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Byline: JESSICA MELLOR

MISCHIEF NIGHT (15, pounds 17.99) ***

What a mad, marvellous mix of religion, love and mayhem this British film is. Starring Kelli Hollis as Tina, a single mother of three who tries to keep her kids on the straight and narrow, the story centres around the opposing communities that make up a typical Yorkshire town. Tina lives on one side of the park, her former Asian school friend Immie (Ramon Tikaram) lives on the other and as Mischief Night - like fireworks night but with more sparks - approaches, each family is changed beyond recognition. The untrained kids who feature are wonderful.

THE UNIT SEASON ONE (15, pounds 34.99) ***

This rough, tough series focuses on an elite special forces team who solve tricky, incendiary situations in war-torn countries and terrorist hotspots. Robert Patrick stars as Colonel Tom Ryan, and Scott Foley, Dennis Haysbert and Max Martini play some of the men who make up Ryan's top secret team. Involving and interesting in a macho, gung-ho sort of way - and based on the novel Inside Delta Force by former Special Forces Operator Eric L Haney - Haysbert (ex 24) is the most accomplished actor in the fray, while a lot of the series focuses on the wives they leave behind.

DEAD MAN'S CARDS (18, pounds 16.99) **

Debut director James Marquand bravely takes on the murky world of dingy nightclubs and bully bouncers in this very raw British film, but sadly he barely pulls it off. Some of the violence is well-choreographed and Paul Barber and James McMartin are both great as bouncers for Billy's Bar, a run-down club on the outskirts of Liverpool. However, the stilted, stereotyped script and supporting cast made up of real-life hard-men just don't live up to their efforts. The extras on the DVD are made up of interviews, deleted scenes and a short film.

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 2 (15, pounds 17.99) *

Only hardened fans of the original will want to experience this pretty pointless straight to-DVD follow up to the 2004 hit starring Ashton Kutcher. This time around, it's Eric Lively as Nick who holds the dangerous but tempting power to change his past. After a tragic crash involving the love of his life Julie (Erica Durance), Eric is able to go back in time and prevent her death. But this act has serious repercussions on his future and it all gets a bit silly and confusing from there on. The DVD features an audio commentary and some on-set stuff.

BLACK BOOK (15, pounds 19.99) ***

Director Paul Verhoeven, who gave audiences the wonderful Robocop and high-octane Hollywood fluff such as Starship Troopers and Basic Instinct, returns to his native Holland for this drama set in the Second World War. Carice van Houten steals most of the show as Rachel Stein, a wealthy Jewish woman who has fled Nazi Germany for the Netherlands. But when she and her family are ambushed by Hitler's henchmen, she realises that she's in just as much danger there. This is a well-acted and decently staged story, but Verhoeven drags it out a bit towards the end.

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CHANGING THE PAST: Erica Durance and Eric Lively; HIGH DRAMA: Sebastian Koch and Carice van Houten
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2007
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