:1 image has a certain softness to it that may reflect the age of the print, but somehow seems entirely in keeping with the subject . Sound is Dolby 5.1. The extras are fairly brief, but worthwhile: original newsreel footage of Gandhi includes an astonishingly patronising British news account of his visit to England; in a recent interview, Ben Kinglsey chats enthusiastically about the film and the difficulties he experienced bringing the character to life. The dull "making-of" feature is simply a montage of stills. --Mark Walker

  • Chariots Of Fire [1981]Chariots Of Fire | DVD | (20/06/2005) from £11.22   |  Saving you £4.76 (57.84%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The come-from-behind winner of the 1981 Oscar for Best Picture, Chariots of Fire either strikes you as either a cold exercise in mechanical manipulation or as a tale of true determination and inspiration. The heroes are an unlikely pair of young athletes who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics: devout Protestant Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a divinity student whose running makes him feel closer to God, and Jewish Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a highly competitive Cambridge student who has to surmount the institutional hurdles of class prejudice and anti-Semitism. There's delicious support from Ian Holm (as Abrahams's coach) and John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson as a couple of Cambridge fogies. Vangelis's soaring synthesised score, which seemed to be everywhere in the early 1980s, also won an Oscar. Chariots of Fire was the debut film of British television commercial director Hugh Hudson (Greystoke) and was produced by David Puttnam. --Jim Emerson

  • Gandhi [1982]Gandhi | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £8.08   |  Saving you £7.91 (97.90%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Upon his return to his native India and fed up with the unjust political system he joins the Indian Congress Party which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his ""subversive"" activities land him in jail masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives so the crown responds by slaughtering 1 500 Indians. Enraged the ascetic spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.

  • Chariots of Fire [Blu-ray]Chariots of Fire | Blu Ray | (16/07/2012) from £8.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (44.49%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Winner of four Academy Awards (including Best Picture), this internationally acclaimed motion picture recounts the poignant true story of two British sprinters vying for gold in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a driven athlete of Jewish ancestry, runs to overcome prejudice and to achieve personal fame; his rival, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary, competes for the glory of God. An inspirational story of spirit and strength in the face of enormous odds, the film combines the finest elements of athletic competition and human drama to create a compelling and timeless cinematic classic.

  • Chariots of Fire [DVD]Chariots of Fire | DVD | (07/05/2012) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, this internationally acclaimed motion picture recounts the poignant true story of two British sprinters vying for gold in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a driven athlete of Jewish ancestry, runs to overcome prejudice and to achieve personal fame; his rival, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary, competes for the glory of God. An inspirational story of spirit and strength in the face of enormous odds, the film combines the finest elements of athletic competition and human drama to create a compelling and timeless cinematic classic.

  • Opera 2K [Blu-ray]Opera 2K | Blu Ray | (05/04/2021) from £16.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Cult Films is proud to bring you this gore-soaked terror classic in a stunning new 2K restoration, with colour regrading carried out under instruction from the maestro himself and in reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print. Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) returns to Cult Films with this breath-taking new restoration of his visionary horror masterpiece OPERA. Splattered with stylistic bloodshed and soaring cinematography, OPERA shows Italy's master of horror at the very height of his game. When young understudy Betty takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi's Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch - with eyes pinned open - as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await? OPERA is a ravishing return to the giallo style Argento made his name with, awash with black-gloved killers, lavish bloodletting and the director's expressionistic Grand Guignol excess. Special Features ˜Aria of Fear' a brand new candid interview with director Dario Argento, revisiting his work from a fresh viewpoint ˜Opera Backstage' a unique behind the scenes documentary about Dario Argento directing Opera Restoration featurette from raw scan to the regarded, restored, and reframed final frame New improved English subtitles for the Italian audio

  • Greystoke - The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes [1983]Greystoke - The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes | DVD | (13/09/2004) from £6.19   |  Saving you £7.80 (126.01%)   |  RRP £13.99

    An infant child is raised by apes after being shipwrecked off the west coast of Africa. As he grows he learns the laws of the jungle and eventually claims the title Lord of the Apes. Yet years later when he is returned to civilization as the Earl of Greystoke Tarzan (Christopher Lambert in his first English speaking role) remains uncertain as to which laws he should obey; those of man or those of the jungle...

  • Reilly - Ace Of SpysReilly - Ace Of Spys | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £13.48   |  Saving you £6.51 (48.29%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The amazing true story of the world's first international super spy. The true-life adventures of Sidney Reilly a British secret agent whose 25-year spying career came to an end when he unsuccessfully tried to overthrow the Bolsheviks in post-revolutionary Russia.

