"Director: Frank Oz"

  • Little Shop Of Horrors [1986]Little Shop Of Horrors | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.05   |  Saving you £8.94 (63.90%)   |  RRP £13.99

    A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant...

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [1989]Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    On its original release in 1988, the pairing of Steve Martin and Michael Caine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was seen as something of a dream ticket. Viewing the film many years later, that assessment still proves completely accurate: the casting is perfect. American Freddy Benson and Briton Lawrence Jamieson are con men who work the French Riviera--at first as colleagues, later as rivals--praying on rich, gullible women before finally meeting their match. Having spent the decade veering between popular rubbish and low-key quality, for once Caine was able to find a populist vehicle that did justice to his talents. Steve Martin is, well, very Steve Martin but there are few better suited to the visual comedy of his character. The film has an old-fashioned feel (no sex, violence or bad language) and owes much to the earlier period of film humour--it really doesn't take that much imagination to see this as an Ealing comedy. All round, it's a stylish, charming, witty film. On the DVD: Extras are few, limited to scene selection, subtitles and the very funny trailer. Picture quality is superb, allowing the film's exotic setting to sparkle and there are many scenes of breathtaking beauty. Given that the film is full of fantastic comedy set pieces, the ability to select scenes is a real plus, allowing to the viewer to locate that classic Martin pratfall at the push of a button. --Phil Udell

  • Bowfinger [Blu-ray]Bowfinger | Blu Ray | (26/09/2016) from £6.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Film-makers often remark that it's just so hard to make a bad picture that few would take on the challenge if they weren't so naive. Steve Martin's Bobby Bowfinger is cut from that pattern, one of those sweet, indomitable operators of Hollywood who seem to be descended directly from Ed Wood (of Plan 9 from Outer Space infamy). To resurrect his ramshackle existence, Bowfinger opts to film his accountant's sci-fi spectacular,Chubby Rain, about aliens invading in raindrops. The snag is he needs to attach action megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), an actor so paranoid he counts the occurrences of the letter "k" in scripts to uncover possible Ku Klux Klan influences. When his effort fails, Bowfinger hits on an ingenious scheme to film Ramsey without his knowledge, throwing his actors at the hapless star whenever he appears in public. Only Kit begins to believe he's being hounded by aliens for real, and runs hysterically to his guru (Terence Stamp) at a Scientology-clone group called MindHead, where people walk around in fine suits wearing white pyramids on their heads. Deprived of his star, yet not to be undone, Bowfinger hires a look-alike, Jiff (also Eddie Murphy), to fill in. The tone of the picture is sometimes flat, rather than deadpan, but that's nitpicking. The farce is quick and engrossing, and populated with terrific performances, especially by Eddie Murphy, whose dual role as Kit and Jiff showcases his character-building gift, and by Martin, whose Bowfinger, part con man and part would-be visionary, manages to capture your sympathies. Heather Graham's would-be actress cheerfully sleeps her way to the top like she knows she's supposed to, and Christine Baranski plays her shopworn method actor with myopic self-absorption. --Jim Gay, Amazon.com

  • Death At A Funeral [2007]Death At A Funeral | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £9.43   |  Saving you £10.56 (52.80%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A dignified send-off for a loved one erupts into uproarious chaos when romance, jealousy, in-laws, hallucinogens, dark secrets, life-long yearnings and a spot of bold blackmail all collide.

  • Little Shop of Horrors [Blu-ray] [1986] [Region Free]Little Shop of Horrors | Blu Ray | (09/09/2013) from £9.15   |  Saving you £8.84 (96.61%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The off-Broadway comedy-horror-musical hit that ran for years makes a successful transfer to film with a bevy of big-name cameos and two perfectly cast leads. Rick Moranis is the nebbish Seymour, who pines for flower-girl Audrey (Ellen Greene) while living in the basement of florist Mr Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia). Things start turning around for Seymour, though, after he buys a little plant during a solar eclipse, christens it Audrey II, and discovers that it likes to drink blood. Soon enough, though, Seymour finds out that Audrey II, now grown to epic proportions, is in actuality a "mean green mother from outer space" that is hell-bent on world domination. Based on the 1960 Roger Corman cheapie that featured a young Jack Nicholson, Little Shop boasts a hilarious, amazing score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who would go on to revitalise Disney's animation arm with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Greene, the lone holdover from the original cast, is a ravishing, goofy Audrey, whose awkward demeanour belies a voice that could knock Ethel Merman off her feet. She's ably matched by Moranis, whose lack of a singing voice is perfectly in sync with Seymour's nerdiness. And Levi Stubbs Jr of the Four Tops provides the low-down, nasty-minded voice of Audrey II; his rendition of the Oscar-nominated "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" is a showstopper. As for those celebrity cameos, Steve Martin's sadistic dentist is a masterful creation, as is Bill Murray's masochistic patient; John Candy, James Belushi, and Christopher Guest also pop up. And there was never a lovelier and funkier Greek chorus than the three Motown-fuelled girls (Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks and Tisha Campbell) who appear throughout the film. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

