"Director: Franklin J. Schaffner"

  • Papillon [1974]Papillon | DVD | (04/12/2000) from £3.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (225.56%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Franklin J Schaffner's Papillon is quite possibly the definitive prison escape drama. Not as thrilling as The Great Escape, nor as emotionally cathartic as The Shawshank Redemption, its unflinching emphasis on the barbarism of "civilised" societies is nevertheless unparalleled. Significantly, the only characters to display any real kindness in this film are the social outcasts: the lepers and native Indians; everyone else has been corrupted and debased by the true villain, the penal system itself. Based on Henri Charrière' s heavily fictionalised "autobiography", the film's timeless themes of man's insatiable desire for freedom and the indomitability of the human spirit are thankfully not dependent for their impact on the source material's veracity. Dalton Trumbo's liberal-minded screenplay echoes the themes of his earlier script for Spartacus, and Schaffner's innate gift for epic cinema (this was made just two years after his great war biography Patton) is fully equal to the task of realising it on screen. The director's painterly eye for widescreen composition and his careful pacing impart a gravitas to proceedings even during the film's most squalid depictions of brutality, of which there are many emphasising the cheapness of human life among the convicts and their equally criminal prison guards in the penal colony of French Guiana. Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman form a remarkable screen pairing, with Hoffman outstanding as the pusillanimous Dega. McQueen magnificently overcomes his tough-guy persona in the extraordinary solitary confinement sequences as he is gradually reduced to a shambling, cockroach-eating wreck. Longtime collaborator Jerry Goldsmith, who had previously scored Schaffner's Planet of the Apes and Patton, attained yet another career high with his music. On the DVD: The anamorphic widescreen print of the original Panavision 2. 35:1 ratio looks fine without being as stunning as some more modern prints; the Dolby 5.1 audio does however do great service to Jerry Goldsmith's score, which can also be selected separately from the Audio Setup menu as an isolated track (note that there's no music at all in the first 20 minutes of the film). The 12-minute "Magnificent Rebel" featurette was made at the time of the film's release , and includes some fascinating footage of Henri Charrière touring the prison se t, reminiscing about his experiences and pontificating ("Society does not want free men, society wants conditioned men"). --Mark Walker

  • Patton [1969]Patton | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £5.79   |  Saving you £12.20 (210.71%)   |  RRP £17.99

    A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) Patton is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. One of its Oscars went to George C. Scott for this triumphant portrayal of George Patton the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Charismatic and flamboyant Patton designed his own uniforms sported ivory-handled six-shooters and believed he was a warrior in past lives. He outmaneuv

  • The Boys From Brazil [1978]The Boys From Brazil | DVD | (10/03/2003) from £5.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (66.78%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Robustly entertaining and bracingly sinister, The Boys from Brazil stars Gregory Peck as the infamous Dr Josef Mengele, the former Nazi chief who intends to resurrect the Führer and create a Fourth Reich through genetic experiments that commence with the assassination of some 94 fathers. Elderly Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is tipped to the plot, but his efforts to expose Peck (fiendishly cast against type) are thwarted by a set of menacing triplets played by Jeremy Black. Back in 1978, The Boys from Brazil (adapted from Ira Levin's novel) was an incalculably tense, straight-faced entertainment whose lack of irony allowed the viewer to indulge the film's outrageous premise without moral offence. But in view of the scientific advancements made since the release of the film, it's now a cautionary tale, and all the more compelling for being so. Jerry Goldsmith's richly conceived, Oscar-nominated score--replete with echoes of Mahler and Strauss--reinforces this impression.--Kevin Mulhall

