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Review: Gerry And Sylvia Anderson's "U.F.O.: The Complete Series"; UK Blu-ray Release From Network

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By Tim Greaves

With Christmas 1970 on the horizon, the UK’s thrilling new sci-fi TV show UFO was well underway. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's first live-action series, it was set in the future and revolved around the activities of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation (Shado), a covert agency presided over by Commander Ed Straker (Ed Bishop) to fend off alien attacks on mankind. As a wide-eyed 8-year-old I was hooked and I can recall wishing two things. One was that I could have one of the Dinky Toys’ missile-firing Shado Interceptors, which I thought then (and still think now) was the coolest among the incredible array of vehicles that appeared in the show; I’d not be nearly as forgiving today as I was back then that Dinky had manufactured it in garish green, where the ‘real’ ones on TV were white. The other wish was that I
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The HD restoration of Gerry Anderson’s UFO sells out before its release date

UFO was the late Gerry Anderson’s first step into a live action television series. Originally released in 1970, the show saw Shado (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation) defending Earth – in the 1980’s – against an alien invasion, whose primary goal was to harvest humans for their organs. Now Anderson Entertainment have announced that the High Definition restoration, by Network Distributing, has already sold out before the release date!

The second pressing of UFO – The Complete Series (12), which features all 26 episodes, is now being rushed through, and this is expected to land mid-December.

The set features:-

From Earth to the Moon – brand new feature-length documentary with interviews, archive video, audio and stills – many of which have never been seen or heard before. The Women of UFO – new documentary discussing the improving sexual equality depicted in UFO and the role of science fiction in striving for that change. Identified: Shado New Recruits Briefing
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Captain Scarlet revisited: Francis Matthews' iconic hero 47 years later

Over the weekend, it was confirmed that Francis Matthews - a prolific and respected actor, star of stage and screen - had sadly died, aged 86.

As Captain Scarlet - the hero of Gerry Anderson's '60s 'Supermarionation' series - Matthews was one of the iconic voices of this writer's childhood.

To mark his passing, the Week in Geek revisits the first episode of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons - first broadcast on UK television almost 50 years ago.

"The finger is on the trigger - about to unleash a force with terrible powers, beyond the comprehension of man. This force we shall know as… The Mysterons."

It's not your average science fiction children's series that opens with a moody and atmospheric crawl into a dark and dirty alley, where a lone gunman sprays bullets before being felled by return fire.

But Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was far from your
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Top 10 mindf*** TV episodes

Fare such as Smallville's 'Labyrinth' episode and pretty much anything in either the UK or Us version of Life On Mars - even 'Life Is A Rock', the outrageous 'space finale' of ABC's 2008 remake of the original UK BBC series - is not admissable here. We knew that Smallville would continue after Labyrinth's attempts to persuade Clark that his Kryptonian heritage was invented, and since we knew ABC's Life On Mars was heading for the trash anyway, the final episode had no parameters left to respect. Also excluded are episodes of anthologies such as The Twilight Zone, which set out on a weekly basis to mess with our minds. And sorry, Lost definitely also falls into that category.

Here, instead, are the season episodes which 'got us' fair and square without committing canonical suicide...

This is chock-full of spoilers, so be warned...

10: The Prisoner - 'The Chimes Of Big
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Top 10 mindf*** TV episodes

Fare such as Smallville's 'Labyrinth' episode and pretty much anything in either the UK or Us version of Life On Mars  - even 'Life Is A Rock', the outrageous 'space finale' of ABC's 2008 remake of the original UK BBC series - is not admissable here. We knew that Smallville would continue after Labyrinth's attempts to persuade Clark that his Kryptonian heritage was invented, and since we knew ABC's Life On Mars was heading for the trash anyway, the final episode had no parameters left to respect. Also excluded are episodes of anthologies such as The Twilight Zone, which set out on a weekly basis to mess with our minds. And sorry, Lost definitely also falls into that category.

Here, instead, are the season episodes which 'got us' fair and square without committing canonical suicide...