  • HousesitterHousesitter | DVD | (14/04/2003) from £6.99   |  Saving you £3.00 (30.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A slick, smart vehicle for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, Housesitter offers an acceptably daffy premise and enough inventive business to sustain it through to the, not unexpected, happy ending. Architect Martin builds a dream home for his childhood sweetheart (Dana Delaney) only to be rejected when he proposes marriage. After a one-night stand, Hawn--a daffy waitress with a gift for making up improbable but convincing lies--moves into Martin's house and tells his parents (Donald Moffatt, Julie Harris) and the whole community that she is his surprise new wife. When he sees how this impresses Delaney, Martin goes along with the charade, encouraging wilder and wilder fictions and doing his best to join in so that he can rush through to a divorce and move on to the woman he has always wanted. Hawn has to recruit a couple of winos to pose as her parents and impress Martin's boss into giving him a promotion, but we glimpse her real misery at his eventual intention to toss her out of the make-believe world she has created because her own real background is so grim. Its sit-com hi-jinx are manic enough not to be strangled by an inevitable dip in to sentiment towards the end, and Hawn, who always has to work hard, is better matched against the apparently effortless Martin than in their subsequent pairing in Out-of-Towners. Martin, often wasted in comparatively straight roles, has a few wild and crazy scenes as Hawn prompts him into joining her improvised fantasies. Director Frank Oz, a frequent Martin collaborator (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors, Bowfinger), is the model of a proper, competent, professional craftsman when he sets out to put a comedy together--but the film misses streaks of lunacy or cruelty that might have made it funnier and more affecting. On the DVD: The disc offers a pristine widescreen non-anamorphic transfer, letterboxed to 1.85:1. There are no extra features to speak of, just text-based production notes, cast and director bios, plus a trailer and an assortment of language and subtitle options. --Kim Newman

  • The Dark Crystal / Labyrinth [DVD] [2010]The Dark Crystal / Labyrinth | DVD | (01/11/2010) from £5.78   |  Saving you £2.21 (38.24%)   |  RRP £7.99

    Labyrinth: Frustrated with baby-sitting on yet another weekend night Sarah - a teenager with a active imagination - summons the Goblins from her favourite book Labyrinth to take her baby step-brother away. When little Toby actually disappears Sarah must follow him into the world of the fairy tale to rescue him in hope that their loyalty isn't just another illusion in a place where nothing is as it seems! Dark Crystal: In another time The Dark Crystal - a source of Balance and truth in the Universe - was shattered dividing the world into two factions : the wicked Skekis and the peaceful Mystics. Now as the convergence of the three suns approaches the Crystal must be healed or darkness will reign forever! It's up to Jen - the last of his race - to fulfil the prophecy that a Gelfling will return the missing shard to the Crystal and destroy the Skekis' evil Empire. But will young Jen's courage be any match for the unknown dangers that await him?

