One of the greatest British folk horror films of all time! When a human skull is unearthed in an isolated 18th century English village, it becomes clear Satan's work is afoot, as the children begin to form themselves into a murderous coven. Patrick Wymark (Where Eagles Dare), Linda Hayden (Taste The Blood of Dracula), Barry Andrews (The Spy Who Loved Me) and Michele Dotrice (Vanity Fair) star. Extras: Underneath Satan s Skin: New interview with Piers Haggard & Robert Wynne-Simmons New in-depth conversations, with director Piers Haggard and writer Robert Wynne-Simmons, as they cast their minds back in a joint interview to the creation of The Blood on Satan's Claw Folk Music: New interview with Marc Wilkinson (Composer) Folk Sounds: New interview with Tony Dawe (Sound Mixer) Folk Art: New interview with Milly Burns (Set Dresser) Folk Tale: New interview with Simon Williams (Actor - Peter Edmonton) Return To Bix Bottom: Simon Williams returns to the ruins of old St. James Church, the setting for The Blood on Satan s Claw Actor, Simon Williams, returns to the ruins of old St. James Church to recount the magic of the film s unique location The Ruins: New featurette about the setting of the Blood on Satan s Claw In this insightful mini-documentary, Dr Stephen Mileson (FRHistS) gives a historical depiction of the period and history that led to the abandonment over time of old St. James Church and its fall into ruins centuries ago. Touching The Devil: The Making of the Blood on Satan s Claw Original DVD extra (2013) - Detailed interviews with cast members analysing the creation of The Blood on Satan's Claw Interview with director Piers Haggard Original Blu-ray from 2013. Original Theatrical Trailer Audio commentary with Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons & Linda Hayden (The Blood on Satan's Claw director, writer and lead actress - Angel Blake) Audio commentary with Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson & Reece Shearsmith (from The League of Gentlemen fame and voice actors for The Blood on Satan's Claw new audiobook adaptation)
The Tardis arrives in 2070 AD on the Moon where a weather control station under the command of a man named Hobson is in the grip of a plague epidemic - in reality the result of an alien poison planted by the Cybermen. Polly realises that as the Cybermen's chest units are made of plastic they must be vulnerable to attack by solvents. She and her friends manage to destroy all the Cybermen on the base with a 'cocktail' of such chemicals shot at them through fire extinguishers. A second wave of Cybermen advances across the lunar surface but prompted by the Doctor Hobson uses the base's gravity-generating weather control device the Gravitron to send them flying off into space.
Following the success of Anglo-Amalgamated's Scotland Yard and Edgar Wallace Mysteries, the production company scored another hit with Scales of Justice, thirteen dramas based on real-life trials that dramatise events from the alleged crime to the courtroom. As with the previous series, the films were produced at the company's Merton Park Studios to be screened as support features in British cinemas, making a successful transition to the small screen during the 1970s. This set contains all thirteen films, produced between 1962 and 1967. Introduced by crime writer Edgar Lustgarten and complemented by The Tornados' memorably pacy theme music, the dramas feature performances from some of the era's finest, and now most instantly recognisable, actors - including Alexandra Bastedo, Patrick Wymark, Peter Barkworth, Keith Barron, and Barrie Ingham.
A BRAND NEW RESTORATION COMMEMORATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORIGINAL WWII RAID A much-loved British classic, Michael Anderson's 1955 drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the center of Nazi Germany's industrial complex and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination. Split into two distinct sections, the film deals first with the fraught, but the ultimately successful development of a new bomb, by Dr. Barnes N. Wallis (Michael Redgrave). The second deals with the mission itself during the British raid on the Ruhr Dams, and its associated costs for the enemy and for the British airmen. Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Paul Brickhill's book Enemy Coast Ahead and featuring superlative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor (to say nothing of Eric Coates' stirring theme tune), The Dam Busters was Britain's biggest box office the success of 1955. Collector's Edition Includes a 64-page booklet with brand new essays, and photographs, plus a rare print of an ariel photograph of the Mohne dam post raid, signed by the original 617 squadron Features: RAF poster of the Chastise Lancaster's
Highschooler Donnie is plagued by visions of a giant evil rabbit who orders him to commit acts of violence and predicts the impending end of the world.
