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Starship Troopers | DVD | (11/06/2001)
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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
This Island Earth | DVD | (04/02/2008)
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Weird events in the life of atomic scientist Cal Meacham culminate in an invitation from the strange-looking Exeter to work at a secret lab in Georgia supposedly in the cause of world peace. Other scientists are already there including the gorgeous Ruth Adams. They quickly discover there's more to Exeter than meets the eye. Is he benevolent? It may take an interstellar journey to find out.
David Lean Centenary Collection | DVD | (11/08/2008)
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This Box Set includes: The Sound Barrier (1952): A tale of male courage and an adventure into the unknown but also the story of the women who wait at home. A self-made aircraft manufacturer is determined that his company will be the first to build a plane which flies faster than sound. Hobson's Choice (1954): The eldest daughter of an alcoholic self-important Lancashire bootmaker marries his boot-hand and sets up a rival business. Blithe Spirit (1945): A happily married author writing a novel on mediums invites one to supper one evening. After holding a seance the husband's deceased first wife appears and begins to cause chaos! Brief Encounter (1946): Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter. Great Expectations (1946): A stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world. Oliver Twist (1948): Oliver Twist orphaned at birth and raised in the workhouse is expelled for daring to ask the Beadle for more food. Unhappily apprenticed to an Undertaker Oliver escaped to London where he meets the cheeky Artful Dodger the villainous Fagin the aggressive Bill Sykesand the kindly but doomed Nancy. Torn constantly between the forces of good and evil Oliver eventually seals his fate by picking the pocket of a rich gentleman. Madeleine (1950) Lean's accomplished film of the famous Scottish Madeleine Smith case in which a woman from a wealthy family is accused of the murder of her lover. The Passionate Friends (1949): Through her marriage to a wealthy financier Mary Justin has the freedom and comfort she has always yearned for but her life is one that lacks emotional fulfilment. On a visit to Switzerland she runs into an old friend Steven Stratton with whom she once had a passionate love affair many years before her marriage. Her meeting with Steven rekindles old memories of a friendship of the most beautiful kind. If only they could begin again... This Happy Breed (1944): A splendidly acted classic portraying how an ordinary British family lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. The inhabitants of 17 Sycamore Road are ordinary people with their irritable in-laws their just-plain-folks camaraderie and their unshakeable belief that no matter how hard the times are Mother England is forged of good stock and common sense
Stephen King's the Langoliers | DVD | (15/10/2007)
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A supernatural thriller in which ten airline passengers wake up during their flight to find all the other passengers and the crew have disappeared...
Twelve Monkeys | DVD | (04/10/1999)
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Battlestar Galactica | DVD | (08/01/2004)
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Battlestar Galactica the definitive battle between the last surviving human colony and an evil robotic race - an epic journey of intergalactic survivors in search of a distant and unknown planet `earth'. This seven-disc Complete Epic Series Box Set features all 24 x 45 min episodes of the original series. Episodes Comprise: 1. Saga of a Star World - Part 1 2. Saga of a Star World - Part 2 3. Saga of a Star World - Part 3 4. The Lost Planet of the Gods - Part 1 5. The Lost
The Producers | DVD | (25/08/2008)
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Low rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) discover that with the help of a few gullible investors they can make more money on a flop than on a hit! Armed with the worst show ever written (Springtime For Hitler) and an equally bizarre cast this double dealing duo is banking on disaster. But when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a smash hit they find themselves in the middle of a Broadway blitzkrieg! Winner of an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay Mel Brooks recently adapted his classic film as a Broadway musical and scooped a record-breaking 12 Tony awards.
Dragonball Z Season 7 | DVD | (13/05/2013)
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The Tournament Has Begun! The Great Saiyaman Saga. Attending Orange Star high school, Gohan seems like a normal student, meeting girls, and playing baseball, except for one important difference: his the Great Saiyaman. Not wanting to bring attention to his friends and family, he disguises himself in a super suit, with a touch of a button on his watch he turns into the super hero everyone knows. Videl reluctint to find this hero to find out who it is, she unmasks him, to find out it's gohan. S...
Doctor Who - The Beginning Box Set | DVD | (30/01/2006)
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Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in television history and this fantastic box set premier's the very first three stories ever transmitted. William Hartnell stars as the first Doctor venturing through time and space thwarting evil where ever it rears its head. This release features the first 13 episodes plus the untransmitted pilot episode. Episodes comprise: 1. An Unearthly Child 2. The Cave of Skulls 3. The Forest of Fear 4. The Firemaker 5. The Dea
Arctic Blast | DVD | (25/07/2011)
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When a solar eclipse sends a colossal blast of super chilled air towards the earth it sets off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in ice! A US research vessel sits on a calm Antarctic Ocean studying the thinning of the ozone when suddenly a blast of sub zero air strikes the vessel causing the horrific and instant deaths of the crew. When Jack Tate (Michael Shanks Stargate SG1) a brilliant yet troubled physicist learns about the bizarre deaths of his colleagues he tries desperately to piece together the chain of events. With the solar eclipse a sudden drop in temperature of the mesosphere and a rip in the ozone layer Jack concludes that these elements have combined to create the ultimate disaster - a new ice age.
