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  • The Robe [DVD] [1953]The Robe | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £7.98   |  Saving you £5.00 (100.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The Robe was designed by 20th Century-Fox to show off the wonders of CinemaScope, and taken simply as a vehicle for widescreen photography the movie is undeniably a visual treat. Perhaps the clumsy early 'Scope cameras were partly to blame, but from any other perspective--plot, dialogue and acting--The Robe is a flat, overly reverential and turgid piece of film making. Richard Burton is the Roman Centurion on duty at Christ's crucifixion who bets on and wins Jesus' robe, then spends the rest of the movie agonising about becoming a Christian. Victor Mature is his sanctimonious slave Demetrius. So confident were the producers of box-office success that they commissioned the sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators, even before The Robe had been released. --Mark Walker

  • Les Miserables Double Pack [DVD] [1935]Les Miserables Double Pack | DVD | (17/12/2012) from £4.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (234.11%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Les Miserables 1935Victor Hugo's most acclaimed novel comes brilliantly to life in this impeccably performed, magnificently filmed screen adaptation. Fredric March stars as Valjean, the ex-convict who rises against all odds from galley slave to mayor. Charles Laughton is Javert, the fanatical police inspector who dedicates his life to recapturing Valjean. A vivid depiction of the appalling poverty and social strife of 19th-century France, this version of Les Miserables does splendid justice to the original novel. Les Miserables 1952Michael Rennie, fresh from his success in the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, cuts a very handsome figure as Jean Valjean, and Debra Paget, who would later reteam with Rennie in four more films, makes for a stunning Cosette in this powerful retelling of the classic epic. Costars include Robert Newton (Treasure Island), Edmund Gwenn (Miracle on 34th Street), Cameron Mitchell (How to Marry a Millionaire), Sylvia Sidney (Mars Attacks!) and Elsa Lanchester (The Bride of Frankenstein)!

  • Bible / The Robe / Demetrius And The Gladiators [1966]Bible / The Robe / Demetrius And The Gladiators | DVD | (06/09/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The Bible - In The Beginning The greatest stories of the Old Testament are brought to the screen with astounding scope and power in this international film which depicts the first 22 chapters of Genesis. This is the spectacular story of man's creation his fall his survival and his indomitable faith in the future. Matching the epic scale of the production are performances by George C. Scott as Abraham Ava Gardner as Sarah and Peter O'Toole as the haunting presence of the Angel of God. The legendary John Huston directs and delivers a commanding performance as Noah. From the film's opening amidst cosmic chaos to its lingering message of hope and salvation The Bible stands as a monumental motion picture achievement. The Robe The first movie ever filmed in CinemaScope The Robe was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1953 including Best Picture for Richard Burton. Burton stars as Marcellus Gallio the Roman centurion charged with overseeing the crucifixion of Christ. But when he wins Christ's robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross his life is forever changed. Its inspired story set to a spectacular score and featuring an all-star cast including Victor Mature and Jean Simmons The Robe remains one of the screen's greatest biblical epics. Demetrius And The Gladiators This enormously successful sequel to The Robe continues the story of Demetrius (Victor Mature) the Greek slave who after the death of his master is sentenced to train as a gladiator in the Roman arena. There his newfound Christian faith is put to the test when he has to contend not only with the swordsmen and wild beasts of the arena but also the evil and sensuous Messalina (Susan Hayward) and the mad emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson). Crammed with astonishing action and fight sequences this heroic epic is not to be missed!

  • The Day The Earth Stood Still [1951]The Day The Earth Stood Still | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (27.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    From Out Of Space... A Warning And An Ultimatum! A spacecraft lands in Washington D.C. and an alien emerges flanked by a menacing robot with destructive capabilities far beyond anyone's imagination. So begins the science-fiction thriller The Day The Earth Stood Still a classic ""atomic movie"" from the 50s that would go on to inspire alien-invasion films for decades to come. Rebuffed in his efforts to meet the world's leaders and warn them of the earth's impending doom the alien Klaatu (Michael Rennie) takes to the streets. Klaatu's plea for peace is embraced by a pretty young woman (Patricia Neal) and an eminent scientist (Sam Jaffe) but the rest of humanity reacts with mistrust fear and violence. With time running out Klaatu is forced to demonstrate his awesome powers in a mind-boggling display teaching all of mankind a lesson for the ages. Watch The Day The Earth Stood Still and and you will never forget these words - ""Klaatu barada nikto!""

