"Director: Mike Hodges"

  • Get Carter [1971]Get Carter | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £4.49   |  Saving you £9.50 (211.58%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Released in 1971 (the same year Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange hit the screens, which must make 71 the annus mirabilis for violent films set in Britain), Get Carter opens with gangsters leering over pornographic slides and ends on a filthy, slag-stained beach in Newcastle. It's a low-down and dirty movie from beginning to end, and possibly the grittiest and best film of its kind to come out of Britain. The granddaddy of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and all its ilk, director Mike Hodges' Get Carter offers revenge tragedy swinging-60s style, all nicotine-stained cinematography, shabby locations and the kind of killer catchphrases Vinnie Jones would die for ("You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself", says Michael Caine's deadpan anti-hero Carter before inflicting a few choice punches on Brian Mosley, aka Coronation Street's Alf Roberts, to name but one example from Hodges and Ted Lewis' exquisitely laconic script). Presenting the dark horse in his family of loveable Cockney geezer roles (Alfie, The Italian Job), Michael Caine plays the title role of Jack Carter, a man so hard he barely registers a flicker of regret watching a woman he's just had sex with plunge to her death. After taking the train up to Newcastle as the credits roll and Roy Budd's chunky bass-heavy theme tune plays, Carter returns to his hometown to attend his brother's funeral and investigate the circumstances of his death. Not that he's all that sentimental about family: he shaves nonchalantly over the open coffin, and shows affection to his niece Doreen (Petra Markham) by cramming a few notes in her hand and telling her to "be good and don't trust boys". Gradually, Carter unravels the skein of drugs, pornography and corruption tangled around his brother's death, which brings him up against supremely oleaginous kingpin Kinnear (played by the author of Look Back in Anger John Osborne) among others. A remake starring Sylvester Stallone is in the offing, but quite frankly it will be a 30-degree (Celsius) Christmas night in Newcastle before Hollywood could ever make something as assured, raw and immortal as this. --Leslie Felperin

  • Flash Gordon [Blu-ray]Flash Gordon | Blu Ray | (27/09/2010) from £9.99   |  Saving you £17.99 (257.00%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Flash - a-ah - he'll save every one of us! Ming the Merciless is out to destroy the Earth and only one person can stop him! Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) is zapped from Earth into a sci-fi adventure on planet Mongo with his beautiful companion Dale (Melody Anderson). In an attempt to put an end to Ming the Merciless' plans to destroy the Earth Flash battles Ming's goons and declines the advances of the luscious Space Princess Aura (Ornella Muti). With the help of Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton) and Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) Flash Gordon takes the Ming empire by storm...

  • Flash Gordon [1980]Flash Gordon | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £10.78   |  Saving you £2.21 (20.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Flash - a-ah - he'll save every one of us! Ming the Merciless Emperor of planet Mongo has begun his plan of destruction for planet Earth. Zarkov a mad scientist detects the signs of an intergalactic assault and forces Flash Gordon star football player and the beautiful Dale Arden to board his rocket and save the human race from the evil Emperor. Can Flash save the universe?

  • Black Rainbow [Blu-ray]Black Rainbow | Blu Ray | (06/07/2020) from £16.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Mike Hodges (Flash Gordon, Get Carter) wrote and directed this supernatural chiller as a meditation on the human race's ability to destroy the world, a gothic tale of suspense and the occult, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Martha Travis (Rosanna Arquette, Pulp Fiction, Crash) is a travelling clairvoyant on the road with her sceptic father (Jason Robards, Once Upon a Time in the West, Magnolia). During a séance Martha communicates a message from a dead man to his wife in the audience. Shocked the wife insists her husband is still alive. Later that evening the husband is killed by a ruthless assassin. As Martha foresees more and more tragic events journalist Gary Wallace (Tom Hulce, Amadeus, Animal House) follows the pair in pursuit of a hot story with catastrophically eerie results. Sent direct-to-video by its struggling distributor on initial release, Black Rainbow unfairly never got the exposure it deserved, newly restored from the original negative audiences can now discover the darkness at the end of the rainbow, as never before. DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new restoration from the original negative approved by writer-director Mike Hodges Original stereo 2.0 PCM uncompressed audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound options Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing New audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan Archival audio commentary by Mike Hodges Message in a Bottle: Archival ˜Making of' documentary Archival interviews with Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Rosanna Arquette Archival featurettes ˜8 Minutes'; ˜Disasters'; ˜Seeing the Future'; ˜Behind the Rainbow' featuring interviews with Hodges, Arquette, Robards, producer John Quested including behind-the-scenes imagery Trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Mike Hodges and more illustrated with stills

