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  • The Little Mermaid [DVD] [1989] The Little Mermaid | DVD | (02/09/2013) from £9.29  |  Saving you £8.70 (48.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From the moment that Prince Eric's ship emerged from the fog in the opening credits of The Little Mermaid in 1989 it was apparent that Disney had somehow, suddenly recaptured a "magic" that had been dormant for 30 years. In the tale of a headstrong young mermaid who yearns to "spend a day, warm on the sand", Ariel trades her voice to Ursula, the Sea Witch (classically voiced by Pat Carroll), for a pair of legs. Ariel can only succeed if she receives true love's kiss in a few day's time and she needs all the help she can from a singing crab named Sebastian, a loudmouth seagull and a flounder. The lyrics and music by song-writing team Howard Ashman and Alan Menken are top form: witty and relevant, and they advance the story (go on, hum a few bars of "Under the Sea"). Mermaid put animation back on the studio's "to do" list and was responsible for ushering 1991's Beauty and the Beast into cinemas. A modern Disney classic. --Keith Simanton

  • The Incredibles (Disney Pixar) (2 Discs) [2004] The Incredibles (Disney Pixar) (2 Discs) | DVD | (18/03/2005) from £5.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (71.50%)  |  RRP £20.99

    After creating the last great traditionally animated film of the 20th century, The Iron Giant, filmmaker Brad Bird joined top-drawer studio Pixar to create this exciting, completely entertaining computer-animated film. Bird gives us a family of "supers," a brood of five with special powers desperately trying to fit in with the 9-to-5 suburban lifestyle. Of course, in a more innocent world, Bob and Helen Parr were superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. But blasted lawsuits and public disapproval forced them and other supers to go incognito, making it even tougher for their school-age kids, the shy Violet and the aptly named Dash. When a stranger named Mirage (voiced by Elizabeth Pena) secretly recruits Bob for a potential mission, the old glory days spin in his head, even if his body is a bit too plump for his old super suit. Bird has his cake and eats it, too. He and the Pixar wizards send up superhero and James Bond movies while delivering a thrilling, supercool action movie that rivals Spider-Man 2 for 2004's best onscreen thrills. While it's just as funny as the previous Pixar films, The Incredibles has a far wider-ranging emotional palette (it's Pixar's first PG film). Bird takes several jabs, including some juicy commentary on domestic life ("It's not graduation, he's moving from the fourth to fifth grade!"). The animated Parrs look and act a bit like the actors portraying them, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee also have a grand old time as, respectively, superhero Frozone and bad guy Syndrome. Nearly stealing the show is Bird himself, voicing the eccentric designer of superhero outfits ("No capes!"), Edna Mode. Nominated for four Oscars, The Incredibles won for Best Animated Film and, in an unprecedented win for non-live-action films, Sound Editing. The Presentation This two-disc set is (shall we say it?), incredible. The digital-to-digital transfer pops off the screen and the 5.1 Dolby sound will knock the socks off most systems. But like any superhero, it has an Achilles heel. This marks the first Pixar release that doesn't include both the widescreen and full-screen versions in the same DVD set, which was a great bargaining chip for those cinephiles who still want a full-frame presentation for other family members. With a 2.39:1 widescreen ratio (that's big black bars, folks, à la Dr. Zhivago), a few more viewers may decide to go with the full-frame presentation. Fortunately, Pixar reformats their full-frame presentation so the action remains in frame. The Extras The most-repeated segments will be the two animated shorts. Newly created for this DVD is the hilarious "Jack-Jack Attack," filling the gap in the film during which the Parr baby is left with the talkative babysitter, Kari. "Boundin'," which played in front of the film theatrically, was created by Pixar character designer Bud Luckey. This easygoing take on a dancing sheep gets better with multiple viewings (be sure to watch the featurette on the short). Brad Bird still sounds like a bit of an outsider in his commentary track, recorded before the movie opened. Pixar captain John Lasseter brought him in to shake things up, to make sure the wildly successful studio would not get complacent. And while Bird is certainly likable, he does not exude Lasseter's teddy-bear persona. As one animator states, "He's like strong coffee; I happen to like strong coffee." Besides a resilient stance to be the best, Bird threw in an amazing number of challenges, most of which go unnoticed unless you delve into the 70 minutes of making-of features plus two commentary tracks (Bird with producer John Walker, the other from a dozen animators). We hear about the numerous sets, why you go to "the Spaniards" if you're dealing with animation physics, costume problems (there's a reason why previous Pixar films dealt with single- or uncostumed characters), and horror stories about all that animated hair. Bird's commentary throws out too many names of the! animators even after he warns himself not to do so, but it's a lively enough time. The animator commentary is of greatest interest to those interested in the occupation. There is a 30-minute segment on deleted scenes with temporary vocals and crude drawings, including a new opening (thankfully dropped). The "secret files" contain a "lost" animated short from the superheroes' glory days. This fake cartoon (Frozone and Mr. Incredible are teamed with a pink bunny) wears thin, but play it with the commentary track by the two superheroes and it's another sharp comedy sketch. There are also NSA "files" on the other superheroes alluded to in the film with dossiers and curiously fun sound bits. "Vowellet" is the only footage about the well-known cast (there aren't even any obligatory shots of the cast recording their lines). Author/cast member Sarah Vowell (NPR's This American Life) talks about her first foray into movie voice-overs--daughter Violet--and the unlikelihood of her being a superhero. The feature is unlike anything we've seen on a Disney or Pixar DVD extra, but who else would consider Abe Lincoln an action figure? --Doug Thomas

