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  • Breathe [Blu-ray] [2017] Breathe | Blu Ray | (26/02/2018) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Claire Foy (The Crown) star in this warm, funny and uplifting true story. BREATHE follows the life of Robin Cavendish (Garfield) and his wife Diana (Foy), an adventurous and determined couple who refuse to give up when Robin contracts polio and is given just months to live. Against all advice, Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together and with the help of Diana's hilarious twin brothers, both played by Tom Hollander, (The Night Manager) and the pioneering ideas of their friend and inventor Teddy Hall, (Hugh Bonneville, Paddington, Downton Abbey) they find a way to live a full and passionate life.

  • SERPICO (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) SERPICO (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/02/2014) from £8.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (46.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Sidney Lumet's 1973 crime drama Serpico remains one of the most influential cop movies - alongside Al Pacino's nuanced performance in a disturbing portrait of corruption and morality in the city that never sleeps. A plainclothes street patrolman Frank Serpico (Pacino) might be the best cop in New York but his unwillingness to play dirty and give into police corruption of drugs violence and kickbacks his colleagues indulge in every day. When he decides to expose those around him Frank finds himself a target not just to the city's criminals but his own peers. Shot on location and based on real events Serpico captures the grit of New York in a way no film has rivalled not just for it's toned down realism but also the bleakness Lumet portrays within his hometown city with brutal cynicism with frank immediacy. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Serpico for the first time on Blu-Ray in the UK. Special Features: Gorgeous Restored 1080p Transfer on the Film Original Theatrical Trailer Video Documentary Serpico: Reel to Real Video Documentary Inside Serpico Video Piece Serpico: Favourite Moments More to be Revealed Closer to Release! 36-Page Full-Colour Booklet Featuring: New and Exclusive Essay by Critic and Author of Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor - Karina Longworth Rare Archival Imagery

  • Get Out (4k UHD+ BD+ UV) [Blu-ray] [2017] Get Out (4k UHD+ BD+ UV) | Blu Ray | (18/09/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's cursed family estate. Bonus Features: Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele Deleted Scenes (Play All: Rose hypnosis, Extended Rutherford, Badminton, Sunken Place Deer, Detective Latoya Extended, Rod Arrival 1 Sex Slave, Rod Arrival 2 Don't Give Up on Love, Rod Arrival 3 White Girls, Rod Arrival 4 Cousin Single, Rod Arrival 5 Bathroom, Rod Arrival 6 Rose's Vote Click Images to Enlarge

  • Collateral Beauty [Blu-ray] [2016] Collateral Beauty | Blu Ray | (08/05/2017) from £8.39  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it's not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, the thought-provoking drama Collateral Beauty features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (Suicide Squad, Concussion), Edward Norton (Birdman or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Michael Peña (The Martian), Naomie Harris (Spectre), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) and Helen Mirren (The Queen, Trumbo).Click Images to Enlarge

  • Hope And Glory [Blu-ray] [1987] [Region A & B & C] Hope And Glory | Blu Ray | (30/10/2017) from £7.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    This winning 1987 epic written and directed by John Boorman (Deliverance, The General) serves as a picaresque and semi-autobiographical remembrance of a boy's coming of age during the Second World War. Exhibiting a defiant and humorous take on life during the London blitz, the family of the young boy at the center of the story (Sebastian Rice-Edwards) are a close-knit and resilient bunch, undeterred in the face of the war and revelling in each other's company even as they hide from the incessant bombing. To be sure, there are some poignant moments in this childhood reminiscence, such as when the boy's older sister (Sammi Davis) falls in love with a Canadian, becomes pregnant, and marries him, only to see him taken away by the military police. And the boy's mother (Sarah Miles) serves as a strong influence in the his life as she leads her family through this tumultuous time. The majestic sweep of the film is contrasted with so many comic moments as the people in town go about the mundane details of their daily lives yet also engage in the most absurd rituals in dealing with the onslaught of German artillery - from taking the air raids for granted to wearing gas masks at school. Boorman doesn't dwell on the horrors of war; instead he celebrates the richness and resilience of the people he remembers so fondly. An adventurous and nostalgic slice of life, Hope and Glory is a superb and memorable film. --Robert Lane

