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  • Quadrophenia [1979]Quadrophenia | DVD | (20/09/1999) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (166.94%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Franc Roddam's terrifically energetic movie, set to music from the Who's Quadrophenia, is--at the very least, the best film ever based on a rock album (and, yes, that includes Tommy, Pink Floyd: The Wall, and Jesus Christ Superstar). Actually, this tale of the battle between two early 1960s youth subcultures--Mods and Rockers--in the seaside teenage wasteland of Brighton, isn't so much a cinematic "version" of the Who's 1979 double-record rock opera as it is a story based on the sequence of songs on the album. Quadrophenia is about that crucial time in teenhood when the lion's share of your sense of identity is tied up in the music you listen to, the clothes you wear, and the groups you hang out with. Jimmy (Phil Daniels) identifies himself with the sharp-dressing, scooter-riding Mods, who listen to American soul and British pop-rock. The Rockers, on the other hand, are leather-jacketed, black-booted, motorcycle-riding tough guys who listen primarily to classic American rock & roll. The film captures this minor pop-culture revolution perfectly. Look for Sting as a club-hopping slickster, who's shameful secret is that he's a hotel bellboy by day. --Jim Emerson

  • Withnail And I [DVD]Withnail And I | DVD | (09/02/2015) from £7.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (66.78%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Set in 1969, the year in which the hippy dreams of so many young Englishmen went sour, 1986's Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I is an enduring British cult. Fellow enthusiasts cry immortal phrases from the endlessly brilliant script to one another like mating calls; "Scrubbers!", "We want the finest wines known to humanity and we want them now!" Withnail is played by the emaciated but defiantly effete Richard E Grant, "I" (i.e., Marwood) by Paul McGann. Out-of-work actors living in desperate penury in a rancid London flat, their lives are a continual struggle to keep warm, alive and in Marwood's case sane, until the pubs open. A sojourn in the country cottage of Withnail's gay Uncle Monty only redoubles their privations--they have to kill a live chicken to eat. The arrival of Monty spells further misery for Marwood as he must fend off his attentions. This borderline homophobic interlude apart, Withnail and I is a delight, enhanced by an aimless but appallingly eventful plot. Popular among students, it strikes a chord with anyone who has undergone a period of debauchery and impoverished squalor prior to finding their way onto life's straight and narrow.--David Stubbs

  • Gorky Park [1983]Gorky Park | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  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

  • Lars Von Trier's E-Trilogy - Element Of Crime / Epidemic / EuropaLars Von Trier's E-Trilogy - Element Of Crime / Epidemic / Europa | DVD | (22/08/2005) from £12.79   |  Saving you £27.20 (212.67%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Lars Von Trier is considered one of world cinema's great auteurs. His reputation has been built upon controversial and experimental films such as The Idiots Dancer In The Dark and Dogville that often divide audiences. However he found his own unique voice with three early projects which have come to be known as the E-Trilogy: Element of Crime Epidemic and Europa - all dramas concerned with the nature of identity. Element Of Crime (1984

  • The Elephant Man [1980]The Elephant Man | DVD | (14/05/2001) from £8.79   |  Saving you £9.20 (104.66%)   |  RRP £17.99

    You could only see his eyes behind the layers of makeup in The Elephant Man but those expressive orbs earned John Hurt a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his moving portrayal of John Merrick, the grotesquely deformed Victorian man. Inarticulate and abused, Merrick is the virtual slave of a carnival barker (Freddie Jones) until dedicated London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins in a powerfully understated performance) rescues him and offers him an existence with dignity. Anne Bancroft co-stars as the actress whose visit to Merrick makes him a social curiosity, with John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller as dubious hospital staffers won over by Merrick. David Lynch earned his only Oscar nominations as director and co-writer of this sombre drama, which he shot in a rich black-and-white palette, a sometimes stark, sometimes dreamy visual style that at times recalls the offbeat expressionism of his first film, Eraserhead. It remains a perfect marriage between traditional Hollywood historical drama and Lynch's unique cinematic eye, a compassionate human tale delivered in a gothic vein. The film earned eight Oscar nominations in all and though it left the Oscar ceremony empty-handed, its dramatic power and handsome yet haunting imagery remain just as strong today. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com On the DVD: Being black and white, it's easier to judge the digital transfer in terms of shade and thankfully this print looks just fine. There's a little confusion over the sound, however, which is advertised as Stereo on the box but says Mono on the Audio Menu. It certainly seems to be a basic Dolby stereo but it's a shame Lynch hasn't given it the personal touch since he's obsessed with mixing his films' sound himself. From the nicely thought-out animated menus there's a gallery of 20 photos and a misguiding, dramatic theatrical trailer. The only other extra is a 64-page book of which only 10 pages relate directly to the film (the rest re-tell Lynch's career and the real Elephant Man's life). --Paul Tonks

  • Quadrophenia: Special Edition [1979]Quadrophenia: Special Edition | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £8.29   |  Saving you £9.70 (53.90%)   |  RRP £17.99

    ""We are the mods we are the mods we are we are we are the mods!"" London 1964: two rival youth cults emerge - the mods and the rockers - with explosive consequences. For Jimmy (Phil Daniels) and his sharp-suited pill-popping scooter-riding mates being a mod is a way of life. It's their generation. Together they head off to Brighton for an orgy of drugs thrills and violent confrontation against the rockers. Jimmy never wants to stray from his maxim: ""I don't wanna be like everybody else that's why I'm a mod see?"" Will Jimmy emerge a hero or will he be disillusioned by his way of life?

