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Purple Rain | HD DVD | (20/08/2007)
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While "rock musical" remains a phrase used by sadistic parents to give their offspring nightmares the genre does occasionally throw up the odd gem, Purple Rain being perhaps the shiniest example. Given the theatricality of Prince's stage shows, it was only a matter of time before the diminutive pop potentate found himself a big-screen vehicle but few could have predicted that Purple Rain would become nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. The story, co-written by one-time Starsky & Hutch scripter William Blinn, may be a somewhat hackneyed tale with His Purpleness overcoming a troubled background and musical rival Morris Day to achieve his dreams of rock stardom. However, the cast, which also includes Prince protegée Appollonia, rises above the clichés to hand in a set of performances which, while never likely to trouble the Oscars, prove that all concerned can at least play a rough approximation of themselves with minimal difficulty. What really helped push the film's box-office receipts through the roof, however, was its soundtrack featuring a clutch of hit singles--notably "When Doves Cry"--and which cemented our pint-sized hero's position as one of the globe's premiere performing artists. Sadly, subsequent attempts to re-bottle this particular brand of lightning with Under The Cherry Moon and Graffiti Moon would prove substantially less successful, but Purple Rain still looks--and, more importantly sounds--rarely less than funktastic. --Clark Collis
Full Metal Jacket | HD DVD | (20/11/2006)
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A superb ensemble cast falls in for action in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanising process that turns people into trained killers. Joker (Matthew Modine) Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin) Gomer (Vincent D'Onofrio) Eightball (Dorian Harewood) Cowboy (Arliss Howard) and more are all plunged into a boot-camp hell pitbulled by a leatherlung D.I. (R. Lee Ermey) who views the would-be devil dogs as grunts maggots or something less. The action is savage the story unsparing the dialogue spiked with scathing humour. 'Full Metal Jacket' from its rigors of basic training to its nightmare of combat in Hue City scores a cinematic direct hit.
Dreamgirls | HD DVD | (28/05/2007)
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Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women who have formed a promising girl group - The Dreamettes. At a talent competition they get the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James 'Thunder' Early. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined...
2001 - A Space Odyssey | HD DVD | (24/03/2008)
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Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey! When a large black monolith is found beneath the surface of the moon the reaction immediately is that it was intentionally buried. When the point of origin is confirmed as Jupiter an expedition is sent in hopes of finding the source. When Dr. David Bowman discovers faults in the expeditionary space craft's communications system he discovers more than he ever wanted to know.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live At Monterey | HD DVD | (17/12/2007)
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Monterey features all of the existing film footage from Jimi's incendiary June 18 1967 concert newly transferred to high-definition re-edited and presented in its original performance sequence! featuring a whole host of special features and two bonus tracks from The Jimi Hendrix Experience concert in Chelmsford England - February 25 1967 - this is The Jimi Hendrix Experience! Tracklisting: 1. Killing Floor 2. Foxey Lady 3. Like A Rolling Stone 4. Rock Me Baby 5. Hey Joe 6. The Wind Cries Mary 7. Purple Haze 8. Wild Thing 9. Stone Free 10. Like A Rolling Stone