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  • Superman [1978]Superman | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.22   |  Saving you £11.76 (527.35%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Modern blockbuster cinema came of age with the release of three huge science fiction/fantasy extravaganzas in the late 1970s. In 1978 Superman was the last of these, a gigantic hit unfairly overshadowed by Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Christopher Reeve is completely convincing as both Superman and mild-mannered alter ego Clarke Kent, sparking real chemistry with Margot Kidder's fellow reporter Lois Lane. Very much a film of two halves, the opening tells the origin of Superman from the apocalyptic fate of Krypton to his nostalgically rendered boyhood in the mid-West. After a wonderful sequence introducing the Fortress of Solitude the film changes gear as the adult Clarke Kent arrives in Metropolis and Superman battles arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). Though the tone becomes lighter and introduces comedy, Superman succeeds because Donner plays the titular character straight. From Marlon Brando's heavyweight cameo to the surprisingly wrenching finale, Superman unfolds as an epic modern myth, a spiritual fable for a secular age and a fantastic entertainment for the young at heart. With breathtaking production design, still special effects, gorgeous cinematography, thrilling set-pieces, wit, romance and John Williams' extraordinarily rich music score, Superman has the power to make you believe a man can fly.On the DVD: Superman is presented in an extended director's cut which adds eight minutes to the theatrical original. The restored material is so artfully integrated many viewers may not even notice, but it would have been nice to at least have the opportunity to watch the original via seamless branching. The sound has been remixed into extraordinarily powerful Dolby Digital 5.1--the superb main title sequence is worth the price alone--and the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is, except for some unavoidably grainy effects shots, pristine. The commentary by Richard Donner and writer Tom Mankiewicz reveals more about the background than all but the most dedicated fan will ever need to know, while film music aficionados will revel in the opportunity to listen to John Williams' score isolated in Dolby Digital 5.1. On the second side of the disc are a eight alternate John Williams music cues, a selection of deleted scenes and the screen tests of a variety of would-be Lois Lanes, introduced and with optional commentary by casting director Lynn Stalmaster. These are fascinating, and show how right for the part Margot Kidder really was. A DVD-ROM only feature presents the storyboards plus various Web features, while the real highlight is a 90-minute documentary divided into three sections covering pre-production, filming and special effects. The picture quality on all the extras is very good indeed. An enthralling package, DVD doesn't get much better than this. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Superman: The Movie: EXT [Blu-ray] [2018] [Region Free]Superman: The Movie: EXT | Blu Ray | (08/10/2018) from £11.05   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true Man of Tomorrow. Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere - nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve's Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner's definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director's Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis' favourite son that preserves the director's intent while feeding superfan demands. Extras: (On Superman: The Movie Special Edition Disc); Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz, 3 Documentaries: Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend, and The Magic Behind the Cape, Screen Tests, Restored Scenes, Additional Music Cues, Music-Only track

  • Superman 2 [1980]Superman 2 | DVD | (24/09/2001) from £5.49   |  Saving you £8.50 (60.80%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) took over the franchise with this first sequel in the series, though the film doesn't look much like his usual stylish work. (Superman III is far more Lesteresque.) Still, there is a lot to like about this film, which finds Superman grappling with the conflict between his responsibilities as Earth's saviour and his own needs of the heart. Choosing the latter, he gives up his powers to be with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), but the timing is awful: three renegades from his home planet, Krypton, are smashing up the White House, aided by the mocking Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film isn't nearly as ambitious as its predecessor, but the accent on relationships over special effects (not that there aren't plenty of them) is very satisfying. --Tom Keogh

  • Lenny [1974]Lenny | DVD | (23/06/2003) from £4.45   |  Saving you £8.54 (65.70%)   |  RRP £12.99

    From his first gig as a nervous Catskills comedian it's obvious that Lenny Bruce (Dustin Hoffman) is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with a shocking routine and a stripper as his muse (Valerie Perrine) Lenny turns comedy and America on its ear with his abrasive and often offensive humour. But life in the smoke-filled bars of the comedy curcuit begins to take its toll. The drugs and arrests for his subject matter wear heavily on this maverick crusader but don't stop him from goi

  • What Women Want [2001]What Women Want | DVD | (06/08/2001) from £4.61   |  Saving you £10.64 (317.61%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Mel Gibson is a chauvinistic advertising executive who suddenly develops the ability to understand what women are thinking.

  • Superman [Blu-ray] [1978]Superman | Blu Ray | (05/11/2018) from £20.25   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A box-office smash, an Academy Award-winner and a fan favourite since it first flew into theaters, Superman: The Movie assembles a cast and creative contingent as only a big movie can. As its heart (and for three sequels) is Christopher Reeve's intelligent, affectionate portrayal of a most human Man of Steel. Reeve, Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) give performances that fuel the film's aura of legend. Watching Superman isn't just like being a kid again. It's better. Includes theatrical version on both 4K and remastered Blu-Ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz Taking Flight: The Development of Superman Making Superman: Filming the Legend Screen Tests Music-Only track Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot.

