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  • Follow Me: The Complete Series [DVD]Follow Me: The Complete Series | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.29   |  Saving you £6.70 (51.60%)   |  RRP £12.99

    From Bob Baker and Dave Martin, veteran children's television writers whose memorable credits include Sky, the Wallace and Gromit animations, and several Doctor Who adventures (along with the creation of the Doctor's legendary robot companion, K9), this nautically themed drama chronicles the heroic efforts of a boy and his father to rescue a runaway girl from a gang of kidnappers. Executive-produced by HTV kingpin Patrick Dromgoole, Follow Me stars Ronald Fraser and Ewen Solon alongside Children of the Stones' Ian Donnelly and Katharine Levy in an exciting tale of adventure and suspense. Young Tom Dawes is enthralled by the sight of a fine schooner sailing up the Avon Gorge. But before long, both he and his father have become mixed up in the mystery of a missing girl, a half-recorded message, and sinister intruders at Bristol Docks...

  • The Railway Children [1970]/Swallows and Amazons [1974]The Railway Children | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £2.81   |  Saving you £14.44 (931.61%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The Railway Children (1970) and Swallows and Amazons (1974) are perfect bedfellows: two classic children's novels, simply and faithfully adapted for the big screen. Together they evoke a poignant nostalgia for the periods in which they are set--Edwardian and 1920s England, respectively--and for the childhood of anyone who has grown up watching them. Sentimentality reigns, of course, but it's never cloying. The truthfulness of the juvenile performances, balanced with restrained sympathy from the adults, sees to that. Flourishing under Lionel Jeffries' delicate direction, Jenny Agutter dominates The Railway Children as the oldest daughter of a family thrown on hard times when their father is wrongly sent to prison. They avert a train disaster, save an imperilled steeple chaser and reunite an exiled Russian with his wife, all with equal enterprise. Happy endings prevail after every crisis. And no number of repeat viewings can ever diminish the impact of father's return. One of the most expert tear-duct work-outs in film history, it hits the spot every time. Perhaps the lack of such a pivotal scene has kept Swallows and Amazons in the relative shade. But its gentle appeal survives with equal charm, not least in the resourcefulness of the eponymous children and the period detail. Together this pairing makes a double bill to treasure, and a piquant reminder that Disney doesn't have a complete monopoly on the rich heritage of children's cinema. On the DVD: The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons is presented in standard 4:3 picture format, from so-so prints, and with acceptable mono soundtracks. Both films envelope the viewer in a comforting Sunday-afternoon haze. There are no extras, apart from scene indexes. --Piers Ford

  • Swallows And Amazons [DVD] [2016]Swallows And Amazons | DVD | (25/07/2016) from £5.69   |  Saving you £12.30 (216.17%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The Railway Children (1970) and Swallows and Amazons (1974) are perfect bedfellows: two classic children's novels, simply and faithfully adapted for the big screen. Together they evoke a poignant nostalgia for the periods in which they are set--Edwardian and 1920s England, respectively--and for the childhood of anyone who has grown up watching them. Sentimentality reigns, of course, but it's never cloying. The truthfulness of the juvenile performances, balanced with restrained sympathy from the adults, sees to that. Flourishing under Lionel Jeffries' delicate direction, Jenny Agutter dominates The Railway Children as the oldest daughter of a family thrown on hard times when their father is wrongly sent to prison. They avert a train disaster, save an imperilled steeple chaser and reunite an exiled Russian with his wife, all with equal enterprise. Happy endings prevail after every crisis. And no number of repeat viewings can ever diminish the impact of father's return. One of the most expert tear-duct work-outs in film history, it hits the spot every time. Perhaps the lack of such a pivotal scene has kept Swallows and Amazons in the relative shade. But its gentle appeal survives with equal charm, not least in the resourcefulness of the eponymous children and the period detail. Together this pairing makes a double bill to treasure, and a piquant reminder that Disney doesn't have a complete monopoly on the rich heritage of children's cinema. On the DVD: The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons is presented in standard 4:3 picture format, from so-so prints, and with acceptable mono soundtracks. Both films envelope the viewer in a comforting Sunday-afternoon haze. There are no extras, apart from scene indexes. --Piers Ford

  • In Search Of The Castaways [1961]In Search Of The Castaways | DVD | (13/04/2004) from £2.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (401.34%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The exciting tale of two children who with the help of an eccentric professor set out in search of their shipwrecked father...

