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  • Thelma & Louise--Special Edition [1991] Thelma & Louise--Special Edition | DVD | (06/05/2002) from £4.49  |  Saving you £6.60 (55.00%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Thelma and Louise is as extraordinary and admirable a film in retrospect as it was when it was first shown. Nothing has dated about its tale of two waitresses who decide that being outlaws and eventual death on their own terms is better than putting up with any more nonsense from husbands, boyfriends, rapists and offensive strangers. Ridley Scott's direction is almost impeccable; Callie Khourie's script is intelligent, without being patronising, about the lives of blue-collar women; and the central performances from Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are finely judged in the way they show hidden capacities in two ordinary people gradually opening up. The secondary performances are remarkable as well, most notably Harvey Keitel as the policeman with a heart who tries and fails to save them, and Brad Pitt as the beautiful boy whose casual thievishness dooms them even further. On the DVD: Thelma and Louise comes to DVD in its original widescreen ratio of 2.35:1 and with high quality Dolby 5.1 sound that brings out fine details of the Country score and the atmospheric noises of fast cars and lonely places. This special edition also comes with two commentaries, one in which Ridley Scott discusses his conception of the film in painstaking detail, and a delightful one in which Khourie, Davis and Sarandon charmingly bitch their way through the whole film. There is more of this in the excellent making-of documentary, "The Last Journey", which includes a subtly different alternate ending, as well as a comprehensive set of deleted scenes, notably a more tender alternate version of the Davis/Pitt love scene. --Roz Kaveney

  • The Free Willy Collection [DVD] The Free Willy Collection | DVD | (13/09/2010) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Free Willy Three and one-half tonnes of best friend: family adventure doesn't get any bigger! Willy is an orca whale confined in a Pacific Northwest aquatic park's too-small tank and separated from his family in the nearby bay. No one understands Willy's moods - except a 12 year-old boy who knows what it's like to be without a family. That boy is scruffy street kid Jesse (Jason James Richter) who befriends Willy and risks all to set him free. Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Two years after helping his friend escape into the sea Jesse enjoys life with his adoptive parents and is delighted to be reunited with the 3 tonne killer whale. However a crashed supertanker causes an oil spill which threatens the life of both... Free Willy 3: The Rescue Now 16 Jesse has taken a job on an orca research ship to encounter his old friend threatened by illegal whalers hoping to make money from turning the whale into sushi... Free Willy - Escape From Pirate's Cove : Young Kirra (Bindi Irwin) leaves her Australian home to summer with her grandfather (Beau Bridges) in South Africa she soon discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather's rundown seaside amusement park. She names the lonely whale Willy - and embarks on a quest to lead the little guy back to his anxious pod before her grandfather's greedy rival turns Willy into a captive moneymaking attraction at his slick theme park.

  • Free Willy [1993] Free Willy | DVD | (27/09/1999) from £3.77  |  Saving you £10.10 (72.20%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Some of us will never understand why this boy-and-his-whale tale became the hit family film of 1993 and one of the bestselling videos of all time. But it is easy to see how clever marketing and a tear-jerking story could touch the hearts of kids and parents the world over, especially because the endangered Orca whale named Willy is such a majestic creature. The story of Free Willy couldn't be more conventional--it's like Old Yeller and The Black Stallion with a big sea mammal--but as the boy who comes to Willy's aid against the whale's exploitative owner, young Jason James Richter gives an appealing performance with which children can readily identify. After two sequels and an animated television series, this popular film also had a happy real-life ending: Keiko the whale (who plays Willy) recovered from failing health and was gradually trained to survive outside of captivity. --Jeff Shannon

  • Reservoir Dogs Reservoir Dogs | DVD | (09/03/2009) from £7.87  |  Saving you £17.12 (68.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Quentin Tarantino rocked the film world with this powerful and controversial debut movie. Set mainly in a warehouse in the aftermath of a bungled robbery the story gradually unfolds to introduce the colour-coded gangsters and the planning of the crime step by step through Tarantino's trademark flashbacks. Four have survived after a police ambush - betrayed. What went wrong and who is the betrayer? Brilliantly scripted and complemented by the 70's retro soundtrack the scenes are stylish and violent yet intelligent and full of dark humour. With stunning performances by Harvey Keitel Tim Roth Steve Buscemi and Michael Madsen Reservoir Dogs is a tense and exciting examination of male ego on a collision course that results in an unforgettable climax.

