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  • The Dark Knight Trilogy [Blu-ray] [Region A & B & C]The Dark Knight Trilogy | Blu Ray | (18/12/2017) from £26.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Christopher Nolan's award-winning The Dark Knight Trilogy includes BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. BATMAN BEGINS explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good. In THE DARK KNIGHT, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague Gotham. However, he soon finds himself prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker. In THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Batman has vanished into the night, turning from hero to fugitive after assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent. However, with the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose has devised a ruthless plan for Gotham, Bruce is forced out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Features: Batman Begins SPECIAL FEATURES The Dark Knight IMAX® Prologue Tankman Begins: A Batman Begins spoof. Batman The Journey Begins: Concept, design and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself. Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman. Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor and more. Cape and Cowl: The development of the Batsuit. Batman The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile. Path to Discovery: A look at the first week filming on rugged and remote Iceland locations. Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI and effects for the monorail chase scene. Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influences on the film. Reflections on Writing Batman Begins with David S. Goyer. Digital Batman: The effects you may have missed. Batman Begins Stunts ¢ Confidential Files: Discover facts and story points not in the film. Stills Gallery and Theatrical Trailer Dark Knight SPECIAL FEATURES Batman Tech The Incredible Gadgets and Tools Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight Delve into the Psyche of Bruce Wayne and the World of Batman Through Real-World Psychotherapy Gotham Tonight 6 Episodes of Gotham Cable's Premier News Program The Galleries The Joker Cards, Concept Art, Poster Art, Production Stills, Trailers & TV Spots The Dark Knight Rises OVER THREE HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES THE BATMOBILE Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman's arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. ENDING THE KNIGHT A comprehensive look into how director Christopher Nolan and his production team made The Dark Knight Rises the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend. AND MUCH MORE!

  • Nolan 4K Collection [Blu-ray] [2018]Nolan 4K Collection | 4K UHD | (01/10/2018) from £69.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    DUNKIRK: Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. BATMAN BEGINS: After travelling the world seeking the means to fight injustice, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City and unleashes his alter ego, Batman, who uses strength, intellect and high-tech weaponry to fight evil. THE DARK KNIGHT: Batman continues his war on crime with the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent as rising criminal mastermind The Joker unleashes anarchy, forcing Batman closer to crossing the line between hero and vigilante. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Eight years after Batman vanished into the night as a fugitive, things change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar and the emergence of Bane, a ruthless terrorist who drives Bruce wayne out of exile. INCEPTION: Fugitive Dom Cobb is the best there is at extraction: stealing secrets from a dreamer's mind. Now he has a chance at inception - planting an idea into the subconscious - and success may mean his ticket home. INTERSTELLAR: A team of explorers travel beyond this galaxy through a newly discovered wormhole to learn whether mankind has a future among the stars. THE PRESTIGE: Two young, passionate magicians are partners until one fateful night, when a trick goes horribly wrong. Now the bitterist of enemies, they will stop at nothing, including sabotage, to learn each other's secrets. SPECIAL FEATURES: Includes Special Features on 7 Blu-Ray Bonus Discs Technical Details: 4K: DUNKIRK; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 1.78/2.20 Hybrid 4K: BATMAN BEGINS; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 4K: THE DARK KNIGHT; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 4K: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 4K: INCEPTION; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.40:1 4K: INTERSTELLAR; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.40:1 4K: THE PRESTIGE; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.35:1 Blu-ray: DUNKIRK; 1080p High Definition 16x9 1.78/2.20 Hybrid Blu-ray: BATMAN BEGINS; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.40:1 Blu-ray: THE DARK KNIGHT; 1080p High Definition 16x9 Variable 2.4:1 and 1.78:1 (IMAX Sequences) Blu-ray: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; 1080p High Definition 16x9 Variable 2.4:1 and 1.78:1 (IMAX Sequences) Blu-ray: INCEPTION; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 Blu-ray: INTERSTELLAR; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 Blu-ray: THE PRESTIGE; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 Special Features: Special Features are not in 4K or HDR and may not be in High Definition. Extras: DUNKIRK: Join director Christopher Nolan and his production team on their epic journey to recreate the miracle of Dunkirk. Equipped with large-format cameras, innovative effects, historic naval and air fleets and sccores of actors, the filmmakers surmounted staggering challenges in order to create an accurate authentic and heart-pounding cinematic experience. BATMAN BEGINS: The Dark Knight IMAX Prologue, Tankman Begins: A Batman Begins Spoof, Batman - The Journey Begins: Concept, design and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself, Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman, Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor and more, Cape and Cowl: The development of the Batsuit, Batman - The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile, Path to Discovery: A look at the first week filming on rugged and remote Icelandic locations, Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI and effects for the monorail chase scene, Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influencers of the film, Reflections of Writing Batman Begins with David S. Goyer, Digital Batman: the effects you may have missed, The Batman Begins Stunts, Confidential Files: Discover facts and story points not in the film, Stills Gallery and Theatrical Trailer. THE DARK KNIGHT: Blu Ray Movie with focus points - Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a scene: Director Christopher Nolan and Creative Colaborators Unmask the Incredible Detail and Planning Behind the Film, Including Stunt Staging, Filming in IMAX, the Batsuit and Bat-pod...and More!, Special Features; Batman Tech - The Incredible Gadgets and Tools, Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight - Delve into the Psyche of of Bruce Wayne and the World of Batman Through Real-World Psychology, Gotham Tonight - 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's Premier News Programme, The Galleries - The Joker Cards, Concept Art, Poster Art, Production Stills, Trailers & TV Spots. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Over three hours of bonus features including; The Batmobile - Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman's arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon, Ending the Knight - A comprehensive look into how director Christopher Nolan and his production team made The Dark Knight Rises the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend, and much more! INCEPTION: The Inception of Inception - Christopher Nolan Shapes His Unusual Concepts for the Movie, The Japanese Castle: The Dream is Collapsing - Creating and Destroying the Castle Sets, Constructing Paradoxical Architecture - Designing the Staircase to Nowhere, The Frieght Train - Constructing the Street-Faring Express Train, And More! INTERSTELLAR: Plotting an Interstellar Journey - Origins, influences and narrative designs, Shooting in Iceland: Miller's Planet/Mann's Planet - Creating two vastly different worlds in one country, Celestial Landmarks - How practical special effects five the illusion of real space travel, Minatures in Space - Explore the large-scale models used in the film, And More! THE PRESTIGE: Director's Notebook: The Prestige - The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Cristopher Nolan: 5 Making-of Featurettes, The Art of The Prestige: Production Photos, Costumes/Sets, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Poster Art Galleries.

