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  • Cool Runnings [1994] Cool Runnings | DVD | (22/01/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (73.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Based on an improbable but true story, Cool Runnings concerns the Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Director Jon Turteltaub (Phenomenon) does a fine job with both the absurdity of the situation (the athletes had never even seen snow) and the passion behind it (their desire to compete and win). John Candy, in one of his last roles, is touching as a disgraced coach who seizes the opportunity to work with the Jamaicans as a chance for redemption. The bobsled scenes look good and the races are exciting. The climax, which is entirely unexpected, takes the film to a wholly different level, even if events in the story don't quite match the facts. --Tom Keogh

  • The Rescuers Down Under  (Disney) [1990] The Rescuers Down Under (Disney) | DVD | (28/01/2002) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Rescuers Down Under isn't a quickie, direct-to-video sequel, cashing in on the success of the original 1977 animated hit about adventurous mice, but a full-blown theatrical effort. This time around, Bernard (voice of Bob Newhart) is trying to pop the question to Bianca (Eva Gabor) when they're summoned to Australia, where a young boy has been kidnapped by a pallid, grey-faced poacher (who looks like and is voiced by George C. Scott). Wilbur, a chatterbox of an albatross (John Candy, replacing the late Jim Jordan's character Orville), and Jake (Tristan Rogers), a kangaroo mouse--Bernard is jealous of the dashing rodent--assist the Rescuers in saving the day and imparting a mild environmental message. The film opens with an absolutely breathtaking aerial sequence--this was made near the beginning of Disney's animation renaissance--so impressive it would seem the story, literally, has nowhere else to go but down. However, some smart gags, excellent animation and rollicking adventures ensue. So why isn't it better known? It had the bad luck to open, in 1990, opposite another kids' film--Home Alone. --David Kronke

  • Planes, Trains And Automobiles [1987] Planes, Trains And Automobiles | DVD | (08/10/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Given the presence of both Steve Martin and John Candy, one would expect this John Hughes comedy to be much, much funnier than it is. Certainly it's not for lack of effort on the part of its stars. Martin is an uptight businessman trying to get home from New York for the holidays. But one thing after another gets in his way--most of it having to do with Candy, a boorish but well-meaning boob who takes a liking to him. Together they travel all over the map; no matter how hard Martin tries to shake him, he can't. But Hughes's writing is never as sharp as it should be and this film winds up being only intermittently humorous. --Marshall Fine

  • Uncle Buck Uncle Buck | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £3.00  |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    John Candy has one of his finest opportunities in this film by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) about a perpetual screw-up (Candy) who gets his act together enough to watch over his brother's kids effectively. The late actor scores big points resurrecting elements of his more decadent persona from SCTV days, but he also has some persuasively touching, sentimental moments. Hughes's direction is not as focused as it was only a few years before, but there's no mistaking his touch. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, production notes, biographies, Dolby sound, optional Spanish and French soundtracks. --Tom Keogh

  • The Great Outdoors The Great Outdoors | DVD | (10/11/2003) from £5.39  |  Saving you £4.60 (46.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    When an unannounced uninvited and unwelcome family of fun-loving misfits converge upon a lakeside resort to join their relatives for a summer of relaxation the result is anything but restful. It's a vacationer's worst nightmare as wheeler-dealer Aykroyd his sexually repressed wife and eerie twin daughters 'join' the easygoing Candy and his straight-laced clan for a season of 'fun' in the sun. Unfortunately the only thing these two in-laws have in common is their intense dislike for each other. Soon it's brother-in-law against brother-in-law in an uproarious and hilarious fight to the finish to see which one really knows how to enjoy 'The Great Outdoors'.

  • Spaceballs [1987] Spaceballs | DVD | (09/07/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    May the farce be with you in this hysterically funny space oddity created by comic genius Mel Brooks that will send you into hyperspace with fits of laughter! Lampooning everything from 'Star Wars' to 'Planet Of The Apes' and 'Alien' this is an outrageous send-up of epic sci-fi movies. Fearless and clueless space heroes Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man/half-dog sidekick Barf (John Candy) wage interstellar warfare to free Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). On the way to the rescue in their Winnebago they confront the huge gooey Pizza The Hutt (voiced by Dom De Luise) sassy robot Dot Matrix (voiced by Joan Rivers) and a wise little creature named Yogurt (Mel Brooks) who teaches them the mystical power of 'The Schwartz' in order to bring peace - and merchandising rights - to the entire galaxy!

