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  • Macbeth [1971] Macbeth | DVD | (27/05/2002) from £4.87  |  Saving you £15.12 (75.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth remains one of the most infamous for a number of reasons: the copious amounts of bloody gore, its expert use of location settings (filmed in North Wales) and Lady Macbeth's nude sleepwalking scene. Despite its notoriety, though, this does remain one of the more compelling film adaptations of the Scottish tragedy, if one of the more pessimistic takes on the story of Macbeth and his overreaching ambition. If you think the play is normally a bit of a downer, you haven't seen Polanski's bleak version of it, made in reaction to the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson "family". Jon Finch (Hitchcock's Frenzy) is a forceful Macbeth, bringing out the Scot's warrior instincts, and Francesca Annis is a memorable Lady Macbeth but the main thrust of the film belongs to Polanski's and noted British playwright and critic Kenneth Tynan's take on the play: extremely violent, nihilistic and visceral; this is down-in-the-dirt, no-holds-barred Shakespeare, not fussy costume drama. Pay close attention to the end, a silent coda that puts a chilling twist on all the action that has come beforehand and foreshadows more tragedy to come. --Mark Englehart

  • Oliver Twist Oliver Twist | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £5.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (66.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Escaping the workhouse to seek a better life in London young Oliver Twist (Clark) is befriended by a pickpocket known as the Artful Dodger and introduced to a collective of young boys who are trained to steal for their enigmatic master Fagin (Kingsley)... Reuniting with screenwriter Ronald Harwood (who scripted the Oscar-winning The Pianist for him) Roman Polanski approaches Charles Dickens' formidable classic with an earthiness not present in previous cinematic versi

  • Frantic [1987] Frantic | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £6.43  |  Saving you £7.56 (54.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Living in exile in Paris after eluding a controversial charge of statutory rape in America, director Roman Polanski seemed professionally adrift during the 1980s, making only one film (the ill-fated Pirates) between 1979 and 1988. Then Polanski found inspiration--and a major star in Harrison Ford--to make Frantic, a thriller that played directly into Polanski's gift for creating an atmosphere of mystery, dread, escalating suspense and uncertain fate. Set in Paris (Polanski couldn't go to Hollywood, so Hollywood came to him), the story begins when an American heart surgeon (Ford) arrives in the City of Lights with his wife (Betty Buckly) for a medical convention. They check into a posh hotel, and in a brilliantly directed scene, Ford takes a shower and emerges to find that his wife has vanished. This mysterious disappearance--and a confusion between two identical pieces of luggage--leads Ford into the Paris underground and a plot that grows increasingly dangerous as he approaches the truth of his wife's disappearance. The plot of Frantic gets too complicated, and the pace drops off in the cluttered second half, but in Polanski's capable hands the film is blessed with moments of heightened suspense in the tradition of classic thrillers. --Jeff Shannon

  • Rosemary's Baby [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] Rosemary's Baby | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Under ROMAN POLANSKI's chilling direction, a classic thriller is born. Rosemary (MIA FARROW) and Guy Woodhouse (JOHN CASSAVETES) are newlyweds, but Rosemary has no idea that her wedded bliss is about to come to a horrific end. Her husband's ambition as a struggling actor is about to plunge her into an abyss of terror like she has never known. In exchange for a taste of fame, Guy makes a deal with the devil that puts his wife and soul in jeopardy. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, her husband b...

  • Chinatown [DVD] [1974] Chinatown | DVD | (14/01/2013) from £2.75  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Roman Polanski's brooding film noir exposes the darkest side of the land of sunshine, the Los Angeles of the 1930s, where power is the only currency--and the only real thing worth buying. Jack Nicholson is JJ Gittes, a private eye in the Chandler mould, who during a routine straying-spouse investigation finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a jigsaw puzzle of clues and corruption. The glamorous Evelyn Mulwray (a dazzling Faye Dunaway) and her titanic father, Noah Cross (John Huston), are at the black-hole centre of this tale of treachery, incest, and political bribery. The crackling, hard-bitten script by Robert Towne won a well-deserved Oscar, and the muted colour cinematography makes the goings-on seem both bleak and impossibly vibrant. Polanski himself has a brief, memorable cameo as the thug who tangles with Nicholson's nose. One of the greatest, most completely satisfying crime films of all time. --Anne Hurley, Amazon.com

