"Director: Russell Mulcahy"

  • Resident Evil: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] [2017]Resident Evil: The Complete Collection | Blu Ray | (12/06/2017) from £21.98   |  Saving you £11.00 (57.93%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Given that Resident Evil is a Paul Anderson movie based on a computer game which was itself highly derivative (especially of George A Romero and James Cameron films), it's probably unfair to complain that it hasn't got an original idea or moment in its entire running time. In the early 1980s, Italian schlock films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie Creeping Flesh tried to cram in as many moments restaged from American originals as possible, strung together by silly characters wandering between monster attacks. This is a much-improved, edited, photographed and directed version of the same gambit. As amnesiac Milla Jovovich remembers amazing kung fu skills and anti-globalist Eric Mabius mutters about evil corporations, a gang of clichéd soldiers with nary a distinguishing feature between them (except for Michelle Rodriguez as a secondary tough chick) are trapped in an underground scientific compound at the mercy of a tyrannical computer--which manifests as a smug little-girl-o-gram--fending off flesh-eating zombies (though gore fans will be disappointed by the film's need to stay within the limits of the 15 certificate) and CGI mutants, not to mention the ever-popular zombie dogs. It's tolerably action-packed, but zips past its borrowings (Aliens, Cube, Deep Blue Sea) without adding anything that future schlock pictures will want to imitate. On the DVD: Resident Evil on disc has the expected trailers, both teaser and theatrical; a half-hour making-of; zombie make-up tests; featurettes on music (with Marilyn Manson), production design and costume. A lively commentary track features Anderson, Jovovich, Rodriguez and producer/zombie Jeremy Bolt--Jovovich upbraids Anderson for talking about different gradings of film stock over her nude scene and everyone else talks about how much she hurt them by punching them out during action sequences. Anderson mentions an alternate commentary track with visual effects designer Richard Yuricich, but it isn't included. --Kim Newman

  • Highlander [DVD]Highlander | DVD | (11/07/2016) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    This 1986 fantasy/action thriller has since spawned two sequels, a TV series, numerous comic-book spin-offs, and a loyal (if somewhat oddly obsessive) following of fans. Directed by music-video veteran Russell Mulcahy (which explains the dizzying camera work and soundtrack contributions from Queen), the original theatrical release made a hash of an intriguing story about an "Immortal" from 16th-century Scotland (Christopher Lambert) who time-leaps to modern-day America with his arch-enemy (Clancy Brown) in hot pursuit. It becomes a battle to the death (yes, Immortals can die) and Lambert seeks survival training from an Immortal mentor played by Sean Connery. Highlander is dazzling, energetic and altogether confusing. --Jeff Shannon

  • Highlander [1985]Highlander | DVD | (12/03/2001) from £4.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (180.36%)   |  RRP £13.99

    This 1986 fantasy/action thriller has since spawned two sequels, a TV series, numerous comic-book spin-offs, and a loyal (if somewhat oddly obsessive) following of fans. Directed by music-video veteran Russell Mulcahy (which explains the dizzying camera work and soundtrack contributions from Queen), the original theatrical release made a hash of an intriguing story about an "Immortal" from 16th-century Scotland (Christopher Lambert) who time-leaps to modern-day America with his arch-enemy (Clancy Brown) in hot pursuit. It becomes a battle to the death (yes, Immortals can die) and Lambert seeks survival training from an Immortal mentor played by Sean Connery. Highlander is dazzling, energetic and altogether confusing. --Jeff Shannon

