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  • Billy Elliot [2000] Billy Elliot | DVD | (18/04/2006) from £4.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (73.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Foursquare in the gritty-but-hearwarming tradition of Brassed Off and The Full Monty comes Billy Elliot, the first film of noted British theatrical director Stephen Daldry. The setting is County Durham in 1984, and things 'oop North are even grimmer than usual: the miners' strike is in full rancorous swing and 11-year-old Billy's dad and older brother, miners both, are staunch on the picket lines. Billy's got problems of his own. His dad's scraped together the fees to send him to boxing lessons, but Billy's discovered a different aptitude: a genius for ballet dancing. Since admitting to such an activity is tantamount, in this fiercely macho culture, to holding up a sign reading "I AM A RAVING POOF", Billy keeps it quiet. But his teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters, wearily undaunted) thinks he should audition for ballet school in London. Family ructions are inevitable. Daldry's film sidesteps some of the politics, both sexual and otherwise, but scores with its laconic dialogue (credit to screenwriter Lee Hall) and a cracking performance from newcomer Jamie Bell as Billy. His powerhouse dance routines, more Gene Kelly than Nureyev, carry an irresistible sense of exhilaration and self-discovery. Among a flawless supporting cast Stuart Wells stands out as Billy's sweet gay friend Michael. And if the miners' strike serves largely as background colour, there's one brief episode, as visored and truncheoned cops rampage through neat little terraced houses, that captures one of the most spiteful episodes in recent British history. --Philip Kemp

  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones [DVD] The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones | DVD | (27/01/2014) from £3.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (80.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Two worlds will collide. Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager living in Brooklyn until one night in a downtown nightclub she encounters the mysterious charismatic Jace - and witnesses a shocking murder. Drawn into Jace's dark and dangerous world where half-angel warriors are locked in an ancient battle to protect humanity from demonic forces. Clary discovers Jace is both the key to uncovering her past and protecting her future.

  • Jane Eyre [DVD] Jane Eyre | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In a bold new feature version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) infuse a contemporary immediacy into Charlotte Bront's timeless, classic story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama, the heroine of which continues to inspire new generations of devoted readers and viewers.In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (played by Mia Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adle Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield's brooding master, Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). The imposing residence - and Rochester's own imposing nature - have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers' Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past...

  • Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II Directors Cut [DVD] [Blu-ray] Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II Directors Cut | Blu Ray | (11/05/2015) from £10.09  |  Saving you £14.90 (59.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac tells the wild and poetic story of a woman's journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. As controversial as it is creative, Nymphomaniac's all-star cast includesCharlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mia Goth and Uma Thurman.

  • Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn Blu-ray 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)[Region Free] Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn Blu-ray 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (19/03/2012) from £8.69  |  Saving you £21.30 (71.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Globally beloved young reporter Tintin and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy-iconic characters, created by Herge-are brought to life in the worldwide smash hit, The Adventures of Tintin. After discovering a model ship carrying an explosive secret, Tintin and his friends find themselves in the crosshairs of a diabolical villain. From the high seas to the sands of the North African deserts, every new twist and turn sweeps viewers to ever greater levels of thrills, peril and adventure for the whole family.

  • Defiance [DVD] [2008] Defiance | DVD | (18/05/2009) from £2.97  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Based on the book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec Defiance revolves around three Jewish Brothers Tuvia (Daniel Craig) Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael Bielski (Jamie Bell) who live in Nazi occupieed Poland. The Bielski brothers manage to escape into the Belarussian forest where they unite with Russian resistance fighters. The group endeavour to build a village inside the forest in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

  • Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn [DVD] Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn | DVD | (19/03/2012) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Globally beloved young reporter Tintin and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy-iconic characters, created by Herge-are brought to life in the worldwide smash hit, The Adventures of Tintin. After discovering a model ship carrying an explosive secret, Tintin and his friends find themselves in the crosshairs of a diabolical villain. From the high seas to the sands of the North African deserts, every new twist and turn sweeps viewers to ever greater levels of thrills, peril and adventure for the whole family.

