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  • Platoon [1987] Platoon | DVD | (18/09/2000) from £4.95  |  Saving you £11.04 (69.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Winning a raft of awards, not least of which four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, Oliver Stone's Platoon was a box-office smash heralding Hollywood's second wave of Vietnam war films. Where predecessors The Deer Hunter (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979) were elaborate epics, Platoon simply showed the daily reality of the war from the point of view of ordinary soldiers. Stone's own service in Vietnam gives his work a unique authenticity. Charlie Sheen gives his best performance to date, enduring a series of increasingly large-scale and bloody battles which retrospectively make one wonder why Saving Private Ryan was hailed as so new. Against this gruelling verity the film falters over the symbolic conflict between good and evil sergeants played by Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger. Even though this was also based in real life, it strikes a too conventionally Hollywood-like note in a film which otherwise maintains much of the raw power of Stone's other film from 1986, Salvador. Johnny Depp fans should look out for an early appearance by the star. Stone would return to Vietnam with the more sophisticated Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Heaven and Earth (1993). On the DVD: The 50-minute documentary "Tour of the Inferno" goes beyond the usual "making-of" to present a personal account both of the film and of Stone's own time in Vietnam. Likewise the two audio commentaries--one by Stone, the other by Captain Dale Dye, fellow veteran and military technical advisor--range between the making of the film and the degree to which the actors came to inhabit their parts, to their own wartime experiences. Both commentaries bring a fresh level of appreciation and understanding to the film. Also included is the original trailer and three TV commercials, together with well-presented stills galleries of behind-the-scenes photos and poster art. Following a credit sequence marred by dirt on the print, the anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 image is sharp and clear. The many night scenes are very dark but remain easily comprehensible. The three-channel Dolby Digital sound is suitably raw and powerful, though an early sequence featuring rain in the jungle suffers from very distracting repeated drop-outs in the left channel. --Gary S Dalkin

  • V For Vendetta [Blu-ray] [2006] V For Vendetta | Blu Ray | (07/07/2008) from £7.87  |  Saving you £12.12 (60.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a young working-class woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V'. Profoundly complex V is at once literary flamboyant tender and intellectual a man dedicated to freeing his fellow citizens from those who have terrorized them into compliance... The Matrix Trilogy writing/directing team of Larry & Andy Wachowski adapt Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel into a thought-provoking blockbuster.

  • Zodiac - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [2007] Zodiac - Director's Cut | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008) from £7.87  |  Saving you £12.12 (60.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history Zodiac is a thriller from David Fincher director of Se7en and Panic Room. As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

  • The Shawshank Redemption [Blu-ray] [1994] The Shawshank Redemption | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Nominated for seven Academy Awards' including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) The Shawshank Redemption is an extraordinary tale of hope friendship and survival inside a maximum security prison. Based on a story by globally renowned novelist Stephen King (Carrie Misery) this beautifully crafted movie features powerful performances from the entire cast led by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and ultimately provides an uplifting message about the power of the human spirit and the value of hope. One of the best selling titles in the UK this feature film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. Enjoy the high definition while watching one of the best movies of all time.

  • Apocalypse Now [1979] Apocalypse Now | DVD | (01/01/2001) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of man's heart of darkness revealed through the madness of the Vietnam War. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to seek out a renegade military outpost led by the mysterious Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard's mission: ""Terminate with extreme prejudice."" One of the most powerful films of all time Apocalypse Now was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Two for Best Sound and Best Cinematography. Based on the novel 'Heart of

  • The Pianist [Blu-ray] [2002] The Pianist | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009) from £8.19  |  Saving you £7.80 (48.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A brilliant pianist a Polish Jew witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

  • Maria Full Of Grace [2004] Maria Full Of Grace | DVD | (11/08/2008) from £4.35  |  Saving you £8.64 (66.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino) a bright spirited 17-year old lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin-which she must swallow-to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials. The dramatic thriller builds toward a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a thousand true stories.