  • Planet Of The Apes [1967]Planet Of The Apes | DVD | (08/10/2001) from £9.43   |  Saving you £8.56 (90.77%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The original Planet of the Apes is that rarity of the genre: a science fiction film that has dated not one bit: its intelligent script, frightening costuming, and savagely effective conclusion (which needs no big-budget special effects to augment its impact) remain both potent and relevant. When Colonel George Taylor (the fabulous Charlton Heston) crash lands his spacecraft on what seems to be an unfamiliar planet, he is captured and held prisoner by a dominant race of rational, articulate apes. However, the ape community is riven with internal dissension, centred in no small part on its policy toward humans, who, on this planet, are treated as mindless animals. Befriended and ultimately assisted by the more liberal simians, Taylor escapes--only to find a more terrifying obstacle confronting his return home. Heavy-handed object lessons abound--the ubiquity of generational warfare, the inflexibility of dogma, the cruelty of prejudice--and the didactic finger prints of The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling are very much in evidence here. But director Franklin Schaffner has a dark, pop-apocalyptic sci-fi vision all of his own, helped along by Jerry Goldsmith's terrifyingly avant-garde score. And time has not dulled the monumental emotional imp act of the film's climactic payoff shot. --Miles Bethany, Amazon.com

  • Planet of the Apes: Evolution Collection [DVD]Planet of the Apes: Evolution Collection | DVD | (12/12/2011) from £37.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (18.43%)   |  RRP £44.99

    Titles Comprise:Planet Of The Apes: Charlton Heston stars as an astronaut lost in a world run by evolved apes in this highly influential, Oscar-winning and epic film! (1968)Beneath The Planet Of The Apes: James Franciscus discovers new horrors on the Planet of the Apes, including a subterranean world of highly advanced humans who worship a WMD! Escape From The Planet Of The Apes: Refugee chimps from the feature, Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter), are hunted down as an evolutionary threat in twentieth-century America. (1971)Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes: In the not-too-distant future, an ape named Caesar (Roddy McDowall) defies his human masters, launching a revolt that will change the way the world is run...and by whom. (1972)Battle For The Planet of The Apes: The peaceful coexistence of man and ape is shattered when militant factions of both species clash, igniting an explosive final conflict! (1973)Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: Set in present day San Francisco, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

  • The Longest Day/ A Bridge Too Far/ Patton [DVD]The Longest Day/ A Bridge Too Far/ Patton | DVD | (13/04/2009) from £6.99   |  Saving you £3.00 (42.92%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Titles Comprise: The Longest Day:On June 6 1944 the Allied Invasion of France marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3 000 000 men 11 000 planes and 4 000 ships comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen. Presented in its original black & white version The Longest Day is a vivid hour-by-hour re-creation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast and told from the perspectives of both sides it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations mistakes and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. Winner of two Oscars (Special Effects and Cinematography) the Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films. A Bridge Too Far: An epic film that re-creates in stunning detail one of the most disastrous battles of World War II (The Hollywood Reporter) A Bridge Too Far is a spectacular war picture. Painstakingly recreated on actual battlefield locations and boasting a remarkable cast that includes Sean Connery Anthony Hopkins Sir Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford 'A Bridge Too Far' accurately recaptures the monumental scope excitement and danger behind one of the biggest military gambles in history. In September 1944 flush with success after the Normandy Invasion the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants. But a combination of battlefield politics faulty intelligence bad luck and even worse weather led to the disaster beyond the Allies' darkest fear. Patton:A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) Patton is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. One of its Oscars went to George C. Scott for this triumphant portrayal of George Patton the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Charismatic and flamboyant Patton designed his own uniforms sported ivory-handled six-shooters and believed he was a warrior in past lives. He outmaneuvered Rommel in Africa and after D-Day led his troops in an unstoppable campaign across Europe. But he was as rebellious as well as brilliant and as Patton shows with insight and poignancy his own volatile personality was one enemy he could never defeat.