  • Magnificent Doll [Blu-ray] Magnificent Doll | Blu Ray | (19/02/2018) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Following her Best Actress Oscar win in 1940 for Kitty Foyle, Ginger Rogers was able to spend the next decade and beyond balancing dramatic roles with the lighter musical and comedy performances for which she had become known. The RKO films with Fred Astaire behind her, Rogers found herself in a position where she could appear in Tender Comrade, a black-and-white film about wives living on the home front, one year, and lavish Technicolor musical Lady in the Dark, the next. In 1946, she was cast by Frank Borzage (7th Heaven, Street Angel) as one of America's most beloved First Ladies, Dolley Payne Madison, in Magnificent Doll. Written by Irving Stone, whose popular biographical novels would inspire such films as Vincente Minnelli's Lust for Life and Carol Reed's The Agony and Ecstasy, Magnificent Doll traces Madison's journey to the White House from her youth in Virginia at the end of the Revolutionary War to the famed episode in which, during the Battle of Bladensburg, she refused the leave her exalted residence without a portrait of George Washington. In between she is wooed by two great men of American politics, Senator Aaron Burr (David Niven) and his colleague, James Madison (Burgess Meredith). Lavishly designed, Magnificent Doll boasts cinematography by five-time Academy Award nominee Joseph A. Valentine (Shadow of a Doubt), striking outfits by legendary costume designers Travis Banton (best known for his work on a number of Josef von Sternberg's pictures with Marlene Dietrich) and Vera West (whose credits include Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and other classic Universal horror pictures), and hats by the celebrated milliner and fashion designer Lilly Daché. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand new audio commentary by writers and film historians David Del Valle and Sloan De Forest Brand new visual essay by film critic and novelist Farran Nehme on the dramatic roles of Ginger Rogers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathalie Morris

  • Kes (1969) (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray Kes (1969) (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (07/11/2016) from £11.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (42.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This was only Ken Loach's second cinema feature but it still ranks as one of his finest and most moving films. Billy, a disaffected young lad living on a soulless Barnsley estate, finds a fledgling kestrel and, for the first time in his life, feels his imagination gripped. With infinite patience--and a book on falconry nicked from a local bookstore--he starts to train the bird. There's no boy-and-his-pet sentimentality here: the relationship between Kes the bird and the puny, taciturn Billy is the kinship, full of wary respect, between two wild creatures, and when Kes for the first time flies free and returns to Billy's wrist, the sense of exhilaration is overwhelming. Although Loach never rams his message home, it's clear that Billy stands for a whole generation of youngsters whose potential, barring some such chance event, will never be even fractionally realised. Chris Menges' photography brings out all the austere beauty of the Yorkshire locations, and Loach draws believable performances from his largely non-professional cast--especially the 14-year-old David Bradley, stunningly convincing as Billy. And anyone who has ever suffered under a bullying, self-satisfied sports teacher will squirm with recognition at the brilliant cameo from the late Brian Glover. --Philip Kemp

  • Murder On The Orient Express [Blu-ray] Murder On The Orient Express | Blu Ray | (23/10/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Just the name "Orient Express" conjures up images of a bygone era. Add an all-star cast (including Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Bacall, to name a few) and Agatha Christie's delicious plot and how can you go wrong? Particularly if you add in Albert Finney as Christie's delightfully pernickety sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Someone has knocked off nasty Richard Widmark on this train trip and, to Poirot's puzzlement, everyone seems to have a motive--just the set-up for a terrific whodunit. Though it seems like an ensemble film, director Sidney Lumet gives each of his stars their own solo and each makes the most of it. Bergman went so far as to win an Oscar for her role. But the real scene-stealer is the ever-reliable Finney as the eccentric detective who never misses a trick. --Marshall Fine

