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  • The Notebook [2004] The Notebook | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £2.89  |  Saving you £16.38 (81.90%)  |  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 Bourne Legacy (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy) The Bourne Legacy (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy) | DVD | (03/12/2012) from £4.75  |  Saving you £15.05 (75.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Bourne Legacy introduces a brand new hero Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) - an agent on the run from destruction and on a journey to discover the truth, in life-or-death stakes created by events of the first three Bourne Films. Cross and Dr. Shearing (Rachel Weisz) fight to survive as CIA Ops, led by Eric Byer (Edward Norton) attempt to shut down their Operation and make everyone involved disappear for good. The brains behind the previous films, Tony Gilroy, returns to take Bourne to the next level of this thrilling action series. An all-new cast is joined by veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn in The Bourne Legacy.

  • Hachi - A Dog's Tale [DVD] [2008] Hachi - A Dog's Tale | DVD | (05/07/2010) from £3.73  |  Saving you £16.26 (81.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A college professor takes in a dog he finds abandoned and both find their lives changed forever as they form an unbreakable bond. Based on the true story of Hachiko an Akita dog in 1920s Japan remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his master.

  • The Ultimate Bourne Collection [Blu-ray] The Ultimate Bourne Collection | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009) from £8.00  |  Saving you £36.99 (82.20%)  |  RRP £44.99

    Matt Damon is Jason Bourne... The explosive action trilogy that takes you to the edge of your seat and leaves you breathless for more! Matt Damon is trained assassin Jason Bourne a single man on a pursuit to uncover the deadly covert conspiracy that stole his identity robbed him of the love of his life and sent a legion of highly trained killers to eliminate him. See the entire Bourne trilogy unfold with heart-stopping action death-defying stunts and incredible white-knuckle excitement. The Bourne Identity: A man who may or may not be Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is found floating in the Mediterranean Sea and is hauled onto a fishing boat. When the ship's doctor examines the unconscious castaway he discovers two bullet wounds and an implanted device that displays a Swiss bank account number. With nothing but this code the amnesiac Bourne travels to Zurich and gains access to a safe-deposit box containing a gun thousands of dollars in various currencies and valid passports from numerous countries - each listing a different identity. Within minutes Bourne is on the run from a seemingly ever-present agency relying on language and fighting skills he didn't even know he possessed! The Bourne Supremacy: The Bourne Supremacy re-enters the shadowy world of expert assassin Jason Bourne (Damon) who continues to find himself plagued by the splintered nightmares from his former life. The stakes are now even higher for the agent as he coolly maneuvers through the dangerous waters of international espionage - replete with CIA plots turncoat agents and constantly shifting covert alliances - all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and answers to his own fragmented past... The Bourne Ultimatum: All he wanted was to disappear. Instead Jason Bourne is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets and a new generation of highly trained killers. Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was. Now in the new chapter of this espionage series Bourne will hunt down his past in order to find a future. He must travel from Moscow Paris Madrid and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to find the real Jason Bourne - all the while trying to outmaneuver the scores of cops federal officers and Interpol agents with him in their crosshairs.

  • Bonneville Bonneville | DVD | (23/03/2009) from £3.49  |  Saving you £9.01 (69.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Hitch a ride with three of Hollywood's most acclaimed actresses in this rollicking road movie that's full of warmth tears and humorous zingers (The New York Observer). Starring Academy Award Winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates and Academy Award Nominee Joan Allen Bonneville is a charming gem of a film that celebrates fun friendship and the detours of life that makes us who we are. Recently widowed Arvilla (Lange) is at a crossroads. Her stepdaughter Francine (Christine Baranski) has threatened to sell Arvilla's Idaho home unless Arvilla brings her late husband's ashes to California where they'll be interred for eternity beside his first wife. Arvilla's friends Margene (Bates) and Carol (Allen) convince Arvilla to deliver the ashes. But when Arvilla convinces them to go with her in her husband's '66 Bonneville the stage is set for an unforgettable journey filled with hitchhikers truckers breathtaking vistas Vegas jackpots and a powerful final showdown.

