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  • That Thing You Do! [1997]That Thing You Do! | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £5.49   |  Saving you £0.50 (9.11%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Tom Hanks's debut as a writer and director is a lively, affectionate account of the shooting-star career of a forgotten (fictional) 1960s pop-rock band called The Wonders--as in "one-hit wonders". Hanks plays the manager of the group, which includes drummer Guy "Sticks" Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) who works the floor at his parents' appliance store in Erie, Pennsylvania; Jimmy (Johnathon Schaech), the talented and temperamental lead singer and songwriter; Lenny (Steve Zahn), the goofy guitarist; and Ethan Embry as a geeky little fellow identified in the cast list only as "The Bass Player". The movie traces their meteoric rise and fall, from cutting their first record, to going on tour with a Phil Spector/Motown-type revue, to the internal tensions that lead to the band's disintegration, which comes when they fail to follow up their smash hit single, "That Thing You Do!" And that song, by the way, is so catchy it would definitely have been a hit in 1964--and deserves to be one today. This delightful movie would make a great double-bill with Allison Anders's wonderful Grace of My Heart. --Jim Emerson

  • Spitfire [Blu-ray]Spitfire | Blu Ray | (10/09/2018) from £10.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    SPITFIRE is a cinematic, epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. It is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made. Credited with changing the course of world history, this is the story of the Spitfire told personally in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. With breath-taking aerial footage from the world's top aviation photographer John Dibbs and rare digitally re-mastered, archive footage from the tumultuous days of the 1940's, when her power in the skies was unrivalled; all combined with an incredible soundscape of the famous Merlin engine, pierced with gunfire, makes this a striking and poignant film.

  • Elementary: The Fifth Season [DVD]Elementary: The Fifth Season | DVD | (02/10/2017) from £13.38   |  Saving you £0.95 (9.14%)   |  RRP £11.34

    A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

  • Days of Thunder – 4K Ultra HD [Blu-ray] [2020] [Region Free]Days of Thunder – 4K Ultra HD | Blu Ray | (08/06/2020) from £18.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Days of Thunder is newly remastered in 4K UHD with HDR, including new special features! From the engine roar and fever pitch of professional stock car racing, Days of Thunder explodes with some of the most spectacular racing action ever captured on film. Tom Cruise plays race car driver Cole Trickle, whose talent and ambition are surpassed only by his burning need to win. Discovered by businessman Tim Daland (Randy Quaid), Cole is teamed with legendary crew chief and car-builder Harry Hogge (Academy Award® winner Robert Duvall) to race for the Winston Cup at the Daytona 500. A fiery crash nearly ends Cole's career and he must turn to a beautiful doctor (Nicole Kidman) to regain his nerve and the true courage needed to race, to win and to live. Special Features: Filmmaker Focus: Days of Thunder Isolated Score

  • Spitfire [DVD]Spitfire | DVD | (10/09/2018) from £7.79   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    SPITFIRE is a cinematic, epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. It is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made. Credited with changing the course of world history, this is the story of the Spitfire told personally in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. With breath-taking aerial footage from the world's top aviation photographer John Dibbs and rare digitally re-mastered, archive footage from the tumultuous days of the 1940's, when her power in the skies was unrivalled; all combined with an incredible soundscape of the famous Merlin engine, pierced with gunfire, makes this a striking and poignant film.

  • Fear In The Night (Doubleplay) [Blu-ray]Fear In The Night (Doubleplay) | Blu Ray | (30/10/2017) from £13.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Peggy (Judy Geeson) is recovering from a nervous breakdown when she is attacked by an unseen assailant. As she struggles to break free, her attacker's artificial arm comes loose and Peggy blacks out in sheer terror. Peggy and her new husband Robert (Ralph Bates) spend their honeymoon at the country school where Robert is a teacher. The school is eerily deserted, except for the headmaster Michael (Peter Cushing) and his wife Molly (Joan Collins). Returningto her cottage, Peggy is once more attacked by a man with one arm. Robert goes to London on behalf of the headmaster, but leaves his shotgun behind to reassure Peggy. Michael visits Peggy at the cottage late at night, and she notices for the first time that he has only one arm. Terrified, she reaches for the gun Fear in the Night was the last, and one of the best, of the suspense thrillers that Hammer produced alongside the better-known Gothic horrors. The film was also the Hammer swansong of director and co-writer Jimmy Sangster, who had joined the company in 1949 and helped create its groundbreaking style. EXTRAS: NEW FEATURETTE - End of Term: Inside Fear in the Night ORIGINAL TRAILER

  • Hardball [2001]Hardball | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £11.41   |  Saving you £7.57 (89.90%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Keanu Reeves stars as an aimless young man who scalps tickets, gambles and drinks, and agrees to coach a Little League team from a Chicago housing project.