A BRAND NEW RESTORATION COMMEMORATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORIGINAL WWII RAID A much-loved British classic, Michael Anderson's 1955 drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the center of Nazi Germany's industrial complex and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination. Split into two distinct sections, the film deals first with the fraught, but the ultimately successful development of a new bomb, by Dr. Barnes N. Wallis (Michael Redgrave). The second deals with the mission itself during the British raid on the Ruhr Dams, and its associated costs for the enemy and for the British airmen. Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Paul Brickhill's book Enemy Coast Ahead and featuring superlative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor (to say nothing of Eric Coates' stirring theme tune), The Dam Busters was Britain's biggest box office the success of 1955.
Stunning BBC dramatisation of the decline and fall of three European dynasties featuring an amazing cast of British actors. In the latter half of the 19th Century, three ruling houses dominated Europe: the Hapsburgs of Austria-Hungary, the Romanovs of Russia and Hohenzollerns of Germany. Centuries of despotism, a continued lack of social reform and the advent of the devastating First World War caused the vultures of revolution to star t circling. This 13-part epic drama features a who's who ...
One of the twentieth century s most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace s thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Long-awaited and much sought after, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. As special features, they will also include the seven separate Edgar Wallace thrillers made by Independent Artists Ltd between 1959 and 1961. This series includes top-notch performances from Michael Caine, Alfred Burke, Barry Foster, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee, Bernard Archard, Michael Gough, Jack Watling, Harry H. Corbett and Bernard Lee, including scripts by Robert Banks Stewart (Callan), Man in a Suitcase co-creator Richard Harris, Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen) and Roger Marshall (The Sweeney). Noted directors include Sidney Hayers (The Avengers), Robert Tronson (Armchair Thriller) and Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). A recording of the series memorable theme music, Man of Mystery, also spawned a Top Five UK hit for The Shadows.
When the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at the planet Earth they find they must subtly raise its tech level & protect it from the Cylons. Episodes Comprise: 1. Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 1 2. Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 2 3. Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 3 4. The Super Scouts: Part 1 5. The Super Scouts: Part 2 6. Spaceball 7. The Night the Cylons Landed: Part 1 8. The Night the Cylons Landed: Part 2 9. Space Croppers 10. The Return of Starbuck
Experience the Star Trek Universe like never before! The first original 10 films remastered plus over 8 hours of special features. For the first time in Star Trek history nearly every frame of the final frontier is brought together in one brilliantly re-mastered motion picture DVD box set. Discover the Star Trek Universe and experience every unforgettable moment from Kirk's triumphant return to the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Picard Data and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-E's final battle for control of the universe in Star Trek Nemesis. The spirit of the Enterprise lives in the heart-stopping action and unforgettable characters of this one-of-a-kind collection. Special Features: The Original Series Star Trek: The Motion Picture Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Daren Dochterman Library Computer Production The Star Trek Universe Deleted Scenes Trailers TV Spots BD -Live - Star Trek I.Q Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto Library Computer Production The Star Trek Universe Theatrical Trailer BD-Live - Star Trek I.Q. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Commentary by director Lenoard Nimoy writer and producer Harve Bennett director of photography Charles Correll and Robin Curtis Commentary by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor Library Computer Production The Star Trek Universe Theatrical Trailer Easter Egg: That Darn Klingon Dog BD-Live - Star Trek I.Q. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Commentary by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy Commentary by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman Library Computer Production The Star Trek Universe Visual Effects Original Interviews Tributes Theatrical Trailer BD-Live - Star Trek I.Q. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Commentary by William Shatner and Liz Shatner Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Daren Dochterman Library Computer Production The Star Trek Universe Deleted Scenes Theatrical Trailers TV Spots Easter Egg the Gag reel BD-Live - Star Trek I.Q. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn Commentary by Larry Nemecek and Ira Steven Behr Library Computer The Perils of Peacemaking Stories from Star Trek VI The Star Trek Universe Original Interviews Farewell Promotional Material BD-Live - Star Trek I.Q. The Next Generation Star Trek: Generations Commentary by director David Carson and Manny Coto Commentary by Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore Library Computer Production Visual Effects Scene Deconstruction The Star Trek Universe Deleted Scenes Archives: Storyboards Production Gallery Teaser Trailer Theatrical Trailer Star Trek I.Q. (BD-Live) Star Trek: First Contact Commentary by director and actor Jonathan Frakes Commentary by screenplay writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore Commentary by Damon Lindelof and Anthony Pascale Library Computer Production Scene Deconstruction The Star Trek Universe The Borg Collective Archives: Storyboards Photo Gallery Teaser Trailer Theatrical Trailer Star Trek I.Q. (BD-Live) Easter Eggs Star Trek: Insurrection Commentary Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis Library Computer Production The Star Trek Universe Creating The Illusion Deleted Scenes Archives: Storyboards Production Gallery Advertising Star Trek I.Q. (BD-Live) Easter Eggs Star Trek: Nemesis Commentary by director Stuart Baird Commentary by producer Rick Berman Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda Library Computer Production The Star Trek Universe The Romulan Empire Deleted Scenes Archives: Storyboards Production Galleries Teaser Trailer Theatrical Trailer Star Trek I.Q. (BD-Live) Easter Eggs Bonus Discs: Star Trek Summit Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The Evolution of the Enterprise Villians of Star Trek I Love the Star Trek Movies Farewell to Star Trek: The Experience Klingon Encounter Borg Invasion 4D Charting the Final Frontier
After Star Wars and the successful big-screen Star Trek adventures, it's perhaps not so surprising that Gene Roddenberry managed to convince purse string-wielding studio heads in the 1980s that a Next Generation would be both possible and profitable. But the political climate had changed considerably since the 1960s, the Cold War had wound down, and we were now living in the Age of Greed. To be successful a second time, Star Trek had to change too. A writer's guide was composed with which to sell and define where the Trek universe was in the 24th Century. The United Federation of Planets was a more appealing ideology to an America keen to see where the Reagan/Gorbachev faceoff was taking them. Starfleet's meritocratic philosophy had always embraced all races and species. Now Earth's utopian history, featuring the abolishment of poverty, was brandished prominently and proudly. The new Enterprise, NCC 1701-D, was no longer a ship of war but an exploration vessel carrying families. The ethical and ethnical flagship also carried a former enemy (the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn), and its Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge) was blind and black. From every politically correct viewpoint, Paramount executives thought the future looked just swell! Roddenberry's feminism now contrasted a pilot episode featuring ship's Counsellor Troi (Marina Sirtis) in a mini-skirt with her ongoing inner strengths and also those of Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) and the short-lived Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). The arrival of Whoopi Goldberg in season 2 as mystic barkeep Guinan is a great example of the good the original Trek did for racial groups--Goldberg has stated that she was inspired to become an actress in large part through seeing Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. Her credibility as an actress helped enormously alongside the strong central performances of Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (First Officer Will Riker), and Brent Spiner (Data) in defining another wholly believable environment once again populated with well-defined characters. Star Trek, it turned out, did not depend for its success on any single group of actors. Like its predecessor in the 1960s, TNG pioneered visual effects on TV, making it an increasingly jaw-dropping show to look at. And thanks also to the enduring success of the original show, phasers, tricorders, communicators and even phase inverters were already familiar to most viewers. But while technology was a useful tool in most crises, it now frequently seemed to be the cause of them too, as the show's writers continually warned about the dangers of over-reliance on technology (the Borg were the ultimate expression of this maxim). The word "technobabble" came to describe a weakness in many TNG scripts, which sacrificed the social and political allegories of the original and relied instead upon invented technological faults and their equally fictitious resolutions to provide drama within the Enterprise's self-contained society. (The holodeck's safety protocol override seemed to be next to the light switch given the number of times crew members were trapped within.) This emphasis on scientific jargon appealed strongly to an audience who were growing up for the first time in the late 1980s with the home computer--and gave rise to the clichéd image of the nerdy Trek fan. Like in the original Trek, it was in the stories themselves that much of the show's success is to be found. That pesky Prime Directive kept moral dilemmas afloat ("Justice"/"Who Watches the Watchers?"