The complete series 1-3 plus the three Christmas specials of the 1970s BBC sitcom starring Michael Crawford as the accident-prone Frank Spencer. Well-meaning and optimistic but nave clueless and spectacularly incompetent Frank would find situations spiraling hilariously out of control. His long-suffering wife Betty can only stand by and watch as he is catapulted into a bit of trouble by the simplest task - a window cleaning job a driving test DIY or an RAF reunion. Michael Crawford was renowned for performing his own stunts in the series - some of the biggest and most dangerous in British comedy including the holiday camp bluecoat human fireworks display hanging from the exhaust of his Morris Minor as it teetered on a cliff edge and an unbelievable extended roller-skate.
Reach for the Sky was a box-office hit in 1956 and rightly remains a fondly regarded classic of British cinema. Kenneth More is ideally cast as Douglas Bader, the gifted pilot who loses both legs in a pre-war air crash, only to play a major role in the Battle of Britain, rise to the rank of Group Captain and become a war hero. Based on Paul Brickhill's biography, this is an "official" history maybe, but Lewis Gilbert's screenplay and direction are historically accurate and informed by that very British humour, of which More was a natural. The film is graced by a decent supporting cast and a typically "widescreen" score from John Addison. On the DVD: Reach for the Sky is vividly reproduced in 16:9 anamorphic format and decent mono. There are subtitles for the hard of hearing and detailed biographies of More, Gilbert and Barder. The original theatrical trailer is included, but it would also have made sense to include an interview or documentary footage of Bader himself. --Richard Whitehouse
It's the story of Jason (Todd Armstrong) a fearless sailor and explorer who returns to the kingdom of Thessaly after a 20-year voyage to make his rightful claim to the throne. But to do so Jason must first find the magical Golden Fleece. He selects a crew and with the help of Hera Queen of the Gods sets sail in search of the Fleece. Jason and his crew must overcome incredible obstacles including a 100-foot bronze giant the venomous Hydra a huge creature with the heads of seven
Barbra Streisand is a knockout as Dolly Levi, the woman who arranges things...like furniture and daffodils and lives. The famed plot concerns Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets her sights on conquering tight-fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergeider, beautifully played by Walter Matthau. Over $20,000,000 was spent on DOLLY and you can see and hear every penny. The painstakingly re-created streetcars, shops, skyscrapers and town itself (circa 1900), the magnificent Harmonia Gardens set, Irene Sharoff's colour splashed costumes, Jerry Herman's hummingly tuneful direction. So, spend a magical evening with the incomparable Barbra - and see what great musicals are all about.
Enjoy again the classic comedy series with the complete collection of every episode ever made plus the three 'specials'. All 22 episodes with 12 hours of classic comedy. From hanging off his car over a cliff edge to roller skating down the high street behind a bus accident-prone Frank just seems to find one harassment after another! Episode titles: The Job Interview George's House Love Thy Neighbour Have A Break Take A Husband The Hospital Visit The Psychiatrist The Em
From the director of the Beatles A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) comes this inventive and hilarious romp through love and sex in 1960s London. Featuring a wildly frenetic filmmaking style that careers from slapstick to serious avant-garde, this genuinely dazzling film is a mod masterpiece. Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanising - with a long line of conquests to prove it while the naÃ¯ve and awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl (Rita Tushingham), it's not long before the self-assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war, or can Colin get the knack and beat Tolen at his own game? Special features Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition Captain Busby the Even Tenour of Her Ways (1967, 16 mins): Ann Wolff's surreal riff on Philip O'Connor's poem, featuring Quentin Crisp Now and Then: Dick Lester (1967, 17 mins): Bernard Braden's wide-ranging interview with the director Rita Tushingham Remembers THE KNACK... and how to get it (2018, 11 mins): newly shot interview with the actress Staging THE KNACK...and how to get it (2018, 2 mins): interview with the director of the first stage version of The Knack British Cinema in the 1960s: Richard Lester in Conversation (2018, 59 mins): the director discusses his career with Neil Sinyard Illustrated booklet with writing by Neil Sinyard and Melanie Williams, plus full film credits
A box set of classic film gems from Ealing studios Includes: 1. The Ladykillers (Dir. Alexander Mackendrick 1955) 2. The Man in The White Suit (Dir. Alexander Mackendrick 1951) 3. The Magnet (Dir. Charles Frend 1950) 4. Scott of The Antarctic (Dir. Charles Frend 1948)
Hapless British commander Lieutenant Goodbody (Michael Crawford) enthusiastically leads his troops on a series of debacles on the battlefields of World War Two - including the calamitous installation of a cricket pitch behind enemy lines... Featuring John Lennon in his only non-musical screen performance, How I Won the War is a biting satire not just on war, but also the concept of the war movie. A surreal farce fantastically brought to life by Richard Lester's stylised direction, it remains a unique and innovative cult comedy, which is presented here on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Special Features: Original theatrical trailer **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits
Woody Wilkins (Michael Crawford) an inventive comic book writer turns into a bumbling spy and is catapulted on a jet-setting trip around the world as Condorman the comic book hero he created. The problems - and the hilarity - start when Woody falls in love with a Russian agent Natalia (Barbara Carrera) and sets about helping her defect to the United States. However Natalia's old flame KGB agent Krokov (Oliver Reed) isn't about to let his prize get away. Krokov has every one of his agents on the run trying to prevent ""Condorman"" from aiding Natalia's escape. Crazy disguises high-tech gadgets and hair-raising fun abound in this light-hearted comic adventure. Available on DVD for the first time.
