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  • Man On Fire [2004] Man On Fire | DVD | (14/02/2005) from £3.28  |  Saving you £12.71 (79.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Style trumps substance in Man on Fire, a slick, brooding reunion of Crimson Tide star Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott. The ominous, crime-ridden setting is Mexico City, where a dour, alcoholic warrior with a mysterious Black Ops past (Washington) seeks redemption as the devoted bodyguard of a lovable 9-year-old girl (the precociously gifted Dakota Fanning), then responds with predictable fury when she is kidnapped and presumably killed. Prolific screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, L.A. Confidential) sets a solid emotional foundation for Washington's tormented character, and Scott's stylistic excess compensates for a distended plot that's both repellently violent and viscerally absorbing. Among Scott's more distracting techniques is the use of free-roaming, comic-bookish subtitles... even when they're unnecessary! Adapted from a novel by A.J. Quinnell and previously filmed as a 1987 vehicle for Scott Glenn, Man on Fire is roughly on par with Scott's similar 1990 film Revenge, efficiently satisfying Washington's incendiary bloodlust under a heavy blanket of humid, doom-laden atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon

  • Lady Vengeance Lady Vengeance | DVD | (08/05/2006) from £9.43  |  Saving you £9.78 (48.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The cinematic flair and narrative surprises that marked Park Chan-Wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy continue in this third and concluding part of the director's thematically-linked trilogy of revenge. Intense and inventive the film follows the progress of beautiful impassive Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young-Ae) after she's released from prison having served 13 years for the kidnap and murder of a young boy. Once on the outside she hooks up with some former cellmate

  • Goodfellas (Special Edition) [1990] Goodfellas (Special Edition) | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Given the number of truly great Mafia movies over the years it would be a brave soul who classed GoodFellas as the best. But surely we can all agree that it is, at the very least, first among equals. Martin Scorsese took the factual details of mobster Henry Hill's life, as written by author Nicholas Pileggi, and turned it into a cinematic experience that has burnt itself indelibly into the consciousness of every viewer, and which now forms a touchstone in the lexicon of film and TV-making (what is The Sopranos if not GoodFellas: The Soap?) For aficionados it's a virtuoso exercise in filmmaking, showcasing remarkable and innovative use of steadicam shots, freeze-frame, voice-over narration, editing and incidental music (you'll never be able to listen to "Layla" the same way again). Every would-be hotshot director from Quentin Tarantino to Doug Liman to Jon Favreau has paid homage to it. But above all that, it's an extraordinarily visceral, gripping and thoroughly enjoyable piece of storytelling as we witness the glory days of organised crime from the protagonist's viewpoint; then, abruptly after one bloody murder too far, we see him decline in a spiral of drugs, violence and paranoia. The principal triumvirate of Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci ("You think I'm funny? I'm here to amuse you?") and Robert DeNiro are utterly convincing as the three wiseguys. If you haven't seen it for a while, watch out for many familiar Sopranos faces in the rest of the cast, not least of course the wonderful Lorraine Bracco. On the DVD: Finally, GoodFellas gets a worthy DVD release, with the feature presented in a new anamorphic 16:9 digital transfer, accompanied by two separate commentary tracks. Scorsese, Pileggi and other collaborators are present on a patchwork and partial track which is too disjointed to be really satisfying; fortunately on the second track, Henry Hill himself is joined by ex-FBI agent Edward McDonald to chat about their own memories of the events depicted in the movie. On the second disc there are four new documentaries which look back at the making of the picture, at its effect on other filmmakers, at Scorsese's creative process, and the true-life background to the film. A gold-plated essential item for every DVD collection. --Mark Walker

  • Kill Bill, Volume 1 [2003] Kill Bill, Volume 1 | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £3.45  |  Saving you £14.54 (80.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Proudly billed as "the fourth film by Quentin Tarantino", Kill Bill, Volume 1 is actually half of it (if you include his chunk of Four Rooms it's really the fourth and a quarterth). If Jackie Brown achieved a certain maturity beyond callous cool, then this is his Mr Hyde's trash picture, which relishes all the things in cinema that are supposed to be bad for you. The opening Shaw Brothers logo and cheesy "our feature presentation" card, redolent of rancid Kia-Ora and stale Wrestlers, sets this up as defiantly a movie-geek's movie, whose touchstones are spaghetti Westerns, comic books, kung fu/samurai quickies and second-hand vinyl albums. If Kill Bill was a dog-eared paperback, it'd be confiscated by a teacher. Tarantino's favoured flashback-and-forth structure means we begin with a shuffle between past and present as the Bride with No Name (Uma Thurman) is shown being apparently murdered at the climax of a Texas wedding chapel massacre and alive again tracking down the second person on her to-kill list. The bulk of the film takes place between these plot points as the Bride carries a vengeance feud to the first of her enemies, yakuza queenpin O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). Like its soundtrack--everything from Nancy Sinatra to the RZA, with the Green Hornet theme along the way--it's an eclectic picture, with sequences done as a gruesome anime, particularly genocidal stretches in black and white, and segues from cheerful kung fu massacre to Kurosawa-look poised duelling. Tarantino holds back on his trademark motormouth pop culture references; in fact, much of the film is in sub-titled Japanese. You have to lock your brain into trash-film mode to get the most out of it, but its cliffhanger fade-out--unlike the dispiriting "to be continued" at the end of Matrix Reloaded--makes you want to come back. It's not a spoiler to reveal that Bill (a barely glimpsed David Carradine) hasn't been killed yet, and Thurman needs to take out Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen before she gets to him. --Kim Newman