  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul [DVD] [2017] Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul | DVD | (23/10/2017) from £7.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Pack your bags for more fun, more laughs and more wimpy mischief! In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the Heffley family road trip to Meemaw's 90th birthday party takes a wild detour thanks to Greg's newest scheme to attend a video gaming convention. Based on one of the best-selling book series of all time, this cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget!

  • The Goonies [1985] The Goonies | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £4.79  |  Saving you £9.20 (65.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    You may be surprised to discover that the director of the Lethal Weapon movies and scary horror flick The Omen, Richard Donner, also produced and directed this classic children's adventure (which, by the way, was written by Donner's screen-wizard friend Steven Spielberg). Then again you may not. The Goonies, like Donner's other movies, is the same story of good versus evil. It has its share of bad guys (the Fratelli brothers and their villainous mother), reluctant-hero good guys (the Walsh bothers and their gang of friends), and lots of corny one-liners. Like in an old-fashioned Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew plot, the Goonies need to solve a problem: a corrupt corporate developer has bought out their neighbourhood and plans to flatten all their homes. Luckily, the beloved gang stumbles on a treasure map. In the hopes of finding the treasure to buy back their houses, the Goonies embark on their quest through underground passages, aboard pirate ships, and behind waterfalls. This swashbuckling and rollicking ride was also a great breeding ground for a couple of child actors who went on to enjoy numerous successes in adulthood: Sean Astin (Rudy, Encino Man) and Martha Plimpton (Pecker, 200 Cigarettes). --Samantha Allen Storey, Amazon.com

  • Nanny McPhee / Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang Box Set [DVD] Nanny McPhee / Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang Box Set | DVD | (19/07/2010) from £4.79  |  Saving you £18.20 (79.20%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Nanny McPhee: In this dark and witty fable Emma Thompson (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix An Education) portrays a person of unsettling appearance and magical powers who enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth - Bridget Jones's Diary Girl with a Pearl Earring) and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children.The children have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies but as Nanny McPhee takes control they begin to notice that their vile behaviour now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang: The next chapter of the hilarious magical and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world. Emma Thompson returns as the mysterious nanny who appears when she's needed the most and wanted the least. This time she finds herself at a family farm where mayhem has broken out between some boisterous country children and their spoilt city cousins. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle to a tree-climbing piglet Nanny McPhee conjures up just the right formula to teach her charges five new lessons.

  • The Jungle Book [DVD] The Jungle Book | DVD | (05/08/2013) from £7.19  |  Saving you £8.01 (44.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Special Features: Deleted Scene: The Lost Character - Rocky the Rhino Disneypedia Junglemania Alternate Ending

  • Spirited Away [2001] Spirited Away | DVD | (01/01/2007) from £9.95  |  Saving you £6.04 (37.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema comes the most acclaimed film of 2002 winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin and the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Film and the highest grossing film in Japanese cinema history. Hayao Miyazaki's latest triumph filled with astonishing animation and epic adventure is a dazzling masterpiece for all ages. A fantasy adventure film unlike any other Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro a capricious headstrong 10 year-old girl who believes the entire universe should submit to her every whim. Whilst en-route to a new home Chihiro and her parents stumble on a mysterious cul-de-sac. Unwittingly they have strayed into the Land of the Spirits a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings ruled over by a demonic sorceress Yubaba. Finding an ally in the enigmatic Haku he explains that in order to fight annihilation to survive this strange and perilous new world Chihiro must make herself useful she must work. Chihiro renounces her laziness her humanity her reason her memories even her name...

  • Inside Out [DVD] Inside Out | DVD | (23/11/2015) from £9.29  |  Saving you £8.70 (48.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

  • The Wizard Of Oz - 75th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1939] [Region Free] The Wizard Of Oz - 75th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (03/11/2014) from £7.89  |  Saving you £17.10 (68.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Classic musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum novel starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. A tornado whisks Dorothy (Garland) and her house from Kansas to Munchkin City, squashing the Wicked Witch of the East upon landing. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) vows revenge, while Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), hoping he can tell her how to get home. On the way she makes friends with a scarecrow (Bolger), a t.