  • The Day The Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [1951]The Day The Earth Stood Still | Blu Ray | (20/04/2009) from £10.69   |  Saving you £9.29 (86.90%)   |  RRP £19.98

    From Out Of Space... A Warning And An Ultimatum! A spacecraft lands in Washington D.C. and an alien emerges flanked by a menacing robot with destructive capabilities far beyond anyone's imagination. So begins the science-fiction thriller The Day The Earth Stood Still a classic atomic movie from the 50s that would go on to inspire alien-invasion films for decades to come. Rebuffed in his efforts to meet the world's leaders and warn them of the earth's impending doom the alien Klaatu (Michael Rennie) takes to the streets. Klaatu's plea for peace is embraced by a pretty young woman (Patricia Neal) and an eminent scientist (Sam Jaffe) but the rest of humanity reacts with mistrust fear and violence. With time running out Klaatu is forced to demonstrate his awesome powers in a mind-boggling display teaching all of mankind a lesson for the ages. Watch The Day The Earth Stood Still and and you will never forget these words - Klaatu barada nikto!

  • The Robe [1953]The Robe | DVD | (04/07/2005) from £6.73   |  Saving you £6.26 (48.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The first movie ever filmed in CinemaScope The Robe was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1953 including Best Picture and Best Actor for Richard Burton. Burton stars as Marcellus Gallio the Roman centurion charged with overseeing the crucifixion. But when he wins Christ's robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross his life is changed forever. With its inspired story set to a spectacular score and featuring an all-star cast including Victor Mature and Jean Simmon

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still [DVD] [1951]The Day the Earth Stood Still | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £8.99   |  Saving you £3.00 (42.92%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The very epitome of a cult SF classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still is more often referenced than seen, which is a pity since it remains even now one of the most thought-provoking examples of the genre. The title is a misnomer, a mere tease to entice 1950s audiences into the cinema in the expectation of seeing another sensationalist B-movie about murderous aliens (i.e. Communists). In fact, Robert Wise's film of Edmund North's screenplay is a thoughtful Cold War allegory about a Christ-like visitor (Michael Rennie) who comes to Earth preaching a message of salvation for mankind, only to be spurned, killed then finally resurrected (significantly, Rennie's character Klaatu adopts the pseudonym "Mr Carpenter" while on the run from the authorities). Aside from its philosophical message, the film also boasts memorable imagery--notably the giant robot Gort--a much-quoted catchphrase in "Klaatu barada nikto", and one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most admired scores, featuring the theremin and other electronic instruments that must have sounded very otherworldly back in 1951. The result is a bona fide landmark in cinema SF with a central message about "weapons of mass destruction" that's still uncannily relevant today. On the DVD: The Day the Earth Stood Still has been splendidly restored for its DVD incarnation from the original 35 mm print, and the results are demonstrated in the "Restoration Comparison" feature. Also included is a fascinating 1951 newsreel showing Klaatu receiving a certificate of merit amid stories of Communist threats, the Korean war and beauty pageants ("Pomp and pulchritude on parade in Atlantic City"). Best of all is an absorbing commentary track with director Robert Wise in conversation with Nicholas Meyer (both men have Star Trek movies on their CV). --Mark Walker

  • Demetrius and the Gladiators [DVD] [1954]Demetrius and the Gladiators | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £9.43   |  Saving you £0.56 (5.94%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Crammed with astonishing action and fight sequences this enormously successful sequel to The Robe continues the story of Demetrius (Victor Mature), the Greek slave who, after the death of his master, is sentenced to train as a gladiator in the Roman arena. There, his newfound Christian faith is put to the test when he has to contend not only with the swordsmen and wild beasts of the arena, but also the evil and sensuous Messalina (Susan Hayward) and the mad emperor Caligula (Jay Robins...

