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  • A Christmas Carol [DVD] A Christmas Carol | DVD | (28/09/2015) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Standing out in the crowded field of screen adaptations of the classic Dickens novel A Christmas Carol is hard to do, but this version pulls it off. When a transparent Jacob Marley walks through Ebenezer Scrooge's apartment door, you know you're seeing something both timeless and contemporary. Other strategically placed special effects--a funnel cloud that transports Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present, the hollow spectre of Christmas future--keep you riveted without slipping into anachronism. But, as good as the technology is, the performances are what really power this 93-minute television interpretation. Patrick Stewart brings a depth to Scrooge that allows the character to go beyond the cartoonish qualities that have made him a Christmas mainstay. That doesn't mean he's any less heartless with his hapless employee Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant) or any less dismissive of his well-meaning nephew. A frail-looking Joel Grey makes an excellent ghost of Christmas past, and a superb cast ably fill the remaining roles. Director David Jones, shooting on location in England and at Ealing Studios, has achieved a balance of science and sentiment that will help this version hold up for many years to come. --Kimberly Heinrichs

  • Bones: Season 1 Bones: Season 1 | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £16.09  |  Saving you £3.40 (8.50%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperence Brennan, who works at the Jeffersonian Institution and writes novels as a sideline, has an uncanny ability to read clues left behind in a victim's bones.

  • Ghost Whisperer - Series 1 [2006] Ghost Whisperer - Series 1 | DVD | (09/07/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £31.04 (77.60%)  |  RRP £39.99

    The Dead Are Talking... And She Is Listening. Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is a young newlywed with the unique gift to communicate with spirits of people who have died - a talent that was inherited from her grandmother. The dead seek out Melinda's ability to help them relay significant messages and information to the living. Despite her fear compassion compels her to help these earthbound spirits cross over by completing their unfinished business with the living. Relive these amazing journeys in all 22 first-season episodes. Episodes Comprise: 1. Pilot 2. The Crossing 3. Ghost Interrupted 4. Mended Hearts 5. Lost Boys 6. Homecoming 7. Hope and Mercy 8. On the Wings of a Dove 9. Voices 10. Ghost Bride 11. Shadow Boxer 12. Undead Comic 13. Friendly Neighborhood Ghost 14. Last Execution 15. Melinda's First Ghost 16. Dead Man's Ridge 17. Demon Child 18. Miss Fortune 19. Fury 20. The Vanishing 21. Free Fall 22. The One

  • A Christmas Carol [DVD] A Christmas Carol | DVD | (20/09/2010) from £6.37  |  Saving you £-3.38 (-113.00%)  |  RRP £2.99

    Standing out in the crowded field of screen adaptations of the classic Dickens novel A Christmas Carol is hard to do, but this version pulls it off. When a transparent Jacob Marley walks through Ebenezer Scrooge's apartment door, you know you're seeing something both timeless and contemporary. Other strategically placed special effects--a funnel cloud that transports Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present, the hollow spectre of Christmas future--keep you riveted without slipping into anachronism. But, as good as the technology is, the performances are what really power this 93-minute television interpretation. Patrick Stewart brings a depth to Scrooge that allows the character to go beyond the cartoonish qualities that have made him a Christmas mainstay. That doesn't mean he's any less heartless with his hapless employee Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant) or any less dismissive of his well-meaning nephew. A frail-looking Joel Grey makes an excellent ghost of Christmas past, and a superb cast ably fill the remaining roles. Director David Jones, shooting on location in England and at Ealing Studios, has achieved a balance of science and sentiment that will help this version hold up for many years to come. --Kimberly Heinrichs

  • The Trial [1992] The Trial | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £2.92  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £3.99

    An adaptation by Harold Pinter of Franz Kafka's classic novel about one man's paranoia and persecution. Josef K. for no reason he can imagine is suddenly arrested. As he wanders through a maze of bureaucracy declaring his innocence he becomes more and more entangled in the system -- and he puts himself in ever greater danger. And no matter what he does he can't make the nightmare end.

  • Custody Of The Heart Custody Of The Heart | DVD | (04/07/2005) from £4.25  |  Saving you £-0.80 (-20.10%)  |  RRP £3.99

    Claire thinks she's doing right when she starts up a small company. But everything turns wrong when she finds that the price she pays for a successful business is a failed marriage.

  • Jacknife [DVD] Jacknife | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £8.96  |  Saving you £-2.97 (-49.60%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Based on the acclaimed book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, director Penny Marshall's hit 1990 drama Awakenings stars Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Sayer is a neurologist who discovers that the drug L-Dopa can be used to "unlock" patients in a mental hospital from the mysterious sleeping sickness that has left them utterly immobilized. Leonard (Robert De Niro) is one such patient who awakens after being in a comatose state for 30 years, leaving Sayer to guide Leonard in adjusting to the world around him. Penelope Ann Miller costars as the daughter of another patient, with whom Leonard falls tenuously in love. Earning Oscar nominations for best picture, actor and screenplay, this moving fact-based drama was a hit with critics and audiences alike. --Jeff Shannon

  • Jacknife [1989] Jacknife | DVD | (27/08/2001) from £7.98  |  Saving you £-1.99 (-33.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Made in 1989 and set 15 years after the end of the Vietnam War, Jacknife tells the story of alcoholic trucker Dave (Ed Harris) who lives with his sister Martha (Kathy Baker). Robert De Niro is Megs, Dave's ex-'Nam sidekick who re-enters his life on the promise of a fishing trip. Megs and Martha embark on a tentative courtship to the seething fury of Dave, who considers Megs "bad news". However, through wartime flashbacks it soon becomes clear that his hitting the bottle is a means of bottling up his feelings about Vietnam, Megs and their mutual buddy Bobby, killed in action. Ruminative and romantic, Jacknife slow-burns its predictable though satisfying way to its resolution, the three main players carrying the burdens of their roles with admirable restraint, especially Ed Harris, whose rage is internalised at the expense of his liver. There are echoes of The Deerhunter but this is not a film of that order or scale, as its low-budget synthesiser soundtrack signifies, feeling at times like a superior made-for-TV affair. On the DVD: A full-screen version with a ratio of 4:3. Neither sound nor picture quality are exactly a showcase for DVD technology, both being a little fuzzy, while the dubbing goes noticeably awry on 42 minutes. Special features are decidedly un-special: the original, lugubrious trailer plus "talent profiles" which are merely lists of the main players' previous films. --David Stubbs

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