Reach for the Sky was a box-office hit in 1956 and rightly remains a fondly regarded classic of British cinema. Kenneth More is ideally cast as Douglas Bader, the gifted pilot who loses both legs in a pre-war air crash, only to play a major role in the Battle of Britain, rise to the rank of Group Captain and become a war hero. Based on Paul Brickhill's biography, this is an "official" history maybe, but Lewis Gilbert's screenplay and direction are historically accurate and informed by that very British humour, of which More was a natural. The film is graced by a decent supporting cast and a typically "widescreen" score from John Addison. On the DVD: Reach for the Sky is vividly reproduced in 16:9 anamorphic format and decent mono. There are subtitles for the hard of hearing and detailed biographies of More, Gilbert and Barder. The original theatrical trailer is included, but it would also have made sense to include an interview or documentary footage of Bader himself. --Richard Whitehouse
Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Thora Hird and Jack Watling star in Herbert Wilcox's masterly drama of love across the social divide. A phenomenal box-office success which resonated with cinema audiences struggling amidst the upheavals of post-war Britain, The Courtneys of Curzon Street chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of the aristocratic Courtney family - from the close of the nineteenth century, when Edward Courtney's marriage to his mother's Irish maid scandalises Victor...
Downtime is a spin-off of the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is a sequel to the Second Doctor serials The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear. Downtime stars Nicholas Courtney, Deborah Watling, Jack Watling and Elisabeth Sladen reprising their roles as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Victoria Waterfield, Professor Edward Travers and Sarah Jane Smith, respectively. It introduces the character of Kate Lethbridge-Stewart. Many years after trying to take over the world, the Great Intelligence is back once more. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, now retired, and Sarah Jane Smith have to stop it, but this time without the Doctor's help. Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers have also returned, but whose side are they really on? Sometime after Victoria had parted company with the Doctor on 20th century Earth (Fury from the Deep), she is lured back to the Detsen Monastery in Tibet (The Abominable Snowmen) by a dream telling her she'll find her late father there. Instead, she finds the Great Intelligence, which still possessed the mind of Professor Travers (The Web of Fear). 15 years later, Victoria is the vice chancellor of New World University. New World is an institution that claims to offer spiritual guidance to distraught youth. In reality, New World is the headquarters for the Intelligence's new plan to conquer the world by infecting all of the computers (a plan the Intelligence tried again in The Bells of Saint John after technology had significantly advanced). Both the administration and students await the coming of a new world that will be heralded by the chancellor, the Intelligence-possessed Travers. Victoria's motives are well-meaning but misguided, having been manipulated with a promised light of truth . The students themselves have been brainwashed through their computer courses and are slaves of the Intelligence. Outsiders refer to them as chillys . The Intelligence needs a final missing Locus to attain its goal. It believes the Brigadier has it, but the locus is actually with his daughter Kate and grandson Gordon on their narrowboat. New World attempts to gather information on the Brigadier by asking Sarah Jane Smith to investigate him. Sarah lies about knowing the Brigadier and later warns both him and UNIT. The Intelligence then arranges a meeting between the Brigadier and a corrupt UNIT captain named Cavendish. Throughout the story the Brigadier is aided by a New World student named Daniel Hinton, a former student of his from the Brendon School. The Intelligence's conditioning failed on Hinton, though at times he is still under its influence and at one point becomes a Yeti. He can communicate with the Brigadier through the bardo or astral plane. In addition to Downtime there is a second DVD containing extras which will include Behind the Lens , a behind the scenes look at the production with never before seen footage, and Post Production , a glimpse into the editing, sound and visual effects work. Both parts available on DVD for the first time.
