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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them DVD [2016] [2017] Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them DVD | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £6.75  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away and is now nowhere to be found. Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt's beasts loose in a city already on edgea serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina. Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina's sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt's missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsidersnow branded fugitivesever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them [Blu-ray] [2017] Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £8.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away and is now nowhere to be found. Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt's beasts loose in a city already on edgea serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina's sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt's missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsidersnow branded fugitivesever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.Click Images to Enlarge

  • Fright Night (1985) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) Special Edition Fright Night (1985) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) Special Edition | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £9.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to release Tom Holland's directorial debut FRIGHT NIGHT, the iconic 1980s vampire classic starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a Special Edition Dual-Format on 10 April 2017. He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbour. But before inviting him Jerry in for a nightcap, there's something you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red, and straight from the jugular! It's Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry's deadly fangs out of his neck. Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry's bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can't get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the Great Vampire Killer of the movies. Can these mortals save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse) from the wrathful bloodsucker's toothy embrace? If you love being scared, Fright Night will give you the nightmare of your life! Eureka Classics is proud to present this iconic modern horror classic in a new Dual-Format Special Edition. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: 4K digital restoration Original stereo PCM soundtrack and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options (on the Blu-ray) English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired You're So Cool, Brewster! A new two-hour version of the definitive 2016 documentary on the making of Fright Night, focusing on the first film, created exclusively for this release What is Fright Night featurette, a 2016 video piece featuring cast and crew interviews (BLU-RAY ONLY) Tom Holland: Writing Horror, a 2016 video piece featuring interviews with Holland and his collaborators (BLU-RAY ONLY) Rowdy McDowall: From Apes to Bats, a 2016 video piece featuring archival footage of McDowall and cast and crew interviews (BLU-RAY ONLY Fear Fest 2 2008 reunion panel featuring Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark and moderated by Rob Galluzzo (BLU-RAY ONLY) Shock Till You Drop Present Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek, a three-part video interview on the film (BLU-RAY ONLY) The full electronic press kit, featuring extensive on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage (BLU-RAY ONLY) Stills and memorabilia from Tom Holland's personal collection (BLU-RAY ONLY) | G-rated and R-rated theatrical trailers (BLU-RAY ONLY)

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them [Blu-ray 3D] [2016] [2017] Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £18.50  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away and is now nowhere to be found. Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt's beasts loose in a city already on edgea serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina. Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina's sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt's missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsidersnow branded fugitivesever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Teletubbies: Bubbles [DVD] Teletubbies: Bubbles | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £6.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Tubby Custard Machine is making lots and lots of Tubby Custard bubbles! Join the Teletubbies as they chase and pop bubbles, play with a magical music box and dance the energetic Tubby Phone Dance. Contains six new episodes including ?Bubbles'. Episodes: Bubbles Musical box Puddles Wake Up Time Windy Day Bumps! DVD Special Features: Meet the Characters: Laa-Laa featurette Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them [4K UHD] [2016] [Blu-ray] [2017] Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £24.90  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away and is now nowhere to be found. Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt's beasts loose in a city already on edgea serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina's sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt's missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsidersnow branded fugitivesever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.Click Images to Enlarge

  • SS-GB [DVD] [2017] SS-GB | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £13.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    It is 1941 and Nazi Germany, having won the Battle of Britain, is the occupying force in the UK. Based on SS-GB, the bestselling novel by Len Deighton, renowned London murder detective Douglas Archer is caught between his brutal new SS superiors and a ruthless British resistance as he investigates what looks like a black market-related murder. Determined to uphold the law and protect the ones he loves, Archer soon finds himself drawn into a treacherous plot with global implications. In a country under hostile occupation, how do you do the right thing when you're on the wrong side? Starring: Sam Riley (Control, Maleficent), Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns), Rainer Bock (Inglourious Basterds, War Horse) Writers: Neal Purvis , Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall)

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand & SuperShredder S4 V3&4 (DVD) [2017] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand & SuperShredder S4 V3&4 (DVD) | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £9.35  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    EARTH'S LAST STAND: With the last fragment of the Black Hole Generator in the Triceraton's possession, the Turtles race back to New York City for a fi nal showdown against the alien threat. But even if they save Earth from total annihilation, will their city ever be the same? SUPER SHREDDER: They've studied relentlessly. They've mastered their craft. They've defeated countless enemies. But nothing in the Turtles' training has prepared them for the deadliest, most formidable foe they have ever faced the Super Shredder.

  • Bleed For This [DVD] Bleed For This | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £6.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Miles Teller stars in this drama based on the life of professional boxer Vinny Pazienza. Shortly after winning the junior middleweight world title, Vinny Pazienza (Teller) is involved in a near-fatal car accident which leaves him with multiple injuries including a broken neck. Told he will never walk or fight again, Vinny is fitted with a metal neck brace which he must wear for several months. However, defying doctor's orders, he continues to follow his training regime and, with the help of trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart), Vinny remains determined to prove his doubters wrong and vows to make a triumphant return to the ring to reclaim the world title he relinquished one year earlier.

