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  • Doctor Zhivago [1965]Doctor Zhivago | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (133.56%)   |  RRP £13.99

    David Lean's wintry adaptation of Boris Pasternak's melodramatic Russian Revolution romance, Doctor Zhivago, is a masterpiece of epic filmmaking, but one that risks leaving the viewer cold. Though none of the film was shot in the then USSR, Lean's assured technique nevertheless illuminates the breathtaking backgrounds magnificently: from the snowy wastes of the Urals to the strife-torn streets of Moscow, Lean stages a series of wonderful set-pieces showing war, revolution and its terrible aftermath. The problem lies in the foreground. Omar Sharif's entirely passive Zhivago is, we are told, a romantic poet of great sensitivity who internalises all his emotions and expresses them in verse. The trouble is the audience never gets to see a line of his poems, not even the centrally important "Lara" cycle. Thus Zhivago at the end of the picture is as much an emotional blank to us as he was at the beginning. His affair with the idealised beauty that is Julie Christie's Lara is also taken for granted by the filmmakers rather than set up in any convincing way, their mutual attraction remaining a mystery that creates a vacuum at the core of the picture. Given that none of the central characters with the exception of Rod Steiger's fire-breathing lecher Komarovsky ever give way to strong emotions, the romantic heart of the film remains oddly frigid. Matters are not helped by composer Maurice Jarre's incessant "Lara's Theme", which many will find teeth-grindingly irritating. Still, any David Lean epic, even a flawed one, is always going to be a first-class cinematic experience, and Zhivago is assuredly that. On the DVD: A stunning anamorphic widescreen print is the ideal way to appreciate David Lean's craftsmanship and this movie's glorious, wintry cinematography. Maurice Jarre's "Lara's Theme" and the rest of his patchwork score can be heard in a music-only track, while Omar Sharif is joined by Lean's widow Sandra and Rod Steiger for an intermittent commentary. The second bonus disc contains a good hour-long making-of documentary plus 10 shorter contemporary documentaries giving various insights into the location shooting and the cast and crew. But it's the sheer beauty of the picture that will astonish and make this disc forever treasurable. --Mark Walker

  • Watership Down [DVD] [1978]Watership Down | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (100.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A timeless classic comes alive in this enchanting movie based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Nestled among the rolling hills and peaceful meadows of England lives a community of rabbits. When their warren is threatened a small group of brave rabbits escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home. Led by the visionary Fiver the courageous Bigwig the clever Blackberry and the honourable Hazel they face daunting challenges and use their strength and cunning to survive while pursuing their dreams. Along their trek they make an unlikely friend - a loony seagull named Kehaar - and battle the vicious General Woundwort the cruel leader of another warren. Film director Martin Rosen frames the tale largely from the viewpoint of the rabbits so that we identify with each one. Packed with excitement and adventure Watership Down is an engaging thrilling tale that celebrates traditional values of loyalty courage and spirit. Special Features: A Conversation with the Film Makers Defining the Style Documentary Storyboard Comparisons

  • Battle Of Britain [1969]Battle Of Britain | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (185.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Despite its manipulative grandiosity, this film is completely irresistible, for several reasons: it recounts the greatest air battle in history, creating the greatest aerial battle scenes in film history; it has a terrific cast (Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Curt Jurgens, Laurence Olivier, Nigel Patrick, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Patrick Wymark and Edward Fox); and it's technically very well made, thanks to the Bond team of producer Harry Saltzman and director Guy Hamilton and the great cinematographer Freddie Young. --Bill Desowitz

  • Our Man In HavanaOur Man In Havana | DVD | (26/12/2005) from £3.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (225.56%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Jim Wormold (Alec Guinness) a vacuum cleaner salesman is short of money. His 17-year old daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has reached an expensive age - so he accepts Hawthorne's (Noel Coward) offer of 0-plus a month and becomes Agent 59200/5 MI6's man in Havana. To keep the job Wormold pretends to recruit sub-agents and sends fake stories. Then the stories start becoming disturbingly true... Based on the novel by Graham Greene this was the final collaboration between Greene and director Carol Reed who had previously worked together on The Third Man and Fallen Idol.

  • Exodus [1960]Exodus | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (69.57%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Otto Preminger's 1960 adaptation of Leon Uris's novel Exodus is a sprawling tale of the founding of modern Israel, starring Paul Newman as a resistance leader. The film works best as an example of Preminger's estimable skill with all levels of drama and action, but as a reflection upon history it is compromised by stereotypes, unpersuasive relationships and a certain moral ambivalence about issues related to the subject. There are good and exciting sequences, however, particularly one involving an effort to break through a British blockade and get to the homeland. --Tom Keogh

