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  • Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes I, II And III [DVD]Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes I, II And III | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £10.99   |  Saving you £3.98 (36.21%)   |  RRP £14.97

    Share the epic adventure! Relive the nonstop excitement thrilling discoveries and ultimate triumph of good over evil that make Star Wars the greatest space fantasy adventure of all time...and the ultimate entertainment experience for every family. The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Episodes -The Phantom Menace Attack of The Clones and Revenge of The Sith - begin the saga with young Anakin Skywalker's descent to the dark side as he transforms from child slave to Jedi apprentice to Darth Vader the most feared villain in the galaxy!

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the ClonesStar Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones | DVD | (11/11/2002) from £5.99   |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The most densely plotted instalment of the saga so far, Attack of the Clones is a tale of both Machiavellian political drama and doomed romance; it's epic war film and silly comic-book fantasy combined, as teenage Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) chafes at the restrictions imposed by his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and falls in love with Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman). Renegade Jedi Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) is leading a breakaway federation of disgruntled systems; while the insidious influence of Darth Sidious is felt rather than seen as his invisible hand guides apparently unrelated events, from Jar Jar's unwitting instigation of a disastrous Senate decision to bounty hunter Jango Fett's revelatory role at the centre of the conspiracy. Along the way the story has fun with the conventions of Chandleresque detective fiction as Obi-Wan explores the seedier side of Coruscant, and incorporates the noble warrior ethos of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in its portrayal of the Jedi order. The portentous tone is lightened by tongue-in-cheek self-referential dialogue and the antics of robotic clowns R2D2 and C3PO. (One niggle for music fans, though, is the cavalier cut-and-paste approach to John Williams's music score.) Like the Empire Strikes Back, Clones is the bridging film of the trilogy and thus ends on an equivocally bittersweet note. On the DVD: Attack of the Clones is an all-digital film, and so looks suitably superb in this anamorphic widescreen transfer, accompanied by a THX encoded Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. Anyone who owns The Phantom Menace two-disc set will know what to expect from the special features: here's another group commentary led by George Lucas, two lengthy documentaries on the digital effects ("From Puppets to Pixels" and "The Previsualisation of Episode II") plus several other featurettes and Web documentaries, notably "Films Are Not Released, They Escape", a look at the sound design. There's also a fun trailer for the R2-D2 mockumentary "Beneath the Dome", trailers, photo galleries and more to satisfy any Star Wars fan. --Mark Walker

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [1989]Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.49   |  Saving you £7.50 (136.61%)   |  RRP £12.99

    On its original release in 1988, the pairing of Steve Martin and Michael Caine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was seen as something of a dream ticket. Viewing the film many years later, that assessment still proves completely accurate: the casting is perfect. American Freddy Benson and Briton Lawrence Jamieson are con men who work the French Riviera--at first as colleagues, later as rivals--praying on rich, gullible women before finally meeting their match. Having spent the decade veering between popular rubbish and low-key quality, for once Caine was able to find a populist vehicle that did justice to his talents. Steve Martin is, well, very Steve Martin but there are few better suited to the visual comedy of his character. The film has an old-fashioned feel (no sex, violence or bad language) and owes much to the earlier period of film humour--it really doesn't take that much imagination to see this as an Ealing comedy. All round, it's a stylish, charming, witty film. On the DVD: Extras are few, limited to scene selection, subtitles and the very funny trailer. Picture quality is superb, allowing the film's exotic setting to sparkle and there are many scenes of breathtaking beauty. Given that the film is full of fantastic comedy set pieces, the ability to select scenes is a real plus, allowing to the viewer to locate that classic Martin pratfall at the push of a button. --Phil Udell

  • 37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) [DVD]37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) | DVD | (09/06/2014) from £9.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (100.10%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A stellar cast led by Ian McDiarmid and Tim Piggott-Smith reveal the complex behind-closed-doors story of the countdown to World War One in this political thriller following the catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914 to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4th August. Written by Mark Hayhurst this tense and gripping serial set within the corridors of power in Whitehall and Berlin tracks the unfolding crisis through the eyes of leading politicians and civil servants struggling to prevent the world's first global war. With scripts crafted from primary source research 37 Days also stars Sinead Cusack Bill Paterson Nicholas Farrell Kenneth Cranham rising star James McArdle and a leading cast from Germany and France.

