In 1942 Malta is of critical importance to the Allied forces for it keeps the vital shipping supply lines open. As Peter Ross (Guinness) lands on the island and is attached to the local regiment he discovers aerial photographs that indicate Italian units are preparing to invade. Ross is selected to trace and destroy the enemy convoy before it is too late...
This digitally re-mastered version of the classic World War 2 film tells the story of the Battle of Arnhem of 1944. The film was produced in 1945 and is unique amongst War films in that it was filmed entirely without the use of studios or sets or actors. The film cleverly weaves original footage with re-enactments shot on location in Arnhem featuring the men from the Airbourne Regiment who actually fought in the Battle. After sweeping through France and Belgium in the summer of 1944 the allies were poised to enter Holland. Field Marshall Montgomery favoured a single thrust north over the Rhine to attack the Ruhr with the aim of winning the War by the end of 1944. To achieve their objective the allies launched Operation Market Garden on 17th September 1944 but from the start the plan ran into difficulties. The paratroopers encountered fierce German resistance and suffered heavy casualties before finally being withdrawn in 9 days later. This film is a tribute to every man who fought at Arnhem and an everlasting memorial to those who gave their lives.
Operation Amsterdam One of the covert operations at the beginning of World War II is enacted in this fast-paced thriller about a government-approved diamond heist. A Major from the British army (Tony Britton) joins up with a Dutch diamond expert (Alexander Knox) and another adventurous Dutchman (Peter Finch) to steal a fortune in diamonds from a bank vault in Amsterdam. There is no time to waste as it is estimated that the city will be overrun by the Nazi army in just fourteen hours. ...
In September 1944 the Allies launched one of the most audacious attacks of the entire Second World War. Men of the British 1st Airborne Division were landed at Arnhem in Holland to capture and hold a vital bridge across the River Rhine. In one bold move the war could have been shortened by many months. It was a desperately risky strategy and it ended in disaster. Allied intelligence had underestimated German strength in the area including a crack Panzer unit. For days the paratroopers held out against overwhelming odds in a gallant action that has since passed into military legend - but defeat was inevitable. Theirs Is the Glory is a truly remarkable and totally unique account of that battle. One year after the war survivors from 1st Airborne returned to the actual battlefield amid the ruins of the town and re-enacted the battle in front of film cameras. There are no actors. There are no studio sets. Everything that happens in this extraordinary drama-documentary film actually happened to those taking part or was witnessed by them. There is no finer tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives at Arnhem and no better film record of one of the fiercest-fought battles of the Second World War.
Titles Comprise: Esther Waters High Bright Sun Once a Jolly Swagman Simba So Long at the Fair
The incomparable Terry-Thomas heads the cast of this rare domestic farce directed by Brian Desmond Hurst – best-known for the 1951 box-office triumph Scrooge. Also starring Carry On legends Kenneth Williams Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor with early film roles for Oliver Reed and Francesca Annis His and Hers is featured here in a new transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Author-explorer Reggie Blake takes an unorthodox approach to his craft apparently finding inspiration in the adventures suggested by his agent Charles Lunton; it matters little that most of his experiences are wildly embellished or even entirely fictitious... Reggie's latest trip however has proved a little too authentic. Having lost his way in the desert and subsequently adopted by a remote Bedouin tribe he has experienced a deep transformation in outlook and personality – and one that drives his loyal wife Fran to despair. When his pomposity and chauvinism reach alarming new heights she decides immediate and dramatic action is called for! Special Feature: Image Gallery
Boxset of four classic films from the 1950s. 'Simba' (1955) is an adventure drama about a man who travels to post-colonial Africa to visit his brother only to find he has been killed by a Kenyan rebel group. When Alan Howard (Dirk Bogarde) arrives in Africa, he soon learns his brother has been killed by the Mau Mau, a group of rebels who are fighting against the newly imposed rule of the white man. Enraged by his brother's murder, Alan decides to stay and put all of his energy into fighting the Mau Mau who he now considers his enemy. However, along the way he falls in love with a neighbouring settler called Mary (Virginia McKenna) who disagrees with his abhorrence of the native people and tries to put an end to his prejudices. 'Sapphire' (1959) is a hard-hitting crime drama exploring racism towards immigrants among the London police and public. Sapphire (Yvonne Buckingham), a fair-skinned West Indian immigrant is discovered hiding in London and murdered. To the police, led by Superintendent Hazard (Nigel Patrick) and Inspector Learoyd (Michael Craig), the case seems clear cut - Sapphire must have been killed by a member of the black community. However, when Sapphire's brother (Earl Cameron) turns up at the police station and Sapphire's true ethnic roots become known, Hazard and Learoyd must face up to the racism of two communities and, quite possibly, their own. 'The Happy Family' stars Stanley Holloway and Kathleen Harrison as a couple who refuse to move from their house as the government reveal their plans to build a Festival Hall on the South Bank. The tenants of the local corner shop, Mr and Mrs Lord (Holloway and Harrison), are the only residents who refuse to make way for the construction - even when the police issue an eviction order. As the family barricade themselves into the shop, the bailiffs must try to think of another way to get them out. Violent Playground (1958) is a tough kitchen sink drama starring Stanley Baker and David McCallum and is set amongst the tough council estates of Liverpool.