  • Donnie Brasco [1997] Donnie Brasco | DVD | (01/10/1999) from £3.42  |  Saving you £6.28 (52.40%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Based on a memoir by former undercover cop Joe Pistone (whose daring and unprecedented infiltration of the New York Mob scene earned him a place in the federal witness protection program), Donnie Brasco is like a de-romanticised, de-mythologised version of The Godfather. It offers an uncommonly detailed, privileged glimpse inside the world of organised crime from the perspective of the little guys at the bottom of Mafia hierarchy rather than from the kingpins at the top. Donnie Brasco is not only one of the great modern-day gangster movies to put in the company of The Godfather films and GoodFellas, but it is also one of the great undercover police movies--arguably surpassing Serpico and Prince of the City in richness of character, detail and moral complexity. Donnie (Johnny Depp, a splendid actor) is practically adopted by Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino), a gregarious, low-level "made" man who grows to love his young protégé like a son. (Pacino really sinks into this guy's skin and polyester slacks and creates his freshest, most fully realised character since his 1970s heyday.) As Donnie acclimates himself to Lefty's world, he distances himself from his wife (a terrific Anne Heche) and family for their own protection. Almost imperceptibly his sense of identity slips away from him. Questioning his own confused loyalties, unable to trust anybody else because he himself is an imposter, Donnie loses his way in a murky and treacherous no-man's land. The film is directed by Mike Newell, who also headed up Four Weddings and a Funeral and the gritty, true crime melodrama Dance with a Stranger. --Jim Emerson

  • Kill Bill Vol. I and II Double Pack [Blu-ray] Kill Bill Vol. I and II Double Pack | Blu Ray | (28/11/2011) from £7.87  |  Saving you £22.12 (73.80%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 The acclaimed fourth film from groundbreaking writer and director Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill Volume 1 stars Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox in an astonishing, action-packed thriller about brutal betrayal and an epic vendetta! Four years after taking a bullet in the head at her own wedding, the bride (Thurman) emerges from a coma and decides it's time for payback... with a vengeance. Having been gunned down by her former boss (David Carradine) and his deadly squad of international assassins, it's a kill-or-be-killed fight she didn't start but is determined to finish! Loaded with explosive action and outrageous humour, it's a must-see motion picture event that had critics everywhere raving! Kill Bill: Volume 2 With this thrilling, must-see movie event, writer and director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) completes the action-packed quest for revenge begun by The Bride (Uma Thurman) in Kill Bill Vol. 1. Having already crossed two names from her death list, The Bride is back with a vengeance and taking aim at Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), the only survivors from the squad of assassins who betrayed her four years earlier. It’s all leading up to the ultimate confrontation with Bill (David Carradine), The Bride’s former master and the man who ordered her execution. As the acclaimed follow-up to the instant classic Vol. 1 – you know all about the unlimited action and humour, but until you’ve seen Kill Bill Vol. 2 you only know half the story!

