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  • Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack [DVD] Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack | DVD | (18/08/2014) from £18.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (9.50%)  |  RRP £20.99

    Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving The Matrix). Critics and audiences alike salute Captain America: The First Avenger as the best superhero movie of the year (Box Office Magazine). Captain America: The Winter SoldierAfter the Cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.E.I.L.D colleague comes under attack. Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy to while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally The Falcon. However they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941 Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is produced by Kevin Feige directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and stars Chris Evans Scarlett Johansson Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie Cobie Smulders Frank Grillo Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack [Blu-ray] Captain America/Captain America: The Winter Soldier Double Pack | Blu Ray | (18/08/2014) from £28.01  |  Saving you £-0.85 (-2.90%)  |  RRP £28.99

    Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving The Matrix). Critics and audiences alike salute Captain America: The First Avenger as the best superhero movie of the year (Box Office Magazine). Captain America: The Winter SoldierAfter the Cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.E.I.L.D colleague comes under attack. Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy to while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally The Falcon. However they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy - the Winter Soldier. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1941 Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is produced by Kevin Feige directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and stars Chris Evans Scarlett Johansson Sebastian Stan Anthony Mackie Cobie Smulders Frank Grillo Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

  • All Is Lost [DVD] [2013] All Is Lost | DVD | (28/04/2014) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost an open-water thriller about one mans battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros) the film is a gripping visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience. Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting sharks circling and his meagre supplies dwindling the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

  • The Sting [1973] The Sting | DVD | (29/05/2000) from £4.93  |  Saving you £15.06 (75.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for director George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who had previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969. Set in 1936, The Sting features a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache. It's an added bonus that Newman and Redford were box-office kings at the top of their game, and while Shaw broods intensely as the Runyon-esque villain, The Sting is further blessed by a host of great supporting players including Dana Elcar, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Charles Durning, and Harold Gould. Thanks to the flavourful music score by Marvin Hamlisch, this was also the movie that sparked a nationwide revival of Scott Joplin's ragtime jazz, which is featured prominently on the soundtrack. One of the most entertaining movies of the early 1970s, The Sting is a welcome throwback to Hollywood's golden age of the 30s that hasn't lost any of its popular charm. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Out Of Africa [1986] Out Of Africa | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £4.82  |  Saving you £11.17 (69.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Out of Africa seems to have slipped more readily from public memory than other comparably lauded films. Yet Sidney Pollack's panoramic treatment of Karen Blixen's novel has retained its atmosphere and slow-burning emotion, and deserves reassessment. Meryl Streep is in her possibly most involving starring role as Baroness Karen Blixen, Danish free spirit whose ill-fated venture at the beginning of World War One to run a coffee plantation in Kenya is overlaid by her intimate yet distant relationship with adventurer and idealist Denys Finch Hatton, unselfconsciously portrayed by Robert Redford. Klaus Maria Brandauer puts in a rare and convincing English-language appearance as the amoral but charming womaniser Baron Bror Blixen. The film is tellingly held together by Kurt Luedke's finely honed screenplay, and John Barry's sumptuously expressive score. On the DVD: The anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen format reproduces superbly, as does the 4.1 discrete audio. 18 access points are provided, with printed and aural subtitles in English only. Pollack's feature commentary is amusing enough on a single run-through, but an on-location documentary would have been preferable. Production notes and biographies are very adequate, though the theatrical trailer reproduction is notably inferior. No matter, this is a major film, well worth the transfer to DVD.--Richard Whitehouse

