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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

  • Star Wars Clone Wars Season 2 [DVD] Star Wars Clone Wars Season 2 | DVD | (15/11/2010) from £10.69  |  Saving you £29.30 (73.30%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season 2

  • Roswell: Seasons 1-3 [2000] Roswell: Seasons 1-3 | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £15.99  |  Saving you £74.00 (82.20%)  |  RRP £89.99

    The complete box set of all the episodes of the cult sci-fi fan favourite that blends youthful drama sci-fi and humour with mysterious government plots. In the New Mexico desert in 1947 an object falls from the sky and crashes on a remote ranch. Reports detailing the mysterious event soon begin to appear in newspapers across the country as a possible UFO crash but are quickly denounced by the US government. Years later two six-year-old children are found wandering around in the de

  • Coherence [DVD] Coherence | DVD | (16/02/2015) from £3.09  |  Saving you £11.90 (79.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A mind-bending and reality-shattering ride through alternate realities. As a group of friends gather for an evening dinner party, an astrological anomaly heralds the start of a mystery where everyone s life is thrown into chaos. As they each struggle to make sense of their world, the story twists through sci-fi and horror.

  • Inception [Blu-ray][Region Free] Inception | Blu Ray | (06/12/2010) from £5.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (76.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) plays the mysterious master of extraction in this science fiction/action adventure. Cobb travels into the darkest of dream-worlds and does what few others can; stealing valuable information from inside the subconscious mind during the vulnerable state of sleep. Cobb’s key skill makes him a sought after player in industrial espionage, but at what cost? Cobb is forced on the run and can only survive if he can do one thing; Inception – changing a dream for his own benefit, rather than stealing information. A dangerous enemy is hooked on Cobb’s trail and seems to predict their every move. There is no way out, nothing can prepare them for this hazardous foe; a foe only Cobb could have seen coming. From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan comes one of the biggest films of the year and a subject matter that has never been tackled before, you really are into another world in this film.

  • 12 Monkeys: Season 2 [Blu-ray] 12 Monkeys: Season 2 | Blu Ray | (17/10/2016) from £10.49  |  Saving you £14.99 (50.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    After the shocking revelations of the first season, 12 Monkeys returns for a second season as time traveler Cole continues his decades-spanning journey to prevent a deadly plague from wiping out all of mankind. Due to an unforeseen paradox, Cole finds himself unable to travel back in time. Meanwhile, Jennifer appears to be on the brink of unleashing the deadly virus. Every action has history-altering potential in this mind-bending race against time.

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Movie - The Humdinger Edition [Blu-ray] Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Movie - The Humdinger Edition | Blu Ray | (28/05/2012) from £5.15  |  Saving you £14.84 (74.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From the makers of the highly successful cult classic TV series comes Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - one of the most outrageous, most irreverent, and most hilarious big-screen spoofs ever! A mad scientist, in his quest for world domination, concocts a diabolical scheme to subject the human race to the worst movie ever made: 1955's This Island Earth. It's up to one test subject's quick wit, sharp sense of humor, and utter intolerance for cinematic garbage to foil the plans of the scientist and to save the Earth. Experience the hijinks and low jabs of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - where the worse the movie is, the better time you'll have!

  • Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 7 Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - Series 7 | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £13.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The third Star Trek series is led by Benjamin Sisko commander of the space station Deep Space Nine who discovers the first known stable wormhole a virtual shortcut through space that leads from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant on the other side of the galaxy. The Gamma Quadrant is governed by the Dominion a group led by the Changelings - an group of shapeshifters which counts DS9 crew member Odo (Rene Auberjonois) among its numbers. The Dominion has become a violent force in the galaxy and Deep Space Nine and its crew has become the only home in upholding the way of life established by the Federation. Episodes Comprise: 1. Image In The Sand 2. Shadows And Symbols 3. Afterimage 4. Take Me Out To The Holo-Suite 5. Chrysalis 6. Treachery Faith And The Great River 7. Once More Unto The Breach 8. The Siege Of AR-558 9. Covenant 10. It's Only A Paper Moon 11. Prodigal Daughter 12. The Emperor's New Cloak 13. Field Of Fire 14. Chimera 15. Badda-Bing Badda-Bang 16. Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges 17. Penumbra 18. 'Til Death Do Us Part 19. Strange Bedfellows 20. The Changing Face Of Evil 21. When It Rains... 22. Tacking Into The Wind 23. Extreme Measures 24. The Dogs Of War 25. What You Leave Behind - Part 1 26. What You Leave Behind - Part 2

  • Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [1980] Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It's hardly surprising that the Beeb take so long releasing DVDs in the Doctor Who series when they're as highly polished and as carefully selected as The Leisure Hive. Particularly significant in terms of the series' history, this sequence marked an end to Who's descent into vaudeville, and heralded the entrance of hotshot, new-broom Series Producer, John Nathan-Turner. The opening long, slow pan across a wintry beach, on which an autumnal Doctor sits slumped, immediately declares the show's serious intentions. The narrative itself is an erudite discussion on fascism and racism taking in regeneration, megalomania, cloning and a series of Agatha Christie-esque murders. It's the style, rather than the story, however, that's foregrounded in The Leisure Hive: along with his new sober approach, Nathan-Turner brought a new theme tune, a new logo, a new striking red costume and a new title sequence--one that, tellingly, moved away from the enclosed time tunnel to show the vastness of space opening up. Productions values are similarly high: the Quantel effects are impressive even now, and the performances are quite stunning, particularly Baker's as the prematurely aged, infirm Doctor. By dispensing with the clowning and with what he termed "Douglas Adams' undergrad humour", Nathan-Turner reinvigorated a show that was becoming stale. The diegetic rebirth brought about by the Regeneration Drive at the show's denouement is an apposite motif, emblematic of the rebirth of the show itself--The Leisure Hive truly represented a new beginning for Who. On the DVD: the images, colours and new 5.1 sound are all impressive, as are the abundance of extras. "A New Beginning" features a rare interview with Baker himself, and "From Avalon to Argolis" indulges in some very satisfying back-biting. There's also a nostalgia-inducing contemporaneous clip of an impossibly young Blue Peter presenter looking genuinely frightened by the exhibits of the then-great Longleat Doctor Who Exhibition. --Paul Eisinger

  • Space 1999: The Complete First Series Blu-ray Space 1999: The Complete First Series Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (01/11/2010) from £23.00  |  Saving you £56.99 (71.20%)  |  RRP £79.99

    Space 1999 is a Gerry Anderson cult classic as unmissable today as it was when first conceived in 1973. Starring husband and wife team Martin Landau and Barbara Bain Space 1999 revolves around the crew of Moonbase Alpha where scientific experiments are conducted and space data gathered. Disaster strikes and the Moon is blown out of the Earth's orbit by a huge explosion emanating from man-made nuclear waste pits causing it to drift endlessly through the void of space where the real adventures begin. Episodes comprise: 1. Breakaway 2. Force Of Life 3. Collision Course 4. War Games 5. Death's Other Dominion 6. Voyager's Return 7. Alpha Child 8. Dragon's Domain 9. Mission Of The Darians 10. Black Sun 11. Guardian Of Piri 12. End Of Eternity 13. Matter Of Life And Death 14. Earthbound 15. The Full Circle 16. Another Time Another Place 17. The Infernal Machine 18. Ring Around The Moon 19. Missing Link 20. The Last Sunset 21. Space Brain 22. The Troubles Spirit 23. The Testament Of Arkadia 24. The Last Enemy

  • Babylon 5: The Gathering [1993] Babylon 5: The Gathering | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £10.91  |  Saving you £9.08 (45.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Gathering", the feature-length pilot episode for Babylon 5, still ranks amongst the best of introductions to any TV science fiction show. In 1993 there was just nothing else to compare with its wall-to-wall CGI effects backed up by eye-popping architectural and interior production design, costumes, alien make-up and hairstyles. A couple of flat performances let down an otherwise intriguingly cast ensemble, but these problems would vanish in the series. Here, character introduction and development was refreshingly left to fend for itself within an elaborate narrative structure that kicked-off several plot threads at once. Creator Michael Straczynski ambitiously starts proceedings with a multi-layered mystery concerned with the nature and destiny of the soul. Political shenanigans, trigger-happy action stereotypes and wavering physics linger in the viewer's memory, but the tantalising tale told by smooth Commander Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) about the "hole in his mind" makes the strongest impression. Considering how convoluted the show's mysteries would become, "The Gathering" remains an essential starting point. On the DVD: Babylon 5: The Gathering is presented here in its 1998 Special Edition version. However, nowhere on the packaging is this stated. In fact, the back-cover credits are incorrect: apart from anything else, this version features a new score by Christopher Franke and not Stewart Copeland's original. Special effects and sound quality are also superior to the original version, even if still only presented in 1.33:1 ratio and two-channel Dolby.--Paul Tonks

  • 9 (Nine) [DVD] [2009] 9 (Nine) | DVD | (22/02/2010) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted Nightwatch) join forces to produce wunderkind director Shane Acker's distinctively original and thrilling tale. 9 stars Elijah Wood John C. Reilly Jennifer Connelly Martin Landau Christopher Plummer and Crispin Glover and features the music of Danny Elfman. When 9 (The Lord of the Ring's Elijah Wood) first comes to life he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn the very future of civilization may depend on them.