  • Can't Stop The Music [DVD] [1980]Can't Stop The Music | DVD | (28/06/2010) from £7.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A retired model invites friends from Greenwich Village to a party to help the career of her room-mate an aspiring disco composer. A visiting socialite discovers the 'Village People' and launches them to overnight stardom. With music by Jacques Morali.

  • Slaughterhouse Five [DVD]Slaughterhouse Five | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £4.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) has a problem with time: he keeps jumping about in his own life, principally between three key scenes. The "present" is a kind of glowing suburban bliss involving a dutiful wife, large house, and presidency of the local Lions; the "past" is being a prisoner of World War II and experiencing the firebombing of Dresden from the wrong side; the "future" takes place in a glass dome on the planet Tralfamadore, to which Billy has been mysteriously spirited along with the woman of his fantasies (Montana Wildhack, played by Valerie Perrine). It isn't meant to make too much sense, since the point is to represent a man (and a century) that has witnessed things too unbearable for a wholly sane person to make sense of. In fact author Kurt Vonnegut's anguished cry on the insanity of war is one of those completely unfilmable books, so director George Roy Hill gets points even for trying. The whole package is thought provoking in a wholly Vonnegutian way. All this, and Glenn Gould playing Bach as well. --Richard Farr

  • Slaughterhouse Five [Blu-ray]Slaughterhouse Five | Blu Ray | (26/06/2017) from £6.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) has a problem with time: he keeps jumping about in his own life, principally between three key scenes. The "present" is a kind of glowing suburban bliss involving a dutiful wife, large house, and presidency of the local Lions; the "past" is being a prisoner of World War II and experiencing the firebombing of Dresden from the wrong side; the "future" takes place in a glass dome on the planet Tralfamadore, to which Billy has been mysteriously spirited along with the woman of his fantasies (Montana Wildhack, played by Valerie Perrine). It isn't meant to make too much sense, since the point is to represent a man (and a century) that has witnessed things too unbearable for a wholly sane person to make sense of. In fact author Kurt Vonnegut's anguished cry on the insanity of war is one of those completely unfilmable books, so director George Roy Hill gets points even for trying. The whole package is thought provoking in a wholly Vonnegutian way. All this, and Glenn Gould playing Bach as well. --Richard Farr

  • The Border (Blu-Ray)The Border (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (22/01/2018) from £15.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, Wolf) gives one of his finest and most subtle performances as a hard-working but deeply disillusioned Mexican border-guard in this tough thriller from renowned British filmmaker Tony Richardson (Look Back in Anger, A Taste of Honey).

  • The Electric HorsemanThe Electric Horseman | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £5.38   |  Saving you £0.61 (10.20%)   |  RRP £5.99

    This rousing romantic adventure Robert Redford plays ex-world champion cowboy reduced to huckstering breakfast food in a suit studded with flash lights. Jane Fonda is a chic sharp member of the electronic media a TV newswoman who'll do anything to get a good story. When Redford rides out of Las Vegas casino into the desert astride his sponsor's living symbol a multi-million dollar racehorse Jane is determined to discover why. She does one step ahead of a posse of pursuing police. But by the time they reach a remote rendezvous high in the Utah mountains she is in love with both the Cowboy and his convictions...

  • WaterWater | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    England wants the Island dumped.France wants it bombed America wants it wholesale And Michael Caine wants it.... on the rocks!

  • Slaughterhouse Five [1972]Slaughterhouse Five | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £9.43   |  Saving you £0.56 (5.60%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Kurt Vonnegut Junior's classic novel 'Slaughterhouse 5' comes to life in this haunting and darkly humorous film from acclaimed director George Roy Hill who won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this film. Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) is an ordinary American soldier in World War II - with one major exception: he has mysteriously become 'unstuck in time'. Billy goes on an uncontrollable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back ag

  • Superman / Superman 2 [1978]Superman / Superman 2 | DVD | (24/09/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £30.99

