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  • Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus | DVD | (21/09/2009) from £6.45  |  Saving you £13.54 (67.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    On a remote island of glass surrounded by a sea of acid there is a machine that can remove evil from the minds of an entire population - the Conscience of Marinus. Fearful of its immense power falling into the wrong hands its sole guardian has scattered the machine''s operating keys across the planet. The TARDIS crew arrive to find the island under attack by the evil Voord. Marinus'' last line of defence - and its only hope - is the Conscience machine. The Doctor and his companions must undertake a deadly quest to recover the Keys of Marinus...

  • Doomsday [Blu-ray] [2008] Doomsday | Blu Ray | (01/09/2008) from £6.39  |  Saving you £18.60 (74.40%)  |  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.

  • The X Files: Season 2 [1994] The X Files: Season 2 | DVD | (11/10/2004) from £8.86  |  Saving you £25.85 (73.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Season Two, the 1994-95 run, of The X Files was the one where creator Chris Carter, having had a surprise hit when he expected a one-season wonder, started trying to make sense of all the storylines he had thrown into the pile in the first year. Moreover, he had to cope with Gillian Anderson's maternity leave by having Scully get abducted by aliens (back then, a pretty fresh device) for a few episodes and come back strangely altered. The season also inaugurated the tradition of opening ("Little Green Men") and closing ("Anasazi") with the show's worst episodes, both pot-boiling attempts to keep the alien infiltration/government conspiracy balls up in the air while seeming to offer narrative forward-thrusts or revelations. But it's also a show noticeably surer of itself than Season One, with its stars reading from the same page in terms of their characters' relationship and attitudes to the wondrous. Scully's no-longer-workable scepticism finally starts to erode in the face of Mulder's increasingly cracked belief. There are fewer marking-time leftover-monster-of-the-week shows--although we do get a human fluke ("The Host"), vampires ("3"), an invisible rapist ("Excelsius Dei") voodoo ("Fresh Bones")--and the flying-saucer stories at last seem to be going somewhere. The powerful two-episode run ("Duane Barry", "Ascension") features Steve Railsback as Mulder's possible future, an FBI agent burned out after a UFO abduction who has become a hostage-taking terrorist, which climaxes with Scully's disappearance into the light. The standout episode is also a stand-alone--"Humbug"--the first and still most successful of the show's self-parodies (written by Darin Morgan, who had played the Flukeman in "The Host"), in which the agents investigate a murder in a circus freakshow, allowing the actors to make fun of the mannerisms they have earnestly built up in a run of solemn, even somnolent, explorations of the murk. Other worthy efforts: "Aubrey", about genetic memory; "Irresistible", a rare (and creepy) straight psycho-chiller with little paranormal content; and "The Calusari", a good ghost/mystery. Rising deputy characters include Nicholas Lea as the perfidious Krycek and Brian Thompson as the shapeshifting alien bounty hunters. Notable guest stars: Charles Martin Smith, C.C.H. Pounder, Leland Orser, Terry O'Quinn, Bruce Weitz, Daniel Benzali, John Savage, Vincent Schiavelli, Tony Shalhoub. --Kim Newman

  • (Classic) Doctor Who: Ace Adventures Box Set [DVD] [1987] (Classic) Doctor Who: Ace Adventures Box Set | DVD | (07/05/2012) from £13.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (53.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Ace Adventures Boxset In these two classic stories Ace joins the Seventh Doctor aboard the Tardis where she’s soon battling a biomechanoid and liberating a world where just feeling sad can get you shot! Dragonfire On the planet Svartos, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel unexpectedly encounter an old friend – Sabalom Glitz. Joined by Ace, a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to find the fabled Dragonfire treasure. Commentary Deleted / Extended scenes Trivia subtitles Video and audio restoration Coming soon trailer Radio Times billings (PDF) Making-of Documentary Photo gallery Danny Bang - Documentary The Doctors Strange Love - Documentary The Happiness Patrol (Ace Box) On the planet Terra Alpha, the population constantly displays happy smiles. Anyone feeling remotely glum disappears. Quickly. Having heard disturbing rumours, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace arrive to topple the entire regime. Commentary ''Ace'' wishes Blue Peter a happy birthday (archive clip) Isolated score Deleted / extended scenes Trivia subtitles Video and audio restoration Coming soon trailer Radio Times billings (PDF) Making-of Documentary Photo gallery Politics in Doctor Who - Documentary

