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  • Scary Movie [2000] Scary Movie | DVD | (02/07/2001) from £3.04  |  Saving you £12.38 (68.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In Scary Movie we visit BA Corpse High School, where all the pupils are visibly in their late 20s and a masked madman (or two) is on the loose, slaughtering self-involved, pop-culture-obsessed kids while trying to get to virginal heroine Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris). The gang are still guilt-ridden over their semi-accidental killing of a fisherman last Halloween, while at least one has been driven homicidally mad by the cancellation of the Wayans Brothers television show. An old vaudeville motto has it that you can't kid a kidder, and the makers of this would have done well to remember MAD Magazine didn't run a satire of Airplane!. The obvious flaw in the canny plan to satirise Wes Craven's Scream films is that they were already comedies, playing as many self-referential tricks as anything from the Naked Gun team but with the added bonus of actual scary scenes. The joke about ageing starlets pretending to be high school kids was done in Scream 3, for instance, and Scary Movie keeps sending up scenes that were funnier "straight" and only really gets a good satirical victim when it turns to the somewhat sillier I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise. Director Keenen Ivory Wayans and his writing-acting brothers Marlon and Shawn show no real interest in the genre they're taking pot-shots at, suggesting that the point here was to lampoon something hot rather than (as in the best spoofs) growing from a mixture of affection and contempt. The only way Scary Movie can get a reaction is going for gross: heads skewered by dildos, slashed-out breast implants, tiny dick gags, a torrential gush of sperm washing the heroine against the ceiling, relentless fag jokes (a DVD-ROM "Gaydar" feature even enumerates these) and a lot of old Cheech and Chong marijuana routines. About one in 10 of the jokes crack a grudging smile, with riffs on recognisable bits from The Matrix and The Usual Suspects, and a nicely nasty irrelevant aside that makes fun of both Titanic and Amistad. The best moment is a "scenes we've always wanted to see" scene in which an obnoxious cinemagoer is murdered by an entire audience for talking on her mobile phone during Shakespeare in Love. On the DVD: the DVD is letterboxed to 2.35:1 and has Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks in English and Italian, with subtitles in English and Italian. Extras are seven brief scenes cut out of the film (none very funny), a matey behind-the-scenes featurette, DVD-ROM features (a useful function plays the film with all the jokes and in-references explained in subtitles) and the theatrical trailer. --Kim Newman

  • Scum [1977] Scum | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £5.82  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

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  • 3000 Miles To Graceland [2001] 3000 Miles To Graceland | DVD | (01/07/2002) from £9.66  |  Saving you £4.33 (31.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Made in 2001, 3000 Miles to Graceland is an action thriller with an all-star cast. Kevin Costner is the leader of an armed gang of robbers, all disguised as Elvis impersonators, evidently assuming that such garb will help them blend in discreetly in Las Vegas where they plan an Oceans Eleven-style heist. Among the other gang members are an under-used Christian Slater, Bokeem Woodbine and Kurt Russell (who once did play Elvis in a biopic), the most human and conscientious of this murderous bunch. When Costner double-crosses the gang, the film hares off in all directions across the mid-West, with Russell now accompanied by a resourceful white-trash Mom (Courteney Cox) and her bratty kid Jesse (David Kaye) as the film draws to a sensationally bloody denouement. Unfortunately, writer/director Demian Lichstenstein, previously best known for his music videos, has no idea how to handle or pull off this project. There's too much dead time between the spectacularly, ridiculously violent heist and the climax. Despite a seemingly prestige cast, none of the characters really engage us, though Costner impresses a little as a psycho convinced he's Elvis' son. 3000 Miles to Graceland feels like an effort on the part of some of the ageing or has-been actors belatedly to grab some of the John Woo/Tarantino action. However, Woo has a balletic sense of on-screen violence, while Tarantino's characters always had something quirkily compelling about them. Neither quality is really present in this movie, hence its failure at the box office. On the DVD: 3000 Miles to Graceland is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic format. Both the sound and visuals are immaculate, especially in the predictable explosion scenes. Extras include a trailer only and, frankly, that feels like more information than we need. --David Stubbs