  • Dandelion Dead: The Complete Series [DVD]Dandelion Dead: The Complete Series | DVD | (11/04/2016) from £10.19   |  Saving you £4.80 (47.11%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Michael Kitchen heads a strong cast in this BAFTA-award-winning two-part drama, based on the true story of a solicitor who in 1922 found himself at the centre of one of Britain's most notorious murder trials. Also starring Sarah Miles, David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp and Don Henderson, Dandelion Dead is directed by award-winning director Mike Hodges.Herbert Rowse Armstrong, mild-mannered solicitor and magistrate's clerk, is a respected citizen of the peaceful market town of Hay-on-Wye. He has the love of his three children and a deep pride in both his life and his garden.But Herbert is a man at war on three fronts. He fights set-piece battles against his domineering, unstable wife and is in conflict with a pushy rival solicitor; he is also waging a war of attrition against the dandelions that have colonised his beloved lawn. Against the latter, Herbert's principal weapon is arsenic could that also be the solution to his other problems..?

  • Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free]Get Carter | Blu Ray | (05/05/2014) from £9.15   |  Saving you £8.84 (96.61%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Released in 1971 (the same year Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange hit the screens, which must make 71 the annus mirabilis for violent films set in Britain), Get Carter opens with gangsters leering over pornographic slides and ends on a filthy, slag-stained beach in Newcastle. It's a low-down and dirty movie from beginning to end, and possibly the grittiest and best film of its kind to come out of Britain. The granddaddy of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and all its ilk, director Mike Hodges' Get Carter offers revenge tragedy swinging-60s style, all nicotine-stained cinematography, shabby locations and the kind of killer catchphrases Vinnie Jones would die for ("You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself", says Michael Caine's deadpan anti-hero Carter before inflicting a few choice punches on Brian Mosley, aka Coronation Street's Alf Roberts, to name but one example from Hodges and Ted Lewis' exquisitely laconic script). Presenting the dark horse in his family of loveable Cockney geezer roles (Alfie, The Italian Job), Michael Caine plays the title role of Jack Carter, a man so hard he barely registers a flicker of regret watching a woman he's just had sex with plunge to her death. After taking the train up to Newcastle as the credits roll and Roy Budd's chunky bass-heavy theme tune plays, Carter returns to his hometown to attend his brother's funeral and investigate the circumstances of his death. Not that he's all that sentimental about family: he shaves nonchalantly over the open coffin, and shows affection to his niece Doreen (Petra Markham) by cramming a few notes in her hand and telling her to "be good and don't trust boys". Gradually, Carter unravels the skein of drugs, pornography and corruption tangled around his brother's death, which brings him up against supremely oleaginous kingpin Kinnear (played by the author of Look Back in Anger John Osborne) among others. A remake starring Sylvester Stallone is in the offing, but quite frankly it will be a 30-degree (Celsius) Christmas night in Newcastle before Hollywood could ever make something as assured, raw and immortal as this. --Leslie Felperin

  • The Frighteners: The Complete Series [DVD]The Frighteners: The Complete Series | DVD | (15/05/2017) from £12.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    No cops and robbers, no clanking chains, no well-worn horror themes; this rare and highly acclaimed thriller anthology features instead a range of stories in which ordinary people are threatened by situations that slide startlingly, menacingly out of control... Featuring the considerable talents of John Thaw, Ian Holm, Warren Clarke, Tom Bell, Ray Smith and Robert Urquhart, The Frighteners features thirteen haunting tales of malice and manipulation, vengeance and mounting terror. It features stories from acclaimed novelist and playwright William Trevor, Bouquet of Barbed Wire author Andrea Newman, Get Carter writer/director Mike Hodges, and Secret Army co-creator Wilfred Greatorex.

  • A Prayer For The Dying [1987]A Prayer For The Dying | DVD | (23/05/2005) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the best-selling novel by Jack Higgins. Weary of violence and on the run from his past Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) an ex-IRA assassin tries to leave the killing behind him. A mob leader coerces him into killing one last time for a promise of freedom. The priest who accidentally witnesses the slaying is forced to keep quiet when he confesses to him but the mob leader orders the assassin to murder the priest and the three lives intersect for one moment when the only commandment is... Kill or be killed.

