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  • Last Orders [2002]Last Orders | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    Based on the novel by Graham Swift this new English film tells of a group of old friends - including Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins - who set off to scatter the ashes of one of them from Margate Pier.

  • The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith [Blu-ray]The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith | Blu Ray | (26/08/2019) from £12.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to release the internationally acclaimed masterpiece THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, Fred Schepisi's depiction of horrific racially-motivated crimes, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 August 2019, presented with a Limited Edition slipcase [2000 copies only]. One of the most important films in all of Australian cinema, and perhaps the key critical work of that country's internationally acclaimed film movement of the 1970s, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is nothing short of a masterpiece a bracing and emotionally wrenching study of the effects of institutionalised racism and colonialism on a land's indigenous peoples, and an unflinching look at the repercussions of violence for both aggressors and victims. Based on the early 20th-century exploits of Jimmy Governor, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith follows its title character, a half-Aboriginal, half-white young man attempting to make his way as a farmhand, but facing only prejudice and deception from society. When the parentage of his child is called into question and he is further robbed by his white employers, Jimmie's barely suppressed rage explodes, triggering a wave of violence that would shock a nation. Directed by Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation) from a Booker-nominated novel by Thomas Keneally (Schindler's Arc the book on which the film Schindler's List was based), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith stands alongside The Harder They Come and Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song as one of the most powerful 1970s cinema explorations of rebellion and uprising, and the costs that are paid on both sides. Called the one great Australian film that I have seen by Pauline Kael, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is a powerful experience. Features: LIMITED EDITION O-CARD (First 2000 copies only) - featuring newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Australian Version [122 mins] presented in 1080p on Blu-ray (with a progressive encode on the DVD), from a restoration completed by Umbrella Entertainment The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith International Version [117 mins] from a brand new restoration completed in 2019 from the original film elements (Blu-ray only) Uncompressed monaural soundtrack (on Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Australian Version) Audio commentary by director Fred Schepisi (Australian version) Interview with Fred Schepisi [39 mins] Celluloid Gypsies: Making The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith [36 mins] A conversation with director Fred Schepisi and cinematographer Ian Baker [64 mins] The Chant of Tom Lewis interview with Tom E. Lewis [26 mins] Q&A session with Fred Schepisi and Geoffrey Rush, from the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival [34 mins] Making us Blacksmiths Documentary on the casting of Aboriginal lead actors Tom E. Lewis and Freddy Reynolds Stills Gallery Theatrical Trailer Reversible sleeve PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Travis Crawford; a reprint of Pauline Kael's original review of the film; and rare archival imagery

  • Last Orders [2001]Last Orders | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £5.29   |  Saving you £0.70 (13.23%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Jack Dodds was a regular guy so why the strange last order to have his ashes thrown off Margate pier? And why did his wife refuse to do it? As his friends make the trip to the coast they try to understand Jack's death by reliving their lives through him - the war the children the good times and the bad. The journey becomes a pub crawl full of drinks and punch-ups and the men discover that through it all it's your friends who break your heart and your friends who mend it.

  • When Harry Met Sally/Thelma And Louise/Overboard [DVD]When Harry Met Sally/Thelma And Louise/Overboard | DVD | (08/06/2009) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Titles Comprise When Harry Met Sally: Brimming over with style intelligence and flashing wit this splendid irresistible film from director Rob Reiner is one of the best-loved romantic comedies of all time. Featuring dazzling performances from Meg Ryan Billy Crystal Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby exceptional music from Harry Connick Jr. and an Oscar-nominated screenplay by Nora Ephron When Harry Met Sally is an explosively funny commentary on friendships courtship - and other hardships - of the modern age. Will sex ruin a perfect relationship between a man and a woman? That's what Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) debate during their trip from Chicago to New York. And eleven years later they're sill no closer to finding the answer. Will these two best friends ever accept that they're meant for each other... or will they continue to deny the attraction that's existed since the first moment when Harry met Sally? Thelma & Louise:Thelma (Geena Davis) is a bored housewife. Louise (Susan Sarandon) is a waitress at a coffee shop. Together they sneak off in a '66 T-bird convertible for a three-day fishing trip. However things don't go quite according to plan. An encounter with a drunken foul-mouthed would-be rapist transforms their quiet getaway weekend into a cross-country escape that will change their lives forever. Overboard: It's the craziest mix-up ever! Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell dazzle the screen in this buoyant and screwball comedy of memory-making and memory-faking. One of Hollywood's most dynamic screen pairs Hawn and Russell make the most of every hilarious situation in this delightful riches to rags romance that's perfect entertainment for anyone who appreciates a great practical joke. Hawn is Joanna Stayton the pampered wife of a pretentious yacht-owning socialite. When their boat gets stuck for repairs Joanna employs carpenter Dean Profitt (Russell) to improve her closet space. But when Dean asks to be paid he's blatantly turned down by the nothing is ever good enough for me Joanna. So when Joanna falls overboard and gets a bad case of amnesia Dean takes advantage of the situation and in a stroke of retributive genius tells her that she's his wife and the mother of his four unruly children!

