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  • Open Range [2004] Open Range | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £4.10  |  Saving you £5.89 (59.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Released almost exactly 11 years after Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Kevin Costner's Open Range proved yet again that the Western is the classic American genre. Costner's first film since 1997's ill-fated The Postman returns the actor/director of Dances With Wolves to the open prairies of America--in this case the free-range frontier of 1882--where legal "free-grazing" cattle drives were falling prey to empire-building land-owners. In the wake of territorial murder, free-grazing cowboys Boss (Robert Duvall) and Charley (Costner) seek vengeful justice against the ruthless rancher (Michael Gambon) who threatens their law-abiding survival. A feisty ally (the late Michael Jeter, in his next-to-final film role) and a doctor's sister (Annette Bening) offer support during climactic shootouts, masterfully staged with the shock and suddenness of real-life gunfire. While it lacks the thematic impact of Eastwood's masterpiece, this handsome production!--rich in character development and thick-hided humour--redeemed Costner's directorial career with a well-told story (by Craig Storper, based on Lauran Paine's novel The Open Range Men), flawless performances, and stunning Canadian locations. --Jeff Shannon

  • Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [1969] Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £5.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Sergio Leone had to be persuaded to return to the Western for Once Upon a Time in the West after the success of his "Dollars" trilogy. The result is a masterpiece that expands the vision of the earlier movies in every way. It could as easily have been called The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Blonde as Charles Bronson steps into the No-Name role as the harmonica-playing vengeance seeker, Henry Fonda trashes his Wyatt Earp image as a dead-faced, blue-eyed killer who has sold out to the rapacious railroad; Jason Robards provides humanitarian footnotes as a life-loving but doomed bandit and the astonishingly beautiful Claudia Cardinale shows that all these grown-up little boys are less fit to make a country than one determined widow-mother-whore-angel-everywoman. The opening sequence--Woody Strode, Al Mulock and Jack Elam waiting for a train and bothered by a fly and dripping water--is masterful bravura, homing in on tiny details for a fascinating but eventless length of time before Bronson arrives for the lightning-fast shoot-out. With striking widescreen compositions and epic running time, this picture truly wins points for length and width. On the DVD: Once Upon a Time in the West on disc is the transfer fans have been waiting for: the longest available version of the film in shimmering widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 TVs) which lends full impact to Leone's long shots of Monument Valley scenery or bustling crowds of activity, but also highlights his ultra-close images as Bronson's beady eyes or Cardinale's luscious pout fill the entire screen. A commentary track is mostly by expert Sir Christopher Frayling, with input from other academics, participants and enthusiasts--it's good on the detail, and Alex Cox winningly points out that one scene bizarrely can't be reconciled with what happens before or after it. Disc 2 has four featurettes which, taken together, add up to a feature-length documentary on the film, and though overlapping the commentary slightly offer a wealth of further good stuff, plus the elegant Cardinale's undiminished smile. Also included is the trailer, notes on the cast, menu screens with generous selections from Ennio Morricone's score, stills gallery, comparison shots from the film and contemporary snapshots of the locations. --Kim Newman

  • The Wolverine [DVD] The Wolverine | DVD | (18/11/2013) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This stand-alone epic-action adventure set in modern day Japan reveals the untold story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) the most iconic character from the X-Men universe and evolves the character saga to new levels of depth intensity and visceral action. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle than will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality emerging more powerful than ever before.

  • The Lovely Bones [DVD] [2009] The Lovely Bones | DVD | (28/06/2010) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Director Peter Jackson takes a personal, risky leap in his direction of the film version of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones. Yet the leap pays off, in emotional depth and riveting visuals that transport the viewer to other worlds--even ones the viewer may not want to visit. The Lovely Bones is lofted by its star-making performance by the young Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), who plays Susie Salmon, the 14-year-old girl who is murdered early in the film, and who narrates the action from her "in-between place" after dying but before going to heaven. Ronan makes Susie as earthy and awkward as any young teen, yet her presence, and her gorgeous pale eyes, remind viewers that she's otherworldly too. The Lovely Bones takes some big departures from the book, as many critics have pointed out, but it works well on its own merits. The drama involves how (even whether) Susie's family will recover after her ghastly murder, and what happens to her killer and the futile-seeming search for justice and closure. The entire cast is stellar, including Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as Susie's nearly destroyed parents; the composed young New Zealand actress Rose McIver, who plays Susie's younger sister, whom Susie watches grow up to be the young woman that Susie will never get to be; and Susan Sarandon, the boozy, wisecracking grandmother who may or may not be able to help keep the family from splintering into a million pieces. The other true standout is Stanley Tucci, almost unrecognisable as the quiet, creepy neighbour who kills Susie, obsessing over every detail and perhaps having left a whole trail of gruesome murders in his shambling wake. Jackson's deft direction keeps the mourning humans moving along believably, numbly, and gives breathtaking life to the afterlife, in scenes of fantasy and dread that recall his Heavenly Creatures. --A.T. Hurley

