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by Garry Holmes
Thu 18 Oct, 2012 18:25:23
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW comes to blu ray
Replies: 30
Views: 18674

Yes, I suppose that if you're going to do a Robin Hood film you shouldn't really get too uptight about 'realism'. The Richard Carpenter telly series of the 80s had at least one toe in fantasy, and perhaps we should draw a polite veil over the episode of the 60s US series THE TIME TUNNEL (where Robin...
by Garry Holmes
Tue 16 Oct, 2012 21:37:52
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW comes to blu ray
Replies: 30
Views: 18674

Slithering off topic very quickly, but one of my favourite moments of ROBIN HOOD-PRINCE OF THIEVES comes when Robin lands on the South Coast of England. Turning to Morgan Freeman, he smugly informs him that they will feast at his father's castle in Nottingham by the end of the day. I mean, it's only...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 14 Oct, 2012 10:16:34
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW comes to blu ray
Replies: 30
Views: 18674

I've had the same experience. I can remember the early days of both video and DVD, when I would find hitherto unseen Cushing and Lee films which turned out to be the same ones that I already had under a different title (ISLE OF THE BURNING DAMNED turned out to be the pretty innocuous NIGHT OF THE BI...
by Garry Holmes
Sat 13 Oct, 2012 19:14:28
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW comes to blu ray
Replies: 30
Views: 18674

So, have any UK viewers seen any of the new Hammer versions? (I know there was a live showing of TDRO.) I've seen stills from the new release, and it appears that they've tarted up the special effects. Light streams through the door when the Angel of Death arrives, there are blue flames behind the ...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 30 Sep, 2012 20:59:21
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "The Devil Rides Out" - Filming Locations
Replies: 7
Views: 7836

On his blog, horror/mystery author Christopher Fowler weighs in on the new Blu-Ray issues: After years of disastrous mismanagement, Hammer is rising again under the auspices of Simon Oakes, who seems to genuinely understand how to restore the brand. You may be aware of their success with The Woman ...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 16 Sep, 2012 13:47:05
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Secret War Cover Art
Replies: 4
Views: 3304

I've see a number of 70s/80s book cover illustrations that were obviously nicked from elesewhere. There is a John Creasey cover I once saw with a young heroine cowering from danger. The woman in question was obviously the late Elisabeth Sladen in her first episode of DOCTOR WHO, and I can even place...
by Garry Holmes
Wed 29 Aug, 2012 18:58:14
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Early Wheatley Book Pricing
Replies: 6
Views: 4036

A few days ago I took my niece to the travelling fair. It was a bit of a shock, as I last went to one of these things as a teenager, and didn't think that the prices would have changed THAT much. £3 for a ride on the Dodgem cars!!!! I told my niece that if she got a taste for the ride, it might be ...
by Garry Holmes
Mon 27 Aug, 2012 08:29:06
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Treasure Trove
Replies: 7
Views: 4517

If it's the illustrations that you're interested in, I wouldn't bother, as they come from the school of '70s illustrators who haven't bothered to read the book '. They're not bad as pieces of art, but they add nothing to the experience of the novel. They tend to the abstract, and are at odds with th...
by Garry Holmes
Mon 27 Aug, 2012 01:10:12
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Treasure Trove
Replies: 7
Views: 4517

I still do not have any of the Heron editions. I have just about any other edition of other books:first editions, Arrow paperbacks, Lymington Editions, Hutchinson Century, etc. I don't think you could find a better deal than what you got on those. I can spend ten bucks on a single paperback edition...
by Garry Holmes
Fri 20 Jul, 2012 18:38:59
Forum: General Topics
Topic: The Duke de Reichleau becomes The Duke de Richleau
Replies: 19
Views: 20840

They Used Dark Forces is the other that bugs me a bit in that regard. I enjoyed it, but with the exception of one scene, there is no black magic in that one either (and even that scene is a bit debatable). It's all dealing with astrology, which is occultism, sure, but not black magic. I would say t...
by Garry Holmes
Wed 18 Jul, 2012 23:35:19
Forum: General Topics
Topic: The Duke de Reichleau becomes The Duke de Richleau
Replies: 19
Views: 20840

Well, I can understand BLACK AUGUST being a separate continuity, but surely CONTRABAND is, in effect, the first Sallust book (with the last one being WHITE WITCH OF THE SOUTH SEAS rather than BLACK AUGUST). Mind you, I have seen DEVIL RIDES OUT and STRANGE CONFLICT listed in the Black Magic section ...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 8 Apr, 2012 15:12:35
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Chorion announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10195

Sounds like they're going to release them all as E-books. I'm a paper and ink man myself, but I suppose that if we want another generation to take up DW then we'll just have to move with the times. I expect that there will be the usual judicious pruning of the more objectionable non-PC bits (as wit...
by Garry Holmes
Fri 16 Mar, 2012 21:05:45
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Chorion announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10195

Good heavens, it doesn't seem five minutes ago that Charles excited us all with news of the Chorion acquisition! But I see that it's nearly four years! How time flies! Let's hope that the new arrangement will be more fruitful. All Best, Steve[font=Courier New] [/font] Sounds like they're going to r...
by Garry Holmes
Tue 13 Mar, 2012 23:55:52
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW - really as racist as people say?
Replies: 4
Views: 5020

It's worth remembering that in the 70s it was still deemed okay for white actors to 'black up' to play ethnic roles on film and TV. There was a sitcom on British TV called MIND YOUR LANGUAGE that portrayed foreigners in extremely stereotyped ways, and it was only at the end of the decade that it was...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 11 Mar, 2012 23:58:55
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW - really as racist as people say?
Replies: 4
Views: 5020

One of the things that I felt when I first encountered DW's books was that he was a very cosmopolitan author. Like you say, the Modern Musketeers are far more ethnically diverse than the heroes of Sapper or the other thriller writers of the time. Although he obviously has enormous affection for Rich...

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