Film: One Night, Two Thousand Women & Seven Deadly Sins

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Thursday 17th September 2015

Hello and welcome to another jam-packed edition of our shop newsletter. This week we've got a film special for you, highlighting some of the most interesting, noteworthy and exciting releases of 2015.

Already Released
Two Thousand Women (DVD)
Phyllis Calvert, Flora Robson, Patricia Roc and Renee Houston star in this World War Two comedy drama set in a women's internment camp in Nazi-occupied France.
Forced to live together in an old hotel, a group of British women from varied backgrounds must put their differences aside and band together to protect not just themselves but three British airmen shot down in the grounds. Details
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Blu-ray & DVD)
Sequel to the 2012 comedy hit. While preparing for his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina, Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy and Lavinia. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
A Political Party (DVD)
Featuring a very early role for Oscar winner John Mills alongside legendary comic actors Leslie Fuller and Moore Marriott, A Political Party tells the story of a north-country chimney sweep who stands for Parliament and is opposed by a local bigwig. His campaign is imperilled when his artist son, Tony, falls in love with a girl who has reason to hope that the bigwig will be elected. Details
One Night In Istanbul (DVD)
Two down on their luck Liverpool cabbies, Tommy (Steven Waddington) and Gerry (Paul Barber), strike an unusual deal with a local gangster (Mark Womack) to take their sons to one of the most legendary encounters in football history - the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul between Liverpool FC and AC Milan. Details
Withnail And I - Special Edition (Blu-ray)
Brand new special edition Blu-ray of British film comedy's cult hit darling, Withnail And I. This set is absolutely jam-packed with extras, many brand new, and features the film freshly transferred and upgraded from the original film stock, as well as an equally freshly transferred copy of the follow-up, How To Get Ahead In Advertising. Details
Eskimo Nell - 40th Anniversary Special Edition (Blu-ray & DVD)
Alongside Come Play With Me and Confessions Of A Window Cleaner, Eskimo Nell is one of the most celebrated British adult comedies of the 1970s.
Featuring a script from Michael Armstrong (who also stars) and directed by Martin Campbell years before the 007 movies GoldenEye and Casino Royale, Eskimo Nell is a satire on the low-budget British movie industry.
Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Hot Enough For June (Blu-ray)
British film legend Dirk Bogarde gives a whimsical performance as the unwitting replacement agent Number 008 in director Ralph Thomas's spy comedy from the early 1960s. Also starring screen siren Sylva Koscina and key character actors Robert Morley, Leo McKern and John Le Mesurier, Hot Enough For June is presented here in a high definition transfer from original film elements. Details
Love, Rosie (Blu-ray & DVD)
Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since the age of six, but as they are approaching university, fate forces them to go their separate ways. Can their relationship survive the years and the miles? And at the back of Rosie's mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Pride (Blu-ray & DVD)
It's 1984 and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike.
At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem: the homophobic Union doesn't want their support. The group resolve to go direct to the miners, selecting a village in Wales to support... Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Paddington (Blu-ray & DVD)
A critically acclaimed family hit starring Hugh Bonneville, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home.
Finding himself alone at Paddington Station, he realises that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kind Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (Blu-ray & DVD)
Seven comic morality tales based on the seven deadly sins: 'Avarice'; 'Envy'; 'Gluttony'; 'Wrath'; 'Lust'; 'Pride'; and 'Sloth'.
Starring such comedic actors as Bruce Forsyth, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Leslie Phillips, with a writing team of equal standing, this is a film curio for every British comedy fan. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Happy Is The Bride (DVD)
Ian Carmichael and Janette Scott star in this sparkling, utterly irresistible romantic comedy - a major project for Roy Boulting, who with twin brother John formed one of post-war Britain's most successful and influential film partnerships. Also featuring comedy greats Terry-Thomas, Joyce Grenfell, Irene Handl and John Le Mesurier. Details
French Dressing (DVD)
Ken Russell's debut feature is an exuberant farce that has become a cult classic since its theatrical release fifty years ago, featuring early lead roles for James Booth and Roy Kinnear, and with script input from Johnny Speight.