During World War II the Pathfinder squadrons of RAF Bomber Command were the elite. All volunteers their particularly dangerous task was to fly in advance of bombing raids over occupied Europe later Nazi Germany to 'light up' the target with flares and incendiaries... Based on material supplied by surviving members of the force Pathfinders is a gripping and highly realistic TV series. Tense and action-packed this classic ITV series brilliantly evokes the combat experience
The prequel to ATV's famous boardroom drama The Power Game, The Plane Makers follows the fortunes of the Scott Furlong airplane development company and its managing director, the ruthless John Wilder (Patrick Wymark). This set contains all 42 surviving episodes. After months of work, a new passenger airliner, the Sovereign, is almost ready for its first flight. When John Wilder discovers that the Sovereign's French rival is due for its maiden flight he gives orders to get the plane off the ground in two days - a decision that he may come to regret... Special Features: The only surviving episode from series one (disc 1) Image galleries (discs 4, 5 and 9) PDF material (discs 4, 5)
Once A Sinner
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
ITV's famous boardroom drama from the 1960's starring Patrick Wymark Barbara Murray Clifford Evans Rosemary Leach Peter Barkworth Ian Holm and George Sewell. A spin-off from the earlier 'The Plane Makers' The Power Game made a star of Patrick Wymark as the now knighted Sir John Wilder the ruthless and power hungry executive who everybody loved to hate. The series captivated the viewing public in 1965 when first aired (one of the five most watched programme of 1966 when this first series ended) and again in 1985 when Channel 4 re-screened the saga at peak time on Saturday evenings. Episodes Comprise: 1. The New Boy 2. Lady for a Knight 3. Hagadan 4. The Politician 5. Point of Balance 6. Saturday's Women 7. The Switch 8. The Crunch 9. Late Via Rome 10. Persons and Papers 11. Trade Secrets 12. The Man With Two Hats 13. Confound Their Politics 14. Nothing's Free 15. Ambassador Status 16. Grounds for Decision 17. The Front Men 18. A Matter for Speculation 19. The Big View 20. The Dead Sea Fruit 21. The Chicken Run 22. Safe Conduct 23. The Side of the Angels 24. Tax Return 25. Where Do I Want to Go? 26. There's No Such Thing as a Dead Heat 27. One Via Zurich 28. The Big Nothing 29. The Outsider 30. The Goose Chase 31. Private Treaty 32. Without Prejudice 33. Cat is You. Bird is Me. 34. Standard Practice 35. The Heart Market 36. The New Minister 37. Drinks on Sunday 38. Triangles 39. Mergers
The prequel to ATV's famous boardroom drama The Power Game, The Plane Makers follows the fortunes of the Scott Furlong airplane development company and its managing director, the ruthless John Wilder (Patrick Wymark). Never previously available in any format, this release contains the first 13 episodes of series two - only one episode still exists from series one and that is included on disc one as a special feature. After months of work, a new passenger airliner, The Sovereign, is almost ready for its first flight. When John Wilder discovers that the Sovereign's French competitor is due for its maiden flight he gives orders to get the plane off the ground in two days, a decision he may come to regret... ? Don't Worry About Me - the only surviving episode from series one ? Image Galleries
A taut crime melodrama, Chain of Events features noted actor and film-maker Kenneth Griffith as a bank clerk whose attempt to dodge a fare has devastating consequences; a powerful cast includes Rank Charm School starlet Susan Shaw and future Richard the Lionheart lead Dermot Walsh. Adapted from a radio play written by inimitable character actor Leo McKern and directed by Carry On legend Gerald Thomas, Chain of Events is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. John Clarke, an uninspiring sort of fellow, one day boards a bus on his way home from work and foolishly forgets to pay his fare. He is caught by an inspector, but instead of owning up to it, gives the name and address of one of the bank's clients, setting in motion a violent chain of events involving blackmail, robbery and death... SPECIAL FEATURES: Image Gallery Original Pressbook PDF
Tony Britton Sylvia Syms and Geoffrey Keen star in this sympathetic BAFTA-nominated drama focusing on a man whose life is turned upside down by the far-reaching repercussions of an ill-judged action. The Birthday Present is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Returning from a business trip toy salesman Simon Scott is caught attempting to smuggle a wristwatch bought for his wife's birthday through Customs. He is arrested and due to a bungled defence by his solicitor obliged to serve a three-month prison sentence. It is only the beginning of his woes; his employer Colonel Wilson is understanding but he is ultimately forced to sack Simon who discovers that finding another job under such circumstances is extremely difficult. But Colonel Wilson is determined to help his former employee find a solution... SPECIAL FEATURES  Image Gallery  Promotional Material PDF
Devised by Upstairs Downstairs script editor Alfred Shaughnessy The Cedar Tree chronicles the shifting fortunes of a fictional aristocratic family the Bournes of Larkfield Manor through the turbulent years leading up to the Second World War. This third series begins in January 1938 as England stands on the cusp of a metamorphosis. Even for a traditional landowning family change has taken place: Arthur Bourne's elder daughter Elizabeth is now a qualified doctor with a sharpening awareness of social inequalities; her sister Victoria studying music at the Royal Academy is romantically involved with a young German Klaus von Heynig - offering a stark insight into developments in Central Europe; and the widowed Arthur is facing increasing financial pressure - and even the unthinkable prospect of losing Larkfield...
