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  • Alice in Wonderland [DVD] [2010] Alice in Wonderland | DVD | (04/06/2010) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Tim Burton was born to bring Alice in Wonderland to the big screen. Ironically, his version of the Victorian text plays more like The Wizard of Oz than a Lewis Carroll adaptation. On the day of her engagement party, the 19-year-old Alice (a nicely understated Mia Wasikowska) is lead by a white-gloved rabbit to an alternate reality that looks strangely familiar--she's been dreaming about it since she was 6 years old. Stranded in a hall of doors, she sips from a potion that makes her shrink and nibbles on a cake that makes her grow. Once she gets the balance right, she walks through the door that leads her to Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas), the Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), the Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), and the Cheshire Cat (a delightful Stephen Fry), who inform her that only she can free them from the wrath of the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter channeling Bette Davis) by slaying the Jabberwocky. To pull off the feat, she teams up with the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp in glam-rock garb), rebel bloodhound Bayard (Timothy Spall), and Red's sweet sister, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway in goth-rock makeup). While Red welcomes Alice with open arms, she plans an execution for the hat-maker when he displeases her ("Off with his head!"). Drawing from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Burton creates a candy-colored action-adventure tale with a feminist twist. If it drags towards the end, his 3-D extravaganza still offers a trippy good time with a poignant aftertaste. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Mission To Mars [2000] Mission To Mars | DVD | (05/03/2001) from £4.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (76.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    If Brian De Palma directed Mission to Mars for 10-year-olds who have never seen a science fiction film, he can be credited for crafting a marginally successful adventure. Isolated moments in this film serve the highest purpose of its genre, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe in the context of a fascinating future (specifically, the year 2020). But because most of us have seen a lot of science fiction films, it's impossible to ignore this one's derivative plot, cardboard characters and drearily dumb dialogue. Despite an awesome and painstakingly authentic display of cool technology and dazzling special effects, Mission to Mars is light years away from 2001: A Space Odyssey on the scale of human intelligence.After dispensing with a few space-jockey clichés, the movie focuses on a Mars-bound rescue mission commanded by Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise), whose team (Tim Robbins, Connie Nielsen, Jerry O'Connell) has been sent to retrieve the sole survivor (Don Cheadle) of a tragic Mars landing. During the sequence en route to Mars, De Palma is in his element with two suspenseful scenes (including a dramatic--albeit somewhat silly--space walk) that are technically impressive. But when this Mission gets to Mars, the movie grows increasingly unconvincing, finally arriving at an alien encounter that more closely resembles an astronomical CGI video game. But this is a $75 million Hollywood movie, and no amount of technical wizardry can lift the burden of a juvenile screenplay. Kudos to Sinise, his co-stars, and the special effects wizards for making the most of hoary material; shame on just about everyone else involved. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind--Collector's Edition (two discs) [1978] Close Encounters of the Third Kind--Collector's Edition (two discs) | DVD | (25/06/2001) from £4.75  |  Saving you £16.00 (69.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Released in 1977, Close Encounters of the Third Kind was that year's cerebral alternative to Star Wars. It's arguably the archetypal Spielberg film, featuring a fantasy-meets-reality storyline (to be developed further in E.T.), a misunderstood Everyman character (Richard Dreyfuss), apparently hostile government agents (long before The X-Files), a sense of childlike awe in the face of the otherworldly, and a sweeping feel for epic film-making learned from the classic school of David Lean. Contributing to the film's overall success are the Oscar-winning cinematography from Vilmos Zsigmond, Douglas Trumbull's lavish effects and an extraordinary score from John Williams that develops from eerie atonality à la Ligeti to the gorgeous sentiment of "When You Wish Upon a Star" over the end credits. Not content with the final result, Spielberg tinkered with the editing and inserted some new scenes to make a "Special Edition" in 1980 which ran three minutes shorter than the original, then made further revisions to create a slightly longer "Collector's Edition" in 1998. This later version deletes the mothership interior scenes that were inserted in the "Special Edition" and restores the original ending. On the DVD: CE3K is packaged here with confusing documentation that fails to make clear any differences between earlier versions of the film and this "Collector's Edition"--worse, the back cover blurb misleadingly implies that this disc is the 1980 "Special Edition" edit. It is not. A gorgeous anamorphic widescreen print of Spielberg's 1998 "Collector's Edition" edit occupies the first disc: this is the version with the original theatrical ending restored but new scenes from the "Special Edition" retained. The second disc rounds up sundry deleted scenes that were either dropped from the original version or never made it into the film at all--fans of the "Special Edition" can find the mothership interior sequence here. The excellent "making-of" documentary dates from 1997 and has interviews with almost everyone involved, including the director speaking from the set of Saving Private Ryan. Thankfully the superb picture and sound of the feature make this set entirely compelling and more than compensate for the inadequate packaging. --Mark Walker

