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Brief Encounter | DVD | (26/09/2008)
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Expanded from a one-act stage play by Noel Coward, Brief Encounter is without doubt one of the true masterpieces of British film history. The story seems slight--a respectable suburban housewife has a chance meeting with a handsome married doctor, their friendship becomes romance, but they feel the pressures of convention pulling their relationship apart--but the writing, acting and direction are sublime, turning what might have been just another melodrama into a memorable and heartbreaking story of impossible love. David Lean went on to make much bigger films than this, but few of those epics packed the emotional punch of this picture, set in a mundane world of railway stations, semi-detached houses and inexpensive cafes. Trevor Howard is perfectly cast as Alec, the doctor, but the film belongs above all to Celia Johnson, as the heroine Laura. It's easy to mock her clipped ultra-English accent, but she gives one of the greatest screen performances imaginable, brilliantly evoking how an ordinary life can be turned upside down by unexpected passion. Throw in the superb use of Rachmaninov's swooning Second Piano Concerto, shrewd supporting acting from Cyril Raymond, Joyce Carey and Everley Gregg, and some of the best black-and-white photography of its era, and the result is irresistible. Anyone who isn't besotted with Brief Encounter has either never been in love, or doesn't deserve to be. --Andy Medhurst
Men In Black (Special Limited 2 Disc Edition) | DVD | (29/07/2002)
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This imaginative comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty) is a lot of fun, largely on the strength of Will Smiths engaging performance as the rookie partner of a secret agent (Tommy Lee Jones) assigned to keep tabs on Earth-dwelling extra-terrestrials. Theres lots of comedy to spare in this bright film, some of the funniest stuff found in the margins of the major action (a scene with Smiths character being trounced in the distance by a huge alien while Jones questions a witness is a riot.) The inventiveness never lets up, and the cast--including Vincent DOnofrio doing frighteningly convincing work as an alien occupying a decaying human--hold up their end splendidly. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: This limited edition two-disc set contains two versions of the film, in both widescreen (1.85:1) and standard (4:3) ratios, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. As with the single-disc version there is a "Visual Commentary" that features director Barry Sonnenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones in an anecdotal conversation, but with the unique twist that they are displayed as silhouettes on your TV screen (imagine youre sitting in the back row of the cinema and they are up front) using a pointer to highlight particular events on screen. If you have a widescreen TV, the menu prompts you to switch to 4:3 mode to see this. On this two-disc version there is also a second commentary, again featuring Sonnenfeld, this time with special make-up effects wizard Rick Baker and other members of the FX team. Even more extra features on the second disc are divided into two sections: "Creating MIB" and "Meet the MIB". In the "Creating" segment there is a "Visual Effects Scene Deconstruction" in which the tunnel scene and the Edgar Bug fight scene are dissected into their constituent parts; an in-depth documentary, "Metamorphosis of MIB" which charts the progress of the concept from comic book to screen; five "Extended and Alternate" scenes; "Art and Animation", which includes a character animation studio and creature designs from concept to completion; a behind-the-scenes photo gallery; and most fun of all, a "Scene Editing Workshop" in which you can cut and paste different shots from three scenes and compare your editing with that of the filmmakers. In the "Meet the MIB" section there are "Talent Files" of principal cast and crew, a short "making of" featurette; trailers, including a teaser for MIB II; and Will Smiths "Men in Black" music video. --Mark Walker
A Town Like Alice | DVD | (24/07/2006)
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Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch star in this moving story about a party of women compelled to trek through the Malayan jungle during World War II as no Japanese office will take responsibility for their care. Based on Nevil Shute's best selling novel the film tells how the women come to terms with their hardships and how they are befriended by a tough Australian prisoner of war who dreams of returning to his home town of Alice Springs...
Letters to Juliet | Blu Ray | (04/10/2010)
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On holiday in romantic Verona Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) explores the city alone as her fianc'' (Gael Garcia Bernal) spends his time working. Mesmerized by the wall of letters in Juliet Capulet's Courtyard she soon befriends the secretaries of Juliet who diligently answer them every day. When Sophie finds a decades-old unanswered letter she responds herself. To her surprise the author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and her uptight grandson (Christopher Egan) arrive and sweep her along on a romantic adventure she could never have imagined...
