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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

  • All I Want For Christmas [1991] All I Want For Christmas | DVD | (22/11/2004) from £3.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (72.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In this family-friendly holiday film, all Ethan and Hallie want for Christmas is for their parents to get back together. Catherine (Parenthood's Harley Jane Kozak) and Michael (Chicago Hope's Jamey Sheridan) have been divorced for a year and now Catherine's dating a guy no one can stand, including her mother Lillian (Lauren Bacall). Michael, meanwhile, has opened a successful diner, but he misses Catherine. When Hallie (Thora Birch, years before American Beauty) overhears Catherine tell Lillian she and Tony (Kevin Nealon) are planning to marry, she and Ethan (Sweet Home Alabama's Ethan Embry) come up with a plan to strand their parents alone together on Christmas Eve. Hallie even asks Santa (Leslie Nielsen) to help them out. All I Want for Christmas doesn't pack any surprises, but it's suitable for all ages and features lively cameos from Andrea Martin as Lillian's housekeeper and Renée Taylor as Catherine's rodent-fearing wedding planner. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • American Beauty [2000] American Beauty | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £2.74  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Ghost World [2001] Ghost World | DVD | (19/11/2007) from £2.96  |  Saving you £3.03 (50.60%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Based on the popular and highly-acclaimed underground comic book by Daniel Clowes 'Ghost World' is a raw-edged comedy about two teenage girls Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) who are out of sync with the world around them. Their uncensored commentary spares no one as they try to find a place for themselves in a modern America of endless strip malls and fast-food chains. After graduating from high school they face an unpleasant immediate future: crappy jobs and slim prospects for romance. While Rebecca gets a job at the local coffee franchise and starts saving for the apartment they always planned on Enid becomes involved with an alienated malcontent named Seymour (Steve Buscemi). As they edge toward the unfathomable mystery of adulthood in a world in decline Enid and Rebecca struggle to maintain their identity and the bonds that kept them sane.

  • The Hole [2001] The Hole | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £2.96  |  Saving you £10.03 (77.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Despite copious swearing and a corporate rock soundtrack, The Hole might, more appropriately, have begun with a title sequence of silhouettes cavorting in front of a fiery backdrop; it owes far more to Tales of the Unexpected than the slick US teen movies (I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty) it tries so hard to imitate. This British horror flick displays the same cheap production values as the 1970's series, but rather than staying within the confines of a half-hour TV slot, The Hole stretches its thin, but promising, premise over 90 minutes. Based on Guy Burt’s novel, the story follows three rich kids from an exclusive English boarding school who avoid their school field trip by hiding out in an underground bunker. Liz (a suitably embarrassed Thora Birch) tags along for the ride in the hope that she may consummate her crush on Mike Steel (Desmond Harrington), the school's resident American hipster. They are then left imprisoned, which should be the cue for The Breakfast Club Goes Insane but isn’t, as director Nick Hamm eschews the straightforward in favour of clumsy flashbacks and contrived plot twists, robbing the film of any tension or shock and turning it into a tiresome stretch in the company of four very disagreeable stereotypes. The Hole is a witless movie, entirely lacking the self-referential humour and technical skill of its better American counterparts. If you want classic British horror, try Peeping Tom or The Wicker Man instead. The Hole is a movie that may be set deep underground, but ultimately it’s a very shallow experience. On the DVD: the extras add nothing to this movie. The theatrical trailer and widescreen 2.35:1 ratio come as standard. Of the nine deleted scenes the original coda for the end of the movie is the only one worth seeing purely because it is so ludicrous. Director Hamm's po-faced commentary sheds little illumination into this deep, dark hole. --Tom Nash

  • Patriot Games [1992] Patriot Games | DVD | (07/07/2003) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Let's see--he has been Han Solo in three films and Indiana Jones in three more. So why shouldn't Harrison Ford take on a new continuing character in Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan? In this film, directed by Phillip Noyce, Ford picked up the baton when Alec Baldwin, who played Ryan in The Hunt for Red October, opted for a Broadway role instead. In this film, Ryan and his family are on vacation when Ryan saves a member of the British royal family from attack by Irish terrorists. The next thing he knows, the Ryan clan has been targeted by the same terrorists, who invade his Maryland home. The film can't shed all of Clancy's lumbering prose, or his techno-dweeb fascination with spy satellites and the like. But no one is better than Ford at righteous heroism--and Sean Bean makes a suitably snakey villain. --Marshall Fine

  • Now And Then [1996] Now And Then | DVD | (28/06/2004) from £3.81  |  Saving you £11.18 (74.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    It's all for one and one for all in this heartwarming comedy about the childhood mischief of four best friends who reunite after twenty years. Roberta Teeny Samantha and Chrissy have been busy growing up but they always remembered the promise they made to be there for each other. Now they're together again to relive the greatest summer of their lives.

