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Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:00

Ace in the Hole: on DVD and Blu-ray

Ace In The Hole - out on Dual-Format DVD and Blu-rayKirk Douglas stars in this biting drama about the power of the media and one reporter's willingness to do anything to rebuild his flat-lining career. Chuck Tatum (Douglas) muscles his way into a job on a lowly Albuquerque newspaper having been fired from all of previous roles. He happens across the story of a treasure hunter pinned down in a partially collapsed ancient Indian cave-dwelling, and spies potential media gold.

Having gained the confidence of Leo, the unfortunate victim (Richard Benedict, who went on to be best known as a Director on the likes of Run For Your Life and the original Hawaii Five-O), Tatum takes advantage of the local sheriff's absence and seizes control of the situation, rounding up a local doctor, policeman and a mining contractor. On hearing how quickly they can rescue Leo, the reporter craftily talks them round to drawing the incident out by days by using safer but much slower methods, thereby maximising publicity of the event.

Posted in Blu-Ray
Sunday, 06 October 2013 11:50

Malcolm in the Middle Season 7

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 7 is the final in the seriesAs we enter this final season of Malcolm in the Middle, first screened in 2005, it is worth reflecting on how is all began back in 2000 when 12 year old Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) was just discovering that he was a genius. Reece (Justin Berfield) was 13 and the then youngest brother Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan) was eight. Francis (Christopher Kennedy Masterson) was 16 and at military school.

The years have changed the brothers and their parents Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) and Hal (Bryan Cranston). All have grown, except perhaps Hal who is just as childlike. Malcolm is now 17 and Reece is 18 but has been held back a year and is in the same class at school as Malcolm. Dewey is just starting to get interested in girls and Francis is unemployed and looking for work.

Posted in TV DVDs
Friday, 22 February 2008 07:54

Lost In Space

Played for drama in monochrome, for laughs in colour ...

 

USA - 1965-68 - 83 episodes (60 mins) - B&W/colour

With the space race between the Americans and the Russians reaching fever pitch, producer Irwin Allen looked to the stars for his follow up to the successful Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. A furturistic reworking of "The Swiss Family Robinson", Lost in Space charted the adventures of the Robinson family, selected to pilot the Jupiter 2 spacecraft from an overpopulated Earth to the new world of Alpha Centauri. When the ship is sabotaged by an enemy agent who has been trapped onboard, the family find themselves marooned on an unfamiliar world, deep in uncharted space. Helped by their sophisticated robot, and hindered by the back-sliding Doctor Smith (Jonathan Harris), the crew set about exploring their strange new home.

After a successful first season, the show found itself up against Batman in the schedules, and thus Irwin Allen altered the original concept to emulate the opposition's format, taking Lost in Space from a suspenseful action adventure to camp comedy, moving away from focusing on the family as a whole to concentrate on the mismatched, comedic relationship between Doctor Smith, Will Robinson (Billy Mumy) and the Robot. For the third year, with the arrival of Star Trek, the once land-locked Jupiter 2 was again able to travel to new worlds, allowing the Robinson family to escape their planet and venture out amongst the stars once again.

The most successful of Irwin Allen's quartet of science fiction series, the show's demise came not from declining ratings but Allen's unwillingness to accept budget cuts for a fourth year, leaving the Robinson's lost in space for good.

 

REGULAR CAST
Guy Williams as Professor John Robinson
June Lockhart as Doctor Maureen Robinson
Mark Goddard as Major Don West
Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson
Angela Cartwright as Penny Robinson
Billy Mumy as Will Robinson
Jonathan Harris as Doctor Zachary Smith
Dick Tufeld as the voice of the Robot

Posted in Series Formats
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