  • Star Wars Episode VI:Return Of The Jedi (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version)Star Wars Episode VI:Return Of The Jedi (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version) | DVD | (11/09/2006) from £12.13   |  Saving you £10.86 (89.53%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Available for a limited time only! In the epic conclusion of the saga the Empire prepares to crush the rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station...

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [1999]Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace | DVD | (20/09/2004) from £31.03   |  Saving you £-11.04 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox are delighted to announce the theatrical release of STAR WARS: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in February 2012 across the UK & Ireland.

  • Gorky Park [1983]Gorky Park | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Martin Cruz Smith's bestselling mystery novel seemed ideal material for a movie version, but in Gorky Park director Michael Apted and the usually reliable writer Dennis Potter couldn't quite solve the problem of taking the story from page to screen. William Hurt plays Renko, a Cold War-era Moscow police detective who must cope with both crooks and Communist party protocol as he tries to solve a murder case in the middle of one of Moscow's public parks that leaves three faceless corpses. The strands of the mystery involve corruption, American money and the fur trade and, ultimately, take Renko to New York. But the tension is never all there, despite a deliciously menacing performance by Lee Marvin as the bad guy and Brian Dennehy as an American cop who becomes Renko's ally. --Marshall Fine

  • Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I-III) [Blu-ray]Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I-III) | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011) from £34.99   |  Saving you £-10.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Titles Comprise: Episode I: The Phantom Menace: The opening chapter in the fabled Star Wars saga: two Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) must rescue the young Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) and help her save her home planet Naboo which is under blockade by the ruthless trade federation. When the federation attacks the Jedi spirit the queen away to relative safety on the desert planet of Tattooine. It is there that Qui-Gon discovers a boy enslaved by evil gambler Watto who has the potential to become the most powerful of the Jedi. His name: Anakin Skywalker. Episode II: Attack Of The Clones: Anakin Skywalker disobeys the strictures of his Jedi training embarking of a forbidden affair with Padme Amidala while his teacher Obi-Wan Kenobi's investigation of assassination attempts against the Senator leads him to the distant planet of Kamino and into the middle of a separatist plot which brings the Galactic Republic to the very brink of civil war... Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith: As the Clone Wars rages on the rift between Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Jedi Council widens. Young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is caught in the middle his allegiances torn. Seduced by promises of power and the temptations of the dark side he pledges himself to the evil Darth Sidious and the Sith Order becoming Darth Vader. Together the Sith Lords set in motion a plot of revenge against the Jedi in an attempt to destroy them all. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) refusing to believe that Anakin is lost to the Sith tries to turn his old Padawan learner back to the light side leading to a climactic lightsaber battle that will shape the fate of the galaxy forever.

  • ElizabethElizabeth | DVD | (17/04/2006) from £6.49   |  Saving you £13.50 (208.01%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Helen Mirren stars as the 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth I in this Channel 4 drama penned by acclaimed novelist Nigel Williams. Elizabeth I daughter of Henry VIII reunited a nation divided by religious strife faced down the Spanish Armada and after an unprecedented forty-five year reign died one of England's best-loved monarchs. During her time as Queen poets and playwrights wrote about her artists painted her composers dedicated their work to her all contributing to the legen

