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  • Dark Angel: Complete Season 1 [2001]Dark Angel: Complete Season 1 | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £10.99   |  Saving you £29.00 (263.88%)   |  RRP £39.99

    One of TV's more interesting tough-girl action shows, Dark Angel is a distinctive blend of the personal, the adventurous and the politically aware. Cocreators James Cameron (yes, that James Cameron) and Charles Eglee present a complex scenario of biological super-science and social collapse in which their gene-manipulated heroine and hacker/journalist hero can genuinely make a difference. In this first series they also provide an adversary who is a lot more than just a conventional villain. Jessica Alba is impressive as Max, bred and trained as a super-soldier but reclaiming her individual humanity; Michael Weatherly is scruffily attractive as Eyes Only, who sits semi-paralysed in his eyrie above Seattle uncovering crime, corruption and other skulduggeries and sending the woman whom he hopelessly loves out on deadly errands. Jon Savage has real authority as Lydeker, a man who has stretched his conscience to breaking point, but is not personally corrupt. Some of the best episodes here--"Prodigy" for example--are ones in which Lydeker and Max are forced into temporary alliance. Early on the relationship between Max and the other workers at Jam Pony--the courier firm that provides her with a cover identity--is a little forced, but later on the two parts of Max's life are more successfully integrated: "Shorties in Love", for example, is a genuinely touching tale about Diamond, the doomed criminal ex-lover of Max's lesbian roommate. Dark Angel was never a perfect show, but at its occasional best it manages to be simultaneously funny and dramatic. On the DVD: Dark Angel, Series 1's Region 2 DVD is ungenerous with special features, providing only short interviews with James Cameron and Charles Eglee and with the stars, and giving us a preview of the Dark Angel computer game. The episodes are presented in widescreen and have excellent Dolby Digital sound which gives vivid presence to both the dialogue and the hard-driving contemporary rock score that is part of the show's style. --Roz Kaveney

  • Dark Angel - Season 2 [2001]Dark Angel - Season 2 | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £26.78   |  Saving you £13.21 (49.33%)   |  RRP £39.99

    The second and last series of Dark Angel, the inventive James Cameron show about mutants during a future Depression, has some real strengths, as well as having one or two bad ideas that partly explain its much-regretted cancellation. Among the strengths are Alex, the thoroughly unreliable mutant charmer whose flirtations with heroine Max complicate her doomed love for Logan, the crippled newshound whom she cannot now even touch--she has been infected with a deadly virus tailored specifically to kill him. The distrust this sows between the doomed couple does not always avoid soap opera clichés, but often produces fine performances, especially from Jessica Alba as Max. On the down side, John Savage's memorably ambiguous villain Lydeker from Series 1 (who is alternately the mutants' nemesis and their protector), disappears to be replaced by the melodramatically sinister Agent White. White appears to be just a shoot-to-kill operative of the state but turns out to be another sort of superhuman, a product of an occultist breeding programme going back to the dawn of history. After White's first ruthless killing, Max's reluctance to use deadly force is tested to near implausible limits. The show ends with a rousing and moving finale, "Freak Nation", in which a theme often neglected in this final year--Max's relationship with her fellow couriers at Jam Pony--reaches a powerful climax. On the DVD: Dark Angel's Series 2 release is ungenerous with special features, giving us an interesting but short documentary in which James Cameron, producer Charles Eglee and various designers describe how they created this rundown future Seattle with a mixture of location shots, set dressing and CGI, as well as a preview of the Dark Angel game. --Roz Kaveney

  • Minette Walters CollectionMinette Walters Collection | DVD | (20/06/2005) from £24.28   |  Saving you £20.71 (85.30%)   |  RRP £44.99

