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  • Band Of Brothers [DVD] Band Of Brothers | DVD | (31/01/2011) from £11.99  |  Saving you £28.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    A genuinely epic achievement, the 10-part World War II drama Band of Brothers is a television series that makes big-screen Hollywood war movies look small in comparison. Based on the book by historian Stephen Ambrose, the series follows the US 101st Airborne Division's "Easy" E-Company from initial training through D-Day and across Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria until the end of the war. Coproduced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the series take its initial inspiration from Saving Private Ryan and borrows that film's visceral visual approach to combat scenes using hand-held camerawork and de-saturated photography. But where Band of Brothers excels is in its scrupulous attention to the realities of military life (retired US Marine Captain Dale Dye, who also co-stars, is the man to credit). After the high drama of the parachute drop on D-Day, Easy's greatest trial comes during the Battle of the Bulge, when they are besieged at Bastogne in the depths of winter. In one of the most harrowing and credible depictions of war ever committed to film we see the men enduring the repeated artillery attacks of the German forces and experience, if only vicariously, some of the sheer terror of the assault, while being humbled by the soldiers' courage and determination. Such feelings are enhanced by the series' masterstroke--bookend interviews with the surviving members of Easy Company, who talk with barely suppressed emotion of the experiences we see recreated. The endorsement of these veterans elevates Band of Brothers beyond any mere "war film"--its extraordinary achievement is that it shows the horror and savagery of war without gloss or jingoism, and yet celebrates the fraternal bonds and dogged heroism of the men who fought. On the DVD: Band of Brothers arrives handsomely packaged in a six-disc box set with two episodes on each of the first five discs. Sound (Dolby 5.1) and picture (1.78:1 widescreen) only enhance the series' epic credentials. Disc 6 contains all the extras, the meatiest of which is the marvellous 80-minute documentary "We Stand Alone Together" about the real men of Easy Company. There's also a first-rate, genuinely interesting 30-minute "making of" feature about actor boot camp, visual effects and blowing up fake trees among many other things. This is complemented by actor Ron Livingston's revealing Video Diaries of boot camp. Additionally there's a "Who's Who" section and footage of the HBO premiere at Utah Beach, plus a TV spot for car company Jeep. --Mark Walker

  • That Thing You Do! [1997] That Thing You Do! | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £4.83  |  Saving you £1.16 (19.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Tom Hanks's debut as a writer and director is a lively, affectionate account of the shooting-star career of a forgotten (fictional) 1960s pop-rock band called The Wonders--as in "one-hit wonders". Hanks plays the manager of the group, which includes drummer Guy "Sticks" Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) who works the floor at his parents' appliance store in Erie, Pennsylvania; Jimmy (Johnathon Schaech), the talented and temperamental lead singer and songwriter; Lenny (Steve Zahn), the goofy guitarist; and Ethan Embry as a geeky little fellow identified in the cast list only as "The Bass Player". The movie traces their meteoric rise and fall, from cutting their first record, to going on tour with a Phil Spector/Motown-type revue, to the internal tensions that lead to the band's disintegration, which comes when they fail to follow up their smash hit single, "That Thing You Do!" And that song, by the way, is so catchy it would definitely have been a hit in 1964--and deserves to be one today. This delightful movie would make a great double-bill with Allison Anders's wonderful Grace of My Heart. --Jim Emerson

  • The Seventies: The Complete Series [DVD] The Seventies: The Complete Series | DVD | (31/10/2016) from £10.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (45.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Produced by Emmyaward winning producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, The Seventies is the second series in the acclaimed documentary strand chronicling American society and popular culture in the later twentieth century. In many ways, the 1970s were as dramatic as the 1960s. America lost its first war and endured two energy crises, and a President resigned after an unprecedented political scandal. Television tackled once-taboo subjects, while in a decade of cultural diversity, popular music enjoyed a multi-genre explosion. There was a revolution in sexual mores and gender roles; serial killings and other violent crime kept the nation on edge, and bombing, hijacking and hostage-taking introduced the world to the modern face of terrorism. This epic series uses rare archival footage and interviews with renowned journalists, historians, musicians and television artists to paint a vivid and compelling portrait of a decade of lasting consequence. The United States v. Nixon A third rate burglary leads to the only presidential resignation in American history. Television Gets Real With increasingly sophisticated programming, television finds a new maturity. Peace with Honor The country begins to come to terms with the impact of the war in Vietnam. Terrorism: At Home and Abroad The birth and evolution of terrorism as we know it today. What's Goin' On Pop music explodes into new genres, as established artists find new creative voice. The State of the Union is Not Good America seems to go from bad to worse as the country careens from crisis to crisis. Battle of the Sexes America undergoes a seismic shift in sexual mores, customs and gender roles. Crimes and Cults An unprecedented wave of violent crime grips America.

