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  • Gone With The Wind Gone With The Wind | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £5.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (60.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Gone with the Wind is a sprawling mosaic of a picture, one of the best-loved and most successful in movie history, but also one of the most frustrating. Wonderfully epic in scope, the decline and fall of the antebellum South as seen through the eyes of feisty, independent and wilful heroine Scarlett O'Hara makes the first half of the picture an absolutely riveting spectacle. From the aristocratic old world of Tara to the horrors of Atlanta under siege, Gone with the Wind features any number of indelible scenes and images: the genteel girls taking an enforced siesta during the Twelve Oaks barbecue, a horrified Scarlett walking through the wounded, the flight from burning Atlanta, and Scarlett's moving pledge against a burnished sunset set to Max Steiner's glorious music score. But the second half shifts gear, the melodramatic quotient is upped yet further as tragedy piles upon tragedy, and despite its unwieldy length everything feels rushed. Add to that the central problem that the audience never really understands, why Scarlett could ever fall for weak-chinned Ashley in the first place, and the picture begins to unravel unsatisfactorily. Behind the scenes problems doubtless contributed, with directors coming and going, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable apparently barely able to stand the sight of each other, and producer David O Selznick's endless rewrites and interference. Nonetheless, this 1939 box-office smash remains one of Hollywood's finest achievements, an irresistible spectacle chock-full of the finest stars in the filmic firmament striking sparks off one another. They really don't make 'em like this anymore. On the DVD: No extra features on this DVD, which is a pity given the amount of material that must be available, but it has to be admitted this disc is worth the asking price simply to drink in the astonishing quality of the picture, sumptuously presented in its original 1.33:1 "Academy" ratio. The mono sound is vivid, too, showcasing Max Steiner's headily romantic score. --Mark Walker

  • Miss Potter [2006] Miss Potter | DVD | (23/04/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This biopic follows Beatrix Potter's rise to being the most successful children's author of all time. Despite delighting generations of children with her books she kept her own story locked carefully away. The film reveals how she developed her artistic and story-telling abilities from a young age and rebelled against the conventions of the time by refusing to marry for the sake of it. Her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit was a publishing phenomenon and led to a captivating romance with her publisher Norman Warne.

  • Brief Encounter [1945] Brief Encounter | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £4.69  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter.

  • Jane Eyre [DVD] Jane Eyre | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £4.09  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In a bold new feature version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) infuse a contemporary immediacy into Charlotte Bront's timeless, classic story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama, the heroine of which continues to inspire new generations of devoted readers and viewers.In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (played by Mia Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adle Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield's brooding master, Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). The imposing residence - and Rochester's own imposing nature - have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers' Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past...

  • Serendipity [DVD] [2001] Serendipity | DVD | (17/04/2011) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In one magical moment Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas meet unexpectedly and spend a romantic winter day together although both are involved with other people. At the end of the night Sara decides they must let fate determine if they are meant to be together and disappears without giving Jonathan a way of reaching her. Years later they are both engaged to others but cannot give up the dream that they will meet again. And so begins their journey to find one another worlds apart!

  • Merchant of Venice Merchant of Venice | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £4.23  |  Saving you £11.40 (71.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Rarely has The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare's most complex plays, looked as ravishingly sumptuous as in this adaptation, directed by Michael Radford (Il Postino). In a decadent version of renaissance Venice, a young nobleman named Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare in Love) seeks to woo the lovely Portia (Lynn Collins), but lacks the money to travel to her estate. He seeks support from his friend, the merchant Antonio (Jeremy Irons); Antonio's fortune is tied up in sea ventures, so the merchant offers to borrow money from a Jewish moneylender, Shylock (Al Pacino). But Shylock holds a grudge against Antonio, who has routinely treated the Jew with contempt, and demands that if the debt is not repaid in three months, the price will be a pound of Antonio's flesh. The Merchant of Venice is famous as a "problem play"--the gritty matters of moneylending and anti-Semitism sit uncomfortably beside the fairy tale elements of Portia and Bassanio's romance, and some twists of the plot can seem arbitrary or even cruel. The strength of Radford's intelligent and passionate interpretation is that he and the excellent cast invest the play's opposing facets with full emotional weight, thus making every question the play raises acute and inescapable. Irons is particularly compelling; kindness and blind prejudice sit side by side in his breast, rendering the clashes in his character as vivid as those in the play itself. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

