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Collection of ten classic films from the award-winning British director. In 'The Sound Barrier' (1952), Ralph Richardson stars as an aircraft manufacturer whose all-consuming passion with making the ultimate supersonic jet kills both his son and son-in-law and almost destroys him and the rest of his family. In 'Hobson's Choice' (1953), Lancashire bootmaker Henry Horatio Hobson (Charles Laughton) keeps a tight rein on his three daughters until his eldest, Maggie (Brenda De Banzie), marries his assistant, Willie Mossop (John Mills), and sets him up in his own bootmaking firm. To Hobson's consternation, Willie has soon become his father-in-law's main business rival. In 'Blithe Spirit' (1945), cynical writer, Charles Condomine (Rex Harrison), asks a medium (Margaret Rutherford) to hold a seance in his house so he can collect material for his latest book. No one is more surprised than the medium when she inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Condomine's first wife (Kay Hammond). The ghost refuses to go away, preferring to taunt her less sophisticated replacement (Constance Cummings). In 'Brief Encounter' (1945), a respectable, happily married doctor (Trevor Howard) comes to the aid of an equally upstanding housewife (Celia Johnson) when a passing train blows cinder into her eye. Thus begins a tentative romance, conducted in the tearooms and railway cafe of a small English town. In 'Great Expectations' (1946), orphan, Pip (Anthony Wager), befriends an escaped convict before being elevated to higher circles as the companion of Miss Havisham and her niece, Estella (Jean Simmons), with whom the boy quickly falls in love. When the adult Pip (Mills) discovers a mysterious benefactor has paved the way for him to become a gentleman, he assumes Miss Havisham is responsible. In 'Oliver Twist' (1948), Oliver (John Howard Davis) is a young orphan boy who is expelled from the workhouse run by Mr Bumbel (Francis L. Sullivan). After becoming an apprentice to an undertaker, Oliver decides to run away to London, only to meet the Artful Dodger (Anthony Newley) and fall amongst his gang of thieves, led by the scheming Fagin (Alec Guinness). In 'Madeleine' (1949), Madeleine (Ann Todd) is the eldest daughter in a respectable Victorian Glasgow family. She begins an affair with Frenchman, Emile L'Anglier (Ivan Desny), without her father's knowledge. Meanwhile, Madeleine's father insists on her seeing various suitors. When Madeleine becomes engaged to William Minnoch (Norman Wooland), Emile threatens to reveal their relationship. 'The Passionate Friends' (1944) is an episodic tale of an average working class family in the interwar years. The story traces the melodrama caused by illicit affairs, family bereavement, the first ripples of women's liberation and political instability in the country during the General Strike. It highlights the fact that these internal wranglings are all happening in one house in an average street, and that each average house has its own dramatic stories to tell. Finally, 'In Which We Serve' (1942) is a World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed.
George (Laurence Harvey), Harris (Jimmy Edwards) and J (David Tomlinson) decide to have a holiday on the Thames. George cancels engagements with his many girlfriends, Harris informs all restaurants that he will be out of town and J explains to his wife that a holiday apart would be a novel idea. The three men set out to rendezvous at Hampton Court but, on the way, George meets three attractive girls who are also holidaying on the river. With their interest piqued, the trio follow the girls to Henley Regatta but things don't quite go to plan...
Never released commercially and only seen infrequently since its original theatrical release in the mid-50s, Three Men in a Boat is a much sought-after, whimsical comedy in the same vein as those made by Ealing in the same decade. Starring Laurence Harvey, Jimmy Edwards and David Tomlinson, it is directed by the Oscar-nominated Ken Annakin. This release features a brand new, anamorphic transfer taken from the original 35mm film elements.
Leading a phenomenal cast, Tom Cruise soars as Maverick, the young, in-your-face U.S. fighter pilot with a need for speed, a lot to prove, and even more to learn.
Forever ranking with the best action films of all time, Top Gun remains a high-octane adrenaline rush certain to take your breath away.
