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  • Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [1969] Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Sergio Leone had to be persuaded to return to the Western for Once Upon a Time in the West after the success of his "Dollars" trilogy. The result is a masterpiece that expands the vision of the earlier movies in every way. It could as easily have been called The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Blonde as Charles Bronson steps into the No-Name role as the harmonica-playing vengeance seeker, Henry Fonda trashes his Wyatt Earp image as a dead-faced, blue-eyed killer who has sold out to the rapacious railroad; Jason Robards provides humanitarian footnotes as a life-loving but doomed bandit and the astonishingly beautiful Claudia Cardinale shows that all these grown-up little boys are less fit to make a country than one determined widow-mother-whore-angel-everywoman. The opening sequence--Woody Strode, Al Mulock and Jack Elam waiting for a train and bothered by a fly and dripping water--is masterful bravura, homing in on tiny details for a fascinating but eventless length of time before Bronson arrives for the lightning-fast shoot-out. With striking widescreen compositions and epic running time, this picture truly wins points for length and width. On the DVD: Once Upon a Time in the West on disc is the transfer fans have been waiting for: the longest available version of the film in shimmering widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 TVs) which lends full impact to Leone's long shots of Monument Valley scenery or bustling crowds of activity, but also highlights his ultra-close images as Bronson's beady eyes or Cardinale's luscious pout fill the entire screen. A commentary track is mostly by expert Sir Christopher Frayling, with input from other academics, participants and enthusiasts--it's good on the detail, and Alex Cox winningly points out that one scene bizarrely can't be reconciled with what happens before or after it. Disc 2 has four featurettes which, taken together, add up to a feature-length documentary on the film, and though overlapping the commentary slightly offer a wealth of further good stuff, plus the elegant Cardinale's undiminished smile. Also included is the trailer, notes on the cast, menu screens with generous selections from Ennio Morricone's score, stills gallery, comparison shots from the film and contemporary snapshots of the locations. --Kim Newman

  • Open Range [2004] Open Range | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £3.68  |  Saving you £5.71 (57.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Released almost exactly 11 years after Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Kevin Costner's Open Range proved yet again that the Western is the classic American genre. Costner's first film since 1997's ill-fated The Postman returns the actor/director of Dances With Wolves to the open prairies of America--in this case the free-range frontier of 1882--where legal "free-grazing" cattle drives were falling prey to empire-building land-owners. In the wake of territorial murder, free-grazing cowboys Boss (Robert Duvall) and Charley (Costner) seek vengeful justice against the ruthless rancher (Michael Gambon) who threatens their law-abiding survival. A feisty ally (the late Michael Jeter, in his next-to-final film role) and a doctor's sister (Annette Bening) offer support during climactic shootouts, masterfully staged with the shock and suddenness of real-life gunfire. While it lacks the thematic impact of Eastwood's masterpiece, this handsome production!--rich in character development and thick-hided humour--redeemed Costner's directorial career with a well-told story (by Craig Storper, based on Lauran Paine's novel The Open Range Men), flawless performances, and stunning Canadian locations. --Jeff Shannon

  • As You Like It [2006] As You Like It | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £6.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (65.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    With a setting inspired by 19th Century Japan Kenneth Branagh adapts Shakespeare's lightest and most delightful comedy As You Like It. A celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty playful and utterly magical the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando's famous courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry banishment and exile in Forest of Arden.

  • Arthur [DVD] [2011] Arthur | DVD | (19/09/2011) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Arthur is a sweet but wildly irresponsible playboy whose millions have left him lonely and with no motivation in life. On the threshold of an arranged marriage with a simpering socialite whom he does not love, Arthur meets the spunky, blue-collar waitress Linda Marolla, and falls head over heels. However, just as he begins to pursue a relationship with Linda, his father and iron-willed grandmother threaten to pull the plug on his huge inheritance if he doesn't honor his position in life and go through with his marriage. Arthur must decide which is more important to him: his new love, or his 750 million dollars in the bank.

