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  • Timeline [2003] Timeline | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £5.01  |  Saving you £14.98 (74.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Just enough of Michael Crichton's novel survives in Timeline to make it a passable popcorn thriller. It's likely that Crichton fans will lament the shallowness of director Richard Donner's film, and its gee-whiz style of acting lays waste to any scientific credibility that Crichton's scenario might have retained. Still, the Crichton formula is a sturdy one, following the model of Westworld and Jurassic Park by involving a small band of adventurers in a fantastical realm of danger and death. In this case, a group of archaeologists and combat experts (led by Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor) use a "3-D fax machine" (so much for technobabble) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hope of retrieving Walker's father (Billy Connolly) and returning safely to the present. No such luck. Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travellers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching. All well and good, so far, and the castles-and-crossbows action reaches a fever pitch, but it's obvious that Donner is too lazy to make the much better film that this could and should have been. Despite its enjoyable highlights, Timeline is perfunctory entertainment. --Jeff Shannon

  • Doctor Who - The Genesis Of The Daleks Doctor Who - The Genesis Of The Daleks | DVD | (10/04/2006) from £5.17  |  Saving you £14.82 (74.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Transported back in time to the planet Skaro Doctor Who and his companions have to try and stop Davros from ever creating the Daleks.

  • Alien vs Predator (Single Disc Edition) [2004] Alien vs Predator (Single Disc Edition) | DVD | (07/03/2005) from £1.84  |  Saving you £12.10 (75.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In delivering non-18-rated excitement, Alien vs. Predator is an acceptably average science-fiction action thriller with some noteworthy highlights, even if it squanders its opportunity to intelligently combine two popular franchises. Rabid fans can justifiably ask "Is that all there is?" after a decade of development hell and eager anticipation, but we're compensated by reasonably logical connections to the Alien legacy and the still-kicking Predator franchise (which hinted at AVP rivalry at the end of Predator 2); some cleverly claustrophobic sets, tense atmosphere and impressive digital effects; and a climactic AVP smackdown that's not half bad. This disposable junk should've been better, but nobody who's seen Mortal Kombat or Resident Evil should be surprised by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's lack of imagination. As a brisk, 90-minute exercise in generic thrills, however, Anderson's work is occasionally impressive... right up to his shameless opening for yet another sequel. --Jeff Shannon

  • Prometheus [Blu-ray] Prometheus | Blu Ray | (08/04/2013) from £9.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The blockbuster event of the year, Prometheus, comes crashing onto Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray! Returning to the genre he helped define, Sir Ridley Scott has crafted the most unforgettable experience of 2012 in Prometheus. This gripping, thought-provoking and often terrifying masterpiece features a stellar ensemble cast including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Idris Elba and is a must-have for any self-respecting film fan. After scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green - Devil) discover mysterious cave drawings that point to the origins of mankind, they soon find themselves aboard the spaceship Prometheus, sponsored by Weyland Industries and on a journey to uncover the secrets of humanity. Overseen by the imperious Meredith Vickers (Theron - Snow White and the Huntsma), looked after by the android David (Fassbender - X-Men: First Class), and backed up by a team of scientists Shaw and Holloway arrive on the isolated moon LV-223 to discover an abandoned alien spaceship and the truth... that not all is as it seems...

  • The Black Hole [1979] The Black Hole | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £4.19  |  Saving you £10.80 (72.00%)  |  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...

  • X Files Collector's Edition [DVD] X Files Collector's Edition | DVD | (29/10/2008) from £7.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (63.80%)  |  RRP £20.99

    The supernatural thriller is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed and beloved episodes and takes the always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth and Scully the passionate ferociously intelligent physician remains inextricably tied to Mulder's pursuits.

  • Doctor Who - Dalek Invasion Of Earth [1964] Doctor Who - Dalek Invasion Of Earth | DVD | (16/06/2003) from £5.17  |  Saving you £14.82 (74.10%)  |  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

  • (Classic) Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden [DVD] [1979] (Classic) Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden | DVD | (02/04/2012) from £6.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (68.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it’s fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden? Special Features: Commentary with actors Lalla Ward and Peter Craze, writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and make-up designer Joan Stribling. Moderated by Toby Hadoke The Nightmare of Television Centre: A look back at a somewhat troubled production with three of the behind-the-scenes crew who worked on it Going Solo: Writer Bob Baker talks about The Nightmare of Eden The Doctors Strange Love: With comedian Josie Long and writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier Ask Aspel: Lalla Wards appearance on the popular BBC children's show Radio Times Listings (DVD-Rom) Programme subtitles Production information subtitles Photo gallery Coming soon trailer Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

