Film Favourites On DVD

Posted on: 01 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Ten top movies, with action, horror, romance, musicals and flicks for the grandchildren.


Is news of the credit crunch getting you down and making you tighten those pursestrings? If you are looking for a fun, easy and inexpensive evening then why not spend it with a great film?

Whether you are looking for an old classic, a more modern feature or perhaps something for all the family, there is a movie in The Warner List for everyone. With so many brilliant films at low prices this is a great way to have a cheap evening in with the family. All you need is a big bowl of homemade popcorn.

50connect have teamed up with Warner Bros to offer you this fantastic family selection of DVDs, a must for anybody's film collection. We've picked highlights of recent years, classics including plenty of extra features, collections of old feelgood favourites, plus animation and action to keep the children entertained.

You can also share your own top ten films by leaving a comment below or visiting the 50connect forum.

Somethings Gotta GiveSomething's Gotta Give

Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a perennial playboy with a libido much younger than his years. During what was to have been a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, Marin (Amanda Peet), at her mother’s Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains.

He winds up being reluctantly nursed back to health by Marin’s mother Erica Barry (Diane Keaton), a successful, divorced New York playwright. In the process, Harry experiences more heart pangs - but this time the romantic kind - for Erica!

However, some habits die hard. When Harry hesitates, his charming thirtysomething doctor (Keanu Reeves) starts pursuing Erica and it is Harry who must undergo a true change of heart if he is to win her back.

You can purchase Something's Gotta Give from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £2.98.

V For VendettaV For Vendetta

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as 'V'.

Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself, and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

Based on the hit graphic novel.

You can purchase V For Vendetta from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £4.98.

Dirty HarryDirty Harry

This is the original and still the best screen adventure of Clint Eastwood's maverick San Francisco detective. Outfoxed by a maniacal killer, Dirty Harry becomes judge, jury and executioner.

The Special Edition features commentary by Richard Schickel - filmmaker and Eastwood biographer, Dirty Harry: The Original featurette, an interview gallery, Dirty Harry's Way featurette, a Dirty Harry trailer gallery, The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry - a 30 minute examination of influence and legacy of Dirty Harry, plus Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso - a 1993 TV special.

You can purchase Dirty Harry from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £7.97.

The ShiningThe Shining

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack, being a family man, takes his wife and son to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long and isolated nights. During their stay strange things occur when Jack's son Danny sees gruesome images powered by a force called The Shining and Jack is heavily affected by this. Along with writer's block and the demons of the hotel haunting him Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse.

The Special Edition features commentary by Garrett Brown and John Baxter, View from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining, The Visions of Stanley Kubrick, the 1980 TV feature - The Making of The Shining with optional commentary from Vivian Kubrick, Wendy Carlos featurette - the composer discusses the music of The Shining, and the theatrical trailer.

You can purchase The Shining from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £4.98.

Enter The DragonEnter The Dragon

Featuring masterful kung fu action by the legendary Bruce Lee, Enter The Dragon is one of most renowned martial arts film of all time. The opium-smuggling plot is secondary to amazing and violent action scenes.

The 25th anniversary edition features additional footage, an interview with Lee's widow Linda Lee Caldwell, and Bruce Lee: In His Own Words - a behind-the-scenes documentary.

You can purchase Enter The Dragon from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £4.98.

WoodstockWoodstock - The Director's Cut

3 days. 3 million people. And memories to last a lifetime, even if they consist of watching the stars on TV, wearing some beads and lighting a joss stick. Director Michael Wadleigh made this documentary in 1970. It stars Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, The Who, Crosby, Stills & Nash plus many more.

You can purchase Woodstock from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon.

High Society, Calamity JaneHigh Society & Calamity Jane

High Society - This witty, musical version of The Philadelphia Story stars Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and the jazz master himself, Louis Armstrong, playing the hottest trumpet in the land.

Calamity Jane - Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears, at first, to be a more feminine rival for the favours of Jane's male friends, including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickock.

You can purchase High Society & Calamity Jane from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £7.97.

Rat PackRat Pack Collection

Oceans 11 - Danny Ocean (Sinatra) gets his old army unit back together to help him pull off a daring raid, robbing several Vegas casinos at once undercover of a blackout. The first Rat Pack film, with a host of famous faces and some classic old school Vegas landscapes.

Robin And The 7 Hoods - The Rat Pack retell the Robin Hood story in the form of Chicago gangsters, with Sinatra as Robin and the Merry Men played by the usual gang of faces. The boys take on the evil racketeers in a bid to help save a local orphanage and become local heroes whilst their at it. This time round the gang are joined by the ultimate crooner of them all, Bing Crosby.

Four For Texas - Frank and Dean head out West in this action packed cowboy adventure that sees the two of them join up to start a casino. Along the way the guys get up to their usual tricks of fighting and womanising in this comedy Western from the powerhouse director Robert Aldrich. Watch out for Western legend Jack Elam in a small but great part.

You can purchase The Rat Pack Collection from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £8.98.

Roald DahlRoald Dahl Children's Classic Tales

Danny The Champion Of The World - Jeremy Irons and real-life son Samuel take on Robbie Coltrane in this tale of rural 1950s neighbours.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - Gene Wilder is aided by the Oompah Loompahs with their catchy 'doom-pa-dee-do' songs in this 1971 version.

The Witches - Anjelica Houston is Grand High Witch in this funny and suspenseful adaptation.

You can purchase Roald Dahl Children's Classic Tales from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £10.97.

Happy FeetHappy Feet

In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, you're nobody unless you can sing, which is unfortunate for Mumble (Elijah Wood), who is the worst singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune - tap dancing.

You can purchase Happy Feet from all good DVD stores or online at Amazon for £3.98.

More Marvellous Movies

The Warner List has been put together to celebrate the range of DVD titles that Warner Bros. have to offer and to help guide the viewer to a suitable film for them. You can use the list to narrow down your selection and help you explore which movie best suits your mood, by taking a look at it here: www.whvlist.co.uk

What's Your Top Ten?

You can share your own top ten films by leaving a comment below or visiting the 50connect forum.

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