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  • Exodus [1960]Exodus | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (69.57%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Otto Preminger's 1960 adaptation of Leon Uris's novel Exodus is a sprawling tale of the founding of modern Israel, starring Paul Newman as a resistance leader. The film works best as an example of Preminger's estimable skill with all levels of drama and action, but as a reflection upon history it is compromised by stereotypes, unpersuasive relationships and a certain moral ambivalence about issues related to the subject. There are good and exciting sequences, however, particularly one involving an effort to break through a British blockade and get to the homeland. --Tom Keogh

  • Wallander: Collected Films 27 - 31 [DVD]Wallander: Collected Films 27 - 31 | DVD | (11/06/2012) from £22.93   |  Saving you £2.06 (8.98%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Based on the books by best-selling author Henning Mankell, detective Kurt Wallander is an intense and headstrong maverick who is prone to eating poorly, sleeping irregularly and drinking too much. In some of the very first Wallander episodes ever to be produced, this collection joins Rolf Lassgard as Inspector Wallander as he sets out to solve 4 mysterious cases (across 6 episodes) starting with a violent and deadly showdown in Pyramid.

  • Eyes Wide Shut [1999]Eyes Wide Shut | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £10.78   |  Saving you £3.21 (29.78%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Visually beautiful, Stanley Kubrick's last completed film Eyes Wide Shut blends the sinister, the sensual and the clinical in a combination that is rather too personal and idiosyncratic to be entirely successful as the final statement about gender and sexuality he intended it to be. Adapted by Frederick Raphael from the Dream Story of Freud's friend Schnitzler, it shows a young successful couple confront the dangers that lurk beyond monogamy; Nicole Kidman's Alice does little more than fantasise, flirt and dream, but even this causes guilt and pain. Doctor Bill (Tom Cruise) does rather more--he visits a whore, crashes an orgy and continues to ask questions when warned off; if no disaster ensues, and it is possible that two people die as a result, it is only luck that averts it. Much of the best of what is here is to be found in occasional moments of stillness--Cruise walking through a morgue--or wild comedy--Cruise's attempt to hire a costume in the middle of the night interrupts major shenanigans at the fancy-dress shop. Cruise and Kidman do what they can with material that never means as much as it aspires to, and the standout performance is Sydney Pollack's, as a worldly wise client. On the DVD: Eyes Wide Shut on DVD is presented in lavish Dolby Sound that makes the most of the obsessive Ligeti piano piece and Shostakovich waltz that dominate the score, and in the 1.33:1 ratio that was Kubrick's considered choice. It has subtitles in English, Arabic, Bulgarian and Rumanian, two TV spots and informative interviews with Kidman and Cruise, as well as with Steven Spielberg, to whom Kubrick had talked at length about his artistic intentions. --Roz Kaveney

  • Filmworker [DVD]Filmworker | DVD | (02/07/2018) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    It s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else s creative vision. Yet, that s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as Lord Bullingdon in Stanley Kubrick s Barry Lyndon. The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick s loyal right-hand man. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind-the-scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work. The complex, interdependent relationship between Leon and Kubrick was founded on devotion, sacrifice and the grueling, joyful reality of the creative process. By entering their unique world, we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless cinema is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.

