32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 12: The Worst Witch

Tim Curry - Anything Can Happen on Halloween from The Worst Witch

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.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:03+00:00 October 11th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #215: The Taking of Pelham 123: The Animated Series

Giant Knob of Jon

(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.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:29+00:00 May 3rd, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

Headsup: Singers, Hustlers and the Selling of Sex

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.

Glee: The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray
How to Make It In America: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray
Hung: The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:36:36+00:00 October 12th, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments

Win Diana Rigg at the BBC on DVD!

Diana Rigg at the BBC DVD

It’s Diana Rigg at the BBC on DVD from BBC Home Video. And here’s what they have to say for themselves:

For the first time, the BBC brings to DVD the ultimate collection of performances by BAFTA and Emmy-winning actress, Dame Diana Rigg, in the 5-disc box set, Diana Rigg at the BBC. Best known for her role as Emma Peel in The Avengers, Diana Rigg rose from young starlet and Bond girl to renowned, award-winning theatre, television and film actress. A showcase of her most memorable and adored BBC television performances through the years, this collection includes the comedy series Three Piece Suite, as well as her feisty portrayal of Ms. Adela Bradley in the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. The collector’s set also features her works with several screen icons in rare televised plays, such as Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, where she is joined by Anthony Hopkins, Peggy Ashcroft and Charles Dance, and Stanley Price’s Genghis Cohn, which co-stars Daniel Craig.

We’ve got three copies of the set to give away. Want to win one? Excellent. Here’s how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck!
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By | 2017-09-24T22:38:11+00:00 August 25th, 2011|Contests|0 Comments

The Assassination Bureau (1969) – DVD Review

The Assassination Bureau DVD box art

Film:
DVD:

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 Jürgens, Philippe Noiret

Released by: Paramount
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Yes

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 Winter’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 don’t realize that this game is part of a larger scheme to reshape the future of Europe.

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By | 2011-10-06T05:38:12+00:00 December 5th, 2004|Reviews|0 Comments

Victoria & Albert (2001) – DVD Review

Victoria and Albert DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: John Goldsmith
Directed by: John Erman
Starring: Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, Nigel Hawthorne, Diana Rigg, David Suchet

Features:

  • Selected cast biographies/filmographies

Released by: A&E Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR
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.

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By | 2011-12-09T15:06:48+00:00 October 31st, 2001|Reviews|0 Comments