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  • Autobiography of a Princess (Merchant Ivory Collection)Autobiography of a Princess (Merchant Ivory Collection) | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £17.98   |  Saving you £-7.99 (-80.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A thoughtful character study and fascinating look at a nearly obselete Indian lifestyle.

  • The Mouse That Roared [1959]The Mouse That Roared | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The Mouse That Roared, originally released in 1959, is mostly remembered as a tour-de-force from peerless comic actor Peter Sellers, playing all three of the principal roles. It's worth seeing for that alone, but the film is also one of the most memorable satires of nuclear geopolitics produced during the Cold War and, along with another Sellers vehicle, Dr Strangelove, provides an unbeatable illustration of the paranoia and helplessness engendered by that period. The Mouse That Roared tells the story of the fictional European principality of Grand Fenwick. Finding itself on the wrong end of a trade dispute with the United States, and noting America's generosity in rebuilding the countries it had fought in World War II, Grand Fenwick's rulers hit upon the idea of declaring war on the US, losing, and then reaping a Marshall Plan-style hand-out. The plan, proposed by Grand Fenwick's prime minister (played by Peter Sellers), is approved by the monarch (also played by Peter Sellers), who dispatches an invasion force of chain mail-clad archers under the command of Grand Fenwick's hapless Field Marshal (also played by Peter Sellers). Due to a series of happenstances and misunderstandings, Grand Fenwick's plan goes terribly wrong, and they inflict a surprising defeat on America, with curious consequences. On the DVD: The Mouse That Roared is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen; sound is mono. Soundtracks are available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and subtitles in all those as well as most other major European languages, Hebrew and Arabic. Special features include a scene selector, and three theatrical trailers: one for this film (English audiences will get a kick out of the 1950s American announcer raving about "an hilarious new personality, Peter Sellers"), one for Sellers' much bleaker (and much funnier) Cold War satire Dr Strangelove, and one for his slight horror spoof Murder By Death. --Andrew Mueller

  • Ever Decreasing Circles - Series 1 [1984]Ever Decreasing Circles - Series 1 | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £10.74   |  Saving you £7.24 (93.42%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Written by the successful team of John Esmonde and Bob Larbey 'Ever Decreasing Circles' was first broadcast by the BBC in February 1984. Richard Briers Penelope Wilton and Peter Egan star in this popular suburban-set comedy. Episode 1: Martin lives in a cul-de-sac and is a pillar of the community. He is chairman of just about every club committee. The equilibrium of the Close where he lives is disturbed when new neighbour Paul moves in next door... Episode 2: Paul masterminds a take-over at the general meeting of the Motor Club and Martin is relieved of his chairmanship. Ann is hopeful of a renewed social life but their new freedom is short lived... Episode 3: Martin is beginning to find his new neighbour's unconventional behaviour a potential danger to the harmony of the Close. 'Goings-on' of this kind have never happened before and something has to be done... Episode 4: Martin Ann Howard and Hilda spend their holidays together at the same resort at the same and even book it on the same day every year; a ritual that has remained for seven years but one that is unsettled when Paul offers them all the chance of a villa in Spain... Episode 5: In Martin's absence Paul is voted onto the committee to organise a Vicars and Tarts Dance for the RSPCA. When Martin's role is diminished he resorts to blackmail to take credit for the success of the event...

  • Barnaby Rudge - Charles Dickens Classics [1960] [DVD] BBC TV SeriesBarnaby Rudge - Charles Dickens Classics | DVD | (22/08/2017) from £9.25   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The acclaimed BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Barnaby Rudge (1960) is now available to own on DVD for the first time. Starring John Wood (War Games) , Barbara Hicks (Brazil), Timothy Bateson (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and BAFTA-nominee Joan Hickson. On a stormy night in 1775 a ragged stranger (Nigel Arkwright) wanders into the Maypole Inn. Edward Chester (Bernard Brown), whose horse is lame, leaves the inn on foot to meet his beloved Emma Haredale (Eira Heath) at a masked ball. Joe Willet (Alan Hayward), quarrels with his father, Maypole landlord John (Arthur Brough), and joins the army, only saying goodbye to Dolly (Jennifer Daniel), the pretty daughter of locksmith Gabriel Varden (Newton Blick). Varden s household includes his formidable wife (Joan Hickson) and dithering maid Miss Miggs (Barbara Hicks). Simple-minded Barnaby Rudge (John Wood) wanders in and out of the story, chattering with his pet raven Grip. Barnaby s mother Mary (Isabel Dean) is visited by the stranger, and feels compelled to protect him. As the stories interweave, Barnaby is caught up in the Gordon Riots, a violent demonstration against Catholics. Jailed with the ringleaders, will he hang for their actions? Michael Voyseys 1960 BBC adaptation remains the only TV portrayal of Dickens tantalizing gothic drama.

