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  • Brideshead Revisited [2008] Brideshead Revisited | DVD | (09/03/2009) from £3.16  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A victim of her father's debt 'Little Dorrit' has spent her childhood behind the heavy iron doors of Marshalsea Prison. But will a chance meeting change her life? Andrew Davies' gripping new series brings to life Dickens' classic tale of hardship and struggle in 1820s London where larger-than-life characters leap from rags to riches (and back again) and fortunes can be reversed in an instant. Returning home after many years abroad Arthur Clennam is surprised by the mysterious presence of Amy Dorrit a young seamstress in his mother's house. Troubled by the Dorrits' plight and suspecting his own family's involvement in their downfall he resolves to help them. Delving into the puzzling connections between the two families Arthur entangles himself in a mystery that transcends the walls of Marshalsea to include an epic scope and a personal resonance that makes this tale one of the most exhilarating and stirring in history. And as the truth unfolds Arthur discovers that the shadow of debt can fall in the most unlikely of places'.

  • Stalag 17 [1952] Stalag 17 | DVD | (10/06/2002) from £4.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (68.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Black comedy and suspenseful action inside a German POW camp during World War II--a setting that was later borrowed for the American TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes. The great director Billy Wilder adapted the hit stage play, applying his own wicked sense of humour to the apparently bleak subject matter. William Holden plays an antisocial grouse amid a gang of wisecracking though indomitable American prisoners. Because of his bitter cynicism, Holden is suspected by the others of being an informer to the Germans, an accusation he must deal with in his own crafty way. Holden, who had delivered a brilliant performance for Wilder in Sunset Blvd., won the 1953 Best Actor Oscar for Stalag 17. Very much his equal, however, is Otto Preminger, an accomplished director himself, who plays the strict, sneering camp commandant. --Robert Horton

  • Hancock [Blu-ray] Hancock | Blu Ray | (01/12/2008) from £3.75  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Hancock turns the standard superhero movie inside-out. The titular character, played by Will Smith, can fly, has super strength and is invulnerable. But he's also a sloppy, arrogant alcoholic who causes millions of dollars in property damage whenever he bothers to fight crime. When he saves the life of a PR agent named Ray (Jason Bateman, Arrested Development), Ray decides to improve Hancock's image--starting by having Hancock surrender himself to the authorities and go to prison for his lawless behaviour. The idea is that once he's in prison, the crime rate will go up and people will start realising Hancock might be of value after all. This is only the first act of Hancock though--from there, the film takes several surprising turns that shouldn't be revealed. Hancock isn't a great movie, but it is an extremely entertaining one. The script, which holds together far better than most superhero movies, has a propulsive plot, good dialogue, some compassion for its characters, and even an actual idea or two. The spectacular action at least gestures towards obeying the laws of physics, which actually makes the special effects more vivid. The three leads (Smith, Bateman, and Charlize Theron as Ray's wife, Mary) deftly balance the movie's mixture of comedy, action, and drama. All in all, a smart subversive twist on a genre that all too often takes itself all too seriously. --Bret Fetzer

  • The Eagle Has Landed [1977] The Eagle Has Landed | DVD | (19/07/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £1.20 (20.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    This 1976 adventure story set in World War II concerns a Nazi plot to kidnap Churchill from his retreat--or murder him if need be. The large, great cast and a director, John Sturges, who's been down this road of ensemble action before (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) make this project exciting if not as memorable as Sturges' more famous works. The weak ending doesn't help. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Step Up [Blu-ray] [2006] Step Up | Blu Ray | (27/10/2008) from £4.00  |  Saving you £15.99 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    He's a defiant rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks. She's a privileged dancer from an elite performing arts school. Their worlds couldn't be more different but when their fates collide the sparks between them fly igniting an exhilarating hip-hop-fuelled fairy tale about making your one shot at an improbable dream come true.

