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The Favourite (DVD): Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz The Favourite (DVD)
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz; Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
R150 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R21 (14%) In stock

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper.

When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

(Academy Award winner for Best Actress. Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)

Robin Hood (DVD): Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelson, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan Robin Hood (DVD)
Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelson, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan
R150 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R21 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Robin of Loxley, a war-hardened Crusader, and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

Victoria & Abdul (DVD): Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Gambon Victoria & Abdul (DVD)
Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Gambon; Directed by … 2
R159 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R47 (30%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule.

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.

As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

(Academy Award nominations for: Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling)

The Bookshop (DVD): Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson The Bookshop (DVD)
Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
R166 R95 Discovery Miles 950 Save R71 (43%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, The Bookshop is set in 1959 as Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England.

Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better.

Their Finest (DVD): Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy Their Finest (DVD)
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R165 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R67 (41%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

1940, London, the Blitz. With the country’s morale at stake, Catrin, an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley, the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.

Alongside Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy stars as fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard, who reluctantly joins their production in a supporting role.

Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Their Finest Hour And A Half, this is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!

The Bombing (Chinese, DVD): Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Ye Liu, Seung-heon Song The Bombing (Chinese, DVD)
Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Ye Liu, Seung-heon Song
R119 R75 Discovery Miles 750 Save R44 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

War drama based on true events and set during WWII in which U.S. Air Force commander Jack Johnson is tasked with preparing Chinese pilots to take on the ruthless Japanese fighter planes.

While they deflect attack from the air, a team on the ground must escort a decoder device through the countryside and ultimately get it in safe hands while they evade the constant onslaught of war around them.

(Please Note: This movie is mainly subtitled with Chinese being the dominant spoken language)

Viceroy's House (DVD): Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson Viceroy's House (DVD)
Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson; Directed by Gurinder Chadha 2
R150 R51 Discovery Miles 510 Save R99 (66%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end.

For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film’s story unfolds within that great House.

Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan.

It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

Viceroy's House (DVD): Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow, Om Puri Viceroy's House (DVD)
Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, … 2
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end.

For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film’s story unfolds within that great House.

Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan.

It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

The Ottoman Lieutenant (DVD): Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley The Ottoman Lieutenant (DVD)
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R140 R51 Discovery Miles 510 Save R89 (64%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

On the brink of the First World War, The Ottoman Lieutenant tells the story of a strong-willed American woman who, frustrated by ongoing injustices at home, follows an American doctor to a medical mission in the exotic Ottoman Empire.

However, her loyalty to both the doctor and the mission’s founder is soon tested when she falls in love with Ismail, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. With the invading army forces at their doorstep and the world about to plunge into war, she soon realizes that the most dangerous place to be during war, is in love.

Lady Macbeth (DVD): Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton Lady Macbeth (DVD)
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R101 Discovery Miles 1 010 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

William Oldroyd directs this British drama adapted from Nikolai Leskov's novel.

Set in the remote English countryside, the story follows teenage bride Katherine as she is forced to marry shady mining boss Alexander. Deeply unhappy with her new situation, Katherine soon finds an escape in the form of servant Sebastian and the pair begin having an affair.

However, when Alexander learns of her betrayal and reacts violently, Katherine and Sebastian are forced to take matters into their own hands in an attempt to get some retribution of their own.

Tulip Fever (DVD): Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz Tulip Fever (DVD)
Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz 1
R165 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R67 (41%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

In 17th-century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant - an unhappy ''arrangement'' that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter, a struggling young artist.

Seeking to escape the merchant's ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip-bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make them a fortune and buy their freedom.

Based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Alone In Berlin (DVD): Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl Alone In Berlin (DVD)
Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl 2
R165 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R67 (41%) In stock

How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940.

Otto and Anna Quangel are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, however, everything changes. They begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city. But this seemingly small act of subversion rattles the regime, including a police inspector who will not rest until the culprits have been caught.

Based on the bestselling novel "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin is both a gripping thriller and a stirring ode to resistance.

