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  • Under Suspicion [2000] Under Suspicion | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £5.34  |  Saving you £10.65 (66.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A hidden past. A secret life. Witness or suspect? Guilty or innocent? Two men. One night. The police captain on the island of Puerto Rico (Morgan Freeman) interviews a prominent tax attorney and old friend (Gene Hackman) - the witness to one of a shocking series of brutal crimes. But what begins as a cooperative conversation between peers descends into a night of intense interrogation between fierce adversaries.

  • Harakiri (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD) [Masters of Cinema] Harakiri (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (26/09/2011) from £11.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (42.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Of all Masaki Kobayashi's attacks on the cruelty and inhumanity perpetrated by authoritarian power (including The Human Condition and Samurai Rebellion) perhaps none are more brilliant than his visceral mesmerising Harakiri [aka Seppuku]. In a magnificent performance Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo The Face of Another Ran) stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo a masterless down-and-out samurai who enters the manor of Lord Iyi requesting to commit ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity Hanshiro is told the gruesome tale of the last samurai who made the same request - but Hanshiro will not be moved... With its intricate structure and pressure-cooker atmosphere Kobayashi's first jidai-geki period drama is a full-scale demolition job of samurai ideals and feudal hypocrisy filmed with artistry and surgical precision and scored by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu. Adapted from the same source novel in 2011 by notorious auteur Takashi Miike the original - winner of the 1963 Special Jury Prize at Cannes - still stands as a startling moment in Japanese cinema.

  • The Leopard [Blu-ray] [1963] The Leopard | Blu Ray | (21/06/2010) from £7.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Against a dramatic 19th century backdrop of radical Italian Nationalism Luchino Visconti's masterful epic The Leopard follows the Sicilian Prince of Salina and his family as they adjust to the social turbulence of revolutionary times. Burt Lancaster's formidable portrayal of the Prince is deftly supported by charged performances from the outstanding Alain Delon and incomparable Claudia Cardinale. Visconti's sumptuous evocation of an era - with beautiful photography design costumes and Nino Rota's rousing score - glitters with set pieces culminating in the acclaimed ballroom sequence as the film moves gracefully to its meditative climax. Presented complete and uncut this stunning High Definition transfer - from the original 70mm negatives - was overseen by the film's director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno and features fully restored picture and sound.

  • Grave Of The Fireflies [1988] Grave Of The Fireflies | DVD | (23/07/2007) from £10.47  |  Saving you £5.52 (34.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In the aftermath of World War II bombing two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year old sister the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation hunger and grief these children's lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. 'Grave Of The Fireflies' is a tale of the true tragedy of war and innocence lost not only of the abandoned young but of an entire nation. Isao Takahata's rightly revered and thought-provoking anime was winner of a special award at the 1989 Blue Ribbon awards and the Adult's Jury award at the 1994 Chicago International Children's Film Festival.

  • Audition [2000] Audition | DVD | (24/09/2001) from £4.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Much of the controversy surrounding Takashi Miike's Audition centres on the disturbing nature of the later part of the film--understandable when you consider the imprint these admittedly horrific images leave on the viewer--but fails to note the intricate social satire of the rest. This is a film that offers insight into the changing culture of Japan and the generation gap between young and old. Shigeharu Aoyama is looking for an obedient and virtuous woman to love and asks, "Where are all the good girls?"--a comment that seals his fate. A fake audition is organised to find Aoyama a wife. Asami Yamazaki is introduced as the virtuous woman he is looking for, dressing for the majority of the film in white and behaving with the courtesy of an angel, especially when juxtaposed against the brash stupidity of the other girls at the audition. Although his friend takes an immediate "chemical" dislike to her, Aoyama begins a love affair to end all love affairs. But as Asami's history unfolds we see her pain and torture and slowly understand that the tortured in this instance holds the power to become the torturer. Aoyama is slowly drawn away from his white, metallic and homely environment into the vivid- red and dirty-dark environment of Asami's sadistic world. Audition can be viewed on a number of levels, with important feminist, social and human rights issues to be drawn from the story. However, the real power of this film is its descent into the subconscious, to a point where reality is blurred and the audience is unable to decide whether the disturbing images on screen are real or surreal. This refined, hard-hitting and essentially Japanese style of horror is ultimately much more powerful than anything offered by Hollywood. This is a film that will get under your skin and infect your consciousness with a blend of fearless gore and unimaginable torture. It is not for the faint-hearted. --Nikki Disney

  • Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.1 Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.1 | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £15.45  |  Saving you £14.00 (46.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Cult Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurism''ki is internationally renowned for his distinctively spare and deadpan character studies of society's also-rans. This three disc set contains his acclaimed Underdog Trilogy which finds Kaurism''ki at the height of his sardonic humanist powers. Set Comprises: Shadows in Paradise (1986): Kaurism''ki regulars Matti Pellonp'''' and Kati Outinen star in this offbeat yet remarkably touching romantic comedy. Pellonp'''' plays Nikander a rubbish collector and wouldbe entrepreneur who finds his plans for success dashed with the unexpected death of his business associate. Whilst searching for a job he meets Ilona (Outinen) a down-on- her luck cashier in a local supermarket and falteringly a bond begins to develop between them. Ariel (1988): Acclaimed as one of Kaurism''ki's most accomplished early films 'Ariel' follows the exploits of the laconic Taisto a newly-unemployed Lapland miner who sets off in a Cadillac convertible for a fresh start in Helsinki. Joined in his odyssey by meter maid Irmeli and her young son Taitso's plans take a series of unexpected turns in this dryly comic and satirical melange of road movie and film noir. The Match Factory Girl (1990): This blackly comic minimalist masterpiece stars Kati Outinen as Iiris a shy and dowdy young woman stuck in a dead-end job on a match factory production line. She dreams of finding love at the local dancehall but her attempts are constantly foiled by her selfish parents and the callous behaviour of would-be suitors. Finding herself pregnant after a one-night stand and abandoned by the father Iiris finally decides the time has come to get even and she begins to plot her revenge.

  • Our Little Sister [Blu-ray] Our Little Sister | Blu Ray | (13/06/2016) from £10.09  |  Saving you £9.90 (49.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three sisters - Sachi, Yoshino and Chika - live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father - absent from the family home for the last 15 years - dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral, and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings... Click Images to Enlarge

  • Unit One - Season 4 [DVD] Unit One - Season 4 | DVD | (07/07/2014) from £9.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Series 2 of the long-standing Nordic Noir thriller series that tells the story of a group of staunch crime experts from an elite unit within the Danish police force. We follow their fascinating yet frightening work in the Danish underworld and witness their unflinching commitment and affectionate solidarity when pitted against horrifying, yet all-too-real, examples of the extremes of human nature they face in the line of duty. Unit One is based on true criminal cases through the last 10 years.

  • Home From Home - A Chronicle of A Vision [DVD] Home From Home - A Chronicle of A Vision | DVD | (15/06/2015) from £8.25  |  Saving you £7.34 (45.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Edgar Reitz (director of the Heimat Trilogy) continues his visionary journey through German history with a domestic drama and love story set against the backdrop of a forgotten tragedy. In the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans emigrated to faraway South America. It was a desperate bid to escape the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home. Jakob, the younger of two brothers, dreams about leaving his small village for adventures in the wild Brazilian jungle. Everyone who encounters Jakob is drawn into the maelstrom of his dreams: his parents, his belligerent brother Gustav, and above all, Henriette, the daughter of a gem cutter fallen on hard times. His brother's imminent return from military service, however, is destined to shatter Jakob's world and his love for Henriette.

  • Kurosawa: Crime Collection [DVD] Kurosawa: Crime Collection | DVD | (24/10/2011) from £17.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Akira Kurosawa, one of the cinema s greatest auteurs, has wowed audiences and inspired filmmakers as diverse as George Lucas and Sergio Leone. This highly collectable 4-disc box set highlights his mastery of the crime genre bringing together four of his finest thrillers. Included here is the yakuza gangster drama Drunken Angel (1948); the atmospheric police thriller Stray Dog (1949); the tale of corporate greed and corruption, The Bad Sleep Well (1947); and the gripping Ed Mcbain adaptation High and Low (1963).

