"Actor: Stanley Baker"

  • The Great Epics [DVD]The Great Epics | DVD | (17/10/2016) from £15.00   |  Saving you £7.99 (34.80%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). On the DVD: Too often the best extras come attached to films that don't really warrant them. Not so here, where a truly great film has been given the attention it deserves. The first disc presents the film in the original extra-wide CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1, in an anamorphically enhanced transfer which does maximum justice to the film's superb cinematography. The sound has been transferred from the original six-track magnetic elements into 5.1 Dolby Digital and far surpasses what many would expect from a 1950s' feature. The main bonus on the first disc is an isolated presentation of Malcolm Arnold's great Oscar-winning music score, in addition to which there is a trivia game, and maps and historical information linked to appropriate clips. The second disc contains a new, specially produced 53-minute "making of" documentary featuring many of those involved in the production of the movie. This gives a rich insight into the physical problems of making such a complex epic on location in Ceylon. Also included are the original trailer and two short promotional films from the time of release, one of which is narrated by star William Holden. Finally there is an "appreciation" by director John Milius, an extensive archive of movie posters and artwork, and a booklet that reproduces the text of the film's original 1957 brochure. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Good Die Young (DVD + Blu-ray)The Good Die Young (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (20/07/2020) from £13.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The film opens with four men sitting in a car as they prepare to commit a serious crime. Each man's reason for being involved is then explored... Mike (Stanley Baker), an injured and ageing boxer unable to find work, Joe (Richard Basehart) is an out-of-work clerk who needs to get to the United States with his young wife (Joan Collins) to escape her unstable mother (Freda Jackson), Eddie (John Ireland) is an AWOL American airman with an unfaithful wife (Gloria Grahame), and Miles 'Rave' Ravenscroft (Laurence Harvey), a 'gentleman' scoundrel with gambling debts and the man who lures the other three. From director Lewis Gilbert (The Spy Who Loved Me, Alfie) comes this 1954 crime thriller that promises 'Deadly weapons, burning lips, and hot lead!' Special features Newly remastered in 2K by the BFI and presented in High Definition and Standard Definition Includes the original theatrical version and the never-before-released export cut ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits Other extras TBC

  • Great British Actors - Stanley Baker [DVD]Great British Actors - Stanley Baker | DVD | (04/03/2013) from £12.99   |  Saving you £3.00 (23.09%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Violent Playground: When local Juvenile Liaison Officer Sergeant Truman (Baker) visits the Murphy household, with the view that if you catch kids at an early age, they will end up being reseponsible adults. Truman becomes romantically involved with Johnny s sister and also finds considerable points of similarity between his previous investigations into the activities of an arsonist know as the Firefly and his investigation of Johnny. Sea Fury: Captain Bellew commands a tugboat...

  • Robbery [Blu-ray]Robbery | Blu Ray | (31/08/2015) from £10.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (81.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the planning and execution of criminal cause celebre the Great Train Robbery, this taut, meticulously researched drama stars Stanley Baker as a crime boss undertaking the heist of his career with Frank Finlay and Barry Foster among the gang he assembles, and James Booth as the dogged detective who's determined to catch them all.Co-produced by Baker and directed by multiple-Oscar-nominated Peter Yates, Robbery is a classic of British Film exceptionally scripted (winning a WGGB Award for Best British Screenplay), powerfully acted and sporting a legendary score by composer-arranger Johnny Keating. It is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements in its original aspect ratio.Having successfully pulled off a daring jewel heist, Paul Clifton prepares to hit a mail train heading south from Glasgow. Several difficulties stand in his way, however, not the least of which is the police who are hot on his tail and already know he's planning something bigger...SPECIAL FEATURES:Brand-new interview with Michael Deeley recorded for this release Cinema: Stanley Baker an archive interview from 1972 German film The Great Train Robbery Waiting for the Signal: The Making of Robbery brand-new documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew Behind-the-scenes footage archive news footage of the filming at Market Harborough Image gallery - posters, lobby cards, memorabilia and production stills Original campaign guide, exhibitors' manual and flyers in PDF format 32 page booklet by film historian Sheldon HallABOUT THE RESTORATION:Previously released on DVD from an old 1.33:1 (4:3 pan and scan) transfer, Robbery has now been scanned to 2K resolution from the 35mm original negative and restored in its correct theatrical aspect ratio (1.66:1).The restoration involved grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations. The image has been fully colour corrected. While conforming, it was found that a ten second interior shot of the police car during the opening chase sequence had been cut from the DVD release. This has been re-instated for this restoration.The original 35mm magnetic audio elements were unfortunately in a very poor condition and unable to be used due to deterioration, so the existing mono soundtrack has been restored.