  • In And Out [1998]In And Out | DVD | (09/04/2001) from £29.99   |  Saving you £-17.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Writer Paul Rudnick knows a good idea when he hears one. When Tom Hanks talked about his openly gay high school drama teacher after winning the Oscar for Philadelphia, Hanks had already warned the teacher about the prime-time speech. For Rudnick's comedy, golden-boy star Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) announces at the Oscars (in a great lampoon of the ceremony) that his high school teacher was his inspiration, and by the way, he's gay. It's a shock to Howard Brackett's (Kevin Kline) small world in the corn belt. That includes his students, parents, coworkers and most importantly, his soon to be bride (Joan Cusack). Rudnick, the most successful and outspoken gay screenwriter-playwright (Jeffrey, The Addams Family) working today has hit cinematic gold. Besides Brackett's running around in crisis control, Rudnick allows a great deal of time to what others think. A typical line: "Mr Brackett's not gay! He just likes poetry and Shakespeare and uses his napkin!" In & Out is a screwball comedy first, a banter of how society deals with homosexuality second. Kline is at the top of his comedic talents here; a weaker actor would permit Joan Cusack to steal the entire movie as the bemused bride. Cusack, an Oscar nominee for the role, nails some of the funniest moments from any film that year. Seemingly forgotten as a cinematic presence, a clean-shaven Tom Selleck and his 24-carat gold personality is something to reckon with again. As a Hollywood reporter on the case, Selleck, without moustache, comes off more as George Clooney's older brother than as Magnum PI. The movie is helmed by Frank Oz, the voice of Miss Piggy, who has quietly put together a very impressive list of comedies: Little Shop of Horrors, Housesitter and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. --Doug Thomas

  • What About Bob? [1991]What About Bob? | DVD | (29/06/2004) from £4.69   |  Saving you £10.30 (219.62%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Bob a troubled but loveable therapy patient who fears everything calls upon a noted psychiatrist who helps him overcome his fears. When the doctor takes a quiet family holiday in New Hampshire Bob terrified of being alone keeps popping up unexpectedly at the family's retreat. That's right about when the fun begins....

  • Dark Crystal [1982]Dark Crystal | DVD | (06/12/1999) from £7.09   |  Saving you £5.90 (45.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Jim Henson's fantasy epic The Dark Crystal doesn't take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but like Star Wars it takes the audience to a place that exists only in the imagination and, for an hour and a half, on the screen. Recalling the worlds of JRR. Tolkien, Henson tells the story of a race of grotesque birdlike lizards called the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. A prophecy tells of a Gelfling (a small elfin being) who will topple their empire, so in their reign of terror they have exterminated the race, or so they think. The orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal (which gives the Skeksis their power) and restore the balance of the universe. Henson and codirector Frank Oz have pushed puppetry into a new direction: traditional puppets, marionettes, giant bodysuits, and mechanical constructions are mixed seamlessly in a fantasy world of towering castles, simple huts, dank caves, a giant clockwork observatory, and a magnificent landscape that seem to have leaped off the pages of a storybook. Muppet fans will recognise many of the voice actors--a few characters sound awfully close to familiar comic creations--but otherwise The Dark Crystal is a completely alien world made familiar by a mythic quest that resonates through stories over the ages. --Sean Axmaker

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [Blu-ray] [1988]Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Blu Ray | (02/12/2013) from £8.39   |  Saving you £4.60 (54.83%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) is a crass, loud American. Laurence Jameson (Michael Caine) is a suave, urbane European. Their common ground is that they both are confidence men, and they meet in a train compartment as Benson is scamming his way across Europe, taking advantage of women's generosity. The two are forced into a rivalry, which culminates in a wager to see who can be the first to bilk $50,000 out of American heiress Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly). Their game of one-upmanship is, of course, brought to ridiculous heights as things progress. Written by Paul Henning (the mind behind such TV shows as Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an uneven but funny mix of Martin's physical comedy and Caine's oily charms. Martin's first role as cohort is to assume the persona of Ruprecht, the "special" younger brother intended to scare off potential brides. As Ruprecht, he comes off as a down-home version of Jerry Lewis; hilarious as it is, it doesn't quite fit with the rest of the film. Once the wager is on, though, Martin slips into his overly earnest mode as an American military man suffering from hysterical paralysis, with Caine as a psychologist who takes on his case. All in all, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (a loose remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story with David Niven and Marlon Brando) is a droll, intelligent comedy, short on knee slappers but long on comic situations and characterisations. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com

  • The Muppet Show - Season 1The Muppet Show - Season 1 | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £11.89   |  Saving you £19.10 (61.60%)   |  RRP £30.99

