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  • Badlands [1973] Badlands | DVD | (26/05/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (64.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Still one of American cinema's most powerful, daring film-making debuts, Terrence Malick's Badlands is a quirky, visionary psychological and social enigma masquerading as a simple lovers-on-the-run flick. Inspired by the 1958 murders in the cold, stark badlands of South Dakota by Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, the film's plot, on the surface, is similar to that of other killing-couple films, like Bonnie and Clyde and Gun Crazy. Martin Sheen, in an understated, sophisticated performance, plays the strange James Dean-like social outcast who falls in love with the naïve Sissy Spacek--and then kills her father when he comes between them. The two flee like animals to the wilderness, until the police arrive and the killing spree begins. What sets the film apart from others of its genre is Malick's complicated approach. Gorgeous, impenetrable images contrast sharply with Spacek's nostalgically artless narration, serving as ironic counterpoints, blurring concrete meaning and stressing that nothing this horrific is simple. Malick observes, rather than analyses, the couple in a manner as detached and apathetic as the couple's shocking actions. No judgment or definitive motivations are offered, though Malick's empathy often leans toward his senseless protagonists, rather than the star-struck society that makes killers famous. Compared with the interchangeable uniform cops who hunt them and the film's other nameless characters stuck in suburban banality, the couple are presented like tarnished, warped andfrustrated results of squelched individuality. Badlands, on one level, views America's suffocating homogeneity and, conversely, its continued obsession with celebrities (individuals considered different but adored) as hypocritical. Ambiguous and bold, the movie hints that society may be as guilty as the killers. --Dave McCoy

  • Colombiana [DVD] Colombiana | DVD | (09/01/2012) from £2.69  |  Saving you £17.30 (86.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As a producer, Luc Besson (The Transporter series, Taken, District B-13) has made extremely profitable B-movie hay out of a fairly strict formula incorporating whisper-thin femme fatales, parkour, Gaultier, and guns. Colombiana, another Besson collaboration with director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3), doesn't exactly blaze new trails, but the combination of Zoe Saldana's fierce performance and a dash of oddball surrealism sure makes the running time zoom by. Purportedly beginning as a sequel to The Professional, the story follows a beautiful South American assassin bent on rubbing out the murderers of her parents. Unfortunately, the closer she gets to her drug lord prey, the more her own loved ones (including Michael Vartan and an amusingly hambone Cliff Curtis) are put at risk. Things go boom, frequently. Director Megaton handles the action with the rapid-cut, blue-filtered zing common to the Besson factory, but things receive a definite boost via the efforts of Saldana, whose performance combines the intensely physical with an appealing soulfulness. Whether slithering through air ducts in a skin-tight cat suit or using a toothbrush as an impromptu weapon, she somehow manages to maintain an air of beyond-the-call gravitas. Also of note are the scenes of the heroine plying her lethal trade, some of which bear the funky logic-defying influence of Mario Bava's great fugue-state caper movie Danger: Diabolik. Ultimately, although the story elements and secondary character motivations rarely hang together, Colombiana's distinguishing marks help place the film somewhere above the level of guilty pleasure. When pitted against the likes of a mobster with a glass-paneled shark tank for a dance floor, reality can take a seat, frankly. --Andrew Wright

