Having proven itself as a favourite film of children around the world, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is every bit as entertaining now as it was when originally released in 1971. There's a timeless appeal to Roald Dahl's classic children's novel, which was playfully preserved in this charming musical, from the colourful carnival-like splendour of its production design to the infectious melody of the "Oompah-Loompah" songs that punctuate the story. Who can forget those diminutive Oompah-loompah workers who recite rhyming parental warnings ("Oompah-loompah, doopity do...") whenever some mischievous child has disobeyed Willy Wonka's orders to remain orderly? Oh, but we're getting ahead of ourselves ... it's really the story of the impoverished Charlie Bucket, who, along with four other kids and their parental guests, wins a coveted golden ticket to enter the fantastic realm of Wonka's mysterious confectionery. After the other kids have proven themselves to be irresponsible brats, it's Charlie who impresses Wonka and wins a reward beyond his wildest dreams. But before that, the tour of Wonka's factory provides a dazzling parade of delights, and with Gene Wilder giving a brilliant performance as the eccentric candyman, Wonka gains an edge of menace and madness that nicely counterbalances the movie's sentimental sweetness. It's that willingness to risk a darker tone--to show that even a wonderland like Wonka's can be a weird and dangerous place if you're a bad kid--that makes this an enduring family classic. --Jeff Shannon
If your kitchen should need repainting or your bathroom require renovation, you certainly wouldn't want to hire a highly dubious firm of contractors going by the name of Joe Jones Limited. Geyser, Wobbly Ron and Eric work for Joe because no-one else will employ them. And Joe has to employ Geyser, Wobbly Ron and Eric because no-one else will work for him...Oscar-winning scriptwriter and actor Colin Welland is aptly named plumber Geyser, David Kelly (Robin s Nest) is his terminally confused co-worker, and Roy Kinnear is the boss entirely unburdened by a conscience in this wickedly funny early '80s sitcom penned by Surgical Spirit creator Peter Learmouth. Series Two sees the hapless builders tackling cash flow problems, dodging the tax man, attempting to re-point a vertiginously placed 'curved wall', and causing mayhem in an operating theatre...
The Agatha Christie Hour is a collection of ten dramas based on short stories by the most popular novelist in history. Featuring a heady mix of romance, the supernatural and thrilling adventure, the episodes all showcase Christie's unrivalled flair for the dramatic. With guest stars including John Nettles, Roy Kinnear, Amanda Redman, Rupert Everett and Cherie Lunghi, the episodes in this set are: Features: Magnolia Blossom The Case of the Discontented Soldier The Girl in the Train The Fourth Man Jane in Search of a Job The Manhood of Edward Robinson The Case of the Middle-aged Wife In a Glass Darkly The Mystery of the Blue Jar The Red Signal
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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Rediscover the magic of Roald Dahl's family classic about the legendary Candy Man, Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). This dazzling musical, filled with incredible chocolate waterfalls, Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, never fails to enchant both young and old. Special Features Delectable Documentary Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mouth-Watering Commentary with the Wonka Kids 4 Scrumptious Sing-Along Songs Tasty Vintage Featurette Theatrical Trailer
Join Superted and Spotty as they try to thwart the dastardly plans of Texas Pete in this classic 80's childrens series.
Sgt. Cannon and PC Ball 'run' the police station in the sleepy town of Little Botham. When the station is threatened with closure due to the lack of crime they decide to invent some crimes to justify their positions. In response they try to steal a painting from a local businessman (Kinnear) and accidentally stumble across a gang of real art thieves who have just stolen one million pounds worth of paintings. It is up to the two inept cops to stop them escaping with their haul!
