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  • Pan's Labyrinth [2006] Pan's Labyrinth | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £2.99  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine. Pan's Labyrinth is the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain 1944 - after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.

  • We Were Soldiers [2002] We Were Soldiers | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £2.29  |  Saving you £8.90 (68.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In a place soon to be known as 'The Valley of Death' in a small clearing called landing zone X-Ray Lt. Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) and 400 young troops all from an elite American combat division were surrounded by 2 000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history...

  • Black Book [2006] Black Book | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £4.09  |  Saving you £15.90 (79.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1944 the young Jewish woman Rachel Steinn tries together with her family and other Jews to flee the Nazi-occupied part of the Netherlands to the liberated southern part of the country by boat. However getting there proves more difficult than any of them could imagine...

  • Volver [2006] Volver | DVD | (13/08/2007) from £5.79  |  Saving you £10.20 (63.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Spanish for "coming back," Volver is a return to the all-female format of All About My Mother. Unlike Pedro Almodóvar's previous two pictures, the story revolves around a group of women in Madrid and his native La Mancha. (The cast received a collective best actress award at Cannes.) Raimunda (a zaftig Penélope Cruz) is the engine powering this heartfelt, yet humorous vehicle. When husband Paco (Antonio de la Torre) is murdered, Raimunda makes like Mildred Pierce to deflect attention away from daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo). After telling everyone the lout has left, she struggles to conceal his body. The other women in her life all have secrets of their own. Her sister, Sole (Lola Dueñas), for instance, has taken in their mother, Irene (a sprightly Carmen Maura). Since Irene perished in a fire, is this person a ghost or simply a woman who looks like her? Then there's their childhood friend, Agustina (Blanca Portillo), who is desperate to find out why her mother disappeared after the blaze. Was she responsible? Almodóvar deftly blends the ghost story with the murder mystery in his tribute to the Italian neo-realist films of the 1950s. The resilient Raimunda is a throwback to the earthy heroines of Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani. The latter appears in Luchino Visconti's Bellissima, which shows up on Sole's television one night (thus confirming the link). If Almodóvar's 16th feature lacks the emotional punch of the more audacious Talk to Her, it's less heavy-handed than Bad Education and Cruz is a revelation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • It's All Gone Pete Tong It's All Gone Pete Tong | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The legend of Frankie Wilde - the deaf DJ! Frankie Wilde (Paul Kaye) is the hearing-impaired DJ who delights the clubbers on the island of Ibiza by coupling his larger-than-life drug and alcohol-fuelled persona with undeniable skills behind the turntables. But as Frankie's hearing rapidly disintegrates and his former manager wife friends and record label slowly fade away the distraught DJ plunges into the depths of despair... Shot in a mockumentary style reminiscent of This Is Spinal Tap focusing on the scene so brilliantly captured in 24 Hour Party People director Michael Dowse's film is a funny touching tale.

  • The Lives Of The Saints [2006] The Lives Of The Saints | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £2.99  |  Saving you £12.01 (60.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When Roadrunner an errand boy for local small time crook Mr. Karva quite literally stumbles across a young abandoned child he believes he has discovered an angel. Like an oracle the silent child seems to be able to tell the future and fulfil people's innermost dreams. Karva's step son Othello uses him to win bets but soon everyone wants a piece of the action and father is pitted against son friend against friend as greed and lust for power spiral out of control.

  • Slumdog Millionaire [DVD] Slumdog Millionaire | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £2.22  |  Saving you £16.60 (83.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Danny Boyle (Sunshine) directed this wildly energetic, Dickensian drama about the desultory life and times of an Indian boy whose bleak, formative experiences lead to an appearance on his country's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Jamal (played as a young man by Dev Patel) and his brother are orphaned as children, raising themselves in various slums and crime-ridden neighorhoods and falling in, for a while, with a monstrous gang exploiting children as beggars and prostitutes. Driven by his love for Latika (Freida Pinto), Jamal, while a teen, later goes on a journey to rescue her from the gang's clutches, only to lose her again to another oppressive fate as the lover of a notorious gangster. Running parallel with this dark yet irresistible adventure, told in flashback vignettes, is the almost inexplicable sight of Jamal winning every challenge on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," a strong showing that leads to a vicious police interrogation. As Jamal explains how he knows the answer to every question on the show as the result of harsh events in his knockabout life, the chaos of his existence gains shape, perspective and soulfulness. The film's violence is offset by a mesmerizing exotica shot and edited with a great whoosh of vitality. Boyle successfully sells the story's most unlikely elements with nods to literary and cinematic conventions that touch an audience's heart more than its head. --Tom Keogh Stills from Slumdog Millionaire (Click for larger image)    

