"Director: Philip Kaufman"

  • The Wanderers [DVD]The Wanderers | DVD | (29/06/2015) from £5.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The Wanderers are an Italian-American teenage gang living in the Bronx in 1963, clashing with their rivals The Baldies and the Duckie Boys. Director Philip Kaufman soundtracks the turf battles and rites of passage narrative with plenty of rock'n'roll.

  • The Right Stuff [Blu-ray] [1983] [Region Free]The Right Stuff | Blu Ray | (04/11/2013) from £9.25   |  Saving you £8.74 (94.49%)   |  RRP £17.99

    An epic aviation film, based on Tom Wolfe's book, which charts the history of flight from Chuck Yeager's (Sam Shepard) legendary sound barrier-breaking flight in the 1940s, to the first men in space in the 1960s. The story centres on the relentless efforts of several US pilots to break all records set before them, finalising in the US space exploration programme of the 1960s, in which seven pilots were chosen to represent America in the heated space race with the Russians.

  • The Unbearable Lightness Of Being [1987]The Unbearable Lightness Of Being | DVD | (28/06/2013) from £10.78   |  Saving you £7.21 (66.88%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas, the happily irresponsible Czech lover of Milan Kundera's novel, which is set in Prague just before and during the Soviet invasion in 1968. Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche are the two vastly different women who occupy his attention and to some extent represent different sides of his values and personality. In any case, the character's decision to flee Russian tanks with one of them--and then return--has profound consequences on his life. Directed by Philip Kaufman, this rich, erotic, fascinating character study with allegorical overtones is a touchstone for many filmgoers. Several key sequences--such as Olin wearing a bowler hat and writhing most attractively--linger in the memory, while Kaufman's assured sense of the story inspires superb performances all around. --Tom Keogh

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray]Invasion of the Body Snatchers | Blu Ray | (18/11/2013) from £15.49   |  Saving you £4.50 (29.05%)   |  RRP £19.99

    In San Francisco everyone can hear Veronica (Alien) Cartwright scream. In the ultimate urban nightmare, to sleep is to die, to be replaced by a soulless alien duplicate. Less a remake of the 1956 classic of the same name, more a fresh vision of Jack Finney's source novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the archetypal story of humans supplanted by unemotional "vegetable pods". A masterstroke is the introduction of SF icon Leonard Nimoy as a very West Coast relationships guru determined to explain everything in terms of urban psychological alienation, and the story does prove more unsettling on the big city's forbidding streets. This is very much an ensemble movie, with outstanding performances from Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams, and what proved to be the first of several key genre roles for Jeff (The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day) Goldblum. With minimal effects and very little gore, but filled with unnerving camera angles and a underpinned by a chillingly effective score, the film is relentlessly suspenseful, culminating in a sequence of terrifying set-pieces and a truly spine-tingling finale. More resonant with each passing year, the story was reworked in 1993 as Body Snatchers. On the DVD: While the print is more than acceptable there is a loss of detail and some shimmering artefacts in the very dark scenes. The disc is not anamorphically enhanced, which really should be a standard DVD feature. Still, the picture is considerably ahead of VHS and the stereo sound is highly unsettling. An eight-page booklet gives an intelligent overview of all three Body Snatchers movies, and director Phil Kaufman's commentary is packed with information. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • TwistedTwisted | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Newly-promoted police detective Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd) is after a serial killer with a penchant for murdering men she has recently dated

  • Rising Sun (Blu-ray) [1993]Rising Sun (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (09/04/2007) from £14.83   |  Saving you £5.16 (34.79%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on Michael Crichton's provocative bestseller is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. Special liaison officer (Snipes) is called to investigate the murder of a call-girl in the boardroom of a Japanese corporation. Accompanied by a detective with unusual knowledge of the Japanese culture (Connery) the two men must unravel the mystery behind the murder by entering an underground shadow world of futuristic technology ancient ways and confusing loyalties...

  • Unbearable Lightness Of Being - 2 Disc Special EditionUnbearable Lightness Of Being - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £10.78   |  Saving you £10.21 (94.71%)   |  RRP £20.99

    Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas, the happily irresponsible Czech lover of Milan Kundera's novel, which is set in Prague just before and during the Soviet invasion in 1968. Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche are the two vastly different women who occupy his attention and to some extent represent different sides of his values and personality. In any case, the character's decision to flee Russian tanks with one of them--and then return--has profound consequences on his life. Directed by Philip Kaufman, this rich, erotic, fascinating character study with allegorical overtones is a touchstone for many filmgoers. Several key sequences--such as Olin wearing a bowler hat and writhing most attractively--linger in the memory, while Kaufman's assured sense of the story inspires superb performances all around. --Tom Keogh