  • Star Wars - Prequel Trilogy [1999]Star Wars - Prequel Trilogy | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £43.18   |  Saving you £-13.19 (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - The opening chapter in the fabled Star Wars saga: two Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) must rescue the young Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) and help her save her home planet Naboo which is under blockade by the ruthless trade federation. When the federation attacks the Jedi spirit the queen away to relative safety on the desert planet of Tattooine. It is there that Qui-Gon discovers a boy enslaved by evil gambler Watto who has the potential to become the most powerful of the Jedi. His name: Anakin Skywalker... Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones - Anakin Skywalker disobeys the strictures of his Jedi training embarking of a forbidden affair with Padme Amidala while his teacher Obi-Wan Kenobi's investigation of assassination attempts against the Senator leads him to the distant planet of Kamino and into the middle of a separatist plot which brings the Galactic Republic to the very brink of civil war... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith - As the Clone Wars rages on the rift between Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Jedi Council widens. Young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is caught in the middle his allegiances torn. Seduced by promises of power and the temptations of the dark side he pledges himself to the evil Darth Sidious and the Sith Order becoming Darth Vader. Together the Sith Lords set in motion a plot of revenge against the Jedi in an attempt to destroy them all. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) refusing to believe that Anakin is lost to the Sith tries to turn his old Padawan learner back to the light side leading to a climactic lightsaber battle that will shape the fate of the galaxy forever.

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [Blu-ray] [1988]Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Blu Ray | (02/12/2013) from £8.49   |  Saving you £4.50 (53.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) is a crass, loud American. Laurence Jameson (Michael Caine) is a suave, urbane European. Their common ground is that they both are confidence men, and they meet in a train compartment as Benson is scamming his way across Europe, taking advantage of women's generosity. The two are forced into a rivalry, which culminates in a wager to see who can be the first to bilk $50,000 out of American heiress Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly). Their game of one-upmanship is, of course, brought to ridiculous heights as things progress. Written by Paul Henning (the mind behind such TV shows as Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an uneven but funny mix of Martin's physical comedy and Caine's oily charms. Martin's first role as cohort is to assume the persona of Ruprecht, the "special" younger brother intended to scare off potential brides. As Ruprecht, he comes off as a down-home version of Jerry Lewis; hilarious as it is, it doesn't quite fit with the rest of the film. Once the wager is on, though, Martin slips into his overly earnest mode as an American military man suffering from hysterical paralysis, with Caine as a psychologist who takes on his case. All in all, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (a loose remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story with David Niven and Marlon Brando) is a droll, intelligent comedy, short on knee slappers but long on comic situations and characterisations. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com

  • Sleepy Hollow [2000]Sleepy Hollow | DVD | (24/07/2000) from £8.59   |  Saving you £14.39 (256.96%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Tim Burton's unique take on the tale of the headless horseman, with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.

  • Star Wars : Revenge Of The Sith [DVD]Star Wars : Revenge Of The Sith | DVD | (01/06/2015) from £3.99   |  Saving you £16.00 (401.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Years after the onset of the Clone Wars the Sith unveil a thousand-year-old plot the Republic crumbles and from its ashes rises the evil Galactic Empire. Confirming the worst fears of Jedi Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is seduced by the dark side of the Force and becomes the Emperor’s new apprentice—Darth Vader. The Jedi are decimated as Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Master Yoda are forced into hiding. The only hope for the galaxy are Anakin’s own children…a boy and girl who share a heroic destiny.

  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2020]Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones | DVD | (24/08/2020) from £8.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    When Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect Senator Padmé Amidala, he discovers his love for her and his own darker side. Obi-Wan Kenobi uncovers a secret clone army as the galaxy marches towards full-scale war.

  • Star Wars - The Original Trilogy [1977]Star Wars - The Original Trilogy | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £44.53   |  Saving you £-14.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Episode IV - A New Hope Luke Skywalker a young farm boy from Tatooine is thrust into the struggle of the rebel alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Three years later Imperial forces continue to pursue the rebels. After the rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the Dark Side Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin... Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi In the epic conclusion of the saga the Empire prepares to crush the rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station.