  • Leap Year [DVD] [2010] Leap Year | DVD | (12/07/2010) from £6.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (68.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Anna Brady (Amy Adams) heads to Ireland to get her man. After years of waiting for the big question she follows boyfriend Matthew across the Atlantic to take advantage of the tradition that allows any women on February 29th to ask her man 'Will you marry me?' But will she make it before the day is over?

  • August Rush [2007] August Rush | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £4.31  |  Saving you £15.68 (78.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    August Rush tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell) who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square but are soon torn apart leaving in their wake an infant August Rush orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger (Robin Williams) August (Freddie Highmore) uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.

  • Nativity Story [2006] Nativity Story | DVD | (02/04/2007) from £3.89  |  Saving you £6.10 (61.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The Nativity Story chronicles the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph through a miraculous pregnancy to the history-defining birth of Jesus. This dramatic and compelling story comes to life in an epic motion picture starring Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary Oscar Isaac as Joseph and Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo as Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist.

  • Stardust (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [2007] Stardust (Special Edition) | Blu Ray | (01/02/2010) from £6.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (68.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jason Flemyng, Sarah Alexander, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, Peter O'Toole, Nathaniel ParkerDirector: Matthew Vaughn

  • Maid In Manhattan [2003] Maid In Manhattan | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £2.89  |  Saving you £16.84 (84.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the breezy Maid in Manhattan, a maid in a top-flight hotel (Jennifer Lopez) chances to dress in a guest's clothes just when a handsome political candidate (Ralph Fiennes) walks in. Naturally, he's bowled over and pursues her; he's initially drawn to her gorgeous good looks but soon comes to appreciate her honesty and common sense. Of course, she can't let him know that she's only a maid, and various high jinks ensue--it's all pretty formulaic, but lurking in the edges of this glossy, brainless romance are a wealth of sly turns by Natasha Richardson and Amy Sedaris (as callow socialites), Bob Hoskins (as a dignified butler), Stanley Tucci (as Fiennes' exasperated campaign manager), and many less familiar faces. All help to give Maid in Manhattan the life and texture that has been processed out of the main characters. --Bret Fetzer

  • Becoming Jane [2007] Becoming Jane | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £6.83  |  Saving you £13.16 (65.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Jane Austen lit up the world with her words wit and wisdom. But her life too was stoked by passion and romance. In Becoming Jane Anne Hathaway is Jane Austen a woman who believes in Love but is destined via her parents wishes to marry for money. But then Jane meets the dashing young Irishman Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy). His intellect and arrogance ignite Jane's curiosity and her world spins head over heels! In Becoming Jane a young lady on the first rung of literary greatness risks a romance that was to shape her life and her work!

  • The Artist [DVD] The Artist | DVD | (28/05/2012) from £2.74  |  Saving you £21.60 (86.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Artist is a love letter and homage to classic black-and-white silent films. The film is enormously likable and is anchored by a charming performance from Jean Dujardin, as silent movie star George Valentin. In late-1920s Hollywood, as Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he makes an intense connection with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. As one career declines, another flourishes, and by channeling elements of A Star Is Born and Singing in the Rain, The Artist tells the engaging story with humour, melodrama, romance, and--most importantly--silence. As wonderful as the performances by Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo (Miller) are, the real star of The Artist is cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman. Visually, the film is stunning. Crisp and beautifully contrasted, each frame is so wonderfully constructed that this sweet and unique little movie is transformed from entertaining fluff to a profound cinematic achievement. --Kira Canny

  • Spartacus Spartacus | DVD | (12/09/2005) from £4.19  |  Saving you £5.80 (58.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    They trained him to kill for their pleasure... But they trained him a little too well... Stanley Kubrick's film tells the tale of Spartacus the bold gladiator slave and Virinia the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of Imperial Rome at its glorious height. A classic inspirational true account of one man's struggle for freedom Spartacus combines history wi