  • The Horse Whisperer [1998] The Horse Whisperer | DVD | (20/08/2001) from £4.48  |  Saving you £11.36 (71.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    For director Robert Redford the trick was directing himself. The Oscar-winning director (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) says that he is one kind of actor (in the moment) and a different kind of director (more controlling). Whatever the problems, Redford has worked it out beautifully in this leisurely paced adaptation of Nicholas Evans's bestseller, The Horse Whisperer. When the prized horse of New York magazine editor's (Kristen Scott Thomas) daughter suffers a horrible accident, she tracks down Tom Booker (Redford), a Montana horse healer who is known for working magic. Soon East Coast brashness meets Old West simplicity as the reluctant Annie takes her even more reluctant daughter (Scarlett Johansson) to Marlboro country. Booker's influence goes beyond the horse through healing the heart of daughter and mother. The 2-hour and 44-minute film is a beautiful travelogue of scene and sky (with a giant assist from Oliver Stone's usual cinematographer, Robert Richardson). Never complicated, the movie's rewards may be hidden in its length and Redford's tendency to introduce us to a way of life instead of focusing on a story. The major deviation from the end of Evans's novel is a welcomed change. --Doug Thomas

  • The Great Gatsby (1974 - 2012 Re-pack) [DVD] The Great Gatsby (1974 - 2012 Re-pack) | DVD | (29/04/2013) from £3.98  |  Saving you £12.01 (75.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Perhaps no movie could capture F Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby in its entirety, but this adaptation, scripted by Francis Ford Coppola, is certainly a handsome try, putting costume design and art direction above the intricacies of character. Robert Redford is an interesting casting choice as Gatsby, the millionaire isolated in his mansion, still dreaming of the woman he lost. And Sam Waterston is perfect as the narrator, Nick, who brings the dream girl Daisy Buchanan back to Gatsby. The problem seems to be that director Jack Clayton fell in love with the flapper dresses and the party scenes and the jazz age tunes, ending up with a Classics Illustrated version of a great book rather than a fresh, organic take on the text. While Redford grows more quietly intriguing in the film, Mia Farrow's pallid performance as Daisy leaves you wondering why Gatsby, or anyone else, should care so much about his grand passion. The effective supporting cast includes Bruce Dern as Daisy's husband, and Scott Wilson and Karen Black as the low-rent couple whose destinies cross the sun-drenched protagonists. (That's future star Patsy Kensit as Daisy's little daughter.) The film won two Oscars--not surprisingly, for costumes and musical score. --Robert Horton

  • Spy Game [2001] Spy Game | DVD | (13/05/2002) from £3.22  |  Saving you £8.20 (68.40%)  |  RRP £11.99

    A thinking person's thriller, Spy Game employs dense plotting without sacrificing the kinetic momentum that is director Tony Scott's trademark. The film has the byzantine scope of a novel, focusing on veteran CIA operative Nathan Muir (Robert Redford), whose protégé Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) is scheduled for execution in a Chinese prison. It's Muir's last day before retiring (cliché alert!), and Bishop is being deliberately sacrificed by oily CIA officials to ensure healthy trade with China. Muir has 24 hours to rescue Bishop and his perfunctory love interest (Catherine McCormack), and Spy Game connects the mentor's end-run strategy to flashbacks of his student's exploits in Berlin, Beirut and beyond. Ambitious but emotionally bland--and not as exciting as Scott's Enemy of the State--Spy Game offers pass-the-torch humour between leather-faced Redford and pretty boy Pitt, and although their dialogue is occasionally limp, the movie compensates with efficient style and substance. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [1969] Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid | DVD | (27/08/2001) from £2.85  |  Saving you £7.60 (63.40%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Dating from 1969, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has never lost its popularity or its unusual appeal as a star-driven Western that tinkers with the genre's conventions and comes up with something both terrifically entertaining and--typical of its period--a tad paranoid. Paul Newman plays the legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy as an eternal optimist and self-styled visionary, conjuring dreams of banks just ripe for the picking all over the world. Robert Redford is his more level-headed partner, the sharp-shooting Sundance Kid. The film, written by William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and directed by George Roy Hill (The Sting), basically begins as a freewheeling story about robbing trains but soon becomes a chase as a relentless posse--always seen at a great distance like some remote authority--forces Butch and Sundance into the hills and, finally, Bolivia. Weakened a little by feel-good inclinations (a scene involving bicycle tricks and the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" is sort of Hollywood flower power), the film maintains an interesting tautness, and the chemistry between Redford and Newman is rare. (A factoid: Newman first offered the Sundance part to Jack Lemmon.) --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: This anamorphic widescreen print of the 2.35:1 Panavision original looks marvellously crisp, highlighting the sepia tinting and washed-out, over-exposed look of the film nicely and making the best of the deep focus cinematography. The mono soundtrack sounds clean and clear in Dolby 2.0. The commentary track is hosted by documentary-maker Robert Crawford with contributions from George Roy Hill, cinematographer Conrad Hall, and lyricist Hal David (who chips in during the "Raindrops" sequence). The 40-minute documentary dates from 1968 and is narrated by director Hill, who talks in detail about the making-of process, comments on his relationship with the three principals (Katharine Ross was the difficult one apparently), and adds little nuggets such as how they sprayed the bull's testicles to make him charge at the end of the bicycle scene. Also included are a series of absorbing 1994 interviews with all the main players: Newman, Redford, Ross, writer William Goldman, and composer Burt Bacharach. Trailers, Production Notes and an Alternate Credit Roll complete an attractive package. --Mark Walker

