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  • The Phantom Of The Opera The Phantom Of The Opera | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £4.45  |  Saving you £14.54 (72.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Although it's not as bold as Oscar darling Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera continues the resuscitation of the movie musical with a faithful adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster stage musical. Emmy Rossum glows in a breakout role as opera ingénue Christine Daae, and if phantom Gerard Butler isn't Rossum's match vocally, he does convey menace and sensuality in such numbers as "The Music of the Night." The most experienced musical theater veteran in the cast, romantic lead Patrick Wilson, sings sweetly but seems wooden. The biggest name in the cast, Minnie Driver, hams it up as diva Carlotta, and she's the only principal whose voice was dubbed (though she does sing the closing-credit number, "Learn to Be Lonely," which is also the only new song). Director Joel Schumacher, no stranger to visual spectacle, seems to have found a good match in Lloyd Webber's larger-than-life vision of Gaston LeRoux's Gothic horror-romance. His weakness is cuing too many audience-reaction shots and showing too much of the lurking Phantom, but when he calms down and lets Rossum sings "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" alone in a silent graveyard, it's exquisite. Those who consider the stage musical shallow and overblown probably won't have their minds changed by the movie, and devotees will forever rue that the movie took the better part of two decades to develop, which prevented the casting of original principals Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Still, The Phantom of the Opera is a welcome exception to the long line of ill-conceived Broadway-to-movie travesties. DVD Features The two-disc edition of The Phantom of the Opera has two major extras. "Behind the Mask: The Story of The Phantom of the Opera" is an hourlong documentary tracing the genesis of the stage show, with interviews by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Harold Prince, producer Cameron Macintosh, lyricists Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart, choreographer Gillian Lynne, and others. Conspicuously absent are stars Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford. Both do appear in video clips, including Brightman performing with Colm Wilkinson at an early workshop, and Crawford is the subject of a casting segment. Other brief scenes from the show are represented by a 2001 production. The other major feature is the 45-minute making-of focusing on the movie, including casting and the selection of director Joel Schumacher Both are well-done productions by Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group. The deleted scene is a new song written by Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart, "No One Would Listen," sung by the Phantom toward the end of the movie. It's a beautiful song that, along with Madame Giry's story, makes him a more sympathetic character. But because that bit of backstory already slowed down the ending, it was probably a good move to cut the song. --David Horiuchi Important note: Initial playback of this DVD defaults to the DTS (Digital Theatre System) soundtrack, therefore customers without such equipment will not hear any sound. Please note that this is NOT a fault with the DVD. If you are not in possession of a DTS compatible sound amplifier, you need to change the film's soundtrack type from the main menu. In order to do this, please follow the instructions below: 1. Click the "set-up" option. 2. Select either Dolby Digital Surround Sound or Dolby Digital Stereo as appropriate. 3. Select "Play Movie". The film will now play with a universal audible soundtrack.

  • Dreamgirls [2006] Dreamgirls | DVD | (28/05/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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...

  • Les Miserables -- Two Disc Collector's Edition Les Miserables -- Two Disc Collector's Edition | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £2.99  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical! 'Les Miserables' is widely recognised as the world's most popular musical; now enjoy the full magnificence of the score played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on DVD at the spectacular 10th Anniversary Gala Concert performed live at the Royal Albert Hall. This Collectors Edition DVD also includes a bonus disc of the making of 'Les Miserables' a fascinating insight into how the masterpiece was born and became a global phenomenon!

  • Bride And Prejudice [2004] Bride And Prejudice | DVD | (30/03/2005) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Bollywood meets Hollywood... And it's a perfect match! From the team behind international smash hit Bend It Like Beckham comes a Jane Austen adaptation like never before. Pride & Prejudice gets the Bollywood treatment and the result is a spectacular fusion of East meets West. Austen's classic love story unfolds in a riot of colour and emotion song and dance that jet-sets from rural India via London to Los Angeles.A must see for lovers of musicals Bollywood and ultimately f

  • The Phantom Of The Opera  [Blu-ray] [2004] The Phantom Of The Opera | Blu Ray | (13/08/2007) from £5.39  |  Saving you £19.60 (78.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely young soprano Christine the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera. The stage musical sensation is magically and hauntingly transformed by director Joel Schumacher into a lavish film production sweeping audiences to new heights of sight and sound grandeur. Gerard Butler (as the Phantom) Emmy Rossum (as Christine) and Patrick Wilson (as Raoul) play out the fateful love triangle that unfurls in splendor suspense. Joel Schumacher's imaginative film version of Gaston Leroux's novel features 15 minutes of new music specially composed for the project by Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

  • Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition [1987] Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £5.50  |  Saving you £13.67 (68.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Dreamgirls Collector's Edition [2006] Dreamgirls Collector's Edition | DVD | (28/05/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £12.36 (53.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    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...

