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  • Late Mizoguchi LTD EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET (Masters of Cinema) (BLU-RAY) Late Mizoguchi LTD EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET (Masters of Cinema) (BLU-RAY) | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013) from £49.24  |  Saving you £7.03 (11.90%)  |  RRP £58.99

    Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales of The Rain And Moon) (Aka: Ugetsu)Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari is a highly acclaimed masterwork of Japanese cinema. Based on a pair of 18th century ghost stories by Ueda Akinari the film's release continued Mizoguchi's introduction to the West where it was nominated for an Oscar and won the Venice Film Festival's Silver Lion award (for Best Direction). In 16th century Japan amidst the pandemonium of civil war potter Genjuro (Mori Masayuki) and samurai-aspirant Tobei (Ozawa Sakae) set out with their wives in search of wealth and military glory respectively. Two parallel tales ensue when the men are lured from their wives: Genjuro by the ghostly charm of Lady Wakasa (Kyo Machiko); Tobei by the dream of military glory. Oyu Sama (Lady Oyu) (Aka: Miss Oyu)Mizoguchi's Oyu-sama (Miss Oyu) is a poignant and contemplative tale of two sisters and their ill-fated relationship with the same man. At the core is Mizoguchi-regular Tanaka Kinuyo (who also stars in Ugetsu Monogatari) as the eponymous Oyu the older sister who allows marital customs to dictate the lives of those caught up in this complex love triangle. Continuing the director's fascination with the relationship between affairs of the heart and the social mores that shape and sometimes destroy them Mizoguchi transforms his subject matter into the realm of the transcendental through the use of long mobile shots - an approach that reaches its apotheosis in a take of almost six minutes - infused with humanity and emotion. Sansho Dayu (Sansho the Steward) (Aka: Sansho The Bailiff)Based on an ancient legend as recounted by celebrated author Mori Ogai (in his short story of the same name written in 1915) and adapted by Mizoguchi Sansho Dayu (Sansho the Steward aka Sansho the Bailiff) is both distinctively Japanese and as deeply affecting as a Greek tragedy. Described in its opening title as one of the oldest and most tragic in Japan's history Mizoguchi depicts an unforgettably sad story of social injustice family love and personal sacrifice - all conveyed with exquisite tone and purity of emotion. Set in Heian era (11th century) Japan it follows an aristocratic woman Tamaki (played by Tanaka Kinuyo who also stars in Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari) and her two children Zushio (Hanayagi Yoshiaki) and Anju (Kagawa Kyoko) who are separated by feudal tyranny from Tamaki's husband. When the children are kidnapped and sold into slavery to the eponymous Sansho (Shindo Eitaro) the lives of each of the family members follow very different paths - each course uniquely and insufferably tragic. Gion Bayashi (Gion Festival Music) (Aka: A Geisha)Gion Bayashi is a drama set in the world of the courtesan contrasting two different types of geisha - on one hand Eiko (Wakao Ayako) a sixteen-year old orphan who wishes to be taken in and trained; on the other Miyoharu (Kogure Michiyo) an older more experienced geisha who agrees to mentor the younger woman - living under the same roof in difficult personal circumstances. A fascinating subtle insight into the lives of these women in 1950s Japan. Chikamatsu Monogatari (A Tale from Chikamatsu) (Aka: The Crucified Lovers)Based on a centuries old tale with roots in real events Chikamatsu monogatari (A Tale From Chikamatsu aka The Crucified Lovers) tells the hauntingly tragic story of a forbidden love affair between a merchant's wife Osan (Kyoko Kagawa) and her husband's employee Mohei (Kazuo Hasegawa) in an era when the punishment for adultery was crucifixion. When a series of innocent events lead to the false accusation of an affair the pair are forced to flee an almost certain death sentence. On the run the outlaw couple grow closer together drawn inexorably towards the romantic crime of which they are accused. In the hands of Mizoguchi Chikamatsu Mmnogatari depicts two people caught up in a constricted world where true love and social obligation are at odds. His portrayal of the lovers' dilemma lead famed director Akira Kurosawa to describe the film as 'a great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi.' Uwasa No Onna (The Woman in The Rumour)Released the same year as Chikamatsu monogatari Uwasa no onna (The Woman in the Rumour) offers a contrasting portrait of attitudes and mores concerning love and relationships. Set in a modern Kyoto geisha house the eponymous woman in the rumour is Hatsuko (Kinuyo Tanaka star of countless Mizoguchi films including The Life of Oharu in her last role for the director with whom she was often romantically linked) madame of her own geisha house. When Hatsuko ends up pursuing the same man as her daughter Yukiko (Yoshiko Kuga) both women are forced to confront their attitudes towards each other and the family business. Akasen Chitai (Red-Light District) (Aka: Street of Shame)Akasen chitai (Red Light District aka Street of Shame) - sadly the very last film by Kenji Mizoguchi - presents a vivid portrait of prostitution in 1950s Japan. In a Tokyo brothel named Dreamland - an obvious irony given the faded hopes of those who work there - the lives of five prostitutes intersect. Each has a very different story for how they entered the profession but what they share is the struggle to make sense of the red light district and its cycle of exploitation. Filmed shortly before the Japanese government's introduction of an anti-prostitution bill Akasen chitai is a compelling study of women torn between financial necessity and questions of conscience. It was nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and inspired French critic Jean Douchet to proclaim: 'For me along with Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux and Renoir's La Règle du jeu the greatest film in the history of cinema'. Yôkihi (Imperial Concubine Yang) (aka: The Princess Yang Kwei-Fei) Set many centuries ago Yôkihi (Imperial Concubine Yang aka The Princess Yang Kwei-fei) recounts the Chinese legend referred to in its title. In eighth-century T'ang China widowed Emperor Hsüan-tsung (Masayuki Mori) reigns alone devoting his life to the composition of music. When he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman (Machiko Kyô) who will become his imperial concubine a tale of political intrigue and rival dynasties is set in motion with ultimately tragic consequences.Sumptuously filmed in vibrant colour Yôkihi is the most ancient of Mizoguchi's costume dramas yet its central themes of passion sorrow and the conflict between love and power remain timeless - it was also nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice. Special Features: High-definition 1080p transfers of all eight films Optional English subtitles Tony Rayns video discussions on each of the eight films Original trailers Approximately 200 illustrated pages of booklet material compiled together The first time Chikamatsu monogatari Uwasa no onna Akasen chitai and Yôkihi have appeared on Blu-ray anywhere in the world Limited edition run of only 2000 copies

  • Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Definitive Collection (Series 1-13) [DVD] Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Definitive Collection (Series 1-13) | DVD | (18/11/2013) from £76.79  |  Saving you £33.20 (30.20%)  |  RRP £109.99

  • Werner Herzog Collection (7-disc Blu-ray Box Set) Werner Herzog Collection (7-disc Blu-ray Box Set) | Blu Ray | (21/07/2014) from £55.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Werner Herzog Collection - an extensive DVD box set compiling 18 films from the legendary German director. Features digitally remastered presentations of classics such as Aguirre Wrath of God (1972); The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974); Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Fitzcarraldo (1982) plus many of Herzog's hugely acclaimed short films. Extras include Jack Bond's long-unseen South Bank Show on Herzog from 1982 and Les Blank's Burden of Dreams. Contents: The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967) Last Words (1968) Precautions Against Fanatics (1969) Fata Morgana (1971) Handicapped Future (1971) Aguirre Wrath of God (1972) Land Of Silence and Darkness (1971) Stroszek (1977) The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) Heart of Glass (1976) How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1978) Woyzeck (1979) Nosferatu (1979) Fitzcarraldo (1982) Huie's Sermon (1983) God's Angry Man (1983) Cobre Verde (1987) Special Features: All Films Digitally Remastered to High Definition Alternative German and English version of Nosferatu the Vampyre Nosferatu - On set documentary (1979 13 mins) Burden of Dreams (1982 93 mins) South Bank Show: Werner Herzog (Jack Bond 1982 50 mins) Illustrated Booklet with Extensive Essay by Laurie Johnson; Full Film Credits

  • Gurren Lagann - Ultimate Edition (Blu-Ray) Gurren Lagann - Ultimate Edition (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014) from £94.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    From the director Kill la Kill Hiroyuki Imaishi comes the cult classic tale that kicks reason to the kerb in an action packed adventure! Simon and Kamina live in an underground village unaware of the world above. But when mecha titled Gunmen and a beautiful woman called Yoko carrying a superconducting rifle appear - their lives take an interesting spin. Escaping the village and thrown onto the surface this trio embark on an epic and dangerous journey that will take them further than they ever imagined right into the heavens above! Ultimate edition - Limited quantity produced every edition numbered and rigid packaging and an exclusive artbook! Contains the entire Gurren Lagann universe on Blu-Ray - the TV series films parallel works and a slew of extras too - you don't want to miss it! Special Features: Parallel Works OVA Ep.5.5 'My Gurren is Shiny!!' (Included in DS Game Soft 'Gurren Lagann') Test Animation Footage TV Textless Openings and Endings

