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  • V for Vendetta [UMD Mini for PSP] V for Vendetta | UMD | (07/01/2008) from £11.59  |  Saving you £-5.60 (-93.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    "Remember, remember the fifth of November," for on this day, in 2020, the minds of the masses shall be set free. So says code-name V (Hugo Weaving), a man on a mission to shake society out of its blank complacent stares in the film V For Vendetta. His tactics, however, are a bit revolutionary to say the least. The world in which V lives is very similar to Orwell's totalitarian dystopia in 1984: after years of various wars, England is now under "big brother" Chancellor Adam Sutler (played by John Hurt, who ironically played Winston Smith in the movie 1984) whose party uses force and fear to run the nation. After gaining power, minorities and political dissenters were rounded up and removed; artistic and unacceptable religious works were confiscated. Cameras and microphones are littered throughout the land, and the people are perpetually sedated through the governmentally controlled media. Taking inspiration from Guy Fawkes, the 17th century co-conspirator of a failed attempt to blow up Parliament on November 5, 1605, V dons a Fawkes mask and costume and sets off to wake the masses by destroying the symbols of their oppressors, literally and figuratively. At the beginning of his vendetta, V rescues Evey (Natalie Portman) from a group of police officers and has her live with him in his underworld lair. It is through their relationship where we learn how V became V, the extremities of the party's corruption, the problems of an oppressive government, V's revenge plot and his philosophy on how to induce change. Based on the popular graphic novel by Alan Moore, V For Vendetta's screenplay was written by the Wachowski Brothers (of The Matrix fame) and directed by their protégé James McTeigue. Controversy and criticism followed the film since its inception, from the hyper-stylized use of anarchistic terrorism to overthrow a corrupt government and the blatant jabs at the current US political arena, to graphic novel fans complaining about the reconstruction of Alan Moore's original vision (Moore himself has dismissed the film). Many are valid critiques and opinions, but there's no hiding the message the film is trying to express: Radical and drastic events often need to occur in order to shake people out of their state of indifference in order to bring about real change. Unfortunately, the movie only offers a means with no ends, and those looking for answers may find the film stylish, but a bit empty. --Rob Bracco

  • Wall Street [UMD Mini for PSP] Wall Street | UMD | (08/09/2008) from £1.49  |  Saving you £-1.49 (-24.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Michael Douglas won an Oscar for perfectly embodying the Reagan-era credo that "greed is good." As a Donald Trump-like Wall Street raider aptly named Gordon Gecko (for his reptilian ability to attack corporate targets and swallow them whole), Douglas found a role tailor-made to his skill in portraying heartless men who've sacrificed humanity to power. He's a slick, seductive role model for the young ambitious broker played by Charlie Sheen, who falls into Gecko's sphere of influence and instantly succumbs to the allure of risky deals and generous payoffs. With such perks as a high-rise apartment and women who love men for their money, Charlie's like a worm on Gecko's hook, blind to the corporate manoeuvring that puts him at odds with his own father (played by Sheen's off-screen father, Martin). With his usual lack of subtlety, writer-director Oliver Stone drew from the brokering experience of his own father to tell this Faustian tale for the "me" decade, but the movie's sledgehammer style is undeniably effective. A cautionary warning that Stone delivers on highly entertaining terms, Wall Street grabs your attention whilst questioning the corrupted values of a system that worships profit at the cost of one's soul. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Pride And Prejudice [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Pride And Prejudice | UMD | (06/02/2006) from £7.99  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Austin Powers 2 - The Spy Who Shagged Me [UMD Universal Media Disc] Austin Powers 2 - The Spy Who Shagged Me | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre [Remake] [UMD Universal Media Disc] Texas Chainsaw Massacre | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Mask [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Mask | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Big Fish [UMD Universal Media Disc] Big Fish | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Blade Trinity [UMD Universal Media Disc] Blade Trinity | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Even skeptical fans of the Blade franchise will enjoy sinking their teeth into Blade: Trinity. The law of diminishing returns is in full effect here, and the franchise is wearing out its welcome, but let's face it: any movie that features Jessica Biel as an ass-kicking vampire slayer and Parker Posey--yes, Parker Posey!--as a vamping vampire villainess can't be all bad. Those lovely ladies bring equal measures of relief and grief to Blade, the half-human, half-vampire once again played, with tongue more firmly in stone-cold cheek, by Wesley Snipes. With series writer David S. Goyer in the director's chair, the film is calculated for mainstream appeal, trading suspenseful horror for campy humour and choppy, nonsensical action. The franchise still offers some intriguing ideas, including Drake (Dominic Purcell), the original vampire, whose blood contains the secret that could destroy all blood-suckers in a plot that incorporates a sinister "blood farm" where humans are held--and drained--in suspended animation. And Biel's wise-cracking sidekick (Ryan Reynolds) in her cadre of "Nightstalkers" provides comic relief in a series that's grown increasingly dour. All of which makes Blade: Trinity a love-it-or-hate-it sequel... supposedly the last in a trilogy, but the ending suggests otherwise. --Jeff Shannon

  • Reservoir Dogs [UMD Universal Media Disc] Reservoir Dogs | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £19.37  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Kalifornia [UMD Universal Media Disc] Kalifornia | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Phantom Of The Opera [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Phantom Of The Opera | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Gangs Of New York [UMD Universal Media Disc] Gangs Of New York | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Freddy Vs Jason [UMD Universal Media Disc] Freddy Vs Jason | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Spawn [UMD Universal Media Disc] Spawn | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Wedding Date [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Wedding Date | UMD | (12/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    If you're a fan of the frazzled comic rhythms Debra Messing plies on Will & Grace, or if you're pre-sold on the concept of Dermot Mulroney as the world's most dashing heartthrob--an idea given ample evidence here--this escapist romance may provide just enough distraction. The Wedding Date's Pretty Woman-in-reverse plot finds Kat Kat Ellis (Messing) hiring expensive male escort Nick Mercer (Mulroney) to fly to London and pose as her dashing new boyfriend at her sister's wedding so she can face the best man, an ex-fiancé who broke her heart. Non-fans of the stars or romantic comedies in general beware: there's no real chemistry or conflict, and you should alert the media if you can determine exactly when and why Kat and Nick fall in love. Mulroney has nothing to do but be sensitively suave--the film's entire running time is spent waiting for Kat to realise that Nick, hooker or no, is the best thing that ever happened to her (her father may be cinema's first dad to ever encourage his daughter to snare a gigolo while she still can). This is a relatively painless but forgettable first date; you probably won't need a second assignation.--Steve Wiecking

  • Cellular [UMD Universal Media Disc] Cellular | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Cell [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Cell | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Animal [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Animal | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £17.47  |  Saving you £0.52 (2.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Around The World In 80 Days [UMD Universal Media Disc] Around The World In 80 Days | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Incredible Hulk Returns [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Incredible Hulk Returns | UMD | (29/08/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

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