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  • Carol [DVD] Carol | DVD | (21/03/2016) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    New York 1952. Carol is elegant, sophisticated, wealthy and married. Therese is just starting out in life; unsure of who she wants to be. A chance encounter in a Manhattan department store sparks an extraordinary friendship between these two women. Carol is caught in a bitter divorce and a custody battle for her daughter, but finds herself mesmerised by this mysterious, quiet beauty. Finding herself alone on Christmas Day, Carol invites Therese to escape on a spontaneous road trip into the heartland of America. It is during this magical journey that the two fall hopelessly and desperately in love. But this is 1952 and Carol is risking everything for this relationship that defies society's conventions. Based on the best-selling novel by Patricia Highsmith, author of ?Strangers on a Train' and ?The Talented Mr Ripley', Carol is a powerful romance fuelled by the suspense, danger and exhilaration of forbidden love.

  • Far From Heaven [2003] Far From Heaven | DVD | (20/10/2003) from £4.39  |  Saving you £15.60 (78.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Far from Heaven is a uniquely beautiful film from one of the smartest and most idiosyncratic of contemporary directors, Todd Haynes (Safe and Velvet Goldmine). It takes the lush 1950s visual style of so-called women's pictures (particularly those of Douglas Sirk, director of Imitation of Life and Magnificent Obsession) to tell a story that mixes both sexual and racial prejudice. Julianne Moore, portraying an amazing fusion of vulnerability and will power, plays a housewife whose husband (Dennis Quaid) has a secret gay life. When she finds solace in the company of a black gardener (Dennis Haysbert), rumours and peer pressure destroy any chance she has at happiness. It's astonishing how a movie with such a stylised veneer can be so emotionally compelling; the cast and filmmakers have such an impeccable command of the look and feel of the genre that every moment is simultaneously artificial and deeply felt. Far from Heaven is ingenious and completely engrossing. --Bret Fetzer

  • I'm Not There [2007] I'm Not There | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £8.06 (40.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Unapologetically audacious, I'm Not There is more post-modern puzzle than by-the-numbers biopic. A title card sets the scene: "Inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan." Yet the film features no figure by that name. Instead, writer/director Todd Haynes presents six characters, each incarnating different stages in the artist's career. Perfume's Ben Whishaw, a black-clad poet, serves as a slippery sort of narrator. The action begins with the wanderings of an 11-year-old black runaway named "Woody Guthrie" (Marcus Carl Franklin)--his raucous duet with Richie Havens on "Tombstone Blues" is a highlight--and ends with a silver-haired Billy the Kid (Richard Gere) watching the Old West die before his eyes. In the interim, there's the folk singer-turned-preacher (Christian Bale), the actor (Heath Ledger), and the rock star (Cate Blanchett, who has Don't Look Back Dylan down to a science). The chronology is purposefully non-linear, and editor Jay ! Rabinowitz cuts rapidly, Jean-Luc Godard-style, between cinéma vérité black-and-white and saturated colour, Richard Lester-like slapstick and Fellini-inspired surrealism (Ed Lachman served as cinematographer). What makes the picture fun for Dylan fans--and potentially frustrating for neophytes--is that every album and movie bears an alternate title. Ledger's Robbie, for instance, stars in "Grain of Sand," actually a reference to the Pete Seeger song. As in Haynes' glam rock reverie Velvet Goldmine, the trickery involves the entire cast. While Julianne Moore plays former lover Alice, a dead ringer for Joan Baez, Michelle Williams embodies elusive scenester Coco, i.e. Edie Sedgwick. If I'm Not There is less affecting than Control, the year's other big music film, it rewards repeat viewings like few biographical features. The soundtrack mixes originals with covers, like Jim James's heartfelt "Goin' to Acapulco." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Carol [Blu-ray] Carol | Blu Ray | (21/03/2016) from £8.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (64.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    New York 1952. Carol is elegant, sophisticated, wealthy and married. Therese is just starting out in life; unsure of who she wants to be. A chance encounter in a Manhattan department store sparks an extraordinary friendship between these two women. Carol is caught in a bitter divorce and a custody battle for her daughter, but finds herself mesmerised by this mysterious, quiet beauty. Finding herself alone on Christmas Day, Carol invites Therese to escape on a spontaneous road trip into the heartland of America. It is during this magical journey that the two fall hopelessly and desperately in love. But this is 1952 and Carol is risking everything for this relationship that defies society's conventions. Based on the best-selling novel by Patricia Highsmith, author of ?Strangers on a Train' and ?The Talented Mr Ripley', Carol is a powerful romance fuelled by the suspense, danger and exhilaration of forbidden love.

  • Mildred Pierce (HBO) [DVD] Mildred Pierce (HBO) | DVD | (28/11/2011) from £9.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    She gave her daughter everything. But everything was not enough. HBO's new miniseries Mildred Pierce brings to life the memorable characters introduced in James M. Cain's classic 1941 novel of pride and privilege in the middle class. Starring Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and co-written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes this five-part drama is an intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years as she struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family. The story explores Mildred's unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood) as well as the complex relationship she shares with the indolent men in her life including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon (Guy Pearce) and ex-husband Bert Pierce (Brian F. O'Byrne).