Intergalactic adventure with an interplanetary resistance group battling for survival against a totalitarian super-power. Roaming a universe of boundless space and restrictive discipline freedom-fighter Blake with the crew of spaceship Liberator is locked in combat with the all-powerful forces of the Federation. This DVD release features all 13 episodes from the final series of Blake's 7. Episodes Comprise: 1. Rescue 2. Power 3. Traitor 4. Stardrive 5. Anima
Based on John le CarrÃ©'s first novel, Call for the Dead (which introduced spymaster George Smiley), The Deadly Affair sees an ageing British secret agent (James Mason) set out to uncover the truth behind a government employee's apparent suicide. Eschewing the glamour of the era's Bond thrillers, Lumet's chilling and intelligent take on the spy drama presents a palpable and darkly sinister picture of Cold War intrigue. The exemplary cast also includes Maximilian Schell, Harriet Andersson, Harry Andrews, Roy Kinnear and Lynn Redgrave. Extras High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Michael Brooke and Johnny Mains The National Film Theatre Lecture with James Mason (1967, 48 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Leslie Hardcastle The Guardian Lecture with Sidney Lumet (1983, 89 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Derek Malcolm at the National Film Theatre, London A Different Kind of Spy: Paul Dehn's Deadly Affair (2017, 17 mins): writer David Kipen discusses the life and work of screenwriter Paul Dehn Take One and Move On (2017, 5 mins): camera operator Brian West on The Deadly Affair Lumet's London (2017, 4 mins): the London locations of The Deadly Affair explored Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Taste the Blood of Dracula is one of the best of Christopher Lee's Dracula series for Hammer. A group of businessmen who, out of sight of their families, like nothing more than to frequent brothels and generally behave in sensation-seeking ways, are persuaded by Dracula's servant (a splendidly manic Ralph Bates) that summoning up the orthodontically-challenged aristocrat would be the ultimate thrill. They warily agree, purchasing relics for the necessary ritual from a shifty dealer (Roy Kinnear--who else?), but panic halfway through the proceedings and decide to kick their initiator to death instead. Unfortunately, it's too late, and Dracula materialises as they make good their escape, swearing to avenge the murder of his servant. While the subsequent descent into paranoia by the three villains-Dracula himself hardly counts in comparison with this odious bunch--isn't exactly the stuff of Rosemary's Baby, it still infuses the plot with an element of psychodrama that is unusual for a Hammer fang-fest. There are strong performances pretty much all round, but Peter "Clegg" Sallis quakes exceptionally nicely as one of the trio of miscreants. The sets, props and costumes are of an unusually high order, too. --Roger Thomas
Hapless British commander Lieutenant Goodbody (Michael Crawford) enthusiastically leads his troops on a series of debacles on the battlefields of World War Two - including the calamitous installation of a cricket pitch behind enemy lines... Featuring John Lennon in his only non-musical screen performance, How I Won the War is a biting satire not just on war, but also the concept of the war movie. A surreal farce fantastically brought to life by Richard Lester's stylised direction, it remains a unique and innovative cult comedy, which is presented here on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Special Features: Original theatrical trailer **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits
What could be better than The Three Musketeers? D'Artagnan (Michael York) has become a Musketeer. Protestants hold La Rochelle and the Queen loves Buckingham who'll soon send ships to support the rebels. Richelieu enlists Rochefort (Christopher Lee) to kidnap Constance (Raquel Welch) the Queen's go-between and D'Artagnan's love. The Cardinal (Charlton Heston) uses the wily amoral Milady de Winter (Faye Dunaway) to distract D'Artagnan. But soon she is D'Artagnan's sworn e
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
When a man from outer space gives a teddy bear special powers he becomes SuperTed! Now he fights aginst Texas Pete Bulk and Skeleton in eight of the best adventures from the fondly remembered animated series.
British intelligence officer is sent to investigate an anonymous letter sent to the foreign secretary accusing a key officer of communist affiliation. When the officer commits suicide the investigator suspects murder and presses his inquiry. The culprit is finally exposed in a surprise climax.
Lieutenant Goodbody (Crawford) has absolutely no idea how to lead his British regiment in the North African battlefield of WWII. But what he lacks in experience he makes up for in enthusiasm. And when he's ordered to build a cricket playing field 100 miles behind enemy lines he's determined to succeed even if this means most of his men are killed in the process. Abandoned by his superiors betrayed by his inferiors and finally captured by Nazis it's going to take more than his unre
Herbie the VW with a heart adds some international flair to his lovable personality! Upon entering a Paris-to-Monte Carlo road race Herbie falls hood over wheels in love when he encounters a sleek sporty light-blue Lancia. Also vying for Herbie's attention is a gang of jewel thieves - who've ingeniously hidden a stolen gem in Herbie's gas tank! Thus begins a madcap chase across the French countryside that only The Love Bug could create!
Sparrows Can't Sing, directed by Joan Littlewood and starring Barbara Windsor (Carry on Camping) in her BAFTA nominated role as Maggie, is a 1963 kitchen sink classic filmed in the East End of London. There's panic in Stepney; from the stalls in the street to the bar of the Red Lion the word goes out: tearaway Charlie Gooding (James Booth, Zulu) is back from two years at sea, and on the way home to his old stamping ground. The trouble is that Charlie isn't up to date with the news. Bonus Features: INTERVIEW WITH PETER RANKIN (JOAN LITTLEWOOD BIOGRAPHER) LOCATIONS FEATURETTE WITH RICHARD DACRE (FILM HISTORIAN) STILLS GALLERY INTERVIEW WITH MURRAY MELVIN BFI Q&A WITH BARBARA WINDSOR & MURRAY MELVIN TRAILER
The young D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men Athos (Oliver Reed) Porthos (Frank Finlay) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain) each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out that they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston) who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle
After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities stolen documents secret codes... and exposed backsides. Featuring an outrageous ensemble cast including Madeline Kahn as the seductive singer Marty Feldman as the bug-eyed assistant and Dom DeLuise as the eccentric opera star-turned-blackmailer this fun-filled caper packs a slew of clues and loads of laughs!
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