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  • We Dive At Dawn [1943] We Dive At Dawn | DVD | (08/02/2010) from £3.51  |  Saving you £0.50 (7.20%)  |  RRP £6.99

    We Dive at Dawn (1943) tells of the encounter between a British submarine and a German warship in the Baltic Sea. John Mills gives a dependable performance as the submarine commander, with Eric Portman the pick of a strong supporting cast. Director Anthony Asquith finds the balance between action sequences and "in situ" dialogue, and there's an evocative score from Louis Levy. The film has long been underrated and deserves reappraisal.--Richard Whitehouse

  • The Battle Of Algiers [1966] The Battle Of Algiers | DVD | (01/12/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Director Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 movie The Battle of Algiers concerns the violent struggle in the late 1950s for Algerian independence from France, where the film was banned on its release for fear of creating civil disturbances. Certainly, the heady, insurrectionary mood of the film, enhanced by a relentlessly pulsating Ennio Morricone soundtrack, makes for an emotionally high temperature throughout. With the advent of the "war against terror" in recent years, the film's relevance has only intensified. Shot in a gripping, quasi-documentary style, The Battle of Algiers uses a cast of untrained actors coupled with a stern voiceover. Initially, the film focuses on the conversion of young hoodlum Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag) to FLN (the Algerian Liberation Front.) However, as a sequence of outrages and violent counter-terrorist measures ensue, it becomes clear that, as in Eisenstein's October, it is the Revolution itself that is the true star of the film. Pontecorvo balances cinematic tension with grimly acute political insight. He also manages an even-handedness in depicting the adversaries. He doesn't flinch from demonstrating the civilian consequences of the FLN's bombings, while Colonel Mathieu, the French office brought in to quell the nationalists, is played by Jean Martin as determined, shrewd and, in his own way, honourable man. However, the closing scenes of the movie--a welter of smoke, teeming street demonstrations and the pealing white noise of ululations--leaves the viewer both intellectually and emotionally convinced of the rightfulness of the liberation struggle. This is surely among a fistful of the finest movies ever made. --David Stubbs

  • Studio Classic: Classic War Movies Studio Classic: Classic War Movies | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £9.50  |  Saving you £0.99 (2.80%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The Longest Day (Dir. Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton 1962): On June 6 1944 the Allied Invasion of France marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3 000 000 men 11 000 planes and 4 000 ships comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen. Presented in the original black & white version The Longest Day is a vivid hour-by-hour re-creation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast and told from the perspectives of both sides it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations mistakes and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. Sink The Bismarck! (Dir. Lewis Gilbert 1960): In the Spring of 1941 Nazi Germany's greatest battleship - the Bismarck scourge of Atlantic shipping - is pinned down at her anchorage in Norway. Making a break for freedom and the safety of air cover from the Luftwaffe the great ship is chased by the Royal Navy. Eventually after heavy casualties including the loss of HMS Hood the Bismarck is finally trapped and sunk. Kenneth More stars as Captain Shepherd - the Admiralty's Director of Naval Operations - who embittered by the death of his wife in an air raid is assigned to this post just as the Bismarck makes its escape. The Desert Rats (Dir. Robert Wise 1953): Richard Burton stars in this exciting film about the courageous men who held off notorious German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel despite being hopelessly outnumbered. The year is 1941 and all that stands between Rommel and the Suez Canal is the fortress of Tobruk which is manned only by a small Australian battalion whom Captain MacRoberts (Burton) must whip into shape - fast! James Mason co-stars in a stunning portrayal as Rommel in this stirring action-packed story of the World War II heroes known as the Desert Rats. Twelve O'Clock High (Dir. Henry King 1949): Convinced an Air Force Commander is at breaking point Brigadier General Savage (Gregory Peck) takes over his struggling bomber group. At first resentful and rebellious the flyers gradually change as Savage guides them to amazing feats. But the stress of command soon takes its toll and the weary general reaches his own breaking point. Authentic aerial battle footage and numerous acclaimed performances make Twelve O'Clock High a credible stirring tale of courage and sacrifice. A Farewell To Arms (Dir. Charles Vidor 1957): This dense adaption of Ernest Hemingway's novel features Rock Hudson as American soldier Lt. Henry and his ill-fated love affair with British Nurse Catherine portrayed by Jennifer Jones during World War I. The two lovers will stop at nothing to be together but Lt. Henry's internal struggles ultimately threaten the relationship. Hemingway's theme of questioning the nature of war and fighting is fully recognised under Charles Vidor's direction.

