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  • Coldplay - Live 2003 [UMD Universal Media Disc] Coldplay - Live 2003 | UMD | (01/10/2007) from £17.59  |  Saving you £-10.60 (-151.60%)  |  RRP £6.99

  • Cursed [UMD Universal Media Disc] Cursed | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (31.60%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • The Devil's Rejects [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Devil's Rejects | UMD | (26/12/2005) from £1.50  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Superman [UMD Mini for PSP] Superman | UMD | (20/10/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Modern blockbuster cinema came of age with the release of three huge science fiction/fantasy extravaganzas in the late 1970s. In 1978 Superman was the last of these, a gigantic hit unfairly overshadowed by Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Christopher Reeve is completely convincing as both Superman and mild-mannered alter ego Clarke Kent, sparking real chemistry with Margot Kidder's fellow reporter Lois Lane. Very much a film of two halves, the opening tells the origin of Superman from the apocalyptic fate of Krypton to his nostalgically rendered boyhood in the mid-West. After a wonderful sequence introducing the Fortress of Solitude the film changes gear as the adult Clarke Kent arrives in Metropolis and Superman battles arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). Though the tone becomes lighter and introduces comedy, Superman succeeds because Donner plays the titular character straight. From Marlon Brando's heavyweight cameo to the surprisingly wrenching finale, Superman unfolds as an epic modern myth, a spiritual fable for a secular age and a fantastic entertainment for the young at heart. With breathtaking production design, still special effects, gorgeous cinematography, thrilling set-pieces, wit, romance and John Williams' extraordinarily rich music score, Superman has the power to make you believe a man can fly.On the DVD: Superman is presented in an extended director's cut which adds eight minutes to the theatrical original. The restored material is so artfully integrated many viewers may not even notice, but it would have been nice to at least have the opportunity to watch the original via seamless branching. The sound has been remixed into extraordinarily powerful Dolby Digital 5.1--the superb main title sequence is worth the price alone--and the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is, except for some unavoidably grainy effects shots, pristine. The commentary by Richard Donner and writer Tom Mankiewicz reveals more about the background than all but the most dedicated fan will ever need to know, while film music aficionados will revel in the opportunity to listen to John Williams' score isolated in Dolby Digital 5.1. On the second side of the disc are a eight alternate John Williams music cues, a selection of deleted scenes and the screen tests of a variety of would-be Lois Lanes, introduced and with optional commentary by casting director Lynn Stalmaster. These are fascinating, and show how right for the part Margot Kidder really was. A DVD-ROM only feature presents the storyboards plus various Web features, while the real highlight is a 90-minute documentary divided into three sections covering pre-production, filming and special effects. The picture quality on all the extras is very good indeed. An enthralling package, DVD doesn't get much better than this. --Gary S Dalkin

  • X-Men [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2000] X-Men | UMD | (08/05/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (27.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin The Untold Story [UMD Universal Media Disc] Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin The Untold Story | UMD | (24/10/2005) from £16.59  |  Saving you £8.40 (33.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Silent Hill [UMD Mini for PSP] Silent Hill | UMD | (07/12/2007) from £4.98  |  Saving you £1.01 (16.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Aliens [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1986] Aliens | UMD | (27/03/2006) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Dumb And Dumber [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1994] Dumb And Dumber | UMD | (10/04/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Goonies [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1985] The Goonies | UMD | (13/03/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (39.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse [UMD Universal Media Disc] The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £2.45  |  Saving you £1.00 (5.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Jackass - The Movie [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2002] Jackass - The Movie | UMD | (28/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Long Good Friday [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Long Good Friday | UMD | (06/03/2006) from £6.97  |  Saving you £-8.12 (-135.60%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Christmas With The Kranks [UMD Universal Media Disc] Christmas With The Kranks | UMD | (14/11/2005) from £9.98  |  Saving you £5.40 (27.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Slapstick humor gets a full-body workout in Christmas with the Kranks. Critics were unanimous in their derision, and John Grisham must have gnashed his teeth over what studio-boss-turned-director Joe Roth did to his bestselling novel Skipping Christmas, to which this broad-stroked comedy bears little or no resemblance. The title characters are played by Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, who decide to skip Christmas because their daughter's in Peru with the Peace Corps. Thus begins a rabid program of enforced conformity when their neighbors (led by Dan Aykroyd) coerce the Kranks into changing their holiday attitude--a change that comes easily when the daughter announces she'll be home for Christmas after all. Imagine if a suburban lynch mob said "Have a Merry Christmas or we'll kill you," and you'll get some idea of what spending Christmas with the Kranks is really like. And if you laughed at the frozen cat, you're probably on Santa's "naughty" list. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Mummy Returns [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Mummy Returns | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [UMD Universal Media Disc] Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £6.00  |  Saving you £10.40 (47.30%)  |  RRP £21.99

