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  • The First World War In Colour [2003] The First World War In Colour | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £2.89  |  Saving you £10.51 (70.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    World War I in Colour is a Channel 5 documentary (6 x 50-minute episodes) made with the cooperation of the Imperial War Museum, designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives. The human cost is conveyed by moving interviews with the now very elderly survivors, and by extracts from letters and memoirs. All aspects of the war, on land, sea and air are covered in separate programmes. In theory the series continues the heritage of ITV's The Second World War in Colour (1999) and Britain at War in Colour (2000), and with 75 per cent of the material never shown on television before there is every reason to watch. The crucial difference between this and the WWII programmes is that the Great War wasn't filmed in colour, and the footage has been computer colourised. The programme-makers argue the conflict itself was in colour--but however realistic the digital processing, it still feels inauthentic and historically a distortion. Worse still is their destroying the original compositions by cropping the top and bottom of the material to fit widescreen TVs. The result is a potentially excellent series badly presented, best watched with the colour turned off. Even then it cannot compete with the BBC's 26-part The Great War (1964), still one of the finest documentaries ever made. On the DVD: World War I in Colour is presented on two discs with three episodes on each disc. The modern interview clips look and sound immaculate, while the historical footage varies from very poor to quite good. Even so, the picture resolution is not helped by discarding a third of the original images and stretching what remains to widescreen. The budget spent on colourisation would have been better used to restore the often very scratchy black-and-white film, and to pay for an orchestra to rerecord the score, which is realised with a clichéd palette of preset electronic samples. Both DVDs reproduce the same general background facts, timeline and 20 biographies as static text screens. Disc One has a 15-minute behind-the-scenes feature in which producer Philip Nugus and director Jonathan Martin justify the colourisation. Disc Two offers Tactics & Strategy, which at 52 minutes amounts to a whole seventh programme, mixing archive footage with new computer graphics to illustrate in detail 13 specific aspects of the conflict. Presented in 4:3 ratio this is the most creative, original and rewarding part of the entire package. --Gary S Dalkin

  • A Picture Of Britain A Picture Of Britain | DVD | (28/11/2005) from £5.00  |  Saving you £19.24 (77.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    David Dimbleby's BBC TV series is brought to DVD. Tapping in to the love of landscapes that is a fundamental part of the British character we follow Dimbleby in six programmes that take him around the country covering the North South East and West of Britain the Heart of England and the Highlands and Glens. By exploring the artistic response to the landscape A Picture of Britain contemplates subjects such as travel nationhood and romantic yearning.

  • Tyson: The Movie - Ultimate Knockout Edition [DVD] [2008] Tyson: The Movie - Ultimate Knockout Edition | DVD | (16/11/2009) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.75 (63.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Tyson: The Movie - Ultimate Knockout Edition (2 Discs)

  • When The Levees Broke - A Requiem In Four Acts [2006] When The Levees Broke - A Requiem In Four Acts | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £10.33  |  Saving you £14.66 (58.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    An American Tragedy As the world watched in horror Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster but by the slow inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts. The film is structured in four acts each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans.

  • Glass - A Portrait Of Philip In Twelve Parts [DVD] Glass - A Portrait Of Philip In Twelve Parts | DVD | (06/07/2009) from £5.39  |  Saving you £14.60 (73.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In July 2005 Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2007. Over the next 18 months Hicks followed Philip across 3 continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island 'Cyclone' roller coaster to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass' working process family life spiritual teachers and long time collaborators Hicks gives us a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a surprising and complex man.The documentary is a remarkable portrait of one of the greatest - and a times controversial - artists of this or any era.

  • 20 Feet from Stardom [DVD] [2013] 20 Feet from Stardom | DVD | (21/07/2014) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In his compelling new oscar-winning film Twenty Feet from Stardom director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heart-breaking in equal measure the film is both a tribute to the unsung talents who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonising with others.

  • On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter [DVD] On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter | DVD | (25/01/2016) from £7.69  |  Saving you £8.30 (51.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In 1971On Any Sunday, starring Steve McQueen, opened in theatres and wrote its place in motorcycle history. It also transcended the sport to reach a wide audience through a cast of engaging characters and a variety of heartfelt stories. On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter will continue this family tradition and also pass the torch to the next generation. A lot has happened in the past 40 years, but the passion for riding is timeless and continues today.

