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  • World On A Wire [DVD] [1973]World On A Wire | DVD | (17/05/2010) from £8.29   |  Saving you £11.70 (141.13%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Simulacron 1 is a highly advanced project designed to elevate conventional computer technology to a new level by creating a virtual reality inhabited by computer-generated people or 'identity units'. When the head of the project dies mysteriously after showing signs of mental disturbance Dr Stiller becomes his successor. However Stiller also begins to behave bizarrely. He speaks of people disappearing whom no one else knows belives someone is trying to murder him and has nausea attacks. As he begins to probe deeper into Simulacron the line between the real and virtual world becomes increasingly blurred and his own existence is questioned. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 2 part TV production is a science-fiction classic that explores the notion of a computer-generated other world pre-dating The Matrix by 26 years. Since its original broadcast in 1973 it has rarely been shown and following increasing demand the Fassbinder Foundation have restored this remarkable film under the artistic direction of the film's highly acclaimed cinematographer Michael Ballhaus.

  • Lola Montes (1955) (Criterion Collection) UK Only [Blu-ray] [2020]Lola Montes (1955) (Criterion Collection) UK Only | Blu Ray | (11/05/2020) from £20.95   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Lola Montès is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant colour, Max Ophuls charts Montès's scandalous past through the bombastic ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) of the American circus where she ends up performing. Ophuls's final film, Lola Montès is at once a magnificent romantic melodrama, a meditation on the lurid fascination with celebrity, and a meticulous, one-of-a-kind movie spectacle. Special Features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary featuring Max Ophuls scholar Susan White Max Ophuls ou le plaisir de tourner, a 1965 episode of the French television program Cinéastes de notre temps, featuring interviews with many of Ophuls's collaborators Max by Marcel, a new documentary by Marcel Ophuls about his father and the making of Lola Montès Silent footage of actress Martine Carol demonstrating the various glamorous hairstyles in Lola Montès Theatrical rerelease trailer from Rialto Pictures New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Gary Giddins

  • Song Without End [DVD]Song Without End | DVD | (06/08/2013) from £6.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Stunningly filmed in Technicolor and featuring one of the finest musical scores Hollywood has ever produced, Charles Vidor's Song Without End - the 1960 biopic of the virtuoso pianist and composer Franz Liszt won both Oscar (1961) and Golden Globe awards (1961). Dirk Bogarde stars as Franz Liszt.The finest virtuoso pianist of his day, Liszt is the toast of Europe, filling concert halls from Paris to Vienna and playing command performances for the crowned heads of Europe. His interpretations of the works of the great composers are unsurpassed - but he dreams that one day his own compositions will enthrall his adoring crowds. As his fame grows, his personal life falls apart. Already involved in a scandalous affair with a French Countess (Genevieve Page), now he dreams of seducing and marrying a Russian Princess (Capucine) whose love is absolutely forbidden... A musical masterpiece, Song Without End features almost forty beautiful pieces by some of the world's greatest composers including Chopin, Beethoven,Wagner, Bach, Verdi and Schumann as well as works by Liszt himself. Solo piano pieces are performed by the maestro Jorge Bolet, with accompaniment from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Roger Wagner Chorale. Song Without End was to be the final film by Charles Vidor who died before production was complete, with his place taken by George Cukor.

  • Madeleine [1950]Madeleine | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £2.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (334.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Lean's accomplished film of the famous Scottish Madeleine Smith case in which a woman from a wealthy family is accused of the murder of her lover.

