All the episodes and Christmas Specials.
Michael Caine stars in this 60s classic as the leader of a team of thieves who plan to use minis to help them perform the heist of the century.
Complete series one to four of the classic comedy from the 60's. George (Sid James) is a chauffeur-cum-dogsbody in the household of Colonel Maynard (John Le Mesurier) who can't recruit a housekeeper because George can't keep his hands to himself. George has a plan to get his cousin the vacancy but is caught unawares when Gabrielle Drago (Peggy Mount) arrives and tells him firmly that she has been engaged and means to stay.
The Complete Collection Includes all 57 episodes of the complete series Welcome to Maplin's, Britain's favourite holiday camp, where the sun-drenched summer never ends. Here we find our heroic Yellow Coats involved in all kinds of jolly japes and comic capers, in the chalets, in the Hawaiian Ballroom and all around the Olympic-sized swimming pool. So roll up your trousers and get those knobbly knees out, it's time for a complete season of fun and frolics come on campers, Hi-De-Hi!
Welcome to the kingdom of Terry Gilliam: his solo-directing debut, a gonzo medieval comedy Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town's only possible saviour but Dennis Cooper (Life of Brian's MICHAEL PALIN), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? The first outing as a solo director by TERRY GILLIAM (Brazil)inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky and made on the heels of Gilliam's success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Pytho - showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker's most uproarious visions of society run amok. BONUS FEATURES DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin and actor Annette Badland New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs Selection of Gilliam's storyboards and sketches PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias
All 11 surviving episodes of the classic TV comedy. All Gas And Gaitors is a sitcom centred on the ecclesiastical rivalries at St. Oggs a 13th Century cathedral. Episode titles: The Bishop Rides Again The Bishop Gets The Sack The Bishop Sees A Ghost The Bishop Loves His Neighbour The Bishops Heats The System The Bishop Warms Up The Bishop Entertains The Bishop Gives A Present The Bishop Shows His Loyalty The Bishop Has A Rest The Bishop Loses His Chaplain
A medieval comedy-adventure starring Michael Palin and directed by Terry Gilliam, Jabberwocky is an episodic adaptation of Lewis Carrolls surreal poem. Having previously directed Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) with Terry Jones, Jabberwocky marked Gilliams solo directorial debut--is it coincidental that Jones is killed by the titular monster in the opening scene? Palin plays the naive Dennis Cooper, a man seeking his fortune just as the Jabberwocky is laying waste to the country. Its much the same world as Holy Grail, with all the trappings of the romantic Hollywood epic being liberally coated with literal and metaphorical muck. Palins character causes unwitting mayhem wherever he goes--one stand-out scene involves the destruction of a maintenance shop for damaged knights-in-armour--though as much humour comes from exposing the foibles of the people he meets. And those people constitute a roll call of contemporary British comedy: Harry H Corbett as a sex-mad squire, Warren Mitchells Mr Fishfinger, plus Annette Badland, Max Wall, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, John Bird, Neil Innes and John Gorman. Jabberwocky lacks the hilarity of Holy Grail, but is a consistently amusing, exceptionally atmospheric, gleefully gory yarn which points the way to Gilliams Time Bandits (1981) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). On the DVD Jabberwocky is distinguished by an engaging and enthusiastic commentary from Gilliam and Palin, in which they delight in the amazing cast and ponder how such a handsome film was made. Otherwise the extras are a short sketch-to-screen comparison, three posters and three trailers (only one for Jabberwocky). Transferred anamorphically enhanced at 1.77:1, the picture is variable, with many beautifully lit indoor scenes looking fine, while other exterior, daylight shots appear washed out. There is some minor print damage. The sound is a revelation for a low-budget 1970s film originally released in mono. Given a full Dolby Digital 5.1 remix the tremendously detailed, rich and involving soundscape really brings Gilliams world alive and puts many much more recent and expensive titles to shame. --Gary S Dalkin
Classic TV comedy from the Home Guards at Walmington-On-Sea who are both bumbling and ineffectual as well as incompetent which makes life chaotic for all around! Originally transmitted in 1968 (and recently voted no.4 in Britain's Best Sitcom) this DVD release contains all of the first series followed by the surviving episodes of the second series. Unfortunately the other three instalments remain missing and presumed lost forever... Episodes from Series 1: The Man And The Hour:
In the 1970s the British film industry went through a craze for turning hit TV comedies into big screen features. From On the Buses (1971) to Porridge (1979), Dad's Army was one of the few which made the transition with style. Set in the small south coast town of Walmington-on-Sea in 1940, the film does have the structure of three TV episodes remade and sequenced together. Beginning with the formation of the local Home Guard, the company has a self-contained adventure on military manoeuvres, before a finale which allows for some heroism as three German officers take over the church hall. Dad's Army has all the gentle character comedy of the classic BBC TV series, benefiting enormously by retaining the entire television cast, headed by the incomparable Arthur Lowe as the blustering Captain Mainwaring and supported by the equally wonderful John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn. The cinema budget allows far superior production values to the original series, with a loving re-creation of 1940's England and some surprisingly beautiful cinematography. Above all, the film is both funny and a nostalgic reminder of a time when ordinary middle-aged and old men could be both real and movie heroes. --Gary S. Dalkin
Those who remember the children's animation Bod from the 13 episodes broadcast by the BBC in 1975 generally recall, with considerable precision, not stories but images. This is because the stories that constitute Bod, created by Joanne and Michael Cole, are mere wisps of narrative, in which, almost always, almost nothing happens (in "Bod and the Cake", for example, no cake arrives), serene anti-dramas which are elusive and thus hard to remember as stories. Its images, by contrast, are the heart of its minimalist charm and its unforgettable strangeness, from narrator John Le Mesurier's unvarying announcement, "Here comes Bod", to the moment the unvarying fivefold cast sashay towards the horizon at the end. Bod is small and bald, with a yellow dress and a Buddha-like imperturbability. He and his four eternal companions--Aunt Flo, Farmer Barleymow, Frank the Postman, PC Copper--are animated as sparely as a 60s cartoon from the Eastern bloc. In each episode, the five gather one by one, each arriving to their own characteristic perky jazz-folky theme, in their own characteristic gait (indeed, like a zen riddle, the walk itself is far more important than where they're walking to, or why). Some viewers consider the cartoon's mysterious pastoral stillness alarming, as if something terrible were going on that we're never told about or shown--"Waiting for Bodot", as it were--but most found its calmness both beguiling and addictive. As in the original Watch with Mother format, Bod is paired with Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band (in which an all-animal orchestra plays the classics, then guesses what flavour milkshake their frog conductor will reward himself with). Who knows how tots so exposed to the over-active kids-fare of today will respond, but the grown-ups in their charge will find The Complete Bod soothing, seductive and bizarre. --Honey Glass On the DVD: the DVD contains all 13 episodes of Bod. Five of these are extended, as originally broadcast, to feature animal identification games, counting songs, Bod snap and Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band.
Episodes Comprise: 1. A happy wartime Christmas often meant pooling coupons even for simple festive fare such as shortbread biscuits and shelter cake. 2. Captain Mainwaring arranges for a sherry party for local dignitaries but during the festivities an unwelcome guest arrives. 3. As Christmas is coming the Vicar decides to hold a bazaar to raise money for comforts for troops on active duty and he asks for contributions from the troop.
Comedy set in World War Two, starring James Robertson-Justice and Leslie Phillips. Sir Ernest Pease (Robertson-Justice) is a self-important scientist who is sent undercover on a bombing mission to monitor the effectiveness of his latest invention, a new-fangled radar. When the plane is attacked, he parachutes to safety - only to be sent to a POW camp, where he takes on the alias of Lieutenant Farrow. There, the somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits suspect their acerbic new fellow prisoner of being a spy, and all sorts of culture clashes and misunderstandings ensue.
One of the twentieth century's most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace's thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television - the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Unseen for decades and freshly transferred from the original film elements specifically for this release, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. This third volume includes top-notch performances from Barry Foster, Michael Gough, Bernard Lee, Jack Watling and Michael Goodliffe, and features scripts by Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Robert Banks Stewart (Undermind, The Human Jungle) and Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen). Special Features: Breakout - A thriller made by Independant Artists Ltd during the same period as the Merton Park films Exclusive booklet by author and critic Kim Newman Image Gallery PDF Material
Featuring a collection of Peter Sellers' best films. Includes: 1. Heavens Above! (Dir. John Boulting & Roy Boulting 1963) 2. I'm Alright Jack (Dir. John Boulting 1959) 3. Only Two Can Play (Dir. Sidney Gilliat 1962) 4. Very Best Of Peter Sellers
Martin Chuzzlewit (Dir. Pedr James 1994): Martin Chuzzlewit is a wealthy old man. But who will inherit his riches? He has disinherited his grandson young Martin suspecting the motives of the young man's love for Mary Chuzzlewit's nurse and companion. With such a prize to play for the rest of his family - including the snivelling hypocrite Pecksniff and the fabulously evil Jonas - bring forth all of their cunning greed and selfishness. With his grandson floundering in Amer
