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  • A Day In The Life - Four Portraits Of Post-war Britain By John Krish [DVD + Blu-ray] A Day In The Life - Four Portraits Of Post-war Britain By John Krish | Blu Ray | (28/03/2011) from £9.55  |  Saving you £10.44 (52.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    John Krish is one of British cinema s best-kept secrets: a master of post-war documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works for sponsors as diverse at the Central Office of Information (COI) and the NSPCC into not just effective non-fiction films but truly stirring cinema to rank alongside the world s greatest directors. A Day in the Life collects together four of his most cherished films: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953) Our School (1962) They Took Us to the Sea (1961) and I Think They Call Him John (1964). In each of these films richly textured with the details of everyday post-war life Krish combines a deep belief in human beings with a compulsive desire to push the documentary form forward. This essential and critically acclaimed collection is supplemented with an interview with Krish as well as with Krish s rarely seen films I Want to Go to School (1959) and Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961).

  • 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.

  • Paris, Texas [Blu-ray] Paris, Texas | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013) from £11.84  |  Saving you £8.15 (40.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Something like a perfect artistic union is achieved in the major components of Paris, Texas: the twang of Ry Cooder's guitar, the lonely light of Robbie Muller's camera, the craggy landscape of Harry Dean Stanton's face. In his greatest role, longtime character actor Stanton plays a man brought back to his old life after wandering in the desert (or somewhere) for four years. He has a 7-year-old son to get to know, and his wife has gone missing. The material is much in the wanderlust spirit of director Wim Wenders, working from a script by Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. If the long climactic conversation between Stanton and Nastassja Kinski renders the movie uneven and slightly inscrutable, it's hard to think of a more fitting ending--and besides, the achingly empty American spaces stick longer in the memory than the dialogue. Winner of the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. --Robert Horton

  • A London Trilogy: The Films of Saint Etienne 2003-2007 [DVD] A London Trilogy: The Films of Saint Etienne 2003-2007 | DVD | (22/07/2013) from £8.85  |  Saving you £11.14 (55.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From a beautifully conceived film-poem and an imaginative exploration of the Lower Lea Valley to an uplifting documentary on a London landmark the collaborations between much-loved electronic indie trio Saint Etienne and filmmaker Paul Kelly (Lawrence of Belgravia) document London's ever-changing environment and landscapes to music by the band. Available together on one DVD for the very first time this loose trilogy is supported by rare and previously unavailable short films. Episodes Comprise: Finisterre (2003 Dir. Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans)Homage to London featuring a host of well-known voices who've made the capital their own sound tracked by songs from the Saint Etienne album of the same name. What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005 Dir. Paul Kelly)We follow paperboy 'Mervyn Day' on his round tracing the fascinating hidden history of East London's Lower Lea Valley in the years before it was redeveloped to become the Olympic Park. Commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall to mark its renovation and reopening. This is Tomorrow (2007 Dir. Paul Kelly)Lovingly records the immense labour that went into the refurbishment of one of London's most distinguished concert venues. Special Features: Today's Special (2004 9 mins): a series of three shorts about London's disappearing cafes Banksy in London (2003 3 mins): outtakes from Finisterre that document the artist's work some of which is no longer in situ Monty the Lamb (2006 12 mins): a day in the life of Monty mascot for North London's Hendon FC Seven Summers (2012 10 mins): Sarah Cracknell narrates this follow up to Mervyn Day which revisits the Lea Valley seven years on from the making of that film The Other South Bank (2008 9 mins): a look at Tyneside's South Bank area Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays

  • The First World War In Colour [2003] The First World War In Colour | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £4.94  |  Saving you £10.05 (67.00%)  |  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

  • Joanna Lumley In The Land Of Northern Lights [DVD] Joanna Lumley In The Land Of Northern Lights | DVD | (07/09/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (56.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    An amazing journey in Norway's Far North as Joanna Lumley pursues a lifelong dream to track down the elusive stunningly beautiful Northern Lights. Joanna grew up in tropical Malaysia and as a little girl never saw snow or felt cold. Inspired by fairytales and picture books she always longed to make the journey north. At last she travels north across the Arctic Circle up through Norway to Svalbard the most northerly permanently inhabited place on Earth where she has to cope with temperatures approaching minus 30 deg C. With a box of crayons in hand her journey takes her from train to boat to husky-sled to snowmobile as she is pulled ever northwards by what she calls 'the strongest point of the compass'. She explores the romantic fjords of Lofoten and learns to ride a snowmobile speeding across endless expanses of Lapland tundra with a Sami herdsman in search of his reindeer. As she reaches the Arctic Ocean she prepares for bed in a hotel made entirely of ice. Everywhere she goes she asks about the mysterious Northern Lights.

  • 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

  • Cobain: Montage of Heck [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free] Cobain: Montage of Heck | Blu Ray | (27/04/2015) from £9.09  |  Saving you £17.90 (66.30%)  |  RRP £26.99

    COBAIN – Montage of Heck invites you to experience Kurt’s life art and mind through his own unique lens bringing you as close to the generation-defining icon as it’s possible to get. Experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the first fully-authorized portrait of the famed rock music icon. Director Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art music and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes. Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen WA through the height of his fame a visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings emerges. While Cobain craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame his epic arc depicts a man who stayed true to his earliest punk rock convictions always identifying with the outsider and ensuring the music came first. Fans and those of the Nirvana generation will learn things about Cobain they never knew while those who have recently discovered the man and his music will know what makes him the lasting icon that he is.

