"Actor: Thomas Allen"

  • Twin Town [1997]Twin Town | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (220.44%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Producer Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) is behind this decadent comedy about a pair of lowlife but oddly intelligent Welsh brothers who generally make a pain of themselves in their small community, but who get serious about exacting revenge for a family tragedy. Director Kevin Allen succeeds at turning the entire film into a jacked-up freak show, with petty terrorism, cops on the take, a young virgin getting it on with a middle-aged creep and a male choir inexplicably singing Mungo Jerry's ancient hit "In the Summertime". Twin Town is loony, nasty stuff all around, but the only good laughs in the movie are top loaded into the first few minutes. After that, it's sheer tedium. --Tom Keogh

  • The Predator DVD [2018]The Predator DVD | DVD | (28/01/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Decades after the first, fateful encounters between elite American forces and the extra-terrestrial Predators who hunt humans for honour and sport, Special Forces Captain Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) encounters a Predator marooned in the Mexican wilderness. But soon after the captive Predator becomes the centrepiece of a top-secret study under evolutionary biologist Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn), a deadly new breed of Predator arrives on Earth, with plans that could threaten the entire planet's future. Now Brackett, McKenna, his son, and a squad of military misfits have to band together to fend off both the alien threat and a human conspiracy - making surprising allies in the process.

  • Puccini: La Boheme -- Royal Opera House/GardelliPuccini: La Boheme -- Royal Opera House/Gardelli | DVD | (21/08/2000) from £12.89   |  Saving you £5.10 (39.57%)   |  RRP £17.99

    This full-blooded 1982 performance of Puccini's most-loved opera demonstrates just how much drive and powerful emotion can make up for a certain lack of subtlety. Cotrubas' Mimi is entirely moving in both joy and death, while never quite feeling as thoroughly frail as some of her quieter rivals; stronger tenor voices than Neil Shicoff's have recorded the role, and yet he has a Romantic passion and a dignity that many of his rivals fail to bring to the role. That under-rated singer Gwynne Howell is especially moving in Colline's farewell to his cloak--one of those perfect little showcase sections Puccini sometimes gives to minor parts. Marilyn Zschau's Musetta is broad and comic and yet somehow includes the audience in the glorious joke that her sexuality is for her; when Thomas Allen sings, to her waltz theme, of youth that is not yet dead, his ardour transcends realism. Gardelli knew this score in his bones--the production bounces along from comedy to tears to eroticism to tragedy and neither cast nor orchestra miss a single one of Puccini's wonderful touches of emotional exploitation. --Roz Kaveney

  • A Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals [DVD] [2009]A Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals | DVD | (12/07/2010) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Live from the Royal Albert Hall Clive Anderson introduces a sensational concert celebrating 75 years of classic MGM film musicals. John Wilson and his hand-picked orchestra including superb and diverse vocal talent celebrate the golden age of Hollywood musicals with songs from the great movies including Thee Wizard of Oz Meet Me in St Louis Seven Brides for Seven Brothers High Society Gigi and Singin' in the Rain. Joined by an array of talented vocalists including Curtis Stigers Kim Criswell Seth MacFarlane Sir Thomas Allen and Sarah Fox. Wilson sends the feel-good factor soaring with a medley of popular songs including Get Happy Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Wonderful Wonderful Day Steppin' Out With My Baby Lover Come Back to Me and a host of other sumptuous delicious numbers. Amazingly although all the original orchestral parts were lost Wilson has painstakingly reconstructed the original scores. The result was the highlight of the 2009 BBC Proms season - a unique live performance of these beloved songs.

  • The Predator BLU-RAY [2018]The Predator BLU-RAY | Blu Ray | (28/01/2019) from £7.95   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Decades after the first, fateful encounters between elite American forces and the extra-terrestrial Predators who hunt humans for honour and sport, Special Forces Captain Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) encounters a Predator marooned in the Mexican wilderness. But soon after the captive Predator becomes the centrepiece of a top-secret study under evolutionary biologist Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn), a deadly new breed of Predator arrives on Earth, with plans that could threaten the entire planet's future. Now Brackett, McKenna, his son, and a squad of military misfits have to band together to fend off both the alien threat and a human conspiracy - making surprising allies in the process.

  • Village of the Damned / Children of the DamnedVillage of the Damned / Children of the Damned | DVD | (01/06/2007) from £6.49   |  Saving you £19.50 (300.46%)   |  RRP £25.99

    This release contains two suspenseful horror films from the 1960s: VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED.

  • Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis [2003]Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis | DVD | (22/08/2003) from £20.35   |  Saving you £4.64 (22.80%)   |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the David McVicar production of Mozart's last opera. Colin Davis conducts the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Recorded at Covent Garden.

