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  • Blade [UMD Universal Media Disc] Blade | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £11.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (33.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The recipe for Blade is quite simple; you take one part Batman, one part horror flick, and two parts kung fu and frost it all over with some truly campy acting. What do you get? An action flick that will reaffirm your belief that the superhero action genre did not die in the fluorescent hands of Joel Schumacher. Blade is the story of a ruthless and supreme vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) who makes other contemporary slayers (Buffy et al.) look like amateurs. Armed with a samurai sword made of silver and guns that shoot silver bullets, he lives to hunt and kill "Sucker Heads". Pitted against our hero is a cast of villains led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a crafty and charismatic vampire who believes that his people should be ruling the world, and that the human race is merely the food source they prey on. Born half-human and half-vampire after his mother had been attacked by a blood-sucker, Blade is brought to life by a very buff-looking Snipes in his best action performance to date. Apparent throughout the film is the fluid grace and admirable skill that Snipes brings to the many breathtaking action sequences that lift this movie into a league of its own. The influence of Hong Kong action cinema is clear, and you may even notice vague impressions of Japanese anime sprinkled innovatively throughout. Dorff holds his own against Snipes as the menacing nemesis Frost, and the grizzly Kris Kristofferson brings a tough, cynical edge to his role as Whistler, Blade's mentor and friend. Ample credit should also go to director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer, who prove it is possible to adapt comic book characters to the big screen without making them look absurd. Indeed, quite the reverse happens here: Blade comes vividly to life from the moment you first see him, in an outstanding opening sequence that sets the tone for the action-packed film that follows. From that moment onward you are pulled into the world of Blade and his perpetual battle against the vampire race. --Jeremy Storey

  • The Mummy Returns [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Mummy Returns | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Benchwarmers [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Benchwarmers | UMD | (01/01/1980) from £4.45  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Final Destination 2 [UMD Universal Media Disc] Final Destination 2 | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £4.95  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Constantine [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Constantine | UMD | (25/11/2005) from £11.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (10.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Little Man [UMD Mini for PSP] [2006] Little Man | UMD | (22/01/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Christmas With The Kranks [UMD Universal Media Disc] Christmas With The Kranks | UMD | (14/11/2005) from £9.98  |  Saving you £5.40 (27.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Slapstick humor gets a full-body workout in Christmas with the Kranks. Critics were unanimous in their derision, and John Grisham must have gnashed his teeth over what studio-boss-turned-director Joe Roth did to his bestselling novel Skipping Christmas, to which this broad-stroked comedy bears little or no resemblance. The title characters are played by Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, who decide to skip Christmas because their daughter's in Peru with the Peace Corps. Thus begins a rabid program of enforced conformity when their neighbors (led by Dan Aykroyd) coerce the Kranks into changing their holiday attitude--a change that comes easily when the daughter announces she'll be home for Christmas after all. Imagine if a suburban lynch mob said "Have a Merry Christmas or we'll kill you," and you'll get some idea of what spending Christmas with the Kranks is really like. And if you laughed at the frozen cat, you're probably on Santa's "naughty" list. --Jeff Shannon

  • Wolf Creek [UMD Universal Media Disc] Wolf Creek | UMD | (16/01/2006) from £1.99  |  Saving you £14.73 (81.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Tim Burton's Corpse Bride | UMD | (06/02/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (44.80%)  |  RRP £20.99

  • The Evil Dead [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Evil Dead | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-8.62 (-143.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Ghostbusters [UMD Universal Media Disc] Ghostbusters | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script, but Bill Murray gets all the best lines and moments in this 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs). The three comics, plus Ernie Hudson, play the New York City-based team that provides supernatural pest control, and Sigourney Weaver is the love interest possessed by an ancient demon. Reitman and company are full of original ideas about hobgoblins--who knew they could "slime" people with green plasma goo?--but hovering above the plot is Murray's patented ironic view of all the action. Still a lot of fun, and an obvious model for sci-fi comedies such as Men in Black. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Dark Water [UMD Universal Media Disc] Dark Water | UMD | (21/11/2005) from £1.90  |  Saving you £10.50 (55.30%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • Next Friday [UMD Universal Media Disc] Next Friday | UMD | (17/04/2006) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Monty Python And The Holy Grail [UMD Universal Media Disc] Monty Python And The Holy Grail | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £12.99  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse [UMD Universal Media Disc] Resident Evil: Apocalypse | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £2.69  |  Saving you £1.38 (7.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Descent [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Descent | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £21.59  |  Saving you £3.40 (13.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Blade 2 [UMD Universal Media Disc] Blade 2 | UMD | (26/09/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Beowulf [UMD Mini for PSP] Beowulf | UMD | (07/01/2008) from £1.85  |  Saving you £-5.10 (-85.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge. Manufacturer: Boulevard Entertainment

  • Resident Evil - Extinction [UMD Mini for PSP] [2007] Resident Evil - Extinction | UMD | (18/02/2008) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-1.62 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Halloween [UMD Universal Media Disc] Halloween | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-8.62 (-143.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Halloween is as pure and undiluted as its title. In the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, a teenage baby sitter tries to survive a Halloween night of relentless terror, during which a knife-wielding maniac goes after the town's hormonally charged youths. Director John Carpenter takes this simple situation and orchestrates a superbly mounted symphony of horrors. It's a movie much scarier for its dark spaces and ominous camera movements than for its explicit bloodletting (which is actually minimal). Composed by Carpenter himself, the movie's freaky music sets the tone; and his script (cowritten with Debra Hill) is laced with references to other horror pictures, especially Psycho. The baby sitter is played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the real-life daughter of Psycho victim Janet Leigh; and the obsessed policeman played by Donald Pleasence is named Sam Loomis, after John Gavin's character in Psycho. In the end, though, Halloween stands on its own as an uncannily frightening experience--it's one of those movies that had audiences literally jumping out of their seats and shouting at the screen. ("No! Don't drop that knife!") Produced on a low budget, the picture turned a monster profit, and spawned many sequels, none of which approached the 1978 original. Curtis returned for two more instalments: 1981's dismal Halloween II, which picked up the story the day after the unfortunate events, and 1998's occasionally gripping Halloween H20, which proved the former baby sitter was still haunted after 20 years. --Robert Horton

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