  • Invasion Of The Body Snatchers [Blu-ray]Invasion Of The Body Snatchers | Blu Ray | (02/12/2013) from £18.85   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • Rising Sun [1993]Rising Sun | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £6.73   |  Saving you £6.26 (93.02%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Author Michael Crichton and director Philip Kaufman had a falling-out over the script for Rising Sun, based on Crichton's best-selling novel (which was controversial for its take on the Japanese invasion of American business in the early 1990s). Kaufman ultimately won, doing an above-average job creating a murder-mystery based on the culture clash between Los Angeles cops and Japanese multinational business interests. When a prostitute is murdered at the opening of a new LA headquarters for a Japanese company, detective Wesley Snipes is forced to call upon retired cop (and Japanophile) Sean Connery to help solve the murder. But he runs into obstruction from the Japanese, as well as a high-tech cover-up, while having to deal with anti-Japanese sentiments from people on his own team. Rising Sun is intriguing, if overlong. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • The Right Stuff [1983]The Right Stuff | DVD | (21/09/1998) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-3.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Philip Kaufman's intimate epic about the Mercury astronauts (based on Tom Wolfe's book) was one of the most ambitious and spectacularly exciting movies of the 1980s. It surprised almost everybody by not becoming a smash hit. By all rights, the film should have been every bit the success that Apollo 13 would later become; The Right Stuff is not only just as thrilling, but it is also a bigger and better movie. Combining history (both established and revisionist), grand mythmaking (and myth puncturing), adventure, melodrama, behind-the-scenes dish, spectacular visuals, and a down-to-earth sense of humour, The Right Stuff chronicles NASA's efforts to put a man in orbit. Such an achievement would be the first step toward President Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon, and, perhaps most important of all, would win a crucial public relations/morale victory over the Soviets, who had delivered a stunning blow to American pride by launching Sputnik, the first satellite. The movie contrasts the daring feats of the unsung test pilots--one of whom, Chuck Yeager, embodied more than anyone else the skill and spirit of Wolfe's title--against the heavily publicised (and sanitised) accomplishments of the Mercury astronauts. Through no fault of their own, the spacemen became prisoners of the heroic images the government created for them in order to capture the public's imagination. The casting is inspired; the film features Sam Shepard as the legendary Yeager, Ed Harris as John Glenn, Dennis Quaid as "Gordo" Cooper, Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard, Fred Ward as Gus Grissom, Scott Wilson as Scott Crossfield, and Pamela Reed and Veronica Cartwright are superb in their thankless roles as astronauts' wives. --Jim Emerson

  • The Great Western Collection - Volume 1 [6 Disc Boxset] [DVD]The Great Western Collection - Volume 1 | DVD | (25/08/2014) from £16.89   |  Saving you £23.10 (136.77%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Six of your favourite Western Classics in one box set! Disc One - Man in the ShadowIn effect the town of Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler. When two of Renchler's men go too far and kill a ranch hand Sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally is Renchler's overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler's wrath? Disc Two - Law and OrderFed up with the residents of Tombstone for their lack of appreciation sharp-shooting marshal Frame Johnson retires to a ranch in Cottonwood with hopes of settling down. When he arrives at the Cottonwood saloon his entrance is noticed by local rancher Kurt Durling whose hand Frame shot off in a cattle rustling raid. Durling who now runs Cottonwood vows revenge. It looks like he may have to clean up Cottonwood too. But how great a sacrifice will he make for law and order? Disc Three - Ride Clear of DiabloRailroad surveyor Clay O'Mara goes after rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way he first arrests then teams up with outlaw Whitey Kinkaid who helps O'Mara only to see how long the tenderfoot lasts. Outwitting several attempts on his life engineered by the crooked lawyer who set up his family O'Mara and a wounded Kinkaid face the gang. Disc Four - The Great Northfield Minnesota RaidLate in the summer of 1876 the gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger were given amnesty by their home state of Missouri. Faced with the possibility of a quiet and peaceful future the notorious ruffians had no choice but to plan one final heist at the biggest bank west of the Mississippi in Northfield Minnesota. Together the two men executed what they thought would be a fool proof plan...until the citizens of Northfield proved them wrong. Disc Five - Border RiverJim Lake actually known as Confederate Major Clete Matson has stolen 2 million dollars in Union gold from a Colorado bank in order to buy war supplies for the South. Whilst fleeing from the police and crossing the Texas border Lake is watched by General Eduardo Calleja. He is later introduced to Baron Kurt Von Hollden who handles all of Calleja's imports. But with so much money around whom can Lake really trust? Disc Six - Horizon's WestNeil Hammond returns from the war to his life of ranching while older brother Dan returns with ambitions as outsized as the Lone Star State. When Dan loses his business seed money to gambler Cord Hardin he turns to rustling. However ill-gotten gains prove tenuous and Dan's empire begins to crumble when his brother Neil is named the new Marshall.