  • The Eagle Has Landed [1977] The Eagle Has Landed | DVD | (19/07/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (16.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    This 1976 adventure story set in World War II concerns a Nazi plot to kidnap Churchill from his retreat--or murder him if need be. The large, great cast and a director, John Sturges, who's been down this road of ensemble action before (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) make this project exciting if not as memorable as Sturges' more famous works. The weak ending doesn't help. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series (repackaged) Sir Francis Drake: The Complete Series (repackaged) | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £9.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Terrence Morgan stars in the classic 1960's action adventure series - Sir Francis Drake. Drake is a freebooter adventurer expert swordsman and defender of the crown during Britain's war with Spain during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I a war which he wages from the bridge of his ship The Golden Hind. Presented here is the entire series of 26 action-packed episodes of this classic action show. This thrilling adventure series will appeal to people who enjoyed Network's previous releases of The Adventures Of Robin Hood and archive television fans.... Episodes: 1. The Prisoner 2. The Lost Colony Of Virginia 3. Mary Queen Of The Scots 4. Doctor Dee 5. Bold Enterprise 6. The English Dragon 7. Boy Jack 8. The Garrison 9. Visit To Spain 10. The Flame Thrower 11. The Governor's Revenge 12. The Slaves Of Spain 13. The Doughty Plot 14. King Of America 15. The Irish Pirate 16. Beggars Of The Sea 17. Drake On Trial 18. The Bridge 19. Johnnie Factotum 20. Mission To Paris 21. The Reluctant Duchess 22. The Gypsies 23. Court Intrigue 24. Gentlemen Of Spain 25. The Fountain Of Youth 26. Escape

  • They Were Expendable [1945] They Were Expendable | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £14.94  |  Saving you £-8.03 (-61.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Supplies are dwindling. Troops are hopelessly outnumbered. But even in defeat there is victory. The defenders of the Philippines - including PT-boat skippers John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne) - will give the U.S. war effort time to regroup after the devastation of Pearl Harbor...

