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  • We Were Soldiers [2002] We Were Soldiers | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In a place soon to be known as 'The Valley of Death' in a small clearing called landing zone X-Ray Lt. Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) and 400 young troops all from an elite American combat division were surrounded by 2 000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history...

  • Trapped [DVD] Trapped | DVD | (24/08/2009) from £6.93  |  Saving you £1.06 (13.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Starring Lloyd Bridges Trapped is taut unpretentious film noir directed by Richard Fleischer. The film begins in semi-documentary style explaining the workings of the U.S. Treasury Department and then follows the chain of events set in motion when a forged 20 dollar bill is discovered in California. However it takes a dramatic turn when treasury agents in Washington D.C. recognise the source of the forged bill and travel to a penitentiary in Atlanta to interview forger Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges). The agents engineer a fake escape for Stewart so that he can lead them to the source of the forgeries. But Stewart has others ideas and slips his minders.

  • Dracula Has Risen From The Grave [1968] Dracula Has Risen From The Grave | DVD | (28/06/2013) from £16.98  |  Saving you £1.01 (5.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    It took a long time for Hammer's 1958 version of Dracula to turn into a franchise, and it was ten years before Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, the third film in the series, continued where Dracula--Prince of Darkness (1965) left off. The vampire count is accidentally resurrected by the blood of a priest when Monsignor Muller (the excellent Rupert Davies replacing Peter Cushing, whose Professor Van Helsing is absent) exorcises Castle Dracula. The Lord of the Undead soon has the priest under his power, and sets about claiming the Monsignor's niece Maria (Veronica Carlson) as his bride. Maria is in love with Paul (Barry Andrews), more a 60's English "angry young man" than a Victorian hero, yet only he can save the day, the film contrasting his atheism against much Catholicism. Working as a taut, Gothic thriller, the intensity is maintained to a large degree by James Barnard's excellent score and, of course, by Christopher Lee's magnetic interpretation of Count Dracula. The eroticism is stronger than in previous Hammer Draculas, the palpably electric blood-lust marking the movie as a high-point before the series' gradual decline, beginning with Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2 Disc Special Edition) Letters from Iwo Jima (2 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (09/07/2007) from £3.73  |  Saving you £18.25 (76.10%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Critically hailed as an instant classic, Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is a masterwork of uncommon humanity and a harrowing, unforgettable indictment of the horrors of war. In an unprecedented demonstration of worldly citizenship, Eastwood (from a spare, tightly focused screenplay by first-time screenwriter Iris Yamashita) has crafted a truly Japanese film, with Japanese dialogue (with subtitles) and filmed in a contemplative Japanese style, serving as both complement and counterpoint to Eastwood's previously released companion film Flags of Our Fathers. Where the earlier film employed a complex non-linear structure and epic-scale production values to dramatise one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and its traumatic impact on American soldiers, Letters reveals the battle of Iwo Jima from the tunnel- and cave-dwelling perspective of the Japanese, hopelessly outnumbered, deprived of reinforcements, and doomed to die in inevitable defeat. While maintaining many of the traditions of the conventional war drama, Eastwood extends his sympathetic touch to humanise "the enemy," revealing the internal and external conflicts of soldiers and officers alike, forced by circumstance to sacrifice themselves or defend their honour against insurmountable odds. From the weary reluctance of a young recruit named Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya) to the dignified yet desperately anguished strategy of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi (played by Oscar-nominated The Last Samurai costar Ken Watanabe), whose letters home inspired the film's title and present-day framing device, Letters from Iwo Jima (which conveys the bleakness of battle through a near-total absence of colour) steadfastly avoids the glorification of war while paying honorable tribute to ill-fated men who can only dream of the comforts of home. --Jeff Shannon

  • Flags of our Fathers (2 Disc Special Edition) Flags of our Fathers (2 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (09/07/2007) from £2.94  |  Saving you £19.26 (80.30%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Thematically ambitious and emotionally complex, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is an intimate epic with much to say about war and the nature of heroism in America. Based on the non-fiction bestseller by James Bradley (with Ron Powers), and adapted by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis (Jarhead screenwriter William Broyles Jr. wrote an earlier draft that was abandoned when Eastwood signed on to direct), this isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic. In telling the story of the six men (five Marines, one Navy medic) who raised the American flag of victory on the battle-ravaged Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23rd, 1945, Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers (played by Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, and Jesse Bradford) became reluctant celebrities - and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign - after their flag-raising was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in the most famous photograph in military history. As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatising the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Fast And The Furious [DVD] The Fast And The Furious | DVD | (19/04/2010) from £4.59  |  Saving you £-2.60 (-130.70%)  |  RRP £1.99

    Frank Webster is wrongly imprisoned for murder. He breaks out of jail in order to clear his name but with the police tailing him every step of the way he ends up having to take a young woman hostage...

  • Mister Lonely Mister Lonely | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mister Lonely is about a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris who runs into a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton). She invites him to her commune in Scotland where she lives with Charlie Chaplin (Denis Lavant) and her daughter Shirley Temple.

  • Open Water [DVD] [2004] Open Water | DVD | (03/08/2009) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    15 miles from land. One million square miles of ocean. No one knows they're missing... Accidentally left behind by their dive boat when Susan and Daniel emerge from the deep with no boat in sight all they can do is wait and hope. Cold and alone they're miles from land adrift in shark-infested waters... This intense and terrifying thriller is inspired by the disappearance of Tom and Eileen Lanorgan who went missing off the Great Barrier Reef in 1998 having been left behind by their diving boat. What makes this film particularly spine-tingling is that everything is real: no stuntmen no digital trickery just two scared actors and 50 real sharks!

  • Shutter (Single Disc) [2008] Shutter (Single Disc) | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    She Never Leaves You... Driving home from a drinking party photographer Tun and his girlfriend Jane accidentally knock down a teenage girl. But rather than going to the victim's aid Tun convinces Jane to leave the scene of the accident. In the days following the incident bizarre ghostly images begin to appear on photographs taken by Tun. Investigations into the cause of this mysterious phenomenon lead Tun and Jane to a girl from Tun's past and a very dark and deeply disturbing secret. An effective ghost story that combines atmospheric chills with plenty of shock moments Shutter has already inspired an American remake currently in production for release in 2008 and set to star Joshua Jackson (Cursed; Dawson's Creek) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers; See No Evil).

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