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The Animatrix | Blu Ray | (17/11/2008)
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Taking characters and the premise from the groundbreaking science fiction film The Matrix this ambitious project compiles nine short films directed by animation specialists from Japan Korea and America. The action is rapidly paced and Combining all different styles of animation from CGI to anime to more traditional animation the program's unique and varied look is even more stunning than its predecessor. A sampling of the talent includes Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll) Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) and Shinchiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop). The Final Flight Of The Osiris: The crew of the hovercraft Osiris must get a message back to Zion a message of vital importance. Easy to do but for the armada of Sentinels between them and Zion... (Written by Andy and Larry Wachowski; Directed by Andy Jones; Animation and production design by Square USA Inc.) The Second Renaissance - Parts I and II: The Genesis of the Matrix: the last cities of mankind the war with the machines and humanity's ultimate downfall. An epic guided tour of the Zion archives and the history of the Matrix. (Written by Andy and Larry Wachowski; Directed by Mahiro Maeda; Animation and production design by Studio40C Tokyo.) Kid's Story: Sitting in his high school classroom THE KID gets a personalized invitation from Neo (voiced by Keanu Reeves) to escape the Matrix. But finding an exit proves more difficult than he ever imagined. (Written by Andy and Larry Wachowski; Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe; Animation and production design by Studio40C Tokyo.) Program: In the simulated world of a Samurai training program CIS a soldier of Zion is forced to choose between love and her comrades in the real world. (Written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri; Animation and production design by Madhouse Studios Tokyo.) World Record: Through an incredible combination of will power and physical strength DAN a world-record- holding sprinter breaks out of the Matrix and gets an all-too-brief glimpse of the real world beyond... (Written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri; Directed by Takeshi Koike; Animation and production design by Madhouse Studios Tokyo.) Beyond: In a quiet town where all is not as it seems Yoko finds a bug in the system: an abandoned mansion in which anything seems possible. And then the exterminators arrive to de-bug... (Written and directed by Koji Morimoto; Animation and production design by Studio40C Tokyo.) A Detective Story: Hard-boiled private investigator Ash tracks cyber-criminal Trinity (voiced by Carrie-Anne Moss) through the looking glass... (Written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe; Animation and production design by Studio40C Tokyo.) Matriculated: A small group of rebels have captured a sentient robot and proceed to program it to act as an ally for the human resistance... (Written and directed by Peter Chung)
Definitive Edition - The Great Escape | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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In 1943 the Germans opened Stalag Luft North a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artist. In doing so however the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen James Garner Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges screenwriters James Clavell and W.R. Burnett and composer Elmer Bernstein.
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.
Spy Kids 2 | DVD | (18/04/2011)
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The coolest Spy Kids anywhere are back for a huge new adventure! This time Carmen and Juni are on a mission to recover a device that threatens the entire world! They enlist the skills of Mum and Dad and even their Spy grandparents in a thrilling show of family teamwork! With even more cool gagdets imaginative creatures and awesome special effects... it's a non-stop high-tech adventure for everyone!
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
The Medallion | DVD | (22/03/2004)
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Combining the martial arts prowess of international action superstar Jackie Chan with state-of-the-art special effects 'The Medallion' is an action-comedy co-starring Lee Evans Claire Forlani and Julian Sands. Chan stars as Eddie an indomitable Hong Kong cop who after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole (Claire Forlani) to determine the secret
The Musketeer | DVD | (10/03/2003)
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On paper Peter Hyams' The Musketeer seems like a very good idea--take the traditional material of reliable swashbucklers and pep it up with a lot of Hong Kong wirework and martial arts--and yet somehow the result is not entirely satisfactory. Part of the trouble is that the script takes The Three Musketeers and strips out much of what has made Dumas' book--and earlier films based on it--unsinkable as a audience favourite. Also part of the trouble is that Justin Chambers' D'Artagnan is pretty, and jumps around well, but lacks the charisma to be a future heroic Marshal of France. Tim Roth plays the one-eyed villain Febre like Alan Rickman on automatic pilot; Stephen Rea's Cardinal Richelieu is meant to be impassive but comes across as bored. Of the famous guest stars, only Catherine Deneuve as an infinitely resourceful Queen of France really gets into the spirit of things. There are likable scenes here, and one or two memorable stunts--like a swordfight in a room full of collapsing ladders--but this Musketeer comes way down in the list of Dumas adaptations, far behind Douglas Fairbanks and the 1970s Dick Lester films. On the DVD: The Musketeer on disc includes not especially illuminating documentaries on the stunts and on the casting of Justin Chambers, as well as text files on the production notes and the filmographies of director and cast. It is presented with a widescreen anamorphic visual aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and has the options of Dolby 5.1 sound in English and French. --Roz Kaveney
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Four Disc Collector's Box Set) | DVD | (12/11/2002)
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In every aspect, the extended edition of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is superior to the theatrical version. No-one who cares at all about the film should ever need to watch the original again. Well, maybe the impatient and the squeamish will still prefer it, because this extended edition makes a long film 30 minutes longer and there's a wee bit more violence. But the changes--sometimes whole scenes, sometimes merely a few seconds--make for a richer film. There's more of the spirit of JRR Tolkien, embodied in more songs and a longer opening focusing on Hobbiton. There's more character development, and more background into what is to come in the two subsequent films, such as Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship and Aragorn's burden of lineage. Some additions make more sense to the plot while others are merely worth seeing, such as the wood elves leaving Middle-earth or the view of Caras Galadhon (but sorry, there's still no Tom Bombadil). On the DVDs: The Fellowship of the Ring--Extended Version comes in two distinct packages: choose either the four-disc set itself, handsomely presented in a hardback book-style fold-out, or the huge and more expensive Collector's Box Set, which has the same four-disc set accompanied by two chunky "polystone" sculpted Argonath bookends, both of which are solid enough to support either your DVD or Tolkien book collection. The discs themselves have extremely useful chapter menus that indicate which scenes are new or extended. The only drawback is that the film is now spread over two discs, with a somewhat abrupt break following the council at Rivendell, due to the storage capacity required for the longer running time, the added DTS ES 6.1 audio, and the commentary tracks. But that's a minor inconvenience. Of the four commentaries those with the greatest general appeal are the one by Jackson with cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and the one by 10 cast members; but the more technically orientated commentaries by the creative and production staff are also worth hearing. The bonus features (encompassing two complete DVDs) are far superior to the largely promotional materials included on the theatrical release, delving into such matters as script development, casting, and visual effects. This extended edition DVD set is the Fellowship to rule them all. --David Horiuchi
