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  • French Connection / French Connection 2 [1971]French Connection / French Connection 2 | DVD | (05/01/2004) from £5.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (100.17%)   |  RRP £11.99

    A milestone film from 1971 and winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, The French Connection transformed the crime thriller with its gritty, authentic story about New York City police detectives on the trail of a large shipment of heroin. Based on an actual police case and the illustrious career of New York cop Eddie Egan, the film stars Gene Hackman as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, whose unorthodox methods of crime fighting are anything but diplomatic. With his partner (Roy Scheider), Popeye investigates the international shipment of heroin masterminded by the suave Frenchman (Fernando Rey) who eludes Popeye throughout an escalating series of pursuits. The obsessive tension of Doyle's investigation reaches peak intensity during the film's breathtaking car chase, in which Doyle races under New York's elevated train tracks in a borrowed sedan--a sequence that earned an Oscar for editing and was instantly hailed as one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed. Produced on location, The French Connection had an immediate influence on dozens of movies and TV shows to follow, virtually redefining the crime thriller with its combination of brutal realism and high-octane craftsmanship. Boosted by the film's phenomenal success, director William Friedkin gained even more attention with his follow-up film, The Exorcist. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Manchurian Candidate [1962]The Manchurian Candidate | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £0.56 (5.94%)   |  RRP £9.99

    John Frankenheimer's Award-winning 1962 classic THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE has been fully restored and will be back in cinemas this spring.

  • The Train [Blu-ray]The Train | Blu Ray | (11/05/2015) from £13.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (42.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    ONE MAN’S IMPOSSIBLE MISSION – TO SAVE HIS COUNTRY’S PRICELESS TREASURES Directed by John Frankenheimer at the peak of his powers The Train was made during a tremendous run of top-class pictures that also included Birdman of Alcatraz Seven Days in May and The Manchurian Candidate with Seconds soon to follow. France 1944. Art lover and fanatical Nazi Colonel Von Waldheim has plundered a Paris museum for its masterpieces including works by Van Gogh Picasso and Cezanne. His intention is to have them transported by rail to Berlin but one man stands in his way. Aware that the Allied forces are fast approaching the French capital Resistance fighter Labiche need only stall the train for a few more days but he’ll have to use all of his wits and skills to do so. Featuring two Oscar-winners in its lead roles – Burt Lancaster as Labiche and Paul Scofield as Von Waldheim – and Jeanne Moreau and Michel Simon in support The Train combines star power with spectacular action sequences to produce a classic war movie. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film Uncompressed 1.0 mono PCM audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer Optional isolated score by Maurice Jarre Burt Lancaster in the Sixties – a newly-filmed interview with Lancaster’s biographer Kate Buford tracing the actor’s career throughout the decade French television news report on the making of The Train containing interviews with the locals of Acquigny Archive interview with Michel Simon Footage of The Train’s gala screening in Marseilles Theatrical Trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Sheldon Hall illustrated with original stills and artwork

  • Year Of The Gun [1991]Year Of The Gun | DVD | (29/07/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £1.99

    A Heart-Stopping Intelligent Thriller - New York Post The master of the poetical thriller John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) has done it again - this time focusing his astute lens on Rome in the late seventies a time in which the classical city is rocked by political unrest. American journalist David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) has arrived in Rome to write a political best seller about The Red Brigade militant left-wing group terrorizing Italy. When a daring photojournalist (Sharon Stone) believes Raybourne's book to be a piece of non-fiction…the manuscript falls tragically into the wrong hands. Now fictional characters named after Raybourne's closest friends and colleagues suddenly become real enemies of both the terrorists and the police. Accused of knowing too much Raybourne's real problem is that he knows too little about the politics of Rome about the secret lives of his friends and about the loyalties of his lovers.

