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  • Gamer [DVD] [2009] Gamer | DVD | (18/01/2010) from £3.01  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Twenty Four Hour Party People [2002] Twenty Four Hour Party People | DVD | (27/01/2003) from £4.25  |  Saving you £7.32 (36.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Beginning during the dawn of Factory Records--as Tony Wilson throws himself off a cliff for Granada TV--24 Hour Party People attempts to capture the essence of the ill-fated label which spawned Joy Division/New Order, The Happy Mondays and the venue that started modern Club Culture, the Hacienda in Manchester. Director Michael Winterbottom takes a very different approach to most music biographies, by making the film self-aware that it is a film and ironically looking at its own role within the history of the "Mad-chester" scene. Inspired by Wilson's autobiographical musings, the film is narrated in character by Steve Coogan as Wilson. He offers sporadic moments from his life--his "career" as a presenter at Granada and his several marriages--which in turn influence the destructive nature of the label he founded. Coogan's Wilson gives monologues to camera which remind the audience that what they are watching is only his perspective. Yet with Coogan in the title role it's impossible to ignore the similarities between Wilson and Alan Partridge; and although this adds instant humour to the film it also instantly pins Wilson with the comic "Partridge" tag of fated fool. The cinematography, on the other hand, tries faithfully to embody the feeling of the times, from grainy celluloid for the punk-like Joy Division gigs to bright, clean-cut images for the birth of the Hacienda. The film also benefits from an amazing soundtrack and strong supporting characters. It all adds up to a picture that's purely British in character: imbued with irony, down-and-out inspiration, and a touch of the surreal. On the DVD: 24 Hour Party People comes as a two-disc set, but there really is little need. Disc 1 is loaded with great extras, such as the deleted scenes, commentaries and Mad-chester musings, but the second disc is a little on the dull side. This really could have been just a single great DVD. There's an excellent screen and audio transfer that brings both the music and the lurid colours to life and the disc also offers that all-important function for hardcore clubbers: a hard of hearing option. --Nikki Disney

  • Dexter - Season 1 Dexter - Season 1 | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £4.40  |  Saving you £35.20 (88.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Dexter is based on the compelling novel ""Darkly Dreaming Dexter"" by Jeff Lindsay. Orphaned at the age of four and harbouring a traumatic secret Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is adopted by a police officer who recognizes Dexter's homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way - by killing those heinous perpetrators that are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected member of the police force a perfect gentleman and a man with a soft spot for children it's hard not to like Dexter. Although his drive to kill is unflinching he struggles to emulate normal emotions he doesn't feel and to keep up his appearance as a caring socially responsible human being. Episodes Comprise: 1. Dexter 2. Crocodile 3. The Popping Cherry 4. Let's Give the Boy a Hand 5. Love American Style 6. Return to Sender 7. Circle of Friends 8. Shrink Wrap 9. Father Knows Best 10. Seeing Red 11. Truth Be Told 12. Born Free

