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  • Local Hero [1983] Local Hero | DVD | (12/05/2008) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Knox Oil and Gas Company lives in the top of a huge Houston skyscraper thousands of miles from the North Sea oil - and light years away from the sleepy Scottish seaside village it wants to buy raze and replace with refineries and deep-water docks. Knox sends its ace deal-maker and chief negotiator to handle the negotiations. But instead of encountering stiff local resistance he finds cheerful prospective millionaires beautiful northern lights and a mermaid with webbed toes. One of the most enchanting comedies in years Bill Forsyth's slyly original comic lark is pure cinema magic.

  • Fleabag: Series 1 (BBC) [DVD] Fleabag: Series 1 (BBC) | DVD | (03/10/2016) from £6.09  |  Saving you £-0.10 (-1.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Hilarious and hurtful, a confession of the modern woman Starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman and Bill Paterson, Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, porn-watching, grief-riddled woman trying to make sense of the world. As she hurls herself headlong at modern living, Fleabag is thrown roughly up against the walls of contemporary London, with all its frenetic energy, late nights and bright lights, in this very modern mix of fatalism and hedonism, sustaining a merry-go-round of broken dreamers. Unfettered and unfiltered, Fleabag tears through the series sleeping with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezing money from any orifice, rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up the bravado all along. Because that's just the kind of messed-up, normal person she is. By turns hilarious and heart-breaking, this is the thoroughly disarming confessional of a woman so totally detached she's utterly lost, and ultimately wondering what the hell she ought to be doing in life. Much like the rest of us.

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply [1992] Truly, Madly, Deeply | DVD | (04/02/2002) from £12.90  |  Saving you £-19.96 (-153.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Truly Madly Deeply is an intelligent, moving, and deeply funny story about love and death. Nina (Juliet Stevenson), a scatterbrained professional translator, has lost the love of her life, Jamie (Alan Rickman). As her life (and her flat) slowly falls to pieces, she is inundated with an endless stream of repairmen and eligible suitors. But rather than go on with life, Nina dwells on her dead love, slumped at her piano, endlessly playing half of a Bach duet. Then, in a truly magical sequence, his cello suddenly joins her melody... and Jamie's back from the dead. At first it's bliss--think of the superficially similar blockbuster Ghost, only with real people instead of pretty faces Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. But Nina gradually realises it's a thoroughly real Jamie who's back; complete with every annoying, argumentative fault she'd conveniently forgotten. (He might be dead, he explains, but he still attends political meetings.) Moreover, he has to hide whenever any of the living are around. And he's constantly ice-cold. And he invites his dead pals to her place at all hours. What's a living woman to do? Director Anthony Minghella went on to create the melodramatic period piece The English Patient--but in this film, he shows a far more sensitive, subtle touch. The photography is brilliant, capturing the simple beauties of suburban London. And the wonderfully acted characters, quirky and all too real, will keep you laughing--and always guessing what will happen next.--Grant Balfour, Amazon.com

  • The Crow Road The Crow Road | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £7.95  |  Saving you £12.04 (60.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This award winning four part BBC series is an adaptation of Iain Banks' acclaimed novel. It all begins when History student Prentice returns home to attend his grandmother's funeral. As the McHoan the family gathers together to mark the solemn occasion old disagreements continue to fester and old acquaintances are renewed. Following the unexpected death of another close relative Prentice begins to question the past: why did his Uncle Rory suddenly disappear and where did he go? Reading his Uncle Rory's unpublished novel may provide the answers he is seeking but it also unearths some dark family secrets he didn't bargain for. Episodes Comprise: Prentice: When Prentice McHoan's grandmother dies he returns to his family home in Lochgair for the funeral. It's not long before old feuds resurface along with some old familiar faces. After meeting his Aunty Janice he begins to question the mysterious disappearance of his uncle Rory and decides to discover the truth. Kenneth: Prentice continues to lust after Verity but will she return his affections? A childhood secret that links Kenneth Rory Lachlan and Fergus is revealed. As he reads Rory's book Prentice discovers the truth about his aunt Fiona's marriage. Some match boxes and a journalist could explain where Rory has been. There is some devastating news for the McHoan family. Fergus: The McHoan family continues to mourn and the details of the accident are disclosed. Prentice manages to find more extracts from Rory's manuscript. The truth about how Lachlan lost an eye is revealed. Prentice becomes closer to Ashley when Verity and Lewis make a shock announcement. There is more evidence of marital discord for Fiona and Fergus. Rory: Prentice moves into an expensive Glasgow flat and continues his search for Rory. When he inadvertently discovers the truth about his Aunt Fiona's death his own life may be at risk. An inherited gift helps Prentice to solve the mystery surrounding Rory's disappearance.

