The 1953 fast paced comedy finally makes it to DVD in a Special Collectors' edition.
Susan Geroge stars as Amanda a babysitter who finds herself in peril when the biological father of the child in her care shows up unannounced having just been released from a lunatic asylum.
It is the early years of World War II and the Royal Navy must fight a desperate battle to stop Germany's best battleship, the Admiral Graf Spee, from sailing to the South Atlantic.
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 heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials.
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)
Directed by cult British filmmaker Peter Collinson (The Italian Job, Open Season) and written by Tudor Gates (The Vampire Lovers, Lust For A Vampire), Fright has been cited as one of the earliest examples of what would become notoriously known as the slasher movie. Starring Susan George (Straw Dogs, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry), Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney, Minder) and Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, The Avengers), Fright remains one of the most hauntingly atmospheric, genuinely creepy and fundamentally disturbing horror films of the early seventies. Amanda is the young, attractive babysitter hired by the Lloyd family to look after their son one fateful evening. It isn't long before Amanda realizes she is being watched. As the night progresses, Amanda is gradually subjected to a brutal ordeal of unhinged terror that she may not survive. Extras: Interview with Susan George, Interview with Kim Newman, Behind the Scenes Stills gallery
Directed by Charles Crichton, who would much later direct John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), 1951's The Lavender Hill Mob is the most ruefully thrilling of the Ealing Comedies. Alec Guinness plays a bowler-hatted escort of bullion to the refineries. His seeming timidity, weak 'r's and punctiliousness mask a typically Guinness-like patient cunning. "I was aware I was widiculed but that was pwecisely the effect I was stwiving to achieve". He's actually plotting a heist. With more conventionally cockney villains Sid James and Alfie Bass in tow, as well as the respectable but ruined Stanley Holloway, Guinness' perfect criminal plan works in exquisite detail, then unravels just as exquisitely, culminating in a nail-biting police car chase in which you can't help rooting for the villains. The Lavender Hill Mob depicts a London still up to its knees in rubble from World War II, a world of new hope but continued austerity, a budding new order in which everything seems up for grabs; as such it could be regarded as a lighter hearted cinematic cousin to Carol Reed's 1949 masterpiece The Third Man. The Lavender Hill Mob also sees the first, fleeting on-screen appearance of Audrey Hepburn in the opening sequence. --David Stubbs
Directed by Ralph Thomas, Above Us the Waves (1955) tells of a Royal Navy mission to sink the "invincible" German battleship Tirpitz, off the Norwegian coast. John Mills is calm and confident as the mission commander, with strong support from John Gregson and Donald Sinden--all treated by the German personnel as fellow gentlemen when captured. Despite stirring music from Arthur Benjamin, the action sequences are visually no more than adequate, and the film is only a partial success.--Richard Whitehouse
War drama starring Richard Attenborough, John Gregson and Michael Craig. Captain Williams (Gregson) is a martinet mine expert who undertakes to whip the hitherto lackadaisacal British Long Range Desert Group patrol into shape. This brings him into conflict with patrol leader Captain Cotton (Craig), but earns him the respect of hard-bitten trooper Brody (Attenborough). The wisdom of Williams' no-nonsense approach is demonstrated when the patrol is besieged by the highly-disciplined members of the German Afrika Korps.
Irish comedy and based on the novel ‘Rooney’ written by Catherine Cookson. Set in 1950’s Dublin John Gregson is the irrepressible James Ignatious Rooney….the hurling loving dustman. Landladies fall at his feet and it’s not due to the stench of rubbish from his daily collections………… Rooney is too much of a gentleman to bring his work home with him. No it’s the Irish Blarney his good looks and his dog. And don’t forget the hurling always at the hurling. Rooney teams up with Mr Doolan (Liam Redmond) a wealthy businessman and hurling fan and moves to a smart part of Dublin. Here he meets yet another widowed landlady and the cantankerous Grandpa (played brilliantly by the hilarious Barry Fitzgerald) who is always losing his teeth! Rooney falls for Maire (Muriel Pavlow) the landlady’s cousin and when he is selected for the Hurling Championship Final will he win both the Cup Final and the girl?
A triumph for British director Philip Leacock this profoundly moving film recounts a universal story of friendship between two children and the testing of that friendship by religious differences and entrenched prejudice. With captivating performances from its two young leads the drama won 14 international awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding and saw Leacock nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 1962. Hand in Hand is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Life is a great adventure for best friends Rachel and Michael. Fortunately they are too young to know that Rachel being Jewish and Michael being Catholic are on opposite sides of a steep fence of intolerance. The first shadow falls across their world when Rachel tells Michael her parents are moving away. Appalled at the idea of separation they become blood brothers and decide to celebrate by making a trip to London to see the Queen. It is just the beginning of their adventures... SPECIAL FEATURES:  Original Theatrical Trailer
When a seaplane fire forces a host of eclectic passengers including a prisoner and the man who will testify against him to make a disastrous water landing they must brave the cruel elements to get to a nearby island. Once there they discover that the land will be the target of nuclear testing in a matter of hours!
