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Planet of the Apes: Evolution Collection | DVD | (12/12/2011)
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Titles Comprise:Planet Of The Apes: Charlton Heston stars as an astronaut lost in a world run by evolved apes in this highly influential, Oscar-winning and epic film! (1968)Beneath The Planet Of The Apes: James Franciscus discovers new horrors on the Planet of the Apes, including a subterranean world of highly advanced humans who worship a WMD! Escape From The Planet Of The Apes: Refugee chimps from the feature, Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter), are hunted down as an evolutionary threat in twentieth-century America. (1971)Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes: In the not-too-distant future, an ape named Caesar (Roddy McDowall) defies his human masters, launching a revolt that will change the way the world is run...and by whom. (1972)Battle For The Planet of The Apes: The peaceful coexistence of man and ape is shattered when militant factions of both species clash, igniting an explosive final conflict! (1973)Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: Set in present day San Francisco, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
Eerie Indiana - The Complete Series | DVD | (10/07/2006)
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Marshall Teller's family moves to the small country town of Eerie Indiana (Pop. 16 661). There Marshall discovers that Eerie as he puts it ""is the center of weirdness for the universe"". Elvis lives there so do a pair of twins who stay young by sleeping in Tupperware and many other strange things. Each episode Marshall and his friend Simon collect evidence about the creepy things that happen there. This release features every episode from both series of this cult tv programme.
Knight Rider - Series 1 | DVD | (13/09/2004)
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One man can make a difference," intones a dying millionaire--well, one man and a superduper car, backed with millions of dollars! Welcome to the deliciously ridiculous world of Knight Rider, the early '80s TV series that launched the career of David Hasselhoff and his magnificent coif (both later seen in the insanely popular Baywatch). After being shot in the face, detective Michael Long is revived as Michael Knight (Hasselhoff) and partnered with an indestructible talking car called K.I.T.T. (voiced by William Daniels). The duo travel around the country solving crimes--basically, it's The Lone Ranger with the car as Silver and Tonto combined. Supported by finicky British executive Devon Myles (Edward Mulhare, actually an Irishman) and sexy engineer Bonnie Barstow (Patricia McPherson), Knight and K.I.T.T. take on everything from motorcycle gangs to corporate crooks to K.I.T.T.'s own evil twin, K.A.R.R. Like any good cheese, Knight Rider has only grown more pungent with age. Decked out in alarming '80s fashions (check out that blue Members Only jacket in the pilot), earnestly spouting some of the worst dialogue in the history of television, the absurdly handsome Hasselhoff radiates the unique charisma that's made him a cult figure in Germany. In addition to the 21 episodes of the first season, Knight Rider: Season One includes a 1991 TV movie, Knight Rider 2000, that tried to launch a revamped series set in the near future (lacking the cheerful touch of creator Glen Larson, the attempt sank into oblivion) and brief interview footage (including Hasselhoff describing when he read the original script: "It was glowing in my hands. This was gold.") It's unlikely this boxed set will appeal to anyone who didn't become a fan of the show at an impressionable age, but for those fans, Knight Rider: Season One is gold. --Bret Fetzer
24 Season 1-8 plus Redemption | DVD | (08/11/2010)
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Season 1: The first episode begins at midnight on the day of the California Presidential Primary. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) heads up the government's Counter-Terrorist Unit. He discovers that there's going to be an assassination attempt on Senator Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) an African-American presidential candidate. Bauer faces a battle against the clock to avert disaster. The series follows several characters as they live through a day that none of them will forget. For Kimberly (Elisha Cuthbert) a night on the town takes an unexpected turn. Teri (Leslie Hope) sets out to find Kimberly and encounters more danger than she ever imagined possible. Senator Palmer unaware there's going to be an attempt on his life faces the threat of a long buried scandal resurfacing. Meanwhile Jack with help from his Chief-of-Staff Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke) is charged with the responsibility of stopping the assassination. But who can he trust when it appears a rogue element inside the Agency is in on the hit? Season 2: Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) race to prevent a nuclear bomb being detonated by terrorists in Los Angeles in the second season of 24. Season 3: When the head of a Mexican drug cartel is imprisoned by Jack Bauer (Sutherland) a plot ensues to blackmail the US Government with the threat of a released bio-weapon that will kill millions to ensure his release. With Palmer seeking re-election to a second term will Jack survive this day? Season 4: 18 months after day 3 