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The Remains Of The Day | DVD | (22/10/2001)
from £4.49 | Saving you £8.50 (65.40%) | RRP
Brave | DVD | (26/11/2012)
from £7.94 | Saving you £12.05 (60.30%) | RRP
Pixar Animation Studios, the creator of Toy Story 3, whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition. Bursting with heart, unforgettable characters and Pixar's signature humour. Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. When Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources - including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers - to undo a beastly curse before it's too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery. Special Features: La Luna The Legend of Mordu Audio Commentary
Sense And Sensibility | DVD | (13/07/1998)
from £4.69 | Saving you £15.30 (76.50%) | RRP
Emma Thompson scores a double bull's-eye with this marvellous adaptation of Jane Austen's novel . Not only does Thompson turn in a strong (and gently humorous) performance as Elinor Dashwood--the one with "sense"--she also wrote the witty, wise screenplay. Austen's tale of 19th-century manners and morals provides a large cast with a feast of possibilities, notably Kate Winslet, in her pre-Titanic flowering, as Thompson's deeply romantic sister, Marianne (the one with "sensibility"). Winslet attracts the wooing of shy Alan Rickman (a nice change of pace from his bad-guy roles) and dashing Greg Wise, while Thompson must endure an incredibly roundabout courtship with Hugh Grant, here in fine and funny form. All of this is doled out with the usual eye-filling English countryside and handsome costumes, yet the film always seems to be about the careful interior lives of its characters. The director, an inspired choice, is Taiwan-born Ang Lee, who brings the same exquisite taste and discreet touch he displayed in his previous Asian films (such as Eat Drink Man Woman). Thompson's script won an Oscar. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com
Saving Mr Banks | DVD | (24/03/2014)
from £2.85 | Saving you £11.70 (73.20%) | RRP
Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks star in Disney's Saving Mr. Banks inspired by the extraordinary untold tale of how one of the most beloved stories of all time Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen. The film is a poignant sharply funny and moving recounting of Walt Disney's (Tom Hanks) quest to fulfil a promise to his daughters to make a film of their favourite book and of its fiercely protective author PL Travers (Emma Thompson) who had no intention of letting her beloved nanny go to Hollywood. Saving Mr. Banks follows Walt as he has to pull out all the stops to change PL Travers' mind and is ultimately forced to reach back into his own childhood to discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt her. Together they set Mary Poppins free to become one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Academy Award winner Paul Giamatti Colin Farrell Ruth Wilson and Jason Schwartzman round out the terrific cast.
Love Actually | DVD | (19/03/2004)
from £2.48 | Saving you £1.20 (20.00%) | RRP
With no fewer than eight couples vying for our attention, Love Actually is like the London Marathon of romantic comedies, and everybody wins. Having mastered the genre as the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary, it appears that first-time director Richard Curtis is just like his screenplays: he just wants to be loved, and he'll go to absurdly appealing lengths to win our affection. With Love Actually, Curtis orchestrates a minor miracle of romantic choreography, guiding a brilliant cast of stars and newcomers as they careen toward love and holiday cheer in London, among them the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) who's smitten with his caterer (Martine McCutcheon); a widower (Liam Neeson) whose young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer (Colin Firth) who falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother (Emma Thompson) coping with her potentially unfaithful husband (Alan Rickman); and a lovelorn American (Laura Linney) who's desperately attracted to a colleague. There's more--too much more--as Curtis wraps his Christmas gift with enough happy endings to sweeten a dozen other movies. That he pulls it off so entertainingly is undeniably impressive; that he does it so shamelessly suggests that his writing fares better with other, less ingratiating directors. --Jeff Shannon
The Remains of the Day (Anniversary Edition) | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013)
from £7.69 | Saving you £5.30 (40.80%) | RRP
Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and Emma Thompson (Howards End) reunite with the acclaimed Merchant Ivory filmmaking team for this extraordinary and moving story of blind devotion and repressed love. Hopkins stars as Stevens the perfect English butler - an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths - as he serves his master Lord Darlington beautifully played by James Fox (The Servant). Darlington like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Thompson stars as the estate's housekeeper a high-spirited strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror. Despite her apprehensions she and Stevens gradually fall in love though neither will admit it and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments. Marvellously acted by a supporting cast that includes Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant.
