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  • Dickensian [DVD] [2015] Dickensian | DVD | (29/02/2016) from £10.29  |  Saving you £19.70 (65.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    All 20 episodes of the original drama inspired by the works of Charles Dickens. Featuring Charles Dickens' most iconic characters as their paths cross in Victorian London. Dickensian is a world of love, romance and intrigue with secrets lurking round every corner and a murder story at its heart. Discover the events that lead up to Miss Havisham's wedding day, the truth behind the death of Jacob Marley and the sacrifices made by a young Lady Dedlock. You don't have to know Dickens novels to fall in love with these characters or these stories packed with action, humour and suspense. With an all-star cast including Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins, Caroline Quentin, Omid Djalili and Peter Firth, Dickensian is period drama as we've never seen it before... EXTRAS: Behind the Scenes Featurettes

  • DCI Banks - Series 5 [DVD] DCI Banks - Series 5 | DVD | (10/10/2016) from £8.69  |  Saving you £16.30 (65.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Still Crazy [1998] Still Crazy | DVD | (11/10/1999) from £4.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (68.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    This gently satirical British comedy chronicles the quixotic reunion of a late, arguably not-so-great and unlamented 70s rock band, Strange Fruit, with a winning mix of humour and poignancy. The "Fruits", as the survivors call themselves without irony, had disbanded after the tragic loss of one member, the mysterious disappearance of another and the aftershocks of internal rivalries, but 20 years later they warily reassemble for a Dutch club tour, a warm-up for a proposed festival appearance. Between that seemingly hare-brained proposal and the fateful festival, director Brian Gibson, working from a sharp script by Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais, captures the absurdities of middle-aged rockers trying to recapture that lost cockiness.Breathing life into the band is a terrific cast, including Stephen Rea, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall and Bill Nighy, each managing to juggle deft archetype with believable character traits: Spall's cheerfully crass, flatulent drummer and Nighy's preening, slow-witted lead singer exemplify the approach, grabbing chuckles yet making you actually care about them. Equally impressive is Billy Connolly as the wily roadie, Hughie, at once pragmatic and devoted to his charges. All are well-served by production details and script points that get the group's lost world of late 60s and early 70s rock exactly right, from costuming and stage moves to the long-forgotten bands they name-check--Blodwyn Pig, anybody?The band's music likewise benefits from inspired insiders, cowriters Mick Jones (Spooky Tooth, Foreigner) and Chris Difford (Squeeze), who hit a nifty combination of bombast (for the silly scenes) and earnestness. When Gibson and his cast risk the story's amiable glow on a darker, more dramatic final act, the music rises to the challenge and the whole project, like its fictional subject, achieves an unexpectedly touching victory. --Sam Sutherland

  • The Crying Game [1992] The Crying Game | DVD | (16/09/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    An IRA film with a difference, Neil Jordan's The Crying Game takes the Anglo-Irish conflict as the starting point for a thoughtful, often poignant and sometimes humorous examination of gender and identity. Stephen Rea is the IRA volunteer who befriends a kidnapped British soldier (the gauche but likeable Forest Whitaker), then takes the questions of loyalty and instinct (the "frog and scorpion" fable) with him to London, where he falls for the dead man's girlfriend (the appealing Jaye Davidson). Love and terrorism are fused in a violent and suspenseful denouement, where truth manifests itself in an unexpected yet meaningful way. Miranda Richardson and Adrian Dunbar are persuasive as the IRA agents, and there are excellent cameos from Jim Broadbent as an East End barman and Tony Slattery as a property shark, all making the most of Jordan's stylish, Academy Award-winning script. Anne (Art of Noise) Dudley contributes a moodily atmospheric score, with three versions of "When a Man Loves a Woman" to point up the gender issue. On the DVD: The Crying Game comes to disc with a widescreen picture that reproduces adequately for an early 90s film. The soundtrack, though, has real presence. There are subtitles in English and Russian(!), though the theatrical trailer is hardly a major bonus. An interview or a commentary with Jordan, discussing the motivation behind the project, would really have benefited a film which cuts across genres so successfully as this. --Richard Whitehouse

  • DCI Banks - Series 3 [DVD] [2015] DCI Banks - Series 3 | DVD | (30/03/2015) from £8.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (58.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Stephen Tompkinson returns as the tenacious and stubborn Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks in three more gripping crime stories. When the mother of 11 year old Kyle Heath reports him abducted by a man and a woman masquerading as social workers, Banks is drawn into a strange and unsettling search for the missing boy. When a journalist is found dead at a holiday home in a remote village, Banks and the team find a connection to a death in the 1980s involving the surviving members of a pop band. And a terrible chain of events is set in motion by the discovery of a loaded gun in a young girl's bedroom, ultimately putting Banks' own daughter in mortal danger. Elsewhere Detective Annie Cabbot returns from a year's maternity leave - is it time for Banks to admit how he really feels about her? Detective Helen Morton's relationship with her son becomes increasingly strained. And a difficult case forces Annie to reveal the identity of her child's father.

