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  • Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey | DVD | (12/12/2008) from £14.61  |  Saving you £8.38 (36.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    It may have been underrated when first broadcast, but executive producer Martin Scorsese's homage to the blues is a truly significant, if imperfect, achievement. "Musical journey" is an apt description, as Scorsese and the six other directors responsible for these seven approximately 90-minute films follow the blues--the foundation of jazz, soul, R&B, and rock & roll--from its African roots to its Mississippi Delta origins, up the river to Memphis and Chicago, then to New York, the United Kingdom, and beyond. Some of the films (like Wim Wenders's The Soul of a Man and Charles Burnett's Warming by the Devil's Fire) use extensive fictional film sequences, generally to good effect. There's also plenty of documentary footage, interviews, and contemporary studio performances recorded especially for these films. The last are among the best aspects of the DVDs, as the bonus material features the set's only complete tunes. Lou Reed's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and the ElektriK Mud Kats' (with Chuck D. of Public Enemy) hip-hop-cum-traditional updating of Muddy Waters's "Mannish Boy" are among the best of them; on the other hand, a rendition of "Cry Me a River" by Lulu (?!) is a curious choice, even with Jeff Beck on hand. The absence of lengthier vintage clips, meanwhile, is the principal drawback. For that reason alone, Clint Eastwood's Piano Blues is the best of the lot; a musician himself, Eastwood simply lets the players play, which means we get extensive file footage of the likes of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Nat "King" Cole, as well as new performances by Ray Charles, Dr. John, and others. Overall, this is a set to savor, a worthwhile investment guaranteed to grow on you over the course of repeated viewings. --Sam Graham

  • Being A.P. [DVD] [2015] Being A.P. | DVD | (30/11/2015) from £3.08  |  Saving you £16.91 (84.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Being A.P. is the incredible inside story of a sporting legend. As A.P. McCoy nears the end of his career, the characteristics that have driven him to dominate the most dangerous of sports remain as strong as ever. Fearless and willing to sacrifice everything to achieve his goals, this film reveals the exhaustive training routine, injuries, doubt, triumphs, failures, and AP's soul-searching to find a way to leave the stage. With unprecedented access to A.P. and those closest to him, Being AP celebrates an incredible man who became the greatest jump jockey the world has ever seen.

  • 1066 [2009] 1066 | DVD | (25/05/2009) from £6.66  |  Saving you £13.33 (66.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Channel 4 two-part historical drama telling the story of the Norman conquest in 1066 from the perspective of a group of ordinary villagers caught up in the chaos and bloodshed. Written by Peter Harness.

  • Man in a Suitcase - Complete Series [Repackaged] Man in a Suitcase - Complete Series | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £17.99  |  Saving you £21.99 (55.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Richard Bradford is ex-CIA agent 'Mac' McGill who now works as a private investigator. He goes from job to job living out hotel rooms with all his worldly possessions in one old brown suitcase... Featuring all the episodes ever made! Episodes comprise: 1. Brainwash 2. The Sitting Pigeon 3. Day of Execution 4. Variation on a Million Bucks (1) 5. Variation on a Million Bucks (2) 6. Man from the Dead 7. Sweet Sue 8. Essay in Evil 9. The Girl Who Never Was 10. All That Glitters 11. Dead Man's Shoes 12. Find the Lady 13. The Bridge 14. The Man Who Stood Still 15. Burden of Proof 16. The Whisper 17. Why They Killed Nolan 18. The Boston Square 19. Somebody Loses Somebody... Wins? 20. Blind Spot 21. No Friend of Mine 22. Jigsaw Man 23. Web with Four Spiders 24. Which Way Did He Go McGill? 25. The Property of a Gentleman 26. The Revolutionaries 27. Who's Mad Now? 28. Three Blinks of the Eye 29. Castle in the Clouds 30. Night Flight to Andorra

  • Life [Blu-ray] Life | Blu Ray | (30/11/2009) from £8.95  |  Saving you £13.00 (52.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Four years in the making Life will set a new benchmark in family entertainment and natural history epics. Life is the latest wildlife epic from the BBC's award-winning Natural History Unit. It has the revelation cinematic style sense of place and emotionally involving individual sequences that that were the hallmark of The Blue Planet and Planet Earth with all the scope detail and content of an Attenborough epic and the addition of close-up intensely dramatic new behaviour - all captured by the world's top wildlife photographers with the aid of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated filming techniques. This ten-part natural history blockbuster shot in HD is the definitive exploration of the diversity of life on Earth revealing the most spectacular and fascinating behaviour driven by the endless struggle to survive. Life stars a cast of 'box-office' wildlife characters filmed on every continent and in every habitat across the world with each drama-filled episode entirely dedicated to one of the planet's ten most important wildlife groups. The series has the revelation sense of place cinematic style and emotionally involving individual sequences perfected in programmes such as The Blue Planet and Planet Earth but with the addition of close-up intensely dramatic new behaviour - where the animals are the stars.