  • Roxanne (1987) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) EditionRoxanne (1987) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) Edition | Blu Ray | (21/11/2016) from £5.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    In 1987, almost 100 years after its first production, the romantic story of Cyrano de Bergerac found new life in a winsome film written by Steve Martin. Roxanne updates the tale with a smart 80s' spin, yet writer-star Martin stays close to the old-fashioned heart of the matter. He plays a small-town fireman named CD Bales, whose otherwise unremarkable existence is crowned by an amazingly long nose. He falls for the world's most beautiful astronomer (Daryl Hannah), but he is embarrassed by the size of his proboscis and prefers to stay on the sidelines. Like Cyrano, the shy CD instead helps a handsome friend (Rick Rossovich) woo the fair lady by providing flowery sentiments and soulful poetry. Not only does the story still work, but director Fred Schepisi captures a dreamy grace in his visual design for the film (some of which will be lost without the widescreen format). Set in Washington State, but filmed in the hilly ski resort of Nelson, British Columbia, the location seems like a fairy-tale town, nearly as unreal as Steve Martin's nose. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • Fierce Creatures [1997]Fierce Creatures | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £12.88   |  Saving you £-2.89 (-28.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    In an attempt to catch lightning in a bottle, John Cleese wrote Fierce Creatures with the purpose of reuniting the comedic cast of A Fish Called Wanda. Media mogul (Kevin Kline) owns a London zoo. He demands that the park raise more profit, so the new zoo director (Cleese) orders that only dangerous animals be displayed in order to maximize ticket sales. In a dual role, Kline also plays the mogul's son, who plans to run the zoo with the help of displaced employees (including Michael Palin) and zoo programmer Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis). The situation lends itself to comedic confusion and split-second timing, and for a few good laughs the film is a pretty safe bet. It's not as hilarious as A Fish Called Wanda (that's a pretty tall order), but Cleese knows comedy, and his efforts are worth a look. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Roxanne [1987]Roxanne | DVD | (24/01/2000) from £5.49   |  Saving you £0.50 (9.11%)   |  RRP £5.99

    In 1987, almost 100 years after its first production, the romantic story of Cyrano de Bergerac found new life in a winsome film written by Steve Martin. Roxanne updates the tale with a smart 80s' spin, yet writer-star Martin stays close to the old-fashioned heart of the matter. He plays a small-town fireman named CD Bales, whose otherwise unremarkable existence is crowned by an amazingly long nose. He falls for the world's most beautiful astronomer (Daryl Hannah), but he is embarrassed by the size of his proboscis and prefers to stay on the sidelines. Like Cyrano, the shy CD instead helps a handsome friend (Rick Rossovich) woo the fair lady by providing flowery sentiments and soulful poetry. Not only does the story still work, but director Fred Schepisi captures a dreamy grace in his visual design for the film (some of which will be lost without the widescreen format). Set in Washington State, but filmed in the hilly ski resort of Nelson, British Columbia, the location seems like a fairy-tale town, nearly as unreal as Steve Martin's nose. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • The Russia House [1990]The Russia House | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Intelligent casting, strong performances and the persuasive chemistry between Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer prove the virtues in director Fred Schepisi's well-intended but problematic screen realization of this John Le Carré espionage thriller. At its best, The Russia House depicts the bittersweet nuances of the pivotal affair between a weary, alcoholic London publisher (Connery) and the mysterious Russian beauty (Pfeiffer) who sends him a fateful manuscript exposing the weaknesses beneath Soviet defence technology. Connery's Barley is a gritty, all-too-human figure who's palpably revived by his awakening feelings for Pfeiffer's wan, vulnerable Katya, whose own reciprocal emotions are equally convincing. Together, they weave a poignant romantic duet. The problems, meanwhile, emanate from the story line that brings these opposites together. Le Carré's novels are absorbing but typically internal odysseys that seldom offer the level of straightforward action or simple arcs of plot that the big screen thrives on. For The Russia House, written as glasnost eclipsed the cold war's overt rivalries, Le Carré means to measure how old adversaries must calibrate their battle to a more subtle, subdued match of wits. Barley himself becomes enmeshed in the mystery of the manuscript because British intelligence chooses to use him as cat's paw rather than become directly involved. Such subtlety may be a more realistic take on the spy games of the recent past but it makes for an often tedious, talky alternative to taut heroics that Connery codified in his most celebrated early espionage role. If the suspense thus suffers, we're still left with an affecting love story, as well as some convincing sniping between British and US intelligence operatives, beautifully cast with James Fox, Roy Scheider and John Mahoney. Veteran playwright Tom Stoppard brings considerable style to the dialogue, without solving the problem of giving us more than those verbal exchanges to sustain dramatic interest. --Sam Sutherland

  • 6 Degrees Of Separation [1993]6 Degrees Of Separation | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (27.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Paul a streetwise young black man talks his way into the home of Ouisa and Flan Kettredge claiming to be a friend of their children and the illegitimate son of Sidney Poitier. They soon learn that this is not the case but find getting rid of him a little difficult...

