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  • STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE COMPLETE RE-PA [DVD] STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE COMPLETE RE-PA | DVD | (27/06/2014) from £39.99  |  Saving you £29.98 (42.80%)  |  RRP £69.97

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  • Walking With Dinosaurs [1999] Walking With Dinosaurs | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £5.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (76.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Walking with Dinosaurs, which must have surprised even its makers by reaching the viewing figures usually reserved for royal weddings, was the undoubted television event of 1999. (The companion book and soundtrack album became bestsellers, too.) Extending the computer animation techniques developed for Jurassic Park (1993) these six 30-minute programmes, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, became the first blockbuster special-effects documentary. Here was natural history with a difference, recreating "the lost world" of the Cretaceous and Mesozoic with modern technology, the remarkable visuals enabling the programme-makers to show what life may have been like during the estimated 160 million years "when dinosaurs ruled the Earth". As well as the dinosaurs, the series investigates the plants, insects, climate and geography of the distant past, and considers the mystery of why the creatures became extinct so suddenly. There has been some argument over how much is scientific fact, and how much is entertaining speculation--after all, Life on Earth (1978) and The Living Planet (1984) had the advantage of living subjects to film--but for the moment this series must stand as the definitive visual chronicle of the life and times of the fascinating "terrible lizards". A year later the BBC followed this with the surprisingly sympathetic The Ballad of Big Al (about a youthful Allosaurus), before the equally ambitious, and equally enthralling Walking with Beasts (2001). On the DVD: Those interested in special effects techniques will appreciate the inclusion of a 50-minute "making of" documentary (which is also on the VHS). There's also an informative director's commentary, plus some behind-the-scenes picture sequences and additional graphics. The sound is vivid Dolby stereo and the picture is anamorphic 16:9 widescreen.--Gary S Dalkin

  • Star Trek: Fan Collective - Captains Log Star Trek: Fan Collective - Captains Log | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £3.49  |  Saving you £31.50 (90.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The fans - and captains - have spoken! Not only have Star Trek fans voted online for their all-time favourite captain's episodes but for the first time ever each legendary captain (William Shatner Patrick Stewart Avery Brooks Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula) has also chosen his or her personal favourite episode. Prepare yourself for pulse-pounding action and unimaginable adventure with five courageous captains as they dare to boldly go where no one has gone before.

  • American History X [Blu-ray][Region Free] American History X | Blu Ray | (05/11/2012) from £7.89  |  Saving you £10.10 (56.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Perhaps the highest compliment you can pay to Edward Norton is that his Oscar-nominated performance in American History X nearly convinces you that there is a shred of logic in the tenets of white supremacy. If that statement doesn't horrify you, it should; Norton is so fully immersed in his role as a neo-Nazi skinhead that his character's eloquent defense of racism is disturbingly persuasive--at least on the surface. Looking lean and mean with a swastika tattoo and a mind full of hate, Derek Vinyard (Norton) has inherited racism from his father, and that learning has been intensified through his service to Cameron (Stacy Keach), a grown-up thug playing tyrant and teacher to a growing band of disenfranchised teens from Venice Beach, California, all hungry for an ideology that fuels their brooding alienation. The film's basic message--that hate is learned and can be unlearned--is expressed through Derek's kid brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), whose sibling hero-worship increases after Derek is imprisoned (or, in Danny's mind, martyred) for the killing of two black men. Lacking Derek's gift of rebel rhetoric, Danny is easily swayed into the violent, hateful lifestyle that Derek disowns during his thoughtful time in prison. Once released, Derek struggles to save his brother from a violent fate, and American History X partially suffers from a mix of intense emotions, awkward sentiment and predictably inevitable plotting. And yet British director Tony Kaye (who would later protest against Norton's creative intervention during post-production) manages to juggle these qualities--and a compelling clash of visual styles--to considerable effect. No matter how strained their collaboration may have been, both Kaye and Norton can be proud to have created a film that addresses the issue of racism with dramatically forceful impact. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 1 Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 1 | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £11.80  |  Saving you £23.19 (66.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The third Star Trek series is led by Benjamin Sisko commander of the space station Deep Space Nine who discovers the first known stable wormhole a virtual shortcut through space that leads from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. The Gamma Quadrant is governed by the Dominion a group led by the Changelings - an group of shapeshifters which counts DS9 crew member Odo (Rene Auberjonois) among its numbers. The Dominion has become a violent force in the galaxy and Deep Space Nine and its crew has become the only home in upholding the way of life established by the Federation. Episodes comprise: 1. Emissary - Part 1 2. Emissary - Part 2 3. A Man Alone 4. Past Prologue 5. Babel 6. Captive Pursuit 7. Q-Less 8. Dax 9. The Passenger 10. Move Along Home 11. The Nagus 12. Vortex 13. Battle Lines 14. The Storyteller 15. Progress 16. If Wishes were Horses 17. The Forsaken 18. Dramatis Personae 19. Duet 20. In the Hands of Prophets