  • The Fast and the Furious [2001] The Fast and the Furious | DVD | (11/02/2002) from £2.79  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A guilty pleasure with excess horsepower, The Fast and the Furious efficiently combines time-honoured male fantasies (hot cars, hot women, hot action) into a vacuous plot of crystalline purity. It's trash, but it's fun trash, in which a hotshot Los Angeles cop named Brian (Paul Walker) infiltrates a gang of street racers suspected of fencing stolen goods from hijacked trucks. The gang leader is Dom (Vin Diesel), ex-con and reigning king of the street racers, who lives for those 10 seconds of freedom when his high-performance "rice rocket" (a highly modified Asian import) hurtles toward another quarter-mile victory. Racing is street theatre for a lawless youth subculture, and Dom is a star behind the wheel--charismatic, dangerous and protective toward his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), who's attracted to Brian as the newest member of Dom's car-crazy team. Director Rob Cohen treats this like Roman tragedy for MTV junkies, pushing every scene to adrenaline-pumping extremes; when his camera isn't caressing a spectrum of nitrous oxide-enhanced dream machines, it's ogling countless slim 'n' sexy race babes. The undercover-cop scenario cheaply borrows the split-loyalty theme perfected in Donnie Brasco; a rival Asian gang adds mystery and menace; and digital trickery is cleverly employed to explore the fuel-injected innards of the day-glo racecars. It's about as substantial as a perfume ad, but just as alluring, and for heavy-metal maniacs of any age, Diesel's super-blown 69 Charger proves that Detroit muscle never goes out of style. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com On the DVD: Appropriately bulging with macho extra features, this disc is introduced with a stirring lack of irony by a Public Service Announcement exhorting viewers not to take proceedings too seriously! The meat of the many special features are found in deconstructions of several special effects sequences, with multiple camera-angle views and a breakdown of the process by which composite shots are achieved from separate plates. There are also eight deleted or extended scenes with optional directorial commentary. The main feature commentary is surprisingly in-depth and absorbing, as Rob Cohen talks about every aspect of his up-to-date "Western with rice rockets". Other features include music videos (one of which has its lyrics censored), a standard 18-minute "making-of" featurette and, fascinatingly, a short five-minute peek at the editing process as the director and film editor strive to cut a violent scene and thereby guarantee that all-important PG-13 rating (so that young kids who can't drive will be able to watch the movie and learn about speed, the director says with a straight face). And with a choice of explosive Dolby 5.1 or DTS you, and your long-suffering neighbours, will feel like you're right in the midst of the action. --Mark Walker

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious [2003] 2 Fast 2 Furious | DVD | (27/10/2003) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride that began with The Fast and the Furious takes an explosive new turn in 2 Fast 2 Furious! It's the nitro-fueled answer to the question: how fast do you like it? Now an ex-cop on the run Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) hooks into outlaw street racing. When the Feds strong-arm him back O'Connor's no rules; win-or-die skills are unleashed against an international drug lord. With his velocity-addicted buddy (Tyrese) riding shotgun and a dr

  • Beautiful Boxer Beautiful Boxer | DVD | (23/01/2006) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    He fights like a man so he can become a woman. Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol a Muay-Thai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. Believing that he's a girl trapped in a boy's body Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai boxing to earn a living and achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Touching funny and packed with breathtak

  • Knowing [DVD] [2009] Knowing | DVD | (03/08/2009) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Nicolas Cage (National Treasure: Book of Secrets Leaving Las Vegas) stars in Knowing a gripping action-thriller of global proportions about a professor who stumbles on terrifying predictions about the future and sets out to prevent them from coming true. Rose Byrne (Damages Troy) Chandler Canterbury ( The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Lara Robinson (Saved) also star in director Alex Proyas' ( I Robot ) riveting feature.

  • Outlander [Blu-ray] [2009] Outlander | Blu Ray | (31/08/2009) from £3.95  |  Saving you £18.55 (80.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

    When Kainen (Jim Caviezel) the last survivor from a far off planet crashes on Earth in the Iron Age he unwittingly brings with him a creature of unimaginable horror. Now he must join forces with the Viking locals led by Rothgar (John Hurt) to destroy this monstrous foe before it's too late! In the year's most action-packed sci-fi adventure Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) stars as a futuristic soldier who crash lands on Earth with a hellish fire-breathing monster in a time of warring Viking tribes. Fusing advanced technology with Iron Age weaponry he must unite the fierce Vikings and hunt the bloodthirsty beast before it kills them all. Featuring Ron Perlman (Hellboy) Sophia Myles (Underworld) and John Hurt (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull) Outlander is a visual spectacular combining stunning special effects fast-paced action and a fantastic story to explosive effect.

