"Director: Claude Whatham"

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  • Stardust [1974]Stardust | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £11.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (33.36%)   |  RRP £15.99

    That'll Be The Day: Abandoned by his father at an early age Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him... Stardust: Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star and I'll show you a liar.... Jim is now enjoying the nomadic gigs and groupies' life of The Stray Cats. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom the sweet taste of success begins to turn sour...

  • The Man in Room 17 - The Complete Series 2 [DVD]The Man in Room 17 - The Complete Series 2 | DVD | (03/03/2014) from £51.28   |  Saving you £-11.29 (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    The Man is Oldenshaw: an immodest, ex-Oxford type with a mind trained to devour information like a computer. He rose to prominence during the planning of D-Day. His partner is Defraits: Oldenshaw's red-brick equal. Room 17 is the secret centre of operations for the Department of Special Research, a unit set up to study the criminal mind and handle cases that have baffled the police and security services. Answerable only to the Prime Minister, the men in Room 17 pull the strings that make the...

  • The Railway Children [1970]/Swallows and Amazons [1974]The Railway Children | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £2.81   |  Saving you £14.44 (931.61%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The Railway Children (1970) and Swallows and Amazons (1974) are perfect bedfellows: two classic children's novels, simply and faithfully adapted for the big screen. Together they evoke a poignant nostalgia for the periods in which they are set--Edwardian and 1920s England, respectively--and for the childhood of anyone who has grown up watching them. Sentimentality reigns, of course, but it's never cloying. The truthfulness of the juvenile performances, balanced with restrained sympathy from the adults, sees to that. Flourishing under Lionel Jeffries' delicate direction, Jenny Agutter dominates The Railway Children as the oldest daughter of a family thrown on hard times when their father is wrongly sent to prison. They avert a train disaster, save an imperilled steeple chaser and reunite an exiled Russian with his wife, all with equal enterprise. Happy endings prevail after every crisis. And no number of repeat viewings can ever diminish the impact of father's return. One of the most expert tear-duct work-outs in film history, it hits the spot every time. Perhaps the lack of such a pivotal scene has kept Swallows and Amazons in the relative shade. But its gentle appeal survives with equal charm, not least in the resourcefulness of the eponymous children and the period detail. Together this pairing makes a double bill to treasure, and a piquant reminder that Disney doesn't have a complete monopoly on the rich heritage of children's cinema. On the DVD: The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons is presented in standard 4:3 picture format, from so-so prints, and with acceptable mono soundtracks. Both films envelope the viewer in a comforting Sunday-afternoon haze. There are no extras, apart from scene indexes. --Piers Ford

  • Swallows And Amazons [DVD] [2016]Swallows And Amazons | DVD | (25/07/2016) from £5.69   |  Saving you £12.30 (216.17%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The Railway Children (1970) and Swallows and Amazons (1974) are perfect bedfellows: two classic children's novels, simply and faithfully adapted for the big screen. Together they evoke a poignant nostalgia for the periods in which they are set--Edwardian and 1920s England, respectively--and for the childhood of anyone who has grown up watching them. Sentimentality reigns, of course, but it's never cloying. The truthfulness of the juvenile performances, balanced with restrained sympathy from the adults, sees to that. Flourishing under Lionel Jeffries' delicate direction, Jenny Agutter dominates The Railway Children as the oldest daughter of a family thrown on hard times when their father is wrongly sent to prison. They avert a train disaster, save an imperilled steeple chaser and reunite an exiled Russian with his wife, all with equal enterprise. Happy endings prevail after every crisis. And no number of repeat viewings can ever diminish the impact of father's return. One of the most expert tear-duct work-outs in film history, it hits the spot every time. Perhaps the lack of such a pivotal scene has kept Swallows and Amazons in the relative shade. But its gentle appeal survives with equal charm, not least in the resourcefulness of the eponymous children and the period detail. Together this pairing makes a double bill to treasure, and a piquant reminder that Disney doesn't have a complete monopoly on the rich heritage of children's cinema. On the DVD: The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons is presented in standard 4:3 picture format, from so-so prints, and with acceptable mono soundtracks. Both films envelope the viewer in a comforting Sunday-afternoon haze. There are no extras, apart from scene indexes. --Piers Ford

  • Disraeli - Complete [1978]Disraeli - Complete | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (185.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ian McShane plays the English statesman and Victorian Prime Minister in this exceptional BBC mini-series centred around his life.

