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  • Death in the Garden (1956) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) editionDeath in the Garden (1956) | Blu Ray | (19/06/2017) from £9.25   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    After the relatively commercial Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Luis Buñuel returned to the surrealist and political style of his earlier works with Death in the Garden [La mort en ce jardin] the middle film in what has been described as his revolutionary triptych , a trilogy of films that study in the morality and tactics of armed revolution against a right-wing dictatorship . Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel), and the miner's deaf-mute daughter (Michèle Girardon) are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. Filmed in stunning Eastmancolor, Death in the Garden is both a rousing adventure film, and a surrealist tour de force. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this little seen classic for the first time ever on Blu-ray in a new Dual Format edition. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: Stunning 1080p presentation (on the Blu-ray) Uncompressed PCM soundtrack (on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles A new interview with Tony Rayns An interview with actor Michel Piccoli An interview with film scholar Victor Fuentes Masters of Cinema exclusive trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp, and archival imagery

  • Luis Bunuel Boxset [DVD]Luis Bunuel Boxset | DVD | (08/07/2013) from £24.86   |  Saving you £20.13 (80.97%)   |  RRP £44.99

    United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Diary of a Chambermaid (1964) Jeanne Moreau is a chambermaid who uses her feminine charms to control and advance her situation, in a social setting of corruption, violence, sexual obsession and perversion. Belle de Jour (1967) A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. Tristana (1970) After the death of her mother, Tristana goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope, an older man who eventually breaks through his façade of respectability and seduces her. She repays him a hundred fold, preying on his jealousy and taunting him with perverse whimsies. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. The Phantom of Liberty (1974) Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of non sequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Buñuel throughout his career. The Milky Way (1969) Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they ...The Luis Bunuel Collection - 7-DVD Box Set ( Belle de jour / Le Journal d'une femme de chambre / Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie / Cet obscur objet du désir / Le Fantôme de la liberté / La Voie lactée / Tristana ) ( Beauty of the Day /

  • Le Grande Bouffe [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]Le Grande Bouffe | Blu Ray | (17/08/2015) from £13.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (78.63%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead) La Grande bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Four friends played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½) Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour) Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le métro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol The Tin Drum) who seems to be up for anything… At once jovial and sinister the film’s jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) Newly translated English subtitles The Farcical Movie – A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses among other things the influence of Tex Avery Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning’s Freaks Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande bouffe containing interviews with Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni Michel Piccoli Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d'un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone Select scene audio commentary by Iannone News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande bouffe caused a controversial stir including Ferreri at the press conference Original Trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains illustrated with original archive stills and posters

  • Bunuel Boxset [Blu-ray] [2017]Bunuel Boxset | Blu Ray | (23/10/2017) from £39.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (12.50%)   |  RRP £44.99

    Born in Spain, Luis Bunuel is widely credited as the founder of surrealist cinema. This essential collection includes some of his best known work: Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), Belle de Jour (1967), Tristana (1970), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) - as well as equally brilliant but lesser-known films such as The Phantom of Liberty (1974) and The Milky Way (1969). Although he drew memorable performances from iconic actresses of the period such as Catherine Deneuve and Jeanne Moreau, Bunuel generally worked with a favourite group of actors including Michel Piccoli, Pierre Clémenti, Muni and his faithful alter ego Fernando Rey. Enter the surreal world of Bunuel, where an entire dinner party suddenly finds themselves inexplicably unable to leave the room and where the devil, if unable to tempt a saint with a pretty girl, will fly him to a disco. 7 Disc Set That Obscure Object of Desire New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Aesthetics of the Irrational: ICA Q&A with Jean-Claude Carriere and Diego Bunuel hosted by Tim Robey Interview with Carlos Saura The arbitrariness of desire by Jean-Claude Carriere Lady Doubles - interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina Portrait of an impatient filmmaker, Luis Bunuel - Interview with Pierre Lady and Edmond Richard Belle De Jour - New 50th Anniversary Restoration New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Masterclass with Diego Bunuel and Jean-Claude Carriere (1 hour+) New Trailer Commentary by professor Peter W. Evans The Last Script (1:34:33) A Story of Perversion or Emancipation? - Interview with Dr Sylvain Mimoun (29:39 in PAL) Diary of a Chambermaid An Angel in the Marshes doc (26 minutes) Phantom of Liberty New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Critical Analysis by professor Peter W. Evans New Bunuel, la transgression des reves -A new documentary by Pierre-Henri Gibert Photo Gallery The Milky Way New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Critical Analysis by professor Peter W. Evans Bunuel, athiest thanks to God doc (32 minutes) Trailer Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie New Jean-Claude Carriere interview A Walk Amongst the Shadows doc (28 minutes) Critical analysis by professor Peter W.Evans Trailer Tristana New Interview with Franco Nero Rituals documentary doc (20 minutes) Trailer

  • The Night is Young [Blu-ray]The Night is Young | Blu Ray | (23/06/2014) from £9.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (50.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The Night Is Young - Petty thief and street hustler Alex (Denis Lavant) plots to steal a new miracle cure for an AIDS-like virus on behalf of his gangster friend Marc (Michel Piccoli). But this attracts the notice of a mysterious American woman who also wants the serum. One of the most notable films of the 80s this dazzlingly inventive mix of off-beat romance and sci-fi thriller cemented Carax's reputation as one of the most exciting directors in the world.

