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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] 2001: A Space Odyssey | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (60.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Confirming that art and commerce can co-exist, 2001: A Space Odyssey was the biggest box-office hit of 1968, remains the greatest science fiction film yet made and is among the most revolutionary, challenging and debated work of the 20th century. It begins within a pre-historic age. A black monolith uplifts the intelligence of a group of apes on the African plains. The most famous edit in cinema introduces the 21st century, and after a second monolith is found on the moon a mission is launched to Jupiter. On the spacecraft are Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Poole (Gary Lockwood), along with the most famous computer in fiction, HAL. Their adventure will be, as per the original title, a "journey beyond the stars". Written by science fiction visionary Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, 2001 elevated the SF film to entirely new levels, being rigorously constructed with a story on the most epic of scales. Four years in the making and filmed in 70 mm, the attention to detail is staggering and four decades later barely any aspect of the film looks dated, the visual richness and elegant pacing creating the sense of actually being in space more convincingly than any other film. A sequel, 2010: Odyssey Two (1984) followed, while Solaris (1972), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Abyss (1989) and A.I. (2001) are all indebted to this absolute classic which towers monolithically over them all. On the DVD: There is nothing but the original trailer which, given the status of the film and the existence of an excellent making-of documentary shown on Channel 4 in 2001, is particularly disappointing. Shortly before he died Kubrick supervised the restoration of the film and the production of new 70 mm prints for theatrical release in 2001. Fortunately the DVD has been taken from this material and transferred at the 70 mm ratio of 2.21-1. There is some slight cropping noticeable, but both anamorphically enhanced image and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (the film was originally released with a six-channel magnetic sound) are excellent, making this transfer infinitely preferable to previous video incarnations. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [1999] Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace | DVD | (20/09/2004) from £4.92  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    George Lucas transports audiences back to the future with Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, the first instalment of a prequel trilogy in which the director imagines the foundation for the entire six-part saga. Reflecting the symbolic and mythological bases of at least five story arcs, The Phantom Menace wields a newly emerged, youthful vibrancy courtesy of Lucas' invigorating return to the director's chair and his healthy respect for the emotional sources of fantasy. Despite receiving a storm of adverse criticism (notably for Jar Jar Binks) Lucas continually fascinates with his ability to place his characters--some new, some old, some CGI--in the same dramatic situations posed in the original trilogy: whether it be the juxtaposition of primitives with technologically advanced societies or the timeless battle between good and evil, the very familiarity of these recurring scenarios and rhythms galvanises the viewer. Of course, the state-of-the-art visual effects contribute mightily to the final impact. Much has been written about the kinetic Pod Race sequence (compared favourably with the chariot race in Ben Hur) and the War and Peace-style military battles, but even these events are upstaged by the new planetary vistas: consider the Romanesque grandeur of Naboo, the underwater city of Otoh Gunga illuminated by Art Nouveau lamps, the decadent brio of Tatooine, or the dizzying skyscrapers of the city planet Coruscant (imagine Blade Runner in daylight). Despite the beauty of his iridescent images, Lucas exercises discipline, cutting fast within frames filled with rich detail and activity. As a result, The Phantom Menace lends itself to repeated viewings. On the DVD: This spectacular two-disc DVD set was certainly worth the wait. Simply put, this is the most comprehensive packaging of supplementary materials so far assembled for DVD. Most importantly, Lucas film offers an anamorphic, 2.35:1 film transfer and a highly active Dolby 5.1 audio mix. Disc 1 includes an insightful commentary with Lucas--his first for DVD--and other key personnel, making for a great tour. The bulk of extra treasures can be found on Disc 2, including seven deleted scenes completed just for this set that possess the same quality as the film; in fact, some moments (the "Air Bus Taxi" and "Pod Race Grid" sequences) are so good that Lucas reincorporated them into the film proper. Viewers can also enjoy no less than 12 Web documentaries, five informative featurettes, the popular John Williams music video "Duel of the Fates" and numerous galleries of stills, trailers and television spots. Better yet, Lucas premieres "The Beginning," a 66-minute documentary edited from hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes footage. This is not your standard-issue studio documentary, instead "The Beginning" is an Oscar-worthy, cinema verityé-style exploration of the creative process behind every aspect of the film's production. One of the most memorable moments involves a late-day visit to the set by Steven Spielberg: watching Lucas and Spielberg behave like kids in a candy store is one more reminder why the Star Wars saga remains enduringly popular. --Kevin Mulhall