  • Classic Children's Films - Swallows and Amazons/The Railway ChildrenClassic Children's Films - Swallows and Amazons/The Railway Children | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £9.79   |  Saving you £8.20 (45.60%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The Railway Children: Three Edwardian children travel with their mother to live by a railway in Yorkshire when their father is wrongly imprisoned as a spy. Based on the novel by Edith Nesbit. (Dir. Lionel Jeffries 1971) Swallows And Amazons: Six young children experience a holiday in the Lake District during the peaceful summer of 1929.... Based on the novel by Arthur Ransome. (Dir. Claude Whatham 1974)

  • The Fellows - The Complete Series [DVD]The Fellows - The Complete Series | DVD | (01/07/2013) from £8.39   |  Saving you £31.60 (376.64%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Richard Vernon and Michael Aldridge star as Home Office-appointed criminologists in this clever, humorous and highly original Granada series. Devised and co-written by the award-winning Robin Chapman - the creator of the series' famous prequel The Man in Room 17 and a veteran screenwriter and novelist whose credits also include the highly controversial Big Breadwinner Hog - The Fellows charts the continuing work and often strained relationship of Room 17's former occupants Oldenshaw and Dimmock. Now appointed to the Peel Research Fellowship at All Saints' College, Cambridge, they no longer simply solve crimes, trap spies and hunt traitors; their new brief is to investigate the changing nature of crime, ultimately advising the police, legislature and government. But the familiar cat-and-mouse game with the criminal fraternity isn't over yet, and and their ingeniously unorthodox tactics help to ensnare several lynchpins of organised crime - including infamous gangland boss Spindoe, who would take centre-stage in the eponymous cult spin-off series of 1968.

  • That'll Be The Day / Stardust [1973]That'll Be The Day / Stardust | DVD | (25/08/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £16.99

    That'll Be The Day: Abandoned by his father at an early age Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him... Stardust: Jim is now enjoying the nomadic gigs and groupies' life of The Stray Cats. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom the sweet taste of success begins to turn sour...

  • Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Second SeriesTales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Second Series | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £26.98   |  Saving you £-6.99 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Roald Dahl's chillingly brilliant antholgy series Tales of the Unexpected makes an expected return to DVD. Featuring all the episodes from series 2. Episodes Comprise: 1. Royal Jelly 2. Skin 3. Galloping Foxley 4. The Hitch-hiker 5. Poison 6. Fat Chance 7. Taste 8. My Lady Love My Dove 9. Georgy Porgy 10. Depart in Peace 11. The Umbrella Man 12. Genesis and Catastrophe 13. Mr Botibol's First Love 14. Back for Christmas 15. The Orderly World of Mr Appleby 16. The Man at the Top

  • Swallows And Amazons [DVD]Swallows And Amazons | DVD | (04/08/2014) from £9.98   |  Saving you £11.00 (157.37%)   |  RRP £17.99

    SWALLOWS & AMAZONS was the first novel in Arthur Ransome's much-loved series following the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow. In this film of the first installment, Roger, Titty, Susan and John are taken on holiday by their mother to the Norfolk Broads, where they are allowed to sail their boat to a nearby island and set up camp. However they soon discover another boat: the Amazon, manned by potential rivals for dominion of the island. Evoking an England and way of li.

