"Director: Richard Fleischer"

  • Doctor Dolittle [DVD] [1967]Doctor Dolittle | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (100.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Doctor Doolittle was an expensive 1967 movie that nearly wiped out the studio (20th Century-Fox) that made it, owing to public apathy. It doesn't engender much more excitement today. Rex Harrison still looks lost in the overblown production, the songs are still awful (except "Talk to the Animals", of course), the story of one man's communication with beasts devoid of enchantment. Director Richard Fleischer (The Vikings) certainly shares in the blame. --Tom Keogh

  • The Jazz Singer [1980]The Jazz Singer | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £22.98   |  Saving you £-7.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    His story will make you cry. His music will make you sing. His triumph will make you cheer. Following in the family tradition maintained by his proud Orthodox father Yussel Rabinovitch (Neil Diamond) is the latest Cantor of his local synagogue. Blessed with a beautiful singing voice and with a loving wife at his side Yussel's life seems to be mapped out in front of him. But the restrictions of religious music can't satisfy his secret craving for life as a jazz singer. When his father (Laurence Olivier) discovers that Yussel has been moonlighting with a Harlem soul group the confrontation that follows leads Yussel to leave his family behind to seek a new life as a musician in California. He finds success and a new love but at a cost: cut off from his family Yussel still cannot find happiness. Has he strayed too far from his roots and will his family ever be willing to accept his new life?

  • The Vikings (1958) (Eureka Classics) Blu-rayThe Vikings (1958) (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (16/10/2017) from £9.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Kirk Douglas produced the trendsetting barbarian epic The Vikings and took the showiest, most aggressive role: lusty Viking Prince Einar, the "only son in wedlock" of King Ragnar (a cackling, wild-eyed Ernest Borgnine). With jagged scars down his face and a milky-white blind eye that almost glows in his skull, Douglas has a rowdy time battling defiant slave Tony Curtis (the long-lost heir to the British throne) for the hand of the beautiful princess Janet Leigh. It's pure Hollywood hokum, sure, but spectacular hokum: the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff turns his Norway locations into a lush Valhalla on earth. Faced with an absurd story, journeyman director Richard Fleischer goes for the gusto in brawling Viking parties, furious sieges, and clanging broadsword battles. An enormous hit, the film spawned a huge wave of Viking movies, some perhaps smarter but none as much fun. --Sean Axmaker

  • Soylent Green [1973]Soylent Green | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £5.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (150.25%)   |  RRP £14.99

    While Soylent Green may be one of the many dystopian visions of the future, the film stands out because it's one of the few titles that addresses current environmental issues head on. Adapted from Harry Harrison's novel Make Room, Make Room, it gives us a nightmarish vision of an over-populated, polluted future on the brink of collapse--a vision that gets uncomfortably closer every year. Charlton Heston as police officer Thorn investigates a murder in between suppressing food riots and uncovers the nightmarish truth about Soylent Green, the new foodstuff being sold to the poor. The film neatly combines police procedural with conspiracy thriller. Heston's scenes are counterpointed by more elegiac ones in which the centenarian Edward G Robinson as his friend Sol broods on the world he has outlived--his death in a euthanasia chamber is a gloriously lachrymose moment, which he plays to the hilt. Heston, too, is good as Thorn, a morally equivocal cop who loots the apartments of the victims whose deaths he investigates--he's a man just getting by in an impossible world. On the DVD: Soylent Green on disc comes with a commentary from director Richard Fleischer, the highpoint of which is a memorable description of what it was like to work with the brilliant ailing, entirely deaf Robinson. He is joined by Leigh Taylor-Young whose work on the film as heroine led to years of serious environmentalist commitment. It has a useful contemporary making-of documentary and touching shots of Robinson's 100th birthday party with telegrams from Sinatra and others. The feature itself is presented in anamorphic widescreen with its original mono sound. --Roz Kaveney