  • Face/Off [1997] Face/Off | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £2.99  |  Saving you £12.50 (78.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woo's first American film to reach the pitched level of his best Hong Kong work (Hard-Boiled). He takes a patently absurd premise--hero and villain exchange identities by literally swapping faces in science-fiction plastic surgery--and creates a double-barrelled revenge film driven by the split psyches of its newly redefined characters. FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must play the villain to move through the underworld while psychotic terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) becomes a perversely paternal family man, while using every tool at his disposal to destroy his nemesis. Travolta vamps Cage's tics and flamboyant excess with the grace of a dancer after his transformation from cop to criminal, while Cage plays the sullen, bottled-up agent excruciatingly trapped behind the face of the man who killed his son. His attempts to live up to the terrorist's reputation become cathartic explosions of violence that both thrill and terrify him. This is merely icing on the cake for action fans, the dramatic backbone for some of the most visceral action thrills ever. Woo fills the screen with one show-stopping set-piece after another, bringing a poetic grace to the action freakout with sweeping camerawork and sophisticated editing. This marriage of melodrama and mayhem ups the ante from cops-and-robbers clichés to a conflict of near-mythic levels. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Crucible [1997] The Crucible | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £7.20  |  Saving you £4.78 (36.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Salem witch hunts are given a new and nasty perspective when a vengeful teenage girl uses superstition and repression to her advantage, creating a killing machine that becomes a force unto itself. Pulsating with seductive energy, this provocative drama is as visually arresting as it is intellectually engrossing. Arthur Miller based his classic 1953 play on the actual Salem witch trials of 1692, creating what has since become a durable fixture of school drama courses. It may look like a historical drama but Miller also meant the work as a parable for the misery created by the McCarthy anti-Communist hearings of the 1950s. This searing version of his drama delves into matters of conscience with concise accuracy and emotional honesty. Three passionate cheers for Miller, director Nicholas Hytner and costars Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. --Rochelle O'Gorman

  • Face/Off [Blu-ray] [1997] Face/Off | Blu Ray | (01/10/2007) from £6.36  |  Saving you £17.63 (73.50%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Oscar-winning superstar Nicolas Cage and screen icon John Travolta battle head to head in Face/Off the ultimate cat and mouse thriller directed by the world's most acclaimed action film director John Woo. To avenge the senseless murder of his son FBI agent Sean Archer undergoes a radical new surgery allowing him to switch faces with the comatose terrorist Castor Troy and assumes Sean's identity the real Sean is thrust into an unimaginable nightmare fighting not only for his life but also those of his wife and daughter! Brilliant performances and mind-numbing visual effects make Face/Off the explosive stylish action thriller you've got to see to believe!

  • The Bourne Legacy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) The Bourne Legacy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (03/12/2012) from £7.56  |  Saving you £17.43 (69.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Bourne Legacy introduces a brand new hero Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) - an agent on the run from destruction and on a journey to discover the truth, in life-or-death stakes created by events of the first three Bourne Films. Cross and Dr. Shearing (Rachel Weisz) fight to survive as CIA Ops, led by Eric Byer (Edward Norton) attempt to shut down their Operation and make everyone involved disappear for good. The brains behind the previous films, Tony Gilroy, returns to take Bourne to the next level of this thrilling action series. An all-new cast is joined by veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn in The Bourne Legacy. Special Features: Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Tony Gilroy, Co-Writer Dan Gilroy, Editor John Gilroy, Director of Photography Robert Elswit, Second Unit Director Dan Bradley, and Production Designer Kevin Thompson Deleted Scenes: Pennsylvania Highway NRAG Research Room Washington, D.C. Re-Bourne Enter Aaron Cross Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location Man vs Wolf Wolf Sequence Test Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase

  • The Crucible [DVD] The Crucible | DVD | (25/02/2013) from £4.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The Salem witch hunts are given a new and nasty perspective when a vengeful teenage girl uses superstition and repression to her advantage, creating a killing machine that becomes a force unto itself. Pulsating with seductive energy, this provocative drama is as visually arresting as it is intellectually engrossing. Arthur Miller based his classic 1953 play on the actual Salem witch trials of 1692, creating what has since become a durable fixture of school drama courses. It may look like a historical drama but Miller also meant the work as a parable for the misery created by the McCarthy anti-Communist hearings of the 1950s. This searing version of his drama delves into matters of conscience with concise accuracy and emotional honesty. Three passionate cheers for Miller, director Nicholas Hytner and costars Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. --Rochelle O'Gorman

