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The Pursuit Of Happyness | DVD | (14/05/2007)
from £4.59 | Saving you £15.07 (75.40%) | RRP
Chris Gardner is a bright and talented but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm he and his son endure many hardships including living in shelters in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.
2012 | DVD | (29/03/2010)
from £2.49 | Saving you £17.24 (86.20%) | RRP
Now this is how you destroy the world. Roland Emmerich's 2012 pounces on a Nostradamus-style loophole in the Mayan calendar and rams the apocalypse through it, gleefully conjuring up an enormous amount of Saturday-matinee fun in the process. A scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) detects shifting continental plates and sun flares and realizes that this foretells the imminent destruction of the planet. Just as the molten lava is about to hit the fan, a novelist (John Cusack) takes his kids on a trip to Yellowstone; later he'll hook up with his ex (Amanda Peet) and her new boyfriend (Tom McCarthy) in a global journey toward safety. If there is any safety. The suitably hair-raising plot lines are punctuated--frequently, people, frequently--by visions of mayhem around the globe: the Vatican falls over, the White House is clobbered (Emmerich's Independence Day was not enough on that score), and the California coastline dives into the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other action directors we could name, Emmerich actually understands how to let you see and drink in these vast special-effects vistas--and they are incredible. He also honors the old Irwin Allen disaster-movie tradition by actually shelling out for good actors. Cusack and Ejiofor are convincing even in the cheesiest material; toss in Danny Glover (the U.S. president), Woody Harrelson (a nut-bar conspiracy-theorising radio host), Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt, and you've got a very watchable batch of people. Emmerich hasn't developed an ear for dialogue, even at this stage in his career, and the final act goes on a bit too long. This is a very silly movie, but if you've got a weakness for B-movie energy and hairbreadth escapes, 2012 delivers quite a bit of both. --Robert Horton
Gridlock'd | DVD | (16/02/2004)
from £4.15 | Saving you £1.84 (30.70%) | RRP
When their friend Cookie OD's best buddies and musicians Spoon (Tupac Shakur) and Stretch (Tim Roth) decide it's time to kick their drug habit by putting themselves into detox. But they soon discover that the road to rehab is paved with reams of social service red tape. Spoon and Stretch are just trying to stay alive until they can get treatment. But between the angry drug dealers the cops who have mistaken them for murderers and the people with forms and clipboards this turns into a task of epic proportions. Thus enfolds their comic adventure to sobriety.
Crash | DVD | (05/12/2005)
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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
Run, Fat Boy, Run | DVD | (18/02/2008)
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Run Fat Boy Run centers on a charming but oblivious overweight guy who leaves his fiancee on their wedding day only to discover years later that he really loves her. To win her back he must finish a marathon while making her realize that her handsome wealthy fiance is the wrong guy for her.
Norbit | DVD | (09/07/2007)
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Eddie Murphy stars and stars in this very broad and raucous comedy that finds the Oscar-nominated Dreamgirls actor revisiting the multiple-character shtick that worked so well for him in Coming to America and The Nutty Professor. The latter's makeup-effects artist, Rick Baker, once again transforms Murphy into a variety of grotesques and caricatures, including the hugely fat, monstrous Rasputia, the Asian Mr. Wong, and the timorous Norbit, a nervous orphan raised by Wong and married to Rasputia. The latter, a member of a construction family with a plan to turn Wong's orphanage into a strip club, is a relentlessly narcissistic shrew who puts the screws on Norbit at every turn, especially when he rediscovers his love for an old friend, Kate (Thandie Newton). Kate's wish to buy and maintain the orphanage herself is secretly compromised by her fiancé (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who is in cahoots with Rasputia's family and using Norbit to further their agenda. Extraordinarily silly, frequently crude and mean-spirited to an extreme, Norbit is far more sour than The Nutty Professor. But there are moments of inspiration, especially a wedding interrupted by wannabe pimps who launch a profane gospel groove, and a dog that talks to Norbit while he is semi-conscious. For the most part, though, Norbit impresses as a technical marvel utilizing careful shot design and skillful editing. Murphy participates in several remarkable, three-character scenes in which he happens to be all three characters, and those moments move so briskly it's easy to forget one is looking at a comic stunt. --Tom Keogh
The Chronicles of Riddick | DVD | (04/07/2011)
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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
Run, Fat Boy, Run | Blu Ray | (18/02/2008)
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Love. Commitment. Responsibility. There's nothing he can't run away from... Run Fat Boy Run centers on a charming but oblivious overweight guy who leaves his fiancee on their wedding day only to discover years later that he really loves her. To win her back he must finish a marathon while making her realize that her handsome wealthy fiance is the wrong guy for her.
