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  • The Parole Officer [2001] The Parole Officer | DVD | (18/03/2002) from £2.56  |  Saving you £7.43 (74.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Although there are one or two belly laughs along the way, for the most part The Parole Officer gets by on the pleasantly old-fashioned charm of a latter-day Ealing comedy. And despite a handful of gross-out moments (involving a roller coaster at Blackpool, a severed head and a wasp) most of the humour comes from the interaction of a good ensemble cast. It’s the first big-screen vehicle for Steve Coogan, who plays the titular officer as a watered-down, more likeable version of his most famous creation, Alan Partridge. After being set up by a corrupt detective Coogan’s hapless Simon Garden--in fact always identified as a Probation Officer, so presumably the film’s title is an attempt to attract a transatlantic audience--must recruit a motley gang of his ex-con clients to plan and execute a bank robbery in Manchester. Indeed, one of the film’s principal attractions is its affectionate use of that city centre as a setting instead of the more usual seedy London locations of most British caper-comedies.Coogan’s gang are a familiarly dysfunctional bunch, redeemed by sympathetic performances from, notably, Om Puri as irascible serial bigamist George and the young Emma Williams as serial car thief Kirsty. Not enough effort goes into fleshing out the characters, though, and in particular Lena Headey as Coogan’s policewoman girlfriend is far too thinly sketched to seem convincing. However, much fun is had by all as the team bond, bicker and construct, A Team-style, the tools they need for the big heist. The bank raid itself is the film’s highlight and features a surprising deus ex machina appearance from a very distinguished guest star. If The Parole Officer never stretches to the sublime heights (or psychological depths) of I’m Alan Partridge, it does play out in a brisk 90 minutes like an extended episode of Coogan’s Run; which is to say it’s got plenty of easygoing charm even if it never pushes any boundaries. On the DVD: the handful of extra features include a surprisingly serious commentary from Coogan, cowriter Henry Normal, director John Duigan and producer Duncan Kenworthy. More interesting is the handful of deleted scenes, in which we find that some precious character development was sacrificed in the interests of pace (as well as a couple of perfectly good jokes). There's a 22-minute featurette, which isn't really a "making of" but just a series of interviews with the principal cast, plus the trailer and Atomic Kitten's "Eternal Flame" video. The picture is a good anamorphic (16:9) ratio with Dolby 5.1 sound. --Mark Walker

  • Little Man [2006] Little Man | DVD | (22/01/2007) from £4.97  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Hired to steal the fabulous Queens Diamond pint-sized jewel thief Calvin Simms (Marlon Wayans) and his dimwitted partner Percy (Tracy Morgan) stash the stone in Vanessa Chase's (Kerry Washington) handbag when their getaway plans go uproariously awry. Discovering Vanessa's husband Darryl (Shawn Wayans) who's hopelessly obsessed with becoming a father Calvin trades in his duds for diapers and poses as an abandoned baby. Suffering through a host of hysterical humiliations and outrageous family outings Calvin desperately tries to retrieve the gem before his cover is blown and Darryl and Vanessa really cut him down to size. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans (White Chicks).

  • The Accidental Husband [2008] The Accidental Husband | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £3.09  |  Saving you £14.90 (82.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A local radio talk show host with a show about relationships gives advice to one of her listeners to dump her boyfriend. He decides to seek revenge and wreaks havoc on the host's personal life.

  • Disaster Movie [2008] Disaster Movie | DVD | (19/01/2009) from £3.93  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From the directors of Meet The Spartans and Epic Movie comes Disaster Movie. Over the course of one evening an unsuspecting group of twenty-somethings find themselves bombarded by a series of natural disasters and catastrophic events.

  • Girl Most Likely [DVD] [2013] Girl Most Likely | DVD | (03/02/2014) from £4.79  |  Saving you £13.20 (73.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright) Darren Criss (Glee) and Matt Dillon (Crash) headline in Girl Most Likely a hilarious comedy about Imogene once a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled thanks to a crisis of confidence. Heavily in denial about being dumped by her high society boyfriend Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate meltdown as an appeal for his sympathy. But her attempt backfires when she's put into the custody of Zelda her estranged gambling addict mother (Annette Bening) and must return home with her to the Jersey shore. Desperate to get back to her Manhattan circle of so- called friends Imogene must finally deal with her family including her unique brother (Christopher Fitzgerald) Zelda's new boyfriend The Bousche (Matt Dillon) plus a cute young lodger (Darren Criss) who together help Imogene find her place in the world.

  • Stepford Wives, The [2004] Stepford Wives, The | DVD | (29/11/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Make one! Having been moved from the pressure of Manhattan life to the ordered society of Stepford Connecticut Joanna Eberhard (Nicole Kidman) together with acerbic author Bobbie Markowitz (Bette Midler) discovers that all is not what it seems with the outwardly perfect women of the town... Please note: this film has been rated as a '12'; however some of the content in the 'Gag Reel' extra feature has prompted the higher '15' certificate for this DVD release.

