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  • The Equalizer [DVD] [2014] The Equalizer | DVD | (26/01/2015) from £9.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Denzel Washington plays McCall a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters he comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem if the odds are stacked against them if they have nowhere else to turn McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

  • The Equalizer [Blu-ray] [2014] The Equalizer | Blu Ray | (26/01/2015) from £11.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (52.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

  • Flight [DVD] Flight | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Few directors can meld high-tech whiz-bang with solid narrative values like Robert Zemeckis, a filmmaker whose best work (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, Cast Away) stands tall among the blockbusters. Although there have been times when Zemeckis's insistence on pushing the special effects envelope can end up overshadowing the story being told (as in his animated version of A Christmas Carol), his innate gifts persist: when he's in the groove, he can show you something you've never seen before, as well as a reason to care about it. Flight, the director's first wholly live-action film in over a decade, serves as a reminder of just how good he can be, featuring both an exquisitely terrifying crash sequence and a fearless central performance from Denzel Washington. John Gatins's script serves as a bizarro inversion of the Sully Sullenberger tale: when a routine flight over Atlanta goes terrifyingly wrong, the aircraft's pilot (Washington) saves his passengers with a near-miraculous display of skill. As the investigation into the disaster begins, however, it becomes apparent that its hero's impromptu bravery hides a multitude of bad habits. Washington does a brilliant job as a man who is all too aware of his feet of clay, subverting his innate nobility to shattering effect. (As in the earlier Training Day, when he goes to the dark side, the shock ripples the screen.) The strength of his central performance is only amplified by some outstanding supporting work from Kelly Reilly (as a recovering heroin addict), Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, and a scene-stealing John Goodman, who gets a few lines crass enough to remind you that yes, Zemeckis is the same person who once made the low-taste classic Used Cars. Impressive as the cast is, though, it's unlikely that things would work nearly as well without the director's grasp of the material, which shifts between horror, black comedy, and uplifting pathos without missing a beat. In his hands, this potential sap story makes for a smart, worldly addiction saga that blessedly refuses to stay within the usual melodramatic lines. Just don't ever, ever expect to see it as the in-flight entertainment. --Andrew Wright

  • 2 Guns [DVD] 2 Guns | DVD | (09/12/2013) from £3.18  |  Saving you £16.81 (84.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns. An explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.

  • Lone Survivor / Zero Dark Thirty / Safe House / Green Zone / Contraband Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Lone Survivor / Zero Dark Thirty / Safe House / Green Zone / Contraband Box Set | Blu Ray | (22/09/2014) from £10.16  |  Saving you £29.83 (74.60%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Lone SurvivorBased on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism courage and survival Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish. Zero Dark ThirtyFor a decade an elite team of intelligence and military operatives working in secret across the globe devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar(R) winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. Safe HouseOscar winner Denzel Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. Green ZoneAn officer searching for WMDs in Iraq teams up with an older CIA officer to try to bring in Iraqi Army officers who are willing to help - only to be confronted by a darker conspiracy in which U.S. forces are helping Iraqi forces kill off their rivals. ContrabandChris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime but after his brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss Chris is forced back into doing what he does best - running contraband. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords cops and hit men. Special Features: Zero Dark Thirty Bonus Material/Trailers No Small Feat The Compound Long Version Geared Up Targeting Jessica Chastain Lone Survivor Bonus Material/Trailers Will of the Warrior Bringing The Story to Light Recreating the Firefight Learning the Basics The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings {Michael Murphy - Matthew Axelson - Danny Dietz - Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings} The Pashtun Code of Life Green Zone Bonus Material/Trailers Feature Commentary U-Control Feature Video Commentary Picture in Picture Deleted Scenes Matt Damon: Ready For Action Inside The Green Zone Recreating Bagdad Contraband Bonus Material/Trailers Reality Factor: The Stunts and Action of Contraband Deleted Scenes - I Did It; Dancing Ninja; I Haven't... Yet; I Don't Need to Be Reminded; Alternate Crew Search; Broken Seal; Right About There; Oil Cans; Looking For Me Captain?; Sebastian Leaves; Searching; I Have Never Run Drugs Under the Radar: The Making of Contraband Safe House Bonus Material/Trailers U-Control PIP pods x 2 Making Safe House Hand-to-Hand Action Shooting The Safe House Attack Building The Rooftop Chase Inside the CIA Universal Centennial Trailer