  • The Day The Earth Stood Still [1951]The Day The Earth Stood Still | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £9.96   |  Saving you £0.03 (0.30%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The very epitome of a cult SF classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still is more often referenced than seen, which is a pity since it remains even now one of the most thought-provoking examples of the genre. The title is a misnomer, a mere tease to entice 1950s audiences into the cinema in the expectation of seeing another sensationalist B-movie about murderous aliens (i.e. Communists). In fact, Robert Wise's film of Edmund North's screenplay is a thoughtful Cold War allegory about a Christ-like visitor (Michael Rennie) who comes to Earth preaching a message of salvation for mankind, only to be spurned, killed then finally resurrected (significantly, Rennie's character Klaatu adopts the pseudonym "Mr Carpenter" while on the run from the authorities). Aside from its philosophical message, the film also boasts memorable imagery--notably the giant robot Gort--a much-quoted catchphrase in "Klaatu barada nikto", and one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most admired scores, featuring the theremin and other electronic instruments that must have sounded very otherworldly back in 1951. The result is a bona fide landmark in cinema SF with a central message about "weapons of mass destruction" that's still uncannily relevant today. On the DVD: The Day the Earth Stood Still has been splendidly restored for its DVD incarnation from the original 35 mm print, and the results are demonstrated in the "Restoration Comparison" feature. Also included is a fascinating 1951 newsreel showing Klaatu receiving a certificate of merit amid stories of Communist threats, the Korean war and beauty pageants ("Pomp and pulchritude on parade in Atlantic City"). Best of all is an absorbing commentary track with director Robert Wise in conversation with Nicholas Meyer (both men have Star Trek movies on their CV). --Mark Walker

  • 5 Fingers [1952]5 Fingers | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    In neutral Turkey during World War 2 the extremely efficient but ruthlessly ambitious valet to the British ambassador tires of his vocation and plans to sell sensitive documents to the Germans... Joseph L. Mankiewicz's taut thriller based on true events.

  • DSIRE [DVD]DSIRE | DVD | (10/06/2013) from £6.59   |  Saving you £3.40 (34.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons star in this semi-fictional, epic costume drama based on Annemarie Selinko's novel. D�sir�e (Jean Simmons) is young Napoleon's first true love, long before his rise to power. However, he has to decide whether to marry her and sacrifice his career or abandon her. The two lovers go their separate ways, D�sir�e eventually marrying the King of Sweden and Napoleon marrying Josephine (Merle Oberon), and only meet again when Napoleon is about to decide to go into exile.

  • Blade: Trinity  (Extended Version)Blade: Trinity (Extended Version) | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £3.49   |  Saving you £21.50 (616.05%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Blade's back and this time he's facing the greatest vampire of them in with just Jessica Alba and Ryan Reynolds for back up.

  • The Wicked Lady [1945]The Wicked Lady | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £2.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (234.11%)   |  RRP £9.99

    An extraordinarily racy movie for its time, The Wicked Lady was and still is as notable for its acres of heaving bosom as for its radical challenge to female stereotypes. This bodice-ripper about a bored aristocratic woman who turns highwayman just for kicks became a huge box-office success in post-war Britain, but Margaret Lockwood's eloquent bust proved a bit too expressive for Hollywood, so the film was expensively reshot for a sanitised US release. (From 1945 right up to Janet Jackson at the 2004 Superbowl, American audiences apparently have an enduring problem with those prominent parts of the female anatomy). This is the definitive Gainsborough picture, a period romp crammed with cads, in which the camera gazes lasciviously down (it's all shot from a male eyelevel) at the low-cut ladies' dresses. But this time the female anti-heroine gives as good as she gets... and then some. Lockwood's Lady Barbara Skelton is quite gleefully amoral--more so even than Thackeray's arch-manipulator Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair--failing even to pay lip service to the moral standards of the 1940s, let alone those of the 17th century. It is she who wears the trousers (quite literally, in her highwayman guise) while the weak-chinned and weak-willed men around her crumble under the weight of their conventionality. Only James Mason's handsome dandy highwayman can keep up with her, but even he has to draw the line somewhere. Ultimately, social mores reassert their grip and Lady Barbara gets her comeuppance, but not before she's overturned every contemporary movie convention about femininity. "She was the wickedest woman ever seen on the screen", trumpets the original theatrical trailer on this otherwise bare-bones DVD release: it's still probably true even today. --Mark Walker

  • Die Screaming Marianne [DVD] [1971]Die Screaming Marianne | DVD | (26/04/2010) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    70's classic horror film starring Susan George (Peckinpah's Straw Dogs) and directed by horror maestro Pete Walker (Frightmare) .

