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  • GandhiGandhi | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £3.00   |  Saving you £2.99 (99.67%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Gandhi is a great subject, but is Gandhi a great film? Undoubtedly it is, not least because it is one of the last old-school epics ever made, a glorious visual treat featuring tens of thousands of extras (real people, not digital effects) and sumptuous Panavision cinematography. But a true epic is about more than just widescreen photography, it concerns itself with noble subjects too, and the life story of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the noblest of all. Both the man and the film have profound things to say about the meaning of freedom and racial harmony, as well as how to achieve them. Ben Kingsley, in his first major screen role, bears the heavy responsibility of the central performance and carries it off magnificently; without his magnetic and utterly convincing portrayal the film would founder in the very first scene. Sir Richard Attenborough surrounds his main character with a cast of distinguished thespians (Trevor Howard, John Mills, John Gielgud and Martin Sheen, to name but four), none of whom do anything but provide the most sympathetic support. John Briley's literate screenplay achieves the almost impossible task of distilling the bewildering complexities of Anglo-Indian politics. Attenborough's treatment is openly reverential, but, given the saint-like character of his subject, it's hard to see how it could have been anything else. He doesn't flinch from the implication that the Mahatma was naïve to expect a unified India, for example, but instead lets Gandhi's actions speak for themselves. The outstanding achievement of this labour of love is that it tells the story of an avowed pacifist who never raised a hand in anger, of a man who never held high office, of a man who shied away from publicity, and turns it into three hours of utterly mesmerising cinema.On the DVD: The anamorphic (16:9) picture of the original 2.35:1 image has a certain softness to it that may reflect the age of the print, but somehow seems entirely in keeping with the subject . Sound is Dolby 5.1. The extras are fairly brief, but worthwhile: original newsreel footage of Gandhi includes an astonishingly patronising British news account of his visit to England; in a recent interview, Ben Kinglsey chats enthusiastically about the film and the difficulties he experienced bringing the character to life. The dull "making-of" feature is simply a montage of stills. --Mark Walker

  • Superman [1978]Superman | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.22   |  Saving you £11.76 (527.35%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Modern blockbuster cinema came of age with the release of three huge science fiction/fantasy extravaganzas in the late 1970s. In 1978 Superman was the last of these, a gigantic hit unfairly overshadowed by Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Christopher Reeve is completely convincing as both Superman and mild-mannered alter ego Clarke Kent, sparking real chemistry with Margot Kidder's fellow reporter Lois Lane. Very much a film of two halves, the opening tells the origin of Superman from the apocalyptic fate of Krypton to his nostalgically rendered boyhood in the mid-West. After a wonderful sequence introducing the Fortress of Solitude the film changes gear as the adult Clarke Kent arrives in Metropolis and Superman battles arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). Though the tone becomes lighter and introduces comedy, Superman succeeds because Donner plays the titular character straight. From Marlon Brando's heavyweight cameo to the surprisingly wrenching finale, Superman unfolds as an epic modern myth, a spiritual fable for a secular age and a fantastic entertainment for the young at heart. With breathtaking production design, still special effects, gorgeous cinematography, thrilling set-pieces, wit, romance and John Williams' extraordinarily rich music score, Superman has the power to make you believe a man can fly.On the DVD: Superman is presented in an extended director's cut which adds eight minutes to the theatrical original. The restored material is so artfully integrated many viewers may not even notice, but it would have been nice to at least have the opportunity to watch the original via seamless branching. The sound has been remixed into extraordinarily powerful Dolby Digital 5.1--the superb main title sequence is worth the price alone--and the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is, except for some unavoidably grainy effects shots, pristine. The commentary by Richard Donner and writer Tom Mankiewicz reveals more about the background than all but the most dedicated fan will ever need to know, while film music aficionados will revel in the opportunity to listen to John Williams' score isolated in Dolby Digital 5.1. On the second side of the disc are a eight alternate John Williams music cues, a selection of deleted scenes and the screen tests of a variety of would-be Lois Lanes, introduced and with optional commentary by casting director Lynn Stalmaster. These are fascinating, and show how right for the part Margot Kidder really was. A DVD-ROM only feature presents the storyboards plus various Web features, while the real highlight is a 90-minute documentary divided into three sections covering pre-production, filming and special effects. The picture quality on all the extras is very good indeed. An enthralling package, DVD doesn't get much better than this. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Brief Encounter [1945]Brief Encounter | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £4.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Noel Coward's timeless movie of a couple who meet in a railway station and must make a decision that will change their lives forever.

