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saw James Broughton’s The Pleasure Garden when it came out on an Academy VHS over a decade ago – I had forgotten how thoroughly charming and whimsical it is!

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This little midsummer fantasy was filmed among the ruins of the Crystal Palace in 1952, so this new DVD is also a wonderful to chance to see the bandstand and the statues before they were removed. If you liked The London Nobody Knows / Les Bicyclettes de Belsize – and I know many of you did – The Pleasure Garden will certainly appeal too. See our review on p14.

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Contributors Pasquale Iannone (Trouble Every Day) Pasquale teaches Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh where he is coming to the end of a PhD in Film. He is also a film and music writer and a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s Movie Cafe. He has been writing for MovieMail since 2004.

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Julian Upton (Let the Right One In) is the author of Fallen Stars (2004).

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Dir: Max Ophuls. The story of the legendary courtesan is told in flashback as Lola spends her last years performing in a circus, reliving the events and loves of her life. Ophul’s breathtaking mastery of mise en scène has never been more in evidence than here in his first and only film to use colour and widescreen. France / Germany | 1955 | SECND | 111 min | subt | | Cert PG | # 57175 | RRP £19.99

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Sunny, witty romantic comedy drama from Woody Allen, in which, when young American friends Vicky and Cristina spend a summer in Barcelona, they both become infatuated with flamboyant artist Juan Antonio. Spain / USA | 2008 | OPTIM | 96 min | Cert 12 | # 57892 | RRP £17.99

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Jacques Tati’s last film sees his return to world of the music hall in which he began his career as a mime artist in the 1930s. Parade is a brilliantly conceived spectacle which blurs all distinctions between performers and audience. Sweden / France | 1974 | BFI | 84 min | subt | Cert U | # 57515 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Tomas Alfredson. Acclaimed as one of the most brilliant horror films for years, Let the Right One In sees 12-year-old Oskar gain a mysterious new neighbour, Eli, a girl of his own age who turns out to be a vampire. Sweden | 2008 | MOMET | 114 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 59000 | RRP £17.99

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Let the Right One In Recommended Director: Tomas Alfredson Starring: Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Kåre Hedebrant Released: 3rd August DVD Extras: Commentary with Tomas Aldredson and John Ajvide Linqvist; Deleted Scenes. Sweden | 2008 | MOMET | 114 mins | subt | Cert 15 | Item # 59000

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owadays, horror films tend to rely on either cheap thrills (like switching up the volume between scene changes) or pushing the envelope on gore; rare indeed is the film that sets out to genuinely disturb – rarer still the film that achieves disturbance on every imaginable level. Let The Right One In is one such film. Set in a Stockholm suburb in 1982, it concerns a blond child of 12 called Oskar, who is bullied at school and has to suffer a subdued home life, thanks to the fact his parents have recently broken up. Pretending to enact revenge on his bullies one day in his bedroom, Oskar spies new neighbours moving into the flat next door: a man in his fifties and, later, a young girl. At first, Oskar and the girl, Eli, who doesn’t look at all well, circle one another suspiciously but slowly they become friends. Elsewhere, we see the man Eli shares a room with gassing someone in a wood, hanging them upside down to bleed them like a pig. Disturbed by a dog, he flees without taking the bucket of blood. We see an argument, Eli yelling how she’ll have to take care of things herself. Within moments, a man wandering home from

A beautiful and intelligent work that transcends its genre the local pub is attacked in an underpass, a small child leaping onto his back, hungrily sucking his blood. And so the film goes – developing the relationship between Oskar and Eli, tracing the path of her vampirism, its effect upon the local community, and what happens to those people she doesn’t quite finish off. Let The Right One In, like Edvard Munch’s famous 1895 painting, Puberty, guilelessly operates in the genuinely unsettling area when a young girl has yet to become a woman but is not yet a child either. So many vampire films portray vampirism sexually – to be faced by a film in which vampirism is very definitely a physical hunger and a hunger that, unsated, acts on the host like a disease is refreshing indeed. To then find such an interesting line coupled with sights that genuinely take your breath away means that there are things here that will stick with you for long after the viewing, for good and ill. P Wild


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Chukiat Sakveerakul Superior Thai thriller that won the public’s Gold Prize at Fantasia 2007. Pusit wins the chance to take part in a mysterious game show offering huge prizes. He must complete 13 tasks – at first they are simple, but as they go on they become increasingly depraved and horrific. Thailand | 2006 | REV | 114 min | Cert 18 Item # 58429 | RRP £12.99 | Released 3rd August

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Dracula (1931) Tod Browning Bela Lugosi, fresh from his stage performances as the diabolical count, stars in one of the most famous of all portrayals of the Dracula. A film that spawned countless sequels and remakes.

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Andrei Kravchuk A lavish romantic drama in the tradition of Dr Zhivago, set against the backdrop of the Russian civil war and based on the life of Admiral Kolchak. Although a family man, he falls in love with his friend’s wife – and even the revolution cannot quell their passion.

USA | 1931 | UN | 75 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 54028 | RRP £9.99

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Cronos Director Guillermo del Toro pumps new blood into the old legend with this fantasy of a scarab-shaped device that gives eternal youth. Mexico | 1992 | OPTIM | 88 min | Cert 18 | # 23547 | RRP £15.99

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Lodge H. Kerrigan Katrin Cartlidge stars as a young Irish woman working in Manhattan as a high-class call girl in order to pay off her pimp (Colm Meaney). Following the death of her mother however, she attempts to escape and rebuild her life – but her pimp has other ideas.

Dir: Roman Polanski. A witty spoof with all the trimmings: garlic, stakes, crucifixes, fangs – you name it! USA | 1966 | WHV | 103 min | Cert 12 | # 20079 | RRP £12.99

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Martin Dir: George A. Romero. A unique updating of the theme, in which a young man goes to stay with his uncle who promises to save his soul. USA | 1977 | ARROW | 91 min | Cert 18 | # 27717 | RRP £15.99

USA / France | 1998 | ART-E | 95 min | Cert PG Item # 57253 | RRP £15.99 | Released 6th July

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Dir: Werner Herzog. Perhaps the most terrifying and believable of all Draculas, Klaus Kinski is outstanding as the existentially weary vampire.

Emmanuel Mouret

Parisian romantic comedy written, directed by and starring Mouret. The film follows the tribulations of a shy musician (Mouret) and his unconventional relationship with his ditsy flatmate (Frederique Bel) which is hampered by their love for others.

Germany | 1979 | ANBAY | 107 min | Cert 15 | # 30556 | RRP £5.99

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France | 2006 | 85 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 59454 | RRP £17.99 | Released 23rd March

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A notorious slice of horrotica featuring two bisexual female vampires who roam the English countryside. UK | 1974 | ANBAY | 91 min | Cert 18 | # 14044 | RRP £16.99

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O’Horten Recommended Director: Bent Hamer Starring: Baard Owe, Espen Skjønberg Released: 10th August Norway | 2007 | ART-E | 90 mins | subt | Cert 12 | Item # 58747

The Norwegian director Bent Hamer made his international reputation with the delightfully peculiar Kitchen Stories. After a brief detour in America to make Factotum, he returned home to helm another lopsided slice of Nordic eccentricity. After forty years of train driving, Odd Horten (‘Odd’ being an ironic Christian name, since he’s rather normal) has reached retirement age and is obliged to hang up his engineer’s cap. We follow him as he tries, largely unsuccessfully, to adjust to his new situation. The film proceeds in a series of vignettes and set-pieces that serve to bewilder poor Horten; he craves a quiet life, yet such a thing seems ever beyond his grasp. The mordant atmosphere and surreal overtones bring to mind the work of other Scandinavian directors, notably (the Finnish) Aki Kaurismäki and (the Swedish) Roy Andersson. Although very funny, the jokes are never emphasised: Hamer keeps a discreet distance from the silliness and allows Horten to keep at least some of his dignity. This is a generous, warm-hearted film that’s a genuine pleasure to watch. JO

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Lola Montès Recommended Director: Max Ophuls Starring: Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Oskar Werner, Anton Walbrook Released: 6th July DVD Extras: Restored and remastered by La Cinematheque Francaise with Marcel Ophuls’ approval; Lola Montès Revisited; Commentary by Susan White. France / Germany | 1955 | SECND | 110 mins | subt | Cert PG | Item # 57175

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France | 1953 | SECND | 96 min | subt | B&W | Cert U | # 29780 | RRP £19.99

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USA | 2001 | FOX | 120 min | Cert 15 | # 32752 | RRP £12.99

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ax Ophuls once wrote about his final feature, ‘The audience is expecting a cream cake, but instead it gets a punch in the stomach!’. For a confection that was designed to delight audiences in the midst of postwar austerity, Lola Montès has certainly proved contentious. On first seeing this 140-minute paean to a bygone era, Parisian audiences rioted in protest at its satirical politics and complex flashbacking structure. In response, Gamma Films cut the print to 110 and then 90 minutes and imposed a linearity that prompted titans like Jean Cocteau, Jacques Tati and Roberto Rossellini to publish a letter in Le Figaro exhorting the public to catch what they deemed an artistic landmark before it was bowdlerised beyond recognition. The process of this reconstruction took many years, especially as it was complicated by the existence of a German-language version. But it’s now possible to see Ophuls’s sole outing in CinemaScope and Eastmancolor as the subversive spectacle he intended. Christian Matras’s photography, Jean D’Eaubonne’s sets, Georges Annenkov’s costumes and Georges Auric’s score are all extraordinary and so is the allstar cast encountered by Martine Carol’s courtesan, as she seduces, among others,

A sumptuous restoration of Ophuls’ audacious masterpiece Franz Liszt, Ludwig I of Bavaria, a Scottish army officer and a student revolutionary. But while the action was set in the 19th century, this was very much a treatise on the rise of tabloid journalism and the growing cult of celebrity. Taking the lives of Judy Garland and Diana Barrymore for his inspiration, Ophuls launched a seethingly stylised assault on the peddlers of the insidious gossip that dehumanised its victims. Thus, he inverted the taste and sophistication of his previous pictures to present a world of lurid decadence, in which Lola was reduced to being a trophy possession. Some questioned whether the audacious technical ingenuity atoned for the drama’s psychological shortcomings. But Ophuls recognised that the gutter press focused on actions and appearances rather than human motives and fashioned Lola as a beautiful object, whose fascination merely lasted as long as her lustre. Consequently, this calculated swipe at the fickleness of public opinion now seems more pertinent than ever. David Parkinson


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Three Monkeys Recommended Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Starring: Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Rifat Sungar Released: 6th July DVD Extras: Director interview (30 mins); Trailer. Turkey / France / Italy | 2008 | NW | 109 mins | Cert 15 | Item # 58909

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Jean-Pierre Melville France / Italy | 1972 | OPTIM | 96 min | subt | Cert 12 | # 33109 | RRP £17.99

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ean-Pierre Melville famously described his 1972 film Un Flic as an attempt to ‘make a colour film in black and white, in which there is only one tiny detail to remind us that we really are watching a film in colour’. In Three Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan employs a desaturated colour palette to similar effect. Moreover, as with those late Melvillian thrillers – and indeed like more recent films such as Béla Tarr’s The Man from London – Ceylan’s film deconstructs the traditional film noir. Set in present-day Turkey, the film tells of Servet, an ambitious politician whose involvement in a hit-and-run accident threatens to destroy his chances in the forthcoming elections. He asks his driver Eyüp to take the blame, with the promise of a monthly stipend for his wife Hacer and teenage son Ismail, together with a lump sum upon his release from prison. With Eyüp behind bars, Hacer begins a brief affair with Servet whilst Ismail becomes embroiled in dangerous company, returning home one evening badly beaten. Upon his release from prison, Eyüp becomes ever more suspicious of his wife, who has fallen helplessly in love with the married Servet. The title of Ceylan’s film (which according to the director was only settled upon dur-

A brooding film noir filmed in breathtaking widescreen images ing post-production) alludes to the proverbial refusal to see, hear or speak evil, and the central characters – father, mother and son – find themselves inextricably caught up in a chain of denial. As with his acclaimed previous films Uzak and Climates, Ceylan deftly subverts classical Hollywood syntax with a narrative which is purposefully elliptical. Key events (the car crash, Ismail’s beating, Servet and Hacer’s lovemaking) take place off screen with characters left to grapple with the aftermath. The widescreen compositions are often breathtaking (Hacer and Ismail at their apartment window, Hacer pleading with Servet not to leave her). As with the director’s earlier work, much of the power of Three Monkeys relies on the non-verbal, with landscape in particular charged with heightened significance. Ceylan, without recourse to a musical score, also makes scrupulous use of sound design to enhance the film’s unsettling, ominous atmosphere. Pasquale Iannone

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One of Godard’s brightest and most engaging films, in which a young trio make a world speed record attempt on the Louvre and dance the ‘Madison’ (among many other things). Cafe!