  • Louis Malle Collection - Vol. 2Louis Malle Collection - Vol. 2 | DVD | (31/07/2006) from £29.68   |  Saving you £10.31 (25.80%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Includes: 1. Black Moon 2. Milou En Mai 3. Lacombe Lucien 4. Le Souffle Au Coeur 5. Au Revoir Les Enfants

  • Atlantic City [1981]Atlantic City | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £10.78   |  Saving you £2.21 (20.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Times are hard for Lou (Burt Lancaster) an ageing petty crook. He glamorises his past by claiming he worked for the 'big time' gangsters like Al Capone. However his fantasies start to take on a new significance when he becomes involved with a young hippy couple who have stolen a consignment of cocaine from the Mob...

  • L'Homme De Ma Vie [1992]L'Homme De Ma Vie | DVD | (03/09/2007) from £11.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (21.30%)   |  RRP £14.99

    As a way of getting on in the world working for wages and constantly being in danger of being fired or laid off is a pretty poor system. In this movie pretty young Aimee decides that marriage to the right man is a much better bargain. Though she is very fond of an impoverished bookstore owner the man who meets her strict criteria is a famous and high-strung restaurant critic. After cohabiting with her new spouse for a while she goes for the really big-time payoff that comes with divorce and stages everything entirely to her satisfaction.

  • The Night is Young [DVD]The Night is Young | DVD | (23/06/2014) from £8.29   |  Saving you £7.70 (48.20%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The Night Is Young - Petty thief and street hustler Alex (Denis Lavant) plots to steal a new miracle cure for an AIDS-like virus on behalf of his gangster friend Marc (Michel Piccoli). But this attracts the notice of a mysterious American woman who also wants the serum. One of the most notable films of the 80s this dazzlingly inventive mix of off-beat romance and sci-fi thriller cemented Carax's reputation as one of the most exciting directors in the world.

  • Belle De Jour [1967]Belle De Jour | DVD | (22/01/2007) from £8.49   |  Saving you £11.50 (57.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Undoubtedly Luis Bunuel's most accessible film Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences as it did on its debut 30 years ago. Screen icon Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion) plays Severine the glacially beautiful sexually unfulfilled wife of a surgeon whose blood runs icy with ennui until she takes a day-job in a brothel. There she meets a charismatic but sinister young gangster (Pierre Clmenti) and ignites an obsession that will court peril.

  • Topaz [1969]Topaz | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £3.00   |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Alfred Hitchcock hadn't made a spy thriller since the 1930s, so his 1969 adaptation of Leon Uris's bestseller Topaz seemed like a curious choice for the director. But Hitchcock makes Uris's story of the West's investigation into the Soviet Union's dealings with Cuba his own. Frederick Stafford plays a French intelligence agent who works with his American counterpart (John Forsythe) to break up a Soviet spy ring. The film is a bit flat dramatically and visually, and there are sequences that seem to occupy Hitchcock's attention more than others. A minor work all around, with at least two alternative endings shot by Hitchcock. --Tom Keogh

  • Le Mepris [1963]Le Mepris | DVD | (26/01/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    ""Godard gives us `an abundance of cinematic virtuosity; the expressive colours stately camera moves and haunting music (borrowed by Scorsese for `Casino') all dovetail to stunning effect.' "" **** Empire When aspiring playwright Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli) is called in as script doctor on a film of `The Odyssey' he is caught between a director (Fritz Lang) who wants to capture the reality of Homer's world and crass producer Prokosch (Jack Palance) who just wants more mermaids.

  • Le Mepris [DVD] [1963]Le Mepris | DVD | (05/04/2010) from £7.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Starring Brigitte Bardot, then at the height of her fame, and Michel Piccoli as a married couple tearing the last strips off a failing marriage, Le Mépris is both one of Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible films and perhaps his most excoriating and emotionally raw. Godard and his regular cinematographer Raoul Coutard (lensman for most of the greatest films of the New Wave) splashed out the budget for this international co-production on Bardot's salary and gorgeous CinemaScope photography to capture the Italian setting's intense beauty, bright as a knife. The nominal story concerns the film production of an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, on which Piccoli is the scriptwriter, much to the disgust of his wife Camille (Bardot) who preferred life when he merely wrote novels. Hired by Jack Palance's swaggering American producer to adapt the Greek epic for a film to be directed by the august Fritz Lang (director of M, here playing himself), Paul inadvertently sets in motion the elements which will unravel his marriage, earning his wife's contempt (the closest translation of the French word "mépris"). Soon, the tenderness of the film's opening sequence--wherein they loll naked on a bed as she coquettishly solicits his approval of each of her body parts--gives way to harrowing bickering, the meat of film's central 35-minute scene which will induce pained winces in anyone who has ever been through a bitter split-up. If that sounds harrowing, be reassured that Le Mépris is not without its lighter moments and joys: Godard's trademarked musings on the nature of cinema, Bardot looking exquisitely chic in a selection of soigné little outfits, Lang bemusedly quoting the German poet Hölderlin and Bertolt Brecht. As mannered as the New Wave posturings now seem, Le Mépris still looks unbeatably stylish, its themes as eternal as Homer and the Capri landscape. --Leslie Felperin