  • Fullmetal Alchemist Season One Part Two [DVD] [2004] Fullmetal Alchemist Season One Part Two | DVD | (20/04/2009) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £29.99

    What are you willing to sacrifice? Weary of limb and sore if heart the Elric brothers return to the village of their childhood after four long years. And despite much needed automail care this homecoming proves bittersweet as the boys sift through the ashes of their innocence. But as Ed refocuses on the future where a startling secret waits to be uncovered Al begins to worry about his loss of the past... While memories fade shocking information about the true nature of the Philosopher's Stone is revealed. And the deeper Ed digs the bloodier that truth becomes. How are the brothers to reconcile their desperate desire to reconstruct ruined bodies against this knowledge of the stone's gruesome cost? Deep within this confines of a secret State laboratory. Ed's morality will be put to the ultimate test even as elsewhere Al is left to battle for his life and sanity both. As rumours of military corruption and conspiracy draw others into the investigation those closest to the Elrics look to suffer the most. Episodes Comprise: 1. House Of The Waiting Family 2. Marcoh's Notes 3. The Truth Behind Truths 4. Soul Of The Guardian 5. The Red Glow 6. Created Human 7. Heart Of Steel (Fullmetal Heart) 8. Bonding Memories 9. Words Of Farewell 10. Her Reason 11. Teacher

  • Norman McLaren Collection Norman McLaren Collection | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £86.99  |  Saving you £-12.00 (-16.00%)  |  RRP £74.99

    Norman McLaren is a giant in the history of the art of animation and his work forms a coherent and extraordinary body of work influencing and inspiring artists animators and filmmakers from Picasso and Truffaut to Lucas and Linklater. For the first time his work has been collected to form a definitive seven DVD Masters Edition box set. To illustrate his creative process and sources of inspiration the set includes numerous tests unfinished films and fifteen original thematic documentaries that show the artist in a new light. The restorative process was undertaken with the highest care and sensitivity to remain faithful to the originals whilst also digitally enhancing colour and sound. The Norman McLaren Masters Edition features all his surviving works including the Oscar winning Neighbours (1952) and the BAFTA winning Pas De Deux.

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Premium Collection Neon Genesis Evangelion Premium Collection | DVD | (20/11/2006) from £89.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (10.00%)  |  RRP £99.99

    God's In His Heaven. All's Right With The World. Digitally remastered by Studio Gainax from all the available original elements every episode has been rebuilt from the ground up with shots restored scenes completed sound elements rescued and a brand-new 5.1 mix added - even additional dialogue has been recorded! This is the vision of Evangelion that Gainax and Hideaki Anno would have shown on TV if they had been able to - to call only a few episodes ""Directors' Cuts"" is something of a misnomer as every episode is different in one way or another from the versions that aired on Japanese TV. The European edition of the Complete Collection is the only genuinely complete Collection in the world for Evangelion Platinum as it includes every available extra right down to the booklet materials translated from the original Japanese Renewal Set's folded paper inserts. Moreover it's also wrapped in Exclusive Deluxe Packaging a creative vision of simplicity and beauty that befits such a ground-breaking and hugely-influential anime series. Collection 0.1: The year is 2015. As the remnants of the human race cower in subterranean cities a deadly war is being waged for what is left of the planet. On one side are the mysterious beings known only as the Angels; on the other the secret agency NERV with mankind's last hope the awe-inspiring Evangelions. Collection 0.2: The Evangelion is the most powerful combat weapon ever conceived of by man but at the core of each Eva is a single young human pilot. As the raids by the mysterious Angels increase Shinji Ikari the pilot of Eva Unit 01 is joined on the frontlines of the battle by two young female pilots the enigmatic Rei Ayanami and the caustic Asuka Langley Sohryu. Collection 0.3: It's triple jeopardy as the Angels continue to attack and the forces of NERV are finding themselves sorely pressed to find new ways to combat the alien invaders. Facing a new Angel with the ability to instantly replicate itself poses problems enough but when an unborn Angel is found incubating inside an active volcano the decision is made to meet the devil in its lair! Collection 0.4: The war for the fate of mankind shifts to a new field of battle as a promotion for Misato sparks an introspective review of the events behind her early recruitment into NERV. Against the background of an attack by the largest Angel yet both Shinji and Misato must come to grips with their feelings for their respective fathers while still trying to save Earth from total destruction! Collection 0.5: Betrayals and revelations erupt across NERV as Kaji's allegiance to an outside authority becomes apparent. Shinji's faltering abilities become deadly when a new Angel attacks and absorbs Unit 01! Collection 0.6: The first test of the new Eva turns into a disaster as the giant bio-humanoid goes insane and proceeds to run amok! When the combined efforts of Asuka and Rei fail to stop the berserk monster Shinji must face it alone in Unit 01. Collection 0.7: The secret workings of NERV begin to come clear as SEELE mercilessly interrogates NERV's key personnel in a ruthless bid to uncover Gendo Ikari's real agenda! A complex triple-cross leaves the fate of mankind hanging in the balance as the Evangelions must once again defend the Earth. Collection 0.8 In the deadly calm of the aftermath the sudden and unexpected arrival of the Fifth Child hits like a hurricane leaving Shinji at the eye of a whirlwind of activity as he finds a kindred soul in the unearthly Nagisa Kaoru...