During the immediate post-war years, the Huggetts were undoubtedly Britain's favourite film family. Unashamedly working-class the family epitomised the spirit of a united nation relishing simple pleasures with a cheery, down-to-earth smile. In 'Holiday Camp' (1947), the Huggett family's off on a spot of hols, led by dad Joe (Jack Warner). They arrive at one of Britain's largest holiday camps and soon find their lives intertwined with those of fellow holidaymakers Jimmy Gardner (Jimmy Hanley), a 21-year-old sailor jilted at the altar, spinster Esther Harman (Flora Robson) and flashy 'Binkie' Hardwicke (Dennis Price). In 'Here Come the Huggetts' (1948), the Huggett family returns in a home grown adventure as the family is about to have the telephone installed. In 'The Huggetts Abroad' (1949), the Huggett family is down on its luck, as father Joe is unemployed. Son-in-law Jimmy has a job waiting for him in South Africa, but no transport, so the whole clan sets off for the far continent.in the car. Along the way they have to cope with a breakdown, a broken compass in the Sahara, diamond smugglers and a spell in prison. In 'Vote for Huggett' (1948), Joe decides to enter the world of politics, causing uproar in his own household and the local community.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. 'Pursuit to Algiers' (1945) is Rathbone's 12th outing as the master detective. When the King of Rovenia is assassinated, Holmes is hired to accompany Nicholas, the heir to that country's throne, on his journey back home. Travelling by ocean liner to Algiers, Holmes and Watson (Nigel Bruce) take on a series of assassins and kidnappers as they fight to keep their young charge from suffering any harm. In 'The Woman in Green' (1945), Holmes and Dr Watson are called in to help solve a series of mysterious murders in which the victims are left without their right forefingers. The infallible twosome discover a link between a female hypnotist and a blackmail venture, which leads them inevitably to Holmes' arch-enemy, Moriarty (Henry Daniell).
A young man who hasn't a bean in the world, turns fate around to find fame, fortune, love and success in this light dramatisation of the Arnold Bennett novel starring Alec Guiness.
Peter Sellers plays both Sir John Kennaway and the tragic-comic trade union leader Fred Kite. The result is laugh-out-loud comedy with a satiric edge, lampooning the then-burning issue of industrial relations.
Bertram Tracepurcel plans to make a fortune from a missile contract, a scheme that involves manipulating his innocent nephew Stanley Windrush into acting as the catalyst in an escalating labour dispute, from which the socialist Mr. Kite is only too keen to make capital.
In black & white.
John Mills stars as Alfred Polly, recently sacked from his job he inherits money from his father, thus enabling him to take a bike tour of the country. He falls in love but it all goes wrong so Alfred ends up marrying his cousin, Miriam. They set up a draper's shop in a small town. Miriam sours, they face bankruptcy and boredom and Mr Polly comes to hate his life. In utter despair he decides to commit suicide, but even this goes wrong and he is forced to take to the road again.
20 of Woody Allen's most critically-acclaimed films showcasing the masterful wit, range and talent of the Academy Award winner. From outrageously funny comedies to character-rich love stories, this extensive collection pays tribute to one of Hollywood’s most entertaining and acclaimed filmmakers.
Broadway Danny Rose
Crimes and Misdeameanors
Everything You wanted to Know About Sex But Were Too Afraid To Ask
Hannah and Her Sisters
Love and Death
Melinda and Melinda
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Shadows and Fog
Seemingly mild-mannered watchmaker Hawkins (Alastair Sim) is in fact a skilled assassin. His latest target is leading politician Sir Gregory Upshot (Raymond Huntley), who is due to stay the weekend at the Green Man hotel. However, Hawkins' well-planned attempts to remove Sir Gregory permanently from public life are frustrated by well-meaning vacuum cleaner salesman William Blake (George Cole).
The Jolson Story
Jolson Sings Again
Otto Preminger directs this celebrated film noir based on Vera Caspary's novel and starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney. Detective Mark McPherson (Andrews) investigates the apparent murder of the beautiful Laura (Tierney) and finds himself falling in love with the deceased woman. He is not the only one with affections for the mysterious Laura, however, and as McPherson attempts to wheedle out the truth behind the cover stories of her mentor, Waldo (Clifton Webb), her fiancÚ, Shelby (Vincent Price), and her housekeeper, Bessie (Dorothy Adams), another suspect shows up...
Newlyweds Dexter and Juliet Munro (Stanley Baxter and Sally Smith) purchase a rundown, ramshackle cottage to escape from her father, the overbearing Shakespearean actor-manager Sir Beverly Grant (James Robertson Justice).
The cottage is in dire need of refurbishment - and Sir Beverly is determined to get in on the act! When he turns up on the doorstep, suitcase in hand, Dexter and his wife realise there's no escaping his meddling ways.
Add to the mix an incompetent builder (Ronnie Barker), his skiffling workmates The Scrubbers, and ingratiating amateur thespian Roddy Chipfield (Leslie Phillips), and the stage is set for a riotous comedy that will literally bring the house down!
