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  • Apocalypse Now [Blu-ray] [1979] Apocalypse Now | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011) from £18.50  |  Saving you £7.00 (23.30%)  |  RRP £29.99

    In the tradition of such obsessively driven directors as Erich von Stroheim and Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola approached the production of Apocalypse Now as if it was his own epic mission into the heart of darkness. On location in the storm-ravaged Philippines, he quite literally went mad as the project threatened to devour him in a vortex of creative despair but from this insanity came one of the greatest films ever made. It began as a John Milius screenplay, transposing Joseph Conrad's classic story "Heart of Darkness" into the horrors of the Vietnam War, following a battle-weary Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret upriver mission to find and execute the renegade Colonel Kurtz(Marlon Brando), who has reverted to a state of murderous and mystical insanity. The journey is fraught with danger involving war-time action on epic and intimate scales. One measure of the film's awesome visceral impact is the number of sequences, images and lines of dialogue that have literally burned themselves into our cinematic consciousness, from the Wagnerian strike of helicopter gunships on a Vietnamese village to the brutal murder of stowaways and the unflinching fearlessness of the surfing warrior Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who speaks lovingly of "the smell of napalm in the morning." Like Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this film is the product of genius cast into a pit of hell and emerging, phoenix-like, in triumph. Coppola's obsession (effectively detailed in the riveting documentary Hearts of Darkness, directed by Coppola's wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. --Jeff Shannon

  • Valkyrie [Blu-ray] [2008] Valkyrie | Blu Ray | (08/06/2009) from £11.59  |  Saving you £-4.06 (-17.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

    From Bryan Singer director of X-Men and The Usual Suspects comes Valkyrie. Tom Cruise stars as Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg the aristocratic German officer who led the heroic attempt to bring down the Nazi regime and end the war by planting a bomb in Hitler's bunker.

  • The Red Desert [Blu-ray] [1964] The Red Desert | Blu Ray | (27/10/2008) from £22.66  |  Saving you £2.33 (9.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    In Antonioni's first color feature Giuliana (Vitti) is a woman who on the verge of a nervous breakdown struggles to discover meaning peace and serenity within the desolate and industrialized town where she lives. Plagued by mental anguish as the result of a past automobile accident Giuliana first seeks comfort by having an affair with one of her husband's close friends (Harris). Ultimately left dissatisfied by the affair Giuliana returns to her wandering forever seeking solace from her angst. Additionally burdened by the illness of her only child Giuliana recedes further and further into neurotic isolation as the surrounding urban environment threatens to consume her. Critically acclaimed the world over for its brilliant cinematography Red Desert presents and unforgettable story rich with saturated color and unsurpassed symbolic imagery.

  • 3 Film Box Set: Green Zone/Jarhead/The Kingdom [Blu-ray] 3 Film Box Set: Green Zone/Jarhead/The Kingdom | Blu Ray | (14/10/2013) from £25.49  |  Saving you £-0.50 (-2.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Triple-bill of modern US war films. In the Iraq War thriller 'Green Zone' (2010) Matt Damon stars as Chief Army Warrant Officer Roy Miller, a specialist soldier who joins forces with Wall Street reporter Lawrie Dayne (Amy Ryan) to expose the hotbed of covert and faulty intelligence surrounding the search for Iraq's cache of weapons of mass destruction. Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson co-star. In 'The Kingdom' (2007), when a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) quickly assembles an elite team and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing. Upon landing in the desert kingdom, however, Fleury and his team discover Saudi authorities suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol, and with the clock ticking on their five days, the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms. Finally, in 'Jarhead' (2005), an adaptation of former Marine Anthony Swofford's Gulf War memoir, young recruit Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) joins up with the US Marines (nicknamed 'Jarheads' because of their distinctive haircuts) on the eve of the 1990 Gulf War. After a brutal spell in boot camp, during which Swofford and his fellow recruits are systematically geared up for the conflict, the Marines are dispatched to the deserts of the Persian Gulf to take part in a war that sees them required to do very little in the way of fighting. Bored and frustrated in the middle of nowhere, the young soldiers resort to a macabre sense of humour as they wait for the war to happen to them.