  • Car Trouble [1985]Car Trouble | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £16.98   |  Saving you £-11.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    In the throes of a midlife crisis a man buys a new Jaguar and it immediately becomes his new love. What he doesn't know is that his wife is as attracted to the Jaguar salesman as he is to the car.

  • Codename Kyril [DVD]Codename Kyril | DVD | (26/07/2010) from £7.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (87.61%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Among an illustrious cast that includes Joss Ackland, Peter Vaughan, Richard E. Grant and Denholm Elliott, Edward Woodward (Callan) stars opposite Ian Charleson (Chariots of Fire) in a taut and skilfully plotted Cold War thriller.Thought to be one of the last great made-for television spy series, produced as the Cold War era came to an end, Codename: Kyril offers complex characterisations and an intelligent treatment of the classic espionage theme of trust and betrayal. This compelling, evocative series is adapted by the award-winning John Hopkins - whose previous credits include Smiley's People and Z Cars - and co-produced by Primetime Emmy winner Patrick Dromgoole (Robin of Sherwood). This release presents the complete two-part mini-series (usually only seen these days in a radically edited 'TV movie' form), originally screened in 1989.The KGB has a particularly evasive spy to eliminate: a high-ranking Kremlin traitor who has been leaking crucial secrets to London. Bucharensky, code-name Kyril, is ordered to defect to catch the attention of the intelligence services of both East and West, setting himself up as a target and drawing fire from all sides as he makes his way across Europe to London; the object of his mission is to panic the traitor into making a mistake. But waiting in London is Kyril's deadliest enemy: Royston, a KGB mole whose life now depends upon silencing Kyril before he can disclose Royston's identity as a Soviet double agent...

  • Jubilee [1978]Jubilee | DVD | (18/06/2001) from £14.97   |  Saving you £8.01 (66.86%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Derek Jarman's Jubilee combines a safety-pin and barbed-wire vision of 1977 London in ruins (all burning prams and castrated policemen), a meditation on English mysticism guided by a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I (the immensely regal Jenny Runacre) and a wild 'n' crazy account of the rampages of a gang of personality punk psychos, to become the closest a British film could come to the John Waters of Pink Flamingos. But there are surprisingly lyrical stretches (the only songs sung all the way through are "Jerusalem" and "My Love is Like a Red Red Rose") and, though future pop stars Toyah Wilcox and Adam Ant are embarrassingly amateurish as rebel street angels, some of the one-note maniacal performances--especially Lex Luther look-alike Orlando as mad media tycoon Borgia Ginz--are relishable. Among the people you've forgotten are in it are Ian Charleson of Chariots of Fire, celebrity shop assistant Jordan (as narrator Amyl Nitrate), Richard O'Brien and Little Nell of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Lindsay Kemp Dance Troupe and Adolf Hitler of World War II. Arguably the only Derek Jarman movie you might consider watching for pleasure, this is still not exactly the 1970s nostalgia fodder you might expect: even as the haircuts and music have receded into cultural history, the movie's acid-look vision of the worst of England remains horribly sound. The soundtrack features Adam and the Ants ("Deutscher Girls"), Wayne County and the Electric Chairs ("Paranoia Paradise"), Chelsea ("Right to Work"), Suzi Pinns (a thrash punk "Rule Britannia" best appreciated by those with the aural range of a fox terrier), Siouxie and the Banshees ("Love in a Void"), Amilcar ("Wargasm in Pornotopia"), the Slits and Brian Eno ("Slow Water", "Dover Beach"). In the 21st Century, the creative team are either dead or doing pantomime--which is so appropriate that irony doesn't even come into it. --Kim Newman

  • Chariots of Fire - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]Chariots of Fire - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014) from £14.49   |  Saving you £8.50 (37.00%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture this internationally acclaimed motion picture recounts the poignant true story of two British sprinters vying for gold in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) a driven athlete of Jewish ancestry runs to overcome prejudice and to achieve personal fame; his rival Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) a devout Scottish missionary competes for the glory of God. An inspirational story of spirit and strength in the face of enormous odds the film combines the finest elements of athletic competition and human drama to create a compelling and timeless cinematic classic.

  • Opera (Special Edition) [Dual Format] [Blu-ray]Opera (Special Edition) | Blu Ray | (21/01/2019) from £15.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Dario Argento (Suspiria) returns to CultFilms with this breath-taking new restoration which finally does justice to the Maestro's groundbreaking visionary horror masterpiece OPERA. With reality-defying soaring cinematography splattered with expressionistic Grand Guignol excess, Dario Argento turns up the fear to new heights, cementing him as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th Century. When young understudy Betty (Cristina Marsillach) takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi's Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch - with eyes pinned open - as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await? Take your seats for Argento's Terror at the Opera! CultFilms is proud to bring you this virtuoso terror classic in a stunning new 2K restoration, with colour regrading carried out under instruction from the maestro himself and in reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print - finally doing justice to Argento's original operatic vision and sound. Special Features: Dual edition with slipcase New 2k scan, restored and re-graded in consultation with director Dario Argento New, improved English subtitles for the separate optional Italian audio Extras: Aria of Fear : A brand new candid interview with director Dario Argento Opera Backstage : A detailed, period documentary showing Argento making Opera (40 minutes) Restoration featurette on the process from raw to scan to the re-graded, restored final vision