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 [1995] Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 | DVD | (25/08/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £84.99

    The fourth series of Deep Space Nine can be summed up in one word: Klingons! The show's producers apparently felt beset from all sides. Babylon 5 was a huge hit, as was Star Trek: Voyager, the flagship of new channel UPN. Stepping up DS9's action quotient seemed to be the answer. Time would tell, however, whether doing so via Trek's tried-and-tested former bad guys was the best solution. Opening with a special two-hour extravaganza, the new year was immediately unfamiliar. Dennis McCarthy's original theme--despite winning an Emmy--was deemed too subdued. As its upbeat new rendition kicked off, the station was seen in battle and swarming with activity. Moments later, we met old/new crewmember Worf, whose sudden appearance was the result of a brewing invasive strategy by the Klingons. This initiated the first of many loyalty shifts, as the Cardassians became the victims. With plenty of re-appearances by Gowron, Kor and Kurn, it was clear that an ongoing space opera was being crafted. Dukat revealed a tragedy-ridden daughter; Odo's relationship with his people (and Kira) became increasingly melancholy; and even the Jem'Hadar foot soldiers were given a sympathetic angle by their drug addiction. Adding to the layers of ambiguity about Earth's (read: the Producers') position over being at war, was the "outing" of Eddington and Sisko's girlfriend as rebel activists. Lest we forget the homely/spiritual side of the Captain, time was spent with a future version of Jake, with his father (Brock Peters), and on the nature of his role as "The Emissary". Avery Brooks worked behind the camera a couple of times, but this year the surprise was LeVar Burton directing five shows. There was still time for comedy: the Ferengi warped back to Roswell in 1947 and Bashir played at James Bond. But the year will be recalled predominately for its violence. One of the episodes Burton directed had its fight scenes drastically cut, while the series as a whole won an Emmy for its space battle effects. On the DVD: Deep Space Nine, Series 4 contains more than two hours of extra features. Although they might all have been better compiled into one long documentary, the sections devoted to Aliens, Production Design and Artwork are, nevertheless, nicely contained. "Charting New Territory" is a 20-minute featurette on all the big changes attempted this year: Worf's introduction, arming the station and being daring with stand-alone episodes. There's also a terrific and candid dossier on Michael Dorn (Worf), ten mini-cameo cast tales, four seasons' worth of episode introductions, and a well-stocked Photo Gallery. All this can be found on the set's seventh disc; there's also the fourth CD-ROM disc, which allows you to build your own station at home. --Paul Tonks END

  • Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 5 Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 5 | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £11.80  |  Saving you £23.19 (66.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The third Star Trek series is led by Benjamin Sisko commander of the space station Deep Space Nine who discovers the first known stable wormhole a virtual shortcut through space that leads from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. The Gamma Quadrant is governed by the Dominion a group led by the Changelings - an group of shapeshifters which counts DS9 crew member Odo (Rene Auberjonois) among its numbers. The Dominion has become a violent force in the galaxy and Deep Space Nine and its crew has become the only home in upholding the way of life established by the Federation. Episodes Comprise: 1. Apocalypse Rising 2. The Ship 3. Looking For par'Mach In All The Wrong Places 4. ...Nor The Battle Too Strong 5. The Assignment 6. Trials And Tribble-ations 7. Let He Who Is Without Sin... 8. Things Past 9. The Ascent 10. Rapture 11. The Darkness And The Light 12. The Begotten 13. For The Uniform 14. In Purgatory's Shadow 15. By Inferno's Light 16. Doctor Bashir I Presume? 17. A Simple Investigation 18. Business As Usual 19. Ties Of Blood And Water 20. Ferengi Love Songs 21. Soldiers Of The Empire 22. Children Of Time 23. Blaze Of Glory 24. Empok Nor 25. In The Cards

  • Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 2 Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 2 | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £11.80  |  Saving you £23.19 (66.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The third Star Trek series is led by Benjamin Sisko commander of the space station Deep Space Nine who discovers the first known stable wormhole a virtual shortcut through space that leads from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. The Gamma Quadrant is governed by the Dominion a group led by the Changelings - an group of shapeshifters which counts DS9 crew member Odo (Rene Auberjonois) among its numbers. The Dominion has become a violent force in the galaxy and Deep Space Nine and its crew has become the only home in upholding the way of life established by the Federation. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Homecoming 2. The Circle 3. The Siege 4. Invasive Procedures 5. Cardassians 6. Melora 7. Rules Of Acquisition 8. Necessary Evil 9. Second Sight 10. Sanctuary 11. Rivals 12. The Alternate 13. Armageddon Game 14. Whispers 15. Paradise 16. Shadowplay 17. Playing God 18. Profit And Loss 19. Blood Oath 20. The Maquis - Part 1 21. The Maquis - Part 2 22. The Wire 23. Crossover 24. The Collaborator 25. Tribunal 26. The Jem'Hadar

  • Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 7 Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 7 | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £11.78  |  Saving you £23.21 (66.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The third Star Trek series is led by Benjamin Sisko commander of the space station Deep Space Nine who discovers the first known stable wormhole a virtual shortcut through space that leads from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. The Gamma Quadrant is governed by the Dominion a group led by the Changelings - an group of shapeshifters which counts DS9 crew member Odo (Rene Auberjonois) among its numbers. The Dominion has become a violent force in the galaxy and Deep Space Nine and its crew has become the only home in upholding the way of life established by the Federation. Episodes Comprise: 1. Image In The Sand 2. Shadows And Symbols 3. Afterimage 4. Take Me Out To The Holo-Suite 5. Chrysalis 6. Treachery Faith And The Great River 7. Once More Unto The Breach 8. The Siege Of AR-558 9. Covenant 10. It's Only A Paper Moon 11. Prodigal Daughter 12. The Emperor's New Cloak 13. Field Of Fire 14. Chimera 15. Badda-Bing Badda-Bang 16. Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges 17. Penumbra 18. 'Til Death Do Us Part 19. Strange Bedfellows 20. The Changing Face Of Evil 21. When It Rains... 22. Tacking Into The Wind 23. Extreme Measures 24. The Dogs Of War 25. What You Leave Behind - Part 1 26. What You Leave Behind - Part 2

  • Star Trek - Alternate Realities Collection Star Trek - Alternate Realities Collection | DVD | (06/04/2009) from £11.19  |  Saving you £23.80 (68.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Available for the first time on DVD is a collection featuring the bizarre and strange of episodes of Star Trek! See your favorite characters behaving contrary to type in familiar but odd circumstances in Star Trek: Alternate Realities a 4-disc collection that includes 20 episodes selected from all five Star Trek television series plus exclusive special features. Episodes Comprise: 1. Mirror Mirror - (The Original Series) 2. Crossover - (Deep Space Nine) 3. Through The Looking Glass - (Deep Space Nine) 4. Shattered Mirror - (Deep Space Nine) 5. In A Mirror Darkly (Part 1) - (Enterprise) 6. In A Mirror Darkly (Part 2) - (Enterprise) 7. The Alternative Factor - (The Original Series) 8. Parallels - (The Next Generation) 9. The Enemy Within - (The Original Series) 10. Turnabout Intruder - (The Original Series) 11. Frame of Mind - (The Next Generation) 12. Shattered - (Voyager) 13. Yesterday's Enterprise - (The Next Generation) 14. The Inner Light - (The Next Generation) 15. The Visitor - (Deep Space Nine) 16. Before And After - (Voyager) 17. Timeless -(Voyager) 18. Course: Oblivion - (Voyager) 19. E2 - (Enterprise) 20. Twilight - (Enterprise)

  • Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 3 Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 3 | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £11.80  |  Saving you £23.19 (66.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The third Star Trek series is led by Benjamin Sisko commander of the space station Deep Space Nine who discovers the first known stable wormhole a virtual shortcut through space that leads from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. The Gamma Quadrant is governed by the Dominion a group led by the Changelings - an group of shapeshifters which counts DS9 crew member Odo (Rene Auberjonois) among its numbers. The Dominion has become a violent force in the galaxy and Deep Space Nine and its crew has become the only home in upholding the way of life established by the Federation. Episodes comprise: 1. The Search - Part 1 2. The Search - Part 2 3. The House of Quark 4. Equilbrium 5. Second Skin 6. The Abandoned 7. Civil Defence 8. Meridian 9. Defiant 10. Fascination 11. Past Tense - Part 1 12. Past Tense - Part 2 13. Life Support 14. Heart of Stone 15. Destiny 16. Prophet Motive 17. Visionary 18. Distant Voices 19. Through The Looking Glass 20. Improbable Cause 21. The Die Is Cast 22. Explorers 23. Family Business 24. Shakaar 25. Facets 26. The Adversary

  • The Big Hit [Blu-ray] [1998] The Big Hit | Blu Ray | (07/05/2007) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The criminal anarchy is hilarious when a foursome of full-time hit men looking to score extra cash kidnap the boss' goddaughter. And when beleaguered wise guy Mel is set up to take the fall underworld antics and domestic absurdities collide for a working weekend no one will soon forget. Mark Wahlberg Lou Diamond Phillips Christina Applegate Bokeem Woodbine and Antonio Sabato Jr. star in this explosive action comedy.

  • Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 6 Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 6 | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £14.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (57.20%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The third Star Trek series is led by Benjamin Sisko commander of the space station Deep Space Nine who discovers the first known stable wormhole a virtual shortcut through space that leads from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. The Gamma Quadrant is governed by the Dominion a group led by the Changelings - an group of shapeshifters which counts DS9 crew member Odo (Rene Auberjonois) among its numbers. The Dominion has become a violent force in the galaxy and Deep Space Nine and its crew has become the only home in upholding the way of life established by the Federation. Episodes Comprise: 1. A Time To Stand 2. Rocks And Shoals 3. Sons And Daughters 4. Behind The Lines 5. Favor The Bold 6. Sacrifice Of Angels 7. You Are Cordially Invited... 8. Resurrection 9. Statistical Probabilities 10. The Magnificent Ferengi 11. Waltz 12. Who Mourns for Morn? 13. Far Beyond The Stars 14. One Little Ship 15. Honour Among Thieves 16. Change Of Heart 17. Wrongs Darker Than Death Or Night 18. Inquisition 19. In The Pale Moonlight 20. His Way 21. The Reckoning 22. Valiant 23. Profit And Lace 24. Time's Orphan 25. The Sound Of Her Voice 26. Tears Of The Prophets

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 2 [1995] Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 2 | DVD | (28/04/2003) from £22.97  |  Saving you £62.02 (73.00%)  |  RRP £84.99

    The second series of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine must have caused mixed feelings for those involved. There was a sense of optimism behind the scenes that stemmed from having gained a loyal following--made up of plenty of new fans--in its relatively short first year. The show had genuinely succeeded in being different from its predecessors. Better still, The Next Generation would be bowing out gracefully halfway through this year. So it was that, with several more series guaranteed, the writers changed tack from standalone tales and into long-running story arcs. This was immediately evident in the format-testing three-part opening. Through the actions of Kira and her old pals, we saw that the Bajorans would only ever work toward their own agenda, whereas the Cardassians easily switched sides to suit their various agendas. The Federation was hardly innocent of political machinations either, especially with the discovery of the Maquis terrorists a few episodes later. This three-way dynamic would underpin the entire run of the show. Expanding upon it was the handover of the Klingon saga from The Original Series and TNG, in which old warhorses Kor, Kang and Koloth first appeared. That left the Ferengi to maintain an element of fun with their Rules of Acquisition (Number 112: "Never have sex with the boss's sister"), exploration of their sexist culture and, naturally, through everything touched by the scene-stealing Quark (who was rewarded with a cameo for his real life wife). What seemed like standalone stories--Odo meeting his mentor, a trip into The Original Series' parallel universe and the culminating encounter with some super-soldiers (the Jem'Hadar)--later turned out to be more optimistic seed-sowing. Unfortunately, this second series also began with some concern about a competitor franchise, which started at exactly the same time as TNG ended. The impact of Babylon 5 on DS9 and TV SF in general by the end of the year could never have been envisioned at the start. --Paul Tonks

