Ethel and Tommy Barrick don't particularly enjoy boarding school and normally look forward to their holidays with excitement. This summer however they face the long break with a real feeling of unease. Their father a powerful business man (Jack Calia from Tall Dark & Deadly and The Silencers) is to remarry and sends the children to Ireland to spend the summer with his intended a woman they have never met. Once in Ireland the children quickly grow to dislike the woman Laura Duvann (played by Veronica Hamel of Hill Street Blues and Filofax fame). Their worst nightmare is realized when they discover her to actually be an evil power seeking water banshee with real magical powers and a hatred for all things green. With the aid of her loyal butler (David Warner from Titanic and Time Bandits) Laura plans to flood the forest and drown its Keeper Fin Rigan McCool the last King of the Leprechauns. Ethel and Tommy find an ally in Mary (Laura's housekeeper) and so they join forces with the Leprechaun to defeat Laura's evil scheme. As they unite in their fight against this evil witch the children come to understand their father his aloofness and the reason for their abcenses. In the process they even manage to cultivate a romance between Mary and their father and so create a chance to have a normal family life. This is an enchanting story of magic and family loyalty good over evil and most importantly of the dreams and determination of lonely children who want to be loved.
A missile is launched by Professor Quatermass and his team but when it lands back in the English countryside two of the crew members have disappeared. The third who is barely alive undergoes a quite terrifying transformation which threatens Earth...
A superb box set featuring 4 golden Ealing classics. Includes: 1. The Lavender Hill Mob (Dir. Charles Crichton 1951) 2. Titfield Thunderbolt (Dir. Charles Crichton 1953) 3. Hue & Cry (Dir. Charles Crichton 1947) 4. Dead of Night (Dirs. Alberto Cavalcanti & Charles Crichton 1945)
Nicholas Monsarrat's novel is an unflinching, realistic and emotionally involving account of naval life during the Second World War in which the "heroes" are the men, the "heroines" the ships and the "villain" is not so much the German U-Boats lurking below as "the cruel sea" itself. This 1953 film has become a classic of British cinema largely because it is a straightforward, no-frills adaptation of the book and retain's much of the original's compelling yet almost understated dramatic focus. On convoy duty in the North Atlantic, the crew of HMS Compass Rose face as a matter of routine the threat of destruction from U-Boats as well as a constant struggle against the elements. The convoys themselves are Britain's only lifeline and their loss would lead to certain defeat, but in the early years of the war the ships sent to protect them can do almost nothing to prevent the U-Boat attacks. Jack Hawkins gives one of his finest performances as Captain Ericson, the commander who has to balance destroying the enemy against saving the lives of the men under his care. In one unforgettable scene--a crucial turning point for all the characters--he must decide whether to depth charge a suspected submarine despite the presence of British sailors in the water. As with the book, the individual officers and their lives are carefully delineated, helped by the strength of a cast of (then) young actors (notably Donald Sinden and Denholm Elliot). Ultimately what makes The Cruel Sea such an undeniable classic is that it has neither the flag-waving jingoism nor the war-is-hell melodrama so common to most war movies: instead it relates in an almost matter-of-fact way the bitterness of the conflict at sea fought by ordinary men placed in the most extraordinary of circumstances. --Mark Walker
This hard-hitting portmanteau drama from Michael Relph and Basil Dearden depicts the emotion, excitement and broad humour of one night's boxing at a downmarket London stadium. Starring Jack Warner as the dressing-room attendant who links the stories together and co-starring Robert Beatty, Maxwell Reed, Joan Collins and Kay Kendall Ealing Studios' The Square Ring is presented here as a transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.Danny Felton, Adam's Stadium's dressing-room handler has seen many fighters come and ago, rise and fall and tonight's line-up is no exception. Up-and-comers, would-be contenders, comeback kids , champions-in-waiting out into the ring they go, and back to his dressing-room they return bruised, batter, chastened or triumphant.
Boxing drama following the lives of 5 different fighters and their reasons for becoming boxers.
Be careful what you wish for: as this compendium about the perils of getting rich quick shows money doesn't always buy happiness. Here are four stories that show the down side to high living: a family scoops the pools but it nearly tears them apart and a mild mannered clerk wins the jackpot with unhappy consequences; greed and temptation turns honest people into crooks while a suddenly wealthy man finds himself missing his old life. Mixing laughter tears and suspense - and starring some of Britain's best loved actors (including Jack Warner Petula Clark David Tomlinson Mervyn Johns and Dennis Price) - Easy Money is a true classic of the British screen.
