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  • The Notebook [2004] The Notebook | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £2.49  |  Saving you £16.45 (82.30%)  |  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

  • Toy Story of Terror [DVD] Toy Story of Terror | DVD | (12/05/2014) from £5.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The toys go on a road trip, when an unexpected event leads them to a roadside motel, after one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious, monstrous, and terrifying sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.

  • The Bourne Legacy (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy) The Bourne Legacy (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy) | DVD | (03/12/2012) from £5.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (75.00%)  |  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.

  • Face/Off [1997] Face/Off | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £2.59  |  Saving you £11.95 (74.70%)  |  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

  • Hachi - A Dog's Tale [DVD] [2008] Hachi - A Dog's Tale | DVD | (05/07/2010) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  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 £34.29 (76.20%)  |  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.

  • The Crucible [DVD] The Crucible | DVD | (25/02/2013) from £4.95  |  Saving you £4.30 (43.00%)  |  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

  • Face/Off [Blu-ray] [1997] Face/Off | Blu Ray | (01/10/2007) from £6.59  |  Saving you £17.40 (72.50%)  |  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!

  • Death Race [2008] Death Race | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £2.25  |  Saving you £17.74 (88.70%)  |  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

  • The Bourne Legacy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) The Bourne Legacy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (03/12/2012) from £6.48  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  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 [1997] The Crucible | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £8.21  |  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

  • The Bourne Supremacy [2004] The Bourne Supremacy | DVD | (24/01/2005) from £1.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (90.00%)  |  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

  • Blu-ray Action Starter Pack (5 Films)[Region Free] Blu-ray Action Starter Pack (5 Films) | Blu Ray | (26/09/2011) from £10.99  |  Saving you £49.00 (81.70%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Gladiator:The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won, Maximus dreams of home, wanting only to return to his wife and son; however, the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power.Jealous of Maximus' favor with the emperor, the heir to the throne, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death, Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows.Now he has come to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....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.Wanted:Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is a cube-dwelling hypochondriac, with a boss who humiliates him and a cheating girlfriend. His life is going nowhere. Wes discovers that his estranged father has been brutally murdered and finds himself thrust into a secret society of assassins, called The Fraternity. During his training, at the hands of a skilled mentor named Fox (Angelina Jolie), this once office-bound wimp develops lightning-fast reflexes and superhuman dexterity. However, with his first assignment, Wes finds out that the only thing more difficult than ending the lives of others, is summoning the courage to take control of his own.Fast & Furious:New Model, Original Parts. When news of tragedy reaches O'Conner (Paul Walker), he and Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) are reluctantly reunited. Now the pair must push the boundaries from behind the wheel to risk life and limb in a burning quest for revenge. Time to get Fast & Furious! When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Conner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what's possible behind the wheel.The Mummy 3: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor:The Mummy franchise is back with the third chapter in the adventure series, The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor.Brendan Fraser reprises his role as explorer Rick O'Connel and is joined by Luke Ford, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Maria Bello and John Hannah!Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents - Rick and Evelyn O'Connor (Brendan Frase and Maria Bello).

  • Manhunter [1986] Manhunter | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £7.99  |  Saving you £4.61 (35.50%)  |  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...

  • Bonneville Bonneville | DVD | (23/03/2009) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  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.

  • Hachi - A Dog's Tale [Blu-ray] [2008] Hachi - A Dog's Tale | Blu Ray | (05/07/2010) from £5.09  |  Saving you £19.90 (79.60%)  |  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.

  • Toy Story 3 (Blu-ray 3D) Toy Story 3 (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011) from £17.09  |  Saving you £10.24 (34.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The creative minds behind Disney Pixar's groundbreaking animated blockbusters invite you back inside the toy box for a heartwarming and hilarious High Definition movie experience you'll never forget.In Toy Story 3, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) and the rest of the Toy Story gang return for an all-new adventure, along with a few new faces - some plastic, some plush - including Barbie's counterpart Ken (voiced by Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voiced by Timothy Dalton) and a strawberry-scented bear named Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (voiced by Ned Beatty).It's the biggest, best, most exciting Toy Story of them all, raves Access Hollywood 's Scott Mantz. As Andy prepares to depart for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy's faithful toys wonder what will become of them. But, when a mix-up lands them at Sunnyside Daycare, they meet a host of new toys and soon discover a wild new adventure is just beginning! Buzzing with hours of exclusive bonus features including an interactive trivia game, and the Pixar short film Day & Night, Toy Story 3 goes to infinity and beyond on Blu-ray Hi-Def!

  • Pleasantville [1999] Pleasantville | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £8.23  |  Saving you £10.38 (51.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fantastical writer Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an auspicious directorial debut with this inspired and oddly touching comedy about two 90s kids (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) thrust into the black-and-white TV world of Pleasantville, a Leave It to Beaver-style sitcom complete with picket fences, corner malt shop and warm chocolate chip cookies. When a somewhat unusual remote control (provided by repairman Don Knotts) transports them from the jaded real world to G-rated TV land, Maguire and Witherspoon are forced to play along as Bud and Mary Sue, the obedient children of George and Betty Parker (William H Macy and Joan Allen). Maguire, an obsessive Pleasantville devotee, understands the need for not toppling the natural balance of things; Witherspoon, on the other hand, starts shaking the town up, most notably when she takes football stud Skip (Paul Walker) up to Lover's Lane for some modern-day fun and games. Soon enough, Pleasantville's teens are discovering sex along with--gasp!--rock & roll, free thinking and soul-changing Technicolour. Filled with delightful and shrewd details about sitcom life (no toilets, no double beds, only two streets in the town), Pleasantville is a joy to watch, not only for its comedy but for the groundbreaking visual effects and astonishing production design as the town gradually transforms from crisp black and white to glorious colour. Ross does tip his hand a bit about halfway through the film, obscuring the movie's basic message of the unpredictability of life with overloaded and obvious symbolism, as the black-and-white denizens of the town gang up on the "coloureds" and impose rules of conduct to keep their strait-laced town laced up. Still, the characterizations from the phenomenal cast--especially repressed housewife Allen and soda-shop owner Jeff Daniels, doing some of their best work ever--will keep you emotionally invested in the film's outcome and waiting to see Pleasantville in all its final Technicolor glory. --Mark Englehart

  • Peggy Sue Got Married [1986] Peggy Sue Got Married | DVD | (05/05/2005) from £7.95  |  Saving you £-1.96 (-32.70%)  |  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

  • Nixon [1996] Nixon | DVD | (01/01/2001) from £9.61  |  Saving you £6.38 (39.90%)  |  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.

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