"Actor: Maximilian Schell"

  • Cross Of Iron [Blu-ray] [1977]Cross Of Iron | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011) from £11.98   |  Saving you £14.00 (155.73%)   |  RRP £22.99

    In Cross of Iron Sam Peckinpah weighs in on World War II from the German point of view. The result is as bleak, if not quite as bloody, as one expects from the director of The Wild Bunch, in part because this 1977 film was cut to ribbons by nervous studio executives. The assorted excerpts that remain don't constitute an exhilarating or even an especially thrilling battle epic. The war is grinding to a close, and veterans like James Coburn's Steiner are grimly aware that it's a lost cause. The battlefield is a death trap of sucking mud and barbed wire, and the German generals (viz., the martinet played by James Mason) seem to pose a bigger threat to the life and limbs of Steiner's men than the inexorable enemy. Not even Peckinpah's famous sensuous exuberance when shooting violence is much in evidence; the picture is a depressive, claustrophobically overcast experience. The bloody high (or low) point isn't a shooting; it's a wince-inducing de-penis-tration during oral sex. For a fun time with the men in (Nazi) uniform, try Das Boot instead. --David Chute, Amazon.com

  • The Black Hole [1979]The Black Hole | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £5.38   |  Saving you £9.61 (178.62%)   |  RRP £14.99

    A research team on a fruitless search for life in space encounter a lost spaceship perched on the event horizon of a black hole where they find an Earth scientist who harbours a terrible secret...

  • The Odessa File [1974]The Odessa File | DVD | (08/03/2004) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Originally released in 1974, The Odessa File is set in Hamburg a decade earlier. Its starting-point is the Nazi support network Odessa, and its involvement with Egyptian plans to destroy Israel. Peter Miller is a freelance journalist whose interest appears initially to be a professional one, before a personal dimension finally becomes apparent in his confrontation with SS Captain Roschmann. Kenneth Ross adapts a well-honed screenplay from Frederick Forsyth's bestseller, and director Ronald Neame captures a typically Cold War sense of individuals and organisations playing out a scenario of political right and wrong. John Voight, long before he became a cameo star, makes a sympathetic lead, able to judge between the moral and material aspects of his profession. Mary Tamm is photogenic, if uninvolving, as his girlfriend, while Maximillian Schell is a convincing Nazi stereotype. Andrew Lloyd-Weber contributes a serviceable score, centred on the catchy "Christmas Dream" sung by Perry Como. Not a classic suspense thriller, but an enjoyable and thoughtful one. On the DVD: the letterbox widescreen format preserves the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the cinema release with decent if not exceptional clarity, with optional 16:9 TV enhancement. There are French, German, Italian and Spanish overdubs, and subtitles in 21 languages. Detailed filmographies for Neame, Voight and Schell are included and the theatrical trailer is to the point in a way they so rarely are these days. --Richard Whitehouse

  • The Odessa File (Standard Edition) [Blu-ray] [2020] [Region Free]The Odessa File (Standard Edition) | Blu Ray | (22/03/2021) from £13.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Hamburg 1963. German journalist Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, Coming Home) finds himself in possession of a diary detailing the unspeakable crimes of cruelty, torture and mass murder perpetrated by an SS captain, now veiled as a top industrialist. Neame's compelling mix of conspiracy thriller and action-adventure, adapted from Frederick Forsyth's bestseller, is a fine addition to the post-war spy thriller genre, and features an outstanding performance from Voight and glorious location photographed by the great Oswald Morris (Lolita, The Pumpkin Eater). Extras 2K restoration Original mono audio The BFI Interview with Ronald Neame (2003, 67 mins): archival audio recording of the award-winning filmmaker in conversation with Matthew Sweet at London's National Film Theatre The BFI Interview with Oswald Morris (2006, 62 mins): archival audio recording of the celebrated cinematographer in conversation with Anwar Brett at the National Film Theatre Safe But Real (2018, 3 mins): new and exclusive interview with stuntman Vic Armstrong Foreign Friends (2018, 7 mins): new and exclusive interview with continuity supervisor Elaine Schreyeck Super 8 version (17 mins): original cut-down home cinema presentation Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  • The Deadly Affair (Standard Edition) [Blu-ray] [2020] [Region Free]The Deadly Affair (Standard Edition) | Blu Ray | (25/05/2020) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Based on John le Carré's first novel, Call for the Dead (which introduced spymaster George Smiley), The Deadly Affair sees an ageing British secret agent (James Mason) set out to uncover the truth behind a government employee's apparent suicide. Eschewing the glamour of the era's Bond thrillers, Lumet's chilling and intelligent take on the spy drama presents a palpable and darkly sinister picture of Cold War intrigue. The exemplary cast also includes Maximilian Schell, Harriet Andersson, Harry Andrews, Roy Kinnear and Lynn Redgrave. Extras High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Michael Brooke and Johnny Mains The National Film Theatre Lecture with James Mason (1967, 48 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Leslie Hardcastle The Guardian Lecture with Sidney Lumet (1983, 89 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Derek Malcolm at the National Film Theatre, London A Different Kind of Spy: Paul Dehn's Deadly Affair (2017, 17 mins): writer David Kipen discusses the life and work of screenwriter Paul Dehn Take One and Move On (2017, 5 mins): camera operator Brian West on The Deadly Affair Lumet's London (2017, 4 mins): the London locations of The Deadly Affair explored Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  • The Young Lions [1958]The Young Lions | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Academy Award-winning actor Marlon Brando captures the extraordinary contradictions and complexity of a decent man who winds up as a Nazi officer. The Young Lions tells the story of World War II from both sides. The American represented by Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin. And the German made tragically vivid by Brando. Based on the novel by Irwin Shaw. The Young Lions is a provocative insightful movie. It is also one of Brando's all-time best.

