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  • Doctor Who The Complete Series 10 [DVD] [2017] Doctor Who The Complete Series 10 | DVD | (13/11/2017) from £30.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A TIME FOR HEROES Peter Capaldi embarks on his thrilling final chapter at the Twelfth Doctor; joined by new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and returning favourite Nardole (Matt Lucas). Fantastic adventures and terrifying monsters await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama. Expect laughter, danger and exhilarating escapades in this final season under the helm of lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Episodes: The Return of Doctor Mysterio The Pilot Smile Thin Ice Knock Knock Oxygen Extremis The Pyramid at the End of the World The Lie of the Land Empress of Mars The Eaters of Light World Enough and Time The Doctor Falls Extras: Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero Knock Knock binaural sound Becoming the Companion Out of This World Who's There? Rona Munro A Modern Classic The Finale Falls Inside Looks Deleted Scenes Audio Commentaries Doctor Who: The Fan Show After Shows Doctor Who: The Finale Countdown

  • Doctor Who The Complete Series 10 BD [Blu-ray] [2017] Doctor Who The Complete Series 10 BD | Blu Ray | (13/11/2017) from £36.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A TIME FOR HEROES Peter Capaldi embarks on his thrilling final chapter at the Twelfth Doctor; joined by new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and returning favourite Nardole (Matt Lucas). Fantastic adventures and terrifying monsters await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama. Expect laughter, danger and exhilarating escapades in this final season under the helm of lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Episodes: The Return of Doctor Mysterio The Pilot Smile Thin Ice Knock Knock Oxygen Extremis The Pyramid at the End of the World The Lie of the Land Empress of Mars The Eaters of Light World Enough and Time The Doctor Falls Extras: Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero Knock Knock binaural sound Becoming the Companion Out of This World : - ) Who's There? Rona Munro A Modern Classic The Finale Falls Inside Looks Deleted Scenes Audio Commentaries Doctor Who: The Fan Show After Shows Doctor Who: The Finale Countdown

  • STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION COM RE-PAC [DVD] STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION COM RE-PAC | DVD | (27/06/2014) from £34.99  |  Saving you £165.00 (82.50%)  |  RRP £199.99

    Star Trek: The Next Generation was and remains a milestone in TV history. Now you can enjoy the breathtaking universe of the USS Enterprise D in all its richness and diversity with this special 20th Anniversary collector's gift set. All seven seasons across 48 DVDs with a special disc of bonus features. Relive every adventure every memorable moment from this groundbreaking series that re-launched the Star Trek legacy to a new generation - the next generation! Make it so!

  • Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI)  [Blu-ray] Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011) from £46.99  |  Saving you £43.00 (47.80%)  |  RRP £89.99

    This is what you've all been waiting for: the complete Star Wars saga is finally coming to Blu-ray! See the ice planet Hoth and Mos Eisley Spaceport in beautiful high definition for the first time. Featuring all 6 films and over 30 hours of extras and an, this box set is a force to be reckoned with. Titles Comprise:Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The opening chapter in the fabled Star Wars saga: two Jedi knights, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), must rescue the young Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) and help her save her home planet, Naboo, which is under blockade by the ruthless trade federation. When the federation attacks, the Jedi spirit the queen away to relative safety on the desert planet of Tattooine. It is there that Qui-Gon discovers a boy, enslaved by evil gambler Watto, who has the potential to become the most powerful of the Jedi. His name: Anakin Skywalker.Episode II - Attack Of The Clones: Anakin Skywalker disobeys the strictures of his Jedi training, embarking of a forbidden affair with Padme Amidala while his teacher Obi-Wan Kenobi's investigation of assassination attempts against the Senator leads him to the distant planet of Kamino and into the middle of a separatist plot which brings the Galactic Republic to the very brink of civil war...Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith: As the Clone Wars rages on, the rift between Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Jedi Council widens. Young Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), is caught in the middle, his allegiances torn. Seduced by promises of power and the temptations of the dark side, he pledges himself to the evil Darth Sidious and the Sith Order, becoming Darth Vader. Together, the Sith Lords set in motion a plot of revenge against the Jedi, in an attempt to destroy them all. Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), refusing to believe that Anakin is lost to the Sith, tries to turn his old Padawan learner back to the light side, leading to a climactic lightsaber battle that will shape the fate of the galaxy forever.Episode IV - A New Hope: Luke Skywalker, a young farm boy from Tatooine, is thrust into the struggle of the rebel alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Three years later, Imperial forces continue to pursue the rebels. After the rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the Dark Side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin... Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi: In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station.

