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Alex G

Alex G

Monday, 17 February 2014 14:46

Some Will, Some Won’t on DVD

Some Will, Some Won't comes to DVDThere aren’t many films which can create such a jaw-dropping reaction when viewed for the first time – especially if you don’t read the cast list at the start of the movie. This is certainly the case with lost British film “Some Will, Some Won’t”, which is offered here by Network Distributing in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, with the option of seeing it in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio, too.

Released in 1970, the plot revolves a bizarre condition in a will, which tests the four potential benefactors. Know as an arch-prankster, Henry Russell (Wilfrid Brambell) starts the film by making Big Ben chime well beyond 12, before falling to his death from the clock face, in a scene which has echoes of an Emmet Brown scene in “Back to the Future”.  To bag their legacies of £150,000 each, the quartet of relations have to step out of character, and prove themselves as human beings. Can they rise to their respective challenges?

Monday, 10 February 2014 15:17

Q Planes comes to DVD

Q Planes - out now on DVDKnown stateside as “Clouds Over Europe”, this seldom-seen 1939 movie stars Ralph Richardson as Major Charles Hammond, a Scotland Yard officer who is a prototype for the Jason King character of Department ‘S’ fame. Laurence Olivier is in a supporting role as Tony McVane, a test pilot engaged in secret experimental missions. Valerie Hobson (Edith in 1949’s “Kind Hearts and Coronets”) is cynical reporter Kay Lawrence, in this fun pre-WWII spy drama.

Directed by Tim Whelan (best known for 1940’s “The Thief of Baghdad”) and featuring superlative art direction from Vincent Korda (1949’s “The Third Man” and 1962’s “The Longest Day”), “Q Planes” is presented on this Network release in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Of interest to Cult TV appreciators are two uncredited performances – one from John Laurie of Dad’s Army fame as a newspaper editor, and also look out for Derek Farr (Ensor in the Blake’s 7 episode “Orac”).

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Cult TV Awards 2013 winners

THE CULT AWARDS CEREMONY WENT OUT LIVE ON PETERBOROUGH FM

The 20th annual Cult TV Awards was back to be being live and direct this year!  And for you, in helping make the winners truly representative of the views of those who appreciate extraordinary fictional television, we had three super DVD prizes up for grabs, thanks to Network Releasing. All you had to do, in order to be in with a chance of acquiring one of them, was take part!

Prizes up for grabs in the Cult TV Awards - vote to be in with a chance of winning

you can hear the one hour awards show by clicking here.

First held in 1994, the Awards have become a cornerstone of television appreciation, particularly in the UK. Below is the link to the Awards Voting Page to see who was in the frame for the 28 categories you had to make your choices in:

CLICK HERE TO VISIT TO THE CULT TV AWARDS VOTING PAGE TO SEE WHO WAS 'IN THE FRAME'

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

Double CULT TV on Your Radio!

A double-dose of alex:g and Tom Mutiny with previews and reviews of extraordinary fictional telly, tonight and every Tuesday but for one week only two hours from  5-7pm on www.peterborough.fm - or you can also tune in via tunein.com

Join us for CULT TV ON YOUR RADIO - available worldwide on Peterborough FM

Following the last-minute cancellation of last week's show due to technical difficulties at the station, the duo are back to point you in the direction of the TV shows to look out for, the best of the movies at the cinema, and DVD and Blu-ray reviews (both new releases and back catalogue). All to celebrate the best in television that inspires people to do a lot more than just sit and watch!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:03

Network's vinyl LP soundtracks

Network Distributing is imminently launching a range of vinyl soundtracks, in gatefold sleeves, of some of British television’s most iconic programmes from 1960s and 1970s. Working with Ray Staff, the renowned vinyl cutting engineer whose credits include David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll”, Man in a Suitcase and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) will be available from 28 October 2013. The recommended retail price will be £25.00 a pop, and will be available exclusively from the website www.networkonair.com  

Man in a Suitase and Randall & Hopkirk - Vinyl LP Releases imminentAdditional vinyl releases are planned for 2014, and these are expected to include The Saint, Department ‘S’, The Prisoner, The Champions, Strange Report and The Protectors. The roll-out of retro-product of this nature, designed for the discerning audiophile and television fandom alike, was gauged by the release of a limited edition EP called Themes for Action! on Record Store Day in April this year. This was available exclusively in those participating record stores who had got their orders in quick (as they realised the value of such a release), and contained the opening titles from Man in a Suitcase, The Saint (1966 and 1968 themes), The Prisoner, and Danger Man (1960 and 1964 main titles).