  • Father Came Too! [1963]Father Came Too! | DVD | (15/08/2005) from £5.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (66.78%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The Fast Lady team rides again! The newlywed Munroes purchase a rundown ramshackle cottage and plan to fix it up themselves primarily to escape their meddling father. However they haven't appreciated the scope of the work required to get the place up to scratch.. They have no choice but to seek outside help. When Builder Josh Wicks arrives on the scene the bills start going through the roof... Written by Henry Blyth (The Bulldog Breed) and Jack Davi

  • Ever Decreasing Circles - Series 2 [1985]Ever Decreasing Circles - Series 2 | DVD | (17/06/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Written by the successful team of John Esmonde and Bob Larbey 'Ever Decreasing Circles' was first broadcast by the BBC in February 1984. Richard Briers Penelope Wilton and Peter Egan star in the second series of the popular suburban-set comedy. Episode 1: When Martin goes to collect Mrs Beardsmore for afternoon tea at the Bryce household Ann is horrified when he returns with a minibus full of her friends. Episode 2: The cricket season begins and Martin finds it increasingly difficult to avoid picking Paul for the team. Episode 3: In an attempt to vary the guests at their dinner party Ann suggests inviting Paul and his girlfriend. During the course of the evening however Paul's wife turns up unexpectedly. Episode 4: Ann is in hospital and Martin decides to spring-clean the entire house stubbornly refusing help from anyone in the Close least of all Paul. Episode 5: Martin is desperate to win the local snooker tournament. When the tournament favourite moves away he thinks he is in with a chance until Paul decides to enter. Episode 6: Ann decides there is more to life than being a suburban housewife. Episode 7: Martin is captivated by a psychiatrist he meets at Paul's party but dumfounded when Ann suggests he goes to see him professionally. Christmas Special: Martin's Christmas is ruined when Ann volunteers use of the Bryce home to house Paul's guests.

  • Ever Decreasing Circles - The Complete Series 4Ever Decreasing Circles - The Complete Series 4 | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Written by the successful team of John Esmonde and Bob Larbey 'Ever Decreasing Circles' was first broadcast by the BBC in February 1984. Richard Briers Penelope Wilton and Peter Egan star in this popular suburban-set comedy. Episodes comprise: Relaxation Goodbye Paul? Stuck In A Loft Neighbourhood Watch The Footpath Jumping To Conclusions Half An Office.

  • The Girl On The Boat [1962]The Girl On The Boat | DVD | (26/01/2004) from £4.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Sam Marlowe travels to the States with the intention of convincing his aunt to let him rent out her summer house in England. But when the aunt discovers that Eustace Sam's cousin is planning to secretly marry she sends them back to England. On the return trip Sam meets and falls for Eustace's ex-fiancee Billie with hilarious results. Adapted from the P.G. Wodehouse novel.

  • The Knack And How To Get It [1965]The Knack And How To Get It | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (41.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Cool and sophisticated Tolen has a monopoly on womanising - with a long line of conquests to prove it - while the naive and awkward Colin desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl it's not long before the self assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war or can Colin get the knack and beat Tolen at his own game?

  • The Good Life - Series 3 [1977]The Good Life - Series 3 | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The third series of the self-reliance sitcom. Episodes comprise: 1. The Early Birds 2. The Happy Event 3. A Tug Of The Forelock 4. I Talk To The Trees 5. Whos Fleas Are These? 6. The Last Posh Frock

  • Lord Peter Wimsey - Strong Poison [1987]Lord Peter Wimsey - Strong Poison | DVD | (11/02/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Edward Petherbridge stars as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in this who-dun-nit from the pen of Dorothy L. Sayers. Mystery writer Harriet Vane is on trial for the murder of her lover. The evidence seems pretty conclusive. Not an hour after leaving her flat Philip Boyles was found dead in the back of a taxi cab - from arsenic posioning. Wimsey attends the trial and becomes beguiled by the writer. He also becomes convinced of her innocence of the crime. When the jury

  • Ever Decreasing Circles - The Complete SeriesEver Decreasing Circles - The Complete Series | DVD | (14/06/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £49.99

    Written by the successful team of John Esmonde and Bob Larbey 'Ever Decreasing Circles' was first broadcast by the BBC in February 1984. Richard Briers Penelope Wilton and Peter Egan star in this popular suburban-set comedy. This box set contains every episode from all four series of the TV sitcom.

