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  • Noah [DVD] Noah | DVD | (28/07/2014) from £2.94  |  Saving you £16.10 (80.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Darren Aronofsky the Academy Award winning director behind 'Requiem for a Dream' and 'Black Swan' takes the helm of this epic re-telling of the biblical tale Noah. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage sacrifice and hope. Supporting cast features Jennifer Connelly Ray Winstone Emma Watson Anthony Hopkins and Logan Lerman.

  • Requiem For A Dream [2001] Requiem For A Dream | DVD | (06/08/2001) from £4.79  |  Saving you £15.20 (76.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fantasy mixes with the harsh reality of addiction and the desire for hope in Requiem for a Dream. Beginning at the dawn of a new summer in Coney Island, the film charts the relationship of Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) and her son Harry (Jared Leto)--two characters who are lost with in a world of the self-absorbed desire to feed their addictions at the cost of hope and love. With a sublime score (performed by the Kronos Quartet) accompanying some intense visual imagery, the film sets up an almost fairy-tale wash over the characters' lives, with every hit of their chosen drug turning them into beautiful people surrounded by a haze which enhances all their features. However, unlike films such as Trainspotting which turn the dream into a nightmare then end with a huge dose of hope, Requiem for a Dream forces the viewer through all loss of hope and the descending madness of reality, as winter begins. Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Pi is a movie which exposes not only the terror caused by addiction of any kind--be it TV or Heroin--but also offers a powerful insight into the destruction caused by the desire to achieve "the American Dream". Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr, the film sacrifices dialogue in favour of imagery and movement: the editing and cinematography are reminiscent of MTV, however the movie takes this very aggressive style and moulds it to its own needs, adding a beautifully haunting narrative and powerful performances by its four main characters (Burstyn just missing out on an Oscar for Best female lead to Julia Roberts). Ultimately the viewer is left with a sense of desperation and despair: Requiem for a Dream exposes drugs and addiction in the most powerful and truthful way a film has ever managed, leaving no stone unturned. On the DVD: This disc is bursting with excellent special features. The anamorphic widescreen picture makes the most of the film's stylish visuals, and the soundtrack offers choice of either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. As well as offering the obligatory theatrical trailer, scene selection and a fantastic director's commentary, there's also a "making-of" featurette, TV trailers charting the reviews and success of the film, an "Anatomy of a scene", and a wide range of deleted scenes. By far the best feature is Hubert Selby Jr's interview with Ellen Burstyn, which offers the writer a chance to put across not just his opinions on his work but also on life as a whole. All these features are placed within an impressively formatted menu. --Nikki Disney

  • The Fountain The Fountain | DVD | (28/05/2007) from £2.99  |  Saving you £14.66 (73.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Fountain is an odyssey about one man's thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th century Spain where conquistador Tomas Creo commences his search for the Tree of Life the legendary entity believed to grant eternal life to those who drink of its sap. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife Isabel (Rachel Weisz). Traveling through deep space as a 26th century astronaut Tom begins to grasp the mysteries of life that have consumed him for more than a millennium...

  • Black Swan [DVD] Black Swan | DVD | (04/06/2012) from £2.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

  • The Wrestler [DVD] [2008] The Wrestler | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £2.74  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Wrestler stars Mickey Rourke as Randy 'The Ram' Robinson a former World Champion wrestler who now makes his money through small exhibitions and working at the local supermarket. After years of success millions of fans and dollars The Ram's body and family are giving up on him and he faces a daily struggle just to keep his head above water. When the offer of recreating his biggest ever match comes along Robinson can't wait for the time to come but it appears his ailing physique ravaged by years of brutal piledrivers suplexes and steroids is not going to hold out for him. Add to this a tumultous relationship with his estranged daughter and The Ram has plenty on his plate to be concerned with.

  • Pi [1999] Pi | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £5.71  |  Saving you £4.02 (30.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Patterns exist everywhere: in nature, in science, in religion, in business. Max Cohen (played hauntingly by Sean Gullette) is a mathematician searching for these patterns in everything. Yet, he's not the only one, and everyone from Wall Street investors, looking to break the market, to Hasidic Jews, searching for the 216-digit number that reveals the true name of God, are trying to get their hands on Max. This dark, low-budget film was shot in black and white by director Darren Aronofsky. With eerie music, voice-overs, and overt symbolism enhancing the somber mood, Aronofsky has created a disturbing look at the world. Max is deeply paranoid, holed up in his apartment with his computer Euclid, obsessively studying chaos theory. Blinding headaches and hallucinogenic visions only feed his paranoia as he attempts to remain aloof from the world, venturing out only to meet his mentor, Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), who for some mysterious reason feels Max should take a break from his research. Pi is complex--occasionally toocomplex--but the psychological drama and the loose sci-fi elements make this a worthwhile, albeit consuming, watch. Pi won the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. --Jenny Brown

