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Blade Runner - 30th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition | Blu Ray | (01/12/2014)
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Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st century Los Angeles. He's a 'blade runner' stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human.
Mr Bean Complete Collection | DVD | (12/11/2007)
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Features The Mr Bean Titles: Mr Bean's Holiday: Mr. Bean returns but not for long as he goes on his travels to the south of France where mishap and mayhem begin by the end Bean even has his video diaries at the Cannes Film Festival. Bean - The Ultimate Disaster Movie (Special Edition): When the Royal National Gallery of London is asked to send their finest scholar to oversee the unveiling of Whistler's Mother in California they send their most inept and detested employee in a desperate attempt to get him out of their lives. That employee is Mr. Bean - the master of disaster! Within days of his arrival Mr. Bean destroys virtually everything he comes into contact with be it the career and marriage of his host or America's greatest painting. Mr Bean - The Animated Series Vols 1-6: The animated adventures of Mr Bean as he bungles his way through one sticky situation after another! Mr Bean Vols 1-5: Rowan Atkinson as the hilarious legendary character Mr. Bean; delighting all ages with his madcap antics fans can relive classic Bean episodes whilst younger family members can be introduced to the crazy world of Mr. Bean!
The Dirty Harry Collection -- five-disc box set | DVD | (21/01/2002)
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Dirty" Harry Callahan was one of the first screen characters to embody contemporary fears about crime--and the uncompromising response to it that much of the audience would liked to have seen. Clint Eastwood's laconic rogue cop became an instant screen icon; his catchphrases ("Do you feel lucky?", "Make my day") were and still are endlessly quoted, and he even inspired a futuristic comic-strip counterpart in the person of Judge Dredd. Made at the time when the real "Zodiac" serial killer was terrorising San Francisco, the original Dirty Harry struck a frighteningly realistic note in 1971: aside from Eastwood, director Don Siegel's taught, pacey direction, Lalo Schifrin's nervy jazz score and Andrew Robinson's cackling psycopath "Scorpio" all make a strong impact. Such was the film's success that it gave rise to no less than four sequels, none of which are its equal but all of which get by on the charisma of Eastwood's anti-hero, even when he's increasingly trapped by the character's one-dimensional persona. This five-disc box set contains all the "Harry" movies: Dirty Harry (1971); Magnum Force (1973, with David Soul as a vigilante bike cop); The Enforcer (1976, with Tyne "Lacey" Daly as Harry's new and reluctant partner); Sudden Impact (1983, the weakest of the lot costarring Eastwood's then-partner Sondra Locke) and The Dead Pool (1988, a surprisingly upbeat end to the series). --Mark Walker
Rambo - The Complete Collection (1-4 Box Set) | DVD | (23/06/2008)
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This special edition box set features all four Rambo films! Rambo: First Blood (Dir. Ted Kotcheff 1982): He never fought a battle he couldn't win - except the conflict raging within his soul. Academy Award-nominee Sylvester Stallone stars as war hero John Rambo. An ex-Green Beret haunted by memories of Vietnam he was once the perfect killing machine. Now he's searching for peace but finds instead an over-zealous small-town sheriff who's spoiling for a fight. All hell breaks loose when an unjustly imprisoned Rambo escapes and becomes the target of a massive manhunt. Now he must use his cunning combat skills and weapons training to stay alive and outwit his pursuers. Co-starring Brian Dennehy and Richard Crenna First Blood is an explosive action-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final powerful frame. This pulse-pounding saga has been digitally remastered and contains an exciting featurette First Blood: A Look Back. Rambo: First Blood Part II (Dir. George P. Cosmatos 1985): He's back! Superstar Sylvester Stallone is John Rambo the ultimate action hero in this explosive Oscar-nominated sequel to First Blood that boasts a riveting screenplay by Stallone and James Cameron (Titanic). Although the Vietnam War is officially over Rambo remains the perfect fighting machine. But his survival skills are tested with a vengeance