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George Clooney: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • Ocean's Eleven/Ocean's Twelve/Ocean's Thirteen [DVD] Ocean's Eleven/Ocean's Twelve/Ocean's Thirteen | DVD | (12/07/2010) from £9.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (56.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Ocean's 11 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2001): Three casinos. Eleven guys. 0 million. No problem. Danny Ocean likes his chances. All he asks is that his handpicked squad of 10 grifters and cons play the game like they have nothing to lose. If all goes right the payoff will be a fat 0 million. Divided by 11. You do the maths. Ocean's Eleven brings the filmmaking talent of Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh and enough starpower to light up the Las Vegas strip to this classy caper. Ocean's 12 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2005): It's been three years since Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew - fronted by detail man Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) up-and-coming pickpocket Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon) explosives expert Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle) and safecracker Frank Catton (Mac) - pulled off one of the most audacious and lucrative heists in history robbing ruthless entrepreneur Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) of every dime stored in his impenetrable Las Vegas vault. After splitting the 0 million take each of the infamous Ocean's crew have tried to go straight lay low and live a legit life... but that's proven to be a challenge much to the chagrin of Danny's wife Tess (Julia Roberts). When someone breaks Rule Number One and rats them out to Benedict going straight is no longer an option. He wants his 0 million back - with interest - or else. And as the gang quickly discovers Benedict isn't the only powerful person in the world looking for Ocean's Eleven... Ocean's 13 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2007): It's bolder. Riskier. The most dazzling heist yet. George Clooney Brad Pitt Matt Damon and more reteam with director Steven Soderbergh for a split-second caper that stacks the deck with wit style and cool. Danny Ocean again runs the game so no rough stuff. No one gets hurt. Except for double-crossing Vegas kingpin Willy Bank (Al Pacino). Ocean's crew will hit him where it hurts: in his wallet. On opening night of Bank's posh new casino tower The Bank every turn of a card and roll of the dice will come up a winner for bettors. And they'll hit him in his pride making sure the tower doesn't receive a coveted Five Diamond Award. That's just the start of the flimflams. The boys are out to break The Bank. Place your bets!

  • Ocean's Trilogy [Blu-ray] Ocean's Trilogy | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009) from £11.99  |  Saving you £-3.00 (-33.40%)  |  RRP £8.99

    Titles Comprise: Ocean's 11 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2001): Three casinos. Eleven guys. 0 million. No problem. Danny Ocean likes his chances. All he asks is that his handpicked squad of 10 grifters and cons play the game like they have nothing to lose. If all goes right the payoff will be a fat 0 million. Divided by 11. You do the maths. Ocean's Eleven brings the filmmaking talent of Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh and enough starpower to light up the Las Vegas strip to this classy caper. Ocean's 12 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2005): It's been three years since Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew - fronted by detail man Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) up-and-coming pickpocket Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon) explosives expert Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle) and safecracker Frank Catton (Mac) - pulled off one of the most audacious and lucrative heists in history robbing ruthless entrepreneur Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) of every dime stored in his impenetrable Las Vegas vault. After splitting the 0 million take each of the infamous Ocean's crew have tried to go straight lay low and live a legit life... but that's proven to be a challenge much to the chagrin of Danny's wife Tess (Julia Roberts). When someone breaks Rule Number One and rats them out to Benedict going straight is no longer an option. He wants his 0 million back - with interest - or else. And as the gang quickly discovers Benedict isn't the only powerful person in the world looking for Ocean's Eleven... Ocean's 13 (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (2007): It's bolder. Riskier. The most dazzling heist yet. George Clooney Brad Pitt Matt Damon and more reteam with director Steven Soderbergh for a split-second caper that stacks the deck with wit style and cool. Danny Ocean again runs the game so no rough stuff. No one gets hurt. Except for double-crossing Vegas kingpin Willy Bank (Al Pacino). Ocean's crew will hit him where it hurts: in his wallet. On opening night of Bank's posh new casino tower The Bank every turn of a card and roll of the dice will come up a winner for bettors. And they'll hit him in his pride making sure the tower doesn't receive a coveted Five Diamond Award. That's just the start of the flimflams. The boys are out to break The Bank. Place your bets!

