Like many readers, when not actually reading I still need a story-fix and turn to drama. I particularly like to to see literary adaptations. This has become more irritating recently as my biggest source for DVDs was you-know-who and frankly I just don't want to spend more money with them than I have to. I was delighted to stumble across Movie Mail and I've just purchased my latest, rather obscure films from them very happily. They were a little slow, but then the films weren't likely to be high up on their always in-stock list. The range is impressive however, and prices very reasonable. I also like their email newsletters which feature a theme and tempt me to buy more DVDs than I should. This week's was crime fiction on film and as you can see it is a really good selection with lots of films one has either forgotten about or didn't know existed - not just the predictable old favourites, though they're there too. Movie Mail's about us is very reassuring, noting that they are, "a privately-owned independent UK company with no parent or offshore connections."
The last film I bought from Movie Mail was this one. No, really! That really is an adaptation of a classic crime novel by Hammer and starring Oliver Reed - and it was much better than I expected though nothing like the book!
My most recently discovered favourite non-crime adaptation is this one.
Whilst we're on the subject of films, if you're very fond of either literary adaptations or classic films of any kind and haven't discovered the blog In So Many Words... then you should really take a look. It is sumptuously illustrated and a feast of lost and forgotten treasures. It is my first port of call on a coffee break.
If you've any literary adaptations to recommend, or other classic film blogs you can shout about, or other good sources of DVDs to let us know about, please do!
Note: I have no connection with Movie Mail other than as a customer. The links are NOT affiliate links.