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Monday, 23 April 2018

Cure - out now on dual format Blu-ray and DVD“Cure” is a thriller-horror film by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (“Pulse”). Detective Takabe (Kôji Yakusho – “13 Assassins”) and his criminal psychologist colleague Sakuma (Tsuyoshi Ujiki – “Dora-heita”) are investigating a series of bizarre, apparently motiveless murders by different perpetrators. As the case develops, the police discover the involvement of a third party, an amnesiac man found on a deserted beach.

This is a peculiar and fascinating movie that reminded me of “Se7en” in several ways. It is shot in a grainy, dark manner and features lots of distressed locations that suggest decay and neglect, thematically mirroring the personalities of some of the characters.The relationship between the stranger and Detective Takabe – a man in equal parts obsessively driven and emotionally fatigued – grows increasingly complex and psychologically charged, especially as the cop is also wrestling with problems at home.

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Monday, 02 April 2018

Buck Rogers in the 25th Centiry - out now on Blu-rayAstronaut Buck Rogers is involved in a devastating accident during a mission that results in him being frozen for 500 years. Lucky to still be alive he returns to Earth in the year 2491 to find the world ravaged by a nuclear apocalypse. A fish out of water, Buck nevertheless joins the effort to protect what is left of the planet from all manner of alien forces bent on its ultimate destruction.

Developed by TV supremoes Glen A Larson and Leslie Stevens, the series is loosely based on the 1920s’ fictional character by Philip Francis Nowlan and the 1930s’ serial starring Buster Crabbe. The dashing Buck is played by Gil Gerard (“Airport ‘77”), glamorous Colonel Wilma Deering by Erin Gray (“Dreams Awake”) and cheeky, pint-sized robot sidekick Twiki by Felix Silla (“Spaceballs”), with the voice of the legendary Mel Blanc (on most episodes).

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Monday, 12 March 2018

ReBorn out now on Blu-rayToshiro aka Ghost (Tak Sakaguchi – “Versus”) is a legendary, ex-special forces soldier trying to live a quiet life running a mini-mart and caring for a young girl (Yura Kondo). Ghost becomes the target of his old squad CO who hires a team of assassins, backed up by a sizeable platoon of grunts. Despite the odds, it quickly becomes plain that Ghost has lost none of his death-dealing skills; he is not going down without a fight.

The plot may be slight but the action is fierce, bloody and exciting to behold as Ghost carves a path through his enemies, sometimes taking on half a dozen men at a time. The fights are generally very close-quarters affairs, often with small blades, primarily because the hero can dodge bullets, even high-velocity sniper rounds! Ghost has a very efficient, no showboating approach that means he dispatches nearly everyone with minimal fuss.

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Quantum  Leap - The Complete Collection - out now on Blu-rayHaving made its debut Stateside in March 1989, in the UK it would be nearly a year before Quantum Leap would come to our screens. Here, the show began on BBC Two on 13th February 1990, airing Tuesday nights at 9.00pm. Unlike so many American series before it, its popularity meant we got to see all the stories from its five year run. However, the final episode was scheduled to be aired on 14th June 1994, but got bumped after the death of dramatist Dennis Potter earlier that month, delaying the airing until 21st June 1994.

Now we have the opportunity to get our hands on a UK Blu-ray release of the series, thanks to Fabulous Films. AND YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A SET, RRP £149.99, IN OUR PRIZE COMPETITION. The winner was Stuart Edwards of Wallingford.  Meanwhile, relive all the 97 adventures once more, as physicist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula – Captain Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise) steps into the quantum accelerator, jaunting across the course of his own lifetime, putting right the little things which alter the big picture. He’s assisted by Al (Dean Stockwell – Jon Cavil in the Battlestar Galactica reboot), his only link back to the base of the time travel experiment and entering the scenarios as a hologram, with Al playing the percentages of trying to help work out where they’ve ended up and what they are there to do. Just to confuse things, Sam takes on the looks (in mirrors at least) of all sorts of different protagonists.

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Monday, 19 February 2018

The Handmaid's Tale - out on Blu-ray and DVDNot to be confused with the recent hit TV adaptation starring Elizabeth Moss, this is a 1990 film version of Margaret Atwood’s powerful novel of the same name. In the near future, the Earth has become a polluted, war-stricken nightmare world where infertility is rife. Set in the USA, now called the Republic of Gilead, fertile women are rounded up and forced to bear children for the rich and powerful whilst others frequent forced labour camps.

