"Actor: Leonard Rossiter"

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] [1968]2001: A Space Odyssey | Blu Ray | (29/10/2018) from £29.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Stanley Kubrick's dazzling, Academy Award®-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) fi rst visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. Open the pod bay doors, HAL. Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.

  • Oliver [1968]Oliver | DVD | (11/12/2000) from £3.99   |  Saving you £16.00 (401.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Film buffs and critics can argue until their faces turn blue about whether this lavish Dickensian musical deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1968, but the movie speaks for itself on grandly entertaining terms. Adapted from Dickens's classic novel, it's one of the most dramatically involving and artistically impressive musicals of the 1960s, directed by Carol Reed with a delightful enthusiasm that would surely have impressed Dickens himself. Mark Lester plays the waifish orphan Oliver Twist, who is befriended by the pick-pocketing Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and recruited into the gang of boy thieves led by Fagin (played to perfection by Ron Moody). The villainous Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) casts his long shadow over Oliver and his friends, but the young orphan is still able to find loving care in the most desperate of circumstances. Full of memorable melodies and splendid lyrics, Oliver! is a timeless film, prompting even hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael to call it "a superb demonstration of intelligent craftsmanship," and to further observe that "it's as if the movie set out to be a tribute to Dickens and his melodramatic art as well as to tell the story of Oliver Twist". --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Rising Damp - The Complete Series Plus The Movie [1974]Rising Damp - The Complete Series Plus The Movie | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £8.99   |  Saving you £1.00 (11.12%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Includes every episode from the TV series plus the movie! A genuine British comedy classic the popularity of Rising Damp remains unparalleled some 25 years after the first transmission. Detailing the day-to-day events at Rigsby's dingy boarding-house in which the landlord from hell Rupert Rigsby prowled around his dilapidated eyrie poking his nose into his lodgers' affairs. In the feature length movie Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) is still intending to make Miss Jones (Frances De La Tour) his wife but she's far more interested in the intellectual and athletic Philip (Don Warrington)...

  • 2001 - A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] [Region Free]2001 - A Space Odyssey | Blu Ray | (03/03/2008) from £8.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Stanley Kubrick's dazzling, Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. Open the pod bay doors, HAL . Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey [1968]2001: A Space Odyssey | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (133.56%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.

  • The Year of the Sex Olympics (DVd)The Year of the Sex Olympics (DVd) | DVD | (20/04/2020) from £8.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    In the near future, society is split into two strata: The ˜lowdrives' make up the zombielike majority, mentally anaesthetized by an incessant diet of television, largely consisting of pornography. Television, and by extension the masses, is controlled by the ˜highdrives', an educated class who remain servile through their perpetual quest for better ratings and audience subjugation. When the lowdrives start to become increasingly uninterested in the programming on offer, coordinator Ugo Priest (Leonard Rossiter) ends up accidentally happening upon a new entertainment concept ..reality television. First broadcast in 1968 The Year of the Sex Olympics is one of the most original pieces of television drama ever written and would foreshadow the likes of Big Brother and the phenomenon that is Love Island. Introduction by film critic and author Kim Newman (2003) Audio commentary by actor Brian Cox (2003) Other extras TBC ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits

  • Britannia Hospital (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] [2020]Britannia Hospital (Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (29/06/2020) from £15.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The concluding instalment to Lindsay Anderson's Mick Travis Trilogy, following If . and O Lucky Man!, Britannia Hospital finds the filmmaker taking a sourly satirical eye to Thatcher's Britain. With a phenomenal cast at his disposal everyone from Alan Bates (Georgy Girl) and Joan Plowright (Time Without Pity) to Robin Askwith (Confessions of a Window Cleaner) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) to Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) reprising the role of Travis Anderson trains his sights on royalty, the media, the trade unions, civil disobedience, and the NHS in typically uncompromising and extremely funny fashion. Features: High Definition remaster Original mono audio The BEHP Interview with Lindsay Anderson (1991): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated director in conversation with Alan Lawson and Norman Swallow Healthy Reputation (2020): actor Robin Askwith discusses working with Lindsay Anderson on If . and Britannia Hospital Biles Apart (2020): actor Brian Pettifer recalls reprising the role of Biles A Cut Above (2020): editor Michael Ellis reflects the film's production Image gallery: publicity and promotional material Original theatrical trailer Teaser trailer New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Peter Cowie, an archival interview with Lindsay Anderson, extracts from the diaries of Anderson and screenwriter David Sherwin, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits World premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] [1968] [Special Poster Edition] [Region Free]2001: A Space Odyssey | Blu Ray | (07/12/2020) from £10.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Stanley Kubrick's dazzling, Academy Award® -winning* achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonised space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. Open the pod bay doors, HAL. Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin. SPECIAL FEATURES Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood Channel Four Documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth 4 Insightful Featurettes: Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001 Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 2001: A Space Odyssey A Look Behind the Future What Is Out There? 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork Look: Stanley Kubrick! Audio-Only Bonus: 1966 Kubrick Interview Conducted by Jeremy Bernstein Theatrical Trailer

