When an unannounced uninvited and unwelcome family of fun-loving misfits converge upon a lakeside resort to join their relatives for a summer of relaxation the result is anything but restful. It's a vacationer's worst nightmare as wheeler-dealer Aykroyd his sexually repressed wife and eerie twin daughters 'join' the easygoing Candy and his straight-laced clan for a season of 'fun' in the sun. Unfortunately the only thing these two in-laws have in common is their intense dislike for each other. Soon it's brother-in-law against brother-in-law in an uproarious and hilarious fight to the finish to see which one really knows how to enjoy 'The Great Outdoors'.
Pauline Collins repeats her stage success as the character Shirley Valentine, a married woman who decides in her middle years that she wants more out of life. Leaving her spouse behind, she heads to Greece, where she grows close to a low-key local bloke (Tom Conti). Collins and director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) choose to let the character, as she did in the play, speak directly to the audience at times and the gamble works in terms of creating a gentle, intimate atmosphere. Conti is a bonus, a warm presence and funny to boot. --Tom Keogh
The Beiderbecke Collection is a charming mix of comedy and drama that has all the hallmarks of a classic detective thriller. Follow the exploits of jazz fan Trevor and his long-suffering girlfriend Jill as they find themselves embroiled in various mysteries which follow them to Amsterdam and Edinburgh and include dodgy businessmen black economies refugees and much much more.... 'The Beiderbecke Affair' (1984) - Follow the exploits of Jazz nut Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) and his long-suffering girlfriend Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn). Whilst trying to track down a set of missing records they encounter a mystery platinum blonde who weaves a complex web of intrigue that soon escalates to dealing with dodgy businessmen 'black economies' and council corruption. 'The Beiderbecke Tapes' (1987) - Feature length mystery with Trevor and Jill as they continue to embroil themselves in all sorts of clandestine meetings and intrigue. Nuclear waste in the Yorkshire Dales sinister conversations and a missing barman take Trevor and Jill on a whirlwind mystery from the Dales to Amsterdam and Edinburgh. 'The Beiderbecke Connection' (1988) - Trevor and Jill are now parents to a baby boy however their old pals Big Al and Little Norm prevail upon them to give sanctuary to a homeless refugee. It is not long however before they are again caught up in a complex deception of a musical kind featuring the music of jazz supremo Frank Ricotti.
Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves team up for a sophisticated romantic comedy about a New York music mogul who is astounded when he falls in love with a woman his own age.
Three Men And A Baby (Dir. Leonard Nimoy 1987): They changed her diapers. She changed their lives. Take three of Hollywood's hottest stars of the '80s add one adorable baby girl and the result is one of the biggest funniest comedy hits ever! Three handsome Manhattan bachelors finding their dating and mating rituals irreparably damaged when an unexpected new roommate - complete with crib pacifier and dirty diaper - shows up on their doorstep. This bouncing bundle of
Sandra Bullock stars as a briliant lawyer with a sharp mind, with Hugh Grant as her handsome charming and undeniably self-absorbed millionaire boss.
Following a huge storm, two teenage girls discover a mermaid in their beach club's swimming pool.
Relive the gang's glorious return with this video and DVD that unites the original cast members: Jimmy Nail (Oz) Timothy Spall (Barry) Kevin Whately (Neville) Tim Healy (Dennis) Pat Roach (Bomber) and Christopher Fairbank (Moxey) plus newcomer Noel Clarke (Wyman) who plays the son of the sadly late Wayne. The last 15 years have been kinder to some of the lads than others. One drives a Bentley another a taxi. Marriages have come and gone. But when Oz turns up with an irresistible
Monty Python and the Holy Grail:Arthur, King of the Britons (Graham Chapman) assembles his Knights of the Round Table and takes them swiflty from Camelot, after a message from God, on a quest to find the Holy Grail! As they travel to the sound of their coconut banging servants, the banner of Knights encounter a castle of heavy resistance; guards throwing cows and chickens, Knights in the forest who say 'Ni!' and a cute looking rabbit that only the 'Holy Hand Grenade' can deal with. Satirising events of that time (including witch trials and the black plague), Monty Python create an hilarious take on the well known story and deliver some unforgettable moments.Life Of Brian:The second movie from the comedy team of Monty Python takes them back to biblical times, following Brian; born just a few doors down from Jesus, growing up a jew in Roman occupied Judea. As he falls for an attractive young rebel, Brian joins the separatist movement that will lead him to confront Roman Centurions and the well-known Pontius Pilate to determine his fate! Again satirising the times, Monty Python bring laughter to spectacles that at the time would be no laughing matter. Filmed in Tunisia, and with guest appearances including George Harrison and Spike Milligan, Life Of Brian is another hit from the comedy genius that is Monty Python.