  • Plenty [Blu-ray]Plenty | Blu Ray | (11/08/2014) from £6.39   |  Saving you £8.60 (57.40%)   |  RRP £14.99

    There will be days and days and days like this... Meryl Streep delivers one of her greatest performances in David Hare's adaptation of his own stage play which spans two decades in the life of a French Resistance operative who struggles to build a new life amid the apathy of post-war England. Featuring a stellar supporting cast and winning a brace of awards and nominations in 1985 this masterly feature is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. At the end of World War Two Susan Traherne a young Englishwoman who has worked as a courier in Nazi-occupied France returns home full of hope for a golden future. Yet peacetime brings its own difficulties for Susan; she finds her marriage to a Foreign Office diplomat arid and unfulfilling and the seemingly trivial concerns of others leave her cold. As the danger and intensity – and undeniable excitement – of her wartime days give way to a new mundane life her fragile mental and emotional stability begins to crumble… Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF

  • A Cry In The Dark [1989]A Cry In The Dark | DVD | (23/06/2003) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder. Based on true events Fred Schepisi's film stars Sam Neill and Meryl Streep as an Australian couple who are accused of murder when their claims that their baby was taken by a dingo in the outback fall under suspicion...

  • The Eye of the Storm (DVD)The Eye of the Storm (DVD) | DVD | (16/09/2013) from £7.48   |  Saving you £8.51 (53.20%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, THE EYE OF THE STORM is a savage exploration of family relationships and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them. When Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) has a stroke, her son and daughter (Oscar Award Winner Geoffrey Rush and Academy Award nominee Judy Davis) fly across the world to be at her bedside sparking the family's old frictions and resentments. They struggle to come to terms with who th...

  • Words And Pictures [DVD] [2014]Words And Pictures | DVD | (02/02/2015) from £4.89   |  Saving you £13.10 (72.80%)   |  RRP £17.99

    An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.

  • PlentyPlenty | DVD | (26/06/2006) from £8.77   |  Saving you £4.22 (32.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    She would settle for nothing less... Susan Traherne (Streep) has been irreparably changed by her wartime experiences as a Resistance fighter. She sets out in the post-war world to make her way to what she wants no matter who is hurt or how.

  • Plenty [DVD]Plenty | DVD | (11/08/2014) from £6.19   |  Saving you £3.80 (38.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    There will be days and days and days like this... Meryl Streep delivers one of her greatest performances in David Hare's adaptation of his own stage play which spans two decades in the life of a French Resistance operative who struggles to build a new life amid the apathy of post-war England. Featuring a stellar supporting cast and winning a brace of awards and nominations in 1985 this masterly feature is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. At the end of World War Two Susan Traherne a young Englishwoman who has worked as a courier in Nazi-occupied France returns home full of hope for a golden future. Yet peacetime brings its own difficulties for Susan; she finds her marriage to a Foreign Office diplomat arid and unfulfilling and the seemingly trivial concerns of others leave her cold. As the danger and intensity – and undeniable excitement – of her wartime days give way to a new mundane life her fragile mental and emotional stability begins to crumble… Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF

  • Housesitter/Parenthood/RoxanneHousesitter/Parenthood/Roxanne | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £14.56   |  Saving you £-1.57 (-12.10%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Housesitter: (1992) When architect Newton Davis' girlfriend Becky (Dana Delany) turns down his marriage proposal his newly-built dream house suddenly becomes nothing more than an empty monument to her rejection. That is until a chance encounter with Gwen (Goldie Hawn) turns his life upside-down. Intrigued by Newton's story Gwen visits the house and decides to move in on her own. Resourceful and creative Gwen is soon fixing up the house and charming Newton's family and neighbors - all the while passing herself off as his new wife! Gwen even befriends Becky who begins to see a Newton she never knew existed. Horrified at the deception yet unable to stop it Newton finds himself playing along with her preposterous stories her attempts at reconciling differences within his family and her campaign for his promotion at work. Finally he convinces Gwen to fabricate their ""divorce"" so he can still get married to Becky - until he has a change of heart. Parenthood: (1989) The Buckmans are a modern-day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the ""right way"". At the centre of the storm is Gil (Steve Martin) who manages to keep his unique sense of humour while attempting to maintain a successful career and be a loving husband and parent all at the same time. As Gil and the rest of the Buckmans discover being the ""perfect"" parent often means just letting children be themselves. Roxanne: (1987) Small town fire chief CD Bales (Steve Martin) falls madly in love with the new girl in town a gorgeous astronomer (Daryl Hannah). But there's an enormous problem - CD has an amazingly big nose and is convinced that such a beauty could never love a man with such a gargantuan appendage. Roxanne proves him right when she falls for Chris a hunky and good looking fireman. The mayhem continues when CD agrees to ghost-write Chris's love letters in which he pours out his own secret feelings. In this charming modernisation of the Cyrano de Bergerac story will CD's nose (and Chris's body) come between him and true love?