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005] The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £3.95  |  Saving you £14.03 (61.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Don't panic... Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew English everyman Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) who is actually not human but an alien researcher penning a new edition of the essential travel tome known as ""The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"". Landing aboard a spaceship from the Vogon Constructor Fleet which has just obliterated the Earth Arthur is flun

  • Galaxy Quest [2000] Galaxy Quest | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy Galaxy Quest, but it certainly helps. A knowingly affectionate tribute to Trek and any other science fiction TV series of the 1960s and beyond, this crowd-pleasing comedy offers in-jokes at warp speed, hitting the bull's-eye for anyone who knows that: (1) the starship captain always removes his shirt to display his manly physique; (2) any crew member not in the regular cast is dead meat; and (3) the heroes always stop the doomsday clock with one second to spare. So it is with Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and the stalwart crew of the NSEA Protector, whose intergalactic exploits on TV have now been reduced to a dreary cycle of fan conventions and promotional appearances. That's when the Thermians arrive, begging to be saved from Sarris, the reptilian villain who threatens to destroy their home planet.Can actors rise to the challenge and play their roles for real? The Thermians are counting on it, having studied the "historical documents" of the Galaxy Quest TV show, and their hero worship (not to mention their taste for Monte Cristo sandwiches) is ultimately proven worthy, with the help of some Galaxy geeks on planet Earth. And while Galaxy Quest serves up great special effects and impressive Stan Winston creatures, director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) is never condescending, lending warm acceptance to this gentle send-up of sci-fi TV and the phenomenon of fandom. Best of all is the splendid cast, including Sigourney Weaver as buxom blonde Gwen DeMarco; Alan Rickman as frustrated thespian Alexander Dane; Tony Shalhoub as dimwit Fred Kwan; Daryl Mitchell as former child-star Tommy Webber; and Enrico Colantoni as Thermian leader Mathesar, whose sing-song voice is a comedic coup de grâce. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • The Last Airbender [DVD] The Last Airbender | DVD | (13/12/2010) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the Director of Sixth Sense comes the highly anticipated live-action family adventure The Last Airbender based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon TV series. Air Water Earth and Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation led by Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz) a Waterbender and her brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) to restore balance to their war-torn world.

  • Men in Black III (Blu-ray 3D)[Region Free] Men in Black III (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (05/11/2012) from £3.14  |  Saving you £26.50 (88.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Agent Jay travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with a younger version of Agent Kay to stop an evil alien from destroying the future.

  • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind [Blu-ray] [1977] Close Encounters Of The Third Kind | Blu Ray | (03/12/2007) from £7.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (68.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Close Encounters Of The Third Kind is director Steven Spielberg's mesmerizing movie about Earth's encounter with spaceships and alien beings as experienced by one ordinary man. Richard Dreyfuss is Roy Neary a man who after encountering an unexplainable phenomenon one night becomes obsessed with discovering more to the dismay of his wife (Teri Garr) and family. Legendary French filmmaker Fran''ois Truffaut plays the head of a government agency hoping to attract the aliens to an isolated mountaintop in this unforgettable sci-fi thriller.

  • Mirrormask [2005] Mirrormask | DVD | (05/06/2006) from £3.31  |  Saving you £16.42 (82.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Enter A World Where Dreams Are Real... From the pen of acclaimed author Neil Gaiman comes Mirrormask a movie in the tradition of Jim Henson's fantasy films of the '80s. Mirrormask is the story of Helena a fifteen-year old girl working for her family circus who wishes - quite ironically - that she could run away and join the real world. However she soon finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands a fantastic landscape filled with giants Monkeybi

  • Men in Black III [DVD] Men in Black III | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £2.36  |  Saving you £17.63 (88.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Agent Jay travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with a younger version of Agent Kay to stop an evil alien from destroying the future.

