One of the most gripping horror films of all time is now available in a new 2 disc DVD Special Edition! When two American students touring the English countryside are attacked by a vicious wolf during a full moon their lives are suddenly transformed forever. Featuring ground-breaking Academy Award''-winning make-up by Rick Baker this cult favourite is directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House) and perfectly blends the macabre with a touch of humour. Digitally remastered and loaded with bonus features including an all-new feature-length retrospective documentary An American Werewolf in London Special Edition is a timeless story that has never looked better!
A chronicle of England's Golden Age during the late 16th century recounting the life and times of the remarkable Elizabeth I in a cycle of six plays. Academy Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson stars in one of the most popular and acclaimed Masterpiece Theatre presentations ever created the story of England's Queen Elizabeth I. Filled with palace intrigue royal romance and stunning historical detail it traces her reign from a young Princess through almost 50 years of rule over
There's comedy among the dustbins with this classic top-rated series from the late 60s/early 70s. Created by celebrated writer Jack Rosenthal ('The Evacuees') the series revolves around four misfits and their affectionately-named dustbin van - ""Thunderbird 3"". Rosenthal would go on to write the highly-successful comedy series 'The Lovers' and create one of ITV's most watched programmes - 'London's Burning'. 'The Dustbin Men's' working-class humour outraged Mary Whitehouse at the t
After a slow beginning, in which the complex tangle of relationships is initially confusing, this BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's last novel, Persuasion, develops into an elegant romantic comedy. Austin combines a subtle dissection of the folly of class with a slow-burning, intensely passionate love story. Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) has loved Captain Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds) ever since she was persuaded to reject him years before. Now he has returned from the Napoleonic wars, but will love be allowed to blossom? Especially when Anne is surrounded by the selfish, petty-minded Mary, misguided by Lady Russell, and burdened by a father obsessed with fairness of countenance above all other considerations. Excepting a basic booklet, on-screen character biographies and a Dolby Digital soundtrack, there is nothing to distinguish this DVD from the video version. The picture is very good, but showing some grain, not exceptional, so unless you have a large television there is little advantage over tape. In any format, what makes this adaptation work is the sharp screenplay by Nick Dear and the naturalistic style of director Roger Mitchell (who joined the A-list with Notting Hill, 1999), together eliciting fine performances from the ensemble cast. Less flamboyant than Pride and Prejudice (1995), this is a civilised treat. --Gary S Dalkin
Peter Kosminsky's 1992 adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights goes to the extreme of casting Sinead O'Connor in a brief bit as Bronte herself, but the film still doesn't approach the accomplishment of William Wyler's classic 1939 production (with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon) or subsequent versions by Luis Bunuel and Robert Fuest. That doesn't make it unwatchable, however: it still offers The English Patient costars Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche as doomed lovers Heathcliff and Cathy. Binoche is a bit washed-out, but Fiennes makes a strong impression as the rejected labourer who makes his fortune and exacts a vengeance. Unlike Wyler's film, this one covers all the chapters of Bronte's book, but it is sodden with misery and lacks all grace. --Tom Keogh
American Werewolf In London: One of the most gripping horror films of all time is now available in a new 2 disc DVD Special Edition! When two American students touring the English countryside are attacked by a vicious wolf during a full moon, their lives are suddenly transformed forever. Featuring ground-breaking Academy Award-winning make-up by Rick Baker, this cult favourite is directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House) and perfectly blends the macabre with a touch of humour. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: It is the late 18th Century. After the death of his beloved mother, young Victor Frankenstein leaves his father and Elizabeth, the adopted sister he passionately loves, to attend university. Here he becomes obsessed with the teachings of Professor Walman who believes that living creatures can actually be created from dead matter. One electrifying night, Frankenstein's efforts are rewarded as his Creature struggles to life. Alone, despised and driven by a rage of emotional agony, it sets off to find its maker. And so begins the nightmare that will engulf Victor Frankenstein... Dracula: Francis Ford Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula to create a modern masterpiece. It follows the tortured journey of the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian Prince (Gary Oldman) as he moves from Eastern Europe to 19th century London in search of his long lost Elisabeta, who is reincarnated as the beautiful Mina (Winona Ryder)... The Thing: Horror-meister John Carpenter teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the shape-shifting alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them...
This is the twilight world of half-truths and half-lives where the obsessive apparatus of state security interlocks with sinister and furtive forces from big business. It is the hidden battleground where private grief and individual suffering and death are dwarfed by the struggle for absolute power and the nightmare of nuclear catastrophe. Part One - 'Into The Shadows': His investigation into his daughter's murder reveals to Ronald Craven her involvement in nuclear power politics terrorism and death. Despite the agonies of his grief Craven finds himself drawn into Emma's secret world. Part Two - 'Northmoor': Craven and renegade US agent Jedburgh pursue their mission to discover the deadly secret of an underworld nuclear facility and begin a desperate race to avert catastrophe with mysterious wisdom of GAIA.
