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  • The Black Hole [1979] The Black Hole | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £4.60  |  Saving you £10.39 (69.30%)  |  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...

  • Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) | DVD | (20/09/2004) from £24.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £44.99

    Four-disc set includes: Episode IV, A New Hope (Special Edition)--with commentary by George Lucas, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min) Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition)--with commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min) Episode VI, Return of the Jedi (Special Edition)--commentary by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min) Bonus disc: all-new bonus features, including the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced on the Star Wars saga, and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three filmsSubitles (all material across all four discs): English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish Click here to see detailed information on the special features included on the bonus disc. Amazon.co.uk Review George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy is a clever synthesis of pop-cultural and mythological references, taking classic fairy-tale themes, adding more than a dash of Arthurian legend, and providing cinematic high adventure inspired as much by Kurosawa's Samurai epics as by Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. As a result, audiences of all ages can find something to identify with in Luke Skywalker's journey from disaffected teenager dreaming of adventure to Jedi Knight and saviour of the galaxy. He not only rescues a Princess, but discovers she's a close relative. And if there's a lesson to be gleaned from the Skywalker clan, it's that no matter how bad things get in the average dysfunctional family, it's never too late for reconciliation. Originally released in 1977, Star Wars, the first film, was made as a standalone. Perhaps that's why Obi-Wan Kenobi seems a tad inconsistent in his attitude towards his old pupil Anakin Skywalker, and perhaps also why Luke is allowed to develop a guilt-free crush on Princess Leia. Lucas's story, told from the point of view of the two bickering droids (a device taken from Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress), also borrows freely from Errol Flynn's Robin Hood, as does John Williams's seminal Korngold-inspired music score. Thanks in equal part to Leigh Brackett's screenplay and Irvin Kershner's direction The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is the most grown-up instalment in the series. The basic fairy-tale is developed and expanded, with the principal characters experiencing emotional turmoil--blossoming romance, mixed feelings and confused loyalties--amid a very real threat of annihilation as Darth Vader's motivations become chillingly personal. Luke's quasi-Arthurian destiny is complicated still further by the half-truths of his wizardly mentors; and swashbuckler Han Solo finds the past catching up with him, quite literally in the form of bounty hunter Boba Fett. The film is graced by more fabulous landscapes (ice, forest, clouds), more unforgettable new characters (Yoda), more groundbreaking special effects (the asteroid chase), and John Williams's finest score. The difficult third film, 1983's Return of the Jedi, seems schizophrenic in its intentions, hoping to please both the kiddies who bought all the toys and an older audience who appreciated the narrative's epic and mythological strands. The result is a film that splits awkwardly into two. One thread, which might be subtitled "The Redemption of Anakin Skywalker", pursues the story of the Skywalker family to a cathartic conclusion. The other thread, which might be described as "The Care Bears Go to War", attempts to say something profound about primitivism versus technological sophistication, but just gets silly as furry midgets doing Tarzan whoops defeat the Emperor's crack legions. In 1997 Lucas re-released the three original films in digitally remastered "Special Edition" versions, in which many scenes have been restored and enhanced (some would say "unnecessarily tinkered with"). Despite loud and continued criticisms from fans, these Special Editions are now considered definitive, if only by Lucasfilm. --Mark Walker

  • Inception (Triple Play Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Inception (Triple Play Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (06/12/2010) from £2.99  |  Saving you £18.11 (62.50%)  |  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.

  • District 9 [DVD] [2009] District 9 | DVD | (28/12/2009) from £2.25  |  Saving you £16.67 (83.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Arthur And The Great Adventure [DVD] [2009] Arthur And The Great Adventure | DVD | (02/05/2011) from £3.74  |  Saving you £16.25 (81.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ten-year-old Arthur in a bid to save his grandfather's house from being demolished goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys a tiny people living in harmony with nature.

  • X Files: Season 9 [2003] X Files: Season 9 | DVD | (14/03/2005) from £8.00  |  Saving you £26.01 (74.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Now you can own the entire ninth season of The X-Files. From the revelation about Scully and Mulder's baby in 'Nothing Important Happened Today' and the mystery surrounding the murder of Agent Doggett's son in 'Release' to Mulder's final confrontation with those who would deny 'The Truth' these season nine episodes are a must for every X-Files fan! Episodes comprise: 1. Nothing Important Happened Today (Part 1) 2. Nothing Important Happened Today (Part 2) 3. Daemonicus 4. 4-

