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  • Whiplash [DVD] Whiplash | DVD | (01/06/2015) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Andrew is an ambitious young jazz drummer single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability—and his sanity.

  • Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) [2002] Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) | DVD | (16/09/2002) from £4.25  |  Saving you £19.94 (79.80%)  |  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

  • 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

  • Leon [Blu-ray] [1994] Leon | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £8.19  |  Saving you £16.80 (67.20%)  |  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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • The Shawshank Redemption [Blu-ray] [1994] The Shawshank Redemption | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  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.

  • Whiplash [Blu-ray] Whiplash | Blu Ray | (01/06/2015) from £7.69  |  Saving you £17.30 (69.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Andrew is an ambitious young jazz drummer single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability—and his sanity.

  • Black Hawk Down [Blu-ray] [2001] Black Hawk Down | Blu Ray | (22/04/2007) from £7.53  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  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.

  • The Hurt Locker [DVD] [2008] The Hurt Locker | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.61  |  Saving you £17.38 (86.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • V For Vendetta [Blu-ray] [2006] V For Vendetta | Blu Ray | (07/07/2008) from £7.89  |  Saving you £12.10 (60.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a young working-class woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V'. Profoundly complex V is at once literary flamboyant tender and intellectual a man dedicated to freeing his fellow citizens from those who have terrorized them into compliance... The Matrix Trilogy writing/directing team of Larry & Andy Wachowski adapt Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel into a thought-provoking blockbuster.

  • Apocalypse Now Redux [1979] Apocalypse Now Redux | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £4.15  |  Saving you £13.84 (76.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Following the example set by his old pals Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola has revisited a classic that no-one ever thought needed enhancement and produced Apocalypse Now Redux, a remastered and extended version of his hallucinogenic Vietnam nightmare that adds some 50 minutes of extra material. On the plus side, certain extended sequences--such as Kilgore's bombing-cum-surfing raid and the final battle of nerves between Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando--add greater depth to our appreciation of the film. On the debit side, the lengthy French plantation interlude and the squalid fate of the Playboy bunnies simply underscore what we already know about war and hell and the depressing futility of it all. It's possible that Apocalyspe Now is not really about Vietnam at all, but is in fact a despairing commentary on the dissolution of contemporary American society; it's also possible that Apocalypse Now Redux, for all its epic scale and visceral power, ultimately fails to make the film's real message any clearer than before. Either way, it remains one of the greatest (anti-)war films ever made. On the DVD: Apocalypse Now Redux is self-recommending on DVD, especially with vividly remastered Dolby 5.1 sound (the whirling helicopter blades are dizzying) and an anamorphic widescreen picture. Disappointingly the disc contains no extra features other than a trailer for the Redux version. Coppola has provided excellent commentaries for his Godfather trilogy so it's a shame not to have his comments here; and the justly famous "Heart of Darkness" documentary is conspicuous by its absence, too. --Mark Walker

  • The Reader [Blu-ray] [2008] The Reader | Blu Ray | (25/05/2009) from £5.39  |  Saving you £19.60 (78.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Reader opens in WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from 'The Odessey' 'Huck Finn' and 'The Lady With The Little Dog.' Despite their intense bond Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. The Reader is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.

  • Zodiac - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [2007] Zodiac - Director's Cut | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  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.

  • Brick [Blu-ray] [2006] Brick | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009) from £9.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A prizewinner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for Originality of Vision Brick is Rian Johnson's debut feature as writer and director and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin) Lukas Haas (Last Days) and Emilie de Ravin (Lost). Brendan Frye is a loner someone who knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead he is determined to find the who and why and plunges into the dark and dangerous social strata of rich girl Laura intimidating Tug drug-addled Dode seductive Kara and the ominous Pin. But who can he really trust? Brick turns the American high-school genre on its head injecting hard boiled dialogue and a classic film noir style reminiscent of The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. An original absorbing mystery that will leave you spellbound.

  • The Counterfeiters [2007] The Counterfeiters | DVD | (26/12/2008) from £5.00  |  Saving you £0.74 (12.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon Sally Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards booze and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow). Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival he once again comes face to face with Herzog who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. The team which also includes detainee Adolf Burger (August Diehl) is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma Salomon must decide whether his actions which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners are ultimately the right ones.

  • Changeling [Blu-ray] [2008] Changeling | Blu Ray | (30/03/2009) from £8.29  |  Saving you £14.50 (58.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Clint Eastwood?s mastery as a director, established over the past decade and a half with Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, and others, continues with Changeling, a 2008 offering based on a shocking but all-too-true story about child abduction and police corruption in 1920s Los Angeles. Single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie, excellent in a role with somewhat limited parameters) finds her 9-year-old son, Walter, missing when she returns home from work one day. She files a report with the Los Angeles Police Department, an outfit that was wildly unpopular at the time (in his regular radio broadcast, a crusading pastor played by John Malkovich decries the force as "violent and corrupt," adding that "our protectors are our brutalisers"). When a child roughly matching Walter?s description turns up in Illinois five months later, the LAPD, intent on salvaging its tattered reputation, is only too eager to claim that he is Collins? missing child. Little matters that he?s three inches shorter, is circumcised (Walter wasn?t), and fails to pass muster with Walter?s dentist, schoolteacher, and others; the cops, in particular the odious Captain J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan), insist that the mistake is Christine?s, not theirs. What follows is almost too nightmarish to believe--except that it actually happened. Exasperated by Collins? continued claim that "Walter" is a fraud, they trot out a doctor to reinforce the bogus ID, declare her unfit as a mother, and finally have her committed to a local psychopathic ward. Through it all, Collins, bolstered by the pastor and thousands of outraged Angelenos, refuses to sign a document that would exonerate the police for their egregious error. As for Walter, it?s only when the LAPD?s seemingly only honest detective (Michael Kelly) takes matters into his own hands that the grisly mystery of the child?s fate begins to be solved. That would have been a good place for the film to conclude, too. Unfortunately, it goes on for more than another half hour, with innumerable false endings that add nothing to the story and could just as easily have been summarised with a few sentences before the final credits. That flaw aside (and it?s a major one), Changeling is a powerful film, with a realistic period feel, a wonderfully muted vibe and color palette, and an understated score by Eastwood himself. --Sam Graham

  • Gladiator [Blu-ray] Gladiator | Blu Ray | (07/09/2009) from £9.18  |  Saving you £7.98 (31.90%)  |  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 Edge Of Love [2008] The Edge Of Love | DVD | (27/10/2008) from £2.97  |  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.

  • Angel-A [Blu-ray] [2005] Angel-A | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £9.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (62.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first film directed by the iconic Luc Besson (Nikita Leon The Fifth Element The Big Blue) in seven years Angel-A is his most personal and beautiful yet and a love letter to his home town. Shot in black and white in an unforgettably picturesque Paris the film stars supermodel Rie Rasmussen who starred in Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale and Jamel Debbouze last seen in the smash hit Amelie. Renowned director of photography Thierry Arbogast joins Luc Besson in their fifth collaboration fifteen years since they first worked together on Nikita. Angel-A is a visually beautiful tale that begins when two strangers meet on a bridge in Paris one morning. Looking to escape his past Andre (Jamel Debbouze) accepts the help of the mysterious Angela (Rie Rasmussen) and sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life forever. Beautiful in its simplicity Angel-A is a striking supernatural love-story.

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