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  • Memento [2000] Memento | DVD | (14/01/2002) from £4.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (75.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An absolute stunner of a movie, Memento combines a bold, mind-bending script with compelling action and virtuoso performances. Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, hunting down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The problem is that "the incident" that robbed Leonard of his wife also stole his ability to make new memories. Unable to retain a location, a face, or a new clue on his own, Leonard continues his search with the help of notes, Polaroids, and even homemade tattoos for vital information. Because of his condition, Leonard essentially lives his life in short, present-tense segments, with no clear idea of what's just happened to him. That's where Memento gets really interesting; the story begins at the end, and the movie jumps backward in 10-minute segments. The suspense of the movie lies not in discovering what happens, but in finding out why it happened. Amazingly, the movie achieves edge-of-your-seat excitement even as it moves backward in time! , and it keeps the mind hopping as cause and effect are pieced together. Pearce captures Leonard perfectly, conveying both the tragic romance of his quest and his wry humour in dealing with his condition. He is bolstered by several excellent supporting players including Carrie-Anne Moss, and the movie is all but stolen by Moss' fellow Matrix co-star Joe Pantoliano, who delivers an amazing performance as Teddy, the guy who may or may not be on his side. Memento has an intriguing structure and even meditations on the nature of perception and meaning of life if you go looking for them, but it also functions just as well as a completely absorbing thriller. It's rare to find a movie this exciting with so much intelligence behind it. --Ali Davis, Amazon.com On the DVD: this amazing movie looks crisp and clean in a good anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) picture accompanied by Dolby 5.1 sound. The menu is almost as baffling as the movie itself, but once you master the navigation you'll find interviews, biographies, a tattoo picture gallery and the shooting script among other extras. Most mind-boggling of all, however, is the "Memento Mori" option in the special features menu, which allows you to play a specially re-edited version of the movie in chronological order, beginning with the end credits running backwards! --Mark Walker

  • Criminal Minds Season 4 [DVD] [2009] Criminal Minds Season 4 | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £13.89  |  Saving you £17.10 (55.20%)  |  RRP £30.99

    Criminal Minds is the dramatic psychological suspense thriller about an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse America's most twisted criminal minds and anticipate their next moves. This DVD Box Set contains all 25 episodes from the fourth season of the American crime drama series following an elite team of FBI profilers as they analyse the country's most twisted criminal minds anticipating their next moves before they strike again. Episodes Comprise: 1. Mayhem 2. The Angel Maker 3. Minimal Loss 4. Paradise 5. Catching Out 6. The Instincts 7. Memoriam 8. Masterpiece 9. 52 Pickup 10. Brothers in Arms 11. Normal 12. Soul Mates 13. Bloodline 14. Cold Comfort 15. Zoe's Reprise 16. Pleasure Is My Business 17. Demonology 18. Omnivore 19. House On Fire 20. Conflicted 21. A Shade of Gray 22. The Big Wheel 23. Roadkill 24. Amplification 25. To Hell... and Back

  • Moulin Rouge  (Special Edition)  [2001] Moulin Rouge (Special Edition) | DVD | (08/02/2006) from £9.58  |  Saving you £10.01 (43.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Christian [Ewan McGregor] a young writer with a magical gift for poetry defies his bourgeois father by moving to the bohemian underworld of Montmartre Paris. He is taken in by the absinthe- soaked artist Toulouse- Lautrec whose party- hard life centres around the Moulin Rouge a world of sex drugs electricity & the shocking Can-Can. Christian falls into a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with Satine the Sparkling Diamond [Nicole Kidman] the most beautiful courtesan

  • Children Of Men (2-disc Special Edition) [2006] Children Of Men (2-disc Special Edition) | DVD | (19/03/2007) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    No children. No future. No hope. In a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind... Based on the novel by P.D. James.

  • The American [DVD] [2010] The American | DVD | (04/04/2011) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. As an assassin Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara's time together evolves into a romance one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows Jack may be tempting fate.

  • Memento   (Special Edition)  [2000] Memento (Special Edition) | DVD | (08/02/2006) from £7.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    From director Christopher Nolan a unique and intriguing thriller that begins with the ultimate act of revenge and backtracks through time to reveal the shocking and provocative reasons behind it. Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) remembers everything up to the night his wife was brutally raped and murdered. But since that tragedy he has suffered from short-term memory loss and cannot recall any event the places he has just visited or anyone he has met just minutes before. Determined to