  • Resident Evil: The Complete Collection [DVD] [2017]Resident Evil: The Complete Collection | DVD | (12/06/2017) from £14.52   |  Saving you £10.47 (72.11%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Given that Resident Evil is a Paul Anderson movie based on a computer game which was itself highly derivative (especially of George A Romero and James Cameron films), it's probably unfair to complain that it hasn't got an original idea or moment in its entire running time. In the early 1980s, Italian schlock films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie Creeping Flesh tried to cram in as many moments restaged from American originals as possible, strung together by silly characters wandering between monster attacks. This is a much-improved, edited, photographed and directed version of the same gambit. As amnesiac Milla Jovovich remembers amazing kung fu skills and anti-globalist Eric Mabius mutters about evil corporations, a gang of clichéd soldiers with nary a distinguishing feature between them (except for Michelle Rodriguez as a secondary tough chick) are trapped in an underground scientific compound at the mercy of a tyrannical computer--which manifests as a smug little-girl-o-gram--fending off flesh-eating zombies (though gore fans will be disappointed by the film's need to stay within the limits of the 15 certificate) and CGI mutants, not to mention the ever-popular zombie dogs. It's tolerably action-packed, but zips past its borrowings (Aliens, Cube, Deep Blue Sea) without adding anything that future schlock pictures will want to imitate. On the DVD: Resident Evil on disc has the expected trailers, both teaser and theatrical; a half-hour making-of; zombie make-up tests; featurettes on music (with Marilyn Manson), production design and costume. A lively commentary track features Anderson, Jovovich, Rodriguez and producer/zombie Jeremy Bolt--Jovovich upbraids Anderson for talking about different gradings of film stock over her nude scene and everyone else talks about how much she hurt them by punching them out during action sequences. Anderson mentions an alternate commentary track with visual effects designer Richard Yuricich, but it isn't included. --Kim Newman

  • Highlander [Blu-ray]Highlander | Blu Ray | (11/07/2016) from £10.99   |  Saving you £14.00 (127.39%)   |  RRP £24.99

    This 1986 fantasy/action thriller has since spawned two sequels, a TV series, numerous comic-book spin-offs, and a loyal (if somewhat oddly obsessive) following of fans. Directed by music-video veteran Russell Mulcahy (which explains the dizzying camera work and soundtrack contributions from Queen), the original theatrical release made a hash of an intriguing story about an "Immortal" from 16th-century Scotland (Christopher Lambert) who time-leaps to modern-day America with his arch-enemy (Clancy Brown) in hot pursuit. It becomes a battle to the death (yes, Immortals can die) and Lambert seeks survival training from an Immortal mentor played by Sean Connery. Highlander is dazzling, energetic and altogether confusing. --Jeff Shannon

  • Ricochet [1991]Ricochet | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £6.54   |  Saving you £-0.55 (-9.20%)   |  RRP £5.99

    A sleeper star vehicle for Denzel Washington Ricochet is a campy revenge thriller in the Brian De Palma style. Director Russell Mulcahy (The Shadow) makes the most of the opportunity to showcase two great actors in an exaggerated story of cops, robbers, and revenge. Washington plays a cop who becomes a rising legal star as a result of arresting master criminal John Lithgow, who escapes prison, fakes his own death, and sets about framing lawyer Washington for various crimes. Lithgow methodically destroys his life, until Washington enlists the help of childhood friend and drug dealer Ice-T to turn the tables and put his tormentor out of business for good. Lurid and violent, the film is also happily over the top, making Ricochet a cheerfully decadent indulgence.--Robert Lane, Amazon.com

  • The Shadow [Blu-ray]The Shadow | Blu Ray | (08/06/2015) from £12.29   |  Saving you £1.32 (9.70%)   |  RRP £13.61

    Another masked avenger is reincarnated as a big budget movie. Idle playboy Lamont Cranston (Alec Baldwin), schooled in Tibetan mysticism, fights crime in late '30s New York while wearing a natty hat and false beak. He finds time to romance telepathic sweetie Margo Lane (Penelope Miller), whose crusty old scientist Dad (Ian McKellen) has just invented an atom bomb which is in danger of falling into the hands of Shiwan Khan (John Lone), conquest-happy last descendent of Genghis Khan.Director Russell Mulcahy turns out the regulation death traps (a locked chamber filling with water, a bomb timer which ticks away during the climax) and the Shadow breezes through via nifty "invisible" effects. It evokes the conventions and charms of 1930s' pulp fiction in rather more nostalgic mode than Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and adds little of its own attitude, although a sly camp sensibility (notably in the extremely chi-chi Tim Curry and John Lone as the villains) goes for snickering at the expense of tension. A pleasant, eye-pleasing movie but, after the super-heroic likes of Batman, The Crow and The Mask, the merely mysterious Shadow seems somewhat grandfatherly and remote. --Kim Newman

