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The Honourable Woman | DVD | (01/09/2014)
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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.
Vertigo | DVD | (17/10/2005)
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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
Mona Lisa | DVD | (27/04/2015)
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Neil Jordan's dark, romantic Mona Lisa stars Bob Hoskins as a tough but lovable thug. Just out of prison, he's given a job by his old boss (Michael Caine) as chauffeur to a gorgeous but chilly call-girl (Cathy Tyson). For all his criminal experience, this guy is surprisingly innocent; when he develops a crush on the woman he's driving, it leads inevitably to tragedy. Hoskins is heartbreakingly good as this poor thick sod, while Caine projects an oily malevolence. Tyson is also fine as a woman who has secrets of her own. --Marshall Fine
Face/Off | DVD | (11/06/2001)
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At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woo's first American film to reach the pitched level of his best Hong Kong work (Hard-Boiled). He takes a patently absurd premise--hero and villain exchange identities by literally swapping faces in science-fiction plastic surgery--and creates a double-barrelled revenge film driven by the split psyches of its newly redefined characters. FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must play the villain to move through the underworld while psychotic terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) becomes a perversely paternal family man, while using every tool at his disposal to destroy his nemesis. Travolta vamps Cage's tics and flamboyant excess with the grace of a dancer after his transformation from cop to criminal, while Cage plays the sullen, bottled-up agent excruciatingly trapped behind the face of the man who killed his son. His attempts to live up to the terrorist's reputation become cathartic explosions of violence that both thrill and terrify him. This is merely icing on the cake for action fans, the dramatic backbone for some of the most visceral action thrills ever. Woo fills the screen with one show-stopping set-piece after another, bringing a poetic grace to the action freakout with sweeping camerawork and sophisticated editing. This marriage of melodrama and mayhem ups the ante from cops-and-robbers clichés to a conflict of near-mythic levels. --Sean Axmaker
Taken/Taken 2/Taken 3 | Blu Ray | (15/06/2015)
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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.
Strangers On A Train (1951) | DVD | (09/04/2001)
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From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It's not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student's delight and a perversely enjoyable battle of wits between tennis pro Guy (Farley Granger) and his mysterious, sycophantic admirer, Bruno (Robert Walker), who proposes a "criss-cross" scheme of traded murders. Bruno agrees to kill Guy's unfaithful wife, in return for which Guy will (or so it seems) kill Bruno's spiteful father. With an emphasis on narrative and visual strategy, Hitchcock controls the escalating tension with a master's flair for cinematic design, and the plot (coscripted by Raymond Chandler) is so tightly constructed that you'll be white-knuckled even after multiple viewings. Strangers on a Train remains one of Hitchcock's crowning achievements and a suspenseful classic that never loses its capacity to thrill and delight. --Jeff Shannon
Touch of Evil (1958) (Masters of Cinema) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011)
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Considered by many to be the greatest B movie ever made, the original-release version of Orson Welles's film noir masterpiece Touch of Evil was, ironically, never intended as a B movie at all--it merely suffered that fate after it was taken away from writer-director Welles, then reedited and released in 1958 as the second half of a double feature. Time and critical acclaim would eventually elevate the film to classic status (and Welles's original vision was meticulously followed for the film's 1998 restoration), but for four decades this original version stood as a testament to Welles's directorial genius. From its astonishing, miraculously choreographed opening shot (lasting over three minutes) to Marlene Dietrich's classic final line of dialogue, this sordid tale of murder and police corruption is like a valentine for the cinematic medium, with Welles as its love-struck suitor. As the corpulent cop who may be involved in a border-town murder, Welles faces opposition from a narcotics officer (Charlton Heston) whose wife (Janet Leigh) is abducted and held as the pawn in a struggle between Heston's quest for truth and Welles's control of carefully hidden secrets. The twisting plot is wildly entertaining (even though it's harder to follow in this original version), but even greater pleasure is found in the pulpy dialogue and the sheer exuberance of the dazzling directorial style. --Jeff Shannon
Unbreakable -- 2-disc Collector's Edition | DVD | (29/10/2001)
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In Unbreakable, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan reunites with Sixth Sense star Bruce Willis, comes up with another story of everyday folk baffled by the supernatural (or at least unknown-to-science) and returns to his home town, presenting Philadelphia as a wintry haunt of the bizarre yet transcendent. This time around, Willis (in earnest, agonised, frankly bald Twelve Monkeys mode) has the paranormal abilities, and a superbly un-typecast Samuel L. Jackson is the investigator who digs into someone else's strange life to prompt startling revelations about his own. David Dunn (Willis), an ex-jock security guard with a failing marriage (to Robin Wright Penn), is the stunned sole survivor of a train derailment. Approached by Elijah Price (Jackson), a dealer in comic book art who suffers from a rare brittle bone syndrome, Dunn comes to wonder whether Price's theory that he has superhuman abilities might not hold water. Dunn's young son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) encourages him to test his powers and the primal scene of Superman bouncing a bullet off his chest is rewritten as an amazing kitchen confrontation when Joseph pulls the family gun on Dad in a desperate attempt to convince him that he really is unbreakable (surely, "Invulnerable" would have been a more apt title). Half-convinced he is the real-world equivalent of a superhero, Dunn commences a never-ending battle against crime but learns a hard lesson about balancing forces in the universe. Throughout, the film refers to comic-book imagery--with Dunn's security guard slicker coming to look like a cape, and Price's gallery taking on elements of a Batcave-like lair--while the lectures on artwork and symbolism feed back into the plot. The last act offers a terrific suspense-thriller scene, which (like the similar family-saving at the end of The Sixth Sense) is a self-contained sub-plot that slingshots a twist ending that may have been obvious all along. Some viewers might find the stately solemnity with which Shyamalan approaches a subject usually treated with colourful silliness offputting, but Unbreakable wins points for not playing safe and proves that both Willis and Jackson, too often cast in lazy blockbusters, have the acting chops to enter the heart of darkness. --Kim Newman
Better Watch Out | DVD | (16/04/2018)
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BETTER WATCH OUT is the insanely entertaining comedy horror that critics are calling ?dangerous, deeply demented and blisteringly smart'.* On a peaceful and quiet suburban street during the holiday season, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a 'normal' home invasion. Featuring a superb cast led by Olivia DeJonge, star of M. Night Shyamalan's smash hit The Visit, and Levi Miller, star of Pan, BETTER WATCH OUT is a deliriously vicious thrill ride packed with original twists and turns. Chris Peckover directs this sinister holiday horror that is destined to be a Christmas classic. *source: ain't it cool
Killing Season | DVD | (18/08/2014)
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Sharing the screen for the first time in motion picture history Academy Award&reg; winner Robert De Niro and two-time Oscar&reg; nominee John Travolta star in the nail-biting Killing Season. Two veterans of the Bosnian War - one an American named Benjamin Ford (Robert De Niro) the other a former Serbian soldier Emil Kovac (John Travolta) - engage in a tense action-packed cat and mouse game against the backdrop of America's most forbidding and remote landscape - the Appalachian mountain wilderness.
