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  • The Golden Child [1986]The Golden Child | DVD | (04/06/2001) from £6.49   |  Saving you £6.50 (100.15%)   |  RRP £12.99

    As The Chosen One Eddie Murphy's on a madcap mission to save The Golden Child a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses Tibet to obtain a sacred dagger. But it's Murphy's wit that turns out to be his sharpest weapon in this 24-karat comedy adventure.

  • Fletch [Blu-ray]Fletch | Blu Ray | (25/04/2016) from £7.19   |  Saving you £12.80 (178.02%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Fletch is a fairly sarcastic and occasionally very funny Chevy Chase vehicle scripted by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas) from Gregory McDonald's lightweight mystery novel about an undercover newspaper reporter cracking a police drug ring. Enjoyment of the film pivots on whether you find Chase's flippant, smart-ass brand of verbal humour funny, or merely egocentric. If you don't like Chase, there's really no one else worth watching (Geena Davis is sadly underused). Chase seems born to play IM "Fletch" Fletcher, a disillusioned investigative reporter whose cynicism and detached view on life mirrors the actor's understated approach to comedy. Fletcher offers Chase the opportunity to adopt numerous personas, as his job requires numerous (bad) physical disguises, and much of film's humour centres on the ridiculous idea that any of these phoney accents or bad hairpieces could fool anyone. These not-so-clever disguises are put to use when Fletch becomes involved in the film's smart but continually self-mocking two-part mystery. As well as trying to gather drug-smuggling evidence against the LAPD for a long-overdue newspaper story, a rich and apparently terminally ill stranger also offers Fletch a large payoff to kill him. While the film does a fairly good job juggling both of these plots, not to mention tossing in a love interest as well, they're subservient, for better or worse, to Chase's memorable one-liners and disguises. Followed by two forgettable sequels that lack both the original's wit and Chase's attention span.--Dave McCoy, Amazon.com

  • Eddie Murphy CollectionEddie Murphy Collection | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £9.99   |  Saving you £4.29 (30.00%)   |  RRP £14.28

    48 Hours: Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy make one of the most unusual and entertaining teams ever in Walter Hill's roller-coaster thriller 48 HRS. Nolte is a roughedged cop after two vicious cop-killers. He can't do it without the help of smooth and dapper Murphy who is serving time for a half-million dollar robbery. This unlikely partnership trades laughs as often as punches as both pursue their separate goals: Nolte wants the villains; Murphy wants his money and some much-needed female companionship. Watch for Murphy's hilarious scene in a redneck country-western bar - you'll want to see it again and again. Beverly Hills Cop: The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley a street smart Detroit cop tracing down his best friend's killer in Beverly Hills. Axel quickly learns that his wild style doesn't fit in with the Beverly Hills Police Department which assigns two officers (Judge Reinhold & John Ashton) to make sure things don't get out of hand. Dragging the stuffy detectives along for the ride Axel smashes through a huge culture clash in his hilarious high-speed pursuit of justice. Coming to America: Eddie Murphy is a king of comedy and in John Landis' Coming To America Murphy is also the Prince of Comedy - a very wealthy and pampered African prince who comes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by his closest companion (Arsenio Hall) Murphy quickly finds a job new friends new digs new enemies - and lots of trouble. Keep an eye out for both Murphy and Hall in some unforgettable cameo roles! The Golden Child: As The Chosen One Eddie Murphy's on a madcap mission to save The Golden Child a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses Tibet to obtain a sacred dagger. But it's Murphy's wit that turns out to be his sharpest weapon in this 24-karat comedy adventure. Trading Places: Eddie Murphy established himself as a comedy superstar in his role as streetwise hustler Billy Ray Valentine. Fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus Dan Aykroyd co-stars as Louis Winthorpe III a wealthy investment executive at Duke Brothers a Wall Street firm. The fun begins when the rich and greedy Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet over whether born loser Valentine could become as successful as the priggish Winthorpe if circumstances are reversed. The Dukes have the money to make this happen but when Valentine and Winthorpe catch on they arrange for a rich and riotous payback! Norbit: Norbit (Eddie Murphy) has never had it easy. As a baby he was abandoned on the steps of a Chinese restaurant/orphanage and raised by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy). Things get worse when he's forced into marriage by the mean junk food-chugging queen Rasputia (Eddie Murphy). Just when Norbit's hanging by his last thread his childhood sweetheart Kate (Thandie Newton) moves back to town...

