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  • The Notebook [2004] The Notebook | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £3.09  |  Saving you £16.90 (84.50%)  |  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

  • The Rockford Files - Season 1 The Rockford Files - Season 1 | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £9.49  |  Saving you £25.50 (72.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    In the spirit of James Garner's other famous small-screen character, Bret Maverick, Rockford is the kind of guy who'd rather avoid the fight and go fishing instead.

  • The Great Escape [1963] The Great Escape | DVD | (01/02/2000) from £6.87  |  Saving you £9.12 (57.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Great Escape image of Steve McQueen (as "The Cooler King") astride his motorcycle has entered silver-screen iconography, alongside Brando on his bike from The Wild One. Based on a true story about a group of POWs who mount a daring breakout from a supposedly inescapable Nazi prison camp, this rousing and suspenseful World War II epic features an all-star cast, including James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and David McCallum. --Jim Emerson

  • The Rockford Files - Season 2 The Rockford Files - Season 2 | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £9.49  |  Saving you £25.50 (72.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    ""This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message and I'll get back to you"" Jim Rockford (James Garner) one of the most laid-back PI's in TV history returns to DVD in The Rockford Files - Season 2. In the spirit of James Garner's other famous small-screen character Bret Maverick Rockford is the kind of guy who'd rather avoid the fight and go fishing instead. An ex-con pardoned for an armed robbery he didn't commit Jim usually finds that the cases he takes on turn out to be must more serious than he first thought... Featuring all 22 -episodes from season 2. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Aaron Ironwood School of Success 2. The Farnsworth Stratagem 3. Gearjammers (Part 1) 4. Gearjammers (Part 2) 5. The Deep Blue Sleep 6. The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company 7. The Real Easy Red Dog 8. Resurrection in Black & White 9. Chicken Little Is a Little Chicken 10. 2 Into 5.56 Won't Go 11. Pastoria Prime Pick 12. The Reincarnation of Angie 13. The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club 14. The Hammer of C Block 15. The No-Cut Contract 16. A Portrait of Elizabeth 17. Joey Blue Eyes 18. In Hazard 19. The Italian Bird Fiasco 20. Where's Houston? 21. Foul on the First Play 22. A Bad Deal in the Valley

  • The Great Escape [Blu-ray] [1963] The Great Escape | Blu Ray | (03/06/2013) from £8.69  |  Saving you £7.30 (45.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Great Escape image of Steve McQueen (as "The Cooler King") astride his motorcycle has entered silver-screen iconography, alongside Brando on his bike from The Wild One. Based on a true story about a group of POWs who mount a daring breakout from a supposedly inescapable Nazi prison camp, this rousing and suspenseful World War II epic features an all-star cast, including James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and David McCallum. --Jim Emerson

  • Atlantis - The Lost Empire  (Disney) [2001] Atlantis - The Lost Empire (Disney) | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £5.37  |  Saving you £12.62 (70.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Disney Studio was built on innovation in animation, so it seems ironic that Atlantis is both a bold departure and highly derivative, borrowing heavily from anime, video games and graphic novels. Instead of songs and fuzzy little animals, the artists offer an action-adventure set in 1914: nerdy linguist Milo Thatch (Michael J Fox) believes he's found the location of the legendary Lost Continent. An eccentric zillionaire sends Milo out to test his hypothesis with an anachronistic crew that includes tough Puerto Rican mechanic Audrey (Jacqueline Obradors), demolition expert Vinnie (Don Novello), and butt-kicking blonde adventurer Helga (Claudia Christian). When they find Atlantis, its culture is dying because the people can no longer read the runes that explain their mysterious power source--but Milo can. Nasty Commander Rourke (James Garner) attempts to steal that power source, leading to the requisite all-out battle. Atlantis offers some nifty battle scenes, including an attack on a Jules Verne-esque submarine by a giant robotic trilobites and fishlike flying cars. But the film suffers from major story problems. If Princess Kida (Cree Summer) remembers her civilisation at its height, why can't she read the runes? Why doesn't Milo's crew notice that the Atlanteans live for centuries? The angular designs are based on the work of comic book artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and the artists struggle with the characters' stubby hands, skinny limbs and pointed jaws. The result is a film that will appeal more to 10-year-old boys than to family audiences. --Charles Solomon, Amazon.com

  • The Rockford Files - Series 3 The Rockford Files - Series 3 | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £9.99  |  Saving you £25.00 (71.40%)  |  RRP £34.99