  • The Train [1964]The Train | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Inspired by a true incident during World War II in 'The Train' Burt Lancaster plays a French Resistance fighter doggedly attempting to stop a train used by the Nazis (led by Paul Scofield as Colonel Von Waldheim) to steal precious French art treasures in the summer of 1944. Featuring spectacular action sequences expertly directed by John Frankenheimer 'The Train' is a truly thrilling war film. The Oscar-nominated screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis superbly recreates the te

  • Birdman Of Alcatraz [1962]Birdman Of Alcatraz | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.65   |  Saving you £9.34 (140.45%)   |  RRP £15.99

    How does bitter convict Robert Stroud cope with a lifetime of solitary confinement? The answer in a sense comes from above in the form of a feeble sparrow he finds in the isolation yard. Stroud brings this newfound companion to his cell nurses it to health and from that point on there's no turning back. Despite having only a third grade education and no hope of parole Stroud becomes a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind prison walls

  • Ronin [1998]Ronin | DVD | (29/07/2005) from £5.29   |  Saving you £10.70 (202.27%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money.

  • Birdman Of Alcatraz (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray)Birdman Of Alcatraz (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (06/08/2018) from £11.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Often acknowledged as one of the best prison films ever made, Birdman of Alcatraz was director John Frankenheimer's first huge success and received rave reviews for its performances, cinematography (by the great Burnett Guffey; From Here to Eternity, Bonnie and Clyde) and Frankenheimer's directing. Burt Lancaster stars as the notorious prisoner, Robert Stroud, sentenced to a life of solitary confinement for murdering a prison guard. When he finds an injured sparrow in the prison yard, Stroud nurses it back to health and discovers a new calling in life. Over the years he becomes a renowned ornithologist, and even a respected author, achieving a greater sense of purpose behind prison walls than many in the outside world will ever know. With an all-star cast that includes Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire), Thelma Ritter (Pickup on South Street), Telly Savalas (The Dirty Dozen) and Edmond O'Brien (The Barefoot Contessa), The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present John Frankenheimer's Birdman of Alcatraz for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK. Features: 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD. LPCM mono soundtrack (Uncompressed on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Audio commentary with film historian and editor Paul Seydor, moderated by Twilight Time's Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman Illusion of Freedom: Richard H. Kline on John Frankenheimer's Birdman of Alcatraz (29 mins) a new video piece on the film An exclusive new video interview with film historian Sheldon Hall Original theatrical trailer A collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Travis Crawford, as well as a selection of archival imagery from the film's production

  • Ronin [Blu-ray] [1998]Ronin | Blu Ray | (24/12/2007) from £11.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (40.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money.

  • Ronin (Two Disc Special Edition) [1998]Ronin (Two Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (11/10/2004) from £12.90   |  Saving you £10.08 (101.71%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money.

  • Seconds (1966) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)Seconds (1966) | Blu Ray | (26/10/2015) from £11.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (50.04%)   |  RRP £17.99

    To the enigmatic question “Who are Seconds?”, the film’s original poster responded: “The answer is almost too terrifying for words.... The story of a man who buys for himself a totally new life. A man who lives the age-old dream — If only I could live my life all over again.” John Frankenheimer directs Rock Hudson as a “second”: that is, the newly plastic-surgery altered “reboot” of, in this instance, a listless banker named Arthur Hamilton. Such procedures are carried out by a secret organization known only as “The Company,” with the promise of giving an individual a chance at making a fresh start at life… but at what cost? Master lighting cameraman James Wong Howe provides the paranoiac atmosphere to the skewed reality of what came to be widely considered one of Frankenheimer’s very best films. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Seconds on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK for the first time. Features: Gorgeous restoration from a 4K transfer, in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray Two Feature-length audio commentaries: one by director John Frankenheimer, and one by film scholar Adrian Martin New video interview with novelist and critic Kim Newman Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired Original theatrical trailer Booklet featuring new essays by critics David Cairns and Mike Sutton

  • Grand Prix (2 Disc Special Edition) [1966]Grand Prix (2 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £16.99

    All the glamour and greatness of the world's most exciting drama of speed and spectacle! Nine races. One champion. James Garner Yves Montand Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato portray Formula 1 drivers competing to be the best in this slam-you-into-the-driver's seat tale of speed spectacle and intertwined personal lives. Eva Marie Saint and Toshiro Mifune also star. John Frankenheimer (who 32 years later would again stomp the pedal to the metal for the car chases of Ronin) directs this winner of 3 Academy Awards crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers take part in the excitement so buckle up movie fans. Race with the best to the head of the pack.

