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  • Alien Covenant [DVD] [2017] Alien Covenant | DVD | (18/09/2017) from £10.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

  • Alien Covenant (Includes Digital HD UV) [Blu-ray] [2017] Alien Covenant (Includes Digital HD UV) | Blu Ray | (18/09/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

  • Alien Covenant [Blu-ray] [2017] Alien Covenant | Blu Ray | (18/09/2017) from £3.75  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

  • Princess Mononoke [Blu-ray] Princess Mononoke | Blu Ray | (19/05/2014) from £13.30  |  Saving you £11.69 (46.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first of Miyazaki's films to gain mainstream attention in the West Princess Mononoke depicts the clash between the natural world and it's old gods and the rise of humans and the beginnings of modern civilisation. It shows three elements of the Japanese psyche warring for supremacy in an epic ecological fable of stirring mythic power. Featuring an English-language script by Neil Gaiman author of Anansi Boys and American Gods and vocal performances from Claire Danes Minnie Driver Billy Crudup and Gillian Anderson Princess Mononoke is a must-see epic animated adventure. Special Features: Complete Feature Length Storyboards (Alternative Angle) Princess Mononoke in the U.S. Original Trailers and TV spots

  • Almost Famous [2000] Almost Famous | DVD | (16/04/2007) from £3.49  |  Saving you £2.00 (33.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    From the writer/director of Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe brings us Almost Famous nominated for four Academy Awards and winner of Best Original Screenplay. Set in 1973 it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming-of-age of 15-year-old music fanatic William (Patrick Fugit). Having managed to land an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater fronted by lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and with

  • Eat, Pray, Love [DVD] Eat, Pray, Love | DVD | (07/02/2011) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the best selling book. After several personal disappointments and a broken heart 35 year old Elizabeth Gilbert decides to venture out alone on a year long journey of self discovery. In Italy she explores the art of pleasure through food language and friendship. In India she goes to her guru's ashram to study the art of spiritual devotion and finds peace with herself through the help of unlikely strangers. In Bali she learns the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence... and accidentally finds her true love along the way.

  • Big Fish [2004] Big Fish | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After a string of mediocre movies, director Tim Burton regains his footing as he shifts from macabre fairy tales to southern tall tales. Big Fish twines in and out of the oversized stories of Edward Bloom, played as a young man by Ewan McGregor and as a dying father by Albert Finney. Edward's son Will (Billy Crudup) sits by his father's bedside but has little patience with the old man's fables, because he feels these stories have kept him from knowing who his father really is. Burton dives into Bloom's imagination with zest, sending the determined young man into haunted woods, an idealised southern town, a travelling circus and much more. The result is sweet but--thanks to the director's dark and clever sensibility--never saccharine. The film also features Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito and Steve Buscemi. --Bret Fetzer

  • Sleepers [1997] Sleepers | DVD | (24/12/2001) from £3.59  |  Saving you £12.40 (77.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The first thing you need to know about Sleepers is that it's based on a novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra that was allegedly based on a true story. The movie repeats this bogus claim, which was attacked and determined by a wide majority to be misleading. Knowing this, Sleepers becomes problematic because it's too neat, too clean, too manipulative in terms of legal justice and dramatic impact to be truly convincing. And yet, with its stellar cast directed by Barry Levinson, it succeeds as gripping entertainment, and its tale of complex morality--despite a dubious emphasis on homophobic revenge--is sufficiently provocative. It's about four boys in New York's Hell's Kitchen district who are sent to reform school, where they must endure routine sexual assaults by the sadistic guards. Years after their release, the opportunity for revenge proves irresistible for two of the young men, who must then rely on the other pair of friends (Brad Pitt, Jason Patric), a loyal priest (Robert De Niro), and a shabby lawyer (Dustin Hoffman) to defend them in court. Despite the compelling ambiguities of the story, there's never any doubt about how we're supposed to feel, and the screenplay glosses over the story's most difficult moral dilemmas. At its best, Sleepers grabs your attention and pulls you into its intense story of friendship and the price of loyalty under extreme conditions. The movie's New York settings are vividly authentic, and Minnie Driver makes a strong impression as a long-time friend of the loyal group of guys. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • The Stanford Prison Experiment [DVD] [2015] The Stanford Prison Experiment | DVD | (27/06/2016) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, The Stanford Prison Experiment recounts the true story of a notorious 1971 psychological test at Stanford University, in which 24 students played the role of prisoners and prison guards, conducted by Professor of Psychology Philip Zimbardo. Starring Billy Crudup as Philip Zimbardo, plus Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan. The Stanford Prison Experiment is already a double award winner at the 31st Sundance Film Festival, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for writer Tim Talbott. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Almost Famous [Blu-ray] [2000] Almost Famous | Blu Ray | (11/02/2008) from £4.99  |  Saving you £14.08 (70.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set in 1973 it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming-of-age of 15-year-old music fanatic William (Patrick Fugit). Having managed to land an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater fronted by lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and with the help of gorgeous 'band aid' Penny Lane (Oscar nominee Kate Hudson) William finds himself drawn into the band's inner circle despite the objections of his over-protective mother (Frances McDormand). As he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band's dynamics William learns a life-changing lesson about the importance of family: the ones we inherit and the ones we create...

