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The Simpsons: Complete Season 2 | DVD | (29/03/2004)
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First aired in 1990-91, the second series of The Simpsons proved that, far from being a one-joke sitcom about the all-American dysfunctional family, it had the potential to become a whole hilarious universe. The animation had settled down (in the first series, the characters look eerily distorted when viewed years later), while Dan Castellaneta, who voiced Homer, decided to switch from a grumpy Walter Matthau impression to a more full-on, bulbous wail. The series' population of minor characters began to grow with the inclusion of Dr Hibbert, McBain and attorney Lionel Hutz, while the writers became more seamless in their ability to weave pastiche of classic movies into the plot lines. While relatively "straight" by later standards (the surreal forays of future seasons are kept in check here), Season Two contains some of the most memorable episodes ever made, indeed some of the finest American comedy ever made. These include "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", in which Homer is reunited with, and ruins the business of, his long-lost brother ("He was an unbridled success--until he discovered he was a Simpson"), "Dead Putting Society", in which Homer lives out his rivalry with neighbour Ned Flanders through a crazy-golf competition between the sons ("If you lose, you're out of the family!") and one of the greatest ever episodes, "Lisa's Substitute", which not only features poor little Lisa's crush on a supply teacher voiced by Dustin Hoffman but also Bart's campaign to become class president. "A vote for Bart is a vote for anarchy!", warns Martin, the rival candidate. By way of a retort, Bart promises faithfully, "A vote for Bart is a vote for anarchy!". --David Stubbs On the DVD: The Simpsons, Season 2, like its DVD predecessor, has neat animated menus on all four discs as well as apparently endless copyright warnings, but nothing as useful as a "play all" facility. The discs are more generously filled than Season 1, however, and each episode has an optional group commentary from Matt Groening and various members of his team. The fourth disc has sundry snippets including the Springfield family at the Emmy Awards ceremony, Julie Kavner dressed up as Bart at the American Music Awards and videos for both "Do the Bartman" and "Deep, Deep Trouble" (all with optional commentary). There are two short features dating from 1991: director David Silverman on the creation of an episode and an interview with Matt Groening. TV commercials for butterfinger bars, foreign language clips and picture galleries round out the selection. Picture is standard 4:3 and the sound is good Dolby 5.1. --Mark Walker
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete Boxset | DVD | (20/11/2006)
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Gimme Gimme Gimme is quite simply the chaotic adventures of one over the top tart (Kathy Burke) and one perennially lonely gay guy (James Dreyfus) who happen to share both a flat in London and a yearning lust for whatever luckless man happens to cross their paths! This release includes all the episodes from the three series Series 1: 1. Who's That Boy? 2. The Big Break 3. Legs And Co. 4. Do They Take Sugar 5. Saturday Night Diva 6. I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do 7. Millennium Series 2: 1. Teacher's Pet 2. Stiff 3. Prison Visitor 4. Dirty 30 5. Glad To Be Gay 6. Sofa Man Series 3: 1. Down And Out 2. Lollipop Man 3. Secrets And Flies 4. Trauma 5. Singing In The Drain 6. Decoy
Early Doors - Series 1 And 2 | DVD | (26/09/2005)
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This box set features both series 1 and 2 of Early Doors. Series 1: A gentle yet compelling story of life love loneliness and blocked urinals. Each evening the regulars bring their particular foibles and characteristics up to the bar. Overhearing their conversations and reliving the events in each of their lives is both moving and amusing. Series 2: The welcome return of the critically acclaimed comedy set entirely in The Grapes a small pub in the Nor
Chalet Girl | DVD | (03/10/2011)
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Kim (Felicity Jones) is 19 years old an ex-skateboarder working in a burger bar for a living. When she stumbles into a 'chalet girl' job she's completely out of her element on the snow and with the Madsen family; her uber-posh employers and their ultra-cool son Jonny (Ed Westwick). Kim just can't seem to get it right and worst of all she can't even ski. So finding a dusty snowboard she begins to teach herself and realises her real talent is out there on the slopes. As Jonny and Kim grow closer and the competition draws nearer Kim could have the world at her feet - a chance at real love and at a championship title - but can she overcome the odds and obstacles to triumph?
Magic of Musical | DVD | (26/05/2014)
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Andre Rieu - Magic Of The Musicals (Johann Strauss Orchestra)
Wild Child (With Free Phone Charm) | DVD | (08/12/2008)
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Wild Child tells the comic story of sixteen year old Poppy (Emma Roberts) a rebellious American teenager who after numerous warnings by her father (Aidan Quinn) is sent to a strict all-girls boarding school in the U.K. in an attempt to straighten out her behaviour. Under the watchful eye of the school's headmistress (Natasha Richardson) and surrounded by a new circle of friends Poppy begrudgingly realizes her bad-girl behavior will only get her so far. But just because she must grow into a fine young lady doesn't mean this Wild Child won't be spending every waking hour shaking up a very proper system...
