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  • American Made
(BD + Digital download) [Blu-ray] [2017] American Made (BD + Digital download) | Blu Ray | (26/12/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s. Click Images to Enlarge

  • West Side Story SE [1961] West Side Story SE | DVD | (17/11/2003) from £3.98  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Garnering a total of ten Academy Awards - including Best Picture of 1961 - West Side Story set a brilliant standard for movie musicals that remains unsurpassed to this day. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins from Ernest Lehman's spectacular screenplay the film combines the unforgettable score of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim with Robbins' exuberant choreography to create a transcendent fusion of realism and fantasy that will forever be a feast for the eye the ear a

  • Harry Potter - The Complete 8-Film Collection [DVD] [2011] Harry Potter - The Complete 8-Film Collection | DVD | (02/12/2011) from £22.74  |  Saving you £15.00 (33.30%)  |  RRP £44.99

    From the first spell to the final battle! The entire eight-film Harry Potter collection is now available for you to own.Join Harry, Hermione and Ron from their first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone all the way through to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.It all starts and ends here.Titles Comprise:Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (2001)Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005)Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

  • John Wick [DVD] [2015] John Wick | DVD | (21/09/2015) from £5.45  |  Saving you £14.54 (72.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When a retired hit man is forced back into action by a brutal Russian mobster he hunts down his adversaries with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend in John Wick a stylish tale of revenge and redemption. After the sudden death of his beloved wife John Wick receives one last gift from her a beagle puppy named Daisy and a note imploring him not to forget how to love. But John’s mourning is interrupted when his 1969 Boss Mustang catches the eye of sadistic thug Iosef Tarasov who breaks into his house and steals it beating John unconscious and leaving Daisy dead. Unwittingly they have just reawakened one of the most brutal assassins the underworld has ever seen. John’s search for his stolen vehicle takes him to a side of New York City that tourists never see a hyper-real super-secret criminal community where John Wick was once the baddest guy of all. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Unlocked [DVD] [2017] Unlocked | DVD | (28/08/2017) from £10.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    NOOMI RAPACE (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) stars in the action-thriller UNLOCKED. Once one of the CIA's top interrogators, Alice Racine's (Rapace) career was sidelined when she failed to unlock a prisoner in time to save the lives of dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack in Paris. Now leading a quiet life in London as a caseworker, Alice is unexpectedly called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have direct knowledge of another imminent attack. Turning to the few people she can trust as she seeks out the responsible parties as she races against the clock to prevent a deadly biological attack on the citizens of London. Alongside Rapace, the stellar cast of UNLOCKED features ORLANDO BLOOM (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Hobbit franchise) as enigmatic war veteran Jack Alcott, two-time Oscar-winner MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Ant-Man, Wall Street) as Alice's mentor Eric Lasch, along with Academy Award® nominees TONI COLLETTE (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense) as MI5 Agent Emily Knowles, and JOHN MALKOVICH (Red 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as Bob Hunter, the CIA's Director of European Operations. UNLOCKED is directed by BAFTA Award winner MICHAEL APTED (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the 7 Up series) based on a screenplay by PETER O'BRIEN (Halo: Reach). The film is produced by GEORGINA TOWNSLEY (Diameter of the Bomb), LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), ERIK HOWSAM (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Kidnap) and CLAUDIA BLUEMHUBER (Under the Skin, The Railway Man)

  • Star Trek Beyond (4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Download) [2016] Star Trek Beyond (4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Download) | Blu Ray | (21/11/2016) from £21.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    From producer J.J. Abrams come the third instalment to the new Star Trek films, with all of the main crew returning (Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin) with the additions of Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

  • The Hunger Games - Complete Collection [Blu-ray] [2015] The Hunger Games - Complete Collection | Blu Ray | (21/03/2016) from £13.99  |  Saving you £31.00 (68.90%)  |  RRP £44.99

