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The Flight of the Phoenix (Region B)

Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his own kind of male arrogance. Can a dozen oil workers and random passengers ‘invent’ their way out of an almost certain death trap? It’s a late-career triumph for James Stewart, at the head of a sterling ensemble cast. I review a UK disc in the hope of encouraging a new restoration.

The Flight of the Phoenix

Region B Blu-ray

(will not play in domestic U.S. players)

Masters of Cinema / Eureka Entertainment

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 142 min. / Street Date September 12, 2016 / £12.95

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Gabriele Tinti, Alex Montoya, Peter Bravos, William Aldrich, Barrie Chase.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Stunt Pilot: Paul Mantz

Art Direction: William Glasgow
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Film Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’

Film Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’
Based on British author Arthur Ransome’s popular children’s books of the 1930s and 1940s, “Swallows and Amazons” is, on the face of it, a fairly conservative film. Detailing the summer vacation adventures of the upper middle-class Walker family, it is a relaxed piece set in the summer of 1935, in a heritage England of Dundee cake, small boats and blithe acceptance of a broadly colonialist outlook. It is an England where the machinations of Russian spies can be safely foiled in time for tea by a band of plucky children. It is the fictional England to which many Britons who voted for Brexit aspire to return.

Properly understood as a fiction, this rose-tinted world of kids who covet knives in order to whittle sticks — rather than, say, to stab a schoolmate — makes for a very charming, fairly twee, entirely respectable adventure. Of the five Walker children, the standout is
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StudioCanal, HanWay board 'Swallows and Amazons'

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Exclusive: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.

StudioCanal has snapped up UK rights to the upcoming feature version of UK classic book series Swallows and Amazons from HanWay Films, which has launched world sales at Cannes.

Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has newly joined the Harbour Pictures’ (Calendar Girls) production alongside Rafe Spall (Get Santa) who will lead the cast as the enigmatic Captain Flint.

Philippa Lowthorpe (Jamaica Inn) will direct from a screenplay by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie).

Production on the film version will begin in the Lake District this summer. BBC Films and the BFI developed the project and are on-board for production finance.

The film is set over an idyllic English summer holiday where the Walker children and their sailing rivals, the Blacketts, run amok in their boats against the impressive backdrop of the Lake District. But when the Walker’s uncle Jim is revealed
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'Wild Geese' star Sir Roger Moore on making the action classic, now out on Blu-ray

'Wild Geese' star Sir Roger Moore on making the action classic, now out on Blu-ray
Star-studded action movies don’t get much more studded with stars than 1978′s The Wild Geese. Filmed, controversially at the time, in South Africa the film finds big screen legends Richard Harris, Richard Burton, and Sir Roger Moore playing mercenaries recruited by Stewart Granger’s sinister merchant banker to rescue the imprisoned president of an central African state. Does all go to plan? It very much does not — and in a manner which involves some of the most thrilling action sequences of the era.

Tomorrow, Severin Films is releasing the Andrew McLaglen-directed film in an extras-packed Blu-ray/DVD set
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Win Enid Blyton's Famous Five Collector's Edition Series 1 and 2 boxset on DVD

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the classic children's book series Famous Five, Koch Media are releasing all 26 episodes of the 1970s ITV series Enid Blyton's Famous Five in a Collector's Edition DVD boxset on August 6th, and to celebrate we have two copies up for grabs in our latest giveaway. Read on for a synopsis, clip and details of how to enter...

Meet the Famous Five: Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne (Jennifer Thanisch), their cousin George (Michelle Gallagher) and her dog Timmy.

Ruined castles and rolling moors; mysterious islands and hidden caves: the five can find adventure wherever they are. Join them at Kirrin Cottage, or away on their holidays as they encounter smugglers, scoundrels and spies. Thankfully, Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny are always around to offer lashings of ginger beer.

Based on the best-selling Enid Blyton series of books, this classic 70’s TV series
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Win Enid Blyton's Famous Five Series 2 on DVD

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the classic children's book series Famous Five, Koch Media are releasing the original 1970s ITV series Enid Blyton's Famous Five on DVD, with series 2 hitting shelves on Monday June 25th and to celebrate we have three copies of the DVD set up for grabs in our latest giveaway. Read on for a synopsis, clip and details of how to enter...

Meet the Famous Five: Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne (Jennifer Thanisch), their cousin George (Michelle Gallagher) and her dog Timmy.

Ruined castles and rolling moors; mysterious islands and hidden caves: the five can find adventure wherever they are. Join them at Kirrin Cottage, or away on their holidays as they encounter smugglers, scoundrels and spies. Thankfully, Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny are always around to offer lashings of ginger beer.

Based on the best-selling Enid Blyton series of books, this classic
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Win: Celebrate 70 years of Enid Blyton with the Famous Five Series One on DVD

To mark the DVD release of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Series 1 on May 21st, we’ve been given three copies of the show to give away. The release includes all 13 episodes of the classic 70’s TV show and has been released to celebrate 70 years of Enid Blyton.

The series was originally broadcast on ITV over two series in 1978 and 1979 and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the release of the Famous Five series of books.

Meet the Famous Five: Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne (Jennifer Thanisch), their cousin George (Michelle Gallagher) and her dog Timmy. Ruined castles and rolling moors; mysterious islands and hidden caves: the five can find adventure wherever they are. Join them at Kirrin Cottage, or away on their holidays as they encounter smugglers, scoundrels and spies. Thankfully, Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny are always around to offer lashings of ginger beer.
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Win Enid Blyton's Famous Five Series 1 on DVD

To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the release of the Famous Five series of books, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Series 1 - which features all 13 episodes of the classic 70s TV show - is coming to DVD here in the UK on May 21st and to celebrate we have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of Koch Media. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this fantastic giveaway...

