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  • Never Let Me Go (2010) [DVD] Never Let Me Go (2010) | DVD | (27/06/2011) from £4.83  |  Saving you £15.16 (75.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As children Ruth Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

  • One Hour Photo [2002] One Hour Photo | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £2.98  |  Saving you £13.10 (72.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    One Hour Photo marks Robin Williams' third film running as the bad guy, following on from Insomnia and the straight-to-video (in the UK) Death to Smoochy. It's also his most chilling role to date. Playing "photo guy" Sy Parrish, obsessed by the seemingly perfect family who are his most regular customers, he paints a desperate image of a lonely, fanatical man whose only comfort lies in imagining himself a part of the lives of the wealthy, happy Yorkins family (headed by Connie Nielsen). Devastated by being fired from his job at the processing lab, and making a shocking discovery on his exit, he descends into psychosis. Director and screenwriter Mark Romanek, previously best known for his Nine Inch Nails and Madonna music videos, has made a stylish, distinctive entry into the world of mainstream movies; the film combines an ever-intensifying sense of menace with some unconventional shocks that never descend into clichés. Refreshingly, the film is presented from Parrish's point of view rather than the Yorkins', and it's a real (if disquieting) treat to see Williams ditch his usual bumbling buffoon character and get another meaty role to sink his teeth into. Eschewing the formulas and devices of the standard thriller with bleak effectiveness, One Hour Photo is a far more intelligent proposition than most of its peers--though it may be a disappointment to those expecting visceral thrills. On the DVD: One Hour Photo's beautifully austere photography and skilful use of colour translates excellently to the DVD's anamorphic widescreen format. The stylish menu screens have a photo-processing theme with stills and film footage; the extras comprise an informative and often amusing commentary from Romanek and Williams, a 25-minute Sundance Channel "Anatomy of a Scene" feature, a 12-minute Cinemax featurette, and an in-depth and entertaining half-hour interview with director and star from New York's acclaimed Charlie Rose show. The film is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and both movie and commentary are subtitled in English only. --Rikki Price

  • The Work Of Director Mark Romanek The Work Of Director Mark Romanek | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £17.33  |  Saving you £-0.34 (-2.00%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Features twenty five music videos directed by Mark Romanek. Tracklist includes: Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Can't Stop' Audioslave - 'Cochise' Beck - 'Devil's Haircut' Madonna - 'Rain' Weezer - 'El Scorcho' Lenny Kravitz - 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' and En Vogue - 'Free Your Mind'.

  • Don't Say A Word / One Hour Photo / What Lies Beneath [2001] Don't Say A Word / One Hour Photo / What Lies Beneath | DVD | (06/09/2004) from £7.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Don't Say A Word Michael Douglas is tremendous (Tribune New Services) in this psychological thriller in the classic Hitchcock tradition (The New York Observer). When the daughter of a prominent New York psychiatrist (Douglas) is kidnapped his only hope for her safe return is to pry a 6-digit number from the memory of a troubled teenage girl; time is running out... One Hour Photo In this unnerving thriller an employee in a one-hour photo lab (Robin Williams) becomes obsessed with a young suburban family... What Lies Beneath It had been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer (Ford) betrayed his beautiful wife Claire (Pfeiffer). But with Claire oblivious to the truth and the affair over Norman's life and marriage seemed perfect. So perfect that when Claire tells him that she is hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman's ghostly image in their home he dismisses her mounting terror as delusion. However as Claire moves closer to the truth it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed and has come back for Dr. Norman Spencer... and his beautiful wife.

  • Never Let Me Go (2010) [Blu-ray] Never Let Me Go (2010) | Blu Ray | (27/06/2011) from £4.00  |  Saving you £15.90 (63.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    As children Ruth Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