    Now watch the epic Hunger Games franchise from start to finish. All 4 films now available in one Complete Collection boxset, featuring: The Hunger Games: Gary Ross directs this sci-fi action film based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins. Jennifer Lawrence stars as 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a citizen of the totalitarian post-apocalyptic country of Panem, formerly the United States. Every year, the all-powerful ruling agency known as the Capitol selects one boy and one girl from each of Panem's 12 impoverished rival districts to fight to the death on live national television in a contest known as 'The Hunger Games', in which the winner is given food to feed their entire district for a year. When her younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields) is selected as a contestant, Katniss steps up to take her place in the match. Under the tutelage of inebriated former champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Katniss goes into training for the fight of her life. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in the second instalment of the sci-fi adventure trilogy based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. Fresh from her triumph in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss, along with fellow winner Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), returns home to District 12 for some much needed rest. But soon after, while on a 'Victory Tour' of the other districts, she becomes aware of growing dissent to the Capitol's rule, and realises that rebellion is in the air. As Panem prepares itself for the third 'Quarter Quell' (75th Hunger Games), autocratic ruler President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland), still smarting from the Capitol's humiliation in the last games, stacks the deck to ensure that the upcoming tournament will wipe out any resistance from the districts once and for all. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen [Jennifer Lawrence] realises the stakes are no longer just for survival they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

  • Avatar [DVD] Avatar | DVD | (26/04/2010) from £4.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Avatar is set in the year 2154. The world is dying. Its energy resources are almost spent and its inhabitant have travelled to a distant planet called Pandora where they hope to extract a valuable mineral called Unobtanium.

  • Atomic Blonde 
(DVD + digital download) [2017] Atomic Blonde (DVD + digital download) | DVD | (11/12/2017) from £11.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Oscar®-winner Charlize Theron stars as elite MI6's most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Lorraine Broughton. When she's sent on a covert mission into Cold War Berlin, she must use all of the spycraft, sensuality and savagery she has to stay alive in the ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. Broughton must navigate her way through a deadly game of spies to recover a priceless dossier while fighting ferocious killers along the way in this breakneck action-thriller from director David Leitch (John Wick). Also includes a standard Blu-ray disc. Click Images to Enlarge

  • The Hatton Garden Job [DVD] The Hatton Garden Job | DVD | (12/06/2017) from £6.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; THE HATTON GARDEN JOB follows four ageing East End criminals led by 76 year-old Brian Reader and one mystery man who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these old-school and just plain old villains set about achieving the seemingly impossible, drilling into a steel-and-concrete secured safety deposit vault in London's well-to-do Hatton Garden jewellery quarter. But will they commit the crime of the century or pay with their lives? Starring Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, TV's Downton Abbey), Larry Lamb (TV's EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey), Phil Daniels (TV's EastEnders, Quadrophenia), Mark Harris (Riot, Anuvahood), Joely Richardson (Snowden, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), David Calder (Rush, The Lady In The Van), Clive Russell (TV's Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street) and Stephen Moyer (Concussion, TV's True Blood), THE HATTON GARDEN JOB proves once and for all that crime doesn't pay when you're on a pension.

  • The Last Of The Mohicans [1992] The Last Of The Mohicans | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £4.39  |  Saving you £14.60 (76.90%)  |  RRP £18.99

    The Last of the Mohicans is a large-scale adventure set during the colonial conflicts between Britain and France 20 years before the American War of Independence. Based loosely on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, but actually inspired by director Michael (Manhunter, Heat) Mann's boyhood love of the 1936 film of the same name, this is rousing, romantic stuff. As "Hawkeye", a white raised by the last of the Mohican tribe, Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a performance which, had he followed it up, could have established him as an action hero for the 1990s and beyond. Despite an under-written role Madeline Stowe convinces as the heroine. The remaining cast are uniformly excellent. Filmed amid the spectacular mountains, rivers and forests of North Carolina by Mann's regular cinematographer, Dante Spinotti, the film is a visual joy, while Trevor Jones' majestic, spine-tingling score (with additional music by Randy Edleman) is one of the finest of the decade. Taking time to establish the motives of British and French colonists and the various native tribes, as well as the varying opinions and characters within these groupings, Mann offers much greater balance and complexity than The Patriot (2000), yet never looses sight of the object here: telling a stirring yarn laced with bold action set pieces and passionate romance. On the DVD: The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is a massive improvement over VHS, but still shows considerable grain in many scenes, possibly a result of the film being shot in low, natural light and containing many very dark sequences. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is very powerful, though little use is made of the rear channels, and in some scenes the sound effects all but drown out the dialogue. Isolated scores are usually only found on feature-packed special editions, so the inclusion here is a welcome surprise--and testament its popularity. The only other extra is an anamorphic 2.35:1 presentation of the immensely stirring theatrical trailer. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The King And I [1956] The King And I | DVD | (20/03/2006) from £4.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (66.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner's Academy Award winning performance an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins. This masterful musical celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2006! It tells the true story of an English woman Anna Leonowens (Kerr) who comes to Siam as schoolteacher to the royal court in the 1860s. Though she soon finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch (Brynner) over time Anna and the Kin