  • Prime Suspect 2Prime Suspect 2 | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £4.24   |  Saving you £10.01 (335.91%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A year after proving that she can handle a murder enquiry as well as any man D.C.I. Tennison is launched back into battle at Scotland Yard. The body of a young girl is discovered in a shallow grave in the back garden of a terraced house in an Afro-Carribean neighbourhood of London. The difficult job of identifying the body and finding the murderer is only made worse when the controversial subject of racism rears its ugly head. Having to contend with prejudice and misunderstanding from both the locals and from within her own team and dealing with a boss who has one eye on his own promotion D.C.I. Tennison has to use her powers of ingenuity courage and compassion as she faces the political disapproval of the public and her colleagues.

  • Bean - The Ultimate Disaster MovieBean - The Ultimate Disaster Movie | DVD | (24/12/2001) from £5.00   |  Saving you £10.99 (68.70%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Translating Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean character from British television to the big screen takes a bit of a toll, but there are some hilarious sequences in this popular comedy. The eponymous Bean, a boy-man twit with a knack for getting into difficult binds (and then making them worse and worse and worse), is a London museum guard who is sent to Los Angeles in the company of the famous painting Whistler's Mother. He's mistaken as an art expert by the well-meaning curator (Peter MacNicol) of an LA museum, but Bean's famously eccentric behaviour soon causes the poor guy to almost lose his family and job. The insularity of Bean's TV world is sacrificed in this film, and that change diminishes some of the character's appeal. But Atkinson is a man naturally full of comedy, and he doesn't let his fans down. --Tom Keogh

  • The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby [2001]The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby | DVD | (13/05/2002) from £9.43   |  Saving you £10.56 (111.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    This 2000 television adaptation confirms Nicholas Nickleby's place among television dramatists' favourite Dickens novels. It has all the vital ingredients: a sensitive, intelligent young hero cast by circumstances in the role of everyman whose fortitude is tested at every turn; romance; danger; one of Dickens' richest braces of characters; and a sense of humanity that is, at times, overwhelming. Condensing all this into three hours is no mean achievement. Martyn Edward Hesford's screenplay maintains an impressive balance between dramatic tension and allowing the characters the space they need to reveal their essential qualities. Only in the last 30 minutes does it become something of a gallop to the finishing post. True, the horrors of the boarding school could be more horrific; the grime of Victorian London and its toothless inhabitants could be grimier and less cosmetic. But as always with a superior production of a Dickens novel, the richness and depth of the drama outweigh such minor quibbles. As for the cast, James D'Arcy's Nicholas is pitch-perfect: part cipher for the injustices and despair he encounters, part emblem for the triumph of goodness, an innocent whose eyes are quickly forced open to the darker realities of life. These darker realities are congealed in Charles Dance's relentlessly chilling, heartless Ralph Nickleby. This is a deceptively complex performance; even as we cheer the gathering forces which finally extinguish his increasingly desperate power, the awful tragedy of his end still elicits a discomforting ounce of sympathy. Gregor Fisher as the one-eyed Squeers and Pam Ferris as his fearsomely lascivious wife are outstanding in an ensemble of fine character actors. And Lee Ingleby's Smike gives our tear ducts a good workout while steering just the right side of sentimentality. On the DVD: Nicholas Nickleby is presented in widescreen format with Dolby Digital soundtrack, and has all the technical qualities you might expect from the DVD release of a modern television production. Extras include cast filmographies, a Dickens biography and a list of his work, all of which add to the disc's merits as a literary educational tool. --Piers Ford

  • Dennis Potter - Blue Remembered HillsDennis Potter - Blue Remembered Hills | DVD | (26/09/2005) from £26.98   |  Saving you £-6.99 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Dennis Potter's play is set in the Forest of Dean on a summer day in 1943. Seven children go out to play. The seven children are all played by adult actors to act as 'A magnifying glass to show what it's like to be a child'.

