Carlton in May

Carlton Visual Entertainment have sent through details on their Region 2 line-up for 17th May 2004...

When Eight Bells Toll and North West Frontier are the latest movies to be added to their collection of DVD classics retailing at £9.99 each.

Anthony Hopkins heads the cast of When Eight Bells Toll, the blockbuster movie, based on Alistair MacLean’s best selling novel. Also appearing alongside the Oscar winning screen legend in this highly charged espionage thriller are Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins, and Corin Redgrave. Philip Calvert (Anthony Hopkins) is a secret service agent assigned to stop the ruthless pirating of millions of pounds of gold bullion in the Irish Sea. A trail of deceit and subterfuge leads him closer to the truth. A great cast includes Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley and Nathalie Delon. When Eight Bells Toll was filmed in the Hebrides and filmed on the Scottish islands of Mull and Staffa.

North West Frontier stars Kenneth More (Reach For The Sky), in this colourful adventure set in colonial India. More is sent to India by the British Governor to rescue a five-year-old Hindu Prince and his American governess, Catherine Wyatt (Lauren Bacall – To Have and Have Not), when a rebellion breaks out amongst the tribesmen. Pursued by abductors, they commandeer a decrepit steam train to take them through the mountains to safety.

Two classic movies from the 1960s starring legendary child star Hayley Mills will be released as Special Edition DVDs with a retail price of £12.99 each. These two enthralling and timeless family films feature newly recorded exclusive audio commentaries by Hayley Mills.

Tiger Bay, an atmospheric thriller set and filmed in Cardiff, saw Hayley Mills (Pollyanna) act alongside her father Oscar® winner Sir John Mills and also stars Horst Buchholz (The Magnificent Seven). Buchholz is furious to discover his lover has left him for another man and shoots her. The crime is witnessed by 10 year old Gillie (BAFTA® nominated Mills) who steals the gun. Investigating officer Graham is in pursuit when Korchinsky abducts Gillie.

Whistle Down The Wind, based on the beloved novel by Hayley Mills’ mother, Mary Hayley Bell, tells the story of Diane Holgate and Alan Barnes, who live on their widowed father’s farm in the north of England. Their lives are disrupted when they discover a wanted man (the late Alan Bates) hiding out in their father’s barn. After a confrontation and misunderstanding they come to the conclusion he is Jesus Christ. Set in Lancashire, Whistle Down The Wind, was filmed in Bacup, Burnley, as well as Gisburn in North Yorkshire.

These two movies – both family affairs for the Mills dynasty – have enduring appeal and the story of Whistle Down the Wind found a new audience when recently adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the west end musical stage.

With the forthcoming 6th June 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, Carlton Visual Entertainment is commemorating this event with the DVD release of four classic British war movie titles retailing at £9.99 each. Ill Met by Moonlight, the Powell and Pressburger movie which marked the end of a movie partnership that produced such classics as A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; Malta Story starring the legendary Alec Guinness; Carol Reed’s The Way Ahead starring David Niven and Stanley Holloway and The Way To The Stars with Michael Redgrave and John Mills.

Ill Met By Moonlight - On Nazi-occupied Crete, British officers Fermor (Dirk Bogarde) and Moss (David Oxley), aided by local patriots, are assigned the job of kidnapping the German commander-in-chief General Kreipe (Marius Goring). The operation, if successful, will be an incredible propaganda coup for the Allies. While the abduction goes smoothly, the chase across the rocky Cretan landscape proves anything but.

Malta Story - Alec Guinness stars as Peter Ross who lands in Malta and is attached to the local regiment. On studying aerial photographs he discovers that Italy is preparing to invade Malta. It is of vital importance that the island remains under the control of the Allies, and Peter is the man selected to trace and destroy the enemy convoy.

The Way Ahead - A mismatched collection of conscripted civilians finds training tough. Carol Reed’s semi-documentary feature film co-written by Peter Ustinov and Eric Ambler and starring David Niven and Stanley Holloway was one of many flag-waving movies intended to bolster morale during World War II but The Way Ahead’’s compassion and realism ensures its place in cinema history.

The Way to the Stars - The Way to the Stars , directed by Anthony Asquith (The Importance of Being Earnest) and written by Terence Rattigan (The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version)tells the story of a British airbase. Starring Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Stanley Holloway, Trevor Howard and Jean Simmons. Following the lives and deaths of civilians and airmen, Americans and Britons, male and female, this warm and moving film is considered one of the most accurate depictions of Britain at war.

All 4 titles feature Mono audio with English HOH subtitles. Ill Met By Moonlight is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen while the others are all presented in their original full frame aspect ratio.

Over consecutive months May through to August the next series instalments of Kavanagh and Cadfael will be released by Carlton Visual Entertainment on DVD, starring John Thaw and Derek Jacobi respectively.

In Kavanagh QC, John Thaw plays the barrister who is one of the most respected criminal advocates in London. Like the late Inspector Morse star, Kavanagh came from a northern working class background and climbed to the top of an elite profession. However, Kavanagh’s dedication to work, justice, long hours and tough cases has taken its toll on his private life.

Kavanagh Series 2, set for release on 17th May 2004 features Episodes 1 – 6 which includes True Commitment, Men of Substance, The Burning Deck, A Sense Of Loss, A Stranger In The Family and Job Satisfaction.

Kavanagh Series 3, released on 21st June 2004 features Episodes 1 – 6 which includes Mute of Malice, Blood Money, Ancient History, Diplomatic Baggage, The Ties We Bind and In God We Trust.

Kavanagh Series 4, released on 19th July 2004 features Episodes 1 – 6 which includes Memento Mori, Care In The Community, Brief’s Trooping Gaily, Bearing Witness, Innocency Of Life and Dead Reckoning.

Kavanagh Series 5, released on 16th August 2004 features Episodes 1 – 5 which includes Previous Convictions, The More Loving One, Time Of Need, Endgames and The End Of The Law.

Each set is presented in 4:3 Full Frame with Stereo sound. Retail is £19.99 each.

Sir Derek Jacobi (I Claudius, Gosford Park), really made his mark as Cadfael, the Crusader, turned crime-solving monk in these atmospheric adaptations of Ellis Peters’ best-selling mysteries. Skilled in both theology and botany, Cadfael uses this knowledge to uncover corruption, murder and deceit in twelfth century England.

Cadfael Series 2, released on 17th May 2004 features The Virgin in the Ice, The Devil’s Novice and A Morbid Taste for Bones.

Cadfael Series 3, released on 21st June 2004 features The Rose Rent, St Peter’s Fair and The Raven in the Foregate.

Cadfael Series 4, released on 19th July 2004 features The Holy Thief, The Potter’s Field and The Pilgrim Of Hate.

Each set is presented in 4:3 Full Frame with Stereo sound and optional English HOH subtitles. Special features include audio comments by Derek Jacobi, Filmographies and Stills Gallery.

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