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  • Leon [Blu-ray] [1994] Leon | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £9.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Jean Reno (Mission: Impossible Ronin The Crimson Rivers) Gary Oldman (Sid And Nancy Romeo Is Bleeding The Dark Knight) Danny Aillo (Fingers Do The Right Thing A Brooklyn State Of Mind) and Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta Goya's Ghost Mars Attacks) in her film debut all star in this highly influential seminal 90s action/thriller. Directed by Luc Besson (Subway The Big Blue Nikita The Fifth Element) Leon is the controversial and unforgettable story of an unlikely friendship within a brutal and violent world. Twelve-year-old Mathilda lives within the desperate confines of a squalid New York apartment block. On returning from a shopping trip Mathilda finds that her abusive dysfunctional family (and her beloved younger brother) have been slaughtered by a psychotic drug dealing police officer. In fear of her life she takes refuge with her reluctant mysterious and solitary neighbour. His name is Leon and he's one of the world's deadliest assassins. And while Mathilda begins to teach him how to live Leon begins to teach her how to kill.

  • The Edge Of Love [2008] The Edge Of Love | DVD | (27/10/2008) from £2.99  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Edge Of Love stars Cillian Murphy Keira Knightley Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys in a story about the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The film revolves around two feisty free-spirited women Caitlin Thomas and Vera Killick Vera's husband William Killick and the brilliant charismatic poet Dylan Thomas who loves both women. Broken promises passion betrayal the shadow of war and the constant threat of imminent death push the protagonists to The Edge of Love.

  • Platoon [1987] Platoon | DVD | (18/09/2000) from £3.84  |  Saving you £11.10 (69.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Winning a raft of awards, not least of which four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, Oliver Stone's Platoon was a box-office smash heralding Hollywood's second wave of Vietnam war films. Where predecessors The Deer Hunter (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979) were elaborate epics, Platoon simply showed the daily reality of the war from the point of view of ordinary soldiers. Stone's own service in Vietnam gives his work a unique authenticity. Charlie Sheen gives his best performance to date, enduring a series of increasingly large-scale and bloody battles which retrospectively make one wonder why Saving Private Ryan was hailed as so new. Against this gruelling verity the film falters over the symbolic conflict between good and evil sergeants played by Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger. Even though this was also based in real life, it strikes a too conventionally Hollywood-like note in a film which otherwise maintains much of the raw power of Stone's other film from 1986, Salvador. Johnny Depp fans should look out for an early appearance by the star. Stone would return to Vietnam with the more sophisticated Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Heaven and Earth (1993). On the DVD: The 50-minute documentary "Tour of the Inferno" goes beyond the usual "making-of" to present a personal account both of the film and of Stone's own time in Vietnam. Likewise the two audio commentaries--one by Stone, the other by Captain Dale Dye, fellow veteran and military technical advisor--range between the making of the film and the degree to which the actors came to inhabit their parts, to their own wartime experiences. Both commentaries bring a fresh level of appreciation and understanding to the film. Also included is the original trailer and three TV commercials, together with well-presented stills galleries of behind-the-scenes photos and poster art. Following a credit sequence marred by dirt on the print, the anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 image is sharp and clear. The many night scenes are very dark but remain easily comprehensible. The three-channel Dolby Digital sound is suitably raw and powerful, though an early sequence featuring rain in the jungle suffers from very distracting repeated drop-outs in the left channel. --Gary S Dalkin

  • The Hurt Locker [DVD] [2008] The Hurt Locker | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.04  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Shawshank Redemption [Blu-ray] [1994] The Shawshank Redemption | Blu Ray | (29/09/2008) from £6.55  |  Saving you £0.68 (9.40%)  |  RRP £7.23

    Nominated for seven Academy Awards' including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) The Shawshank Redemption is an extraordinary tale of hope friendship and survival inside a maximum security prison. Based on a story by globally renowned novelist Stephen King (Carrie Misery) this beautifully crafted movie features powerful performances from the entire cast led by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and ultimately provides an uplifting message about the power of the human spirit and the value of hope. One of the best selling titles in the UK this feature film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. Enjoy the high definition while watching one of the best movies of all time.

