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  • Up The Junction [1968] Up The Junction | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £5.00  |  Saving you £4.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A girl from a rich family in Chelsea is bored and decides to go slumming in depressed Battersea. She gets a flat and starts working in a factory and makes some friends there. One of her friends is pregnant but abortion is illegal...

  • Sharpe's Peril/Sharpe's Challenge Sharpe's Peril/Sharpe's Challenge | DVD | (10/11/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Sharpe's Challenge: Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja Khande Rao who is threatening British interests. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission yet. When a general's daughter is kidnapped by the Indian warlord the tension mounts leaving Sharpe with no option but to pursue the enemy right into their deadly lair. Deep in the heart of enemy territory Sharpe also has to keep the beautiful but scheming regent Madhuvanthi at bay. The fate of an Empire and the life of a general's daughter lie in one man's hands... Sharpe's Peril: It's India 1818 and Lt Col Richard Sharpe and Sergeant Major Patrick Harper are travelling across India escorting the beautiful Marie-Angelique Bonnet to meet her fianc''e. While in bandit-plagued badlands they come across the very dregs of the Crown's troops; an ill disciplined rag-tag unit led by boy soldier Beauclare. As Sharpe and company sit down to have dinner with their hosts the camp comes under attack by the notorious bandit Chitu. As the dust settles it becomes apparent there have been many casualties and Sharpe realises that he is the only person now capable of getting this wagon train to the safety of the next army garrison. Little does Sharpe know that the adventure has only just begun and that he has inadvertently stumbled across a massive opium trafficking ring...

  • Roaring Currents [Blu-ray] Roaring Currents | Blu Ray | (06/07/2015) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Disgraced Admiral Yi is reinstated to lead a crippled Korean naval force against an impending Japanese invasion by sea. Having already suffered devastating losses Yi only has twelve ships to command against over three hundred Japanese vessels. Facing insurmountable odds Yi embarks with his men on a suicidal mission to stall the Japanese in their pursuit of Korean shores accepting their fate of almost certain death.

  • Ice Cold In Alex  (Digitally Restored) [DVD] Ice Cold In Alex (Digitally Restored) | DVD | (12/09/2011) from £8.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (43.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A tense, engrossing adventure set in the 1942 Libyan war zone in the hot Western Desert. A British ambulance officer (John Mills) escapes the siege in Tobruk and tries desperately to get his passengers to safety in Alexandria, where he dreams he will have the luxury of an 'ice cold' glass of beer. His passengers include a stranded hospital nurse, a Sergeant-Major and a stray South African Officer, trying to return to his unit. Despite saving the group from the Germans, something is not quite right about the last passenger. As he begins to undermine the group's stamina using psychological tactics, the British officer begins to suspect he might be a German spy...

  • Inglourious Basterds [DVD] [2009] Inglourious Basterds | DVD | (07/12/2009) from £2.94  |  Saving you £16.50 (82.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Lakshya [2004] Lakshya | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Shot on location on mountains 18 000ft high with Bollywood's top three stars in the lead the latest film from the world's most prolific film industry is a coming of age movie set against the backdrop of life in the army.

  • Robert Redford Collection Robert Redford Collection | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £8.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (30.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Great Gatsby: Robert Redford is Jay Gatsby the dashing enigmatic millionaire obsessed with the elusive and spoilt Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow) in an era in which recklessness with money liquor women and fast cars pervaded the American consciousness... Indecent Proposal: In Las Vegas and desperate for cash a young married couple are faced with a difficult proposition - should the wife have sex with a wealthy man for million... Barefoot in the Park: Robert Redford is Mister Straight. Jane Fonda is his new wife who dedicates her life to the pursuit of fun. As the ecstasy of the honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up housekeeping in a five-flight walk-up the harmony of marriage turns to comical discord.

  • The Army Game - Complete Series The Army Game - Complete Series | DVD | (25/08/2008) from £17.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    The Army Game was a sitcom giant of its time and one of ITV's most popular shows. Created by Sid Colin it pre-dated the more famous Dad's Army by a number of years. A group of men serving out time as conscripts in the army are determined to dodge duty and derive maximum fun out of a situation they'd rather not be in. Because WWII was only 12 years passed and national service was very much a reality many viewers found they could identify with the characters and the situation they found themselves in.

  • Arabian Nights [Blu-ray] [1974] Arabian Nights | Blu Ray | (27/04/2009) from £22.69  |  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.

