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  • A Clockwork Orange [Blu-ray] [1971]A Clockwork Orange | Blu Ray | (03/03/2008) from £7.99   |  Saving you £17.00 (212.77%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Stomping whomping stealing singing tap-dancing violating Derby-topped teddy-boy hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has his own way of having a good time. He has it at the tragic expense of others. Alex's journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future-shook vision of Anthony Burgess's novel. Unforgettable images startling musical counterpoints the fascinating language used by Alex and his pals - Kubrick shapes them into a shattering whole.

  • A Clockwork OrangeA Clockwork Orange | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.69   |  Saving you £8.30 (145.87%)   |  RRP £13.99

    The controversy that surrounded Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange while the film was out of circulation suggested that it was like Romper Stomper: a glamorisation of the violent, virile lifestyle of its teenage protagonist, with a hypocritical gloss of condemnation to mask delight in rape and ultra-violence. Actually, it is as fable-like and abstract as The Pilgrim's Progress, with characters deliberately played as goonish sitcom creations. The anarchic rampage of Alex (Malcolm McDowell), a bowler-hatted juvenile delinquent of the future, is all over at the end of the first act. Apprehended by equally brutal authorities, he changes from defiant thug to cringing bootlicker, volunteering for a behaviourist experiment that removes his capacity to do evil.It's all stylised: from Burgess' invented pidgin Russian (snarled unforgettably by McDowell) to 2001-style slow tracks through sculpturally perfect sets (as with many Kubrick movies, the story could be told through decor alone) and exaggerated, grotesque performances on a par with those of Dr Strangelove (especially from Patrick Magee and Aubrey Morris). Made in 1971, based on a novel from 1962, A Clockwork Orange resonates across the years. Its future is now quaint, with Magee pecking out "subversive literature" on a giant IBM typewriter and "lovely, lovely Ludwig Van" on mini-cassette tapes. However, the world of "Municipal Flat Block 18A, Linear North" is very much with us: a housing estate where classical murals are obscenely vandalised, passers-by are rare and yobs loll about with nothing better to do than hurt people. On the DVD: The extras are skimpy, with just an impressionist trailer in the style of the film used to brainwash Alex and a list of awards for which Clockwork Orange was nominated and awarded. The box promises soundtracks in English, French and Italian and subtitles in ten languages, but the disc just has two English soundtracks (mono and Dolby Surround 5.1) and two sets of English subtitles. The terrific-looking "digitally restored and remastered" print is letterboxed at 1.66:1 and on a widescreen TV plays best at 14:9. The film looks as good as it ever has, with rich stable colours (especially and appropriately the orangey-red of the credits and the blood) and a clarity that highlights previously unnoticed details such as Alex's gouged eyeball cufflinks and enables you to read the newspaper articles which flash by. The 5.1 soundtrack option is amazingly rich, benefiting the nuances of performance as much as the classical/electronic music score and the subtly unsettling sound effects. --Kim Newman

  • Zulu [1964]Zulu | DVD | (18/11/2002) from £14.98   |  Saving you £1.01 (6.30%)   |  RRP £15.99

    One of the last of the classic-era widescreen epics, Zulu was also one of the last war movies to celebrate the virtues of the famous British stiff upper lip. At Rorke's Drift in 1879 a handful of British soldiers, hopelessly outnumbered by 4,000 Zulu warriors, fought one of the most celebrated defensive actions in military history. Zulu tells the story on an epic scale, bringing to life the heroism, courage, loyalty and sacrifice of those desperate hours. This is truly cast-of-thousands filmmaking, with vast action wonderfully captured in widescreen Technirama. John Barry, who also scored Goldfinger in the same year, provides a telling musical accompaniment. The superb cast includes Stanley Baker and Jack Hawkins, but Zulu's final claim to fame is that it made an instant international superstar of a young actor whose name is Michael Caine. A belated sequel arrived in 1979 in Zulu Dawn, which despite even more spectacular action and a great cast died at the box-office. It is nevertheless well worth seeing. On the DVD: Zulu on disc has excellent prologic stereo considering the age of the film, while the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 transfer is crystal-clear, boasting rich colours, strong contrast and detail and only occasional minor print flaws. The original American trailer, also presented anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, is a worthwhile addition. There is a very good new 45-minute "making of" (1.77:1 anamorphic, in stereo), curiously split into two parts. The heart of the programme consists of interviews with survivors from the film, focusing on Stanley Baker's widow. The only let down is lack of input from Michael Caine and composer John Barry. The commentary by film historian Sheldon Hall, author of a forthcoming book on the movie, and Second Unit Director Robert Porter is serious and packed with information. --Gary S Dalkin