  • Extreme Frontiers: Race Across Canada [DVD] Extreme Frontiers: Race Across Canada | DVD | (23/01/2012) from £13.89  |  Saving you £0.10 (0.70%)  |  RRP £13.99

    He's ridden through Africa in the award winning series Long Way Down, braved the wilds of the North on his 20,000 mile Long Way Round adventure and now Charley Boorman, accompanied by producer/director Russ Malkin, is about to launch his latest adventure - a new and exciting adventure expedition that really gets under the skin of an entire country.Charley Boorman's Extreme Frontiers follows Charley's epic 10,300 mile journey across Canada, the world's second largest country. Travelling principally on motorbikes, the series sees Charley and Russ traversing each of the 10 Canadian Provinces, two frontiers, three oceans and four extreme frontiers from East to West revealing a unique insight into this beautiful country. Never before has Charley had the opportunity to deeply explore one country. Each episode sees them embark on a series of dangerous, frightening, inspiring and hilarious tasks from canoeing to rodeo, heli-mountain biking to ice hockey. Charley Boorman's Extreme Frontiers also sees Charley braving the impressive 8,000m peak Mount Fable in Alberta and overcoming his claustrophobia whilst wreck diving in Lake Huron. Every challenge reveals the breathtaking wilderness of Canada, its people and its diverse culture. It sees the team delve into its rich history whilst being pushed to the limit in a series of often tough challenges.

  • Trophy [DVD] Trophy | DVD | (17/11/2017) from £10.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz direct this documentary which looks at the issues surrounding the big-game hunting of endangered animals. With species such as elephants, rhinos and lions edging closer to extinction each year, a number of people continue to hunt them despite their dwindling numbers. Featuring contributions from hunters such as Texas sheep farmer Philip Glass and conservationists including Zimbabwean wildlife officer Chris Moore, the film discusses what needs to be done to preserve the great species of the world.

  • The Circus Live [DVD] The Circus Live | DVD | (23/11/2009) from £4.39  |  Saving you £9.10 (45.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After the biggest comeback in pop history Take That are taking to the stage in support of their fifth studio album The Circus and now with Take That: From The Circus Live you can witness their epic stage show live on DVD. Tracklisting Disc 1: The Circus Live At Wembley Stadium 1. The Adventures Of A Lonely Balloon 2. Greatest Day 3. Hello 4. Could It Be Magic 5. Pray 6. A Million Love Songs 7. Back For Good 8. The Garden 9. Shine 10. Up All Night 11. Wooden Boat 12. How Did It Come To This 13. The Circus* 14. What Is Love 15. Clown Medley** 16. Said It All 17. Never Forget 18. Patience 19. Relight My Fire 20. Hold Up A Light 21. Rule The World *includes Love Ain't Here Anymore / Babe / Nobody Else / The Circus ** includes Do What You Like / Promises / It Only Takes A Minute / Take That And Party Disc 2: In The Session At Abbey Road 1. The Garden 2. How Did It Come To This 3. Greatest Day 4. Up All Night 5. Patience 6. What Is Love 7. The Circus 8. Shine 9. Rule The World 10. Julie 11. Said It All

  • When The Levees Broke - A Requiem In Four Acts [2006] When The Levees Broke - A Requiem In Four Acts | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £11.00  |  Saving you £13.99 (56.00%)  |  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.

  • Stories We Tell [DVD] Stories We Tell | DVD | (23/09/2013) from £8.39  |  Saving you £7.51 (47.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In this inspired genre-twisting new film writer/director Sarah Polley delves into the murky waters of family histories. As each interviewee relates their story varying levels of reliability are exposed and the truth is shown as being dependant on how it is told.

  • Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feast [DVD] Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feast | DVD | (23/08/2010) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feast

  • The History Of Christianity [DVD] The History Of Christianity | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £8.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (64.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    History Of Christianity

  • Andre Rieu: New York Memories [DVD] Andre Rieu: New York Memories | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £6.33  |  Saving you £9.18 (57.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Why They Sank Titanic [DVD] Why They Sank Titanic | DVD | (27/02/2012) from £6.80  |  Saving you £3.19 (31.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, how the largest moving object ever fashioned by the hand of man hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sank in the middle of the North Atlantic, and 1,500 lives were lost. The tragedy has been well documented in books and on films. No matter how often the story is told, it never fails to capture the imagination. It is a story that has left many questions unanswered, and the programme provides an intriguing hypothesis that the ship that plummeted two miles to the bottom of the sea was not the Titanic but its sister ship the Olympic.This film is based upon the research of Andrew Newton and includes the evidence of the British and American inquiries, the eye witness reports of survivors, newspapers of the day, photographs, video, film and radio broadcasts.The views and opinions presented in this film are based on actual evidence and legitimate inference.The people depicted are all deceased and can shed no light on the mystery of the Titanic's sinking.This hypothesis is presented for viewers to reach their own conclusions.It may be the ultimate conspiracy - or could it be the truth?

  • Flying Monsters (Blu-ray 3D) Flying Monsters (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (07/11/2011) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    220 million years ago, as dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth, another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap. Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction. In Flying Monsters, Sir David Attenborough sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane. The central question and of the greatest mysteries in palaeontology is how and why did pterosaurs fly. How did creatures the size of giraffes defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies? Attenborough starts to unravel one of science’s more enduring mysteries, discovering that the marvel of pterosaur flight has evolutionary echoes that resonate even today.

  • Top Gear: Too Top Gear For TV [DVD] Top Gear: Too Top Gear For TV | DVD | (03/06/2013) from £5.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (60.00%)  |  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

  • Zoo [2007] Zoo | DVD | (11/08/2008) from £2.99  |  Saving you £14.97 (74.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    We are not who we appear to be... Robinson Devor's documentary Zoo is based on the 2005 Enumclaw incident a controversial event in which a man died after partaking in zoophilia. Based around the interviews of actual members of the zoophile community to which he belonged Zoo explores the reasons behind what is viewed as one of the most unacceptable sexual deviances bestiality.

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