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Thor | DVD | (26/09/2011)
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Of all the folks in long underwear to be tapped for superhero films, Thor would seem to be the most problematic to properly pull off. (Hypothetical Hollywood conversation: "A guy in a tricked-out, easily merchandisable metal suit? Great! An Asgardian God of Thunder who says stuff like thee and thou? Um, is Moon Knight available?") Thankfully, the resulting film does its source material rather proud, via a committed cast and an approach that doesn't shy away from the over-the-top superheroics. When you're dealing with a flying guy wielding a huge hammer, gritty realism can be overrated, really. Blending elements from the celebrated comic arcs by Walter Simonson and J. Michael Straczynski, the story follows the headstrong Thunder God (Chris Hemsworth) as he is banished to Earth and stripped of his powers by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after inadvertently starting a war with a planet of ticked-off Frost Giants. As his traitorous brother Loki (the terrific Tom Hiddleston) schemes in the wings, Thor must redeem himself and save the universe, with the aid of a beautiful scientist (Natalie Portman). Although director Kenneth Branagh certainly doesn't skimp on the in-jokes and fan-pleasing continuity references (be prepared to stick around after the credits, Marvel fans), his film distinguishes itself by adopting a larger-than-life cosmic Shakespearean air that sets itself apart from both the cerebral, grounded style made fashionable by The Dark Knight and the loose-limbed Rat Packish vibe of the Iron Man series. Glorying in the absolute unreality of its premise, Branagh's film is a swooping, Jack Kirby-inspired saga that brings the big-budget grins on a consistent basis, as well as tying in with the superhero battle royale The Avengers. --Andrew Wright
K-Pax | DVD | (05/01/2004)
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A wonderfully fresh, original piece of work, K-Pax is a film that manages to combine a variety of genres while still maintaining its own unique identity. The premise of alien life on earth may not be a new one, but Ian Softley's movie is a startling new take on the subject. Spacey's Prot is picked up by the police and, when he claims to be a traveller from the planet K-Pax, is delivered to the care of psychiatrist Jeff Bridges. The intense relationship that develops between the two forms the core of the film, as Bridges searches for the truth about his mysterious patient while also gaining valuable insights into his own life. The movie's great strength is that it keeps the audience guessing up until the very end, refusing to offer them an obvious, tidy conclusion. Spacey is, as ever, fantastic, playing the kind of charismatic oddball that brought him such acclaim in American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. He manages to embody the themes of the film perfectly, imbuing his character with both a rich humanity and an eerie otherworldliness. Bridges (20 years after he played the role of an alien in Starman) is a revelation, reasserting his position as one of Hollywood's great unsung actors. Softley handles the film with precision, with each revelation from Prot's past adding to the mystery of the story, countering the film's dark, moving moments with episodes of real humour and warmth. On the DVD: K-Pax offers a wealth of treasures on disc. Director Softley provides two commentaries (one for the UK and one for the US) and there is an interesting "making of" featurette that goes beyond the usual platitudes to offer a genuine insight into the creative process. A series of deleted scenes are combined with an alternative ending, though all the material on offer is careful not to spoil the vital ambiguity of the plot's conclusion. All the major participants are interviewed and there is a gallery of still photographs taken by Bridges. The film's often dreamlike visual mood is captured beautifully by the enhanced format; this is undoubtedly a well thought out package. --Phil Udell
Iron Man 2 - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (25/10/2010)
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Robert Downey Jr. returns to play Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2008 superhero smash Iron man. In this sensational follow-up Stark must become iron man once more and do battle with whiplash (Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler) and corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell - Moon). Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation) stars as sexy Russian spy Black Widow and Don Cheadle (Boogie Nights) assumes the role of Colonel James Rhodes from Terrence Howard.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (25/06/2012)
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As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (12/12/2011)
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A galaxy's worth of nihilism buried under a 70s Velveeta topping, The Planet of the Apes series stands today as a dark marvel of pop cinema, a group of wildly variable films that combine to form a giant inescapable kiss-off to the human race. (That said message was able to withstand such distractions as ever-cheapening makeup and Charlton Heston loudly pounding sand makes its achievements even more impressive, really.) Boasting a keen awareness of its predecessors' particular charms and a gem of a central CGI performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes for a rather miraculous summer movie: a big-budget special effects extravaganza that also delivers a killer backhand. Sort of redoing 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the film follows the events set in motion when a bereaved scientist (James Franco) attempts to create a cure for Alzheimer's, resulting in a supernaturally intelligent chimp named Caesar. The old bit about science tampering in God's domain quickly applies. Director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) displays an admirable sense of pacing, deftly levying the escalating action scenes with small character moments from the likes of John Lithgow and Brian Cox. That said, the film belongs to Caesar, whose path from wide-eyed innocent to reluctant revolutionary generates the ironic pulp empathy that gave the original series such a kick. Watching the climactic confrontation on the Golden Gate Bridge, it's distressingly easy to figure out which side to root for. Chuck Heston would no doubt grit his teeth in approval. Note: Those skeptical that this revamp could wholly retain the original's doomy backbeat would do well to stick around during the end credits. --Andrew Wright
Avatar: Limited Edition Steelbook with 4 Lenticular Artcards and An Activist Survival Guide to Pandora | Blu Ray | (26/04/2010)
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Avatar is set in the year 2154. The world is dying. Its energy resources are almost spent and its inhabitant have travelled to a distant planet called Pandora where they hope to extract a valuable mineral called Unobtanium.