  • The Eighties: The Complete Series [DVD] The Eighties: The Complete Series | DVD | (06/03/2017) from £10.79  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Produced by Emmy award winning producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, The Eighties is the third series in the acclaimed documentary strand chronicling American society and popular culture in the later twentieth century. As the Cold War ended, the world learned of a mysterious virus that defied a cure and triggered a global pandemic. Wall Street brokers became the new rock stars but the economic boom led to a material excess and corruption. The personal computer signalled a technological revolution. The music world discovered hip-hop, MTV, Prince and U2, but lost John Lennon. Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and Cheers brought new sophistication to televised storytelling. And throughout the decade, Ronald Reagan left his mark as few public figures do, enjoying unprecedented popularity but also enduring a scandal that nearly derailed his presidency. This epic series uses rare archival footage and interviews with renowned journalists, historians, musicians and television artists to paint a vivid and compelling portrait of a decade of lasting consequence. Raised on Television An explosion of new channels and the advent of the VCR transform our viewing habits. Video Killed the Radio Star The digital revolution hits the music world, and MTV is born. The Fight Against AIDS A mysterious illness develops into a pandemic with huge political and cultural consequences. The Reagan Revolution A look at Ronald Reagan's landmark legislative achievements and political setbacks. Greed Is Good Junk bonds, bailouts and Wall Street corruption set the tone for a decade of excess. Tear Down This Wall The appointment of Mikhail Gorbachev triggers an astounding chain of events. Technology Gets Personal The innovations and inventions of the Digital Revolution change life forever.

  • The Sixties [DVD] The Sixties | DVD | (17/11/2014) from £8.49  |  Saving you £21.50 (71.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Executive produced by multiple EMMY Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO's John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History's Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), THE SIXTIES explores the most transformative decade of the modern era. Few decades have had the breadth of impact of THE SIXTIES. Focussing on the US but encompassing the world, this was a tumultuous ten-year period and, every step of the way, television helped frame and enable that change. It is through the lens of television that we will experience THE SIXTIES. This decade saw both the apex of liberal activism and the emergence of the conservative movement. It was the decade when America finally confronted and began to redress racial injustice through the efforts of some of the bravest citizens in its history. It was the decade when women started to question their traditional role in the home, workplace, and society. Sports became integrated and commercialised. Culturally, a radical difference emerged in the kind of music we listened to, the movies we attended, and the television we watched. In ten episodes with 2 extended episodes, THE SIXTIES explores and examines how and why this decade became a period of such consequence and, still today, remains an epoch of such fascination all in a visceral, in-the-moment feel through the use of archival footage. The series unfolds chronologically, but is packaged topically into the following ten categories: The Cold War, Civil Rights, JFK Assassination / Warren Report, The British Invasion, Television, Vietnam, The Summer of Love, 1968, Social Change, and Space & Technology. By weaving together a variety of events and personalities that influenced and dominated the sixties, we sketch a portrait of this remarkable decade that is both entertaining and illuminating. THE SIXTIES does not just reexamine the familiar it unearths the unknown.

