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  • Game of Thrones - Season 7 [Steelbook] [Blu-ray] [2017] Game of Thrones - Season 7 | Blu Ray | (11/12/2017) from £34.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, the hit fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. As the season begins, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her Unsullied army and emboldened by Dothraki/Ironborn allies and her lethal trio of dragons, has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lannister, her newly appointed Hand. Jon Snow, memorably reanimated in S6, has apparently consolidated power in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and the return of Winterfell to Stark control. In King's Landing, Cersei Lannister, bereft of any surviving heirs, has successfully seized the Iron Throne by using wildfire to incinerate the High Sparrow and other foes in the Sept of Baelor. But as these and other factions drive inexorably towards new alliances or (more likely) violent conflicts, the cold specter of another, apocalyptic threat in the form of an army of undead White Walkers expected to breach The Wall and invade the South threatens to undermine the status quo and obliterate the outcome of these smaller, alltoo-human rivalries. Episodes: 1. Dragonstone 2. Stormborn 3. The Queen's Justice 4. The Spoils of War 5. Eastwatch 6. Beyond the Wall 7. The Dragon and the Wolf Extras: Episode Previews & Recaps Art Department (Title TBD) 30min Anatomy of Episode 706 (30min) Guide to Westeros (In Episode Interactive Feature) 7 Episode Commentaries

  • Blue Planet: The Collection [Blu-ray] [2017] Blue Planet: The Collection | Blu Ray | (27/11/2017) from £24.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    NARRATED BY DAVID ATTENBOROUGH The Blue Planet The Blue Planet is the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world's oceans. Narrated by David Attenborough, the extraordinary images of this marine epic reveal the sea at its most fearsome and alluring, exposing some of its best kept secrets. Enter a world of breathtaking beauty and discover new species, visit unseen habitats and witness stories of survival never caught on camera before. Accompanied by a superb soundtrack from the award-winning composer George Fenton, this DVD is further enhanced by the technical brilliance of the film and sound quality. Episodes: Episode 1 The Blue Planet Episode 2 The Deep Episode 3 Open Ocean Episode 4 Frozen Seas Episode 5 Seasonal Seas Episode 6 Coral Seas Episode 7 Tidal Seas Episode 8 - Coasts Special Features: Episode making ofs Deep Trouble (ecological documentary) Exclusive interviews with the production team Dive to Shark Volcano ventures to Cocos Island, an underwater volcano whose waters are a haven for sharks. As cameras reach new depths, we witness shark behaviour from the heart of the action. Amazon Abyss searches the river's hidden depths to find primitive dolphins, giant pink electric knifefish, giant black piranha and other astonishing creatures. Blue Planet II In recent years, our knowledge of what goes on in our Ocean has been transformed. Blue Planet II uses cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore new worlds, reveals astonishing creatures and extraordinary new animal behaviours. As we journey through our deep seas, coral reefs, open ocean, green seas and coasts we share these extraordinary new discoveries. But we now know that ocean health is under threat. Never has there been a more crucial time to explore our remotest seas, and to examine what the future will hold for our blue planet. Episodes: Episode 1 - One Ocean Episode 2 - The Deep Episode 3 - Coral Reefs Episode 4 - Big Blue Episode 5 - Green Seas Episode 6 - Coasts Episode 7 - Our Blue Planet

  • Game of Thrones - Season 1 [DVD] Game of Thrones - Season 1 | DVD | (05/03/2012) from £10.64  |  Saving you £29.35 (73.40%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. King and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men... all will play the Game of Thrones.A new original series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. Winter is coming to...

  • Kong: Skull Island [DVD + Digital Download] [2017] Kong: Skull Island | DVD | (24/07/2017) from £6.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The producers of Godzilla reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in Kong: Skull Island, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures. A compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), the film tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets [Blu-ray + UV] [2017] Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets | Blu Ray | (27/11/2017) from £13.30  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alphaan ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Also starring Rihanna, Clive Owen, Rutger Hauer, Kris Wu, Ethan Hawke and Herbie Hancock.