    ""This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message and I'll get back to you"" Jim Rockford (James Garner) one of the most laid-back PI's in TV history returns to DVD in The Rockford Files - Season 2. In the spirit of James Garner's other famous small-screen character Bret Maverick Rockford is the kind of guy who'd rather avoid the fight and go fishing instead. An ex-con pardoned for an armed robbery he didn't commit Jim usually finds that the cases he takes on turn out to be must more serious than he first thought... Episodes Comprise: 1. The Fourth Man 2. The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit 3. The Family Hour 4. Feeding Frenzy 5. Drought at Indianhead River 6. Coulter City Wildcat 7. So Help Me God 8. Rattlers' Class of '63 9. Return to the 38th Parallel 10. Piece Work 11. The Trouble with Warren 12. There's One in Every Port 13. Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones But Waterbury Will Bury You 14. The Trees the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 1 15. The Trees the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 2 16. The Becker Connection 17. Just Another Polish Wedding 18. New Life Old Dragons 19. To Protect and Serve: Part 1 20. To Protect and Serve: Part 2 21. Crack Back 22. Dirty Money Black Light

  • 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...

  • Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood [2002] Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood | DVD | (24/03/2003) from £4.49  |  Saving you £9.50 (67.90%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Grab your tissues and send the guys away, because Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is the most pedigreed chick-flick since Steel Magnolias. You can tell by the title and the novelish names of the Louisiana ladies from Rebecca Wells' precious bestseller. First there's Sidda (Sandra Bullock), a successful playwright still wrestling with her manipulative mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), after a traumatic upbringing. Then there's long-time friends Teensy (Fionnula Flanagan), Necie (Shirley Knight), and Caro (scene-stealer Maggie Smith), from Vivi's secret club of "Ya-Ya Priestesses", together since childhood and determined to heal the rift between Sidda and her mum. Through an ambitious flashback structure (including Ashley Judd as the younger Vivi), screenwriter and first-time director Callie Khouri (who wrote Thelma & Louise) establishes a rich context for this mother-daughter reunion. There's plenty of humour to temper the drama, which inspires Bullock's best work in years. Definitely worth a look for the curious, but only fans of Wells' fiction will feel any twinge of loyalty. --Jeff Shannon

  • Maverick [1994] Maverick | DVD | (11/05/1998) from £3.48  |  Saving you £10.50 (75.10%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The joined-at-the-hip team of director Richard Donner and star Mel Gibson (all the Lethal Weapon movies and Conspiracy Theory) had obvious fun resurrecting the Wild Western comedy television series about a roguish rambler-gambler. In Maverick, Gibson assumes the role of cardsharp Bret Maverick, equally quick with a pair of aces and a pair of guns. Good sport James Garner (who played Maverick on TV) takes another role, as a lawman who travels alongside the hero to a big-money poker game on a riverboat. The real peach in this fruit salad of satire and broad jokes, however, is Jodie Foster, who plays a crafty Southern belle quite adept at poker herself. Sexy, funny, and (from the onscreen evidence) a great kisser, Foster has never been more of a delight. Written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). --Tom Keogh

  • Steve McQueen Collection - The Great Escape/The Magnificent Seven/The Thomas Crown Affair/The Sand Pebbles Steve McQueen Collection - The Great Escape/The Magnificent Seven/The Thomas Crown Affair/The Sand Pebbles | DVD | (19/02/2007) from £7.19  |  Saving you £22.80 (76.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The Great Escape (Dir. John Sturges 1963): One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story this film also stars Steve McQueen James Garner Charles Bronson and James Coburn. The Thomas Crown Affair (Dir. Norman Jewson 1968): Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) is a lone wolf in chic clothing. He's a Boston tycoon who masterminds a daring bank job even though he doesn't need the money. What he needs is the thrill of the heist the adrenaline rush of not getting caught. Catching crooks is where insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) comes in. She always gets her man. But this time she may be too much in love to give him up. McQueen and Dunaway are lovers and adversaries in a stylish cat-and-mouse thriller written by Alan R. Trustman and directed by Norman Jewison. Jewsion makes exciting use of split screen images as the action leaps from the boardroom to the boudoir the polo field to a glider cockpit. The Oscar winning Best Song (1968) ""The Windmills of Your Mind"" sets the perfect tone for the swirl of romance and intrigue... The Magnificent Seven (Dir. John Sturges 1960): Yul Brynner stars as one of seven master gunmen who aid the helpless farmers of an isolated village pitted against an army of marauding bandits in this rousing action tale based on Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. Released in 1960 John Sturges' masterpiece garnered an Oscar nomination for Elmer Bernstein (for Best Score) and launched the film careers of Steve McQueen Charles Bronson Robert Vaughn and James Coburn. Sand Pebbles (Dir. Robert Wise 1966): It's the story of China a slumbering giant that rouses itself to the cries of its people - and of the Americans who are caught in its bloody awakening. It's the story of Frenchy (Richard Attenborough) a crewman on the USS San Pablo who kidnaps his Chinese bride from the auction block. Most of all it's the story of Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) a sailor who had given up trying to make peace with anything: including himself.

