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  • The Andromeda Strain [Blu-ray] The Andromeda Strain | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £6.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. Many years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill) advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was returned to Earth from a space mission. Stone and his team - Drs. Dutton, Leavitt and Hall (David Wayne, Kate Reid, and (James Olson, respectively)- go to the facility, known as Wildfire, and try to first isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont (an old wino and a six-month-old baby) survived. The scientists methodically study the alien life form unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device should it manage to escape.

  • Firefly - The Complete Series [2003] Firefly - The Complete Series | DVD | (19/04/2004) from £12.00  |  Saving you £20.00 (57.20%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Much praised and much missed after its premature cancellation, Firefly is the first SF TV series to be conceived by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and cocreator of Angel. Set five centuries in the future, it is a show where the mysterious personal pasts of the crew of the tramp spaceship Serenity continually surface. In fact, it's a Western in space where the losers in a Civil War are heading out to a barren frontier. Mal Reynolds is a man embittered by the war, yet whose love of his comrades perpetually dents his cynicism--even in the 14 episodes that exist we see him warm to the bubbly young mechanic Kaylee, the preacher Book, the idealistic doctor Simon, even to the often demented River, Simon's sister, the psychic result of malign experiments. Firefly is also about adult emotional relationships, for example Kaylee's crush on Simon, the happy marriage of Mal's second officer Zoe and the pilot Wash, the disastrous erotic stalemate between Mal and the courtesan Inara. Individual episodes deal with capers going vaguely wrong, or threats narrowly circumvented; character and plot arcs were starting to emerge when the show was cancelled. Fortunately, the spin-off movie Serenity is planned; and in the meantime, what there is of Firefly is a show to marvel at, both for its tight writing and ensemble acting, and the idiocy of the executives who cancelled it. On the DVD: Firefly on DVD is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 with Dolby Surround Sound. It includes commentaries on six episodes by various writers, directors, designers and cast members as well as featurettes on the conception of the show and the design of the spaceship Serenity, four deleted scenes, a gag reel, and Joss Whedon singing the show's theme tune, more or less. One of the things that emerges from all of this is how committed to the project everyone involved with it was, and is--unusually, you end up caring as much for the cast and crew as for the characters. The discs have subtitles in English and Spanish and the option of listening to the soundtrack dubbed into Spanish or French. --Roz Kaveney

  • Pleasantville [DVD] [1998] Pleasantville | DVD | (06/02/2012) from £5.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (57.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Fantastical writer Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an auspicious directorial debut with this inspired and oddly touching comedy about two 90s kids (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) thrust into the black-and-white TV world of Pleasantville, a Leave It to Beaver-style sitcom complete with picket fences, corner malt shop and warm chocolate chip cookies. When a somewhat unusual remote control (provided by repairman Don Knotts) transports them from the jaded real world to G-rated TV land, Maguire and Witherspoon are forced to play along as Bud and Mary Sue, the obedient children of George and Betty Parker (William H Macy and Joan Allen). Maguire, an obsessive Pleasantville devotee, understands the need for not toppling the natural balance of things; Witherspoon, on the other hand, starts shaking the town up, most notably when she takes football stud Skip (Paul Walker) up to Lover's Lane for some modern-day fun and games. Soon enough, Pleasantville's teens are discovering sex along with--gasp!--rock & roll, free thinking and soul-changing Technicolour. Filled with delightful and shrewd details about sitcom life (no toilets, no double beds, only two streets in the town), Pleasantville is a joy to watch, not only for its comedy but for the groundbreaking visual effects and astonishing production design as the town gradually transforms from crisp black and white to glorious colour. Ross does tip his hand a bit about halfway through the film, obscuring the movie's basic message of the unpredictability of life with overloaded and obvious symbolism, as the black-and-white denizens of the town gang up on the "coloureds" and impose rules of conduct to keep their strait-laced town laced up. Still, the characterizations from the phenomenal cast--especially repressed housewife Allen and soda-shop owner Jeff Daniels, doing some of their best work ever--will keep you emotionally invested in the film's outcome and waiting to see Pleasantville in all its final Technicolor glory. --Mark Englehart

