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  • Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) [2002] Black Hawk Down (Two Disc Set) | DVD | (16/09/2002) from £3.49  |  Saving you £21.50 (86.00%)  |  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 Life Aquatic The Life Aquatic | DVD | (04/07/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.75 (72.90%)  |  RRP £22.99

    In The Life Aquatic, director Wes Anderson takes his familiar stable of actors on a field trip to a fantasy aquarium, complete with stop-motion, candy-striped crabs and rainbow seahorses. And though Anderson does expand his horizons in terms of retro-special effects and a whimsical use of color, fans will otherwise find themselves in well-charted waters. As The Life Aquatic opens, Zissou (Bill Murray), a self-involved, Jacques Cousteau-like filmmaker, has just released a documentary depicting the death of his best friend Esteban, who was eaten by some sort of sea creature--possibly a jaguar shark. Zissou’s troubles also include his waning popularity with the public, and a nemesis (Jeff Goldblum) who hogs up all the grant money. Hope arrives in the form of Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson), an amiable Kentuckian who may be Zissou’s son. Despite his lack of enthusiasm for fatherhood, Zissou welcomes Ned--and Ned in turn saves Zissou’s new documentary (in which he seeks revenge on the jaguar shark) in more ways than one. One of Wes Anderson’s greatest achievements as a director to date has been launching the autumnal melancholy phase of Bill Murray’s career, starting with Rushmore in 1998, and Murray delivers a similarly comedic yet low-key performance here. Unfortunately, Zissou is one of the few characters in this ensemble to achieve multi-dimensionality. Even co-star Wilson doesn’t get to develop Ned much beyond Noble Southerner, and he ends up seeming more like a prop for illustrating Zissou’s emotional development rather than his own man. The Life Aquatic probably won’t be remembered as a great film, but it is still one that no Anderson (or Murray) fan can afford to miss.--Leah Weathersby, Amazon.com

  • Memento [2000] Memento | DVD | (14/01/2002) from £3.30  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An absolute stunner of a movie, Memento combines a bold, mind-bending script with compelling action and virtuoso performances. Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, hunting down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The problem is that "the incident" that robbed Leonard of his wife also stole his ability to make new memories. Unable to retain a location, a face, or a new clue on his own, Leonard continues his search with the help of notes, Polaroids, and even homemade tattoos for vital information. Because of his condition, Leonard essentially lives his life in short, present-tense segments, with no clear idea of what's just happened to him. That's where Memento gets really interesting; the story begins at the end, and the movie jumps backward in 10-minute segments. The suspense of the movie lies not in discovering what happens, but in finding out why it happened. Amazingly, the movie achieves edge-of-your-seat excitement even as it moves backward in time! , and it keeps the mind hopping as cause and effect are pieced together. Pearce captures Leonard perfectly, conveying both the tragic romance of his quest and his wry humour in dealing with his condition. He is bolstered by several excellent supporting players including Carrie-Anne Moss, and the movie is all but stolen by Moss' fellow Matrix co-star Joe Pantoliano, who delivers an amazing performance as Teddy, the guy who may or may not be on his side. Memento has an intriguing structure and even meditations on the nature of perception and meaning of life if you go looking for them, but it also functions just as well as a completely absorbing thriller. It's rare to find a movie this exciting with so much intelligence behind it. --Ali Davis, Amazon.com On the DVD: this amazing movie looks crisp and clean in a good anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) picture accompanied by Dolby 5.1 sound. The menu is almost as baffling as the movie itself, but once you master the navigation you'll find interviews, biographies, a tattoo picture gallery and the shooting script among other extras. Most mind-boggling of all, however, is the "Memento Mori" option in the special features menu, which allows you to play a specially re-edited version of the movie in chronological order, beginning with the end credits running backwards! --Mark Walker

  • Spooks - Series 10 [DVD] Spooks - Series 10 | DVD | (28/11/2011) from £9.07  |  Saving you £30.92 (77.30%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Join Harry and the rest of the Spooks team on their last action-packed, thrilling ride to protect the country's national security in the final gripping series.