  • A Simple Wish [1997]A Simple Wish | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £3.98   |  Saving you £7.27 (267.28%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Your wish is his command... sort of. 'A Simple Wish' tells the sweet-natured story of Murray a bumbling fairy godfather who has good intentions but not much else. Technically Murray is a fairy godmother--the only male member of the North American Fairy Godmother Association. After barely passing his godmother's exam he is sent to New York City to watch after Anabel a young girl who wishes that her father Oliver will land a part in a Broadway musical so that the family w

  • The CandidateThe Candidate | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £5.39   |  Saving you £7.60 (58.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Nothing matters more than winning. Not even what you believe in. Californian lawyer Bill McKay fights for the little man. His charisma and integrity get him noticed by the Democratic Party machine and he is persuaded to run for the Senate against an apparently unassailable incumbent. It's agreed he can handle it his own way on his own terms. But once he's in the race and his prospects begin to improve the deal starts to change....

  • Fletch [1985]Fletch | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (-12.40%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Fletch is a fairly sarcastic and occasionally very funny Chevy Chase vehicle scripted by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas) from Gregory McDonald's lightweight mystery novel about an undercover newspaper reporter cracking a police drug ring. Enjoyment of the film pivots on whether you find Chase's flippant, smart-ass brand of verbal humour funny, or merely egocentric. If you don't like Chase, there's really no one else worth watching (Geena Davis is sadly underused). Chase seems born to play IM "Fletch" Fletcher, a disillusioned investigative reporter whose cynicism and detached view on life mirrors the actor's understated approach to comedy. Fletcher offers Chase the opportunity to adopt numerous personas, as his job requires numerous (bad) physical disguises, and much of film's humour centres on the ridiculous idea that any of these phoney accents or bad hairpieces could fool anyone. These not-so-clever disguises are put to use when Fletch becomes involved in the film's smart but continually self-mocking two-part mystery. As well as trying to gather drug-smuggling evidence against the LAPD for a long-overdue newspaper story, a rich and apparently terminally ill stranger also offers Fletch a large payoff to kill him. While the film does a fairly good job juggling both of these plots, not to mention tossing in a love interest as well, they're subservient, for better or worse, to Chase's memorable one-liners and disguises. Followed by two forgettable sequels that lack both the original's wit and Chase's attention span.--Dave McCoy, Amazon.com

  • British Transport Films - Vol. 5British Transport Films - Vol. 5 | DVD | (25/06/2007) from £12.39   |  Saving you £7.60 (38.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A fifth collection of films showing off Britain's wonderful heritage of archive films selected from the British Transport Films archive.

  • The Couch Trip [1988]The Couch Trip | DVD | (14/07/2003) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Dan Aykroyd is running the asylum and ruling the airwaves as a mental patient turned talk-radio shrink in this Michael Ritchie comedy of loony proportions co-starring Charles Grodin Donna Dixon Walter Matthau and Chevy Chase. When asylum inmate John Burns (Aykroyd) intercepts a call to his psychiatrist he brashly impersonates the good doctor. And he does such a good job that he's given an offer to fill in for a stressed-out Beverly Hills celebrity psychologist (Grodin) as the hos