Michael Mcintyre: The Complete Live Collection | DVD | (14/11/2016)
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Collection of four live stage performances by British comedian Michael McIntyre. In 'Live and Laughing', Michael is shown on stage during his 2008 UK tour, 'Hello Wembley' sees him perform at Wembley Arena in October 2009, 'Showtime' includes footage from his sell-out arena tour of 2012 and 'Happy and Glorious' captures his performance at the O2 Arena in London as part of his 2015 tour.
Home Again | Blu Ray | (05/02/2018)
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Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Big Little lies) stars as Alice Kinney in Home Again a modern and heartwarming romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband (Michael Sheen, Passengers), Alice decides to start over and move back to Los Angeles with her two young daughters as she struggles to get a new career off the ground. On a night out celebrating her 40th Birthday, life takes an unexpected turn when Alice meets three young, charismatic filmmakers looking for their big Hollywood break and decides to let them stay temporarily. As Alice develops an exciting new romance an unconventional family dynamic emerges, until everything suddenly changes when her ex-husband turns up and Alice is forced to make some big decisions...
The Other Woman | DVD | (13/10/2014)
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After discovering her boyfriend is married a woman tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on she realizes they have much in common and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating lying three-timing SOB. Hilarious comedy starring Cameron Diaz Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.
Abigail's Party | DVD | (26/05/2003)
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Originally screened as part of BBC's Play for Today series in 1977, Abigail's Party is among Mike Leigh's most celebrated pieces, with his then-wife Alison Steadman appallingly brilliant as what Alan Bennett described as the "brutal hostess" at a ghastly suburban soiree. The Abigail of the title never appears--rather, the dull thud of her lively teenage party forms a distant backdrop (and contrast) to an excruciating evening of chilled red wine, olives and the music of Demis Roussos. Steadman plays the overbearing Beverley, an Amazonian mass of frustrated sensuality in a low-cut party frock. Tim Stern is her small, stressed estate-agent husband. The guests are Janice Duvitski as Angela, a nurse whose quite spectacular gormlessness shields her from the stilted social awkwardness quietly raging around her, John Salthouse as Tony, her taciturn husband and Harriet Reynolds as Sue, the gangly and miserably nervous mother of Abigail. Rather than play for gags, Leigh and his actors mercilessly turn the screw of embarrassment through a series of too-true-to-life exchanges of dialogue, the stuff of all our collective worst memories of encounters with neighbours, aunts and office colleagues. Often misread as a satirical parade of suburban grotesques, Abigail's Party probes deeper than that, touching on nerves of anxiety and repression that throb behind the net curtains of modern England, culminating not in farce but tragedy. Decades on, Abigail's Party is as psychologically true and close to home as ever--hard to bear but utterly brilliant. On the DVD: Abigail's Party is perfectly reproduced here in all its 1970s garishness. The one extra is a short featurette, focussing on Alison Steadman's playing of Beverley, with comments from the original actors in the TV series and Peter York marvelling at her "paint-scraping" voice. --David Stubbs
Dave Allen - The Best Of | DVD | (20/06/2005)
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A personal selection of the finest gags from the grand master of innovative comedy. Dave Allen was an alternative comedian before the phrase existed an innovator who set the agenda for comedy - and comedians - for more than 30 years. Here he is with his personal choice of sketches gags and monologues that wickedly target the foibles of our age. Give him a stool a cigarette and a glass of something and he's in his element reflecting laconically on such diverse subjects as sex th
Thin Blue Line, The - The Complete Thin Blue Line | DVD | (17/09/2001)
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Set in a fictitious suburb rather like, say, Pinner (only more so), The Thin Blue Line is the wickedly funny story of a rather down-at-heel police station headed by Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson), a pompous, repressed but well-intentioned anachronism who wants to do the right thing but who is constantly hampered by his own shortcomings, not to mention his blundering CID colleagues. Atkinson expertly balances his character's inflated sense of self-importance with the insight born of old-school police values, for which his galumphing, shiny-suited CID counterpart, DI Grim (David Haig) has no time at all. Strongest among the supporting cast is Sgt Pauline Dawkins (Serena Evans), who also happens to be Fowler's live-in lover--a moral dilemma that his traditional values won't allow him to resolve. He salves his conscience by avoiding sex with her whenever possible, an amusing subplot enhanced by Evans's brilliant performance--she positively vibrates with contained, ladylike lust in a manner only equalled by Penelope Keith in the classic sitcom To the Manor Born. Scripted by Ben Elton, this series manages to satirise provincialism, institutionalised pig-headedness and dated moral values in one fell swoop, while also being chock-full of quick-fire, Blackadder-esque dialogue. --Roger Thomas
Adam Hills - Clown Heart - Live | DVD | (20/11/2017)
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Live stand-up performance by Australian comedian and TV presenter Adam Hills. Recorded at London's Eventim Apollo, Adam shares his views on marriage, the joys of fatherhood and discusses the importance of laughing in the face of disaster.