  • Terminator Salvation [DVD] Terminator Salvation | DVD | (23/11/2009) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Independence Day [1996] Independence Day | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £2.78  |  Saving you £7.00 (58.40%)  |  RRP £11.99

    One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors uniting for one last strike against the invaders - before it's the en

  • Super 8 [DVD] Super 8 | DVD | (12/12/2011) from £1.95  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From critically acclaimed director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and Oscar Winning producer Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan) comes this action-packed science fiction thriller. It’s summer 1979, and a group of friends from Ohio are in the middle of making their own student film. While shooting a scene at a nearby train station one night, things take a drastic turn for the worse and the group of friends witness a devastating train crash. Soon after, they begin to notice strange happenings around their town as people begin disappearing and inexplicable events begin to occur. Disturbed by what they have seen, the kids set out on a dangerous mission to investigate into this spine-chilling phenomenon and uncover the truth. But what they unearth proves to me much more sinister than they ever imagined. -M.F.

  • Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines [Blu-ray] [2003] Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines | Blu Ray | (25/05/2009) from £7.00  |  Saving you £12.99 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A decade has passed since John Connor helped prevent Judgment Day and save mankind from mass destruction. Now 22 Connor lives off the grid - no home no credit cards no cell phone and no job. No record of his existence. No way he can be traced by Skynet - the highly developed network of machines that once tried to kill him and wage war on humanity. Until out of the shadows of the future steps the T-X Skynet's most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet.

  • Snitch [DVD] Snitch | DVD | (28/10/2013) from £3.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (78.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is a father whose teenage son is facing a 30 year jail sentence having been wrongly accused of drug distribution. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs John makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney to go in as an undercover informant and infiltrate the drug cartel that set his son up - risking everything including his family and his own life. A high-octane and action-packed thriller inspired by true events.

  • Hot Rod [2007] Hot Rod | DVD | (21/01/2008) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Taylor is preparing for the jump of his life. Rod plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. He'll land the jump get Frank better and then fight him hard.

  • Battlefield Earth [2000] Battlefield Earth | DVD | (29/09/2008) from £7.85  |  Saving you £5.14 (39.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The year is 3000 AD. Most of humanity was wiped out a good thousand or so years ago by a vicious race of nine-foot tall aliens called Psychlos. The few remaining pockets of human resistance inhabit the treacherous mountain regions. One such survivor Jonnie Goodboy Tyler (Barry Pepper) decides to venture into the remains of a nearby city to look for food and is swiftly captured by Terl (John Travolta) the Head of Psychlo Security. Incarcerated in a holding facility with hundreds of other homo-sapiens Tyler vows revenge against his gargantuan captors and soon acquires enough military and tactical savvy to orchestrate a cunning scheme to blow up the alien homeland using a mining assignment as a cover to gather explosives weapons and a fleet of fighter jets...

  • War Of The Worlds [2005] War Of The Worlds | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, staring international superstar Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells’ seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.

