Take a wee bit of ancient folklore mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast (including Sean Connery) -- and you've got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time! A frisky old storyteller named Darby O'Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There's just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster -- which proves no small task
The Letter (Dir. William Wyler 1940): While her husband inspects his rubber planatation Leslie Crosbie murders Geoffrey Hammond. His widow has a letter written by Leslie asking him to meet her as her lover the night of the murder. Leslie can buy the letter but must come for it herself. Learning that he is broke from paying for the letter Leslie's husband next learns its contents. He forgives her. Leslie walks into the garden where the widow appears with a dagger. Now V
Set in 1940 during the battle of the Atlantic this is the true story of how the crew of the petrol tanker 'San Demetrio' was left with a near impossible task when she was torpedoed by the Germans. After the ship was torpedoed the crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats. Two are picked up by other ships in the convoy but the third drifts for days until its crew spies the burning 'San Demetrio' on... the horizon. Do they board the ship try to put out its fires and get it back to English shores or do they stay in the drifting lifeboat in the hope of being rescued?
Strap on your pantaloons and prepare to travel with Jim Hawkins and Blind Pew to one of the most famous fictional islands in history, Treasure Island. Walt Disney's 1950 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling masterpiece has held up extremely well, with action and characterisations that feel freshly minted (although it's unlikely that the Mouse of today would sanction the high level of booze flowing throughout the picture). Great fun, with nary a wasted frame and, in the character of Robert Newton's much-imitated Long John, one of cinema's most boisterously crowd-pleasing villains ever. (Proving that you can't keep a good--er, bad man down, Newton would return with director Byron Haskins for the enjoyable sequel, Long John Silver.) Watching this classic is like having a flashback to some perfect Technicolor childhood. --Andrew Wright
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture One of Hammer's most controversial features, Val Guest's The Camp on Blood Island was a huge box-office hit, despite drawing the wrath of critics who accused the film of sensationalising and exploiting the sufferings of soldiers and civilians imprisoned and abused by the Japanese during the Second World War. Certainly, the film's brutal representation of life for Allied captives in a Malayan prisoner-of-war camp is unusually grim and graphic for the time, but is buoyed by Guest's sharp and naturalistic direction, and a terrific cast is headed by AndrÃ© Morell (Cash on Demand, Ben-Hur), Carl MÃ¶hner (Rififi) and the late, great Hammer icon Barbara Shelley (The Gorgon, The Shadow of the Cat). Special Features High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with Hammer icon Barbara Shelley and horror novelist Stephen Laws The Brutal Truth: Inside The Camp on Blood Island' (2018, 29 mins): documentary written and directed by Hammer expert Marcus Hearn, narrated by Claire Louise Amias, and featuring film historians Alan Barnes and Jonathan Rigby Hammer's Women: Mary Merrall (2018, 11 mins): Diabolique magazine's editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger explores the life and career of the prolific English film, stage and television actress From Light to Dark (2018, 18 mins): Steve Chibnall, author of British Horror Cinema, takes a look at Val Guest's career and the making of The Camp on Blood Island Return to Blood Island (2018, 4 mins): interview with the film's script supervisor RenÃ©e Glynne Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
When an engine catches fire on the experimental rocket-propulsion plane that he is flying test pilot John Mitchell (Jack Hawkins) defies an order to jettison the vehicle into the sea.
A lonely young boy is caught up in a sinister and intriguing murder-mystery in this classic British film based on a short story by Graham Greene and directed with great style by Carol Reed both of who received Academy Award nominations. It was the first film on which Greene and Reed collaborated and remains both a moving portrayal of lost innocence and a genuine classic of British cinema.
An Affair To Remember In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lovers' future takes an emotional and uncertain turn. Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing William Holden and Jennifer Jones star in one of drama's most endearing and intelligent love stories. Nominated for eight Academy Awards this timeless classic follows the passionate affair of an American correspondent and a Eurasian doctor whose love for each other must overcome racial prejudice and the outbreak of war in Korea. How Green Was My Valley Sixty-year-old Huw Morgan looks back on his life as a boy (Roddy McDowall) in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of the closely knit Morgans and his devoted parents (Donald Crisp Sara Allgood) while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time.