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) | Blu Ray | (01/08/2016) from £7.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (70.40%)  |  RRP £26.99

    From director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters' first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Marvel's Doctor Strange [Blu-ray 3D] [2016] Marvel's Doctor Strange | Blu Ray | (06/03/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely placea mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strangearmed with newly acquired magical powersis forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

  • The Dark Knight Trilogy [DVD] The Dark Knight Trilogy | DVD | (03/12/2012) from £8.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (29.20%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Batman BeginsAs a young boy Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of him - a trauma that leads him to become obsessed with revenge. But the opportunity to avenge his parents' deaths is cruelly taken away from him by fate. Fleeing to the East where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra's Al-Ghul Bruce returns to his now decaying Gotham City which is overrun by organized crime and other dangerous individuals manipulating the system. Meanwhile Bruce is slowly being swindled out of Wayne Industries the company he inherited. The discovery of a cave under his mansion along with a prototype armored suit leads him to assume a new persona one which will strike fear into the hearts of men who do wrong; he becomes Batman! In the new guise and with the help of rising cop Jim Gordon Batman sets out to take down the various nefarious schemes in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan 'The Scarecrow' Crane and a mysterious third party who is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right. Special Features: Inner Demons Comic Batman: The Journey begins Shaping Mind and Body Batman: The Tumbler Gotham City Rises Saving Gotham City Genesis of the Bat Confidential Files The Dark KnightChristopher Nolan returns to direct the follow up to his own 2005 blockbuster 'Batman Begins' with Christian Bale once again suited up as 'The Dark Knight'. Gotham City previously a playground for organised crime and petty thieves has been cleaned up under the ever watchful eye of Batman. With the continued help of Lt James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and determined District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) Batman continues to round up the remaining criminals plaguing it. As the opening sequence quickly shows a new threat has emerged. The Joker! Brought to life again this time by the late Heath Ledger (Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner). With his eerie grin and wicked laugh mixed with psychotic madness he unleashes a new danger to the people of Gotham amidst all his chaos. As Batman struggles to bring the madman to justice his alter-ego Bruce Wayne is caught in a love triangle as Rachel Dawes' (Maggie Gyllenhaal) relationship with Harvey Dent grows stronger. Knowing that Harvey may be the 'White Knight' required to bring continued peace to Gotham Batman hopes that for the last time his skills and arsenal of equipment will be needed to stop the crazed villain before the city falls back into turmoil! - (Michael Woodhall) Special Features: Gotham Uncovered - How Christopher Nolan and his team developed the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod and composer Hans Zimmer musically characterized The Joker's reign of chaos Behind the Film - Including stunt staging filming in IMAX and the new bat suit and bat pod The Dark Knight IMAX Scenes - View these 6 action-packed sequences Gotham Tonight - 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's premier news programme The Galleries - Poster art and production stills The Dark Knight RisesIt has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night turning in that instant from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous however is the emergence of Bane a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again Batman may be no match for Bane. Special Features: The Batmobile - Witness all five Bat mobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring pinnacle of technology as the most awe-inspiring weapon in birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon The Prologue: High-Altitude Hijacking - Ending the Knight - See how Christopher Nolan and his filmmaking team staged the film's high-flying opening sequence Return to the Batcave - Witness the reconstruction of the Batcave with time-lapse photography Beneath Gotham - Director Christopher Nolan and the production designers discuss the design and build of Bane's lair The Bat Pod - Director Christopher Nolan gives Batman a new mode of transportation in The Dark Knight Rises Batman Vs. Bane - The filmmakers and actors reveal how they planned and shot the epic fight sequence between Batman and Bane Armory Accepted - See how special effects and a miniature unit were used to simulate the demolition drop of the Tumbler through the ceiling Gameday Destruction - The filmmakers describe the production plan that went into executing the jaw-dropping demolition sequence at Gotham Stadium Demolishing a City Street - Learn how a series of practical special effects were used to simulate the complete destruction of a city street The Pit - The filmmakers explain the design and construction of two giant vertical sets: the underground prison and the well The Chant - Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer discuss the creation of the chant that formed the basis of the scores The War on Wall Street - Get a glimpse behind the coordination and production of the epic battle for Gotham City Race to the Reactor - Watch how the filmmakers orchestrated the film's climactic chase sequence with multiple Tumblers and the Batpod The Journey of The Dark Knight Character - Get insight into story and thematic choices that structured the final chapter of Bruce Wayne's journey as Batman. Supported by interviews with Christopher Nolan Jonah Nolan and David Goyer Gotham's Reckoning - The filmmakers reflect on their reinvention of Bane and all the elements that went into making him Batman's most lethal enemy and his wardrobe A Girls Gotta Eat - The filmmakers discuss the challenge of bringing an iconic character to life detailing the acting choices fashion training and her tactical-ego of Catwoman Shadows and Light in Large Format - Discover the philosophy and methodology of capturing The Dark Knight Rises on the grand canvas of Imax film. The End of a Legend - The filmmakers give their final thoughts on working on The Dark Knight Rises and what it was like to be a part of Trailer Archive

