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  • The Notebook [2004] The Notebook | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £3.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (80.50%)  |  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

  • Hope Floats [1998] Hope Floats | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £3.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (72.40%)  |  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...

  • The Notebook [Blu-ray] [2004] The Notebook | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009) from £5.09  |  Saving you £9.90 (66.00%)  |  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...

  • Lonely Are the Brave [DVD] Lonely Are the Brave | DVD | (21/01/2013) from £7.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (38.50%)  |  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...

  • The Skeleton Key The Skeleton Key | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £2.84  |  Saving you £15.15 (84.20%)  |  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

  • Charlotte's Web/Lassie/Paulie Charlotte's Web/Lassie/Paulie | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £5.63  |  Saving you £6.80 (52.30%)  |  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!

  • Paulie [1998] Paulie | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £8.70  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  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

  • Taking Lives (Director's Cut) [2004] Taking Lives (Director's Cut) | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £3.65  |  Saving you £9.53 (68.10%)  |  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!

  • Mighty, The [DVD] Mighty, The | DVD | (27/06/2011) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  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!

  • The Bone Collector/Skeleton Key/Panic Room The Bone Collector/Skeleton Key/Panic Room | DVD | (30/06/2007) from £19.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Bone Collector: He takes his victims' lives and leaves behind mysterious pieces of a bizarre puzzle. And the only person who may be able to make sense of the serial killer's deranged plan is Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) a one-time top homicide investigator. After a tragic accident changes his life forever Rhyme can only watch as other cops bungle the case...until he teams up with a young rookie Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) who bravely becomes his eyes and ears and searches out the clues that help them solve the case. But as the killer senses the cops closing in Rhyme realizes that he and his partner are on the trail of a vicious sadistic murderer who will stop at nothing on his deadly mission. At any moment Rhyme and Amelia could become his next targets - and their first case could become their last. (Dir. Phillip Noyce 1999) The Skeleton Key: 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. (Dir. Iain Softley 2005) Panic Room: It was supposed to be the safest room in the house. Meg Altman is at a crossroads. Suffering through a painful divorce from her husband pharmaceuticals millionaire Stephen Altman Meg moves from their suburban home in Greenwich New York and buys an Upper West Side Manhattan townhouse for herself and her eleven-year-old daughter Sarah. She intends to go back to school raise her child and start a new life. But the panic she feels at starting over pales in comparison to her fear and desperation when intruders break into her new home. (Dir. David Fincher 2002)

  • Something To Talk About [1996] Something To Talk About | DVD | (08/01/2001) from £2.75  |  Saving you £11.10 (79.30%)  |  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

  • A Child Is Waiting [DVD] [1963] A Child Is Waiting | DVD | (06/07/2009) from £8.98  |  Saving you £7.01 (43.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A Child Is Waiting

  • 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 £11.80 (59.00%)  |  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.

  • Another Woman [1988] Another Woman | DVD | (19/08/2002) from £5.69  |  Saving you £10.30 (64.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    ""Two Thumbs Up! I Was Mesmerized From Beginning To End!"" -Roger Ebert ""Siskel and Ebert"" Writer/director Woody Allen delivers a powerful ""searing adult drama"" (Leonard Maltin) examining the life of an accomplished philosophy professor teetering on the brink of self-understanding. Boasting a superb cast led by Gena Rowlands Mia Farrow Ian Holm and Gene Hackman Another Woman is Allen's 17th triumphant film. Stylistically rich and technically expert the film layers past and pres

  • The Skeleton Key [Blu-ray] The Skeleton Key | Blu Ray | (25/10/2010) from £7.09  |  Saving you £10.90 (60.60%)  |  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 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...

  • Minnie & Moskowitz - (Mr Bongo Films) (1971) [DVD] Minnie & Moskowitz - (Mr Bongo Films) (1971) | DVD | (04/04/2011) from £7.86  |  Saving you £9.50 (52.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    'Minnie and Moskowitz' is a romantic comedy by pioneering Director, John Cassavetes, starring Gena Rowlands as Minnie and Seymour Cassel as Seymour Moskowitz. The story starts with Minnie, a divorced museum curator who goes on a blind date with Zelmo Swift, (Val Avery) who happens to be married. But later she rejects the date which results in a big argument between the two. Car park attendant, Seymour manages to defuse the situation but surprisingly falls in love with Minni upon first sight despite their differences.

  • Faerie Tale Theatre Vol.1 [DVD] [1982] Faerie Tale Theatre Vol.1 | DVD | (18/05/2009) from £2.70  |  Saving you £10.00 (77.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Faerie Tale Theatre: Vol. 1

  • 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

  • Opening Night (DVD & Blu-ray) Opening Night (DVD & Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (27/05/2013) from £7.89  |  Saving you £12.10 (60.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Receiving its long-overdue world premiere High Definition release, as part of this BFI Dual Format Edition, John Cassavetes' emotionally charged 1977 film Opening Night stands as one of the great American movies about theatre and the art of performance, and was nominated for 2 Golden Globe Awards. Featuring the great Gena Rowlands (A Woman under the Influence) in an award-winning role as the Broadway legend Myrtle Gordon. When a young fan dies in an accident while trying to meet her, Gordon must confront her personal demons in the run-up to the opening of her latest play. Opening Night also stars John Cassavetes in a rare acting role in one of his own films, alongside regular collaborator Ben Gazzara (Husbands, The Big Liebowski, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie). Special Features: Audio Commentary (Feature length) Memories of John (DVD only) Falk on Cassavetes part 3: the later years (DVD only)

  • Faces (The John Cassavetes Collection) (DVD & Blu-ray) Faces (The John Cassavetes Collection) (DVD & Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (23/04/2012) from £8.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (59.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Dual Format Edition containing the DVD and world premiere Blu-ray release of John Cassavetes' astonishingly powerful 1968 feature, Faces, a film which has had a huge and lasting impact on independent filmmaking, evident in the work of Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch to name only a few. Set in suburban middle-class America of the 1960s, Faces portrays the disintegration of a marriage with an honesty rarely matched in cinema. Originally released when Cassavetes was a big name Hollywood acting star (The Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby) Faces was nominted for 3 Oscars - an unheard-of achievement for an independent film at the time.

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