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  • A Town Like Alice [1956] A Town Like Alice | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch star in this moving story about a party of women compelled to trek through the Malayan jungle during World War II as no Japanese office will take responsibility for their care. Based on Nevil Shute's best selling novel the film tells how the women come to terms with their hardships and how they are befriended by a tough Australian prisoner of war who dreams of returning to his home town of Alice Springs...

  • Great Expectations [1946] Great Expectations | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £4.59  |  Saving you £8.40 (64.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world.

  • The Fog Of War [2004] The Fog Of War | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.24 (76.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Fog of War, the movie that finally won Errol Morris the best documentary Oscar, is a spellbinder. Morris interviews Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and finds a uniquely unsettling viewpoint on much of 20th-century American history. Employing a ton of archival material, including Lyndon B Johnson's fascinating taped conversations from the Oval Office, Morris probes the reasons behind the U.S. commitment to the Vietnam War--and finds a depressingly inconsistent policy. McNamara himself emerges as--well, not exactly apologetic, but clearly haunted by the what-ifs of Vietnam. He also mulls the bombing of Japan in World War II and the Cuban Missile Crisis, raising more questions than he answers. The Fog of War has the usual inexorable Morris momentum, aided by an uneasy Philip Glass score. This movie provides a glimpse inside government. It also encourages skepticism about same. --Robert Horton On the DVD The Fog of War DVD piles on 24 additional scenes (38 minutes total). They're short and random, but those interested in the film will find it worthwhile to hear McNamara discuss what it was like to work with JFK and who he feels was ultimately responsible for Vietnam. There's also a text-only list entitled "Robert S. McNamara's 10 Lessons," which he introduces by saying that the 11 lessons in the movie were not his own. Some of them, however, are not that different (movie lesson no. 1: "Empathize with your enemy." McNamara lesson no. 9: "If we are to deal effectively with terrorists around the globe, we must develop a sense of empathy--I don't mean 'sympathy,' but rather 'understanding'--to counter their attacks on us and the Western world."). --David Horiuchi

  • In The Shadow Of The Moon [Blu-ray] [2007] In The Shadow Of The Moon | Blu Ray | (16/06/2009) from £6.55  |  Saving you £13.44 (67.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

  • Spartacus [1960] Spartacus | DVD | (27/11/2000) from £3.99  |  Saving you £7.61 (58.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Stanley Kubrick was only 31 years old when Kirk Douglas (star of Kubrick's classic Paths of Glory) recruited the young director to pilot this epic saga, in which the rebellious slave Spartacus (played by Douglas) leads a freedom revolt against the ailing Roman Republic and its generals. Kubrick would later disown the film because it was not a personal project--he was merely a director-for-hire--but Spartacus remains one of the best of Hollywood's grand historical epics. With an intelligent screenplay by then-blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo (from a novel by Howard Fast), its liberal message of freedom and civil rights, highly relevant in early-1960s USA, is still quite powerful and the all-star cast (including Charles Laughton in full toga) is full of entertaining surprises.Restored in 1991 to include scenes deleted from the original 1960 release, the full-length Spartacus is a grand-scale cinematic marvel, offering some of the most awesome battles ever filmed and a central performance by Douglas that's as sensitively emotional as it is intensely heroic. Jean Simmons plays the slave woman who becomes Spartacus's wife, and Peter Ustinov steals the show with his frequently hilarious, Oscar-winning performance as a slave trader who shamelessly curries favour with his Roman superiors. The restored version also includes a formerly deleted bathhouse scene in which Laurence Olivier's patrician Crassus (with restored dialogue dubbed by Anthony Hopkins) gets hot and bothered over a slave servant played by Tony Curtis. These and other restored scenes expand the film to just over three hours in length. Despite some forgivable lulls, this is a rousing and substantial drama that grabs and holds your attention. Breaking tradition with sophisticated themes and a downbeat (yet eminently noble) conclusion, Spartacus is a thinking person's epic, rising above mere spectacle with a story as impressive as its widescreen action and Oscar-winning sets. --Jeff Shannon

  • Food, Inc [DVD] Food, Inc | DVD | (07/06/2010) from £4.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    In Food Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health the livelihood of the American farmer the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens the perfect pork chop herbicide-resistant soybean seeds even tomatoes that won't go bad but we also have new strains of E. coli-the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73 000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity particularly among children and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin Food Inc. reveals surprising-and often shocking truths-about what we eat how it's produced who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