Gormleigh-on-Sea is a typical, boring seaside resort - until they decide to hold a film festival and invite a beautiful French film star as the main guest. Details
Percy's Progress (Blu-ray & DVD)
A rumbustious comedy boasting a stellar international cast, Percy's Progress charts the ongoing misadventures of Percy Edward Anthony - recipient of the world's first transplant of an, ahem, male member. This cult sequel to the box-office hit Percy features Leigh Lawson, Elke Sommer, Judy Geeson, Denholm Elliott and Harry H. Corbett. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Aldwych Farces - Volume One (DVD)
A series of now-legendary stage comedies from the 1920s and '30s, the Aldwych Farces broke theatre box-office records and made the transition to celluloid with a run of hit films - making stars of Tom Walls, Ralph Lynn and Robertson Hare. This first collection includes the 1933 productions A Cuckoo In The Nest and Turkey Time. Details
Fierce Creatures (Blu-ray & DVD)
John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline follow their smash hit A Fish Called Wanda with another delightful farce.
A quaint English zoo director attempts to rid the park of its cute, cuddly animals and display only 'Fierce Creatures'. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Hotel Sahara (DVD)
Uproarious World War II farce about the hotel of the title.
Yvonne DeCarlo and Peter Ustinov star as the proprietors, trying to survive the war but sitting in just the right place in the desert that the hotel changes sides depending on how the battle is going that week.
Eventually, all sides end up occupying the hotel at the same time! Details
Little Big Shot (DVD)
Ronald Shiner and veteran actress Marie Lohr feature among the cast of this crime caper - a 1952 remake of thirties comedy Where There's A Will and directed by John Paddy Carstairs. Harry Hawkwood is the son of 'Pa' Hawkwood, one of England's greatest crooks, and it's Harry's ambition to follow in his father's footsteps. Unfortunately for his ambition, he's good at heart! Details
Hackney's Finest: Gangs Of London (DVD)
Comic-crime debut feature from director Chris Bouchard and writer Thorin Seex. A small-time drug-dealer gets into big trouble when a corrupt East London cop tries to steal a consignment meant for Welsh-Jamaican Yardies. Details
Storm In A Teacup (DVD)
When Englishman Frank Burdon travels to Scotland to take a job as a newspaper reporter, his world changes beyond imagination after a chance meeting with Victoria, the daughter of Provost Willie Gow (Cecil Parker).
A legal case involving the potential destruction of a dog, slander, and a public campaign ensues. Stars Rex Harrison and Vivien Leigh. Details
Shaun The Sheep Movie (Blu-ray & DVD)
Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, bring you Shaun The Sheep Movie.
Shaun is a clever, mischievous sheep who lives with his flock on Mossy Bottom Farm, under the nominal supervision of The Farmer. Despite Shaun's best efforts, life on the farm has got into a bit of a rut, and Shaun concocts a cunning plan - to have a day off... Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
I've Gotta Horse (DVD)
Billy Fury stars as himself.
Already owning quite an entourage of animals, Billy decides to get himself a sheepdog. But much to the chagrin of his long-suffering manager, Billy returns with a thoroughbred racehorse. An argument ensues, but when the animal develops pneumonia Billy must choose between his love of the horse and his performing commitments. Details
Monty Python's Life Of Brian - Steelbook Edition (Blu-ray)
Repeatedly voted one of the greatest comedy films of all time, Monty Python's Life Of Brian is now available in this Blu-ray Steelbook edition.
Special features include
'An Hour-Long Revelation': The Story of Brian; an original illustrated 110 minute recording by the Pythons of their early screenplay in progress; commentaries; original radio adverts for the film; and deleted scenes. Details
Monty Python And The Holy Grail - Steelbook Edition (Blu-ray)
The Monty Python team's highly acclaimed second feature film is now available in a new Steelbook Blu-ray edition.