  • Velvet Goldmine Velvet Goldmine | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    1971: Glam Rock explodes onto the world scene in a blaze of glitter and guitars. At its centre the flamboyant Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Together with outrageous American rocker Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) they challenge conformity and take on the world! 1974: Suddenly at the height of his career Slade decides to fake his own death on stage. The stunt backfires and he is never seen again. 1984: It's the 10th anniversary of Slade's disappearance and journalist Arthur Stuar

  • Safe [1995] Safe | DVD | (14/02/2005) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    A typically bored affluent Californian housewife's world of domestic oblivion careers off its axis when she develops a mystery illness that puts her at odds with every aspect of the world around her - cars dry cleaners hair perms and even the new couch! Gradually she develops nosebleeds vomiting and breathing problems and finally collapses. In a desperate search for what is 'safe' she opts for virtual isolation in a porcelain igloo in the Texas desert where the inhabitants drag round oxygen cylinders and the therapists act like evangelical preachers. Injected with horror comic touches and psychological suspense Safe is a visionary tale of the future. Has Carol brought her sickness upon herself or is she made vulnerable by a world that is more dangerous than we or she understands?

  • I'm Not There [Blu-ray] [2007] I'm Not There | Blu Ray | (26/10/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    I'm Not There is an unconventional journey into the life and times of Bob Dylan. Cate Blanchette Richard Gere Heath Ledger Christian Bale Marcus Carl Franklin and Ben Whishaw portray Dylan as a series of shifting personae - from the public to the private to the fantastical - weaving together a rich and colourful portrait of this ever elusive American idol.

  • Safe [1996] Safe | DVD | (27/10/2003) from £9.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (52.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A typically bored affluent Californian housewife's world of domestic oblivion careers off its axis when she develops a mystery illness that puts her at odds with every aspect of the world around her - cars dry cleaners hair perms and even the new couch! Gradually she develops nosebleeds vomiting and breathing problems and finally collapses. In a desperate search for what is 'safe' she opts for virtual isolation in a porcelain igloo in the Texas desert where the inhabitants drag round oxygen cylinders and the therapists act like evangelical preachers. Injected with horror comic touches and psychological suspense Safe is a visionary tale of the future. Has Carol brought her sickness upon herself or is she made vulnerable by a world that is more dangerous than we or she understands?

  • Mildred Pierce (HBO) [Blu-ray][Region Free] Mildred Pierce (HBO) | Blu Ray | (28/11/2011) from £14.39  |  Saving you £15.60 (52.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    She gave her daughter everything. But everything was not enough. HBO's new miniseries Mildred Pierce brings to life the memorable characters introduced in James M. Cain's classic 1941 novel of pride and privilege in the middle class. Starring Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and co-written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes this five-part drama is an intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years as she struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family. The story explores Mildred's unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood) as well as the complex relationship she shares with the indolent men in her life including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon (Guy Pearce) and ex-husband Bert Pierce (Brian F. O'Byrne).

  • Velvet Goldmine [1998] Velvet Goldmine | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £5.78  |  Saving you £0.21 (3.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Somewhat misleadingly described by many as a mock-biopic based on the life of David Bowie, Velvet Goldmine is so much more than that. Journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) who sets out to discover whatever happened to Ziggy Stardust-like Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), the famous bisexual glam star who crashed and burned spectacularly, but in the process helped Arthur awaken his own sexuality. It's an insane homage to 1970s glam rock in the UK as only American, who knew the movement from a distance, would make; it's a tribute to film director Nicolas Roeg's best work, particularly Performance and the Bowie-vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth; it's a sci-fi movie about an alternative reality (the film's "present" is a 1984 that never existed and frustratingly never clearly explained); it's a queer Citizen Kane with lashings of eye-glitter, a complete mess, an absolute delight and a chance to see Ewan McGregor naked in case you didn't catch him in The Pillow Book as the Iggy Pop-like Curt Wild, Slade's lover/protégé.Director Todd Haynes, who made the incredibly spare Safe and a biopic about Karen Carpenter with Barbie dolls, crams in everything--including the kitchen sink, all the washing-up and half the larder--as if terrified he'll never get another chance to shoot even a commercial again. The pacing drags like catwalk-queen's glittery taffeta train at times, but then glorious swooping musical numbers and clever bits of allusive business arrive that will brighten the day of many a pop-fan and film-buff. Never anything less than ruthlessly inventive and demanding of patience and an open mind, it's one for connoisseurs. Viewers who prefer easy-viewing eye candy are well advised to stick with fluff like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. --Leslie Felperin

  • Poison/Dottie Gets Spanked [1991] Poison/Dottie Gets Spanked | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Poison (1991): The compelling and imaginative debut feature from Oscar nominated writer/director Todd Haynes and winner of Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival Poison intricately interweaves three provocative and very distinct stories. In 'Hero' a young boy goes missing after killing his abusive father and then flying out of the window of his suburban home. The 'Horror' segment takes the form of a 50's B Horror Movie. Scientist Dr. Graves has managed to isolate and distill the essence of the human sex drive into a serum. After drinking it he transforms into a lethally infectious grotesque mutant. 'Homo' portrays the cruel obsessive love felt by an imprisoned thief for an inmate he first met as a child at reform school. Dottie Gets Spanked (1993): A brilliant assured short film from Haynes Dottie Gets Spanked offers an innovative glimpse of a future-talent unfolding. The story follows six-year old Stephen and his fixation with campy television comedienne Dottie. During his visit on set Stephen finds the scenes being filmed to reflect his deepest secrets and dreams.

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