  • The Hurricane [2000] The Hurricane | DVD | (05/01/2001) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In his direction of The Hurricane, veteran filmmaker Norman Jewison understands that slavish loyalty to factual detail is no guarantee of compelling screen biography. In telling the story of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter--who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1967 and spent nearly two decades in jail--Jewison and his screenwriters compress time, combine characters, and rearrange events with a nonchalance that would be galling if they didn't remain honest to the core truth of Carter's ordeal. Because of that emotional integrity--and because Denzel Washington brings total conviction to his title role--The Hurricane rises above the confines of biographical fidelity to embrace higher values of courage, compassion, and ultimate justice. Jewison is woefully heavy-handed in his treatment of the fictionalised, absurdly villainous detective (Dan Hedaya) who zealously plots to keep Carter in jail, and anyone familiar with Carter's story may object to the film's simplified account. But what matters here is the shining star of hope that is Lesra (Vicellous Reon Shannon), the Brooklyn teenager who rejuvenates Carter's legal battle in the early 1980s. This surrogate father-son relationship is what revives Carter's hope for family and future, and makes The Hurricane so engrossing and emotionally effective. Lesra's real-life Canadian mentors are compressed from nine characters to three, but their efforts are superbly dramatised, and Jewison hits the small but important grace notes that make a good film even better. By its final scenes, The Hurricane conveys the rich, rewarding satisfaction of surviving a difficult but valuable journey of mind, body, and soul.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • John Q. [2002] John Q. | DVD | (28/10/2002) from £3.93  |  Saving you £16.06 (80.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A nine-year-old boy is in desperate need of a life-saving transplant. When his father John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington) discovers that his medical insurance won’t cover the costs of the surgery and alternative government aid is unavailable he takes a hospital emergency room hostage in a last-ditch attempt to save his child.

  • Inside Man Inside Man | DVD | (31/07/2006) from £1.50  |  Saving you £17.75 (88.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover. Acclaimed actors Denzel Washington Clive Owen and Jodie Foster come together to explore the lure of power the ugliness of greed and the mystery of a perfect robbery in a combustible new crime drama from Spike Lee. The hardbitten but unorthodox Detective Fraiser (Washington) pits his wits against a high-class bank robber Dalton Russell (Owen) following the robbery of a Manhatten bank. As the chase unfolds political corruption and hidden agendas threaten to destabilize an already volatile situation.

  • Malcolm X [DVD] [1992] Malcolm X | DVD | (14/05/2012) from £4.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (65.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Just as Do the Right Thing was the capstone of Spike Lee's earlier career, Malcolm X marked the next milestone in the filmmaker's artistic maturity. It seemed everything Lee had done up to that point was to prepare him for this epic biography of America's fiery civil-rights leader, who is superbly played by Oscar-nominated Denzel Washington, from his early days as a zoot-suited hustler known as "Detroit Red" to his spiritual maturity after his pilgrimage to Mecca, as a Black Muslim by the name of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Do the Right Thing climaxed with the photographic images of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King engulfed by flames of rage; Malcolm X explores the genesis and evolution of that rage over Malcolm's lifetime, and how these two great figures--held up to the public as polar opposites within the African-American human rights movement (King for nonviolent civil disobedience, Malcolm for achieving equality "by any means necessary")--were each essential to the agenda of the other. Lee careens from the hedonistic ebullience of Malcolm's early days to the stark despair of prison, from his life-changing conversion to Islam to his emergence as a dynamic political leader--all with an epic sweep and vitality that illuminates personal details as well as political ideology. Angela Bassett is also terrific as Malcolm's wife, Betty Shabazz. --Jim Emerson

  • Man On Fire [2004] Man On Fire | DVD | (14/02/2005) from £2.75  |  Saving you £13.15 (82.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Style trumps substance in Man on Fire, a slick, brooding reunion of Crimson Tide star Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott. The ominous, crime-ridden setting is Mexico City, where a dour, alcoholic warrior with a mysterious Black Ops past (Washington) seeks redemption as the devoted bodyguard of a lovable 9-year-old girl (the precociously gifted Dakota Fanning), then responds with predictable fury when she is kidnapped and presumably killed. Prolific screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, L.A. Confidential) sets a solid emotional foundation for Washington's tormented character, and Scott's stylistic excess compensates for a distended plot that's both repellently violent and viscerally absorbing. Among Scott's more distracting techniques is the use of free-roaming, comic-bookish subtitles... even when they're unnecessary! Adapted from a novel by A.J. Quinnell and previously filmed as a 1987 vehicle for Scott Glenn, Man on Fire is roughly on par with Scott's similar 1990 film Revenge, efficiently satisfying Washington's incendiary bloodlust under a heavy blanket of humid, doom-laden atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Book Of Eli [DVD] [2009] The Book Of Eli | DVD | (31/05/2010) from £3.18  |  Saving you £16.81 (84.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. A lone hero must fight his way across the wasteland of a post-apocalyptic America to protect a sacred book that holds the key to saving the future of humanity.

