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s we went to press we received the sad news of the death of Tony Curtis at the age of 85. I can think of no better way to celebrate his life in the movies than to re-watch Some Like it Hot – it’s lined up for my weekend viewing. For those people who like to get their Christmas shopping out of the way early, our annual Earlybird Christmas Gift Guide is here! We’ve carefully selected a range of DVDs that will make great presents for film lovers of all varieties. It starts on page 15 – take a look. Finally, this month we’re

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A classic British slice of 1950s psychological horror from Jacques Tourneur. Dana Andrews stars as the American psychologist who sets out debunk Niall MacGinnis’s self-styled satanist. Then strange things start happening to him...

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2 Lipstick on Your Collar

Dennis Potter’s hilarious musical recreation of 1950s England. Austerity be gone! The war is over. It’s time for frothy coffee in Soho cafes, teenage kicks and rock ‘n’ roll – well almost. And at least if the reality doesn’t match up, Ewan McGregor’s Private Hopper can always dream himself into a glorious landscape! UK | 1993 | ACORN | 360 min | Cert 15 | # 63200 | RRP £19.99

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Polanski’s Hitchcockian thriller sees Ewan McGregor play a ghost writer hired to work on the memoirs of a former British PM (Pierce Brosnan) who has been accused of war crimes. As The Ghost gets to work, he uncovers dark secrets... USA / Germany | 2009 | OPTIM | 123 min | Cert 15 | # 62477 | RRP £19.99

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A delirious film from Juraj Herz (The Cremator), Morgiana is a phantasmagoria of dark desires and splintered minds in which a woman poisons her sister. As the poison takes hold, the poisoned woman begins to lose grip on her sanity – and the film does likewise. Part fairytale, part Gothic horror, wholly enjoyable. Czech | 1972 | 2RUN | 98 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 62622 | RRP £12.99


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Night of the Demon Recommended Director: Jacques Tourneur Starring: Dana Andrews, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Reginald Beckwith, Peggy Cummins Released: 18th October DVD Extras: Bonus Feature: Curse of the Demon – the American version of the film. UK | 1957 | PNE | 90 min | B&W | Cert PG | Item # 63072

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hen the witching hour approaches and talk turns to the greatest scary movies, some titles are unavoidable. One such is Night of the Demon. Adapted by frequent Hitchcock accomplice Charles Bennett from MR James’s short story, Casting the Runes, and directed by the great Jacques Tourneur (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie), this British film is one of the triumphs of genre cinema. Our hero Dr John Holden (Dana Andrews) is in Britain to attend a conference on paranormal psychology and, while he’s here, debunk self-styled occultist Julian Karswell, who Holden maintains is a great big humbug.  But Holden is not the first to want to discredit Karswell: those who try have an unfortunate habit of dying in bizarre accidents. Karswell claims to have hexed them and tells Holden he’s next. At first Holden ignores the threat – but he can’t deny that some very strange things are happening.  Night of the Demon is a contemporary of the Hammer horrors but couldn’t be more different in approach or impact. There’s nothing remotely lurid here, with none of

A long unavailable British classic of atmospheric horror the camp excess that taints Hammer’s legacy. Tourneur plays things with complete sincerity, creating an atmosphere far more unnerving than facile shock tactics. Perhaps Tourneur’s most important decision was to cast Niall MacGinnis as Karswell. MacGinnis was a naturally warm actor and his bonhomie only makes Karswell all the more dangerous, equally capable of entertaining children and summoning up a demon from hell.  The demon itself has long been a bone of contention; neither Bennett nor Tourneur wanted to show it, maintaining that what the audience couldn’t see was scarier. But it’s one of the few movie monsters that’s genuinely threatening – a palpable menace pushing the film to its electrifying climax.  Unavailable in its native land for far too long, Night of the Demon returns to take its rightful place in the horror pantheon. James Oliver


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New Releases A Bay of Blood Mario Bava

Bond girl Claudine Auger stars in Bava’s influential proto-slasher movie, in which, when an old heiress is murdered, thirteen candidates arrive in hope of inheriting her fortune – and instead come face-to-face with a 2 discs; serial killer. Many extras. Italy | 1971 | ARROW | 84 min | Cert 18 Item # 63163-4 | RRP £17.99 | Released 1st Nov

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Jane Birkin Birkin, who also wrote and directed, plays a woman confronting her middle age and seeking forgiveness from the ghosts of ex-husbands and lovers who haunt her. John Hurt, Michel Piccoli, Natacha Regnier and Lou Doillon are among the stars in the film’s fantastic cast. France | 2007 | BLUEBELL | 95 min | subt | Cert TBC Item # 63381 | RRP £14.99 | Released 1st November

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Flesh of the Orchid Patrice Chéreau

A dark, erotic thriller set in a world of grotesque characters, bizarre incidents, brutal murders and incessant driving rain. Charlotte Rampling stars as the emotionally disturbed heir to a fortune who is kept prisoner in a chateau by her wicked aunt (Edwige Feuillère). France / Italy | 1975 | BLUEBELL | 120 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 63301 | RRP £14.99 | Released 1st November

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Little Big Soldier Sheng Ding

Jackie Chan, who also wrote the screenplay, stars as a peasant soldier with a shameless ability for avoiding his responsibilities in this madcap journey across ancient China. Considered to be Chan’s best film in years. Bonus Digital Copy.

Recommended Director: Julio Médem Starring: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko Released: 18th October Spain | 2010 | OPTIM | 103 min | subt | Cert 18 | Item # 63479

Basque auteur Julio Medem blurred the boundaries between mainstream cinema and erotica with the frank Sex and Lucia. Room in Rome – a remake of Chilean movie En la cama – pares things down further, detailing the charged, candid encounter between two women – Spanish Alba, Russian Natasha – sharing a onenight fling in Alba’s hotel room. More than soft-core titillation, the film plays like Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise stripped (literally) to its essence, as the women share stories and reveal their feelings. For the engaged Natasha, it’s a last chance to play; the more emotional Alba simply wants to experience a moment of perfect intimacy. Sex punctuates proceedings as markers of changing mood, and the actresses respond to Medem’s experiment with naturalism in every sense. Like Rear Window, Medem’s camera never leaves the hotel, but the clever use of Alba’s laptop and the room’s paintings are a constant reminder of the wider world. All the more reason, then, to savour the here and now, and as such Room in Rome is a welcome divertissement from cinema’s customary bustle. SK

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and the Classic French Adaptations This Autumn the BFI presents two rarely seen live-action films starring Hergé’s intrepid boy reporter Tintin. Shot on location with a flair that makes them look like James Bond films for kids, these adventures will appeal to Tintin fans young and old. The Golden Fleece adds a rare optional English dub to its original French soundtrack.

Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece Jean-Jacques Vierne One of the very few adaptations to meet with Tintin creator Hergé’s approval, this is a spirited liveaction take on his iconic comic creation and features all his best-loved characters. Uncanny Tintin-alike Jean-Pierre Talbot takes the lead while the larger-than-life Georges Wilson plays Captain Haddock. A surprise message from Istanbul sees Haddock named sole beneficiary in the will of his late comrade Paparanic. Haddock and Tintin journey to Turkey to claim the strangely disappointing bounty – but is all as it seems? Fr / Belg | 1961 | BFI | 98 min | subt | Cert U | # 63325 | £17.99

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Tintin and the Blue Oranges Philippe Condroyer Professor Calculus’s desertproof orange promises to end world hunger, but when the strange blue fruit is stolen, Tintin, Captain Haddock, Calculus and Snowy must make for Spain to investigate. In a riotous adventure the friends overcome violent kidnappers, deadly traps and unscrupulous rich adventurers to rescue the orange and free themselves. Adapted by Asterix creator René Goscinny. Fr / Belg| 1964 | BFI | 96 min | subt | Cert U | # 63324 | £17.99

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Wild Grass Recommended Director: Alain Resnais Starring: Sabine Azéma, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, André Dussolier, Annie Cordy Released: 8th November DVD Extras: Documentary France / Italy | 2009 | NW | 104 min | subt | Cert 12 | Item # 63162

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Broken Embraces Pedro Almodóvar

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Last Year in Marienbad Alain Resnais

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lain Resnais’ latest opens with an extended shoe-shopping sequence that suggests the veteran French director has either been concealing a major foot fetish, or has become a late-life convert to Sex and the City: the first of multiple surprises here. Emerging from the chicest Marc Jacobs boutique en tout Paris, red-headed aviatrix Marguerite Muir (Sabine Azéma) has her bag snatched by a passing skateboarder. Rather than report the theft, she elects to let it go, inadvertently kick-starting the most haphazard plot of this, or any other, movie year. Marguerite’s purse ends up beneath the car of married oddball Georges Palet (André Dussolier), whose first response is to wonder what to do with this artefact. When the two characters cross paths, they find they can’t stop thinking about one another and matters aren’t helped by the fact their movements are being recounted by an entirely unreliable narrator, a modernist uncertainty principle of a kind in which the Resnais of yore revelled. Spun with all of the director’s usual dexterity, it’s a divertissement made up of a thousand tiny divertissements, dramatising a series of random events that keep changing the course of the lead charac-

A highly enjoyable and thoroughly surprising late film from Resnais ters’ fate, right through to a confounding (yet perfectly apt) finale. We simply never know what shape Wild Grass is going to take until it’s over: at times, it plays like an off-kilter romance; at others, particularly when Emmanuelle Devos’s dentist comes to the fore, we could be watching a Marathon Man-style psychothriller. This tonal variation would be as bewildering as anything in Last Year in Marienbad or Muriel if Resnais didn’t set such store in actors we’re wholly prepared to follow from scene to scene. Dussolier synthesises funny-ha-ha and funny-strange with exceptional skill, while Azéma’s Marguerite is a delightfully batty creation, determinedly guarding her independence from the chaos unfolding about her. So unpredictable is Wild Grass that it may be the first movie to take its cues from its heroine’s hairstyle, but there the film is in a nutshell: daring, amusing, and – beyond a certain stage – quite gloriously out of control. Mike McCahill


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World Cinema Murk

Jannik Johansen

An eerie, intense psychological thriller about a brother’s search for the truth behind his sister’s death. Nikolaj Lie Kaas plays the journalist who tracks her ex-husband down to the isolated rural community of Murk, where he suspects that his sister’s nightmare is about to be replayed. He tries to alert the woman’s unbelieving family to the danger, but the local community closes ranks. Can the truth come out before it’s too late? Denmark | 2005 | HBF | 124 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 59455 | RRP £15.99 | Released 8th March

Released: 8th November Czech | 1965 | 2RUN | 80 min | subt | B&W | Cert 15 | Item # 63133

My Night with Maud Eric Rohmer

The highlight of Rohmer’s moral tales, this is both a serious study of moral dilemmas and a delightful, delicately performed comedy of manners. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays the man caught between the pretty blonde he meets in church and Françoise Fabian’s worldly, witty divorcee. France | 1969 | ART-E | 105 min | subt | Cert PG Item # 63037 | RRP £15.99 | Released 11th October

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Pacific Battleship Yamato Junya Sato

A powerful Japanese drama set in the final days of the Second World War and focusing on the battleship Yamato’s legendary last voyage – a tale of bravery, honour and the ordinary soldiers who would become known to history as the heroes of their nation. Japan | 2005 | MET-D | 145 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 63424 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th Sept

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The Past is a Foreign Land Daniele Vicari

Elio Germano. A solid thriller set in the Italian south where a promising law student from a good family is driven by a cool cardsharper into a downward spiral of criminality, thus discovering a previously unknown evil in himself.