  • Planet Of The Apes Collection [Blu-ray] [1968]Planet Of The Apes Collection | Blu Ray | (01/12/2008) from £43.18   |  Saving you £31.81 (73.67%)   |  RRP £74.99

    Filled with iconic images fierce epic battles and breathtaking twists these action-packed films revolutionized science fiction...and remain as thrilling and timely as ever! Planet Of The Apes: Charlton Heston stars as an astronaut lost in a world run by evolved apes in this highly influential Oscar'-winning and epic film! (1968) Beneath The Planet Of The Apes: James Franciscus discovers new horrors on the Planet of the Apes including a subterranean world of highly advanced humans who worship a WMD! Escape From The Planet Of The Apes: Refugee chimps from the feature Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter) are hunted down as an evolutionary threat in twentieth-century America. (1971) Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes: In the not-too-distant future an ape named Caesar (Roddy McDowall) defies his human masters launching a revolt that will change the way the world is run...and by whom. (1972) Battle For The Planet of The Apes: The peaceful coexistence of man and ape is shattered when militant factions of both species clash igniting an explosive final conflict! (1973)

  • The Boys From Brazil [Blu-ray] [1978]The Boys From Brazil | Blu Ray | (23/06/2008) from £7.09   |  Saving you £12.90 (181.95%)   |  RRP £19.99

    This terrifying thriller is based on Ira Levin's best seller in which Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) alive and living in South America gathers a group of former Nazis to work on a mysterious project. Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) begins to unravel the conspiracy and discovers that Mengele has cloned 94 young Hitlers. Suddenly the terrifying extent of Mengele's plan is revealed: twisting genetic science to become a new weapon of global horror.

  • Planet Of The Apes  (Special Edition)  [1967]Planet Of The Apes (Special Edition) | DVD | (08/02/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Astronaut Taylor crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist... Winner of an Honorary Academy Award for Outstanding Make-up Achievement and nominated for two Oscars (1968 Best Costume Design and Best Original Score) Planet of the Apes is grand entertainment from its visually arresting beginning to the chilli

  • The War Lord [DVD]The War Lord | DVD | (21/06/2010) from £5.09   |  Saving you £6.90 (135.56%)   |  RRP £11.99

    One of the finest historical adventure films ever made The War Lord dramatises with uncommon intelligence and integrity the brutality difficulties and injustices of the Middle Ages. Charlton Heston (Ben Hur Touch of Evil The Ten Commandments) stars as Chrysagon an honoured knight who takes over a castle tower in the swampland of Normandy to strengthen his duke's authority. But his struggles to maintain power in the face of Pagan villagers barbarian attackers and his brother's jealous counsel are shaken by his growing weariness with bloodshed in a cruel world. Never before released for home viewing in the UK this collaboration between OSCAR-winning director Franklin J. Schaffner and the legendary Charlton Heston three years before their iconic reunion on Planet of the Apes is a gripping saga of ferocious battles heartfelt emotion and powerful storytelling.

  • Patton [Blu-ray] [1970]Patton | Blu Ray | (03/06/2013) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-1.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Winner of seven 1970 Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Actor for George C. Scott), Patton is a riveting portrayal of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. As rebellious as he was brilliant, George Patton (Scott) was the only general truly feared by the Nazis, yet his own volatile personality was the one enemy he could never defeat.

  • Planet of the Apes: Evolution Collection [Blu-ray]Planet of the Apes: Evolution Collection | Blu Ray | (12/12/2011) from £45.88   |  Saving you £34.11 (74.35%)   |  RRP £79.99

    Titles Comprise:Planet Of The Apes: Charlton Heston stars as an astronaut lost in a world run by evolved apes in this highly influential, Oscar-winning and epic film! (1968)Beneath The Planet Of The Apes: James Franciscus discovers new horrors on the Planet of the Apes, including a subterranean world of highly advanced humans who worship a WMD! Escape From The Planet Of The Apes: Refugee chimps from the feature, Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter), are hunted down as an evolutionary threat in twentieth-century America. (1971)Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes: In the not-too-distant future, an ape named Caesar (Roddy McDowall) defies his human masters, launching a revolt that will change the way the world is run...and by whom. (1972)Battle For The Planet of The Apes: The peaceful coexistence of man and ape is shattered when militant factions of both species clash, igniting an explosive final conflict! (1973)Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: Set in present day San Francisco, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

  • Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray]Planet of the Apes | Blu Ray | (01/01/2009) from £14.83   |  Saving you £8.16 (55.02%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Director Tim Burton's eagerly awaited new take on the story of an astronaut (Mark Wahlberg) who crashlands on a strange planet, only to find a civilisation where Apes are the dominant species!