Monica Vitti plays a neurotic woman whose bewilderment is intensified by a disquieting industrial landscape, made even more alienating by Antonioni’s brilliant visual conception.

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France | 1964 | BFI | 92 min | subt | B&W | PG | # 13474 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville. A dark tale of incestuous, tragic passion adapted from Jean Cocteau’s claustrophobic, hothouse novel.

Dir: Jean Renoir. Unfairly dismissed on release but now considered a world classic, this is a scathing satire of pre-WWII French aristocracy.

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Dir: Jean Cocteau. A landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which Cocteau conjures beautiful visions of enchantment, desire and death. France | 1946 | BFI | 90 min | subt | B&W | PG | # 55372 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Jacques Feyder. A joyful satire set in the 1600s, where townswomen come to the aid of the spineless men. France | 1935 | BFI | 109 min | subt | B&W | 12 | # 18826 | RRP £15.99

Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini. A notorious, highly provocative chamber piece exposing the depths of human corruption. 2 discs; Many extras. Italy | 1975 | BFI | 112 min | subt | Cert 18 | # 55425 | RRP £22.99

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Dir: Federico Fellini. Broderick Crawford plays a world-weary swindler in this second film in Fellini’s trilogy of loneliness, after La Strada.

Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer. In a Danish farming family, son Johannes believes he is the reincarnated Christ. A film of miracles and beauty.

Dir: Luchino Visconti. A raw and majestic film in which a poor Sicilian fishing family struggle to escape poverty by buying their own boat.

Italy | 1955 | BFI | 109 min | subt | B&W | 12 | # 23530 | RRP £19.99

Denmark | 1954 | BFI | 174 min | B&W | 12 | # 26999 | RRP £19.99

Italy | 1948 | BFI | 153 min | B&W | Cert U | # 13855 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Jacques Rivette. Conspiracy film redolent of its era of a long-vanished Paris of fleabag hotels and corduroyclad intellectuals.

Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Terence Stamp plays the handsome, enigmatic stranger who seduces each member of a household in turn.

Dir: Jacques Rivette. A magical, allusive meditation on fantasy. 2 discs; Toute La Memoire du Monde.

France | 1960 | BFI | 140 min | subt | B&W | 12 | # 30163 | RRP £19.99

Italy | 1968 | BFI | 94 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 51316 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Jean Renoir. A magical, unfinished masterpiece of a picnic and fleeting romance in the countryside, adapted from a Maupassant story.

Dir: Luis Buñuel. Fernando Rey plays the womanizing aristocrat who comes to regret having seduced his ward, Catherine Deneuve.

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Dir: Robert Bresson. Bresson’s early masterpiece of love and revenge – his last film with professional actors. France | 1945 | BFI | 83 min | subt | B&W | PG | # 19274 | RRP £19.99

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Dirs: Luis Buñuel / Salvador Dali. Two revolutionary examples of surrealist filmmaking. A Proposito de Buñuel.

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World Cinema Diary for My Children

Television Insomnia

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Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Zsuzsa Czinkóczi. From one of the world’s most accomplished women directors, Mészáros’ film connects the personal with the political, portraying the impact of individuals upon history and of historical forces upon individual lives. Autobiographical, this is the first in her trilogy of renowned ‘Diary’ films.

Stellan Skarsgard. Sent to the Arctic circle to investigate a murder, a detective finds himself unable to sleep due to the perpetual daylight. But things get worse when he fouls up an opportunity to catch the killer and he is drawn into a dangerous game in which their fates become intertwined. Remade by Christopher Nolan.

Hungary | 1984 | 2RUN | 106 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 32132 | RRP £12.99 | Released 20th July

Norway | 1997 | ARROW | 97 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 59106 | RRP £15.99 | Released 3rd August

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Dracula’s Fiancée

Jar City

Jean Rollin

Baltasar Kormákur

French vampire horror in which Rollin, best known for his 1970s series of erotic, vampire films, returns to that style in this tale of a professor and his assistant who venture into a parallel universe, filled with wolf-women, witches and baby-eating ogresses, to search for Count Dracula.

Excellent Icelandic thriller based on Arnaldur Indrioason’s novel Myrin. When an elderly man is found murdered in his flat, jaded Inspector Erlendur uncovers secrets that have been buried for decades. A complex, dark and beautifully shot film that feels Icelandic to its core.

France | 2002 | REDMP | 90 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 59172 | RRP £12.99 | Released 20th July

Iceland | 2006 | UPV | 94 min | subt | Cert 15 Item # 56929 | RRP £19.99 | Released Out Now

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Gate of Flesh

Modern Life

Seijun Suzuki

Raymond Depardon

A lurid tale of the Tokyo underworld from the director of Tokyo Drifter. After the end of WWII, a gang of prostitutes take a vow to punish anyone who gives away sex for free. But when a handsome thief takes refuge in their home, the women are severely tested and begin whipping each other up into a hellcat frenzy which can only end in tragedy.

This third and final part of the ‘Profils Paysans’ trilogy documenting the changes in modern rural France. In the film Depardon talks with several generations of farmers and their families in the remote HautGaronne region as they adapt, or refuse to adapt, to incomers, technology and EU statutes.

Japan | 1964 | HBF | 90 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 59157 | RRP £15.99 | Released 10th August

France | 2008 | SODA | 87 min | subt | Cert PG Item # 58368 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

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Immortal Love Chusei Sone

A sexually charged, erotic, sometimes slyly funny tale of a ghost returning to claim her living lover’s soul. This beautiful film helped save the company that produced it from bankruptcy, and introduced a new, more liberal school of film making to Japan. The first Sone film to be released overseas. Japan | 1972 | HBF | 67 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 59160 | RRP £12.99 | Released 6th July

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Watcher in the Attic Noboru Tanaka

Japanese psychological horror in which, in 1923 Tokyo, the landlord of a downmarket boarding house is obsessed with spying on his guests. One night he sees a prostitute brutally murdering her client, and instead of handing her over to the police, he decides that he has found his soulmate. A beautiful study of voyeurism and murder as an aphrodisiac. Japan | 1974 | HBF | 76 min | subt | Cert 18 Item # 59154 | RRP £15.99 | Released 10th August

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Mad Men: Season 2 Recommended Starring: Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser Released: 13th July DVD Extras: 3 discs. USA | 2008 | LGATE | 585 mins | Cert 15 | Item # 58917

The times they are a changin’... Series One of Mad Men was set in 1960, still in the grip of the conservative morality of the 1950s. Season Two starts two years later and there’s a new mood in the air. Against a backdrop of civil rights marches, celebrity deaths and the Cuban missile crisis, the men and women of New York advertising agency Sterling Cooper wrestle with problems both personal – bereavement, divorce, infertility – and existential: agency silverback Don Draper will have a crisis of confidence and go into exile in California. Unlike most TV series, Mad Men is a slow burn affair, with languorous pacing and an emphasis on careful character development over plot and pace. The brilliance of the show is watching it gradually build, accumulating textures and details that pay off magnificently: attentive viewers will be rewarded with some of the most emotionally devastating scenes being written right now. Indeed, at its considerable best Mad Men isn’t just the finest thing on TV: it comfortably outstrips most movies too. Roll on Series Three! JO

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Il Divo Recommended Director: Paolo Sorrentino Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Carlo Buccirosso Released: 27th July DVD Extras: Making-of; Director Interviews; Special Effects Featurette; Deleted Scenes; Trailer. Italy / France | 2008 | ART-E | 114 mins | subt | Cert 15 | Item # 58669

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Matteo Garrone Italy | 2008 | OPTIM | 137 min | subt | Cert 18 | # 57186 | RRP £15.99

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The Consequences of Love Paolo Sorrentino

Italy / UK | 2005 | ART-E | 100 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 24395 | RRP £19.99

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The Fog of War Errol Morris

USA | 2003 | COL-T | 103 min | Cert PG | # 19141 | RRP £19.99

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ith The Consequences of Love and The Family Friend, Paolo Sorrentino has already staked a strong claim to being one of the most accomplished and intriguing directors in modern Italian cinema – but this extraordinary film pushes his career onto an altogether higher plane. On paper Il Divo sounds decidedly prosaic: a biopic of the veteran Italian politician Giulio Andreotti doesn’t exactly set pulses racing, and surely the notoriously Byzantine machinations of postwar Italian politics (especially the anti-corruption ‘tangentopoli’ investigations of the early 1990s) would demand a lengthy miniseries rather than a two-hour film? But Sorrentino defies expectations from the start with a series of Mafia-inspired assassinations and bravura visual flourishes straight out of GoodFellas. What have these got to do with Andreotti? Well, the film can’t spell anything out (the man is still alive, and although Sorrentino cheekily shows him claiming that he’s never sued anyone, there’s always a first time), but it’s made abundantly clear that climbing the greasy pole of Italian public life not only involves living wildly and ostentatiously beyond your means but also forging links with some very shady characters whose testimony might later prove devas-

An extraordinary film that takes Sorrentino’s career to another plane tating. The film opens with an onscreen glossary and identifies dozens of characters with one-line biographical sketches, but don’t worry about the intimidating amount of detail: it’s there purely to swirl around Toni Servillo’s riveting performance in the title role (‘Il Divo’ is one of Andreotti’s more printable nicknames). Although literally at the centre of almost every scene, Andreotti seems weirdly detached from the proceedings, letting his ‘faction’ fight his battles for him and carry the can for any failures. He belies the national stereotype by regulating his life to the nearest millisecond, something gleefully mocked when he’s taken aback by an encounter with a cat whose different-coloured eyes momentarily pierce his very soul. Small wonder that his only true confidant is his priest, though he’ll probably take his darkest secrets to the grave. Has Andreotti seen the film? Oh yes, says Sorrentino proudly, and he was absolutely livid. Now that’s an endorsement worth any number of glowing poster quotes. Michael Brooke


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Classic Movies English Language Films, 1930 - 1969

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Beat the Devil John Huston

Jennifer Jones, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre. On a boat bound for the African coast, an oddly assorted group of travellers hatch a plan to acquire land known to contain uranium deposits, and embark on a crazy treasure hunt. Truman Capote chipped in to help with the script, and the result is filled with wry, wicked humour. USA | 1953 | BSPK | 93 min | Cert U Item # 58975 | RRP £7.99 | Released 6th July

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British Intelligence Terry Morse

Boris Karloff plays a butler in the household of a British official during WWI who is secretly passing information to the Germans. Joining him is the seductive Helene Von Lorbeer (Margaret Lindsay), master German spy, but who is the double-agent? USA | 1940 | EHE | 60 min | Cert PG Item # 59349 | RRP £5.99 | Released 13th July

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Charlton Heston Collection

Five films starring the late Charlton Heston: The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952), The Ten Commandments (DeMille, 1956), ant thriller The Naked Jungle (Haskin, 1954) and two Westerns, Will Penny (1967) and Three Violent People (1957). 5 discs.