  • It Runs In The Family [2003]It Runs In The Family | DVD | (28/06/2004) from £5.38   |  Saving you £9.61 (64.10%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Intergenerational drama about a prominent, dysfunctional New York family busy wallowing in their separate lives.

  • Sergeant Bilko / Housesitter / RoxanneSergeant Bilko / Housesitter / Roxanne | DVD | (06/09/2004) from £29.99   |  Saving you £-15.00 (-100.10%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Sgt. Bilko: Sgt. Bilko is back and up to his old tricks. The arrival of Major Thorn threatens to put a stop to the casino under-the-table deals and Bilko's other illicit businesses... Housesitter: When architect Newton Davis' girlfriend Becky (Dana Delany) turns down his marriage proposal his newly-built dream house suddenly becomes nothing more than an empty monument to her rejection. That is until a chance encounter with Gwen (Hawn) turns his life upside-down. Intrigued by Newton's story Gwen visits the house and decides to move in on her own. Resourceful and creative Gwen is soon fixing up the house and charming Newton's family and neighbors - all the while passing herself off as his new wife! Gwen even befriends Becky who begins to see a Newton she never knew existed. Horrified at the deception yet unable to stop it Newton finds himself playing along with her preposterous stories her attempts at reconciling differences within his family and her campaign for his promotion at work. Finally he convinces Gwen to fabricate their 'divorce' so he can still get married to Becky - until he has a change of heart... Roxanne: Small town fire chief CD Bales (Steve Martin) falls madly in love with the new girl in town a gorgeous astronomer (Daryl Hannah). But there's an enormous problem - CD has an amazingly big nose and is convinced that such a beauty could never love a man with such a gargantuan appendage. Roxanne proves him right when she falls for Chris a hunky and good looking fireman. The mayhem continues when CD agrees to ghost-write Chris's love letters in which he pours out his own secret feelings. In this charming modersnisation of the Cyrano de Bergerac story will CD's nose (and Chris's body) come between him and true love?

  • Daddy Collection, The - Scum / Births, Marriages And Deaths / Last Orders [2002]Daddy Collection, The - Scum / Births, Marriages And Deaths / Last Orders | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Scum: Alan Clarke's Scum shows a vicious system and doesn't pull any of the punches - or kicks - so relentlessly deployed in the battles between rivals in the power stakes that incarceration promotes. It's the brutal story of life in a modern-day Borstal. Run by the violence and cruelty of both inmates and officers the system is a jungle which brutalizes all within its walls. Carlin who has been transferred from another Borstal for retaliation against violent officers is thrown into this human quagmire - and what follows is a harsh and bitter battle for survival. He realises that the only way is by beating the system at its own game and eventually erupts as leader of a bloody climatic riot. Last Orders: This adaptation of Graham Swift's 1996 Booker Prize winning novel Last Orders by writer/director Fred Schepisi is an affecting movie about death friendship and booze starring a first rate cast of British actors. Jack Dodds (Michael Caine) was a regular guy so why the strange last order to have his ashes thrown off the pier at Margate? And why did his wife Amy (Helen Mirren) refuse to do it? As their Mercedes speeds towards the sea an emotional mystery unfolds where the men try to understand Jack's death by reliving their life through him... the war the children the good times and the bad. The journey becomes a pub crawl full of drink-ups and punch-ups and the men discover that through it all it's your friends who break your heart and... and your friends who mend it. Births Marriages And Deaths: Alan Graham and Terry have been best mates since primary school. Now pushing forty the three friends are still inseparable. Naturally Alan and Graham are going to give Terry a stag night to remember. A big fry-up breakfast bubbly down the dogs for a flutter ten-pin bowling... fantastic. But when the boys pay a late night revenge visit to their despised former headmaster things begin to go disastrously wrong. A tragic accident sets off an unforeseen chain of events revealing terrible secrets. Life will never be the same again.

  • I.Q. [1995]I.Q. | DVD | (03/11/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Albert Einstein helps a young man who's in love with Einstein's niece to catch her attention by momentarily pretending to be a great physicist...

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