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  • The Incredible Hulk [2008] The Incredible Hulk | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A more accessible and less heavy-handed movie than Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk, Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk is a purely popcorn love affair with Marvel's raging, green superhero, as well as the old television series starring Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the beast within him. Edward Norton takes up where Eric Bana left off in Lee's version, playing Bruce (that's the character's original name) Banner, a haunted scientist always on the move. Trying to eliminate the effects of a military experiment that turns him into the Hulk whenever his emotions get the better of him, Banner is hiding out in Brazil at the film's beginning. Working in a bottling plant and communicating via email with an unidentified professor who thinks he can help, Banner goes postal when General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross and a small army turn up to grab him. Intent on developing whatever causes Banner's metamorphoses into a weapon, Ross brings along a quietly deranged soldier named Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who wants Ross to turn him into a supersoldier who can take on the Hulk. The adventure spreads to the U.S., where Banner hooks up with his old lover (and Ross' daughter), Betty (Liv Tyler), and where the Hulk takes on several armed assaults, including one in a pretty unusual location: a college campus. The film's action is impressive, though the computer-generated creature is disappointingly cartoonish, and a second monster turning up late in the movie looks even cheesier. Norton is largely wasted in the film--he's essentially a bridge between sequences where he disappears and the Hulk rampages around. As good an actor as he is, Norton doesn't have the charisma here to carry those scenes in which one waits impatiently for the real show to begin. --Tom Keogh

  • The Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray] [2008] The Incredible Hulk | Blu Ray | (17/04/2019) from £10.00  |  Saving you £14.99 (60.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A more accessible and less heavy-handed movie than Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk, Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk is a purely popcorn love affair with Marvel's raging, green superhero, as well as the old television series starring Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the beast within him. Edward Norton takes up where Eric Bana left off in Lee's version, playing Bruce (that's the character's original name) Banner, a haunted scientist always on the move. Trying to eliminate the effects of a military experiment that turns him into the Hulk whenever his emotions get the better of him, Banner is hiding out in Brazil at the film's beginning. Working in a bottling plant and communicating via email with an unidentified professor who thinks he can help, Banner goes postal when General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross and a small army turn up to grab him. Intent on developing whatever causes Banner's metamorphoses into a weapon, Ross brings along a quietly deranged soldier named Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who wants Ross to turn him into a supersoldier who can take on the Hulk. The adventure spreads to the U.S., where Banner hooks up with his old lover (and Ross' daughter), Betty (Liv Tyler), and where the Hulk takes on several armed assaults, including one in a pretty unusual location: a college campus. The film's action is impressive, though the computer-generated creature is disappointingly cartoonish, and a second monster turning up late in the movie looks even cheesier. Norton is largely wasted in the film--he's essentially a bridge between sequences where he disappears and the Hulk rampages around. As good an actor as he is, Norton doesn't have the charisma here to carry those scenes in which one waits impatiently for the real show to begin. --Tom Keogh

  • The Secret Life Of Pets (DVD + Digital Download) [2015] The Secret Life Of Pets (DVD + Digital Download) | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    From the humans behind Despicable Me. Ever wonder what your pets do when you're not home? For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (DESPICABLE ME, DESPICABLE ME 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. Click Images to Enlarge

  • 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

  • Iron Man 2 [DVD] Iron Man 2 | DVD | (25/10/2010) from £3.98  |  Saving you £14.20 (71.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Robert Downey Jr. returns to play Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2008 superhero smash Iron Man. In this sensational follow-up Stark must become Iron Man once more and do battle with Whiplash (Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler) and corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell - Moon). Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation) stars as sexy Russian spy Black Widow and Don Cheadle (Boogie Nights) assumes the role of Colonel James Rhodes from Terrence Howard.