  • Brief Encounter [1945] Brief Encounter | DVD | (26/09/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Expanded from a one-act stage play by Noel Coward, Brief Encounter is without doubt one of the true masterpieces of British film history. The story seems slight--a respectable suburban housewife has a chance meeting with a handsome married doctor, their friendship becomes romance, but they feel the pressures of convention pulling their relationship apart--but the writing, acting and direction are sublime, turning what might have been just another melodrama into a memorable and heartbreaking story of impossible love. David Lean went on to make much bigger films than this, but few of those epics packed the emotional punch of this picture, set in a mundane world of railway stations, semi-detached houses and inexpensive cafes. Trevor Howard is perfectly cast as Alec, the doctor, but the film belongs above all to Celia Johnson, as the heroine Laura. It's easy to mock her clipped ultra-English accent, but she gives one of the greatest screen performances imaginable, brilliantly evoking how an ordinary life can be turned upside down by unexpected passion. Throw in the superb use of Rachmaninov's swooning Second Piano Concerto, shrewd supporting acting from Cyril Raymond, Joyce Carey and Everley Gregg, and some of the best black-and-white photography of its era, and the result is irresistible. Anyone who isn't besotted with Brief Encounter has either never been in love, or doesn't deserve to be. --Andy Medhurst

  • The City Of Ember [Blu-ray] [2008] The City Of Ember | Blu Ray | (23/02/2009) from £3.59  |  Saving you £21.40 (85.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    City Of Ember stars Bill Murray Tim Robbins Martin Landau Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadaway! For generations the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... The great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Two teenagers must race against time to search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

  • Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A ubiquitous influence even as he remains elusively elsewhere Leonard Cohen is back. Woven through a riveting tribute is a career-spanning interview with the man himself. Sprinkled with his own artwork and personal photos Cohen speaks of his stately writing process; ""savage criticisms"" exchanged with fellow Montreal poets; the scene at the Chelsea Hotel; tea and oranges with the real Suzanne; his retreat to Mt. Baldy and climaxing with Leonard playing with U2. Among the many artists contributing are Rufus Wainright Matha Wainwright Beth Orton and Jarvis Cocker Anthony Hegarty and Leonard Cohen accompanists Perla Battala and Julie Christensen.

  • Ghosts Of The Abyss [2003] Ghosts Of The Abyss | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £4.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (70.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Oscar-winning director James Cameron heads back to the site of his greatest cinematic triumph for the greatest documentary feature ever attempted! Joined by his personal friend Bill Paxton and a team of the world's foremost historical and marine experts Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. During the voyage you will explore inside the entire ship deck by deck room by room encountering mysteries that have remained hid

  • Breakfast At Tiffany's [DVD] [1961] Breakfast At Tiffany's | DVD | (14/09/2009) from £3.39  |  Saving you £5.01 (50.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Holly is a deliciously eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. George Peppard plays her nextdoor neighbour a writer who is 'sponsored' by wealthy Patricia Neal. Guessing who's the right man for Holly is easy. Seeing just how that romance blossoms is one of the enduring delights of this classic set to Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning score and the Oscar-winning Mancini/Johnny Mercer song 'Moon River'. The names Audrey Hepburn and Holly Golightly have become synonymous since this dazzling romantic comedy was translated to the screen from Truman Capote's best-selling novella.

  • Game Over: Kasparov And The Machine [2004] Game Over: Kasparov And The Machine | DVD | (10/05/2004) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Chronicling the now infamous 1997 chess match between Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue this documentary gives a fascinating insight into the world of chess. Consisting of interviews with Kasparov (who remains steadfast in his belief that IBM cheated) his manager chess experts and members of the IBM Deep Blue team as well as original footage of the match itself 'Game Over' offers a snapshot of a historical moment when man was beaten by machine.

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles [Blu-ray] [2008] The Spiderwick Chronicles | Blu Ray | (08/09/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (76.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    There is an unseen world right outside your door... The Spiderwick Chronicles. Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace along with their sister Mallory discover a guide to an alternate magical world in their great-uncle's dilapidated house. They soon find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures...

  • Salute [DVD] Salute | DVD | (30/07/2012) from £5.56  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights movement. What part did the white Australian who ran second play and what price did these athletes pay for standing up for their beliefs?

  • Katy Perry: Part Of Me [DVD] Katy Perry: Part Of Me | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    More of a music documentary than a concert video, Katy Perry: Part of Me chronicles Perry's year-long California Dreams World Tour in 2011 with an abundance of personal interviews, film of Perry interacting with her fans, and concert footage from California and around the globe. Absolutely bursting with energy, Perry's a fascinating singer, songwriter, and performer who's faced a fair amount of adversity in her career, and whose upbringing was very different than that of most pop stars. This film plays at times almost like a video diary. Perry philosophises about everything from growing up in a strictly Pentecostal Christian family to her fairy-tale outlook on life, costuming choices, how her own experiences and emotions influence her lyrics and music, her drive to remain true to herself, and the difficulty of sustaining a long-distance marriage with actor Russell Brand. There's also plenty of footage with Perry's costumers, makeup artists, various assistants, and friends, including actress Shannon Woodward. But some of the most interesting interviews are those with her sister Angela Hudson, who travels with the show, and her mother and father regarding their commitment to accepting and supporting Perry and her career despite potential conflicts with their religious views. One discussion that's oddly omitted is any hint of why Perry changed her name. While the personal and backstage footage is heartfelt and quite intriguing, the film seemed somewhat lacking in actual concert footage, though viewers are treated to at least parts of "Firework," "California Gurls," "Part of Me," "Last Friday Night," and "Peacock." --Tami Horiuchi

