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Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

UFO lands on UK Blu-ray

The day has finally arrived, and those who have pre-ordered UFO, the first live-action television series from the creators of Thunderbirds, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, are beginning to find the first UK Blu-ray release of the entire run of episodes popping through their letterboxes. The popularity of the show has even caught out Network Distributing as the first print run has sold out, and more are being rushed through to production as we speak. Network’s attention to detail has certainly been a key reason for this – a landmark series in so many ways, the restoration work on UFO is absolutely awe-inspiring, and new for this UK release. Not a film scratch in sight, not a blemish to make you twitch. In these days of Netflix, you can guarantee those who have purchased will be seduced into ‘binge viewing’ like never before.

UFO arrives on UK Blu-ray - and demand is huge

The sensibilities of the series rightly receives a ‘12’ certificate from the BBFC. At the time of first broadcast back in 1970, the ITV network was bemused that the puppet makers had come up with such an adult series. Watching the show now definitely benefits from original production order (for the majority of the run), as we see the characters and situations progress and evolve. Some faces might not stay with us for long, but it makes the show more credible for doing so. What we have here is pure television gold, serious in aspect but bright and colourful in terms of the world view we witness. And all this with the option of listening with a brand new and house-quaking 5.1 surround sound audio track!

Monday, 31 October 2016 00:00

Twilight's Last Gleaming on Blu-ray

Twilight's Last Gleaming - out now in the UK as a dual format Blu-ray and DVD releaseBurt Lancaster and Richard Widmark star in this post-Vietnam political thriller from 1977, out now on home media for the first time in the UK in a Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD edition from Eureka Entertainment. Considered a peak in director Robert Aldrich’s catalogue of work, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” is a race-against-time doomsday scenario which will have annoyed the establishment in seeing Vietnam as a huge mistake by the USA, and was conceived as such right from the start of hostilities. Powerful, challenging, and enlightening stuff indeed.

Lancaster is a former Air Force general, Lawrence Dell, who with a quartet of accomplices skips jail and seizes control of Silo Three, which contains a stockpile of nine ICBM nuclear missiles. While the others are in it for the money, Dell wants to force President David Stevens (Charles Durning) to tell the truth about the Vietnam War. As negotiations get ever-more complex and desperate, General MacKenzie (Widmark) tries to guide an elite fighting team into the bunker to disable Dell and his mercenary hoods.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:00

CTV Awards 2016 - voting closes

Voting has just concluded for the Cult TV Awards 2016, with a trio of incentives up for grabs, thanks to Fabulous Films. The First Prize was the entire 90 episodes, over 20 Blu-rays, of KNIGHT RIDER in a superb box set, with a RRP of £149.99 (this was won by Victoria Prince of Taunton). Next, there was THE WATER MARGIN on 8 Blu-ray discs, with a RRP of £79.99 (this was won by Malcolm Carrott of Warwick). Finally, there is the 26-DVD ultimate collection of THE WONDER YEARS, with a RRP of £124.99 (this was won by Diane Gies of Borehamwood). You could choose which prize you won. Following the nominations phase of the Awards, where we asked you who should go in each of the five pigeonholes for each Award, all to be in with a chance to win the coveted gongs, it was up to YOU to decide who the lucky winners would be – and now the counting begins to see who the winners were.

Three stunning prizes up for grabs - all just for voting in the Cult TV Awards 2016

Remember - if you didn’t vote, you can't complain about who has won! Here at Cult TV, we hope you appreciate that the prizes on offer were a small token of our appreciation for the several minutes it could take to cast your choices in the Cult TV Awards 2016. The Voting Form has a total of 26 categories. 13 of these Awards are part of our HALL OF FAME – an ever-expanding pantheon of the most deserving from nearly seven decades of television. The Cult TV Awards have gained an excellent reputation by celebrating the entire history of the small screen, not just the latest “flavours of the month” – every year you help us continue to live up to this billing, and have done so once more.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 23:00

THE A-TEAM complete on Blu-ray

The A-Team - Out now complete on Blu-ray“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... the A-Team.”

It was one of the biggest ‘cult’ shows of its time, playing out over five seasons, and now it’s come to the UK in restored high definition. Hannibal, BA, Face and Murdock were seen in 97 episodes which are all available in a 22-disc Blu-ray set! And you had the opportunity to win a set, just for nominating your favourites in this year's Cult TV Awards.

Saturday, 15 October 2016 23:00

Baa Baa Black Sheep on UK DVD

Baa Baa Black Sheep - the Squadron comes to UK DVD“In World War II, Marine Corps Major Greg ‘Pappy’ Boyington commanded a squadron of fighter pilots. They were a collection of misfits and screwballs who became the terrors of the South Pacific. They were known as the Black Sheep.” From 1976 to 1978 Stephen J Cannell, who would later go on to co-create The A-Team, used World War II as a backdrop for a military series called Baa Baa Black Sheep (aka “Black Sheep Squadron” for its second season – the final 13 episodes, aka “Flying Misfits” - the title of the pilot movie). The South Pacific was the place for their adventures, but in TV terms has since passed by virtually unknown in the UK.

But at last, all 36 episodes, including the feature length pilot episode, get a DVD release this side of the Atlanti. You could have won one of two copies we had available, just for nominatiing your favourites in this year's Cult TV Awards.

Monday, 24 October 2016 23:00

CTV Awards 16 nominations closed

Voting has just concluded in the nominations phase of this year’s Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 23rd year of presenting our appreciation of the best in fictional television, to the talent behind the shows that we make time for more than others. As an incentive to cast your votes, we had one copy of the entirseason 1-4 Box Set of The A-Team, with an RRP of £149.99, and two further prizes of another Stephen J Cannell production on DVD, Baa Baa Black Sheep, all 36 episodes and each with a RRP of £69.99, thanks to Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, available as an incentive to get your ‘thinking caps’ on and make your nominations.