Miloš Forman’s second full-length feature was a major breakthrough both for him and for Czech cinema. A commercial blockbuster at home, it garnered Forman his first Oscar nomination a decade before he made One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Today, its still considerable charm derives from its low-key parochialism, as well as its historical fascination with the former Communist system which it gently mocks. It’s set in an industrial town where a factory manager, mindful of the fact that the female population outnumbers men by sixteen to one, requests that an army regiment be billeted there. Unfortunately, the strapping youngsters eagerly awaited by the girls turn out to be pudgy, balding and often married. But despite this, title character Andula finds love in the arms of musician Milda, and for a brief moment a wonderful future opens up before her ... only to be dashed when she meets Milda’s parents and learns a few home truths. It’s as much a political as a social satire, and Forman deftly slips some barbed comments about life under totalitarianism past a censor more exercised about the film’s brief flashes of nudity. MB

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Claude Chabrol 1930 – 2010 Sadly, the veteran French director passed away on 12th September 2010. One of the major figures of the French New Wave, Chabrol came to prominence in the late 1950s with Le Beau Serge (1958) and had been making films ever since, concluding with his final feature film, Inspector Bellamy (2009).

Claude Chabrol Collection: Vol 1 A superb collection of eight films from the veteran director: Les Biches, Que la Bête Meure, La Femme Infidèle, Le Boucher, Juste avant la Nuit, Les Noces Rouge, Nada and Madame Bovary.

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Claude Chabrol Collection: Vol 2 Six more films spanning three decades of work. Contains Les Innocents aux Main Sales, La Route de Corinthe, Une Partie de Plasir, Poulet au Vinaigre; La Fleur du Mal and La Rupture. 6 discs. France | 1970-2002 | ARROW | subt | 18 | # 50806 | RRP £34.99

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Dir: Asquith & Howard. Shaw’s comedy of manners is given its finest screen outing, with Wendy Hiller as cockney guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle. UK | 1938 | SECND | 92 min | B&W | Cert U | # 50424 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Max Ophuls. Anton Walbrook is the enigmatic master of ceremonies guiding us through a series of amorous encounters in 1900 Vienna.

Italy | 1994 | 2ND | 105 min | subt | Cert 18 | # 59566 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni. Four beautiful, poignant stories of desire, To Make a illusion and passion. Film is to be Alive (1996).

Dir: Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Gérard Depardieu excels as the poet-soldier in this colourful, swashbuckling version of the classic poetic drama.

Dir: Andrew Stone. A great musical that was a showcase for 1940s black talent. Stars Lena Horne, Fats Waller and Cab Calloway!

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Dir: Marcel Camus. With an infectious bossa nova soundtrack, this retells the myth of Orpheus against the vibrant backdrop of the Rio carnival.

Dir: Catherine Breillat. A provocative, explicit portrayal of a sexual encounter between a teenager and an older woman on a Channel crossing.

Dir: Ronald Neame. Classic sixties comic heist movie. Michael Caine takes the lead as a cockney thief; Shirley MacLaine is his accomplice.

Dir: Derek Jarman. Flamboyant, erotic and full of punk attitude, this is one of the most unconventionally effective adaptations of Shakespeare.

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Les Valseuses

Dir: Georg Wilhelm Pabst. Has anyone ever acted with as much carefree fatalism as Louise Brooks in this dark drama? Her performance amazes.

Dir: Bertrand Blier. Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere star as the young French reprobates on a gleefully thieving, womanising spree.

UK | 1951 | SECND | 87 min | B&W | Cert U | # 50421 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Anthony Asquith. Michael Redgrave gives a poignant performance as the disillusioned public schoolmaster Crocker-Harris.

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Dir: RW Fassbinder. A universallyacclaimed epic set in 1920s Berlin that follows the efforts of an ex-con trying to go straight. 6 discs.

World Cinema Le Refuge

François Ozon Isabelle Carré plays a woman expecting a baby from her deceased lover (Melvil Poupaud), dead from a drug overdose. Grieving for him and still struggling with her own addiction she leaves Paris for a remote house on the coast in an attempt to straighten herself out. France | 2009 | ART-E | 88 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 63161 | RRP £15.99 | Released 8th November

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A Room and a Half

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A Khrzhanovskiy

Weaving together actual footage and dramatised sequences with readings from Brodsky’s poetry and prose, this is a semifictionalised account of the early life of Russian poet, essayist, outspoken political thinker and Nobel laureate in literature who was forced into American exile in 1972. Russia | 2009 | YUME | 130 min | subt | Cert 12 Item # 63085 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th October

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Three Idiots

Rajkumar Hirani A Bollywood comedy in which friends Farhan and Raju embark on a quest for a lost buddy who changed their lives – the free-spirited Rancho, encountering on the way a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control! India | 2009 | OPTIM | 164 min | subt | Cert 12 Item # 63560 | RRP £15.99 | Released 11th October

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Alejandro González Iñárritu Mex | 2000 | 155 min | subt | 18 | # 63362 | £19.99

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Cronos / Devil’s Backbone / Pan’s Labyrinth Mexico / Spain | 2006 | OPTIM | Cert 18 | # 62534 | RRP £74.99

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Carlos the Jackal Contains: Full TV Series and shortened movie Released: 1st November DVD Extras: 3 discs. France | 2010 | OPTIM | subt | Cert 12 | Item # 63462

Director Olivier Assayas gives the career of notorious 1970s terrorist ‘Carlos the Jackal’ the widescreen treatment with stunning results. Similar in ambition to other longer biographies like Mesrine, Carlos paints a complex and unflattering portrait of a lethal historical curiosity. The series, which is also available in an shorter version edited for cinemas, is a fictional account in three parts. The first covers Carlos’s activities in Europe in the early 1970s in support of the Pro-Palestinian struggle. The second, and the strongest part, grippingly depicts the 1975 attack on an OPEC meeting in Vienna which made Carlos’s name and where he first starts to renege on his revolutionary principles. Part three follows his declining fortunes through the collapse of communism to his capture by the French in 1994. Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramírez glistens with charisma as the lead whilst gradually revealing the flaws which led to his downfall. Revel in a bold beefy drama unafraid to switch languages and countries, or even to let up the pace. DDP

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Morgiana Recommended Director: Juraj Herz Starring: Petr Cepek, Iva Janžurová Released: 11th October DVD Extras: Interview; Essays. Czech Republic | 1972 | 2RUN | 98 min | subt | Cert 15 | Item # 62622

If The Cremator strongly hinted that Slovak director Juraj Herz has a sensibility far closer to Ken Russell than Ken Loach, Morgiana confirms it beyond any possible doubt. A deliriously florid costume melodrama based on a story by Alexander Grin (Russia’s Edgar Allan Poe), it fuses Gainsborough-style wicked-lady shenanigans with a splendidly Gothic/Romantic sensibility.  Iva Janžurová plays the dual role of yin-and-yang sisters Viktoria and Klára, the latter being poisoned by the former in such a slow and careful way as to avoid detection, though not without causing Klára to hallucinate wildly whenever she glimpses anything in orange. However, Viktoria has problems of her own, with her drug supplier threatening to expose her and the possibility that she might have to commit another murder or two to keep her evil plan on track. Virtuoso cinematographer Jaroslav Kucera was clearly encouraged to go berserk with extreme wide-angle lenses and bizarre colour effects, occasionally combining the two via repeated cuts to the viewpoint of Morgiana, Viktoria’s inscrutable Siamese cat. MB

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Spine-chilling Tales DVD Sale Tense up in terror this Autumn before our coven of dread-inducing DVDs, inspired by our Film of the Month, Jacques Tourneur’s Night of the Demon. This ravenous pack of pulse-racing titles all prize atmosphere over gaudy guts and gore. So as Halloween approaches curl up and let these spinetinglers make your Halloween go with a bump... in the night!

The Green Man

The Innocents

The Vanishing

Albert Finney stars as the inn owner who tells tales to guests about the ghosts in his hostelry – but then comes to know that they are both real and malevolent. ‘A ghost story for adults’ written by Malcolm Bradbury.

Jack Clayton

George Sluizer

Widely considered to be one of the greatest of all ghost stories on film, this screen adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw is a brilliant exercise in psychological horror. Deborah Kerr stars.

The truly chilling original. On a French holiday a woman vanishes without trace or explanation, leading her husband into an obsessive quest to discover what happened to her. Unfortunately, he finds out.

UK | 1961 | BFI | 100 min | B&W | Cert 12 | # 31089 | RRP £19.99

Netherland | 1988 | NOUV | 102 min | subt | 15 | # 10895 | RRP £19.99

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Casting the Runes

The Haunting

The Spiral Staircase

Dir: Lawrence Gordon Clark. Iain Cuthbertson plays the malevolent Karswell in this ITV Playhouse version of MR James’s classic story.

Dir: Robert Wise. A dark and expressionistic horror film about a psychic researcher experimenting with the supernatural at an evil old house.

Dir: Robert Siodmak. A classic gothic thriller in which a mute servant girl finds herself threatened by an unknown member of her household.

UK | 1979 | NWORK | 48 min | Cert PG | # 51170 | RRP £9.99

USA | 1963 | WHV | 107 min | B&W | Cert 12 | # 14805 | RRP £19.99

USA | 1945 | PNE | 81 min | B&W | Cert | # 55230 | RRP £5.99

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The Cremator

Kwaidan (MoC)

Thriller: Complete

Dir: Juraj Herz. A ‘surrealist-inspired horror’ about an ambitious cremator who, through his work, becomes important to the occupying Nazis.

Dir: Masaki Kobayashi. Four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn’s classic Japanese ghost stories, filmed in lavish CinemaScope.

All 43 episodes from the 1970s suspense anthology series created by Brian Clemens and starring a whole host of famous names. 15 discs.

Czech | 1968 | 2RUN | 95 min | subt | B&W | 15 | # 27849 | RRP £12.99

Japan | 1964 | EUR | 183 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 28575 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1970s | NWORK | 2150 min | Cert 15 | # 23001 | RRP £49.99

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Dead of Night

The Old Dark House

A superb portmanteau film of haunting stories. The outstanding moment is of course ventriloquist Michael Redgrave’s descent into madness.

Dir: James Whale. A great fun oldschool creepy horror flick from the director of Frankenstein. Karloff is on fine form as a brutish manservant.

The Turn of the Screw

UK | 1945 | OPTIM | 104 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 31533 | RRP £12.99

USA | 1932 | NWORK | 70 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 29583 | RRP £12.99

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The Devil’s Backbone

The Queen of Spades

Vampyr (MoC)

Dir: Guillermo del Toro. A terrific horror thriller set in an isolated, spirithaunted orphanage during the final days of the Spanish Civil War.

Anton Walbrook stars in this atmospheric suspense thriller, based on a Pushkin story, that is certainly one of the finest British films of the forties.

Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer. A supremely strange, oneiric film through which the viewer is led as if in a trance. From the tales of Sheridan Le Fanu.

Spain | 2001 | OPTIM | 103 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 10282 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1948 | OPTIM | 91 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 60859 | RRP £15.99

Ger | 1932 | EUR | 72 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 54986 | RRP £19.99

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Les Diaboliques

The Sixth Sense

The Woman in White

Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. A man’s mistress and downtrodden wife join forces to get rid of him in this brilliant thriller with a twist.

Dir: M. Night Shyamalan. An audacious directorial debut, in which Bruce Willis’s psychologist helps a child who can see spirits of the dead.

Dir: John Bruce. The BBC’s outstanding 1982 adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ Victorian mystery thriller. Period drama at its best. 2 discs.

