Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers star in Basil Dearden's heartwarming comedy The Smallest Show on Earth. This gently whimsical elegy to the golden age of cinema co-stars Bernard Miles, Leslie Phillips and Sid James and is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Overjoyed to learn that they've inherited a cinema in the north of England, Matt and Jean Spenser are subsequently shattered to find it's less of a grand picture palace and more of a fleapit (with three equally decrepit employees). Can the couple make a go of it or will they be forced to sell up and watch the Bijou Kinema be redeveloped into a car park? Special Features: Image gallery PDF material
This stunning new 4K restoration of 1955 Ealing comedy THE LADYKILLERS and the first from the original 3 strip technicolour negative, showcases Alexander Mackendrick's vision is its full glory. Considered by many as the finest British comedy ever made, THE LADYKILLERS follows the hilarious capers of a group of small-time crooks, taking on more than they can handle in the form of their sweet elderly landlord, Mrs. Wilberforce (BAFTA Award winning actress Katie Johnson; How To Murder A Rich Uncle). The criminal gang, posing as a string quartet, are unprepared for their landlord's meddling when one of the musicians' cases gets caught in a door, revealing the group's true identity. Featuring an impressive all-star lineup, with the finest comedy actors of the day; Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Lavender Hill Mob) plays the gang's mastermind Professor Marcus', Cecil Parker (A French Mistress) is Claude otherwise known as Major Courtney', Peter Sellers (I'm Alright Jack) is Harry aka Mr. Robinson', Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther) is Louis aka Mr. Harvey' and Danny Green (A Kid For Two Farthings) plays One Round also known as Mr. Lawson'. A stunning new 4K restoration of Ealing Studios finest comedy Special Features: Lobby cards Gallery Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery
Though this film is a relatively minor one in the massive canon of Peter Sellers, it has moments of absolute hilarity. Written and directed by Blake Edwards, one of Sellers' most fertile collaborators, the film stars Sellers as a would-be actor from India (let them try to get away with that today) who is a walking disaster area. After ruining a day's shooting as an extra on a film, he finds himself unintentionally invited to a big Hollywood party. That's pretty much it as far as plot goes, but Edwards and Sellers know how to milk a simple idea for an unending string of slapstick gags. The result is a film that is episodic and sketchy but also frequently loony in an inspired way. --Marshall Fine
In 'Heavens Above' a socialist parson is sent into an upper-class area where he sets about converting the wealthy...
One of the world's greatest criminals and conmen, Aldo 'The Fox' Vanucci (Peter Sellers) has finally struck gold but to traffic his embezzled bullion he must enact his most outrageous scheme yet - disguised as a neo-realist film director. Co-starring Victor Mature and Britt Ekland, and directed by Vittorio De Sicca, After the Fox is a madcap comedy caper, at once both a zany heist farce and a riotous filmmaking satire. Special Features: To Be Confirmed
Featuring a collection of Peter Sellers' best films. Includes: 1. Heavens Above! (Dir. John Boulting & Roy Boulting 1963) 2. I'm Alright Jack (Dir. John Boulting 1959) 3. Only Two Can Play (Dir. Sidney Gilliat 1962) 4. Very Best Of Peter Sellers
A genius he may have been, but Peter Sellers' film work often demonstrated appalling lapses of taste, as with the weak wartime farce Soft Beds, Hard Battles. Little more than a vehicle for a range of Sellers racial stereotypes and an excuse to feature a succession of scantily clad young women, the film centres on a Parisian brothel during the Second World War and its various clients from all the countries involved. Thus Sellers is given reign to trot out his comedy Frenchman, Englishman, German and Chinaman-none of which come across as anything other than hugely dated. The plot is weak and the hopelessly erotic air gives a feel of Confessions of a Window Cleaner in uniform or "'Allo 'Allo: The Movie". With so many better examples of Sellers' work available, this must surely be close to the bottom of anyone's list. On the DVD: Soft Beds, Hard Battles's picture and sound are bright and bawdy, with some degree of digital remastering obviously having taken place. There is a 10-minute selection of material deleted from the original cinematic print but these are merely odds and sods that cannot save Soft Beds, Hard Battles from being little more than a woefully outdated curio. --Phil Udell
