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  • Twenty Four Hour Party People [2002] Twenty Four Hour Party People | DVD | (27/01/2003) from £11.74  |  Saving you £8.25 (41.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Beginning during the dawn of Factory Records--as Tony Wilson throws himself off a cliff for Granada TV--24 Hour Party People attempts to capture the essence of the ill-fated label which spawned Joy Division/New Order, The Happy Mondays and the venue that started modern Club Culture, the Hacienda in Manchester. Director Michael Winterbottom takes a very different approach to most music biographies, by making the film self-aware that it is a film and ironically looking at its own role within the history of the "Mad-chester" scene. Inspired by Wilson's autobiographical musings, the film is narrated in character by Steve Coogan as Wilson. He offers sporadic moments from his life--his "career" as a presenter at Granada and his several marriages--which in turn influence the destructive nature of the label he founded. Coogan's Wilson gives monologues to camera which remind the audience that what they are watching is only his perspective. Yet with Coogan in the title role it's impossible to ignore the similarities between Wilson and Alan Partridge; and although this adds instant humour to the film it also instantly pins Wilson with the comic "Partridge" tag of fated fool. The cinematography, on the other hand, tries faithfully to embody the feeling of the times, from grainy celluloid for the punk-like Joy Division gigs to bright, clean-cut images for the birth of the Hacienda. The film also benefits from an amazing soundtrack and strong supporting characters. It all adds up to a picture that's purely British in character: imbued with irony, down-and-out inspiration, and a touch of the surreal. On the DVD: 24 Hour Party People comes as a two-disc set, but there really is little need. Disc 1 is loaded with great extras, such as the deleted scenes, commentaries and Mad-chester musings, but the second disc is a little on the dull side. This really could have been just a single great DVD. There's an excellent screen and audio transfer that brings both the music and the lurid colours to life and the disc also offers that all-important function for hardcore clubbers: a hard of hearing option. --Nikki Disney

  • Heli [DVD] Heli | DVD | (25/08/2014) from £9.41  |  Saving you £3.58 (27.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In his third film exploring modern Mexican society Cannes award-winning director Amat Escalante looks unflinchingly at the country’s escalating drug wars and their devastating impact on one fictional family. Heli is uncompromising and graphic in its depiction of the sadistic violence corruption and climate of fear in which the region’s people must go about their daily lives. Stark shocking and beautifully photographed this powerfully affecting film has received worldwide critical acclaim. Heli lives a simple existence in a small house with his father wife baby son and 12 year old sister Estela. When Estela's boyfriend a young cadet seeks to change their lives by stealing confiscated cocaine Heli and his family are caught up in the murderous world of Mexico's drug cartels and the corrupt police they control.

  • Sirens - Series 1 [DVD] Sirens - Series 1 | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £7.65  |  Saving you £12.34 (61.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    British Comedy Award winner Kayvan Novak, Rhys Thomas. Richard Madden and Amy Beth Hayes star in a series from Brian Fillis, inspired by Tom Reynolds' book Blood, Sweat and Tea. Swept along by an endless tide of bodily fluids (rarely their own), the trio of world-weary paramedics bicker, fight and shag their way through the darkly funny maelstrom of their lives. Behind the uniforms, the sirens, and the fast driving, they are three ordinary blokes trying to make it through yet another shift. But once they've finished saving other people's lives, will they be able to salvage their own?

  • Dexter - Season 1 Dexter - Season 1 | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £4.75  |  Saving you £30.40 (76.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Dexter is based on the compelling novel ""Darkly Dreaming Dexter"" by Jeff Lindsay. Orphaned at the age of four and harbouring a traumatic secret Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is adopted by a police officer who recognizes Dexter's homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way - by killing those heinous perpetrators that are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected member of the police force a perfect gentleman and a man with a soft spot for children it's hard not to like Dexter. Although his drive to kill is unflinching he struggles to emulate normal emotions he doesn't feel and to keep up his appearance as a caring socially responsible human being. Episodes Comprise: 1. Dexter 2. Crocodile 3. The Popping Cherry 4. Let's Give the Boy a Hand 5. Love American Style 6. Return to Sender 7. Circle of Friends 8. Shrink Wrap 9. Father Knows Best 10. Seeing Red 11. Truth Be Told 12. Born Free

  • The Corner (HBO Mini Series) [2000] The Corner (HBO Mini Series) | DVD | (06/04/2009) from £9.49  |  Saving you £20.50 (68.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The bleak reality of drug addiction is captured with unflinching authenticity in The Corner, an excellent, reality-based HBO miniseries. Having lived on the streets of West Baltimore, Maryland, where this compelling drama takes place, actor-director Charles S. Dutton knows the territory, physically, socially, and emotionally, and his compassionate approach is vital to the series' success. Dutton cares for his characters deeply enough to give them a realistic shred of hope, even when hope is consistently dashed by the ravages of addiction. This is, at its root, a family tragedy, focusing on errant father Gary (T.K. Carter, in a heartbreaking performance) a once-successful investor trapped in a tailspin of heroin dependency. His estranged wife Fran (Khandi Alexander) was the first to get hooked, and she's struggling to get clean, while their 15-year-old son DeAndre (Sean Nelson, from the indie hit Fresh) deals drugs, temporarily avoiding their deadly allure while facing the challenge of premature fatherhood. Through revealing flashbacks and numerous local characters, we see the explicit fallout of addiction, and while violence occasionally erupts, its constant threat is secondary to Dutton's dramatic vision, which remains steadfastly alert to the humanity and neglected potential of these lost and searching souls. The Corner is,essentially the civilian flipside of HBO's equally laudable series The Wire, which approaches a similar neighbourhood from a police-squad perspective. Performances are uniformly superb, details are uncannily perfect, and for all of its human horror, The Corner is riveting, not depressing. A closing interview with the characters' real-life counterparts bears witness to the fact that these lives, with inevitable exceptions, need not be lost forever. --Jeff Shannon

