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  • Soylent Green [1973] Soylent Green | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £3.33  |  Saving you £11.66 (77.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    While Soylent Green may be one of the many dystopian visions of the future, the film stands out because it's one of the few titles that addresses current environmental issues head on. Adapted from Harry Harrison's novel Make Room, Make Room, it gives us a nightmarish vision of an over-populated, polluted future on the brink of collapse--a vision that gets uncomfortably closer every year. Charlton Heston as police officer Thorn investigates a murder in between suppressing food riots and uncovers the nightmarish truth about Soylent Green, the new foodstuff being sold to the poor. The film neatly combines police procedural with conspiracy thriller. Heston's scenes are counterpointed by more elegiac ones in which the centenarian Edward G Robinson as his friend Sol broods on the world he has outlived--his death in a euthanasia chamber is a gloriously lachrymose moment, which he plays to the hilt. Heston, too, is good as Thorn, a morally equivocal cop who loots the apartments of the victims whose deaths he investigates--he's a man just getting by in an impossible world. On the DVD: Soylent Green on disc comes with a commentary from director Richard Fleischer, the highpoint of which is a memorable description of what it was like to work with the brilliant ailing, entirely deaf Robinson. He is joined by Leigh Taylor-Young whose work on the film as heroine led to years of serious environmentalist commitment. It has a useful contemporary making-of documentary and touching shots of Robinson's 100th birthday party with telegrams from Sinatra and others. The feature itself is presented in anamorphic widescreen with its original mono sound. --Roz Kaveney

  • Resident Evil: Retribution [DVD] Resident Evil: Retribution | DVD | (28/01/2013) from £4.49  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  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.

  • Doctor Who - Horror Of Fang Rock Doctor Who - Horror Of Fang Rock | DVD | (17/01/2005) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It is the turn of the century and the Tardis materialses by the lighthouse on the desolate isle of Fang Rock. When the lighthouse engineer dies in mysterious circumstances the remaining crew blame the mythical Beast of Fang Rock; that is until the Doctor and Leela turn up. When a small clipper runs aground on the crags of Fang Rock the lighthouse offers shelter to its despairing passengers. But the Doctor soon discovers clues that suggest that no one is safe on the tiny island.

  • Inception (Triple Play Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Inception (Triple Play Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (06/12/2010) from £5.30  |  Saving you £23.00 (79.30%)  |  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 £3.89  |  Saving you £10.10 (72.20%)  |  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

  • Firefly Complete Series - 15th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [2017] Firefly Complete Series - 15th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (11/09/2017) from £10.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Hang on for the ride of your life as you launch your imagination into a spectacular world of sci-fi action and rugged adventure from the genius mind of creator Joss Whedon! Set 500 years in the future, in the aftermath of a universal civil war, Firefly follows Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his renegade crew of the transport ship Serenity - a fiercely loyal team ready to tackle any job, legal or not. But when they unwittingly take on a mysterious pair of travellers, they find themselves constantly on the run, desperate to evade Alliance authorities, flesh-eating Reavers and other hostile dangers in the darkest corners of space. Special Features: Audio Commentary on Select Episodes 3 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes 4 Deleted Scenes Gag Reel, Audition Tape & More!

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray  + Bonus Disc] [2017] Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 40th Anniversary | Blu Ray | (09/10/2017) from £7.89  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Released in 1977, Close Encounters of the Third Kind was that year's cerebral alternative to Star Wars. It's arguably the archetypal Spielberg film, featuring a fantasy-meets-reality storyline (to be developed further in E.T.), a misunderstood Everyman character (Richard Dreyfuss), apparently hostile government agents (long before The X-Files), a sense of childlike awe in the face of the otherworldly, and a sweeping feel for epic film-making learned from the classic school of David Lean. Contributing to the film's overall success are the Oscar-winning cinematography from Vilmos Zsigmond, Douglas Trumbull's lavish effects and an extraordinary score from John Williams that develops from eerie atonality à la Ligeti to the gorgeous sentiment of "When You Wish Upon a Star" over the end credits. Not content with the final result, Spielberg tinkered with the editing and inserted some new scenes to make a "Special Edition" in 1980 which ran three minutes shorter than the original, then made further revisions to create a slightly longer "Collector's Edition" in 1998. This later version deletes the mothership interior scenes that were inserted in the "Special Edition" and restores the original ending. On the DVD: CE3K is packaged here with confusing documentation that fails to make clear any differences between earlier versions of the film and this "Collector's Edition"--worse, the back cover blurb misleadingly implies that this disc is the 1980 "Special Edition" edit. It is not. A gorgeous anamorphic widescreen print of Spielberg's 1998 "Collector's Edition" edit occupies the first disc: this is the version with the original theatrical ending restored but new scenes from the "Special Edition" retained. The second disc rounds up sundry deleted scenes that were either dropped from the original version or never made it into the film at all--fans of the "Special Edition" can find the mothership interior sequence here. The excellent "making-of" documentary dates from 1997 and has interviews with almost everyone involved, including the director speaking from the set of Saving Private Ryan. Thankfully the superb picture and sound of the feature make this set entirely compelling and more than compensate for the inadequate packaging. --Mark Walker