  • The Time Machine [2002] The Time Machine | DVD | (27/05/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (64.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Reinterpreting HG Wells' The Time Machine, one of the most well-loved science fiction classics both as a book and in its 1960 film incarnation, was always going to risk critical condemnation. Yet despite all the problems experienced in making the film (reshoots, September 11 comparison fears, Guy Pearce breaking a rib), this new Time Machine is still great fun. Critics and naysayers may point at the obvious timeline gaffes, the lazy groundlaying for a sequel, or even the radical departure from Wells' scenario, but the film is still gorgeous to look at and imbued with a sense of carefree adventure. Pearce plays Professor Hartdegen with just the right touch of distraction turning into passionate resolve. The secondary cast all manage to make something of their brief on-screen appearances, too, notably Mark Addy as faithful friend Philby, Samantha Mumba as Morlock babe Mara and Jeremy Irons making more of his shadowy baddie than might be thought likely. The film's chief accomplishment is that it in no way supersedes the George Pal version. If anything, it enriches the spirit of fun it has happily inherited. On the DVD: The Time Machine 2002 incarnation has picture (2.35:1) and sound (Dolby 5.1) that are as pristine as you'd expect from so recent a digital FX extravaganza. In the extras department there's plenty to keep you busy: a gallery of production drawings, an action sequence animatic, three trailers, four mini-documentaries on stunts, FX, Morlocks and building the Time Machine. The only thing missing is anything acknowledging the 1960 version or the link with director Simon Wells (the author's great-grandson). Wells joins editor Wayne Wahrman for one commentary track dealing with the broad strokes of conceptualisation and changes along the way. Commentary two is from the Designer, FX Supervisor and Producer, so is naturally more technically focused. --Paul Tonks

  • Aliens in the Attic [DVD] [2009] Aliens in the Attic | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £5.59  |  Saving you £13.94 (69.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It's summer vacation but the Pearson family kids are stuck at a boring lake house with their nerdy parents. That is until feisty little green aliens crash-land on the roof with plans to conquer the house AND Earth! Using only their wits courage and video game-playing skills the youngsters must band together to defeat the aliens and save the world - but the toughest part might be keeping the whole thing a secret from their parents! Featuring an all-star cast including Ashley Tisdale Andy Richter Kevin Nealon and Tim Meadows Aliens In The Attic is the most fun you can have on this planet!

  • Men In Black Collector's Edition (1997) Men In Black Collector's Edition (1997) | DVD | (04/09/2000) from £2.75  |  Saving you £17.24 (86.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This imaginative comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty) is a lot of fun, largely on the strength of Will Smith's engaging performance as the rookie partner of a secret agent (Tommy Lee Jones) assigned to keep tabs on Earth-dwelling extra-terrestrials. There's lots of comedy to spare in this bright film, some of the funniest stuff found in the margins of the major action (a scene with Smith's character being trounced in the distance by a huge alien while Jones questions a witness is a riot.) The inventiveness never lets up, and the cast--including Vincent D'Onofrio doing frighteningly convincing work as an alien occupying a decaying human--hold up their end splendidly. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: This Collector's Edition disc contains a "Visual Commentary" that features director Barry Sonenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones in an anecdotal conversation, but with the unique twist that they are displayed as silhouettes on your TV screen (imagine you're sitting in the back row of the cinema and they are up front) using a pointer to highlight particular events on screen. If you have a widescreen TV, the menu prompts you to switch to 4:3 mode to see this. There is also a "Visual Effects Scene Deconstruction" in which the tunnel scene and the Edgar Bug fight scene are dissected into their constituent parts; an in-depth documentary, "Metamorphosis of MIB", which charts the progress of the concept from comic book to screen; five "Extended and Alternate" scenes; trailers, including a teaser for MIB II; and Will Smith's "Men in Black" music video. --Mark Walker

  • A Christmas Carol [DVD] A Christmas Carol | DVD | (20/09/2010) from £6.37  |  Saving you £-3.38 (-113.00%)  |  RRP £2.99

    Standing out in the crowded field of screen adaptations of the classic Dickens novel A Christmas Carol is hard to do, but this version pulls it off. When a transparent Jacob Marley walks through Ebenezer Scrooge's apartment door, you know you're seeing something both timeless and contemporary. Other strategically placed special effects--a funnel cloud that transports Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present, the hollow spectre of Christmas future--keep you riveted without slipping into anachronism. But, as good as the technology is, the performances are what really power this 93-minute television interpretation. Patrick Stewart brings a depth to Scrooge that allows the character to go beyond the cartoonish qualities that have made him a Christmas mainstay. That doesn't mean he's any less heartless with his hapless employee Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant) or any less dismissive of his well-meaning nephew. A frail-looking Joel Grey makes an excellent ghost of Christmas past, and a superb cast ably fill the remaining roles. Director David Jones, shooting on location in England and at Ealing Studios, has achieved a balance of science and sentiment that will help this version hold up for many years to come. --Kimberly Heinrichs

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [2005] The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £4.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (76.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Douglas Adams's long-awaited film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy based on his five-book series is a funny wacky highly creative ride through a bizarre universe. Martin Freeman stars as Arthur Dent a British everyman suddenly thrust into intergalactic intrigue when the earth is destroyed by the Vogons to make room for an interspatial highway. Arthur travels the skyways with good friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) an alien writer for an electronic encyclopedia called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Things get downright dangerous - and absolutely hysterical - when Arthur and Ford thumb a ride with the president of the universe two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox (a wild and crazy Sam Rockwell); earthling Tricia McMillan (Zooey Deschanel) whom Arthur once had a thing for back in England; and a perpetually depressed robot named Marvin (voiced by Alan Rickman played by Warwick Davis). With much of the galaxy after them the motley crew makes its way toward a super-computer that just might be able to provide them with the ultimate question; they already know the answer.

