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  • Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. [Blu-ray] Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. | Blu Ray | (27/05/2013) from £14.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (29.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 directed by Gordon Flemyng now fully restored and starring Peter Cushing in his return to the big screen as British TV's most iconic sci-fi hero Doctor Who. The earth of 2150 AD is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet crumbling at the edge of civilisation slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet earth now belongs The Daleks a destructive army of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves. Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. But there's only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extra terrestrial enemies and take back control of planet earth. A man of mystery a man of time and space a man known only as... The Doctor. Special Features: Restoring Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 AD Interview with Actor Bernard Cribbins Interview with Author Gareth Owen Stills Gallery Trailer

  • Lifeforce [Blu-ray] Lifeforce | Blu Ray | (10/07/2017) from £10.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Director Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce, the follow-up to his most popular hit Poltergeist, is a film that must be seen to be believed. That's not really a compliment, though, since Lifeforce isn't much of a movie when all the sound and fury is over. But you've got to admit there's something crazily admirable about a picture that starts out as a science fiction mission to Halley's comet, turns into an alien-invasion thriller featuring a beautiful naked woman (Mathilda May) who's a vampire from space and escalates into an end-of-the-world disaster flick. Armed with a big budget and a special effects crew led by Star Wars pioneer John Dykstra, Hooper and Alien cowriter Dan O'Bannon have whipped up a concoction that's got everything anyone could ask of a horror movie--from zombies running amok in London to rotting corpses and energy bolts that signal the apocalypse to come. Keeping it all together is Steve Railsback as the Halley-mission survivor who holds the key to mankind's salvation--but what fun is saving the world when you could be seduced by a sexy naked space vampire? Check out Lifeforce to see how it all turns out. --Jeff Shannon

  • Mad Max: Fury Road (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Mad Max: Fury Road (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (11/04/2016) from £18.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (45.70%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The Blu-ray 4K collection will set a new standard for Blu-ray HD picture and sound, creating the ultimate 1080p home entertainment experience. Created from the highest quality 4K source materials with new expanded colour, consumers can enjoy a brilliant picture with exquisite detail using their existing Blu-ray player or PlayStation 4. The Blu-ray 4K collection is optimized so that 4K Ultra HD TV owners can take full advantage of the new 4K upscaling technology, delivering an outstanding 4K experience. 4K Blu-rays also work with all 1080p HDTVs for spectacular high definition picture and sound. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. Special Features: Special Features are not in 4K or HDR and may not be in High Definition. Audio & subtitles may vary. Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa The Tools of the Wasteland The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome Fury Road: Crash & Smash Deleted Scenes Click Images to Enlarge

  • Buck Rogers In The 25th Century - Series 1 [1980] Buck Rogers In The 25th Century - Series 1 | DVD | (22/11/2004) from £7.10  |  Saving you £1.90 (21.10%)  |  RRP £9

    With its campy combination of lightweight adventure and Spandex disco chic, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is a nostalgic throwback to post-Star Wars opportunism. Series co-creator Glen A. Larson was incapable of originality, and former soap star Gil Gerard (in the title role) was a bland incarnation of the comic-strip hero, so the much-anticipated series premiered on September 20, 1979, with serious disadvantages. Although the two-hour pilot "Awakening" had tested successfully as a theatrical release, Gerard and the show's producers could never agree on a stable tone for the series, which presents Capt. William "Buck" Rogers as a jovial space cowboy who is accidentally time-warped from 1987 to 2491. Earth is engaged in interplanetary war following a global holocaust, and Buck's piloting skills make him an ideal starfighter recruit for the Earth Defense Directorate, where his closest colleagues are Dr. Huer (Tim O'Connor), squadron leader Col. Wilma Deering (former model Erin Gray, looking oh-so-foxy), the wisecracking robot Twiki (voiced by cartoon legend Mel Blanc), and a portable computer-brain named Dr. Theopolis, who's carried by Twiki like oversized bling-bling. The series struggled through an awkward first season, with routine plots elevated by decent special effects and noteworthy guest stars including Jamie Lee Curtis, ill-fated Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten (appearing, with her voice dubbed over, less than a year before her tragic murder), Batman alumnus Julie Newmar, Buster Crabbe (veteran of vintage Buck Rogers movie serials), and several others in a show that favored vamps and vixens over credible science fiction. A full-scale overhaul resulted in a disastrous second season, but devoted fans still gravitate to Hawk (Thom Christopher), the charismatic alien "birdman" who was introduced with new characters and a new, space-faring search for lost tribes from Earth (with echoes of Larson's own Battlestar Galactica). Behind-the-scenes squabbles continued, and by mid-season of 1981, NBC pulled the plug on a breezy, still-engaging series that suffered from uneasy chemistry and never realized its full potential. Existing somewhere between Galactica and Lost in Space in the TV sci-fi food chain, this Buck--with a dearth of DVD extras--now functions as a cheesy stroll down memory lane. --Jeff Shannon