    How's this for impressive trivia: Dodgeball faced off against The Terminal in opening-weekend competition, and 29-year-old writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber aced Steven Spielberg by a score of $30 to $18.7 in US box-office millions. That's no mean feat for a newcomer, but Thurber's lowbrow script and rapid-fire direction--along with a sublime cast of screen comedians--proved to be just what moviegoers were ravenous for: a consistently hilarious, patently formulaic romp in which the underdog owner of Average Joe's Gym (Vince Vaughan) faces foreclosure unless he can raise $50,000 in 30 days. The solution: a dodgeball tournament offering $50K to the winners, in which Vaughan and his nerdy clientele team up against the preening, abhorrently narcissistic owner (Ben Stiller) of Globo Gym, who's threatening a buy-out. That's it for story; any 5-year-old could follow it with brainpower to spare. But Thurber, Vaughan, Stiller, and their well-cast costars (including Stiller's off-screen wife, Christine Taylor) keep the big laughs coming for 96 nonsensical minutes. With spot-on cameos by champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong, David Hasselhoff, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris, and William Shatner, and a crudely amusing coda for those who watch past the credits, Dodgeball is no masterpiece, but you can bet Spielberg was unexpectedly humbled by its popular appeal. --Jeff Shannon

  • Elf [UMD Universal Media Disc] Elf | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Shawshank Redemption [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1994] The Shawshank Redemption | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Paula Rego - Telling Tales [DVD] [UMD Mini for PSP] Paula Rego - Telling Tales | UMD | (10/08/2009) from £9.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Born in Portugal Paula Rego is one of Britain's leading artists. This intimate film follows the artist from her retrospective at the Reina Sofia in Madrid back to the privacy of her studio in London while she talks with humour and candour about her compulsion to produce works that though accessible deal with the most private themes.

  • Robots [UMD Universal Media Disc] Robots | UMD | (19/09/2005) from £23.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (5.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The delightful designs of William Joyce (writer/illustrator of such popular children's books as George Shrinks and Bently & Egg) make Robots a joy to behold. The round, bouncy, and ramshackle forms of hero Rodney Copperbottom and his computer-animated friends are part of an ornate a universe of elaborate contraptions and gleaming metallic surfaces. Rodney (voiced with a hint-of-Scottish lilt by Ewan McGregor) is a young inventor who sets off for Robot City to work for Big Weld (Mel Brooks), the supreme inventor of the mechanical world. But upon his arrival, Rodney discovers that Big Weld has disappeared, and the slick, shiny Ratchet (Greg Kinnear, As Good As It Gets) is phasing out the spare parts that lumpen robots need to function and replacing them with "upgrades"--expensive and glistening new exoskeletons. Unfortunately, from this suitable beginning, the story degenerates into a series of action sequences that make very little sense, though some are kinetic and fun (though others are only there to serve the inevitable Robots video game). Most kids will enjoy the sheer visual pleasure of the movie, but compared to the narrative richness of Pixar movies like The Incredibles and Toy Story, that pleasure is pretty short-lived. Also featuring the voices of Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, and many, many more. --Bret Fetzer

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