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  • Hannibal Lecter Trilogy - 2010 version + Silence of the Lambs [DVD] Hannibal Lecter Trilogy - 2010 version + Silence of the Lambs | DVD | (20/09/2010) from £6.43  |  Saving you £18.56 (74.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Box Set Comprises: Red Dragon: The first and most terrifying chapter in the Hannibal Lecter Trilogy. Anthony Hopkins returns in his finest and most chilling performance yet as the malevolent Dr. Hannibal Lecter. FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton Fight Club) is called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy. To stop the brutal murders from continuing Graham must first let Lecter inside his head. Prepare to be disturbed as Graham confronts the brilliantly sinister Lecter in this dark and heart-pounding thriller. With an outstanding cast including Oscar Nominees Ralph Fiennes Emily Watson and Harvey Keitel plus Mary Louise Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. To understand the origin of evil you must first go back to the beginning. The Silence Of The Lambs: This powerful five-time-Academy Award winner will chill you to the bone. When FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is assigned a case involving a monstrous serial killer she seeks counsel from an imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist - Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) whose fascination with the young woman is as great as his hunger for murder. As their relationship develops Starling must confront her own demons - and an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it! Hannibal: Ten years have passed since FBI agent Clarice Starling faced the ingenious Dr. Hannibal Lecter...ten years of watching wondering and waiting. But now the wait is over. The sophisticated killer re-emerges in Florence Italy ready to entice Clarice into their old game of cat-and-mouse. Yet she isn't the only one interested in capturing him. Another mind with a dubious motive - ravenous vengeance - also wishes to stake his claim to the enigma that is Hannibal. But of these three brilliant minds whose cunning will prevail?

  • Silence Of The Lambs [1991] Silence Of The Lambs | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Hannibal Lecter Trilogy [Blu-ray] Hannibal Lecter Trilogy | Blu Ray | (20/09/2010) from £10.49  |  Saving you £34.50 (76.70%)  |  RRP £44.99

    Box Set Comprises: Red Dragon: The first and most terrifying chapter in the Hannibal Lecter Trilogy. Anthony Hopkins returns in his finest and most chilling performance yet as the malevolent Dr. Hannibal Lecter. FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton Fight Club) is called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy. To stop the brutal murders from continuing Graham must first let Lecter inside his head. Prepare to be disturbed as Graham confronts the brilliantly sinister Lecter in this dark and heart-pounding thriller. With an outstanding cast including Oscar Nominees Ralph Fiennes Emily Watson and Harvey Keitel plus Mary Louise Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. To understand the origin of evil you must first go back to the beginning. The Silence of the Lambs: One of the most shocking compelling and diabolical crime thrillers ever made is even more delectable on Blu-Ray! Including in depth documentaries about the film's journey from page to screen director's commentary generous servings of deleted scenes still photos and outtakes - and much more. This powerful five-time-Academy Award winner will chill you to the bone. When FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is assigned a case involving a monstrous serial killer she seeks counsel from an imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist - Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) whose fascination with the young woman is as great as his hunger for murder. As their relationship develops Starling must confront her own demons - and an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it! Hannibal: Ten years have passed since FBI agent Clarice Starling faced the ingenious Dr. Hannibal Lecter... ten years of watching wondering and waiting. But now the wait is over. The sophisticated killer re-emerges in Florence Italy ready to entice Clarice into their old game of cat-and-mouse. Yet she isn't the only one interested in capturing him. Another mind with a dubious motive - ravenous vengeance - also wishes to stake his claim to the enigma that is Hannibal. But of these three brilliant minds whose cunning will prevail? Only one thing is certain.

  • Stop Making Sense - Restored Edition (Limited Edition Packaging) [Blu-ray] Stop Making Sense - Restored Edition (Limited Edition Packaging) | Blu Ray | (16/11/2015) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Widely hailed as the greatest concert movie ever made, director Jonathon Demme's celebrated film captures Talking Heads live at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in December, 1983. The film's legendary opening sees David Byrne walk only an empty stage and give a mesmerising, stripped-back rendition of Pyscho killer. From here the set and the band literally evolve song by song until both are complete and Byrne appears in his iconic 'big suit'. Capturing the infectious energy of a unique Talking Heads performance, Stop Making Sense is an unforgettable musical cinematic experience.

