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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)

Donald Sinden , Dermot Walsh , Robert S. Baker , John Gilling  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Donald Sinden, Dermot Walsh, Tod Slaughter, George Curzon, Margaret Lockwood
  • Directors: Robert S. Baker, John Gilling, George King, Carol Reed, Gordon Perry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 465 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CR4970
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,114 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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SIEGE OF SIDNEY: The dramatization of true events sets the stage for this drama. The date is 1911 and a standoff is sparked between Russian anarchists and police officers. The young woman trapped in the middle thinks back to the events that led up to the siege with unpleasant memories. Violence and flashbacks to the events provide the tension to sustain the viewer to stay till the end! THE FRIGHTENED MAN: Charles Victor, the owner of a small furniture & antique shop uses extra cash from handling stolen good to put his son through Oxford. However, the son gets himself kicked out and comes home to sponge off the old man. When Victor s savings are depleted, the son wants more and gets himself involved with some heavy duty bad guys. Tragedy is the name of the game in this one. CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE: When lady luck smiles sometimes, it doesn t last! The inheritance of a large estate leads to murder, when a madman kills the recepient only to gain entrance to the estate so that he can murder his enemies. HOODED TERROR: Made on a low budget, this drama thriller is both classy & suspenseful. The house of horrors has plenty for the horror fan to enjoy. This restoration is a must for horror fans! GIRL IN THE NEWS: The perfect plot! An unsuspecting nurse, once acquitted of murder, is hired as a nurse for the wheelchair-bound Mr. Bentley. This falls into the plans of Mrs. Bentley and the butler lovers plotting to set Ms. Graham up when Mr. Bentley is found dead. TREAD SOFTLY STRANGER: Diana Dors plays Calico, the sexy vamp (or tramp?) and Terence Morgan, the staid little office worker and love interest of Calico. Things heat up when the shady but handsome brother arrives from London. Instant attraction strikes between Calico & the brother making her plan of theft take off. Product Specs: 3-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 465 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1938, 1940, 1952, 1960; SRP - $29.99

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Low-Quality Transfers October 30, 2008
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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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Cinema Classic B Films November 17, 2010
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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.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'B' (for Brit) crime dramas August 15, 2008
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Cinema B September 25, 2010
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These are good movies and are good quality, both video and audio. I am happy with my purchase.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH THE MONEY! February 27, 2009
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Snake Uncoils
Hardly known(let's face it: forgotten), the British low-budget "Hooded Terror" is a snappy, fast, and dark crime-horror film, starring the great Victorian ham, Todd Slaughter. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brad Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars recrudescence
Excellence should be rewarded
by the accolades of the masses
to repudiate the lack luster
fortunes of todays mediocrity and
to add to the plethora of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Louis J. Calabraro
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for The Girl in the News. The rest really are B movies, and...
Unless you're a glutton for B movies (and I usually am), the reason for buying this set is The Girl in the News. I have no idea why VCI would label this Carol Reed film a B movie. Read more
Published on November 6, 2008 by C. O. DeRiemer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good films, good transfers. Pricey at $26.99
Published on October 25, 2008 by Beat1es
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I took a chance on this.
This would have been a 5 star item if not for the inclusion of "The Hooded Terror", which is not in the same class by the other films. Read more
Published on October 6, 2008 by al b.
4.0 out of 5 stars "British Cinema Classics ... B Film Collection Vol. 1 ... VCI Ent....
VCI Entertainment presents "BRITISH CINEMA CLASSIC B FILM COLLECTION VOL.1" --- (1938-1960) (465 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- The titles included in the set are: The... Read more
Published on August 29, 2008 by J. Lovins
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