  • Fantastic Four [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015] Fantastic Four | Blu Ray | (14/12/2015) from £6.89  |  Saving you £22.10 (76.20%)  |  RRP £28.99

    THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

  • Deathwatch [2002] Deathwatch | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £4.25  |  Saving you £12.40 (68.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A small group of English soldiers find themselves in a labyrinth of abandoned German trenches in Deathwatch, a reworking of the classic British supernatural horror tale as a redemptive allegory amid the wider horror of the Great War. The very earth has had its fill of blood and this lost company may already be in hell: imagine the BBC TV film All the Kings Men (1999) crossed with Cube (1997), as realised by a young Ridley Scott. Only Charlie Shakespeare, an impressive Jamie Bell, is sufficiently innocent to realise the evil of the trenches is turning comrade against comrade, resulting in the gradually escalating carnage. Director Michael J Bassett effectively wracks the tension, aided greatly by a wonderfully decayed set design and story, which may meander, but builds to a chillingly surreal finale. Bell is given strong support from Matthew Rhys and a psychotic Andy Serkis, while Bassett has a fine eye for lighting and composition, as well as the ability to deliver some horrifically effective set-pieces. Taking itself much more seriously than its comparable contemporary, Dog Soldiers (2002), Deathwatch was shamefully overlooked in the cinemas but is surely a future cult classic just awaiting discovery. On the DVD:Deathwatch is presented anamorphically enhanced at 2.35-1, and bar some compression artifacting in a few scenes looks fine. Likewise the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is both atmospheric and powerful. The feature includes optional subtitles for hard of hearing. Extras begin with 15 minutes of interviews with six main cast members and Michael J Bassett. Also included are 14 minutes of filming footage and 16 minutes of alternate/extended/deleted scenes with text explanations as to why the material was changed or cut. There are three commentaries, with writer/director Bassett giving a serious account of realising his debut feature, then joining Jamie Bell and Lawrence Fox on a second commentary for more light hearted reflections. Finally Andy Serkis demonstrates his commitment to the project with an enjoyable reminiscence of his own. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Fantastic Four [DVD] [2015] Fantastic Four | DVD | (14/12/2015) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

  • From Beneath [DVD] From Beneath | DVD | (07/04/2014) from £12.42  |  Saving you £2.57 (17.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

  • Charles Dickens Collection [DVD] Charles Dickens Collection | DVD | (19/03/2012) from £9.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (53.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Great ExpectationsThe key ingredient in this modern-day version of Charles Dickens's classic is director Alfonso Cuarón, who made the glowing, estimable A Little Princess. If you saw that (and you should), understand that Expectations has those ingredients (great sense of time, place, and timing) but adds modern music and sex appeal; the latter personified by the long-legged Gwyneth Paltrow. Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke as an adult, Jeremy James Kissner at age 10) is the new version of Dickens's Pip. He's a child wise beyond his years, befriending an escaped convict (Robert De Niro) in the warm waters of Florida's Gulf Coast. Finn is also the plaything for Estella (Paltrow as an adult, Raquel Beaudene at age 10), the niece of the coast's richest and most eccentric lady, Ms. Dinsmoor (a fun and flamboyant Anne Bancroft). The prudish Estella likes Finn (catch the best first kiss scene in many a moon) but has been brought up to disdain men; she'll break hearts. As the object of Finn's desires, Estella unfortunately is a one-dimensional character, yet what a dimension! Clad in Donna Karan dresses and her long, sun-kissed hair, Paltrow is luminous. She and Hawke make a very sexy couple. Mitch Glazer's script does better by Finn. He's a blue-collar worker with a gift for drawing (artwork by Francesco Clemente). Following his Uncle Joe's (Chris Cooper) honest ways, Finn grows up as a fisherman, thoughts of Estella and art drifting away in the hard work. When a mysterious benefactor allows him to follow his dream, Finn finds himself in New York, preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit--and in the arms of the engaged Estella. Filled with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's golden-drenched light, the film has an irresistible, wildly romantic look. Dinsmoor's place is certainly gothic, Estella and Finn's longing encounters glamorous. Cuarón uses an MTV-friendly soundtrack with a confident touch. Songs by Tori Amos and the band Pulp--along with Patrick Doyle's silky score--create passionate scenes. It all ends far too swiftly with a seemingly tacked-on ending (reflecting the book, as it happens) but the film is splendid storytelling. It's a stylish, sweet valentine. --Doug Thomas Oliver TwistIf Charles Dickens were alive to see Roman Polanski's faithful adaptation of Oliver Twist, he'd probably give it his stamp of approval. David Lean's celebrated 1948 version of the Dickens classic and Carol Reed's Oscar-winning 1968 musical are more entertaining in some ways, but Polanski's rendition is both painstakingly authentic (with superb cinematography and production design) and deeply rooted in the emotional context of the story. Both Polanski and Dickens had personal experiences similar to those of young Oliver (played here by Barney Clark)--Polanski in the Nazi-occupied ghettos of Poland during World War II, and Dickens during his hard-scrabble youth in Victorian London--and this spiritual kinship lends a certain gravitas to the tale of a tenacious orphan who escaped from indentured servitude in London society and is taken in by Fagin (Ben Kingsley) and his streetwise gang of pickpockets. As the evil Bill Sykes, who exploits Oliver for his own nefarious needs, Jamie Foreman is no match for Oliver Reed (in the '68 musical) in terms of frightening menace, but even here, Polanski's direction hews closer to Dickens, while the screenplay by Ronald Harwood (who also wrote Polanski's The Pianist) necessarily trims away subplots and characters for the sake of narrative economy. All in all, this Oliver Twist rises above most previous versions, and with the benefit of Kingsley's nuanced performance, Polanski arrives at a compassionate conclusion that captures the essence of Dickens' novel in a way that viewers of all ages will appreciate for many years to come.-- Jeff Shannon Nicholas NicklebyWhile it necessarily streamlines the Charles Dickens classic, this delightful adaptation of Nicholas Nickelby captures the essence of Dickens in all of its Victorian splendor and squalor. With Charlie Hunnam (the U.K. Queer as Folk) doing noble work in the title role, this quintessentially Dickensian tale begins with the death of Nicholas's father, and the subsequent scheme by his cruel uncle (Christopher Plummer, perfectly cast) to separate Nicholas from his now penniless sister and mother. Stuck in a squalid school run by the evil Mr. and Mrs. Squeers (Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson), Nicholas escapes with his loyal friend Smike (Billy Elliott's Jamie Bell), whose lineage will determine the greedy uncle's fate. As he did with Jane Austen's Emma, writer-director Douglas McGrath has crafted a prestigious production that shifts effortlessly between comedy and tragedy without compromising its warm, inviting tone. His dialogue rings true throughout, inspiring a stellar cast including Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, and Timothy Spall. Dickens himself would almost certainly have approved. --Jeff Shannon

