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  • Enchanted April [1991] Enchanted April | DVD | (23/02/2009) from £5.69  |  Saving you £10.30 (64.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This delightful and witty adaptation of Elizabeth Von Arnim's novel has a superb cast and a location that creates a magic of its own. In grey rainy 1920s England Lotte and Rose tired of their overbearing husbands decide to rent a villa for a month in Portofino Italy. To share the cost they are joined by two other very different women - Lady Caroline a beautiful but bored socialite and crusty old Mrs. Fisher who has an impeccable literary pedigree. They all want to escape from trapped lives and in this paradise in ways they never imagined possible that is what they all do.

  • Chocolat [2001] Chocolat | DVD | (26/11/2001) from £2.98  |  Saving you £12.64 (70.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Chocolat is an enchanting, moving and heart-warming tale of love and temptation, a big-budget movie with its roots in European art house cinema. Magical and almost fairytale-like in theme, it's the story of the mysterious Vianne and her arrival in a quiet, old-fashioned French town at the end of the 1950s. Gradually her attitude to life and the delicacies that she prepares in her chocolate shop have a marked effect on the local people, bound as they are by the twin forces of religion and politics. Juliette Binoche is perfect in the role of the sensuous, captivating Vianne--a masterstroke of casting matched by the performance of Judi Dench as the splendidly grumpy but ultimately inspiring matriarch Armande. Very much an ensemble piece, the whole cast are indeed excellent, with Johnny Depp (making a fair fist of an Irish accent) superb as the drifter Roux, the one man capable of unlocking Vianne's own desires. From its majestic opening swoop to the final, joyous scene, Lasse Hallström's film, based on the bestselling novel, is nothing short of a masterpiece. On the DVD: As befits such a film, the DVD is an elegant, well thought out package. The movie itself is a visual feast, a combination of a beautiful setting, rich, opulent colours and textures and a mystical atmosphere. There's a range of documentary features examining the style of the film and its background, as well as an audio commentary and some excellent scenes deleted from the final cut. More in-depth notes are to be found in the accompanying booklet and the whole thing adds up to one of the most satisfying DVD releases in a long time. In one of the accompanying documentaries, Depp wonders if it is possible to create art through cinema. It may be a difficult task, but Chocolat is proof that it can be done.--Phil Udell

  • Luther Luther | DVD | (05/02/2007) from £5.19  |  Saving you £0.80 (13.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Biography of Martin Luther the 16th-century priest who led the Christian Reformation and opened up new possibilities in exploration of faith

  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice [DVD] The Sorcerer's Apprentice | DVD | (06/12/2010) from £3.89  |  Saving you £11.80 (73.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential as his reluctant prot''g''. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic and together these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

  • Frida [DVD] [2002] Frida | DVD | (17/04/2011) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A double Oscar-winning biography of artist Frida Kahlo who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work...

  • Spider-Man 2 [2004] Spider-Man 2 | DVD | (26/11/2004) from £2.63  |  Saving you £22.36 (89.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    More than a few critics hailed Spider-Man 2 as "the best superhero movie ever," and there's no compelling reason to argue--thanks to a bigger budget, better special effects, and a dynamic, character-driven plot, it's a notch above Spider-Man in terms of emotional depth and rich comic-book sensibility. Ordinary People Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent received screenplay credit, and celebrated author and comic-book expert Michael Chabon worked on the story, but it's director Sam Raimi's affinity for the material that brings Spidey 2 to vivid life. When a fusion experiment goes terribly wrong, a brilliant physicist (Alfred Molina) is turned into Spidey's newest nemesis, the deranged, mechanically tentacled "Doctor Octopus," obsessed with completing his experiment and killing Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) in the process. Even more compelling is Peter Parker's urgent dilemma: continue his burdensome, lonely life of crime-fighting as Spider-Man, or pursue love and happiness with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst)? Molina's outstanding as a tragic villain controlled by his own invention, and the action sequences are nothing less than breathtaking, but the real success of Spider-Man 2 is its sense of priorities. With all of Hollywood's biggest and best toys at his disposal, Raimi and his writers stay true to the Marvel mythology, honouring Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and setting the bar impressively high for the challenge of Spider-Man 3. --Jeff Shannon

