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  • FIREBALL XL5 - The Complete Series [DVD]FIREBALL XL5 - The Complete Series | DVD | (11/03/2013) from £15.99   |  Saving you £64.00 (80.00%)   |  RRP £79.99

    Languishing in the vaults for decades, during which time it became a semi-legendary show among TV fans of a certain age, Fireball XL5 (1962) was Gerry Anderson's second puppet-animation science fiction series, the direct forerunner of Stingray (1963) and Thunderbirds (1964). This is the show on which Anderson established the formula for his later classics: a pseudo-military organisation engaged in desperate Earth-saving adventures against overwhelming odds; superb model work; puppets with very obvious strings but endearing personalities; iconic music by Barry Gray; and absolutely massive explosions. Colonel Steve Zodiac pilots the coolest spaceship then seen on British TV, the titular Fireball XL5, and is joined by medical officer Venus, a forerunner of Lady Penelope voiced by Sylvia Anderson, and comedy relief Prof Matt Matic (David Graham). Along for the ride is Robert the Robot, a thinner version of Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956), a character who would soon turn up in Lost in Space (1965). The plots are ridiculous, with typically Cold War-era aliens routinely bent on planetary destruction for no reason, and there's zero attention to even rudimentary astronomy or anything else approaching actual science. Yet the gadgets, vehicles and puppetry are first-rate and the fast-paced, action-filled episodes are relentlessly entertaining. It's a cult just waiting to be reborn, and essential viewing for all Anderson fans. On the DVD: Fireball XL5 is presented with all 39 episodes (they run 25 minutes each) on five discs. Despite the colourful packaging, the episodes are all black and white, and the 4:3 picture is generally fine, though there are occasional instances of over-compression, which results in artefacting on smooth walls and the like. Some shots look a little soft, but detail is usually strong, making the models and puppets look better than ever. The mono sound is fine, if unremarkable. There are no extras beyond optional subtitles. --Gary S Dalkin

  • PopeyePopeye | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £2.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (401.34%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The sailor man with the spinach can! The legendary beloved anvil-armed sailor of the seven seas comes magically to life in this delightful musical starring Robin Williams as Popeye who meets all challenges with the unshakable philosophy 'i yam what I yam and that's all that I yam'. Shelley Duvall is Popeye's devoted long-limbed sweetie Olive Oil one of the familiar and loveable characters who joins Popeye in his adventures in the harbour town of Sweethaven. Meet Wimpy an

  • Winning London [2001]Winning London | DVD | (17/03/2003) from £5.38   |  Saving you £8.61 (61.50%)   |  RRP £13.99

    In Winning London, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are tasked with straightening out stalled romances and stifling an overactive competitive streak. The scene is set in London, where Chloe and Riley (Mary-Kate and Ashley), along with other members of their high school's Model UN team, are strutting their strategic mock peace-bringing stuff at an international competition. While Chloe captures the heart of an upper-crust English boy, Riley sets her sights on teammate Brian, who's clueless enough to call her kiddo. After a breakdown in her budding romance, Chloe, who's accustomed to winning, learns to chill out and consider the more sporting side of competitions. This being a Mary-Kate and Ashley vehicle, shopping for schoolgirl-swanky ensembles is involved, as is boogying with the boys at hot nightspots. Sightseeing excursions to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace among other places, feel thrown in as educational titbits for parents' sake; better to watch this purely for fun. --Tammy La Gorce, Amazon.com

  • Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade [1988]Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade | DVD | (12/05/2008) from £4.19   |  Saving you £5.80 (58.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The man with the hat is back. And this time he's brought his Dad. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade sees Harrison Ford don his rumpled fedora for the third time as Indiana Jones. When Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) goes missing whilst pursuing the Holy Grail the intrepid archaeologist - Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) must follow in his father's footsteps in order to find the mythical Holy Grail before the Nazis get their hands on it...

