See the Latest Movies on DVD Before they Hit the Shops with Blockbuster.co.uk's DVD Rental Exclusives

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"Changeling" and "Gran Torino" directed by legendary movie star and Oscar winner Clint Eastwood are the latest additions to Blockbuster's list of pre retail DVD releases. With both films still packing the cinemas nationwide this is a great opportunity to be one of the first to see them on DVD before they are sold in the shops.

I wasn't looking for it

"Changeling" and "Gran Torino" directed by legendary movie star and Oscar winner Clint Eastwood are the latest additions to Blockbuster's list of pre retail DVD releases. With both films still packing the cinemas nationwide this is a great opportunity to be one of the first to see them on DVD before they are sold in the shops.

Currently in pre-production on a Nelson Mandela biopic, his fifth film as director in the last four years, Clint Eastwood chats to Blockbuster about his latest box office hits and why he is still working at 78 years old.

"It's been a long road", acknowledges Eastwood. "One day you wake up and you're 78 years old. I remember saying to my wife Dina, talking about Changeling and Gran Torino, 'What am I doing? Directing and producing two pictures in a row, starring in one of them and writing music for both. What the hell am I doing it for?' Then I started laughing. 'Because I like it, that's why!' And I still learn something new every day."

Based on a real life drama Changeling tells the story of a single mother working in 1928 Los Angeles when her son goes missing. A boy is returned to her months later by the police, but she is shocked and disheartened when she realizes that the boy isn't her son. Joined by a crusading pastor she battles for justice against the corrupt L.A.P.D while she continues to search for her child.

Never one to drag out his casting decisions, Eastwood immediately opted for Angelina Jolie as soon as he heard that she had read the script and liked it. "I liked her as an actress and she's a mother so I figured she'd understand her character. And she did an amazing job."

Equally impressive is Eastwood's own performance in Gran Torino as Walt, a Korean War Veteran all alone in the world who sees his neighbourhood taken over by immigrants. "And he doesn't like the changes he sees…

"I wasn't looking for it," says Eastwood of his first acting job since 2004. "There aren't that many good roles for guys my age. After Million Dollar Baby, I felt that was enough, and didn't want to act again. Buy my producer, Rob Lorenz, read the script, thought it was interesting and asked if I wanted to look at it. I did, and yeah, it was! The age was appropriate and the timing was right. I was in the final stage of Changeling, doing the scoring, and I did not want to wait."

Both DVDs are available for DVD rental from Blockbuster's award winning rental service. For added flexibility Blockbuster's online members can also print an in-store voucher which will allow them to pop along to their local Blockbuster store to pick up another movie rental at the last minute. This flexibility cannot be offered by any of their competitors.

At Blockbuster.co.uk you can choose from over 65000 movies so you are sure to find something you like. Each DVD on the site is accompanied by short description of the story and is assigned to a genre classification so you will have a clear idea of what to expect. Exclusive DVD rentals cover a range of genres and topics, from Oscar winners to popular films that never quite made the headlines.

Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI and BBI.B) was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1985 and is a leading global provider of in-home rental, retail movie and game entertainment.

In 20 years, Blockbuster has grown from a single video rental store to nearly 9000 company-operated and franchised stores throughout the United States, its territories and 23 other countries.

The first Blockbuster store in the UK opened in March 1989 (Walworth Road, London) and the UK is now the largest Blockbuster business outside the US, with over 700 stores and about 4.2 million member accounts. Blockbuster.co.uk has over 1 million registered members and about 750,000 newsletter subscribers.

Blockbuster's goal is to be a complete source for movies and games, and the company is continually looking for ways to offer its customers more value, choice and convenience. To this end, in September 2002, Blockbuster UK introduced its online DVD rental service. This service has grown and now allows customers to have access to almost every DVD available in the UK.

Blockbuster.co.uk provides the latest releases and also gives its customers much more choice from classic titles, foreign films, music DVDs, interactive game DVDs, language DVDs and popular TV series.

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