  • Anastasia/Inn of the Sixth Happiness double pack [1958]Anastasia/Inn of the Sixth Happiness double pack | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £9.43   |  Saving you £5.56 (58.96%)   |  RRP £14.99

    An Ingrid Bergman double-bill comes to DVD with the classy pairing of Anastasia (1956) and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958). In Anastasia Bergman gives one of her memorable, haunting and haunted performances as an amnesiac chosen by a White Russian general (Yul Brynner) in 1928 to play the part of the long-rumoured but missing survivor of the Bolsheviks' murderous attack on the Czar's family. The twist is that Bergman's mystery woman seems to know more about the lost Anastasia than she is told. Based on the play by Marcelle Maurette and Guy Bolton, this film--directed by Anatole Litvak (Out of the Fog)--really does get under one's skin, not least of all because of its intriguing story but more so as a result of the strong chemistry between Bergman and Brynner. --Tom Keogh The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is an epic and extraordinary true story--or, at least, an extraordinary story based on a novel (Alan Burgess's The Small Woman) based on a true story. Gladys Aylward (an improbably mesmerising Ingrid Bergman) is a British would-be missionary with an obsession about China. As she has no experience, the Missionary Society won't let her go, but she goes anyway, alone, to a remote northern province. She is hated, then loved; finally she becomes both a significant political figure and the heroine of a miraculous escape in which she shepherds 100 children to safety across the mountains just ahead of a Japanese invasion. Curt Jurgens is suitably stony as Lin Nan, the half-Dutch, half-Chinese military officer who falls in love with her, and a visibly ailing Robert Donat (who died before this, his final film, was released) is the wily local mandarin who sees and makes use of her extraordinary abilities. Directed by Mark Robson, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is a sweeping, stirring tear-jerker, a big tale told in a big landscape with acres of orchestrated strings by Malcolm Arnold. It's a beautiful and beautifully made film that's a classic of the "everyone said I couldn't but I did it anyway" genre.--Richard Farr

  • Lola [Blu-ray]Lola | Blu Ray | (03/07/2017) from £12.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Set in a small West German town in 1957, where, with the help of the Economic Miracle, a booming economy is generating a new sense of optimism. In the town brothel, Villa Fink, Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a young high-class prostitute with a zest for life, is the star of the show. Her favourite client is the influential developer Schuckert (Mario Adorf), who enjoys spending time at Villa Fink with city officials important to his construction business. When Von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl), an upright, energetic building commissioner with a liberal, social-democratic outlook, arrives in the town, he falls in love with Lola without being aware where she works by night. Although he is shocked when he learns of her true identity, he nevertheless marries her to the satisfaction of all concerned. Ultimately neither Lola, Von Bohm nor Schuckert are really concerned with what has happened in the past or the morality of their decisions the main thing is that they get what they want. Fassbinder himself said in 1980 that THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN and LOLA are films about the country as it is today. To understand the present, what a country has and will become, one needs to understand the whole story. The BRD Trilogy, which also includes VERONIKA VOSS, represents RWF's attempt to create an overall picture of West Germany at the time, its double moral standards, and the hazards and dangers these implied.

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun Blu-rayThe Marriage of Maria Braun Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (04/04/2016) from £13.29   |  Saving you £4.70 (26.10%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder's penultimate film of the seventies was also his most successful. Popular with audiences and critics alike, among them Roger Ebert and François Truffaut, The Marriage of Maria Braun finally provided its director with the international breakthrough he had craved for so long. Maria Braun marries a young soldier amid the Allied bombing raids of World World II the day before he must return to the Russian front. Awaiting his return in 1945, she is informed of his death and must endure and navigate the post-war years alone. Mirroring the German Wirtschaftswunder (˜economic miracle'), she determinedly rises to prosperity as a self-made woman. Centred on an astonishing performance from Fassbinder regular Hanna Schygulla in the lead role, The Marriage of Maria Braun took over four million Deutschmarks in its home country and made over a million dollars in the US. Such success proved influential too without it we would likely never have seen Helma Sanders-Brahms's Germany, Pale Mother or Edgar Reitz's epic Heimat. Special Edition Features: Brand new 4K restoration from original camera negatives High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles Life, Love & Celluloid, a 1998 feature-length documentary on Fassbinder, written and directed by his regular editor, Juliane Lorenz Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977, a candid 30-minute interview with the director The Fassbinder Family, an all-new featurette detailing the actors who worked with Fassbinder time and again throughout his career

  • The The Marriage Of Maria Braun [1978]The The Marriage Of Maria Braun | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II only for him to disappear in the war. Alone Maria uses her beauty and ambition to prosper in Germany's ""economic miracle"" of the 1950s. Fassbinder's biggest international box-office success and the first part of his 'postwar trilogy' (along with Veronica Voss and Lola) The Marriage of Maria Braun is a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life as well as a pointed metaphorical attack on a society determined to forget its past.