  • Africa's Elephant Kingdom [DVD] Africa's Elephant Kingdom | DVD | (16/09/2012) from £7.62  |  Saving you £5.37 (41.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In all the world over there is nowhere else like this. Here in Kenya sky and forest water and grass give life and protection to all. For these are the wild lands....the kingdom of the elephants. Africa's Elephant Kingdom is the gripping story of an extended elephant family that must embark upon a life and death journey across the vast African plains. Through devastating drought to torrential rains they persist simply but nobly bringing the audience face to face with the extraordinary joys and sorrows of elephant life.

  • Fifteen Minutes [2001] Fifteen Minutes | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £2.02  |  Saving you £17.86 (89.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fifteen Minutes partners Robert De Niro and Saving Private Ryan's Edward Burns in a thriller satire on America's "reality TV" industry. De Niro plays celebrity detective Eddie Fleming, who must reluctantly work with arson investigator Jordy Warsaw (Burns) when a grisly fire is discovered to conceal a murder. This is the work of Emil (Karel Roden) and Oleg (Oleg Taktarov), East European psychos bent on a maniacal spree of killings. All of these are videotaped by Emil, who renames himself after his hero Frank Capra, in a perverse tribute to the US of A, where "no one is responsible for what they do!". Soon the duo decide to sell their footage to Kelsey Grammer's creepily shameless frontline TV journalist. As a pair of loons whose scariness is just the right side of cardboard villainy, Roden and Taktarov steal the movie as well as their camcorder. However, the central theme of voyeurism and video murder was dealt with far more effectively in the 1992 Belgian movie Man Bites Dog and, while the action tears along in explosive fashion, it does so at the expense of both plausibility and the anti-media satire, which seems hitched crudely onto the bumper of what is essentially a satisfying but conventional blockbuster thriller. --David Stubbs

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Complete [DVD] Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Complete | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £69.10  |  Saving you £130.89 (65.40%)  |  RRP £199.99

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is set on a space station orbiting the planet Bajor. Commander Benjamin Sisko is in charge of a diverse crew who must fight off rival alien species who want to control DS9 because of its strategic position close to a wormhole that allows speedy travel to the far reaches of space.

  • The Big Hit [1999] The Big Hit | DVD | (06/06/2005) from £3.49  |  Saving you £1.77 (29.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Film fans might someday recognise 1997 and 1998 as the years Hong Kong came to Hollywood. Stars Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li and Michelle Yeogh all appeared in major Hollywood projects and directors John Woo, Ronny Yu and Tsui Hark directed Face/Off, Bride of Chucky and Knock Off, respectively. Another entry into this new era of entertainment is The Big Hit, directed by Che-Kirk Wong (who also directed Jackie Chan in Crime Story), executive produced by John Woo, and produced by Wesley Snipes. Mark Wahlberg leads this all-American cast in a played-for-laughs macho blowout. Rounding out the testosterone brigade are Lou Diamond Phillips (sprouting a gold-capped tooth and a dirty mouth), Bokeem Woodbine (who, according to this DVD's director audio track, wore extra socks where it counts), Antonio Sabàto Jr. and Avery Brooks. Wahlberg plays Melvin Smiley, a nice-guy hit man with an ulcer and a severe insecurity problem. He's short on cash due to the spending habits of his unsuspecting fiancée Pam (Christina Applegate) and his girlfriend-on-the-sly Chantel (Lela Rochon). He and his crew decide to do a little freelancing and cook up their own heist to make a little mo' money--specifically by kidnapping Keiko (China Chow), the daughter of a Japanese businessman whom they target for ransom. Little do they know her dad is broke and she's the goddaughter of their boss. The Big Hit has action scenes aplenty (one of the stunt co-ordinators worked on Woo's The Killer and Bullet in the Head) and the same cornball sense of humour as other films in the Hong Kong action genre. Slick pacing and over-the-top humour made this movie a miss with the critics but a fun ride for fans of Hong Kong-styled action. --Shannon Gee