  • Silver Linings Playbook [Blu-ray] Silver Linings Playbook | Blu Ray | (01/04/2013) from £3.59  |  Saving you £21.40 (85.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    In lesser hands than director David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook could have been a typically cringe-inducing throwaway Hollywood rom-com. As it is, this unusual and deeply affecting story of crazy love is a bold observation about the joys and tragedy of life lived by deeply flawed characters facing triumph and adversity against a backdrop of painfully familiar family dysfunction. It's also a tremendous achievement in formal structure, with a flair for storytelling that's as moving as it is delightful. Bradley Cooper plays Pat, an until-recently undiagnosed bipolar person who's just home from a lengthy stay in a mental institution and doing his darnedest to get his head and his life back on track. His concerned parents, vividly embodied by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, have plenty of troubles of their own when they warily take him in and tiptoe around the eggshells of a psyche that still veers wildly from seeming self-control to scary bouts of mania. Pat has a plan to win back the unfaithful wife whose restraining order is still in force because of the violent episode that sent him away after he nearly killed her lover. Interjected into this wobbly family scenario is Tiffany, a friend of a friend who is embroiled in her own turmoil of mental instability following the recent death of her husband. Jennifer Lawrence is a charming revelation as Tiffany, flexing sensitive acting muscles that are as toned as her lithe form. She throws herself into the role of a depressed, promiscuous young woman who needs Pat in her life about as much as she needs another personal tornado to rip her apart. But the movie magically reveals that these two disturbed souls have a destiny that's never really in doubt; although the whirlwind turns the movie takes to get them there are often breathtaking. Russell liberally adapted the movie from Matthew Quick's 2008 novel, and he deftly imbues the story with a vibrant sense of place (suburban, blue-collar Philadelphia) and each character, no matter how tangential to Pat and Tiffany's journey, with quirks and nuances that brilliantly reveal their essence. The subject of mental illness has rarely been portrayed with such honesty and candid respect. Constantly keeping us off guard, Silver Linings Playbook soars from darkness to a kind of screwball comedy that is as tender and touching as it is unpredictable. There are several tour-de-force moments that Russell constructs with the surest hand of direction, dialogue, and the talents of his cast. A key scene unfolds in a small living room where eight people are crammed together, each adding important pieces to the whole, and which thrums with a masterfully rhythmic pace. Another sequence follows the buildup to one of Pat's manic outbursts with a dizzying and increasingly stressful manifestation of the madness careening around in his head. It seems hard to believe that a love story with real humour, real pain, and genuine resonance that gets from point A to point B--it begins with a lone figure mumbling to himself and ends with a jubilantly staged ballroom dance--can succeed with so few missteps. But Silver Linings Playbook turns it all into an absorbing reality wherein life stumbles heartwarmingly toward what real love is all about. --Ted Fry

  • Boomerang! (Masters of Cinema) (DUAL FORMAT Edition) [Blu-ray] Boomerang! (Masters of Cinema) (DUAL FORMAT Edition) | Blu Ray | (26/05/2014) from £8.75  |  Saving you £9.24 (51.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    One of the early films by Method Actor's director Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire On the Waterfront) Boomerang! also marked one of the early American Hollywood entries into the Cannes Film Festival in 1947. Kazan's impactful noir drama stars a cast of stalwarts of the '40s and '50s hard-boiled streak and his own oeuvre including Dana Andrews Lee J. Cobb Jane Wyatt Arthur Kennedy and Karl Malden. When the murder of a piece results in a botched police investigation prosecutor Henry Harvey (Dana Andrews) leads an effort to bring the murderer to justice. Once blackmail creeps into the investigation all bets on an unclouded trial are off resulting in an explosive finale that remains one of the toughest in Kazan's work. With its documentary-like treatment of the procedural and generally authentic portrayal of an exurban Connecticut town Kazan's film was a success at the time of its release and garnered awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of review for Kazan's direction. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Boomerang! for the first time anywhere on Blu-ray in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition. Special Features: Gorgeous 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray with a progressive encode on the DVD More on-disc extras to be announced closer to release! 36 page booklet with a new essay vintage interview material and more!

  • Sideways [Blu-ray] [2004] Sideways | Blu Ray | (04/03/2013) from £6.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Now even more intoxicating on Blu-ray, this breathlessly funny comedy stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church as Miles and Jack, old college buddies who take a wine-tasting road trip through California's famed central coast to celebrate Jack's upcoming nuptials. But Miles' desire to savour the regions’ wines suddenly takes a back seat to Jack's desire to sample its women! Co-starring Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen, Sideways has it all: inspired direction... bracing wit and emotional gravity - (Rolling Stone)!

  • The Color Of Money [Blu-ray] The Color Of Money | Blu Ray | (09/05/2016) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Martin Scorcese handles directing duties in this 1986 sequel to the classic 1961 film The Hustler, which marks the return of Paul Newman to the role of pool shark Fast Eddie Felson. Anxious to break into the big time again, Eddie finds a talented protégé (Tom Cruise) to groom; but with the addition of the latter's manipulative girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and the wild streak in Cruise's character, the trio make for a fascinating portrait in group psychology. The cast is brilliant, the script by Richard Price (Clockers) is a paragon of tightly controlled character study and drama (at least in the film's first half), and Scorcese and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus make an ornate show of the collision and flight of pool balls through space--something of a metaphor for the dynamics among the three principals. The film is generally regarded as weaker in its second half, and rightly so, as everything that was interesting in the first place disappears. Still, Newman won a deserved Oscar for his performance. --Tom Keogh

