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  • Vera - Series 7 [DVD] [2017] Vera - Series 7 | DVD | (17/04/2017) from £11.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    ITV's top-rating crime drama returns for a seventh series, starring multi-award winning actress Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope. Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, Vera and her team are drawn into four more compelling mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger, left alone overnight on a remote and inaccessible island. Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, Vera features complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances, led by BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope.

  • Saving Grace [2000] Saving Grace | DVD | (14/01/2002) from £5.95  |  Saving you £12.04 (66.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A sweet, silly and sincere comedy, Saving Grace resembles a Cheech and Chong pothead comedy, only instead of two scruffy lowlifes the film is about an aimless Scottish gardener and a middle-aged widow with a green thumb. Grace (Brenda Blethyn of Secrets and Lies and Little Voice) has just discovered that her recently deceased husband has left her with an enormous debt when her gardener Matthew (Craig Ferguson, The Big Tease) asks her to help him tend to his small, personal-use marijuana crop. Grace soon realises that they can turn her greenhouse into a hydroponics laboratory and turn out a profitable crop--if only they can keep the local constables at bay and then find a dealer to sell the stuff. Saving Grace has well-developed characters, intelligent dialogue, a charming and capable cast and clean, clear direction. But at heart it's still a marijuana comedy, with most of its funniest moments coming from the silly, stoned behaviour of elderly ladies and others. Nothing wrong with that, and Blethyn and Ferguson give the film a strong anchor. The ending goes a little over the top, but most of the film is well-grounded in genuine human behaviour. A sub-plot about Matthew's girlfriend's pregnancy is treated with respect and integrity. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

  • Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Volume 1 & Volume 2 [DVD] Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Volume 1 & Volume 2 | DVD | (19/09/2016) from £6.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (35.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

  • Pride And Prejudice - 2005 Pride And Prejudice - 2005 | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £2.00  |  Saving you £16.84 (84.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A romance ahead of its time... The five Bennet sisters - Elizabeth or Lizzie (Keira Knightley) Jane (Rosamund Pike) Lydia (Jena Malone) Mary (Talulah Riley) and Kitty (Carey Mulligan) - have been raised well aware of their mother's (Brenda Blethyn) fixation on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent Elizabeth however strives to live her life with a broader perspective as encouraged by her doting father (Donald Sutherland). When weal

  • Anne Frank Anne Frank | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    When the war began she was only a little girl. When it ended she was the voice of a generation... A compassionate and sensitive televisual portrait of the Holocaust's greatest diarist.

  • Vera Complete Series 1-5 [DVD] [2015] Vera Complete Series 1-5 | DVD | (05/10/2015) from £32.39  |  Saving you £7.60 (19.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Academy Award-Nominee and BAFTA Award-Winning Actress Brenda Blethyn OBE stars in Vera, a murder-mystery drama based on the novels by Award-Winning crime writer Ann Cleeves. Brenda Blethyn plays the title role of DCI Vera Stanhope, a sharp but shambolic detective driven by her own personal demons. With her caustic wit and singular charm, Vera and her trusted team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape. EPISODES: Series 1: Hidden Depths | Telling Tales | The Crow Trap | Little Lazarus Series 2: The Ghost Position | Silent Voices | Sandancers | A Certain Samaritan Series 3: Castles In The Air | Poster Child | Young Gods | Prodigal Son Series 4: On Harbour Street | Protected | The Deer Hunters | Death Of A Family Man Series 5: Changing Tides | Old Wounds | Muddy Waters | Shadows in the Sky

  • Secrets & Lies [Blu-ray] [1996] Secrets & Lies | Blu Ray | (02/03/2015) from £7.29  |  Saving you £12.70 (63.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    If a film fan had never heard of director Mike Leigh, one might explain him as a British Woody Allen. Not that Leigh's films are whimsical or neurotic; they are tough-love examinations of British life--funny, outlandish and biting. His films share a real immediacy with Allen's work: they feel as if they are happening now. Leigh works with actors--real actors--on ideas and language. There is no script at the start (and sometimes not at the end). Secrets and Lies involves Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), an elegant black woman wanting to learn her birth mother's identity. She will find it's Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), who is one of the saddest creatures we've seen in film. She's also one of the most real and, ultimately, one of the most loveable. Timothy Spall is Cynthia's brother, a giant man full of love who is being slowly defeated by his fastidious wife (Phyllis Logan). There is a great exuberance of life in Secrets & Lies, winner of the Palme D'Or and best actress (Blethyn) at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival--not Zorba-type life but the little battles fought and won every day. Leigh's honest interpretation of daily life is usually found only on the stage. Secrets & Lies is more realistic than a stage production, however, especially when Leigh shows us uninterrupted scenes. Critic David Denby states that Leigh has "made an Ingmar Bergman film without an instant of heaviness or pretension." If that sounds like your cup of tea, see Secrets & Lies. --Doug Thomas

  • Atonement [2007] Atonement | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £2.00  |  Saving you £17.43 (87.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in the adaptation of Atonement based on the novel by Ian McEwan. On the hottest day of the summer of 1935 thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia (Kiera Knightley) strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) a childhood friend who along with Briony's sister has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination and Briony will have committed a dreadful crime the guilt for which will colour her entire life.