It's packed with special features, brand new artwork, and is a must-own for any self-respecting Python fan with a care for picture quality. Details
The Magnet - Digitally Restored (DVD)
Gentle Ealing comedy about childhood, guilt and half-truths starring a young James Fox (then known by his real name, William Fox) as Johnny Brent, a mischievous boy who tricks a younger boy (Keith Robinson) into giving him his magnet in return for an 'invisible' clock.
Having successfully obtained the magnet, Johnny immediately starts to feel guilty about his swindling behaviour. Details
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (DVD)
Based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies, this glossy coming-of-age comedy follows the exploits of sex-obsessed Jamie (Barry Evans) as he attempts to join the Swinging Sixties and lose his virginity by seducing the local girls.
This fun-filled fantasy is populated with many famous faces of the time, including Judy Geeson, Denholm Elliott and Nicky Henson. Details
Hue & Cry (Blu-ray & DVD)
First of the Ealing comedies.
A bunch of crooks use a comic paper, featuring stories penned by Felix H. Wilkinson (Alastair Sim), to pass on coded messages for robberies. When the comic's young readership discover what's going on they go to the police. The local constabulary, however, are no help, and so the plucky lads set out to foil the robbers themselves. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
British Comedies Of The 1930s - Volume 1 (DVD)
The comedy films of the 1930s brought escape and laughter to millions of British cinemagoers, enabling veteran stars of the music-hall and theatre to reach out to a wider audience - making household names of performers like Leslie Fuller, Hal Gordon, Bobby Howes, Ernest Lotinga and Gene Gerrard.
Includes Let Me Explain, Dear (1932) and The Outcast (1934). Details & Trailer
The Trip - Feature Films (Blu-ray)
Michael Winterbottom directs this BBC comedies following Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they tour the north of England, and later Italy, sampling the best restaurants of regions with beautiful scenery.
Fiction and reality blur as the two play darker and more desperate embellishments of themselves. These are film edits of the original series. The Trip Details & The Trip To Italy Details
The Maggie - Digitally Restored (Blu-ray & DVD)
The celebrated Ealing Studios comedy set in the Scottish isles.
Paul Douglas plays Marshall, an American businessman who becomes involved with The Maggie, a rundown old shipping vessel captained by the taciturn skipper (Alex Mackenzie), when he is trying to find a way to convey his luggage to a remote island. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Jailbirds / Sailors Don't Care (DVD)
Film double-bill. Jailbirds (1940) stars
Charles Hawtrey as Nick, a prisoner who escapes along with Bill dressed in drag. Both get jobs in a bakery where they hide some stolen jewellery in a loaf! In
Sailors Don't Care (1940),
boat-building father and son, Joe and Nobby Clark, join the River Patrol service.
They are 'vamped' by two nightclub girls who are actually spies. Details
Let's Be Happy! (DVD)
A lavish British musical from the 1950s, this glamorous romantic comedy stars actress and dancer Vera-Ellen, whose Hollywood pedigree included films with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.
On receiving an inheritance, Canadian Jeannie decides to explore her Scottish roots. En route she meets businessman Stanley and romance blossoms - but soon each is meeting another... Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Coming Soon
You Made Me Love You (DVD)
Monkey-business abounds in this spirited musical comedy updating Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to 1930s London, with Stanley Lupino as the young man attempting to tame his formidably feisty bride - leading Hollywood comedienne Thelma Todd. You Made Me Love You is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Details
Man Up (Blu-ray & DVD)
Romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.
When 40-year-old divorcee Jack mistakenly believes 34-year-old Nancy to be his blind date she decides to go along with it, taking a chance in the hope of finding the right man for her. The pair have a great time until Jack discovers the truth about her identity. Has Nancy ruined her chance of a future with Jack? Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Convenience (DVD)
A brand new independent British comedy. Only 12 hours until clocking off time. Levi (Vicky McClure) chews gum, bored in a quiet petrol station convenience store.
