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  • Open Range [2004] Open Range | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £4.10  |  Saving you £5.89 (59.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Released almost exactly 11 years after Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Kevin Costner's Open Range proved yet again that the Western is the classic American genre. Costner's first film since 1997's ill-fated The Postman returns the actor/director of Dances With Wolves to the open prairies of America--in this case the free-range frontier of 1882--where legal "free-grazing" cattle drives were falling prey to empire-building land-owners. In the wake of territorial murder, free-grazing cowboys Boss (Robert Duvall) and Charley (Costner) seek vengeful justice against the ruthless rancher (Michael Gambon) who threatens their law-abiding survival. A feisty ally (the late Michael Jeter, in his next-to-final film role) and a doctor's sister (Annette Bening) offer support during climactic shootouts, masterfully staged with the shock and suddenness of real-life gunfire. While it lacks the thematic impact of Eastwood's masterpiece, this handsome production!--rich in character development and thick-hided humour--redeemed Costner's directorial career with a well-told story (by Craig Storper, based on Lauran Paine's novel The Open Range Men), flawless performances, and stunning Canadian locations. --Jeff Shannon

  • Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [1969] Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £5.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Sergio Leone had to be persuaded to return to the Western for Once Upon a Time in the West after the success of his "Dollars" trilogy. The result is a masterpiece that expands the vision of the earlier movies in every way. It could as easily have been called The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Blonde as Charles Bronson steps into the No-Name role as the harmonica-playing vengeance seeker, Henry Fonda trashes his Wyatt Earp image as a dead-faced, blue-eyed killer who has sold out to the rapacious railroad; Jason Robards provides humanitarian footnotes as a life-loving but doomed bandit and the astonishingly beautiful Claudia Cardinale shows that all these grown-up little boys are less fit to make a country than one determined widow-mother-whore-angel-everywoman. The opening sequence--Woody Strode, Al Mulock and Jack Elam waiting for a train and bothered by a fly and dripping water--is masterful bravura, homing in on tiny details for a fascinating but eventless length of time before Bronson arrives for the lightning-fast shoot-out. With striking widescreen compositions and epic running time, this picture truly wins points for length and width. On the DVD: Once Upon a Time in the West on disc is the transfer fans have been waiting for: the longest available version of the film in shimmering widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 TVs) which lends full impact to Leone's long shots of Monument Valley scenery or bustling crowds of activity, but also highlights his ultra-close images as Bronson's beady eyes or Cardinale's luscious pout fill the entire screen. A commentary track is mostly by expert Sir Christopher Frayling, with input from other academics, participants and enthusiasts--it's good on the detail, and Alex Cox winningly points out that one scene bizarrely can't be reconciled with what happens before or after it. Disc 2 has four featurettes which, taken together, add up to a feature-length documentary on the film, and though overlapping the commentary slightly offer a wealth of further good stuff, plus the elegant Cardinale's undiminished smile. Also included is the trailer, notes on the cast, menu screens with generous selections from Ennio Morricone's score, stills gallery, comparison shots from the film and contemporary snapshots of the locations. --Kim Newman

  • Snitch [DVD] Snitch | DVD | (28/10/2013) from £4.19  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is a father whose teenage son is facing a 30 year jail sentence having been wrongly accused of drug distribution. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs John makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney to go in as an undercover informant and infiltrate the drug cartel that set his son up - risking everything including his family and his own life. A high-octane and action-packed thriller inspired by true events.

  • Hot Rod [2007] Hot Rod | DVD | (21/01/2008) from £4.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (73.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Taylor is preparing for the jump of his life. Rod plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. He'll land the jump get Frank better and then fight him hard.

  • First Sunday [2008] First Sunday | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £2.78  |  Saving you £12.99 (81.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    First Sunday features Ice Cube Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams in a farcical hilarious romp about two petty criminals who try to rob their local church but get more than they bargained for!

  • Meet The Spartans [2008] Meet The Spartans | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £2.94  |  Saving you £13.72 (68.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the creators of Scary Movie and Epic Movie comes Meet The Spartans. The heroic Leonidas armed with nothing by leather underwear and a cape leads a ragtag group of 13 - count 'em 13! Spartans to defend their homeland against the invading Persians (whose ranks include Ghost Rider Rocky Balboa the Transformers and a hunchbacked Paris Hilton).