  • Logan's Run [1976] Logan's Run | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £7.93  |  Saving you £5.06 (39.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the novel of William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson this film depicts a future society that demands the death of everyone upon reaching 30 years of age due to limited resources. Anyone who tries to escape this destiny is dubbed a ""runner"" and is hunted by operatives known as Sandmen. Logan is a Sandmen who is forced to go on the run along the way he meets Jessica also on the run who becomes his companion fugitive. As they are pursued by Francis another Sandman they try to make it to Sanctuary a supposed safe place for all those who have escaped from the city.

  • Moon [DVD] [2009] Moon | DVD | (16/11/2009) from £3.99  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    An isolated lunar astronaut begins to lose his grip on reality in this cerebral sci-fi thriller with one heck of a twist. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is just two weeks away from finishing a lengthy lonely contract mining Earth's primary source of energy Helium-3 on the dark side of the moon. Thanks to a glitch in the communications satellite Sam's only companion on this trip is Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey) the base's unsophisticated computer and the odd recorded message sent from home. As his contract nears termination Sam starts suffering from crippling headaches and vivid hallucinations which lead to a near-fatal accident in a lunar rover. But while he's recovering back at the base he makes a shocking discovery: a younger version of himself has arrived to fulfil the same contract Sam started all that time ago. Is the second Sam just another hallucination or something altogether more sinister?

  • Dollhouse - Complete Series 1 and 2 [DVD] Dollhouse - Complete Series 1 and 2 | DVD | (11/10/2010) from £11.99  |  Saving you £-1.24 (-11.50%)  |  RRP £10.75

    Dollhouse: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 Box Set

  • Torchwood - Series 1 - Complete Torchwood - Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (19/11/2007) from £12.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (53.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Set in modern-day Cardiff Torchwood stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack from Doctor Who. Captain Jack and a bunch of renegade criminal investigators are charged by the British government to find alien technology that has fallen to earth without the knowledge of the United Nations...

  • Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1988] Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks | DVD | (20/07/2009) from £6.95  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Dr. Who (Doctor Who): Remembrance Of The Daleks - Special Edition (2 Disc)

  • Survivors - Series 1-3 - Complete [1975] Survivors - Series 1-3 - Complete | DVD | (24/11/2008) from £17.99  |  Saving you £4.01 (18.20%)  |  RRP £22

    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: Revelation of the Daleks Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks | DVD | (11/07/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Peri to the planet Necros where the Doctor plans to visit his old friend Professor Arthur Stengos. But after an encounter with the Great Healer Stengos is not quite the man the Doctor once knew. The Great Healer works in the catacombs beneath Tranquil Repose the galactically-famous final resting place for the dead and the not-quite-yet-dead. In the upper chambers the busy workers prepare the deceased for their final burial while deep below the Gre