  • Wanted [2008] Wanted | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £3.82  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As the impresario behind gravity-defying Russian blockbuster Night Watch, it's inevitable that Hollywood would come calling for Timur Bekmambetov. With a studio budget and an international cast, including two Oscar winners, Timur cooks up a Hong Kong-styled actioner bursting with fast cars and big guns. Our unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement's James McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot. Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, and his girlfriend, boss, and best buddy all take advantage until the seductive Fox (Angelina Jolie) rescues him from a sharpshooter named Cross (The Pianist's Thomas Kretschmann). After which, she whisks him away to a mansion on the edge of town to meet the other members of the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father. Sloan believes Wesley has the goods to take him out, so he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen (Marc Warren and Common dish up some of the abuse). When he's ready, Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth, leading our former milquetoast to exact an elaborate revenge. For those who've been following McAvoy's career to date, Wanted will surely come as a surprise. In adapting Mark Millar's comic series, Timur offers buckets of blood and a smidgen of depth, but fans of The Matrix and Mr. and Mrs. Smith will want to give this one a look. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • The Corner (HBO Mini Series) [2000] The Corner (HBO Mini Series) | DVD | (06/04/2009) from £7.43  |  Saving you £19.50 (65.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The bleak reality of drug addiction is captured with unflinching authenticity in The Corner, an excellent, reality-based HBO miniseries. Having lived on the streets of West Baltimore, Maryland, where this compelling drama takes place, actor-director Charles S. Dutton knows the territory, physically, socially, and emotionally, and his compassionate approach is vital to the series' success. Dutton cares for his characters deeply enough to give them a realistic shred of hope, even when hope is consistently dashed by the ravages of addiction. This is, at its root, a family tragedy, focusing on errant father Gary (T.K. Carter, in a heartbreaking performance) a once-successful investor trapped in a tailspin of heroin dependency. His estranged wife Fran (Khandi Alexander) was the first to get hooked, and she's struggling to get clean, while their 15-year-old son DeAndre (Sean Nelson, from the indie hit Fresh) deals drugs, temporarily avoiding their deadly allure while facing the challenge of premature fatherhood. Through revealing flashbacks and numerous local characters, we see the explicit fallout of addiction, and while violence occasionally erupts, its constant threat is secondary to Dutton's dramatic vision, which remains steadfastly alert to the humanity and neglected potential of these lost and searching souls. The Corner is,essentially the civilian flipside of HBO's equally laudable series The Wire, which approaches a similar neighbourhood from a police-squad perspective. Performances are uniformly superb, details are uncannily perfect, and for all of its human horror, The Corner is riveting, not depressing. A closing interview with the characters' real-life counterparts bears witness to the fact that these lives, with inevitable exceptions, need not be lost forever. --Jeff Shannon

  • Doomsday Doomsday | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £3.00  |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak. The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

  • Dead Set [2008] Dead Set | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £7.50  |  Saving you £12.10 (60.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From Nathan Barley co-creator and Guardian writer Charlie Brooker comes the outrageous new thriller Dead Set E4's first-ever horror series released exclusively by 4DVD on 3rd November. Starring Jaime Winstone (Donkey Punch Kidulthood) Dead Set is a chilling new horror series in which the dead are returning to life and attacking the living. Curiously there are a few people left in Britain who aren't worried about any of this - that's because they're the remaining contestants in Big Brother. Cocooned in the safety of the Big Brother house they're blissfully unaware of the horrific events unfolding in the outside world. Until an eviction night when all hell breaks loose... Kelly (Winstone) a production runner working on a fictional series of Big Brother finds herself trying to fend off the walking dead alongside her producer boss Patrick (Andy Nyman Severance) boyfriend Riq (Riz Ahmed Britz) and the remaining Big Brother housemates. Over the ensuing days in a cruel reflection of the game show they thought they were entering the contestants fall victim one by one to the hungry masses outside. Staying alive requires crucial teamwork - which can be tricky when you're a group specifically selected by TV producers to wind each other up. Featuring a range of cameo appearances from Davina McCall and several former Big Brother housemates Dead Set promises to be a gripping horror bound to keep you at the edge of your seat.

  • Misfits [DVD] Misfits | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £3.48  |  Saving you £15.90 (79.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

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  • Sirens - Series 1 [DVD] Sirens - Series 1 | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £14.56  |  Saving you £5.43 (27.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    British Comedy Award winner Kayvan Novak, Rhys Thomas. Richard Madden and Amy Beth Hayes star in a series from Brian Fillis, inspired by Tom Reynolds' book Blood, Sweat and Tea. Swept along by an endless tide of bodily fluids (rarely their own), the trio of world-weary paramedics bicker, fight and shag their way through the darkly funny maelstrom of their lives. Behind the uniforms, the sirens, and the fast driving, they are three ordinary blokes trying to make it through yet another shift. But once they've finished saving other people's lives, will they be able to salvage their own?

  • Quarantine Quarantine | DVD | (09/03/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (81.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked they try to escape with the news crew in tow only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones internet televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.

