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  • Edward Scissorhands [1991] Edward Scissorhands | DVD | (27/11/2000) from £4.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (58.40%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Edward Scissorhands achieves the nearly impossible feat of capturing the delicate flavour of a fable or fairy tale in a live-action movie. The story follows a young man named Edward (Johnny Depp), who was created by an inventor (Vincent Price, in one of his last roles) who died before he could give the poor creature a pair of human hands. Edward lives alone in a ruined Gothic castle that just happens to be perched above a pastel-coloured suburb inhabited by breadwinning husbands and frustrated housewives straight out of the 1950s. One day, Peg (Dianne Wiest), the local Avon lady, comes calling. Finding Edward alone, she kindly invites him to come home with her, where she hopes to help him with his pasty complexion and those nasty nicks he's given himself with his razor-sharp fingers. Soon Edward's skill with topiary sculpture and hair design make him popular in the neighbourhood--but the mood turns just as swiftly against the outsider when he starts to feel his own desires, particularly for Peg's daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Most of director Tim Burton's movies (such as Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Batman) are visual spectacles with elements of fantasy but Edward Scissorhands is more tender and personal than the others. Edward's wild black hair is much like Burton's, suggesting that the character represents the director's own feelings of estrangement and co-option. Johnny Depp, making his first successful leap from TV to film, captures Edward's child-like vulnerability even while his physical posture evokes horror icons like the vampire in Nosferatu and the sleepwalker in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Classic horror films, at their heart, feel a deep sympathy for the monsters they portray; simply and affectingly, Edward Scissorhands lays that heart bare. --Bret Fetzer On the DVD: Tim Burton is famed for his visual style not his ability as a raconteur, so it's no surprise to find that his directorial commentary is a little sparse. When he does open up it is to confirm that Edward Scissorhands remains his most personal and deeply felt project. The second audio commentary is by composer and regular Burton collaborator Danny Elfman, whose enchanting, balletic score gets an isolated music track all to itself with his remarks in-between cues. Again, for Elfman this movie remains one of his most cherished works, and it is a real musical treat to hear the entire score uninterrupted by dialogue and sound effects but illuminated by Elfman's lucid interstitial remarks. Also on the disc are some brief interview clips, a "making of" featurette and a gallery of conceptual artwork. The anamorphic widescreen print looks simply gorgeous. --Mark Walker

  • The Best Of Les Dawson The Best Of Les Dawson | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £4.97  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    ""There was a knock at the door and I knew it was the wife's mother - because the mice were throwing themselves at the trap"" Nobody could tell a mother-in-law joke like Les Dawson but there was always far much more to him than this workingmen's club school of humour - at which he was admittedly unrivalled. For as well as being a superb stand-up comedian Les Dawson was also a first-rate pianist an excellent pantomime artist a sketch-artist writer and had even played in a jazz

  • Dunston Checks In [1996] Dunston Checks In | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    An orangutan called Dunston checks into a hotel which he proceeds to turn upside down. The manager's son Kyle is determined to help Dunston escape to a new life...

  • When Harry Met Sally [1989] When Harry Met Sally | DVD | (23/07/2001) from £2.77  |  Saving you £12.10 (75.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Highly influential, When Harry Met Sally revitalised (in 1988) the moribund romantic comedy genre, made a superstar of Meg Ryan, and in two minutes of heavy breathing gave cinema one of its most memorable scenes. Set over 12 years in New York, young professionals Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) go from meeting to becoming friends to, well--this is a romantic comedy. Benefiting from an observant and witty script by Nora Ephron, it also offers insight into the differences between men and women. More importantly it's very funny, though the most hilarious scene is also the least believable: Sally is really too conventional to do that in a crowded restaurant. Knowingly modern, the picture's snappy one liners, neurotic honesty and straight-to-camera interludes are in the tradition of Woody Allen's New York Jewish humour, a prime example being Annie Hall (1976), while the inspired use of standards not only made a star of Harry Connick Jnr. but started a trend developed in Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and Love's Labour's Lost (2000). Perfectly played, with excellent support from Carrie Fisher, When Harry Met Sally is the archetypal modern romantic comedy. On the DVD: There's an excellent 33-minute documentary made in 2000 which interviews all the key players talking candidly not so much about how the film was made but why, and revealing just how much of it is actually based upon director Rob Reiner and star Billy Crystal's own experiences and personalities (the story about Reiner acting out the fake orgasm scene for Meg Ryan is priceless). There are seven short deleted scenes (easy to see why they didn't make the final cut) and a commentary track by Reiner, which contains a lot of space and does little more than repeat the information in the documentary. The anamorphically enhanced 1.77: 1 picture though a touch grainy in dark scenes is generally rich and detailed with excellent colour. Audio is stereo, and only blossoms when there is a song on the soundtrack. There are 14 subtitle options including English for Hard of Hearing.--Gary S Dalkin

