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  • Day Of The Jackal [1973]Day Of The Jackal | DVD | (05/07/2010) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (85.69%)   |  RRP £9.99

    With its high-intensity plot about an attempt to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle, the bestselling novel by Frederick Forsyth was a prime candidate for screen adaptation. Director Fred Zinnemann brought his veteran skills to bear on what has become a timeless classic of screen suspense. Not to be confused with the later remake The Jackal starring Bruce Willis (which shamelessly embraced all the bombast that Zinnemann so wisely avoided), this 1973 thriller opts for lethal elegance and low-key tenacity in the form of the Jackal, the suave assassin played with consummate British coolness by Edward Fox. He's a killer of the highest order, a master of disguise and international elusiveness, and this riveting film follows his path to de Gaulle with an intense, straightforward documentary style. Perhaps one of the last great films from a bygone age of pure, down-to-basics suspense (and a kind of debonair European alternative to the American grittiness of The French Connection), The Day of the Jackal is a cat-and-mouse thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until its brilliantly executed final scene (pardon the pun), by which time Fox has achieved cinematic immortality as one of the screen's most memorable killers. --Jeff Shannon

  • Fortunes Of War (Three Discs) (DVD)Fortunes Of War (Three Discs) (DVD) | DVD | (23/10/2006) from £17.53   |  Saving you £12.46 (71.08%)   |  RRP £29.99

    The Balkans 1939. British professor Guy Pringle (Kenneth Branagh) arrives in Romania with his new bride Harriet (Emma Thompson) and becomes enmeshed in the politics of anti-fascism. Despite Harriet's serious misgivings Guy's social circle soon includes members of the British Secret Service who want to involve him in dangerous missions and a downtrodden prince who zeroes in on Guy's generous nature and winds up living with the Pringles. Thus the stage is set for this mesmerizing story of marriage tested by accidental betrayal callous insensitivity and a world in upheaval. Based upon the autobiographical novels of best-selling author Olivia Manning and set in places as far-flung as Bucharest Athens and Cairo Fortunes of War is majestic in both its scope and its vision.

  • Anne Of The Thousand Days [1969]Anne Of The Thousand Days | DVD | (06/03/2006) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    He was King. She was barely 18. And in their thousand days they played out the most passionate and shocking love story in history! This lush perfectly cast 1969 drama concerns both a doomed royal love affair and a pivotal moment in British history. Based on Maxwell Anderson's 1948 play Anne of the Thousand Days concerns the mess that surrounded King Henry VIII's decision to rid himself of his first wife Catherine of Aragon (Irene Papas) and marry the young Anne Boleyn (G

  • Condorman [1981]Condorman | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £4.85   |  Saving you £10.14 (209.07%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Woody Wilkins (Michael Crawford) an inventive comic book writer turns into a bumbling spy and is catapulted on a jet-setting trip around the world as Condorman the comic book hero he created. The problems - and the hilarity - start when Woody falls in love with a Russian agent Natalia (Barbara Carrera) and sets about helping her defect to the United States. However Natalia's old flame KGB agent Krokov (Oliver Reed) isn't about to let his prize get away. Krokov has every one of his agents on the run trying to prevent ""Condorman"" from aiding Natalia's escape. Crazy disguises high-tech gadgets and hair-raising fun abound in this light-hearted comic adventure. Available on DVD for the first time.

  • Soft Beds, Hard Battles [1974]Soft Beds, Hard Battles | DVD | (07/10/2002) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A genius he may have been, but Peter Sellers' film work often demonstrated appalling lapses of taste, as with the weak wartime farce Soft Beds, Hard Battles. Little more than a vehicle for a range of Sellers racial stereotypes and an excuse to feature a succession of scantily clad young women, the film centres on a Parisian brothel during the Second World War and its various clients from all the countries involved. Thus Sellers is given reign to trot out his comedy Frenchman, Englishman, German and Chinaman-¬ónone of which come across as anything other than hugely dated. The plot is weak and the hopelessly erotic air gives a feel of Confessions of a Window Cleaner in uniform or "'Allo 'Allo: The Movie". With so many better examples of Sellers' work available, this must surely be close to the bottom of anyone's list. On the DVD: Soft Beds, Hard Battles's picture and sound are bright and bawdy, with some degree of digital remastering obviously having taken place. There is a 10-minute selection of material deleted from the original cinematic print but these are merely odds and sods that cannot save Soft Beds, Hard Battles from being little more than a woefully outdated curio. --Phil Udell

