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  • Goodnight Mister Tom [1998]Goodnight Mister Tom | DVD | (11/10/2010) from £2.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (167.22%)   |  RRP £7.99

    John Thaw (Inspector Morse) stars as the widowed and cantankerous Tom Oakley in this charming film adaptation of the prize-winning children’s novel by Michelle Magorian. When the Second World War is declared Tom finds that his quiet life in the village of Little Weirwold is set to change when nine-year old Willie Beech (Nick Robinson) is evacuated from London and billeted on him. Willie is a quiet sad child with a deprived and disturbing past but he slowly begins to flouri

  • Dead Poets Society [1989]Dead Poets Society | DVD | (13/05/2002) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (166.95%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Robin Williams stars as an English teacher who doesn't fit into the conservative prep school where he teaches but his charisma and love of poetry inspires several boys to revive a secret society with a bohemian bent. The script is well-meaning but a little trite, though director Peter Weir (The Truman Show) adds layers of emotional depth in scenes of conflict between the kids and adults. (A subplot involving one father's terrible pressure on his son--played by Robert Sean Leonard--to drop his interest in the theatre reaches heartbreaking proportions). Williams is given plenty of latitude to work in his brand of improvisational humour, though it is all well-woven into his character's style of instruction. --Tom Keogh

  • Tales From the Hood I & II (2-disc Blu-ray Set)Tales From the Hood I & II (2-disc Blu-ray Set) | Blu Ray | (02/11/2020) from £17.69   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Horror meets the hood in Rusty Cundieff's politicallycharged horrorcomedy anthology series. Stories of abuse, corruption and racism towards the AfricanAmerican community are given the horror film treatment, as an eccentric funeral director attempts to deter a gang of drug dealers from a life of crime. Executiveproduced by Spike Lee, this cult horror favourite is presented alongside its 2018 sequel, which reunites the original creative team for more tales of terror.

  • Good Morning, Vietnam [1988]Good Morning, Vietnam | DVD | (13/05/2002) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (166.95%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Good Morning Vietnam is a more than usually human take on America’s most controversial war, an often poignant and always entertaining fictionalisation of the Vietnam years of DJ Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams). Cronauer is employed as the voice of the US Armed Forces radio in South East Asia, but it soon emerges that his idea of entertaining the troops and the Army’s are poles apart. This isn’t a biopic--director Barry Levinson doesn’t give any detail of Cronauer’s life before Vietnam--instead it’s about Cronauer discovering a better understanding of the war, the people and himself. Interspersed with the radio sequences is a gentle plot which follows Cronauer as he teaches English to some Vietnamese kids, falls for a local girl and narrowly misses being killed in a terrorist attack. However, it is the sheer frenetic genius of Williams’ largely improvised radio monologues that account for the film’s box office success. On the DVD: Good Morning Vietnam gets the special edition DVD with digitally remastered audio and picture. Extras include a couple of previews--both the theatrical and a teaser trailer--as well as a production diary which contains interviews with director Levinson, crew and the real Cronauer. But the best feature by far is the "Raw Monologues": introduced by Levinson, this featurette shows the process that Robin Williams went through to improvise the radio slots and is a valuable insight into the comedic talents of the film’s star.--Kristen Bowditch

  • Every Which Way But Loose / An [DVD]Every Which Way But Loose / An | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (200.40%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Every Which Way But Loose Philo Beddoe is your regular, easygoing, truck-driving guy. He's also the best bar-room brawler west of the Rockies. And he lives with a 165-pound orangutan named Clyde. Like other guys, Philo finally falls in love - with a flighty singer who leads him on a screwball chase across the American Southwest. Nothing's in the way except a motorcycle gang, two sneaky off-duty cops and legendary brawler Tank Murdock.Every Which Way but Loose was a change of pace for Clint Eastwood - and it proved to be one of his most popular films. With a soaring country score and a solid supporting cast including Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo and the great Ruth Gordon, it's in every which way possible a grand time for all.Any Which Way You Can They're back. Philo Beddoe, the easygoing truck driver and bare-knuckle brawler, and his 165-pound orangutan friend Clyde get into more mischief in this faster and funnier sequel to Every Which Way But Loose.Clint Eastwood stars again as Philo, now thinking he'll retire from fighting. But a new contender lures him back - and mobsters kidnaps Philo's girl (Sondra Locke) to ensure he'll turn up for the showdown.Ruth Gordon as Ma, Geoffrey Lewis as Orville and those hapless motorcycle morons called the Black Widows all return in fine form. Songs by Glen Campbell, Jim Stafford and Snuff Garrett make up a tuneful country score, including an Eastwood/Ray Charles duet on Beers to You. As ever, Clyde steals the show, particularly in a courtship scene with the lady orangutan of his dreams. Any Which Way You Can, you'll be entertained.

