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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace | DVD | (20/09/2004)
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George Lucas transports audiences back to the future with Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, the first instalment of a prequel trilogy in which the director imagines the foundation for the entire six-part saga. Reflecting the symbolic and mythological bases of at least five story arcs, The Phantom Menace wields a newly emerged, youthful vibrancy courtesy of Lucas' invigorating return to the director's chair and his healthy respect for the emotional sources of fantasy. Despite receiving a storm of adverse criticism (notably for Jar Jar Binks) Lucas continually fascinates with his ability to place his characters--some new, some old, some CGI--in the same dramatic situations posed in the original trilogy: whether it be the juxtaposition of primitives with technologically advanced societies or the timeless battle between good and evil, the very familiarity of these recurring scenarios and rhythms galvanises the viewer. Of course, the state-of-the-art visual effects contribute mightily to the final impact. Much has been written about the kinetic Pod Race sequence (compared favourably with the chariot race in Ben Hur) and the War and Peace-style military battles, but even these events are upstaged by the new planetary vistas: consider the Romanesque grandeur of Naboo, the underwater city of Otoh Gunga illuminated by Art Nouveau lamps, the decadent brio of Tatooine, or the dizzying skyscrapers of the city planet Coruscant (imagine Blade Runner in daylight). Despite the beauty of his iridescent images, Lucas exercises discipline, cutting fast within frames filled with rich detail and activity. As a result, The Phantom Menace lends itself to repeated viewings. On the DVD: This spectacular two-disc DVD set was certainly worth the wait. Simply put, this is the most comprehensive packaging of supplementary materials so far assembled for DVD. Most importantly, Lucas film offers an anamorphic, 2.35:1 film transfer and a highly active Dolby 5.1 audio mix. Disc 1 includes an insightful commentary with Lucas--his first for DVD--and other key personnel, making for a great tour. The bulk of extra treasures can be found on Disc 2, including seven deleted scenes completed just for this set that possess the same quality as the film; in fact, some moments (the "Air Bus Taxi" and "Pod Race Grid" sequences) are so good that Lucas reincorporated them into the film proper. Viewers can also enjoy no less than 12 Web documentaries, five informative featurettes, the popular John Williams music video "Duel of the Fates" and numerous galleries of stills, trailers and television spots. Better yet, Lucas premieres "The Beginning," a 66-minute documentary edited from hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes footage. This is not your standard-issue studio documentary, instead "The Beginning" is an Oscar-worthy, cinema verityé-style exploration of the creative process behind every aspect of the film's production. One of the most memorable moments involves a late-day visit to the set by Steven Spielberg: watching Lucas and Spielberg behave like kids in a candy store is one more reminder why the Star Wars saga remains enduringly popular. --Kevin Mulhall
Star Trek The Original Series: Complete | Blu Ray | (05/09/2016)
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All 79 episodes of the classic science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry. In the famous opening narration, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, describes space as 'the final frontier' and states that his vessel's five-year mission was to 'seek out new life forms and new civilisations' and 'to boldly go where no man has gone before.' Season 1 episodes are: 'The Man Trap', 'Charlie X', 'Where No Man Has Gone Before', 'The Naked Time', 'The Enemy Within', 'Mudd's Women', 'What Are Little Girls Made Of?', 'Miri', 'Dagger of the Mind', 'The Corbomite Maneuver', 'The Menagerie (Part 1)', 'The Menagerie (Part 2)', 'The Conscience of the King', 'Balance of Terror', 'Shore Leave', 'The Galileo Seven', 'The Squire of Gothos', 'Arena', 'Tomorrow Is Yesterday', 'Court Martial', 'The Return of the Archons', 'Space Seed', 'A Taste of Armageddon', 'This Side of Paradise', 'The Devil in the Dark', 'Errand of Mercy', 'The Alternative Factor', 'The City On the Edge of Forever' and 'Operation - Annihilate!'. Season 2 episodes are: 'Who Mourns for Adonais?', 'The Changeling', 'Mirror, Mirror', 'The Apple', 'The Doomsday Machine', 'Catspaw', 'I, Mudd', 'Metamorphosis', 'Journey to Babel', 'Friday's Child', 'The Deadly Years', 'Obsession', 'Wolf in the Fold', 'The Trouble With Tribbles', 'The Gamesters of Triskelion', 'A Piece of the Action', 'The Immunity Syndrome', 'A Private Little War', 'Return to Tomorrow', 'Patterns of Force', 'By Any Other Name', 'The Ultimate Computer', 'Bread and Circuses' and 'Assignment: Earth'. Season 3 episodes are: 'Spock's Brain', 'The Enterprise Incident', 'The Paradise Syndrome', 'And the Children Shall Lead', 'Is There in Truth No Beauty?', 'Spectre of the Gun', 'Day of the Dove', 'For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky', 'The Tholian Web', 'Plato's Stepchildren', 'Wink of an Eye', 'The Empath', 'Elaan of Troyius', 'Whom Gods Destroy', 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield', 'The Mark of Gideon', 'That Which Survives', 'The Lights of Zetar', 'Requiem for Methuselah', 'The Way to Eden', 'The Cloud Minders', 'The Savage Curtain', 'All Our Yesterdays' and 'Turnabout Intruder'.