  • Battle Of Britain [1969]Battle Of Britain | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (185.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Despite its manipulative grandiosity, this film is completely irresistible, for several reasons: it recounts the greatest air battle in history, creating the greatest aerial battle scenes in film history; it has a terrific cast (Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Curt Jurgens, Laurence Olivier, Nigel Patrick, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Patrick Wymark and Edward Fox); and it's technically very well made, thanks to the Bond team of producer Harry Saltzman and director Guy Hamilton and the great cinematographer Freddie Young. --Bill Desowitz

  • The Third Man [Blu-ray] [1949]The Third Man | Blu Ray | (20/07/2015) from £12.59   |  Saving you £10.40 (82.61%)   |  RRP £22.99

    THE THIRD MAN has been beautifully restored in 4K for the first time showcasing the genius of this celebrated British noir voted the ‘The greatest British film of all time’ by a British Film Institute poll. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton Citizen Kane ) a naïve writer of pulp westerns arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (the incomparable Orson Welles) nut finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins too curious for his own good hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants. Complicating matters are the sardonic Major Calloway (Trevor Howard Brief Encounter) head of the British forces and Lime’s stage actress mistress Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli). Will Martin’s curiosity lead him to discover things about his old friend that he’d rather not know? Brilliantly scripted by Graham Greene and set to Anton Karas’ evocative zither score this justly celebrated classic is further enhanced by Robert Karasker’s Academy Award winning cinematography and Orson Welles in one of his most iconic screen roles. Extras: Feature Audio Commentary Famous Fan Featurette Restoring the Third Man Interview & Zither Performance by Cornelia Mayer Guardian Interview Cotton (audio) Guardian Interview Greene (audio) Joseph Cotton’s Alternative Opening (Audio) Shadowing The Third Man Dangerous Edge Third Man on Radio (Audio) Trailer

  • Odette [DVD] [1950]Odette | DVD | (08/06/2009) from £9.29   |  Saving you £6.70 (72.12%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Odette is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII.

  • The Third Man [1949]The Third Man | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £17.99

    This classic noir mystery from the team of Carol Reed and Graham Greene is regarded to be the best filmwork of both of these extreme talents. The Third Man features Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins a pulp novelist who has come to post-WWII Vienna with the promise of work from his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). When he finds that Lime has just been killed in a questionable car accident he decides to remain in the city to investigate his friend's mysterious death. The Third Man is a masterpiece of melancholia featuring extraordinary writing acting and directing as well as a classic zither score by Anton Karas.

  • The Third Man [DVD] [1949]The Third Man | DVD | (20/07/2015) from £8.45   |  Saving you £9.54 (112.90%)   |  RRP £17.99

    THE THIRD MAN has been beautifully restored in 4K for the first time showcasing the genius of this celebrated British noir voted the ‘The greatest British film of all time’ by a British Film Institute poll. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton Citizen Kane ) a naïve writer of pulp westerns arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (the incomparable Orson Welles) nut finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins too curious for his own good hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants. Complicating matters are the sardonic Major Calloway (Trevor Howard Brief Encounter) head of the British forces and Lime’s stage actress mistress Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli). Will Martin’s curiosity lead him to discover things about his old friend that he’d rather not know? Brilliantly scripted by Graham Greene and set to Anton Karas’ evocative zither score this justly celebrated classic is further enhanced by Robert Karasker’s Academy Award winning cinematography and Orson Welles in one of his most iconic screen roles. Extras: Feature Audio Commentary Famous Fan Featurette Restoring the Third Man Interview & Zither Performance by Cornelia Mayer Guardian Interview Cotton (audio) Guardian Interview Greene (audio) Joseph Cotton’s Alternative Opening (Audio) Shadowing The Third Man Dangerous Edge Third Man on Radio (Audio) Trailer

  • The Charge of The Light Brigade [Blu-ray] [2021]The Charge of The Light Brigade | Blu Ray | (19/07/2021) from £12.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    From director Tony Richardson comes this brilliant retelling of tragic events during the Crimean War between Britain and Russia in the 1850s. A British cavalry division, led by the overbearing Lord Cardigan (Trevor Howard), engages in an infamously reckless strategic debacle against a Russian artillery battery. An inept chain of command and the arrogance of the aristocratic officers nearly destroys the brigade. Interpersonal wars within the unit, including unfaithful wives and a rivalry between Lord Cardigan and Captain Nolan (David Hemmings), heighten the conflict.

  • The Battle of Britain [Vanilla Version]The Battle of Britain | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.49   |  Saving you £15.50 (345.21%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Featuring a stellar cast, including Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw and Susannah York, Battle of Britainis a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best. Few defining moments can change the outcome of war. But when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied insurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe, they may well have altered the course of history!

  • Gandhi [1982]Gandhi | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £8.08   |  Saving you £7.91 (97.90%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Upon his return to his native India and fed up with the unjust political system he joins the Indian Congress Party which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his ""subversive"" activities land him in jail masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives so the crown responds by slaughtering 1 500 Indians. Enraged the ascetic spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.