  • Jumper [2008] Jumper | DVD | (16/06/2008) from £2.09  |  Saving you £16.80 (84.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the director of The Bourne Identity comes Jumper - featuring a host of stars including Hayden Christensen Samuel L Jackson Diane Lane and Jamie Bell! A teenager from an abusive household discovers he can teleport from one place to another. He uses this ability to search for the man he believes is responsible for the death of his mother drawing the attention of the NSA and another youth with the same power...

  • Terminator Salvation [DVD] Terminator Salvation | DVD | (23/11/2009) from £2.50  |  Saving you £16.71 (83.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Star Trek 2 - The Wrath Of Khan: Director's Cut [Blu-ray] Star Trek 2 - The Wrath Of Khan: Director's Cut | Blu Ray | (18/07/2016) from £10.47  |  Saving you £9.52 (47.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One of the most celebrated and essential chapters in Star Trek lore, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is now presented in this spectacular Director's Cut from legendary filmmaker Nicholas Meyer. On routine training maneuvers, Admiral James T. Kirk seems resigned that this may be the last space mission of his career. But Khan is back, with a vengeance. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban)brilliant renegade of 20th century Earthhas raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk...with the threat of a universal Armageddon! Bonus Features: COMMENTARY BY: Director Nicholas Meyer (Director's Cut and Theatrical Version) COMMENTARY BY: Director Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto (Theatrical Version) Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda (Director's Cut) Library computer (Theatrical Version) NEW: The Genesis Effect: Engineering the Wrath of Khan Farewell: A tribute to Ricardo Montalban Plus: Production, Storyboard, Star Trek Universe Bonus

  • The Lobster [Blu-ray] The Lobster | Blu Ray | (08/02/2016) from £10.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (47.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, John C Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Michael Smiley and Ben Whishaw, THE LOBSTER is a darkly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death According to the rules of The City, single people are arrested and then transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man (Farrell), escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules. Unconventional, original and hilarious, The Lobster is one of the must-see film releases of the year.

  • Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray] [1956] Forbidden Planet | Blu Ray | (04/10/2010) from £7.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (55.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This 1956 pop adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest is one of the best, most influential science fiction movies ever made. Its space explorers are the models for the crew of Star Trek's Enterprise, and the film's robot is clearly the prototype for Robby in Lost in Space. Walter Pidgeon is the Prospero figure, presiding over a paradisiacal world with his lovely young daughter and their servile droid. When the crew of a spaceship lands on the planet, they become aware of a sinister invisible force that threatens to destroy them. Great special effects and a bizarre electronic score help make Forbidden Planet as fresh, imaginative and fun as it was when first released.

  • I Am Legend [Blu-ray] [2007] I Am Legend | Blu Ray | (21/04/2008) from £7.89  |  Saving you £19.10 (70.80%)  |  RRP £26.99

    The last man on earth is not alone. Will Smith portrays that lone survivor in I Am Legend the action epic fusing heart pounding excitement with a mind blowing vision of a desolated Manhattan. Some how immune to an unstoppable incurable virus military virologist Robert Neville (Smith) is now the last human survivor in New York City and maybe the world. But he is not alone. Mutant plague victims lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last hope Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find an antidote using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time.

  • Avatar Extended Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] Avatar Extended Collector's Edition | Blu Ray | (15/11/2010) from £13.93  |  Saving you £11.06 (44.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it's the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves--awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering--that makes Avatar's pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron's dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you're won over by the movie's trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended "take that, Michael Bay" final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) It doesn't measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. --Robert Horton