  • Evil Dead [DVD] [2013] Evil Dead | DVD | (12/08/2013) from £4.59  |  Saving you £12.02 (66.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Evil Dead the highly anticipated reboot of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult-hit horror film The Evil Dead is produced by the original team of Rob Tapert Sam Raimi (Spider Man 3) and Bruce Campbell (Spider Man 3) and features a fresh young cast. Evil Dead is a bone-chilling film that combines all the raw excitement and gleeful gore of the acclaimed original with a series of shocking new twists. A remote cabin in the woods becomes a blood-soaked chamber of horrors when a group of 20-something friends unwittingly awakens an ancient demon in Evil Dead. Mia (Jane Levy) a young woman whose life has been marred by loss and addiction asks her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and their childhood friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to join her at the family's rustic cabin to help her overcome her demons. Once there she ceremoniously destroys the last of her stash and swears off drugs for good in front of her friends. Inside they are shocked to discover that the abandoned cabin has been broken into. The cellar has been transformed into a grotesque altar surrounded by dozens of mummified animals. Eric becomes fascinated with an ancient book he discovers there. In thrall to its mysterious contents he reads aloud from it never suspecting the terrifying consequences he is about to unleash.

  • The Collector [DVD] The Collector | DVD | (18/10/2010) from £4.85  |  Saving you £13.14 (73.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.

  • Unleashed Unleashed | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Serve no master. Written and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Louis Leterrier Unleashed features a fantastic performance from martial arts superstar Jet Li. On and beneath the mean streets of Glasgow fiery gangster Bart (Hoskins) is merciless with debtors would-be rivals and anyone else he takes a passing dislike to. Bart maintains his stranglehold through his unwitting enforcer Danny (Jet Li) who he has 'raised' since boyhood. Danny has been kept

  • Kill List [DVD] Kill List | DVD | (26/12/2011) from £5.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Ex-soldier turned contract killer, Jay (Neil Maskell), is pressured by his partner, Gal (Michael Smiley), into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark and disturbing world of the contract - aka the kill list - Jay begins to unravel once again - his fear and paranoia escalates.

  • Piggy [DVD] Piggy | DVD | (21/05/2012) from £2.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (85.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Tough, shocking and utterly compelling, Piggy is a dark and brutal tale of revenge and retribution on the mean streets of London.When his brother is murdered Joe finds solace in Piggy, an old family friend. Piggy helps Joe to cope with his grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother's killing. But as their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasingly dangerous world of violence and revenge. Soon Joe's life begins to collapse around him as he starts to question who Piggy really is, culminating in a brutal, disastrous climax that will stay with you forever.

  • Lust, Caution [2007] Lust, Caution | DVD | (28/04/2008) from £3.96  |  Saving you £16.03 (80.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Lust Caution is the new film from Ang Lee Director of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The film is based on a short story by the revered Chinese author Eileen Change. Shanghai 1942. Mrs. Mak a woman of sophistication and means walks into a caf places a phone call and then sits and waits. She remembers how her story began several years earlier in 1938 China. She is not in fact Mrs. Mak but shy Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei). With WWII underway Wong has been left behind by her father who has escaped to England. As a freshman at university she meets fellow student Kuang Yu Min (Wang Leehom). Kuang has started a drama society to shore up patriotism. As the theater troupe's new leading lady Wong realizes that she has found her calling she is able to move and inspire audiences - and Kuang. He convenes a core group of students to carry out a radical and ambitious plan to assassinate a top Japanese collaborator Mr. Yee (Tony Leung). Each student has a part to play; Wong will be Mrs. Mak who will gain Yee's trust by befriending his wife (Joan Chen) and then draw the man into an affair. Wong transforms herself utterly inside and out and the scenario proceeds as scripted - until an unexpectedly fatal twist spurs her to flee. Shanghai 1941. With no end in sight for the occupation Wong - having emigrated from Hong Kong - goes through the motions of her existence. Much to her surprise Kuang re-enters her life. Now part of the organized resistance he enlists her to again become Mrs. Mak in a revival of the plot to kill Yee who as head of the collaborationist secret service has become even more a key part of the puppet government. As Wong reprises her earlier role and is drawn ever closer to her dangerous prey she finds her very identity being pushed to the limit...