The Black Hole | DVD | (02/06/2003)
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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...
Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase | DVD | (01/03/2010)
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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.
Donnie Darko | Blu Ray | (09/01/2017)
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Donnie Darko is a thought-provoking, touching and distinctive offering from relative newcomer, Richard Kelly (II). It's 1988 in small-town America and Donnie, a disturbed teenager on medication and undergoing psychoanalysis for his blackouts and personality disorders, is being visited by a being in a rabbit suit whom he calls Frank. It's this anti-Harvey that saves Donnie from being crushed to death when an airplane engine falls from the sky onto his house. This is the beginning of their escalating relationship, which, as Donnie follows Frank's instructions, becomes increasingly violent and destructive. Added to this is Frank's warning of the impending apocalypse and Donnie's realisation that he can manipulate time, leading to a startling denouement where nearly everything becomes clear. "Nearly everything", because Donnie Darko is a darkly comic, surreal journey in which themes of space, time and morality are interwoven with a classic coming-of-age story of a teenage boy's struggle to understand the world around him. The film leaves the viewer with more questions than it answers, but then that's part of its charm. Performances are superb: Jake Gyllenhaal underplays the mixed-up kid role superbly and Donnie's episodes of angst positively erupt out of the screen. There are also some starry cameos from Mary McDonnell as Donnie's long-suffering mother, Patrick Swayze as Jim Cunningham, the personal-development guru with a terrible secret, and Noah Wyle and Drew Barrymore as Donnie's progressive teachers. Undoubtedly too abstruse for some tastes, Donnie Darko's balance of outstanding performances with intelligent dialogue and a highly inventive story will reward those looking for something more highbrow than the average teenage romp. --Kristen Bowditch
Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013)
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There's no shortage of competition in the battle to be named the ultimate screen Dracula, but Peter Cushing's turn in Terence Fisher's take on Bram Stoker's classic novel surely makes him a candidate worth considering. As the first Hammer Dracula movie, it's long been cherished by both Hammer and horror enthusiasts. And this Blu-ray release could, with some justification, be described as definitive. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, this release brings together two different takes on the feature, including the 2012 restoration work from Hammer itself, which added in material that had been unseen for many years. Furthermore, the film's transfer is excellent, a real labour of love and an outright justification alone for getting hold of the Blu-ray. But then there are the further two discs of extra material, which dig into the story of the film, as well as spending some time exploring the restoration work that brought it into its current state. Furthermore, there's an excellent commentary track to enjoy as well. The film itself? It remains the star of the show, and one of the best of Hammer's impressive catalogue. Cushing is magnetic in the central role, and the supporting work from the likes of Christopher Lee and Michael Gough adds majesty to an already impressive production. How refreshing, then, that it's all arrived packaged on a Rolls Royce-standard disc release, that shows that with real care and diligence, it's possible to put together Blu-ray packages of older films that are something really very special indeed. --Jon Foster
Alien Nation - The Complete Series | DVD | (08/01/2007)
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As Newcomers - fugitive slaves from the planet Tencton - Detective George Francisco and his family face prejudice and intolerance as they struggle to assimilate to life on their adopted planet. Together with his human partner hard-edged Detective Matt Sikes George walks the beat in Slagtown Los Angeles a Newcomer slum teeming with vice and corruption. More than just another cop show or science fiction show Alien Nation utilizes a unique and exciting blend of action suspense humor and social drama to explore the sociology of what it means to be an outsider striving to fit in. Features the complete 22 episodes.