  • Point Break [DVD] Point Break | DVD | (12/09/2011) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A rash of daring bank robberies erupt in which the bad guys all wear the masks of worse guys--former presidents (nice touch). Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), an impossibly named former football star who blew out his knee and became a studly crime-busting fed instead, figures out that none of the heists occur during surfing season and all of them occur when, so to speak, surf's down. So obviously, he reasons, we're dealing with some surfer-dude bank robbers. He goes undercover with just such a group, led by a very spiritual, very guru-type guy played by Patrick Swayze, who has some muddled philosophies when it comes to materialism. If you can buy all that, this efficiently directed (by Kathryn Bigelow) action flick has some diverting moments (credit it, for example, for anticipating the extreme-sports fad). But Reeves' intelligent-sounding lines don't make him seem remotely intelligent and that plot makes him look positively brilliant. --David Kronke

  • Jack Reacher [DVD] Jack Reacher | DVD | (22/04/2013) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When you hire Tom Cruise to be in your Tom Cruise movie, there's never a question that you're going to get your money's worth. The movie may not be worth the expense, but as a professional who delivers 100 percent 100 percent of the time, Cruise will give the proceedings his undivided attention. In Jack Reacher Cruise plays the title character with complete gusto, and even though it ends up a pretty run-of-the-mill crime drama, his presence and commitment elevates this violent, bloody, and attractively atmospheric movie to the level of, well, a reliably pleasurable Tom Cruise experience. Jack Reacher is the protagonist in a series of popular novels by Lee Child. There was some sniping among fans that Cruise bears no resemblance to Child's Reacher, a burly, shadowy former army policeman who has moved into the private investigator business--but mostly for Cruise himself. No matter; as a leading man, Cruise is always going to be himself anyway, so the ghostlike qualities built in to his character take on their own mythical qualities that allow both Cruise and Reacher to get the job done. In a somewhat unsettling opening sequence that shows a lone gunman killing a handful of seemingly random people at a public park, the mystery is born and Reacher materialises to help the police sort things out. Again seemingly, the killer has been positively identified and apprehended and is dead-to-rights guilty. But this former army sniper asks for Jack Reacher to suss out the deeper crazy truth. Reacher and the alleged gunman have a history that dates back to their military service when Reacher investigated him for heinously murdering civilians during a psychotic break, a crime that he really did commit, but for which he went unpunished due to one of those pesky legal technicalities. Nevertheless, Reacher's goal is justice, and his investigative instincts tell him this new crime points in an entirely different direction. There are several sequences that play brilliantly in the context of Reacher's skill as a killing machine on his own. One takes place in the close confines of a tiny hallway and bathroom where Reacher faces down a posse of thugs armed with guns and a baseball bat, besting them all in a flurry of acrobatic brutality. He also single-handedly beats up a gang of toughs in the alley behind a bar. But the movie's high point is an excellent chase scene between two roaring muscle cars on the dark streets of Pittsburgh (the city itself plays a great role throughout), with Cruise clearly and expertly handling the wheel himself. Though somewhat convoluted, the plot is well conceived and the large cast supports Cruise's commanding presence nicely. Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall do their usual excellent work, though it is Werner Herzog as a wildly over-the-top villain who makes things positively gleeful in his few scenes. Of course it always comes back to Tom Cruise and his dedication to the movie's greater good that makes Jack Reacher so enjoyable, even when its reach exceeds its grasp. --Ted Fry

