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  • Doomsday Doomsday | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak. The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

  • Gamer [DVD] [2009] Gamer | DVD | (18/01/2010) from £2.76  |  Saving you £17.23 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Wanted [2008] Wanted | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £3.15  |  Saving you £16.84 (84.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As the impresario behind gravity-defying Russian blockbuster Night Watch, it's inevitable that Hollywood would come calling for Timur Bekmambetov. With a studio budget and an international cast, including two Oscar winners, Timur cooks up a Hong Kong-styled actioner bursting with fast cars and big guns. Our unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement's James McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot. Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, and his girlfriend, boss, and best buddy all take advantage until the seductive Fox (Angelina Jolie) rescues him from a sharpshooter named Cross (The Pianist's Thomas Kretschmann). After which, she whisks him away to a mansion on the edge of town to meet the other members of the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father. Sloan believes Wesley has the goods to take him out, so he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen (Marc Warren and Common dish up some of the abuse). When he's ready, Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth, leading our former milquetoast to exact an elaborate revenge. For those who've been following McAvoy's career to date, Wanted will surely come as a surprise. In adapting Mark Millar's comic series, Timur offers buckets of blood and a smidgen of depth, but fans of The Matrix and Mr. and Mrs. Smith will want to give this one a look. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Watchmen - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD] [2009] Watchmen - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (27/07/2009) from £4.30  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Everybody's favourite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumours and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton

  • Embodiment Of Evil [Blu-ray] Embodiment Of Evil | Blu Ray | (27/07/2009) from £4.72  |  Saving you £19.54 (78.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    After 30 years in a cell for the mentally ill Z'' do Caix''o (a.k.a. Coffin Joe) is finally freed. Back on the streets the sadistic gravedigger is set on fulfilling that for which he was imprisoned: find the woman who can give him the perfect child. During his wanderings through the city of S''o Paulo he leaves behind a trail of horror as he faces unnatural laws and popular beliefs.

  • Mutant Chronicles [Blu-ray] [2008] Mutant Chronicles | Blu Ray | (16/02/2009) from £5.64  |  Saving you £18.48 (73.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    In the year 2707 Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind. Battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations: Capitol Bauhaus Mishima and Imperial. When the violence breaks an ancient stone seal Necromutants appear and begin to multiply by the millions destroying all before them. The Corporation's leader Constantine (John Malkovich) is about to abandon the planet and leave countless innocents to their desperate fate when he is approached by Brother Samuel leader of the Brotherhood an ancient monastic order who offers hope to the discouraged leader. Against the odds Constantine entrusts brother Samuel and other like minded soldiers to save them from the mutant armies.

  • Doomsday [Blu-ray] [2008] Doomsday | Blu Ray | (01/09/2008) from £6.39  |  Saving you £18.60 (74.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    From director Neil Marshall (The Descent Dog Soldiers) and starring Rhona Mitra (Shooter) Bob Hoskins (Outlaw Nixon) and Malcom McDowell (Heroes A Clockwork Orange) Doomsday is an action-packed science-fiction thriller! In Doomsday a lethal virus spreads throughout a major country and kills hundreds of thousands. To contain the newly identified Reaper the authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The literal walling-off works for three decades - until Reaper violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists including Eden Sinclair (Mitra) is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

  • Company of Wolves [Blu-ray] Company of Wolves | Blu Ray | (18/10/2007) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The second directorial effort from Irish director Neil Jordan The Company of Wolves is a psychologically themed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood from a Freudian and slightly feminist angle. Angela Lansbury is Grandma who tells her granddaughter strange stories of handsome yet heavily eyebrowed strange men spouses who disappear during the full moon and storks and eggs.

  • Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £39.99  |  Saving you £30.00 (42.90%)  |  RRP £69.99

    This deluxe five-disc package shows off not only the merits of the films on offer but the wide possibilities of the DVD medium. Even if you're among the many that only rate two or three of the Alien films, this is still an essential purchase. (The jury is still out on the interesting-but-muddy Alien 3, directed by David Fincher--who went on to make Seven and Fight Club--while Alien: Resurrection by Jean-Pierre Jeunet of Delicatessen fame is the nearest the series has come to an ordinary movie.) Although more than 20 years old, Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) has hardly dated. It's a film of suspense and terror rather than action and excitement, as disturbing (if illogical) as ever, thanks to Swiss-artist HR Giger's visionary monster design, rooted by a clutch of interesting Anglo-American actors (Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt). Weaver, making her career breakthrough here, slowly emerges from the pack as the survivor, but the sequel, Aliens (1986), really puts her acting skills (for which she was Oscar-nominated) centre-screen, as the maternal warrior-woman whose compassion makes her fitter to survive than the gung-ho space marines. Titanic director James Cameron's action chops are demonstrated best in the series' duel between Ripley and the "bad mother" alien queen. Watched back-to-back, even the less-satisfying later films work as developments of Weaver's Ripley character, as she becomes a tired martyr in Alien 3 (1992) and is reborn as a part-alien clone in Alien: Resurrection (1997). In this box set, all four films are presented in widescreen aspect ratios derived from pristine prints allowing you to discern more in the shadows than you get in even the best video editions. The imaginatively designed interactive menus flash the logos and computer codes of Weyland-Yutani (the evil corporation in the films) helping you to "access transmission". The digital English soundtrack can be augmented with optional subtitles in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Icelandic (impress your friends by reeling off the Hebrew for "Get away from her, you bitch"). Alien has an informative audio commentary by Ridley Scott (whose obsession with detail, see for example his recent Gladiator, suits him perfectly to the task of talking you through his typically hyper-designed films). Also included are deleted scenes and outtakes (such as the until-now-legendary sequence showing the ship's captain in a cocoon, plus a few clearer looks at the original beastie), several trailers, tons of production paintings and stills, the storyboard, an alternate music track and the original score in isolation. The sequels all have trailers, but the extras diminish with each disc. The "Director's Cut" included on Aliens (17 crucial minutes longer than the original theatrical release, which means you find out Ripley's first name is Ellen) has an interview with Cameron and some backstage footage. Alien 3 contains a "making of" documentary that actually covers all three films, while Alien: Resurrection only has a brief making-of "featurette" (oddly, neither Alien 3's director Fincher nor Resurrection's Jean-Pierre Jeunet are interviewed, and Jeunet isn't even mentioned). An extra fifth disc, free with the set, contains "The Alien Legacy", an hour-long documentary on the making of the first film, concentrating on the script, design, effects, production and direction. --Kim Newman