  • Flash Gordon [1980]Flash Gordon | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Flash - a-ah - he'll save every one of us! Ming the Merciless Emperor of planet Mongo has begun his plan of destruction for planet Earth. Zarkov a mad scientist detects the signs of an intergalactic assault and forces Flash Gordon star football player and the beautiful Dale Arden to board his rocket and save the human race from the evil Emperor. Can Flash save the universe?

  • Morons From Outer Space [1984]Morons From Outer Space | DVD | (24/01/2005) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A space ship stops at an intergalactic fuel station. While the captain's refueling one of his idiotic companions plays with the controls and accidently starts the ship and crashes into the earth. This causes a sensation: the media celebrates the extraterrestrials the military interrogates them for eternal wisdom. However soon they recognize that the fellows are dumb as bricks - although some generals believe it's just a mask.

  • Dandelion DeadDandelion Dead | DVD | (02/04/2007) from £13.98   |  Saving you £6.01 (30.10%)   |  RRP £19.99

    This DVD includes two feature length episodes which dramatise the true story of Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong a solicitor and magistrate's clerk who was charged with poisoning his wife and later a business rival.

  • Flash Gordon - 30th Anniversary Ltd Edition - Special Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1980]Flash Gordon - 30th Anniversary Ltd Edition - Special Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (23/08/2010) from £16.18   |  Saving you £8.81 (54.45%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Featuring an all-star cast and a much-celebrated soundtrack by Queen this is the original and best version of the sci-fi classic Flash Gordon based on the comic books by Alex Raymond and Don Moore. Spawning Saturday morning serials animated cartoons a recent live action series on Sky the story is once again going to be remade for the big screen in the near future. Meanwhile you can enjoy this gloriously camp version in lurid Technicolor. Flash (Sam J Jones) is a football hero skyjacked aboard Dr Zarkov's (Topol) spaceship along with the beautiful Dale Arden (Melody Anderson). The threesome is drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo where they encounter Ming the Merciless (Max Von Sydow) and together must foil his plot to destroy Earth.

  • Croupier [1999]Croupier | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £8.59   |  Saving you £1.40 (14.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The Croupier sees Clive Owen suffering from a bad case of writer's block as author Jack Manfred. Sitting in his London flat staring at an empty computer screen, trying to find the words to narrate his meandering life, he reluctantly accepts a job from his absentee father (Nicholas Ball) in a second rate casino as a dealer, or croupier, a job he once held in South Africa. His immersion back into this world is intoxicating, thanks primarily to the power he holds over his nightly clientele. Jack is a straight arrow on the floor (unlike his co-workers) but the whisper of an inside-job robbery makes his life suddenly more intriguing, as do the women who begin to drift into his life: a fellow croupier (Kate Hardie) and an alluring gambler (Alex Kingston). Suddenly, Jack finds his own life is his best book material. There's something visceral about watching the world of gambling, and director Mike Hodges (the original Get Carter) taps into this allure; Jack's simple croupier tryout--handling cards and chips with skill and grace--is as captivating as most action scenes in big popcorn films. In the end, this little film, which went on to become an art-house hit, is as unpredictable as a roll of the dice. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

  • Tempo - Volume 1 [DVD]Tempo - Volume 1 | DVD | (21/01/2013) from £7.64   |  Saving you £12.35 (61.80%)   |  RRP £19.99

    ITV's seminal arts programme, Tempo ran for eight years through a decade which saw a creative explosion within all aspects of the performing arts. Its fluid style of presentation allowed an almost open-ended remit, enabling it to cover subjects as diverse as cinema, music, dance, photography, writing - and much more besides. At a time when television was being criticised for dumbing down, Tempo - more than any other series - showed that ITV could indeed go highbrow whilst still remaining populist - a philosophy and outlook that was to continue into the 1970s and beyond with its successors Aquarius and The South Bank Show.Unseen for decades, this two-disc set contains interviews, reportage and features on Jacques Tati, Stan Tracey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Strasberg, Tom Jones, Orson Welles, Harold Pinter, Charles Eames, Jean Luc-Godard and more.

  • CroupierCroupier | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £3.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (300.75%)   |  RRP £15.99

    An ingenious story of the wheel of chance, of good luck against bad, of fate against coincidence, a plot against destiny.

