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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Alfred Hitchock Presents - DVDs 1-7

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Seasons 1 to 7 - out now on UK DVDWhile his cinematic work is well known, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS was a half-hour TV anthology series which demonstrated he was also a master of small screen tales. All seven seasons are out now as a box set containing 35 DVDs, and thanks to Fabulous Films we had a copy up for grabs, as well as a couple of sets of Season One for runners-up (961 mins over six DVDs). All you had to do to be in with a chance was to VOTE in this year’s Cult TV Awards.

Between October 1955 and July 1965, Hitchcock used the simple words “Good evening…” to introduce 268 timeless stories of horror, mystery and intrigue, 17 of which Hitchcock himself directed. Screening on CBS and NBC, the show received three Emmy awards as well as a Golden Globe for Television Achievement, and set the gold standard for all television mystery series to come. In the words of Alfred Hitchcock himself, it “brought murder back into the home - where it belongs”.

Monday, 02 November 2015 00:00

Tower of Evil - UK Blu-ray release

Tower of Evil - out now on UK Blu-ray and DVDA deserted lighthouse on the fog-shrouded Snape Island sets the scene, where two fishermen (George Coulouris and Jack Watson) moor their boat and begin to explore. They chance upon three naked, dead bodies before they find themselves attacked by Penny Read (Candace Glendenning – Rashel in Blake’s 7 “Weapon”), a crazed woman. When she is taken back to the mainland, she reveals little due to her mind having switched off from the terror she has endured. However, an ancient artefact found with her may provide a clue as to what happened. An expedition is quickly organised to try and solve the series of violent and sexual murders.

From horror producer Richard Gordon (“Devil Doll”, “Horror Hospital” and "Inseminoid") 1972’s “Tower Of Evil” is known Stateside as “Horror On Snape Island”, and also found itself released almost a decade later as “Beyond The Fog”, suggesting (wrongly) that it was a sequel to John Carpenter’s movie. With a selection of engaging extras, Odeon Entertainment’s Blu-ray release gives the production another boost for a modern audience.

Monday, 26 October 2015 00:00

ITV 60 DVD Set - Classic TV primer

ITV60 - celebrating 60 years of ITV on 12 DVDs - out nowStuck for a Christmas gift for someone who has just got into television history, and wants a perfect primer? Then consider the brand new boxset “ITV60” from Network. This 12-DVD set includes 60 episodes, features a mix of both classics and rarities from the archives, including some programmes thought lost forever.

This set contains previously unreleased episodes of Crossroads, Rainbow, Tiswas, Coronation Street, World in Action, The Bill and Whicker's World – together with some exceptionally rare items from the Associated Rediffusion archive, namely No Hiding Place, Mystery Bag, Crane and Our Man at St Mark’s. With each disc themed to provide an ‘evening's entertainment’, this dip into the archives provides a trip down Memory Lane as well as a timely reminder of some of the best television of the last sixty years.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Voting CLOSED in CTV Awards 2015

Vote in the Cult TV Awards 2015 and you could win Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Complete CollectionVoting has just concluded for the Cult TV Awards 2015, with a trio of incentives up for grabs, and the First Prize was the entire seven seasons, over 35 DVDs, of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS in a superb box set, with a RRP of £149.99! Following the nominations phase of the Awards, where we asked you who should go in each of the five pigeonholes to be in with a chance to win each of the coveted gongs, it was up to YOU to decide who the lucky winners would be, Thanks to our good friends at Fabulous Films, we have huge incentives for you to take the time to tell us who should win.  Remember - if you didn’t vote, you can't now complain about who has won!

Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an anthology series which features guest stars such as Steve McQueen, Vincent Price, Jessica Tandy, William Shatner, Roger Moore, Walther Matthau, Burt Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Charles Bronson, Diana Dors, Sydney Pollock, Leslie Neilsen, Bette Davis and Robert Redford. Who could possibly resist a running time of 6,679 mins approx, which accounts for ALL the episodes, including the 1962 story “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” which was not broadcast by NBC (they felt the ending, involving the “sawing a woman in half” trick was too gruesome)? Second and third prizes were Season One on its own, with a RRP of £29.99 per set, 961 mins over six DVDs!

Sunday, 18 October 2015 23:00

80,000 Suspects - Blu-ray and DVD

80000 Suspects - out now on Blu-ray and DVDOne of BAFTA-winning director Val Guest's most memorable films, “80,000 Suspects” is now available in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements. It’s also in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio on this new Blu-ray and DVD release from Network. Hitting screens in the UK in 1963, with the tale of a crisis which begins one New Year’s Eve, Richard Johnson (Hugh Drummond in “Deadlier than the Male” and “Some Girls Do”) and Claire Bloom (a BAFTA winner for “Shadowlands”) star as marriage-on-the-rocks couple Dr Steven and Julie Monk. The duo would go on to star in Robert Wise’s “The Haunting”, but here they are at the centre of a smallpox epidemic in the city of Bath.