  • Papillon [1974]Papillon | DVD | (04/12/2000) from £3.00   |  Saving you £9.99 (333.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Franklin J Schaffner's Papillon is quite possibly the definitive prison escape drama. Not as thrilling as The Great Escape, nor as emotionally cathartic as The Shawshank Redemption, its unflinching emphasis on the barbarism of "civilised" societies is nevertheless unparalleled. Significantly, the only characters to display any real kindness in this film are the social outcasts: the lepers and native Indians; everyone else has been corrupted and debased by the true villain, the penal system itself. Based on Henri Charrière' s heavily fictionalised "autobiography", the film's timeless themes of man's insatiable desire for freedom and the indomitability of the human spirit are thankfully not dependent for their impact on the source material's veracity. Dalton Trumbo's liberal-minded screenplay echoes the themes of his earlier script for Spartacus, and Schaffner's innate gift for epic cinema (this was made just two years after his great war biography Patton) is fully equal to the task of realising it on screen. The director's painterly eye for widescreen composition and his careful pacing impart a gravitas to proceedings even during the film's most squalid depictions of brutality, of which there are many emphasising the cheapness of human life among the convicts and their equally criminal prison guards in the penal colony of French Guiana. Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman form a remarkable screen pairing, with Hoffman outstanding as the pusillanimous Dega. McQueen magnificently overcomes his tough-guy persona in the extraordinary solitary confinement sequences as he is gradually reduced to a shambling, cockroach-eating wreck. Longtime collaborator Jerry Goldsmith, who had previously scored Schaffner's Planet of the Apes and Patton, attained yet another career high with his music. On the DVD: The anamorphic widescreen print of the original Panavision 2. 35:1 ratio looks fine without being as stunning as some more modern prints; the Dolby 5.1 audio does however do great service to Jerry Goldsmith's score, which can also be selected separately from the Audio Setup menu as an isolated track (note that there's no music at all in the first 20 minutes of the film). The 12-minute "Magnificent Rebel" featurette was made at the time of the film's release , and includes some fascinating footage of Henri Charrière touring the prison se t, reminiscing about his experiences and pontificating ("Society does not want free men, society wants conditioned men"). --Mark Walker

  • Live 8  [2005]Live 8 | DVD | (07/11/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £34.99

    One Day. One Concert. One World. On July 2nd 2005 nine cities took part in Live 8. Over 150 artists played in front of 2 million spectators across 4 continents. The earth had never seen anything like it! Timed to coincide with the G8 summit meeting in Scotland Live 8 directly called for eight leaders to double aid fully cancel debt and deliver trade justice for Africa; in short to start making poverty history in 2005. Additional features include footage from the July 6t

  • Moon in Scorpio [Blu-ray] [2020]Moon in Scorpio | Blu Ray | (12/10/2020) from £16.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    In a Los Angeles marina three buddies who fought together in Vietnam - Alan (John Phillip Law), Burt (William Smith) and Mark (Lewis Van Bergen) - and their wives set sail on a cruise, their first reunion since the war. All three men are haunted by nightmares of a bloody wartime massacre they took part in, killing everyone in sight - men, women, children; the tension between the men is thick enough to cut with a knife. Before long, anxiety turns to blow-chilling horror as first one, then another passenger on the cruise is mysteriously, gruesomely murdered! Adrift on the open sea with no help in sight, the terrified survivors must fight for survival against an unseen, bloodthirsty killer who has turned their worst nightmares into deadly reality! Extras: Audio Commentary by the Hysteria Continues

