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Pirates of the Caribbean 1-5 (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (02/10/2017)
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 1: The Curse Of The Black Pearl: Jack Sparrow (Depp, in an Oscar nominated performance) and Will Turner (Bloom) brave the Caribbean Sea to stop a ship of pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Rush), who intend to break an ancient curse using the blood of the lovely Elizabeth Swann (Knightley)... Subtitles: English, English for the Hard of Hearing Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is mortified to discover he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones, captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. With time running out, Jack must find a way out of his debt or else be doomed to eternal damnation. And as if this weren't enough, his problems prompt the cancellation of the wedding plans of a certain Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), who are forced to join Jack on another maritime misadventure. Subtitles: English, English for the Hard of Hearing Pirates Of The Caribbean 3: At World's End: In the third installation of the ever-popular Pirates series, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, we find our heroes Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann allied with Captain Barbossa in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones' locker. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, they must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese pirate Sao Fen (Chow Yun-Fat). Subtitles: English, English for the Hard of Hearing, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Hindi and Dutch. Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides: Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love or if she's a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. Pirates Of The Caribbean 5: Salazar's Revenge: Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at seanotably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced. Bonus: Curse of the Black Pearl: Scoundrels of the Sea: Piecing together the treasured past of pirates (in-movie feature), Filmmaker Commentary Dead Man's Chest: Bloopers of the Caribbean, Audio Commentary with Screenwriters At World's End: Bloopers of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides: Bloopers of the Caribbean, LegoÂ® Pirates of the Caribbean Shorts, Discover Blu-ray 3D with Timon & Pumbaa
The Fog | Blu Ray | (29/10/2018)
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Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old. As the residents of this small, quaint harbour town begin to celebrate, an eerie fog envelops the shore and from its midst emerge dripping, demonic spectres, victims of a century old shipwreck...seeking revenge. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, the FOG is a tense and ghoulish tale that confirms John Carpenter as a master of terror. Extras: Retribution: Uncovering John Carpenter's THE FOG: New Making Of / Retro documentary: A brand new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Cinematographer Dean Cundey, production designer/editor Tommy Lee Wallace, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, make-up effects artist Steve Johnson, Carpenter biographer John Muir, music historian Daniel Schweiger, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys and assistant Larry Franco The Shape of The Thing to Come: John Carpenter Un-filmed: a brand new featurette looking at the John Carpenter films that never were Easter Egg surprise! Intro by John Carpenter an interview with director John Carpenter originally recorded for a French DVD release in 2003 Scene Analysis by John Carpenter - Director John Carpenter analyses key scenes from The Fog, in an interview from 2003 Fear on Film: Inside the Fog (1980) - A vintage featurette which includes an interview with John Carpenter The Fog: Storyboard to Film original storyboards Outtakes TV Spots Theatrical Trailers Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes Audio Commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and writer/director Debra Hill Horror's Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark - a fun tour of the film's locations hosted by Sean Clark Audio commentary with actors Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and production designer Tommy Lee Wallace
Detour (1945) | Blu Ray | (01/04/2019)
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Edgar G. Ulmer's legendary B movie, the quintessence of film noir, newly restored and on Bluray for the first time. From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a downonhisluck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to runa waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage's snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with noname stars on a bargain basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer (People on Sunday) turned threadbare production values and seedy, lowrent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long unavailable in a format in which its hardboiled beauty could be fully appreciated, Detour haunts anew in its first major restoration. Special Edition Features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man OffScreen, a 2004 documentary featuring interviews with filmmakers Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and Wim Wenders and actor Ann Savage New interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, author of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins New programme about the restoration of Detour Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic and poet Robert Polito
La Planete Sauvage (Dual Format Edition) | Blu Ray | (13/02/2012)