on a top-secret mission that takes him back to the jungles of Vietnam in search of American POW's. For when Rambo is double-crossed this expendable hero armed with just his bow arrows and knife must defeat savage enemies equipped with deadly firepower. Co-starring Richard Crenna and Charles Napier Rambo: First Blood Part II is a must for every action-adventure fan! This adrenaline-charged tale has been digitally remastered and contains exciting behind-the-scenes footage in the newly produced documentary An American Hero's Journey. Rambo III (Dir. Peter MacDonald 1988): The battle rages on as superstar Sylvester Stallone detonates the third and most explosive blast in the action-packed Rambo trilogy. Combat has taken its toll on John Rambo (Stallone) but he has finally begun to find inner peace inside a monastery - until his friend and mentor Col. Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) shows up to ask for his help on a top-secret mission to Afghanistan. A war-weary Rambo declines but when Trautman is captured Rambo erupts into a one-man firestorm to rescue his former commanding officer and deciminate the enemy. It's an intense pulse-pounding adventure that boasts unrelenting action and suspense from start to finish! Digitally remastered Rambo III contains an exciting featurette Rambo III: Full Circle. Rambo (Dir. Sylvester Stallone 2008: Twenty years after the last film in the series John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has retreated to northern Thailand where he's running a longboat on the Salween River. On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border the world's longest-running civil war the Burmese-Karen conflict rages into its 60th year. A group of human rights missionaries search out the American river guide John Rambo and ask him to guide them up the Salween and drop them off so they can deliver medical supplies and food to the Karen tribe. After initially refusing to cross into Burma Rambo takes them and drops them off close to one of the Karen villages. Less than two weeks later he receives a visit from a pastor tellng him the aid workers did not return and the embassies will not help to locate them.The pastor has hired mercenaries to free the missionaries and needs Rambo's help...
A Mind to Kill - The Complete Series | DVD | (25/10/2010)
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In this gritty and darkly authentic detective thriller Philip Madoc (The Life and Times of David Lloyd George) is the memorably charismatic Detective Chief Inspector Noel Bain - a man with a passion for defending the innocent and an infallible instinct which even the sharpest criminal minds cannot match. Bain is a widower and alongside the complex and frequently disturbing cases that come his way he must also face the challenges of caring for his teenage daughter Hannah.
Steven Spielberg Director's Collection | Blu Ray | (13/10/2014)
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Eight memorable films from one of the most acclaimed directors in motion-picture history come together for the first time ever in the Steven Spielberg Director's Collection available on Blu-ray&trade;. Spanning over 40 years Steven Spielberg's career began as a teenager when he made his way onto the Universal backlot and befriended studio executives. His passion and talent quickly developed allowing him to direct an unprecedented number of blockbuster films. The Steven Spielberg Director's Collection showcases a selection of the Academy Award&reg; winner's unforgettable movies filmed for Universal including his very first TV feature Duel and his first theatrical release The Sugarland Express and blockbusters such as Jaws E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park Steven's work has captivated audiences worldwide and continues to set the standard for filmmaking. 8 Unforgettable Movies from 1 Visionary Director: Duel The Sugarland Express Jaws 1941 (Theatrical and Extended Versions) E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Always Jurassic Park Jurassic Park: The Lost World Special Features: Layflat Book (Housing the 8 Movies) 32 Page Booklet: Steven Spielberg: A Journey In Film
The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Ten Disc Set) | DVD | (06/12/2004)
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A 10 DVD box set that houses the complete Matrix story stuffed full of everything you could ever want to know & see! Disc 1 - The Matrix: The film in a new digital transfer supervised by the Wachowski brothers and director of photography Bill Pope. Two all-new audio commentaries with written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers - The Critics: Todd McCarthy John Powers & David Thomson / The Scholars: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber Disc 2 - The Matrix Revisited:
James Bond Blu-Ray Collection Vol.1 | Blu Ray | (20/10/2008)
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Titles Comprise: Dr. No (1962): Bond's mission takes him to the steamy island of Jamaica where mysterious energy waves are interfering with U.S. missile launches. As he unravels the astonishing truth Bond must fight deadly assassins sexy femme's fatales and even a poisonous tarantula. With the help of crack CIA agents Felix Lieter (Jack Lord) and the beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) he searches for the headquarters of Dr. No who is implementing an evil plan of world domination. Only Bond with his combination of wit charm and skill can confront the madman and save the human race from a horrible fate. With breathtaking chases amazing stunts and a bold nerve-shattering climax this outrageously entertaining adventure pushes the envelope for non-stop thrills and magnificently sets the standard for the most popular movie series in film history. For Your Eyes Only (1981): When a British ship sinks in foreign waters the world's superpowers begin a feverish race to find its cargo: a nuclear submarine control system. And 007 (Roger Moore) is thrust into one of his most riveting adventures as he rushes to join the search...and prevent global devastation! From Russia With Love (1963): The evil organization SPECTRE has hatched a plan to steal a decoder that will access Russian state secrets and irrevocably unbalance the world order. It is up to James Bond to seize the device first but he must confront enemies that include Red Grant and the ruthless Rosa Klebb a former KGB agent with poison-tipped shoes. Even as Bond romances a stunning Soviet defector he realizes he is being lured into a deadly trap and he will need all of his courage abilities and cutting-edge technology to triumph over the forces that seek to destroy him. Die Another Day (2002): James Bond's mission begins with a spectacular high-speed hovercraft chase through a minefield in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea - and the action doesn't let up until the credits roll. From Hong Kong to Cuba to London Bond circles the world in his quest to unmask a traitor and prevent a war of catastrophic proportions. On his way he crosses paths with Jinx (Oscar '-winner Halle Berry) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) who will play vital roles in his latest adventure. Hot on the trail of deadly megalomaniac Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) and his ruthless right-hand man Zao (Rick Yune) Bond travels to Iceland into the villain's lair: a palace built entirely of ice. There he experiences firsthand the power of a new hi-tech weapon. Ultimately it all leads to an explosive confrontation - and an unforgettable conclusion - back in Korea where it all started. Live And Let Die (1973): In Roger Moore's first outing as 007 he investigates the murders of three fellow agents he soon finds himself a target evading vicious assassins as he closes in on the powerful Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). Known on the streets as Mr Big Kananga is co-ordinating a globally threatening scheme using tons of self-produced heroin. As Bond tries to unravel the mastermind's plan he meets Solitaire (Jane Seymour) the beautiful Tarot card reader whose magical gifts are crucial to the crime lord. Bond of course works his own magic on her and the stage is set for a series of pulse-pounding action sequences involving voodoo hungry crocodiles and turbo-charged speedboats. Thunderball (1965): The thrills never stop as Agent 007 (Sean Connery) goes above the call of duty - and to the bottom of the ocean - to track down a villainous criminal who's holding millions hostage and threatening to plunge the world into a nuclear holocaust!
The Fortune | DVD | (01/08/2005)
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The early 1900's with its Mann-Act (disallowing women to be transported across State lines for immoral reasons) brings a married man to devise a scheme for taking his upper-class girlfriend away with him... he simply has her marry his unmarried buddy. However, it doesn't take very long before both men start laying claim to her affection... until, that is, she's about to be cut out of her parent's fortune. So, a new scheme is devised, which only adds to their problems...