  • Kiri Te Kanawa - My World Of OperaKiri Te Kanawa - My World Of Opera | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

  • Twin Town [1997]Twin Town | DVD | (15/05/2006) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (166.94%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Bryn Cartwright a wealthy roofing contractor Rugby Club Chairman and local kingpin rules the roost until Fatty Lewis a local handyman falls off a ladder on a Cartwright job. Bryn refuses to pay compensation. The twins Fatty's wayward sons devise a wickedly comic way of getting even and Bryn ends up paying dearly...

  • Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - WagnerDie Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - Wagner | DVD | (17/01/2005) from £16.59   |  Saving you £5.40 (24.60%)   |  RRP £21.99

    A performance of Wagner's opera 'Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg'.

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart [1987]Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (23/04/2004) from £9.77   |  Saving you £0.22 (2.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A performance of the Mozart opera Don Giovanni.

  • The Predator 4K UHD [Blu-ray] [2018]The Predator 4K UHD | 4K UHD | (28/01/2019) from £19.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Decades after the first, fateful encounters between elite American forces and the extra-terrestrial Predators who hunt humans for honour and sport, Special Forces Captain Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) encounters a Predator marooned in the Mexican wilderness. But soon after the captive Predator becomes the centrepiece of a top-secret study under evolutionary biologist Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn), a deadly new breed of Predator arrives on Earth, with plans that could threaten the entire planet's future. Now Brackett, McKenna, his son, and a squad of military misfits have to band together to fend off both the alien threat and a human conspiracy - making surprising allies in the process.

  • The Santa Clause 2 [2002]The Santa Clause 2 | DVD | (17/11/2003) from £4.49   |  Saving you £13.50 (75.00%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa's got problems and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son has landed on this year's "naughty" list!

  • The Waltons - Season 3The Waltons - Season 3 | DVD | (11/09/2006) from £55.33   |  Saving you £-15.34 (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    The television series that captured the American spirit of family loyalty returns for a third season on DVD. Episodes comprise: 1. The Conflict (Part 1) 2. The Conflict (Part 2) 3. The First Day 4. The Thoroughbred 5. The Runaway 6. The Romance 7. The Ring 8. The System 9. The Spoilers 10. The Marathon 11. The Book 12. The Job 13. The Departure 14. The Visitor 15. The Birthday 16. The Lie 17. The Matchmakers 18. The Beguiled 19. The Caretakers 20. The Shivaree 21. The Choice 22. The Statue 23. The Song 24. The Woman 25. The Venture

  • The Cunning Little Vixen - Janacek [1995]The Cunning Little Vixen - Janacek | DVD | (15/11/2001) from £34.31   |  Saving you £-9.32 (-37.30%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen is a real charmer of an opera, a tale that shows the natural world the composer had loved from childhood in its true colours: miraculous, beautiful, mysterious but also cruel. The inspiration came from a series of illustrated stories published in a Czech newspaper. The Vixen of the title is captured by a forester and taken home as a plaything for his children. She is soon thrown out of the house and has to make her own way in the world, encountering lust, stupidity, pride, love and ultimately death. This 1995 performance was taken from the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. Visually, Nicholas Hytner's production is a triumph, the animals wonderfully wittily wrought (the mosquito with its syringe for a nose, the mangey old dog, distasteful in baggy Y-fronts, the hideous, goggle-eyed frog). And it's also brilliantly cast: Eva Jenis's Vixen is funny, sexy, endearing and youthful enough in voice and figure to convince. Thomas Allen is a veteran of the role of the Forester, a huge presence and singing in impeccable Czech. In fact, there's not a weak performance here, and that goes for the dancers and instrumentalists as well as the singers. And at the helm, who better than Sir Charles Mackerras, arguably the greatest living interpreter of Janacek's music? This is in essence a grown-up fairy tale, ravishingly done and extremely highly recommended. On the DVD: The Cunning Little Vixen is presented on disc in vividly remastered PCM stereo, with 16:9 picture format that does full justice to the alluringly colourful designs. The disc is encoded for regions 2 and 5, and the menu and subtitle languages are English, German, French and Spanish. The useful booklet gives coherent background information and synopsis as well as full casting details. There's also a substantial (23-minute) trailer of other offerings from Arthaus Musik. --Harriet Smith

  • Stalking Laura [1995]Stalking Laura | DVD | (01/04/2002) from £6.22   |  Saving you £-0.23 (-3.80%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Laura has her degree her job in Silicon Valley and it's time to leave home. Everything is fine until she meets Richard Farley who will not leave her alone...