Bad Lieutenant - Port Of Call New Orleans | Blu Ray | (27/09/2010)
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Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans features a crooked drug-addicted cop (Nicolas Cage) who takes sexual favours for bribes.
The Bogart And Bacall Collection | DVD | (17/09/2012)
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FOUR DISC DVD SET (To Have and Have Not / The Big Sleep / Dark Passage / Key Largo) TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT - "Anybody got a match?" The match for film fans is Bogart and Bacall in their incendiary (and legendary) first pairing. THE BIG SLEEP - In this unequaled masterpiece, the two stars are embroiled in suspense in this landmark hard-boiled Raymond Chandler whodunit. DARK PASSAGE - San Quentin escapee Bogart emerges from plastic surgery with a new face and with Bacall at his side as he tries to clear his name in this stylish film noir. KEY LARGO - Trapped by a storm and a killer! Bogart and Bacall ride out a hurricane while facing the business end of Edward G. Robinson's gun
All I See Is You | DVD | (05/03/2018)
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A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.
Strangers On A Train | DVD | (01/11/2004)
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Two strangers making idle chitchat on a train agree that ""some people are better off dead"" and hypothetically speculate that if they swapped murders they could commit the perfect motiveless crime. Only later does one of the men realise that the other was serious about his murderous intentions... This first-class thriller from Alfred Hitchcock the 'Master of Suspense' is based on a Patricia Highsmith novel and was co-scripted by Raymond Chandler. Robert Burks received an Oscar
The Boy Next Door | DVD | (06/07/2015)
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Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry the film also stars Ryan Guzman John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.
Black Mass | Blu Ray | (21/03/2016)
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In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiralled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. The film also stars Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as Whitey's brother, powerful State Senator Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane as Steve Flemmi, Whitey's closest partner in crime; Jesse Plemons as Whitey's main henchman, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGuire; Dakota Johnson as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey's former girlfriend and mother of his only child and Peter Sarsgaard as Brian Halloran. Click Images to Enlarge
Bonded By Blood 1&2 Double Pack | DVD | (22/05/2017)
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Based on the book by one time Essex Boys gang member Bernard O'Mahoney - In the aftermath of the infamous 'Essex Boys' Range Rover killings, a group of younger, flashier criminals emerge to fill the power vacuum. RICKY PERCIVAL - kingpin of his own thriving drugs empire; DAMON ALVIN - an arrogant loudmouth with a short fuse; and DEAN BOSHELL - a small time thief, prepared to go to any lengths to be accepted. Their ambitions are fuelled by ego, greed and a lust for power that will not only tear their friendship apart but end in tragedy and the ultimate injustice.
Filth | DVD | (10/02/2014)
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Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion his wife will return to him. No problem. But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic hilarious and memorable answers unfold in Filth... Directed by Jon S. Baird from his own screenplay Filth stars James McAvoy in the leading role with a supporting cast that includes Jamie Bell Jim Broadbent Imogen Poots Eddie Marsan Joanne Froggatt Gary Lewis Emun Elliott and John Sessions.
Sleuth | DVD | (28/04/2008)
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Think Of The Perfect Crime; Then Go One Step Further... Wealthy mystery novelist Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier) invites lower-class hairdresser Milo Tindle (Michael Caine) to his elegant English mansion to discuss Milo's affair with Wyke's wife. But when Andrew proposes that Milo participate in a robbery scheme to benefit them all the two rivals find themselves locked in an increasingly devious duel of wits and deceptions. Who is the player? Who is the pawn? And in the shocking and wicked final twist who will win the deadliest game of all? Three decades after its original release Sleuth remains beloved for the virtuoso performances by Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine its brilliant script by playwright Anthony Shaffer (Frenzy The Wicker Man) and as the final film of legendary director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve). Now experience this classic thriller like never before as Sleuth is presented in a sparkling new widescreen transfer created from original vault materials.
Wild at Heart | DVD | (04/06/2012)
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An erotic, violent, disturbing, blackly-humorous road movie that confirmed David Lynch's position as the most startling and original film-maker of his generation. A twisted homage to The Wizard of Oz, this takes Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern on one of the most bizarre journeys of all time, as they escape from the clutches of her evil mother (Oscar(r) Nominated Diane Ladd).