CTU has a new leader Erin Driscoll a steely government agent who made firing Jack one of her first priorities. After the explosion of a commuter train Jack who is now working for Secretary of Defense James Heller and also is romantically involved with Heller's married daughter Audrey Raines suddenly finds himself heading back to CTU for a meeting with Driscoll. Jack believes that the train explosion is a prelude for bigger things to come... Season 5: 18 months have passed since the events of Day 4. With the exception of David Palmer Tony Almeida Michelle Dessler and Chloe O'Brian the world believes that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is dead... Jack is in fact living under the name of Frank Flynn and conceals his identity by taking a manual job on an oil rig. However when President Logan is placed at the centre of a labyrinthine conspiracy involving the signing of a vital U.S. - Russian arms treaty Jack is forced back into action! Season 6: Season 6 picks up 20 months after last season's shocking season finale when Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was captured by Chinese government agents - battered bloodied and header for points unknown. Wayne Palmer (DB Woodside) is now the President of the United States. After a series of horrific terrorist attacks Palmer and his team of advisors begin an unthinkable nail-biting day. Season 7: The eagerly anticipated Season 7 starts with Jack being forced to stand trial for human rights violations after returning from Africa but he is soon drafted back into action when terrorists threaten America's national security by taking control of its communication systems. As Bauer sets out to uncover who is behind the menacing plot he discovers an old friend he believed to be dead could be involved. Season 8: Amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations President Allison Taylor negotiates international security with Omar Hassan a determined Middle Eastern leader visiting the U.S. As the new day begins an upgraded CTU operates under the command of M.B.A.-schooled razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings.
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Series 1 | DVD | (16/05/2011)
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Betrayed by his country. Beaten into slavery. Reborn as a warrior. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a graphic and visceral account of Rome's most famous gladiator. When he's separated from the love of his life Spartacus is forced into the gruesome and bloodthirsty arena where a grisly death is primetime entertainment. Spartacus must fight for survival befriend his enemies and play politics in this new world of corruption violence sex and fame. He'll be seduced by power and tormented by vengeance. But his passion will give him the strength to prevail over every obstacle in this modern and uninhibited tale of death honour and endurance.
Anaconda 1 - 4 Box Set | DVD | (19/09/2011)
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Titles Comprise: Anaconda: Deep in the mighty Amazon jungle, a documentary crew headed by Dr Steven Kale and Terri Flores rescue a charismatic loner, Paul Sarone. But Sarone is a man obsessed, and his secret motive wraps them all in a deadly coil of danger as he sets out to capture the vicious master of all predators - a lethal Anaconda!Anaconda: Hunt For The Blood Orchid: When a corporate pharmaceutical sponsor is about to pull the plug on research, part-time adventurer Dr. Jack Byron re-awakens their interest with tales of the Borneo black orchid, said to produce a chemical that can keep a cell reproducing indefinitely. When the trip becomes increasingly dangerous, due to floods, capsized boats and gigantic, ill-tempered anacondas, Byron refuses to allow his crew to end the expedition, and resorts to foul play in order to keep them on the trail...Anaconda 3: The Offspring: The giant anacondas are back in the next chapter in the thrilling series, starring David Hasselhoff as Hammett, the ruthless mercenary and snake slayer. In a secret research facility, two mega snakes are undergoing testing by a brilliant scientist, Amanda (Crystal Allen). But when the financier, Murdoch (John Rhys-Davies), pushes the experiments too far, the snakes escape, hungry and heading for civilization. What Hammett doesn't know is that one of the snakes is expecting a litter of slithering offspring. Now the race is on to head off the snakes' unstoppable onslaught before they reach the city.Anacondas: Trail Of Blood: The genetically enhanced snakes from Anaconda 3: Offspring are dead, but one of their slithering offspring has regenerated to live on in this next action-packed chapter of the Anaconda franchise. The dying mogul, Murdoch (Emmy-Nominated actor John Rhys-Davies), hires a doctor to harvest a fresh supply of blood orchids and experiment with the regenerative nectar on a baby snake. Overnight, the offspring grows monstrous enough in size and appetite to devour the good doctor whole, before slithering free on a regenerative rampage. The beautiful herpetologist, Amanda (Crystal Allen), dedicated to destroying the vicious beasts she helped create, leads a team of young scientists against a ruthless pack of Murdoch's armed thugs to get the coveted orchids before the snake hunts both factions down. The bloodthirsty offspring is seemingly invincible, sliding through explosions and gunfire only to regenerate and prey insatiably on anything in its path.
