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Peter Kay - Live At The Top Of The Tower | DVD | (22/11/2004)
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For his first video Live at the Top of the Tower, Bolton comedian, actor and Channel 4 star Peter Kay returns to his roots--both as a stand up and by performing live in Blackpool, his childhood haunt. Bolstered by the acclaim heaped on his two television series (That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights), Kay is very much at the top of his game. Odd then that his live routine suffers from something of a false start, relying on characters from and references to his TV show and an awkward batch of jokes. Once settled though, Kay happily emerges as one of the funniest men in the country. His humour is fairly traditional in its sources but succeeds by its very universality. Much is made both of his family life and growing up in the 1980s, the reasons why he makes such a great guest on the rash of television shows dissecting the decade. His style will be very familiar to fans of Phoenix Nights (his words on the Northern club circuit: "tomorrow's acts at yesterday's prices, today"--are straight from his Brian Potter character) and his acting and writing have obviously been hugely influenced by his life as a stand up. He emerges from the video as a great visual comic, a brilliant mimic and an inspired observationalist--his piece on the perils of Teletext is one of the highlights. Those who have taken to the likes of Mark Park, Cheryl Avenue, Jerry Sinclair and Kay's countless other creations should not hesitate when it comes to Live at the Top of the Tower, nor should anyone else with a sense of humour. --Phil Udell
Legally Blonde | DVD | (11/03/2002)
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An extraordinary comic performance from Reese Witherspoon makes Legally Blonde a winner. Witherspoon’s Elle is a ditzy blonde forced by circumstances to metamorphose into a strong-minded and academic lawyer, without losing her strong sense of self in the process. After majoring in fashion sales, she applies to Harvard Law School to pursue the boy who jilted her, and discovers that she is smart as well as beautiful. Much of this is standard fish-out-of-water fare, with drab "intellectuals" snubbing the colourful and well-meaning Elle. Yet feminists will be disconcerted to discover that, apparently, a life of manicures and accessorising will teach you as much about female solidarity as decades of consciousness-raising! Recruited to the defence team of a fitness guru, she takes the defendant’s innocence for granted rather than feeling superior to her. Gradually, she and her ex's new fiancée build a fragile friendship that matters to both of them; Selma Blair is excellent as the snobbish vulnerable Vivienne. It might be a predictable self-help fairytale, but it’s also well-observed, cute and funny. On the DVD: the DVD is presented in 1.78:1 ratio with 5.1 Dolby digital sound as standard. The disc also comes with a wealth of features, including a documentary on the film's obsession with hairstyles--outlining the struggle to keep its heroine bleach blonde from day to day--and a bubbly commentary from Witherspoon and director Robert Luketic. There are also promos, a theatrical trailer and an optional trivia track. --Roz Kaveney
Auf Wiedersehen Pet - Series 1 And 2 - Complete | DVD | (01/09/2008)
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The entire first and second series of the cult TV show. In the first series a group of builders from England go over to Germany to work on a site by day and do their bit for European harmony and understanding by night. Episodes Comprise: 1. If I Were a Carpenter 2. Who Won the War Anyway? 3. The Girls They Left Behind 4. Suspicion 5. Home Thoughts From Abroad 6. The Accused 7. Private Lives 8. The Fugitive 9. The Alien 10. The Last Rites 11. The Lovers 12. Love and Other Four Letter Words 13. When the Boat Comes In Whilst in the second series the likeable Geordies along with boring Barry from Wolverhampton and Londoner Wayne (played by Gary Holton who died during filming) find themselves in the exotic location of Marbella following the success of their trip to Germany. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Return of the Seven Parts 1 and 2 2. A Law for the Rich 3. Another Country 4. A Home From Home 5. Cowboys 6. No Sex Please We're Brickies 7. Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore 8. Hasta La Vista 9. Scoop 10. Law and Order 11. For Better For Worse 12. Quo Vadis Pet
Wild Child (With Free Phone Charm) | DVD | (08/12/2008)
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Wild Child tells the comic story of sixteen year old Poppy (Emma Roberts) a rebellious American teenager who after numerous warnings by her father (Aidan Quinn) is sent to a strict all-girls boarding school in the U.K. in an attempt to straighten out her behaviour. Under the watchful eye of the school's headmistress (Natasha Richardson) and surrounded by a new circle of friends Poppy begrudgingly realizes her bad-girl behavior will only get her so far. But just because she must grow into a fine young lady doesn't mean this Wild Child won't be spending every waking hour shaking up a very proper system...