/"First Contact"). More "what if" scenarios came out of time-travel episodes ("Cause and Effect"/"Time's Arrow"/"Yesterday's Enterprise"). And there were some episodes that touched on the political world, such as "The Arsenal of Freedom" questioning the supply of arms, "Chain of Command" decrying the torture of political prisoners and "The Defector", which was called "The Cuban Missile Crisis of The Neutral Zone" by its writer. The show ran for more than twice as many episodes as its progenitor and therefore had more time to explore wider ranging issues. But the choice of issues illustrates the change in the social climate that had occurred with the passing of a couple of decades. "Angel One" covered sexism; "The Outcast" was about homosexuality; "Symbiosis"--drug addiction; "The High Ground"--terrorism; "Ethics"--euthanasia; "Darmok"--language barriers; and "Journey's End"--displacement of Indians from their homeland. It would have been unthinkable for the original series to have tackled most of these. TNG could so easily have been a failure, but it wasn't. It survived a writer's strike in its second year, the tragic death of Roddenberry just after Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991, and plenty of competition from would-be rival franchises. Yes, its maintenance of an optimistic future was appealing, but the strong stories and readily identifiable characters ensured the viewers' continuing loyalty. --Paul Tonks
Baron Zorn (Robert Hardy) believes his son Emil (Shane Briant) and daughter Elizabeth (Gillian Hills) are suffering from a madness they inherited from their late mother. He keeps his children locked up, but at night Emil is released and murders women in the local village. Discredited psychologist Falkenberg (Patrick Magee - Dementia 13, The Masque of the Red Death) analyses the family and it transpires that the children witnessed their mother cut her own throat. The villagers, driven on by a manic priest (Michael Hordern) identify Zorn as the demon' responsible for killing their daughters. The deranged Emil escapes with Elizabeth, but the murderous Zorn pursues them. Blood, he vows, will have blood One of the most ambitious and unusual horror films produced by Hammer, Demons of the Mind was directed by Peter Sykes (Venom, To the Devil a Daughter) and released in 1972. The distinguished cast includes Shane Briant, who would go on to appear in three further films for Hammer. EXTRAS: NEW FEATURETTE - Blood Will Have Blood: Inside Demons of the Mind ORIGINAL TRAILER
Many young girls have entered these gates – none have yet come out! British horror maestro Peter Walker (Frightmare) delivers the ultimate tale of terror and degradation as Page 3 beauty Penny Irving finds herself locked up in a secret women’s prison where girls are abused whipped and hung to cure them of their immoral ways! Ann Michelle co-stars.
In 1987, some 20 years after the original series had ended, Star Trek: the Next Generation was launched into a decade renowned for its materialistic greed, but also for its hesitant steps towards a more unified world order. Creator Gene Roddenberry revised his vision of humanity's future accordingly, shifting the Trek timeline 80 years on and reinventing the new Starship Enterprise as an Ark-like exploration vessel full of families, schools, soothing recreational facilities and a maternally pacifying computer voice (Roddenberry's wife, Majel Barrett). The Next Generation crew were not soldiers, but scientists and diplomats. Unlike the fiercely individualistic Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart's patrician Captain Jean-Luc Picard was a model team leader: no matter how desperate the crisis, he ensured that everyone got to sit round the conference room table and talk it over. And in a true late-1980s touch, a key member of the Bridge crew was psychoanalyst Counsellor Troi, always on hand to discuss everyone's feelings. Even the slogan change to "Where no one has gone before" acknowledged that there's no "one" in a team. But for all its earnest political correctness and an over-reliance on "technobabble", good stories played by an appealing ensemble cast were at the heart of the show's success. --Paul Tonks On the DVD: Star Trek: The Next Generation comes to DVD in a distinctively packaged seven-disc set. This is reproduced for all seven series, thus forming a handsome collection. The outer gunmetal grey case is plastic, and the discs themselves are held in a rather flimsy cardboard fold-out sleeve. Each disc has nicely done animated menus and audio/subtitle options for each episode--though no "play all" facility. Disc 7 also includes bonus features in the shape of informative cast and crew interviews (both new and from the launch of Season 1), subdivided into four chapters: "The Beginning", "Selected Crew Analysis", "The Making of a Legend" and "Memorable Missions". Picture is adequate 4:3 with good Dolby 5.1 showing off the innovative sound effects. --Mark Walker