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Ren Laloux's mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation. Based on Stefan Wul's novel Oms en srie [Oms by the dozen], Laloux's breathtaking vision was released in France as La Plante sauvage [The Savage Planet]; in the USA as Fantastic Planet; and immediately drew comparisons to Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Planet of the Apes (both the 1968 film and Boule's 1963 novel). Today, the film can be seen to prefigure much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques. La Plante sauvage tells the story of Oms, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called Draags. The story takes place on the Draags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. Widely regarded as an allegorical statement on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, Fantastic Planet was five years in the making at Prague's Jiri Trnka Studios. The direction of Ren Laloux, the incredible art of Roland Topor, and Alain Goraguer's brilliant complementary score (much sampled by the hip-hop community) all combine to make La Plante sauvage a mind-searing experience. Special Features: New high-definition master with optional English subtitles Laloux’s five short films Les Dents du singe (1960), Les Temps morts (1964), Les Escargots (1965), Comment Wang-Fo fut sauv (1987), and La Prisonnire (1988) Laloux sauvage (2003) a 27-minute documentary about Laloux The alternate USA dub track for La Plante sauvage The complete soundtrack for La Plante sauvage 56-page colour booklet featuring rare production sketches, an interview with Laloux, and a new essay by Craig Keller
Made In Abyss Collector's Edition BLU-RAY | Blu Ray | (08/04/2019)
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No one knows what's at the bottom of the Abyss. No one who's ventured that far has ever returned. What is known is that the Abyss is filled with strange creatures and priceless relics that have lured generations of fortune hunters into a diabolical trap. Because while anyone can descend into the Abyss safely, coming back up triggers a nightmarish series of transformations and madness. And the deeper you go, the less chance you have of coming back unchanged. But when 12-year-old Riko receives a message that her missing mother might still be alive deep in the Abyss, she knows she has to go to her. She must go even if it's a one-way trip for her and her robot friend Reg as they brave the ultimate darkness.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut | Blu Ray | (03/12/2007)
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Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st century Los Angeles. He's a blade runner stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. The story of Blade Runner is familiar to countless fans. But few have seen it like this. Because this is director Ridley Scott's own vision of his sci-fi classic. This new version omits Deckard's voiceover narration develops in slightly greater detail the romance between Deckard and Rachael (Sean Young) and removes the uplifting finale. The result is a heightened emotional impact: a great film made greater. Most intriguing of all is a newly included unicorn vision that suggests Deckard may be a replicant. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Is Deckard a replicant? As with all things in the future you must discover the answer to find yourself
The Dark Knight Trilogy | Blu Ray | (03/12/2012)
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Batman Begins As a young boy Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of him--a trauma that leads him to become obsessed with revenge. But the opportunity to avenge his parents' deaths is cruelly taken away from him by fate. Fleeing to the East where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra's Al-Ghul Bruce returns to his now decaying Gotham City which is overrun by organized crime and other dangerous individuals manipulating the system. Meanwhile Bruce is slowly being swindled out of Wayne Industries the company he inherited. The discovery of a cave under his mansion along with a prototype armored suit leads him to assume a new persona one which will strike fear into the hearts of men who do wrong; he becomes Batman!!! In the new guise and with the help of rising cop Jim Gordon Batman sets out to take down the various nefarious schemes in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan 'The Scarecrow' Crane and a mysterious third party who is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right. The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan returns to direct the follow up to his own 2005 blockbuster 'Batman Begins' with Christian Bale once again suited up as 'The Dark Knight'. Gotham City previously a playground for organised crime and petty thieves has been cleaned up under the ever watchful eye of Batman. With the continued help of Lt James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and determined District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) Batman continues to round up the remaining criminals plaguing it. As the opening sequence quickly shows a new threat has emerged. The Joker! brought to life again this time by the late Heath Ledger (Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner). With his eerie grin and wicked laugh mixed with pyschotic madness he unleashes a new danger to the people of Gotham amidst all his chaos. As Batman struggles to bring the madman to justice his alter-ego Bruce Wayne is caught in a love triangle as Rachel Dawes' (Maggie Gyllenhaal) relationship with Harvey Dent grows stronger. Knowing that Harvey may be the 'White Knight' required to bring continued peace to Gotham Batman hopes that for the last time his skills and arsenal of equipment will be needed to stop the crazed villain before the city falls back into turmoil! - (Michael Woodhall) The Dark Knight Rises It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night turning in that instant from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous however is the emergence of Bane a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again Batman may be no match for Bane.
