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  • Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels SE [1998]Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels SE | DVD | (19/09/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £17.99

    A disgrace to criminals everywhere. Streetwise charmer and cardshark Eddy (Nick Moran) walks into the biggest card game of his life carrying a stake backed by the life-savings of his three best mates Tom (Jason Flemying) Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher). Eddy is the sharpest player on the circuit but the game is set-up and Eddy leaves owing underworld boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) half a million. Harry gives Eddy a week to come up with the money before he starts taking fingers as collateral. Eddy's dad JD (Sting) can cancel the debt by handing over his bar lock stock and barrel to his old adversary Harry JD refuses to give in feeling his street-tough son can get himself out of his own messes. So while Harry sends a couple of petty crooks to steal a pair of antique shotguns to add to his collection Eddy and his mates plan a caper that will enable them to pay off Harry and make out like bandits! In a comedy of errors and a helter-skelter ride through London's gangland the guns cash drugs and identities become all mixed up as a full complement of London's lowlife get involved in a melee which even their menace can't handle. Full of energy and surprising twists at every turn it's a rollicking comedy that has it all - Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels!

  • Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels [1998]Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels | DVD | (15/05/2006) from £20.99   |  Saving you £-3.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £17.99

    A disgrace to criminals everywhere. Streetwise charmer and cardshark Eddy (Nick Moran) walks into the biggest card game of his life carrying a stake backed by the life-savings of his three best mates Tom (Jason Flemying) Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher). Eddy is the sharpest player on the circuit but the game is set-up and Eddy leaves owing underworld boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) half a million. Harry gives Eddy a week to come up with the money before he starts taking fingers as collateral. Eddy's dad JD (Sting) can cancel the debt by handing over his bar lock stock and barrel to his old adversary Harry JD refuses to give in feeling his street-tough son can get himself out of his own messes. So while Harry sends a couple of petty crooks to steal a pair of antique shotguns to add to his collection Eddy and his mates plan a caper that will enable them to pay off Harry and make out like bandits! In a comedy of errors and a helter-skelter ride through London's gangland the guns cash drugs and identities become all mixed up as a full complement of London's lowlife get involved in a melee which even their menace can't handle. Full of energy and surprising twists at every turn it's a rollicking comedy that has it all - Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels!

  • Adelphi Collection Vol 4: Fun at St. Fannys & You Lucky People (DVD + Blu-ray)Adelphi Collection Vol 4: Fun at St. Fannys & You Lucky People (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (22/08/2011) from £26.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • The Prince And The Showgirl [1957]The Prince And The Showgirl | DVD | (07/05/2001) from £5.94   |  Saving you £8.05 (135.52%)   |  RRP £13.99

    The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) was Marilyn Monroe's only British-made film and scores highly for curiosity value. There's something rather outrageous about this iconic American star playing a second-rate hoofer living in a theatrical boarding house in Brixton. Monroe herself is predictably good and touching as Elsie Marina, plucked from the chorus to entertain the Regent of Carpathia for the evening and ultimately smoothing his rough edges. There is, however, a rather uphill feeling all the way. The making of the movie was by all accounts a troubled experience for everybody concerned. Monroe, increasingly unreliable and exasperating, had an unsympathetic director in Laurence Olivier, also playing the Regent Charles, who hardly had the patience for a star of her mercurial talents with her own ideas of professional behaviour. His own performance as the Balkan royal is hammy and mannered and there isn't even a damp squib of sexual chemistry between them. Terence Rattigan's script, based on his successful play, is far too wordy and stage-bound. But somehow Monroe effervesces through all this adversity, aided considerably by British character actor Richard Wattis and the great Sybil Thorndyke, who became her ally during the difficult filming. Not vintage Marilyn but fascinating all the same, and she looks fantastic. On the DVD: The Prince and the Showgirl is presented in 4:3 with an occasionally muffled, apparently mono, soundtrack, giving this DVD a rather dusty quality which is in keeping with the vintage British 1950s production values. Extras include a cast list, original trailer and newsreel footage of the announcement that Marilyn was to make the film with Olivier, referred to at that stage as The Sleeping Prince. --Piers Ford

