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  • The Notebook [2004] The Notebook | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £5.42  |  Saving you £14.57 (72.90%)  |  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 £5.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (62.70%)  |  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...

  • Persepolis [2008] Persepolis | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  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.

  • Hope Floats [1998] Hope Floats | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £4.89  |  Saving you £8.10 (62.40%)  |  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 Brink's Job [DVD] The Brink's Job | DVD | (07/03/2016) from £8.29  |  Saving you £1.70 (17.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The robbery nobody thought could happen by the guys nobody thought could pull it off.Peter Falk heads a charismatic cast in this stylish and witty account of the Great Brink's Robbery of 1950 one of the twentieth century's most skilful heists. Helmed by William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection and The Exorcist, this Oscar-nominated film is made available here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.Hoping to break a run of back luck, small-time crook Tony Pino and his gang target a Brink's armoured car and walk away with small fortune. When the raid goes unreported, Tony reconnoitres the firm's supposedly impregnable Boston headquarters and finds the level of security is risibly lax. He begins to plan something a little more impressive...SPECIAL FEATURES: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery

  • Hysterical Blindness [2004] Hysterical Blindness | DVD | (08/03/2004) from £8.96  |  Saving you £5.03 (36.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    It's 1987 New Jersey and two girls search for Mister Right. Best friends Debby and Beth have issues with men namely their inability to find good ones. Constantly scouring the 1980's working class New Jersey world of diners and local bars the two girls stoop to desperate yet hilarious measures in their unrelenting attempts to find Mr Perfect. Then there's Beth's mother who is also trying to find a meaningful relationship that will give value to her own mundane existence. It's going

  • Taking Lives [Blu-ray] [2004] Taking Lives | Blu Ray | (11/05/2009) from £9.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (52.00%)  |  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...

  • Something To Talk About [1996] Something To Talk About | DVD | (08/01/2001) from £5.89  |  Saving you £8.10 (57.90%)  |  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

  • Night on Earth [DVD] Night on Earth | DVD | (23/03/2015) from £6.81  |  Saving you £9.18 (57.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Jim Jarmusch's film tells five separate stories which all happen on the same night in five different taxis driving through five cities around the world: a Hollywood casting agent feels her age in L.A.; a learner cabbie, who is a former circus clown, drives through Harlem carrying two arguing passengers; a blind woman (Beatrice Dalle) disorientates her driver in Paris; a non-believer (Roberto Benigni) finds a dead bishop in his back seat in Rome; and a driver in Helsinki and his passengers swap melancholy stories.

  • Opening Night [1977] Opening Night | DVD | (09/07/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

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  • Charlotte's Web/Lassie/Paulie Charlotte's Web/Lassie/Paulie | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £4.55  |  Saving you £8.44 (65.00%)  |  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!

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season Six (5 disc box set) [DVD] Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season Six (5 disc box set) | DVD | (02/11/2015) from £17.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

  • Another Woman [1988] Another Woman | DVD | (19/08/2002) from £4.75  |  Saving you £11.24 (70.30%)  |  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

  • Taking Lives (Director's Cut) [2004] Taking Lives (Director's Cut) | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £2.71  |  Saving you £10.00 (71.50%)  |  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 £3.30  |  Saving you £14.69 (81.70%)  |  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

  • Mighty, The [DVD] Mighty, The | DVD | (27/06/2011) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  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!

  • Night On Earth [1991] Night On Earth | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £25.54  |  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

  • Tony Rome [1967] Tony Rome | DVD | (03/07/2006) from £11.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (8.00%)  |  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.

  • Paulie [1998] Paulie | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £9.99  |  Saving you £3.25 (18.10%)  |  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

  • My New Best Friend My New Best Friend | DVD | (09/04/2007) from £2.89  |  Saving you £5.28 (52.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    After constant fights detentions and suspensions from high school Charlie Proud is heading in one direction - a prison sentence. However a disciplinary meeting between Charlie's parents and the School Principal Dewitt (James Caan) convinces the principal that if he can remove the boy from the bad influences of both the local gangs and his dysfunctional family there may yet be a future for Charlie. Forced to work for the elderly and eccentric Mrs Ritchie (Gena Rowlands) the pensioner he robbed Charlie slowly learns to respect his victim. Conflicted by the love and kindness he sees in Mrs Ritchie's family Charlie is forced to deal with the dark secrets of his own life as well as the destructive influence of his gang mates.

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