  • Suburra [Blu-ray] Suburra | Blu Ray | (05/09/2016) from £5.79  |  Saving you £14.20 (71.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Hidden in the shadows of the Colosseum, the SUBURRA district was the criminal underbelly of Ancient Rome, home to the city s darkest secrets. In modern times, crime and corruption has spread deep inside the city where everything - even the priesthood - can be bought for a price. From acclaimed director Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah, Romanzo Criminale and the forthcoming Sicario sequel, Soldado) and based on the novel co-written by Carlo Bonini & Giancarlo De Cataldo, SUBURRA takes place over seven days leading up to an Apocalypse as a former crime boss, known as Samurai , is instructed by corrupt Mafia families to use his influence to help turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas. Elsewhere, after a night of excess leads to a young girl s death, politician Filippo Malgradi (Pierfrancesco Favino) becomes pivotal in a chain of events which see him drawn into a web woven by Samurai. As the countdown to the Apocalypse draws to a close, secrets are quickly unravelled as increasingly powerful gangsters become caught in the crossfire. As the city begins to crumble, all those involved must choose to sink or swim by betraying those closest to them. Featuring a soaring score by French electronic group M83, SUBURRA also stars Elio Germano (Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival for La Nostra Vita), Greta Scarano (Senza Nessuna Pietà), Alessandro Borghi (Don t Be Bad, Romanzo Criminale) and Claudio Amendola (La Scorta, Queen Margot). Following the film s huge domestic success, Netflix has commissioned a 10-part SUBURRA series the very first Netflix original series from Italy set to debut on the streaming service in 2017.

  • Underworld 3: Rise Of The Lycans [DVD] [2008] Underworld 3: Rise Of The Lycans | DVD | (18/05/2009) from £4.72  |  Saving you £15.27 (76.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A prequel to the last two Underworld movies this installment traces the beginnings of the blood-feud between the dominant Death Dealers and their former slaves the Lycans. Led by the forceful Lucian the Lycan uprising begins to take shape in order to escape the shackles of the evil Viktor the vampire king who rules them.

  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Blu-ray] [2009] The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo | Blu Ray | (19/07/2010) from £2.96  |  Saving you £20.03 (87.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    From the literary phenomenon by Stieg Larsson comes this gripping new thriller which will have you guessing right until the very end. Forty years ago Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse no witnesses no evidence. Nearly forty years later a journalist by the name of Mikael Blomqvist gets an unusual assignment. He's contacted by Harriet's uncle Henrik Vanger who wants him to find out what really happened to Harriet. Mikael takes on the job with help from mysterious biker girl and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. This unlikely pair form a fragile bond as they dig into the sinister past of this family and find out just how far they're prepared to go to protect themselves - and each other.

  • The Raid 2 [DVD] [2014] The Raid 2 | DVD | (11/08/2014) from £3.09  |  Saving you £16.90 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. His triumph attracted the attention of the criminal underworld and with his family at risk Rama has only one choice - to join the gang undercover and begin a new odyssey of violence.

  • Machete [DVD] Machete | DVD | (28/03/2011) from £2.63  |  Saving you £15.36 (85.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    After being betrayed by the organization who hired him an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

  • Reservoir Dogs (1 Disc Edition) [1991] Reservoir Dogs (1 Disc Edition) | DVD | (13/04/2006) from £2.50  |  Saving you £10.53 (65.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Quentin Tarantino rocked the film world with this powerful and controversial debut movie. Set mainly in a warehouse in the aftermath of a bungled robbery the story gradually unfolds to introduce the colour-coded gangsters and the planning of the crime step by step through Tarantino's trademark flashbacks. Four have survived after a police ambush - betrayed. What went wrong and who is the betrayer? Brilliantly scripted and complemented by the 70's retro soundtrack the scenes are stylish and violent yet intelligent and full of dark humour. With stunning performances by Harvey Keitel Tim Roth Steve Buscemi and Michael Madsen 'Reservoir Dogs' is a tense and exciting examination of male ego on a collision course that results in an unforgettable climax.

  • The Man with the Iron Fists [DVD] [2012] The Man with the Iron Fists | DVD | (01/04/2013) from £4.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (73.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With Iron Fists, a blood-soaked, bone-snapping action-adventure inspired by Kung Fu Classics as interpreted by his long-term collaborators RZA (Wu Tang Clan) and Eli Roth (Hostel). A shipment of the Emperor's gold has been hijacked, and every Kung Fu warrior, assassin and hired gun in China will battle through the streets of Jungle Village to claim the treasure. Starring Academy Award winner Russel Crowe, RZA, Lucy Liu and mixed martial arts star Dave Bautista, joined in the fight are Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le and Byron Mann.

