Inspired by the writings of Jules Verne this hugely entertaining comedy boasts an all-star cast headed by Burl Ives Terry-Thomas Lionel Jeffries and Gert Frobe. In 1875 showman extraordinaire Phineas T Barnum (Ives) flees his native America ahead of a hoard of clamouring creditors to set up shop in unsuspecting England. He immediately decides to form a syndicate headed by the wealthy but somewhat stupid Lord Barset (Dennis Price) to finance the first flight to the moon. The
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
Vault Of Horror
None of these British films have ever been released before on video or DVD since their original cinema run. All are re-mastered from the negatives. Featuring British thriller film stars Patrick McGoohan Sylvia Syms Tom Bell Susan Hampshire Herbert Lom Carole Landis Ed Begley and many other British stars. Includes: 1. Brass Monkey 2. The Quare Fellow 3. Violent Enemy
Some men are born with a gift; some are born to discover it... A baseball scout for the Californian Angels travels America for new talent only to find that the new team owner has decided to do away with his job!
Robin Hood:The legend of Robin Hood one of the most popular stories of all time is brought magically to life in this full length animated Disney classic. The spirit of fun and romance abounds as Robin Hood the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest and his valiant sidekick Little John plot one daring adventure over another. The Sword In The Stone:A young scullery boy named Wart is taught amazing lessons by the wizard Merlin who turns him into a fish a bird and a squirrel so that he might understand the mysteries of life. Such lessons help the boy succeed where for centuries thousands of might men had failed. Whoever removes the wondrous golden sword embedded in a large stone will be crowned Arthur King of England! Brilliantly executed and peopled with unforgettable characters The Sword in the Stone is the best of both worlds: a legend and a Disney Classic!
A classic comedy from the Boulting Brothers where a young couple soon to marry find that their wedding arrangements are the business of everyone but themselves. Cue much hilarity!
1950s British comedy starring Alastair Sim. Seemingly mild-mannered watchmaker Hawkins (Sim) is in fact a skilled assassin. His latest target is leading politician Sir Gregory Upshott (Raymond Huntley), who is due to stay the weekend at the Green Man hotel. However, Hawkins' well-planned attempts to remove Sir Gregory permanently from public life are frustrated by his neighbour Ann Vincent (Jill Adams) and well-meaning vacuum cleaner salesman William Blake (George Cole).
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