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  • Fracture [Blu-ray] [2007] Fracture | Blu Ray | (22/06/2009) from £5.29  |  Saving you £9.70 (64.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling star in the dramatic thriller Fracture. When a meticulous structural engineer (Hopkins) is found innocent of the attempted murder of his wife (Embeth Davidtz) the young district attorney (Gosling) who is prosecuting him becomes a crusader for justice. Fracture is packed with twists and turns that weave in and out of the courtroom as the pair try to outwit each other. The film features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice) is directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) and written by Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears The Manchurian Candidate) and Glenn Gers.

  • Black Hawk Down [Blu-ray] [2001] Black Hawk Down | Blu Ray | (22/04/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  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.

  • Cross Of Iron [Blu-ray] [1977] Cross Of Iron | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011) from £11.48  |  Saving you £11.51 (50.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    In Cross of Iron Sam Peckinpah weighs in on World War II from the German point of view. The result is as bleak, if not quite as bloody, as one expects from the director of The Wild Bunch, in part because this 1977 film was cut to ribbons by nervous studio executives. The assorted excerpts that remain don't constitute an exhilarating or even an especially thrilling battle epic. The war is grinding to a close, and veterans like James Coburn's Steiner are grimly aware that it's a lost cause. The battlefield is a death trap of sucking mud and barbed wire, and the German generals (viz., the martinet played by James Mason) seem to pose a bigger threat to the life and limbs of Steiner's men than the inexorable enemy. Not even Peckinpah's famous sensuous exuberance when shooting violence is much in evidence; the picture is a depressive, claustrophobically overcast experience. The bloody high (or low) point isn't a shooting; it's a wince-inducing de-penis-tration during oral sex. For a fun time with the men in (Nazi) uniform, try Das Boot instead. --David Chute, Amazon.com

  • To Hell and Back [DVD] [1955] To Hell and Back | DVD | (30/11/2009) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    To Hell And Back

  • Massacre In Rome [DVD] [1973] Massacre In Rome | DVD | (29/03/2010) from £6.93  |  Saving you £6.06 (46.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Massacre In Rome depicts one of the worst atrocities of the War which took place in Nazi occupied Rome sparking a searing political outrage: did the Vatican then led by Pope Pius XII (referred to by some as Hitler's Pope) kowtow to Nazism? After Italian Partisans killed 33 German soldiers by exploding a roadside bomb Hitler ordered the immediate execution of 10 Roman citizens for each dead soldier. When the Vatican withdrew from the matter a deadly confrontation ensued between a priest (Mastroianni) and a Nazi Officer Kapler (Burton at his best) who had been ordered to administer what would become one of the most heinous war crimes: the massacre of 335 civilians. Director Cosmatos and writer Robert Katz crank up the tension in this nerve-wracking dramatisation of Katz's own highly contentious 1967 best-seller Death in Rome in which he blamed Pope Pius XII for the massacre; and for which the author was sued upon the film's release by the Pope's heirs and sentenced to jail. The controversy continues to date as the present Pope Benedict has just declared Pius XII venerable - the first step towards Sainthood.

  • The Go-Between [Blu-ray] [1970] The Go-Between | Blu Ray | (15/02/2010) from £8.99  |  Saving you £15.52 (62.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Christie stars as Marian sister to Marcus and about to be engaged to Hugh (Edward Fox) a good-natured Viscount and her perfect match. During the course of summer 1900 13-year-old Leo comes to stay at the Norfolk stately home of his classmate Marcus and is soon befriended by Marian. Initially ignorant of the implications Leo agrees to carry messages between Marian and her neighbour the eminently unsuitable local farmer Ted Burgess (Alan Bates). As the oppressive heat intensifies so do Leo's questions about the laws of attraction and love... and as his childhood innocence is threatened so is the fragile web of relationships so recently forged over the course of this summer's passions deceptions and revelations... Adapted from the classic novel by LP Hartley by Harold Pinter this was his third collaboration with director Joseph Losey and won him a BAFTA for Best Screenplay. Also a BAFTA winner for Best Actress the film also stars Michael Redgrave.

  • Brief Encounter [Blu-ray] [1945] Brief Encounter | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009) from £6.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (68.50%)  |  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.

  • Chocolate Chocolate | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Chocolate (2008)

  • Jarhead [2005] Jarhead | DVD | (30/05/2011) from £2.56  |  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 £8.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (64.00%)  |  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....

  • Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £15.70 (78.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Doctor Who - The Complete Specials [Blu-ray] Doctor Who - The Complete Specials | Blu Ray | (11/01/2010) from £12.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Includes all the Doctor Who Specials from 2009! Episodes Comprise: The Next Doctor: It's Christmas Eve in 1851 in The Next Doctor and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths he's surprised to meet another Doctor (David Morrissey) and soon the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan (Dervla Kirwan). But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing? Planet of the Dead: Starring Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans Planet Of The Dead was the first of this year's specials. When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand. And time is running out as the deadly Swarm gets closer... The Waters of Mars: The Waters of Mars welcomes Lindsay Duncan as the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion. The Waters of Mars is a dark scary thriller that sees the Doctor land on the planet Mars at a base in peril. A creeping infection beneath the Martian surface threatens not only the human race but also the Doctor's most fundamental beliefs. Together with Adelaide Brooke - the base's commander - the Doctor must stop a seemingly unstoppable menace before it can reach Earth and wipe out mankind. The End of Time: Part One: Join the Tenth Doctor for his final journey in The End of Time Parts One and Two when his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe. The End of Time: Part Two: The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder and an ancient trap closing around the Earth the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made and the deadly prophecy warns: He will knock four times.