  • Dragonslayer [1981]Dragonslayer | DVD | (20/07/2004) from £2.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (401.34%)   |  RRP £14.99

    In the Dark Ages a young would be sorcerer sets out to slay Vermithrax the terrifying dragon that has reigned supreme throughout the land.... Abounding in fantasy and science fiction Dragonslayer is lit by magic and from it's medieval alchemy emerges an entertainment bursting with suspense - an awesome adventure that sends the imagination soaring to new heights!

  • 37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) [Blu-ray]37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) | Blu Ray | (09/06/2014) from £7.99   |  Saving you £17.00 (212.77%)   |  RRP £24.99

    37 Days37 Days: The Countdown to World War 1 is a masterful tense and gripping three 'part political thriller set within the corridors of power in Whitehall and Berlin tracks the unfolding crisis through the eyes of leading politicians and civil servants struggling to prevent the world's first global war. A stellar cast led by Ian McDiarmid and Tim Piggott-Smith reveal the complex behind-closed-doors story of the countdown to World War One in this political thriller following the catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914 to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4th August. One Month In SummerThe British Foreign Office led by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey receives news of an assassination in the Balkans. In Berlin the Kaiser thinks he can exploit it for his own advantage. One Week In JulyWar in Europe is becoming a real possibility. Under pressure from the cabinet the British foreign secretary unravels a tangled web of intrigue between Austria Germany Russia and France while the German military command conspires to force the Kaiser's hand. Who will gain the upper hand? One Long WeekendThe last hours of peace. With the continental powers pushed to the brink Sir Edward Grey seems unsure of whether to keep Britain out of the conflict. Desperate negotiations resignations and a battle of wills in the Cabinet reach a crescendo with Germany's ultimatum to Belgium. Which way will Britain go?

  • City of Vice - Series 1 [2007]City of Vice - Series 1 | DVD | (18/02/2008) from £19.98   |  Saving you £5.01 (20.00%)   |  RRP £24.99

    In 1793 the crime situation in the centre of London had reached breaking point. It was left to novelist and magistate Henry Fielding qnd his brother John who created 'The Bow Street Runners' to try and rid the streets of London of prostitution and crime. This is a brand new 5 part Channel 4 Drama withan impressive cast headed by Ian McDiarmid and Iain Glenn Aldo includes exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.

  • Annie 2 - A Royal Adventure [1995]Annie 2 - A Royal Adventure | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The little red-head orphan is back in this film based on the classic Harold Gray comic strip. This time she and her faithful canine Sandy visit England after Daddy Warbucks is called over to be knighted by the Queen.

  • Charles II [2003]Charles II | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £8.08   |  Saving you £11.91 (147.40%)   |  RRP £19.99

    One of the better BBC costume dramas of recent years, 2003's Charles II: The Power and the Passion depends very strongly on its central performance. Fortunately, Rufus Sewell is admirable throughout as the saturnine, witty monarch who has retained popular fondness down the centuries in spite of his conscientious adherence to the bad and losing cause of absolute monarchy. Adrian Hodge's intelligent script dramatises the issue in quick sound bites--many politicians accepted the Restoration to avoid chaos and were determined to bring Charles to heel, whereas he was determined to defend the position for which his father had been martyred. If that meant handing the throne to his Catholic brother in default of a legitimate son of his own, so be it. The four hour-long episodes cover the Restoration, the Plague and the Fire of London, the secret treaties with France and the Popish Plot, as well as giving us a fair bit of Charles's moderately happy marriage to Catherine (Shirley Henderson in the most hideously accurate historical hairdos ever) and his affairs with various mistresses. Among a number of fine supporting performances, Rupert Graves stands out as Buckingham, the friend who betrayed Charles. This sort of costume drama only ever works if the acting is as good as it is here. On the DVD: Charles II on disc comes with a making-of documentary and a commentary on the first episode from writer Adrian Hodge and the director and producer. It also includes an extended documentary on Charles's back story--his education, his attempt to fight Cromwell's forces, his period on the run in England and his long exile--in which a number of eminent historians, including Richard Holmes and Ronald Hutton, talk about how he became the king he was. --Roz Kaveney

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