  • The Before Trilogy [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2019]The Before Trilogy | Blu Ray | (28/10/2019) from £51.00   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, strains, and settles over the course of almost two decades. Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), from their first meeting as idealistic twentysomethings to the disillusionment they face together in middle age, The Before Trilogy also serves as a document of a boundary-pushing and extraordinarily intimate collaboration between director and actors, as Delpy and Hawke, who co-wrote two of the films, imbue their characters with a sense of raw, lived-in experience, and as they age on-screen along with them. Attuned to the sweeping grandeur of time's passage as well as the evanescence of individual moments, the Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life. Before Sunrise An exquisitely understated ode to the thrill of romantic possibility, the inaugural instalment of The Before Trilogy opens with a chance encounter between two solitary young strangers. After they hit it off on a train bound for Vienna, the Paris university student Celine and the scrappy American tourist Jesse impulsively decide to spend a day together before he returns to the U.S. the next morning. As the pair roam the streets of the stately city, Linklater's tenderly observant gaze captures the uncertainty and intoxication of young love, from the first awkward stirrings of attraction to the hopeful promise that Celine and Jesse make upon their inevitable parting. Before Sunset In the breathtaking follow-up to Before Sunrise, Celine tracks down Jesse, now a newly minted author, at the tail end of his book tour in Paris, with only a few hours left before his flight back home to the States. Meeting almost a decade after their short-lived romance in Vienna, the pair find their chemistry rekindled by increasingly candid exchanges about professional setbacks, marital disappointments, and the compromises of adulthood. Impelled by an urgent sense of the transience of human connection, Before Sunset remains Linklater's most seductive experiment with time's inexorable passage and the way love can seem to stop it in its tracks. Before Midnight The bittersweet conclusion of The Before Trilogy finds Celine and Jesse several years into a relationship and in the midst of a sun-dappled Greek retreat with their twin daughters and a group of friends. The couple soon find their vacation upended, however, by the aggravations of committed monogamy, which have long since supplanted the initial jolt of their mutual seduction. Marked by the emotional depth, piercing wit, and conversational exuberance that Linklater and his actors had honed over two decades of abiding with these characters, Before Midnight grapples with the complexities of long-term intimacy, and asks what becomes of love when it no longer has recourse to past illusions. Director approved Special Edition Features: New, restored 2K digital transfers of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and a 2K digital master of Before Midnight, approved by director Richard Linklater, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Before Sunrise Blu-ray and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Before Sunset and Before Midnight Blu-rays New discussion featuring Linklater and actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by critic Kent Jones Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the productions of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset Audio commentary on Before Midnight by Delpy, Linklater, and Hawke Dream Is Destiny, a 2016 feature-length documentary about Linklater by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein New documentary about the making of Before Midnight in Greece by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari 3x2, a new conversation between scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater's wor Linklater // On Cinema & Time, a video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada¬Ě Plus: An essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim

  • Priceless [2007]Priceless | DVD | (13/10/2008) from £5.38   |  Saving you £14.61 (271.56%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A fantastically stylish comedy/drama featuring "Amelie" star Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh as two warring con-artists who find themselves drawn to each other despite their strange games.

  • Before Sunset [2004]Before Sunset | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £4.32   |  Saving you £10.93 (357.19%)   |  RRP £13.99

    In a sequel to his 1995 film "Before Sunrise," director Richard Linklater re-unites lovers Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy on the streets of Paris for more philosophizing about love and life.