Dr Monk suspects there’s a very serious problem when he is asked to examine a patient with unusual symptoms, after the good Doctor pops by the hospital following a party which has been uncomfortable at best – and he’d only gone in to pick up a camera! The results come back from ‘the lab’, and it is indeed his worst nightmare. Alongside all this, there are complications of a soap opera variety, which entwine with the medical plot as a love triangle plays out alongside the traumatic events.

Monday, 05 October 2015 23:00

The Avengers Series 6 on Blu-ray

The Avengers Series 6 out on Blu-ray nowThe Avengers – The Complete Series 6 on Blu-ray, with a RRP of £79.99, was the incentive prize for nominating your favourites in the Cult TV Awards 2015. Thanks to Studiocanal we had three sets to give away, with the winners chosen from all those who gave us their nominations, thus helping continue to make our Awards truly representative of UK television fandom.

This was the final season of the original series of stories featuring John Steed. It begins with the departure of Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel, who hands over to Linda Thorson’s Tara King. Production difficulties meant these episodes were of varying quality, but when it gets it right we can view some of the best episodes of The Avengers EVER! The troubled beginning to this mega-season of 33 episodes, rescued by the return of producers Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell, followed Cathy-Gale-era producer John Bryce taking the helm for just three episodes. 

Monday, 28 September 2015 23:00

Space 1999 Series 2 on Blu-ray

Space 1999 Series 2 out on Blu-ray nowSeason two of Space: 1999 creates a huge divide in Gerry Anderson fandom. An American story editor forced onto the production in the shape of Fred Freiberger, famous for his show-runner role on season three of classic Star Trek, and one which would prove to be that show’s last. He would also preside over the final run of Space: 1999 episodes. Executive Producer Gerry Anderson insisted that Freiberger took the Producer credit, mainly due to the huge changes the man from across the Atlantic brought to the format, characters and philosophy of the series.

Network have finally released the Blu-ray set of the entire second season. The word on the street is that, unlike the first season release on Blu-ray back in 2010, the rendering to High Definition was a lot more difficult for this follow-up set of stories. The first season release included the premiere episode “The Metamorph”, and last year we had the teaser Blu-ray release of “The Bringers of Wonder Parts 1 and 2” to whet the appetite of what was to come. Here we have, in these 24 episodes, some of the best – and worst – stories from the series as a whole.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 23:00

CTV Awards 2015 - nominations closed

Win The Avengers Series 6 Blu-ray sets for nominating in the Cult TV AwardsThe Avengers – The Complete Series 6 on Blu-ray, with a RRP of £79.99, was the incentive prize for nominating your favourites in the Cult TV Awards 2015. Thanks to StudioCanal we had three sets to give away, with the winners chosen from all those who gave us their nominations, thus helping continue to make our Awards truly representative of UK television fandom.

This was the final season of the original series of stories featuring John Steed. It begins with the departure of Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel, who hands over to Linda Thorson’s Tara King. In retrospect, these episodes may be of varying quality, but when it gets it right we are presented with some of the best episodes of The Avengers EVER! The troubled beginning to this run of episodes, rescued by the return of producers Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell, followed Cathy-Gale-era producer John Bryce taking the helm for the best part of three episodes, which were little short of disastrous. These episodes were re-edited, where possible, to rescue the majority of work on them from the scrap heap.

Sunday, 13 September 2015 23:00

Baretta Season 1 on UK DVD

Baretta Season One - Out Now on UK DVDStephen J Cannell brought us many TV gems during his time, but one of his earliest creations, just on the cusp of memory, is one that ran for four seasons from 1975: Baretta. Famous for having a sulphur-crested cockatoo as a co-star, it had edginess to it, combined with the cute coating of a streetwise cop who loved his pet. And you could have won one of three copies of the first season on DVD which, thanks to Fabulous Films, we had up for grabs in our prize competition.

Beginning in a Friday night slot in the USA as a mid-season replacement, the first season consists of just a dozen episodes. Baretta had taken over ABC’s 10.00pm timeslot from Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and secured audiences that its predecessor could only dream of. For the following season (22 episodes) it moved to 9.00pm Wednesdays, and made the Top 30 for shows for that year. Season three (24 episodes) was rewarded with remaining in the same slot, and the show eased into being one of the Top Ten for that year. It then moved back to 10.00pm for its final fourth season (24 episodes), to make space for Charlie’s Angels, and ratings took a tumble, the last episode going out in May 1978. The Angels certainly did provide a similar audience lead-in for the show.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 23:00

Complete Alias Smith & Jones DVD

Alias Smith and Jones - The Compete Series comes to DVDAlias Smith and Jones was a series which made a great many friends in the UK, broadcasting on Mondays at 8.00pm on BBC2 in the early 1970s. The Beeb’s second channel used to have a reputation for securing American shows that were just a little offbeat for its schedules of the time, and this was no exception. And you had the chance to win one of three sets of the ENTIRE SERIES in our DVD competition.

Three series of the show were made, and Fabulous Films give you the option of buying these individually or in one collector-friendly complete set. Created and produced by Glen A Larson (he of Magnum PI, Knight Rider, and Buck Rogers fame), this was a Western series that originally aired Stateside on ABC from January 1971 to January 1973. Tragically, this was one of those series not just remembered for its excellent production values, but also for having to replace one of its two leads mid-season, due to suicide.

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