Win big prizes for nominating in the Cult TV Awards 2016

The top five nominations in each category from what you suggested will now be compiled onto the Voting Form, which is the next stage of finding out this year’s eventual winners! For those of you new to this, there are NO premium rate phone lines to call, or even stamps to buy to put your votes on record! With the process being online, and with each form being individually verified to ensure that block votes are discounted, this is the best system going to ensure that we genuinely take the pulse of the UK’s Cult TV appreciators.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:00

The Organization - out now on DVD

The Organization - out now on DVDCorporate politics sounds a very dry subject to make a TV series from, but anyone who has found themselves in an office environment will sagely nod as they work out “who’s who” in their own workplace from this 1972 series. The idea that everyone is “going through the motions” is reflected in the episode titles of the series – one character of two mentioned in each title appears again in the next, until by the seventh story we have gone full circle, and one character from the first story is mentioned once more. Yes, the action is mainly studio bound, with only the occasional scene committed to film, but this is very much a ‘slow burner’ – the plot weaving its mysterious way to a satisfying conclusion.

The Organization, (not to be confused with a 1971 Sidney Poitier film of the same name) with its American spelling of the term, came from Yorkshire Television and is very stiff upper-lip British in its sensibilities. The central cast is iconic – including the likes of Donald Sinden, Anton Rodgers (two of the actors who played Number 2 in The Prisoner), Bernard Hepton (Albert Foiret in Secret Army) and Peter Egan (Shrimpie MacClare in Downton Abbey) star in this acutely observed drama which exposes the intrigues, resentments, bewilderments and betrayals of the staff of Greatrick (as in “great trick”), a large corporation.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 23:00

Brewster's Millions comes to Blu-ray

Brewster's Millions from 1985 is out now on Blu-ray“Brewster's Millions” is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor as Montgomery Brewster, the recipient of a bizarre request in a will, with John Candy as his slow-paced buddy Spike. Originally based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon, it spawned several previous films, including ones in 1914 (directed by Cecil B DeMille!), 1921, 1935, 1945 and 1961 – and there was even a “Miss Brewster’s Millions” in 1926. There’s now a new version, called “Brewster’s Billions” which is in development. But in the case of this new Blu-ray version, it was directed by Walter Hill, who was on something of a roll at the time having recently helmed “Southern Comfort”, “Streets of Fire” and “48 Hours” (he would go on to produce the “Aliens” film franchise).

The plot sees a minor-league pitcher, Brewster, finding his services are no longer required, and then learns his great-uncle has left him $300 million. To inherit it, Brewster must spend $30 million in 30 days under a complicated set of rules that forbid him from donating too much to charity, or retaining any new assets when the period is over. Or, he can walk away with just $1 million if he doesn’t want the challenge. As he is not allowed to share details of the will's conditions with anyone, Brewster sets out to spend his money under the stern eye of paralegal Angela Drake (Lonette McKee – Maggie Davis in Third Watch).

Monday, 26 September 2016 23:00

Cult TV Awards 2016 are coming!

It’s that time of the year again already, the preparation and process of the Cult TV Awards. First given out in 1994, we are now on our 23rd annual ceremony, celebrating extraordinary fictional television. It’s not for movies, unless they were especially made for television. It’s not for rewarding big screen talent, it’s for those who have made a huge contribution towards the appreciation of what has been achieved on the small screen. As usual, it’s down to YOU to decide not only who wins, but as a first stage the five nominees who make it through each category and onto the voting form.

The prizes you could win for nominating in the Cult TV Awards 2016

Thanks to our good friends at Fabulous Films, our collection of incentives for simply telling us your favourites, at both stages in the process, are magnificent this year. First up is the nomination phase, which will tie in with the release of THE A-TEAM on BLU-RAY. Yes, our star prize is this 22 disc set, with a running time of 4,690 mins approx, and an RRP of £149.99, and it could be yours just for telling us your favourites! Nominations go live on 1 October 2016, so look out for the link and get ready to vote.

Sunday, 25 September 2016 23:00

Softly Softly Task Force Series 2 DVD

Softly Softly Task Force - Series 2 out now on DVDLong before the days of CSI and NCIS, spin-off shows weren’t unheard of, but none was more popular at the beginning of the 1970s than Softly Softly: Task Force. It featured two stars from Z Cars, Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor, reprising their roles as DCS Charlie Barlow and DCI John Watt. The show had originally come into being as Softly Softly in 1966, running for four and a half series before a sudden change halfway through series five, in 1969. Originally to simply be called Task Force, late in the day the BBC decided to keep the Softly Softly brand in place as an umbrella title. And now, thanks to Simply Media, we had three copies of the DVD set up for grabs of Series 2 of Softly Softly: Task Force (aka series 6 of Softly Softly if you want to be pedantic) in a prize competition.

Formatted by BBC crime go-to-guy Elwyn Jones, other popular characters included fellow Softly Softly stalwart DS Harry Hawkins (Norman Bowler), dog handler PC Snow (Terence Rigby) with trusty Police Dog Radar (who gets his own end credits caption), cheery Sergeant Evans (David Lloyd Meredith) and gruff and rule-bound Chief Constable Cullen (Walter Gotell). Unafraid to address problematic social issues of the day, the show provided an accurate reflection of police methods of the time, and many of the simmering tensions and resentments on the streets of 1970s Britain. This leads to social commentary, and classy production, which even today is worth your appreciation.

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