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National Treasure | DVD | (25/04/2005)
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Like a Hardy Boys mystery on steroids, National Treasure offers popcorn thrills and enough boyish charm to overcome its rampant silliness. Although it was roundly criticized as a poor man's rip-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code, it's entertaining on its own ludicrous terms, and Nicolas Cage proves once again that one actor's infectious enthusiasm can compensate for a multitude of movie sins. The contrived plot involves Cage's present-day quest for the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, kept secret through the ages by Freemasons past and present. Finding the treasure requires the theft of the Declaration of Independence (there are crucial treasure clues on the back, of course!), so you can add "caper comedy" to this Jerry Bruckheimer production's multi-genre appeal. Nobody will ever accuse director Jon Turtletaub of artistic ambition, but you've got to admit he serves up an enjoyable dose of PG-rated entertainment, full of musty clues, skeletons, deep tunnels, and harmless adventure in the old-school tradition. It's a load of hokum, but it's fun hokum, and that makes all the difference. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian | Blu Ray | (17/11/2008)
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More exciting than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian continues the movie franchise based on C.S. Lewis' classic fantasy books. The movie picks up where the first left off... sort of. It's been a year since the Pevensie children--Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley)--returned to England from Narnia, and they've just about resigned themselves to living their ordinary lives. But just like that, they're once again transported to a fantastical land, but one with a long-abandoned castle. It turns out that they are in Narnia again--and they themselves lived in that castle, but hundreds of years ago in Narnia time. They've been summoned back to help Prince Caspian (Stardust's Ben Barnes, res! embling a young, cultured Keanu Reeves), the rightful heir to the throne who's become the target of his power-hungry uncle, King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto). And he's not the only one threatened: Miraz's people, the Telmarines, have pushed all the Narnians--the talking animals, the centaurs and other beasts, the walking trees--to the brink of extinction. Despite some alpha-male bickering, Peter and Caspian agree to fight Miraz alongside the remaining Narnians, including the dwarf Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) and the swashbuckling mouse Reepicheep (voiced by Eddie Izzard). (Also appearing is Warwick Davis, who was in Willow and the 1989 BBC version of Prince Caspian.) But of course they most of all miss the noble lion, Aslan, who would have never let this happen to Narnia if he hadn't disappeared. Prince Caspian is epic, evoking memories of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. (Some of the battle elements may seem too familiar, but they were in Lewis's book.) And it's appropriate for kids (Reepicheep could have come out of a Shrek movie), though the tone is dark and there is a lot of death, albeit bloodless. After two successful films, Disney and Walden Media's franchise has proved successful enough that many of the characters are scheduled to return in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com
Jurassic Park 3 | DVD | (11/02/2002)
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As long as you expect nothing more, Jurassic Park III is a satisfying popcorn adventure. A little cheesier than the first two Jurassic blockbusters, it's a big B-movie with big B-list stars (including Laura Dern, briefly reprising her Jurassic Park role) and eight years of advancing CGI technology gives it a sharp edge over its predecessors. While adopting the jungle spirit of King Kong, the movie refines Michael Crichton’s original premise and its dinosaurs are even more realistic, their behaviour more detailed and their variety--including flying Pteronodons and a new villain, the Spinosaurus--more dazzling and threatening than ever. These advancements justify the sequel and its contrived plot--just barely spanning 90 minutes without wearing out its welcome. Posing as wealthy tourists, an adventurous couple (William H Macy, Téa Leoni) convince palaeontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and his protégé (Allesandro Nivola) to act as tour guides on a fly-over trip to Isla Sorna, the ill-fated "Site B" where all hell broke loose in The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2. In truth, they're on a search-and-rescue mission to find their missing son (Trevor Morgan) and their plane crash is just the first of several enjoyably suspenseful sequences. Director Joe Johnston (October Sky) embraces the formulaic plot as a series of atmospheric set pieces, placing new and familiar dinosaurs in misty rainforests, fiery lakes and mysterious valleys, turning JP3 into a thrill-ride with impressive highlights (including a T-Rex vs. Spinosaurus smackdown), adequate doses of wry humour (from the cowriters of Election) and an upbeat ending that's corny but appropriate, proving that the symptoms of "sequelitis" needn't be fatal. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com On the DVD: even though the original movie introduced DTS sound in cinemas, this is the first Region 2 DVD of the Jurassic Park franchise to boast DTS on the DVD. Great sound is complemented by a splendidly crisp anamorphic picture. The extras are many but fairly brief: a quick "Visit to ILM" (earnest men with beards and/or baseball caps sitting in front of computers) shows us the CGI dinosaurs whereas the even shorter "Tour of Stan Winston's Studio" reveals the animatronics--both of which are also explored in the fairly routine "making of" documentary (22 minutes). Behind-the-scenes montages show how three key sequences were created, and the commentary has key members of the FX team (including Stan Winston) revealing all the digital and animatronic secrets. Best of all is the disc's laudable attempt at providing added educational value with in-depth guides to each new dinosaur (plus "turntable" views of them all), and palaeontologist Jack Horner on location at his dinosaur digs in Montana. --Mark Walker
The Legend Of Zorro | Blu Ray | (03/12/2007)
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The year is 1850 and our swashbuckling crusader is challenged by the most dangerous mission of his life. The same forces that conspired to keep California from becoming part of the United States are plotting to unleash a threat that has been 500 years in the making a threat that could change the course of history forever. And only Zorro (Antonio Banderas) can stop it!
The Karate Kid | Blu Ray | (19/09/2011)
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A remake of the 1984 film of the same name, The Karate Kid well exceeds expectations, delivering a powerful viewing experience filled with action-packed martial arts scenes, great footage of China and its many wonders, and an absorbing story of a preadolescent boy's struggle to find his own inner strength. The title Karate Kid is really a misnomer as it is the art of kung fu that is practiced in this remake, not karate, and other details, including the film's setting in China, also differ from the original film. What remains the same, and just as powerful, is the underlying story: a young boy moves to a new place where he feels isolated and is bullied by his peers. Through an unlikely relationship with an adult, the boy not only learns to protect himself through martial arts, but develops the much more important qualities of respect and the mastery of one's own mind and body. Relative newcomer Jaden Smith (son of actors and producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) is excellent as the main character Dre Parker; Jackie Chan gives a restrained and highly effective performance as his mentor Mr. Han; and Zhenwei Wang is eerily believable as the bully Chen. This is an intense and often violent film that fully engulfs its viewers--be prepared to gasp and cheer out loud, and know that you may never look at the act of putting on and taking off a jacket in the same way again.--Tami Horiuchi
Fantastic Four | DVD | (11/06/2007)
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Prepare for the fantastic! The lifelong dream of inventor astronaut and scientist Dr. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) is close to being realized. He is spearheading a trip to outer space to the center of a cosmic storm. There he hopes to unlock the secrets of the human genetic codes for the benefit of all humanity. Extensive government grant cutbacks nearly dashed the visionary's hopes of the historic flight until Reed accepted a financing deal with his old college rival Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon) now a billionaire industrialist. Reed's crew for the mission includes his best friend astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis); Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) Von Doom's director of genetic research and Reed's ex-girlfriend; and Sue's hot-headed younger brother pilot Johnny Storm (Chris Evans). With benefactor Von Doom in tow the four set off for the exploration of a lifetime. The mission is uneventful - until Reed discovers a miscalculation of the speed of the approaching storm. Within minutes the event threshold is upon them. The space station is engulfed by turbulent clouds of cosmic radiation which genetically transforms the crew. Their DNA is irrevocably altered - and so is their future. Back on earth the effects of the exposure are quickly revealed. Reed gains the ability to stretch and contort his body into any shape he can imagine and as leader of the group is given the name Mr. Fantastic; Sue is able to render herself invisible and to create and project powerful force fields as Invisible Woman; Johnny becomes known as The Human Torch as he can now engulf his body in flames and take flight at will; and Ben whose freakish transmutation is the most shocking becomes an orange-colored rock-like superhumanly strong creature The Thing. Together they turn tragedy into triumph and catastrophe into coalition using their unique and formidable powers to thwart the evil plans of their now steely-eyed iron-fisted nemesis Dr. Doom...