  • Madeline / Matilda / A Simple WishMadeline / Matilda / A Simple Wish | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Madeline (Dir. Daisy von Scherler Mayer 1998): Madeline and her eleven friends live at school run by Miss Clavel (Frances McDormand) in an old house in Paris. The smallest of the girls Madeline is also the most adventurous! She loses her appendix but gains an awesome scare falls into the River Seine only to be rescued by a dog called Genevieve and matches wits with Pepito the devilish son of a Spanish Ambassador who moves in next door. However when stuffy Lord Covington puts the future of the school in jeopardy it's up to Madeline and her friends to save the day! Matilda (Dir. Danny DeVito 1996) Unfortunately for Matilda her father Harry (Danny DeVito) is a used car salesman who bamboozles innocent customers and her mother Zinnia (Rhea Perlman) lives for bingo and soap operas. Far from noticing what a special child Matilda is they barely notice her at all! They bundle Matilda off to Cruncham Hall a bleak school where students cower before the whip hand and fist of a hulking monster headmistress Miss Trunchball (Pam Ferris). But amid Crunchem's darkness Matilda discovers remarkable skills - including a very special talent that allows her to turn the table on the wicked grown ups in her world! A Simple Wish (Dir. Michael Ritchie 1997): Tells the sweet-natured story of Murray a bumbling fairy godfather who has good intentions but not much else. Technically Murray is a fairy godmother--the only male member of the North American Fairy Godmother Association. After barely passing his godmother's exam he is sent to New York City to watch after Anabel a young girl who wishes that her father Oliver will land a part in a Broadway musical so that the family won't have to move to Nebraska. But when the district's previous godmother a nefarious spellcaster named Claudia arrives with her wacky sidekick Boots her plans to cripple Murray and Anabel's magical association and monopolize the wish market wreak havoc on the already unstable Murray. It's up to Murray and Anabel to pool their resources and get rid of Claudia and Boots once and for all. Director Michael Ritchie turns the fairytale knob up a notch with 'A Simple Wish' also taking the time to poke fun at Broadway musicals. Featuring spectacular special effects and an extremely engaging performance by Wilson this is a children's fable with a fresh twist.

  • Midnight Sting [1992]Midnight Sting | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £7.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (38.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Fresh out of jail motor-mouth con man Gabriel Cane (Woods) sets up a bet with local gangster John Gillon (Dern) in which ageing prize fighter 'Honey' Roy Palmer must knock out 10 opponents within 24 hours. The con is on but exactly who is scamming who?

  • Fletch/Fletch LivesFletch/Fletch Lives | DVD | (26/12/2006) from £14.83   |  Saving you £-1.84 (-14.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Fletch (1985): Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear. Chevy Chase is at his hilarious best in this suspense-packed comedy thriller based on Gregory McDonald's novel. Fletch is an investigative reporter who's constantly changing his identity. While working on a drug expose Fletch attracts the attention of a strange business man (Tim Matheson) who wants to be killed so his wife will inherit more insurance. The wily Fletch senses a scam and soon he's up to his byline in frame-ups murder police corruption and forbidden romance. It'll be the story of the year if he can stay alive to meet his deadline! Fletch Lives (1989): Director Michael Ritchie and Chevy Chase team up once again for Fletch Lives with Chase reprising the role of Irwin ""Fletch"" Fletcher newspaper journalist and master of disguise. When his recently deceased aunt bequeaths her decrepit manor to him Fletch travels down south to rural Louisiana. Initially things go well especially when he hooks up with a flirtatious southern belle. But when he wakes up the morning after he's shocked to find that she has been murdered. In order to catch the killers and clear himself the intrepid chameleon-like Fletch must infiltrate the congregation of Jimmy Lee Farnsworth (R. Lee Ermey) a greedy local preacher who wants to gain control of Fletch's land in order to build a Bible-themed amusement park.

  • Matilda / a Simple Wish [DVD]Matilda / a Simple Wish | DVD | (18/07/2011) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Matilda: Unfortunately for Matilda her father Harry (Danny DeVito) is a used car salesman who bamboozles innocent customers and her mother Zinnia (Rhea Perlman) lives for bingo and soap operas. Far from noticing what a special child Matilda is they barely notice her at all! They bundle Matilda off to Cruncham Hall a bleak school where students cower before the whip hand and fist of a hulking monster headmistress Miss Trunchball (Pam Ferris). But amid Crunchem's darkness Matilda discovers remarkable skills - including a very special talent that allows her to turn the table on the wicked grown ups in her world! A Simple Wish: The sweet-natured story of Murray a bumbling fairy godfather who has good intentions but not much else. Technically Murray is a fairy godmother--the only male member of the North American Fairy Godmother Association. After barely passing his godmother's exam he is sent to New York City to watch after Anabel a young girl who wishes that her father Oliver will land a part in a Broadway musical so that the family won't have to move to Nebraska. But when the district's previous godmother a nefarious spellcaster named Claudia arrives with her wacky sidekick Boots her plans to cripple Murray and Anabel's magical association and monopolize the wish market wreak havoc on the already unstable Murray. It's up to Murray and Anabel to pool their resources and get rid of Claudia and Boots once and for all.

