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  • Lady Jane [1985]Lady Jane | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £4.49   |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)   |  RRP £15.99

    This historical drama from acclaimed director Sir Trevor Nunn tells the true story of young royal Lady Jane Grey and how she was supplanted on the throne of England for a mere nine days by plotting ministers after the death of Henry VIII. Starring Helena Bonham Carter in her feature film debut and with a strong supporting cast including Patrick Stewart Lady Jane is a powerful and moving story of political corruption and the tragedy of love. Helena Bonham Carter gives a remarkable

  • The Charge Of The Light Brigade [1968]The Charge Of The Light Brigade | DVD | (26/01/2009) from £18.88   |  Saving you £-2.89 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The Charge of the Light Brigade was an infamous battle in the Crimean War considered one of the greatest military blunders in history and immortalized in the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The ill-conceived expedition to the Crimea was marked by an incredible lack of strategy and planning inadequate weapons camouflage food health care and communications. In the final battle all the soldiers had to protect them was their courage and blind faith. As Tennyson put it: Ours is not to question why/Ours is but to do and die. The film is a classic dissection of the pointlessness of war and the horrors inflicted on the common man who goes to fight in the name of his country. Directed by Tony Richardson and starring Trevor Howard Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement Howards End) and John Gielgud (Murder on the Orient Express Arthur The Charge of the Light Brigade was nominated for 6 BAFTAs.

  • Purple Rain [1984]Purple Rain | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.49   |  Saving you £13.50 (71.10%)   |  RRP £18.99

    While "rock musical" remains a phrase used by sadistic parents to give their offspring nightmares the genre does occasionally throw up the odd gem, Purple Rain being perhaps the shiniest example. Given the theatricality of Prince's stage shows, it was only a matter of time before the diminutive pop potentate found himself a big-screen vehicle but few could have predicted that Purple Rain would become nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. The story, co-written by one-time Starsky & Hutch scripter William Blinn, may be a somewhat hackneyed tale with His Purpleness overcoming a troubled background and musical rival Morris Day to achieve his dreams of rock stardom. However, the cast, which also includes Prince protegée Appollonia, rises above the clichés to hand in a set of performances which, while never likely to trouble the Oscars, prove that all concerned can at least play a rough approximation of themselves with minimal difficulty. What really helped push the film's box-office receipts through the roof, however, was its soundtrack featuring a clutch of hit singles--notably "When Doves Cry"--and which cemented our pint-sized hero's position as one of the globe's premiere performing artists. Sadly, subsequent attempts to re-bottle this particular brand of lightning with Under a Cherry Moon and Graffiti Moon would prove substantially less successful but Purple Rain still looks--and, more importantly sounds--rarely less than funktastic. --Clark Collis

  • The Criminal [Blu-ray] [2019]The Criminal | Blu Ray | (16/09/2019) from £11.59   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Ex-con Johnny (Stanley Baker) used his time in prison wisely to plan the biggest robbery of his career. The robbery goes smoothly and Johnny goes to bury the money in a field until the heat is off, as agreed with friend and racketeer Mike Carter (Sam Wanamaker) and the rest of the gang. In a moment of weakness, Johnny pockets five hundred odd pounds from the haul. Coupled with a tip-off from his ex-girlfriend (Jill Bennett) this proves to be his undoing and Johnny is soon back in prison. The rest of the gang try in vain to get the location of the money out of him without success until Mike hits upon the idea of a break-out using Johnny's new love Suzanne (Margit Saad) as bait.

  • For Your Eyes Only [1981]For Your Eyes Only | DVD | (03/11/2003) from £4.19   |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    After the lavish, effects-heavy splash of Moonraker, the twelfth Bond film and the seventh with Roger Moore concentrates more on core car-chase-and-crumpet values, evoking an almost retro feel that harks back to the first pressings of the Bond vintage in the 1960s. Starting to look a little wrinkly around the edges by this point, Roger Moore toughens his usually smarmy act up here with a gratuitous bit of killing, casually kicking a baddie and his car over a precipice, reviving memories of the ruthless streak with which Sean Connery made his name. Good old-fashioned Cold War politics lie at the heart of the plot, concerning a weapons system hijacked in the Mediterranean Bond must rescue. He's assisted by the exquisite Carole Bouquet, the only actress in history who can claim to have been both a 'Bond girl' and the star of a Luis Buñuel movie (That Obscure Object of Desire). Sadly, this is the first film to lack Bernard Lee's spymaster M, the actor having died beforehand, although British comedienne Janet Brown is on hand for an amusing Margaret Thatcher impersonation. --Leslie FelperinOn the DVD: The first audio commentary here is another one of those edited selections of interviews with sundry cast and crew members, tied together by an over-earnest host. Producer Michael G Wilson and others provide a somewhat more illuminating second commentary track. Once again the best extra feature is the "making of" documentary, which gives an almost scene-by-scene breakdown of the movie. The animated storyboard sequences will appeal to filmmaking aficionados. Avoid, if at all possible, the Sheena Easton video of arguably the most forgettable Bond song of all time (both song and score were perpetrated by series newcomer Bill Conti, not the estimable John Barry). --Mark Walker