  • Death Race/Death Race 2/Death Race: Inferno [DVD] Death Race/Death Race 2/Death Race: Inferno | DVD | (04/02/2013) from £8.49  |  Saving you £9.50 (52.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The complete high-octane, ultra-violent Death Race trilogy with monster cars, machine guns, and bone crunching crashes. These action-packed explosive movies will have you gripping your seat at every twist and turn. Welcome to the most evil spectator sport on Earth... Welcome to Death Race. Death Race Special Features: Feature Commentary Picture in Picture Warden's Angle Elevated Angle Feature Angle Frank's Interior Angle Ground Angle Joe's Interior Angle Pit Crew Angle Behind the Wheel: Dissecting the Stunts Start Your Engines: Making a Deathrace Death Race 2 Special Features: Feature Commentary Deleted Scenes Deleted Shots Montage The Race Begins: The Evolution of Death Race Cheating Death: The Stunts of Death Race 2 Fast Cars and Firearms: The Cars of Death Race 2

  • Death Race [2008] Death Race | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £2.49  |  Saving you £17.35 (86.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mayhem rules in Death Race, a head-over-heels remake of the Roger Corman cult classic Death Race 2000, in which cars become lethal weapons. The strength of this new version is its total single-mindedness about vehicular homicide; it has the virtue of no cluttering subplots or simpering sentimentality. And banish all memory of the original's wild satirical comedy: Death Race is as grim as a dinner tray to the face (a reference that will be explained in a key sequence). In a slightly futuristic maximum-security prison, cons take part in brutal races around the island prison, their violent deaths watched live by millions of viewers. Jason Statham, possibly cast because of his driving dexterity in the Transporter movies, plays a man wrongly imprisoned for murder. Joan Allen provides her brittle cool as the warden, who recruits Statham to assume the masked persona of a legendary driver called Frankenstein. Tyrese Gibson is Frankie's main rival, Natalie Martinez provides the fetching eye candy, but the acting honours go to Ian McShane, as the philosophical prison mechanic. One misses the cross-country race from the original film, as the setting here is claustrophobic and the cars are largely colorless and indistinguishable from each other. Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) continues to display the sensibility of a video-game addict, which will either be a recommendation or a turn-off, depending on your own tastes. At least it doesn't have the hypocritical moral blathering of something like the somewhat similar Condemned--who knew you could be so grateful for simple, straight-forward head-bashing? --Robert Horton

  • Nixon [1996] Nixon | DVD | (01/01/2001) from £7.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Nixon takes a riveting look at a complex man whose chance at greatness was ultimately destroyed by his passion for power - when his involvement in conspiracy jeopardized the nation's security and the presidency of the United States! With a phenomenal all-star cast.

  • Upside of Anger Upside of Anger | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £3.10  |  Saving you £12.89 (80.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Sometimes what tears us apart helps us put it back together. Starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner The Upside Of Anger spans three years of a woman's life following her husband's sudden disappearance. Terry Wolfmeyer (Allen) an affluent suburban Detroit wife and mother goes from a paragon of sweetness to a volcano of rage in the wake of her husband's desertion; she thinks he has jetted off to Sweden with his Swedish secretary. Barely holding it together for her fo

