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  • Great Expectations [1946]Great Expectations | DVD | (26/09/2008) from £26.98   |  Saving you £-6.99 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    David Lean's masterpiece based on Charles Dickins' timeless novel about Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who suddenly comes into great fortunes.

  • Kind Hearts & Coronets 70th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [2019]Kind Hearts & Coronets 70th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (24/06/2019) from £12.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    June 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the original UK release of KIND HEARTS & CORONETS, the jewel in Ealing Studios' crown, and arguably one of the finest British films ever made. To celebrate this anniversary STUDIOCANAL are releasing a stunning restoration on Blu-ray and DVD as part of their Vintage Classics Collection on June 24th 2019. Hailing from the Golden-Age of Ealing comedies (Passport to Pimlico and Whisky Galore! also turn 70 this year) KIND HEARTS & CORONETS stars Dennis Price as the debonair yet impoverished Louis Mazzini, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disinherited by her noble family, the D'Ascoynes, for marrying beneath her. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to avenge his mother and work his way up the family tree, by engaging in the gentle art of murder. One by one he attempts to kill off the eight successors that stand in the way of his becoming Duke all played by Alec Guinness in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance. Directed by Robert Hamer (who co-wrote the screenplay with John Dighton) KIND HEARTS & CORONETS also stars Joan Greenwood as the husky-voiced siren Sibella and Valerie Hobson as the refined and virtuous Edith D'Ascoyne, both of whom threaten to distract Louis from his murderous quest. A wonderfully entertaining combination of biting class satire, hilarious farce and pitch-black comedy, this story of a suave and elegant serial murderer is as sharp and funny today as ever. The 35mm nitrate original negative of Kind Hearts & Coronets was scanned in 4K resolution at 16bit by the BFI archive. The resulting files were sent to Silver Salt Restoration, for restoration and colour grading. Extensive manual correction was carried out on a frame by frame basis to fix large dirt debris, warping, tears, scuffs and scratches. It was colour corrected by Senior Colourist, Steve Bearman. Extras: Once More with Ealing - a brand new featurette including interviews with filmmakers Whit Stillman, Paul King, Stephen Woolley and critic Peter Bradshaw discussing their love for Ealing and the brilliant legacy of Kind Hearts & Coronets; Audio Commentary with Terence Davies, Peter Bradshaw and Matthew Guinness; Alternate US Ending + commentary; John Landis intro; BFI's Introducing Ealing Studios; Those British Faces: Dennis Price; Behind the Scenes stills gallery; Costumes stills gallery

  • Kind Hearts And Coronets [1949]Kind Hearts And Coronets | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Set in Victorian England, Robert Hamer's 1949 masterpiece Kind Hearts and Coronets remains the most gracefully mordant of Ealing Comedies. Dennis Price plays Louis D'Ascoyne, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose Mother was spurned by her noble family for marrying an Italian singer for love. Louis resolves to murder the several of his relatives ahead of him in line for the Dukedom, all of whom are played by Alec Guinness, in order to avenge his Mother--for, as Louis observes, " revenge is a dish which people of taste prefer to eat cold". He gets away with it, only to be arraigned for the one murder of which he is innocent. Guinness' virtuoso performances have been justly celebrated, ranging as they do from a youthful D'Ascoyne concealing his enthusiasm for public houses from his priggish wife ("she has views on such places") to a brace of doomed uncles and one aunt, ranging from the doddery to the peppery. Miles Malleson is a splendid doggerel-spouting hangman, while Valerie Hobson and Joan Greenwood take advantage of unusually strong female roles. But the great joy of Kind Hearts and Coronets is the way in which its appallingly black subject matter (considered beyond the pale by many critics at the time) is conveyed in such elegantly ironic turns of phrase by Dennis Price's narrator/anti-hero. Serial murder has never been conducted with such exquisite manners and discreet charm. --David Stubbs

  • The Small Voice [DVD]The Small Voice | DVD | (13/07/2015) from £6.39   |  Saving you £3.60 (56.34%)   |  RRP £9.99

    James Donald and Valerie Hobson star as a couple whose act of kindness has devastating consequences while a young Howard Keel (billed as "Harold Keel") makes his film debut as the desperate fugitive who terrorises them in this brilliantly claustrophobic post-war thriller. Keel's astonishing performance brought him to the attention of MGM and paved the way to Hollywood success and the film earned a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film. Released in the U.S. as The Hideout The Small Voice is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.  Whilst driving to their house in the Welsh hills Murray Byrne and his wife Eleanor come across a crashed car and take the occupants home with them for medical care. Then they discover that the men are armed. No one is allowed to leave the house and the Byrnes' movements are now closely watched by their captors... Features: Image Gallery Press Material PDF

  • The Spy In Black [DVD]The Spy In Black | DVD | (20/02/2012) from £5.69   |  Saving you £7.30 (56.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

  • Great Expectations [Blu-ray]Great Expectations | Blu Ray | (23/06/2008) from £7.59   |  Saving you £12.40 (163.37%)   |  RRP £19.99

    David Lean's masterpiece based on Charles Dickins' timeless novel about Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who suddenly comes into great fortunes.

