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  • Romeo And Juliet [1996] Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £3.23  |  Saving you £16.76 (83.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes portray Romeo and Juliet the youthful star-crossed lovers of the past. But the setting has been moved from its Elizabethan origins to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona beach. This brilliant and contemporary retelling of the world's most tragic love affair makes this wildly inventive ""Romeo & Juliet"" unforgettable.

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

    It's 1992 and the miners of Grimley Colliery are facing uncertainty. Not only is their pit under threat but the Grimley Colliery Band is on the verge of breaking up - that is until Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) arrives. As the only female member of the band she somehow manages to rekindle their enthusiasm for the forthcoming National Championship as well as rekindling a childhood romance with Andy (Ewan McGregor).

  • Usual Suspects Usual Suspects | DVD | (06/03/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

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  • James And The Giant Peach [1996] James And The Giant Peach | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £5.39  |  Saving you £7.60 (58.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Roald Dahl's modern classic for children becomes a delightful combination of live action and stop-motion animation by the team that made The Nightmare Before Christmas: director Henry Selick and producers Tim Burton (Batman) and Denise Di Novi. The story concerns young James (played for real and through voice-overs by Paul Terry), who is orphaned and left in the charge of two cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley). Rescued by a mysterious fellow (Pete Postlethwaite), James ends up inside a giant peach, drifting over the Atlantic Ocean in the company of a gentleman grasshopper (voiced by Simon Callow), a fast-talking centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), an anxious earthworm (David Thewlis), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and a sexy spider (Susan Sarandon). The collection of actors and their creepy-crawly alter egos are a delight, especially when some of the song-and-dance numbers (tunes are written by Randy Newman) get everyone going. --Tom Keogh

  • In the Name of the Father [1994] In the Name of the Father | DVD | (15/01/2008) from £3.30  |  Saving you £7.69 (70.00%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impassioned performance in this riveting drama that mirrors one man's 15 year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. Oscar winner Emma Thompson co-stars in this gripping and highly emotive film. In The Name Of The Father tells the true-life saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in strife torn '70s Belfast Gerry's main interests are getting drunk and partying much to the dismay of his quiet frail father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite). When Gerry angers the IRA his father sends him to England where his antics put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent but forced to confess to an act of savage terrorism he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the 'Guildford Four'. An innocent Giuseppe is also arrested and while behind bars Gerry learns that his father's seeming frailty masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer Gerry determines to prove his innocence clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.

  • Animal Farm [DVD] Animal Farm | DVD | (25/09/2017) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    After the technical achievement of Babe, it was almost inevitable that "talking animal" effects would be applied to the serious themes of George Orwell's Animal Farm. A bitterly satirical indictment of Stalinist Russia and the failure of Communism, Orwell's 1945 novel is a time-honoured classic, so it's only fitting that this TNT production remains largely faithful to Orwell's potent narrative. A showcase for the impressive creations of Jim Henson's Creature Shop (where director John Stephenson was a veteran supervisor), the film employs animatronic creatures and computer animation to tell the story of uprising, unity, and tragic rebellion among the farm animals.The politics of "Animalism" are initially effective, ousting enemy humans according to rules ordained by Old Major, the barnyard pig whose death sets the stage for the corruptive influence of the pig Napoleon, who cites superior intelligence as his right to dominance. This tyrannical reign destroys the farm's stability, and the film--decidedly not for young children--preserves Orwell's dark, cynical view of absolute power corrupting absolutely. Particularly effective is a propaganda film shown to the barnyard collective, and certain scenes--while not as impressive as the Babe films--powerfully convey the force of Orwell's story through animal "performance". Animal Farm occasionally falters in its emotional impact (the fate of the horse Boxer should be heart-rending, and it isn't), but it's certainly blessed with an elite voice cast, including Peter Ustinov, Patrick Stewart, Pete Postlethwaite, Julia Ormond, Kelsey Grammer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Paul Scofield, and Ian Holm. Not the masterpiece it might've been, this is nevertheless a worthy representation of Orwell's novel. --Jeff Shannon

  • Red Curtain Trilogy - Romeo And Juliet / Moulin Rouge / Strictly Ballroom Red Curtain Trilogy - Romeo And Juliet / Moulin Rouge / Strictly Ballroom | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £6.89  |  Saving you £23.10 (77.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Baz Luhrmann's Red Curtain Trilogy comes to DVD in this exciting box set. The term 'Red Curtain' refers to the style of film-making devised by Luhrmann to promote audience participation featuring an emphasis on heightened worlds musical elements and comic tragedy. Romeo & Juliet: Special Edition (1996): Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes portray Ro

  • The Usual Suspects [Blu-ray] [1995] [Region B] The Usual Suspects | Blu Ray | (09/04/2007) from £7.59  |  Saving you £12.40 (62.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Pete PostlethwaiteDirector: Bryan Singer

  • The After Life of Brian [DVD] [2009] The After Life of Brian | DVD | (13/04/2009) from £6.29  |  Saving you £8.70 (58.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    2009 marks the 30th anniversary of Nottingham Forest's first European Cup triumph masterminded by Brian Clough. A provincial football club broke and slipping towards Football League Division Three when he took charge had conquered England and Europe inside three years.