  • The Borrowers/A Simple WishThe Borrowers/A Simple Wish | DVD | (26/03/2007) from £5.00   |  Saving you £0.99 (16.50%)   |  RRP £5.99

    The Borrowers: Follows the adventures of the dauntless tiny Clock family parents Pod (Jim Broadbent) Homily (Celia Imrie) and their kids Peagreen and Arrietty - a family of tiny four inch tall people who live under the floorboards of a big house surviving by ""borrowing"" from the ""Human Bean"" family upstairs. The Borrowers turn dental floss into tightropes toaster handles into catapults socks into beds stamps into wall posters and when their world is facing extinction - in the form of Ocious P. Potter (John Goodman) their resourcefulness knows no bounds. A Simple Wish: tells the sweet-natured story of Murray a bumbling fairy godfather who has good intentions but not much else. Technically Murray is a fairy godmother--the only male member of the North American Fairy Godmother Association. After barely passing his godmother's exam he is sent to New York City to watch after Anabel a young girl who wishes that her father Oliver will land a part in a Broadway musical so that the family won't have to move to Nebraska. But when the district's previous godmother a nefarious spellcaster named Claudia arrives with her wacky sidekick Boots her plans to cripple Murray and Anabel's magical association and monopolize the wish market wreak havoc on the already unstable Murray. It's up to Murray and Anabel to pool their resources and get rid of Claudia and Boots once and for all. Director Michael Ritchie turns the fairytale knob up a notch with A Simple Wish also taking the time to poke fun at Broadway musicals. Featuring spectacular special effects and an extremely engaging performance by Wilson this is a children's fable with a fresh twist.

  • The Island [DVD]The Island | DVD | (13/10/2014) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    An action-packed thriller written by Peter Benchley (Jaws). The disappearance of boats in the Caribbean forces Maynard (Michael Caine) to investigate. During the search Maynard and his son come face-to-face with pirates led by Nau (David Warner). But then his son sides with the pirates and Blair must save himself or die...

  • A Simple Wish [Blu-ray]A Simple Wish | Blu Ray | (04/07/2011) from £7.00   |  Saving you £10.99 (61.10%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Your wish is his command... sort of. 'A Simple Wish' tells the sweet-natured story of Murray a bumbling fairy godfather who has good intentions but not much else. Technically Murray is a fairy godmother--the only male member of the North American Fairy Godmother Association. After barely passing his godmother's exam he is sent to New York City to watch after Anabel a young girl who wishes that her father Oliver will land a part in a Broadway musical so that the family won't have to move to Nebraska. But when the district's previous godmother a nefarious spellcaster named Claudia arrives with her wacky sidekick Boots her plans to cripple Murray and Anabel's magical association and monopolize the wish market wreak havoc on the already unstable Murray. It's up to Murray and Anabel to pool their resources and get rid of Claudia and Boots once and for all. Director Michael Ritchie turns the fairytale knob up a notch with 'A Simple Wish' also taking the time to poke fun at Broadway musicals. Featuring spectacular special effects and an extremely engaging performance by Wilson this is a children's fable with a fresh twist.

  • Coming To America/The Golden Child/NorbitComing To America/The Golden Child/Norbit | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: Coming To America: Eddie Murphy is a king of comedy and in John Landis' Coming To America Murphy is also the Prince of Comedy - a very wealthy and pampered African prince who comes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by his closest companion (Arsenio Hall) Murphy quickly finds a job new friends new digs new enemies - and lots of trouble. Keep an eye out for both Murphy and Hall in some unforgettable cameo roles! The Golden Child: As The Chosen One Eddie Murphy's on a madcap mission to save The Golden Child a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses Tibet to obtain a sacred dagger. But it's Murphy's wit that turns out to be his sharpest weapon in this 24-karat comedy adventure. Norbit: Norbit (Eddie Murphy) has never had it easy. As a baby he was abandoned on the steps of a Chinese restaurant/orphanage and raised by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy). Things get worse when he's forced into marriage by the mean junk food-chugging queen Rasputia (Eddie Murphy). Just when Norbit's hanging by his last thread his childhood sweetheart Kate (Thandie Newton) moves back to town...

