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Monday, 22 July 2019 09:58

Come Back to the Five and Dime

“Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” is considered one of the highlights of a particular chapter of director Robert Altman’s career. Between the box office disappointment of “Popeye” (1980) and the explosive comeback of “The Player” (1992), Altman returned to low-budget independent film-making, often experimenting with how adapting theatre texts could be made to work for cinema and television.

This film also jump-started the acting career of Cher, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Sissy, one of the “Disciples of James Dean,” an all-female fan club devoted to the late icon. They are meeting for a 20-year reunion at a crumbling FW Woolworth’s ‘Five and Dime’ in a small Texas town, noted as September 30, 1975 on the banners put up in the store. Reuniting Altman with his previous stars Sandy Dennis (“That Cold Day in the Park”) and Karen Black (“Nashville”), and providing Kathy Bates with an early feature role, “Come Back…” is a study of nostalgia’s ability to distort the past, and another of the director’s portraits of the friendships between women.

Monday, 17 June 2019 01:00

Under Fire comes to Blu-ray

“Under Fire” is an Oscar-nominated political thriller revolving around journalists caught up in the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution. Russel Price (Nick Nolte) is a fearless photographer who gets meshed in a love triangle with reporter Claire Stryder (Joanna Cassidy) and his friend, her husband Alex Grazier (Gene Hackman). Stepping right into in a war zone, in a battle between the government and Sandinista rebels, Price loses his objectivity, becoming personally involved in the struggles. This release by Eureka marks its UK debut on Blu-ray.

With cinematography by John Alcott (“2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Barry Lyndon”) it’s backed by one of Jerry Goldsmith’s greatest scores - which was nominated for an Academy Award – it features well-known jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. It was later sampled by Quentin Tarantino in “Django Unchained”). The film is considered one of director Roger Spottiswoode’s greatest achievements, being a complex political thriller with hints of “Casablanca”.

Monday, 10 June 2019 16:58

The Price - TV drama on DVD

From an idea by its star Peter Barkworth, who is the centre of the action as Geoffrey Carr, The Price is a hostage drama set on both sides of the Irish Sea. The kidnap is the framework around which everything else revolves – business machinations, emotional conflicts and police procedurals - the story is rich in characterisation while exploring beliefs and motives. The mini-series is now back in the spotlight, not only for its subject matter but also for showcasing a pair of actors ‘before they were famous’, thanks to this release on DVD through Simply Media.

Set like an elaborate game of chess between the kidnappers and Carr (the husband and stepfather of the abductees), The Price is a drama which tackles the likes of political ideologies, matrimonial discord and the price paid in pursuit of happiness (hence the title). It does not run shy in its analysis of Ireland’s politics of the time, both Republican and Northern. Indeed, one wonders if the EU border arguments may be the unwitting blue touch-paper which could kick off violent hostilities once more.

Monday, 20 May 2019 17:27

Phoenix and the Carpet on DVD

This is the classic BBC adaptation of the novel by E Nesbit, first broadcast in 1976. The story centres on four children who discover hidden treasures and adventures by chance, thanks to a trinket they acquire. This was the middle part of a trilogy of novels that started with “Five Children and It” and ended with “The Story of the Amulet”.

The eight part TV drama, out now on DVD from Simply Media, begins when a family buys an old carpet from a junk shop in Edwardian London. When unrolled, this worn old relic reveals a large shiny egg. One of the boys accidentally knocks the egg into an open fire, from which an irascible talking phoenix emerges. He has the power to grant wishes and send them off on adventures, all made possible with the flying carpet now laid out in their playroom.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 10:41

Cult TV Awards Winners 2018

Last year’s Cult TV Awards were definitely the time of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Not only did the Trek spin-off, which ran from 19—pick up the top gong of “Hall of Fame – Series” but also Director Roxann Dawson (who was previously an actor, playing B'Elanna Torres in Star Trek: Voyager) won the “Hall of Fame – Director” Award.

Inducted into the “Hall of Fame – Producer” this year was Ira Steven Behr, who was with DS9 for its duration, becoming an Executive Producer for 108 of its episodes. He had previously been a producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the TV series of Fame. In addition, the “Hall of Fame – Villain” pantheon for the year went to the Cardassian Gul Dukat (as played by Mark Alaimo in 35 episodes of DS9).

Some of our voters were also winners as, thanks to Fabulous Films we had some superb prizes to give away in our prize draw, all just for making your choices. QUANTUM LEAP – The Complete Blu-ray Collection went to Mark Prior of Chatteris; BUCK ROGERS – The Complete Blu-ray Collection went to Sally Luke of Chelmsford; COLUMBO – Complete Season One on Blu-ray went to Chris Smith of Urmston; and THE INCREDIBLE HULK – Movie Collection on DVD went to Cliff Hedges of Bromley.

Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:55

The Dawson Watch on DVD

‘Them’. The ‘Faceless Ones’. ‘Enemies of Mankind’. The ‘Aliens’. No, this isn’t David Icke on one of his lecture tours.  This is one of our most iconic comedians placed into a high-tech humour format. Les Dawson is a legend, much remembered for his deadpan style, curmudgeonly persona and snide jokes about his mother-in-law. The BBC series THE DAWSON WATCH saw Les tackle a different subject in each episode, with his unique approach framed in an intriguing comedy vehicle.

It ran for 19 episodes between 1979 and 1980. When you tie this into his work as a novelist, we can see that here was a man who knew far more about what was going on in the world, and in his book “A Time Before Genesis” he even predicts the future in a way that might just be coming true, right here, right now. Apply this thought to watching this series and added layers of interest are exposed.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:06

VOTE NOW in CTV Awards 2018

Voting has just begun in the voting phase of this the 2018 Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 25th 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 have four prizes on offer - a copy of the entire series 22 Blu-ray Box Set of QUANTUM LEAP, with an RRP of £149.99, the two seasons of BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY on Blu-ray (8 discs, RRP £59.99), the first season of COLUMBO on Bu-ray (3 discs, RRP £29.99), and the TV movies of THE INCREDIBLE HULK on DVD (3 discs, RRP £29.99), all thanks to Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, all for getting your ‘thinking caps’ on and make your nominations. But hurry – voting closes on 31 March 2019.

Continue reading now for the link to the VOTING FORM.

Sunday, 09 December 2018 00:01

Win in the Cult TV Awards 2018

Voting has just begun in the nominations phase of this year’s Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 25th 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 have four prizes on offer - a copy of the entire season 24 Blu-ray Box Set of Northern Exposure, with an RRP of £149.99, the first season of Murder, She Wrote on Blu-ray (6 discs, RRP £39.99), the first season of The Rockford Files on Blu-ray (6 discs, RRP £39.99), and the entire run of Royal Pains on DVD (25 discs, RRP £99.99), all thanks to Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, all for getting your ‘thinking caps’ on and make your nominations. But hurry – nominations close on 23 December 2018.

Later in this article, you can also discover what prizes are on offer for the voting stage, which follows the nominations stage of the process. Continue reading now for the link to the Nominations Form.

Awarded to a show that is a new series, screened on a UK premium service requiring a subscription that is digitally delivered (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc) ...

Awarded to a show that has a new returning season screened on a UK premium service requiring a subscription that is digitally delivered (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc) ...

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