Monday, 07 October 2013 09:13

The Witches Blu-ray/DVD

The Witches - out as dual format DVD and Blu-ray releaseOriginally released in 1966, “The Witches” is a portrait of a disarmingly quaint ‘Little England’ for its first couple of reels, before revealing its credentials as a legitimate entry into the Hammer horror film canon. Based on the novel “The Devil’s Own” by Peter Curtis, you know things are going to take a very dark turn when you see its screenplay came from the pen of Nigel Kneale, the creator of “Quatermass”. And here it comes, digitally restored on a dual Blu-ray/DVD release.

The pre-credit sequence sees our protagonist Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine), an English schoolteacher, working as a missionary in Africa. The cliffhanger leaves her being attacked by a tribe of local witch doctors (look out for a young Rudolph Walker as Mark, one of her assistants). All we know for sure is she has been exposed to the occult, but it is only later in the movie that we find out exactly how deeply she has been left traumatised.

Monday, 22 July 2013 15:31

Spitting Image - Series 9

Spitting Image - Series 9 out on DVD nowThe close of 1990 was not only a turning point for the UK, it was also a turning point for Spitting Image.  The Sunday night satire had started out in February 1984, and as a consequence had never been produced at a time when a certain Margaret Thatcher was NOT the Prime Minister of the country. In fact, she was well into her second term when the show began. With the timing of this series being what it was, screened from 11 November to 16 December 1990, the show was witness to Thatcher being overthrown, and a certain John Major taking over the reins.

Spitting Image briefly touches on why Thatcher was removed from office, by the shadow people who control such agendas, in a single sketch in this ninth series. She had realised what the European Economic Community was really all about, a little late in the day, admittedly. However, one has to raise questions about anyone’s judgement of whom would have Jimmy Savile as a ‘house guest’ for 11 Christmases in a row.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Doctor Who: Regeneration

Doctor Who - Regeneration in a DVD premium setThis is going to be an expensive year for Doctor Who fans.  In this, the occasion of its 50th anniversary, merchandise of all descriptions, and in particular at the premium end of the market, is going to cascade into every outlet possible. In terms of the releases so far this year, we have seen episodes that don’t exist in colour restored from B&W (check out "The Ambassadors of Death" and “The Mind of Evil”), second bites at restorations (“Inferno”), and now, in the spirit of the 2006 release of Troughton’s “The Invasion”, we have a set which includes the most prized of missing episodes, “The Tenth Planet – Part Four” in an animated form next to the existing soundtrack.

“Regeneration” is exactly what it says it is. Every Doctor Who story that includes a regeneration scene (made a little incongruous by the troubled metamorphosis between Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy). While some fans of a less profligate disposition will probably wait for “The Tenth Planet” to be released individually, there is no doubt that the presentation of this set will prove very tempting to the majority of hardcore fans.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

Keep It In The Family Series 5

Keep It In The Family - the final series out nowReleased at last is the fifth and final season of this Thames TV comedy starring Robert Gillespie as cartoonist Dudley Rush, with Mixed Doubles’ Sabina Franklyn and The Adventures of Black Beauty’s Stacy Dorning as daughters Jacqui and Susan. The format is thrown into disarray immediately, as Dudley and the girls have to fend for themselves, as matriarch Muriel is apparently ‘in Australia visiting her mother’ (i.e., actress Pauline Yates was unavailable to reprise the role).

Jacqui and Susan still occupy the family home’s basement flat, and for the first couple of episodes Dudley is portrayed as rather pathetic, unable to cope on his own, and becoming terribly unlikable – it’s hard to think this is the same character we had been cheering for in four previous seasons, honing his skills as an unflinching procrastinator, ever-distracted from the job in hand, and the source of inevitable despair for his boss, Duncan Thomas (Glyn Houston).

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

Whicker's World Volume 3

Whicker's World - a third volume of episodes out now from NetworkAlan Whicker's death on 12 July 2013 makes this release even more poignant. A cultural icon, consummate interviewer and guiding light behind some of the most popular documentaries ever made, Alan Whicker's quiet brand of incisive, insightful television journalism enthralled audiences for the best part of six decades. This third DVD release from Network presents a diverse and memorable selection of films made between 1968 and 1980.

It is only when you see Whicker at work that you can truly comprehend the magnitude of his skills.  His was a disarming, casual approach, a light touch which disguised some very insightful and hard-hitting questions, all of which link together to squeeze answers from his subjects that are not guarded, and strike you as incredibly truthful.

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