    This boxset contains five dramatisations of Minette Walters stories featuring: The Ice House; The Scolds Bridle; The Echo; The Dark Room and The Sculptress. The Ice House (Dir. Tim Fywell 1997): Since the disappearance of her husband David ten years earlier Phoebe Maybury had been under suspicion and Inspector Jack Walsh had mounted an intensive investigation but in the absence of a corpse the case had remained unsolved. The discovery of a body in the ice house ten yea

  • Lost VoyageLost Voyage | DVD | (10/02/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    In September 1971 the SS Tampa left New Jersey bound for Bermuda. 72 hours later the ship disappeared in the middle of the mysterious area known as the Bermuda Triangle. As the years passed the disappearance of the SS Tampa became a legendary maritime disaster shrouded in mystery. Now after 30 years the SS Tampa has reappeared alone and adrift in the middle of the Adriatic Ocean. Two experts in unexplained events are about to launch a mission to board the derelict ship and find out the truth behind the lost voyage. This is their story...

  • Shaft [1971]Shaft | DVD | (05/03/2001) from £5.38   |  Saving you £8.61 (160.04%)   |  RRP £13.99

    This original and hippest version of Shaft cruised onto cinema screens in 1971. John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is an African-American private eye who has a rocky relationship with cops, an even rockier one with Harlem gangsters, and a healthy sex life. The script finds Shaft tracking down the kidnapped daughter of a black mobster, but the pleasure of the film is the sum of its attitude, Roundtree's uncompromising performance, and the thrilling, Oscar-winning score by Isaac Hayes. Director Gordon Parks (The Learning Tree) seems fond of certain detective genre cliché (e.g., the hero walking into his low-rent office and finding a hood waiting to talk with him), but he and Roundtree make those moments their own. Shaft produced a couple of sequels, a follow-up television series, and a remake starring Samuel L Jackson, but none had the impact this movie did. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Funny Bones [1995]Funny Bones | DVD | (22/03/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Funny Bones, directed by Peter Chelsom (Hear My Song), is a weird but intriguing comedy with a particularly dark edge. Oliver Platt plays a would-be comedian, the son of a major comedy star (Jerry Lewis); dad's reputation even overshadows his son's Las Vegas debut. After that flop the son tries to go back to his roots and heads across the Atlantic for his father's launch pad in Blackpool. There, he meets his previously unknown half-brother (Lee Evans), a bizarre comedy savant who teaches him a thing or two about taking risks to get laughs, and discovers a secret about how his father got started. Platt is likably lost and Lewis is perfectly overbearing, but the real find here is Evans, making his cinematic debut as the rubber-faced, protean comic with always surprising material. --Marshall Fine

  • Last House DVDLast House DVD | DVD | (19/08/2013) from £12.35   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    After moving in with her boyfriend a young woman comes to believe her new home is haunted. But when she discovers the last nine months have been wiped from her memory she must unearth what caused the condition ... before the past catches up with her.

  • Shaft's Big Score [1972]Shaft's Big Score | DVD | (05/03/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Shaft's Big Score is the first sequel to the super-hip 1971 original. When a pal of detective John Shaft is murdered in a bombing (and $250,000 goes missing), New York's coolest private eye finds himself caught in the middle of a power struggle between black and white gangsters over the numbers racket in Queens. Directed by Gordon Parks (who does a brief cameo as a croupier in an illegal casino) and written by Ernest Tidyman (both of whom made the original Shaft), this film lacks the pacing of its progenitor. Roundtree is at his best when he's questioning a woman he's just met about a suspect, while at the same time beguiling her into the sack (ah, those lazy, crazy days of the sexual revolution). The finale--a shootout in a cemetery, followed by a car-boat-helicopter chase through Queens and up the Harlem River--is preposterously drawn out: Shaft, impervious to machine-gun fire, winds up tripping, spraining his ankle and limping while running from the chopper; two shots later, he's sprinting like a halfback. Look for late Muhammad Ali-trainer Drew Bundini Brown as a wisecracking mobster. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • Rollerball / Fortress / Future SportRollerball / Fortress / Future Sport | DVD | (06/09/2004) from £17.89   |  Saving you £-2.90 (-19.30%)   |  RRP £14.99