  • Moulin Rouge -- Two-Disc Set [2001] Moulin Rouge -- Two-Disc Set | DVD | (03/05/2004) from £4.59  |  Saving you £13.18 (57.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Watching Baz Luhrmann's award-winning Moulin Rouge is a lot like falling in love. It is total immersion cinema and while you're experiencing it ("watching" is too passive a word) you can't imagine that cinema could be for anything else. In the harsh, objective post-viewing daylight Lurhmann's gaudy spectacular might seem like a triumph of glossy style over any genuine substance, but as the film unfolds Lurhmann subjects his audience to a such a barrage of overtly stylised music, dance, colour, design and human passion that the senses are overwhelmed and critical faculties put on hold for the duration. The story is paper-thin, but that's hardly the point. Nicole Kidman's courtesan Satine falls for poor poet Ewan McGregor while pledged to a psychotic English Duke. The show goes on, of course, and we know it will end in tragedy--because that's the sort of story this is, and the only thing that makes it bearable is the knowledge that it's all just brilliant artifice. The third of Luhrman's "Red Curtain" trilogy (after Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet), Moulin Rouge reinvents musical cinema, acknowledging its debt to past masters like Vincente Minnelli (Gigi) and Michael Powell (The Red Shoes), but taking in the best of rock video along the way. The incessant MTV-style editing might seem like a distraction, but in the end a film insane enough to include Jim Broadbent's cover of "Like a Virgin" defines its own genre rules. On the DVD: this double-disc package sets new standards of presentation while also having an ideally appropriate light-heartedness. The extra features are as inventive in their use of the format as the film itself. Highlights include not one but two commentaries--one by Luhrmann, his designer and his cinematographer, the other with Lurhmann and his fellow scriptwriter Craig Pearce. We get two videos of "Lady Marmalade" and there are also uncut dance numbers, for example the fabulously dark Tango sequence in all its detail, which come with alternate camera angles so that you can edit your own version. There are whole segments on the glittery costumes, the three-dimensional model of Paris and the transformation of Kylie Minogue into the Green Fairy of absinthe. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen (formatted for 16:9 TVs) with a visual aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and has lush, velvety Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 sound options. --Roz Kaveney

  • Panic Room - Special Edition [2002] Panic Room - Special Edition | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £6.46  |  Saving you £13.53 (67.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Meg Altman is at a crossroads. Suffering through a painful divorce from her husband pharmaceuticals millionaire Stephen Altman Meg moves from their suburban home in Greenwich Connecticut and buys and Upper West Side Manhattan townhouse for herself and her eleven-year-old daughter Sarah. She intends to go back to school raise her child and start a new life. But the panic she feels at starting over pales in comparison to her fear and desperation when intruders break into her new home.

  • The Crimson Rivers [2001] The Crimson Rivers | DVD | (26/11/2001) from £8.07  |  Saving you £4.92 (37.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Crimson Rivers is an openly acknowledged French attempt to make a big Hollywood-style serial-killer thriller. Jean--Ronin(1997)--Reno is Niemans, who while investigating the case of a horrifically mutilated body finds himself partnered with Kerkerian, a younger detective played by Vincent Cassell, (La Haine). Set in beautiful mountain country and shot in CinemaScope by Thierry Arbogast (Leon), it looks fabulous. Kassovitz packs the frame with stylish flourishes from a breathtaking helicopter shot in homage to The Shining (1980), to a lavish stairwell tracking shot inspired by Vertigo (1958). With a sumptuously layered score and some superbly achieved special effects The Crimson Rivers has all the expensive sheen of the American movies it imitates. Unfortunately it also proves Europeans can make films as technically accomplished but ludicrously plotted as Hollywood can: for what begins as a tense and unsettling police procedural, mutates into an action movie where the details make no sense. Even the Boys From Brazil inspired plot is ludicrous. Demonstrating Kassovitz has seen plenty of Brian De Palma and Dario Argento movies, The Crimson Rivers entertains despite its own absurdity, and should see the director following Luc Besson to Hollywood to make even bigger and dumber blockbusters. On the DVD: Despite not being labelled a special edition this two disc set is one of the most impressive releases on DVD this year; all the more remarkable for being a French film barely seen in UK cinemas. The 2.35-1 anamorphically enhanced transfer is virtually flawless while the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is superb. Apart from the original French soundtrack there are English and Spanish dubbed versions, and subtitles in 20 languages (including English and French). The first disc includes three trailers, plus three more for other Columbia releases, and two commentary tracks. The first features Reno, Cassel and Kassovitz--all talking at full speed providing a wealth of information. The second--a commentary by composer Bruno Coulais--offers a real insight into the use of music in film as he explains his approach to specific scenes and his overall philosophy of film scoring. This track also features the score isolated in Dolby Digital 5.1, though Colais does talk over the beginning of some cues. The second disc contains over two hours of documentary material. First is a serious 52-minute making-of, in which cast and director explain how the film was constantly re-written, going so far as to admit it makes no sense. Further documentaries are on "The Scalpel Scene" (26 min) and the "making of the corpse" (9 min) used in the opening scenes. There is seven minutes on shooting the martial arts fight, with or without commentary, nine minutes on shooting the car chase and a section playing the chase alongside the original storyboards, with or without commentary. A documentary on filming the mountain climax (10 min) and a further documentary on creating a digital avalanche (15 min), plus a multi-angle feature presenting the scene as storyboards, edited rushes, special effects or outtakes. The Production Designer archives (13 min) covers the sets. Additionally there is footage from the Far East promotional tour, a poster gallery, filmographies of Cassel, Reno and Kassovitz, the complete storyboards for four sequences, including the never-filmed originally planned opening and a gallery of on-set still photographs. It's a veritable "how to make a blockbuster" on two shiny discs. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Chicago (Special Edition) Chicago (Special Edition) | DVD | (12/09/2005) from £3.48  |  Saving you £11.45 (63.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    If you can't be famous...be infamous. At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row! They also share Billy Flynn the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago there's only room for one legend!

