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  • Blow Up [1966] Blow Up | DVD | (12/04/2004) from £4.75  |  Saving you £9.24 (66.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Michelangelo Antonioni's close-up of Swinging Sixties London. David Hemmings plays a master photographer who explores the city twenty-four hours a day focusing in on the world's most beautiful models. One day he takes some photographs of a couple embracing in a park and suspects he has stumbled across a murder. Antonioni received Academy Award nominations for Best Writer and Best Director in 1966 for this his first English Language film.

  • Letters to Juliet [DVD] Letters to Juliet | DVD | (04/10/2010) from £3.41  |  Saving you £16.58 (82.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    On holiday in romantic Verona Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) explores the city alone as her fianc'' (Gael Garcia Bernal) spends his time working. Mesmerized by the wall of letters in Juliet Capulet's Courtyard she soon befriends the secretaries of Juliet who diligently answer them every day. When Sophie finds a decades-old unanswered letter she responds herself. To her surprise the author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and her uptight grandson (Christopher Egan) arrive and sweep her along on a romantic adventure she could never have imagined...

  • Yanks [1979] Yanks | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    'Yanks' is the moving story of American servicemen stationed in England during the Second World War and the impact that their presence had on the lives of people in a small Lancashire village. This beautifully filmed drama follows three American soldiers and the relationships that they form with three local women: Jean Helen and Mollie. The relationships that blossom would affect their lives forever. This romantic and memorable movie highlights the cultural differences that ex

  • Atonement [2007] Atonement | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £2.76  |  Saving you £17.23 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in the adaptation of Atonement based on the novel by Ian McEwan. On the hottest day of the summer of 1935 thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia (Kiera Knightley) strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) a childhood friend who along with Briony's sister has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination and Briony will have committed a dreadful crime the guilt for which will colour her entire life.

  • Song for Marion [DVD] Song for Marion | DVD | (24/06/2013) from £3.89  |  Saving you £12.10 (75.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Song for Marion is a heartwarming comedic drama following shy grumpy pensioner Arthur as he is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. London-set the story follows Arthur as he embarks on a hilarious life-affirming journey of musical self-discovery. The superb British cast in Song For Marion is made up of Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia Atonement Howard's End) cinema legend Terence Stamp (Billy Budd The Limey The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert) Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace Prince of Persia Tamara Drewe) and Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave Elizabeth Doctor Who).

  • The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] The Devils (Special Edition) | DVD | (19/03/2012) from £8.85  |  Saving you £11.14 (55.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In seventeenth-century France, a promiscuous and divisive local priest, Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudon from destruction at the hands of the establishment. Soon, he stands accused of the demonic possession of Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), whose erotic obsession with him fuels the hysterical fervour that sweeps through the convent. With its bold and brilliant direction by Ken Russell, magnificent performances by Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, exquisite Derek Jarman sets and sublimely dissonant score by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Devils stands as a profound and sincere commentary on religious hysteria, political persecution and the corrupt marriage of church and state.

  • How About You [DVD] How About You | DVD | (08/11/2010) from £5.02  |  Saving you £7.90 (60.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

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  • Camelot [1967] Camelot | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £5.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (60.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Joshua Logan's 1967 film of the hit Broadway musical about the love triangle between King Arthur (Richard Harris), Guenevere (Vanessa Redgrave), and Sir Lancelot (Franco Nero) is strong on star emphasis and weak on such fundamentals as story and sets. Except for a handful of solidly dramatic scenes--such as Guenevere grieving, late in the film, for the ruination she and Lancelot have caused--there's not a lot to get excited about. (The story's theme of a lost, great society, however, certainly struck a chord in the 1960s.)The Lerner-Loewe songs ("If Ever I Would Leave You", "Camelot") pretty much sell themselves, even if they are, at best, only proficiently performed in this movie. --Tom Keogh