  • Planet Of The Apes - The Television Series [1974] Planet Of The Apes - The Television Series | DVD | (18/08/2003) from £10.63  |  Saving you £29.36 (73.40%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Set around a dozen years after the 1967 Charlton Heston-starring Oscar winner of the same name, this Planet of the Apes is a 1974 TV spin-off that attempts to recapture the appeal of the original apes films. A second spaceship arrives on the planet, the basic plot being the same as in 67, as two surviving humans go on the run with a renegade chimpanzee, Galen (Roddy McDowell essentially reprising his Cornelius character under another name). The actor provides the strongest lead, while Booth Colman as Zaius (replacing Maurice Evans from the original film), offers fine support. The humans Ron Harper and James Naughton are relatively bland, a buddy duo very much anticipating Starsky and Hutch, while the stories, in which our heroes have a new adventure each week and then move on, fall very much into the formula that dominated earlier shows such as The Fugitive, Star Trek and Alias Smith and Jones. This is a post-apocalyptic world where everyone has perfect hair and make-up. But if the action and effects are limited, at least that gives the stories room to concentrate on some moral debates about the nature of human violence. A show finally hamstrung by the tight limitations of its formula, Planet of the Apes: The Television Series lasted only 14 episodes and was cancelled so abruptly it lacks any resolution. Nevertheless its reappearance offers a welcome chance to reassess it in context with the classic movies it apes. On the DVD: Planet of the Apes: The Television Series is presented on four discs, including all 14 episodes. The sound is good mono and the 4:3 colour picture is excellent considering the show's age. Print damage is minor though occasionally quite noticeable, and there is some fading in a few shots. Otherwise this is the best these shows have ever looked. The only extras are trailers for the movie box set and for Tim Burton's 2001 cinema "reimagining". --Gary S Dalkin

  • Alien Quadrilogy Alien Quadrilogy | DVD | (08/12/2003) from £9.93  |  Saving you £50.06 (83.40%)  |  RRP £59.99

    The Alien Quadrilogy is a nine-disc box set devoted to the four Alien films. Although previously available on DVD as the Alien Legacy, here the films have been repackaged with vastly more extras and with upgraded sound and vision. For anyone who hasn't been in hypersleep for the last 25 years this series needs no introduction, though for the first time each film now comes in both original and "Special Edition" form. Alien (1979) was so perfect it didn't need fixing, and Ridley Scott's 2003 Director's Cut is fiddling for the sake of it. Watch once then return to the majestic, perfectly paced original. Conversely the Special Edition of James Cameron's Aliens (1986) is the definitive version, though it's nice finally to have the theatrical cut on DVD for comparison. Most interesting is the alternative Alien3 (1992). This isn't a "director's cut"--David Fincher refused to have any involvement with this release--but a 1991 work-print that runs 29 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and has now been restored, remastered and finished-off with (unfortunately) cheap new CGI. Still, it's truly fascinating, offering a different insight into a flawed masterpiece. The expanded opening is visually breathtaking, the central firestorm is much longer, and a subplot involving Paul McGann's character adds considerable depth to the story. The ending is also subtly but significantly different. Alien Resurrection (1997) was always a mess with a handful of brilliant scenes, and the Special Edition just makes it eight minutes longer. On the DVD: Alien Quadrilogy offers all films except Alien3 with DTS soundtracks, the latter having still fine Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. All four films sound fantastic, with much low-level detail revealed for the first time. Each is anamorphically enhanced at the correct original aspect ratio, and the prints and transfers are superlative. Every film offers a commentary that lends insight into the creative process--though the Scott-only commentary and isolated music score from the first Alien DVD release are missing here--and there are subtitles for hard of hearing both for the films and the commentaries. Each movie is complemented by a separate disc packed with hours of seriously detailed documentaries (all presented at 4:3 with clips letterboxed), thousands of photos, production stills and storyboards, giving a level of inside information for the dedicated buff only surpassed by the Lord of the Rings extended DVD sets. A ninth DVD compiles miscellaneous material, including a Channel 4 hour-long documentary and even all the extras from the old Alien laserdisc. Exhaustive hardly beings to describe the Alien Quadrilogy, a set which establishes the new DVD benchmark for retrospective releases and which looks unlikely to be surpassed for some time. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Legend Of The Guardians [DVD] Legend Of The Guardians | DVD | (11/04/2011) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.70 (83.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Adapted from the popular series of children's books by Kathryn Lasky Guardians Of Ga'Hoole finds a group of barn owls facing an evil that wants to destroy their forest and so must fight together to keep their home. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes his older brother Kludd scoffs at the notion and yearns to hunt fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences-causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree home of the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole-Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

  • Children of Men [Blu-ray] [2006] Children of Men | Blu Ray | (03/08/2009) from £6.39  |  Saving you £13.60 (68.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027 eighteen years since the last baby was born disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. In a thrilling race against time Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for. Co-starring Michael Caine filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's highly acclaimed Children Of Men received three Academy Award nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Based on the novel by P.D. James.

