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  • Henry V [DVD]Henry V | DVD | (10/08/2015) from £6.39   |  Saving you £-0.40 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Very few first-time film directors would have been capable of making such a triumphant adaptation of Henry V; but a still-youthful Kenneth Branagh's years of stage experience paid off handsomely and his 1989 version qualifies as a genuine masterpiece, the kind of film that comes along once in a decade. He eschews the theatricality of Laurence Olivier's stirring, fondly remembered 1945 adaptation to establish his own rules: Branagh plays it down and dirty, seeing the Bard's play through revisionist eyes, framing it as an anti-war story in contrast to Olivier's patriotic spectacle. Branagh gives us harsh close-ups of muddied, bloody men, and of himself as Henry, his hardened mouth and wilful eyes revealing much about the personal cost of war. Not that the director-star doesn't provide lighter moments: his scenes introducing the French Princess Katherine (Emma Thompson) trying to learn English quickly from her maid are delightful. What may be the crowning glory of Branagh's adaptation comes when the dazed leader wanders across the battlefield, not even sure who has won. As King Hal carries a dead boy (a young Christian Bale) over the hacked bodies of both the English and French, a panorama of blood and mud and death greet the viewer as Branagh opens up the scene and Patrick Doyle's rousing hymn "Non nobis, Domine" provides marvellous counterpoint (like the director, the composer was another filmic first-timer). A more potent expression of the price of victory could scarcely be imagined. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com

  • BAIT [Dual Format] [Blu-ray]BAIT | Blu Ray | (20/01/2020) from £14.59   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Contemporary Cornwall. Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world. Special Features: Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition Q&A with the director (2019): director Mark Jenkin in conversation with film critic Mark Kermode after a screening of Bait at BFI Southbank Dear Marianne (2016, 6 mins): a Cornishman's travels in Ireland, through Wexford, Waterford and Cork in search of the familiar The Essential Cornishman (2016, 6 mins): short film by Mark Jenkin The Road to Zennor (2017, 3 mins): short film by Mark Jenkin Original theatrical trailer **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing by Jason Wood and full film credits Other extras TBC

  • Wuthering Heights [1992]Wuthering Heights | DVD | (22/12/2003) from £5.89   |  Saving you £10.10 (171.48%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Peter Kosminsky's 1992 adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights goes to the extreme of casting Sinead O'Connor in a brief bit as Bronte herself, but the film still doesn't approach the accomplishment of William Wyler's classic 1939 production (with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon) or subsequent versions by Luis Bunuel and Robert Fuest. That doesn't make it unwatchable, however: it still offers The English Patient costars Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche as doomed lovers Heathcliff and Cathy. Binoche is a bit washed-out, but Fiennes makes a strong impression as the rejected labourer who makes his fortune and exacts a vengeance. Unlike Wyler's film, this one covers all the chapters of Bronte's book, but it is sodden with misery and lacks all grace. --Tom Keogh

  • Catherine Cookson - Tilly Trotter [1998]Catherine Cookson - Tilly Trotter | DVD | (23/07/2007) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-1.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £4.99

    Catherine Cookson's story of Tilly; raised by her grandparents lusted after by many men and overcoming the many challenges in her life.

  • Rogue Trader [1999]Rogue Trader | DVD | (24/07/2000) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Leeson (Ewan McGregor) is rightly proud of himself: despite his humble beginnings, the Watford lad is now a trusted employee of Barings Merchant Bank, the City of London's oldest Banking House founded in 1763.

  • Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete First Series [1998]Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete First Series | DVD | (01/10/2001) from £22.98   |  Saving you £-2.99 (-15.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    When Gimme Gimme Gimme first hit the television screen in 1998, it immediately divided the critics. Plenty loathed it, but it soon acquired cult comedy status in the BBC2 post-watershed tradition. Since then it has gone mainstream on BBC1 but as the first series shows, its appeal lies in a surreal anarchy. Linda (Kathy Burke, brilliant) and Tom (James Dreyfus, who went on to star with Bette Midler in her ill-fated sitcom) live in a world of self-delusion. They are the ultimate misfits; a grotesque ladette who thinks she is "gorgeous" and worships Liam Gallagher and a neurotic gay actor who can't land a decent part for toffee but cherishes a secret passion for Simon Shephard, the smooth star of popular television dramas such as Peak Practice. They trade non-PC insults like most people make small talk (Linda: "There's no such thing as gay. It's just laziness."), yet are totally reliant on each other. It's vulgar, coarse, often outrageous and certainly not for the faint-hearted. But in most parts it is extremely funny. And if the self-regarding cuteness of so many US comedy imports turns your stomach, you'll love it. This is Will and Grace, on cocaine, in a parallel universe. On the DVD: presented in standard 14:9 format with stereo soundtrack, this disk simply gives you the first series of Gimme Gimme Gimme exactly as it appeared on television. So the picture and sound quality are fine. Just select your favourite episode from the index and laugh away. The lack of extras is disappointing. There must be some great outtakes, which would have added a bit of value; so would biographies of the stars and writer Jonathan Harvey, who has become one of the UK's best young playwrights. --Piers Ford

  • Tilly Trotter [1998]Tilly Trotter | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Catherine Cookson's story of Tilly; raised by her grandparents lusted after by many men and overcoming the many challenges in her life.