  • Twelve Monkeys [Blu-ray] [1995] Twelve Monkeys | Blu Ray | (07/09/2009) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A lone time traveller from the year 2035 must solve a riddle that may save his people... but it may also take him to the brink of madness. Bruce Willis Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt star in this brilliant sci-fi masterpiece from Terry Gilliam. After the world's population is devastated by a killer virus survivors must live in dark underground communities. Cole (Willis) volunteers to travel into the past to obtain a pure virus sample thereby helping scientists develop a cure. Along the way he crosses paths with a beautiful psychiatrist (Stowe) and a one-card-short-of-a-full-deck mental patient (Pitt). But the race is on as Cole searches for The Army of the 12 Monkeys a radical group linked to the deadly disease. With unforgettable performances and imaginative special effects 12 Monkeys is a modern-day classic laced with Gilliam's trademark wit and dazzling visual style.

  • The Champions: The Complete Series (Repackaged) [DVD] The Champions: The Complete Series (Repackaged) | DVD | (08/04/2010) from £25.50  |  Saving you £34.49 (57.50%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Craig Sterling (Damon) Sharron Macready (Bastedo) and Richard Barrett (Gaunt) are agents for an international intelligence organisation called NEMESIS. After a plane crash and being rescued by an unknown civilisation the trio make their way back Geneva to continue their work only to discover they have mysteriously developed super-human abilities like telepathy amazing memories and abnormal strengths. Instead of telling anyone about these developments they keep their secret quiet but use their new powers to help complete a range of dangerous assignments... This 9 DVD box set features all 30 episodes from the ITC series The Champions. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Beginning 2. The Invisible Man 3. Reply Box No. 666 4. The Experiment 5. Happening 6. Operation Deep-Freeze 7. The Survivors 8. To Trap A Rat 9. The Iron Man 10. The Ghost Plane 11. The Dark Island 12. The Fanatics 13. Twelve Hours 14. The Search 15. The Gilded Cage 16. Shadow of the Panther 17. A Case of Lemmings 18. The Interrogation 19. The Mission 20. The Silent Enemy 21. The Body Snatchers 22. Get Me Out Of Here! 23. The Night People 24. Project Zero 25. Desert Journey 26. Full Circle 27. Nutcracker 28. The Final Countdown 29. The Gun-Runners 30. Autokill

  • Star Trek The Original Series: Complete [DVD] Star Trek The Original Series: Complete | DVD | (05/09/2016) from £34.99  |  Saving you £-5.04 (-16.80%)  |  RRP £29.95

    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'.