  • Verdi - Il Trovatore (Rizzi, Orch of Royal Opera House) [Blu-ray] Verdi - Il Trovatore (Rizzi, Orch of Royal Opera House) | Blu Ray | (30/06/2008) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

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  • The Bicycle Thieves [Blu-ray] [1948] The Bicycle Thieves | Blu Ray | (18/04/2011) from £20.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (18.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Heralded as the greatest film ever made on release winning an Oscar in 1949 and topping the Sight & Sound film poll in 1952 De Sica's seminal work of Italian neorealism has had an impact on cinema worldwide from release to the present day with filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray and Ken Loach claiming the film as a direct influence on their own. Bicycle Thieves tells the of Antonio a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio salvation has come until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle which will keep them away from poverty and humiliation but amidst a sea of bicycles and without proof the search is fruitless. Bicycle Thieves us as much about the position of Italians in post-War post-Fascist Italy as well as the relationship between father and son told through the labyrinth of the cinematic city with De Sica's visual poetry. With pared down minimalism eschewing studios and famous actors for real locations and non-professional actors who lived the lives they were playing Bicycle Thieves defined the neorealist period a small period of filmmaking that focused on simple humanist stories of which Bicycle Thieves was one of the most captivating and moving. Arrow Academy presents Vittorio De Sica's masterpiece Bicycle Thieves on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

  • Notorious [Blu-ray] [2009] Notorious | Blu Ray | (22/06/2009) from £27.05  |  Saving you £-2.06 (-8.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Notorious charts the remarkable rise of Christopher The Notorious B.I.G. Wallace - who in just a few short years shot from th etough streets of Brooklyn to the heights of hip hop legend. Peeling back his mythic image eleven years after his tragic death Notorious reveals the tumultuous and all-too-brief journey of a blazingly talented fiercely determined young man whose unforgettable rap stories of inner city street life with their raw truth and vivid rhymes became emblamatic of a whole generation's brutal reality and its dreams of escaping it for something bigger. The story follows the young Biggie (portrayed by Wallace's real-life son Christopher Jordan Wallace as a youngster and Brooklyn rapper Jamal Woolard as an adult) from his surprising youth as a Catholic school honour student whose proud mother (Angel Bassett) tries to keep him off the street corners to his years as a tough teenage drug dealer and then to his life-changing move into young fatherhood as his girlfriend Jan (Julia Pace Mitchell) gives birth to his daughter prompting him to go on a mission to provide for his child by any means - legal or not. But everything changes when a freestyle rap tape that Biggie created just for fun ends up with B.I.G. Daddy Kane's DJ Mister Cee (Edwin Freeman) and eventually in the hands of ambitious rap impressario Sean Puffy Combs (Derek Luke) whose marketing savvy and production genius transform Biggie into a cultural sensation almost overnight. Now with his career taking off into superstar territory Biggie finds himself with mo' money mo' problems and is under all kinds of new pressures. His managers Wayne Barrow (C. Malik Whitfield) and Mark Pitts (Kevin Phillip) attempt to keep the young man's feet on the ground and mind in the studio as he juggles the demands of recording fatherhood and marriage to fellow Bad Boy artist Faith Evans (Antonique Smith) not to mention his complicated friendship with fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Kimberly Lil' Kim Jones (Naturi Naughton) and the increasingly heated rivalry with West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). But just as Biggie starts to come into true manhood and solidify his musical legacy as the true creator of one of hip-hop's gretest bodies of work fate has other plans.

  • Generation War [Blu-ray] Generation War | Blu Ray | (02/12/2013) from £27.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

  • Arabian Nights [Blu-ray] [1974] Arabian Nights | Blu Ray | (27/04/2009) from £13.97  |  Saving you £2.30 (9.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The final part of Pasolini's Trilogy of Life series was two years in the making. The locations - Yemen Ethiopia Iran and Nepal - form a rich exotic backdrop to these tales of slaves and kings potions betrayals demons and most of all love and lovemaking in all its myriad forms. Engrossing mysterious profound and liberating this is an exquisitely dreamlike sensuous and adult interpretation of the original folk tales presented here in a beautiful new high definition restoration.

  • Patton 360 [Blu-ray] Patton 360 | Blu Ray | (18/10/2010) from £20.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (16.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    One of World War II's greatest and most controversial leaders is the focus of Patton 360, a three-disc offering from the History Channel. General George S. Patton, "Ol' Blood and Guts" to admirers and detractors alike, had already served in World War I when, at age 57, he was put in command of Operation Torch, the 1943 Allied campaign to seize North Africa from the pro-Nazi French forces who were occupying the area at the time. That's where Patton 360 begins; subsequent episodes chronicle his incursions into Sicily, Belgium, France (where his Third Army landed just weeks after D-day, and Operation Cobra, described as "the largest carpet bombing mission in military history," helped lead the way to victory in Europe), and finally Germany; it was there, some months after the war ended, that Patton died in a car crash. Scion of a wealthy Pasadena, California, family, Patton was a brilliant military man--his toughness, discipline (he insisted that his men shave every day and observe strict uniform requirements), and willingness to "lead from the front" were unquestioned. But as the series tells it, he was also a foul-mouthed hothead accused of having a "lust for glory" that led to accusations that he put his own reputation before the safety of his soldiers. The fourth episode, "Rogue General," details the infamous incidents (also familiar to fans of the 1970 film Patton, which earned lead actor George C. Scott an Oscar®) in which he slapped two GIs in Sicily, accusing the war-weary men, one of whom also had malaria, of cowardice and forcing Allied leader Dwight D. Eisenhower to temporarily relieve Patton of his command. All of this is presented by way of the same ingredients used in the earlier Battle 360 series, combining file footage (including silent clips of Patton himself), photos, CGI, occasional re-enactments, expert analysis, and reminiscences of several men who fought under Patton. There is plenty of edifying history delivered, as well as detailed descriptions of strategy, tactics, and weaponry, especially tanks and artillery. But the episodes are also loud and kinetic to distraction, with a constant and relentless background of pounding music and sound effects, flashing graphics, and macho voice-over narration. This may prove wearisome to some viewers, but Patton 360 is entertainment, not scholarship, and as such it is undeniably effective. --Sam Graham