  • Eyes Wide Shut [1999]Eyes Wide Shut | DVD | (10/09/2000) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Visually beautiful, Kubrick's last completed film Eyes Wide Shut blends the sinister, the sensual and the clinical in a combination that is rather too personal and idiosyncratic to be entirely successful as the final statement about gender and sexuality he intended it to be. Adapted by Frederick Raphael from the Dream Story of Freud's friend Schnitzler, it shows a young successful couple confront the dangers that lurk beyond monogamy; Nicole Kidman's Alice does little more than fantasise, flirt and dream, but even this causes guilt and pain. Doctor Bill (Tom Cruise) does rather more--he visits a whore, crashes an orgy and continues to ask questions when warned off; if no disaster ensues, and it is possible that two people die as a result, it is only luck that averts it. Much of the best of what is here is to be found in the occasional moments of stillness--Cruise walking through a morgue--or wild comedy--Cruise's attempt to hire a costume in the middle of the night interrupts major shenanigans at the fancy-dress shop. Cruise and Kidman do what they can with material that never means as much as it aspires to and the stand-out performance is Sydney Pollack's, as a worldly wise client. On the DVD: The DVD is presented in a lavish Dolby Sound that makes the most of the obsessive Ligeti piano piece and Shostakovich waltz that dominate the score and in the 1.33:1 ratio that was Kubrick's considered choice. It has subtitles in English, Arabic, Bulgarian and Rumanian, two TV spots and informative interviews with Kidman and Cruise, as well as with Stephen Spielberg to whom Kubrick had talked at length about his artistic intentions. --Roz Kaveney

  • Stanley Kubrick [1962]Stanley Kubrick | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £79.99   |  Saving you £20.00 (20.00%)   |  RRP £99.99

    This superb nine-disc Stanley Kubrick Box Set contains all the late director's work from 1962's Lolita to Kubrick's final film, the highly controversial Eyes Wide Shut (1999). There's also the excellent and highly informative two-hour documentary: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, narrated (a little drably) by Tom Cruise. It isn't exactly a warts-and-all portrait of Stan the Man, which is not surprising, really, given that it's directed and produced by Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan, and that Kubrick's widow Christine was closely involved in the making of it. But it does give a detailed and revealing portrait of a brilliant, demanding and often infuriating man, airing rare footage that goes right back to his earliest years as a brash youngster in the Bronx, already playing to camera with a frightening degree of self-awareness. Six of the eight movies (all but Dr Strangelove and Eyes Wide Shut) have been digitally restored and remastered, and almost all (barring Strangelove again and Lolita) now boast Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo sound remixes. For some bizarre reason, Kubrick insisted on mono sound for the 1999 set, which he approved shortly before his death. Visually the improvement over the often grainy, scratchy prints previously on offer--The Shining (1980) was notoriously messy--is immense. All the features are presented in their original ratios, which in the case of Strangelove means the changing ratios in which it was originally shot, and for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) the full glorious 2.21:1 expanse of the Cinerama screen.So what don't you get? Essentially, the early Kubrick--the work of the young, hungry director before he moved to England and started to gather all the controlling strings into his own hand: most notably the tough, taut thriller The Killing (1956) and the icily furious war film Paths of Glory (1957). Too bad Warners couldn't have negotiated the rights for those too. But what we have here is the culminating phase of Kubrick's filmmaking career--the final 27 years of one of the great masters of cinema. On the DVDs: Besides the visual and sonic improvements mentioned above, each of the eight features includes the original theatrical trailer and multiple-language subtitles. The DVD of Dr Strangelove also gives us filmographies of the principal players, plus theatrical posters and a photo gallery, while Eyes Wide Shut includes interviews (taped after Kubrick's death) with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Steven Spielberg, plus a couple of 30-second TV spots. And with The Shining we get a fascinating 34-minute documentary made by Kubrick's then 17-year-old daughter Vivian, plus--just to add a further layer--Vivian's present-day voice-over commentary on her film. --Philip Kemp

  • Wallander: Original Films 1-6 [DVD]Wallander: Original Films 1-6 | DVD | (23/06/2014) from £16.18   |  Saving you £8.81 (54.45%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Six feature-length episodes of the acclaimed Swedish crime drama based on the novels by Henning Mankel. Rolf Lassgard stars as Kurt Wallander a jaded police detective ground down over the years by difficult events in his personal life. Wallander is nonetheless respected for his skills as a detective and tends to be tasked with solving the toughest cases the town of Ystad has to offer. The episodes are: 'Pyramid' 'Firewall: Part One' Firewall: Part Two' 'One Step Behind' 'The Man Who Smiled: Part One' and 'The Man Who Smiled: Part Two'.

