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  • Vertigo [1958] Vertigo | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £4.29  |  Saving you £5.70 (57.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Dreamlike and nightmarishly surreal, Vertigo is Hitchcock's most personal film because it confronts many of the convoluted psychological issues that haunted and fascinated the director. The psychological complexity and the stark truthfulness of their rampant emotions keeps these strangely obsessive characters alive on screen, and Hitchcock understood better than most their barely repressed sexual compulsions, their fascination with death and their almost overwhelming desire for transcendent love. James Stewart finds profound and disturbing new depths in his psyche as Scotty, the tortured acrophobic detective on the trail of a suicidal woman apparently possessed by the ghost of someone long dead. Kim Novak is the classical Hitchcockian blonde whose icy exterior conceals a churning, volcanic emotional core. The agonised romance of Bernard Herrmann's score accompanies the two actors as a third and vitally important character, moving the film along to its culmination in an ecstasy of Wagnerian tragedy. Of course Hitch lavished especial care on every aspect of the production, from designer Edith Head's costumes (he, like Scotty, was most insistent on the grey dress), to the specific colour scheme of each location, to the famous reverse zoom "Vertigo" effect (much imitated, never bettered). The result is Hitch's greatest work and an undisputed landmark of cinema history. On the DVD: This disc presents the superb restored print of this film in a wonderful widescreen (1.85:1) anamorphic transfer, with remastered Dolby digital soundtrack. There's a half-hour documentary made in 1996 about the painstaking two-year restoration process, plus an informative commentary from the restorers Robert Harris and James Katz, who are joined by original producer Herbert Coleman. There are also text features on the production, cast and crew, plus a trailer for the theatrical release of the restoration. This is an undeniably essential requirement for every DVD collection. --Mark Walker

  • Sleeping With The Enemy [1990] Sleeping With The Enemy | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    When Laura married Martin she had no way of knowing the depth of his passion for her. On the outside they are the ideal couple. The beautiful and perfect housewife. The handsome successful and seductive husband. But things are not as they appear to be. Inside is a woman living a terrifying secret. And to escape from her nightmare she will risk everything - even her life. Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin star in the passionate and dangerous thriller - Sleeping With The Enemy.

  • Lawless [DVD] Lawless | DVD | (14/01/2013) from £3.24  |  Saving you £14.44 (80.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Set in 1920s prohibition era America, Lawless is the true story of the Bondurant brothers. Brazen and fearless, these young rural bootleggers became legendary criminals. The youngest brother, Jack (Shia LaBeouf), is ambitious and impulsive, the middle brother, Howard, is loyal but reckless and eldest brother, Forrest (Tom Hardy), leads the family with a silent determination. As the Bondurants' illicit business and legend grows, so too looms the danger of bigger fish, and it's not long before the brothers must face the consequences.

  • Taken/Taken 2/Taken 3 [DVD] Taken/Taken 2/Taken 3 | DVD | (15/06/2015) from £6.49  |  Saving you £1.28 (16.50%)  |  RRP £7.77

    Taken Liam Neeson stars in this action-packed thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. When his daughter is kidnapped in Paris a former spy (Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter. Taken 2 Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills the retired CIA agent 'with a particular set of skills' who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from Albanian kidnappers. When the Father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape... Taken 3 Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage and framed for the crime he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA FBI and the police. For one last time Mills must use his “particular set of skills ” to track down the real killers exact his unique brand of justice and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

  • The Girl on the Train [Blu-ray] The Girl on the Train | Blu Ray | (06/02/2017) from £7.87  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. The Girl On The Train is a darkly addictive thriller based on the international publishing phenomenon.

  • Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer [DVD] [2017] Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer | DVD | (16/10/2017) from £7.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Diabolique [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] Diabolique | Blu Ray | (05/06/2017) from £15.72  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Legend has it that Henri-Georges Clouzot beat out Alfred Hitchcock to secure the rights to this novel, which proved to be a veritable blueprint for an icy masterpiece of murder, mystery and suspense. Véra Clouzot plays the sickly wife of a callous headmaster of a provincial boarding school going to seed, and the commanding Simone Signoret is the headmaster's mistreated mistress. Together they plot and carry out his murder, a brutal drowning that director Clouzot documents in chilly detail, but the corpse disappears and a nosy detective starts sniffing around the grounds as threatening notes taunt the women. Clouzot's thriller is as precise and accomplished a work as anything in Hitchcock's canon, a film of gruelling suspense and startling shocks in an overcast, grey world of decay, but his icy manipulations lack the human dimension and emotional resonance of the master of suspense. Many critics have accused the film of being misanthropic, and Clouzot's attitude toward his characters is bitter at best, contemptuous at worst. The viewer is left on the outside looking in, but the razor precision and terrifying twists deliver a sleek, bleak spectacle worthy of attention. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • The Wire: Complete HBO Season 5 The Wire: Complete HBO Season 5 | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £6.03  |  Saving you £25.60 (64.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    In chronicling a multi-generational family business dealing illegal drugs and the efforts of the Baltimore police to curb their trade this series draws parallels between these organizations and the men and women on either side of the battle. Drawing similarities between those people who society champion as respectable and law-abiding and those dismissed as thugs this series sets out to change this viewpoint by showing how criminogenic and unrespectable the articulate political and respected can be especially in American political-economic life and how innocent and decent those from poor poverty-wracked slums can be. The distinctions between the corporate world and organised crime are shown to have very little relevance. Episodes Comprise: 1. More With Less 2. Unconfirmed Reports 3. Not For Attribution 4. Transitions 5. Reaction Quotes 6. The Dickensian Aspect 7. Took 8. Clarifications 9. Late Editions 10. -30-

  • The Honourable Woman [DVD] The Honourable Woman | DVD | (01/09/2014) from £6.69  |  Saving you £18.30 (73.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Written and directed by Bafta winner Hugo Blick and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal The Honourable Woman is a fast-paced thriller set against an international backdrop. As a young girl Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the armed wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Now in her late thirties Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. Ennobled for her campaigning work the newly made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman. When he is subsequently killed Nessa and her brother come under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service. Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage The Honourable Woman tells the story of one woman's personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life.

  • The Imitation Game [Blu-ray] The Imitation Game | Blu Ray | (09/03/2015) from £8.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (64.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    THE IMITATION GAME is a gripping acclaimed thriller that tells the incredible true story of unsung war hero Alan Turing the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate Star Trek Into Darkness and TV’s Sherlock) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for Atonement Oscar® nominee for Pride and Prejudice) star as Turing and his ally and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke alongside a top-notch cast including Matthew Goode (Stoker A Single Man) Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) Charles Dance (Gosford Park TV's Game of Thrones) Allen Leech (In Fear TV’s Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

  • American Beauty [Blu-ray] American Beauty | Blu Ray | (14/02/2011) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From its first gliding aerial shot of a generic suburban street, American Beauty moves with a mesmerising confidence and acuity epitomised by Kevin Spacey's calm narration. Spacey is Lester Burnham, a harried Everyman whose midlife awakening is the spine of the story, and his very first lines hook us with their teasing fatalism--like Sunset Boulevard's Joe Gillis, Burnham tells us his story from beyond the grave. It's an audacious start for a film that justifies that audacity. Weaving social satire, domestic tragedy and whodunit into a single package, Alan Ball's first theatrical script dares to blur generic lines and keep us off balance, winking seamlessly from dark, scabrous comedy to deeply moving drama. The Burnham family joins the cinematic short-list of great dysfunctional American families, as Lester is pitted against his manic, materialistic realtor wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening, making the most of a mostly unsympathetic role) and his sullen, contemptuous teenaged daughter, Jane (Thora Birch, utterly convincing in her edgy balance of self-absorption and wistful longing). Into their lives come two catalytic outsiders. A young cheerleader (Mena Suvari) jolts Lester into a sexual epiphany that blooms into a second adolescence. And an eerily calm young neighbour (Wes Bentley) transforms both Lester and Jane with his canny influence. Credit another big-screen newcomer, English theatrical director Sam Mendes, with expertly juggling these potentially disjunctive elements into a superb ensemble piece that achieves a stylised pace without lapsing into transparent self-indulgence. Mendes has shrewdly insured his success with a solid crew of stage veterans, yet he has also made an inspired discovery in Bentley, whose Ricky Fitts becomes a fulcrum for both plot and theme. Cinematographer Conrad Hall's sumptuous visual design further elevates the film, infusing the beige interiors of the Burnhams' lives with vivid bursts of deep crimson, the colour of roses--and of blood. --Sam Sutherland

  • Drive [Blu-ray] Drive | Blu Ray | (30/01/2012) from £4.85  |  Saving you £13.14 (73.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

