"Director: Charles Crichton"

  • The Best Of Ealing Collection [DVD]The Best Of Ealing Collection | DVD | (03/11/2014) from £13.17   |  Saving you £24.81 (243.71%)   |  RRP £34.99

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  • Smuggler Vol. 1Smuggler Vol. 1 | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £6.58   |  Saving you £16.40 (456.82%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Set during the Napoleonic wars of the early 1800s Oliver Tobias stars as Jack Vincent a swashbuckling ex-British naval captain turned smuggler. A strong-willed independent man who lives by both his wits and the sword Vincent is ably assisted by Sarah (Lesley Dunlop) and petty thief Honesty Evans (Hywel Williams Ellis) in his struggle to stay one step ahead of the Excise Men... Episodes Comprise: Disc One: The Right Price - Part One The Right Price - Part Two Forced Run The Respectable Traitor - Part One The Respectable Traitor - Part Two Press Gang Disc Two: In at the Death Missing Princess Hogshead The Felon An Eye for an Eye Straw Man - Part One Straw Man - Part Two

  • The Battle of the Sexes (DVD + Blu-ray)The Battle of the Sexes (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (20/04/2020) from £9.29   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    When American businesswoman Angela Barrows (Constance Cummings) is sent by her company to Edinburgh to look into potential export markets, she meets Robert MacPherson (Robert Morley), a company manager who has just inherited his father's textile business and wants her advice on updating it to modern standards. Before long Angela is introducing all sorts of new¬źfangled ideas and the employees, scandalised that they have to work under a female boss, turn to Mr Martin (Peter Sellers), who promises to lead the fight against the interloper. Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits Extras TBC

  • A Fish Called Wanda [Blu-ray]A Fish Called Wanda | Blu Ray | (18/09/2017) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    This 1988 comedy starred and was scripted by John Cleese and directed by Charles Crichton, veteran Ealing Comedy director. After 1986's Clockwise--in which he played a manic loser similar to Basil Fawlty--A Fish Called Wanda saw Cleese opting for a more sympathetic lead role. Cleese plays Archie Leach (Cary Grant's real name), a barrister living a typically English life of quiet desperation, who falls prey to the American charms of Jamie Lee Curtis. Posing as a law student, she's actually involved in a diamond robbery with psychotic but occasionally clueless Kevin Kline ("The London Underground is not a revolutionary movement!") and Michael Palin, an animal rights' activist. A Fish Called Wanda is, typically of Cleese, well constructed but the romantic heart of the movie softens it a little. It was intended as a satire on Anglo-American differences but most people remember it for a running joke involving squashed dogs, the chips up Palin's nose and the scene where Cleese is hung out of a window by his ankles. The same cast reassembled for 1997's vastly inferior Fierce Creatures.--David Stubbs

  • The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 10 [DVD]The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 10 | DVD | (03/02/2014) from £6.89   |  Saving you £8.10 (117.56%)   |  RRP £14.99

    A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release. The Ealing Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance - featuring new transfers from...

  • Man in a Suitcase - Complete Series [Repackaged]Man in a Suitcase - Complete Series | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £24.89   |  Saving you £15.10 (60.67%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Richard Bradford is ex-CIA agent 'Mac' McGill who now works as a private investigator. He goes from job to job living out hotel rooms with all his worldly possessions in one old brown suitcase... Featuring all the episodes ever made! Episodes comprise: 1. Brainwash 2. The Sitting Pigeon 3. Day of Execution 4. Variation on a Million Bucks (1) 5. Variation on a Million Bucks (2) 6. Man from the Dead 7. Sweet Sue 8. Essay in Evil 9. The Girl Who Never Was 10. All That Glitters 11. Dead Man's Shoes 12. Find the Lady 13. The Bridge 14. The Man Who Stood Still 15. Burden of Proof 16. The Whisper 17. Why They Killed Nolan 18. The Boston Square 19. Somebody Loses Somebody... Wins? 20. Blind Spot 21. No Friend of Mine 22. Jigsaw Man 23. Web with Four Spiders 24. Which Way Did He Go McGill? 25. The Property of a Gentleman 26. The Revolutionaries 27. Who's Mad Now? 28. Three Blinks of the Eye 29. Castle in the Clouds 30. Night Flight to Andorra

  • Space: 1999: The Complete Series [DVD]Space: 1999: The Complete Series | DVD | (16/10/2017) from £27.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    September 13th, 1999... a nuclear waste dump on the moon unexpectedly detonates, blasting the moon out of orbit and taking the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on a fantastic voyage of discovery to the stars, fraught with danger at every turn! Gerry Anderson's cult sci-fi series is presented here as stunning restorations from original film elements, giving an exceptional level of picture quality Space: 1999 has never looked better. Special Features: Digitally restored from new High Definition transfers Newly remixed Dolby 5.1 tracks Music-only tracks on most episodes Original 'as broadcast' mono track Gerry Anderson commentary on Breakaway and Dragon's Domain Text episode commentaries on The Last Sunset and Space Brain Image galleries of rare and previously unseen stills

