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  • Gremlins [1984]Gremlins | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.17   |  Saving you £10.08 (257.80%)   |  RRP £13.99

    When his absent-minded father gives young Billy Pelzer (Zach Galligan) a new pet, he warns him to abide by three rules. The rules get broken, of course, and the pet--a cute Mogwai named Gizmo--unwittingly gives birth to the vicious Gremlins who proceed to terrorise the town. Although the long shadow of Producer Steven Spielberg hangs over Joe Dante's 1984 comedy Gremlins almost as much as it did over Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist (1982), Dante doesn't allow it to overwhelm his own quirky style too much. Glimpses of Robbie the Robot and The Time Machine (which promptly disappears) at an inventors' convention reveal his passion for old-movie references (which culminated with Matinee, 1993). Aided and abetted by Spielberg's guidance and a script by Chris Columbus (who would go on to direct and produce the Home Alone franchise) and a music score by Jerry Goldsmith, Dante had all the help he needed to make the biggest hit of his career. Much of the humour derives from Dante's playful handling of the setting in Smallsville, USA, whose inhabitants are as much the target of his satire as they are of the Gremlins' unwanted solicitations. The xenophobic neighbour who warns prophetically of "gremlins" in foreign cars and machinery provides a subtext for the attack on homely American values, as does showing Invasion of the Body Snatchers on TV while the wicked Gremlins hatch. The sight of the little tykes cavorting in a bar, getting drunk and even dancing in pink leggings looks suspiciously like a satirical dig at the whole 1980's culture of selfishness: with their destructive impulses and overindulgences the Gremlins are the ultimate egotistical yuppies. As with many Spielberg projects, the bland hero saves the day for nostalgic, old-fashioned values, but there are plenty of laughs along the way--for example in the now-classic scene when the hero's mother fights off Gremlins in the kitchen by stuffing them in the blender and microwave. Dante's 1990 sequel is even more satirically pointed, and he effectively remade the original with Small Soldiers (1998), replacing Gremlins with toys. On the DVD: Disappointingly, there are no extra features at all here, aside from subtitles and "interactive menus"--which simply means there is an onscreen menu and it works. --Mark Walker

  • Gremlins 1&2 [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]Gremlins 1&2 | Blu Ray | (10/02/2020) from £15.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Gremlins Gremlins is a widly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you'll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules are broken. With sly special effects that dazzle and enchant, Gremlins is what superior popular moviemaking is all about (Richard Corliss, Time). Gremlins 2 - The New Batch The Rules are the same but the laughs are bigger and the thrills are better. this time, Billy and everyone's favourite Mogwai, Gizmo, must face off against a new batch of Gremlins who definitely think thet New York is their kind of town. Extras Gremlins: Over 10 Minutes of Footage Not Seen in Cinemas Making-of-Featurette Two Commentaries: 1) Director Joe Dante, Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller and Howie Madel 2) Director Joe Dante, Producer Michael Finnell and Special Effects Artist Chris Walas - Photo/Storyboard Gallery - Theatrical Trailers Gremlins 2: Over 20 minutes of never before seen footage. Behind-the-scenes documentary, Commentary by Director Joe Dante, Actor Zach Galligan, Writer Charlie Haas and Producer Michael Finnel, Gag Reel

  • The Terminator Collection: Terminator 1 & 2 (Special Editions)The Terminator Collection: Terminator 1 & 2 (Special Editions) | DVD | (21/07/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    This Terminator 1 & 2 DVD box set contains the first two movies, both in their two-disc special edition versions. Please follow the links below to read our reviews of each: The Terminator two-disc set Terminator 2: Judgment Day Ultimate Edition two-disc set