  • Thunderbirds Are Go - The Movie [1966]Thunderbirds Are Go - The Movie | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.35   |  Saving you £9.64 (60.30%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Thunderbirds Are Go followed the remarkable success of the Thunderbirds television series, bringing the three-dimensional puppet animation adventures of International Rescue to the big screen. Set in the 21st century, there is no attempt to explain the background story: as in the TV show International Rescue is a private family organisation who use hi-tech craft to rescue anyone in peril. Here it is the first manned flight to Mars which is in danger, as International Rescue foils a sabotage attempt at the launch, then race to avert disaster when the spaceship returns to earth. What could have made a 50-minute TV episode is expanded to feature length with Martian "rock monsters" and a surreal dream-sequence involving Alan Tracy, Lady Penelope and "Cliff Richard Jnr" & the Shadows, with a new song performed by the real Cliff and the Shadows. In the cinemas this was competing against another British children's TV SF spin-off, the equally colourful Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150AD, and would be followed by Thunderbird 6 (1968). Yet apart from more complex model work, a bigger orchestra and even bigger explosions, on TV this plays like a widescreen double-length episode. On the DVD: The mono sound is powerful, with Barry Gray's stirring music suffering intermittent distortion. Presented in anamorphic widescreen the picture is very good, with strong colours and only minimal grain, though the print does show occasional damage. Unfortunately the original extremely wide 2.74:1 Techniscope image is cropped to more conventional 2.35:1, to the extent that the careful compositions are noticeably damaged, which director David Lane refers to in his joint commentary with producer Sylvia Anderson (who also played Lady Penelope). 35 years after the event their commentary is packed with details of the filming process and full of information about the many problems of and solutions to making an animated feature. Both Anderson fans and budding animators will find this a real education. The original, rather battered, trailer is included, as are galleries of behind the scenes photos, promotional artwork and posters. Altogether it's rather FABulous. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [1966]Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £35.00   |  Saving you £40.99 (53.90%)   |  RRP £75.99

    First broadcast in 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was the most grown-up of all Gerry Anderson's SuperMarionation adventures. There are gadgets and toy-friendly machines galore, of course--like the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, the Angel Aircraft and Cloudbase itself--but, unlike the colourful fantasies of Stingray and Thunderbirds, this series' concern with an implacable, vengeful enemy, conspiracies and double-agents drew its inspiration from James Bond and the Cold War spy dramas of the 1960s. Special effects whiz Derek Meddings imbues the action sequences with a truly Bondian grandeur and, like the sinister Spectre of the Bond films, the Martian Mysterons seem all the more hostile for their unseen presence, their agents infiltrating every organisation dedicated to their destruction just as it seemed the Soviets were doing at the time. The indestructible Captain Scarlet is killed then resurrected every week (though not like South Park's Kenny), and more often than not the unstoppable Mysterons emerge triumphant, and always undefeated. The varied cast of Spectrum agents and their voice characterisations also aim at verisimilitude (Captain Scarlet, voiced by Francis Matt hews, sounds like a grim Cary Grant), while the puppetry is more realistic than ever. This box set contains all 32 episodes, with newly remastered picture and Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The DVD box also includes extra features on each disc, plus a sixth documentary disc, "Captain Scarlet: S.I.G.". In its new digital incarnation, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons still looks and sounds like the epitome of 60s cool. --Mark Walker

  • Scarface [1932]Scarface | DVD | (05/12/2005) from £9.99   |  Saving you £2.00 (25.03%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Generally regarded to be the best - and most brutal - of the classic gangster films Scarface tells the story of orginised crime's pinch on the city of Chicago during prohibition. Paul Muni plays Tony Carmonte an ambitious hood with a Napoleonic urge to fight his way to number one gang boss. When the last of the old-style crime bosses is brutally slain down the finger is pointed at Tony and Johnny Loro a rival gangster. However Tony's desire to move up the ladder i

  • Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird Six [1966]Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird Six | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £7.99   |  Saving you £-2.67 (-50.20%)   |  RRP £5.32

    Stand by for another action-packed adventure from the amazing international rescue team! Thunderbirds Are Go: The excitement begins as Zero X a 21st Century spacecraft is leaving the earth's atmosphere bound for Mars with five men on board. The craft is suddenly blasted by a mysterious explosion. Sabotage! Can the Tracy team uncover the perpetrators and save the next launch? Thunderbird Six: The trouble begins when rescue team member Alan Tracy sets out on a holida

  • Mr Majestyk [1974]Mr Majestyk | DVD | (03/05/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (27.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Majestyk is an ex-con and Vietnam vet whose efforts to run a farm are thwarted by narrow-minded locals and corrupt cops. But when a Mafia hitman (Al Lettieri) destroys Majestyk's crop the farmer's fuse is finally blown. With his rifle in hand and his girlfriend (Linda Cristal) at the wheel he goes after the syndicate assassin and from high-speed backroad chases to an explosive backwoods confrontation mobster and maverick stalk each other...

  • Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - Vol. 5 - Episodes 15-18 [1969]Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - Vol. 5 - Episodes 15-18 | DVD | (18/02/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Episodes include: The Man From Nowhere: A stranger enters Jean's flat and claims to be her husband... When The Spirit Moves You: Marty demonstrates how a ghost detective can sometimes do better than his mortal counterparts... Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave: Marty finds himself accusing his partner of seeing things! Could You Recognise the Man Again? Jeff and Jean are non-plussed to find a dead body in the back seat of their car...

  • Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons - Vol. 2 - Episodes 7 To 12 [1966]Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons - Vol. 2 - Episodes 7 To 12 | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £7.53   |  Saving you £8.46 (52.90%)   |  RRP £15.99

    First broadcast in 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was the most grown-up of all Gerry Anderson's SuperMarionation adventures. There are gadgets and toy-friendly machines galore, of course--like the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, the Angel Aircraft and Cloudbase itself--but, unlike the colourful fantasies of Stingray and Thunderbirds, this series' concern with an implacable, vengeful enemy, conspiracies and double-agents drew its inspiration from James Bond and the Cold War spy dramas of the 1960s. Special effects whiz Derek Meddings imbues the action sequences with a truly Bondian grandeur and, like the sinister Spectre of the Bond films, the Martian Mysterons seem all the more hostile for their unseen presence, their agents infiltrating every organisation dedicated to their destruction just as it seemed the Soviets were doing at the time. The indestructible Captain Scarlet is killed then resurrected every week (though not like South Park's Kenny), and more often than not the unstoppable Mysterons emerge triumphant, and always undefeated. The varied cast of Spectrum agents and their voice characterisations also aim at verisimilitude (Captain Scarlet, voiced by Francis Matt hews, sounds like a grim Cary Grant), while the puppetry is more realistic than ever. Now with newly remastered picture and Dolby 5.1 surround sound, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons still looks and sounds like the epitome of 60s cool. --Mark Walker

  • Winning London [2001]Winning London | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    In Winning London, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are tasked with straightening out stalled romances and stifling an overactive competitive streak. The scene is set in London, where Chloe and Riley (Mary-Kate and Ashley), along with other members of their high school's Model UN team, are strutting their strategic mock peace-bringing stuff at an international competition. While Chloe captures the heart of an upper-crust English boy, Riley sets her sights on teammate Brian, who's clueless enough to call her kiddo. After a breakdown in her budding romance, Chloe, who's accustomed to winning, learns to chill out and consider the more sporting side of competitions. This being a Mary-Kate and Ashley vehicle, shopping for schoolgirl-swanky ensembles is involved, as is boogying with the boys at hot nightspots. Sightseeing excursions to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace among other places, feel thrown in as educational titbits for parents' sake; better to watch this purely for fun. --Tammy La Gorce, Amazon.com

  • Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons - Vol. 3 - Episodes 13 To 18 [1966]Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons - Vol. 3 - Episodes 13 To 18 | DVD | (12/11/2001) from £12.97   |  Saving you £3.02 (18.90%)   |  RRP £15.99