Man of Steel | Blu Ray | (02/12/2013)
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From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill (Immortals TV's The Tudors) in the role of Clark Kent/Superman under the direction of Zack Snyder (300 Watchmen). A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. The film also stars four-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (The Master) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane and Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as her editor-in-chief Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent are Oscar nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Academy Award&amp; winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves). Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians the villainous General Zod played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Faora Zod's evil partner played by Antje Traue (upcoming The Seventh Son). Also from Superman's native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van Superman's mother played by Ayelet Zurer (Angels and Demons) and Superman's father Jor-El portrayed by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator). Rounding out the cast are Christopher Meloni (42) as U.S. military man Colonel Hardy Harry Lennix (State of Play) as General Swanwick Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau) as Steve Lombard and Richard Schiff (TV's The West Wing) as Dr. Emil Hamilton. Man of Steel is being produced by Charles Roven Christopher Nolan Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Nolan based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are serving as executive producers. Special Features: Pacific Rim International English Trailer Pacific Rim International Spanish Trailer Pacific Rim International Italian Trailer Strong Characters Legendary Roles All Out Action Krypton Decoded-Dylan Sprayberry New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short
Dunkirk | Blu Ray | (18/12/2017)
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Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Ponyo | Blu Ray | (07/06/2010)
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The Likely Lads | Blu Ray | (01/04/2019)
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Spinning off from the incredibly popular 1960s sitcom and its BAFTA-winning 1970s sequel, James Bolam and Rodney Bewes star as Terry Collier and Bob Ferris, two life-long friends with vastly different outlooks on life! Written by comedy legends Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais - who would go on to further success with series like Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - The Likely Lads is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Thelma's continued annoyance at her husband Bob's disruptive friend shows no sign of abating. But when Terry lands himself a new girlfriend Thelma sees her chance to finally get Terry married off and out of her and Bob's life forever! Her solution of touring the north of England in a caravan, however, leaves a lot to be desired...
Darkest Hour | Blu Ray | (04/06/2018)
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During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill's courage to lead changed the course of world history.
Dragon Ball Super Part 6 (Episodes 66-78) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (18/02/2019)
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The Transcendent Battle Between Hatred and Hope. It's time to decide the fate of the future! Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks take on the mighty Fusion Zamasu in a final epic confrontation of good vs. evil. When the dust settles and they return to the present, the Z fighters face even greater challenges. A baseball game grudge-match between gods and a mysterious attempt of Goku's life are just a couple of events keeping our heroes in top form. But as quickly as one calamity ends, another is just around the corner. The Tournament of Power is finally underway!