Desperate to win the girl of his dreams, timid short-order cook Stanley Moon sells his soul to the devil for seven wishes. With the magic words 'Julie Andrews' he becomes everything from a rock star to an intellectual to try and impress her.
But the 'horned one' has a wicked sense of fun (he tears the last page out of Agatha Christie novels) so things never quite go according to plan.
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore at their very best in a true comedy classic.
WWII drama about a Czech captain who impersonates a dead British officer, only to be thrown into a German P.O.W. camp reserved for the English.
There's never been a folk hero quite like Davy Crockett, and you'll see why when you watch him take on an alligator, battle an Indian chief in a tomahawk duel, and fight for freedom at the Alamo.
As Walt Disney himself proclaimed, the story of Crockett with its entertaining blend of drama, humour and adventure, will always be a colourful reflection of the frontier spirit.
After 6-year-old Andy Barclay's babysitter is violently pushed out of a window to her death, nobody believes him when he says that "Chucky," his new birthday doll, did it!
Until things start going terribly wrong... dead wrong.
And when an ensuing rampage of gruesome murders lead a detective back to the same toy, he discovers that the real terror has just begun... the deranged doll has plans to transfer his evil spirit into a living human being - young Andy!
Sophie (Meryl Streep) is a Polish Catholic haunted by the 'choice1 she had to make in a Nazi concentration camp. Now in the United States, she has found a reason to live in Nathan (Kevin Kline), a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.
They befriend Stingo (Peter MacNicol) a young writer just arrived in New York City, witness to the happiness of Sophie and Nathan which becomes endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions.
This critically acclaimed box office hit features an unforgettable Academy-Award winning performance from Meryl Streep.
This tear-jerking classic was Chaplin's first feature, and launched the 'kid' of the title, Jackie Coogan, into child stardom. Chaplin plays a tramp who raises an abandoned child among the slums, always fighting the police and other agencies who want to take the boy into care.
Travelling handyman Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) encounters a group of nuns led by Mother Maria (Lilia Skala) while driving through the Arizona desert. Newly arrived from Germany and unable to speak much English, the nuns prevail upon Homer to fix the leaky roof of their farmhouse and, despite being unable to pay him any money, persuade him to stay on and build them a chapel. As he works for the nuns, teaching them English in his spare time, Homer discovers a new purpose to his life, but encounters resistance from the local community when he tries to persuade them to help with the building work. Poitier won an Oscar for his performance in the film - the first black actor ever to do so.
This star-studded adaptation of the Jules Verne story, with over 40 cameo appearances, won several Oscars, including one for Best Picture. A Victorian English gentleman (David Niven) and his valet make a bet that they can circumnavigate the globe in only 80 days. They travel by almost every form of transport possible at the time, whilst being chased by an English detective who is convinced that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England. Re-made in 1988 with Pierce Brosnan and Eric Idle.
In this Noel Coward comedy, cynical writer Rex Harrison asks a medium (Margaret Rutherford) to hold a seance in his house so he can collect material for his latest book. No one is more surprised than the medium when she inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Harrison's first wife (Kay Hammond). The ghost refuses to go away, preferring to taunt her less sophisticated replacement (Constance Cummings).
Carol Reed directs a host of British stars in this documentary-style WW2 adventure. Following the Dunkirk retreat, Lt. Jim Perry (David Niven) is assigned a bunch of raw recruits and sets about transforming them from bickering civilians into a proficient battle-ready fighting force. When training is finished, Perry and his men ship off to Africa and the battle of El Alamein....
Classic thriller written by Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles in which a writer sets about investigating the death of a friend in post-World War II Vienna. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a pulp Western writer, arrives in the Austrian capital expecting to take up a job with his old acquaintance, Harry Lime (Welles). When he is informed that Lime died a week previously in a car accident, Martins is intrigued by inconsistencies in the accounts of the death and decides that he can't leave the city without investigating matters further. As a consequence, he finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue and searching for the elusive 'third man' who was at the scene of Lime's death. When the head of the local military police, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), informs him that Lime was involved in black market drug distribution, the plot thickens even further...
Paul Wegener's landmark gothic horror film was first released in 1914, before being substantially reworked for a reissue six years later. The Golem, a clay hulk brought to life by a magic scroll implanted in his chest, saves the Jews from Rudolf II in 16th Century Prague. Reverting to his inanimate form, the golem is given the gift of life once more by a Rabbi's assistant who wants him to kidnap the beautiful Miriam.
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