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  • Maria Full Of Grace [2004] Maria Full Of Grace | DVD | (11/08/2008) from £3.98  |  Saving you £6.53 (50.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino) a bright spirited 17-year old lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin-which she must swallow-to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials. The dramatic thriller builds toward a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a thousand true stories.

  • Apocalypse Now Redux [1979] Apocalypse Now Redux | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £2.79  |  Saving you £11.45 (63.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Following the example set by his old pals Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola has revisited a classic that no-one ever thought needed enhancement and produced Apocalypse Now Redux, a remastered and extended version of his hallucinogenic Vietnam nightmare that adds some 50 minutes of extra material. On the plus side, certain extended sequences--such as Kilgore's bombing-cum-surfing raid and the final battle of nerves between Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando--add greater depth to our appreciation of the film. On the debit side, the lengthy French plantation interlude and the squalid fate of the Playboy bunnies simply underscore what we already know about war and hell and the depressing futility of it all. It's possible that Apocalyspe Now is not really about Vietnam at all, but is in fact a despairing commentary on the dissolution of contemporary American society; it's also possible that Apocalypse Now Redux, for all its epic scale and visceral power, ultimately fails to make the film's real message any clearer than before. Either way, it remains one of the greatest (anti-)war films ever made. On the DVD: Apocalypse Now Redux is self-recommending on DVD, especially with vividly remastered Dolby 5.1 sound (the whirling helicopter blades are dizzying) and an anamorphic widescreen picture. Disappointingly the disc contains no extra features other than a trailer for the Redux version. Coppola has provided excellent commentaries for his Godfather trilogy so it's a shame not to have his comments here; and the justly famous "Heart of Darkness" documentary is conspicuous by its absence, too. --Mark Walker

  • The Children [2008] The Children | DVD | (30/03/2009) from £3.80  |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    New Years Eve and two families are gathering together to celebrate the holiday. What begins as a relaxing vacation for Elaine and Jonah turns suddenly into a vicious fight for their lives when the children mysteriously begin to take ill and lash out. This terrifying new horror pits a family against itself as the kids turn on their parents with horrifying consequences.

  • Hart's War [2002] Hart's War | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £2.99  |  Saving you £13.45 (67.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Hart's War is a serious, well-intentioned Second World War drama. It's finally unconvincing, but it will go down in the history books as marking future superstar Colin Farrell's first leading role in a major studio picture. It's late 1944 and Lieutenant Hart (Farrell) ends up in a POW camp where the senior American officer, Colonel McNamara (Bruce Willis), takes an instant dislike to him. When a black American officer, Lt Scott (Terrence Howard), is accused of murder, the commandant allows McNamara to conduct a politically motivated trial. Hart is made the defence attorney, but may be no more than a pawn to further McNamara's own agenda. In a film that chooses the ironic setting of a Nazi prison camp to examine racism in the American military, none of the characters are black or white, and in the tradition of The Shawshank Redemption there is more going on beneath the surface than meets the eye. Unfortunately, while Hart's War is extremely well made, various small plot holes and contrivances mean that ultimately it fails to ring true--a problem exacerbated by an over-earnest tendency to preach in key scenes. Nevertheless, Willis gives one of his best, most understated performances and Farrell, who went straight from this to Minority Report, delivers a truly star-making turn. On the DVD: Hart's War comes to DVD with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that's fine for a dialogue-driven film, while the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 transfer is virtually flawless. Ten deleted scenes are presented with the same excellent picture quality and optional commentary by director Gregory Hoblit. There is a four-part photo gallery, the deceptive theatrical trailer and two commentaries. Producer David Foster offers some interesting information, but also a lot of generalities and silence. Bruce Willis contributes virtually nothing, but Hoblit and writer Billy Ray engage in a frank discussion of many of the flaws in the film and the problems they never solved. The wartime history they recount and the cuts they made suggest that a better film was sacrificed to tell a commercial story in two hours. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • The Waiting Room [2008] The Waiting Room | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £5.49  |  Saving you £12.50 (69.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Waiting Room tells the story of two separate groups of friends partners colleagues and lovers living and working alongside each other in South London and yet completely un-connected - until a chance encounter at a train station throws all of their lives onto a different track.

  • Redacted [2007] Redacted | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    From the director of Scarface and The Untouchable comes Redacted - a fictional story inspired by true events! Redacted is a unique cinematic experience that will force viewers to radically reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq Redacted alternates points of view balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and members of the media with those of the local Iraqi people illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.

  • The Air I Breathe [2008] The Air I Breathe | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £6.57  |  Saving you £9.40 (58.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Sometimes the things we can't change... End up changing us. The Air I Breathe is based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness pleasure sorrow and love. Director Jieho Lee divides this vast tale into four threads a timid businessman (Forest Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race after he discovers the fix he is in a fragile pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) finds her management contract unexpectedly in jeopardy; a gangster (Brendan Fraser) who sees the future must decide whether or not to follow his visions and a doctor (Kevin Bacon) tries to save the love of his life from a deadly injury. A common thread weaves its way through the lives of these characters: the ruthless crime boss Fingers (Andy Garcia).

  • Black Hawk Down - Special Edition [2002] Black Hawk Down - Special Edition | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £7.98  |  Saving you £10.35 (51.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ridley Scott directs this fast moving action adventure about the disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers commanded by Capt. Mike Steele were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord which leads to a large and chaotic firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen which destroys two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu.

  • Ano Una Ano Una | DVD | (11/05/2009) from £8.75  |  Saving you £11.24 (56.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A''o U''a is the directorial feature debut by Jon''s Cuar''n son of Mexican film director screenwriter and producer Alfonso Cuar''n (Children of Men Y Tu Mam'' Tambi''n and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and is a wonderful love-story uniquely comprised entirely of photographic stills. A soaring tale of love transcending cultural and geographical barriers the film shows how a young American Molly disillusioned by her past experiences with men falls for a teenage boy Diego while on holiday in Mexico. Equally smitten he decides to leave everything he knows and travel to New York in pursuit of true love.

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