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man [Blu-ray] The Incredible Shrinking Man | Blu Ray | (13/11/2017) from £9.93  |  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

  • V - The Complete Series [1984] V - The Complete Series | DVD | (17/11/2008) from £17.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (10.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Titles Comprise: V: The Original Miniseries: Fifty spaceships each three miles across hover ominously above Earth's major cities. The Visitors that emerge are humanlike in appearance and extend the hand of friendship. Our planet's resources are just what these aliens need to survive. And for its future survival unsuspecting humankind will need... a miracle! V: The Final Battle: The saga that began with V now culminates in a struggle to save the world in V: The Final Battle. Sci-fi film stalwarts Marc Singer Robert Englund and Michael Ironside head a large cast in this tense adventure that leaps from the stunning revelation of reptilian beings concealed by human masks to the birth of the first human/spaceling child to the harrowing countdown to nuclear doomsday. The future begins or ends here. V: The Complete TV Series: The heroic conflict comes to a surprising outcome in V: The Series presented complete and uncut in this 19 episode set. Once again Earth is the main battleground. But now the aliens whose human guise hides their true reptilian natures are wiser. They believe the secret to their survival on Earth lies in the DNA of the newly born half-human half-spaceling Starchild. They intend to capture her. But that's something the world's Resistance Fighters cannot allow.

  • The Lovely Bones [DVD] [2009] The Lovely Bones | DVD | (28/06/2010) from £4.90  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  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

  • Doctor Who And The Daleks [Blu-ray] Doctor Who And The Daleks | Blu Ray | (27/05/2013) from £12.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (35.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored Dr. Who and The Daleks (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV's most iconic sci-fi hero and was the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour! British film legend Peter Cushing plays everyone's favourite Timelord and having invented the Tardis a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro. A primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation encased in protective machines. A merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks! Special Features: Dalekmania Restoring Dr. Who and The Daleks Interview with Author Gareth Owen Stills Gallery Trailer

  • Doctor Who - Destiny Of The Daleks Doctor Who - Destiny Of The Daleks | DVD | (26/11/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Doctor and a newly-regenerated Romana arrive on Skaro and discover that the Daleks are using explosive charges and a group of humanoid slave workers to mine the planet in search of their creator Davros. A stalemate has arisen in an interplanetary war that the Daleks are waging against the robotic Movellans and their hope is that Davros will be able to give them the edge.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [1999] Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace | DVD | (20/09/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (45.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    George Lucas transports audiences back to the future with Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, the first instalment of a prequel trilogy in which the director imagines the foundation for the entire six-part saga. Reflecting the symbolic and mythological bases of at least five story arcs, The Phantom Menace wields a newly emerged, youthful vibrancy courtesy of Lucas' invigorating return to the director's chair and his healthy respect for the emotional sources of fantasy. Despite receiving a storm of adverse criticism (notably for Jar Jar Binks) Lucas continually fascinates with his ability to place his characters--some new, some old, some CGI--in the same dramatic situations posed in the original trilogy: whether it be the juxtaposition of primitives with technologically advanced societies or the timeless battle between good and evil, the very familiarity of these recurring scenarios and rhythms galvanises the viewer. Of course, the state-of-the-art visual effects contribute mightily to the final impact. Much has been written about the kinetic Pod Race sequence (compared favourably with the chariot race in Ben Hur) and the War and Peace-style military battles, but even these events are upstaged by the new planetary vistas: consider the Romanesque grandeur of Naboo, the underwater city of Otoh Gunga illuminated by Art Nouveau lamps, the decadent brio of Tatooine, or the dizzying skyscrapers of the city planet Coruscant (imagine Blade Runner in daylight). Despite the beauty of his iridescent images, Lucas exercises discipline, cutting fast within frames filled with rich detail and activity. As a result, The Phantom Menace lends itself to repeated viewings. On the DVD: This spectacular two-disc DVD set was certainly worth the wait. Simply put, this is the most comprehensive packaging of supplementary materials so far assembled for DVD. Most importantly, Lucas film offers an anamorphic, 2.35:1 film transfer and a highly active Dolby 5.1 audio mix. Disc 1 includes an insightful commentary with Lucas--his first for DVD--and other key personnel, making for a great tour. The bulk of extra treasures can be found on Disc 2, including seven deleted scenes completed just for this set that possess the same quality as the film; in fact, some moments (the "Air Bus Taxi" and "Pod Race Grid" sequences) are so good that Lucas reincorporated them into the film proper. Viewers can also enjoy no less than 12 Web documentaries, five informative featurettes, the popular John Williams music video "Duel of the Fates" and numerous galleries of stills, trailers and television spots. Better yet, Lucas premieres "The Beginning," a 66-minute documentary edited from hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes footage. This is not your standard-issue studio documentary, instead "The Beginning" is an Oscar-worthy, cinema verityé-style exploration of the creative process behind every aspect of the film's production. One of the most memorable moments involves a late-day visit to the set by Steven Spielberg: watching Lucas and Spielberg behave like kids in a candy store is one more reminder why the Star Wars saga remains enduringly popular. --Kevin Mulhall