  • Morris: A Life With Bells On [DVD] [2009] Morris: A Life With Bells On | DVD | (26/07/2010) from £9.05  |  Saving you £6.94 (43.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A film that will have even the most cynical viewer reaching for their white handkerchiefs MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON stars Charles Thomas Oldham as Derecq Twist along with Sir Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass) Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) Ian Hart (A Cock and Bull Story) Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen) Sophie Thompson (Eastenders) Harriet Walter (The Young Victoria) Aidan McArdle (The Duchess) and Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility). Described as This is Spinal Tap meets Calendar Girls the film follows the fortunes of an avant-garde Morris team in their struggle to push the boundaries of the venerable ancient dance. Set around the country pub The Travellers Staff the docu-style comedy proves that Morris is not just an innocent pub pastime involving hanky-waving and bearded men with staffs but also that it has its politics-laden ultra-competitive side too. The Millsham Morris men and their leader Derecq Twist are determined to achieve Morris perfection. But Derecq is also preparing to set the Morris world alight by performing the ultimate dance within the Morris firmament the legendary Threeple Hammer Damson. As if this is not enough he is in addition pioneering an innovative daringly freeform brand of the dance dubbed Extreme Morris drawing the anger of traditionalist elements within the Morris community. When Millsham unveil their creation in competition the Morris Circle - the governing body of Morris in the UK - bans Derecq from future competition. Totally devastated by the decision Derecq embarks on a global odyssey through tragedy and triumph which gravely tests his passion for Morris.

  • Accepted [2006] Accepted | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £3.89  |  Saving you £6.10 (61.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Welcome to South Harmon Institute of Technology From the producer of American Pie and Liar Liar comes a whole new school of thought: Accepted. When every college turns him down Bartleby ""B"" Gaines decides to make one up. Welcome to South Harmon Institute of Technology where the students teach the classes the dean lives in a trailer out the back and Bartleby's on the way to scoring with the girl of his dreams.

  • Bedazzled [2000] Bedazzled | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £6.50  |  Saving you £6.49 (50.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Brendan Fraser stars in Bedazzled as Elliot, a dweebish office worker who yearns for Alison (Frances O'Connor), a coworker who barely knows he exists. When he blithely says he'd give his soul for Alison, the Devil appears in the fetching guise of Elizabeth Hurley and promises him seven wishes in exchange. Elliot is dubious at first, but agrees out of desperation. Unfortunately, his every wish always leaves the Devil with a little wiggle-room. When he asks to be rich and powerful, the Devil turns him into a drug lord beset on all sides. When he asks to be a successful, well-endowed writer, the Devil adds a male lover to the mix. The setup and situations are clever, though this Bedazzled has less bite than the original 1968 version starring Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. It does, however, provide some better comic substance for Fraser than most of his previous roles and will give his fans something to enjoy. O'Connor is entirely pleasant in her largely straight role, and Hurley fills out her part delectably by filling out a number of revealing outfits. This is an enjoyable bit of froth. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

  • Land of the Lost [Blu-ray] Land of the Lost | Blu Ray | (23/11/2009) from £7.49  |  Saving you £17.50 (70.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Space-time vortexes suck. Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now Marshall has no weapons few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world-a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the Land of the Lost. Sucked alongside him for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist (Danny McBride) named Will. Chased by T. rex and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks Marshall Will and Holly must rely on their only ally-a primate called Chaka (Jorma Taccone) - to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from this routine expedition gone awry and they're heroes. Get stuck and they'll be permanent refugees in the Land of the Lost. Based on the classic television series created by Sid & Marty Krofft Land of the Lost is directed by Brad Silberling and produced by Jimmy Miller and Sid & Marty Krofft.

  • Run, Fat Boy, Run [Blu-ray] Run, Fat Boy, Run | Blu Ray | (18/02/2008) from £3.53  |  Saving you £21.46 (85.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Love. Commitment. Responsibility. There's nothing he can't run away from... Run Fat Boy Run centers on a charming but oblivious overweight guy who leaves his fiancee on their wedding day only to discover years later that he really loves her. To win her back he must finish a marathon while making her realize that her handsome wealthy fiance is the wrong guy for her.

  • You Don't Mess with the Zohan [2008] You Don't Mess with the Zohan | DVD | (19/01/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Director Dennis Dugan and screenwriters Adam Sandler Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) present You Don't Mess With The Zohan - a hilarious comedy about a Mossad Agent (Sandler) who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream... To become a hairstylist in New York!

  • Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution [2007] Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution | DVD | (24/03/2008) from £28.82  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    She left the land of Marks & Spencer and went to the world of Marx and Lenin. Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution is a feelgood comedy following one dysfunctional family's journey from 1968 West Yorkshire to 19 below freezing East Germany and back again. Mr Ratcliffe fought for the cause but his wife fought for their family: a teenage sex goddess and a twelve year old communist spy.

  • National Security National Security | DVD | (04/07/2005) from £4.51  |  Saving you £1.45 (24.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    In the hilarious action-packed comedy National Security Martin Lawrence (Earl Montgomery) stars as a cocky L.A. P.D. cadet who would probably be a great cop if he weren't such a show-off. Earl's rebellious attitude gets him thrown out of the police academy and he has to settle for a job as a lowly security guard with 'National Security'. After a run-in with an uptight police officer Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) Earl accuses him of harassment. Hank loses his badge is thrown into jail and eventually winds up working for National Security as well. Earl's overzealous behavior leads to a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash (Eric Roberts) and a possible police cover-up. Now everyone wants Earl and Hank dead - though they just may kill each other first!