  • The Hurt Locker [Blu-ray] [2008] The Hurt Locker | Blu Ray | (28/12/2009) from £3.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Hurt Locker presents an intense and unflinching portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant James takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict he surprises his two subordinates Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader the city explodes into chaos and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. Winner of the BAFTA Awards for Best Film Best Director Best Original Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Editing and Best Sound. Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow) Best Screenplay Best Editing Best Sound Mixing & Best Sound Editing. Play.com Review One of the best films of 2009 The Hurt Locker bears similarities to David Simon and Ed Burns' Generation Kill in its non-judgemental depiction of military life and the motivations of soldiers. It's a complicated and sometimes uncomfortable look into a world in which most of us will never get closer to than on our TV screens. The fact is some soldiers for one reason or another like the thrill of war. Sgt. James (charismatically played by James Renner - 28 Weeks Later) is one such soldier. Not one to do things by the book James is right at the centre of this devastating action film. Unhinged but not without his demons James regularly comes into conflict with his new teammates: the aspirational but conventional Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie - Notorious) and rabbit in the headlights Spc. Eldridge (Brian Geraghty - The Guardian). The proverbial 'hurt locker' is one they barely keep shut. There's a job to be done even if it does draw them closer to hell with each passing moment. Film buffs will be pleased to learn that The Hurt Locker features sterling cameos from Guy Pearce (The Road) David Morse (16 Blocks) and Ralph Fiennes (briefly reunited with his Strange Days director). Bigelow knows her action as Point Break K-19: The Widowmaker and Near Dark fans will testify and here she has created a battleground where even the camera is nervous - danger even when it doesn't come feels like it's everywhere. Moving through a series increasingly fraught bomb disposals the movie presents an apolitical view of soldiering that whilst not being unique to the genre (Kubrick's Paths Of Glory Coppola's Apocalypse Now and Fuller's The Big Red One) captures a chaos and intensity seldom seen elsewhere. It's refreshing to watch a war film that doesn't preach endlessly about the nature of war but shows you enough horror for you to make up your own mind. Overall we can't urge you strongly enough to open The Hurt Locker and experience this masterpiece from a master director - it's an experience you will not forget in a hurry.

  • Black Hawk Down [Blu-ray] [2001] Black Hawk Down | Blu Ray | (22/04/2007) from £7.00  |  Saving you £12.99 (65.00%)  |  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.

  • Gladiator [Blu-ray] Gladiator | Blu Ray | (07/09/2009) from £4.95  |  Saving you £16.00 (64.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Gladiator Ridley Scott's modern classic arrives on Blu-ray with more extras than a Roman epic. Russell Crowe stars in a Oscar-winning performance as betrayed General Maximus in a rollicking swords and sandals spectacular placing you right in the middle of some savage gladiatorial scraps! The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe - LA Confidential) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximus' favour with the Emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix - Walk The Line) orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....

  • Angel-A [Blu-ray] [2005] Angel-A | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £7.79  |  Saving you £17.20 (68.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first film directed by the iconic Luc Besson (Nikita Leon The Fifth Element The Big Blue) in seven years Angel-A is his most personal and beautiful yet and a love letter to his home town. Shot in black and white in an unforgettably picturesque Paris the film stars supermodel Rie Rasmussen who starred in Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale and Jamel Debbouze last seen in the smash hit Amelie. Renowned director of photography Thierry Arbogast joins Luc Besson in their fifth collaboration fifteen years since they first worked together on Nikita. Angel-A is a visually beautiful tale that begins when two strangers meet on a bridge in Paris one morning. Looking to escape his past Andre (Jamel Debbouze) accepts the help of the mysterious Angela (Rie Rasmussen) and sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life forever. Beautiful in its simplicity Angel-A is a striking supernatural love-story.

  • The Counterfeiters [2007] The Counterfeiters | DVD | (26/12/2008) from £2.90  |  Saving you £1.80 (30.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon Sally Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards booze and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow). Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival he once again comes face to face with Herzog who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. The team which also includes detainee Adolf Burger (August Diehl) is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma Salomon must decide whether his actions which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners are ultimately the right ones.

