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  • Space: 1999 - The Complete First Series (Repackaged) [DVD] Space: 1999 - The Complete First Series (Repackaged) | DVD | (01/11/2010) from £17.48  |  Saving you £32.51 (65.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    Space: 1999 is a Gerry Anderson cult classic as unmissable today as it was when first conceived in 1973. Starring husband and wife team Martin Landau and Barbara Bain Space: 1999 revolves around the crew of Moonbase Alpha where scientific experiments are conducted and space data gathered. Disaster strikes and the Moon is blown out of the Earth's orbit by a huge explosion emanating from man-made nuclear waste pits causing it to drift endlessly through the void of space where the real adventures begin. Episodes comprise: 1. Breakaway 2. Force Of Life 3. Collision Course 4. War Games 5. Death's Other Dominion 6. Voyager's Return 7. Alpha Child 8. Dragon's Domain 9. Mission Of The Darians 10. Black Sun 11. Guardian Of Piri 12. End Of Eternity 13. Matter Of Life And Death 14. Earthbound 15. The Full Circle 16. Another Time Another Place 17. The Infernal Machine 18. Ring Around The Moon 19. Missing Link 20. The Last Sunset 21. Space Brain 22. The Troubles Spirit 23. The Testament Of Arkadia 24. The Last Enemy

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Limited Edition, Includes Theatrical Version) | DVD | (11/09/2006) from £9.59  |  Saving you £5.00 (21.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Available for a limited time only! Three years after the events in Episode IV - A New Hope Imperial forces continue to pursue the rebels. After the rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the Dark Side Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin...

  • The Andromeda Strain [Blu-ray] The Andromeda Strain | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £6.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. Many years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill) advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was returned to Earth from a space mission. Stone and his team - Drs. Dutton, Leavitt and Hall (David Wayne, Kate Reid, and (James Olson, respectively)- go to the facility, known as Wildfire, and try to first isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont (an old wino and a six-month-old baby) survived. The scientists methodically study the alien life form unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device should it manage to escape.

  • Doomsday Doomsday | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £2.74  |  Saving you £5.39 (54.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak. The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence [Blu-ray][Region Free] A.I. Artificial Intelligence | Blu Ray | (18/07/2011) from £7.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is the story of David (Haley Joel Osment), the first mecha (a futuristic term for a mechanized human being) designed with the ability to love. A couple whose son is in a coma "adopts" David to help them recover from their loss. Naturally, things do not go as planned, and David is forced to leave the mother (Frances O'Connor) he's been "imprinted" to love, and make his way in the world. Traveling with Teddy, a hi-tech stuffed bear, David escapes the Flesh Fair, where angry humans destroy mechas to "purge artificiality," and unexpectedly befriends Gigolo Joe (Jude Law in a wry performance), a robot designed to pleasure women. Joe agrees to help David in his quest to become human.Director Stanley Kubrick originally developed A.I., at one point asking Spielberg to direct it. When Kubrick passed away, Spielberg took the reins. Using a treatment and thousands of drawings commissioned by Kubrick, Spielberg wrote his own screenplay (his first since 1979's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND). Osment, perhaps the only pre-teen actor who can effectively convey existential angst, gives a marvelous performance, helping Spielberg create a gorgeous futuristic fairy tale that questions the very nature of what we call life.

  • Battlestar Galactica - The Final Season Battlestar Galactica - The Final Season | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £8.49  |  Saving you £26.50 (75.70%)  |  RRP £34.99

    47 875 survivors in search of a home called Earth. The cylons were created by man. They evolved. They rebelled. There are many copies. And they have a plan.

  • Lost In Space [1998] Lost In Space | DVD | (01/10/1999) from £4.60  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Packed with more than 750 dazzling visual effects, this US$70 million adventure does more (and less) than give the 1965-68 TV series a state-of-the-art face-lift. Aimed at an audience that wasn't born when the series originally aired, the sci-fi extravaganza doesn't even require familiarity, despite cameo appearances by several of the TV show's original cast members. Instead it's a high-tech hybrid of the original premise with enough sensory overload to qualify as a spectacular big-screen video game, supported by a time-travel premise that's adequately clever but hardly original. Lost in Space is certainly never boring, and visually it's an occasionally awesome demonstration of special effects technology. But in its attempt to be all things to all demographics, the movie's more of a marketing ploy than a satisfying adventure, thankfully dispensing with the TV show's cheesy camp but otherwise squandering a promising cast in favour of eye-candy and ephemeral storytelling. --Jeff Shannon

