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  • The Windermere Children [DVD]The Windermere Children | DVD | (03/02/2020) from £15.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • Cars 2 [DVD]Cars 2 | DVD | (21/11/2011) from £4.25   |  Saving you £2.00 (66.89%)   |  RRP £4.99

    Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car.

  • King Kong [2005]King Kong | DVD | (10/04/2006) from £4.70   |  Saving you £21.55 (626.45%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Peter Jackson revisits the classic creature feature for this spectacular remake.

  • Resident Evil: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] [2017]Resident Evil: The Complete Collection | Blu Ray | (12/06/2017) from £18.99   |  Saving you £13.99 (87.44%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Given that Resident Evil is a Paul Anderson movie based on a computer game which was itself highly derivative (especially of George A Romero and James Cameron films), it's probably unfair to complain that it hasn't got an original idea or moment in its entire running time. In the early 1980s, Italian schlock films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie Creeping Flesh tried to cram in as many moments restaged from American originals as possible, strung together by silly characters wandering between monster attacks. This is a much-improved, edited, photographed and directed version of the same gambit. As amnesiac Milla Jovovich remembers amazing kung fu skills and anti-globalist Eric Mabius mutters about evil corporations, a gang of clichéd soldiers with nary a distinguishing feature between them (except for Michelle Rodriguez as a secondary tough chick) are trapped in an underground scientific compound at the mercy of a tyrannical computer--which manifests as a smug little-girl-o-gram--fending off flesh-eating zombies (though gore fans will be disappointed by the film's need to stay within the limits of the 15 certificate) and CGI mutants, not to mention the ever-popular zombie dogs. It's tolerably action-packed, but zips past its borrowings (Aliens, Cube, Deep Blue Sea) without adding anything that future schlock pictures will want to imitate. On the DVD: Resident Evil on disc has the expected trailers, both teaser and theatrical; a half-hour making-of; zombie make-up tests; featurettes on music (with Marilyn Manson), production design and costume. A lively commentary track features Anderson, Jovovich, Rodriguez and producer/zombie Jeremy Bolt--Jovovich upbraids Anderson for talking about different gradings of film stock over her nude scene and everyone else talks about how much she hurt them by punching them out during action sequences. Anderson mentions an alternate commentary track with visual effects designer Richard Yuricich, but it isn't included. --Kim Newman

  • King Kong [Blu-ray]King Kong | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £8.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Movies don't come any bigger than Peter Jackson's King Kong, a three-hour remake of the 1933 classic that marries breathtaking visual prowess with a surprising emotional depth. Expanding on the original story of the blonde beauty and the beast who falls for her, Jackson creates a movie spectacle that matches his Lord of the Rings films and even at times evokes their fantasy world while celebrating the glory of '30s Hollywood. Naomi Watts stars as Ann Darrow, a vaudeville actress down on her luck in Depression-era New York until manic filmmaker Carl Denham (a game but miscast Jack Black) entices her with a lead role. Dazzled by the genius of screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), Ann boards the tramp steamer S.S. Venture, which she--and most of the wary crew--believes is headed for Singapore. Denham, however, is in search of the mythic Skull Island, hoping to capture its wonders on film and make a fortune. What he didn't count on were some scary natives who find that the comely Darrow looks like prime sacrifice material for a mysterious giant creature.... There's no point in rehashing the entire plot, as every movie aficionado is more than familiar with the trajectory of King Kong; the challenge facing Jackson, his screenwriters, and the phenomenal visual-effects team was to breathe new life into an old, familiar story. To that degree, they achieve what could be best called a qualified success. Though they've assembled a crackerjack supporting cast, including Thomas Kretschmann as the Venture's hard-bitten captain and young Jamie Bell as a plucky crewman, the first third of the movie is rather labored, with too much minute detail given over to sumptuous re-creations of '30s New York and the unexciting initial leg of the Venture's sea voyage. However, once the film finds its way to Skull Island (which bears more than a passing resemblance to LOTR's Mordor), Kong turns into a dazzling movie triumph, by turns terrifying and awe-inspiring. The choreography and execution of the action set pieces--including one involving Kong and a trio of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, as well as another that could be charitably described as a bug-phobic's nightmare--is nothing short of landmark filmmaking, and a certain Mr. Spielberg should watch his back, as Kong trumps most anything that has come before it. Despite the visual challenges of King Kong, the movie's most difficult hurdle is the budding romance between Ann and her simian soulmate. Happily, this is where Jackson unqualifiedly triumphs, as this unorthodox love story is tenderly and humorously drawn, by turns sympathetic and wondrous. Watts, whose accessibility balances out her almost otherworldly loveliness, works wonders with mere glances, and Andy Serkis, who digitally embodies Kong here much as he did Gollum in the LOTR films, breathes vibrant life into the giant star of the film without ever overplaying any emotions. The final, tragic act of the film, set mostly atop the Empire State Building, is where Kong earns its place in movie history as a work that celebrates both the technical and emotional heights that film can reach. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