  • Terminator Salvation [DVD] Terminator Salvation | DVD | (23/11/2009) from £3.26  |  Saving you £16.06 (80.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Star Trek Voyager  - Season 6 (Slimline Edition) Star Trek Voyager - Season 6 (Slimline Edition) | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £10.75  |  Saving you £21.10 (60.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    The much anticipated release of the sixth season of Star Trek Voyager see the franchise boldly do what it does best and provide fans with fantastically scripted highly entertaining science-fiction. Star Trek: Voyager made sci-fi history when it became the first Star Trek series to feature a female Captain.

  • 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 £21.03 (72.50%)  |  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.

  • Conan the Barbarian [DVD] Conan the Barbarian | DVD | (12/12/2011) from £4.15  |  Saving you £15.84 (79.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The legendary Conan The Barbarian stars 'Game of Thrones's Jason Momoa and Avatar's Stephen Lang. From the producers of The Expendables comes a visual spectacular that brings the fabled action hero Conan to life like never before! Based on the character created by Robert E. Howard, Conan was born on the battlefield. From those bloodsoaked beginnings, Conan is destined to venture into an unforgiving world after his father is brutally murdered and his village destroyed. As Conan battles his way through a treacherous world of monsters, sorceresses' and bloodthirsty enemies, he chances upon Khalar Zym - the warlord responsible for his tribe's destruction. And so Conan's quest for true revenge begins... Also starring Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan.

  • Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem [Blu-ray] [2007] Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem | Blu Ray | (12/05/2008) from £6.79  |  Saving you £18.21 (72.80%)  |  RRP £25

    Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem features the iconic monsters battling it out on the big screen! The warring alien and predator races descend on a small town where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival.

  • Wanted [2008] Wanted | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £3.08  |  Saving you £16.80 (84.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    As the impresario behind gravity-defying Russian blockbuster Night Watch, it's inevitable that Hollywood would come calling for Timur Bekmambetov. With a studio budget and an international cast, including two Oscar winners, Timur cooks up a Hong Kong-styled actioner bursting with fast cars and big guns. Our unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement's James McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot. Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, and his girlfriend, boss, and best buddy all take advantage until the seductive Fox (Angelina Jolie) rescues him from a sharpshooter named Cross (The Pianist's Thomas Kretschmann). After which, she whisks him away to a mansion on the edge of town to meet the other members of the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father. Sloan believes Wesley has the goods to take him out, so he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen (Marc Warren and Common dish up some of the abuse). When he's ready, Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth, leading our former milquetoast to exact an elaborate revenge. For those who've been following McAvoy's career to date, Wanted will surely come as a surprise. In adapting Mark Millar's comic series, Timur offers buckets of blood and a smidgen of depth, but fans of The Matrix and Mr. and Mrs. Smith will want to give this one a look. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Silent Running (1971) (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] Silent Running (1971) (Masters of Cinema) | Blu Ray | (14/11/2011) from £11.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (42.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three years after helping to achieve some of the most amazing imagery in cinema history with 2001: A Space Odyssey, special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull made an auspicious directorial debut at age 29 with the environmentally themed science fiction classic Silent Running. In the distant future, plant life on our planet is extinct. Remaining specimens are cultivated in vast greenhouse-like domes orbiting in space. Bruce Dern (Marnie, Coming Home, The 'burbs, Monster) stars as Freeman Lowell, dedicated botanist aboard the Valley Forge, awaiting the call to refoliate Earth - despite the scorn of his crewmates. When an order comes to instead destroy the domes and return home, Lowell takes matters into his own hands, beginning a long and lonely voyage into the unknown. With its remarkable special effects (especially the robot drones Huey, Dewey, and Louie); glorious score (including songs performed by Joan Baez); memorable sound effects (created by Joseph Byrd from the cult band The United States of America); a screenplay co-written by Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter) and Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues), and an impassioned central performance from Dern, Silent Running remains a uniquely contemplative and haunting adventure that continues to make hippies of young children, even today.

  • Star Trek - The Original Series - Series 2 - Complete Star Trek - The Original Series - Series 2 - Complete | DVD | (27/04/2009) from £12.00  |  Saving you £27.99 (70.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Episodes comprise: 1. Amok Time 2. Who Mourns For Adonais? 3. The Changeling 4. Mirror Mirror 5. The Apple 6. The Doomsday Machine 7. Catspaw 8. I Mudd 9. Metamorphosis 10. Journey To Babel 11. Friday's Child 12. The Deadly Years 13. Obsession 14. Wolf In The Fold 15. The Trouble With Tribbles 16. The Gamesters Of Triskelion 17. A Piece Of The Action 18. The Immunity Syndrome 19. A Private Little War 20. Return To Tomorrow 21. Patterns Of Force 22. By Any Other Name 23. The Omega Glory 24. The Ultimate Computer 25. Bread And Circuses 26. Assignment: Earth

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