  • Sleepy Hollow [1999] Sleepy Hollow | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £2.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (81.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Master storyteller Tim Burton (Batman Edward Scissorhands) weaves an eerie enchanting version of this classic tale of horror. Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane an eccentric investigator determined to stop the murderous Headless Horseman. Christina Ricci is Katrina Van Tassel the beautiful and mysterious girl with secret ties to the supernatural terror....

  • Looper [Blu-ray] Looper | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013) from £5.49  |  Saving you £17.50 (76.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a looper - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt,Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.

  • Desperate Housewives - Series 6 - Complete [DVD] [2009] Desperate Housewives - Series 6 - Complete | DVD | (04/10/2010) from £8.69  |  Saving you £27.30 (75.90%)  |  RRP £35.99

    This season more of the shockingly delicious secrets viewers have come to know and love await mary Alice's circle of girlfriends: When Mike Delfino (James Denton) makes his choice between Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) and Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany) one woman is driven to a mental breakdown Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and Tom Scavo (Doug Savant) face the challenging realities of yet another pregnancy; Bree Hodge (Marcia Cross) - Martha Stewart on steroids - struggles to break free of Orson (Kyle Maclachlan) and her inhibitions. Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker) is put to the test by husband Carlos' (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) teenaged niece now in their care. A colourful new housewife moves to wisteria lane with her family bringing along secrets shrouded in mystery. Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo) and her husband Nick (Jeffrey Nordling) have moved into the perfect house in the perfect neighbourhood. But when their peculiar son Danny (Beau Mirchoff) causes a stir they risk the threat of revealing their shameful past.

  • The Last Samurai (Two Disc Edition) [2004] The Last Samurai (Two Disc Edition) | DVD | (07/05/2004) from £5.49  |  Saving you £5.63 (35.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Last Samurai gives epic sweep to an intimate story of cultures at a crossroads as Japan undergoes tumultuous transition to a more Westernised society in 1876-77. In America, tormented Civil War veteran Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is coerced by a mercenary officer (Tony Goldwyn) to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this "progress" is a rebellion of samurai warriors, holding fast to their traditions of honour despite strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader (Ken Watanabe), Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the Samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honour to the ultimate test. All of which makes director Edward Zwick's noble epic eminently worthwhile, even if its Hollywood trappings (including an all-too-conventional ending) prevent it from being the masterpiece that Zwick and screenwriter John Logan clearly wanted it to be. Instead, The Last Samurai is an elegant mainstream adventure, impressive in all aspects of its production. It may not engage the emotions as effectively as Logan's script for Gladiator, but like Cruise's character, it finds its own quality of honour. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Agnes Varda Collection Vol.1 [DVD] The Agnes Varda Collection Vol.1 | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £15.99  |  Saving you £24.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Titles Comprise: 1. La Pointe Courte 2. Cleo 5 to 7 3. Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse 4. Vagabond

  • I Am Legend [Blu-ray] [2007] I Am Legend | Blu Ray | (21/04/2008) from £6.77  |  Saving you £20.22 (74.90%)  |  RRP £26.99

    The last man on earth is not alone. Will Smith portrays that lone survivor in I Am Legend the action epic fusing heart pounding excitement with a mind blowing vision of a desolated Manhattan. Some how immune to an unstoppable incurable virus military virologist Robert Neville (Smith) is now the last human survivor in New York City and maybe the world. But he is not alone. Mutant plague victims lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last hope Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find an antidote using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time.

  • Lost - The Complete Sixth Season [DVD] Lost - The Complete Sixth Season | DVD | (13/09/2010) from £8.69  |  Saving you £36.30 (80.70%)  |  RRP £44.99

    It?s taken a long time to get here, but finally, the last season of Lost arrives, with answers to at least some of the questions that fans of the show have been demanding for the past few years. In true Lost fashion, it doesn?t tie all its mysteries up with a bow, but it does at least answer some of the questions that have long being gestating. In the series opening, for instance, we finally learn the secret of the smoke monster, which is a sizeable step in the right direction. In terms of quality, the show has been on an upward curve since the end date of the programme was announced, and season six arguably finds Lost at its most confident to date. Never mind the fact that it?s juggling lots of proverbial balls: there?s a very clear end point here, and the show benefits enormously from it. Naturally, Lost naysayers will probably find themselves more alienated than ever here. But this boxset nonetheless marks the passing of a major television show, one that has cleverly managed to reinvent itself on more than one occasion, and keep audiences across the world gripped as a result. There?s going to be nothing quite like it for a long time to come? --Jon Foster