USA | 1952-67 | PARAH | 666 min | Cert 12 Item # 57761 | RRP £24.99 | Released 27th July

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Hot Enough for June Ralph Thomas

John Le Mesurier. Dirk Bogarde stars as a young writer sent on a commercial assignment behind the Iron Curtain. However after arriving in Prague everyone believes him to be a spy. When he eventually discovers the problem he’s knee-deep in international espionage and must escape arrest and flee to England. UK | 1964 | NWORK | 98 min | Cert PG Item # 59259 | RRP £9.99 | Released 20th July

A Child is Waiting Recommended

The Secret of Santa Vittoria Recommended

Director: John Cassavetes

Director: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, Gena Rowlands, Steven Hill, Paul Stewart

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Hardy Krüger, Virna Lisi

Released: 6th July.

Released: 6th July.

USA | 1963 | OPTIM | 100 mins | Cert PG | Item # 58998

USA | 1969 | OPTIM | 134 mins | Cert 12 | Item # 58890

Hollywood’s penchant for pigeonholing talent meant that Judy Garland was all too rarely allowed to act rather than perform. Yet here she handles a tricky role and a difficult shoot with some aplomb. Clearly as uncomfortable as Burt Lancaster with John Cassavetes’s improvised, cinéma vérité technique, she conveys a credible mix of confusion and empathy as she begins teaching music at a state mental hospital and befriends 12 year-old Bruce Ritchey, who has been abandoned by divorced parents Gena Rowlands and Steven Hill. Defying Lancaster’s textbook martinet, Garland allows her emotions to get the better of her. But her unconventional methods are ultimately vindicated and though it’s understandable why a director with Cassavetes sensibilities disowned the sentimental denouement, this is still a poignant and occasionally inspirational picture that reflected both Lancaster’s troubled domestic situation (with his schizophrenic son Jimmy) and Garland’s own psychological fragility. DP

Stanley Kramer is one of the leastloved American filmmakers of the postwar period. When he tackled contentious social issues, he was accused of being a bleeding-heart liberal. Yet when he ventured into escapism, he was castigated for lacking serious purpose. This highly enjoyable, Golden Globe-winning take on Robert Crichton’s bestselling novel ranks among his most unfairly derided outings, as it supposedly trivialised the plight of ordinary Italians at the end of the war by trading in clichés and caricatures. However, even Fellini delighted in larger-than-life grotesques and there’s more than a hint of La Strada’s Zampano about Anthony Quinn’s bombastic smalltown drunkard and unwitting mayor Italo Bombolini, who, with his fellow villagers, strives to keep a million bottles of wine hidden from Hardy Krüger’s retreating Nazi commander. Krüger knows the wine is being hidden – but not where. Anna Magnani draws on two decades of smouldering screen signoras as Bombolini’s tempestuous wife. DP

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Strangers When We Meet Recommended Director: Richard Quine Starring: Walter Matthau, Kim Novak, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Kovack, Barbara Rush Released: 6th July USA | 1960 | SPHE | 112 mins | Cert 15 | Item # 58550

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USA | 2002 | EV | 107 min | Cert 12 | # 14941 | RRP £19.99

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The Notorious Landlady Richard Quine

USA | 1962 | SPHE | B&W | Cert | # 58551 | £12.99

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Revolutionary Road Sam Mendes

USA / UK | 2008 | DWORK | 119 min | Cert 15 | # 58408 | RRP £19.99

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arital suffering, repressed passion and sexual infidelity are at play behind the neatly clipped lawns of rich suburban California in this superior slice of soap from the overlooked Richard Quine. Kirk Douglas plays architect Larry, successful but frustrated, missing the high notes in his work and his marriage. When he falls for Maggie (Kim Novak), a bored but beautiful housewife locked in a similarly passionless marriage, he soon gets in over his head, and it isn’t long before tell-tale signs of the affair threaten to unbalance the rigid domesticity of the life he has built up around him. For its time and surface glossiness, Strangers When We Meet is unusually relaxed in its portrayal of marital infidelity. The script (and source novel) by Evan ‘Ed McBain’ Hunter avoids talking down to the audience — indeed, this is about as ‘adult’ as a mainstream Hollywood film could get in the stifling Hays Code era. Quine creates convincing sexual and romantic tensions between the men and women (and, in a strictly heterosexual context, between the men) of this tainted coastal paradise — frustration and longing are dangerously close to spilling out into their well-ordered, outwardly happy lives. In this regard, the

About as ‘adult’ as a mainstream Hollywood film could get in 1960 film prefigures more explicit explorations of domestic dissatisfaction in suburban America — Pleasantville, American Beauty, Revolutionary Road — by a good forty years. Douglas and Novak suffer admirably in the lead roles, and there are a couple of standout scenes by Barbara Rush (as Douglas’s wife) and Walter Matthau (as their sinister neighbour). There’s also memorable support from Ernie Kovacs as a cynical, defensive novelist for whom Douglas is designing a house. It’s good to see Quine’s back catalogue making its way onto DVD. There are touches of Douglas Sirk, Blake Edwards, Frank Tashlin and even Hitchcock in his work, although he remains much less well remembered than any of the above — and he took his own life when the work dried up. Discovering these belated releases is a little like unlocking a dusty old jewellery box. The small treasures inside are dated, but you’re impressed by how much they still sparkle. Julian Upton


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Classic Movies Just Like a Woman Robert Fuest

Breezy swinging-couplebreak-up comedy in which Wendy Craig breaks up with her TV producer husband Lewis (Francis Matthews) after despairing of his drunken, womanising ways. The film follows the bickering couple as they each proceed to outdo the other in building the perfect post break-up life. UK | 1967 | DIGCL | 90 min | Cert TBC Item # 59208 | RRP £12.99 | Released 13th July

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King and Country Joseph Losey

Director: Anthony Young Starring: Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Bill Kerr, Freddie Frinton Released: 27th July. UK | 1951 | BFI | 105 mins | B&W | Cert TBC | Item # 58830

UK | 1964 | BHE | 82 min | Cert PG Item # 15374 | RRP £13.99 | Released Out Now

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Louisiana Purchase Irving Cummings

Bob Hope stars in this musical comedy as Jim Taylor, an innocent local politician who is set up by a group of corrupt Louisiana officials. When a US senator (Victor Moore) is assigned to investigate he ends up becoming entangled in the plot himself as Taylor goes to increasingly bizarre lengths to save himself. USA | 1941 | OPTIM | 94 min | Cert U Item # 58901 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

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Man in the Moon Basil Dearden

A sci-fi spoof starring Kenneth More as a human guinea pig whose incredible levels of immunity bring him to the attention of space scientists, who decide he should become the first British astronaut to land on the moon. Cheerfully unaware of his destiny, William becomes the unwitting target of envious rival astronauts including the snooty Leo (Charles Gray).

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The Pleasure Garden Recommended EXCLUSIVE! Director: James Broughton


Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay. The intensely dramatic story of a young soldier who faces a courtmartial for desertion at the battle of Passchendaelle in 1917. Bogarde stars as the officer tasked with the job of saving him from the firing squad.

UK | 1960 | NWORK | 98 min | Cert PG Item # 59246 | RRP £9.99 | Released 20th July

Penny Points to Paradise / Let’s Go Crazy

Released in 1951, these little-seen films mark the first screen ventures of Goons Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe, and have recently been rediscovered and restored by the BFI. Scripted by Milligan and Sellers, Let’s Go Crazy is a madcap Hellzapoppin’ revue, in which Milligan plays Eccles and Sellers essays half a dozen characters, including Crystal Jollibottom and a mock Groucho Marx. Making up in energy what it lacks in finesse, it is much more anarchic than Penny Points to Paradise, which has a decidedly Ealing feel. This sees Secombe star as an everyman who wins £100,000 on the football pools and decides to celebrate with buddy Milligan at a Brighton guest house. However, the place is crawling with crooks and Secombe only recovers his loot after a jaunt round the local wax museum. With comic stalwarts like Alfred Marks and Bill Kerr alongside a scene-stealing Sellers in the supporting cast, this is a must-see for all Goon fans and students of British screen comedy. DP

Starring: John Le Mesurier, Hattie Jacques, Lindsay Anderson, Maxine Audley Released: 29th June DVD Extras: The Phoenix Tower (1957): A long-unseen 40-minute film about the building of the BBC’s Crystal Palace Television Tower. UK | 1952 | BFI | 36 mins | B&W | Cert E | Item # 58425

James Broughton’s ‘valentine to the land of Edward Lear, Shakespeare and pantomime’ is a thoroughly charming celebration of love and desire that fascinates as much because of its location – the ruins of the Crystal Palace gardens and terraces in 1952 – as its subject. John le Mesurier plays the frock-coated Minister of Public Behaviour, Col. Pall K. Gargoyle, determined to stamp out the least sign of indecency or lewdness in the place he wants to turn into a cemetery. When not putting ‘Do Not’ signs around the place, he is attaching fig leaves to statuary. Fortunately, there is a fairy godmother – a Mrs. Albion, played by Hattie Jacques – who comes along in his wake and sets the characters in the park skipping, loving and dancing once more with the aid of her magic scarf. A classic piece not-entirely-innocent 1950s Bohemia, The Pleasure Garden won the Prix de Fantaisie Poetique at Cannes in 1954, and is an irresistible time capsule for viewers now.

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Bradbury once again dons her walking boots, this time to stride some the railway lines that were closed under ‘The Beeching Axe’. Provides hours of beautiful walks steeped in history.

Bogart is the hard-drinking steamer captain, Hepburn his prim missionary passenger in this wonderful comedy adventure of love and survival in German East Africa during WWI.

Classic Cornish-set adaptation of Mary Wesley’s novel in which the coming of war brings a heady sense of freedom to five cousins. Stars Jennifer Ehle and Tara Fitzgerald.

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The 39 Steps (1935)

On the Black Hill

Born Free/Living Free

Archetypal Hitchcock in which Richard Hannay goes on the run to Scotland to stop a spy ring from stealing top secret information.