  • Swallows And Amazons [Blu-ray]Swallows And Amazons | Blu Ray | (04/08/2014) from £10.98   |  Saving you £15.00 (187.74%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Swallows and Amazons was the first novel in Arthur Ransome's much-loved series following the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow. In this film of the first instalment Roger Titty Susan and John are taken on holiday by their mother to the Norfolk Broads where they are allowed to sail their boat to a nearby island and set up camp. However they soon discover another boat: the Amazon manned by potential rivals for dominion of the island. Evoking an England and way of life long forgotten Swallows and Amazons turns an enduring model of idyllic and innocent childhood into a lyrical and beautifully realized film. Special Features: Interviews with Sophie Neville Suzanna Hamilton and Virginia McKenna Locations Featurette Behind the Scenes Footage with Commentary from sophie neville Stills Gallery Trailer

  • That'll Be The Day [Blu-ray] [2019]That'll Be The Day | Blu Ray | (21/10/2019) from £12.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    That'll Be The Day is a nostalgic trip back to the late 1950S, time of brothel- creeper shoes, drainpipe trousers,sideburns and greased back hair. David Essex makes his screen debut as wayward hero Jim MacLaine, who lives a life of dead-end jobs and one-night stands and dreams of becoming a rock star. Ringo Starr, as his fairground buddy, epitomizes the [eriod and is joined by Billy Fury and Keith Moon in a living tapestry of memories for rock fans. Brand new restoration with new extras including interviews with Ray Connolly, David Puttnam and Bob Stanley. Extras: New Interview with David Puttnam New Interview with Bob Stanley New Interview with Ray Connolly Stills Gallery Stills gallery

  • Swallows And AmazonsSwallows And Amazons | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £12.13   |  Saving you £0.86 (7.09%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Six young children experience a holiday in the Lake District during the peaceful summer of 1929.... Based on the novel by Arthur Ransome.

  • All Creatures Great And Small [1974]All Creatures Great And Small | DVD | (24/09/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Claude Whatham's 1974 film All Creatures Great and Small is a modest and charming cornucopia of nostalgia, cuddly calves, romance and acerbic-yet-warm-hearted Yorkshire folk. It's based of course on James Herriot's phenomenally popular tales of a vet's life in the Dales and spawned a long-running BBC series with a different cast. Here, we have a fresh-faced Simon Ward as James, joining Siegfried Farnon's small town practice. As the benignly despotic Farnon, a pre-Hannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins already exudes plenty of brooding charisma. Lisa Harrow, fetching in 1930s slacks, is Helen, the farmer's daughter who catches James' eye. Their adventures with the local animal populace in the incredibly beautiful pre-Second World War Dales run the gamut, from arms up cows' bottoms to tender birthing scenes, over-indulged pooches, horses with torsions and one moment which will strike a poignant note with pet owners of all ages. It's taught and witty thanks to distinguished dramatist Hugh Whitemore's delightful script and as comforting as a warm blanket, a stodgy tea and a roaring fire on a winter's evening. On the DVD: with no extras apart from the chapter list, this is a basic package. Presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic aspect ratio and a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, it's easy viewing, offering more than adequate picture and sound quality. --Piers Ford

  • Sweet WilliamSweet William | DVD | (11/02/2008) from £8.08   |  Saving you £-2.09 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    As soon as she meets William (Sam Waterston) Ann (Jenny Agutter) finds herself drawn to him. Their whirlwind romance is rapidly consummated and they decide to live together in Ann's flat. However Ann soon discovers that William is also in a relationship with her friend Pamela...and is also married...and then she finds herself pregnant.

  • Cider With Rosie [1971]Cider With Rosie | DVD | (03/03/2000) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Based on a memoir of English writer Laurie Lee and featuring narration by Lee himself, this made-for-television adaptation begins in wartime 1918 with Lee's family moving to the Gloucestershire countryside. Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) shines as the matriarch of this large blended family, a compassionate and distracted woman who pines for the brood's missing father. The movie takes Lee from a young boy sleeping in his mother's bed through his girl-obsessed adolescence, fondly dealing with an assortment of relatives, schoolmates and villagers along the way. Lee doesn't actually have cider with girlfriend Rosie until a few minutes before the 82-minute movie ends, but in the meantime Charles Beeson, directing from an adaptation by John Mortimer, has offered up a gentle homage to long-passed era. --Kimberly Heinrichs, Amazon.com

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