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Harsh Realm - Season 1 | DVD | (26/07/2004)
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The dark and fantastic Harsh Realm, a science fiction series about a war fought by flesh-and-blood humans trapped inside virtual reality, was launched by The X-Files creator Chris Carter in 1999 and died a regrettable, premature death on the Fox channel after three episodes. The remaining six shows found sanctuary on the FX network, and then Harsh Realm slipped into history, its wild story, based on a comic book, far from resolved. Perhaps Harsh Realm's ratings failure had something to do with its broad similarities to the hugely popular The Matrix, released only a few months before, or, for that matter, David Cronenberg's 1999 eXistenZ, in which characters fight for their lives inside a video game. Whatever the reason, enough time has passed to take an objective look at Harsh Realm, and there is a lot to be admired in its high level of imagination, complex plotting, and cutting-edge production values. Scott Bairstow stars as U.S. Army Lieutenant Tom Hobbes, a decorated hero who risked his life rescuing a buddy, Major Mel Waters (Max Martini), during a peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia. Set to return to civilian life and marry his fiancée, Sophie (Samantha Mathis), Hobbes is summoned by a mysterious superior (Lance Henriksen) and asked to test-run Harsh Realm, a virtual reality war game devised by the Pentagon. Once he begins, however, Hobbes is mentally imprisoned in the dangerous game (his body, along with those of hundreds of other "volunteers," is cared for in a secret military hospital), where he is identified by other, desperate captives as the savior they've been awaiting. D.B. Sweeney is very good as another soldier, Mike Pinocchio, whose sense of mission is re-awakened by Hobbes and who becomes a partner in an endless effort to defeat a madman named Santiago (Terry O'Quinn), who rules Harsh Realm from within. As with The X-Files, the nine episodes in this boxed set are each very striking on their own terms, with post-apocalyptic sets, constant surprises, and that special Chris Carter touch (fans of his Millennium will like Harsh Realm, too) that makes every story look and feel like a collision of a nightmare and a crisis of faith. --Tom Keogh
ER: Complete Season 1 | DVD | (23/02/2004)
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Set in a Chicago County General Hospital, the multi-Emmy winning ER is very much in the tradition established by the earlier Hill Street Blues. Like that series, ER also features a range of strong characters whose personal lives often reflect the turmoil of their working environment. It also similarly features a deft, fast-moving mix of comedy, intrigue and tragedy. It could also be seen as a precursor to The West Wing, in that we regard with some awe the ability of these characters to keep on top of the mounting chaos in their day-to-day lives and the myriad problems thrown at them. In ER, this chaos may mean crack addicts, violent patients tumbling through plate glass screens, vindictive colleagues or a chief of staff who insists that fellow surgeons operate on his sick dog. The first series is best known for introducing George Clooney to the world as the likable but maverick Dr Ross; the show has often featured star guests such as Sally Field and Ewan McGregor, among others, while several seasons have seen the coming and going of various personnel. However, if one character embodies the strength of ER it's Dr Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), whose dedication to his job has seen him turn down lucrative and cosier offers in the private sector, and who is an exemplar of decency, selflessness and emotional stability. The episodes dealing with his father's death were among the most moving in the series, touching as they did on a theme never far from ER's surface, that of reconciliation with mortality. --David Stubbs
NYPD Blue - Season 3 | DVD | (17/04/2006)
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The third thrilling season of TV uberproducer Steven Bochco's NYPD Blue. Episodes Comprise: 1. E.R. 2. Torah! Torah! Torah! 3. One Big Happy Family 4. Heavin' Can Wait 5. Dirty Laundry 6. Curt Russell 7. Aging Bull 8. Cold Heaters 9. Sorry Wrong Suspect 10. The Blackboard Jungle 11. Burnin' Love 12. These Old Bones 13. A Tushful Of Dollars 14. The Nutty Confessor 15. Head Case 16. Girl Talk 17. Hollie And The Blowfish 18. We Was Robbed 19. Auntie Maimed 20. A Death I
House - Series 2 | DVD | (23/10/2006)
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Go deeper into the medical mysterious of House: Season 2 in one of TV's most compelling drama series'. Hugh Laurie stars as the brilliant but sarcastic Dr. Gregory House a maverick physician who is devoid of bedside manner. While his behavior can border on antisocial Dr. House thrives on the challenge of solving the medical puzzles that other doctors give up on. Together with his hand-picked team of young medical experts he'll do whatever it takes in the race against the clock to solve the case. Episodes Comprise: 1. Acceptance 2. Autopsy 3. Humpty Dumpty 4. TB or Not TB 5. Daddy's Boy 6. Spin 7. Hunting 8. The Mistake 9. Deception 10. Failure to Communicate 11. Need to Know 12. Distractions 13. Skin Deep 14. Sex Kills 15. Clueless 16. Safe 17. All In 18. Sleeping Dogs Lie 19. House vs. God 20. Euphoria (1) 21. Euphoria (2) 22. Forever 23. Who's Your Daddy? 24. No Reason
Law And Order - Series 3 | DVD | (21/11/2005)
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Powerful timely and gripping Law & Order has become one of television's most celebrated and widely acclaimed American crime series of all time. Get ready for another thrilling season of ripped-from-the-headlines cases as all 22 episodes of the groundbreaking third season come to DVD for the first time ever. In the hugely popular third season Emmy Award nominee - the late - Jerry Orbach joined New York's toughest team of prosecutors and investigators: Richard Brooks
The Glass House | DVD | (08/07/2002)
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When Ruby (Sobieski) and Rhett's (Morgan) parents are killed in a car accident their carefree teenage lives are suddenly shattered. Moving into an incredible house in Malibu with the Glass couple old friends of the family seems to be a beginning of a new life for them. But Ruby soon stumbles upon information that leads her to suspect that her new legal guardians might know more about her parents' deaths than they're letting on...