  • UFO: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] UFO: The Complete Series | Blu Ray | (14/11/2016) from £42.96  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    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.

  • STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE COMPLETE RE-PA [DVD] STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE COMPLETE RE-PA | DVD | (27/06/2014) from £44.99  |  Saving you £155.00 (77.50%)  |  RRP £199.99

    STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.01(92/93)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.02(93/94)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.03(94/95)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.04(95/96)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.05(96/97)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.06(97/98)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.07(98/99)-

  • Space: 1999: The Complete Series [DVD] [Blu-ray] Space: 1999: The Complete Series | Blu Ray | (16/10/2017) from £39.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    September 13th, 1999... a nuclear waste dump on the moon unexpectedly detonates, blasting the moon out of orbit and taking the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on a fantastic voyage of discovery to the stars, fraught with danger at every turn! Gerry Anderson's cult sci-fi series is presented here as stunning restorations from original film elements, giving an exceptional level of picture quality Space: 1999 has never looked better. Special Features: Digitally restored from new High Definition transfers Newly remixed Dolby 5.1 tracks Music-only tracks on most episodes Original 'as broadcast' mono track Gerry Anderson commentary on Breakaway and Dragon's Domain Text episode commentaries on The Last Sunset and Space Brain Image galleries of rare and previously unseen stills Restored Series One textless titles Unfinished Generic Textless Opening Titles Textless Episode Material (Mute) Textless End Titles Seed of Destruction Series One Version: a second series episode presented in the style of the first series

  • Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) | DVD | (20/09/2004) from £17.99  |  Saving you £12.14 (27.00%)  |  RRP £44.99

    Four-disc set includes: Episode IV, A New Hope (Special Edition)--with commentary by George Lucas, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min) Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition)--with commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min) Episode VI, Return of the Jedi (Special Edition)--commentary by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min) Bonus disc: all-new bonus features, including the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced on the Star Wars saga, and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three filmsSubitles (all material across all four discs): English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish Click here to see detailed information on the special features included on the bonus disc. Amazon.co.uk Review George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy is a clever synthesis of pop-cultural and mythological references, taking classic fairy-tale themes, adding more than a dash of Arthurian legend, and providing cinematic high adventure inspired as much by Kurosawa's Samurai epics as by Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. As a result, audiences of all ages can find something to identify with in Luke Skywalker's journey from disaffected teenager dreaming of adventure to Jedi Knight and saviour of the galaxy. He not only rescues a Princess, but discovers she's a close relative. And if there's a lesson to be gleaned from the Skywalker clan, it's that no matter how bad things get in the average dysfunctional family, it's never too late for reconciliation. Originally released in 1977, Star Wars, the first film, was made as a standalone. Perhaps that's why Obi-Wan Kenobi seems a tad inconsistent in his attitude towards his old pupil Anakin Skywalker, and perhaps also why Luke is allowed to develop a guilt-free crush on Princess Leia. Lucas's story, told from the point of view of the two bickering droids (a device taken from Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress), also borrows freely from Errol Flynn's Robin Hood, as does John Williams's seminal Korngold-inspired music score. Thanks in equal part to Leigh Brackett's screenplay and Irvin Kershner's direction The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is the most grown-up instalment in the series. The basic fairy-tale is developed and expanded, with the principal characters experiencing emotional turmoil--blossoming romance, mixed feelings and confused loyalties--amid a very real threat of annihilation as Darth Vader's motivations become chillingly personal. Luke's quasi-Arthurian destiny is complicated still further by the half-truths of his wizardly mentors; and swashbuckler Han Solo finds the past catching up with him, quite literally in the form of bounty hunter Boba Fett. The film is graced by more fabulous landscapes (ice, forest, clouds), more unforgettable new characters (Yoda), more groundbreaking special effects (the asteroid chase), and John Williams's finest score. The difficult third film, 1983's Return of the Jedi, seems schizophrenic in its intentions, hoping to please both the kiddies who bought all the toys and an older audience who appreciated the narrative's epic and mythological strands. The result is a film that splits awkwardly into two. One thread, which might be subtitled "The Redemption of Anakin Skywalker", pursues the story of the Skywalker family to a cathartic conclusion. The other thread, which might be described as "The Care Bears Go to War", attempts to say something profound about primitivism versus technological sophistication, but just gets silly as furry midgets doing Tarzan whoops defeat the Emperor's crack legions. In 1997 Lucas re-released the three original films in digitally remastered "Special Edition" versions, in which many scenes have been restored and enhanced (some would say "unnecessarily tinkered with"). Despite loud and continued criticisms from fans, these Special Editions are now considered definitive, if only by Lucasfilm. --Mark Walker