  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [Blu-ray] Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time | Blu Ray | (31/10/2011) from £2.96  |  Saving you £20.03 (87.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    In sixth century Persia, a nefarious nobleman yearns to own the Sands of Time; a legendary dagger that gives its possessor the power to manipulate time. Whoever owns the dagger has the power to rule the world, therefore it cannot fall into the wrong hands. There will be many battles to protect it. Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a rogue prince who takes charge of making sure the dagger doesn’t succumb to the evil forces. He, along with Tamina (Gemma Arterton), a rival princess make an unlikely duo who will fight to protect the Sands of Time. Based on the hit game by Ubisoft, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a film that was made for gaming fans and film lovers alike.

  • Spider-Man Trilogy [DVD] Spider-Man Trilogy | DVD | (04/06/2012) from £5.96  |  Saving you £7.03 (54.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Spider-Man: Peter Parker (Maguire) was a shy, quite nerdy teenager...until he was bitten by a genetically altered spider. Now with the heightened senses and incredible strengths and abilities of a spider, Parker has become the amazing Spider-Man!Spider-Man 2:Two years have passed, and the mild-mannered Peter Parker faces new challenges as he struggles with the gift and the curse, desperately trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets, Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unraveling. His life-long yearning for M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man. Even Peter's beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), who has fallen on hard times after the death of Uncle Ben, begins to have doubts about her nephew.Spider-Man 3: Based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes over confident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

  • Letter To Brezhnev [1985] Letter To Brezhnev | DVD | (30/08/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Liverpool docklands; factories pubs clubs sex and dreams. A heady combination of humour pathos and desperation. Two Liverpool lasses meet two Russian sailors and hook up for a night of fun and frolics. One of the all time great British movies a superb script by Frank Clarke and stunning performances from all the cast make this a film to treasure.

  • Steamboy - DVD/Blu-ray Double Play Steamboy - DVD/Blu-ray Double Play | Blu Ray | (16/10/2017) from £18.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the spaceship Bebop, Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes. Based on the wildly popular TV series, Cowboy Bebop, the big-screen smash Cowboy Bebop: The Movie pits Spike and Co. against their deadliest adversary ever. Featuring stunning, state-of-the-art animation, this action-packed sci-fi adventure builds to a breath-taking, nail-biting climax, guaranteed to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. Features: Includes: 1 x DVD disc, 1 x Blu-ray disc

  • Maverick [1994] Maverick | DVD | (11/05/1998) from £5.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (57.20%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The joined-at-the-hip team of director Richard Donner and star Mel Gibson (all the Lethal Weapon movies and Conspiracy Theory) had obvious fun resurrecting the Wild Western comedy television series about a roguish rambler-gambler. In Maverick, Gibson assumes the role of cardsharp Bret Maverick, equally quick with a pair of aces and a pair of guns. Good sport James Garner (who played Maverick on TV) takes another role, as a lawman who travels alongside the hero to a big-money poker game on a riverboat. The real peach in this fruit salad of satire and broad jokes, however, is Jodie Foster, who plays a crafty Southern belle quite adept at poker herself. Sexy, funny, and (from the onscreen evidence) a great kisser, Foster has never been more of a delight. Written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). --Tom Keogh

  • Prick Up Your Ears [1987] Prick Up Your Ears | DVD | (03/09/2007) from £4.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (53.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Prick Up Your Ears is a celebration of outrageous playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) and his love affair with Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina) which concluded with their violent and premature deaths. Orton was one of the 1960s golden boys from working class Leicester lad to national celebrity from sexual innocent to grinning satyr from penniless student to icon of Swinging London. He became a star by breaking the rules - sexual and theatrical. But while his plays including Loo

  • The Da Vinci Code [Blu-ray][Region Free] The Da Vinci Code | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £7.33  |  Saving you £5.00 (38.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Dan Brown's international bestseller comes alive in the film The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Join symbologist Robert Langdon (Academy Award(r) Winner Tom Hanks, 1993 Best Actor, Philadelphia, and 1994 Best Actor, Forrest Gump) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) in their heart-racing quest to solve a bizarre murder mystery that will take them from France to England -- and behind the veil of a mysterious ancient society, where they discover a secret protected since the time of Christ.

