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Gerry An­der­son’s mid-’90s live-ac­tion show SPACE PRECINCT (out now, DVD) leaked out in a dozen vol­umes in the early noughties, but now there’s fi­nally a com­plete box set. Fol­low­ing a for­mer NYC cop on the planet Al­tor as he in­ves­ti­gates crimes both hu­man and alien, it plays very much like a gritty ’70s po­lice show, but with the ad­di­tion of crim­i­nals with ESP, ro­bots and fly­ing po­lice cars. Ac­tion-packed and sur­pris­ingly dark at times (but silly at oth­ers), it’s rea­son­ably good fun, but some of the rub­bery­look­ing crea­tures have not aged well. Any­one who, back in April, shelled out for the re­mas­tered Spe­cial Edi­tion DVD of THREADS (17 De­cem­ber, Blu-ray) is likely to get the hump now the BBC’s 1984 one-off about the out­break (and af­ter­math) of nu­clear war is un­ex­pect­edly get­ting a HD re­lease. This edi­tion in­cludes a new “di­rec­torap­proved widescreen edi­tion”, which can surely only un­der­mine the gloomy ’80s nos­tal­gia? We said: “The most har­row­ingly bleak drama ever broad­cast on the BBC... Its re­lent­less­ness is ex­haust­ing.” Fi­nally, HO­TEL TRAN­SYL­VA­NIA 3 (out now, 4K/Blu-ray/ DVD) sees Drac­ula (voiced by Adam San­dler) and fam­ily tak­ing a lux­ury cruise; un­be­knownst to him, the ship’s cap­tain be­longs to a dy­nasty of vam­pire hunters… We said: “Sounds like a so­porific sit­com spin-off of the ’70s, but it buzzes with car­toon en­ergy. There are oc­ca­sional dry patches and lame mo­ments, but the screen is im­pres­sively crammed with funny mon­sters.”

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