Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture In the 1960s, director Robert Hartford-Davis (The Black Torment, The Fiend) teamed up with producer/cameraman Peter Newbrook (The Asphyx) to make a series of low-budget films capitalising on the cinematic crazes of the day. In 1968, the duo stridently ventured into the surgical horror subgenre with Corruption, a grim update of Eyes Without a Face, transposed into the scenic south-coast seaside town of Seaford, via Swinging Sixties London. In a surprising performance, Peter Cushing (Captain Clegg, The Revenge of Frankenstein) stars as a high-class plastic surgeon who is driven to murder as part of a demented quest to rebuild the decaying visage of his fashion model wife (Sue Lloyd, The Ipcress File), who has been severely scarred at a party. A film that pushed the envelope of gore and sleaze in its era, Corruption is presented on home video for the first time in the UK. Special Features 2K restoration from the original negative Two feature presentations: the theatrical version (92 mins); and the more graphic international version (91 mins) Original mono audio Audio commentary with Peter Cushing biographer David Miller and English Gothic author Jonathan Rigby (2013) The BEHP Interview with Peter Newbrook (1995): career-spanning audio interview with the producer and cameraman, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Newbrook in conversation with Alan Lawson and Roy Fowler The Guardian Lecture with Peter Cushing (1986): audio recording of an interview with the legendary actor recorded at the National Film Theatre, London Interview with actor Phillip Manikum (2021) Interview with actor Billy Murray (2012) Interview with actor Jan Waters (2012) Whatever Happened to Wendy Varnals? (2013): interview with the English actor Stephen Laws Introduces Corruption' (2021): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author The Unkindest Cuts (2021): critic and writer Michael Brooke on the history of surgical horror Edgar Wright trailer commentary (2013): short critical appreciation Original UK theatrical trailer Original US theatrical trailer TV spots Radio spots Image gallery: promotional and publicity material Director's shooting script gallery New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Laura Mayne, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits Limited edition exclusive set of five replica production stills UK home video premiere Limited edition of 5,000 copies Extras subject to change
In the spy-crazed film world of the 1960s, Len Deighton's antihero Harry Palmer burst onto the scene as an antidote to the James Bond films. Here was a British spy who had a working-class accent and horn-rimmed glasses and above all really didn't want to be a spy in the first place. As portrayed by Michael Caine, Palmer was the perfect antithesis to Sean Connery's 007. Unlike that of his globetrotting spy cousin, Palmer's beat is cold, rainy, dreary London, where he spends his days and nights in unheated flats spying on subversives. He does charm one lady, but she's no Pussy Galore, just a civil servant he works with, sent to keep an eye on him. Eventually he's assigned to get to the bottom of the kidnapping and subsequent "brain draining" of a nuclear physicist, all the while being reminded by his superiors that it's this or prison. Things begin to get pretty hairy for Harry. Produced by Harry Saltzman in his spare time between Bond movies, the film also features a haunting score by another Bond veteran, composer John Barry. --Kristian St. Clair, Amazon.com
The tense spy thriller by Len Deighton that turned Michael Caine into a superstar. Cynical and rebellious ex-army sergeant Harry Palmer has been blackmailed into working for Britain's security service. Hot on the trail of a kidnapped scientist Palmer finds himself enmeshed in a sinister conspiracy involving horrifying brainwashing techniques murder and treachery that reaches up to the highest levels of the security service itself. Often hailed as Len Deighton's finest spy story
Featuring a quintessential performance from double-Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine and an iconic score from the legendary John Barry this stylised and compelling Cold War spy movie won multiple awards on its theatrical release - including three BAFTAs. The Ipcress File is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Harry Palmer a stubbornly insolent sergeant working for the Ministry of Defence is less than thrilled to be transferred under threat of blackmail to an elite counter-intelligence unit. Palmer and the rest of his unit follow the trail of a missing scientist but when he finds a piece of tape marked 'IPCRESS' in an abandoned warehouse he suddenly becomes a marked man... Special Features: (Standard Definition unless otherwise stated) Michael Caine is Harry Palmer - exclusive interview with Sir Michael Caine The Design File - exclusive interview with production designer Sir Ken Adam Commentary with director Sidney Furie and film editor Peter Hunt Michael Caine Goes Stella comedy short 1969 documentary: Candid Caine Original theatrical trailer (HD) text less material (HD) and US radio commercials Extensive image galleries (HD) Commemorative booklet
The sexually frustrated women of Sodding Chipbury lead a humdrum existence until Bob the handsome new handyman arrives in their picturesque village. The local ladies love his handiwork and luckily for them randy Bob certainly has the right tool for the job! However when Bob takes over the running of the local pub his stamina for odd jobs and horny housewives is stretched to the absolute limit. This classic 1970s colour British sex comedy stars Barry Stokes (Norman J. Warren's Spaced Out) and Gay Soper (voice of The Flumps) supported by a roll-call of familiar faces including Bob Todd (The Benny Hill Show) Valerie Leon (Carry On Up the Jungle) and Sue Lloyd (Crossroads).