  • The Victorian Kitchen Garden The Victorian Kitchen Garden | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £10.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (45.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Presented by Peter Thoday and Harry Dodson 'The Victorian Kitchen Garden' goes behind the high redbrick walls of Chilton Foliat in Berkshire to follow the restoration of a traditional kitchen garden. Retired head gardener Harry Dodson painstakingly transformed the weed-choked ground into an efficient and productive plot cultivated with the use of Victorian tools and techniques and planted with 19th century varieties of flowers fruit and vegetables.

  • 56 Up [DVD] 56 Up | DVD | (12/11/2012) from £7.49  |  Saving you £5.50 (42.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The original 7 Up, broadcast in 1964 as a World in Action special, featured children from widely different social backgrounds sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. Inspired by World in Action founder editor Tim Hewat's passionate interest in both the Jesuit saying: 'Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man', and 1960s Britain's rigid class system, this unique, groundbreaking series set out to discover how far the children's lives were pre-determined by their background. Director Michael Apted has returned every seven years to chart the group's progress, documenting the participants as they have become adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between; the very first example of a programme recording real people living real lives this landmark series has won an array of awards. 56 Up, broadcast in 2012, returns to visit the people whose lives have been publicly tracked since they were seven, and sees more of the original line-up taking part than ever before, with one participant, Peter, deciding to re-join the series after almost 30 years.

  • Bobby [DVD] [2016] Bobby | DVD | (30/05/2016) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of England's 1966 World Cup win, Bobby is the revealing story of triumph and tragedy behind British sports greatest ever hero. With spectacular archive footage including some never-seen-before from the '66 World Cup, the golden era of English football is vividly brought to the big screen like never before. Featuring stars of the football world and more including Pele, Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks, Harry Redknapp, Russell Brand, Ray Davies and Bobby Moore's family, this authorised account is an incredible tale of an extraordinary man.

  • Phantom Of The Opera-The interviews [DVD] Phantom Of The Opera-The interviews | DVD | (24/10/2011) from £10.89  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    25 Years of Phantom of the Opera is celebrated in this groundbreaking set of interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber in a never broadcast interview reveals his musical inspirations, take on casting from reality TV shows & why he adores his greatest musical triumph The Phantom of the Opera. Filmed on location at the world famous London Palladium, Andrew guides us through his musical song book which is a delight for any fan of West End musicals.Sarah Brightman, the biggest selling female, classical artiste around the world and the former wife of Lord Webber reveals all about her rise to fame from the Arlene Phillips dance troupe Hot Gossip to creating & starring in the world wide musical phenomenon playing Christine in Phantom of the Opera both on the London & Broadway stages . A first to DVD interview, Sarah simply tells her extraordinary life story for the very first time.Michael Crawford is without doubt a huge star and is filmed at the London Palladium Val Parnell suite in 2011. He is currently starring in the Wizard of Oz & here he reveals for the first time just how he landed the defining role of his career starring in The Phantom of the opera Michael also enthuses about his career to date & his plans for the future.The DVD also showcases for the very first time the stars of the much anticipated follow up to Phantom of the Opera - Love Never Dies - filmed at the home of the musical The Adelphi Theatre in London the stars Ramin Karimloo (Phantom) Ms Celia Graham (Christine) & Liz Robertson (Madame Giry) tell all about the enduring love story between the Phantom & Christine .. these never before seen interviews are a revelation for fans of this much acclaimed follow up to the worldwide spectacle that is the Phantom of the Opera.

