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  • The Silence of the Lambs [UMD Mini for PSP] [DVD] The Silence of the Lambs | UMD | (11/08/2008) from £2.60  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Based on Thomas Harris's novel, Jonathan Demme's terrifying adaptation of Silence of the Lambs contains only a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat) and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: On disc one, the film itself looks clinically sharp in a faultless widescreen (1.85:1) anamorphic transfer, while the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack makes the most of the chilling sound effects and Howard Shore's masterfully understated score. Unlike the Region 1 Criterion Collection, however, there is no audio commentary at all. On the second disc, the all-new hour-long "making-of" documentary features contributions from the screenwriter, producer, composer, costume designer, make-up effects people and even the moth wrangler ("There were no moths harmed in the filming!") as well as Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill) and Anthony Hopkins, who talks at length about creating Lecter. Conspicuous by their absence are Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster. Aside from the usual trailers and stills gallery there are 21 deleted scenes, many of which are not whole scenes but deleted excerpts, a promotional featurette made in 1991 and an outtakes reel that proves the cast really did have fun making this scary picture. For those who want to scare all their friends, there's also an answerphone message from Anthony Hopkins "in character". --Mark Walker

  • Starship Troopers [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1997] Starship Troopers | UMD | (05/12/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (7.40%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • Cowboy Bebop [UMD Universal Media Disc] Cowboy Bebop | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Hollow Man [UMD Universal Media Disc] Hollow Man | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £9.51 (52.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Office - Series 1 [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Office - Series 1 | UMD | (17/10/2005) from £4.98  |  Saving you £8.33 (41.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Mighty Boosh - Series 1 [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Mighty Boosh - Series 1 | UMD | (27/04/2009) from £6.68  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Cursed [UMD Universal Media Disc] Cursed | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £4.43  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • Predator [UMD Mini for PSP] Predator | UMD | (10/12/2007) from £4.95  |  Saving you £-5.10 (-85.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior. Manufacturer: Boulevard Entertaiment

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

  • 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

  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2002] Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets | UMD | (20/03/2006) from £11.09  |  Saving you £12.90 (53.80%)  |  RRP £23.99

  • Kill Bill Volume 1 [UMD Universal Media Disc] Kill Bill Volume 1 | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £22.47  |  Saving you £-3.48 (-18.30%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • 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

  • Team America - World Police [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2004] Team America - World Police | UMD | (28/11/2005) from £19.37  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • 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

  • Herbie: Fully Loaded [UMD Universal Media Disc] Herbie: Fully Loaded | UMD | (28/11/2005) from £21.59  |  Saving you £-2.60 (-13.70%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • Kiss Of The Dragon [UMD Universal Media Disc] Kiss Of The Dragon | UMD | (05/12/2005) from £21.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (1.80%)  |  RRP £21.99

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

    Adam (Leigh Whannell) wakes up in a dank room across from Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) and the body of a guy who has blown his own brains out. Not a happy place, obviously, and it gets worse when both men realise that they've been chained and pitted against one another by an unseen but apparently omniscient maniac who's screwing with their psyches as payment for past sins. Director James Wan, who concocted this grimy distraction with screenwriter Whannell, has seen Seven and any number of other arty existential-psycho-cat-and-mouse thrillers, so he's provided Saw with a little flash, a little blood, and a lot of ways to distract you from the fact that it doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense. Wan and Whannell (who's not the most accomplished actor, either) pile on the plot twists, which after some initially novel ideas become increasingly juvenile. Elwes works hard but looks embarrassed, and the estimable Danny Glover suffers as the obsessed detective on the case. The denouement will probably surprise you, but it won't get you back the previous 98 minutes. --Steve Wiecking

  • Perfect Blue [UMD Universal Media Disc] Perfect Blue | UMD | (20/03/2006) from £2.25  |  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

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