  • Prometheus (DVD + Digital Copy) Prometheus (DVD + Digital Copy) | DVD | (08/10/2012) from £2.97  |  Saving you £15.20 (76.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    You want an alien world created anew, with wonders and horrors lurking in its furrows? You go to Ridley Scott, of course, spectacle maker and pictorialist par excellence. So Prometheus is bound to be eye filling, with fully wrought planetary vistas and occasionally jaw-dropping visual coups. And did we use the word alien back there? Yes, folks, Prometheus is a prequel, in a sideways sort of fashion, to Scott's 1979 Alien original--or at least it's a long-distant stage setter for that story. This one begins with a space mission that could reveal the extraterrestrial roots of Earth, although what's buried out on the planet turns out to be much more complicated than expected. In the midst of suspenseful episodes (and a few contrived plot turns), Prometheus reaches for Big Answers to Big Questions, in a grand old sci-fi tradition. This lends the movie a hint of metaphysical energy, even if Scott's reach extends well, well beyond his grasp. The hokier moments are carried off with brio by Michael Fassbender (the robot on board), Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba, and then you've got Noomi Rapace entering the badass hall of fame for a long, oh-no-they-didn't sequence involving radical surgery, which might just induce the vapours in a few viewers. Even if Prometheus has its holes, the sheer size of the thing is exciting to be around. Because this movie is gigantic. --Robert Horton.

  • Cocoon (1985) (30th Anniversary Special Edition) (Blu-ray) Cocoon (1985) (30th Anniversary Special Edition) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (18/07/2016) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In 1985 Cocoon was a significant trend-bucker amongst summer blockbusters. Whereas other genre efforts were devised to lure a teenage audience into FX extravaganzas, this looked like one for their grandparents. Except that it turned out to be a gentle, affecting tale for all ages. Adapted from David Saperstein's novel, director Ron Howard took great delight in focusing on family relationships and the encroachment of old age (themes that reappeared in nearly all his work from here on). The plot is rather surreal in summary: a group of Florida OAPs befriend aliens in next-door's swimming pool and are rejuvenated to youthful well-being. It's in the FX and characterisations that the story comes alive. Both were acknowledged with Academy Awards; with Don Ameche's supporting role deserving praise for more than just the moment when he does some bodypopping on the dance floor. Wilford Brimley is the real star, a bluff old codger wanting to do right by everyone. Steve Guttenberg provides comic support and allows for a little non-wrinkly nudity with foxy space gal Kitty (Tahnee Welch). ILM's visuals remain polished and inspired, but never allowing us to lose sight of the characters basking in their dazzle. --Paul Tonks

  • Colony: Season Two [DVD] Colony: Season Two | DVD | (03/09/2018) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Set in the nearby future, Los Angeles has been invaded and occupied by external forces, causing a conflict between the citizens of Los Angeles. COLONY returns for Season 2, alien intelligence are still in control of a near-future Los Angeles. In an effort to get their son back, Will has been co-operating with the Collaborators and now knows about his wife Katie's alliance with the Resistance. With her secret out, and now finding themselves on opposite sides of the battle, have they jeopardized any hope reuniting their family? includes all 13-episodes from Season Two.

