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  • Little Women [1995] Little Women | DVD | (17/03/2000) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The flaws are easily forgiven in this beautiful version of Louisa May Alcott's novel. A stirring look at life in New England during the Civil War, Little Women is a triumph for all involved. We follow one family as they split into the world, ending up with the most independent, the outspoken Jo (Winona Ryder). This time around, the dramatics and conclusions fall into place a little too well, instead of finding life's little accidents along the way. Everyone now looks a bit too cute and oh, so nice. As the matron, Marmee, Susan Sarandon kicks the film into a modern tone, creating a movie alive with a great feminine sprit. Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) has another showy role. The young ensemble cast cannot be faulted, with Ryder beginning the movie in a role akin to light comedy and crescendos to a triumphant end worthy of an Oscar. --Doug Thomas

  • Usual Suspects Usual Suspects | DVD | (06/03/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

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  • Coup [DVD] Coup | DVD | (03/12/2012) from £6.79  |  Saving you £13.20 (66.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Secret State is a four-part political thriller inspired by Chris Mullin's novel A Very British Coup, delving into the relationship between a democratically elected government, the military and the markets. In the run up to a general election, an accident on Teesside raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex. The Prime Minister claims to have secured a compensation package from them, but on his return from PetroFex HQ, his plane crashes in the Atlantic under mysterious circumstances. Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Byrne) takes the reins and during his quest to find justice and the truth for the victims on Teesside, he uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system. How will he deal with the powers at play? And can he remain that rare thing: a decent, honest man in politics?

  • Vikings: Season 1 [DVD] [2013] Vikings: Season 1 | DVD | (03/02/2014) from £7.19  |  Saving you £17.80 (71.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors... Vikings. Ragnar a would-be Viking chieftain longs to fulfil his destiny as an explorer and conqueror alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha. But as Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him. Faced with shocking betrayals and the temptations of a mysterious seductress Ragnar must wage war on the battlefield - and within himself - to protect his freedom family and life.

  • The Usual Suspects -- Two-Disc Special Edition [1995] The Usual Suspects -- Two-Disc Special Edition | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £3.99  |  Saving you £18.35 (79.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Bryan Singer's film noir The Usual Suspects casts a mesmerising spell, with the plot luring the viewer into ever-deeper and darker places. According to director, Singer, the premise for the film evolved from a magazine article. What does the phrase "usual suspects" actually mean, who are they and what happens when you probe their identity? Here, they are five expert criminals and a crippled con man in a line-up. The story, told via flashbacks, interrogation scenes and explosive sequences of a heist gone wrong, is a labyrinth of sub-plots and red herrings. Kevin Spacey won a best supporting actor Oscar for his intriguing, blank-eyed turn as the crippled "Verbal" Kint. But Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin and Benicio del Toro are equally fascinating as the mismatched misfits, creating hinterlands for their characters in a single gesture. Chazz Palminteri as the special agent is our main ally in solving the puzzle, but it's really a case of the blind leading the blind. Pete Postlethwaite's bizarre accent, as the sinister legal agent Kobayashi, adds its own layer of mystery to a film that earns cult status entirely on its own merits. On the DVD: this is a dazzling two-disc set which will both please Usual Suspects aficionados and entice the uninitiated. The film itself is presented in widescreen format. The Dolby Digital surround sound quality throbs with tension so that you sense the dialogue and John Ottman's excellent, suspenseful music with your nerve endings rather than just experiencing them aurally. The original cinematic experience comes forcefully into your living room. Numerous extras include a fascinating director/screenwriter commentary (if you haven't seen the film yet, make sure this is turned off or it will wreck the suspense) and endless featurettes, each adding a layer of understanding to the film through observations from the actors, director and writer. A package that sucks you in, blows you out in pieces and still has you coming back for more, this is what special edition DVDs are all about. --Piers Ford

  • Millers Crossing - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] Millers Crossing - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014) from £8.45  |  Saving you £12.06 (52.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (Raising Arizona Fargo) create a complex and graphic vision of gangsterism set during Prohibition and featuring a riveting rogue's gallery of killers and con men. Leo (Albert Finney) a likeable Irish gangster boss rules an Eastern city along with Tom (Gabriel Byrne) his trusted lieutenant and counsellor. But just as their authority is challenged by an Italian underboss and his ruthless henchman Leo and Tom also fall for the same woman (Marcia Gay Harden). Tom caught in the jaws of a gangland power struggle walks a deadly tightrope as he tries to control and manipulate its violent outcome.