  • Train [DVD] Train | DVD | (25/01/2010) from £4.79  |  Saving you £8.20 (63.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Train

  • Patriot Games [Blu-ray] Patriot Games | Blu Ray | (26/09/2011) from £8.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (59.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Let's see--he's been Han Solo in three films and Indiana Jones in three more. So why shouldn't Harrison Ford take on a new continuing character in Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan? In this film, directed by Phillip Noyce, Ford picked up the baton when Alec Baldwin, who played Ryan in The Hunt for Red October, opted for a Broadway role instead. In this film, Ryan and his family are on vacation when Ryan saves a member of the British royal family from attack by Irish terrorists. The next thing he knows, the Ryan clan has been targeted by the same terrorists, who invade his Maryland home. The film can't shed all of Clancy's lumbering prose, or his techno-dweeb fascination with spy satellites and the like. But no one is better than Ford at righteous heroism--and Sean Bean makes a suitably snakey villain. --Marshall Fine

  • American Beauty American Beauty | DVD | (20/02/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up. Marking the feature film directorial debut of award-winning theatre director Sam Mendes this funny moving and shocking journey through life in suburban America follows the trials and tribulations of Lester (Kevin Spacey) and Carolyn (Annette Bening) an upper-middle-class couple whose marriage - and lives - are slowly unraveling. Lester's wife hates him his daughter Jane regards him with contempt and his boss is positioning him for the axe. So Lester decides to make a few changes in his life; the freer he gets the happier he gets which is even more maddening to his wife and daughter. But Lester is about to learn that the ultimate freedom comes at the ultimate price. Winner of five Academy Awards: Best Picture Director Actor Screenplay and Cinematography

  • Ghost World [2001] Ghost World | DVD | (20/05/2002) from £2.97  |  Saving you £8.60 (61.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    In an inspired opening, Ghost World begins with a montage from a 1960s Bollywood video and voyeuristic shots of the neighbours of the eponymous suburban town. This is teenage angst taken beyond the realms of the pure sexual frustration of American Pie, onto the level of displacement. Just what lies in store for two girls after school has finished? Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) mull over life, love and the weird and wonderful inhabitants of the small town of Ghost World. But while Rebecca attempts to "grow up" by getting a job and an apartment, Enid is forced into summer Art School and begins a friendship with the sad loner Seymour (Steve Buscemi), who has more of a relationship with his seven-inches than the human race. The girls' relationship begins to strain and as the story progresses Rebecca appears in both Enid’s life and the film, less and less. Based on the comics by Daniel Clowes, which have themselves been acclaimed as a modern-day Catcher in the Rye, and directed by Terry (Crumb) Zwigoff, Ghost World is a beautiful exploration of the confusions and choices faced by young adults. Although criticised for being slow in places, the film's pace adds extra realism to its exposure of the constraints of small-town life. The poignant ending leaves us unsure about what’s next for Enid; though from what we’ve learnt through the course of the film, going it alone and making big decisions is the only way to reap the rewards in an uncertain life. On the DVD: Ghost World on disc comes with a standard range of special features, including a photo gallery (mainly of Birch in her distinctive costumes), trailers and one subtitle option: English for the hard of hearing. In the section entitled "Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World" there's a tour of his old neighbourhood, the inspiration for the comic, in which the author states he never made anything up; a self portrait and Clowes talking about the process of turning his comic into a film--which is about as close as you will get on this disc to a commentary. --Nikki Disney

  • Patriot Games [1992] Patriot Games | DVD | (06/11/2000) from £4.95  |  Saving you £11.04 (69.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Let's see--he has been Han Solo in three films and Indiana Jones in three more. So why shouldn't Harrison Ford take on a new continuing character in Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan? In this film, directed by Phillip Noyce, Ford picked up the baton when Alec Baldwin, who played Ryan in The Hunt for Red October, opted for a Broadway role instead. In this film, Ryan and his family are on vacation when Ryan saves a member of the British royal family from attack by Irish terrorists. The next thing he knows, the Ryan clan has been targeted by the same terrorists, who invade his Maryland home. The film can't shed all of Clancy's lumbering prose, or his techno-dweeb fascination with spy satellites and the like. But no one is better than Ford at righteous heroism--and Sean Bean makes a suitably snakey villain. --Marshall Fine

