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  • Rush Hour [UMD Universal Media Disc] Rush Hour | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The plot line may sound familiar: Two mismatched cops are assigned as reluctant partners to solve a crime. Culturally they are complete opposites, and they quickly realize they can't stand each other. One (Jackie Chan) believes in doing things by the book. He is a man with integrity and nerves of steel. The other (Chris Tucker) is an amiable rebel who can't stand authority figures. He's a man who has to do everything on his own, much to the displeasure of his superior officer, who in turn thinks this cop is a loose cannon but tolerates him because he gets the job done. Directed by Brett Ratner, Rush Hour doesn't break any new ground in terms of story, stunts, or direction. It rehashes just about every "buddy" movie ever made--in fact, it makes films such as Tango and Cash seem utterly original and clever by comparison. So, why did this uninspired movie make over $120 million at the box office? Was the whole world suffering from temporary insanity? Hardly. The explanation for the success of Rush Hour is quite simple: chemistry. The casting of veteran action maestro Jackie Chan with the charming and often hilarious Chris Tucker was a serendipitous stroke of genius. Fans of Jackie Chan may be slightly disappointed by the lack of action set pieces that emphasize his kung-fu craft. On the other hand, those who know the history of this seasoned Hong Kong actor will be able to appreciate that Rush Hour was the mainstream breakthrough that Chan had deserved for years. Coupled with the charismatic scene-stealer Tucker, Chan gets to flex his comic muscles to great effect. From their first scenes together to the trademark Chan outtakes during the end credits, their ability to play off of one another is a joy to behold, and this mischievous interaction is what saves the film from slipping into the depths of pitiful mediocrity. --Jeremy Storey

  • Akira [UMD Universal Media Disc] Akira | UMD | (19/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Artist-writer Katsuhiro Ôtomo began telling the story of Akira as a comic book series in 1982 but took a break from 1986 to 1988 to write, direct, supervise, and design this animated film version. Set in 2019, the film richly imagines the new metropolis of Neo-Tokyo, which is designed from huge buildings down to the smallest details of passing vehicles or police uniforms. Two disaffected orphan teenagers--slight, resentful Tetsuo and confident, breezy Kanada--run with a biker gang, but trouble grows when Tetsuo start to resent the way Kanada always has to rescue him. Meanwhile, a group of scientists, military men, and politicians wonder what to do with a collection of withered children who possess enormous psychic powers, especially the mysterious, rarely seen Akira, whose awakening might well have caused the end of the old world. Tetsuo is visited by the children, who trigger the growth of psychic and physical powers that might make him a superman or a supermonster. As befits a distillation of 1,318 pages of the story so far, Akira is overstuffed with character, incident, and detail. However, it piles up astonishing set pieces: the chases and shootouts (amazingly kinetic, amazingly bloody) benefit from minute cartoon detail that extends to the surprised or shocked faces of the tiniest extra; the Tetsuo monster alternately looks like a billion-gallon scrotal sac or a Tex Avery mutation of the monster from The Quatermass Experiment; and the finale--which combines flashbacks to more innocent days with a destruction of Neo City and the creation of a new universe--is one of the most mind-bending in all sci-fi cinema. --Kim Newman

  • Fantastic Four [UMD Mini for PSP] Fantastic Four | UMD | (07/12/2007) from £5.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Predator [UMD Universal Media Disc] Predator | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £11.09  |  Saving you £10.90 (49.60%)  |  RRP £21.99

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

  • Rocky V [UMD Mini for PSP] [DVD] Rocky V | UMD | (19/12/2007) from £2.60  |  Saving you £0.60 (10.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • WWE - The Monday Night War [UMD Universal Media Disc] WWE - The Monday Night War | UMD | (29/08/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Surf's Up [UMD Mini for PSP] [2007] Surf's Up | UMD | (10/12/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Hitman [UMD Mini for PSP] Hitman | UMD | (30/06/2008) from £2.25  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    It?s hard not to feel like one has entered a certain dimension of video-game logic while watching Hitman, a lightly enjoyable action-suspense movie indeed based on a popular and bloody game about a mysterious hired gun with a bar-code tattoo on his bald head and a number (47) in lieu of a name. Living like a chaste monk while slipping past borders to kill his targets, 47 (Timothy Olyphant of Deadwood) moves like a determined shark and speaks softly to his contact at the enigmatic "the Organization," which raises cast-off children to become well-paid assassins. Fruitlessly pursued by an Interpol cop (Dougray Scott) who can never get sovereign governments to cooperate, 47 has no trouble slipping in and out of countries to ply his trade. Until, that is, he?s set up to take a fall in Russia by shooting a national leader who is promptly replaced by a lookalike double. Suddenly on the run, 47 has to retrace his steps and formulate a lethal plan for extricating himself from a trap. Caught in the chaos is the lovely Nika (Olga Kurylenko), forced into sex slavery by 47?s new enemies and the one person who seems uniquely qualified to break through 47?s many personal barriers. Directed by France?s Xavier Gens, Hitman features loads of bloody mayhem and unabashed moments of pulp absurdity, such as a scene in which 47 and three other Organization killers agree to fight one another respectfully, then proceed to pulverize each other with swords and fists. As fodder for gamers, however, Hitman is packed with visuals and dramatic moments that seem so odd on the big screen until one realizes they are basically placemarkers for the video-game edition. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • The Evil Dead [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Evil Dead | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Casino Royale [UMD Mini for PSP] [2006] Casino Royale | UMD | (19/03/2007) from £14.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • 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

  • Underworld Special Edition [UMD Universal Media Disc] Underworld Special Edition | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Underworld is a hybrid thriller that rewrites the rulebook on werewolves and vampires--imagine Blade meets The Crow and The Matrix. It's a "cuisinart" movie (blend a lot of familiar ideas and hope something interesting happens) in which immortal vampire "death dealers" wage an ancient war against "Lycans" (werewolves), who've got centuries of revenge--and some rather ambitious genetic experiments--on their lycanthropic agenda. Given his preoccupation with gloomy architecture (mostly filmed in Budapest, Hungary), frenetic mayhem and Gothic costuming, it's no surprise that first-time director Len Wiseman gained experience in TV commercials and the art departments of Godzilla, Men in Black and Independence Day. His work is all surface, no substance, filled with derivative, grand-scale action as conflicted vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale, who later became engaged to Wiseman) struggles to rescue an ill-fated human (Scott Speedman) from Lycan transformation. It's great looking all the way, and a guaranteed treat for horror buffs, who will eagerly dissect its many strengths and weaknesses. --Jeff Shannon

  • Stuart Little [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1999] Stuart Little | UMD | (26/12/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • 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

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

  • Black Hawk Down [UMD Universal Media Disc] Black Hawk Down | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £4.49  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2003] Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines | UMD | (05/12/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

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

  • WWE - Bret Hitman Hart - The Best There Is [UMD Universal Media Disc] WWE - Bret Hitman Hart - The Best There Is | UMD | (06/02/2006) from £19.37  |  Saving you £-6.38 (-49.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

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