Moonrise Kingdom | Blu Ray | (01/10/2012)
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On an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two twelve-year-olds (Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman) who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As a local search party led by the Sheriff (Bruce Willis) and the girl's parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand) try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
Doctor Strangelove | DVD | (18/02/2002)
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Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, to give it its full title, is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with "the purity of precious bodily fluids", mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so-called "Doomsday Device," and the world hangs in the balance while the US president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart. Sellers also plays a British military attaché and the mad scientist Dr Strangelove; George C Scott is outrageously frantic as General Buck Turgidson, whose presidential advice consists mainly of panic and statistics about "acceptable losses". With dialogue ("You can't fight here! This is the war room!") and images (Slim Pickens's character riding the bomb to oblivion) that have become a part of our cultural vocabulary, Kubrick's film regularly appears on critics' lists of the all-time best. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Shirley Valentine | DVD | (08/11/2004)
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Pauline Collins repeats her stage success as the character Shirley Valentine, a married woman who decides in her middle years that she wants more out of life. Leaving her spouse behind, she heads to Greece, where she grows close to a low-key local bloke (Tom Conti). Collins and director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) choose to let the character, as she did in the play, speak directly to the audience at times and the gamble works in terms of creating a gentle, intimate atmosphere. Conti is a bonus, a warm presence and funny to boot. --Tom Keogh
Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights | DVD | (09/09/2002)
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Some comedies secure cult status after just one episode. The first series of Phoenix Nights, created by and starring Bolton-born comic Peter Kay, is one of those rare gems that few saw on first showing but that everyone was soon talking about. Wheelchair-bound Brian Potter (Kay) runs the Phoenix, a shabby social club populated by an assortment of wonderfully observed characters. It's grim up North and despite the best efforts of the staff to inject life into the proceedings--be it an alternative comedy night, a version of Robot Wars in Potter's beloved Pennine Suite or a Wild West extravaganza--each evening's entertainment always ends badly. Undaunted, the Phoenix denizens continue to strive for their dream: a world in which "clubland never dies". Even though Kay is the focus of the show (having also directed and penned the series), this is no star vehicle; the hapless security guards, the club entertainer Jerry, and Ray Von the dodgy DJ all combine in an ensemble comedy the like of which hasn't been seen since Fawlty Towers. You have to watch it a couple of times just to catch all the visual gags, let alone pick up on all the nuances of the brilliantly written script. If you missed it first time round, now's your chance to own one of the best British sit-coms of recent years. On the DVD: Phoenix Nights on disc comes with a plethora of extras to enjoy. "One Man and His Horse" is behind the scenes footage of Trigger and his handler (who is almost as entertaining as his charge); there are some great deleted scenes, trailers for the first series and an episode-by-episode sequence of outtakes where the cast hilarity is definitely contagious. A commentary from Kay and some of the team consists more of reminiscence than information, but is well worth a listen. --Kristen Bowditch
Sarah Millican Live | DVD | (21/11/2011)
