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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Two Disc Full Screen Edition) | DVD | (11/05/2002)
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To try and please all the fans of JK Rowling's novel was a challenge that the makers of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone met head on. The result of their efforts is one of the most lavish, beautiful and magical cinematic treats to hit our screens in years. Director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steven Kloves (thankfully with the help of Rowling herself) prove that although you can't translate everybody's reading of this much-loved book onto the cinema screen--maybe Fluffy was a bit more Fluffy in your imagination or Hagrid (superbly played by Robbie Coltrane) a little more giant-like--it is nevertheless possible to transfer Harry's adventures with fidelity as well as superb energy and excitement. If there is a downside it's that the performances of the child leads tends to verge on the Sylvia Young-tastic in places. Nonetheless, the three young stars are both likable and watchable, showing great potential to grow into the parts as the adventures continue. The main disappointment is the substantial cutting of the ghost scenes and what promised to be a fine comic turn by John Cleese as Headless Nick, though with more Potter films on the way the ghosts will surely assume their rightful prominence later. There are, of course, some areas of the story that may frighten smaller children--such as the entrance of the evil Voldemort--and undoubtedly for any true Potter fan that cinematic entrance cannot live up to the images created in their imagination. All in all, though, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is what it should be: an unmissable treat for the whole family. On the DVD: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone really is a magical experience in this lavish two-disc set. Disc one offers the film in all its surround-sound glory along with trailers and links to the Harry Potter Web site, but, disappointingly, there's no commentary. Disc two is where the real wizardry can be found, with a vast and beautifully designed selection of special features. Entering the Great Hall a mysterious voice invites you to explore and find the secret hidden within (though it's frustrating that in some cases you have to re-enter the Hall after viewing a feature). Various options let you tour around Harry's world: from Diagon Alley to a virtual 360-degree tour of Hogwarts. The interactive component is excellent, with real thought having been put into ensuring that, instead of just the standard behind-the-scenes stuff, there is material aplenty to keep children and adults alike entertained for hours. Throughout the emphasis is on the disc's educational value: yes there are insights to be had from the film crew, but it's in the Classroom where you will find the real precious stones! --Nikki Disney "Widescreen" vs. "Full Screen" Widescreen preserves the original theatrical picture ratio of the film (Panavision 2.35:1), which will appear in "letterboxed" format on a normal TV screen. Full Screen (or "pan and scan") crops the theatrical picture to 4:3 ratio (i.e., 4 units wide by 3 units tall), which is the shape of a standard (non-widescreen) TV screen. There is no letterboxing, but up to a third of the original picture is lost.
Wall-E (Disney Pixar) | DVD | (24/11/2008)
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The year is 2700 and the Earth is polluted baron and exhausted. Wall-E is the last of a group of clean-up robots sent to restore the Earth by lifting and compressing the endless quantities of rubbish left behind by a human race that has withdrawn to the safety of space. Wall-E spends every day doing what he was made for on the lonely silent Earth. His only companion is his trusty pet cockroach Spot. But soon he will discover what he was meant for as he chases his dream across the galaxy.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs - Collector's Edition (2 Disc) | DVD | (01/10/2001)