Creature Comforts Complete Series 2 | DVD | (06/11/2006)
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Double up laughing with a second helping of Creature Comforts! Unscripted and unashamedly funny the British public once again speak through the mouths of their plasticine counterparts! Beast In Show: A rabbit reveals his never ending quest for breeding perfection a Shetland pony shows a tidy set of hooves to impress his girlfriends a competitive pig thinks that good losers are losers and a chicken casts aspersions on the quality of the duck eggs. All bets are off as the biggest and the best lock horns over their rosettes The Brood: Have you ever wondered how a seagull feels when its young leave the nest? Or a monkey copes with teething? Or what happens when an amoeba argues with its mum and dad? From cute and cuddly to teenage tantrums the ups and downs of parenthood. Pet Hates: Did you know that pigs hate having their neck breathed on? Or that the best way to irritate a police horse is to walk like a baboon in front of it?... Feathers and fur flies as temperamental pets reveal what gets their goat. Impressions: How does a hamster sound like a kipper? Does an owl give a hoot? Can a slug imitate a chicken? Animals test their vocal prowess... Animals In The 'Hood: What causes a sewer-dwelling crocodile to settle in Stockton Heath? Why is it important for a barnacle to set up home above the flood line? How do moles cope with unexpected leaks and what does a baby spider think of the long climb to bed? Step out from behind the net curtains and take a peek into some beastly boudoirs. Sport!: A tortoise and hare argue over who is the best loser lemmings point out the drawbacks of cliff-diving scorpions take us through their fast-hand technique and a wrestling mouse shows us how to land properly. Survival of the fittest and other fantastic feats with nature's natural athletes. Monarchy Business: What happens when an Indian elephant breaks into Buckingham Palace? Why do the royal ravens wish the Queen would get a proper job? What do the corgis think about the royal collection and how does Prince Charles' small talk go down with the flora in the royal garden? Royalists rave and republicans rant beneath the union jack. Animal Magnetism: How does a miserable hamster attract a mate? Why do rats find eating sandwiches a turn on? What happens when a royal corgi falls in love with a stray and what makes pigs feel sexy? A soft-centred collection of misty-eyed romantics reveal the art of seduction and the perils of falling in love. Bed Time: What happens if a tortoise suffers from insomnia? How does a woodlouse with adenoid problems stop snoring and why does the Dove of Peace get aggressive if he doesn't get a full night's kip? Nocturnal critters shed light on the workings of the night shift. Self Image: Do Bald Eagles ever feel self-conscious? What does a Sharpei think about his wrinkles? How does a zebra tackle her laughter lines and why are snakes allergic to bananas? Pampered pets pontificate on the pitfalls of personal grooming. Communication: Have you ever wondered what animals are really saying? Well after watching monkeys debate the origins of language a cat contemplate deep sea communication rats arguing over baby talk and a raven getting a grump on you'll probably wish you'd never asked! Safari Park: An itchy-footed meerkat who hitchhikes to Bath a giraffe without a working permit a hyperactive ostrich a territorial gorilla a confused lion a forgetful baboon and a lazy hippo reveal life behind the perimeter fence.
A Town Like Alice | DVD | (12/11/2001)
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Although made in 1956, A Town Like Alice has remained enduringly effective and affecting. Based on Nevil Shute's novel the story revolves around a romance set against the unlikely backdrop of a forced march through the jungles of Malaysia by British prisoners--mostly women and children--captured by the invading forces of Japan. The title is a reference to the homesick yearnings of Australian soldier Joe Harman, played by Peter Finch. He forms a bond with one of the female prisoners, Jean Paget (Virginia McKenna), and their travails are depicted with a remarkable subtlety and commendable lack of corniness. It's a minor classic. On the DVD: The black-and-white picture is presented in 4:3 format, with English subtitles if required. Extra features include a 25-minute "making of" documentary, a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs, potted biographies of the cast and crew and the original trailer. --Andrew Mueller
Marley & Me | Blu Ray | (06/07/2009)
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Marley And Me is an adaptation of John Grogan's bestselling memoir about an incorrigible Labrador retriever and stars Jennifer Aniston Owen Wilson and Alan Arkin! Marley is the yellow lab adopted by Grogan (Owen Wilson) a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and his wife. Their idea was to give them a taste of parenthood but the dog proved to be a hyperactive handful. He wreaks havoc everywhere he goes gets kicked out of obedience school and gets even worse when the children begin to arrive yet becomes an indispensable part of the family.