  • Kind Hearts & Coronets 70th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [2019]Kind Hearts & Coronets 70th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (24/06/2019) from £9.11   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    June 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the original UK release of KIND HEARTS & CORONETS, the jewel in Ealing Studios' crown, and arguably one of the finest British films ever made. To celebrate this anniversary STUDIOCANAL are releasing a stunning restoration on Blu-ray and DVD as part of their Vintage Classics Collection on June 24th 2019. Hailing from the Golden-Age of Ealing comedies (Passport to Pimlico and Whisky Galore! also turn 70 this year) KIND HEARTS & CORONETS stars Dennis Price as the debonair yet impoverished Louis Mazzini, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disinherited by her noble family, the D'Ascoynes, for marrying beneath her. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to avenge his mother and work his way up the family tree, by engaging in the gentle art of murder. One by one he attempts to kill off the eight successors that stand in the way of his becoming Duke all played by Alec Guinness in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance. Directed by Robert Hamer (who co-wrote the screenplay with John Dighton) KIND HEARTS & CORONETS also stars Joan Greenwood as the husky-voiced siren Sibella and Valerie Hobson as the refined and virtuous Edith D'Ascoyne, both of whom threaten to distract Louis from his murderous quest. A wonderfully entertaining combination of biting class satire, hilarious farce and pitch-black comedy, this story of a suave and elegant serial murderer is as sharp and funny today as ever. The 35mm nitrate original negative of Kind Hearts & Coronets was scanned in 4K resolution at 16bit by the BFI archive. The resulting files were sent to Silver Salt Restoration, for restoration and colour grading. Extensive manual correction was carried out on a frame by frame basis to fix large dirt debris, warping, tears, scuffs and scratches. It was colour corrected by Senior Colourist, Steve Bearman. Extras: Once More with Ealing - a brand new featurette including interviews with filmmakers Whit Stillman, Paul King, Stephen Woolley and critic Peter Bradshaw discussing their love for Ealing and the brilliant legacy of Kind Hearts & Coronets; Audio Commentary with Terence Davies, Peter Bradshaw and Matthew Guinness; Alternate US Ending + commentary; John Landis intro; BFI's Introducing Ealing Studios; Those British Faces: Dennis Price; Behind the Scenes stills gallery; Costumes stills gallery

  • No Exit [DVD]No Exit | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (47.13%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A crime novelist stages an imaginative prank to prove that the perfect murder is possible - but finds it has catastrophic consequences in this cleverly plotted thriller with a deft humorous touch. Shot in the Autumn of 1936 at Welwyn Studios, No Exit (which was filmed as No Escape before reverting to its original title) is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.Convinced that it is possible to commit a murder and avoid detection, a crime writer wagers a young friend that he can conceal him for a month he is confident that even if the disappearance is noticed he will be able to hoodwink Scotland Yard. When the 'victim' accidentally comes to grief, however, the harmless prank goes disastrously wrong...

  • Meet Me Tonight [DVD]Meet Me Tonight | DVD | (14/10/2019) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A wealth of British talent enlivens this Noël Coward omnibus of three slices of life told with his trademark blend of incisive wit and affectionate observation. From music hall mayhem to suburban suffering and a romp on the Riviera, each playlet features a top-notch cast whose exuberant performances bring the everyday situations to life. In the first of the playlets, Ted Ray and Kay Walsh are a washed up musical hall act who have had one rinse too many! In the second, Stanley Holloway is a hen pecked husband who has the last laugh on his loathsome family. In the third, based in the South of France, Nigel Patrick and Valerie Hobson star as a couple who are hoping that Jack Warner is the answer to their gambling problems!!

  • The Bride Of Frankenstein [1935]The Bride Of Frankenstein | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £2.69   |  Saving you £7.30 (73.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    It appeared, at the end of the epochal 1931 horror movie Frankenstein, that the monster had perished in a burning windmill. But that was before the runaway success of the movie dictated a sequel. In Bride of Frankenstein, we see that the monster (once again played by Boris Karloff) survived the conflagration, as did his half-mad creator (Colin Clive). This remarkable sequel, universally considered superior to the original, reunites other key players from the first film: director James Whale (whose life would later be chronicled in Gods and Monsters) and, of course, the inimitable Dwight Frye, as Frankenstein's bent-over assistant. Whale brought campy humour to the project, yet Bride is also somehow haunting, due in part to Karloff's nuanced performance. The monster, on the loose in the European countryside, learns to talk and his encounter with a blind hermit is both comic and touching. (The episode was later spoofed in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein.) A prologue depicts the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, being urged to produce a sequel by her husband Percy and Lord Byron. She's played by Elsa Lanchester, who reappears in the climactic scene as the man-made bride of the monster. Her lightning-bolt hair and reptilian movements put her into the horror-movie pantheon, despite being onscreen for only a few moments. But in many ways the film is stolen by Ernest Thesiger, as the fey Dr. Pretorious, who toasts the darker possibilities of science: "To a new world of gods and monsters!" --Robert Horton

