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Trigger Happy TV - Series 3 | DVD | (06/09/2004)
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Trigger Happy TV 3 is another compilation from the cult late night Channel 4 comedy that turbo-charged the old Candid Camera format with a cool rock soundtrack for the MTV generation. While the show itself could become repetitive, the 42 minutes of highlights distilled into the main feature here are frequently hilarious. See public prankster Dom Joly wrestle a giant badger in the woods, enjoy the office populated entirely by people dressed as bears and collapse with laugher at the most surreal estate agent scenario in the world. From a terribly insecure policeman to the street guide who doesn't know the location of anything, Joly's nerve at pulling off some of these gags is breathtaking. The supporting feature is a half-hour spoof biography of Joly made to introduce Trigger Happy TV to American audiences. Deadpan in the extreme, it sends up the fly-on-the-wall genre and celebrity interview with uncomfortably accurate wit. That's not the end, because the presentation makes the line between programme and extras largely irrelevant, so read on to see what else is... On the DVD: Trigger Happy TV 3 can simply be played straight through so that everything on the disc makes a 90-minute pseudo feature, or individual sections can be selected as extras. There are 14 mostly worthwhile unseen clips, three "Bad Rabbit Jokes" (and they are bad), the three "Worst Ideas Ever" (they are), "Brushes with the Law" (which was bound to happen with such stunts as White Van Man's road rage), and four hugely entertaining previously unseen Celebrity Interviews with Hanif Kureishi, Bret Easton Ellis, Uri Geller and Alan Titchmarsh. The commentary track by Joly and Sam Cadman rambles with entertaining irrelevance from a deaf George Martin producing their recording at Studio 2, Abbey Road, to rather more believable recollections of being arrested in Belgium. --Gary S Dalkin
Max Boyce - The Best Of Max Boyce | DVD | (05/12/2005)
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Disc 1 - An Evening With Max Boyce: Max Boyce has been making people laugh for more than a quarter of a century. His irresistible blend of wit charm and energy continues to win the affections of audiences wherever he plays. Disc 2 - Max Boyce Down Under: Max's comedy ranges far and wide - from his antidote to the psychological impact of the All Black's hakka to an unofficial tourist's guide to Australia's principal cities. And of course there are songs as well. Max ho
The Return of the Living Dead | Blu Ray | (06/11/2013)
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Return of the Living Dead is a parody-cum-sequel spin-off from George Romero's superior Night of the Living Dead films. A corpse-containing canister gets breached and releases an oily, loose-limbed, brain-eating zombie tatterdemalion and a gas that revives anything dead in the vicinity, even a bisected dog preserved as a vet's teaching specimen and a case of pinned butterflies. The dim-bulb leading characters--earnest Clu Gulager, goofy James Karen and Thom Matthews--burn up a mess of surplus living body parts, but the rains wash the ashes into the earth of a nearby cemetery and a whole crowd of brain-eating zombies claw their way out to terrorise a group of teens who sport the kind of 1985 fashions, hairdos, slang preferences and musical tastes that will never feature in a TV nostalgia programme. There are plenty of in-jokes at the expense of the Living Dead films (learning that shooting 'em in the brain doesn't work, the appalled Matthews gasps, "You mean the movie lied?"), and director Dan O'Bannon, the writer of Dark Star and Alien, hurries things along through some gruesome action and terror-by-zombie bits until the surprisingly cynical anti-government conclusion. It's not as wittily outrageous as Re-Animator or Braindead, but it has an amiable, drive-in-cum-home video grunge about it. Frequently naked exploitation regular Linnea Quigley makes an impression as the punkette zombie who goes on the rampage wearing nothing but leg-warmers and body make-up. The frill-free DVD is full-screen (boo hiss!) except for the titles, offers only the trailer and inadequate cast and crew notes as extras, but it looks okay. --Kim Newman
A Prairie Home Companion | DVD | (25/06/2007)
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On a rainy Saturday night in St. Paul Minnesota fans file into the Fitzgerald Theater to see 'A Prairie Home Companion ' a staple of radio station WLT not knowing that WLT has been sold to a Texas conglomerate and that tonight's show will be the last...
Porky's / Porky's 2 - The Next Day | DVD | (13/08/2001)
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Porky's: This hilarious raunchy comedy hit takes an unblushing look at teenage adolescence in the 1950's. It follows the comic misadventures of six high schoolers whose most fervent wish is to find some sexual satisfaction at Porky's a notorious honky-tonk strip joint. When they're ripped off and thrown out by the owner they plot a revengeful scheme that is truly unforgettable. Porky's II-The Next Day: Proving they haven't matured a bit since the original Porky's much of the
Punch Drunk Love | Blu Ray | (21/11/2016)
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Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights). Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan (ADAM SANDLER, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena (EMILY WATSON), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN). Fuelled by the careening momentum of a baroque futurist score by JON BRION (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Magnolia), the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood musicals and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.
