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  • The Great Epics [DVD] The Great Epics | DVD | (17/10/2016) from £14.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (34.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). On the DVD: Too often the best extras come attached to films that don't really warrant them. Not so here, where a truly great film has been given the attention it deserves. The first disc presents the film in the original extra-wide CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1, in an anamorphically enhanced transfer which does maximum justice to the film's superb cinematography. The sound has been transferred from the original six-track magnetic elements into 5.1 Dolby Digital and far surpasses what many would expect from a 1950s' feature. The main bonus on the first disc is an isolated presentation of Malcolm Arnold's great Oscar-winning music score, in addition to which there is a trivia game, and maps and historical information linked to appropriate clips. The second disc contains a new, specially produced 53-minute "making of" documentary featuring many of those involved in the production of the movie. This gives a rich insight into the physical problems of making such a complex epic on location in Ceylon. Also included are the original trailer and two short promotional films from the time of release, one of which is narrated by star William Holden. Finally there is an "appreciation" by director John Milius, an extensive archive of movie posters and artwork, and a booklet that reproduces the text of the film's original 1957 brochure. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Bridge On The River Kwai [Blu-ray] [1957] The Bridge On The River Kwai | Blu Ray | (06/06/2011) from £7.21  |  Saving you £12.78 (63.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the true story of the building of a bridge on the Burma railway by British prisoners-of-war held under a savage Japanese regime in World War II, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the greatest war films ever made. The film received seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Performance (Alex Guinness), for Sir Malcolm Arnold's superb music, and for the screenplay from the novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Monkey Planet, the inspiration for Planet of the Apes). The story does take considerable liberties with history, including the addition of an American saboteur played by William Holden, and an entirely fictitious but superbly constructed and thrilling finale. Made on a vast scale, the film reinvented the war movie as something truly epic, establishing the cinematic beachhead for The Longest Day (1962), Patton (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). It also proved a turning-point in director David Lean's career. Before he made such classic but conventionally scaled films as In Which We Serve (1942) and Hobson's Choice (1953). Afterwards there would only be four more films, but their names are Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). On the DVD: Too often the best extras come attached to films that don't really warrant them. Not so here, where a truly great film has been given the attention it deserves. The first disc presents the film in the original extra-wide CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1, in an anamorphically enhanced transfer which does maximum justice to the film's superb cinematography. The sound has been transferred from the original six-track magnetic elements into 5.1 Dolby Digital and far surpasses what many would expect from a 1950s' feature. The main bonus on the first disc is an isolated presentation of Malcolm Arnold's great Oscar-winning music score, in addition to which there is a trivia game, and maps and historical information linked to appropriate clips. The second disc contains a new, specially produced 53-minute "making of" documentary featuring many of those involved in the production of the movie. This gives a rich insight into the physical problems of making such a complex epic on location in Ceylon. Also included are the original trailer and two short promotional films from the time of release, one of which is narrated by star William Holden. Finally there is an "appreciation" by director John Milius, an extensive archive of movie posters and artwork, and a booklet that reproduces the text of the film's original 1957 brochure. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Hurt Locker [DVD] [2008] The Hurt Locker | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (88.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Ruins [2008] The Ruins | DVD | (13/10/2008) from £7.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Whether you consider plants a source of terror or not will ultimately determine how you feel about the grisly horror movie The Ruins, but director Carter Smith and his cast and crew certainly give their all in bringing the chills of Scott Smith's novel to the big screen. Jena Malone (Saved) and Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men franchise) are the name actors in a pair of American couples down Mexico way who are ambushed by hostile Mayans and forced to the top of an ancient temple, where a monstrous and diabolically clever entity awaits them. Director Smith and his talented crew (which includes cinematographer Darius Khondji of Se7en fame and composer Graeme Revell) create a visually impressive spookshow but can't quite deliver genuine suspense (gore, however, is handled capably), and Scott Smith's script boils away much of the character development and mounting terror in his book, which also strands the likeable cast. The movie's monster, so alarming and imaginative in the original novel, is likely to provoke as many laughs as screams from filmgoers, especially when it reveals its unique talent. --Paul Gaita

  • Wargames [DVD] Wargames | DVD | (10/02/2014) from £4.79  |  Saving you £5.20 (52.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a young computer whizz who hacks into what he believes is a new line of video games, little knowing that it is in fact NORAD, America's defence program. He inadvertently creates a hostile global situation, placing the world on the brink of nuclear war. Together with his girlfriend Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and a misanthropic computer expert (John Wood), David must fight to prevent an atomic meltdown.