  • Gamer [DVD] [2009] Gamer | DVD | (18/01/2010) from £3.01  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • White Christmas White Christmas | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £5.00  |  Saving you £0.99 (16.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    White Christmas is a treasury of Irving Berlin classics among them 'Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep' 'Sisters' 'Blue Skies' and the beloved holiday song 'White Christmas.' Two talented song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course there's the requisite fun with the ladies but the real adventure starts when Crosby & Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who's now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of.

  • Company of Wolves [Blu-ray] Company of Wolves | Blu Ray | (18/10/2007) from £6.57  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The second directorial effort from Irish director Neil Jordan The Company of Wolves is a psychologically themed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood from a Freudian and slightly feminist angle. Angela Lansbury is Grandma who tells her granddaughter strange stories of handsome yet heavily eyebrowed strange men spouses who disappear during the full moon and storks and eggs.

  • Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) [1986] Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (12/04/2004) from £4.00  |  Saving you £15.55 (67.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    James Cameron's Aliens digests all the virtues of Alien and regurgitates them bigger, louder and brasher than before. By the simple expedient of turning the singular beast of the original into a plural, Cameron transforms the franchise's focus from horror to all-out action. Sigourney Weaver's Ripley--one of the strongest roles for a female lead in mainstream cinema--is centre-stage throughout, more than able to hold her own either among the butch Marines and insectoid aliens. Although the director later revealed that there were only ever six alien costumes in any one shot, rapid-fire editing makes it seem like hundreds. Aliens is one of the most dynamic, viscerally exciting movies of the decade and, as a bug-fest, remained unsurpassed until the glorious Starship Troopers in 1997. On the DVD: The Director's Cut reinstates 17 crucial minutes of footage deleted from the theatrical release. It reveals how the colony on LV-426 encountered the aliens, and more importantly why Ripley's maternal bond with Newt is so strong, which adds an extra dimension to the film's climax. Also included is a short, fairly bland interview with James Cameron, recorded at the time of the cinema release, as well as some background explanation on how specific special effects were created. Unlike the Alien disc, there is no directorial commentary. --Mark Walker

  • Wanted [2008] Wanted | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £3.82  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As the impresario behind gravity-defying Russian blockbuster Night Watch, it's inevitable that Hollywood would come calling for Timur Bekmambetov. With a studio budget and an international cast, including two Oscar winners, Timur cooks up a Hong Kong-styled actioner bursting with fast cars and big guns. Our unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement's James McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot. Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, and his girlfriend, boss, and best buddy all take advantage until the seductive Fox (Angelina Jolie) rescues him from a sharpshooter named Cross (The Pianist's Thomas Kretschmann). After which, she whisks him away to a mansion on the edge of town to meet the other members of the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father. Sloan believes Wesley has the goods to take him out, so he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen (Marc Warren and Common dish up some of the abuse). When he's ready, Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth, leading our former milquetoast to exact an elaborate revenge. For those who've been following McAvoy's career to date, Wanted will surely come as a surprise. In adapting Mark Millar's comic series, Timur offers buckets of blood and a smidgen of depth, but fans of The Matrix and Mr. and Mrs. Smith will want to give this one a look. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green [DVD] [2013] The Odd Life of Timothy Green | DVD | (29/07/2013) from £4.19  |  Saving you £6.80 (61.90%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Disney brings enchantment home with The Odd Life of Timothy Green an inspiring magical story for the whole family starring Jennifer Garner. Cindy (Garner) and Jim Green are a happily married couple who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night Cindy and Jim - and their small town of Stanleyville - learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts. From Academy Award-nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (About A Boy Best Adapted Screenplay 2002; Dan In Real Life; What's Eating Gilbert Grape) — and complete with engaging bonus features - it's a heartwarming celebration of family as only Disney can deliver. Special Features: Glen Hansard This Gift Music Video Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Peter Hedges

  • Doomsday Doomsday | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £3.00  |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak. The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

