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Tokyo Story (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (19/07/2010)
from £8.29 | Saving you £11.70 (58.50%) | RRP
Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece Tokyo Story is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty expectation and regret. From the simple tale of the elderly Hirayma couple's visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation. A constant fixture of critics' polls Tokyo Story is now available for the first time on Blu-ray from the BFI. Also contains full length feature Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family a sharp critique of bourgeois frivolity as an extra.
Beauty and the Beast (DVD + Blu-ray, with DVD Packaging) | Blu Ray | (01/11/2010)
from £10.44 | Saving you £13.55 (56.50%) | RRP
The film that officially signalled Disney's animation renaissance (following The Little Mermaid) and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself), Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman. (The title song won the 1991 Best Song Oscar, and Menken's score scored a trophy as well.) The downright funniest song is "Gaston," a lout's paean to himself (including the immortal line, "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting"). "Be Our Guest" is transformed into an inspired Busby Berkeley homage. Since Ashman's passing, animated musicals haven't quite reached the same exhilarating level of wit, sophistication, and pure joy. --David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (10/12/2012)
from £10.67 | Saving you £19.32 (64.40%) | RRP
The revisionist version of natural history offered up in the Ice Age movies gets yet another twist in the fourth instalment, 10 years after Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth, and Scrat the squirrel made their chilly debut to hot box-office receipts. The lessons of family and loyalty in Continental Drift may seem a little warmed over, but the creatively constructed laughs, amusing voice characterisations, and inventive CGI animation are reason enough to keep the series viable for kids to giggle about and grown-ups to belly laugh over--sometimes for exactly the same reasons. Once again, acorn-addicted Scrat is the cause of some pretty important behind-the-scenes machinations. His dialogue-free antics also serve as a stand-alone subplot that could easily be a very clever short film of its own. This time the weasely rodent's addled obsession with the fruit of the oak is revealed as the cause of the formation of the world's continents as we now know them. He sets the story--and planet Earth--in motion while pursuing a little nut in a hyperactive prologue that causes underground rifts that in turn form the famous shapes of Australia, Africa, North America, and the outline of Italy (which it turns out is shaped like a boot for a very good reason). Above ground this means more global chaos for the herd of animals we've come to know so well. All the familiar voices reprise their wonderful roles as fissures in earth and ice separate Manny (Ray Romano) from his woolly wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) and boy-crazy teenager Peaches (Keke Palmer). With a killer continental shelf bearing down on them, mother and daughter lead the madcap pack of animal characters toward a safe meeting place while Manny, Diego (Denis Leary), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Sid's crazy granny (Wanda Sykes) drift away on an iceberg schooner into a newly vast open ocean. While floating into oblivion, the mismatched pack encounters a band of animal pirates piloting another slab of ship-shaped ice, captained by a crazed baboon named Gutt (Peter Dinklage), who's bent on resentment-based revenge. The motley crew provides a plethora of comic encounters and a new raft of excellent voice actors. Running a close second to Dinklage in ingenious casting is Jennifer Lopez as Shira, a sultry tiger who, don't cha know, ends up on the good ship and falling for Diego in the end. The adventures of both the land- and sea-based creatures are full of clever gags and densely constructed set pieces that may not be quite up to Pixar story standards, but are certainly always on the ball and executed with computer-animation acumen that is astonishingly lifelike for such an unreal-looking world. Scrat's misadventures act as interstitial connectors to the parallel heroes' journey stories until they ultimately intersect in a massively scaled finale. Even after all the melting and refreezing, the Ice Age world is still a hot commodity in the animated-franchise business and remains a good investment despite the constancy of global rifts in entertaining family fare. --Ted Fry
Despicable Me Triple Play (Blu-ray, DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (21/02/2011)
from £4.80 | Saving you £16.05 (61.80%) | RRP
In a happy suburban neighbourhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbours hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless little yellow minions we discover Gru (Steve Carell) planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes the moon!) to prove to his Mum (Julie Andrews) that he is better than the other super-villains especially the new kid on the block Vector (Jason Segal). Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays freeze guns and battle-ready vehicles for land and air he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. One of the world's greatest super-villains has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo Edith and Agnes in the box office hit Despicable Me.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (2 Blu-ray Disc Edition plus Bonus DVD) | Blu Ray | (02/11/2009)
from £10.95 | Saving you £9.59 (40.00%) | RRP
Bring the renewed and restored magic of Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs to life on hi-definition Blu-ray. This enchanting tale of a beautiful princess and an evil queen's spell also has seven other lovable reasons to watch! Be captivated by a classic like you've never seen it before! No film in history has captured the world's imagination like Walt Disney's first full-length animated masterpiece. Through Astonishing Blu-ray... high definition technology experience this timeless classic in its most spectacular presentation ever! With an all-new state-of-the-art digital restoration and Disney Enhanced High Definition sound the breathtaking animation and unforgettable music of the most revered Disney film of all time will enthral you like never before! Join the beautiful princess Snow White as she escapes her jealous stepmother the queen and befriends a lovable group of dwarfs. But when she falls under the queen's wicked spell only true love's kiss can save her.