  • Criminal Justice Criminal Justice | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Brand new gritty BBC crime drama starring Ben Wishaw (Perfume Nathan Barley) and Pete Postlewaite (The Usual Suspects Brassed Off). Ben Coulter is an average man in his early twenties. One evening Ben takes his father's black cab without permission and ends up in a police cell. His crime however is not theft. What appears to be an evening of spontaneous fun with a sexy stranger culminates in a dead girl with Ben covered in her blood and holding the murder weapon. Despite the wealth of evidence against him and significant gaps in his memory Ben is sure he did not kill the girl. He is about to discover what the criminal justice system does to someone in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Alan Bleasdale Collection Alan Bleasdale Collection | DVD | (12/06/2006) from £25.34  |  Saving you £34.65 (57.80%)  |  RRP £59.99

    A collection of Alan Bleasdale's finest work. Includes: GBH: Penned by the mighty hand of Alan Bleasdale GBH tells the story of two men; Michael Murray an ambitious and charismatic politician; and Jim Nelson a respected headmaster at a school for disturbed children. Both are citizens of a northern city lifelong supporters of the Labour party and undergoing an intense period of stress. Both believe that they're being driven insane. Nelson accidentally defies a Murra

  • Sea Of Souls - Series 1 [2003] Sea Of Souls - Series 1 | DVD | (31/01/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    One man's truth is another man's mystery and that is where Dr Douglas Monaghan and his team come to the fore. They make up the fictional Parapsychology Unit at Clyde University that is at the heart of Sea of Souls a fascinating and compelling BBC1 drama which looks at the power of the paranormal. From Voodoo to cult rituals past life experiences to telepathic twins the trio of bewitching storylines featured in Sea of Souls tap into the fascination with all things paranormal as Doug

  • Wives And Daughters [1999] Wives And Daughters | DVD | (20/08/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (84.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Andrew Davies' 1999 adaptation of Mrs Gaskell's Wives and Daughters was hailed as the rediscovery of a "forgotten" classic novel and found the BBC on the crest of a wave with costume dramas--led by Pride and Prejudice. Handsome and beautifully filmed, if anything, it surpassed the quality of even that highly praised landmark production. "We should all look pretty strange under a microscope," botanist Robert Hamley tells our heroine Molly Gibson and of course Mrs Gaskell places all her characters under intense scrutiny, with affection but without judgement. Davies' screenplay peals back the layers, giving full vent to the comedy, tragedy and satire that drive this tale of provincial life to its highly satisfactory conclusion. Justine Waddell imbues Molly with an increasingly exasperated but remarkably forbearing intelligence, while Francesca Annis, as the outrageously self-absorbed step-mother Hyacinth, paints a wonderful portrait of affectation without ever totally alienating our sympathy. Michael Gambon's immensely touching Squire Hamley won him a Best Actor BAFTA, but all the performances are uniformly excellent, contributing immeasurably to five hours of television drama of the highest calibre. On the DVD: Presented in 16:9 format with a Dolby Digital stereo soundtrack, this two-disc presentation retains all the hallmarks of the original BBC viewing experience. The picture quality is lush--the production lighting is excellent--and the sound quality sharp. The only gripe is with the extras: the Omnibus documentary "Who the Dickens is Mrs Gaskell?" is brutally truncated, cutting off talking heads like novelists Fay Weldon and Margaret Drabble in their prime and giving limited insight into how the production was made. As an audio bonus, there is also 30 minutes of John Keane's music.--Piers Ford