  • The Rise and Fall of Reginald PerrinThe Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £13.49   |  Saving you £16.50 (122.31%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Adapted by David Nobbs from his novel The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin brilliantly captured the mid-1970s zeitgeist. It opened each week with a naked Reggie walking out into the sea to end it all before rapidly rethinking the whole idea and told the story of a man desperate to escape his loving but dull marriage disappointing offspring and the daily grind of his job. The first series - while hilariously funny - was incredibly dark focusing on a man in nervous breakdown. Each week Reggie's behaviour becomes more erratic his excuses to his secretary for lateness weirder and weirder (22 minutes late Joan: a badger ate a junction box at New Malden) and his fantasies of seducing her more vivid. The mere mention of his mother-in-law is enough to send an image of a hippo lumbering through his head and each episode ends with Reggie screaming in frustration. Ultimately he fakes his own death but is reunited with wife Elizabeth when he attends his funeral in disguise and can't resist wooing her all over again. Reggie returned a year later bent on setting up a new business Grot selling useless goods. It was of course a massive success leaving Reggie trapped back in the rat race. For the third less successful series he abandoned wage-slavery again this time setting up a commune for his former co-workers. A brilliant satire the programme will also be remembered for its catchphrases including Reggie's boss CJ's I didn't get where I am today by... and Reggie's brother-in-law Jimmy constantly cadging food on the basis of a bit of a cock-up on the catering front. Above all there was Leonard Rossiter's brilliant performance as Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. RIP to both.

  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again [1976]The Pink Panther Strikes Again | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Being sent insane by working with Clouseau for too long Sgt Dreyfus vows to destroy him forever - and if he can't he vows he will destroy the world. Clouseau ends up with over 20 assassins on his tail but is more worried about his martial arts manservant getting the better of him!

  • Rising Damp - Series 1 To 4 Plus The MovieRising Damp - Series 1 To 4 Plus The Movie | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £27.99   |  Saving you £2.00 (7.15%)   |  RRP £29.99

    This fantastic comedy box set features all 4 series of Rising Damp as well as the feature-length movie.

  • The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin - The Complete First Series [1976]The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin - The Complete First Series | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Boasting a virtuoso comic performance from Leonard Rossiter The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-79) remains one of the greatest of all television sitcoms. Writer David Nobbs combined the surrealist absurdity of Monty Python with an on-going story line that unfolded through each of the three seasons with a clear beginning, middle and end; a ground-breaking development in 70s TV comedy. The first and best season charts middle-aged, middle-management executive Reginald Perrin as he breaks-down under the stress of middle-class life until he informs the world that half the parking meters in London have Dutch Parking Meter Disease. He fakes suicide and returns to court his wife Elizabeth (Pauline Yates) in disguise, a plot development that formed the entire basis of Mrs Doubtfire (1993). Series Two is broader, the rapid-fire dialogue still razor sharp and loaded with caustic wit and ingenious silliness, as a now sane Reggie takes on the madness of the business world by opening a chain of shops selling rubbish. The third season, set in a health farm, is routine, the edge blunted by routine sitcom conventions. At its best The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is hilarious and moving, its depiction of English middle-class life spot on, its satire prophetic. Reggie's visual fantasies hark back to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) and Billy Liar (1963), and look forward to Ally McBeal (1997-2002) and are the icing on the cake of a fine, original and highly imaginative show. On the DVD: Reginald Perrin's discs contain one complete seven episode season. There are no extras. The sound is good mono and the 4:3 picture is generally fine, though some of the exterior shot-on-film scenes have deteriorated and there are occasional signs of minor damage to the original video masters. Even so, for a 1970s sitcom shot on video the picture is excellent and far superior to the original broadcasts. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Rising Damp [1980]Rising Damp | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £3.79   |  Saving you £6.20 (163.59%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A genuine British comedy classic the popularity of 'Rising Damp' remains unparalleled some 25 years after the first transmission. 'Rising Damp' detailed the day-to-day events at Rigsby's dingy boarding-house in Eric Chappell's hilarious sitcom. The landlord from hell Rupert Rigsby prowled around his dilapidated eyrie poking his nose into his lodgers' affairs. In this feature length movie Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) is still intending to make Miss Jones (Frances De La Tour) his wi

  • Rising Damp: The Works [1974]Rising Damp: The Works | DVD | (14/06/2004) from £34.99   |  Saving you £-5.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Featuring all the episodes from Series 1 to 4 including: 'Rooksby' 'Black Magic' 'Charisma' 'Night Out' 'All Our Yesterdays' 'The Prowler' 'Permissive Society' 'Food Glorious Food' 'A Body Like Mine' 'The Perfect Gentleman' 'The Last Of The Big Spenders' 'Things That Go Bump In The Night' and 'Moonlight And Roses'. Includes the unreleased episode 'Stand Up And Be Counted'.