  • Too Many Crooks [1958]Too Many Crooks | DVD | (27/05/2002) from £5.79   |  Saving you £4.20 (72.54%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Too Many Crooks (1958) boasts an intricate plot in which Terry Thomas is being blackmailed for the hoards he's stashed away as a renowned tax dodger. Driving around in a Jaguar XK 150, a desirable sports car of the period, his intricate private life unravels as his put-upon wife, Brenda de Banzie, draws on her expertise as a wartime PT instructress to turn the tables on him by marshalling the support of a band of crooks (George Cole, Sidney James, Bernard Bresslaw and Joe Melia). Look out for the very funny court scene, where TT makes three appearances on separate charges before a bemused magistrate, John Le Mesurier. On the DVD: Too Many Crooks is in 4:3 ratio and has a mono soundtrack. The only extra feature is a trailer. More TT tomfoolery can be found in the three-disc Terry Thomas Collection. --Adrian Edwards

  • Hell Drivers [1957]Hell Drivers | DVD | (26/01/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Hell Drivers sees James Bond (Sean Connery), Doctor Who (William Hartnell), one of the men from UNCLE (David McCallum), the Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) and a Professional (Gordon Jackson), all supporting Stanley Baker in this hard-as-nails British action picture realistically set in a bleak late-1950s England. Baker plays Tom Yately, an ex-con who takes the only job he can get--truck driving at breakneck speeds for a corrupt manager (Hartnell) and brutal foreman (McGoohan). The constant short runs and competition between the drivers makes for an intense atmosphere which inevitably explodes into violence. Baker's only friend is an Italian ex-POW played sensitively by Herbert Lom, while Peggy Cummings is a remarkably free-spirited heroine for a British film of the time. Baker himself is superb, quietly tough, and broodingly charismatic, McGoohan is compellingly malevolent and Hartnell simply chilling. The film is consistently engrossing and often exciting, even when the plot spirals into melodrama towards the finale. One has to wonder where the police are during all this mayhem, but the fact that the screenplay, by John Kruse and Cy Endfield, received a BAFTA nomination suggests the scenario was at least reasonably realistic. Endfield also directed this, the second of six films he would helm for Baker, the most famous of which would be the all-time classic, Zulu (1964). On the DVD: Hell Drivers is presented in an anamorphically enhanced ratio of 1.77:1. This means a little of the original 1.96:1 VistaVision (70mm) image is cropped at the sides, which is just noticeable in a few shots. The print used is excellent, with only very minor damage, and the mono sound is fine. The disc also includes Look in on Hell Drivers, a 1957 TV programme that offers interviews with Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield and Alfie Bass, as well as comments from genuine truck drivers confirming the realism of the story, and a contemporary 15-minute television interview with Baker, which focuses on Hell Drivers, Sea Fury(1958) (also directed by Cy Endfield) and Violent Playground (1958). The original trailer rounds out an excellent package. --Gary S Dalkin

  • A Kid For Two Farthings (DVD + Blu-ray)A Kid For Two Farthings (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (19/08/2019) from £9.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A Kid For Two Farthings (DVD + Blu-ray) Directed by Carol Reed Carol Reed's last film for the legendary Alexander Korda and his first in colour is the whimsical tale of a young boy, Joe, who buys a small goat in the belief it's a magical unicorn that will grant him and his friends wishes. Counter-balancing this is the equally childlike romance of Sonia (Diana Dors) and her body-building boyfriend Sam (Joe Robinson), and the latter's misguided involvement with crooked wrestling promoter Blackie Isaacs (Lou Jacobi). A very rare example of an Anglo-Jewish film, it was partly shot on location in Petticoat Lane in London's East End, at the heart of what was still a thriving Jewish community. Special features: Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits Other extras TBC

