5 items from 2016
50 Years of Star Trek, 2016.
Directed by Ian Roumain.
50 Years of Star Trek isn’t an exhaustive documentary, since you can only cram so much into 85 minutes, but it is a nice look back at a franchise that has endured for half a century. It’s also notable for containing Leonard Nimoy’s last interview.
I’ve always been more of a Star Wars guy than a Star Trek one, but I have fond memories of watching repeated episodes of the original series during the early 1970s, when I was a young kid immersing myself in a lot of TV science-fiction, including Lost in Space, Space: 1999, and many other series.
Even though Star Wars became my favorite, I still eagerly looked forward to each new Trek film and saw many of them in the theater when they were released. I admit to having mixed feelings about the new reboot »
- Brad Cook
Back in the early 1980’s the late Gerry Anderson MBE brought the Terrahawks to our screens and they were a fantastic addition to his Supermarionation catalogue, bringing Doctor “Tiger” Ninestein and the rest of the Terrahawks to defend the planet Earth from Zelda and her gang of vile followers. Today it has been revealed that Terrahawks has finally been given a High-Definition release on both Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever!
Terrahawks: Volume 1 (U) features the first 13 episodes, presented for the first time in High Definition from the best available materials, in their original as-transmitted aspect ratio and is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD for just £19.99 each.
Gerry Anderson, the hugely influential creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space: 1999 made a spectacular return to puppet animation in the early 1980s with an exciting new series co-created with Christopher Burr. Thrilling yet another generation of children (and adults! »
By Tim Greaves
Between the early 1950s and mid 1980s the Children's Film Foundation was a non-profit making establishment behind dozens of films aimed at a young audience, most of them screening as programme constituents at Saturday morning 'Picture Shows'. I didn't catch many of these during my own childhood. But I do recall a couple of particularly enjoyable ones that I did get to see in the early 1970s: Cry Wolf (1969) and All at Sea (1970), both of which are conspicuously absent from the half dozen or so collections issued on DVD to date. Many of the Cff’s films had a run-time of around an hour, although there were also a number of serials in their catalogue. Masters of Venus was one such production. Comprising eight 15-minute instalments, it arrives on DVD in the UK in a restored release from BFI.
On the day prior to mankind's first mission to Venus, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Gerry Anderson, the hugely influential creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space: 1999 made a spectacular return to puppet animation in the early 1980s with an exciting new series co-created with Christopher Burr. Thrilling yet another generation of children (and adults!), Terrahawks introduced a new elite force to defend 21st century Earth against a host of alien invaders.
Led by the heroic Tiger Ninestein, the Terrahawks crew consists of Captain Mary Falconer, his acting second-in-command; fighter-pilot and former pop star Kate Kestrel; the poetically inclined Lieutenant Hiro; and Lt. Hawkeye – the gunner with computer-enhanced vision. Assisted by a legion of charismatic spherical robots known as the Zeroids, they battle a cabal of evil adversaries – none more terrifying than android crone Zelda, the would-be conqueror »
- Phil Wheat
I’m still processing the events of this week’s tumultuous episode of “The 100,” as appears to be the case with many fellow viewers. I’ve thought about little else since the episode aired, and I’m sure I’ll be pondering it for some time to come. Please don’t regard what follows as a fixed, absolute reaction. My feelings about “13” are likely to evolve as I think about it more, and much of this post will consist of me working through my thoughts and feelings as I go, so bear with me.
There’s one thing I’m sure of: I loved all the Polaris stuff. Everything to do with Becca and the doomed space station and the technology that continues to have »
- Maureen Ryan
5 items from 2016
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