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Special Issue #61 • ships from Dec 11 2003
News-stand Price UK £4.99 / US $9.99

365 days of Science Fiction and Fantasy in 132 thrill-packed pages!

The Lord of the Rings…
Orlando Bloom

• He may be buckling his swash across the seas of the Caribbean in his spare time, but to us he’ll always be the blond elf who showed us new ways of giving someone a jab in the eye with a sharp stick. Orlando Bloom talks to us about hanging up his pointy ears once last time…

Andrew Lesnie
• For all that its action, adventure and acting have attracted plaudits, one of the most outstanding achievements of The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been its cinematography, perfectly capturing the essence of Tolkien’s world. Master cinematographer Andrew Lesnie gives us the inside skinny on how it was done…

Bernard Hill
• King Théoden himself, British actor Bernard Hill, explains exactly what it is about actors that makes them just a little bit ‘damaged’, and how this relates to his work in the final part of The Lord of the Rings.

2003Review of the Year
• Everything you need to know about the year’s SF offerings from the worlds of Film and TV, from the triumphs (X2, much Lord of the Rings-ness) to the less-popular …

Coming up2004 Preview
• Just what have we got to look forward to in the world of Science Fiction over the next 12 months? Well, there’s Catwoman and Spider-Man 2 – and that’s just for starters…

DVD Previews
• Details of the biggest and best DVD releases expected next year, including – finally! – the original Star Wars trilogy. Not only that, but the climax to both the Matrix and The Lord of the Rings trilogies are here as well – the latter’s extended version rumoured to be clocking in at four hours!


First a manBattlestar Galactica
• With the unveiling of the new mini-series, we talk to the original Starbuck, Dirk Benedict, about his role in the show, and his opinions on the rebirth of Starbuck… as a woman?

Hulk CGI Effects
• It may not have blown fans away at the box office, but only the foolhardy would deny that the stylistic CGI on Ang Lee’s superhero smashathon is actually a bit smashtastic. Our man in the green greasepaint went down to ILM to check out how the special effects maestros managed to pull it off.

• Director David Winning takes us behind the scenes on part of Gene Roddenberry’s legacy

Star Trek: Enterprise
• Half Human, half Klingon; half actor, half director! Actress-turned-lens-meister Roxann Dawson tells us how she made from the transition from one role to another, and from one series to another.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
• The show may have finished, but fandom lives on: we talk to series regulars and temperamental good/bad guys the Troika about where their lives (and deaths) have lead them since.

• One of the televisual tragedies of 2003 was the sudden and unexpected cancellation of Farscape. We talk to former Luxan Warrior Anthony Simcoe about his character D’Argo’s development and the disturbing reality of being a “tall, skinny Australian”.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
• They’re all at it, these actors – they’ve got one of the most hankered-after jobs in the world, and they always want to try their hand at something else. Now the face behind Martok, Chancellor of the Klingon Empire, has turned his hand to novels based on the character, and he tells us why.

Images taken from this issue are copyright or courtesy of: Columbia Pictures, Sci-Fi Channel

All other contents © Visual Imagination 2003. Not for reproduction

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