  • KidnappedKidnapped | DVD | (18/02/2008) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Long sought-after by classic television collectors and fans of Robert Louis Stevenson's work this 13-part adaptation stars David McCallum ( Sapphire and Steel The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as the rebellious Alan Breck Stewart. This ambitious serial (a co-production between HTV and Germanys Tele-Munchen) also features a host of British character actors including Bill Simpson Patrick Allen Andrew Keir Patrick Magee and Frank Windsor. All 13 episodes have been transferred from the original 16mm film elements especially for this DVD release. When young David Balfour arrives at his uncles bleak Scottish house to claim his inheritance his relative tries to murder him then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies. Luckily for the lad he strikes up a friendship with Alan Breck Stewart who is on the run after Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat at Culloden. When a ships captain tries to kill Breck for his money the two manage to get to land and set out for Edinburgh dodging the ruthless Redcoats along the way.

  • Ultimate Hammer Box SetUltimate Hammer Box Set | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £69.91   |  Saving you £80.08 (114.55%)   |  RRP £149.99

    20 of the greatest British films ever produced by the world renowned Hammer film studio! Includes: 1. Blood From The Mummy's Tomb (Dir. Seth Holt 1971) 2. Demons Of The Mind (Dir. Peter Sykes 1972) 3. The Devil Rides Out (Dir. Terence Fisher 1968) 4. Viking Queen (Dir. Don Chaffey 1967) 5. Dracula Prince Of Darkness (Dir. Terence Fisher 1966) 6. Fear In The Night (Dir. Jimmy Sangster 1972) 7. Frankenstein Created Women (Dir. Terence Fisher 1967) 8. The Horror Of Frankenstein (Dir. Jimmy Sangster 1970) 9. The Nanny (Dir. Seth Holt 1965) 10. One Million Years BC (Dir. Don Chaffey 1966) 11. Plague Of The Zombies (Dir. John Gilling 1966) 12. Quatermass And The Pit (Dir. Roy Ward Baker 1967) 13. Rasputin The Mad Monk (Dir. Don Sharp 1966) 14. The Reptile (Dir. John Gilling 1966) 15. The Scars of Dracula (Dir. Roy Ward Baker 1970) 16. SHE (Dir. Robert Day 1965) 17. Slave Girls (Dir. Michael Carreras 1967) 18. To The Devil A Daughter (Dir. Peter Sykes 1967) 19. The Vengeance Of SHE (Dir. Cliff Owen 1968) 20. The Witches (Dir. Cyril Frankel 1966)

  • Sir Henry At Rawlinson End [1980]Sir Henry At Rawlinson End | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £20.23   |  Saving you £-7.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The central though nearly impenetrable plot of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End is Sir Henry's (Trevor Howard) attempts to exorcise the trouserless ghost of his dead brother Humbert whom he accidentally killed in a drunken duck-shooting incident. This is aided or hindered by his mad family and servants including the tapeworm-obsessed Mrs. E; Old Scrotum the wrinkled retainer; the eternally knitting Aunt Florrie and Lady Phillipa of Stains a turkey-legged old soak. With German PoWs in the garden fishing for hairdressers a mechanical bulldog a horse in the billiards room and a marriage bed furnished with a barbed-wire divide the mayhem of Rawlinson End is endless....