Swallows and Amazons Forever! is the wonderful television adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic books Coot Club and The Big Six. Set on the Norfolk Broads in the 1930s the BAFTA-nominated BBC production is packed full of lively characters beautifully authentic scenery and plenty of adventure. Coot Club Whilst travelling to Norfolk to stay on a boat with family friend Mrs Barrable Dick and Dot Callum meet Tom Dudgeon and the members of Coot Club. After being told that they won’t be learning to sail their disappointment quickly turns to excitement as an adventure begins to unfold. Will they be able to protect a precious coot’s nest whilst hiding Tom from the awful Hullabaloos who are hell bent on ruining everyone’s holiday? Creator of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes stars as Jerry the Hullabaloo in this delightful film. The Big Six When Dick and Dot return to Norfolk to stay with Tom they find themselves caught up in a brand new adventure. The Death And Glories are being accused of setting moored boats adrift but the three boys maintain their innocence. With the whole town against them it’s up to Coot Club to gather evidence and prove that someone else is responsible for these crimes. The Big Six is born. Dr Who’s Colin Baker and Patrick Troughton star in this fitting adaptation of the classic story. Includes subtitles for the very first time plus some brand new special features including a Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery.
Starring John Woodvine as the highly experienced Detective Chief Superintendent Kingdom, New Scotland Yard presents an authentic portrayal of detective work in the increasingly violent London of the 1970s. With ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams (former head of the Yard's Murder Squad) acting as adviser, this second series also includes appearances by Dennis Waterman, Don Henderson, Philip Madoc, George Baker and Michael Kitchen. Having faced a disciplinary board on charges of misconduct...
This highly regarded crime series stars John Woodvine as Detective Chief Superintendent Kingdom of the Central Office of the CID, and John Carlisle as his colleague DI Ward. An intelligent, authentic portrayal of the complexities of police work in the increasingly violent London of the 1970s, New Scotland Yard benefited from the involvement of ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams, former head of the Yard's Murder Squad, who acted as series adviser. This third series sees the workaholic King...
With an ingenious script, engaging characters, nerve-shredding suspense, genuinely frightening set-pieces and laugh-out-loud funny bits An American Werewolf in London is a prime candidate for the finest horror-comedy ever made. Americans David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are backpacking in northern England when Jack is killed by a wild beast and David is bitten. Back in London David finds himself falling in love with a nurse, Alex (played with winning charm by Jenny Agutter), and turning into a werewolf. Adding to his problems, an increasingly decomposed Jack keeps coming back from the dead, and he is not a happy corpse. The Oscar winning make-up and transformation scenes still look good and rather than send itself up Werewolf plays its horror seriously, the laughs coming naturally from the surreal situation. Naughton is engagingly confused and disbelieving, desperately coping with the ever more nightmarish world, while Landis delivers one absolutely stunning dream sequence, an unbearably tense hunt on the London Underground and a breathtaking finale. Gory, erotic, shocking and romantic, this unforgettable horror classic has it all. Tom Holland's Fright Night (1985) remixed the formula with vampires, as did Landis himself in Innocent Blood (1992). A disappointing sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, followed in 1997. --Gary S Dalkin
On the morning of his 30th birthday Josef K. (MacLachlan) wakes up to every person's worst nightmare when two strange men enter his home to place him under arrest. Bewildered by the reasoning of these two authorities he doesn't take the charges seriously and attempts to carry on his life as usual. When summoned to a hearing in an unfamiliar part of the city however K. refuses to accept the case being brought against him by the system. The more K. tries to fight the unnamed charge
Starring John Woodvine, one of Britain's most distinguished stage and screen actors, this LWT police drama series presents a grippingly authentic portrayal of detective work in London during the rapidly changing 1970s. Executive-produced by Rex Firkin, this first series also featured ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams (former head of the Yard's Murder Squad) as advisor and scripts by Gangsters creator Philip Martin and Robert Banks Stewart.The focus is on Detective Chief Superintendent John Kingdom, of the Central Office of the CID. Having worked his way to the top through a number of Greater London divisions, he knows the force and he knows the villains. With a quiet authority he tackles some of the capital's most serious, high-profile, and perplexing cases; assisting the workaholic Kingdom is his equally efficient colleague, Detective Inspector Alan Ward.