  • Stalingrad [1992] Stalingrad | DVD | (22/10/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    It's tempting to call the harrowing Stalingrad a World War II version of All Quiet on the Western Front, since both films take the perspective of ordinary German soldiers at ground level. Stalingrad surveys the misery of the battle of Stalingrad, the winter siege that cost the lives of almost one and a half million people--Russian defenders and German invaders alike. Not unlike Spielberg's approach to Saving Private Ryan, German director Joseph Vilsmaier rarely steps outside the action to comment on the higher purpose of the war, assuming the audience is aware of the evil of the Nazi regime. Instead, we simply follow a group of soldiers as they endure a series of gut-wrenching episodes, events that have the tang of authenticity and horror. Vilsmaier has a taste for symbolism and surreal touches, which only add to the unsettling sense of insanity this movie conjures up so well. --Robert Horton

  • Goodfellas [HD DVD] [1990] Goodfellas | HD DVD | (04/12/2006) from £6.45  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    As far back as I can remember I've always wanted to be a gangster. Based on the true life best seller 'Wiseguy' by Nicholas Pileggi and backed by a dynamic pop/rock oldies soundtrack was named 1990's best film by the New York Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. And it earned six Academy Award Nominations. Robert De Niro received wide recognition for his performance as veteran criminal Jimmy The Gent Conway. And as the volatile Tommy DeVito Joe Pesci walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino also turned in electrifying performances. You have to see it to believe it.

  • Roaring Currents [DVD] Roaring Currents | DVD | (06/07/2015) from £7.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    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.

  • A Bridge Too Far [Blu-ray] A Bridge Too Far | Blu Ray | (01/01/2009) from £6.49  |  Saving you £6.50 (50.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A Bridge Too Far, Official UK region B release, includes trailers, 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, widescreen 2:35:1

  • Great Expectations [Blu-ray] Great Expectations | Blu Ray | (23/06/2008) from £6.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (65.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    David Lean directed this stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world.

  • The Great Escape [1963] The Great Escape | DVD | (01/02/2000) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The Great Escape image of Steve McQueen (as "The Cooler King") astride his motorcycle has entered silver-screen iconography, alongside Brando on his bike from The Wild One. Based on a true story about a group of POWs who mount a daring breakout from a supposedly inescapable Nazi prison camp, this rousing and suspenseful World War II epic features an all-star cast, including James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and David McCallum. --Jim Emerson

  • Run Silent, Run Deep [1958] Run Silent, Run Deep | DVD | (27/11/2000) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  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

  • Apocalypse Now [Blu-ray] [1979] Apocalypse Now | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011) from £18.50  |  Saving you £8.90 (29.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    In the tradition of such obsessively driven directors as Erich von Stroheim and Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola approached the production of Apocalypse Now as if it was his own epic mission into the heart of darkness. On location in the storm-ravaged Philippines, he quite literally went mad as the project threatened to devour him in a vortex of creative despair but from this insanity came one of the greatest films ever made. It began as a John Milius screenplay, transposing Joseph Conrad's classic story "Heart of Darkness" into the horrors of the Vietnam War, following a battle-weary Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret upriver mission to find and execute the renegade Colonel Kurtz(Marlon Brando), who has reverted to a state of murderous and mystical insanity. The journey is fraught with danger involving war-time action on epic and intimate scales. One measure of the film's awesome visceral impact is the number of sequences, images and lines of dialogue that have literally burned themselves into our cinematic consciousness, from the Wagnerian strike of helicopter gunships on a Vietnamese village to the brutal murder of stowaways and the unflinching fearlessness of the surfing warrior Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who speaks lovingly of "the smell of napalm in the morning." Like Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this film is the product of genius cast into a pit of hell and emerging, phoenix-like, in triumph. Coppola's obsession (effectively detailed in the riveting documentary Hearts of Darkness, directed by Coppola's wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. --Jeff Shannon

  • Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • We Were Soldiers [Blu-ray] We Were Soldiers | Blu Ray | (06/10/2014) from £11.39  |  Saving you £8.60 (43.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    We Were Soldiers, based on the bestselling account of the battle of La Drang valley at the outset of the Vietnam War, is the latest Mel Gibson Braveheart-esque offering where plot and characterisation, rather than the men who lost their lives in the conflict, are the most serious casualties. The story follows Lt. Colonel Hal Moore (Gibson) and his platoon through a brief spell at boot camp and then into the battle itself. In place of the moral ambiguity offered by, say, Platoon or Hamburger Hill, We Were Soldiers presents us with archetypes. Gibson's family man colonel is almost a parody of Patton, a man with so much heart you wonder how he manages to get up in the morning. He's a good Catholic, loves his men, and tells us that he's the first one on the battlefield and the last one off. And if that self-eulogising wasn't enough we have the slow-mo, heavily scored last-one-into-the-helicopter moment to prove it. In uncomfortably jingoistic contrast, the commander of the Viet Cong never leaves his cavernous headquarters as he sends his faceless foot soldiers to their death. What saves the film are Ryan Hurst's performance as the stoic Sergeant Ernie Savage and Barry Pepper's non-combatant journalist who gets caught up in the action and has to fight to survive, both of whom inject some much-needed humanity into the action. Otherwise there is so little character development before the offensive that you find yourself squinting at the screen trying to work out who just bought the bullet when you really should be feeling every gunshot. Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace's direction is heavy handed and over sentimental--relentless violence masquerades as poignant remembrances of the futility of war--and the only time it ever approaches genuine emotion is the scene where the wives begin receiving telegrams detailing their husband's deaths. When measured against Hamburger Hill and Full Metal Jacket, We Were Soldiers doesn't even deserve to be in the same platoon. --Kristen Bowditch

  • Shallow Grave [Blu-Ray] Shallow Grave | Blu Ray | (01/06/2009) from £7.29  |  Saving you £14.70 (66.80%)  |  RRP £21.99

    From the director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire comes a masterpiece of terror. Starring Kerry Fox Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor this hermetically sealed shocker will take you on a fantastic ride that's riddled with hairpin turns. Juliet David and Alex find that their new reclusive roommate has not left the bedroom for days. After kicking in the door they discover this drug overdosed corpse... and a suitcase full of cash. Fatefully choosing to keep the money they know they have to get rid of the body. But the remains won't stay buried and a careless trail from the shallow grave leads the police and two money-hungry thugs-back to the trio. As the stakes get higher so does the body count not to mention their paranoia which is quickly putting their friendship in jeopardy...forever!

  • Too Late the Hero Too Late the Hero | DVD | (01/01/2008) from £6.05  |  Saving you £-0.06 (-1.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Three years after he made 'The Dirty Dozen', Robert Aldrich returned to the theme of war and not only produced and directed but wrote the story and screenplay for this action-packed adventure epic, featuring reluctant heros and a stunning climax!It is WWII, November 1942 and the U.S launches a major naval offensive in the South Pacific. To ensure battle plans remain secret, a Japanese radio installation must be destroyed and so American naval officer (Cliff Robertson) is ordered by his commander (Henry Fonda) to join a squad of British misfits on a suicide mission to take out the facility. Michael Caine is one of the misfits - a cynical soldier who'd just as likely shoot his commanding officer as obey him. However, when the ragtag band learn of secret Japanese plans, what began as a simple suicide mission becomes a war.

  • Cockleshell Heroes [1954] Cockleshell Heroes | DVD | (20/12/2004) from £4.18  |  Saving you £1.81 (30.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Available for the first time on DVD! In World War II Royal Marine Major Stringer (Jose Ferrer) and Captain Thompson (Trevor Howard) chose volunteers for an unknown job. They trained the volunteers intensively in top secrecy for more than a year and then embarked with them on the most dangerous mission of the war - the canoe invasion of an enemy-held French port for the purpose of blowing up the giant battleships. The ten ""canoe commandoes"" were carried to their jump-off point by s

  • They Who Dare [1953] They Who Dare | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £8.99  |  Saving you £4.00 (30.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    During World War II a British Commando raiding party who are despatched to Rhodes to destroy German airfields in a mission fraught with danger...

  • John Q. [Blu-ray] [2002] John Q. | Blu Ray | (13/04/2009) from £1.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (86.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington Training Day Remember the Titans) is an ordinary man whose life revolves around his family. His wife Denise (Kimberly Elise Beloved Set It Off) and young son Michael (Daniel E. Smith) are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can't afford and his health insurance won't cover he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive. With time and options running out a desperate gamble becomes his only hope - he takes the hospital emergency room hostage. In addition John Q. stars Robert Duvall (Gone In 60 Seconds The Godfather) Eddie Griffin (Armageddon Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) Shawn Hatosy (Outside Providence In & Out) Anne Heche (Six Days Seven Nights Psycho) Ray Liotta (Hannibal Heartbreakers) James Woods (Any Given Sunday Virgin Suicides) and is directed by Nick Cassavetes.

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