  • District 9 [Blu-ray] [2009] District 9 | Blu Ray | (28/12/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £22.00 (88.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Producer Peter Jackson ('Lord Of The Rings') presents this action-packed instant sci-fi classic. Rich with social and political themes District 9 is also a spectacular effects-driven event picture offering clear evidence that blockbuster movies can have a brain to go along with the brawn! 1982 Johannesburg South Africa: A large alien spaceship hovers above the city carrying hundreds of thousands of ailing extraterrestrial creatures that the population of the 'Joburg' would soon come to unaffectionately refer to as 'Prawns'. Twenty-eight years later and tensions are mounting. The 'Prawns' live in a militarized ghetto zone called District 9 where they are confined in squalor. Munitions company Multi-National United is contracted to remove the extraterrestrial element with force to a distant compound. Unexpectedly bureaucrat Wikus van der Merwe supervises the military charge. However when Wikus discovers an unknown substance and accidentally ingests it he soon becomes the most hunted man in Johannesburg. Alone and stripped of his former life Wikus' only allies are the creatures he once sought to banish. Play.com Review Taking elements from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind David Croneburg's The Fly and cult eighties hit Alien Nation District 9 is an expansion of director Neill Blomkamp's 2005 short film Alive In Joburg. Filmed in a gritty handheld documentary style the movie thrusts viewers right into the heat of the action capturing the full force of mounting tensions between the otherworldly immigrants and the bitter locals. Throw in some scathing social satire remarkable - and sometimes grotesque - special effects (on a comparatively low budget) and some Hollywood-beating action scenes and you've got a movie that ticks all the boxes. As for the cast Sharlto Copley - soon to be seen as Captain 'Howling Mad' Murdock in the A-Team Movie - is a revelation as Wikus; mixing pathos naivet'' and desperation to remarkable effect. And that's not forgetting the alien creatures themselves: veering from super strong insatiable scavengers to thoughtful and intelligent freedom fighters these CGI creations hold up remarkably well and 'Christopher' one of Wikus' only allies is a wholly sympathetic and likeable character in stark contrast to the majority of the nefarious individuals who prowl the slums in search of Wikus. District 9 comes at a time when juggernauts such as Avatar Terminator Salvation Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen are on the scene and it easily holds its own against the competition. More cerebral and exciting than the average sci-fi action flick we urge you to take a trip to District 9 and experience one of the most exciting and original movies of the decade.

  • Space: 1999: The Complete Series [DVD] Space: 1999: The Complete Series | DVD | (16/10/2017) from £24.12  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    September 13th, 1999... a nuclear waste dump on the moon unexpectedly detonates, blasting the moon out of orbit and taking the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on a fantastic voyage of discovery to the stars, fraught with danger at every turn! Gerry Anderson's cult sci-fi series is presented here as stunning restorations from original film elements, giving an exceptional level of picture quality Space: 1999 has never looked better. Special Features: Digitally restored from new High Definition transfers Newly remixed Dolby 5.1 tracks Music-only tracks on most episodes Original 'as broadcast' mono track Gerry Anderson commentary on Breakaway and Dragon's Domain Text episode commentaries on The Last Sunset and Space Brain Image galleries of rare and previously unseen stills

  • Highlander 2 [1991] Highlander 2 | DVD | (19/11/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In this labyrinthine sequel the Immortal MacLeod saves the people of Earth from immanent ozone layer-related destruction by building a shield that deflects sunlight. But the people of Earth aren't especially grateful as the constant state of night has made them cranky and prone to criminal sprees. Moreover bounty hunters from the Immortals' home planet Zeist have given chase and it could mean curtains for us all unless MacLeod and an ecologist can liberate the Earth and banish t

  • Starship Rising [DVD] Starship Rising | DVD | (19/01/2015) from £2.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (80.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Starship One the most powerful prototype warship in the Federation, capable of destroying entire worlds. Two empires at war: the corrupt Federation, and the oppressive Terra Nostra. When the order is given to destroy the Earth, Federation Flight Lieutenant John Worthy objects and kills his superior officer to take over control of Starship One. Demanding that both sides make peace, he becomes the target of both sides of the war. After a number of intense battles, with the ship suffering heavy damage, Worthy aligns himself with an underground rebellion that repair and upgrade the ship and provide him with a robot army he needs to bring down both sides of the war.

  • Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored] (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] Metropolis (Masters of Cinema) | Blu Ray | (22/11/2010) from £11.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (36.90%)  |  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.

  • Highlander [1985] Highlander | DVD | (12/03/2001) from £3.38  |  Saving you £9.00 (64.30%)  |  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

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