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Legend | DVD | (18/02/2002)
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This strange, 1985 experiment by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) starred the up-and-coming Tom Cruise in a fairy-tale world of dwarfs and unicorns and demons. After the horn of a unicorn is broken, darkness and winter descend upon the world. Cruise's character, helped along by a magic sprite played by David Bennent (The Tin Drum), descends into hell to save paradise. This movie is almost a classic case of art direction gone amok. The somewhat amorphous Cruise doesn't lend much dramatic focus or artistic definition, but the drama between Tim Curry's satanic majesty and Mia Sara's character, who becomes a sort of princess of the netherworld, is pretty captivating. A mixed experience all around that makes one wish it had been more successful. --Tom Keogh
The X Files Movie | DVD | (31/01/2000)
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The definitive American television series of the 1990s. The X-Files comes to the big screen with an anticlimactic whimper. And how could it be otherwise? Why should material so perfectly realised in one medium necessarily translate well into another? The series is crisply and thoughtfully executed in just about every detail, but the heart of its appeal lies in the elegant handling of complicated and evolving ongoing story lines, which is not something movies are especially good at. The big-screen drive for closure cramps the creative style, though it may also help nonfans get a grip on the proceedings. We do get some invigorating thrills and chills, however, and a more satisfying sense of the scale of an all-enveloping human-alien conspiracy than ever before, but there's no more plot development here than in an average two-part season-ending. FBI black sheep Mulder and Scully have been temporarily transferred from the X-Files project to an anti-terrorist unit to investigate an Oklahoma City-style bombing. They uncover a new wrinkle in the Syndicate/Cancer Man conspiracy--basically an attempt to help one bunch of (benign?) aliens fight off another bunch who want to colonise Earth. A spectacular, ice-bound finale thrillingly staged by series-veteran director Rob Bowman offers Mulder (but not a conveniently unconscious Scully) his first clear look at a You Know What, which in some quarters qualifies as an epochal event. Martin Landau offers the agents some crucial clues, and several familiar TV faces (including the Lone Gunmen and Mitch Pileggi's indispensable Assistant Director Skinner) turn up briefly to wink knowingly at faithful fans. --David Chute
Twelve Monkeys | DVD | (04/10/1999)
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Cocoon / Cocoon The Return | DVD | (17/05/2004)
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Cocoon: A group of senior citizens residing in a rest home find their lives turned upside down after they are offered the gift of eternal youth by benevolent aliens in Ron Howard's wonderful tribute to the human spirit. Brian Dennehy is Walter an alien who returns to earth to rescue 20 of his friends now hibernating in cocoons off the coast of Florida. With the help of a charter boat captain (Steve Guttenberg) the cocoons are stored in a deserted swimming pool. When three men
Colossal | Blu Ray | (11/09/2017)
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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.
Inception | Blu Ray | (18/12/2017)
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Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind's vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but has also made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy who seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming. Features: The Inception of Inception Christopher Nolan Shapes His Unusual Concepts for the Movie The Japanese Castle: The Dream Is Collapsing Creating and Destroying the Castle Sets Constructing Paradoxical Architecture Designing the Staircase to Nowhere The Freight Train Constructing the Street-Faring Express Train And More!
The Running Man | DVD | (06/09/2010)
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The year is 2019. Television is now ruling people's lives. The most popular 'audience participation' game show is 'The Running Man'- where convicts can win pardons instead of 'parting gifts' by defeating murderous henchmen known as 'stalkers'. The stalkers haven't had much of a challenge lately. Until Ben Richards comes along. Wrongly convicted of slaughtering 1500 innocent people Richards is the next contestant to fight for his life and his freedom. When 'Running Man' host Damon
Forbidden Planet | Blu Ray | (04/10/2010)
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This 1956 pop adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest is one of the best, most influential science fiction movies ever made. Its space explorers are the models for the crew of Star Trek's Enterprise, and the film's robot is clearly the prototype for Robby in Lost in Space. Walter Pidgeon is the Prospero figure, presiding over a paradisiacal world with his lovely young daughter and their servile droid. When the crew of a spaceship lands on the planet, they become aware of a sinister invisible force that threatens to destroy them. Great special effects and a bizarre electronic score help make Forbidden Planet as fresh, imaginative and fun as it was when first released.
Moon | DVD | (16/11/2009)
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An isolated lunar astronaut begins to lose his grip on reality in this cerebral sci-fi thriller with one heck of a twist. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is just two weeks away from finishing a lengthy lonely contract mining Earth's primary source of energy Helium-3 on the dark side of the moon. Thanks to a glitch in the communications satellite Sam's only companion on this trip is Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey) the base's unsophisticated computer and the odd recorded message sent from home. As his contract nears termination Sam starts suffering from crippling headaches and vivid hallucinations which lead to a near-fatal accident in a lunar rover. But while he's recovering back at the base he makes a shocking discovery: a younger version of himself has arrived to fulfil the same contract Sam started all that time ago. Is the second Sam just another hallucination or something altogether more sinister?
Star Trek The Original Series: Complete | DVD | (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'.
Star Wars - The Clone Wars | DVD | (08/12/2008)
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Star Wars: Clone Wars will be an expansion and continuation of the similarly-named 2003 TV series which picked up where the theatrical feature Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones left off as an epic civil war rages. It will feature the various conflicts between the Galactic Republic led by Supreme Chancellor Palpatin and the Confederacy of Independent Systems led by Count Dooku and General Grievous.