    First broadcast in 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was the most grown-up of all Gerry Anderson's SuperMarionation adventures. There are gadgets and toy-friendly machines galore, of course--like the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, the Angel Aircraft and Cloudbase itself--but, unlike the colourful fantasies of Stingray and Thunderbirds, this series' concern with an implacable, vengeful enemy, conspiracies and double-agents drew its inspiration from James Bond and the Cold War spy dramas of the 1960s. Special effects whiz Derek Meddings imbues the action sequences with a truly Bondian grandeur and, like the sinister Spectre of the Bond films, the Martian Mysterons seem all the more hostile for their unseen presence, their agents infiltrating every organisation dedicated to their destruction just as it seemed the Soviets were doing at the time. The indestructible Captain Scarlet is killed then resurrected every week (though not like South Park's Kenny), and more often than not the unstoppable Mysterons emerge triumphant, and always undefeated. The varied cast of Spectrum agents and their voice characterisations also aim at verisimilitude (Captain Scarlet, voiced by Francis Matt hews, sounds like a grim Cary Grant), while the puppetry is more realistic than ever. Now with newly remastered picture and Dolby 5.1 surround sound, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons still looks and sounds like the epitome of 60s cool. --Mark Walker

  • Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1 To 6 [1966]Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1 To 6 | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £8.39   |  Saving you £7.60 (47.50%)   |  RRP £15.99

    First broadcast in 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was the most grown-up of all Gerry Anderson's SuperMarionation adventures. There are gadgets and toy-friendly machines galore, of course--like the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, the Angel Aircraft and Cloudbase itself--but, unlike the colourful fantasies of Stingray and Thunderbirds, this series' concern with an implacable, vengeful enemy, conspiracies and double-agents drew its inspiration from James Bond and the Cold War spy dramas of the 1960s. Special effects whiz Derek Meddings imbues the action sequences with a truly Bondian grandeur and, like the sinister Spectre of the Bond films, the Martian Mysterons seem all the more hostile for their unseen presence, their agents infiltrating every organisation dedicated to their destruction just as it seemed the Soviets were doing at the time. The indestructible Captain Scarlet is killed then resurrected every week (though not like South Park's Kenny), and more often than not the unstoppable Mysterons emerge triumphant, and always undefeated. The varied cast of Spectrum agents and their voice characterisations also aim at verisimilitude (Captain Scarlet, voiced by Francis Matt hews, sounds like a grim Cary Grant), while the puppetry is more realistic than ever. Now with newly remastered picture and Dolby 5.1 surround sound, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons still looks and sounds like the epitome of 60s cool. --Mark Walker

  • Fireball XL5 - The Complete Series - Special Edition [DVD] [1962]Fireball XL5 - The Complete Series - Special Edition | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £68.83   |  Saving you £-8.84 (-14.70%)   |  RRP £59.99

    Set in the year 2063 Fireball XL5 charts the interplanetary adventures of a spacecraft and its crew handsome blonde pilot Steve Zodiac and the glamorous blonde space doctor Venus a maths genius and a robot! Fireball XL5 was part of a World Space Fleet based at Space City an island in the Pacific Ocean run by Commander Zero and Lieutenant Ninety. Its mission to patrol sector 25 of the universe beyond the solar system. The biggest craft of its kind the 300 metre long XL5 had a detatchable nose cone called Fireball Junior used for landings while the mothership was in orbit. Colonel Steve Zodiac the dynamic pilot of Fireball XL5 is ably assisted by Professor Matthew 'Matt' Mattic XL5's bespectacled naviagtor and scientific officier Venus the crew's medical expert and Steve's romantic interest Zoonie a strange looking creature called a Lazoon who is Venus' pet Robert the Robot the transparent mechanical companion and co-pilot to Steve Commander Zero the head of Space City.

  • Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1 And 2 [1969]Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1 And 2 | DVD | (10/07/2000) from £12.98   |  Saving you £-2.99 (-29.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The twist of this private-eye show is that in the first episode, gumshoe Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed off by the villains, subsequently popping up in an immaculate white suit as a ghost visible only to his hardboiled partner Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt). In theory, the supernatural streak--which meant a complex set of rules about Marty's appearances and effects on the physical world--should lead the show into wilder territory, but most episodes squander the team's unique abilities on ordinary cases about blackmail and murder-for-profit. A persistent subplot has the living Jeff getting cosy with the dead Marty's widow Jean (Annette Andre) to the discomfort of her late husband. The elementary effects and the nice underplaying of the leads have a certain period charm, and the show could afford a high calibre of special guest villains and dolly birds. A recent remake with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hasn't obliterated memories of the original. This disc contains episodes one and two: "My Late Lamented Friend and Partner" and "A Disturbing Case". --Kim Newman