  • The Commitments [1991]The Commitments | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    An irresistible, comic drama from director Alan Parker (Evita, Mississippi Burning), overflowing and alive with passion, humor and music, The Commitments showcases some old R&B standards in a new light. A headstrong, fast-talking, ambitious young Dubliner (Robert Arkins) fancies himself a promoter of talent, and sets about assembling and packaging a local Irish R&B band. His group of self-absorbed, backbiting, but stunningly talented individuals begin to succeed beyond his wildest dreams, until petty jealousies and recrimination threaten to scuttle the whole deal. A moody, vivid and soulful exploration of the Dublin club scene as well as a showcase for some wonderful unknown actors, the film (and its wonderful soundtrack) also features the actual band covering classic soul tunes from the likes of Otis Redding and Sam and Dave. It's that combination of soul and soul music that makes The Commitments a special little film. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com --This text refers to the VHS edition of this video

  • The Abyss [1989]The Abyss | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £5.49   |  Saving you £12.50 (227.69%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Academy Award winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration -- the legendary wreck of the Titanic.

  • The Dark Knight Rises (DVD + UV Copy)The Dark Knight Rises (DVD + UV Copy) | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £18.00 (360.72%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Of all the "most anticipated" movies ever claiming that title, it's hard to imagine one that has caused so much speculation and breathless expectation as Christopher Nolan's final chapter to his magnificently brooding Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Though it may not rise to the level of the mythic grandeur of its predecessor, The Dark Knight Rises is a truly magnificent work of cinematic brilliance that commandingly completes the cycle and is as heavy with literary resonance as it is of-the-moment insight into the political and social affairs unfolding on the world stage. That it is also a full-blown and fully realized epic crime drama packed with state-of-the-art action relying equally on immaculate CGI fakery and heart-stopping practical effects and stunt work makes its entrée into blockbuster history worthy of all the anticipation and more. It deserves all the accolades it will get for bringing an opulently baroque view of a comic book universe to life with sinister effectiveness. Set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, TDK Rises finds Bruce Wayne broken in spirit and body from his moral and physical battle with the Joker. Gotham City is at peace primarily because Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent's murder, allowing the former district attorney's memory to remain as a crime-fighting hero rather than the lunatic destructor he became as Two-Face. But that meant Batman's cape and cowl wound up in cold storage--perhaps for good--with only police commissioner Jim Gordon in possession of the truth. The threat that faces Gotham now is by no means new; as deployed by the intricate script that weaves themes first explored in Batman Begins, fundamental conflicts that predate his own origins are at the heart of the ultimate struggle that will leave Batman and his city either triumphant or in ashes. It is one of the movie's greatest achievements that we really don't know which way it will end up until its final exhilarating moments. Intricate may be an understatement in the construction of the script by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. The multilayered story includes a battle for control of Wayne Industries and the decimation of Bruce Wayne's personal wealth; a destructive yet potentially earth-saving clean energy source; a desolate prison colony on the other side of the globe; terrorist attacks against people, property, and the world's economic foundation; the redistribution of wealth to the 99 percent; and a virtuoso jewel thief who is identified in every way except name as Catwoman. Played with saucy fun and sexy danger by Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle is sort of the catalyst (!) for all the plot threads, especially when she whispers into Bruce's ear at a charity ball some prescient words about