France | 1954 | ARROW | 112 min | B&W | 12 | # 51692 | RRP £15.99

USA | 1999 | HPHV | 103 min | Cert 15 | # 13166 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1982 | 2ENT | 275 min | Cert PG | # 62596 | RRP £17.99

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Dir: Tim Fywell. This BBC adaptation stars Michelle Dockery as the naive governess of secretive children. UK | 2009 | ACORN | 88 min | Cert 15 | # 61220 | RRP £16.99

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UK | 1990 | CCLUB | 165 min | Cert 15 | # 33798 | RRP £15.99

Classic Movies English Language Films, 1930 - 1969

I Am a Camera

New Releases Across the Wide Missouri William A. Wellman

A Technicolor western set in the 1830s, starring Clark Gable as Flint Mitchell, who for convenience marries an Indian princess (María Elena Marqués), so that he can hunt on her tribe’s land, but comes to realise that she means much more to him than he realised. USA | 1951 | PALL | 78 min | Cert PG Item # 62862 | RRP £12.99 | Released 25th October

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Henry Cornelius

Based on Christopher Isherwood’s stories which inspired Cabaret, I Am a Camera is set in 1930s Berlin, where Laurence Harvey’s young English writer shares a flat with vivacious club singer Sally Bowles (Julie Harris). Together they experience bohemian life, even as the Swastika becomes an omnipresent symbol throughout the city. UK | 1955 | PARKC | 95 min | Cert 12 Item # 63308 | RRP £15.99 | Released 8th November

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I Am The Law Alexander Hall

Edward G. Robinson stars in this 1930s crime drama as a law professor on a mission to sort out the high levels of crime and corruption in his town. But with gangsters influencing the local government, he is going to require the help of his law students to bring them down.

Calling Paul Temple Maclean Rogers

The second in the crime drama series based on the long-running 1940s radio plays. John Bentley stars as Paul Temple, the crime writer who occasionally lends his services to Scotland Yard. Here, he is brought in to help in the case of a serial killer.

USA | 1938 | PALL | 80 min | Cert PG Item # 62881 | RRP £12.99 | Released 25th October

UK | 1948 | RENOWN | 92 min | Cert U Item # 63533 | RRP £12.99 | Released 11th October

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Curse of the Werewolf One of the best of the early Hammer horrors. Oliver Reed plays the man who finds himself condemned to a life of torment as a werewolf. His terrifying transformation can only be stopped by the unquestioning love of a good woman – or a silver bullet. UK | 1960 | FCE | 87 min | Cert 12 Item # 63431 | RRP £14.99 | Released 4th October

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Double bill of 1959 crime dramas. Life in Danger sees an escaped prisoner befriend a young girl who is planning to runaway, while Cover Girl Killer is set in the sleazy world of a backstreet nightclub as police search for a killer who has been murdering cover girls of Wow! magazine.

Don Hartman

In memory of Tony Curtis we present selected highlights of his career linking back to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder A sharp script, brilliant performances, Monroe at her most alluring and cross-dressing gangsters ensure the timeless appeal of this film’s sophisticated wit. USA | 1959 | MGMHE | 117 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 9021 | RRP £19.99

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The Boston Strangler Dir: Richard Fleischer. Terrifying, pitiable performance from Tony Curtis as the true-life killer, with Henry Fonda as the cop out to catch him. USA | 1968 | FOX | 113 min | Cert 18 | # 21957 | RRP £12.99

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The List of Adrian Messenger Dir: John Huston. George C. Scott checks out the decreasing list of names in this starry murder mystery. USA | 1963 | IN2FI | 98 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 58395 | RRP £5.99

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UK | 1971-72 | NWORK | 1200 min | Cert PG | # 28857 | RRP £39.99

Orson Welles said this movie – a powerful influence on Tokyo Story – ‘could make a stone cry’. Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi star in this profound look at the way we treat one another as human beings. Video discussions.

USA | 1949 | ODEON | 87 min | Cert U Item # 63171 | RRP £9.99 | Released 1st November


UK | 1959 | RENOWN | 124 min | Cert PG Item # 63524 | RRP £14.99 | Released 11th October

Leo McCarey

A Christmas romantic comedy. Robert Mitchum plays a department store employee sacked after letting Janet Leigh’s ‘comparative shopper’ go. Their relationship continues – but Connie is due to marry on New Year’s Day. Is there time to stake a claim in her heart?

Tony Curtis

All the episodes of the cult seventies TV serial, with Tony Curtis and Roger Moore as the millionaire playboys who right wrongs in flashy style.

Make Way for Tomorrow (MoC) (Blu-ray)

Holiday Affair

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Life in Danger / Cover Girl Killer Terry Bishop

Terence Fisher

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USA | 1937 | EUREK | 92 min | Cert U Item # 63373 | RRP £22.99 | Released 25th October

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Sweet Smell of Success Dir: Alexander Mackendrick. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis play for keeps in the 1950s media world. USA | 1957 | MGMHE | 92 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 10378 | RRP £15.99

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Taras Bulba Dir: J. Lee Thompson. Epic 1960s historical drama. Cossack Tony Curtis must choose between father Yul Brynner or a Polish beauty. USA / Yugoslavia | 1962 | OPTIM | 118 min | PG | # 55857 | RRP £12.99

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Recommended Director: George More O’Ferrall Starring: Orson Welles, John Gregson, Alan Badel, Elizabeth Sellars, Emrys Jones Released: 11th October DVD Extras: Return to Glennascaul (1951). UK | 1951; 1955 | ODEON | 122 min | B&W | Cert PG | Item # 63287

Released a decade after Ealing’s celebrated Dead of Night, this more obscure example of the British ‘chiller omnibus’ film presents three tales: In the Picture, a phantasmagorical yarn about a haunted painting; You Killed Elizabeth, concerning a friendship that goes murderously sour over a woman; and Lord Mountdrago, in which Orson Welles plays a pompous cabinet minister pursued in his dreams by a political rival. Welles got top billing, of course, and he’s brilliant, but there’s much more to appreciate here: Alan Badel, for example, a wiry, intense actor who appears in all three stories and makes one wonder why he isn’t better remembered. Then there’s the direction of the first segment by Wendy Toye (one of the very few British women directors at the time, who died earlier this year), which has enormous, expressionistic fun with camera tilts. And keep an eye out for Lord Mountdrago’s psychiatrist, played by André Morell, who shortly thereafter took the lead role in another classic British chiller – Quatermass and the Pit. NR

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The Magnificent Ambersons

The Third Man

Orson Welles

One of the most justly famed of all British films. Harry Lime is dead ... isn’t he? Orson Welles talks about cuckoo clocks, Anton Karas plays the zither, Alida Valli walks on by. 2 discs; Documentaries.

An intelligent, subtle and resplendent period drama that brilliantly recreates a bygone age. Despite cuts from RKO upon release what remains is innovative, intelligent and subtle. USA | 1942 | UPV | 88 min | B&W | Cert U | # 28274 | RRP £15.99

Carol Reed

UK | 1949 | OPTIM | 100 min | B&W | PG | # 30378 | RRP £17.99

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Citizen Kane

F For Fake

Dir: Orson Welles. With inventive cinematography, broken narrative and creative use of sound, Welles pushed the limits in his directorial debut.

Dir: Orson Welles. A dazzling, dizzying, playful and quintessentially Wellesian meditation on illusionism in all its forms and the nature of forgery.

USA | 1941 | UPV | 115 min | B&W | Cert U | # 29107 | RRP £19.99

France / Iran | 1974 | EUREK | 85 min | PG | # 31226 | RRP £19.99

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Jane Eyre

The Lady from Shanghai

Dir: Robert Stevenson. We are treated to the Gothic desires and excesses of perhaps the best ever adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel. USA | 1943 | CRNRS | 96 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 61965 | RRP £12.99

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Dir: Orson Welles. 1940s classic with its murders, intrigues and the famous hall of mirrors sequence. USA | 1948 | COL-T | 87 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 14487 | RRP £12.99

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Moby Dick

Dir: Orson Welles. A dark, almost expressionist version of Shakespeare’s play, which works with its low budget rather than against it.

Dir: John Huston. Gregory Peck takes the lead in this adaptation, written with Ray Bradbury, of Melville's tale of the giant white whale.

USA | 1948 | SECND | 103 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 252 | RRP £19.99

USA | 1956 | OPTIM | 110 min | Cert PG | # 18828 | RRP £14.99

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The Stranger

Touch of Evil

Dir: Orson Welles. Welles’ first film after Kane was his biggest commercial success and tells a chilling, multilayered tale of a postwar Nazi hunt.

Dir: Orson Welles. A squalid Mexican border town hosts sordid deeds. Welles plays the crooked police chief, Dietrich the enigmatic gypsy.

USA | 1946 | NWORK | 95 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 57061 | RRP £5.99

USA | 1958 | UPV | 105 min | B&W | Cert 12 | # 33641 | RRP £15.99

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Trent’s Last Case

The Trial

Dir: Herbert Wilcox. Who killed American tycoon Manderson? Reporter and crime investigator Phillip Trent aims to find out.

Dir: Orson Welles. One of Welles’ best post-Kane masterpieces, this minimalist film does a fine job of capturing the atmosphere of Kafka.

UK | 1952 | OPTIM | 86 min | B&W | Cert U | # 52525 | RRP £12.99

France | 1962 | OPTIM | 118 min | B&W | 15 | # 50596 | RRP £12.99

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Three Cases of Murder

Starting his career with the ‘greatest’ film ever gave Welles considerable expectation to live up to. Thankfully history has been kinder to him than the studios were – as this showcase reveals.

Classic Movies Pit of Darkness

Heroes of War: Volume 1

Lance Comfort

William Franklyn stars in this British crime thriller about a man fighting to clear his name after being tricked into opening a safe by robbers intent on taking its jewels. Moira Redmond plays his wife, helping him get to the bottom of exactly what Butchers Films Booklet. happened. UK | 1961 | RENOWN | 76 min | Cert PG Item # 63150 | RRP £12.99 | Released 4th October

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Bob Kellett / Jay Lewis

A pair of sound effect comedies with Ronnie Barker and a host of familiar comic faces from the 1960s. Futtocks End is filled with the rude and rumbustious goings-on at a country mansion, while A Home of Your Own is a satire on the building 2 discs. industry. UK | 1969 | DIGCL | 90 min | Cert PG Item # 63205 | RRP £15.99 | Released 11th Oct

Our DVD Price: £10.99 John Mills, Michael Hordern, Anthony Quayle, David Farrar, Mervyn Johns, Alfie Bass. Triple bill of war dramas containing the classic wartime propaganda thriller Went the Day Well (Cavalcanti, 1942), Ice Cold in Alex (Thompson, 1958) and I Was Monty’s Double (Guillermin, 1958).

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Masters of Cinema) Frank Tashlin

Classic Hollywood comedy starring Tony Randall as a TV advert writer who becomes famous when Rita Marlowe, the actress with the ‘oh-so-kissable lips’ (Jayne Mansfield), agrees to model for Stay-Put lipstick – as long as he acts as Rita’s ‘Loverdoll’ to make her man Video introduction; Movietone short; jealous. Alternate music & effects track; Booklet. USA | 1957 | EUREK | 89 min | Cert U Item # 63395 | RRP £22.99 | Released 25th October

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War at Sea Collection

Denholm Elliott, David Farrar, James Robertson Justice, Donald Sinden, Mervyn Johns, Robert Beatty. Triple bill of sea war dramas – For Those in Peril (Crichton, 1943), San Demetrio, London (Frend, 1943) and The Cruel Sea (Frend, 1953). 3 discs.