  • Remember The Titans [2001] Remember The Titans | DVD | (26/11/2001) from £2.99  |  Saving you £12.37 (77.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Boaz Yakin's Remember the Titans boasts only one major star (Denzel Washington), but it does have an appealing cast of fresh unknowns and a winning emphasis on substance over self-indulgent style. Set in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971, the fact-based story begins with the integration of black and white students at T C Williams High School. The effort to improve race relations is most keenly felt on the school's football team, the Titans, and bigoted tempers flare when a black head coach (Washington) is appointed and his victorious predecessor (Will Patton) reluctantly stays on as his assistant. It's affirmative action at its most volatile, complicated by the mandate that the coach will be fired if he loses a single game in the Titans' 13-game season.The players represent a hotbed of racial tension, but as the team struggle towards unity and gridiron glory, Remember the Titans builds on several subplots and character dynamics to become an inspirational drama of Rocky-like proportions. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.comOn the DVD: Remember the Titans looks impressive in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 sound options equally up to the "big game" challenge. Extras include a "making of" feature, hosted by Lynn Swann, which will seem a tad on the sentimental side for non-American audiences; but to balance the schmaltz there are two more interesting behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Denzel Becomes Boone" and "Beating the Odds". The commentary is standard, relatively uninspired stuff, with director Boaz Yakin, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writer Gregory Allen Howard giving the low-down on the production. Even with the addition of a couple of deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer there isn’t really anything to get DVD aficionados drooling here. --Kristen Bowditch

  • Man On Fire [Blu-ray] [2004] Man On Fire | Blu Ray | (09/02/2009) from £4.25  |  Saving you £13.99 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Denzel Washington stars as a government operative/soldier of fortune who has pretty much given up on life. In Mexico City he reluctantly agrees to take a job to protect a child whose parents are threatened by a wave of kidnappings. He eventually becomes close to the child and their relationship reawakens and rekindles his spirit. When she is abducted his fiery rage is unleashed on those he feels responsible and he stops at nothing to save her.

  • Courage Under Fire [1996] Courage Under Fire | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £2.54  |  Saving you £9.80 (75.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    January 1991 : The world is watching the Gulf War. Day and night millions tune into CNN-TV to see a real life and death drama played out in the cities and deserts of Iraq. As the US Forces take a starring role the PR department at the White House is working overtime. What they're looking for is a hero. What they find is a scandal. What a troubled officer must now uncover is the truth...

  • War Collection [DVD] War Collection | DVD | (19/10/2009) from £9.96  |  Saving you £15.03 (60.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

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  • 2 Guns [Blu-ray] 2 Guns | Blu Ray | (09/12/2013) from £6.43  |  Saving you £30.56 (82.60%)  |  RRP £36.99

    Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns. An explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.

