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  • The King's Speech [DVD] [2010] The King's Speech | DVD | (09/05/2011) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The untimely death of King George V (Michael Gambon) means that his son will be crowned as King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), however due to his desire to marry a woman whom the church do not approve of, Edward has to step down. Bertie (Colin Firth) is appointed as leader of the country and named King George VI. Unfortunately Bertie has suffered from a speech problem for the majority of his life and can barely speak in private, let alone public. At a time when the country is at war and desperately needing a leader they can trust, King George VI is not the ideal candidate. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) is forced to take it upon herself to fix the problem and hire an eccentric and unconventional speech therapist; Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). A conflict immediately ensues between the teaching style Logue uses and the King. However, after an unorthodox course of treatment the two become good friends and eventually cure the problem, leaving the King to lead his country to victory. Based on the true story of King George VI, The King’s Speech tells the story of the royal and his battle with his stammer. Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush). Special Features COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR TOM HOOPER AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP - THE MAKING OF THE KING’S SPEECH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK LOGUE (CO-AUTHOR OF THE KING’S SPEECH: HOW ONE MAN SAVED THE BRITISH MONARCHY) SPEECHES FROM THE REAL KING GEORGE VI PRODUCTION SKETCHES FROM ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED PRODUCTION DESIGNER EVE STEWART PHOTO GALLERY INCLUDING A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES

  • Still Alice [DVD] Still Alice | DVD | (06/07/2015) from £6.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (59.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on Lisa Genova's 2009 novel of the same name, 'Still Alice' is a frightening, heartbreaking, but ultimately inspiring drama featuring an astonishing Oscar and BAFTA-winning performance from Julianne Moore. At age fifty, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) has it all: a Columbia University linguistics professorship, a devoted husband, and three loving children. Her life is a whirlwind of work and family, and she thrives on it. But, while lecturing at UCLA, something unexpected happens: mid-sentence, she struggles to find a word. Though a seemingly innocuous relapse, the incident leads to a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a stunning realisation that sees the bonds between Alice and her family thoroughly tested.

  • Maze [DVD] [2017] Maze | DVD | (22/01/2018) from £8.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze high-security prison in Northern Ireland. As Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), the chief architect of the escape, schemes his way towards pulling off this feat, he comes into contact with prison warder, Gordon Close (Barry Ward). Initially Larry and Gordon are confirmed enemies, born on opposite sides of Northern Ireland's political divide, but when Larry realises that Gordon may be unwittingly useful for his escape plan, a slow seduction begins. Larry intends to use and manipulate Gordon in order to get closer to his goal but what follows is a tense, and intriguing drama in which an unlikely relationship is forged between two enemies that will have far reaching consequences for both of them.

  • The Big Short [DVD] The Big Short | DVD | (23/05/2016) from £4.34  |  Saving you £2.65 (37.90%)  |  RRP £6.99

    The true story of several remarkable contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble and subprime mortgage market had become, figured out how to short the market and make a killing during the financial collapse of 2008.

  • A Room With A View [1985] A Room With A View | DVD | (29/10/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Off to the sensuous landscape of Florence for her horizon-broadening tour Lucy a perfectly proper young Edwardian lady is chaperoned by her even more proper Aunt Charlotte. At the merest hint of scandal - Lucy is kissed by an improper suitor - Charlotte whisks her back to the serene English countryside where she is betrothed to a supposedly suitable gentleman insufferably in love with himself. Based on E.M. Forster's classic novel.

  • Wild [DVD] Wild | DVD | (25/05/2015) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After years of reckless behaviour a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage Cheryl Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi and with absolutely no experience she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures – as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens strengthens and ultimately heals her.

  • Lady Macbeth [DVD] Lady Macbeth | DVD | (21/08/2017) from £6.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Inspired by Nikolai Leskov's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District', this is a film noir in the guise of a Victorian costume drama with EE Rising Star Florence Pugh (The Falling) starring in this dark and stormy period drama from director William Oldroyd. When a young woman is bought, married off and oppressed by an older man, her sanity slowly starts to unwind. Taking comfort in the arms of the stable boy sets off a chain of events as unstoppable as they are tragic.