  • Black Swan (DVD + Digital Copy) Black Swan (DVD + Digital Copy) | DVD | (16/05/2011) from £3.14  |  Saving you £15.10 (75.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Feverish worlds such as espionage and warfare have nothing on the hothouse realm of ballet, as director Darren Aronofsky makes clear in Black Swan, his over-the-top delve into a particularly fraught production of Swan Lake. At the very moment hard-working ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) lands the plum role of the White Swan, her company director (Vincent Cassel) informs her that she'll also play the Black Swan--and while Nina's precise, almost virginal technique will serve her well in the former role, the latter will require a looser, lustier attack. The strain of reaching within herself for these feelings, along with nattering comments from her mother (Barbara Hershey) and the perceived rivalry from a new dancer (Mila Kunis), are enough to make anybody crack? and tracing out the fault lines of Nina's breakdown is right in Aronofsky's wheelhouse. Those cracks are broad indeed, as Nina's psychological instability is telegraphed with blunt-force emphasis in this neurotic roller-coaster ride. The characters are stick figures--literally, in the case of the dancers, but also as single-note stereotypes in the horror show: witchy bad mummy, sexually intimidating male boss, wacko diva (Winona Ryder, as the prima ballerina Nina is replacing). Yet the film does work up some crazed momentum (and undeniably earned its share of critical raves), and the final sequence is one juicy curtain-dropper. A good part of the reason for this is the superbly all-or-nothing performance by Natalie Portman, who packs an enormous amount of ferocity into her small body. Kudos, too, to Tchaikovsky's incredibly durable music, which has meshed well with psychological horror at least since being excerpted for the memorably moody opening credits of the 1931 Dracula, another pirouette through the dark side. --Robert Horton

  • Black Swan [Blu-ray] Black Swan | Blu Ray | (08/04/2013) from £7.45  |  Saving you £15.90 (63.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Starring Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) this provocative psychological thriller exhilarated audiences and critics on its way to becoming the must-see film of the year. Portman gives the performance of a lifetime as Nina a stunningly talented but dangerously unstable ballerina on the verge of stardom. Pushed to breaking point by her driven artistic director (Vincent Cassel) and the threat posed by a seductive rival dancer (Mila Kunis) Nina's tenuous grip on reality starts to slip away. As the pressure builds Nina's all-consuming obsessions spin out of control plunging her into a waking nightmare that will threaten not only her sanity but her life.

  • The Fountain [Blu-ray] The Fountain | Blu Ray | (28/05/2007) from £7.87  |  Saving you £12.12 (60.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Fountain is an odyssey about one man's thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th century Spain where conquistador Tomas Creo commences his search for the Tree of Life the legendary entity believed to grant eternal life to those who drink of its sap. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife Isabel (Rachel Weisz). Traveling through deep space as a 26th century astronaut Tom begins to grasp the mysteries of life that have consumed him for more than a millennium....

  • Noah [Blu-ray] Noah | Blu Ray | (28/07/2014) from £5.93  |  Saving you £21.06 (78.00%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Darren Aronofsky the Academy Award winning director behind 'Requiem for a Dream' and 'Black Swan' takes the helm of this epic re-telling of the biblical tale Noah. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage sacrifice and hope. Supporting cast features Jennifer Connelly Ray Winstone Emma Watson Anthony Hopkins and Logan Lerman.

  • Black Swan - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2010] Black Swan - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (16/05/2011) from £4.49  |  Saving you £3.01 (12.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Feverish worlds such as espionage and warfare have nothing on the hothouse realm of ballet, as director Darren Aronofsky makes clear in Black Swan, his over-the-top delve into a particularly fraught production of Swan Lake. At the very moment hard-working ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) lands the plum role of the White Swan, her company director (Vincent Cassel) informs her that she'll also play the Black Swan--and while Nina's precise, almost virginal technique will serve her well in the former role, the latter will require a looser, lustier attack. The strain of reaching within herself for these feelings, along with nattering comments from her mother (Barbara Hershey) and the perceived rivalry from a new dancer (Mila Kunis), are enough to make anybody crack? and tracing out the fault lines of Nina's breakdown is right in Aronofsky's wheelhouse. Those cracks are broad indeed, as Nina's psychological instability is telegraphed with blunt-force emphasis in this neurotic roller-coaster ride. The characters are stick figures--literally, in the case of the dancers, but also as single-note stereotypes in the horror show: witchy bad mummy, sexually intimidating male boss, wacko diva (Winona Ryder, as the prima ballerina Nina is replacing). Yet the film does work up some crazed momentum (and undeniably earned its share of critical raves), and the final sequence is one juicy curtain-dropper. A good part of the reason for this is the superbly all-or-nothing performance by Natalie Portman, who packs an enormous amount of ferocity into her small body. Kudos, too, to Tchaikovsky's incredibly durable music, which has meshed well with psychological horror at least since being excerpted for the memorably moody opening credits of the 1931 Dracula, another pirouette through the dark side. --Robert Horton