a coming storm that will tear Gotham asunder. As unpredictable as it is sometimes hard to follow, the winds of this storm blow in a raft of diverse and extremely compelling new characters (including Selina Kyle) who are all part of a dance that ends with the ballet of a cataclysmic denouement. Among the new faces are Marion Cotillard as a green-energy advocate and Wayne Industries board member and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a devoted Gotham cop who may lead Nolan into a new comic book franchise. The hulking monster Bane, played by Tom Hardy with powerful confidence even under a clawlike mask, is so much more than a villain (and the toughest match yet for Batman's prowess). Though he ends up being less important to the movie's moral themes and can't really match Heath Ledger's maniacal turn as Joker, his mesmerizing swagger and presence as demonic force personified are an affecting counterpoint to the moral battle that rages within Batman himself. Christian Bale gives his most dynamic performance yet as the tortured hero, and Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Gordon), and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) all return with more gravitas and emotional weight than ever before. Then there's the action. Punctuated by three or four magnificent set pieces, TDKR deftly mixes the cinematic process of providing information with punches of pow throughout (an airplane-to-airplane kidnap/rescue, an institutional terrorist assault and subsequent chase, and the choreographed crippling of an entire city are the above-mentioned highlights). The added impact of the movie's extensive Imax footage ups the wow factor, all of it kinetically controlled by Nolan and his top lieutenants Wally Pfister (cinematography), Hans Zimmer (composer), Lee Smith (editor), and Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh (production designers). The best recommendation TDKR carries is that it does not leave one wanting for more. At 164 minutes, there's plenty of nonstop dramatic enthrallment for a single sitting. More important, there's a deep sense of satisfaction that The Dark Knight Rises leaves as the fulfilling conclusion to an absorbing saga that remains relevant, resonant, and above all thoroughly entertaining. --Ted Fry

  • McCabe And Mrs Miller [1971]McCabe And Mrs Miller | DVD | (25/08/2003) from £5.95   |  Saving you £8.04 (135.13%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Cold austere Presbyterian Churh is just another small mining town in the turn-of-the-century Pacific Northwest - and a perfect place for John Q McCabe and Constance Miller to bring a touch of 'civilazation'. He's a small time gambler who dreams of running a big time bordello; she's a madam from Seattle who arrives to make that dream come true...

  • Woody Allen: Six Films - 1979-1985 [Blu-ray]Woody Allen: Six Films - 1979-1985 | Blu Ray | (12/12/2016) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Arrow Academy's second Woody Allen collection covers 1979-85, during which he made many of his best-loved films. These begin with Manhattan, a sublime Gershwin-scored Panavision love-letter to his home city, and end with The Purple Rose of Cairo, a wistfully affectionate romance about the cinema's past that also doubles as a hilariously fantastical farce. In between there's the Felliniesque, fascinatingly self-analytical Stardust Memories; the bucolic romp A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (the first of thirteen films starring Mia Farrow); the technically and conceptually astonishing Zelig, in which a human chameleon bears witness to many of the 1920s and 30s cultural and political upheavals; and the perfectly-formed Broadway Danny Rose, a comedy about a theatrical agent who gets mixed up with the Mob. By now, Allen was working with a tightly-knit regular team: cinematographer Gordon Willis, designer Mel Bourne, editor Susan E. Morse and producer Robert Greenhut worked on nearly all of these, achieving an enviable consistency of style at a time when American cinema was moving away from the notion of the auteur director. Collection includes: ¢ Manhattan (1979) ¢ Stardust Memories (1980) ¢ A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) ¢ Zelig (1983) ¢ Broadway Danny Rose (1984) ¢ The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) ¢ Exclusive to this collection: Manhattan and a hardback book featuring new and archive writing on all the films.