Speed Racer | Blu Ray | (10/11/2008)
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Speed Racer lives for racing. He is a born winner with an aggressive instinctive and fearless approach to the track. Having racked up victory after victory behind the wheel of his unstoppable Mach 5 vehicle he faces the deadliest decision of his life - partner up with a rich mogul cheat for safety or risk his life to save the spirit of his sport and compete in the definitive death-defying cross country rally The Crucible. The death of his brother the legendary Rex Racer (Scott Porter) in a mysterious racing accident ten years earlier has urged Speed (Emile Hirsch) the son of car-designer Pops Racer (John Goodman) to carry on his brother's legacy. Speed's own success results in the discovery that some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless sponsors led by the sinister Mr Royalton (Roger Allam). In the knowledge that Royalton will see to it that his Mach 5 will never cross a finishing line again if they do not join forces Speed's fate hangs in the balance as he decides which path to take. The Wachowski Brothers creators of The Matrix trilogy have produced the ultimate live-action adaptation of Tatsuo Yoshida's classic 1960s Japanese anime series Mach Go Go Go in this beautifully shot visual feast that will appeal to the whole family. Full of exciting brilliantly-conceived races primary-colour characterisations and an irresistible sense of fun Speed Racer is an entertaining superbly directed blockbuster that is unlike anything you have seen before.
Space Cowboys | DVD | (14/05/2001)
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Space Cowboys is a slice of cornball Americana that's so much fun you'll be tempted to stand up and salute. Director and co-star Clint Eastwood manages to turn what might have been ludicrous into a jubilant tribute to age and experience, and Space Cowboys succeeds as two movies in one--a comedy about retired pilots given one last shot at glory and an Apollo 13-like thriller with all the requisite heroics. With a dream cast of Hollywood vets playing old farts described in tabloids as "The Ripe Stuff", the movie jumps from a 1958 prologue (establishing their lost bid for space travel) to 40-plus years later, when the retired Air Force aces (Eastwood, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones) volunteer to rescue a falling Russian satellite that only Eastwood's character can repair. It turns out that Russkie bird is a Cold War leftover equipped with live nuclear warheads, and the movie revs up to a rousing climax in which our heroes prove their mettle. But first the comedy: watching these codgers struggle to pass NASA's physical tests is a total hoot, with running gags about wrinkles, dentures, and oysters for sagging libidos. (Sutherland is the scene-stealer, but they're all having a blast.) Once in space, the movie gets down to business, and the visual-effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic provide stunning vistas from Earth's orbit; a shot looking down at the boot of Italy is particularly beautiful. A sub-plot involving a weasely NASA administrator (James Cromwell) is rather perfunctory, but it hardly matters. Space Cowboys earns its wings, once again demonstrating Eastwood's comfort with any genre he chooses. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com On the DVD: Even though it boasts no sub-title like "Special Edition," this DVD has some of the nicest extras you'll want to see. There's nearly an hour of behind-the-footage material, all of it superior made-for-cable featurettes so often included on DVDs. The technicians divulge little tricks of the trade, revealing more computer effects in the film than you think. Longtime Eastwood editor Joel Cox provides insight into the director's work routine. The highlight, though, is an extended version of the four principle's appearance on The Tonight Show with Leno providing some interesting comments on how he chooses what films will "appear" on his show. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com
Astroboy Combi Pack ( Blu-ray + DVD ) | Blu Ray | (31/05/2010)
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Set in futuristic Metro City Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive blue energy Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength x-ray vision unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures he learns the joys and emotions of being human and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (09/12/2013)
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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2010 hit Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief. And for the first time ever available in 3D too! It continues the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends as they look for the golden fleece in order to save Camp Half-Blood's magical borders from sinister foes. Based on the popular book franchise.
