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Review: "The Outsider" (1979) Starring Craig Wasson; Blu-ray Release From Olive Films

28 September 2016 3:32 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Olive Films has released a Blu-ray edition of the little-remembered and rarely seen 1979 film "The Outsider", a powerful drama directed by Tony Luraschi , who seemingly had a bright career but who, instead seems to have fallen into obscurity.  This seems to be one of only two films he was ever credited with. The reasons for this remain unclear, given the fact that "The Outsider" is a powerful film that has retained its bite over the decades. One can only wonder why a work of such passion could not have inspired its director to continue to direct movies, although perhaps fate prevented him from doing so. (If any readers has any information to share about this, please let us know.)  The film is set in Northern Ireland during the height of "The Troubles", that seemingly endless period of time when nation was torn apart by state of virtual civil was. »

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Out of the Unknown review: 1960s BBC sci-fi from a Who’s Who of literary talent

23 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Futurism by Forster, colonising space with Ballard and gleaming white hospitals designed by Ridley Scott – thank goodness it wasn’t all wiped

The list of writers on the BBC sci-fi series Out of the Unknown reads like a Who’s Who of literary talent: Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, John Wyndham, Jg Ballard, Em Forster and Jb Priestley.

But this programme, which ran from 1965 to 1971, ticks just about all the boxes for lovers of older British genre TV: creepy title sequences; “radiophonic” music and soundscapes; plenty of appearances from soon-to-be familiar faces – from George Cole to David Hemmings, from Lesley-Anne Down to Burt Kwouk and Geoffrey Palmer.

Related: Radiophonic Workshop: the shadowy pioneers of electronic sound

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- Phelim O'Neill

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Doomwatch: revisiting a UK 'sci-fact' classic

31 March 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Ground-breaking, intelligent, prescient 1970s drama Doomwatch, now out on DVD, is a British television classic...

Playing on the public's fear that 'this could actually happen', Doomwatch had a veneer of credibility unusual in the escapist television drama landscape of the late 60s/early 70s. This spring sees the most comprehensive haul of Doomwatch episodes released on DVD for the first time. The nickname for the "Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work", the series first appeared on BBC1 on Monday 9th February 1970 at 9.40pm. It followed half an hour of comedy from Kenneth Williams, which must have surely heightened its dramatic impact.

The series would run in tandem with the early Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who; the first episode made its debut two days after part two of Doctor Who And The Silurians. The two shows undoubtedly shared a synergy of ideas - not to mention cast and crew. »

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