  • Batman Returns [1992]Batman Returns | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.51   |  Saving you £9.74 (229.18%)   |  RRP £13.99

    The first Batman sequel takes a wicked turn with the villainous exploits of the freakish and mean-spirited Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose criminal collaboration with evil tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) threatens to drain Gotham City of its energy supply. As if that wasn't enough, Batman (Michael Keaton) has his hands full with the vengeful Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), who turns out to be a lot more dangerous than a kitten with a whip. As with the first Batman feature, director Tim Burton brings his distinct visual style to the frantic action but this time there's a darker malevolence lurking beneath all that extraordinary production design. --Jeff Shannon

  • Free Fire [DVD] [2017]Free Fire | DVD | (07/08/2017) from £4.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Justine (Brie Larson, Room) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Inception, Michael Smiley, Kill List) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley, District 9) and Ord (Armie Hammer, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

  • Batman Begins - 1 Disc Edition [2005]Batman Begins - 1 Disc Edition | DVD | (23/01/2006) from £3.79   |  Saving you £7.20 (189.97%)   |  RRP £10.99

    Christian Bale stars in director Christopher Nolan's new take on the origin of the legendary superhero.

  • Batman Returns Blu-ray 4K [2019]Batman Returns Blu-ray 4K | Blu Ray | (03/06/2019) from £18.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

  • Star Trek 9: Insurrection [1999]Star Trek 9: Insurrection | DVD | (05/06/2000) from £8.35   |  Saving you £7.64 (47.80%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Star Trek fans were decidedly mixed in their reactions to this, the ninth big-screen feature in Paramount's lucrative Trek franchise. Die-hard loyalists will appreciate the way this Next Generation adventure rekindles the spirit of the original Trek TV series while combining a tolerable dose of New-Age philosophy with a light-hearted plot for the Next Gen cast. This time out, Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his executive crew must transport to a Shangri-la-like planet to see why their android crewmate Data (Brent Spiner) has run amok in a village full of peaceful Ba'ku artisans who--thanks to their planet's "metaphasic radiation"--haven't aged in 309 years.It turns out there's a conspiracy afoot, masterminded by the devious, gruesomely aged Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham, hamming it up under makeup resembling a cosmetic surgeon's worst nightmare), who's in cahoots with a renegade Starfleet admiral (Anthony Zerbe, in one of his final screen roles). They covet the fountain-of-youth power of the Ba'ku planet, but because their takeover plan violates Starfleet's Prime Directive of non-interference, it's up to Picard and crew to stop the scheme. Along the way, they all benefit from the metaphasic effect, which manifests itself as Worf's puberty (visible as a conspicuous case of Klingon acne), Picard's youthful romance with a Ba'ku woman (the lovely Donna Murphy), the touching though temporary return of Geordi's natural eyesight, and a moment when Troi asks Dr. Crusher if she's noticed that her "boobs are firming up".Some fans scoffed at these humorous asides, but they're what make this Trek film as entertaining as it is slightly disappointing. Without the laughs (including Data's rousing excerpt from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore), this is a pretty routine entry in the franchise, with no real surprises, a number of plot holes, and the overall appearance of a big-budget TV episode. As costar and director, Jonathan Frakes proves a capable carrier of the Star Trekflame--and it's nice to see women in their 40s portrayed as smart and sexy--but while this is surely an adequate Trek adventure, it doesn't quite rank with the best in the series. --Jeff Shannon

  • Sin City [UMD Universal Media Disc]Sin City | UMD | (26/09/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £18.99

    Frank Miller's acclaimed comic book comes to the screen courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez.

  • The Front (Standard Edition) [Blu-ray] [1976] [Region Free]The Front (Standard Edition) | Blu Ray | (30/08/2021) from £16.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture What if there were a list? A list that said: Our finest actors weren't allowed to act. Our best writers aren't allowed to write. Our funniest comedians aren't allowed to make us laugh. What would it be like if there were such a list? It would be like America in 1953. Special Features 4K restoration from the original negative Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman and actress Andrea Marcovicci Behind The Front (2004, 6 mins): an interview with the acclaimed director of photography Michael Chapman Isolated score: experience Dave Grusin's original soundtrack music Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography Original theatrical trailer New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  • Salvador (1986) [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) editionSalvador (1986) | Blu Ray | (17/09/2018) from £12.15   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to release SALVADOR, a powerful, vivid and uninhibited political drama from Oliver Stone, making its UK debut on Blu-ray as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 17 September 2018. A harrowing drama set during the Salvadoran Civil War, Salvador is a one of director Oliver Stone's most underrated films, a thrilling and violent look at the chaos of war as seen through the lens of an amoral photojournalist. In 1980, young men, women and children are being brutally killed in a bloody civil war in El Salvador. A horrific setting, but a perfect one for Richard Boyle (James Woods in an Oscar® nominated role), a sleazy journalist whose career needs a jumpstart. Armed with his camera, Boyle joins the front lines in an attempt to capture atrocious-but-valuable images of pain and horror. But with each picture he takes, he catches a tragic side of humanity that ignites his long-buried compassion. And he unexpectedly discovers something that will change him forever: his soul. Also starring Jim Belushi (Thief, Twin Peaks: The Return) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line), Salvador is a searing critique of the United States' role in the Central American crisis, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray in a special Dual Format edition.

  • Away From Her [2007]Away From Her | DVD | (26/12/2008) from £5.38   |  Saving you £0.61 (11.34%)   |  RRP £5.99

    "Away From Her" is a moving love story that deals with memory and the circuitous, unnamable, paths of a long marriage.

  • Double Trouble [1967]Double Trouble | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £13.99

    A case of mistaken identity has Elvis and a beautiful girl enmeshed in a smuggler's plot and an attempted murder in Europe.

  • M.A.S.H. - Single Disc Edition [1969]M.A.S.H. - Single Disc Edition | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £4.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (260.52%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Ensemble drama from acclaimed director Robert Altman centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer (Neve Campbell) who's poised to become a principal performer.

  • Manhattan [Blu-ray] [1979]Manhattan | Blu Ray | (26/08/2013) from £9.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (62.58%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Nominated for two Academy Awards and considered one of [Woody] Allen's most enduring accomplishments (Box office) Manhattan is a wry touching and finely rendered portrait of modern relationships set against the backdrop of urban alienation. Sumptuously photographed in black and white (Allen's first film in that format) and accompanied by a magnificent Gershwin score Allen's aesthetic triumph is a prismatic portrait of a time and a place that may be studied decades hence (Time). Forty-two-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis (Allen) has a job he hates a seventeen year- old girlfriend Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) he doesn't love and a lesbian ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep) who's writing a tell-all book about their marriage... and whom he'd like to strangle. But when he meets his best friend's sexy intellectual mistress Mary (Diane Keaton) Isaac falls head over heels in lust! Leaving Tracy bedding Mary and quitting his job are just the beginnings of Isaac's quest for romance and fulfilment in a city where sex is as intimate as a handshake - and the gateway to true love... is a revolving door.

  • Manhattan [1979]Manhattan | DVD | (10/07/2000) from £5.38   |  Saving you £10.61 (197.21%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Manhattan, Woody Allen's follow-up to Oscar-winning Annie Hall, is a film of many distinctions: its glorious all-Gershwin score, its breathtakingly elegant black-and-white, widescreen cinematography by Gordon Willis (best-known for shooting the Godfather movies); its deeply shaded performances; its witty screenplay that marked a new level in Allen's artistic maturity; and its catalogue of Things that Make Life Worth Living. Allen's "Rhapsody in Gray" concerns, as his own character puts it, "people in Manhattan who are constantly creating these real, unnecessary, neurotic problems for themselves, because it keeps them from dealing with more insoluble, terrifying problems about the universe". It's a romantic comedy about infidelity and betrayal, the rules of love and friendship, young girls (a radiant and sweet Mariel Hemingway) and older men (Allen), innocence, and sophistication. (a favourite phrase is used to describe a piece of sculpture at the Guggenheim: "It has a marvellous kind of negative capability".) The film's themes can be summed up in two key lines: "I can't believe you met somebody you like better than me", and "It's very important to have some kind of personal integrity". OK, so they may not sound like such sparkling snatches of brilliant dialogue, but Manhattan puts those ideas across with such emotion that you feel an ache in your heart. --Jim Emerson

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