  • Steep (2 Disc Edition) Steep (2 Disc Edition) | DVD | (26/12/2008) from £2.27  |  Saving you £12.90 (64.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Disc 1 Contains: Steep: You are about to experience the most breathtaking exhilarating and inspirational ride of your life. The world's best skiers go beyond their dreams to conquer the steepest runs ever faced. From the sheer cliffs of Grand Teton to the treachery of Chamonix France to the untouched Alaskan peaks of Valdez these extremers sacrifice their lives for a thrill; but what a thrill it is. Fantastically beautiful images of the most magnificent peaks on the globe along with devastating avalanches and fatal spills only serve to push them harder. But as you are about to discover - not everyone who goes up the mountain returns. Disc 2 Contains: The Blizzard of Aahhhs is the ski masterpiece that opened up people's eyes to the fearless heroes of the ski world and one of the core inspirations for Steep. Featuring cliff-jumper Scott Schmidt extreme skier bad boy Glen Plake and precision skier Matt Hattrup this movie contains some of the best ski action ever filmed from the premier extreme/steep skiing destinations in the world; from France's Chamonix Valley to the awe inspiring Squaw Valley in California.

  • The Golden Compass [Blu-ray] [2007] The Golden Compass | Blu Ray | (28/04/2008) from £4.95  |  Saving you £24.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Based on author Philip Pullman's bestselling and award-winning novel The Golden Compass tells the first story in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals talking bears fight wars and Gyptians and witches co-exist. At the center of the story is Lyra a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers - and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world but ours as well!

  • The End Of The Line [DVD] [2009] The End Of The Line | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £4.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop think and act. The End Of The Line directed by Rupert Murray examines firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food and the profound implications of a future world with no fish: certain mass starvation. Filmed over two years The End Of The Line follows the indefatigable investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs who show little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. Focusing on the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna and the collapse in global cod stocks The End Of The Line is a wake-up call to the world.

  • Tales From Earthsea [2007] Tales From Earthsea | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £10.00  |  Saving you £5.99 (37.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events Ged a wandering wizard is investigating the cause. During his journey he meets Prince Arren a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen he has a severe dark side which grants him strength hatred ruthlessness and has no mercy especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's fears against the very one who would help him Ged.

  • It Might Get Loud [DVD] [2008] It Might Get Loud | DVD | (18/01/2010) from £7.85  |  Saving you £6.38 (31.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three generations of rock guitarists come together for It Might Get Loud, a 2009 documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). These are not just your garden-variety guitar gods: Jimmy Page, in his mid-'60s at the time of the film, founded Led Zeppelin, who dominated the 1970s following the breakup of the Beatles. As a member of U2, 48-year-old David Evans, better known as the Edge, created one of the most distinctive and influential sounds of the past quarter century. And 34-year-old Jack White (of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather) was described by one music publication as "the most significant rock 'n' roll figure of the past ten years." Guggenheim, who followed the three around for the better part of a year, takes us into their individual lives, past and present. There are shots of Page as a young London session musician, with the Yardbirds and Zeppelin, at Headley Grange (the estate where much of the fourth Zep album was made), and at home with his record collection. The Edge takes us to the Dublin classroom where U2 first rehearsed, as well as to the practice room he uses now (never a virtuoso soloist, he developed a style based on texture and a mind-boggling array of effects); and White, whose insistence on authenticity is admirable but perhaps a tad self-conscious, constructs a "guitar" from a plank of wood, a piece of wire, and a Coke bottle (he also plays a recording by the primitive bluesman Son House, featuring just voice and handclaps, that White says is still his biggest inspiration). The three also converge on a Hollywood sound stage, where they chat and a do a little jamming on Zep's "In My Time of Dying" (with all three playing slide guitar) and the Band's "The Weight." It's hard to say if the film's appeal will extend beyond guitar freaks and fans of these particular bands, but at the very least, It Might Get Loud offers some interesting insight into the soul and inspiration behind some of pop's best and most popular music. --Sam Graham

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