  • Big Little Lies [DVD] [2017] Big Little Lies | DVD | (31/07/2017) from £9.85  |  Saving you £2.88 (16.50%)  |  RRP £17.47

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star in an HBO limited drama series that tells the darkly comedic story of three northern-California mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. In addition to Witherspoon (Oscar®-winner for Walk the Line, Oscar®-nominated for Wild) as Madeline, Kidman (Oscar®-winner for The Hours, HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn) and Woodley (Divergent series, Golden Globe-nominated for The Descendants), the cast includes Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, The Legend of Tarzan) as Perry, Celeste's handsome yet volatile husband; Laura Dern (Oscar®-nominated for Wild, Emmy®-nominated for HBO's Enlightened) as Renata Klein, a high-powered career mom; Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) as Ed, Madeline's current husband; James Tupper (Revenge) as Nathan, Madeline's ex; Zoe Kravitz (the Divergent films) as Bonnie, Nathan's new wife; and Kathryn Newton (Supernatural) as Abigail, Madeline's teenaged daughter. Big Little Lies is based on the bestselling 2014 novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty. Big Little Lies is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Oscar®-nominated for Dallas Buyers Club) and written by Emmy®-winner David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal). EPs include Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, David E. Kelley, Jean-Marc Vallée and Gregg Fienberg. Episodes: Episode 1: Somebody's Dead Episode 2: Serious Mothering Episode 3: Living the Dream Episode 4: Push Comes to Shove Episode 5: Once Bitten Episode 6: Burning Love Episode 7: You Get What You Need Extra Content: Inside the Episodes About Big Little Lies

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol [1993] The Muppet Christmas Carol | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (72.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    For a unique twist on a holiday favorite don't miss The Muppet Christmas Carol. Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge - alongside all your Muppet favorites - in this version of the classic Dickens' tale about a stingy old man who learns to change his ways one lonely Christmas Eve. Kermit the Frog plays lowly Scrooge employee Bob Cratchit while Miss Piggy plays Bob's feisty wife Emily. Tune in for Christmas cheer only the Muppets can bring!

  • Home Alone / Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Double Pack [DVD] [1990] Home Alone / Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Double Pack | DVD | (28/01/2013) from £6.55  |  Saving you £3.44 (34.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    <strong>Home Alone</strong>: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (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! <strong>Home Alone 2 - Lost In New York</strong>: Kevin McCalliste...

  • Micky Flanagan - An' Another Fing Live [Blu-ray] Micky Flanagan - An' Another Fing Live | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017) from £13.30  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Micky's sell-out An' Another Fing tour is the biggest comedy event of 2017 playing to over 600,000 people across the UK and breaking box office records up and down the country. Recorded live at the 02, join Micky as he updates us in his own hilarious style on ?where he is at' following an enjoyable gap year. As The Telegraph 5* review states ?Britain's best paid comedian is worth every penny'. Experience the master of comedy at the top of his game as he explores subjects including money, the French, his relationship with his new dog, marriage and much, much more all performed with Micky's typical ?man of the people' cockney-charm style. You will laugh until you cry.

  • Driving Test Success All Tests DVD 2012 Edition (Interactive DVD) Driving Test Success All Tests DVD 2012 Edition (Interactive DVD) | DVD | (02/09/2011) from £11.68  |  Saving you £3.63 (23.70%)  |  RRP £15.31

    Disc 1: Theory TestThis easy to use DVD contains EVERY official revision question from the Driving Standards Agency, the people who set the test. Crammed with everything you need to know about the Theory Test, this interactive DVD will have you throwing away those L plates in no time.Practise using ALL the official DSA revision questions covering everything that you could be asked in your Theory TestEssential revision for learner car drivers and motorcyclists in Great Britain and Northern IrelandIncludes information about the official DSA case study questionsSit hundreds of random mock tests to see if you are ready for the big dayNew - view the full official DSA explanations to help you understand and remember the correct answersReceive immediate feedback on your answers to help identify questions that need more revisionWatch the 10 official DSA Hazard Perception sample video clips and introduction videoFind out how to book your Theory Test and what happens on the big dayDisc 2: Hazard Perception TestThis highly realistic DVD is packed with over 100 unique video clips that accurately simulate the second part of the Theory Test. You will learn exactly what constitutes a developing hazard and how you can put that skill into practice to ensure you pass first time.Gain the vital experience and confidence you need to pass the second part of the Theory TestPractise over 100 interactive test simulation video clipsSit hundreds of interactive mock tests to prepare you for your examReview each practice clip and discover where the hazard occurred and where the maximum score could have been achievedExperience realistic test settings including main roads, town and city centres, residential streets and rural roadsVideo tutorials showing how the test works, how to spot a developing hazard and much moreEssential test preparation for learner car drivers and motorcyclistsUse your DVD remote or game controller to identify the hazardsDisc 3: Practical Driving LessonsGain the confidence and knowledge you need to pass your Driving Test using this comprehensive DVD. With over 50 driving lessons, you can revise and refresh the essential driving skills taught to you by your Approved Driving Instructor before and after lessons.Watch over 50 completely up to date video tutorials showing you how to reach Driving Test standardAn experienced professional instructor demonstrates EVERYTHING that you may be asked to perform in your testContains all the recent changes to the DSA driving test including Independent Driving and Observer on TestLearn where all the main car controls are and how to operate themVideos are shot using multiple camera angles to give you a thorough understanding of tricky manoeuvres