  • Frida [2003] Frida | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £8.97  |  Saving you £7.02 (43.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Salma Hayek makes up for many bad movies with her fierce performance in the sumptuous biopic Frida. Hayek plays the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo, whose tempestuous life with her unfaithful husband, muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), drives the story. Maverick director Julie Taymor (Titus, the stage production of The Lion King) pulls out a wealth of gorgeous visuals to capture everything from the horrific bus accident that damaged Kahlo's spine to her and Rivera's trip to New York City, where Rivera's political leanings ruptured a commission from the Rockefeller family. Though the script spends too much time telling us how great Frida's painting is (rather than trusting in the power of the images themselves), Taymor's dynamic energy and Kahlo's forceful personality give Frida genuine emotional impact. The superb cast includes Roger Rees, Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas and Edward Norton. The Oscar-winning score is by Taymor's husband, Elliot Goldenthal. --Bret Fetzer

  • Letter to Brezhnev (DVD + Blu-ray) Letter to Brezhnev (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/04/2017) from £13.79  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    'A brave new tradition in British filmmaking, in which the heroes are ordinary people, seen with love'. Roger Ebert Two Merseyside girls escape their humdrum lives for a night on the town, where they meet two Russian sailors on shore leave. For Teresa (Margi Clarke), it's a welcome bit of fun, but for Elaine (Alexander Pigg) it turns into much more One of the key British films of the 1980's Letter to Brezhnev is set against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Liverpool's club scene, one-night stands and a Europe still in the grip of the Cold War. Written by Frank Clarke and directed by Chris Bernard (both whom worked on Brookside) and starring a fresh and young cast it remains a hilarious and uplifting tale of how love and idealism can help ordinary people realise their dreams. Special Features: From Liverpool with Love (15 mins): making-of documentary Newly filmed interview with actors Alexandra Pigg and Peter Firth Newly filmed interview with actor Margi Clarke Three audio commentaries featuring Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke, and director Chris Bernard Fully illustrated booklet including new writings by writer Frank Clarke and Professor Juliet Hallam

  • Identity [2003] Identity | DVD | (12/01/2004) from £5.50  |  Saving you £13.42 (67.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    With an ace up its sleeve, Identity does for schizophrenia what The Silence of the Lambs did for fava beans and a nice Chianti. On the proverbial dark and stormy night, this anxiety-laced thriller offers a tasty blend of And Then There Were None and Psycho, with a dash of Sybil for extra spice and psychosis. Things go from bad to worse when 10 unrelated travellers converge at an isolated motel and proceed to die, one by one, with no apparent connection...until they discover the common detail that's drawn them into this nightmare of relentless trauma. Even while its take on abnormal psychology fails to impress, Michael Cooney's screenplay offers meaty material for a superior ensemble cast including John Cusack and Rebecca DeMornay (who wins the Janet Leigh prize in a bitchy comeback role). Director James Mangold pivots the action around one character (played by his Heavy star, Pruitt Taylor Vince, in eye-twitching cuckoo mode) and half the fun of Identity comes from deciphering who's who, what's what and who'll be the next to die. --Jeff Shannon