Indiana Jones Trilogy 2007 | DVD | (01/10/2007)
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Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark: Indiana Jones confronts snakes Nazis and one astonishing cliffhanger after another - all topped off by awesome sequences involving the discovery and the opening of the mystical Ark of the Covenant in one of the great adventures of all time! Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom: The daring archaelogist ventures deep into India in search of the legendary Sankara Stone and in the process has to rescue hundreds of children who have been enslaved by a mysterious cult... Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade: Harrison Ford dons his rumpled fedora for the third time as Indiana Jones and Sean Connery joins the thrill-a-minute fun as Indy's feisty dad as the Joneses set out to find the mythical Holy Grail before the Nazis get their hands on it...
Casino Royale | DVD | (19/03/2007)
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Bond is back! Back to the beginning of James Bond's career MI6's newest recruit (Daniel Craig the first blonde 007) is tasked with taking down a man known as ""Le Chiffre"" (Mads Mikkelsen) a money launderer for terrorists who is raising operational funds at a high-stakes poker game in the exclusive Montenegro establishment of Casino Royale... Exhilarating breathless and at times brutal this is the first Bond adventure since 1987 to be based on one of Ian Fleming's original novels. Paul Haggis (Oscar winning writer/director of Crash) adapts Casino Royale for a new generation as Daniel Craig new Aston Martin DBS in tow fills out the tuxedo of the ultra-smooth and ultra-deadly superspy.
Generation Kill | DVD | (03/09/2009)
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Generation Kill is an authentic and vividly detailed 7 part HBO mini-series event that presents a uniquely epic and intimate portrait of the first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines of the First Recon Battalion - a new breed of American soldiers. The mini-series tells the story of these young Marines physical and emotional journey into the heart of Baghdad in those initial weeks and how the war reveals to be much more complicated problematic and tragic than anyone had contemplated. Many of the complications and problems that arise are due to the unwieldy military bureaucracy which the Marines confront in the midst of the war the challenges of over-zealous and incompetent commanding officers ever-changing rules of engagement a non-existent strategy severe deficiencies in necessary armor and supplies and an enemy they don't understand. Generation Kill is a humorous and frightening first hand account of these remarkable men of the personal toll of victory and of the brutality camaraderie and bureaucracy of a new American war. It is a profoundly insightful and realistic look at the risk costs and ultimately the failures of the war. Written and produced by Emmy-award winner David Simon (The Wire) and also produced by the award-winning George Faber (Elizabeth I).