  • Campbell's Kingdom [DVD] [1957]Campbell's Kingdom | DVD | (22/06/2009) from £6.39   |  Saving you £3.60 (36.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Campbell's Kingdom

  • Hell Drivers [1957]Hell Drivers | DVD | (19/03/2007) from £16.99   |  Saving you £3.00 (15.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Joe 'Tom' Yateley is an ex-convict. Trying to leave his past behind he decides to starts working for the Hawlett Trucking company which transports gravel. It's an aggressive company where speed is everything. Doing too few runs in a day? You're out. Red is the most experienced trucker he can do 18 runs in a day. Tom soon makes friends with Lucy the secretary and Gino a driver. But the record of Red intrigues him and he wants to break it. Gino advises against it but he helps Tom when he wants to go through with it. Soon trouble begins when Red and the other drivers form an united front against Tom. Just when Tom has enough and decides to pack his bags Lucy tells him Gino had a terrible accident. She also tells about the corruption of Hawlett Trucking...

  • Murder One - Season 1 And 2 [1996]Murder One - Season 1 And 2 | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £8.99   |  Saving you £63.00 (901.29%)   |  RRP £69.99

    The complete two seasons of the thrilling Murder One show in which a single but multi-faceted case is explored from opening trial arguments to final judgment over the course of many enthralling episodes.

  • Armchair Theatre - Volume 3 [DVD]Armchair Theatre - Volume 3 | DVD | (27/08/2012) from £12.98   |  Saving you £27.01 (67.50%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Pioneering, enormously influential and often challenging, Armchair Theatre was ITV's flagship drama anthology series. Bringing high-quality contemporary drama to a wider viewing public, the series easily demonstrated the network's potential to rival the BBC's drama output with diverse and powerful plays by some of Britain's most gifted writers. This set comprises twelve plays taken from the series' first incarnation, produced by ABC and broadcast in the 1950s and '60s. An astonishing roll-call of writers includes J.B. Priestley, James Mitchell, Fay Weldon and Alun Owen; Patrick McGoohan, Stanley Baker, Billie Whitelaw, Colin Blakely, Judy Cornwell and Hugh Griffith are among the celebrated and accomplished actors appearing in groundbreaking dramas ranging from the playful to the poignant.

  • How Green Was My ValleyHow Green Was My Valley | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £11.75   |  Saving you £8.24 (41.20%)   |  RRP £19.99

    At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village the Morgans raise coal mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. Huw is the youngest in a family of 6 brothers and 1 sister and the film centers on his struggle toward manhood amid conflicting demands of faith economics education and family loyalty in a Wales caught in an irreversible shift from a pastoral to an industrialized society.

  • The Good Die Young [1954]The Good Die Young | DVD | (06/09/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A fallen aristocrat with a mountainous gambling debt enlists three men with similar financial instabilities to assist him in a mail van robbery.

  • The Man Who Finally Died [DVD]The Man Who Finally Died | DVD | (01/07/2013) from £4.96   |  Saving you £5.03 (50.40%)   |  RRP £9.99

    British cinema icon Stanley Baker, cult favourite actor Peter Cushing and controversial actor/director Mai Zetterling feature among an impressive line-up for this British espionage thriller set in post-War Europe. The Man Who Finally Died is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. In London, jazz musician Joe Newman receives a startling telephone call: the caller is his German father, believed to have been killed in action twenty years ago! At the same time, a ...