Race To Witch Mountain (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (24/08/2009)
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Loosely based on Alexander Key's novel Escape to Witch Mountain, Race to Witch Mountain is not so much a remake of the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain as an entirely new film based on some key plot points from the former film. When two innocent-looking teens appear in Jack Bruno's (Dwayne Johnson) cab and tell him "we must travel in that direction", Jack thinks it's a bit strange but shrugs it off and starts driving. Soon they're being followed and chased off the road, but is it Jack's past catching up with him or something much larger? Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) reluctantly confess that they are aliens from another planet, but Jack refuses to accept their statement until Sara starts moving things with her mind and Seth slips through the body of the car and deflects the SUV that's pursuing them. Sara and Seth tell Jack that they must recover their crashed spaceship in order to save earth from being taken over by aliens, so Jack takes them to see Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino); a scientist who he met by chance and who believes in the possible existence of extra-terrestrials. While the four are initially wary of one another, Dr. Friedman provides some valuable contacts and they begin trusting one another out of sheer necessity. Soon they're battling secret government agencies, heavily armed personnel, and even a cybernetic Siphon (which looks a lot like a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica) in a desperate attempt to gain access to the heavily fortified Witch Mountain and the crashed spacecraft. Action-packed car chases dominate the film (a bit excessively, in this reviewer's opinion), but the acting and chemistry between actors is good as is the suspense and intrigue. Rated PG due to sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements. (Ages 9 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
Black Lightning | DVD | (06/06/2011)
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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!
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (28/05/2012)
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The new 3D family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” begins when seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. Unable to stop him from tracking the signal to its source, Sean's new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest that will take them first to the South Pacific, and then to a place few people have ever seen. Or lived to tell about. It's a place of stunning beauty, strange and threatening life forms, volcanoes, mountains of gold and more than one astonishing secret. Together with Gabato (Luis Guzmn), the only helicopter pilot willing to risk the trip, and Gabato’s beautiful, strong-willed daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone human inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island underwater and bury its treasures forever, in this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
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...
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.
Goldfinger (James Bond) | DVD | (20/10/2008)
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Investigating a gold magnate's gold smuggling James Bond (Sean Connery) uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
G-Force | Blu Ray | (30/11/2009)
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G-Force is a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government programme to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the G-Force the guinea pigs Darwin the squad leader determined to succeed at all costs; Blaster an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude and a love for all things extreme; and Juarez a sexy martial arts pro; plus the literal fly-on-the-wall reconnaissance expert Mooch and a star-nosed mole Speckles the computer and information expert.
Spider-Man 2 | DVD | (17/08/2009)
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Two years have passed and the mild-mannered Peter Parker faces new challenges as he struggles with the gift and the curse desperately trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unraveling. His life-long yearning for M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man. Even Peter's beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) who has fallen on hard times after the death of Uncle Ben begins to have doubts about her nephew.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe | UMD | (03/04/2006)
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C.S. Lewis's classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe makes an ambitious and long-awaited leap to the screen in this modern adaptation. It's a CGI-created world laden with all the special effects and visual wizardry modern filmmaking technology can conjure, which is fine so long as the film stays true to the story that Lewis wrote. And while this film is not a literal translation--it really wants to be so much more than just a kids' movie--for the most part it is faithful enough to the story, and whatever faults it has are happily faults of overreaching, and not of holding back. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, and their adventures in the mystical world of Narnia. Sent to the British countryside for their own safety during the blitz of World War II, they discover an entryway into a mystical world through an old wardrobe. Narnia is inhabited by mythical, anthropomorphic creatures suffering under the hundred-year rule of the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton, in a standout role). The arrival of the children gives the creatures of Narnia hope for liberation, and all are dragged into the inevitable conflict between evil (the Witch) and good (Aslan the Lion, the Messiah figure, regally voiced by Liam Neeson). Director (and co-screenwriter) Andrew Adamson, a veteran of the Shrek franchise, knows his way around a fantasy-based adventure story, and he wisely keeps the story moving when it could easily become bogged down and tiresome. Narnia is, of course, a Christian allegory and the symbology is definitely there (as it should be, otherwise it wouldn't be the story Lewis wrote), but audiences aren’t knocked over the head with it, and in the hands of another director it could easily have become pedantic. The focus is squarely on the children and their adventures. The four young actors are respectable in their roles, especially considering the size of the project put on their shoulders, but it's the young Georgie Henley as the curious Lucy who stands out. This isn't a film that wildly succeeds, and in the long run it won't have the same impact as the Harry Potter franchise, but it is well done, and kids will get swept up in the adventure. Note: Narnia does contain battle scenes that some parents may consider too violent for younger children. --Dan Vancini
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
Stone Of Destiny | DVD | (20/04/2009)
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The story of Ian Hamilton a dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.