Firefly - The Complete Series | DVD | (19/04/2004)
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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
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant | DVD | (01/03/2010)
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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
The X Files: Season 1 | DVD | (11/10/2004)
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In the first season of The X Files, creator Chris Carter was uncertain of the series' future, so each of the episodes is a self-contained suspense story; they do not delve deep into the ongoing X Files mythology or turn to self-parody and humour as do episodes in later seasons. Yet, these episodes display the elements for which the show would become famous: the cinematic production values and top-notch special effects, the stark lighting of the Vancouver sets, the atmospheric halo of Mark Snow's score, and the clever plots dealing with subjects ranging from the occult, religion, and monsters to urban legends, conspiracy theories and science fiction. Most importantly, Season 1 introduces FBI agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox "Spooky" Mulder (David Duchovny), two of the most attractive government officials around. Scully is the serious-minded medical scientist assigned to join Mulder on the X Files, a division of the FBI dealing with the paranormal. Mulder is the intuitive thinker with a dry wit, a passionate believer in the existence of paranormal phenomena and one of the few characters on television smart enough to figure out who the bad guy is before the audience does. Their muddled relationship, a deep friendship laced with sexual tension, provides the human heart in a world where the bizarre and horrible lurk in everyday society. The materials on the bonus disc provide some interesting trivia and background, but it is the 24 episodes themselves that make this seven-disc boxed set a true find. Those unfamiliar with The X Files often view all the fuss with the same scepticism with which Scully first regards her new partner's ideas. But just as she comes to realise the uncanny accuracy of Mulder's outlandish theories, newcomers to The X Files who sample a few episodes in this boxed set will likely find themselves riveted to their television late into the night. And undoubtedly, the shadows and creaking noises in the house that evening will seem more menacing than usual. --Eugene Wei
Yellow Submarine | DVD | (04/06/2012)
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Once upon a time, or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland; a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter, John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humour, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, the Fab Four tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.
Self/Less | DVD | (01/07/2017)
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The Day The Earth Caught Fire | DVD | (20/08/2001)
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When the Americans test a nuclear weapon at the South Pole at the exact moment that the Soviets are testing their own weapon at the North the earth's axis is jolted out of alignment causing catastrophic changes in global weather patterns. Additionally the earth has been dislodged from its orbit and is now hurtling towards the sun. It's a race against time as the world prepares for additional nuclear detonations which could restore life as we know it.
UFO: The Complete Series | Blu Ray | (14/11/2016)
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1980. After ten years development in top secrecy, SHADO Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation goes live. Its aim: to combat the threat of an alien invasion from a dying race who abduct humans to repair their own decaying bodies. SHADO's dedicated operatives fight a secret war against Earth's terrifying new menace: on land, sea, air and in space! The first live-action television series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, UFO remains a benchmark sci-fi production, featuring mature storylines and groundbreaking special effects. Long-awaited on Blu-ray, it is presented here in a stunning new High Definition restoration, with all 26 episodes offering original mono or 5.1 soundtracks, alongside a wealth of special features, including: SPECIAL FEATURES: From Earth to the Moon: brand new feature-length documentary with interviews, archive video, audio and stills - many of which have never been seen or heard before. The Women of UFO: new documentary discussing the improving sexual equality depicted in the series and the role of science fiction in striving for that change. Identified: SHADO New Recruits Briefing: a newly created SHADO briefing film narrated by Matt Zimmerman. Exclusive 600 page book on the making of the series by archive television historian Andrew Pixley. Dolby 5.1 audio mix as well as existing as-transmitted mono audio. Film material, including textless episode title backgrounds, textless end titles, stock footage, TV spots, extra footage for Identified and Exposed, unused footage from Timelash and The Long Sleep, Italian trailers. Audio commentaries: Identified with Gerry Anderson and Sub-Smash with Ed Bishop. S.I.D. Computer Voice Session and audio outtakes for these sessions and Kill Straker!. Archive Ed Bishop audio interview from 1986. Tomorrow Today: Future Fashions with Sylvia Anderson. Extensive image galleries including previously unseen images.
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.
V - The Mini Series | DVD | (08/04/2002)
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Nowadays, the word "event" is thrown around all too often when describing television programmes, but back in 1983 the debut of V: The Mini Series was a television event in the truest sense. The appearance of gigantic flying saucers over the world's largest cities heralds the arrival of aliens from a distant galaxy who look human and act benevolently. Of course, things aren't exactly what they seem, and when some suspicious humans start to question the visitors' intentions they uncover a vast alien conspiracy, along with some unusual culinary habits. Soon, the visitors have enslaved the Earth under their fascist rule, and small groups of human rebels are forced underground to fight for the freedom of their entire species. But with the future of the planet still in question the epic story comes to an abrupt end, forcing the viewer to wait for the resolution in V: The Final Battle and the on-going series. That's not to say that the original V isn't worth the price of admission: in over three hours, it manages to capture the spirit of the great classic science fiction of the 1950s and 60s. The feeling of paranoia and insecurity that runs throughout the whole thing makes it feel, at times, like an expanded episode of The Twilight Zone, only shinier (hey, it was the 1980s). The special effects were impressive for their day, inspiring similarly themed films in the 90s (the gigantic flying saucers were seen again in Independence Day, and the storage area of the mothership turns up in The X Files Movie and The Matrix). What does irritate, however, is the utter lack of subtlety in the allegorical storyline. In fact, it could only have been made more obvious by demanding that the entire cast wear "This is how it was in 1930s' Germany" t-shirts. But if V occasionally doesn't live up to its own high standards, it's still a remarkably high-quality slice of epic television drama. On the DVD: The picture is an impressive widescreen 1.85:1 ratio and the soundtrack is adequate Dolby stereo. The DVD boasts a feature-length commentary by writer and director Kenneth Johnson, as well as a 25-minute "Behind the Scenes" documentary. --Robert Burrow