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  • Requiem For A Dream [2001] Requiem For A Dream | DVD | (06/08/2001) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fantasy mixes with the harsh reality of addiction and the desire for hope in Requiem for a Dream. Beginning at the dawn of a new summer in Coney Island, the film charts the relationship of Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) and her son Harry (Jared Leto)--two characters who are lost with in a world of the self-absorbed desire to feed their addictions at the cost of hope and love. With a sublime score (performed by the Kronos Quartet) accompanying some intense visual imagery, the film sets up an almost fairy-tale wash over the characters' lives, with every hit of their chosen drug turning them into beautiful people surrounded by a haze which enhances all their features. However, unlike films such as Trainspotting which turn the dream into a nightmare then end with a huge dose of hope, Requiem for a Dream forces the viewer through all loss of hope and the descending madness of reality, as winter begins. Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Pi is a movie which exposes not only the terror caused by addiction of any kind--be it TV or Heroin--but also offers a powerful insight into the destruction caused by the desire to achieve "the American Dream". Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr, the film sacrifices dialogue in favour of imagery and movement: the editing and cinematography are reminiscent of MTV, however the movie takes this very aggressive style and moulds it to its own needs, adding a beautifully haunting narrative and powerful performances by its four main characters (Burstyn just missing out on an Oscar for Best female lead to Julia Roberts). Ultimately the viewer is left with a sense of desperation and despair: Requiem for a Dream exposes drugs and addiction in the most powerful and truthful way a film has ever managed, leaving no stone unturned. On the DVD: This disc is bursting with excellent special features. The anamorphic widescreen picture makes the most of the film's stylish visuals, and the soundtrack offers choice of either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. As well as offering the obligatory theatrical trailer, scene selection and a fantastic director's commentary, there's also a "making-of" featurette, TV trailers charting the reviews and success of the film, an "Anatomy of a scene", and a wide range of deleted scenes. By far the best feature is Hubert Selby Jr's interview with Ellen Burstyn, which offers the writer a chance to put across not just his opinions on his work but also on life as a whole. All these features are placed within an impressively formatted menu. --Nikki Disney

  • Black And White [1999] Black And White | DVD | (26/03/2001) from £5.89  |  Saving you £14.05 (70.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    James Toback's Black and White, a portrait of white and black culture mixing it up on the streets of Manhattan, is like two films colliding. In the centre of the swirl are a group of upper-class white teens (led by Elijah Wood and pop singer Bijou Phillips) who appropriate hip-hop culture to rebel against their affluent lifestyle, and a posse of gangstas and drug dealers (led by rap producer Oli "Power" Grant) who are themselves trying to get off the streets and into the business culture through their music. Ageing indie filmmaker Toback has long shown an interest in character contradictions and quirks. Here the dynamic works: the two groups are genuinely curious about one another and mix with a cautious but untroubled ease. Less successful is the contrived drama that orbits this cultural mix but never quite meshes--such as Ben Stiller as a self-loathing New York cop who blackmails college basketball star Allan Houston into betraying his boyhood buddy turned street criminal. Toback spices his Altmanesque style of restless camera work and impressionistic intercutting with attitude, nervous energy, and in-your-face sex. There's an interesting story to be told here, but the provocative cultural mix gets lost in the self-conscious melodrama and only periodically roars to life, notably in the edgy, unpredictable scenes with Mike Tyson (an inspired bit of casting that works marvellously). Also featured are rapper Raekwon, supermodel Claudia Schiffer, Brooke Shields, and Robert Downey Jr. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • Fight Club  (Special Edition)  [1999] Fight Club (Special Edition) | DVD | (08/02/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    First Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club.Second Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club.Third Rule: When someone says Stop or goes limp the fight is over.Fourth Rule: Only two guys to a fight.Fifth Rule: One fight at a time.Sixth Rule: No shirts no shoes.Seventh Rule: Fights go on as long as they have to.Eighth Rule: If this is your first night at Fight Club you have to fight... Jack (Edward Norton) is a chronic insomniac desperate to escape his excruciatingly boring life. That's when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) a charismatic soap salesman with a twisted philosophy. Tyler believes self-improvement is for the weak; it's self-destruction that really makes life worth living. Before long Jack and Tyler are beating each other to a pulp in a bar parking lot a cathartic slugfest that delivers joys of physical violence. Jack and Tyler form a secret Fight Club that becomes wildly successful. But there's a shocking surprise waiting for Jack that will change everything... Pitt and Norton deliver knockout performances in this stunningly original darkly comic film from David Fincher based on the controversial book by Chuck Palahniuk.

  • Fight Club [1999] Fight Club | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £3.79  |  Saving you £-0.66 (-4.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    First Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club. Second Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club. Third Rule: When someone says Stop or goes limp the fight is over. Fourth Rule: Only two guys to a fight. Fifth Rule: One fight at a time. Sixth Rule: No shirts no shoes. Seventh Rule: Fights go on as long as they have to. Eighth Rule: If this is your first night at Fight Club you have to fight... Jack (Edward Norton) is a chronic insomniac desperate to escape his excruciatingly boring life. That's when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) a charismatic soap salesman with a twisted philosophy. Tyler believes self-improvement is for the weak; it's self-destruction that really makes life worth living. Before long Jack and Tyler are beating each other to a pulp in a bar parking lot a cathartic slugfest that delivers joys of physical violence. Jack and Tyler form a secret Fight Club that becomes wildly successful. But there's a shocking surprise waiting for Jack that will change everything... Pitt and Norton deliver knockout performances in this stunningly original darkly comic film from David Fincher based on the controversial book by Chuck Palahniuk.

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