  • In Which We Serve [1942] In Which We Serve | DVD | (26/09/2008) from £4.69  |  Saving you £11.30 (70.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the true story of Lord Louis Mountbatten's destroyer HMS Kelly, In Which We Serve is one of the most memorable British films made during World War II. Unfolding in flashback as survivors cling to a dingy, constantly strafed by the Luftwaffe, the film recounts the history of HMS Torrin through various battles to her sinking off the coast of North Africa, interwoven with the onshore lives of her crew. The film was the inspiration of Noel Coward, who desperately wanted to do something for the war effort, and he produced, wrote the screenplay, composed the stirring musical score and starred as Captain Edward Kinross. Coward also officially co-directed, though in reality he soon handed the reigns over to David Lean, whose directorial debut this became. There is a fine performance from Celia Johnson, anticipating her character in Lean and Coward's Brief Encounter (1946) and excellent support from John Mills, as well as a star-making debut from an uncredited Richard Attenborough. The use of real navy and army personal as extras, together with lavish studio production and authentic shipboard location footage lends the film a sense of realism unusual for the time. A landmark in the careers of many of the most important names in British film, this moving and occasionally harrowing classic has a vital place in the development of British cinema. On the DVD: The image is presented in a close approximation of the original 1.37:1 Academy ratio using a print that is good for its age but which would benefit from some restoration, several scenes showing notable damage. The sound is robust mono, though the main title music is very distorted. Speech is very clear. Extras are the original trailer, a stills gallery set to music from the film and a 23-minute retrospective documentary. This last is excellent, containing information on how to simulate bullets hitting water using condoms, and interviews with surviving members of the production including Sir John Mills and cinematographer Ronald Neame. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Classic War Collection [DVD] Classic War Collection | DVD | (28/09/2009) from £12.98  |  Saving you £-7.38 (-29.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Titles Comprise: 12 O'clock High: This gritty World War II action drama starring Gregory Peck Oscar'' winner Dean Jagger Hugh Marlow Gary Merrill and Millard Mitchell is seen as one of the most realistic portrayals of the heroics and perils of war. Convinced an Air Force commander is at the breaking point Brigadier General Savage (Peck) takes over his struggling bomber group. At first resentful and rebellious the flyers gradually change as Savage guides them to amazing feats. But the stress of command soon takes its toll and the weary general reaches his own breaking point. The Longest Day: On June 6 1944 the Allied Invasion of France marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3 000 000 men 11 000 planes and 4 000 ships comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen. Presented in its original black & white version The Longest Day is a vivid hour-by-hour re-creation of this historic event. The Great Escape: In 1943 the Germans opened Stalag Luft North a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artist. In doing so however the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen James Garner Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. Von Ryans Express: As the Allies begin to push the Nazis back toward Germany U.S. combat pilot Col. Joseph Ryan (Sinatra) is shot down and placed in a prison camp. Initially he's more concerned with surviving than escaping earning him the insulting nickname Von Ryan. But in time Ryan takes over from the commanding British officer (Trevor Howard) and masterminds a daredevil race for freedom that involves commandeering a train and getting it across Italy to Switzerland with the Nazis in hot pursuit. Sand Pebbles: the story of China a slumbering giant that rouses itself to the cries of its people - and of the Americans who are caught in its bloody awakening the story of Frenchy (Richard Attenborough) a crewman on the USS San Pablo who kidnaps his Chinese bride from the auction block. Most of all it's the story of Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) a sailor who had given up trying to make peace with anything: including himself. Battle of Britain: This is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best. Few defining moments can change the outcome of war . But when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied unsurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe they may well have altered the course of history! Patton: A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) Patton is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. One of its Oscars went to George C. Scott for this triumphant portrayal of George Patton the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Tora!Tora!Tora!: Tora! Tora! Tora! is the Japanese signal to attack - and this movie meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the events leading up to it. Ultimately the Day of Infamy arrives - in the most spectacular gut-wrenching cavalcade of action. A Bridge Too Far:In September 1944 flush with success after the Normandy Invasion the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants.

  • Lore [DVD] Lore | DVD | (27/05/2013) from £6.89  |  Saving you £9.10 (56.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Stranded with her younger siblings after their Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads the remains of her family across war-torn Germany in 1945. To survive the children must reach their Grandmother's house in the North but amidst the chaos of a defeated nation, Lore meets a young Jewish refugee called Thomas. In order to survive Lore must learn to trust a person she has been taught to hate. And as the consequences of her parent's actions and beliefs apparent, Lore must also start to face the darkness within herself.