Corrina, Corrina | DVD | (30/06/2003)
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In Corrina, Corrina Ray Liotta plays a 1950s jingle composer whose wife dies, leaving him to raise their grieving young daughter (Tina Majorino) alone. Dad hires an African-American housekeeper (Whoopi Goldberg), who helps fill the gap in the child's life--and then Dad's life. Soon an interracial relationship crossing the social mores of the era is underway. Written and directed by Jessie Nelson (The Story of Us), the film is a spot-on recreation of 1950s suburbia without gratuitous kitsch. Liotta is perfect as a working man of the day, given to white shirts and narrow ties; Goldberg gives one of her finest performances as the level-headed Corrina; and little Majorino is heartbreakingly effective. But the film entirely bears the stamp of one person, and that's Nelson, who has a wonderfully witty eye and a sophisticated but sensitive approach to the crosscurrents of emotion at play in this story. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
The Barbra Streisand Collection -- What's Up Doc / Up The Sandbox / Nuts / The Main Event | DVD | (25/08/2003)
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The Barbra Streisand Collection consists of four movies: What's Up, Doc? (1972), Up the Sandbox (1972), The Main Event (1979) and Nuts (1987) In What's Up, Doc?, director Peter Bogdanovich tipped his hat to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s, and especially the most glorious of them all, Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby. Barbra Streisand plays a charming flake who distracts a self-absorbed musicologist (Ryan O'Neal). He's engaged to be married, but soon Streisand's character has him chasing after stolen jewellery and getting into one madcap fix after another. --Tom Keogh Up the Sandbox springs from the early 1970s, when Streisand's career was in full stride. She stars as Margaret, a stay-at-home mum in the middle of New York who's feeling the strain of her narrow life. Frustrated by her self-involved husband and the mentally unstimulating tasks of motherhood, she escapes into fantasies--such as being chatted up by a cross-gendered Fidel Castro, bombing the Statue of Liberty with black militants and having a furious catfight with her overbearing mother. The movie's strength lies in these fantasies' slippery nature; some are over the top, but others are so subtle you're not always sure where they start and stop, making the portrait of Margaret's psyche intriguingly complex. --Bret Fetzer The Main Event is a comedic misfire from the mid-1970s, a futile attempt to bottle the same lightning that struck when Streisand teamed with Ryan O'Neal in What's Up, Doc? Here, Streisand plays a spoiled rich girl, the head of a bankrupt cosmetics company, who discovers she's lost everything--except her ownership of the contract of a washed-up boxer (O'Neal). So she tries to rally this dispirited pug into a comeback that will earn the kinds of purses that will put her back on her feet. Naturally, in the process, romantic sparks are kindled. But despite a loud and energetic performance by Streisand, the comedy doesn't add up to much. --Marshall Fine In Nuts Streisand is a mad high-priced "escort" accused of murder, but whether she's mad as hell or mad as a hatter is the question in this courtroom drama, adapted from the play by Tom Topor. While her doting, wilfully uncomprehending mother (Maureen Stapleton) and stepdad with a secret (Karl Malden) try to have her judged incompetent and sent to an asylum, she fights for her day in court with the help of a hapless legal aid attorney (a refreshingly understated Richard Dreyfuss). James Whitmore presides over the hearing with a compassion and sense of justice that gives one faith in the system, and la Streisand (who developed and produced the project) sinks her teeth into the tempestuous role like a starving actress. The plot holds few surprises, but the drama lies in the characters; veteran director Martin Ritt brings out the best in a top-flight cast. --Sean Axmaker
The Essential Charlie Chaplin Collection | DVD | (20/06/2005)
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A ten volume DVD collection of some of the Little Tramp's finest films. Almost 15 hours of classic comedy entertainment. Titles include: the documentary Chaplin - His Life and Work plus Mabel's Married Life Laffing Gas Face On The Barroom Floor Recreation The Masquerader The Good-For-Nothing The Rounders Cruel Cruel Love The Landlady's Pet Twenty Minutes Of Love Caught In A Cabaret A Busy Day The Fatal Mallet The Knockout The New Janitor The Rival Mashers M
Dear John - Complete Collection - Series 1 & 2 Plus The Christmas Special | DVD | (04/10/2010)
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This collection contains the entire series of Dear John featuring all the episodes from Series One and Two plus the Christmas Special. John Lacey arrives home to find a letter from his wife informing him she has left him for his best friend. After spotting an advert in the local paper for the '1-2-1 Club' an encounter group for the divorced and separated he decides to go along. Here he meets the feisty Kate the bland bespectacled Ralph the exuberant Kirk St. Moritz resplendent in white suit and medallion and of course club founder Louise who asks everyone with relish Were there any sexual problems?