  • There Was a Crooked Man [DVD]There Was a Crooked Man | DVD | (08/05/2017) from £6.39   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Unseen for over fifty years, this exceptionally rare feature sees comedy legend Norman Wisdom at his best playing a naïve explosives expert who finds himself involved with a criminal gang after uncovering nefarious dealings by a prominent industrialist! Hailed as one of Wisdom's finest films, it was one of two features he made independently, and marked a departure from his more familiar and endlessly popular comic creation, 'the Gump'. Co-starring Alfred Marks and Susannah York, There Was a Crooked Man was directed by the BAFTA-nominated Stuart Burge. SPECIAL FEATURES: Image gallery Original promotional PDFs Booklet by Norman Wisdom expert Richard Dacre

  • Ooh... You Are Awful! [1972]Ooh... You Are Awful! | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £8.28   |  Saving you £7.70 (145.56%)   |  RRP £12.99

    ... but I like you! After cheating the Mafia out of a fortune comedy conman Dick Emery trusts his partner to stash the loot in a Swiss bank. As the number of the account is tattooed on the rear of one of his girlfriends a cheeky undercover operation begins. The bottom line is to photograph the evidence for posterity or he'll make a complete ass of himself. And Dick Emery butting in with all his other impersonations could mean another bum rap!

  • The Flight Of The Phoenix [1965]The Flight Of The Phoenix | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In a gripping tale of courage resourcefulness and determination the consequences of a plane crash strip bare the morals of the survivors. The pilot of the doomed aircraft Frank Towns (James Stewart) is an aviator of the old school used to seat-of-the-pants flying distrustful of new technology. With his navigator Lew Moran (Richard Attenborough) he is piloting a cargo-cum-passenger plane high above the Arabian desert when a powerful sandstorm rises from below. Trusting his instincts Frank decides to fly through and above the storm; a risky move which leads to the starboard engine overheating and catching fire shortly followed by the demise of the port engine. Without power the plane begins a long dive towards the ground a sequence memorably intercut with the opening credits before impacting messily. Staggering from the wreckage the living find themselves deep within the Arabian desert far off their original flight plan and with little hope of rescue. Two of their number were killed instantly while a third (a young oil-worker) has been gravely wounded - right from this beginning the crosses of the dead loom over those left alive. Frank blames himself bitterly for this tragedy (correctly so from an objective perspective) but still tries to exert some authority over the rabble and provide reassurance. Since they have enough water for about ten days according to Dr.Renaud (Christian Marquand) and plenty of dates as food Frank and Lew spin the yarn that they will surely be found by search aircraft. Meanwhile a pecking order emerges among the men (a mix of oil-workers soldiers technical personnel and the aircrew) with the more learned/respected exerting control over the manual workers. As time passes the situation becomes increasingly bleak and Captain Harris (Peter Finch) decides to march to the nearest oasis with Sgt.Watson (Ronald Fraser) who is less than keen on the idea. In fact Sgt.Watson manages to fake a sprained ankle just to get out of the desert trip (a move symptomatic of his hatred of the military) and his superior leaves with another passenger. Unfortunately another survivor Trucker Cobb (Ernest Borgnine) is so deranged that he staggers after the departed pair. Frank is still so wracked with guilt that he goes after Cobb risking his own life in the brutal midday heat and fails once again in his task. Just when the situation looks irretrievably lost Heinrich Dorfmann (Hardy Kruger) comes up with an audacious idea - why not build a smaller plane from the debris of the first? Initially he is ridiculed both for being German and for having such a crackpot scheme but attitudes change slightly when he reveals that he is actually an aircraft designer. Once again there is hope no matter how slim that they won't become vulture food - just as long as the struggle for control between Frank and Heinrich doesn't destroy the entire enterprise...

  • Crooks In Cloisters [DVD]Crooks In Cloisters | DVD | (09/07/2012) from £5.85   |  Saving you £10.14 (173.33%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Crooks In Cloisters is a 1964 British comedy starring Bernard Cribbins and Barbara Windsor. A gang of hardboiled rogues exchange their London gear for the brown robes of a religious order. Make no mistake, they are no undergoing a change of heart, just hiding out until the heat cools off a little and they can return to their criminal activities in the big smoke!

  • Classic Children's Films - Swallows and Amazons/The Railway ChildrenClassic Children's Films - Swallows and Amazons/The Railway Children | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £9.79   |  Saving you £8.20 (45.60%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The Railway Children: Three Edwardian children travel with their mother to live by a railway in Yorkshire when their father is wrongly imprisoned as a spy. Based on the novel by Edith Nesbit. (Dir. Lionel Jeffries 1971) Swallows And Amazons: Six young children experience a holiday in the Lake District during the peaceful summer of 1929.... Based on the novel by Arthur Ransome. (Dir. Claude Whatham 1974)

  • Come Play With Me Digitally Remastered Special Edition DVD 1977Come Play With Me Digitally Remastered Special Edition DVD 1977 | DVD | (26/04/2010) from £8.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (66.74%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The first ever DVD release of THE DEFINITIVE 70's sex comedy starring Mary Millington Come Play With Me follows the saucy exploits of a bunch of nubile girls who start up a health farm that unbeknownst to them is harbouring master money forgers.