  • Swordfish [2001] Swordfish | DVD | (28/01/2002) from £2.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (84.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The sort of action thriller for which the phrase "high octane" could have been conceived, Swordfish stars John Travolta as Gabriel Shear, an enigmatic criminal operator who is as admired as he is feared. Using sexy sidekick Ginger (Halle Berry) as bait, he pressgangs Stanley Jobson, (Hugh Jackman) the world's greatest computer hacker, into helping him relieve the world banking system of a few billion dollars to finance his own enterprises. Jackman agrees, on the promise that Travolta will help him regain custody of his daughter. The numerous explosions and set-piece exchanges of high calibre gunfire tend at times to blowholes in the narrative fabric and sense of Swordfish, a film that nonetheless engages through its extravagant silliness. Vinnie Jones is under-used as a fearsome minder, a close-up of Halle Berry's breasts isn't entirely integral to the plotline, while Travolta enjoys himself as the dapper ringmaster of this orgy of techno-chaos, especially in scenes in which he blasts away a brace of pursuing assassins with improbable aplomb and during his opening, Tarantino-esque monologue. By the end, he has shown himself in his apparently true colours in such a way that events of September 11, 2001--although made prior to them--lent the film an eerie sense of prescience. --David Stubbs

  • Death Race [2008] Death Race | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £2.46  |  Saving you £17.53 (87.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mayhem rules in Death Race, a head-over-heels remake of the Roger Corman cult classic Death Race 2000, in which cars become lethal weapons. The strength of this new version is its total single-mindedness about vehicular homicide; it has the virtue of no cluttering subplots or simpering sentimentality. And banish all memory of the original's wild satirical comedy: Death Race is as grim as a dinner tray to the face (a reference that will be explained in a key sequence). In a slightly futuristic maximum-security prison, cons take part in brutal races around the island prison, their violent deaths watched live by millions of viewers. Jason Statham, possibly cast because of his driving dexterity in the Transporter movies, plays a man wrongly imprisoned for murder. Joan Allen provides her brittle cool as the warden, who recruits Statham to assume the masked persona of a legendary driver called Frankenstein. Tyrese Gibson is Frankie's main rival, Natalie Martinez provides the fetching eye candy, but the acting honours go to Ian McShane, as the philosophical prison mechanic. One misses the cross-country race from the original film, as the setting here is claustrophobic and the cars are largely colorless and indistinguishable from each other. Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) continues to display the sensibility of a video-game addict, which will either be a recommendation or a turn-off, depending on your own tastes. At least it doesn't have the hypocritical moral blathering of something like the somewhat similar Condemned--who knew you could be so grateful for simple, straight-forward head-bashing? --Robert Horton

  • Troll Hunter [Blu-ray] Troll Hunter | Blu Ray | (09/01/2012) from £5.29  |  Saving you £12.70 (70.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Norwegian comedy-fantasy Troll Hunter, a surprise art-house hit across the globe, posits an intriguing question--what if monsters of folklore and popular culture existed, but were kept hidden by the government?--and delivers the results in a clever, faux-documentary format that underscores both the special effects and the satire. Controversial comedian Otto Jespersen is the title character, a world-weary, working-class stiff assigned by a bureaucratic agency to track and eliminate dangerous trolls from the Scandinavian countryside. The lack of respect and notoriety afforded by his job convinces Jespersen to allow a naive collegiate film crew to follow him on his hunts, which nicely balance quirky humour with genuine moments of suspense and some impressive CGI special effects for the trolls. Genre fans' appreciation for the "shaky-cam" subgenre (The Blair Witch Project, [REC], Cloverfield) will undoubtedly affect how they feel about Troll Hunter--the film's light comedy will certainly be lost on those unwilling to either believe or tolerate the idea of another film comprised of "found footage." But more forgiving viewers will be thankful for the rather seamless incorporation of the CGI trolls, all imaginatively rendered as part fairy-tale image and part biological specimen, into live-action scenes, as well as the dryly humourous satire of government "special projects." Pacing is also occasionally an issue--though beautiful, the Norwegian landscape receives far too much coverage--but for the patient, Troll Hunter is a unique and clever experience. --Paul Gaita