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy | Blu Ray | (04/04/2011)
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The adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have given Disney their biggest hits of the decade. And while neither of the two sequels have come close to matching the first, there?s plenty for the family to enjoy across the trilogy of films here. The first film is a belter. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl introduces us to Sparrow for the first time (earning Johnny Depp an Oscar nomination in the process), as well as the talented cast of supporting characters. The fun though, is when either Depp or Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa are on the screen. Throw in lots of witty banter, some superb action sequences and a running time that doesn?t outstay its welcome, and you have a modern day blockbuster classic. The sequels are far flabbier. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man?s Chest does boast some outstanding effects work, and does introduce Bill Nighy as Davy Jones, but it also meanders around a lot, and tests the patience of its audience more than it should. Not as much as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World?s End though, which does compensate by having the best high definition transfer of the lot, and a stunning battle sequence near the end, but does ask that you stick with it through choppy waters. With a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie setting sail in the summer of 2011 though, it?s going to be a joy to see the further adventure of Depp?s simply superb Captain Jack. And if you want to enjoy his work to date on the franchise, and enjoy one of the best blockbuster movies of the last decade, then this is a very good box set to get. It?s a terrific high definition treat, too --Simon Brew
Christopher Nolan Director's Collection | Blu Ray | (03/12/2012)
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Inception Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind's vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming. Special Features: Extraction mode - Infiltrate the movie's imaginative landscape to learn how Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio and the cast and crew designed and achieved the films signature moments Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious - Can the dream world be a fully functional parallel reality? Joseph Gordan-Levitt and leading scientists take you to the cutting edge of dream research Inception: The Cobol Job - Comic prologue in full animation and motion: See the events that led to the beginning of the movie 5.1 soundtrack selections from Hans Zimmer's versatile score Memento Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) remembers everything up to the night his wife was brutally raped and murdered. But since that tragedy, he has suffered from short-term memory loss and cannot recall any event, the places he has visited or anyone he has met just minutes before. Determined to find out why his wife was killed, the only way he can store evidence is on scraps of paper, by taking Polaroid photos and tattooing vital clues on his body. Throughout his investigation, he appears to have the help of both bartender Natalie (Carrie-Ann Moss), who may have her own secret agenda and police officer Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) whose friendship is always suspect. The Prestige Is there a secret you would kill to know? In this electrifying, suspense-packed thriller from director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento), Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play magicians whose cutthroat attempts to better each other plunge them into deadly deceptions. Scarlett Johansson also stars as the stage assistant who's both a pawn and player in their rivalry. A brilliant supporting cast (including Michael Caine and David Bowie). An ingenious story. An astonishing payoff. Once you see The Prestige, you'll want to see it again. Watch closely. Special Features: Director's Notebook: The Prestige - The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Christopher Nolan: 5 Making-Of Featurettes The Art of The Prestige: Production Photos, Costumes/Sets, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Poster Art Galleries Theatrical Trailer Batman Begins Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. Special Features: The Dark Knight IMAX Prologue Tankman Begins Batman: The Journey Begins Shaping Mind and Body Gotham City Rises Cape and Cowl Batman: The Tumbler Path to Discovery Saving Gotham City Genesis of the Bat Reflections on Writing Batman Begins Digital Batman Batman Begins Stunts The Dark Knight Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in The Dark Knight. The film reunites Bale with Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime - until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (the late Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning role) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace - Batman's most personal and vicious enemy yet - he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes. Special Features: Gotham Uncovered Batman Tech Batman Unmasked Gotham Tonight The Galleries The Dark Knight Rises It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
X-Men: The Ultimate Collection | Blu Ray | (22/12/2011)
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Unleash your inner mutant with the Ultimate X-Men Movie Collection - including all 5 thrilling films together for the first time! Featuring eye-popping visual effects, thunderous sound and extraordinary star power, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and Rebecca Romijn, this is nonstop action and excitement from start to finish!Titles Comprise:X-Men: Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers-the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rouge absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian Mckellen), who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist, unveils his sinister plan for the future!X2:The time has come for those who are different to stand united...The X-Men have to band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy at Westchester is attacked by military forces prompting some uncomfortable home truths for Wolverine...X-Men 3:Take a stand... When a pharmaceutical company publicises a 'cure' to suppress mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart), and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto (McKellen)...X-Men: Origins - Wolverine: Leading up to the events in the X-Men film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) epically violent past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.X-Men: First Class: X-Men: First Class brings together the epic scale and action of a classic blockbuster with a character driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. The British dream team behind Kick Ass - director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman - are joined by a stellar cast including James McAvoy (Wanted), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man) and Jason Flemying (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) in one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection Two (Episodes 36-64) Blu-Ray | Blu Ray | (14/10/2013)
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Alchemy - the mystic science of transmutation. Gifted alchemists can break down and reconstruct matter using the 'Law of Equivalent Exchange ' creating miraculous things. But one taboo can never be broken - human transmutation. The Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse broke the taboo in an attempt to resurrect their late mother and as a result lost everything. Al's soul was transferred to a suit of living armor and Ed lost two limbs confining him to mechanical auto-mail. To recover what they've lost they embarked on a journey to find the fabled Philosopher's Stone. The closer they get to the hidden truth of the Philosopher's Stone the deeper they fall under shadowy schemes and the perils of unnatural creatures. The military nation of Amestris the grudges and hatreds of a persecuted people and the countless tragedies caused by alchemy all form a dark vortex that will draw people and countries into its void. The Elric brothers forge ahead in their quest to transmute despair into hope... Collecting episodes 35-64 of the hit anime series on 5 Blu-ray discs.