  • Highlander 2 [1991]Highlander 2 | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.73   |  Saving you £6.26 (93.02%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In this labyrinthine sequel the Immortal MacLeod saves the people of Earth from immanent ozone layer-related destruction by building a shield that deflects sunlight. But the people of Earth aren't especially grateful as the constant state of night has made them cranky and prone to criminal sprees. Moreover bounty hunters from the Immortals' home planet Zeist have given chase and it could mean curtains for us all unless MacLeod and an ecologist can liberate the Earth and banish t

  • Highlander [1986]Highlander | DVD | (04/09/2006) from £7.96   |  Saving you £5.03 (38.70%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The first Highlander cinematic experience sizzles with energy thrilling action sequences and electrifying sword fights and is played out at a frenetic pace by a renowned cast. Christopher Lambert gives a mesmerising performance in his most famed role as the Scotsman out to fulfil his destiny as an Immortal under the tutelage of the flamboyant Ramirez played for laughs with great panache by the enigmatic Sean Connery. The year is 1536. Scottish Clansman Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is mortally wounded in battle by a terrifying warrior - The Kurgan (Clancy Brown). When his wounds miraculously heal Connor is cast out by the superstitious villagers to live a life of solitude. Several years later Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery) a nobleman of Egyptian / Spanish descent teaches him that like he and the Kurgan MacLeod is an immortal who can only die by decapitation. He tells how the immortals are fated to duel down the ages to a mysterious distant time called ""The Gathering"" when the last few will battle for ""The Prize"". So begins a romantic action-packed saga spanning four centuries to modern day Manhattan where a reign of terror grips the city and headless corpses baffle the police. The Kurgan has arrived in town as a one-man wrecking crew maddened by aeons of blood lust slaughtering everything in his path searching for his ancient enemy - the Highlander. It all comes to a climax with an earth-shattering showdown between to two old foes against the spectacular New York night sky.... There can be only one!

  • Resident Evil 1-4 [Blu-ray][Region Free]Resident Evil 1-4 | Blu Ray | (24/09/2012) from £9.49   |  Saving you £8.50 (113.48%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Resident EvilA team of paramilitary commandos must battle flesh-eating undead, killer mutant dogs and a supercomputer's deadly defences before an unleashed virus consumes humanity in this adaptation of the hit video game series! Resident Evil: ApocalypseAfter narrowly escaping the horrors of the underground Hive facility, Alice is quickly thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the undead. It's a race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers and mutant canines. Resident Evil: ExtinctionIn the third chapter of Resident Evil, Alice joins the survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe to travel across the Nevada desert and fight against the evil Umbrella Corporation in hopes of making it to Alaska. Resident Evil: AfterlifeAlice (Milla Jovovich) is back in the fourth installment of the Resident Evil saga. Now, without super human powers, she'll team up with fellow survivors Claire and Chris (Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller) to take on the armies of the undead and take down the Umbrella Corporation whose virus has created them.

  • Resident Evil - Extinction [Blu-ray] [2007]Resident Evil - Extinction | Blu Ray | (18/02/2008) from £2.96   |  Saving you £18.29 (1,075.88%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Milla Jovovich returns in this, the third and final instalment of the popular video game adaptation.

  • Derek And Clive Get The Horn [1978]Derek And Clive Get The Horn | DVD | (06/04/2010) from £6.73   |  Saving you £9.26 (137.59%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Unbelievable happenings in a recording studio. A unique film of this cult duo in action. They were not on good terms and were in the process of breaking up but Virgin lawyers and a SWAT team persuaded them to show up at the Town House Studios in the Goldhawk Road Shepherd's Bush. Don Everly was in Derek's limo whilst Phil administered oxygen to Clive in a stretched caddy. Contractually both superstars were entitled to enter the studio first and the multiple pipe-up that ensued