The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones Vol.1 | DVD | (25/02/2008)
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From George Lucas comes The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones. The first volume of a three-volume series contains more than 20 hours of interactive entertainment that combine real-world history with the boyhood adventures of one of cinema's greatest heroes: Indiana Jones. Join the amazing journeys of young Indy as he crosses paths with Picasso Freud Edison and other larger-than-life luminaries on his travels around the world. Then dig deeper into the real-life events and people who made history with more than three dozen fascinating in-depth documentaries included in this exclusive DVD collection. Experience history as never before when you and your family explore special interactive features including a timeline that makes the past come alive! Go on the adventure of a lifetime with The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones.
Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4 Box Set | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011)
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Set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow for more swashbuckling adventures than ever before with this Pirates Of The Caribbean four-Movie Collection. Suspense-fillled action devilish wit astounding special effects mysteries curses villains and heroes - it's a treasure trove of wicked good fun your entire family will enjoy. Titles Comprise: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl: Jack Sparrow (Depp in an Oscar nominated performance) and Will Turner (Bloom) brave the Caribbean Sea to stop a ship of pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Rush) who intend to break an ancient curse using the blood of the lovely Elizabeth Swann (Knightley)... Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Jack's back... Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is mortified to discover he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. With time running out Jack must find a way out of his debt or else be doomed to eternal damnation. And as if this weren't enough his problems prompt the cancellation of the wedding plans of a certain Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) who are forced to join Jack on another maritime misadventure! Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End: In the third installation of the ever-popular Pirates... series Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End we find our heroes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones' locker. Navigating through treachery betrayal and wild waters they must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese pirate Sao Fen (Chow Yun-Fat). Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes all the fun epic adventure and humour that ignited the original. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A tale of truth betrayal youth demise - and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penlope Cruz) he's not sure if it's love or if she's a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever Jack doesn't know who to fear more -Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall it's filled with eye-popping battle scenes mystery and all-out wit. Complete with a bounty of bonus features this is one thrilling journey you won't want to end.
From Dusk Till Dawn / Full Tilt Boogie | DVD | (24/09/2001)
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From a match made in heaven comes a movie spawned in hell! From Dusk Till Dawn sees young hotshot director Robert Rodriquez (El Mariachi, Desperado) team up with Pulp Fiction auteur Quentin Tarantino (offering his services as writer and costar) to make this outrageous, no-holds-barred hybrid of high-octane crime and gruesome horror. Tarantino plays Richard Gecko, a borderline psychopath who breaks his career-criminal brother, Seth (George Clooney), out of prison, after which they rob a bank and leave a trail of dead and wounded in their bloody wake. Then they hijack a mobile home driven by a former Baptist minister (Harvey Keitel) who quit the church after his wife's death and hit the road with his two children (played by Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu). Heading to Mexico with their hostages, the infamous Gecko brothers arrive at the Titty Twister bar to rendezvous for a money drop, but they don't realise that they've just entered the nocturnal lair of a bloodthirsty gang of vampires! With not-so-subtle aplomb, Rodriguez and Tarantino shift into high gear with a non-stop parade of gore, gunfire and pointy-fanged mayhem featuring Salma Hayek as a snake-charming dancer whose bite is much worse than her bark. If you're a fan of Tarantino's lyrical dialogue and pop-cultural wit, you'll have fun with the road-film half of this supernatural horror-comedy, but if your taste runs more to exploding heads and eyeballs, sloppy entrails and morphing monsters, the second half provides a connoisseur's feast of gross-out excess. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.comOn the DVD: the DVDs lavish features on us. The outtakes and deleted scenes are more of the same--exploding bellies, pus, blood and naked women with large teeth. The documentary "Full Tilt Boogie" is entertaining enough; the row with the unions, which it faithfully records, raises real issues about independent filmmakers and their work force. There are two music videos, a stills gallery, a reasonably acute commentary by Rodriguez and Tarantino and material about the art direction. The film is presented in Dolby Digital and a widescreen ratio of 1.85:1 as well as an ordinary one of1.33.1. --Roz Kaveney
