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  • Hocus Pocus [1993] Hocus Pocus | DVD | (05/02/2001) from £3.78  |  Saving you £11.70 (73.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This big, fat theatrical bomb has a lot going for it. There's the three leads, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, playing three resurrected witches who wreak havoc on Salem, Massachusetts, 300 hundred years after they were hung. There's music, special effects, and magic. There's a surprisingly horror-filled plot. Whoops, hold up on that last one. It's probably the extremes that this film goes to (displaying a Disney label), such as the witches sucking the life out of a little girl in the first five minutes, that put the brakes on any success for Hocus Pocus. Older children, however, in the 8 and up range should get a kick out of all the weird goings-on. It's a good measure of Halloween thrills and chills. --Keith Simanton

  • Beaches [1988] Beaches | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £3.89  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Director Garry Marshall's 1988 drama Beaches about the 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and nicely textured in its contrast between the characters' separate destinies. When Hershey becomes ill with cancer, the film takes a predictably sentimental course, yet Marshall brings out the best in both actresses and catches some very fine drama. Beaches is a little too long, perhaps, but overall it is a fine experience. --Tom Keogh

  • Fantasia 2000 - Platinum Edition [DVD] [1999] Fantasia 2000 - Platinum Edition | DVD | (28/03/2011) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    More ambitious in scope than any of its other animated films (before or to come), Disney's 1940 Fantasia was a dizzying, magical, and highly enjoyable marriage of classical music and animated images. Fantasia 2000 features some breathtaking animation and storytelling, and in a few spots soars to wonderful high points, but it still more often than not has the feel of walking in its predecessor's footsteps as opposed to creating its own path. A family of whales swimming and soaring to Respighi's The Pines of Rome is magical to watch, but ends all too soon; a forest sprite's dance of life, death, and rebirth to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring too clearly echoes the original Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence. But when it's on target, Fantasia 2000 is glorious enough to make you giddy. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is a perfect narrative set to Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Donald Duck's guest appearance as the assistant to Noah (of ark fame) set to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches is a welcome companion piece (though not an equal) to The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the one original Fantasia piece included here. The high point of Fantasia 2000, though, is a fantastic day-in-the-life sequence of 1930s New York City set to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and animated in the style of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld; it's a perfect melding of music, story, and animation. Let's hope future Fantasias (reportedly in the works) take a cue from the best of this compilation. The music is provided by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine, interspersed with negligible intros by Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Itzhak Perlman, James Earl Jones, and others. --Mark Englehart

  • Big Business [1988] Big Business | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Two sets of female twins are mixed up at birth. One set becomes the chief executives of a Manhattan conglomerate while the other set succeeds at becoming poor country bumpkins. They all accidentally meet up at New York's Plaza Hotel and from then on it's chaos all the way...

  • The First Wives Club (1996) The First Wives Club (1996) | DVD | (02/10/2000) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton prove revenge is a dish best served cold. Former college buddies, they reunite at the funeral of a dear friend who took a swan dive onto Fifth Avenue. All three discover they share the same unhappy history of husbands who dove into middle-age by dumping them for trophy wives. Forming a warring triumvirate, they decide to get even, and along the way remind themselves of long-forgotten capabilities. The action gets a little too "wacky" at times, but the gals are great. Portraying an ageing actress, Hawn is sometimes a little too flamboyant, but there is much fun to be had in her flashiness, especially when she pokes fun at Tinseltown and her persona. Instead of her usual brashness, Midler stretches herself and shows us a woman who is not just unhappy, but also deeply sorrowful. Not that she isn't quick with a wisecrack, but her expressive face alone tells the story of her marriage. As the repressed and guilt-ridden spouse of a self-involved ad executive, Keaton finds her anger, and her voice, when her psychiatrist (Marcia Gay Harden) oversteps ethical boundaries. Watching Keaton grow from an ineffectual homemaker into a powerful businessperson reminds us that it has been far too long since she has done a comedy. Director Hugh Wilson smartly chose supporting players who each brought something unique to the film. However, he does not maintain the first hour's effervescent humour throughout the film, as the ending is weakened by a softening of the wives' resolve. --Rochelle O'Gorman