  • Stargate (Director's Cut) Stargate (Director's Cut) | DVD | (15/10/2001) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A self-consciously epic sci-fi adventure of Cecil B DeMille-sized proportions, Stargate refreshes and combines several well-worn sci-fi and sword 'n' sandal genre conventions with some Erich von Daniken-style Biblical Egyptology. The directing-writing-producing team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin had previously collaborated on B-movies Moon 44 (1990) and Universal Soldier (1992), but handed a significantly bigger budget they were able to give their Steven Spielberg pretensions free reign here ("Indiana Jones and his Close Encounters with the Chariots of the Gods" might be a suitable subtitle). James Spader is endearingly dithery as the fish-out-of-water academic who finds himself teamed with taciturn tough guy Kurt Russell: the two excellent leads are largely responsible for imparting what depth there is to otherwise two-dimensional characters. British composer David Arnold makes his major studio debut in the grandest fashion with an outstanding score that pays suitable homage to epic film music (John Williams' CE3K and Maurice Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia in particular). It's all done with such unabashed enthusiasm that viewers will happily forgive the film's derivative elements and even overlook the high-camp theatricality of Jaye Davidson's bizarre bad guy. Despite subsequent huge box-office hits (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot), Stargate remains Emmerich and Devlin's freshest, most satisfying film. On the DVD: This special edition version adds approximately seven minutes of additional footage, much of which is in the form of slightly extended scenes, but does also include an opening sequence in Ancient Egypt, a scene with Kurt Russell and the fossilised Horus guards, and Ra's bath scene. These are also collected in a bonus "Promo Reel". The anamorphic widescreen presentation of the 2.35:1 Panavision picture looks sharp and clear, although some of the additional footage is degraded; the sound is suitably spectacular 5.1 or DTS. Devlin and Emmerich provide a relaxed, chatty commentary ("We have nothing to do with the TV series"!), although you have to access this from the Set Up menu not the Special Features menu. There's a photo gallery and trailer, but sadly no "making-of" documentary. --Mark Walker

  • Star Trek: The Original Series Remastered Season 2 [Blu-ray] Star Trek: The Original Series Remastered Season 2 | Blu Ray | (16/11/2009) from £13.89  |  Saving you £56.10 (80.20%)  |  RRP £69.99

    Episodes comprise: 1. Amok Time 2. Who Mourns For Adonais? 3. The Changeling 4. Mirror Mirror 5. The Apple 6. The Doomsday Machine 7. Catspaw 8. I Mudd 9. Metamorphosis 10. Journey To Babel 11. Friday's Child 12. The Deadly Years 13. Obsession 14. Wolf In The Fold 15. The Trouble With Tribbles 16. The Gamesters Of Triskelion 17. A Piece Of The Action 18. The Immunity Syndrome 19. A Private Little War 20. Return To Tomorrow 21. Patterns Of Force 22. By Any Other Name 23. The Omega Glory 24. The Ultimate Computer 25. Bread And Circuses 26. Assignment: Earth

  • Doctor Who - The Movie [Blu-ray] Doctor Who - The Movie | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016) from £11.45  |  Saving you £8.54 (42.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Made to re-launch television's most famous time traveller, Doctor Who: The Movie is an expensive feature-length episode which attempts to continue the classic series and work as a stand-alone film. Transporting the remains of the Master, Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor is diverted to San Francisco in 1999. Regenerating in the form of Paul McGann, the Doctor gains a new companion in heart surgeon Dr Grace Holloway (Daphne Ashbrook) and must stop the Master from destroying the world. All of which might have been fine, had not the most eccentrically British of programmes been almost entirely assimilated by the requirements of American network broadcasting. Matthew Jacobs' screenplay is literally nonsense, dependent on arbitrary, unexplained events while introducing numerous elements that contradict established Doctor Who mythology. The Tardis is re-imagined as a bizarre pre-Raphaelite/Gothic folly, while the Doctor, now half-human, becomes romantically involved with his lady companion. From the West Coast setting to metallic CGI morphing, from the look of Eric Roberts as the Master to a motorcycle/truck freeway chase, director Geoffrey Sax borrows freely from James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Doctor Who fans should feel relieved this travesty was not successful enough to lead to lead to a series, though McGann himself does have the potential to make a fine Doctor. This is the slightly more violent US TV edit, rather than the cut version previously released on video. On the DVD: There are two BBC trailers and a Fox promo "introducing the Doctor" to American audiences. The interview section features Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, director Geoffrey Sax and executive producer Philip Segal, twice. The main interviews are on-set promotional sound-bites. However, Segal's second interview was filmed in 2001 and finds him spending 10 minutes explaining why the programme turned out as it did, and coming very close to apologising for it. He also offers a two-minute tour of the new Tardis set. Alongside a gallery of 50 promotional stills is a four-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes "making of" footage. There are alternative versions of two scenes, though the "Puccini!" scene is so short as to be pointless. As usual with Doctor Who DVDs there are optional production subtitles and these offer a wealth of background information. Four songs used in the film are available as separate audio tracks, and John Debney's musical score can be listened to in isolation. Finally there is a commentary track by Geoffrey Sax, which contains some interesting material but does tend to state the obvious a lot. The sound is very strong stereo and the 4:3 picture is excellent with only the slightest grain. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Resident Evil: Retribution [DVD] Resident Evil: Retribution | DVD | (28/01/2013) from £3.67  |  Saving you £16.32 (81.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Alice is captured by Umbrella and awakens in the heart of their operation facility; as she moves further in the complex more of her past is unveiled and continues to hunt for those responsible for the outbreak. Her quest takes her and her newfound allies from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow. After a mind-blowing revelation, she is forced to rethink everything she once thought to be true.

