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Doomwatch: revisiting a UK 'sci-fact' classic

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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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When Eight Bells Toll

This forgotten Alistair MacLean action thriller packs a rare starring role for the young Anthony Hopkins -- he's really good as secret agent Philip Calvert, battling gold thieves in the Scottish Isles. He's got a James Bond attitude in a more down-to-Earth adventure. When Eight Bells Toll Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1971 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date March 8, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Ferdy Mayne, Wendy Allnutt, Maurice Roëves, Derek Bond, Leon Collins, Peter Arne, Oliver MacGreevy, Tom Chatto, Del Henney. Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson Film Editor John Shirley Original Music Angela Morley Written by Alistair MacLean from his novel Produced by Elliott Kastner Directed by Etienne Périer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Producer Elliott Kastner stretched Alistair MacLean's brand of military action adventure to James Bond extremes in the expensive, very popular Where Eagles Dare of 1968. Several MacLean adaptations got underway,
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Oh! What a Lovely War

A pure-gold Savant favorite, Sir Richard Attenborough's first feature as director is a stylized pacifist epic of the insane tragedy of WW1, told through contemporary songs, with the irreverent lyrics given them by the soldiers themselves. And one will not want to miss a young Maggie Smith's music hall performance -- luring young conscripts to doom in the trenches. It's the strangest pacifist film ever, done in high style. Oh! What a Lovely War DVD The Warner Archive Collection 1969 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen / 144 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 16.99 Starring: Too many to name, see below. Cinematography Gerry Turpin Production Design Donald M. Ashton Art Direction Harry White Choreography Eleanor Fazan Film Editor Kevin Connor Original Music Alfred Ralston Written by Len Deighton from the musical play by Joan Littlewood from the radio play by Charles Chilton Produced by Richard Attenborough, Brian Duffy, Len Deighton Directed
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‘Luna’ Review

Stars: Ben Daniels, Dervla Kirwan, Stephanie Leonidas, Michael Maloney, Maurice Roëves, Katia Winter | Written and Directed by Dave McKean

After losing their baby, Grant (Ben Daniels) and Christine (Dervla Kirwan) visit a old friend from art school and his wife in their isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed among the four characters, Grant and Christine come to terms with their loss and the life of the dead child, Jacob, is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams.

Luna is a film which is hard to describe. Every section of the film is artistically presented through animation, beautiful shots or just little details which bring out the magic in an ever so subtle way, such as glitter in the moonlight. Dealing which such a heavy topic as the loss of a child, Luna is littered with some extremely emotional moments, so don’t expect
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Toronto: Media Luna Acquires ‘Luna’ (Exclusive)

Toronto: Media Luna Acquires ‘Luna’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — In the run-up to the Toronto Festival, where the fantasy drama plays in the Vanguard section, Media Luna has acquired worldsales rights to “Luna,” the latest film by U.K. artist-director Dave McKean (“MirrorMask”).

A celebrated illustrator of graphic novels (“The Sandman”), CD covers (for Machine Head, Fear Factory, Alice Cooper) children’s picture books (“Crazy Hair”) and concept artist on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” McKean’s first feature, Sundance 2005 premiere children’s fantasy “MirrorMask” combined live action and animation. He returns to the mix, this time targeting adults, in “Luna.”

Written by McKean, “Luna” centers on a couple who, after losing their baby, visit a friend in his isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed and the life of their dead child is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams that
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'Doctor Who': 11 Golden Moments from 50 years of the BBC sci-fi smash

Doctor Who is a little nugget of TV gold, that much is a given - but this year, the world's longest-running sci-fi drama is shining just that little bit brighter as it celebrates 50 years on our screens and its golden anniversary.

It's no secret that the Week in Geek is just a little bit passionate about all things Who, so with just four days to go until 'The Day of the Doctor' inevitably blows our minds, we're picking the show's 'golden' moments.

From 1963 to 2013, here's each Doctor's finest hour - 11 mind-blowing moments from William Hartnell, Matt Smith and everyone in between!

> Doctor Who 50th: Digital Spy's greatest ever story revealed

"One day, I shall come back..."

No big surprise here - unquestionably William Hartnell's finest moment as the first Doctor comes when our crotchety hero bids a sad farewell to his granddaughter Susan, trusting her to "go forward in
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FX Developing The Last of the Mohicans Mini-Series

FX Developing The Last of the Mohicans Mini-Series
FX is tapping into the movie world once again for a limited series based on the 1992 classic The Last of the Mohicans. This news comes three months after the network gave the green light for an event series based on the 1996 film Fargo.

Christopher Crowe, who wrote The Last of the Mohicans screenplay with director Michael Mann, is on board to write the pilot script, with Kerry McCluggage and Steve Beck also developing the project. The story, based on James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel, will explore the origins of America as a nation, as told through the author's characters.

Christopher Crowe and Kerry McCluggage are executive producing, while Steve Beck is serving as a producer.

The Last of the Mohicans, which starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Russell Means, grossed $75 miillion at the domestic box office during its theatrical release in 1992.

The Last of the Mohicans was released September 25th,
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Jason Isaacs 'Case Histories' Q&A: 'Jackson's irritating and fabulous'

He's become a familiar face in Us television drama, but Jason Isaacs has returned to home shores for a second series of BBC One's detective drama Case Histories - based on the best-selling novel series by author Kate Atkinson.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Isaacs reveals how it felt to play the show's lead Jackson Brodie again after two years away, his plans for the future and whether a third series of Case Histories is on the cards...

Case Histories first aired in 2011 - was it just your busy schedule that meant we've had to wait for series two?

