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  • Tangled [DVD] [2010] Tangled | DVD | (23/05/2011) from £7.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Disney's 50th full-length animated feature film, Tangled is a visually appealing, music-filled adventure full of romance and humor. The film focuses on Rapunzel, a girl with long magical hair who's lived her entire life imprisoned in a tower by her greedy mother. Naturally optimistic and acquiescent, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) rarely complains about her circumstances, but for her 18th birthday she longs to leave the tower to see the floating lights that appear every year on her birthday. Her mother (Donna Murphy) refuses her request, but when thief Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) climbs the tower to escape his pursuers, Rapunzel (once she's conked him on the head with a frying pan multiple times) impulsively decides to trust the young man and convinces him to help her escape to see the floating lights. Thus begins a journey that alternates quite schizophrenically between optimistic excitement and guilty remorse that will ultimately change Rapunzel's and Flynn's lives forever. Tangled is a masterful blend of humour, adventure, passion and drama combined with a great musical score and top-notch animation. The 3-D effects add to the experience but probably won't be missed in other formats. Best of all, Disney presents a princess who matures from a meek and compliant girl into a spunky young woman who's not afraid to pursue her dreams and risk it all for love--now that's a Disney princess worth emulating. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

  • Zootropolis [DVD] [2016] Zootropolis | DVD | (25/07/2016) from £4.69  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a comedy-adventure set in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis. Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootropolis's police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first caseeven if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.

  • Splash [1984] Splash | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  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

  • Willow [1988] Willow | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £6.99  |  Saving you £5.50 (42.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Billed as a fantasy to please kids and adults alike in 1988, Willow was revolutionary in its day. Not only did it have a vertically challenged actor (Warwick Davis) as its leading man, it also set new standards for special effects, using the first known "morfing" (sic) systems. To top it all off it combined the talents of two of Hollywood's biggest names, director Ron Howard and writer-producer George Lucas, and changed Val Kilmer's destiny, influencing both his career and love life. In theory all this should have added up to a rip-roaring success of a film. Alas, the end result has been unkindly if accurately described as the bastard son of Lord of the Rings, with Star Wars as its doting mother. The plot line (plucky young man sent off on a quest to protect something which could change the reign of evil) has obvious links to Tolkien's classic; Kilmer's Madmartigan (the diamond in the rough) has distinct similarities to Hans Solo. And with the great advances in modern cinemas special effects, Willow's ferocious two-headed dragons now look like something out of 1963's Jason and the Argonauts. However, even though it marked the end of the road for fantasy films in the 1980s, Willow's combination of locations, set design and groundbreaking SFX set new standards and influenced much modern cinema, including Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings. All in all, this is a movie with its heart, soul and magic in the right place. On the DVD: Willow is brought up to date on DVD with this excellent special effects enhancing anamorphic transfer of the original 2.35:1 screen ratio; the Dolby 5.1 surround sound boosts the power behind Badmorda's roar as well as spotlighting James Horner's swashbuckling score. A lively commentary is offered by Warwick Davis, although he has a tendency to dwell on his own musings rather than the film as a whole. Other features include "The Making of the Adventure", which is a standard TV behind-the-scenes documentary/advert and a wealth of TV spots, trailers and photos. By far the most interesting feature is the "Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Film" documentary including interviews with George Lucas, Ron Howard and Dennis Muren (the renowned special effects guru) on the creation of morphing and its influence on later movies. –-Nikki Disney

  • Apollo 13 [1995] Apollo 13 | DVD | (03/02/2002) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Stranded 205 000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft astronauts Jim Lovell (Hanks) Fred Haise (Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile at Mission Control astronaut Ken Mattingly (Sinise) flight director Gene Kranz (Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time and the odds to bring them home. It's a breathtaking adventure that tells a story of courage faith and ingenuity that is all the more remarkable as it's based on true events!

  • Rush [DVD] Rush | DVD | (27/01/2014) from £2.09  |  Saving you £17.90 (89.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind Apollo 13) teams once again with Academy Award-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon Last king of Scotland) on Rush a fast-paced and spectacular re-creation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth of The Avengers Thor) and his disciplined Austrian opponent Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl of Inglourious Basterds The Bourne Ultimatum). Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of racing Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of the charismatic Hunt and the methodically brilliant Lauda two of the greatest rivals the world of sports has ever witnessed. Taking us into their personal lives and clashes on and off the Grand Prix racetrack Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.