A gay man (Alan Davies) and a straight woman (Lesley Sharp) meet and do the unthinkable - they fall in love. Rose is down to earth straighforward and funny. Then she meets Bob a teacher who's certainly not expecting to meet someone like Rose. In their hearts they know they're doing the right thing but everyone around them thinks they're crazy. Are they hurtling towards the biggest heartache ever? Bob And Rose is an irresistable comedy drama from the pen of Russell T. Davis creator
'Coot Club' and 'The Big Six' by the celebrated novelist Arthur Ransome are 2 companion stories from his series of children's books set on the lakes and waterways of England and called 'Swallows and Amazons'. The Ransome stories are a special mix of realism and romance. Indeed they were all inspired by treasured memories of his own childhood holidays in the Lake District and Norfolk Broads. The intricate detail in which he describes the boats and wildlife of the English countrysid
Paul Abbott's Shameless returns to DVD for a second series. Seven months on from the first series and Manchester's favourite son Frank Gallagher is expecting another addition to the clan this time with his agoraphobic lover Sheila. On the back of a fiddled insurance claim the Gallagher children have extended their home into the house next door. Fiona and boyfriend Steve are now hopeful for a bit of privacy; but Lip Ian Debbie Carl and Liam cause havoc everywher
Invasion of the Earthmen: Steed has a close escape and Tara has a close encounter. Investigating the disappearance of a fellow agent Steed and Tara find the Alpha Academy brought to their attention: what's the secret behind this sinister school where spacemen walk and boa-constrictors provide security? Our heroes must see themselves clear to keeping an eye on the pupils... The Curious Case of the Countless Clues: Steed helps a friend and Tara has a break. Has a friend of Steed's really committed murder? The evidence against him is strong and only the flimsiest of alibis stands between the man and prison. A gang of extortionists have been using a cunning scheme to get valuable works of art: if Steed's not careful he'll find it's not just the paintings which are being framed... Split! Steed studies handwriting and Tara is nearly in two minds. People are being assassinated by foreign agent Kartovski who is somehow able to reach his victims without them suspecting anything. But this isn't the only neat trick the killer is managing - for John Steed shot him in 1963! Tara and Steed begin the search for a dead man... Get-a-Way! Steed drinks a spy's health and Tara looks at lizards. An assassination campaign by three Russian agents is thought to have been nipped in the bud when they're captured and imprisoned in an inescapable facility. From which they promptly escape. Having learned he's on the hitlist Steed sets out to find the merciless killers who can seemingly vanish at will... Have Guns - Will Haggle: Steed hunts for a special gun and Tara hunts with one. Trampolining raiders steal a consignment of secret rifle the FF70 and an investigating Steed discovers an upcoming auction and a very interested party. Meanwhile Tara has been captured by murderous people who want her to help them with their sight tests... Wildest Dream
Hailed as "genre-breaking stuff" on its release in 1992, this is the tale of a London estate agent who find he's the son of a Yorkshire pig farmer.
Romance, action, betrayal, suspensethis timeless BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers has it all. In 1620s France, the young, poor and unfailingly ambitious d'Artagnan (BAFTA-nominee Joss Ackland) leaves his humble village and treks to Paris on a quest to join the Musketeers of the Guard. At first, he's ridiculed, abused, and scornedbut after he impresses the three high-estesteemed musketeers in the land, they take him under their wing. With Porthos (Brian Blessed, Z Cars), Athos (Jeremy Young), and Aramis (John Woodvine) at his side, d'Artagnan sharpens his skills as a swordsman and, more often than not, is forced to put them to the test. The gang becomes entangled in a web of lies, love, violence and deceit among the French royalty, treacherous territory where even one wrong move could land them in prisonor worse. Over the course of ten thrilling, masterfully-crafted episodes, this series from the heyday of the BBC's classic Sunday serial (Telegraph) traces through Alexander Dumas' masterwork with stylebringing 17th century France to life in all its swashbuckling, chivalric, captivating glory.
Adapted by celebrated screenwriter Jack Rosenthal (Coronation Street) from C. F. Taylor's acclaimed play of the same name, And a Nightingale Sang struck a chord with audiences when it first aired for its bittersweet, sharply observant and humorous portrait of working-class family life on the British Home Front during World War Two. Despite air raid sirens, gas masks, ration books and whistling bombs punctuating their everyday lives, the Stott family remain stoic as they focus on keeping life as normal as possible. Helen Stott is the family's sensible 30-year-old daughter: a kindly yet self-deprecating girl who walks with a limp, whose life so far has not been very kind to her. Surprised to find love during the chaos of war, she falls for gentle soldier Norman. However, the course of true love runs less than smoothly Starring Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) as the pitiful Helen Stott, and Tom Watt (Eastenders) as the soldier who steals her heart. Helen's flirty younger sister Joyce is played by Pippa Hinchley (Coronation Street), who is attracted to every solider apart from her own husband (Stephen Tompkinson DCI Banks). John Woodvine (The Crown) also features as the Stott family's father, preferring to escape awkward family situations by banging out popular tunes on the piano than face conflict, and Oscar-nominee Joan Plowright (Enchanted April) as the devoutly Catholic family matriarch, who finds herself drawn to her priest. The DVD will also feature fascinating extras in the form of three real wartime public information films, giving insight into the unrivalled efforts on the British Home Front, from the Imperial War Museum: They Keep the Wheels Turning (1942), Britannia is a Woman (1940) and The New Britain (1940).
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