Green Hornet | DVD | (29/03/2004)
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After Bruce Lee's untimely death in 1973 and the global success of 'Enter The Dragon' two 90-minute feature films were created to capitalise on Lee's worldwide stardom. The first of these films Green Hornet was released theatrically in 1974. Starring Bruce Lee as Kato and Van Williams as The Green Hornet the film capitalised on the existing popularity of the 1960s crime-fighting duo. Edited with bruce Lee's star power in mind the film has an abundance of spectacular fight scenes. The Green Hornet has never been available on DVD ...until now! Digitally re-mastered from a brand new 35mm print in its original 1:1.85 theatrical aspect ratio The Green Hornet represents the last of the unleased Bruce Lee feature films.
The Water Margin - Complete | DVD | (07/02/2005)
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`Do not despise the snake for having no horns for who is to say it will not become a dragon?' Undoubtedly the ""Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"" of its day the classic cult TV series 'The Water Margin' is a timeless epic and very much a touchstone for anybody who grew up in the mid-to-late 70s. Now for the first time ever the entire 26-episode serial is being made available on this complete DVD box set. It is ancient China one thousand years ago; the time of the Tsung Dynasty.
James Bond Ultimate Roger Moore | DVD | (27/11/2006)
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This fantastic box set comprises every Roger Moore performance as the irrepressible 007. Titles Comprise: 1. Live And Let Die (1973) 2. The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) 3 .The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) 4. Moonraker (1979) 5. For Your Eyes Only (1981) 6. Octopussy (1983) 7. A View To A Kill (1985) For individual synopses and special features please refer to the singular Ultimate Edition of each film.
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete 3 Book Collection | DVD | (06/08/2012)
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Water, Earth, Fire, Air. Four nations. One war-torn world. Relive from the beginning the epic saga of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the animated series that quickly became a phenomenon, creating a huge fan base that spans the globe! This collector's edition includes all three powerful books: Water, Earth, and Fire. From the discovery of the Airbender boy in the frozen iceberg, to the battle at Ba Sing Se, to the final showdown with the Fire Nation, your destiny awaits as you experience again all the powerful adventures that'll blow you away!