Starring Nicholas Lyndhurst Goodnight Sweetheart became an instant hit with TV viewers of all ages as it charts the life of Gary Sparrow a dealer in memorabilia and antiques of WW2 who has miraculously discovered a portal in time which allows him to travel between the present and wartime Britain. This handy little trick obviously adds to the success of his business but the complications that it adds to Gary's love life are a different matter! Featuring all the episodes of Goodnight Sweetheart ever made! Series 1: 1. Rites Of Passage 2. Fools Rush In 3. Is Your Journey Really Necessary? 4. The More I See You 5. I Get Along Without You Very Well 6. In the Mood Series 2: 1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 2. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good 3. Just One More Chance 4. Who's Taking You Home Tonight? 5. Wish Me Luck 6. ...As You Wave Me Goodbye 7. Would You Like To Swing On A Star? 8. Nice Work If You Can Get It 9. Let Yourself Go 10. Don't Fence Me In Series 3: 1. It Ain't Necessarily So 2. One O'CLock Jump 3. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie 4. Change Partners 5. Goodnight Children Everywhere 6. Turned Out Nice Again 7. There's Something About A Soldier 8. Someone To Watch Over Me 9. The Yanks Are Coming 10. Let's Get Away From It All Series 4: 1. You're Driving Me Crazy 2. In The Mood 3. Out Of Town 4. And Mother Came Too 5. The Leaving Of Liverpool 6. How Long Has This Been Going On? 7. Easy Living 8. Come Fly With Me 9. Heartaches 10. Careless Talk 11. The Bells Are Ringing Series 5: 1. A Room With A View 2. London Pride 3. When Two Worlds Collide 4. Mairzy Doats 5. Pennies From Heaven 6. We Don't Want To Lose You... 7. ...But We Think You Have To Go 8. Have You Ever Seen A Dream Walking 9. Love The One You're With 10. My Heart Belongs To Daddy Series 6: 1. Mine's A Double 2. All About Yvonne 3. California Dreamin' 4. Grief Encounter 5. The 'ouses In Between 6. Just In Time 7. How I Won The War 8. Something Fishie 9. Flash Bang Wallop 10. Accentuate The Positive
A brand new restoration of 80's classic Restless Natives, directed by Michael Hoffman. Ronnie and Will are two free-wheeling lads living on a housing estate in Edinburgh. Broke and bored, the two decide to politely rob coachloads of tourists travelling through the Highlands for a bit of cash. Donning a wolf and a clown mask and armed with a puffer gun shooting out curry powder, the duo soon become a hit with the tourists and the public alike. As the two follow in the great tradition of Robin Hood and Rob Roy, their exploits make them a tourist attraction bigger than the Loch Ness Monster. Featuring an infectious soundtrack by Big Country and stunning Highlands scenery, this much-loved film is a thoroughly enjoyable gem.
Get ready to be entertained by America's first family of fright. In this timeless, one-of-a-kind comedy series. The unforgettable family of The Munsters casts a hilarious spell that will keep you laughing through every episode!Episodes comprise:1. Munster Masquerade 2. My Fair Munster 3. A Walk on the Mild Side 4. Rock-a-Bye Munster 5. Pike's Pique 6. Low-Cal Munster 7. Tin Can Man 8. Herman the Great 9. Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie 10. Autumn Croakus 11. The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster 12. The Sleeping Cutie 13. Family Portrait 14. Grandpa Leaves Home 15. Herman's Rival 16. Grandpa's Call of the Wild 17. All-Star Munster 18. If a Martian Answers, Hang Up 19. Eddie's Nickname 20. Bats of a Feather 21. Don't Bank on Herman 22. Dance With Me, Herman 23. Follow That Munster 24. Love Locked Out 25. Come Back Little Googie 26. Far Out Munsters 27. Munsters on the Move 28. Movie Star Munster 29. Herman the Rookie 30. Country Club Munsters 31. Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights 32. Mummy Munster 33. Lily Munster, Girl Model 34. Munster the Magnificent 35. Herman's Happy Valley 36. Hot Rod Herman 37. Herman's Raise 38. Yes, Galen, There Is a Herman (a.k.a) My Friend Herman 39. Bonus Episode: My Fair Munster (Unedited Colour)40. Herman's Child Psychology41. Herman, the Master Spy42. Bronco-Bustin' Munster43. Herman Munster, Shutter Bug44. Herman, Coach of the Year45. Happy 100th Anniversary46. Operation Herman47. Lily's Star Boarder48. John Doe Munster 49. A Man for Marilyn 50. Herman's Driving Test 51. Will Success Spoil Herman Munster? 52. Underground Munster53. The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights 54. Herman's Peace Offensive55. Herman Picks a Winner 56. Just Another Pretty Face 57. Big Heap Herman58. The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World 59. Grandpa's Lost Wife60. The Fregosi Emerald 61. Zombo62. Cyrano de Munster63. The Musician 64. Prehistoric Munster 65. A Visit From Johann 65. Eddie's Brother 66. Herman, the Tire-Kicker 67. A House Divided68. Herman's Sorority Caper 69. Herman's Lawsuit70. A Visit From the Teacher