  • Boon - The Complete Fifth Series [DVD]Boon - The Complete Fifth Series | DVD | (12/09/2011) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Ken Boon is back in the saddle for more adventure and humour in the BAFTA-winning hit drama. With witty heart-warming storylines and an array of high-profile guests it s no surprise that Boon was an instant ratings winner for ITV and remains a much-loved series to this day. Michael Elphick is Ken the former fireman with a heart of gold and a passion for the Wild West and David Daker is Harry his business partner and an old friend with Neil Morrissey as Rocky the biker with a heart of gold. Meera Syal Pete Postlethwaite Brian Clough Denis Lawson Jane Horrocks and John Hannah guest star. This complete fifth series finds the duo running a new private investigations and security company Crawford Boon Security from an office by the River Trent in Nottingham although the clients don t change too much...

  • The First Great Train Robbery [1978]The First Great Train Robbery | DVD | (19/03/2001) from £8.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (44.49%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A lively, humorous caper film of the first order, The First Great Train Robbery is Michael Crichton's ambitious adaptation of his own novel, which was inspired by the facts of the first known train robbery. Crichton sets this attractive, highly enjoyable film in London in 1855, where Edward Pierce (Sean Connery) and Agar (Donald Sutherland) plot to steal £25,000 in gold that is being transported by train to pay British troops in the Crimean War. Lesley-Anne Down plays Miriam, Pierce's sophisticated paramour and the third partner in the scheme; while Pierce and Agar make copies of four keys for the train's closely guarded safes, she uses her feminine wiles to distract a variety of officials and businessmen with connections to the gold.The film boasts a vividly authentic recreation of mid-Victorian England, all the more remarkable since the production was filmed primarily in Ireland on a budget of $6 million--a miraculously modest sum (even in 1978) for such a lavish-looking film. Credit is due to the splendid cinematography of Geoffrey Unsworth and Jerry Goldsmith's ebullient score, both of which enhance the film's look and feel. Although Crichton's directorial style seems somewhat detached and bloodless, he maintains a vivid respect for place and time, and his three leads are splendid in their charismatic roles. Meticulous attention to details of costuming and production design enhance the breezy fun of the heist, which climaxes with an exciting sequence on the rushing train, with Connery performing his own stunt work. While the later hit Mission: Impossible would take a similar sequence to its high-tech, high -velocity extreme, The First Great Train Robbbery remains an entertaining study of crime in a less hectic age, allowing Crichton to emphasise ingenuity over special effects. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Boon - The Complete Series 7 [DVD]Boon - The Complete Series 7 | DVD | (09/04/2012) from £51.28   |  Saving you £-11.29 (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Troubleshooting private eye Ken Boon saddles up for the last time in this final series of the BAFTA-winning hit drama. Michael Elphick stars as Ken, the former fireman with a heart of gold and a passion for the Wild West, with David Daker as business partner and old friend Harry; Neil Morrissey is affable and ever-enthusiastic sidekick Rocky. Witty, heart-warming storylines and an array of prestigious guest stars ensured Boon was an instant ratings winner for ITV, and it remains a much-loved series to this day.This time around, Ken and Harry are thrown into chaos by the departure of their secretary at Crawford Boon Security but there's a happier twist when Ken finds himself a sassy new Girl Friday in black leather, and Harry finds himself falling head over heels in love. Daniel Craig, Michael Kitchen, Leslie Phillips, John Nettles and Martin Jarvis are among the guest stars.

  • Let Him Have It [1991]Let Him Have It | DVD | (29/07/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    A policeman is shot dead and two South London boys stand accused of his murder. The verdict and the sentence passed the crime. Both the verdict and the sentence were subsequently quashed. This is the case that shocked the nation.

  • Boon - The Complete Fourth Series [DVD] [1989]Boon - The Complete Fourth Series | DVD | (23/05/2011) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Ken Boon is back in the saddle for more adventure and humour in this fourth series of the BAFTA-winning hit drama. With heart-warming storylines and an array of guest stars it's no surprise that Boon was an instant ratings winner for ITV and remains a much-loved series to this day. Michael Elphick is Ken the former fireman with a heart of gold and a passion for the Wild West and David Daker is Harry his over-ambitious business partner and old friend from his days in the West Midlands Fire Service. This series finds the two moving to Nottingham where Ken having handed the running of his motorbike despatch firm over to Rocky (Neil Morrissey Men Behaving Badly) continues to make a living as a private investigator and minder; still full of big ideas Harry seeks out more new business ventures with widow Helen (Brigit Forsyth The Likely Lads). Originally screened in 1989 this complete fourth series features a typically distinguished guest cast that includes Kenneth Cranham Bill Paterson Martin Clunes Ian McNeice Judy Cornwell Anthony Valentine and even world boxing legend John Conteh!