Iron Man 1-3 Complete Collection | Blu Ray | (11/11/2013)
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Iron ManLift off with high-speed high flying action that takes you inside the suit of Marvel's invincible Super Hero for the ultimate Iron Man experience! After surviving an unexpected attack in enemy territory jet-setting industrialist Tony Stark builds a high-tech suit of armour and vows to protect the world as Iron Man. Straight for the pages of the legendary comic book Iron Man is a hero who is built - not born- to be unlike any other! Special Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD) Iron Man 2Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his Super Hero secret has been revealed Tony's life is more intense than ever. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology whether for power or profit...but for Ivan Vanko (Whiplash) it's revenge! Tony must once again suit up and face his most dangerous enemy yet but not without a few new allies of his own. Co-starring Mickey Rourke Gwyneth Paltrow Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson Iron Man 2 is Even better than the first...it's a complete blast! (Boxoffice.com) Special Features: S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault: An In-Depth look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe HD Commentary by Director Jon Favreau Iron Man 3Marvel Studios (Marvel's Avengers Assemble) unleashes the best Iron Man adventure yet with this must own unprecedented global phenomenon starring Robert Downey Jr. When Tony Stark/Iron Man finds his entire world reduced to rubble he must use all his ingenuity to survive destroy his enemy and somehow protect those he loves. But a soul-searching question haunts him: Does the man make the suit...or does the suit make the man? Featuring spectacular special effects Marvel's Iron Man 3 explodes with exclusive Blu-ray content including a gag reel deleted scenes and a never-before seen Marvel short film. Special Features: Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter Iron Man 3 Unmasked Deconstructing The Scene: Attack on Air Force One Deleted and Extended Scenes Gag Reel Exclusive Behind The Scenes Look - Thor: The Dark World Commentary By Shane Black and Drew Pearce
Supernatural: Season 13 | Blu Ray | (01/10/2018)
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The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers continues as SUPERNATURAL enters its 13th season. Sam (series star JARED PADALECKI) and Dean (series star JENSEN ACKLES) have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat. Over the years, after countless bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods. With the help of allies both human and supernatural they've discovered that every victory comes with a price. In the series' twelfth season, the Winchesters were reunited with their long-dead mother, Mary Winchester (recurring guest star SAMANTHA SMITH), and joined forces with the British arm of the Men of Letters. But things turned from bad to worse, with the return of Lucifer (new series regular MARK PELLEGRINO) and the surprising revelation that the Devil is expecting a child. Now, Sam and Dean find themselves facing a creature of almost unimaginable power one that could save the world or destroy it.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away and is now nowhere to be found. Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt's beasts loose in a city already on edgea serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina's sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt's missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsidersnow branded fugitivesever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.Click Images to Enlarge
The Cornetto Trilogy Box Set | Blu Ray | (25/11/2013)
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Shaun of the DeadPub regular Shaun certainly needs a drink. He's fallen out with his Mum and his girlfriend's dumped him. Determined to get his sad life back on track he decides to pull himself together only to be confronted with an unexpected obstacle an unrelenting swarm of suburban living corpses. Who'd've expected that down the boozer eh except perhaps after one too many shandies! Spaced's Simon Pegg plays Shaun with relish swinging his cricket bat at the invading cadaverous hoardes knocking them for six. With an array of celebrity cameos and featuring some contemporary comedy names this is a rare beast a rom-com zombie spoof. Hot FuzzWhen top London cop PC Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford he struggles with his seemingly crime-free world... and oafish partner Danny (Nick Frost). When several grisly accidents rock the village it's not long before Danny&rsquo;s dreams of explosive high-octane car-crashing gun fighting all-out action become reality! It's time for these small-town cops to hand out big-city justice! The World's EndFor Gary King (Simon Pegg) and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) it was supposed to be the ultimate reunion - one night five friends twelve bars. A boozy quest to 'The World's End' pub on which only the strongest will survive. Having the time of their lives they're ready to take on the world... but tonight they might just have to save it. From Edgar Wright Director of 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' comes a wildly entertaining thrill ride of outrageous humour and explosive action that will raise a glass to the apocalypse.
