"Director: Ronald Neame"

  • The Poseidon Adventure [DVD] [1972]The Poseidon Adventure | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.45   |  Saving you £3.54 (54.88%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Hands down, this is the best movie (and was one of the first) to come out of the seemingly endless cycle of disaster movies that dominated box offices during the 1970s. It could even be argued that Titanic owes some of its success to the precedent set by this 1972 blockbuster starring Gene Hackman as a priest who leads a small group of survivors to safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner. From its stellar cast to its cheesy, Oscar-winning theme song, The Morning After, the movie has all the ingredients of a popular classic, beginning with a New Year's Eve celebration aboard the ill-fated Poseidon and ending as a pop allegory when the Hackman character becomes a Christ-like martyr. Filmed on spectacular sets where everything down is up and the ship's thick hull points in the direction of salvation, this is "a waterlogged Grand Hotel" (in the words of New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael) that is as entertaining as it is unabashedly brainless. The Poseidon Adventure is filled with performances that rise above the limits of the screenplay. It's also the only movie--unless you count her underwater corpse in Night of the Hunter--that lets Shelley Winters strut her stuff as an aquatic heroine. Who could ask for anything more? --Jeff Shannon

  • Gambit [DVD] [1966]Gambit | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    One of the classic comic-heist movies of the 60's Ronald Neame's Gambit stars Michael Caine as Harry Dean the cockney con-man with the perfect plan to steal a priceless statue. He just needs the right accomplice to play the part of his wife and Shirley MacLaine's Euroasian showgirl has just the face he's looking for. Events don't unfold quite as planned but then little is what it seems in a plat that keeps the audience guessing as it twists and turns to the very end.

  • The Odessa File [1974]The Odessa File | DVD | (08/03/2004) from £13.31   |  Saving you £-4.33 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Originally released in 1974, The Odessa File is set in Hamburg a decade earlier. Its starting-point is the Nazi support network Odessa, and its involvement with Egyptian plans to destroy Israel. Peter Miller is a freelance journalist whose interest appears initially to be a professional one, before a personal dimension finally becomes apparent in his confrontation with SS Captain Roschmann. Kenneth Ross adapts a well-honed screenplay from Frederick Forsyth's bestseller, and director Ronald Neame captures a typically Cold War sense of individuals and organisations playing out a scenario of political right and wrong. John Voight, long before he became a cameo star, makes a sympathetic lead, able to judge between the moral and material aspects of his profession. Mary Tamm is photogenic, if uninvolving, as his girlfriend, while Maximillian Schell is a convincing Nazi stereotype. Andrew Lloyd-Weber contributes a serviceable score, centred on the catchy "Christmas Dream" sung by Perry Como. Not a classic suspense thriller, but an enjoyable and thoughtful one. On the DVD: the letterbox widescreen format preserves the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the cinema release with decent if not exceptional clarity, with optional 16:9 TV enhancement. There are French, German, Italian and Spanish overdubs, and subtitles in 21 languages. Detailed filmographies for Neame, Voight and Schell are included and the theatrical trailer is to the point in a way they so rarely are these days. --Richard Whitehouse

  • The Man Who Never Was [DVD]The Man Who Never Was | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £11.05   |  Saving you £3.94 (35.66%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Three times Oscar nominated Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying and Oscar winner Gloria Grahame star in this highly acclaimed 1956 British war film, based on an incredible true story. In 1943, two intelligence officers from the Royal Navy (Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying) attempt to pull off the most daring espionage mission of the Second World War. The Allies are about to invade Sicily - but the Germans must be convinced that their real target is Greece. A briefcase containing plans for the fake invasion is attached to a body dressed as a British major and given an elaborate false identity. The 'man who never was'is then left at sea for the Germans to find. However, Nazi intelligence believes that the find may be just too good to be true – and a desperate cat-and-mouse game begins in the heart of war torn London... Special Features: Theatrical Trailer Stills Gallery

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [DVD] [1969]The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £13.48   |  Saving you £3.51 (26.04%)   |  RRP £16.99

    Maggie Smith is so witty and commanding in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie that you might forget the script paints Jean Brodie as an ultimately self-deluding spinster. Dame Maggie won the first of her two Oscars for playing a teacher in 1930s Edinburgh more in thrall to her romantic notions of art and beauty than the real world (she exalts the Mona Lisa and Mussolini with equal fervour), a cultivator of worshipping "Brodie Girls". Smith's expert playing makes many of the brogue-heavy Brodie-isms worth memorising ("She seeks to intimidate me by the use of quarter-hours") and raises the picture above its generally theatrical style. Real-life husband Robert Stephens plays Jean's married lover; Celia Johnson excels as the hostile headmistress; and Pamela Franklin is the deadpan whistle-blower within Miss Brodie's coven. The dippy music of Rod McKuen helps mark the movie as more of a reflection of the 1960s than the 30s. --Robert Horton