  • The Interceptor [DVD] The Interceptor | DVD | (03/08/2015) from £2.60  |  Saving you £22.00 (88.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Interceptor is a brand new contemporary crime series starring Trevor Eve  and O-T Fagbenle. After 15 frustrating years of low-level drug busts   Ash finally gets a chance to fulfil his dream of taking down the underworld’s biggest players when he’s recruited by the UNIT (Undercover Narcotics Intelligence Team).  This series follows the team as they get ever closer to capturing their ultimate target the cold-blooded crime boss Roach (Trevor Eve). For Ash this is more than just a job – it’s a chance to lay to rest some childhood demons and make a real difference… but at what personal cost to him and the people he loves?

  • Mutant Chronicles [2008] Mutant Chronicles | DVD | (16/02/2009) from £3.02  |  Saving you £16.90 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the year 2707 Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind. Battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations: Capitol Bauhaus Mishima and Imperial. When the violence breaks an ancient stone seal Necromutants appear and begin to multiply by the millions destroying all before them. The Corporation's leader Constantine (John Malkovich) is about to abandon the planet and leave countless innocents to their desperate fate when he is approached by Brother Samuel leader of the Brotherhood an ancient monastic order who offers hope to the discouraged leader. Against the odds Constantine entrusts brother Samuel and other like minded soldiers to save them from the mutant armies.

  • Surveillance [DVD] [2008] Surveillance | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £4.12  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The highway in this long stretch of nowhere stretches for miles across a windy barren landscape. The never-ending horizon seems to retreat the closer you get and if a car broke down here it might take forever for someone to notice. In the midst of it Officers Jack Bennett and Jim Conrad sit dangerously bored and dreaming of the kind of glory that can only come with a serial killer or maniac on the loose. By the time Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson and Sam Hallaway arrive the next day a string of violent murders does in fact appear to be plaguing the lonely road. The police are straining at the bit to get back out and apprehend the murderers but the Feds work differently. In order to uncover the truth of the case Anderson and Hallaway first have to take their witnesses back - back to what happened when their lives intersected. A few details slowly emerge: Officers Bennett and Conrad were checking the horizon for speeders Bobbi and Johnny were in the cherry Duster tearing the highway up and having fun. Little Stephanie's family stage wagon was cruising too with her mom and new step-dad busy singing in the front seat and her brother David next to her in the back. The problem was as Stephanie saw it that adults never listen to little kids no matter how many times she tried to tell them what she saw out the window. Perhaps if they had it would all have turned out differently. As the Feds slowly expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie the 'truth' they are looking for starts to extract an enormous price no one expected.

  • Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £69.99

    This deluxe five-disc package shows off not only the merits of the films on offer but the wide possibilities of the DVD medium. Even if you're among the many that only rate two or three of the Alien films, this is still an essential purchase. (The jury is still out on the interesting-but-muddy Alien 3, directed by David Fincher--who went on to make Seven and Fight Club--while Alien: Resurrection by Jean-Pierre Jeunet of Delicatessen fame is the nearest the series has come to an ordinary movie.) Although more than 20 years old, Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) has hardly dated. It's a film of suspense and terror rather than action and excitement, as disturbing (if illogical) as ever, thanks to Swiss-artist HR Giger's visionary monster design, rooted by a clutch of interesting Anglo-American actors (Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt). Weaver, making her career breakthrough here, slowly emerges from the pack as the survivor, but the sequel, Aliens (1986), really puts her acting skills (for which she was Oscar-nominated) centre-screen, as the maternal warrior-woman whose compassion makes her fitter to survive than the gung-ho space marines. Titanic director James Cameron's action chops are demonstrated best in the series' duel between Ripley and the "bad mother" alien queen. Watched back-to-back, even the less-satisfying later films work as developments of Weaver's Ripley character, as she becomes a tired martyr in Alien 3 (1992) and is reborn as a part-alien clone in Alien: Resurrection (1997). In this box set, all four films are presented in widescreen aspect ratios derived from pristine prints allowing you to discern more in the shadows than you get in even the best video editions. The imaginatively designed interactive menus flash the logos and computer codes of Weyland-Yutani (the evil corporation in the films) helping you to "access transmission". The digital English soundtrack can be augmented with optional subtitles in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Icelandic (impress your friends by reeling off the Hebrew for "Get away from her, you bitch"). Alien has an informative audio commentary by Ridley Scott (whose obsession with detail, see for example his recent Gladiator, suits him perfectly to the task of talking you through his typically hyper-designed films). Also included are deleted scenes and outtakes (such as the until-now-legendary sequence showing the ship's captain in a cocoon, plus a few clearer looks at the original beastie), several trailers, tons of production paintings and stills, the storyboard, an alternate music track and the original score in isolation. The sequels all have trailers, but the extras diminish with each disc. The "Director's Cut" included on Aliens (17 crucial minutes longer than the original theatrical release, which means you find out Ripley's first name is Ellen) has an interview with Cameron and some backstage footage. Alien 3 contains a "making of" documentary that actually covers all three films, while Alien: Resurrection only has a brief making-of "featurette" (oddly, neither Alien 3's director Fincher nor Resurrection's Jean-Pierre Jeunet are interviewed, and Jeunet isn't even mentioned). An extra fifth disc, free with the set, contains "The Alien Legacy", an hour-long documentary on the making of the first film, concentrating on the script, design, effects, production and direction. --Kim Newman