  • Cross Of Iron [1977]Cross Of Iron | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    1943: a German platoon suffers heavy bombardment from surrounding Soviet troops as they try to affect their withdrawal from Russia: knowing that defeat is inevitable their only goal is survival...

  • Joan Of Arc [1999]Joan Of Arc | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £13.72   |  Saving you £-4.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The extraordinary story tells of a quest that took as illiterate French peasant girl and transformed her into one of the most revered leaders of all time.

  • Phantom Of The Opera [1983]Phantom Of The Opera | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £19.98   |  Saving you £-6.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £10.99

    All the romance drama and terror of Gaston Leroux's sensational horror story are brought to life in this lavish adaptation starring Oscar-winner Maximillian Schell Jane Seymour Michael York Diana Quick and Jeremy Kemp. Elena Korvin a young soprano commits suicide after a spurned suitor ruins her opera house debut - and the stage is set for a stirring tale of love and retribution. Now horribly disfigured Elena's grieving husband becomes The Phantom of the Opera a masked creature who haunts the opera house plotting vengeance through the beautiful singer Maria Gianelli who is the image of the dead Elena. But the Phantom's plans go awry as Maria falls for a charismatic English opera director...

  • Julia [DVD]Julia | DVD | (13/10/2014) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Fred Zinnemann's last great movie. Based on part of Lillian Hellman's memoir, the film stars Jane Fonda as Hellman as she recounts her friendship with the enigmatic JULIA, played by Vanessa Redgrave. Fonda gives a gutsy performance, playing well with Redgrave and, to a greater degree, Jason Robards, who plays Dashell Hammett. Alvin Sargent's screenplay cleverly bends time, jumping back and forth as the story of Hellman's friendship with Julia is told and Zinnemann creates a melancholy feel that's sustained throughout. The excellent music by Georges Delerue is haunting and the cinematography by Douglas Slocombe is beautiful. The supporting cast features Meryl Streep as Anne Marie, Maximillian Schell as Johann, Cathleen Nesbitt as Julia's grandmother, Rosemary Murphy as Dorothy Parker and Hal Holbrook as Parker's husband Alan Campbell.

  • The Deadly AffairThe Deadly Affair | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £6.73   |  Saving you £6.26 (93.02%)   |  RRP £12.99

    British intelligence officer is sent to investigate an anonymous letter sent to the foreign secretary accusing a key officer of communist affiliation. When the officer commits suicide the investigator suspects murder and presses his inquiry. The culprit is finally exposed in a surprise climax.

  • Cross Of Iron [1977]Cross Of Iron | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £9.27   |  Saving you £10.71 (170.54%)   |  RRP £16.99

    In Cross of Iron Sam Peckinpah weighs in on World War II from the German point of view. The result is as bleak, if not quite as bloody, as one expects from the director of The Wild Bunch, in part because this 1977 film was cut to ribbons by nervous studio executives. The assorted excerpts that remain don't constitute an exhilarating or even an especially thrilling battle epic. The war is grinding to a close, and veterans like James Coburn's Steiner are grimly aware that it's a lost cause. The battlefield is a death trap of sucking mud and barbed wire, and the German generals (viz., the martinet played by James Mason) seem to pose a bigger threat to the life and limbs of Steiner's men than the inexorable enemy. Not even Peckinpah's famous sensuous exuberance when shooting violence is much in evidence; the picture is a depressive, claustrophobically overcast experience. The bloody high (or low) point isn't a shooting; it's a wince-inducing de-penis-tration during oral sex. For a fun time with the men in (Nazi) uniform, try Das Boot instead. --David Chute, Amazon.com