  • The Man In The Iron Mask [1998] The Man In The Iron Mask | DVD | (01/02/2000) from £5.19  |  Saving you £10.80 (67.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Footnotes in film books are likely to reduce this swashbuckling adventure down to a simple description: it was the first movie to star Leonardo DiCaprio after the phenomenal success of Titanic. As such, The Man in the Iron Mask automatically attracted a box-office stampede of Leo's young female fans, but critical reaction was deservedly mixed. Having earned his directorial debut after writing the Oscar-winning script for Mel Gibson's Braveheart, Randall Wallace wrote and directed this ambitious version of the often-filmed classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. DiCaprio plays dual roles as the despotic King Louis XIV, who rules France with an iron fist, and the king's twin brother, Philippe, who languishes in prison under an iron mask, his identity concealed to prevent an overthrow of Louis' throne. But Louis' abuse of power ultimately enrages Athos (John Malkovich), one of the original Four Musketeers, who recruits his former partners (Gabriel Byrne, Gérard Depardieu, and Jeremy Irons) in a plot to liberate Philippe and install him as the king's identical replacement. Once this plot is set in motion and the Musketeers are each given moments in the spotlight, the film kicks into gear and offers plenty of entertainment in the grand style of vintage swashbucklers. But it's also sidetracked by excessive length and disposable subplots, and for all his post-Titanic star power, the boyish DiCaprio just isn't yet "man" enough to be fully convincing in his title role. Still, this is an entertaining film, no less enjoyable for falling short of the greatness to which it aspired. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Usual Suspects [Blu-ray] [1995] [Region B] The Usual Suspects | Blu Ray | (09/04/2007) from £7.59  |  Saving you £12.40 (62.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Pete PostlethwaiteDirector: Bryan Singer

  • End Of Days [1999] End Of Days | DVD | (08/01/2001) from £2.76  |  Saving you £15.23 (84.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    After a two-year hiatus that included recovery from heart surgery, Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the big screen at the end of 1999 with End of Days, a Christmas turkey if ever there was one. Overcooked and bloated with stuffing, this ludicrous thriller attached itself to the end-of-the-millennium furore. The prologue begins in 1979 with panic in the Vatican when a comet signals the birth of a child who will, 20 years later, become the chosen bride of Satan, destined to conceive the devil's spawn between 11 p.m. and midnight on December 31, 1999. It's hard to decide who has the more thankless role--Robin Tunney as Satan's would-be bride, or Schwarzenegger as Jericho Cane, the burned-out alcoholic bodyguard assigned to protect the girl from Satan, billed as "The Man" and played with cheesy menace (and an inconsistent variety of metaphysical manifestations) by Gabriel Byrne.With kitsch character names like Jericho and Chicago (Arnie's partner, played by Kevin Pollack) and lapses in logic that any five-year-old could spot, End of Days is a loud, aggravating movie that would be entertaining if it were intended as comedy. But Schwarzenegger and director Peter Hyams approach the story as an earnest tale of redemption and tested faith, delivering a ridiculous climax full of special effects and devoid of dramatic impact. You're left instead to savour the verbal and physical sparring between Satan and Jericho, resulting in the most thorough pummelling Schwarzenegger's ever endured on screen. Of course he eventually gets his payback, just in time for New Year's Eve. Perhaps he was touched by an angel? --Jeff Shannon

  • In Treatment - Complete HBO Season 1-3 (Amazon.co.uk Exclusive) [DVD] In Treatment - Complete HBO Season 1-3 (Amazon.co.uk Exclusive) | DVD | (06/02/2012) from £27.99  |  Saving you £4.50 (13.90%)  |  RRP £32.49

    A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

  • Vikings: Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2013] Vikings: Season 1 | Blu Ray | (03/02/2014) from £10.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (63.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors... Vikings. Ragnar a would-be Viking chieftain longs to fulfil his destiny as an explorer and conqueror alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha. But as Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him. Faced with shocking betrayals and the temptations of a mysterious seductress Ragnar must wage war on the battlefield - and within himself - to protect his freedom family and life.