  • 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

  • X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2 Disc) X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2 Disc) | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £2.78  |  Saving you £19.96 (86.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    X-Men: The Last Stand is the third installment in the popular superhero franchise, and it's an exciting one with a splash of fresh new characters.

  • Doctor Who - The Mind Robber Doctor Who - The Mind Robber | DVD | (07/03/2005) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The TARDIS is in the path of molten lava and the Doctor is forced to activate the emergency unit to move it out of the time space dimension and out of reality! When the TARDIS crew land 'nowhere' they stumble into a world where fiction appears as reality and where things exist only when men believe in them. It is a world peopled by White Robots and a race of fictional characters and monsters by Gulliver and Rapunzel by D'Artagnan and Sir Lancelot and worse by the Unicorn the Mino

  • Super 8 [DVD] Super 8 | DVD | (12/12/2011) from £2.33  |  Saving you £17.66 (88.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From critically acclaimed director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and Oscar Winning producer Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan) comes this action-packed science fiction thriller. It’s summer 1979, and a group of friends from Ohio are in the middle of making their own student film. While shooting a scene at a nearby train station one night, things take a drastic turn for the worse and the group of friends witness a devastating train crash. Soon after, they begin to notice strange happenings around their town as people begin disappearing and inexplicable events begin to occur. Disturbed by what they have seen, the kids set out on a dangerous mission to investigate into this spine-chilling phenomenon and uncover the truth. But what they unearth proves to me much more sinister than they ever imagined. -M.F.

  • The X Files Movie [1998] The X Files Movie | DVD | (31/01/2000) from £4.69  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The definitive American television series of the 1990s. The X-Files comes to the big screen with an anticlimactic whimper. And how could it be otherwise? Why should material so perfectly realised in one medium necessarily translate well into another? The series is crisply and thoughtfully executed in just about every detail, but the heart of its appeal lies in the elegant handling of complicated and evolving ongoing story lines, which is not something movies are especially good at. The big-screen drive for closure cramps the creative style, though it may also help nonfans get a grip on the proceedings. We do get some invigorating thrills and chills, however, and a more satisfying sense of the scale of an all-enveloping human-alien conspiracy than ever before, but there's no more plot development here than in an average two-part season-ending. FBI black sheep Mulder and Scully have been temporarily transferred from the X-Files project to an anti-terrorist unit to investigate an Oklahoma City-style bombing. They uncover a new wrinkle in the Syndicate/Cancer Man conspiracy--basically an attempt to help one bunch of (benign?) aliens fight off another bunch who want to colonise Earth. A spectacular, ice-bound finale thrillingly staged by series-veteran director Rob Bowman offers Mulder (but not a conveniently unconscious Scully) his first clear look at a You Know What, which in some quarters qualifies as an epochal event. Martin Landau offers the agents some crucial clues, and several familiar TV faces (including the Lone Gunmen and Mitch Pileggi's indispensable Assistant Director Skinner) turn up briefly to wink knowingly at faithful fans. --David Chute

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