  • Redcap [DVD]Redcap | DVD | (12/12/2011) from £25.99   |  Saving you £24.00 (92.34%)   |  RRP £49.99

    John Thaw takes the first starring role of his career in Redcap, playing Sergeant John Mann of the Royal Military Police's Special Investigation Branch. Made in the mid 1960s at a time when the British Army was still highly active, Redcap's stories cover investigations in Germany, Malaysia, Cyprus and Borneo and feature guest stars of the calibre of George Sewell, Peter Bowles, Edward Fox and Brian Cox.Not seen since its original transmission, this set contains the complete first series and the surviving ten episodes of the second series, featuring scripts from both Troy Kennedy Martin (The Sweeney, Z Cars) and Julian Bond (The Saint, Ruth Rendell Mysteries).

  • The Galton And Simpson Playhouse - The Complete SeriesThe Galton And Simpson Playhouse - The Complete Series | DVD | (19/01/2009) from £9.43   |  Saving you £5.56 (58.96%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The Galton And Simpson Playhouse: The Complete Series

  • Billy Liar [1963]Billy Liar | DVD | (11/09/2006) from £14.83   |  Saving you £-1.84 (-14.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher the underachieving undertaker's assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname ""Billy Liar."" Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents' house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy Billy Liar is a dazzling and uproarious classic.

  • Billy Liar [1963]Billy Liar | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £11.39   |  Saving you £5.59 (66.55%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problems…. Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp

  • Rising Damp - The Complete 1st Series [1974]Rising Damp - The Complete 1st Series | DVD | (07/05/2001) from £9.51   |  Saving you £5.48 (36.60%)   |  RRP £14.99

    First broadcast in 1974, the ITV bedsitland sitcom Rising Damp was an instant and enduring success. It starred Leonard Rossiter as the miserly and lovelorn landlord Rigsby who is constantly needling young lodger Alan (Richard Beckinsale), a science student whose long hair and earrings are symptomatic to Rigsby of the parlous effeminacy of the modern age. He's also in love with Frances De La Tour's dowdy spinster Miss Jones, though his tentative advances are forever rebuffed. She in turn carries a torch for Philip (Don Warrington), the elegant son of an African chief who also resides at Rigsby Towers. Some aspects of Rising Damp have not aged well, principally Rigsby's stream of racist jibes at Philip. Although these were doubtless well-meant and supposed to illustrate Rigsby's foolish bigotry, you suspect that that was a convenient cover for audiences in the 1970s to enjoy racist humour. However, Rossiter's Rigsby--stuttering, stammering, bent perpetually over backwards--remains a great comic creation, embodying all the festering prejudices, small-mindedness and self-delusion of the lower middle class Little Englander. --David Stubbs

  • The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin - The Complete Third SeriesThe Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin - The Complete Third Series | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Boasting a virtuoso comic performance from Leonard Rossiter The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-79) remains one of the greatest of all television sitcoms. Writer David Nobbs combined the surrealist absurdity of Monty Python with an on-going story line that unfolded through each of the three seasons with a clear beginning, middle and end; a ground-breaking development in 70s TV comedy. The first and best season charts middle-aged, middle-management executive Reginald Perrin as he breaks-down under the stress of middle-class life until he informs the world that half the parking meters in London have Dutch Parking Meter Disease. He fakes suicide and returns to court his wife Elizabeth (Pauline Yates) in disguise, a plot development that formed the entire basis of Mrs Doubtfire (1993). Series Two is broader, the rapid-fire dialogue still razor sharp and loaded with caustic wit and ingenious silliness, as a now sane Reggie takes on the madness of the business world by opening a chain of shops selling rubbish. The third season, set in a health farm, is routine, the edge blunted by routine sitcom conventions. At its best The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is hilarious and moving, its depiction of English middle-class life spot on, its satire prophetic. Reggie's visual fantasies hark back to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) and Billy Liar (1963), and look forward to Ally McBeal (1997-2002) and are the icing on the cake of a fine, original and highly imaginative show. On the DVD: Reginald Perrin's discs contain one complete seven episode season. There are no extras. The sound is good mono and the 4:3 picture is generally fine, though some of the exterior shot-on-film scenes have deteriorated and there are occasional signs of minor damage to the original video masters. Even so, for a 1970s sitcom shot on video the picture is excellent and far superior to the original broadcasts. --Gary S Dalkin

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