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  • The Smallest Show on Earth [Blu-ray] The Smallest Show on Earth | Blu Ray | (11/03/2019) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers star in Basil Dearden's heartwarming comedy The Smallest Show on Earth. This gently whimsical elegy to the golden age of cinema co-stars Bernard Miles, Leslie Phillips and Sid James and is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Overjoyed to learn that they've inherited a cinema in the north of England, Matt and Jean Spenser are subsequently shattered to find it's less of a grand picture palace and more of a fleapit (with three equally decrepit employees). Can the couple make a go of it or will they be forced to sell up and watch the Bijou Kinema be redeveloped into a car park? Special Features: Image gallery PDF material

  • Khartoum (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition Khartoum (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition | Blu Ray | (03/12/2018) from £11.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to release KHARTOUM, a spectacular and rousing historical epic starring Charlton Heston and Sir Laurence Olivier, as part of the Eureka Classics range in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 3 December 2018. The kind of lavish, rousing historical adventure spectacle that doesn't seem to exist anymore, Khartoum is a majestic, star-studded, BAFTA and Oscar-nominated epic that finds director Basil Deardon (Victim) delivering a feast for the eyes, as well as a pointed study of English colonialism, religious fanaticism, and the nature of heroism and sacrifice. In 1880s Sudan, thousands of British-led Egyptian troops are massacred by the forces of Arab fanatic Muhammad Ahmad (Sir Laurence Olivier), who believes he is the Mahdi, and nothing less than Mohammed's chosen warrior in battling against Anglo-Egyptian rule. Legendary Major General Charles George Gordon (Charlton Heston) is sent by Prime Minister William Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) to save the city of Khartoum from the Mahdi, but given only one aide (Richard Johnson), limited support from the British government that sent him there, and a fearless opponent determined to create a new empire, Gordon sees that further bloodshed is imminent. With impressive battle sequences given greater weight by philosophical and moral debates about the righteousness of military action, Khartoum is a widescreen extravaganza and was the final film to be shot using Ultra Panavision 70 (and screened theatrically in Cinerama) until Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight in 2015. Features: 1080p presentation (on Blu-ray) from a gorgeous high-definition transfer Presented in the film's correct aspect ratio of 2.76:1 LPCM 2.0 Audio Optional English SDH subtitles Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman Exclusive new video interview with film historian Sheldon Hall Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Phil Hoad, alongside a selection of rare archival imagery

  • A Place to Go A Place to Go | DVD | (16/02/2009) from £21.02  |  Saving you £-8.03 (-61.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    First ever DVD release of this classic crime film which Bernard Lee Rita Tushingham Michael Sarne and Doris Hare. Ricky Flint (Mike Sarne) finds his world stifling. The East End that he grew up in is being demolished to make way for high rise blocks of flats and there seems just one possible means of escape: a one-off crime of robbing a cigarette factory. He becomes involved in a gang to carry out the robbery and then meets the forthright Cat (Rita Tushingham) when their tempestuous liaison takes a violent course...

  • The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 3 [DVD] The Ealing Rarities Collection - Volume 3 | DVD | (10/06/2013) from £5.97  |  Saving you £9.02 (60.20%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A global byword for cinematic quality of a quintessentially British nature, Ealing Studios made more than 150 films over a three decade period. A cherished and significant part of British film history, only selected films from both the Ealing and Associated Talking Pictures strands have previously been made available on home video format - with some remaining unseen since their original theatrical release. The Ealing Rarities Collection redresses this imbalance - featuring new transfers from...

  • Khartoum [1966] Khartoum | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £9.90  |  Saving you £4.69 (29.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Set in the expanse of the Sudan desert in the midst of holy war, Khartoum (1966) plays like an attempt to work the Lawrence of Arabia magic on the (mostly) true story of eccentric British general Charles "Chinese" Gordon in 1884 North Africa. The magnificent opening desert battle suggests David Lean's epic sweep, at least until the film settles into a more modest story of political games, military standoffs, and a battle of wits and wiles between two fierce leaders. Charlton Heston plays the Christian soldier as cocky, unconventional maverick, and Laurence Olivier (behind heavy make-up and a thick black beard) is almost as good as his cagey nemesis the Mahdi, the Islamic holy warrior on a mission of annihilation. More talk than spectacle, the film falls short of Lawrence but is nonetheless a compelling story of colonial politics, cynical manoeuvring and the unconventional heroics of another colourful British maverick abroad. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Halfway House [DVD] [1944] The Halfway House | DVD | (20/06/2011) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A group of troubled people gather at the Halfway House Inn in rural Wales. As they stay there the innkeeper Rhys and his daughter Gwyneth come to have a strange effect over them bringing out and offering clarity to their problems. But the group soon comes to realize that there is something very strange about the inn... The Halfway House is one of Ealing's war propaganda films and is an adaptation from a play by Dennis Ogden.