  • Goodnight Mister Tom [1998] Goodnight Mister Tom | DVD | (11/10/2010) from £4.12  |  Saving you £3.87 (48.40%)  |  RRP £7.99

    John Thaw (Inspector Morse) stars as the widowed and cantankerous Tom Oakley in this charming film adaptation of the prize-winning children’s novel by Michelle Magorian. When the Second World War is declared Tom finds that his quiet life in the village of Little Weirwold is set to change when nine-year old Willie Beech (Nick Robinson) is evacuated from London and billeted on him. Willie is a quiet sad child with a deprived and disturbing past but he slowly begins to flouri

  • The Princess and the Frog [DVD] The Princess and the Frog | DVD | (21/06/2010) from £9.98  |  Saving you £8.01 (44.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    After the visual bombast of many contemporary CGI and motion-capture features, the drawn characters in The Princess and the Frog, Walt Disney Studio's eagerly awaited return to traditional animation, feel doubly welcome. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), The Princess and the Frog moves the classic fairy tale to a snazzy version of 1920s New Orleans. Tiana (voice by Anika Noni Rose), the first African-American Disney heroine, is not a princess, but a young woman who hopes to fulfill her father's dream of opening a restaurant to serve food that will bring together people from all walks of life. Tiana may wish upon a star, but she believes that hard work is the way to fulfill your aspirations. Her dedication clashes with the cheerful idleness of the visiting prince Naveen (Bruno Campos). A voodoo spell cast by Dr. Facilier (Keith David) in a showstopping number by composer Randy Newman initiates the events that will bring the mismatched hero and heroine together. However, the animation of three supporting characters--Louis (Michael-Leon Wooley), a jazz-playing alligator; Ray (Jim Cummings), a Cajun firefly; and 197-year-old voodoo priestess Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis)--is so outstanding, it nearly steals the film. Alternately funny, touching, and dramatic, The Princess and the Frog is an all-too-rare example of a movie a family can enjoy together, with the most and least sophisticated members appreciating different elements. The film is also a welcome sign that the beleaguered Disney Feature Animation Studio has turned away from such disasters as Home on the Range, Chicken Little, and Meet the Robinsons and is once again moving in the right direction. --Charles Solomon Stills from Princess and the Frog (Click for larger image)

  • Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 - Twice Upon A Time [DVD] Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 - Twice Upon A Time | DVD | (22/01/2018) from £8.99  |  Saving you £1.01 (10.10%)  |  RRP £10

    The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure. Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain (Mark Gatiss) destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story. An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity's darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only beginning Features: Doctor Who Extra The End of an Era Doctor Who Panel: San Diego Comic-Con 2017

  • Cinderella [DVD] Cinderella | DVD | (24/08/2015) from £4.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  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.  The story of ?Cinderella? follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella?s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother?s dying words and to ?have courage and be kind.? When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella?s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress. Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince?s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella?s life forever.

  • Bedknobs And Broomsticks [DVD] [1971] Bedknobs And Broomsticks | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects Bedknobs And Broomsticks features a spellbinding mix of live action and animation that makes it one of Disney's most delightfully endearing Classics! Screen legend Angela Landsbury gives a bewitching performance as an amateur witch who reluctantly takes in three precocious orphans. The children soon find themselves swept aboard a flying bed it's magic brass bedknob their ticket to one fantastic adventure after another - including a visit to an enchanted island inhabited by wondrous animated animal characters and the most hilarious soccer match in motion picture history. Now it's your turn to take a ride on Bedknobs And Broomsticks a fun-filled flight of fantasy music and Disney magic for all ages!

  • Matilda [DVD] [1996] Matilda | DVD | (08/10/2012) from £3.00  |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The hilarious story of Matilda based on the book by Roald Dahl. Once upon a time, there lived a quite extraordinary little girl named Matilda, but unfortunately her parents were so obsessed with their own lives they never noticed Matilda. They send her to Crunchem Hall, a horrible boarding school run by a bossy headmistress Miss Trunchbull. There, Matilda discovers remarkable skills, which allow her to turn the tables on the wicked grown-ups in her world. Special Features: A Children's Guide to Good Manners A Truly Terrible Test! Classroom Games: Math Game and Spelling Bee Escape to the Library! Get Rid of Miss Trunchbull! Trivia Game Make Magic with Matilda! Matilda The Movie Character Gallery Matilda Read-Along Matilda's Movie Magic Matilda's Movie about Making Matilda Terrify the Trunchbull!