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (02/12/2011)
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Correctly billed as the beginning of the end, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 kicks off the two-part finale to the massively popular movie franchise, and it does it with some style. It shoots out of the traps, too. It?s established in double-quick time that the evil Lord Voldemort is closing in on his play to kill Harry Potter, and courtesy of a tremendous opening escape sequence, the chase is soon on. This means that Harry, along with Ron and Hermione, spends the film away from the sort-of-safe grounds of Hogwarts, and they?re up against some sizeable dangers. It does all present Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 with a bit of a problem, though. Already having to contend with being the first half of a story that many are craving the ending to, it?s an elongated road movie for long periods, and not always one that?s able to sustain the full sense of menace and excitement. But when it does perform, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 often does, it?s excellent blockbuster entertainment. There?s a boldness to large sequences of it, too, not least a terrific animated segment, and you get a lot of entertainment for your money, here. And, without question, it looks stunning in high definition. No corners have been cut here at all, and the cinematic quality of the picture and sound is reference standard. It ends with a bit of a sudden application of the brakes rather than a natural lead in to the next film, and it?s too long, certainly. Yet the pentultimate Harry Potter movie keeps the standard high, and most certainly whets the appetite for the final reckoning to come? --Jon Foster
The Marine 1-3 | DVD | (08/07/2013)
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The MarineWWE Champion John Cena stars as marine John Triton. Wherever there's danger Triton is usually in the middle of it... and he doesn't play by the rules! After he's unwillingly discharged from Iraq Triton's beautiful wife Kate (Nip/Tuck's Kelly Carlson) is kidnapped by merciless jewel thieves led by a vicious killer (Robert Patrick). Now Triton must fight to save her utilising his most powerful weapon... himself! The Marine 2Action thriller sequel. While on leave Marine sniper Joe Linwood (Ted DiBiase) takes his wife Robin (Lara Cox) on holiday to a luxurious five-star resort on the South Seas. But their relaxing break comes to an abrupt end when a terrorist group seizes control of the resort and takes the billionaire owner and several guests - including Robin - hostage. Can Joe use his Marine training to free the hostages and save the day? The Marine 3WWE superstar Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin delivers a knock-out performance in the most explosive action-packed Marine adventure yet. After returning to his hometown on leave Sgt. Jake Carter learns that his sister has been abducted by a band of violent extremists. To save her Carter launches a daring one-man assault on their base of operations... only to discover the group's ruthless leader is plotting a deadly terrorist strike. With time running out Carter realises he's the only man who can stop the impending massacre - but this American hero may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save thousands of innocent lives.
Resident Evil 1-4 | Blu Ray | (24/09/2012)
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Resident EvilA team of paramilitary commandos must battle flesh-eating undead, killer mutant dogs and a supercomputer's deadly defences before an unleashed virus consumes humanity in this adaptation of the hit video game series! Resident Evil: ApocalypseAfter narrowly escaping the horrors of the underground Hive facility, Alice is quickly thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the undead. It's a race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers and mutant canines. Resident Evil: ExtinctionIn the third chapter of Resident Evil, Alice joins the survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe to travel across the Nevada desert and fight against the evil Umbrella Corporation in hopes of making it to Alaska. Resident Evil: AfterlifeAlice (Milla Jovovich) is back in the fourth installment of the Resident Evil saga. Now, without super human powers, she'll team up with fellow survivors Claire and Chris (Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller) to take on the armies of the undead and take down the Umbrella Corporation whose virus has created them.