  • Ocean's Eleven [2002] Ocean's Eleven | DVD | (07/05/2018) from £3.85  |  Saving you £9.44 (67.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Ocean's Eleven improves on 1960's Rat Pack original with supernova casting, a slickly updated plot and Steven Soderbergh's graceful touch behind the camera. Soderbergh reportedly relished the opportunity "to make a movie that has no desire except to give pleasure from beginning to end", and he succeeds on those terms, blessed by the casting of George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the title role originated by Frank Sinatra. Fresh out of jail, Ocean masterminds a plot to steal $163 million from the seemingly impervious vault of Las Vegas's Bellagio casino, not just for the money but to win his ex-wife (Julia Roberts) back from the casino's ruthless owner (Andy Garcia). Soderbergh doesn't scrimp on the caper's comically intricate strategy, but he finds greater joy in assembling a stellar team (including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Carl Reiner) and indulging their strengths as actors and thieves. The result is a film that's as smooth as a silk suit and just as stylish. --Jeff Shannon On the DVD: Ocean's Eleven on disc is hardly swarming with special features, but just like all good heists it's quality not quantity that counts. Although the DVD-ROM feature is simply a game of computer blackjack, the cast list simply that and the HBO special just a standard Hollywood promo, the two refreshing and honest commentaries more than compensate. The cast commentary is lively and it's nice to hear intelligent comments coming from Hollywood's big league for a change. However, it's the director and writer's commentary that is the real gem; it's funny, enlightening and most of all it allows Ted Griffin to put the case forward for all screenwriters across the world as to the importance of their craft. The main feature has an impressive transfer of sound and visuals, making the suits sharper and David Holmes' soundtrack even funkier. --Nikki Disney

  • Er: Seasons 1-5 [DVD] [2016] Er: Seasons 1-5 | DVD | (12/09/2016) from £29.69  |  Saving you £0.30 (1.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Combining the extraordinary talents of bestselling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television with Peabody, Humanitas, and Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (The West Wing) and Emmy® winner Christopher Chulack (Third Watch), the multiple Emmy® Award-winning ER explores the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room. These medical professionals remain determined to save lives in a place where nothing is taken for granted and nothing is certain...nothing except that another desperate person will be rushed through the emergency room doors in the next moment in need of their help. Re-live all fifteen dramatic seasons and enjoy one of the best medical TV series to have ever hit your TV screens.

  • Fantastic Mr Fox [DVD] [2009] Fantastic Mr Fox | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £4.79  |  Saving you £15.20 (76.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The visually ravishing animated movie Fantastic Mr. Fox follows a fox, voiced by George Clooney and dressed in a natty brown corduroy suit, as he cheerfully and recklessly takes his thieving ways a little too far and brings down the wrath of some sour-faced poultry farmers on his family and friends. Based on a book by children's author Roald Dahl (who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach), the movie is the work of Wes Anderson (writer-director of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums), who expanded and elaborated on the original story; the combination is inspired. Anderson's sensibility--his fondness for meticulous compositions, coordinated colors, and narrative filigree--can sometimes seem finicky and stiff in live-action movies, but it's exquisitely suited to the painstaking art of stop-motion animation. Every corner of the screen crackles with visual invention and whimsical humor. The top-notch vocal cast (which also features Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, and others) create vivid personalities that perfectly mesh with the movie's lush colors and luscious textures. Fantastic Mr. Fox is an off-beat gem, a giddy mix of adult emotional issues, wild animal behaviour, and childlike delight. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com Stills from Fantastic Mr Fox (click for more from the stars) George Clooney Meryl Streep Jason Schwartzman Michael Gambon Owen Wilson Willem Dafoe Wally Wolodarsky