  • West Side Story [1961]West Side Story | DVD | (29/07/2005) from £7.79   |  Saving you £11.19 (233.12%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, West Side Story stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighbourhoods--and ethnicities. The film's real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colourful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score. --Tom Keogh

  • The Fisher King [1991]The Fisher King | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Top DJ Jack Lucas gives poor advice to an 'unbalanced mind' during a nightime phone-in which results in the murder of a group of drinkers in a trendy club. One of the victims is Parry's fiancee and the grief sends him into a world of fantasy where he seeks the Holy Grail. One night Jack Lucas now an employee of a video store is set upon by a group of thugs. A vagrant called Parry comes to his rescue...

  • Hook [Blu-ray] [1992] [Region Free]Hook | Blu Ray | (12/10/2015) from £7.00   |  Saving you £2.99 (29.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Hook is Steven Spielberg's most spectacular film of the 90s. It is also seriously underrated, arguably the equal of ET, (1982) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, (1977). An unofficial sequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Hook adopts the startling premise of what happened after "the boy who never grew up", grew up. Robin Williams, in his career best performance, is the corporate suit forced to remember he once was "The Pan", returning to Neverland to battle nefarious Captain Hook (a splendid Dustin Hoffman), for his children's love. This is a ravishingly beautiful, stunningly designed film, at once highly imaginative and with a genuinely magical atmosphere which ranges from exquisite, delicate fantasy to slapstick tomfoolery. There is fine support from Maggie Smith, Julia Roberts and Bob Hoskins, and John Williams' rapturously romantic score is yet another career high. Slated upon release, and dubbed a flop though it grossed $200 million, Hook reacted against the "greed is good" 80s by upholding family values and responsibility while evoking a genuine sense of wonder. Only the somewhat pantomime final showdown disappoints, but alongside Legend, (1985)and Labyrinth, (1986), Hook is ripe for reassessment as a fantasy classic. The DVD transfer is superb and the disc, though not packed with additional features, has some interesting extras. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Hook [DVD] [1992]Hook | DVD | (12/10/2015) from £4.71   |  Saving you £2.28 (48.41%)   |  RRP £6.99

    Hook is Steven Spielberg's most spectacular film of the 90s. It is also seriously underrated, arguably the equal of ET, (1982) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, (1977). An unofficial sequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Hook adopts the startling premise of what happened after "the boy who never grew up", grew up. Robin Williams, in his career best performance, is the corporate suit forced to remember he once was "The Pan", returning to Neverland to battle nefarious Captain Hook (a splendid Dustin Hoffman), for his children's love. This is a ravishingly beautiful, stunningly designed film, at once highly imaginative and with a genuinely magical atmosphere which ranges from exquisite, delicate fantasy to slapstick tomfoolery. There is fine support from Maggie Smith, Julia Roberts and Bob Hoskins, and John Williams' rapturously romantic score is yet another career high. Slated upon release, and dubbed a flop though it grossed $200 million, Hook reacted against the "greed is good" 80s by upholding family values and responsibility while evoking a genuine sense of wonder. Only the somewhat pantomime final showdown disappoints, but alongside Legend, (1985)and Labyrinth, (1986), Hook is ripe for reassessment as a fantasy classic. The DVD transfer is superb and the disc, though not packed with additional features, has some interesting extras. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Philadelphia - Collector's Edition [1993]Philadelphia - Collector's Edition | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Up-and-coming young lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. They say he hasn't got what it takes. Andrew knows it's because he's got AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation Andrew hires fierce brilliant personal-injury attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to sue his former employers for wrongful dismissal. Joe is initially reluctant to take on the case. Although he as grown up knowing the pain of prejudice he's never