  • Watchmen - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD] [2009] Watchmen - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (27/07/2009) from £4.00  |  Saving you £17.27 (69.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Everybody's favourite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumours and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton

  • The Filth And The Fury [2000] The Filth And The Fury | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £6.00  |  Saving you £-10.01 (-100.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    While it may be true that the Internet is the new "punk" medium it's difficult to imagine any future documentaries about the web being anywhere near as entertaining as this tale of how the Sex Pistols changed the history of music--and safety pins--forever. Directed by long-standing Pistols pal Julien Temple, who was also responsible for the band's Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle film, The Filth And The Fury is the full story from the group's struggling early days (which found them using mikes nicked from David Bowie) to the furore surrounding Sid Vicious' alleged murder of smackhead girlfriend Nancy Spungeon. Using both contemporary news footage and his own never-before-seen backstage material, Temple succeeds in not just explaining why the rise of Johnny Rotten & Co. was important but also why it was inevitable in that socio-political context, when conformity was prized above all. Also included in the film, of course, are a raft of great songs such as "Anarchy In The UK" and "Pretty Vacant" but the most memorable moments come with the new interview material which finds a guilt-stricken Rotten still beating himself up for not rescuing the now deceased Vicious from Spungeon's claws: "All's I can tell you is, yes, I can take on England but I couldn¹t take on one heroin addict." --Clark Collis

  • Heli [DVD] Heli | DVD | (25/08/2014) from £5.21  |  Saving you £7.78 (59.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In his third film exploring modern Mexican society Cannes award-winning director Amat Escalante looks unflinchingly at the country’s escalating drug wars and their devastating impact on one fictional family. Heli is uncompromising and graphic in its depiction of the sadistic violence corruption and climate of fear in which the region’s people must go about their daily lives. Stark shocking and beautifully photographed this powerfully affecting film has received worldwide critical acclaim. Heli lives a simple existence in a small house with his father wife baby son and 12 year old sister Estela. When Estela's boyfriend a young cadet seeks to change their lives by stealing confiscated cocaine Heli and his family are caught up in the murderous world of Mexico's drug cartels and the corrupt police they control.

  • Cocaine Cowboys Cocaine Cowboys | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The cocaine trade of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world's most glamorous hot spots; the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin cartel. By the early 80s Miami's tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country for which a Time cover story dubbed the city ""Paradise Lost."" With Cocaine Cowboys filmmaker Billy Corben paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth.

  • Total Recall [1990] Total Recall | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £5.93  |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    They stole his mind: now he wants it back! In a futuristic world construction worker Doug Quaid obsesses about taking a vacation on the planet Mars. His wife objects so Doug instead opts to have an artificial memory of a Martian holiday implanted into his mind. The trouble is during the implantation procedure Quaid suffers a strange reaction. Why? It seems as though he has already been to Mars but his memories of his journey have been wiped... Now secret agents and the cohorts of a megalomaniacal industrialist are out to get him. Can Quaid experience total recall and finally figure out just why everyone is trying to stop him from reaching the red planet?

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