Avatar Extended Collector's Edition | Blu Ray | (15/11/2010)
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After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it's the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves--awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering--that makes Avatar's pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron's dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you're won over by the movie's trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended "take that, Michael Bay" final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) It doesn't measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. --Robert Horton
Resident Evil: Retribution | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013)
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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.
South Pacific | DVD | (08/03/2004)
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The dazzling Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, brought to lush life by the director of the original stage version, Joshua Logan. Set on a remote island during the Second World War, South Pacific tracks two parallel romances: one between a Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) "as corny as Kansas in August" and a wealthy French plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi), the other between a young American officer (John Kerr) and a native girl (France Nuyen). The theme of interracial love was still daring in 1958, and so was director Logan's decision to overlay emotional moments with tinted filters--a technique that misfires as often as it hits. The comic relief tends to fall flat and an overly spunky Mitzi Gaynor is a poor substitute for the stage original's Mary Martin. But the location scenery on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is gorgeous and the songs are among the finest in the American musical catalogue: "Some Enchanted Evening", "Younger than Springtime", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair", "This Nearly Was Mine". That's Juanita Hall as the sly native trader Bloody Mary, singing the haunting tune that launched a thousand tiki bars, "Bali H'ai". The movie is based on stories from James Michener's book Tales from the South Pacific. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com
Stargate S.G. 1 - Series 10 - Complete | DVD | (03/12/2007)
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Stargate SG-1 Season 10 is the final adventure for the team and the last instalment in the SG1 collection. It sees the SG-1 military squad undertaking missions across the universe through the Stargates encountering various alien creatures and cultures on their journeys as they set out on another mission to defend the earth from the unknown. Episodes Comprise: 1. Flesh And Blood 2. Morpheus 3. The Pegasus Project 4. Insiders 5. Uninvited 6. 200 7. Counterstrike 8. Memento Mori 9. Company of Thieves 10. The Quest - Part 1 11. The Quest - Part 2 12. Line in the Sand 13. The Road Not Taken 14. The Shroud 15. Bounty 16. Bad Guys 17. Talion 18. Family Ties 19. Dominion 20. Unending
Summer Holiday | DVD | (26/02/2007)
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From the First Kiss to the Last Blush It's the Craziest Riot On Wheels! Borrowing a double-decker bus for a mobile home four young mechanics search for fun in the sun from London to Athens. Bachelor Boy Cliff Richard dons his dancing shoes and brings a beat to the beach in the breeziest Summer Holiday on record!
Greyfriars Bobby | DVD | (03/07/2006)
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Overflowing with warmth and charm Greyfriars Bobby celebrates the powerful bond between man and a kind and loving animal. Based on Eleanor Atkinson's immortal children's book - Walt Disney presents the remarkable true story of one of Scotland's most beloved and celebrated heroes - a terrier named Bobby. The enduring friendship forged between a tenderhearted shepherd known simply as Old Jock and his devoted dog cannot be broken - even by the kindly old man's death. Set in bustling Victorian Edinburgh and the breathtaking Scottish countryside Greyfriars Bobby is a sensitive tale of uncommon loyalty and affection that is certain to delight and inspire one and all!
Hello, Dolly! | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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Barbra Streisand is a knockout as Dolly Levi, the woman who arranges things...like furniture and daffodils and lives. The famed plot concerns Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets her sights on conquering tight-fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergeider, beautifully played by Walter Matthau. Over $20,000,000 was spent on DOLLY and you can see and hear every penny. The painstakingly re-created streetcars, shops, skyscrapers and town itself (circa 1900), the magnificent Harmonia Gardens set, Irene Sharoff's colour splashed costumes, Jerry Herman's hummingly tuneful direction. So, spend a magical evening with the incomparable Barbra - and see what great musicals are all about.
Short Circuit | DVD | (19/11/2012)
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An experimental military robot escapes after being struck by lightning and given human intelligence. He finds a home with medcap Stephanie Speck who believes he's an alien but hot on the trail are scientists Newton Crosby and his assistant who must get to their creation before the army who plan to put Number 5 out of service permanently. Special Features: Commentary by Director John Badham and Writers S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock Original Theatrical Trailer The Creation of Number 5 Cast and Crew Interviews Behind the Scenes Featurette
Dark Matter - Season 2 | DVD | (10/10/2016)
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The crew of the Raza, a derelict spaceship, is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn and the realisation that they were wanted criminals pre-amnesia they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets, while also facing questions of Nature vs Nurture, identity and rehabilitation. In Season Two, the crew of the Raza find themselves prisoners on the Hyperion-8 Maximum Security Galactic Detention Facility. They are soon embroiled in an intergalactic conspiracy, seeking a mysterious device that may hold the key to victory in a looming all-out corporate war. DARK MATTER was made by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, the creators of the graphic novel of the same name and the executive producers and writers of STARGATE. Special Features: 13 Featurettes with Cast and Crew Picture Gallery Subtitles
Great Expectations | DVD | (15/09/2008)
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A stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world.