  • Ship of Fools - Limited Edition Blu Ray [Blu-ray] Ship of Fools - Limited Edition Blu Ray | Blu Ray | (26/02/2018) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

  • Harrison Ford Collection [Blu-ray] Harrison Ford Collection | Blu Ray | (02/11/2015) from £19.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    42 The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. 42 will star Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford ( Witness ) as the innovative Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and and Chadwick Boseman ( The Express ) as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues. Firewall Firewall stars Harrison Ford as a bank security expert Jack Stanfield, whose specialty is designing infallible theft-proof financial computer systems. But there's a hidden vulnerability in the system he didn't account for - himself. When a ruthless criminal mastermind (Paul Bettany) kidnaps his family, Jack is forced to find a flaw in his sstem and steal $100 million. With the lives of his wife and children at stake and under constant surveillance, he has only hours to find a loophole in the thief's own impenetrable system of subterfuge and false identities to beat him at his own game. Frantic Harrison Ford and filmmaker Roman Polanski count thrillers among their best work. Frantic teams, USA Today's Mike Clark wrote, an imaginatively cast superstar and the greatest living suspernse director in fine form. Ford plays an American doctor whose wife (Betty Buckley) suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling wed of language, locale, liassez-faire cops, tripilcate-form bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif (Emmanuelle Seigner) who knows more than she tells. It is the spirit of Hitchcock that reigns here (Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times). And the consummate skill of Polanksi and Ford that's on dazzling display. Presumed Innocent Presumed Innocent is a suspenseful whodunit, a sexy thriller, a powerful courtroom and a dazzling vehicle for Harrison Ford. He plays a deputy prosecutor engaged in an obsessive affair with a coworker who is murdered. Soon after, he's accused of the crime. And his fight to clear his name becomes a whirlpool of lies and hidden passions. The Fugitive The chase is on.. and as exhilarating as ever! For Dr. Richard Kinble (Harrison Ford), a wrongfully convicted fugitive, the trail leads toward the one-armed man he believes murdered his wife. For U.S marshal Sam Gerad (Academy Award Winner Tommy Lee Jones), the hunt will end with the capture of escaped prisoner Kimble. Filled with tension, twists and an unforgettable train wreck, this criticaly acclaimed thriller remains one of the greatest cat-and-mouse pursuits of all time.

  • Le Corbeau [Blu-ray] [2017] Le Corbeau | Blu Ray | (05/03/2018) from £16.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A veritable masterpiece of French cinema, Henri-Georges Clouzot's (The Wages of Fear, Les Diaboliques) Le Corbeau is a dark and subversive study of human nature starring Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St. Robin when a series of poison-pen letters signed Le Corbeau (The Raven) appear, denouncing several prominent members of society. Starting with the village doctor, the slow trickle of sinister letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from their mysterious accusations. Condemned by the political left and right and the church upon its release in 1943, Clouzot was banned from filmmaking for two years after making the film. This Classic noir is essential viewing from the director often dubbed the French Hitchcock. Features: The Cursed MasterPiece Of Henri Georges Clouzot

  • The Last Detail [Dual Format] [Blu-ray] The Last Detail | Blu Ray | (27/02/2017) from £15.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Last Detail nearly didn't get a release. Columbia, for whom it was made, was alarmed by the movie's barrage of profanity and resented the unorthodox working style of its director, Hal Ashby, who loathed producers and made no secret of it. Only when the film picked up a Best Actor Award for Jack Nicholson at Cannes did the studio reluctantly grant it a release--with minimal promotion--to widespread critical acclaim. Nicholson, in one of his best roles, plays "Bad-ass" Buddusky, a naval petty officer detailed, along with his black colleague "Mule" Mulhall (Otis Young), to escort an offender from Virginia to the harsh naval prison at Portsmouth, NH. The miscreant is a naïve youngster, Meadows (Randy Quaid), who's been given eight years for stealing $40 from his CO's wife's favourite charity. The escorts, at first cynically detached, soon start feeling sorry for Meadows and decide to show him a good time in his last few days of freedom. Ashby, a true son of 60s counterculture, avidly abets the anti-authoritarian tone of Robert Towne's script. Meadows is a sad victim of the system--but so too are Buddusky and Mulhall, as they gradually come to realise. A lot of the film is very funny. Nicholson gets to do one of his classic psychotic outbursts--"I am the fucking shore patrol!"--and there are some pungent scenes of male bonding pushed to the verge of desperation. But the overall tone is melancholy, pointed up by the jaunty military marches on the soundtrack. Shot amid bleak, wintry landscapes, in buses and trains and grey urban streets, The Last Detail is a film of constant, compulsive movement going nowhere--a powerful, finely acted study of institutional claustrophobia. On the DVD: The Last Detail disc doesn't have much in the way of extras. There are abbreviated filmographies for Ashby, Nicholson and Quaid (though not for Young) and a trailer for A Few Good Men (1992). The mono sound comes up well in Dolby Digital, and the transfer preserves DoP Michael Chapman's subtle, subfusc palette and the 1.85:1 ratio of the original. --Philip Kemp

