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Review: "The Wonderful Country" (1959) Starring Robert Mitchum; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Doug Oswald

Robert Mitchum is Martin Brady, an American hired gun living in exile in Mexico in “The Wonderful Country,” a Blu-ray release from Kino Lorber. While waiting on the Rio Grande for his contact for a gun smuggling job, Brady decides to escort the wagon north to Puerto, Texas, and pick up a cache of guns on behalf of his employers, the Castro brothers. Pancho Gil (Mike Kellin), another agent of the Castros, arrives to escort the guns they’re buying from a man named Sterner, but Brady insists on picking up the guns himself. When one of Brady’s associates reminds him that he’s a wanted man in America, Brady states, “I want to see the other side of the river.”

Arriving in Puerto, a tumble-weed startles Brady’s horse and he breaks a leg in the fall. He’s aided by Dr. Herbert J. Stovall
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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 Purple Plain

Fans of this show know it as the It's a Wonderful Life of war movies, an intensely moving tale that restores feeling and tenderness to people crippled by loss and despair. The stellar pairing of top star Gregory Peck and Burmese unknown Win Min Than is unique in movies and not to be missed. The Purple Plain Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1955 / Color /1:66 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Gregory Peck, Win Min Than, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Lee, Maurice Denham, Lyndon Brook, Anthony Bushell, Josephine Griffin Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth Art Direction Donald M. Ashton, Jack Maxsted Film Editor Clive Donner Original Music John Veale Written by Eric Ambler from a novel by H.E. Bates Produced by John Bryan, Earl St. John Directed by Robert Parrish

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

How can one convey the way a picture grows on one? I liked The Purple Plain
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Review: "Filmed In Supermarionation" New UK DVD And Blu-ray Tribute To Gerry Anderson

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By Adrian Smith

(The following pertains to the UK, Region 2 releases)  

Like Walt Disney before him, Gerry Anderson's name became a brand identifier in itself, a mark of quality. It is impossible to hear his name without automatically thinking of puppets on strings, whizzing spaceships and secret island hideouts. In tribute to Anderson, who sadly passed away two years ago before the completion of this documentary, Filmed in Supermarionation presents a brilliantly detailed history of his working life. The film is full of archival material detailing just how difficult it was bringing life to those puppets, along with interviews with many of those who worked alongside Anderson, most notably his wife and long-standing collaborator Sylvia who also provided the voice of Lady Penelope.

The documentary revisits some of the original studios that Anderson and his crew used and new footage is shot in Supermarionation (Gerry Anderson's term to
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Remembering Charles Durning, Ravi Shankar and More Reel-Important People We Lost This Month

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Reel Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in their own way. Gerry Anderson (1929-2012) - Writer/producer best known for creating marionette-based animation shows for TV, such as Thunderbirds, which spawned movies in 1966, 1968 and 2004, the last of which was live action. He also cowrote and produced the sci-fi film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (aka Doppelganger) and had been tapped to script and direct the James Bond installment Moonraker, though ultimately he only provided an original treatment. He died on December 26, six months after being...

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R.I.P. Gerry Anderson (1929 - 2012)

British film and television producer Gerry Anderson has passed away aged 83, having suffered from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010. Born in London in 1929, Anderson began his career working at Gainsborough Pictures in the 1940s and after completing his national service he went on to form AP Films alongside cinematographer Arthur Provis, with the duo then producing the children's series The Adventures of Twizzle (1957-1958) for Granada Television. This marked Anderson's first-foray into the world of puppetry, and AP Films followed this up with further puppet series including Torchy the Battery Boy (1958-1959), Four Feather Falls (1959-1960) and Supercar (1960-1961) - the latter of which officially introduced the 'supermarionation' technique that would become synonymous with Anderson's body of work.

Following the space adventure series Fireball XL5 (1962), Anderson and his wife and producing partner Sylvia Anderson went on to develop Stingray (1964) before enjoying their biggest hit with the sci-fi adventure Thunderbirds, which ran
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Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Space 1999) Is Gone

Sad news yesterday, as UK newspaper The Guardian published confirmation that legendary animator and series creator Gerry Anderson has died at the age of 83. In the 60s, Gerry Anderson was responsible for several famous science fiction puppet series like Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray. Later he branched out into live action with the film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, and series like UFO and Space 1999. If you were between the ages of 5 and 25 sometime during the 60s or 70s, you probably loved his work. Me, I have to say thanks for countless afternoons of wonder. Mr Anderson has been a great inspiration and influence for many, and he will be missed....