  • Buena Vista Social Club [1999] Buena Vista Social Club | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £7.79  |  Saving you £1.70 (17.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 1996, composer, producer, and guitar legend Ry Cooder entered Egrem Studios in Havana with the forgotten greats of Cuban music, many of them in their 60s and 70s, some of them long since retired. The resulting album, Buena Vista Social Club, became a Grammy-winning international bestseller. When Cooder returned to Havana in 1998 to record a solo album by 72-year-old vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, filmmaker Wim Wenders was on hand to document the occasion. Wenders splits the film between portraits of the performers, who tell their stories directly to the camera as they wander the streets and neighbourhoods of Havana, and a celebration of the music heard in performance scenes in the studio, in their first concert in Amsterdam, and in their second and final concert at Carnegie Hall. The songs are too often cut short in this fashion, but Buena Vista Social Club is not a concert film. Wenders weaves the artist biographies with a glimpse of modern Cuba remembering its past, capturing a lost culture in music that is suddenly, unexpectedly revived for audiences in Havana and around the world. Wenders makes his presence practically invisible, as if his directorial flourishes or off-screen narration might deflect attention from the artists, who do a fine job of telling their own stories through interviews and music. It's a loving portrait of a master class in Cuban music, with a vital cast of ageing performers whose energy and passion belie their years. --Sean Axmaker

  • Aliens [1986] Aliens | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £4.93  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In this action-packed sequel to Alien Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate of her crew are received with skepticism until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 lead her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate. Personally supervised by director James Cameron this special edition includes scenes eliminated prior to the film's 1986 release which broaden the narrative scope and enrich the emotional impact of the film.

  • Buena Vista Social Club [1999] Buena Vista Social Club | DVD | (26/01/2009) from £8.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (46.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When the album Buena Vista Social Club was released it quickly became a world-wide phenomenon selling millions of copies internationally and winning a Grammy. When Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba again in early 1998 to record a solo album with Ibrahim Ferrer - again with all the musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club - Wim Wenders accompanied him with a small film crew observing the musicians in the studio and tracing their lives in Havana. The film continued in the Spring in Amsterdam where Buena Vista Social Club gave two concerts and ended finally in the summer in New York with a triumphal concert at Carnegie Hall. The result is an inspiring and uplifting story of a group of incomparable musicians recreating a bygone era with their fascinating reminiscences and awesome music.

  • White Christmas [Blu-ray] White Christmas | Blu Ray | (15/11/2010) from £6.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (22.20%)  |  RRP £8.99

    White Christmas is a treasury of Irving Berlin classics among them 'Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep' 'Sisters' 'Blue Skies' and the beloved holiday song 'White Christmas.' Two talented song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course there's the requisite fun with the ladies but the real adventure starts when Crosby & Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who's now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of.

  • Santa Clause 3 [2006] Santa Clause 3 | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £4.19  |  Saving you £13.80 (76.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Tim Allen once again dons the Santa suit in the role of Santa Claus in the third installment of the story about an advertising executive who is transformed into Santa Claus. Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin-aka Santa as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short) whose chilling Santa envy has him trying to take over the ""big guy's"" holiday. At the risk of giving away its secret location Scott invites his in-laws Sylvia and Bud Newman (Ann-Margret and Alan Arkin) to the North Pole to share in the holiday festivities and be near their daughter Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell)-aka Mrs. Claus- as she prepares for the eagerly anticipated birth of baby Claus. Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is the ultimate Christmas DVD to own and to give. Featuring an all-new bonus feature Christmas Carol-Oke - a fun-for-all Christmas Caroling guide for the entire family to enjoy.

  • Gamer [Blu-ray] [2009] Gamer | Blu Ray | (09/05/2018) from £7.25  |  Saving you £17.74 (71.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Logan Lerman, Alison Lohman, Kyra Sedgwick, Ludacris, Michael C. HallDirectors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

  • Mutant Chronicles [2008] Mutant Chronicles | DVD | (16/02/2009) from £3.02  |  Saving you £16.90 (84.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the year 2707 Earth's natural resources have been exhausted by mankind. Battle rages between the soldiers of four leading Corporations: Capitol Bauhaus Mishima and Imperial. When the violence breaks an ancient stone seal Necromutants appear and begin to multiply by the millions destroying all before them. The Corporation's leader Constantine (John Malkovich) is about to abandon the planet and leave countless innocents to their desperate fate when he is approached by Brother Samuel leader of the Brotherhood an ancient monastic order who offers hope to the discouraged leader. Against the odds Constantine entrusts brother Samuel and other like minded soldiers to save them from the mutant armies.