  • Arthur [DVD] [2011] Arthur | DVD | (19/09/2011) from £2.89  |  Saving you £17.10 (85.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Arthur is a sweet but wildly irresponsible playboy whose millions have left him lonely and with no motivation in life. On the threshold of an arranged marriage with a simpering socialite whom he does not love, Arthur meets the spunky, blue-collar waitress Linda Marolla, and falls head over heels. However, just as he begins to pursue a relationship with Linda, his father and iron-willed grandmother threaten to pull the plug on his huge inheritance if he doesn't honor his position in life and go through with his marriage. Arthur must decide which is more important to him: his new love, or his 750 million dollars in the bank.

  • Drillbit Taylor Drillbit Taylor | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £2.50  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ryan (Troy Gentile) Wade (Nate Hartley) and Emmit (David Dorfman) attend their first day at high school and they're pumped...until they meet up with Filkins (Alex Frost) a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Lecter. Before they become completely engulfed in Filkins' reign of terror they seek out some protection by placing an ad in the Soldier of Fortune magazine. Their best response - and the cheapest - comes from Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) a down-on-his luck soldier of fortune who lives a homeless - he likes to say 'home-free' - existence on the beach.

  • American Outlaws [2001] American Outlaws | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £3.88  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    At least the 20th screen version of the criminal career of Jesse James, American Outlaws, is also perhaps the least historically accurate, which wouldn't matter as much if it were more spirited and distinctive. Taking its cues from the Young Guns films rather than, say, the more realistic The Long Riders or Ride with the Devil, the movie presents pretty boy stars as larger-than-life, good-hearted outlaws and races through a lot of storyline without making much of an impression. Colin Farrell, liable to be a huge star in the next five years, is a handsome, devil-may-care Jesse, taking the reins between his teeth and firing with both hands, but he has little material to work with, while Timothy Dalton does a very strange Scotch accent as Allen Pinkerton, the security expert hired by the evil railroad to bring in the James-Younger gang. It has the full complement of brawls, robberies, escapes, battles, train wrecks, explosions and barroom roistering--including the riding-a-horse-through-a-window bit featured in all earlier Jesse James movies--but feels like a cramped TV movie rather than an epic biopic. Attempting to be a crowd-pleaser, it goes for a happy ending rather than the tragic shot-in-the-back finish, but that just means that its high spirits feel forced and unconvincing. On the DVD: American Outlaws has a nice range of extras for such a minor film, including two deleted scenes, five behind the scenes "featurettes" (one not-very-hidden "hidden feature") and a commentary track by director Les Mayfield, writer John Rogers and editor Michael Tronick that may be a bit too pleased with itself, but offers a lively and entertaining account of the making of the film. --Kim Newman

  • Klitschko [DVD] Klitschko | DVD | (28/05/2012) from £5.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Klitschko tells the captivating story of the boxing world's most famous brothers: Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.From the socialist drill of their childhood in the Ukraine, and their first successes as amateurs, to their move to Germany and subsequent rise as international stars on the verge of holding the championship titles of all five boxing federations. Along the way they experience defeats and setbacks, low points and triumphant comebacks as well as conflicts with each other. Exciting conversations with companions and opponents, including the very first with the Klitschkos' parents, give insight into their personal lives, plus never-before-seen footage of the draining preparations for a fight, and the spectacular boxing matches which draw audiences in more then 100 countries around the globe.International Emmy Award winning Director Sebastian Dehnhardt composes an intimate and fascinating portrait of two exceptional athletes who are, before all else, brothers.

  • FreeStyle [DVD] FreeStyle | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £3.89  |  Saving you £9.10 (70.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Kolton Lee directs this British drama starring Lucy Stanhope as Ondene a young woman destined to study law at Oxford if she gets the A-level results that her aspirational and domineering mother Hyacinth (Suzann McLean) is hoping for. When a basketball court is set up near her private school Ondene meets and falls in love with charismatic freestyle basketball player Leon Chambers (Arinze Kene) who also dreams of going to university despite his deprived background. But their relationship comes under threat when Hyacinth discovers the budding romance and Ondene is forced to make some tough decisions about her future and the man she loves.

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