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  • The Deer Hunter [1978] The Deer Hunter | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £3.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (72.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Deer Hunter is an astonishing powerful and vivid epic about three men steelworkers from Pennsylvania whose lives are changed irrevocably in the tragic devastation of the Vietnam war. When Michael Steven and Nick are captured by the Vietcong they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfil an old vow to one of his friends he makes an unexpected horrific discovery. Director Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter won no less than 5 Oscars in 1978 for Best Picture Best Director Best Supporting Actor Best Editing and Best Sound.

  • Beautiful Thing Beautiful Thing | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A long hot summer on a housing estate in South London. Jamie is bunking off school whilst his mother Sandra juggles job promotion and her relationship with hippy-dippy boyfriend Tony. Next door lives sassy Leah who spends her day listing to Mama Cass records. In the same block Jamie's class mate Ste although sporty and popular at school is bullied by his drunken father. One-day Steve seeks refuge in Sandra's flat and ends up sleeping head to toe with Jamie....

  • Hair [1979] Hair | DVD | (06/08/2001) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Milos Forman's 1979 film of the 1968 musical Hair is far more watchable than it has any right to be. Controversial though the original stage version might have been at the time, it has not dated well. It was written back when most people thought the Vietnam War was a good idea and long hair on men a signifier of a hopelessly corrupt society, rather than the other way around. By the time the belated movie adaptation arrived attitudes had changed, and what made Hair so unique had become commonplace. However, the exuberance of the performances (led by Treat Williams) and the enduring appeal of some of the songs makes this movie version of Hair, even today, entirely impossible to dislike. On the DVD: The only extra is the theatrical trailer which, much like the film itself, is quite a cute period piece. Inexplicably, the scene-searching menu is not arranged by song, making it infuriatingly difficult to locate the tune you want, unless you already know the movie so well, which would leave little point in hearing these songs again anyway. --Andrew Mueller

  • Deer Hunter [Blu-ray] Deer Hunter | Blu Ray | (18/10/2010) from £8.89  |  Saving you £11.10 (55.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Deer Hunter is an astonishing powerful and vivid epic about three men steelworkers from Pennsylvania whose lives are changed irrevocably in the tragic devastation of the Vietnam war. When Michael Steven and Nick are captured by the Vietcong they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfil an old vow to one of his friends he makes an unexpected horrific discovery. Director Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter won no less than 5 Oscars in 1978 for Best Picture Best Director Best Supporting Actor Best Editing and Best Sound.

  • Bad Company [1972] Bad Company | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In 1972's Bad Company a genteel Northerner during the American Civil War (Barry Brown) is robbed by scallywag Jeff Bridges--and winds up teaming up with him. Together they become a criminal duo (although with one member more reluctant than the other) in this entertaining, realistic tale of what the West was really like. Bridges has a gangly, easy-going demeanour, as well as a sense of playfulness that even extends to moments of extreme jeopardy. He makes an interesting team with the stiff, proper Brown, creating comedy seemingly out of thin air. This was the directing debut of Robert Benton, who had co-written Bonnie and Clyde and who would go on to win an Oscar for Kramer vs Kramer. --Marshall Fine

  • Message In A Bottle [1999] Message In A Bottle | DVD | (18/10/1999) from £3.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (71.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    If, as they say, you're in a certain mood, Message in a Bottle can be just the ticket. Based on Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel, this handsome but overly calculated romantic tale stars Robin Wright Penn as Theresa, a Chicago Tribune researcher who finds a note encased in a green bottle that has floated onto a Cape Cod shore. The message within is a heartfelt, yearning declaration of love to a woman named Catherine but the author is unknown until Theresa (rather improbably) tracks him down in North Carolina. He's Garret Blake (Kevin Costner), a taciturn builder of sailboats and a grieving widower whose late wife, poetically speaking, was the intended recipient of the seafaring note Theresa found. Theresa, a divorcée with a son, decides to meet Garret, only to find him as bottled-up as his message. Nevertheless, a romance blooms on the strength of quality time in a sailboat and lots of cuddling, though the script tosses in bits of conflict to keep their relationship spicy. Directed by Luis Mandoki (When a Man Loves a Woman), this love story is entirely by the numbers, with Costner inhabiting (rather than performing) a stock fantasy of a man perfect in every way save his broken heart. Penn brings more vibrancy to her equally predictable part but fortunately for all, Paul Newman, John Savage, Robbie Coltrane and Illeana Douglas are on hand in nicely textured character parts. Sometimes predictability is exactly what one wants when settling in for an evening of home video, and this movie fits the bill nicely. The appealing cinematography is by ace cameraman Caleb Deschanel. --Tom Keogh

  • Deja Vu [2006] Deja Vu | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £2.08  |  Saving you £14.71 (81.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This dramatic American action thriller is the latest film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott and stars actors Denzel Washington Val Kilmer Paula Patton Bruce Greenwood Adam Goldberg and Jim Caviezel. The adventure takes place in New Orleans USA where federal agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is guided through an FBI crime investigation by feelings of deja vu.