  • Jurassic Park II: The Lost World [Blu-ray] [1997] Jurassic Park II: The Lost World | Blu Ray | (05/11/2012) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the low tradition of knockoff horror flicks best seen (or not seen) on a drive-in movie screen, Steven Spielberg's sequel to Jurassic Park is a poorly conceived, ill-organised film that lacks story and logic. Screenwriter David Koepp strings along a number of loose ideas while Jeff Goldblum returns as Ian Malcolm, the quirky chaos theoretician who now reluctantly agrees to go to another island where cloned dinosaurs are roaming freely. Along with his girlfriend (Julianne Moore) and daughter, Malcolm has to deal with hunters, environmentalists, and corporate swine who stupidly bring back a big dino to Southern California, where it runs amok, of course. Spielberg doesn't seem to care that the pieces of this project don't add up to a real movie, so he hams it up with big, scary moments (with none of the artfulness of those in Jurassic Park) and smart-aleck visual gags (a yapping dog in a suburb mysteriously disappears when a hungry T-rex stomps by). A complete bust.--Tom Keogh

  • Brassed Off [Blu-ray] Brassed Off | Blu Ray | (28/05/2012) from £6.85  |  Saving you £13.14 (65.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It's 1992, and the miners of Grimley Colliery are facing uncertainty. Not only is their pit under threat, but the Grimley Colliery Band is on the verge of breaking up - that is, until Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) arrives.As the only female member of the band, she somehow manages to rekindle their enthusiasm for the forthcoming National Championship, as well as rekindling a childhood romance with Andy (Ewan McGregor).

  • Lost For Words [DVD] [1998] Lost For Words | DVD | (21/03/2011) from £6.49  |  Saving you £6.50 (50.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A heart-warming but bittersweet story about the relationship between a unique mother and her son. Based on Deric Longden's autobiographical account of his mother's battle with the onset of old age. Pete Postlethwaite stars as Deric alongside Dame Thora Hird as his indomitable mother Annie. Gregarious free spirited and unabashedly quirky Annie could put anyone under the spell of her unique charisma. However when it becomes apparent that she is too old to live alone anymore Deric must choose a nursing home for her a task that proves to be difficult though Annie handles it in her characteristically bold and no nonsense manner. However when a series of strokes robs her of her speech her most treasured faculty she and Deric must come to terms with her declining health. This award winning drama is a heart warming tale of a son s relationship with his eccentric mother whose health is in decline. Stars Pete Postlethwaite Penny Dowie and the wonderful Thoria Hird Thora Hird won a BAFTA and a Royal Television Society award for best actress for her performance and Pete Postlewaite was nominated for a BAFTA award for best actor.

  • The Sins [DVD] The Sins | DVD | (28/03/2011) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The immensely versatile Pete Postlethwaite stars in The Sins, a seven-part serio-comic drama set amongst London's criminal fraternity, with each episode taking as its loose theme one of the seven deadly sins. Postlethwaite, who seems able to shine in anything from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget Brit flicks, stars as Len Green, an ex-con getaway driver who shocks his friends and family when, on release from a four-year stretch, he denounces his former life of crime in favour of more cultured endeavours. Whilst this decision, and the effects it has on those close to him, forms the story arc, the real meat of the series is to be found in his relationships with his wife (played by the perennially excellent and hugely underrated Geraldine James), his daughters--Faith, Hope, Charity and Chastity--his surrogate son, Carl and, perhaps, most importantly, his uncle and mentor, Irwin (Frank Finlay). Each case of temptation and sin is examined in turn (all handled by different directors but remaining part of a cohesive whole), as Len's rose-tinted view of his family life is gradually shattered by a series of harsh home truths. There's plenty of comedy throughout, much of it stemming from Len's new career as an undertaker, but it takes actors of Postlethwaite, Finlay and James' stature to handle the often abrupt shifts from light to shade as the series progresses into a darker place. Perfectly rounded (no chance of a second series, given the nature of the denouement), the extended format enables Postlethwaite to develop and enhance his character in a way that no two-hour film could ever offer. The producers even had the good taste to include a Tindersticks song as the theme. --Phil Udell