  • Joshua Oppenheimer: 12 Early Works [DVD] Joshua Oppenheimer: 12 Early Works | DVD | (27/06/2016) from £9.48  |  Saving you £3.51 (27.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Joshua Oppenheimer is one of the world's most renowned documentary filmmakers. His multi award-winning films The Act of Killing (2012) and The Look of Silence (2014) have challenged and redefined perceptions about the very nature of documentary cinema. Second Run are delighted to present, for the first time ever on home video, the complete cycle of Joshua Oppenheimer's early works. These films do not simply record or document facts; they are playful, artistic, and philosophical. Often confrontational, and frequently disquieting, they reveal how Oppenheimer's instinct for social justice has developed into a fully-fledged art form.

  • Tangerines [DVD] Tangerines | DVD | (25/01/2016) from £10.98  |  Saving you £5.01 (31.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union's dissolution, this compassionate story focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the fighting arrives at their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) along with friend Margus (Elmo Nüganen), treat two wounded soldiers from opposite sides, Ahmed (Giorgi Nakhashidze) and Niko (Mikheil Meskhi). During their extended period of convalescence under the administration of Ivo, they are forced not only to confront the reasons that fuel their hatred for each other, but also the conflict which rages around them.

  • The Diving Bell And The Butterfly [2007] The Diving Bell And The Butterfly | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £4.16  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Diving Bell And The Butterfly tells the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby - the editor of the fashion magazine 'Elle France ' who at the age of 43 suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body except his left eye. Using his eye to blink out his memoir Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.

  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour [Blu-ray] Blue Is the Warmest Colour | Blu Ray | (17/03/2014) from £8.25  |  Saving you £11.34 (56.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    At 15 Adele doesn't question it: girls go out with boys. Her life is changed forever when she meets Emma a young woman with blue hair who will allow her to discover desire to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others Adele grows seeks herself loses herself and finds herself.

  • The Great Beauty [Blu-ray] The Great Beauty | Blu Ray | (13/01/2014) from £7.95  |  Saving you £12.04 (60.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Jep Gambardella a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist spends his easy life among Rome's high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend's wife - a woman he loved as an 18-year-old - his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes. A dazzling dizzying mesmerising and hypnotic cinematic tour-de-force that has drawn comparisons with Italian greats such as La Dolce Vita and La Notte. A triumphant return to form for world-renowned visionary director Paulo Sorrentino (Il Divo This Must Be The Place). Starring the multi award-winning Toni Servillo (Il Divo Gomorrah). Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2013 the film was hotly tipped for the Palme d'Or.

  • Kurosawa Samurai Collection [Blu-ray] Kurosawa Samurai Collection | Blu Ray | (01/09/2014) from £22.59  |  Saving you £37.40 (62.30%)  |  RRP £59.99