  • Accident [Blu-ray]Accident | Blu Ray | (08/04/2013) from £13.49   |  Saving you £6.50 (48.18%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Stephen (Dirk Bogarde - The Servant) is a middle-aged professor at Oxford University. Stifled by his life of marriage and academia, he yearns for an affair with his beautiful and enigmatic student Anna (Jacqueline Sassard – Les Biches). He is locked into a battle for Anna's affection against her fiance, William (Michael York - Logan's Run), whose youthful vitality he envies, and with his friend and academic rival Charley (Stanley Baker - Zulu), whose media profile and sexual success he covets. Along with The Go-Between and The Servant, Accident is one of the three film collaborations between legendary director Joseph Losey and playwright Harold Pinter. Often acknowledged as the pinnacle of Losey's distinguished career, Accident is a compelling and unforgettable masterpiece. Special Features: Interview with Dirk Bogarde biographer John Coldstream Interview with Harry Pinter expert Harry Burton Interview with feminist author and academic Melanie Williams Interview with film critic Tim Robey Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter discuss Accident (1957) Talking About Accident documentary featuring an interview with Harry Pinter

  • A Hill In Korea [1956]A Hill In Korea | DVD | (22/06/2009) from £9.79   |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A Hill In Korea follows the expeditions of a British army patrol which travels by cover of night as they target an enemy village.

  • Hell Drivers [Blu-ray]Hell Drivers | Blu Ray | (20/03/2017) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Hell Drivers sees James Bond (Sean Connery), Doctor Who (William Hartnell), one of the men from UNCLE (David McCallum), the Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) and a Professional (Gordon Jackson), all supporting Stanley Baker in this hard-as-nails British action picture realistically set in a bleak late-1950s England. Baker plays Tom Yately, an ex-con who takes the only job he can get--truck driving at breakneck speeds for a corrupt manager (Hartnell) and brutal foreman (McGoohan). The constant short runs and competition between the drivers makes for an intense atmosphere which inevitably explodes into violence. Baker's only friend is an Italian ex-POW played sensitively by Herbert Lom, while Peggy Cummings is a remarkably free-spirited heroine for a British film of the time. Baker himself is superb, quietly tough, and broodingly charismatic, McGoohan is compellingly malevolent and Hartnell simply chilling. The film is consistently engrossing and often exciting, even when the plot spirals into melodrama towards the finale. One has to wonder where the police are during all this mayhem, but the fact that the screenplay, by John Kruse and Cy Endfield, received a BAFTA nomination suggests the scenario was at least reasonably realistic. Endfield also directed this, the second of six films he would helm for Baker, the most famous of which would be the all-time classic, Zulu (1964). On the DVD: Hell Drivers is presented in an anamorphically enhanced ratio of 1.77:1. This means a little of the original 1.96:1 VistaVision (70mm) image is cropped at the sides, which is just noticeable in a few shots. The print used is excellent, with only very minor damage, and the mono sound is fine. The disc also includes Look in on Hell Drivers, a 1957 TV programme that offers interviews with Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield and Alfie Bass, as well as comments from genuine truck drivers confirming the realism of the story, and a contemporary 15-minute television interview with Baker, which focuses on Hell Drivers, Sea Fury(1958) (also directed by Cy Endfield) and Violent Playground (1958). The original trailer rounds out an excellent package. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Hell Drivers [1957]Hell Drivers | DVD | (26/01/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Hell Drivers sees James Bond (Sean Connery), Doctor Who (William Hartnell), one of the men from UNCLE (David McCallum), the Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) and a Professional (Gordon Jackson), all supporting Stanley Baker in this hard-as-nails British action picture realistically set in a bleak late-1950s England. Baker plays Tom Yately, an ex-con who takes the only job he can get--truck driving at breakneck speeds for a corrupt manager (Hartnell) and brutal foreman (McGoohan). The constant short runs and competition between the drivers makes for an intense atmosphere which inevitably explodes into violence. Baker's only friend is an Italian ex-POW played sensitively by Herbert Lom, while Peggy Cummings is a remarkably free-spirited heroine for a British film of the time. Baker himself is superb, quietly tough, and broodingly charismatic, McGoohan is compellingly malevolent and Hartnell simply chilling. The film is consistently engrossing and often exciting, even when the plot spirals into melodrama towards the finale. One has to wonder where the police are during all this mayhem, but the fact that the screenplay, by John Kruse and Cy Endfield, received a BAFTA nomination suggests the scenario was at least reasonably realistic. Endfield also directed this, the second of six films he would helm for Baker, the most famous of which would be the all-time classic, Zulu (1964). On the DVD: Hell Drivers is presented in an anamorphically enhanced ratio of 1.77:1. This means a little of the original 1.96:1 VistaVision (70mm) image is cropped at the sides, which is just noticeable in a few shots. The print used is excellent, with only very minor damage, and the mono sound is fine. The disc also includes Look in on Hell Drivers, a 1957 TV programme that offers interviews with Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield and Alfie Bass, as well as comments from genuine truck drivers confirming the realism of the story, and a contemporary 15-minute television interview with Baker, which focuses on Hell Drivers, Sea Fury(1958) (also directed by Cy Endfield) and Violent Playground (1958). The original trailer rounds out an excellent package. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Violent Playground [DVD]Violent Playground | DVD | (16/01/2012) from £6.09   |  Saving you £6.90 (113.30%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.

