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  • Rumble Fish [Masters of Cinema] (Ltd Edition Blu-ray SteelBook) Rumble Fish (Ltd Edition Blu-ray SteelBook) | Blu Ray | (02/03/2016) from £7.09  |  Saving you £22.90 (76.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The second of Francis Ford Coppola's films based on the popular juvenile novels of S.E. Hinton (the first being The Outsiders), Rumble Fish split critics into opposite camps: those who admired the film for its heavily stylised indulgence, and those who hated it for the very same reason. Whatever the response, it's clearly the work of a maverick director who isn't afraid to push the limits of his innovative talent. Filmed almost entirely in black and white with an occasional dash of color for symbolic effect, this tale of alienated youth centers on gang leader Rusty James (Matt Dillon) and his band of punk pals. Rusty's got a girlfriend (Diane Lane), an older brother named Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), and a drunken father (Dennis Hopper) who've all given up trying to straighten him out. He's best at making trouble, and he pursues that skill with an enthusiastic flair that eventually catches up with him. But it's not the whacked-out story here that matters--it's the uninhibited verve of Coppola's visual approach, which includes everything from time-lapse clouds to the kind of smoky streets and alleyways that could only exist in the movies. The supporting cast includes a host of fresh faces who went on to thriving careers, including Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano, Laurence Fishburne, and musician Tom Waits. --Jeff Shannon

  • Rumble Fish [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) [1983] Rumble Fish (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (27/08/2012) from £11.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (23.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The second of Francis Ford Coppola's films based on the popular juvenile novels of S.E. Hinton (the first being The Outsiders), Rumble Fish split critics into opposite camps: those who admired the film for its heavily stylised indulgence, and those who hated it for the very same reason. Whatever the response, it's clearly the work of a maverick director who isn't afraid to push the limits of his innovative talent. Filmed almost entirely in black and white with an occasional dash of color for symbolic effect, this tale of alienated youth centers on gang leader Rusty James (Matt Dillon) and his band of punk pals. Rusty's got a girlfriend (Diane Lane), an older brother named Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), and a drunken father (Dennis Hopper) who've all given up trying to straighten him out. He's best at making trouble, and he pursues that skill with an enthusiastic flair that eventually catches up with him. But it's not the whacked-out story here that matters--it's the uninhibited verve of Coppola's visual approach, which includes everything from time-lapse clouds to the kind of smoky streets and alleyways that could only exist in the movies. The supporting cast includes a host of fresh faces who went on to thriving careers, including Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano, Laurence Fishburne, and musician Tom Waits. --Jeff Shannon

  • Alice: A Look Into The Adventures Of Alice In Wonderland [DVD] Alice: A Look Into The Adventures Of Alice In Wonderland | DVD | (24/05/2010) from £7.65  |  Saving you £2.34 (23.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was published in 1865 and revolutionised children's writing. It made a mockery of much that had preceded it; the cautionary tale where young mischievous children were soundly punished for their misdeeds and school tales that expressed the view that those who obeyed the rules would be celebrated and rewarded. At it's core is a world where cause and effect have little relationship in either the material or moral sphere. Yet within this baffling and unpredictable realm one character emerges who is capable of challenging the chaos and attempting to bestow order on it - Alice. This programme explores the tragic and impossible love affair that underlay the creation of this work of comic and verbal genius. It also investigates the influences that helped form the attitudes of the brilliant Oxford don who gave birth to a unique world whose influence on every form of creative media can hardly be overestimated.

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