Pinocchio | Blu Ray | (09/03/2009)
from £17.50 | Saving you £2.32 (8.90%) | RRP
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Walt Disney's Pinocchio! The legendary masterpiece that inspired millions to believe in their dreams has reawakened with an all-new state-of-the-art digital restoration that shines brilliantly on 2-disc DVD. Now for the first time ever the richly detailed animation unforgettable award-winning music (When You Wish Upon A Star) and heartwarming adventure-filled story comes to life like never before. Plus all-new dazzling bonus features transport you into Pinocchio's fantastic world! Join Geppetto's beloved puppet -- with Jiminy Cricket as his guide -- on a thrilling quest that tests Pinocchio's bravery loyalty and honesty virtues he must learn to become a real boy. The one and only Pinocchio will live on forever in the heart of anyone who has wished upon a star.
Up Superset (Disney Pixar) (2 Blu-ray Discs + 1 DVD Disc + 1 Digital Copy Disc) | Blu Ray | (15/02/2010)
from £6.99 | Saving you £21.00 (75.00%) | RRP
Alvin And The Chipmunks 2 - The Squeakquel | Blu Ray | (12/04/2010)
from £7.78 | Saving you £17.21 (68.90%) | RRP
Alvin and The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel brings back our favourite furry brothers Alvin Simon and Theodore. Because of a freak accident involving Alvin and Dave Seville they go to live with Dave Seville's cool cousin Toby and must enrol in school just like every other kid. School presents new challenges to these rock stars like dealing with peer pressure school sports and of course girls! By girls we mean the Chipettes who are managed by Ian Hawke the Chipmunks greedy former manager who wants to turn them into the next big thing. At the outset there is a rivalry between the Chipettes and the Chipmunks but in the end they realize that they make great friends and a great musical team!
High School Musical Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (02/11/2009)
from £23.75 | Saving you £0.24 (1.00%) | RRP
The Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical is a combination of backstage action and Grease without the unwholesome habits. Scoring record ratings at the time of its US January 2006 broadcast, it's a smash hit with tween audiences (ages 6 to 10), but appealing for all ages. At a New Year's Eve party, Troy (Zac Efron of the WB's Summerland) has a chance meeting with Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) when they share a karaoke song. Lo and behold, when school resumes, they discover that Gabriella has just transferred to Troy's East High School, a campus divided into tight cliques of jocks, cheerleaders, brainiacs, and skater dudes. Eager to recapture the magic they'd discovered during karaoke, Troy and Gabriella consider auditioning for the school's upcoming musical, much to the dismay of the school's frost queen/theatre goddess, Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody). Problem is, Troy is also the star of the basketball team and Gabrielle is being recruited to compete in the Scholastic Decathlon. Will they give up their cliques to start something new, or will they do as the show's first big anthem urges and "Stick to the Status Quo"? Well, this is a Disney movie, so maybe the sacrifices won't be that hard, and even the hints of romance are mild. This two-disc Remix Edition of High School Musical retains all the bonus features of the original DVD and adds 34 minutes of new features. Following a couple of minutes of red-carpet interviews from the DVD release party, "High School Reunion" (6 min.) gathers the cast for some more interviews, glimpses of their other Disney Channel credits, and appearances on the Teen Choice Awards. The longest feature is the dance-along, in which the cast teaches the choreography for "Get'cha Head in the Game" and "We're All in This Together." At 16 minutes, it allows for move-by-move instruction followed by half- and full-speed run-throughs, though they're facing the camera, so home participants will have to figure out the mirror image or simply ignore the left-right directions and do it backward. And because this is the Remix Edition, there are videos of the remixed versions of "Breaking Free" and "We're All in This Together" as well as a video of "Eres Tu," a Spanish version of "What I've Been Looking For" (the Ryan and Sharpay version) by Mexican band Belanova. Retained from the original DVD are the sing-along subtitles, the making-of featurette, the "Bop to the Top" rehearsal, and the music videos for "We're All in This Together" and "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." Not included in this version: the trivia-packed "pop-up edition" that debuted on the Disney Channel on Thanksgiving weekend 2006. So even if the Remix Edition is a little thin for two discs, fans will enjoy the new stuff while they wait for High School Musical 2. --David Horiuchi
The Wizard Of Oz | Blu Ray | (02/11/2009)
from £7.45 | Saving you £2.85 (12.40%) | RRP
We're Not In Kansas Anymore. We click our heels in anticipation. There's no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation The Wizard Of Oz brings us together - kids grown-ups families friends. The dazzling land of Oz a dream-come--true world of enchanted forests dancing scarecrows and singing lions wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured book series The Wizard Of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by American Film Institute. And this never-before-seen restoration looks and sounds better than ever. We invite you to embark for the Emerald City on the most famous road in movie history. Dorothy (Judy Garland) Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) Tin Woodman (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) await you on the Yellow Brick Road and Over the Rainbow.