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Monday, 24 October 2016

The Keeping Room - out now on DVD and VOD“The Keeping Room” is a challenging, Western-style tale about two sisters and their slave woman fighting for survival near the end of the American Civil War, 1865. Living on basic rations and with no medical supplies, the trio attract the unwelcome attention of a pair of brutish, cold-blooded Union scouts (Sam Worthington – “Avatar”, “Clash of the Titans” and Kyle Soller – Poldark, You, Me and the Apocalypse).

Brit Marling (Babylon, “Another Earth”) stars as Augusta, the older of the sisters, who must hastily adopt the skills of a mother to protect her sibling, Louise (Hailee Steinfeld – “True Grit”, “Ender’s Game”). The slave, Mad, is played by Muna Otaru (Whitechapel); she finds her relationship to the sisters evolves as trust and teamwork become essential. Outgunned and miles from the next settlement, they stand or fall together.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

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.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

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.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

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.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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).

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Monday, 26 September 2016

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.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

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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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Blue Money - out now on Blu-ray and DVD“Blue Money” is a TV movie starring the irrepressible Tim Curry (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) as Larry, an aspiring actor making ends meet as a taxi driver. When a passenger leaves behind a case stuffed with cash, Larry nicks it and flees with his girlfriend Pam (Debby Bishop – “Sid and Nancy”). On the road, the duo encounters a crazy Scottish hitchhiker (Billy Connolly – “The Last Samurai”) and some deadly gangsters who really want their money back.

Directed by Colin Bucksey (Masters of Sex, Better Call Saul), this comedy/ musical/ thriller allows Curry ample opportunity to show off his superb talents, including singing, doing impressions and pulling rubbery facial expressions. Dermot Crowley (Luther, Bleak House) co-stars as Larry’s bent mate Brogan, who – once he learns about the money – is rather hard to shake off!

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Paths of Glory - out no on Blu-ray“Paths of Glory” is a searing critique on the futility of war, directed by Stanley Kubrick (“The Shining”, “A Clockwork Orange”) and starring Kirk Douglas (“Spartacus”, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”). Douglas plays Colonel Dax, a World War I French officer coerced into sending his troops on an impossible assault on a German fortified position, primarily to appease the media and public opinion back home.

The inevitable happens and the attack fails disastrously; countless soldiers are killed and the rest either retreat or refuse to go over the top in the first place. The top brass is incensed and orders the selection of three men to be court martialled as an example to the rest, with death by firing squad a near certainty. Dax, a lawyer by trade, demands to be their defending counsel, clinging on to the slender hope of saving them.

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