  • The Wrestler [Blu-ray] [2008] The Wrestler | Blu Ray | (01/06/2009) from £6.79  |  Saving you £18.20 (72.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Back in the late '80s Randy The Ram Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now twenty years later he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away he begins to evaluate the state of his life - trying to reconnect with his daughter and striking up a romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art which threatens to pull Randy The Ram back in. With a career-defining multi-award winning performance from Mickey Rourke The Wrestler is a moving and unforgettable masterpiece from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky.

  • The Bridge (Die Brucke) (re-release) [DVD] [1959] The Bridge (Die Brucke) (re-release) | DVD | (04/04/2011) from £7.17  |  Saving you £12.82 (64.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This Oscar-nominated classic by Bernhard Wicki is a gripping and shocking anti-war movie. Seven schoolboys still under-age are drafted into the German Army during the last days of the war in April 1945. Without any training they receive the order to defend a bridge against advancing American troops. Filled with fervor and patriotic enthusiasm they believe that fighting for their homeland is the greatest honor. Unaware that the bridge is strategically useless and will be blown up anyway the boys take their orders very seriously with many paying the ultimate price. Soon the pointlessness of the deaths and their orders is realised.

  • The Football Factory [Blu-ray] The Football Factory | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008) from £6.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (70.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    This is England's worst nightmare. Enjoy it! Tommy Johnson is a bored twentysomething who lives for his weekends of casual sex watered-down lager heavily-cut drugs and occasionally kicking the hell out of someone. Tommy's life ambles along until a violent encounter with the top boy of a rival firm starts a tit-for-tat war and a series of nightmares that force him to ask himself the question about his life: is it worth it? Told through Tommy's eyes and linked together by his relationships with three other generations of males Nick Love has taken John King's bestselling novel 'The Football Factory' and turned it into a film that leaves a brilliant mixture of excitement and anguish in the pit of your stomach.

  • The Warriors [Blu-ray] [1979] The Warriors | Blu Ray | (13/10/2008) from £6.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (68.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Warriors combines pure pulp storytelling and surprisingly poetic images into a thoroughly enjoyable cult classic. The plot is mythically pure (and inspired by a legendary bit of Greek history): When a charismatic gang leader is shot at a conclave in the Bronx meant to unite all the gangs in New York City, a troupe from Coney Island called the Warriors get blamed and have to fight all the way back to their own turf--which means an escalating series of battles with colorful and improbable gangs like the Baseball Furies, who wear baseball uniforms and KISS-inspired face make-up. Pop existentialism, performances that are somehow both wooden and overwrought, and zesty, kinetic filmmaking from director Walter Hill (Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs.) result in a delicious and unexpectedly resonant operatic cheesiness. --Bret Fetzer

  • Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) [2002] Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) | DVD | (16/09/2002) from £3.49  |  Saving you £21.50 (86.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Beginning with a quote from T.S. Elliott--"All our ignorance brings us closer to death"--the hope that Black Hawk Down will offer an intelligent war film to a world after September 11, 2001 is high. Based on a true story which led to a bestselling book, the film focuses on the 1993 American mission to Somalia which went terribly wrong. To a certain extent it succeeds with its opening promise, but all too quickly falls under the spell of American national pride--possibly the reason why the film was brought forward from its original release date. One might hope that with a British director, Ridley Scott, and a high percentage of British and Australian actors on board, Black Hawk Down would present an outsider's view on the American politics of war, but produced by the team who brought us Pearl Harbor the end result is a traditional American-Heroic war movie, relying more on special effects, gore and gun battles than character, emotion and politics. In its favour Black Hawk Down does make an attempt to represent the views of the Somalian people. In one of its strongest scenes, a high-powered Somalian gun seller states; "This is our war not yours", but by the end of the film it's clear that this is merely a token gesture towards a non-Western perspective on the conflict. Many American soldiers lost their lives during this battle, and this movie is a fine tribute to these amazing men in one of the first big-budget films to expose modern Warfare. As far as top billing goes, Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor hold no greater role than the rest of the cast. The standout performance comes from Ewen Bremner, who offers an unexpectedly comic turn against the bleak backdrop; but otherwise the limited character development highlights one of the film's main issues--that although these men are fighting for their country, when on the battlefield they stand together and no man is more important than any other (unless you're on the wrong side!). --Nikki Disney

  • Band Of Brothers [DVD] Band Of Brothers | DVD | (04/10/2010) from £10.99  |  Saving you £27.50 (68.80%)  |  RRP £39.99

    From this day to the ending of the world we in it shall be remembered. We few we happy few we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. Based on the book by historian Stephen Ambrose this ten part series at '87 million the most expensive TV production ever follows the US 101st Airborne Division's E 'Easy' Company from initial training through operations involving D-Day Market Garden and the Battle Of The Bulge across Holland Belgium Germany and Austria until the end of the war. Episodes Comprise: 1. Currahee 2. Day Of Days 3. Carentan 4. Replacements 5. Crossroads 6. Bastogne 7. The Breaking Point 8. The Last Patrol 9. Why We Fight 10. Points

  • Ill Met By Moonlight [1957] Ill Met By Moonlight | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £5.70 (57.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In Nazi-occupied Crete British officers Fermor (Bogarde) and Moss (Oxley) aided by local patriots are assigned the job of kidnapping German commander-in-chief Kreipe (Goring). The operation if successful will be an incredible propaganda coup for the Allies; while the abduction goes smoothly the resultant chase across the rocky Cretan landscape proves anything but...

  • Brief Encounter [Blu-ray] [1945] Brief Encounter | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009) from £6.09  |  Saving you £13.90 (69.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter.

  • Army Of Crime [DVD] Army Of Crime | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £3.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (79.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Army Of Crime

  • The Counterfeiters [2007] The Counterfeiters | DVD | (26/12/2008) from £4.19  |  Saving you £1.80 (30.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon Sally Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards booze and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow). Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival he once again comes face to face with Herzog who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. The team which also includes detainee Adolf Burger (August Diehl) is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma Salomon must decide whether his actions which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners are ultimately the right ones.

  • The Pajama Game The Pajama Game | DVD | (12/02/2008) from £12.49  |  Saving you £-7.50 (-150.30%)  |  RRP £4.99

    The Broadway musical Pajama Game was based on Seven and a Half Cents a comic novel about labour relations written by Richard Bissell. Doris Day stars as an employee at a pajama factory who becomes the spokesperson for her fellow workers when management refuses to give them a 7 '' cent pay rise. Complicating matters is the fact that Management is represented by handsome John Raitt who happens to be in love with Doris. A subplot involves Day''s freewheeling co-worker Carol Haney and her insanely jealous boyfriend factory-manager Eddie Foy Jr. Many of the cast members from the original Broadway production (Raitt Haney Foy Reta Shaw Peter Gennaro etc.) are here in this film version as are most of the Richard Adler / Jerry Ross songs: highlights include''Hey There'' ''Steam Heat'' ''Hernando''s Hideaway'' ''There Once Was a Man'' and the title song. The choreography was carried out by the world famous Bob Fosse and Pajama Game became a terrific success at the box-office.