Dir: Andrew Grieve. A superbly evocative adaptation of Bruce Chatwin’s novel, set in the hills of the Welsh border country. Peter and Ben.

Dir: Jack Couffer. The Kenyan plains are the setting for these family classics in which George and Joy Adamson care for Elsa the lioness.

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Death on the Nile

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Dir: Sturridge/Lindsay-Hogg. Anthony Andrews, Jeremy Irons. Classic treatment of Waugh’s novel. Yorkshire’s Castle Howard stars. 4 discs. UK | 1982 | G-VEN | 641 min | Cert 15 | # 55696 | RRP £39.99

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Dir: John Guillerman. A star-filled adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel about murder on board a steamer travelling down the river Nile. UK | 1978 | OPTIM | 134 min | Cert PG | # 52510 | RRP £12.99

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All three series of this BAFTA-winning BBC programme looking at the relationship between Britons and the sea. 9 discs.

Dir: Garth Jennings. Acclaimed comedy set in the early 1980s about two mismatched schoolfriends who set out to remake Rambo: First Blood.

Dir: Robert Stevenson. Allan Quatermain is on an African adventure. Paul Robeson is his guide in the role which brought him fame.

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Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. A classic gothic tale of Cornish skullduggery, which was also Hitchcock’s parting shot before leaving for Hollywood. UK | 1939 | CRLTN | 107 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 14057 | RRP £9.99

Dir: Bryan Forbes. Three children discover a man hiding in a Lancashire barn and conclude that he is Jesus. UK | 1961 | CRLTN | 95 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 17679 | RRP £12.99

Dir: John Ford. Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly. Technicolor adventure that transplants Fleming’s Red Dust to the jungles of Africa. USA | 1953 | WHV | 111 min | Cert U | # 18705 | RRP £15.99

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The Yacoubian Building

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UK | 1986 | ANBAY | 107 min | Cert 15 | # 32932 | RRP £5.99

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Dir: Marwan Hamed. A lively critique of modern Egypt, crossing a spectrum of class and characters. Egypt | 2006 | ICA | 161 min | subt | Cert 12 | # 52957 | RRP £12.99

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Belle Epoque


Fernando Trueba

David Lean

In a sun-drenched Spain in 1931, a young army deserter finds happy refuge with an amiable artist and his four lovely daughters, who set about seducing him one by one. An irresistible Oscar winner.

Katharine Hepburn plays a lonely American woman who has saved enough to take the trip of a lifetime to Venice and and is swept off her feet by a charming antiques dealer. Lean’s first colour film.

Tran Anh Hung

Spain | 1992 | SECND | 105 min | subt | 15 | # 18898 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1955 | SECND | 116 min | Cert U | # 50426 | RRP £19.99

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Vietnam | 1993 | SECND | 100 min | subt | U | # 17271 | RRP £19.99

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort


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Dir: Cedric Klapisch. A beautiful film, full of ideas and humanity, that is both a study of a city and some of its inhabitants. Romain Duris stars. France | 2008 | OPTIM | 125 min | subt | 15 | # 55868 | RRP £19.99

The Scent of Green Papaya An exquisitely filmed rags-toriches love story about a servant girl growing up in 1950s Saigon. One of the quietest and loveliest melodramas you will see. Very beautiful. DVD: £6.99 Save £13

At the Height of Summer Dir: Tran Anh Hung. An evocative and tender Vietnamese family drama with a languorous, mannered sensuality. Vietnam | 2000 | ART-E | 112 min | subt | PG | # 9316 | RRP £19.99

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La Gloire de Mon Père

Il Postino

Before the Rains

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Dir: Michael Radford. A lovely, moving film in which a simple postman on an Italian island forms a friendship with exiled ‘poet of love’ Pablo Neruda.

Dir: Santosh Sivan. A lavish drama set in southern India in the 1930s against the backdrop of the growing nationalist movement.

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Italy | 1995 | BUENA | 104 min | subt | Cert U | # 9490 | RRP £17.99

India | 2007 | MET-D | 93 min | Cert 12 | # 56694 | RRP £17.99

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The Green Ray

Sex and Lucia

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Dir: Eric Rohmer. A woman searches for companionship on her summer holiday in this romantic film that captures the longings of the season.

Dir: Julio Medem. Paz Vega plays a beautiful waitress who escapes to a Balearic island following the death of her novelist boyfriend.

Shot entirely at Pinewood, this film about the pyschological affects of the Himalayan environment on a group of nuns seethes with repressed urges.

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Journey to Italy

A Touch of Spice

Dir: Roberto Rossellini. An English couple on the verge of divorce travel round Naples. Quietly absorbing, and a key work of modern cinema.

Dir: Tassos Boulmetis. A flavoursome Mediterranean epic in which a man learns to appreciate his grandfather’s culinary and philosophical expertise.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ... and Spring

Italy | 1953 | BFI | 80 min | B&W | Cert PG | # 14960 | RRP £19.99

Gre / Tur | 2003 | LGATE | 104 min | subt | PG | # 33857 | RRP £19.99

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My House in Umbria

A Year in Provence

Dir: Richard Loncraine. An evocative drama in which a romantic novelist invites survivors of a bomb attack to recuperate at her Italian villa.

Dir: David Tucker. John Thaw and Lindsay Duncan play the couple who leave Britain to head to the light, food and sun of southern France.

UK / Italy | 2003 | MOMET | 103 min | Cert 12 | # 21207 | RRP £17.99

UK | 1993 | 2ND | 238 min | Cert PG | # 54889 | RRP £15.99

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An entrancing film charting the life of a Buddhist monk in South Korea. South Korea | 2003 | TARTN | 106 min | subt | 15 | # 19539 | £19.99

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Dir: Mamoru Hosoda. Award-winning animation in which a time-travelling girl begins to improve her past. Japan | 2006 | MANGA | 95 min | subt | Cert 12 | # 56452 | RRP £17.99

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Classic Movies Mandy

Steve McQueen Collection

Alexander Mackendrick

Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Mandy Miller. A memorably affecting drama about a deaf mute girl and her parents’ attempts to come to terms with her condition. With disagreements about how best to educate the child, the family begins to fracture. The central performance, from 7 year-old Mandy Miller, is extraordinary. UK | 1952 | OPTIM | 93 min | | Cert PG Item # 59322 | RRP £12.99 | Released 6th July

Five films starring Steve McQueen: Hell Is For Heroes (Don Siegel,1962); forgotten gem The Reivers (Mark Rydell, 1969); Nevada Smith (Henry Hathaway, 1966); McQueen’s final film The Hunter (Buzz Kulik, 1980) and Le Mans (Lee H. Katzin, 1971).

USA | PARAH | Cert 15 Item # 57762 | RRP £24.99 | Released 27th July

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The Dam Busters (Blu-ray) Michael Anderson

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Ursula Jeans, Richard Todd. This barnstormer of a WWII movie tells the story of Dr Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb and the training of specialised RAF teams to use it to destroy the Ruhr dams in 1943. Michael Redgrave plays the inventor, whose device is at first treated with scepticism, but which comes to prove invaluable. Also available on DVD, RRP £12.99


Stuart Burge Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay, Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi. Film of John Dexter’s production at the National Theatre with Laurence Olivier - a masterful example of how to capture the intimacy and excitement of theatre. UK | 1964 | BHE | 166 min | Cert U Item # 14490 | RRP £14.99 | Released 4th August

UK | 1954 | OPTIM | 123 min | Cert U Item # 58892 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th July

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Robert Mitchum Collection

Contains 3 westerns starring Robert Mitchum: El Dorado (Howard Hawks, 1966) also starring John Wayne, Track of the Cat (Wellman, 1954) in which a snowbound family are threatened by a vicious wildcat and Five Card Stud (Hathaway, 1968) also starring Dean Martin.

USA | PARAH | Cert 15 Item # 57777 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

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The Flesh is Weak Don Chaffey

John Derek, Millie Vitale. Tony Giani is a pimp who preys on naive young women who come to postwar London for fame and fortune. Marissa Cooper is one such girl, fresh off the boat from Italy – and when she sees Tony for who he really is her life is in danger.

Karl Grune

Hazel Terry plays Cleonie, the romantic bone of contention between the French aristocrat Marquis de Corbal (Hugh Sinclair) and insurrectionist Varennes (Nils Asther). To save Cleonie from the guillotine, Varennes disguises her and smuggles her out of the country. Unexpectedly, it is the Marquis who proves the hero of the piece... USA | 1936 | SIMP | 75 min | Cert U Item # 59304 | RRP £12.99 | Released 20th July

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The Shanghai Gesture Josef Sternberg

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Sidney Lanfield

Comedy starring Bob Hope as Humphrey ‘Sorrowful’ Jones, a low-rent bookmaker whose freewheeeling lifestyle is brought to an abrupt halt after a gambler leaves behind his young daughter Martha Jane as a bet marker. When the father is killed by a mobster, Sorrowful decides to hide Martha Jane from the authorities to prevent her from ending up in an orphanage. Lucille Ball co-stars as Sorrowful’s girlfriend Gladys.

The Ghost Breakers George Marshall

Comedy thriller starring Bob Hope. Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) inherits her family’s ancestral home, located on a small island off Cuba, and decides to take possession of its reputedly haunted castle. Radio personality Lawrence L. Lawrence (Hope), who has fled New York after a wrongful arrest for murder, becomes Mary’s self-appointed protector.

USA | 1949 | OPTIM | 84 min | | Cert U Item # 58967 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

USA | 1940 | OPTIM | 83 min | Cert PG Item # 58931 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

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Walter Huston, Gene Tierney, Ona Munson. Sternberg brings a world of seedy opulence to life in this underrated melodrama in the opulent tradition of his Dietrich films. A young woman out for excitement in Shanghai is dragged down in life by a gambling house owned by ‘Mother’ Gin Sling. USA | 1942 | ORBIT | 98 mins | Cert PG Item # 59451 | RRP £12.99 | Released 27th July

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The Time of His Life Leslie H. Hiscott

British comedy in which Richard Hearne’s Mr Pastry’s plays an ex-con whose daughter – president of a society for the rehabilitation for ex convicts – locks him up in the attic until a job can be found for him. Slapstick escapades and hilarious situations result.

UK | 1957 | ODEON | 88 min | Cert 15 Item # 55435 | RRP £9.99 | Released 27th July

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The Prisoner of Corbal

UK | 1955 | SIMP | 74 min | Cert U Item # 59314 | RRP £12.99 | Released 20th July

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Touch and Go

Michael Truman Jack Hawkins, Margaret Johnston, June Thorburn. A gentle, lesser-known comedy from Ealing Studios in which Jim Fletcher (Jack Hawkins) decides to emigrate to Australia. His wife and daughter however are less than thrilled and all does not go as planned... UK | 1955 | OPTIM | 85 min | Cert U Item # 59043 | RRP £15.99 | Released 10th August

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Documentaries “The Creative Interpretation of Actuality”

New Releases

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts Scott Hicks

A biographical film about the life and work of composer Philip Glass. Breaking his life down into 12 distinct stages, the film explores the effects of his life experiences on his work and portrays through cinematic imagery the processes of an artist at work.

