I've just updated my LOVEFILM dvd rental list with a few space films and monster movies. I'm really looking forward to seeing 1972's SILENT RUNNING for the first time again in probably 30 years. When looking it up I was amazed how the robots HUEY, DEWEY AND LOUIE paved the way for R2D2 and the like in Star Wars seven years later. The ship, pictured above, is a huge 'space freighter' called the Valley Forge, a rather mundane name for such a huge spaceship. Again scale is difficult, it's certainly bigger than anything in the SWORD fleet I think and about the same size as the Event Horizon and the black ship in Lifeforce? The wikipeadia entry says it inspired a TV series called the Starlost? Never heard of it!
BTW I am having problems getting my Australian VHS video tape of 2001 Space Odyssey to play. Are they UK VCR compatible?