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  • The Notebook [2004] The Notebook | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £3.65  |  Saving you £16.34 (81.70%)  |  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 Great Escape [DVD] The Great Escape | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £3.92  |  Saving you £6.07 (60.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 1943 the Germans opened Stalag Luft III a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. 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 (The Magnificent Seven) screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar) and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story The Great Escape is epic entertainment that captivates thrills and stirs (Variety).

  • Atlantis - The Lost Empire  (Disney) [2001] Atlantis - The Lost Empire (Disney) | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £3.79  |  Saving you £13.60 (75.60%)  |  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

  • 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 £10.57  |  Saving you £19.20 (64.00%)  |  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 Great Escape - Special Edition [1963] The Great Escape - Special Edition | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £4.47  |  Saving you £14.84 (74.20%)  |  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

  • 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...

  • War Collection [DVD] War Collection | DVD | (28/04/2010) from £8.95  |  Saving you £3.25 (25.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A Bridge Too Far: In September 1944, flush with success after the Normandy Invasion, the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden, a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants. But a combination of battlefield politics, faulty intelligence, bad luck and even worse weather led to the disaster beyond the Allies' darkest fear.The Great Escape: One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell ('Shogun') and W.R. Burnett and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story.The Battle Of Britain: This is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best. Few defining moments can change the outcome of war . But when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied unsurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe, they may well have altered the course of history!

  • The Great Escape [1963] The Great Escape | DVD | (01/02/2000) from £3.00  |  Saving you £11.27 (70.50%)  |  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 Children's Hour [1961] The Children's Hour | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £5.19  |  Saving you £10.80 (67.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A child's lie has life-shattering consequences in this daring adaptation of Lillian Hellman's celebrated play. Karen (Hepburn) and Martha (MacLaine) are the headmistresses of an exclusive school for girls. When they discipline a malicious little girl the vindictive child twists and overheard comment into slander and accuses her teachers of questionable behaviour. Soon the scandalous gossip engulf's the school's conservative community with repercussions that are swift crushing and t

  • The Rockford Files - Season 1 The Rockford Files - Season 1 | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £8.49  |  Saving you £26.50 (75.70%)  |  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.

  • Support Your Local Sheriff [1969] Support Your Local Sheriff | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  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!

  • Duel At Diablo [DVD] Duel At Diablo | DVD | (07/04/2014) from £5.39  |  Saving you £4.60 (46.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    An unlikely group of companions are thrown together to fight off an imminent Apache attack on Diablo canyon: an embittered army scout (James Garner), seeking revenge for the death of his Comanche wife; an ex-cavalry sergeant and expert horse-breaker (Sidney Poitier); and a racist bigot (Dennis Weaver) and his runaway wife (Bibi Anderson).

  • Move Over Darling [DVD] [1963] Move Over Darling | DVD | (21/03/2011) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  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 £5.69  |  Saving you £7.30 (56.20%)  |  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 Great Escape [Blu-ray] [1963] The Great Escape | Blu Ray | (03/06/2013) from £10.48  |  Saving you £5.51 (34.50%)  |  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

  • Support Your Local Gunfighter [1971] Support Your Local Gunfighter | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Gigolo con-man Latigo Smith needs to get something off his chest - the tattooed name of his most recent ex-fiance. But while he is waiting for the local doctor to sober up and perform the operatio Smith overhears that local mining baron Taylor Barton is looking to shut down his mining competition by hiring the notorious gunman Swifty Morgan. Seizing the opportunity for an easy con Smith passes off a reprobate cow-hand as the dreaded Swifty and pockets the cash. Bank roll in hand

  • Hour Of The Gun [1967] Hour Of The Gun | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In Tombstone justice is settled with a gun. Guns don't stay in their holsters long when vigilantes Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday meet outlaws in the Wild West. James Garner (Maverick) and Oscar winner* Jason Robards (All the President's Men) saddle up as the legendary gunslingers in this riveting fact-based story that is the closest filmmakers have ever come to the truth of the OK Corral gunfight. With the dust barely settling at the OK Corral the notorious Clanton brothers unleash their revenge. One by one they gun down Wyatt Earp's brothers - but they won't have the last shot. Using his US Marshal's badge as his authority and Doc Holliday (Robards) as his deputized right-hand man Earp begins a zealous pursuit of vengeance that the west will never forget.

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire -- Two-Disc Collector's Edition  (Disney) [2001] Atlantis: The Lost Empire -- Two-Disc Collector's Edition (Disney) | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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

  • Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove Collection Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove Collection | DVD | (01/01/2006) from £81.79  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £59.99

    This cracking box set contains the Lonesome Dove quartet. Dead Man's Walk: David Arquette (Scream) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) head a stellar cast in this wonderful prequel to Lonesome Dove written by Larry McMurty (Brokeback Mountain). Gus (Arquette) and Call (Miller) are young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. We follow the two men as they embark on their first great adventure signing up as Rangers under the command of Caleb Cobb an unpredictable bandit who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans. This untamed frontier and the wild men who live there - the Indians defending it with unrelenting savagery the Texans attempting to seize and 'civilize' it and the Mexicans threatened by both - are at the heart of this gripping story. Lonesome Dove: Hailed as a masterpiece by critics and audiences alike Lonesome Dove brings to life all the magnificent drama and romance of the West. Winner of seven Emmy Awards and one of the highest rated miniseries in television history this exciting re-creation of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel captured the American pioneer spirit with its sweeping story and inspired performances. Robert Duvall Tommy Lee Jones and Anjelica Huston star in the tale of two former Texas Rangers who leave the South Texas town of Lonesome Dove on an epic 2500-mile cattle drive to the lush ranch country of Montana. Already a collectible classic Lonesome Dove is an authentic piece of the American West and a saga that will be treasured for generations. Return To Lonesome Dove: Jon Voight heads an all star cast as feared and revered ex-Ranger Captain Woodrow Call seizes his dream to drive a herd of mustang from texas to Montana. Barbara Hershey Rick Schroder Lois Gossett Jr. William Petersen and Oliver Reed hit the saddle as Captain Call's single vision unites them all in a powerful struggle against hustlers Indian warriors each other and the volatile wilds of the West itself in a fight that's far more than a dream; it's their destiny... Streets Of Laredo: The third title in the Lonesome Dove Saga. An exhilarating tale of legend and heroism continues the epic of the waning years of the Texas Rangers. Captain Woodrow Call is long in the tooth but still a legendary hunter. He is hired to track down a young Mexican train robber and killer Joey Garza. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker a witless deputy and one of the last remaining members of the Hat Creek outfit Pea-Eye Parker. Their long chase leads them across the last wild stretches of the West and into the vast relentless plains of the Texas frontier...

  • Maverick [1994] Maverick | DVD | (11/05/1998) from £5.15  |  Saving you £8.84 (63.20%)  |  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

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