Step Brothers | DVD | (02/02/2009)
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Last seen together in the box-office smash Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby director Adam McKay brings Will Farrel and John C Reilly back together again in Step Brothers! In Step Brothers Ferrell plays Brennan Huff a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Reilly plays Dale Doback a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart these two middle-aged immature overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off they must form an unlikely bond that maybe just maybe will finally get them out of the house.
Bad Neighbours 2 | DVD | (12/09/2016)
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A sorority moves next door to married parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne), who turn to their former nemeses from the Delta Psi Beta fraternity (Zac Efron) to help battle the wild young women. Click Images to Enlarge
The Very Best of Morecambe & Wise | DVD | (01/10/2001)
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Quite often the problem with Morecambe and Wise "Greatest Hits" compilations is that they home in on the handful of sketches and routines, which are repeated to the point of nauseam--a dancing Angela Rippon, for example. There are certainly a few such chestnuts here--Glenda Jackson in the play "what Ernie wrote", the breakfast striptease routine and "Singing In The Rain", though that particular classic can bear up to any number of repeated viewings. Much of the stuff here, however, is less familiar. There are seemingly inconsequential sketches of Eric and Ernie in their flat and even--Laurel and Hardy-style--in bed together in which their oddly intimate, bickering relationship is better explored than in some of the stagier items. Much of the scripts and skits here haven't stood the test of time--old innuendos or obsolete references that seem to belong to the 50s, let alone the 70s. But even the creakiest material is rescued not just by Eric's punctually daft persona but also the often-patronised little Ern who, as this selection shows, was no passenger. Among guest highlights, the sight of Arthur Lowe breaking, surreally, from a Captain Bligh into a Humphrey Bogart impression is one of the many ad-lib gems here. On the DVD: Full screen, special features consisting of scene selection and artist profiles, in which it is outlined just how many years Morecambe and Wise toiled and honed down their act, in music hall radio, film and TV. By the time of their 1977 zenith, when 28 million people watched their Christmas show, they had worked together for over 30 years. --David Stubbs
There's Something About Mary | DVD | (04/10/1999)
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There's Something About Mary is one of the funniest films in years, recalling the days of the Zucker-Abraham-Zucker movies, in which (often tasteless) gags were piled on at a fierce rate. The difference is that co-writers and co-directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly have also crafted a credible story line and even tossed in some genuine emotional content. The Farrelly brothers' first two pictures, Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin, had some moments of uproarious laughter, but were uneven. With Mary, they've created a consistently hilarious romantic comedy, made all the funnier by the fact that you know that they know that some of their gags go way over the line. Cameron Diaz stars as Mary, every guy's ideal. Ben Stiller plays a high-school suitor still hung up on her years later; the obstacles standing between him and her include a number of psychotic suitors, a miserable little pooch and, oh yeah, a murder charge. The Farrellys' admittedly simplistic camera work, which adapts easily to a TV screen, and the fact that you'll likely to laugh yourself so silly over certain scenes you'll want to replay them to see what you were missing while you were busy convulsing, make this a perfect film for home-viewing. --David Kronke, Amazon.com
Ever Decreasing Circles - The Complete Collection | DVD | (30/04/2007)
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Written by the successful team of John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Ever Decreasing Circles was first broadcast by the BBC in February 1984. Richard Briers Penelope Wilton and Peter Egan star in this popular suburban-set comedy. This box set features all four series of the hit comedy show. Episodes Comprise: 1. The New Neighbour 2. Taking Over 3. A Strange Woman 4. Holiday Plans 5. Vicars and Tarts 6. The Tea Party 7. The Cricket Match 8. A Married Man 9. Housework 10. Snooker 11. Boredom 12. The Psychiatrist 13. The Party 14. Manure 15. One Night Stand 16. House to Let 17. Local Hero 18. The Campaign 19. Cavaliers and Roundheads 20. Relaxation 21. Goodbye Paul? 22. Stuck in a Loft 23. Neighbourhood Watch 24. The Footpath 25. Jumping to Conclusions 26. Half an Office
Sean Lock: Keep It Light - Live 2017 | DVD | (20/11/2017)
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Sean's stand-up is a blend of a finely tuned hyperactive imagination, surreal imagery and insightful observations on the human condition .. and Keep It Light is about Sean keeping the tone light and funny, as he talks about: the price of cinema food, accusations of him having a mid-life crisis, his behaviour on the internet and jewellery heists. He just lets the brilliance of his material dominate the room The Guardian Lock at his best is gloriously intelligent, deliciously unlikely and hilariously funny The Times
Beetlejuice | DVD | (01/06/2006)
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Before making Batman, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton teamed up for this popular black comedy about a young couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) whose premature death leads them to a series of wildly bizarre afterlife exploits. As ghosts in their own New England home, they're faced with the challenge of scaring off the pretentious new owners (Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones), whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an affinity for all things morbid. Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance "bio-exorcist" who's got an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. The film is a perfect vehicle for Burton's visual style and twisted imagination, with clever ideas and gags packed into every scene. Beetlejuice is also a showcase for Keaton, who tackles his title role with maniacal relish and a dark edge of menace.--Jeff Shannon