Spartacus - Vengeance | Blu Ray | (01/10/2012)
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On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in Spartacus: Vengeance. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Blu Ray | (24/11/2014)
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Rise of the Planet of the ApesDirector Rupert Wyatt brings this action-packed blockbuster standing as a prequel to the popular Planet of the Apes series starring Brian Cox (Manhunter) John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun Shrek) and Oscar nominee James Franco (Spider-man 127 Hours). Father and Son Charles and Will Rodman (Lithgow Franco) are two ambitious and extremely intellectual scientists from San Francisco. Their lives revolve around their work and all of their time is spent in the laboratory. Their latest experiment involving a chimp named Caesar (Andy Serkis) has seen the two spend many years in the lab and they finally think that the hard work is about to pay off. With Caesar becoming more and more advanced by the day there is a great risk that their genetic engineering has gone too far and Caesar is growing too intelligent. Realising his own incredible strength physically and psychologically Caesar now sets out on a mission to lead an uprising of apes to take over mankind. Being the only people that truly know Caesar and what he's capable of can Charles and Will put a stop to Caesar's reign of terror before it's too late? Dawn of the Planet of the ApesA growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace but it proves short-lived as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
Akira - (Ultimate Collection) (Two Discs) | DVD | (23/06/2003)
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Artist-writer Katsuhiro Omoto began telling the story of Akira as a comic book series in 1982 but took a break from 1986 to 1988 to write, direct, supervise and design this animated film version. Set in 2019, the film richly imagines the new metropolis of Neo-Tokyo, which is designed from huge buildings down to the smallest details of passing vehicles or police uniforms. Two disaffected orphan teenagers--slight, resentful Tetsuo and confident, breezy Kanada--run with a biker gang, but trouble grows when Tetsuo start to resent the way Kanada always has to rescue him. Meanwhile, a group of scientists, military men and politicians wonder what to do with a collection of withered children who possess enormous psychic powers, especially the mysterious, rarely seen Akira, whose awakening might well have caused the end of the old world. Tetsuo is visited by the children, who trigger the growth of psychic and physical powers that might make him a superman or a super-monster.As befits a distillation of 1,318 pages of the story so far, Akira is overstuffed with character, incident and detail. However, it piles up astonishing set pieces: the chases and shoot-outs (amazingly kinetic, amazingly bloody) benefit from minute cartoon detail that extends to the surprised or shocked faces of the tiniest extra; the Tetsuo monster alternately looks like a billion-gallon scrotal sac or a Tex Avery mutation of the monster from The Quatermass Experiment; and the finale--which combines flashbacks to more innocent days with a destruction of Neo City and the creation of a new universe--is one of the most mind bending in all sci-fi cinema. --Kim NewmanOn the DVD: as befits this films status as a Manga classic, Akira has a wide selection of extras spread across two discs, including a "Making of Akira" documentary, a photo gallery, a quiz and a "Make your own trailer" feature, as well as one hidden feature on each disc. The film has been digitally remastered and presented in widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 for the English-dubbed version, and Dolby Digital 2.0 for the original Japanese language version. The only disappointment of the disc is the animated Scene Selection, where the clips are rendered so small that they can be a bit difficult to decipher. --Rob Burrow
Ali - Two Disc Set | DVD | (24/06/2002)
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Ali is a substantial biopic that follows the career of Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali from 1964--when he took the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston--to 1974, when he took it back from George Foreman in Zaire. Along the way, the film looks at Ali's three marriages and his problematic involvement with the Nation of Islam, which inspires him to change his name, get rid of his first wife (Jada Pinkett Smith) and turn his back on old ally Malcolm X (Mario Van Peebles). For a fiercely independent person, Michael Mann's Ali has a knack of alienating those who genuinely love him, while chasing the approval of dubious father figures such as the Reverend Elijah Mohamed, Don King and President Mobutu. Although Ali is not a hagiography--Mann urging Will Smith to get into the many layers of Ali, from the mouthy public face to the quieter private person--the question of whether either of the Liston fights were fixed isn't even raised, and the fall of Ali's career is left out in favour of a climax that draws heavily from the documentary When We Were Kings. Mann is as interested in the politics as he is in the sport (which leaves actors like Ron Silver as the coach short-changed), offering occasional cutaways to the government spies and plants in the black movements. More knockout blows are offered in the speeches than in the ring. --Kim Newman