  • Er: Seasons 6-10 [DVD] [2016] Er: Seasons 6-10 | DVD | (12/09/2016) from £29.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Combining the extraordinary talents of bestselling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television with Peabody, Humanitas, and Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (The West Wing) and Emmy® winner Christopher Chulack (Third Watch), the multiple Emmy® Award-winning ER explores the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room. These medical professionals remain determined to save lives in a place where nothing is taken for granted and nothing is certain...nothing except that another desperate person will be rushed through the emergency room doors in the next moment in need of their help. Re-live all fifteen dramatic seasons and enjoy one of the best medical TV series to have ever hit your TV screens.

  • The Monuments Men [DVD] The Monuments Men | DVD | (09/06/2014) from £2.89  |  Saving you £17.10 (85.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Starring a phenomenal ensemble cast led by Matt Damon and George Clooney and based on a true and untold story of World War II The Monuments Men is suspenseful ticking-clock adventure-thriller about a ragtag team of unlikely but charismatic heroes embarking on the greatest treasure hunt in history taking on the seemingly impossible high-stakes mission to rescue the world's greatest works of art which the Nazi's are hell-bent on destroying.

  • Ocean's Thirteen Ocean's Thirteen | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew of crooks are hatching an even bigger heist....

  • From Dusk Till Dawn [Blu-ray] From Dusk Till Dawn | Blu Ray | (17/10/2011) from £8.89  |  Saving you £16.10 (64.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Now in high definition; From the creators of Pulp Fiction and Desperado (Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez) comes From Dusk Till Dawn, a wild and wicked action thriller. A deranged convict, along with his fast-talking brother, kidnap a preacher and his two kids, and flee for the safety of a remote nightclub in Mexico. But once they arrive, they discover that the club is anything but a safe haven for criminals. Its bloodthirsty clientele forces the brothers to team up with their hostages in order to escape alive. Hilarious dialogue and outrageous plot twists make From Dusk Till Dawn a wildly entertaining thrill ride for audiences everywhere.

  • Gravity [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free] Gravity | Blu Ray | (03/03/2014) from £4.26  |  Saving you £1.95 (31.40%)  |  RRP £6.21

    Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock ('The Blind Side') and George Clooney ('Syriana') star in 'Gravity ' a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón ('Children of Men'). Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

  • Hail, Caesar! [DVD] Hail, Caesar! | DVD | (11/07/2016) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1951 Hollywood, a studio executive acts as fixer, shielding his company's stars from controversy, including the kidnapping of a male movie star by a group of disenchanted Communist writers. Click Images to Enlarge

  • O Brother Where Art Thou? [DVD] [2000] O Brother Where Art Thou? | DVD | (12/08/2013) from £5.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (45.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Only Joel and Ethan Coen, masters of quirky and ultra-stylish genre subversion, would dare nick the plotline of Homer's Odyssey for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, their comic picaresque saga about three cons on the run in 1930s Mississippi. Our wandering hero in this case is one Ulysses Everett McGill, a slick-tongued wise guy with a thing for hair pomade (George Clooney, blithely sending up his own dapper image) who talks his chain-gang buddies (Coen-movie regular John Turturro and newcomer Tim Blake Nelson) to light out after some buried loot he claims to know of. En route they come up against a prophetic blind man on a railroad truck, a burly one-eyed baddie (the ever-magnificent John Goodman), a trio of sexy singing ladies, a blues guitarist who's sold his soul to the devil, a brace of crooked politicos on the stump, a manic-depressive bank robber, and--well, you get the idea. Into this, their most relaxed film yet, the Coens have tossed a beguiling ragbag of inconsequential situations, a wealth of looping, left-field dialogue and a whole stash of gags both verbal and visual. O Brother (the title's lifted from Preston Sturges' classic 1941 comedy Sullivan's Travels) is furthermore graced with glowing, burnished photography from Roger Deakins and a masterly soundtrack from T-Bone Burnett that pays loving homage to American 30s folk-styles: blues, gospel, bluegrass, jazz and more. And just to prove that the brothers haven't lost their knack for bad-taste humour, we get a Ku Klux Klan rally choreographed like something between a Nuremberg rally and a Busby Berkeley musical. --Philip KempOn the DVD: This two-disc set duplicates the original single-disc release of the film which included a handful of cast and crew interviews, and adds an additional disc with more interviews, two brief behind-the-scenes featurettes about the production design and the post-production digital colouring of the film, a couple of storyboard-to-scene comparisons and a music video of "Man of Constant Sorrow". There's also a 16-minute documentary to promote the companion Down from the Mountain concert. Frankly there's not a lot here to justify spreading it across two discs: a more pleasing not to say generous offering would have been to cram all these extras onto Disc 1 and give us Down from the Mountain as the second disc. --Mark Walker