The Man With The Iron Heart (DVD): Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell, Jack Reynor, Mia Wasikowska The Man With The Iron Heart (DVD)
Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell, Jack Reynor, Mia Wasikowska
R165 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R67 (41%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

Prague, 1942. The Third Reich is at its zenith, controlling most of Europe. Reinhard Heydrich, aided by his wife Lina, has risen to the top of the Nazi Party as head of the SS, the Gestapo, and the architect of the "Final Solution". His brutal and oppressive rule of occupied Czechoslovakia leads to Hitler dubbing him "the man with the iron heart".

However, a small group of Czech Resistance fighters led by Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík, seek to stop the unstoppable and they soon plan to assassinate Heydrich, making him the highest-ranking Nazi officer ever to be killed during World War II.

Based on Laurent Binet's bestselling book "HHhH", The Man With The Iron Heart and its all-star cast tell the incredible true story of how the brave men and women of the Resistance sacrificed everything in the name of freedom.

Silence (DVD): Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson Silence (DVD)
Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson; Directed by Martin Scorsese 6
R165 R59 Discovery Miles 590 Save R106 (64%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

Two Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues and Francis Garrpe, travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.

There they witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence. Eventually the priests separate and Rodrigues travels the countryside, wondering why God remains silent while His children suffer.

Call The Midwife - Season  8 (DVD): Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Helen George, Judy Parfitt Call The Midwife - Season 8 (DVD)
Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Helen George, Judy Parfitt
R337 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R111 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Season 8 of Call The Midwife continues to explore complex medical and personal stories on the midwifery and district nursing rounds.

It is now 1964 and times are changing, from the introduction of the contraceptive pill and the availability of a new cancer-screening programme, to the building of high-rise tower blocks. The nuns and nurses continue to face a variety of challenging issues including cleft palate, sickle cell and illegal abortion.

And for one of the team, romance could be on the horizon...

Gentleman Jack - Season 1 (DVD): Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Joe Armstrong, Amelia Bullmore, Gemma Jones Gentleman Jack - Season 1 (DVD)
Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Joe Armstrong, Amelia Bullmore, Gemma Jones
R403 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R74 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Halifax, Yorkshire, 1832. Charismatic, swashbuckling Anne Lister determines to transform the fate of her ancestral home Shibden Hall. To do this, she must re-open her coal mines and marry well. But Anne has no intention of marrying a man. True to her own nature she plans to marry a woman and embarks on an epic, unconventional love story.

Gentleman Jack brings all the warmth, wit and complexity of the writing of Sally Wainwright (BAFTA award-winning writer of Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) to the remarkable true story of Anne Lister.

Outlander - Season 4 (DVD): Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander - Season 4 (DVD)
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
R399 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R40 (10%) In stock

Season Four of Outlander continues the story of Claire and Jamie Fraser as they try to make a home for themselves in colonial America.

The Frasers settle in North Carolina at yet another turning point in history - the cusp of the American Revolution - where they must negotiate a tenuous loyalty to the current British ruling class, despite Claire's knowledge of the bloody rebellion to come. Along the way, the Frasers cross paths with notorious pirate and smuggler Stephen Bonnet in a fateful meeting that will come back to haunt the Fraser family.

Meanwhile Brianna Randall and Roger Wakefield grow closer in the 20th Century but make a shocking discovery that makes them consider following in Claire's footsteps.

The Durrells - Season 4 - The Final Season (DVD): Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Callum Woodhouse, Daisy... The Durrells - Season 4 - The Final Season (DVD)
Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Callum Woodhouse, Daisy Waterstone 1
R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The future’s looking bright for the eccentric Durrells, as we catch up with their lives on the beautiful island of Corfu. They’re each channelling their heartbreak in different ways following the events in Season 3.

Louisa’s keeping busy by opening the doors of the family villa as a guest house. But with cousin Basil as her only paying guest, business isn’t exactly booming. Larry’s struggling to get his risqué Black Book published and enjoying love with two ballet dancers, while Leslie’s throwing himself back into his job (and shooting). Animal-mad Gerry now has ambitions to open his own zoo, and Margo’s up for another new challenge as she decides to start her own beauty salon.