  • Days Of Thunder [Blu-ray] [1990] Days Of Thunder | Blu Ray | (02/03/2009) from £16.98  |  Saving you £3.01 (15.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This loud and fast 1988 effort by director Tony Scott (Beverly Hills Cop 2, Top Gun) is much more style than substance but it does effectively depict the edgy and dangerous world of stock car racing. Tom Cruise plays yet another cocky loner trying to find success and happiness, this time as stock car racer Cole Trickle, a driver with raw talent but no discipline who is desperate for guidance and sponsorship. They both materialize in the visage of world-weary Robert Duvall, who despite his better instincts sees a second chance at victory in the young driver. Featuring supporting roles by Nicole Kidman, as Cruise's physician and love interest, and Randy Quaid, as a bombastic sponsor, and with a screenplay by Robert Towne (Chinatown), Days of Thunder is a slickly packaged entertainment best suited for die-hard Tom Cruise fans and those who want an intense visual experience. --Robert Lane

  • Lust, Caution [2007] Lust, Caution | DVD | (28/04/2008) from £3.96  |  Saving you £16.03 (80.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Lust Caution is the new film from Ang Lee Director of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The film is based on a short story by the revered Chinese author Eileen Change. Shanghai 1942. Mrs. Mak a woman of sophistication and means walks into a caf places a phone call and then sits and waits. She remembers how her story began several years earlier in 1938 China. She is not in fact Mrs. Mak but shy Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei). With WWII underway Wong has been left behind by her father who has escaped to England. As a freshman at university she meets fellow student Kuang Yu Min (Wang Leehom). Kuang has started a drama society to shore up patriotism. As the theater troupe's new leading lady Wong realizes that she has found her calling she is able to move and inspire audiences - and Kuang. He convenes a core group of students to carry out a radical and ambitious plan to assassinate a top Japanese collaborator Mr. Yee (Tony Leung). Each student has a part to play; Wong will be Mrs. Mak who will gain Yee's trust by befriending his wife (Joan Chen) and then draw the man into an affair. Wong transforms herself utterly inside and out and the scenario proceeds as scripted - until an unexpectedly fatal twist spurs her to flee. Shanghai 1941. With no end in sight for the occupation Wong - having emigrated from Hong Kong - goes through the motions of her existence. Much to her surprise Kuang re-enters her life. Now part of the organized resistance he enlists her to again become Mrs. Mak in a revival of the plot to kill Yee who as head of the collaborationist secret service has become even more a key part of the puppet government. As Wong reprises her earlier role and is drawn ever closer to her dangerous prey she finds her very identity being pushed to the limit...

  • Almost Famous [Blu-ray] [2000] Almost Famous | Blu Ray | (11/02/2008) from £5.43  |  Saving you £14.56 (72.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set in 1973 it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming-of-age of 15-year-old music fanatic William (Patrick Fugit). Having managed to land an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater fronted by lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and with the help of gorgeous 'band aid' Penny Lane (Oscar nominee Kate Hudson) William finds himself drawn into the band's inner circle despite the objections of his over-protective mother (Frances McDormand). As he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band's dynamics William learns a life-changing lesson about the importance of family: the ones we inherit and the ones we create...

  • Gandhi/Out Of Africa [1982] Gandhi/Out Of Africa | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £9.15  |  Saving you £5.84 (39.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    This box set features the following films: Gandhi (Dir. Richard Attenborough) (1982): In South Africa a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Upon his return to his native India and fed up with the unjust political system he joins the Indian Congress Party which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his subversive activities land him in jail masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives so the crown responds by slaughtering 1 500 Indians. Enraged the ascetic spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism. Out Of Africa (Dir. Sydney Pollack) (1985): Sydney Pollack directs this sweeping romantic drama based on the memoirs of Danish writer Isak Dinesen. Meryl Streep stars as Karen Blixen the restless wife of European aristocrat and plantation owner Baron Bror Blixen (Brandauer). When Bror departs to hunt big game and chase women the running of their East African coffee plantation falls to Karen. She throws herself into this task with the same determination and spirit she brings to her passionate but sporadic affair with free-spirited British hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). While enduring her husband's infidelities and the eventual destruction of their beloved land she entertains Denys and befriends the workers. Hatton shares Karen's profound love for the African landscape but is unwilling to sacrifice his independence for their relationship...

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