  • 37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) [Blu-ray] 37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) | Blu Ray | (09/06/2014) from £7.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (70.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    37 Days37 Days: The Countdown to World War 1 is a masterful tense and gripping three 'part political thriller set within the corridors of power in Whitehall and Berlin tracks the unfolding crisis through the eyes of leading politicians and civil servants struggling to prevent the world's first global war. A stellar cast led by Ian McDiarmid and Tim Piggott-Smith reveal the complex behind-closed-doors story of the countdown to World War One in this political thriller following the catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914 to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4th August. One Month In SummerThe British Foreign Office led by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey receives news of an assassination in the Balkans. In Berlin the Kaiser thinks he can exploit it for his own advantage. One Week In JulyWar in Europe is becoming a real possibility. Under pressure from the cabinet the British foreign secretary unravels a tangled web of intrigue between Austria Germany Russia and France while the German military command conspires to force the Kaiser's hand. Who will gain the upper hand? One Long WeekendThe last hours of peace. With the continental powers pushed to the brink Sir Edward Grey seems unsure of whether to keep Britain out of the conflict. Desperate negotiations resignations and a battle of wills in the Cabinet reach a crescendo with Germany's ultimatum to Belgium. Which way will Britain go?

  • Melissa Melissa | DVD | (12/06/2006) from £12.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (37.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Award-winning war correspondent Guy Foster (Tim Dutton) distraught after the loss of his first wife joins a cruise to Cape Town where he meets beautiful and mysterious Melissa (Jennifer Ehle). A sophisticated blonde PR girl Melissa is travelling with an exuberant group of media friends. Guy falls desperately in love with the exotic Melissa and she seduces him very happily into marriage. But while they celebrate dark events begin to take place. An elderly widower is 'accidentall

  • Shoebox Zoo - Series 1 Shoebox Zoo - Series 1 | DVD | (15/11/2004) from £2.59  |  Saving you £1.59 (31.90%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Shoebox Zoo fuses classic drama with state of the art CGI animation by taking viewers on a magical adventure in search of the alchemist's Book of Forbidden Knowledge lost a millennium ago in the borders of Scotland. It's the worst birthday of Marnie McBride's life. She half-heartedly blows out the 11 candles on her birthday cake and makes a wish. What she wants more than anything is for her Mom to come back. She's 11 years old today and she's never felt so lost and alone... Marni

  • Traffik [DVD] Traffik | DVD | (07/03/2011) from £10.98  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This is the original award-winning drama which inspired the Oscar-winning film Traffic. Powerful gripping and compelling viewing Traffik explores the murderous business of the heroin trade from opium fields in Pakistan to our very own front door. This spiderlike tale of creeping intensity revolves around Jack Lithgow a government minister whose engagement in tempering the drug trade flowing from Pakistan is affected by the discovery that his young daughter is a heroin addict and the realisation that his efforts are empty politics with little result. Parallel to this runs the story of Fazal an opium farmer who when his crop is destroyed enslaves himself to a ruthless drug-dealer Tariq Butt crossing one line after another until everything he cares for is at risk.

  • Crush Crush | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £4.41  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Kate (Andie MacDowell) is a forty-year-old respectable and successful headmistress in a small English village who gets together with her single friends every Monday to drink eat chocolate and decide who is the Saddest of the Week. Things start to turn uncomfortable between three friends when Kate begins an affair with Jed (Kenny Doughty) a sexy twenty-five-year-old ex-pupil!

  • Crush [2002] Crush | DVD | (09/02/2004) from £8.97  |  Saving you £1.02 (10.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    If you can get over its slightly far-fetched storyline, there's a lot of heart in Crush. Three longstanding friends--Kate, the American headmistress (Andie MacDowell), Janine the police inspector (Imelda Staunton) and Molly, an acerbic, thrice-divorced GP (Anna Chancellor)--meet up each week to drown their sorrows with gin and cigarettes, with a prize box of caramels for the one who can report the most disastrous love life. It's this failure with men that has cemented their friendship, for in all other respects they're very different personalities. The cracks begin to show when Kate has a fling, developing into a love affair, with an ex-student 15 years her junior. When she announces that she's going to marry the sensitive and sexy Jed (fresh-faced Kenny Doughty, of whom we'll undoubtedly be seeing more), Molly and Janine are determined to put a stop to such foolishness. We soon discover that, for all their raunchy talk, they're hidebound by convention, shocked by the difference in age and status and fuelled by jealousy. Their actions spark off a disastrous chain of events that give a vital grittiness to the film. Visually, it's a bit like stepping into a Trollope novel (Joanna, not Anthony), all Cotswold stone, clergy and quaint streets. But the strong dialogue and the conviction of performances from the three main characters (cast to excellent effect) make Crush a deeply absorbing, bittersweet film. On the DVD: Crush is a good DVD package: not only do we have sharp sound and well-defined colour that brings out the best of the picturesque setting, but the extras are well put together. As well as theatrical trailer and scene selections, there's 25 minutes' worth of interviews with cast and director, a behind-the-scenes feature, a brief but riveting deleted scene, a featurette on the storyline, and the option to watch the film with or without the director's commentary, which is very enlightening. There are also details of other Film Four releases. --Harriet Smith