  • Anastasia [1956]Anastasia | DVD | (03/02/2003) from £9.90   |  Saving you £3.09 (23.80%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute suicidal girl to pose as the heir to the Russian throne. However while Prince Bounin coaches her in history etiquette and protocol he comes to believe she is really Anastasia...

  • Fassbinder Collection Volume One (Lola/ Martha/ Why Does Herr R Run Amok?/ I Dont Just Want You To Love Me)Fassbinder Collection Volume One (Lola/ Martha/ Why Does Herr R Run Amok?/ I Dont Just Want You To Love Me) | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £31.03   |  Saving you £9.96 (24.30%)   |  RRP £40.99

    One of the most acclaimed and controversial post-war German filmmakers Rainer Werner Fassbinder created a prolific and extraordinarily influential body of work that revolutionised cinema. Lola: Conceived as a homage to Josef Von Sternberg's 'The Blue Angel' 'Lola' is a biting satire of capitalist greed starring Barbara Sukowa as the eponymous cabaret singer and call girl. Why Does Herr R Run Amok?: Fassbinder's savage and provocative portrait of middle-class banality and alienation follows the monotonous daily routines of the mild-mannered Herr R. Until one evening he finds that he can take no more. Martha: Margit Carstensen stars as a young woman who finds herself slowly stripped of her freedom by her sadistic and tyrannical husband. Fassbinder's bold homage to Douglas Sirk's 1950s Technicolor melodramas finds him at his most wickedly perverse and stylistically assured. I Don't Just Want You To Love Me: Fassbinder's friends and closest colleagues remember him in this documentary profile which also includes interviews with Fassbinder himself and excerpts from his work.

  • Sherlock Holmes And The Deadly Necklace [1962]Sherlock Holmes And The Deadly Necklace | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £8.08   |  Saving you £-2.09 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Holmes and Watson are on the trail to find a necklace that once belonged to Cleopatra. Holmes must unravel the mystery which brings him face to face with his arch rival Moriarty...

  • Anastasia [1956]Anastasia | DVD | (04/07/2005) from £3.79   |  Saving you £9.20 (70.80%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The most amazing conspiracy the world has ever known and love as it never happened to a man and woman before! The world will never know if the real Russian princess Anastasia met her death at the hands of red Russian rebels or if she lived on. Based on fact this story is set against the mystery surrounding this elusive puzzle. Ingrid Bergman portrays the destitute woman who remarkably resembles the true Princess Anastasia. She is chosen by two Russian courtiers to masquerade

  • Lola [DVD]Lola | DVD | (03/07/2017) from £9.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Set in a small West German town in 1957, where, with the help of the Economic Miracle, a booming economy is generating a new sense of optimism. In the town brothel, Villa Fink, Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a young high-class prostitute with a zest for life, is the star of the show. Her favourite client is the influential developer Schuckert (Mario Adorf), who enjoys spending time at Villa Fink with city officials important to his construction business. When Von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl), an upright, energetic building commissioner with a liberal, social-democratic outlook, arrives in the town, he falls in love with Lola without being aware where she works by night. Although he is shocked when he learns of her true identity, he nevertheless marries her to the satisfaction of all concerned. Ultimately neither Lola, Von Bohm nor Schuckert are really concerned with what has happened in the past or the morality of their decisions the main thing is that they get what they want. Fassbinder himself said in 1980 that THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN and LOLA are films about the country as it is today. To understand the present, what a country has and will become, one needs to understand the whole story. The BRD Trilogy, which also includes VERONIKA VOSS, represents RWF's attempt to create an overall picture of West Germany at the time, its double moral standards, and the hazards and dangers these implied.

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