  • The Victim The Victim | DVD | (10/04/2006) from £6.60  |  Saving you £4.10 (31.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    This BAFTA-nominated film starring the great Dirk Bogarde in one of his career-best performances also includes excellent support from Sylvia Syms and Denis Price. The police are after Jack Barrett (Peter McEnery). He has stolen 2 300 from the building construction firm that employs him as a wages clerk. Despite being an ordinary young man of twenty-three years of age he is scared out of his wits by the crisis that is mounting - and they are circumstances beyond his control - Barret

  • The Blue Lamp (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [2016] The Blue Lamp (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (12/12/2016) from £9.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fifty years on, it's hard to appreciate just how shocking one key scene in The Blue Lamp was considered by British audiences. Young delinquent Tom Riley (played with sensuous malevolence by Dirk Bogarde) guns down kindly, benevolent copper, PC Dixon (Jack Warner.) In early 1950s Britain, murdering a policeman was the ultimate taboo. Even the underworld's denizens help the police flush Riley out. Made by Ealing Studios, The Blue Lamp is not a comedy but shares many of the studio's characteristic comic hallmarks, as well as the same writer (TEB Clarke) for their classics Hue And Cry and The Lavender Hill Mob. Consensus and tolerance are the watchwords. Individualism is frowned upon. There are no extravagant displays of emotion, not even from Mrs Dixon (Gladys Henson) when she learns what happened to her husband. The understatement is very moving, although by today's standards the representation of the police seems absurdly idealised. Were they ever the doughty, patient sorts depicted here? It is no surprise to learn that Scotland Yard co-operated in the making of the film but this is much more than just police propaganda. Well-crafted, full of finely judged character performances, it ranks with Ealing's best work. It was made at an intriguing historical moment: before rock and roll and the era of teenage affluence, there was simply no place for young tearaways like Tom Riley. --Geoffrey Macnab

  • They Came to a City (DVD + Blu-ray) They Came to a City (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (23/04/2018) from £8.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Nine disparate Britons are transported to a mysterious city where, according to their class and disposition, they find themselves either in an earthly paradise of peace and equality or a hell starved of ambition and riches. From the pen of J B Priestley, this fantastical allegory is a striking expression of post-war utopian impulses and among Ealing's most unusual features. Presented here in a new 2K transfer from the best surviving 35mm element, this rarely seen British classic is available for home viewing for the very first time. Directed by Basil Dearden (The Captive Heart, Victim) and starring John Clements, Googie Withers and Raymond Huntley. Features: Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition Michael Balcon NFT Lecture (audio only, 59 mins): recorded in 1969, the producer discusses the different stages of his career We Live in Two Worlds (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1937, 13 mins): a GPO film about communications technology, narrated by J B Priestley Britain at Bay (Harry Watt, 1940, 7 mins): a wartime propaganda film intended to boost morale, narrated by J B Priestley A City Reborn (1945, 21 mins): a propaganda film written by Dylan Thomas highlighting plans for post-war reconstruction Charley in New Town (Halas & Batchelor, 1948, 8 mins): a short animation on post-war new towns built to address housing shortages Your Very Good Health (Halas & Batchelor, 1948, 9 mins): a short animation on the new National Health Service

  • The Green Man [1956] The Green Man | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £9.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (26.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Hawkins (Sim) is a timid clockmaker with a part time job; International Assassination Expert. He hasn't been getting too many assignments recently but his latest mission will put him back on the top of his profession. However he stalks the wrong target blowing up a boring politician instead and now he must pay the price for his breezy bungling in this murderously funny black comedy!

  • The League Of Gentlemen Special Edition The League Of Gentlemen Special Edition | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £6.89  |  Saving you £8.10 (54.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A former army officer bitter at being made to retire early uses his special access to military personnel files to plot a 1 million bank robbery and sets about gathering an unlikely assortment of accomplices

  • Who Done It? [1956] Who Done It? | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Benny Hill's hilarious movie debut from the screenwriter of the Lavender Hill Mob. Benny Hill stars as Hugo Dill an inept ice rink attendant amateur detective and extremely clumsy master of disguise. But when Hugo stumbles into an international espionage plot he's soon over his head in a crazy case of mistaken identity murderous spies a bumbling romance with a beautiful strongwoman (Belinda Lee) and a top secret machine that can control the world's weather. David Kossoff

  • Victim [Blu-ray] Victim | Blu Ray | (28/07/2014) from £6.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (58.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Banned on its original theatrical release in the United States and highly controversial in Britain, this BAFTA-nominated story of deception, blackmail and revenge stars Dirk Bogarde in a brave, career-best performance as a prosperous young barrister with a dark secret. With powerful direction from Basil Dearden and strong supporting performances from both Sylvia Syms and Dennis Price, Victim is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited th.

  • My Learned Friend [DVD] [1943] My Learned Friend | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £11.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (27.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Will Hay (Dandy Dick The Goose Steps Out) plays a disbarred solicitor who with the help of Claude (Claude Hulbert) embarks on a frantic chase in pursuit of a psychopathic murderer newly released from prison. The prisoner is working through a vengeance list with Claude's name near the top... Directed by Basil Dearden and Will Hay My Learned Friend offers a fascinating insight into the direction Will Hay might have taken if ill health had not caused this Ealing picture to be his last. The tone is much darker than his previous films and the humour much of it revolving around a sequence of grisly murders foreshadows the blackest of Ealing's post-war comedies such as Kind Hearts and Coronets.