  • Raising Arizona [1987]Raising Arizona | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £4.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (334.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Blood Simple made it clear that the cinematically precocious Coen brothers (writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan) were gifted filmmakers to watch out for. But it was the outrageously farcical Raising Arizona that announced the Coens' darkly comedic audacity to the world. It wasn't widely seen when released in 1987, but its modest audience was vocally supportive, and this hyperactive comedy has since developed a large and loyal following. It's the story of "Ed" (for Edwina, played by Holly Hunter), a policewoman who falls in love with "Hi" (for H.I. McDonnough, played by Nicolas Cage) while she's taking his mug shots. She's infertile and he's a habitual robber of convenience stores, and their folksy marital bliss depends on settling down with a rug rat. Unable to conceive, they kidnap one of the newsworthy quintuplets born to an unpainted-furniture huckster named Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), who quickly hires a Harley-riding mercenary (Randall "Tex" Cobb) to track the baby's whereabouts. What follows is a full-throttle comedy that defies description, fuelled by the Coens' lyrical, redneck dialogue, the manic camerawork of future director Barry Sonnenfeld and some of the most inventively comedic chase scenes ever filmed. Some will dismiss the comedy for being recklessly over-the-top; others will love it for its clever mix of slapstick action, surreal fantasy and homespun family values. One thing's for sure--this is a Coen movie from start to finish, and that makes it undeniably unique. --Jeff Shannon

  • Lassie [1994]Lassie | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £5.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (40.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Best Friends Are Forever... The dog everyone loves now leaps into the '90s in this all-new exciting updated version of Lassie! Determined to start a new life in the country the Turner family - Dad Step-mom little Jennifer and teenager Matt - leaves the city for the wilds of Virginia. The move creates problems for everyone especially Matt who feels lost and alone in his new surroundings. Fortunately the Turners are helped by a homeless collie who becomes part of their liv

  • Jack [1996]Jack | DVD | (12/02/2001) from £2.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (401.34%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Jack is Francis Coppola at his most pointless noodling, looking for the film he wants to make instead of just making it. Robin Williams stars as 10-year-old Jack, a boy with an inexplicable disease that ages him at four times the normal human rate. Kept at home like a contemporary Boo Radley, Jack becomes a neighbourhood legend until his parents relent and send him to school. In time, the other kids befriend him and stay loyal as his hyperdevelopment puts a strain on his body and emotions. The idea is sound, but the execution is a bore. The best the script and Coppola can come up with are painfully long scenes in which Williams's character proves himself on the playground and in gross-out contests in a tree house. Coppola fishes around for signs of life and spontaneity in these scenes, but the film is actually best when Jack has to cope with certain feelings in his mature body (such as his attraction to a character played by Fran Drescher) that he isn't prepared for emotionally. Jack would have been a lot better if Coppola had embraced a plan from beginning to end and stuck to it. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Conan the Barbarian [1981]Conan the Barbarian | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.19   |  Saving you £1.80 (30.10%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The film that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's international career, Conan the Barbarian is still regarded by many as his finest hour. Limited to a mere handful of lines and expertly directed to play up the Nietzschean strength of the character by John Milius, the Austrian Oak has never looked more suited to a role, his muscle flexing and sword twirling apparently effortless. The extraordinarily finely detailed production design ensures that the barren Spanish countryside perfectly suits the Hyborean-era backdrop envisioned by author Robert E Howard. Whether dressed in rags or riches, Schwarzenegger and companions Subotai (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) look believably born to their surroundings. Backing their own very fine performances are brilliant supporting roles from James Earl Jones as serpentine baddie Thulsa Doom and Max Von Sydow as doomed King Osric. Plot-wise the film is simply the transformation of a wild barbarian into a worldly-wise king who, via a quest for revenge, finally learns the riddle of steel. The script is highly regarded for its dazzling set-pieces (the opening village raid, the orgy of body parts) and quotable dialogue ("They shall all drown in lakes of blood"), and it comes complete with an anti-peace movement reactionary subtext for anyone who cares to look close enough. One other element deserving mention is the extraordinary score by Basil Poledouris, which inspires the film with a sense of operatic grandeur. On the DVD: Conan the Barbarian appears as a suitably mythic special edition DVD. Sadly the magnificent score can only be heard in a mono mix, but the very fine picture is presented in 2.35:1. The extras package is phenomenal, too. Several deleted scenes have been re-edited into the film, but are available to view independently as well. There's a quick split-screen special effects feature showing how the ghostly spirits were added to Conan's resurrection. "The Conan Archives" is an 11-minute slide show of drawings, costumes and advertising. Best of all is the fantastic 53-minute "Conan Unchained" documentary interviewing every conceivable contributor who all reminisce with great fondness. It's slightly better seeing Schwarzenegger and Milius than hearing them talk in their commentary, which inevitably re-tells many of the same anecdotes in between puffs of Arnie's stogies. --Paul Tonks

