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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Robberies, revenge and red herrings

The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Robberies, revenge and red herrings

James Oliver on 9th June / comments

Overwhelmed by the wealth of vintage British films arriving on DVD? James Oliver offers some assistance with his new column, starting with the series of films based on the work of novelist, Edgar Wallace.

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Agatha Christie on Screen

Agatha Christie on Screen

David Parkinson on 2nd June / comments

First adapted for the screen in the silent era, Agatha Christie remains as popular as ever in the age of Blu-ray. To mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Murder on the Orient Express, Crash Course pays homage to the Queen of Crime.

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What a Carry On! Review your favourite British comedy film and win a MovieMail voucher

What a Carry On! Review your favourite British comedy film and win a MovieMail voucher

on 2nd June

To celebrate the release of Carry on Cowboy on Blu-ray, we want to read your reviews of your favourite British comedy films for a chance to win a £20 voucher.

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Poverty Row

Poverty Row

David Parkinson on 28th May / comments

Slang for the many B-movie studios in Hollywood during the late 1920s to mid-1950s, Poverty Row is an unjustly maligned area of Hollywood history. With Allan Dwan's Sands of Iwo Jima coming to DVD, David sets the record straight.

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Ace in the Hole: Rated R for Rocky

Ace in the Hole: Rated R for Rocky

Mike McCahill on 23rd May / comments

After years in the wilderness due to UK rights issues, Billy Wilder's classic satire of newspaper mores finally hits DVD this month care of Masters of Cinema. But how will arch hack Kirk Douglas's shady manoeuvres play with our expert panel?

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An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: J

An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: J

Julian Upton on 22nd May / comments

Disaster movies, cheeky chappies and a future Man from UNCLE feature in Julian Upton's latest trip through the little-seen underbelly of British filmmaking, this time focusing on the letter J.

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Behind the Label: Odeon Entertainment's Alan Byron

Behind the Label: Odeon Entertainment's Alan Byron

on 20th May / comments

The latest instalment in our look at UK DVD and Blu-ray labels takes us to the offices of Odeon Entertainment. Managing Director, Alan Byron, explains the company's background and looks ahead to future releases.

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Race - Old films, old attitudes

Race - Old films, old attitudes

James Oliver on 9th May / comments

James Oliver looks at the issue of race in 'old' movies and wonders if it's still possible to enjoy some of the worst offenders.

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The Great War on Film - Part II: Hollywood leads the charge

The Great War on Film - Part II: Hollywood leads the charge

David Parkinson on 6th May / comments

Having explored how filmmakers tackled the Great War between 1914-18, Crash Course now turns its attention to the way it has been depicted during the ensuing century.

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Network celebrates the great British Film this May, with exclusive clip

Network celebrates the great British Film this May, with exclusive clip

on 5th May

Network takes us back to a golden age of British cinema this month with a batch of new releases featuring stars such as David Tomlinson and Naunton Wayne.

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Paths of Glory: Kubrick's anti-war drama pushes into cinemas once more

Paths of Glory: Kubrick's anti-war drama pushes into cinemas once more

Mike McCahill on 30th April / comments

The young Stanley Kubrick marched boldly forward with this 1958 drama about the court-martialling of three soldiers. Reissued to mark the centenary of the Great War, it endures as one of the directorís most powerful films, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Great War on Film - Part I: Public Information and Propaganda

The Great War on Film - Part I: Public Information and Propaganda

David Parkinson on 29th April / comments

Marking the centenary of when the lamps went out across Europe in August 1914, Crash Course examines the connection between cinema and the Great War in a special two-part edition.

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Over 20 new-to-DVD Hollywood classics arrive from Simply, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Over 20 new-to-DVD Hollywood classics arrive from Simply, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

on 28th April

Simply Media announce the release of 21 Hollywood classics on DVD, including the much-loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Howard Hawks' The Road to Glory.

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Shadows in Hollywood: Val Lewton's horror legacy

Shadows in Hollywood: Val Lewton's horror legacy

James Oliver on 23rd April / comments

No one made pictures like Hollywood producer Val Lewton, who perfected the cinema of suggestion in films such as Cat People and Curse of the Cat People, writes James Oliver.

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An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: I

An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: I

Julian Upton on 22nd April / comments

Mixed up kids and murderous adults are among the characters in Julian Upton's latest trawl through some of Britain's forgotten films, as he reaches the letter I.

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