  • Dead Set [2008] Dead Set | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From Nathan Barley co-creator and Guardian writer Charlie Brooker comes the outrageous new thriller Dead Set E4's first-ever horror series released exclusively by 4DVD on 3rd November. Starring Jaime Winstone (Donkey Punch Kidulthood) Dead Set is a chilling new horror series in which the dead are returning to life and attacking the living. Curiously there are a few people left in Britain who aren't worried about any of this - that's because they're the remaining contestants in Big Brother. Cocooned in the safety of the Big Brother house they're blissfully unaware of the horrific events unfolding in the outside world. Until an eviction night when all hell breaks loose... Kelly (Winstone) a production runner working on a fictional series of Big Brother finds herself trying to fend off the walking dead alongside her producer boss Patrick (Andy Nyman Severance) boyfriend Riq (Riz Ahmed Britz) and the remaining Big Brother housemates. Over the ensuing days in a cruel reflection of the game show they thought they were entering the contestants fall victim one by one to the hungry masses outside. Staying alive requires crucial teamwork - which can be tricky when you're a group specifically selected by TV producers to wind each other up. Featuring a range of cameo appearances from Davina McCall and several former Big Brother housemates Dead Set promises to be a gripping horror bound to keep you at the edge of your seat.

  • The Interceptor [DVD] The Interceptor | DVD | (03/08/2015) from £2.62  |  Saving you £22.37 (89.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Interceptor is a brand new contemporary crime series starring Trevor Eve  and O-T Fagbenle. After 15 frustrating years of low-level drug busts   Ash finally gets a chance to fulfil his dream of taking down the underworld’s biggest players when he’s recruited by the UNIT (Undercover Narcotics Intelligence Team).  This series follows the team as they get ever closer to capturing their ultimate target the cold-blooded crime boss Roach (Trevor Eve). For Ash this is more than just a job – it’s a chance to lay to rest some childhood demons and make a real difference… but at what personal cost to him and the people he loves?

  • Misfits [DVD] Misfits | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £3.69  |  Saving you £14.76 (73.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

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  • Quarantine Quarantine | DVD | (09/03/2009) from £2.74  |  Saving you £12.98 (81.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked they try to escape with the news crew in tow only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones internet televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.

  • Cocaine Cowboys Cocaine Cowboys | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £19.98  |  Saving you £-3.99 (-25.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The cocaine trade of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world's most glamorous hot spots; the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin cartel. By the early 80s Miami's tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country for which a Time cover story dubbed the city ""Paradise Lost."" With Cocaine Cowboys filmmaker Billy Corben paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth.

  • Heli [Blu-ray] Heli | Blu Ray | (25/08/2014) from £9.05  |  Saving you £5.94 (39.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    In his third film exploring modern Mexican society Cannes award-winning director Amat Escalante looks unflinchingly at the country’s escalating drug wars and their devastating impact on one fictional family. Heli is uncompromising and graphic in its depiction of the sadistic violence corruption and climate of fear in which the region’s people must go about their daily lives. Stark shocking and beautifully photographed this powerfully affecting film has received worldwide critical acclaim. Heli lives a simple existence in a small house with his father wife baby son and 12 year old sister Estela. When Estela's boyfriend a young cadet seeks to change their lives by stealing confiscated cocaine Heli and his family are caught up in the murderous world of Mexico's drug cartels and the corrupt police they control.

  • The Filth And The Fury [2000] The Filth And The Fury | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £9.98  |  Saving you £-1.73 (-17.30%)  |  RRP £9.99

    While it may be true that the Internet is the new "punk" medium it's difficult to imagine any future documentaries about the web being anywhere near as entertaining as this tale of how the Sex Pistols changed the history of music--and safety pins--forever. Directed by long-standing Pistols pal Julien Temple, who was also responsible for the band's Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle film, The Filth And The Fury is the full story from the group's struggling early days (which found them using mikes nicked from David Bowie) to the furore surrounding Sid Vicious' alleged murder of smackhead girlfriend Nancy Spungeon. Using both contemporary news footage and his own never-before-seen backstage material, Temple succeeds in not just explaining why the rise of Johnny Rotten & Co. was important but also why it was inevitable in that socio-political context, when conformity was prized above all. Also included in the film, of course, are a raft of great songs such as "Anarchy In The UK" and "Pretty Vacant" but the most memorable moments come with the new interview material which finds a guilt-stricken Rotten still beating himself up for not rescuing the now deceased Vicious from Spungeon's claws: "All's I can tell you is, yes, I can take on England but I couldn¹t take on one heroin addict." --Clark Collis

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