  • The Wrestler [Blu-ray] [2008] The Wrestler | Blu Ray | (01/06/2009) from £7.87  |  Saving you £17.12 (68.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Back in the late '80s Randy The Ram Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now twenty years later he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away he begins to evaluate the state of his life - trying to reconnect with his daughter and striking up a romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art which threatens to pull Randy The Ram back in. With a career-defining multi-award winning performance from Mickey Rourke The Wrestler is a moving and unforgettable masterpiece from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky.

  • Black Swan/ The Fountain Double Pack [DVD] [2006] Black Swan/ The Fountain Double Pack | DVD | (04/06/2012) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Black SwanFeverish worlds such as espionage and warfare have nothing on the hothouse realm of ballet, as director Darren Aronofsky makes clear in Black Swan, his over-the-top delve into a particularly fraught production of Swan Lake. At the very moment hard-working ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) lands the plum role of the White Swan, her company director (Vincent Cassel) informs her that she'll also play the Black Swan--and while Nina's precise, almost virginal technique will serve her well in the former role, the latter will require a looser, lustier attack. The strain of reaching within herself for these feelings, along with nattering comments from her mother (Barbara Hershey) and the perceived rivalry from a new dancer (Mila Kunis), are enough to make anybody crack? and tracing out the fault lines of Nina's breakdown is right in Aronofsky's wheelhouse. Those cracks are broad indeed, as Nina's psychological instability is telegraphed with blunt-force emphasis in this neurotic roller-coaster ride. The characters are stick figures--literally, in the case of the dancers, but also as single-note stereotypes in the horror show: witchy bad mummy, sexually intimidating male boss, wacko diva (Winona Ryder, as the prima ballerina Nina is replacing). Yet the film does work up some crazed momentum (and undeniably earned its share of critical raves), and the final sequence is one juicy curtain-dropper. A good part of the reason for this is the superbly all-or-nothing performance by Natalie Portman, who packs an enormous amount of ferocity into her small body. Kudos, too, to Tchaikovsky's incredibly durable music, which has meshed well with psychological horror at least since being excerpted for the memorably moody opening credits of the 1931 Dracula, another pirouette through the dark side. --Robert Horton The FountainScience fiction and romance collide in The Fountain, the ambitious third feature from director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream), who laboured for four years to complete this epic-sized love story that stretches across centuries and galaxies. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz play lovers in each of the film's three settings--16th century Europe and America (Jackman is a Spanish explorer searching for Incan magic), the present day (Jackman is a doctor attempting to cure his dying wife), and the 26th century (Jackman is a space traveller seeking a gateway to the afterlife)-?who struggle mightily to stay united, only to lose each other time and again. Aronofsky may not have chosen the easiest presentation for audiences to absorb his theories on the lasting qualities of life and the transformative powers of death-?the final sequence, in particular, with a bald Jackman floating through space in a bubble, harks back uncomfortably to "head movies" of the late '60s-?but his leads have considerable chemistry (and look terrific to boot), which goes a long way towards securing viewers' hopes for a happy ending. Critical reception for The Fountain has been nothing short of bloodthirsty, with Cannes audiences booing, but there are elements to enjoy here, even if the premise throws one for a loop. Ellen Burstyn (who earned an Oscar nomination for Requiem for a Dream) delivers a typically solid performance as Jackman's boss in the present day sequence, and special effects (most done without the benefit of CGI) are also impressive given the film's low budget (spurred by a mid-production shutdown after original stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett ankled the picture). And science-fiction fans whose tastes run towards the metaphysical (Asimov, Le Guin) will appreciate the attempt to present the genre in a serious light. -- Paul Gaita

  • Requiem For A Dream [Blu-ray] Requiem For A Dream | Blu Ray | (05/10/2015) from £12.29  |  Saving you £7.70 (38.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Emotional drama set in Coney Island, New York about the lives and aspirations of four people compromised by drug abuse. Stars Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn and Jared Leto as mother and son.