  • Parental Guidance [DVD] Parental Guidance | DVD | (27/05/2013) from £4.25  |  Saving you £11.74 (73.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) realise that they're the "other grandparents"--the ones their three grandkids barely know and dread seeing. So when they have a chance to take care of Harper (Bailee Madison), Turner (Joshua Rush), and Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf), Diane jumps at it, dragging a reluctant Artie along. Naturally, their old-school approach to parenting clashes with the anxious, helicopter-parenting of their daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) and her husband Phil (Tom Everett Scott). Which will win out? There's really no suspense--contemporary parenting is an easy target and every time Artie complains about how the kids are indulged, random strangers applaud him. However, as Artie's parenting technique yoyos between threats and bribery, movie audiences may find themselves on Alice's side. Parental Guidance is a flimsy movie built around cartoonish kids with cliché problems and jokes about poop and getting hit in the crotch. The plot eventually gets stuck in a mire of nostalgia and vanity (did Midler really have to have a musical number?). But along the way there are moments between kids and grandparents--and between parents and grandparents--that are genuinely sweet. Midler is just coasting through this, but Crystal, who remains a talented and charismatic actor, puts his heart into it. --Bret Fetzer

  • Then She Found Me [2008] Then She Found Me | DVD | (23/02/2009) from £5.80  |  Saving you £10.19 (63.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Adapted from Elinor Lipman's novel of the same name Helen Hunt makes her feature directing debut with Then She Found Me. Starring Helen hunt Colin Firth Bette Midler and Matthew Boderick Then She Found Me is a touching story of schoolteacher April Epner (Hunt) and her very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment. Following the separation from her husband (Matthew Broderick) and the death of her adopted mother April is contacted by her apparent birth mother (Bette Midler) who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves. As Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be April seems to find solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students (Colin Firth) only to find that the mystery to life's questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation.

  • The Rose [1979] The Rose | DVD | (06/05/2002) from £4.75  |  Saving you £7.75 (59.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Bette Midler plays a Janis Joplin-like singer overwhelmed by stardom and its excesses. Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond) directs what is a kind of hybrid showcase for Midler's concert talents and a standard pop biopic, with the usual rhythms of desire, success, betrayal, failure, and such. Alan Bates is the best thing about the movie as the Rose's ruthless manager, and Harry Dean Stanton and Frederic Forrest add some interesting seasoning. But as a whole, the film can't rise above its mixed purposes or clichés. --Tom Keogh

  • Ruthless People [1986] Ruthless People | DVD | (17/08/2004) from £4.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (70.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A comedy based on the rag trade where new designs are fair game for ruthless competitors. A fashion millionaire's wife is kidnapped but when the kidnappers try to extort money they find that he has gone out celebrating with his mistress.

  • Stepford Wives, The [2004] Stepford Wives, The | DVD | (29/11/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Make one! Having been moved from the pressure of Manhattan life to the ordered society of Stepford Connecticut Joanna Eberhard (Nicole Kidman) together with acerbic author Bobbie Markowitz (Bette Midler) discovers that all is not what it seems with the outwardly perfect women of the town... Please note: this film has been rated as a '12'; however some of the content in the 'Gag Reel' extra feature has prompted the higher '15' certificate for this DVD release.

  • For The Boys [1991] For The Boys | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Bette Midler poured her heart and soul into For the Boys, the story of a pair of entertainers who repeatedly took time from their careers to entertain US troops at war, from World War II to Vietnam--and it sank like a stone at the box office. Granted, it's corny and emotionally over the top. It is the tale of an unlikely team of singer and comedian (played by Midler and James Caan), who are brought together for a reunion show in their dotage. As they nervously anticipate seeing each other for the first time in years, they are flooded with memories of their earlier days as a hot show-biz couple whose own troubles always took second place to their patriotic urge to buoy the boys in uniform. Some say this was a veiled film version of the Martha Raye story; Midler gives it her all and Caan isn't bad. But director Mark Rydell lays on the schmaltz so thickly at times that it overpowers the tougher material. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • Bette Midler - Diva Las Vegas [1997] Bette Midler - Diva Las Vegas | DVD | (22/05/2000) from £8.17  |  Saving you £6.82 (45.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Songs Include : 1. Friends 2. I Look Good 3. Miss Otis Regrets 4. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 5. Bed Of Roses 6. You Don't Own Me 7. Rose Burlesque 8. Burlesque 9. Delores Delaga 10. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 11. Bigotry Bridge Over Troubled Water In The Navy Greatest Love 12. New York New York 13. Ukelele Lady 14. From A Distance 15. Do You Wanna Dance 16. To Comfort

