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but these are merely odds and sods that cannot save Soft Beds, Hard Battles from being little more than a woefully outdated curio.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
Mixing music, dance, fantasy and drama, this multiple-BAFTA-winning series broke new ground in charting the ups and downs of a fictional female rock trio trying to make their way in a male-orientated industry. Penned by emigre New Yorker Howard Schuman, Rock Follies brought the style of 1930s American musicals and a touch of Weimar decadence to the Seventies rock scene, casting a satirical eye on an often sordid world where burned-out Sixties idealism has given way to a commercialism that often crosses the line into exploitation. Making stars of Julie Covington, Rula Lenska and Charlotte Cornwell and featuring original music by Roxy Music's Andy McKay this fantastically popular series has only been previously available commercially in an edited format. This release includes all twelve episodes complete and uncut. SPECIAL FEATURES: Interviews with Howard Schuman and Andy Mackay
Rock Follies - Series 1 And 2
Faking it has never been so good! In this hilariously charming crime caper set in the eccentric London art world Nick Edwards owes 50 000 to the super-smooth yet brutal crime-lord Foster Wright and has four days to find the cash. Nick knows nothing about working a heist of that size but when he stumbles across a lost sketch by the legendary Italian artist Antonio Fraccini he believes he's in the clear. The problem is it's only worth 15 grand! With the help of the eter
A totally original - and at the time extremely daring - blend of music drama comedy satire fantasy and dance Rock Follies owes as much to the American musicals of the thirties and forties as it does to glam rock and women's lib. A huge success both critically and commercially it won a BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series and spawned a Number One album. First transmitted in 1976 this release features all 6 episodes that made up the first series of Rock Follies.
This drama is based on the best-selling novel by Agatha Christie and starring Sir John Gielgud (Summer's Lease) Rula Lenska (Footballers Wives TV) Terence Alexander (Bergerac) Cheryl Campbell (William and Mary) and Christopher Scoular (A Dorothy L Sayers Mystery: Strong Poison). This stylish thriller is set in the midst of a high society weekend party. All appears to be going swimmingly until one of the guests fails to appear for breakfast and is later found dead. Broadcast at peak time on ITV in 1981 this is available for the first time on DVD in the UK.
The story of a Czech refugee in Thanet is told from three different perspectives.
Starring: John Inman, Rula Lenska and Miriam Mergolyes A Classic 1980S situation comedy, available for the first time on DVD. From the same production team who brought us On The Buses & The Rag Trade All 6 episodes on one DVD In a classic role reversal Inman (Mr Jones) plays PA and secretary to Joan Warner (Lenska) a director of the multi-national Eight Star International. With a nod to Fawlty Towers Mergolyes plays Maria the Italian maid whos lack of English only thinly disguises her stupidity
What would you do if your husband, wife or business partner was making your life unbearable, to the point where there was no alternative but to have them removed- permanently? Could you bring yourself to do it? If not, bored Kensington housewife Joan (Tracy Reed, cousin of Oliver and niece of Carol) offers a possible alternative- for a price, she and her highly trained, all-female hit squad will very discreetly 'take out' the offending party and leave no trace behind .In this dark, bleakly comic and sometimes grimly prophetic drama from Donovan Winter, which, like many of the best British exploitation films, features a story ripped from yesterday's headlines, we enter the lives of both assassin and victim, and discover that in the London of 1975, whether swanky Knightsbridge or deepest suburban Orpington, noone has immunity from murder, and everyone is expendable. Locations also take in the legendary Biba department store, shortly before its closure.As usual, Winter assembles a cast of great performers from both ends of the cinematic spectrum, with future TV stars Bernard Holley (Z Cars, Tripods, Thriller, Dr Who, Phoenix And The Carpet, Birds Of A Feather) Brian Jackson (Revenge Of The Pink Panther, Protectors, Persuaders, Escort Girls) and Rula Lenska (Rock Follies, Take A Letter Mr Jones, Cluedo, Dr Who, Leap In The Dark, Confessions) rubbing shoulders with seasoned blue movie names Heather Chasen and Steve Amber, the former of whom is now a respected actress in her own right. There's also a minor role for horror star Sally Faulkner (Prey, Vampyres, The Body Stealers) which the eagle-eyed amongst you will have fun spotting.Is it the Mafia? Is it the Triads? Is it the Illuminati? The Men In Black? No, it's The Deadly Females - and they've got your name on their books...
The 'Little Ladies' are back! The papers call them the 'band that wouldn't die' and that remains their motto as they gig at night and struggle to survive against the predators and cons of the rock world. Will they be able to survive the roller-coaster ride of the music industry and fulfil their dreams? This 2 disc set contains the complete second series: Disc 1 'The Band That Wouldn't Die' 'The Empire' and 'The Hype'. Disc 2 'The Loony Tunes' 'the Divorce' a
Waking up in London with amnesia next to a dead body Jack has just enough time and sense to disappear before the police arrive. In an attempt to lay low he heads to Paris to visit the ex he can't remember. But a guy like Jack attracts trouble and an encounter with the mysterious Girl X draws him and the woman he loves back into a world he's trying hard to avoid... and to remember. Jack Says is a contemporary film noir thriller and stars Simon Phillips Rita Ramnani Aurelie Amblard Daniel Roberts with Rula Lenska Mike Reid and Eric Cantona.
Tales Lost In Time is a collection of fascinating, never-before-seen interviews by previous Doctors, actors, writers and contributors to the show, including David Tennant, John Barrowman, Rula Lenska, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davidson, Graham Cole, Noel Clarke, Adam Garcia and many more. Join director Neil Sean as he embarks on a time traveling journey and gains a rare and intimate insight into the thoughts and ideas of all the people who helped shape one of the longest running and most successful sci-fi series in the world. A must-have for the Dr Who fan.Doctor Who depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric Time Lord known as the Doctor who travels through time and space in his time machine, the TARDIS (an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space), which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s British police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, faces a variety of foes and saves civilizations, helping people and righting wrongs.
The Cockney Casanova is back. From the bedrooms of Bordeaux to the boardrooms of magazine editors trucker Alfie travels across Europe driving the French girls wild..... until tragedy strikes.....
Tales Lost In Time is a collection of fascinating never-before-seen interviews by previous Doctors actors writers and contributors to the show including David Tennant John Barrowman Rula Lenska Sylvester McCoy Peter Davidson Graham Cole Noel Clarke Adam Garcia and many more. Join director Neil Sean as he embarks on a time traveling journey and gains a rare and intimate insight into the thoughts and ideas of all the people who helped shape one of the longest running and most successful sci-fi series in the world. A must-have for the Dr Who fan. Doctor Who depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric Time Lord known as the Doctor who travels through time and space in his time machine the TARDIS (an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s British police box. With his companions he explores time and space faces a variety of foes and saves civilizations helping people and righting wrongs.
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