John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship Tony Palmer

The Yellow Rolls-Royce Recommended EXCLUSIVE! Director: Anthony Asquith Starring: Joyce Grenfell, Rex Harrison, Michael Hordern, Alain Delon, Ingrid Bergman, Jeanne Moreau, Shirley MacLaine, George C. Scott Released: 29th June. UK | 1964 | ORBIT | 122 mins | Cert PG | Item # 59422

Polished, sophisticated, boasting an impressive cast, and with opulent period detail and sweeping romances, this is one of the best of the allstar anthologies so loved in the 1960s. The titular Roller is purchased by a Lord (Rex Harrison), as a belated anniversary gift for his wife (Jeanne Moreau). But such gifts are not enough to cement his marriage and the vehicle is pressed into service as a location for illicit assignations. It next appears in Italy, where it is used to chauffeur visiting American MacLaine; a local gigolo (Alain Delon) attempts a romance, unaware of her fiancé’s career in organised crime. Finally, the car motors into Yugoslavia at the start of WWII, with millionaire socialite Bergman in the passenger seat. At first the war is a distraction but she is drawn to the partisans and soon she is aiding their struggle. It’s tempting to compare the film itself to a Rolls-Royce: superbly put together by master craftsmen (it was written by Terence Rattigan), transporting us in the utmost comfort.

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This programme reconstructs the misunderstood dramatist’s life and artistic journey. Featuring Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton amongst others in personal interviews, plus excerpts from Osborne’s plays. The result is also a portrait of English drama as it developed in the latter half of the 20th century. UK | 2004 | TONYP | 128 min | Cert E Item # 59207 | RRP £14.99 | Released 1st July

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Maximilian Schell ‘Marlene’ is a mystery story, a discourse on truth and fiction, a caustic comedy of errors, and the story of the making of a film all rolled into one. An unconventional and richly entertaining record of an encounter with a legend. Germany | 1984 | 91 min | Cert E Item # 58870 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th July

Australia / USA | 2007 | DRAKE | 115 min | | Cert Item # 58922 | RRP £19.99 | Released 6th July

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Requiem for Billy the Kid Anne Feinsilber

Kris Kristofferson. Part poetic evocation, part road-movie and featuring fascinating interviews and footage from the film versions of the tale, this film takes a fresh outlook into the American west, past and present. France / USA | 2006 | 82 min | E Item # 58871 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th July

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The Harvest of Sorrow: Tony Palmer’s Film about Rachmaninoff

Documentary that traces the life story of the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. As well as filming at locations used by the composer, the director employs Sir John Gielguid to bring the narrative to life, reading from Rachmaninov’s journal’s and letters.

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Mr. Death

Errol Morris A cinematic portrait about the life and career of the American engineer who specialised in execution devices. Leuchter was famously hired by holocaust denier Ernst Zundel to ‘prove’ in court that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. USA | 1999 | ARTF | 91 min | Cert E Item # 58920 | RRP £14.99 | Released 3rd August

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Larry Charles Bill Maher presents this film which takes a bitingly satirical look at the concepts behind the world’s major religions and draws attention to the problems they’ve caused, interviewing religious leaders and followers along the way. USA | 2008 | MOMET | 101 min | Cert 15 Item # 59128 | RRP £17.99 | Released 13th July

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UK | 1998 | TONYP | 102 min | Cert E Item # 59350 | RRP £14.99 | Released 1st June

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John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band - Sweet Toronto D.A. Pennebaker

Filmmaker Pennebaker captures John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band (Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Alan White) performing six rock ‘n’ roll tracks at the Sweet Toronto Rock and Roll Revival. Other artists featured include Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. Canada | 1969 | WIENR | 60 min | Cert E Item # 57821 | RRP £9.99 | Released 20th July

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Television Programmes Originally Broadcast

The Comedians: Series 5

The complete fifth series of the popular 1970s stand-up show, featuring a selection of comics who began their careers in the hard-knocks environment of northern working men’s clubs, including Russ Abbot, Jim Bowen, Bernard Manning, Mike Reid and Frank Carson.

New Releases The Billionaire Boys Club Marvin J. Chomsky

A money-making scam leads of murder in this drama based on the true story of a shady investor who cons old classmates into joining a too-good-tobe-true deal. Then he meets his match when a fellow con-man gives him five million dollars to invest... USA | 1987 | NWORK | 175 min | Cert 15 Item # 59290 | RRP £12.99 | Released 3rd August

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The Bunker

George Schaefer Anthony Hopkins won an ‘Outstanding Lead Actor’ Emmy for this portrayal of Adolf Hitler during the last, desperate months of World War Two, after he had taken up permanent residence in his command bunker. This is the first release of the special extended cut of this film.

The Cuckoo Waltz: Series 2

Casualty 1900s

All ten episodes of the BBC historical drama series set in a London hospital in the first decade of the 20th century. Based on true cases, with characters and events taken from hospital records, the series explores the lives and pioneering medical practices of doctors and nurses 100 years ago. Cherie Lunghi stars as 4 discs. the formidable hospital matron. UK | 2009 | 2ENT | 600 min | Cert TBC Item # 58951 | RRP £29.99 | Released 20th July

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Columbo: Season 10, Vol 2

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Twelve more episodes from the ITV courtroom drama series, set in the fictional Fulchester Crown Court. While the series showed fictional cases, the jury was made up of actual members of the public. Different endings were filmed to account for the jurors’ verdict, adding an unusual twist to the normal court4 discs. room dramas of the day.

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USA | 2003 | UPV | Cert 12 Item # 58404 | RRP £29.99 | Released 27th July

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Crown Court: Volume 6

UK | 1978 | NWORK | 825 min | Cert 12 Item # 59212 | RRP £29.99 | Released 20th July

USA | 1980 | SIMP | 145 min | Cert 12 Item # 59339 | RRP £14.99 | Released 20th July

The final volume of investigations featuring Peter Falk as the trenchcoatclad detective. Episodes are: Undercover, Strange Bedfellows, A Trace of Murder, Ashes to Ashes, Murder With Too Many Notes and Columbo Likes 4 discs. the Nightlife.

UK | 1973 | NWORK | 175 min | Cert TBC Item # 59278 | RRP £12.99 | Released 3rd August

All the episodes from the second deries of The Cuckoo Waltz, in which the contented lives of local news reporter Chris Hawthorne (David Roper) and his wife, Fliss (Diane Keen) are disrupted by the arrival of a lodger in the shape of Lewis Collins’ flash skirt-chaser.

UK | 1976 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert TBC Item # 59279 | RRP £12.99 | Released 10th August

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Doctor Who: Remembrance of The Daleks Andrew Morgan

With Sylvester McCoy in the Time Lord’s shoes, the Doctor returns to 1963 London, only to find that Daleks are already there, searching for the Time Lord technology in the shape of an artefact the Doctor left behind on Earth. To complicate matters, opposing Dalek factions are gearing up 2 disc special for an explosive battle. edition; Davros Connections: An in-depth look at the history of the Daleks’ creator, Davros. UK | 1988 | 2ENT | 93 min | Cert PG Item # 58894 | RRP £19.99 | Released 20th July

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Doctor Who: War Games David Maloney

The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are captured and witness a series of war games staged by aliens on a mysterious planet, with warriors from history pitted against each other. In desperation the Doctor summons the Time Lords for help. This was Patrick Troughton’s last regular 3 discs; Many appearance as the Doctor. and various extras. UK | 1969 | 2ENT | 240 min | Cert PG Item # 58898 | RRP £19.99 | Released 6th July

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The Edwardians J Howard Davies

Eight part BBC miniseries which examines the dynamic and enterprising individuals of Edwardian Britain: an era which is accountable for some of the most tremendous accomplishments – and catastrophic failures – in the country’s history. 4 discs. UK | 1972 | ACORN | 720 min | Cert E Item # 59186 | RRP £29.99 | Released 6th July

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From a Bird’s Eye View

All 16 episodes of the 1970s British sitcom starring actress and comedienne Millicent Martin and American actress Pat Finley as air hostesses Millie and Maggie, who face one dizzy dilemma after another, much to the consternation of their long3 discs. suffering boss (Peter Jones).

UK | 1971 | NWORK | 400 min | Cert 12 Item # 59255 | RRP £24.99 | Released 6th July

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Get Some In!: Series 4 Michael Mills

All six episodes from the fourth series of the 1970s army sitcom starring Robert Lindsay as Jakey Smith, a reformed teddy boy called up to national service in the mid-1950s along with slow-witted Scot Bruce Leckie (Brian Pettifer), former grammar school pupil Ken Richardson (David Janson), and vicar’s son Matthew Lilley (Gerard Ryder). UK | 1977 | NWORK | 150 min | Cert TBC Item # 59256 | RRP £12.99 | Released 20th July

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Hope Springs

Alex Kingston. BBC drama about four female ex-cons who end up hiding out in an isolated Scottish village after their plot to swipe 3 million pounds ended in disaster. If they can only keep their heads down long enough, they can make a break for it – but Hope Springs has 3 discs. other ideas in store for them. UK | 2009 | ACORN | 480 min | Cert TBC Item # 59202 | RRP £24.99 | Released 20th July

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In Sickness and in Health: S4 All the episodes, plus the Christmas special, from the fourth series of the sequel to the classic 1960s comedy, featuring old big mouth himself, Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell). Times have changed for Alf with Else having died, and he has to get used to life on his own, unless he can get his landlady upstairs to help him out! UK | 1989 | 2ENT | Cert TBC Item # 58957 | RRP £15.99 | Released 13th July

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Heat of the Sun Paul Seed

After leaving Scotland Yard in mysterious circumstances, Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) is sent to Kenya to set up a criminal investigations unit. While investigating the disappearance of a local landowner’s wife, he uncovers murder, blackmail, drug dealing and slavery, and realises that the decadent ex-pats 2 discs. are far from innocent. UK | 1998 | G-VEN | 305 min | Cert 15 Item # 58988 | RRP £15.99 | Released 6th July

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Ladies of Letters John Henderson

All ten episodes of the ITV comedy series starring Anne Reid and Maureen Lipman as pensioner pen-pals Irene and Vera. A tipsy under-the-table conversation at a wedding sparks a long-distance correspondence, peppered with oneupmanship, revelatory descriptions of fractious families, misdirected 2 discs. romance and personal misfortune. UK | 2009 | 2ENT | Cert 12 Item # 59244 | RRP £19.99 | Released 20th July

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Mystery and Imagination Recommended Starring: Denholm Elliott, Freddie Jones, Ian Holm, Patrick Mower, Susan George, Joan Hickson, Graham Crowden

Tutti Frutti Recommended Starring: Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, Richard Wilson, Maurice Roëves Released: 3rd August DVD Extras: 2 discs; Art cards by John Byrne.

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UK | 1987 | 2ENT | 300 mins | Cert 12 | Item # 58226

DVD Extras: 4 discs; The two remaining complete episodes from 1966: The Fall of the House of Usher and The Open Door; Remaining footage from 1968 of Casting the Runes.