  • Star Trek Into Darkness [DVD] Star Trek Into Darkness | DVD | (02/09/2013) from £5.24  |  Saving you £14.75 (73.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A good portion of Trekkies (or Trekkers, depending on one's level of Star Trek obsession) have special affection for episodes of the original TV series that related to Earth and other-Earth cultures visited by the crew of the Enterprise, version 1.0. Some of the shows unfolded in distorted forms of the past, some in the present day of Star Trek's future reality. Director J.J. Abrams recognised the importance of this relationship in his origin-story reboot of the franchise in 2009, and in Star Trek Into Darkness he has made it an even greater touchstone to the roots of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's defining philosophy from nearly 50 years ago. The human home world is key to the plot of this spectacularly bold leap into Star Trek lore, which cleverly continues along the alternate path that was established as separate from the "original" Star Trek universe in Abrams's first whiz-bang crack at advancing the mythology. But it's not just Earth that is cool and imperiled in this rendering of adventure in the 23rd century; Into Darkness also plays with the original conceit that Earthlings were member to a multi-species United Federation of Planets ruled by a "Prime Directive" of noninterference with other civilisations. The conflict comes when rogue elements in the Earth-based Starfleet Command hunger to shift focus from peaceful exploration to militarisation, a concept that is anathema to the crew of the Enterprise and her ongoing mission. The new cast is again inventively reunited, each of them further investing their characters with traits that reveal novel acting choices while staying true to the caricatures that are ingrained in our popular culture. The interplay between Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock is deeper, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura is a solid third in their relationship. John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and Karl Urban (McCoy) all have standout roles in the overall ensemble mystique as well as the plot-heavy machinations of this incarnation's narrative. Fortunately, the burdens of the story are well served by some important additions to the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch's Shakespearean aura, ferociously imperious gaze, and graceful athleticism make him a formidable villain as the mysterious Starfleet operative John Harrison. Harrison has initiated a campaign of terror on Earth before leading the Enterprise to even greater dangers in the enemy territory of Klingon-controlled space. That his background may make dedicated Trekkies/Trekkers gasp is just one acknowledgment of the substantial and ingrained legacy Star Trek has borne. There are many references, nods and winks to those with deep reverence for the folklore (some of them perhaps a little too close to being inside-baseball), though the fantastical and continually exciting story stands as an expertly crafted tale for complete neophytes. Another new face is Peter Weller--iconically famous in sci-fi-dom as RoboCop--here playing a steely, authoritative Starfleet bigwig who may also be following a hidden agenda. Not only is he running a covert operation, he's also at the helm of a fearsome secret starship that looms over the Enterprise like a shark poised to devour its prey. Which brings us to the awesome CGI effects driving the dazzling visual style of Into Darkness and the endlessly fascinating cosmos it makes real. The wow factor extends from the opening set piece on an alien world of primitive humanoids, garish vegetation, and a roiling volcano to the finale of destruction in a future San Francisco that is elegantly outfitted with gleaming-spired skyscrapers and all manner of flying vehicles. (London also gets a breathtaking 23rd-century makeover). With a coolness that glistens in every immaculately composed shot, the movie never forgets that humanism and creativity make the myriad design details and hyper-technology pop out as much more than eye candy. The biggest achievement of Star Trek Into Darkness is that it hews to the highest standard of a highly celebrated tradition. Though Kirk and co. may bend it a little, the Prime Directive remains unbroken. --Ted Fry

  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation [DVD] Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation | DVD | (07/12/2015) from £3.19  |  Saving you £16.80 (84.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Click Images to Enlarge

  • True Romance (1993) True Romance (1993) | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £3.13  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    It was directed with energetic skill by Top Gun Tony Scott, but t his breathtaking 1993 thriller (think of it as an adolescent crime fantasy on steroids) has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. True Romance is really part of a loose trilogy that includes Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, with a crackling Tarantino screenplay that rides a fine line between raucous comedy and violent excess. Christian Slater plays Clarence, the comic-book lover who meets a beguiling prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), confronts her vicious pimp (Gary Oldman), and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favourite Tarantino climax--the "Mexican standoff"--in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. Brutal, profane, and totally outrageous, True Romance is not for everyone, but with a supporting cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, and Val Kilmer (as the ghost of Elvis!), you can be sure this movie will never be boring. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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