  • Silence Of The Lambs / The Usual Suspects / Fargo [1991]Silence Of The Lambs / The Usual Suspects / Fargo | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Fargo: William H. Macy plays Jerry Lundegaard a Minneapolis car salesman who is by all accounts a loser. He is desperately in debt so decides to hires two thugs (who are bigger losers than he is) to kidnap his wife in the hope that his wealthy father-in-law (who bullies him regularly) will pay the ransom. When one of the kidnappers goes off the rails and events career out of control it falls to Marge Gunderson Chief of the Brainerd Police Department to set things right. The Usual Suspects: Held in an L.A. interrogation room Verbal Kint (Spacey) attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord not only exists but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro harbor - leaving few survivors. But as Kint lures his interrogators into the incredible story of this crime lord's almost supernatural prowess so too will you be mesmerized by a lore that is completely captivating from beginning to end! Silence Of The Lambs: A psychopath known only as Buffalo Bill is kidnapping and murdering young women across the midwest. Believing it takes one to know one the FBI send in Agent Clarice Starling to interview an insane prisoner who may provide psychological Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant yet psychotic with a taste for cannibalism Lecter will only help Starling in exchange for details and secrets about her own complicated life. This twisted relationship forces Starling not only to face her own inner demons but leads her face-to-face with a demented killer an incarnation of evil so overwhelming she may not have the courage or strength to stop him. Horrific disturbing spellbinding. This thriller set the standard by which all others are measured.

  • Dawson's Creek: Complete Season 1Dawson's Creek: Complete Season 1 | DVD | (14/07/2003) from £2.99   |  Saving you £32.00 (91.50%)   |  RRP £34.99

    Even viewers who consider themselves beyond their teen-angst years might find Dawson's Creek compelling. In the first series we are introduced to Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes), who for years have watched movies and slept in the same bed; but they find that as they enter high school their relationship will inevitably change. That becomes especially clear when Dawson is immediately attracted to Capeside's sexy new arrival, Jen (Michelle Williams). Meanwhile, their friend Pacey (Joshua Jackson) pursues an unachievable love object. Creator Kevin Williamson based Dawson's Creek on his own youth, and even though the characters may not really look or sound 15 years old, the Dawson-Joey-Jen interplay--especially embodied by the sad-eyed and cynical (but still adorable) Joey and the smart but emotionally inept Dawson--gives the show its heart. And just like Williamson's fresh take on the teen-horror genre, Scream, Dawson's Creek has a winking self-awareness, for example when Dawson says they're having a "90210 moment" or explains that they use big words because they watch too many movies. Highlights of the first series include Dawson's discovery that his perfect home life may not be so perfect, an unwelcome reminder of Jen's past, the Breakfast Club takeoff "Detention", the Scream takeoff "The Scare", a beauty contest in which two unlikely competitors square off, and the heart-rending finale. --David Horiuchi

  • The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Complete Series [DVD]The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Complete Series | DVD | (28/05/2018) from £19.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Famed character actor (and one of Doctor Who's first companions) William Russell stars in the popular and well-remembered series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot. The classic and inspirational stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are brought to life through the adventures of Sir Lancelot bravest of all the Knights! Presented here is the entire series of 30 action-packed episodes, some of them presented here for the first time in colour.

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