Jamestown - Season 3 - The Final Season (DVD): Naomi Battrick, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Rundle, Max Beesley Jamestown - Season 3 - The Final Season (DVD)
Naomi Battrick, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Rundle, Max Beesley
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 In stock

Its boom time in Jamestown, the 17th Century English Settlement on the very edge of the breathtaking Virginian wilderness. But success brings scrutiny and intrigue, and there are few in the settlement who have nothing to hide.

Unlikely alliances have been formed; some provide friendship, some offer love, and some lead to great peril. Relations with the Native Americans offer hope of advancement for the settlers until greed for land and power corrupts those with influence in the colony. What ensues is devastating conflict; the fallout of which will shape the New World for centuries to come.

This final season written by Bill Gallagher, brings the epic story to an exhilarating close!

The Alienist - Season 1 (DVD): Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Brian Geraghty, Q'Orianka Kilcher The Alienist - Season 1 (DVD)
Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Brian Geraghty, Q'Orianka Kilcher
R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 In stock

A psychological thriller and mystery series set in 1896 about the hunt for a serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes that have gripped New York City. Based on the novel by Caleb Carr.

The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and newspaper illustrator John Moore to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard, a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective.

Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.

Mrs Wilson (DVD): Ruth Wilson, Iain Glen, Fiona Shaw, Keeley Hawes Mrs Wilson (DVD)
Ruth Wilson, Iain Glen, Fiona Shaw, Keeley Hawes
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Golden Globe-winning actress Ruth Wilson stars in this powerful three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her own grandmother about her family's history.

Set in London in the 1940s and 1960s, and in India in the 1930s, the series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband, Alec, dies and a woman turns up on the doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs Wilson. Alison is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage - and Alec's love for her - but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets.

Victoria - Season 3 (DVD): Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles, Nell Hudson Victoria - Season 3 (DVD)
Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles, Nell Hudson
R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Starting in 1848, the third season of the lavish drama will depict a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy.

With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety.

Jamestown: Season 1 - 3 - The Complete Series (DVD, Boxed set): Naomi Battrick, Jason Flemyng, Max Beesley Jamestown: Season 1 - 3 - The Complete Series (DVD, Boxed set)
Naomi Battrick, Jason Flemyng, Max Beesley
R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 In stock

All three seasons of the British television drama set in the British colony of Jamestown in 17th century Virginia, USA.

Since its establishment in 1607, Jamestown had been populated exclusively by men. This all changes in 1619 however, as a group of women including Alice, Verity and Jocelyn arrive at the settlement to begin their life in the New World.

Poldark - Season 4 (DVD): Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed Poldark - Season 4 (DVD)
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R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

1796: To defend Cornwall and those he loves from an empowered George, Ross must learn to play the political game on a journey that takes him to the nation's capital.

While Demelza manages the Poldark’s affairs at home, Elizabeth moves to further secure her marriage but Drake struggles in resigning Morwenna to life with Osborne, and the Enyses are tested as never before.

Summer Of Rockets (DVD): Toby Stephens, Keeley Hawes, Linus Roache, Timothy Spall Summer Of Rockets (DVD)
Toby Stephens, Keeley Hawes, Linus Roache, Timothy Spall
R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As a Russian émigré, businessman Samuel Petrukhin is determined to integrate his young family into the British establishment. So when Samuel meets the captivating Kathleen Shaw and her husband Richard – a war hero and Member of Parliament – he’s dazzled by their upper class glamour.

But then MI5 agents blackmail Samuel into spying on the Shaws, and he’s drawn into a dark web of deception. These shadowy government operatives could be tempting him into a deadly trap. Are the Shaws really involved in a plot to betray their nation?

With the country’s future is shrouded in doubt, who can Samuel trust? Anyone?

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