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The Reader | Blu Ray | (25/05/2009)
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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.
I'm A Cyborg | Blu Ray | (26/05/2008)
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I'm A Cyborg the latest film from the Korean director Park Chan-wook is a madcap fantasy screwball romance. Young-goon is admitted to a mental institution believing herself a cyborg she charges herself with a transistor radio. Il-soon a fellow inmate steals the other inmates' personality traits and believes he is fading and will one day turn into a dot. When Young-goon refuses to eat Il-soon decides it's his job to get her on her feet again. This charming tender and visually arresting film cements Park Chanwook's reputation as one of the most gifted and playful filmmakers working today. An offbeat romantic comedy I'm A Cyborg is a touching and highly inventive film from one of Korea's best known director's Park Chan-wook. This charming tender visually arresting film won the Alfred Bauer Prize for a work of particular innovation at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.
Seven Pounds | Blu Ray | (25/05/2009)
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From Gabriele Muccino the Director of The Pursuit Of Happyness comes Seven Pounds. Will Smith stars as Ben an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson) a beautiful woman with a heart condition he falls in love with her thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben.
Casino | Blu Ray | (24/11/2008)
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Director Martin Scorsese reunites with members of his GoodFellas gang (writer Nicholas Pileggi; actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent) for a three-hour epic about the rise and fall of mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a character based on real-life gangster Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. (It's modeled after on Wiseguy and GoodFellas and Pileggi's true crime book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas.) Through Rothstein, the picture tells the story of how the Mafia seized, and finally lost control of, Las Vegas gambling. The first hour plays like a fascinating documentary, intricately detailing the inner workings of Vegas casinos. Sharon Stone is the stand out among the actors; she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her role as the voracious Ginger, the glitzy call girl who becomes Rothstein's wife. The film is not as fast paced or gripping as Scorsese's earlier gangster pictures (Mean Streets and GoodFellas), but it's still absorbing. And, hey--it's Scorsese! --Jim Emerson
The Motorcycle Diaries | Blu Ray | (16/06/2009)
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In 1952 a young medical student and a biochemist from Argentina set off on a road trip across South America. As they straddled their beaten up motorcycle the men talked in awed tones of the sights they were about to experience. The record of their trip may have disappeared into the ether if one of the riders departing on that fateful day hadn't been the future insurrectionary figurehead of the Cuban revolution Ernesto Che Guevara (played here by Gael Garcia Bernal). The young Che's companion on the trip was his best friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) with their simple goals being to enjoy themselves and meet some girls along the way. As the trip unfolds at the behest of their spluttering motorcycle the boys discover more about themselves than they ever imagined possible. Ernesto clings tightly to his ideals throughout and delights in the opportunity to put them into practice. His refusal to spend the provided by his girlfriend Chichina Ferreyra (Mia Maestro) constantly angers his travelling companion as the two succumb to pangs of hunger. Ernesto's charitable nature comes to the fore when he reveals that he gave the money to a pair of out-of-work illegal immigrants. The trip winds down as the friends offer their medical expertise to a leper colony in Peru with the duo's youthful folly acquiescing to adulthood and the dawning realization of where they should head in life.
Australia | Blu Ray | (27/04/2009)
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Australia is the new film from director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge Romeo And Juliet) and stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Australia centers on an English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land only to still face the bombing of Darwin Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.
The Battle of Algiers | Blu Ray | (09/07/2012)
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Director Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 movie The Battle of Algiers concerns the violent struggle in the late 1950s for Algerian independence from France, where the film was banned on its release for fear of creating civil disturbances. Certainly, the heady, insurrectionary mood of the film, enhanced by a relentlessly pulsating Ennio Morricone soundtrack, makes for an emotionally high temperature throughout. With the advent of the "war against terror" in recent years, the film's relevance has only intensified. Shot in a gripping, quasi-documentary style, The Battle of Algiers uses a cast of untrained actors coupled with a stern voiceover. Initially, the film focuses on the conversion of young hoodlum Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag) to FLN (the Algerian Liberation Front.) However, as a sequence of outrages and violent counter-terrorist measures ensue, it becomes clear that, as in Eisenstein's October, it is the Revolution itself that is the true star of the film. Pontecorvo balances cinematic tension with grimly acute political insight. He also manages an even-handedness in depicting the adversaries. He doesn't flinch from demonstrating the civilian consequences of the FLN's bombings, while Colonel Mathieu, the French office brought in to quell the nationalists, is played by Jean Martin as determined, shrewd and, in his own way, honourable man. However, the closing scenes of the movie--a welter of smoke, teeming street demonstrations and the pealing white noise of ululations--leaves the viewer both intellectually and emotionally convinced of the rightfulness of the liberation struggle. This is surely among a fistful of the finest movies ever made. --David Stubbs
Harry Potter Year 1-5 Box Set | Blu Ray | (10/11/2008)
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Titles Comprise: Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (Dir. Chris Columbus) (2001): Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of a powerful witch and wizard and possesses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime discovering a world of magic and fantasy where he is destined to live. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (Dir. Chris Columbus) (2002): Cars fly trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year is a year of adventure and dange! Harry Ron and Hermione must use all their magical abilities and courage to save Hogwarts! Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (Dir. Alfonso Cuaron) (2004): It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts but all is not well with the escaped prisoner Siruis Black on the loose! Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle Divination. They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack which is considered the most haunted building in Britain. In addition to these new experiences Harry must overcome the Dementors outsmart a dangerous werewolf and deal with the truth about Sirius Black. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Dir. Mike Newell) (2005): Beset by nightmares that leave his scar hurting more than usual Harry is all too happy to escape his disturbing dreams by attending the Quidditch World Cup with Ron and Hermione. But something sinister ignites the skies at the Quidditch campsite; the Dark Mark the sign of the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry longs to get back inside the safe walls of Hogwarts. But things are going to be a little different this year. Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament one of the most exciting and dangerous of the wizarding community's magical competitions. One champion will be selected from each of the three largest and most prestigious wizarding schools to compete in a series of life-threatening tasks in pursuit of winning the coveted Triwizard Cup... Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (Dir. David Yates) (2007): Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about his recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job the Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves Dumbledore's Army Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
Heartbreak Ridge | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010)
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Sergeant Tom Highway (Eastwood) a hardened veteran of Korea and Vietnam campaigns returns to the United States for his last tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and has to shape up a ragtag band of soldiers ready for the onset of war...