  • Robbery [1967]Robbery | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £7.79   |  Saving you £5.20 (40.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Fastmoving account of the 1963 Great Train Robbery written by Edward Boyd.

  • A Prize Of Arms [1962]A Prize Of Arms | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Never in the history of crime was so much taken from so many by so few A gang of criminals acquire an old army truck and try to pass themselves off as military policemen. Their plan is to steal a 250 000 payroll intended for soldiers in the Middle East. Turpin recruits Fenner and Swavek to make up a crack assault team. As the duty guard at the camp raises the barrier Turpin knows there can be no turning back. His desperate gamble for riches will now be played out to its shat

  • Joseph Losey Boxset [DVD]Joseph Losey Boxset | DVD | (06/10/2014) from £24.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Born in Wisconsin in 1909 Joseph Losey studied medicine and English but soon drifted to New York City where he became involved in theatre and worked together with the controversial German playwright Bertolt Brecht. He then caught the attention of MGM and started making short films such as A Gun in His Hand (1945). Losey directed his first feature film in 1947 entitled The Boy with Green Hair for RKO. Several other films followed which established him as an inventive individualistic director. In 1951 Losey was summoned to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) while he was shooting Imbarco a mezzanotte in Italy. His links with left-wing theatre groups and the concern for social justice expressed in many of his films attracted the attention of the Committee and led to him being blacklisted. Joseph Losey sought exile in Great Britain where he began re-building his career. His first British feature film THE SLEEPING TIGER (1954) which was credited at the time to Victor Hanbury saw the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration between the director and Dirk Bogarde. In 1960 now well established in the UK Losey began to look for more adventurous projects such as THE CRIMINAL starring an impeccable Stanley Baker as an underworld kingpin. The score of the film was composed by John Dankworth whose career was to become inextricably linked with that of Losey. In 1962 he directed EVA starring Jeanne Moreau and Stanley Baker an examination of sexual obsession boasting one of Moreau’s most iconic performances. Joseph Losey continued his collaboration with Dirk Bogarde in THE SERVANT (1963) which saw Bogarde as the sinister manservant who manipulates his foppish master and ACCIDENT (1967) about a university professor struggling to maintain control of his life. In 1970 Losey directed THE GO-BETWEEN a costume drama starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates which went on to win the Palme d’Or at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. It is considered to be one of his best works and was his third collaboration (after The Servant and Accident) with Harold Pinter who wrote the screenplay. The final film in this set is MR. KLEIN (1976) starring Alain Delon in which Joseph Losey tackled the dark subject of the Jewish repression in WWII France.

  • A Lizard In A Woman's Skin [DVD] [1971]A Lizard In A Woman's Skin | DVD | (07/06/2010) from £7.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Lizard In A Woman's Skin

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