NYPD Blue - Season 4 | DVD | (14/08/2006)
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The fourth compelling season of TV uberproducer Steven Bochco's NYPD Blue. It was the groundbreaking series that broke all the rules and triggered what may be the biggest mutiny in TV history when some of the station affiliates refused to carry the show. Some viewers also complained but the majority loved what was being touted as TV's first R-rated series. NYPD blue has garnered an amazing 86 Emmy Award nominations and 21 wins. So if you missed all the excitement back
Kingpin, Complete Series 1 - The Producer's Cut | DVD | (22/03/2004)
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Pitched as a gritty, hard-hitting crime drama series about a mob family, Kingpin invites inevitable comparisons with The Sopranos--the pilot episode is even directed by Sopranos alumnus Allen Coulter--but the basic premise is more a south-of-the-border Godfather, with Miguel Cadena (Yancey Arias) as the conflicted Michael Corleone-type character who finds himself inexorably but somewhat reluctantly taking charge of his family's Mexican drug cartel. Written and produced by David Mills, a graduate of NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street, the show has all the right credentials for a successful TV drama, combining a colourful ensemble cast and evocative locations on either side of the Rio Grande, but somehow it failed to find enough of an audience in the US to get beyond one season (a similar fate befell the equally praiseworthy Boomtown). Unlike Tony Soprano, Miguel's (American) wife Marlene (Sheryl Lee, still best known as Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks) supports her husband's position with Machiavellian schemes of her own, though both parents strive to shelter their eight-year-old son from involvement in the messier side of the family business. After a bloody coup in the pilot episode, Miguel and his ruthless brother Chato (Bobby Cannavale) cement their hold over the business while struggling with the twin threats of family infighting and law enforcement pressure. As in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, the DEA agents--principally go-getting Delia Flores (Angela Alvarado Rosa)--are significant characters in their own right. Also north of the border is cowardly plastic surgeon Dr Heywood Klein (Brian Benben), who enjoys the lifestyle too much to break his illicit connection with the Cadena family. It's all gripping, bloody, amoral stuff that makes for compelling viewing. Unfortunately, Kingpin never quite attains the effortlessly sublime levels of its northern predecessor and thus never quite breaks free from the long shadow of The Sopranos. --Mark Walker
Midnight Run For Your Life | DVD | (06/06/2011)
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Lorna Bellstratten (Walters), a waitress with dreams of being in show business, is duped by her drug-dealer boyfriend Michael Vega (Guastaferro) into delivering a bomb to an undercover cop. Though Lorna survives the explosion (intended to kill her and the cop), she finds herself - as the only material witness to the crime she unwittingly abetted - wanted by both the cops and the mob (Vega's employers). Distraught, Lorna flees to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and takes out a contract on her own life (suicide-by-hitman.) Meanwhile, Vega (posing as Lorna's father) hires Los Angeles bail bondsman, Eddie Moscone (Hedaya) to send in a bounty hunter to bring her back to LA alive...
The X Files - Series 1 | DVD | (18/06/2007)
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Featuring a few tasty morsels from X-Files: Season 1! Ideal for people who want to give the unknown their first try. You won't be disappointed by the sci-fi thrills of The X-Files. And don't forget; the truth is out there...
The Glass House | DVD | (07/07/2008)
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A new guard and a science professor convicted of manslaughter begin their first day at a state prison and will both discover that they are not quite prepared for what they will face. Based on the story by Truman Capote.