  • Terminator Salvation [Blu-ray] Terminator Salvation | Blu Ray | (23/11/2009) from £3.66  |  Saving you £21.33 (85.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Terminator is back! Set in a post-apocalyptic 2018 this fourth instalment of the saga stars Christian Bale as John Connor humanity's last hope in the war against the machines. From visionary director McG this is one adrenaline-pumping thrill ride that no sci-fi fan should be without! The End Begins Now The year is 2018. Judgment Day has come and gone. At the behest of Skynet an army of Terminators roams the wastelands killing or collecting humans. The only hope for the survival of humanity is Resistance fighter John Connor: a man whose destiny has always been intertwined with the fate of human existence. As the future of the world teeters on the brink of the future John has been warned about his whole life something totally new shakes his belief that mankind stands a chance against the machines: the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) a man from the past whose last memory is of being on death row before awakening in this post-apocalyptic nightmare. In the face of an ever-adapting Skynet John must decide whether Marcus can be trusted as he prepares to face the enemy head-on. Play.com Review Director McG's Terminator Salvation sees Hollywood superstar Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) step into the post-apocalyptic shoes of John Connor. Terminator Salvation breathes new life into the series welcoming Tim Burton's favourite composer Danny Elfman (Batman) Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) as Kate Connor - replacing Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines' Claire Danes - and hotly-tipped Australian newcomer Sam Worthington (Avatar) in the role of Marcus Wright. As with the prequels the film features plenty of terrifying additions to Skynet's arsenal including the Harvester Mototerminators and T-600s but it's the chance to see the first film set after Judgement Day that really appeals. Terminator Salvation is a rollicking chase movie with spectacular action - the escape from the giant robot Harvester is a particular highlight. Meanwhile the dilapidated deserts of California and the LA-based Skynet - a dark lair of pipes pumps gun turrets and factories - provide a fascinating backdrop for the future war. With strong support from Moon Bloodgood and Anton Yelchin - channelling Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese - Christian Bale lends John Connor A-list authority whilst being totally believable in the action scenes - especially when he meets an old foe towards the end of the movie (you'll have to watch to find out!). However the real star of the show is Sam Worthington as Marcus. Sporting the good looks and understated charisma of a classic matinee idol we cannot wait to see Worthington in Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day director James Cameron's Avatar. Ultimately though it's the characters that make Terminator Salvation standout from the slew of event movies remaining true to the spirit of the series - characters you actually care about.

  • WarGames [Blu-ray] [1983] WarGames | Blu Ray | (07/01/2013) from £6.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (37.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with action, suspense and high-tech adventures! Featuring superb performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is brilliant...funny...and provocative (New York) - a fast-paced cyber-thriller. Computer hacker David Lightman (Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and master even the most difficult computer games. But when he unwittingly taps into the Defence Department's war computer, he initiates a confrontation of global proportions - World War III! Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius, David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

  • Resident Evil: Retribution [Blu-ray] Resident Evil: Retribution | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013) from £6.93  |  Saving you £18.06 (72.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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 - Dalek Invasion Of Earth [1964] Doctor Who - Dalek Invasion Of Earth | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £6.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (68.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The second story of series two, Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth sees William Hartnell's Doctor in a six-part adventure pitted against his greatest nemesis, the Daleks. The Doctor, Susan (Carol Ann Ford), Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) arrive in the London of 2164, where the Nazi-like Dalek's have turned the remnants of the human race into slave workers or "Robomen", who unfortunately foreshadow Monty Python's hilarious "Gumbies". The Dalek's plan involves a vast mine in Bedfordshire and the final destruction of the human race, while pitted against them is a WWII-style resistance movement led by Dortmun (Alan Judd) and David Campbell (Peter Fraser). One of the most famous of all Doctor Who stories, Dalek Invasion of Earth features such iconic moments as a dalek emerging from the Thames, and a remarkable flight across London showing daleks crossing Westminster Bridge and patrolling Trafalgar Square and the Albert Memorial. Terry Nation's story is almost insanely ambitious for the budget, and while sets and effects are primitive, the location work is highly evocative. Lavishly remade for the cinema as Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150AD (1966), the plot here is more detailed, mercifully free of comic relief, and delivers a surprisingly sensitive ending to mark Carol Ann Ford's departure from the series. On The DVD: Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth is a comprehensive two-disc set with a generally excellent black-and-white 4:3 picture and mono sound. The highlight of Disc One is a warm and very informative commentary hosted by Gary Russell and featuring director Richard Martin (all episodes), producer Verity Lambert (5 episodes), Carol Ann Ford and William Russell (4 episodes each). There are optional subtitles for the episodes, as well as for the commentary, and further text titles giving detailed background information. Optional new CGI-effects shots have been added, which via seamless branching can be selected over the original 1964 model work. The new material obviously lacks authenticity, but looks about 1000 times better. Disc Two offers an abundance of extras including an amusing extract from Blue Peter (6 min) showing how to make edible Daleks. There is a photo gallery and some very poor quality Rehearsal Footage, but most fun of all is a 27 minute 1994 BBC spoof radio documentary which asks Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman?. Jane Asher plays Susan in an SF comedy as ingenious as it amusing and irreverent. This is a remarkable set, which belongs in any Who fan's collection. Gary S Dalkin

  • Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £11.59  |  Saving you £18.40 (61.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Originally transmitted in 1965 it stars William Hartnell as The Doctor Episodes Comprise: The Space Museum: The TARDIS jumps a time track and the travellers arrive on the planet Xeros. There they discover their own future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum established as a monument to the Galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the planet. When time shifts back to normal they realise that they must do everything they can to try to avert this potential future. The Chase: The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks' museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate them.

  • Doctor Who - Pyramids Of Mars [1975] Doctor Who - Pyramids Of Mars | DVD | (01/03/2004) from £6.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (68.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Returning to UNIT HQ on Earth the TARDIS is thrown violently about by a mysterious force and Sarah and the Doctor arrive instead at an old priory in the year 1911. The owner Marcus Scarman has been excavating ancient tombs and is possessed by the spirit of Sutekh bringer of 'the gift of death to all mankind'. Sutekh has lain for thousands of years in his pyramid prison and Scarman and his robot mummies plan to release this ancient and evil power. Will Sutekh the all-powerful b

  • Star Trek - The Animated Series Star Trek - The Animated Series | DVD | (23/03/2009) from £13.99  |  Saving you £-1.99 (-16.60%)  |  RRP £12

    This is the further adventures of the Star Trek series in a half-hour animated form. This show continues the adventures of the original series but takes advantage of the unlimited special effects provided by animation to introduce more alien crewmen (the felinoid M'Ress and the tripedal Arex) as well as introduce more elaborate adventures like an underwater adventure the miniaturisation of the crew to 1 cm. and the appearance of a giant fire-breathing two-headed dragon. The animated series includes the beloved characters in new adventures...with all characters voiced by their original actors. Features all 22 episodes pristinely remastered.

  • Contact [Blu-ray] [1997] Contact | Blu Ray | (12/10/2009) from £7.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (58.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The exciting adventure of the day we make contact with life beyond Earth comes to the screen with a profound sense of wonder and a dazzling visual sweep that extends to the outer reaches of space and the imagination. Jodie Foster is astronomer Ellie Arroway a woman of science. Matthew McConaughey is religious scholar Palmer Joss a man of faith. They're opposite ends of a spectrum - and sudden players on the world stage as the countdown to humanity's greatest journey begins. Powerfully thrillingly and emotionally Contact connects.

  • Dragon Ball Z Season 3 [DVD] Dragon Ball Z Season 3 | DVD | (01/10/2012) from £15.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (54.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The Horrifying power of Frieza! The battle to decide the fate of the universe begins! On the distant Planet Namek, the seven magic Dragon Balls have been brought together and the dragon Porunga summoned. Now, Goku and the Z-fighters are all that stand between the evil Frieza and his wish for immortality! Having survived their encounters with Frieza's dreaded minions, Goku and his friends are now left to contend with the ruthless tyrant himself. Despite their recent victories, however, the Z...

  • The Man Who Fell To Earth (40th Anniversary) Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [2016] The Man Who Fell To Earth (40th Anniversary) Collector's Edition | Blu Ray | (24/10/2016) from £19.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (33.30%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Nicolas Roeg's iconic science fiction odyssey, The Man Who Fell to Earth, has been stunningly restored in 4k to mark the 40th anniversary of this cult classic. Featuring a startling and era defining lead performance from David Bowie in his debut feature role and based on the cult novel by Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell to Earth endures as, not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world but, also, a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider. Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a distant planet on a mission to take water back to his home planet in the midst of a catastrophic drought. Using the advanced technology of his home planet to patent many inventions on Earth, Newton acquires incredible wealth as the head of a technology-based conglomerate (aided by leading patent attorney Oliver Farnsworth Buck Henry, The Graduate) that he intends to use to finance the construction of a space vehicle to ship water back to his planet. Newton embarks on a relationship with hotel maid Mary-Lou (Candy Clark American Graffiti) and makes progress with the construction of his vehicle but soon finds his true identify at risk via his roguish colleague and confident Dr. Nathan Bryce (Rip Torn Men in Black) who threatens not only his relationship with Mary-Lou, but his freedom and chances of ever returning home. BONUS: New interview with costume designer May Routh featuring original costume sketches New interview with stills photographer David James featuring behind the scenes stills New interview with fan Sam Taylor-Johnson New interview with producer Michael Deeley New The Lost Soundtracks featurette Interview with Candy Clark Interview with writer Paul Mayersberg Interview with cinematographer Tony Richmond Interview with Nic Roeg Trailers / TV spots Watching the Alien featurette Additional Extra content For Collectors Edition: Exclusive bonus John Philips CD Booklet 4x Art cards Original press book A4 poster of new theatrical quad Collector's Edition - Disc Info Disc 1 - Blu-ray (Feature and Bonus Material) Disc 2 - DVD Feature Disc 2 - DVD Bonus Material Disc 4 - Bonus Exclusive John Philips CD