UK | 1953 | OPTIM | 280 min | Cert PG Item # 63489 | RRP £15.99 | Released 11th October

Forces’ Sweetheart Maclean Rogers

This lively musical comedy starring Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine is a treat for all Goons fans. Britain’s ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ (Hy Hazell) is attracting all sorts of lovesick buffoons and they are making a mess of her private life! Will she end up with the right man? Will her West End show end in disaster? UK | 1953 | SIMP | 71 min | Cert U Item # 63692 | RRP £12.99 | Released 1st November

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Gert and Daisy’s Weekend Maclean Rogers

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UK | 1942-58 | OPTIM | 313 min | Cert PG Item # 63491 | RRP £15.99 | Released 11th October

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Western Heroes: Volume 1

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UK | 1954 | OPTIM | 312 min | Cert PG Item # 63490 | RRP £15.99 | Released 11th October

Heroes of War: Volume 2

Futtocks End / A Home of Your Own

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John Mills, Eric Portman, James Robertson Justice, Robert Shaw, Robert Beatty, Theodore Bikel. Triple bill of classic war dramas – Against the Wind (Crichton, 1947), The Dam Busters (Anderson, 1954) and The Colditz Story (Hamilton, 3 discs. 1954).

Donald Pleasence, Warren Oates, Candice Bergen, Dana Elcar, Mariette Hartley. Western triple bill – Legend of the Lost (Hathaway, 1957), set in the Sahara Desert and starring John Wayne, Barquero (Douglas, 1970) and Soldier Blue (Nelson, 3 discs. 1970).

Legends of British music hall and radio Elsie and Doris Waters star in this wartime comedy. As the blitz rages, Gert and Daisy escort a lively group of evacuee children to the the countryside. The best film record of the sisters, this is a souvenir of a great British comedy double act. UK | 1942 | SIMP | 76 min | Cert U Item # 63693 | RRP £12.99 | Released 1st November

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Calculated Risk Norman Harrison

Warren Mitchell, William Lucas, John Rutland, Dilys Watling. Suspenseful British crime film which sees a gang of safecrackers find more than they bargained for when they break into a bank vault through the cellar of an adjacent derelict building.

USA | 1970 | OPTIM | 324 min | Cert 18 Item # 63493 | RRP £15.99 | Released 18th October

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Western Heroes: Volume 2

UK | 1963 | ODEON | 72 min | Cert PG Item # 63532 | RRP £12.99 | Released 1st November

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James Caan, Slim Pickens, Donna Reed, Richard Widmark, Darren McGavin, Barton MacLane. Western triple bill – Backlash (Sturges, 1956) starring Richard Widmark searching for the sole survivor from an Apache ambush; Bullet for a Bad Man (Springsteen, 1964) starring Audie Murphy as a former Texas Ranger framed for murder and The Glory Guns (Laven and Peckinpah, 1965). 3 discs.


USA | 1964 | OPTIM | 276 min | Cert TBC Item # 63494 | RRP £15.99 | Released 18th October

Robert Wise

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Ken Hughes

UK | 1968 | FOX | 144 min | U | # 63505 | £22.99

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The Ladykillers

Alexander Mackendrick UK | 1955 | OPTIM | 87 min | U | # 63504 | RRP £19.99

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The Sound of Music USA | 1965 | FOX | 165 min | U | # 63507 | RRP £17.99

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Citizen Kane Orson Welles

The Counterfeiters Stefan Ruzowitzky

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Classic Movies These evergreen films have already proven their worth and will make perfect presents for lovers of vintage cinema Dumbo Ben Sharpsteen This dark Disney classic (their fourth animated feature) about baby elephant Dumbo was one of their biggest critical and commercial successes. Features the famous hallucinogenic pink elephants! USA | 1941 | WDHV | 61 min | Cert U | # 61127 | RRP £17.99

Lotte Reiniger: Fairy Tale Films

Sammy Going South

A beautifully presented first volume of animated films from the pioneer of silhouette animation. Contains 19 films from Cinderella (1922) to The Frog Prince (1961). 2 discs.

A gem of an adventure film in which a 10 year-old boy sets out across Africa to find his aunt in South Africa after an air raid kills his parents. An epic film about a child, resolutely for adults.

Alex. Mackendrick

UK | 1922-56 | BFI | 192 min | Cert PG | # 56217 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1963 | OPTIM | 118 min | Cert PG | # 60742 | RRP £15.99

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

The Night My Number Came Up

Secrets of Nature

Clive Donner

Leslie Norman

This sixties comedy about an irrepressible teenager’s sexual misadventures is tremendous taboo-busting fun. Barry Evans takes the lead.

Acclaimed as a masterpiece of psychological filmmaking, this gripping tale, based on a true story, tells of a pilot tormented by premonitions of his plane crashing.

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This pioneering series from the 1920s explored the minutiae of the natural world, making wondrous worlds visible for the first time on film with groundbreaking cinematographic techniques. UK | 1933 | BFI | 296 min | B&W | Cert E | # 62272 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1968 | BFI | 96 min | Cert 15 | # 62359 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1955 | OPTIM | 91 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 60747 | RRP £15.99

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An Inspector Calls

Penny Points to Paradise / Let’s Go Crazy

While the City Sleeps

A brilliant Alastair Sim stars as the enigmatic inspector who slowly reveals a family’s secrets connecting them to a young girl’s death. The classic adaptation of JB Priestley’s famous play.

Anthony Young

A classic Fritz Lang thriller and a superb film noir that sees a group of newspapermen hunt for a sex murderer, with control of the newspaper the ultimate prize for the one with the scoop.

UK | 1954 | OPTIM | 76 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 60779 | RRP £15.99

UK | 1951 | BFI | 109 min | B&W | Cert | # 58830 | RRP £24.49

Guy Hamilton

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Milligan, Secombe and Sellers star in this Goon pairing. In Penny Points to Paradise Secombe wins the pools; Let’s Go Crazy (1960) is a madcap revue. DVD: £10.99 Save £14.50

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Fritz Lang

USA | 1955 | EXP-C | 100 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 62578 | RRP £11.99

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Juno and the Paycock

The Queen of Spades

Yesterday’s Enemy

Alfred Hitchcock

Thorold Dickinson

Val Guest

One of the Master’s most unjustly neglected films, adapted from Sean O’Casey’s powerful play and starring members of the original Abbey Theatre production.

This atmospheric suspense thriller is one of the finest British films of the forties. Anton Walbrook plays the Russian captain obsessed with stealing the secret of a card game.

In one of his finest roles, Stanley Baker plays the Captain who leads his exhausted troops in an enemy-held jungle. A BAFTAnominated film from Hammer Studios.

UK | 1930 | FF | 91 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 63140 | RRP £12.99

UK | 1948 | OPTIM | 91 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 60859 | RRP £15.99

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Film & TV Box Sets These DVD collections will make excellent presents for special people, giving many hours of viewing pleasure Clint Eastwood 35 Films, 35 Years

A collection of ten hour-long ITV adventures and supernatural dramas based on a selection of less familiar short stories from the immensely popular crime writer. Many familiar faces. 5 discs.

The Jacques Tati Collection

An incredible set showcasing the actor and director. Contains 35 films, from Where Eagles Dare (1968) to Invictus (2010), passing Dirty Harry, Honkytonk Man and Letters From Iwo Jima along the way. A great collection. 19 discs.

The genius of Tati and Monsieur Hulot. Contains five films: Jour de Fête (1949), Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953), Mon Oncle (1958), Playtime (1967), Parade (1974). 5 discs.

UK | 1982 | PNE | 515 min | Cert PG | # 61617 | RRP £29.99

USA | 1968 - 2010 | WHV | Cert 18 | # 62034 | RRP £119.99

France | 1949-74 | BFI | 480 min | subt | Cert U | # 60161 | RRP £39.99

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Alfred Hitchcock The British Years

David Lean Centenary Collection

Mad Men: Seasons 1-3

10 films: Lodger, Pleasure Garden, Downhill, The Man Who Knew Too Much, 39 Steps, Secret Agent, Young and Innocent, Sabotage, The Lady Vanishes, Jamaica Inn.

Ten films: Blithe Spirit, Happy Breed, In Which We Serve, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Passionate Friends, Sound Barrier, Madeleine, Hobson’s.

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An expertly scripted, multiple award winning, sophisticated period drama centred around one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies. The best current TV series. Seasons 1-3 available separately. 9 discs. USA | 2009 | LGATE | Cert 15 | # 61408 | RRP £59.99

UK | 1925-39 | NWORK | B&W | Cert PG | # 52908 | RRP £59.99

UK | 1942-53 | G-VEN | 989 min | B&W | 12 | # 54967 | RRP £59.99

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Beiderbecke Trilogy

Eric Rohmer: Six Moral Tales

Shakespeare at the Globe

The complete Beiderbecke – the award winning comedydrama detective series, written by Alan Plater, inspired by musician Bix Beiderbecke, starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn. 6 discs. UK | 1988 | NWORK | 660 min | Cert | # 62733 | RRP £39.99

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Callan: The Monochrome Years Tony Robertson Edward Woodward stars as the reluctant hitman working for British Intelligence in the series that made him one of the highest profile TV actors.

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UK | 1969 | NWORK | 525 min | B&W | 12 | # 60843 | RRP £29.99

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All six of Rohmer’s teasing, moral tales: Suzanne’s Career, My Night at Maud’s, Claire’s Knee, The Girl at the Monceau Bakery, Love in the Afternoon and La Collectionneuse.

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France | 1972 | ART-E | 480 min | subt | 15 | # 61401 | RRP £39.99

A limited edition box set containing the Globe Theatre’s excellent productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dromgoole), As You Like It (Russman) and Romeo & Juliet (Dromgoole). 4 discs. UK | 2009 | OPUS | 485 min | Cert | # 63126 | RRP £49.99

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The Essential Dennis Potter

The World at War

As it says, an essential collection of Potter’s BBC work, with The Singing Detective, Pennies from Heaven, Casanova, Brimstone & Treacle, Nigel Barton and more. 11 discs. UK | 1965-86 | BBC | 1665 min | Cert 15 | # 23448 | RRP £99.99

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With astounding archive footage and personal accounts delivered by Laurence Olivier’s sonorous narration, Thames TV’s 1974 account of WWII was an undeniably powerful moment in television history. Restored. UK | 1973 | PNE | 1949 min | Cert E | # 62077 | RRP £79.99

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Contemporary Film Beauty and the Beast

The Last Station

The Road

Gary Trousdale

Michael Hoffman

One of Disney’s finest classics and a product of their 1990s renaissance, Beauty and the Beast was the very first animated feature to be nominated for Best Picture Oscar.

The Oscar-nominated Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer star in this excellent drama about Tolstoy’s last days, in which his disciples urge him to rewrite his will, to his wife’s outrage.

Astounding filmmaking which portrays the epic journey taken by a father and his young son across the burntout wastelands of postapocalyptic America. From Cormac McCarthy’s novel.

USA | 1991 | BUENA | 81 min | Cert U | # 63412 | RRP £19.99

Germany | 2009 | OPTIM | 112 min | Cert 15 | # 61445 | RRP £17.99

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La Danse: The Paris Ballet Opera

Nowhere Boy

A Single Man

Sam Taylor Wood

Tom Ford

Taylor Wood’s film debut is a highly likeable recreation of John Lennon’s teenage years, with Aaron Johnson tremendous in the lead. Kristin Scott Thomas plays his formidable Aunt Mimi.

This elegant, heartrending adaptation of a Christopher Isherwood short story stars a BAFTA-winning Colin Firth as an English professor in 1960s LA, grieving the death of his long-time partner.

Frederick Wiseman A rare behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous and revered ballet schools in the world from documentarian Frederick Wiseman.

