The search page allows you to select from 4 different search types and gives you a variety of options to be used
with the search. All searches are case-independant. The results of the search will be formatted according to the
options you select. See Search Options for details.
The following search types are available:
- Name Search
- Use this search type to search for a person's name. You may use either the full name or a substring of
the name. (A substring of a name is a small part of a name. For example 'Argento' is a substring of
'Dario Argento'). The search will produce a list of names which match your search criteria, together
with any know aliases of those names. The search will produce a match if either the person's real
name or any of his/her aliases match.
- Title Search
- Use this search type to search for the title of a film or soundtrack. A list of matching titles is
- Item Search
- Use this search type to search for an item by its order code. If the order code exists, the full
information for the matching item will be returned.
- Power Search
- This search types gives you maximum flexibility! See Power Search
- Browse the Database
- Useful if you don't know exactly what you're looking for and just want to see what there is, the Browse
page lists different categories of film and allows you to peruse at your leisure.
Searches for people will return a list of matching people and any aliases under which they are known. Selecting
a person's name from the list will return a list of all of that person's films.
Searches for films will return a list of matching titles. You may see the full information for the film by
selecting its title from the list. Selecting a director or cast member from the list will return a list of all of
that person's films.
If the film is currently available, either new or as an in stock ex-rental, this will be shown as a format icon
in the Available: column of the list. More than one icon may be present if more than one format is available.
Selecting one of these format icons will take you to the information for that release. If there is more than one
release available in that format, you can browse the releases by selecting the tabs in the release section.
See Film Information for more information on the format icons and how to use the film
You can control the way your search is carried out and the way the results are displayed using the options on the
right of the search page. If you have cookies enabled on your browser, the options you choose will be stored in a
cookie so you don't have to re-select them every time you visit. You can change them at any time by performing a
search with your new option preferences.
The following options are available:
- Allow Checking of Aliases
- When selected, any search which includes a search for a person will also search the list of known
aliases. This gives you greater control to find a person's films if they normally hide behind an alias
or two and is best left selected unless you are looking specifically for any work a person has done
under a given alias. Note that the Name Search always checks aliases regardless of this option.
- Display the Results of Alias Checking
- When selected, any aliases matched during the search will be listed. This can can be interesting to
find out who is hiding behind an alias you never knew was an alias!
- Allow Matching of Substrings
- Allows the search to match a title, person, etc. if the search criteria contains a substring thereof.
This is usually best left selected so you don't have to type in full names every time. Note that the
Name Search always checks substrings regardless of this option.
- Allow Matching of Sleeve Titles
- Allows the search to include sleeve titles when looking for a film title. This is useful to find films
whose sleeves have titles which are different from the actual film title, especially if the sleeve title
is the more well-known.
- Display the Results as Full Film Data
- Normally, a film search will return a list of any matching titles which can be selected to see the full
information on the film. Selecting this option will force the search to return full information for every
matching title. Best used with very low results-per-page settings unless you want to go and make some
coffee while the results are downloaded.
- Don't Show Sleeves/Covers Even if Available
- Selecting this option will disable the sleeve/cover images for a full film data page even if they
are available. This can greatly decrease download time. If the cover is available and you want to see it,
simply click the space where it would normally be shown.
- Show Releases in Compact Tabbed Form
- If this option is selected, the full data page for a film will present its releases in a compact
tabbed format. To see the information on any of the releases, click the country in the tab for that
release. This is the default setting.
- Show All Releases Laid out Horizontally
Show All Releases Laid out Vertically
Show All Releases Laid out in a Grid
- If one of these options is selected, the full data page for a film will present all of its releases
together in either a horizontal or vertical row, or in a grid arrangement. These formats allow more
easy browsing but can massively increase download time unless the sleeve/cover images are disabled!
- Show titles on VHS
Show titles on DVD
Show titles on Laserdisc
Show New Titles
Show Used/Ex-Rental Titles
- Pretty self-explanatory, these options select which types of item can be returned by a search.
- Only Show Titles which are Currently Available
- Selecting this option will force the search to only return items which are currently in stock (if an
ex-rental item) or can be ordered (if a new item). Use this option if you have no interest in reserving
items or using the site as a database.
- Sort the Results by Title
Sort the Results by Director
Sort the Results by Year
- Again pretty self-explanatory, you may select one of these 3 options to determine the order in which film
search results are displayed.
- Display n Results per Page
- This pull-down list allows to to select how many results are displayed per page. If your search
actually returns more than this number of matches, the results page will have a 'Next' button which
you can use to see the next 'n' results. A 'Previous' button will also be displayed on any successive
pages allowing you to go back.
This is the search type to use if you want to have multiple search terms. It also allows you to search in ways which
the simple searches will not. Your search pattern may be built up using a variety of basic terms which can be
logically combined. The following logical operators can be used:
|and||Used as A and B, the search will match only if both A and B match. '&' may be used
instead of 'and' for brevity|
|or||Used as A or B, the search will match if either A or B match. '|' may be used
instead of 'or' for brevity|
|not||Used as not A, the search will match only if A does not match. '!' may be used
instead of 'not' for brevity|
|()||Used to nest search terms. For example A and (B or C) will match only if A and one of
either B or C match. A and B or C would match if either A and B
both matched or C matched.|
The search terms take the form <term>=value, and may be any of the following:
- Search for film title
- Search for film director
- Search for actor/actress
- y=year, y<year, y>year
- Search for year of film's production. y=year matches films made in year,
y<year matches films made before year, y>year matches films made after year
- Search for film production country
- Search for words from film's description
- Search for video, DVD, LD or CD label
- Search for film genre. The genres recognised are:
Sword and Sorcery
Women in Prison
d=dario argento and y>1980 will return all films directed by Dario Argento after 1980.
d=bava and h=horror will return all horror films directed by either Mario or Lamberto Bava.
l=vipco will return all films on the Vipco label.
You may also use != instead of = to mean 'not'. For example, g!=drama will match all films
If you wish a search term to contain one of the logical operators, that term must be contained within quotes.
For example, to search for all titles beginning with 'and now' use t="and now".