  • The Order [2001]The Order | DVD | (24/06/2002) from £4.89   |  Saving you £15.10 (308.79%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Jean-Claude Van Damme may never have risen to the top ranks of action stars, but his movies have been consistently enjoyable--partly because they don't take themselves too seriously. In The Order, Van Damme plays a thief of religious artefacts whose archaeologist father has found the lost scripture of a mysterious religious order. When the old man is kidnapped, Van Damme soon finds himself cruising around the twisty streets of Jerusalem, getting into dynamic kickboxing battles while disguised as a Hasidic Jew. With the help of a beautiful Israeli cop (Sofia Milos), Van Damme uncovers a plot within the religious order that leads to secret catacombs beneath the holy city. Silly? Perhaps, but directed with vitality and surprising wit. Van Damme is trim and energetic, Milos is engaging, and a cameo by Charlton Heston (!) only adds to the general atmosphere of spunky fun.--Bret Fetzer

  • The Taming Of The Shrew [1967]The Taming Of The Shrew | DVD | (19/03/2001) from £7.77   |  Saving you £12.22 (157.27%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The 1967 Franco Zeffirelli film of The Taming of the Shrew had all the ingredients to make it a high point in Shakespearian cinema. In Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor it starred the most bankable couple in Hollywood history as the sparring leads in the Bard's quick-firing comic battle of the sexes; and in Zeffirelli, it had a director with a Shakespearian pedigree second to none. But the reality is that this is Burton's picture all the way. His Petruchio is a weighty performance of such intelligence that the whole film is thrown off-kilter whenever he is on screen and the other performers just can't keep up. Apart from Michael Hordern's wonderfully distracted Baptista, Burton is the only actor in total, effortless command of the language. Taylor's bosomy glamour and fiery spirit are ample compensations for her occasionally murderous treatment of Katharina's verse. Whether or not she is really tamed by the end is another matter: those legendary violet eyes suggest otherwise. Ultimately it's a rich, bawdy and colourful romp, with Burton at the peak of his powers. The DVD includes the theatrical trailer, a "making-of" featurette and filmographies. --Piers Ford

  • The Red Siren [2002]The Red Siren | DVD | (29/03/2004) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A young girl who implicates her mother in murder finds herself on the run. A hitman employed by her mother becomes her protector whilst the pair seek out the estranged father in Portugal.

  • Sharpe's Battle / Sharpe's Sword [1995]Sharpe's Battle / Sharpe's Sword | DVD | (08/07/2002) from £6.54   |  Saving you £8.45 (56.40%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe (1993-7) ran to 14 full-length television films that follow the adventures of the titular soldier through the later years of the Napoleonic Wars. The programmes are an outstanding achievement for the small screen, dominated by Sean Bean's central performance as the heroic, troubled outsider who turns out to be a resourceful and loyal leader. Bolstered by a strong supporting cast, particularly Daragh O'Malley as Harper and (in later episodes) Abigail Cruttenden as Jane, Sharpe is often visually striking, the action tense and gripping. Consistency is maintained by all 14 episodes being directed by Tom Clegg. On the DVD: Sharpe on DVD's sound is full-bodied stereo while the very "sharp" (pun intended) picture has been transferred slightly letterboxed at 14:9. Though looking much better than the original TV transmissions the occasionally cropped framing makes it apparent the films were shot in 16:9 widescreen, so it is regrettable they have not been transferred to DVD in that format. Otherwise these are first-rate releases. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Body [2001]The Body | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £1.99

    To Find The Truth He Will Risk His Life And Challenge His Faith. Dawn of a new millennium. In the cradle of faith that is Jerusalem two seemingly mismatched people from different worlds and cultures -- a Vatican-appointed Jesuit priest (Antonio Banderas) and an Israeli archaeologist (Olivia Williams) -- make a tenuous alliance to investigate a find that threatens the very foundations of Western religion. It also threatens to blow apart the region's fragile peace.