  • Nicholas And Alexandra [1971]Nicholas And Alexandra | DVD | (02/12/2002) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Perhaps the quintessential example of the intimate epic, Nicholas and Alexandra is the compelling story of Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the last Czar of Russia, and his wife Alexandra (Janet Suzman). Director Franklin J Schaffner frames the intimate lives of the Imperial Couple against the dramatic backdrop of the Russian Revolution, creating the filmic equivalent of a monumental frieze. Private and public lives intersect when Alexandra, who has clearly read Macbeth, influences Nicholas into several misguided actions while coping with her haemophilic newborn son. Schaffner builds suspense wonderfully as he illuminates the couple's mysterious bond to the mystical Rasputin (Tom Baker) and the events leading to their execution. Nominated for Best Picture, the splendidly lensed Nicholas and Alexandra earned two Oscars for its delicious eye candy (Art Direction, Costume Design). --Kevin Mulhall

  • POAPOA | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £7.09   |  Saving you £1.90 (21.10%)   |  RRP £8.99

    The Planet Of The Apes (Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner 1968): Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist. Winner of an Honorary Academy Award for Outstanding Make-up Achievement and nominated for two Oscars (1968 Best Costume Design and Best Original Score) Planet of the Apes is grand entertainment from its visually arresting beginning to the chilling last moment. The Planet Of The Apes (Dir. Tim Burton 2001): In the year 2029 interstellar reconnaissance missions are relegated to chimpanzee pilots from the Space Station Oberon in deep space. On such a mission a chimp loses communication and vanishes from the radar. Fearless astronaut Leo Davidson launches a rescue mission and following a malfunction lands on a jungle-like planet not unlike the Earth. To Leo's astonishment English-speaking apes and primitive humans inhabit the planet. Following his capture by the apes and subsequent escape Leo assembles a small band of defiant humans and empathetic apes in an attempt to re-establish contact with Oberon but his focus changes following an unexpected discovery. Armed with this new information Leo leads a rebellion against an overpowering ape force that will result in freedom or complete annihilation.

  • Planet of the Apes -- 35th Anniversary Special Edition (2 discs) [1967]Planet of the Apes -- 35th Anniversary Special Edition (2 discs) | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £11.73   |  Saving you £14.25 (163.04%)   |  RRP £22.99

    A genuine genre classic whose impact remains undimmed either by time, increasingly dire sequels, or Tim Burton's lacklustre 2001 "reimagining", the original Planet of the Apes richly deserves this 35th Anniversary special edition. Here you'll find a glorious anamorphic presentation of Franklin J Schaffner's painterly CinemaScope framing, accompanied by a new DTS 5.1 soundtrack that makes the movie seem even more vibrant and immediate than ever before. On disc one the film is accompanied by two audio commentaries: one from composer Jerry Goldsmith, and another with Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Natalie Trundy and make-up artist John Chambers. These are reasonably interesting, though with a few too many gaps. Better is Eric Greene's exhaustive text commentary. Better still are the features on the second disc. Disc two contains the exhaustive two-hour Behind the Planet of the Apes documentary (also to be found in the six-disc box set) as well as a host of other behind-the-scenes nuggets for die-hard fans: dailies and outtakes, make-up tests and Roddy McDowall's home movies. There's some overlap between a 1967 NATO presentation of the movie hosted by Charlton Heston and other featurettes from 1968 and 1972. Sequel directors Don Taylor and J Lee Thompson are seen in action, and there are trailers, film reviews from 1968 and picture galleries. --Mark Walker

  • Planet Of The Apes - Primal Collection (Eight Films Box Set) [Blu-ray]Planet Of The Apes - Primal Collection (Eight Films Box Set) | Blu Ray | (24/11/2014) from £60.73   |  Saving you £-41.73 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.00

    Packed with nonstop action iconic imagery and thrilling twists and turns the Planet of the Apes Primal Collection contains all eight films. See how it all began — and ended — as legendary stars including Charlton Heston Roddy McDowall Kim Hunter Ricardo Montalban James Franciscus and Claude Akins dominate the screen in these spectacular adventures that belong in every movie lover’s library!