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by contemporary observers; they doubted that the short cartoons shown before the main film could ever successfully make the transition from filler to feature presentation. Surely, no one would sit still for over an hour to watch an animated film, their eyes smarting from the bright colours on screen? Fortunately, Walt Disney and his army of artists persisted and the world's first full-length animated feature was finally released in 1937 to widespread acclaim.Adapted from the Grimm fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is chillingly dark in places, reflecting its roots in European folklore, but the deft Disney touch ensures that the overall tone remains light and the story develops apace, swept along on the perfect musical score. Any lingering gloom is quickly dispelled by the superbly characterised dwarfs and by the humorous antics of the various irresistible fauna that threaten to steal the show in several scenes. The pioneering animation is breathtaking and songs such as "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho" and "Whistle While You Work", now firmly embedded in popular culture, are seamlessly interwoven with the action.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs happens to be an interesting technological milestone in cinema history--it is also an enduring masterpiece of family entertainment. To the millions who have fallen under its spell over the years, this magical fairy tale remains one of Disney's most enchanting and best-loved films. Only Grumpy could resist. --Helen Baker On the DVD: the video quality on this DVD is stunningly clear. Though it is noticeable that the film is nearly 65 years old, Disney has done a great job in the cleaning process: the bright colours shine clearly, the blacks are deep and the whites clear. There is little to no visible wearing on the film and the digital transfer has done wonders in restoring Snow White and her seven little pals. The sound is very clear and you get a real sense, in places, of the newly mastered 5.1 Dolby Sound enhancements that have been added, making for enjoyable listening to the well-loved songs. The extras on disk one are plentiful and give a real insight into the making of Snow White. Little was done in 1937 for the filming of behind-the-scenes documentaries, but what could have been included has been. The audio commentary is strung together from interviews with Walt Disney himself, all of which are fascinating, and to keep the kids happy there is a familiar Disney sing-along and a Dopey game to play. The disk two extras are packed with information on the movie and Disney, from the 3-D virtual tour of the Snow White kingdom, that also has some documentary information, to an outtakes section showing abandoned footage and ideas that were never included in the final movie. There is also an informative timeline of the creation of the Walt Disney Studios that includes some deleted scenes from the movie. Altogether, great additions to a classic film. --Robert Hyde
Hector's House | DVD | (12/03/2001)
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Hector's House was first broadcast on the BBC in 1965 but is best remembered from its 1970's heyday. Despite the animals' apparent cut-glass English accents it is actually a French import. Hector the dog and ZsaZsa the cat live in a house in the middle of a beautiful garden full of flowers. Kiki the frog lives next door and spends much of her time spying on them over the garden wall! Kiki and ZsaZsa are forever playing tricks on Hector to teach him a lesson leading him to say
The Skateboard Kid 2 | DVD | (05/07/2005)
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Take a roller coaster ride full of high octane adventure as 12 year old Sammy takes to the skies. With the help of a magical flying skateboard Sammy ends up the hottest skateboarder in town. But a group of local thrashers don't like the extra competition. They plot to destroy any chance of Sammy competing against them in a local tournament. But they don't have a clue of what they're up against.
Spider In The Bath | DVD | (19/04/2004)
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The story of a boy who meets and befriends a spider that he found in his bath. Features thirteen tales.
Hit's Favourites - Groovy | DVD | (30/07/2007)
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Get moving and grooving with the new Groovy Collection from HIT favourites! Follow the groovy adventures of all your favourite friends - from Spud and his magical antics to Ping being a greedy little penguin. With over 2 hours of colourful adventures on one DVD your child will be sure to groove along! Episodes Comprises: Fireman Sam: King Of The Jungle Pingu: Sore Tummy Pingu Kipper: Skates Bob The Builder: Spud And The doves Barney: All Aboard! Thomas And Friends: Fergus Br
Road To Avonlea - Vol. 1 | DVD | (05/05/2005)
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This sparkling 1 hour episodic series intertwines many unforgettable Lucy Maud Montgomery characters - from the original cast of the 'Anne Of Green Gables' mini-series. Sara Stanley is uprooted from her comfortable and elegant surroundings in Montreal and reluctantly sent to live with her late mother's estranged relatives in the small and remote farming community of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Each story follows Sara as she and her new friends explore the lush and alluring surroundings of Avonlea...