  • Burn After Reading [2008] Burn After Reading | DVD | (09/02/2009) from £3.59  |  Saving you £16.40 (82.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After the dark brilliance of No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading may seem like a trifle, but few filmmakers elevate the trivial to art quite like Joel and Ethan Coen. Inspired by Stansfield Turner's Burn Before Reading, the comically convoluted plot clicks into gear when the CIA gives analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) the boot. Little does Cox know his wife, Katie (Tilda Swinton, riffing on her Michael Clayton character), is seeing married federal marshal Harry (George Clooney, Swinton's Clayton co-star, playing off his Syriana role). To get back at the Agency, Cox works on his memoirs. Through a twist of fate, fitness club workers Linda (Frances McDormand) and Chad (Brad Pitt in a pompadour that recalls Johnny Suede) find the disc and try to wrangle a "Samaratin tax" out of the surly alcoholic. An avid Internet dater, Linda plans to use the money for plastic surgery, oblivious that her manager, Ted (The Visitor's Richard Jenkins), likes her just the way she is. Though it sounds like a Beltway remake of The Big Lebowski, the Coen entry it most closely resembles, this time the brothers concentrate their energies on the myriad insecurities endemic to the mid-life crisis--with the exception of Chad, who's too dense to share such concerns, leading to the funniest performance of Pitt's career. If Lebowski represented the Coen's unique approach to film noir, Burn sees them putting their irresistibly absurdist stamp on paranoid thrillers from Enemy of the State to The Bourne Identity. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Tomorrowland [DVD] Tomorrowland | DVD | (05/10/2015) from £4.19  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play.  Brad Bird directs this Disney sci-fi action feature starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. After teenager Casey Newton (Robertson) comes across a pin that transports her to an alternate world when she touches it she seeks out former prodigy and inventor Frank Walker (Clooney), hoping he can shed some light on her discovery. Now considered a fugitive, Casey finds herself on the run and, along with Frank, journeys to the other dimension known as Tomorrowland where she realises she may be the key to saving the world... The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Judy Greer and Tim McGraw.

  • The Perfect Storm [2000] The Perfect Storm | DVD | (27/11/2000) from £5.89  |  Saving you £8.10 (57.90%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Setting out for the one last catch that will make up for a lacklustre fishing season, Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) pushes his boat the Andrea Gail out to the waters of the Flemish Cap off Nova Scotia for what will be a huge swordfish haul. While his crew is gathering fish, three storm fronts (including a hurricane) collide to create a "perfect storm" of colossal force, and Billy's path back to Gloucester, Massachusetts, takes them right smack into the middle of it. Wolfgang Petersen's adaptation of Sebastian Junger's seafaring best-seller is a faithful if by-the-numbers true-story account of a monster storm that rocked New England in 1991, specifically Tyne's commercial fishing boat and its crew. Junger's tale fashioned a compelling if staid narrative out of seemingly disparate events, but this film adaptation tends to flatten out the story into a conventional if absorbing story of man vs nature, as the crew fights for survival against the awesome waves the storm kicks up. The central part of the film, which cuts between the Andrea Gail's fight to stay afloat and the attempts of the coast guard to rescue a yacht in peril, is suspenseful action of the first degree, aided by some awesome computer-generated waves.Still, it's a long way to that action, with an extended first act that consists mainly of stoic men, crying women and a fair amount of "don't go out into the sea" dialogue--in other words, a compelling story has been shoehorned into standard summer movie fare. It's too bad, as Peterson assembled an excellent cast--including Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C. Reilly and William Fichtner among them--but seems to opt for only a surface exploration of these characters, though Clooney seems to have a touch of Captain Ahab in him. You may still be won over by the movie, but for a more in-depth portrait, go to Junger's book for the missing details. --Mark Englehart