  • David Copperfield [1999]David Copperfield | DVD | (20/08/2001) from £8.08   |  Saving you £11.91 (147.40%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Like a fine gourmet meal, the BBC's 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield has something to suit every taste: a well-paced screenplay that keeps the tale bowling along without losing the delights of some of Dickens' most sparkling dialogue; a rich gallery of characters; and a cast which features many of Britain's favourite actors. There is, of course, plenty of high comedy but some very tight direction checks any tendencies to over-ripe performance. The whole production is tightly integrated: from David's idyllic if cloistered childhood with his beloved mother and their devoted servant Peggotty, through the shattering arrival of a sadistic stepfather, rescue by his eccentric Aunt Betsey Trotwood and a journey into maturity where his very innocence makes him the unwitting agent of tragedy before all is resolved. Ciaran McMenamin is the mature David, his youthful face increasingly clouded by the gathering of experience. Trevor Eve oozes evil as his stepfather Mr Murdstone, ultimately neutralised by Maggie Smith's Aunt Betsey, a comic performance of true genius that gives frequent flashes of the vulnerable human being beneath. In other inspired pieces of casting, Nicholas Lyndhurst's incubus-like Uriah Heep haunts every scene he's in, and Pauline Quirke's Peggotty exudes the motherly warmth that sustains David during his darkest moments. Three hours of classic drama heaven. --Piers Ford

  • Boon - Series 3 [DVD] [1988]Boon - Series 3 | DVD | (27/07/2009) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Boon: Series 3 (2 Disc)

  • Private SchulzPrivate Schulz | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Popular comedy drama series from the early 1980s which won a posthumous British Television Society award for writer Jack Pulman about a WWII conman reluctantly seconded into the SS who dreams up a plan to swamp Britain with fake five-pound notes. When convict Schulz (Michael Elphick) is released from his work in an underpants factory into the caring arms of the SS he hopes he can simply sit out the war and maybe accumulate some illicit funds along the way. Soon though he's helping to capture British agents and bugging the rooms of the German soldiers' favourite brothel. When he witnesses the British dropping propoganda leaflets on the German population he has an inspiration coming up with the idea of flooding the British Isles with fake fivers. Always at odds with his incompetent SS boss Major Neuheim (Ian Richardson) Schulz eagerly sets out to get his plan off the ground and hopefully line his pockets at the same time.

  • David Copperfield (Repackaged) [DVD]David Copperfield (Repackaged) | DVD | (23/01/2012) from £5.95   |  Saving you £4.04 (67.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Like many fond parents, I have in my heart a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield. Charles DickensAnd here in Dickens' own favourite and most enduring novel bursts onto screen in a dazzling adaptation, with a truly world-class cast bringing alive some of the most famous characters in fiction. Bob Hoskins as the ever-optimistic Mr Micawber; Maggie Smith as David's fearsome aunt, Betsey Trotwood; Trevor Eve as the sadistic Mr Murdstone; Nicholas Lyndhurst as sly, sinister Uriah Heap; Pauline Quirke as David's loyal friend and servant, Peggotty; and featuring Ciarn McMenamin as David, with Harry Lloyd (the 15 year old descendant of Charles Dickens himself) as the young Steerforth.

  • Withnail And I [1986]Withnail And I | DVD | (10/10/2005) from £14.22   |  Saving you £-5.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The cult classic about two unemployed actors returns ot the big screens some twenty years after it's debut.

  • Withnail And I [1988]Withnail And I | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £20.00   |  Saving you £-13.01 (N/A%)   |  RRP £6.99

    The cult classic about two unemployed actors returns ot the big screens some twenty years after it's debut.

  • Withnail And I [1986]Withnail And I | DVD | (19/02/2007) from £5.38   |  Saving you £0.61 (11.34%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The cult classic about two unemployed actors returns ot the big screens some twenty years after it's debut.

  • Quadrophenia - Screen Outlaws Edition [DVD] [1979]Quadrophenia - Screen Outlaws Edition | DVD | (08/04/2013) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Jimmy is a teenager growing up in the first half of the 1960's; he rides through London on his scooter, pops pills, is mad about rock and roll and wears a Parka and Levis, nothing to extraordinary about that. But Jimmy's life comes to an aggressive climax during a violent Holiday weekend controntation between Mods and Rockers on Brighton beach. Special Features: Exclusive Artwork and Artcards

  • Withnail and I [1986]Withnail and I | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £12.96   |  Saving you £10.02 (100.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The cult classic about two unemployed actors returns ot the big screens some twenty years after it's debut.

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