  • The Howling [Blu-ray]The Howling | Blu Ray | (09/10/2017) from £8.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    An instant werewolf classic, The Howling was directed by Joe Dante, a graduate of Roger Corman's school of low-budget ingenuity who had gained enough momentum with 1978's Piranha to rise to this bigger challenge. He brought along Piranha screenwriter John Sayles, too, and recruited makeup wizard Rob Bottin to create what was then the wildest on-screen transformation ever seen. With Gary Brandner's novel The Howling as a starting point, Sayles and Dante conceived a werewolf colony on the California coast, posing as a self-help haven led by a seemingly benevolent doctor (Patrick Macnee), and populated by a variety of "patients", from sexy, leather-clad sirens (Elisabeth Brooks) to an old coot (John Carradine) who's quite literally long in the tooth. When a TV reporter (Dee Wallace) arrives at the colony to recover from a recent trauma, the resident lycanthropes prepare for a howlin' good time. Dante handles it all with equal measures of humour, sex, gore, and horror, pulling out all the stops when the ravenous Eddie (Dante favourite Robert Picardo, later known as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager) transforms into a towering , bloodthirsty werewolf. (Bottin's mentor Rick Baker would soon raise the make-up ante with An American Werewolf in London.) As usual in Dante's movies (qv. Gremlins), in-jokes abound, from characters named after werewolf movie directors, amusing cameos (Corman, Sayles, Forrest J Ackerman), and hammy inserts of wolfish cartoons and Allen Ginsberg's "Howl". It's best appreciated now as a quintessential example of early-80s horror, with low-budget limitations evident throughout, but The Howling remains a giddy genre milestone. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Gremlins (1984) [Blu-ray] [2019]Gremlins (1984) | Blu Ray | (30/09/2019) from £20.25   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A father returns from Chinatown with an unusual pet, a Mogwai--a gift for his son. The rules are simple: Keep your Mogwai away from water, bright lights and, most importantly, never--never--feed him after midnight. But the rules are inadvertently broken, and the consequences multiply at an alarming rate.

  • Looney Tunes Back In Action [2004]Looney Tunes Back In Action | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £3.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (250.63%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Warner Bros' beloved assortment of irreverent animated entertainers break out of the studio lot to embark on an adventure that takes them from Hollywood to the jungles of Africa.

  • The Little Shop Of Horrors [1960]The Little Shop Of Horrors | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £3.99

    The original movie of this classic black comedy/horror about a rather dim-witted young man Seymour (Jonathan Haze) working for $10 a week in Mushnick's flower shop on skid row who develops an intelligent bloodthirsty plant. He names the plant ""Audrey 2"" and as it grows it demands human meat for sustenance and Seymour is forced to kill in order to feed it. Jack Nicholson has a notable cameo part as an undertaker Wilbur Force who is a masochistic dental patient and the film also features the writer Charles Griffith as the hold-up man and the voice of 'Audrey Jr'...

  • Small Soldiers [1998]Small Soldiers | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £3.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Here's the pitch for Small Soldiers: "It's like Toy Story but these toys that come to life really kick butt!" That's essentially it for this breezy popcorn flick. In a very smart first 10 minutes, new toy-company owner Denis Leary tells his crew he wants toys "that play back". Hence the small soldiers land in Anytown, USA and the loner kid Alan (Gregory Smith) opens them up before they are supposed to be on the shelves. Those military-grade chips sure make them smart and give the toys plenty of pithy retorts to boot. There's plenty of violence and action, most of it fun enough. The vocal talents, including Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella and cast members of The Dirty Dozen are inspired characters, the humans less so. With Gremlins director Joe Dante at the helm, it plays like a sequel to that 80s fantasy. Amazing visual effects, of course. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

  • Classic Musical Box SetClassic Musical Box Set | DVD | (04/09/2006) from £26.98   |  Saving you £23.01 (85.29%)   |  RRP £49.99

    An unmissable compendium of 8 classic musicals in one bumper DVD box set! Includes: 1. On The Avenue (Dir. Roy Del Ruth 1937) 2. Sun Valley Serenade (Dir. H. Bruce Humberstone 1941) 3. Daddy Long Legs (Dir. Jean Negulesco 1955) 4. The Gang's All Here (Dir. Busby Berkeley 1943) 5. Second Fiddle (Dir. Sidney Lanfield 1939) 6. Orchestra Wives (Dir. Archie Mayo 1952) 7. Dolly Sisters (Dir. Irvin Cummings 1945) 8. Pin Up Girl (Dir. H. Bruce Humberstone 1944)

  • New York, New York [1977]New York, New York | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £9.43   |  Saving you £10.56 (111.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The day WWII ends Jimmy (De Niro) a selfish and smooth-talking musician meets Francine (Minelli) a lounge singer. From that moment on their relationship grows into love as they struggle with their careers and aim for the top...