  • Prayers For Bobby [DVD]Prayers For Bobby | DVD | (28/04/2014) from £4.79   |  Saving you £15.20 (317.33%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The amazing true story of a mother torn between her loyalties challenged by her faith and moved by a tragedy that would change her life and the lives of others forever. Bobby Griffith (Ryan Kelly Smallville) was his mother's favourite son the perfect all-American boy growing up under deeply religious influences in Walnut Creek California. Bobby was also gay. Struggling with a conflict no one knew of - much less understood - Bobby finally came out to his family. Despite the tentative support of his father two sisters and older brother Bobby's mother Mary (Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver Working Girl) turned to the fundamentalist teachings of her church to rescue her son from what she felt was an irredeemable sin. As Mary came closer to the realization that Bobby could not be 'healed ' she rejected him denying him a mother's unconditional love and driving her favourite son to suicide. Anguished over Bobby's death Mary finds little solace in her son's poignant diaries revelations of a troubled boy fighting for the love of his mother and God. Finding it difficult to reconcile her feelings of guilt her conflicted emotions over religious teachings and her struggles with understanding her son's orientation Mary finally and unexpectedly reaches out to the gay community as a source of inspiration and consolation. For Mary Griffith it's the beginning of a long and emotional journey that extended beyond acceptance to her viable role a vocal advocate for gay and lesbian youth. In 1996 twelve years after Bobby's death she was invited to address the Congress of the United States establishing her as a major force in the fight for human rights.

  • Duran Duran - ArenaDuran Duran - Arena | DVD | (05/04/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Released for the first time on DVD to coincide with Duran Duran's 25th anniversary tour, Arena (An Absurd Notion) was the band's first live album and foray into film. Pop idols ranging from Elvis to the Spice Girls have all attempted to make the crossover to the big screen; often such celluloid adventures turn into disasters, with the performers' acting talents rarely matching their vocal proficiencies. Filming is squeezed into a few days between the recording of a new studio album and other duties such as touring, ensuring that the end result is typically dire. Arena manages to avoid many of those pitfalls by giving the band no opportunity to act, instead focusing exclusively on their live concert performance. An additional SF sub plot is included centred on Doctor Duran--the evil dictator from cult film Barbarella, from whom the band got their name. The doctor, played by original actor Milo O'Shea, returns to earth from exile confused by the fans' call for Duran Duran. Crash-landing his ship underneath the stage, he and his three Brummie henchmen are determined to disrupt the show. Despite their attempts to abduct fans, and create anarchy the band continue to perform. Very much a product of its time, the film combines nomadic futuristic imagery with a big budget. Following the critical acclaim of the "Wild Boys" video, Arena seeks to capitalise on its style but also take the promotional video to a new extreme using expensive sets and special effects. The Barbarella sub-plot serves little purpose apart from illustrating the story behind the band's name. The live performance footage is excellent though, not just because of the music but also the guys' authentic mullet hairstyles. On the DVD:The original "Making of Arena" documentary is included on the DVD, along with a vintage interview with Simon Le Bon. The dubbed TV ad for the video and album is also featured along with a trailer, and video mix. Considering the age of the film, the sound and visuals have both transferred well to DVD, with the extended mix of "The Reflex" sounding particularly good. --John Galilee

  • The Scorpion King Triple Pack [DVD]The Scorpion King Triple Pack | DVD | (27/02/2012) from £4.99   |  Saving you £20.00 (80.00%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The Scorpion King In the notorious city of Gomorrah, evil warlord Memnon is determined to lay to waste all the nomadic peoples of the desert. Because the few remaining tribes are virtually powerless against him, they decide to hire a skilled assassin, Mathayus, to eliminate Memnon's most prized asset: the sorceress Cassandra, who lies at the root of Memnon's power. Mathayus's plan, however, is to kidnap Cassandra rather than kill her. He knows if he takes her deep into the desert badlands as his hostage, Memnon and his henchman will stop at nothing to rescue her... The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior See how the legend of the Scorpion King began! When a young Mathayus witnesses his father's death at the hands of the king (Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Randy Couture), his quest for vengeance transforms him into the most feared warrior of the ancient world. From the director of Resident Evil: Extinction and Highlander comes a heroic adventure filled with heart-stopping action and thrilling visual effects! The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption 'The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption' sees Mathayus picking up from where he left off during 'The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior', facing some of the fiercest demons he has ever come across whilst embarking on possibly the most challenging battle of his life. Mathayus is hired by the king of Egypt, Horus, to protect his ally King Ramusan from a forthcoming attack, for which he is promised the marriage of Ramusan's daughter in return. During his mission, Mathayus must also contend with Horus' evil brother Talus in order to save the princess, who has been captured and locked away. Mathayus must defy all the odds and save the day, surviving some gruelling confrontations in order to redeem himself and reacquire the empire. –T.P