  • Conviction/ Never Let Me Go Double Pack [DVD] [2010] Conviction/ Never Let Me Go Double Pack | DVD | (04/06/2012) from £2.63  |  Saving you £10.36 (79.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    ConvictionHilary Swank gives another tremendous performance--steely, determined, vulnerable--in the courtroom/family drama Conviction. The film is based on a real case, of Betty Anne Waters (Swank), who as a last resort puts herself through law school to take on the case of her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell, also outstanding). Kenny is convicted of murder, despite a weak prosecution case, but Betty Anne can't get any lawyer to explore a retrial or appeal. Director Tony Goldwyn (Dexter, Damages) keeps the action moving along crisply and believably, even during the almost interminable stretches of Kenny's imprisonment. The terrific script by Pamela Gray (Music of the Heart) weaves in occasional shadows of doubt about whether Kenny is actually innocent, so that a story that could be formulaic is anything but. The viewer isn't sure most of the way through Conviction if Kenny is guilty or not--but is completely swept up in Swank's incredible performance depicting Betty Anne's own conviction--that "you do anything for your family. Period." As she did in Boys Don't Cry, Swank puts her own gritty spin on a real-life character, whom she inhabits like a second skin. Her Betty Anne is a blue-collar pit bull, and her sheer determination is itself a force of nature. The supporting cast of Conviction also shines, including Minnie Driver as Betty Anne's law school pal, and an especially effective Juliette Lewis playing Kenny's broken-down ex-girlfriend, who's buried some secrets of her own. Also a standout is Melissa Leo as the policewoman whose initial arrest of Kenny might have been loaded with her own agenda. The chemistry, especially between Rockwell, a man very nearly defeated after years behind bars, and Swank, is palpable and will capture the viewer in intense dramatic territory that won't be soon forgotten. --A.T. Hurley Never Let Me GoIn adapting Kazuo Ishiguro's celebrated novel, director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) and screenwriter Alex Garland (Sunshine) transform dystopian fiction into period drama by presenting an alternate past in which people routinely live beyond 100--at a cost to those who make it possible. In the 1970s, Kathy (Isobel Meikle-Small) and Ruth (Ella Purnell) attend Hailsham, a British boarding school where Miss Emily (Charlotte Rampling) holds sway--and no one ever mentions their parents. When new teacher Miss Lucy (Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky) arrives, she reaches out to the awkward Tommy (Charlie Rowe), with whom Kathy becomes close--until jealous Ruth steals him away. Then Lucy reveals what will happen when they leave. By the 1980s, Kathy (a poignant Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley), and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) live in the country until they're ready to fulfill their purpose. With Ruth and Tommy an item, Kathy becomes a carer, a sort of social worker. Over the years, the three go their separate ways until the 1990s, by which point their time will run out unless they can arrange for a deferral. Throughout, Romanek never presents alternate points of view; the audience experiences this brave new world only through the eyes of its sheltered protagonists. If the story raises issues that recall Orwell, the unhurried pace echoes The Remains of the Day, Merchant Ivory's Ishiguro adaptation. Similarly, Never Let Me Go is a work of great skill and compassion, but make no mistake: it's also very, very depressing. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • One Hour Photo [Blu-ray] One Hour Photo | Blu Ray | (13/05/2013) from £7.45  |  Saving you £5.12 (39.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    One Hour Photo is a psychological thriller featuring Academy Award - winner Robin Williams. In this intense and chilling story, Williams gives a critically acclaimed performance as a lonely photo technician who becomes deeply obsessed with a young family whose pictures he develops.

  • The Book Thief / Life Of Pi / Never Let Me Go - 3 Film Collection [DVD] The Book Thief / Life Of Pi / Never Let Me Go - 3 Film Collection | DVD | (17/11/2014) from £6.45  |  Saving you £18.90 (67.50%)  |  RRP £27.99

    The Book Thief Based on the best-selling book comes the story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II Germany. Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR® Winner Geoffrey Rush and OSCAR® Nominee Emily Watson). Although she arrives illiterate Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father. When the couple take in Max (Ben Schnetzer) a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army Liesel befriends him. Words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them in this acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). Never Let Me Go Academy Award® Nominees Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley co-star with Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) in this poignant and powerful film. Kathy (Mulligan) Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield) are best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. When they learn the shocking truth – that they are genetically engineered clones raised to be organ donors – they embrace their fleeting chance to live and love. Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day ) Never Let Me Go is an intriguing exploration of hope and humanity. Life of Pi Embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this visual masterpiece from Oscar® Winner Ang Lee based on the best-selling novel. After a cataclysmic shipwreck an Indian boy named Pi finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a ferocious Bengal tiger. Together they face nature’s majestic grandeur and fury on an epic journey of discovery.

  • One Hour Photo Steel Pack [Blu-ray] One Hour Photo Steel Pack | Blu Ray | (02/02/2015) from £7.45  |  Saving you £3.50 (15.20%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Robin Williams delivers his “finest hour” (USA TODAY) in “one of the most absorbing effective thrillers in years” (NBC-TV ). Sy “the photo guy” Parrish (Williams) has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins’ lives become fuller Sy’s only seems lonelier until he eventually believes he’s part of their family. When “Uncle” Sy’s picture-perfect fantasy collides with an ugly dose of reality what happens next “has the spine-tingling elements of the best psychological thrillers!” (THE NEW YORK OBSERVER)

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