  • The Pianist [2002] The Pianist | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £5.99  |  Saving you £11.18 (62.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A brilliant pianist a Polish Jew witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

  • Weekend Of A Champion [DVD] Weekend Of A Champion | DVD | (04/11/2013) from £7.19  |  Saving you £5.80 (44.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In 1971 Motor Racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart's world for three days both on the track and off. The result is an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Forty years on Polanski and Stewart meet once again. In a remarkable post-script they discuss the sport both past and present with a unique and unmatched perspective.

  • The Pianist [Blu-ray] [2002] The Pianist | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009) from £8.19  |  Saving you £7.80 (48.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A brilliant pianist a Polish Jew witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

  • Cul-De-Sac [Blu-ray] [1966] [Region Free] Cul-De-Sac | Blu Ray | (27/02/2017) from £13.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Roman Polanski (Repulsion) orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director's golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasance (Halloween) and Françoise Dorl�ac (The Soft Skin) star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is infiltrated by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander (Unfaithfully Yours). The three engage in a game of shifting identities and sexual and emotional humiliations. Cul-de-sac is an evocative, claustrophobic, and morbidly funny tale of the modern world in chaos. Special Features: New digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Two Gangsters and an Island, a 2003 short documentary about the making of Cul-de-sac, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor Interview with Polanski from 1967 Theatrical trailers PLUS: A booklet featuring Click Images to Enlarge

  • The Ninth Gate [2000] The Ninth Gate | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £4.10  |  Saving you £5.89 (59.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    For a while it looks like Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate, adapted from the novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, might recapture the beautiful uneasiness of such masterpieces as Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. The horror of a Roman Polanski picture is not about spectacle and shock but a goose-pimply sense of evil lurking just outside the frame and hidden behind the faces of slightly unsettling characters. Here, a calm, almost sleepy Johnny Depp plays cynical, unscrupulous rare-book hunter Dean Corso, who's hired by demonologist Boris Balkan (Frank Langella) to authenticate a rare volume that, legend has it, was co-written by Lucifer himself. Dean leaves a Gothic looking New York (re-created in Europe by Polanski as a sinister city of shadows) for Portugal and Paris to compare Balkan's volume with the two copies known to be in existence and uncovers a mystery with unholy ramifications. He also finds himself at the centre of a conspiracy that involves Balkan, a widow who will stop at nothing to retrieve Balkan's book (Lena Olin, who gleefully bites and claws her way through the part), and a mysterious guardian "angel" (Polanski's wife, Emmanuelle Seigner) who shadows his every step. The Ninth Gate is full of rumbling menace and deliciously unsettling imagery, but Polanski's languorous direction and purposefully vague story render a film that's eerie without every becoming thrilling. It's perpetually on the verge of becoming interesting--right up to its obscure final image.-Sean Axmaker, Amazon.comOn the DVD: Roman Polanski provides us with his first ever DVD commentary here, and makes his eye for detail and atmosphere very apparent in talking about design and his use of the camera. He also announces his love for the quality of DVD since he's always hated VHS. You also see him briefly amongst other interviewees in a two-minute featurette. There's also a trailer, 10 pages of production notes, and generous cast and crew information. One novelty is a gallery of The Nine Gates books' spot-the-difference satanic drawings. Best of all is an isolated track of Wojciech Kilar's excellent score, which is as well preserved by this transfer as the rich palette of earthy browns used by Polanski to paint the screen. --Paul Tonks

