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  • Harry Brown [DVD] [2009] Harry Brown | DVD | (22/03/2010) from £4.79  |  Saving you £15.20 (76.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set in modern-day Britain Harry Brown follows one man's (Sir Michael Caine) journey through a chaotic world where drugs are the currency of the day and guns run the streets. A modest law-abiding citizen Harry Brown is a retired Marine and a widower who lives alone on a depressed housing estate. His only company is his best friend Leonard (David Bradley). When Leonard is murdered by a gang of thugs Harry feels compelled to act and is forced to dispense his own brand of justice. As he bids to clean up the run-down estate where he lives his actions bring him into conflict with the police led by investigating officer DCI Frampton (Emily Mortimer) and Sergeant Hikcock (Charlie Creed-Miles).

  • Marathon Man [1976] Marathon Man | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £4.29  |  Saving you £8.70 (67.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In New York City the brother of infamous Nazi war criminal Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) is killed in a car accident. Shortly thereafter members of a covert US government group called 'The Division' who are investigating the incident begin to be murdered one by one. When Doc Levy (Roy Scheider) a 'Division' agent is the latest to be attacked his brother Babe (Dustin Hoffman) witnesses his death and unwittingly becomes the pawn in a deadly game in which former SS dentist

  • Usual Suspects Usual Suspects | DVD | (06/03/2007) from £3.92  |  Saving you £11.55 (72.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

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  • The Da Vinci Code/ Angels and Demons Double Pack [DVD] The Da Vinci Code/ Angels and Demons Double Pack | DVD | (24/10/2011) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Special Features: Writing Angels and Demons Handling Props This is an Ambigram

  • Nightcrawler [Blu-ray] [2014] Nightcrawler | Blu Ray | (02/03/2015) from £5.34  |  Saving you £17.65 (76.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Down on his luck Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles upon the underground world of L.A freelance crime journalism a quick way to make cash. As his new business flourishes his desire for success leads him to make questionable moral decisions in order to stay ahead of the game and always be the first of the scene.

  • The Gift [2001] The Gift | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £4.89  |  Saving you £7.31 (52.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    No one was better suited than Sam Raimi to fulfil co-writer Billy Bob Thornton's vision of The Gift. This supernatural whodunnit is set in the wooded and swampy Southern US town of Brixton, Georgia, which is altogether familiar territory for the director of the Evil Dead movies and producer of the TV series American Gothic. Raimi skilfully builds a sense of tension and unease, using his camera initially with pleasing restraint before letting rip with skewed angles and unpredictable editing effects in a series of disturbing dreams. These belong to local "Fortune Teller" Annie (a mesmerising Cate Blanchett), who "witnesses" the murder of a local good-time girl in her nightmares. As clues and red herrings pile up, it should become obvious that this is a tale more about people and place than plotting and the paranormal. After A Simple Plan it's clear that Raimi has become a mature film-maker as capable of handling psychological horror as he is at providing shocks. The top-notch ensemble cast give wholly believable performances, making the small-town setting and spooky events come alive superbly. Giovanni Ribisi and Keanu Reeves are ticking timebombs of problems, while Hilary Swank and Greg Kinnear are pathetic yet sympathetic bystanders. This is a movie of startling visions both in front of the camera and behind. On the DVD: The deliberately diluted colour looks great in the 1:85:1 widescreen ratio. Swamp oaks loom tall and shadowy while streaks of sunlight pick out the brighter end of the spectrum. A Dolby Digital 5.1 track does justice to the dream sequence sound effects and Christopher Young's score dominated by scratch violin. The typical body of extras are included: a trailer, over-the-top TV and radio spots, but surprisingly no biographies for such a stellar cast. The "Making of" featurette is the usual clip-dominated TV promo and is seven minutes, not the advertised 10. Far better is a selection of interviews with Blanchett, Raimi (in constant suit and tie), Kinnear, Ribisi, Swank and Reeves. This is much more revealing about the production, but is also closer to 11 minutes than the stated 15. --Paul Tonks

  • The Bank Job [2008] The Bank Job | DVD | (30/06/2008) from £4.79  |  Saving you £15.20 (76.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Bank Job is a highly-charged heist thriller based upon the infamous 1971 robbery that took place at the Lloyds Bank in Marylebone London. Starring Jason Stantham as Terry a car dealer with a dodgy past and Saffron Burrows as Martine the woman with the plan The Bank Job interweaves corruption murder and scandel with 1970's England! When Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street he recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime! The plan: to target a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. However Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal that spans London's criminal underworld the highest echelons of the British government and the Royal Family itself