  • Almost Famous [2001] Almost Famous | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £4.37  |  Saving you £15.10 (75.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A nostalgic, bittersweet ode to the hedonistic rock 'n' roll days of the early 1970s, Almost Famous is Cameron Crowe's most personal, deeply felt film (he even cowrote the original songs with wife Nancy Wilson). "Does anybody remember laughter?" asks one of the characters in a Led Zeppelin reference that typifies how the film works both for those who, like Crowe, remember and love the times and its music, and those who can only look back in wonder at an era when rock music was about something more than just marketing. Closely based on his own coming-of-age experiences as a teenage journalist for Rolling Stone magazine, the story follows the director's alter ego William Miller (sympathetic newcomer Patrick Fugit) on the journey of a lifetime touring with fictional rock band Stillwater, struggling to get the all-important interview, losing his virginity, falling in love, and trying to fend off his obsessively concerned mother (Frances McDormand). Kate Hudson as the "band-aid" (not groupie) Penny Lane is the film's magnetic centrepiece; Billy Crudup plays Stillwater's temperamental and egocentric lead guitarist perfectly; and Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the show as jaded rock journo Lester Bangs, the very personification of "uncool" whose ardent love for music--good, honest music--is at the very heart of this film. "I have to go home" says William on the Stillwater tour bus in one of the many emotionally truthful moments that permeate this wonderful film; "You are home", Penny Lane tells him. On the DVD: This is an attractive anamorphic 1.85:1 picture, and the fantastic soundtrack gets the Dolby 5.1 treatment. The extra features include the complete performance of Stillwater's Zeppelin-esque "Fever Dog" and a good 25-minute HBO "making-of" featurette with contributions from all the principals ("I really liked hanging out with all the girls on the set", says Patrick Fugit with a straight face). Navigate the special features menus by following the red Stratocasters and find Cameron Crowe's six articles for Rolling Stone that reveal how closely the film is based on his experiences on the road with the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin. There are also four trailers (only one for this film, oddly), and text-based Filmographies and Production Notes. No commentary, though. --Mark Walker DVD Special Features: HBO Making of Featurette Rolling Stone Article--Original Text be Cameron Crowe Stillwater's "Fever Dog" Music Video Filmographies Production Notes Trailer Animated & Interactive Menus 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 TVs) Dolby 5.1 English, Spanish Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

  • Watchmen (1 Disc) [DVD] [2009] Watchmen (1 Disc) | DVD | (27/07/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £14.66 (73.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Everybody's favourite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumours and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton

  • Charlotte Gray Charlotte Gray | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The story of an ordinary woman is an extraordinary time. Once they were housewives waitresses or factory workers. Now they're World War II spies for Britain. Cate Blanchett stars as the courageous young woman who embarks upon a dangerous foray behind enemy lines while keeping secret her personal mission to find her lover an RAF pilot downed over occupied France....

