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Early 1960s crime drama starring Sean Connery as Paddy Damion, a thief who is recruited by a mobster (Alfred Marks) to oversee his money collection. Paddy is no thug but takes the job because his partner (Kenneth Griffith) has been injured in a robbery and he feels obligated to support him. Marks is actually the puppet of criminal mastermind Zhernikov (Herbert Lom), who has the image of a respectable businessman, but is in fact manipulating the local mobsters for his own ends. Also in the mix are the beautiful Anya (Yvonne Romain), wannabe singer and Zhernikov's mistress, to whom Paddy immediately takes a shine, and Sayers (John Gregson) the dedicated cop trying to crack open organised crime.
Set during 15th Century in Italy when brutality was wielded mercilessly in the name of God, young Flavia is imprisoned in a monastery by her tyrannical father.
Rather than the years of quiet contemplation she might expect, the sexually frustrated Flavia instead gets a crash course in hell on earth as rape, torture, castration, bondage and worse becomes her world but that is nothing compared to what will become of her!
Ursula Andress stars in this cult Italian erotic comedy as a nurse charged with looking after a sickly elderly man. Though Anna (Andress) is hired for the job by her ex-lover Benito Varotto (Duilio del Prete) she does not recognise, at first, his ulterior motive for appointing her as the carer for millionaire Count Leonida Bottacin (Mario Pisu). The count is known for his liking of women and Benito, who stands to gain financially from the older man's demise, is hoping that rather than aiding Leonida's recovery from heart problems, the alluring Anna will get his heart beating a little too fast... Jack Palance and Luciana Paluzzi co-star.
Classic collection of the early films of Alec Guinness. In the classic Ealing comedy, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949), young Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) vows to take revenge on his family, the D'Ascoynes, when he learns how they disinherited his mother. Working his way into their trust, Louis begins to bump off his distant relatives (all played by Alec Guinness) one by one, but complications set in when Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson), the widow of his first victim, falls in love with him.
In 'Last Holiday' (1950), Guiness plays an agricultural salesman who finds out he has a short time to live. Taking a final holiday, he realises that he was actually a more interesting person than he allowed himself to be. In 'The Man In The White Suit' (1951), eccentric Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory, who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty.
Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing. In 'The Captain's Paradise' (1953), Guinness stars as Mediterranean ferryboat Captain Henry St. James, who believes in the notion of 'a girl in every port'.
For Henry has a wife on both sides of the water. There is Maude (Celia Johnson) in Gibraltar and Nita (Yvonne DeCarlo) in Tangiers. Everything is perfect as long as neither woman decides to visit the other port.
In 'Barnacle Bill' (1957), Guiness plays retired Navy Captain Ambrose, who buys a decrepit amusement pier in 'Sandcastle-On-Sea' planning to turn it into a going concern. But when the local council object to the idea, planning to close the pier down, Ambrose has to use some lateral thinking to save the day.
Collection of all four films directed by Jean Vigo. 'L'Atalante' is a 1930s French romantic drama following river barge captain Jean (Jean Dasté), who marries young country girl Juliette (Dita Parlo). Juliette joins the captain on his ship, L'Atalante, but soon grows restless and wishes to see Paris. Jean acquiesces and takes her to a cabaret in Paris where a peddler makes advances to her and arouses her husband's jealousy. When she sneaks off to the city he sets sail without her and it is up to the drunken old first mate, Jules (Michel Simon), to make amends and find Juliette. Also included are the director's two documentary shorts, 'A Propos de Nice' (1930) and 'Taris' (1931), and his comedy-drama short set in an oppressive boarding school, 'Zero de Conduite' (1933).
James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd, a wealthy alcoholic whose sunny disposition and drunken antics are tolerated by most of the citizens of his community.
That is, until Elwood begins to claim that he has a friend named Harvey who is an invisisble six foot rabbit. Elwood's snooty socialite sister, Veta, determined to marry off her daughter Myrtle to a respectable man, begins to plot to keep Elwood's lunacy from interfering.
School For Scoundrels sees in Terry-Thomas in his quintessential role of cad and bounder, using his lecherous ways to steal the heart of April away from her hapless suitor Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael). Sick of being one of life’s losers, Palfrey enrols at the college of ‘Lifemanship’ under the tutor ledge of the incomparable Alastair Sim and proceeds to learn the arts of one-upmanship and gamesmanship in an effort to outdo his caddish rivals and turn his life around.
Private's Progress teams Terry-Thomas once more with Ian Carmichael, this time in an army set comedy. Carmichael plays Stanley Windrush, a bookish and introverted flunkie from Officer candidate school, who is thrown into the deep end of rough and ready army life and must contend with rough-hewn fellow private Cox (Richard Attenborough), an eccentric crackpot Major Hitchcock (Thomas) and a nonplussed commanding officer played by Dennis Price.