  • Taken [2008] Taken | DVD | (09/02/2009) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In Taken Liam Neeson stars as Bryan an ex-soldier who is forced to embark on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after she is abducted by slave traders.

  • 44 Inch Chest [DVD] [2009] 44 Inch Chest | DVD | (10/05/2010) from £1.75  |  Saving you £10.80 (72.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A jealous husband and his friends plot the kidnapping of his wife's lover with the intention of restoring his wounded ego.

  • A History of Violence A History of Violence | DVD | (20/03/2006) from £2.79  |  Saving you £17.20 (86.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Everyone has something to hide. Loosly based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke A History Of Violence is the latest film from Canadian auteur David Cronenburg . Tom Stall is a loving family man and a well respected citizen of a small Indiana town. But when two savage criminals show up at his diner Tom is forced to take action and thwart the robbery attempt. Suddenly heralded as a hero who took the courage to stand up to crime people look up to Tom

  • Where The Truth Lies [2005] Where The Truth Lies | DVD | (24/04/2006) from £4.96  |  Saving you £11.03 (69.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In the 50's Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth) are the most beloved entertainers in America. A classic duo - Lanny is the manic comedian while Vince is his cool and collected straight man-the boys know how to make audiences roar with laughter at their jokes or shed tears at one of their famous telethons. They are at the top of their game wealthy powerful and enormously popular when something terrible happens to threaten their success. Inexplicably a de

  • Saw VI [Blu-ray] [2009] Saw VI | Blu Ray | (08/03/2010) from £7.49  |  Saving you £17.50 (70.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Saw' returns for the sixth time in another sadistic and sensational chapter of gruesome morality games. As the Feds close in on the sinister Detective Hoffman the full scale and scope of Jigsaw's horrifying grand vision starts to become apparent. Terrifying stuff from the writers of 'Feast'. The Game Comes Full Circle The deathly traps and cunning plotting return for this sixth entry in the hugely popular SAW film series. The editor for all of the previous films Kevin Greutert makes his directorial debut with this picture once again written by FEAST writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. With Special Agent Stahm (Scott Patterson) dead the sinister Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) has emerged to carry on Jigsaw's murderous work. With the FBI drawing ever closer to maniacal Hoffman the detective is cornered into setting yet another gruesome game in motion: a blood-drenched pursuit that will finally shed light on the really reasons behind Jigsaw's grand scheme.

  • Watchmen (1 Disc) [DVD] [2009] Watchmen (1 Disc) | DVD | (27/07/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £16.45 (82.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Everybody's favourite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumours and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton

  • Ravenous [1999] Ravenous | DVD | (22/10/2001) from £5.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (53.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    When was the last time you saw a new movie set during the 1840s? The era is the first oddball thing about Ravenous, though by no means the last. This provocatively weird movie is essentially a vampire film except that instead of drinking blood the baddies eat flesh. The setting here is Fort Spencer, a dismal collection of shacks huddled in the snows of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Mid-winter, a nearly dead Scotsman (Robert Carlyle, of Trainspotting and The Full Monty fame) staggers into camp with a story of desperate cannibalism. The skeleton crew (so to speak) manning the fort sets out to investigate, when... ah, but the twists and turns of this dark yarn should remain shocking. Be assured, however, that the cannibalism has just begun; this movie has cannibalism like Titanic had an iceberg. British director Antonia Bird (Priest) blends some humour into this scenario, especially in the final reels, but otherwise this is a fairly serious gore picture; the studio who released this film tried to market it as a black comedy, and the movie flopped anyway. It deserves a better fate--at the very least, it's not quite like anything else out there. The soundtrack a brilliant collaboration between Michael Nyman (The Piano) and Blur's Damon Albarn, is an offbeat blend of period twang and modern drone. Carlyle and Guy Pearce (of L.A. Confidential and the Aussie soap Neighbours) are fascinating in the lead roles--their sunken faces would look at home in Civil War photographs--and the eccentric supporting cast, including Jeremy Davies and David Arquette, adds flavour to the dish. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • Shaft [2000] Shaft | DVD | (09/04/2001) from £2.95  |  Saving you £12.52 (78.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Samuel L. Jackson makes a gleefully updated John Shaft in John Singleton's homage (not remake) to the early 1970s action classic, picking up where Richard Roundtree's legendary Shaft left off. The Manhattan-set film features excellent performances, dynamic action scenes and witty one-liners (Jackson's Shaft: "It's my duty to please the booty"--although the line's deceptive: there's a surprising lack of sex in the film). Unfortunately, it's offset by a surprisingly uninspired, predictable, one-dimensional story, penned by Singleton, Richard Price and Shane Salerno. The story, in which Shaft investigates the murder of a young African American, is without suspense, since from the start the audience knows that rich white boy Walter Wade (Christian Bale) did the deed and that Shaft is going to kick his ass, big time. That said, charismatic performances--from Jackson (who, in keeping with the times, is more volatile and fiery than his predecessor), Toni Collette (as a frightened witness), the villainous Bale and the utterly amazing Jeffrey Wright (Basquiat)--make the film enticing and watchable. Look for a cameo by the original Shaft's director, the legendary Gordon Parks, and fans of the original should note that a still stunningly handsome Roundtree briefly appears as Jackson's uncle. --N.F. Mendoza, Amazon.com

  • Saw [Blu-ray] [2004] Saw | Blu Ray | (30/03/2009) from £3.59  |  Saving you £11.40 (76.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    How much blood would you shed to stay alive? Awakening from a drugged stupor Dr Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) finds himself chained to a pipe in a dingy bathroom with another man (Leigh Whannell) in the same situation across the room. The men are the latest victims of the Jigsaw Killer a maniac who uses elaborate traps to test his victims' dedication to life. Given six hours a hacksaw and a bullet Dr. Gordon tries to figure out a way to freedom hoping his kidnapped family (including Monica Potter) can survive the nightmare as well. Hot on the Jigsaw's trail is Detective David Tapp (Danny Glover) an equally as insane cop who was once the victim of the Jigsaw's evil scheme.

  • Pulp Fiction [1994] Pulp Fiction | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £3.50  |  Saving you £11.57 (64.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • All The Boys Love Mandy Lane [2006] All The Boys Love Mandy Lane | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £2.29  |  Saving you £15.70 (87.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Mandy Lane. Beautiful. Untouched. High school royalty waiting to be crowned. Since the dawn of Junior year men have tried to possess her. Some have even died in reckless pursuit of this 16 year-old Texas angel. Chloe and Red invite Mandy out to Red's family ranch for the weekend. Mandy sees it as an excellent opportunity to cement her new friendships. The boys see it as an opportunity to finally get with Mandy Lane. Driving across the Texas landscape the kids begin to gently chip away at the wall that surrounds her. Joints are smoked. A keg is stolen off a beer truck. Pills are crushed to fine powder and inhaled. Mandy observes it all with the gentle interest of a foreign tourist. And they love her for it. At the ranch all the boys start to make their move - each one hoping to be the first to attain the unattainable Mandy Lane. However as night falls and the booze drugs and hormones take over things are said and advances made which can never be reversed. Suddenly sweet Mandy finds herself pit in a brutal struggle for survival against someone whose interest she has rejected. Forget reading writing and arithmetic. In high school learning to be yourself and not succumbing to peer pressure is the ultimate test. And this is one exam that Mandy is determined not to fail.

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