"Yeah, I went to America to make a different television series [NBC's Awake] and made that for a long time, then made some films, and then when they wanted to make [series two], to be honest, I said no, because I was living in America with my wife and my kids are in school…

"But it was my missus who said,
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Caves Of Androzani

A day in the life of The Doctor. Get up. Have breakfast. Land on an alien planet. Suffer lots of silly "What does it all mean?" questions from assistant. Meet aliens. Get captured. Escape. Save the universe. Go to sleep.

In the case of The Caves Of Androzani, the daily masterplan gets somewhat lost in translation. Even though it starts off as a harmless investigation on the planet of Androzani Minor, The Doctor and his new friend Peri rapidly find that they have only one mission statement: To stay alive.

Inevitably, being a regeneration story, you know what's going to happen. But since The Doctor encounters more scrapes than a paint stripper, the question on everyone's lips is how does he buy it this time? Death by firing squad? Death by shuttle crash? Death by Magma Beast?

In the end though, it can only be Death by Spectrox Toxaemia, after
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The Last of the Mohicans: Director's Definitive Cut - Blu-ray Review

If there.s anyone who goes back and tinkers with their films more than George Lucas it may be Michael Mann. His interpretation of James Fennimore Cooper.s novel was not safe from revision either. This version corrects some mistakes of the tinkered version, but is still not the version you may have fallen in love with in theaters. Mohicans Chingachgook (Russell Means), his son Uncas (Eric Schweig), and his adopted .white son. Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) are drawn into the 1757 French and Indian War. Col. Edward Munro (Maurice Roeves) has summoned his daughters, Cora (Madeline Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May), to meet him at his garrison. To that end, he.s sent Maj. Duncan Heyward (Steven Waddington) to
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The Last of the Mohicans Blu-ray Set for Release October 5th

Michael Mann's 1992 classic The Last of the Mohicans will finally be released in high-definition Blu-ray on October 5. This new Bd will be priced at $34.99 Srp and you can take a look at the special features and cover art below. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe.

Based on the literary classic by James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans takes place in the majestic mountains and awe-inspiring forests of war-torn Colonial America. In the midst of a bloody battle between British, the French and Native American allies, Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe, 12 Monkeys, We Were Soldiers), the aristocratic daughter of a British Colonel and her party are captured by a group of Huron warriors. Fortunately, a group of three Mohican trappers, including Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), a rugged frontiersman and the adopted son of the Mohicans comes to their rescue. A passionate romance soon blossoms between Cora and Hawkeye,
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Winstone, Hurt and Berkoff – is that all you've got?

44 Inch Chest stars Deadwood's Ian McShane alongside a who's-who of British beefcake, but who would make John Patterson's dream team of UK movie hard men?

I have to admit I like the look of 44 Inch Chest, and particularly its wall-to-wall cast of British hard men: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Steven Berkoff and John Hurt.

John Hurt, you say, a British tough guy? Well, it's all about stunt-casting here; almost every major piece of casting works because somewhere in each actor's back catalogue is at least one meaty outing as a nasty piece of work brandishing a gun. For Hurt it was Stephen Frears's mid-80s Spanish revenger's road-movie The Hit.

Ian McShane is actually a two-stage piece of stunt casting. When he was cast as the ambi-sexual crime lord in Sexy Beast, the film-makers were referencing his role as Richard Burton's gangland catamite in Villain (1971), and
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Film review: Ulysses

This is a bold and high-minded stab at the ultimate unfilmable book, writes Peter Bradshaw

In 1967, the American film-maker Joseph Strick took a bold and high-minded stab at the ultimate unfilmable book: Joyce's Ulysses. Inevitably, it's a disappointment, though watched again now for this rerelease, it doesn't seem as much of a disappointment as all that. Milo O'Shea gives a very decent performance as Leopold Bloom: he is dignified, vulnerable, sensitive and tragicomic. However, Maurice Roëves's Stephen Dedalus is flat and uninteresting; his opening dialogue scenes with Mulligan and Haines in the Martello Tower are odd and stilted, yet maybe there's no other way of doing them. I was reminded of Manoel De Oliveira's 2002 film I'm Going Home, in which John Malkovich plays a film-maker directing a new version of Ulysses, and unhappily attempting to direct Michel Piccoli's elderly French actor, whom he has stupendously miscast as Buck Mulligan.
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The Damned United - 5 new clips from the Michael Sheen starrer.

"The Damned United" drama from Sony Pictures Classics has five new clips in it. Sent out on October 9th, the film stars Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Joseph Dempsie, Stephen Graham, Colm Meaney, Maurice Roëves, Martin Compston and Brian McCardie. Tom Hooper ("John Adams") helms from the writing by Peter Morgan based on the novel by David Peace. Set in 1960's and 1970's England, "The Damned United" tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football...
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'The Damned United' - Trailer added.

See the trailer for Sony Pictures Classics' "The Damned United," starring Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Joseph Dempsie, Stephen Graham, Colm Meaney, Maurice Roëves, Martin Compston and Brian McCardie. Set in 1960's and 1970's England, The Damned United tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football - an anathema to the principled...
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"The Damned United" - See new images from the Sony Pictures Classics release.

Tom Hooper ("John Adams," "Longford") directs "The Damned United" from the screenplay written by Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Other Boleyn Girl") based on the novel by David Peace.   The sport drama is sent out to limited locations via Sony Pictures Classics.   The film stars Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Joseph Dempsie, Stephen Graham, Maurice Roëves, Martin Compston and Brian McCardie.   Story follows Brian Clough's (Michae...
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