  • Kill Bill, Volume 2 [2004] Kill Bill, Volume 2 | DVD | (16/08/2004) from £2.77  |  Saving you £12.43 (69.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Bride" (Uma Thurman) gets her satisfaction--and so do we--in Quentin Tarantino's "roaring rampage of revenge", Kill Bill, Vol. 2. Where Vol. 1 was a hyper-kinetic tribute to the Asian chop-socky grindhouse flicks that have been thoroughly cross-referenced in Tarantino's film-loving brain, Vol. 2--not a sequel, but Part Two of a breathtakingly cinematic epic--is Tarantino's contemporary martial-arts Western, fuelled by iconic images, music and themes lifted from any source that Tarantino holds dear, from the action-packed cheapies of William Witney (one of several filmmakers Tarantino gratefully honours in the closing credits) to the spaghetti epics of Sergio Leone. Tarantino doesn't copy so much as elevate the genres he loves, and the entirety of Kill Bill is clearly the product of a singular artistic vision, even as it careens from one influence to another. Violence erupts with dynamic impact, but unlike Vol. 1, this slower grand finale revels in Tarantino's trademark dialogue and loopy longueurs, reviving the career of David Carradine (who plays Bill for what he is: a snake charmer), and giving Thurman's Bride an outlet for maternal love and well-earned happiness. Has any actress endured so much for the sake of a unique collaboration? As the credits remind us, "The Bride" was jointly created by "Q&U", and she's become an unforgettable heroine in a pair of delirious movie-movies (Vol. 3 awaits, some 15 years hence) that Tarantino fans will study and love for decades to come. --Jeff Shannon

  • Ill Manors [DVD] Ill Manors | DVD | (08/10/2012) from £10.52  |  Saving you £8.47 (44.60%)  |  RRP £18.99

    We are all products of our environment. Some environments are just harder to survive in.Welcome to London, 2012. Home of the Olympic Games. Behind the veil of newly injected prosperity lies a community that's impossible to enter and even harder to escape...After 15 years in prison, ex-dealer Kirby wants three simple things; to take back his turf, to get laid and to take revenge on the gangsters who have disrespected him. But a humiliating run-in with his former protg sparks a chain of violence, vengeance and lethal reprisals that ripple through the community of drug dealers, pimps, and innocents all swept up into the cycle of violence and deception.Then there is Aaron, street-wise yet vulnerable, just trying to get by and do the right thing while his ruthless friend Ed will stop at nothing to reclaim a mobile phone, leading to deadly consequences.The highly anticipated feature length debut of award-winning musician Plan B (aka Ben Drew), Ill Manors is an explosive, unique crime thriller. Narratively linked through original music from Plan B himself, the film is a groundbreaking, visually stunning and gripping experience, laced with street-wise humour.

  • Saw (Special Edition) Saw (Special Edition) | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £3.28  |  Saving you £15.74 (78.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    How much blood would you shed to stay alive? With a dead body 'resting' between them two men (Whannell and Elwes) wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed ""Jigsaw"" by the police because of his unusual calling card. Given six hours a hacksaw and a bullet the two men try to figure out a way to freedom. Hot on the 'Jigsaw's trail is Detective David Tapp (Glover) an equally insane cop who was once the victim of the Jigsaw's evil scheme.

  • Underworld: Awakening (Blu-ray 3D) Underworld: Awakening (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (14/05/2012) from £5.39  |  Saving you £19.60 (78.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

  • Samurai Zombie [DVD] Samurai Zombie | DVD | (19/07/2010) from £6.69  |  Saving you £6.30 (48.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A family on a trip encounters a man threatening them with a gun on a desolate mountain trail. At a moment of maximum tension a couple shows up out of nowhere kill the man and disappears again. Shortly after a lunatic old lady comes and warns them of their impending death. The frightened family is headed for a showdown with Samurai Zombies resurrected from their graves.

  • Underworld: Awakening [DVD] Underworld: Awakening | DVD | (14/05/2012) from £3.53  |  Saving you £16.46 (82.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

  • Y Tu Mama Tambien [2001] Y Tu Mama Tambien | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £3.57  |  Saving you £9.42 (72.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Rowdy Mexican youths Julio (Gael Garca Bernal from Amores Perros) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) set off in a car to find a beach with older woman Luisa (Maribel Verd). At first the young men are more interested in drinking and seducing their passenger but it's a journey that holds much in store for their friendship and their outlook on life. Alfonso Cuaron's road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien manages to be wise funny and very sexy.

  • Man On Fire [Blu-ray] [2004] Man On Fire | Blu Ray | (09/02/2009) from £7.59  |  Saving you £12.40 (62.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Denzel Washington stars as a government operative/soldier of fortune who has pretty much given up on life. In Mexico City he reluctantly agrees to take a job to protect a child whose parents are threatened by a wave of kidnappings. He eventually becomes close to the child and their relationship reawakens and rekindles his spirit. When she is abducted his fiery rage is unleashed on those he feels responsible and he stops at nothing to save her.

  • Watchmen (1 Disc) [DVD] [2009] Watchmen (1 Disc) | DVD | (27/07/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Everybody's favourite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumours and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton

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