  • The Poseidon Adventure [1972]The Poseidon Adventure | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Hands down, this is the best movie (and was one of the first) to come out of the seemingly endless cycle of disaster movies that dominated box offices during the 1970s. It could even be argued that Titanic owes some of its success to the precedent set by this 1972 blockbuster starring Gene Hackman as a priest who leads a small group of survivors to safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner. From its stellar cast to its cheesy, Oscar-winning theme song, The Morning After, the movie has all the ingredients of a popular classic, beginning with a New Year's Eve celebration aboard the ill-fated Poseidon and ending as a pop allegory when the Hackman character becomes a Christ-like martyr. Filmed on spectacular sets where everything down is up and the ship's thick hull points in the direction of salvation, this is "a waterlogged Grand Hotel" (in the words of New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael) that is as entertaining as it is unabashedly brainless. The Poseidon Adventure is filled with performances that rise above the limits of the screenplay. It's also the only movie--unless you count her underwater corpse in Night of the Hunter--that lets Shelley Winters strut her stuff as an aquatic heroine. Who could ask for anything more? --Jeff Shannon

  • Tunes Of Glory [DVD] [1960]Tunes Of Glory | DVD | (18/05/2009) from £8.08   |  Saving you £-2.09 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War as Second-in-Command he was made acting Commanding Officer. Now the regiment has returned to Scotland and a new commanding officer is to be appointed. Jock's own cleverness is pitted against his new CO his daughter his girlfriend and the other officers in the Mess.

  • Million Pound Note [DVD]Million Pound Note | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £6.07   |  Saving you £1.68 (38.98%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Two old, bored and fabulously wealthy brothers, Roderick and Olivier Montpelier, strike up a cruel wager. They draw up a currency note worth £1 million. Roderick believes it would be quite useless for any poor but honest man to use. Oliver however believes that just by possessing the note and never cashing it - any man could live like a lord. To find out who is right, the two old millionaires pick on Henry Adams (Gregory Peck), a young and impoverished American hopelessly adrift in London. Will the £1 million pound note change his life for the better or the worse? This classic, sparkling comedy - an updated version of the riotous short story by Mark Twain sees Gregory Peck giving one of his finest performances aided and abetted by a distinguished cast which includes Joyce Grenfell and Wilfrid Hyde White.

  • The Man Who Never Was [Blu-ray]The Man Who Never Was | Blu Ray | (12/11/2012) from £14.35   |  Saving you £7.64 (53.24%)   |  RRP £21.99

    Three times Oscar nominated Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying and Oscar winner Gloria Grahame star in this highly acclaimed 1956 British war film, based on an incredible true story. In 1943, two intelligence officers from the Royal Navy (Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying) attempt to pull off the most daring espionage mission of the Second World War. The Allies are about to invade Sicily - but the Germans must be convinced that their real target is Greece. A briefcase containing plans for the fake invasion is attached to a body dressed as a British major and given an elaborate false identity. The 'man who never was' is then left at sea for the Germans to find. However, Nazi intelligence believes that the find may be just too good to be true - and a desperate cat-and-mouse game begins in the heart of war torn London...

  • ScroogeScrooge | DVD | (22/11/2004) from £4.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (220.44%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A mixed bag as variations on A Christmas Carol go, this 1970 British musical tells the usual story of Scrooge (Albert Finney) and his spirits on Christmas Eve, although the whole thing is set to music by Leslie Bricusse. Except for Finney's feisty and involved performance, however, there isn't much to recommend this. The songs, which absorb so much of the evolving story line and emotions, are not all that good. Plenty of support, however, from the likes of Roy Kinnear (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) and Dame Edith Evans (Tom Jones), the handsome production is directed by veteran Ronald Neame (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie). --Tom Keogh

  • The Chalk Garden [DVD]The Chalk Garden | DVD | (01/09/2014) from £9.59   |  Saving you £3.40 (35.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Laurel (Hayley Mills) is a troubled young girl who has frightened away every governess until the enigmatic Miss Madrigal (Deborah Kerr) is hired - despite her mysterious references. Madrigal sets about tending to the girl's reckless emotions and the pitifully neglected chalk garden under the watchful eye of the butler (John Mills).

  • The Horse's Mouth [DVD]The Horse's Mouth | DVD | (13/02/2017) from £12.39   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Ronald Neame directs this perceptive comic study of the struggle of artistic creation, based on the novel by Joyce Cary. Starring Alec Guinness, who also wrote the screenplay, the film tells the story of Gulley Jimson (Guinness), an ageing and impoverished London painter who is rude, uncouth, eccentric and obsessed with his work to the point where nothing and nobody can come between him and his artistic passion.

  • The Card [1952]The Card | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman...