Ghandi My Father | DVD | (22/10/2007)
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One Family's tragedy was the price of a nation's freedom... While Gandhi was hailed as the father of the nation his son Harilal always resented the fact that for him he was like a father who never was. He rebelled against his father's idealistic principles and sought to live a life where he would not have to carry the burden of being the son of an exemplary figure like Mahatma Gandi his father. This film takes the viewer through a periodic journey of a man his son and the relationship that they share.
Meet Dave | DVD | (01/12/2008)
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Starship Dave features Eddie Murphy Elizabeth Banks and Gabrielle Union! Seeking a way to save their doomed world a crew of tiny human-looking aliens arrives on earth in the perfect disguise - a spaceship shaped like an ordinary man.
Tarzan | DVD | (25/08/2014)
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In a remote part of Africa entrepreneur John Greystoke and his wife are killed in a helicopter crash leaving their young son to fend for himself. A group of gorillas discover the boy in the wreckage and take him in as their own where he soon adopts a new name - Tarzan. Tarzan grows up learning the harsh laws of the jungle for nearly a decade until he encounters another human being - the young and beautiful Jane Porter. It is love at first sight but things become dangerous when a ruthless businessman who has travelled to Africa with Jane reveals his true and sinister intentions. Facing deadly challenges from man and beast Tarzan must use his jungle instincts and human intellect to save his home and the woman he loves.
Speed Racer | DVD | (10/11/2008)
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From writer/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski the creators of the groundbreaking The Matrix trilogy comes the live-action high-octane family adventure Speed Racer - based on the classic 1960's anime series Mach Go Go Go. Hurtling down the track careening around over and through the competition Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars Speed is aggressive instinctive and most of all fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized - the legendary Rex Racer - whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.
Lord Of The Rings - Fellowship Of The Ring (Theatrical Version) | Blu Ray | (06/04/2010)
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In this first part of the Trilogy the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron the dark Lord of Mordor to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends humans a wizard a dwarf and an elf must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom where it first was forged and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship.
National Treasure | Blu Ray | (02/06/2008)
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A family promise to locate and protect an ancient treasure hidden 200 years ago sends Ben Franklin Gates (Cage) on an incredible action-packed adventure but first he must steal the map hidden on the back of the of most protected document in U.S. history the Declaration of Independence!
The Chronicles Of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe | Blu Ray | (16/06/2008)
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C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings - Lucy Edmund Susan and Peter. Set in World War II England the children enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of 'hide-and-seek' in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there the children discover a charming peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts dwarfs fauns centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler the lion Aslan the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever.
Jurassic Park 3 | DVD | (28/11/2005)
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Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) devoted his entire life to the study of dinosaurs but he never imagined hed have to be face-to-face with them...again. Eight years later InGens debacle as well as the political and economic climate have taken their toll in the area of dinosaur research as public and private funding are becoming increasingly extinct. Desperate to fund research for his new theory of Velociraptor intelligence Grant is particularly vulnerable when wealthy
Thief Lord | DVD | (16/10/2006)
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Mystical magical and completely enchanting this epic tale in the tradition of the Harry Potter series brings the beloved characters of prize-winning novelist Cornelia Funke to dazzling life. After their mother dies two boys flee their mean aunt and head for Venice Italy where they meet Scipio the mysterious ""Thief Lord."" Along with a small band of abandoned kids who call an old movie theater home the boys join Scipio's world of robbing the rich to support themselves. Soon they win the heart of the detective hired to track them and begin an adventure that leads them to an old merry-go-round believed to have special powers. Featuring Vanessa Redgrave and a captivating supporting cast The Thief Lord will steal your heart from beginning to end.
Bond Remastered - Goldfinger (1-disc) | DVD | (12/03/2007)
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Heralded as the best Bond movie thus far Goldfinger features some of the most iconic moments in the series to-date. Who could forget Oddjob and his killer hat; Shirley Eaton doused in gold; Or one of the greatest comeback lines in history? James Bond: ""Do you expect me to talk?"" Auric Goldfinger: ""No Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!"" Special Agent 007 (Sean Connery) has just come face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time. And now he'll have to outwit and outgun this powerful tycoon to prevent him form cashing in on a devious scheme to raid Fort Knox - and obliterate the world economy!