Archive for category: Television

Videophiled: ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ – The Birth of Doctor Who

27 May, 2014 (11:00) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Science Fiction, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

An Adventure in Space and Time (Warner, Blu-ray+DVD Combo) is a TV movie made for the BBC but it is a movie nonetheless, a bit of pop culture celebration that takes on the creation of Doctor Who in 1963 (just in time for the 50th Anniversary!). Scripted by veteran Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss and […]

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What Ever Happened to the Laughs in ‘Oboler Comedy Theatre’?

18 November, 2013 (07:04) | Essays, Guest Contributor, Television | By: guest

By Matthew Rovner [Note: The UCLA kindly let me view the entire available copies of Oboler Comedy Theatre; however, I was not allowed to take pictures of any of the episodes. Therefore, this article will not have pictures from the program. I could not view one episode called Dog’s Eye View, because the kinescope negative […]

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Night of the Auk

18 March, 2013 (08:31) | Essays, Guest Contributor, Television | By: guest

By Matthew Rovner [Note: The television production of Night of the Auk is not available on home video in any format. The UCLA film library kindly let me view a video cassette of the production. However, I was not allowed to take any photos; nonetheless, there are pre-existing photos of the TV production, on the […]

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TV Review: ‘Bates Motel’

17 March, 2013 (07:49) | by Jeff Shannon, Television | By: Jeff Shannon

“My mother just gets … impulsive. She has these ideas about things …” That’s 17-year-old Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) in the premiere episode of “Bates Motel,” explaining to his admiring new teacher, Miss Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy), why he’s been bounced around to five different high schools. His mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) has just moved […]

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Videodrone’s best of 2012: TV on disc

30 December, 2012 (13:18) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

Continuing our tribute to the best of 2012, here are my picks for the top TV releases on disc. 1. “Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season” (HBO) – Pay cable is always looking for the next buzz show, a series that gets people talking, watching and subscribing. “Game of Thrones,” the epic fantasy set […]

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TV on Disc: ‘Sherlock: Season Two’

23 May, 2012 (12:09) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

It sounded like a terrible idea at the time: update Sherlock Holmes to the 21st century of texts and computer searches and blogs. To the surprise and delight of all, the first series of Sherlock, the BBC revival / revision of the classic detective developed by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss was intelligent, inspired, clever, […]

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Watching with Ron Ely, TV’s original Tarzan

17 April, 2012 (09:08) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

Ron Ely seem to be enjoying his retirement. Most famous for playing Tarzan in the first TV incarnation of the story, he also played another great pulp hero, Doc Savage, in a 1975 movie, starred in a short-lived revival of the TV series “Sea Hunt” and even took over hosting duties for The Miss American […]

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The Promised Land Will Be Wheelchair-Accessible

26 October, 2011 (16:58) | by Jeff Shannon, Documentary, Essays, Television | By: Jeff Shannon

“Lives Worth Living” premieres on the PBS series “Independent Lens” on October 27th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). For more information, visit the film’s PBS website and filmmaker Eric Neudel’s website. To be disabled in America, in 2011, is to occupy the midpoint of a metaphorical highway, some stretches smooth and evenly paved, others rocky and […]

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The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Ode to TV’s Comic Genius

19 April, 2011 (10:28) | by Sean Axmaker, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

Sometime in the late 1970s, some enterprising programmer at PBS had the brilliant idea of resurrecting a series of half-hour comedy specials from the late 1950s written and produced by and starring Ernie Kovacs and running them back to back with its long-standing reruns of the ever-popular Monty Python’s Flying Circus. With that single connection, […]

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Antichrist and The Complete Larry Sanders – DVDs of the Week

9 November, 2010 (05:26) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

Antichrist (Criterion) I’m not sure how I manage to keep my simultaneous fascination with /repulsion for Lars von Trier in balance, but it’s back with a vengeance in Antichrist (Criterion), another provocation that is at once beautiful and perverse, personal and cynical, and filled with his sour vision of the emotional small-mindedness (small-heartedness?) of the […]

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Short Notice: “The Marshal”

26 April, 2010 (16:35) | by Richard T. Jameson, Sam Peckinpah, Television | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published as a "Short Notice" in Film Quarterly, Summer 1974] “The Marshal” (episode No. 6211 of The Rifleman TV series). I recently had the extraordinary experience of showing Sam Peckinpah’s Ride the High Country to a University of Washington film class and then going home to discover an ancestor of sorts on television. Knowing […]

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The Man Behind Walter Bishop: “Fringe” star John Noble interviewed

2 April, 2010 (10:31) | Actors, by Sean Axmaker, Interviews, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

Australian thespian John Noble was best know to American audiences as King Denethor in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films before he became Walter Bishop in Fringe. The character is a tortured genius who spent 17 years in a mental facility, treated with heavy doses of pharmaceuticals and receiving no visitors, until he was […]

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It’s Garry Shandling’s Interview (with Sean Axmaker)

1 January, 2010 (18:26) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

Earlier in 2009, Shout! Factory released one of the greatest TV comedies of all time. It’s Garry Shandling’s Show was created for Showtime in 1986, back before pay cable had established a reputation for original programming. As such, it never really became well known to the general public but it’s reputation among TV writers and […]

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TV on DVD 2009 – The Great, the Rediscovered and the Timeless

29 December, 2009 (07:10) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

What I love about TV on DVD is the sense of discovery, of rediscovery and celebration of great television from all eras. You’ll not find Lost or Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles or even The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency on this list. Those shows and other hit series and cult shows and top-notch special […]

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Deadly Sweet, She Beast, Jean-Claude and Captain Kirk – DVDs for the Week

27 April, 2009 (17:46) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Horror, Science Fiction, Television | By: Sean Axmaker

Deadly Sweet (Cult Epics) Shot in England by an Italian director with a French leading man and a Swedish sex-doll leading lady (both dubbed into Italian), Deadly Sweet is advertised as a giallo (an Italian horror with cruel and flamboyant murders) but is really a vague murder mystery romp directed as a pop-art object. Jean-Louis […]

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