  • The Heart Of The MatterThe Heart Of The Matter | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-1.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Adapted from Graham Greene's novel Trevor Howard stars as Harry Scobie an assistant police commisioner working in Sierra Leone during WWII. Harry finds himself drawn to Helen a survivor of a U-boat attack and whilst the cat is away he decides that he can no longer stay married. However as his Catholic union threatens the outcome of both relationships Harry soon convinces himself that desperate measures need to be taken....

  • Mary Queen Of Scots [DVD] [1971]Mary Queen Of Scots | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £10.98   |  Saving you £8.00 (100.13%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Political intrigue strong women weak men and countless conspiracies fuel this beautifully staged historical drama about the life of Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (Vanessa Redgrave). In the wake of the Protestant Reformation Mary Stuart becomes enmeshed in a labyrinthine power struggle to determine the fate of the British throne. Heads roll and dynasties crumble when Mary her unctuous husband Lord Darnley (Timothy Dalton) her jealous half-brother James Stuart (McGoohan) Scotland's rebellious nobility the Church of England the Pope and England's Virgin Queen Elizabeth I (Glenda Jackson) all vie for control of the crown.

  • The Cockleshell Heroes (Eureka Classics) Blu Ray [Blu-ray]The Cockleshell Heroes (Eureka Classics) Blu Ray | Blu Ray | (15/07/2019) from £9.35   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to release THE COCKLESHELL HEROES, an exhilarating action thriller based on true events, for the first time ever on Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range from 15 July 2019. At the height of the Second World War, a battalion of German ships are safely docked at the unassailable port of Bordeaux. Newly promoted Major Stringer (José Ferrer, also behind the camera as director) has a unique idea send a team of commandos out in collapsible canoes, have them paddle seventy miles upriver in arduous conditions and blow up the German ships with limpet mines. Also starring Trevor Howard and Christopher Lee, The Cockleshell Heroes is the true story of one of the most daring raids in British military history, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its worldwide debut on Blu-ray. Special Features: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio Optional English SDH subtitles Brand New and Exclusive interview with film historian Sheldon Hall

  • Staying On [1979]Staying On | DVD | (19/02/2007) from £9.43   |  Saving you £0.56 (5.94%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A british colonel and his wife decide to remain in India after the departure of the British raj in the 1940s...

  • Cary Grant - Screen LegendsCary Grant - Screen Legends | DVD | (05/06/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The Awful Truth (Dir. Leo McCarey 1937): Love is a comic battlefield especially when presided over by two superbly-matched sparring partners Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. A classic screwball Hollywood romp! Bringing Up Baby (Dir. Howard Hawks 1938): A dog belonging to an eccentric heiress (Hepburn) steals a dinosaur bone from David (Grant) an absent-minded Zoology professor. David follows the heiress to her home and all hell breaks loose when he loses his pet leopard

  • Kidnapped [Blu-ray]Kidnapped | Blu Ray | (01/02/2021) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Based on the novels by Robert Louis Stevenson and directed by Oscar-winning Delbert Mann, this epic, star-studded adventure sees Michael Caine in the role of a Jacobite rebel who befriends an orphan fleeing a life of slavery. A strong drama with a moving score from Roy Budd (and end theme sung by folk legend Mary Hopkin), Kidnapped co-stars Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Trevor Howard and Gordon Jackson. It is featured here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film materials in its original Panavision aspect ratio. 1746: as defeated Jacobite rebels flee government forces in the aftermath of the battle at Culloden, eighteen-year-old orphan David Balfour's attempt to claim his inheritance results in his incarceration on a slaver ship heading for the West Indies. Luckily for David the ship's captain runs afoul of Alan Breck, and both Breck and David make their bloody escape. SPECIAL FEATURES Original theatrical trailer Production featurette A Tale and a Half: 2020 Vivien Heilbron interview Archive Michael Caine interviews Image gallery

  • Ryan's Daughter [1970]Ryan's Daughter | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £6.29   |  Saving you £10.70 (170.11%)   |  RRP £16.99

    World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her father's pub and Rosy was tending bar for the first time since her marriage to the village schoolmaster. Then one stormy night some Irish revolutionaries expecting a shipment of guns arrive at Ryan's pub. Is it Rosy who betrays them to the British? Wi

  • The Long Duel [DVD]The Long Duel | DVD | (04/02/2013) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    To protest against British oppression and tyranny a tribal leader becomes a bandit.

  • Sir Henry At Rawlinson End [1980]Sir Henry At Rawlinson End | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The central though nearly impenetrable plot of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End is Sir Henry's (Trevor Howard) attempts to exorcise the trouserless ghost of his dead brother Humbert whom he accidentally killed in a drunken duck-shooting incident. This is aided or hindered by his mad family and servants including the tapeworm-obsessed Mrs. E; Old Scrotum the wrinkled retainer; the eternally knitting Aunt Florrie and Lady Phillipa of Stains a turkey-legged old soak. With German PoWs in the garden fishing for hairdressers a mechanical bulldog a horse in the billiards room and a marriage bed furnished with a barbed-wire divide the mayhem of Rawlinson End is endless....

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