  • The Crow Road The Crow Road | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £21.98  |  Saving you £-1.99 (-10.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Seven years ago Rory McHoan set out to visit his brother Kenneth. He never got there. And despite exhaustive police investigation it was as if he had vanished from the face of the earth. Rory's nephew Prentice takes on the task of uncovering the truth about his missing uncle's disappearance. But with only Rory's inaccessible computer disks and a ghost at his shoulder there are discoveries to be made about himself before he can exhume the dark secrets that lie buried in his family

  • Sea Of Souls - Series 2 Sea Of Souls - Series 2 | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Sea Of Souls follows para-psychologist Monaghan and his two sidekicks from a fictitious Scottish University that investigates paranormal activity.

  • Comfort And Joy [1984] Comfort And Joy | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Shown at the 1984 Cannes Film festival and BAFTA nominated for best original screenplay 'Comfort and Joy' is 'a war about wafers'! Alan 'Dicky' Bird thinks he has a pretty good life. He's Glasgow's top DJ with a nice apartment and girlfriend Maddy. However when Maddy decides to leave him Alan suddenly realises how much she was a part of his life. On a friend's advice he decides to start afresh and try to find another girlfriend. After following a beautiful girl into the suburb

  • Sharman - The Complete Series [DVD] [1995] Sharman - The Complete Series | DVD | (01/10/2012) from £12.75  |  Saving you £9.00 (36.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Sharman: The Complete Series (3 Discs)

  • Sherlock Homes & The Baker Street Irregulars [2007] Sherlock Homes & The Baker Street Irregulars | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £16.99

    This BBC drama centres around a group of street kids known as the Baker Street Irregulars who act as Sherlock Holmes' eyes and ears. This original Sherlock Holmes mystery involves Holmes and the Irregulars having to solve the disappearance of two of their own gang.

  • Traffik [1989] Traffik | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    At the end of the 1980s, Traffik was an early indication that Channel 4's financial investment in film would be worthwhile and not pull any punches. The series depicts a soulless society embroiled in the catchments of its own greed. Drug trafficking is a political hot potato that one man alone cannot hope to spearhead a war against. Minister Jack Lithgow (Bill Paterson) realises this somewhere in between negotiating an international crackdown policy and discovering his daughter Caroline (Julia Ormond) is hooked on the very thing he's fighting to eradicate. This is one of three threads masterfully interwoven in Simon Moore's script and spread across six episodes. At the other corners of the Heroin triangle are Hamburg and Pakistan. In Germany, businessman Rosshalde is arrested on smuggling charges. This triggers a startling personality change in his wife Helen (Lindsay Duncan), who takes on a Lady Macbeth-like role in destroying everything obstructing her financial security. In Kurachi we follow the woes of farmer Fazal (Jamal Shah) as he finds work with drug baron Tariq Butt (Talat Hussain). Performances are outstanding as the taut plot draws these elements toward a cold finale. BAFTAs were awarded to the series' design, camerawork and sound. Technically it's as brilliant as Steven Soderbergh's 2000 cinematic remake Traffic. But in the characterisations of a populace who are all wrong in their views on drug use, you'll be hard pressed to find a better presentation of the subject on the big or small screen. On the DVD: Eight chapters per episode; picture and sound adequate. That's it. Like the subject of the series, the search for extra happiness is a fruitless one. --Paul Tonks

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