  • Species/Species 2/Species 3/Species 4 - The Awakening [1995] Species/Species 2/Species 3/Species 4 - The Awakening | DVD | (02/06/2008) from £9.00  |  Saving you £20.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Species: Charged with pulse-pounding suspense ingenious special effects from Academy Award winner Richard Edlund and a first-rate cast including Oscar winner Ben Kingsley Michael Madsen Alfred Molina Forest Whitaker Marg Helgenberger and Natasha Henstridge Species is an adrenaline-charged thrill-ride you'll never forget! When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation scientist Xavier Fitch (Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance! Species II: Having just returned from a mission to Mars Commander Ross (Justin Lazard) isn't exactly himself. He's slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with a one-track mind - -to procreate with human women! When countless women suffer gruesome deaths after bearing half-alien offspring scientist Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger) and hired assassin Press Lennox (Michael Madsen) use Eve (Natasha Henstridge) a more tempered alien clone to find Ross and his virulent brood. But they underestimate Eve's maternal drive and before long she escapes to mate with Ross in order to create a purer and unstoppable race that could spell doom for mankind. As time is running out the ultimate battle of human brain over alien takes place in a chilling climax that puts Darwin's theory to the ultimate test...and only the strongest species will survive. Species III: Mankind's number is up in this thrilling third installment of the Species franchise! Featuring eye-popping special effects knuckle-whitening suspense and the dazzling performance of sexy newcomer Sunny Mabrey this riveting film is the most jarring action-packed chapter in the sci-fi series yet! In the ongoing fight for supremacy between mankind and human-alien hybrids a fatal hybrid weakness has given humans the advantage. Until now when Sara (Mabrey) the daughter of Eve (Natasha Henstridge) is born she develops into the most genetically perfect alien form yet! Seeking to repopulate Earth with her kind this dangerously beautiful femme fatale heeds an overwhelming drive to mate...while a crack military team trails her in an attempt to end the war between the two species forever! Species IV: When brilliant college professor Miranda Hollander suffers a mysterious blackout and awakens amid the bloody aftermath of a mass slaughter she turns to her uncle for answers. But when he reveals the shocking truth...that she's only half human a clone from a hybrid of human and alien DNA they must flee to Mexico to locate the scientist who created her. Soon they find themselves locked in battle with a horde of rampaging unstoppable hybrids...and time is running out before Miranda will inevitably

  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice [Blu-ray] The Sorcerer's Apprentice | Blu Ray | (31/10/2011) from £6.05  |  Saving you £16.94 (73.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Walt Disney Studios producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub, the creators of the ‘National Treasure’ franchise, present The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – an innovative and epic comedy adventure about a sorcerer and his hapless apprentice who are swept into the centre of an ancient conflict between good and evil.Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protg. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

  • Anna Karenina [DVD] Anna Karenina | DVD | (10/08/2015) from £4.19  |  Saving you £1.80 (30.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Prick Up Your Ears [1987] Prick Up Your Ears | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £7.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (5.00%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Based on John Lahr's biography of the same name and co-written by Alan Bennett, Prick Up Your Ears charts the 16-year relationship between the monstrously talented but deeply selfish playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman), author of West End farces such as Loot and What the Butler Saw, and his neurotic but nevertheless wronged lover and collaborator Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina). Halliwell introduced Orton to art, literature and gay sex only to see his protégeacute; outstrip his mentor with innate and rampant talent for sexual conquest. By turns hilarious and excoriatingly painful, it's as much a tribute to an anti-hero of our times-Orton's ruthless frankness and anarchic mindset helped form the basis of what's called the "queer" sensibility today--as it is a portrait of the Swinging 60s just after the reform of anti-homosexuality laws irrevocably changed society. The modern-day framing device has Lahr (Wallace Shawn) researching his book through interviews with Peggy Ramsay (Vanessa Redgrave), Orton's agent and the diary he wrote, a nimble device which ends up drawing a provocative parallel between Orton and Halliwell's relationship and that of Lahr and his wife (Lindsay Duncan). Director Stephen Frears, fresh off the back of the also-gay-themed My Beautiful Laundrette, nimbly balances our sympathies for both the protagonists while the leads give what may in retrospect look like the standout performances of their careers: Oldman was never more feral and charming, while Molina, foppishingly fretting over his wig and decrying that his lover "even sleeps better than I do" is simply heartbreaking. --Leslie Felperin

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