  • 2010 : The Year We Make Contact [1984] 2010 : The Year We Make Contact | DVD | (11/09/2000) from £6.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    No director could ever have hoped to repeat the artistic achievement of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and nobody knew that better than Peter Hyams, who made this much more conventional film from the first of three sequel novels by Arthur C Clarke. Whereas Kubrick made a poetic film of mind-expanding ideas and metaphysical mysteries, Hyams shouldn't be blamed for taking a more practical, crowd-pleasing approach. In revealing much of what Kubrick deliberately left unexplained, 2010 lacks the enigmatic awe of its predecessor, but it's still a riveting tale of space exploration and extraterrestrial contact, beginning when a joint American-Soviet mission embarks to determine the cause of failure of the derelict spaceship Discovery. Having arrived at Discovery near the planet Jupiter, the American mission leader (Roy Scheider) and his Russian counterpart (Helen Mirren) must investigate the apparent failure of the ship's infamous onboard computer, HAL 9000, as well as the meaning of countless mysterious black monoliths amassing on Jupiter's surface (an interpretation Kubrick originally left up to his viewers). Meanwhile, Earth is on the brink of nuclear war, and an apparition of astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea) appears repeatedly to promise that "something wonderful" is about to happen. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • The Kettering Incident [DVD] The Kettering Incident | DVD | (10/04/2017) from £11.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    We all have something to hide! Set on the isolated island of Tasmania, The Kettering Incident is a tense, gripping thriller following one woman's journey to find the truth about her past. Dr Anna Macy was just a child when her best friend Gillian mysteriously disappeared. The two girls had been playing in ancient woodland on the edge of town when Anna saw strange lights in the sky, accompanied by a high-pitched noise. Hours after, Anna was found alone. Fifteen years later Anna returns to her home town of Kettering to find that the rumours still persist about what really happened to the girls that night - from Anna killing Gillian to alien abduction - so when 17 year old Chloe Holloway also disappears Anna is compelled to discover what really happened to Gillian.

  • Doctor Who - Dalek War [DVD] Doctor Who - Dalek War | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £12.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (62.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Doctor Who: Dalek War Box Set (Dr. Who)

  • Doomsday [Blu-ray] [2008] Doomsday | Blu Ray | (01/09/2008) from £7.19  |  Saving you £17.80 (71.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    From director Neil Marshall (The Descent Dog Soldiers) and starring Rhona Mitra (Shooter) Bob Hoskins (Outlaw Nixon) and Malcom McDowell (Heroes A Clockwork Orange) Doomsday is an action-packed science-fiction thriller! In Doomsday a lethal virus spreads throughout a major country and kills hundreds of thousands. To contain the newly identified Reaper the authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The literal walling-off works for three decades - until Reaper violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists including Eden Sinclair (Mitra) is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

  • Buffy Complete Season 1-7 - 20th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [2017] Buffy Complete Season 1-7 - 20th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (25/09/2017) from £64.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The teen years can be brutal. Especially when you're Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) a Sunnydale High School student destined to slay supernatural, blood-sucking baddies instead of hanging out at the mall. Over the seven seasons of this thrilling, witty show, Buffy struggles to maintain allies in the fight against evil, while also engaging in on-off romances with a moody vampire (David Boreanaz) or two (James Marsters). Now you can own this 39-disc set containing all 144 episodes of one of the smartest, funniest, most action-packed series ever to slay on the small screen also starring Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head and Nicholas Brendon. Special Features: Join Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Angel, Spike, Cordelia and Dawn for hours and hours of high voltage vampire action! Enjoy all 144 episodes over seven seasons on 39 discs. Cast and crew commentaries Featurettes Outtakes Easter eggs Trailers Cast biographies Photo galleries Episode Scripts Karaoke sing alongs

  • Star Trek Next Generation Series 1 Star Trek Next Generation Series 1 | DVD | (22/05/2006) from £10.98  |  Saving you £24.01 (68.60%)  |  RRP £34.99

    ""Space... The final frontier... These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds... To seek out new life; new civilisations... To boldly go where no one has gone before!"" - Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) The complete first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation one of the finest sci-fi shows of all-time. Episodes Comprise: 1. Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1) 2. Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2) 3. The Nak

  • The X Files: Season 5 [1994] The X Files: Season 5 | DVD | (27/12/2004) from £9.49  |  Saving you £25.50 (72.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Mulder continues his search for a cure for Scully's illness even as her genetically altered DNA takes her to the brink of death. Scully's DNA comes into play once again when it proves that she is somehow the mother of a little girl named Emily an incident that could only be related to her abduction years earlier. But in the end it is a young boy named Gibson Praise whose body may actually contain the elusive proof Mulder has been searching for so desperately. Episodes comprise:

  • Planet of the Apes -- 35th Anniversary Special Edition (2 discs) [1967] Planet of the Apes -- 35th Anniversary Special Edition (2 discs) | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £2.34  |  Saving you £20.65 (89.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    A genuine genre classic whose impact remains undimmed either by time, increasingly dire sequels, or Tim Burton's lacklustre 2001 "reimagining", the original Planet of the Apes richly deserves this 35th Anniversary special edition. Here you'll find a glorious anamorphic presentation of Franklin J Schaffner's painterly CinemaScope framing, accompanied by a new DTS 5.1 soundtrack that makes the movie seem even more vibrant and immediate than ever before. On disc one the film is accompanied by two audio commentaries: one from composer Jerry Goldsmith, and another with Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Natalie Trundy and make-up artist John Chambers. These are reasonably interesting, though with a few too many gaps. Better is Eric Greene's exhaustive text commentary. Better still are the features on the second disc. Disc two contains the exhaustive two-hour Behind the Planet of the Apes documentary (also to be found in the six-disc box set) as well as a host of other behind-the-scenes nuggets for die-hard fans: dailies and outtakes, make-up tests and Roddy McDowall's home movies. There's some overlap between a 1967 NATO presentation of the movie hosted by Charlton Heston and other featurettes from 1968 and 1972. Sequel directors Don Taylor and J Lee Thompson are seen in action, and there are trailers, film reviews from 1968 and picture galleries. --Mark Walker

  • Starship Troopers [1998] Starship Troopers | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £4.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (73.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A gloriously over-the-top treat, Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers takes the militaristic moralising of Robert Heinlein's pulp classic and sets about undermining it mercilessly. Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) desperately wants to join the Mobile Infantry and kill some Earth-threatening alien bugs. He also desperately wants Carmen (Denise Richards), but only gets to fulfil one ambition in the second of Verhoeven's futuristic satires (also cowritten with his RoboCop scriptwriter Ed Neumeier). Set in a fascistic future where kids must do military service to qualify as citizens, own property or even have babies, the film's dark Vietnam and Nazi-era parallels are all the more disturbing given its deceptively sunny Beverly Hills 90210 teenage cast (though scenery-chewing veteran Michael Ironside steals the movie as tough-talking Lt Rasczak). The CGI arachnids are among the most convincing and dangerous-looking creatures ever seen on screen, and with the movie clocking up the highest number of blanks ever fired on a film set, it's also pretty loud! Verhoeven went on to be Executive Producer of the Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles animated TV series a couple of years later. On the DVD: Starship Troopers in this DVD incarnation can now be played continuously on one side of the disc (the original Region 2 release version was that crime against the DVD format, a "flipper"). You'll also feel really spoiled by the extras here: five deleted scenes (approximately six minutes) pad out Carmen's love triangle problems. There are impressive screen tests for Denise Richards and Casper Van Dien (three-and-a-half minutes). An eight-minute featurette zips by with key interviews and fact flinging. And a real treat is three scene developments with layers of FX work explained by Verhoeven. But what makes this DVD essential is the director's enthusiastic commentary alongside screenwriter Ed Neumeier: dissing astrology, making a stand for feminist issues, saying how he went nude to placate the actors for their shower scene, and drooling with praise for his FX team, Verhoeven makes a fascinating statement that "war makes fascists of us all". After a studio disclaimer, and beginning with his reaction to the film's critique in Time Magazine, this is no-holds-barred fun. --Paul Tonks

  • Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [1980] Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It's hardly surprising that the Beeb take so long releasing DVDs in the Doctor Who series when they're as highly polished and as carefully selected as The Leisure Hive. Particularly significant in terms of the series' history, this sequence marked an end to Who's descent into vaudeville, and heralded the entrance of hotshot, new-broom Series Producer, John Nathan-Turner. The opening long, slow pan across a wintry beach, on which an autumnal Doctor sits slumped, immediately declares the show's serious intentions. The narrative itself is an erudite discussion on fascism and racism taking in regeneration, megalomania, cloning and a series of Agatha Christie-esque murders. It's the style, rather than the story, however, that's foregrounded in The Leisure Hive: along with his new sober approach, Nathan-Turner brought a new theme tune, a new logo, a new striking red costume and a new title sequence--one that, tellingly, moved away from the enclosed time tunnel to show the vastness of space opening up. Productions values are similarly high: the Quantel effects are impressive even now, and the performances are quite stunning, particularly Baker's as the prematurely aged, infirm Doctor. By dispensing with the clowning and with what he termed "Douglas Adams' undergrad humour", Nathan-Turner reinvigorated a show that was becoming stale. The diegetic rebirth brought about by the Regeneration Drive at the show's denouement is an apposite motif, emblematic of the rebirth of the show itself--The Leisure Hive truly represented a new beginning for Who. On the DVD: the images, colours and new 5.1 sound are all impressive, as are the abundance of extras. "A New Beginning" features a rare interview with Baker himself, and "From Avalon to Argolis" indulges in some very satisfying back-biting. There's also a nostalgia-inducing contemporaneous clip of an impossibly young Blue Peter presenter looking genuinely frightened by the exhibits of the then-great Longleat Doctor Who Exhibition. --Paul Eisinger