  • True Blood Season 1 (HBO) [DVD] True Blood Season 1 (HBO) | DVD | (26/10/2009) from £5.24  |  Saving you £31.06 (77.70%)  |  RRP £39.99

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  • Willow [1988] Willow | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  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

  • Merlin - Series 1 - Complete [2008] Merlin - Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £8.39  |  Saving you £10.60 (42.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Set in the mythical city of Camelot in a time before history began this epic magical and adventure-packed adaptation of the much loved tale follows the young Merlin's enthralling encounters with the young Prince Arthur. The mythical city of Camelot in a time before history began is a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples. In this dangerous world magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant Uther Pendragon. Merlin a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers arrives at the gates of Camelot as a young man sent by his mother to start a new life. Though bright-eyed with wonder the young sorcerer quickly makes enemies including the heir to Uther's crown the headstrong Prince Arthur. Guided by Uther's wise physician Gaius Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot's mystical secrets. And as he does so he discovers that his destiny and that of the kingdom's young leader in waiting Arthur are inextricably linked. Episode One: Merlin a young country boy arrives at the great city of Camelot to find a young man at the gallows - the result of King Uther outlawing magic in his kingdom. As Merlin makes his way to find Gaius the Court Physician he begins to realise that the world he has entered is full of danger. Episode Two: Valiant arrives in Camelot intent on winning the infamous sword tournament. As a disgruntled Merlin gets to grips with his arduous duties as Arthur's new servant he notices the fighter has an unfair advantage. Episode Three: As a magical plague takes a deathly grip on Camelot Merlin takes pity on Gwen whose father is dying with the disease. Evading a curfew Merlin risks his life to deliver a magical power to cure her father. However his pleasure soon turns to shock as Gwen is arrested for using magic. Episode Four: Suspecting it is poisoned Merlin drinks from Prince Arthur's cup. He falls into a com and can only be saved from certain death by a flower that grows deep within the forest of Balor. Arthur is ready to defy the King and embark on the quest but is he prepared for the trials and danger he will encounter? Episode Five: A great fighter by the name of Lancelot arrives in Camelot but despite his bravery and skill his ambition to be a knight is thwarted by his low birth - only Arthur and Merlin appear to recognise his true worth. Meanwhile a terrifying winged beast approaches Camelot leaving the kingdom in desperate need of a hero. Episode Six: When a physician the scarred Edwin saves the dying Morgana and impresses Uther with his skills he is soon supplanting Gaius's position in the court. But soon Merlin and Gaius make shocking discoveries about this mysterious stranger. Episode 7: When Arthur becomes besotted with a mysterious girl he could lose more than just his heart. Episode 8: A young druid boy on the run in Camelot is condemned to death by Uther but Merlin Arthur and Morgana feel compelled to help him. Episode 9: A mysterious Black Knight crashes his horse in through a window to challenge the knights of Camelot to single combat. Episode 10: Merlin's village is under attack from a ruthless group of bandits but can Merlin Arthur Morgana and Gwen save them? Episode 11: When Arthur kills a unicorn - a prize beast - his knights celebrate but the prince has inadvertently brought a curse upon Camelot. Episode 12: When Gwen's father is arrested by Uther for helping a sorcerer Morgana reveals a surprising side of her character. Episode 13: As Arthur's life hangs in the balance Merlin is the only one who can save him - but at what price?

  • Serenity [2005] Serenity | DVD | (03/10/2011) from £3.49  |  Saving you £2.47 (41.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Can't stop the signal... Beloved television cult director Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer Angel) makes a spectacular first foray onto the big screen with Serenity the cinematic adaptation of his wildly popular but short-lived sci-fi series Firefly. A mix of space western comedy and drama Serenity follows captain Malcolm ""Mal"" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his ragtag crew as they trade their way around the edges of civilized society. Of particular inte

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