The excellent cast includes Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern and Victoria Tennant. Those familiar with the Cult-TV-Award-winning television series shown on Channel 4 in 2017 will know exactly what to expect, as this cinematic version looks and feels very similar indeed, albeit not quite as graphic; Richardson (“The Parent Trap”) gives us a warmer, more feminine take on central character Kate.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The winners of the Cult TV Awards 2017 have been announced.  As has been the case for these ‘gongs’ since they were first presented in 1994, our nominations stage followed by the voting stage ensures that the particular niche which makes up appreciators of Cult Television are allowed to ensure their choices stand out from what is seen at other awards ceremonies for the medium of television.

Sure, you would expect the likes of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones to be well-represented in the choices made, but probably not the likes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Westworld or Dark Matter. And with the ever-expanding Cult TV Hall of Fame, it means that every year we can invite new icons to join those we celebrate the most, including the likes of Adam West, Agent Dale Cooper, and Space: 1999

And now, here’s the full list of nominees and winners, including the infamous ‘Hall of Shame’…

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Monday, 15 January 2018

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - out now on Blu-ray“The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”, in a new Blu-ray release, is a warm and jolly interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, directed by Billy Wilder of “The Apartment” and “Some Like it Hot” fame. Robert Stephens (“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”) is a softer, more affable Holmes and Colin Blakely (“Murder on the Orient Express”) plays an energetic, fidgety Watson. Christopher Lee (“The Wicker Man”) – for once not typecast – is a slightly mellower, less superior Mycroft.

A chest is opened 50 years after Watson’s death containing case-related items. The associated investigations were deemed of a more private or shocking nature than the rest, hence their delayed disclosure. The result is an entertaining adventure featuring an unlikely roster of characters and a mash-up of genres. Where else would you encounter a half-drowned, umbrella-flashing woman, a troupe of circus midgets, a feisty ballerina, some meddling monks, Queen Victoria and a mystical sea beast?

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Monday, 08 January 2018

For Whom The Bell Tolls comes to Blu-rayGary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman star in this Oscar-winning adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel. Robert Jordan (Cooper – “High Noon”) is an American volunteer in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Jordan has been tasked with blowing up a strategically important bridge that spans a gorge, but to stand any chance of success he must gain the trust of some local Republican guerrillas.

The bandits he joins are headed by Pablo (Akim Tamiroff – “Touch of Evil”), a moody and suspicious individual who would rather remain hidden in the mountains, protecting his wealth. Fortunately for Jordan, Pablo’s wife Pilar (Katina Paxinou – “Uncle Silas”) is a fiery, independent woman who sides with the American, and the rest of the group fall in line behind her. Also in the group is Maria (Bergman – “Notorious”), who Jordan immediately takes a shine to.

The time has come and gone to make your choices in the Cult TV Awards 2017!  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VOTING FORM.

Vote Now in the Cult TV Awards 2017

There were five huge prizes up for grabs, all just for telling us your favourites. Find out about what was on offer BY CLICKING HERE. Voting closed at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 10 December 2017. The lucky winners were Graeme Michael of Nottingham (The Brothers 1-7 Complete DVD collection), Adrian Hall of Swadincote and Roger Clark of Wednesbury (1990 complete DVD collection), and Masih Malik of Epsom Downs and David Comerford of Peterborough (Spike Milligan's Q Almost Complete DVD Collection).

Don't forget, there's also the Cult TV Awards Ceremony to attend, for the first time in ten years, on Saturday 30 December 2017.  It's at The Broadway, the newly reopened theatre in Peterborough, and you can find out more BY CLICKING HERE. It's not just a ceremony, there's also a theme party and dinner included - all of which makes it excellent value!

And now, here's the details of all the nominees that got themselves onto the voting form...

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Tag - ouit now on Blu-rayA few minutes into “Tag”, my jaw was on the flaw and I did not know whether to laugh, scream or reach for the sick bucket. I settled mostly on laughing, having immediately skipped back to re-watch a particularly shocking scene again, and make sure I had not imagined it. The film contains some seriously disturbing imagery, but nothing quite matches the opening. School girls, buckets of blood and bewilderment are high on the agenda.

Mitsuko (Reina Treindl) is on a school coach trip when a bizarre disaster strikes. Fleeing for her life from an unknown threat, she bumps into her classmates who she thought were dead, at an unfamiliar school. They think Mitsuko is suffering from amnesia but soon realise something terrible is going on. This Japanese horror movie by director Sion Sono (“Suicide Club”) wants to shock you but also make you think.

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