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  • Mosquito Squadron [1968] Mosquito Squadron | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £4.59  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    World War II aviation buffs may quibble with the details of Mosquito Squadron, but they'll love it just the same. It's an average war movie, capably directed by Boris Sagal, who thrived in television before he was tragically killed by a helicopter rotor in 1981. At the peak of his post-Man from UNCLE success, David McCallum plays a melancholy RAF ace, leading his squadron of De Havilland "Mosquito" bombers on low-altitude strikes over Nazi strongholds in Germany and France. His ground-based dilemma involves the grieving wife of his best friend, a fellow pilot presumed dead but later discovered alive with other POWs held at a French chalet where the Nazis are developing advanced V-class bombers. The RAF employs bouncing "highballs" capable of penetrating difficult targets, and the rousing climax doubles as a rescue mission and treacherous bombing run. Explosive action compensates for predictable melodrama, and Rocky Horror fans will enjoy seeing Charles ("the Criminologist") Gray as a stuffy RAF Commodore. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Battle Of Midway [1976] The Battle Of Midway | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (16.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    A star-studded World War II drama about the great air and naval battle in which the underdog Americans - outnumbered by the huge Japanese flotilla - won American military supremacy in the Pacific. Leading them to their heroic victory is Admiral Nimitz and Captain Matt Garth (Heston) the latter a junior officer whose life is complicated by his son's romance with a Japanese-American girl...

  • Run Silent, Run Deep [1958] Run Silent, Run Deep | DVD | (27/11/2000) from £4.50  |  Saving you £7.10 (54.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A movie's lasting value can often be measured by its influence in the years and decades following its original release, and on that basis Run Silent, Run Deep is certainly a classic of sorts. It remains one of the seminal World War II submarine pictures, and its intelligent script and tautly executed action are clearly echoed in such later submarine dramas as Das Boot and especially Crimson Tide, which borrows liberally from this 1958 film. In one of his best and final roles (he appeared in only four films after this), Clark Gable plays a submarine captain without a command, having been saddled with a desk job after his previous ship was destroyed due to his overzealous pursuit of the enemy in dangerous Japanese waters. He finally gets another boat--this time with a vigilant first officer (Burt Lancaster), who stands poised to assume command if Gable puts his crew in unnecessary danger. The tension and mutual respect between these two principled men is superbly written and directed (Robert Wise was just two years away from his triumph with West Side Story), and the crucial inclusion of a strong supporting cast (including Jack Warden and Don Rickles) enhances the movie's compelling authenticity. Based on a novel by former submarine commander Edward L. Beach, Run Silent, Run Deep is rousing entertainment with the added benefit of paying honourable tribute to the men who navigated through the most frightening and claustrophobic channels of the Pacific cinema. --Jeff Shannon

  • Chaplin [1992] Chaplin | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £4.59  |  Saving you £8.40 (64.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and starring Robert Downey Jr and an extraordinary cast 'Chaplin' is a loving grand-scale portrait of the Little Tramp's amazing life and times. His poverty-stricken childhood in England comes to life along with his friendships with Mack Sennett (Dan Aykroyd) and Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline) his many wives and scandalous affairs and his relentless pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover. Chaplin is the larger-than-life story of the actor behind the icon and a stunning depiction of a bygone era when Hollywood was at its most glamorous.

  • Platoon [Blu-ray] Platoon | Blu Ray | (16/05/2011) from £10.79  |  Saving you £9.20 (46.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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

  • The World At War [Blu-ray] The World At War | Blu Ray | (20/09/2010) from £32.95  |  Saving you £60.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £99.99

    The World at War: The Ultimate Restored Edition (9 Discs)