  • Cromwell [1970]Cromwell | DVD | (10/11/2003) from £3.00   |  Saving you £9.99 (333.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Disgusted with the religious policies of King Charles I Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religious tension and political infighting that will result in the British Civil War...

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne | Blu Ray | (11/05/2015) from £13.04   |  Saving you £11.95 (47.80%)   |  RRP £24.99

    “Potent and poetic mischievous and macabre Borowczyk’s film shows how many imaginative worlds the horror movie can open up when the right artist holds the keys” (Nigel Andrews Financial Times) It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiancée the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro) attended by various pillars of Victorian society including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities – but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory? We know the answer of course but Walerian Borowczyk’s visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-filmed tale is crammed with wildly imaginative and outrageously perverse touches characteristic of the man who scandalised audiences with Immoral Tales and The Beast not least the explicitly sexualised nature of Mr Hyde’s primal urges. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new 2K restoration scanned from the original camera negative and supervised by cinematographer Noël Véry High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film released on both formats for the first time anywhere in the world English and French soundtracks in LPCM 1.0 Optional English and English SDH subtitles  Appreciation by critic and long-term Borowczyk fan Michael Brooke  Audio commentary featuring archival interviews with Walerian Borowczyk and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry editor Khadicha Bariha assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo moderated by Daniel Bird  Brand new interview with Udo Kier  Brand new interview with Marina Pierro Himorogi (2012) a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro made in homage to Borowczyk Interview with artist and filmmaker Alessio Pierro Phantasmagoria of the Interior a video essay on Borowczyk’s Dr Jekyll by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López Eyes That Listen a featurette on Borowczyk’s collaborations with electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani  Happy Toy (1979) a short film by Borowczyk inspired by Charles-Émile Reynaud’s praxinoscope  Introduction to Happy Toy by production assistant Sarah Mallinson Returning to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema a featurette by Daniel Bird Reversible sleeve with artwork based on Borowczyk’s own poster design Booklet with new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive pieces by Walerian Borowczyk and André Pieyre de Mandiargues  illustrated with rare stills

  • Barry Lyndon [1975]Barry Lyndon | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £10.78   |  Saving you £3.21 (29.78%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Perhaps Stanley Kubrick's most underrated film, Barry Lyndon--adapted from the picaresque novel by William Makepeace Thackeray--inhabits the 18th century in the way A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey inhabit the future: perfect sets, costumes and cinematography capture characters whose rises and falls are at once deeply tragic and absurdly comical. Narrated in avuncular form by Michael Hordern, the film follows the fortunes of Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal), a handsome Irish youth forced to flee his hometown after a duel with a cowardly English officer (Leonard Rossiter). Stripped of his small fortune by a deferential highwayman, Barry joins the British army and fights in the Seven Years War, attempting a desertion that leads him into the Prussian army. A position as a spy on an exquisitely painted con man (Patrick Magee) leads to a life of gambling around the courts of Europe, and just before the intermission our hero achieves all he could want by marrying a wealthy, titled beautiful widow (Marisa Berenson). However, Part Two reveals that Barry can no more be a clockwork orange than the protagonist of Kubrick's previous film, and his spendthrift ways, foolhardy pursuit of social advancement and unwise treatment of his new family lead to several disasters, climaxing in another horrific, yet farcical duel. Shot almost entirely in the "magic hour", that point of the day when the light is mistily perfect, with innovative use of candlelight for interiors, Barry Lyndon looks ravishing, but the perfection of its images is matched by the inner turmoil of its seemingly frozen characters. Kubrick is often accused of being unemotional, but his restraint is all the more affecting when, for example, Barry is struck by the deaths of those close to him, his wife writhes into madness or his stepson (Leon Vitali) vomits before he can stand his ground in a duel.On the DVD: The extras are skimpy, a trailer and a list of awards, a French alternate soundtrack and subtitles in seven languages. However, the film--"digitally restored and remastered"--is served superbly by the medium. Letterboxed to 1.59:1 (which fits the 14:9 option of a widescreen TV), with a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, the print looks and sounds wonderful, which not only allows a fresh appreciation of the wit and beauty of the film but shows just how good the apparent underplaying (unusual in Kubrick films) of the cast is. --Kim Newman