  • Kind Hearts & Coronets 70th Anniversary Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [2019]Kind Hearts & Coronets 70th Anniversary Collector's Edition | Blu Ray | (24/06/2019) from £21.85   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    June 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the original UK release of KIND HEARTS & CORONETS, the jewel in Ealing Studios' crown, and arguably one of the finest British films ever made. To celebrate this anniversary STUDIOCANAL are releasing this stunning Collector's Edition as part of their Vintage Classics Collection on June 24th 2019. The Collector's Edition includes the restored film on Blu-ray, DVD plus booklet (with contributions from Ealing expert Matthew Sweet), art cards including original costume illustrations and theatrical poster. Hailing from the Golden-Age of Ealing comedies (Passport to Pimlico and Whisky Galore! also turn 70 this year) KIND HEARTS & CORONETS stars Dennis Price as the debonair yet impoverished Louis Mazzini, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disinherited by her noble family, the D'Ascoynes, for marrying beneath her. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to avenge his mother and work his way up the family tree, by engaging in the gentle art of murder. One by one he attempts to kill off the eight successors that stand in the way of his becoming Duke all played by Alec Guinness in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance. Directed by Robert Hamer (who co-wrote the screenplay with John Dighton) KIND HEARTS & CORONETS also stars Joan Greenwood as the husky-voiced siren Sibella and Valerie Hobson as the refined and virtuous Edith D'Ascoyne, both of whom threaten to distract Louis from his murderous quest. A wonderfully entertaining combination of biting class satire, hilarious farce and pitch-black comedy, this story of a suave and elegant serial murderer is as sharp and funny today as ever. The 35mm nitrate original negative of Kind Hearts & Coronets was scanned in 4K resolution at 16bit by the BFI archive. The resulting files were sent to Silver Salt Restoration, for restoration and colour grading. Extensive manual correction was carried out on a frame by frame basis to fix large dirt debris, warping, tears, scuffs and scratches. It was colour corrected by Senior Colourist, Steve Bearman. Extras: The Collector's Edition includes the restored film on Blu-ray, DVD plus booklet, art cards and theatrical poster. Once More with Ealing - a brand new featurette including interviews with filmmakers Whit Stillman, Paul King, Stephen Woolley and critic Peter Bradshaw discussing their love for Ealing and the brilliant legacy of Kind Hearts & Coronets; Audio Commentary with Terence Davies, Peter Bradshaw and Matthew Guinness; Alternate US Ending + commentary; John Landis intro; BFI's Introducing Ealing Studios; Those British Faces: Dennis Price; Behind the Scenes stills gallery; Costumes stills gallery

  • The Card [1952]The Card | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman...

  • The Drum [DVD]The Drum | DVD | (21/03/2016) from £6.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (47.13%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Alongside Sanders of the River and The Four Feathers, this rip-roaring Technicolor adventure completes what became known as Alexander Korda's 'Empire trilogy', made by London Films in the late 1930s.An unabashed celebration of the British Raj, The Drum made a star of Sabu, the young Indian actor who was to become a firm favourite in both British and American films over the coming decade. Also starring Roger Livesey as an Army captain working undercover to monitor arms smuggling and featuring a brilliantly malevolent performance from Oscar nominee Raymond Massey as a murderous royal usurper intent on fomenting rebellion, The Drum is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.SPECIAL FEATURES: Image Gallery Promotional Materials PDF

  • Kind Hearts And Coronets [DVD] [1949]Kind Hearts And Coronets | DVD | (05/09/2011) from £9.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (100.12%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Set in the stately Edwardian era Kind Hearts And Coronets is black comedy at is best with the most articulate and literate of all Ealing screenplays. Sir Alec Guinness gives a virtuoso performance in his Ealing comedy debut playing all eight victims standing between a mass-murderer and his family fortune. Considered by some to be Ealing's most perfect achievement of all the Ealing films.

  • Great Expectations [1946]Great Expectations | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    David Lean's masterpiece based on Charles Dickins' timeless novel about Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who suddenly comes into great fortunes.