  • Mulholland Drive [2002] Mulholland Drive | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £5.39  |  Saving you £14.60 (73.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Pandora couldn't resist opening the forbidden box containing all the delusions of mankind, and let's just say in Mulholland Drive David Lynch indulges a similar impulse. Employing a familiar film noir atmosphere to unravel, as he coyly puts it, "a love story in the city of dreams", Lynch establishes a foreboding but playful narrative in the film's first half before subsuming all of Los Angeles and its corrupt ambitions into his voyeuristic universe of desire. Identities exchange, amnesia proliferates and nightmare visions are induced, but not before we've become enthralled by the film's two main characters: the dazed and sullen femme fatale, Rita (Laura Elena Harring), and the pert blonde just-arrived from Ontario (played exquisitely by Naomi Watts) who decides to help Rita regain her memory. Triggered by a rapturous Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying", Lynch's best film since Blue Velvet splits glowingly into two equally compelling parts. --Fionn Meade

  • Water Lilies Water Lilies | DVD | (07/07/2008) from £8.07  |  Saving you £7.92 (49.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Set in the competitive world of synchronised swimming Water Lillies is a brilliantly observed portrait of female adolescence. The film centres around three 15-year-old-girls who experience first love in very different ways. Water Lillies is the directorial debut of twenty-seven year-old Cline Sciamma and stars newcomers Pauline Acquart Louise Blachre Adle Haenel and Warren Jacquin. Premiering at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard Sciamma and her young cast were widely hailed as among the most talented newcomers to emerge from the festival.

  • I'm Not There [2007] I'm Not There | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £2.92  |  Saving you £15.90 (79.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Unapologetically audacious, I'm Not There is more post-modern puzzle than by-the-numbers biopic. A title card sets the scene: "Inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan." Yet the film features no figure by that name. Instead, writer/director Todd Haynes presents six characters, each incarnating different stages in the artist's career. Perfume's Ben Whishaw, a black-clad poet, serves as a slippery sort of narrator. The action begins with the wanderings of an 11-year-old black runaway named "Woody Guthrie" (Marcus Carl Franklin)--his raucous duet with Richie Havens on "Tombstone Blues" is a highlight--and ends with a silver-haired Billy the Kid (Richard Gere) watching the Old West die before his eyes. In the interim, there's the folk singer-turned-preacher (Christian Bale), the actor (Heath Ledger), and the rock star (Cate Blanchett, who has Don't Look Back Dylan down to a science). The chronology is purposefully non-linear, and editor Jay ! Rabinowitz cuts rapidly, Jean-Luc Godard-style, between cinéma vérité black-and-white and saturated colour, Richard Lester-like slapstick and Fellini-inspired surrealism (Ed Lachman served as cinematographer). What makes the picture fun for Dylan fans--and potentially frustrating for neophytes--is that every album and movie bears an alternate title. Ledger's Robbie, for instance, stars in "Grain of Sand," actually a reference to the Pete Seeger song. As in Haynes' glam rock reverie Velvet Goldmine, the trickery involves the entire cast. While Julianne Moore plays former lover Alice, a dead ringer for Joan Baez, Michelle Williams embodies elusive scenester Coco, i.e. Edie Sedgwick. If I'm Not There is less affecting than Control, the year's other big music film, it rewards repeat viewings like few biographical features. The soundtrack mixes originals with covers, like Jim James's heartfelt "Goin' to Acapulco." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Goodbye Lenin! (2002) Goodbye Lenin! (2002) | DVD | (03/09/2007) from £7.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Much like the Berlin Wall upon which much of the film hinges, Wolfgang Becker's delightful Goodbye Lenin pitches itself halfway between the spartan family theatrics of Thomas Vinterberg's Festen and the verdant sentimentality of Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother.It's Germany, 1989, and Christiane, a staunch supporter of East Germany's socialist regime, collapses in the street as her son, Alexander, is dragged into the back of a Stasi van amidst the violence and mayhem of a peaceful protest gone wrong. A heart attack leaves Christiane in a coma for 8 tumultuous months in which the Berlin Wall falls and East and West Germany tentatively embrace reunification. Upon her waking, the doctors inform son Alexander and daughter Ariana that the slightest shock is likely to kill their mother - so Alexander hatches a plan, a plan that will see East Germany immortalised within the confines of his mother's bedroom.Alexander, played with suitable intensity by Daniel Bruhl (he looks like Ahston Kuchler, of MTV's Punk'd, but he acts like Spiderman's Tobey Maguire) - is forced to hunt out abandoned jars of Spreewald Pickles, film news stories with his Kubrick-loving buddy explaining the appearance of huge Coca Cola billboards across the street and pay children to pretend to be former pupils of his mother - all to maintain the pretence of the continued existence of East Germany.Striking precisely the right balance between the sour reality experienced by many East Germans (old man Gdanske prowls around the periphery of the movie howling for the bad old days, Alexander and Ariane find themselves cheated out of thousands of Deutschmarks by the bank), and the lightness required to make what is essentially dark material comic, Becker fashions what many consider to be something of a first: a dazzling German comedy.