  • Rosemary's Baby [1968] Rosemary's Baby | DVD | (05/11/2001) from £5.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (57.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    For Rosemary’s Baby, his modern horror tale about Satanic worship and a pregnant woman’s decline into madness, Roman Polanski moves from the traditional monolithic mansions of Gothic flicks to an apartment building in New York City. Based on Ira Levin’s novel, the story concerns Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy Woodhouse who find the apartment of their dreams in a luxurious complex in Manhattan. Soon after moving in and making friends with a group of elderly neighbours, Guy’s career takes off and Rosemary discovers she is pregnant. Their happiness seems complete. But gradually Rosemary begins to sense that something is wrong with this baby, and slowly and surely her life begins to unravel. Polanski uses such subtle means to build up the sense of preternatural disquiet that initially you suspect Rosemary’s prenatal paranoia to be a figment of her imagination. But the guilty parties and their demonic plan to make Rosemary the receptacle of their master’s child are eventually revealed and, as Rosemary looses her grip on reality, she realises that no one can be trusted. The performances are excellent throughout; Farrow as the young wife is so fragile that you wonder how she made it unscathed to adulthood and John Cassavetes is horrifyingly duplicitous as her husband Guy. But the real star is Polanski’s masterful direction. The mood is at the same time oppressive and hysterical with the mounting terror coming from the situation and gradually unravelling plot rather than any schlock horror moments. On the DVD: the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack shows off Christopher Komeda’s eerie "lullaby" score to it’s haunting best. The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is relatively free of speckle and dust, some scenes filmed in low light are slightly grainier but this adds to the oppressive tension that Polanski is building up in the film. In terms of extras there is a 20-minute "making of" feature from 1968 and retrospective interviews with Polanski, production designer Richard Sylbert and producer Robert Evans. --Kristen Bowditch

  • The Ghost [DVD] [2010] The Ghost | DVD | (20/09/2010) from £3.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (78.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Based on Robert Harris' acclaimed novel The Ghost is the story of a ghostwriter hired to take over writing the memoirs of one former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan - James Bond The Thomas Crown Affair) after the ex-Prime Minister's first co-writer dies in an accident. Soon after the Ghost accepts the assignment a high-ranking British official accuses Lang of illegally seizing suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by CIA a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the Martha's Vineyard mansion where Lang is staying with his wife Ruth (Olivia Williams) and his media-handler turned mistress Amelia (Kim Cattrall - Sex And The City My Boy Jack). As The Ghost works he begins uncover to clues revealing the previous writer may have pieced together a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. From acclaimed director Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist The Pianist Chinatown) and resonating with topical themes this atmospheric and intriguing political thriller charts one man's determination to discover the truth and to tell it if necessary from beyond the grave.

  • Chinatown [Blu-ray] [1974] [Region Free] Chinatown | Blu Ray | (28/05/2012) from £7.87  |  Saving you £12.12 (60.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in ... Chinatown.Co-starring film legend John Huston and featuring an Academy Award-winning script by Robert Towne, Chinatown captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.

  • Roman Polanski (Blu-Ray Triple) - Repulsion / Cul De Sac / Knife in the Water (Box Set) Roman Polanski (Blu-Ray Triple) - Repulsion / Cul De Sac / Knife in the Water (Box Set) | Blu Ray | (07/11/2016) from £15.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (51.50%)  |  RRP £32.99

    Triple Blu-ray Box Set featuring - for the first time on Blu-Ray - Roman Polanski's critically acclaimed films - Repulsion, Cul De Sac and Knife in the Water; along with Polanski's Polish short films and an interview with Polanski.

  • Serpico/The Untouchables/Chinatown Serpico/The Untouchables/Chinatown | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: Serpico: Sidney Lumet's tense thriller based on real events featuring an outstanding Al Pacino as an undercover officer who incurs the wrath of cop colleagues for exposing corruption within the force... The Untouchables: Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is a must-see masterpiece: set to a classic Ennio Morricone score this is the glorious and fierce depiction of the larger than life mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago - and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. This classic confrontation between good and evil stars Kevin Costner as federal agent Eliot Ness Robert De Niro as gangland kingpin Al Capone and Sean Connery winning an Oscar as Malone the cop who teaches Ness how to beat the mob: shoot fast and shoot first. Chinatown: A landmark movie in the film noir tradition Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one unforgettable night in ... Chinatown.

