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  • I Am Legend [UMD Mini for PSP] [DVD] I Am Legend | UMD | (28/04/2008) from £3.29  |  Saving you £-1.60 (-16.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A mainstream Hollywood actor who seems committed to igniting science fiction features, Will Smith chalked up another sizeable hit in the shape of I Am Legend, the latest cinematic adaptation of Richard Matheson?s book of the same name. This time, Smith plays Robert Neville, the last man on an Earth emptied by a deadly virus that he continues to try and find a working vaccine for. With just his dog for company, and the fear of the vampires that haunt the night never far away, I Am Legend quickly establishes itself as a taut, highly watchable blockbuster, with plenty of reasons to gnaw at your nail. Where I Am Legend really scores is in the excellent first half. The scenes of a deserted New York are quite staggering, and it?s also to Smith?s immense credit that he holds the attention even though for the most part he?s the only person on the screen. It?s a quite wonderful opening hour that the film enjoys, and one that easily stands repeat viewings alone. The back half of I Am Legend is, almost inevitably, not quite the match of what?s gone before, as the threats of the night don?t, when you finally see them, live up to expectations. Nonetheless, for Smith?s performance, and the sheer quality of the build up, I Am Legend can stand side-by-side with the last take on the story, the Charlton Heston-starrer The Last Man On Earth. Take either home, and you?re in for a rollicking good night in front of the telly. --Jon Foster

  • Alien vs Predator [UMD Universal Media Disc] Alien vs Predator | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £11.09  |  Saving you £10.90 (49.60%)  |  RRP £21.99

    In delivering non-18-rated excitement, Alien vs. Predator is an acceptably average science-fiction action thriller with some noteworthy highlights, even if it squanders its opportunity to intelligently combine two popular franchises. Rabid fans can justifiably ask: "Is that all there is?" after a decade of development hell and eager anticipation, but we're compensated by reasonably logical connections to the Alien legacy and the still-kicking Predator franchise (which hinted at AVP rivalry at the end of Predator 2); some cleverly claustrophobic sets, tense atmosphere and impressive digital effects; and a climactic AVP smackdown that's not half bad. This disposable junk should've been better, but nobody who's seen Mortal Kombat or Resident Evil should be surprised by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's lack of imagination. As a brisk, 90-minute exercise in generic thrills, however, Anderson's work is occasionally impressive... right ! up to his shameless opening for yet another sequel.--Jeff Shannon

  • Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children [UMD Universal Media Disc] Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children | UMD | (24/04/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (10.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Starship Troopers [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1997] Starship Troopers | UMD | (05/12/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (7.40%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • Fantastic Four [UMD Mini for PSP] Fantastic Four | UMD | (07/12/2007) from £2.75  |  Saving you £-5.60 (-93.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Alien Vs Predator [UMD Mini for PSP] Alien Vs Predator | UMD | (10/12/2007) from £11.09  |  Saving you £-5.10 (-85.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Heavy Metal [UMD Universal Media Disc] Heavy Metal | UMD | (21/11/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [UMD Mini for PSP] Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | UMD | (19/05/2008) from £1.89  |  Saving you £-1.49 (-14.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    After years of rumours, it turns out that Tim Burton was the perfect visionary to film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway masterpiece, and the result is a macabre and moving musical movie as enthralling as anything Burton has ever done. The show's mix of gothic horror, Grand Guignol, very dark humor, and witty and beautiful music never was the stuff of traditional musical comedy, but it's a powerful work, and perhaps the richest of the late 20th century. In the movie, Burton's frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, plays Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder (an 19th-century legend who has been traced to a real-life barber). Helena Bonham Carter, another Burton mainstay, is Mrs. Lovett, the barber's partner-in-unspeakable-crime. It's no surprise that Depp is an excellent choice to convey Todd's brooding intensity and volcanic rage, but he can also sing a score that is so challenging it has often played in opera houses (though not with the same style as the Broadway original, Len Cariou, and he occasionally lapses into pop style). Bonham Carter is small of voice and lacks the humour of the original Broadway Lovett, Angela Lansbury, but she sings on pitch, in rhythm, and in character at the same time, which is no small feat for a Sondheim show. Aficionados will regret the loss of certain musical passages--"The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is just an instrumental overture and the chorus is gone altogether, among others, but the reassuring presence of orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and conductor Paul Gemignani ensures that the music feels right and sounds great. And the film's depiction of a Victorian London hellhole, with cinematography by Dariusz Wolski and costumes by Colleen Atwood, also looks and feels right. The excellent cast is filled out by Alan Rickman as the villainous Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as his seedy Beadle, Sacha Baron Cohen as a rival barber, Jamie Campbell Bower as the young lover Anthony, Jayne Wisener as his object of affection, and Ed Sanders as the young Toby. For fans of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp who don't think they like musicals, Sweeney Todd should be a revelation (though not for the squeamish, as the gore is intense and completely appropriate). For fans of Broadway and Sondheim, it's hard to imagine getting a better adaptation than this. The fact that there's no newly composed Oscar-bait song sung by a Josh Groban-type over the end credits only makes it better. --David Horiuchi

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

  • The Chronicles Of Riddick [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Chronicles Of Riddick | UMD | (24/10/2005) from £19.37  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • X-Files - I Want To Believe [UMD Mini for PSP] [2008] X-Files - I Want To Believe | UMD | (02/08/2010) from £2.25  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

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  • Serenity [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Serenity | UMD | (27/02/2006) from £19.37  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Fantastic Four [UMD Universal Media Disc] Fantastic Four | UMD | (02/12/2005) from £11.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (53.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Fantastic Four is a light-hearted and funny take on Marvel Comics' first family of superheroes. It begins when down-on-his-luck genius Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) has to enlist the financial and intellectual help of former schoolmate and rival Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon) in order to pursue outer-space research involving human DNA. Also on the trip are Reed's best friend, Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis); his former lover, Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), who's now Doom's employee and love interest; and her hotshot-pilot brother, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans). Things don't go as planned, of course, and the quartet becomes blessed--or is it cursed--with superhuman powers: flexibility, brute strength, invisibility and projecting force fields, and bursting into flame. Meanwhile, Doom himself is undergoing a transformation. Among the many entries in the comic-book-movie frenzy, Fantastic Four is refreshing because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Characterisation isn't too deep, and the action is a bit sparse until the final reel (like most "first" superhero movies, it has to go through the "how did we get these powers and what we will do with them?" churn). But it's a good-looking cast, and original comic-book co-creator Stan Lee makes his most significant Marvel-movie cameo yet, in a speaking role as the FF's steadfast postal carrier, Willie Lumpkin. Newcomers to superhero movies might find the idea of a family with flexibility, strength, invisibility, and force fields a retread of The Incredibles, but Pixar's animated film was very much a tribute to the FF and other heroes of the last 40 years. The irony is that while Fantastic Four is an enjoyable B-grade movie, it's the tribute, The Incredibles, that turned out to be a film for the ages. --David Horiuchi

  • Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2001] Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within | UMD | (24/04/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (10.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • X-Men 2 [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2003] X-Men 2 | UMD | (08/05/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (27.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Species [UMD Universal Media Disc] Species | UMD | (21/11/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Bugsy Malone [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1976] Bugsy Malone | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

  • Appleseed [UMD Universal Media Disc] Appleseed | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £11.98  |  Saving you £8.01 (40.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Godzilla [UMD Universal Media Disc] Godzilla | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Zathura [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Zathura | UMD | (26/06/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

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