  • Survivors - Series 1-3 - Complete [1975] Survivors - Series 1-3 - Complete | DVD | (24/11/2008) from £20.39  |  Saving you £59.60 (74.50%)  |  RRP £79.99

    Terry Nation's drama series Survivors broadcast by the BBC between 1975 to 1977 was one of the most popular series of the decade. Set in a post-apocalyptic present day world ravaged by a devastating plague Survivors explored how humanity would cope in a world stripped of modern technology and comforts. The disease struck quickly and with devastating effect - a global plague that in Britain spares just a few thousand people. This is the chilling story of some of those who survive - Jenny Greg Abby and others - determined to construct a new community from the surrounding wasteland where the technology and skills of the old life have become obsolete. Featuring all three series of the classic drama this collection tells the full Survivors story from the outbreak of the pandemic to foundation of the settlements to the rebirth of society.

  • Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 3 Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 3 | DVD | (10/07/2006) from £2.98  |  Saving you £11.70 (73.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    This latest incarnation stars Scottish actor David Tennant as the 'good doctor' ably flanked by the lovely Billy Piper resuming her role as the Timelord's spunky sidekick Rose. Episodes Comprise: 1. Rise Of The Cybermen 2. The Age Of Steel 3. The Idiot's Lantern

  • Doctor Who - The Two Doctors [1985] Doctor Who - The Two Doctors | DVD | (08/09/2003) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Doctor Who: The Two Doctors is one of those occasional adventures in which the then-current Doctor joins forces with one of his former incarnations, here Colin Baker's sixth Doctor with Patrick Troughton's second Doctor. In the epic Three Doctors (1972-3) such a team-up faced a suitably overwhelming danger; here the threat is rather less impressive. This adventure starts encouragingly enough, with Troughton and Jamie (Frazer Hines) investigating time-travel experiments on a space station, which endanger the fabric of the universe. Baker's Doctor and Peri (Nichola Bryant) arrive in the aftermath of a massacre and suspect the Timelords; but events lead them to Spain and old enemies the Sontarans. Also involved is alien schemer Chessene (Jacqueline Pearce) in a role not dissimilar to her Servalan from Blake's 7, while John Stratton as Shockeye, a food-obsessed alien "Androgum" chef is vastly entertaining. Despite location filming in Seville, the three 45-minute episodes eventually stretch the material too thinly, degenerating into some of the most farcical scenes in the history of Who. The story becomes a repetitive series of double-crosses, escapes and pursuits, featuring an unnecessary obsession with cannibalistic comedy-horror. Despite many fine moments along the way The Two Doctors ultimately leaves a Bad Taste. On the DVD: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors is offered with an as-good-as-possible 4:3 picture, which exposes the limitations of the original video footage. The sound is excellent mono and the first disc also offers an isolated track of Peter Howell's striking musical score and an engaging commentary with director Peter Moffatt, Frazer Hines and Jacqueline Pearce. A Fix with Sontarans (9 mins) is a specially made mini-adventure, with Colin Baker and Janet Fielding returning as Tegan, made for the then hugely popular Jim'll Fix It. The highlight of Disc Two is Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who a new 45-minute documentary with series luminaries Chris Boucher, Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe, Barry Letts and Eric Saward remembering the writer. Of more specialist interest to would-be programme makers is Adventures in Time and Spain (29 mins), in which Production Manager Gary Downie charmingly recalls the problems of finding the Spanish locations. Beneath the Lights is a 27-minute compilation of studio footage centred on Baker and Bryant filming three scenes, while Beneath the Sun complies video location rushes, which at 36 minutes with poor picture quality is for completists only. Wavelength (1984) is an interesting 29-minute edition of the BBC Schools radio documentary series giving an in-depth look at the making of Doctor Who in general. Finally there's an animated, scored photo gallery. Overall this is an exhaustively comprehensive presentation that will satisfy the even the most serious Who fan. --Gary S Dalkin

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