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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £4.22  |  Saving you £-0.38 (-2.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • King Kong [UMD Universal Media Disc] King Kong | UMD | (10/04/2006) from £23.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (5.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • The Terminator [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Terminator | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Terminator was the film that cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's place in the action-brawn firmament, and both his and the movie's subsequent iconic status are well deserved. He's chilling as the futuristic cyborg that kills without fear, without love, without mercy. James Cameron's story and direction are pared to the bone and are all the more chillingly effective for it. But don't overlook the contribution of Linda Hamilton, who more than holds her own as the Terminator's would-be victim, Sarah Connor, thus creating--along with Sigourney Weaver in Alien--a new generation of rugged, clear-thinking female action stars. The film's minimalist, malevolent violence is actually scarier than that of its far more expensive, more effects-laden sequel. --Anne Hurley

  • Alien [UMD Universal Media Disc] Alien | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £19.37  |  Saving you £2.62 (11.90%)  |  RRP £21.99

  • Jackass - The Movie [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2002] Jackass - The Movie | UMD | (28/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Hitman [UMD Mini for PSP] Hitman | UMD | (30/06/2008) from £2.25  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    It?s hard not to feel like one has entered a certain dimension of video-game logic while watching Hitman, a lightly enjoyable action-suspense movie indeed based on a popular and bloody game about a mysterious hired gun with a bar-code tattoo on his bald head and a number (47) in lieu of a name. Living like a chaste monk while slipping past borders to kill his targets, 47 (Timothy Olyphant of Deadwood) moves like a determined shark and speaks softly to his contact at the enigmatic "the Organization," which raises cast-off children to become well-paid assassins. Fruitlessly pursued by an Interpol cop (Dougray Scott) who can never get sovereign governments to cooperate, 47 has no trouble slipping in and out of countries to ply his trade. Until, that is, he?s set up to take a fall in Russia by shooting a national leader who is promptly replaced by a lookalike double. Suddenly on the run, 47 has to retrace his steps and formulate a lethal plan for extricating himself from a trap. Caught in the chaos is the lovely Nika (Olga Kurylenko), forced into sex slavery by 47?s new enemies and the one person who seems uniquely qualified to break through 47?s many personal barriers. Directed by France?s Xavier Gens, Hitman features loads of bloody mayhem and unabashed moments of pulp absurdity, such as a scene in which 47 and three other Organization killers agree to fight one another respectfully, then proceed to pulverize each other with swords and fists. As fodder for gamers, however, Hitman is packed with visuals and dramatic moments that seem so odd on the big screen until one realizes they are basically placemarkers for the video-game edition. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • The Punisher [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Punisher | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £5.05  |  Saving you £12.94 (71.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Evil Dead [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Evil Dead | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-8.62 (-143.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Charlie's Angels [UMD Universal Media Disc] Charlie's Angels | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £1.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Welcome To The Jungle [UMD Universal Media Disc] Welcome To The Jungle | UMD | (05/12/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Matrix [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1998] Matrix | UMD | (23/01/2005) from £1.14  |  Saving you £-1.62 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Friday [UMD Universal Media Disc] Friday | UMD | (27/02/2006) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Dukes Of Hazzard [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Dukes Of Hazzard | UMD | (09/01/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (44.80%)  |  RRP £20.99

  • Bewitched [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Bewitched | UMD | (06/02/2006) from £19.37  |  Saving you £-6.38 (-49.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • The Crow [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Crow | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Pirates Of The Caribbean [UMD Universal Media Disc] Pirates Of The Caribbean | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £18.99