  • Quentin Tarantino Collection [Blu-ray] Quentin Tarantino Collection | Blu Ray | (14/12/2015) from £15.99  |  Saving you £5.80 (26.60%)  |  RRP £21.79

    IncludesReservoir DogsPulp FictionJackie BrownKill Bill Vol.1Kill Bill Vol.2

  • Quentin Tarantino Collection [DVD] Quentin Tarantino Collection | DVD | (14/12/2015) from £10.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    IncludesReservoir DogsPulp FictionJackie BrownKill Bill Vol.1Kill Bill Vol.2

  • Kill Bill, Volume 2 [2004] Kill Bill, Volume 2 | DVD | (16/08/2004) from £2.97  |  Saving you £12.62 (70.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Bride" (Uma Thurman) gets her satisfaction--and so do we--in Quentin Tarantino's "roaring rampage of revenge", Kill Bill, Vol. 2. Where Vol. 1 was a hyper-kinetic tribute to the Asian chop-socky grindhouse flicks that have been thoroughly cross-referenced in Tarantino's film-loving brain, Vol. 2--not a sequel, but Part Two of a breathtakingly cinematic epic--is Tarantino's contemporary martial-arts Western, fuelled by iconic images, music and themes lifted from any source that Tarantino holds dear, from the action-packed cheapies of William Witney (one of several filmmakers Tarantino gratefully honours in the closing credits) to the spaghetti epics of Sergio Leone. Tarantino doesn't copy so much as elevate the genres he loves, and the entirety of Kill Bill is clearly the product of a singular artistic vision, even as it careens from one influence to another. Violence erupts with dynamic impact, but unlike Vol. 1, this slower grand finale revels in Tarantino's trademark dialogue and loopy longueurs, reviving the career of David Carradine (who plays Bill for what he is: a snake charmer), and giving Thurman's Bride an outlet for maternal love and well-earned happiness. Has any actress endured so much for the sake of a unique collaboration? As the credits remind us, "The Bride" was jointly created by "Q&U", and she's become an unforgettable heroine in a pair of delirious movie-movies (Vol. 3 awaits, some 15 years hence) that Tarantino fans will study and love for decades to come. --Jeff Shannon

  • Straight Talk [1992] Straight Talk | DVD | (01/03/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Dolly Parton (9 to 5 Steel Magnolias) and James Woods (The Hard Way) star in this lighthearted romantic comedy about a country girl who accidentally becomes Chicago's hottest talk radio celebrity. With her homespun wit and down-home advice Shirlee Kenyon wins listeners' hearts... and the heart of investigative reporter Jack Russell. But when Jack discovers the hidden secret to her success it jeopardises both her newfound celebrity status and their future together. Filled with roman

  • Boarding Gate Boarding Gate | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £10.12  |  Saving you £2.87 (22.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Sandra has a love affair with a former financial heavy weight in London. She also had a second lover a contract killer who has to kill the money guy. And it just so happens that the second lover's wife is behind the scenes pulling the strings.

  • The Last Drop The Last Drop | DVD | (10/07/2006) from £3.36  |  Saving you £14.62 (73.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    What better time for a heist than in the fog of war? In a daring attempt to end WWII by Christmas 35 000 U.S. troops are dropped behind enemy lines in German occupied Holland. In the midst of the largest airborne invasion in history one small unit of men codename ""Matchbox"" has its own agenda; to lay claim to a horde of Nazi gold in the vicinity. When Matchbox are shot down short of their landing zone the odds of success seem hopeless. Seven very different soldiers find t