Nanny McPhee / Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang Box Set | DVD | (19/07/2010)
from £5.59 | Saving you £17.40 (75.70%) | RRP
Nanny McPhee: In this dark and witty fable Emma Thompson (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix An Education) portrays a person of unsettling appearance and magical powers who enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth - Bridget Jones's Diary Girl with a Pearl Earring) and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children.The children have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies but as Nanny McPhee takes control they begin to notice that their vile behaviour now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang: The next chapter of the hilarious magical and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world. Emma Thompson returns as the mysterious nanny who appears when she's needed the most and wanted the least. This time she finds herself at a family farm where mayhem has broken out between some boisterous country children and their spoilt city cousins. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle to a tree-climbing piglet Nanny McPhee conjures up just the right formula to teach her charges five new lessons.
Much Ado About Nothing | DVD | (01/10/1999)
from £4.19 | Saving you £11.80 (73.80%) | RRP
Kenneth Branagh's 1993 production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is a vigorous and imaginative work, cheerful and accessible for everyone. Largely the story of Benedick (Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson)--adversaries who come to believe each is trying to woo the other--the film veers from arched wit to ironic romps, and the two leads don't mind looking a little silly at times. But the plot is also layered with darker matters that concern the ease with which men and women fall into mutual distrust. Branagh has rounded up a mixed cast of stage vets and Hollywood stars, among the latter Denzel Washington and Michael Keaton, the latter playing a rather seedy, Beetlejuice-like version of Dogberry, king of malapropisms.--Tom Keogh
Nanny McPhee | DVD | (13/02/2006)
from £4.57 | Saving you £15.42 (77.10%) | RRP
A recently widowed Mr Brown employs the services of a nanny in the hope that order will be restored to his household and his seven children. However, the children have other ideas having already dispatched seventeen nannies, who also thought that they knew better.
A Walk In The Woods | DVD | (22/02/2016)
from £5.39 | Saving you £14.60 (73.00%) | RRP
Upon his arrival back in the United States following two decades in the UK, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) wants to find a way to reconnect with his homeland. Impulsively he decides to hike The Appalachian Trail, 1000 arduous miles stretching from Maine to Georgia. When his old buddy Katz (Nick Nolte), a crude, overweight, recovering alcoholic, calls him out of the blue and offers to accompany him, Bill gets more than he bargained for as they set out on an expedition that men half their age struggle to complete
Alone in Berlin | DVD | (23/10/2017)
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Based on the best-selling book, Alone in Berlin tells the story of a couple in Nazi-occupied Germany who stand up to Hitler and the SS regime after their son is killed in action. By placing postcards around Berlin with revolutionary messages on the Quangels hope to rally any other anti-Hitler supporter and disrupt the slow creep of War.
Brave | Blu Ray | (26/11/2012)
from £8.99 | Saving you £12.51 (52.10%) | RRP
Pixar Animation Studios, the creator of Toy Story 3, whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition. Bursting with heart, unforgettable characters and Pixar's signature humour. Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. When Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources - including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers - to undo a beastly curse before it's too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery. Special Features: La Luna The Legend of Mordu Brave Old World Merida and Elinor Bears Brawl in the Hall Wonder Moss Magic Clan Pixar Once Upon a Scene Extended Scenes Audio Commentary
Treasure Planet (Disney) | DVD | (07/07/2003)
from £5.99 | Saving you £12.00 (66.70%) | RRP
Treasure Planet, a pet project of Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules codirectors Ron Clements and John Musker, is an ambitious animation hybrid (traditional animation combined with elaborate CGI backgrounds). It was the subject of numerous in-studio battles, but Disney office politics and a poor public reception shouldn't distract one from its many admirable qualities, not the least being its overall fidelity to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Treasure Island. Curiously revamped as a sci-fi adventure with space-faring galleons, flintlock ray guns and extreme-sports attitude, it caters to a young audience for whom Stevenson's adventure is an undiscovered treasure, revving up the material with arcade-game excitements. It's entertaining, for what it is, and kids will surely enjoy it. Maybe next time, however, Disney will follow its own legacy and properly adapt Stevenson (as they did with their 1950 live-action classic) for a new, and hopefully receptive, generation. --Jeff Shannon
The Love Punch | DVD | (18/08/2014)
from £3.93 | Saving you £16.04 (80.20%) | RRP
Reuniting with director Joel Hopkins for the first time since 2008's Last Chance Harvey Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson plays Kate whose biting banter with ex-husband Richard (Pierce Brosnan) suggests that the embers of their former ardour haven't been fully extinguished. When an unscrupulous French financier steals their nest egg to buy a $10 million diamond for his bride-to-be the divorced duo grudgingly agree to hatch a plot to nab the rock.