    Modern blockbuster cinema came of age with the release of three huge science fiction/fantasy extravaganzas in the late 1970s. In 1978 Superman was the last of these, a gigantic hit unfairly overshadowed by Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Christopher Reeve is completely convincing as both Superman and mild-mannered alter ego Clarke Kent, sparking real chemistry with Margot Kidder's fellow reporter Lois Lane. Though the tone becomes lighter and introduces comedy as Superman battles arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) the film succeeds because Donner plays the titular character straight. From Marlon Brando's heavyweight cameo to the surprisingly wrenching finale, Superman unfolds as an epic modern myth, a spiritual fable for a secular age and a fantastic entertainment for the young at heart. With breathtaking production design, special effects, gorgeous cinematography, thrilling set-pieces, wit, romance and John Williams' extraordinarily rich music score, Superman has the power to make you believe a man can fly.Although Superman II is credited to director Richard Lester the film is largely the work of Richard Donner, who shot 70 per cent of the footage back-to-back with Superman at a staggering combined cost of $55 million. Indeed, while each film works perfectly well alone, together they form four-and-a-half hours of the finest fantasy in cinema history. Superman II sees the release of the three super-villains exiled at the beginning of Superman, then without the need to tell Superman's origins offers a full two hours of rip-roaring comic-book action. The villains, led by a marvellously menacing Terrance Stamp, prove stronger adversaries than Lex Luthor, while Clarke's romance with Lois Lane is developed through polished comedy and a serious subplot in which Superman must chose between love and duty. From an atom bomb on the Eiffel Tower to an epic battle amid the skyscrapers of Metropolis (New York) the action and special effects are superb, the characters portrayed with verve and the story delivered with just the right amount of seriousness. A rousing entertainment very nearly as fine as its predecessor, the wirework battles paved the way for Hong Kong's seminal Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain (1983) and ultimately The Matrix (1999).On the DVD: Superman is presented in an extended director's cut which adds eight minutes to the theatrical original. The restored material is so artfully integrated many viewers may not even notice, but it would have been nice to at least have the opportunity to watch the original via seamless branching. The sound has been remixed into extraordinarily powerful Dolby Digital 5.1--the superb main title sequence is worth the price alone--and the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is, except for some unavoidably grainy effects shots, pristine. The commentary by Richard Donner and writer Tom Mankiewicz reveals more about the background than all but the most dedicated fan will ever need to know, while film music aficionados will revel in the opportunity to listen to John Williams' score isolated in Dolby Digital 5.1. On the second side of the disc are a eight alternate John Williams music cues, a selection of deleted scenes and the screen tests of a variety of would-be Lois Lanes, introduced and with optional commentary by casting director Lynn Stalmaster. These are fascinating, and show how right for the part Margot Kidder really was. A DVD-ROM only feature presents the storyboards plus various Web features, while the real highlight is a 90-minute documentary divided into three sections covering pre-production, filming and special effects. The picture quality on all the extras is very good indeed. An enthralling package, DVD doesn't get much better than this. In contrast to the fantastic Superman DVD the Superman II disc is a bare-bones release with the original trailer being the only extra. The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is absolutely first-rate, but if Superman can be presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound with an isolated score there is absolutely no excuse for the sequel being offered in lacklustre stereo. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Electric Horseman [1979]The Electric Horseman | DVD | (24/12/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

  • The Border [1982]The Border | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £8.08   |  Saving you £1.91 (23.64%)   |  RRP £9.99

    It divided the land. It divided the man. Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson stars alongside Harvey Keitel and cult favourite Warren Oates in this gripping story of a man torn between his career and his conscience. As a border guard involved in drug smuggling along the Rio Grande Charlie Smith (Nicholson) has crossed the line many times. But when he decides to clean up his act and help unite an ""illegal"" woman with her baby he runs afoul of his corrupt department his greed

  • Can't Stop The Music [1980]Can't Stop The Music | DVD | (07/03/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In this pseudo autobiography of the Village People Jack Morell (a thinly disguised character of the group's founder Jacques Morali) is a struggling composer desperate to gain fame with his songs but all he needs is a group to sing them. With the help of his roommate Samantha and a lawyer named Ron Jack forms a group of six ""macho men"" from his Greenwich Village neighborhood and the rest of the film details their rise to fame from New York City to a climatic concert in San Francis

  • Water [DVD] [1984]Water | DVD | (08/03/2010) from £10.78   |  Saving you £5.21 (32.60%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Water

  • Agency [1981]Agency | DVD | (05/07/2005) from £4.84   |  Saving you £-0.85 (-21.30%)   |  RRP £3.99

    Set in the high pressure world of Madison Avenue Advertising Robert Mitchum stars in this provocative thriller based on the effects of subliminal messaging in TV commercials.

  • Slaughterhouse Five [1972]Slaughterhouse Five | DVD | (08/08/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Billy Pilgrim lives - from time to time. ""Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time."" The opening words of the famous novel are the quickest summary of this haunting funny film. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Kurt Vonnegut's obsessive story of Pilgrim who survives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden then lives simultaneously in his past as a young American POW in the future as a well-cared-for resident of a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore and in the pres

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