  • Glory [1989] Glory | DVD | (19/06/2000) from £3.69  |  Saving you £16.30 (81.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The negroes fought gallantly and were headed by as brave a Colonel as ever lived", was one Confederate soldier's eyewitness verdict on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers immediately after 247 of their 600-man regiment had fallen in bloody swathes beneath the withering fire from Fort Wagner near Charleston, South Carolina in 1863. Glory is their story: the mustering of the first black regiment in the US Army, their battles with the Southerners as well as with the Northern military authorities, and their own moment of glory when they paid a terrible price for the opportunity to demonstrate to the world their courage. In telling this little-known story, director Ed Zwick single-handedly changed perceptions of the American Civil War: when a Grand Review of the Armies was held in Washington at the end of the war, none of the almost 180,000 coloured troops who fought for the Union were present; when that parade was restaged in 1990 a year after the movie was released, the 54th Massachusetts re-enactors were at the front of the procession. Zwick's stirring, factually accurate account is greatly enhanced by obsessive period detail and frighteningly realistic battle reconstructions (which were not to be surpassed in scale until 1993's Gettysburg). But Zwick also illuminates individual characters in the regiment with great sensitivity. As crucial as the military set-pieces are the scenes of the men together: talking in the tent or baring their souls in song. Denzel Washington, as the embittered ex-slave, gives a performance of real depth; he richly deserved his Oscar win for the heartbreaking flogging scene alone. Morgan Freeman brings great gravitas to his paternalistic role, and Matthew Broderick's idealistic Colonel Shaw is the centre around which the story revolves. With a clutch of remarkable lead performances, a sensitive and touching script, one of James Horner's finest musical scores, and a director with both the vision and heart to pull it off it's easy to agree with the backcover blurb: "Glory is one of the greatest war movies ever made". Without even a hint of hyperbole, it undoubtedly is. On the DVD: This is a superb looking (anamorphic) and sounding (Dolby 5.1) print, and the disc has some excellent additional features. Ed Zwick's commentary is insightful and extremely detailed: here's a director who obviously cares deeply about this movie. Of the three featurettes, one is a short-ish promo piece but the other two are genuinely impressive: there's a 20-minute "Making of" feature with major contributions from Zwick, Freeman and Broderick, and best of all a 45-minute "The True Story Continues" feature narrated by Freeman which tells the complete story of the 54th Massachusetts from beginning to end using footage from the movie as well as archive material and film of battle re-enactments. Also included are two deleted scenes, although a third scene which was shot for the movie but not used (the Frederick Douglass' speech) crops up in the "True Story" piece. James Horner's emotive score gets an isolated track all to itself and there are also some filmographies and trailers. All in all, this is a superb DVD. --Mark Walker

  • Safe House [DVD] Safe House | DVD | (15/06/2012) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A housekeeper who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he’s had proves to be the most dangerous man he's ever met, Weston readies for duty. Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA's known, the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash since he turned. From trading secrets to North Korea to aiding splinter cells, the damage he's done to the U.S. is immeasurable. And he's now back on the reservation with a secret. As soon as Frost is brought in for debriefing, mercenaries come and tear apart Weston's safe house. Barely escaping, the unlikely partners must discover if their attackers have been sent by terrorists or someone on the inside who will kill anyone standing in the way. Now it's up to Weston to figure out who he can trust before they're both eliminated from the game. Special Features: Behind the Action

  • Great Debaters [DVD] Great Debaters | DVD | (22/08/2011) from £2.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (70.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    figure, challenging the social mores of the time, Professor Melvin Tolson used unconventional and ferocious teaching methods to shape a debate team at Wiley College, a small African American university in Texas during the 1930s. Fighting against all odds and paving their way to success, the team reaches a pivotal moment when they are faced with one of their greatest challenges yet... going up against Harvard University’s critically acclaimed national championship debate team. Extras: Scoring the Great Debaters The Great Debaters: A Historical Perspective The Next Generation of Actors

  • Training Day [2002] Training Day | DVD | (03/06/2002) from £4.46  |  Saving you £9.47 (67.70%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A powerhouse performance by Denzel Washington fuels Training Day, a brutal urban police drama in which a rookie narcotics cop learns the hard way that even good cops can go very, very bad. Washington plays veteran detective Alonzo Harris, a self-proclaimed "wolf among wolves", eager to teach his rookie partner Jake (Ethan Hawke) that normal rules don't apply on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Caught in a web of deception, Jake watches with escalating horror as Alonzo uses his badge (and the support of his superiors) to justify a self-righteous policy of corruption. In stark contrast to most of his previous work, Washington unleashes his dark side with fearlessness and fury, and the result is excellence without compromise. Director Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers) won't score any points for subtlety, but gritty details (including actual LA gang members as extras) and Hawke's finely tuned performance are perfectly matched to Washington's frightening volatility. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com On the DVD: Training Day's special features include an HBO documentary which actually provides some insight into the structure of the film rather than simply adding glitz and glamour. Antoine Fuqua's feature commentary is intimate, suggesting his heart and soul went into this movie. The extra scenes also add to the enjoyment of the movie, the only disappointment being that there is no additional commentary to explain the cuts. The alternative ending ties up a few of the loose ends which are left at the close of the theatrical release. Out of the two music videos it is Pharoahe Monch's "Got You" that fits in best with the style of the film, having a much bassier street-level feel than Nelly's "#1" chart-friendly hip-hop. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack allows you to feel like you're pumping out the beats from your BMW and the 2.35:1 widescreen is a slick as Denzel Washington's gun moves. --Nikki Disney

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