  • Hard Times (1975) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition Hard Times (1975) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition | Blu Ray | (24/04/2017) from £12.96  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Walter Hill's colourful directorial debut has quite a cult following for its toughness and violence, and it may well be his best film. Charles Bronson plays a silent street fighter in 1930s New Orleans, managed by the cool James Coburn. Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, and Michael McGuire co-star in this spare existential Depression dirge. It owes a lot to its noir origins that Hill adores so much, yet there's something very fresh and vital about its subject and approach. That's really what made so many of these films from the '70s so endearing. A bonus is the love and affection displayed by the real-life husband and wife team of Bronson and Ireland. --Bill Desowitz

  • Sing Street [Blu-ray] [2016] Sing Street | Blu Ray | (08/08/2016) from £8.95  |  Saving you £16.04 (64.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and über-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he's promised calling himself Cosmo and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ?80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Combining Carney's trademark warmth and humour with a punk rock edge, and featuring a memorable soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis, SING STREET is an electrifying coming-of-age film that will resonate with music fans across the board.

  • Magnolia [Blu-ray] [2015] Magnolia | Blu Ray | (29/06/2015) from £8.69  |  Saving you £9.30 (51.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A handful of people in California's San Fernando Valley are having one hell of a day. TV mogul Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) is on his deathbed and his trophy wife (Julianne Moore) is stockpiling tranquilliser prescriptions all over town with alarming determination. Earl's nurse (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is trying desperately to get in touch with Earl's only son, sex-guru Frank TJ Mackey (Tom Cruise), who's about to have his carefully constructed past blown by a TV reporter (April Grace). Whiz kid Stanley (Jeremy Blackman) is being goaded by his selfish dad into breaking the record for the game show What Do Kids Know? Meanwhile, Stanley's predecessor, the grown-up quiz kid Donnie Smith (William H. Macy) has lost his job and is nursing a severe case of unrequited love. And the host of What Do Kids Know?, the affable Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall), like Earl, is dying of cancer, and his attempt to reconcile with his cokehead daughter (Melora Walters) fails miserably. She, meanwhile, is running hot and cold with a cop (John C. Reilly) who would love to date her, if she can sit still for long enough. And over it all, a foreboding sky threatens to pour something more than just rain. This third feature from Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) is a maddening, magnificent piece of film-making, and an ensemble film to rank with the best of Robert Altman (Short Cuts, Nashville)--every little piece of the film means something, solidly placed for a reason. Deftly juggling a breathtaking ensemble of actors, Anderson crafts a tale of neglectful parents, resentful children, and love-starved souls that's amazing in scope, both thematically and emotionally. Part of the charge of Magnolia is seeing exactly how many characters Anderson can juggle, and can he keep all those balls in the air (indeed he can, even if it means throwing frogs into the mix). And it's been far too long since we've seen a film-maker whose love of making movies is so purely joyful. This electric energy is reflected in the actors, from Cruise's revelatory performance to Reilly's quietly powerful turn as the moral centre of the story. While at three hours it's definitely not suited to everyone's taste, Magnolia is a compelling, heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful meditation on the accidents of chance that make up our lives. The soundtrack features eight wonderful songs by Aimee Mann, including "Save Me", around which Anderson built the script. --Mark Englehart

  • Ran (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [2016] Ran (Digitally Restored) | Blu Ray | (02/05/2016) from £10.48  |  Saving you £12.51 (54.40%)  |  RRP £22.99

    One of the most important and influential film makers in cinematic history, Akira Kursawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. His final masterpiece, RAN has been beautifully restored in 4k for the first time. A reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear set in feudal Japan, Ran tells the story of Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsya Nakadai Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an aging warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his Kingdom amongst his three sons Taro (Akira Terao - Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu - Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father's plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and when his servant Tango comes to Saburo's defense, he banishes both of them. This allows Taro and Jiro to take charge, unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle for the absolute power of the warlord.

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