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  • Grease [1978] Grease | DVD | (23/09/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £14.99 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Grease was a phenomenal hit with its target teenage audience when it was released in 1977. The songs dominated the pop charts and brought heady success for its lead actors, John Travolta (Danny) and Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) despite the fact that--as with their energetic co-stars--their own teenage years were some way behind them. As they seize the chance to relive their schooldays, their verve and enthusiasm explodes from the screen. The real class, though, comes from Stockard Channing as feisty Rizzo and, in a couple of cameos, wisecracking silver screen actresses from yesteryear Eve Arden and Joan Blondel. Based on the 1972 stage show and adding several new numbers, Grease is at heart a rites-of-passage movie with plenty of feel-good moments and a euphoric buzz. "You're the One That I Want", "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Summer Nights" became the soundtrack for a generation of high-school students on the cusp of adulthood. Today, it looks like a pastiche of those 1950s Connie Francis rock & roll beach films. But the steady stream of double entendres and knowing body language render it more accessible to the less innocent late 1970s. It's overwhelming nostalgia for anyone in the vicinity of 40. On the DVD: The 25th anniversary special edition of Grease rolls back the years: the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation transports you instantly back to fifth-form heaven in the local fleapit. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound ensures that the songs--ever the staple of MOR radio--complete the nostalgia trip with real zip. The main extra is a short series of fond reminiscences from the actors and director Randal Kleiser, actually filmed for the 20th anniversary. --Piers Ford

  • Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £2.27  |  Saving you £17.50 (79.60%)  |  RRP £21.99

    The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing "Dancing Queen" is one of the high points of Mamma Mia!, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding--because after reading her mother's diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she'd laid aside are coming back to life. But let's face it, the plot is not the point--it's a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna's best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It's a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that's an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience. --Bret Fetzer

  • Mamma Mia! [Blu-ray] [2008] Mamma Mia! | Blu Ray | (17/04/2019) from £5.47  |  Saving you £-2.00 (-40.00%)  |  RRP £5

    The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing "Dancing Queen" is one of the high points of Mamma Mia!, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding--because after reading her mother's diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she'd laid aside are coming back to life. But let's face it, the plot is not the point--it's a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna's best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It's a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that's an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience. --Bret Fetzer

  • The Fog Of War [2004] The Fog Of War | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Fog of War, the movie that finally won Errol Morris the best documentary Oscar, is a spellbinder. Morris interviews Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and finds a uniquely unsettling viewpoint on much of 20th-century American history. Employing a ton of archival material, including Lyndon B Johnson's fascinating taped conversations from the Oval Office, Morris probes the reasons behind the U.S. commitment to the Vietnam War--and finds a depressingly inconsistent policy. McNamara himself emerges as--well, not exactly apologetic, but clearly haunted by the what-ifs of Vietnam. He also mulls the bombing of Japan in World War II and the Cuban Missile Crisis, raising more questions than he answers. The Fog of War has the usual inexorable Morris momentum, aided by an uneasy Philip Glass score. This movie provides a glimpse inside government. It also encourages skepticism about same. --Robert Horton On the DVD The Fog of War DVD piles on 24 additional scenes (38 minutes total). They're short and random, but those interested in the film will find it worthwhile to hear McNamara discuss what it was like to work with JFK and who he feels was ultimately responsible for Vietnam. There's also a text-only list entitled "Robert S. McNamara's 10 Lessons," which he introduces by saying that the 11 lessons in the movie were not his own. Some of them, however, are not that different (movie lesson no. 1: "Empathize with your enemy." McNamara lesson no. 9: "If we are to deal effectively with terrorists around the globe, we must develop a sense of empathy--I don't mean 'sympathy,' but rather 'understanding'--to counter their attacks on us and the Western world."). --David Horiuchi

  • In The Shadow Of The Moon [Blu-ray] [2007] In The Shadow Of The Moon | Blu Ray | (15/06/2009) from £6.19  |  Saving you £13.80 (69.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

  • Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £8.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (57.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A ubiquitous influence even as he remains elusively elsewhere Leonard Cohen is back. Woven through a riveting tribute is a career-spanning interview with the man himself. Sprinkled with his own artwork and personal photos Cohen speaks of his stately writing process; ""savage criticisms"" exchanged with fellow Montreal poets; the scene at the Chelsea Hotel; tea and oranges with the real Suzanne; his retreat to Mt. Baldy and climaxing with Leonard playing with U2. Among the many artists contributing are Rufus Wainright Matha Wainwright Beth Orton and Jarvis Cocker Anthony Hegarty and Leonard Cohen accompanists Perla Battala and Julie Christensen.

