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Fantastic Four - The Extended Edition (Geoff's take)
02/08/2008. Region 2 DVD: 20th Century Fox 3621101000. 120 minute film with extras. Price: £ 3.00 (UK) when I found it in a supermarket). stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Julian McMahon.

Fantastic Four Special Edition DVD (Geoff's take)
01/02/2006. DVD: 20th Century Fox FG-96B 28667SE. 101 minute film plus extras. Price: £24.99 (UK) but check around for the best deal as it can be found for about £18.00 (UK)). stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahon.

Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer: 2 Disc Special Edition
01/06/2009. DVD region 2: pub: 20th Century Fox 3518901001. 2 DVDs 88 minute film with extras. Price: £ 6.00 (UK) if you look around. stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Julian McMahon.

Farscape 3.5 and 3.6
01/09/2002. Farscape Double DVD Box Set 3.3 - DVDs 3.5 and 3.6 Kult-TV: KLT81913. 183 minutes. Price: £19.99 (UK) Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simco, Wayne Pygram, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard & Lani Tupi.

Farscape Season 1 Limited Edition
01/11/2004. DVD: Hallmark KLT8910E. Price: £99.99 (UK) although it is possible to get it from half to two-thirds cheaper, so shop around for the best deal. stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey and Gigi Edgley.

Farscape: The Complete Season 2 Limited Edition
01/05/2005. DVD: Hallmark KLT89102. Price: £99.99 (UK) although it is possible to get it from half to two-thirds cheaper, so shop around for the best deal) stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey and Gigi Edgley.

Fermat's Room (La Habitación De Fermat): Mark's take
01/06/2009. Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopeña write and direct a very different sort of suspense film in the Spanish language, discovers Mark. Four strangers, mathematicians, must solve mathematics puzzles against a time limit. Each time they fail to solve the puzzle in time the walls of their room close in on them like the jaws of a vice. Can they solve the individual puzzles and the mystery of the room before being crushed to death?

Final Cut: Mark's Take
01/05/2005. Final Cut is intelligent and literate as very few science fiction films are, says Mark. Five percent of the population have chips implanted in their bodies that record and play back everything that they see and hear. Robin Williams plays a "cutter." A cutter copies the life movies of the recently departed and edits them down to one or two hour home movies.

Final Destination 3: Frank's Take
01/03/2006. The reliable formula for pitting carefree teens with terrorizing forces has been an instrumental plot device in the horror genre for what seems to be an eternity in cinema, says Frank. For some inexplicable reasoning, there's a perverse pleasure in watching clueless adolescents meet their Maker in slaughterhouse fashion. Is this some hidden grim wishful thinking that slyly comments on the welcomed eradication of expendable vapid youths?

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
01/09/2001. The Final Fantasy movie makes it to the big screen.

Finding Nemo (Frank's Take)
01/07/2003. In the movie Finding Nemo, our Frank finds a vibrant stroke of color and candidness in a simple little story based in Australia's Great Barrier Reef regarding the emotional connection between a worried father and his free-spirited son ... who both happen to be clownfish.

Fireball XL5 DVD boxset
01/07/2005. DVD: Carlton 37115 04233. 39 black and white episodes on 5 DVDs. 16.25 hours. Price: £26.95 but prices vary so check around for the best deal.

Fireball XL5 Special Edition
01/07/2009. DVD Region 2. Pub: Network B001VAF6SE. 6 DVDs 39 black and white episodes 975 minutes with colour extras. Price: £59.99 (UK).

Firefly - The Complete Series
01/09/2004. DVD: Twentieth Century Fox. 25498DVD. Price: £34.99 (UK) - shop around for the best deal.

Firestarter (1984)
01/10/2009. region 2 DVD. pub: Prism Leisure PPA1592. 115 minute film with no extras. Price: a couple quid - you don't have to wander far to get a nice price). stars: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott.

Fissure: Mark's take
01/09/2009. Paul Grunning was a good cop broken by a professional case that brought him personal tragedy. While trying to put is life back together he is sent to an odd house only to find reality breaking down on him. Anything outside his sight may not be there when he looks again from another angle. First-time director Russ Pond directs a script by first-time writer Nicholas Turner and creates a nice low-budget crime thriller with some nice science fiction turns. It is the kind of idea that would have made for a very good Twilight Zone episode, but fleshed out.

FlashForward: the complete series
01/10/2010. Region 2 DVD: pub: Walt Disney Company B002R59WN2. 5 DVDs 22 episodes with extras. Price: GBP35.99 (UK)) stars: Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Dominic Monaghan, Brian F. OE;Byrne, Courtney B. Vance and Christine Woods.

Flatland The Film: Mark's take
01/04/2007. Edwin Abbott's 1884 fantasy is adapted to the screen. Like the book the film seems deceptively simple. In Flatland the inhabitants are figures from plane geometry who do not believe there ever could be a third dimension. Abbott's political satire is updated for the screen, but the story loses none of its charm or its bite. This is a unique animated film that takes on race, gender, class, and political corruption while entertaining and perhaps even teaching a little mathematics.

Forbidden Planet: 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition
01/09/2007. Region 2 DVD. pub: MGM/Warner Bros Z1 66912. 2 DVDs 2 x 94 minute films with loads of extras. Price: £ 9.98 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielson and introducing Robby, the Robot.

Fred Claus (Frank's take)
01/12/2007. In Bad Santa, Billy Bob Thornton's obnoxious antics were cleverly utilised as an undercurrent cynicism for the holiday hoopla designed to plant a plastic smile on the consumerism craze that is the festive Christmas season. Now, says Frank, the anaemically kooky coal-in-the-stocking comedy Fred Claus feebly employs the same tactics ... but with less than mediocre results.

Freddy vs. Jason
01/10/2003. In an interesting yet sordid way, the invention of wanting to put together a couple of the big screen's most prolific slayers and have them duke it out for warped fun definitely had its advantages. After all, who wouldn't want to see the morbid mayhem between Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger and Friday the 13's Jason Voorhees?

From Other Worlds
01/02/2007. This light, amiable science fiction film has a woman encounter two kinds of aliens, finds Mark: one from the Ivory Coast and one really from out there. A Brooklyn housewife and mother is sort of permanently zoned out until she is focused by being abducted by aliens, having a romantic fling, and going on a quick mission to save the Milky Way Galaxy.

From Time To Time
01/04/2012. This is a kind of ghost story, but it is not a scare-fest. It is a reserved but compelling adventure involving ghosts and time travel as a World War II era boy finds his family's mansion is a gateway to a mysterious past that holds family secrets. It was written and directed by Julian Fellowes, who won an Academy Award for his writing of Gosford Park.

Fu Manchu Double Bill DVD: Castle Of Fu Manchu And Blood Of Fu Manchu
01/05/2007. region 2 DVD. Optimum Home Entertainment OPTD0814 180 minutes 2 films 90 minutes each. Price: £12.99 (UK). stars Christopher Lee.

Full Metal Alchemist 9: Pain And Lust. Episodes 33-36
01/06/2007. region2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films. FUN72211. 1 DVD 95 minutes 4 episodes plus extras. Price: £15.99 (UK).

Full Metal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror Of Shamballa
01/12/2009. Region2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films. FUN72216. 1 DVD 100 minute film plus extras. Price: £15.99 (UK).

Futureworld
02/03/2009. region 2 DVD. pub: Optimum Classic OPTD1442. 103 minute DVD with no extras. Price: £15.99 (UK). stars: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, John Ryan, Stuart Margolin and Yul Brynner.

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