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  • Michael Jackson - This Is It [Blu-ray] [2009] Michael Jackson - This Is It | Blu Ray | (22/02/2010) from £2.10  |  Saving you £22.89 (91.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It's hard not to watch This Is It without feeling a mixture of sorrow and elation. When he passed away in the summer of 2009, Michael Jackson was in the midst of rehearsals for his final tour, an ambitious 50-date engagement. In editing 120 hours of rehearsal footage together, Jackson producer Kenny Ortega proves that it would've been an event for the ages. Michael performs material that spans his career, from a Motown medley to multi-platinum hits from Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Though he hadn't toured in 10 years, it becomes instantly apparent, despite rumours to the contrary, that Jackson was still in full possession of that unmistakable voice--high-pitched whoops and all--and that he still had the gravity-defying moves of a man half his age. Jackson and Ortega also collaborated on some real showstoppers, such as a graveyard-set "Thriller"; an imposing "They Don't Care About Us," in which several dancers appear to morph into thousands; and a film noir sequence in which the singer slides in and out of Gilda and other black-and-white classics, singing "Smooth Criminal" all the while. Not everything works, like the Jackson 5 numbers, in which he flubs a few lyrics, claiming that his earpiece isn't working properly, but as he readily acknowledges, "That's what rehearsal is for." It's a tragedy that he didn't get the chance to share this dazzling show with the world, but Ortega allows fans to feel as if it actually happened--at least onscreen. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Deck The Halls [2006] Deck The Halls | DVD | (26/11/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    There Glows The Neighbourhood! Deck The Halls is a family comedy about one-upsmanship jealousy clashing neighbours home decoration... and the true spirit of the holidays. For Cloverdale Massachusetts optometrist Steve Finch (Matthew Broderick) no time of the year can compare to the glory of the Christmas season. And for many years now he's carried on a series of heartfelt but hokey Yuletide traditions that his family - wife Kelly (Kristin Davis) daughter Madison (Alia Shawkat) and son Carter (Dylan Blue) - at this point can barely tolerate. Despite his family's exhausted protests super-organized Steve has the December calendar chock full with everything from shooting the Finch's annual Christmas card photo to their ritual tree harvesting and neighbourhood caroling night. There's also scheduled time for shopping 'personal reflection ' and the town's yearly Winterfest carnival which Steve joyously oversees. But Steve's Christmas bliss is suddenly destroyed when slippery car salesman Buddy Hall (Danny DeVito) moves in next door and Steve finds himself going toe-to-toe with his new neighbour. Buddy quickly begins to undermine Steve's dominance as the local 'King of Christmas' when he sets out to festoon his new house with enough glowing holiday lights so it will be visible from outer space.

  • Michael Jackson's This Is It (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2009] Michael Jackson's This Is It (2 Disc Collector's Edition) | DVD | (22/02/2010) from £3.78  |  Saving you £18.71 (81.40%)  |  RRP £22.99