  • As You Like It [2006] As You Like It | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £6.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (65.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    With a setting inspired by 19th Century Japan Kenneth Branagh adapts Shakespeare's lightest and most delightful comedy As You Like It. A celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty playful and utterly magical the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando's famous courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry banishment and exile in Forest of Arden.

  • M.A.S.H. [1969] M.A.S.H. | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £5.85  |  Saving you £13.11 (65.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    MASH--a 1970 comedy-drama set among surgeons drafted into the Korean war--was a breakthrough not just for director Robert Altman but for movie-making in general. Although set in the 50s, there are few who did not realise that the film's anti-war messages were directed at the US involvement in Vietnam. Indeed, the Pentagon banned US servicemen from seeing the film. Starring Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye Pierce and Elliot Gould as Trapper John McIntyre, two hip young surgeons drafted against their will. Their general attitude--while never corroding either their humanity or their professionalism as surgeons--is one of insolence towards military authority and the arbitrary structures and regulations continually droning from the tannoy system. The film, too, thrives on a lack of attention to conventional order, with its cross-dialogue and random, episodic style reflecting the vivacious and unbuttoned feel of the content. However, MASH has dated and much of what seemed like "liberating" high jinks, today smacks of sexist, frathouse boorishness and harassment, especially at the expense of Major "Hotlips" Hoolihan (Sally Kellerman), while the episode in which "Painless" plans a suicide out of a fear of being gay reflects the persistence of homophobia even in 60s counterculture. Despite this MASH feels ahead of its time and certainly sharper and blacker than the too-cute sitcom it spawned. On the DVD: this is an excellent restoration, overseen by Altman himself, in which any obfuscation from the original have been cleaned up, especially the sound quality. As well as a commentary from Altman, there are three separate documentaries, featuring interviews with Altman, the cast and screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr, who had been blacklisted during the anti-Communist witch-hunt which swept through Hollywood in the 1950s. We learn he was initially appalled at how little of his script Altman actually used but was mollified by the Academy Award he received. Altman is candid about the making of the movie ("It wasn't released by Fox, it escaped from Fox"). There's an abundance of similarly rich, anecdotal material here. --David Stubbs

  • Camp [2003] Camp | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A mixed up bunch of talented kids live love sing and dance through the summer at Camp Ovation. Is talented golden-boy Vlad (Daniel Letterle) honest about his feelings for Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat)? Is there anything Fritzi (Anna Kendrick) won't do to get to the top? Will glamour girl Jill (Alana Allen) steal all the limelight like she did last year? Will on stage be the only place Michael (Robin de Jesus) feels at home? And can shy quiet Jenna (Tiffany Taylor) find her voice

  • Dreamgirls [Blu-ray] [2006] Dreamgirls | Blu Ray | (19/01/2009) from £8.00  |  Saving you £11.80 (59.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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...

  • Days Of Glory [2006] Days Of Glory | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £3.83  |  Saving you £14.10 (70.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The true story so controversial it couldn't be told until now. 1943. The young North Africans had never stepped foot on French soil but because France was at war Sad Abdelkader Messaoud and Yassir enlisted in the French Army along with 130 000 other ""indigenous soldiers "" to liberate the ""fatherland"" from the Nazi enemy. These heroes that history forgot won battles in Italy Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion. Winner of the 2006 Cannes best ensemble cast award.

  • How She Move [2007] How She Move | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £2.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (81.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    How She Move is an energetic gritty and ultimately inspiring coming of age tale about a gifted young woman who defies all the rules as she step dances her heart out to achieve her dreams. Following her sister's death from drug addiction a high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of step dancing.

  • The Phantom Of The Opera - Deluxe Boxset [2004] The Phantom Of The Opera - Deluxe Boxset | DVD | (07/11/2005) from £18.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely young soprano Christine the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera. The stage musical sensation is magically and hauntingly transformed by director Joel Schumacher into a lavish film production sweeping audiences to new heights of

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