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Sleepless in Seattle | DVD | (17/01/1994)
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The director and stars of 1998's You've Got Mail scored a breakthrough hit with this hugely popular romantic comedy from 1993, about a recently engaged woman (Meg Ryan) who hears the sad story of a grieving widower (Tom Hanks) on the radio and believes that they are destined to be together. She's single in New York, he lives in Seattle with a young son, but the cross-country attraction proves irresistible and pretty soon Meg's on a westbound flight. What happens from there is... well, you must have been living in a cave to have let this sweet-hearted comedy slip below your pop-cultural radar. There's little complexity or depth to writer-director Nora Ephron's cheesy tale of a romantic fait accompli, and more than a little contrivance to the subplots that threaten to keep Hanks and Ryan from actually meeting. But the purity of star chemistry here is hard to deny, and this may be the first film to indicate the more serious and sympathetic side of Hanks that is revealed in later roles. With its clever jokes about "chick movies" and repeated homage to the classic weeper An Affair to Remember, this may not be everybody's brand of amorous entertainment, but it's got an old-Hollywood charm that appeals to many a movie fan. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
What We Do In The Shadows | DVD | (13/04/2015)
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 1-3 | DVD | (18/02/2013)
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Diary of a Wimpy KidThe hilarious best-selling book come to life in this hit family comedy. Greg Heffley is headed for the most humiliating experience in any kid's life - middle school! There he'll fair hairy-freckled morons wedgie-loving bullies and cootie-ridden mouldy chees. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick RulesHaving survive the 'Cheese Touch' Greg returns to school with his confidence intact and his eye on a pretty new girl named Holly. But at home Greg faces the worst fate ever: he's being forces to spend quality time with his older brother Rodrick! Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysOh No - Greg's Dad is threatening to send him to military school if he doesn't shape up! Unfortunately Greg pretending to work as a swanky country club botching a father-son camping trip and staying one step ahead of the mischievous family dog won't help in this hilarious family film.
Lord Peter Wimsey Boxed Set (10 Disc) | DVD | (05/11/2012)
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Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in this classic BBC adaptation of the novels by Dorothy L. Sayers. These five feature-length adaptations bring all the wit, elegance and style of one of England's classiest detectives to the scene of the crime - five crimes to be exact - each one presenting an interesting challenge for this sharp-witted mastermind. Join Lord Peter Wimsey as he uncovers the mysteries of: <i>Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness at The Bello...
The Inbetweeners 2 | DVD | (01/12/2014)
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The Inbetweeners 2 reunites Jay Neil Simon and Will for their latest critically acclaimed smash-hit comedy adventure. Having left school in the summer the boys have gone their separate ways most noticeably Jay who delights in telling the others via email that he is on a ‘mental gap year’ in the ‘sex capital of the world’ – Australia. Neil is desperate to see Jay and Will and Simon are having such a miserable time at Uni they decide they might as well visit him to see what the fuss is about. Once in Oz the boys discover Jay’s tales of super-stardom in Sydney aren’t quite true but Will sees this as an opportunity to embark on a travelling experience with cool people who are doing a gap year properly. What follows is an “hilarious” (The Sun) and “relentlessly funny” (The Times) romp through camp-fire singing unintentional proposals water-slide disgrace dolphin feeding and a trip to the outback for some real travelling. Will they survive?