  • Trance [DVD] Trance | DVD | (05/08/2013) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) stylish thriller 'Trance' follows an unscrupulous art dealer who double crosses a criminal gang involved in the theft of a priceless masterpiece. Starring James McAvoy Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. Special Features: The Power of Suggestion: Making Trance Hypnotherapy The Look The Final Rewrite Theatrical Trailer

  • The Thirty Nine Steps [1959] The Thirty Nine Steps | DVD | (07/07/2003) from £4.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (53.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    While it's true that this 1959 screen adaptation of The 39 Steps pales in comparison to Alfred Hitchcock's seminal 1935 version, it's still a thoroughly enjoyable romp that compensates for a lack of any tension whatsoever with a generous dose of genial good humour. Affable Kenneth More's Richard Hannay more closely resembles the kind of roles Cary Grant was playing for Hitch in the late 1950s; Finnish blonde Taina Elg, in the somewhat unlikely role of a prim Scottish schoolmistress, is his love interest. Although handcuffed together, More and Elg fail to radiate any sexual chemistry, even when scandalously forced to share a room and a bed. Much better are the delightful cameos: Sid James as a roguish lorry driver; Brenda De Banzie as voluptuous psychic Nellie; and Joan Hickson as a simpering teacher. As a thriller it's hardly in the same league as North by Northwest, but as a window on life in England and Scotland in the 1950s, this 39 Steps has much to recommend it. --Mark Walker

  • Spooks: Season 1 [2002] Spooks: Season 1 | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £16.05  |  Saving you £13.94 (46.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    John Le Carre for the internet generation, Spooks is a smart combination of TV cop show and George Smiley-esque espionage shenanigans that pulls no punches in its depiction of an MI5 team fighting a covert war on the streets of London. This is adult, post-watershed drama clearly inspired by the hard-hitting reality style of US shows such as 24 and The Sopranos. The strong ensemble cast is led by charismatic Matthew MacFadyen as Tom Quinn, star spy of "Section B", the counter-terrorism branch headed by Harry Pearce (Peter Firth). Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo and tough-cookie Jenny Agutter make up the team. And as with its British predecessors, Cracker and Prime Suspect, Spooks also delves fearlessly into the characters' turbulent personal lives, here given an added twist by their constant need to deceive even those they love. The six episodes of the BAFTA Award-winning Series 1 tackle a variety of tough issues, including religious fanaticism, racism, governmental cover-ups and, naturally enough, the lingering shadow of Irish terrorism. Throughout, the show strikes a fine balance between a James Bondian techno-obsession with spy gadgets and more character-based action, with crisp writing and pacey direction that ratchets up the tension a notch further with every episode. The final cliffhanger is an unforgettable TV moment, and one that leaves viewers agog for Series 2. On the DVD: Spooks, Series 1 is cleverly presented in a three-disc set with specially filmed "cut scenes" instead of a standard menu: interact with the mysterious office intruder to select the different options: interviews, behind-the-scenes documentaries, deleted scenes, character profiles, audio commentaries and more. It's a neat idea, though one that may outstay its welcome after repeated viewings; fortunately it's possible to skip the opening sequence using the chapter forward button and move directly to the main "desk menu". --Mark Walker

  • The Da Vinci Code (1 Disc Edition)  [2006] The Da Vinci Code (1 Disc Edition) | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £2.48  |  Saving you £17.51 (87.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Uncover The Secret. Dan Brown's international bestseller comes alive in the film The Da Vinci Code

  • Odd Thomas [DVD] Odd Thomas | DVD | (03/02/2014) from £5.89  |  Saving you £10.10 (63.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    From director Stephen Sommers (G.I. Joe, The Mummy, Van Helsing) and based on the novel by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas is the incredible new supernatural action thriller starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Addison Timlin (Californication) and Willem Dafoe (Spiderman). In less than 24 hours, the city of Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. When Odd, a fast food chef with the ability to see the dead and sense impending danger, discovers a dark secret about a stranger in h...

  • Now You See Me [DVD] Now You See Me | DVD | (28/10/2013) from £2.96  |  Saving you £17.03 (85.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In this visually spectacular blend of astonishing illusions and exhilarating action from director Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.