The Truth About Charlie | DVD | (29/09/2003)
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Regina Lampert (Newton) has gone back home to Paris to finally screw up the courage to ask her husband Charlie (Dillane) for a divorce. Upon arriving Regina finds her home turned upside down her husband dead and gangs of thugs cops and a U.S. government agent (Robbins) looking for her to provide answers to where Charlie left 6 million dollars behind. Her only sanctuary is Joshua (Wahlberg) a kind stranger who seems instantly smitten with Regina but who just might be an even
Beloved | DVD | (12/02/2001)
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Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover play the unforgettable lead roles in a powerful widely acclaimed cinematic triumph from Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. On a different journey to find freedom Sethe (Winfrey) is constantly confronted by the secrets that have haunted her for years. Then an old friend from out of her past (Glover) unexpectedly re-enters her life. With his help Sethe may finally be able to rediscover who she is and regain her lost sense of hope. Also featuring outstanding performances from Thandie Newton and Lisa Gay Hamilton you'll agree with critics everywhere who've hailed this landmark adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel as one of the year's finest films!
Vanishing on 7th Street | DVD | (20/02/2012)
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When a massive power outage plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness a disparate group of individuals find themselves alone. The entire city's population has vanished into thin air leaving behind heaps of empty clothing abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern they realise the darkness is out to get them. But as their light fades how long can they survive before the shadows devour them?
Mission: Impossible 2 | DVD | (11/12/2000)
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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
Retreat | DVD | (17/10/2011)
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Taking an isolated break on an uninhabited island Martin (Cillian Murphy) and Kate (Thandie Newton) are about to find that their island retreat is about to become a stone prison of unimaginable terror. When a blood soaked stranger (Jamie Bell), stumbles through their door with an apocalyptic story of a virus sweeping across Europe decimating all in its path, their lives are turned upside down as they face the end of everything they know. Using all means necessary, they must fight to escape the approaching threat. But escape is only the beginning of their terrifying fight for survival...
2012/Terminator Salvation/Children Of Men | DVD | (06/09/2010)
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2012: From Roland Emmerich director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day comes the ultimate action-adventure film exploding with groundbreaking special effects. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Terminator Salvation: The year is 2018. Judgment Day has come and gone. At the behest of Skynet an army of Terminators roams the wastelands killing or collecting humans. The only hope for the survival of humanity is Resistance fighter John Connor: a man whose destiny has always been intertwined with the fate of human existence. As the future of the world teeters on the brink of the future John has been warned about his whole life something totally new shakes his belief that mankind stands a chance against the machines: the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) a man from the past whose last memory is of being on death row before awakening in this post-apocalyptic nightmare. In the face of an ever-adapting Skynet John must decide whether Marcus can be trusted as he prepares to face the enemy head-on. Children of Men: In a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind...
Jefferson In Paris | DVD | (15/03/2004)
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Statesman and 'Declaration Of Independence' author Thomas Jefferson is depicted during the time he served as America's Ambassador to France. The story follows his love life and dramatises a romance (widely believed to be exaggerated) between Jefferson and one of his youthful slaves.
6 Film Box Set: 2012 (2009)/ Backdraft/ Bronson/ Crank/ Death Race 2/ S.W.A.T. | DVD | (24/10/2011)
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Titles Comprise:2012: From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the ultimate action-adventure film, exploding with groundbreaking special effects. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.Bronson: In 1974, a misguided 19 year old decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, armed with a sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams, he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Michael Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years and transformed into Charles Bronson, Britain's most notorious prisoner.For this controversial but critically acclaimed film from director Nicolas Winding Refn (the Pusher trilogy), Tom Hardy physically transformed himself for the role and gives a performance described by The Sun as utterly brilliant.Crank: Poison in his veins. Vengeance in his heart.A professional hit man, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) discovers that a poisonous injection threatens to kill him if his heart rate drops below a certain point. Now he must exact his revenge on the people who injected him before he takes his last breath!Death Race 2: In the not too distant future, the United States economy is in decline and violent crime is spiraling out of control. In an attempt to regain power over the growing criminal population, a vast network of for-profit, private prisons has opened up. But rather than solving society's problems they have created a lawless subculture run by gangs, killers and sociopaths. S.W.A.T.: An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.
M:I-2 | DVD | (17/10/2011)
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How do you prevent terrorists from unleashing mayhem on the entire world? You don't. This is a job for IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The world's greatest spy returns in the movie event of the year, M:I-2. Top action director John Woo brings his own brand of excitement to the mission that finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) partnering up with the beautiful Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton) to stop renegade agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) from releasing a new kind of terror on an unsuspecting world. But before the mission is complete, they'll traverse the globe and have to choose between everything they love and everything they believe.
The Chronicles Of Riddick: Reel Heroes Sleeve | DVD | (16/01/2012)
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Vin Diesel reprises his role as hunted fugitive Riddick, his anti-hero character from cult movie Pitch Black.Riddick is on the run. Escaping from mercenaries determined to collect the price on his head, he finds himself at the heart of a battle that is not his. With Necromonger conquerors threatening the future of the entire universe, Riddick could be the only unlikely hero to save the human race. But will he be interested in saving anything other than his own life?With ground breaking special effects, incredible action scenes in fantastic worlds and an all star cast, including Dame Judi Dench and Thandie Newton, The Chronicles Of Riddick take you on a thrill-ride like you've never experienced before.