  • The Edge Of Seventeen [DVD] The Edge Of Seventeen | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £10.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

  • Paterson [DVD] Paterson | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £5.75  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey they share the name. He's also a poet, recording his daily observations and thoughts in the form of beautiful prose. Paterson thrives on routine: he drives his bus route, he goes home for dinner with his wife Laura, he walks his dog, he visits his local bar for one beer. By contrast, Laura's world is ever-changing, with new projects and ideas striking her daily. During the course of one fateful week, Paterson experiences both triumph and disaster, and finds inspiration from the most unlikely source. A sublime new film from Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive), starring Adam Driver (Star Wars: Force Awakens) and Golshifteh Farahani (Rosewater).

  • Fat City (Dual Format Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] Fat City (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    John Huston's sombre but compassionate boxing drama is a criminally-underseen late-career masterpiece from the great director. Peppered with outstanding performances this gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out fighter and a young up-and-comer, both moving through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses. Extras/Episodes: INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 4K restoration ¢ Original mono audio Audio commentary by film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman New ?making of' documentary featuring interviews with stars Stacy Keach and Candy Clark ¢ Archival interview with director John Huston on Fat CIty Isolated score Original theatrical trailer Image gallery New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by critic Danny Leigh ¢ UK Blu-ray premiere ¢ Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies

  • Ice Age Eggscapade [DVD] [2017] Ice Age Eggscapade | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £4.06  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    It's 20,000 years ago and there's a bit of a nip in the air as the Ice Age kicks off. Manfred the well-meaning mammoth, Sid the fast-talking sloth and Diego the duplicitous sabre-tooth tiger form a reluctant and unlikely alliance when they come across a helpless human baby. As they try to return the tot to his migrating tribe, the trio must battle more than just the elements in this harsh world of predators and prey. There's plenty of light relief from the dramatic tension and superb action sequences, notably in the form of the brilliant comic invention Scrat, an apparently insane sabre-tooth squirrel who steals any scene in which he--and his acorn?appear (although a flock of keen but hapless dodos give him a close run for the film's comic laurels). Featuring the voice talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo, Ice Age is a thrilling, chilling comedy adventure that's undeniably cool. On the DVD: Ice Age on DVD boasts a whole host of special features, including commentary by director Chris Wedge and co-director Carlos Saldhona, deleted scenes and trailers. The highlight of the bonus material is the exclusive short "Scrat's Missing Adventure" but for the real nitty-gritty go to "Under the Ice". This contains numerous featurettes of varying lengths, including "The Making of Ice Age", "Behind the Scenes", "Art of Effects" and "Sid's Voice Development". These tell you pretty well everything there is to know about the film and its creation. For additional humour check out the brief "Scrat Reveals" segment and Sid's commentary sequences. --Helen Baker

  • Pieces Limited Edition [Blu-ray] Pieces Limited Edition | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    IT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK IT IS! From Juan Piquer Simón, director of the equally unhinged Slugs, Pieces is the original sickening slasher classic, now restored in glorious 4K! A Boston college campus is being terrorised by a black-clad maniac who collects body parts from his unfortunate co-ed victims. As the corpses (and red herrings) begin to pile up, can Professor Brown (genre veteran Jack Taylor) unmask the murderer before his morbid puzzle is complete? Boasting some of the most outrageous gore set-pieces ever to splash their way across the screen (including a particularly memorable slow-motion evisceration atop a waterbed), Pieces is an essential slice of Spanish splatter and more gruesome than ever on Blu-ray. Brand new 4K transfer from the original camera negative Two versions of the feature: Pieces, the US theatrical version, and Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche, the original uncensored director's cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor [Blu-ray exclusive] High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations Original English and Spanish Mono Audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 5.1 Vine Theater Experience Alternate Re-score by composer Umberto Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues It's Exactly What You Think It Is! brand new featurette offering up an appreciation of Pieces by various filmmaker fans Brand new interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo Pieces of Juan a career-spanning interview with director Juan Piquer Simón The Reddest Herring extensive interview with actor Paul Smith, including a discussion of Pieces Audio Interview with producer Steve Minasian Image Galleries Theatrical Trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Gingold Soundtrack CD featuring the entire original score

  • Fast & Furious 1-7 + Bonus Disc (DVD) [2017] Fast & Furious 1-7 + Bonus Disc (DVD) | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £18.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    ALL SEVEN SUPER-CHARGED MOVIES Buckle up for nonstop action and mind-blowing speed in the adrenaline-fueled Fast & Furious 7-Movie Collection. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and an all-star cast put pedal to the metal in pursuit of justice and survival as they race from L.A. to Tokyo, Rio and London. Packed with full-throttle action and jaw-dropping stunts, these seven turbo-charged thrill rides place you behind the wheel of the most explosive film franchise in history! INCLUDES ALL NEW BONUS DISC PLUS OVER 2 HOURS OF NEW BONUS FEATURES Deleted Scenes Outtakes Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes Feature Commentaries And Much More!