  • Monkey Trouble [1994] Monkey Trouble | DVD | (27/03/2000) from £3.81  |  Saving you £12.18 (76.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Monkey Trouble is a movie only a kid could love, which was the whole point. Harvey Keitel plays a small-time thief who performs as an organ grinder on the boardwalk at Venice Beach. His scam involves his monkey, which has been trained to pick pockets. Now a mob boss wants to borrow the monkey to pull off some big scores--but the monkey runs away and is adopted by a lonely little girl (Thora Birch). She finds herself in increasingly hot water when her new pet starts bringing her the valuables of everyone in the neighbourhood. Birch is a natural young actress, while Keitel hams it up shamelessly (he reportedly made the film to amuse his young daughter). --Marshall Fine

  • Paradise [1991] Paradise | DVD | (27/04/2004) from £3.89  |  Saving you £11.10 (74.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    After a personal tragedy the Reeds take in their ten year old nephew and re-awaken their marriage.... A heartwarming drama based on the French novel and film Le Grand Chemin.

  • Deadline [DVD] [2009] Deadline | DVD | (16/08/2010) from £4.69  |  Saving you £1.30 (21.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Alice a writer recovering from a psychological breakdown retreats to a remote Victorian house to convalesce and focus on finishing her screenplay in time for a fast approaching deadline. Shortly after her arrival mysterious noises and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild sending her on a twisting and terrifying pursuit to find out what is behind the endless mind games. Frightened but intrigued Alice gathers the courage to go down into the cold dingy attic where she finds a shoe box filled with video tapes. The terrifying secret that lies within the tapes will unravel Alice's dark past.

  • The Hunt for Red October / Patriot Games / Clear and Present Danger The Hunt for Red October / Patriot Games / Clear and Present Danger | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £14.75  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Hunt For Red October: Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard ) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin The Hunt For Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub the Red October is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin ) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it-because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him too. The hunt is on! Patriot Games: Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan in this explosive thriller based on Tom Clancy's international best-seller. His days as an intelligence agent behind him former CIA analyst Jack Ryan has traveled to London to vacation with his wife (Anne Archer Fatal Attraction) and child (Thora Birch All I Want For Christmas). Meeting his family outside of Buckingham Palace Ryan is caught in the middle of a terrorist attack on Lord Holmes (James Fox The Russia House) a member of the Royal Family. Ryan helps to thwart Holmes' assailants and becomes a local hero. But Ryan's courageous act marks him as a target in the sights of the terrorist (Sean Bean Stormy Monday) whose brother he killed. Now Ryan must return to action for the most vital assignment of his life: to save his family. Costarring James Earl Jones (The Hunt For Red October). Clear and Present Danger: Harrison Ford returns as intrepid CIA agent Jack Ryan. When his mentor Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones) becomes gravely ill Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. His first assignment: investigate the murder of one of the President's friends a prominent U.S. businessman with secret ties to Colombian drug cartels. Unbeknownst to Ryan the CIA has already dispatched a deadly operative to lead a paramilitary force against the Colombian drug lords. Caught in the crossfire Ryan takes matters into his own hands risking his career and life for the only cause he still believes in - the truth.

  • Dark Corners [2008] Dark Corners | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £2.98  |  Saving you £8.25 (63.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Dark Corners stars Thora Birch as a woman who can't escape her nightmares. The line between reality and the horror that lives within her mind begins to blur making her life unbearable.

  • Deadline [DVD] Deadline | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £4.42  |  Saving you £11.57 (72.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Deadline

  • Hole Hole | DVD | (04/05/2006) from £10.45  |  Saving you £2.54 (19.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • The Hole The Hole | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £2.24  |  Saving you £4.10 (31.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Liz (Thora Birch American Beauty) staggers toward her exclusive school bloodied and deeply traumatised. Whilst a Police psychologist is trying to figure out what happened to her she uncovers this chilling and twisted tale.Three rebellious friends Mike Geoff and Frankie are desperate to avoid a school fieldtrip to Wales. Martin the school nerd helps them hide away in an old underground bunker and his only condition is that his friend Liz joins them. Martin is in love with Liz but she wants Mike the coolest guy in school.The teenagers party uncontrolled and undetected in the soundproofed bunker hidden deep in the woods. For three days it is this wild place; Mike even starts to notice Liz for the first time. But when Martin doesn't return to let them out the party atmosphere drains and their sanctuary quickly becomes their living nightmare.The psychologist is satisfied with Liz's story: but then Martin is picked up and a very different scenario begins to unfold.

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