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British Cinema Classic B Film Collection, Vol. 1 (Tread Softly Stranger / The Siege of Sidney Street / The Frightened Man / Crimes at the Dark House / The Hooded Terror / Girl in the News) [Import]

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  • Actors: Tod Slaughter, Sylvia Marriott, Hilary Eaves, Geoffrey Wardwell, Hay Petrie
  • Directors: Carol Reed, George King, Gordon Parry, John Gilling, Monty Berman
  • Writers: A.R. Rawlinson, Alexander Baron
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, PAL, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 16 2008
  • Run Time: 465 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001CR4970
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Product Description

Genre: Drama
Rating: UN
Release Date: 16-SEP-2008
Media Type: DVD

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9febb6c0) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff65768) out of 5 stars Low-Quality Transfers Oct. 30 2008
By Nom de Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The quality of the picture and sound in "British Cinema Classic B Film Collection, Vol. 1" is mediocre. The picture is generally blurry, the sound fuzzy. Most of the films carry the logo of a TV distributor. One of them, "The Siege of Sidney Street," was filmed in a widescreen process called Dyaliscope (2.35:1), but on this disc the picture is cropped to the old TV ratio (1.33:1). The right and left sides are cut off.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff659b4) out of 5 stars British Cinema Classic B Films Nov. 17 2010
By Mr David M. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We will never know what happened to Hundreds of British Films which seem to have vanished forever into the mists of time.
I have combed the Internet in search of Old British Titles that thrilled me at the Cinema and on Early Television.
Amazon have managed to open doors to many great film titles and this collection on Vol 1 is great entertainment from begining to end.
B Grade is Buy Grade for this DVD
A Fantastic chance to add to a film collection and may many more of these treasures find their way into our hands.
As a projectionist I have seen and run films in Cinema,s and Drive-in,s and its a pleasure to buy six of the best.

Dave Cox
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff65978) out of 5 stars Worth getting if only for "Tread Softly Stranger" with Diana Dors Feb. 1 2009
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
These obscure British films have never been on DVD in US before and - to my knowledge at least most were not on VHS. I chanced on to this one to see the 1958 film "Tread Softly Stranger" with Diana Dors - which received excellent reviews when released in the UK as a PAL DVD. I'm glad I spent the time on this film. Not only is Dors - a combo Jayne Mansfield (but with a slimmer figure) and Marilyn Monroe actress - both sexy and erotic, but the tale of a robbery gone wrong has some great twists and turns. The other films on this set aren't quite as good in my opinion.

The prints are not sharp but apparently the best that can be hoped for until someone takes the time - and money - to restore them. But at least they are out there for all the word to see. The other improvement that could be made with this set is a series of film notes about the actors, directors and the British film industry.

Steve Ramm
"anything Phonographic"
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff65e70) out of 5 stars 'B' (for Brit) crime dramas Aug. 15 2008
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The half-dozen films in VCI's British 'B' collection #1 include two by the legendary Tod Slaughter, plus a story of cornered anarchists, a convalescent nurse implicated in murder for the second time, an honest man and son who foolishly break the law, and an industrial safe heist.


CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE-- Tod Slaughter portrays a murderer who assumes the identity of his wealthy Australian victim and then travels to England to claim the man's inherited estate.

FRIGHTENED MAN-- A struggling antique shop owner fences some stolen goods to raise money for his son's university education. The boy comes home looking for some fast cash; he gets involved in a gang-style robbery that goes terribly wrong.

GIRL IN THE NEWS-- A nurse acqutted in the death of an elderly patient changes her name and takes a job as assistant to a wheelchair-bound man whose wife and butler want to kill him and frame the girl for the crime. Directed by Carol Reed ("The Third Man").

HOODED TERROR-- Master sleuth Sexton Blake pursues the "Snake," and his gang of masked thugs, the "Hooded Terror." A fine opportunity to watch Tod Slaughter (as our bad guy) devour the scenery with his usual gusto.

SIEGE OF SIDNEY ST.-- Anarchists trying to raise money in aid of Latvia's freedom fight are involved in a deadly robbery. The building they take shelter in is surrounded by 100 policemen. Story of the failed robbery is told in flashback as the seige unfolds. Based on a true event from 1911.

TREAD SOFTLY STRANGER-- Calculating woman plays upon the affections of two brothers, convincing them to rob a safe at the steel mill where one of them works. During the heist, a night watchman is killed, and his son sets out to find those responsible.

CLASSIC BRITISH THRILLERS features two 1930s movies, plus one film noir from the '40s that stars James and Pamela Mason.

Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.

(7.0) Crimes At The Dark House (UK-1940) - Tod Slaughter/Sylvia Marriott/Hilary Eaves/Geoffrey Wardwell/Hay Petrie
(5.7) The Frightened Man (UK-1952) - Dermot Walsh/Barbara Murray/Charles Victor/John Blythe/Michael Ward
(6.5) Girl in the News (UK-1940) - Margaret Lockwood/Barry K. Barnes/Emlyn Williams/Roger Livesay/Margaretta Scott
(4.1) The Hooded Terror ("Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror") (UK-1938) - George Curzon/Tod Slaughter/Greta Gynt
(6.0) The Siege of Sidney Street (UK-1960) - Donald Sinden/Nicole Berger/Kieron Moore/Peter Wyngarde
(6.8) Tread Softly Stranger (UK-1958) - Diana Dors/George Baker/Terence Morgan/Patrick Allen/Jane Griffiths
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff66180) out of 5 stars WELL WORTH THE MONEY! Feb. 27 2009
By R. Bromley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I don't know why some people were complaining about the picture quality. I didn't find anything wrong with it. Really.... What can you expect from such old movies? I found each and every movie to be well worth the time spent viewing them. I would say, "This set is worth every penny". I hope someday there will be a Volume 2. If you like British movies this set is for you.

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