The three films in this Terry Thomas Collection--The Naked Truth, Too Many Crooks and Make Mine Mink--are each an unalloyed delight from beginning to end. Though produced on slim budgets they possess witty scripts by Michael Pertwee, deft direction in two instances by Mario Zampi, inventive music scores and marvellous casts featuring two generations of British actors, from Athene Seyler to a young Kenneth Williams. Individually and as an ensemble these players are a pleasure to watch. But of course Terry Thomas, the catalyst of the collection, runs the gamut with a plethora of facial expressions, body language and verbal repartee that contribute so much to the unbuttoned joy of each film. In the earliest of them, The Naked Truth (1957), TT plays a dodgy peer of the realm being blackmailed in the company of Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount and Shirley Eaton by a gutter press journalist, Dennis Price ("Don't try to appeal to my better nature, because I haven't one"). The moments of slapstick are brought off to a tee as when the larger-than-life Peggy Mount attempts a suicide drop from her window to be saved by an awning on a shop front. Too Many Crooks (1959) has TT being blackmailed once again, this time for the hoards he's stashed away as a renowned tax dodger. Look out for the very funny court scene, where TT makes three appearances on separate charges, before a bemused magistrate, John Le Mesurier. Make Mine Mink (1960), the odd one out in this collection, was adapted from a West End stage farce, Breath of Spring. TT leads a gang of middle-aged biddies who decide to brighten up "the dullness of the tea time of life", by staging a series of robberies on furriers, then donating the proceeds to charitable concerns. The splendid cast includes Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams. On the DVD: The Terry Thomas Collection comes in an attractive box containing the three discs. All are 4:3 ratio and with mono sound. The only extras are a trailer for each film which, in the instance of Make Mine Mink, is introduced by Terry Thomas himself, who presents us to his gang of fur thieves as the voice on the soundtrack announces him as "fur, fur funnier than you've seen him before". --Adrian Edwards
A group of British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you begin to let go of the past. From the Director of Shakespeare In Love and featuring an all-star British cast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a charming, life affirming comedy drama about life, love and new beginnings...
"17 Again" offers the question; what if you could go back and do things a little differently? Well, a man heading nowhere fast wishes exactly that and one morning wakes up as his 17-years-old self with a chance at rewriting history!
Fall In!...for a feast of classic fun as the boys from the concert party parade their special brand of army camp. This classic BBC comedy series stars the members of the Royal Artillery Concert Party including Gunner 'Gloria' Beaumont (Melvyn Hayes) Gunner 'Lofty' Sugden (Don Estelle) and 'La De Da' Gunner Graham (John Clegg) all under the watchful eye of Sergeant Major 'SHUUUT UUUUP' Williams (Windsor Davies).
All your favourites from the smash-hit sketch show together on one disc for the first time ever. Classic antics featuring Ronald Villiers Scotland's best-loved but worst actor steamy recollections from Betty (the OAP with the XXX love life) and a glimpse of Jack and Victor when they were young(er) and still game for a sing-song. Plus don't forget the Big Man the Banter Boys News for Neds Ballistic Bob Bish and Bosh the painter n' decorators the Lonely Shopkeeper and the Invi
Legally Blonde: Reese Witherspoon gives a glittering performance as Elle Woods, the natural blonde sorority queen who enrolls at Harvard Law School. Expecting her boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis) to propose, Elle is mortified when instead he says he needs somebody serious as his wife. When Elle discovers Warner's brother is engaged to a law student, she discovers enrolling at Harvard might be the way to prove she is serious. She studies for the LSATs, submits a video ess...
As the private eye of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He s tough, rough and ready to take anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheese-maker has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead to the Carlotta Lists . With a little help from his friends , Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Laughton, etc, Reardon gets his man. An exciting, action-packed film the way 40s films used to be!
Chrissy and Jo share a bedsit flat at 6 Myddleton Terrace in the Earls Court district of London. The morning after a farewell party for a third (female) flatmate and in sore need of the extra financial contribution they prepare to start looking for her replacement. Unbeknownst to them asleep in the bath after drinking too much of an appalling concoction they called punch is Robin Tripp the friend of a friend of a friend of a friend and a catering student to boot. Since he can cook they invite him to become the third flatmate offering him the spare bedroom and warning him to keep out of theirs.
A powerful and very unique love story, which tells with bold, unflinching humour of the sadomasochistic love affair between a troubled young woman and her domineering boss.
Quite often the problem with Morecambe and Wise "Greatest Hits" compilations is that they home in on the handful of sketches and routines, which are repeated to the point of nauseam--a dancing Angela Rippon, for example. There are certainly a few such chestnuts here--Glenda Jackson in the play "what Ernie wrote", the breakfast striptease routine and "Singing In The Rain", though that particular classic can bear up to any number of repeated viewings. Much of the stuff here, however, is less familiar. There are seemingly inconsequential sketches of Eric and Ernie in their flat and even--Laurel and Hardy-style--in bed together in which their oddly intimate, bickering relationship is better explored than in some of the stagier items. Much of the scripts and skits here haven't stood the test of time--old innuendos or obsolete references that seem to belong to the 50s, let alone the 70s. But even the creakiest material is rescued not just by Eric's punctually daft persona but also the often-patronised little Ern who, as this selection shows, was no passenger. Among guest highlights, the sight of Arthur Lowe breaking, surreally, from a Captain Bligh into a Humphrey Bogart impression is one of the many ad-lib gems here. On the DVD: Full screen, special features consisting of scene selection and artist profiles, in which it is outlined just how many years Morecambe and Wise toiled and honed down their act, in music hall radio, film and TV. By the time of their 1977 zenith, when 28 million people watched their Christmas show, they had worked together for over 30 years. --David Stubbs
All three comedy-drama features featuring the mis-matched neighbours on another booze cruise to France...
In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. News reports are scary, and scientists are concerned, but no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: the dead rise from their graves and feast on the living, and the citizens must battle to survive.
Jack Black and Kyle Gass set out to retrieve a magical guitar pick in this musical comedy.
The new film details the inspiring exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as 'Eddie The Eagle', the most famous ski jumper in British history.
For anyone who's ever won. For anyone who's ever lost. And for anyone who's still in there trying.... When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss she seizes the opportunity to steal it back. Her boss breaks her leg in a skiing accident and the daring secretary decides to take her office her apartment and even her wardrobe! it's make or break time...
Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam and Paul Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy The Men Who Stare At Goats) Frank is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey.
The Big Lebowski, a casually amusing follow-up from the prolifically inventive Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel), seems like a bit of a lark and the result was a box-office disappointment. It's lazy plot is part of its laidback charm. After all, how many movies can claim as their hero a pot-bellied, pot-smoking loser named Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) who spends most of his time bowling and getting stoned? And where else could you find a hair-netted Latino bowler named Jesus (John Turturro) who sports dazzling purple footgear, or an erotic artist (Julianne Moore) whose creativity consists of covering her naked body in paint, flying through the air in a leather harness, and splatting herself against a giant canvas? Who else but the Coens would think of showing you a camera view from inside the holes of a bowling ball, or an elaborate Busby Berkely-styled musical dream sequence involving a Viking goddess and giant bowling pins? The plot--which finds Lebowski involved in a kidnapping scheme after he's mistaken for a rich guy with the same name--is almost beside the point. What counts here is a steady cascade of hilarious dialogue, great work from Coen regulars John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, and the kind of cinematic ingenuity that puts the Coens in a class all their own. --Jeff Shannon
Set in Cambridge University Porterhouse Blue centres around the fictional Porterhouse College whose genially eccentric Fellows are the proud guardians of six centuries of tradition in which oar-pulling prowess and gourmet cuisine have taken priority over academic achievement. However the arrival of a new master threatens the old established order and events take a number of unexpected not to mention explosive turns...
Ricky Gervais' critically acclaimed and multi-award winning The Office is taken across the pond. This unique comedy series offers a smart tongue-in-cheek documentary-style look at the humorous and sometimes poignant banality of the 9-to-5 white-collar work world. The Office takes a painfully funny look at the interactions of the cubicle jockeys at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton Pennsylvania. Golden Globe winner Steve Carell (The 40-Year Old Virgin) stars a
A hard-to-handle foster kid from the big city and a grouchy bushman in his sixties are forced to forge an unlikely alliance to survive in the New Zealand wilderness after their misinterpreted relationship triggers a national manhunt.
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