  • Down And Out In Beverly Hills [1986] Down And Out In Beverly Hills | DVD | (11/01/2005) from £4.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (70.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Available for the first time on DVD! 'Down And Out In Beverly Hills' is a remake of Jean Renoir's magnificent film 'Boudu Saved from Drowning' (Boudu sauv des eaux). Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss star as Barbara and Dave Whiteman a nouveau riche Beverly Hills couple whose entire household is turned upside down with one act of uncharacteristic generosity. On a typically sunny afternoon Dave spies Jerry (Nick Nolte) a homeless man attempting to drown himself in their swimmi

  • First Wives Club / Shirley Valentine - Double Pack First Wives Club / Shirley Valentine - Double Pack | DVD | (28/02/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Shirley Valentine: Shirley Bradshaw has always been able to see the funny side of any situation. She was a high-school rebel and now she's a housewife and mother who one day looks back at her life and realises that she has lost touch with her dreams. When her best friend wins a magazine contest and asks Shirley to accompany her on a fortnight's holiday in Greece Shirley begins a voyage of self-discovery. On the island of Mykonos as Shirley luxuriates among sun sand and taramasalata she encounters islander Costas Caldes and falls in love...with life! The First Wives Club: Marriage has turned into a crash dive for Brenda Cushman Elise Atchison and Annie Paradise. These three well-heeled Manhattan women chums during their college days all took different paths. Now they're reunited by catastrophe--each has just been callously dumped by her husband for a younger sexier trophy wife. Smarting from the pain Brenda Elise and Annie join forces and concoct a plan to exact the most exquisitely bitter vengeance upon their exes. War has been declared.

  • Outrageous Fortune [1987] Outrageous Fortune | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £4.29  |  Saving you £10.70 (71.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Sometimes a movie works despite all its faults. Outrageous Fortune has a flimsy, formulaic script, so-so production values and an odd combination of stars, but somehow it's engaging and fun. Shelley Long and Bette Midler play two struggling actresses--one a hoity-toity priss and the other a brassy slob--who learn they've been sleeping with the same guy (Peter Coyote) when he gets blown up in a terrorist assault and they confront each other in the morgue. When they discover that he's still alive, the bickering pair track him down, traipsing across the US in high heels, pursued all the way by government agents, using their dubious acting talents to get them out of tough situations. The absurd plot keeps things moving and director Arthur Hiller (Silver Streak, The Out of Towners) gets cheerful performances out of everyone, particularly the strong supporting cast--including Robert Prosky (Broadcast News, Mrs. Doubtfire) as a pompous acting teacher, comedian George Carlin as a burnt-out would-be Indian and the underused John Schuck (M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller) as a long-suffering agent. Although contrived and cliché-ridden, the film is just absurd enough to entertain. --Bret Fetzer

  • Gypsy Gypsy | DVD | (28/11/2005) from £3.81  |  Saving you £16.18 (80.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It's Emmy Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Bette Midler in the role she was born to play. The superstar of Beaches Ruthless People Down & Out in Beverly Hills and For the Boys delivers a ""standing room only"" performance as Mama Rose the ultimate vaudeville stage mother. Rose's blind ambition for her two daughters forces one to desert her and the other to emerge as the world's most famous striptease artist - Gypsy Rose Lee. Based on the actual memoirs of Ms. Lee and directed by the late Emile Ardolino (Sister Act Dirty Dancing) this musical motion picture extravaganza is true to the original Broadway production... including the glorious Jerome Robbins choreography and the memorable Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim score. The classics are all here - from ""Everything's Coming Up Roses"" to ""Let Me Entertain You"" and as a special bonus the complete version of Gypsy's classic overture. Spectacular performances by Ms. Midler and her supporting cast - Peter Riegert Cynthia Gibb (as the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee) and Ed Asner - will leave you asking for an encore!