  • A Clockwork Orange [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [1971] [Region Free]A Clockwork Orange | Blu Ray | (15/04/2013) from £8.08   |  Saving you £11.91 (147.40%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The controversy that surrounded Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange while the film was out of circulation suggested that it was like Romper Stomper: a glamorisation of the violent, virile lifestyle of its teenage protagonist, with a hypocritical gloss of condemnation to mask delight in rape and ultra-violence. Actually, it is as fable-like and abstract as The Pilgrim's Progress, with characters deliberately played as goonish sitcom creations. The anarchic rampage of Alex (Malcolm McDowell), a bowler-hatted juvenile delinquent of the future, is all over at the end of the first act. Apprehended by equally brutal authorities, he changes from defiant thug to cringing bootlicker, volunteering for a behaviourist experiment that removes his capacity to do evil.It's all stylised: from Burgess' invented pidgin Russian (snarled unforgettably by McDowell) to 2001-style slow tracks through sculpturally perfect sets (as with many Kubrick movies, the story could be told through decor alone) and exaggerated, grotesque performances on a par with those of Dr Strangelove (especially from Patrick Magee and Aubrey Morris). Made in 1971, based on a novel from 1962, A Clockwork Orange resonates across the years. Its future is now quaint, with Magee pecking out "subversive literature" on a giant IBM typewriter and "lovely, lovely Ludwig Van" on mini-cassette tapes. However, the world of "Municipal Flat Block 18A, Linear North" is very much with us: a housing estate where classical murals are obscenely vandalised, passers-by are rare and yobs loll about with nothing better to do than hurt people. On the DVD: The extras are skimpy, with just an impressionist trailer in the style of the film used to brainwash Alex and a list of awards for which Clockwork Orange was nominated and awarded. The box promises soundtracks in English, French and Italian and subtitles in ten languages, but the disc just has two English soundtracks (mono and Dolby Surround 5.1) and two sets of English subtitles. The terrific-looking "digitally restored and remastered" print is letterboxed at 1.66:1 and on a widescreen TV plays best at 14:9. The film looks as good as it ever has, with rich stable colours (especially and appropriately the orangey-red of the credits and the blood) and a clarity that highlights previously unnoticed details such as Alex's gouged eyeball cufflinks and enables you to read the newspaper articles which flash by. The 5.1 soundtrack option is amazingly rich, benefiting the nuances of performance as much as the classical/electronic music score and the subtly unsettling sound effects. --Kim Newman

  • Demons Of The Mind (Doubleplay) [Blu-ray]Demons Of The Mind (Doubleplay) | Blu Ray | (30/10/2017) from £14.09   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    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

  • The Edgar Wallace Anthology [DVD]The Edgar Wallace Anthology | DVD | (04/11/2013) from £71.53   |  Saving you £58.46 (81.73%)   |  RRP £129.99

    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. Unseen for decades and freshly transferred from the origina...

  • Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 5 [DVD] [1963]Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 5 | DVD | (22/10/2012) from £7.48   |  Saving you £22.51 (75.10%)   |  RRP £29.99

    The thrillers of Edgar Wallace one of the twentieth century’s most successful crime novelists have been widely adapted for film and television – the most memorable of which being 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. Unseen for decades these dramas have been freshly transferred from the original film elements specifically for this release.

  • Flipside Of Dominick Hide, The / Another Flip For DominickFlipside Of Dominick Hide, The / Another Flip For Dominick | DVD | (04/04/2005) from £5.69   |  Saving you £7.30 (56.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The Flipside Of Dominic Hide: Peter Firth is the eponymous hero of this double BANFF winner an entertaining tale of time travel romance comedy and suspense flipping between 2130 and 1980 with an ingenious twist in the tail. Another Flip For Dominic: A sequel to the outstandingly successful Flipside of Dominick Hide. Peter Firth is a time-traveller from the year 2132 visiting London 1982 and coming face to face with his past.