  • Baby Mama Baby Mama | DVD | (16/03/2009) from £2.49  |  Saving you £17.50 (87.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Laughter and hearty guffaws abound in this comical look at 37-year-old career woman Kate Holbrook's (30 Rock's Tina Fey) desperate attempts to have a baby. Never mind that she's not married and has never been involved in a serious relationship; Kate wants a baby and will stop at virtually nothing to get one. After failed attempts at broaching the concept of conception with first dates and trying artificial insemination with the help of a sperm bank, Kate finds out that her t-shaped uterus leaves her with only a one in a million chance of conceiving a child. Adoption doesn't work out and she's left with the distasteful option of hiring a surrogate mother. Enter Chaffee Bicknell's (Sigourney Weaver) surrogate service and her recommendation of the working-class Angie Ostrowiski (Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler) who, with her common-law husband Carl (Dax Shepard), is just desperate enough to take on the job in order to make some money, and the stage is set for baby making. As fate would have it, Angie and Carl break up just after Angie announces she's pregnant and Angie ends up moving in with Kate. Unfortunately, the two are completely incompatible and what ensues is a hysterical struggle to coexist while clashing over everything from proper nutrition to stroller selection, hair dye, and delivery options. Further complicating matters is Kate's budding relationship with ex-lawyer and juice-store owner Rob (Greg Kinnear), who just happens to be morally opposed to the whole concept of surrogate parenting. Finally, there's the question of just how fully Angie embraces the virtue of honesty. It's the juxtaposition of opposing viewpoints--so boldly stated, humorously set, and blatantly exploited--that makes this witty comedy so darn funny. Expect graphic references, raunchy humour, and a whole lot of laughter. --Tami Horiuchi

  • The House Bunny [2008] The House Bunny | DVD | (16/02/2009) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.26 (76.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In The House Bunny Anna Faris stars as Shelly a Playboy bunny who is tossed out of the Playboy mansion. Down on her luck she has nowhere to go until she falls in with the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. The members of the sorority - who have got to be the seven most socially clueless women on the planet - are about to lose their house. They need a dose of what only the eternally bubbly Shelly can provide...

  • Click [Blu-ray] [2006] Click | Blu Ray | (22/04/2007) from £3.19  |  Saving you £16.80 (84.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A workaholic architect who has been overlooking his family in favour of his career comes across a universal remote that allows him to perform TV-like functions on his life such as pausing events or fast-forwarding over them. When the remote begins creating its own memory and choosing what to fast-forward over the man sees how much of his personal life has passed him by and realizes the importance of spending more time with his family.

  • Yes Man [Blu-ray] [2008] Yes Man | Blu Ray | (20/04/2009) from £5.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Jim Carrey does wonders with a slight premise that finds his reserved, emotionally-distant character, Carl Allen, a banker who routinely turns down loan applications, accepting a challenge to open up to life by saying "yes" to everything. A man who constantly disappoints friends by weaseling out of opportunities for bonding and happiness, Carl radically changes into a creature of complete spontaneity. By never saying no anymore, he gets into situations with unpredictable outcomes, such as driving a homeless stranger to a scary-looking park at night. But for the most part, whatever Carl says yes to becomes a road to worthwhile experiences, even receiving a promotion at work for approving hundreds of micro-loans against all policy. Zooey Deschanel, who often plays appealing kooks, is very good as Carl's girlfriend, a free spirit who takes to his positivity about everything, for a while anyway. Director Peyton Reed (Down with Love) makes the most out of the gimmicky comedy, as does Carrey, who does wonders with scenes that are often left open-ended just to see what the brilliant comic will do with them. --Tom Keogh

  • The Rocker [2008] The Rocker | DVD | (09/03/2009) from £2.59  |  Saving you £17.40 (87.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Rocker tells the story of a failed over-the-hill drummer who gets a second chance at fame. Robert Fish Fishman (Rainn Wilson) is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius who is living the rock 'n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the group. Unfortunately for Fish this happens right before Vesuvius becomes one of the biggest bands in the world. Fish is then forced to get a 'real' job and abandon his dream until an unlikely opportunity arises.

  • The Women [2008] The Women | DVD | (16/03/2009) from £2.08  |  Saving you £17.04 (85.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A remake of George Cukor's classic 1939 film The Women is based upon Clare Boothe Luce's play centred around the trials and tribulations of four female friends. Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) is a clothing designer who seems to have it all - a beautiful country home a rich financier husband an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father's venerable clothing company. Her best friend Sylvie Fowler (Annette Bening) leads another enviable life - a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York's cutting edge. But when Mary's husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes) a sultry 'spritzer girl' lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie's relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends including mega-mommy Edie Cohen (Debra Messing) and author Alex Fisher (Jada Pinkett-Smith) all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships.

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