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  • The Notebook [2004] The Notebook | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £3.12  |  Saving you £16.87 (84.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When you consider that old-fashioned tearjerkers are an endangered species in Hollywood, a movie like The Notebook can be embraced without apology. Yes, it's syrupy sweet and clogged with clichés, and one can only marvel at the irony of Nick Cassavetes directing a weeper that his late father John--whose own films were devoid of saccharine sentiment--would have sneered at. Still, this touchingly impassioned and great-looking adaptation of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel has much to recommend, including appealing young costars (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and appealing old costars (James Garner and Gena Rowlands, the director's mother) playing the same loving couple in (respectively) early 1940s and present-day North Carolina. He was poor, she was rich, and you can guess the rest; decades later, he's unabashedly devoted, and she's drifting into the memory-loss of senile dementia. How their love endured is the story preserved in the titular notebook that he reads to her in their twilight years. The movie's open to ridicule, but as a delicate tearjerker it works just fine. Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember were also based on Sparks novels, suggesting a triple-feature that hopeless romantics will cherish. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Notebook [Blu-ray] [2004] The Notebook | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009) from £6.65  |  Saving you £8.34 (55.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Behind every great love is a great story. Adapted from Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel and directed by Nick Cassavetes (the son of legendary director John Cassavettes). A sweeping love story told by a man reading from his faded notebook (James Garner) to a woman in a nursing home (Gena Rowlands - real-life mother of Nick Cassavetes). 'The Notebook' follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams). Though her upbringing takes place in an antebellum mansion and he grew up in the kind of house where musicians strum on the porch that doesn't stop Noah and Allie from spending one incredible summer together before they are separated first by her parents and then by WWII. After the war is over everything is different. Allie is engaged to a successful businessman and Noah lives alone with his 200-year-old house that he lovingly restores. But when Allie reads a newspaper article about Noah's handiwork. She knows that she's got to find him and make a decision once and for all about the path her life - and her love - must take...

  • Hope Floats [1998] Hope Floats | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £3.62  |  Saving you £9.37 (72.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Birdee Pruitt has a life most people would envy. But when her cheating husband reveals his infidelity to her on a national TV talk show her perfect life comes crashing down. Devastated Birdee and her young daughter head home to the small town she left behind. As mother and daughter struggle to adjust to their new lives Birdee slowly gains the strength to open her heart - and find hope again...

  • Persepolis [2008] Persepolis | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £3.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (78.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Persepolis is a poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of the precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundementalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless she outsmarts the 'guardians' and discovers punk. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed - and as bombs fall around Tehran - the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. As she gets older Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so - at age fourteen - they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager.

  • Taking Lives (Director's Cut) [2004] Taking Lives (Director's Cut) | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £4.48  |  Saving you £9.41 (67.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    FBI profiler Illeana Scott is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim. Alone in an unfamiliar city with no one she can trust agent Scott suddenly finds herself on a twisted and terrifying journey surrounded by suspects in a case that rapidly becomes chillingly personal... This director's cut features footage not seen in UK cinemas!

  • The Skeleton Key The Skeleton Key | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £3.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (80.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    It can open any door. From the writer of The Ring (Ehren Kruger) and the director of K-PAX (Iain Softley) comes the supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key. Set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans The Skeleton Key stars Kate Hudson as Caroline a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home... a foreboding and decrepit mansion in the

  • Paulie [1998] Paulie | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £10.74  |  Saving you £7.25 (40.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The human beings are almost as interesting as the title character in the surprisingly subtle and engaging Paulie, a film about the cross-country adventures of a smart-mouthed parrot. As director John Roberts deploys the footage, the bird becomes a vivid personality; every quizzical twist of his head is oddly expressive. The people who interact with Paulie are a quirky and interesting bunch as well, and the casting is topnotch: Tony Shalhoub (The Siege) as a Russian immigrant janitor, Cheech Marin as an open-hearted mariachi musician, and Gena Rowlands as a widowed painter in a footloose Winnebago--all are vividly eccentric individuals, memorable in their own right. There are some tired swipes at the cold-blooded meanies of Big Science (beady-eyed researcher Bruce Davison has Paulie clapped in irons), but for the most part the film respects the complexity of everyone's motivations, and that's virtually unheard of in today's Hollywood, even in films supposedly designed for grownups. --David Chute