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Gerry Anderson obituary

Thunderbirds creator who made some of the most popular children's TV shows of the 1960s

Gerry Anderson, who has died aged 83 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was the main mover behind a number of puppet series commissioned by Lew Grade's Independent Television Corporation. They made the company a fortune from the space age: perhaps the best known was Thunderbirds (1965-66), and among the others were Fireball XL5 (1962-63), Stingray (1964) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68).

Anderson embarked on Thunderbirds in 1964. For Grade, international sales – particularly into the Us market – were a key concern. So Thunderbirds focused on the Tracy brothers, with first names borrowed from the Us astronauts Scott Carpenter, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Gordon Cooper. Enormously popular in its time, the series is still being repeated today.

Scott and the others were members of International Rescue, based on a south Pacific island, set up,
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Gerry Anderson obituary

Thunderbirds creator who made some of the most popular children's TV shows of the 1960s

Gerry Anderson, who has died aged 83 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was the main mover behind a number of puppet series commissioned by Lew Grade's Independent Television Corporation. They made the company a fortune from the space age: perhaps the best known was Thunderbirds (1965-66), and among the others were Fireball XL5 (1962-63), Stingray (1964) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68).

Anderson embarked on Thunderbirds in 1964. For Grade, international sales – particularly into the Us market – were a key concern. So Thunderbirds focused on the Tracy brothers, with first names borrowed from the Us astronauts Scott Carpenter, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Gordon Cooper. Enormously popular in its time, the series is still being repeated today.

Scott and the others were members of International Rescue, based on a south Pacific island, set up,
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Gerry Anderson, king of Supermarionation: 1929-2012

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Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds, Space: 1999, Supercar, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, UFO, Fireball XL5, Stingray, and many other science fiction and fantasy shows, has died at the age of 83.

Gerry was best know for his “Supermarionation” series, featuring detailed marionettes and a science-fiction based storyline. His ex-wife Sylvia collaborated frequently with him, most famously voicing Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in Thunderbirds. The shows were a first step for many well-known actors and creators, including Lois Maxwell (Moneypenny in the early James Bond films), character actors Shane Rimmer and Jaremy Wilkin (Blake’s 7) and special effects master Derek Meddings (Star Wars and the James Bond franchise). He made successful forays into live action as well, with the series Space: 1999 and UFO, and the feature film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun.

Gerry suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years, and spent much of his
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Another Earth – review

This ponderous piece of philosophical science fiction, the feature debut of an established documentarist, is like a film school exercise in which the student is challenged to take four familiar movie plots and weave them together into a coherent whole. The first is the shock opening – a horrendous automobile collision at night. The second is the appearance of another planet coming dangerously close to earth. The third is the discovery by space explorers of another world where we meet our doubles: this is what happens in a mysterious fashion in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky's Solaris and more explicitly in Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (aka Doppelgänger), the 1969 venture into live-action film‑making by the Thunderbirds team. The fourth is the guilty perpetrator of a (usually fatal) crime insinuating him or herself in the lives of the victim's family.

In Another Earth, Rhoda, a drunken New England teenager,
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Cinema Retro Issue #11 Back In Stock!

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Good news for those of you who are trying to complete your collection of Cinema Retro issues. A small number of copies of Cinema Retro #11, previously listed as sold out, have surfaced in our warehouse. Here's what this excellent issue features:

*Film in Focus 8 page tribute to Michael Caine's crime classic Get Carter *The inside story of the shocking erotic film Baby Love starring 15 year old Linda Hayden *The Films From U.N.C.L.E. coverage continues with One Spy Too Many *Exclusive interview with noted director Joe Dante *Never before published behind the scenes photos from the filming of On Her Majesty's Secret Service Exclusive interview with David McCallum Inside the Ian Fleming London museum tribute Extensive look at Gerry Anderson's Doppleganger (aka Journey to the Far Side of the Sun) The Queen's visits to Pinewood Studios Pt. 2 of our tribute to Doris Day Raymond Benson
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Actor Cy Grant Dies

British West Indian actor Cy Grant was one of the first black performers to appear regularly on British television, starring in the BBC’s satirical current events program Tonight in 1957. He gave a calypso rendition of the news events of the day before leaving the popular program after three years. He was later featured as the voice of Lieutenant Green, the black defender of Earth, in Gerry Anderson’s ITV marionette series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons from 1967 to 1968.

Grant was born in Beterverwagting, Demerara, British Guiana (now Guyana), on November 8, 1919. He one of the first West Indian recruits to serve with the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was serving as a navigator on a bombing mission when his aircraft was shot down over Holland in June of 1943. He spent the remainder of the war as a German Pow until being liberated by Russian troops in 1945.

Grant
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