  • The Sinbad Trilogy (Dual Format Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] The Sinbad Trilogy (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (26/06/2017) from £36.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Limited Dual Format Edition (UK Blu-ray Premiere) THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Nathan Juran, 1958) THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Gordon Hessler, 1973) SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (Sam Wanamaker, 1977) These all-time classic adventures, each featuring pioneering special effects by filmmaking legend Ray Harryhausen, are presented here in stunning restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras including exclusive interviews with actors Caroline Munro, Jane Seymour and Tom Baker, and rare recordings of Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer in conversation this stunning Limited Dual Format Edition from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: Restored from the original negatives Mono and 5.1 surround sound audio options The 7th Voyage of Sinbad audio commentary with Ray Harryhausen Previously unreleased audio interviews with Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer New interviews with actors Tom Baker, Caroline Munro and Jane Seymour New interview with SFX maestro Phil Tippett Original Super 8 cut-down versions of all three films Archival documentaries, interviews and featurettes Original trailers and promotional films Isolated scores by Bernard Herrmann, Miklós Rózsa and Roy Budd Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials Box set exclusive 80-page book with new essays, and film credits Limited edition box set of 6,000

  • Doctor Who - Meglos [DVD] Doctor Who - Meglos | DVD | (10/01/2011) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    On Tigella two opposing factions are irrevocably divided over one fundamental issue: the Dodecahedron a mysterious artefact which provides the entire planet's energy. With the Savants and the Deons locked in a crippling stalemate and their civilisation on the brink of collapse the Tigellan leader Zastor seeks the Doctor's help. But the Doctor and Romana have been trapped aboard the TARDIS in a timeloop by Meglos the last of the Zolpha Thurans who will stop at nothing to steal back the awesome power of the Dodecahedron...

  • Dark Crystal [Blu-ray] [1982] Dark Crystal | Blu Ray | (31/08/2009) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Dark Crystal is a remarkable fantasy adventure starring some of Jim Henson's most imaginative creatures ever. Five years in the making this magical tale of good and evil is directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and Produced by Gary Kurtz. You can also discover some of the secrets behind the making of the first ever all-puppet film in a special 60 minute Featurette. In another time The Dark Crystal - a source of Balance and truth in the Universe - was shattered dividing the world into two factions : the wicked Skekis and the peaceful Mystics. Now as the convergence of the three suns approaches the Crystal must be healed or darkness will reign forever! It's up to Jen - the last of his race - to fulfil the prophecy that a Gelfling will return the missing shard to the Crystal and destroy the Skekis' evil Empire. But will young Jen's courage be any match for the unknown dangers that await him?

  • Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant [DVD] [2009] Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Adapted from Darren O'Shaughnessy's book series the Saga of Darren Shan, Cirque du Freak: A Vampire's Assistant is an endearingly goofy teen-vampire tale reminiscent of The Goonies or Lost Boys. Like those kids' horror classics, Cirque du Freak is a coming-of-age tale in which maturity is hastened by horrific discoveries of alternate realms. Best friends Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) and Steve (Josh Hutcherson) embark on a life-changing career path as monster prodigies after attending a taboo freak show starring various mutants and Madame Octa, a fluffy, neon orange, Muppetlike spider that Darren is irrevocably compelled to kidnap. Darren's petty theft results in the boys' introductions into the dualistic realm of good vampires, including the paternal Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly), and less-generous bloodsuckers such as Murlaugh (Ray Stevenson) and his Vampaneze family. Part of the fun is in learning how vampires are defined in this world; for example, they can't turn into bats but they have magic spit. The film's additional appeal is in its clever teen-vampire cultural nods, such as when Darren plays his Gameboy inside his coffin. The actual circus, too, offers a wide array of fun, spooky characters, such as ringleader Mr. Tall (Ken Watanabe) and Darren's scaly buddy Snakeboy (Patrick Fugit). Cirque du Freak: A Vampire's Assistant has tough moments, too, once the boys realize they can't look back. These moments transform Cirque du Freak: A Vampire's Assistant into a film parents may even be charmed by. --Trinie Dalton

  • Highlander [DVD] Highlander | DVD | (11/07/2016) from £8.09  |  Saving you £11.90 (59.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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

  • Class: Series 1 [Blu-ray] Class: Series 1 | Blu Ray | (16/01/2017) from £12.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets  It's a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from deadly monsters, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. Like all teenagers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence. And this incursion is only the beginning Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, under the watchful eye of Physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as The Doctor: protect Coal Hill and guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

  • Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric is one of the best of Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor adventures, a complex tale set around a naval installation on the North Yorkshire coast during WWII. The busy plot involves a Russian commando unit, a code-breaking computer, opening gambits in the Cold War, ancient Norse inscriptions concerning even more ancient evil, a new twist on vampirism, chess, global pollution and a creature from the end of human history. Key to all this is the theme of faith and a time paradox centred on Ace (Sophie Aldred), which ultimately turns out to be the resolution to mysteries that have haunted the Doctor’s companion all her life (they were first touched upon in 1987's Dragonfire, also written by Ian Briggs). The show was shot entirely on location and has above average production values, generating tension and exciting set-pieces even when the plot threatens to get lost in its own tangles. Nicholas Parsons complements McCoy and Aldred by turning in a strong performance as the local minister and the tale pays homage to such horrors as Plague of the Zombies (1966), Night of the Living Dead (1968), and John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980) and Prince of Darkness (1987) with aplomb. Sadly there would only be one more story, the disappointing Survival (1989), before the BBC put the Doctor into suspended animation. On the DVD: Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric is presented in two versions on a truly remarkable two-disc set. Disc 1 contains the four original 25-minute episodes exactly as originally broadcast with stereo sound. Disc 2 offers a completely updated version of the Special Edition originally released on video in 1991. This 103-minute version is supervised by composer Mark Ayres and follows director Nicholas Mallett’s original cut. The episodes are edited like a feature film and incorporate approximately 10 minutes of extra story material. The picture has been regraded and the sound remixed into full Dolby Digital 5.1 by Mark Ayres using the original stereo sound elements and his music files. The result is a massive improvement over the original series' episodes. Disc 1 also includes an informative commentary with McCoy, Aldred and Parsons and an isolated score. There is the usual information text, scored photo gallery and subtitles for the episodes and the commentary. "Modelling the Dead" shows Sue Moore and Stephen Mansfield making the Haemovore masks; "Claws and Effect" shows the BBC Special Effects unit on location; also included are 20 minutes of highlights from the 1990 Nebula 90 SF convention with Aldred, Ayres, Briggs, Tomek Bork, Joann Kenny, Mansfield and Moore, while "Take Two" is a four-minute piece on the story presented by Phillip Schofield. Disc 2 also features "Shattering the Chains" (an excellent analysis of the show by writer Ian Briggs), "Recutting the Runes" (a fascinating interview with Mark Ayres on preparing the Special Edition) and a good interview with costume designer Ken Trew. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Sunshine [2007] Sunshine | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £2.36  |  Saving you £17.63 (88.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fifty years from now the sun is dying and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage out of radio contact with Earth their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident a fatal mistake and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives but their sanity.

  • Men In Black [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray] [Region Free] Men In Black | Blu Ray | (27/12/2017) from £15.89  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    After chasing a fugitive with an advanced alien weapon, New York cop James Edwards (Will Smith) finds himself recruited to the MiB, a top secret agency in charge of alien immigration on Earth. He is partnered with K (Tommy Lee Jones), and sent to investigate an alien prediction of the end of the world. They have to track down a hostile alien life form currently wearing the human skin of a country hick named Edgar.

  • Red Dwarf - Back To Earth [Blu-ray] [2009] Red Dwarf - Back To Earth | Blu Ray | (31/08/2009) from £8.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (55.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Back to Earth takes place after 'series ten'. Kochanski is dead and the crew are hurled through a portal and discover they are just characters from a TV series. Knowing they will die in the final episode the Dwarfers in best Blade Runner traditions decide to track down their creators to discover how long they have left to live. First the crew attempt to track down the actors who play them in the series and their metaphysical odyssey begins... Features both a Director's Cut version of Back to Earth and the original televised version.

  • Ice [DVD] Ice | DVD | (16/10/2017) from £6.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The human race finds itself contemplating the dawn of a new ice age in this epic disaster starring Richard Roxburgh, Frances O'Connor, Claire Forlani, Ben Cross, Simon Callow, Patrick Bergin with Stephen Moyer and Sam Neill. The destructive effects of global warming cause unimaginable devastation and panic worldwide. It is 2020. Global warming has turned the regions of Southern Europe to desert and the Arctic polar ice cap is disappearing rapidly. There is a refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale as populations migrate north. Energy companies are turning to increasingly dangerous methods to extract what little oil is left on Earth. Environmental scientist and activist Professor Thom Archer, warns of the imminent possibility of a new ice age. His findings suggest that Halo, the corporate energy company drilling on the Greenland Glacier are causing it to melt, with alarming consequences. Archer heads to the Polar Alliance subcommittee and presents his findings to a sceptical audience, failing to convince anyone of the danger ahead. Intent on exposing Halo, Archer receives a frantic call from friend and colleague Ben Jameson and heads to the glacier. Jameson, an expert Glaciologist, claims to have found damning evidence that proves Archer's findings are correct. Arriving on the ice cap, the effects of Halo's actions are clear to see. With the realisation that the human race is under immediate threat, Archer races home to his family hoping he's not too late. The collapse of the glacier is every bit as devastating as Archer imagined. Astonishing weather patterns emerge and plunge the world's temperatures into steep decline.