  • White Christmas / The Little Prince / Scrooge Triple Pack (2012) [DVD]White Christmas / The Little Prince / Scrooge Triple Pack (2012) | DVD | (15/10/2012) from £3.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (225.56%)   |  RRP £12.99

    White Christmas: White Christmas is a treasury of Irving Berlin classics, among them 'Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep', 'Sisters', 'Blue Skies', and the beloved holiday song, 'White Christmas.' Two talented song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course, there's the r...

  • I Could Go On Singing [DVD]I Could Go On Singing | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £17.99

    She saved the best for last. In her final film, Oscar® winning actress Judy Garland gives the dramatic and show-stopping performance of a lifetime in the role of talented superstar Jenny Bowman. This strong-headed, absent mother turns up in the lives of her ex-lover David (Dirk Bogarde) and their son, rocking the boat in these otherwise still waters. Who can resist a showbiz mum who turns up at boarding school and charms everyone she meets; who sings her way into the heart of a nation. David knows he must, because with the best will in the world, this is a woman strong enough to build a mountain of love and bring it crashing down without looking back. Featuring the powerful title song by Oscar winner Harold Arlen (The Wizard of Oz), as well as unforgettable performances of "By Myself," "It Never Was You," and "Hello, Bluebird", I Could Go On Singing "remains a remarkable achievement...[that] captures the extraordinary excitement and magnetism of Judy Garland." - The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Tunes Of GloryTunes Of Glory | DVD | (23/07/2007) from £22.98   |  Saving you £-6.99 (-43.70%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War as Second-in-Command he was made acting Commanding Officer. Now the regiment has returned to Scotland and a new commanding officer is to be appointed. Jock's own cleverness is pitted against his new CO his daughter his girlfriend and the other officers in the Mess.

  • Hopscotch [1980]Hopscotch | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £20.23   |  Saving you £-4.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Miles Kendig is a veteran CIA agent who finds himself reduced to a desk job after the arrival of new boss Myerson. Refusing to take it lying down he disappears and begins to write his memoirs threatening to lift the lid on the world's top intelligence agencies. He soon has both the CIA and the KGB in hot pursuit but Kendig is a hard man to keep up with. Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson are the perfect comic partnership in this classic spy caper from celebrated director Ronald Neame.

  • Christmas Classics Collection [DVD]Christmas Classics Collection | DVD | (23/10/2017) from £13.78   |  Saving you £7.20 (66.73%)   |  RRP £17.99

    It's a Wonderful LifeVoted the # 1 Most Inspiring Film Of All Time by AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers, It's A Wonderful Life has had just that. With the endearing message that no one is a failure who has friends, Frank Capra's heartwarming masterpiece continues to endure, and after 70 years this beloved classic still remains as powerful and moving as the day it was made. White ChristmasTwo talented song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course, there's the requisite fun with the ladies, but the real adventure starts when Crosby & Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who's now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of. Holiday InnWith music by Irving Berlin, songs by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn is one of the most delightful and memorable musicals of all time, nominated* for 3 Academy Awards®. Crosby plays Jim Hardy, a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to open a Connecticut Inn. Astaire plays Ted Hanover, Hardy's former partner and rival in love. And, of course there are girls (Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale), an agent (Walter Abel) and plenty of lavish song and dance routines with spectacular production numbers. Scrooge. The spirit of Christmas becomes a musical celebration of life in this rousing adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved family classic, A Christmas Carol. Mean-spirited and stingy, Ebenezer Scrooge (Albert Finney) has a sour face and humbug for anyone who crosses his path. But on this Christmas Eve, he will learn the terrible fate that awaits him if he continues his miserly ways. One by one, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take the startled Ebenezer on an incredible journey through time - showing him in one magical night what takes most people a lifetime to learn. Filled with joyous songs, this delightful tale is sure to enrich the lives of young and old alike for many more generations.

  • Tunes Of Glory [DVD]Tunes Of Glory | DVD | (17/03/2014) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A gripping military drama starring Alec Guinness as Major Jock Sinclair. During World War 2 Sinclair was promoted to Acting CO of his Highland Regiment but now it has returned to Scotland a new CO (John Mills) is to be appointed; leading Jock to pit his wits against the new CO and the other officers in the Mess.

  • Windom's WayWindom's Way | DVD | (23/07/2007) from £7.98   |  Saving you £4.00 (66.78%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The brittle marriage of Alec and Lee Windom is on the verge of breakdown. With Alec working in a remote Asian village as a doctor and Lee back home in England the strain cannot continue. So Lee decides she will move to be with her estranged husband hoping to re-kindle their affections. However on arrival Lee realises that both their lives are in danger as local plantation workers and the authorities are clashing on an ever increasingly violent scale. The predicament the Windom's find themselves in strengthens their marriage but will they survive the escalating conflict...

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