  • Existenz [1999] Existenz | DVD | (25/03/2002) from £3.92  |  Saving you £6.07 (60.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Director David Cronenberg's eXistenZ is a stew of corporate espionage, virtual reality gaming, and thriller elements, marinated in Cronenberg's favourite Crock-Pot juices of technology, physiology and sexual metaphor. Jennifer Jason Leigh is game designer Allegra Geller, responsible for the new state-of-the-art eXistenZ game system; along with PR newbie Ted Pikul (Jude Law), they take the beta version of the game for a test drive and are immersed in a dangerous alternate reality. The game isn't quite like PlayStation, though; it's a latexy pod made from the guts of mutant amphibians and plugs via an umbilical cord directly into the user's spinal column (through a BioPort). It powers up through the player's own nervous system and taps into the subconscious; with several players it networks their brains together. Geller and Pikul's adventures in the game reality uncover more espionage and an antigaming, proreality insurrection. The game world makes it increasingly difficult to discern between reality and the game, either through the game's perspective or the human's. More accessible than Crash, eXistenZ is a complicated sci-fi opus, often confusing, and with an ending that leaves itself wide open for a sequel. Fans of Cronenberg's work will recognize his recurring themes and will eat this up. Others will find its shallow characterisations and near-incomprehensible plot twists a little tedious. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com

  • The Doctors - The John Pertwee Years [DVD] The Doctors - The John Pertwee Years | DVD | (06/03/2017) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Jon Pertwee era of DOCTOR WHO to life! Forget the bonus features on previous BBC releases! These six hour-long documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with JON PERTWEE (the Third Doctor), KATY MANNING (Jo Grant), CAROLINE JOHN (Liz Shaw), NICHOLAS COURTNEY (The Brigadier), RICHARD FRANKLIN (Captain Yates) and JOHN LEVENE (Sergeant Benton) ever undertaken. Presented by voice of the Daleks NICHOLAS BRIGGS. SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by NICHOLAS BRIGGS & Producer KEITH BARNFATHER

  • The Last Airbender [DVD] The Last Airbender | DVD | (13/12/2010) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the Director of Sixth Sense comes the highly anticipated live-action family adventure The Last Airbender based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon TV series. Air Water Earth and Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation led by Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz) a Waterbender and her brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) to restore balance to their war-torn world.

  • Independence Day 2 Film Collection [Blu-ray] Independence Day 2 Film Collection | Blu Ray | (14/11/2016) from £12.95  |  Saving you £21.04 (61.90%)  |  RRP £33.99

    Independence Day One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors, uniting for one last strike against the invaders - before it's the end of mankind. Independence Day: Resurgence Twenty years after mysterious aliens nearly wiped out humankind, they're back with a vengeance in the explosive sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence! Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth developed a vast defence program to protect the planet. But nothing could prepare us for the next invasionand only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save our world from extinction!

  • Men In Black I & II [Blu-ray] Men In Black I & II | Blu Ray | (07/05/2012) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Men In Black:They are the best kept secret in the Universe. Working for a highly-funded yet unofficial government agency, 'K' (Tommy Lee Jones) and 'J' (Will Smith) are the Men In Black, providers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on earth. They are your best, last and only line of defence. They work in secret and dress in black... they are the Men In Black - protecting the earth from the scum of the Universe...Men In Black II:Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are back in black as the scum-fighting super-agents Kay and Jay - regulators of all things alien on planet Earth. Their latest mission: to save the world from a total intergalactic disaster! When a renegade Kylothian monster disguised as a lingerie model threatens the survival of the human race, the boys of the MIB get the call to step up and get busy.With their headquarters under siege and time running out, Agents Kay and Jay enlist the help of Frank the Pug and a posse of hard-living worms to help them kick some seriously sexy alien butt!

  • Battlestar Galactica: Season 2 Battlestar Galactica: Season 2 | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £6.66  |  Saving you £39.06 (78.10%)  |  RRP £49.99

    ""47 875 survivors in search of a home called Earth."" ""The cylons were created by man. They evolved. They rebelled. There are many copies. And they have a plan."" The Sci-fi Channel's hottest TV series returns as Battlestar Galactica 2.0 blasts onto DVD. As the epic second season begins the fight to save humanity rages on - even as civil war looms within the fleet between the followers of President Roslin and Commander Adama. Relive all the intensity and exciteme

  • Doctor Who - The Key to Time Box Set (Re-issue) [DVD] Doctor Who - The Key to Time Box Set (Re-issue) | DVD | (16/11/2009) from £25.49  |  Saving you £44.50 (63.60%)  |  RRP £69.99

    Join the popular Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and the beautiful Romana on a 26-episode intergalactic treasure hunt for the six segments of the all-powerful Key to Time. Includes all six stories from the popular series: The Ribos Operation The Pirate Planet The Stones of Blood The Androids of Tara The Power of Kroll and The Armageddon Factor.

  • Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun | DVD | (08/09/2008) from £5.48  |  Saving you £4.51 (45.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    When scientists a hundred years into the future discover a "duplicate" Earth on the other side of the sun, the stage is set for tense science fiction adventure and suspense. Determined to find out what this new world is like, the Western nations of Earth set up an expedition headed by former astronauts Roy Thinnes and Ian Hendry to reach the new planet. All goes according to plan until the spaceship makes a crash landing on a planet some three weeks earlier than expected. Have the space travelers actually returned to Earth or are they on some strange mirror-imageworld where they must prove who they really are or die trying? This imaginative space adventure offers a journey few will ever forget.

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