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Blu-ray Release: Brannigan

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Blu-ray Release Date: July 8, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

John Wayne and Judy Geeson star in Brannigan.

John Wayne (Red River) is the eponymous Chicago cop in the 1975 action-filled comedy crime movie Brannigan.

In the movie, Brannigan is sent on a fish-out-of-water journey to England to pick up a bail-jumping thug (John Vernon, Animal House) for extradition. But to the chagrin of Scotland Yard (represented by The Great Escape‘s Richard Attenborough), the mobster is abruptly kidnapped from under their noses, and Brannigan has to join forces with a whole different breed of cops—including Judy Geeson (Man in a Suitcase) as a fetching if no-nonsense Detective-Sergeant—to track him down…all over a gorgeous 1970s-era London.

Featuring a jazz-inflected score by Dominic Frontiere, Twilight Time’s Blu-ray edition of Brannigan includes the following features:

-Isolated score track

-Audio commentary with actress Judy Geeson and film historian Nick Redman

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The Saint, The Champions: What was the secret of '60s cult TV?

The sad passing of actress Alexandra Bastedo earlier this month saw many recalling and celebrating her work on '60s spy-fi series The Champions - just one entry in the canon of cult programme makers Itc Entertainment.

Though it also branched out into film production - with the likes of 1976's The Eagle Has Landed and 1982's The Dark Crystal - Itc was best known throughout the 1960s and '70s for its raft of cult TV programming, with shows like The Champions making an indelible screen icon of Bastedo and others like her.

These shows are now world-renowned - The Saint, The Prisoner, Thunderbirds - but the team behind them still go sadly unsung.

This week, the Week in Geek is looking to redress the balance with a fond tribute to Itc Entertainment - one of the UK's very best, most influential production teams.

Sherlock: The Problem of the Vanishing Detective

Doctor Who,
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DVD Review - Man in a Suitcase, Set 2

DVD Review - Man in a Suitcase, Set 2

A year after the first half of the 1960s spy series Man in a Suitcase hit DVD, fans can complete their collection with the second half of the series. Set 2, out on DVD from Acorn Media January 3, features the final fifteen episodes of the Richard Bradford-starring show.

In my review of set 1, I noted how Bradford wasn't quite believable as the main character, former U.S. intelligence agent "Mac" McGill. His swagger seemed like a poorly attempted emulation of James Bond then, but in set 2, Bradford has settled into the role. McGill's still a two-dimensional character, but his quietly sardonic McGill is much more watchable than it was at the beginning of the series.

In fact, not much about the series feels forced, as it did earlier on. Set 2 features some pretty great episodes, with surprising amounts of moral ambiguity. With its second half,
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DVD Review - The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series, Part One

There was never any shortage of spy shows in the 1960s. Get Smart, Man in a Suitcase, I Spy, Mission: Impossible... Spies were for television in the sixties what cops and doctors are for television today. Some spy shows were even successful enough to spawn a spin-off: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., for instance, is a spin-off from the popular series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 

However, it seems like The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. was one of the few spy shows from that era that weren't really a success; only twenty-nine episodes of the series were produced before the program was cancelled due to low ratings. Now, the complete series finally coming to DVD from Warner Brothers, available in two four-disc sets. We were able to get our hands on a copy of the first set, and surprisingly, it was actually quite good.

The
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Pat Jackson obituary

Film director whose work included the wartime masterpiece Western Approaches

The director Pat Jackson, who has died aged 95, was best known for the semi-documentary war film Western Approaches (1944). This neglected classic – a feature-length portrait of the Battle of the Atlantic – was shot under the auspices of the Ministry of Information's Crown Film Unit and predominantly filmed at sea under hazardous conditions. The shoot's logistical nightmares were compounded by the vast size of the Technicolor camera. Jackson himself devised the story of the imminent convergence of a German U-boat and an English ship which is on the way to save a group of comrades in a lifeboat.

Jackson was in his late 20s when he shot Western Approaches with the outstanding cameraman Jack Cardiff and a cast of amateur actors. It was a remarkable achievement that remained unsurpassed throughout the writer-director's lengthy career. The film was well received in Britain and
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DVD Review - Man in a Suitcase, Set 1

Man in a Suitcase's "Mac" McGill is the off-brand James Bond. Where Bond has a smooth swagger, McGill has an awkward stride that resembles most accurately Gru from Despicable Me. His dialogue delivery is forced (not to mention entirely cheeseball), and he takes himself way too seriously, despite his constant inferiority to the episodes' antagonists, who continually blackmail, threaten, (and in one episode, brainwash) him. If Man in a Suitcase didn't try to market him as being someone as suave as James Bond, that'd all be fine.

The show itself isn't bad, though, believe it or not. It deserves points for casting an American in the main role as McGill, despite being a British show. The fact that the show at least attempts to show American perceptions of Britain makes it interesting in that regard, though that aspect receives very little screen time.

The show also has hints of its contemporary,
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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

DVD Playhouse December 2010

By

Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
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Stephen Fry's Bafta speech

Read the full text of Stephen Fry's 2010 annual television lecture

Oh ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much. I don't know what source John uses. It was a temporary blip. I have 370,000 more followers than Sarah Brown as of this morning but I wish her well. My lords, ladies, honoured guests, dears and darlings, it's an extraordinary honour to be asked to deliver this BAFTA lecture. Honours of course are responsibilities. They can be poisoned chalices, they can be vulnerable hostages to a malicious fortune. After all, there is really no greater honour on earth than being asked to keep goal for England.

There is as far as I know no profession in this country that likes to talk about itself more than broadcasting. Over the past few years I've been asked if I might consider contributing to talks, lectures, speeches, panels and other debates, disquisitions, discourses, diatribes and discussions all over the country.
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Albert Elms obituary

Composer best known for TV's The Prisoner

The talents of the composer and arranger Albert Elms, who has died aged 89, could be heard on television shows from the 1950s to the 70s, perhaps most memorably on the admired espionage series The Prisoner (1967-68).

As musical director and composer, Elms shared the desire of the show's star and creative force, Patrick McGoohan, to confound viewers expecting the conventional. The Prisoner's incidental music featured sly quotations from the nursery rhyme Pop! Goes the Weasel and the Eton Boating Song, accompanying scenes of McGoohan's enigmatic former secret agent, Number Six, prowling around Portmeirion, on the north Wales coast.

Elms supplied incidental music for several other series made by Itc (Incorporated Television Company), the film-making subsidiary of Sir Lew Grade's ITV franchise holder Atv. Beginning his association with the company during its monochrome, swashbuckling period, he eventually adapted to its involvement with 1960s psychedelia.
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