Highlander | Blu Ray | (11/07/2016)
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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
The Martian: Extended Edition | DVD | (03/10/2016)
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Blast off to the Red Planetand beyondwith The Martian 2-Disc Extended Edition, featuring an ALL-NEW EXTENDED CUT with over 10 minutes of action-packed footage not shown in theatres, plus hours of never-before-seen extras that take you deeper into the making of the film and the science behind it! Nominated for 7 ACADEMY AWARDSÂ®, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Matt Damon), The Martian is a breathtaking sci-fi adventure directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus) and based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel. When an American astronaut (Damon) is left behind during a mission to Mars, he must find a way to survive on the barren planet until a team of scientists can devise a rescue plan to bring him home! Click Images to Enlarge
Doctor Who - The Genesis Of The Daleks | DVD | (10/04/2006)
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Transported back in time to the planet Skaro Doctor Who and his companions have to try and stop Davros from ever creating the Daleks.
Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin | DVD | (11/05/2009)
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The Doctor arrives on Gallifrey where he is accused of the assassination of the Time Lord President. Investigating with the aid of Co-ordinator Engin and Castellan Spandrell he discovers that this is part of a plot hatched by his old adversary the Master. Having used up all twelve of his regenerations the Master is now a wizened husk. He is seeking to control the presidency in order to obtain the official regalia the Sash and Rod of Rassilon which are really keys to the Eye of Harmony the source of all the Time Lords' power.
Cool Hand Luke | DVD | (15/09/2008)
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His crime: nonconformity. His sentence: the chain gang. Now you can own the Director's Cut of the 1967 classic Cool Hand Luke in which Paul Newman plays one of his best-loved roles as the loner who won't or can't conform to the arbitrary rules of his captivity. A cast of fine character actors including George Kennedy in his Academy Award-winning role of Dragline gives Newman solid support as fellow prisoners. And Strother Martin is the Captain who taunts Luke with the famous line '""What we've got here is...failure to communicate."" No failure here. With rich humour and vibrant storytelling power 'Cool Hand Luke' succeeds resoundingly.
The Martian: Extended Edition | Blu Ray | (03/10/2016)
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The film that blew audiences away is back and bigger than ever with more than two hours of special feature material. Audiences everywhere can journey back to Mars with the all-new extended edition of the 7-time Academy Award nominated space film. The Extended Edition includes an extended cut featuring 10 minutes of brand new footage not shown in theatres and more than two hours of new content
Bette Davis - Anniversary Collection | DVD | (16/06/2008)
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To commemorate Bette's 100th birthday here are six films from her heyday: In This Our Life (Dir. John Huston) (1942): A young woman Stanley (Bette Davis) dumps her fiance Craig (George Brent) and runs off with her sister's husband Peter (Dennis Morgan). They marry settle in Baltimore and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister and old flame have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections but her true character is revealed when she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on the young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. The Old Maid (Dir. Edmund Goulding) (1939): This is the sad story of Charlotte (Bette Davis) a woman whose circumstances force her to give up her illegitimate child and pose as the childs old maid aunt thereby facing a lifetime of maternal sacrifice. Miriam Hopkins provides effective counterbalance with her portrayal of Charlottes effusive cousin who raises the little girl. All This And Heaven Too (Dir. Anatole Litvak) (1940): A first-rate drama about a 19th century nobleman who falls in love with his childrens' governess and murders his wife The Great Lie (Dir. Edmund Goulding) (1941): After a newlywed's husband apparently dies in a plane crash she discovers that her rival for his affections is now pregnant with his child. Watch On The Rhine (Dir. Herman Shumlin and Hal Mohr) (1943): Set during WW2. An anti-Nazi leader escapes with his wife to America only to find himself being pursued and blackmailed by Nazi agents. Deception (Dir. Irving Rapper) (1946): Based on Louis Verneuils 1928 play Jealousy the film tells the story of pianist Christine Radcliffe separated from her great love cellist Karel Novak by World War II. Unexpectedly reunited with him Christine desperately strives to hide her wartime dalliance as the mistress of a wealthy sadistic composer (Rains) with devastating results. All films come with the extra content 'Warner Night At The Movies' - a special selection of extras that recreate the movie going experience of the time with newsreel footage featurettes and contemporary cartoons and trailers
Rosemary's Baby | Blu Ray | (07/10/2013)
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Under ROMAN POLANSKI's chilling direction, a classic thriller is born. Rosemary (MIA FARROW) and Guy Woodhouse (JOHN CASSAVETES) are newlyweds, but Rosemary has no idea that her wedded bliss is about to come to a horrific end. Her husband's ambition as a struggling actor is about to plunge her into an abyss of terror like she has never known. In exchange for a taste of fame, Guy makes a deal with the devil that puts his wife and soul in jeopardy. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, her husband b...