  • Leon [Blu-ray] [1994] Leon | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £7.87  |  Saving you £17.12 (68.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Jean Reno (Mission: Impossible Ronin The Crimson Rivers) Gary Oldman (Sid And Nancy Romeo Is Bleeding The Dark Knight) Danny Aillo (Fingers Do The Right Thing A Brooklyn State Of Mind) and Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta Goya's Ghost Mars Attacks) in her film debut all star in this highly influential seminal 90s action/thriller. Directed by Luc Besson (Subway The Big Blue Nikita The Fifth Element) Leon is the controversial and unforgettable story of an unlikely friendship within a brutal and violent world. Twelve-year-old Mathilda lives within the desperate confines of a squalid New York apartment block. On returning from a shopping trip Mathilda finds that her abusive dysfunctional family (and her beloved younger brother) have been slaughtered by a psychotic drug dealing police officer. In fear of her life she takes refuge with her reluctant mysterious and solitary neighbour. His name is Leon and he's one of the world's deadliest assassins. And while Mathilda begins to teach him how to live Leon begins to teach her how to kill.

  • Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) [2002] Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) | DVD | (16/09/2002) from £4.25  |  Saving you £19.94 (79.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Beginning with a quote from T.S. Elliott--"All our ignorance brings us closer to death"--the hope that Black Hawk Down will offer an intelligent war film to a world after September 11, 2001 is high. Based on a true story which led to a bestselling book, the film focuses on the 1993 American mission to Somalia which went terribly wrong. To a certain extent it succeeds with its opening promise, but all too quickly falls under the spell of American national pride--possibly the reason why the film was brought forward from its original release date. One might hope that with a British director, Ridley Scott, and a high percentage of British and Australian actors on board, Black Hawk Down would present an outsider's view on the American politics of war, but produced by the team who brought us Pearl Harbor the end result is a traditional American-Heroic war movie, relying more on special effects, gore and gun battles than character, emotion and politics. In its favour Black Hawk Down does make an attempt to represent the views of the Somalian people. In one of its strongest scenes, a high-powered Somalian gun seller states; "This is our war not yours", but by the end of the film it's clear that this is merely a token gesture towards a non-Western perspective on the conflict. Many American soldiers lost their lives during this battle, and this movie is a fine tribute to these amazing men in one of the first big-budget films to expose modern Warfare. As far as top billing goes, Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor hold no greater role than the rest of the cast. The standout performance comes from Ewen Bremner, who offers an unexpectedly comic turn against the bleak backdrop; but otherwise the limited character development highlights one of the film's main issues--that although these men are fighting for their country, when on the battlefield they stand together and no man is more important than any other (unless you're on the wrong side!). --Nikki Disney

  • The Hurt Locker [DVD] [2008] The Hurt Locker | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.48  |  Saving you £17.24 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Apocalypse Now Redux [1979] Apocalypse Now Redux | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £2.89  |  Saving you £13.84 (76.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Following the example set by his old pals Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola has revisited a classic that no-one ever thought needed enhancement and produced Apocalypse Now Redux, a remastered and extended version of his hallucinogenic Vietnam nightmare that adds some 50 minutes of extra material. On the plus side, certain extended sequences--such as Kilgore's bombing-cum-surfing raid and the final battle of nerves between Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando--add greater depth to our appreciation of the film. On the debit side, the lengthy French plantation interlude and the squalid fate of the Playboy bunnies simply underscore what we already know about war and hell and the depressing futility of it all. It's possible that Apocalyspe Now is not really about Vietnam at all, but is in fact a despairing commentary on the dissolution of contemporary American society; it's also possible that Apocalypse Now Redux, for all its epic scale and visceral power, ultimately fails to make the film's real message any clearer than before. Either way, it remains one of the greatest (anti-)war films ever made. On the DVD: Apocalypse Now Redux is self-recommending on DVD, especially with vividly remastered Dolby 5.1 sound (the whirling helicopter blades are dizzying) and an anamorphic widescreen picture. Disappointingly the disc contains no extra features other than a trailer for the Redux version. Coppola has provided excellent commentaries for his Godfather trilogy so it's a shame not to have his comments here; and the justly famous "Heart of Darkness" documentary is conspicuous by its absence, too. --Mark Walker

  • Rocknrolla [Blu-ray] [2008] Rocknrolla | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009) from £4.40  |  Saving you £20.52 (76.00%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Director Guy Ritchie presents Rocknrolla - a dramatic crime thriller starring Gerard Butler Thandie Newton and Tom Wilkinson! When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal millions of dollars are up for grabs and all of London's criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick

  • The Children [2008] The Children | DVD | (30/03/2009) from £2.95  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    New Years Eve and two families are gathering together to celebrate the holiday. What begins as a relaxing vacation for Elaine and Jonah turns suddenly into a vicious fight for their lives when the children mysteriously begin to take ill and lash out. This terrifying new horror pits a family against itself as the kids turn on their parents with horrifying consequences.

  • Jarhead [2005] Jarhead | DVD | (30/05/2011) from £2.49  |  Saving you £7.43 (74.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Swofford's 2003 book on his experiences in the first Gulf War, and enlists William Broyles Jr a former Lieutenant who fought in Vietnam to convert it into a screenplay.

  • Gladiator [Blu-ray] Gladiator | Blu Ray | (07/09/2009) from £9.18  |  Saving you £7.98 (31.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Gladiator Ridley Scott's modern classic arrives on Blu-ray with more extras than a Roman epic. Russell Crowe stars in a Oscar-winning performance as betrayed General Maximus in a rollicking swords and sandals spectacular placing you right in the middle of some savage gladiatorial scraps! The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe - LA Confidential) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximus' favour with the Emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix - Walk The Line) orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....

  • Erin Brockovich [Blu-ray] [2000] Erin Brockovich | Blu Ray | (01/09/2008) from £5.52  |  Saving you £13.84 (69.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Erin Brockovich was never trained or indeed meant to work in a lawyers office. Circumstances take this down-on-her-luck twice-divorced mother of three into a legal practice. Here she discovers some legal files that don't add up... On investigation she discovers an injustice and decides against the odds to take on the bad guys on behalf of a poor and very ill community.

  • Black Hawk Down - Special Edition [2002] Black Hawk Down - Special Edition | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £4.95  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ridley Scott directs this fast moving action adventure about the disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers commanded by Capt. Mike Steele were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which leads to a large and chaotic firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which destroys two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu.

  • The Runaways [Blu-ray] The Runaways | Blu Ray | (07/02/2011) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga Adventureland) and Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga Coraline) star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in The Runaways the music-fuelled coming of age story of the groundbreaking all girl 1970s rock band that paved the way for future generations of female musicians. Plucked from obscurity by rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon Revolutionary Road) raven-haired rocker Joan the rebellious Cherie and their band become an outrageous sensations thanks to their tough image and raw talent. But their fast drug-fuelled lifestyle soon catches up with the teenage girls as success starts to cloud their judgments...

  • Sex and the City: The Movie [Blu-ray] [2008] Sex and the City: The Movie | Blu Ray | (22/09/2008) from £4.79  |  Saving you £25.20 (84.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    As light and frothy as the Vivienne Westwood wedding gown that's an unofficial fifth star, the film version of Sex and the City is both captivatingly stylish and sweetly sentimental. Viewers who loved hanging with Carrie Bradshaw and her three pals during the series' TV run will feel as though no time has passed. Except that it has: Carrie and Big are poised to make a Big Commitment; Miranda and Steve are facing the breakup of their wonderful family; Charlotte and Harry have added to their brood; and Samantha (are we sitting down?) has been devoted to hunky Smith for five full years. Still, in all that time, the women's style, conviviality, and appetite for bons mots have only grown. When practical attorney Miranda learns that Carrie is considering moving in with Big (in possibly the coolest apartment in Manhattan), she can't help but frown in that but-you-might-lose-everything way. Carrie's retort: "For once, can't you feel what I want you to feel--jealous?!" The cast is spot-on, as always. Sarah Jessica Parker is effortless as the angst-ridden yet practical, stylish yet vulnerable Carrie. Kim Cattrall is deliciously decadent as Samantha, but she's wiser now and knows herself and her needs for a real relationship. Kristin Davis, as Charlotte, has quietly become the most gorgeous among the beauties, her sleek presence both winsome and sophisticated. And Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) shows nuance as a woman torn between betrayal and grudging hope. Supporting roles include Candice Bergen as the Vogue editor who anoints Carrie "The Last Single Girl in New York," and Jennifer Hudson, as a starry-eyed, ambitious romantic who represents the new generation of SATC women. Through it all, New York is a benevolent cocoon that envelopes and nurtures the women and their friendships and careers. No matter that none of them appears to have any semblance of "real" family; as long as they have each other, and Manhattan, all will be right with their world. --A.T. Hurley

  • Black Hawk Down [Blu-ray] [2001] Black Hawk Down | Blu Ray | (22/04/2007) from £7.33  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ridley Scott directs this fast moving action adventure about the disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers commanded by Capt. Mike Steele were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which leads to a large and chaotic firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which destroys two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu.

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