  • William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream [1999] William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £5.30  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    By far the best thing about director Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream is the extraordinary all-star cast, which follows the precedent created by Kenneth Branagh's Italian-set romantic Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing (1993), of mixing major Hollywood stars--here Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer--with top British talent, in this instance Christian Bale, Rupert Everett, Roger Rees, David Strathairn and Dominic West. Kline makes a fine Nick Bottom, with Pfeiffer equally good as the fairy queen Titania and Everett brooding effectively as Oberon. Unfortunately, while both look ravishing, it is hard to tell which actress between Anna Friel (Brookside) and Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) gives the most wretched performance. Both are completely out of their depth the moment they begin to speak, and utterly outclassed by the excellent Sophie Marceau. Shot in Tuscany and set in the 19th century, parts of the film are extraordinarily beautiful, while other sections could have benefited from some judicious special effects magic. This is not a bad movie, but it is rather uninspired, lacking any real imaginative grasp of the play. In contrast, the much less well known and lower budget Royal Shakespeare Company version of 1996 positively revels in the fantastically surreal possibilities this timeless text. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Seabiscuit [2003] Seabiscuit | DVD | (23/02/2004) from £4.04  |  Saving you £13.70 (76.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Proving that truth is often greater than fiction, the handsome production of Seabiscuit offers a healthy alternative to Hollywood's staple diet of mayhem. With superior production values at his disposal, writer-director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is a bit too reverent towards Laura Hillenbrand's captivating bestseller, unnecessarily using archival material--and David McCullough's narration--to pay Ken-Burns-like tribute to Hillenbrand's acclaimed history of the knobbly-kneed thoroughbred who "came from behind" in the late 1930s to win the hearts of Depression-weary Americans. That caveat aside, Ross's adaptation retains much of the horse-and-human heroism that Hillenbrand so effectively conveyed; this is a classically styled "legend" movie like The Natural, which was also heightened by a lushly sentimental Randy Newman score. Led by Tobey Maguire as Seabiscuit's hard-luck jockey, the film's first-rate cast is uniformly excellent, including William H Macy as a wacky trackside announcer who fills this earnest film with a much-needed spirit of fun. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Lake House [2006] The Lake House | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £2.54  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    How do you hold on to someone you've never met? An independent-minded doctor (Sandra Bullock) who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident a frustrated architect (Keanu Reeves). When they discover that they're actually living two years apart they must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

  • The Abyss [1989] The Abyss | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (72.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In this thrilling underwater action-adventure from writer-director James Cameron a civilian oil-rig crew is recruited to conduct a search-and-rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver (Ed Harris) soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey over 25 000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it...

  • StreetDance (Standard DVD) StreetDance (Standard DVD) | DVD | (05/12/2011) from £3.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (78.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    When Carly (Nichola Burley) and her streetdance crew lose both their leader and their rehearsal space within a short space of time, hope arrives in the unlikely guise of a local ballet school. The school's headmistress, Helena (Charlotte Rampling), offers Carly the use of the school's rehearsal facilities in return for an injection of the streetdance intensity and passion that she finds lacking in her lacklustre classically-trained students. Cultures, egos, talents and temperaments clash as the worlds of streetdance and ballet collide.

  • Big Fish [2004] Big Fish | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After a string of mediocre movies, director Tim Burton regains his footing as he shifts from macabre fairy tales to southern tall tales. Big Fish twines in and out of the oversized stories of Edward Bloom, played as a young man by Ewan McGregor and as a dying father by Albert Finney. Edward's son Will (Billy Crudup) sits by his father's bedside but has little patience with the old man's fables, because he feels these stories have kept him from knowing who his father really is. Burton dives into Bloom's imagination with zest, sending the determined young man into haunted woods, an idealised southern town, a travelling circus and much more. The result is sweet but--thanks to the director's dark and clever sensibility--never saccharine. The film also features Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito and Steve Buscemi. --Bret Fetzer

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