(Classic) Doctor Who: Ace Adventures Box Set | DVD | (07/05/2012)
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Ace Adventures Boxset In these two classic stories Ace joins the Seventh Doctor aboard the Tardis where she’s soon battling a biomechanoid and liberating a world where just feeling sad can get you shot! Dragonfire On the planet Svartos, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel unexpectedly encounter an old friend – Sabalom Glitz. Joined by Ace, a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to find the fabled Dragonfire treasure. Commentary Deleted / Extended scenes Trivia subtitles Video and audio restoration Coming soon trailer Radio Times billings (PDF) Making-of Documentary Photo gallery Danny Bang - Documentary The Doctors Strange Love - Documentary The Happiness Patrol (Ace Box) On the planet Terra Alpha, the population constantly displays happy smiles. Anyone feeling remotely glum disappears. Quickly. Having heard disturbing rumours, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace arrive to topple the entire regime. Commentary ''Ace'' wishes Blue Peter a happy birthday (archive clip) Isolated score Deleted / extended scenes Trivia subtitles Video and audio restoration Coming soon trailer Radio Times billings (PDF) Making-of Documentary Photo gallery Politics in Doctor Who - Documentary
Laurence Olivier Shakespeare Collection | DVD | (30/07/2007)
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Set Comprises: King Lear Henry V Hamlet Merchant of Venice Richard III As You Like It
Doctor Who - Dalek War | DVD | (05/10/2009)
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Alien | DVD | (15/05/2000)
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By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott's legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith's wonderfully unsettling score produce a sense of disquiet from the outset: everything about the spaceship Nostromo--from Tupperware to toolboxes-seems oddly familiar yet disconcertingly ... well, alien.Nothing much to speak of happens for at least the first 30 minutes, and that in a way is the secret of the film's success: the audience has been nervously peering round every corner for so long that by the time the eponymous beast claims its first victim, the release of pent-up anxiety is all the more effective. Although Sigourney Weaver ultimately takes centre-stage, the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent. The remarkably low-tech effects still look good (better in many places than the CGI of the sequels), while the nightmarish quality of H.R. Giger's bio-mechanical creature and set design is enhanced by camerawork that tantalises by what it doesn't reveal.On the DVD: The director, audibly pausing to puff on his cigar at regular intervals, provides an insightful commentary which, in tandem with superior sound and picture, sheds light into some previously unexplored dark recesses of this much-analysed, much-discussed movie (why the crew eat muesli, for example, or where the "rain" in the engine room is coming from). Deleted scenes include the famous "cocoon" sequence, the completion of the creature's insect-like life-cycle for which cinema audiences had to wait until 1986 and James Cameron's Aliens. Isolated audio tracks, a picture gallery of production artwork and a "making of" documentary complete a highly attractive DVD package. --Mark Walker
I Robot - Single Disc Edition | DVD | (03/12/2004)
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As paranoid cop Del Spooner, Will Smith displays both his trademark quips and some impressive pectoral muscles in I, Robot. Only Spooner suspects that the robots that provide the near future with menial labor are going to turn on mankind--he's just not sure how. When a leading roboticist dies suspiciously, Spooner pursues a trail that may prove his suspicions. Don't expect much of a connection to Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction stories; I, Robot, the action movie, isn't prepared for any ruminations on the significance of artificial intelligence. This likable, efficient movie won't break any new ground, but it does have an idea or two to accompany its jolts and thrills, which puts it ahead of most recent action flicks. Also featuring Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, and James Cromwell. --Bret Fetzer