  • Topkapi [1964]Topkapi | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (69.57%)   |  RRP £15.99

    This wonderful caper film manages to balance the right amount of intrigue suspense and humour created by the stellar cast including the extremely sexy and seductive Melina Mercouri and the wonderfully talented Peter Ustinov who was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role. A small-time con-man (Ustinov) with passport problems gets mixed up with a gang of world-class jewellery thieves plotting to rob the Topkapi museum in Istanbul. Turkish intelligence suspecting a

  • Deep Impact  - Special Edition [1998]Deep Impact - Special Edition | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £5.99   |  Saving you £14.00 (233.72%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Fourteen-year-old Leo Beiderman (Elijah Wood) did not expect to make an earth-shattering discovery when he joined his high school astronomy club. He didn't expect to make any discoveries at all; he simply hoped that classmate Sarah Hotchner (Leelee Sobieski) would discover him. Yet a photograph he takes through his small telescope makes him co-discoverer of Comet Wolf-Beiderman...a comet that scientists determine is on a fatal collision course with the Earth. What would you do if you

  • Vampires [1999]Vampires | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £8.66   |  Saving you £-2.67 (-44.60%)   |  RRP £5.99

    By night, vampires rise from loamy graves in search of human prey. By day, vampire slayer Jack Crow (Woods) leads a contingent of Vatican mercenaries in a long-waged war against these enemies.

  • Deep Impact [1998]Deep Impact | DVD | (27/11/2000) from £4.51   |  Saving you £16.74 (515.08%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A great big rock hits the earth, and lots of people die. That's pretty much all there is to Deep Impact, and most of that was in the trailer. Can a major Hollywood movie really squeak by with such a slender excuse for a premise? The old disaster-movie king, cheese-meister Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake), would have made a kitsch classic out of this, with Charlton Heston, rather than a resigned and mumbly Robert Duvall, as the veteran astronaut who risks several lives trying to blow up the comet that's headed right this way! As stiffly directed by Mimi Leder, this thick slice of ham errs on the side of solemnity. It may be the most earnest end-of-the-world picture since Stanley Kramer's atomic-doom drama On the Beach. There are a couple of classic melodramatic flourishes: an estranged father and daughter who share a tearful reconciliation as a Godzilla-sized tidal wave looms on the horizon; and an astronaut, communicating on video with his loved ones back on Earth, who follows whispered instructions from a buddy lurking just off camera--so that his little girl won't realise that he's been struck blind. Deep Impact stars Morgan Freeman as the president of the United States. --David Chute

  • Deep Impact [Blu-ray] [1998]Deep Impact | Blu Ray | (01/02/2010) from £7.79   |  Saving you £12.20 (156.61%)   |  RRP £19.99

    What would you do if you knew that in a handful of days an enormous comet would collide with Earth and all humanity could be annihilated? Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker) directs guiding an all-star cast featuring Robert Duvall Tea Leoni Elijah Wood Vanessa Redgrave Maximilian Schell and Morgan Freeman. With the film's dynamic fusion of large-scale excitement and touching human-scale storylines Deep Impact makes its impact felt in a big and unforgettable way.

  • War Box Set 3War Box Set 3 | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £9.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (100.10%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Film comprise: 1. The Wooden Horse (Dir. Jack Lee 1950) 2. They Who Dare (Dir. Lewis Milestone 1954) 3. Cross Of Iron (Dir. Sam Peckinpah 1977)

  • Judgment At Nuremberg [1961]Judgment At Nuremberg | DVD | (03/05/2004) from £10.78   |  Saving you £2.21 (20.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Presiding over the courtroom in which twenty one members of the Nazi High Command are accused of crimes against humanity is a small-town American judge who is determined to uphold justice and truth in the explosive conflict between freedom and tyranny...

  • Vampires [Limited Dual Format Edition] [Blu-Ray]Vampires | Blu Ray | (30/01/2017) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The first few minutes of John Carpenter's Vampires--in which James Woods' vampire killer leads a dawn raid on a New Mexico "goon nest" of bloodsuckers--not only suggests a horror movie that refuses to pull its punches, but even evokes some of the more disturbing dream-memories of American Westerns. Muscular and uncompromising, the sequence suggests a new Carpenter classic unravelling before one's eyes. Things don't quite work out that way, but this is still a film to reckon with. There are a few serious (and surprising) misjudgements on the director's part, particularly a mishandling of Sheryl Lee's role as a prostitute poisoned by the bite of a "master vampire" (who pretty much wiped out Woods' team of goon terminators). But aside from some weaknesses, the action is jolting, the suggested complicity of the Catholic Church in destroying monsters is provocative, and the traces of Howard Hawks' continuing influence on Carpenter's storytelling are in evidence. -- Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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