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  • Cathy Come Home [DVD]Cathy Come Home | DVD | (05/09/2011) from £5.99   |  Saving you £0.01 (0.17%)   |  RRP £6.00

    Controversial moving and brilliantly acted this film directed by Ken Loach is arguably the most influential television drama ever broadcast. Watched by 12 million people - a quarter of the British population at the time - on its first broadcast on 16 November 1966 Cathy Come Home was a defining moment in British television history. It provoked major public and political discussion and challenged the accepted conventions of television drama. The film tells the story of Cathy and Reg a couple with three young children who find their life spiralling into poverty when Reg loses his well-paid job. Gripping and emotional it remains a truly ground-breaking piece of dramatic fiction engaging viewers with social issues such as homelessness unemployment and the rights of mothers to keep their own children. Utilising documentary-style filming on location the film consolidated director Ken Loach's reputation for hard-hitting social realism.

  • In A Lonely Place [1950]In A Lonely Place | DVD | (27/01/2003) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    One of the classics of the noir psychological thriller, In a Lonely Place is one of Humphrey Bogart's finest performances. He is almost unbearably intense as Dixon Steele, a screenwriter with high standards and a nasty temper who finds himself under suspicion when Mildred, a hat-check girl he knows, is found murdered. Immediately he gets an alibi from a neighbour, Laurel, and equally quickly, he recognises that this is a woman who meets his standards: the question is, as suspicion of his involvement in Mildred's death continues, can he make himself meet hers? This is a wonderful study in trust and suspicion and the limits of love; Bogart's performance is impressive simply because he is prepared to go well over the limits of our sympathy in the name of emotional truth. The scene where he explains imaginatively to a cop and his wife how the murder might have happened is a spine-chilling, creepy portrait of amoral artistic brilliance. Gloria Grahame is equally fine as the woman who lets herself love him, for a while. On the DVD: In a Lonely Place comes with an excellent documentary in which Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential) explains the importance of the film to him and discusses its place in the work of Bogart and the director Nicholas Ray; there is also a quick interesting documentary about the restoration and digitisation of classic films. The film is presented with a visual aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and with restored Dolby Surround sound that does full justice to the film's snappy dialogue and the moody George Antheil score. --Roz Kaveney

  • Anatomy Of A Murder [1959]Anatomy Of A Murder | DVD | (20/08/2001) from £3.00   |  Saving you £16.99 (566.33%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger's 1959 film of the novel by Robert Traver (a pen name for a Michigan Supreme Court Justice), was controversial in its day for making frank on-screen use of then-unheard words such as "panties", "rape" and "spermatogenesis"--and it remains a trenchant, bitter, tough, witty dissection of the American legal system. With its striking Saul Bass title design and jazzy Duke Ellington score, Anatomy of a Murder takes a sophisticated approach unusual for a Hollywood film of its vintage. Most radically, it refuses to show the murder or any of the private scenes recounted in court, leaving it up to us to decide along with the jury whether the grumpy and unconcerned Lieutenant Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara) was or was not subject to an "irresistible impulse" tantamount to insanity when he shot dead Barney Quill, the bear-like bar owner alleged to have raped Manion's teasing trailer-trash wife Laura (Lee Remick in unfeasibly tight trousers). James Stewart plays Paul "Polly" Biegler a former District Attorney keen to get back into court to clash with the political dullard who replaced him in office. Biegler is supported by the skills of his snide secretary (Eve Arden) and boozy-but-brilliant research partner (Arthur O'Connell). For the prosecution, the befuddled local DA hauls in Dancer (George C Scott), a prissy legal eagle from the local big city whose sharp-suited, sly elegance makes an interesting clash with Biegler's "aw-shucks" jimmy-stewartian conniving. This is simply the best trial movie ever made, with a real understanding of the way lawyers have to be not only great actors but stars, assuming personalities that exaggerate their inner selves and weighing every outburst and objection for the effect it has on the poor saps in the jury box. On the DVD: The print is letterboxed to 1.85:1, but it's a bit of a cheat since that seems to involve trimming the top and bottom of the image (losing the steps under and the clouds above the Columbia lady in the opening titles), though the film isn't seriously hurt by a tighter look at the action. Also included are: an Ellington-scored photo montage, soundtracks in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish with subtitles in ten languages, filmographies for director and principal cast, original advertising (highlighting Saul Bass' poster designs, a trailer and more trailers for more Columbia Jimmy Stewart or courtroom films. --Kim Newman

  • Mr. Benn Complete Series: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [2021]Mr. Benn Complete Series: 50th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (08/02/2021) from £11.69   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Mr Benn is the ordinary, bowler-hatted office worker who lives in the ordinary suburban street of Festive Road. However, when he tries on a costume in a mysterious costume shop, he steps out of the changing room into a different time and place, appropriate to his apparel. His adventures include him being an astronaut, a pirate and a Native American.