  • Quirke [DVD] Quirke | DVD | (09/06/2014) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Quirke is the chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue - a charasmatic loner whose job takes him into fascinating places as he investigates sudden death in 1950s Dublin. His pleasures in life are raw and deep a drink a smoke good food a woman. One woman in particular - his adoptive brother's wife Sarah - and the forbidden love that has shaped and dominated Quirke's life. Adapted from the novels by John Banville writing as Benjamin Black the three feature length films - Christine Falls The Silver Swan and Elegy for April - reveal the tangled truth about Quirke's living family even as he uncovers the secrets of the Dublin dead.

  • Ghost Ship [2003] Ghost Ship | DVD | (21/07/2003) from £3.48  |  Saving you £10.51 (75.10%)  |  RRP £13.99

    In a remote region of the Bering Sea a boat salvage crew discovers the eerie remains of a grand passenger liner thought lost for more than 40 years. Once onboard the crew must confront the ship's horrific past and face the ultimate fight for their lives.

  • The Assassin [1993] The Assassin | DVD | (24/05/1999) from £3.81  |  Saving you £9.18 (70.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    This is one of those Hollywood remakes of a European hit in which one can visualize a committee of studio executives sitting around and saying, "Okay, we know what made the original film unique and different and fun. How can we make that same movie and do exactly the opposite?" For-hire director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) took La Femme Nikita, Luc Besson's undeniably sexy, original, and kitschy French film about a female assassin, and translated it into The Assassin, a calculating, mechanistic American thriller with no distinctive style. Bridget Fonda gamely plays the willowy street punk who becomes a high-society killer, but once that provocative irony is in place, the movie is pretty much a series of by-the-numbers action set pieces. Until, that is, Dermot Mulroney shows up as a love interest; but even that twist can't save this film. You're much better off with the original, subtitles and all. The DVD release has optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, production notes, theatrical trailer, optional French and Spanish soundtracks, and optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Stigmata (1999) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) Stigmata (1999) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (17/10/2016) from £8.75  |  Saving you £9.24 (51.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Gabriel Byrne plays Father Kiernan, a young Jesuit priest whose degree in chemistry makes him a sort of priest/detective as he investigates weeping Marys and the like around the world. Meanwhile, Frankie (Patricia Arquette), a rave-generation Pittsburgher, is afflicted with the stigmata--holes that appear in her wrists, resembling the wounds of Christ. The young woman's symptoms filter back to the Vatican and Father Kiernan is assigned to the case. The priest is puzzled by Frankie's atheism; usually the stigmata only appear on the devout (hence the age-old controversy of miracles vs. hysteria). Other manifestations appear on Frankie, and the priest's cardinal (Jonathan Pryce) is brought in, leading to political manoeuvring within the Church hierarchy. The film owes a large and obvious debt to The Exorcist (at one point, Frankie's bed scoots across the room and she levitates into a crucifix position) but to term it an Exorcist rip-off would be to short-change Stigmata. The premise and screenplay are more cerebral than in the l973 film, and the source of the phenomenon is coming from a completely different place. Unfortunately, amid Stigmata's high-octane editing and slick technique, the chills of The Exorcist aren't there, giving the movie a sort of identity crisis: horror movie or intellectual thriller? Several elements of the film challenge basic tenets of the Catholic faith, hence the brief furore that erupted at the time of the film's release; if nothing else, the internal workings of the Church are shown in a very unflattering light indeed. Byrne excels as the sceptical priest, as does Arquette as the tortured young woman. All told, Stigmata is a rather uneven effort but one with a thought-provoking combination of theology and thrills served up in a thoroughly modern, stylish package. Fans of TV's Ally McBeal will recognise Portia De Rossi in a supporting role. --Jerry Renshaw