BANG! Ajay (Adeel Akthar) & Shaan (Ray Panthaki) blunder in to rob the place, two hapless friends who need to find money to pay a debt inadvertently owed to some Russian gangsters. Details
School For Scoundrels (Blu-ray & DVD)
Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael) is one of life's losers. Disregarded at work, his prospective girlfriend April (Janette Scott) is whisked from under his nose by charming bounder Raymond Delauney (Terry-Thomas).
In desperation, Henry enrols at Stephen Potter's (Alastair Sim) College of Lifemanship, where he gradually learns how to get one up on the other fellow. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
The Happiest Days Of Your Life (Blu-ray)
From director Frank Launder, The Happiest Days Of Your Life is a precursor to the hugely successful St. Trinian's series, set in Nutbourne College, the most established and respectable of boys' schools.
A Whitehall mistake billets a girls' school to share the college's premises, to the outrage of their horrified heads, played by Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Old Bill And Son (DVD)
Some of British cinema's best-loved stars were enlisted for this endearing wartime comedy featuring 'Old Bill' - the memorably cantankerous, grittily determined World War One character created by cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather. Starring Morland Graham and John Mills as Bills senior and junior. Details
Aldwych Farces - Volume Three (DVD)
This third collection of filmed Aldwych farces includes the following two films: Fighting Stock (1935), in which feuding, intrigue and blackmail put a brigadier-general's fishing holiday on hold; and Foreign Affaires (1935), which sees an ageing aristocrat hatch a plan to secure his dwindling finances. But will it succeed? Details
Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?! (Blu-ray & DVD)
When new teacher Mr Shepherd (Martin Clunes) loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, as well as his fiancée Sophie (Catherine Tate) and the whereabouts of the beloved Archie, it's up to the pupils of St Bernadette's - and madcap 'teacher' Mr Poppy - to save the day. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
To Paris With Love (DVD)
Screen legend Alec Guinness stars in this romantic comedy set amongst the boulevards of Paris. Sir Edgar Fraser, a widowed Scottish baronet, decides that it's about time his 20-year-old son became acquainted with the opposite sex. Not one to do things by halves, he determines that this must be done in Paris, the most romantic city in the world. Details
Get Santa (Blu-ray & DVD)
Festive comedy starring Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall and Warwick Davis.
When nine-year-old Tom (Kit Connor) discovers that Santa Claus (Broadbent) has crashed his sleigh into his parent's garden shed he tries to get his dad Steve (Spall) to help him get Santa home to Lapland in time for Christmas. There is just one problem: Santa's reindeer have escaped. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Money Talks (DVD)
This comedy about Jewish domestic life tells the story of an old man who is to inherit a legacy if he can prove he is in need, and who thus begins to gamble spectacularly with his savings. But can he spend to earn - or will he ultimately come a cropper?
A popular early-thirties comedy, Money Talks boasts a rare appearance by East-End boxing cham Jack Berg, the Whitechapel Windmill. Details
The Bad Education Movie (Blu-ray & DVD)
Feature length instalment of the BBC sitcom written by and starring Jack Whitehall as history teacher Alfie Wickers.
With GCSEs done and dusted, Alfie takes his class on a school trip to Cornwall where they get themselves into all kinds of trouble with the locals.
The supporting cast includes Clarke Peters, Harry Enfield, Mathew Horne and Iain Glen. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Absolutely Anything (Blu-ray & DVD)
Simon Pegg stars in this British sci-fi comedy directed by Terry Jones.
A group of aliens (voiced by Monty Python members Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin) are planning to destroy Earth but before doing so test mankind by giving one human, Neil Clarke (Pegg), the power to do absolutely anything. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
That's all, folks!
We'll be back in another fortnight with a fresh selection of comedy releases.
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