  • Disney Princess Box Set - Sleeping Beauty, Tangled Snow White, Little Mermaid [DVD] Disney Princess Box Set - Sleeping Beauty, Tangled Snow White, Little Mermaid | DVD | (03/11/2014) from £13.95  |  Saving you £8.00 (30.80%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Sleeping BeautyBrand new retellings of our best-loved fairy tales by top authors and illustratorsTangledFifty animated features in 73 years is an impressive tally and though it feels like the days of recent Disney classics such as Aladdin and The Lion King are long gone Tangled proves that the House of Mouse is finding its way back to form - Digital Spy Review Disney presents a new twist on one of the most hilarious and hair-raising tales ever told. Your whole family will get tangled up in the fun excitement and adventure of this magical motion picture.When the kingdom’s most wanted – and most charming – bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower – 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes laughter and suspense.Let your hair down and get ready to cheer for Tangled! Special Features Original Storybook Openings; Version 1 Version 2 50th Animated Feature Countdown Snow White

  • Inferno / Angels & Demons / The Da Vinci Code Box Set [Blu-ray] [2016] Inferno / Angels & Demons / The Da Vinci Code Box Set | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    INFERNO Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest thriller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop the unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. ANGELS & DEMONS In Ron Howard's thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) pursues ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by a deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the Cardinals' lives on the line, and the Camerlengo (Ewan McGregor) desperate for help, Langdon embarks on a nonstop, action-packed race through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, and the most secret vault on Earth! THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown's international bestseller comes alive in the film THE DA VINCI CODE, directed by Ron Howard with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Join symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) in their heart-racing quest to solve a bizarre murder mystery that will take them from France to England - and behind the veil of a mysterious ancient society, where they discover a secret protected since the time of Christ.

  • Cocoon / Cocoon The Return [1985] Cocoon / Cocoon The Return | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £5.89  |  Saving you £9.10 (60.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Cocoon: A group of senior citizens residing in a rest home find their lives turned upside down after they are offered the gift of eternal youth by benevolent aliens in Ron Howard's wonderful tribute to the human spirit. Brian Dennehy is Walter an alien who returns to earth to rescue 20 of his friends now hibernating in cocoons off the coast of Florida. With the help of a charter boat captain (Steve Guttenberg) the cocoons are stored in a deserted swimming pool. When three men

  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years [DVD] [2016] The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years | DVD | (21/11/2016) from £1.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    IN 1962 FOUR YOUNG MEN JOHN LENNON, PAUL McCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON AND RINGO STARR CAME TOGETHER TO FORM THE 20TH CENTURY MUSICAL PHENOMENON KNOWN AS, THE BEATLES. The band stormed Europe in 1963, and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their groundbreaking world tours changed global youth culture forever and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinarily successful singles and albums. However the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music. Master storyteller and Oscar® winner*, Ron Howard, explores this incredible journey in his own unique way: How did The Beatles do this? How did they cope with all the fame and pressure? How did they not only survive, but go on to revolutionise popular music? With original interviews, footage, staggering live performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure, answering the question everyone always wants to know: What was it like to be there?!!

  • Inferno [Blu-ray] [2016] Inferno | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £6.19  |  Saving you £0.19 (3.00%)  |  RRP £6.38

    Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest thriller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop the unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. Click Images to Enlarge

  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years - Deluxe Edition [DVD] [2016] The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years - Deluxe Edition | DVD | (21/11/2016) from £12.89  |  Saving you £-2.89 (-28.90%)  |  RRP £10

    IN 1962 FOUR YOUNG MEN JOHN LENNON, PAUL McCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON AND RINGO STARR CAME TOGETHER TO FORM THE 20TH CENTURY MUSICAL PHENOMENON KNOWN AS, THE BEATLES. The band stormed Europe in 1963, and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their groundbreaking world tours changed global youth culture forever and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinarily successful singles and albums. However the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music. Master storyteller and Oscar® winner*, Ron Howard, explores this incredible journey in his own unique way: How did The Beatles do this? How did they cope with all the fame and pressure? How did they not only survive, but go on to revolutionise popular music? With original interviews, footage, staggering live performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure, answering the question everyone always wants to know: What was it like to be there?!!

  • Angels and Demons [DVD] Angels and Demons | DVD | (14/09/2009) from £2.95  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    If the devil is in the details, there's a lot of wicked fun in Angels & Demons, the sequel (originally a prequel) to The Da Vinci Code. Director Ron Howard delivers edge-of-your-pew thrills all over the Vatican, the City of Rome, and the deepest, dankest catacombs. Tom Hanks is dependably watchable in his reprised role as Professor Robert Langdon, summoned urgently to Rome on a matter of utmost urgency--which happens to coincide with the death of the Pope, meaning the Vatican is teeming with cardinals and Rome is teeming with the faithful. A religious offshoot group, calling themselves the Illuminati, which protested the Catholic Church's prosecution of scientists 400 years ago, has resurfaced and is making extreme, and gruesome, terrorist demands. The film zooms around the city, as Langdon follows clues embedded in art, architecture, and the very bone structure of the Vatican. The cast is terrific, including Ewan McGregor, who is memorable as a young protégé of the late pontiff, and who seems to challenge the common wisdom of the Conclave just by being 40 years younger than his fellows when he lectures for church reform. Stellan Skarsgard is excellent as a gruff commander of the Swiss Guard, who may or may not have thrown in with the Illuminati. But the real star of the film is Rome, and its High Church gorgeousness, with lush cinematography by Salvatore Totino, who renders the real sky above the Vatican, in a cataclysmic event, with the detail and majesty of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. --A.T. Hurley, Amazon.comStills from Angels & Demons (click for larger image)