  • Mr Benn - The Complete SeriesMr Benn - The Complete Series | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £17.26   |  Saving you £5.72 (40.08%)   |  RRP £19.99

    As if by magic the shopkeeper appeared! Mr Benn sets out on some amazing adventures. A balloonist a cowboy a wizard and a spaceman - an ordinary man can become all of these things when he visits the magic costume shop.... Episodes from the cult classic children's animation that have enthralled generations; all 14 original episodes are now available on DVD for the first time ever!

  • Big Deal - Series 1Big Deal - Series 1 | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £33.73   |  Saving you £-8.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Life's a gamble. Robbie Box is one of life's good guys. Except that his gambling addiction threatens everything. In the lowlife circuit of pubs bookies and smoky gambling dens he rides a rollercoaster from bankruptcy to wealth and back again but when it jeopardises his relationship with his long-suffering family Robbie is determined to give it all up. Until the next big game all-night poker session or race meeting...

  • The KNACK .and how to get it (DVD + Blu-ray)The KNACK .and how to get it (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (18/06/2018) from £8.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    From the director of the Beatles A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) comes this inventive and hilarious romp through love and sex in 1960s London. Featuring a wildly frenetic filmmaking style that careers from slapstick to serious avant-garde, this genuinely dazzling film is a mod masterpiece. Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanising - with a long line of conquests to prove it while the naïve and awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl (Rita Tushingham), it's not long before the self-assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war, or can Colin get the knack and beat Tolen at his own game? Special features Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition Captain Busby the Even Tenour of Her Ways (1967, 16 mins): Ann Wolff's surreal riff on Philip O'Connor's poem, featuring Quentin Crisp Now and Then: Dick Lester (1967, 17 mins): Bernard Braden's wide-ranging interview with the director Rita Tushingham Remembers THE KNACK... and how to get it (2018, 11 mins): newly shot interview with the actress Staging THE KNACK...and how to get it (2018, 2 mins): interview with the director of the first stage version of The Knack British Cinema in the 1960s: Richard Lester in Conversation (2018, 59 mins): the director discusses his career with Neil Sinyard Illustrated booklet with writing by Neil Sinyard and Melanie Williams, plus full film credits

  • Play it Cool [DVD]Play it Cool | DVD | (10/02/2014) from £6.39   |  Saving you £3.60 (56.34%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Featuring the big-screen debut of Liverpudlian pop idol Billy Fury - 'Britain's Elvis Presley' - this charming, pre-Beatles-era musical feature was among Michael Winner's earliest films. A 1962 box-office hit spawning a Top-Ten single and EP, Play It Cool features cameos from some of the most recognisable stars of the Sixties and beyond, with Bobby Vee, Helen Shapiro and Shane Fenton (aka Alvin Stardust) among the artistes encountered by Fury and his fictional band. The film is present...

  • Some People [DVD]Some People | DVD | (20/05/2013) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A lively musical tale of teen rebellion Some People stars BAFTA winner Kenneth More alongside a group of young actors on the cusp of bursting onto the Swinging London film scene. Ray Brooks Annika (Anneke) Wills and David Hemmings play the young bored rebels living for kicks in this key British film from the early 1960s. Some People is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Young and bored Johnnie Bill and Bert are teenaged tearaways whose only interests are motorbikes and rock music. When they are banned from riding and fined heavily they become convinced that society has no use for them. But a choirmaster finds them playing rock on a church organ and for some of them at least there seems to be a way out of a no-hope situation... SPECIAL FEATURES [] Full-frame 4:3 as-filmed version of main feature [] Original theatrical trailer [] Image gallery [] Press book PDF

  • Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. [DVD]Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. | DVD | (27/05/2013) from £9.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.06%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 directed by Gordon Flemyng now fully restored and starring Peter Cushing in his return to the big screen as British TV's most iconic sci-fi hero Doctor Who. The earth of 2150 AD is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet crumbling at the edge of civilisation slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet earth now belongs The Daleks a destructive army of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves. Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. But there's only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extra terrestrial enemies and take back control of planet earth. A man of mystery a man of time and space a man known only as... The Doctor. Special Features: Restoring Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 AD Interview with Actor Bernard Cribbins Interview with Author Gareth Owen Stills Gallery Trailer

  • Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. [Blu-ray]Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. | Blu Ray | (27/05/2013) from £16.25   |  Saving you £3.74 (23.02%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 directed by Gordon Flemyng now fully restored and starring Peter Cushing in his return to the big screen as British TV's most iconic sci-fi hero Doctor Who. The earth of 2150 AD is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet crumbling at the edge of civilisation slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet earth now belongs The Daleks a destructive army of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves. Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. But there's only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extra terrestrial enemies and take back control of planet earth. A man of mystery a man of time and space a man known only as... The Doctor. Special Features: Restoring Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 AD Interview with Actor Bernard Cribbins Interview with Author Gareth Owen Stills Gallery Trailer

  • House of Whipcord (Blu-ray)House of Whipcord (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014) from £14.09   |  Saving you £7.90 (56.07%)   |  RRP £21.99

    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.

  • Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased): The Complete Series [Blu-ray]Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased): The Complete Series | Blu Ray | (02/10/2017) from £26.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The twist of private-eye show Randall & Hopkirk Deceased is that in the first episode, gumshoe Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed off by the villains, only to pop up in an immaculate white suit as a ghost visible only to his hardboiled partner Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt). In theory, the supernatural streak--which meant a complex set of rules about Marty's appearances and effects on the physical world--should lead the show into wilder territory, but most episodes squander the team's unique abilities on ordinary cases about blackmail and murder-for-profit. A persistent subplot has the living Jeff getting cosy with the dead Marty's widow Jean (Annette Andre) to the discomfort of her late husband. The elementary effects and the nice underplaying of the leads have a certain period charm, and the show could afford a high calibre of special guest villains and dolly birds. A 1990s remake with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hasn't obliterated memories of the original. --Kim Newman

  • H.M.S. Defiant [1962]H.M.S. Defiant | DVD | (18/03/2002) from £5.38   |  Saving you £14.61 (271.56%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Set in 1797 at the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, HMS Defiant is an enthralling British naval drama made to capitalise upon MGM's epic remake of Mutiny on the Bounty, also released in 1962. Based on the novel Mutiny by Frank Tilsey and starring Alex Guinness as a fair-minded captain locked in psychological conflict with Dirk Bogarde, his manipulative, coldly malicious first officer, the parallels with the famous true story are clear. However there were many naval mutinies at this period and this large-scale saga, which includes some spectacularly staged widescreen naval battles, offers a realistic depiction of life in the British navy at the time--from the press gangs and floggings, to the appalling food and living conditions. Director Lewis Gilbert--who previously helmed Sink the Bismarck! (1960)--strikes a good balance between the personal drama and sweeping maritime adventure. Guinness successfully varies his firm-but-fair officer from The Bridge on the River Kwai, Bogarde is chillingly hateful and Anthony Quayle gives strong support. ITV's recent Hornblower cumulatively offers a more detailed portrait of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars, though the TV series cannot match the visual scale of this big-screen production. On the DVD: HMS Defiant is presented anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, though a little of the original CinemaScope frame is still cropped at the sides. The image is generally very good, though a handful of scenes near the end show considerable print damage and there is an inconstancy of colour grading between some shots. Grain is variable, but not generally a problem, though some unattractive "ringing" from edge enhancement is noticeable, particularly around Alex Guinness when he stands against a bright sky. The sound is in very clear mono with just occasional distortion on the music score. The disc offers the option of watching with dubbed French, German, Italian or Spanish soundtracks. The original trailer is included--under the American title of Damn the Defiant!--as are trailers for three other classic war films. The only other extra features are a small gallery of original publicity materials and three very basic filmographies. --Gary S Dalkin

  • House of Whipcord (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]House of Whipcord (Digitally Remastered) | DVD | (26/05/2014) from £11.05   |  Saving you £3.94 (35.66%)   |  RRP £14.99

    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.

  • The Knack And How To Get It [1965]The Knack And How To Get It | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (41.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Cool and sophisticated Tolen has a monopoly on womanising - with a long line of conquests to prove it - while the naive and awkward Colin desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl it's not long before the self assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war or can Colin get the knack and beat Tolen at his own game?

  • Captured [Blu-ray]Captured | Blu Ray | (15/04/2013) from £7.79   |  Saving you £12.20 (156.61%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Never commercially released before and previously only shown to a highly restricted audience of top military brass from the Ministry of Defence, Captured (1959) is a stunning Prisoner of War drama and a lost gem of British post-war filmmaking. Directed by cult British director John Krish, the film was sponsored by the Army Cinematograph Corporation. This tightly plotted drama shows British POWs enduring brainwashing and torture during the Korean War, thereby revealing what a soldier could expect if he was ever captured by enemy forces. The latest release in the BFI's acclaimed Flipside strand, Captured is accompanied by other rarities from John Krish H.M.P. (a 1978 fly-on-the-wall documentary about the Prison service) and Krish's celebrated 1977 public safety short Finishing Line. All of these films have been transferred to HD by the BFI from the very best available film materials. Special Features: Interview with John Krish Fully illustrated booklet

  • The Flesh And Blood Show [1972]The Flesh And Blood Show | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Pete Walker directed horror with Robin Askwith.

  • Invisible Mom II [2007]Invisible Mom II | DVD | (30/05/2007) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £3.99

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  • Alice's Adventures In WonderlandAlice's Adventures In Wonderland | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £16.99

    A young Fiona Fullerton heads an all-star British cast in this double BAFTA-winning musical comedy; widely regarded as the most lavish and faithful adaptations of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy novel. Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels this extravagant British spectacle which brings to life Sir Tenniel's famous illustrations with a bewitching score from James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA-winning cinematography by Geoffrey unsworth (2001: A Sp

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