  • Gathering Storm [2002] Gathering Storm | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £5.43  |  Saving you £8.56 (61.20%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The Gathering Storm is a fictionalised portrayal of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine during their wilderness years of the 1930s. It deservedly won numerous awards, including an Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe in recognition of Albert Finney's wonderful central performance. Equally deserving were those for all aspects of the production design: period wardrobe, set dressing and use of location are equally impressive, apparently ensuring that this production has everything going for it in its depiction of pre-War Britain. The snag is that its restriction to TV movie format, a mere 90 minutes, excludes a lot of historical context that ought not to have been left out. Seeing Churchill's adoration of his wife (Vanessa Redgrave) or the family woes troubling Ralph Wigram (Linus Roache) is all very emotionally dramatic, but it uses precious screen time that might have been better devoted to highlighting the political situation abroad, or indeed the monarchy's situation at home. The enterprise smacks a little too much of sentimental contrivance, lionising Churchill in rose-tinted retrospect. True, some attempt is made to acknowledge the personality traits that excluded him both from office and popularity prior to Germany's re-building, but like so much else pertinent to the machinations of anticipating the war, these are glossed over for familial feel-goodery and button-pushing poignancy. This is a film that's easy to admire, but ought not to be mistaken for well-rounded history. On the DVD: The Gathering Storm doesn't look or sound quite as crisp and clear as you'd hope for a recent TV-movie transfer. That's down to some obvious grain in the picture, and the 2.0 surround audio that tends to lose quieter dialogue moments. There are extensive cast and crew biographies that will no doubt help international viewers place the naggingly familiar British faces. There's also the accumulatively enthusiastic commentary from director Richard Loncraine and producer Frank Doelger, which happily points many of them out. --Paul Tonks

  • Julia [DVD] Julia | DVD | (13/10/2014) from £5.39  |  Saving you £4.60 (46.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Fred Zinnemann's last great movie. Based on part of Lillian Hellman's memoir, the film stars Jane Fonda as Hellman as she recounts her friendship with the enigmatic JULIA, played by Vanessa Redgrave. Fonda gives a gutsy performance, playing well with Redgrave and, to a greater degree, Jason Robards, who plays Dashell Hammett. Alvin Sargent's screenplay cleverly bends time, jumping back and forth as the story of Hellman's friendship with Julia is told and Zinnemann creates a melancholy feel that's sustained throughout. The excellent music by Georges Delerue is haunting and the cinematography by Douglas Slocombe is beautiful. The supporting cast features Meryl Streep as Anne Marie, Maximillian Schell as Johann, Cathleen Nesbitt as Julia's grandmother, Rosemary Murphy as Dorothy Parker and Hal Holbrook as Parker's husband Alan Campbell.

  • Mary Queen Of Scots [DVD] [1971] Mary Queen Of Scots | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £7.65  |  Saving you £8.20 (51.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Political intrigue strong women weak men and countless conspiracies fuel this beautifully staged historical drama about the life of Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (Vanessa Redgrave). In the wake of the Protestant Reformation Mary Stuart becomes enmeshed in a labyrinthine power struggle to determine the fate of the British throne. Heads roll and dynasties crumble when Mary her unctuous husband Lord Darnley (Timothy Dalton) her jealous half-brother James Stuart (McGoohan) Scotland's rebellious nobility the Church of England the Pope and England's Virgin Queen Elizabeth I (Glenda Jackson) all vie for control of the crown.

  • Howard's End [1992] Howard's End | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £1.99

    Howards End is E M Forster's beautifully subtle story of the criss-crossing paths of the privileged and those they disdain--and of a remarkable pair of women who can see beyond class distinctions. Dramatic and tragic but also surprisingly funny, this James Ivory film focuses on a pair of unmarried sisters (Emma Thompson, who won an Oscar, and Helena Bonham Carter) who befriend a poor young clerk (Sam West) and, without meaning to, ruin his life. Meanwhile, Thompson also makes the acquaintance of a dying neighbour (Vanessa Redgrave), who leaves her a family home in her will--which her husband (Anthony Hopkins) destroys. But, ironically, he meets and falls in love with Thompson, even as their paths once more intersect with the increasingly miserable young clerk. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's beautifully economical script also won an Oscar.--Marshall Fine

