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MURDER BY DEATH-
The world’s greatest detectives have been invited to dinner. But when murder is on the menu, who will make it to dessert?
You are cordially invited to join an all-star cast featuring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Peter Falk, James Coco, Elsa Lanchester, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell and Estelle Winwood for Neil Simon’s hilarious murder-mystery spoof MURDER BY DEATH. The isolated mansion of eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (celebrated author Truman Capote in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) is the setting for the twisted puzzler. Twain informs his guests that one of them will be murdered at the stroke of midnight. The pay-off: $1 million to whoever lives through the night.
MURDER BY DEATH neatly lampoons both the mystery genre and the characterisations of these instantly recognizable gumshoes. Match wits with the super sleuths, but remember, you can’t win if you end up dying from laughter!
 
SHERLOCK HOLMES- THE ROYAL SCANDAL-
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classy super-sleuth investigates a classic crime of blackmail and deception in The Royal Scandal.
Legendary opera star Irene Adler (Liliana Komorowska, The Art of War) is threatening to destroy the King of Bohemia's (Robin Wilcock, The Day After Tomorrow) reputation with proof of their illicit affair. The evidence? A photograph. Her ransom? The king's hand in marriage. But not only does investigating detective Sherlock Holmes (Matt Frewer, The Hound of the Baskervilles) already know Irene from the past, he also knows that the queen of manipulation would never resort to such a common crime. After uncovering her true ambitions, with the help of his resourceful sidekick Dr. Watson (Kenneth Welsh, The Aviator) Holmes draws the cunning songstress into a well-matched game of cat and mouse.
In the interest of presenting a widescreen version of The Royal Scandal the master used for this transfer has some slight imperfections which should not affect your viewing enjoyment.
 
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION-
Considered one of the great murder mysteries of all time, Witness For The Prosecution stars Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton. Nominated for six Academy Awards® and directed by filmmaking legend Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity), it is a classy and thrilling adaptation of Agatha Christie's immensely popular stage play.
Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton, Spartacus) is a successful defence lawyer in the twilight of his career. With little but retirement to look forward to he is presented a case involving the murder of an elderly woman. Suspicion points to her married suitor, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power, The Razor's Edge) who is accused of the crime. But Vole's only true hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich, A Foreign Affair).
With the trial taking place in the Old Bailey and the clock ticking down to a verdict it is up to Christine to speak up for her husband. But all is not what it seems and Leonard's airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own that will change the outlook of the entire case.
 
APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH-
Based on the novel by bestselling author and undisputed master of mystery Agatha Christie, Appointment With Death keeps with the best tradition of suspense and intrigue and unravels as an impeccably stylish whodunnit. Who planned the untimely demise of the malevolent Mrs. Boynton? Was it one of her spoilt and sullen stepchildren? Her scheming lawyer? A deceptive doctor or a Member of Parliament? Only one man has the skills and abilities to solve this murder.
Acclaimed actor Sir Peter Ustinov makes his third big-screen appearance as enigmatic and nimble-witted Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot alongside an impressive all-star cast of suspects including: Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, Sir John Gielgud, Piper Laurie, Hayley Mills, Jenny Seagrove and David Soul. Destined to keep you guessing until the last, Appointment With Death is adapted by legendary scribe Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, The Wicker Man) and directed by Michael Winner (Death Wish).

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Cast

  • Alec Guinness
  • Charles Laughton
  • David Niven
  • David Soul
  • Kenneth Welsh
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Maggie Smith
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Matt Frewer
  • Peter Sellers
  • Peter Ustinov
  • Piper Laurie
  • Truman Capote
  • Tyrone Power

Directors

  • Billy Wilder
  • Michael Winner
  • Robert Moore
  • Rodney Gibbons
  • No. discs 4
  • Running time 386 min
  • Audio format 2.0 & Mono
  • Region NULL
  • Format PAL and NTSC
  • Color COLOUR
  • Language English
  • Catalogue No. DAVID3364
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Subtitles English
  • PG


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