  • The Rockford Files - Series 4 The Rockford Files - Series 4 | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £9.49  |  Saving you £25.50 (72.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    In the spirit of James Garner's other famous small-screen character Bret Maverick Rockford is the kind of guy who'd rather avoid the fight and go fishing instead. An ex-con pardoned for an armed robbery he didn't commit Jim usually finds that the cases he takes on turn out to be must more serious than he first thought... Episodes Comprise: 1. Beamer's Last Case 2. Trouble in Chapter 3. The Battle of Canoga Park 4. Second Chance 5. The Dog and Pony Show 6. Requiem for a Funny Box 7. Quickie Nirvana 8. Irving the Explainer 9. The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls 10. Hotel of Fear 11. Forced Retirement 12. The Queen of Peru 13. A Deadly Maze 14. The Attractive Nuisance 15. The Gang at Don's Drive-In 16. The Paper Palace 17. Dwarf in a Helium Hat 18. South by Southeast 19. The Competitive Edge 20. The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall 21. The House on Willis Avenue (1) 22. The House on Willis Avenue (2)

  • The Rockford Files - Series 5 - Complete The Rockford Files - Series 5 - Complete | DVD | (12/05/2008) from £9.99  |  Saving you £25.00 (71.40%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Jim Rockford (James Garner) one of the most laid-back PI's in TV history is back with The Rockford Files: Season 5. Rockford is the kind of guy who'd rather avoid the fight and go fishing instead. An ex-con pardoned for an armed robbery he didn't commit Jim usually finds that the cases he takes on turn out to be must more serious than he first thought...

  • The Great Escape - Special Edition [1963] The Great Escape - Special Edition | DVD | (20/05/2002) from £3.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (82.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A stirring example of courage and the indomitable human spirit, for many John Sturges' The Great Escape is both the definitive World War II drama and the nonpareil prison escape movie. Featuring an unequalled ensemble cast in a rivetingly authentic true-life scenario set to Elmer Bernstein's admirable music (who writes contrapuntal march themes these days?), this picture is both a template for subsequent action-adventure movies and one of the last glories of Golden Age Hollywood. Reunited with the director who made him a star in The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen gives a career-defining performance as the laconic Hilts, the baseball-loving, motorbike-riding "Cooler King". The rest of the all-male Anglo-American cast--Dickie Attenborough, Donald Pleasance, James Garner, Charles Bronson, David McCallum, James Coburn and Gordon Jackson--make the most of their meaty roles (though you have to forgive Coburn his Australian accent). Closely based on Paul Brickhill's book, the various escape attempts, scrounging, forging and ferreting activities are authentically realised thanks also to the presence on set of technical advisor Wally Flood, one of the original tunnel-digging POWs. Sturges orchestrates the climactic mass break out with total conviction, giving us both high action and very poignant human drama. Without trivialising the grim reality, The Great Escape thrillingly celebrates the heroism of men who never gave up the fight. On the DVD: The Great Escape special edition is indeed a special event. The anamorphic 2.35:1 picture is good if a tad grainy, and the remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is a fitting vehicle for Elmer Bernstein's magnificent contribution. Accompanying the feature there's a reasonable cut-and-paste group commentary culled from interviews with various cast and crew, plus text trivia captions about the actors and the real-life camp. The second disc features a first-rate Granada TV documentary from 2001, "The Untold Story", which tells of both the escape itself and the subsequent post-war search for the Gestapo officers who butchered 50 of the 76 escapees. This has an appendix of further valuable interviews with survivors, and there's also an American making-of documentary, "Heroes Underground", which is good though annoyingly divided into separate chapters and featuring non-anamorphic clips from the film. Perhaps best of all though is the 25-minute life of American POW David Jones, "The Real Virgil Hilts", whose career both during and after the war is extraordinary and inspirational. A classic movie finally gets the DVD treatment it merits.--Mark Walker

  • Support Your Local Sheriff [1969] Support Your Local Sheriff | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £4.35  |  Saving you £8.64 (66.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    On his way to Australia a frontier opportunist stumbles into a small gold-rush town and decides to earn a little extra pocket money by accepting a temporary assignment as their sheriff. Happily applying himself to his new position McCullough manages to turn the town derelict into his deputy outsmart the dreaded Danby clan and fend off the lusty advances of the mayor's daughter - all without breaking a sweat or dirtying his shiny black boots!

