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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [1981] The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy | DVD | (28/01/2002) from £6.29  |  Saving you £18.70 (74.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The original BBC radio adventures of Arthur Dent (an ape-descendant whose anger at the apparently inexplicable destruction of his home planet Earth, situated in an obscure corner of the outer spiral arm of the galaxy, is expressed in frequent irritation at friendly automatic doors and vending machines) and his travelling companions, Ford Prefect (an itinerant towel-carrying hitch-hiker originally from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse), Zaphod Beeblebrox (the notorious ex-Galactic President and patron of Eccentrica Galumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six) and Marvin the Paranoid Android (who's still suffering from that terrible pain in all the diodes down his left side) proved to be such a success for the BBC that its transition to TV was (almost) inevitable. In 1981 several key members of the radio cast made the move to the small screen. Simon Jones' bewildered Arthur Dent remains the central character, shambling around in his dressing gown (a fact easy to forget on radio); Mark Wing-Davey's Zaphod Beeblebrox is the same as his boastful radio persona, even if the second head utterly fails to convince. Unfortunately, newcomers David Dixon (as Ford Prefect) and the irritating Sandra Dickinson (as Trillian) are no match for their radio predecessors.The problem here is not so much the low-budget look as the script itself, which is lovingly faithful to the radio series in a way that Douglas Adams' novels aren't. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a lucid, satirical, occasionally profound, utterly unique comic invention on radio. As such, it has nothing to gain from TV. The script needs no visual elaboration--that's best left to the listener's own imagination. Only the animated renditions of the Guide itself enhance Peter Jones' wonderfully dry narration; otherwise--paradoxically, perhaps--by supplying images the concept is oddly diminished here.On the DVD: A suitably eclectic not to say eccentric collection of extra features makes this a wholly satisfying two-disc set, neatly packaged in a fold-out slipcase. On the second disc there's an hour-long "making of" documentary from 1992 featuring contributions from the cast and crew, including Douglas Adams; and then there's even more in a 20-minute section entitled "Don't Panic!". A fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at filming as the clock runs out on studio time and a look at the recording of the original radio series complete the first part. Then navigate to the "Outer Planets" to find outtakes, a deleted scene, Zaphod's animatronic second head on Tomorrow's World and Peter Jones's witty and shambolic introduction to the first episode, plus more besides. The series itself is presented in standard 4:3 ratio and Dolby stereo. --Mark Walker

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man [Blu-ray] The Incredible Shrinking Man | Blu Ray | (13/11/2017) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A FASCINATING ADVENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN! He baffles science! He confounds medicine! Submitted for your approval, the strange story of Scott Carey an ordinary young man who, through an extraordinary set of circumstances, becomes The Incredible Shrinking Man! Whilst on a holiday cruise with his wife, young Scott finds himself enveloped by a luminous mist which cover him in a strange, glittery dust. Several months later, he's accidentally sprayed with an insecticide. Soon, Scott starts shrinking at an alarming rate, and before long he's thrust into a terrifying world of gigantic cats, spiders and other over-sized pitfalls! Adapted for the screen by celebrated fantasy scribe Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) from his own novel, The Incredible Shrinking Man directed by sci-fi pioneer Jack Arnold (It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon) is rightly regarded as being one of the finest science-fiction films of all time. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Auteur on the Campus: Jack Arnold at Universal an extended documentary about the early career of director Jack Arnold at Universal-International studios There Is No Zero: Writing The Shrinking Man an in-depth conversation with author Richard Christian Matheson about his father and the creation of the original Incredible Shrinking Man novel Super 8 cut-down version Original Theatrical Trailer Teaser Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck First pressing only: Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman

  • The Andromeda Strain [Blu-ray] The Andromeda Strain | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £8.91  |  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.