  • Watership Down [Blu-ray] [1978]Watership Down | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013) from £6.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A timeless classic comes alive in this enchanting movie based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Nestled among the rolling hills and peaceful meadows of England lives a community of rabbits. When their warren is threatened a small group of brave rabbits escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home. Led by the visionary Fiver the courageous Bigwig the clever Blackberry and the honourable Hazel they face daunting challenges and use their strength and cunning to survive while pursuing their dreams. Along their trek they make an unlikely friend - a loony seagull named Kehaar - and battle the vicious General Woundwort the cruel leader of another warren. Film director Martin Rosen frames the tale largely from the viewpoint of the rabbits so that we identify with each one. Packed with excitement and adventure Watership Down is an engaging thrilling tale that celebrates traditional values of loyalty courage and spirit. Special Features: A Conversation with the Film Makers Defining the Style Documentary Storyboard Comparisons

  • Richard IIIRichard III | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £13.48   |  Saving you £1.51 (11.20%)   |  RRP £14.99

    ""Why I can smile and murder while I smile And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart And wet my cheeks with artificial tears And frame my face to all occasions..."" Soon after Edward IV is crowned King his brother Richard a hunchback twisted in mind as well as body starts scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins Lady Anne and then poisons Edward's mind against their brother Clarence later organising his death. But even after his coronation

  • The 300 Spartans [Blu-ray]The 300 Spartans | Blu Ray | (03/03/2014) from £14.83   |  Saving you £-1.84 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A colourful action film about the Battle Of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. King Leodinas (Richard Egan), with the help of locals, tries to stop the attack of thousands of Persian invaders led by King Xerxes (David Farrar).

  • 300 Spartans [1962]300 Spartans | DVD | (01/10/2007) from £4.99   |  Saving you £1.00 (16.70%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Based on actual event occurring in 480 B.C. Greece. This scintillating drama stars Richard Egan as the Greek soldier Leonidas who led 300 Spartan soldiers against an overwhelming Persian army in the Battle of Thermopylae. Unable to recruit the soldiers he needs to defend a critical Greek mountain pass against Persias King Xerxes Leonidas nonetheless prepares for battle. When warned that the number of arrows his tiny army will face ""will blot out the sun"" Leonidas replies that his army will ""fight in the shade."" With it's superb cinematography realism and musical score this story of courage and self-sacrifice is inspired filmmaking at it's best.

  • Maid In Manhattan [2003]Maid In Manhattan | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £5.38   |  Saving you £14.61 (271.56%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

  • David Lean Centenary CollectionDavid Lean Centenary Collection | DVD | (11/08/2008) from £19.99   |  Saving you £-1.43 (N/A%)   |  RRP £18.56

    This Box Set includes: The Sound Barrier (1952): A tale of male courage and an adventure into the unknown but also the story of the women who wait at home. A self-made aircraft manufacturer is determined that his company will be the first to build a plane which flies faster than sound. Hobson's Choice (1954): The eldest daughter of an alcoholic self-important Lancashire bootmaker marries his boot-hand and sets up a rival business. Blithe Spirit (1945): A happily married author writing a novel on mediums invites one to supper one evening. After holding a seance the husband's deceased first wife appears and begins to cause chaos! Brief Encounter (1946): Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter. Great Expectations (1946): A stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world. Oliver Twist (1948): Oliver Twist orphaned at birth and raised in the workhouse is expelled for daring to ask the Beadle for more food. Unhappily apprenticed to an Undertaker Oliver escaped to London where he meets the cheeky Artful Dodger the villainous Fagin the aggressive Bill Sykesand the kindly but doomed Nancy. Torn constantly between the forces of good and evil Oliver eventually seals his fate by picking the pocket of a rich gentleman. Madeleine (1950) Lean's accomplished film of the famous Scottish Madeleine Smith case in which a woman from a wealthy family is accused of the murder of her lover. The Passionate Friends (1949): Through her marriage to a wealthy financier Mary Justin has the freedom and comfort she has always yearned for but her life is one that lacks emotional fulfilment. On a visit to Switzerland she runs into an old friend Steven Stratton with whom she once had a passionate love affair many years before her marriage. Her meeting with Steven rekindles old memories of a friendship of the most beautiful kind. If only they could begin again... This Happy Breed (1944): A splendidly acted classic portraying how an ordinary British family lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. The inhabitants of 17 Sycamore Road are ordinary people with their irritable in-laws their just-plain-folks camaraderie and their unshakeable belief that no matter how hard the times are Mother England is forged of good stock and common sense

  • Home At Seven [DVD]Home At Seven | DVD | (23/06/2014) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Reprising his role in R.C. Sherriff's West End stage hit Ralph Richardson stars as a staid London bank clerk whose inexplicable amnesia leaves him without an alibi in the aftermath of a murder; Jack Hawkins stars as his doctor and Margaret Leighton his equally perplexed wife. This 1952 suspense feature saw Richardson heading an outstanding cast as well as taking on the mantle of director for the first and only time in his career with Guy Hamilton (best known for Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever) as assistant director; the result is a taut compelling and very human drama that retains a gripping sense of mystery right up to its conclusion. Home at Seven is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. When David Preston returns home at seven his distraught wife tells him that he did not come home at seven - or at any other time - the previous evening. In fact he has no idea where he could have been; he recalls nothing between the time he left the bank on Monday and his arrival home that following evening. His doctor is inclined at first to treat it lightly but everything changes when it emerges that during Preston's 'lost day' a murder and robbery have taken place... Special Features: Image Gallery Promotional Material PDFs