Maybe "nobody's perfect", as one character in this masterpiece suggests. But some movies are perfect, and Some Like It Hot is one of them. In Chicago, during the Prohibition era, two skirt-chasing musicians, Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), inadvertently witness the St Valentine's Day Massacre. In order to escape the wrath of gangland chief Spats Colombo (George Raft), the boys, in drag, join an all-woman band headed for Florida. They vie for the attention of the lead singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), a much-disappointed songbird who warbles "I'm Through with Love" but remains vulnerable to yet another unreliable saxophone player. (When Curtis courts her without his dress, he adopts the voice of Cary Grant--a spot-on impersonation.) The script by director Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is beautifully measured; everything works, like a flawless clock. Aspiring screenwriters would be well advised to throw away the how-to books and simply study this film. The bulk of the slapstick is handled by an unhinged Lemmon and the razor-sharp Joe E. Brown, who plays a horny retiree smitten by Jerry's feminine charms. For all the gags, the film is also wonderfully romantic, as Wilder indulges in just the right amounts of moonlight and the lilting melody of "Park Avenue Fantasy". Some Like It Hot is so delightfully fizzy, it's hard to believe the shooting of the film was a headache, with an unhappy Monroe on her worst behaviour. The results, however, are sublime. --Robert Horton
Laugh out loud with the American Pie crew in this new four film collection now including Ultraviolet so that you can take in all the laughs all the advice from Jim's Dad and all of Stifler's antics anytime anywhere. American PieYou'll never look at warm apple pie the same way again! American Pie takes a hysterical look at the goal of four unlucky in love high school friends who make the ultimate pact: lose their virginity by prom night. As they try to plan and manipulate their way into the hearts of some of their classmates their plans often backfire with hilarity. Follow the raging hormones of four teenage boys and their girls as they gear up for the most important night of their lives... the prom! Special Features: Featurettes Deleted Scenes Casting Tapes Feature Commentary and much more American Pie 2One year after the prom night misadventures immortalised in American Pie the entire gang has reunited for the summer. Now an innocent looking beach house will be transformed into the ultimate party central. And from late night band camp encounters to some very accommodating next-door neighbours this will be one summer vacation none of them will ever forget! Special Features: Four feature commentaries Baking of' Deleted scenes Outtakes and much more American Pie: The WeddingThe outrageous characters loved by audiences the world over reunite for a very special occasion: American Pie the Wedding. Jim and Michelle are getting married. Stifler is planning a stag party and of course Jim's Dad is always on hand with his fantastic fatherly advice. The American Pie posse return with their unmistakeable blend of excruciating embarrassment and hysterical humour. Special Features: Two feature commentaries Deleted scenes Outtakes and much more American Pie: The ReunionIt was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. More than 10 years later they all return to East Great Falls for a High School Reunion. In this one long overdue weekend they will discover what has changed who hasn't and that time and distance can't break the bonds of friendship. Special Features: Deleted Scenes Extended Scenes Gag Reel The Reunion
Sid James stars as successful travelling stationery salesman and average family man Sid Abbott in this classic television comedy. A man who would give anything for a quiet life his position as head of the chaotic Abbott household is constantly being eroded by the harassment and seemingly unreasonable demands made by his family - wife and sparring partner Jean (Diana Coupland) groovy art school dropout son Mike (Robin Stewart) and schoolgirl daughter Sally (Sally Geeson). The sympathetic neighbours Betty (Patsy Rowlands) and Trevor (Anthony Jackson) are always on hand to make a bad situation worse... This 12-disc set features all 65 episodes of the series and also includes the feature film version made in 1972.
Louise Lasser, Paul L Smith,After the colossal success of The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi teamed up with the Coen brothers (fresh from Blood Simple) to make his next film, Crimewave, an unusual mixture of screwball comedy, film noir and B-movie homage. Raimi's film tells the bizarre story of a security-system installer, Vic (Reed Birney), who finds himself in the electric chair when he falls in love with Nancy (Sheree J Wilson), a femme fatale on the run from two bumbling exterminators of all sizes' (Paul L Smith, Popeye, and Brion James, Blade Runner). A notoriously troubled production which flopped upon its original release, Crimewave can now be enjoyed as a riotously entertaining showcase for Raimi and the Coens, which also benefits from a highly amusing performance from cult-horror star Bruce Campbell. Extras High Definition remaster Original mono audio Alternative presentation with pre-release Broken Hearts and Broken Noses title sequence Audio commentary with actor Bruce Campbell (2013) The Crimewave Meter with Bruce Campbell (2013): the Evil Dead star revisits Crimewave and his various collaborations with Sam Raimi Made in Detroit with Edward Pressman (2013): the producer discusses his participation in the making of the film Leading Man with Reed Birney (2013): the actor talks about his lead role in Crimewave and his wider career Rank Outsider (2021): genre-film expert, critic and author Kim Newman remembers the film's original UK cinema release New appreciation by the comedian, musician and writer Rob Deering (2021) Alternative titles and credits Original theatrical trailers TV spots Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Amanda Reyes, interview extracts with cast and crew members, an overview of contemporary critical responses and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies All extras subject to change
Gavin & Stacey are back with the gang from Barry and Billericay for more fun and laughter in Series 3 of the hit BBC series.