  • The Couch Trip [DVD]The Couch Trip | DVD | (13/06/2016) from £13.69   |  Saving you £4.30 (31.41%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) is running the asylum - and ruling the airwaves - as a mental patient turned talk-radio shrink in this comedy of loony proportions co-starring Charles Grodin (Midnight Run), Donna Dixon (Spies Like Us), Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple) and Chevy Chase (Fletch). When asylum inmate John Burns (Aykroyd) intercepts a call to his psychiatrist, he brashly impersonates the good doctor. And he does such a good job that he's given an offer to fill in for a stressed-out Beverly Hills celebrity psychologist (Grodin) as the host of a call-in radio advice show. Escaping the hospital, Burns is soon gleefully crossing swords with his predecessor's beautiful colleague (Dixon), crossing paths with a crafty crackpot (Matthau) and crossing the line into complete hilarity as his offbeat psychobabble takes ultra-trendy La-La Land by storm!

  • Sports Collection - Bull Durham/Best Shot/Midnight StingSports Collection - Bull Durham/Best Shot/Midnight Sting | DVD | (09/04/2007) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Bull Durham (Dir. Ron Shelton 1988): The Durham Bulls are in a slump and have spent a hefty sum of money acquiring an untested young pitcher in the hopes of reversing their standings. Crash Davis a 12-year veteran ballplayer who has spent most of his time bumming around as a minor league catcher is assigned to mature the rookie pitching phenom named ""Nuke."" But a beautiful and enigmatic team groupie comes between the tutor and his student enlightening both with her game of life love and verse. Best Shot (Dir. David Anspaugh 1986): Nominated for two Academy Awards this triumphant tale of a high school basketball teams' long-shot attempt to ascend to the State Championship is filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and breathless excitement! Hackman is Norman Dale a basketball coach whose checkered past has led him to a last-chance position with a last-chance team. Made to feel unwelcome by squad members an icy fellow teacher (Hershey) and townspeople who nearly have him fired Dale perseveres with a gritty demeanor and an unwavering passion for the game. But winning over the team is only half the battle in a world where small-town teams can end up playing big-time rivals...and a downtrodden outsider can rouse the pride of an entire county. Featuring fast and furious cinematography and intense heart-rending performances from Gene Hackman Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper Best Shots redefined the sports movie with a realism and frankness that make you believe in its small-town characters - and cheer for them over and over again. Midnight Sting (Dir. Michael Ritchie 1992): Fresh out of jail motor-mouth con man Gabriel Cane (Woods) sets up a bet with local gangster John Gillon (Dern) in which ageing prize fighter 'Honey' Roy Palmer must knock out 10 opponents within 24 hours. The con is on but exactly who is scamming who?

  • The Survivors [1983]The Survivors | DVD | (15/04/2002) from £6.73   |  Saving you £13.26 (197.03%)   |  RRP £19.99

    At the height of urban paranoia and the birth of survivalist movement in the 1980s, director Michael Ritchie decided to team Robin Williams and Walter Matthau in The Survivors. Talk about an odd couple; yet it actually might have worked, with Matthau's hang-dog deadpan and Williams' manic energy, were it not for a limp script by Michael Leeson. Williams and Matthau play two victims of Reaganomics, unemployed acquaintances who witness a robbery and identify one of the participants to the police, an act that turns them into targets for the robber in question who comes looking for them. Williams' response: become a one-man arsenal and join a training camp for militant survivalists. But the comedy is neither sharp enough nor sufficiently smart to pull it off; Matthau is the calm centre while Williams' comedy rockets all around him, to surprisingly little effect. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

  • The Positively True Adventures Of The Alleged Texas Cheerleader - Murdering MomThe Positively True Adventures Of The Alleged Texas Cheerleader - Murdering Mom | DVD | (13/09/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids. What happens when the pursuit of happiness drives you round the bend? Holly Hunter finds out when she stars as Wanda Holloway a loving mother who wants the best for her daughter -- at almost any price. Wanda and her close neighbor and fellow stage mother Verna each want their own daughter to win a coveted spot on the high school cheerleading team. The battle for the prized pom-poms is so intense that while her daughter is doing the splits Wanda is busy devising a plan to try and guarantee her winning. Her plan leads her to talk of murder. Wanda says it started as a joke but when her brother- in- law Terry (Beau Bridges) goes to the cops Wanda becomes entangled in a trial for solicitation of murder making for a movie that would be tragic -- if it weren't so hysterically funny.

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