  • Silver Linings Playbook [DVD] Silver Linings Playbook | DVD | (01/04/2013) from £2.69  |  Saving you £17.30 (86.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In lesser hands than director David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook could have been a typically cringe-inducing throwaway Hollywood rom-com. As it is, this unusual and deeply affecting story of crazy love is a bold observation about the joys and tragedy of life lived by deeply flawed characters facing triumph and adversity against a backdrop of painfully familiar family dysfunction. It's also a tremendous achievement in formal structure, with a flair for storytelling that's as moving as it is delightful. Bradley Cooper plays Pat, an until-recently undiagnosed bipolar person who's just home from a lengthy stay in a mental institution and doing his darnedest to get his head and his life back on track. His concerned parents, vividly embodied by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, have plenty of troubles of their own when they warily take him in and tiptoe around the eggshells of a psyche that still veers wildly from seeming self-control to scary bouts of mania. Pat has a plan to win back the unfaithful wife whose restraining order is still in force because of the violent episode that sent him away after he nearly killed her lover. Interjected into this wobbly family scenario is Tiffany, a friend of a friend who is embroiled in her own turmoil of mental instability following the recent death of her husband. Jennifer Lawrence is a charming revelation as Tiffany, flexing sensitive acting muscles that are as toned as her lithe form. She throws herself into the role of a depressed, promiscuous young woman who needs Pat in her life about as much as she needs another personal tornado to rip her apart. But the movie magically reveals that these two disturbed souls have a destiny that's never really in doubt; although the whirlwind turns the movie takes to get them there are often breathtaking. Russell liberally adapted the movie from Matthew Quick's 2008 novel, and he deftly imbues the story with a vibrant sense of place (suburban, blue-collar Philadelphia) and each character, no matter how tangential to Pat and Tiffany's journey, with quirks and nuances that brilliantly reveal their essence. The subject of mental illness has rarely been portrayed with such honesty and candid respect. Constantly keeping us off guard, Silver Linings Playbook soars from darkness to a kind of screwball comedy that is as tender and touching as it is unpredictable. There are several tour-de-force moments that Russell constructs with the surest hand of direction, dialogue, and the talents of his cast. A key scene unfolds in a small living room where eight people are crammed together, each adding important pieces to the whole, and which thrums with a masterfully rhythmic pace. Another sequence follows the buildup to one of Pat's manic outbursts with a dizzying and increasingly stressful manifestation of the madness careening around in his head. It seems hard to believe that a love story with real humour, real pain, and genuine resonance that gets from point A to point B--it begins with a lone figure mumbling to himself and ends with a jubilantly staged ballroom dance--can succeed with so few missteps. But Silver Linings Playbook turns it all into an absorbing reality wherein life stumbles heartwarmingly toward what real love is all about. --Ted Fry

  • Eat, Pray, Love [DVD] Eat, Pray, Love | DVD | (07/02/2011) from £1.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (90.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the best selling book. After several personal disappointments and a broken heart 35 year old Elizabeth Gilbert decides to venture out alone on a year long journey of self discovery. In Italy she explores the art of pleasure through food language and friendship. In India she goes to her guru's ashram to study the art of spiritual devotion and finds peace with herself through the help of unlikely strangers. In Bali she learns the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence... and accidentally finds her true love along the way.

  • Human Traffic [1999] Human Traffic | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £3.48  |  Saving you £-1.49 (-74.90%)  |  RRP £1.99

    Five best friends, 48 hours and a bucketload of ecstasy pills make for an enjoyably lightweight slice of pop-cultural ephemera from debut director Justin Kerrigan. Cardiff is the city, and hardcore partying, clubbing and pubbing is on the menu as Jip (John Simm) and his renegade band of McJobbers clock off and head out for a weekend of debauchery. Among Jip's hedonistic posse are the cheeky cockney drug-dealer Moff (Danny Dyer), the terminally jealous boyfriend Koop (Shaun Parkes) and the bad-boy magnet Lulu (Lorraine Pilkington). And that's pretty much it. Our heroes meet in a pub, get drunk, take drugs, go to a club, then to a party, then home and then meet up in another pub, just in time for the closing credits. Along the way there's a shamefully lethargic attempt to establish character back-story: Jip is temporarily sexually impotent because his mother's a prostitute; Koop's father is institutionalised; Lulu has nasty boyfriends; and Moff has conservative parents. But generally Human Traffic is happier at the heart of the party, celebrating the intoxication of club culture--which it does in style. Kerrigan pulls out all the formal stops with an energetic melange of jump cuts, slo-mo, and speeded-up "smudge" motion camerawork. There's also direct addresses to camera, fantasy sequences and some self-conscious cameos from DJ Carl Cox and former-drug dealer Howard Marks, author of Mr Nice. Wall-to-wall music from the likes of Fatboy Slim, William Orbit and even Primal Scream help paste over the occasional cracks in the veneer, which include some particularly duff lines ("We're gonna get more spaced than Neil Armstrong ever did!") and a drawn analysis of drug references in Star Wars, a nod to the films of Kevin Smith, such as Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy. And if the whole project already feels dated and empty, well that's because it perfectly captures an essentially 1990s moment, and one gloriously empty weekend. --Kevin Maher

