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  • Mission: Impossible 2 [2000] Mission: Impossible 2 | DVD | (11/12/2000) from £2.60  |  Saving you £13.00 (81.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    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

  • The Last Samurai [2003] The Last Samurai | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £4.34  |  Saving you £9.65 (69.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Decorated Civil War veteran Nathan Algren (Cruise) is sent to Japan to train and lead the Emperor's troops in modern Western gunpowder intensive warfare to eliminate the country's remaining rebelling samurai. Captured and imprisoned by the outlawed warriors Algren is slowly swayed by their strict adherence to the honourable code of Bushido and when the Emperor's forces mass once again Algren offers to join his former captors in an effort to preserve their way of life...

  • Daredevil [Blu-ray] Daredevil | Blu Ray | (20/04/2009) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.49 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.98

    For Daredevil justice is blind and for the guilty...there's hell to pay! By day blind attorney Matt Murdock toils for justice in Hell's Kitchen. by night he's Daredevil the man without fear - a powerful masked vigilante stalking the streets with an uncanny radar sense that allows him to see with superhuman capabilities. But when the love of his life fiery Electra Natchios is targeted by New York City's ruthless Kingpin of Crime and his deadly assassin Bullseye Daredevil may be about to meet his match.

  • Sabotage [DVD] Sabotage | DVD | (15/09/2014) from £3.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (80.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From the director of End of Watch comes the story of John Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and an elite special operations team of ten DEA agents who execute what appears to be a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. This in fact turns out to be an elaborate theft operation pre-planned by the members of the DEA squad itself. After hiding $10 million in stolen cash the rouge agents believe their secret is safe - that is until someone begins methodically assassinating members of the team one-by-one. As the body count rises everyone is suspect including members of the team itself. Starring Josh Holloway (Lost) Mireille Enos (World War Z) Sam Worthington (Avatar) Oscar nominated Terrance Howard (Hustle and Flow) and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense).

  • Cradle 2 the Grave [2003] Cradle 2 the Grave | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £2.49  |  Saving you £10.20 (72.90%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The intriguing cross-pollination of rap and kung-fu continues with Cradle 2 the Grave, co-starring high-profile rapper DMX and Hong Kong superstar Jet Li. Master thief Fait (DMX) hits a diamond exchange but comes away with a bag of black gems of mysterious origin. When a crime kingpin steals the gems from Fait, an international arms dealer kidnaps Fait's beloved daughter--and Fait can only get her back with the help of Su (Li), a Taiwanese intelligence agent tracking the gems himself. A summary of the plot doesn't do Cradle 2 the Grave justice; while the basic story elements suggest a dozen generic action flicks, the cast (including Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union and Kelly Hu) has genuine charisma and the movie layers action on top of action to strong effect. All in all, it's a much more engaging thrill ride than you'd expect. --Bret Fetzer

  • The Matrix [1999] The Matrix | DVD | (19/09/2011) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.80 (62.90%)  |  RRP £13.99

  • This is the End (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2013] This is the End (Blu-ray + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (04/11/2013) from £3.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (82.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The comedy This is the End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually they are forced to leave the house facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.

  • Welcome To The Jungle - Director's Cut [2004] Welcome To The Jungle - Director's Cut | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £2.49  |  Saving you £15.90 (79.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A mob boss's 'retrieval expert' is sent to the Amazon on one final job to retrieve the boss's son who is currently looking for a priceless treasure only to lock horns with the local town's megalomaniacal boss with explosive results!

  • Stalingrad [DVD] [2014] Stalingrad | DVD | (23/06/2014) from £2.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (83.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    'Stalingrad' is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. The disc contains the English dub as well as the Russian original version with English subtitles.

  • The Hunted [2003] The Hunted | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £2.93  |  Saving you £8.56 (61.20%)  |  RRP £13.99

    William Friedkin's taut direction highlights The Hunted, a bloodsport thriller that works best without dialogue. It's a prime vehicle for co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, whose rugged screen personas are perfectly matched in a manhunt between a military assassin and the man who trained him to kill. Traumatised by atrocities in Kosovo four years earlier (the site of an action-packed prologue), Hallam (Del Toro) is seemingly psychotic and now killing in the forests of Oregon; Bonham (Jones) is lured out of retirement by a tenacious FBI agent (Connie Nielsen) to end Hallam's murder spree. The hackneyed plot is derivative to a fault (no surprise from the screenwriters of Collateral Damage), and the whole movie's a foregone conclusion, but Friedkin inspires fine work from his well-trained stars while exploring the ambiguity of Hallam's character. Lushly photographed by Caleb Deschanel, The Hunted is a survivalist's dream, militarily authentic and most effective when its primal instincts are cinematically expressed. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Book Of Eli [Blu-ray] [2009] The Book Of Eli | Blu Ray | (31/05/2010) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. A lone hero must fight his way across the wasteland of a post-apocalyptic America to protect a sacred book that holds the key to saving the future of humanity.