  • Rising Sun - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]Rising Sun - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014) from £10.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (109.19%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Based on Michael Crichton's provocative best seller this engrossing action-packed thriller stars Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery. Investigators must unravel the mystery behind the murder of a call girl in the boardroom of a Japanese corporation by entering an underground world of futuristic technology ancient ways and confusing loyalties.

  • The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid [DVD]The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid | DVD | (10/02/2014) from £8.47   |  Saving you £4.52 (34.80%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the true story of the last failed bank robbery by the James and Younger brothers this film is notable for showing the unraveling heist from the outlaws' viewpoint. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid was shot in a meticulous semi documentary style that brings to life the glorious last ride of the infamous band of outlaws. Late in the summer of 1876 Jesse James and Cole Younger were given amnesty by their home state of Missouri; after a long and prosperous career as robbers the dynamic duo were ironically proclaimed state heroes. Faced with the possibility of a quiet and peaceful future the notorious ruffians had no choice but to plan one final heist at the biggest bank west of the Mississippi in Northfield Minnesota. The heist was a grand scheme planned with great intellectual prowess by Younger the introverted and soft-spoken leader of the group who was often overshadowed by the flashy and daredevil killer Jesse James. Together the two men executed what they thought would be a foolproof plan - until the citizens of Northfield proved them wrong.

  • Henry And June [1990]Henry And June | DVD | (10/04/2003) from £8.98   |  Saving you £1.01 (10.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros) is a young woman in 1930s Paris whose husband is slowly defecting from art to working in a bank, leaving her very bored. When the then-unpublished Brooklyn writer Henry Miller (Fred Ward) enters her life, she embarks on a journey of seduction and sexual exploration that eventually leads from the writer to his wife, June (Uma Thurman), who finances her husband's life in Paris so he may praise her beauty in his writing. Unhappy with her husband's writing and her lovers' affair, June enters a jealous rage, forcing Henry into suffering-artist mode and Nin back to her husband. Despite having one of the more erotic scenes of the 1990s, between Nin and June, the film does not live up to its subject, largely due to a mediocre screenplay and flawed direction. The strength of the original material and Medeiros' strong performance make it worth viewing. -- James McGrath, Amazon.com

  • Invasion Of The Body Snatchers [1978]Invasion Of The Body Snatchers | DVD | (19/06/2000) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In San Francisco everyone can hear Veronica (Alien) Cartwright scream. In the ultimate urban nightmare, to sleep is to die, to be replaced by a soulless alien duplicate. Less a remake of the 1956 classic of the same name, more a fresh vision of Jack Finney's source novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the archetypal story of humans supplanted by unemotional "vegetable pods". A masterstroke is the introduction of SF icon Leonard Nimoy as a very West Coast relationships guru determined to explain everything in terms of urban psychological alienation, and the story does prove more unsettling on the big city's forbidding streets. This is very much an ensemble movie, with outstanding performances from Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams, and what proved to be the first of several key genre roles for Jeff (The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day) Goldblum. With minimal effects and very little gore, but filled with unnerving camera angles and a underpinned by a chillingly effective score, the film is relentlessly suspenseful, culminating in a sequence of terrifying set-pieces and a truly spine-tingling finale. More resonant with each passing year, the story was reworked in 1993 as Body Snatchers. On the DVD: While the print is more than acceptable there is a loss of detail and some shimmering artefacts in the very dark scenes. The disc is not anamorphically enhanced, which really should be a standard DVD feature. Still, the picture is considerably ahead of VHS and the stereo sound is highly unsettling. An eight-page booklet gives an intelligent overview of all three Body Snatchers movies, and director Phil Kaufman's commentary is packed with information. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Quills [2001]Quills | DVD | (29/10/2001) from £6.49   |  Saving you £6.50 (100.15%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The award winning tale of the last days of the Marquis de Sade, imprisoned in an asylum in Paris 1807.

  • The Wanderers [1979]The Wanderers | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £15.92   |  Saving you £-2.94 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    New York 1963: f you're young you belong to a gang and if you're Italian you belong to 'The Wanderers'. A collection of kids caught up in love friendship and pubescent fumbles. Interspersed in their lives are bitter clashes with rival gangs - none more feared than the Baldies and their heavyweight leader Terror...