This is chock-full of spoilers, so be warned...

10: The Prisoner - 'The Chimes Of Big
See full article at Shadowlocked »

Top 10 mindf*** TV episodes

Fare such as Smallville's 'Labyrinth' episode and pretty much anything in either the UK or Us version of Life On Mars  - even 'Life Is A Rock', the outrageous 'space finale' of ABC's 2008 remake of the original UK BBC series - is not admissable here. We knew that Smallville would continue after Labyrinth's attempts to persuade Clark that his Kryptonian heritage was invented, and since we knew ABC's Life On Mars was heading for the trash anyway, the final episode had no parameters left to respect. Also excluded are episodes of anthologies such as The Twilight Zone, which set out on a weekly basis to mess with our minds. And sorry, Lost definitely also falls into that category.

Here, instead, are the season episodes which 'got us' fair and square without committing canonical suicide...

This is chock-full of spoilers, so be warned...

10: The Prisoner - 'The Chimes Of Big
See full article at Shadowlocked »

Official Website for Matthew Gratzner's 'UFO' Remake Goes Live

We're not sure if anyone has already stumbled across this (we did by accident) but it doesn't seem to have made the Interweb radar yet—the official website for director Matthew Gratzner's remake of the classic UFO series has gone live, though there's not a lot on the site as of yet.

What you will find at the Flash-only portal is a partial image of what appears to be an Interceptor. It looks a lot like the original design, but does seem to have a few differences here and there. Whether this is a representation of the final design is hard to say, but it's intriguing to see it nevertheless.

Other items on the site include the film's title logo, as well as a brief glimpse shortly after the page loads of the new S.H.A.D.O. logo. S.H.A.D.O., as you UFO aficionados already know,
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'UFO' Lifting Off with Joshua Jackson

Actor Joshua Jackson is set to hop on UFO, a feature adaptation of the 1970-71 British cult TV series.

The Vancouver-born Jackson, who currently stars in the Fox television series Fringe, will play Paul Foster, a test pilot for an organization called S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization) which defends Earth from aliens who abduct humans and harvest their body parts. Col. Paul Foster was played in the original ITV series by Michael Billington, which also starred the late Ed Bishop as Cmdr. Ed Straker, the head of S.H.A.D.O.

The UFO movie will be produced by Henri M. Kessler and Avi Haas, from a script by Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek. Matthew Gratzner, who served as visual effects supervisor on such films as Iron Man, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and the upcoming Shutter Island, will be making his directorial debut.
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Visual effects guru to command UFO film adaptation

One Of The kitsch classics of 70s sci-fi is to be revived and adapted into a Hollywood feature film.

British TV series UFO, which aired in 1970 and 1971, is fondly remembered for lead character Commander Ed Straker (pictured left), played by the late Ed Bishop, who bleached his hair for the first few episodes but then ended up wearing a white wig.

You may also recall the female crew on Moonbase - including actress Gabrielle Drake (pictured above) - with their purple bobbed hairdos, dramatic eye make-up and silver jumpsuits. Their commander was the glamorous Colonel Virginia Lake (pictured below), played by Wanda Ventham.

Now, nearly four decades later, the show - created by sci-fi veterans Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - is to be navigated on to the big screen by visual effects guru Matthew Gratzner, in his directorial debut, reports Variety.

Gratzner did special effects on such films as The
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Gerry Anderson's 'UFO' Headed for Big Screen

It seems that the "aliens are upon us" theme is back in fashion in Hollywood these days. We just had the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, ABC is about to bring V back to television, and now, word comes from Variety that UK television producer Gerry Anderson's cult sci-fi series UFO is set to get a feature film re-imagining.

The Robert Evans Co. has a first-look deal at Paramount, which will be first stop for the project. "We know the importance of the UFO series brand to ITV Global, and we will work closely with them to build this into a franchise," Evans said.

Evans is the man who brought the classics Chinatown and Marathon Man to the big screen. He is producing with Avi Haas and Henri M. Kessler. Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek are penning a script.

The movie will be set in the
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