Available for the first time on DVD! Five years after their triumphant teaming in Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif reunited for this powerful World War II thriller about a Nazi General who becomes a serial killer. When a Polish prostitute is brutally murdered in Nazi-occupied Warsaw her killer is identified as a German General. The investigator Major Grau (Sharif) narrows the suspects to three Generals in the German high command: the heroic Tanz (O'Toole) the cy
During the 1940s the Rank Organisation was a phenomenal success in the film world boasting five studios two newsreels a great many production companies a staff of 31 000 650 cinemas and an incredible turnover of 45 million. To celebrate 70 years of Britain's most acclaimed film studio this fantastic collection encompasses some of Ranks most prestigious and successful films. The Red Shoes The tragic and romantic story of Vicky Page the brilliant young dancer who must giv
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 eva
Meeting would-be Soviet defectors interviewing fi lm stars and even becoming a circus clown - it all comes in a day's work for international photojournalist Shirley Logan (Shirley Maclaine - Steel Magnolias Terms of Endearment). Taking on assignments set by her boss 'World Illustrated' magazine's London editor Dennis Croft (John Gregson - Gideon's Way) the indomitable and highly resourceful Shirley meets more than her share of high drama and intrigue - with some impressive location scenery and a few hilarious moments along the way! Shirley's World represents Shirley Maclaine's only venture into the television-series format. A truly international ITC show the special guests featured a number of favourites including Brian Blessed Ron Moody Dandy Nichols Stuart Damon Joss Ackland Cyril Cusack and Bert Kwouk. This release comprises every episode of Shirley's World and is released here for the very first time on DVD.
For anyone who travels the congested roads of Britain these days the utterly delightful Genevieve will provoke a wistful, nostalgic sigh of regret for times gone by when there were no motorways, traffic jams were almost non-existent and friendly police motorcyclists riding classic Nortons (without helmets) cheerfully let people driving vintage cars race each other along country lanes. Even in 1953, Henry Cornelius gentle comedy must have seemed pleasingly old-fashioned, concerned as it is with the antics of two obsessive enthusiasts on the annual London to Brighton classic car rally. The principal quartet could hardly be bettered: though John Gregson is something of a cold fish as Genevieves proud owner, the radiant warmth of Dinah Sheridan as his long-suffering wife more than compensates. Kenneth More is ideally cast in the role of boastful rival enthusiast and Kay Kendall has possibly the best comic moment of all when she astonishes everyone with her drunken trumpet playing. Cornelius also directed Ealings Passport to Pimlico, so his sure eye for gently mocking and celebrating British eccentricities is never in doubt. The screenplay by (American writer) William Rose now seems like an elegy to a way of life long disappeared: the pivotal moment when Gregson stops to humour a passing old buffer about his love of classic cars comes from a vanished era of politeness before road rage; as does the priceless exchange between hotel owner Joyce Grenfell and her aged resident: "No ones ever complained before", says the mystified Grenfell after Gregson and Sheridan moan about the facilities, "Are they Americans?" asks the old lady, unable to conceive that anyone British could say such things. Genevieve is both a wonderful period comedy and a nostalgic portrait of England the way it used to be. On the DVD: the "Special Edition" version of Genevieve has a decent new documentary with reminiscences from Dinah Sheridan (still radiant), the director of photography and the films editor, who talk about the challenges of filming on location. Most treasurable of all, though, is legendary harmonica player Larry Adler, who remembers his distinctive score with much fondness and is not at all embittered by his Hollywood blacklisting, which meant he was denied an Academy Award nomination. Theres also a short piece on some of the locations used (which for economic reasons were mostly in the lanes around Pinewood studios), cast biographies and a gallery of stills. The 4:3 ratio colour picture looks pretty good for its age and the mono sound is adequate. --Mark Walker
1950's nautical comedy starring John Gregson and June Thorburn as a newlywed couple embarking on a hastily planned honeymoon on board a yacht, the Turtle'. Tony Hudson (John Gregson) asks his new wife Jane (June Thorburn) to go on a cruise on to France the ageing yacht Turtle'. The yacht's skipper is the cantankerous Dudley Partridge (Cecil Parker) an important customer of Tony's. Along with the rest of the crew the newlyweds encounter a series of hilarious mishaps on their trip which leave them all at sea
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