  • Toy Story [DVD] Toy Story | DVD | (08/03/2010) from £6.49  |  Saving you £-2.10 (-42.10%)  |  RRP £4.99

    As 6-year-old Andy's favourite toy Woody (Tom Hanks) a take-charge pull-string cowboy is confident in his role as room leader. But after Andy's birthday party newcomer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) a flashy space ranger with laser action and pop-out wings crash-lands into Woody's world. Buzz instantly wins the admiration of Andy's other toys igniting a rivalry that lands the duo inside the home of Sid - the toy-torturing boy next door. To escape Sid's evil plans Woody and Buzz must work together and realize they've got the perfect friend: in each other! If you enjoyed Disney Pixar's Toy Story then check out some other classics from the awesome animation studio! Toy Story 2: When Woody is 'toynapped' the gang must rescue their lost buddy before Andy returns home from camp. Cars: Paul Newman and Owen Wilson lend their talents to this charming adventure about a regretful race car. Wall-E: If cute robots alien encounters and incredible animation are what you're after then watch this charming and thought-provoking film. Monsters Inc.: The monster world receives a visit from a tiny toddler setting off a hilarious chain of events. Up: The Oscar-winning tale of an old man on the adventure that he and his wife never shared is packed full of imagination.

  • Avatar [DVD] Avatar | DVD | (26/04/2010) from £2.79  |  Saving you £22.20 (88.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Avatar is set in the year 2154. The world is dying. Its energy resources are almost spent and its inhabitant have travelled to a distant planet called Pandora where they hope to extract a valuable mineral called Unobtanium.

  • Finding Nemo [DVD] Finding Nemo | DVD | (24/06/2013) from £5.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-20.00%)  |  RRP £4.99

    From the Academy Award winning creators of Toy Story and Monsters Inc. It's time to dive into Finding Nemo - a hilarious adventure that takes you into the breathtaking underwater world of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. When Nemo a young clownfish is unexpectedly carried far from home his overprotective father Marlin and Dory a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish embark on an epic journey that leads to encounters with vegetarian sharks surfer dude turtles hypnotic jellyfish and hungry seagulls! Finding Nemo's breakthrough computer animation is the ultimate viewing experience. This Collector's edition overflows with something for everyone including exclusive animation deleted scenes gaes and more! Swimming with laughs and overflowing with emotion - you'll find yourself watching Finding Nemo over and over again!Special Features: Plunge into the Filmmaker's World: Widescreen Viewing Presentation Turn Your TV into an Aquarium with Amazing Animated Scenes from the Movie Filmmakers Visual Commentary Including Deleted Scenes and Recording Sessions The Incredibles: A Pixar Animation Studios Sneak Peek A Voyage of Family Fun: Making Nemo: A Special Documentary Featuring Footage on the Creation of the Film Exploring the Reef with Jean Michel Cousteau and all Your Favourite Nemo Friends Review the Art of Nemo Narrated by the Artists Themselves Turn Your TV into a Virtual Aquarium Including Never-Before-Seen Animation Discover the Pixar Animation Studios Short Film Knick Knack Robbie Williams Animated Music Trailer Play 'Fisharades' with Your Favourite School of Fish Learning Fun with Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia Pixar Animation Studios Takes Future Animators on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour Storytime Fun for the Young

  • Cars 3 [DVD] [2017] Cars 3 | DVD | (13/11/2017) from £4.61  |  Saving you £-2.80 (-56.10%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!

  • Calamity Jane [1953] Calamity Jane | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.85  |  Saving you £8.14 (58.20%)  |  RRP £13.99

    This 1953 musical is very much a vehicle for Doris Day, in the title role, as a wild cowgal who can out-shoot and out-sing any boy on the range. When an actress arrives in Deadwood and uses her feminine charms on Jane's secret love, Wild Bill Hickock (Howard Keel), Jane tries to mend her tomboy ways. Not exactly up to the feminist code of honour, this is still energetic and Day is very perky. Of course, one could almost detect a homosexual undercurrent with the cross-dressing Jane, but this was Hollywood in the 1950s, so we best not. Calamity Jane won an Oscar for Best Song--"Secret Love", by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster. --Rochelle O'Gorman

  • Dirty Dancing [DVD] [1987] Dirty Dancing | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £2.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (81.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    It's summer 1963 and Frances 'Baby' Houseman is off on her family's annual summer vacation in the Catskills. Baby meets and becomes infatuated with the camps dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and when Johnny's dance partner get's into trouble Baby steps into the breach! Johnny sweeps her off her feet but trouble ensues and Baby must decide whether to obey her parents - or her heart...

  • Cars 2 [DVD] Cars 2 | DVD | (21/11/2011) from £5.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-20.00%)  |  RRP £4.99

    From the creators of Cars, Up and Toy Story 3 comes a new Pixar classic for the entire family.Starring racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car.But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage! Experience all the fast-paced fun with an all-car cast - plus enjoy the hilarious, never-before-seen short film Air Mater. It's pedal-to-the-metal excitement from start to finish!