Vincent Ball, John le Mesurier and Alfred Burke star alongside Australian actress Betty McDowall in this noir-influenced crime thriller which sees a struggling reporter and a fashion editor uncovering double-dealing and murder in Mayfair! Directed by genre stalwart Montgomery Tully, Dead Lucky is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Mike Billings is a journalist working on 'exposures' of Mayfair gambling parties, but so far with little success. When Mike manages to infiltrate his first gambling party he's horrified to see his girlfriend Jenny there in the company of notorious gambler Lucky Lewis. When the party is raided by the police, Jenny leaves with Lucky. Next morning Lucky is found dead and Jenny admits that she went back to his flat for drinks... SPECIAL FEATURE: Image gallery
Vintage comedy by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. As Walmington-on-Sea trembles at the thought of a mighty Nazi invasion the indefatigable Captain Mainwaring and his eager Home Guard are ready and waiting - regardless that some of them are so old they can hardly stand up... Episodes Comprise: 1. Ring Dem Bells 2. When You've Got To Go 3. Is There Still Honey For Tea? 4. Come In Your Time Is Up 5. High Finance 6. The Face On The Poster 7. My Brother And I 8. The Love Of Three Oranges
If the mark of a successful TV comedy is that repeat showings attract new viewers, then Dad's Army must be one of the best. The Very Best of Dad's Army includes five episodes almost covering its whole time span--from 1969's "Sons of the Sea", an entertaining caper when lost at home, to 1977's final episode "Never Too Old", in which sparky Corporal Jones marries his longtime sweetheart, and the ageing Second World War platoon drinks a toast to Britain's Home Guard. Along with these is 1973's "The Deadly Attachment", where a captive U-boat crew falls prey to dummy hand-grenades; 1972's "Keep Young and Beautiful", a touching tale of looking younger and sticking together; and the same year's "Asleep in the Deep", where the platoon uses its skill and judgement, plus a little luck, to escape a life-threatening situation. Fans and newcomers will enjoy the priceless interplay of Arthur Lowe and John le Mesurier, along with the contributions of Clive Dunn, John Laurie, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender and James Beck, in this nostalgic depiction of Britain as it once was. On the DVD: The 4:3 picture reproduction has come up well and the dual mono sound is more than adequate. Each episode features six scene selections, while the artist profiles provide brief but relevant biographical details. The half-hour Selection Box gives celebrities past and present a chance to pick their favourite extracts and explain just why they're hooked. Chances are you will be too.--Richard Whitehouse
The complete collection of terrifying tales from Brian Clemens' classic series. Famed scriptwriter Brian Clemens is probably best known for his work on 'The Avengers' and 'The Professionals' but arguably the his best work is 'Thriller' a series he made for Lew Grade in the mid 1970s. 'Thriller' is an antholoy series of single plays - some horrific some terrifying - but always with a singular twist in the tale. Highly popular and critically acclaimed in its time 'Thriller' attracted a high calibre of stars. With tales featuring foreign agents and time bending serial killers (and all points in between) 'Thriller' set a new benchmark for quality horror in the 1970s. This set contains the complete run of 43 episodes (6 series). Series 1: 1. Lady Killer 2. Possession 3. Someone At The Top Of The Stairs 4. An Echo Of Theresa 5. The Colour Of Blood 6. Murder In Mind 7. A Place To Die 8. File It Under Fear 9. The Eyes Have It 10. Spell Of Evil Series 2: 1. Only A Scream Away 2. Once The Killing Starts 3. Kiss Me And Die 4. One Deadly Owner 5. Ring Once For Death 6. K Is For Killing 7. Sign It Death Series 3: 1. A Coffin For The Bride 2. I'm the Girl He Wants To Kill 3. Death To Sister Mary 4. In the Steps Of A Dead Man 5. Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are 6. The Next Scream You Hear Series 4: 1. Screamer 2. Nurse Will Make It Better 3. Night Is The Time For Killing 4. Killer With Two Faces 5. A Killer In Every Corner 6. Where The Action Is Series 5: 1. If It's A Man; Hang Up 2. The Double Kill 3. Won't Write Home Mum; I'm Dead! 4. The Crazy Kill 5. Good Salary Prospects Free Coffin 6. The Next Voice You See 7. Murder Motel Series 6: 1. Sleepwalker 2. The Next Victim 3. Nightmare For A Nightingale 4. Dial a Deadly Number 5. Kill Two Birds 6. A Midsummer Nightmare 7. Death In Deep Water
Five fine episodes of the evergreen Home Guard sitcom here. Dad's Army endures because it combines a healthy dollop of self-mockery with a sense of pride in Britain's lonely defiance against Hitler's might in 1940, encapsulated in the pompous and incompetent yet courageous Captain Mainwaring. Arthur Lowe is sublime in this role. Though he generally acts as a foil to his flippant platoon of funny stereotypes (Walker, Frazier, Godfrey, etc.), his subtle double-takes and apoplectic facial expressions of exasperation are endlessly hilarious. Corporal Jones' doddery recklessness can generally be relied upon to culminate in a finale involving trousers, cries of "Don't panic!" and chases across country but the masterstroke of this series was the casting against type of John Le Mesurier as the vague, aristocratic Sergeant and Lowe as his military but not social superior. These episodes include "The Day The Balloon Went Up" (a typically frantic caper involving a stray barrage balloon), "The Two And A Half Feathers" (including a wonderful Jonesy flashback to his days in the Sudan) and "The Deadly Attachment", in which Pike cheeks the captain of a captive U-Boat crew, who demands his name to add to his "list" of insolent Englanders. "Don't tell him, Pike!" urges Mainwaring. --David Stubbs
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