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village the Morgans raise coal mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. Huw is the youngest in a family of 6 brothers and 1 sister and the film centers on his struggle toward manhood amid conflicting demands of faith economics education and family loyalty in a Wales caught in an irreversible shift from a pastoral to an industrialized society. The story based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn is accented by an impre
The Malay Peninsula, 1945- The prisoner-of-war camp on Blood Island is commanded by the brutal Colonel Yamamitsu (Ronald Radd) and his sadistic henchman, Captain Sakamura (Marne Maitland). Aware that his war crimes will condemn him, Yamamitsu has vowed to slaughter all his prisoners if Japan surrenders. Inmates Colonel Lambert (Andre Morell) and Piet Van Elst (Carl Mohner) discover that the war is over. They desperately try to keep the fact secret from their captors in the hope that the camp will be liberated. Lambert struggles to maintain discipline while his men, and the women held captive in a neighbouring compound, fight for their lives... Special Features: Picture Gallery 24-page illustrated booklet by Hammer Films This Official UK DVD is Region 2,4,5
This box set features a quartet of 'Der Bingle's' best-loved movies! A Road To Zanzibar (Dir. Victor Schertzinger 1941): Chuck and his pal Fearless flee a South African carnival when their sideshow causes a fire. After several similar escapades they've finally saved enough to return to the USA when Chuck spends it all on a ""lost"" diamond mine. But that's only the beginning; before long a pair of attractive con-women have tricked our heroes into financing a comic safari featur
Tony Britton Sylvia Syms and Geoffrey Keen star in this sympathetic BAFTA-nominated drama focusing on a man whose life is turned upside down by the far-reaching repercussions of an ill-judged action. The Birthday Present is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Returning from a business trip toy salesman Simon Scott is caught attempting to smuggle a wristwatch bought for his wife's birthday through Customs. He is arrested and due to a bungled defence by his solicitor obliged to serve a three-month prison sentence. It is only the beginning of his woes; his employer Colonel Wilson is understanding but he is ultimately forced to sack Simon who discovers that finding another job under such circumstances is extremely difficult. But Colonel Wilson is determined to help his former employee find a solution... SPECIAL FEATURES  Image Gallery  Promotional Material PDF
All About Eve (Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1950): From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door Eve Horrington (Anne Baxter) moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davies). The cunning Eve manoeuvres her way into Margo's Broadway role becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (Gary Merrill) her playwright (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife (Celeste Holm). Only
Adapted from Nigel Balchin's famous novel about a military bomb disposal expert 'The Small Back Room' traces the struggles of Sammy Rice a crippled neurotic scientist. Sammy plagued by feelings of inferiority because of his lameness labours to solve the problem of a new type enemy bomb that is causing many casualties. When a close friend and collegue is killed attempting to dismantle one of the bombs Sammy is forced to face his demons take his life in his hands and prove his worth; to the military and himself...
Greyfriar's Bobby (Dir. Don Chaffey 1961): The true story of a Skye terrier who after a vigil at his master's grave for fourteen years became well-known throughout Scotland and eventually received a gold licence from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Darby O'Gill (Dir. Robert Stevenson 1959): Take a wee bit of ancient folklore mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast (including Sean Connery) - and you've got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time! A frisky old storyteller named Darby O'Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There's just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster - which proves no small task indeed!
Blackbeard's Ghost (Dir. Robert Stevenson 1968): Award-winning actor Peter Ustinov stars in this hilarious fantasy as the ghost of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. The once blackhearted scoundrel materializes in a small New England town cursed to wander in limbo until he performs a good deed. He gets his chance when he decides to help a local college track team... that hasn't a ghost of a chance of winning! Blackbeard finds himself full of team spirit and dispensing his own brand of invisible coaching... in this warmhearted comedy that will have you laughing from his first fade-in to his final fade-out! Treasure Island (Dir. Byron Haskin 1950): In this swashbuckling high-seas adventure Walt Disney has vividly brought to life Robert Louis Stevenson's thrilling tale of buccaneers and buried gold - presented for the first time in it's original uncut theatrical version! Authentic locales and musket-roaring action set the stage for the stouthearted heroics of young Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) and the skullduggery of that wily one-legged pirate Long John Silver.
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 known as 'Baby'. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn give fantastic performances in one of Hollywood's finest screwball comedies superbly directed by Howard Hawks.
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