  • Peak Practice - Series 2 - Complete [1994]Peak Practice - Series 2 - Complete | DVD | (07/04/2008) from £14.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (33.36%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The complete second series of the rural medical drama. Episodes comprise: 1. In Good Faith 2. Old Habits 3. Love Thy Neighbour 4. Act of Remembrance 5. Enemy Within 6. Long Weekend 7. Chance Encounter 8. Life Changes 9. A Brave Face 10. Abbey 11. Perfect Love 12. Power Games 13. Happy Ever After

  • Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete Third Series [2001]Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete Third Series | DVD | (11/11/2002) from £8.75   |  Saving you £1.24 (12.40%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme took situation comedy to new peaks of vulgarity when it returned for a third and final series in 2001, thanks to the full-on performances of James Dreyfus (Tom) and Kathy Burke (Linda) who suck up Jonathan Harvey's innuendo-laden scripts and spit them out like a couple of thespian tornados. "I don't think anything could relax my lips, baby," leers Burke, milking the endless supply of double entendres. "Mind you, after a couple of vodkas they're usually flapping around like flip-flops." Tom's descent into self-parody--when he looks in the mirror, he sees the new Noel Coward--can have only one logical conclusion: the offer of a bit-part in Crossroads which eventually splits up this dysfunctional friendship. Sex-crazed Linda is deluded beyond all reason--when she looks in the mirror, she sees Catherine Zeta Jones--and here we finally get some insight into the reasons behind her grotesque traits: visits from her old Borstal wing governor (the excellent Ann Mitchell, sending up her Widows character), and the long-lost son she gave up for adoption. Like all successful comedy, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme has its dark side. It also becomes increasingly surreal as the episodes pass: Tom fails miserably in a walk-on role in a conceptual Japanese drama presented in a fire station; and Linda turns the back garden into a campsite. Sophisticated it isn't, but it's often wickedly hilarious and occasionally brilliant. On the DVD: Gimme, Gimme, Gimme is presented in standard 14:9 format with a stereo soundtrack, replicating the sitcom viewing experience. Apart from the episode index, there are no extras. At the very least biographies of Harvey, Burke and Dreyfus would have been useful. --Piers Ford

  • Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete Collection [1998]Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete Collection | DVD | (17/11/2003) from £22.98   |  Saving you £15.00 (75.04%)   |  RRP £34.99

    More comedy madness!....The complete collection contains all three side-splitting series and over 9 hours of thoroughly outrageous comedy. Delivering laughter from beginning to end 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' follows the riotous lives of flat mates Linda (Kathy Burke) and Tom (James Dreyfus) in their equally hopeless search for a man. SERIES ONE 01. Who's That Boy 02. The Big Break 03. Legs & Co 04. Do They Take Sugar? 05. Saturday Night Diva 06. I Do I Do I Do SERIES TWO The Millennium Special 01. Teachers Pet 02. Stiff 03. Prison Visitor 04. Dirty Thirty 05. Glad To Be Gay 06. Sofa Man SERIES THREE 01. Down & Out 02. Lollipop Man 03. Secrets & Flies 04. Trauma 05. Singing In The Drain 06. Decoy

  • Peter Kay - The Getaway Driver / 3 Coronation Street EpisodesPeter Kay - The Getaway Driver / 3 Coronation Street Episodes | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £4.22   |  Saving you £3.03 (102.36%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Three blokes. Two minutes. One robbery. Included is the comic strip drama ""Two Minutes"" one of the first programs in which the comedian starred alongside Matthew Dunster and Pearce Quiggley. Their hilarious adventure starts when they attempt to rob the local pub for the evening's takings but with Peter Kay playing the getaway driver the usual comedy ensues. This footage has never been seen before. Also on the DVD are bonus features including footage of episodes of ""Corona

  • Chancer [DVD]Chancer | DVD | (03/09/2012) from £16.39   |  Saving you £23.60 (143.99%)   |  RRP £39.99

    In his breakout television role, multiple award winner Clive Owen stars as the talented, devious and utterly charming Derek 'Dex' Love - a City business analyst whose brilliant career, strategised under the pseudonym 'Stephen Crane', is stalked by a shady past. This complete-series release revisits the fast-paced and emotionally compelling scripts that made Chancer such a critical success, brilliantly capturing the heady atmosphere - and the pitfalls - of the late '80s and early '90s' financi...