  • Splash [1984] Splash | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £4.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (73.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Splash was big news in 1984. It was the sole reason for a renewed Disney Studios forming its Touchstone Pictures subsidiary. This was so they could get away with displaying Daryl Hannah's nude bottom! It was also big news for launching the film career of Tom Hanks, who immediately became a massive box-office comedy draw in the 80s. For Ron Howard, it was the breakaway success that guaranteed he'd be able to pursue as diverse a directorial career path as he wanted to. It's a simple romance tale, spiced up by making the female lead a mermaid. The stroke of brilliance in the script was in making the comedy happen around the two leads, while letting them believably convey they are hopelessly lost in love. The comedy comes from the ever-reliable John Candy as a larger-than-life womanising older brother, and Eugene Levy as a scatty scientist. Although New York looks a little different today, the movie has hardly aged at all. Which is just as well since it boldly begins "This morning." On the DVD: Splash offers a transfer that has some defects, but colours and dark areas seem just about right. We're spoiled for extras, with a warmly nostalgic Howard joining a key production crew commentary in reminiscing on how much fun they had making the movie. There's a half-hour documentary ("Making a Splash") interviewing everyone involved, including some archival footage of the late Candy. Best of all are the original Audition Tapes for Hanks and Hannah, which reveal the consummate professionals these once-hungry stars really are. --Paul Tonks

  • Home Alone Red Tag Boxset [DVD] Home Alone Red Tag Boxset | DVD | (10/09/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £0.88 (11.20%)  |  RRP £7.87

    Home AloneHome Alone- Eight-year-old Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he's not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin's rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them! Written and produced by John Hughes (101 Dalmatians), this madcap slapstick adventure features an all-star supporting cast including Catherine O'Hara and John Heard as Kevin's parents, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the burglars, and John Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles) as the 'Polka King of the Midwest'. Home Alone 2: Lost In New YorkKevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) is back! But this time he's in New York City - with enough cash and credit cards to turn the big apple into his own playground! But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New York too, plotting a huge holiday heist. Kevin's ready to welcome them with a battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! Home Alone 3The US Air Force has a new secret weapon - and he's only eight years old! From comedy legend John Hughes comes this hilarious, action packed hit. A band of international crooks has hidden a military computer chip inside a toy car, but an airport mix-up lands it in the hands of whiz-kid Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) who's home alone with the chicken pox in a quiet Chicago suburb. When the criminals zero in on Alex's house with their high-tech gadgetry, madness and mayhem kick into high gear as the pint-sized hero defends himself against the bumbling bad guys - armed with an outrageous array of ambushes and booby traps! Home Alone 4It's tough being nine. Tougher still is spending Christmas with dad (Jason Beghe) at his new girlfriend Natalie's (Joanna Going) mansion even though it's loaded with all the techno-gadgets any kid could hope for! But this Christmas, Kevin (Michael Weinberg) is really in hot water again, and so are Marv (French Stewart) and his sidekick (Miss Pyle), who are trying to rob Natalie's house! With funnier and more high-tech, crime-stopping wizardry at his disposal than ever, Kevin just might finally put these crooks on ice forever - and keep his parents together while he's at it - in this uplifting, hilarious comedy the whole family is sure to love!

  • Spaceballs [Blu-ray] [1987] Spaceballs | Blu Ray | (19/03/2012) from £6.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (30.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    May the farce be with you in this hysterically funny space oddity, created by comic genius Mel Brooks, that will send you into hyperspace with fits of laughter! Lampooning everything from Star Wars to Star Trek, this outrageous send-up of epic sci-fi movies is full of cosmic crazies who score eight trillion on the laugh-meter! Fearless - and clueless - space heroes Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half man/half dog sidekick Barf (John Candy) wage interstellar warfare to free Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). On the way to the rescue - in their Winnebago - they confront the huge, gooey Pizza the Hutt (voice of Dom DeLuise), sassy robot Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers) and a wise little creature named Yogurt (Brooks), who teaches them the mystical power of The Schwartz in order to bring peace - and merchandising rights - to the entire galaxy!

