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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

The Incredible Hulk TV on Blu-ray

The Incredible Hilk - The Complete Collection out now on UK Blu-rayThe Incredible Hulk - The Complete Collection consists of all 82 original episodes from the five seasons of the show (two of them feature-length) and a wave of bonus material which puts the adventures into context. Indeed, creator Kenneth Johnson’s audio commentaries are some of the best single-person narratives that you will ever hear. He describes how he took the comic book out of the comic character, bringing forth a series which appealed as much to women as men. The episode prints are fully restored and high definition in this 16-disc Blu-ray set.

After being exposed to gamma radiation, mild-mannered research scientist David Banner (Bill Bixby) finds extreme anger or stress transforms him into the terrifying and enraged Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). This format draws inspiration from a trio of works from classic literature. Original creator Stan Lee notes the transformed Hulk was inspired by Frankenstein’s monster, while the alter ego of Dr Banner came from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Kenneth Johnson added the element of news hack Jack McGee (Jack Colvin) pursuing the creature. It chimed with iconic 1960s series The Fugitive with its stories of a man forever on the run.

Monday, 28 November 2016 00:00

Ironside Seasons 3&4 on UK DVD

Ironside - Season 3 on UK DVD - Season 4 also now availableIn August 2015, the first two seasons of Ironside were releases in the UK by Fabulous Films. You can read our review of that release by CLICKING HERE. Now, 15 months later, we get Seasons Three and Four to savour. Our wheelchair-bound former Chief of Police, Robert T Ironside (Raymond Burr) is back with more insightful detective work, and these seasons mark the final ones for one of the quartet of key players – the female lead Barbara Anderson as Eve Whitfield, finishing her 105 of the 199 total episodes, landing an Emmy for her role in 1968.

We get 26 episodes on each season box set this time out, season three having originally aired Stateside from September 1969 to April 1970, and season four from September 1970 to April 1971. Again there are plenty of guest stars to look out for, whose faces will be familiar to many a Cult TV appreciator. The victim of a failed assassination attempt, Ironside was left paralysed from the waist down. He became the head of his own special police unit, aided by a crack team of investigators on the streets of San Francisco, including Sergeant Ed Brown (Don Galloway), and ex-con-turned-assistant Mark Sanger (Don Mitchell).

Monday, 28 November 2016 00:00

Tim Vine all Tim Timinee on DVD

Tim Vine - new Tim Timinee DVD now availableIf one-line puns machine-gunned at you are your thing, then time to make an appointment to watch as award-winning British comedian Tim Vine, in a new show where he emerges from a chimney to take the roof off (it says here…). If Dick van Dyke was a stand-up, and from this side of the Atlantic, well, it’s nothing like that at all!  “Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim to You” is the latest mix-and-mirth from a man who breaks up the unyielding procession of off-the-wall corner-turning rat-a-tat spiel with silly songs, and one prop after another with a slick and simple pay-off.

This was a sell-out show which took Tim around the country and beyond. Take a deep breath everyone, because there’s a lot to get through. Stand by for a large number of stupid jokes, (and platypuses on poles, plus an interloper). Packed with a range of extras, this is the full-on exposure of the concept, and a breathless experience – if you don’t like one particular joke, another will be along before you have chance to blink, let alone frown.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:00

Spike Milligan Q5-Q6-Q7 on DVD

Spike Milligan - episode of Q series finally come to DVD completeThere’s a reason that Spike Milligan’s TV shows from the late 1960s onwards have faded away from memory. On one level it can be put down to a lack of repeats, but the truth is based on their effective ‘blacklisting’, all down to one social factor which has scared people into silence. Political correctness. Seeing the shows Q5, Q6 and Q7 finally getting a DVD release is symptomatic of the fightback going on across the world at the moment. People are sick to death of being told what views they cannot hold, what language they can and cannot use, and instead being expected to go along with social restrictions which make it nigh-on illegal to have targets for humour.

Milligan adopts equal opportunities on many such targets for his off-the-wall stream-of-consciousness humour. Every religion, race, and political allegiance is verbally machine-gunned. The stupidity of belief systems and cultural actions are exposed to the spotlights which reveal the nature of divide-and-rule that such codes of conduct allow to grow. But the Social Justice Warriors will just focus in on the use of terms which, in this day and age, have been abolished. In effect, in the 21st Century the Q series has suddenly become the tool of revolution. And so it is that this new release from Simply Media allows us to take a snapshot of how sensibilities have changed from those of 1969, 1975 and 1978 respectively.

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.

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