  • Das Boot [1981] Das Boot | DVD | (12/12/1998) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Wolfgang Petersen's harrowing and claustrophobic U-boat thriller Das Boot was released as both a theatrical film and a six-hour mini-series, and remains the most expensive production ever made by a German studio. The expanded "Director's Cut" of the movie was re-released 1997 and it is this version that is available for home viewing. This epic story became an instant classic on its first release, provoking critical and audience acclaim worldwide for its sympathetic and entirely truthful portrayal of a German U-boat crew. Faithfully adapted from the bestselling novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Petersen and his committed cast (led by the amazing Jürgen Prochnow) were concerned to ensure that every detail was rendered with painstaking accuracy--both physical and psychological--and the result is not only the best submarine drama ever made but also arguably the finest cinematic portrait of men at war and the terrible madness they must endure. On the DVD: The 200-minute "Director's Cut" version of the movie not only has several major scenes restored that were not in the theatrical release but also has been digitally remastered with significantly improved sound (new sound effects have been added) and anamorphic picture. (The six-hour TV version has yet to be released.) Here, the viewer can watch the movie in the original German, with or without subtitles, or in an English dubbed version that uses the voices of many of the original cast. On the utterly engrossing commentary track, director Wolfgang Petersen and star Jürgen Prochnow talk animatedly and in great detail about every aspect of making this epic story--from model shots using Barbie dolls to meeting the Captain of the original U-boat. This is one of the most consistently rewarding commentaries on disc. Also included is a five-minute featurette that promotes this new version. --Mark Walker

  • Brief Encounter [Blu-ray] [1945] Brief Encounter | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter.

  • Where Eagles Dare [Blu-ray] [1969] Where Eagles Dare | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010) from £6.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (61.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Scorned by reviewers when it came out, Where Eagles Dare has acquired a cult following over the years for its unashamed and highly concentrated dose of commando death-dealing to legions of Nazi machine-gun fodder. In 1968 Clint Eastwood was just getting used to the notion that he might be a world-class movie star; Richard Burton, whose image had been shaped equally by classical theatre and his headline-making romance with Elizabeth Taylor, was eager to try his hand at the action genre. Author Alistair MacLean's novel The Guns of Navarone had inspired the film that started the 1960s vogue for World War II military capers, so he was prevailed upon to write the screenplay (his first). The central location, an impregnable Alpine stronghold locked in ice and snow, is surpassing cool, but the plot and action are ultra-mechanical, and the switcheroo gamesmanship of just who is the undercover double (triple?) agent on the mission becomes aggressively silly. --Richard T Jameson

  • Battle Of The River Plate [1956] Battle Of The River Plate | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Something of a swan song for the legendary Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger partnership, 1956's The Battle of the River Plate is their penultimate film together (the following year's Ill Met By Moonlight was the last). Shot in a semi-documentary style that stands apart from the "magical realism" of much of their previous work--Canterbury Tales, A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes--the film tells the story of the pursuit of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee by three British cruisers off the River Plate in Uruguay during November 1939. Incorporating actual wartime footage adds to the authentic air, albeit one that sits uneasily with the obviously studio-bound look of the rest. Among the solid cast Peter Finch stands out as the beleaguered Captain Langsdorff of the Graf Spee, while John Gregson is his counterpart, the stalwart British hero type. Things get a bit odd when Christopher Lee pops up in the unlikely role of a Latin-American nightclub boss. It's an atypical Powell and Pressburger picture and not exactly their best, but still a fine World War II picture that documents an important incident in the opening salvos of the war. --Mark Walker

  • Amadeus [Blu-ray] [1984] Amadeus | Blu Ray | (16/02/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Amadeus triumphs as gripping human drama sumptuous period epic glorious celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and as the winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards including Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz) Actor (F. Murray Abraham) Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Peter Shaffer).

  • Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray] Slumdog Millionaire | Blu Ray | (01/06/2009) from £4.49  |  Saving you £20.50 (82.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Winner of 8 Acadamy Awards and 7 Baftas including Best Film and Best Director. Today is the biggest day in Jamal Malik's life. A Penniless eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai he's one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? But when the show breaks for the night suddenly he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much? Determined to get to the bottom of Jamal's story the jaded Police Inspector spends the night probing Jamal's incredible past from his riveting tales of the slums where he and his brother Salim survived by their wits to his hair-raising encounters with local gangs to his heartbreak over Latika the unforgettable girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out... The result is the sweeping stylish intoxicatingly human experience of Slumdog Milliomaire the new film from acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting Shallow Grave Millions 28 Days Later Sunshine). Part exhilarating love story part eye-catching journey into the underbelly of the so-called maximum city of Mumbai part stirring tale of an Everyman's triumph against a harsh cynical world Slumdog Millionaire is a visceral action-packed Dickensian epic for the 21st Century. At the heart of its exhuberant storytelling lies the the intriguing question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love.