Britain's best-loved detective series enters a new era as DCI John Barnaby a cousin of the original detective moves in to fight crime in the beautiful but deadly villages of Midsomer. New DCI John Barnaby arrives in Midsomer and is bemused by the quaint villages and their quirky residents. But when a local DJ is crushed to death at a traditional girls' boarding school he soon discovers that murder and deception are never far away. As the death toll rises could Barnaby's first case also be his last? Neil Dudgeon makes his debut as John Barnaby alongside established sidekick DI Ben Jones played by Jason Hughes.
A box set of features starring the inimitable Dirk Bogarde.
Forgotten Sins' is a startling and disturbing drama based on a true story. County sheriff Matt Bradshaw a devout churchgoer and respected pillar of the community stands accused of terrible crimes: sexually abusing his own daughters and organising multiple rapes and Satanic rituals. Matt's reaction to these accusations is almost as shocking - he makes a full and frank confession. Amid an atmosphere of religious frenzy and further accusations of murder and torture the witch hunt begins. Only one man believes in Matt's innocence: eminent psychologist Dr Richard Ofshe (William Devane). He is convinced that Matt is the innocent victim of religious brainwashing and police pressure for a confession. But what chance does Ofshe have of seeing justice done when Matt himself is so utterly convinced of his own guilt?
A race against the clock thriller about a police inspectors frantic search to locate three blood donors each able to donate one pint of a rare type of blood to save the life of a young girl suffering from leukaemia. The hospital's chief surgeon Dr. Carter (Anthony Steel) aided by Scotland Yard's Inspector Lane (Jack Warner) launch a nationwide hunt to save the young girls life. They come into contact with three potential donors all from very different backgrounds who must be persuaded to make a donation despite their reservations. This is the first ever DVD release of this1952 thriller.
The Quatermass Experiment: A missile is launched by Professor Quatermass and his team but when it lands back in the English countryside two of the crew members have disappeared. The third who is barely alive undergoes a quite terrifying transformation which threatens Earth... Quatermass 2: Quatermass is intrigued by strange images on his radar. Thinking them to be meteorites he follows them to a village which on his arrival he finds has been completely destroyed...
George Martin (Jack Warner) and Willie Stannard (George Cole) are handcuffed together and on their way to a West Country jail when they escape and go on the run. Martin is a hardened dangerous criminal but Stannard is a simple-minded youth who claims he is innocent of the crime for which he is awaiting trial. As they go on the run handcuffed together Martin steals a corporal's uniform and pretends that Stannard is a deserter in his charge. Desperate to unshackle himself from the simple-minded youth Martin finds a hacksaw in a deserted cottage but they are surprised by a huntsman. In the ensuing struggle Martin murders the huntsman and the search for escaped prisoners becomes a manhunt for a murderer...
Four Sided Triangle (Dir. Terence Fisher 1953): Murray stars as Dr. Bill Leggat who along with his childhood friends Lena and Robin creates a machine that can flawlessly replicate anything be it animate or inanimate. Undermining the trio's professional relationship is the sexual tension that has been brewing for years. Both men are attracted to Lena but on the eve of the public announcement of their invention Lena declares her love for Robin. Devastated Bill decides to clone Lena and names the clone who has all of Lena's feelings and memories Helen. Confident that Helen will love him Bill takes her on a holiday. However while away Bill's relationship with Helen does not go as planned causing Bill to resort to some shady experiments on Helen that will force her to love him. Produced by Hammer studios and directed by their most celebrated director Terence Fisher Four Sided Triangle was something of a precursor to many of their most famous films The Quatermass Xperiment (Dir. Val Guest 1955): A missile is launched by Professor Quatermass and his team but when it lands back in the English countryside two of the crew members have disappeared. The third who is barely alive undergoes a quite terrifying transformation which threatens Earth's very existence... Quatermass 2 (Dir. Val Guest 1957): Quatermass is intrigued by strange images on his radar. Thinking them to be meteorites he follows them to a village which on his arrival he finds has been completely destroyed... X The Unknown (Dir. Leslie Norman 1956): Penned by master horror screenwriter Jimmy Sangster and intelligently directed by Leslie (father of film critic Barry) Norman. The story sees a mysterious gelatinous monster which feeds off radioactivity terrorising a remote Scottish village.
British agents engage in hazardous duty working together in an attempt to confuse the enemy and further the war effort in this thrilling Ealing adventure!
The five most popular Hammer films now in this DVD box set! Titles included on this release are: The Quatermass Experiment Quatermass II The Abominable Snowman X the Unknown and Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter.
Digitally re-mastered Alastair Sim's Scrooge is the all time favourite Christmas family film and a genuine classic of British cinema. Scrooge is the definitive big screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol one of the world's best loved Christmas stories.
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