  • The Four Just Men - The Complete Series [DVD] The Four Just Men - The Complete Series | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £17.69  |  Saving you £32.30 (64.60%)  |  RRP £49.99

    This ITC crime drama series, loosely based on Edgar Wallace's novel of 1905, assembles an astonishing array of talent: Jack Hawkins (The Cruel Sea), Richard Conte (The Godfather) and Oscar nominees Vittorio de Sica and Dan Dailey star as the four men chosen to pursue justice and defeat tyranny worldwide; their regular co-stars include Avengers heroine Honor Blackman, as glamorous secretary Nicole, Lisa Gastoni, June Thorburn, and Andrew Keir (Quatermass and the Pit). The series' cosmopolitan...

  • The Captive Heart (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [2015] The Captive Heart (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (04/01/2016) from £12.98  |  Saving you £10.01 (43.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Ealing studios' output from the 1940s and 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. THE CAPTIVE HEART, released in 1946, comes from this legendary studio. Starring a host of Ealing favourites, including Michael Redgrave, Basil Radford and Jack Warner, THE CAPTIVE HEART is the story of a group of British prisoners of War, captured after Dunkirk in 1940. Amongst them is a man known as Captain Geoffrey Mitchell who has assumed the identity of a dead man after escaping from the Marlag and Milag North concentration camp. With exposure seeming inevitable, the man seeks desperately to escape the camp and therefore the fate which awaits him.

  • The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - [ITV] - [Network] - [Blu-ray] [DVD] The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - - - | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £29.50  |  Saving you £50.00 (62.50%)  |  RRP £79.99

    Two millionaire playboys - one a peer of the realm, born into money, and the other a self-made man who fought his way out of the New York slums - are conned by a retired judge into righting wrongs in a series that combines action, style, humour and panache in large quantities!Regarded by many as being the finest of Lew Grade's ITC film series, The Persuaders! stars Roger Moore and Tony Curtis as the mismatched playboys with an eye for the ladies and a penchant for landing themselves in trouble.Highly anticipated on Blu-ray, this very popular action adventure series is presented here in stunning High Definition for the first time. All 24 episodes are featured alongside a wealth of special features.

  • The Captive Heart (Digitally Restored) [DVD] [2015] The Captive Heart (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (04/01/2016) from £9.98  |  Saving you £8.01 (44.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Ealing studios' output from the 1940s and 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. THE CAPTIVE HEART, released in 1946, comes from this legendary studio. Starring a host of Ealing favourites, including Michael Redgrave, Basil Radford and Jack Warner, THE CAPTIVE HEART is the story of a group of British prisoners of War, captured after Dunkirk in 1940. Amongst them is a man known as Captain Geoffrey Mitchell who has assumed the identity of a dead man after escaping from the Marlag and Milag North concentration camp. With exposure seeming inevitable, the man seeks desperately to escape the camp and therefore the fate which awaits him.

  • The Man Who Haunted Himself Film [Blu-ray] The Man Who Haunted Himself Film | Blu Ray | (24/06/2013) from £7.59  |  Saving you £12.40 (62.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    While driving one evening, Harold Pelham appears possessed and has a car accident. While on the operating table, there even appears to be two heartbeats on the monitor. When he awakes, Pelham finds his life has been turned upside-down: he learns that he now supports a merger that he once opposed, and that he apparently is having an affair. People claim they have seen him in places that he has never been. Does Pelham have a doppelganger - or is he going insane?

  • The Blue Lamp (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [2016] The Blue Lamp (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (12/12/2016) from £14.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fifty years on, it's hard to appreciate just how shocking one key scene in The Blue Lamp was considered by British audiences. Young delinquent Tom Riley (played with sensuous malevolence by Dirk Bogarde) guns down kindly, benevolent copper, PC Dixon (Jack Warner.) In early 1950s Britain, murdering a policeman was the ultimate taboo. Even the underworld's denizens help the police flush Riley out. Made by Ealing Studios, The Blue Lamp is not a comedy but shares many of the studio's characteristic comic hallmarks, as well as the same writer (TEB Clarke) for their classics Hue And Cry and The Lavender Hill Mob. Consensus and tolerance are the watchwords. Individualism is frowned upon. There are no extravagant displays of emotion, not even from Mrs Dixon (Gladys Henson) when she learns what happened to her husband. The understatement is very moving, although by today's standards the representation of the police seems absurdly idealised. Were they ever the doughty, patient sorts depicted here? It is no surprise to learn that Scotland Yard co-operated in the making of the film but this is much more than just police propaganda. Well-crafted, full of finely judged character performances, it ranks with Ealing's best work. It was made at an intriguing historical moment: before rock and roll and the era of teenage affluence, there was simply no place for young tearaways like Tom Riley. --Geoffrey Macnab

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