  • Peggy Sue Got Married [1986] Peggy Sue Got Married | DVD | (05/05/2005) from £7.48  |  Saving you £-1.49 (-24.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Francis Ford Coppola's passable 1986 comedy stars Kathleen Turner as an unhappy, middle-aged woman who goes back in time to her high school years and meets her future husband (Nicolas Cage) all over again. A lightweight entry from Coppola, the film has some clever, backward-looking jokes; and the lead actress does bring intelligence and searching emotions to her role. Cage (Coppola's nephew)--who specialised in these dumb-guy roles back then (see Raising Arizona)--is in sharp, raw form. Worth a visit, but don't expect to be bowled over this time by the legendary director.--Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • The Bourne Supremacy [2004] The Bourne Supremacy | DVD | (24/01/2005) from £2.99  |  Saving you £16.51 (82.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Good enough to suggest long-term franchise potential, The Bourne Supremacy is a thriller fans will appreciate for its well-crafted suspense, and for its triumph of competence over logic (or lack thereof). Picking up where The Bourne Identity left off, the action begins when CIA assassin and partial amnesiac Jason Bourne (a role reprised with efficient intensity by Matt Damon) is framed for a murder in Berlin, setting off a chain reaction of pursuits involving CIA handlers (led by Joan Allen and the duplicitous Brian Cox, with Julia Stiles returning from the previous film) and a shadowy Russian oil magnate. The fast-paced action hurtles from India to Berlin, Moscow, and Italy, and as he did with the critically acclaimed Bloody Sunday, director Paul Greengrass puts you right in the thick of it with split-second editing (too much of it, actually) and a knack for well-sustained tension. It doesn't all make sense, and bears little resemblance to Robert Ludlum's novel, but with Damon proving to be an appealingly unconventional action hero, there's plenty to look forward to. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Contender [2000] The Contender | DVD | (11/02/2008) from £3.40  |  Saving you £2.59 (43.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    When the truth becomes a weapon power comes at a stunning price. In 'The Contender' the sudden death of the vice president of the United States forces U.S. president Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) to pick a replacement. He decides against picking the popular governor of Virginia Jack Hathaway (William Petersen) and instead makes the radical choice of Senator Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) to become the nation's first female VP. Gary Oldman Joan Allen Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater deliver electrifying performances in this controversial suspenseful and critically-acclaimed thriller that Ebert & Roeper and the Movies call ""exciting and unusually intelligent two very enthusiastic thumbs up!"" Sometimes you can assassinate a leader without firing a shot.

  • Manhunter [1986] Manhunter | DVD | (01/10/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Released to box-office indifference in 1986, Manhunter introduced Hannibal Lecter and established the rules of the modern race-to-find-the-serial-killer thriller five years before The Silence of the Lambs packed cinemas everywhere. This was Michael Mann's third feature, reuniting William L Petersen and Dennis Farina from his debut Thief (1981) as FBI agents hunting the killer dubbed "The Tooth Fairy". Petersen's Will Graham is the man who put "Lecktor" (as it is spelt here) behind bars, and, as in Silence of the Lambs, he is forced to consult the Doctor, played here with understated malevolence by Brian Cox. Manhunter is an exceptionally well-photographed film: Mann's regular cinematographer Dante Spinotti creates sparse, elegantly framed, often monochromatically lit compositions essential to the shifting psychological moods. The performances are very good, and the typically 1980s, Vangelis-esque electronic score effectively sustains tension. Once the killer is introduced the scenes with Joan Allen have a genuinely unsettling, almost surreal quality, although there is at least one serious plot flaw--how does "The Red Dragon" get his letter to Lecter? Manhunter never packs the sheer excitement of Silence of the Lambs, nevertheless, it is a powerful and compelling thriller that remains far superior to the Anthony Hopkins-starring Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002). On the DVD: Manhunter on disc has a revealing 10-minute conversation with Dante Spinotti in which he explains how he created the film's distinctive look. Also included is a more general 17-minute making-of documentary. The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is generally very good, being just a little soft in one or two early scenes. The sound is listed as Dolby Digital 5.1, but appears to replicate the main stereo signal in the rear channels. Audio is nonetheless powerful and clear, though lacks the sheer edge and atmospherics of some more recent thrillers. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Manhunter [1986] Manhunter | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £7.12  |  Saving you £5.25 (40.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Five years before 'The Silence of the Lambs' Michael Mann directed this stylish thriller based on Thomas Harris' first Hannibal story - Red Dragon. Now recognised as a cult classic it is every bit as brilliant and terrifying as its sequel. Brian Cox is magnificent as Hannibal Lecter the serial killer who holds the key to tracking down a mass murderer who has a perverse penchant for voyeurism. William Petersen as Detective Will Graham is totally convincing as a man with an extraordinary talent that of entering a serial killer's personal nightmare landscapes...

  • Hachi - A Dog's Tale [Blu-ray] [2008] Hachi - A Dog's Tale | Blu Ray | (05/07/2010) from £5.74  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A college professor takes in a dog he finds abandoned and both find their lives changed forever as they form an unbreakable bond. Based on the true story of Hachiko an Akita dog in 1920s Japan remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his master.

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