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 1 [1995] Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 1 | DVD | (24/03/2003) from £13.90  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £84.99

    Of all the spin-off TV incarnations of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine had the hardest job persuading an audience to watch. By all accounts, Gene Roddenberry had concerns about the idea before his death in 1991. It took two more years to develop, and when it finally aired in 1993 reasons for that concern were evident right away. The show was dark (literally), characters argued a lot, no one went anywhere and the neighbouring natives were hardly ever friendly. Yet for all that the show went against the grain of The Great Bird's original vision of the future, it undeniably caught the mood of the time, incorporating a complex political backdrop that mirrored our own. In the casting, there was a clear intent to differentiate the show from its predecessors. Genre stalwarts Tony Todd and James Earl Jones were considered for Commander Sisko before Avery Brooks. The one let down at the time was that Michelle Forbes did not carry Ensign Ro across from TNG, but when the explosive Nana Visitor defiantly slapped her hand on a console in the pilot episode, viewers knew they were in for a different crew dynamic. In fact, the two-part pilot show ("The Emissary") is largely responsible for DS9's early success. Mysterious, spiritual, claustrophobic, funny and feisty, it remains the most attention-grabbing series opener (apart from the Classic original) the franchise has had. The first year may have relied on a few too many familiar faces--like Picard, Q and Lwaxana Troi--but these were more than outweighed by refreshingly detailed explorations of cultures old and new (Trill, Bajoran, Cardassian, Ferengi). As it turned out, Deep Space Nine was the boldest venture into Roddenberry's galaxy that had been (or ever would be) seen. On the DVD: Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Series 1's hour of special features is split between seven featurettes that really would have worked better edited together. Covering the show's origins and most aspects of Year One's production design, they all crib from interviews with actors and crew from the 1992 shoot (exclusively so in the 10 "Hidden Files"). Other interviews conducted in 1999 and 2002 tend to be more revealing, although the solo section on Major Kira is curiously lacking in recent input. While the designers describe their work with passion, creators Michael Piller and Rick Berman come off as stiff and lacking in knowledge. Hopefully this is something that will improve through the next six box sets. The interactive CD-ROM to build a DS9 database on your PC is something that will become more involving, too. Obviously the most important thing is the episodes themselves, and despite the lack of a commentary to enhance the best of them, sound in 5.1 and the crisp full-frame picture do them ample justice. --Paul Tonks END

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 5 [1995] Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 5 | DVD | (27/10/2003) from £29.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £84.99

    Deep Space Nine's fifth series was a turning point from which there was no going back. Character and information overload took over, and the complicated twists and turns in the build up to war either hooked viewers securely, or sent them away with a headache. The Klingon faction instigated by Worf's arrival was occasionally played for laughs, but mostly their hard-headed personalities made all efforts at diplomacy moot. In the opening episode a chilling possibility is proposed as to why might be: have the Changelings infiltrated already and replaced key personnel? Some fans saw this as a flawed X-Files-style development. Nevertheless it sowed a seed of insidious suspicion from here on, affecting all the principal casts' relationship with one another, even allowing Odo and Quark an opportunity to confess a degree of friendship. Expanding on the new theme of duplication, the crew also made numerous trips to their Mirror Universe counterparts. As well as new uniforms and the milestone 100th episode, Nana Visitor and Alexander Siddig comically got to disguise the arrival of their child during filming. More laughs came from the fan favourite "Trials and Tribble-ations" with CG allowing Sisko and crew to interact with Kirk and a cameo from Leonard Nimoy. Avery Brooks began taking a backseat as of this year, partly a result of the now-overcrowded cast. Although Sisko's destiny would be foreshadowed by his first vision and the introduction of the Pah-wraiths, the Captain was in an increasingly sulky mood. Brooks only directed one episode, allowing room for regulars LeVar Burton and Rene Auberjonois to do more behind the camera. Joining them were Alexander Siddig, Michael Dorn and even Andrew Robinson. Available space started to seem hardly deep enough. --Paul Tonks

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