  • Top Gear: Too Top Gear For TV [DVD] Top Gear: Too Top Gear For TV | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £6.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (53.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Welcome to the muddy funny and marvellous Top Gear Africa special in which Clarkson Hammond and May saddle up three tired old estate cars and set off to find the source of the Nile. Their journey starts with insane traffic jams and mountainous speed bumps takes in dubious hotels and ingenious modifications before entering an epic odyssey of treacherous mud impenetrable forests vicious crocodiles and truly breathtaking scenery building to a brilliant brutal climax and a glorious landmark discovery. Special Features: Over 20 Minutes of Previously Unseen Idiocy

  • Planet Dinosaur [DVD] Planet Dinosaur | DVD | (24/10/2011) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Transporting you to locations across the globe and back in time through tens of millions of years, Planet Dinosaur uses unique hi-tech graphics to bring to life the most awesome and amazing creatures that ever lived. Almost all the dinosaurs featured were discovered in the last 10 years or so and forced a rewriting of the prehistory books.Palaeontologists now know that dinosaurs spread to every part of the globe, and evolved in ways so monstrous, horrific and bizarre they make T Rex look very tame indeed. Planet Dinosaur is a completely immersive visual experience studded with curious facts and jaw-dropping action as well as charismatic monsters. Presenting a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era, the series re-creates the creatures, their habitats and how they lived, from analysing their bones to watching them fight to the death.

  • Hearts of Darkness [DVD] Hearts of Darkness | DVD | (09/01/2012) from £6.29  |  Saving you £9.70 (60.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In the late seventies celebrated director Francis Ford Coppola and his cast and crew ventured into the dense jungles of the Philippines to begin work on what would eventually become his masterpiece, ApocalypseNow. But the journey from page to screen soon spiralled into a hellish, life-threatening nightmare that echoed the film’s narrative. Plagued with adversity, one of the most influential films ever made had one of the most notorious shoots in cinema history that few survived unscathed. Compiled from rare on set footage filmed by Coppola’s wife Eleanor and interviews with the cast, Hearts Of Darkness is the ultimate feature-length documentary, capturing the explosive events that lead to Apocalypse Now becoming an acknowledged classic.

  • Don't Take Me Home Blu-Ray Don't Take Me Home Blu-Ray | Blu Ray | (03/07/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Don't Take Me Home, an inspiring documentary from Welsh filmmaker Jonny Owen (I Believe in Miracles) following Wales remarkable journey to the final stages of the 2016 European Championships. For the last 60 years Wales have tried and failed to qualify for a major football tournament. Having gone through the grief of previous manager Gary Speed s tragic death, heavy defeats, and positioned as a tiny country team with no pedigree, all bets were off for how the underdogs would perform. Led by star player Gareth Bale, the team quickly became the outside favourites, dazzling millions of viewers. There's an ancient Welsh saying, Yma o Hyd which translates as we're still here - a defiantly apt statement from the smallest country in the history of the game getting to a major tournaments semi-finals. Don't Take Me Home tells the story of that journey, how Wales shook the footballing world to its very foundations, beating tournament favourites Belgium to reach the semi-finals focusing on the players, managers and supporters.

  • 5 Broken Cameras [DVD] 5 Broken Cameras | DVD | (28/01/2013) from £5.79  |  Saving you £10.20 (63.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Filmed from the perspective of a Palestinian farm labourer (Emad Burnat), 5 Broken Cameras was shot using six different video cameras – five of which were destroyed in the process of documenting Emad’s family’s life as well as Palestinian and International resistance to Israeli appropriation of land and occupation. Emad, who lives in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, was thrust into global politics when his community peacefully resisted Israeli plans to erect a wall through their land to separate them from the ever growing Israeli settlements. Initially given the camera to chronicle the birth and childhood of his son Gibreel, the film captures Gibreel growing into a precocious preschooler against the backdrop of the many non-violent protests that have become an intrinsic part of life in Bil'in. With hundreds of hours of video footage covering a period of over six years, Emad started working with Israeli activist and filmmaker Guy Davidi to produce a film. Guy helped shape the material and compose a commentary for the film. Together, they have turned 5 Broken Cameras into a larger-than-life lyrical device that both informs and structures their personal and collective struggles in the West Bank. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras daringly meshes personal essay with political cinema, displaying how images and cameras can change lives and realities.