  • Man on a Ledge [DVD] Man on a Ledge | DVD | (11/06/2012) from £3.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (80.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A well-cast thriller with style to burn, Man on a Ledge can't quite decide if it wants to be a hairpin Hitchcockian exercise in suspense, or a more linear action movie. The script by Pablo F. Fenjves promisingly wastes little time in getting the two nouns of the title together, with the opening scene depicting a mysterious man (Sam Worthington) checking into a swank New York hotel, ordering an expensive meal, and then stepping out of his window for a stroll. But why the choice of this building, in particular? Or his specific request for a boozily disgraced negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) to talk him back inside? And what's with the clumsy couple attempting to break into the office across the street? All will be revealed, rather unusually quickly. To his credit, director Asger Leth (a former documentarian) does manage to capture some of the city-as-an-organic-entity vibe that powered such seminal NY films as Dog Day Afternoon and The Taking of Pelham 123. Unfortunately, his gritty sense of style ultimately can't do much with the increasingly straightforward plot, which telegraphs its curves way in advance. Still, if the narrative shortcomings keep the film from being top-notch escapism, the actors compensate for a lot, beginning with the palpable chemistry between Worthington and Banks and continuing with a wonder of a supporting cast, including Ed Burns as a disgruntled cop, The Hurt Locker's exceptional Anthony Mackie as an investigating officer with ties to the main character, and especially Ed Harris, as a gazillionaire real estate tycoon who takes visible joy in crushing the spirits of his underlings. If you've ever wondered what Scrooge McDuck would look like in human form, here you go. --Andrew Wright

  • Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn Blu-ray Triple Play[Region Free] Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn Blu-ray Triple Play | Blu Ray | (19/03/2012) from £3.99  |  Saving you £5.20 (18.60%)  |  RRP £27.99

    Globally beloved young reporter Tintin and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy-iconic characters, created by Herge-are brought to life in the worldwide smash hit, The Adventures of Tintin. After discovering a model ship carrying an explosive secret, Tintin and his friends find themselves in the crosshairs of a diabolical villain. From the high seas to the sands of the North African deserts, every new twist and turn sweeps viewers to ever greater levels of thrills, peril and adventure for the whole family.

