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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 £5.99  |  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

  • 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 Game Plan [2007] The Game Plan | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £3.79  |  Saving you £14.20 (78.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Game Plan tells the story of rugged superstar quarterback Joe Kingman (Dwayne ""The Rock"" Johnson) whose Boston-based team is chasing a championship. A 'serial bachelor' Kingman is living the ultimate fantasy: he's rich famous and the life of the party. But this dream is suddenly sacked for a loss when he discovers the 7-year-old daughter (Madison Pettis) he never knew he had - the product of a last fling before parting years ago with his young wife. Now during the most important time in his career he must figure out how to juggle his parties practices and dates with the newfound ballet classes bedtime stories and dolls that come with his daughter. Equally perplexed is his hard-edged mega-agent Stella (Kyra Sedgwick) herself without a parental bone in her body. Despite the often hilarious misadventures that come with being a new father Joe discovers that's there's more to life than money endorsements and thousands of adoring fans: the love and care of one very special small fan is the only thing that matters.

  • Jersey Girl [DVD] Jersey Girl | DVD | (25/04/2011) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Forget about who you thought you were and just accept who you are! In Kevin Smith's latest acerbic romantic comedy/drama New York publicist Ollie Trinke (Ben Affleck) has it all: the perfect life with a beautiful wife and a child on the way. However Ollie is soon to learn that sometimes in life you can't take the path that you'd once planned...

  • X-Men - The Last Stand [2006] X-Men - The Last Stand | DVD | (26/12/2006) from £2.53  |  Saving you £10.30 (79.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Take a stand... When a pharmaceutical company publicises a 'cure' to suppress mutations lines are drawn amongst the X-Men led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) and the Brotherhood a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally Magneto (McKellen)... The third film in the big-screen X-Men film franchise which plays host to the addition of fan-favourite characters (including Beast Juggernaut and Angel) further explorers the mutant human divide and also provides a glimpse into the fate of Jean Grey reborn as Phoenix...

  • Timeline [2003] Timeline | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £7.77  |  Saving you £12.22 (61.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Just enough of Michael Crichton's novel survives in Timeline to make it a passable popcorn thriller. It's likely that Crichton fans will lament the shallowness of director Richard Donner's film, and its gee-whiz style of acting lays waste to any scientific credibility that Crichton's scenario might have retained. Still, the Crichton formula is a sturdy one, following the model of Westworld and Jurassic Park by involving a small band of adventurers in a fantastical realm of danger and death. In this case, a group of archaeologists and combat experts (led by Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor) use a "3-D fax machine" (so much for technobabble) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hope of retrieving Walker's father (Billy Connolly) and returning safely to the present. No such luck. Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travellers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching. All well and good, so far, and the castles-and-crossbows action reaches a fever pitch, but it's obvious that Donner is too lazy to make the much better film that this could and should have been. Despite its enjoyable highlights, Timeline is perfunctory entertainment. --Jeff Shannon

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Alamo [2004] The Alamo | DVD | (27/12/2004) from £3.79  |  Saving you £11.20 (74.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton (Best Adapted Screenplay Sling Blade 1996) Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) and Jason Patric (Sleepers) team up for the year's most explosive motion picture epic. In the spring of 1836 facing incredible odds fewer than 200 ordinary men of all races defended a small Texas fort for 13 days against thousands of soldiers led by the dictator of Mexico. Based on this true story - The Alamo depicts what would become a legendary rallying cry

  • Aliens [1986] Aliens | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £3.39  |  Saving you £16.60 (83.00%)  |  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.

  • Fort Apache (John Wayne) [1948] Fort Apache (John Wayne) | DVD | (05/06/2006) from £4.12  |  Saving you £3.53 (35.30%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The first of John Ford's trilogy of Cavalry Movies set during America's struggle against the Apache Indian. Henry Fonda plays the stubborn Colonel Thursday whose Textbook methods of warfare appear as pure as suicide to everyone but him. John Wayne stars as Captain York a soldier experienced in Apache warfare from whom Thursday will take no advice. The film builds to the inevitable confrontation with the Apache masses and Thursday leads his men into the Lion's Den.

  • Over Her Dead Body [2007] Over Her Dead Body | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £2.09  |  Saving you £17.90 (89.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Devastated when his fiancee Kate is killed on their wedding day Henry reluctantly agrees to consult a psychic named Ashley at the urging of his sister Chloe. Despite his skepticism over her psychic abilities Henry finds himself falling hard for Ashley and vice versa. But there is a big snag. Ashley is being haunted by Kate's ghost who considers it her heavenly duty to break up Henry and Ashley's fledgling romance if it is the last thing she does on this earthly plane...

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] 2001: A Space Odyssey | DVD | (03/03/2008) from £15.88  |  Saving you £-6.42 (-40.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When a large black monolith is found beneath the surface of the moon the reaction immediately is that it was intentionally buried. When the point of origin is confirmed as Jupiter an expedition is sent in hopes of finding the source. When Dr. David Bowman discovers faults in the expeditionary space craft's communications system he discovers more than he ever wanted to know.

  • Boo, Zino And The Snurks [2004] Boo, Zino And The Snurks | DVD | (21/03/2005) from £2.66  |  Saving you £10.50 (70.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    German animation with featuring the voice of Captain Jean Luc-Picard! When Gaya's power stone the Dalamite is stolen by the diabolical scientist Professor N. Icely (Lander) using his vortex machine local hero Zino (Wrage) his trusted companion Boo (Mariot) the major's daughter Alanta (Watson) and the local trouble makers The Snurks are pulled into the swirling vortex as well. They awake to find themselves in a strange world filled with giants monster rats and buildings that rea

  • After Earth [DVD] [2013] After Earth | DVD | (15/09/2014) from £2.29  |  Saving you £17.70 (88.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth 1 000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured Kitai must embark on a treacherous journey to signal for help. They must learn to work together and trust each other if they want any chance of returning home.

  • Definitive Edition - Aliens [1986] Definitive Edition - Aliens | DVD | (23/04/2007) from £7.40  |  Saving you £5.59 (43.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    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.

  • Definitive Edition - X-Men [2000] Definitive Edition - X-Men | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £4.05  |  Saving you £6.44 (49.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist unveils his sinister plan for the future...

  • Definitive Edition - X-Men 2 [2003] Definitive Edition - X-Men 2 | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £2.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (80.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The time has come for those who are different to stand united... The X-Men have to band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life while the Mutant Academy at Westchester is attacked by military forces prompting some uncomfortable home truths for Wolverine...

  • X-Men 2 [2003] X-Men 2 | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £3.90  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The time has come for those who are different to stand united... The X-Men have to band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life while the Mutant Academy at Westchester is attacked by military forces prompting some uncomfortable home truths for Wolverine...

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