Devil's Own | Blu Ray | (05/05/2008)
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One man trapped by destiny and another bound by duty. They're about to discover what they're willing to fight and to die for. From director Alan J Pakula come The Devil's Own a suspense drama centred around two complex proud and passionate men. When New York cop Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford) agrees to open his family home to Rory Devaney (Brad Pitt) he doesn't know that he is about to shelter a dangerous and wanted terrorist. Accepted into Tom's family Rory discovers a tranquillity that he has never previously experienced. But Rory's terrorist mission is calling - and when he finally has to answer it is Tom who must hunt him down and who becomes Rory's sole chance of getting out alive.
City of Life & Death | Blu Ray | (27/09/2010)
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Nanjing China 1937. Japanese forces invade this once-capital of the Republic of China on December 9th. Throughout the following six weeks soldiers raped thousands of women and annihilated hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians - with mass executions; crowds mown down by firing squads and victims digging their own graves. Few events carry the ugly and sickening connotations of what has become known as the 'Rape of Nanking'. Director Lu Chuan tells the horrifying story through several figures including a conscience-stricken Japanese soldier and John Rabe a Nazi businessman who would ultimately save thousands of Chinese civilians' lives.
Dorian Gray | Blu Ray | (18/01/2010)
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Based on Oscar Wilde's Faustian novel of a man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty Dorian Gray is a suitably sordid sexy and sin-filled interpretation. Starring British hunk Ben Barnes ('Prince Caspian') we urge you to check out this classic tale of lust and redemption. Dorian Gray is very handsome and very cursed. Young Dorian arrives fresh on the London social scene and is taken under the wing of Lord Henry Wotton who introduces him to the seedy pleasures of London life. When Dorian sees how incredible he looks in a newly painted picture of himself he swears to do whatever it takes to look as young and handsome in real life as he does in the picture - even his soul. His stunning good looks and charm soon attract the celebrity lifestyle and everything that it brings. Dorian finds himself slipping deeper and deeper into a world of sin sex and celebrity seemingly without any consequences. But as his actions become increasingly evil for how long can he hide the secret behind his eternal youth?
The International | Blu Ray | (06/07/2009)
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Saving Private Ryan | Blu Ray | (26/04/2010)
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Steven Spielberg's World War 2 epic comes to blu-ray for the first time with crystal clear picture and spectacular surround sound. Join Tom Hanks Matt Damon and Vin Diesel as they battle their way through war-torn France... this is Saving Private Ryan as you have never seen it before! Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers the story begins with World War II's historic D-Day invasion then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war each man searches for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour decency and courage.
Once | Blu Ray | (16/02/2009)
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How often do you find the right person? Once is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs and thus works part-time helping his father who runs a small vacuum cleaner repair business whilst he dreams of landing a record deal. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. She works as a house cleaner in an upper-class residence and is struggling financially yearning for a piano she cannot afford. As their lives intertwine they discover each other's talents and push one another to realise what each had only dreamt about before. Once is the inspiring story of their budding love for one another.
Windtalkers | Blu Ray | (14/05/2007)
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An epic World War II adventure from action-maestro John Woo! In 1942 several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. Marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) - a Navajo code talker the Marines' new secret weapon. Enders' orders are to protect his code talker but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands he's to protect the code at all costs. Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of Saipan when capture is imminent Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can't protect his fellow Marine can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code?
Adulthood | Blu Ray | (13/10/2008)
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The Sequel to the hard-hitting drama Kidulthood Adulthood stars Noel Clarke Danny Dyer and Adam Deacon. Six years after Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife he soon realises that life is no easier on the outside than it was on the inside and he's forced to confront the people he hurt the most. Some have moved on others are stuck with the repercussions of his actions that night but one thing's for certain - everyone has been forced to grow up. Through his journey Sam struggles to deal with his sorrow and guilt and something else he didn't expect - those seeking revenge. As he's pursued by a new generation of bad boys Sam sets about trying to get the message across to his pursuers that they should stop the violence much like Trife tried to tell him all those years ago. Can Sam stop the cycle of violence and make something positive from the destruction he caused or will his journey into Adulthood end here?
Rendition | Blu Ray | (24/03/2008)
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Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwalley) an Egyptian-born chemical engineer disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. His pregnant American wife Isabella El-Ibrahim (Reese Witherspoon) travels to Washington to try and learn the reason for his disappearance. Meanwhile Doug Freeman a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) is forced to question the ethics of his assignment as he becomes party to the interogation of Anwar at a secret detention facility somewhere outside of the U.S.A.
Eastern Promises | Blu Ray | (25/02/2008)
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The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts) an innocent midwife who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder deceit and retribution.
Transsiberian | Blu Ray | (02/03/2009)
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Set on the infamous trans-siberian express train this thriller follows a couple who are trying to mend their relationship with an adventure from China to Moscow. However on meeting with another travelling couple things go wrong for the pair and the adventure turns into a thrilling rollercoaster ride!