  • Brewster's Millions [1985] Brewster's Millions | DVD | (07/03/2005) from £1.94  |  Saving you £4.05 (67.60%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Brewster (Pryor) a lowly pitcher with the minor league Hackensack Bulls baseball team suddenly is left $300 million by a distant relative. But there's a catch; he must spend $30 million in thirty days without having any assets to show for it. And if he reveals it to a soul the real reason why he's throwing away all his cash he will forfeit everything! So aided and abetted by his team mate Spike (Candy) and a stream of hangers-on Brewster begins a spending spree that would bring a

  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles [Blu-ray] Planes, Trains & Automobiles | Blu Ray | (26/09/2011) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    An advertising executive who just wants to fly home to spend Thanksgiving with his family is stuck with a loud but loveable salesman during an unbelievable succession of blizzards, transfers, strikes and delays.Two businessmen travelling from New York to Chicago get sidetracked in a public transportation nightmare. Neal is a stuffy ad executive who doesn't get along with people like the portly, gregarious salesman who sits next to him on the plane to Chicago.But when their flight is rerouted, the unlikely duo becomes entangled in a series of hilarious misadventures as they attempt to get home before Thanksgiving. They have to deal with sleazy motels, run-down rent-a-cars and... more crazy cabbies. It's enough to make them swear off travel forever!

  • Who's Harry Crumb? [1989] Who's Harry Crumb? | DVD | (10/11/2008) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Harry Crumb (John Candy) is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

  • Canadian Bacon [1995] Canadian Bacon | DVD | (02/02/2004) from £6.79  |  Saving you £9.20 (57.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The American President is behind in the polls and is looking to increase his popularity. His advisors launch an 'anti-Canadian' campaign which inadvertantly results in bumbling U.S. sheriff Boomer (John Candy) and his hair-trigger deputy Honey (Rhea Perlman) leading their troopers to invade Canada!

  • Only The Lonely [1991] Only The Lonely | DVD | (06/03/2006) from £6.09  |  Saving you £6.90 (53.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Man The Woman The Mother. Middle aged all-round good guy Danny (John Candy) is in love for the first time - with Theresa (Ally Sheedy). But as their love blossoms his overbearing mother the fiery Rose Muldoon (Maureen O'Hara) plots to stop her ""baby"" flying the nest and uses every trick possible to keep Danny tied firmly to her apron strings with hilarious results!

  • Uncle Buck [Blu-ray] Uncle Buck | Blu Ray | (04/07/2011) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An idle good natured bachelor is left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis. Unaccustomed to family life Buck soon charms his younger relatives but his style doesn't impress everyone including his girlfriend. The film charts his progress from slob to a reasonable human being by having to manage with girlfriend troubles unemployment a sex mad neighbour cooking breakfast and a beautiful but rebellious niece.

  • The Blues Brothers, The / Blues Brothers 2000 [1980] The Blues Brothers, The / Blues Brothers 2000 | DVD | (26/03/2001) from £7.95  |  Saving you £2.78 (21.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Blues Brothers: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd--as "legendary" Chicago brothers Jake and Elwood Blues--brought their "Saturday Night Live" act to the big screen in this action-packed hit from 1980. As Jake and Elwood struggle to reunite their old band and save the Chicago orphanage where they were raised, they wreak enough good-natured havoc to attract the entire Cook County police force. The result is a big-budget stunt-fest on a scale rarely attempted before or since, including extended car chases that result in the wanton destruction of shopping malls and more police cars than you can count. Along the way there's plenty of music to punctuate the action, including performances by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and James Brown that are guaranteed to knock you out. Keep an eye out for Steven Spielberg as the city clerk who stamps some crucial paperwork near the end of the film. The Blues Brothers 2000: It's hard to ignore the sad and conspicuous absence of the late John Belushi, but this long-delayed sequel still has Dan Aykroyd to keep the music alive. Once again, Elwood's trying to reunite the original Blues Brothers Band, and this time he's got a strip-joint bartender (John Goodman) and a 10-year-old orphan named Buster (J Evan Bonifant) joining him at centre stage. It's a shameless clone of the first film, and nobody--especially not Aykroyd or director John Landis--seems to care that the story's not nearly as fun as the music. Of course there's a seemingly endless parade of stunts, including a non-stop pileup of police cars that's hilariously absurd, but what really matters here--indeed, the movie's only saving grace--is the great line-up of legendary blues musicians. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Junior Wells, Eric Clapton, BB King, Jonny Lang, Eddie Floyd and Blues Traveler are among the many special guests assembled for the film, and their stellar presence makes you wonder if the revived Blues Brothers shouldn't remain an obscure opening act. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Brewster's Millions [DVD] Brewster's Millions | DVD | (12/09/2011) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Brewster's Millions (Dir. Walter Hill) (1985): Richard Pryor is Montgomery Brewster, a minor league baseball pitcher who discovers he has to blow $30 million in 30 days as a condition to inherit a much greater fortune.Here's The Catch: He will forfeit everything if he reveals to a soul the real reason he seems to be throwing away all that cash.With the help of his pal Spike (John Candy), they set off on a frantic spending spree the likes of which would bring any self-respecting accountant to his knees.Uncle Buck (Dir. John Hughes) (1989): An idle, good natured bachelor is left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis. Unaccustomed to family life, Buck soon charms his younger relatives, but his style doesn't impress everyone, including his girlfriend. The film charts his progress from slob to a reasonable human being by having to manage with girlfriend troubles, unemployment, a sex mad neighbour, cooking breakfast and a beautiful but rebellious niece.

