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Macbeth | DVD | (27/05/2002)
from £4.87 | Saving you £15.12 (75.60%) | RRP
Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth remains one of the most infamous for a number of reasons: the copious amounts of bloody gore, its expert use of location settings (filmed in North Wales) and Lady Macbeth's nude sleepwalking scene. Despite its notoriety, though, this does remain one of the more compelling film adaptations of the Scottish tragedy, if one of the more pessimistic takes on the story of Macbeth and his overreaching ambition. If you think the play is normally a bit of a downer, you haven't seen Polanski's bleak version of it, made in reaction to the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson "family". Jon Finch (Hitchcock's Frenzy) is a forceful Macbeth, bringing out the Scot's warrior instincts, and Francesca Annis is a memorable Lady Macbeth but the main thrust of the film belongs to Polanski's and noted British playwright and critic Kenneth Tynan's take on the play: extremely violent, nihilistic and visceral; this is down-in-the-dirt, no-holds-barred Shakespeare, not fussy costume drama. Pay close attention to the end, a silent coda that puts a chilling twist on all the action that has come beforehand and foreshadows more tragedy to come. --Mark Englehart
The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad | DVD | (01/08/2005)
from £4.54 | Saving you £5.45 (54.60%) | RRP
A spectacular adventure set in mysterious ancient lands inhabited by incredible creatures and monsters. Sinbad - Prince of Baghdad and legendary sailor - finds an intriguing map and sets sail for the previously uncharted island of Lemuria with a beautiful slave girl Margianna and the Grand Vizier of the land of Marabia in an adventure that sees Sinbad explore uncharted waters and do battle with the evil Prince Koura and many mythical beasts.
Apparitions | DVD | (12/01/2009)
from £4.89 | Saving you £25.10 (83.70%) | RRP
Father Jacob Vatican Saint-maker miracle detective and exorcist is on a mission: to defeat Satan before the end of the world. The stakes really are that high as the Devil tightens his grip - claiming the last century as his own this one in his sights. For the maverick Jacob played by award winning star Martin Shaw (The Professionals George Gently Judge John Deed) the job''s getting busier by the week. Claims of apparitions possessions signs of the Saints and the miracles of God are on the up. For some this is proof the struggle with Satan is intensifying and Armageddon the battle of the End of Days approaching fast. For others it''s merely an indication the Catholic Church is increasingly vulnerable to the whims of the deranged and deceitful... Investigating the truth confronting the sceptics as well as pure evil takes a priest of extraordinary integrity intelligence compassion and guts but - above all - faith. Father Jacob is such a priest: a man whose convictions enable and embolden him to confront the controversial to present the truth in all its forms wherever that leads him. And with Jacob forced to face his own hidden demons we follow him deep into that heart of darkness: witnessing as he does the most startling acts of satanic and saintly behaviour. Written and directed by the electrifying Joe Ahearne (Perfect Parents Dr Who) Apparitions confronts us with as many questions as answers taking us on a challenging often terrifying but ultimately life-affirming journey of white knuckle supernatural mystery and intrigue.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - A King's Ransom | DVD | (13/11/2013)
from £4.34 | Saving you £1.65 (27.50%) | RRP
In this final film of the series The Scarlet Pimpernel is drawn into a mystery which threatens to destroy the French monarchy forever whilst putting his own life in grave danger. The heir to the French throne 10 year old Dauphin is under the control of Robespierre but is kidnapped by a sinister masked character. As Sir Percy gets close to witnesses who might identify the Dauphin's kidnapper they are killed before they can reveal the truth. However all the signs point to the legend