  • Interview With The Vampire [Blu-ray] [1994] Interview With The Vampire | Blu Ray | (13/10/2008) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Drink From Me And Live Forever Brad Pitt is Louis lured by Lestat into the immortality of the damned then tormented by an unalterable fact of vampire life; to survive he must kill Stephen Rea Antonio Banderas Christian Slater and newcomer Kirsten Dunst also star. One lifetime alone offers plenty of opportunities for the savage revelries of the night. Imagine what an eternity can bring. Hypnotically directed by Neil Jordan this film offers enough thrills shocks and fiendish fun to last a lifetime and beyond...

  • Breakfast On Pluto Breakfast On Pluto | DVD | (15/05/2006) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Reuniting with writer Patrick McCabe, who co-scripted his acclaimed 1997 film THE BUTCHER BOY, Neil Jordan delivers another entertaining spectacle of a motion picture. Set in the United Kingdom during the tumultuous 1960s and 70s, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO tells the story of Patrick Kitten Braden (an electrifying Cillian Murphy), an orphan from a small Irish town who dreams of escaping his drab surroundings.

  • Underworld: Awakening (Blu-ray 3D) Underworld: Awakening (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (14/05/2012) from £5.39  |  Saving you £19.60 (78.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

  • V for Vendetta [2006] V for Vendetta | DVD | (31/07/2006) from £3.15  |  Saving you £15.15 (72.20%)  |  RRP £20.99

    Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a young working-class woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V'. Profoundly complex V is at once literary flamboyant tender and intellectual a man dedicated to freeing his fellow citizens from those who have terrorized them into compliance... The Matrix Trilogy writing/directing team of Larry & And Wachowski adapt Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel into a thought-provoking blockbuster.

  • The Company Of Wolves The Company Of Wolves | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The desire.... The fantasy.... The nightmare.... Young Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) lies dreaming in her bed. A violent nightmare transports her back in time to a world of primeval forests and werewolves. In this netherworld she learns that her only sister has been killed by a wolf. Her grandmother (Angela Lansbury) weaves vivid tales of folklore and fantasy with warnings of fantastic beasts that lurk within men and foretelling the fate of all young girls who stray from the path

  • DCI Banks - Series 2 [DVD] DCI Banks - Series 2 | DVD | (19/11/2012) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Stephen Tompkinson returns as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, in the hit series based on the novels of the award-winning crime writer Peter Robinson. In three new adaptations, Banks must come to terms with dramatic changes to his team, as DS Annie Cabbot's impending maternity leave leads to the arrival of DI Helen Morton as a brilliant, accomplished, but socially inept addition to the Yorkshire Major Crimes Unit. When DCI Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy in Strange Affair, he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim… In Dry Bones That Dream, DCI Alan Banks and DI Helen Morton must learn to reconcile their conflicting policing styles and personalities whilst trying to unravel the increasingly puzzling murder of a local accountant who has been leading a secret double life. When a teenage schoolgirl is found strangled in Innocent Graves, Banks and his team quickly identify their prime suspect. But the closer Banks moves towards a conviction, the more the course of the investigation distances him from Helen.

  • V For Vendetta [Blu-ray] [2006] V For Vendetta | Blu Ray | (07/07/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a young working-class woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V'. Profoundly complex V is at once literary flamboyant tender and intellectual a man dedicated to freeing his fellow citizens from those who have terrorized them into compliance... The Matrix Trilogy writing/directing team of Larry & Andy Wachowski adapt Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel into a thought-provoking blockbuster.

  • Underworld: Awakening [DVD] Underworld: Awakening | DVD | (14/05/2012) from £5.45  |  Saving you £14.54 (72.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

  • The End Of The Affair [2000] The End Of The Affair | DVD | (21/08/2000) from £5.90  |  Saving you £-3.20 (-53.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    It's entirely fitting that The End of the Affair plays out in a 1940s London that's either blacked-out during the Blitz or wreathed in a pea-souper during the post-war period. After all, Neil Jordan's movie is a mystery play in the guise of a love-story, and its interior is a fog of conjecture and misunderstanding. Only at the end does the mist clear away and we see things in stark clarity. Based on Graham Greene's most autobiographical novel, The End of the Affair offers an autopsy of the adulterous love affair between glacial Sarah Miles (Oscar-nominated Julianne Moore) and intense writer Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes). Out on the sidelines, Ian Hart proves convincingly twitchy as a working-class private eye, while Jordan regular Stephen Rea (as the cuckolded husband) mooches about with a face like November. In the mean-time, the movie circles deliberately around its central bone of contention: the bomb blast that spared Maurice's life but brought his relationship with Sarah to its sudden, inexplicable end. Unfortunately, The End of the Affair winds up something of a mixed bag. If anything, Jordan is almost too respectful of Greene's source material: toiling lovingly on the intricacies of his story (its shabby London settings, its clash of profane love with redemptive Catholicism) while leaving the drama idling. The result is a film you'll probably admire rather than love. Its chill ambience dampens down the passion. --Xan Brooks