  • Little Voice (AKA: Rise and Fall) [DVD] Little Voice (AKA: Rise and Fall) | DVD | (02/05/2011) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    World-class stars Michael Caine Brenda Blethyn and Ewan McGregor deliver acclaimed performances in an inspirational story about a painfully shy young woman 'Little Voice' (Jane Horrocks). A hopeless introvert who can only manage to express herself by singing in the timeless voices of Judy Garland Marilyn Monroe and others. But once her over-powering mother's (Blethyn) new boyfriend - a sleazy talent scout (Caine) - overhears LV's incredible voice he'll do anything to drag the recluse into the spotlight and make her a star! Cheered by critics everywhere Little Voice is an exceptional film - its gritty humour stylised set pieces and superb performances from all its stars can be enjoyed by all!

  • Secrets & Lies [DVD] [1996] Secrets & Lies | DVD | (02/03/2015) from £6.49  |  Saving you £9.50 (59.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    If a film fan had never heard of director Mike Leigh, one might explain him as a British Woody Allen. Not that Leigh's films are whimsical or neurotic; they are tough-love examinations of British life--funny, outlandish and biting. His films share a real immediacy with Allen's work: they feel as if they are happening now. Leigh works with actors--real actors--on ideas and language. There is no script at the start (and sometimes not at the end). Secrets and Lies involves Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), an elegant black woman wanting to learn her birth mother's identity. She will find it's Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), who is one of the saddest creatures we've seen in film. She's also one of the most real and, ultimately, one of the most loveable. Timothy Spall is Cynthia's brother, a giant man full of love who is being slowly defeated by his fastidious wife (Phyllis Logan). There is a great exuberance of life in Secrets & Lies, winner of the Palme D'Or and best actress (Blethyn) at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival--not Zorba-type life but the little battles fought and won every day. Leigh's honest interpretation of daily life is usually found only on the stage. Secrets & Lies is more realistic than a stage production, however, especially when Leigh shows us uninterrupted scenes. Critic David Denby states that Leigh has "made an Ingmar Bergman film without an instant of heaviness or pretension." If that sounds like your cup of tea, see Secrets & Lies. --Doug Thomas

  • Beyond The Sea Beyond The Sea | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    For Bobby Darin (Kevin Spacey) performing was his life. It kept his heart beating. He came alive onstage even when he was near collapse offstage. In 'Beyond The Sea' Bobby tells his own story. At age seven Bobby gets rheumatic fever that damages his heart forever. The doctor tells his mother Polly (Brenda Blethyn) he'll be lucky to live to the age of fifteen. Polly and Bobby's older sister Nina (Caroline Aaron) take care of him along with Nina's husband Charlie (Bob Hoskins). M

  • A River Runs Through It [1993] A River Runs Through It | DVD | (23/04/2001) from £4.64  |  Saving you £8.35 (64.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A River Runs Through It is a lyrical and nostalgic film from director Robert Redford (Quiz Show, Ordinary People), based on the popular autobiographical novel by Norman MacLean. The film chronicles two brothers' coming of age in early 20th-century Missoula, Montana, under the stern tutelage of their minister father (Tom Skerritt). He instils in them a love of fly fishing, which for one brother (Brad Pitt) becomes a lifelong passion even as he sets out to become a newspaperman and struggles with his addiction to gambling. The other brother, Norman (Craig Sheffer), dreams of exploring the world outside Missoula as he falls in love with a local girl (Emily Lloyd) who also dreams of broader horizons. Soon one brother must discover the true meaning of family loyalty when the other finds himself in deeper trouble than ever before. Redford, who also narrates the film, does a masterful job in re-creating the period and in drawing out affecting performances from his young cast. An Oscar winner for Philippe Rousselot's luminescent cinematography, this is a poignant and special film. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com

  • Outside Edge - Series 1-3 - Complete Outside Edge - Series 1-3 - Complete | DVD | (07/04/2008) from £10.99  |  Saving you £8.82 (44.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Cricket - the sport of gentlemen - takes on new dimensions in this cheeky British comedy about the foibles and follies of married life. Kevin and Maggie Costello live for the moment constantly expressing their affection for each other in outrageous ways. Roger and Mim Dervish on the other hand lead a quiet life reserving their passions for the seemingly more subdued activities of cricket and tea cakes. But when the Costellos and Dervishes meet at a cricket match the collision of opposing personalities serves as a prelude to a series of hilarious unpredictable adventures.

  • War and Peace [DVD] War and Peace | DVD | (02/06/2014) from £10.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (45.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In Tolstoy's tempestuous epic of love and war passion and power a small circle of aristocrats find their glittering world crumbling as Napoleon's sweeping forces threaten to overwhelm Imperial Russia. Set in the opening decades of the 19th century War and Peace follows the changing fortunes of brooding military hero Prince Andrej his bookish friend Pierre and the spirited but naïve Natasha. As Napoleon's armies menace their privileged lives the horrors of the battlefield reach into Russia's most elegant ballrooms and bedrooms. Starring an international cast including Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel) Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) Brenda Blethyn (Pride and Prejudice) Alessio Boni (Caravaggio) Alexander Beyer (Carlos The Jackal) and Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds) this magnifi cent production was fi lmed on location in Saint Petersburg and Eastern Europe by Oscar -nominated director Robert Dornhelm.

