It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…the only podcast that spends an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how to spell a sound effect.
Many are the Halloween specials that we’ve enjoyed during 32 Days of Halloween over the years. However, can any of them be as 80stastic as 1986’s The Worst Witch which aired multiple times on The Disney Channel? In the UK, the Jill Murphy book series spawned a TV series, a spinoff series and a sequel series (which starred Felicity Jones (Felicia Hardy from Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson in BBC’s Sherlock)). But here we received Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae and a very young and post-Return to Oz Fairuza Balk. We also got Tim Curry–and the song “Anything Can Happen on Halloween” has no doubt been seen (at least a bit of it) by everybody.
Even if you don’t watch the whole thing, you truly owe it to yourself to watch the first few minutes because 1) you’ll appreciate Hogwarts even more the next time you see and B) their method of bell-ringing is fan-tastic. Enjoy.
(Widge here. Had to delay posting this for a week to devote time to the project that’s currently kicking my arse. We’re still not dead.)
It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck, where we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to create a super-weapon that will turn human beings into giant Pez dispensers.
There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.
It’s Diana Rigg at the BBC on DVD from BBC Home Video. And here’s what they have to say for themselves:
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Written by: Michael Relph, based on the novel by Jack London and Robert Fish
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Starring: Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Curd JÃ¼rgens, Philippe Noiret
Released by: Paramount
My Advice: Don’t bother.
The earnest neophyte reporter Miss Winter (Rigg) is on the trail of the news story of the new 20th century. She discovers a shadowy organization called The Assassination Bureau Limited. She persuades her boss at the newspaper, Lord Bostwick (Savalas), to help her with a daring plan. She contacts the Bureau and meets the charismatic young Ivan Dragomiloff (Reed), the head assassin. She learns that the Bureau will only kill on moral grounds and for a lot of money. Miss Winters supplies both when she states that the assassination target is Ivan Dragomiloff himself. At first a little surprised, Dragomiloff sees an opportunity. He challenges his board of assassins from across Europe to carry out Miss Winterâ€™s contract. He, of course, can kill them in ‘self-defense’. He doesn’t see a major problem surviving since he thinks most of the board has become lazy and decadent with their wealth and power. But as he, with Miss Winter tagging along, trek across the continent; they donâ€™t realize that this game is part of a larger scheme to reshape the future of Europe.
Written by: John Goldsmith
Directed by: John Erman
Starring: Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, Nigel Hawthorne, Diana Rigg, David Suchet
Released by: A&E Home Video
Anamorphic: N/A, appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Rent It.
King William IV (Peter Ustinov) is getting older, and the heir to the throne is his niece, Victoria (Hamilton). Trouble is, she’s being kept cooped up in the estate of her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Penelope Wilton). The old bat wants to keep Victoria under her thumb in the hopes that the power of the throne will rub off on her and her co-conspirator, Sir John Conroy (Patrick Malahide). Meanwhile, the Baron von Stockmar (Suchet) is trying to use his power to set up Prince Albert (Firth) as the upcoming Queen’s consort. Family politics, national and international politics, and downright behind-the-back dealings set the stage for a relationship that helped to shape England.