Angels In America | DVD | (07/04/2008)
from £5.99 | Saving you £8.00 (57.20%) | RRP
Tony Kushner's prize-winning play Angels in America became the defining US theatrical event of the 1990s, an astonishing mix of philosophy, politics, and vibrant gay soap opera that summed up the Reagan era for an entire generation of theatre-goers. Post-9/11 would seem to be too late for a film version--philosophy and politics don't always age well--but this 2003 HBO adaptation, ably directed by Mike Nichols, provides a time capsule of the '80s and reveals the deep emotional subcurrents that will give the play lasting power. The story centers around Prior Walter (Justin Kirk) and Louis Ironson (Ben Shenkman), a gay couple that falls apart when Prior grows ill as a result of AIDS. But cancer is not the only thing invading Prior's life: He begins to have religious visions of an angel (Emma Thompson) announcing that he is a prophet. Louis, who doesn't cope well with disease and suggestions of mortality, leaves and starts a relationship with Joe Pitt (Patrick Wilson), a closeted Mormon who works for Roy Cohn (Al Pacino)--the real-life right-wing lawyer, notorious for his ruthless behind-the-scenes machinations. Add in Joe's depressed and hallucinating wife Harper (Mary Louise Parker), his determined but open-minded mother Hannah (Meryl Streep), a fierce drag queen/nurse named Belize (Jeffrey Wright, reprising his celebrated performance from the Broadway production), and you've still only begun to discover the wealth of characters and storylines in Kushner's ambitious work. The powerhouse cast (also featuring James Cromwell, Michael Gambon, and Simon Callow) is uniformly superb. The script has its weaknesses--some of the fantastic elements, including Prior's journey to Heaven towards the end, fall flat--but even what doesn't work is bristling with ideas and a ferocious desire to capture human existence in this time and place. --Bret Fetzer
Carrington | DVD | (22/09/2003)
from £6.79 | Saving you £6.20 (47.70%) | RRP
She was a gifted artist he was an eminent writer and together they created a controversy that sent shock waves through polite society. This is the true story of Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey - their lives their loves and the desires they unleashed in a relationship that dared to challenge the taboos of England between the wars.
In the Name of the Father | DVD | (15/01/2008)
from £4.19 | Saving you £6.80 (61.90%) | RRP
Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impassioned performance in this riveting drama that mirrors one man's 15 year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. Oscar winner Emma Thompson co-stars in this gripping and highly emotive film. In The Name Of The Father tells the true-life saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in strife torn '70s Belfast Gerry's main interests are getting drunk and partying much to the dismay of his quiet frail father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite). When Gerry angers the IRA his father sends him to England where his antics put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent but forced to confess to an act of savage terrorism he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the 'Guildford Four'. An innocent Giuseppe is also arrested and while behind bars Gerry learns that his father's seeming frailty masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer Gerry determines to prove his innocence clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.
Peter's Friends | DVD | (26/11/2001)
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Ten years after leaving university Peter and his best friends reunite for a New Year's party to end all parties. Having weathered most of life's triumphs and disasters there doesn't seem to be much left to shock them - but Peter has a special surprise that will test their friendship to the utmost. A wonderfully wicked comedy about life love and other natural disasters.
Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang | DVD | (19/07/2010)
from £5.48 | Saving you £14.51 (72.60%) | RRP
Oscar winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she's needed the most and wanted the least in the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world. In this latest installment Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she's arrived Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green's children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons.
Effie Gray | DVD | (23/02/2015)
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EFFIE GRAY explores the scandalous true story of the troubled relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and Effie Gray, his teenage bride. After marrying at 19, Effie quickly realises her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. Yearning for affection, she falls for the artist John Everett Millais. Desperate to be freed from John, Effie embarks on a life-changing journey to become one of the first women in history to seek a divorce from her husband, making her an everlasting figure in feminist history.