  • The Way We Were [1973] The Way We Were | DVD | (24/07/2000) from £3.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (80.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A classic early 1970s weepie, The Way We Were stars Barbra Streisand as a Communist activist in the late 30s and 40s and Robert Redford as the ambitious young writer who marries her, cheats on her and eventually leaves her in the early days of McCarthyism for the sake of his Hollywood screenwriting career. Arthur Laurent's intelligent screenplay, remarkable performances from the two stars and Marvin Hamlisch's Oscar-winning score and theme song combined to produce a film that even as hostile a critic as Pauline Kael had to admit worked. On the DVD: The DVD re-release includes the usual subtitling facilities, the theatre trailer and a documentary on the film's making, which includes one of the more political scenes deleted for commercial release; it is also possible to watch the film with a detailed commentary from Sydney Pollack about the problems of its making, problems which included writing new scenes so that Redford was not entirely upstaged by Streisand in the audience's sympathies. --Roz Kaveney

  • Out Of Africa [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Out Of Africa | Blu Ray | (03/02/2014) from £7.89  |  Saving you £7.10 (47.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Sydney Pollack's 1985 multiple-Oscar winner is a sumptuous and emotionally satisfying film about the life of Danish writer Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep), better known as Isak Dinesen, who travels to Kenya to be with her German husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer) but falls for an English adventurer (Robert Redford). The film is slow in developing the relationship, but it is rich in beautiful images of Africa and in the romantic tone surrounding Blixen's gradual discovery of her life and voice. One downside: while we may all love Redford, he is as convincingly British as Kevin Costner is in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. --Tom Keogh

  • An Unfinished Life [DVD] An Unfinished Life | DVD | (25/12/2006) from £7.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (46.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming An Unfinished Life is the story of a modern-day Western family as stoic as they are divided learning the true meaning of forgiveness. Robert Redford stars as Einar Gilkyson a tough-skinned retired rancher who long ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son's death a decade ago Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage. Now Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand and last trusted friend Mitch (Morgan Freeman) who was gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude . . . until the very person he blames for his son's accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Jean shows up broke on the run and with a girl named Griff (newcomer Becca Gardner) who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. Suddenly Einar's quiet life is turned upside down as anger and accusations resurface. But slowly miraculously 11 year-old Griff's curiosity about Western life and her longing for family and a father figure begin to chip away at the stone that has become Einar's heart - opening up the way for unexpected connection adventure mercy and true reunion.