  • Beloved Beloved | DVD | (12/02/2001) from £4.39  |  Saving you £11.60 (72.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover play the unforgettable lead roles in a powerful widely acclaimed cinematic triumph from Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. On a different journey to find freedom Sethe (Winfrey) is constantly confronted by the secrets that have haunted her for years. Then an old friend from out of her past (Glover) unexpectedly re-enters her life. With his help Sethe may finally be able to rediscover who she is and regain her lost sense of hope. Also featuring outstanding performances from Thandie Newton and Lisa Gay Hamilton you'll agree with critics everywhere who've hailed this landmark adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel as one of the year's finest films!

  • Silence Of The Lambs [Blu-ray] [1991] Silence Of The Lambs | Blu Ray | (04/05/2009) from £6.55  |  Saving you £13.44 (67.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As Hannibal The Cannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero--cultured quick-witted uncontainable--a portrait of the sharpest human faculties gone diabolically wrong. His performance marked him as a major star in America and the movie swept the 1991 Academy Awards--Best Picture Director (Jonathan Demme) Actor (Hopkins) Actress (Foster) and Screenplay Adaptation (Ted Tally from the novel by Thomas Harris).

  • The Manchurian Candidate [2004] The Manchurian Candidate | DVD | (04/04/2005) from £4.68  |  Saving you £11.31 (70.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Manchurian Candidate, a classic of paranoid cinema from the 1960s, gets a cunning update, rife with hot-topic references to corporate war profiteering and electronic voting machines. Major Ben Marco (Denzel Washington, Training Day) has been haunted by nightmares ever since a firefight during the first Gulf War--a battle in which he believes he was saved by the heroism of Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber, Kate & Leopold). But Marco's nightmares suggest otherwise and drive him to investigate what happened, which may threaten Shaw's candidacy for vice-president. Meryl Streep plays Shaw's mother, a senior senator who manipulates everyone around her with an iron will and a sharp tongue. The Manchurian Candidate loses steam towards the end, but up until then director Jonathan Demme keeps the movie rolling fluidly, crafting some creepy paranoia of his own while Streep tears into everything in her path. --Bret Fetzer

  • The Last Embrace [Blu-ray] The Last Embrace | Blu Ray | (26/10/2015) from £12.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (35.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mr Majestyk (Bronson) is an ex-con and Vietnam vet whose efforts to run a normal life as a farmer are thwarted by narrow-minded locals and corrupts cops. When a Mafia hitman destroys Majestyk's crop, the farmer snaps. Taking his rifle in hand, he goes after the syndicate assassin, refusing to stop until his work is done. Written for the screen by Elmore Leonard (Out of Sight, Get Shorty), directed by Richard Fleischer (10 Rillington Place, Soylent Green) and starring cinema tough guy Charles Bronson (The Dirty Dozen, Death Wish), Mr Majestyk is a gritty action film full of car chases, shoot-outs and bare-knuckle brawls.

  • Charlie Wilson's War/Philadelphia/Apollo 13 Charlie Wilson's War/Philadelphia/Apollo 13 | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £12.75  |  Saving you £9.36 (37.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Titles Comprise: Charlie Wilson's War: The true story of how a playboy congressman a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history. Their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War with consequences that reverberate throughout the world today. Philadelphia: Up-and-coming young lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. They say he hasn't got what it takes. Andrew knows it's because he's got AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation Andrew hires fierce brilliant personal-injury attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to sue his former employers for wrongful dismissal. Joe is initially reluctant to take on the case. Although he as grown up knowing the pain of prejudice he's never had to confront his own prejudices against homosexuality and AIDS...until now. One man is fighting for his reputation his life and for justice. The other is battling to overcome his own and society's ignorance and fear. 'Philadelphia' is one of the most powerful and critically acclaimed movies of our time. Apollo 13: Stranded 205 000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft astronauts Jim Lovell (Hanks) Fred Haise (Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile at Mission Control astronaut Ken Mattingly (Sinise) flight director Gene Kranz (Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time and the odds to bring them home.

  • Philadelphia [1993] Philadelphia | DVD | (25/05/1998) from £2.98  |  Saving you £7.64 (58.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Philadelphia [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [1993] Philadelphia | Blu Ray | (30/09/2013) from £7.53  |  Saving you £5.30 (40.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Philadelphia wasn't the first movie about AIDS (it followed such worthy independent films as Parting Glances and Longtime Companion), but it was the first Hollywood studio picture to take AIDS as its primary subject. In that sense, Philadelphia is a historically important film. As such, it's worth remembering that director Jonathan Demme (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild, The Silence of the Lambs) wasn't interested in preaching to the converted; he set out to make a film that would connect with a mainstream audience. And he succeeded. Philadelphia was not only a hit, it also won Oscars for Bruce Springsteen's haunting "The Streets of Philadelphia," and for Tom Hanks as the gay lawyer Andrew Beckett who is unjustly fired by his firm because he has AIDS. Denzel Washington is another lawyer (functioning as the mainstream-audience surrogate) who reluctantly takes Beckett's case and learns to overcome his misconceptions about the disease, about those who contract it, and about gay people in general. The combined warmth and humanism of Hanks and Demme were absolutely essential to making this picture a success. The cast also features Jason Robards, Antonio Banderas (as Beckett's lover), Joanne Woodward, and Robert Ridgely, and, of course, those Demme regulars Charles Napier, Tracey Walter and Roger Corman. --Jim Emerson

