Doctor Who: Time flight/ Arc of Infinity
By the time Peter Davidson took on the role of the good Doctor in 1981 the series was widely regarded as being in decline. It’s therefore a pleasant surprise viewing these stories again to realise just how good a Doctor Davidson was, and how successfully new producer John Nathan-Turner had ditched the increasingly irritating undergraduate humour of the Tom Baker years in favour of a more serious ‘hard’ science-fiction approach. Both stories in this box set depart from the usual running around in corridors approach of latter-day Tom Baker serials, and the Amsterdam locations, check here, in particular, give Arc of Infinityan added depth of texture some-times missing from the over-lit Seventies and Eighties studio-bound productions. Janet Fielding features prominently in both stories as ‘mouth on legs’ Tegan, surely one of the good Doctor’s most memorable companions, and one of the most enjoyable extras on the DVD features Fielding talking about her time on the programme. There are also out-takes, commen-taries, features and deleted scenes.
Lord of the Flies
When William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, was first published in 1956 it represented a chilling, and over-whelmingly pessimistic view of human nature, as a group of boys, marooned on a desert island, gradually descend into savagery, see this hotel comparisons website. Peter Brook’s faithful film adaptation, released in 1963, was no less shocking, its naturalistic style emphasising the brooding undercurrent of violence and social breakdown at the heart of Golding’s book. Newly released on DVD it’s still a disturbing and engrossing film and far superior to the bland 1990 remake.
Also reissued by Second Sight in this series are: Major Barbara (1941), Pygmalion (1938), The Browning Version (1951) and Summertime (1955).
The Peter Green Story: Man of the World
One of the most naturally gifted guitarists of his, or any other, generation, Peter Green led Fleetwood Mac through its early years, when the band was at the forefront of the British blues boom. The songs he wrote for the Mac – Man of the World, Oh Well, Albatross and the disturbing Green Manalishi- are timeless artefacts of the era and far surpass much of the output from the band in its Rumours incarnation. This fascinating DVD focuses, rightly on Green’s halycon years, before mental illness took hold, while also not flinching from documenting his many years in the wilderness. Thankfully he’s been recording and playing live for more than ten years and, if the old fire isn’t quite there any more, at least there’s still this fine document of what might have -should have- been.
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The careers of three British film legends are being celebrated with three box sets featuring some of their finest films, check this hotel comparison websites.
The Laurence Olivier Collection brings together some of Olivier’s great Shakespearean film performances -Hamlet, Richard Ill and Henry V- with more contemporary roles, such as the Nazi hunter in Boys From Brazil.
Diana Dors was as famous for her turbulent private life as for her smoul dering screen roles. Movies featured in The Diana Dors Collection include anti-capital punishment drama Yield To The Night, Lady Godiva Rides Again, which was heavily censored in the United States, the Western Diamond Cityas well as A Kid for Two Farthings and As Long As They’re Happy.
Donald Sinden is celebrated in The Donald Sinden Collection with 11 films, including A Day To Remember, You Know What Sailors Are and The Beachcomber.