  • Deep Impact  - Special Edition [1998] Deep Impact - Special Edition | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fourteen-year-old Leo Beiderman (Elijah Wood) did not expect to make an earth-shattering discovery when he joined his high school astronomy club. He didn't expect to make any discoveries at all; he simply hoped that classmate Sarah Hotchner (Leelee Sobieski) would discover him. Yet a photograph he takes through his small telescope makes him co-discoverer of Comet Wolf-Beiderman...a comet that scientists determine is on a fatal collision course with the Earth. What would you do if you

  • Wilde Wilde | DVD | (04/10/1999) from £3.00  |  Saving you £0.40 (4.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 1883, Irish-born Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) returned to London from America, full of talent, passion and most of all, full of himself.A few years later Wilde's wit, flamboyance and creative genius were widely renowned and he and his wife Constance had two sons whom they both loved and adored.However, as Wilde finally confronted the homosexual feelings that had gripped him since his school days, his private life flew increasingly in the face of the decidedly rigid social conventions of late Victorian society. This was to lead him into a passionate and stormy relationship which would consume and ultimately destroy both him and his family.

  • Anonymous [DVD] Anonymous | DVD | (05/03/2012) from £3.09  |  Saving you £14.90 (82.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Historical romp Anonymous takes an academic controversy (did the man named Shakespeare write the plays attributed to him?) and whips it into a lurid melodrama, crammed with political intrigue, heaving bosoms, flashing swordplay, conspiracies, forced marriage, incest, and more. Towards the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans, Enduring Love), seeks an outlet for his poetic drive: he tries to get the playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) to present his plays as Jonson's own. Jonson is reluctant to undercut his own work? but his friend, a vainglorious illiterate actor by the name of William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall), happily claims the glory when Oxford's plays prove hugely popular. But the real story of Anonymous isn't about authorship, it's about machinations to capture the throne of England when Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave) dies. Wily counselors vie with dashing secret heirs, royal dallying leads to shocking secrets, and supposedly the plays are inextricably caught up in it all--except that they're not, really, and so Anonymous, for all its clever plotting and lush production values, falls flat by the end. Still, it's an enjoyable confection up to then, and showcases some lovely (if woefully historically inaccurate--the mosh-pit moment is delightfully preposterous) presentations of bits of the plays. Also featuring David Thewlis (Naked) and Joely Richardson, daughter of Ms. Redgrave, playing the younger Elizabeth. --Bret Fetzer

  • White Countess White Countess | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £8.95  |  Saving you £6.30 (31.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set in Shanghai in the late 1930s this is the story of the relationship between a blind former US diplomat and a refugee Countess (Richardson) reduced to a sordid life in the city's bars. Todd Jackson (Fiennes) once an American diplomat filled with idealism now bitterly disillusioned by realpolitik and the seemingly unavoidable nature of war finds his life enriched by the beautiful spirited Sofia....

  • The Thirteenth Tale - As Seen on the BBC [DVD] The Thirteenth Tale - As Seen on the BBC | DVD | (27/10/2014) from £9.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (26.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Thirteenth Tale is a haunting psychological mystery adapted by Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton from Diane Setterfield's bestselling novel. Biographer Margaret Lea (Olivia Colman - Broadchurch) is summoned to the Yorkshire home of reclusive dying novelist Vida Winter (Vanessa Redgrave – Atonement) who has handpicked Margaret to write her biography. Though initially hesitant as Vida has a reputation for distorting facts in interviews Margaret becomes fascinated by her previously untold story. As the novelist recounts her dark and disturbing childhood Margaret is compelled to finally face the trauma of her own past. But as time runs out Margaret desperate to hear the end of Vida's story begins to wonder if she is hearing the confessions of a murderer.