  • Don't Wait Up - Series 1 And 2Don't Wait Up - Series 1 And 2 | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £10.78   |  Saving you £14.21 (131.82%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Two doctors estranged from their spouses become roommates...they also happen to be father and son! Can they share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Watch as father and son learn to tolerate one another's idiosyncrasies in this sophisticated and popular comedy series..

  • All Or Nothing [2002]All Or Nothing | DVD | (28/04/2003) from £22.98   |  Saving you £-2.99 (-15.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A 2002 Mike Leigh drama, All or Nothing is at times almost unbearably bleak and poignant, yet funny, truthful and richly rewarding. The film's revolves around Timothy Spall's mini-cab driver, his family and the various characters and acquaintances on the South-east London estate where he lives. It's perhaps even better than Secrets and Lies, in which Spall also starred, which was marred a little by some of the tearful excesses of Brenda Blethyn's bravura performance. It's evidence that Leigh has matured and improved with age, rather than mellowed and softened. He's developed into a highly distinctive but rounded and humane filmmaker. Spall's cabbie is too gentle and thoughtful to be described as a slob, but his lack of even the most basic ambition and stoic non-resistance to life has created an unspoken rift between him and wife Penny (Lesley Manville). Working on a supermarket checkout, she must cook dinner and fend off insults from her fat, frustrated, obnoxious 18-year-old son Rory. She receives only passive sympathy from her older daughter Rachel. Only when Rory is taken ill is Phil snapped out of his torpor as the family pull together. A host of minor characters also feature; fatuous cabbie Ron (Paul Jesson) his alcoholic wife and sluttish daughter, as well as the wonderfully good-humoured and resilient Maureen, Penny's best friend, concerned at her daughter's relationship with a violent boyfriend. Once accused of caricaturing his "lower class" characters, here Leigh (with the collaborative assistance of his actors) exhibits them in all their authentic complexity, neither idealising nor sentimentalising them. On the DVD: All or Nothing's extras include the original trailer, as well as interviews with several members of the cast. Timothy Spall is interesting on the unnerving process of collaboration favoured by Leigh, whereby characters are "built from zero" by the actors. The smart and rather posh Lesley Manville strikes quite a contrast in real life with her mousey, put-upon character. There's also a meticulous and absorbing commentary from Mike Leigh, who talks about filming in Greenwich and how he has moved away from some of the more dogmatic ideas about filmmaking of his earlier, avant-garde days. --David Stubbs

  • Saturday Morning Pictures - The Best Of The Children's Film Foundation - Vol. 3 [1963]Saturday Morning Pictures - The Best Of The Children's Film Foundation - Vol. 3 | DVD | (28/10/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Go Kart Go Rival groups build their own Go-Karts and encounter excitement and trouble in their efforts to win the local Go-Kart race. Featuring a very young Dennis Waterman! A Hitch In Time An erratic time machine cuts a bullying teacher down to size...

  • The Girl On The Boat [1962]The Girl On The Boat | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Sam Marlowe travels to the States with the intention of convincing his aunt to let him rent out her summer house in England. But when the aunt discovers that Eustace Sam's cousin is planning to secretly marry she sends them back to England. On the return trip Sam meets and falls for Eustace's ex-fiancee Billie with hilarious results. Adapted from the P.G. Wodehouse novel.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey - Clouds Of Witness [1972]Lord Peter Wimsey - Clouds Of Witness | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the series of novels written by Dorothy L Sayers in the 1920s and 30s, Lord Peter Wimsey was dramatised for TV by the BBC between 1972-5. Ian Carmichael, veteran of British film comedy, played the genial, aristocratic sleuth; Glyn Houston was his manservant Bunter. The pair are similar to PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Bertie Wooster (whom Carmichael played in an earlier TV adaptation) though here the duo are equal in intelligence, breezing about the country together in Wimsey's Bentley and stumbling with morbid regularity upon baffling murder mysteries to test their wits. Those for whom this series forms hazy memories of childhood might be surprised at its somewhat stagy, lingering interior shots, the spartan paucity of music, the miserly attitude towards locations, especially foreign ones, and the rather genteel, leisurely pace of these programmes, besides which Inspector Morse seems like Quentin Tarantino in comparison. It seems that initially the BBC was reluctant to commission the series and ventured on production with a wary eye on the budget. The Britain depicted by Sayers is, by and large, populated by either the upper classes or heavily accented, rum-do-and-no-mistake lower orders, which some might find consoling. However, the acting is generally excellent and the murder mysteries are sophisticated parlour games, the televisual equivalent of a good, absorbing jigsaw puzzle. There were five feature-length adaptations in all. "Clouds of Witness" sees Wimsey investigate the death of his brother the Duke of Denver's fiancée. --David Stubbs

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