  • The Vikings [1958]The Vikings | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £9.45   |  Saving you £6.54 (69.21%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Kirk Douglas produced the trendsetting barbarian epic The Vikings and took the showiest, most aggressive role: lusty Viking Prince Einar, the "only son in wedlock" of King Ragnar (a cackling, wild-eyed Ernest Borgnine). With jagged scars down his face and a milky-white blind eye that almost glows in his skull, Douglas has a rowdy time battling defiant slave Tony Curtis (the long-lost heir to the British throne) for the hand of the beautiful princess Janet Leigh. It's pure Hollywood hokum, sure, but spectacular hokum: the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff turns his Norway locations into a lush Valhalla on earth. Faced with an absurd story, journeyman director Richard Fleischer goes for the gusto in brawling Viking parties, furious sieges, and clanging broadsword battles. An enormous hit, the film spawned a huge wave of Viking movies, some perhaps smarter but none as much fun. --Sean Axmaker

  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea [1954]20,000 Leagues Under The Sea | DVD | (29/03/2004) from £3.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (275.69%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The swashbuckler genre bumped into science fiction in 1954 for one of Hollywood's great entertainments, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Jules Verne story of adventure under the sea was Walt Disney's magnificent debut into live-action films. A professor (Paul Lukas) seeks the truth about a legendary sea monster in the years just after the Civil War. When his ship is sunk, he, his aide (Peter Lorre), and a harpoon master (Kirk Douglas) survive to discover that the monster is actually a metal submarine run by Captain Nemo (James Mason). Along with the rollicking adventure, it's fun to see the future technology that Verne dreamed up in his novel, including diving equipment and sea farming. The film's physical prowess is anchored by the Nautilus, an impressive full-scale gothic submarine complete with red carpet and pipe organ. In the era of big sets, 20,000 Leagues set a precedent for films shot on the water and deservedly won Oscars for art direction and special effects. Lost in the inventiveness of the film and great set pieces including a giant squid attack are two great performances. Mason is the perfect Nemo, taut and private, clothed in dark fabric that counters the Technicolor dreamboat that is the beaming red-and-white-stripe-shirted Kirk Douglas as the heroic Ned Land. The film works as peerless family adventure nearly half a century later. --Doug Thomas

  • Conan The Destroyer [1984]Conan The Destroyer | DVD | (28/06/2004) from £7.98   |  Saving you £1.00 (20.04%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The dark, brooding tone of Conan the Barbarian is replaced in this rousing sequel by a lighter, more humorous tone and one of the campiest casts ever assembled. In Conan the Destroyer, our massively muscular hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is assigned by a duplicitous queen (Sarah Douglas) to escort a virgin princess (Olivia d'Abo) on a treacherous trek to a crystal palace where they will retrieve a priceless gemstone. Basketball champ and self-described Lothario Wilt Chamberlain plays Bombaata, a warrior sent on a secret mission to kill Conan, and the androgynous Grace Jones plays Zula, a wild woman who becomes Conan's loyal ally. Some consider this sequel a disappointment but the film makes no apologies for its silliness, and that's the key to its success as gloriously pulpy entertainment. --Jeff Shannon

  • Fantastic Voyage [Blu-ray] [1966]Fantastic Voyage | Blu Ray | (04/11/2013) from £10.99   |  Saving you £2.00 (18.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    An incredible journey through the inner workings of the human body is now even more spectacular in dazzling Blu-ray high definition! In this Academy Award -Winning sci-fi adventure starring Stephen Boyd Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch an elite medical team in their state-of-the-art submarine the Proteus is shrunk down to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of an ailing scientist to save his life. Battling the body's powerful natural defences - as well as a saboteur in their midst - the crew is in a race against time to complete their mission before the miniaturization wears off!