  • Milk [Blu-ray] [2008] Milk | Blu Ray | (08/06/2009) from £7.65  |  Saving you £12.54 (54.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    His life changed history. His courage changed lives. The story of California's first openly gay elected official Harvey Milk a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

  • The Motorcycle Diaries [Blu-ray] [2004] The Motorcycle Diaries | Blu Ray | (16/06/2009) from £6.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (65.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1952 a young medical student and a biochemist from Argentina set off on a road trip across South America. As they straddled their beaten up motorcycle the men talked in awed tones of the sights they were about to experience. The record of their trip may have disappeared into the ether if one of the riders departing on that fateful day hadn't been the future insurrectionary figurehead of the Cuban revolution Ernesto Che Guevara (played here by Gael Garcia Bernal). The young Che's companion on the trip was his best friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) with their simple goals being to enjoy themselves and meet some girls along the way. As the trip unfolds at the behest of their spluttering motorcycle the boys discover more about themselves than they ever imagined possible. Ernesto clings tightly to his ideals throughout and delights in the opportunity to put them into practice. His refusal to spend the provided by his girlfriend Chichina Ferreyra (Mia Maestro) constantly angers his travelling companion as the two succumb to pangs of hunger. Ernesto's charitable nature comes to the fore when he reveals that he gave the money to a pair of out-of-work illegal immigrants. The trip winds down as the friends offer their medical expertise to a leper colony in Peru with the duo's youthful folly acquiescing to adulthood and the dawning realization of where they should head in life.

  • 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.

  • I'm A Cyborg [Blu-ray] [2006] I'm A Cyborg | Blu Ray | (26/05/2008) from £5.98  |  Saving you £18.40 (73.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    I'm A Cyborg the latest film from the Korean director Park Chan-wook is a madcap fantasy screwball romance. Young-goon is admitted to a mental institution believing herself a cyborg she charges herself with a transistor radio. Il-soon a fellow inmate steals the other inmates' personality traits and believes he is fading and will one day turn into a dot. When Young-goon refuses to eat Il-soon decides it's his job to get her on her feet again. This charming tender and visually arresting film cements Park Chanwook's reputation as one of the most gifted and playful filmmakers working today. An offbeat romantic comedy I'm A Cyborg is a touching and highly inventive film from one of Korea's best known director's Park Chan-wook. This charming tender visually arresting film won the Alfred Bauer Prize for a work of particular innovation at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.

  • V For Vendetta [Blu-ray] [2006] V For Vendetta | Blu Ray | (07/07/2008) from £7.79  |  Saving you £12.20 (61.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a young working-class woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V'. Profoundly complex V is at once literary flamboyant tender and intellectual a man dedicated to freeing his fellow citizens from those who have terrorized them into compliance... The Matrix Trilogy writing/directing team of Larry & Andy Wachowski adapt Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel into a thought-provoking blockbuster.

  • The Runaways [Blu-ray] The Runaways | Blu Ray | (07/02/2011) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga Adventureland) and Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga Coraline) star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in The Runaways the music-fuelled coming of age story of the groundbreaking all girl 1970s rock band that paved the way for future generations of female musicians. Plucked from obscurity by rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon Revolutionary Road) raven-haired rocker Joan the rebellious Cherie and their band become an outrageous sensations thanks to their tough image and raw talent. But their fast drug-fuelled lifestyle soon catches up with the teenage girls as success starts to cloud their judgments...

  • Franklyn [Blu-ray] [2008] Franklyn | Blu Ray | (22/06/2009) from £14.56  |  Saving you £3.43 (19.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Dystopian fantasy Franklyn stars Ryan Phillippe Bernhard Hill Sam Riley and Eva Green as four lost souls divided by the two parallel worlds of contemporary London and a future metropolis.

  • Dorian Gray [Blu-ray] [2009] Dorian Gray | Blu Ray | (18/01/2010) from £4.29  |  Saving you £17.50 (76.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Based on Oscar Wilde's Faustian novel of a man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty Dorian Gray is a suitably sordid sexy and sin-filled interpretation. Starring British hunk Ben Barnes ('Prince Caspian') we urge you to check out this classic tale of lust and redemption. Dorian Gray is very handsome and very cursed. Young Dorian arrives fresh on the London social scene and is taken under the wing of Lord Henry Wotton who introduces him to the seedy pleasures of London life. When Dorian sees how incredible he looks in a newly painted picture of himself he swears to do whatever it takes to look as young and handsome in real life as he does in the picture - even his soul. His stunning good looks and charm soon attract the celebrity lifestyle and everything that it brings. Dorian finds himself slipping deeper and deeper into a world of sin sex and celebrity seemingly without any consequences. But as his actions become increasingly evil for how long can he hide the secret behind his eternal youth?

  • The Pianist [Blu-ray] [2002] The Pianist | Blu Ray | (20/07/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (56.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A brilliant pianist a Polish Jew witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

  • 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

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