  • Ronin [Blu-ray]Ronin | Blu Ray | (14/08/2017) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Robert De Niro stars as an American intelligence operative adrift in irrelevance since the end of the Cold War--much like a masterless samurai, a.k.a. "ronin." With his services for sale, he joins a renegade, international team of fellow covert warriors with nothing but time on their hands. Their mission, as defined by the woman who hires them (Natascha McElhone), is to get hold of a particular suitcase that is equally coveted by the Russian mafia and Irish terrorists. As the scheme gets underway, De Niro's lone wolf strikes up a rare friendship with his French counterpart (Jean Reno), gets into a more-or-less romantic frame of mind with McElhone, and asserts his experience on the planning and execution of the job--going so far as to publicly humiliate one team member (Sean Bean) who is clearly out of his league. The story is largely unremarkable--there's an obligatory twist midway through that changes the nature of the team's business--but legendary filmmaker John Frankenheimer (Seconds, The Manchurian Candidate) leaps at the material, bringing to it an honest tension and seasoned, breathtaking skill with precision-action direction. The centerpiece of the movie is an honest-to-God car chase that is the real thing: not the how-can-we-top-the-last-stunt cartoon nonsense of Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon), but a pulse-quickening, kinetic dance of superb montage and timing. In a sense, Ronin is almost Frankenheimer's self-quoting version of a John Frankenheimer film. There isn't anything here he hasn't done before, but it's sure great to see it all again. --Tom Keogh

  • French Connection 2 [1975]French Connection 2 | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £9.43   |  Saving you £10.56 (111.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Gene Hackman reprises his Oscar-winning role as Popeye Doyle the hard-nosed New York detective determined to break a French narcotics ring. Kidnapped by heroin Kingpin Alain Charier (Fernando Rey) in Marseilles Doyle is mercilessly forced to become a junkie himself. Upon his release Doyle must kick his habit and join forces with his French police counterpart (Bernard Fresson) to hunt down Charnier. Gritty action riveting performances and a vividly realistic setting make French Con

  • French Connection/French Connection 2 [Blu-ray] [1971]French Connection/French Connection 2 | Blu Ray | (01/12/2008) from £10.69   |  Saving you £24.30 (227.32%)   |  RRP £34.99

    A special set featuring two of the 1970s' most exciting action pictures 'The French Connection' and 'French Connection II'. French Connection: Two narcotics detectives Popeye Doyle (Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) start to close in on a vast international narcotics ring when the smugglers unexpectedly strike back. Following an attempt on his life by one of the smugglers Doyle sets off a deadly pursuit that ultimately takes him far beyond mere New York City limits. Based on a true story this action-filled thriller with its renowned chase scene won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Gene Hackman. French Connection II: Doyle casts his net further and wider in his pursuit of the drug smuggling ring and his ruthless dedication puts him in mortal danger when he tracks down the criminal kingpin to the French port of Marseille...