  • A Man Called Ove [DVD] [2017] A Man Called Ove | DVD | (16/10/2017) from £9.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Meet ove (rolf lassgård), an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse - the quintessential angry old man next door. having entirely given up on life, his days are spent in a constant monotony of enforcing housing association rules and visiting his beloved wife sonja's grave. ove's somewhat contend existence is disrupted, however, with the arrival of a boisterous young family who move in next door. heavily pregnant parvaneh (bahar pars) and her lively children are the complete antithesis of what ill-tempered ove thinks he needs. yet, from this unhappy beginning an unlikely friendship blooms and ove's past happiness and heartbreaks come to light. based on the international bestselling novel by fredrik backman, the award-winning a man called ove is a wistful, heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and a wonderful reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

  • The Sense of An Ending [DVD] [2017] The Sense of An Ending | DVD | (14/08/2017) from £6.81  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Tony Webster (Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent*, Paddington, Bridget Jones' Baby) divorced and retired, leads a reclusive and relatively quiet life. One day, he learns that the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica (Freya Mavor, Sunshine on Leith), left in her will a diary kept by his best friend who dated Veronica after she and Tony parted ways. Tony's quest to recover the diary, now in the possession of an older but equally as mysterious Veronica (Academy Award® nominee Charlotte Rampling**, 45 Years), forces him to revisit his flawed recollections of his friends and of his younger self. As he digs deeper into his past, it all starts to come back; the first love, the broken heart, the deceit, the regrets, the guilt... Can Tony bear to face the truth and take responsibility for the devastating consequences of actions he took so long ago?

  • Amadeus [1985] Amadeus | DVD | (07/12/1998) from £4.75  |  Saving you £9.24 (66.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The satirical sensibilities of writer Peter Shaffer and director Milos Forman (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest) were ideally matched in this Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Shaffer's hit play about the rivalry between two composers in the court of Austrian Emperor Joseph II--official royal composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and the younger but superior prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The conceit is absolutely delicious: Salieri secretly loathes Mozart's crude and bratty personality but is astounded by the beauty of his music. That's the heart of Salieri's torment--although he's in a unique position to recognise and cultivate both Mozart's talent and career, he's also consumed with envy and insecurity in the face of such genius. That such magnificent music should come from such a vulgar little creature strikes Salieri as one of God's cruellest jokes, and it drives him insane. Amadeus creates peculiar and delightful contrasts between the impeccably re-created details of its lavish period setting and the jarring (but humorously refreshing and unstuffy) modern tone of its dialogue and performances--all of which serve to remind us that these were people before they became enshrined in historical and artistic legend. Jeffrey Jones, best-known as Ferris Bueller's principal, is particularly wonderful as the bumbling emperor (with the voice of a modern mid-level businessman). The film's eight Oscars include statuettes for Best Director Forman, Best Actor Abraham (Hulce was also nominated), Best Screenplay and Best Picture. --Jim Emerson Note: this region two DVD is a "flipper" with a break between sides A and B.

  • Stand By Me [1986] Stand By Me | DVD | (04/12/2000) from £3.89  |  Saving you £9.10 (70.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A sleeper hit when released in 1986, Stand by Me is based on Stephen King's novella "The Body" (from the book Different Seasons); but it's more about the joys and pains of boyhood friendship than a morbid fascination with corpses. It's about four boys ages 12 and 13 (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell) who take an overnight hike through the woods near their Oregon town to find the body of a boy who's been missing for days. Their journey includes a variety of scary adventures (including a ferocious junkyard dog, a swamp full of leeches and a treacherous leap from a train trestle), but it's also a time for personal revelations, quiet interludes and the raucous comradeship of best friends. Set in the 1950s, the movie indulges an overabundance of anachronistic profanity and a kind of idealistic, golden-toned nostalgia (it's told in flashback as a story written by Wheaton's character as an adult, played by Richard Dreyfuss). But it's delightfully entertaining from start to finish, thanks to the rapport among its young cast members and the timeless, universal themes of friendship, family and the building of character and self-esteem. Kiefer Sutherland makes a memorable teenage villain and look closely for John Cusack in a flashback scene as Wheaton's now-deceased and dearly missed brother. A genuine crowd-pleaser, this heartfelt movie led director Rob Reiner to even greater success with his next film, The Princess Bride. --Jeff Shannon

