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  • The Informant! [UMD Mini for PSP] The Informant! | UMD | (29/03/2010) from £1.49  |  Saving you £3.01 (30.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!, like the director's one-two Oscar® punch Erin Brockovich and Traffic, is an energetic exposé of corporate/criminal chicanery with wide-ranging implications for life in these United States. Not so much like those movies, it plays as hyper-caffeinated comedy. At its center is Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), a biochemist and junior executive at agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland who, in 1992, began feeding the FBI evidence of ADM's involvement in price fixing. Mark's motive for doing so is elusive, sometimes self-contradictory, and subject to mutation at any moment. To describe him as bipolar would be akin to finding the Marx Brothers somewhat zany. His Fed handlers, along with the audience, start thinking of him as a hapless goofball. Then they and we get blind-sided with the revelation of further dimensions of Mark's life at ADM, and the nature of the investigation, and the movie, changes. That will happen again. And again. It's Soderbergh's ingenious strategy to make us fellow travelers on Mark's crazy ride, virtually infecting us with a short-term version of his dysfunctional being. Props to screenwriter Scott Z. Burns for boiling down Kurt Eichenwald's 600-page book The Informant: A True Story without sacrificing coherence. And Matt Damon, bulked up by two stones and spluttering his manic lines from under a caterpillar mustache, reconfirms his virtuosity and his willingness to dive deep into such a dodgy personality. On the downside, despite a small army of comedians in cameo roles, The Informant! has nothing like the rich field of subsidiary characters encountered in Erin Brockovich and Traffic. That lack of vibrancy is aggravated by the dominance of prairie-flat Midwest speech patterns and cadences (most of the film unreels in Illinois), and the razzmatazz score by veteran tunesmith Marvin Hamlisch sounds like pep-rally music on an industrial film. Soderbergh also photographed the movie (under his pseudonym Peter Andrews), and his decision to show everything through a corn-mush filter turns it into a big-screen YouTube experience. --Richard T. Jameson

  • Garfield [UMD Universal Media Disc] Garfield | UMD | (06/03/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £21.99

  • Mrs Doubtfire [UMD Mini for PSP] [1993] Mrs Doubtfire | UMD | (09/03/2009) from £7.09  |  Saving you £-1.10 (-18.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • The Wedding Singer [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Wedding Singer | UMD | (26/09/2005) from £16.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (7.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Don't just think of The Wedding Singer as an Adam Sandler comedy--though it most certainly is that. But also think of it as the tip of the wave of the 1980s nostalgia craze. Set in the post-disco, new wave era, the film tells the story of Robbie Hart (Sandler), the king of small-town wedding-band singers, who once dreamt of being a rock star. His contentment with life shatters when his fiancée stands him up at the altar. After wallowing in self-pity (by musically attacking the next wedding couple he serenades) and swearing off women, he helps a new friend, Julia (Drew Barrymore), get ready for her impending nuptials--only to find himself falling in love with her. If you're a Sandler fan, you'll enjoy him as an actual adult, though a wise-cracking one. And dig all those kooky 80s reference jokes and that greatest-hits-of-early-MTV soundtrack. --Marshall Fine

  • Kung Fu Hustle [UMD Universal Media Disc] Kung Fu Hustle | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £3.50  |  Saving you £13.05 (65.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Movie-kinetics genius. Kung Fu Hustle takes the gleeful mayhem of Hong Kong action movies, the deadpan physical humor of silent comedies, and the sheer elasticity of Wile E. Coyote cartoons and fuses them into a spectacle that is simple in its joys and mind-boggling in its orchestration. A run-down slum has been poor but peaceful until a bunch of black-suited gangsters called the Axe Gang show up to cause trouble --and discover that, hidden among the humble poor, are three kung fu masters trying to live an ordinary life. But after these martial artists repulse the gang with their flying fists and feet, the gang leader hires a pair of assassins, whose arrival leads to the unveiling of more secrets, until both the screen and the audience are dizzy with hyperbolic fight artistry (choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping, who also choreographed MThe Matrix). Weaving through this escalating fury is a loudmouthed loser (writer/director/actor Stephen Chow) who suddenly finds himself having to live up to his bragging. Kung Fu Hustle more than lives up to the promise of Chow's previous film, Shaolin Soccer -- it's a movie made by an imagination unfettered by the laws of physics. Hugely entertaining. --Bret Fetzer

  • The Evil Dead [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Evil Dead | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-8.62 (-143.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Fawlty Towers [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1975] Fawlty Towers | UMD | (03/04/2006) from £21.61  |  Saving you £-15.62 (-260.80%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • National Lampoon's Vacation [UMD Mini for PSP] National Lampoon's Vacation | UMD | (07/01/2008) from £11.59  |  Saving you £-5.60 (-93.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Vacation paved the way for the John Hughes movie dynasty of the 1980s. Written by Hughes (who would go on to write, direct, and/or produce The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and so on) and directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Stuart Saves His Family), the first Vacation movie introduces us to the all-American Griswold family: father Clark (Chevy Chase), mother Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (future Hughes staple Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audrey (Dana Barron). They all pile into the car for a cross-country road trip to Walley World, stopping along the way to view the world's biggest ball of twine. John Candy, Imogene Coca, and Randy Quaid (as yokel Cousin Eddie) pop up along the way. The movie was a big hit, and was followed by several sequels--National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation--but this one is still probably the freshest and funniest of the bunch. --Jim Emerson

  • The Island [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] The Island | UMD | (09/01/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (44.80%)  |  RRP £20.99

    Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson lead an all-star cast as residents of an isolated high-tech compound. But when they discover they're actually clones and worth more dead than alive they stage a daring escape. Battling an unfamiliar environment and an armed team of mercenaries in hot pursuit they'll risk their lives and freedom to save those they left behind - and reveal the truth about The Island.

  • Final Destination 2 [UMD Universal Media Disc] Final Destination 2 | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £4.95  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Second Hand Lions [UMD Universal Media Disc] Second Hand Lions | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £17.48  |  Saving you £0.51 (2.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Final Destination [UMD Universal Media Disc] Final Destination | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • X-Files - I Want To Believe [UMD Mini for PSP] [2008] X-Files - I Want To Believe | UMD | (02/08/2010) from £2.25  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

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  • 101 Greatest Premiership Moments [UMD Universal Media Disc] 101 Greatest Premiership Moments | UMD | (21/08/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

  • 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

  • Resident Evil - Extinction [UMD Mini for PSP] [2007] Resident Evil - Extinction | UMD | (18/02/2008) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-1.62 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • The Business [UMD Mini for PSP] [2005] The Business | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • White Noise [UMD Universal Media Disc] White Noise | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £4.95  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

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

  • Aliens [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1986] Aliens | UMD | (27/03/2006) from £11.11  |  Saving you £4.88 (30.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

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