  • Sarah Millican - Home Bird Live [DVD] Sarah Millican - Home Bird Live | DVD | (17/11/2014) from £3.09  |  Saving you £16.90 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Having established herself as one of the UK’s best-loved comedians Sarah Millican returns with a brand new live DVD. Performing to her home crowd at the Newcastle Tyne Theatre the British Comedy Awards’ Queen of Comedy is giving up the party scene (Ann Summers) and settling down (taking her bra off). Determined to put down some roots she now has cats (furry babies) and even a tree (she has a lot of mugs). On this her third live DVD you will learn what to take on a dirty weekend the right amount of meals to have in a day and how to teach a pensioner to swear. Join her for some hilarious domestic bliss!

  • Last Vegas [DVD] [2013] Last Vegas | DVD | (09/06/2014) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Billy (Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas) Paddy (Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro) Archie (Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Academy Award-winner Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy the group's sworn bachelor finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However upon arriving the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip but it's these four who are taking over Vegas. It's going to be legendary!

  • American Graffiti [1973] American Graffiti | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Here's how American critic Roger Ebert described the unique and lasting value of George Lucas' 1973 box-office hit, American Graffiti: "[It's] not only a great movie but a brilliant work of historical fiction; no sociological treatise could duplicate the movie's success in remembering exactly how it was to be alive at that cultural instant." The time to which Ebert and the film refers is the summer of 1962, and American Graffiti captures the look, feel, and sound of that era by chronicling one memorable night in the lives of several young Californians on the cusp of adulthood. (In essence, Lucas was making a semi-autobiographical tribute to his own days as a hot-rod cruiser, and the film's phenomenal success paved the way for Star Wars.) The action is propelled by the music of DJ Wolfman Jack's rock & roll radio show--a soundtrack of pop hits that would become as popular as the film itself. As Lucas develops several character subplots, American Graffiti becomes a flawless time capsule of meticulously re-created memory, as authentic as a documentary and vividly realised through innovative use of cinematography and sound. The once-in-a-lifetime ensemble cast members inhabit their roles so fully that they don't seem like actors at all, comprising a who's who of performers--some of whom went on to stellar careers--including Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, and Paul Le Mat. A true American classic. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Hail, Caesar! [DVD] Hail, Caesar! | DVD | (11/07/2016) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  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

  • Life of Brian / Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Set [DVD] [2011] Life of Brian / Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Set | DVD | (03/10/2011) from £7.33  |  Saving you £0.30 (3.80%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail:Arthur, King of the Britons (Graham Chapman) assembles his Knights of the Round Table and takes them swiflty from Camelot, after a message from God, on a quest to find the Holy Grail! As they travel to the sound of their coconut banging servants, the banner of Knights encounter a castle of heavy resistance; guards throwing cows and chickens, Knights in the forest who say 'Ni!' and a cute looking rabbit that only the 'Holy Hand Grenade' can deal with. Satirising events of that time (including witch trials and the black plague), Monty Python create an hilarious take on the well known story and deliver some unforgettable moments.Life Of Brian:The second movie from the comedy team of Monty Python takes them back to biblical times, following Brian; born just a few doors down from Jesus, growing up a jew in Roman occupied Judea. As he falls for an attractive young rebel, Brian joins the separatist movement that will lead him to confront Roman Centurions and the well-known Pontius Pilate to determine his fate! Again satirising the times, Monty Python bring laughter to spectacles that at the time would be no laughing matter. Filmed in Tunisia, and with guest appearances including George Harrison and Spike Milligan, Life Of Brian is another hit from the comedy genius that is Monty Python.

  • Sisters [DVD] [2015] Sisters | DVD | (25/04/2016) from £4.19  |  Saving you £1.31 (23.80%)  |  RRP £5.5

    Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Special Edition) [1988] Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Special Edition) | DVD | (08/09/2003) from £4.28  |  Saving you £11.71 (73.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This zany, eye-popping, knee-slapping landmark in combining animation with live-action ingeniously makes that uneasy combination itself (and the history of Hollywood) its subject. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is based on classic Los Angeles private-eye movies (and, specifically, Chinatown), with detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) investigating a case involving adultery, blackmail, murder, and a fiendish plot to replace LA's once-famous Red Car public transportation system with the automobiles and freeways that would later make it the nation's smog capital. Of course, his sleuthing takes him back to the place he dreads: Toontown, the ghetto for cartoons that abuts Hollywood and that was the site of a tragic incident in Eddie's past. In addition to intermingling cartoon characters with live actors and locations, Roger Rabbit also brings together the greatest array of cartoon stars in the history of motion pictures, from a variety of studios (Disney, Warner Bros, MGM, Fleischer, Universal, and elsewhere): Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, Droopy Dog, and more! And, of course, there's Maroon Cartoon's greatest star, Roger Rabbit (voice by Charles Fleischer), who suspects his ultra-curvaceous wife, Jessica Rabbit (voice by Kathleen Turner: "I'm not bad; I'm just drawn that way"), of infidelity. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Contact), not since the early Looney Tunes' "You Oughtta Be in Pictures" has there been anything like Roger Rabbit. --Jim Emerson