This iconic BBC series was first transmitted in 1987 to widespread critical acclaim. Written by John Byrne, it starred a wealth of awardwinning British talent, including Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson, in roles that brought them to national prominence. Legendary Scottish rock‘n’roll outfit The Majestics are on the eve of their 1986 ‘Silver Jubilee’ tour, when their lead singer, Big Jazza McGlone is killed in a car crash. But with the appearance of his younger brother, Danny (Robbie Coltrane), the band’s fortunes appear to take a turn for the better – until trouble ensues when his old classmate, good-looking redhead Suzi Kettles (Emma Thompson) joins Scotland’s ‘Kings of Rock’ for the tour. John Byrne’s darkly witty, finelytuned scripts and an excellent cast make for a near-perfect pastiche of a touring band. At its heart, Tutti Frutti is the story of a disintegrating band’s final tour, showing a group of failed, delusional men and the women who love and support them despite their obvious failures. CH

UK | 1968-70 | NWORK | 580 mins | B&W | Cert | Item # 57300

This acclaimed anthology series presented a selection of Gothic tales by major 19th century writers. The adapted works featured are Robert Louis Stevenson’s nihilistic The Suicide Club, Sheridan le Fanu’s Uncle Silas, Sweeney Todd, Bram Stoker’s Curse of the Mummy and Dracula – with Denholm Elliott as the vampire (!) – and a faithful adaptation of Shelley’s Frankenstein. A distinguished cast includes Ian Holm, Patrick Mower and Freddie Jones, who is astonishing as the demented barber. This release contains every remaining episode of Mystery and Imagination, bringing together all six of the feature-length teleplays produced by Thames TV between 1968 and 1970, alongside the two remaining ABC-produced episodes from 1966 and the remaining footage from 1968’s Casting the Runes. The rest is lost; that we have even this much of this long-lost series is a blessing.

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Jennie - Lady Randolph Churchill

Lee Remick stars as Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of the most celebrated British politician of all time. Throughout this stunning biographical drama her awardwinning performance charts all the major events in Jennie’s life and the show’s location-led imagery, including scenes filmed amid the splendour of Blenheim Palace, lend a striking authenticity to a classic production. New to Home Video format. OUT JULY 27


Set amid the windswept beauty of Cornwall, this popular and acclaimed series stars Jack Shepherd as Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe. With its haunting theme music Wycliffe remained a top-rated drama throughout its five-year run. This release contains every episode of the first series, along with the pilot episode. New to DVD. OUT JULY 27

The Billionaire Boys Club

An elite group of young men are manipulated to murder in this tale of life and death in America’s fast lane. Based on a true story of the Yuppie dream gone awry this awardwinning drama is set against a backdrop of Los Angeles glamour spots. New to DVD. OUT AUGUST 3 Packaging design © 2009 Network

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Television Lord Peter Wimsey Collection

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC adaptations of the novels by Dorothy L. Sayers. Each of these five elegant feature-length mysteries presents an challenge for this classy, sharpwitted mastermind. Features: Clouds of Witness, Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors and Five Red Herrings. 10 discs. Films are also available individually, rrp £19.99. UK | 1972-75 | ACORN | Cert PG Item # 59369 | RRP £89.99 | Released 3rd August

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Midsomer Murders: S8


All the episodes from the eighth series of the British detective drama starring John Nettles as Detective Inspector Tom Barnaby, who, with the help of trusty Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), uncovers the crimes hidden beneath the facade of village life.

Director: James Cellan Jones Starring: Lee Remick, Warren Clarke Released: 27th July DVD Extras: 2 discs. UK | 1974 | NWORK | 420 mins | Cert TBC | Item # 59206

UK | 2005 | ACORN | 750 min | Cert 12 Item # 58539 | RRP £59.99 | Released 1st August

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Morecambe & Wise: Series 6

The complete sixth series of the BBC variety show hosted by Eric and Ernie, based around their irreverent stand-up routines, comedy sketches and comical song and dance routines involving a stream of beleaguered guests. 2 discs.

UK | 1970s | 2ENT | Cert TBC Item # 58929 | RRP £15.99 | Released 3rd August

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Oh Doctor Beeching!: Complete Series 1 & 2

BBC comedy television series, set in 1960s rural England, about the trials and tribulations of the staff working at Hatley railway station, wondering whether ‘Beeching’s Axe’ will fall on them. Sunday night TV from the team behind Hi-de-Hi!. Stars Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland and Stephen Lewis. UK | 1997 | ACORN | 570 min | Cert PG Item # 59247 | RRP £29.99 | Released 20th July

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Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill

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Although best known for her movie work, Lee Remick’s finest hour came in this acclaimed series based around the life of Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of the great Prime Minister. While Winston’s story is well known, Jennie also led a fascinating life, and was frequently exalted by her son, who said that ‘she shone for me like the evening star’. The charismatic American Jennie Jerome meets Lord Churchill in 1873 and enters into a whirlwind marriage, weathering political scandal, banishment (to Ireland) and bankruptcy. After the death of her husband she channels her energies into her son’s political career, while entering into numerous love affairs and a second marriage. The drama is served well by Julian Mitchell’s authentic script, based on private letters and papers he accessed through the surviving Churchills. Remick more than does justice to this remarkable woman and won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for her effervescent performance. RS

Face to Face Recommended Released: 17th August DVD Extras: 6 discs; 35 interviews. UK | 1959-62 | 2ENT | B&W | Cert TBC | Item # 58281

Face to Face was a landmark BBC series broadcast between 1959-1962, in which John Freeman – former politician and one-time editor of The New Statesman – asked straightforward, searching questions to important personalities of the day. This release of all 35 episodes marks its 50th anniversary. The series was popular, and at times controversial, and pioneered a new style of interviewing. Camera angles were distinctive, with Freeman out of shot so only his questions could be heard. His guests were filmed in tight close-ups under stark lighting, almost as if they were under interrogation. The insightful and probing nature of the show made it stand out from anything at the time and since. The calibre of guests was simply outstanding, as this partial list attests: Dr Martin Luther King, Carl Gustav Jung, John Huston, Henry Moore, Bertrand Russell, Cecil Beaton, Evelyn Waugh, Albert Finney, Tony Hancock, Danny Blanchflower, John Osborne, Stirling Moss, King Hussein of Jordan, Simone Signoret, and even the BBC’s first Director-General, Lord Reith. This is a historic release.

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Television On Thin Ice

The BBC reality series in which Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, TV presenter Ben Fogle and doctor Ed Coats compete in ‘The Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race 2009’, which follows in the footsteps of Scott and Amundsen’s historic race nearly 100 years before, and requires them to cross 500 miles of the windiest and driest continent in the world in 2 discs. temperatures as low as minus 50ºc.

UK | 2009 | 2ENT | Cert E Item # 58950 | RRP £19.99 | Released 20th July

Pardon the Expression: S2

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UK | 1966 | NWORK | 600 min | Cert TBC Item # 59272 | RRP £24.99 | Released 3rd August

UK | 1975 | NWORK | 650 min | Cert 12 Item # 59195 | RRP £39.99 | Released 6th July

Queenie’s Castle: Complete All the episodes from the Yorkshire TV sitcom that saw Diana Dors play a brassy matriarch presiding over her extended family of ne’er-do-wells, namely wheeler-dealer brother-in-law Jack, sons Bunny and Raymond, and unemployed layabout Douglas (Barrie Rutter). 3 discs.

UK | 1972 | NWORK | 350 min | Cert TBC Item # 59274 | RRP £19.99 | Released 10th August

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The Paul Temple Collection

Francis Matthews stars in this late 1960s/early 1970s TV series, in which crime writer turned private eye Paul Temple – the creation of British author Francis Durbridge – conducts his various investigations with the help of his wife, Steve (Ros Drinkwater). The series was a co-production between BBC and Remastered; 4 discs. Germany’s ZDF. UK | ACORN | 546 min | Cert 12 Item # 59117 | RRP £34.99 | Released 6th July

Raid On Entebbe Irvin Kershner

Charles Bronson stars in this TV drama based on a real military operation carried out by Israeli commandos in 1976, when they rescued passengers from an Air France jet that was hijacked by pro-Palestinian revolutionaries and put down in Idi Amin’s Uganda. USA | 1977 | VINT | 113 min | Cert PG Item # 58971 | RRP £5.99 | Released 13th July

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Michael Maloney. Spirited ITV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, in which a junior hack is mistaken for a war correspondent by Denholm Elliott’s befuddled sub-editor, who sends him to the frontline. Although a mysterious man, a beautiful blonde, an insane Swede and other characters cross his path, no-one can actually tell him the whereabouts of the war he is meant to be covering...

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton. All seven episodes from the first season of the BBC comedy series from the team behind The League of Gentlemen in which a number of bizarre characters are sent an anonymous, black-edged card which reads: ‘I know what you did...’. Just what is the 2 discs. secret that binds them?

UK | 1986 | NWORK | 120 min | Cert PG Item # 59196 | RRP £12.99 | Released 13th July

UK | 2009 | 2ENT | Cert 15 Item # 58960 | RRP £19.99 | Released 3rd August

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Peter Childs, Brenda Cavendish, Barbara Keogh. All 13 episodes from the seventh and final season of the long-running ITV crime drama series starring Alfred Burke as down-at-heel private investigator Frank Marker, whose workload consists primarily of runof-the-mill fare such as divorces, missing 4 discs. persons and bankruptcies.

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Our DVD Price: £14.99 All 24 episodes from the second series of the midsixties sitcom, one of only two spin-offs from Coronation Street. Arthur Lowe plays a former boutique owner, who uses his new position as assistant manager of chain store Dobson and Hawkes to push himself ever further up the social ladder.

Public Eye: 1975 Series

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The Wilde Alliance: Complete

All 13 episodes of the light-hearted ITV mystery series from the 1970s which follows the investigations of husband-andwife amateur detectives Rupert and Amy Wilde (John Stride and Julia 4 discs. Foster).

UK | 1978 | NWORK | 650 min | Cert TBC Item # 59292 | RRP £39.99 | Released 3rd August

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Torchwood: Children of the Earth Euros Lyn

The third series of the popular Doctor Who spin-off series set in Cardiff. Captain Jack is in charge of Torchwood – a disparate crew of investigators searching for alien debris that has fallen to earth. Beyond the rule of law, they have been hired by the UK government to find the technology before the UN does, so that they might use it to 2 discs. fight crime here on earth. UK | 2009 | 2ENT | 295 min | | Cert 15 Item # 59004 | RRP £24.99 | Released 27th July

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Who Do You Think You Are?: Series 4

Eight more guests explore their family trees and uncover the sometimes surprising ancestry and journeys that have made them who they are. This series sees Nicky Campbell, Natasha Kaplinsky, John Hurt, Griff Rhys Jones, Carol Vorderman, Alastair McGowan, Graham Norton, and Matthew 3 discs. Pinsent in search of their pasts. UK | 2009 | ACORN | Cert TBC Item # 59384 | RRP £24.99 | Released 1st August

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Wycliffe: S1

All six episodes from the first season of the detective series set in Cornwall, starring Jack Shepherd as conscientious Detective Charles Wycliffe, whose fastidiousness and tolerence offers a contrast to the more usual ‘maverick detective’ type. Determination and clinical accuracy are his trademarks.

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UK | 1994 | NWORK | 395 min | Cert TBC Item # 59168 | RRP £19.99 | Released 27th July

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18 excellent programmes from the British Broadcasting Corporation I, Claudius

Features Mirren in 11 dramas, including The Changeling, The Apple Cart, The Country Wife, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mrs Reinhardt, Cymbeline, Blue Remembered Hills and The Hawk.