    You won't need a bottle of rum to enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, even if you haven't experienced the Disneyland theme-park ride that inspired it. There's a galleon's worth of fun in watching Johnny Depp's androgynous performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, a roguish pirate who could pass for the illegitimate spawn of rockers Keith Richards and Chrissie Hynde. Depp gets all the good lines and steals the show, recruiting Orlando Bloom (a blacksmith and expert swordsman) and Keira Knightley (a lovely governor's daughter). They set out on an adventurous quest to recapture the notorious Black Pearl, a ghost ship commandeered by Jack's nemesis Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a mutineer desperate to reverse the curse that left him and his (literally) skeleton crew in a state of eternal, undead damnation. Director Gore Verbinski (The Ring) repeats the redundant mayhem that marred his debut film Mouse Hunt, but with the writer's of Shrek he's made Pirates of the Caribbean into a special-effects thrill-ride that plays like a halloween party on the open seas. --Jeff Shannon

  • Snatch [UMD Universal Media Disc] Snatch | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £9.14  |  Saving you £8.85 (49.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Monty Python And The Holy Grail [UMD Universal Media Disc] Monty Python And The Holy Grail | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £12.99  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Matrix Revolutions [UMD Mini for PSP] Matrix Revolutions | UMD | (07/01/2008) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The opening reels of Matrix Revolutions do nothing to dispel the feeling of exhausted disappointment that set in during the second half of The Matrix Reloaded. There's plenty more talky guff combined with the picking-up of hard-to-remember plot threads as Neo (Keanu Reeves) lies in a coma in the "real" world and is stranded on a tube station in a limbo "beyond the Matrix" while his allies do a reprise of the shooting-their-way-past-the-bodyguards bit from the last film (this time, the baddies can walk on the ceiling). A new Oracle (Mary Alice) makes some pronouncements about the end being near and more things happen--including the evil Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) manifesting in reality by possessing a minor character and perfidiously blinding our hero, who wears a becoming ribbon over his wounded eyes and perceives the world in an impressive "flaming truth vision". What about the action? The equivalent of the last film's freeway chase scene is a huge face-off as the Sentinels (robot squids) finally breach the caverns of Zion, "the last human city", and swarm against a battalion of pilot-manipulated giant robots: here, the effects are seamless and the images astonishing, though the fact that none of the major characters are involved and the whole thing goes on so long as if designed to top any previous robot-on-robot screen carnage means that it becomes monotonously amazing, like watching someone else play a great computer game. After a too-easily-managed major realignment of the enmities, the film--and the series--finally delivers a sign-off sequence that's everything you could want as Neo and Smith get into a kung fu one-on-one in a rain-drenched virtual city, flying as high as Superman and Brainiac in smart suits. It comes too late to save the day and the wrap-up is both banal and incoherent, but at least this single combat is a reward for hardy veterans who've sat through seven hours of build-up. --Kim NewmanOn the DVD: when the first Matrix DVD was released, with never-before-seen features such as the "Follow the White Rabbit" option, it set a benchmark against which subsequent discs were judged. But neither sequel has lived up to the original's high standards. The Matrix Revolutions two-disc set is an unexceptional package, with a routine "making of" featurette being the main bonus item. Amid all the usual backslapping guff about how great everyone is and what a great time they've all had, it's possible to glean some nuggets of useful information about the baffling plot--though cast and crew can't repress a note of weariness creeping in when discussing the horribly protracted shooting schedule. The feature on the CG Revolution is the most informative for people who like to know how everything was done, and, in the same vein, there's also a multi-angle breakdown of the Super Burly Brawl. A 3-D timeline gives a handy summary of the story so far, and there's a plug for The Matrix Online game. The anamorphic 2.40:1 picture is, of course, a real treat to look at, even if the movie is mostly shades of dark grey and dark green; soundwise the dynamic range of the Dolby Digital surround is extreme: all conversations are conducted in throaty whispers, while the action sequences will push your speakers to the limit. No DTS option, though. And as with Reloaded, there's no audio commentary either: the Wachowski's policy of not talking about their creation begins to seem like a ploy to avoid answering awkward questions. --Mark Walker

  • Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2003] Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines | UMD | (05/12/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £-4.60 (-35.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

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