  • Peak Practice: The Complete Series 1 to 7 [DVD]Peak Practice: The Complete Series 1 to 7 | DVD | (29/04/2019) from £74.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Filmed amid the breathtaking scenery of the Peak District and focusing on both the professional and personal challenges facing the team of doctors at a busy village surgery, Peak Practice was one of ITV's most popular shows, with regular viewing figures of around 15 million and frequent appearances in ITV's Top Ten. Initially starring Kevin Whately, Amanda Burton and Simon Shepherd - with later series featuring Gary Mavers, Saskia Wickham, Haydn Gwynne and Joseph Millson - this set contains the complete first seven series of this much-loved, award-winning show. Jack Kerruish treats his last patient at the African clinic he has built up from scratch and relocates to The Beeches surgery in the Peak District village of Cardale. It's just what he's been looking for, but the senior partner - Dr. Beth Glover - is less than impressed with him. They are forced to work alongside each other, however, when an emergency situation involving two local youngsters arises

  • Peak Practice - Series 3 - CompletePeak Practice - Series 3 - Complete | DVD | (03/03/2008) from £16.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (76.52%)   |  RRP £29.99

    The full third series of Peak Practice which centres on the dramas of life in a country practice in the Derbyshire dales

  • Fire, Ice And Dynamite [1990]Fire, Ice And Dynamite | DVD | (03/09/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £1.99

    A collection of wacky teams compete in the Swiss Alps for the richest prize in history 135 million dollars. Anything goes!

  • Peak Practice - Series 4 - CompletePeak Practice - Series 4 - Complete | DVD | (16/06/2008) from £32.38   |  Saving you £-7.39 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    One of ITV's most popular shows returns with this release of the complete fourth series of Peak Practice. Starring Simon Shepherd Saskia Wickham and Gary Mavers Peak Practice was filmed amid dramatic Derbyshire scenery and featured medical stories from the heart of the Peak District. The Beeches is in dire straits. Will has taken the helm as senior partner but he has little opportunity to enjoy his new status. With the surgery understaffed and overstretched patients start to desert to the nearby health centre - a situation which gets worse when a flu epidemic hits Cardale. Episodes Comprise: 1. Holding it Together 2. A New Life 3. New Horizons 4. Looking Back 5. Whipping Boy 6. Close Ties 7. In Safe Hands 8. Partners 9. Running on Empty 10. Heart and Soul

  • Gimme Gimme Gimme - Complete SeriesGimme Gimme Gimme - Complete Series | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Gimme Gimme Gimme is quite simply the chaotic adventures of one over the top tart (Kathy Burke) and one perennially lonely gay guy (James Dreyfus) who happen to share both a flat in London and a yearning lust for whatever luckless man happens to cross their paths! This release includes all the episodes from the three series. Series 1: 1. Who's That Boy? 2. The Big Break 3. LEgs And Co. 4. Do They Take Sugar 5. Saturday Night Diva 6. I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do 7. Millennium Series 2: 1. Teacher's Pet 2. Stiff 3. Prison Visitor 4. Dirty 30 5. Glad To Be Gay 6. Sofa Man Series 3: 1. Down And Out 2. Lollipop Man 3. Secrets And Flies 4. Trauma 5. Singing In The Drain 6. Decoy

  • Peak Practice - Series 5 [1997]Peak Practice - Series 5 | DVD | (13/07/2009) from £39.13   |  Saving you £-9.14 (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    One of ITV's most popular shows returns with this release of the complete fifth series of Peak Practice. Starring Simon Shepherd Saskia Wickham and Gary Mavers Peak Practice was filmed amid dramatic Derbyshire scenery and featured medical stories from the heart of the Peak District.

  • The Scarlet Tunic [DVD] [1998]The Scarlet Tunic | DVD | (27/07/2009) from £6.95   |  Saving you £13.04 (65.20%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on Thomas Hardy's short story and set in fictional Wessex during the Napoleonic Wars. A German cavalry regiment is stationed on the land of a country doctor. His daughter Frances in a loveless engagement is wooed by a handsome young officer Matthaus. Deciding to join his friends in deserting Matthaus persuades Frances to come with him. But that same night her betrothed suddenly arrives at her home. Frances is torn between love and duty.

  • Chancer - The Complete Series 2 [1990]Chancer - The Complete Series 2 | DVD | (30/09/2002) from £20.23   |  Saving you £-5.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Stephen Crane is back: newly released from prison he sets about re-establishing his old contacts... All 7 episodes from Season 2: Jo Ashes Secrets Remembrance Blood Fall Sacrifice.

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