  • Billy Elliot [Blu-ray] Billy Elliot | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it. Starring Julie Walters and newcomer Jamie Bell the film (based on a real-life story) follows the progress of little Billy Elliot a motherless 11 year-old from a poor Durham pit village. When young Billy chooses ballet classes over boxing lessons his life is changed forever. He decides to keep the lessons secret from his father a coal miner but when his ballet instructor persuades him to try out for the Royal Ballet School in London Billy must make the choice between family responsibilities and his dreams... Billy Elliot received plenty of recognition at the Academy Awards picking up nominations for Best Supporting Actress Best Director and Best Screenplay.

  • The Prisoner [Blu-ray] The Prisoner | Blu Ray | (03/05/2010) from £13.99  |  Saving you £14.50 (48.30%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The classic '60s spy series gets a new lick of paint in this modern-day re-imagining. Jim Caviezel and Sir Ian McKellen star in this tale of a government agent who wakes up to find himself trapped on a mysterious remote island. If you miss out on The Prisoner you should be locked up! The Prisoner a reinterpretation of the 1967 British cult classic follows Michael (Jim Caviezel Passion Of The Christ) who after resigning from his job finds himself inexplicably trapped in The Village a town where people have numbers instead of names. Michael (now called Six) struggles to hold on to his identity as he engages in a battle of wits with The Village leader Two. Episodes Comprise: 1. Arrival 2. Harmony 3. Anvil 4. Darling 5. Schizoid 6. Checkmate The six one-hour episodes tell the story of a man who finds himself trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as The Village with no memory of how he arrived there. As he frantically explores his environment he discovers that its inhabitants are identified by number instead of by name and have no memory of a prior existence or outside civilization. Not knowing who to trust Number Six is driven by the desperate need to discover the truth behind The Village and more importantly how he can survive and escape to his previous life. The Village is controlled by one man - the sinister and charismatic Number Two (Ian McKellen). In each new episode Six (Jim Caviezel) and Two are locked in a battle of wits as Six challenges the oppressive nature of The Village and battles against his captors. McKellen and Caviezel are joined by an all-star supporting cast including Hayley Atwell (The Duchess Brideshead Revisited) Jamie Campbell-Bower (New Moon Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre Small Island) Lennie James (Outlaw) and Rachael Blake (Clapham Junction). In the 1960s The Prisoner helped permanently alter the scope of the fantasy genre. Through the work of Patrick McGoohan - who created produced wrote and directed the series and starred in the lead role of Number Six - The Prisoner is widely viewed as one of the most well regarded and intriguing cult TV series ever created. While the original series which debuted in 1967 was a riff on Cold War politics the Prisoner in 2010 will reflect 21st century concerns and anxieties such as liberty security and surveillance yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan's enigmatic original.

  • The Eagle [DVD] The Eagle | DVD | (18/07/2011) from £3.59  |  Saving you £16.40 (82.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Epic filmmaking has fallen out of favour, but The Eagle fights hard to bring it back. Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) chose to lead a Roman garrison in occupied Britain because that's where his father lost a military standard--a metal eagle, representing the glory of imperial Rome--on an expedition into the northern wilds. To reclaim his family honor, Aquila sets off into native territory to recover the eagle, with only a slave named Esca (Jamie Bell) to help him--but the more Aquila learns about Esca's history, the more he has reason to doubt his slave's loyalty. The Eagle starts with engaging momentum; this is a work of fiction, but there's an impressive commitment to the details of life, evoking the sights, sounds, and smells of a raw and brutal time. (Director Kevin Macdonald began as a documentarian, which no doubt contributes to his appreciation for grit and sweat.) Tatum is not the most versatile actor but he has enough solid charisma to anchor the movie; Bell's fluid emotional presence keeps their relationship dynamic. The movie loses steam in the last third, as the outcome is never really in doubt and the plot mechanics start to feel a bit rote. But for anyone with an interest in the era, or who simply enjoys a taste of blood and thunder, The Eagle has pleasures aplenty. --Bret Fetzer