  • Salvador--Special Edition [1985] Salvador--Special Edition | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £4.92  |  Saving you £7.21 (55.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Salvador recounts the conflict between the peasant revolution and the US-backed death squads in El Salvador in the early 1980s as seen through the eyes of American journalist Richard Boyle. Telling unpalatable truths condensed into intense fiction, Oliver Stone's film is typically confrontational, the real Boyle writing the source material for Stone's savage screenplay. The journalist is brought to life by James Woods in a brilliant hyper-kinetic performance: his powerful commitment to the truth balances his self-destructive, drink, drugs and danger-fuelled personality. Providing excellent support is James Belushi as partner in debauchery Dr Rock, while Stone delivers the most spectacular $4 million movie imaginable by conning the El Salvadorian military into lending tanks, planes and helicopters for a film which brands many of their leaders as war criminals. Genuinely radical cinema, Salvador blisters with moral fury, setting it beside The Killing Fields (1984) as a modern classic. On the DVD: Without spoiling the plot, the original trailer is so compelling it makes you want to watch the film again even if you've just seen it. The are four deleted/extended scenes which add a little more political background--unfortunately the legendary orgy/severed-ears seen is not among them. Parts, though not the whole of this scene, appear in the exceptionally good 62-minute retrospective documentary which covers the extraordinary making of the film and the horrors of the political background in depth (a technical advisor was shot dead on a tennis court). Oliver Stone delivers the best commentary tracks around and this is no exception as he presents a masterclass in gonzo-guerrilla filmmaking. There is also a gallery of 46 behind-the-scenes stills. Given the circumstances, Robert Richardson's cinematography is miraculously accomplished and, excepting some grain, transfers to DVD, anamorphically enhanced at 1.77:1, very well. The original low-budget sound has made the transition to three-channel Dolby Digital with style, George Delerue's machine-gun score having real urgency and the action being appropriately chaotic. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Deer Hunter [Blu-ray] [1978] The Deer Hunter | Blu Ray | (28/09/2009) from £14.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Deer Hunter is an astonishing powerful and vivid epic about three men steelworkers from Pennsylvania whose lives are changed irrevocably in the tragic devastation of the Vietnam war. When Michael Steven and Nick are captured by the Vietcong they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfil an old vow to one of his friends he makes an unexpected horrific discovery. Director Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter won no less than 5 Oscars in 1978 for Best Picture Best Director Best Supporting Actor Best Editing and Best Sound.

  • The Deer Hunter: Special Edition (2 discs) [1979] The Deer Hunter: Special Edition (2 discs) | DVD | (04/08/2003) from £3.50  |  Saving you £10.86 (63.90%)  |  RRP £16.99

    The Deer Hunter is an expansive portrait of friendship in a Pennsylvania steel town, and of the effects of the Vietnam War. Led by the trio of Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken (who won a supporting actor Oscar), the first hour is dominated by an engrossing Russian Orthodox wedding and reception. When the drama moves overseas it switches from anthropologically realistic documentation of a community's rituals to highly controversial and still shocking Russian Roulette scenes, symbolising the random horror of war. Unforgettable as they are, the Vietnam sequences occupy less than a third of the three-hour running time; defying movie convention The Deer Hunter is fundamentally a before-and-after ensemble character study anchored by De Niro's great performance. Although it was the first serious Hollywood feature to address the Vietnam War, the plausibility of some of the later plot developments raises awkward questions. But the film remains powerfully effective, its deliberate pace, naturalistic overlapping dialogue and unflinching seriousness marking it very much a product of the 1970s. With nine Oscar nominations and five wins, including Best Picture and Director, it's a cinematic landmark that stands the test time, almost incidentally setting Meryl Streep on the road to superstardom in her first leading role. On the DVD: The Deer Hunter: Special Edition has the film on the first disc with a serious yet amiable Region 2 exclusive discussion track between director Michael Cimino and critic SX Finnie. The picture is anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1, and perfectly reproduces Vilmos Zsigmond's deliberately desaturated, necessarily grainy cinematography. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack clearly reveals the mono original, being largely focused on the centre speaker and while it does a good job, some of the choral music does sound harsh. Dialogue is sometimes indecipherable, but that's due to the naturalistic nature of the original sound recording and mixing. Disc 2 offers excellent new interviews with Jon Savage (15 mins), Vilmos Zsigmond (15 mins) and Michael Cimino (23 mins). Also included is the original trailer (anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1), a routine photo gallery and a DVD version of the original press brochure. There's no trace of the 40 minutes of deleted material referred to by Cimino, but this presentation is still an object lesson in how quality of extras triumphs over quantity. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Deer Hunter [1979] The Deer Hunter | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £4.50  |  Saving you £8.96 (64.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Bereavement [DVD] Bereavement | DVD | (01/10/2012) from £2.63  |  Saving you £7.36 (73.70%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 1989 six year old Martin Bristoll is abducted from his backyard in Minersville, Pennsylvania. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, keeps Martin imprisoned on his derelict pig farm forcing him to witness unspeakable horrors. For five years his whereabouts remain a mystery until seventeen year old Allison Miller moves to town to live with her Uncle Jonathan (Michael Biehn). While exploring her new surroundings she discovers that things at the farmhouse down the road aren't quite right. Her curiosity reveals a hornet's nest of evil that once opened, can never be closed.