  • Signs [DTS] [2002] Signs | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £3.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (80.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Director-writer M Night Shyamalan brings his distinctive, oblique approach to aliens in Signs after tackling ghosts (The Sixth Sense) and superheroes (Unbreakable). With Mel Gibson replacing Bruce Willis as the traditional Shyamalan hero--a family man traumatised by loss--and leaving urban Philadelphia for the Pennsylvania sticks, the film starts with crop circles showing up on the property Gibson shares with his ex-ballplayer brother (Joaquin Phoenix) and his two troubled pre-teen kids (pay attention--all these character quirks turn out to be important). Though the world outside is undergoing a crisis of Independence Day-sized proportions, Shyamalan limits the focus to this family, who retreat into their cellar when "intruders" arrive from lights in the sky and set out to "harvest" them. Just as Unbreakable slowly revealed itself to be Superman re-thought as an intense personal drama, this is The Birds redone as a religious drama of faith lost and perhaps regained. The tone is less certain than the earlier films--some of the laughs seem unintentional and Gibson's performance isn't quite on a level with Willis's commitment--but Shyamalan still directs the suspense and shock dramas better than anyone else. On the DVD: Signs has THX-certified Dolby Digital Surround Sound which reproduces in the home exactly as the scary sounds that creeped you out in the cinema. A selection of deleted scenes are mostly tiny, but there's a self-reflexive joke (wisely dropped but worth preserving) as Gibson wishes his dead wife were here in the crisis because she was so smart: "She always knew how movies would end." A six-part making-of goes deeper than the usual puff-piece, including an interesting alternative to a commentary track as Shyamalan talks through a précis of clips and on-set snippets. A tradition continued from the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable DVDs is an extract from Pictures, "Night's first alien film". It's a teenage camcorder effort in which the future A-list Hollywoodian is menaced by a tiny Halloween-masked robot. Also included are a "multi-angle storyboards" feature, subtitles in a clutch of languages and eerie menu screens. --Kim Newman

  • Reign Of Fire [2002] Reign Of Fire | DVD | (09/06/2003) from £3.79  |  Saving you £14.20 (78.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Not quite the large-scale epic it promised to be, Reign of Fire is still an enjoyable entry in the post-catastrophe genre. It opens in present-day London with a boy witnessing the rebirth of the race of dragons, who are supposed to have wiped out the dinosaurs and now devastate the world again. Skipping the collapse of society with a montage of magazine articles about the world in flames, we jump into the future where the remnants of humanity cower in enclaves and fire-breathing raggedy-winged bat-lizards prowl the land. Christian Bale commands a castle in Northumberland, trying to preserve humanity, while Matthew McConaughey is an iron man warrior intent on tracking down and destroying the dragon king, making for a hero-against-hero clash of values which, for a change, finds the British preserver of life, rather than the Yankee animal-killer, getting the girl and the glory. The film consists mostly of scrabbling about in the ruins, and it rather skimps on the big dragon battles the script seems to demand. There's little here that hasn't been done before in The Day of the Triffids on television or that slew of Italian Mad Max imitations of the early 1980s. But director Rob Bowman (The X-Files) and a good cast handle themselves well, and the few times that the dragons do show up they deliver an acceptable burst of fiery horror. --Kim Newman On the DVD: Reign of Fire has a fairly perfunctory set of additional features on disc. A brief (under 10 minutes) making-of documentary consists mainly of computer geek animators obsessing about CG effects; back in the real world, "If You Can't Stand the Heat" looks at the on-set pyrotechnics. Director Rob Bowman chats affably about the project in a separate interview. Trailers for the movie and video game form the balance. The subdued (ie. gloomy) colours come up well in the anamorphic widescreen print, and the evocative soundscape is suitably full of sub-woofer-friendly rumblings, thuddings and explosions. --Mark Walker

  • Snitch [Blu-ray] Snitch | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013) from £5.49  |  Saving you £12.50 (69.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is a father whose teenage son is facing a 30 year jail sentence having been wrongly accused of drug distribution. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs John makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney to go in as an undercover informant and infiltrate the drug cartel that set his son up - risking everything including his family and his own life. A high-octane and action-packed thriller inspired by true events.

