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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mike Bassett: England Manager [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2001] Mike Bassett: England Manager | UMD | (26/12/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

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