  • Venus In Fur [DVD] Venus In Fur | DVD | (28/07/2014) from £6.35  |  Saving you £9.64 (60.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Alone in a Parisian theatre after a day of auditions director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is complaining over the phone to his fiancée about the poor quality of the actresses. As he prepares to leave Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) suddenly appears: an unbridled and brazen whirlwind of energy that embodies everything Thomas hates. But when Thomas finds himself backed into a corner and lets her try her luck he is amazed to see Vanda transformed. Not only has she found the right props and costumes but she understands the character (whose name she shares) intimately and knows all her lines by heart. The audition lengthens and intensifies and Thomas's attraction starts to develop into an obsession... The new film from iconic master director Roman Polanski this rigorously intelligent frequently hilarious investigation into the structures of power the nature of desire and the importance of art is set to be a dinner party talking point for years to come.

  • The Pianist [2003] The Pianist | DVD | (18/08/2003) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.25 (71.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the extraordinary events of Polish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman's life, The Pianist gave Roman Polanski the chance to revisit and distil his own experiences living as a Polish Jew during World War II. A long-awaited project for the director, this personal angle has resulted in a deeply affecting film that marks a startling return to form for Polanski. Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a pianist recording a recital for a local radio station when bombs drop on Warsaw in 1939, just before the Nazi occupation of the city really begins to take hold. As he and his family are slowly stripped of their rights, they endure the humiliation of being forced to live in a walled ghetto, already overcrowded with the entire Jewish population of Warsaw. In a lucky twist, Szpilman is handed the chance to escape, given that he leaves his family in the ghetto to be inevitably shipped off to concentration camps, becoming a fugitive living in terror and isolation. Taking a classical and measured approach to structure and style, Polanski's elegant film depicts the brutalities and dehumanising experiences that Szpilman endured without making him a hero; he is more of an observer who is tortured by what he helplessly watches. With the film focusing on events entirely from his experiences yet furnished with very little dialogue, Brody gives a subtle yet powerful performance and the end result is devastating. This is as much a standout film for Polanski as it is for his immensely talented leading man. On the DVD: The Pianist arrives on disc with a surprisingly sparse amount of extras. Only one is really substantial: "A Story of Survival", a 45-minute making of feature which gives a lot of time to Roman Polanski and his own experiences; both of making the film and relating it to his time spent in the Krakow ghetto during World War II. Adrien Brody also features, talking about his preparation for the role and his experiences working with Polanski on such a personal project. Featuring alongside is footage of the real Warsaw ghetto taken by Nazi soldiers and the photographs used as a basis for some of the film's key scenes. Most poignant are the images of the real Szpilman, who died in 2000, still finding pleasure in playing the piano despite his horrendous past. A photo gallery, trailer, posters and filmographies are perfunctory additions. --Laura Bushell

  • The Ghost [Blu-ray] [2010] The Ghost | Blu Ray | (20/09/2010) from £6.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (71.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The Ghost is based on the novel by best-selling author Robert Harris. It tells the story of a former British Prime Minister Adam Lang who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the USA in midwinter writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns a professional ghostwriter is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghostwriter is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang's wife Ruth and his aide. Hanging over Lang is the threat of a war crimes trial and a mysterious secret from his past that threatens to jeopardize international relations.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free] The Tragedy of Macbeth | Blu Ray | (18/04/2016) from £13.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £27.99

    Roman Polanski imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis give performances charged with fury and sex appeal as a decorated warrior rising through the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means. Co-adapted by Polanski and the great theatre critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.

  • Knife In The Water [DVD] [1962] Knife In The Water | DVD | (21/06/2010) from £9.48  |  Saving you £8.51 (47.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Andrzej and Krystyna are a married couple driving to the marina to spend a Sunday sailing. On their way a hitchhiking student causes them to veer off the road. Andrzej confronts the lad who only wants a ride. They give him a lift to the pier and then surprisingly invite him onboard. All three then embark for a leisurely sail along a beautiful isolated lake. Soon a more sinister tone starts to creep in and the youth is carrying a large switchblade. Andrzej torments the young man he even tosses the boy's beloved knife overboard. After a confrontation the youth accidentally falls overboard and disappears. Krystyna reacts badly claiming her husband is a killer. She goes off looking for the boy but cannot find him while Andrzej swims to shore for help. But the young man may not be dead...

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