  • Medium Season 2 Medium Season 2 | DVD | (09/07/2007) from £6.95  |  Saving you £23.63 (67.50%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Season Two of NBC-TV's hit series Medium finds the show gradually evolving, and while the changes aren't all for the better, the combination of star Patricia Arquette, creator-executive producer Glen Gordon Caron, and the other contributors still makes for entertaining viewing. As Allison DuBois, whose skills as both a medium and psychic make her indispensable to Phoenix district attorney Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval), Arquette, a 2005 Emmy winner, is still at center stage. It is her visions of murderers, serial killers, child abductors, and such that help solve the show's various crimes; the fact that these visions (which usually arrive via some very unsettling nightmares) can be ambiguous and open to misinterpretation, resulting in bizarre, embarrassing behaviour on Allison's part, remains an integral part of the show's appeal. The 22 Season Two episodes contain plenty of genuinely gripping, even shocking moments, but Caron (who also wrote and directed some episodes) clearly wants to focus increasingly on Allison's personal and home life. That's a mixed blessing. Although Medium still has its share of violence and shocking moments, it has become a little more tame, as frequent scenes between squabbling daughters Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva) and Bridgette (Maria Lark), while mostly credible, tend to undermine its dramatic effect. On the other hand, the struggles of Joe DuBois (Jake Weber), Allison's husband, to hold it together when the demands of her gig or the sheer weirdness of what's in her head threaten to take over are very well done; he's become an increasingly important character, there to ground her when her emotions and her visions intertwine and conflict. Best of all are episodes in which Allison's family and work are both in play, like "Judge, Jury & Executioner," in which Joe serves as a juror on a case in which Allison is involved, or "Doctor's Orders," which finds Ariel pursued by the ghost of a serial killer from the previous season. Of course, any TV show helmed by Caron (who created both the popular Moonlighting and the underrated Now and Again) will have its share of inspired ideas and eccentric touches (not to mention guest stars like David Carradine and co-executive producer Kelsey Grammer). Thus we have an "origin" episode ("Sweet Dreams"), a story in which Allison's dream sequence lasts for the entire first act ("Time Out of Mind"), and another ("Knowing Her") offering insight into Det. Scanlon's (David Cubitt) past. In "The Song Remains the Same" Allison is bedeviled by Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," which she literally can't get out of head; after five or six non-stop, high volume minutes, you'll never want to hear it again. --Sam Graham

  • The Young Lions [1958] The Young Lions | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £5.70  |  Saving you £6.53 (50.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Academy Award-winning actor Marlon Brando captures the extraordinary contradictions and complexity of a decent man who winds up as a Nazi officer. The Young Lions tells the story of World War II from both sides. The American represented by Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin. And the German made tragically vivid by Brando. Based on the novel by Irwin Shaw. The Young Lions is a provocative insightful movie. It is also one of Brando's all-time best.

  • A Few Good Men/Born On The Fourth Of July/Jerry Maguire A Few Good Men/Born On The Fourth Of July/Jerry Maguire | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £3.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (82.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A Few Good Men: One man is dead. Two men are accused of his murder. The entire Marines Corps is on trial. And 'A Few Good Men' are about to ignite the most explosive episode in US military history. Universally acclaimed A Few Good Men unites the big screen's biggest stars as Hollywood heavyweights Jack Nicholson Tom Cruise and Demi Moore lead an all star cast in director Rob Reiner's powerful account of corruption cover-up and a relentless quest for justice within the sacred corridors of the US Navy. Born On The Fourth Of July: Tom Cruise delivers a riveting and unforgettable portrayal of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning masterpiece. Based on a true story the acclaimed film follows the young Kovic from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted. Jerry Maguire: Tom Cruise is Jerry Maguire. He's popular he's a top notch sports agent and he's at the top of his game. He's unstoppable but driven by his conscience he writes a 'mission statement' of a new belief that is quality not quantity the people not the money that really counts. Fired as soon as his boss reads the statement Jerry is soon stripped of his friends fianc''e and self-respect and is forced to start from scratch. The only two people who stand by him are his sole remaining client Rod Tidwell a second-rate football player (Cuba Gooding Jnr) and Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) a single mother inspired by his statement and zest for life. Only through his shared journey to success with Rod and his relationship with Dorothy and her son does he begin to understand the values that really matter. Jerry Maguire was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture with Cuba Gooding Jnr winning Best Supporting Actor award. Tom Cruise also earned a Golden Globe for his acclaimed performance as Jerry.

  • Raid On Rommel [1971] Raid On Rommel | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £5.00  |  Saving you £4.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    British intelligence officer Richard Burton poses as a high-ranking Nazi who leads a ragtag group of POWs on an impossible mission in this exciting World War II desert adventure. Based on the real life battle of Tobruk this action-crammed drama has Burton and his 'army' battling Nazi Panzer Divisions destroying fuel dumps and making a suicidal assault on Rommel's infamous gun emplacement that has the potential to destroy the British fleet...