  • The Paul Newman 3 Film Collection [DVD] [1961] The Paul Newman 3 Film Collection | DVD | (01/10/2012) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidOne of the most popular screen Westerns ever made, this Academy Award-winning classic blends adventure, romance and comedy to tell the true story of the West's most likeable outlaws. No-one is quicker than Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) when it comes to get rich quick schemes, and his sidekick Sundance (Robert Redford) is a wizard with a gun. When these two bungling bank and train robbers tire of running from the law, they set out for Bolivia with Sundance's girlfriend (Katharine Ross). Though they can barely speak enough Spanish to communicate: This is a stick-up!, that's only a minor detail to the two nicest bad-guys whoever rode the West. Special Features: The Making of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Audio Commentary by George Roy Hill, Hal David, Robert Crawford and Conrad Hall Cast and Crew Interviews Theatrical Trailers Alternative Credit Roll Production Notes Interactive Menus Scene Access The VerdictSidney Lumet’s riveting courtroom drama earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Paul Newman's towering performance as a down-and-out alcoholic attorney who stumbles on one last chance to redeem himself. When attorney Frank Galvin (Newman) is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win, he courageously decides to refuse a settlement from the hospital. Instead he takes the case and the entire legal system as well, to court. James Mason, Jack Warden, Milo O'Shea and Charlotte Rampling co-star. Special Features: Audio Commentary by Paul Newman and others Featurette Theatrical Trailer Behind the Scenes Gallery Interactive Menus Scene Access The HustlerPaul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in this riveting film that received an Academy Award nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its stars Oscar nominations. Newman (Best Actor nominee) is electrifying as Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts back street pool rooms fleecing anyone who'll pick up a cue. Determined to be acclaimed as the best, Eddie seeks out the legendary Minnesota Fats (Gleason, Supporting Actor nominee), who's backed by Bert Gordon (Scott, Supporting Actor nominee). The love of a lonely woman (Laurie, Best Actress nominee) could turn Eddie's life around, but he won't rest until he bests Minnesota Fats, no matter what price he must pay. Voted one of the year's ten best by the New York Times and Time, and distinguished by two Academy Awards, The Hustler is a dazzling cinematic triumph. Special Features: Audio Commentary by Dede Allen and others The Hustler: The Inside Story How to Make the Shot Trick Shot Analysis Theatrical Trailer Spanish Theatrical Trailer Behind the Scene Stills Gallery Interactive Menus Scene Access

  • All Is Lost [Blu-ray] [2013] All Is Lost | Blu Ray | (28/04/2014) from £9.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (62.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost an open-water thriller about one man's battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros) the film is a gripping visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience. Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting sharks circling and his meagre supplies dwindling the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

  • Barefoot In The Park [1967] Barefoot In The Park | DVD | (07/05/2001) from £2.99  |  Saving you £6.07 (60.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Based on Neil Simon's own play, 1967's Barefoot in the Park is a perennially joyous film starring carefree Jane Fonda and staid lawyer Robert Redford as young newlyweds setting up home in Greenwich Village. Although the opening credits are fragrantly idyllic (aided by Neal Hefti's soundtrack, you can almost smell the blossom in Central Park), the film doesn't idealise apartment living in New York, à la Friends, far from it: Fonda and Redford's apartment is up several flights of stairs; there's a hole in the skylight and the bedroom is the size of a cupboard. All of this puts some strain on the marriage. When Fonda introduces fellow free spirit and ageing, behind-on-the-rent Lothario (Charles Boyer) to her somewhat inhibited mother (Mildred Natwick), the hapless Redford in particular is forced to come to terms with his own inhibitions. Although the second half of the film moves at a less cracking pace than the first, Barefoot in the Park is as exhilarating as a romantic weekend city break. Directo r Gene Saks, scriptwriter Neil Simon and composer Hefti would regroup in 1968 to make the similarly wonderful The Odd Couple. On the DVD: With the aid of filtering, the DVD recaptures the almost unreal colour quality common to films of this period, while the sound is faithful to the nuances of Hefti's soundtrack. The special features are miserly--subtitles, a choice of languages and the original trailer, though this at least conveys the engaging naiveté of the period--("The rarest, unsquarest, happiest motion picture in many a year!"). --David Stubbs