  • Move Over Darling [DVD] [1963] Move Over Darling | DVD | (21/03/2011) from £4.59  |  Saving you £11.40 (71.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Move Over Darling is a wonderful romantic comedy starring screen legend and number one office box office star of the time Doris Day.

  • Definitive Edition - The Great Escape [1963] Definitive Edition - The Great Escape | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In 1943 the Germans opened Stalag Luft North a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artist. In doing so however the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen James Garner Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges screenwriters James Clavell and W.R. Burnett and composer Elmer Bernstein.

  • The Thrill Of It All [1963] The Thrill Of It All | DVD | (04/04/2005) from £4.87  |  Saving you £5.12 (51.30%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This romantic comedy takes a satirical aim at the frenetic world of television. Happily married Beverly Boyer is the ultimate housewife but her life is about to change dramatically. It seems that the president of a soap company who she has just met sees the clean-cut Beverly as the perfect TV pitchwoman for his product. After the ads air Beverly becomes famous from coast to coast and an even better breadwinner than her husband - who isn't coping with either of these occurrences v

  • Victor Victoria [1982] Victor Victoria | DVD | (29/07/2002) from £7.25  |  Saving you £6.74 (48.20%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Like a good claret laid down for a couple of decades, Victor Victoria (1982) just improves with age. Based on a 1930s German screenplay, Blake Edwards' cross-dressing musical tackles sexuality and gender with a sweet generosity of spirit and endearing warmth. To Edwards' credit and that of his wife Julie Andrews in the title role it is far more than a star vehicle, with James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren and, particularly, Robert Preston (as worldly gay Toddy) contributing quick-fire performances that brim with brilliant timing. Andrews, too, is wonderful in a deceptively complex part. It shouldn't have worked at all. Victor Victoria was made at a time when the Hollywood musical's currency was at its lowest and Andrews might have been deemed a rather old-fashioned sort of star. But by keeping Henry Mancini's songs in context as stage numbers, the traditional values of the musical are subverted. And the whole thing is bathed in a soft, intimate light; this is a film of considerable artistry on every level. On the DVD: Victor Victoriais presented in widescreen with a sharp Dolby Digital soundtrack; the picture quality is splendid. Extras include lists of cast, crew and awards as well as the original theatrical trailer. Best of all is a touching--if occasionally repetitive--commentary from Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews, who clearly remember the project with great pride and affection. Somewhat belatedly they resurrected it as a Broadway show in the 1990s, in which Andrews again scored a considerable personal triumph. --Piers Ford

  • Space Cowboys [2000] Space Cowboys | DVD | (14/05/2001) from £2.88  |  Saving you £11.11 (79.40%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Space Cowboys is a slice of cornball Americana that's so much fun you'll be tempted to stand up and salute. Director and co-star Clint Eastwood manages to turn what might have been ludicrous into a jubilant tribute to age and experience, and Space Cowboys succeeds as two movies in one--a comedy about retired pilots given one last shot at glory and an Apollo 13-like thriller with all the requisite heroics. With a dream cast of Hollywood vets playing old farts described in tabloids as "The Ripe Stuff", the movie jumps from a 1958 prologue (establishing their lost bid for space travel) to 40-plus years later, when the retired Air Force aces (Eastwood, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones) volunteer to rescue a falling Russian satellite that only Eastwood's character can repair. It turns out that Russkie bird is a Cold War leftover equipped with live nuclear warheads, and the movie revs up to a rousing climax in which our heroes prove their mettle. But first the comedy: watching these codgers struggle to pass NASA's physical tests is a total hoot, with running gags about wrinkles, dentures, and oysters for sagging libidos. (Sutherland is the scene-stealer, but they're all having a blast.) Once in space, the movie gets down to business, and the visual-effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic provide stunning vistas from Earth's orbit; a shot looking down at the boot of Italy is particularly beautiful. A sub-plot involving a weasely NASA administrator (James Cromwell) is rather perfunctory, but it hardly matters. Space Cowboys earns its wings, once again demonstrating Eastwood's comfort with any genre he chooses. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com On the DVD: Even though it boasts no sub-title like "Special Edition," this DVD has some of the nicest extras you'll want to see. There's nearly an hour of behind-the-footage material, all of it superior made-for-cable featurettes so often included on DVDs. The technicians divulge little tricks of the trade, revealing more computer effects in the film than you think. Longtime Eastwood editor Joel Cox provides insight into the director's work routine. The highlight, though, is an extended version of the four principle's appearance on The Tonight Show with Leno providing some interesting comments on how he chooses what films will "appear" on his show. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

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