  • Gundam Wing Complete Remastered Edition Gundam Wing Complete Remastered Edition | DVD | (08/12/2008) from £89.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (10.00%)  |  RRP £99.99

    The Earth became too small resources were vanishing and it was time to seek new places to prosper. Therefore many emigrants left the blue planet to start a new life in the space colonies.The year is After Colony 195 the United Earth Sphere Alliance develops its military power in order to expand its harsh rule over the colonies.To counter the Alliance's imperialism a group of rebels launch Operation Meteor: they send to Earth five secret mobile suits. Aboard them five very gifted young pilots are ready to sacrifice their very lives in order to free the citizens of the colonies

  • Chobits [Box Set] Chobits | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £49.99

    A country boy from Hokkaido Hideki arrives in the big city (Tokyo) to go to college. Instantly he is shocked and amazed by the variety and prevalence of Persocoms: personal computers designed to look and act like animals or even people! Too poor to afford one of his own Hideki is overjoyed to discover a discarded Persocom in a trash heap. However this gift of fate turns into a mystery as his Persocom Chi appears to be able to operate without her OS... How real is real? Includes all 24 epidodes

  • Der Ring Des Nibelungen (De Billy) [Complete Box Set 11dvd] Der Ring Des Nibelungen (De Billy) | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £69.04  |  Saving you £28.95 (29.50%)  |  RRP £97.99

    Der Ring Des Nibelungen (De Billy): Complete Box Set (11 Discs]

  • Gad Guard - Complete Collection Gad Guard - Complete Collection | DVD | (19/02/2007) from £49.29  |  Saving you £6.00 (10.00%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Many people have searched for it many have stolen it and many will kill for it. The Gad is a seemingly magical stone which once making a strong spiritual connection with someone will grow into a very powerful robot known as a Techode -- a mechanical being that embodies the will of the bonded person. This is the story of Hajiki Sanada a boy struggling to help support his fatherless family in an electricity-impoverished city known as Night Town. One day he encounters the Gad and a special bond is formed. Now his life will never be the same...

  • Various Artists - 80s Sensation Various Artists - 80s Sensation | DVD | (21/03/2006) from £100.00  |  Saving you £-94.01 (-1,569.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Track Listing: 1.Introduction 2.Flash For Fantasy - Billy Idol 3.Drive - The Cars 4.Only When You Leave - Spandau Ballet 5.Ice Cream Castles - The Time 6.People Are People - Depeche Mode 7.The Caterpillar - The Cure 8.Stay Up Late - Talking Heads 9.You Look Good To Me - Cherrelle 10.This World - Dream Academy 11.Reflex - Duran Duran 12.With All My Mights - The Sparks 13.I Send A Message - INXS 14.Some Like It Hot - Power Station 15.Why - Bronski Beat 16.The Edge Of Heaven - Wham 17.Don't Stop The dance - Bryan Ferry 18.Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood 19.Wouldn't It Be Good - Nick Kershaw 20.Mistake No. 3 - Culture Club 21.West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys 22.Roaring Rhythm - 80's Formation

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