  • The Usual Suspects -- Two-Disc Special Edition [1995] The Usual Suspects -- Two-Disc Special Edition | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £3.39  |  Saving you £17.66 (76.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Bryan Singer's film noir The Usual Suspects casts a mesmerising spell, with the plot luring the viewer into ever-deeper and darker places. According to director, Singer, the premise for the film evolved from a magazine article. What does the phrase "usual suspects" actually mean, who are they and what happens when you probe their identity? Here, they are five expert criminals and a crippled con man in a line-up. The story, told via flashbacks, interrogation scenes and explosive sequences of a heist gone wrong, is a labyrinth of sub-plots and red herrings. Kevin Spacey won a best supporting actor Oscar for his intriguing, blank-eyed turn as the crippled "Verbal" Kint. But Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin and Benicio del Toro are equally fascinating as the mismatched misfits, creating hinterlands for their characters in a single gesture. Chazz Palminteri as the special agent is our main ally in solving the puzzle, but it's really a case of the blind leading the blind. Pete Postlethwaite's bizarre accent, as the sinister legal agent Kobayashi, adds its own layer of mystery to a film that earns cult status entirely on its own merits. On the DVD: this is a dazzling two-disc set which will both please Usual Suspects aficionados and entice the uninitiated. The film itself is presented in widescreen format. The Dolby Digital surround sound quality throbs with tension so that you sense the dialogue and John Ottman's excellent, suspenseful music with your nerve endings rather than just experiencing them aurally. The original cinematic experience comes forcefully into your living room. Numerous extras include a fascinating director/screenwriter commentary (if you haven't seen the film yet, make sure this is turned off or it will wreck the suspense) and endless featurettes, each adding a layer of understanding to the film through observations from the actors, director and writer. A package that sucks you in, blows you out in pieces and still has you coming back for more, this is what special edition DVDs are all about. --Piers Ford

  • Silence [Blu-ray] [2017] Silence | Blu Ray | (08/05/2017) from £8.89  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Martin Scorsese's Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson)??at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo's 1966 acclaimed novel to life, examines the spiritual and religious question of God's silence in the face of human suffering.

  • The Forgotten [2004] The Forgotten | DVD | (21/03/2005) from £2.76  |  Saving you £16.51 (82.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A grieving mother Telly Parada is struggling to cope with the loss of her 9-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist and her husband tell her that she has created eight years of memories of a son she never had. But when she meets the father of one of her son's friends who is having the same experience Telly embarks on a mission to prove her son's existence and her sanity.

  • Cottage To Let [1941] Cottage To Let | DVD | (05/02/2007) from £6.48  |  Saving you £3.51 (35.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A wartime cottage on a Scottish estate becomes a focus of attention when not only the new tenant but a London evacuee and a downed fighter pilot all move in. The interest may not be unconnected with the fact that the landowner is also a key British military inventor. For a start the butler is obviously a Scotland Yard flatfoot.

  • The Departed [Blu-ray] [2006] The Departed | Blu Ray | (13/08/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £25.00 (83.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Cops or criminals; when you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference? A big-budget Hollywood star power remake of the Hong Kong classic crime thriller Infernal Affairs. 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... Marty finally collected the Best Director statuette at the 2007 Oscars after decades of bad luck. Not only that but the Departed also picked up awards for Best Editing Best Adapted Screenplay and Best film!

  • The Bone Collector [2000] The Bone Collector | DVD | (07/08/2000) from £3.83  |  Saving you £19.16 (83.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Released in late 1999, The Bone Collector was originally promoted as a thriller in the tradition of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven, suggesting that it would earn a place among those earlier, better films. Nice try, but no cigar. The Bone Collector settles instead for mere competence and the modest rewards of a well-handled formula. With a terrific cast at his service, director Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm, Patriot Games) turns the pulpy indulgence of Jeffery Deaver's novel into a slick potboiler that is grisly fun only if you don't pick it apart. Noyce expertly builds palpable tension around a series of gruesome murders that lead us into the darkest nooks of New York City. Now a bedridden quadriplegic prone to life-threatening seizures and suicidal depression, forensics detective Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) gets a new lease on life with a sharp young beat cop (Angelina Jolie) who's a wizard at analyzing crime scenes. She does field work while he deciphers clues from his high-tech Manhattan loft, and as they narrow the search their lives are increasingly endangered. As this formulaic plot grows mouldy, Noyce resorts to narrative shortcuts, using perfunctory scenes to manipulate the viewer and taking morbid pleasure in his revelation of the murder scenes. And yet it all works, to a point, and the cast (including Queen Latifah and Luiz Guzmán) is much better than the material. If you're looking for a few good thrills, The Bone Collector is a pretty safe bet. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Crimson Tide [1995] Crimson Tide | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £4.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (75.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    No-nonsense combat veteran Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman) and his newly instated first officer Ron Hunter (Washington) are caught in the middle of a global crisis. On board a nuclear submarine they're heading for Russia where radical nationalists are threatening to start World War III. But when they receive an unverified message to launch their missiles Ramsey and Hunter clash over the validity of the orders.

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