  • ER - The Complete Fifth Season ER - The Complete Fifth Season | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £22.98  |  Saving you £23.01 (50.00%)  |  RRP £45.99

    Wave a tearful goodbye to Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney) in the complete fifth series of the Emmy awarding winning medical drama. Episode comprise: 1. Day For Knight 2. Split Second 3. They Treat Horses Don't They 4. Vanishing Act 5. Masquerade 6. Stuck On You 7. Hazed And Confused 8. The Good Fight (aka A Perfect Match) 9. Good Luck Ruth Johnson 10. The Miracle Worker 11. Nobody Doesn't Like Amanda Lee 12. Double Blind 13. Choosing Joi 14. The Storm (1) 15. The Storm (2) 1

  • Ocean's Twelve [Blu-ray] Ocean's Twelve | Blu Ray | (05/11/2007) from £6.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (73.10%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Like its predecessor Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve has a preposterous plot given juice and vitality by the combination of movie star glamour and the exuberant filmmaking skill of director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, The Limey). The heist hijinks of the first film come to roost for a team of eleven thieves (including the glossy mugs of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, and Don Cheadle), who find themselves pursued not only by the guy they robbed (silky Andy Garcia), but also by a top-notch detective (plush Catherine Zeta-Jones) and a jealous master thief (well-oiled Vincent Cassel) who wants to prove that team leader Danny Ocean (dapper George Clooney) isn't the best in the field. As if all that star power weren't enough--and the eternally coltish Julia Roberts also returns as Ocean's wife--one movie star cameo raises the movie's combined wattage to absurd proportions. But all these handsome faces are matched by Soderbergh's visual flash, cunning editing, and excellent use of Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome, among other highly decorative locations. The whole affair should collapse under the weight of its own silliness, but somehow it doesn't--the movie's raffish spirit and offhand wit soar along, providing lightweight but undeniably enjoyable entertainment. --Bret Fetzer

  • Gravity [DVD + UV Copy] [2013] Gravity | DVD | (03/03/2014) from £3.81  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock ('The Blind Side') and George Clooney ('Syriana') star in 'Gravity ' a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón ('Children of Men'). Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