  • Oliver & Company [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Oliver & Company | Blu Ray | (10/02/2014) from £7.79  |  Saving you £8.20 (51.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Disney does Dickens in this animated version of Oliver Twist, in which a homeless New York City cat falls in with a bunch of mischievous dogs under the leadership of the appealing scoundrel Fagin. The roots of Disney's success with animation in the 1990s begins with this clever, energetic, atmospheric movie, which succeeds in capturing the grim world Dickens conjured. Lyricist Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid) worked on the songs, the best of which is sung by Billy Joel, who provides the voice of (the Artful) Dodger. --Tom Keogh

  • The Fantasia Collection [2000] The Fantasia Collection | DVD | (11/12/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £49.99

    More ambitious in scope than any of its other animated films (before or to come), Disney's 1940 Fantasia was a dizzying, magical and highly enjoyable marriage of classical music and animated images. Fantasia 2000, originally made for the IMAX large-screen format, features some breathtaking animation and storytelling, and in a few spots soars to wonderful high points, but it still more often than not has the feel of walking in its predecessor's footsteps as opposed to creating its own path. A family of whales swimming and soaring to Respighi's The Pines of Rome is magical to watch, but ends all too soon; a forest sprite's dance of life, death and rebirth to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring too clearly echoes the original Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence. But when it's on target, Fantasia 2000 is glorious enough to make you giddy. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is a perfect narrative set to Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Donald Duck's guest appearance as the assistant to Noah (of the Ark fame) set to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches is a welcome companion piece (though not an equal) to The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the one original Fantasia piece included here. The high point of Fantasia 2000, though, is a fantastic day-in-the-life sequence of 1930s New York City set to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and animated in the style of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld; it's a perfect melding of music, story and animation style. Let's hope future Fantasias (reportedly in the works) take a cue from the best of this compilation. The music is provided by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine, interspersed with negligible intros by Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Itzhak Perlman, James Earl Jones and others. --Mark Englehart

  • For The Boys [DVD] For The Boys | DVD | (25/02/2013) from £3.01  |  Saving you £6.98 (69.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Bette Midler poured her heart and soul into For the Boys, the story of a pair of entertainers who repeatedly took time from their careers to entertain US troops at war, from World War II to Vietnam--and it sank like a stone at the box office. Granted, it's corny and emotionally over the top. It is the tale of an unlikely team of singer and comedian (played by Midler and James Caan), who are brought together for a reunion show in their dotage. As they nervously anticipate seeing each other for the first time in years, they are flooded with memories of their earlier days as a hot show-biz couple whose own troubles always took second place to their patriotic urge to buoy the boys in uniform. Some say this was a veiled film version of the Martha Raye story; Midler gives it her all and Caan isn't bad. But director Mark Rydell lays on the schmaltz so thickly at times that it overpowers the tougher material. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • Shirley Valentine/First Wives Club/Terms Of Endearment [DVD] Shirley Valentine/First Wives Club/Terms Of Endearment | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £4.75  |  Saving you £11.24 (70.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Titles Comprise: Shirley Valentine: Shirley Bradshaw has always been able to see the funny side of any situation. She was a high-school rebel and now she's a housewife and mother who one day looks back at her life and realises that she has lost touch with her dreams. When her best friend wins a magazine contest and asks Shirley to accompany her on a fortnight's holiday in Greece Shirley begins a voyage of self-discovery. On the island of Mykonos as Shirley luxuriates among sun sand and taramasalata she encounters islander Costas Caldes and falls in love...with life! First Wives Club: Marriage has turned into a crash dive for Brenda Cushman Elise Atchison and Annie Paradise. These three well-heeled Manhattan women chums during their college days all took different paths. Now they're reunited by catastrophe--each has just been callously dumped by her husband for a younger sexier trophy wife. Smarting from the pain Brenda Elise and Annie join forces and concoct a plan to exact the most exquisitely bitter vengeance upon their exes. War has been declared Terms of Endearment: This Oscar-winning film is both eccentrically funny and an old-fashioned tearjerker. The story centers around the volatile relationship between a mother and daughter spanning 30 years. The various permutations of their lives are examined including the daughter's bout with terminal cancer.

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