  • Out of Africa [DVD] [1985] Out of Africa | DVD | (14/03/2011) from £4.22  |  Saving you £11.77 (73.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Sydney Pollack directs this sweeping romantic drama based on the memoirs of Danish writer Isak Dinesen. Meryl Streep stars as Karen Blixen the restless wife of European aristocrat and plantation owner Baron Bror Blixen (Brandauer). When Bror departs to hunt big game and chase women the running of their East African coffee plantation falls to Karen. She throws herself into this task with the same determination and spirit she brings to her passionate but sporadic affair with free-spirited British hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). While enduring her husband's infidelities and the eventual destruction of their beloved land she entertains Denys and befriends the workers. Hatton shares Karen's profound love for the African landscape but is unwilling to sacrifice his independence for their relationship...

  • An Unfinished Life [DVD] An Unfinished Life | DVD | (25/04/2011) from £3.76  |  Saving you £16.23 (81.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming An Unfinished Life is the story of a modern-day Western family as stoic as they are divided learning the true meaning of forgiveness. Robert Redford stars as Einar Gilkyson a tough-skinned retired rancher who long ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son's death a decade ago Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage. Now Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand and last trusted friend Mitch (Morgan Freeman) who was gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude . . . until the very person he blames for his son's accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Jean shows up broke on the run and with a girl named Griff (newcomer Becca Gardner) who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. Suddenly Einar's quiet life is turned upside down as anger and accusations resurface. But slowly miraculously 11 year-old Griff's curiosity about Western life and her longing for family and a father figure begin to chip away at the stone that has become Einar's heart - opening up the way for unexpected connection adventure mercy and true reunion.

  • All The President's Men [1976] All The President's Men | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £6.51  |  Saving you £10.48 (61.70%)  |  RRP £16.99

    In the Watergate Building lights go on and four burglars are caught in the act. That night triggered revelations that drove a U.S. President from office. Washington reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) grabbed the story and stayed with it through doubts denials and discouragement. The entire President's Men is their story. The film also explores a working newspaper where the mission is to get the story - and to get it right.

  • The Great Gatsby [1974] The Great Gatsby | DVD | (08/12/2003) from £6.35  |  Saving you £9.64 (60.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Perhaps no movie could capture F Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby in its entirety, but this adaptation, scripted by Francis Ford Coppola, is certainly a handsome try, putting costume design and art direction above the intricacies of character. Robert Redford is an interesting casting choice as Gatsby, the millionaire isolated in his mansion, still dreaming of the woman he lost. And Sam Waterston is perfect as the narrator, Nick, who brings the dream girl Daisy Buchanan back to Gatsby. The problem seems to be that director Jack Clayton fell in love with the flapper dresses and the party scenes and the jazz age tunes, ending up with a Classics Illustrated version of a great book rather than a fresh, organic take on the text. While Redford grows more quietly intriguing in the film, Mia Farrow's pallid performance as Daisy leaves you wondering why Gatsby, or anyone else, should care so much about his grand passion. The effective supporting cast includes Bruce Dern as Daisy's husband, and Scott Wilson and Karen Black as the low-rent couple whose destinies cross the sun-drenched protagonists. (That's future star Patsy Kensit as Daisy's little daughter.) The film won two Oscars--not surprisingly, for costumes and musical score. --Robert Horton

  • Lions For Lambs [2007] Lions For Lambs | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £2.25  |  Saving you £17.74 (88.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Directed by Academy Award winner Robert Redford Lions For Lambs begins after two determined students at a West Coast University Arian (Derek Luke) and Ernest (Michael Pena) follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor Dr. Malley (Redford) and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan Malley is both moved and distraught. Now as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. In California an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student (Andrew Garfield) who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile in Washington D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful Senator Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise) is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist (Meryl Streep) that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates. As arguments memories and bullets fly the three stories are woven ever more tightly together revealing how each of these Americans has a profound impact on each other and the world.

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