  • Zoom [DVD] Zoom | DVD | (07/03/2011) from £7.00  |  Saving you £-2.08 (-34.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Jack Shepard a.k.a. Zoom is an out-of-shape auto shop owner, far removed from the man who once protected the world's freedom. Reluctantly called back into action by the government, Jack is charged with turning a rag tag group of kids with special powers into a new generation of superheroes to save the world from certain destruction. Based on Jason Lethcoe's popular graphic novel Zoom's Academy for the Super Gifted.'

  • Grease [Blu-ray] [1978] Grease | Blu Ray | (11/05/2009) from £7.99  |  Saving you £11.99 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a who's who in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50's. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade - it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock n'roll!

  • The Sapphires [DVD] The Sapphires | DVD | (04/03/2013) from £3.89  |  Saving you £12.10 (75.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    For four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote town, 1968 was the year that would change their lives forever. Around the world there was revolutions and drugs. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great love of soul music. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures their first gig, and then takes them to Vietnam to sing for the troops. Based on a true story, The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of love, family and music.

  • StreetDance 2 [DVD] StreetDance 2 | DVD | (23/07/2012) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.45 (67.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    To beat the world's best dance crew, streetdancer Ash (Falk Hentshel), with new friend Eddie (George Sampson), set off to gather the greatest streetdancers from around Europe, falling in love with beautiful salsa dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella) in Paris. With landmark locations, the most spectacular dance fusion of Latin and Street ever seen and featuring streetdance legends Flawless and Akai, the sequel to global smash hit StreetDance is bigger, better, bolder and back!

  • The Golden Compass [Blu-ray] [2007] The Golden Compass | Blu Ray | (28/04/2008) from £4.99  |  Saving you £25.00 (83.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Based on author Philip Pullman's bestselling and award-winning novel The Golden Compass tells the first story in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals talking bears fight wars and Gyptians and witches co-exist. At the center of the story is Lyra a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers - and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world but ours as well!

  • Food, Inc [DVD] Food, Inc | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.79  |  Saving you £9.20 (61.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    In Food Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health the livelihood of the American farmer the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens the perfect pork chop herbicide-resistant soybean seeds even tomatoes that won't go bad but we also have new strains of E. coli-the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73 000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity particularly among children and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin Food Inc. reveals surprising-and often shocking truths-about what we eat how it's produced who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

  • Ghosts Of The Abyss [2003] Ghosts Of The Abyss | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £6.46  |  Saving you £8.53 (56.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Oscar-winning director James Cameron heads back to the site of his greatest cinematic triumph for the greatest documentary feature ever attempted! Joined by his personal friend Bill Paxton and a team of the world's foremost historical and marine experts Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. During the voyage you will explore inside the entire ship deck by deck room by room encountering mysteries that have remained hid

  • It Might Get Loud [DVD] [2008] It Might Get Loud | DVD | (18/01/2010) from £5.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three generations of rock guitarists come together for It Might Get Loud, a 2009 documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). These are not just your garden-variety guitar gods: Jimmy Page, in his mid-'60s at the time of the film, founded Led Zeppelin, who dominated the 1970s following the breakup of the Beatles. As a member of U2, 48-year-old David Evans, better known as the Edge, created one of the most distinctive and influential sounds of the past quarter century. And 34-year-old Jack White (of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather) was described by one music publication as "the most significant rock 'n' roll figure of the past ten years." Guggenheim, who followed the three around for the better part of a year, takes us into their individual lives, past and present. There are shots of Page as a young London session musician, with the Yardbirds and Zeppelin, at Headley Grange (the estate where much of the fourth Zep album was made), and at home with his record collection. The Edge takes us to the Dublin classroom where U2 first rehearsed, as well as to the practice room he uses now (never a virtuoso soloist, he developed a style based on texture and a mind-boggling array of effects); and White, whose insistence on authenticity is admirable but perhaps a tad self-conscious, constructs a "guitar" from a plank of wood, a piece of wire, and a Coke bottle (he also plays a recording by the primitive bluesman Son House, featuring just voice and handclaps, that White says is still his biggest inspiration). The three also converge on a Hollywood sound stage, where they chat and a do a little jamming on Zep's "In My Time of Dying" (with all three playing slide guitar) and the Band's "The Weight." It's hard to say if the film's appeal will extend beyond guitar freaks and fans of these particular bands, but at the very least, It Might Get Loud offers some interesting insight into the soul and inspiration behind some of pop's best and most popular music. --Sam Graham