  • Britain By Jove [DVD]Britain By Jove | DVD | (30/08/2010) from £5.38   |  Saving you £-1.39 (-34.80%)   |  RRP £3.99

    Britain By Jove collects together all 4 episodes of the famous comedy travelogue produced by British Pathe in the 1960s to promote holidays in Great Britain. The shows were presented by much loved ventriloquist Ray Alan and his celebrated companion Lord Charles and filmed in full colour. Lord Charles sets the tone with a rousing patriotic speech that We are living in a touring paradise before embarking on a whistlestop tour of the whole country - England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland - with his erstwhile chauffeur Cavendish played by Roddy Maude-Roxby. Lord Charles casts his beady eye over and passes his inimitable comments on places such as :- Cambridge Newmarket Norfolk Broads Burnham Thorpe Chatsworth House North Yorkshire Moors Robin Hood's Bay Newcastle Inverness Edinburgh the Highlands (Lochs Whiskey Distillery Birdwatching Angling and Golfing) Antrim and Londonderry in Northern Ireland The Giant's Causeway The English Lakes Tenby and Portmeirion in Wales Stratford-on-Avon Bath Land's End Torquay Boscastle Mousehole Plymouth Hoe Lulworth Cove London and The Thames (Hampton Court St.Paul's Cathedral Buckingham Palace Piccadilly Hyde Park and The Tower Of London) Oxford Henley Cliveden House Windsor and The Isle Of Man.

  • I'll Sleep When I'm Dead [2003]I'll Sleep When I'm Dead | DVD | (06/06/2005) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    In the new film from the director of "Get Carter," Clive Owen plays a former London gang leader who is dragged back into the "business" to avenge the death of his brother.

  • Pulp [Blu-ray]Pulp | Blu Ray | (18/12/2017) from £13.89   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A year after they'd created one of the defining British gangster pictures with Get Carter, three Michaels writer-director Mike Hodges, producer Michael Klinger and star Michael Caine reunited for another crime picture, albeit with a more oddball flavour Caine plays Mickey King, a successful pulp novelist responsible for such titles as My Gun Is Long and The Organ Grinder, who is invited to ghost-write the autobiography of a mystery celebrity. His client turns out to be a former actor, played by Mickey Rooney, well-known for his gangster roles and real-life gangster connections but death is around the corner, and King finds his commission to be a lot more complicated than he first imagined. A favourite of J.B. Ballard, Pulp has long existed in the shadow of its predecessor. Tonally, it could not be more different Get Carter never had the time for sight gags and one-liners but it's a real gem in its own right and fully deserving of a wider audience. This brand-new restoration from Arrow Films aims to right than wrong. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, supervised and approved by director of photography Ousama Rawi, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original 1.0 mono sound Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand-new interview with writer-director Mike Hodges Brand-new interview with director of photography Ousama Rawi Brand-new interview with assistant director John Glen Brand-new interview with Tony Klinger, son of producer Michael Klinger Original theatrical trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet containing new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

  • Flash Gordon [1980]Flash Gordon | DVD | (25/03/2002) from £10.20   |  Saving you £8.78 (121.78%)   |  RRP £15.99

    When the totalitarian planet of Mongo decides on a whim to obliterate Earth, it's up to the quarterback Flash Gordon and his oddball companions to make the universe safe for democracy. Based on the classic (and infinitely more reputable) comic strip and its 1930s screen serialisation, this candy-coloured trash classic deserves immortality for Queen's unforgettably pulsating soundtrack alone. The legendary Max von Sydow appears to be having a blast as the evil Ming the Merciless, while Ornella Muti, as his daughter, is the living embodiment of what attracts adolescent boys to comics in the first place. (She makes Barbarella look mundane.) One of the most shamelessly entertaining movies ever made, this is a knowingly absurd sensory freak-out that'll have the viewer blissfully checking the sky afterward for signs of Hawkmen. --Andrew Wright

  • World in Action - Volume 4 [DVD]World in Action - Volume 4 | DVD | (11/11/2013) from £11.49   |  Saving you £18.50 (61.70%)   |  RRP £29.99

    World in Action was, undoubtedly, ITV's flagship current-affairs series. Over four decades this multiple BAFTA winner was fearless, trailblazing and hard-hitting in its coverage of subjects that other programmes would not dare to touch - earning the ire of ITV regulators and, at times, the Government, with the team often investigating stories at their own personal risk. This volume comprises 23 programmes covering major stories from the '60s to the '90s; these include the 1967 Arab-Is...

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