  • Michael Collins [DVD] Michael Collins | DVD | (07/03/2016) from £5.75  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Michael Collins tells the powerful, turbulent story of one of Ireland's most controversial patriots and revolutionary heroes, known as ?The Lion Of Ireland', who leads his countrymen in their fight for independence. Set in the early 20th century, when a monumental history of oppression and bloodshed had divided Ireland and its people, the film covers the bloody 1916 Easter Uprising, when Irish revolutionaries surrendered to the overwhelming military power of the British forces and Collins was arrested. Upon his release, he takes leadership of the Irish independence movement and strives to create a free and peaceful country.

  • DCI Banks: Series 4 [DVD] DCI Banks: Series 4 | DVD | (15/08/2016) from £8.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (58.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Babylon 5: Season 4 Babylon 5: Season 4 | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £13.59  |  Saving you £41.40 (75.30%)  |  RRP £54.99

    The fourth series of Babylon 5 begins on a high point with Centauri Prime in the grip of the insane Emperor Cartagia (Wortham Krimmer) and a run of six shows leading to the climax of the war against the Shadows in "Into the Fire". If this colossal narrative is resolved a little too easily and the ultimate aim of the Shadows turns out to be a tad disappointing, it's still one of the most powerful slices of space opera ever to grace the small screen. In the aftermath the sheer scale drops back a little but the pace never slows as the rest of the year plays out in one relentless cycle of conspiracy, betrayal and conflict, Babylon 5 siding with the rebel Mars colony against the totalitarian Earth regime. Meanwhile, Delenn finds herself increasingly in conflict with her own people and, paralleling her relationship with Sheridan, Garibaldi becomes involved with his ex-fiancée Lise Hampton (Denise Gentile); in addition, an intense platonic love grows between Ivanova and Marcus Cole. On an unstoppable wave fuelled by roller-coaster plot twists and spectacular action shows from "No Surrender, No Retreat"--when Sheridan avows to overthrow EarthGov--to "Rising Star"--when the aim is realised--this series of Babylon 5 achieved a consistent excellence rare in television. Yet within that run "Intersections in Real Time" stands out as a bold experiment; essentially a two-hand drama taking place entirely within one dimly lit room. Then in "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars", a descendant of humanity one million years hence reviews excerpts from the history of Babylon 5. In one sequence set in 2762 a Brother is devoted to the preservation of history some time after the "Big Burn". In a homage to Walter M Miller's SF classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, Sheridan and Delenn have themselves become the stuff of legend. --Gary S DalkinOn the DVD: All 22 episodes of Season 4 of Babylon 5 are presented on six DVDs. Anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TV, the picture is significantly stronger than on the original TV broadcasts, if not up to blockbuster movie standards. The remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is punchy and richly impressive, if again not quite state-of-the-art. As with previous seasons the main extras are three commentaries. The first, by actors Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik and Patricia Tallman, finds these leading cast members having a great time joshing around on Falling Towards Apotheosis and failing to say anything very interesting. Series creator and writer J Michael Straczynski and director Michael Vejar discuss The Face of the Enemy, the conversation tending towards a technical scene-by-scene analysis, while by far the most interesting commentary is J Michael Straczynski alone on The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. JMS covers many aspects of the show, going into depth explaining both his ideas behind the series and the practicalities of realising his vision. Celestial Sounds is an interesting but too-short five-minute look at the scoring process with composer Christopher Franke, complemented by a powerful six-minute musical suite. The package also includes a six-minute introduction, a three-minute gag reel and video data files of characters, organisations and places. An Easter egg offers a comparison between untextured and completed CGI models of Babylon 5 itself. There is an optional French soundtrack, plus English, English for Hearing Impaired, French and Netherlands subtitles. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Werewolf: The Beast Among Us [DVD] Werewolf: The Beast Among Us | DVD | (22/10/2012) from £2.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (70.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Set in a 19th century village, a young man studying under a local doctor joins a team of hunters on the trail of a wolf-like creature.

  • The Reaping [2007] The Reaping | DVD | (20/08/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A former Christian missionary lost her faith after her family was tragically killed and has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening.

  • The End of the Affair The End of the Affair | DVD | (12/04/2004) from £4.18  |  Saving you £1.81 (30.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    On a rainy night in 1946 novelist Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes) has a meeting with Henry Miles (Stephen Rea) husband of his ex-mistress Sarah (Julianne Moore) who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled as he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed. As the investigation progresses Bendrix relives his passionate memories of their affair during The Blitz in London. He discovers her diary and reads her account of the affair. It is as different from his as night is from day. He re-enters her life and confronts once more the consuming love they had for each other and the reason for its annihilation

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