  • Space: 1999: The Complete Series [DVD] Space: 1999: The Complete Series | DVD | (16/10/2017) from £35.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    September 13th, 1999... a nuclear waste dump on the moon unexpectedly detonates, blasting the moon out of orbit and taking the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on a fantastic voyage of discovery to the stars, fraught with danger at every turn! Gerry Anderson's cult sci-fi series is presented here as stunning restorations from original film elements, giving an exceptional level of picture quality Space: 1999 has never looked better. Special Features: Digitally restored from new High Definition transfers Newly remixed Dolby 5.1 tracks Music-only tracks on most episodes Original 'as broadcast' mono track Gerry Anderson commentary on Breakaway and Dragon's Domain Text episode commentaries on The Last Sunset and Space Brain Image galleries of rare and previously unseen stills

  • The Sinbad Trilogy (Dual Format Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] The Sinbad Trilogy (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (26/06/2017) from £40.09  |  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

  • The Wonderful Worlds Of Ray Harryhausen, Volume One: 1955-1960 (Dual Format Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] The Wonderful Worlds Of Ray Harryhausen, Volume One: 1955-1960 (Dual Format Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (29/09/2017) from £40.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.

  • Buffy Complete Season 1-7 - 20th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [2017] Buffy Complete Season 1-7 - 20th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (18/09/2017) from £34.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The teen years can be brutal. Especially when you're Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) a Sunnydale High School student destined to slay supernatural, blood-sucking baddies instead of hanging out at the mall. Over the seven seasons of this thrilling, witty show, Buffy struggles to maintain allies in the fight against evil, while also engaging in on-off romances with a moody vampire (David Boreanaz) or two (James Marsters). Now you can own this 39-disc set containing all 144 episodes of one of the smartest, funniest, most action-packed series ever to slay on the small screen also starring Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head and Nicholas Brendon. Special Features: Join Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Angel, Spike, Cordelia and Dawn for hours and hours of high voltage vampire action! Enjoy all 144 episodes over seven seasons on 39 discs. Cast and crew commentaries Featurettes Outtakes Easter eggs Trailers Cast biographies Photo galleries Episode Scripts Karaoke sing alongs