  • Steep (2 Disc Edition) Steep (2 Disc Edition) | DVD | (26/12/2008) from £6.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (68.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Disc 1 Contains: Steep: You are about to experience the most breathtaking exhilarating and inspirational ride of your life. The world's best skiers go beyond their dreams to conquer the steepest runs ever faced. From the sheer cliffs of Grand Teton to the treachery of Chamonix France to the untouched Alaskan peaks of Valdez these extremers sacrifice their lives for a thrill; but what a thrill it is. Fantastically beautiful images of the most magnificent peaks on the globe along with devastating avalanches and fatal spills only serve to push them harder. But as you are about to discover - not everyone who goes up the mountain returns. Disc 2 Contains: The Blizzard of Aahhhs is the ski masterpiece that opened up people's eyes to the fearless heroes of the ski world and one of the core inspirations for Steep. Featuring cliff-jumper Scott Schmidt extreme skier bad boy Glen Plake and precision skier Matt Hattrup this movie contains some of the best ski action ever filmed from the premier extreme/steep skiing destinations in the world; from France's Chamonix Valley to the awe inspiring Squaw Valley in California.

  • Only When I Dance [DVD] [2009] Only When I Dance | DVD | (22/02/2010) from £8.07  |  Saving you £6.92 (46.20%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Only When I Dance is the story of two teenagers trying to realise an extraordinary dream. One girl and one boy both black and poor are planning to dance their way out of one of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janerio. Granted scholarships to train at the Centro de Dance Rio one of the most rigorous andprestigious ballet schools in Brazil Isabela and Irlan's natural talent for ballet is about to transform theirlives. Having passed the Brazilian selection panel in October 2007 Only When I Dance follows Isabela and Irlan as they prepare to compete at the prestigious international ballet competitions in Lausanne and New York where they hope to be spotted by the ballet company talent scouts. But is pure talent enough to overcome their circumstances and gain them a place at one of the best international dance companies thus granting them access to the elite world of classical ballet?

  • Tales From Earthsea [2007] Tales From Earthsea | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £10.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (31.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events Ged a wandering wizard is investigating the cause. During his journey he meets Prince Arren a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen he has a severe dark side which grants him strength hatred ruthlessness and has no mercy especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's fears against the very one who would help him Ged.

  • Katy Perry: Part Of Me [DVD] Katy Perry: Part Of Me | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £2.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (81.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    More of a music documentary than a concert video, Katy Perry: Part of Me chronicles Perry's year-long California Dreams World Tour in 2011 with an abundance of personal interviews, film of Perry interacting with her fans, and concert footage from California and around the globe. Absolutely bursting with energy, Perry's a fascinating singer, songwriter, and performer who's faced a fair amount of adversity in her career, and whose upbringing was very different than that of most pop stars. This film plays at times almost like a video diary. Perry philosophises about everything from growing up in a strictly Pentecostal Christian family to her fairy-tale outlook on life, costuming choices, how her own experiences and emotions influence her lyrics and music, her drive to remain true to herself, and the difficulty of sustaining a long-distance marriage with actor Russell Brand. There's also plenty of footage with Perry's costumers, makeup artists, various assistants, and friends, including actress Shannon Woodward. But some of the most interesting interviews are those with her sister Angela Hudson, who travels with the show, and her mother and father regarding their commitment to accepting and supporting Perry and her career despite potential conflicts with their religious views. One discussion that's oddly omitted is any hint of why Perry changed her name. While the personal and backstage footage is heartfelt and quite intriguing, the film seemed somewhat lacking in actual concert footage, though viewers are treated to at least parts of "Firework," "California Gurls," "Part of Me," "Last Friday Night," and "Peacock." --Tami Horiuchi

  • The City Of Ember [Blu-ray] [2008] The City Of Ember | Blu Ray | (09/05/2018) from £3.86  |  Saving you £19.50 (78.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    City Of Ember stars Bill Murray Tim Robbins Martin Landau Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadaway! For generations the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... The great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Two teenagers must race against time to search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

  • Glitter [2001] Glitter | DVD | (09/10/2003) from £8.07  |  Saving you £-2.08 (-34.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Billie Frank is a talented young singer struggling to make it big in New York City. With plenty of will and determination a voice like an angel and the help of a handsome nightclub DJ she will quickly learn that the roller coaster ride to success is as treacherous as it is glamorous... Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey stars in this powerful and unforgettable story about an incredibly gifted young singer who finds that the road to her dreams leads straight to her heart. Also starring Max Beesley and Ann Magnuson and featuring sensational performances from music superstars Eric Benet and Da Brat.

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