The Power Game - ATV's famous boardroom drama from the 1960s stars Patrick Wymark as John Wilder, the ruthless and power-hungry executive that everybody loves to hate. His adversarial relationship with his wife and colleagues in his fight for political power and one-upmanship set the template for many boardroom dramas to come. Wymark revelled in his role as the despicable Wilder, his strong and compelling characterisation encouraging equally high-calibre performances from co-stars Peter Barkworth, Clifford Evans, Barbara Murray, Jack Watling and Michael Jayston. Comprising all three complete series, this set will appeal to fans of high-quality drama and archive television. With both the second and third series not being seen since their original transmission, the majority of episodes have been transferred from film elements especially for this set. Special Features (Series Three): Man from Italy (mute) Alternative Main Titles and Promotion Promotional Trailers 35mm Title Footage (mute)
Dangerous Cargo (1954)/Dead Man's Evidence (1962)
Two examples of British Second World War films, We Dive at Dawn (1943) and Reach for the Sky (1956), are here stylishly packaged as a World War II Classics pack. We Dive at Dawn 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 movie was an underrated film that deserves reappraisal, whereas Reach for the Sky (1956) was a box-office hit and remains a fondly regarded classic. Kenneth More is ideally cast as Douglas Bader, the gifted pilot who loses both legs in a pre-war air crash, only to play a major role in the Battle of Britain, rise to the rank of Group Captain and become a war hero. Based on Paul Brickhill's biography, this is an "official" history maybe, but Lewis Gilbert's screenplay and direction are historically accurate and informed by that very British humour of which More was a natural. The film is graced by a decent supporting cast, and a typically "widescreen" score from John Addison. On the DVD: The black and white prints look and sound excellent. Whereas We Dive at Dawn has 4:3 video aspect ratio, 15 chapter points and no subtitles, the later Reach for the Sky has vivid 16:9 anamorphic reproduction, 20 chapter points, subtitles and detailed biographies of More, Gilbert and Barder. The original theatrical trailer is included, but it would also have made sense to include an interview or documentary footage of Bader himself. Even so, this is an excellent starting-point for investigating a key area of British cinema.--Richard Whitehouse
Journey Together is widely recognised as one of the most important and accomplished aviation documentaries of the Second World War. Starring Richard Attenborough and Edward G. Robinson, this acclaimed feature-length documentary drama film was written by Terence Rattigan, directed by John Boulting and produced by the RAF. It vividly shows the arduous selection and training process for RAF pilots and aircrew during the Second World War in preparation for their first gripping mission - a night b.
Journey Together is a unique feature length documentary-drama film written by Terence Rattigan directed by John Boulting and produced by the RAF. It provides a vivid and gripping depiction of the selection and training process for the RAF pilots and aircrew during the Second World War and follows new recruits through the arduous procedure of their first mission - a night bombing raid on Berlin.
A series of daring robberies has taken place on Rue des Anges a quiet street in the town of La Bandelette. Standing by an open window in his study Sir Maurice Lawes (Wilfred Hyde White) sees a gendarme beaten to death and the killer who also sees Lawes escape in a car. The next evening the residents hear a shattering scream from Janice Lawes (Petula Clark) when she finds her father murdered. Chief Inspector Garon (Guido Lorraine) of the French police and private investigator Dermot Kinross (Dan OHerlily) are puzzled as to who would want to kill the kindly Lawes?
The prequel to ATV's famous boardroom drama The Power Game, The Plane Makers follows the fortunes of the Scott Furlong airplane development company and its managing director, the ruthless John Wilder (Patrick Wymark). This release contains fifteen classic episodes, originally shown as part of series two. Having suffered a setback to his ambitions in failing to become Chairman, Wilder takes a wild gamble on the future of Scott Furlong, pushing through a plan to build twelve more Sovereign aircraft before the money has been recovered on the initial order. The scheme is vehemently opposed by new Chairman Sir Gordon Revidge - and it is Revidge's merchant bank that will have to finance the project. As uncertainty and unrest sweep through the factory, a game of bluff and counter-bluff takes place in the boardroom...
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