A history of the Imperial Family of Rome as seen through the eyes of would-be historian Claudius, adapted from the novel by Robert Graves. Derek Jacobi’s lead performance is a tour de force.

Stephen Poliakoff Box Set

Herbert Wise

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Six dramas from the acclaimed British playwright and director. Features The Lost Prince, Perfect Strangers, Caught on a Train (Duffell, 1980), Shooting the Past, Friends and Crocodiles and Gideon’s Daughter. 9 discs.

UK | 1974-1995 | 2ENT | 1088 min | 15 | # 52757 | RRP £39.99

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A fine adaptation of two Anthony Trollope novels. Stars Alan Rickman in his breakthrough role.

Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Devil’s Disciple, 8 discs. Heartbreak House, more.

Vortex, Hayfever, Suite in Two Keys, Plays in Laughter, Design for Living, 7 discs. Private Lives and more.

UK | 1982 | CCLUB | 399 min | Cert U | # 32452 | RRP £24.99

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UK | 1969-1991 | BBC | 1200 min | Cert 15 | # 52754 | RRP £49.99

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BBC TV Shakespeare Collection

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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All 37 of the Bard’s plays. Great directors and top actors bring his works to life. 37 discs.

Dir: Metin Huseyin. Max Beesley stars as the charming rascal in this ribald romp through Georgian England.

UK | 1979-85 | BBC | Cert 12 | # 24869 | RRP £199.99

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Hotel du Lac

Portrait of a Marriage

A star-studded adaptation from Elizabeth Gaskell, following the absurdities and tragedies of life in the small town of Cranford. 2 discs.

Dir: Giles Foster. A faithful adaptation of Anita Brookner’s novel, in which Anna Massey plays a crime writer seeking to escape loneliness.

Dir: Stephen Whittaker. Drama detailing the affair between Vita SackvilleWest and Violet Keppel against the backdrop of post-WWI England.

UK | 2007 | 2ENT | 300 min | Cert 12 | # 52770 | RRP £19.99

UK | 1986 | BBC-DD | 75 min | Cert PG | # 14389 | RRP £15.99

UK | 1990 | BBC | 220 min | Cert 15 | # 52779 | RRP £15.99

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The Crow Road

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Dir: Tom Hooper. Three 1930s girls attempt to find true love before they marry. From Nancy Mitford’s novels.

The 1950s BBC series Quatermass Experiment, Quatermass II, and Quatermass and the Pit. 3 discs.

UK | 2000 | BBC | 154 min | Cert PG | # 55179 | RRP £15.99

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The Essential Dennis Potter

The Monocled Mutineer

Sally Lockhart Mysteries

Pennies from Heaven, Brimstone & Treacle, Casanova, Singing Detective, Nigel Barton and more. 11 discs.

High romance, hilarious impudence and savage retribution define this story of rake and rogue Percy Toplis.

Billie Piper stars in The Ruby in the Smoke and Shadow in the North, adapted from Phillip Pullman’s novels.

UK | 1965-86 | BBC | 1665 min | Cert 15 | # 23448 | RRP £99.99

UK | 1986 | BBC | 320 min | Cert 15 | # 50318 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Gavin Millar. Superior adaptation of Iain Banks’ novel in which a teenager tries to find the truth behind his uncle’s mysterious disappearance. UK | 1996 | BBC | 228 min | Cert 15 | # 55164 | RRP £19.99

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Dir: Stephen Poliakoff. A brilliantly acted drama with an engaging air of mystery, based around the reunion of a large and disparate family. UK | 2001 | BBC-DD | 237 min | Cert 15 | # 14527 | RRP £19.99

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New Releases Bad Boy Bubby Rolf De Heer

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at Venice, Bad Boy Bubby’s hard-hitting content of deprivation, mental illness and incest made it one of the most controversial films of the 1990s. Nicholas Hope is astonishing as the demented man-child kept locked in a squalid apart3 discs; ment by his depraved mother. Blu-ray, DVD & Digital copy combo set. Australia | 1994 | EUREK | 114 min | Cert 18 Item # 59220 | RRP £19.99 | Released 3rd August

Cadillac Records Darnell Martin

Chess Records gets the Hollywood biopic treatment. Its artists – Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf – have to deal with fame, drugs and racism in a changing Making-of; America. Deleted Scenes.

Stephen Poliakoff A brother and sister, raised separately, begin a forbidden, incestuous affair in the overheated climate of the financiallycentred late 1980s in this powerful drama. Clive Owen, Saskia Reeves and Alan Rickman star. UK | 1991 | 4DVD | 104 min | Cert 15 Item # 57991 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

Drama based on real events, starring Greg Kinnear as a college professor, whose invention of the windscreen wiper is hijacked by car manufacturers, leaving him to fight for justice against the financial might of the automobile industry. USA | 2008 | OPTIM | 119 min | Cert 12 Item # 58911 | RRP £17.99 | Released 20th July

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Home Before Midnight Pete Walker

House of Cards

Close My Eyes

The Hal Hartley Collection

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Marc Abraham

UK | 2008 | MET-D | 94 min | Cert 15 Item # 59197 | RRP £19.99 | Released 13th July

UK | 1978 | ODEON | 115 min | Cert 15 Item # 57417 | RRP £9.99 | Released 27th July

USA | 2008 | COL-T | 109 min | Cert 15 Item # 58643 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th July

Flash of Genius

Colin Firth plays a man who moves with his two daughters to Italy after his wife is killed in a car crash. There, the three surviving members of the family adjust to their loss. While 16-year-old Kelly explores the dangerous underbelly of this new world, her younger sister sees the ghost of her mother in the streets.

Life is rosy for songwriter Mike Beresford. His band is climbing the charts, his new Jensen Interceptor is running like a dream and he has his pick of the groupies. But one day he offers sultry nymphet Ginny a lift home and they become lovers. Then he finds out that Ginny is only 14, and he is too deeply in love to give her up. Trouble.

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Michael Winterbottom

Michael Lessac

After her husband’s death, Ruth Matthews (Kathleen Turner) moves her family back to Carolina. But their homecoming turns to heartache as 6 year-old Sally withdraws into a mysterious silence. Then Ruth discovers a house of cards which could represent a key with which she can unlock Sally’s closed mind. USA | 1993 | ARROW | 109 min | Cert 15 Item # 59203 | RRP £15.99 | Released 3rd August

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Mark Tonderai British suspense thriller in which a man catches a glimpse of a naked and chained woman in a van that overtakes him on the M1. Then his own girlfriend vanishes into thin air at a service station and his urge to find just out what is going on becomes more urgent. UK | 2008 | OPTIM | 91 min | Cert 15 Item # 58973 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th July

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Recommended Contains: Trust (1990), Henry Fool (1997), The Girl from Monday (2005) NB. All three films are also available seperately for £9.99 each (rrp £15.99) Starring: Martin Donovan, Adrienne Shelly Released: 27th July DVD Extras: 3 discs; Bonus Short Films: The Theory of Achievement (1991) & Ambition (1991); Making-of documentaries; Trailers. USA | 2005 | ART-E | 328 mins | Cert 18 | Item # 58671

Before Little Miss Sunshine, before Frozen Lake, before Buffalo 66 or any of a handful of American indies indebted to him were so much as a twinkle in their creator’s eye, Hal Hartley was establishing the patent for American indies: movies based around character rather than plot, populated, for the most part, by Americans with a European sensibility, and movies that were stylised, intellectual, offbeat, theatrical, and intimate. This boxset is a great introduction. You have a glimpse of how playful a film-maker he is with Trust, a film made in just 11 days; a glimpse of Hartley the intellectual in Henry Fool – part Barton Fink, part Eraserhead and part Harold Lloyd – and, a glimpse of Hartley the archstylist in his surprising sci-fi, The Girl from Monday. Also containing the short films Ambition and Theory of Achievement – the latter inspired by Godard’s La Chinoise – this set is a very welcome release. PW

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Comrades Recommended Director: Bill Douglas Starring: Stephen Bateman, Keith Allen, Philip Davis, Patrick Field, James Fox, Michael Hordern, Freddie Jones, Vanessa Redgrave Released: 27th July DVD Extras: 2 discs; Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas & the Secret History of Cinema (2009, 60 minutes); Visions of Comrades (2009); Bill Douglas interview (1978); Home and Away (Michael Alexander, 1974), short film co-scripted by Douglas; News report from the set of Comrades; Trailer; Fully illustrated booklet. UK | 1986 | BFI | 183 mins | Cert 15 | Item # 58812

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UK | 1986 | BFI | 183 min | Cert 15 | # 58821 | RRP £27.99

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lowly but surely, the films of Bill Douglas – one of Britain’s most admired, yet most rarely screened directors – have come to be liberated from the archives. Subtitled ‘A Lanternist’s Account of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and What Became of Them’, this three-hour epic from 1986 offers an immersive account of the 19th century Dorset rebels, from their first stirrings of revolt against the landowners who forced them to work back-breaking hours for decreasing recompense, to their eventual exile in the Australian wilderness. While the church, in league with the landowners, urges its parishioners to accept their lowly lot in life and return to their labours in the surrounding fields, a series of breakaway services begin under the auspices of the charismatic George Loveless (Robin Soans), counselling his followers in the ways of self-improvement and looking out for one’s fellow man. Transportation to the Outback beckons for these upstarts, allowing each to test their faith in solidarity against the wider world. Douglas clearly sees in the Martyrs’ struggles the origins of unionism, a subject no less relevant to the industrial actions of 2009 as it was to the Britain into which Comrades was first released. Yet if the film

Douglas’s film recalls the beauty of Malick’s Days of Heaven has something to say, it’s also supremely visual in saying it: indeed, this may be the closest any British film has come to matching the physical beauty of Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, alternating as it does vast landscapes – realigning man’s relationship with the heavens – with intimate interior spaces and clever trompe-l’oeil effects. Boasting a memorably diverse cast, Comrades is one of the starriest of our historical dramas to have gone out of circulation for any length of time: somewhere beneath the bonnets and above the neckties, you’ll spy Imelda Staunton, Michael Hordern, James Fox, Robert Stephens, Vanessa Redgrave and – most unexpectedly – a giggling Barbara Windsor and her cleavage chipping in. A hand-crafted combination of history lesson, grass-roots politics and folk poetry, this counts as a notable rediscovery, to be filed alongside Loach’s Land and Freedom and Brownlow and Mollo’s Winstanley on any serious left-facing DVD shelf. Mike McCahill


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Contemporary Overlord


Action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as teacher John Koestler, who opens a time capsule that contains some chilling predictions. With the reluctant help of the daughter and granddaughter of their nowdeceased writer, he sets out to solve the riddles and avert global destruction. USA | 2009 | CTEND | 122 min | Cert 15 Item # 58592 | RRP £22.99 | Released 3rd August

Lesbian Vampire Killers Crude and rude British comedy horror starring James Corden and Matthew Horne (of Gavin and Stacey fame) as two no-hopers who head to Wales for a weekend of debauchery – only to find themselves stuck in a village where the women are enslaved by a vampire curse.