  • The Jazz Singer [1981]The Jazz Singer | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £16.99

    Back in 1927, The Jazz Singer entered the history books as the first true, sound-on-film talking picture, with Al Jolson uttering the immortal words, "You ain't heard nothing yet!" But even then it was a creakingly sentimental old yarn. By the time this second remake showed up in 1980 (there was a previous one in 1953) it looked as ludicrously dated as a chaperone in a strip club. Our young hero, played by pop singer Neil Diamond in a doomed bid for movie stardom, is the latest in a long line of Jewish cantors, but secretly moonlights with a Harlem soul group. When his strictly Orthodox father (Laurence Olivier, complete with painfully hammy "oya-veh" accent) finds out, the expected ructions follow. Though the lad makes it big in showbiz, it all means nothing while he's cut off from family and roots. But in the end--well, you can guess, can't you? Diamond comes across as likeable enough in a bland way, but unencumbered by acting talent, and the music business has never looked so squeaky clean--nary a trace of drugs, and precious little sex or rock 'n' roll. As for anything sounding remotely like jazz, forget it. This is one story that should have been left to slumber in the archives. --Philip Kemp

  • Tora Tora Tora Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1970]Tora Tora Tora Steelbook | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014) from £13.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (64.33%)   |  RRP £22.99

    The OSCAR - Winning classic is a stunning Blu-ray presented with an arsenal of special features! From the early military missteps to the fury of the attack on Pearl Harbour this thrilling depiction 'recreates...with frightening realism' (Leonard Maltin) one of the most tragic days in U.S. history. Never before seen outside of Japan.

  • 10 Rillington Place (Blu-Ray)10 Rillington Place (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (16/10/2017) from £13.69   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    This classic British chiller is the horrifying true story of serial killer John Christie, played to unnerving effect by Richard Attenborough. When Timothy Evans (John Hurt) and his wife (Judy Geeson) rent a tiny room in Christie's terraced house, they are unaware that they have sealed their fates and that they will fall foul of Christie's perverse and murderous scheme. Shot in the original street where Christie's crimes were perpetrated, Richard Fleischer's stark, unsensational depiction uses exteriors from the actual house as part of its grim recreation of the events. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: ¢ 4K restoration ¢ Audio commentary with actress Judy Geeson and film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman ¢ Audio commentary with acclaimed actor John Hurt ¢ Introduction by Sir Richard Attenborough (2 mins): an appreciation by the great actor ¢ Interview with Sir Richard Attenborough (20 mins): Attenborough discusses many aspects of the film ¢ Being Beryl (2016, 22 mins): new interview with Judy Geeson ¢ Isolated score track ¢ Image gallery: promotional photography ¢ Original theatrical trailer ¢ New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! [1970]Tora! Tora! Tora! | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.43   |  Saving you £16.82 (530.60%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Here is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora!: "Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war films, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary war. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • Fantastic Voyage [DVD] [1966]Fantastic Voyage | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £9.43   |  Saving you £0.56 (5.94%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Fantastic Voyage is the original psychedelic inner-space adventure. When a brilliant scientist falls into a coma with an inoperable blood clot in the brain, a surgical team embarks on a top-secret journey to the centre of the mind in a high-tech military submarine shrunk to microbial dimensions. Stephen Boyd stars as a colourless commander sent to keep an eye on things (though his eyes stay mostly on shapely medical assistant Raquel Welch), while Donald Pleasance is suitably twitchy as the claustrophobic medical consultant. The science is shaky at best, but the imaginative spectacle is marvellous: scuba-diving surgeons battle white blood cells, tap the lungs to replenish the oxygen supply, and shoot the aorta like daredevil surfers. The film took home a well-deserved Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Director Richard Fleischer, who had previously turned Disney's 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea into one of the most riveting submarine adventures of all time, creates a picture so taut with cold-war tensions and cloak-and-dagger secrecy that niggling scientific contradictions (such as, how do miniaturised humans breathe full-sized air molecules?) seem moot. --Sean Axmaker

  • Violent Saturday (DVD & BLU-RAY DUAL FORMAT)Violent Saturday (DVD & BLU-RAY DUAL FORMAT) | Blu Ray | (28/04/2014) from £17.53   |  Saving you £0.46 (2.62%)   |  RRP £17.99