  • Chariots Of Fire - 2 disc Special Edition [1981]Chariots Of Fire - 2 disc Special Edition | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £22.98   |  Saving you £-2.99 (-15.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The British Are Coming! Britain's finest athletes have begun their quest for glory in the 1924 Olympic Games. Success brings honour to their nation. For two runners the honour at stake is personal... and their challenge one from within. Winner of four 1981 Academy Awards including Best Picture 'Chariots Of Fire' is the inspiring true story of Harold Abrahams Eric Liddell and the team that brought Britain one of its greatest sports victories. Ben Cross Ian Charleson Nigel Havers Nicholas Farrell and Alice Krige enjoyed their first major movie roles in this debut theatrical feature for director Hugh Hudson. Producer David Puttnam blended those talents to shape a film of unique and lasting impact. From its awesome footage of competition to its Oscar-winning Vangelis score 'Chariots Of Fire' has blazed its way into the hearts of movie lovers everywhere.

  • Hamlet [1980]Hamlet | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £2.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (77.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    'Hamlet' is part of a unique collection of some of the finest dramatic masterpieces in the English language. Originally broadcast on BBC Television and highly acclaimed worldwide.

  • Reilly - Ace Of Spies - The Complete Series [1983]Reilly - Ace Of Spies - The Complete Series | DVD | (10/03/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £79.99

    All six volumes of adventures starring Sam Neill as the British master spy.

  • Chariots Of Fire [1981]Chariots Of Fire | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £10.89   |  Saving you £5.09 (64.43%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The come-from-behind winner of the 1981 Oscar for Best Picture, Chariots of Fire either strikes you as either a cold exercise in mechanical manipulation or as a tale of true determination and inspiration. The heroes are an unlikely pair of young athletes who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics: devout Protestant Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a divinity student whose running makes him feel closer to God, and Jewish Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a highly competitive Cambridge student who has to surmount the institutional hurdles of class prejudice and anti-Semitism. There's delicious support from Ian Holm (as Abrahams's coach) and John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson as a couple of Cambridge fogies. Vangelis's soaring synthesised score, which seemed to be everywhere in the early 1980s, also won an Oscar. Chariots of Fire was the debut film of British television commercial director Hugh Hudson (Greystoke) and was produced by David Puttnam. --Jim Emerson

  • Car Trouble [1985]Car Trouble | DVD | (08/10/2007) from £9.43   |  Saving you £-3.44 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    A bawdy and funny British comedy gem! Gerald (Ian Charleson) in the throes of a midlife crisis develops an overriding passion for his new sports car-an E-Type Jaguar. His neglected wife Jacqueline (Julie Walters) becomes jealous and retaliates: she takes the car out for spin and encounters the randy car salesman Kevin (Vincent Riotta) and decides to seduce him. Car Trouble is a fast paced comic tour de force with one-liners a-plenty and featuring a hilarious climax (in more ways than one) as wife and salesman get stuck in a very compromising position - in Geralds car!

  • United 93 [Blu-ray]United 93 | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £12.13   |  Saving you £7.86 (64.80%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Director Paul Greengrass recounts the final moments of the ill-fated flight in this 9/11 drama.

  • Lady Killers - The Complete Series 2 [DVD]Lady Killers - The Complete Series 2 | DVD | (16/07/2012) from £10.09   |  Saving you £9.90 (98.12%)   |  RRP £19.99

    This second series in Granada's compelling crime anthology looks at some of Britain's most notorious murder trials, in which both male and female defendants stood accused of the murder of women. Introduced by Robert Morley, seven hour-long dramas reconstruct sensational trials which shocked Britain, offering in-depth analyses of individuals' motives and methods.The cases include those of bigamist George Joseph Smith, convicted of the murder of three of his wives; Neville Heath, the sex attacker whose savage crimes attracted international coverage; Ethel Le Neve, the mistress of Dr. Crippen, whose role in the murder of Crippen's wife remains mysterious; and the concurrent trials of Ronald True and Henry Jacoby, murderers from opposite ends of the social spectrum whose subsequent treatment sparked anger and controversy. Hannah Gordon, Christopher Cazenove, Ian Charleson, Michael Jayston, Kenneth Haigh, Gayle Hunnicutt and Phyllis Calvert feature among the star-studded casts.

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