    RollerBall (2001): Rollerball takes place in the not too distant future and the future is fierce. A notorious renegade sport Rollerball packs arenas all over the world. A global viewership bets and roots for star players Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J) and their beautiful teammate Aurora (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos) who skate and motorcycle past opponents to score. Despite the danger of the fame the real threat lies in team owner Petrovich (Jean Reno) who sacrifices anything and anyone to maximize ratings which are worth more to him than the final score. In an heroic move Jonathan and his teammates attempt to expose the corruption and treachery. It's a risky play and the penalty is lethal... Fortress: Christopher Lambert stars as John Brennick a man about to experience the ultimate in criminal punishment - the Fortress. The setting is the United States in the future. With resources scarce and population soaring couples are allowed just one child. Former Black Beret Captain John Brennick and his wife Karen have broken the law. After the loss of their first child Karen is pregnant again. Caught and tried for their crime they are sent to the Fortress the most sophisticated maximum-security prison on the planet a jail built 30 storeys underground and equipped with technology beyond imagination. Each prisoner is implanted with an 'intestinator'; a device designed to inflict severe pain or death for any violation of the prison rules. Unrelenting and unforgiving the Fortress is a hellhole prison of the future. Escape-proof. Built to hold anything...except an innocent man. Future Sport: Wesley Snipes and Dean Cain star in the turbo charged sci-fi thrill ride where the only game is war... The year is 2025 and global tension is rapidly growing between the Hawaiian Liberation Organisation and the North American Alliance. On the brink of war superstar athlete Tre Ramsey (Cain) must fight with all his powers to save himself his team and the fate of his country. The question of the territory is set to be solved by holding a game of futuresport - a violent basketball and skateboarding which requires the utmost skill and agility - hold on to the ball for more than five seconds and electricity shoots through your body. Obike Fixx (Snipes) the creator of the game is coaching the HLO team - who seem willing to play by Street Rules thus increasing the danger level in the high-stakes game.

  • Shaft Trilogy [1971]Shaft Trilogy | DVD | (05/03/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £30.99

    The original and hippest version of Shaft cruised onto cinema screens in 1971. John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is an African-American private eye who has a rocky relationship with cops, an even rockier one with Harlem gangsters, and a healthy sex life. The script finds Shaft tracking down the kidnapped daughter of a black mobster, but the pleasure of the film is the sum of its attitude, Roundtree's uncompromising performance, and the thrilling, Oscar-winning score by Isaac Hayes. Director Gordon Parks (The Learning Tree) seems fond of certain detective genre clichés (e.g., the hero walking into his low-rent office and finding a hood waiting to talk with him), but he and Roundtree make those moments their own. Shaft produced a couple of sequels, a follow-up television series, and a remake starring Samuel L. Jackson, but none had the impact this movie did. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com Shaft's Big Score is the first sequel to the super-hip 1971 original. When a pal of detective John Shaft is murdered in a bombing, New York's coolest private eye finds himself caught in the middle of a power struggle between black and white gangsters over the numbers racket in Queens. Directed by Gordon Parks (who does a brief cameo as a croupier in an illegal casino) and written by Ernest Tidyman (both of whom made the original Shaft), this film lacks the pacing of its progenitor. Roundtree is at his best when he's questioning a woman he's just met about a suspect while at the same time beguiling her into the sack (ah, those lazy, crazy days of the sexual revolution). The finale--a shootout in a cemetery, followed by a car-boat-helicopter chase through Queens and up the Harlem River--is preposterously drawn-out: Shaft, impervious to machine-gun fire, winds up tripping, spraining his ankle, and limping while running from the chopper; two shots later, he's sprinting like a halfback. Look for late Muhammad Ali trainer Drew Bundini Brown as a wise-cracking mobster. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.comShaft in Africa, the second sequel to the original hit, foreshadows itself early on when Shaft, asked to go undercover in Africa to halt a modern-day slave trade, claims that he's not James Bond but strictly Sam Spade. Bond, however, is the operative model here, with John Shaft masquerading as an Ethiopian to infiltrate the slave business and bring it down. Yet everyone he encounters seems to know who he is and wants to kill him--but the string of dead bodies he leaves in his wake across two continents proves that no one is able to stop everyone's favourite hip private eye. Written by Stirling Silliphant, the film is long on action set pieces that are filmed with more energy than the previous movie, Shaft's Big Score. Given contemporary practices involving smugglers of illegal Chinese and Mexican immigrants, the plot isn't all that far-fetched. Roundtree, as usual, is the picture of unflappable cool--but don't get him mad. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • Clint Eastwood The Legend Volume 1 [1969]Clint Eastwood The Legend Volume 1 | DVD | (24/11/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £49.99