  • The Champions: The Complete Series (Repackaged) [DVD] The Champions: The Complete Series (Repackaged) | DVD | (08/04/2010) from £28.99  |  Saving you £29.60 (49.30%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Craig Sterling (Damon) Sharron Macready (Bastedo) and Richard Barrett (Gaunt) are agents for an international intelligence organisation called NEMESIS. After a plane crash and being rescued by an unknown civilisation the trio make their way back Geneva to continue their work only to discover they have mysteriously developed super-human abilities like telepathy amazing memories and abnormal strengths. Instead of telling anyone about these developments they keep their secret quiet but use their new powers to help complete a range of dangerous assignments... This 9 DVD box set features all 30 episodes from the ITC series The Champions. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Beginning 2. The Invisible Man 3. Reply Box No. 666 4. The Experiment 5. Happening 6. Operation Deep-Freeze 7. The Survivors 8. To Trap A Rat 9. The Iron Man 10. The Ghost Plane 11. The Dark Island 12. The Fanatics 13. Twelve Hours 14. The Search 15. The Gilded Cage 16. Shadow of the Panther 17. A Case of Lemmings 18. The Interrogation 19. The Mission 20. The Silent Enemy 21. The Body Snatchers 22. Get Me Out Of Here! 23. The Night People 24. Project Zero 25. Desert Journey 26. Full Circle 27. Nutcracker 28. The Final Countdown 29. The Gun-Runners 30. Autokill

  • Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £24.95  |  Saving you £31.01 (44.30%)  |  RRP £69.99

    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 O

  • Lost In Space - Season 1 [1965] Lost In Space - Season 1 | DVD | (23/02/2004) from £32.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (34.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    Lost in Space began life in 1965 as a science-fiction take on The Swiss Family Robinson. Produced by Irwin Allen, then in the midst of his run of spectacular-but-childish TV SF (before he became the master of big-screen disaster movies), the show featured a family of all-American space colonists cast away on a mysterious planet. Gradually the whole thing devolved into a silly (but sometimes fun) exercise in childish camp. This box set includes all 29 black and white episodes from the first season (with a burst of colour at the end of the last show--a foretaste of the garish look of the remaining two seasons) along with "No Place to Hide", the expensive pilot show that sold the series but which prompted Allen to revamp the whole premise in comic mode when network execs responded best to its unintended humour. "No Place to Hide" has action scenes that cropped up in the first six regular episodes but is missing several of the show's trademark aspects, most notably that infectious theme from Johnny Williams (later, John Williams of Star Wars fame) and the scheming presence of Dr Smith (Jonathan Harris) and his alternately menacing and comical robot ("It does not compute"). As the series progresses (or degenerates, depending on your taste), Harris's Smith changes from pantomime villain, a saboteur who is trying to kill the family, into pantomime dame, a panicky old idiot whose foolishness, cowardice and avarice are an endless source of plots. It mostly makes do with the regular cast plus an array of shaggy-suited, snarling aliens, but you do get sterling ham from visiting astronauts such as Warren Oates ("Welcome Stranger"), Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet ("War of the Robots") and a very young Kurt Russell ("The Challenge"). Stories about surviving on an alien world give way to lifts from fairy tale, myth and old movies as Smith gets hold of a wishing cap, becomes a giant, is chosen as a sacrificial king, turns the children over to an alien zoo, squeaks in fright as a werewolf approaches or is cursed with a platinum Midas touch. --Kim Newman

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum - Vol. 3 Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum - Vol. 3 | DVD | (20/06/2005) from £47.99  |  Saving you £-28.00 (-140.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The war against the Angels comes closer than ever before as new attacks target the individual members of NERV themselves! First a suspicious power failure leaves NERV defenseless and Shinji Asuka and Rei must find their way through an underground labyrinth to reach their Evas. Misato's sudden promotion becomes a nightmare as she finds herself responsible for helming NERV's attack on the largest Angel yet while Ritusko must race against time to decipher the secrets buried inside the