  • Kill Bill, Volume 1 [2003] Kill Bill, Volume 1 | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £3.45  |  Saving you £14.54 (80.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Proudly billed as "the fourth film by Quentin Tarantino", Kill Bill, Volume 1 is actually half of it (if you include his chunk of Four Rooms it's really the fourth and a quarterth). If Jackie Brown achieved a certain maturity beyond callous cool, then this is his Mr Hyde's trash picture, which relishes all the things in cinema that are supposed to be bad for you. The opening Shaw Brothers logo and cheesy "our feature presentation" card, redolent of rancid Kia-Ora and stale Wrestlers, sets this up as defiantly a movie-geek's movie, whose touchstones are spaghetti Westerns, comic books, kung fu/samurai quickies and second-hand vinyl albums. If Kill Bill was a dog-eared paperback, it'd be confiscated by a teacher. Tarantino's favoured flashback-and-forth structure means we begin with a shuffle between past and present as the Bride with No Name (Uma Thurman) is shown being apparently murdered at the climax of a Texas wedding chapel massacre and alive again tracking down the second person on her to-kill list. The bulk of the film takes place between these plot points as the Bride carries a vengeance feud to the first of her enemies, yakuza queenpin O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). Like its soundtrack--everything from Nancy Sinatra to the RZA, with the Green Hornet theme along the way--it's an eclectic picture, with sequences done as a gruesome anime, particularly genocidal stretches in black and white, and segues from cheerful kung fu massacre to Kurosawa-look poised duelling. Tarantino holds back on his trademark motormouth pop culture references; in fact, much of the film is in sub-titled Japanese. You have to lock your brain into trash-film mode to get the most out of it, but its cliffhanger fade-out--unlike the dispiriting "to be continued" at the end of Matrix Reloaded--makes you want to come back. It's not a spoiler to reveal that Bill (a barely glimpsed David Carradine) hasn't been killed yet, and Thurman needs to take out Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen before she gets to him. --Kim Newman

  • Reservoir Dogs - Special Edition [1993] Reservoir Dogs - Special Edition | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £5.57  |  Saving you £14.42 (72.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (i.e. a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them colour-coded aliases (Mr Orange, Mr Pink, Mr White) to conceal their identities even from each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco--and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception and betrayal.As many critics have observed, it is a movie about "honor among thieves" (just as Pulp Fiction is about redemption, and Jackie Brown is about survival). Along with everything else, the movie provides a showcase for a terrific ensemble of actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Christopher Penn and Tarantino himself, offering a fervent dissection of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" over breakfast. Reservoir Dogs is violent (though the violence is implied rather than explicit), clever, gabby, harrowing, funny, suspenseful and even--in the end--unexpectedly moving. (Don't forget that "Super Sounds of the Seventies" soundtrack, either.) Reservoir Dogs deserves just as much acclaim and attention as its follow-up, Pulp Fiction, would receive two years later. --Jim Emerson

  • Thelma And Louise [1991] Thelma And Louise | DVD | (01/02/2000) from £4.89  |  Saving you £11.10 (69.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Thelma & Louise is a feminist manifesto writ large on the big screen, a smart and funny gender reversal of the standard Hollywood buddy formula, a road movie extraordinaire, with characters who became instant cultural icons. No matter how you define it, Ridley Scott's 1991 box-office hit pinched a nerve and made the cover of national news magazines for tweaking gender politics like no movie before or since. Callie Khouri's screenplay overhauls the buddy formula with its story about two best friends (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who embark on a liberating adventure that turns into an interstate police chase after a traumatic incident makes both women into fugitives; they are en route to a destiny they could never have imagined. The perfect casting of Sarandon and Davis makes Thelma & Louise a movie for the ages and Brad Pitt became an overnight star after his appearance as the con-artist cowboy who gives Davis a memorable (but costly) night in a roadside motel. --Jeff Shannon

  • Thelma and Louise [Blu-ray] [1991] Thelma and Louise | Blu Ray | (06/02/2012) from £6.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (35.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Thelma & Louise is a feminist manifesto writ large on the big screen, a smart and funny gender reversal of the standard Hollywood buddy formula, a road movie extraordinaire, with characters who became instant cultural icons. No matter how you define it, Ridley Scott's 1991 box-office hit pinched a nerve and made the cover of national news magazines for tweaking gender politics like no movie before or since. Callie Khouri's screenplay overhauls the buddy formula with its story about two best friends (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who embark on a liberating adventure that turns into an interstate police chase after a traumatic incident makes both women into fugitives; they are en route to a destiny they could never have imagined. The perfect casting of Sarandon and Davis makes Thelma & Louise a movie for the ages and Brad Pitt became an overnight star after his appearance as the con-artist cowboy who gives Davis a memorable (but costly) night in a roadside motel. --Jeff Shannon