  • A Fish Called Wanda [1988]A Fish Called Wanda | DVD | (10/02/2003) from £5.89   |  Saving you £17.10 (290.32%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Barrister Archie (John Cleese) falls in love and tosses off more than his wig for sexy thief Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis) - who can charm the pants off anyone! To make things worse Wanda is already using her charms on fellow partner-in-crime Otto (Kevin Kline in an Oscar-winning performance) a dim-witted intellectual psychopath who thinks the London Underground is a political movement! Meanwhile Otto is making eyes at henchman Ken (Michael Palin) an animal loving multiple dog-kille

  • Great British Films - Film Noir [DVD]Great British Films - Film Noir | DVD | (21/05/2012) from £14.48   |  Saving you £12.50 (100.08%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Films Comprise: Hunted Sapphire So Long at the Fair Turn the Key Softly 21 Days

  • The Lavender Hill Mob [1951]The Lavender Hill Mob | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £16.99

    Directed by Charles Crichton, who would much later direct John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), 1951's The Lavender Hill Mob is the most ruefully thrilling of the Ealing Comedies. Alec Guinness plays a bowler-hatted escort of bullion to the refineries. His seeming timidity, weak 'r's and punctiliousness mask a typically Guinness-like patient cunning. "I was aware I was widiculed but that was pwecisely the effect I was stwiving to achieve". He's actually plotting a heist. With more conventionally cockney villains Sid James and Alfie Bass in tow, as well as the respectable but ruined Stanley Holloway, Guinness' perfect criminal plan works in exquisite detail, then unravels just as exquisitely, culminating in a nail-biting police car chase in which you can't help rooting for the villains. The Lavender Hill Mob depicts a London still up to its knees in rubble from World War II, a world of new hope but continued austerity, a budding new order in which everything seems up for grabs; as such it could be regarded as a lighter hearted cinematic cousin to Carol Reed's 1949 masterpiece The Third Man. The Lavender Hill Mob also sees the first, fleeting on-screen appearance of Audrey Hepburn in the opening sequence. --David Stubbs

  • Space: 1999: The Complete Series [DVD] [Blu-ray]Space: 1999: The Complete Series | Blu Ray | (16/10/2017) from £34.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    September 13th, 1999... a nuclear waste dump on the moon unexpectedly detonates, blasting the moon out of orbit and taking the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on a fantastic voyage of discovery to the stars, fraught with danger at every turn! Gerry Anderson's cult sci-fi series is presented here as stunning restorations from original film elements, giving an exceptional level of picture quality Space: 1999 has never looked better. Special Features: Digitally restored from new High Definition transfers Newly remixed Dolby 5.1 tracks Music-only tracks on most episodes Original 'as broadcast' mono track Gerry Anderson commentary on Breakaway and Dragon's Domain Text episode commentaries on The Last Sunset and Space Brain Image galleries of rare and previously unseen stills Restored Series One textless titles Unfinished Generic Textless Opening Titles Textless Episode Material (Mute) Textless End Titles Seed of Destruction Series One Version: a second series episode presented in the style of the first series

  • Train Of Events [1949]Train Of Events | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £9.79   |  Saving you £6.20 (63.33%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Four different perspectives of a train disaster are told through a quartet of short stories.

  • War at Sea Box Set [DVD]War at Sea Box Set | DVD | (11/10/2010) from £14.39   |  Saving you £1.60 (11.12%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Titles Comprise: The Cruel Sea: The courageous story of the Battle of the Atlantic: a story of an ocean a ship and a handful of men. The brave crew are the heroes. The heroine is the ship. The only villain is the sea that man and war have made even more brutal... For Those In Peril: San Demetrio London: 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?

  • The Titfield Thunderbolt [DVD]The Titfield Thunderbolt | DVD | (14/01/2013) from £9.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.06%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A comical and delightful tale of community spirit, written by celebrated Ealing regular and Academy Award Winner T.E.B. Clarke (The Lavender Hill Mob, Barnacle Bill), directed by Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda, The Lavender Hill Mob) and celebrating its 60th Anniversary, The Titfield Thunderbolt has been expertly digitally restored from the much loved, Golden Age of the Ealing Comedies. When British Railways announce the closure of the Titfield to Mallingford branch line, a group of local village residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a monied member of the community who is attracted by the complete lack of licensing hours on trains. Unfortunately this puts them into direct competition with the local bus company. Special Features: Making the Titfield Thunderbolt Douglas Slocombe Home Movie Footage The Lion Locomotive Featurette Locations Feaurette Stills Gallery Restoration Comparison Douglas Slocombe on Charles Crichton Audio Interview Trailer

  • The Titfield Thunderbolt [Blu-ray]The Titfield Thunderbolt | Blu Ray | (14/01/2013) from £12.09   |  Saving you £7.90 (65.34%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A comical and delightful tale of community spirit, written by celebrated Ealing regular and Academy Award Winner T.E.B. Clarke (The Lavender Hill Mob, Barnacle Bill), directed by Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda, The Lavender Hill Mob) and celebrating its 60th Anniversary, The Titfield Thunderbolt has been expertly digitally restored from the much loved, Golden Age of the Ealing Comedies. When British Railways announce the closure of the Titfield to Mallingford branch line, a group of local village residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a monied member of the community who is attracted by the complete lack of licensing hours on trains. Unfortunately this puts them into direct competition with the local bus company. Special Features: Making the Titfield Thunderbolt Douglas Slocombe Home Movie Footage The Lion Locomotive Featurette Locations Feaurette Stills Gallery Restoration Comparison Douglas Slocombe on Charles Crichton Audio Interview Trailer

  • Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition [Blu-ray] [1945]Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (24/02/2014) from £12.49   |  Saving you £10.50 (84.07%)   |  RRP £22.99

    A portmanteau work from four of Ealing's best directors, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer. Starring Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers, Dead Of Night represented a departure for Ealing from the classic comedy mode and is instead a spooky psychological thriller made up of five chilling ghost stories.

  • Danger Man - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1,2,3 And 4 [1960]Danger Man - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1,2,3 And 4 | DVD | (10/07/2000) from £22.94   |  Saving you £-9.96 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    In 1960, television-executive Lew Grade's ITC company inaugurated a tradition of escapist adventure/mystery shows with Danger Man, a pocket-sized take on the spy stuff strutted in fiction by Ian Fleming's as-yet-unfilmed James Bond books. The versatile Patrick McGoohan took the lead role of John Drake, a daring spy for the NATO powers. This first, half-hour incarnation of the show (that would be known in the US as Secret Agent) concentrated on tight little plots executed at a rapid pace. McGoohan proved as adept in the numerous fight scenes and he was at spitting out the hardboiled dialogue which counterpointed Edwin Astley's memorable music. Although Drake is a deliberately colourless leading man, the format of the show allowed McGoohan to go undercover each week as a different, often strange character. Later, the series came back as an hour-long programme that segued wildly into McGoohan's masterpiece, The Prisoner. Volume One includes the following episodes: "View from the Villa" (with Barbara Shelley); "Time to Kill" (with Derren Nesbitt); "Josetta"; and "The Blue Veil" (with Ferdy Mayne). --Kim Newman

  • Ealing Comedy DVD Collection - The Ladykillers/Kind Hearts and Coronets/The Lavender Hill Mob/The Man in the White Suit [1955]Ealing Comedy DVD Collection - The Ladykillers/Kind Hearts and Coronets/The Lavender Hill Mob/The Man in the White Suit | DVD | (02/09/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Four of the British film industry's best-loved comedies in one box set makes The Ealing Comedy Collection absolutely essential for anyone who has any passion at all for movies. The set contains Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955). Ealing's greatest comedies captured the essence of post-war Britain, both in their evocation of a land once blighted by war but now rising doggedly and optimistically again from the ashes, and in their mordant yet graceful humour. They portray a country with an antiquated class system whose crumbling conventions are being undermined by a new spirit of individual opportunism. In the delightfully wicked Kind Hearts and Coronets, a serial killer politely murders his way into the peerage; in The Lavender Hill Mob a put-upon bank clerk schemes to rob his employers; The Man in the White Suit is a harshly satirical depiction of idealism crushed by the status quo; while The Ladykillers mocks both the criminals and the authorities with its unlikely octogenarian heroine Mrs "lop-sided" Wilberforce. Many factors contribute to the success of these films--including fine music scores from composers such as Benjamin Frankel (Man in the White Suit) and Tristram Cary (The Ladykillers); positively symphonic sound effects (White Suit); marvellously evocative locations (the environs of King's Cross in Ladykillers, for example); and writing that always displays Ealing's unique perspective on British social mores ("All the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period")--yet arguably their greatest asset is Alec Guinness, whose multifaceted performances are the keystone upon which Ealing built its biting, often macabre, yet always elegant comedy. On the DVD: The Ealing Comedy Collection presents the four discs in a fold-out package with postcards of the original poster artwork for each. Aside from theatrical trailers on each disc there are no extra features, which is a pity given the importance of these films. The Ladykillers is in muted Technicolor and presented in 1.66:1 ratio, the three earlier films are all black and white 1.33:1. Sound is perfectly adequate mono throughout. --Mark Walker

  • Sid James Collection - Comic IconsSid James Collection - Comic Icons | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £11.49   |  Saving you £8.50 (73.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Featuring: 1. The Big Job (1965) 2. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) 3. Make Mine A Million (1959)

  • The Human Jungle - The Complete Series [DVD]The Human Jungle - The Complete Series | DVD | (29/10/2012) from £20.69   |  Saving you £39.30 (189.95%)   |  RRP £59.99

    Cult favourite actor Herbert Lom takes on his first British television role as the gifted and compassionate psychiatrist Dr. Roger Corder in this classic series from ABC Television. A widower in his mid-forties, Corder spends his life analysing others; tearing them apart to put them back together again in better shape. Primarily he is a detective, probing secrets and searching for causes dispassionately laying the facts before those seeking his help in the human jungle ...This complete series set contains all 26 episodes of this hard-hitting and well-remembered series. John Barry's rousing theme tune sets the scene for each story (based on a real-life case history) and the cast includes Joan Collins, Francesca Annis, Rita Tushingham, Alfred Burke and Annette Andr, among many others.

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