Meet the Famous Five: Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne (Jennifer Thanisch), their cousin George (Michelle Gallagher) and her dog Timmy.

Ruined castles and rolling moors; mysterious islands and hidden caves: the five can find adventure wherever they are. Join them at Kirrin Cottage, or away on their holidays as they encounter smugglers, scoundrels and spies. Thankfully, Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny are always around to offer lashings of ginger beer.

Based
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The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

Directed by Richard Lester

Written by John Antrobus, Adapted by Charles Wood, based on the play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus

Featuring (in order of height) Rita Tushingham, Dudley Moore, Harry Secombe, Arthur Lowe, Roy Kinnear, Spick Milligan, Ronald Fraser, Jimmy Edwards, Michael Hordern, Peter Cook, Ralph Richardson

If listing cast members by order of height seems rather absurd, welcome to The Bed Sitting Room. That’s how the film opens and it just gets stranger from there. It’s possibly the oddest post apocalyptic tale ever filmed, short of Six String Samurai, though not as much fun.

After the credits roll, the film opens on a BBC anchorman (Thornton), dressed in a suit from mid-chest up, (Thornton) knocking at a makeshift door in the middle of a field of mud. Invited in by the inhabitant, the anchorman squats behind a hollowed out television and announces the third (or
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The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

Directed by Richard Lester

Written by John Antrobus, Adapted by Charles Wood, based on the play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus

Featuring (in order of height) Rita Tushingham, Dudley Moore, Harry Secombe, Arthur Lowe, Roy Kinnear, Spick Milligan, Ronald Fraser, Jimmy Edwards, Michael Hordern, Peter Cook, Ralph Richardson

If listing cast members by order of height seems rather absurd, welcome to The Bed Sitting Room. That’s how the film opens and it just gets stranger from there. It’s possibly the oddest post apocalyptic tale ever filmed, short of Six String Samurai, though not as much fun.

After the credits roll, the film opens on a BBC anchorman (Thornton), dressed in a suit from mid-chest up, (Thornton) knocking at a makeshift door in the middle of a field of mud. Invited in by the inhabitant, the anchorman squats behind a hollowed out television and announces the third (or
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Upstairs Downstairs and the politics of work | Joe Moran

Today's arguments about job snobs are strangely reminiscent of what used to be called the servant problem

Ronald Fraser, who died earlier this month, was an oral historian who, in his haunting book, In Search of a Past, focused his researches on his own privileged childhood. Through long interviews with the servants who used to look after him and transcripts of sessions with his psychoanalyst, his book unravels the tortuous dynamic between employers and servants in the manor house near Aldermaston where he was brought up in the years leading up to and during the second world war.

This period coincides with that covered by the current BBC series Upstairs Downstairs, although that is set in Belgravia rather than Berkshire. A common objection to Sunday night dramas from the era of domestic service is that they paint a roseate picture of life below stairs, contributing to a paternalist myth that
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Cliff Robertson Obituary

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September 9, 1923 – September 10, 2011

American actor Cliff Robertson died at the age of 88 on Saturday September 10 from natural causes.

To the younger generation (God…I sound like my Dad!) Cliff Robertson will be best remembered as Uncle Ben in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, also seen in flashback in Spider-Man 2 and 3.

In my childhood, he was a very familiar face in the mid sixties and seventies. Many of the films that he appeared in probably won’t register with most people but he made a big impact with me. Maybe it was Robertson’s calming demeanour and intelligent delivery that made you believe in every character that he played. You also felt that you knew him like some favourite Uncle.

He played Mosquito pilot wing commander Roy Grant in the British war film 633 Squadron (64). At the time I didn’t think that it was at all strange for an American officer to fly with the Raf.
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Swallows and Amazons: the new Harry Potter?

Arthur Ransome's beloved books could be the next big children's film franchise, as BBC plans to ramp up the action and reality

It's being billed as a "white-knuckle-ride action adventure" that could capture the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The BBC is to adapt Arthur Ransome's beloved children's tale Swallows and Amazons with the aim of launching a series of films.

Set in the Lake District, Ransome's 1930 tale centres on two sailing-mad groups of children who encounter each other one summer during the school holidays. They make camp on an island and enjoy fishing, exploring, swimming and the fruits of "piracy" including grog (ginger beer and lemonade).

Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, said Ransome's book presented a world far from today's health and safety obsessed society.

"This story is from the pre-health and safety generation," she said. "Modern parenting is fraught and complicated – worrying about what
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Swallows and Amazons: the new Harry Potter?

Arthur Ransome's beloved books could be the next big children's film franchise, as BBC plans to ramp up the action and reality

It's being billed as a "white-knuckle-ride action adventure" that could capture the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The BBC is to adapt Arthur Ransome's beloved children's tale Swallows and Amazons with the aim of launching a series of films.

Set in the Lake District, Ransome's 1930 tale centres on two sailing-mad groups of children who encounter each other one summer during the school holidays. They make camp on an island and enjoy fishing, exploring, swimming and the fruits of "piracy" including grog (ginger beer and lemonade).

Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, said Ransome's book presented a world far from today's health and safety obsessed society.

"This story is from the pre-health and safety generation," she said. "Modern parenting is fraught and complicated – worrying about what
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

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