  • The Pot Carriers [Blu-ray]The Pot Carriers | Blu Ray | (26/04/2021) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Ronald Fraser reprises his role as a petty career criminal in the big-screen remake of ITV's 1960 hit comedy-drama Play of the Week. An authentic and original look at life behind bars, The Pot Carriers also stars Paul Massie as a first-time prisoner, Carole Lesley as the girl he left outside and Dennis Price in a memorable turn as the charming-but-unprincipled Smooth-Tongue Bertie. It is featured here as a High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. James Rainbow is sentenced to twelve months for GBH. Assigned to prison kitchen duties, he is taken under the wing of several old lags led by Redband and becomes involved in some of their fiddles. Redband, however, is due to be released soon and wants to pull one really big fiddle before he goes! Special Features: Theatrical trailer Image gallery Those British Faces: Dennis Price

  • Rentadick [DVD]Rentadick | DVD | (05/07/2021) from £11.09   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    James Booth, Richard Briers, Julie Ege, Ronald Fraser, Originally scripted by comedy legends John Cleese and Graham Chapman, this hilarious farce was the first of only two main features from cult director (and Oscar-winning editor) Jim Clark. Starring James Booth, Richard Briers and Richard Beckinsale as three hapless private investigators, Rentadick is featured here as a brand-new remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Armitage, a rich scientist, has problems. Not only is his luscious wife being pursued (and caught) by all and sundry, but his laboratory is under threat of industrial espionage. He engages private detectives to protect both his business and his wife, but the service he receives is certainly not what he was expecting! Special Features: Fullscreen, as-filmed pre-release version Theatrical trailer Brand-new 2021 interview with Veronica Clifford Image gallery Limited edition booklet written by Adrian Smith

  • Victim Five [DVD]Victim Five | DVD | (12/08/2013) from £3.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (150.38%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Former Tarzan Lex Barker, Walter Rilla and Ronald Fraser star in a mid-sixties British thriller that takes full advantage of its spectacular South African setting, showcasing sumptuous imagery from cinematographer Nicolas Roeg. Blending breathtaking scenery, action and romance, Victim Five is available here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Victim Five was released under at least two additional titles - Table Bay and Code 7 Victim 5! - and this new transfer of the main ...

  • Spooner's Patch - The Complete Series [DVD]Spooner's Patch - The Complete Series | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £47.23   |  Saving you £-12.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £34.99

    Ray Galton and Johnny Speight, two of Britain's most successful comedy writers, teamed up to create this Top 20-rated, wryly comic look at daily life in a suburban police station where corruption is rife and unenlightened attitudes abound. Lasting three series and paying homage to the immortal Will Hay, Spooner's Patch stars Ronald Fraser (in series one only) and Donald Churchill as the eponymous police inspector, alongside sitcom stalwarts Norman Rossington, Peter Cleall and Patricia Hayes...

  • The Killing Of Sister George [1968]The Killing Of Sister George | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Sister George" within The Killing of Sister George is Britain's best-loved soap opera character, played by actress June Buckeridge (Beryl Reid). Buckeridge has become so identified with her character--a sweet old Miss Marple-ish nurse who putters around her quaint little village on a motor scooter--even her friends call her George. But outside the studio she's a hard-drinking, hot-tempered, foul-mouthed lesbian living with an immature young thing she's nicknamed "Childie" (Susannah York, who makes her memorable entrance in a sheer baby-doll nightie). At her worst Sister George is an abusive monster (in a moment of rage she forces Childie to eat the butt of her cigar) but beneath the bluster is an insecure television actress. When the studio decides to kill her character off and an executive makes a play for Childie, the soap star desperately clings to her young lover. Director Robert Aldrich, best known for his tough action films and gothic thrillers, brings his fierce vision of human nature to Frank Marcus's play . In its best moments the film simmers in angry suspicion and helpless frustration, brought to life by Reid's vivacious performance but other scenes are overlong and stage-bound and would have benefited greatly from judicious trimming and tightening. The caricatured portrayals of lesbian life have aged rather poorly--an inevitable sign of the times--but this acidic show-biz drama still carries a hefty emotional punch. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • Swallows And Amazons [DVD]Swallows And Amazons | DVD | (04/08/2014) from £9.98   |  Saving you £11.00 (157.37%)   |  RRP £17.99

    SWALLOWS & AMAZONS was the first novel in Arthur Ransome's much-loved series following the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow. In this film of the first installment, Roger, Titty, Susan and John are taken on holiday by their mother to the Norfolk Broads, where they are allowed to sail their boat to a nearby island and set up camp. However they soon discover another boat: the Amazon, manned by potential rivals for dominion of the island. Evoking an England and way of li.