  • The Secret Life Of Pets (DVD + Digital Download) [2015] The Secret Life Of Pets (DVD + Digital Download) | DVD | (14/11/2016) from £5.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    From the humans behind Despicable Me. Ever wonder what your pets do when you're not home? For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (DESPICABLE ME, DESPICABLE ME 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Jojo Siwa: My World [DVD] Jojo Siwa: My World | DVD | (04/12/2017) from £8.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Jojo recounts all of the events in her life that brought her to a huge performance at the Mall America and becoming a Nickelodeon star.

  • Spooks Series 8 [DVD] Spooks Series 8 | DVD | (20/09/2010) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Season 8 of the action packed drama series.

  • Moana [Blu-ray] [2016] Moana | Blu Ray | (03/04/2017) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, Moana (Auli?i Cravalho) meets the once mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage. Bring home the movie full of heart, humour and oceans of bonus extras! Bonus: Theatrical Short Film: Inner Workings (With Introduction) Maui Mini-Movie: Gone Fishing Voice of the Islands THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT Ron, John, Auli?i & Dwayne THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT Mark, Opetaia & Lin-Manuel Island Fashion The Elements Of...Mini-Maui The Elements Of...Water The Elements Of...Lava The Elements Of...Hair They Know The Way: Making The Music Of Moana Deleted Song: Warrior Face With Introduction By Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda Fishing For Easter Eggs Deleted Scenes With Introductions by Directors John Musker and Ron Clements (Overall Intro + Individual Intros) How Far I'll Go Performed By Alessia Cara How Far I'll Go Around The World Audio Commentary By Directors John Musker And Ron Clements **(scheduled for 12/8)

  • Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets [DVD] [2017] Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets | DVD | (27/11/2017) from £10.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alphaan ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Also starring Rihanna, Clive Owen, Rutger Hauer, Kris Wu, Ethan Hawke and Herbie Hancock.

  • Toy Story 1-3 Box Set [DVD] Toy Story 1-3 Box Set | DVD | (22/11/2010) from £10.00  |  Saving you £20.99 (67.70%)  |  RRP £30.99

    Toy Story: As six-year-old Andy's favorite toy Woody (Tom Hanks) a take-charge pull-string cowboy is confident in his role as room leader. But after Andy's birthday party newcomer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) a flashy space ranger with laser action and pop-out wings crash-lands into Woody's world. Buzz instantly wins the admiration of Andy's other toys igniting a rivalry that lands the duo inside the home of Sid - the toy-torturing boy next door. To escape Sid's evil plans Woody and Buzz must work together and realize they've got the perfect friend...in each other! Toy Story 2: The original all-star voice cast from Toy Story is joined in Toy Story 2 by a new gang of unforgettable characters including Jessie the cowgirl Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete the prospector. While Andy is away Woody is abducted by a greedy toy collector. Before you can say to infinity and beyond Buzz Lightyear Mr. Potato Head Hamm Rex and Slinky Dog spring into action in this thrilling and hilarious rescue mission. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Picture Toy Story 2 won raves from critics and audiences alike... Toy Story 3: The creators of the beloved Toy Story films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in Toy Story 3. Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment Andy is preparing to depart for college leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo) directs this highly anticipated film and Michael Arndt the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings.

  • Better Call Saul: Season 3 [DVD] [2017] Better Call Saul: Season 3 | DVD | (27/11/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (25.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Ballerina [DVD] Ballerina | DVD | (17/04/2017) from £5.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Félicie is a young orphan from Brittany who has only one passion: dance. With her best friend Victor, who wants to become a great inventor, they come up with a madcap scheme to escape their orphanage for Paris, the City of Lights, with its Eiffel Tower still under construction! Félicie has to fight like she has never fought before, she has to outdo herself and learn from her mistakes to make her craziest dream come true: becoming a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera...