  • Tron Legacy [DVD] [2010] Tron Legacy | DVD | (18/04/2011) from £2.76  |  Saving you £15.23 (84.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Disney presents a high-tech motion picture unlike anything you've ever seen. Immerse yourself in the digital world of Tron as celebrated actor Jeff Bridges stars in a revolutionary visual effects adventure beyond imagination. When Flynn the world's greatest video game creator sends out a secret signal from an amazing digital realm his son discovers the clue and embarks on a personal journey to save his long-lost father. With the help of the fearless female warrior Quorra father and son venture through an incredible cyber universe and wage the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Bring home an unrivaled entertainment experience with Tron: Legacy - complete with never-before-seen bonus features that take you even deeper into the phenomenal world of Tron.

  • Inkheart [Blu-ray] [2008] Inkheart | Blu Ray | (13/04/2009) from £5.59  |  Saving you £18.50 (74.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings; Capricorn and Basta two villains and Dustfinger a fire-eater. However Mo is kidnapped and its up to his daughter Meggie and her friends to rescue him!

  • Doctor Strange Doctor Strange | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £4.79  |  Saving you £11.20 (70.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Dr. Stephen Strange embarks on a wondrous journey to the heights of a Tibetan mountain where he seeks healing at the feet of the mysterious Ancient One. But before his wounds can mend Strange must first let go of his painful past and awaken a gift granted to very few. The gift of magic. Empowered as the new Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange now tests his limits rising up against monsters that push at the gates facing the most terrifying entity humankind has ever known.

  • Fantastic Four (1 Disc) Fantastic Four (1 Disc) | DVD | (02/12/2005) from £2.64  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Prepare for the fantastic! The lifelong dream of inventor astronaut and scientist Dr. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) is close to being realized. He is spearheading a trip to outer space to the center of a cosmic storm. There he hopes to unlock the secrets of the human genetic codes for the benefit of all humanity. Extensive government grant cutbacks nearly dashed the visionary's hopes of the historic flight until Reed accepted a financing deal with his old college rival Vic

  • The Animatrix [2003] The Animatrix | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £2.65  |  Saving you £10.00 (71.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The Animatrix is a series of nine stories by different directors set in the Matrix universe, all of them conceived and commissioned by the Wachowski brothers. They demonstrate an eclectic mix of anime animation styles, stories and characters, most of which intertwine with the narrative of the first sequel, The Matrix Reloaded. The first and most impressive is the Final Flight of the Osiris (from the director of Final Fantasy). In a breathtaking computer-generated short that would have worked well as a pre-title sequence for the second film, the crew of the ill-fated Osiris discover the sentinel army and the machines drilling towards Zion. This most filmic of the offerings guides fans into the more individualistic animated styles of the subsequent features. The second and third instalments, The Second Renaissance, Parts 1 & 2, turn the tables on the man vs. machines battle by telling the story of the emergence of artificial intelligence and the ensuing (mostly human instigated) carnage leading up to the subjugation of the human race. The remaining features are: Kid's Story (directed by anime supreme Shinichiro Watanabe), which introduces us to the Kid, who also features in Reloaded; Program and World Record, written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, better known for schlock horror anime Vampire Hunter B; Beyond, which tells what happens when ordinary people discover bugs in the system; A Detective Story, a homage to film noir as PI Ash is hired to track Trinity; and the distinctly psychedelic Matriculated. The standard of animation is high throughout, even where the storylines are confused (and in one or two cases little more than conceptual). This is a fascinating collection of shorts that will appeal to Matrix and anime fans alike, as well as shedding light on some of the more obtuse plot machinations of Reloaded. On the DVD: The Animatrix is primarily a visual offering, so it's good to see that this anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 video transfer is near-perfect, with CGI extravaganza signature short The Final Flight of the Osiris being about as stunning as is possible on a small screen. Extras are plentiful: the commentaries for The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2 are in Japanese with English subtitles; there are two more commentaries, for Program and World Record. There are also some features, including one on the history of anime and seven on the individual films in the series; the best of the latter is the featurette for Osiris, which goes into detail on the CGI and contains a "square celebrity death match" sequence of a modified Aki (from the Final Fantasy film) battling a sentinel. --Kristen Bowditch

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