    The complete first season of madcap mayhem from the Muppets! Episodes comprise: 1. Jim Nabors 2. Sandy Duncan 3. Rita Moreno 4. Ruth Buzzi 5. Joel Grey 6. Paul Williams 7. Lena Horne 8. Peter Ustinov 9. Florence Henderson 10. Valerie Harper 11. Candice Bergen 12. Bruce Forsyth 13. Harvey Korman 14. Charles Aznavour 15. Ben Vereen 16. Vincent Price 17. Twiggy 18. Phyllis Diller 19. Ethel Mermann 20. Connie Stevens 21. Avery Schreiber 22. Juliet Prowse

  • Bowfinger [1999]Bowfinger | DVD | (01/05/2000) from £7.98   |  Saving you £2.01 (20.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Bobby Bowfinger, a nearly bankrupt aspiring movie producer-director, is about to take one last shot at fame and fortune.

  • The Dark Crystal [Blu-ray] [Region A & B & C]The Dark Crystal | Blu Ray | (05/03/2018) from £20.00   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    In another time, The Dark Crystal was the Balance and Truth in the Universe, but was destroyed dividing the world into two factions: the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now as the convergence of the three suns approaches the Crystal must be healed or darkness will reign forever. It is up to Jen, the last of his race, to carry out the prophecy that a Gelfing will return the missing shard of crystal and destroy the Skeksis' evil Empire. But will Jen be up to the challenge of battling the unknown? Features: The Bluray edition comes complete with a 30pp booklet including rare archival photos and behindthescenes stories. (included in 4K Ultra HD (Bluray disc) & Bluray formats) AllNew: The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy featurette: Go behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud. Deleted Scenes Commentary with Brian Froud PictureinPicture Storyboard Track Original Skeksis Language Scenes with Introduction by Screenwriter David Odell The World of The Dark Crystal Documentary Reflections of The Dark Crystal: Light on the Path of Creation & Shard of Illusion featurette Photo Galleries Theatrical Teaser & Trailer

  • Stepford Wives, The [2004]Stepford Wives, The | DVD | (29/11/2004) from £4.18   |  Saving you £17.07 (584.59%)   |  RRP £19.99

    What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.

  • Dark Crystal [Blu-ray] [1982]Dark Crystal | Blu Ray | (31/08/2009) from £9.43   |  Saving you £10.56 (111.98%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The Dark Crystal is a remarkable fantasy adventure starring some of Jim Henson's most imaginative creatures ever. Five years in the making this magical tale of good and evil is directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and Produced by Gary Kurtz. You can also discover some of the secrets behind the making of the first ever all-puppet film in a special 60 minute Featurette. In another time The Dark Crystal - a source of Balance and truth in the Universe - was shattered dividing the world into two factions : the wicked Skekis and the peaceful Mystics. Now as the convergence of the three suns approaches the Crystal must be healed or darkness will reign forever! It's up to Jen - the last of his race - to fulfil the prophecy that a Gelfling will return the missing shard to the Crystal and destroy the Skekis' evil Empire. But will young Jen's courage be any match for the unknown dangers that await him?

  • Bowfinger [DVD]Bowfinger | DVD | (02/11/2015) from £5.39   |  Saving you £4.60 (85.34%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Film-makers often remark that it's just so hard to make a bad picture that few would take on the challenge if they weren't so naive. Steve Martin's Bobby Bowfinger is cut from that pattern, one of those sweet, indomitable operators of Hollywood who seem to be descended directly from Ed Wood (of Plan 9 from Outer Space infamy). To resurrect his ramshackle existence, Bowfinger opts to film his accountant's sci-fi spectacular,Chubby Rain, about aliens invading in raindrops. The snag is he needs to attach action megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), an actor so paranoid he counts the occurrences of the letter "k" in scripts to uncover possible Ku Klux Klan influences. When his effort fails, Bowfinger hits on an ingenious scheme to film Ramsey without his knowledge, throwing his actors at the hapless star whenever he appears in public. Only Kit begins to believe he's being hounded by aliens for real, and runs hysterically to his guru (Terence Stamp) at a Scientology-clone group called MindHead, where people walk around in fine suits wearing white pyramids on their heads. Deprived of his star, yet not to be undone, Bowfinger hires a look-alike, Jiff (also Eddie Murphy), to fill in. The tone of the picture is sometimes flat, rather than deadpan, but that's nitpicking. The farce is quick and engrossing, and populated with terrific performances, especially by Eddie Murphy, whose dual role as Kit and Jiff showcases his character-building gift, and by Martin, whose Bowfinger, part con man and part would-be visionary, manages to capture your sympathies. Heather Graham's would-be actress cheerfully sleeps her way to the top like she knows she's supposed to, and Christine Baranski plays her shopworn method actor with myopic self-absorption. --Jim Gay, Amazon.com