    It's hard not to watch This Is It without feeling a mixture of sorrow and elation. When he passed away in the summer of 2009, Michael Jackson was in the midst of rehearsals for his final tour, an ambitious 50-date engagement. In editing 120 hours of rehearsal footage together, Jackson producer Kenny Ortega proves that it would've been an event for the ages. Michael performs material that spans his career, from a Motown medley to multi-platinum hits from Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Though he hadn't toured in 10 years, it becomes instantly apparent, despite rumours to the contrary, that Jackson was still in full possession of that unmistakable voice--high-pitched whoops and all--and that he still had the gravity-defying moves of a man half his age. Jackson and Ortega also collaborated on some real showstoppers, such as a graveyard-set "Thriller"; an imposing "They Don't Care About Us," in which several dancers appear to morph into thousands; and a film noir sequence in which the singer slides in and out of Gilda and other black-and-white classics, singing "Smooth Criminal" all the while. Not everything works, like the Jackson 5 numbers, in which he flubs a few lyrics, claiming that his earpiece isn't working properly, but as he readily acknowledges, "That's what rehearsal is for." It's a tragedy that he didn't get the chance to share this dazzling show with the world, but Ortega allows fans to feel as if it actually happened--at least onscreen. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Michael Jackson's This Is It (1 Disc) [DVD] [2009] Michael Jackson's This Is It (1 Disc) | DVD | (22/02/2010) from £1.95  |  Saving you £18.04 (90.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It's hard not to watch This Is It without feeling a mixture of sorrow and elation. When he passed away in the summer of 2009, Michael Jackson was in the midst of rehearsals for his final tour, an ambitious 50-date engagement. In editing 120 hours of rehearsal footage together, Jackson producer Kenny Ortega proves that it would've been an event for the ages. Michael performs material that spans his career, from a Motown medley to multi-platinum hits from Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Though he hadn't toured in 10 years, it becomes instantly apparent, despite rumours to the contrary, that Jackson was still in full possession of that unmistakable voice--high-pitched whoops and all--and that he still had the gravity-defying moves of a man half his age. Jackson and Ortega also collaborated on some real showstoppers, such as a graveyard-set "Thriller"; an imposing "They Don't Care About Us," in which several dancers appear to morph into thousands; and a film noir sequence in which the singer slides in and out of Gilda and other black-and-white classics, singing "Smooth Criminal" all the while. Not everything works, like the Jackson 5 numbers, in which he flubs a few lyrics, claiming that his earpiece isn't working properly, but as he readily acknowledges, "That's what rehearsal is for." It's a tragedy that he didn't get the chance to share this dazzling show with the world, but Ortega allows fans to feel as if it actually happened--at least onscreen. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Concert For George [2003] Concert For George | DVD | (24/11/2003) from £21.11  |  Saving you £8.88 (29.60%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A celebration of the life and music of George Harrison, the Concert for George is a record of the November 2002 Royal Albert Hall tribute. Organised by close friend Eric Clapton, the show brought together the musical luminaries of George's generation, who not only inspired his music but were in turn inspired by him. Artists ranging from Joe Brown to Ravi Shankar perform touching but not overtly sentimental versions of his best-loved tunes. The many highlights include the Monty Python gang (joined by guest member Tom Hanks) performing "The Lumberjack Song", and a bare-arsed version (literally!) of "Sit On My Face". For the first time since the demise of the Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney share the same stage. Director David Leland does an excellent job of capturing the intimacy of the concert, as well as the emotions of those in attendance. Apart from the behind-the-scenes interview snippets included in the theatrical version, the cameras rarely move away from the main action on the stage. Shot in suitably restrained colours, the live performance footage makes for stimulating viewing, a particular highlight being Ravi and Anoushka Shankar's opening sitar recital. All in all it's a touching five-star tribute to one of the greatest musical icons of the 20th century. On the DVD: Concert for George two-disc set has two versions of the concert: the complete two-and-a-half-hour show and a shorter theatrical version that received a limited cinema release--this latter includes backstage footage of preparations for the concert, as well as interviews with some of the key performers from the night. Additional material is included on both discs: footage from the rehearsals, the Monty Python team backstage and interviews with many of the performers. Three versions of the concert soundtrack are also featured, ranging from ordinary stereo to an ear-shattering DTS version. --John Galilee

  • Mamma Mia! Special Edition (2 Discs) [DVD] Mamma Mia! Special Edition (2 Discs) | DVD | (23/11/2009) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.79 (44.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities and 8 languages around the world. Pierce Brosnan Colin Firth Stellan Skarsg''rd Christine Baranski Julie Walters Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper join Streep in Mamma Mia - a celebration of a mother a daughter and three possible fathers! An independent single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island Donna (Meryl Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends - practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski) - from her one-time backing band Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own... On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic magical hours new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

  • Saawariya [2007] Saawariya | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £2.49  |  Saving you £9.67 (48.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From Sanjay Leela Bhansali one of India's most acclaimed directors comes Saawariya a timeless love story based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's White Nights. Destiny weaves its magical spell when a shy musician (Ranbir Kapoor) encounters a beautiful young woman (Sonam Kapoor) - leading to four unforgettable nights filled with music passion and romance. Overflowing with colorful costumes lavish sets and eye popping song and dance numbers Saawariya is Bollywood filmmaking at its best!

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