  • Citizenfour [DVD] Citizenfour | DVD | (14/09/2015) from £6.39  |  Saving you £9.60 (60.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In January 2013 filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post--9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four" who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013 Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

  • Inside Job [DVD] Inside Job | DVD | (13/06/2011) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As he did with the occupation of Iraq in No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson shines a light on the global financial crisis in Inside Job. Accompanied by narration from Matt Damon, Ferguson begins and ends in Iceland, a flourishing country that gave American-style banking a try--and paid the price. Then he looks at the spectacular rise and cataclysmic fall of deregulation in the United States. Unlike Alex Gibney's fiscal films, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Casino Jack, Ferguson builds his narrative around dozens of players, interviewing authors, bank managers, government ministers, and even a psychotherapist, who speaks to a culture that encourages Gordon Gekko-like behavior, but the number of those who declined to comment, like Alan Greenspan, is even larger. Though the director isn't as combative as Michael Moore, he asks tough questions and elicits squirms from several participants, notably former Treasury secretary David McCormick and Columbia dean Glenn Hubbard, George W. Bush's economic adviser. Their reactions are understandable, since the borders between Wall Street, Washington, and the Ivy League dissolved years ago; it's hard to know who to trust when conflicts of interest run rampant. If Ferguson takes Reagan and Bush to task for tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, he criticizes Clinton for encouraging derivatives and Obama for failing to deliver on the promise of reform. And in the category of unlikely heroes: former governor Eliot Spitzer, who fought against fraud as New York's attorney general (he's the subject of Gibney's documentary Client 9). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Caroline Quentin - A Passage Through India [DVD] Caroline Quentin - A Passage Through India | DVD | (09/05/2011) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Caroline Quentin takes us on an incredible journey through India, starting in the far north, and working her way 4000 miles to its southernmost tip, she will experience all of the country’s remarkable contrasts - from expansive, breathtaking landscapes to dense, humid and often desperate metropolises. Taking in everything from ancient treasures as old as civilisation itself to the high tech modernity of this self-styled 21st century Tiger state, the scale and ambition of her journey is immense. But with Caroline at the helm, this will always be a lovingly human story, as, with her unique, down-to-earth personality and sense of humour, she will connect with the lives of the ordinary Indians she meets along the way – from the lowliest slum dweller to the most glamorous of Bollywood idols.

  • One Direction: This Is Us (DVD + UV Copy) [2013] One Direction: This Is Us (DVD + UV Copy) | DVD | (19/12/2013) from £1.94  |  Saving you £18.05 (90.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One Direction: This Is Us is a captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon. Weaved with stunning live concert footage this inspiring feature film tells the remarkable story of Niall Zayn Liam Harry and Louis' meteoric rise to fame from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. Hear it from the boys themselves and see through their own eyes what it's really like to be One Direction. Directed by Morgan Spurlock the film is produced by Simon Cowell Adam Milano Morgan Spurlock and Ben Winston. The executive producers are Richard Griffiths Harry Magee Will Bloomfield Doug Merrifield Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin.

  • 1066 [2009] 1066 | DVD | (25/05/2009) from £6.69  |  Saving you £13.30 (66.50%)  |  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.

  • Salute [DVD] Salute | DVD | (30/07/2012) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights movement. What part did the white Australian who ran second play and what price did these athletes pay for standing up for their beliefs?

  • Civilisation Civilisation | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £12.90  |  Saving you £37.01 (71.20%)  |  RRP £51.99

    'Civilisation' is probably one of the most famous documentary series ever made. Unreleased for many years it has been restored as is now available on DVD for the first time. Presented by distinguished art historian Sir Kenneth Clarke 'Civilisation' became the definitive history of art in the western world and has never been equalled let-alone bettered in the intervening 35 years.