  • Jane Eyre (2011) / Sense and Sensibility (1996) / Pride and Prejudice (2005) - Triple Pack [DVD] Jane Eyre (2011) / Sense and Sensibility (1996) / Pride and Prejudice (2005) - Triple Pack | DVD | (24/09/2012) from £5.23  |  Saving you £12.18 (60.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Titles Comprise:Jane Eyre: In a bold new feature version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) infuse a contemporary immediacy into Charlotte Bront's timeless, classic story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama, the heroine of which continues to inspire new generations of devoted readers and viewers.In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (played by Mia Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adle Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield's brooding master, Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). The imposing residence - and Rochester's own imposing nature - have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers' Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past...Sense And Sensibility: This is the story of two sisters; pragmatic Elinor (Emma Thompson) and passionate, wilful Marianne (Kate Winslet).When their father, Henry Dashwood, dies, by law his estate must pass to the eldest son from his first marriage. Suddenly homeless and impoverished, his current wife and daughters find themselves living in a simple country cottage.The two sisters are soon accepted into their new society. Marianne becomes swept up in a passionate love affair with the dashing Willoughby (Greg Wise), while Elinor struggles to keep a tight rein on the family purse strings and to keep her feelings for Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant), whom she left behind, hidden from her family. Despite their different personalities, they both experience great sorrow in their affairs, but they learn to mix sense with sensibility in a society that is obsessed with both financial and social status.Pride And Prejudice Box Set: A romance ahead of its time...The five Bennet sisters - Elizabeth, or Lizzie (Keira Knightley), Jane (Rosamund Pike), Lydia (Jena Malone), Mary (Talulah Riley) and Kitty (Carey Mulligan) - have been raised well aware of their mother's (Brenda Blethyn) fixation on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent Elizabeth, however, strives to live her life with a broader perspective, as encouraged by her doting father (Donald Sutherland).When wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man's sophisticated circle of London friends and the influx of young military officers, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. Eldest daughter Jane, serene and beautiful, seems poised to win Mr. Bingley's heart. For her part, Lizzie meets with the handsome and, it would seem, snobbish Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), and the battle of the sexes is joined.Their encounters are frequent and spirited yet far from encouraging. Lizzie finds herself even less inclined to accept a marriage proposal from a distant cousin, Mr. Collins (Tom Hollander) and, supported by her father, stuns her mother and Mr. Collins by declining. When the previously good-natured Mr. Bingley abruptly departs for London leaving a devastated Jane, Lizzie holds Mr. Darcy culpable for contributing to the heartbreak. But a crisis involving youngest sister Lydia soon opens Lizzie's eyes to the true nature of her relationship with Mr. Darcy...

  • Winter In Wartime [DVD] [2008] Winter In Wartime | DVD | (31/05/2010) from £4.79  |  Saving you £13.20 (73.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Starring Martijn Lakemeier as Michiel van Beusekom a young man who becomes involved in the Dutch resistance during the final winter of World War II. Though this represents a heroic move on the boy's part the experience ultimately leads to complete disillusionment as it brings Michiel face to face with the realisation that during times of war good and evil are actually intertwined.

  • Man on a Ledge [Blu-ray] Man on a Ledge | Blu Ray | (11/06/2012) from £4.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (78.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    A well-cast thriller with style to burn, Man on a Ledge can't quite decide if it wants to be a hairpin Hitchcockian exercise in suspense, or a more linear action movie. The script by Pablo F. Fenjves promisingly wastes little time in getting the two nouns of the title together, with the opening scene depicting a mysterious man (Sam Worthington) checking into a swank New York hotel, ordering an expensive meal, and then stepping out of his window for a stroll. But why the choice of this building, in particular? Or his specific request for a boozily disgraced negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) to talk him back inside? And what's with the clumsy couple attempting to break into the office across the street? All will be revealed, rather unusually quickly. To his credit, director Asger Leth (a former documentarian) does manage to capture some of the city-as-an-organic-entity vibe that powered such seminal NY films as Dog Day Afternoon and The Taking of Pelham 123. Unfortunately, his gritty sense of style ultimately can't do much with the increasingly straightforward plot, which telegraphs its curves way in advance. Still, if the narrative shortcomings keep the film from being top-notch escapism, the actors compensate for a lot, beginning with the palpable chemistry between Worthington and Banks and continuing with a wonder of a supporting cast, including Ed Burns as a disgruntled cop, The Hurt Locker's exceptional Anthony Mackie as an investigating officer with ties to the main character, and especially Ed Harris, as a gazillionaire real estate tycoon who takes visible joy in crushing the spirits of his underlings. If you've ever wondered what Scrooge McDuck would look like in human form, here you go. --Andrew Wright

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