  • Minority Report --Two Disc Set (DTS) [2002] Minority Report --Two Disc Set (DTS) | DVD | (03/05/2004) from £4.25  |  Saving you £16.45 (71.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Full of flawed characters and shot in grainy de-saturated colours, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report is futuristic film noir with a far-fetched B-movie plot that's so feverishly presented the audience never gets a chance to ponder its many improbabilities. Based on a short story by Philip K Dick, Minority Report is set in the Orwellian near-future of 2054, where a trio of genetically modified "pre-cogs" warn of murders before they happen. In a sci-fi twist on the classic Hitchcockian wrong man scenario, Detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the zealous precrime cop who is himself revealed as a future-killer. Plot twists and red herrings drive the action forward and complications abound, not least Anderton's crippling emotional state, his drug habit, his avuncular-yet-sinister boss (Max Von Sydow), and the ambitious FBI agent Witwer (Colin Farrell) snapping at his heels. Though the film toys with the notion of free will in a deterministic universe, this is not so much a movie of grand ideas as forward-looking ones. Its depiction of a near-future filled with personalised advertising and intrusive security devices that relentlessly violate the right of anonymity is disturbingly believable. Ultimately, though, it's a chase movie and the innovative set-piece sequences reveal Spielberg's flair for staging action. As with A.I. before it, there's a nagging feeling that the all-too-neat resolution is a Spielbergian touch too far: the movie could satisfactorily have ended several minutes earlier. Though this is superior SF from one of Hollywood's greatest craftsmen, it would have been more in the spirit of Philip K Dick to leave a few tantalisingly untidy plot threads dangling. On the DVD: Minority Report on disc brings up Janusz Kaminski's wonderfully subdued cinematography in an ideal anamorphic widescreen print. John Williams's Bernard Herrmann-esque score is the major beneficiary of Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS sound options. There is no commentary, and the movie plus everything on the second disc, which contains five short featurettes and an archive of text and visual material, could probably have been squeezed onto just one disc. The featurettes are: "From Story to Screen", "Deconstructing Minority Report", "The Stunts of Minority Report", "ILM and Minority Report" and "Final Report: Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise". There are subtitles in English and Scandinavian languages. --Mark Walker

  • Star Trek XI (1-Disc Edition) [DVD] Star Trek XI (1-Disc Edition) | DVD | (16/11/2009) from £3.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (82.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Star Trek is back! Director J.J. Abrams brings you a brand new version of the classic space adventure! Star Trek chronicles the early days of James T Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew. Leonard Nimoy returns to his iconic role as the half-Vulcan half-human Spock whilst Zachary Quinto stars as the young Spock. Chris Pine Karl urban Simon Pegg Anton Yelchin Zoe Saldana and John Cho star as the original series' characters whilst Eric Bana plays the Enterprise crew's nemesis; Nero!

  • Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant [DVD] [2009] Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £3.00  |  Saving you £12.99 (81.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Adapted from Darren O'Shaughnessy's book series the Saga of Darren Shan, Cirque du Freak: A Vampire's Assistant is an endearingly goofy teen-vampire tale reminiscent of The Goonies or Lost Boys. Like those kids' horror classics, Cirque du Freak is a coming-of-age tale in which maturity is hastened by horrific discoveries of alternate realms. Best friends Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) and Steve (Josh Hutcherson) embark on a life-changing career path as monster prodigies after attending a taboo freak show starring various mutants and Madame Octa, a fluffy, neon orange, Muppetlike spider that Darren is irrevocably compelled to kidnap. Darren's petty theft results in the boys' introductions into the dualistic realm of good vampires, including the paternal Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly), and less-generous bloodsuckers such as Murlaugh (Ray Stevenson) and his Vampaneze family. Part of the fun is in learning how vampires are defined in this world; for example, they can't turn into bats but they have magic spit. The film's additional appeal is in its clever teen-vampire cultural nods, such as when Darren plays his Gameboy inside his coffin. The actual circus, too, offers a wide array of fun, spooky characters, such as ringleader Mr. Tall (Ken Watanabe) and Darren's scaly buddy Snakeboy (Patrick Fugit). Cirque du Freak: A Vampire's Assistant has tough moments, too, once the boys realize they can't look back. These moments transform Cirque du Freak: A Vampire's Assistant into a film parents may even be charmed by. --Trinie Dalton

  • Twilight - 2 Disc Special Edition [2008] Twilight - 2 Disc Special Edition | DVD | (06/04/2009) from £5.49  |  Saving you £17.50 (76.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Twilight is an action-packed modern-day love story between a teenage girl and a vampire. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks Washington she doesn't expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) a boy unlike any she's ever met. Edward is a vampire but he doesn't have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Intelligent and witty Edward sees straight into Bella's soul. Soon they are swept up in a passionate thrilling and unorthodox romance. To Edward Bella is what he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when a clan of new vampires - James (Cam Gigandet) Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) - come to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life?

  • Jumper [2008] Jumper | DVD | (16/06/2008) from £2.74  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the director of The Bourne Identity comes Jumper - featuring a host of stars including Hayden Christensen Samuel L Jackson Diane Lane and Jamie Bell! A teenager from an abusive household discovers he can teleport from one place to another. He uses this ability to search for the man he believes is responsible for the death of his mother drawing the attention of the NSA and another youth with the same power...

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