Masters of Science Fiction in February

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Anchor Bay have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Masters of Science Fiction on 25th February 2008 priced at £19.99. From the creators of the “Masters of Horror” series comes Masters of Science Fiction, a six episode series of stand-alone films based on some of the sci-fi genre's most celebrated short stories and featuring a star-studded line-up of actors and directors. The series is hosted by Stephen Hawking.

Spread across two-discs, synopses for each of the shorts follows…

Adapted by Sam Egan (Jeremiah; The Outer Limits) from a short story by John Kessel, ‘A Clean Escape' is set in a not-too-distant post-Apocalyptic future where terminally ill psychiatrist Dr. Deanna Evans (Judy Davis) is quizzing a distinguished but befuddled man (Sam Waterston) who has no memory of the last 25 years. They mystery lies in what caused the man's memory lapse and why Dr. Evans so obsessed with uncovering his secret.

Written and directed by Michael Tolkin from a short story by Robert A. Heinlein (Starship Troopers), ‘Jerry Was A Man' sees the world's seventh richest couple, the Van Vogels, acquiring an anthropoid who awakens Mrs. Van Vogel's (Anne Heche) dormant compassion in a way that will change her life forever.

Based on ‘The General Zapped An Angel' by ‘Spartacus' author Howard Fast and starring Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order), ‘The Awakening' begins with a ferocious firefight outside of Baghdad, during which US soldiers discover a mysterious body - one that they can't even identify as human. Soon, all over the earth, more such creatures appear and begin to communicate a message that will ultimately force the world to choose between peace and destruction.

‘Little Brother' sees Walter Mosley (Devil In A Blue Dress) adapting his own short story about a future world where courtrooms exist without human judges or juries and automated justice is the law of the land. Facing a machine that is judge, jury, and executioner, one man must find a way to convince it of his innocence or find another way to save himself before time runs out.

Based on the renowned short story by the legendary Robert Sheckley (Freejack; Condorman), ‘Watchbird' stars Sean Astin (The Lord Of The Rings) and James Cromwell (Spider-Man 3) and asks the question: is it wise to sacrifice liberty in the name of security? In an attempt to solve a rapidly increasing crime rate, the government fills the skies with flying robotic droids that can prevent murders before they take place. What the Watchbirds cannot understand is that all life depends on a formula of carefully balanced killing.

Based on the short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison and scripted by Ellison and Academy Award nominee Josh Olson (A History of Violence), ‘The Discarded' is the ultimate story of despised minorities sentenced to drift in the darkness of outer space forever. As a last resort, born out of their loneliness and despair, they are forced to make an ominous pact with those responsible for their plight, in the hope that they will finally be offered refuge at home on Earth.

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