  • Jacob's Ladder [Blu-ray] [1990] Jacob's Ladder | Blu Ray | (01/03/2010) from £8.89  |  Saving you £7.10 (44.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Jacob Singer's life is falling apart. His world is fraying at the edges and he's starting to question his own sanity. Terrifying demonic hallucinations haunt his everyday life. Around every corner a monstrous shadow lurks. Visions of his dead son appear before him at any given opportunity. Why does he feel like he's constantly being followed? Why does he feel as if no one can be trusted? Are his fears real or just the delusions of a warped traumatised mind? His army buddies from Vietnam don't seem to think so. They've been suffering the same symptoms and now its time for some answers. But the truth is far stranger then any of them could have possibly imagined. Directed By Adrien Lyne (Fatal Attraction Indecent Proposal) written by Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost Deadly Friend) and starring Tim Robbins (Short Cuts The Player) Jacob's Ladder is the most visually surreal and nightmarish thriller you're likely to experience.

  • In Darkness [DVD] In Darkness | DVD | (09/07/2012) from £3.19  |  Saving you £16.80 (84.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

  • Crank 2 - High Voltage [Blu-ray] [2009] Crank 2 - High Voltage | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £6.79  |  Saving you £18.20 (72.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Crank 2: High Voltage is the follow up to Crank's electrifying success keeping alive hitman Chev Chelios as he launches himself on an electrifying chase through Los Angeles in pursuit of the Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart.

  • The Boys From Brazil [Blu-ray] [1978] The Boys From Brazil | Blu Ray | (23/06/2008) from £5.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (70.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This terrifying thriller is based on Ira Levin's best seller in which Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) alive and living in South America gathers a group of former Nazis to work on a mysterious project. Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) begins to unravel the conspiracy and discovers that Mengele has cloned 94 young Hitlers. Suddenly the terrifying extent of Mengele's plan is revealed: twisting genetic science to become a new weapon of global horror.

  • Above Us The Waves [1955] Above Us The Waves | DVD | (19/06/2007) from £3.01  |  Saving you £3.98 (56.90%)  |  RRP £6.99

    Directed by Ralph Thomas, Above Us the Waves (1955) tells of a Royal Navy mission to sink the "invincible" German battleship Tirpitz, off the Norwegian coast. John Mills is calm and confident as the mission commander, with strong support from John Gregson and Donald Sinden--all treated by the German personnel as fellow gentlemen when captured. Despite stirring music from Arthur Benjamin, the action sequences are visually no more than adequate, and the film is only a partial success.--Richard Whitehouse

  • The Dirty Dozen [1967] The Dirty Dozen | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £4.95  |  Saving you £9.04 (64.60%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A model for dozens of action films to follow, this box-office hit from 1967 refined a die-hard formula that has become overly familiar, but it's rarely been handled better than it was in this action-packed World War II thriller. Lee Marvin is perfectly cast as a down-but-not-out army major who is offered a shot at personal and professional redemption. If he can successfully train and discipline a squad of army rejects, misfits, killers, prisoners, and psychopaths into a first-rate unit of specialised soldiers, they'll earn a second chance to make up for their woeful misdeeds. Of course, there's a catch: to obtain their pardons, Marvin's band of badmen must agree to a suicide mission that will parachute them into the danger zone of Nazi-occupied France. It's a hazardous path to glory, but the men have no other choice than to accept and regain their lost honor. What makes The Dirty Dozen special is its phenomenal cast including Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, Trini Lopez, Robert Ryan, and others. Cassavetes is the Oscar-nominated standout as one of Marvin's most rebellious yet heroic men, but it's the whole ensemble--combined with the hard-as-nails direction of Robert Aldrich--that makes this such a high-velocity crowd pleaser. The script by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller (from the novel by E.M. Nathanson) is strong enough to support the all-star lineup with ample humour and military grit, so if you're in need of a mainline jolt of testosterone, The Dirty Dozen is the movie for you. --Jeff Shannon

  • 633 Squadron [1964] 633 Squadron | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £4.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (65.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    With the fate of Europe still hanging in the balance a disparate bunch of brave Mosquito pilots are ordered on a near suicide low-level mission to destroy a Nazi rocket fuel depot in Norway... To make the film which was based on a true story a squadron of legendary de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers was resurrected from near extinction. Dazzling flying sequences bone-shaking sound and superb special effects help to make this one of the most realistic air combat films ever to

  • V For Vendetta [Blu-ray] [2006] V For Vendetta | Blu Ray | (07/07/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  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.

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