  • From the Earth to the Moon (Tom Hanks Signature Edition) From the Earth to the Moon (Tom Hanks Signature Edition) | DVD | (20/03/2006) from £12.74  |  Saving you £32.60 (70.90%)  |  RRP £45.99

    Tom Hanks in collaboration with HBO presents From the Earth to the Moon the dramatic story of the unforgettable Apollo missions and their heroic astronauts from President John F. Kennedy's historic speech through the first manned expeditions into space to the defining moment of the space program- putting a man on the moon. ""One small step for man... one giant leap for mankind."" Powerfully told as never before though the unforgettable performances of Cary Elwes Sally Fiel

  • Larry Crowne [DVD] Larry Crowne | DVD | (14/11/2011) from £4.19  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

  • Band Of Brothers [Blu-ray] [2001] Band Of Brothers | Blu Ray | (10/11/2008) from £16.93  |  Saving you £33.06 (66.10%)  |  RRP £49.99

    From this day to the ending of the world we in it shall be remembered. We few we happy few we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. From Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg HBO presents the story of Easy Company - an elite team of U.S. paratroopers whose WWII exploits are as incredible as they are true. Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose the epic 10-part miniseries Band Of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company as well as soldiers' journals and letters Band Of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered vast casualties and whose lives became legend. They were ordinary men swept up in the most extraordinary conflict in history. With the eyes of the world upon them they found their greatest source of strength in one another.

  • Band of Brothers [Tin Box Set] Band of Brothers | DVD | (20/11/2002) from £21.99  |  Saving you £38.00 (63.30%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Recreated With Stunning Special Effects And The Second Collaboration Between Tom Hanks And Steven Spielberg, The SeriesIs Both A Profound And Captivating Look At The Reality Of War.

  • Tom Hanks - Bachelor Party / Big / The Man With One Red Shoe / The Road To Perdition / That Thing You Do [1984] Tom Hanks - Bachelor Party / Big / The Man With One Red Shoe / The Road To Perdition / That Thing You Do | DVD | (13/03/2006) from £12.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (62.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Bachelor Party (1984): This outrageously funny look at one man's final moments of bachelorhood stars Tom Hanks as Rick reluctant recipient of a bachelor bash given by a group of friends who view partying as their full-time religion. Rick's worried fiance Debbie (Tawny Kitaen) dresses up in disguise and crashes the party to spy on her future husband. To complicate the night further Debbie's father hires her ex-boyfriend to win back his daughter. It turns out to be an evenin

  • Larry Crowne [Blu-ray] Larry Crowne | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011) from £6.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (71.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

  • The Pacific / Band Of Brothers - Limited Edition Gift Set (HBO) [DVD] The Pacific / Band Of Brothers - Limited Edition Gift Set (HBO) | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £33.94  |  Saving you £6.05 (15.10%)  |  RRP £39.99

    An amazing gift set that combines two of the best selling TV box sets ever! From executive producers Tom Hanks Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman the two critically acclaimed 10-part HBO Miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific come to us in stunning DVD and Blu-ray gift sets. Includes a never seen before bonus disc. Titles Comprise: Band of Brothers: Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company as well as soldiers' journals and letters Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150 percent casualties and whose lives became legend. The Pacific: From the team behind the Emmy and Golden Globe winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers comes The Pacific: an epic ten-part miniseries that tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines - Robert Leckie Eugene Sledge and John Basilone - across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. These men along with other Marines are tracked from their first battle on Guadalcanal in 1942 through the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and strongholds of Peleliu across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day in 1945.

  • The Pacific / Band Of Brothers - Limited Edition Gift Set (HBO) [Blu-ray][Region Free] The Pacific / Band Of Brothers - Limited Edition Gift Set (HBO) | Blu Ray | (07/11/2011) from £27.23  |  Saving you £22.76 (45.50%)  |  RRP £49.99

    An amazing gift set that combines two of the best selling TV box sets ever! From executive producers Tom Hanks Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman the two critically acclaimed 10-part HBO Miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific come to us in stunning DVD and Blu-ray gift sets. Includes a never seen before bonus disc. Titles Comprise: Band of Brothers: Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company as well as soldiers' journals and letters Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150 percent casualties and whose lives became legend. The Pacific: From the team behind the Emmy and Golden Globe winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers comes The Pacific: an epic ten-part miniseries that tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines - Robert Leckie Eugene Sledge and John Basilone - across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. These men along with other Marines are tracked from their first battle on Guadalcanal in 1942 through the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and strongholds of Peleliu across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day in 1945.

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