  • Something Wild [1986] Something Wild | DVD | (06/01/2003) from £6.63  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    That Jonathan Demme's Something Wild is compelling from first to last is down to the chemistry between Melanie Griffith (Lulu) and Jeff Daniels (Charlie). She's bad, trashy and into handcuffed sex with strangers in motel rooms: she even manages to look sexy in a black bobbed wig. He's Mr Ordinary, with suit and steady job and--apparently--a wife and kids. Lulu has him mesmerised from the very start, as she offers him a lift back to the office but instead drives to Pennsylvania for her high-school reunion, stealing from garages along the way. Passing Charlie off as her husband, they run into problems when she meets her real one--the greasy, violent Ray, recently out of jail (Liotta, superb here)--and Charlie bumps into a guy from his office. Ray is not about to give up Lulu and pursues the couple relentlessly back to New York, the chase culminating, inevitably, in violence. It's a most unlikely love story, but as Charlie discovers he's less of a grey man than we all first thought, and a softer side of Lulu is revealed, it seems possible that we could be looking at a happy ending. This is a film that seems as fresh today as when it first appeared and remains one of Demme's finest achievements. On the DVD: Something Wild is a pretty basic DVD package. There are no extras beyond the bog-standard trailer and scene-selection options. The picture quality itself is fine, though it's not as pristine as you'd find with more recent films. The spoken languages and subtitles are restricted to English and Spanish. --Harriet Smith

  • Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense [1994] Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £8.18  |  Saving you £1.81 (18.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in December 1983, filmmaker Jonathan Demme joined creative forces with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth and Talking Heads ... and miracles occurred. Following a staging concept by singer-guitarist David Byrne, this euphoric concert film transcends that all-too-limited genre to become the greatest film of its kind. A guaranteed cure for anyone's blues, it's a celebration of music that never grows old, fuelled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne. The staging--and Demme's filming of it--builds toward an orgasmic release of music, rising from the bare-stage simplicity of Byrne, accompanied only by a boom box on "Psycho Killer" to the ecstatic crescendo of "Burning Down the House", by which time the Heads and additional personnel have all arrived on stage for a performance that seems channelled from heaven for the purpose of universal uplift. (God bless Demme for avoiding shots of the luckiest audience in 80s pop history; its presence is acknowledged but not at the viewer's expense.) With the deliriously eccentric Byrne as ringleader (pausing mid-concert to emerge in his now-legendary oversized suit), this circus of musical pleasure defies the futility of reductive description; it begs to be experienced, felt in the heart, head and bones, and held there the way we hold on to cherished memories. On those three nights in December 1983, Talking Heads gave love, life, and joy in generous amounts that years cannot erode, and Demme captured this act of creative goodwill on film with minimalist artistic perfection. Stop Making Sense is an invitation to pleasure that will never wear out its welcome. --Jeff Shannon

  • Philadelphia - Collector's Edition [1993] Philadelphia - Collector's Edition | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £2.59  |  Saving you £8.50 (65.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Up-and-coming young lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. They say he hasn't got what it takes. Andrew knows it's because he's got AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation Andrew hires fierce brilliant personal-injury attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to sue his former employers for wrongful dismissal. Joe is initially reluctant to take on the case. Although he as grown up knowing the pain of prejudice he's never

  • The Silence Of The Lambs [1991] The Silence Of The Lambs | DVD | (06/08/2001) from £4.49  |  Saving you £0.11 (1.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Based on Thomas Harris's novel, Jonathan Demme's terrifying adaptation of Silence of the Lambs contains only a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat) and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: On disc one, the film itself looks clinically sharp in a faultless widescreen (1.85:1) anamorphic transfer, while the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack makes the most of the chilling sound effects and Howard Shore's masterfully understated score. Unlike the Region 1 Criterion Collection, however, there is no audio commentary at all. On the second disc, the all-new hour-long "making-of" documentary features contributions from the screenwriter, producer, composer, costume designer, make-up effects people and even the moth wrangler ("There were no moths harmed in the filming!") as well as Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill) and Anthony Hopkins, who talks at length about creating Lecter. Conspicuous by their absence are Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster. Aside from the usual trailers and stills gallery there are 21 deleted scenes, many of which are not whole scenes but deleted excerpts, a promotional featurette made in 1991 and an outtakes reel that proves the cast really did have fun making this scary picture. For those who want to scare all their friends, there's also an answerphone message from Anthony Hopkins "in character". --Mark Walker