  • Rockliffe's Babies: The Complete Series [DVD]Rockliffe's Babies: The Complete Series | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £21.89   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A controversial police procedural from the late 1980s, this ratings-winning drama charts the progress of seven trainee CID officers learning the ropes in some of London's toughest areas. Ian Hogg gives a career best performance as the tough, irascible Alan Rockliffe an old-school supervisor whose job it is to sort the wheat from the chaff. Featuring guest appearances from Lonnie Donegan, Norman Beaton, Pauline Quirke, Kevin Lloyd, John Michie and John Woodvine, this set contains both hard-hitting series of Rockliffe's Babies, complete and uncut. It's a busy week for the young plain-clothes Crime Squad PCs. A mixed bunch, with decidedly mixed abilities, they're thrown in at the deep end with a hooded prowler, an armed robbery and a mugging on the notorious Dragon Estate. They need to think fast, but if anyone can sharpen their instincts it's surely the quick-tempered DS Rockliffe.

  • Gates [DVD]Gates | DVD | (17/09/2012) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    What happens when your children choose your friends? First-day-back-at-work mum Helen (Joanna Page) hands over the new school drop-off duties to her builder husband Mark (Tom Ellis) with just one proviso: don't get sucked in. The last three years of her life at their last primary school have been eaten up by PTA meetings, coffee mornings, fund raisers and holidays with virtual strangers. Never again.

  • Lovely Molly [DVD]Lovely Molly | DVD | (22/10/2012) from £2.29   |  Saving you £13.70 (85.70%)   |  RRP £15.99

    From the director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT comes Lovely Molly, a hauntingly terrifying account of one woman's struggle to overcome a dark presence that haunts her. When newlywed Molly returns to her long-abandoned family home, she is plagued by a series of disturbing events that leave her shaken and defenceless. Reminders of a nightmarish childhood lead her to the shocking conclusion that, somewhere in the house, lies an supernatural spirit that will pull Molly and all those around h...

  • Spider [2003]Spider | DVD | (14/07/2003) from £7.09   |  Saving you £6.90 (49.30%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Spider is a man with a fragile grip on reality. He is released from psychiatric care into a boarding house near where he grew up and in an attempt to reconstruct his tortured past he returns to his childhood haunts.

  • Harry And MaxHarry And Max | DVD | (23/01/2006) from £24.28   |  Saving you £-9.29 (-62.00%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Brothers like no others. Harry aged 23 is a former boy band idol who is watching his younger brother Max aged 16 follow in his footsteps. Harry escorts Max on a long-promised camping adventure to the San Gabriel mountains above Los Angeles but things quickly turn serious as the boys discuss Harry's contradictory relationship with their family. Max's longing to connect with Harry both physically and emotionally grows even more wanting to bring stability to Harry's life.

  • 3 John Wayne Classics - Vol. 2 - Paradise Canyon / The Dawn Rider / The Desert Trail3 John Wayne Classics - Vol. 2 - Paradise Canyon / The Dawn Rider / The Desert Trail | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £4.03   |  Saving you £-0.04 (-1.00%)   |  RRP £3.99

    Paradise Canyon: An undercover federal agent is on the trail of a gang of counterfeiters. John Wyatt (Wayne) is sent under cover to follow Doc Carter's medicine show to expose a counterfeiting gang. When the main suspect is kidnapped with his daughter by the real villain Wyatt realises he has been chasing the wrong man and switches his attentions to the notorious Curly Joe... The Dawn Rider: John Mason is hit with a bullet. Alice who nurses him turns out to be the si

  • The Joe Louis Story [1953]The Joe Louis Story | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-1.74 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £4.99

    A biopic of one of the first true greats of boxing in the 20th century this film is interspersed with footage from the real Joe Louis in action. The fact that Louis is treated on equal par with the white characters in the story led to the film being banned in certain parts of southern America when originally released!

  • K-911 [1999]K-911 | DVD | (04/05/2009) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    They may have lost a step or two but Detective Dooley (James Belushi) and his four-legged partner Jerry Lee are still fighting crime with their mix of heroics and hilarity. Now reluctantly partnered with a younger K-9 team: the beautiful detective named Welles (Christine Tucci) and her highly disciplined Doberman Zeus.

  • Lovely Molly [Blu-ray]Lovely Molly | Blu Ray | (22/10/2012) from £7.19   |  Saving you £12.80 (64.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    From the director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT comes Lovely Molly, a hauntingly terrifying account of one woman's struggle to overcome a dark presence that haunts her. When newlywed Molly returns to her long-abandoned family home, she is plagued by a series of disturbing events that leave her shaken and defenceless. Reminders of a nightmarish childhood lead her to the shocking conclusion that, somewhere in the house, lies an supernatural spirit that will pull Molly and all those around h...

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