  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut -- Royal Opera HousePuccini: Manon Lescaut -- Royal Opera House | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £11.92   |  Saving you £6.07 (33.70%)   |  RRP £17.99

    This famous production of Manon Lescaut from The Royal Opera recorded in 1983 features two of the biggest stars in opera Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa in their vocal prime. Placido Domingo's performance of Des Grieux is considered to be unsurpassed. Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli made his British operatic debut with this production which has not been available on video for 10 years. Puccini's first masterpiece was rapturously received on its first night. It has his hallmark se

  • Prom At The Palace [2002]Prom At The Palace | DVD | (01/07/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    One of the most remarkable things about this recording of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Prom at the Palace--quite apart from the musical goodies on offer--is the opportunity to glimpse inside the royal garden, and see what Her Majesty's principal home looks like from the back. Who would have guessed she had her own lake? Voyeurism aside, director Bob Coles also catches the palpable sense of occasion and excitement that surrounds the concert, with some swooping camera angles and shots of a very chuffed-looking crowd. The music, introduced by Michael Parkinson, is a mix of popular favourites (Zadok the Priest, "Jupiter" from The Planets, Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks) and a few lesser-known items such as Malcolm Arnold's The Nation's Dances. The outdoor acoustic is generally handled pretty well with some sensitive microphone placement, and the soloists all sound wonderful; Angela Gheorghiu stops the show with a passionate account of "Vissi d'Arte" (from Tosca) and 13-year-old clarinettist Julian Bliss gives a remarkably assured performance of Messager's fluffy salon-piece Solo de Concours. Occasionally the BBC Symphony Orchestra loses concentration and plays somewhat scrappily--the accompaniment to Figaro's aria "Largo al Factotum" is not all it should be--but overall this is a fine souvenir of a historic concert. On the DVD: Prom at the Palace has no special features on DVD. The arias in French and Italian are all subtitled in English. All profit from the sale of the DVD will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Trust. --Warwick Thomson

  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel | Blu Ray | (01/06/2009) from £23.57   |  Saving you £6.42 (21.40%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Hansel And Gretel

  • J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus -- GlyndebourneJ. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (20/02/2004) from £24.89   |  Saving you £5.10 (20.49%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Johann Strauss II's wonderfully convoluted and ingenious Viennese farce Die Fledermaus is a masterpiece of operetta. The tale spins waltz-like around the philandering Von Eisenstein (Thomas Allen), his wife Rosalinde (Pamela Armstrong), who is tempted by singing teacher Alfred (Par Lindskog), and Adele (Lyubov Petrova), Rosalinde's maid. Following Shakespeare's romantic comedy template there is much mistaken identity, confusion of purpose and cross-dressing, with the events unfolding around an increasingly drunken masked ball and the morning after in the local jail. The champagne-fuelled entertainment carries various satiric undertones, but this adaptation by director Stephen Lawless and Daniel Dooner emphasises colour, wit and flamboyance, always ensuring the jokes work well for a modern audience. The production requires acting as strong as the excellent singing, and Thomas Allen delivers a subtly layered interpretation of Eisenstein, while Pamela Armstrong's Rosalinde offers a winning study in smouldering sensuality, well contrasted with Lyubov Petrova's more directly sexual Adele. The revolving set mirrors the swirling Strauss dances and the elegant design is a perfect match for the boldly extrovert costumes. If this Glyndebourne 2003 production doesn't match Dame Joan Sutherland's retirement performance at the Royal Opera House in 1977 for historic value, it is easily as much fun and the production values are second to none. On the DVD: Die Fledermaus is presented on a two-disc edition with Acts 1 and 2 on the first disc and Act 3 and 37 minutes of extras on the second DVD. The 16:9 anamorphically enhanced image is as strong and detailed as BBC live digital video recording can be and the sound is offered in excellent stereo, as well as superb 5.1 DTS, which places the listener in the acoustic equivalent of the best seat in the house. The extras begin with 20 minutes of short but worthwhile interviews with Pamela Armstrong, Thomas Allen, Hakan Hagegard, conductor Vladimir Jurowski and director Stephen Lawless. There is a five-minute feature on the history of the waltz and a four-minute humorous interlude in which Udo Samel explores the pleasures of champagne in his character as the gaoler Frosch. More substantial if less entertaining is Return of the Architect (8 min), a look at the design and construction of the modern Glyndebourne opera house. The set is completed with routine photo and costume galleries and a nicely produced booklet illustrated with good quality colour photographs. Optional subtitles are available in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish. --Gary S Dalkin

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