  • Fallen Idol [DVD] [1948]Fallen Idol | DVD | (02/05/2016) from £9.79   |  Saving you £11.19 (164.56%)   |  RRP £17.99

    A classic suspense-filled thriller from some of British cinema's greatest talents. The Fallen Idoltells the story of Philippe (Bobby Henrey), the young son of a diplomat who, trying to understand the adult world as seen through the eyes of a child, lies to defend those closest to him. When his butler friend Baines (Ralph Richardson) is suspected of murdering his wife, the vital information that Philippe holds falls on deaf ears Director Carol Reedand Graham Greene collaborated, as they did on The Third Man, to create this exquisitely crafted, intelligent thriller, which once more demonstrates the unique spark that these two mavericks brought to British cinema. With magnificent performances from Richardson and the child actor Henrey, and evoking comparisons with, among others, Alfred Hitchcock, this classic thriller garnered Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

  • Oh! What A Lovely War - Special Collector's EditionOh! What A Lovely War - Special Collector's Edition | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms presented as the ""new attraction"" at the Brighton Amusement Pier complete with syrupy cheer-up songs shooting galleries free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead The Story focuses mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) whose five sons enlist and end up as cannon fodder Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war including: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers The final image is a veddy proper British picnic on a graveyard. Of the many fleeting satiric images parading past the camera one of the most indelible is the sight of several generals playing leapfrog as the world all around them goes to hell in a handbasket.

  • The Holly And The Ivy [DVD] [2019]The Holly And The Ivy | DVD | (02/12/2019) from £8.79   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials.

  • The Four Feathers [1939]The Four Feathers | DVD | (19/06/2007) from £4.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (100.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Far too many film versions of the The Four Feathers have been made over the years, which is especially surprising considering that this 1939 Korda brothers production is surely definitive. The film simultaneously celebrates and pokes fun at British imperialism, showing the kind of dogged stiff-upper-lippery that forged an empire, but also the blinkered attitudes and crass snobbishness of the ruling classes (and those plummy accents--did people ever really talk like that?). Whatever political subtext may or may not be read into it, though, the film is best celebrated for its magnificent vistas: partially made on location in the Sudan, as well as at the famous Denham Studios, this is British cinema from the days when it thought to rival Hollywood for sheer spectacle. Vincent Korda's production design and the glorious early colour cinematography are helped greatly by fellow Hungarian émigré Miklos Rozsa's epic score. John Clements is the notional hero, the man who is determined to show the world he is not a coward after resigning his commission (even though it would surely have saved everyone a lot of bother if he had just stuck with it) but the film is stolen by Ralph Richardson, magnificent as an officer struck blind and led to safety by Clements' Harry Faversham. The latter scenes when Richardson's Captain Durrance realises the truth and its implications are the most poignant and emotionally truthful in the film. C Aubrey Smith is delightful as the old buffer who relives his battles on the dinner table; to a modern audience, however, the "blackface" casting of John Laurie as the Khalifa strikes a discordant note. But adjusting some expectations for its vintage, this is a triumph of derring-do and far and away the most gripping version of this oft-told story on film. --Mark Walker

  • Woman Of Straw [DVD]Woman Of Straw | DVD | (06/04/2015) from £6.31   |  Saving you £6.68 (51.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Sean Connery and Gina Lollobrigida star in this 1960s drama based on the novel by Catherine Arley. When Anthony Richmond (Connery) learns of his wealthy uncle Charles (Ralph Richardson)'s ill-health, he plots a way to get his fortune after his death. Employing attractive young nurse Maria (Lollobrigida) to care for Charles in his final days Anthony encourages his uncle to fall in love with and marry Maria. As Anthony realises that he, too, is falling for Maria, a love triangle emerges and complications arise.

  • The Man In The Iron MaskThe Man In The Iron Mask | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £5.66   |  Saving you £4.33 (43.30%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Spirited away at birth for political motives Philippe (Chamberlain) is kept captive in a brutal iron mask by his twin brother King Louis XIV of France possessing no knowledge of his real identity. However the Captain of the Musketeers - D'Artagnan (Louis Jordan) and the King's Minister for Home Affairs Colbert (Sir Ralph Richardson) are determined to restore the true monarch to France and renew the throne's wilting fortunes by substituting Philippe for the King.

  • Spider [2002]Spider | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Spider is a man with a fragile grip on reality. He is released from psychiatric care into a boarding house near where he grew up and in an attempt to reconstruct his tortured past he returns to his childhood haunts.

  • Watership DownWatership Down | DVD | (29/08/2005) from £5.38   |  Saving you £8.61 (160.04%)   |  RRP £13.99

    From Richard Adams' best seller comes a beautifully realized animated adventure about a nomadic band of rabbits. Nestled among the rolling hills and peaceful meadows of England lives a community of rabbits. When their warren is threatened a small group of brave rabbits escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home. Led by the visionary Fiver the courageous Bigwig the clever Blackberry and the honerable Hazel they face daunting challenges and use their strength and

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