  • Wah-Wah [2006] Wah-Wah | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Every family has its own language. This heart-warming 'coming of age' comedy-drama from director Richard E. Grant is seen through the eyes of young Ralph Compton and mirrors his own experiences as a boy living in Swaziland. Swaziland 169: the British ex-pat community is thrown into turmoil by the impending arrival of Independence signalling the end of their pampered decadent lifestyles. Ralph Compton is stuck in the middle of a messy divorce. His father's re-marriage to a brash ex-airhostess and Ralph's lead role in a production of Camelot and his discovering love take centre stage.

  • Open Your Eyes [1997] Open Your Eyes | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £3.57  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Alejandro Amenabar directs Penelope Cruz in the film that would later be remade by Hollywood as Vanilla Sky (Dir. Cameron Crowe 2001). In this steamy intriguingly complex psychological thriller the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. Cesar tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing Cesar's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams.

  • Cashback [2006] Cashback | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £5.00  |  Saving you £10.99 (68.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of the night he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colourful array of characters all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift.

  • Force Majeure DVD Force Majeure DVD | DVD | (29/06/2015) from £8.14  |  Saving you £7.85 (49.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Whilst on a ski holiday in the French Alps a family are suddenly hit by what looks to be a deadly avalanche and the father-andhusband makes a cowardly run for it abandoning his wife and two children. However when it turns out to be a false alarm he has to slink back and face the people he is meant to love and the judgements they will form of him. This Golden Globe nominated comedy deconstructs everything to do with masculinity and being an “alpha male” in hilarious fashion.

  • XXY [2007] XXY | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £16.16  |  Saving you £-1.17 (-7.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Alex is not like other girls. She is a 15-year-old with a secret one that no other can claim. Her parents keep her hidden away at a coastal town in amongst the dunes of the shoreline buying time before they must decide on a life-threatening operation. When old family friend and plastic surgeon Ramiro arrives with his teenage son lvaro Alex begins to realise that his visit could change her life forever. As the parents wrestle with the complications that will arise as Alex reaches adulthood Alex and Alvaro become close their relationship causing tensions amongst the locals. However as the parents battle it out to instill a sense of open-mindedness amongst their society it is the children who prove themselves to be flexible in understanding the sexual leanings and complexities of others.

  • The Wave [2008] The Wave | DVD | (12/01/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (61.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Based on a real-life experiment that took place in a Californian high school The Wave tells the story of a high school teacher's unusual class experiment. In an attempt to demonstrate what life is like under a dictatorship the teacher comes up with an experiment to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work. A role-playing game with tragic results. Within a few days what began with harmless notions like discipline and community builds into a real movement: The Wave. As the students boundaries are pushed things begin to spiral out of control and this newly found cult starts to take on a life of its own.

  • The Gift [2000] The Gift | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £3.98  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The only witness to the crime was not even there. Annie Wilson (Cate Blanchett) possesses the gift of psychic powers and supports herself and her family by reading the cards to neighbours who want to know what the future may hold. When the wealthy beautiful and sexually promiscuous Jessica King (Katie Holmes) goes missing her bound and ravaged body begins to haunt Annie through her visions. When the murder investigation becomes short on leads the police are forced to turn to Annie's special powers for help. The supernatural becomes terrifyingly real when Annie's gift becomes her only hope to stop the killer before she becomes the next victim. Directed by the acclaimed Sam Raimi this haunting psychological thriller also features Keanu Reeves Hilary Swank Giovanni Ribisi and Greg Kinnear.

  • The Skin I Live In [DVD] The Skin I Live In | DVD | (26/12/2011) from £4.06  |  Saving you £14.20 (71.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar comes The Skin I Live In...Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

  • Under Suspicion [2000] Under Suspicion | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A hidden past. A secret life. Witness or suspect? Guilty or innocent? Two men. One night. The police captain on the island of Puerto Rico (Morgan Freeman) interviews a prominent tax attorney and old friend (Gene Hackman) - the witness to one of a shocking series of brutal crimes. But what begins as a cooperative conversation between peers descends into a night of intense interrogation between fierce adversaries.

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