    The films of Akira Kurosawa one of the cinema's greatest auteurs have had a profound effect on audiences around the world and his acclaimed samurai epics - featuring international star Toshirô Mifune - have inspired filmmakers a diverse as George Lucas and Sergio Leone. This collection marks the first time all these seminal films have been available on High Definition blu-ray in the UK. Seven Samurai (1954)When the residents of a small Japanese village seek protection they hire seven unemployed ronin' (masterless samurai). Paid only in handfuls of rice the samurai remain distant from the villagers knowing that their assignment may prove to be fatal. Unanimously hailed as one of cinema's greatest masterpieces Seven Samurai has inspired countless films including The Magnificent Seven. Japan | 1954 | 190 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 Throne of Blood (1957)In this brilliant re-imagining of Shakespeare's Macbeth Toshirô Mifune plays a samurai fated to betray his friend and master in exchange for the prestige of nobility. Kurosawa's bloody tale is a triumph of economic style and the climactic battle scene is full of remarkable and brutal imagery. Japan | 1957 | 104 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 The Hidden Fortress (1958)In this classic collaboration between Kurosawa and star Mifune a warrior and a princess try against all odds to return to their homeland with their fortune. Acknowledged by George Lucas as the inspiration for Star Wars The Hidden Fortress combines an epic tale of struggle and honour with modern comic sensibilities to masterful effect. Japan | 1958 | 138 minutes | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 enhanced) Yojimbo (1961)A drifting samurai for hire plays both ends against the middle with two warring factions surviving on his wits and his ability to outrun his own bad luck. Eventually the samurai seeks to eliminate both sides for his own gain and to define his own sense of honour. Yojimbo provided inspiration for A Fistful of Dollars. Japan | 1961 | 106 minutes | Widecreen 4:3 format Sanjuro (1962)After the success of Yojimbo Kurosawa teamed up once again with Mifune one year later to make this comedy of manners. The film which follows a man fighting corruption in local government offers a twist on the classic Samurai tale by gently but perfectly parodying the conventions of the Japanese period action movie tradition. Japan | 1962 | 95 minutes | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 enhanced)

  • Miss Hokusai Standard Edition [DVD] Miss Hokusai Standard Edition | DVD | (14/11/2016) from £12.59  |  Saving you £5.40 (30.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Set in 1814 Edo (now known as Tokyo), a much accomplished artist of the time works tirelessly in his house-atelier. He is as short-tempered and sarcastic as he is brilliant, with no passion for money or meaningless pastimes like drinking. His name is Katsushika Hokusai and decades later his work would come to mesmerise Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, Klimt and Debussy. But very few were aware of the woman who often painted for him while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai's daughter, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father. She inherited both his stubbornness and his talent, and her art is so powerful that it leads her to trouble

  • La Dolce Vita [Blu-ray] La Dolce Vita | Blu Ray | (06/10/2014) from £14.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    At three brief hours, Fellini's cynical, engrossing social commentary, La Dolce Vita, stands as his timeless masterpiece. A rich, detailed panorama of Rome's modern decadence and sophisticated immorality, the film is episodic in structure but held tightly in focus by the wandering protagonist through whom we witness the sordid action. Marcello Rubini is a tabloid reporter trapped in a shallow high-society existence, as extraordinarily played by Marcello Mastroianni, a man of paradoxical, emotional juxtapositions: cool but tortured, sexy but impotent. He dreams about writing something important but remains seduced by the money and prestige that accompany his shallow position. He romanticises about finding true love but acts unfazed upon finding that his girlfriend has taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Instead, he engages in a ménage à trois, then frolics in a fountain with a giggling American starlet (bombshell Anita Ekberg), and in the film's unforgettably inspired finale, attends a wild orgy that ends, symbolically with its participants finding a rotting sea animal while wandering the beach at dawn. Fellini saw his film as life affirming (thus its title, "The Sweet Life"), but it's impossible to take him seriously. While Mastroianni drifts from one worldly pleasure to another, be it sex, drink, glamorous parties or rich foods, they are presented, through his detached eyes, as merely momentary distractions. His existence, an endless series of wild evenings and lonely mornings, is ultimately soulless and facile. Because he lacks the courage to change, Mastroianni is left with no alternative but to wearily accept and enjoy this "sweet" life. --Dave McCoy, Amazon.com

  • Eden [DVD] Eden | DVD | (14/12/2015) from £4.09  |  Saving you £15.90 (79.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Mirror [DVD] Mirror | DVD | (25/07/2016) from £8.25  |  Saving you £7.34 (45.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Mirror' is the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's most autobiographical work in which he reflects upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people. The film's many layers intertwine real life and family relationships - Tarkovsky's father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky, reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky's mother appears as herself - with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares. From the opening sequence of a boy being cured of a stammer by hypnotism, to scene in a printing works which encapsulates the Stalinist era, Mirror has an extraordinary resonance and repays countless viewings.

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