Big Fat Liar | DVD | (30/01/2013)
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Pitting kids against grown-ups has always been a reliable source of comedy, and Big Fat Liar indulges the "smart kid vs dumb adult" fantasy with infectious enthusiasm. In this case it's Frankie Muniz from TV's Malcolm in the Middle, playing a Michigan eighth-grader whose penchant for lying results in parental scorn when he claims that a Hollywood movie mogul (ace character actor Paul Giamatti) has stolen the kid's hastily written English essay and turned it into his upcoming summer blockbuster. The kid only wants to prove his honesty and recruits his girlfriend (spunky TV star Amanda Bynes) to beat the honcho on his Hollywood turf. Elaborate practical jokes and slapstick gags turn this kid stuff (scripted and produced by two former child stars) into an enjoyable send-up of Hollywood absurdity. When combined with Giamatti's mastery of slow-burning megalomania, the show-biz in-jokes and Home Alone-style anarchy make this a harmless diversion for the young and young-at-heart. --Jeff Shannon
Close Encounters of the Third Kind | DVD | (07/04/2008)
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Sweet And Lowdown | DVD | (04/12/2000)
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Woody Allen makes beautiful music but only fitful comedy in Sweet and Lowdown the story of "the second greatest guitar player in the world." Sean Penn plays Emmett Ray, an irresponsible, womanising swing guitar player in Depression-era America who is guided by an ego almost as large as his talent. "I'm an artist, a truly great artist," he proclaims time and time again, and when he plays, soaring into a blissed-out world of pure melodic beauty, he proves it. Samantha Morton almost steals the film as his mute girlfriend Hattie, a sweet Chaplinesque waif who loves him unconditionally, and Uma Thurman brings haughty vigour to her role as a slumming socialite and aspiring writer who's forever analysing Emmett's peculiarities (like taking his dates to shoot rats at the city dump). The vignette-like tales are interspersed with comments by jazz aficionados and critics, but this is less a Zelig-like mockumentary than an extension of the self-absorbed portraits of Deconstructing Harry and Celebrity. The lazy pace drags at times and the script runs dry between comic centrepieces--the film screams for more of Allen's playful invention--but there's a bittersweet tenderness and an affecting vulnerability that is missing from his other recent work. Shot by Zhao Fei (The Emperor and the Assassin, Raise the Red Lantern), it's one of Allen's most gorgeous and colourful films in years, buoyed by toe-tapping music and Penn's gruffly charming performance. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (12/12/2011)
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Based on the 1938 book of the same name by Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a comedy about how the surprise appearance of a penguin at a New York businessman's door turns his life completely upside down, while simultaneously teaching him an important lesson about the value of family. Far from the small-town painter featured in the book, the film's Mr. Popper is a real estate developer who lives in an exclusive apartment on Park Avenue, has his sights set on becoming a partner in his firm, and is an every-other-weekend father to his two children. A ruthless developer with no time for anything but business, Mr. Popper resolves to deal with his father's parting gift of a penguin by getting rid of the annoying bird as quickly as possible. That process proves much more difficult than expected, even with the help of his ultra-efficient assistant Pippi, who speaks primarily in p's, and Mr. Popper soon winds up with six penguins. Even more unexpected is how markedly those penguins begin to affect the relationship between Mr. Popper and his children and how that change affects the rest of Mr. Popper's life. Jim Carrey's performance as Mr. Popper is very good--he capitalises on the many comic opportunities afforded by the idea of keeping penguins in a New York apartment while showing an uncharacteristic restraint that's quite refreshing. Ophelia Lovibond is quite comical as Pippi and Angela Lansbury also makes a strong appearance as one of Mr. Popper's potential business clients. As Pippi would say, the premise of the power of the penguin to promote personal prosperity and perpetuate personal peace positively prevails in Mr. Popper's Penguins. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid | Blu Ray | (22/04/2013)
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Meet the kid who made 'wimpy' cool in a family comedy based on the best-selling illustrated novel <i>Diary of a Wimpy Kid</i> by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 24 million copies. <i>Diary of a Wimpy Kid</i> chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life: middle school.
Music And Lyrics | Blu Ray | (04/06/2007)
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The romantic comedy Music And Lyrics follows Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) a washed-up 80s pop star whos been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her...
Clockstoppers | DVD | (05/05/2003)
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Until now Zak Gibbs' greatest challenge has been finding a way to buy a car. But when he discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father's various inventions and slips it on something very strange happens. The world around him seemingly comes to a stop; everything and everybody becomes frozen in time. Zak quickly learns how to manipulate the device and he and his quick-witted beautiful new friend Francesca have some real fun. What they soon realize though is they are not alone i
Evan Almighty | Blu Ray | (29/03/2011)
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Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) reprising his role as the polished preening newscaster Evan Baxter of Bruce Almighty is the next one anointed by God to accomplish a holy mission in the hilarious new comedy Evan Almighty. Blockbuster comedy director Tom Shadyac (The Nutty Professor Liar Liar Bruce Almighty) returns behind the camera for this next episode of divine intervention. This time however his cast grows two-by-two. Newly elected to Congress Evan leaves Buffalo behind and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia. Once there his life gets turned upside-down when God (Morgan Freeman) appears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark. But his befuddled family just can't decide whether Evan is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis or is truly onto something of Biblical proportions...
Aliens In The Attic (with Bonus Digital Copy and DVD) | Blu Ray | (01/02/2010)
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It's summer vacation but the Pearson family kids are stuck at a boring lake house with their nerdy parents. That is until feisty little green aliens crash-land on the roof with plans to conquer the house AND Earth! Using only their wits courage and video game-playing skills the youngsters must band together to defeat the aliens and save the world - but the toughest part might be keeping the whole thing a secret from their parents! Featuring an all-star cast including Ashley Tisdale Andy Richter Kevin Nealon and Tim Meadows Aliens In The Attic is the most fun you can have on this planet!
Cheaper By The Dozen 2-asda Excl | DVD | (28/02/2008)
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Elf (Limited Edition with Alarm Clock) | DVD | (08/11/2004)
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Elf is genuinely good. Not just Saturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity; Elf is a smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. And because the writing, directing, and acting are all genuinely good, Elf is also genuinely funny. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. Zooey Deschanel, as a department store worker with whom Buddy falls in love, is adorably sardonic. Director Jon Favreau (Swingers) shepherds the movie through all the obligatory Christmas cliches and focuses on material that's sometimes subtle and consistently surprising. Frankly, Elf feels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. --Bret Fetzer