  • Hart's War - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] Hart's War - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014) from £18.19  |  Saving you £1.83 (8.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    When Colonel William McNamara (Bruce Willis) is stripped of his freedom in a German POW camp he's determined to keep on fighting - even from behind enemy lines. Enlisting the help of a young lieutenant (Colin Farrell) McNamara risks everything on a mission to free his men... and change the outcome of the war.

  • The Magick Lantern Cycle [Blu-ray] The Magick Lantern Cycle | Blu Ray | (25/05/2009) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    More than any other filmmaker of his generation Kenneth Anger is recognized by the public as a maker of underground experimental cinema. To main-line film critics he is the first-remembered such filmmaker one who combines cinematic talent and an aura of scandal. This collection of films known as the Magick Lantern Cycle includes: 1. Fireworks (1947) 2. Puce Moment (1949) 3. Rabbit's Moon (1950/1971 the rarely seen 16mins version) 4. Eaux d'Artifice (1953) 5. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) 6. Scorpio Rising (1964) 7. Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965) 8. Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) 9. Rabbit's Moon (1979 version) 10. Lucifer Rising (1981) 11. Anger Me (2006) - Elio Gelminis documentary on Kenneth Anger

  • Secretary [Blu-ray] [2002] Secretary | Blu Ray | (31/12/2015) from £21.29  |  Saving you £3.70 (14.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    After a bout of illness Lee Holloway moves back in with her dysfunctional family ready to start anew. Despite a few strikes against her she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey. Although she's never had a job in her life Lee is hired by the mysterious lawyer who seems unconcerned by her lack of experience. At first the work seems quite normal and boring - typing filing and coffee-making - but Lee tries hard to please him and her family are desperate for her to succeed. Slowly Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship behind closed doors crossing lines of conduct into a deep realm of human sexuality a unique love affair in which the roles of dominance and submission suit both of them perfectly. 'Secretary' is a powerful and unique love story bold unflinching humour and strange yet seductive eroticism help explore the notion that love doesn't always occur the way we might have expected....

  • Nighthawks/Strip Jack Naked - Nighthawks 2 [Blu-ray] [1978] Nighthawks/Strip Jack Naked - Nighthawks 2 | Blu Ray | (30/03/2009) from £21.39  |  Saving you £3.60 (14.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Nighthawks: After the end of his workday staid schoolteacher Jim explores the disco's and secret meeting places of London's gay underground unable to reconcile his sexual identity with the rest of his life - until the strain of living a lie threatens to take its toll at last. Nighthawks 2: British director Ron Peck's look back at at the production of his groundbreaking Nighthawks which candidly explored a closeted gay schoolteacher's inner conflicts. The director tells very poignantly his own story of self-discovery and coming out. Most striking is the story of how much effort and determination it took to get Nighthawks made and why there are hundreds of names in the closing credits that the producers would like to give thanks to - they are people who sent in small amounts of money after reading in a London gay paper that the filmmakers needed funds to continue the project.

  • The Decameron [Blu-ray] [1970] The Decameron | Blu Ray | (27/04/2009) from £20.13  |  Saving you £4.86 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first of Pasolini's colourful entertaining and highly erotic Trilogy of Life films The Decameron tells ten stories based on 14th century originals. Full of bawdy earthy spirit and presented in high definition restoration the film romps through its tales of sex and death - of lusty nuns and priests cuckolded husbands murdered lovers and grave robber - with five of the stories linked by the character of an intriguing artist played by Pasolini himself.

  • The Other Side Of Underneath (Blu-Ray) The Other Side Of Underneath (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (13/07/2009) from £20.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (16.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Arden's violent and powerful adaptation of her work with The Holocaust women's theatre troupe looks into the mind of a woman labelled schizophrenic - and finds not madness but tortured sexual guilt created by the taboos of society.

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