Alistair Sim's Scrooge is an all-time favourite Christmas family film and a genuine classic of British cinema. Scrooge is also the definitive big screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' one of the world's best loved Christmas stories
From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the pre-war British musical films offered audiences a source of much-needed escapism throughout the decade haunted by the Great Depression and the growing menace of war. Often adapting much-loved hits of the music hall as well as serving as vehicles for the era's composers, performers and band leaders, they showcased home-grown talent alongside some of Hollywood's most bankable stars.This ongoing, multi-volume collection makes available a wealth of rare gems from the very earliest days of the British talkies, many of which have remained unseen since their original release; each film is presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.HAPPY (1934)A young musician invents an anti-theft device for cars, but works as a jazz conductor while waiting for his invention to be successful.Black and White / 77 mins / 1.37:1 / Mono / EnglishINVITATION TO THE WALTZ (1935)London, 1804: as the threat of Napoleonic invasion looms ever closer, a German duke and potential ally of England falls for a pretty ballerina...Black and White / 75 mins / 1.37:1 / Mono / EnglishGLAMOROUS NIGHT (1937)Based on Ivor Novello's hit stage play: an opera singer and her gypsy friends try to rescue their king from the clutches of a would-be dictator.Black and White / 71 mins / 1.37:1 / Mono / EnglishLET'S MAKE A NIGHT OF IT (1937)Unbeknown to each other, a husband and wife acquire separate nightclubs in the same London street; however, both clubs are on the brink of bankruptcy...Black and White / 88 mins / 1.37:1 / Mono / English
Stefan Radetzky a Polish pilot and famous concert pianist is hospitalised in England from injuries sustained while in combat and having lost his memory. As Radetzky plays the piano in a trance-like state the story moves back in time to war-torn Warsaw. During an air-raid Radetzky meets American journalist Carole and there is a mutual attraction. Following the fall of Poland Radetzky and Irish pilot Mike escape to Rumania and then on to America. Radetzky continues his musical career in America and meets up again with Carole...
Christmas just would not be the same without Alastair Sim giving the performance of a lifetime as Scrooge in this truly wonderful British adaptation of Charles Dickens immortal A Christmas Carol...
Documentary-style war feature from Alexander Korda. The story compares wartime Germany, under the domination of a fanatical madman, with the dignified calm of rural England and follows Wing Commander Richardson (Ralph Richardson) as he engages in battles in the skies while his wife (Merle Oberon) waits patiently for his return.
The incomparable Terry-Thomas heads the cast of this rare 1960 domestic farce directed by Brian Desmond Hurst - best-known for the 1951 box-office triumph Scrooge. Also starring Carry On legends Kenneth Williams Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor with early film roles for Oliver Reed and Francesca Annis His and Hers is featured here in a brand-new transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Writer Reggie Blake takes an unorthodox approach to his craft seeking inspiration in the various adventures suggested by his editor. Blake's latest research trip sees him getting lost in the desert and adopted by a Bedouin tribe; and by the time he finally gets home his personality has been utterly transformed - to the displeasure of his wife Fran... Special Features: Image Gallery
White farmer Dirk Bogarde and his neighbors are targeted for extermination by the zealously nationalistic Mau Maus. Native doctor Joseph Tomelty whose brother had earlier been killed under questionable circumstances endeavors to help the whites escape the hordes only to discover that his own father is the local leader of the insurrectionists. Given the cruelties of colonial rule in Africa it is hard for any film to make the Mau Mau total villains despite their own well-documented brutal treatment of their enemies. Simba downplays side-taking and ideology choosing instead to concentrate on the adventure and suspense elements.