  • Grey's Anatomy - The Complete Season 5 [DVD] Grey's Anatomy - The Complete Season 5 | DVD | (23/08/2010) from £11.55  |  Saving you £24.44 (67.90%)  |  RRP £35.99

    Season 5 is a pivotal one for the riveting Grey's Anatomy. The doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital bloom and show new layers, the drama meets and exceeds that of previous seasons, and the show marks an important milestone--its 100th episode--with developments that, as with all the great Grey's episodes, brim with belly laughs and moving tears. The season gets off to a slow start, with perhaps a bit more relationship angst than even diehard fans would prefer. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek "McDreamy" (Patrick Dempsey) start out with the familiar push-pull of their love affair--but a resolution, at last, is in their future. Callie (the excellent, and newly glamorous, Sara Ramirez) wrestles with her sexual orientation. Cristina (Sandra Oh, never better) is still picking up the pieces from her ruined engagement to the departed Burke (Isaiah Washington). To help her, or maybe to throw her for another loop, the series introduces the gruff, macho military doc, Owen (one of TV's sexiest hunks, Kevin McKidd). Yet series creator and still active writer Shonda Rhimes unveils story arcs about midway through the season which have the surgeons' operating room dramas intersecting with the characters' private lives--with waves of heartbreaking results. Fans may take issue with "Dead Denny" (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his endless visitations--complete with sex--with Izzie (Katherine Heigl)--but as the season builds, Izzie's mystery illness, and her deep love for Alex (Justin Chambers) are treated with delicacy and respect, and Denny's character both reacts and ultimately supports. There's a wedding--a fairy-tale one--celebrating the show's 100th episode, and the love of the characters, and the pain they've overcome to get there--are equal parts of the very human, very lovely, result. The season finale is among the show's best ever, with the fate of two beloved characters, George (T.R. Knight) and Izzie, left unknown and laden with sorrow. --A.T. Hurley

  • Children Of Men (2-disc Special Edition) [2006] Children Of Men (2-disc Special Edition) | DVD | (19/03/2007) from £2.84  |  Saving you £16.69 (83.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    No children. No future. No hope. In a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind... Based on the novel by P.D. James.

  • Blade: Trinity  (Extended Version) Blade: Trinity (Extended Version) | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £1.99  |  Saving you £23.00 (92.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A group of vampires plot Blade's downfall by informing the FBI that he is a ruthless murderer.

  • Metallica - Some Kind Of Monster Metallica - Some Kind Of Monster | DVD | (31/01/2005) from £4.87  |  Saving you £15.12 (75.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This film from acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky provides a fascinating portrait of the most successful heavy metal band of all time as they faced monumental personal and professional challenges while recording their first studio album of original songs in five years. The film is an intensely intimate look at one of the biggest rock bands of all time - the band have sold over 90 million albums worldwide. 'Metallica - Some Kind of Monster' takes you in

  • Criminal Minds Season 4 [DVD] [2009] Criminal Minds Season 4 | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £6.89  |  Saving you £23.00 (74.20%)  |  RRP £30.99

    Criminal Minds is the dramatic psychological suspense thriller about an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse America's most twisted criminal minds and anticipate their next moves. This DVD Box Set contains all 25 episodes from the fourth season of the American crime drama series following an elite team of FBI profilers as they analyse the country's most twisted criminal minds anticipating their next moves before they strike again. Episodes Comprise: 1. Mayhem 2. The Angel Maker 3. Minimal Loss 4. Paradise 5. Catching Out 6. The Instincts 7. Memoriam 8. Masterpiece 9. 52 Pickup 10. Brothers in Arms 11. Normal 12. Soul Mates 13. Bloodline 14. Cold Comfort 15. Zoe's Reprise 16. Pleasure Is My Business 17. Demonology 18. Omnivore 19. House On Fire 20. Conflicted 21. A Shade of Gray 22. The Big Wheel 23. Roadkill 24. Amplification 25. To Hell... and Back