  • The Nanny [1965]The Nanny | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £9.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (24.60%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A Nanny anxious to remain head of a household will go to any lengths to maintain her station....

  • Fools Rush In [1996]Fools Rush In | DVD | (10/05/2004) from £6.48   |  Saving you £0.77 (14.75%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Opposites attract in Fools Rush In, a conventional but refreshingly unpredictable romantic comedy. New York nightclub designer (Matthew Perry, from television's Friends) is in Las Vegas to supervise the construction of a new project when he meets a fiery Mexican beauty (Salma Hayek). It's lust at first sight, and their one-night stand takes an unexpected turn when she shows up three months later to announce that she's pregnant. They're determined to do right for each other, so they get married in a Vegas chapel with an Elvis impersonator as their witness. Then comes the hard part--trying to figure out if they're actually compatible. The plot complications are mostly familiar, but Perry and Hayek throw some bright sparks as their initial bliss turns to more realistic concerns for family and future. Along the way there's some sharp dialogue and a few good laughs to give this all-too-human comedy an enjoyable spin. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • The Best of Hammer Collection [DVD]The Best of Hammer Collection | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £13.95   |  Saving you £21.04 (150.82%)   |  RRP £34.99

    Titles Comprise: The Devil Rides Out: Revered as one of the best horror films produced by Hammer Studios The Devil Rides Out is a chilling battle between good and evil. Christopher Lee perhaps best known for his role as Dracula gets to show his good side as the heroic and cavalier Duc de Richleau who maintains the air of a gentleman throughout his tireless battle with a Satanic coven led by the wonderfully villainous Mocata (Charles Gray). Dracula: Prince Of Darkness:Ignoring a strange warning a young party travelling to the Carpathian Mountains are abandoned by their coachman. Their luck changes however when another mysterious coach appears and delivers them to the hospitality of Count Dracula... Quatermass And The Pit: A London subway excavation abruptly halts when construction workers unearth a cluster of prehistoric skulls and skeletons. Anthropologist Dr. Roney his assistant Barbara Judd and space expert Professor Quatermass are driven by curiosity and dig deeper to discover a strange 'missile' that is not of this earth... The Nanny: A nanny (Bette Davis) is hired to look after a ten-year-old who has just returned from a mental institution. The boy's mother has just been poisoned and he believes the nanny is to blame. When his aunt arrives and hears the boy's accusations she sides with the nanny claiming the boy is making it all up. Frankenstein Created Woman: In a 19th century Balkan village Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters) are embarking upon an experiment to capture the souls of the dead and impose them into other bodies. When their assistant Hans (Robert Morris) is unjustly accused of murdering his girlfriend Christina's father and put to death the two men claim his body and trap his soul in their laboratory. Meanwhile Christina (Susan Denberg) is consumed with grief over the death of her beloved Hans and commits suicide. Frankenstein and Dr. Hertz are able to revive Christina and transfer Hans' soul into her body which results in a vision of beauty. Their experiment appears successful until Frankenstein discovers that Christina's actions are being driven by the spirit of Hans and his passion for revenge...

  • And Then Came Lola [DVD]And Then Came Lola | DVD | (24/05/2010) from £4.79   |  Saving you £10.20 (68.00%)   |  RRP £14.99

    In this sexy lesbian romp inspired by the art house classic Run Lola Run talented but distracted photographer Lola is on the verge of success in both love and work. She could lose it all if she doesn't make it to a crucial meeting on time. But as usual Lola is late. With her job and girlfriend on the line she has three chances to make it right. In a desperate race through the streets and backrooms of San Francisco time grows short - will Lola make it? Will she come at all? With a pop sensibility that mixes live action animation and still photography And Then Came Lola explores love's age old question in a fresh new way all to the tune of an upbeat soundtrack with blistering performances from cult lesbian actresses Jill Bennett (Dante's Cove) Cathy DeBuono (Out At The Wedding) and Jessica Graham (2 Minutes Later) and introducing Ashleigh Sumner.