  • Atonement / The Age of Innocence / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility [DVD] Atonement / The Age of Innocence / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility | DVD | (13/09/2010) from £6.40  |  Saving you £18.59 (74.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Atonement: On the hottest day of the summer of 1935 thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia (Kiera Knightley) strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) a childhood friend who along with Briony's sister has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination and Briony will have committed a dreadful crime the guilt for which will colour her entire life. The Age of Innocence: Martin Scorsese one of the great directors of our time directs Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in a brilliant adaptation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle The Age Of Innocence chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1880's. Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is an upstanding lawyer who secretly longs for a more passionate life. Engaged to the lovely but ordinary socialite May Welland (Winona Ryder) Newland resigns himself to a life of quiet complacency. But when May's unconventional cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) returns to New York amid social and sexual scandal Newland becomes captivated by her mysterious authority and outstanding beauty. Now he must choose between May and the world he knows and Ellen and the world he dreams of having. Pride & Prejudice: The five Bennet sisters - Elizabeth or Lizzie (Keira Knightley) Jane (Rosamund Pike) Lydia (Jena Malone) Mary (Talulah Riley) and Kitty (Carey Mulligan) - have been raised well aware of their mother's (Brenda Blethyn) fixation on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent Elizabeth however strives to live her life with a broader perspective as encouraged by her doting father (Donald Sutherland). When wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley takes up residence in a nearby mansion the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man's sophisticated circle of London friends and the influx of young military officers surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. Eldest daughter Jane serene and beautiful seems poised to win Mr. Bingley's heart. For her part Lizzie meets with the handsome and it would seem snobbish Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) and the battle of the sexes is joined. Sense & Sensibility: Sense and Sensibility is the story of two sisters; pragmatic Elinor (Emma Thompson) and passionate wilful Marianne (Kate Winslet). When their father Henry Dashwood dies by law his estate must pass to the eldest son from his first marriage. Suddenly homeless and impoverished his current wife and daughters find themselves living in a simple country cottage. The two sisters are soon accepted into their new society. Marianne becomes swept up in a passionate love affair with the dashing Willoughby (Greg Wise) while Elinor struggles to keep a tight rein on the family purse strings and to keep her feelings for Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) whom she left behind hidden from her family. Despite their different personalities they both experience great sorrow in their affairs but they learn to mix sense with sensibility in a society that is obsessed with both financial and social status.

  • The Bostonians [1984] The Bostonians | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Vanessa Redgrave (in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Christopher Reeve are the stars of THE BOSTONIANS Merchant Ivory Productions' acclaimed 1984 screen adaptation of the Henry James classic which charts the struggle between two charismatic forces - feminist and a chauvinist - to gain control over the destiny of a spirited young woman. The story takes place in Boston in the aftermath of the American Civil War - a time of political and social turmoil. Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter Slaves Of New York) a gifted young orator has attracted the attention of Olive Chancellor (Redgrave) who wished to nurture Verena as an inspirational force for the Woman's Movement But ranged against her is Basil Ransom (Reeve) a handsome male chauvinist who wants Verena as his wife. Against a backdrop of luminous New England landscapes battle is joined and for Olive the struggle will prove an odyssey that forces her to acknowledge her true nature.

  • Prick Up Your Ears [1987] Prick Up Your Ears | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £18.48  |  Saving you £-10.49 (-131.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Based on John Lahr's biography of the same name and co-written by Alan Bennett, Prick Up Your Ears charts the 16-year relationship between the monstrously talented but deeply selfish playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman), author of West End farces such as Loot and What the Butler Saw, and his neurotic but nevertheless wronged lover and collaborator Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina). Halliwell introduced Orton to art, literature and gay sex only to see his protégeacute; outstrip his mentor with innate and rampant talent for sexual conquest. By turns hilarious and excoriatingly painful, it's as much a tribute to an anti-hero of our times-Orton's ruthless frankness and anarchic mindset helped form the basis of what's called the "queer" sensibility today--as it is a portrait of the Swinging 60s just after the reform of anti-homosexuality laws irrevocably changed society. The modern-day framing device has Lahr (Wallace Shawn) researching his book through interviews with Peggy Ramsay (Vanessa Redgrave), Orton's agent and the diary he wrote, a nimble device which ends up drawing a provocative parallel between Orton and Halliwell's relationship and that of Lahr and his wife (Lindsay Duncan). Director Stephen Frears, fresh off the back of the also-gay-themed My Beautiful Laundrette, nimbly balances our sympathies for both the protagonists while the leads give what may in retrospect look like the standout performances of their careers: Oldman was never more feral and charming, while Molina, foppishingly fretting over his wig and decrying that his lover "even sleeps better than I do" is simply heartbreaking. --Leslie Felperin

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