John Hillcoat

USA | 2009 | ICON | 108 min | Cert 15 | # 61338 | RRP £19.99

UK | 2009 | ICON | 97 min | Cert 15 | # 61225 | RRP £17.99

USA | 2009 | ICON | 100 min | Cert 15 | # 61688 | RRP £19.99

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Harry Brown



Daniel Barber

Hayao Miyazaki

Pete Docter

France | 2009 | SodaElev | 159 min | Cert PG | # 62492 | RRP £19.99

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Playing a sort of retired Jack Carter, Michael Caine puts in a barnstorming performance as a widower living on an estate overrun with gangs and drugs, who decides it’s time for a little vigilantism.

Charming animated children’s adventure from the everwonderful Studio Ghibli, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Little Mermaid. Japanese and English versions.

UK | 2009 | LGATE | 99 min | Cert 18 | # 61072 | RRP £19.99

Japan | 2008 | OPTIM | 103 min | subt | Cert U | # 61470 | RRP £17.99

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There’s fun for all with this high-flying animated comedy adventure from Pixar Studios in which a retired balloon salesman takes off in his house for a grand adventure – along with a stowaway!

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A Matter of Life and Death


Howards End

Man on Wire

Three Colours Red

Vertigo (50th Anniversary Edition)

Brideshead Revisited (2008)


Local Hero

Murder My Sweet

The 39 Steps (1935)

The Young Victoria

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World Cinema A Prophet



Jacques Audiard

Yojiro Takita

Jessica Hausner

Justly acclaimed as one of the best films of 2009, this Cannes Grand Jury prize winner about an innocent surviving in a tough prison is up there with the all-time great French crime films.

This Oscar-winning Japanese comedy drama is a beautiful, touching film about life and death, telling the story of an unemployed cellist who finds himself taking to his work at a funeral home.

A multiple award-winning film in which Sylvie Testud stars as the less than pious woman who is seemingly the recipient of a miraculous cure at Lourdes – much to the other pilgrims’ consternation.

France | 2009 | OPT | 149 min | subt | Cert 18 | # 61340 | RRP £19.99

Japan | 2008 | ARROW | 130 min | subt | 12 | # 61358 | RRP £17.99

Austria | 2009 | ART-E | 99 min | Cert U | # 62031 | RRP £15.99

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The White Ribbon

Tokyo Story

Niels Arden Oplev

Michael Haneke

This Swedish thriller is as satisfying a mystery as you are likely to watch all year. Its twisting pulp plot makes for something like The Big Sleep, updated with piercings and modems.

A brilliantly sinister black and white study of a rural village in 1913 that shows the currents that went to shape 20th century Germany. 2009 Cannes Palme d’Or winner.

Ozu’s masterpiece is an emotionally breathtaking, poignant study of the frailty of family ties. This profound work challenges us to face our flaws with life-changing effect. DVD & Blu-ray.

Sweden | 2009 | MOMET | 152 min | subt | Cert 18 | # 61988 | £17.99

Austria | 2009 | ART | 144 min | subt | B&W | 15 | # 60951 | £15.99

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Yasujiro Ozu

Japan | 1953 | BFI | 135 min | subt | B&W | U | # 60977 | £19.99

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A Dance to the Music of Time

Little Dorrit


Christine Edzard

Christopher Morahan

A masterful six-hour adaptation of Dickens’ novel that tells the story from two perspectives – those of Arthur Clennam (Derek Jacobi) and Little Dorrit herself. An 2 discs. astounding cast.

A contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Sherlock is an edgy BBC adventure mini-series set in the present-day, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the detective and Martin Freeman as John Watson.

C4’s adaptation of Anthony Powell’s series of 12 novels, with friendship, murder and adultery set against a backdrop of the pivotal years of the 20th century. 2 discs. UK | 1997 | ACORN | 415 min | Cert 15 | # 61624 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1988 | SQFD | 360 min | Cert U | # 55791 | RRP £24.99

UK | 2010 | 2ENT | 270 min | Cert 12 | # 62778 | RRP £19.99

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The Eric Sykes Collection

Tutti Frutti

Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box Edition

A great compilation of ‘Sykes silents’ from one of Britain’s best loved comedians. The Plank (1979), If You Go Down In The Woods Today, Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Mr H Is Late and It’s Your Move. UK | 1988 | REVEL | 184 min | Cert U | # 62256 | RRP £19.99

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All six episodes of the highly enjoyable, darkly witty BBC Scotland comedy series about over-the-hill Scottish rock band The Majestics. Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson star. 2 discs.

David Lynch Both series of the groundbreaking cult classic Twin Peaks. A milestone in TV. 10 discs; Many extras.

UK | 1987 | 2ENT | 300 min | Cert 12 | # 58226 | RRP £24.99

USA | 1991 | UPV | 1410 min | Cert 15 | # 61214 | RRP £69.99

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The Benny Hill Annual 1989

New Releases 24: Season 8

Kiefer Sutherland. ‘Day eight’ begins and ends at 4:00 PM in New York City, where Jack learns of a Russian plot to assassinate an Islamic leader during peace negotiations with U.S. President Taylor – and a dirty bomb threatened in retaliation. 6 discs.

USA | 2010 | FOX | Cert 15 Item # 63660 | RRP £49.99 | Released 8th November

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Andrew Marr’s Box of Britain A collection of recent BBC documentaries by Andrew Marr that give a grounding in the history of Britain and Britons today. Contains The History of Modern Britain, The Making of Modern Britain, Britain from Above and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea. 7 discs.

UK | 2007-09 | 2ENT | Cert E Item # 63621 | RRP £34.99 | Released 1st November

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Another Bouquet of Barbed Wire: The Complete Series John Frankau

Another Bouquet continued Andrea Newman’s powerful examination of the fragility of family unity and the destructive consequences of forbidden desire. Sheila Allen and Frank Finlay give spellbinding performances in this sequel to Bouquet of 2 discs. Barbed Wire. UK | 1977 | NWORK | 350 min | Cert 15 Item # 63378 | RRP £19.99 | Released 4th October

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Cause Célèbre John Gorrie

A feature-length ITV crime drama adapted from a play by Terence Rattigan, in turn based on the true story of a crime of passion that shocked 1930s Britain. Helen Mirren stars as the wife of an elderly, impotent architect (Harry Andrews), who begins a passionate affair with the couple’s hired handyman (David Morrissey) – an affair which leads to jealousy and murder. UK | 1987 | NWORK | 109 min | Cert 12 Item # 63534 | RRP £12.99 | Released 13th Sept

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Churches: How to Read Them

All six episodes of the BBC history series in which Richard Taylor traces the rich and complex history of Britain’s churches. The series looks back over centuries of British Christian art and symbolism, giving a fresh perspective on the hopes, 2 discs. fears and beliefs of our ancestors. UK | 2010 | 2ENT | 360 min | Cert E Item # 63539 | RRP £19.99 | Released 25th Oct

Dan Snow’s Norman Walks

‘Mrs. Peel, we’re needed.’ The Avengers in colour and shot on 35mm film! Featuring some of the best known episodes and with stories increasingly characterised by a bent towards science fiction, Season 5 is, for many, the highlight of the series. Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg (in her last series) star.

UK | 1966-67 | OPTIM | Cert 12 Item # 60392 | RRP £59.99 | Released 25th October

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UK | 1989 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert 12 Item # 63401-02 | RRP £12.99 | Released 1st Nov

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The Avengers: Series 5

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Join comedy superstar Benny, the ladies and his assorted hopeless helpers (including Henry McGee, Bob Todd and Jon Jon Keefe) in three more of his classic shows from 1989, featuring the monstrous Hill’s Little Angels, ‘The Crook Report’, Heroes through the Ages and Also available: Benny’s Comic Diary. Complete 10 disc 1980-1989 Annual Box Set .

BBC series in which historian Dan Snow explores Britain through the eyes of the Norman conquerors, a perspective that shines new light on landscapes and histories that we have come to take for granted. Episodes are: The Invasion, The Welsh Marches and Yorkshire.

UK | 2010 | ACORN | 90 min | E Item # 63151 | RRP £16.99 | Released 20th Sept

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This is England ‘86 Recommended Director: Shane Meadows & Tom Harper Starring: Johnny Harris, Thomas Turgoose, Vicky McClure, Joseph Gilgun, Stephen Graham Released: 11th October DVD Extras: Audio Commentaries; Behind the Scenes; Outtakes; Deleted Scenes. UK | 2010 | 4DVD | 240 min | Cert 18 | Item # 63473

This is England, writer/director Shane Meadows’ semi-autobiographical account of his 1980s childhood, endures as one of the most assured British films of the past decade. It’s to Meadows’ credit that his deeply felt small-screen follow-up, set three years on, rivals it for quality. Reuniting the original’s cast over four episodes, Meadows uses the increased scope and scale to create a genuine ensemble drama. The result is a nuanced vision of working class life under Thatcher, as frank and funny as Shameless but grounded in historical context and bitter experience. Beyond the rambunctious partying, the gang is locked into a downward spiral of decrepit council flats, dole queues and worse. If the highs are euphoric, the lows are devastating. The Scouting Book For Boys’ Tom Harper shares directing duties but we’re unmistakably in Meadows’ world. When he returns behind the camera for the later stages, the story burns with the scorching humanity that has become his hallmark. SK

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Colditz Recommended Starring: Bernard Hepton, David McCallum, Christopher Neame, Robert Wagner, Edward Hardwicke, Anthony Valentine, Jack Hedley Released: 15th November DVD Extras: 8 discs. UK | 1974 | 2ENT | 1680 mins | Cert PG | Item # 63581

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See Also The Colditz Story Guy Hamilton

UK | 1954 | OPTIM | 93 min | B&W | Cert U | # 32027 | RRP £12.99

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La Grande Illusion Jean Renoir

France | 1937 | OPTIM | 109 min | subt | B&W | Cert PG | # 30812 | RRP £19.99

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Secret Army: Series 1-3 UK | 1979 | SIMP | 2340 min | Cert 12 | # 61231 | RRP £129.99

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oys of a certain age, who spent long hours playing Major Pat Reid’s ‘Escape from Colditz’ game, will be delighted by the overdue release of this exemplary series. They already knew Guy Hamilton’s The Colditz Story (1954) from afternoon screenings on sick days from school. But the 28 episodes transmitted by the BBC between 1972-74 brought German prisoner of war camp Oflag IV-C to life and enhanced its reputation as an escape-proof bastion. It’s now clear why this was such a superior programme, as the writers included such luminaries as Ian and Troy Kennedy Martin, NJ Crisp, John Kruse, John Brason and Bryan Forbes, who had played Jimmy Winslow in the British Lion feature. But, at the time, it was the first-rate ensemble that made the stories so compelling. Jack Hedley exuded dignified authority as the senior British officer, while Edward Hardwicke combined pluck with pragmatism as the head of the escape committee. David McCallum and Christopher Neame stood out among the supporting cast, which was periodically bolstered by such guest inmates as Robert Wagner, Dan O’Herlihy, Jeremy Kemp (who concocted an audacious scheme to fly a homemade glider off the castle roof) and Michael

The BBC’s exemplary 1970s wartime escape drama Bryant, who excelled as a wing commander who feigns madness in the hope of a compassionate release. However, the Germans were just as memorable, with Bernard Hepton recalling Erich von Stroheim’s gentlemanly Kommandant in Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937), while Hans Meyer combined steel with honour as his loyal Hauptman. But no one left a deeper impression than Anthony Valentine. He was truly, terrifyingly malevolent as Major Horst Mohn, a former Luftwaffe ace who had served on Hitler’s personal staff, and his sadistic delight in confounding meticulously planned schemes brought an extra frisson to the already tense escape episodes. Co-produced by the BBC and Universal TV, the series boasted suitably cramped sets that reinforced the oppressive sense of enclosure. But the most impressive aspect was the avoidance of caricature that had undermined so many British POW pictures in the war’s immediate aftermath. David Parkinson


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Wood & Walters The Complete Series

Featuring Victoria Wood and Julie Walters at their hilarious best, this BAFTA-nominated series is finally available after remaining unseen for many years. Special guests Rik Mayall, John Dowie and Duncan Preston feature in the series and this set also includes the New Year’s Day 1981 pilot – Two Creatures Great and Small. Available for the first time in any format.