This documentary style film starring Ralph Richardson and Merle Oberon was made to praise the RAF at the start of World War II. It focuses on the families who have connections with the RAF. The film was sponsored by the Ministry of Information and it fulfilled its aim of inspiring confidence in the hearts of its audience.
An early feature by Brian Desmond Hurst the prolific, acclaimed Belfast-born director whose numerous triumphs include the incomparable Scrooge, Malta Story and wartime epic Theirs Was the Glory Sensation stars John Lodge as a brash young reporter who is one step ahead of the police in a high-profile murder investigation. Hurst and Lodge's third film together, Sensation is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.Pat Heaton may be the best crime reporter in town but his fiancÃ©e Claire, despairing of the more tawdry aspects of his profession, makes him promise to give the job up. When a pretty waitress is found murdered, however, Pat falls in line with the rest of the 'Murder Gang' the pack of reporters who gather to glean stories by fair means or foul!SPECIAL FEATURES: Image gallery Original pressbook and script PDF
One of the most significant films ever made about the Troubles in Ireland, Ourselves Alone is a powerful story of love and conflicting loyalties set against the battle for Ireland's independence. It is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements.Co-directed by Belfast-born Brian Desmond Hurst one of the twentieth century's most prolific and acclaimed directors Ourselves Alone (a translation of 'Sinn Fein') was banned in Northern Ireland on its release in 1936, but with sympathetic performances from a strong cast the focus remains firmly on the human cost of conflict in uncertain times.1921: as nationalists battle with loyalist police and British Black and Tans, a young girl finds herself under terrible pressures; she is torn between loyalty to her brother, an IRA leader, her lover, a police inspector, and his rival, a British Army captain...SPECIAL FEATURES: Image gallery Commemorative booklet by Allan Esler Smith
Classic British version of Charles Dickens's Christmas tale, starring Alastair Sim. on Christmas eve, a tight-fisted businessman is visited by three ghosts who remind him of the true spirit of Christmas.
George Winter a self-made businessman and MP lets nothing get in the way of his climb to the top. Certain in his belief in the corruptible and foolish nature of others whenever Winter meets a competitor who can't be bought he destroys the man through methods both legal and underhanded. Then he meets his 'tenth man': a victim who refuses to be silenced by threat or bribery with the power to bring Winter's house of cards crashing down around him... Brian Desmond Hurst directs this masterly adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play which features a brilliant central performance by John Lodge as the ruthless investment broker who will stop at nothing to shore up his social and financial position with Antoinette Cellier as the woman he refuses to release from a loveless marriage. The Tenth Man is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Three all time classic Alastair Sim titles are brought together on this timeless box set. Scrooge: Digitally re-mastered Alastair Sim's Scrooge is the all time favourite Christmas family film and a genuine classic of British cinema. Scrooge is the definitive big screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol one of the world's best loved Christmas stories. Green For Danger: Alastair Sim stars as the eccentric and irreverent Inspector Cockrill of the Kent County Police alongside Trevor Howard and Rosamund John in this truly classic and suspenseful murder mystery from the acclaimed film-making partnership of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. August 1944. German flying bombs are raining down on London. Directly under their flight path is a small cottage hospital. Inside the tension is almost unbearable for the dedicated team of surgeons and nurses - and not just because of the 'doodlebugs' and near misses. Their close-knit community is torn apart by jealousy emotional turmoil the horrors of war.and terrible secrets. When the local postman is brought in delirious but trying to impart an urgent message - the murders begin. Inspector Cockrill is called in to investigate a truly baffling case where everyone has secrets - but no-one appears to have a motive. Alastair Sim is at his very best in this thrilling whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very last chilling moments of the film. London Belongs To Me: Alastair Sim Richard Attenborough Joyce Carey and Fay Compton head an all-star cast in this classic British comedy crime drama set in pre-war London and produced by the acclaimed team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Christmas Eve 1938. The lives of all those living in a rooming house in Dulcimer Street South London are about to change forever. Young Percy Boon (Richard Attenborough) from upstairs takes his first step towards a life of crime.and down-on-his-luck fraudulent medium Henry Squales (Alastair Sim) arrives to take the basement room. The people who live in 10 Dulcimer Street are all very different - but when Percy's criminal career ends in tragedy and he is sent to the gallows they rally together as Londoners to try and get true justice.
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