They just don't make musicals like this any more. There are some who would be grateful for that--the plot is but a flimsy excuse to string together song and dance numbers. Some of us, however, love big, splashy, overdone musical scenes, of which there are many. Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy, a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself, that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau, she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him. Don't worry about the lack of a solid story or Gene Kelly's pedestrian direction. Watch instead for the musical numbers and the lavish costumes. Listen to Jerry Herman's score, and dance around the living room when a sequined Streisand arrives in a club as Louis Armstrong strikes up the title tune for her benefit. (Just pull the shades first.) Based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! won Academy Awards for best sound, art direction, and musical score. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him.
Robert Duvall and Beau Bridges star in the complete collection of 23 films.
The BFI presents three more classic kids' films from the much loved Children’s Film Foundation. Cult favourite Sammy's Super T-Shirt (1978) - arguably the most sought after gem in the CFF library – finally comes to DVD, accompanied by two other classics from the collection. Sammy dreams of becoming a super athlete, despite his puny build. When his lucky training t-shirt is thrown into a scientist's lab it becomes imbued with 'super strength' power. When Sammy manages to recover the t-shirt he uses his new-found strength to out-run baddies and bullies alike. Soapbox Derby (1957), sees a young Michael Crawford scrapping with a rival South London gang in Battersea, while The Sky-Bike (1967) stars Liam Redmond as an eccentric inventor trying to achieve more than just speed. Special Features: Illustrated booklet
Lieutenant Goodbody (Crawford) has absolutely no idea how to lead his British regiment in the North African battlefield of WWII. But what he lacks in experience he makes up for in enthusiasm. And when he's ordered to build a cricket playing field 100 miles behind enemy lines he's determined to succeed even if this means most of his men are killed in the process. Abandoned by his superiors betrayed by his inferiors and finally captured by Nazis it's going to take more than his unre
The Breakfast Club (Dir. John Hughes 1985): Without doubt John Hughes' The Breakfast Club is one of the greatest teen movies of all-time if not the best. Without it we might not have witnessed the phenomenal rise of the 'Brat Pack'; the group of actors synonymous with the teen films of the '80s. They were five teenage students with nothing in common faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their High School library. At 7am they had nothing to say but
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Stationed in England during World War II Buzz Rickson (McQueen) is the bravest Air Force pilot in his squadron and the most reckless. His maniacal quest for thrills takes him to the brink of destruction during the B-17 bombing raids on Germany. But while Buzz's daredevil heroics win the grudging respect of his crew his rebellious attitude alienates everyone except his co-pilot Ed Bolland (Robert Wagner)...
Ealing Comedy--cosy, gentle and whimsical, right? In this case, think again. Alexander Mackendrick was always the most politically aware of the Ealing directors, and in The Man in the White Suit he takes the studio's favourite theme of the little man up against the system and gives it a sharp satirical twist. Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness at his most unworldly), a maverick scientist working in a Northern textile mill, invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. He's hailed as a genius--until management and unions alike realise what his brainwave implies. Mackendrick's humour is exact and pointed, and the satire turns savage as a lynch mob of bosses and workers hunt Sidney down through dark narrow streets. Mackendrick's disenchanted view of hidebound, class-ridden British society still rings horribly true, and he draws note-perfect performances from the cream of British character actors: Cecil Parker as the liberal mill-owner (based it's said, on Ealing boss Michael Balcon); Ernest Thesiger as the evil old godfather of the industry; and, wittily sensual as Sidney's confidante, the ever-wonderful Joan Greenwood. Plus, listen out for the "voice" of Sidney's bizarre apparatus, the funniest and most unforgettable sound effect ever devised. --Philip Kemp
Three short playlets are presented in this omnibus feature. ""The Verger"" focuses on a church verger who loses his position when it is discovered that he can neither read nor write. With the help of his sympathetic wife he becomes a successful tobacconist. In ""Mister Know-All "" an obnoxious garrulous passenger goes on a luxury cruise and becomes a hero simply by knowing when to shut up. The final story ""Sanitorium "" details a romance between two tuberculosis victims.
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