  • Fight Club/Pi Fight Club/Pi | DVD | (16/04/2007) from £3.00  |  Saving you £3.60 (40.00%)  |  RRP £8.99

    Fight Club (Dir. David Fincher 1999): A ticking time bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on with underground ""fight clubs"" forming in every town- until a sensuous and mysterious woman comes between the two men and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion. Pitt and Norton deliver knockout performances in this stunningly original darkly comic film from David Fincher based on the controversial book by Chuck Palahniuk. Pi (Dir. Darren Aronofsky 1998): Darren Aronofsky's award-winning directorial debut Pi is a science-fiction thriller about the haunting journey into the genius mind of a renegade visionary Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette). A brilliant troubled man Max is on the verge of the most important discovery of his life. For the past ten years he has been attempting to decode the numerical pattern beneath the ultimate system of ordered chaos - the stock market. As Max verges on a solution chaos is swallowing the world around him. He is pursued by an aggressive Wall Street firm set on financial domination as well as a Kabbalah sect intent on unlocking the secrets behind their ancient holy texts. Max races to crack the code hoping to defy the madness that looms before him. In succeeding he uncovers a secret everyone is willing to kill for.

  • Pi - 15th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1998] Pi - 15th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (12/08/2013) from £13.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (44.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    From acclaimed film-maker Darren Aronofsky director of Requiem for a Dream The Wrestler and Black Swan comes the fifteenth anniversary edition of his debut feature Pi (winner of Best Director at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival). Number theorist Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette) has an obsession with numbers that causes him migraines. When Max's computer crashes after predicting a stock market collapse and spitting out a 216-digit number Max initially dismisses it until the prediction comes true and he realises that it could be the key he has been searching for in this surreal psychological drama.

  • Requiem for a Dream [Blu-ray] Requiem for a Dream | Blu Ray | (17/10/2011) from £6.25  |  Saving you £11.74 (65.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Darren Aronofsky follows up his acclaimed debut Pi with this gritty, emotionally charged film set amidst the abandoned beaches and faded glory of Coney Island, Brooklyn. Based upon the novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby Jr., the story intricately links the lives of a lonely widowed mother (Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn), her son Harry (Jared Leto), his beautiful girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans).Requiem for a Dream is a hypnotic tale of four human beings each pursuing their vision of happiness. Even as everything begins to fall apart, they refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish, gut-wrenching freefall.

  • Requiem For A Dream [DVD] Requiem For A Dream | DVD | (05/10/2015) from £7.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (53.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Emotional drama set in Coney Island, New York about the lives and aspirations of four people compromised by drug abuse. Stars Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn and Jared Leto as mother and son.

  • Stoker / Black Swan (Double Pack) [DVD] Stoker / Black Swan (Double Pack) | DVD | (16/06/2014) from £3.10  |  Saving you £9.89 (76.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Stoker: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Black Swan: A ballet dancer wins the lead in 'Swan Lake' and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

  • Requiem For A Dream Blu-Ray Steelbook Requiem For A Dream Blu-Ray Steelbook | Blu Ray | (28/03/2016) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fantasy mixes with the harsh reality of addiction and the desire for hope in Requiem for a Dream. Beginning at the dawn of a new summer in Coney Island, the film charts the relationship of Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) and her son Harry (Jared Leto)--two characters who are lost with in a world of the self-absorbed desire to feed their addictions at the cost of hope and love. With a sublime score (performed by the Kronos Quartet) accompanying some intense visual imagery, the film sets up an almost fairy-tale wash over the characters' lives, with every hit of their chosen drug turning them into beautiful people surrounded by a haze which enhances all their features. However, unlike films such as Trainspotting which turn the dream into a nightmare then end with a huge dose of hope, Requiem for a Dream forces the viewer through all loss of hope and the descending madness of reality, as winter begins. Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Pi is a movie which exposes not only the terror caused by addiction of any kind--be it TV or Heroin--but also offers a powerful insight into the destruction caused by the desire to achieve "the American Dream". Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr, the film sacrifices dialogue in favour of imagery and movement: the editing and cinematography are reminiscent of MTV, however the movie takes this very aggressive style and moulds it to its own needs, adding a beautifully haunting narrative and powerful performances by its four main characters (Burstyn just missing out on an Oscar for Best female lead to Julia Roberts). Ultimately the viewer is left with a sense of desperation and despair: Requiem for a Dream exposes drugs and addiction in the most powerful and truthful way a film has ever managed, leaving no stone unturned. On the DVD: This disc is bursting with excellent special features. The anamorphic widescreen picture makes the most of the film's stylish visuals, and the soundtrack offers choice of either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. As well as offering the obligatory theatrical trailer, scene selection and a fantastic director's commentary, there's also a "making-of" featurette, TV trailers charting the reviews and success of the film, an "Anatomy of a scene", and a wide range of deleted scenes. By far the best feature is Hubert Selby Jr's interview with Ellen Burstyn, which offers the writer a chance to put across not just his opinions on his work but also on life as a whole. All these features are placed within an impressively formatted menu. --Nikki Disney

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