  • Lone Wolf and Cub  [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Lone Wolf and Cub | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £49.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Cult Classic, Six-Film Series Based on the Internationally Best-Selling Japanese Manga Comics. Includes: SWORD OF VENGEANCE, BABY CART AT THE RIVER STYX, BABY CART TO HADES, BABY CART IN PERIL, BABY CART IN THE LAND OF DEMONS, WHITE HEAVEN IN HELL. Based on the best-selling manga series, the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated chanbara to bloody, new heights. The shogun's executioner, Itto Ogami (TOMISABURO WAKAYAMA), takes to wandering the countryside as an assassinalong with his infant son Daigoro (AKIHIRO TOMIKAWA) and an infinitely weaponized perambulatorhelping those he encounters while seeking vengeance for his murdered wife. Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed and unbelievably violent action sequences as well as for its tender depiction of the bonds between parent and child. SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET FEATURES: New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks High-definition presentation of Shogun Assassin, the 1980 English-dubbed re-edit of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films New interview with Kazuo Koike, writer of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga series and screenwriter on five of the films Lame d'un père, l'âme d'un sabre, a 2005 documentary about the making of the series New interview in which Sensei Yoshimitsu Katsuse discusses and demonstrates the real Suio-ryu sword techniques that inspired those in the manga and films New interview with biographer Kazuma Nozawa about filmmaker Kenji Misumi, director of four of the six Lone Wolf and Cub films Silent documentary from 1937 about the making of samurai swords, with an optional new ambient score by Ryan Francis Trailers New English subtitle translations PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay and film synopses by Japanese pop culture writer Patrick Macias

  • Jack the Ripper [Blu-ray] Jack the Ripper | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £19.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Michael Caine heads a star-studded cast in this acclaimed dramatisation of the hunt for the notorious serial killer who preyed on the prostitutes of London's East End. Made for the 1988 centenary of these infamous murders, the production team were granted unprecedented access to Home Office files on the Ripper case the resulting two-part miniseries winning Caine a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of the dogged Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline. Jack the Ripper is presented here as a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film materials, in its original aspect ratio. In the autumn of 1888, Chief Inspector Abberline is sent to investigate the murder and mutilation of a prostitute. Others soon meet the same fate, and a press frenzy ensues. With Jack the Ripper terrorising London and both police and outraged public clamouring for a conclusion, Abberline and his partner, Godley, work doggedly through their list of suspects more than one of whom has royal connections. SPECIAL FEATURES: Feature-length widescreen version Brand-new Dolby 5.1 mix Image gallery

  • Ludwig [Blu-ray] [Region A & B] Ludwig | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

  • Locked Up Series 1 [DVD] Locked Up Series 1 | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Framed by her lover for corporate fraud, young Macarena Ferreiro finds herself locked up in a high security women's prison surrounded by tough, ruthless criminals. Still in denial, prison proves to be a very rude awakening for Macarena and at the end of her first day, she finds herself struggling to cope. Yolanda, her cell mate, takes Macarena under her wing, but a midnight visit from Zulema, the prison's most dangerous inmate, is about to change Macarena's life forever. In Spanish with English subtitles.

  • The Big Heat (Dual Format Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] The Big Heat (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    There's a satisfying sense of closure to the definitive noir kick achieved in The Big Heat: its director, Fritz Lang, had forged early links from German expressionism to the emergence of film noir, so it's entirely logical that the expatriate director would help codify the genre with this brutal 1953 film. Visually, his scenes exemplify the bold contrasts, deep shadows, and heightened compositions that define the look of noir, and he matches that success with the darkly pessimistic themes of this revenge melodrama. The story coheres around the suicide of a crooked cop, and the subsequent struggle of an honest detective, Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford), to navigate between a corrupt city government and a ruthless mobster to uncover the truth. Initially, the violence here seems almost timid by comparison to the more explicit carnage now commonplace in films, yet the story accelerates as its plot arcs toward Bannion's showdown with kingpin Lagana (Alexander Scourby) and his psychotic henchman, the sadistic Vince Stone, given an indelible nastiness by Lee Marvin. When Bannion's wife is killed by a car bomb intended for the detective, both the hero and the story go ballistic: suspended from the force, he embarks on a crusade of revenge that suggests a template for Charles Bronson's Death Wish films, each step pushing Lagana and Stone toward a showdown. Bodies drop, dominoes tumbled by the escalating war between the obsessed Bannion and his increasingly vicious adversaries. Lang's disciplined visual design and the performances (especially those of Ford, Marvin, Jeanette Nolan as the dead cop's scheming widow, and Gloria Grahame as Marvin's girlfriend) enable the film to transcend formula, as do several memorable action scenes--when an enraged Marvin hurls scalding coffee at the feisty Debby (Grahame), we're both shattered by the violence of his attack, and aware that he's shifted the balance of power. --Sam Sutherland

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