XXX | Blu Ray | (23/04/2007)
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This amped action drama stars Vin Diesel as Xander (aka Triple X) a rebellious extreme sports star with a mission to defy authority and create anarchy. In the dramatic opening scene of the movie Xander pulls an outrageous series of stunts with the help of a band of similar-minded jocks broadcasts the whole event live onto the Internet with a network of strategically placed digital cameras and then avoids being captured by the squadron of police who pursue him. When Triple X is later taken into custody Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) a representative from a government agency hires the chiseled athlete and turns him into a secret agent with a mission to travel to Prague and collapse a dangerous terrorist cell operated by Yorgi (Martin Csokas) and the seductive Yelena (Asia Argento). Triple X is quickly drawn into Yorgi's lair a stunning chateau situated in the mountains that is equipped with every high-tech modern amenity imaginable along with a sizeable team of extra-large Slav bodyguards a laboratory staffed by top scientists and an always-ready gaggle of gorgeous concubines. Non-stop stunts pounding hard-core music elaborate sets and inventive costumes make this Rob Cohen-directed adrenaline overload a visually exciting aurally engaging highly entertaining success!
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011)
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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.
The Eagle | Blu Ray | (18/07/2011)
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Epic filmmaking has fallen out of favour, but The Eagle fights hard to bring it back. Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) chose to lead a Roman garrison in occupied Britain because that's where his father lost a military standard--a metal eagle, representing the glory of imperial Rome--on an expedition into the northern wilds. To reclaim his family honor, Aquila sets off into native territory to recover the eagle, with only a slave named Esca (Jamie Bell) to help him--but the more Aquila learns about Esca's history, the more he has reason to doubt his slave's loyalty. The Eagle starts with engaging momentum; this is a work of fiction, but there's an impressive commitment to the details of life, evoking the sights, sounds, and smells of a raw and brutal time. (Director Kevin Macdonald began as a documentarian, which no doubt contributes to his appreciation for grit and sweat.) Tatum is not the most versatile actor but he has enough solid charisma to anchor the movie; Bell's fluid emotional presence keeps their relationship dynamic. The movie loses steam in the last third, as the outcome is never really in doubt and the plot mechanics start to feel a bit rote. But for anyone with an interest in the era, or who simply enjoys a taste of blood and thunder, The Eagle has pleasures aplenty. --Bret Fetzer
Robocop - Limited Edition Steelbook | Blu Ray | (09/06/2014)
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In RoboCop the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Overseas their drones have been used by the military for years &ndash; and it&rsquo;s meant billions for OmniCorp&rsquo;s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) &ndash; a loving husband father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit &ndash; is critically injured in the line of duty OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a aRoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
The Amazing Spider-Man (Blu-ray + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (02/09/2013)
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The Blu-ray Mastered in 4K collection will set a new standard for Blu-ray HD picture and sound creating the ultimate 1080p home entertainment experience. Created from the highest quality 4K source materials with new expanded colour consumers can enjoy a brilliant picture with exquisite detail using their existing Blu-ray player or PlayStation 3. The Blu-ray Mastered in 4K collection is optimized so that 4K Ultra HD TV owners can take full advantage of the new 4K upscaling technology delivering an outstanding near-4K experience. Mastered in 4K Blu-rays also work with all 1080p HDTVs for spectacular high definition picture and sound. Teenage social outcast Peter (Andrew Garfield) spends his days trying to unravel the mystery of his own past and win the heart of his high school crush Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). A mysterious briefcase belonging to his father who abandoned him when he was a child leads Peter to his dad's former partner Dr. Connors. The discovery of his father's secret will ultimately shape his destiny of becoming Spider-Man and bring him face to face with Connors' villainous alter ego the Lizard.
Vertical Limit | Blu Ray | (21/05/2007)
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An edge-of-your-seat action adventure story 'Vertical Limit' is the high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell - Batman & Robin) who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2 the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements Peter risks his life to save his sister (Robin Tunney - End Of Days) and her summit team (Bill Paxton - Twister and Nicholas Lea - TV's The X Files) in a race against time.