Joan Collins stars as Fontaine, a night club owner in both of these steamy 70's erotic dramas. The Stud: ontaine (Dame Joan Collins) is the London wife of Benjamin (Walter Gotell), a wealthy Arab businessman. She spends his money on her nightclub, The Hobo , and partying. She hires a handsome manager, Tony (Oliver Tobias), to run her club, but it is understood that his job security is dependent on his satisfying her nymphomaniacal demands. The Bitch: The owner of a trendy disco starts having problems with the men in her life and the Mafia, which is trying to move in on her place.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Box Set, Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: All 26 episodes of the cult 1960s series. In 'My late, lamented friend and partner' detective Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt) is devastated when his friend and partner Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed by a hit-and-run driver. However, Marty's ghost returns from the grave to inform Jeff that his death was no accident. 'A disturbing case' has Marty's widow Jeannie (Annette Andre) commit Jeff to an asylum when she sees him talking to himself. 'All work and no pay' finds jean convinced that the moving furniture in her flat is the work of her late-husband Marty's restless spirit, but of course Jeff and the ghostly Marty know better. 'Never trust a ghost' sees Marty convinced that a man has been shot dead in his London home after inadvertently witnessing the killing. In 'that's how murder snowballs' Jeff uses Marty to help him form a variety act when he investigates the murder of a mind reader. 'just for the record' finds Jeff acting as bodyguard to a beauty contest entrant, but the job is not as simple as it at first seemed. 'Murder ain't what it used to be!' has Marty cross swords with another ghost - deceased gangster Bugsy, who wants revenge on his former partner-in-crime. Unfortunately, Bugsy's intended victim is Marty's partner Jeff's latest client! 'Whoever heard of a ghost dying?' sees Jeff and Marty being used as fall guys when a master criminal and a clairvoyant discover their secret. In 'the house on haunted hill' Jeff asks Marty to help solve the mystery of a 'haunted house' which is being used as the front for a diamond robbery. 'When did you start to stop seein...Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) - Complete Series - 8-DVD Box Set ( My Partner the Ghost )
Steve Forrest stars as John Mannering in 'The Baron' an exciting cult television classic. Antiques dealer John Mannering (known as The Baron) along with his sexy assistant Cordelia works in an informal capacity for the head od the British Diplomatic Intelligence - an informal agreement which invariably puts the jet-setting playboy in dangerous life-or-death situations. Global espionage bank robberies murder - it's all in a day's work for The Baron! Based on the best selling novels by John Creasey The Baron is a rarely seen series cut from the same cloth as other series like 'The Saint' and 'Danger Man'. 30 episodes included: 1. Diplomatic Immunity 2. Epitaph For A Hero 3. Something For A Rainy Day 4. Red Horse Red Rider 5. Enemy Of The State 6. Masquerade 7. The Killing 8. The Persuaders 9. And Suddenly You're Dead 10. The Legions Of Ammak 11. Samurai West 12. The Maze 13. Portrait Of Louis 14. There's Someone Close Behind You 15. Storm Warning 16. The Island 17. Time To Kill 18. A Memory Of Evil 19. You Can't Win Them All 20. The High Terrace 21. The Seven Eyes Of Night 22. Night Of The Hunter 23. The Edge Of Fear 24. Long Ago And Far Away 25. So Dark The Night 26. The Long Long Day 27. Roundabout 28. The Man Outside 29. Countdown 30. Farewell to Yesterday
THE IPCRESS FILE Harry Palmer, a stubbornly insolent sergeant, is seconded to an elite counter-intelligence unit. Palmer and his unit follow the trail of a missing scientist, but when he finds a piece of tape marked IPCRESS in an abandoned warehouse he suddenly becomes a marked man... HOT ENOUGH FOR JUNE Out-of-work author Nicholas Whistler is happy to accept the offer of an all-expenses-paid business trip behind the Iron Curtain. But on his arrival in Prague, everyone including his beautiful and seductive chauffeuse, Vlasta assumes the Czech-speaking Nicholas to be a spy! DEADLIER THAN THE MALE When insurance underwriter Hugh Drummond learns of the deaths of top oil executives at the hands of a pair of beautiful but brutal female assassins he is convinced that it is the work of an international crime syndicate. SOME GIRLS DO Drummond is on the trail of his nemesis, the devious Carl Petersen Peterson is hell-bent on stopping the British military from testing a new and improved fighter airplane and Drummond has to stop him!