  • Charlie's Angels [2000] Charlie's Angels | DVD | (16/07/2001) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Happily Charlie's Angels is a surprisingly successful TV-into-movie update of the seminal 1970s jiggle show. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (who also produced) and Lucy Liu star as the hair-tossing, fashion-setting, kung-fu fighting trio employed by the mysterious Charlie (voiced by the original Charlie, John Forsythe). When a high-tech programmer (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the angels seek out the suspects, with the daffy Bosley (Bill Murray in a casting coup) in tow. A happy, cornball popcorn flick, Charlie's Angels is played for laughs with plenty of ribbing references to the old TV show as well as modern caper films like Mission: Impossible. McG, a music video director making his feature film debut (usually a death warrant for a movie's integrity), infuses the film with plenty of Matrix-style combat pyrotechnics, and the result is the first successful all-American Hong Kong-style action flick. Plenty of movies boast a New Age feminism that has their stars touting their sexuality while being their own women, but unlike something as obnoxious as Coyote Ugly, Angels succeeds with a positive spin on Girl Power for the new millennium (Diaz especially sizzles in her role of crack super agent/airhead blonde). From the send-up of the TV show's credit sequence to the outtakes over the end credits, Charlie's Angels is a delight. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

  • Jo Nesbo's Headhunters [DVD] Jo Nesbo's Headhunters | DVD | (13/08/2012) from £3.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (80.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

  • Transporter 3 [2008] Transporter 3 | DVD | (20/04/2009) from £2.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (88.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The ultimate bag-man is back in Transporter 3! Jason Statham resumes his role as Frank Martin and he's still delivering for criminal masterminds. However this time he's electronically tagged and his life depends on getting the package there on time!

  • Daredevil [2003] Daredevil | DVD | (14/07/2003) from £3.02  |  Saving you £15.11 (75.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Whether or not one likes Daredevil the movie probably has a lot to do with whether or not one likes Daredevil the comic book. To its credit (or, depending upon your perspective, its detriment), Daredevil is one of the most faithful comic-book adaptations to make it to the big screen. Yet in a world where the red-suited crimefighter is hardly a cultural icon in the same league as Batman and Spider-Man, that will mean very little to most filmgoers. Daredevil tells the story of Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck), a young lawyer who spent his youth getting kicked around by life in Hell's Kitchen, NYC. He's blinded at an early age in an industrial accident, but when he recovers, he discovers that his remaining senses are superhumanly acute. When his father, a boxer, is killed by gangsters for refusing to throw a fight, Matt Murdock vows to dedicate his life to fighting for what's right. To that end, he becomes a lawyer by day and a masked vigilante by night--Daredevil, the Man Without Fear. Using as its source material a classic (well, to comics fans, at least) Frank Miller story line, the film manages to find room for Daredevil's origin, his love affair with Elektra (Jennifer Garner) and his first meetings with his two arch-nemeses, Bullseye (Colin Farrell) and Kingpin (Michael Clark Duncan). Colin Farrell has fun with the psychotic Irish assassin Bullseye, who can use nearly any object as a deadly projectile (and who, as he proudly states, never misses). Michael Clark Duncan adds stone-cold menace to the Kingpin of Crime, the criminal mastermind at the nexus of New York's underworld. Yet Daredevil tries to cram too much into its relatively short running time, and ultimately it's the relationship between Matt Murdock and Elektra that suffers--Garner does all she can with the character, but she could have benefited from a bit more screen time. And the action sequences--particularly the faster-paced, Matrix-style wire fights--only succeed in making Affleck and Farrell look a bit awkward (unlike Garner, neither are natural martial artists). Still, Daredevil is a film by comic-book fans, for comic-book fans, packed with cameos and in-jokes sure to appeal to the die-hards. If that's you, then there's much to love here. --Robert Burrow

  • Immortals [DVD] Immortals | DVD | (05/03/2012) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the producers of '300', Immortals is a visually stunning and bloody retelling of the epic Greek legend of Theseus in awesome 3D. The ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) leads his bloodthirsty army on a murderous rampage across Greece to find a deadly weapon that can kill the Gods themselves. Only Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal chosen by Zeus, King of the Gods, can lead the fight against Hyperion and his evil army with the fate of mankind and the Gods at stake. Special Features: It's No Myth Alternative Opening Scene - Young Theseus Alternative Endings - This Is Our Last Embrace and Theseus Kills Hyperion Deleted Scenes Theatrical Trailer

  • Man Of War [DVD] [2008] Man Of War | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £3.83  |  Saving you £11.16 (74.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

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  • The Purge: Anarchy [DVD] The Purge: Anarchy | DVD | (17/11/2014) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The New Founding Fathers of America invite you to celebrate the annual Purge - One night a year all crime is legal! A young couple work to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.

  • American Ultra [DVD] American Ultra | DVD | (04/01/2016) from £3.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

  • Lockout [DVD] Lockout | DVD | (20/08/2012) from £2.29  |  Saving you £17.70 (88.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Noisy, boisterous, and ruthlessly propulsive, Lockout crams in such an impressive amount of violence, sentimentality, snarky humour, and general preposterousness that it could only have come from the mind of lunatic French filmmaker Luc Besson (the man responsible, one way or another, for The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita, and The Transporter, among many others). Clichés abound: While the American president's daughter (Maggie Grace, Lost) is on a humanitarian mission to an outer-space maximum-security prison, the prisoners escape and take over. The authorities send Snow (Guy Pearce, Memento), a government agent accused of a crime he didn't commit, to extract the girl--but Snow has his own agenda. The juggling of motivations is just complicated enough, combined with colourful characters and mid-budget special effects, to keep this rambunctious pulp story in constant motion. Pearce, as charming as ever, has been working out a lot (check out those biceps!), and his chemistry with Grace is entirely suitable. The supporting cast throw themselves into their roles with zest. All in all, far more entertaining than anyone might expect. --Bret Fetzer

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