The Losers | Blu Ray | (11/10/2010)
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The long-awaited big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name follows a former Special Forces team in the 90s 'The Losers'. Betrayed by their handler Max and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation the team are intent on revenge. Eager for the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list the Losers regroup and conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests uncovering startling operations spearheaded by the enigmatic Max whose influence within the CIA and US government is unparalleled.
Snow White and the Huntsman - Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) | Blu Ray | (01/10/2012)
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Definitely not your average retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark, action-fantasy film that's based more on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale than the well-known Disney version of the story. It features intriguing concepts, impressive special effects, and some disappointingly lackluster acting. The essence of the "Snow White" story is preserved in this recounting: the queen's beautiful daughter Snow White, who is heir to the throne, is displaced and persecuted by an evil stepmother after her mother dies. Here, the evil stepmother Ravenna possesses a disturbing power to maintain her own perpetual youth by stealing youthfulness from the hearts of the young and beautiful, but her magic mirror warns that Snow White's innocence and purity as she comes of age will destroy Ravenna's chance at immortality. When Snow White escapes from the castle prison, Ravenna hires a downtrodden Huntsman to bring her back so that Ravenna can steal her youth and achieve personal immortality. But Snow White runs into a dark and sinister forest where mushrooms disperse hallucinogenic spores, trees come to life, flocks of bats spring from inanimate objects, and dwarves lurk in the shadows. The roles of the seven dwarves and the Huntsman in this version of the story prove to be quite different from the original, but what remain steadfast are Snow White's inner strength and absolute goodness, and her stepmother's innate evilness. This film is full of fascinating imagery that's brought to life through powerful special effects, great costuming, and captivating cinematography--the scenes in the dark forest and the fairy-filled wilderness beyond are reason enough to see it. Unfortunately, the story moves a bit slowly and the acting by Kristen Stewart (Snow White) and Chris Hemsworth (Huntsman) is rather stoical and passionless and lacks chemistry, though Charlize Theron does stand out as a particularly disturbing Ravenna. --Tami Horiuchi
A Sound Of Thunder | DVD | (04/09/2006)
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Suspense thriller based on the famous short story by master of fiction Ray Bradbury. In the year 2055 a technology has been invented that enables people to go back in time to hunt dinosaurs. When one such expedition to the Prehistoric past unwittingly makes a fatal mistake it dramatically impacts the course of evolution setting off waves of destruction that ripple toward the modern world and unleashing an army of fearsome creatures that never should have existed. Two scientists race against time to fix the catastrophic error while their world collapses around them and every minute brings the human race closer to extinction.
The Scorpion King | DVD | (27/05/2002)
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This gripping tale follows the adventures of Yu-Shu an idealistic young hero who lives vicariously through the legendary martial arts heroes which he illustrates on the back of his class-book. When he rescues a beautiful young girl from a prostitution racket headed by a local police chief he is drawn into a dangerous web of deceipt protected by the formidable fighting skills of the Scorpion King. With his heroic illustrations as inspiration and a real Kung-Fu master to guide him Y
Batman Begins (2 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (07/08/2006)
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Just when you though that the Batman franchise was dead and buried--certainly after the abomination that was 1997's Batman & Robin--along comes director Christopher Nolan to brilliantly bring it all back to life with the astonishingly strong Batman Begins. Nolan, whose curriculum vitae already features Memento and Insomnia, focuses his attention where films in the franchise haven't gone before--by examining that character of Batman himself. Thus, the story here is the genesis of the character, from the death of Bruce Wayne's parents, harrowing training with the mysterious League of Shadows, right through to the Dark Knight's first appearances on the street of a crime-ridden, moody Gotham City. Nolan plays several trump cards in his take on the Batman legacy, and none pay off quite so handsomely as his casting. Christian Bale is an immense force in the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman, bringing a brooding anger and genuine unease to the Batsuit. He's backed with strong turns from Tom Wilkinson, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, and Cillian Murphy as the unstable Scarecrow. In spite of a last twenty minutes that can't quite sustain the tone of what's gone before, Batman Begins is a major achievement, and one of the finest superhero movies to date. Easily the best of the Dark Knight's big screen adventures, it manages to be a blockbuster film that's unpredictable, compulsive, superb to look at and well worth many repeated viewings. A staggering achievement, particularly considering the state the Batman franchise had got itself into.-- Simon Brew
Definitive Edition - League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen | DVD | (23/04/2007)
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A hunter a scientist a vampire an invisible man an immortal a spy a beast....when a masked madman known as ""The Fantom"" threatens to launch global Armageddon legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) commands a legion of superheroes the likes of which mankind has never seen. Now despite fighting their own personal demons - and each other - they must join forces to save the world.