  • Claude ChabrolClaude Chabrol | DVD | (17/04/2006) from £24.28   |  Saving you £-4.29 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A stunning TV weathergirl (played by Ludivine Sagnier) finds herself torn between two suitors whose intentions remain very unclear

  • Belle De Jour 50th Anniversary [Blu-ray]Belle De Jour 50th Anniversary | Blu Ray | (02/10/2017) from £11.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Stunningly restored for the 50th anniversary, BELLE DE JOUR is an elegant and erotic masterpiece and undoubtedly Luis Buñuel's most accessible film. Screen icon Catherine Deneuve plays Séverine, the glacially beautiful, sexually unfulfilled wife of a surgeon, whose blood runs icy with ennui until she takes a day-job in a brothel. There she meets a charismatic but sinister young gangster (Pierre Clémenti), and ignites an obsession that will court peril. Buñuel uses diffused lighting, dark colours, and shadows throughout the film to temper the gravity and emotional impact of each uncomfortable scene. Left to our own imaginative devices, the result is a film that is highly unsettling, perverse, and inevitably tragic. SPECIAL FEATURES: The Last Script A Story of Perversion or Emancipation? Interview with Dr Sylvain Mimoun Commentary by Professor Peter W. Evans NEW Interview with Jean-Claude Carrière NEW Masterclass with Diego Bunuel and Jean-Claude Carrière NEW Trailer INCLUDES 6 ARTCARDS

  • Belle De Jour [Blu-ray] [1967]Belle De Jour | Blu Ray | (28/09/2009) from £15.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (36.00%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Undoubtedly Luis Bunuel's most accessible film Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences as it did on its debut 30 years ago. Screen icon Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion) plays Severine the glacially beautiful sexually unfulfilled wife of a surgeon whose blood runs icy with ennui until she takes a day-job in a brothel. There she meets a charismatic but sinister young gangster (Pierre Cl''menti) and ignites an obsession that will court peril.

  • Le Mepris [Blu-ray] [1963]Le Mepris | Blu Ray | (28/09/2009) from £18.19   |  Saving you £6.80 (37.38%)   |  RRP £24.99

    When aspiring playwright Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli) is called in as script doctor on a film of 'The Odyssey' he is caught between a director (Fritz Lang) who wants to capture the reality of Homer's world and crass producer Prokosch (Jack Palance) who just wants more mermaids. As his artistic integrity gradually succumbs to the power of Prokosch's cheque book his wife Camille (Bardot) regards him with increasing contempt.

  • Death In A French Garden [1986]Death In A French Garden | DVD | (24/11/2003) from £10.78   |  Saving you £9.21 (46.10%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Michel Deville's sleek drama of eroticism and murder was released in 1985 in France to great acclaim. It has all the ingredients required for an intriguing thriller: sex dishonesty voyeurism murder and a stunning cast. A rich business man and his young wife Julia hire David to teach guitar to their teenage daughter Vivianne. Julia quickly seduces David and they begin a steamy affair which unbeknownst to them is being filmed by the next door neighbour whom David has befriended.

  • Atlantic City [1981]Atlantic City | DVD | (18/06/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    French New Wave director Louis Malle made two pieces of memorable Americana in mid-career, Atlantic City (1980) and Pretty Baby (1978). Atlantic City stars Burt Lancaster in one of his greatest screen performances: as an ageing crook now working the numbers racket from a seedy apartment in the casino town of Atlantic City. Susan Sarandon is a waitress whose brother is on the run from the mob, having stolen a cache of drugs. She and Lancaster form an odd but engaging couple and hatch a plot to beat the odds stacked against them. Atmospheric, bittersweet, with lots of character and some neat action: it all adds up to a pretty classy offering. On the DVD: Unfortunately, the picture and sound quality on the DVD are only average. The image is 14:9 ratio and has been taken from a print of variable quality in which some reels are barely adequate. There are no additional features. --Ed Buscombe

  • Danger Diabolik [1968]Danger Diabolik | DVD | (13/08/2007) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The suave psychedelic-era thief called Diabolik (John Philip Law) can't get enough of life's good - or glittery - things. Not when there are currency shipments to steal from under the noses of snooty government officials and priceless jewels to lift from the boudoirs of the superrich. The elusive scoundrel finds plenty of ways to live up to his name in this tongue-in-cheek live-action caper inspired by Europe's popular Diabolik comics. He clambers up walls zaps a press conference w

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