  • The Right Stuff (Special Edition)The Right Stuff (Special Edition) | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £12.13   |  Saving you £1.86 (13.30%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Based on Tom Wolfe's novel of the same name, The Right Stuff is a spectacular and thrilling epic that chronicles the fledgling years of the American space programme, from breaking the sound barrier to putting the first man into orbit. Rather than focusing on the technological advances that made this possible, writer-director Philip Kaufman pays tribute to the daring and heroic air-force test-pilots, most notably Chuck Yeager, John Glenn and "Gordo" Cooper , whose competitive desire to be the fastest and the highest drives them to keep "pushing the outside of the envelope". Despite its grand historical scale, the movie is grounded in the emotional highs and lows of these men and their long-suffering wives, delicately balancing their personal achievements and failures with the invasive media frenzy surrounding NASA's attempts to better the rival Soviet space effort. The Right Stuff has a coherence and pace that belies its sprawling plot, wide array of main characters and a running time of over three hours. This is thanks to an exciting script, a superb cast, Caleb Deschanel's stunning cinematography and--given the dramatic subject matter--a surprisingly humorous edge. Parts of the gruelling astronaut selection process make complete monkeys of the pilots, NASA's unsuccessful first attempts to launch a rocket are shown in all their explosive glory, and Jeff Goldblum and Harry Shearer steal the show as two oddball recruitment officials. On the DVD: The Right Stuff Special Edition comes with a sizeable, if somewhat superficial, second disc of extra features. There are two separate commentary tracks pieced together from a selection of soundbites--one from the cast (including an introduction from technical advisor Yeager) and the other from the production team. Both are played out over an identical, 25-minute sequence of scenes from the film, but only refer occasionally to the action on screen and yield little insight into the film's production. There are also four separate documentaries. The largest of these is John Glenn: American Hero, a 90-minute PBS special charting the legendary astronaut's life and including some great documentary footage of his appearance on Name That Tune (recreated in the film). Realising the Right Stuff (21 mins) and T-20 Years and Counting (10 mins) are both standard selections of cast and crew interviews. The Real Men with the Right Stuff (15 mins) features documentary footage and interviews with the surviving members of the Mercury team (Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter and Walter Schirra). Deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer and an "Interactive Timeline to Space" make up the remainder. --Paul Philpott

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray SteelBook]Invasion of the Body Snatchers | Blu Ray | (18/11/2013) from £24.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    In San Francisco everyone can hear Veronica (Alien) Cartwright scream. In the ultimate urban nightmare, to sleep is to die, to be replaced by a soulless alien duplicate. Less a remake of the 1956 classic of the same name, more a fresh vision of Jack Finney's source novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the archetypal story of humans supplanted by unemotional "vegetable pods". A masterstroke is the introduction of SF icon Leonard Nimoy as a very West Coast relationships guru determined to explain everything in terms of urban psychological alienation, and the story does prove more unsettling on the big city's forbidding streets. This is very much an ensemble movie, with outstanding performances from Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams, and what proved to be the first of several key genre roles for Jeff (The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day) Goldblum. With minimal effects and very little gore, but filled with unnerving camera angles and a underpinned by a chillingly effective score, the film is relentlessly suspenseful, culminating in a sequence of terrifying set-pieces and a truly spine-tingling finale. More resonant with each passing year, the story was reworked in 1993 as Body Snatchers. On the DVD: While the print is more than acceptable there is a loss of detail and some shimmering artefacts in the very dark scenes. The disc is not anamorphically enhanced, which really should be a standard DVD feature. Still, the picture is considerably ahead of VHS and the stereo sound is highly unsettling. An eight-page booklet gives an intelligent overview of all three Body Snatchers movies, and director Phil Kaufman's commentary is packed with information. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Marked For Death / Rising Sun / Unlawful Entry [1990]Marked For Death / Rising Sun / Unlawful Entry | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Marked For Death: Just retired from the Drug Enforcement agency John Hatcher (Seagal) returns to his hometown and quickly discovers that drugs have infiltrated his old neighbourhood. Determined to drive the dealers out Hatcher crosses paths with a ferocious Jamaican druglord who vows that Hatcher and his family are now marked for death... Rising Sun: Special liaison officer (Snipes) is called to investigate the murder of a call-girl in the boardroom of a Japanese corporation. Accompanied by a detective with unusual knowledge of the Japanese culture (Connery) the two men must unravel the mystery behind the murder by entering an underground shadow world of futuristic technology ancient ways and confusing loyalties... Unlawful Entry: After an armed robbery attempt on their suburban home a young couple (Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe) do what anyone would do - they call the police. That's when they meet Los Angeles Policeman Pete Davis (Ray Liotta) and immediately warm up to his caring and sensitive attitude. He makes the couple's safety his personal concern and begins frequent patrols of their property. But this friendship turns into a twisted obsession as Davis's relationship with the couple develops and forces his way into their lives. Plunged into a nightmare where protector becomes predator the couple must somehow escape from the web of security that has become their ultimate enemy...

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