Although you never really fear for Mrs "lop-sided" Wilberforce or General Gordon (her parrot) in The Ladykillers, the criminal gang who come to stay are clearly dangerous. Alec Guinness is extraordinary as the buck-toothed mastermind, and once the hijacked lolly is stowed in their digs it's a joy to watch him scheme to eliminate the other crooks and abscond with it all. Herbert Lom's thuggishness, Peter Seller's nervy twitching, and Danny Green's lumbering cloddishness are a treat, but are wickedly done away with one by one under cover of locomotive smoke plumes. So many set-pieces make this a classic: sending the landlady to collect the stolen money at the station, Frankie Howerd's boisterous fruit seller cameo, and keeping alive the idea that the gang's a musical troupe with a penchant for Boccherini and Haydn. Some inspired set design and camera work even add an expressionistic quality. --Paul Tonks
Four of the British film industry's best-loved comedies in one box set makes The Ealing Comedy Collection absolutely essential for anyone who has any passion at all for movies. The set contains Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955). Ealing's greatest comedies captured the essence of post-war Britain, both in their evocation of a land once blighted by war but now rising doggedly and optimistically again from the ashes, and in their mordant yet graceful humour. They portray a country with an antiquated class system whose crumbling conventions are being undermined by a new spirit of individual opportunism. In the delightfully wicked Kind Hearts and Coronets, a serial killer politely murders his way into the peerage; in The Lavender Hill Mob a put-upon bank clerk schemes to rob his employers; The Man in the White Suit is a harshly satirical depiction of idealism crushed by the status quo; while The Ladykillers mocks both the criminals and the authorities with its unlikely octogenarian heroine Mrs "lop-sided" Wilberforce. Many factors contribute to the success of these films--including fine music scores from composers such as Benjamin Frankel (Man in the White Suit) and Tristram Cary (The Ladykillers); positively symphonic sound effects (White Suit); marvellously evocative locations (the environs of King's Cross in Ladykillers, for example); and writing that always displays Ealing's unique perspective on British social mores ("All the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period")--yet arguably their greatest asset is Alec Guinness, whose multifaceted performances are the keystone upon which Ealing built its biting, often macabre, yet always elegant comedy. On the DVD: The Ealing Comedy Collection presents the four discs in a fold-out package with postcards of the original poster artwork for each. Aside from theatrical trailers on each disc there are no extra features, which is a pity given the importance of these films. The Ladykillers is in muted Technicolor and presented in 1.66:1 ratio, the three earlier films are all black and white 1.33:1. Sound is perfectly adequate mono throughout. --Mark Walker
As murder follows murder with the beautiful Maria as the obvious suspect; bumbling Inspector Clouseau drives his boss Dreyfus mad by stubbornly vowing to prove her innocence!
A set of 5 feature films starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau plus a special 6th disc loaded with extra features! The movies comprise: The Pink Panther (1963) When the famous Pink Panther diamond goes missing the bumbling Inspector Clouseau goes on the trail of notorious jewel thief The Phantom but looks everywhere except in the right place! Starring: David Niven: Sir Charles Litton Peter Sellers: Inspector Jacques Clouseau Robert Wagner: George Litton Cap
The Mouse That Roared, originally released in 1959, is mostly remembered as a tour-de-force from peerless comic actor Peter Sellers, playing all three of the principal roles. It's worth seeing for that alone, but the film is also one of the most memorable satires of nuclear geopolitics produced during the Cold War and, along with another Sellers vehicle, Dr Strangelove, provides an unbeatable illustration of the paranoia and helplessness engendered by that period. The Mouse That Roared tells the story of the fictional European principality of Grand Fenwick. Finding itself on the wrong end of a trade dispute with the United States, and noting America's generosity in rebuilding the countries it had fought in World War II, Grand Fenwick's rulers hit upon the idea of declaring war on the US, losing, and then reaping a Marshall Plan-style hand-out. The plan, proposed by Grand Fenwick's prime minister (played by Peter Sellers), is approved by the monarch (also played by Peter