  • Outlander [DVD] [2009] Outlander | DVD | (31/08/2009) from £2.93  |  Saving you £15.06 (83.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Patriot [Blu-ray] [2000] The Patriot | Blu Ray | (02/07/2007) from £5.79  |  Saving you £14.20 (71.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Some things are worth fighting for... Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) distinguished himself in the French and Indian Wars but now lives in peace with his seven children on his sprawling South Carolina plantation. The horrors of conflict come back to haunt him however when his headstrong eldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) defies his orders to join the American army. Unwilling to get involved himself Benjamin reluctantly joins the fight when second eldest son Thomas (Gregory Smith) is killed in cold blood by sadistic British officer Colonel Tavington (Jason Isaacs). Determined to protect the rest of his family and sister-in-law Charlotte (Joely Richardson) from harm Benjamin takes up arms alongside his patriotic son Gabriel leading a brave militia into battle against the overwhelming British army.

  • Centurion [DVD] [2010] Centurion | DVD | (16/08/2010) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Michael Fassbender Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko star in Neil Marshall's (Doomsday The Descent Dog Soldiers) telling of the myth of the Roman army's Ninth Legion Centurion. During the height of the Roman Empire the Ninth Legion was sent to Scotland to defeat the Picts but not one of them ever returned not one of three thousand. This is the story of the fearsome battles they may have faced or what may have enticed them to abandon their Empire.

  • The Expendables [Blu-ray] The Expendables | Blu Ray | (13/12/2010) from £3.39  |  Saving you £21.60 (86.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Expendable: capable of being sacrificed in order to accomplish a military objective. Barney Ross (Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion he is the leader the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Statham) former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Li) a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture) a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Lundgren) a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons. When the mysterious Church offers Barney a job no one else would take Barney and his team embark on what appears to be a routine mission: overthrow General Gaza (David Zayas) the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people. On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie) a local freedom-fighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe (Roberts) and his henchman Paine (Austin). When things go terribly wrong Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started. Perhaps also to save a soul: his own.

  • Centurion [Blu-ray] [2010] Centurion | Blu Ray | (16/08/2010) from £4.95  |  Saving you £18.90 (75.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Michael Fassbender Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko star in Neil Marshall's (Doomsday The Descent Dog Soldiers) telling of the myth of the Roman army's Ninth Legion Centurion. During the height of the Roman Empire the Ninth Legion was sent to Scotland to defeat the Picts but not one of them ever returned not one of three thousand. This is the story of the fearsome battles they may have faced or what may have enticed them to abandon their Empire.

  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation [Blu-ray] How I Spent My Summer Vacation | Blu Ray | (24/09/2012) from £6.79  |  Saving you £18.20 (72.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It's been a bad day for Driver (Mel Gibson) and it's not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south - literally. During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol, and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop... in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of El Pueblito, the worst prison in all of Mexico. Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it's with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10 year-old kid.

  • Flame And Citron [DVD] [2008] Flame And Citron | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £4.50  |  Saving you £5.64 (35.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Flame & Citron centres on two fighters in a Danish World War II resistance group.

  • Aeon Flux [2005] Aeon Flux | DVD | (22/05/2006) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The future is flux. Based on the animated series created by Peter Chung and shown on MTV Aeon Flux takes the cult classic into the realms of live action in this awe-inspiring sci-fi epic. 400 years in the future after a virus decimates the world population only one city on Earth remains. Ruled by the Goodchild dynasty it is a perfect society of peace and prosperity - except that its citizens keep mysteriously disappearing. Charlize Theron stars as Aeon Flux a se

  • 3 Days To Kill [Blu-ray] 3 Days To Kill | Blu Ray | (20/10/2014) from £5.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Forced to retire from the CIA after being diagnosed with a terminal illness field agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is looking forward to spending more time with his daughter. However the agency is not done with Ethan when they offer him a life-saving cure in exchange for capturing a notorious terrorist. He reluctantly accepts but with the powerful and debilitating side effects of the drug taking hold it’s a race against time where the only option is kill or be killed.

  • Run All Night [DVD] [2015] Run All Night | DVD | (10/08/2015) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) once known as The Gravedigger has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris) Jimmy now 55 is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (Vincent D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. But when Jimmy’s estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) becomes a target Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now with nowhere safe to turn Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.

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