  • When Saturday Comes [1995] When Saturday Comes | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £7.95  |  Saving you £-1.96 (-32.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    In an emotive performance Sheffield born Sean Bean stars as Jimmy Muir captain of the local football team within a gritty working class Sheffield community who sees life as a game both on and off the pitch. Though encouraged by his spirited girlfriend Annie (Emily Lloyd) it is not until he is spotted by local talent scout Ken Jackson (Pete Postlethwaite) that Jimmy starts to believe his dream to make it into professional football could be realised. When offered the chance to p

  • Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [DVD] Plays for Britain - The Complete Series | DVD | (02/09/2013) from £8.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (57.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This hard-hitting anthology series continued the single-play format that had proved so successful with ITV's legendary Armchair Theatre, presenting six contemporary plays by writers at relatively early stages in their careers. The keynote is a provocative realism: Stephen Poliakoff's Hitting Town is an intense portrayal of siblings who find refuge from their bleak lives in one incestuous night; Roger McGough's The Life Swappers is a darkly comic take on the theme of exchanged identities; Howa...

  • When Saturday Comes [1995] When Saturday Comes | DVD | (25/08/2008) from £5.69  |  Saving you £7.30 (56.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In an emotive performance Sheffield born Sean Bean stars as Jimmy Muir captain of the local football team within a gritty working class Sheffield community who sees life as a game both on and off the pitch. Though encouraged by his spirited girlfriend Annie (Emily Lloyd) it is not until he is spotted by local talent scout Ken Jackson (Pete Postlethwaite) that Jimmy starts to believe his dream to make it into professional football could be realised. When offered the chance to prove himself at trials for Sheffield United Jimmy struggles to handle the pressure as problems start to stack up. Getting the red card from both Annie and United for scoring off the pitch and not on it Jimmy has some important decisions to make. Confronted by a bitter and unsupportive father hard-drinking friends and a lifetime of bad habits... has Jimmy the will to achieve his ultimate goal?

  • Criminal Justice Criminal Justice | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Brand new gritty BBC crime drama starring Ben Wishaw (Perfume Nathan Barley) and Pete Postlewaite (The Usual Suspects Brassed Off). Ben Coulter is an average man in his early twenties. One evening Ben takes his father's black cab without permission and ends up in a police cell. His crime however is not theft. What appears to be an evening of spontaneous fun with a sexy stranger culminates in a dead girl with Ben covered in her blood and holding the murder weapon. Despite the wealth of evidence against him and significant gaps in his memory Ben is sure he did not kill the girl. He is about to discover what the criminal justice system does to someone in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • The Constant Gardener [2005] The Constant Gardener | DVD | (13/03/2006) from £2.10  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Love. At any cost. In a remote area of Northern Kenya activist Tessa Quayle (Rachel Weisz) is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion a doctor appears to have fled the scene and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong.... Haunted by remorse and jarred b

  • Solomon Kane [DVD] [2010] Solomon Kane | DVD | (28/06/2010) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting in Africa Solomon Kane encounters a demon and realises he must seek redemption or have his soul condemned to hell. He returns to England and lives a life of peace but soon the doings of an evil sorcerer upset his plans and he must take up arms again. Based on the pulp magazine character created in 1928 by Robert E Howard.

  • Brassed Off [1996] Brassed Off | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £5.29  |  Saving you £-4.46 (-74.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Take The Full Monty, add a sharper emotional edge and replace the strutting strippers with a dignified British band. That's the essence of Brassed Off, a bittersweet gem released in 1996, a year before its more popular (and Oscar-nominated) counterpart. In the Yorkshire town of Grimley, there has always been a coal mine, just as for the last 111 years there has been a brass band and it seems that Danny (the wondrous Pete Postlethwaite) has been the director for every one of those years. Tory economic policies, however, are closing coal mines around the country in favour of nuclear power and Grimley appears to be next on the list. Danny is unfazed by the threat, claiming, "It's music that matters." But some of the men are about to quit the band until the appearance of Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald at her most radiant), who dazzles the all-male group (including old flame Andy, played by Ewan McGregor) first with her beauty, then with her flügelhorn playing. The new member gives the band a boost as they continue to perform and compete but closure remains very real, as director Mark Herman (Little Voice) accompanies the band's performances (played with gusto by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band) with scenes of angry labour-management confrontations and family strife. In this context, some of the characters claim that the music is an irresponsible form of escapism. It becomes clear, however, from a touching performance of "Danny Boy" to the stirring conclusion at Royal Albert Hall, that music is an expression of the human spirit, a bit of beauty and sanity in a harsh world. With defiance, the band can play "Land of Hope and Glory" even when the land offers them neither. --David Horiuchi

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