Out 18 Oct

Victoria Wood - Screenplays

This set brings together three television plays from multi award-winning comedienne and writer Victoria Wood – Talent, Nearly a Happy Ending, and Happy Since I Met You. Featuring performances from Julie Walters which undoubtedly led to her Oscarnominated turn in Educating Rita, these plays are both poignant and uproariously funny. Available for the first time on DVD.

Out 18 Oct

Wah Do Dem

Original, funny, vibrant and cool, Wah Do Dem tells the story of a young musician who goes on a Caribbean cruise alone after he’s been dumped by his girlfriend. It features music and performances by MGMT, Yeasayer, Santigold, Suckers, Mykal Rose, Mr. Lexx, The Congos, and more.

Out 8 Nov

The Prisoner - Ultimate Set

This is the ultimate collection for all fans of The Prisoner, containing all seventeen digitally-restored episodes of Patrick McGoohan’s 1967 series, plus the 2009 remake starring James Caviezel and Ian McKellen, the 3-disc CD soundtrack, Andrew Pixley’s exhaustive book on the series’ production and an abundance of special features. Thought-provoking, revelatory and just plain cool, McGoohan’s iconic show is just as fresh and dynamic now as it was when first unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.

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Television David Attenborough’s First Life

The epic story of the beginning of life on Earth from the much loved and respected naturalist. Spanning billions of years, Attenborough’s narrative brings the reader face to face with the very first animals, giving an understanding of the origins of our evolutionary traits.

UK | 2010 | 2ENT | Cert E Item # 63637 | RRP £19.99 | Released 8th November

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Death of a Son Ross Devenish

BBC Screen Two drama based on the true story of a mother and father’s fight for justice after it was decreed that the drug dealer who injected their son with a lethal overdose could not be charged with unlawful killing. Lynn Redgrave and Malcolm Storry star. UK | 1989 | EUREK | 93 min | Cert 15 Item # 63067 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th October

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Doctor Who: New Series 5

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star in the adventures of the latest incarnation of the Time Lord, from The Eleventh Hour to 6 discs; The Big Bang. Monster Files; Outtakes; Additional scenes; Video diary; Commentaries; Confidential cut downs.

UK | 2010 | 2ENT | Cert PG Item # 63048/52/54 | RRP £69.99 | Out 8th Nov

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Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom Douglas Camfield

Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, An alien pod discovered in the Antarctic takes over one of the scientists who found it. The Doctor and Sarah arrive too late – the scientist has already become a Krynoid, a carnivorous alien plant form that threatens all of Earth’s animal life. The Doctor and UNIT get to work before the Krynoid grows to unmanageable proportions. UK | 1975 | 2ENT | 144 min | Cert PG Item # 63125 | RRP £19.99 | Released 25th October

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The Gaffer: Series 3

Bill Maynard (Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt) stars as Fred Moffat, the tightfisted director of a small light-engineering firm in this Yorkshire TV sitcom. He’s permanently at odds with his militant shop steward (Russell Hunter) but at least his glamorous secretary Betty (Pat Ashton) is always around to lighten the mood. Also available: Complete series 1-3 Box Set.

UK | 1983 | NWORK | 175 min | Cert PG Item # 62761 | RRP £12.99 | Released 13th Sept

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George Gently

The first two series, available separately, of the detective crime drama set in the early 1960s, in which Martin Shaw stars as Inspector George Gently – whose world has been rocked by the murder of his wife by a notorious gangster – and Lee Ingleby as his partner 3 discs. DS John Bacchus. UK | 2007 | ACORN | 266 min | Cert 15 Item # 61734-35 | RRP £24.99 | Released 25th May

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Here Come the Double Deckers!

‘Get on board, get on board, come and join the Double Deckers...’ All 17 episodes from the children’s comedy adventure series which follows Brains, Billie, Doughnut, Sticks, Scooper, Spring and Tiger as they hold secret meetings on an abandoned bus in a junk yard and embark on numerous adventures, often joined by Albert the street sweeper 2 discs. (Melvyn Hayes).

UK | 1970 | 2ND | 353 min | Cert U Item # 63032 | RRP £19.99 | Released 1st Nov

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Just Good Friends: Complete Paul Nicholas – unreliable cockney Jack-the-lad – and Jan Francis – posh, prim, proper lady – play Vince and Penny, the on-off couple trying (or not) to remain ‘just good friends’. A sitcom of love lost and found from Citizen Smith writer John 4 discs; 1984 Sullivan. Christmas special.

UK | 1986 | EUREK | 600 min | Cert PG Item # 63559 | RRP £49.99 | Released 25th Oct

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Kane and Abel: Complete Buzz Kulik

The complete TV drama Kane and Abel, based on the novel by Jeffrey Archer, which sees two men – one a Harvard educated socialite, the other a Polish orphan – waging a bitter war in the boardroom. Peter Strauss stars as the Polish immigrant made good who shares his birthday with his bitter rival, played 2 discs. by Sam Neill. USA | 1985 | MEDRA | 420 min | | Cert 15 Item # 62972 | RRP £24.99 | Released 18th Oct

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Keep It in the Family: Series 1

The complete first series of the Thames TV sitcom created by Brian Cooke (George and Mildred) and set in the chaotic home of cartoonist and inveterate procrastinator Dudley and Muriel Rush (Robert Gillespie and Pauline Yates), whose daughters have moved into the vacant basement flat. UK | 1980 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert 12 Item # 63410 | RRP £12.99 | Released 18th October

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The Larkins: Series 3

All six episodes from the third series of the 1950s ATV sitcom starring David Kossoff and Peggy Mount as rumbustious cockney couple Alf and Ada Larkin. This third series was first screened in 1960, and the episodes have been transferred from the original film telerecordings specifically for this release.

UK | 1960 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert U Item # 63391 | RRP £12.99 | Released 4th October

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Midsomer Murders: Master Class / The Noble Art

John Nettles and Jason Hughes star in two more mysteries set behind the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer. In Master Class, a piano student at a prestigious winter school thinks she sees a woman drown, while in The Noble Art, the return of a champion boxer to Midsomer coincides with a series of murders.

UK | 2010 | ACORN | 89 min | Cert 12 Item # 63201-02 | RRP £16.99 | Released 18th Oct

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Television A Mind to Kill: Complete

The complete three series of the dark detective thriller set in South Wales, starring Philip Madoc as Detective Chief Inspector Noel Bain, a man with a passion for defending the innocent, but also trying to come to terms with his new role in a modern, accountant-driven police force, and the presence of a new constable at 12 discs. the station: his daughter, Hannah. UK | 2002 | NWORK | 2000 min | Cert 15 Item # 63385 | RRP £99.99 | Released 25th October

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Dan Cruickshank’s Great Railway Adventures The historian Dan Cruickshank presents this three-part series looking at the ways in which trains have helped to shape modern Britain, examining the railways’ role in defeating Hitler, the incredible engineering achievements of Isambard Brunel and some of the earliest steam engines.

USA | 2010 | NATGE | 141 min | Cert E Item # 62861 | RRP £19.99 | Released 4th October

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The Prisoner: Ultimate Set

All the episodes from Patrick McGoohan’s cult 1960s series. All you need is love, No 6. A wealth of special features, including a 3 disc original soundtrack CD, an extensive book by archive TV historian Andrew Pixley, and a DVD of the remake miniseries starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen. Be seeing you.

UK | 1981-82 | NWORK | 200 min | Cert 12 Item # 56095 | RRP £15.99 | Released 18th October

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Surgical Spirit: Complete

All seven series of the hospital-set sitcom starring Nichola McAuliffe as the spiky consultant surgeon Sheila Sabatini, who rules her operating theatre with a razor-sharp tongue and withering sense of humour. Duncan Preston is the anaesthetist brave enough to pursue a romantic relationship with her. Featured scripts from Goodie Graeme Garden 8 discs. among others. UK | 1989-95 | NWORK | 1250 min | Cert 12 Item # 63400 | RRP £59.99 | Released 4th October

Our DVD Price: £53.99 A special collection of the long-running ITV crime drama set in Maryhill CID, Glasgow, starring Alex Norton, Blythe Duff and John Michie. Contains The 25th Anniversary Edition, The Crying Game, The Knife Trick Collection and 100th Episode 9 discs. Collection.

Brian Percival

Derek Jacobi (as the Grandfather) and Toby Jones (as the evil loan shark Quilp) star in this poignant TV adaptation of the Dickens classic, which brings some of Dickens’ most colourful, tragic and humorous characters to life. The all-star ensemble cast also includes Martin Freeman and Zoë Wanamaker. UK | 2007 | UPV | 120 min | Cert PG Item # 63166 | RRP £9.99 | Released 8th November

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Jeremy Podeswa

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USA | 2010 | WHV | Cert 15 Item # 62943 / 62921 | RRP £39.99 | Out 1st Nov

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UK | 2008-09 | ACORN | 993 min | Cert 15 Item # 63236 | RRP £79.99 | Released 18th October

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Victoria Wood: Three Plays

Wycliffe: Series 4

Jack Shepherd plays detective superintendent Charles Wycliffe in this popular series set in Cornwall. The storylines often highlight the social and economic difficulties faced by the local community, while the conscientious Wycliffe offers a contrast to the classic ‘maverick detective’. This fourth series was 2 discs. originally transmitted in 1997. UK | 1997 | NWORK | 400 min | Cert 12 Item # 63368 | RRP £19.99 | Released 18th Oct

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Zodiac: Complete

All six episodes of the quirky 1970s Thames TV mystery series starring Anouska Hempel and Anton Rodgers. Public school-educated DI Gradley dismisses astrology as ‘strictly for the birds’ – until pretty young astrologer Esther Jones starts solving some of his most difficult cases. Guest stars include Michael Gambon, Peter Egan, Ian Ogilvy, 2 discs. Robert Powell and Peter Vaughan. UK | 1974 | NWORK | 360 min | Cert 12 Item # 63522 | RRP £19.99 | Released 6th Sept

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Baz Taylor

The Pacific

From the producers of Band of Brothers, The Pacific tracks the real-life journeys of three US Marines through the vast theatre of war in the Pacific during World War II, from the first clash with the Japanese in the jungles of Guadalcanal to the return home after V-J Day.

With sketches, trademark songs from Victoria Wood and weekly guidance from Julie Walters’ fearsome agony aunt Dorothea Chubb, Wood and Walters showcased the individual strengths of the performers, bringing Victoria Wood’s sharply-observed humour to wider attention and confirming her as a leading comedy writer.