Lady and the Tramp 1 and 2 Double Pack | Blu Ray | (30/01/2012)
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Lady And The Tramp: Through the magic of Blu-ray and a brilliant restoration with high definition sound, Lady And The Tramp's exquisite animation and unforgettable songs come to life like never before! Experience the thrilling adventure of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. This heartwarming tale charms a new generation with one of the greatest love stories of all time. This is the night to share a special Bella Notte with your family!Lady And The Tramp II: Now unleashed in high definition for the first time ever on Blu-ray, Disney's classic adventure continues with a new generation of hilarious canine characters! Lady and Tramp's mischievous pup Scamp is always in the doghouse, and an itch for freedom is sending him on the ultimate adventure! Scamp joins the Junkyard Dogs, a notorious pack that includes his idol, the streetwise Buster, and a sweet and sensible stray named Angel. Will Scamp choose the collar-free life with his new pals or embrace the pampered life he had at home?
Captain Scarlet Series 1 & 2 slip case | DVD | (18/09/2006)
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Captain Scarlet is the indestructible hero of Spectrum at war with the Mysterons. Even though they managed to kill him with a self-made weapon the Mysterons rebuilt Scarlet as an invincible human replica to infiltrate Earth and lead their war against our planet. But Captain Scarlet's human psyche survived took control of his human body and now this indestructible hero leads the fight against the evil force! Captain Scarlet and the elite security force return to thwart some more evil wrong doer's in this complete box set of Series 1 & 2 of the new CGI version of Captain Scarlet!
Mickey's House Of Villains | DVD | (06/10/2002)
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Mickey's House of Mouse Villains seeks to do for Halloween what Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse (2001) did for Yuletide. It's an anthology set on Halloween in the titular house, a nightclub where characters--including Donald Duck, Goofy, Jafar, Cruella de Vil, and Captain Hook--gather to watch Disney cartoons. There's a perfunctory framing plot with the villains taking over the House, but the 65 minutes is almost entirely filled by eight short cartoons. Five are very recent, with clinically clean computer animation, and three are vintage gems glowing with the warm detailed look of Golden Age Disney. These are Trick or Treat (1952), Donald Duck and the Gorilla (1944), and Lonesome Ghosts (1937), in which Mickey, Donald and Goofy star in what was surely the inspiration for Ghostbusters. The best of the new adventures is Mickey's Mechanical House, in which the mouse moves into a futuristic house which goes disastrously wrong. It's made all the more entertaining by a poetic rhyming narration delivered by John Cleese. Young children will love it all, while older fans may prefer a compilation of vintage Disney shorts. On the DVD: Mickey's House of Mouse Villains DVD contains a well-designed animated quiz game, "Wheel of Misfortune", that should entertain young fans for a while. Otherwise, the extras consist of three trailers and a "Fright Reel": a three-minute compilation of Disney clips with two Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks. The choice amounts to the same sound effects with or without music. The sound is good, except for the three vintage animations, which are in mono. The picture is 4:3 and is generally very sharp, though varies a little with the source material. --Gary S Dalkin
Dora the Explorer: Explore a World of Adventure (10-Disc Box Set) | DVD | (14/02/2011)
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Titles Comprise: Dora Saves the Day Dora Saves the Snow Princess Dora Saves the Mermaids Fairytale Adventure Meet Diego City of Lost Toys Map Adventures Shy Rainbow Best Friends Big Sister Dora
Horrible Histories - Rockin' Renaissance / Angry Aztecs / Terrible Tudors | DVD | (05/12/2005)
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Horrible Histories has proved to be one of Britain's best selling series of books ever written. It is particularly popular with children who enjoy wicked woeful and weird tales from the past. It's history with the nasty bits left in! On this episode the historical topics under the microscope are 'The Rockin' Renaissance' 'Royal Pain' and the 'Terrible Tudors'.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ultimate Edition) - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (21/11/2011)
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In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about his recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves Dumbledore's Army, Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
Pokemon - The Rise Of Darkrai | DVD | (29/09/2008)
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Pokemon: The Rise Of Darkrai
Dumbo | DVD | (15/10/2001)
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A Disney "classic" that actually is a classic, Dumbo should be part of your video collection whether or not you have children. The storytelling was never as lean as here, the songs rarely as haunting (or just plain weird), the characters rarely so well-defined. The film pits the "cold, cruel, heartless" world that can't accept abnormality against a plucky, and mute, hero. Jumbo Jr (Dumbo is a mean-spirited nickname) is ostracised from the circus pack shortly after his delivery by the stork because of his big ears. His mother sticks up for him and is shackled. He's jeered by children (an insightful scene has one boy poking fun at Dumbo's ears, even though the youngster's ears are also ungainly), used by the circus folk and demoted to appearing with the clowns. Only the decent Timothy Q. Mouse looks out for the little guy. Concerns about the un-PC "Jim Crow" crows, who mock Dumbo with the wonderful "When I See an Elephant Fly", should be moderated by remembering that the crows are the only social group in the film who act kindly to the little outcast. If you don't mist up during the "Baby Mine" scene, you should be legally pronounced dead. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com
Hi 5 - Wonderful Journeys | DVD | (31/07/2006)
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More fun with the Hi 5 crew!