  • Watchmen - Director's Cut (1-Disc) [Blu-ray] Watchmen - Director's Cut (1-Disc) | Blu Ray | (01/11/2010) from £7.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (70.40%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore Watchmen is a complex multi-layered mystery adventure which is directed by 300's Zack Snyder and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan Carla Gugino Malin Akerman Billy Crudup Matthew Goode and Patrick Wilson. Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society and the 'Doomsday Clock' - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...But who is watching the Watchmen?

  • Big Fish [Blu-ray] [2003] Big Fish | Blu Ray | (30/04/2007) from £6.15  |  Saving you £13.84 (69.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Edward Bloom has always been a teller of tall-tales about his oversized life as a young man when his wanderlust led him on an unlikely journey from a small-town in Alabama around the world and back again. His mythic exploits dart from the delightful to the delirious as he weaves epic tales about giants blizzards a witch and conjoined-twin lounge singers. With his larger-than-life stories Bloom charms almost everyone he encounters except for his estranged son Will. When his mother Sandra tries to reunite them Will must learn how to separate fact from fiction as he comes to terms with his father's great feats and great failings...

  • Public Enemies [DVD] Public Enemies | DVD | (02/11/2009) from £2.49  |  Saving you £14.65 (73.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Stage Beauty [2004] Stage Beauty | DVD | (27/12/2004) from £4.79  |  Saving you £13.20 (73.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Edward "Ned" Knyaston (Billy Crudup) is a beautiful man, and as an actor in 17th-century London that means he's quite popular portraying women, since females are forbidden to tread the boards. His mischievous air of entitlement, unfortunately, soon sets in motion a chain of events that will see King Charles II (Rupert Everett) lifting the ban on actresses, allowing Ned's devoted dresser, Maria (Claire Danes), to become the city's reigning theatrical diva. Director Richard Eyre (Iris) is still best known for his stage work, and it shows: Stage Beauty is rich in character and attention to detail, yet it doesn't have a popcorn-and-soda pop ease. Jeffrey Hatcher's well-observed script, based on his own play, romps a little self-consciously in Eyre's hands--you can tell it would like to be Shakespeare in Love if it could only relax. The gorgeous Crudup and dewy Danes don't quite click here, but the supporting cast is having a good time going way over-the-top, so if you're hungry for an elaborate historical confection there's enough here to satisfy your taste buds. --Steve Wiecking

  • Princess Mononoke [2001] Princess Mononoke | DVD | (22/10/2001) from £11.97  |  Saving you £8.02 (40.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Princess Mononoke has already made history as the top-grossing domestic feature ever released in Japan, where its combination of mythic themes, mystical forces, and ravishing visuals tapped deeply into cultural identity and contemporary, ecological anxieties. For international animation and anime fans, this epic, animated 1997 fantasy, represents an auspicious next step for its revered creator, Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service), an acknowledged anime pioneer, whose painterly style, vivid character design, and stylised approach to storytelling take ambitious, evolutionary steps here. Set in medieval Japan, Miyazaki's original story envisions a struggle between nature and man. The march of technology, embodied in the dark iron forges of the ambitious Tatara clan, threatens the natural forces explicit in the benevolent Great God of the Forest and the wide-eyed, spectral spirits he protects. When Ashitaka, a young warrior from a remote, and endangered, village clan, kills a ravenous, boar-like monster, he discovers the beast is in fact an infectious "demon god", transformed by human anger. Ashitaka's quest to solve the beast's fatal curse brings him into the midst of human political intrigues as well as the more crucial battle between man and nature. Miyazaki's convoluted fable is clearly not the stuff of kiddie matinees, nor is the often graphic violence depicted during the battles that ensue. If some younger viewers (or less attentive older ones) will wish for a diagram to sort out the players, Miyazaki's atmospheric world and its lush visual design are reasons enough to watch. For the English-language version, Miramax assembled an impressive vocal cast including Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup (as Ashitaka), Claire Danes (as San), Minnie Driver (as Lady Eboshi), Billy Bob Thornton, and Jada Pinkett Smith. They bring added nuance to a very different kind of magic kingdom. -- Sam Sutherland, Amazon.com On the DVD: with an impressive widescreen aspect of 2.35:1 and a pleasant 5.1 Dolby digital sound, you cannot fault the transfer of this animation in any way. However, the special features leave a lot to be desired on what is a classic piece of modern anime. The "Behind the Scenes" feature holds no information on the making of Princess Mononoke in its original form--with no input from animator Hayao Miyazaki--and the trailer is taken from the American release of the movie (even though it calls itself an "original" theatrical trailer), complete with the annoyingly hyped-up voiceover that comes with US film trailers. The redeeming feature of this DVD is the ability to watch the anime in its original language with subtitles, a much more passionate and beautiful form--so much of the feeling and lyricism of the movie is lost with the transfer to English language and misplaced casting. After watching the original Japanese version of Princess Mononoke and reading the book you begin to wonder why the West has become such a solitary child of Disney. --Nikki Disney