  • Star Trek The Original Series: Complete [Blu-ray] Star Trek The Original Series: Complete | Blu Ray | (05/09/2016) from £31.08  |  Saving you £42.91 (58.00%)  |  RRP £73.99

    All 79 episodes of the classic science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry. In the famous opening narration, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, describes space as 'the final frontier' and states that his vessel's five-year mission was to 'seek out new life forms and new civilisations' and 'to boldly go where no man has gone before.' Season 1 episodes are: 'The Man Trap', 'Charlie X', 'Where No Man Has Gone Before', 'The Naked Time', 'The Enemy Within', 'Mudd's Women', 'What Are Little Girls Made Of?', 'Miri', 'Dagger of the Mind', 'The Corbomite Maneuver', 'The Menagerie (Part 1)', 'The Menagerie (Part 2)', 'The Conscience of the King', 'Balance of Terror', 'Shore Leave', 'The Galileo Seven', 'The Squire of Gothos', 'Arena', 'Tomorrow Is Yesterday', 'Court Martial', 'The Return of the Archons', 'Space Seed', 'A Taste of Armageddon', 'This Side of Paradise', 'The Devil in the Dark', 'Errand of Mercy', 'The Alternative Factor', 'The City On the Edge of Forever' and 'Operation - Annihilate!'. Season 2 episodes are: 'Who Mourns for Adonais?', 'The Changeling', 'Mirror, Mirror', 'The Apple', 'The Doomsday Machine', 'Catspaw', 'I, Mudd', 'Metamorphosis', 'Journey to Babel', 'Friday's Child', 'The Deadly Years', 'Obsession', 'Wolf in the Fold', 'The Trouble With Tribbles', 'The Gamesters of Triskelion', 'A Piece of the Action', 'The Immunity Syndrome', 'A Private Little War', 'Return to Tomorrow', 'Patterns of Force', 'By Any Other Name', 'The Ultimate Computer', 'Bread and Circuses' and 'Assignment: Earth'. Season 3 episodes are: 'Spock's Brain', 'The Enterprise Incident', 'The Paradise Syndrome', 'And the Children Shall Lead', 'Is There in Truth No Beauty?', 'Spectre of the Gun', 'Day of the Dove', 'For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky', 'The Tholian Web', 'Plato's Stepchildren', 'Wink of an Eye', 'The Empath', 'Elaan of Troyius', 'Whom Gods Destroy', 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield', 'The Mark of Gideon', 'That Which Survives', 'The Lights of Zetar', 'Requiem for Methuselah', 'The Way to Eden', 'The Cloud Minders', 'The Savage Curtain', 'All Our Yesterdays' and 'Turnabout Intruder'.

  • Skellig Skellig | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £6.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (68.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

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  • Inception (Triple Play Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Inception (Triple Play Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (06/12/2010) from £5.00  |  Saving you £20.52 (70.80%)  |  RRP £28.99

    Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

  • Contact [1997] Contact | DVD | (25/09/1998) from £3.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (71.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The opening and closing moments of Robert (Forrest Gump) Zemeckis's Contact astonish viewers with the sort of breathtaking conceptual imagery one hardly ever sees in movies these day--each is an expression of the heroine's lifelong quest (both spiritual and scientific) to explore the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life. The movie begins by soaring far out into space, then returns dizzyingly to earth until all the stars in the heavens condense into the sparkle in one little girl's eye. It ends with that same girl as an adult (Jodie Foster)--her search having taken her to places beyond her imagination--turning her gaze inward and seeing the universe in a handful of sand. Contact traces the journey between those two visual epiphanies. Based on Carl Sagan's novel, Contact is exceptionally thoughtful and provocative for a big-budget Hollywood science fiction picture, with elements that recall everything from 2001 to The Right Stuff. Foster's solid performance (and some really incredible alien hardware) keep viewers interested, even when the story skips and meanders, or when the halo around the golden locks of rising-star-of-a-different-kind Matthew McConaughey (as the pure-Hollywood-hokum love interest)reaches Milky Way-level wattage. Ambitious, ambiguous, pretentious, unpredictable--Contact is all of these things and more. Much of it remains open to speculation and interpretation but whatever conclusions one eventually draws, Contactdeserves recognition as a rare piece of big-budget studio film making on a personal scale. --Jim Emerson

  • Life On Mars: Series 1 Life On Mars: Series 1 | DVD | (15/05/2006) from £10.75  |  Saving you £29.24 (73.10%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Life On Mars is the smash-hit cop show starring John Simm as a detective who is involved in a car accident and wakes to find himself transported back to 1973, a world dominated by Ford Cortina?s, sheep-skin jackets and very hard coppers.