  • Strictly Come Dancing - Live Tour 2009 [DVD]Strictly Come Dancing - Live Tour 2009 | DVD | (16/11/2009) from £3.89   |  Saving you £16.10 (413.88%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Full of sparkle drama thrills and laughs this magnificent stage show features all your favourites from TV's sensational Strictly Come Dancing performing in front of a live audience. It is a night to remember as the sensational TV show comes to life in front of an excited 12 000 strong live audience in London's magnificent 02 Arena. With chandeliers glitterballs and fantastic live music the show is packed full of glitz glamour laughs and show-stopping moves. With the sparkling proceedings presided over by Kate Thornton the show features all of the favourite elements of the series - including the show's favourite celebrity dancers professional partners such as Darren Bennett Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone and of course the hilarious bickering judges Craig Revel Horwood Arlene Phillips Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. With each couple performing a ballroom and a Latin dance series seven winner Tom Chambers found himself up against runner-up Rachel Stevens as well as Cherie Lunghi and Jodie Kidd from series six series two champion Jill Halfpenny and finalist Julian Clary and series five semi-finalist Gethin Jones and a kilted Kenny Logan. Who will feel the heat of the expert's criticism this time? Who can charm the live audience to get their vote? And just which couple will get to lift that cherished glitter ball?

  • Purple Rain (Two Disc Special Edition) [1984]Purple Rain (Two Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £10.78   |  Saving you £3.21 (22.90%)   |  RRP £13.99

    While "rock musical" remains a phrase used by sadistic parents to give their offspring nightmares the genre does occasionally throw up the odd gem, Purple Rain being perhaps the shiniest example. Given the theatricality of Prince's stage shows, it was only a matter of time before the diminutive pop potentate found himself a big-screen vehicle but few could have predicted that Purple Rain would become nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. The story, co-written by one-time Starsky & Hutch scripter William Blinn, may be a somewhat hackneyed tale with His Purpleness overcoming a troubled background and musical rival Morris Day to achieve his dreams of rock stardom. However, the cast, which also includes Prince protegée Appollonia, rises above the clichés to hand in a set of performances which, while never likely to trouble the Oscars, prove that all concerned can at least play a rough approximation of themselves with minimal difficulty. What really helped push the film's box-office receipts through the roof, however, was its soundtrack featuring a clutch of hit singles--notably "When Doves Cry"--and which cemented our pint-sized hero's position as one of the globe's premiere performing artists. Sadly, subsequent attempts to re-bottle this particular brand of lightning with Under a Cherry Moon and Graffiti Moon would prove substantially less successful but Purple Rain still looks--and, more importantly sounds--rarely less than funktastic. --Clark Collis

  • James Bond - For Your Eyes Only (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [1981]James Bond - For Your Eyes Only (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) | DVD | (17/07/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £16.99

    When a British ship sinks in foreign waters the world's superpowers begin a feverish race to find its cargo: a nuclear submarine control system. And 007 (Roger Moore) is thrust into one of his most riveting adventures as he rushes to join the search...and prevent global devastation!

  • Paradise Postponed [1986]Paradise Postponed | DVD | (08/08/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £59.99

    Written by barrister and playwright Sir John Mortimer Paradise Postponed takes in all of the upheavals of post-war British society. Why does the left-wing cleric Rev. Simeon Simcox leave the Simcox brewery millions to the morally loathsome Leslie 'The Toad' Titmuss? Titmuss is a city developer and Conservative cabinet minister who has wheeled and dealed his way through life. Simeon's sons set out to unravel the truth behind the will. Episodes comprise: 1. Death Of A Saint