  • Watchmen - Director's Cut (2-Disc) [Blu-ray] Watchmen - Director's Cut (2-Disc) | Blu Ray | (30/11/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (74.10%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore Watchmen is a complex multi-layered mystery adventure which is directed by 300's Zack Snyder and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan Carla Gugino Malin Akerman Billy Crudup Matthew Goode and Patrick Wilson. Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society and the 'Doomsday Clock' - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...But who is watching the Watchmen? The Director's cut of the feature is approximately 25 minutes longer incorporating more elements from the graphic novel. This eagerly anticipated version offers more violence and reworked scenes with additional dialogue to give greater depth to this visual masterpiece. Also included are new commentary contributions from Director Zach Snyder and Graphic Novel illustrator Dave Gibbons.

  • Public Enemies [Blu-ray] Public Enemies | Blu Ray | (02/11/2009) from £6.59  |  Saving you £16.62 (66.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp Christian Bale and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard in the story of Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger: the charismatic bank robber who was relentlessly pursued by renowned FBI agent Melvin Purvis in a legendary game of cat-and-mouse. Play.com Review Collateral helmer Michael Mann has consistently blurred the line between commercial and arthouse cinema with films such as The Insider. In tackling Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book Public Enemies: The True Story of America's Greatest Crime Wave he has created one of the most challenging and engrossing big budget movies of 2009. A film which sits very comfortably in Mann's oeuvre Public Enemies revisits several of his cinematic preoccupations none more so than his obsession with the fine grey line between crime fighter and criminal. John Dillinger's story is a fascinating one ingrained in the history of Depression-era America and the technological revolution that changed lives overnight. The famous gangster has also been depicted in a number of other movies such as Max Nosseck's Dillinger (1945) and John Milius' 1973 version starring Warren Oates. However Mann's take is an all-together more ambitious attempt to depict the legend eschewing myth building in favour of realism and meticulous detail. Filmed by LA Confidential cinematographer and frequent collaborator Dante Spinotti in high-definition digital the movie captures everything in crystal-clear clarity. This technical bravado is rooted in both the past and the present and makes for a particularly unique viewing experience. If the film rejects glamorisation it can't help but fall for the charms of John Depp (Sweeney Todd) as Dillinger. Depp plays Dillinger as a man driven by money and celebrity constantly on the edge of good and evil. Meanwhile Christian Bale (Terminator Salvation) tackles FBI machine Melvin Purvis with steely determination a man born into wealth but consumed by his obsession to hunt down his prey mirroring Bale's infamous dedication to his craft. The setup is reminiscent of Mann's Heat but it's the introduction of Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) as Billie Frechett that opens up the picture. As much a love story as it is a gangster pic you'll be hard pressed to take your eyes of the smouldering scenes between Cotillard and Johnny as the doomed lovers. Other notable performances come courtesy of Channing Tatum (Fighting) Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) and Manhunter's Stephen Lang. Weaving storylines cityscapes and brutal violence Public Enemies batters the conventional biopic into the ground and finishes it off with a few rounds from a tommy gun. An alternative to the summer blockbusters this is a brilliantly constructed superbly acted thriller with feeling not short of the inspired action set pieces Mann is renowned for. Bearing up to multiple viewings we'd strongly recommend that you check out this superior piece of filmmaking and pay your respects to one of the only auteurs working in the American movie industry.

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