  • Heavy Metal [1996] Heavy Metal | DVD | (13/12/1999) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As long as there is a need for adolescent male sexual fantasy, there will be an audience for Heavy Metal. Released in 1981 and based on stories from the graphic magazine of the same name, this silly and senseless the movie is an aimless, juvenile amalgam of disjointed stories and clashing visual styles. Hundreds of animators from around the world were employed, resulting in a near-total absence of creative cohesion in the finished product. It remains, for better and worse, a midnight-movie favourite for the stoner crowd--a movie best enjoyed by randy adolescents or near-adults in an altered state of consciousness. With a framing story about a glowing green orb claiming to be the embodiment of all evil, the film shuttles through eight episodic tales of sci-fi adventure, each fuelled by some of the most wretched rock music to emerge from the late 1970s-early 80s period. The most consistent trademark is an abundance of blood-splattering violence and wet-dream sex, the latter involving a succession of huge-breasted babes who shed their clothes at the drop of a G-string. It's rampantly brainless desire to fuel the young male libido becomes rather fun, and for all its incoherence Heavy Metal impresses for the ambitious artistry of its individual segments. Produced by Ivan Reitman (who went on to direct Ghostbusters), the voice talents include several Canadian veterans of the Second City improvisation comedy troupe--including John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty--many of whom went on to greater fame on the US TV series Saturday Night Live. --Jeff Shannon DVD Special Features Feature-length Rough Cut with Optional Commentary by Carl MacEk, Production notes Theatrical trailer Documentary: Imagining Heavy Metal Art Galleries Deleted Scenes, Carl MacEk reading his book "Heavy Metal: The Movie" 1:85:1 widescreen anamorphic Dolby Digital 5.1

  • Wagons East! [1995] Wagons East! | DVD | (05/04/2004) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    They came they saw they changed their minds! A group of disillusioned townsfolk living in the West renounce their settlemen and decide to return to their homes in the East. Hiring a grizzled and eccentric wagonmaster (Candy) they set off on the trail...

  • Brewster's Millions [Blu-ray] Brewster's Millions | Blu Ray | (06/06/2016) from £8.99  |  Saving you £10.84 (54.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    He's had some good performances in supporting parts, but Richard Pryor's major film roles, including Brewster's Millions, never managed to captured his comic brilliance the way his concert films did--proving that magic isn't something you can bottle. This 1985 film is no exception, even though it was directed by Walter Hill three years after he turned Eddie Murphy into a film star with 48 Hours. The seventh film reworking of a warhorse stage play, this film stars Pryor and John Candy as a pair of minor-league baseball players whose best days are behind them. Then Pryor is informed that he's just inherited a fortune--300 million dollars. But it comes with a condition: he must spend 30 million dollars in one month, with a number of rules about how much he can spend at one time and how many of any one thing he can buy. Both Pryor and Candy were at the top of their comedy games at this point, but were utterly failed both by ham-handed direction and a script that left them higher and drier than seems humanly possible, given the comic talents involved. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

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