Something of a cult item among British war movies (and brilliantly spoofed a few years back by a lager ad), The Dam Busters turns a minor World War II incident into a saga of heroic stiff-upper-lippery in the classic British style. A bombing raid is proposed on a strategically vital Ruhr dam, but its position is inaccessible. Enter eccentric inventor Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave in best daffy professor mode) who comes up with a genius idea--a bomb that will bounce on water like a skimmed pebble. Naturally the top brass pooh-pooh it, but gallant Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd) is persuaded, and between them flyer and boffin forge ahead. The touches of carefully understated emotion now verge on self-parody, but it's hard not to get caught up in the narrative sweep, especially when the bombers take off on their mission and Eric Coates' stirring march hits the soundtrack. The modelwork, state-of-the-art for its early 1950s period, still looks impressive, and the death of Gibson's beloved black Labrador (embarrassingly called Nigger) is a three-hanky moment to rival the shooting of Bambi's mum. --Philip Kemp
Eagerly awaited re-release of this seminal British horror film. Patrick Wymarks stars in his last role (Where Eagles Dare Repulsion and Witchfinder General) with Linda Hayden (Baby Love Expose) in this horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.
There have been a number of notable cinematic versions of King Lear and Peter Brook's depiction of Shakespeare's epic tragedy is no exception. The majesticl Paul Scofield tackles the role of Lear with such aplomb that it is clear to see why many of his contemporaries consider him to be the finest Shakespearian actor to emerge from the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company).
A BRAND NEW RESTORATION COMMEMORATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORIGINAL WWII RAID A much-loved British classic, Michael Anderson's 1955 drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the center of Nazi Germany's industrial complex and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination. Split into two distinct sections, the film deals first with the fraught, but the ultimately successful development of a new bomb, by Dr. Barnes N. Wallis (Michael Redgrave). The second deals with the mission itself during the British raid on the Ruhr Dams, and its associated costs for the enemy and for the British airmen. Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Paul Brickhill's book Enemy Coast Ahead and featuring superlative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor (to say nothing of Eric Coates' stirring theme tune), The Dam Busters was Britain's biggest box office the success of 1955
This critically acclaimed wartime drama is an epic adventure of love friendship and courage during the Second World War. In a quiet Suffolk village life is disrupted when the 525th Bomber Group of the United States Eight Air Force with its Flying Fortress bombers its two thousand officers its energy and confidence arrive. Despite cultural differences between the brash Americans and the reserved but resilient villagers of Market Wetherby they pull together to face the common enemy. A story of romance hardship fear and sacrifice. Poignant and moving the reality behind this fictional drama makes it more so.
Set in a remote village in 17th Century England, farm labourer Ralph Gower (Barry Andrews) accidentally stumbles across a devilish skull whilst ploughing a field. Ralph reports his findings to the Judge (Patrick Wymark) but when they return, the skull has vanished. Very soon the children of the village start acting strangely, led by Angel Blake (Linda Hayden) they form a murderous coven and when mysterious growths of hair (called the Devil's Skin) start appearing on their bodies, all hell breaks loose... literally! Special Features: 2012 Interview with Director Piers Haggard (HD) Audio Commentary with Piers Haggard, Linda Hayden and Robert Wynne-Simmons Audio Commentary with Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson and Reece Sheersmith Touching the Devil - The Making Of Blood on Satan's Claw (SD) Linda Hayden: An Angel for Satan (SD) Theatrical Trailer (SD) Stills Gallery (HD)
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