  • Small Soldiers [Blu-ray]Small Soldiers | Blu Ray | (06/11/2017) from £9.39   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Here's the pitch for Small Soldiers: "It's like Toy Story but these toys that come to life really kick butt!" That's essentially it for this breezy popcorn flick. In a very smart first 10 minutes, new toy-company owner Denis Leary tells his crew he wants toys "that play back". Hence the small soldiers land in Anytown, USA and the loner kid Alan (Gregory Smith) opens them up before they are supposed to be on the shelves. Those military-grade chips sure make them smart and give the toys plenty of pithy retorts to boot. There's plenty of violence and action, most of it fun enough. The vocal talents, including Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella and cast members of The Dirty Dozen are inspired characters, the humans less so. With Gremlins director Joe Dante at the helm, it plays like a sequel to that 80s fantasy. Amazing visual effects, of course. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

  • Death Warrant [1990]Death Warrant | DVD | (09/07/2001) from £6.49   |  Saving you £6.50 (50.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In 1990, Death Warrant was one of several back-to-back action movies that suddenly made Jean Claude Van Damme's name a rival to Stallone's and Schwarzenegger's. Its distinction from the likes of Cyborg or Double Impact is in its firm grounding in reality. In fact, Los Angeles County Jail couldn't seem more harshly real. That's where Detective Burke finds himself going undercover to investigate a string of mysterious (and politically embarrassing) deaths. Of course, the prison environment is ideally suited to Van Damme's strengths, where he elicits sympathy as the innocent abroad during one fight sequence after another. Lots of colourful secondary characters are along for the ride, such as the enigmatic Priest, tough-as-nails peanut-shucking Sergeant DeGraf and Burke's arch nemesis, the Candyman (Patrick Kilpatrick). There's an admirable attempt at portraying the action with some panache. Light and shadow is used to good effect and every kickbox move is punctuated by a double cut. Although the script dispenses with the essential Van Damme elements in the opening seconds (he lost a partner / he's from Canada / he can kickbox), this is definitely an above-average Van Damme flick. On the DVD: The bare-bones transfer offers an occasionally grainy picture in 1.85:1 ratio and a three-channel surround soundtrack. The only extra off the static menu is the original theatrical trailer. --Paul Tonks

  • Piranha [1978]Piranha | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    As a producer, Roger Corman has always loved to make low-budget rip-offs of hit movies, and Piranha is his typically cheeky take on Jaws--and, as so often with Corman, in many ways it's funnier and more entertaining than the original. Directed with gusto by schlock-horror specialist Joe Dante and sharply scripted by John Sayles, it replaces one huge underwater toothy monster with dozens of little ones and ups the body count by a factor of 10 or so. Two hapless teenagers, hiking in a remote mountain region, stumble on a secret US military research lab. They don't last long, but their intrusion leads to the release into the local river system of a huge shoal of super-intelligent piranha, originally specially bred for use in Vietnam. Downstream from the virulent little munchers lie a kiddies' holiday camp and a tacky new waterfront theme park. Lunch time, fellas! Sayles, with his staunch left-wing credentials, slips in some mordant political satire at the expense of the military-industrial complex, and authority figures of any kind come off pretty badly, but the satire never gets in the way of the gleeful black humour. The two leads, Bradford Dillman and Heather Menzies, are fairly pallid, but there are ripe cameos from such cult horror-movie icons as Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller and Barbara Steele. Pino Donaggio's score impudently borrows aspects of John Williams' famous Jaws theme while never quite infringing copyright. The movie was successful enough to spawn a much-inferior sequel, Piranha II: The Spawning (1982), which marked the inauspicious directing debut of one James Cameron. On the DVD: Piranha on disc comes with just the theatrical trailer as an extra. The transfer is a respectable job, reproducing the original's full-screen ratio. --Philip Kemp

