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Mission: Impossible 2 | DVD | (11/12/2000)
from £3.35 | Saving you £12.64 (79.00%) | RRP
Visually stunning, and a likely must for John Woo aficionados, the second Mission: Impossible outing from megastar Tom Cruise suffers from an inconsistent tone and tired plot devices--not only recycled from other films, but repeated throughout the film. Despite remarkable cinematography and awe-inspiring, trademark Woo photography, the movie offers a tepid story from legendary screenwriter-director Robert Towne (Chinatown) and a host of other writers, most uncredited.Following on from the set pieces in the first big-budget, big box-office MI in 1996, it's clear (as Towne confirms) that the plot was developed around Woo- and Cruise-written action sequences. The film combines equal elements of romance and action, and is best when it features the stunning allure of Thandie Newton as Nyah, a master thief recruited by the sinewy charms of Ethan Hunt (a fit Cruise). Deeply in love after a passionate night, the couple must then combat MI nemesis (and Nyah's former lover) Sean Ambrose (Ever After's Dougray Scott). Ambrose holds hostage a virus and its cure, and offers them to the highest bidder.Woo's famed mythic film making is far from subtle, with heroic Hunt frequently slow-motion walking through fire, smoke or other similar devices, replete with a white dove among pigeons to signal his presence. The emphasis on romance is an attempt to develop character and a more human side to superspy Hunt, but still the story proves a distraction from the exciting action sequences. John Polson (as an MI team member) is an Aussie talent to keep an eye on. --N.F. MendozaM:I-2 DVD Extra Features With more and more DVDs coming out with an extra DVD full of features at a slightly more expensive price, it's nice every so often to see a disc that offers not only a great movie, but a bundle of features on it as well. The M:i-2 DVD does just this, and features not only the widescreen presentation, but also a number of behind-the-scenes footage, a spoof documentary, breakdowns of some of the stunts and even a music video to boot. Although the breakdown of scenes has that "Tom really did do it all, honest" feel to it, some of the elements are genuinely interesting. The biggest surprise of all though is the inclusion of the six-minute spoof documentary that was done for the MTV awards with Ben Stiller. All in all, a well presented disc and set of extra features. --Stuart Miles
Crash | DVD | (05/12/2005)
from £4.99 | Saving you £10.21 (63.90%) | RRP
You think you know who you are. You have no idea... They all live in Los Angeles. And in the next 36 hours they will collide. A car crash brings together many desperate residents of Los Angeles often finding themselves defined in life along racial boundaries... A breathtaking multi-layered story of interlocked lives vignettes much in the vein of Robert Altman classics Short Cuts and Nashville written and directed by the Oscar-nominated screenwr
Crash | Blu Ray | (01/02/2010)
from £7.59 | Saving you £12.40 (62.00%) | RRP
You think you know who you are. You have no idea... They all live in Los Angeles. And in the next 36 hours they will collide. A car crash brings together many desperate residents of Los Angeles often finding themselves defined in life along racial boundaries... A breathtaking multi-layered story of interlocked lives vignettes much in the vein of Robert Altman classics Short Cuts and Nashville written and directed by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby Paul Haggis.
For Colored Girls | DVD | (04/04/2011)
from £6.71 | Saving you £11.28 (62.70%) | RRP
Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.
The Chronicles of Riddick | DVD | (04/07/2011)
from £3.35 | Saving you £6.64 (66.50%) | RRP
Bigger isn't always better, but for anyone who enjoyed Pitch Black, a nominal sequel like The Chronicles of Riddick should prove adequately entertaining. Writer-director David Twohy returns with expansive sets, detailed costumes, an army of CGI effects artists, and the star he helped launch--Vin Diesel--bearing his franchise burden quite nicely as he reprises his title role. The Furian renegade Riddick has another bounty on his head, but when he escapes from his mercenary captors, he's plunged into an epic-scale war waged by the Necromongers. A fascist master race led by Lord Marshal (Colm Feore), they're determined to conquer all enemies in their quest for the Underverse, the appeal of which is largely unexplained (since Twohy is presumably reserving details for subsequent "chronicles"). With tissue-thin plotting, scant character development, and skimpy roles that waste the talents of Thandie Newton (as a Necromonger conspirator) and Judi Dench (as a wispy "Elemental" priestess), Twohy's back in the B-movie territory he started in (with The Arrival), brought to vivid life on a vast digital landscape with the conceptual allure of a lavish graphic novel. But does Riddick have leadership skills on his resumé? To get an answer to that question, sci-fi fans will welcome another sequel. --Jeff Shannon
W. | Blu Ray | (16/03/2009)
from £8.14 | Saving you £16.85 (67.40%) | RRP
Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in acclaimed director Oliver Stone's new biopic W.! Whether you love him or hate him there is no question that America's 43rd President is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. W. will take viewers through the trials and tribulations of Bush's eventful life - and joining Brolin on the ride will be the fair Elisabeth Banks Thandie Newton Richard Dreyfuss James Cromwell Ellen Burstyn Ioan Grufford and Scott Glenn.