  • Gamer [Blu-ray] [2009] Gamer | Blu Ray | (18/01/2010) from £5.78  |  Saving you £19.21 (76.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Logan Lerman, Alison Lohman, Kyra Sedgwick, Ludacris, Michael C. HallDirectors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

  • Mutant Chronicles [2008] Mutant Chronicles | DVD | (16/02/2009) from £1.86  |  Saving you £16.10 (80.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the year 2707 Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind. Battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations: Capitol Bauhaus Mishima and Imperial. When the violence breaks an ancient stone seal Necromutants appear and begin to multiply by the millions destroying all before them. The Corporation's leader Constantine (John Malkovich) is about to abandon the planet and leave countless innocents to their desperate fate when he is approached by Brother Samuel leader of the Brotherhood an ancient monastic order who offers hope to the discouraged leader. Against the odds Constantine entrusts brother Samuel and other like minded soldiers to save them from the mutant armies.

  • Surveillance [DVD] [2008] Surveillance | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £3.15  |  Saving you £12.84 (80.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The highway in this long stretch of nowhere stretches for miles across a windy barren landscape. The never-ending horizon seems to retreat the closer you get and if a car broke down here it might take forever for someone to notice. In the midst of it Officers Jack Bennett and Jim Conrad sit dangerously bored and dreaming of the kind of glory that can only come with a serial killer or maniac on the loose. By the time Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson and Sam Hallaway arrive the next day a string of violent murders does in fact appear to be plaguing the lonely road. The police are straining at the bit to get back out and apprehend the murderers but the Feds work differently. In order to uncover the truth of the case Anderson and Hallaway first have to take their witnesses back - back to what happened when their lives intersected. A few details slowly emerge: Officers Bennett and Conrad were checking the horizon for speeders Bobbi and Johnny were in the cherry Duster tearing the highway up and having fun. Little Stephanie's family stage wagon was cruising too with her mom and new step-dad busy singing in the front seat and her brother David next to her in the back. The problem was as Stephanie saw it that adults never listen to little kids no matter how many times she tried to tell them what she saw out the window. Perhaps if they had it would all have turned out differently. As the Feds slowly expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie the 'truth' they are looking for starts to extract an enormous price no one expected.

  • All The Boys Love Mandy Lane [Blu-ray] [2006] All The Boys Love Mandy Lane | Blu Ray | (21/07/2008) from £3.42  |  Saving you £21.57 (86.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Mandy Lane. Beautiful. Untouched. High school royalty waiting to be crowned. Since the dawn of Junior year men have tried to possess her. Some have even died in reckless pursuit of this 16 year-old Texas angel. Chloe and Red invite Mandy out to Red's family ranch for the weekend. Mandy sees it as an excellent opportunity to cement her new friendships. The boys see it as an opportunity to finally get with Mandy Lane. Driving across the Texas landscape the kids begin to gently chip away at the wall that surrounds her. Joints are smoked. A keg is stolen off a beer truck. Pills are crushed to fine powder and inhaled. Mandy observes it all with the gentle interest of a foreign tourist. And they love her for it. At the ranch all the boys start to make their move - each one hoping to be the first to attain the unattainable Mandy Lane. However as night falls and the booze drugs and hormones take over things are said and advances made which can never be reversed. Suddenly sweet Mandy finds herself pit in a brutal struggle for survival against someone whose interest she has rejected. Forget reading writing and arithmetic. In high school learning to be yourself and not succumbing to peer pressure is the ultimate test. And this is one exam that Mandy is determined not to fail.

  • Total Recall [1990] Total Recall | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £4.15  |  Saving you £8.84 (68.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    They stole his mind: now he wants it back! In a futuristic world construction worker Doug Quaid obsesses about taking a vacation on the planet Mars. His wife objects so Doug instead opts to have an artificial memory of a Martian holiday implanted into his mind. The trouble is during the implantation procedure Quaid suffers a strange reaction. Why? It seems as though he has already been to Mars but his memories of his journey have been wiped... Now secret agents and the cohorts of a megalomaniacal industrialist are out to get him. Can Quaid experience total recall and finally figure out just why everyone is trying to stop him from reaching the red planet?

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