Paul Newman Collection

USA | 1998 | PARAH | 314 min | Cert 15 Item # 57763 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

UK | 2009 | MOMET | 88 min | Cert 15 Item # 59245 | RRP £17.99 | Released 3rd August

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Secrets of a Door-to-Door Salesman

Modigliani Mick Davis

Drama starring Andy Garcia as the painter Modigliani, an Italian Jew who falls in love with a beautiful Catholic girl (Elsa Zylberstein), who bears him an illegitimate child, which Jeanne’s bigoted parents send away to a convent. Modigliani is distraught, and hopes for the money to right the situation from an annual Parisian art competition.

My Brother Tom

UK | 1975 | IN2FI | 85 min | Cert 15 Item # 58625 | RRP £5.99 | Released 10th August

A triple bill of films starring the blue-eyed superstar: Hud (Ritt, 1963), in which he plays the ‘no account’ son of an old-style, moralising ranch owner, Shadow Makers (Joffé, 1989), about the wartime race between America and Germany to develop the atomic bomb, and Twilight (Benton, 1998), in 3 discs. which he plays a private eye.

Phil Claydon

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Gabor Csupo

The story of a young man’s journey from basic training to the front lines of D-Day after he is called up into service in early 1944. Filmed with period lenses and film stock, and incorporating actual newsreel footage into the action, the end result is strikingly authentic.

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USA | 2004 | SCANB | 128 min | Cert 15 Item # 59381 | RRP £9.99 | Released 27th July

The Secret of Moonacre

Stuart Cooper

Alex Proyas

Wolf Rilla

British sex comedy with Brendan Price as a Scottish fisherman who leaves his home to seek a fortune in London. There he finds lodging in a girls’ boarding house and takes a job as a door-to-door salesman – which gives him the chance for all sorts of hanky-panky.

Ioan Gruffudd. Adventure based on Elizabeth Goudge’s classic children’s novel The Little White Horse. Dakota Blue Richards plays a 13-year-old girl who moves in with an eccentric uncle at his ancestral home, where she finds a mysterious world out of time, populated by strange and mythical beasts. UK / Hungary | 2008 | WHV | 103 min | Cert U Item # 59421 | RRP £16.99 | Released 20th July

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Two Lovers James Gray

Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this romantic drama in which an introverted man goes back to his parents after heartbreak. They set him up with the sweet, caring daughter of a family friend – but then he meets Paltrow’s volatile mistress of a married man. USA | 2008 | LGATE | 110 min | Cert 15 Item # 59114 | RRP £15.99 | Released 10th August

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Zack Snyder

Sci-fi adventure faithfully adapted from Alan Moore’s justly-famed graphic novel. Set in an alternate 1985 where Nixon is still president and superheroes exist as outlaws from society, the film follows ex-superhero Rorschach as he uncovers a conspiracy with catastrophic consequences for the world.

UK | 1973 | NWORK | 79 min | Cert 18 Item # 59232 | RRP £14.99 | Released 6th July

UK / USA / Canada | 2009 | PARAH | 162 min | Cert 18 Item # 58685 | RRP £19.99 | Released 27th July

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John Duigan

Yellowbeard Mel Damski

Drama about the relationship between troubled teenagers, played by Ben Whishaw and Jenna Harrison, who are both victims of bullying and abuse. After meeting one another in the woods they develop an intense relationship in which they try to escape their terrible experiences.

Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald take the roles of a young clergyman and his wife Estella in this erotic drama set in 1930s Australia, where they encounter Sam Neill’s bohemian artist, who lives with three models whose relaxed attitude towards sex shocks the prudish couple, but which awakens sexual urges in Estella.

UK | 2001 | 4DVD | 111 min | Cert 18 Item # 58066 | RRP £15.99 | Released 27th July

Australia | 1994 | ARROW | 90 min | Cert 15 Item # 58963 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th July

UK | 1983 | OPTIM | 95 min | Cert 15 Item # 58930 | RRP £15.99 | Released 20th July

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Dom Rotheroe

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The Monty Python team meet Cheech & Chong and a host of other comedians, including Spike Milligan, Marty Feldman and Peter Cook, in this Graham Chapmanscripted comedy about a ‘pirate’s pirate’ who is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure.

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Also Released DVD Releases Bottle Shock Randall Miller

USA | 2008 | PARAH | 108 min | Cert 15 | # 58688 | RRP £19.99

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Hear My Song Recommended

Caligula (Uncut Edition) Tinto Brass

USA / Italy | 1979 | ARROW | 156 min | Cert 18 | # 58928 | RRP £12.99

Director: Peter Chelsom

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Starring: Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar, William Hootkins, Shirley Anne Field, Tara Fitzgerald

Henry Fool

Released: 27th July. UK | 1991 | 4DVD | 105 mins | Cert 15 | Item # 58034

What a curious career Peter Chelsom has had! How could the director of this whimsical charmer have gone on to make such a craven corporate clunker as Hannah Montana: The Movie? Although it’s usually labelled Ealingesque, Hear My Song owes more to the spirit of Bill Forsyth as it follows Liverpudlian impresario Adrian Dunbar to Ireland to make good his promise to Shirley Anne Field to top the bill with Josef Locke, the legendary tenor with whom she had a fling before he fled the country in 1958 to avoid a tax evasion charge. However, Locke proves as elusive as Harry Lime and when Dunbar does track him down, he takes some persuading to risk a reunion with dogged copper David MacCallum. Whether turning his jacket inside out to assuage the little people or being dragged across a field by a runaway cow, Dunbar makes a genial anti-hero and there’s no shame in being upstaged by Ned Beatty as the fiercely reclusive showman. Chelsom directs beautifully; cinematographer Sue Gibson’s verdant vistas and smoky interiors are superb. Quite simply, a joy. DP

Hal Hartley

USA | 1998 | ART-E | 132 min | 18 | # 58681 | £15.99

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The Girl from Monday Hal Hartley

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Hal Hartley USA | 1991 | ART-E | 101 min | 15 | # 58680 | £15.99

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Bill Douglas Trilogy UK | 1972-1978 | BFI | 172 min | B&W | Cert 15 | # 58823 | £24.99

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Rian Johnson USA | 2005 | OPTIM | 110 min | 15 | # 59211 | £15.99

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Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón

USA | 2006 | UPV | 109 min | 15 | # 59058 | RRP £19.99

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Comrades Bill Douglas

UK | 1986 | BFI | 183 min | Cert 15 | # 58821 | £27.99

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Good Night, and Good Luck. George Clooney

USA | 2005 | LGATE | 93 min | B&W | PG | # 59199 | RRP £15.99

Very Annie Mary Sarah Sugarman

UK | 2000 | 4DVD | 100 min | 15 | # 58018 | £15.99

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The Grifters

Stephen Frears USA | 1990 | OPTIM | 105 min | 18 | # 59173 | £15.99

Wild Geese II Peter Hunt

UK | 1985 | OPTIM | 119 min | 18 | # 58954 | £15.99

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Clive Barker UK | 1987 | ANBAY | 93 min | 18 | # 58077 | RRP £19.99

Gregory’s Two Girls Bill Forsyth

UK | 1999 | 4DVD | 111 min | 15 | # 58019 | £15.99

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Into the Wild Sean Penn

USA | 2007 | PARAH | 140 min | 15 | # 58691 | £19.99


Marc Munden UK | 2003 | 4DVD | 95 min | 15 | # 58067 | £15.99

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The Kite Runner Marc Forster

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Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus USA | 2009 | MET-D | 90 min | 15 | # 59012 | £9.99

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Inglorious Bastards Enzo Castellari

Italy | 1977 | OPTIM | 99 min | # 59053 | RRP £5.99

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Alan Taylor

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Let the Right One In Tomas Alfredson

Sweden | 2008 | MOMET | 114 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 58999 | RRP £24.99

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Penny Points to Paradise / Let’s Go Crazy Anthony Young

UK | 1951 | BFI | B&W | Cert TBC | # 58824 | RRP £22.99

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James Oliver’s From the Cheap Seats

The genius of Max Ophuls


aving read through the catalogue this far, you’ll already be aware that this month brings the long awaited release of Lola Montès, the final film directed by Max Ophuls (see page 7). I’m sure it’s quite unnecessary to add to the small mountain of praise already piled up, but if you are hesitating about ordering then consider this a nudge. You’ll never regret a masterpiece: they’re good for the soul. Ophuls is one of those directors always discussed in hushed, reverent tones. There are those who make a convincing case for his 1948 film Letter From An Unknown Woman as the greatest film of them all, while others favour his penultimate film Madame De... He was the primary influence on Stanley Kubrick, who admitted the celebrated tracking shots in Paths of Glory and The Shining were inspired directly by him. No one moved the camera like Ophuls. His films are symphonies of movement, with the camera circling the actors or sweeping airily across the set. James Mason, who worked with Ophuls twice, wrote a verse celebrating his friend’s love of motion: A shot that does not call for tracks / Is agony for poor old Max / Who, separated from his dolly / Is wrapped in deepest melancholy. But while Ophuls was a stylist without peer, it is the substance of his films that makes them so great. These are films filled with passion, heartbreak and unrequited desire. He identified with tragic heroines punished for transgressing the prevailing social order, such as the notorious courtesan Lola Montez, reduced to trading on her notoriety in a circus show. Love, the source of happiness in other films, can be destructive in Ophuls’ world, with many affairs of the heart ending in tragedy.

Considering Ophuls? Take the plunge – masterpieces are good for the soul (A brief digression: it’s tempting to draw comparisons between Ophuls and his near contemporary, the great Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi. Both are celebrated for their facility with the camera, both showed enormous sympathy for the travails of women. Were they are aware of each other’s work? One could construct a fascinating parallel retrospective... End digression.) No matter how lionised Ophuls is today, however, it was a very different story while he was alive. The reason we’ve had to wait so long for Lola Montès was because it needed to be restored: it was recut after a disastrous preview. Preservation was an afterthought. And that is hardly an isolated example. His Hollywood films, now considered amongst his finest, were often ignored: Letter From An Unknown Woman was only released in Britain after a vigourous campaign by

Gavin Lambent and Lindsay Anderson of Sequence magazine. It still flopped. In his lifetime, Ophuls was regarded as a mere decorator of films: good with the camera, yes, but a maker of melodrama rather than the proper, serious films that won awards and acclaim. That changed with the young critics of Cahiers du Cinéma, with Jean-Luc Godard especially vocal in his admiration. Ophuls, then, should stand as a cautionary tale of how genius is not recognised in its own lifetime. (And before we start smugly tutting at our blinkered forebears, let’s be aware that future generations will surely shiver at some of our decisions.) We might wonder how such beauty could be overlooked, but let us be grateful it exists, then embrace it as it deserves.

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Let the Right One In See page 5 for the full review

Let the Right One In Tomas Alfredson Acclaimed as one of the most brilliant horror films for years, Let the Right One In sees sensitive, 12-year-old Oskar gain a mysterious new neighbour, Eli, a girl of his own age who turns out to be a vampire. A beautiful and intelligent film that transcends its genre. Sweden | 2008 | MOMET | 114 min | subt | Cert 15 | # 59000 | RRP £17.99

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MovieMail August Film Catalogue  

Over 300 DVDs & Blu-rays including Lola Montes, Let the Right One In, Il Divo, Bill Douglas's Comrades and Hal Hartley.

MovieMail August Film Catalogue  

Over 300 DVDs & Blu-rays including Lola Montes, Let the Right One In, Il Divo, Bill Douglas's Comrades and Hal Hartley.