  • In the Heart of the Sea [DVD] [2016] In the Heart of the Sea | DVD | (02/05/2016) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick's best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. Click Images to Enlarge

  • The Da Vinci Code [Blu-ray][Region Free] The Da Vinci Code | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011) from £2.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (77.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Dan Brown's international bestseller comes alive in the film The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Join symbologist Robert Langdon (Academy Award(r) Winner Tom Hanks, 1993 Best Actor, Philadelphia, and 1994 Best Actor, Forrest Gump) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) in their heart-racing quest to solve a bizarre murder mystery that will take them from France to England -- and behind the veil of a mysterious ancient society, where they discover a secret protected since the time of Christ.

  • Tangled [Blu-ray] Tangled | Blu Ray | (31/10/2011) from £7.69  |  Saving you £10.01 (43.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Disney's 50th full-length animated feature film, Tangled is a visually appealing, music-filled adventure full of romance and humor. The film focuses on Rapunzel, a girl with long magical hair who's lived her entire life imprisoned in a tower by her greedy mother. Naturally optimistic and acquiescent, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) rarely complains about her circumstances, but for her 18th birthday she longs to leave the tower to see the floating lights that appear every year on her birthday. Her mother (Donna Murphy) refuses her request, but when thief Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) climbs the tower to escape his pursuers, Rapunzel (once she's conked him on the head with a frying pan multiple times) impulsively decides to trust the young man and convinces him to help her escape to see the floating lights. Thus begins a journey that alternates quite schizophrenically between optimistic excitement and guilty remorse that will ultimately change Rapunzel's and Flynn's lives forever. Tangled is a masterful blend of humour, adventure, passion and drama combined with a great musical score and top-notch animation. The 3-D effects add to the experience but probably won't be missed in other formats. Best of all, Disney presents a princess who matures from a meek and compliant girl into a spunky young woman who's not afraid to pursue her dreams and risk it all for love--now that's a Disney princess worth emulating. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

  • Backdraft [1991] Backdraft | DVD | (05/06/2006) from £3.49  |  Saving you £2.50 (41.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    A somewhat contrived screenplay doesn't stop this thriller from serving up some of the most spectacular fire sequences ever committed to film. Like any Ron Howard production Backdraft is impressively slick and boasts a stellar cast, including Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. The actors play sibling rivals who have been at odds since the death of their firefighter father years earlier. Robert De Niro is the veteran fire inspector who is tracking a series of mysterious and deadly arsons and Donald Sutherland is effectively creepy as the former arsonist who understands the criminal psychology of pyromaniacs. Rebecca De Mornay, Scott Glenn and Jennifer Jason Leigh are featured in supporting roles. Backdraft is a triumph of stunt work and flaming special effects. --Jeff Shannon

  • Apollo 13 (4K UHD + Blu-ray + UV) [2017] Apollo 13 (4K UHD + Blu-ray + UV) | Blu Ray | (02/10/2017) from £15.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Nominated for nine Academy Awards®�, including Best Picture, produced by Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer* and directed by Academy Award® winner Ron Howard**, Apollo 13 stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in the inspiring and riveting story of the real-life space flight that gripped a nation and changed the world. Special Features: LOST MOON: THE TRIUMPH OF APOLLO 13 (THE MAKING OF APOLLO 13) CONQUERING SPACE: THE MOON AND BEYOND LUCKY 13: THE ASTRONAUT'S STORY APOLLO 13: 20 YEARS LATER FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR RON HOWARD

  • The Da Vinci Code (1 Disc Edition)  [2006] The Da Vinci Code (1 Disc Edition) | DVD | (15/01/2007) from £2.35  |  Saving you £17.30 (86.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Uncover The Secret. Dan Brown's international bestseller comes alive in the film The Da Vinci Code

  • Cinderella Man [2005] Cinderella Man | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £7.23  |  Saving you £10.76 (59.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    One man's extraordinary fight to save the family he loved. James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) dubbed 'Cinderella Man' was a once-promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand became synonymous with the Great Crash. With one good hand Braddock was forced to labour on the docks of Hoboken while only his manager (Paul Giamatti) still believed in him finding fights for Braddock to help support his wife (Renee Zellweger)and children

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