  • The Howling [DVD]The Howling | DVD | (09/10/2017) from £5.29   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    An instant werewolf classic, The Howling was directed by Joe Dante, a graduate of Roger Corman's school of low-budget ingenuity who had gained enough momentum with 1978's Piranha to rise to this bigger challenge. He brought along Piranha screenwriter John Sayles, too, and recruited makeup wizard Rob Bottin to create what was then the wildest on-screen transformation ever seen. With Gary Brandner's novel The Howling as a starting point, Sayles and Dante conceived a werewolf colony on the California coast, posing as a self-help haven led by a seemingly benevolent doctor (Patrick Macnee), and populated by a variety of "patients", from sexy, leather-clad sirens (Elisabeth Brooks) to an old coot (John Carradine) who's quite literally long in the tooth. When a TV reporter (Dee Wallace) arrives at the colony to recover from a recent trauma, the resident lycanthropes prepare for a howlin' good time. Dante handles it all with equal measures of humour, sex, gore, and horror, pulling out all the stops when the ravenous Eddie (Dante favourite Robert Picardo, later known as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager) transforms into a towering , bloodthirsty werewolf. (Bottin's mentor Rick Baker would soon raise the make-up ante with An American Werewolf in London.) As usual in Dante's movies (qv. Gremlins), in-jokes abound, from characters named after werewolf movie directors, amusing cameos (Corman, Sayles, Forrest J Ackerman), and hammy inserts of wolfish cartoons and Allen Ginsberg's "Howl". It's best appreciated now as a quintessential example of early-80s horror, with low-budget limitations evident throughout, but The Howling remains a giddy genre milestone. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Big Bad MamaBig Bad Mama | DVD | (06/12/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £1.99

    Men Money And Moonshine: When It Comes To Vice Mama Knows Best. Get ready to rumble as a beautiful young widow breaks up her teen daughter's wedding and hits the road on an outlaw voyage to Waco Texas. Making pit stops for armed robbery and a mother-daughter striptease Angie Dickinson's Big Bad Mama teaches her girls the real facts of life.

  • Rock 'N' Roll High School [1979]Rock 'N' Roll High School | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £15.97   |  Saving you £-4.99 (N/A%)   |  RRP £7.99

    Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students' love of rock 'n' roll and their disregard of education. The putative leader of the students is Riff Randell who loves the music of the Ramones. A new principal the rock music hating Miss Evelyn Togar is brought in and promises to put an end to the music craze. When Miss Togar and a group of parents attempt to burn a pile of rock records the students take over the high school joined by the Ramones who are made honourary students. When the police are summoned and demand that the students evacuate the building they do so which leads to an explosive finale.

  • The Little Shop Of Horrors [1960]The Little Shop Of Horrors | DVD | (11/08/2003) from £4.99   |  Saving you £-3.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £1.99

    Seymour Krelbourne works at a struggling flower shop where he shows the owner Gravis Mushnick a plant hybrid he has been working on. Named Audrey II in honour of Audrey Fulguard the plant proves an instant attraction and business at Mushnick's booms almost overnight. A delighted Mushnick invites Seymour and Audrey out for a meal to celebrate their new found success but Audrey already has a date with her boyfriend and Seymour needs care for the ailing plant. Seymour soon realises

  • 3 Classic Horrors Of The Silver Screen - Vol. 2 - A Bucket Of Blood / House On Haunted Hill / The Ghoul3 Classic Horrors Of The Silver Screen - Vol. 2 - A Bucket Of Blood / House On Haunted Hill / The Ghoul | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £4.03   |  Saving you £0.96 (19.20%)   |  RRP £4.99

    A Bucket of Blood: Coffee bar waiter Walter Paisley (Dick Miller) is hailed as an artist for his amazingly lifelike sculptures. Unbeknownst to his customers his art is achieved by murdering his models and covering them in clay. Said by many to be a cult actor Dick Miller's finest hour A Bucket of Blood is a superb semi-spoof of the dead-bodies-in-the-wax-museum genre. The House On Haunted Hill: Vincent Price has one of his juiciest roles in this haunted-house thrille

  • The Trip [1967]The Trip | DVD | (05/04/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (69.57%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Hedonism isn't just for breakfast anymore. Or so learns TV commercial director Paul (Peter Fonda) on his first LSD trip: a mind-blowing passage through surreal images and stroboscopic light shows... Written by Jack Nicholson and directed by Roger Corman 'The Trip' takes you to a whole new world of extreme beauty and sheer terror on a passport the size of a stamp!

  • The Howling [1980]The Howling | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £13.54   |  Saving you £6.45 (47.64%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Severely shaken after a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer TV newscaster Karen White (Dee Wallace-Stone) takes some much-needed time off. Hoping to conquer her inner demons she heads for the 'Colony' a secluded retreat where her new neighbors are just a tad too eager to make her feel at home. Also there seems to be a bizarre link between her would-be attacker and this supposedly safe haven. And when after nights of being tormented by savage shrieks and unearthly cries Kar

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