  • It Might Get Loud [Blu-ray] [2008] It Might Get Loud | Blu Ray | (18/01/2010) from £17.01  |  Saving you £7.98 (31.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Three generations of rock guitarists come together for It Might Get Loud, a 2009 documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). These are not just your garden-variety guitar gods: Jimmy Page, in his mid-'60s at the time of the film, founded Led Zeppelin, who dominated the 1970s following the breakup of the Beatles. As a member of U2, 48-year-old David Evans, better known as the Edge, created one of the most distinctive and influential sounds of the past quarter century. And 34-year-old Jack White (of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather) was described by one music publication as "the most significant rock 'n' roll figure of the past ten years." Guggenheim, who followed the three around for the better part of a year, takes us into their individual lives, past and present. There are shots of Page as a young London session musician, with the Yardbirds and Zeppelin, at Headley Grange (the estate where much of the fourth Zep album was made), and at home with his record collection. The Edge takes us to the Dublin classroom where U2 first rehearsed, as well as to the practice room he uses now (never a virtuoso soloist, he developed a style based on texture and a mind-boggling array of effects); and White, whose insistence on authenticity is admirable but perhaps a tad self-conscious, constructs a "guitar" from a plank of wood, a piece of wire, and a Coke bottle (he also plays a recording by the primitive bluesman Son House, featuring just voice and handclaps, that White says is still his biggest inspiration). The three also converge on a Hollywood sound stage, where they chat and a do a little jamming on Zep's "In My Time of Dying" (with all three playing slide guitar) and the Band's "The Weight." It's hard to say if the film's appeal will extend beyond guitar freaks and fans of these particular bands, but at the very least, It Might Get Loud offers some interesting insight into the soul and inspiration behind some of pop's best and most popular music. --Sam Graham

  • A Queen is Crowned [Blu-ray] A Queen is Crowned | Blu Ray | (28/05/2012) from £8.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (58.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    To celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubillee, Network is proud to present a brand new HD restoration of the only feature-length Technicolor record of the Coronation itself.When Queen Elizabeth the Second was crowned on June 2nd, 1953, many of Britain's leading cinematic artists were commissioned to create this wonderful record of the event. Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, it conveys the sights and sounds, the pomp and pageantry, the very spirit of that unforgettable day. Oscar-nominee and BAFTA-winner, A Queen is Crowned is one of the greatest films of an historical event ever made.Also included in this commemorative set is Palaces of a Queen - a 1966 documentary touring the six royal palaces: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St. James's Palace, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Holyrood House. Narrated by Micihael Redgrave and with a resounding score by Malcolm Sargent, this documentary is a worthy companion piece to A Queen is Crowned.

  • 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.

  • 1 - Life On The Limit [Blu-ray] 1 - Life On The Limit | Blu Ray | (17/03/2014) from £8.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (61.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Narrated by Michael Fassbender 1: Life on the Limit is an action documentary that evokes the glamour speed danger and excitement of the golden age of Formula 1. In an era when the sport was terrifyingly dangerous the drivers were revered as rock stars with charisma and raw talent however many of them paid the ultimate price. Those who survived racing at this time became leaders standing up to save lives in a sport that was stealing them at a tragic rate. Special Features: Interview with Director Paul Crowder

  • Hannah Hauxwell - An Extraordinary Life Hannah Hauxwell - An Extraordinary Life | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Hannah Hauxwell won the hearts of millions in Britain when she appeared in a Yorkshire television documentary about the plight of farmers in the Dales. Hannah Hauxwell takes you on an incredible journey of a lifetime in three fascinating documentaries: Too long A Winter: Hannah Hauxwell captures the hearts and mind of a nation as she gamely struggles to maintain her farm in the beautiful North Yorkshire dales in the award winning documentary 'Too Long A Winter'. Her battle to survive alone on an isolated farm with no electricity or running water - and in abject poverty - made her the nation's most unlikely celebrity. A Winter Too Many: 16 years have elapsed since Too Long A Winter and a combination of fading health and a series of devastatingly bitter winters culminates in Hannah being heart-wrenchingly driven off her beloved farm. Innocent Abroad: At the ripe old age of 65 Hannah Hauxwell is travelling for the first time. Embarking on the journey of a lifetime Hannah visits the place she once only dreamed of. She retraces the steps of Victorian maiden ladies as her grand tour of Europe commences in Paris and along the way takes in Switzerland Germany Austria and Italy before arriving home in opulent splendour on board the Orient Express.

  • The Hunt [Blu-ray] The Hunt | Blu Ray | (30/11/2015) from £12.29  |  Saving you £17.70 (59.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The Hunt, the new landmark BBC series, captures the dramatic encounters of predator and prey in an entirely new light. Featuring the extraordinary strategies of a huge range of predators, from cheetahs and African wild dogs to killer whales and polar bears, these images and stories will revolutionise what you thought you knew about life in the wild. Whether through speed, stamina or complex subterfuge, each creature’s strategy is honed to its environment – and remarkable adaptations mean that the hunted often can, and do, outwit their hunters. It’s a life-or-death duel where each animal’s skills are stretched to the very limit. From the producers of Frozen Planet and Planet Earth, ¬The Hunt reveals in astonishing detail the most surprising and significant events in the natural world. ‘The duels between hunters and hunted are as dramatic as any event in the natural world.’ David Attenborough

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