  • Fight Club/The Usual Suspects/Memento Fight Club/The Usual Suspects/Memento | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fight Club (Dir. David Fincher 1999): Jack (Edward Norton) is a chronic insomniac desperate to escape his excruciatingly boring life. That's when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) a charismatic soap salesman with a twisted philosophy. Tyler believes self-improvement is for the weak; it's self-destruction that really makes life worth living. Before long Jack and Tyler are beating each other to a pulp in a bar parking lot a cathartic slugfest that delivers joys of physical violence. Jack and Tyler form a secret Fight Club that becomes wildly successful. But there's a shocking surprise waiting for Jack that will change everything... Pitt and Norton deliver knockout performances in this stunningly original darkly comic film from David Fincher based on the controversial book by Chuck Palahniuk. The Usual Suspects (Dir. Bryan Singer 1995): Winner of two 1995 Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay this masterful atmospheric film noir enraptured audiences with its complex and riveting storyline gritty tour-de-force performances (including an Oscar-winning turn by Kevin Spacey) and a climax that is truly deserving of the word stunning. Held in an L.A. interrogation room Verbal Kint (Spacey) attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord not only exists but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro harbor - leaving few survivors. But as Kint lures his interrogators into the incredible story of this crime lord's almost supernatural prowess so too will you be mesmerized by a lore that is completely captivating from beginning to end! Memento (Dir. Christopher Nolan 2000): From director Christopher Nolan a unique and intriguing thriller that begins with the ultimate act of revenge and backtracks through time to reveal the shocking and provocative reasons behind it. Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) remembers everything up to the night his wife was brutally raped and murdered. But since that tragedy he has suffered from short-term memory loss and cannot recall any event the places he has just visited or anyone he has met just minutes before. Determined to find out why his wife was killed the only way he can store evidence is on scraps of paper by taking Polaroid photos and tattooing vital clues on his body. Throughout his investigation he appears to have the help of both bartender Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) who may have her own secret agenda and police officer Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) whose friendship is always suspect. As Shelbys fractured memory tries to piece together a chilling jigsaw of deceit and betrayal in reverse breathtaking twists and surprising turns rapidly occur in the most challenging original and critically acclaimed thriller in years.

  • Wah-Wah [2006] Wah-Wah | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Every family has its own language. This heart-warming 'coming of age' comedy-drama from director Richard E. Grant is seen through the eyes of young Ralph Compton and mirrors his own experiences as a boy living in Swaziland. Swaziland 169: the British ex-pat community is thrown into turmoil by the impending arrival of Independence signalling the end of their pampered decadent lifestyles. Ralph Compton is stuck in the middle of a messy divorce. His father's re-marriage to a brash ex-airhostess and Ralph's lead role in a production of Camelot and his discovering love take centre stage.

  • Vampire Academy [DVD] [2014] Vampire Academy | DVD | (14/07/2014) from £3.89  |  Saving you £12.10 (75.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir are best friends at a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal peaceful vampires) and Dhampir (half-vampire/half-human guardians to the Moroi). However all is not as it seems at St. Vladimir's Academy and threats lurk both from within the walls of the academy and from the Strigoi (immortal evil vampires) who ruthlessly hunt the Moroi. Rose will do anything protect Lissa from those who intend to harm her and fearing for their lives the girls escape from St. Vladimir's only to be quickly recaptured and plunged back into a world of danger which they must face head-on.

  • Shipwrecked [1991] Shipwrecked | DVD | (29/03/2004) from £4.15  |  Saving you £10.84 (72.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The epic story of a young sailor who embarks on a voyage that takes him from the snowy slopes of his native Norway to the stormy South Pacific. He becomes shipwrecked on a remote jungle island ruled by a bunch of ruthless pirates and must summon all his courage skill and instincts to survive.

  • Miller's Crossing [1990] Miller's Crossing | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Arguably the best film by Joel and Ethan Coen, the 1990 Miller's Crossing stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom, a loyal lieutenant of a crime boss named Leo (Albert Finney) who is in a Prohibition-era turf war with his major rival, Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito). A man of principle, Tom nevertheless is romantically involved with Leo's lover (Marcia Gay Harden), whose screwy brother (John Turturro) escapes a hit ordered by Caspar only to become Tom's problem. Making matters worse, Tom has outstanding gambling debts he can't pay, which keeps him in regular touch with a punishing enforcer. With all the energy the Coens put into their films, and all their focused appreciation of genre conventions and rules, and all their efforts to turn their movies into ironic appreciations of archetypes in American fiction, they never got their formula so right as with Miller's Crossing. With its Hammett-like dialogue and Byzantine plot and moral chaos mitigated by one hero's personal code, the film so transcends its self-scrutiny as a retro-crime thriller that it is a deserved classic in its own right. --Tom Keogh

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