  • Hot Rod [2007] Hot Rod | DVD | (21/01/2008) from £5.25  |  Saving you £10.74 (67.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Taylor is preparing for the jump of his life. Rod plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. He'll land the jump get Frank better and then fight him hard.

  • Snitch [DVD] Snitch | DVD | (28/10/2013) from £3.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (78.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is a father whose teenage son is facing a 30 year jail sentence having been wrongly accused of drug distribution. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs John makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney to go in as an undercover informant and infiltrate the drug cartel that set his son up - risking everything including his family and his own life. A high-octane and action-packed thriller inspired by true events.

  • American Outlaws [2001] American Outlaws | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    At least the 20th screen version of the criminal career of Jesse James, American Outlaws, is also perhaps the least historically accurate, which wouldn't matter as much if it were more spirited and distinctive. Taking its cues from the Young Guns films rather than, say, the more realistic The Long Riders or Ride with the Devil, the movie presents pretty boy stars as larger-than-life, good-hearted outlaws and races through a lot of storyline without making much of an impression. Colin Farrell, liable to be a huge star in the next five years, is a handsome, devil-may-care Jesse, taking the reins between his teeth and firing with both hands, but he has little material to work with, while Timothy Dalton does a very strange Scotch accent as Allen Pinkerton, the security expert hired by the evil railroad to bring in the James-Younger gang. It has the full complement of brawls, robberies, escapes, battles, train wrecks, explosions and barroom roistering--including the riding-a-horse-through-a-window bit featured in all earlier Jesse James movies--but feels like a cramped TV movie rather than an epic biopic. Attempting to be a crowd-pleaser, it goes for a happy ending rather than the tragic shot-in-the-back finish, but that just means that its high spirits feel forced and unconvincing. On the DVD: American Outlaws has a nice range of extras for such a minor film, including two deleted scenes, five behind the scenes "featurettes" (one not-very-hidden "hidden feature") and a commentary track by director Les Mayfield, writer John Rogers and editor Michael Tronick that may be a bit too pleased with itself, but offers a lively and entertaining account of the making of the film. --Kim Newman

  • First Sunday [2008] First Sunday | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    First Sunday features Ice Cube Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams in a farcical hilarious romp about two petty criminals who try to rob their local church but get more than they bargained for!

  • M.A.S.H. [1969] M.A.S.H. | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £6.50  |  Saving you £11.03 (55.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    MASH--a 1970 comedy-drama set among surgeons drafted into the Korean war--was a breakthrough not just for director Robert Altman but for movie-making in general. Although set in the 50s, there are few who did not realise that the film's anti-war messages were directed at the US involvement in Vietnam. Indeed, the Pentagon banned US servicemen from seeing the film. Starring Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye Pierce and Elliot Gould as Trapper John McIntyre, two hip young surgeons drafted against their will. Their general attitude--while never corroding either their humanity or their professionalism as surgeons--is one of insolence towards military authority and the arbitrary structures and regulations continually droning from the tannoy system. The film, too, thrives on a lack of attention to conventional order, with its cross-dialogue and random, episodic style reflecting the vivacious and unbuttoned feel of the content. However, MASH has dated and much of what seemed like "liberating" high jinks, today smacks of sexist, frathouse boorishness and harassment, especially at the expense of Major "Hotlips" Hoolihan (Sally Kellerman), while the episode in which "Painless" plans a suicide out of a fear of being gay reflects the persistence of homophobia even in 60s counterculture. Despite this MASH feels ahead of its time and certainly sharper and blacker than the too-cute sitcom it spawned. On the DVD: this is an excellent restoration, overseen by Altman himself, in which any obfuscation from the original have been cleaned up, especially the sound quality. As well as a commentary from Altman, there are three separate documentaries, featuring interviews with Altman, the cast and screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr, who had been blacklisted during the anti-Communist witch-hunt which swept through Hollywood in the 1950s. We learn he was initially appalled at how little of his script Altman actually used but was mollified by the Academy Award he received. Altman is candid about the making of the movie ("It wasn't released by Fox, it escaped from Fox"). There's an abundance of similarly rich, anecdotal material here. --David Stubbs

  • Snitch [Blu-ray] Snitch | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013) from £2.75  |  Saving you £12.75 (70.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is a father whose teenage son is facing a 30 year jail sentence having been wrongly accused of drug distribution. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs John makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney to go in as an undercover informant and infiltrate the drug cartel that set his son up - risking everything including his family and his own life. A high-octane and action-packed thriller inspired by true events.