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) | DVD | (10/12/2004)
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The greatest trilogy in film history, presented in the most ambitious sets in DVD history, comes to a grand conclusion with the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Not only is the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien the longest of the three, but a full 50 minutes of new material pushes the running time to a whopping 4 hours and 10 minutes. The new scenes are welcome, and the bonus features maintain the high bar set by the first two films, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. What's New? One of the scenes cut from the theatrical release but included here, the resolution of the Saruman storyline, generated a lot of publicity when the movie opened, as actor Christopher Lee complained in the press about losing his only appearance. It's an excellent scene, one Jackson calls "pure Tolkien," and provides better context for Pippin to find the wizard's palantir in the water, but it's not critical to the film. In fact, "valuable but not critical" might sum up the ROTK extended edition. It's evident that Jackson made the right cuts for the theatrical run, but the extra material provides depth and ties up a number of loose ends, and for those sorry to see the trilogy end (and who isn't?) it's a welcome chance to spend another hour in Middle-earth. Some choice moments are Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) confrontation with the Witch King (we find out what happened to the wizard's staff), the chilling Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor, and Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) being mistaken for Orc soldiers. We get to see more of Éowyn (Miranda Otto), both with Aragorn and on the battlefield, even fighting the hideously deformed Orc lieutenant, Gothmog. We also see her in one of the most anticipated new scenes, the Houses of Healing after the battle of the Pelennor Fields. It doesn't present Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) as a savior as the book did, but it shows the initial meeting between Éowyn and Faramir (David Wenham), a relationship that received only a meaningful glance in the theatrical cut. If you want to completely immerse yourself in Peter Jackson's marvelous and massive achievement, only the extended edition will do. And for those who complained, no, there are no new endings, not even the scouring of the Shire, which many fans were hoping to see. Nor is there a scene of Denethor (John Noble) with the palantir, which would have better explained both his foresight and his madness. As Jackson notes, when cuts are made, the secondary characters are the first to go, so there is a new scene of Aragorn finding the palantir in Denethor's robes. Another big difference is Aragorn's confrontation with the King of the Dead. In the theatrical version, we didn't know whether the King had accepted Aragorn's offer when the pirate ships pulled into the harbor; here Jackson assumes that viewers have already experienced that tension, and instead has the army of the dead join the battle in an earlier scene (an extended cameo for Jackson). One can debate which is more effective, but that's why the film is available in both versions. If you feel like watching the relatively shorter version you saw in the theaters, you can. If you want to completely immerse yourself in Peter Jackson's marvelous and massive achievement, only the extended edition will do. How Are the Bonus Features? To complete the experience, The Return of the King provides the same sprawling set of features as the previous extended editions: four commentary tracks, sharp picture and thrilling sound, and two discs of excellent documentary material far superior to the recycled material in the theatrical edition. Those who have listened to the seven hours of commentary for the first two extended editions may wonder if they need to hear more, but there was no commentary for the earlier ROTK DVD, so it's still entertaining to hear him break down the film (he says the beacon scene is one of his favorites), discuss differences from the book, point out cameos, and poke fun at himself and the extended-edition concept ("So this is the complete full strangulation, never seen before, here exclusively on DVD!"). The documentaries (some lasting 30 minutes or longer) are of their usual outstanding quality, and there's a riveting storyboard/animatic sequence of the climactic scene, which includes a one-on-one battle between Aragorn and Sauron. One DVD Set to Rule Them All Peter Jackson's trilogy has set the standard for fantasy films by adapting the Holy Grail of fantasy stories with a combination of fidelity to the original source and his own vision, supplemented by outstanding writing, near-perfect casting, glorious special effects, and evocative New Zealand locales. The extended editions without exception have set the standard for the DVD medium by providing a richer film experience that pulls the three films together and further embraces Tolkien's world, a reference-quality home theater experience, and generous, intelligent, and engrossing bonus features. --David Horiuchi