  • D-Day Boxset (8 Titles) [DVD]D-Day Boxset (8 Titles) | DVD | (02/06/2014) from £7.49   |  Saving you £6.23 (83.18%)   |  RRP £13.72

    June 6 1944 known as D-Day marked the beginning of the massive Allied invasion of Normandy France and the turning point of World War II that would ultimately end Nazi domination in Europe. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the largest military mission in history this triumphan D-Day Remembered film collection includes 8 of the greatest war movies of all time featuring powerful performances by Hollywood's biggest heroes! Films Included: The D-Day Sixth Of June The Longest Day A Bridge Too Far Patton Battle of Britain The Bridge At Remagen Attack Von Ryan's Express

  • Welcome Home [1989]Welcome Home | DVD | (31/01/2000) from £9.43   |  Saving you £-2.44 (N/A%)   |  RRP £6.99

    Jake Robbins (Kristofferson) was shot down over Cambodia while serving in the Air Force and presumed dead by his wife Sarah (Williams). In fact Jake was captured and then he escaped with the help of Leang a Khmer Rouge peasant. Although they are on opposite sides Jake and Leang develop an understanding and fall in love. But after years of raising a family together Jake is forcibly separated from Leang when it is discovered he is an American Citizen. Waking up in the United Stat

  • Papillon [DVD] [1973]Papillon | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £4.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (100.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Franklin J Schaffner's Papillon is quite possibly the definitive prison escape drama. Not as thrilling as The Great Escape, nor as emotionally cathartic as The Shawshank Redemption, its unflinching emphasis on the barbarism of "civilised" societies is nevertheless unparalleled. Significantly, the only characters to display any real kindness in this film are the social outcasts: the lepers and native Indians; everyone else has been corrupted and debased by the true villain, the penal system itself. Based on Henri Charrière' s heavily fictionalised "autobiography", the film's timeless themes of man's insatiable desire for freedom and the indomitability of the human spirit are thankfully not dependent for their impact on the source material's veracity. Dalton Trumbo's liberal-minded screenplay echoes the themes of his earlier script for Spartacus, and Schaffner's innate gift for epic cinema (this was made just two years after his great war biography Patton) is fully equal to the task of realising it on screen. The director's painterly eye for widescreen composition and his careful pacing impart a gravitas to proceedings even during the film's most squalid depictions of brutality, of which there are many emphasising the cheapness of human life among the convicts and their equally criminal prison guards in the penal colony of French Guiana. Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman form a remarkable screen pairing, with Hoffman outstanding as the pusillanimous Dega. McQueen magnificently overcomes his tough-guy persona in the extraordinary solitary confinement sequences as he is gradually reduced to a shambling, cockroach-eating wreck. Longtime collaborator Jerry Goldsmith, who had previously scored Schaffner's Planet of the Apes and Patton, attained yet another career high with his music. On the DVD: The anamorphic widescreen print of the original Panavision 2. 35:1 ratio looks fine without being as stunning as some more modern prints; the Dolby 5.1 audio does however do great service to Jerry Goldsmith's score, which can also be selected separately from the Audio Setup menu as an isolated track (note that there's no music at all in the first 20 minutes of the film). The 12-minute "Magnificent Rebel" featurette was made at the time of the film's release , and includes some fascinating footage of Henri Charrière touring the prison se t, reminiscing about his experiences and pontificating ("Society does not want free men, society wants conditioned men"). --Mark Walker

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