  • Space: 1999 - The Complete Second Series [Blu-ray] Space: 1999 - The Complete Second Series | Blu Ray | (28/09/2015) from £32.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    All 24 episodes from the second series of the popular sci-fi show. In 'The Metamorph' a team of Eagle pilots are captured on the planet Psychon by the ruthless Mentor (Brian Blessed). 'The Exiles' has the Alphans revive two aliens who turn out to be rebel leaders. 'One Moment of Humanity' sees Helena (Barbara Bain) and Tony (Tony Anholt) abducted by an alien (Billie Whitelaw) who plans to use them as blueprints for killer androids. In 'All That Glisters' Koenig (Martin Landau) leads a mission to a nearby planet in search of a mineral vital to the life support system on Moonbase Alpha. 'Journey to Where' has Koenig, Helena and Carter (Nick Tate) attempt to teletransport themselves to 22nd century Texas and end up in 14th century Scotland instead. 'The Taybor' sees Alpha visited by a travelling trader who wants to add Maya (Catherine Schell) to his collection of beautiful artefacts. 'The Rules of Luton' finds Koenig and Maya in trouble with the locals during a visit to Luton. 'The Mark of Archanon' has the Alphans discover two aliens frozen beneath the surface of the moon. 'Brian the Brain' sees the moonbase visited by an old Earth spaceship piloted by a lone computer called Brian (voiced by Bernard Cribbins). 'New Adam New Eve' finds Koenig, Helena, Maya and Tony caught up in the plans of one Simon Magus (Guy Rolfe), a cosmic magician who is attempting to discover the secret of life. In 'Catacombs of the Moon' engineer Patrick Osgood (James Laurenson) searches for a rare metal essential for the construction of the replacement heart needed to save the life of his wife Michelle (Pamela Stephenson). 'The AB Chrysalis' has Alpha surrounded by a mysterious ring of moons. 'Seeds of Destruction' sees Alpha endangered by Koenig's evil double. 'The Beta Cloud' finds a huge and terrible creature (Dave Prowse) on the rampage at the moonbase. 'Space Warp' has Maya afflicted with a terrible sickness which causes her to transform into various space monsters. 'A Matter of Balance'

  • Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £49.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (28.60%)  |  RRP £69.99

    This deluxe five-disc package shows off not only the merits of the films on offer but the wide possibilities of the DVD medium. Even if you're among the many that only rate two or three of the Alien films, this is still an essential purchase. (The jury is still out on the interesting-but-muddy Alien 3, directed by David Fincher--who went on to make Seven and Fight Club--while Alien: Resurrection by Jean-Pierre Jeunet of Delicatessen fame is the nearest the series has come to an ordinary movie.) Although more than 20 years old, Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) has hardly dated. It's a film of suspense and terror rather than action and excitement, as disturbing (if illogical) as ever, thanks to Swiss-artist HR Giger's visionary monster design, rooted by a clutch of interesting Anglo-American actors (Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt). Weaver, making her career breakthrough here, slowly emerges from the pack as the survivor, but the sequel, Aliens (1986), really puts her acting skills (for which she was Oscar-nominated) centre-screen, as the maternal warrior-woman whose compassion makes her fitter to survive than the gung-ho space marines. Titanic director James Cameron's action chops are demonstrated best in the series' duel between Ripley and the "bad mother" alien queen. Watched back-to-back, even the less-satisfying later films work as developments of Weaver's Ripley character, as she becomes a tired martyr in Alien 3 (1992) and is reborn as a part-alien clone in Alien: Resurrection (1997). In this box set, all four films are presented in widescreen aspect ratios derived from pristine prints allowing you to discern more in the shadows than you get in even the best video editions. The imaginatively designed interactive menus flash the logos and computer codes of Weyland-Yutani (the evil corporation in the films) helping you to "access transmission". The digital English soundtrack can be augmented with optional subtitles in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Icelandic (impress your friends by reeling off the Hebrew for "Get away from her, you bitch"). Alien has an informative audio commentary by Ridley Scott (whose obsession with detail, see for example his recent Gladiator, suits him perfectly to the task of talking you through his typically hyper-designed films). Also included are deleted scenes and outtakes (such as the until-now-legendary sequence showing the ship's captain in a cocoon, plus a few clearer looks at the original beastie), several trailers, tons of production paintings and stills, the storyboard, an alternate music track and the original score in isolation. The sequels all have trailers, but the extras diminish with each disc. The "Director's Cut" included on Aliens (17 crucial minutes longer than the original theatrical release, which means you find out Ripley's first name is Ellen) has an interview with Cameron and some backstage footage. Alien 3 contains a "making of" documentary that actually covers all three films, while Alien: Resurrection only has a brief making-of "featurette" (oddly, neither Alien 3's director Fincher nor Resurrection's Jean-Pierre Jeunet are interviewed, and Jeunet isn't even mentioned). An extra fifth disc, free with the set, contains "The Alien Legacy", an hour-long documentary on the making of the first film, concentrating on the script, design, effects, production and direction. --Kim Newman

