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  • Akira [UMD Universal Media Disc] Akira | UMD | (19/09/2005) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-1.62 (-12.50%)  |  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

  • 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

  • Dukes Of Hazzard [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Dukes Of Hazzard | UMD | (09/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £20.99

  • 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

  • Ronin [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1998] Ronin | UMD | (09/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

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

  • The Punisher [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Punisher | UMD | (01/09/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (72.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • The Pursuit Of Happyness [UMD Mini for PSP] [2006] The Pursuit Of Happyness | UMD | (14/05/2007) from £39.24  |  Saving you £-26.25 (-202.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast - Classic Albums  [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2001] Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast - Classic Albums | UMD | (19/03/2009) from £7.98  |  Saving you £7.01 (46.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The story behind the making of Iron Maiden's seminal heavy metal album 'The Number of the Beast'. Includes interviews with the band previously unseen footage of a live show at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1982 and cuts from many of the album's more memorable tracks including 'The Number of the Beast' 'Run To The Hills' and 'Children of the Damned'.

  • Mask Of Zorro, The / The Legend Of Zorro [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1998] Mask Of Zorro, The / The Legend Of Zorro | UMD | (06/03/2006) from £9.99  |  Saving you £-17.60 (-135.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Tim Burton's Corpse Bride | UMD | (06/02/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (44.80%)  |  RRP £20.99

  • 24 - Redemption [UMD Mini for PSP] [2008] 24 - Redemption | UMD | (09/03/2009) from £1.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

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  • Independence Day [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1996] Independence Day | UMD | (27/03/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (27.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

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

  • The Descent [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Descent | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £21.59  |  Saving you £3.40 (13.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • 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

  • Wedding Crashers [UMD Universal Media Disc] Wedding Crashers | UMD | (03/01/2006) from £15.38  |  Saving you £4.61 (23.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    With Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as a pair of brazen wedding crashers, this buddy/romantic comedy milks a few big laughs from its foolproof premise. Under the direction of David Dobkin (who previously worked with Wilson on Shanghai Knights), the movie ranges from bawdy romp to mushy romance, and that tonal identity crisis curtails the overall hilarity. But when the well-teamed co-stars are firing on all pistons with fast-paced dialogue and manic situations, belly laughs are delivered at a steady clip. Things get complicated when the guys infiltrate the family of the Treasury Secretary (Christopher Walken), resulting in a romantic pair-off between Vaughn and the congressman's oversexed daughter Gloria (Isla Fisher) while Wilson sincerely woos another daughter, Claire (Rachel McAdams), who's unhappily engaged to an Ivy League cheater (Bradley Cooper). Walken is more or less wasted in his role, but Jane Seymour and Henry Gibson make amusing appearances, and a surprise guest arrives late in the game for some over-the-top scene-stealing. It's all a bit uneven, but McAdams (considered by some to be "the next Julia Roberts") is a pure delight, and with enough laughs to make it easily recommended, Wedding Crashers will likely find its place on DVD shelves alongside other flawed but enjoyable comedies that embrace a naughtier, nastier brand of humour with no need for apologies. --Jeff Shannon

  • Van Helsing [UMD Universal Media Disc] Van Helsing | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £16.59  |  Saving you £3.40 (17.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Like a roller coaster ready to fly off its rails, Van Helsing rockets to maximum velocity and never slows down. Having earned blockbuster clout with The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, writer-director Stephen Sommers once again plunders Universal's monster vault and pulls out all the stops for this mammoth $148-million action-adventure-horror-comedy, which opens (sans credits) with a terrific black-and-white prologue that pays homage to the Universal horror classics that inspired it. The plot pits legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) against Dracula (the deliciously campy Richard Roxburgh), his deadly blood-sucking brides, and the Wolfman (Will Kemp) in a two-hour parade of outstanding special effects (980 in all) that turn Sommers' juvenile plot into a triple-overtime bonus for CGI animators. In alliance with a Transylvanian princess (Kate Beckinsale) and the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley), Van Helsing must prevent Dracula from hatching his bat-winged progeny, and there's so much good-humored action that you're guaranteed to be thrilled and exhausted by the time the 10-minute end-credits roll. It's loud, obnoxious, filled with revisionist horror folklore, and aimed at addicted gamers and eight-year-olds, but this colossal monster mash (including Mr. Hyde, just for kicks) will never, ever bore you. --Jeff Shannon

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

  • I Am Legend [UMD Mini for PSP] [DVD] I Am Legend | UMD | (28/04/2008) from £5.29  |  Saving you £-1.60 (-16.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A mainstream Hollywood actor who seems committed to igniting science fiction features, Will Smith chalked up another sizeable hit in the shape of I Am Legend, the latest cinematic adaptation of Richard Matheson?s book of the same name. This time, Smith plays Robert Neville, the last man on an Earth emptied by a deadly virus that he continues to try and find a working vaccine for. With just his dog for company, and the fear of the vampires that haunt the night never far away, I Am Legend quickly establishes itself as a taut, highly watchable blockbuster, with plenty of reasons to gnaw at your nail. Where I Am Legend really scores is in the excellent first half. The scenes of a deserted New York are quite staggering, and it?s also to Smith?s immense credit that he holds the attention even though for the most part he?s the only person on the screen. It?s a quite wonderful opening hour that the film enjoys, and one that easily stands repeat viewings alone. The back half of I Am Legend is, almost inevitably, not quite the match of what?s gone before, as the threats of the night don?t, when you finally see them, live up to expectations. Nonetheless, for Smith?s performance, and the sheer quality of the build up, I Am Legend can stand side-by-side with the last take on the story, the Charlton Heston-starrer The Last Man On Earth. Take either home, and you?re in for a rollicking good night in front of the telly. --Jon Foster

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