    A coolly riveting crime saga from director Richard Fleischer (The Boston Strangler Soylent Green) Violent Saturday tells a brutal noir tale against blazing sun-drenched Arizona landscapes. Three criminals arrive in the small mining town of Bradenville planning on robbing its only bank. But as they start scouting the area and gathering the information they need the lives of others in the town threaten to get mixed up in their scheme in a tangle that could lead to disastrous consequences. Featuring the iconic Victor Mature and Lee Marvin and with Ernest Borgnine in one of his most unforgettable roles Violent Saturday is a fascinating gem of Hollywood storytelling complete with memorably vicious and idiosyncratic details brilliant performances and stunning Cinemascope imagery. Violent Saturday is based on a novel by William L. Heath. Special Features: Stunning high-definition master with 4.0 and 2.0 soundtracks on both Blu-ray and DVD A new video examination of the making of the film by Nicolas Saada A video appreciation by director William Friedkin

  • See No EvilSee No Evil | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    After being blinded young woman goes to live in English countryside with relatives. Out on a date with boyfriend she escapes the fate of the other relatives who are murdered by a crazed killer. She finally makes the gruesome discovery of their bodies but the killer is still in the house...

  • Conan The Destroyer Blu Ray [DVD]Conan The Destroyer Blu Ray | Blu Ray | (05/11/2012) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (166.95%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as Conan, the unconquerable warrior king in this thrilling tale of swords vs sorcery. This time he joins forces with a wizard (Mako), a warrior (NBA star Wilt Chamberlain), a runaway (Olivia D'Abo) and a renegade (Grace Jones) to defeat the evil Queen Taramis (Sarah Douglas). When Queen Taramis promises to bring Conan's beloved Valeria back from the dead, our hero must first bring before her highness a jewel-encrusted horn and a beautiful young princess. What Conan doesn't know is that the wicked queen plans to use the horn to awaken the demon god Dagoth and sacrifice the princess to him. Faced with enemies both mortal and supernatural, Conan must summon his super-human strength to battle Taramis and even Dagoth himself!

  • Conan The Destroyer (Collector's Edition) [1984]Conan The Destroyer (Collector's Edition) | DVD | (17/06/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    In this second Conan epic warrior is asked by the evil Queen Taramis to accompany a beautiful young princess to find a magic treasure. If he returns with the treasure and the virgin the Queen promises to bring Conan's beloved Valeria back from the dead. But little does he know that she plans to kill them both or that the return of the treasure will mean the extinction of mankind...

  • Red Sonja [1985]Red Sonja | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £5.19   |  Saving you £7.80 (150.29%)   |  RRP £12.99

    After her family is murdered a young woman becomes a master of the sword and seeks revenge on the evil queen responsible for the mayhem that has befallen her.

  • Conan The Destroyer [DVD]Conan The Destroyer | DVD | (25/10/2012) from £3.99   |  Saving you £2.00 (50.13%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The dark, brooding tone of Conan the Barbarian is replaced in this rousing sequel by a lighter, more humorous tone and one of the campiest casts ever assembled. In Conan the Destroyer, our massively muscular hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is assigned by a duplicitous queen (Sarah Douglas) to escort a virgin princess (Olivia d'Abo) on a treacherous trek to a crystal palace where they will retrieve a priceless gemstone. Basketball champ and self-described Lothario Wilt Chamberlain plays Bombaata, a warrior sent on a secret mission to kill Conan, and the androgynous Grace Jones plays Zula, a wild woman who becomes Conan's loyal ally. Some consider this sequel a disappointment but the film makes no apologies for its silliness, and that's the key to its success as gloriously pulpy entertainment. --Jeff Shannon

  • 10 Rillington Place [1970]10 Rillington Place | DVD | (29/03/2004) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Based on Ludovic Kennedy's investigative book '10 Rillington Place' is the true and horrifying story of English mass murderer John Christie (chillingly played by Richard Attenborough). When Timothy Evans (John Hurt) his wife Beryl (Judy Geeson) and their young daughter movie into Christie's house they unknowingly sign their death warrants. Christie offers to help Beryl have an abortion and uses this opportunity as he has already done with previous victims to strangle and rape

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