  • Envy [2004] Envy | DVD | (10/12/2007) from £4.22  |  Saving you £5.77 (57.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Envy

  • Meet The Spartans [2008] Meet The Spartans | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £2.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (88.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the creators of Scary Movie and Epic Movie comes Meet The Spartans. The heroic Leonidas armed with nothing by leather underwear and a cape leads a ragtag group of 13 - count 'em 13! Spartans to defend their homeland against the invading Persians (whose ranks include Ghost Rider Rocky Balboa the Transformers and a hunchbacked Paris Hilton).

  • Drillbit Taylor Drillbit Taylor | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £3.01  |  Saving you £16.98 (84.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ryan (Troy Gentile) Wade (Nate Hartley) and Emmit (David Dorfman) attend their first day at high school and they're pumped...until they meet up with Filkins (Alex Frost) a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Lecter. Before they become completely engulfed in Filkins' reign of terror they seek out some protection by placing an ad in the Soldier of Fortune magazine. Their best response - and the cheapest - comes from Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) a down-on-his luck soldier of fortune who lives a homeless - he likes to say 'home-free' - existence on the beach.

  • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £4.07  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    While its story might sound terribly interesting, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is largely a vehicle for gross-out sight gags and grotesque performances by performers who, in many cases, don't need to do such things. Martin Lawrence stars as R.J. Stevens, a successful, Jerry Springer-like, television talk show host who sets aside his perfect life with a sweet son (Damani Roberts) and celebrity girlfriend (Joy Bryant) to attend his parents' golden wedding anniversary back home in Georgia. From the moment he arrives, all the reasons R.J. left to reinvent himself on the West Coast become clear. His siblings and cousins (Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Michael Clarke Duncan, Cedric the Entertainer) quickly put him in his place, reminding him that his name is actually Roscoe Jenkins. His sweet mother (Margaret Avery) watches impassively while R.J.'s dad (James Earl Jones) strikes one disapproving note after another. R.J. would be content to wait out the anniversary events and go home, but the arrival of a woman (Nicole Ari Parker) he loved but couldn't keep during his adolescence changes everything, bringing out the competitive survivor within. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins promises rich comedy and dramatic flavourings, as well as a bunch of delightful actors doing what only they can do best. But Lee subverts the project for cheap and easy laughs, using his best material to do little else than bridge scenes of bad slapstick, bestial perversity, clownish sex and irritating, motormouth rants from the likes of Mo'Nique and Epps. This a hard movie to sit through at 114 minutes, one of those what-were-they-thinking-when-they-made-this films. --Tom Keogh

  • Days Of Glory [2006] Days Of Glory | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £5.37  |  Saving you £14.62 (73.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The true story so controversial it couldn't be told until now. 1943. The young North Africans had never stepped foot on French soil but because France was at war Sad Abdelkader Messaoud and Yassir enlisted in the French Army along with 130 000 other ""indigenous soldiers "" to liberate the ""fatherland"" from the Nazi enemy. These heroes that history forgot won battles in Italy Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion. Winner of the 2006 Cannes best ensemble cast award.

  • The Animal [2001] The Animal | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £4.54  |  Saving you £5.45 (54.60%)  |  RRP £9.99

    He wasn't much of a man. Now he's not much of an animal. Marvin is a wimpy man who dreams of being a tough cop. When a horrible accident puts him in the hospital a crazy scientist uses animal replacement organs to save his life. Given new powers by animal parts Marvin leaves his weaknesses behind becomes a police officer and wins instant fame as a supercop. Now a hero life is going great for Marvin until his animal instincts start taking over at all the wrong times; with outrageous consequences!

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