  • Eyes Wide Shut [Blu-ray] [1999]Eyes Wide Shut | Blu Ray | (03/03/2008) from £24.28   |  Saving you £0.71 (2.92%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Stanley Kubrick's daring last film is many things. It is a compelling psychosexual journey. A haunting dreamscape. A riveting tale of suspense. A major milestone in the careers of stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. And a worthy final chapter to a great director's career. Cruise plays Dr William Hartford who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage - and may even ensnare him in a lurid murder mystery - after his wife's (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Graceful tracking shots controlled pacing rich colours startling images: bravura traits that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone's eyes wide open.

  • Faithless [2001]Faithless | DVD | (20/08/2001) from £5.19   |  Saving you £14.80 (74.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Reputedly based on an incident in the life of its screenwriter, Ingmar Bergman, Faithless is a powerful film that investigates the consequences of adultery, betrayal and grief and the long-term implications for everyone involved. Directed by Bergman's former muse and actress-turned-director, Liv Ullman, the story begins when an old man who lives by the sea, just like Bergman himself, ransacks his memories for material for his writing. He conjures up the beautiful Marianne (Lena Endre) who recounts a major turning point in her life: her affair with her husband's best friend. Her story is captured both in flashback and through Marianne's dialogue, as the camera lingers on her expressive face and his rapt, silent countenance. Not surprisingly the story is an intense and convoluted one and what ensues is a tale of guilt, pain and enduring damage as "simple things become complicated". The remote shore-side confessional location adds to the mystery: just what is their relationship? Is Marianne a figment of his imagination? As the film progresses, the truth begins to dawn. Lena Endre gives a vividly emotional performance, particularly during the poignant scenes concerning her beautiful but increasingly withdrawn daughter (luminescently acted by Michelle Gylemo). Without seeming to judge her, Endre brilliantly portrays a woman who knows that what she is doing is wrong, but does it all the same. The rawness of the erupting emotions is reinforced by an almost total lack of background music and the film becomes ever more involving to watch, even if the key characters seem to have brought about their misfortune themselves. If there is a weakness here it is that the performances of the men are somewhat overshadowed. Lover David, enigmatically portrayed by Krister Henrekssen, looks older than his allocated years and his motivations are unclear; Thomas Hanzon, playing Markus the charismatic husband, seems too restrained in his role and the viewer longs for him to do something wrong to justify his wife's affair. When he eventually does, the ramifications are enormous. Faithless is riveting and very much in keeping with the Bergman oeuvre, here expressed through the sensitive, restrained direction of Liv Ullman. --Christina McLoughlin

  • National Lampoon's Dorm DazeNational Lampoon's Dorm Daze | DVD | (11/07/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Finals are the last thing on anyone's mind at Billingsley University! When a foreign exchange student and a hooker - both named Dominique - show up on campus the unsuspecting student body is in for the education of a lifetime!

  • DaybreakDaybreak | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Swedish director Bjrne Runge directs a splendid cast in this dark drama about the destructive nature of dishonesty and betrayal. Over a fateful 24-hour period in a dreary Swedish town three separate storylines unwind united at times by loose connections among characters and at other times only by theme. Anita has been consumed by bitter rage ever since her husband left her three years earlier for a younger woman. A toxic presence to all those around her Anita decides to take mat

  • Eyes Wide Shut [HD DVD] [1999]Eyes Wide Shut | HD DVD | (24/03/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Stanley Kubrick's daring last film is many things. It is a compelling psychosexual journey. A haunting dreamscape. A riveting tale of suspense. A major milestone in the careers of stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. And a worthy final chapter to a great director's career. Cruise plays Dr William Hartford who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage - and may even ensnare him in a lurid murder mystery - after his wife's (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Graceful tracking shots controlled pacing rich colours startling images: bravura traits that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone's eyes wide open.

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