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New Release: Ill Met By Moonlight DVD

9 June 2011 6:07 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Hen’s Tooth Video will release the 1957 British war drama-adventure Ill Met By Moonlight (also known as Night Ambush) on DVD on Aug. 16 for the list price of $19.95, marking the film’s DVD premiere in the U.S.

British officers David Oxley (l.) and Dirk Bogarde are Ill Met By Midnight.

Written, produced and directed by the legendary filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the World War II movie follows two British officers (Despair‘s Dirk Bogarde, David Oxley) who are assigned to kidnap a German General (Marius Goring) from the  Nazi occupied island of Crete and deliver him to Allied forces in Cairo. Aided by local patriots, the abduction itself goes smoothly, but the Brits’ subsequent action-filled escape across the rocky Cretan landscape proves to be more problematic.

Based on W. Stanley Moss’s autobiographical account of the operation, Ill Met By Moonlight was the last collaboration between Powell and Pressburger, »

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Paul Kriwaczek obituary

17 March 2011 5:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Television education producer and writer on the ancient world

Paul Kriwaczek, who has died aged 73, was a communicator with great presentational flair. A producer of educational television and, subsequently, a writer about ancient civilisations, he used his vast store of knowledge to explain by metaphor, analogy and models. His last book, Babylon, Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilisations (2010), began by describing the execution of Saddam Hussein in the style of the Old Testament Book of Kings, to show how the dictator saw himself as the successor to Nebuchadnezzar. In the TV series that introduced the computer to the British household, The Computer Programme (1981), the studio presenter explained the picture format of analogue TV, while his woollen sweater was being unwound line by line from his person.

Paul joined BBC Further Education TV in 1970. Any subject seemed possible, provided the programmes were in series, accompanied by a booklet and made on the cheap. »

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