  • World War 2 - Complete History World War 2 - Complete History | DVD | (25/06/2007) from £17.45  |  Saving you £2.54 (12.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Featuring eleven hours ofincredible archive footage this famous series tells theheroic story of the menwho shaped our world

  • Full Metal Jacket [1987] Full Metal Jacket | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £3.25  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

    One of a series of revisionist Vietnam cinema released in the late 1980s, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket is essentially split into two stories linked by a number of characters. The film follows new recruit Joker (Matthew Modine) and his fellow soldiers through their basic training and into combat in Vietnam. The first half is a chilling portrayal of military brutality and de-humanisation, mainly at the hands of Sgt Hartman (played at a level of staggering intensity by ex-Marine Lee Ermey), that centres around the tragic character of Private Pyle, a young man pushed to the edge of his endurance. The tone of the film is no less harsh when transported to the combat zone as we see the results of the training process in action: the young men turned into unquestioning killing machines. Joker is perhaps the one exception, a soldier with "Born to Kill" written on his helmet who also sports a peace sign on his lapel. But the film finds itself caught in the trap of many of the war movies of the time--how to create audience empathy with characters who are essentially in the wrong. It's a dilemma that Full Metal Jacket never really solves, although as a spectacle the film is a masterpiece. Made in the days before CGI became the norm, the battle sequences--filmed, rather bizarrely, in London's Docklands before its redevelopment--are hugely realistic and are perhaps the key moments of the movie, heightening the disorientation and fear felt by the soldiers. By offering no more than a snapshot of the Vietnam conflict (the action deals with one individual skirmish), Kubrick cleverly leaves any judgement on the war to the audience, although clearly attempting to influence them. The fate of the characters who survive is also left in the balance, but we can perhaps imagine what awaits them. On the DVD: Part of a series of Kubrick DVD reissues, Full Metal Jacket has been treated to the full remastering and restoration treatment. The battle sequences have benefited the most, gaining a new audio and visual crispness and clarity that adds to their already impressive sense of realism--you can almost feel the heat searing from the screen and the explosions detonating around you. Maybe not the best war film ever made, as some may claim, but certainly one to take you right to the heart of the action. --Phil Udell

  • Australia [Blu-ray] [2008] Australia | Blu Ray | (27/04/2009) from £6.65  |  Saving you £19.60 (70.00%)  |  RRP £27.99

    Australia is the new film from director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge Romeo And Juliet) and stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Australia centers on an English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land only to still face the bombing of Darwin Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

  • Flags Of Our Fathers/Letters From Iwo Jima - Battle For Iwo Jima Collection [Blu-ray] Flags Of Our Fathers/Letters From Iwo Jima - Battle For Iwo Jima Collection | Blu Ray | (09/07/2007) from £6.69  |  Saving you £21.30 (76.10%)  |  RRP £27.99

    This Blu-Ray double-pack brings together Clint Eastwood's outstanding World War II double bill which tells the story of the battle for Iwo Jima from both sides. Flags Of Our Fathers February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag some of whom would die soon after never knowing that they had been immortalized. But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory. Letters Of Iwo Jima The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi however does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons a young soldier Saigo a poor baker in civilian life strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength honor courage and horrors beyond imagination.

  • Scarlet Street Scarlet Street | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £7.09  |  Saving you £5.00 (38.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A major box office hit in its day despite being banned in three American states Scarlet Street is seen by many as one of Fritz Lang's finest films. Its film-noire setting sees Edward G. Robinson in one of his most emphatic performances as a middle-aged cashier Chris Cross who has a chance meeting with the wayward Kitty (Joan Bennett). Trapped in an unfulfilling marriage and desperate to be a painter Chris falls in love with Kitty. Kitty however is already under the spell of her conman boyfriend Johnny (Dan Duryea) and as Chris becomes obsessed with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty Johnny senses an opportunity to extort money from the love struck cashier.

  • Frost/Nixon [Blu-ray] [2008] Frost/Nixon | Blu Ray | (18/05/2009) from £3.04  |  Saving you £21.95 (87.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It?s not always that a stage play translates particularly well to the medium of movies. But for anyone considering such a challenge in the future, Frost/Nixon is surely a fine template to follow. In the capable hands of director Ron Howard, the extraordinary story of how a then-fairly low profile television interviewer managed to bring the disgraced former President of the United States to account is, at best, absolutely riveting. Much of the reason for this is the two leading performances, which are both absolutely exception. The awards attention for Frost/Nixon has been directed towards Frank Langella, and truly he?s an actor long overdue some recognition. Here, as ex-President Nixon, he?s flat-out brilliant: a complex, intriguing character portrayed with real measure and expertise. It?s unfair, though, that Michael Sheen has been overlooked by some. Fresh from portraying Tony Blair in The Queen, Sheen is once more brilliant here, injecting Frost with an erratic, on-the-edge fallibility that sets up the film?s final act extremely well. Now you can argue, with some right, that Frost/Nixon flattens out some of the facts to its own liking, and certainly the portrayal of David Frost doesn?t seem to do the man too many favours. But when it gets to the interviews themselves, it?s electric, and proof that you don?t need a bunch of effects and flashy gimmicks to keep you on the edge of your seat. Ron Howard has done this to us before with a true story, in the shape of Apollo 13, and here again, even though we know the ending, the journey there is quite brilliant. You really can make compelling drama with just two people sat in a chair? --Simon Brew