  • The Sweet House of HorrorsThe Sweet House of Horrors | DVD | (09/08/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    One of Lucio Fulci's extremely suspenseful horror films about a menacing unstoppable force which was made after his prolific horror / gore films such as House By The Cemetary The Beyond Zombie Flesh Eaters etc. Sweet House Of Horror gets off to a great start with a masked man breaking into a house and brutally murdering the two owners. The story continues after the aunt and uncle of the children whose parents were murdered decide to take care of the children in the same house. Soon the two creepy kids conjure up a supernatural force that brings their parents back. Along with this is a number of strange supernatural occurences go on inside and out of the house... This grisly claustrophobic film contains some very suspenseful tension-filled moments visceral thrills shocks and special effects techniques. It introduces both horror elements and gore to traditional fairytale telling for adults!

  • March Or Die [1977]March Or Die | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £12.94   |  Saving you £-3.96 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    At the end of World War I a division of the French Foreign Legion led by Major Foster (Gene Hackman) has been ordered to protect an archaeological expedition led by Marneau (Max Von Sydow) The last expedition was destroyed along with its Legionnaire guards but Foster must follow orders despite his opposition to what he believes is grave robbing. The excavation incites the wrath of El Krim (Ian Holm) a powerful Arab leader who uses it to arouse religious fanaticism amongst his tribes and lead an attack on the foreigners.

  • In Hell / Replicant / The OrderIn Hell / Replicant / The Order | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    In Hell (Dir. Ringo Lam 2003): Kyle Lord (Van Damme) is arrested and convicted for the vigilante killing of his wife's murderer. Kyle must survive life in a maximum-security prison where inmates are made to battle to their death in a brutal no holds barred fight called The Shu for the warden's entertainment and profit. Kyle fights his oppressors and is quickly sent to The Shu where his unbridled rage catapults him to the victor's circle. Kyle has become one of the monsters he despises and must now battle within himself to survive... Replicant (Dir. Ringo Lam 2001): Jean-Claude Van Damme squares off against his deadliest opponent yet (himself!) when he stars as both a heinous serial killer and the replicated clone that represents the authority's best and only chance at capturing this mad killer on the loose... The Order (Dir. Sheldon Lettich 2001): Action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme (Nowhere To Run Universal Soldier) is back in The Order a fast-paced high-octane thriller set in the Middle East. From the director of Double Impact and featuring screen legend Charlton Heston (Planet Of The Apes Any Given Sunday) Ben Cross (First Knight Chariots Of Fire) and sexy newcomer Sofia Milos The Order is an exciting adventure packed with extreme fight choreography exotic locations and non-stop action. Journey to a turbulent world under siege as reformed artifact smuggler Rudy (Van Damme) travels to Jerusalem to rescue his museum-curator father who's been kidnapped by ruthless fanatics and recover a sacred scroll believed to hold dangerous secrets of an underground sect. Framed for murder by a scheming police chief (Cross) Rudy enlists the aid of a mysterious beauty (Milos) to clear his name and wages a one-man battle to recapture the prized manuscript before the ultimate Holy War breaks out and all hell breaks loose!

  • The Red Siren [2002]The Red Siren | DVD | (14/02/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    A young girl who implicates her mother in murder finds herself on the run. A hitman employed by her mother becomes her protector whilst the pair seek out the estranged father in Portugal.

  • House Of DoomHouse Of Doom | DVD | (26/08/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    House Of Clocks: A gang of ruthless thugs intent on robbery prey upon a seemingly harmless elderly couple Vittorio and Sara. The simple plan turns into a terrifying nightmare as Vittorio's antique clock collection mysteriously turns back time. Now the hunters become the hunted and the old couple becomes a vengeful malevolent force. House Of Horrors: a masked man breaks into a couple's house and brutally murders them in a fantastically gory way leaving their two c

  • The Sweet House Of Horrors [1989]The Sweet House Of Horrors | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The Sweet House Of Horrors' is one of Lucio Fulci's later films.In it a masked man breaks into a couple's house and brutally murders them in a fantastically gory way leaving their two children orphaned. After the tragedy the children are taken in by an aunt and uncle but are haunted by the loss of their parents. Desperate to get them back the two tykes succeed in conjuring a supernatural force that brings their parents back but not without other more disastrous effects! As yet unseen in the in the UK 'The Sweet House Of Horrors' is essential viewing for Fulci fans.

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