  • Beauty & the Beast [DVD] Beauty & the Beast | DVD | (10/11/2014) from £7.95  |  Saving you £8.70 (48.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The film that officially signalled Disney's animation renaissance and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself), Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman, (winning the 1991 Oscar for Best Song and Menken's score won a trophy as well). The downright funniest song is "Gaston", a lout's paean to himself (including the immortal line, "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting"). "Be Our Guest" is transformed into an inspired Busby Berkeley homage. Since Ashman's passing, animated musicals haven't quite reached the same exhilarating level of wit, sophistication and pure joy. --David Kronke, Amazon.comOn the DVD: Beauty and the Beast's regular DVD release still offers some special features, but doesn't hold a candle to the Collector's Edition. The "making-of" featurette is informative charting the production from Walt Disney's original idea to the final musical version. "The Story Behind the Story" shows the origins of many of Disney's adapted fairy tales. The two games are fun, if a little slow to load. Celine Dion's original video is slightly on the dull side, but Jump 5's remixed version of "Tale as Old as Time" is just ridiculous. As always the sing-along track is great fun for all budding Belles or Beasts in the house. The transfer is as pristine as could be expected from a 1991 release. On the DVD: Beauty and the Beast's two-disc Collector's Edition really is the stuff of fairy tales. Disc 1 has three versions of the movie, the best being the "Work in Progress" edition which offers the unfinished film, sketch lines and all. The theatrical cut has a pristine transfer and the sound is immaculate. The director's commentary relies on a lot on name-dropping and you'll find more interesting insight in the "making-of" feature on the second disc. The sing-a-long track (as with all Disney releases) is fantastic, particularly for such a well-loved score. Disc 2 is packed full of information, fun and games. The best of the informative features is "Animation Magic", an intelligent look into the production of Disney cartoons. In the games section you'll need to head straight for the West Wing to continue an adventure with Chip (Tip: finish the game "Maurice's Workshop" first), but get your fingers warmed up as it needs a little remote control action. This disc only really falls down on the slowness of some of its games and the appalling remix video of "Tale as Old as Time". --Nikki Disney

  • Cars 3 [DVD] [2017] Cars 3 | DVD | (13/11/2017) from £9.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!

  • The Aristocats Special Edition (Disney) The Aristocats Special Edition (Disney) | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Disney's 20th full-length animated classic The Aristocats is an unforgettable mix of wild adventure colourful characters and jazzy music your family will find absolutely irresistible! The enchanting tale begins in Paris when a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to her family - a family of adorable high-society cats. Overhearing her plan Edgar the greedy butler catnaps Duchess the elegant soft-spoken mother and her three mischievous kittens and abandons them in the French countryside. The charming Thomas O' Malley a rough-and-tumble alley cat saunters by and offers to escort them home. Along the way they stop at Thomas' ""pad"" where Scat Cat and his band of swingin' jazz cats perform the memorable ""Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat"".

  • Ponyo [DVD] [2008] Ponyo | DVD | (07/06/2010) from £9.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (44.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This is the story of Ponyo a little fish from the sea who stuggles to realise her dream of living with a boy named Sosuke. It also tells of how five-year old Sosuke manages to keep a most solemn promise. Ponyo places Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid in a contemporary Japanese setting. It is a tale of childhood love and adventure - Hayao Miyazaki. The latest film from the internationally acclaimed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away Howl's Moving Castle) encapsulates everything that makes the studio's output so unique. Breathtaking animation combined with thrilling storytelling makes this another worthy addition to the Ghibli catalogue.

  • The Last Song [DVD] [2010] The Last Song | DVD | (06/09/2010) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This romantic tearjerker from writer Nicholas Sparks (Dear John, The Notebook) can be formulaic at times, but it stays interesting thanks to pacing and snappy dialogue. Miley Cyrus sulks through The Last Song as troubled teen Ronnie, who resents her father (Greg Kinnear) for divorcing Mom (Kelly Preston) and leaving the family. A piano prodigy, Ronnie refuses to play after her father leaves, and she snubs admission to Julliard. Ronnie and her wisecracking brother Jonah (Bobby Coleman) are sent to spend the summer with their father in a small Georgia beach town. Handsome townie Will (Liam Hemsworth) strikes up a tense relationship with Ronnie and, true to romance formula, they fall in love. Ronnie softens her attitude and the ice between father and daughter begins to melt away. But Dad has a tragic secret, and in the end, music helps Ronnie open her heart and heal. Cyrus gives a predictable performance as the all-attitude Ronnie, but she's helped along by Coleman's cute-little-brother shtick (which can be a bit heavy-handed, but the youngster is a scene-stealer). Veteran actors Preston and Kinnear are one-dimensional, but The Last Song is a harmless teen romance--who's watching the adults, anyway? --Francine Ruley

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