Major James Wilson (Lloyd Bridges) must lead his troops across the English channel in the D-day invasion of Normandy. He trains his regulars for the invasion knowing that many if not all may never survive the assault. Wilson is plagued by memories of previous missions that turned out to be suicidal. Captain Franklin (Andrew Keir) is the British officer who opposed the plan and has a personal vendetta against Wilson. The two are thrown together on the same mission when Franklin is slated to command the mine sweepers that transport Wilson's troops to their destination. They face overwhelming odds and a barrage of cannon fire from the Nazi stronghold on the Normandy coast.
The screen vibrates with bounderism and caddishness when comedy icons Terry-Thomas and Leslie Phillips star as rivals in this sunny, mid-'70s sex comedy set on the Mediterranean island of Minorca. Spanish Fly is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Despite the scenery and sunshine, expat Sir Percy de Courcy feels dejected. In a cunning wheeze to make some much-needed money, he's bought 100,000 gallons of local wine, ho...
A spoof sci-fi story in which blue comedian Roy Chubby Brown is kidnapped by two female aliens and taken aboard a spacecraft where he is found guilty of moral turpitude. His sentence - he will become pregnant every year for the next thirty years...
Handsome and sensual Tony Blake (Oliver Tobias) has ambitions to acquire his own discotheque in fashionable London. So when he meets the ravishing and insatiable Fontaine Khaled (Joan Collins), Tony agrees to manage her disco and also attend to Fontaine s more personal requirements . The sexually-charged relationship of this ill-starred couple plays out against a hedonistic backdrop of international intrigue, sexual lust and illicit love in this renowned 70 s bonkbusting blockbuster!
Bullet To Beijing: When the Cold War ends the British Secret Service decides it no longer has a use for top agent Harry Palmer. There are others however who still have a need for a man of Harry Palmer's skills. He is promptly approached by Alex a Russian businessman. In St. Petersburg Alex tells Harry of his plan for Russia's future which is threatened because a deadly bio-chemical weapon called the Red Death has been stolen from him. Alex is prepared to pay Harry handsomely to locate and recover the renegade weapon. An ex-spy friend tips Harry off that the weapon is being sent to Beijing by train aboard which we begin to learn just whose side everyone is really on... Midnight In St. Petersburg: Having lost his intelligence job at the end of the Cold War former British secret agent Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) now travels East to find new outlets for his skills. Harry sets up a Private Investigation company in Russia and soon finds himself charged with rescuing his young assistant Nikolai's girlfriend Tatiana who has been kidnapped. The trail leads to St. Petersburg which Harry finds to be a city held in the iron grip of the violent Russian Mafia. The mafia does its best to stop Harry in his tracks but it may be easier said than done!