Make Mine Mink is based on Peter Coke's West End comedy Breath of Spring and concerns the blundering excursions into crime of a bunch of pinheaded amateurs, who specialize in lifting valuable furs and apparently devoting the loot to charity. Terry-Thomas plays one of a group of lodgers who all team up as the thieves as a convenient escape from the meaningless routine of their daily lives. Along with their aging landlady Dame Appleby (Athene Seyler), the misfits conspire to carry out a series of daring raids, keeping the only ex-con member of the household in the dark – the beautiful housekeeper played by Billie Whitelaw.
Bungling thieves are the order of the day once again in Too Many Crooks that also stars fellow Comic Icon Sid James. When their planned robbery of the safe lecherous millionaire Billy Gordon (Terry-Thomas) actually results in the kidnap of his wife, Gordon couldn’t be happier to be rid of her. Refusing to pay the ransom sets the stage for Mrs Gordon’s sweet revenge…
The Naked Truth is the third in the trilogy of films here scripted by Michael Pertwee. Co-starring Peter Sellers in one of his early roles, the film centres around the exploits of four celebrities, including Terry-Thomas as politician Lord Mayley, who band together to assassinate from blackmailing low-life reporter Dennis (Dennis Price).
Brothers In Law sees Terry-Thomas star alongside Richard Attenborough and Ian Carmichael in this comedy about an hapless newly qualified barrister and his first disastrous appearances in court as he encounters a succession of cantankerous judges.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw (1944), strange deaths and rumours of a mysterious phantom bring Holmes and Watson (Nigel Bruce) to a small village in Canada to solve yet another mystery. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear' (1945), seven rich men retire to a Scottish castle and promptly begin to die in violent fashion. Each death is preceded by the delivery of orange pips to the next target. As all the likely victims are heavily insured, Holmes is asked by the insurance companies to investigate.
Leaving a notorious trail of arson behind them, the St. Trinian's schoolgirls are always on the move.
Their headmistress is more than 'just friends' with the Minister of Schools. Armed with a government grant, she re-houses her girls in yet another home - Hamingwell Grange.
What she doesn't know is that the Great Train Robbers have got there before her. And left £2.5 million hidden under the ballroom stage....
Workers excavating at an underground station in London discover the skeletal remains of ancient apes with large skulls. Further digging reveals what appears to be an unexploded German bomb from World War II. Missile expert Colonel Breen is brought in to investigate, accompanied by Professor Bernard Quartermass.
When the interior of the "missile" is exposed, a dead locust-like creature is discovered. It is determined by Quartermass that these "locusts" are in fact Martians who altered the brains of our simian ancestors in order to eventually lay claim to the Earth. But when the scientists realise their power to release the latent evil in human beings may just have been lying dormant, it may already be too late...
With a story originally screened by BBC television in 1958, Quartermass and the Pit was the final entry in the original trilogy of Quartermass stories by legendary writer Nigel Kneale. The film represents the directorial debut of acclaimed director Roy Ward Baker and is one of Hammer's most polished and thought provoking films.
A faithful adaptation of the Graham Greene novel starring Trevor Howard as Scobie, an assistant police commissioner posted in Sierra Leone in World War 2. Exploring familiar Greene themes such as religion and work politics, the film co-stars Elizabeth Allan and Maria Schell as the wronged wife and the hard done by mistress.
Containing 32 films, this collection documents Buster Keaton's short films between 1917 and 1923. Capturing Keaton's first steps in front of a camera, this box set charts his early association with ex-Keystone Kop Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle through to headlining, starring in, and directing his own box office smash hits. Films are: 'The Butcher Boy' (1917), 'The Rough House' (1917), 'His Wedding Night' (1917), 'Oh Doctor!' (1917), 'Coney Island' (1917), 'Out West' (1918), 'The Bell Boy' (1918), 'Moonshine' (1918), 'Good Night Nurse' (1918), 'The Cook' (1918), 'Backstage' (1919), 'The Hayseed' (1919), 'The Garage' (1920), 'The High Sign' (1920), 'One Week' (1920), 'Convict 13' (1920), 'The Scarecrow' (1920), 'Neighbors' (1920), 'The Haunted House' (1921), 'Hard Luck' (1921), 'The Goat' (1921), 'The Playhouse' (1921), 'The Boat' (1921) and 'The Paleface' (1921).
1878 New Mexico: Billy the Kid and five young outcasts are hired by British cattleman John Tunstall in an attempt to educate them and prepare them for a life in the wild Nebraska territory.
But when their boss is brutally murdered by a gang working for corrupt rival cattleman L.G. Murphy, all hell breaks out as they create chaos in an attempt to avenge the death of their friend and benefactor.
The Young Guns are branded outlaws and become the object of the largest manhunt in frontier history, now riding against incredible odds.
Quiller, an unorthodox secret agent, is assigned by the head of Berlin Control to uncover the operations of a neo-Nazi organisation. During his enquiries he meets the beautiful Inge, but is she as innocent as she first appears?
Sentenced to death by the menacing 'Oktober,' the Reichsfuhrer of the new Nazis, Quiller finds himself on the run and trapped in a web of intrigue, lies and deceit.
In 1880s Kansas, ageing gunslinger-turned-farmer William Munny reluctantly agrees to come out of retirement to help old friend Ned Logan collect the bounty on two wanted murderers.