  • Doomsday [Blu-ray] [2008] Doomsday | Blu Ray | (01/09/2008) from £7.00  |  Saving you £17.99 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    From director Neil Marshall (The Descent Dog Soldiers) and starring Rhona Mitra (Shooter) Bob Hoskins (Outlaw Nixon) and Malcom McDowell (Heroes A Clockwork Orange) Doomsday is an action-packed science-fiction thriller! In Doomsday a lethal virus spreads throughout a major country and kills hundreds of thousands. To contain the newly identified Reaper the authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The literal walling-off works for three decades - until Reaper violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists including Eden Sinclair (Mitra) is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

  • Embodiment Of Evil [Blu-ray] Embodiment Of Evil | Blu Ray | (27/07/2009) from £8.95  |  Saving you £16.00 (64.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    After 30 years in a cell for the mentally ill Z'' do Caix''o (a.k.a. Coffin Joe) is finally freed. Back on the streets the sadistic gravedigger is set on fulfilling that for which he was imprisoned: find the woman who can give him the perfect child. During his wanderings through the city of S''o Paulo he leaves behind a trail of horror as he faces unnatural laws and popular beliefs.

  • Surveillance [DVD] [2008] Surveillance | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £3.14  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The highway in this long stretch of nowhere stretches for miles across a windy barren landscape. The never-ending horizon seems to retreat the closer you get and if a car broke down here it might take forever for someone to notice. In the midst of it Officers Jack Bennett and Jim Conrad sit dangerously bored and dreaming of the kind of glory that can only come with a serial killer or maniac on the loose. By the time Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson and Sam Hallaway arrive the next day a string of violent murders does in fact appear to be plaguing the lonely road. The police are straining at the bit to get back out and apprehend the murderers but the Feds work differently. In order to uncover the truth of the case Anderson and Hallaway first have to take their witnesses back - back to what happened when their lives intersected. A few details slowly emerge: Officers Bennett and Conrad were checking the horizon for speeders Bobbi and Johnny were in the cherry Duster tearing the highway up and having fun. Little Stephanie's family stage wagon was cruising too with her mom and new step-dad busy singing in the front seat and her brother David next to her in the back. The problem was as Stephanie saw it that adults never listen to little kids no matter how many times she tried to tell them what she saw out the window. Perhaps if they had it would all have turned out differently. As the Feds slowly expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie the 'truth' they are looking for starts to extract an enormous price no one expected.

  • All The Boys Love Mandy Lane [Blu-ray] [2006] All The Boys Love Mandy Lane | Blu Ray | (21/07/2008) from £7.98  |  Saving you £17.01 (68.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Mandy Lane. Beautiful. Untouched. High school royalty waiting to be crowned. Since the dawn of Junior year men have tried to possess her. Some have even died in reckless pursuit of this 16 year-old Texas angel. Chloe and Red invite Mandy out to Red's family ranch for the weekend. Mandy sees it as an excellent opportunity to cement her new friendships. The boys see it as an opportunity to finally get with Mandy Lane. Driving across the Texas landscape the kids begin to gently chip away at the wall that surrounds her. Joints are smoked. A keg is stolen off a beer truck. Pills are crushed to fine powder and inhaled. Mandy observes it all with the gentle interest of a foreign tourist. And they love her for it. At the ranch all the boys start to make their move - each one hoping to be the first to attain the unattainable Mandy Lane. However as night falls and the booze drugs and hormones take over things are said and advances made which can never be reversed. Suddenly sweet Mandy finds herself pit in a brutal struggle for survival against someone whose interest she has rejected. Forget reading writing and arithmetic. In high school learning to be yourself and not succumbing to peer pressure is the ultimate test. And this is one exam that Mandy is determined not to fail.

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