ROUND UP

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

THE MAR­TIAN: EX­TENDED EDI­TION (3 Oc­to­ber, Blu-ray/DVD) adds ten min­utes to Ri­d­ley Scott’s astro­naut-in-peril not-re­ally-a-com­edy, but these mi­nor scene ex­ten­sions and char­ac­ter mo­ments don’t amount to much. The im­proved ex­tras now in­clude com­men­tary by Scott, the writer, and the au­thor of the novel; a six-part Mak­ing Of (four are new); three deleted scenes; and over two hours of Mars chat with Nasa types. 12 MON­KEYS SEA­SON TWO (3 Oc­to­ber, Blu-ray/ DVD) of­fers more fiendish but joy­less time travel para­doxes, with TV’s glummest cast try­ing to pre­vent evil forces chang­ing the time­line to cre­ate a red-forested utopia where all of time ex­ists at once. Less sci-fi and more tem­po­ral fan­tasy, it oc­ca­sion­ally pro­duces in­trigu­ing episodes, but over­all it’s an over­load of over­wrought plot­ting. SLEEPY HOL­LOW SEA­SON THREE (19 Septem­ber, DVD) re­ally should have sig­nalled the end for all con­cerned – es­pe­cially given its con­tro­ver­sial fi­nale. Some­how it’s limp­ing into a fourth year, but you may want to con­sider this its swan­song. Alas, it’s a rather av­er­age one, with vil­lain Pan­dora about as threat­en­ing as a damp bag of marsh­mal­lows. Fi­nally, we jumped the gun with our re­view of ITV six-parter THE FRANKEN­STEIN CHRON­I­CLES (3 Oc­to­ber, Blu-ray/DVD). Doh! See is­sue 271 for a lengthy ap­praisal, but in a nut­shell: “Rather good, sit­ting some­where be­tween a pe­riod True De­tec­tive and Penny Dread­ful … A valiant ef­fort to put a fresh spin on a well-worn tale.”

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