The legendary Bernard Manning comperes while fellow stand-up veteran Colin Crompton is ‘Mr Chairman’ at the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club – the friendliest working men’s club in the North. Amid the boozing, bingo and committee announcements, the show features rising stars and evergreen entertainers, contemporary acts and international stars – and the occasional musical oddity. For the first time on home-video format, this release presents the complete second series, in which Roy Orbison, P.J. Proby, Marty Wilde, Russ Conway, Matt Monro, and dancer, choreographer and UFO star Peter Gordeno can be found rubbing shoulders with the Amazing Bavarian Stompers and some 'exotic' dancers! Although the ‘club’ was a humorously authentic studio mock-up, this forgotten treasure of 1970s light entertainment programming – building upon the highly successful live-audience format of The Comedians – brought the quickfire comedy, musical variety and convivial atmosphere of a typical Clubland concert night to a national audience. Providing a showcase for several future household names, Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club proved a ratings winner between 1974 and 1977; this second series was first screened in 1974 and the set also includes that year’s New Year’s Special.
The legendary Bernard Manning comperes, while fellow stand-up veteran Colin Crompton is ‘Mr Chairman’ at The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club - the friendliest working men’s club in the North.
Bernard Manning comperes and fellow stand-up veteran Colin Crompton is ‘Mr. Chairman’ at The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club – the friendliest working men’s club in the North! Cut from the same cloth as The Comedians, this Seventies ratings hit captures the quickfire comedy, musical variety and convivial atmosphere of a typical Clubland concert night, showcasing rising stars, contemporary acts, local talent and world-renowned performers. Entertaining a typically appreciative audience in this final series (billed as At the Wheeltappers in TV Times) are Paul Daniels, Cannon and Ball, George Melly, The New Vaudeville Band and The Dubliners, with Lancastrian folk-pop from Fivepenny Piece, comedian/singer-songwriter Bob Williamson, and the Rochdale Cowboy himself, Mike Harding. SPECIAL FEATURES: Though ten episodes were filmed for this series only eight were shown on television. The ninth - an edition with controversial hypnotist Martin St. James - is included here, as is the tenth - Terry Webster and Dictionary - which is presented here as an unedited recording block.
The legendary Bernard Manning comperes while fellow stand-up veteran Colin Crompton is ‘Mr Chairman’ at the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club – the friendliest working men’s club in the North. Amid the boozing, bingo and committee announcements the show features rising stars and evergreen entertainers, some of the best-known contemporary acts and the occasional musical oddity; pianist Mrs Mills (the ‘First Lady of Clubland’), Kathy Kirby, Bill Haley and his Comets, The Three Degrees, Lonnie Donegan, Gene Pitney and celebrated French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli appear alongside comedians Cannon and Ball, Jimmy Jewel, Little and Large and The Krankies.
The legendary Bernard Manning comperes, while fellow stand-up veteran Colin Crompton is 'Mr Chairman' at the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club - Friendlies working men's club in the north.The show features rising stars, contemporary acts and internationally acclaimed performers.This release presents the entire third series, with outstanding performances by, among others, Helen Shapiro, Tony Christie (including hits Amarillo and Avenues and Alleyways), Roger Whittaker, The Karl Denver Trio (performing the much-loved Wimaweh), guitar maestro Bert Weedon, George Melly, The Settlers, Ronnie Dukes and Alvin Stardust; Bernard Manning and much more &0's light Entertaiment to follow.
Everything seemed like a dream...and eventually I forgot everything' Tomoya Okazaki is depressed at the prospect of school. His days are spent considering the path which lies ahead of him, the shadow of his vacant alcoholic father constantly looming over his daily void. He meets a group of strange girls at his school, each with unique social problems, and begins to gain perspective on the deep loneliness he feels. When the drama club is established, paranormal turmoil unfolds and hearts are broken... The complete first season of Clannad collected in one 6 disc DVD box set for the first time!
From the lawless streets of Kinshasa, Congo comes one of the most incredible stories ever committed to film. Five years in the making, Benda Bilili follows a group of street musicians as they struggle to record their first album. Four of the group are paraplegic’s who get around Kinshasa in Mad Max/ Easy Rider style customized wheelchairs. The other three are homeless street children whose star is Roger Landau - a teenage prodigy who plays on a home-made, single string guitar fashioned from a tin can. Prepare to lose yourself in the remarkable true story of Benda Bilili as we follow them from their first recording session to worldwide acclaim and stardom. Hailed as the new Buena Vista Social Club and brimming with humour in the vein of Anvil, Benda Bilili is an inspirational, infectious, hilarious and life-affirming story of a dream that becomes reality.
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman star in this compelling thriller from renowned film-maker David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network). Brad Pitt stars as rookie cop David Mills who partners with seasoned detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) to track down a ruthless serial killer who is using the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. Intelligent movie which gathered a huge cult following and helped kick off Brad Pitt’s successful career.
The Outrageous, Uproarious Smash Art‐House Comedy of The 1970S! Renato (La grande bouffe’s Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Diabolique’s Michel Seerrault)— a middle‐aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez—agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato’s son’s fiancée come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warm‐hearted farce about the importance of non‐conformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became a breakout art‐house smash in America, Edouard MolInaro’s La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage. But with its hilarious performances and ahead‐of‐its‐time social message, there’s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie. Features: New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New interview with director Edouard Molinaro Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre French and U.S. trailers New English subtitle translation Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein
They Went From Zeroes To Heroes In One Fantastic Weekend. If you can’t get a date… make one! After proving himself the king of heartfelt teen flicks with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes infused the genre with a hefty dose of wacked-out sci-fi comedy in Weird Science, a film where every teenage boy’s wildest fantasies come to life. Perenially picked-on high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall, Sixteen Candles) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt’s computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman – and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys’ dreams come true… but what about Wyatt’s gun-toting psycho older brother Chet (Bill Paxton), and the two bullies (Robert Downey Jr and Vamp’s Robert Rusler) determined to put them back in their place? Inspired by EC Comics and boosted by a killer soundtrack (including the classic title theme by Oingo Boingo), Weird Science has never looked better than in this new special edition, including an exclusive extended version of the film featuring deleted scenes never released on home video before. Special Edition Contents: New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the original Theatrical Version of the film (94 mins), plus seamlessly-branched exclusive Extended Version (97 mins), featuring two additional scenes newly remastered in high-definition Original lossless stereo audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only) Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and takes Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately Newly-filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos All-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch It’s Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall Theatrical trailers and TV spots Image gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching First Pressing Only : Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes