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  • Gods And Generals [2003] Gods And Generals | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £3.09  |  Saving you £9.00 (64.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The more you know about the American Civil War, the more you'll appreciate Gods and Generals and the painstaking attention to detail that Gettysburg writer-director Ronald F. Maxwell has invested in this academically respectable 220-minute historical pageant. In adapting Jeffrey Shaara's 1996 novel (encompassing the events of 1861-63, specifically the Virginian battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville), Maxwell sacrifices depth for scope while focusing on the devoutly religious "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang), whose Confederate campaigns endear him to Gen. Robert E Lee (Robert Duvall, giving the film's most subtle performance). Battles are impeccably recreated using 7,500 Civil War re-enactors and sanitised violence, their authenticity compromised by tasteful discretion and endless scenes of grandiloquent dialogue. Still, as the first part of a trilogy that ends with The Last Full Measure, this is a superbly crafted, instantly essential film for Civil War study. For all its misguided priorities, Gods and Generals is a noble effort, honouring faith and patriotism with the kind of reverence that has all but vanished from American film – but provides abundant proof that historical accuracy is no guarantee of great storytelling. --Jeff Shannon

  • High Crimes [2002] High Crimes | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £4.83  |  Saving you £8.16 (62.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Just about acceptable as an in-flight movie, High Crimes is a tad weak for the big-screen, though its amiable stars and typical plotting offer the comforts of familiarity for home viewing. Ashley Judd plays a high-end lawyer who specialises in brilliant defence of the guilty, while Morgan Freeman is a broken-down ex-drunk who specialises in court martials ("military justice is to justice what military music is to music"). When Judd's handyman husband (Jim Caviezel) is arrested by the FBI and indicted for a massacre carried out in El Salvador while he was serving as a marine, Judd gets over the fact that he has concealed his entire past and even his real name and rallies to fight the case, even if it means going up against the shadowy masters of a conspiracy to cover up what actually happened. The movie rattles through all the clichés: bugs in phones; cars that cruise ominously by; staged road accidents; night-time intrusions; mystery men who hand out clues in the supermarket; dubious polygraph results; appearing and disappearing witnesses; smugly brutal generals, brilliantly made points of law; fights in the interview room; multiple revelations; a media circus and a final tussle in a darkened, deserted house. Judd, one of the best screen actresses of her generation, needs to pick better scripts since her commitment to rubbish only makes her look silly, but Freeman has done enough of these walk-through parts to get by on charisma and the odd smart line. On the DVD: High Crimes on disc comes with a gaggle of featurettes: a chat with the author of the original novel, Joseph Finder, some making-of puffery about staging stunts and the working relationship of the stars, and interesting little bits with the technical advisors about the court martial system and how to beat a polygraph. Franklin contributes a commentary track with a lot of enthusiasm, which is a little more pleased with the end product than most viewers will be. --Kim Newman

  • The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (1 Disc)  [2006] The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (1 Disc) | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £4.25  |  Saving you £14.75 (73.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Speed needs no translation. From the makers of The Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious comes the highest-octane instalment of the hit movie franchise built for speed! Shaun Boswell has always been an outsider. A loner at school his only connection to the indifferent world around him is through illegal street racing - which has made him particularly unpopular with the local authorities. To avoid jail time Shaun is sent out of the country to live with his uncle in the military in a cramped apartment in a low-rent section of Tokyo. In the land that gave birth to the majority of modified racers on the road the simple street race has been replaced by the ultimate pedal-to-the-metal gravity-defying automotive challenge ... drift racing a deadly combination of brutal speed on heart stopping courses of hairpin turns and switchbacks. For his first unsuccessful foray in drift racing Shaun unknowingly takes on D.K. the ""Drift King "" with ties to the Yakuza the Japanese crime machine. The only way he can pay off the debt of his loss is to venture into the deadly realm of the Tokyo underworld where the stakes are life and death.

  • The Kite Runner [2007] The Kite Runner | DVD | (02/06/2008) from £2.54  |  Saving you £16.90 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel about Amir a well-to-do Pashtun boy from Afghanistan who is still haunted by the guilt of betraying his childhood friend Hassan son of a family servant. Having lived in California for a number of years Amir returns home to Afghanistan to help Hassan when his son gets into trouble.

  • The Last Legion The Last Legion | DVD | (18/02/2008) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This epic thrilling and action-packed film is in the great tradition of epic adventures such as 300 Gladiator and King Arthur. It tells the story of how the legend of the Sword in the Stone began with stirring heart-stopping battle scenes great enduring friendship and the love of father and son. AD 476. The Roman Empire is crumbling and the last Emperor is fleeing for his life. His only safety is to be found in his mystic father figure and in the hands of his bodyguard and an enigmatic Byzantine warrior. His only sanctuary lies in the far-flung Western outpost of Britannia with the Last Legion - and a myth. The Empire is being held to ransom by the Barbarians. On the eve of the coronation of the 12-year-old Romulus Augustus his mentor the shaman Ambrosinus (Ben Kingsley) predicts disaster. His worst fears are realised as the Goths sack the once-great city of Rome and capture the last Emperor and his protector. They are imprisoned on the historic island of Capri where Romulus is destined to discover the mythical sword of Csar that holds the prophecy - 'One edge to defend one to defeat; In Britannia was I forged... to fit the hand of he... who is destined to rule.' One legionnaire survives to escort his Emperor to safety - the boy's loyal bodyguard Aurelius (Colin Firth). Aided by a mysterious black-clad Byzantine warrior (Aishwarya Rai) and Ambrosinus' strategic cunning Aurelius frees Romulus only to face betrayal and a fight for their lives. With the world against them their only course of action is to reach the one legion loyal to Rome. They face a perilous trek across a continent to Britain in search of The Last Legion. There a new myth - destined to span the centuries - is waiting to rise.

  • Topsy-Turvy [2000] Topsy-Turvy | DVD | (11/09/2000) from £5.39  |  Saving you £7.60 (58.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    At first glance, a musical period comedy-drama about Gilbert and Sullivan seems an odd fit for director Mike Leigh, who made his name with searing, intense contemporary dramas such as Secrets and Lies and Career Girls. What could the Victorian world of light opera offer a film-maker who specialises in the world of modern-day middle-class England? Plenty, as it turns out. A wonderful meditation on the creation of art, Topsy-Turvy catches Gilbert and Sullivan at a crossroads in their illustrious careers. Having scored numerous hits (like The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore), they've reached a creative dry spot with their latest, Princess Ida. Composer Sullivan (Allan Corduner) despairs of ever being taken seriously, and vows to write a "serious" piece, much to the consternation of librettist Gilbert (Jim Broadbent), who's flummoxed and unyielding when asked to change another of his whimsical, "topsy-turvy" scenarios. All seems lost when, thanks to his wife's insistence, Gilbert attends a Japanese exposition in London, and faster than you can say "Three little maids from school are we", inspiration strikes. The rest, as they say, is history, but Leigh re-creates the creative process with meticulous and loving care, from the writing of The Mikado to its staging (wherein Gilbert acts as director), costuming, orchestration, rehearsal, and ultimate premiere. Some may balk at the running time of the film (almost three hours), but it's a journey well worth taking, down to the precise details of late-19th-century London. Still, you'll know you're in Mike Leigh territory, with his precise characterisations and a heartfelt, melancholy ending. And no one has a way with actors like Leigh. This peerless ensemble, headed up by Broadbent in an Oscar-worthy performance, inhabit their characters like a second skin, and it's wonderful to see an authentic-feeling period drama in which the actors resemble real people and you don't expect someone glamorous like Helena Bonham Carter or Rupert Everett to pop up. Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados will revel in the re-enactments of The Mikado (newcomers will likely be won over, too). All in all, a breathtaking film. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

  • Terminator Salvation [DVD] Terminator Salvation | DVD | (23/11/2009) from £4.09  |  Saving you £15.24 (76.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Bride And Prejudice [2004] Bride And Prejudice | DVD | (30/03/2005) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Bollywood meets Hollywood... And it's a perfect match! From the team behind international smash hit Bend It Like Beckham comes a Jane Austen adaptation like never before. Pride & Prejudice gets the Bollywood treatment and the result is a spectacular fusion of East meets West. Austen's classic love story unfolds in a riot of colour and emotion song and dance that jet-sets from rural India via London to Los Angeles.A must see for lovers of musicals Bollywood and ultimately f

  • Romantics Anonymous [DVD] Romantics Anonymous | DVD | (16/04/2012) from £12.14  |  Saving you £3.85 (24.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    With his beloved chocolate business turning sour, socially awkward boss Jean-Ren (Poelvoorde, Coco Before Chanel) decides to enlist an extra pair of hands.Enter Anglique (Carr, The Refuge), a chronically shy young woman who shares Jean- Ren's passion for all things sugar and sweet.She is the answer to his prayers, in ways he didn't realise. Because while he is looking for a sales rep to keep his sinking ship afloat, she is in fact a gifted, albeit covert, chocolatire extraordinaire whose treats are legendary around town.And as the pair become more and more acquainted it is not long before chocolate is not the only sensual element in the air. Now their respective lack of self-confidence is the only thing left standing in the way of the happiness they so crave.

  • A Single Man [DVD] [2009] A Single Man | DVD | (07/06/2010) from £3.09  |  Saving you £16.90 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set in Los Angeles in 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis A Single Man is the story of George Falconer a 52 year old British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find the meaning to his life after the death of his long term partner Jim (Matthew Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day where a series of events and encounters ultimately leads him to decide if there is meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley (Julianne Moore) a 48 year old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George's Kenny (Nicholas Hoult) who is coming to terms with his true nature stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. A Single Man is a romantic tale of love interrupted the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life. Winner of the BAFTA Award for Leading Actor - Colin Firth.

  • Monster-In-Law [2005] Monster-In-Law | DVD | (26/09/2005) from £4.09  |  Saving you £15.90 (79.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    She met the perfect man. Then she met his mother. After years of looking for Mr Right Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez) finally finds the man of her dreams (Michael Vartan) only to discover that his mother Viola (Jane Fonda) is the mother-in-law from hell! A recently fired national news anchor who is afraid she'll lose her son the same way she lost her career Viola is determined to scare-off her son's new fiance by becoming the world's worst mother-in-law.

  • Across The Universe [2007] Across The Universe | DVD | (11/02/2008) from £8.59  |  Saving you £5.82 (29.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    All you need is love... A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest mind exploration and rock 'n roll the film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) along with a small group of friends and musicians are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements with ""Dr. Robert"" (Bono) and ""Mr. Kite"" (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart forcing Jude and Lucy - against all odds - to find their own way back to each other.

  • Girl With A Pearl Earring [2004] Girl With A Pearl Earring | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £5.39  |  Saving you £14.60 (73.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    You wouldn't think a movie could look like a Vermeer painting, but Girl with a Pearl Earring is filmed with an amazing range of luminous glows that evoke the Dutch artist's masterworks. Of course, it helps that much of the movie focuses on Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Ghost World), whose creamy skin and full lips have a luminosity of their own. Johansson plays Griet, a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth), who finds herself in a web of jealousy, artistic inspiration, and social machinations. Though the pace is slow, Girl with a Pearl Earring genuinely conveys some sense of an artist's process, as well as offering many chaste yet sensual moments between Firth and Johansson. Also featuring Essie Davis as Vermeer's bitter wife and Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) as a wealthy patron with eyes for Griet. --Bret Fetzer

  • The Amazing Spider-Man [Blu-ray][Region Free] The Amazing Spider-Man | Blu Ray | (26/11/2012) from £3.09  |  Saving you £21.90 (87.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A teenage Peter Parker grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man.Directed by Marc Webb.

  • Snow White and the Huntsman (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy)[Region Free] Snow White and the Huntsman (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (01/10/2012) from £3.89  |  Saving you £21.10 (84.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Definitely not your average retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark, action-fantasy film that's based more on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale than the well-known Disney version of the story. It features intriguing concepts, impressive special effects, and some disappointingly lackluster acting. The essence of the "Snow White" story is preserved in this recounting: the queen's beautiful daughter Snow White, who is heir to the throne, is displaced and persecuted by an evil stepmother after her mother dies. Here, the evil stepmother Ravenna possesses a disturbing power to maintain her own perpetual youth by stealing youthfulness from the hearts of the young and beautiful, but her magic mirror warns that Snow White's innocence and purity as she comes of age will destroy Ravenna's chance at immortality. When Snow White escapes from the castle prison, Ravenna hires a downtrodden Huntsman to bring her back so that Ravenna can steal her youth and achieve personal immortality. But Snow White runs into a dark and sinister forest where mushrooms disperse hallucinogenic spores, trees come to life, flocks of bats spring from inanimate objects, and dwarves lurk in the shadows. The roles of the seven dwarves and the Huntsman in this version of the story prove to be quite different from the original, but what remain steadfast are Snow White's inner strength and absolute goodness, and her stepmother's innate evilness. This film is full of fascinating imagery that's brought to life through powerful special effects, great costuming, and captivating cinematography--the scenes in the dark forest and the fairy-filled wilderness beyond are reason enough to see it. Unfortunately, the story moves a bit slowly and the acting by Kristen Stewart (Snow White) and Chris Hemsworth (Huntsman) is rather stoical and passionless and lacks chemistry, though Charlize Theron does stand out as a particularly disturbing Ravenna. --Tami Horiuchi

  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (1 Disc Edition) Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (1 Disc Edition) | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £3.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (63.70%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Beset by nightmares that leave his scar hurting more than usual Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is all too happy to escape his disturbing dreams by attending the Quidditch World Cup with his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). But something sinister ignites the skies at the Quidditch campsite; the Dark Mark the sign of the evil Lord Voldemort. It's conjured by his followers the Death Eaters who haven't dared to appear in public since Voldemort was last seen thirteen years ago - the night he murdered Harry's parents. Harry longs to get back inside the safe walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) can protect him. 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...

  • Inside Job [DVD] Inside Job | DVD | (13/06/2011) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As he did with the occupation of Iraq in No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson shines a light on the global financial crisis in Inside Job. Accompanied by narration from Matt Damon, Ferguson begins and ends in Iceland, a flourishing country that gave American-style banking a try--and paid the price. Then he looks at the spectacular rise and cataclysmic fall of deregulation in the United States. Unlike Alex Gibney's fiscal films, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Casino Jack, Ferguson builds his narrative around dozens of players, interviewing authors, bank managers, government ministers, and even a psychotherapist, who speaks to a culture that encourages Gordon Gekko-like behavior, but the number of those who declined to comment, like Alan Greenspan, is even larger. Though the director isn't as combative as Michael Moore, he asks tough questions and elicits squirms from several participants, notably former Treasury secretary David McCormick and Columbia dean Glenn Hubbard, George W. Bush's economic adviser. Their reactions are understandable, since the borders between Wall Street, Washington, and the Ivy League dissolved years ago; it's hard to know who to trust when conflicts of interest run rampant. If Ferguson takes Reagan and Bush to task for tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, he criticizes Clinton for encouraging derivatives and Obama for failing to deliver on the promise of reform. And in the category of unlikely heroes: former governor Eliot Spitzer, who fought against fraud as New York's attorney general (he's the subject of Gibney's documentary Client 9). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • The Day After Tomorrow - Single Disc Edition [2004] The Day After Tomorrow - Single Disc Edition | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £2.93  |  Saving you £10.77 (67.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Supreme silliness doesn't stop The Day After Tomorrow from being lots of fun for connoisseurs of epic-scale disaster flicks. After the blockbuster profits of Independence Day and Godzilla, you can't blame director Roland Emmerich for using global warming as a politically correct excuse for destroying most of the northern hemisphere. Like most of Emmerich's films, this one emphasises special effects over such lesser priorities as well-drawn characters and plausible plotting, and his dialogue (cowritten by Jeffrey Nachmanoff) is so laughably trite that it could be entirely eliminated without harming the movie. It's the spectacle that's important here, not the lame, recycled plot about father and son (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal) who endure an end-of-the-world scenario caused by the effects of global warming. So sit back, relax and enjoy the awesome visions of tornado-ravaged Los Angeles, blizzards in New Delhi, Japan pummelled by grapefruit-sized hailstones, and Manhattan flooded by swelling oceans and then frozen by the onset of a modern ice age. It's all wildly impressive, and Emmerich obviously doesn't care if the science is flimsy, so why should you? --Jeff Shannon

  • Super 8 [DVD] Super 8 | DVD | (12/12/2011) from £5.18  |  Saving you £14.81 (74.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From critically acclaimed director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and Oscar Winning producer Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan) comes this action-packed science fiction thriller. It’s summer 1979, and a group of friends from Ohio are in the middle of making their own student film. While shooting a scene at a nearby train station one night, things take a drastic turn for the worse and the group of friends witness a devastating train crash. Soon after, they begin to notice strange happenings around their town as people begin disappearing and inexplicable events begin to occur. Disturbed by what they have seen, the kids set out on a dangerous mission to investigate into this spine-chilling phenomenon and uncover the truth. But what they unearth proves to me much more sinister than they ever imagined. -M.F.

  • Austin Powers in Goldmember [2002] Austin Powers in Goldmember | DVD | (02/12/2002) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the third Austin Powers movie Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) and Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) escape a high security prison and then team up with master criminal Goldmember (also Myers) to kidnap Austin Power's father fellow spy Nigel Powers (Michael Caine). Much time travelling insanity follows with Austin stopping off in 1975 to enlist the help of sexy black sidekick Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles). Other highlights include how Austin and Dr. Evil became sworn enemies at secret agent acad

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