  • Highlander [1985] Highlander | DVD | (12/03/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.50 (67.90%)  |  RRP £13.99

    This 1986 fantasy/action thriller has since spawned two sequels, a TV series, numerous comic-book spin-offs, and a loyal (if somewhat oddly obsessive) following of fans. Directed by music-video veteran Russell Mulcahy (which explains the dizzying camera work and soundtrack contributions from Queen), the original theatrical release made a hash of an intriguing story about an "Immortal" from 16th-century Scotland (Christopher Lambert) who time-leaps to modern-day America with his arch-enemy (Clancy Brown) in hot pursuit. It becomes a battle to the death (yes, Immortals can die) and Lambert seeks survival training from an Immortal mentor played by Sean Connery. Highlander is dazzling, energetic and altogether confusing. --Jeff Shannon

  • Willow [1988] Willow | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £8.49  |  Saving you £3.74 (28.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Billed as a fantasy to please kids and adults alike in 1988, Willow was revolutionary in its day. Not only did it have a vertically challenged actor (Warwick Davis) as its leading man, it also set new standards for special effects, using the first known "morfing" (sic) systems. To top it all off it combined the talents of two of Hollywood's biggest names, director Ron Howard and writer-producer George Lucas, and changed Val Kilmer's destiny, influencing both his career and love life. In theory all this should have added up to a rip-roaring success of a film. Alas, the end result has been unkindly if accurately described as the bastard son of Lord of the Rings, with Star Wars as its doting mother. The plot line (plucky young man sent off on a quest to protect something which could change the reign of evil) has obvious links to Tolkien's classic; Kilmer's Madmartigan (the diamond in the rough) has distinct similarities to Hans Solo. And with the great advances in modern cinemas special effects, Willow's ferocious two-headed dragons now look like something out of 1963's Jason and the Argonauts. However, even though it marked the end of the road for fantasy films in the 1980s, Willow's combination of locations, set design and groundbreaking SFX set new standards and influenced much modern cinema, including Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings. All in all, this is a movie with its heart, soul and magic in the right place. On the DVD: Willow is brought up to date on DVD with this excellent special effects enhancing anamorphic transfer of the original 2.35:1 screen ratio; the Dolby 5.1 surround sound boosts the power behind Badmorda's roar as well as spotlighting James Horner's swashbuckling score. A lively commentary is offered by Warwick Davis, although he has a tendency to dwell on his own musings rather than the film as a whole. Other features include "The Making of the Adventure", which is a standard TV behind-the-scenes documentary/advert and a wealth of TV spots, trailers and photos. By far the most interesting feature is the "Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Film" documentary including interviews with George Lucas, Ron Howard and Dennis Muren (the renowned special effects guru) on the creation of morphing and its influence on later movies. –-Nikki Disney

  • Star Wars - The Clone Wars - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] Star Wars - The Clone Wars - Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (16/11/2009) from £7.49  |  Saving you £29.00 (72.50%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars Complete (4 Discs)

  • Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored] (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] Metropolis (Masters of Cinema) | Blu Ray | (22/11/2010) from £12.49  |  Saving you £6.50 (34.20%)  |  RRP £18.99

    With its dizzying depiction of a futuristic cityscape and alluring female robot Metropolis is among the most famous of all German films and the mother of sci-fi cinema (an influence on Blade Runner and Star Wars among countless other films). Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (M Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse The Big Heat etc.) its jaw-dropping production values iconic imagery and modernist grandeur - it was described by Luis Bu'uel as a captivating symphony of movement - remain as powerful as ever. Drawing on - and defining - classic sci-fi themes Metropolis depicts a dystopian future in which society is thoroughly divided in two: while anonymous workers conduct their endless drudgery below ground their rulers enjoy a decadent life of leisure and luxury. When Freder (Gustav Fr''hlich) ventures into the depths in search of the beautiful Maria (Brigitte Helm in her debut role) plans of rebellion are revealed and a Mariareplica robot is programmed by mad inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) and master of Metropolis Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel) to incite the workers into a self-destructive riot. A Holy Grail among film finds Metropolis is presented here in a newly reconstructed and restored version as lavish and spectacular as ever thanks to the painstaking archival work of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and the discovery of 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world. Lang's enduring epic can finally be seen - for the first time in 83 years - as the director originally intended and as seen by German cinema-goers in 1927.

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