  • Jaws [1975] Jaws | DVD | (29/08/2005) from £5.95  |  Saving you £5.01 (31.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Don't go in the water! Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this classic film with this fantastic 2-disc special edition. The peaceful resort town of Amity Massachusetts has always depended upon its thriving summer tourist trade to get it through the lean winter months ahead. But when a swimmer is killed by a great white shark Sheriff Brody faces great opposition when he proposes to close the beaches right before the 4th of July holiday weekend... Based on the novel by Peter

  • Red Dragon [2002] Red Dragon | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £5.75  |  Saving you £16.45 (71.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Anthony Hopkins returns as Hannibal Lecter in Red Dragon, a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and a remake of 1986's Manhunter, Michael Mann's fine film of Thomas Harris's terrific book, in which Brian Cox carved the ham thinner as a more menacing, less hokey cannibal. This film beefs up Lecter's role, opening with a prologue that finds him annoyed by a sour note in his favourite symphony orchestra and then serving the offending flautist at a dinner party before FBI profiler Will Graham (Edward Norton) drops by to apprehend him. Then, we pick up with Lecter in his asylum cell and Graham retired with trauma, only to be brought back together by the crimes of a new madman, the Tooth Fairy. Graham consults Lecter on the case, which means some pointed and familiar conversations, and the film shifts focus from the investigation to the life and troubles of the mad and murderous but also abused and sympathetic Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes, with a major tattoo and a harelip). Director Brett Ratner is more like a job-of-work man than the geniuses who have made the earlier movies, and he doesn't quite restrain Hopkins enough. It's also hard not to compare the current cast with Mann's excellent players. Still, Red Dragon is a solid film of great material, with all the sudden shocks and disturbing whispers in places. Also with Harvey Keitel as the FBI boss, Emily Watson as Dolarhyde's blind love interest, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a tabloid sleaze and Mary-Louise Parker in the thankless role of imperilled wife. --Kim Newman

  • Mulholland Drive - Special Edition [2001] Mulholland Drive - Special Edition | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £1.83 (10.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    David Lynch strikes again with this literal nightmare of a motion picture--a brilliant scathing hysterical and haunting ode to Hollywood. A mysterious dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) emerges from an accident with a purse full of cash and a head full of amnesia. Meanwhile Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) a wide-eyed gal from Deep River Ontario has just landed in Los Angeles with dreams of movie super stardom. When Betty finds the nameless beauty in her aunt's apartment she is deeply intrigued by the situation and offers to help her. This sends the two women on a bizarre search for the truth through the macabre sun-soaked streets of the City of Angels where the mob a young film director (Justin Theroux) a studio executive with a tiny head and an enigmatic figure named the Cowboy all float into the picture then out again until there is no longer any distinction between what is dream and what is reality. Originally filmed as a pilot for the American Channel ABC Lynch's daring open-ended vision was coldly rejected by the network. As he was about to abandon the project French producer Pierre Edelman convinced Lynch to rethink it as a feature. The result is this stunning expression of the subconscious a testament to the power of personal artistic vision.

  • Umrao Jaan [2006] Umrao Jaan | DVD | (08/01/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £21.99

    In the year 1840 a young girl named Ameeran is kidnapped from her family by their neighbour and sold to a brothel. Ameeran renamed Umrao Jaan learns to read write dance sing and charm wealthy men. She is no common prostitute but a cultured woman trained to captivate men of wealth and taste. Years later Umrao Jaan catches the eye of Gauhar Mirza and fall in love. But Gauhar must marry to please his family and Umrao's heart is broken.

  • Layer Cake - The Reel Collection Layer Cake - The Reel Collection | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £1.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A successful drug dealer is just about to retire from the industry when he finds that his ill-gotten gains begin dwindling as his legacy crumbles around him. Based on J.J. Connelly's London crime novel of the same name the producer of Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch steps into the director's chair for the first time for another darkly comic look at the capital's gangland underworld...

  • Moulin Rouge [2001] Moulin Rouge | DVD | (23/04/2007) from £5.39  |  Saving you £0.06 (0.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A spectacle beyond anything you've ever witnessed. An experience beyond everything you've ever imagined. Behind the red velvet curtain the ultimate seduction of your senses is about to begin. Welcome to the Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor sing dance and scale the heights of passionate abandon in this most talked-about movie from visionary director Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Strictly Ballroom). Enter a tantalizing world that celebrates truth beauty freedom and above all things love.

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