  • The Shadow [1994]The Shadow | DVD | (06/07/2009) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (32.60%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Another masked avenger is reincarnated as a big budget movie. Idle playboy Lamont Cranston (Alec Baldwin), schooled in Tibetan mysticism, fights crime in late '30s New York while wearing a natty hat and false beak. He finds time to romance telepathic sweetie Margo Lane (Penelope Miller), whose crusty old scientist Dad (Ian McKellen) has just invented an atom bomb which is in danger of falling into the hands of Shiwan Khan (John Lone), conquest-happy last descendent of Genghis Khan.Director Russell Mulcahy turns out the regulation death traps (a locked chamber filling with water, a bomb timer which ticks away during the climax) and the Shadow breezes through via nifty "invisible" effects. It evokes the conventions and charms of 1930s' pulp fiction in rather more nostalgic mode than Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and adds little of its own attitude, although a sly camp sensibility (notably in the extremely chi-chi Tim Curry and John Lone as the villains) goes for snickering at the expense of tension. A pleasant, eye-pleasing movie but, after the super-heroic likes of Batman, The Crow and The Mask, the merely mysterious Shadow seems somewhat grandfatherly and remote. --Kim Newman

  • The Curse Of King Tut's Tomb [DVD]The Curse Of King Tut's Tomb | DVD | (07/04/2014) from £4.59   |  Saving you £15.40 (77.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Made-for-TV adventure horror set in 1920s Egypt. Archaeologist Danny Freemont (Casper Van Dien) is searching for the fourth and final piece of a tablet, thought to be buried with Ancient Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun (Francisco Bosch), which, when joined with three other pieces, will unleash unspeakable evils from the Underworld. However, Danny's rival Morgan Sinclair (Jonathan Hyde) gets his hands on the artifact first and plans to use the tablet's powers to take over the world. Danny and his team, which includes Egyptologist Azelia Barakat (Leonor Varela), journey to the Valley of the Kings and free Tutankhamun from the Underworld in the hope that he can help them defeat a formidable demon. The cast also includes Simon Callow and Malcolm McDowell.

  • Ricochet [1991]Ricochet | DVD | (02/04/2007) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (27.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    In this explosive action-packed thriller rookie cop Nick Styles (Denzel Washington) has come a long way from the tough city streets of his childhood. Nick escaped to become a cop while his good friend Odessa (Ice T) became a street hustler dealing drugs and stealing cars. Then Nick's life changes forever the night his arrest of a ruthless psychotic killer Blake (John Lithgow) is captured on video by a bystander and picked up by the TV news. Nick becomes a media sensation and his career takes off leaving Blake to seethe in prison obsessed with hatred and revenge. But Blake escapes from jail faking his own death and starts an intricate brutal plan of intimidation public humiliation and murder while Nick is left helpless accusing a man everyone believes is dead. To defeat Blake Nick must return to the streets calling on his old friend Odessa. Together they set a trap that pits Nick against the killer in a terrifying confrontation that will leave one man victorious - and only one man left alive.

  • Highlander [DVD] [1986]Highlander | DVD | (06/07/2009) from £20.98   |  Saving you £4.01 (16.00%)   |  RRP £24.99

    He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York City in 1986. His name is Connor McLeod. He is immortal. Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert - Mortal Kombat Subway) survives a wound that should kill him in a clan battle in the Scottish Highlands in 1536 and is banished from his village. Years later McLeod is met by Juan Sanchez Vlla-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery - The Untouchables The Hunt for Red October) a swordsman who teaches McLeod the truth about himself; he is immortal one of a race of many who can only die when the head is cut from the body. When one immortal takes the head of another the loser's power is absorbed into the winner. Ramirez teaches McLeod the ways of the sword until he is killed by his gravest foe the evil Kurgan (Clancy Brown - The Shawshank Redemption) who lusts for the ultimate power of the immortals The Prize; enough power to rule the earth forever. McLeod must fight his way through the centuries until the time of the Gathering when the few immortals who have survived the ages will come together to fight until only one remains. In New York City the final fight is about to begin and in the end there can be only one.

  • Resident Evil - Extinction [2007]Resident Evil - Extinction | DVD | (18/02/2008) from £2.59   |  Saving you £17.40 (87.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Milla Jovovich returns in this, the third and final instalment of the popular video game adaptation.

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