Eddie Murphy's 1988 vehicle Coming to America was probably the point at which his status as a mainstream big-screen comedian finally gelled, following the highly successful 48 Hours pairing with Nick Nolte. Never mind the hackneyed storyline: under John Landis's tight direction, he turns in a star performance (and several brilliant cameos) that is disciplined and extremely funny. Murphy plays an African prince who comes to New York officially to sow his wild oats. Privately, he is seeking a bride he can marry for love rather than one chosen by his parents. With his companion (Arsenio Hall, who pushes Murphy all the way in the comedy stakes), he settles in the borough of Queens and takes a job in a hamburger joint. A succession of hilarious satire-barbed adventures ensue, plus the required romantic conclusion. The script is crammed with ripe one-liners , but "Freeze, you diseased rhinoceros pizzle" has to be the most devastating hold-up line of all time. Film buffs will appreciate a brief appearance by Don Ameche as a down-and-out, but this is Murphy's film and he generates warmth enough to convert the most ambivalent viewer. On the DVD: The only--rather pointless--extra on offer is the original theatrical trailer which adds nothing apart from a rapid recap of the story. But the 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation (the picture quality is diamond sharp) and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack recreate the original authentic cinematic experience. The choreography of 1980s pop diva Paula Abdul in the lavish wedding scenes and Nile Rodgers' pounding musical score are the main beneficiaries. --Piers Ford
Filmed in 1968 and set in British India in 1895, Carry On Up the Khyber is one of the team's most memorable efforts. Sid James plays Sid James as ever, though nominally his role is that of Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond, the unflappable British Governor who must deal with the snakelike, scheming Khasi of Khalabar, played by Kenneth Williams. A crisis occurs when the mystique of the "devils in skirts" of the 3rd Foot and Mouth regiment is exploded when one of their number, the sensitive-to-draughts Charles Hawtrey, is discovered by the natives to be wearing underpants. Revolt is in the offing, with Bernard Bresslaw once again playing a seething native warrior. Roy Castle neatly plays the sort of role normally assigned to Jim Dale, as the ineffectual young officer, Peter Butterworth is a splendid compromised evangelist, while Terry Scott puts his comedic all into the role of the gruff Sergeant. Most enduring, however, is the final dinner party sequence in which the British contingent, with the Burpas at the gates of the compound, and plaster falling all about them, demonstrate typical insouciance in the face of imminent peril. The "I'm Backing Britain" Union Jack hoist at the end, however, over-excitedly reveals the streak of reactionary patriotism that lurked beneath the bumbling double-entendres of most Carry On films. --David Stubbs
Screenwriter William Goldman's novel The Princess Bride earned its own loyal audience on the strength of its narrative voice and its gently satirical, hyperbolic spin on swashbuckled adventure that seemed almost purely literary. For all its derring-do and vivid over-the-top characters, the book's joy was dictated as much by the deadpan tone of its narrator and a winking acknowledgement of the clichés being sent up. Miraculously, director Rob Reiner and Goldman himself managed to visualize this romantic fable while keeping that external voice largely intact: using a storytelling framework, avuncular Grandpa (Peter Falk) gradually seduces his sceptical grandson (Fred Savage) into the absurd, irresistible melodrama of the title story. And what a story: a lowly stable boy, Westley (Cary Elwes), pledges his love to the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright), only to be abducted and reportedly killed by pirates while Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Even as Buttercup herself is kidnapped by a giant, a scheming criminal mastermind, and a master Spanish swordsman, a mysterious masked pirate (could it be Westley?) follows in pursuit. As they sail toward the Cliffs of Insanity... The wild and woolly arcs of the story, the sudden twists of fate, and, above all, the cartoon-scaled characters all work because of Goldman's very funny script, Reiner's confident direction, and a terrific cast. Elwes and Wright, both sporting their best English accents, juggle romantic fervor and physical slapstick effortlessly, while supporting roles boast Mandy Patinkin (the swordsman Inigo Montoya), Wallace Shawn (the incredulous schemer Vizzini), and Christopher Guest (evil Count Rugen) with brief but funny cameos from Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Peter Cook. --Sam Sutherland
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