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Louis L’amour Western Collection DVD Review



Warner Home Video / Region 1 / Released May 1, 2010

Legendary author Louis L’Amour was the king of the Western genre (or Frontier stories as he liked to call them) through much of the 20th century, he made his name when John Wayne starred in the movie Hondo based on one of his stories. By the end of the 1950’s there was nobody else to touch him when it came to dramatic western tales. This three disc collection gathers together a trio of movies based on his novels.

First up is the Tom Selleck starring The Sacketts which is a hugely under rated gem, a tale of three brothers living and travelling across the American midwest. Made in 1979 Sam Elliott plays the eldest Sackett brother who is trying to make a living trapping in the wilds but discovers hidden treasure, his brothers Selleck and Jeff Osterhage end up joining him when they are forced to leave home. The main bulk of the plot is the tangles the brothers have with another gang of brothers, one of whom has been killed by Elliott, meanwhile Selleck is determined to bring law and order to a small Santa Fe town. This is epic stuff, gorgeous scenery and and a three hour running time allow you to really lose yourself in the journeyings of these trio of classic Western figures. The supporting cast is superb too including the likes of such legends as Glenn Ford, Slim Pickens and Jack Elam.

While The Sackett’s is worth the price of the box set by itself, next up is the equally good Conagher (from the early 1990’s), another starring vehicle for Sam Elliott, this time he appears alongside his real life wife Katherine Ross for a hint of romance as ageing cowhand Conn Conagher falls for widowed ranch owning Ross when they are forced to pull together to tackle rustlers who are threatening to ruin them both. Elliott is a superb actor who has never quite got the major A list acclaim that he should have and he is excellent here as the ageing cowboy who is prepared to stand for what he believes.

Finally there is Catlow a light hearted slice of early 1970’s western action with a great trio of stars in the leads. Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy and Yul Brynner head up the cast with Brynner playing the Catlow of the title, a cattle rustler and criminal who is being tracked by Marshal Crenna as well as bounty hunter Nimoy. Directed by actor Sam Wanamaker Catlow has become something of a cult classic since it’s original release and it is easy to see why with it’s easy going style and groovy soundtrack it scores points on all levels.

This is a great little box set well worthy of the time of any western fan.



Dave Saint Show, The (UK Play 2000, John Thomson, Alexander Kirk)




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The Dave Saint Show was a comedy about a useless heavy metal DJ on a local radio station. As was usual with with shows on extra terrestrial channel UK Play music videos were interspersed throughout the show.

production details
UK / UK Play – Channel X / x30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2000

Writers: Alexander Kirk, Simon Messingham / Script Consultant: Stacy Herbert / Music: Steve Cripps, Dan Mendford / Costumes: Pookie Russell / Producer: Jim Reid / Director: Mark Mylod

JOHN THOMSON as Dave Saint

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Game of Thrones Season Six Opener reviews from around and about




Assorted reviews from the interweb of the season six opener for Game Of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is back, with a premiere full of shocks, bloody acts and creepy reveals – but no definite answer about the fate of Jon Snow.

Season six is the first time the TV series has moved ahead of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so even dedicated readers have no idea what will happen. Reviewers say the first episode, The Red Woman, resolved some of the cliffhangers from the last series, but also has a few shocks in store, including one very creepy reveal involving a leading lady.

“The tension was incredible,” says Ed Power in the Daily Telegraph.

Season six opened with the camera swooping low over Castle Black and pausing on noble Jon Snow after his bloody run-in with the traitorous Night’s Watch.

“Alas, the Bastard of Winterfell (Kit Harington) was, for the time being at least, staying very dead indeed,” says Power. This was confirmed by “a haunting close-up of his waxy visage and the pool of scarlet arranged like a skewed halo”.

Short of spelling out: “He’s dead!” in huge flaming letters, the writers couldn’t have driven the point home harder, adds the critic, who asks whether this was “a sadistic riposte to fans” who have waited a year to see if their heart-throb will return or “a sleight-of-hand intended to make his eventual reappearance all the more dramatically satisfying”.

Christopher Hooton in The Independent writes: “The last season of Game of Thrones didn’t so much end on a cliff-hanger as a splat on the beach below. Jon Snow is unequivocally dead,” or so we’ve been repeatedly told over the past few months.

However, he adds, the sheer amount of screen time given to his body “suggested more than just a ‘funeral then we all move on with our lives’ narrative”.

With the “obligatory Jon Snow death check” out of the way, this episode was mostly about setting up the playing field for the rest of the season, continues the critic.

Indeed, it was “a sombre, sturdy opening”, says Matt Fowler on IGN. While “not a high watermark for the show”, the series’ opener resolved some cliff-hangers and included “a big creepy reveal regarding Melisandre right at the end”.

It also set up the pieces on the chessboard and managed to touch upon just about every character in the ensemble, says the journalist, a much easier task these days, “now that the herd is so thin”.

Yes, it was a “table-setting episode”, says Daniel Fienberg at the Hollywood Reporter, as premieres are supposed to be. The episode did what it needed, putting this mammoth locomotive back on the track.

Being Game of Thrones, however, there were a few shockers, including some gory violence and nudity that is “more shocking in its narrative ramifications than its gratuity or titillation”. And while the answer to Snow’s wellbeing comes quickly, says Fienberg, “it needn’t necessarily be permanent, because what things are?”

Source: The Week

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Columbo Series Three Region 1 DVD Review




Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment

Certificate: Not Rated | 11 Hours and 24 minutes
Available to buy

Extras: Yes

Peter Falk, Martin Sheen, Vincent Price, Deidre Hall, Jackie Cooper

The Columbo releases from Universal are now upto the third season and of course by now it is full steam ahead as Columbo really hits its stride, of course the basic premise of the show dictates that we know who the killer is right from the get go but by the third season the audience was lapping up the way the Superlative Peter Falk as Lt Columbo doggedly pursued

his villain who were always lulled into a false sense of security by Columbo’s grubby mac, battered old car and down at heel demeanour, all tactics designed to throw the suspect off guard before he lets them know that he knows they did it.

Spread over two double sided discs this nicely put together set features all 8 feature length season three episodes, Columbo’s cases include the mysterious death of a well known author, a country singer who is prime suspect in a murder case, he also finds time to uncover police corruption and political skullduggery. Columbo also always managed to attract a high level of guest and this series includes the legendary Johnny Cash in the episode Swan Song as well as the likes of

Jose Ferrier, Vincent Price, Martin Sheen, Dana Elcar and Robert Culp. A classy slice of 1970’s Tec TV Heaven, Columbo always entertains and should be on any Classic TV fans must have list.

There’s a great bonus episode from the series Mrs Columbo (which many have claimed isn’t a spin off from Columbo but having now seen an episode it clearly is) this is called Murder Is A Parlour Game (from 1979) and features Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo, journalist on a small local paper and married to a never seen Lt Columbo, she investigates when a suicide case appears to be murder, the excellent Donald Pleasance guest stars, this is great fun and is hopefully a precursor to the whole series getting a release.

Please note: This article predates the published date and is from the old HTML version of Memorable TV and is part of our From The Archives collection.

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