  • The Bass Player And The Blonde [DVD]The Bass Player And The Blonde | DVD | (03/09/2012) from £25.63   |  Saving you £-5.64 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Edward Woodward and Jane Wymark star in a light-hearted drama tracing the unlikely romance between two seemingly mismatched runaways. The bass player is George Mangham, a world-weary, out-of-work jazz musician. The blonde is Terry, a beautiful, wealthy and decidedly determined young woman who fancies herself as a singer. He is twice her age and penniless - but she is in love with him. Having whisked Terry from under the nose of her bridegroom on her wedding day, Mangham flees with her in his battered Mini, and the unconventional couple begin their uphill struggle for acceptance amid see-sawing fortunes and the interventions of Terry's furious father, Charlie. Released for the first time, this set brings together the ITV Playhouse pilot of 1977 - scripted by Roy Clarke (Last of the Summer Wine) - and the highly popular three-part series screened the following year, co-written by Ian Lindsay and Phil Redmond. With a combined cast featuring Ronald Fraser, George Sewell, Sam Kydd, Jeremy Sinden, Alfie Bass, Stanley Lebor and Barry Linehan, The Bass Player and the Blonde is directed by Dennis Vance (Special Branch) and features music specially composed by Jack Parnell. Episodes Rondo Allegro Andante

  • Swallows And Amazons [Blu-ray]Swallows And Amazons | Blu Ray | (04/08/2014) from £10.98   |  Saving you £15.00 (187.74%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Swallows and Amazons was the first novel in Arthur Ransome's much-loved series following the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow. In this film of the first instalment Roger Titty Susan and John are taken on holiday by their mother to the Norfolk Broads where they are allowed to sail their boat to a nearby island and set up camp. However they soon discover another boat: the Amazon manned by potential rivals for dominion of the island. Evoking an England and way of life long forgotten Swallows and Amazons turns an enduring model of idyllic and innocent childhood into a lyrical and beautifully realized film. Special Features: Interviews with Sophie Neville Suzanna Hamilton and Virginia McKenna Locations Featurette Behind the Scenes Footage with Commentary from sophie neville Stills Gallery Trailer

  • Too Late The Hero [1969]Too Late The Hero | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £8.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Set on a Pacific island in 1942, Too Late the Hero is a hard-as-nails "men on a mission" war movie: a group of British soldiers have to traverse the New Hebrides to destroy a Japanese radio transmitter, then get back to safety while being hunted all the way. Inevitably everything goes wrong, but director Robert (The Dirty Dozen) Aldrich turns the book of WWII movie clichés on its head and springs some unnerving surprises. Even the token American star, Cliff Robertson--echoing William Holden's grafted-on role in The Bridge on the River Kwai--proves less than obviously heroic, while an outstanding Michael Caine brings considerable depth to his usual cynical cockney. Henry Fonda gets heavily billed for a brief guest appearance, but there are star performances such fine British character actors as Denholm Elliot, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser and Lance Percival. This portrait of battle-worn men offers greater complexity than Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, while the jungle trek was more recently paralleled in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. Only the attitudes--more 1970 than 1942--detract from Aldrich's tellingly realistic vision, which with a thoughtfully ironic script and a succession of tense set pieces and brutal firefights, builds to a harrowing climax. On the DVD: The picture is presented at approximately 1.7:1, reformatted from the original 2.2:1 70mm theatrical presentation. Despite approximately 25 per cent of the original image being missing, this loss is only really noticeable in a few scenes. Apart from the occasional fleck, the print is in superb condition, and despite the lack of anamorphic enhancement the picture is sharp, detailed and has excellent colour. The surround sound (not mono as listed on the packaging) is highly effective, with the tension being increased by a considerable amount of the music coming from the rear speakers. The special features are simply a few static pages of biographical and production notes. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • The Beauty Jungle [DVD]The Beauty Jungle | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    1960s British comedy drama in which a young woman finds a new career as a beauty queen. Attractive typist Shirley Freeman (Janette Scott) is encouraged by newspaper man Don Mackenzie (Ian Hendry) to enter a beauty pageant while on vacation. After winning she decides to quit her job and become a full-time contestant, proving to be very successful. However, her success won't last forever...

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