Friends: Complete Series 9 - New Edition | DVD | (25/10/2004)
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Nine years is a long time for any group of Friends to stick so closely together, but somehow the gang are still as daftly charming as ever. After the birth of Emma, Rachel comes to terms with being a mother surprisingly well. It's how everyone else deals with it that makes things interesting. Joey's accidental proposal creates weird friction between him and Ross, who breaks his finger throwing the show's first ever punch. Monica becomes desperately broody and attempts all manner of convoluted ways of persuading Chandler to father a child (unfortunately he inadvertently bankrupts them in a move to Tulsa!). Phoebe, on the other hand, occupies herself in the dating game, holding on to Mike (Paul Rudd) in the longest guest-star relationship anyone's ever had. Other surprise guests this year include Freddie Prinze Jr as an overly sensitive nanny (in the 200th episode), Christina Applegate as another of Rachel's sisters and Jeff Goldblum playing himself on the set of another movie on which Joey is trying to get a break. As always the sparks occasionally fly between Rachel and Ross, while the others manage to strain their own relationships to the max. The real reason for watching now is the one-off kooky scenarios in which they--or rather Joey--get into. His endless dating finally sees him stuck for remembering if he's already slept with a girl; he botches an attempt at eyebrow waxing; and he manages to make Chandler think Monica's after a breast enhancement. --Paul Tonks
Monty Python's Flying Circus - Complete Series | DVD | (24/09/2012)
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This unassuming case is packed with <i>The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus</i>, featuring every madcap episode from the programme's tenure. While to the uninitiated they may look like ordinary .65 oz. digital video discs, due to the unique physics of comedy (it's like quantum but with fewer dead cats), each disc actually weighs a full metaphoric ton! Please remember to lift with your knees. Includes all the classic sketches: The Funniest Joke in the World, the Wrestling Episode, Nudg...
Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1-4 - Complete | DVD | (03/11/2008)
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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.
Sid James Collection - Comic Icons | DVD | (14/05/2007)
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Featuring: 1. The Big Job (1965) 2. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) 3. Make Mine A Million (1959)
Max And Paddy's Power Of Two | DVD | (26/12/2005)
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Max & Paddy's Power Of Two takes burning calories to a new surreal level with the motor home enthusiasts doing the workout. This DVD masterpiece features completely new Peter Kay comedy that has never been seen anywhere before, and it's the only way to flex and laugh your way to a leaner, fitter you!
Monty Python's Life of Brian | Blu Ray | (08/06/2015)
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Monty Python delivers a scathing anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second film. The setting is Judea 33 A.D a time of poverty and chaos with no shortage of messiahs followers willing to believe in them and exasperated Romans trying to impose some order. At the centre of it all is Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (John Cleese Eric Idle Terry Gilliam Terry Jones Michael Palin and Chapman) to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex-lepers Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets Roman centurions and crucifixion.
Toni Erdmann | Blu Ray | (29/05/2017)
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Toni Erdmann is a remarkably touching and outrageously funny portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Ines is a highly-strung career woman whose life in corporate Bucharest takes a turn for the bizarre with the arrival of her estranged father Winfried. A practical joker with a liking for silly disguises and childish pranks, Winfried attempts to reconnect with his daughter by introducing the eccentric alter ego Toni Erdmann to catch Ines off guard, not knowing how capable she is of rising to the challenge.
Robin Williams' Weapons Of Self Destruction | DVD | (12/04/2010)
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Weapons Of Self Distruction features the Oscar winner in his first recorded stand up show in 7 years from his latest sold-out national tour. In his performance Williams covers such topics as global warming sex and politics the state of health care in the country (suggesting a cash for clunkers program for elderly relatives) drugs - recreational and otherwise - and more personal topics including his recent heart surgery. CD: Features all the audio from the main program
Friends: Complete Series 5 - New Edition | DVD | (25/10/2004)
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With Friends like these, you'll never need to go out again. Picking up from the momentous events of Series 4, this season starts out with Monica and Chandler in some awkward positions as they try to keep their blossoming romance a secret from the others. By the series' end they'll be planning to get married in Las Vegas, where Joey is working as a gladiator at Caesar's Palace casino, his big movie break having fallen through. The embers of Rachel and Ross's relationship continue to send up sparks, especially when Emily causes strife early on by insisting Ross never has contact with Rachel ever again. Phoebe finally meets her father and starts dating a cop named Gary. It all climaxes with everyone in Las Vegas, where Monica and Chandler's impromptu decision to wed is upstaged by a surprising event. --Leslie Felperin
Stewart Lee - If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One | DVD | (11/10/2010)
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TV's Frankie Boyle has declared that no-one over 40 should do stand-up as the old comedians lose their edge and their anger. Stewart Lee is 42 and Frankie's heartless Scottish words have made him wonder if it's worth carrying on. Undaunted the furiously baffled comedian tries to win round the legendarily harsh Glasgow audience with a crowd-pleasing Mcintyre-style routine about coffee shops but is distracted by scores of imaginary pirates; he tries to talk about every day middle aged men's concerns but is drawn into a forty minute rant against Top Gear and all it stands for; he attempts to find some common ground with happy childhood memories that he and the audience can share but is instead consumed with loathing and despair as a result of a Magners' Cider advertising campaign. He screams from the balconies stumbles in the aisles and ends with a country and western song. If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One is a vast and all-consuming epic of stand-up comedy exploring the absolute formal limits of the art form. There are also some jokes.