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  • 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

  • The World Is Not Enough [UMD Mini for PSP] The World Is Not Enough | UMD | (01/12/2008) from £3.25  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    In his 19th screen outing The World is Not Enough, Ian Fleming's super-spy is once again caught in the crosshairs of a self-created dilemma: as the longest-running feature-film franchise, James Bond is an annuity his producers want to protect, yet the series' consciously formulaic approach frustrates any real element of surprise beyond the rote application of plot twists or jump cuts to shake up the audience. This time out, credit 007's caretakers for making some visible attempts to invest their principal characters with darker motives--and blame them for squandering The World is Not Enough's initial promise by the final reel. By now, Bond pictures are as elegantly formal as a Bach chorale, and this one opens on an unusually powerful note. A stunning pre-title sequence reaches beyond mere pyrotechnics to introduce key plot elements as the action leaps from Bilbao to London. Pierce Brosnan undercuts his usually suave persona with a darker, more brutal edge largely absent since Sean Connery departed. Equally tantalising are our initial glimpses of Bond's nemesis du jour, Renard (Robert Carlyle), and imminent love interest, Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), both atypically complex characters cast with seemingly shrewd choices and directed by the capable Michael Apted. The story's focus on post-Soviet geopolitics likewise starts off on a savvy note, before being overtaken by increasingly Byzantine plot twists, hidden motives and reversals of loyalty superheated by relentless (if intermittently perfunctory) action sequences. Bond's grimmer demeanour, while preferable to the smirk that eventually swallowed Roger Moore whole, proves wearying, unrelieved by any true wit. The underlying psychoses that propel Renard and Elektra eventually unravel into unconvincing melodrama, while Bond is supplied with a secondary love object, Denise Richards, who is even more improbable as a nuclear physicist. Ultimately, this world is not enough despite its better intentions. --Sam Sutherland, Amazon.com On the DVD: There are three different documentaries on this disc, as well as a "Secrets of 007" featurette that cuts between specific stunt sequences, behind-the-scenes footage and storyboards to reveal how it was all done, and a short video tribute to Desmond Llewelyn ("Q"), who died not long after this movie was released. The first "making of" piece is presented by an annoyingly chirpy American woman and is aimed squarely at the MTV market (most fascinating is watching her interview with Denise Richards in which the two orthodontically enhanced ladies attempt to out-smile each other). "Bond Cocktail" gamely distils all the essential ingredients that make up the classic Bond movie formula--gadgets, girls, exotic locations and lots of action. Most interesting of all is "Bond Down River", a lengthy dissection of the opening boat chase sequence. Director Michael Apted provides the first commentary, and talks about the challenges of delivering all the requisite ingredients. The second commentary is less satisfactory, since second unit director Vic Armstrong, production designer Peter Lamont and composer David Arnold have little in common. There's also the Garbage song video, and the booklet has yet more behind-the-scenes info. The anamorphic CinemaScope picture and Dolby digital sound are as spectacular as ever. --Mark Walker

  • The Day After Tomorrow [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Day After Tomorrow | UMD | (07/11/2005) from £14.30  |  Saving you £2.62 (11.90%)  |  RRP £21.99

  • 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

  • Serenity [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Serenity | UMD | (27/02/2006) from £19.37  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Matrix [UMD Mini for PSP] Matrix | UMD | (07/01/2008) from £1.75  |  Saving you £-1.49 (-24.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. Manufacturer: Boulevard Entertainment

  • Ben 10 - Race Against Time [UMD Mini for PSP] [2007] Ben 10 - Race Against Time | UMD | (02/08/2010) from £8.92  |  Saving you £-5.62 (-93.80%)  |  RRP £5.99

  • Matrix: Reloaded [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2003] Matrix: Reloaded | UMD | (25/11/2005) from £7.24  |  Saving you £5.75 (44.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Blade 2 [UMD Universal Media Disc] Blade 2 | UMD | (26/09/2005) from £4.45  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Stuart Little 3 [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Stuart Little 3 | UMD | (27/02/2006) from £19.37  |  Saving you £-6.38 (-49.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • 13 Ghosts [UMD Universal Media Disc] 13 Ghosts | UMD | (03/10/2005) from £17.59  |  Saving you £0.40 (2.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Ricky Gervais' Extras (Episodes 1-6) [UMD Universal Media Disc] Ricky Gervais' Extras (Episodes 1-6) | UMD | (28/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £21.99

  • The Royle Family - Series 1 [UMD Universal Media Disc] The Royle Family - Series 1 | UMD | (30/01/2006) from £14.61  |  Saving you £-4.62 (-46.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

  • WWE - Bret Hitman Hart - The Best There Is [UMD Universal Media Disc] WWE - Bret Hitman Hart - The Best There Is | UMD | (06/02/2006) from £19.37  |  Saving you £-6.38 (-49.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [UMD Universal Media Disc] Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story | UMD | (05/09/2005) from £11.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (47.30%)  |  RRP £21.99

    How's this for impressive trivia: Dodgeball faced off against The Terminal in opening-weekend competition, and 29-year-old writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber aced Steven Spielberg by a score of $30 to $18.7 in US box-office millions. That's no mean feat for a newcomer, but Thurber's lowbrow script and rapid-fire direction--along with a sublime cast of screen comedians--proved to be just what moviegoers were ravenous for: a consistently hilarious, patently formulaic romp in which the underdog owner of Average Joe's Gym (Vince Vaughan) faces foreclosure unless he can raise $50,000 in 30 days. The solution: a dodgeball tournament offering $50K to the winners, in which Vaughan and his nerdy clientele team up against the preening, abhorrently narcissistic owner (Ben Stiller) of Globo Gym, who's threatening a buy-out. That's it for story; any 5-year-old could follow it with brainpower to spare. But Thurber, Vaughan, Stiller, and their well-cast costars (including Stiller's off-screen wife, Christine Taylor) keep the big laughs coming for 96 nonsensical minutes. With spot-on cameos by champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong, David Hasselhoff, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris, and William Shatner, and a crudely amusing coda for those who watch past the credits, Dodgeball is no masterpiece, but you can bet Spielberg was unexpectedly humbled by its popular appeal. --Jeff Shannon

  • Constantine [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2005] Constantine | UMD | (25/11/2005) from £9.48  |  Saving you £3.51 (27.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Equlibrium [UMD Universal Media Disc] Equlibrium | UMD | (10/10/2005) from £10.00  |  Saving you £0.62 (3.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Monty Python And The Holy Grail [UMD Universal Media Disc] Monty Python And The Holy Grail | UMD | (31/10/2005) from £6.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Stuart Little [UMD Universal Media Disc] [1999] Stuart Little | UMD | (26/12/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

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

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