When Harry Met Sally | DVD | (23/07/2001)
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Highly influential, When Harry Met Sally revitalised (in 1988) the moribund romantic comedy genre, made a superstar of Meg Ryan, and in two minutes of heavy breathing gave cinema one of its most memorable scenes. Set over 12 years in New York, young professionals Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) go from meeting to becoming friends to, well--this is a romantic comedy. Benefiting from an observant and witty script by Nora Ephron, it also offers insight into the differences between men and women. More importantly it's very funny, though the most hilarious scene is also the least believable: Sally is really too conventional to do that in a crowded restaurant. Knowingly modern, the picture's snappy one liners, neurotic honesty and straight-to-camera interludes are in the tradition of Woody Allen's New York Jewish humour, a prime example being Annie Hall (1976), while the inspired use of standards not only made a star of Harry Connick Jnr. but started a trend developed in Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and Love's Labour's Lost (2000). Perfectly played, with excellent support from Carrie Fisher, When Harry Met Sally is the archetypal modern romantic comedy. On the DVD: There's an excellent 33-minute documentary made in 2000 which interviews all the key players talking candidly not so much about how the film was made but why, and revealing just how much of it is actually based upon director Rob Reiner and star Billy Crystal's own experiences and personalities (the story about Reiner acting out the fake orgasm scene for Meg Ryan is priceless). There are seven short deleted scenes (easy to see why they didn't make the final cut) and a commentary track by Reiner, which contains a lot of space and does little more than repeat the information in the documentary. The anamorphically enhanced 1.77: 1 picture though a touch grainy in dark scenes is generally rich and detailed with excellent colour. Audio is stereo, and only blossoms when there is a song on the soundtrack. There are 14 subtitle options including English for Hard of Hearing.--Gary S Dalkin
The Birdcage | DVD | (03/02/2014)
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Robin Williams and Nathan Lane team up with a top-notch cast in this hilarious comedy. Williams is Armand a gay cabaret owner whose son announces he's marrying the daughter of a right-wing politician (Gene Hackman). It's an outrageously funny culture clash as Armand and his drag-queen partner Albert (Lane) try to transform themselves into straight shooters at a dinner party and pull the chiffon over the eyes of the uptight senator and his wife (Dianne Wiest).
Every Which Way But Loose / An | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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Every Which Way But Loose Philo Beddoe is your regular, easygoing, truck-driving guy. He's also the best bar-room brawler west of the Rockies. And he lives with a 165-pound orangutan named Clyde. Like other guys, Philo finally falls in love - with a flighty singer who leads him on a screwball chase across the American Southwest. Nothing's in the way except a motorcycle gang, two sneaky off-duty cops and legendary brawler Tank Murdock.Every Which Way but Loose was a change of pace for Clint Eastwood - and it proved to be one of his most popular films. With a soaring country score and a solid supporting cast including Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo and the great Ruth Gordon, it's in every which way possible a grand time for all.Any Which Way You Can They're back. Philo Beddoe, the easygoing truck driver and bare-knuckle brawler, and his 165-pound orangutan friend Clyde get into more mischief in this faster and funnier sequel to Every Which Way But Loose.Clint Eastwood stars again as Philo, now thinking he'll retire from fighting. But a new contender lures him back - and mobsters kidnaps Philo's girl (Sondra Locke) to ensure he'll turn up for the showdown.Ruth Gordon as Ma, Geoffrey Lewis as Orville and those hapless motorcycle morons called the Black Widows all return in fine form. Songs by Glen Campbell, Jim Stafford and Snuff Garrett make up a tuneful country score, including an Eastwood/Ray Charles duet on Beers to You. As ever, Clyde steals the show, particularly in a courtship scene with the lady orangutan of his dreams. Any Which Way You Can, you'll be entertained.
What Women Want | DVD | (06/08/2001)
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Meet Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson). A successful advertising executive Nick has the world and its women at his fingertips. Or so he thinks. The world of advertising is fast becoming a woman's world and slick-talking chauvinistic womanising Nick is out of touch. Enter Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt). Darcy is hired by the agency as Nick's superior to bring a woman's perspective to the agency in a bid to win new clients from the untapped female market. But Nick's problems are just b
Mirror, Mirror (DVD) | DVD | (30/07/2012)
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Mirror Mirror is a fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, a family adventure for all ages, starring Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom and Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, the princess in exile, plus Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince.
Acorn Antiques | DVD | (07/02/2005)
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All the sketches from the classic spoof soap! Thrill to the heartwarming exploits of these antique-loving scallywags as they ply their skilled (or perhaps not so skilled) trade in that tiny (and yet at times not so tiny) shop on the outskirts of Manchesterford. All your favourite episodes are here all the rascally yet therapeutic shenanigans that showered fame fortune and glittering prizes!