  • Blue Lamp, The / The Nanny [1965]Blue Lamp, The / The Nanny | DVD | (23/06/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    This is a double-feature of two British crime classics, The Blue Lamp (1949) and The Nanny (1965). The Blue Lamp is the film that introduced PC George Dixon, played by Jack Warner, later immortalised in the BBC's long-running Dixon of Dock Green (1955-76). Here Dixon's murder is the catalyst for an exciting London manhunt, shot largely on location in a fast-moving, starkly efficient style showing the influence of The Naked City (1948). The war-damaged East End and the car chases through almost vehicle-free streets offer a documentary-like vision of a London now long gone, and a young Dirk Bogarde makes a serious impact in an early starring role. In contrast, The Nanny has a superstar, the imported Hollywood legend Bette Davis, in the declining years of her career. Just one of three psychological thrillers Hammer produced in 1965 (the others were Frantic and Hysteria), the film capitalises on the popularity of Davis's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) with a comparable mix of hateful insanity and paranoia. The screenplay skilfully juggles the audience's sympathies between a superb Davis and the dysfunctional family of which she becomes a part, developing a powerful sense of dread which shows such clichéd later fare as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) how to do this sort of thing with real class. On the DVD: The Blue Lamp and The Nanny are presented in black and white with adequate mono sound. The Blue Lamp is in its original 4:3 ratio; The Nanny is cropped from its theatrical 1.85:1 to 4:3, though it's only in a few shots that it becomes obvious that information is missing at the sides of the screen. The print of The Blue Lamp is soft and grainy, while The Nanny is grainy with a considerable amount of flicker. There are no extras. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Lust For Life [1956]Lust For Life | DVD | (20/03/2006) from £10.78   |  Saving you £3.21 (22.90%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Vibrant orange sunflowers. Rippling yelow grain. Trees bursting with white bloom. ""The pictures come to me as in a dream "" Vincent Van Gogh said. A dream that too often turned to life-shattering nightmare... Winner of Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Best Actor Awards Kirk Douglas gives a fierce portrayal as the artist torn between the joyous inspiration of his genius and the dark desperation of his tormented mind. The obsessed Van Gogh painted the way other men breathe drivi

  • The Sheltering Sky [1990]The Sheltering Sky | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Master filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci applies his considerable talent to this haunting adaptation of the Paul Bowles novel. John Malkovich and Debra Winger play Port and Kit Moresby, characters loosely based on Bowles and his wife Jane, who flee New York for North Africa, where they hope to find mystical truths that will reignite the spark of their marriage. But instead they lose their moral bearings (with help from a friend, played by Campbell Scott, who has an affair with Kit) while travelling deeper and deeper into the Sahara. Before long, what started as a vacation at exotic lodgings has descended into a tour of hell, as they stumble farther and farther into an unknowable spiritual territory. Though long and at times slow-moving, The Sheltering Sky features marvellously nuanced acting by Malkovich and Winger and visionary filmmaking that makes the landscape at once picturesque and threatening. --Marshall Fine

  • The Sheltering Sky [DVD] [1990]The Sheltering Sky | DVD | (13/04/2009) from £16.18   |  Saving you £-0.19 (-1.20%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Directed by visionary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango In Paris Stealing Beauty The Last Emperor) and based upon the celebrated existential novel by cult writer Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky stars Debra Winger (An Officer And A Gentleman Terms Of Endearment) John Malkovich (Burn After Reading Dangerous Liaisons) Campbell Scott (Roger Dodger The Spanish Prisoner) and Timothy Spall (The Last Samurai Secrets And Lies) in an unforgettable dangerous and erotic journey across North Africa and into the dark depths of the human soul. Pseudo-bohemian American couple Port And Kit Moresby believe that a tourist is someone who thinks about home as soon as they arrive somewhere whereas a true traveller never knows when they'll return. In an attempt to spice up their marriage they venture aimlessly across the beautiful but hazardous landscape of North Africa in search of new experiences. But as they journey deeper into the Sahara desert their indulgent dreams slowly evolve into a sinister nightmare of insanity and death.

  • Britannia Hospital [1982]Britannia Hospital | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A farce set in an old hospital that alarmingly resembles Britain at its most chaotic. Everything starts to go wrong when the medical administrators are faced with a threatened strike angry scenes and a Royal visit.

  • The Charge Of The Light Brigade [1968]The Charge Of The Light Brigade | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Dramatisation detailing the events that led to the destruction of the Light Brigade at the Crimea of the men who were sent to their death and those behind what is now recognised as one of British history's major military blunders.

  • The Pleasure Garden [DVD] [1953]The Pleasure Garden | DVD | (02/11/2009) from £11.29   |  Saving you £4.70 (29.40%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Filmed amongst the ruins of the Crystal Palace Gardens The Pleasure Garden tells of the efforts of Colonel Pall to suppress romance and free expression and his battle against the Fairy Godmother who is a champion of lovers artists and the Pleasure Principle. Starring British stalwarts John Le Mesurier and Hatti Jacques the film won the Prix de Fantasie Poetique at the Cannes Film Festival of 1954.

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