  • Game of Thrones - Season 1-7 [DVD] [2017] Game of Thrones - Season 1-7 | DVD | (11/12/2017) from £79.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Season 1 Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the 'Game of Thrones.' A new original series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. Season 2 The Battle continues in Westeros with feuding families and power hungry rulers. Five Kings vie for a single, all-powerful throne in the all-new season of Game of Thrones an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honour, conquest and triumph. Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter. In King's Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. There's Robb Stark, son of the slain Lord of Winterfell, Ned Stark; Daenerys Targaryen, who looks to shore up her depleted power through three newborn dragons; Stannis Baratheon, eldest brother of the late King Robert; and Stannis' brother Renly, who has maintained his own claim since fleeing King's Landing. In the meantime, a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding new perils for Jon Snow and the Night's Watch. With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, Season 2 of Game of Thrones promises to be a thrilling journey through a riveting, unforgettable landscape. Season 3 In Season 3, family and loyalty will be the overarching themes, and many critical plot points from the first two seasons will come to a violent head, with several major characters meeting cruel fates. While a primary focus continues to be on King's Landing, where the Lannisters barely held onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon (brother of the late king), stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King of the North, will face a major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters in Season 2, while further north, Mance Rayder (new character, played by Ciarán Hinds) and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south to scale the Wall. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen reunited with her three deadly, fast-maturing dragons attempts to raise an army of slaves to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually overthrowing the Iron Throne. Season 4 As Season 4 begins, the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact in the wake of the Red Wedding slaughter that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses. But can they survive their own egos as well as new and ongoing threats? Meanwhile, an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army; the Lannister-loathing ?Red Viper of Dorne,' Oberyn Martell, arrives at King's Landing for Joffrey's wedding to Margaery Tyrell; Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons and unsullied force aim to liberate the largest Slavery City in the east...with long-range plans to take back the Iron Throne; and a depleted Night's Watch faces the advance of Mance Rayder's wildling army, who are in turn running from the undead White Walkers. Season 5 After the shocking deaths of S4, the season begins with a power vacuum that protagonists across Westeros and Essos look to fill. At Castle Black, Jon Snow struggles to balance the demands of the Night's Watch with those of newly-arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself as the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrabbles to hold on to power in Kings Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaimie embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend while a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires some hard sacrifices. Season 6 Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow's bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys' near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei's public humiliation in the streets of King's Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south. Season 7 As the season begins, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her Unsullied army and emboldened by Dothraki/Ironborn allies and her lethal trio of dragons, has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lannister, her newly appointed Hand. Jon Snow, memorably reanimated in S6, has apparently consolidated power in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and the return of Winterfell to Stark control. In King's Landing, Cersei Lannister, bereft of any surviving heirs, has successfully seized the Iron Throne by using wildfire to incinerate the High Sparrow and other foes in the Sept of Baelor. But as these and other factions drive inexorably towards new alliances or (more likely) violent conflicts, the cold specter of another, apocalyptic threat in the form of an army of undead White Walkers expected to breach The Wall and invade the South threatens to undermine the status quo and obliterate the outcome of these smaller, alltoo-human rivalries.

  • Planet of the Apes Triple [DVD] [2017] Planet of the Apes Triple | DVD | (27/11/2017) from £14.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Billed as a "re-imagining" of the original film, Tim Burton's extraordinary Planet of the Apes constantly borders on greatness, adhering to the spirit of Pierre Boulle's original novel while exploring fresh and inventive ideas and paying honourable tribute to the '68 sci-fi classic. Burton's gifts for eccentric inspiration and visual ingenuity make this a movie that's as entertaining as it is provocative, beginning with Rick Baker's best-ever ape make-up (hand that man an Oscar®!), and continuing through the surprisingly nuanced performances and breathtaking production design. Add to all this an intelligent screenplay that turns Boulle's speculative reversal--the dominance of apes over humans--into a provocative study of civil rights and civil war. The film finally goes too far with a woefully misguided ending that pays weak homage to the original, but everything preceding that misfire is astonishingly right. While attempting the space-pod retrieval of a chimpanzee test pilot, Major Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) enters a magnetic storm that propels him into the distant future, where he crash-lands on the ape-ruled planet. Among the primitively civilized apes, treatment of enslaved humans is a divisive issue: senator's daughter Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) advocates equality while the ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) promotes extermination. While Davidson ignites a human rebellion, this conflict is explored with admirable depth and emotion, and sharp dialogue allows Burton's exceptional cast to bring remarkable expressiveness to their embattled ape characters, most notably in the comic relief of orangutan slave trader Limbo (played to perfection by Paul Giamatti). Classic lines from the original film are cleverly reversed (including an unbilled cameo for Charlton Heston, in ape regalia as Thade's dying father), and while this tale of interspecies warfare leads to an ironic conclusion that's not altogether satisfying, it still bears the ripe fruit of a timeless what-if idea. --Jeff Shannon

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