  • From Dusk Till Dawn / Full Tilt Boogie From Dusk Till Dawn / Full Tilt Boogie | DVD | (24/09/2001) from £3.98  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From a match made in heaven comes a movie spawned in hell! From Dusk Till Dawn sees young hotshot director Robert Rodriquez (El Mariachi, Desperado) team up with Pulp Fiction auteur Quentin Tarantino (offering his services as writer and costar) to make this outrageous, no-holds-barred hybrid of high-octane crime and gruesome horror. Tarantino plays Richard Gecko, a borderline psychopath who breaks his career-criminal brother, Seth (George Clooney), out of prison, after which they rob a bank and leave a trail of dead and wounded in their bloody wake. Then they hijack a mobile home driven by a former Baptist minister (Harvey Keitel) who quit the church after his wife's death and hit the road with his two children (played by Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu). Heading to Mexico with their hostages, the infamous Gecko brothers arrive at the Titty Twister bar to rendezvous for a money drop, but they don't realise that they've just entered the nocturnal lair of a bloodthirsty gang of vampires! With not-so-subtle aplomb, Rodriguez and Tarantino shift into high gear with a non-stop parade of gore, gunfire and pointy-fanged mayhem featuring Salma Hayek as a snake-charming dancer whose bite is much worse than her bark. If you're a fan of Tarantino's lyrical dialogue and pop-cultural wit, you'll have fun with the road-film half of this supernatural horror-comedy, but if your taste runs more to exploding heads and eyeballs, sloppy entrails and morphing monsters, the second half provides a connoisseur's feast of gross-out excess. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.comOn the DVD: the DVDs lavish features on us. The outtakes and deleted scenes are more of the same--exploding bellies, pus, blood and naked women with large teeth. The documentary "Full Tilt Boogie" is entertaining enough; the row with the unions, which it faithfully records, raises real issues about independent filmmakers and their work force. There are two music videos, a stills gallery, a reasonably acute commentary by Rodriguez and Tarantino and material about the art direction. The film is presented in Dolby Digital and a widescreen ratio of 1.85:1 as well as an ordinary one of1.33.1. --Roz Kaveney

  • From Dusk Till Dawn Trilogy (Box Set) [1995] From Dusk Till Dawn Trilogy (Box Set) | DVD | (03/10/2004) from £6.99  |  Saving you £-3.60 (-20.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This box set collects From Dusk Till Dawn and its two lesser-known sequels, plus a wealth of associated material. None are horror classics, but taken as a trilogy the series offers above-average thrills and an interesting invented mythology. The original is a trashy but fun crime spree/vampire movie, directed by Robert Rodriguez, with Quentin Tarantino doing one job too many as producer, writer and co-star. The crime movie half is suspenseful and flavoursome and the left turn into horror begins wonderfully, but the script makes the mistake of getting rid of the flamboyant monster villains too quickly, replacing them with an orgy of rubbery Evil Dead II-style effects. It never gets boring, there's a terrific Tex-Mex-Gothic soundtrack and Rodriguez stages shoot-outs better than anyone not called John Woo. It was a big enough hit to warrant sequels made for the video market, shot back-to-back in South Africa (doubling for Texas and Mexico). From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money begins as another cowboy noir, with ex-con Robert Patrick playing cat and mouse with Texas Ranger Bo Hopkins. It segues into horror as heist man Duane Whitaker runs into a bat on the highway and proceeds to turn his gang into vampires who engage during a total eclipse in a Wild Bunch-style bank raid-cum-shootout. Switching genres and playing the prequel game, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter is more distinctive. A cod-spaghetti Western, it takes a plot nugget from history as the aged Ambrose Bierce (Michael Parks, the Sheriff killed before the credits in the first film) tangles with vampires in Mexico in 1914 en route to his mythic disappearance. Though it has the best storyline of the trio, it still degenerates into a compilation of horror gags in its carnage-strewn climax. On the DVD: From Dusk Till Dawn is identical to the previous collector's edition release, while the sequels here appear on disc for the first time in great-looking 1.85:1 widescreen, which shows off the attempts made by directors Scott Spiegel and P.J. Pesce to add visual quality to reruns of the original's plot. A second disc included in the first movie's keepcase features "Full Tilt Boogie", a light but informative feature-length documentary about making an effects-heavy film on the cheap; there's also a Rodriguez-Tarantino commentary; alternate and deleted scenes (more gore effects); excerpts from the film intercut with on-the-set-footage and commented on by Rodriguez and effects man Greg Nicotero; the trailer; Rodriguez music videos; a still gallery; cast and crew bios. If you count the sequels as extras in their own right, it's not that disappointing that they only rate one tiny extra between them, a deleted snippet from The Hangman's Daughter originally intended as an after-the-end-credits punchline.--Kim Newman

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