  • Ergo Proxy: Volumes 1-6 [Blu-ray] Ergo Proxy: Volumes 1-6 | Blu Ray | (12/12/2016) from £35.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Beneath its idyllic surface, the futuristic, utopian domed city of Romdo is not all that it seems. Even in seemingly impenetrable perfection, the human spirit cannot be contained and evil cannot be restrained. Faced with demons both metaphysical and corporeal Re-l Mayer, a female detective who works for the Civilian Intelligence Office, must uncover the truths behind Romdo's secrets in ERGO PROXY.

  • Babylon 5: Season 2 Babylon 5: Season 2 | DVD | (26/05/2003) from £46.09  |  Saving you £8.90 (16.20%)  |  RRP £54.99

    Captain John Sheridan (Bruce Boxlietner) arrives on Babylon 5 in the first episode of the second series, "Points of Departure", which marks the handing over of command of B5 to Sheridan from Commander Jeffery Sinclair (actor Michael O'Hare had become a victim of studio politicians who wanted a bigger star in the leading role). This excellent instalment also reveals more about why the Minbari surrendered to Earth at the Battle of the Line when they were on the verge of victory. "Revelations" explains that Sheridan's wife, Anna, died during an archaeological survey of the world Z'ha'dum, the name being just one of many oblique references to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. "The Geometry of Shadows" introduces the Technomages, characters who featured more significantly in the ill-fated spin-off series Crusade (1999), while "The Coming of Shadows" proved to be Babylon 5's finest hour. The story of political intrigue foreshadowing the fate of two of the major characters won the Hugo award for the Best Dramatic Presentation at the 1996 World Science Fiction Convention and proved so powerful that J Michael Straczynski included it in his Complete Book of Scriptwriting. "And Now for a Word" takes the unusual step of presenting a day-in-the-life of B5 seen through the eyes of a TV news crew, just as the Narn declare war on the Centauri. The inclusion of a PSI-Corps commercial paid homage to Paul Verhoeven's satirical ads in Robocop (1987). In "In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum", Sheridan learns that Morden was on the ship on which Anna died, this episode seeing the Captain pushed to his limits by grief and determination to discover why Morden survived. Three exceptional shows conclude the year. The Narn-Centauri war escalates in "The Long, Twilight Struggle", Sheridan faces a most unusual ordeal in "Comes the Inquisitor", while in "The Fall of Night" all hope of peace is shattered as a nerve-wracking assassination attempt reveals a startling secret about Ambassador Kosh. On the DVD: Babylon 5--Series 2 presents all 22 episodes anamorphically enhanced at 16:9, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Originally shot with eventual widescreen presentation in mind, the programmes looks far better than they did when broadcast. The effects shots, reformatted from full-screen CGI, show occasional pixilation, but the new compositions are more dynamic than the old 4:3. Always a show with powerful audio, the remixed soundtrack is rich and involving, if lacking in the bass punch and complex layering of much more expensive cinema productions. Extras are an introduction to Series 2 (eight mins) and Building Babylon: Blueprint of an Episode (13 mins), is a perfunctory promotional piece. More interesting is Shadows and Dreams, an eight-minute feature on B5's two Hugo Awards. Three episodes have commentaries, with J Michael Straczynski examining the politics, mythology and production of In the Shadow of Z'Ha'Dum and The Fall of Night, and stars Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian and Jerry Doyle have a decidedly low-brow laugh-fest through The Geometry of Shadows. There is an alternative French soundtrack and subtitles for the hard-of-hearing. --Gary S Dalkin

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