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  • Platoon [1987] Platoon | DVD | (18/09/2000) from £4.95  |  Saving you £11.04 (69.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Winning a raft of awards, not least of which four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, Oliver Stone's Platoon was a box-office smash heralding Hollywood's second wave of Vietnam war films. Where predecessors The Deer Hunter (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979) were elaborate epics, Platoon simply showed the daily reality of the war from the point of view of ordinary soldiers. Stone's own service in Vietnam gives his work a unique authenticity. Charlie Sheen gives his best performance to date, enduring a series of increasingly large-scale and bloody battles which retrospectively make one wonder why Saving Private Ryan was hailed as so new. Against this gruelling verity the film falters over the symbolic conflict between good and evil sergeants played by Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger. Even though this was also based in real life, it strikes a too conventionally Hollywood-like note in a film which otherwise maintains much of the raw power of Stone's other film from 1986, Salvador. Johnny Depp fans should look out for an early appearance by the star. Stone would return to Vietnam with the more sophisticated Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Heaven and Earth (1993). On the DVD: The 50-minute documentary "Tour of the Inferno" goes beyond the usual "making-of" to present a personal account both of the film and of Stone's own time in Vietnam. Likewise the two audio commentaries--one by Stone, the other by Captain Dale Dye, fellow veteran and military technical advisor--range between the making of the film and the degree to which the actors came to inhabit their parts, to their own wartime experiences. Both commentaries bring a fresh level of appreciation and understanding to the film. Also included is the original trailer and three TV commercials, together with well-presented stills galleries of behind-the-scenes photos and poster art. Following a credit sequence marred by dirt on the print, the anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 image is sharp and clear. The many night scenes are very dark but remain easily comprehensible. The three-channel Dolby Digital sound is suitably raw and powerful, though an early sequence featuring rain in the jungle suffers from very distracting repeated drop-outs in the left channel. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Shawshank Redemption [Blu-ray] [1994] The Shawshank Redemption | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008) from £7.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Nominated for seven Academy Awards' including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) The Shawshank Redemption is an extraordinary tale of hope friendship and survival inside a maximum security prison. Based on a story by globally renowned novelist Stephen King (Carrie Misery) this beautifully crafted movie features powerful performances from the entire cast led by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and ultimately provides an uplifting message about the power of the human spirit and the value of hope. One of the best selling titles in the UK this feature film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. Enjoy the high definition while watching one of the best movies of all time.

  • Zodiac - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [2007] Zodiac - Director's Cut | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history Zodiac is a thriller from David Fincher director of Se7en and Panic Room. As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

  • Apocalypse Now [1979] Apocalypse Now | DVD | (01/01/2001) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of man's heart of darkness revealed through the madness of the Vietnam War. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to seek out a renegade military outpost led by the mysterious Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard's mission: ""Terminate with extreme prejudice."" One of the most powerful films of all time Apocalypse Now was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Two for Best Sound and Best Cinematography. Based on the novel 'Heart of

  • Maria Full Of Grace [2004] Maria Full Of Grace | DVD | (11/08/2008) from £4.35  |  Saving you £8.64 (66.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino) a bright spirited 17-year old lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin-which she must swallow-to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials. The dramatic thriller builds toward a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a thousand true stories.

  • Leon [Blu-ray] [1994] Leon | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Jean Reno (Mission: Impossible Ronin The Crimson Rivers) Gary Oldman (Sid And Nancy Romeo Is Bleeding The Dark Knight) Danny Aillo (Fingers Do The Right Thing A Brooklyn State Of Mind) and Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta Goya's Ghost Mars Attacks) in her film debut all star in this highly influential seminal 90s action/thriller. Directed by Luc Besson (Subway The Big Blue Nikita The Fifth Element) Leon is the controversial and unforgettable story of an unlikely friendship within a brutal and violent world. Twelve-year-old Mathilda lives within the desperate confines of a squalid New York apartment block. On returning from a shopping trip Mathilda finds that her abusive dysfunctional family (and her beloved younger brother) have been slaughtered by a psychotic drug dealing police officer. In fear of her life she takes refuge with her reluctant mysterious and solitary neighbour. His name is Leon and he's one of the world's deadliest assassins. And while Mathilda begins to teach him how to live Leon begins to teach her how to kill.

  • Almost Famous [Blu-ray] [2000] Almost Famous | Blu Ray | (11/02/2008) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  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...

  • Rocknrolla [Blu-ray] [2008] Rocknrolla | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009) from £4.79  |  Saving you £22.20 (82.30%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Director Guy Ritchie presents Rocknrolla - a dramatic crime thriller starring Gerard Butler Thandie Newton and Tom Wilkinson! When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal millions of dollars are up for grabs and all of London's criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick

  • Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) [2002] Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) | DVD | (16/09/2002) from £2.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (88.00%)  |  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