  • Unbreakable [Blu-ray] [2000] Unbreakable | Blu Ray | (16/06/2008) from £6.95  |  Saving you £17.04 (71.00%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Are you listening to that voice that is telling you what you should be doing in life? M. Night Shyamalan director of The Sixth Sense presents Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in the story of one man's date with destiny. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star in the mind-shattering suspense-filled thriller; Unbreakable. When David Dunn (Willis) emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor - and without a single scratch on him - he meets a mysterious stranger (Jackson) who will change David's life forever. Interrupting his life at odd moments it's Elijah Price's presence and probing that force David to confront his destiny on a journey of self-discovery and purpose that will absolutely stun you with its power.

  • Monsters, Inc.  (Disney Pixar) Fullscreen (4:3) Single-Disc Edition [2002] Monsters, Inc. (Disney Pixar) Fullscreen (4:3) Single-Disc Edition | DVD | (07/09/2002) from £4.75  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The monsters in Monsters, Inc. are just so incredibly cute--and they know it. Whereas Woody, Buzz and pals in the Toy Story saga were filled with self-doubt about just how much the children in their lives would continue to love them, here our heroic monsters and their impossibly lovable human ward Boo have no such worries, at least when it comes to the cinema audience. And that's why Monsters, Inc., for all its wondrous computer-animated artistry, its smart humour and its family-friendly appeal, doesn't quite capture the naïve charm of its predecessors. Nevertheless, John Goodman and Billy Crystal, as scare-champions Sulley and Mike, are a great double-act whose comedy never goes over kids' heads but still reaches up to make their parents laugh. The film's central conceit--that monsters in the bedroom closet are just doing a night's work in order to generate power from screams for the city of Monstropolis--is funny and cleverly worked out; and kids will of course love the fact that the monsters are mortally afraid of the very children they are trying to frighten. The animation is extraordinarily detailed (Sulley's fur is a marvel in itself) and the set-piece action sequences top anything that has gone before for sheer audaciousness. But overall Pixar play things very safe, from the hissable villain to the end credit "outtakes". A bolder film might have taken inspiration from The Nightmare Before Christmas; instead, a little of that Disney disease of knowing cuteness seems to have crept into the formula. --Mark Walker

  • Up (Disney Pixar) (1 Disc) [DVD] [2009] Up (Disney Pixar) (1 Disc) | DVD | (15/02/2010) from £5.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-20.00%)  |  RRP £4.99

    At a time when too many animated films consist of anthropomorphized animals cracking sitcom one-liners and flatulence jokes, the warmth, originality, humor, and unflagging imagination of Up feel as welcome as rain in a desert. Carl Fredericksen (voice by Ed Asner) ranks among the most unlikely heroes in recent animation history. A 78-year-old curmudgeon, he enjoyed his modest life as a balloon seller because he shared it with his adventurous wife Ellie (Ellie Docter). But she died, leaving him with memories and the awareness that they never made their dream journey to Paradise Falls in South America. When well-meaning officials consign Carl to Shady Oaks Retirement Home, he rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats to South America. The journey's scarcely begun when he discovers a stowaway: Russell (Jordan Nagai), a chubby, maladroit Wilderness Explorer Scout who's out to earn his Elderly Assistance Badge. In the tropical jungle, Carl and Russell find more than they bargained for: Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), a crazed explorer whose newsreels once inspired Carl and Ellie; Kevin, an exotic bird with a weakness for chocolate; and Dug (Bob Peterson), an endearingly dim golden retriever fitted with a voice box. More importantly, the travelers discover they need each other: Russell needs a (grand)father figure; Carl needs someone to enliven his life without Ellie. Together, they learn that sharing ice-cream cones and counting the passing cars can be more meaningful than feats of daring-do and distant horizons. Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) and Bob Peterson direct the film with consummate skill and taste, allowing the poignant moments to unfold without dialogue to Michael Giacchnio's vibrant score. Building on their work in The Incredibles and Ratatouille, the Pixar crew offers nuanced animation of the stylized characters. Even by Pixar's elevated standards, Up is an exceptional film that will appeal of audiences of all ages. Rated PG for some peril and action. --Charles Solomon