Sellers), who dispatches an invasion force of chain mail-clad archers under the command of Grand Fenwick's hapless Field Marshal (also played by Peter Sellers). Due to a series of happenstances and misunderstandings, Grand Fenwick's plan goes terribly wrong, and they inflict a surprising defeat on America, with curious consequences. On the DVD: The Mouse That Roared is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen; sound is mono. Soundtracks are available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and subtitles in all those as well as most other major European languages, Hebrew and Arabic. Special features include a scene selector, and three theatrical trailers: one for this film (English audiences will get a kick out of the 1950s American announcer raving about "an hilarious new personality, Peter Sellers"), one for Sellers' much bleaker (and much funnier) Cold War satire Dr Strangelove, and one for his slight horror spoof Murder By Death. --Andrew Mueller
Hal Ashby's much-praised Being There stars Peter Sellers in what was perhaps his finest comic performance. Chance the gardener has spent his entire life in an old man's house and has no idea of the world outside except for what television has given him. Sellers manages to make his innocence touching and oddly impressive rather than an offensive exploitation of disability. Jerzy Kozinski's screenplay neither entirely endorses nor discounts the twin possibilities that Chance's simplicity and closeness to the natural world give him access to real wisdom, or that he is simply a blank on whom people project what they want to see and hear. What is clear is that he gives his dying friend Ben (Jack Warden) peace of mind and consoles Ben's wife (Shirley Maclaine). Whether he's being groomed for the Presidency or appearing to walk on water, he always does something right, and the same is true for Sellers' minimalist performance. On the DVD: Being There is presented in a widescreen visual aspect of 1.85:1 and has 1.0 Dolby Digital mono sound; it comes with the original theatrical trailer, information about the stars and director and a list of the film's awards. --Roz Kaveny
Based on a play by George Bernard Shaw which studies an immensely wealthy woman who falls for the charms of a poor Indian doctor. Sophia Loren plays a spoilt heiress able to buy anything she wants. When she meets an Indian doctor (Peter Sellers) whose sole concern is to help the poor and needy she knows that this is the man for her. Although in love with her he is so terrified of being in her power that he foils all her attempts to 'buy' him. Only by setting an endurance test for each other are they able to be sure of their true feelings.
Being sent insane by working with Clouseau for too long Sgt Dreyfus vows to destroy him forever - and if he can't he vows he will destroy the world. Clouseau ends up with over 20 assassins on his tail but is more worried about his martial arts manservant getting the better of him!
In 'I'm Alright Jack' a man becomes the pawn of a corrupt management and a labour union.
Starring the finest comic actor of his generation Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) Two-Way Stretch is one of the funniest comedy crime capers of 1960s British Cinema. Also starring a supporting cast of comedy legends including Lionel Jeffries (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Bernard Cribbins (Crooks In Cloisters). Constantly taking advantage of the prison governor’s liberal methods towards authority convict and criminal mastermind Dodger Lane (Sellers) decides to commit the ultimate crime with the ultimate alibi. Along with a misfit crew of fellow inmates he plans to escape from prison steal a priceless cache of diamonds and then return to his cell before anyone notices. Who said genius was easy? - See more at: http://studiocanal.co.uk/Film/Details/8cae7219-3eb1-4ea0-9a17-a06e010068d3#sthash.VvUb9P0A.dpuf
The Pink Panther (1963): When the famous Pink Panther diamond goes missing the bumbling Inspector Clouseau goes on the trail of notorious jewel thief The Phantom but looks everywhere except in the right place! Starring: David Niven: Sir Charles Litton Peter Sellers: Inspector Jacques Clouseau Robert Wagner: George Litton Capucine: Simone Clouseau Brenda De Banzie: Angela Dunning. A Shot In The Dark (1964): As murder follows murder with the beautiful Maria as the obvious suspect; bumbling Inspector Clouseau drives his boss Dreyfus mad by stubbornly vowing to prove her innocence! Starring: Peter Sellers: Jacques Clouseau Elke Sommer: Maria Gambrelli George Sanders: Benjamin Ballon Herbert Lom: Charles Dreyfus Graham Stark: Hercule Lajoy Burt Kwouk: Kato Return Of The Pink Panther (1975): When the priceless