  • A Stitch In Time [1963]A Stitch In Time | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Norman Wisdom returns as his famous "Pitkin" character, but also for the first time since his appearance in 1958's The Square Peg, Edward Chapman is also back to provide Norman with the excuse to reprise his immortal catch-phrase "Mr Grimsdale". Following on from the previous year's On the Beat, this is actually Wisdom's third adventure as Norman Pitkin, and he certainly has a thing about uniforms. In the previous pictures he was in the army then the police, while here he succeeds in causing chaos in a St. John's Ambulance unit, as well as donning drag to play a blonde nurse complete with suspender belt and silk stockings. Each Norman Wisdom movie usually sees him as the accidental Lord of Misrule in one institution or another, and this time its the NHS: after being banned from his local hospital, Norman resorts to subterfuge to visit a little orphan girl. There's an autobiographical touch here, as Wisdom himself was raised in an orphanage and centred the plot of One Good Turn (1954) around such an establishment. It's all good fun and clearly shows where such later British comedy as Michael Crawford's BBC TV series Some Mothers Do 'Av 'Em (1973-78) found its inspiration. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • And The Same To YouAnd The Same To You | DVD | (14/06/2004) from £16.18   |  Saving you £-3.19 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A boxing promoter who shares a church hall with a prudish reverend is the knockout formula for this sparkling Brian Rix farce.

  • Quatermass 2 [1957]Quatermass 2 | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Quatermass is intrigued by strange images on his radar. Thinking them to be meteorites he follows them to a village which on his arrival he finds has been completely destroyed...

  • Adelphi Collection: Fun at St. Fannys [DVD]Adelphi Collection: Fun at St. Fannys | DVD | (22/08/2011) from £7.95   |  Saving you £5.04 (63.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Schoolboy howlers abound in this unforgettably odd vintage classroom comedy caper, starring radio favourite Cardew The Cad Robinson and a host of familiar British film and television faces. Gormless 25 year-old Cardew, wealthy beneficiary of the Robinson Will, should have left St. Fanny's School many years ago. However, seedy headmaster Dr. Jankers (music hall favourite Fred Emney) is in the toils of shady bookmaker Harry the Scar (boxer Freddie Mills) and has so-far kept his golden goose perched firmly at the bottom of the class. Blissfully unaware of nefarious intrigue around him, Cardew continues to flirt coyly with the French mistress and gamble for school dinners on the form room roulette wheel. But canny Scots solicitor McTavish has been sent to investigate...Featuring television's Billy Bunter, Gerald Campion, gorgeous Vera Day, Will Hay cohort Claude Hulbert, muddle-mouthed Stanley Unwin, a young Ronnie Corbett, and enough old jokes to fill a Christmas Cracker factory.

  • Up The CreekUp The Creek | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The forgotten H.M.S. Berkley has been without a commanding officer for two years in which time the skeleton crew has gone into the racketeering business with the landlord of a coastal village. When the Navy appoint Humphrey Fairweather as a long overdue replacement his unhealthy obsession with missile construction and the landlord's beautiful niece threatens to upset the balance of business.

  • All At SeaAll At Sea | DVD | (13/11/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Carry On Admiral (aka: The Ship Was Loaded) (Dir. Val Guest 1957): A case of mistaken identity means that Tom Baker (David Tomlinson) Parliamentary Private Secretary to the First Sea Lord is piped aboard HMS Sherwood as the new Captain. Calamity rules as the 'Captain' causes a right old carry-on. Up The Creek (Dir. Val Guest 1958): The forgotten H.M.S. Berkley has been without a commanding officer for two years in which time the skeleton crew has gone into the racketeering business with the landlord of a coastal village. When the Navy appoint Humphrey Fairweather as a long overdue replacement his unhealthy obsession with missile construction and the landlord's beautiful niece threatens to upset the balance of business. Further Up The Creek (Dir. Val Guest 1958): Crikey! The Royal Navy has finally entered the nuclear age and is selling off its obsolete old frigates to the Arabs!

  • The Prince And The Showgirl [1957] (Deluxe Series)The Prince And The Showgirl | DVD | (09/12/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £49.99

    One of the later films of her notably stellar career The Prince and The Showgirl teams Marilyn Monroe with the world's most respected thespian Sir Laurence Olivier in a humorous romp of a stately prince charming and his love for a humble but incredibly infectious performer. A fairy tale born in the Hollywood dream factory this film continues to be a lasting favourite. This Deluxe Series box set will include: DVD of 'The Prince And The Showgirl' DVD documentary 'The Legend Of Marilyn Monroe' a film Senitype'' (image from the film and 35mm film frame) US one sheet movie poster and an exclusive commemorative 16-page picture book of rare Marilyn images.

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