  • 2010 : The Year We Make Contact [1984] 2010 : The Year We Make Contact | DVD | (11/09/2000) from £6.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    No director could ever have hoped to repeat the artistic achievement of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and nobody knew that better than Peter Hyams, who made this much more conventional film from the first of three sequel novels by Arthur C Clarke. Whereas Kubrick made a poetic film of mind-expanding ideas and metaphysical mysteries, Hyams shouldn't be blamed for taking a more practical, crowd-pleasing approach. In revealing much of what Kubrick deliberately left unexplained, 2010 lacks the enigmatic awe of its predecessor, but it's still a riveting tale of space exploration and extraterrestrial contact, beginning when a joint American-Soviet mission embarks to determine the cause of failure of the derelict spaceship Discovery. Having arrived at Discovery near the planet Jupiter, the American mission leader (Roy Scheider) and his Russian counterpart (Helen Mirren) must investigate the apparent failure of the ship's infamous onboard computer, HAL 9000, as well as the meaning of countless mysterious black monoliths amassing on Jupiter's surface (an interpretation Kubrick originally left up to his viewers). Meanwhile, Earth is on the brink of nuclear war, and an apparition of astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea) appears repeatedly to promise that "something wonderful" is about to happen. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Barbarella [1968] Barbarella | DVD | (02/10/2000) from £5.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (57.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Barbarella is marked by the same audacity and originality fantasy humor beauty and horror cruelty and eroticism that make comic books such a favorite. The setting is the planet Lythion in the year 40 000 when Barbarella (Jane Fonda) makes a forced landing while traveling through space. She acts like a female James Bond vanquishing evil in the forms of robots and monsters. She also rewards in an uninhibited manner the handsome men who assist her in the adventure. Whether she is

  • The Host [DVD] The Host | DVD | (29/07/2013) from £2.79  |  Saving you £17.20 (86.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? The Host is the next epic love story from the creator of the Twilight Saga worldwide bestselling author Stephanie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threaten mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about - Jared (Max Irons) Ian (Jake Abel) her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

  • Colossal [Blu-ray] Colossal | Blu Ray | (11/09/2017) from £11.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

  • Starship Troopers [1998] Starship Troopers | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £3.95  |  Saving you £11.70 (73.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A gloriously over-the-top treat, Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers takes the militaristic moralising of Robert Heinlein's pulp classic and sets about undermining it mercilessly. Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) desperately wants to join the Mobile Infantry and kill some Earth-threatening alien bugs. He also desperately wants Carmen (Denise Richards), but only gets to fulfil one ambition in the second of Verhoeven's futuristic satires (also cowritten with his RoboCop scriptwriter Ed Neumeier). Set in a fascistic future where kids must do military service to qualify as citizens, own property or even have babies, the film's dark Vietnam and Nazi-era parallels are all the more disturbing given its deceptively sunny Beverly Hills 90210 teenage cast (though scenery-chewing veteran Michael Ironside steals the movie as tough-talking Lt Rasczak). The CGI arachnids are among the most convincing and dangerous-looking creatures ever seen on screen, and with the movie clocking up the highest number of blanks ever fired on a film set, it's also pretty loud! Verhoeven went on to be Executive Producer of the Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles animated TV series a couple of years later. On the DVD: Starship Troopers in this DVD incarnation can now be played continuously on one side of the disc (the original Region 2 release version was that crime against the DVD format, a "flipper"). You'll also feel really spoiled by the extras here: five deleted scenes (approximately six minutes) pad out Carmen's love triangle problems. There are impressive screen tests for Denise Richards and Casper Van Dien (three-and-a-half minutes). An eight-minute featurette zips by with key interviews and fact flinging. And a real treat is three scene developments with layers of FX work explained by Verhoeven. But what makes this DVD essential is the director's enthusiastic commentary alongside screenwriter Ed Neumeier: dissing astrology, making a stand for feminist issues, saying how he went nude to placate the actors for their shower scene, and drooling with praise for his FX team, Verhoeven makes a fascinating statement that "war makes fascists of us all". After a studio disclaimer, and beginning with his reaction to the film's critique in Time Magazine, this is no-holds-barred fun. --Paul Tonks

  • War Of The Worlds [2005] War Of The Worlds | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £2.42  |  Saving you £21.80 (87.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Steven Spielberg?s War of the Worlds, staring international superstar Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells? seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.

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