  • Frost/Nixon [Blu-ray] [2008] Frost/Nixon | Blu Ray | (18/05/2009) from £4.05  |  Saving you £20.94 (83.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It?s not always that a stage play translates particularly well to the medium of movies. But for anyone considering such a challenge in the future, Frost/Nixon is surely a fine template to follow. In the capable hands of director Ron Howard, the extraordinary story of how a then-fairly low profile television interviewer managed to bring the disgraced former President of the United States to account is, at best, absolutely riveting. Much of the reason for this is the two leading performances, which are both absolutely exception. The awards attention for Frost/Nixon has been directed towards Frank Langella, and truly he?s an actor long overdue some recognition. Here, as ex-President Nixon, he?s flat-out brilliant: a complex, intriguing character portrayed with real measure and expertise. It?s unfair, though, that Michael Sheen has been overlooked by some. Fresh from portraying Tony Blair in The Queen, Sheen is once more brilliant here, injecting Frost with an erratic, on-the-edge fallibility that sets up the film?s final act extremely well. Now you can argue, with some right, that Frost/Nixon flattens out some of the facts to its own liking, and certainly the portrayal of David Frost doesn?t seem to do the man too many favours. But when it gets to the interviews themselves, it?s electric, and proof that you don?t need a bunch of effects and flashy gimmicks to keep you on the edge of your seat. Ron Howard has done this to us before with a true story, in the shape of Apollo 13, and here again, even though we know the ending, the journey there is quite brilliant. You really can make compelling drama with just two people sat in a chair? --Simon Brew

  • Pan's Labyrinth [2006] Pan's Labyrinth | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine. Pan's Labyrinth is the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain 1944 - after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.

  • The Edge Of Love [2008] The Edge Of Love | DVD | (27/10/2008) from £2.84  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Edge Of Love stars Cillian Murphy Keira Knightley Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys in a story about the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The film revolves around two feisty free-spirited women Caitlin Thomas and Vera Killick Vera's husband William Killick and the brilliant charismatic poet Dylan Thomas who loves both women. Broken promises passion betrayal the shadow of war and the constant threat of imminent death push the protagonists to The Edge of Love.

  • Fracture [Blu-ray] [2007] Fracture | Blu Ray | (22/06/2009) from £5.29  |  Saving you £9.70 (64.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling star in the dramatic thriller Fracture. When a meticulous structural engineer (Hopkins) is found innocent of the attempted murder of his wife (Embeth Davidtz) the young district attorney (Gosling) who is prosecuting him becomes a crusader for justice. Fracture is packed with twists and turns that weave in and out of the courtroom as the pair try to outwit each other. The film features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice) is directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) and written by Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears The Manchurian Candidate) and Glenn Gers.

  • Black Hawk Down [Blu-ray] [2001] Black Hawk Down | Blu Ray | (22/04/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ridley Scott directs this fast moving action adventure about the disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers commanded by Capt. Mike Steele were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which leads to a large and chaotic firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which destroys two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu.

  • Jarhead [2005] Jarhead | DVD | (30/05/2011) from £2.56  |  Saving you £7.43 (74.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Swofford's 2003 book on his experiences in the first Gulf War, and enlists William Broyles Jr a former Lieutenant who fought in Vietnam to convert it into a screenplay.

  • Gladiator [Blu-ray] Gladiator | Blu Ray | (07/09/2009) from £8.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (64.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Gladiator Ridley Scott's modern classic arrives on Blu-ray with more extras than a Roman epic. Russell Crowe stars in a Oscar-winning performance as betrayed General Maximus in a rollicking swords and sandals spectacular placing you right in the middle of some savage gladiatorial scraps! The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe - LA Confidential) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximus' favour with the Emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix - Walk The Line) orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....

  • The Hurt Locker [DVD] [2008] The Hurt Locker | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.75  |  Saving you £17.24 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Defiance [Blu-ray] [2008] Defiance | Blu Ray | (18/05/2009) from £5.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (76.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Based on the book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec Defiance revolves around three Jewish Brothers Tuvia (Daniel Craig) Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael Bielski (Jamie Bell) who live in Nazi occupieed Poland. The Bielski brothers manage to escape into the Belarussian forest where they unite with Russian resistance fighters. The group endeavour to build a village inside the forest in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

  • Rendition [2007] Rendition | DVD | (24/03/2008) from £2.75  |  Saving you £17.24 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwalley) an Egyptian-born chemical engineer disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. His pregnant American wife Isabella El-Ibrahim (Reese Witherspoon) travels to Washington to try and learn the reason for his disappearance. Meanwhile Doug Freeman a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) is forced to question the ethics of his assignment as he becomes party to the interogation of Anwar at a secret detention facility somewhere outside of the U.S.A.

  • The Empress And The Warrior [Blu-ray] The Empress And The Warrior | Blu Ray | (23/03/2009) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When the ancient King of a proud Chinese Kingdom is killed the throne passes to his only daughter Yan Feier (Kelly Chen - Infernal Affairs). Ill-prepared for the rigours of leadership that lie ahead she relies heavily on her father's most trusted General Muyong (Donnie Yen - Hero). But when she is poisoned by her envious cousin Wu Ba (Guo Xiao-Dong) she flees choosing love over duty and leaving the ever-loyal Muyong to stand alone against the insidious forces that threaten to tear their nation apart. Will the Kingdom be lost forever or can Feier summon the courage her bloodline demands and return to fight her enemies and assume her rightful place at the head of the nation?

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