  • Fireball XL5 - The Complete Series [1962]Fireball XL5 - The Complete Series | DVD | (20/10/2003) from £24.29   |  Saving you £15.70 (64.64%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Languishing in the vaults for decades, during which time it became a semi-legendary show among TV fans of a certain age, Fireball XL5 (1962) was Gerry Anderson's second puppet-animation science fiction series, the direct forerunner of Stingray (1963) and Thunderbirds (1964). This is the show on which Anderson established the formula for his later classics: a pseudo-military organisation engaged in desperate Earth-saving adventures against overwhelming odds; superb model work; puppets with very obvious strings but endearing personalities; iconic music by Barry Gray; and absolutely massive explosions. Colonel Steve Zodiac pilots the coolest spaceship then seen on British TV, the titular Fireball XL5, and is joined by medical officer Venus, a forerunner of Lady Penelope voiced by Sylvia Anderson, and comedy relief Prof Matt Matic (David Graham). Along for the ride is Robert the Robot, a thinner version of Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956), a character who would soon turn up in Lost in Space (1965). The plots are ridiculous, with typically Cold War-era aliens routinely bent on planetary destruction for no reason, and there's zero attention to even rudimentary astronomy or anything else approaching actual science. Yet the gadgets, vehicles and puppetry are first-rate and the fast-paced, action-filled episodes are relentlessly entertaining. It's a cult just waiting to be reborn, and essential viewing for all Anderson fans. On the DVD: Fireball XL5 is presented with all 39 episodes (they run 25 minutes each) on five discs. Despite the colourful packaging, the episodes are all black and white, and the 4:3 picture is generally fine, though there are occasional instances of over-compression, which results in artefacting on smooth walls and the like. Some shots look a little soft, but detail is usually strong, making the models and puppets look better than ever. The mono sound is fine, if unremarkable. There are no extras beyond optional subtitles. --Gary S Dalkin

  • How To Make A Monster [1958]How To Make A Monster | DVD | (26/05/2003) from £15.98   |  Saving you £-2.99 (-23.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Peter Drummond has been chief of make up at a Hollywood studio for 25 years. When his services are abruptly dispensed with Drummond takes his revenge on the callous heads of the studio by hypnotising a couple of actors and bringing his murderous creations Teenage Frankenstein and Teenage Werewolf to life!

  • Wild About Harry [2001]Wild About Harry | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £10.98   |  Saving you £-4.99 (-83.30%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Brendan Gleeson stars as Harry McKee, a TV celebrity, a drunk, and an unfaithful slob. But the night before his wife is to divorce him Harry is attacked and wakes up with no memory beyond being 18. Will Harry be able to get it right second time around?

  • Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - Vol. 2 - All No Work And No Pay / Never Trust A Ghost [1969]Randall And Hopkirk Deceased - Vol. 2 - All No Work And No Pay / Never Trust A Ghost | DVD | (12/02/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    It's good to have a ghost on your side in the private eye business especially in cases when an invisible ally can really turn the tide in your favour. Mike Pratt plays Jeff Randall and Kenneth Cope is his ghostly partner Marty Hopkirk cursed to wander the earth for 100 years. Episode 3 - All Work and No Pay: Poor Jean is plagued by a poltergeist. She is convinced that it is Marty's ghost trying to get in touch with her and suspicious spiritualists the Foster Brothers to try to establish contact. Episode 4 - Never Trust a Ghost: Wandering the streets of London one night Marty witnesses a man Howarth being shot dead in his home. Jeff summons the police but Howarth appears alive and well... Marty however is unconvinced. Episode 5 - That's How Murder Snowballs: A Russian roulette act at a music hall goes horribly wrong when the mind reader is shot dead in front of the audience including Jeff and Marty! Special Guest Star: David Jason. Episode 6 - Just For The Record: Jeff and Jean act as escorts at an international beauty contest. During a sightseeing tour Marty's suspicions are aroused by Miss London's odd behaviour.

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