The cowboys in question cut up a prostitute in a lawless town in Wyoming lorded over by the corrupt Sheriff Daggett, and if Munny and Logan want to catch them they are going to have to deal with Daggett first.
The film won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hackman) and Best Film Editing.
All 6 films from the original legacy of The Mummy.
The original Mummy is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 6 films from the original legacy including the terrifying classic starring Boris Karloff and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the ancient Egyptian monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Mummy to this day.
The collection includes:
Sent by her parents to live in a Chicago high-rise with her aunt and uncle, Carol Anne discovers she must now face demons more frightening than ever before.
Led by the Reverend Kane, the spirits have moved from invading houses to taking over an entire skyscraper.
They are lurking behind every mirror... waiting to break through the only barrier that divides us from a horrifying dimension.
Errol Flynn portrays a flight medical researcher and Fred MacMurray plays a squadron commander, flyboys who put differences aside and risk all to confront the problems of blackout-inducing G-forces and high-altitude sickness.
Michael Curtiz directs from a script co-written by aviation pioneer Frank Wead. And unbilled but destined for wartime greatness was the aircraft carrier seen in several scenes: the USS Enterprise, the nation's most decorated World War II ship.
Margaret Rutherford and Robert Morley star in this British comedy. The Drossmouth repertory company are having enough trouble preparing for their production of the poorly-written melodrama 'Tarnished Gold' when the play's indomitable author Catherine Beckwith (Rutherford) arrives. She soon locks horns with the play's producer Harry Blacker (Morley), a confrontation which quickly escalates into out-and-out war.
Cult black comedy written and directed by John Waters. Divine portrays Lady Divine, a drag queen who travels around the country with her sideshow 'Cavalcade of Perversions' which showcases all kinds of bizarre fetishes and perverse behaviours. When she tires of her usual routine, she decides to murder all of her paying customers instead of just robbing them. The film follows Divine over the course of a day after she learns of her husband Mr. David (David Lochary)'s affair. She experiences a number of contrasting sexual encounters before finding a lover, named Mink (Mink Stole), who joins Divine on her quest to confront and kill her husband.
Roman Polanski's psychological drama was his first English-language feature. A young Belgian woman (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in a Kensington apartment when her sister goes away. She becomes increasingly unstable, experiencing hallucinations which have their roots in her fear of male sexuality. When two aggressive men turn up, her tortured nightmares spill into real life violence.
One night over Europe, a crippled Lancaster Bomber struggles home across the English Channel, all crew dead except for the young pilot (David Niven) desperately scanning the radio for signs of life. A young radio operator picks up his signal, and in the final moments of the young flyer's life, a special bond is formed. The next morning, washed up on an English beach, the pilot is alive and somehow he survived. It's a miracle...or is it?
Having made their mark on American horror cinema with three colourful adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum and Tales of Terror – Vincent Price and director Roger Corman enjoyed a brief hiatus from the macabre author with Tower of London. Shot in black and white, the film was loosely based on the Universal horror picture of the same name as well as two Shakespeare plays: a dash of Macbeth and a dollop of Richard III.
Price plays Richard of Gloucester, brother to a dying king and eager to take his place on the throne. When he is overlooked in favour of their sibling, the Duke of Clarence, things take a murderous turn. Richard goes on a murderous rage, only for the ghosts of those he has slain to return from the grave and haunt him…
Less well-known than the Poe movies, Tower of London is no slouch. Price relishes the opportunity to flex his Shakespearean muscles, just as he would eleven years later with Theatre of Blood, and Corman works wonders, as usual, with his low budget. If you’ve ever wondered what a drive-in Shakespeare film would look like, you’re in the right place!
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM.
Pen Tennyson directs this early Ealing Studios drama set in a Welsh coal mining valley. Paul Robeson stars as David Goliath, a charismatic African-American seaman who washes up in a small mining village in Wales. There, he finds work alongside the miners down the pit, and his magnificent singing voice attracts the attention of local choir director Dick Parry (Simon Lack), who has ambitions of winning the national choir contest on the strength of Goliath's talent. However, a mining disaster puts both of these occupations on hold, and Goliath rouses a group of activists to march to London in the hope of reopening the mine in time to serve the nation's wartime needs.
William Wyler directs this 1930s feature adaptation of the classic novel by Emily Brontë. The story follows the recounting of the story of Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) and Cathy (Merle Oberon) as told by Ellen (Flora Robson), the housekeeper of Wuthering Heights. As a young boy living on the streets, Heathcliff (Rex Downing) is found and taken in by the kind Mr. Earnshaw (Cecil Kellaway). Although Mr. Earnshaw's son Hindley (Douglas Scott) takes an immediate disliking to the orphan boy, his daughter, Cathy (Sarita Wooten) and Heathcliff quickly form an unbreakable bond. Later in life, after Mr. Earnshaw's death, Hindley (Hugh Williams), now the man of the house, uses his power to ostracise Heathcliff and keep him away from his sister. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning one for Best Cinematography, Black and White.
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