  • Andrew Marrs - History Of Modern Britain [DVD] Andrew Marrs - History Of Modern Britain | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Andrew Marr's History Of Modern Britain is an epic account of the events that have shaped our lives since the end of the Second World War. His journey through recent British history combines archive anecdote and analysis to tell our national story. Drawing on his detailed knowledge of contemporary politics and first-hand experience of the people who rule Britain today Andrew Marr helps viewers see themselves in the context of modern history. In each episode Marr explores the drama of the landmark events that have shaped our world today. He also teases out the telling little details that reveal the impact of national and international events on the people of Britain. The series tells the story of the extraordinary decades that took us from victory to despair; from international power and glory to humiliation and decline; and from economic ruin to stubborn new hopes and promises of another new dawn.

  • Listen To Me Marlon [Blu-ray] Listen To Me Marlon | Blu Ray | (30/11/2015) from £9.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    "With exclusive access to personal archive, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and extraordinary life away from the stage and screen; the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon’s perspective. There are no interviewers, no talking heads, just Marlon guiding us in this creative odyssey into the mind and motivation of an enigma."

  • Executions [1995] Executions | DVD | (26/07/1999) from £13.23  |  Saving you £9.76 (42.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    State-sponsored murder or justice? More than 26 million people have been executed since 1900. But less than 10% have committed any real crime other than belonging to the ‘wrong’ religion race or political party. An objective look at the cultural social and historical context of the death penalty ‘Executions’ offers a rare insight into the rights and wrongs of the ultimate act of retribution. It chronicles its use in the 20th century and examines the

  • Baby It's You Baby It's You | DVD | (04/07/2005) from £9.75  |  Saving you £2.44 (14.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    'Baby It's You: The First Three Years' takes us inside the baby's world to reveal the processes behind the miraculous transformation from a helpless organism to a walking talking thinking human being. Each episode takes a different human characteristic and traces its development over the first years of life covering walking talking reasoning using hands and relationships. Filmed from the baby's perspective using natural history techniques the result is startling and compelling viewing.

  • Our War [DVD] Our War | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £6.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (56.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This series tells the story of the conflict through the words and pictures of the soldiers themselves - from the close-knit group of friends sent to Helmand province facing war for the first time to the young platoon facing a terrifying struggle with improvised explosive devices. Our War - 10 Years in Afghanistan is an honest, emotional and powerful account of battle, friendship and loss.

  • TABU: A STORY OF THE SOUTH SEAS (Masters of Cinema) (BLU-RAY) TABU: A STORY OF THE SOUTH SEAS (Masters of Cinema) (BLU-RAY) | Blu Ray | (24/06/2013) from £11.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (44.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1929 F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu Faust Sunrise) one of the greatest of all film directors invited leading documentarist Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North Man of Aran) to collaborate on a film to be be shot on location in Tahiti a Polynesian idyll in which Murnau imagined a cast of island actors would provide a new form of authentic drama and offer rare insight into their primitive culture. The result of their collaboration was Tabu a film that depicts the details of indigenous island life to tell a mythical tale that is rich in the universal themes of desire and loss. Subtitled A Story of the South Seas Tabu concerns a Tahitian fisherman (played by an islander Matahi) and his love for a young woman (played by fellow islander Reri who went on to star on Broadway) whose body has been consecrated to the gods rendering her tabu as far as mortal men are concerned. The lovers flee their island and its restrictive traditions but will their love prevail in the civilised world? This Oscar-winning film (the Academy Award went to cinematographer Floyd Crosby) is both poetic and simple in tone. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present - completely unc­ensored and fully restored - this landmark film of rare exoticism and magical beauty described by critic Lotte Eisner in 1931 as the apogee of the art of the silent film for the first time ever on Blu-ray in its original aspect ratio. Special Features: New 1080p HD transfer on the Blu-ray of the Murnau-Stiftung / Luciano Berriatúa 75th anniversary restoration of the pre-Paramount longer Murnau-approved version of the film with uncensored scenes and titlecards appearing in its original 1.19:1 aspect ratio for the first time Full-length commentary track by R. Dixon Smith and Brad Stevens 15-minute German documentary about Tabu by Luciano Berriatúa Newly presented outtakes from the original shoot of the film Treibjagd in der Südsee (1940) - an archival short film 56-Page Booklet with articles by Scott Eyman Richard Griffiths and David Flaherty; an interview with the film’s cinematographer Floyd Crosby; and the original story treatments written by Murnau and Flaherty for Tabu and its aborted predecessor Turia

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