  • Waterloo Road - Series 3 Part 1 - Autumn Term Waterloo Road - Series 3 Part 1 - Autumn Term | DVD | (02/03/2009) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Waterloo Road: Series 3 - Autumn Term

  • Theeb [DVD] Theeb | DVD | (26/10/2015) from £7.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (53.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy, Theeb (Jacir Eid), experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks, uninvited but eager for adventure, on a perilous desert journey with his elder brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh) to guide a British officer Edward (Jack Fox) and his guide Marji (Marji Audeh) to their secret destination. Immersed in a way of life that has endured for centuries, the brothers are unaware of the tremendous upheavals taking place at the fringes of their world: the First World War is raging in Europe, the Ottoman Empire is coming undone, the Great Arab Revolt is brewing, and the British officer T.E. Lawrence is plotting with the Arab Prince Faisal to establish an Arab kingdom. The ensuing journey, filled with danger and hardship, will result in Theeb's greatly hastened maturation. If Theeb is to survive he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal, in a culture where a man's honour and righteousness determines his inclusion or expulsion from the community.

  • Ice Cold In Alex  (Digitally Restored) [DVD] Ice Cold In Alex (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (12/09/2011) from £6.17  |  Saving you £7.00 (43.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A tense, engrossing adventure set in the 1942 Libyan war zone in the hot Western Desert. A British ambulance officer (John Mills) escapes the siege in Tobruk and tries desperately to get his passengers to safety in Alexandria, where he dreams he will have the luxury of an 'ice cold' glass of beer. His passengers include a stranded hospital nurse, a Sergeant-Major and a stray South African Officer, trying to return to his unit. Despite saving the group from the Germans, something is not quite right about the last passenger. As he begins to undermine the group's stamina using psychological tactics, the British officer begins to suspect he might be a German spy...

  • War Classics Triple [DVD] War Classics Triple | DVD | (03/05/2010) from £11.99  |  Saving you £-1.57 (-12.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    BattlefieldTells the stories of the important clashes in world history. This work covers battles from ancient Egypt to the Second Gulf war placing them chronologically within their tactical technological and historical context. Detailed maps help portray the course of famous battles and campaigns.The Dirty DozenThey are convicts psychos lunkheads losers - and champs at the box office and in movie lore. Decades after it burst onto the scene THE DIRTY DOZEN remains a milestone among ensemble action flicks. Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered in the Army way to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi Brass. Charles Bronson Jim Brown John Cassavetes Trini Lopez Telly Savalas Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive. And Robert Aldrich directs blending anti-authority gibes with explosive excitement. Nominated for four Academy Awards THE DIRTY DOZEN won for Best Sound Effects.Battle of the Bulge

  • Apocalypse [DVD] Apocalypse | DVD | (22/11/2010) from £6.65  |  Saving you £13.34 (66.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Documentary series about World War Two. The footage has been taken from over 60 different archives around the world and details the experiences of the war's heroes and victims.

  • Kings Go Forth [1958] Kings Go Forth | DVD | (05/04/2004) from £4.65  |  Saving you £3.34 (25.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In WWII France Corporal Britt Harris (Curtis) is assigned to work alongside war-weary Sgt. Loggins (Sinatra) - a man he soon rivals for the affections of the beautiful Monique Blair (Woods) an American who grew up in France. But when the men learn that Monique's parents are racially mixed it tests the character of each...

  • Sailor Of The King [DVD] Sailor Of The King | DVD | (28/01/2013) from £21.02  |  Saving you £-8.03 (-61.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    1940. A vital British convoy is crossing the Pacific, escorted by a cruiser squadron under the command of Captain Richard Saville (Michael Rennie). When a powerful German raider, the Essen, is sighted in the area, Seville despatches his cruisers to attack and destroy the Nazi warship before it can decimate the convoy. The resulting sea battle is brutal and devastating for both sides... When the badly damaged German raider slips into a tropical lagoon for repairs, an escaped Canadian POW (Jef...

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