  • Sense And Sensibility [1996] Sense And Sensibility | DVD | (13/07/1998) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Emma Thompson scores a double bull's-eye with this marvellous adaptation of Jane Austen's novel . Not only does Thompson turn in a strong (and gently humorous) performance as Elinor Dashwood--the one with "sense"--she also wrote the witty, wise screenplay. Austen's tale of 19th-century manners and morals provides a large cast with a feast of possibilities, notably Kate Winslet, in her pre-Titanic flowering, as Thompson's deeply romantic sister, Marianne (the one with "sensibility"). Winslet attracts the wooing of shy Alan Rickman (a nice change of pace from his bad-guy roles) and dashing Greg Wise, while Thompson must endure an incredibly roundabout courtship with Hugh Grant, here in fine and funny form. All of this is doled out with the usual eye-filling English countryside and handsome costumes, yet the film always seems to be about the careful interior lives of its characters. The director, an inspired choice, is Taiwan-born Ang Lee, who brings the same exquisite taste and discreet touch he displayed in his previous Asian films (such as Eat Drink Man Woman). Thompson's script won an Oscar. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • Twin Town [1997] Twin Town | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Producer Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) is behind this decadent comedy about a pair of lowlife but oddly intelligent Welsh brothers who generally make a pain of themselves in their small community, but who get serious about exacting revenge for a family tragedy. Director Kevin Allen succeeds at turning the entire film into a jacked-up freak show, with petty terrorism, cops on the take, a young virgin getting it on with a middle-aged creep and a male choir inexplicably singing Mungo Jerry's ancient hit "In the Summertime". Twin Town is loony, nasty stuff all around, but the only good laughs in the movie are top loaded into the first few minutes. After that, it's sheer tedium. --Tom Keogh

  • The Butler [DVD] The Butler | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £4.09  |  Saving you £19.90 (83.00%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Historical drama directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forest Whitaker. The film tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker)'s 34-year career working as head butler at the White House. Beginning his tenure under President Eisenhower (Robin Williams), Cecil would see another seven presidents come and go throughout his career and was present at the highest level of the state during some of the most tumultuous periods in the 20th century including the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam...

  • Beaches [1988] Beaches | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £4.09  |  Saving you £10.90 (72.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Director Garry Marshall's 1988 drama Beaches about the 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and nicely textured in its contrast between the characters' separate destinies. When Hershey becomes ill with cancer, the film takes a predictably sentimental course, yet Marshall brings out the best in both actresses and catches some very fine drama. Beaches is a little too long, perhaps, but overall it is a fine experience. --Tom Keogh

  • Merchant of Venice Merchant of Venice | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £4.59  |  Saving you £11.40 (71.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Rarely has The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare's most complex plays, looked as ravishingly sumptuous as in this adaptation, directed by Michael Radford (Il Postino). In a decadent version of renaissance Venice, a young nobleman named Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare in Love) seeks to woo the lovely Portia (Lynn Collins), but lacks the money to travel to her estate. He seeks support from his friend, the merchant Antonio (Jeremy Irons); Antonio's fortune is tied up in sea ventures, so the merchant offers to borrow money from a Jewish moneylender, Shylock (Al Pacino). But Shylock holds a grudge against Antonio, who has routinely treated the Jew with contempt, and demands that if the debt is not repaid in three months, the price will be a pound of Antonio's flesh. The Merchant of Venice is famous as a "problem play"--the gritty matters of moneylending and anti-Semitism sit uncomfortably beside the fairy tale elements of Portia and Bassanio's romance, and some twists of the plot can seem arbitrary or even cruel. The strength of Radford's intelligent and passionate interpretation is that he and the excellent cast invest the play's opposing facets with full emotional weight, thus making every question the play raises acute and inescapable. Irons is particularly compelling; kindness and blind prejudice sit side by side in his breast, rendering the clashes in his character as vivid as those in the play itself. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

  • Thornbirds Complete [DVD] Thornbirds Complete | DVD | (06/09/2010) from £9.29  |  Saving you £15.70 (62.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Thornbirds: Complete Collection

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