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  • Brief Encounter [1945] Brief Encounter | DVD | (26/09/2008) from £4.85  |  Saving you £-0.67 (-4.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Expanded from a one-act stage play by Noel Coward, Brief Encounter is without doubt one of the true masterpieces of British film history. The story seems slight--a respectable suburban housewife has a chance meeting with a handsome married doctor, their friendship becomes romance, but they feel the pressures of convention pulling their relationship apart--but the writing, acting and direction are sublime, turning what might have been just another melodrama into a memorable and heartbreaking story of impossible love. David Lean went on to make much bigger films than this, but few of those epics packed the emotional punch of this picture, set in a mundane world of railway stations, semi-detached houses and inexpensive cafes. Trevor Howard is perfectly cast as Alec, the doctor, but the film belongs above all to Celia Johnson, as the heroine Laura. It's easy to mock her clipped ultra-English accent, but she gives one of the greatest screen performances imaginable, brilliantly evoking how an ordinary life can be turned upside down by unexpected passion. Throw in the superb use of Rachmaninov's swooning Second Piano Concerto, shrewd supporting acting from Cyril Raymond, Joyce Carey and Everley Gregg, and some of the best black-and-white photography of its era, and the result is irresistible. Anyone who isn't besotted with Brief Encounter has either never been in love, or doesn't deserve to be. --Andy Medhurst

  • Men In Black (Special Limited 2 Disc Edition) [1997] Men In Black (Special Limited 2 Disc Edition) | DVD | (29/07/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £26.99

    This imaginative comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty) is a lot of fun, largely on the strength of Will Smiths engaging performance as the rookie partner of a secret agent (Tommy Lee Jones) assigned to keep tabs on Earth-dwelling extra-terrestrials. Theres lots of comedy to spare in this bright film, some of the funniest stuff found in the margins of the major action (a scene with Smiths character being trounced in the distance by a huge alien while Jones questions a witness is a riot.) The inventiveness never lets up, and the cast--including Vincent DOnofrio doing frighteningly convincing work as an alien occupying a decaying human--hold up their end splendidly. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: This limited edition two-disc set contains two versions of the film, in both widescreen (1.85:1) and standard (4:3) ratios, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. As with the single-disc version there is a "Visual Commentary" that features director Barry Sonnenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones in an anecdotal conversation, but with the unique twist that they are displayed as silhouettes on your TV screen (imagine youre sitting in the back row of the cinema and they are up front) using a pointer to highlight particular events on screen. If you have a widescreen TV, the menu prompts you to switch to 4:3 mode to see this. On this two-disc version there is also a second commentary, again featuring Sonnenfeld, this time with special make-up effects wizard Rick Baker and other members of the FX team. Even more extra features on the second disc are divided into two sections: "Creating MIB" and "Meet the MIB". In the "Creating" segment there is a "Visual Effects Scene Deconstruction" in which the tunnel scene and the Edgar Bug fight scene are dissected into their constituent parts; an in-depth documentary, "Metamorphosis of MIB" which charts the progress of the concept from comic book to screen; five "Extended and Alternate" scenes; "Art and Animation", which includes a character animation studio and creature designs from concept to completion; a behind-the-scenes photo gallery; and most fun of all, a "Scene Editing Workshop" in which you can cut and paste different shots from three scenes and compare your editing with that of the filmmakers. In the "Meet the MIB" section there are "Talent Files" of principal cast and crew, a short "making of" featurette; trailers, including a teaser for MIB II; and Will Smiths "Men in Black" music video. --Mark Walker

  • A Town Like Alice [1956] A Town Like Alice | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £6.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (7.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch star in this moving story about a party of women compelled to trek through the Malayan jungle during World War II as no Japanese office will take responsibility for their care. Based on Nevil Shute's best selling novel the film tells how the women come to terms with their hardships and how they are befriended by a tough Australian prisoner of war who dreams of returning to his home town of Alice Springs...

  • A Town Like Alice [1956] A Town Like Alice | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £9.99  |  Saving you £-1.99 (-12.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Although made in 1956, A Town Like Alice has remained enduringly effective and affecting. Based on Nevil Shute's novel the story revolves around a romance set against the unlikely backdrop of a forced march through the jungles of Malaysia by British prisoners--mostly women and children--captured by the invading forces of Japan. The title is a reference to the homesick yearnings of Australian soldier Joe Harman, played by Peter Finch. He forms a bond with one of the female prisoners, Jean Paget (Virginia McKenna), and their travails are depicted with a remarkable subtlety and commendable lack of corniness. It's a minor classic. On the DVD: The black-and-white picture is presented in 4:3 format, with English subtitles if required. Extra features include a 25-minute "making of" documentary, a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs, potted biographies of the cast and crew and the original trailer. --Andrew Mueller

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind [Collector's Edition] Close Encounters of the Third Kind | DVD | (07/04/2008) from £7.99  |  Saving you £11.69 (50.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Clockstoppers [2002] Clockstoppers | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £6.54  |  Saving you £9.45 (59.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Until now Zak Gibbs' greatest challenge has been finding a way to buy a car. But when he discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father's various inventions and slips it on something very strange happens. The world around him seemingly comes to a stop; everything and everybody becomes frozen in time. Zak quickly learns how to manipulate the device and he and his quick-witted beautiful new friend Francesca have some real fun. What they soon realize though is they are not alone i

  • Aliens In The Attic (with Bonus Digital Copy and DVD) [Blu-ray] [2009] Aliens In The Attic (with Bonus Digital Copy and DVD) | Blu Ray | (01/02/2010) from £14.56  |  Saving you £10.43 (41.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It's summer vacation but the Pearson family kids are stuck at a boring lake house with their nerdy parents. That is until feisty little green aliens crash-land on the roof with plans to conquer the house AND Earth! Using only their wits courage and video game-playing skills the youngsters must band together to defeat the aliens and save the world - but the toughest part might be keeping the whole thing a secret from their parents! Featuring an all-star cast including Ashley Tisdale Andy Richter Kevin Nealon and Tim Meadows Aliens In The Attic is the most fun you can have on this planet!

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