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Complete Seasons 1-7 | Blu Ray | (15/12/2014)
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After Star Wars and the successful big-screen Star Trek adventures, it's perhaps not so surprising that Gene Roddenberry managed to convince purse string-wielding studio heads in the 1980s that a Next Generation would be both possible and profitable. But the political climate had changed considerably since the 1960s, the Cold War had wound down, and we were now living in the Age of Greed. To be successful a second time, Star Trek had to change too. A writer's guide was composed with which to sell and define where the Trek universe was in the 24th Century. The United Federation of Planets was a more appealing ideology to an America keen to see where the Reagan/Gorbachev faceoff was taking them. Starfleet's meritocratic philosophy had always embraced all races and species. Now Earth's utopian history, featuring the abolishment of poverty, was brandished prominently and proudly. The new Enterprise, NCC 1701-D, was no longer a ship of war but an exploration vessel carrying families. The ethical and ethnical flagship also carried a former enemy (the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn), and its Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge) was blind and black. From every politically correct viewpoint, Paramount executives thought the future looked just swell! Roddenberry's feminism now contrasted a pilot episode featuring ship's Counsellor Troi (Marina Sirtis) in a mini-skirt with her ongoing inner strengths and also those of Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) and the short-lived Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). The arrival of Whoopi Goldberg in season 2 as mystic barkeep Guinan is a great example of the good the original Trek did for racial groups--Goldberg has stated that she was inspired to become an actress in large part through seeing Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. Her credibility as an actress helped enormously alongside the strong central performances of Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (First Officer Will Riker), and Brent Spiner (Data) in defining another wholly believable environment once again populated with well-defined characters. Star Trek, it turned out, did not depend for its success on any single group of actors. Like its predecessor in the 1960s, TNG pioneered visual effects on TV, making it an increasingly jaw-dropping show to look at. And thanks also to the enduring success of the original show, phasers, tricorders, communicators and even phase inverters were already familiar to most viewers. But while technology was a useful tool in most crises, it now frequently seemed to be the cause of them too, as the show's writers continually warned about the dangers of over-reliance on technology (the Borg were the ultimate expression of this maxim). The word "technobabble" came to describe a weakness in many TNG scripts, which sacrificed the social and political allegories of the original and relied instead upon invented technological faults and their equally fictitious resolutions to provide drama within the Enterprise's self-contained society. (The holodeck's safety protocol override seemed to be next to the light switch given the number of times crew members were trapped within.) This emphasis on scientific jargon appealed strongly to an audience who were growing up for the first time in the late 1980s with the home computer--and gave rise to the clichéd image of the nerdy Trek fan. Like in the original Trek, it was in the stories themselves that much of the show's success is to be found. That pesky Prime Directive kept moral dilemmas afloat ("Justice"/"Who Watches the Watchers?"/"First Contact"). More "what if" scenarios came out of time-travel episodes ("Cause and Effect"/"Time's Arrow"/"Yesterday's Enterprise"). And there were some episodes that touched on the political world, such as "The Arsenal of Freedom" questioning the supply of arms, "Chain of Command" decrying the torture of political prisoners and "The Defector", which was called "The Cuban Missile Crisis of The Neutral Zone" by its writer. The show ran for more than twice as many episodes as its progenitor and therefore had more time to explore wider ranging issues. But the choice of issues illustrates the change in the social climate that had occurred with the passing of a couple of decades. "Angel One" covered sexism; "The Outcast" was about homosexuality; "Symbiosis"--drug addiction; "The High Ground"--terrorism; "Ethics"--euthanasia; "Darmok"--language barriers; and "Journey's End"--displacement of Indians from their homeland. It would have been unthinkable for the original series to have tackled most of these. TNG could so easily have been a failure, but it wasn't. It survived a writer's strike in its second year, the tragic death of Roddenberry just after Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991, and plenty of competition from would-be rival franchises. Yes, its maintenance of an optimistic future was appealing, but the strong stories and readily identifiable characters ensured the viewers' continuing loyalty. --Paul Tonks
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge | Blu Ray | (02/10/2017)
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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at seanotably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
Dynasties | Blu Ray | (03/12/2018)
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Dynasties takes you deeper into the lives of five of the world's most celebrated and endangered animals than ever before: Emperor Penguin, Chimpanzee, Lion, Painted Wolf and Tiger. Travel from the plains of Africa to the jungles of India, from the edge of the Sahara to the frozen wastes of Antarctica. Watch leaders battling rivals for their crown, feuds tearing families apart and parents risking their lives to protect offspring from the coldest and cruelest winter on earth. Five extraordinary animals in heroic battles against the odds, Dynasties, the most intimate and intense stories of their kind ever told.