Steve Forrest stars as John Mannering in 'The Baron' an exciting cult television classic. Antiques dealer John Mannering (known as The Baron) along with his sexy assistant Cordelia works in an informal capacity for the head od the British Diplomatic Intelligence - an informal agreement which invariably puts the jet-setting playboy in dangerous life-or-death situations. Global espionage bank robberies murder - it's all in a day's work for The Baron! Based on the best selling n
Here in all its glory is the second volume of Crossroads including episodes released on DVD for the very first time. Meg and Sandy Richardson Benny Hawkins Adam Chance Shughie McFee - the names still strike a chord in the memories with a generation of people who sat entranched watching the latest escapades of the staff and customers of Crossroads motel. Unrepeated for many years the general perception of Crossroads is coloured by that of Acorn Antiques
Michael Caine cuts a cool dash as the sceptical working-class secret service man Harry Palmer...stylistically extravagant slyly anti-American and pays homage to classic movies' Philip French This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies jettisoning the excesses of 007 and introducing the sly dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer played by Michael Caine relishing a role that marked him for stardom. The story based on Len Deighton's novel centres on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of double-dealing kidnap and murder and finds a traitor is operating at the heart of the secret service. Will the mysterious 'Ipcress File' reveal who the traitor is? Produced by Harry Saltzman (the early Bond movies) and with an evocative score by Academy Award winning John Barry The Ipcress File emerges as one of cinema's wittiest and grittiest thrillers.
The Ipcress File: The tense spy thriller by Len Deighton that turned Michael Caine into a superstar. Cynical and rebellious ex-army sergeant Harry Palmer has been blackmailed into working for Britain's security service. Hot on the trail of a kidnapped scientist Palmer finds himself enmeshed in a sinister conspiracy involving horrifying brainwashing techniques murder and treachery that reaches up to the highest levels of the security service itself... Educating Rita: Rita a hairdresser with a sharp wit is married to Danny and at 26 doesn't want a baby. She wants to discover herself - so she joins the Open University. Dr Frank Bryant is a disillusioned university professor of literature. His marriage has failed his girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whiskey. He refers to himself as an appalling teacher of appalling students. What Frank needs is a challenge - and along comes Rita. In this hilarious and often moving drama the story tells how two people find a new lease of life through each other. The Eagle Has Landed: A Nazi strike force plots to assassinate Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk Village. Colonel Radl masterminds the plot which if successful would change the outcome of the war. He enlists the help of Colonel Steiner (Caine) and Liam Devlin (Sutherland). Disguised as Polish airmen German paratroopers land in England. Radl's plan appear to be going smoothly until an unforeseeable incident exposed the Germans. But the kidnap continues and Steiner Luger in hand approaches the unmistakable figure of Churchill... Without A Clue: A madcap comedy which takes a fresh look at the classic Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson escapades. Holmes is actually a figment of Dr. Watson's own success in crime detection a character who Watson uses when he writes in 'The Strand' magazine. But when the printing plates for five pound notes are stolen Queen Victoria herself calls for the country's greatest detective...
The opening credits of Spanish Fly promise "Leslie Phillips vs. Terry-Thomas", making this the British comic innuendo version of King Kong vs. Godzilla or Frankenstein vs. the Wolf Man, with the two masters of fnarr-fnarr lecherous English lounge lizardry pitted against each other. It's a sunstruck, terminally silly slice of fluff of the stripe that passed for a sex film in 1976 ("Go and butter yourself", someone says) but seems almost comically innocent these days. The sort of film that boasts special credits for women's fashions by Cornelia James and underwear by Janet Reger, it tells the story of a gap-toothed con man (Thomas) exiled to sunny Spain. He adds ground-up cantharides to undrinkable plonk to create a market for aphrodisiac wine, and impotent underwear tycoon (Phillips) benefits from the effects of the product as he gets to grips with four lovely models, until his wife (Sue Lloyd) shows up and a side-effect means he starts barking like a dog. The stars are game, but the material--from a story by producer Peter James, now a horror novelist--is skimpier than the starlets' bikinis and none of the pretty girls has any comic timing (though they all get topless scenes). Students of British pop culture will note the bizarre juxtaposition of hiring an uncredited Francis Matthews, the upright voice of Captain Scarlet, to dub the roles of a gay Spanish photographer and (for one bad gag) a disgusted dog. On the DVD: The picture is fullscreen. There are no extras.--Kim Newman
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