  • The Incredibles (Disney Pixar) (2 Discs) [2004] The Incredibles (Disney Pixar) (2 Discs) | DVD | (18/03/2005) from £5.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-20.00%)  |  RRP £4.99

    After creating the last great traditionally animated film of the 20th century, The Iron Giant, filmmaker Brad Bird joined top-drawer studio Pixar to create this exciting, completely entertaining computer-animated film. Bird gives us a family of "supers," a brood of five with special powers desperately trying to fit in with the 9-to-5 suburban lifestyle. Of course, in a more innocent world, Bob and Helen Parr were superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. But blasted lawsuits and public disapproval forced them and other supers to go incognito, making it even tougher for their school-age kids, the shy Violet and the aptly named Dash. When a stranger named Mirage (voiced by Elizabeth Pena) secretly recruits Bob for a potential mission, the old glory days spin in his head, even if his body is a bit too plump for his old super suit. Bird has his cake and eats it, too. He and the Pixar wizards send up superhero and James Bond movies while delivering a thrilling, supercool action movie that rivals Spider-Man 2 for 2004's best onscreen thrills. While it's just as funny as the previous Pixar films, The Incredibles has a far wider-ranging emotional palette (it's Pixar's first PG film). Bird takes several jabs, including some juicy commentary on domestic life ("It's not graduation, he's moving from the fourth to fifth grade!"). The animated Parrs look and act a bit like the actors portraying them, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee also have a grand old time as, respectively, superhero Frozone and bad guy Syndrome. Nearly stealing the show is Bird himself, voicing the eccentric designer of superhero outfits ("No capes!"), Edna Mode. Nominated for four Oscars, The Incredibles won for Best Animated Film and, in an unprecedented win for non-live-action films, Sound Editing. The Presentation This two-disc set is (shall we say it?), incredible. The digital-to-digital transfer pops off the screen and the 5.1 Dolby sound will knock the socks off most systems. But like any superhero, it has an Achilles heel. This marks the first Pixar release that doesn't include both the widescreen and full-screen versions in the same DVD set, which was a great bargaining chip for those cinephiles who still want a full-frame presentation for other family members. With a 2.39:1 widescreen ratio (that's big black bars, folks, à la Dr. Zhivago), a few more viewers may decide to go with the full-frame presentation. Fortunately, Pixar reformats their full-frame presentation so the action remains in frame. The Extras The most-repeated segments will be the two animated shorts. Newly created for this DVD is the hilarious "Jack-Jack Attack," filling the gap in the film during which the Parr baby is left with the talkative babysitter, Kari. "Boundin'," which played in front of the film theatrically, was created by Pixar character designer Bud Luckey. This easygoing take on a dancing sheep gets better with multiple viewings (be sure to watch the featurette on the short). Brad Bird still sounds like a bit of an outsider in his commentary track, recorded before the movie opened. Pixar captain John Lasseter brought him in to shake things up, to make sure the wildly successful studio would not get complacent. And while Bird is certainly likable, he does not exude Lasseter's teddy-bear persona. As one animator states, "He's like strong coffee; I happen to like strong coffee." Besides a resilient stance to be the best, Bird threw in an amazing number of challenges, most of which go unnoticed unless you delve into the 70 minutes of making-of features plus two commentary tracks (Bird with producer John Walker, the other from a dozen animators). We hear about the numerous sets, why you go to "the Spaniards" if you're dealing with animation physics, costume problems (there's a reason why previous Pixar films dealt with single- or uncostumed characters), and horror stories about all that animated hair. Bird's commentary throws out too many names of the! animators even after he warns himself not to do so, but it's a lively enough time. The animator commentary is of greatest interest to those interested in the occupation. There is a 30-minute segment on deleted scenes with temporary vocals and crude drawings, including a new opening (thankfully dropped). The "secret files" contain a "lost" animated short from the superheroes' glory days. This fake cartoon (Frozone and Mr. Incredible are teamed with a pink bunny) wears thin, but play it with the commentary track by the two superheroes and it's another sharp comedy sketch. There are also NSA "files" on the other superheroes alluded to in the film with dossiers and curiously fun sound bits. "Vowellet" is the only footage about the well-known cast (there aren't even any obligatory shots of the cast recording their lines). Author/cast member Sarah Vowell (NPR's This American Life) talks about her first foray into movie voice-overs--daughter Violet--and the unlikelihood of her being a superhero. The feature is unlike anything we've seen on a Disney or Pixar DVD extra, but who else would consider Abe Lincoln an action figure? --Doug Thomas