  • Final Destination 3 (2006) Final Destination 3 (2006) | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £2.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (88.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Giddily gruesome and perversely entertaining, Final Destination 3 proves, yet again, that horror franchises will thrive as long as teenagers keep finding spectacular ways to die. A stand-alone sequel to the first two Final Destination thrillers, this one begins when a group of seven high-school graduates luckily escape from a deadly roller-coaster disaster, only to discover that their own deaths have been only temporarily avoided. Cute brunette Wendy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) spots clues of impending doom in digital photos of her soon-to-be-expiring classmates, and an ill wind follows her everywhere, suggesting the presence of a supernatural force that makes her a catalyst for gory events, as each of her friends is dispatched in the order they were meant to die. Returning to give their brainchild a suspenseful, low-budget makeover, franchise creators and former X-Files writers James Wong and Glen Morgan cleverly play on our collective fears (the roller coaster sequence is genuinely terrifying) with a knowing nod to violent urban legends, which explains their inclusion of the '70s hit "Love Roller Coaster" on the soundtrack when two stuck-up girlfriends pay an ill-fated visit to a tanning parlor. And that's just for starters: With Wong as director, FD3 serves up its grisly deaths with tight pacing and humor, and the cathartic carnage is discreetly edited yet gory enough to satisfy hardcore horror buffs. When morbid mayhem is this much fun, it's a safe bet that another sequel is just around the corner. --Jeff Shannon

  • Alphas - Series 1 [DVD] Alphas - Series 1 | DVD | (10/09/2012) from £9.29  |  Saving you £15.70 (62.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    *Artwork subject to change

  • Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] [2006] Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) | Blu Ray | (20/10/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Bond is back! Back to the beginning of James Bond's career MI6's newest recruit (Daniel Craig the first blonde 007) is tasked with taking down a man known as Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) a money launderer for terrorists who is raising operational funds at a high-stakes poker game in the exclusive Montenegro establishment of Casino Royale... Exhilarating breathless and at times brutal this is the first Bond adventure since 1987 to be based on one of Ian Fleming's original novels. Paul Haggis (Oscar winning writer/director of Crash) adapts Casino Royale for a new generation as Daniel Craig new Aston Martin DBS in tow fills out the tuxedo of the ultra-smooth and ultra-deadly superspy.

  • Billy Elliot - 2 Disc Special Edition [2000] Billy Elliot - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £2.77  |  Saving you £17.22 (86.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Foursquare in the gritty-but-hearwarming tradition of Brassed Off and The Full Monty comes Billy Elliot, the first film of noted British theatrical director Stephen Daldry. The setting is County Durham in 1984, and things 'oop North are even grimmer than usual: the miners' strike is in full rancorous swing and 11-year-old Billy's dad and older brother, miners both, are staunch on the picket lines. Billy's got problems of his own. His dad's scraped together the fees to send him to boxing lessons, but Billy's discovered a different aptitude: a genius for ballet dancing. Since admitting to such an activity is tantamount, in this fiercely macho culture, to holding up a sign reading "I AM A RAVING POOF", Billy keeps it quiet. But his teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters, wearily undaunted) thinks he should audition for ballet school in London. Family ructions are inevitable. Daldry's film sidesteps some of the politics, both sexual and otherwise, but scores with its laconic dialogue (credit to screenwriter Lee Hall) and a cracking performance from newcomer Jamie Bell as Billy. His powerhouse dance routines, more Gene Kelly than Nureyev, carry an irresistible sense of exhilaration and self-discovery. Among a flawless supporting cast Stuart Wells stands out as Billy's sweet gay friend Michael. And if the miners' strike serves largely as background colour, there's one brief episode, as visored and truncheoned cops rampage through neat little terraced houses, that captures one of the most spiteful episodes in recent British history. --Philip Kemp

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