Toy Story 1/Toy Story 2 | DVD | (10/05/2010)
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Toy Story: As six-year-old Andy's favorite toy Woody (Tom Hanks) a take-charge pull-string cowboy is confident in his role as room leader. But after Andy's birthday party newcomer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) a flashy space ranger with laser action and pop-out wings crash-lands into Woody's world. Buzz instantly wins the admiration of Andy's other toys igniting a rivalry that lands the duo inside the home of Sid - the toy-torturing boy next door. To escape Sid's evil plans Woody and Buzz must work together and realize they've got the perfect friend...in each other! Toy Story 2: The original all-star voice cast from Toy Story is joined in Toy Story 2 by a new gang of unforgettable characters including Jessie the cowgirl Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete the prospector. While Andy is away Woody is abducted by a greedy toy collector. Before you can say to infinity and beyond Buzz Lightyear Mr. Potato Head Hamm Rex and Slinky Dog spring into action in this thrilling and hilarious rescue mission. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Picture Toy Story 2 won raves from critics and audiences alike..
Beauty and the Beast/Belle's Magical World/ Enchanted Xmas Triple Pack | DVD | (31/10/2011)
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Beauty and the Beast: One of the most acclaimed and treasured animated films of all time is about to sweep you off your feet. Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all - that true beauty comes from within. An all-new digital restoration makes this 2-Disc DVD more magical than ever. Be our guest and let the music you'll never forget and the characters who will fill your heart cast a shimmering spell like never before.Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas: Celebrate the most magical time of the year with this Special Edition of the irresistible holiday classic inspired by Disney's Academy Award-winning masterpiece, Beauty And The Beast (1991: Winner - Best Song, Best Original Score; nominated for Best Picture). Share the wonder as Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) recounts another tale as old as time about a Christmas past that almost wasn't - thanks to the scheming of former court composer Forte (Tim Curry), now a gloomy, holiday-hating pipe organ, determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever. Only a true Christmas miracle could possibly thwart his dastardly plans. Reuniting the original voice cast, this spectacular gem sparkles with exciting bonus features, delightful songs, spellbinding visuals, and enduring themes of hope, friendship and love. Your family will experience the spirit of the season all year long with the timeless magic of Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World: A lot happened before Belle and Beast lived happily ever after! Share the fun with one of Disney's most spirited Princesses and all her enchanted friends as their exciting adventures continue in this sparkling Special Edition of Belle's Magical World - inspired by Disney's beloved Academy Award-winning masterpiece, Beauty And The Beast (1991: Winner - Best Song, Best Original Score; nominated for Best Picture). Join Belle, Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, plus some charming new friends as they discover how love, teamwork, forgiveness and friendship can turn a once-gloomy castle into a dazzling palace fit for a princess! Adorned with delightful bonus features, your favourite characters and great songs, this fun-filled, modern-day classic proves that true beauty shines from within!
Thomas The Tank Engine : The Fogman and Other Stories | DVD | (07/10/2002)
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Episode titles: The Fogman No Sleep for Cranky Salty's Secret Harvey to the Rescue A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry Twin Trouble Gordon Takes a Tumble.