  • Kill Bill: Volume 2 [Blu-ray] Kill Bill: Volume 2 | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £4.49  |  Saving you £20.50 (82.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The second part of Quentin Tarantino's deliriously stylish movie as The Bride (Thurman) continues her typically blood-soaked revenge quest... Having killed two of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad The Bride continues her mission to avenge the three remaining names on her death list that turned her El Paso wedding party into bloody carnage and left her for dead. Her attention turns to Budd (Michael Madson) Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and finally the corpse littered path leads to Bill (David Carradine). However an unexpected survivor complicates matters...

  • Reservoir Dogs [1993] Reservoir Dogs | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £2.48  |  Saving you £14.61 (73.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (i.e. a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them colour-coded aliases (Mr Orange, Mr Pink, Mr White) to conceal their identities even from each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco--and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception and betrayal.As many critics have observed, it is a movie about "honor among thieves" (just as Pulp Fiction is about redemption, and Jackie Brown is about survival). Along with everything else, the movie provides a showcase for a terrific ensemble of actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Christopher Penn and Tarantino himself, offering a fervent dissection of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" over breakfast. Reservoir Dogs is violent (though the violence is implied rather than explicit), clever, gabby, harrowing, funny, suspenseful and even--in the end--unexpectedly moving. (Don't forget that "Super Sounds of the Seventies" soundtrack, either.) Reservoir Dogs deserves just as much acclaim and attention as its follow-up, Pulp Fiction, would receive two years later. --Jim Emerson

  • The Quentin Tarantino Collection [DVD] The Quentin Tarantino Collection | DVD | (01/08/2011) from £9.99  |  Saving you £31.44 (62.90%)  |  RRP £49.99

    This collection celebrates the inimitable directorial style of Quentin Tarantino with five of his greatest films. Titles Comprise: Reservoir Dogs: concerns a group of criminals who carry out a jewel heist which results in a battle with the police to secure an escape. Suspicions are aroused at the readiness of the police and an informer is sought. Pulp Fiction: is a breathtaking tribute to old dime store novels about small time hoods and dangerous criminals. It features deftly woven plotlines creating a mythic Los Angeles underworld of drug dealers molls affable hitmen restaurant-robbing lovers and a boxer out to scam the mob on his last professional bout. Jackie Brown: is an air hostess who supplements her income by carrying large amounts of cash between Mexico and the US for a gun dealer. After being arrested at the airport she can only gain her freedom by shopping the gun dealer knowing that if she does he will kill her. Kill Bill Volume 1: follows the story of 'the Bride'. Once part of a group of top female assassins called the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad she realises that she's pregnant and decides to leave assume a new identity and get married. This does not sit well with Bill her former boss who tracks her down on her wedding day. Kill Bill Volume 2: continues the Bride's path of vengeance begun in the first volume. Now she hunts down Elle Driver (aka 'California Mountain Snake') Budd (aka 'Sidewinder') and their leader Bill (aka 'Snake Charmer').

  • Hope Lost [DVD] Hope Lost | DVD | (21/03/2016) from £4.59  |  Saving you £8.40 (64.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Sofia is a young Romanian girl who dreams of becoming an actress. One night at a club, she meets Gabriel (Andrey Chernyshov), who claims to be a producer and wants to cast her in a TV show he is filming in Italy. But after she arrives, she is horrified to learn that she has been sold to pimps Manol (Michael Madsen) and Marius MANOL (Danny Trejo) and forced to earn for them as a prostitute on the street. the only glimmer of hope for Sophia is her friendship with Alina (Mischa Barton), and another young victim, Eva. Things get darker with the arrival of Ettore (Daniel Baldwin), who makes a deal with the pimps to sell the girls off again to the highest bidder This time to star in a snuff movie, commissioned by a very rich and dangerous buyer

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