  • Neil Young - Heart Of Gold Neil Young - Heart Of Gold | DVD | (20/11/2006) from £3.49  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Heart of Gold is Jonathan Demme's intimate musical portrait of legendary singer / songwriter Neil Young filmed on the occasion of the world premier of Young's ""Prairie Wind"" concert at Nashville's hallowed Ryman Auditorium in 2005. Young's music provides an emotionally rich view into this unique artists relationship to family friends mortality and the passage of time. Young is accompanied onstage by many long time musical companions including country star Emmylou Harris Neil's wi

  • Married To The Mob [1989] Married To The Mob | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Angela de Marco (Michelle Pfeiffer) is fed up with her life Married to the Mob. As luck would have it, her hubby Frank (Alec Baldwin) is knocked off by head honcho Tony "the Tiger" Russo (an Oscar-nominated Dean Stockwell), which leaves her free to start a new life in the Big Apple. The only problem is that the FBI are desperate to nab Tony, and manage to send the one Agent (Matthew Modine) most likely to fall in love with her. Plot-wise, then, this is predictable fluff. The joys are in the details of Jonathan Demme's direction: New York's streets come alive under his hand-held camerawork; a lot of dialogue is comically delivered direct to camera (a device he used for dramatic effect later with The Silence of the Lambs); and background characters each leave their mark given memorable--often-hilarious--screen time. As a black comedy it isn't quite so memorable as Demme's explosive earlier work on Something Wild, but if there's one thing sure to stick with you here it's the sensationally colourful late-80s fashions and hairstyles. On the DVD: Married to the Mob is a bare-bones release that only adds a trailer. It is presented in its original widescreen ratio, however, and for the most part the transfer is pretty clean. --Paul Tonks

  • Greatest Ever Heroic Movies Collection Greatest Ever Heroic Movies Collection | DVD | (27/10/2008) from £10.18  |  Saving you £24.81 (70.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    This Box Set contains the following films: Gladiator: The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximus' favor with the emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus.... In The Name Of The Father: The true-life saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in strife torn '70s Belfast Gerry's main interests are getting drunk and partying much to the dismay of his quiet frail father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite). When Gerry angers the IRA his father sends him to England where his antics put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent but forced to confess to an act of savage terrorism he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the 'Guildford Four'. An innocent Giuseppe is also arrested and while behind bars Gerry learns that his father's seeming frailty masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer Gerry determines to prove his innocence clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history. Catch A Fire: A political thriller that powerfully tells the real-life story of a South African hero's journey to freedom. In the country's turbulent and divided times in the 1980s Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) is an oil refinery foreman and soccer coach who is apolitical - until he and his wife Precious (Bonnie Henna) are jailed. Patrick is stunned into action against the country's oppressive reigning system even as police Colonel Nic Vos (Tim Robbins) further insinuates himself into the Chamussos' lives. Philadelphia: Up-and-coming young lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. They say he hasn't got what it takes. Andrew knows it's because he's got AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation Andrew hires fierce brilliant personal-injury attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to sue his former employers for wrongful dismissal. Joe is initially reluctant to take on the case. Although he as grown up knowing the pain of prejudice he's never had to confront his own prejudices against homosexuality and AIDS...until now. The Shawshank Redemption: City banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders he received a double life sentence and discovers that when they send you to Shawshank State Prison for life that is exactly what they take. Within the confines of Shawshank Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red (Morgan Freeman). He also becomes popular with the Warden and the prison's guards as Andy is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes. With an extraordinary twist in the tale Andy finds that survival comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying...

  • Neil Young: Journeys [DVD] [2012] Neil Young: Journeys | DVD | (10/06/2013) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall where he intimately performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme. This all-new documentary includes 12 live concert performances.

  • Rachel Getting Married [DVD] Rachel Getting Married | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £4.04  |  Saving you £14.42 (72.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When an estranged daughter (Hathaway) returns to her family home for her sister's wedding the effects on the family dynamics are obvious. Conjuring up both heartbreaking and hilarity this romantic comedy tells a family tale with no lack of subtlety.

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