  • The Bridge At Remagen [1968] The Bridge At Remagen | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £4.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (62.60%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Fine casting, rugged characters and authentic military detail make The Bridge at Remagen one of the best World War II action films of the 1960s. Based on actual incidents during the final Allied advance on Germany in March 1945, the story focuses on the US Army's exhausted 27th Armoured Infantry, assigned to seize the bridge at Remagen, on the Rhine river, to prevent 50,000 German troops from retreating to safety. Lt Hartman (George Segal) leads the mission, while a Nazi major (Robert Vaughn) defies orders by attempting to hold the bridge instead of blowing it up. With strong emphasis on war's harsher realities, the film's compelling characters illustrate the camaraderie of survivors and the heroism of mavericks in the thick of battle. Segal and Ben Gazzara effectively convey a hard-won friendship, and the film's dynamic action (filmed in Czechoslovakia and Italy) never overwhelms the story's emotional impact. This is highly recommended. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • A Bridge Too Far [1977] A Bridge Too Far | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    1977's A Bridge Too Far by director Richard Attenborough features an all-star cast in an epic rendering of a daring but ultimately disastrous raid behind enemy lines in Holland during the Second World War. A lengthy and exhaustive look at the mechanics of warfare and the price and futility of war, the film is almost too large for its aims but manages to be both picaresque and affecting, particularly in the performance of James Caan. The impressive cast includes Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery and Liv Ullmann among others. While not a classic war film, it nevertheless manages to be a consistently interesting and exciting adventure. --Robert Lane

  • Mein Kampf [DVD] Mein Kampf | DVD | (25/10/2010) from £7.63  |  Saving you £2.36 (23.60%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is the book written by Adolf Hitler in which he laid out his political philosophy. Regarded inside Germany as the bible of National Socialism it was an accurate blueprint of what he aspired to accomplish when in power. After its publication few believed that Hitler and his Nazi Party intended to carry out every phrase of his literal program. In this film everything is taken from original footage and actually happened in our time. It tries to answer the burning questions such as what exactly happened during this terrible time in our history and how it was made possible.

  • The Heroes Of Telemark [1965] The Heroes Of Telemark | DVD | (28/02/2008) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Physics Professor Dr Pederson (Kirk Douglas) and underground leader Straud (Richard Harris) must convince British Intelligence that the Nazis are planning to build the A-bomb. The Norse Hydro Plant at Telemark is central to enemy strategy and the Allies decide to send in a task force to destroy it. Legendary director Anthony Mann (Winchester 73 El Cid The Fall of the Roman Empire) tells the story of nine courageous and indomitable Norwegians without whom the Second World War may ha

  • Das Boot - The Mini Series [1985] Das Boot - The Mini Series | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £5.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (76.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This 282-minute version of Das Boot is the full-length TV series, originally shown in six parts but here edited into a seamless whole. Director Wolfgang Petersen has since graduated to mega-budget Hollywood productions (2004's Troy for example), but has never managed even to come close to this, his German-language masterpiece. Petersen and his sterling cast (including Jürgen Prochnow in his best role as the U-boat captain) went to great lengths to ensure that this claustrophobic depiction of life aboard the German sub U-97 while attacking British convoys in the Atlantic is thoroughly authentic and totally convincing. Even the set itself, which is a replica of a U-boat interior, had no false walls, so all camera angles are necessarily from within its horribly narrow, overcrowded and sweaty confines. The result is certainly the finest submarine drama ever made, and one of the most compelling depictions of the physical, psychological and emotional effects of warfare. This mini-series is rather longer than the movie version, which is also available on DVD in a Director's Cut version. The differences are not in matters of plot, but in the pacing: everything here takes longer to happen, while the crew must sit around, bicker, swear and sweat it out--the agonising searching for action, the tension of the attack, the terrible stress of hiding from enemy destroyers. Everything unfolds as if in real time, which is the great advantage a TV production has over a movie (contrast, for example, Band of Brothers with Saving Private Ryan). This, therefore, is the definitive presentation of a World War II classic. On the DVD: Das Boot is presented on two discs, with no breaks where the original TV episodes started and finished. The default language option is German with optional English subtitles. For those constitutionally allergic to subtitles there is also an alternative English-language dub, voiced by many of the original cast (including Prochnow). Sound is adequate stereo or Dolby 5.1, and the anamorphic widescreen is good for the murky green underwater shots. Unlike the theatrical version, though, there is no commentary. --Mark Walker

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