  • The Thames Shakespeare Collection [DVD]The Thames Shakespeare Collection | DVD | (03/10/2016) from £8.72   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    This collection features superlative television productions of four of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. Featuring electrifying performances from some of Britain's most accomplished actors and leading RSC players, these productions bring Shakepeare's work vividly and faithfully to life. MACBETH Ian McKellen and Judi Dench lead the RSC cast in Trevor Nunn's stunning production of Shakespeare's tale of a Scottish general whose hunger for kingship leads to a reign of terror. ROMEO & JULIET Joan Kemp-Welch directs Christoper Neame and Ann Hasson in a BAFTA-nominated adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of young lovers destroyed by a feud between two families. TWELFTH NIGHT Richard Briers and Frances Barber lead the Renaissance Theatre Company in this much-loved comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited desire, staged to huge acclaim by Kenneth Branagh. KING LEAR Patrick Magee gives a tour de force performance as the elderly king who descends into madness after disposing of his estate between his treacherous daughters Regan and Goneril.

  • King LearKing Lear | DVD | (06/06/2005) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    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).

  • Anzio [1968]Anzio | DVD | (13/09/2004) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (-12.40%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Available for the first time on DVD! Robert Mitchum Peter Falk and Arthur Kennedy star in the rivetting war drama Anzio a vivid portrait of one of the bloodiest WWII battles ever fought. After landing with Allied troops at Anzio Italy in 1944 war correspondent Dick Ennis (Mitchum) and buddy Corporal Rabinoff (Falk) tell Anzio commander General Lesley (Kennedy) that the road to Rome is wide open. But instead of heading to Rome Lesley attempts to build a coastal stronghold only

  • The Birthday Party [1968]The Birthday Party | DVD | (02/07/2001) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Harold Pinter's first full-length stage play, The Birthday Party, was 10 years old when William (The Exorcist) Friedkin directed it for the cinema in 1968. In some ways, it was already a period-piece by then, Pinter's use of a combination of silence and excruciatingly banal dialogue to generate precipitous dramatic tension having been absorbed by contemporary theatrical mythology long since. Are the sinister McCann and Goldberg real? Or do they exist only in Stan's head? At the end, we're none the wiser. But Friedkin's claustrophobic direction, with the tormented Stan as its focus, has taken us through a master study in understated horror. The handheld camera, so fashionable in modern television drama, has rarely been used to such hypnotic effect. As Stan, Robert Shaw is mesmerising in his descent to animal-like submission. Sydney Tafler's Goldberg and Patrick Magee 's McCann make a truly terrifying double act. Cult television fans will appreciate an early appearance by Helen Fraser (these days best known as a sadistic prison warder in Bad Girls) as the easily seduced neighbour. Now that Friedkin's film is itself over 30 years old, the scent of mothballs ought to be even more pronounced. Its decrepit seaside boarding house setting and the drabness of the peripheral players are redolent of the distinctly non-swinging side of the 1960s in which it was made. But more than anything, The Birthday Party is about unspecified terror and the sort of inner demons that lurk in all of us. On the DVD: Excellent sound quality helps to make this a compellingly theatrical experience: never has the noise of tearing newspaper been more menacing. And the picture quality retains the grainy authenticity of the original print. Special features include brief backgrounders on the history of the play and Friedkin's career, and a slide show of still s from key scenes. --Piers Ford

  • Demons Of The Mind [1971]Demons Of The Mind | DVD | (01/01/2007) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A physician discovers that two children are being kept virtually imprisoned in their house by their father. He investigates and discovers a web of sex incest and satanic possession

  • Seance On A Wet Afternoon [1964]Seance On A Wet Afternoon | DVD | (05/06/2006) from £5.78   |  Saving you £7.21 (55.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A woman who masquerades as a medium has her husband kidnap a girl so that she can gain celebrity by holding seances and helping the police to 'find' the victim...

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