  • DownfallDownfall | DVD | (19/09/2005) from £6.93   |  Saving you £14.32 (252.56%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The last days of Hitler and the Third Reich are examined in this German drama.

  • Waiting for Anya [DVD] [2020]Waiting for Anya | DVD | (08/06/2020) from £4.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • Stalingrad (20th Anniversary Edition) [DVD]Stalingrad (20th Anniversary Edition) | DVD | (03/11/2014) from £4.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Stalingrad - a name forever associated with the horrors of war at their most unimaginable and traumatic. Survivors from both sides describe their harrowing experiences and provide some of the last eyewitness accounts that will ever be recorded. Gripping reports from people close to the Center of power alternate with these moving testimonies. Particularly chilling are excerpts from 8 mm films shot by soldiers during the siege. Russian archives opened their doors to the filmmakers granting them exclusive access to documents and rare footage of Stalingrad. Archival film was digitally restored and scanned in HD with some colouration of b/w material. Finally 3-D animation helped recreate the city of Stalingrad and document its destruction in the course of the trilogy.

  • The Pianist [2002]The Pianist | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £4.32   |  Saving you £14.93 (487.91%)   |  RRP £17.99

    A talented musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto and the concentration camps of World War II.

  • Stalingrad [1992]Stalingrad | DVD | (22/10/2001) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

    It's tempting to call the harrowing Stalingrad a World War II version of All Quiet on the Western Front, since both films take the perspective of ordinary German soldiers at ground level. Stalingrad surveys the misery of the battle of Stalingrad, the winter siege that cost the lives of almost one and a half million people--Russian defenders and German invaders alike. Not unlike Spielberg's approach to Saving Private Ryan, German director Joseph Vilsmaier rarely steps outside the action to comment on the higher purpose of the war, assuming the audience is aware of the evil of the Nazi regime. Instead, we simply follow a group of soldiers as they endure a series of gut-wrenching episodes, events that have the tang of authenticity and horror. Vilsmaier has a taste for symbolism and surreal touches, which only add to the unsettling sense of insanity this movie conjures up so well. --Robert Horton

  • Waiting for Anya [Blu-ray] [2020]Waiting for Anya | Blu Ray | (08/06/2020) from £7.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Based on the novel by War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo, Waiting for Anya tells the powerful and authentic true story of a young shepherd-boy who risks everything to help smuggle Jewish children into Spain from German-occupied France. Filmed in the town of Lecsun, France in which the true to life story also originated, the film boasts an all-stellar cast including; Stranger Things star, Noah Schnapp, Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston (Ever After, The Addams Family), Jean Reno (Leon, The Big Blue, Ronin), Frederick Schmidt (Mission: Impossible Fallout), Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist, Central Intelligence) and Nicholas Rowe (Riviera, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

  • Next [2007]Next | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £4.19   |  Saving you £15.80 (377.09%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Nicolas Cage plays a man with the unique ability to see future events and affect their outcome in this movie based on a Philip K. Dick story.

  • Hostel - Part I-III Box Set [DVD]Hostel - Part I-III Box Set | DVD | (23/01/2012) from £7.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (150.19%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Hostel Presented by genre master Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and written & directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), Hostel is a dark, bloody exploration of torture and evil. The film centres on two young Americans backpacking through Europe who find themselves lured in as victims of a murder-for-profit business. Graphic and deeply disturbing, Hostel is one of the most brutal films ever made! Hostel: Part II Hostel: Part II is the shocking and gruesome sequel of the underground torture ring where rich businessmen pay to torture and murder their victims. The second installment in this terrifying franchise centres around three young American women (Lauren German, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bijou Phillips, Bully, and Heather Matarazzo, Welcome to the Dollhouse) who are studying in Rome. They are lured into a hostel by a beautiful young woman who sells them as the next victims of a murder-for-profit business. Hostel: Part III High stakes gambling takes on a sinister new meaning in this third chapter of the terrifying Hostel series. While attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends are enticed by two sexy escorts to join them at a private party way off the Strip. Once there, they are horrified to find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, where members of the Elite Hunting Club are hosting the most sadistic show in town.

  • Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse [2004]Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £3.00   |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Milla Jovovich's video game action girl Alice has escaped the hive of the first flick and must now find a way through the hordes of zombies to escape Racoon City.

  • U-571 [2000]U-571 | DVD | (22/01/2001) from £4.49   |  Saving you £15.50 (345.21%)   |  RRP £19.99

    U-571 is a white-knuckle World War II suspense drama about an American submarine crew's battle against time-and their own fears-while carrying out a daring mission to capture a top-secret encrypting device from a Nazi U-boat.

  • The Windermere Children [Blu-ray]The Windermere Children | Blu Ray | (03/02/2020) from £13.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The War is Over. For These Child Holocaust Survivors It Is A New beginning. The powerful BBC film starring Thomas Kretschmann, Romola Garai, Tim McInnerny & Iain Glen. A powerful and uplifting drama based on an extraordinary, untold true story of hope in the aftermath of the Holocaust, brought to us by award winning producers Wall to Wall (The Girl, The Scandalous Lady) and written by BAFTA nominated screenwriter Simon Block (The Eichmann Show, Home Fires). One summer's night in 1945, 300 children are in transit from Prague to the Lake District, a remote and picturesque corner of the English countryside. They are child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that has all but wiped out Europe's Jews and for these particular children, their entire families too. They are some of the 1000 children the British government has granted refuge to, giving them a place where they can rehabilitate and grow strong after the devastation of the war. They carry only the clothes they wear and a few meagre possessions, along with the physical and psychological scars of all they have suffered. They do not know what awaits them in Britain and naturally they are fearful: they don t speak English, and having spent many years living in death camps, have missed out on a proper education. But the children are also excited, for the war is over, and there is always hope that the future will be kinder to them than the past. This moving and ultimately redemptive story follows the children and the remarkable team who were responsible for helping these children rebuild their lives as they forge friendships that will become a lifeline to a better future.

  • Resident Evil: The Complete Collection [DVD] [2017]Resident Evil: The Complete Collection | DVD | (12/06/2017) from £17.85   |  Saving you £7.14 (40.00%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Given that Resident Evil is a Paul Anderson movie based on a computer game which was itself highly derivative (especially of George A Romero and James Cameron films), it's probably unfair to complain that it hasn't got an original idea or moment in its entire running time. In the early 1980s, Italian schlock films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie Creeping Flesh tried to cram in as many moments restaged from American originals as possible, strung together by silly characters wandering between monster attacks. This is a much-improved, edited, photographed and directed version of the same gambit. As amnesiac Milla Jovovich remembers amazing kung fu skills and anti-globalist Eric Mabius mutters about evil corporations, a gang of clichéd soldiers with nary a distinguishing feature between them (except for Michelle Rodriguez as a secondary tough chick) are trapped in an underground scientific compound at the mercy of a tyrannical computer--which manifests as a smug little-girl-o-gram--fending off flesh-eating zombies (though gore fans will be disappointed by the film's need to stay within the limits of the 15 certificate) and CGI mutants, not to mention the ever-popular zombie dogs. It's tolerably action-packed, but zips past its borrowings (Aliens, Cube, Deep Blue Sea) without adding anything that future schlock pictures will want to imitate. On the DVD: Resident Evil on disc has the expected trailers, both teaser and theatrical; a half-hour making-of; zombie make-up tests; featurettes on music (with Marilyn Manson), production design and costume. A lively commentary track features Anderson, Jovovich, Rodriguez and producer/zombie Jeremy Bolt--Jovovich upbraids Anderson for talking about different gradings of film stock over her nude scene and everyone else talks about how much she hurt them by punching them out during action sequences. Anderson mentions an alternate commentary track with visual effects designer Richard Yuricich, but it isn't included. --Kim Newman

  • Hitman: Agent 47 [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]Hitman: Agent 47 | Blu Ray | (26/12/2015) from £8.49   |  Saving you £16.50 (194.35%)   |  RRP £24.99

    HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones – endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

  • The Pianist [2003]The Pianist | DVD | (18/08/2003) from £7.32   |  Saving you £13.93 (229.87%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A talented musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto and the concentration camps of World War II.

  • The Pianist [2003]The Pianist | DVD | (01/03/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A talented musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto and the concentration camps of World War II.

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