  • 52 Pick-Up Dual-Format Blu-ray & DVD52 Pick-Up Dual-Format Blu-ray & DVD | Blu Ray | (17/10/2016) from £13.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (42.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    HIS WIFE. HIS MISTRESS. HIS CAREER. A DEADLY TRAP. In 1986, John Frankenheimer the director of The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds and French Connection II made the unlikely career move of working with schlockmeisters Cannon Films. Adapting Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name, 52 Pick-Up's union brought about the perfect blend of high calibre thrills and Cannon-grade trash. Roy Scheider (Jaws, Cohen and Tate) plays a successful businessman whose life quickly falls apart when a compromising videotape of him and his mistress (Kelly Preston) becomes a tool for blackmail. Unable to go to the police without compromising the political career of his wife (Ann-Margret), he must take things into his own hands and delve into a world of drugs, sleaze, pornography and snuff. Co-starring Prince protégé Vanity and John Glover (who was described as the best, most reprehensible villain of the year by Roger Ebert), and featuring a host of cameos from the stars of the ˜Silver Age of Porn', 52 Pick-Up has been described by Leonard as his favourite big-screen adaptation of his works. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by critics Glenn Kenny and Doug Brod recorded exclusively for this release Hardcore Cameos, a guide to the many cameo appearances by pornographic actors in 52 Pick-Up Theatrical trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist First pressing only: Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by the Badlands Collective

  • The Young Savages [DVD]The Young Savages | DVD | (16/03/2015) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Drama based on the novel by Evan Hunter. Assistant District Attorney Hank Bell (Burt Lancaster) investigates the gangland murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy. Three Italian teenagers from the notorious Thunderbird gang stand trial for the murder, but Bell determines to uncover the motivation behind such a cold, brutal attack. He begins to discover, however, that the facts of the case are not as straightforward as they seem.

  • The Manchurian Candidate [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]The Manchurian Candidate | Blu Ray | (23/02/2015) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    You will never find a more chillingly suspenseful, perversely funny, or viciously satirical political thriller than The Manchurian Candidate, based on the novel by Richard Condon (author of Winter Kills). The film, withheld from distribution by star Frank Sinatra for almost a quarter-century after President Kennedy's assassination, has lost none of its potency over time. Former infantryman Bennet Marco (Sinatra) is haunted by nightmares about his platoon having been captured and brainwashed in Korea. The indecipherable dreams seem to centre on Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), a decorated war hero but a cold fish of a man whose own mother (Angela Lansbury, in one of the all-time great dragon-lady roles) describes him as looking like his head is "always about to come to a point". Mrs Bates has nothing on Lansbury's character, the manipulative queen behind her second husband, Senator John Iselin (James Gregory), a notoriously McCarthyesque demagogue. --Jim Emerson

  • The Holcroft CovenantThe Holcroft Covenant | DVD | (19/05/2007) from £6.29   |  Saving you £1.70 (27.03%)   |  RRP £7.99

    Hidden deep beneath the burning city of Berlin in the final days of World War Two three German generals embarked on an audacious plan to correct the wrongs perpetrated by the Nazi party. A sacred pact was signed funds allocated and events put into motion that 40 years later would see the first sons of the three generals head a foundation The Holcroft Covenant now worth .5 billion. Such a vast sum of money is bound to attract some unwanted attention. Murder conspiracy and danger are at the heart of this compelling thriller based on the novel by best-selling author Robert Ludlum.

  • The Manchurian Candidate [DVD]The Manchurian Candidate | DVD | (31/07/2017) from £8.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    You will never find a more chillingly suspenseful, perversely funny, or viciously satirical political thriller than The Manchurian Candidate, based on the novel by Richard Condon (author of Winter Kills). The film, withheld from distribution by star Frank Sinatra for almost a quarter-century after President Kennedy's assassination, has lost none of its potency over time. Former infantryman Bennet Marco (Sinatra) is haunted by nightmares about his platoon having been captured and brainwashed in Korea. The indecipherable dreams seem to centre on Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), a decorated war hero but a cold fish of a man whose own mother (Angela Lansbury, in one of the all-time great dragon-lady roles) describes him as looking like his head is "always about to come to a point". Mrs Bates has nothing on Lansbury's character, the manipulative queen behind her second husband, Senator John Iselin (James Gregory), a notoriously McCarthyesque demagogue. --Jim Emerson

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