  • Q Planes [DVD]Q Planes | DVD | (10/02/2014) from £5.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (66.78%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Starring alongside Ralph Richardson and Valerie Hobson, Laurence Olivier portrays a test pilot engaged in secret experimental missions in this witty, cleverly plotted World War Two spy drama. Briskly directed by Hollywood veteran Tim Whelan and featuring typically innovative art direction from Vincent Korda, Q Planes is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. The frequent disappearance of new bombing planes on their trial flights - one off the coast of ...

  • Who Goes There? [DVD]Who Goes There? | DVD | (07/03/2016) from £4.94   |  Saving you £5.05 (50.60%)   |  RRP £9.99

    United they staggered, divided they fell...Valerie Hobson, George Cole and Peggy Cummins are among the stars of this ebullient, cleverly plotted farcical comedy. Adapting the stage play by John Dighton the double-Oscar-nominated playwright and screenwriter whose credits include Kind Hearts and Coronets and Roman Holiday Who Goes There! (retitled The Passionate Sentry on its American release) is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.When Miles Cornwall returns to his home in a grace-and-favour house in St. James's Palace, he finds a pretty Irish girl in his favourite armchair. And so begins a series of highly amusing romantic adventures, which can only be resolved when everyone has the partner whom he or she deserves!SPECIAL FEATURES: Image Gallery Memorabilia PDF

  • Rocking Horse Winner [DVD]Rocking Horse Winner | DVD | (16/01/2012) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Rocking Horse Winner is a dark, atmospheric and complex psychological British drama, adapted from DH Lawrence's story about Paul, a young boy (a 10 year-old John Howard Davies) who receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races - to the delight of his spend thrift mother (Valerie Hobson) and his hopeless gambler of a father (Hugh Sinclair) Young Paul teams up with Bassett the servant (John Mills), with the two of them forming a profitable partnership - yet the house continually whispers to Paul that it needs more money, with this need exacting a high price.

  • Vintage Classics Ealing Comedy Collection [DVD] [2017]Vintage Classics Ealing Comedy Collection | DVD | (23/10/2017) from £24.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Collection of five classic British comedies. In 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949) an embittered aristocrat sets out to murder the eight heirs that stand between him and succession to the family title. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) holds no love for the family he counts as relations, the D'Ascoynes. The D'Ascoynes cast his mother out when she decided to marry a commoner, Louis's father, and on her death refused to allow her to be buried in the family vault. An outraged Louis vows revenge and begins working his way into the trust of the family to provide him with the opportunity to bump off the male heirs (all played by Alec Guinness) one by one. However, complications arise when he becomes romantically entangled with one of the widows of his victims, Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson). Will Louis be able to stay the course and murder his way to a dukedom? In 'Passport to Pimlico' (1949) an unexploded bomb goes off in Pimlico, uncovering documents which reveal that this part of London in fact belongs to Burgundy in France. An autonomous state is set up in a spirit of optimism, but the petty squabbles of everyday life soon shatter the utopian vision of a non-restrictive nation. In 'Whisky Galore!' (1949), set during the Second World War, the inhabitants of a small Hebridean island are wilting under a chronic shortage of whisky. When a ship is wrecked on the shore, it is discovered to contain 50,000 cases of malt, which are promptly appropriated by the men of the island. All is well until an English Home Guard commander - determined to see the whisky restored to its rightful owners - calls in Her Majesty's Customs, and the islanders make frantic attempts to hide their treasured alcoholic booty! In 'The Man in the White Suite' (1951) Sidney Stratton (Guinness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty. Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing. Finally, in 'The Ladykillers' (1955) a group of bank robbers struggle to silence the eccentric old lady who discovers their crime. Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) lives alone in King's Cross with her parrots. She has been led to believe that the group of men renting rooms from her, Professor Marcus (Guinness), the Major (Cecil Parker), Louis (Herbert Lom), Harry (Peter Sellers) and One-Round (Danny Green), are classical musicians. However, when one of the group's cases gets caught in the door and opens to reveal, not a musical instrument, but a plethora of banknotes, the virtuous Mrs Wilberforce vows to go to the police with the identities of the men. The criminals agree that the old lady has to be killed to silence her, but will this be as straightforward as it sounds?

  • Unpublished Story [DVD]Unpublished Story | DVD | (06/07/2015) from £3.79   |  Saving you £9.20 (70.80%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Wartime spy thriller. Richard Greene stars as war correspondent Bob Randall, who returns from Dunkirk to report on Nazi atrocities committed during the Blitzkrieg, and to deliver a stark warning about the traitors who aided the Germans in their conquest of Europe. He is outraged to discover that the 'People for Peace Society' in England are campaigning to appease the Germans, and tries to expose them for the fools they are - only to have his newspaper stories censored by Home Security. As the Blitz rages in London, Randall and fellow journalist Carol Bennett (Valerie Hobson) uncover an even more sinister side to the Society. Do they have advance knowledge of German bombing raids? And who is really controlling them?

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