UK | 1967 -69 | NWORK | 850 min | Cert PG Item # 60210 | RRP £99.99 | Released 25th October

Taggart: The Collection

The Old Curiosity Shop

Wood and Walters: Complete

A set bringing together three television plays from writer and comedienne Victoria Wood: Talent, Nearly a Happy Ending (1980) and Happy Since I Met You. The plays provided an early showcase for Wood’s bittersweet and distinctly northern humour and reunited her and longtime friend Julie Walters, marking the beginning of their phenomenally successful television part2 discs. nership. UK | 1979-80 | NWORK | 180 min | | Cert 15 Item # 60296 | RRP £14.99 | Released 18th Oct

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Animation Also Released... A Mind to Kill: Pilot UK | 1991 | NWORK | 97 min | TBC | # 63386 | £12.99

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Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything UK | 1989-1993 | 2ENT | TBC | # 59931 | £34.99

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Damages: Seasons 1-3 USA | 2010 | 1660 min | Cert 15 | # 63119 | £54.99

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Don’t Drink the Water: Complete UK | 1975 | NWORK | 325 min | # 63556 | £19.99

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Forever Green: Complete UK | 1991 | NWORK | 900 min | # 63383 | RRP £49.99

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Fraggle Rock: Complete Series 1 USA | 1983 | LGATE | 600 min | # 63495 | RRP £29.99

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Frank Sidebottom’s Fantastic Shed Show UK | NWORK | 175 min | # 63558 | RRP £12.99

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Hazell: Series 2 UK | 1979 | NWORK | 600 min | 12 | # 33379 | £24.99

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Jamie’s Italian Escape UK | 2005 | REVEL | 150 min | # 60850 | RRP £19.99

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The Inbetweeners: Series 1-3 UK | 2008-10 | 4DVD | Cert 18 | # 61880 | RRP £39.99

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The Inbetweeners: Series 3 UK | 2010 | 4DVD | 0 min | Cert | # 61881 | RRP £19.99

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The Upper Hand: S5 UK | 1993 | NWORK | 475 min | # 63393 | RRP £14.99

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Victoria Wood: Live in Your Own Home UK | 1994 | 2ENT | # 63177 | RRP £15.99

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Waterloo Road: S4 UK | 2009 | 1145 min | 12 | # 61590 | £49.99

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Dougal and the Blue Cat Recommended

Beauty and the Beast Recommended

Director: Serge Danot

Director: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

Starring: Eric Thompson, Fenella Fielding

Released: 29th November

Released: 1st November

DVD Extras: 3 discs; Three versions of the film: Original Theatrical Release, Extended Edition and Work in Progress Edition; Many extras!

DVD Extras: Restored; Interviews; Optional original French version with English subtitles. France | 1970 | 2ND | 85 min | Cert U | Item # 63039

This feature-length spinoff from the classic TV series has long enjoyed a cult status, and its fans no longer have to put up with their faded old VHS copies. This is essentially a cuckoo-in-thenest story in which the cuckoo is blue, feline and thoroughly sociopathic. Dougal is indignant at the appearance of the snide, enigmatic Buxton, who soon becomes his rival for the affections of Florence, Ermintrude, Brian and co – but he harbours deeper suspicions about the furry interloper’s true intentions. There’s a touch of the sinister that the TV episodes never attempted: Buxton takes his orders from the Blue Voice (Fenella Fielding), a malign entity bent on taking over the world; and there’s a sequence involving tribal masks that, I’ll wager, could still spark more than a few childish nightmares. But how discomfited could anyone really be at Eric Thompson’s dry, knowing, world-weary narration? This spruced-up release includes the original French soundtrack, so you also get Pollux et le chat bleu (its French title, naturellement). NR

USA | 1991 | BUENA | 81 min | Cert U | Item # 63412

Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (only Up has since earned the same honour); looking back on it nearly twenty years after its release it’s not hard to see why. Disney enjoyed a renaissance at the end of the 1980s, both in quality and commercial success, starting with The Little Mermaid, which gave the studio their best reviews in decades. Beauty and the Beast is even better, particularly from a technical standpoint – the crew used computer animation for the first time in the famous ballroom scene, where the couple’s waltz is transformed into a magical spectacle through the pioneering technology. The Oscar-winning music boasts some great numbers, and the film pays homage to Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête (1946), adding a haunting poetry to the picture. Although suitable for young children, the scarier moments of the film hark back to Disney’s golden years, with sinister scenes worthy of Snow White and Pinocchio. A masterpiece. AD

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Contemporary Film English Language Films, 1970 – present Black Death

New Releases

Noel Clarke & Mark Davis A British crime thriller with strong female roles, sees four women get involved in a major diamond heist. Soon they are in a deadly race against time. Stars Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond and Shanika Warren-Markland. UK | 2010 | UPV | 117 min | Cert 15 Item # 63266-67 | RRP £19.99 | Out 4th October

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Norman Jewison

Al Pacino stars as an idealistic young lawyer who is determined to bypass the topsy-turvy madness of the US legal system and do his best for his clients. However, Arthur’s idealism takes a battering when he is pressured to defend a judge (John Forsythe) he knows to be guilty of rape. USA | 1979 | UCA | 114 min | Cert 15 Item # 63169 | RRP £9.99 | Released 4th October

Back to the Future Trilogy Robert Zemeckis

This hugely entertaining blockbuster trilogy sees Michael J. Fox hurtling backwards and forwards in time to fix the problems he has unknowingly 3 discs; Many caused. extras, including a limited Blu-ray ‘DeLorean Edition’, which contains a model car and blueprint. USA | 1985-90 | UPV | 327 min | PG Item # 62738-39 / 63499 / 63603 | RRP £24.99 | Released 25th October

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Beautiful Kate Actress Rachel Ward’s handsome directorial debut recounts the sexual awakening of three siblings growing up in isolation, interwoven with the emotional journey of reconciliation between an estranged father and son. Aus | 2009 | MATCH | 101 min | 15 Item # 62939 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th October

Recommended Director: Ben Chace & Sam Fleischner

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Starring: Sean Bones, Norah Jones

Deep Red

Released: 25th October

The bloody kills and red herrings come thick and fast in this classic giallo in which Argento weaves a twisted web of sadistic intrigue. David Hemmings plays the pianist who sets out to solve a grisly murder. The film’s pounding score is from Dario Argento: An cult prog rockers Goblin. Eye for Horror; Booklet; Interviews. Italy | 1975 | ARROW | 120 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 62328-29 | RRP £15.99 | Released 18th Oct


Adam Green A suspense thriller in which three college friends find themselves trapped in a ski-lift suspended high above the frozen mountainside. As night closes in and the temperature plummets, horror forces them into brutal life-and-death decisions in order to survive. USA | 2010 | MOMET | 93 min | Cert 15 Item # 63294-95 | RRP £15.99 | Released 18th Oct

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Get Him to the Greek Nicholas Stoller

Russell Brand reprises his role as outrageous rock star Aldous Snow in this spin-off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall; Jonah Hill plays the hapless fellow who has to escort him to a sell-out gig in LA. Unfortunately, Snow is on the ultimate bender! 2 discs; Theatrical and Extended versions.

Rachel Ward

Wah Do Dem

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Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and Carice van Houten star in this adventure drama set during an outbreak of bubonic plague in medieval England, where a band of brothers seek out a necromancer who can bring people back to life. Young monk Osmund finds himself torn between his love of God and his love for a young mistress of satanic arts.

Dario Argento

And Justice for All

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Christopher Smith

USA | 2010 | UPV | 109 min | Cert 15 Item # 63255 / 63258 | RRP £19.99 | Out 1st Nov

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DVD Extras: Short Film: Big Boat Ride; Concert footage; Scouting Jamaica video; Deleted scene. USA | 2009 | NETWR | 76 min | Cert 15 | Item # 63035

Ben Chace and Sam Fleischner’s feature debut has a breezy, winning charm. Young Brooklynite musician Max (Sean Bones, engagingly gawky) splits up with his girlfriend days before their scheduled Jamaican cruise; with his friends busy, he elects to go it alone, making new acquaintances while sampling the onboard buffet. Upon arrival at the island, however, our boy’s lackadaisical approach to personal security results in matters taking a nightmarish turn; soon, there’s more adventure than anyone expected. Lumped in with the low-budget mumblecore movement, Wah Do Dem proves better looking than that would suggest, stretching to a Norah Jones cameo and bright island colours, and the filmmakers are even critical of their self-absorbed protagonist; The Harder They Come’s Carl Bradshaw enters at a crucial juncture as a mystic leading this errant knight back to the path of righteousness. Playing out to an ultra-hip soundtrack, it’s a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed celebration of lived experience, and unlike a lot of mumblecore, it actually goes somewhere. MM

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Iron Man 2

Jon Favreau

Sci-fi action sequel which sees Robert Downey Jr. reprise his role as Tony Stark, the billionaire industrialist and armoured superhero ‘Iron Man’. With the world now aware of his dual identity, Stark faces pressure to share his technology with the military. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Sam Rockwell co-star. USA | 2010 | PARAH | 117 min | Cert 12 Item # 62925 / 62931-32 | RRP £19.99 | 25th Oct

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Nimrod Antal Sci-fi action sequel to Predator. Adrien Brody stars as a hitman, abducted by aliens and released with seven other professional killers onto a hostile planet, where they discover they are prey for a merciless race of maneating alien predators. USA | 2010 | FOX | 106 min | Cert 15 Item # 63671 / 73 | RRP £19.99 | Released 1st Nov

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Running in Traffic Dale Corlett

As a couple courageously attempt to rebuild their lives after the loss of a loved one, an unsympathetic world watches over their quest for a new beginning. This thoughtprovoking tale, filmed on location in Scotland, examines the nature of coincidence and how we are all connected in this life. One of the most memorable British film of recent years. UK | 2009 | EUREK | 96 min | Cert 18 Item # 63147 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th October

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Saigon: Year of the Cat Stephen Frears

Judi Dench stars as a woman working in Saigon who falls in love with a CIA analyst (Frederic Forrest) in the final chaotic days of the war in Vietnam. Written by British playwright David Hare, this powerful TV play won BAFTA nominations in five categories in 1984. UK | 1983 | NWORK | 105 min | Cert PG Item # 63663 | RRP £12.99 | Released 4th October

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Silent Scream David Hayman

Based on a true story and with exceptional performances from Iain Glen and Robert Carlyle, this is a brutal, mind-bending journey into the damaged mind of a violent killer who uses drugs to escape the confines of his cell. As uncompromising as it is unforgettable. UK | 1989 | BFI | 82 min | | Cert 15 Item # 63333 | RRP £12.99 | Released 18th October

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Small Time / Where’s the Money Ronnie! Shane Meadows

Described by the Evening Standard as ‘a gritty-witty collision of Tarantino, Loach and Leigh’, Shane Meadows’ assured debut feature is a funny and tirelessly energetic tale of petty crime in the suburbs of Nottingham. Also features Where’s the Money Ronnie!, Meadows’ short film homage to Kurosawa’s Rashomon. UK | 1996 | BFI | 72 min | Cert 18 Item # 63330 | RRP £12.99 | Released 11th October

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Wild Target

Jonathan Lynn

British crime caper starring Bill Nighy as an uptight mummy’s boy who’s also a lethally efficient hitman. His final job is to take out con artist Rose (Emily Blunt) for a client (Rupert Everett), but he is attracted to the bold and beautiful girl and instead ends up trying to save her and the delivery boy witness (Rupert Grint) from his client’s murderous intentions. A remake of Pierre Salvadori’s 1992 film. UK / France | 2009 | EV | 94 min | Cert 12 Item # 63394 / 63397 | RRP £19.99 | Out 11th Oct

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Blu-rays The Rocky Horror Picture Show Jim Sharman

USA | 1975 | FOX | 96 min | Cert 15 | # 63000 | £22.99

Possession Recommended Director: Andrzej Zulawski Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill Released: 25th October DVD Extras: Making-of; The Other Side of The Wall; Interviews with Zulawski and Isabelle Adjani. France / Germany | 1981 | 2ND | 119 min | Cert 18 | Item # 63031

While the French were giving out prizes for Possession (Isabelle Adjani won Best Actress at Cannes), the British were busy banning it (via the DPP’s ‘video nasty’ list). Such bipolar reactions illustrate just how much the film is open to interpretation. Ostensibly a horror story, it portrays a couple’s collapsing marriage with the ferocity of a splatter movie. Mark (Sam Neill, adventurously cast) suspects Anna (Adjani) is having an affair. He is proved right when he finds her having sex with a tentacled beast in a squalid apartment. What’s more, the union has produced an unholy offspring, growing in the corner. (You can kind of see where the DPP was coming from). Cannes likes to reward actresses going bonkers on screen, and Adjani’s howling, primal performance, complete with unannounced vomiting, doesn’t disappoint – she makes the girl from The Exorcist just look overtired. The Berlin Wall setting points sharply to a political subtext, but this is as much a visceral expression of the horror of divorce as it is a comment on the brutality of state oppression. Quite an eye opener. JU

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THX 1138

George Lucas USA | 1971 | WHV | 82 min | 15 | # 62021 | £17.99

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Contemporary Blu-ray Also Released... A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)


Gay & Lesbian Bear City

Douglas Langway A prime cut of movie beef that sees twinkie newbie and closet bear-chaser Tyler (Joe Conti) infiltrate New York’s exclusive bear scene, where he becomes infatuated with the commitment-phobic Casanova of the muscle bears. A comedy oozing with testosterone and bitchiness.