  • Goldie Hawn Collection - Death Becomes Her/Bird On A Wire/HousesitterGoldie Hawn Collection - Death Becomes Her/Bird On A Wire/Housesitter | DVD | (07/05/2007) from £12.13   |  Saving you £2.86 (23.58%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Death Becomes Her: Oscar-winning actress's Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star with Bruce Willis in Robert Zemeckis' outrageously entertaining comedy about greed vanity sex immortality life - and death. First there's actress Madeline Ashton who's gaining more wrinkles than good screen roles. Then there's her former friend Helen Sharp who loses her fiance to Madeline and subsequently doubles her weight. Finally there's Madeline's husband Ernest a renowned plastic surgeon who spends his nights drunkenly cursing the day he met his wife. Enter a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives-and deaths-forever. It's a fast-paced romp that blends ground-breaking special effects. Bird On A Wire: Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn star in this action-packed comedy directed by John Badham about two old flames who meet by accident and are plunged into a cross-country run for their lives. Housesitter: Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn star in this hilarious romantic comedy about the consequences of ""stretching"" the truth. When architect Newton Davis' girlfriend Becky (Dana Delany) turns down his marriage proposal his newly-built dream house suddenly becomes nothing more than an empty monument to her rejection. That is until a chance encounter with Gwen (Hawn) turns his life upside-down. Intrigued by Newton's story Gwen visits the house and decides to move in on her own. Resourceful and creative Gwen is soon fixing up the house and charming Newton's family and neighbors - all the while passing herself off as his new wife! Gwen even befriends Becky who begins to see a Newton she never knew existed. Horrified at the deception yet unable to stop it Newton finds himself playing along with her preposterous stories her attempts at reconciling differences within his family and her campaign for his promotion at work. Finally he convinces Gwen to fabricate their ""divorce"" so he can still get married to Becky - until he has a change of heart. It's a delightful warmhearted and intelligent comedy from director Frank Oz.

  • The Muppets: Muppets Movies [DVD]The Muppets: Muppets Movies | DVD | (12/10/2015) from £7.40   |  Saving you £5.59 (43.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Muppets From Space The Muppets are back in the hilarious family comedy MUPPETS FROM SPACE, an action-packed adventure about the search for Gonzo's past! Produced in the Muppets style that generations have come to love, this all-singing, all-dancing comedy follows the entire Muppet cast on a truly unforgettable journey that the whole family will enjoy. The Muppets Take Manhattan Broadway bound, THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN by storm in this magical musical about breaking into show business! When no one in town will even meet with them, it’s up to Kermit to believe hard enough for all of his friends that the show WILL go on! The Adventures Of Elmo in Grouchland Elmo and his beloved blue blanket are inseparable. When Oscar carelessly tosses the fuzzy blanket into his trash can, Elmo dives in after it. He is suddenly plunged into Grouchland. Elmo and all his friends from Sesame Street embark on a fun-filled adventure with one mission – to rescue Elmo’s blanket! Kermit’s Swamp Years KERMIT’S SWAMP YEARS is the never-before-told story of how the world’s most famous frog left the swamp for the very first time and began an adventure that would change his life – and ours – forever. KERMIT’S SWAMP YEARS is an adventure-packed comical treat for the entire family. It’s his true story – warts and all!

  • The Muppets Take Manhattan [1986]The Muppets Take Manhattan | DVD | (06/11/2000) from £8.26   |  Saving you £4.73 (36.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Broadway-bound the Muppets Take Manhattan by storm in this magical musical about breaking into show business! Fresh out drama school Kermit Fozzie Bear and the entire cast of Kermit's musical - Manhattan Melodies - head for the Big Apple with plans to turn their small play into a big hit! All they need now is someone to produce their show! But when no one in town will even meet with them it's up to Kermit to believe hard enough for all of his friends that the show WILL go on!

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