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  • Doctor Zhivago [1965]Doctor Zhivago | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (133.56%)   |  RRP £13.99

    David Lean's wintry adaptation of Boris Pasternak's melodramatic Russian Revolution romance, Doctor Zhivago, is a masterpiece of epic filmmaking, but one that risks leaving the viewer cold. Though none of the film was shot in the then USSR, Lean's assured technique nevertheless illuminates the breathtaking backgrounds magnificently: from the snowy wastes of the Urals to the strife-torn streets of Moscow, Lean stages a series of wonderful set-pieces showing war, revolution and its terrible aftermath. The problem lies in the foreground. Omar Sharif's entirely passive Zhivago is, we are told, a romantic poet of great sensitivity who internalises all his emotions and expresses them in verse. The trouble is the audience never gets to see a line of his poems, not even the centrally important "Lara" cycle. Thus Zhivago at the end of the picture is as much an emotional blank to us as he was at the beginning. His affair with the idealised beauty that is Julie Christie's Lara is also taken for granted by the filmmakers rather than set up in any convincing way, their mutual attraction remaining a mystery that creates a vacuum at the core of the picture. Given that none of the central characters with the exception of Rod Steiger's fire-breathing lecher Komarovsky ever give way to strong emotions, the romantic heart of the film remains oddly frigid. Matters are not helped by composer Maurice Jarre's incessant "Lara's Theme", which many will find teeth-grindingly irritating. Still, any David Lean epic, even a flawed one, is always going to be a first-class cinematic experience, and Zhivago is assuredly that. On the DVD: A stunning anamorphic widescreen print is the ideal way to appreciate David Lean's craftsmanship and this movie's glorious, wintry cinematography. Maurice Jarre's "Lara's Theme" and the rest of his patchwork score can be heard in a music-only track, while Omar Sharif is joined by Lean's widow Sandra and Rod Steiger for an intermittent commentary. The second bonus disc contains a good hour-long making-of documentary plus 10 shorter contemporary documentaries giving various insights into the location shooting and the cast and crew. But it's the sheer beauty of the picture that will astonish and make this disc forever treasurable. --Mark Walker

  • The Playboy of the Western World [Blu-ray]The Playboy of the Western World | Blu Ray | (10/05/2021) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Zavvi - The Home of Pop CultureBrian Desmond Hurst adapts and directs JM Synge's scandalous comedy in what was to be the final film of a highly successful career stretching back to the mid-1930s. Featuring stunning cinematography of County Kerry by multiple Oscar-winner Geoffrey Unsworth and a memorable soundtrack from influential composer Seán Ó Riada, The Playboy of the Western World stars Siobhán McKenna and Gary Raymond alongside a host of players from Dublin's Abbey Theatre. It is featured here as a brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Weary and dishevelled, Christy Mahon stumbles into a remote inn on the Irish coast and tells anyone who'll listen how he's murdered his tyrannous father with a spade. As he enthrals the locals and charms the girls, his tale grows in its telling... until the day Christy's father turns up and he's not as dead as expected! SPECIAL FEATURES: The Man Who Played the Playboy: 2021 interview with Gary Raymond Theatrical trailer Image gallery

  • Between The Lines - Season 1Between The Lines - Season 1 | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £16.18   |  Saving you £13.81 (85.35%)   |  RRP £29.99

    When the police force can't be trusted... CIB: the police for the police. Loathed by fellow officers and treated with suspicion by the public their's is a grey world of corruption and one that leaves rising star Superintendent Tony Clark cold. Reluctantly involved in the beginning he finds that now there is no going back. As the taste of his promotion turns sour he finds himself well and truly caught between the lines...

  • Philadelphia, Here I Come [1975]Philadelphia, Here I Come | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    John Quested's adaptation of Brian Friel's play. Gar a young Irish man prepares to leave his dull Gaelic community and his seemingly insensitive father to live with his aunt in Philadelphia. Gar has an alter ego seen only by himself and the audience: the public Gar (Des Cave) holds back his true emotions while the private Gar (Donal McCann) tells the brutal (and sometimes hilarious) truth. As Gar packs his bags he and his inner self examine his relationships with his boorish da

  • Daughter Of DarknessDaughter Of Darkness | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £12.96   |  Saving you £3.02 (30.29%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In Ballyconnen Emmy Baudine (Siobhan McKenna) is a beautiful but disturbed young woman who works for the local priest. When the carnival comes to town she encounters a handsome young boxer called Dan (Maxwell Reed) and lays his face open with her fingernails when he expects sexual favours from her. Hurriedly packed off by Father Corcoran (Liam Redmond) to Yorkshire Emmy is taken in by a farming family and manages to suppress the strange feelings of fascination and repulsion that she experiences in the presence of the opposite sex. Until that is the carnival comes to town and brings with it the vengeful Dan...

  • Daughter of Darkness [DVD]Daughter of Darkness | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Postwar Gothic thriller featuring Britain's first female serial killer. In the small Irish town of Ballyconnen, Emmy Baudine (Siobhan McKenna) is a beautiful but disturbed young woman who works for the local priest. When the carnival comes to town, she encounters a handsome young boxer called Dan (Maxwell Reed) - and lays his face open with her fingernails when he expects sexual favours from her. Hurriedly packed off to Yorkshire by Father Corcoran (Liam Redmond), Emmy is taken in by a farmin...


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