  • David Lynch Box Set [DVD] David Lynch Box Set | DVD | (04/06/2012) from £19.45  |  Saving you £30.54 (61.10%)  |  RRP £49.99

    Referred to as the most important filmmaker of the current era by The Guardian, David Lynch has carved out a stunning portfolio of work investigating the dark and seedy side of human nature with a delicious sense of black humour. Bringing together six of his most well-known films on DVD for the very first time, this boxset also includes several of Lunch's most famous short films, experimental films, rare interviews, documentaries, outtakes and more.Eraserhead (1977)Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.Dune (1984)In the distant future, a man appears who may be the prophet that a long-suffering galaxy has been waiting for.Blue Velvet (1986)After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man soon discovers a sinister underworld lying just beneath his idyllic suburban home town.Wild At Heart (1990)Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled.Lost Highway (1997)After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

  • Heavy Metal [1996] Heavy Metal | DVD | (13/12/1999) from £4.69  |  Saving you £15.30 (76.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As long as there is a need for adolescent male sexual fantasy, there will be an audience for Heavy Metal. Released in 1981 and based on stories from the graphic magazine of the same name, this silly and senseless the movie is an aimless, juvenile amalgam of disjointed stories and clashing visual styles. Hundreds of animators from around the world were employed, resulting in a near-total absence of creative cohesion in the finished product. It remains, for better and worse, a midnight-movie favourite for the stoner crowd--a movie best enjoyed by randy adolescents or near-adults in an altered state of consciousness. With a framing story about a glowing green orb claiming to be the embodiment of all evil, the film shuttles through eight episodic tales of sci-fi adventure, each fuelled by some of the most wretched rock music to emerge from the late 1970s-early 80s period. The most consistent trademark is an abundance of blood-splattering violence and wet-dream sex, the latter involving a succession of huge-breasted babes who shed their clothes at the drop of a G-string. It's rampantly brainless desire to fuel the young male libido becomes rather fun, and for all its incoherence Heavy Metal impresses for the ambitious artistry of its individual segments. Produced by Ivan Reitman (who went on to direct Ghostbusters), the voice talents include several Canadian veterans of the Second City improvisation comedy troupe--including John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty--many of whom went on to greater fame on the US TV series Saturday Night Live. --Jeff Shannon DVD Special Features Feature-length Rough Cut with Optional Commentary by Carl MacEk, Production notes Theatrical trailer Documentary: Imagining Heavy Metal Art Galleries Deleted Scenes, Carl MacEk reading his book "Heavy Metal: The Movie" 1:85:1 widescreen anamorphic Dolby Digital 5.1

  • The Running Man [1987] The Running Man | DVD | (06/09/2010) from £5.19  |  Saving you £4.80 (48.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The year is 2019. Television is now ruling people's lives. The most popular 'audience participation' game show is 'The Running Man'- where convicts can win pardons instead of 'parting gifts' by defeating murderous henchmen known as 'stalkers'. The stalkers haven't had much of a challenge lately. Until Ben Richards comes along. Wrongly convicted of slaughtering 1500 innocent people Richards is the next contestant to fight for his life and his freedom. When 'Running Man' host Damon

  • The Black Hole [1979] The Black Hole | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £4.46  |  Saving you £10.30 (68.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A research team on a fruitless search for life in space encounter a lost spaceship perched on the event horizon of a black hole where they find an Earth scientist who harbours a terrible secret...

  • Red Dwarf - Back To Earth [DVD] Red Dwarf - Back To Earth | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Cult comedy Red Dwarf is returning to TV 21 years after its initial launch. The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a three-part Easter weekend special which sees the cast finally return to Earth. Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor the new show reunites the line-up including Coronation Street's Craig Charles.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005] The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £13.98 (60.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Don't panic... Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew English everyman Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) who is actually not human but an alien researcher penning a new edition of the essential travel tome known as ""The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"". Landing aboard a spaceship from the Vogon Constructor Fleet which has just obliterated the Earth Arthur is flun

  • Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun [Blu-ray] Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £6.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    There's a sense of awe to the special effects work of animation specialists Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds Are Go)--the slow, lovingly detailed introduction of a massive spaceship creeping out of dock and struggling against its bulk while trapped on the ground, and the almost balletic spectacle of the ship elegantly floating against an impressive star field or dramatically flying against the rugged landscape. These moments are the highlights of this sober science fiction thriller about the discovery of a planet on the far side of the sun in Earth's orbit. A mission is hastily put together, with British astrophysicist Ian Hendry teamed with hotshot American astronaut Roy Thinnes for the three-week trip, but when they suddenly crash-land the strange creatures that surround them are revealed to be human. Against all rational explanations they're back on Earth, but Thinnes suddenly discovers that everything is a mirror image of his existence: Through the Looking Glass by way of The Twilight Zone. Though it begins as a paranoid spy thriller set in the near future (the opening details an ingenious espionage caper featuring a very special eyepiece), it quickly turns into a serious and oddly unsettling space-race drama with a heady twist. Robert Parrish's direction is unusually aloof, but the film is always intriguing and well acted with gorgeous special effects that may rank second only to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 as the most elegant vision of outer space flight on film. --Sean Axmaker