Pink Panther diamond is stolen yet again the inimitable Inspector Jacques Clouseau is saved from an unwilling early retirement and sent off to the country of Lugash to investigate. Certain that the heist is the work of a suave jewel thief known as The Phantom Clouseau unleashes his formidable array of outlandish disguises and preposterous deductive powers in madcap pursuit of his would-be quarry. Tracked by his own nerve-wracking boss Clouseau carves a path of comical crime-busting chaos across all of Europe in this delightfully zany comedy romp. Starring: Peter Sellers Christopher Plummer Catherine Schell Herbert Lom Peter Arne Gregoire Aslan Graham Stark Andre Maranne Burt Kwouk & John Bluthal The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976): Being sent insane by working with Clouseau for too long Sgt Dreyfus vows to destroy him forever - and if he can't he vows he will destroy the world. Clouseau ends up with over 20 assassins on his tail but is more worried about his martial arts manservant getting the better of him! Starring: Peter Sellers: Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau Herbert Lom: Former Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus Lesley-Anne Down: Olga Burt Kwouk: Kato Colin Blakely: Alec Drummond Revenge Of The Pink Panther (1978): Following Clouseau's supposed assassination Dreyfus is declared sane and released. But how will he cope with the truth when he finds out that the Inspector is actually alive and undercover working with Kato to discover who wanted him dead? Starring: Peter Sellers: Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau Herbert Lom: Chief Insp. Dreyfus Burt Kwouk: Kato Dyan Cannon: Simone Legree Robert Webber: Philippe Douvier Trail Of The Pink Panther (1982): The Pink Panther diamond is stolen once again from Lugash and the authorities call in Chief Inspector Clouseau from France but his plane disappears en-route. Famous French TV reporter Marie Jouvet sets out to solve the mystery... Starring: Peter Sellers: Insp. Jacques Clouseau David Niven: Sir Charles Litton Herbert Lom: Chief Insp. Dreyfus Joanna Lumley: Marie Jouvet Harvey Korman: Auguste Balls Burt Kwouk: Kato The Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas (Cartoon) plus 124 Other Pink Panther Cartoons
THE LADYKILLERS is quintessential Ealing. Director Alexander Mackendrick’s film centres on a criminal gang planning their next job who find themselves boarding with an innocent old lady who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs. Wilberforce they run into one problem after another and get what they deserve. Mackendrick’s last film as director before his move to Hollywood THE LADYKILLERS remains one of the best British comedies ever made.
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture This stunning new 4K restoration of 1955 Ealing comedy THE LADYKILLERS and the first from the original 3 strip technicolour negative, showcases Alexander Mackendrick's vision is its full glory. Considered by many as the finest British comedy ever made, THE LADYKILLERS follows the hilarious capers of a group of small-time crooks, taking on more than they can handle in the form of their sweet elderly landlord, Mrs. Wilberforce (BAFTA Award winning actress Katie Johnson; How To Murder A Rich Uncle). The criminal gang, posing as a string quartet, are unprepared for their landlord's meddling when one of the musicians' cases gets caught in a door, revealing the group's true identity. Featuring an impressive all-star lineup, with the finest comedy actors of the day; Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Lavender Hill Mob) plays the gang's mastermind Professor Marcus', Cecil Parker (A French Mistress) is Claude otherwise known as Major Courtney', Peter Sellers (I'm Alright Jack) is Harry aka Mr. Robinson', Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther) is Louis aka Mr. Harvey' and Danny Green (A Kid For Two Farthings) plays One Round also known as Mr. Lawson'. Special Features Blu-ray Disc 1 and Ultra HD NEW Investigating the Ladykillers featurette NEW Colour in The Ladykillers: an interview with Professor Keith Johnston Audio commentary with author and film scholar Philip Kemp Lobby Cards gallery Behind the scenes stills gallery Blu-ray Disc 2 Peter Sellers spoof trailer from the set of The Ladykillers King's Cross Locations featurette with Alan Dein Audio Interview with Assistant Director Tom Pevsner Audio Interview with Unit Production Manager David Peers Forever Ealing Documentary Excerpt from BBC Omnibus Made in Ealing' (1986) Trailer Includes the feature in both 1.37 and 1.66 aspect ratios - first time both have been available together
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