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (08/04/2013)
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George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy is a clever synthesis of pop-cultural and mythological references, taking classic fairy-tale themes, adding more than a dash of Arthurian legend, and providing cinematic high adventure inspired as much by Kurosawa's Samurai epics as by Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. As a result, audiences of all ages can find something to identify with in Luke Skywalker's journey from disaffected teenager dreaming of adventure to Jedi Knight and saviour of the galaxy. He not only rescues a Princess, but discovers she's a close relative. And if there's a lesson to be gleaned from the Skywalker clan, it's that no matter how bad things get in the average dysfunctional family, it's never too late for reconciliation. Originally released in 1977, Star Wars, the first film, was made as a standalone. Perhaps that's why Obi-Wan Kenobi seems a tad inconsistent in his attitude towards his old pupil Anakin Skywalker, and perhaps also why Luke is allowed to develop a guilt-free crush on Princess Leia. Lucas's story, told from the point of view of the two bickering droids (a device taken from Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress), also borrows freely from Errol Flynn's Robin Hood, as does John Williams's seminal Korngold-inspired music score. Thanks in equal part to Leigh Brackett's screenplay and Irvin Kershner's direction The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is the most grown-up instalment in the series. The basic fairy-tale is developed and expanded, with the principal characters experiencing emotional turmoil--blossoming romance, mixed feelings and confused loyalties--amid a very real threat of annihilation as Darth Vader's motivations become chillingly personal. Luke's quasi-Arthurian destiny is complicated still further by the half-truths of his wizardly mentors; and swashbuckler Han Solo finds the past catching up with him, quite literally in the form of bounty hunter Boba Fett. The film is graced by more fabulous landscapes (ice, forest, clouds), more unforgettable new characters (Yoda), more groundbreaking special effects (the asteroid chase), and John Williams's finest score. The difficult third film, 1983's Return of the Jedi, seems schizophrenic in its intentions, hoping to please both the kiddies who bought all the toys and an older audience who appreciated the narrative's epic and mythological strands. The result is a film that splits awkwardly into two. One thread, which might be subtitled "The Redemption of Anakin Skywalker", pursues the story of the Skywalker family to a cathartic conclusion. The other thread, which might be described as "The Care Bears Go to War", attempts to say something profound about primitivism versus technological sophistication, but just gets silly as furry midgets doing Tarzan whoops defeat the Emperor's crack legions. In 1997 Lucas re-released the three original films in digitally remastered "Special Edition" versions, in which many scenes have been restored and enhanced (some would say "unnecessarily tinkered with"). Despite loud and continued criticisms from fans, these Special Editions are now considered definitive, if only by Lucasfilm. --Mark Walker
John Wayne Signature Collection - The Searchers/Chisum/Rio Bravo/The Cowboys/Cahill U.S. Marshal | DVD | (25/06/2007)
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The Searchers:Wayne plays Ethan Edwards an ex-Confederate who sets out to find his niece captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger thirst the elements or loneliness. And in his obsessive quest Ethan finds something unexpected: his own humanity. One of the most influential movies ever made. Chisolm:Cattle king John Chisum is determined to protect his empire against a land-grabbing developerin New Mexico's 1878 Lincoln County War... Rio Bravo:John Wayne is Chance in Rio Bravo a lean Western classic packing solid heroics around a strong emotional core. He's joined by Dean Martin as the deputy coming off a two-year drunk Walter Brennan as the old coot whose fiery spirit outmatches his hobbled stride Ricky Nelson as a youngster out to prove himself by joining the lawmen and Angie Dickinson as a woman with a past who hopes to rope Chance. The Cowboys:gives Wayne one of his juiciest roles as a leather-tough rancher who deserted by his regular help hires eleven greenhorn schoolboys for a cattle drive across 400 treacherous miles. Cahill: US Marshall:Lawman J.D. Cahill can stand alone against an army of bad guys. But as a widower father he's on insecure footing raising two sons; particularly when he suspects his boys have stepped outside the law...
Predators Trilogy | Blu Ray | (01/11/2010)
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It sees the heat of their bodies. It smells the heat of their fear. It hunts for sport. It kills for pleasure. In a place without rules - the hunter has become the hunted. Titles Comprise: Predator: Deep inside the jungles of Latin America a team of elite commandos are being slaughtered by a mysterious predator. No longer are they the hunters they are the prey: of an alien whose only instinct is to kill. One by one it strikes with inhuman ferocity. Now to survive with the jungle as their only ally they face their greatest challenge: to stay alive. Predator 2: Last time it landed in the jungle. This time it's chosen Los Angeles. Ravaged by open warfare between rival drug gangs L.A. is the perfect killing ground for the Predator who is drawn by heat and conflict. When the police find mutilated bodies Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) thinks it's the work of the feuding gangs. Then a mysterious government agent (Gary Busey) arrives and orders him to stay off the case. Instead Harrigan sets out to learn what is really going on and comes face to face with the savage alien in a climatic electrifying confrontation... Predators: A bold new chapter in the Predator universe shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez stars Adrien Brody as Royce a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician they are all cold-blooded killers - mercenaries Yakuza convicts death squad members - human predators that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators in the ultimate battle of survival of kill or be killed.