  • Legend [Blu-ray] Legend | Blu Ray | (25/01/2016) from £7.87  |  Saving you £2.12 (21.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) and Working Title (The Theory of Everything) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a powerhouse double performance. Together, the Kray Twins take over the city. But as their reign expands, power-struggles, fierce madness, and a woman diminishes their bond; the weak link that could cause their empire to collapse. Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

  • Casino - 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [1995] [Region Free] Casino - 20th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (04/05/2015) from £7.87  |  Saving you £19.12 (70.80%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Director Martin Scorsese reunites with members of his GoodFellas gang (writer Nicholas Pileggi; actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent) for a three-hour epic about the rise and fall of mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a character based on real-life gangster Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. (It's modeled after on Wiseguy and GoodFellas and Pileggi's true crime book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas.) Through Rothstein, the picture tells the story of how the Mafia seized, and finally lost control of, Las Vegas gambling. The first hour plays like a fascinating documentary, intricately detailing the inner workings of Vegas casinos. Sharon Stone is the stand out among the actors; she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her role as the voracious Ginger, the glitzy call girl who becomes Rothstein's wife. The film is not as fast paced or gripping as Scorsese's earlier gangster pictures (Mean Streets and GoodFellas), but it's still absorbing. And, hey--it's Scorsese! --Jim Emerson

  • Blood Simple [Blu-ray] Blood Simple | Blu Ray | (30/10/2017) from £13.30  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. (Imagine the novels of Jim Thompson somehow fused with the comic tabloid Weird Tales and you get the idea.) The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance) and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. (A scene in which a character who has been buried alive suddenly emerges from his own grave instantly becomes an archetypal nightmare.) Shot by Barry Sonnenfeld before he became an A-list director in Hollywood, Blood Simple established the hyperreal look and feel of the Coens' productions (undoubtedly inspired a bit by filmmaker Sam Raimi, whose The Evil Dead had just been coedited by Joel). Sections of the film have proved to be an endurance test for art-house movie fans, particularly an extended climax that involves one shock after another but ends with a laugh at the absurdity of criminal ambition. This is definitely one of the triumphs of the 1980s and the American independent film scene in general. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Taken 3 [DVD] Taken 3 | DVD | (15/06/2015) from £3.46  |  Saving you £15.31 (76.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage and framed for the crime he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA FBI and the police. For one last time Mills must use his “particular set of skills ” to track down the real killers exact his unique brand of justice and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

  • Goodfellas [Blu-ray] Goodfellas | Blu Ray | (25/05/2015) from £9.79  |  Saving you £10.20 (51.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas immortalises the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his anonymous exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director's kinetic style is perfect for recounting Hill's ruthless rise to power in the 1950s as well as his drugged-out fall in the late 1970s; in fact, no one has ever rendered the mental dislocation of cocaine better than Scorsese. Scorsese uses period music perfectly, not just to summon a particular time but to set a precise mood. GoodFellas is at least as good as The Godfather without being in the least derivative of it. Joe Pesci's psycho improvisation of Mobster Tommy DeVito ignited Pesci as a star, Lorraine Bracco scores the performance of her life as the love of Hill's life, and every supporting role, from Paul Sorvino to Robert De Niro, is a miracle.

  • A Bigger Splash [DVD] [2016] A Bigger Splash | DVD | (27/06/2016) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A BIGGER SPLASH - Directed by the Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), and starring Ralph Fiennes (Spectre), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel). Rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. A BIGGER SPLASH is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun.

  • The Departed (2006) The Departed (2006) | DVD | (19/02/2007) from £3.82  |  Saving you £19.90 (83.00%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Cops or criminals; when you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference? Two men operate on different sides of the law; one a mole with the Boston State Police department the other within the Irish mafia. When bloodshed breaks out on the streets each mole is despatched to discover the other's identity in a race against time.... A big-budget Hollywood star power remake of the Hong Kong classic crime thriller Infernal Affairs.

  • Leon [1995] Leon | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £4.75  |  Saving you £6.00 (54.60%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) made his American directorial debut with Leon, a stylised thriller about a French hit man (Jean Reno) who takes in an American girl (Natalie Portman) being pursued by a corrupt killer cop (Gary Oldman). Oldman is a little more unhinged than he should be, but there is something genuinely irresistible about the story line and the relationship between Reno and Portman. Rather than cave in to the cookie-cutter look and feel of American action pictures, Besson brings a bit of his glossy style from French hits La Femme Nikita and Subway to the production of The Professional, and the results are refreshing even if the bullets and explosions are awfully familiar.--Tom Keogh

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