  • Porridge [1979] Porridge | DVD | (10/03/2003) from £4.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (53.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Times are hard for habitual guest of Her Majesty Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker). The new prison officer Beale makes Mackay (Fulton Mackay) look soft and what's more an escape plan is hatching from the cell of prison godfather Grouty and Fletcher wants no part of it. The breakout is set for the day of a morale-raising football match between a ""celebrity"" football team and the inmates of Slade. Everything is going to plan until Godber (Richard Beckinsale) is injured on th

  • One For the Money [DVD] One For the Money | DVD | (18/06/2012) from £3.10  |  Saving you £16.89 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

  • P.S. I Love You [2008] P.S. I Love You | DVD | (12/05/2008) from £3.23  |  Saving you £16.76 (83.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) is beautifual smart and married to the love of her life - a passionate funny and impetuous irishman named Gerry (Gerard Butler). So when Gerry's life is taken by an illness it takes the life out of Holly. The only one who can help her is the person who is no longer there. Nobody knows Holly better than Gerry. So it's a good thing he planned ahead! Before he died Gerry wrote Holly a series of letters that will guide her not only through her grief but in rediscovering herself. The first message arrives on Holly's 30th birthday in the form of a cake and to her utter shock a tape recording from Gerry who proceeds to order her to 'get out and celebrate herself!' In the weeks and months that follow more letters from Gerry are delivered each sending her on a new adventure and each signing off in the same way: P.S. I Love You!

  • The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Finally a comedy that will change the way you think the way you feel and most importantly... the way you dress. This Oscar-Winning (Best Costume) feel-good comedy won the hearts of movie goers partly for its lavish costumes and devotion to Abba but mostly for the great performances of three drag artists who are on the road trip of a lifetime! When Anthony ""Tick""/Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) is invited to perform in Alice Springs he recruits flamboyant young stud Adam/Felicia (Gu

  • The Detectives - Series 1 The Detectives - Series 1 | DVD | (12/06/2006) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Robert Powell and Japser Carrott star as a pair of inept detectives who always seem to solve cases despite their amazing levels of incompetence. Developed from sketches in Canned Carrott the show adopts the Dumb and Dumber approach Powell being dumb and Carrott much dumber! Episodes Comprise: 1. What The Butler Saw 2. Hostage 3. Teed Off 4. Acting Constables 5. Studs 6. Strangers In Paradise

  • The Family Man [2000] The Family Man | DVD | (02/07/2001) from £3.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (82.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) is a quintessential Wall Street shark, scoring killer deals by day and shallow escort sex by night in The Family Man. Carp all you want about this derivative premise, with its marginal stereotypes and biased embrace of domestic bliss and dirty nappies. The simple fact is, The Family Man works like a charm. Under the assured direction of Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), this holiday crowd-pleaser offers comedy and chemistry in equal measure, making the hilarity of Jack's predicament a smooth catalyst for that rarest of film romances: the marital love story. Leoni is Cage's perfect match as Jack's idealised but imperfect wife and the films's appeal largely derives from its awareness that any life has its pleasures and pains. While it only flirts with the dark desperation that makes It's a Wonderful Life a classic predecessor, The Family Man is an irresistible what-if fantasy and even its debatable ending rides on a wave of genuine warmth and sentiment. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • The Angels' Share [DVD] The Angels' Share | DVD | (24/09/2012) from £4.55  |  Saving you £15.44 (77.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From award-winning director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty comes a bitter sweet comedy caper which proves that sometimes all you need in life is a little spirit. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world.

  • The Intern [DVD] The Intern | DVD | (29/02/2016) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Toni Erdmann [DVD] [2017] Toni Erdmann | DVD | (29/05/2017) from £7.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Toni Erdmann is a remarkably touching and outrageously funny portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Ines is a highly-strung career woman whose life in corporate Bucharest takes a turn for the bizarre with the arrival of her estranged father Winfried. A practical joker with a liking for silly disguises and childish pranks, Winfried attempts to reconnect with his daughter by introducing the eccentric alter ego Toni Erdmann to catch Ines off guard, not knowing how capable she is of rising to the challenge.

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