  • Lost In Space - Complete DVD Collection Lost In Space - Complete DVD Collection | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £25.00  |  Saving you £74.99 (75.00%)  |  RRP £99.99

    This collectible DVD set is out of this world! This intergalactic family saga is a one-of-a-kind sci-fi classic that earned an enormous following of devoted fans. Created by legendary film producer Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure Towering Inferno) and set in the space age ""future"" of 1997 this exciting adventure series followed a typical American family their trusty robot and a stowaway villain named Dr. Zachary Smith. In the year 1997 Earth is suffering from massive overpop

  • The Lovely Bones [DVD] [2009] The Lovely Bones | DVD | (28/06/2010) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Director Peter Jackson takes a personal, risky leap in his direction of the film version of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones. Yet the leap pays off, in emotional depth and riveting visuals that transport the viewer to other worlds--even ones the viewer may not want to visit. The Lovely Bones is lofted by its star-making performance by the young Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), who plays Susie Salmon, the 14-year-old girl who is murdered early in the film, and who narrates the action from her "in-between place" after dying but before going to heaven. Ronan makes Susie as earthy and awkward as any young teen, yet her presence, and her gorgeous pale eyes, remind viewers that she's otherworldly too. The Lovely Bones takes some big departures from the book, as many critics have pointed out, but it works well on its own merits. The drama involves how (even whether) Susie's family will recover after her ghastly murder, and what happens to her killer and the futile-seeming search for justice and closure. The entire cast is stellar, including Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as Susie's nearly destroyed parents; the composed young New Zealand actress Rose McIver, who plays Susie's younger sister, whom Susie watches grow up to be the young woman that Susie will never get to be; and Susan Sarandon, the boozy, wisecracking grandmother who may or may not be able to help keep the family from splintering into a million pieces. The other true standout is Stanley Tucci, almost unrecognisable as the quiet, creepy neighbour who kills Susie, obsessing over every detail and perhaps having left a whole trail of gruesome murders in his shambling wake. Jackson's deft direction keeps the mourning humans moving along believably, numbly, and gives breathtaking life to the afterlife, in scenes of fantasy and dread that recall his Heavenly Creatures. --A.T. Hurley

  • Starcrash [Blu-ray] Starcrash | Blu Ray | (11/09/2017) from £11.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Sexy space pirate Stella Star - who's kinda like Han Solo's super-hot sister - (played by Caroline Munro, the former Hammer Horror siren and Bond girl) and her loyal co-pilot Akton (Marjoe Gortner) are arrested by the Imperial Police. Fortunately the Emperor of the Universe (Christopher Plummer) offers them a reprieve. The Evil Count Zarth Arn has a secret weapon of immense power, hidden away on a planet somewhere, with which he plans to take over the galaxy. The Emperor's only son, Prince Simon (David Hasselhoff) has disappeared on an earlier mission to tackle the Count. The Emperor charges Stella and her trusty crew with locating the Count's weapon, finding the lost Prince and saving the Galaxy.. Originally released in the year after Star Wars and with the budget of Barbarella, this piece of cult cinema is a sexy space classic and given the benefit of a John Barry soundtrack, this is a must have for all sci-fi fans.

  • Independence Day [1996] Independence Day | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £11.99

    One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors uniting for one last strike against the invaders - before it's the en

  • Legion: Season 1 [DVD] Legion: Season 1 | DVD | (02/10/2017) from £17.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Based on the Marvel comics and featuring a powerful, all-star cast including DAN STEVENS, AUBREY PLAZA, JEAN SMART and RACHEL KELLER LEGION follows the story of David Haller (STEVENS), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of mental hospitals for years. But after a startling encounter with a new patient (KELLER), he must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. With the help of a psychiatric therapist (SMART) and her unconventional methods, David embarks on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that leads to a new world of possibilities...and a new level of unexpected danger. Special Features: Fractured Reality: A Different Kind of Superhero Inside the Looks including Production Design, Makeup and Visual Effects Deleted Scenes

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