    Includes the following great Clint Eastwood movies: Where Eagles Dare: The mission: rescue an important US general from the hands of the German High Command. The obstacle: the most inaccessible fortress in the world. The stakes: the very outcome of World War II... City Heat: A tough cop and a wise-cracking private investigator are forced to work together on a case involving the mob. Heartbreak Ridge: Sergeant Tom Highway (Eastwood) a hardened veteran of Korea

  • Terminator / Rollerball / Robocop [1985]Terminator / Rollerball / Robocop | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Robocop: A sadistic crime wave is sweeping across America. In Old Detroit the situation is so bad a private corporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP) has assumed control of the police force. The executives at the company think they have the answer - until the enforcement droid they create kills one of their own. Then an ambitious young executive seizes the opportunity. He and his research team at Security Concepts create a law enforcement cyborg from the body of a slain officer. All goes well at first. Robocop stops every sleazeball he encounters with deadly piercing and sometimes gruesome accuracy. But there are forces on the street and within Security Concepts itself that will stop at nothing to see this super cyborg violently eliminated... Terminator: In 2029 giant super-computers dominate the planet hell-bent on exterminating the human race! And to destroy man's future by changing the past they send an indestructible cyborg - a Terminator - back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) the woman whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope. Can Sarah protect herself from this unstoppable menace to save the life of her unborn child? Or will the human race be extinguished by one mean hunk of mutant metal? Rollerball (1975): Set in 2018 Rollerball is a sensation glimpse of a future where the world is ruled by six giant corporations; a place where there is no war no poverty and no unrest but also no free will and no God. There is still a place for violence in this antiseptic world of plenty and mankind''s vicious and sadistic impulses are vented in the Rollerball arena a violent and deadly game broadcast world-wide to satisfy the bloodlust of millions. James Caan is outstanding as Jonathan E the game''s greatest player a man whose devastating talent threatens to make him a hero - and a threat to the Corporations'' grip on power. When Jonathan is asked to retire he refuses electing instead to captain his team to the world finals in an escalating spiral of carnage.

  • Black BrigadeBlack Brigade | DVD | (26/03/2007) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £4.99

    Bigoted white officer Captain Beau Carter must lead an all black unit on what is almost certainly a suicide mission behind enemy lines. The unit's combat experience to date has been confined to digging graves and latrines - they've got two days to shape up into a mean fighting machine!

  • Lost VoyageLost Voyage | DVD | (15/10/2007) from £4.03   |  Saving you £1.96 (48.64%)   |  RRP £5.99

    In September 1971 the SS Tampa left New Jersey bound for Bermuda. 72 hours later the ship disappeared in the middle of the mysterious area known as the Bermuda Triangle. As the years passed the disappearance of the SS Tampa became a legendary maritime disaster shrouded in mystery. Now after 30 years the SS Tampa has reappeared alone and adrift in the middle of the Adriatic Ocean. Two experts in unexplained events are about to launch a mission to board the derelict ship and find out the truth behind the lost voyage. This is their story

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