  • The Hurt Locker [DVD] [2008] The Hurt Locker | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.75  |  Saving you £17.24 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Thin Red Line [DVD] The Thin Red Line | DVD | (31/01/2011) from £2.96  |  Saving you £13.03 (81.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Thin Red Line is a gritty war movie that focuses on the conflicts of two men as well as the hand-to-hand battles that commenced during the Guadalcanal campaign in World War 2. Freshly married Private Doll (Keir Dullea) has just been drafted to Guadalcanal where he meets Sergeant Welch (Jack Warden), Welch is a tough veteran and very stuck in his ways. His methods of training are somewhat harsh and he pushes his soldiers to the absolute limit. Upon arriving the two soldiers instantly clash as stubborn Private Doll disagrees with Welch’s methods and sees no problem breaking his rules. As the battle with the Japanese begins to heat up so does the confrontation with these two men, but will they see that they are on the same team? Or will they carry this conflict to its bitter end?

  • Gallipoli [1982] Gallipoli | DVD | (07/05/2001) from £5.75  |  Saving you £9.15 (45.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    An outstanding drama, Gallipoli resonates with sadness long after you have seen it. Set during World War I, this brutally honest antiwar movie was cowritten by director Peter Weir. Mark Lee and a sinfully handsome Mel Gibson are young, idealistic best friends who put aside their hopes and dreams when they join the war effort. This character study follows them as they enlist and are sent to Gallipoli to fight the Turks. The first half of the film is devoted to their lives and their strong friendship. The second half details the doomed war efforts of the Aussies, who are no match for the powerful and aggressive Turkish army. Because the script pulls us into their lives and forces us to care for these young men, we are devastated by their fate. --Rochelle O'Gorman.

  • Chaplin [1992] Chaplin | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  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.

  • Wargames [DVD] Wargames | DVD | (10/02/2014) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is a young computer whizz who hacks into what he believes is a new line of video games, little knowing that it is in fact NORAD, America's defence program. He inadvertently creates a hostile global situation, placing the world on the brink of nuclear war. Together with his girlfriend Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and a misanthropic computer expert (John Wood), David must fight to prevent an atomic meltdown.

  • The Desert Fox [DVD] [1951] The Desert Fox | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    James Mason delivers a strong performance in the title role of this sympathetic study of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.In the early 40's, Rommel's juggernaut Afrika Korps dominated North Africa. But as the tide turned and he came to the painful realisation that his Fuhrer, to whom he had sworn allegiance, was destroying Germany, his ingrained sense of duty pushed him into a conspiracy against Hitler. Focusing on the latter part of Rommel's career, the flm portrays him as a dedicated soldier, sympathetic to his men and devoted to the art of waging war in a dignified, disciplined manner.Co-starring Jessica Tandy as Rommel's wife and Cedric Hardwicke as another anti-Hitler conspirator, The Desert Fox is an intimate look at one of the most respected tacticians of modern times, openly admitted by those who followed him into combat and those who faced him in the field of battle.

  • Defiance [Blu-ray] [2008] Defiance | Blu Ray | (18/05/2009) from £5.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (76.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Based on the book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec Defiance revolves around three Jewish Brothers Tuvia (Daniel Craig) Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael Bielski (Jamie Bell) who live in Nazi occupieed Poland. The Bielski brothers manage to escape into the Belarussian forest where they unite with Russian resistance fighters. The group endeavour to build a village inside the forest in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

  • The Battle of Algiers [Blu-ray] The Battle of Algiers | Blu Ray | (09/07/2012) from £14.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (31.80%)  |  RRP £21.99

    Director Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 movie The Battle of Algiers concerns the violent struggle in the late 1950s for Algerian independence from France, where the film was banned on its release for fear of creating civil disturbances. Certainly, the heady, insurrectionary mood of the film, enhanced by a relentlessly pulsating Ennio Morricone soundtrack, makes for an emotionally high temperature throughout. With the advent of the "war against terror" in recent years, the film's relevance has only intensified. Shot in a gripping, quasi-documentary style, The Battle of Algiers uses a cast of untrained actors coupled with a stern voiceover. Initially, the film focuses on the conversion of young hoodlum Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag) to FLN (the Algerian Liberation Front.) However, as a sequence of outrages and violent counter-terrorist measures ensue, it becomes clear that, as in Eisenstein's October, it is the Revolution itself that is the true star of the film. Pontecorvo balances cinematic tension with grimly acute political insight. He also manages an even-handedness in depicting the adversaries. He doesn't flinch from demonstrating the civilian consequences of the FLN's bombings, while Colonel Mathieu, the French office brought in to quell the nationalists, is played by Jean Martin as determined, shrewd and, in his own way, honourable man. However, the closing scenes of the movie--a welter of smoke, teeming street demonstrations and the pealing white noise of ululations--leaves the viewer both intellectually and emotionally convinced of the rightfulness of the liberation struggle. This is surely among a fistful of the finest movies ever made. --David Stubbs

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