  • Toy Story 2 [DVD] Toy Story 2 | DVD | (08/03/2010) from £7.49  |  Saving you £-3.06 (-61.30%)  |  RRP £4.99

    A Masterpiece of great story telling 'laugh out loud' humour wonderful music and state of the art animation - Toy Story 2 is great fun from both kids and adults! This enormous box office hit won a Golden Globe award for Best Picture! Toy Story 2 features the original voice cast headed by Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. Joining them is a round-up of unforgettable new characters including Jessie the cow girl Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete the prospector. While Andy is away at summer camp Woody is toynapped by Al a greedy toy collector. His best friends including Buzz Mr Potato Head Slinky Dog and Rex set out on a heroic rescue mission to save him. Along the way they meet a whole host of new friends including Jessie the cow girl and Bullseye the horse. Together the Toy Story 2 gang set out to make sure Woody is home safely before Andy returns... If you enjoyed Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 then check out some other classics from the awesome animation studio! Toy Story: One of the best movies of all-time Pixar's debut is a stunningly imaginative incredibly funny take on the secret life of toys. Cars: Paul Newman and Owen Wilson lend their talents to this charming adventure about a regretful race car. Wall-E: If cute robots alien encounters and incredible animation are what you're after then watch this charming and thought-provoking film. Monsters Inc.: The monster world receives a visit from a tiny toddler setting off a hilarious chain of events. Up: The Oscar-winning tale of an old man on the adventure that he and his wife never shared is packed full of imagination.

  • The Imitation Game [DVD] The Imitation Game | DVD | (09/03/2015) from £3.49  |  Saving you £16.50 (82.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    THE IMITATION GAME is a gripping acclaimed thriller that tells the incredible true story of unsung war hero Alan Turing the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate Star Trek Into Darkness and TV’s Sherlock) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for Atonement Oscar® nominee for Pride and Prejudice) star as Turing and his ally and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke alongside a top-notch cast including Matthew Goode (Stoker A Single Man) Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) Charles Dance (Gosford Park TV's Game of Thrones) Allen Leech (In Fear TV’s Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

  • 10 Things I Hate About You [DVD] [1999] 10 Things I Hate About You | DVD | (22/03/2010) from £4.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (72.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    It's, like, Shakespeare, man! This good-natured and likeable update of The Taming of the Shrew takes the basics of Shakespeare's farce about a surly wench and the man who tries to win her and transfers it to modern-day Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is a sullen, forbidding riot girl who has a blistering word for everyone; her sunny younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is poised for high school stardom. The problem: overprotective and paranoid Papa Stratford (a dryly funny Larry Miller) won't let Bianca date until boy-hating Kat does, which is to say never. When Bianca's pining suitor Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets wind of this, he hires the mysterious, brooding Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to loosen Kat up. Of course, what starts out as a paying gig turns to true love as Patrick discovers that underneath her brittle exterior, Kat is a regular babe. The script, by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, is sitcom-funny with peppy one-liners and lots of smart teenspeak; however, its cleverness and imagination doesn't really extend beyond its characters' Renaissance names and occasional snippets of real Shakespearean dialogue. What makes the movie energetic and winning is the formula that helped make She's All That such a big hit: two high-wattage stars who look great and can really act. Ledger is a hunk of promise with a quick grin and charming Aussie accent and Stiles mines Kat's bitterness and anger to depths usually unknown in teen films; her recitation of her English class sonnet (from which the film takes its title) is funny, heartbreaking and hopelessly romantic. The imperious Allison Janney (Primary Colors) nearly steals the film as a no-nonsense guidance counsellor secretly writing a trashy romance novel. --Mark Englehart

  • The Lego Movie [DVD] [2014] The Lego Movie | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £2.29  |  Saving you £16.00 (80.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    'The LEGO Movie' is the first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO adventure. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ('Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ' '21 Jump Street') the original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet an ordinary rules-following perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as The Special the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Special Features: 'Everything Is Awesome' Sing-Along Fan Made Films: Top-Secret Submissions

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