Alien Anthology USA | 1997 | FOX | 18 | # 63008 | RRP £56.99

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Samuel Bayer

Back to the Future Trilogy

USA | 2010 | WHV | 95 min | Cert 18 | # 62954 | RRP £24.99

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Robert Zemeckis

Alien Anthology – Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection

USA | 1985-90 | UPV | 327 min | Cert PG | # 62738 | RRP £49.99

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Beauty and the Beast

USA | 1997 | 452 min | 18 | # 63644 | £24.99

Gary Trousdale

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USA | 1991 | BUENA | 81 min | U | # 63413 | £23.99

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Brooklyn’s Finest Antoine Fuqua

Carlos the Jackal: The Movie + TV Series

USA | 2010 | TLAUK | 99 min | Cert 18 Item # 63555 | RRP £15.99 | Released 1st November

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Boys on Film: Volume 5 Candy Boy

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Michael Cimino

How About You

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Nine more recent awardwinning short films from the hugely popular Boys On Film series. Contains Candy Boy (2007), Two Young Men (2009), Blokes (2010), Last Call (2009), Go Go Reject (2010), David (2005), Far West (2003), Sweat (2009), and James (2009).

The Ladykillers

UK / USA / France | 2003-09 | PECCA | 120 min | Cert 18 Item # 62322 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th October

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Olivier Assayas


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France | 2010 | OPTIM | 180 min | subt | 12 | # 63425 | RRP £22.99

Lamberto Bava

The Deer Hunter

Italy | 1985 | ARROW | 88 min | 18 | # 62324 | £15.99

USA | 1978 | OPTIM | 176 min | 18 | # 59121 | £19.99

Anthony Byrne

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Alexander Mackendrick


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Make Way for Tomorrow (MoC)

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Leo McCarey

Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated

USA | 1937 | EUREK | 92 min | B&W | Cert U | # 63373 | RRP £22.99

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Mike Schneider

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Animation Shaun the Sheep: Party Animals

Aardman Animations More fun on the farm with Shaun and the gang. The flock tries to fool the Farmer at his fancy dress party, sheep are in the sky after a hot air balloon lands in the field, and alien scientists and power crazy pigs cause havoc! Bonus digital copy.

Moulin Rouge Baz Luhrmann

USA | 2001 | FOX | 122 min | 12 | # 63358 | £22.99

Reservoir Dogs (Collector’s Edition)

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Quentin Tarantino

USA | 1991 | LGATE | 115 min | Cert 18 | # 63654 | RRP £19.99

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Jim Sharman

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Julio Medem

Spain | 2010 | 103 min | subt | 18 | # 63435 | £22.99

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Tomm Moore

Fr | 2009 | OPTIM | 75 min | PG | # 63470 | £22.99

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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (MoC) Frank Tashlin

USA | 1957 | EUREK | 89 min | Cert U | # 63395 | RRP £22.99

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UK | 2009 | 2ENT | Cert U Item # 63564 | RRP £12.99 | Released 8th November

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The Secret of Kells Tomm Moore

An Oscar-nominated feature based on the story of the illuminated Book of Kells. It sees a young orphan enlist the help of a magical forest sprite to help him become a master illuminator – much to his Abbot uncle’s displeasure. France | 2009 | OPTIM | 75 min | Cert PG Item # 63469-70 | RRP £17.99 | Released 1st Nov

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Documentaries Silent

Classic plays filmed at Greenwich Theatre


We present a new series of plays from Stage on Screen aimed at students, teachers and theatre lovers. Brought to life by professional actors at London’s Greenwich Theatre, they have received glowing critical praise. All plays are set texts on the national curriculum.

Doctor Faustus

Elizabeth Freestone Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play Doctor Faustus is the classic tale of a man selling his soul to the devil for the promise of worldly gain. But is it too late to repent? UK | 2009 | WIENR | 129 min | E Item # 63638 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th October

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The Duchess of Malfi E. Freestone

John Webster’s masterpiece, first produced in 1613, is a macabre and bloody tragedy set in 15th century Italy, where a Duchess marries beneath her class and her brothers harbour thoughts of revenge. UK | 2010 | WIENR | 156 min | E Item # 63605 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th October

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School for Scandal Elizabeth Freestone

Sheridan’s play was first performed in 1777 and tells the story of two brothers, one apparently a model citizen, the other a dissolute ne’er-do-well. But as the play progresses and the scandalmongering backfires, the tables are turned. UK | 2009 | WIENR | 154 min | E Item # 63656 | RRP £15.99 | Released 15th Nov

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The Chaplin Revue

Chris Smith

Charlie Chaplin

A documentary profile of American radical thinker Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned reporter who predicted the recent economic collapse in his self-published newsletter ‘From the Wilderness’. He discusses the global dependence on oil, and delivers a stark warning about the related crises he sees lying ahead.


USA | 2009 | DOGW | 82 min | Cert E Item # 63541 | RRP £14.99 | Released 1st November

USA | 1919-23 | PARKC | 357 min | Cert U Item # 63270 | RRP £15.99 | Released 25th Oct

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No Impact Man Laura Gabbert

A film about professional Manhattanites Colin Beavan and Michelle Conlin as they try to live for a year in a way that has no negative impact on the environment. With their young daughter in tow, they abandon their high-consumption, highwaste lifestyle for one without familiar comforts. USA | 2009 | DOGW | 93 min | Cert E Item # 63311 | RRP £14.99 | Released 25th October

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Pathe Collection: Fabulous Fashions of the 1940s

The definitive collection of British Pathé newsreels on 1940s fashion, taking in such subjects as what a Wren can buy with her demob money, getting your hands on decent nylons, British lingerie and making a swimsuit out of old face towels. Make Do and Mend!

UK | 2010 | SFE | 70 min | Cert E Item # 63636 | RRP £14.99 | Released 25th October

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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Seven movies made for First National between 1918 and 1923, including his popular portrayal of WWI trench life, Shoulder Arms, The Idle Class (skewering the rich) and The Pilgrim (lampooning small-town hypocrisy). Also, Sunnyside, Pay Day, A Dog’s Life and A Day’s 2 discs; A visit to Chaplin’s studios.

The Circus

Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin won an Honorary Academy Award for versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing his silent comedy The Circus, where – having been chased there by the police, Charlie’s Tramp finds he is an unwitting 2 discs; Chaplin Today; Introduction by hit. David Robinson; Deleted Scenes and Outtakes. USA | 1928 | PARKC | 72 min | Cert U Item # 63209 | RRP £19.99 | Released 25th Oct

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City Lights

Charlie Chaplin

One of the most famous of Chaplin’s films, in which The Tramp falls in love with a beautiful, blind flower girl. When he learns that an operation may restore the girl’s sight, he sets off to earn the money she needs to have surgery. Its brilliance is undiminshed, and the famous finale will have even the most hardened cynic gulping. 2 discs; Charlie and the Boxing Stars; Winston Churchill visits the set; Outtakes. USA | 1931 | PARKC | 87 min | Cert U Item # 63208 | RRP £19.99 | Released 25th Oct

Marina Zenovich

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Written by Ben Jonson and first produced in 1606, this is a dark satire on greed and lust set in 17th century Venice, where rich libertine Volpone causes chaos with a fraud designed to part the city’s wealthiest from their fortunes.

A film about the 1977 trial of Roman Polanski, arrested on charges that he gave drugs to and had sex with a 13-year-old girl. Although he pleaded guilty to one charge, he fled to Europe before sentencing. This film examines that year, mixing archive footage with contemporary interviews, including one with the young girl herself.

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UK | 2010 | WIENR | 159 min | Cert E Item # 63657 | RRP £15.99 | Released 15th Nov

USA / UK | 2008 | ARTF | 99 min | Cert E Item # 63313 | RRP £14.99 | Released 18th October

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James Oliver’s From the Cheap Seats

Britain Can Take It


he Battle of Britain and the Blitz were, for the British at least, two of the episodes that define the Second World War. It’s no surprise, then, that their seventieth anniversary is being celebrated at some length, reminding us of that dark time when Britain stood alone. The films made in that period – indeed, those made in the first half of the war – make fascinating viewing today and not simply for their quality. The film industry took it upon itself to rally the home front with stirring exhortations. They were, in other words, making propaganda; watched today, they reveal the attitudes and temper of those times. According to the traditional rules of propaganda, however, wartime filmmakers failed miserably. Back in the Great War, Britain led the world in the black arts, happily painting the Boche as beastly subhumans, glorifying the Empire, boasting how Britannia’s dad was bigger than your dad etc. There was none of that second time out. Consider Humphrey Jennings, leading documentarian of those times. His idea of bellicosity was juxtaposing images of bombed-out streets with lines from Kipling (Words for Battle). Nor was he unique: almost to a man, the British documentary movement avoided crass triumphalism and sneering at the enemy. There was more license in fiction films, more contact with adversaries and a reminder of the danger Britain faced (Cottage To Let is a fine, underrated example of this). And yet, even here, British filmmakers changed the rules of engagement. Take 49th Parallel for instance. Charged with making a film to encourage America to abandon its isolationism, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger came up with a story of a

I’m not sure there’s a more moving war film than Formby’s Let George Do It pack of Nazis rampaging through Canada. But in a move that’s still arresting today, they went to great lengths to distinguish between the Nazis and ordinary Germans. In recent years it has become fashionable to state the bleedin’ obvious, that real life was nothing like the films; once the bombs started to fall, the nation’s collective upper lip wasn’t as stiff as the myths suggest. But such revisionism misses the point: propaganda is about perception, not truth. It’s precisely because that they don’t paint their subjects as superhuman that makes them so special; they celebrate the familiar and the mundane. Britain might have had the largest Empire in the world (we’ll discuss hypocrisy some other time, thanks) but they focussed on ordinary men and women. It’s a dashed queer sort of propaganda that values humour, fair play and modesty over tub-thumping and nationalism. That Britain looked to

those qualities in its darkest hour offers a valuable insight into national character and lessons we can learn from today. I’m not sure there’s a more moving war film than Let George Do It, in which George Formby foils a spy ring in Norway. Seriously. The Nazis were sweeping through Europe. Many wise heads reckoned the war was lost. At a time when Britain was besieged, her citizens looked not to a strong man or zealot but to a buck-toothed half-wit. George wasn’t a professional – he wasn’t even very brave, but he wanted to do the right thing and was ready to give Adolf a blooming good kick up the posterior if the chance arose. I don’t think that there’s anything that makes me prouder to be British.

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