  • Battle Of The V.1Battle Of The V.1 | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £16.18   |  Saving you £-3.19 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Set in wartime Poland The Battle Of The V.1 involves a secret Nazi missile installation at Peenemunde. A British guerilla fighter Stefan Nowak (Michael Rennie) leads a group of Polish partisans on a mission to destroy the base and cripple the German war machine.

  • King Of The Khyber Rifles [DVD]King Of The Khyber Rifles | DVD | (04/11/2013) from £9.19   |  Saving you £0.80 (8.71%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Presented for the first time on DVD in the UK King of the Khyber Rifles is a classic action adventure by legendary Hollywood director Henry King (The Black Swan The Gunfighter and Twelve O'clock High). Set in colonial India in 1857 Tyrone Power stars as British army officer Captain King. Sent to the threatened garrison post of Peshawar he is shunned by his fellow officers because he is half Indian. The goodwill of his commanding officer General Maitland (Michael Rennie) is further tested when the General's daughter Susan (Terry Moore) falls in love with him. Ordered to train the fierce native Khyber Riflemen into an efficient fighting regiment King is driven to prove his loyalty to the Crown by quelling a brutal uprising that is led by his Indian boyhood friend (Guy Rolfe). King's first fight however will be to win the respect of the men of the Khyber Rifles.

  • The Black Rose [DVD]The Black Rose | DVD | (31/01/2011) from £9.84   |  Saving you £9.14 (133.43%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Tyrone Powers stars in this glossy historical adventure as a Saxon nobleman who travels to China to make his fortune. Cast out of 13th century England after a failed rebellion against his Norman oppressors Walter of Gurnie (Tyrone Power) first travels to North Africa where he encounters headstrong tribal leader Bayan (Orson Welles). As he journeys further afield he eventually reaches China where at the insistence of his hosts he remains accumulating scientific knowledge. Finally fleeing his captors Walter returns to his native land where his past sins forgotten he is hailed as a hero.

  • The Lost World [Blu-ray]The Lost World | Blu Ray | (01/06/2015) from £8.98   |  Saving you £9.00 (150.25%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Conan Doyle and from legendary fantasy/adventure director and producer Irwin Allen (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea The Towering Inferno The Poseidon Adventure) An eccentric scientist (Claude Rains – Lawrence of Arabia) returns from the Amazon with news of a distant plateau where creatures from the dawn of time still prowl the jungle. To prove his story he gathers a team of explorers including a journalist (David Hedison – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) a playboy adventurer (Michael Rennie – The Day the Earth Stood Still) a beautiful socialite (Jill St John – Diamonds Are Forever) and a pilot (Fernando Lamas – The Violent Ones) with a secret plan of revenge. But an unexpected attack on their camp leaves the group stranded in a world of dinosaurs and other exotic creatures where humans are no longer lords of the earth they are helpless prey!

  • Blade: TrinityBlade: Trinity | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £2.69   |  Saving you £17.30 (86.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Blade's back and this time he's facing the greatest vampire of them in with just Jessica Alba and Ryan Reynolds for back up.

  • The Robe [1953]The Robe | DVD | (12/05/1994) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (27.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The Robe was designed by 20th Century-Fox to show off the wonders of CinemaScope, and taken simply as a vehicle for widescreen photography the movie is undeniably a visual treat. Perhaps the clumsy early 'Scope cameras were partly to blame, but from any other perspective--plot, dialogue and acting--The Robe is a flat, overly reverential and turgid piece of film making. Richard Burton is the Roman Centurion on duty at Christ's crucifixion who bets on and wins Jesus' robe, then spends the rest of the movie agonising about becoming a Christian. Victor Mature is his sanctimonious slave Demetrius. So confident were the producers of box-office success that they commissioned the sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators, even before The Robe had been released. --Mark Walker

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