  • Holidaze Holidaze | DVD | (26/10/2009) from £2.25  |  Saving you £0.90 (15.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Rusty Reindeer stumbles into a support group where the Easter Bunny Cupid and other down-and-out holiday icons congregate Featuring the voices of Fred Savage Emily Osment Cole Sprouse Dylan Sprouse Gladys Knight and Fred Willard.

  • They Nest [2000] They Nest | DVD | (10/02/2003) from £7.97  |  Saving you £6.02 (43.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Off the coast of Maine an African cargo vessel mysteriously explodes and crashes into the harbour. What no one knows is that the crew have already been dead for days... Dr. Ben Cahill (Thomas Calabro) arrives on Orrs Island to resolve some personal problems and receives a hostile reception. The locals do not like outsiders and in particular Jack Wald (John Savage) does his best to make Ben feel unwelcome. Soon bizarre and frightening deaths start to occur on the island. Each victim

  • Before Women Had Wings Before Women Had Wings | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £10.97  |  Saving you £-4.98 (-83.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Bird' Jackson is a young girl whose life with her parents is painful and frightening. She turns to her reclusive neighbour Miss Zora played by Oprah Winfrey to escape the harsh realities of her home life and it is through their friendship that Bird learns to dream of a better life. But Miss Zora knows that Bird cannot survive on dreams alone and there is only one way to save her.

  • White Squall [1996] White Squall | DVD | (01/03/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Thirteen young men begin an adventure of a lifetime on a sailing trip captained by Christopher Chaldean. When disaster hits in the form of a huge storm the crew must fight to survive...

  • Maria's Lovers [1984] Maria's Lovers | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Desired By All But Loved By Only One. When her teenage sweetheart Ivan (Savage) returns home from WWII Maria (Kinski) eagerly accepts his marriage proposal looking forward to a lifetime of happiness. But her joy is short-lived when Ivan's dark past shrouds their wedding night in misery driving a wedge between them that neither knows how to remove. Confused and depressed Maria attempts to mend her true love's heart despite the advances of other suitors. But when a traveling musician (Carradine) hits the right note Maria struggles to justify her unfulfilling life. Is her passion too powerful to be contained within the sanctity of marriage?

  • The Onion Field [1979] The Onion Field | DVD | (08/09/2003) from £10.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    One night in l963, two plainclothes LAPD officers were abducted by armed, small-time criminals after a routine traffic stop, then driven to a remote area where one was brutally executed. The other officer managed to escape and the perpetrators were captured and brought to trial. Despite overwhelming evidence, the slayers managed to drag the justice process on for years through appeals and delaying tactics, one of them making use of the prison law library to become a "jailhouse lawyer". Taken from the Joseph Wambaugh book, The Onion Field is a true story about a case that changed LAPD policies forever. More than a simple police procedural, though, the film is a character study that follows the aftermath of the murder for all involved. John Savage, as the surviving officer, is called on over and over to re-enact the event in court, chided by his superiors and eventually fired from the force, with redemption a long way off. He does a great job in a harrowing role as frustration, guilt and depression cause his life and career to disintegrate over time. There are impressive early performances by Ted Danson and James Woods (setting the tone for countless raw-nerve, psycho-lowlife roles that Woods would take on in the future). The compelling script, written by ex-cop Wambaugh (with no studio interference), is a reminder of why he's one of novelist James Ellroy's favourite writers. It's a story of tragedy and hope, dignity and pain, with a potent emotional payoff. --Jerry Renshaw

  • Traders [DVD] Traders | DVD | (15/08/2016) from £8.65  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Harry Fox (Killian Scott, Love/Hate) seems to have it all, the luxury apartment, the fancy car, but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (John Bradley, Game of Thrones) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, and put their entire worth in cash into a sports bag. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes Trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of such a high risk gamble? It's dangerous. It's illegal. But it could solve all his problems.

  • Flynn [DVD] Flynn | DVD | (15/02/2004) from £5.38  |  Saving you £-12.97 (-325.10%)  |  RRP £3.99

    The real-life story of movie superstar Erol Flynn was more dramatic and incredible than even the wildest of his many Hollywood starring roles. He may have more swashes than anyone before or since, but Flynn was also a liar and a thief, an incurable seducer of women and men, a fraudster, hustler and even murderer... all before the age of 21! Wildly promiscuous from an early age, his teenage years were a frantic rollercoaster ride of sex, adventure, ill-gotten riches, drink, sex, fighting... an...

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