  • Charlotte's Web/Lassie/Paulie Charlotte's Web/Lassie/Paulie | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: Charlotte's Web: Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season because he knows that come that time he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte a spider that lives in his pen to ensure that this will never happen. Lassie: Based on Eric Knight's 1938 novel about the most trustworthy of pooches Lassie Come Home the film is set on the eve of World War II in a Yorkshire mining town in northern England. The Carraclough family fall on hard times and have to sell Lassie to the Duke of Rudling (Peter O'Toole). Transported to the Duke's remote castle in the north of Scotland Lassie is determined to escape from the clutches of the Duke and his evil trainer in an effort to make her way home for Christmas and return to the family she loves... Paulie: When a little bird with a big personality sets out to find the loving girl who raised him he discovers his way with words has a way of landing him in big trouble. But as fast as he can talk himself into a fix he finds his gift of gab a heart full of hope and an odd menagerie of human friends can help him realize his most important dream - to be home at last!

  • Mighty, The [DVD] Mighty, The | DVD | (27/06/2011) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    With his loving and supportive mother 13-year-old Kevin moves in next door to another teen Max. Though both have problems that label them as outcasts Kevin and Max discover that by proudly combining their strengths and uniting as one they can overcome their individual limitations and triumph over any adversity! As the two set out on a series of courageous adventures they find the mightiest treasure of all: Friendship!

  • Gloria Gloria | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £33.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    She's tough...but she sides with the little guy. Jack Dawn and his family were eliminated by the mob because he was their accountant feeding information to the FBI. However his six year old son Phil escaped with neighbour - and former gangster's girlfriend - Gloria. Now in his possession Phil has his father's black book containing account details of the mobsters. They want it back and the pair dead... Winner of the Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival the film also s

  • Something To Talk About [1996] Something To Talk About | DVD | (08/01/2001) from £4.22  |  Saving you £9.77 (69.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Something to Talk About is a well-intentioned but strangely cold tale that concerns an emotionally repressed Southern belle (Julia Roberts) who separates from her husband (Dennis Quaid) after discovering he is an unabashed philanderer. Pressed by her dominating father (Robert Duvall) into reconciling with her spouse, Roberts's character chafes against so much male control over her destiny. Defended by a fiercely independent sister (a catchy performance by Kyra Sedgwick), the heroine develops the nerve to plot her own course in life while her mother (Gena Rowlands) finds the gumption to throw her own mate out of the house. The script by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) is intelligent but hardly clear, and direction by Lasse Hallström (Once Around) can't keep Khouri's unfocused scenes and uncertain purpose from dissolving like sand castles in the rain. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Four Chilling Horrors Four Chilling Horrors | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Titles Comprise: Talking Lives (unrated): When Montreal detectives handling a local homicide investigation reluctantly ask for an outsider's help to get inside the head of a cunning serial killer top FBI profiler Illeana Scott joins the case. With meticulous insight she theorizes that the chameleon-like killer is life-jacking - assuming the lives and identities of his victims. Her seemingly cold demeanor alienates her from the territorial local police force - she's at her best when she's working alone. But when an unexpected attraction sparks a complicated romantic entanglement the consummate specialist begins to doubt her finely-honed instincts. Alone in an unfamiliar city with no one she can trust Agent Scott suddenly finds herself on a twisted and terrifying journey surrounded by suspects in a case that has become chillingly personal. Dead Calm: Take an ocean voyage of full-masted fright with Dead Calm a spare smart seductive piece of movie-making with enough tension to keep us all hyperventilating for hours Thriller specialist Philip Noyee directs three splendid actors - Sam Neill Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane - in riveting performances. Joe and Rae Ingram (Neill and Kidman) do the right thing and rescue the half-delirious sole survivor (Zane) of a crippled schooner. But soon the stranger will plunge the unwary pair into an intense battle of cat and mouse. And life or death. House of Wax (2005) : What begins as a weekend getaway for six friends becomes a terrifying fight for their lives in House Of Wax an exciting re-imagining of the 1953 horror classic from Dark Castle Entertainment and producers Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis. A road trip to one of the biggest college football games of the year takes a turn for the worse for Carly Paige and their friends when they decide to camp out for the night before heading to the game. A confrontation with a mysterious trucker at the camp site leaves everyone unsettled and Carly has her hands full trying to keep the peace between her boyfriend Wade and her hot-headed brother Nick. They wake up the next morning to find that their car might have been deliberately tampered with. At the risk of being stranded they accept a local's invitation for a ride into Ambrose the only town for miles. Once there they are drawn to Ambrose's main attraction - Trudy's House of Wax which is filled with remarkably life-like wax sculptures. But as they soon discover there is a shocking reason the exhibits look so real. As the friends uncover the town's dark secrets they are stalked by a mysterious killer and find themselves in a bloody battle for survival. The group must find a way out of Ambrose - or become permanent additions to the House Of Wax. Sphere: Far below the surface in the mid-Pacific U.S. officials have isolated what may be the greatest discovery in human history. They've found a huge spacecraft that plunged into the depths - 300 years ago. What is the spacecraft's origin? Could there still be living intelligence aboard? Dustin Hoffman Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson portray members of an elite underwater team charged with finding the answers in 'Sphere' the deep-water suspense science-fiction adventure that shapes a new dimension in thrills bringing the underwater squad face to face with a mysterious terror as near as their own thoughts...

  • Taking Lives [Blu-ray] [2004] Taking Lives | Blu Ray | (11/05/2009) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    FBI profiler Illeana Scott is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim. Alone in an unfamiliar city with no one she can trust, agent Scott suddenly finds herself on a twisted and terrifying journey surrounded by suspects in a case that rapidly becomes chillingly personal...

  • Tony Rome [1967] Tony Rome | DVD | (03/07/2006) from £4.82  |  Saving you £8.17 (62.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Tony Rome a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

  • The Skeleton Key [Blu-ray] The Skeleton Key | Blu Ray | (25/10/2010) from £7.19  |  Saving you £10.80 (60.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    It can open any door. From the writer of The Ring (Ehren Kruger) and the director of K-PAX (Iain Softley) comes the supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key. Set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans The Skeleton Key stars Kate Hudson as Caroline a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home... a foreboding and decrepit mansion in the Louisiana delta. Intrigued by the enigmatic couple their mysterious secretive ways and their rambling old house Caroline begins to explore the mansion. Armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door in the house she discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret...

  • Lonely Are the Brave [DVD] Lonely Are the Brave | DVD | (21/01/2013) from £9.34  |  Saving you £3.65 (28.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    'Know what a loner is? He's a born cripple. He's a cripple because the only person he can live with is himself. It's his life, the way he wants to live. It's all for him. A guy like that, he'd kill a woman like you. Because he couldn't love you, not the way you are loved.' - Jack Burns Oscar winner Kirk Douglas ignites the screen with one of his most personal roles as a cowboy on a collision course with the modern world. After landing himself in jail trying to break out his friend, Jack Bu...

  • A Woman Under the Influence (The John Cassavetes Collection) (DVD & Blu-ray) A Woman Under the Influence (The John Cassavetes Collection) (DVD & Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (17/09/2012) from £7.89  |  Saving you £9.50 (47.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Receiving its long-overdue Blu-ray world premiere, A Woman Under The Influence is arguably John Cassavetes' most popular and influential film. Released in 1974 it stars Cassavetes' wife Gena Rowlands (Gloria, Faces) and the legendary Peter Falk (Columbo) as Mabel and Nick Longhetti, a blue-collar couple struggling to cope with her slip into mental illness. A key work from a golden era of American filmmaking - this masterpiece of American independent filmmaking is as powerful and devastating today as it was when it was first released. The film received two Oscar-nominations - Rowlands was for Best Actress and Cassavetes for Best Director - losing out to Francis Ford Coppola for Godfather Pt II.

  • Night on Earth [Blu-ray] Night on Earth | Blu Ray | (23/03/2015) from £12.69  |  Saving you £7.30 (36.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Night on Earth [DVD] Night on Earth | DVD | (23/03/2015) from £10.59  |  Saving you £5.40 (33.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Night On Earth [1991] Night On Earth | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Jim Jarmusch's 1991 ensemble comedy Night on Earth turns a gimmick into a revelation. The story begins in Los Angeles one evening at 7:07 pm A talent agent (Gena Rowlands) gets into the back of a taxi driven by a sullen, chain-smoking young woman (Winona Ryder), and over the course of their bumpy conversation, Rowlands' character becomes convinced that the cabby would be perfect for a particular part in a movie. Meanwhile, at that very moment, taxi drivers in New York, Paris, Rome and Helsinki are all having unique encounters with a variety of fares, breaking through that invisible social barrier between the front and back seats of their cars, often to absurd or touching effect. Among them are cabby Roberto Benigni's ranting confessions to a priest, Armin Mueller-Stahl's relinquishing of the wheel to a stunned Giancarlo Esposito and Isaach De Bankolé's relentless discussion of sight and sex with an angry blind woman (Beatrice Dalle). What emerges is a chain of brief intimacies (not always welcomed by the characters), like a number of matches lit simultaneously across the globe, flickering brightly for a few short moments. This popular work by Jarmusch helped confirm his reputation as a fiercely independent filmmaker of rare perception, rigour and classical sensibility matched with original thinking. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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