  • Vera - Series 2 [DVD] Vera - Series 2 | DVD | (21/05/2012) from £10.29  |  Saving you £14.70 (58.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first series of Vera may have left the show a little bit of work to do, but this follow-up run of stories improves things with considerable skill. The basic premise remains similar. Vera follows the work of Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a woman driven to solve crime, whilst battling a catalogue of problems of her own. So far, so conventional. Television is hardly short of detectives, after all. But Vera has a trump card, and her name is Brenda Blethyn. The Oscar-nominated actress gives a considered performance in the title role, and the lends the show the gravitas it needs to keep us hooked. Blethyn is front and centre for much of the four episodes collected together here, and it's a complex collection of cases she's presented with. For instance, she has to face the mysterious suicide of a former colleague, and the odd murder of a social worker, each of which comes with a labyrinthine backstory that Vera needs to get to grips with. There are still problems with Vera that this second series doesn't completely solve. Based once more on Ann Cleeves' novels, the wonderful Blethyn has proven to be a divisive choice amongst hardened fans of the books, and whilst her character is deepened here, more work on the writing and less reliance on the leading actress would serve the show well. That said, her adventures here are fleshed out, interesting, and intriguing to watch. And Vera continues, as it did in the second half of its maiden series, to improve. Well worth a look. --Jon Foster

  • Girls' Night [1998] Girls' Night | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The Girls' Night of the title refers to Friday night, the one time of escape from the daily grind for longstanding best friends and factory co-workers, Dawn and Jackie. And Friday night means bingo. One evening their dream comes true when Dawn (the cautious, caring one) scoops £100,000, but the savage twist in the tale is that even before she gets the cheque she discovers she has an inoperable brain tumour. Cue Jackie (the spontaneous, irresponsible one) fulfilling Dawn's lifetime ambition with a holiday in Las Vegas ("Come on, we've got an hour to get the plane"). And from then on it's a buddy movie with inescapable resonances of Thelma and Louise, though the difference here is that the protagonists are two ordinary middle-aged women. Brenda Blethyn and Julie Walters are a magical pairing, with both giving mesmerising moving performances (honorary mention should also be made of Cody, the one sympathetic male character in the film, magnificently played by Kris Kristofferson). Though death is ever-present, this is by no means a depressing movie; rather the opposite, in fact, with a remarkably upbeat ending. If there's a message to be found here, it's that even the most apparently ordinary people can be extraordinary given the right circumstances. On the DVD: As well as the original trailer, there is on-location feature

  • Buddha of Suburbia Buddha of Suburbia | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £7.09  |  Saving you £12.90 (64.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Karim's mother is English and his father is Indian. Therefore Karim has some problems with life in British society which is becoming more and more racist and intolerant; he experiences this especially when he wants to find himself a way of becoming an actor.

  • Christmas Angel [DVD] Christmas Angel | DVD | (04/11/2013) from £4.00  |  Saving you £8.84 (59.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Two of Britain s finest actors, Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) and Brenda Blethyn (Pride and Prejudice), star in this heart-warming Christmas story perfect for the whole family. Fifteen year old Eddie (Joseph Phillips) is on a shopping trip with his mother when she is tragically struck by a car and left in critical condition. With their father absent from their lives, Eddie and his brother Stewart (Angus Harrison) face the daunting prospect of potentially losing their mother just as Christmas approaches. One night, Eddie s mother visits him in a dream urging him to find a halo so that she may be saved. Stewart scoffs at the idea but Eddie is determined. Will the brothers be able to find an angel and save their mother before Christmas?

  • Pride and Prejudice [Blu-ray] Pride and Prejudice | Blu Ray | (17/05/2010) from £7.87  |  Saving you £12.12 (60.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A romance ahead of its time... The five Bennet sisters - Elizabeth or Lizzie (Keira Knightley) Jane (Rosamund Pike) Lydia (Jena Malone) Mary (Talulah Riley) and Kitty (Carey Mulligan) - have all been raised by their mother with one purpose in life - finding a husband. However the second eldest Lizzie can think of 100 reasons not to marry. When Mrs Bennet hears the exciting news that a wealthy bachelor and his circle of sophisticated friends are to take up summer residence in a nearby mansion the Bennets are abuzz with the hope that potential suitors will be in full supply. Obligingly the newcomer Mr Charles Bingley is immediately taken with the eldest Jane. However when Lizzie meets up with the darkly handsome and snobbish Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) what seems like a match made in heaven quickly becomes divided by pride and prejudice. Can they get past this and can Lizzie finally find a reason to marry?

  • The Labours Of Erica [DVD] [1989] The Labours Of Erica | DVD | (23/08/2010) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Labours Of Erica (2 Discs)

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