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  • Underworld Special Edition [UMD Universal Media Disc] Underworld Special Edition | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  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

  • Rush Hour 2 [UMD Universal Media Disc] Rush Hour 2 | UMD | (26/09/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • 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

  • Blade [UMD Universal Media Disc] Blade | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £11.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (33.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The recipe for Blade is quite simple; you take one part Batman, one part horror flick, and two parts kung fu and frost it all over with some truly campy acting. What do you get? An action flick that will reaffirm your belief that the superhero action genre did not die in the fluorescent hands of Joel Schumacher. Blade is the story of a ruthless and supreme vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) who makes other contemporary slayers (Buffy et al.) look like amateurs. Armed with a samurai sword made of silver and guns that shoot silver bullets, he lives to hunt and kill "Sucker Heads". Pitted against our hero is a cast of villains led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a crafty and charismatic vampire who believes that his people should be ruling the world, and that the human race is merely the food source they prey on. Born half-human and half-vampire after his mother had been attacked by a blood-sucker, Blade is brought to life by a very buff-looking Snipes in his best action performance to date. Apparent throughout the film is the fluid grace and admirable skill that Snipes brings to the many breathtaking action sequences that lift this movie into a league of its own. The influence of Hong Kong action cinema is clear, and you may even notice vague impressions of Japanese anime sprinkled innovatively throughout. Dorff holds his own against Snipes as the menacing nemesis Frost, and the grizzly Kris Kristofferson brings a tough, cynical edge to his role as Whistler, Blade's mentor and friend. Ample credit should also go to director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer, who prove it is possible to adapt comic book characters to the big screen without making them look absurd. Indeed, quite the reverse happens here: Blade comes vividly to life from the moment you first see him, in an outstanding opening sequence that sets the tone for the action-packed film that follows. From that moment onward you are pulled into the world of Blade and his perpetual battle against the vampire race. --Jeremy Storey

  • 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

  • Wolf Creek [UMD Universal Media Disc] Wolf Creek | UMD | (16/01/2006) from £1.99  |  Saving you £11.11 (61.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Open Season [UMD Mini for PSP] [2006] Open Season | UMD | (12/02/2007) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-1.62 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Rambo [UMD Mini for PSP] [2008] Rambo | UMD | (23/06/2008) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-1.62 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Pirates Of The Caribbean [UMD Universal Media Disc] Pirates Of The Caribbean | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £18.99

    You won't need a bottle of rum to enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, even if you haven't experienced the Disneyland theme-park ride that inspired it. There's a galleon's worth of fun in watching Johnny Depp's androgynous performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, a roguish pirate who could pass for the illegitimate spawn of rockers Keith Richards and Chrissie Hynde. Depp gets all the good lines and steals the show, recruiting Orlando Bloom (a blacksmith and expert swordsman) and Keira Knightley (a lovely governor's daughter). They set out on an adventurous quest to recapture the notorious Black Pearl, a ghost ship commandeered by Jack's nemesis Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a mutineer desperate to reverse the curse that left him and his (literally) skeleton crew in a state of eternal, undead damnation. Director Gore Verbinski (The Ring) repeats the redundant mayhem that marred his debut film Mouse Hunt, but with the writer's of Shrek he's made Pirates of the Caribbean into a special-effects thrill-ride that plays like a halloween party on the open seas. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Da Vinci Code [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Da Vinci Code | UMD | (16/10/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Grand Theft Auto [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1977] Grand Theft Auto | UMD | (01/01/1900) from £16.61  |  Saving you £-3.62 (-27.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [UMD Mini for PSP] Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | UMD | (19/05/2008) from £1.89  |  Saving you £-1.49 (-14.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    After years of rumours, it turns out that Tim Burton was the perfect visionary to film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway masterpiece, and the result is a macabre and moving musical movie as enthralling as anything Burton has ever done. The show's mix of gothic horror, Grand Guignol, very dark humor, and witty and beautiful music never was the stuff of traditional musical comedy, but it's a powerful work, and perhaps the richest of the late 20th century. In the movie, Burton's frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, plays Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder (an 19th-century legend who has been traced to a real-life barber). Helena Bonham Carter, another Burton mainstay, is Mrs. Lovett, the barber's partner-in-unspeakable-crime. It's no surprise that Depp is an excellent choice to convey Todd's brooding intensity and volcanic rage, but he can also sing a score that is so challenging it has often played in opera houses (though not with the same style as the Broadway original, Len Cariou, and he occasionally lapses into pop style). Bonham Carter is small of voice and lacks the humour of the original Broadway Lovett, Angela Lansbury, but she sings on pitch, in rhythm, and in character at the same time, which is no small feat for a Sondheim show. Aficionados will regret the loss of certain musical passages--"The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is just an instrumental overture and the chorus is gone altogether, among others, but the reassuring presence of orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and conductor Paul Gemignani ensures that the music feels right and sounds great. And the film's depiction of a Victorian London hellhole, with cinematography by Dariusz Wolski and costumes by Colleen Atwood, also looks and feels right. The excellent cast is filled out by Alan Rickman as the villainous Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as his seedy Beadle, Sacha Baron Cohen as a rival barber, Jamie Campbell Bower as the young lover Anthony, Jayne Wisener as his object of affection, and Ed Sanders as the young Toby. For fans of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp who don't think they like musicals, Sweeney Todd should be a revelation (though not for the squeamish, as the gore is intense and completely appropriate). For fans of Broadway and Sondheim, it's hard to imagine getting a better adaptation than this. The fact that there's no newly composed Oscar-bait song sung by a Josh Groban-type over the end credits only makes it better. --David Horiuchi

  • The Chronicles Of Riddick [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Chronicles Of Riddick | UMD | (24/10/2005) from £19.37  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • 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

  • The Longest Yard [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] The Longest Yard | UMD | (16/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Sin City [UMD Universal Media Disc] Sin City | UMD | (26/09/2005) from £19.09  |  Saving you £-0.10 (-0.50%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • WWE - Tombstone - The History Of The Undertaker [UMD Universal Media Disc] WWE - Tombstone - The History Of The Undertaker | UMD | (05/12/2005) from £6.40  |  Saving you £2.13 (16.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Layer Cake [UMD Universal Media Disc] Layer Cake | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Beowulf [UMD Mini for PSP] Beowulf | UMD | (07/01/2008) from £1.85  |  Saving you £-5.10 (-85.10%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge. Manufacturer: Boulevard Entertainment

  • Stuart Little 2 [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2002] Stuart Little 2 | UMD | (26/12/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

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