Shogun (1980) – Disc 1

Ah the late 70s and early 80s, the age of the television mini-series, an almost forgotten television event, though slowly being rediscovered by the advent of the limited series. It’s slightly different of course, because back then, there were only a few channels available, making a mini-series an event over consecutive nights. Shogun was based…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Future’s End: Part II, and Warlord

Captain’s log: stardate 50312.5 Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen the conclusion to the two-parter that sees Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) stuck in the California of the 90s and attempting to stop Henry Starling (Ed Begley, jr.) from disrupting future history, and reclaim the…

Ran (1985) – Akira Kurosawa

I return to the War section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and settle in for Ran, Kurosawa’s epic opus. Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare’s King Lear, the film is a visual masterpiece delving into tragedy, drama and action. It is also one of the top recommendations on the What Else…

12 Strong (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Releasing on blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers is the film adaptation of the true story as retold in the novel Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. The day after 11 September, 2001, a group of soldiers volunteered to be the first on the ground in Afghanistan. The film tells that story, and of the…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Talons of Weng-Chiang

  This week we find the Doctor (Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson) in London in the year 1899. Robert Holmes wrote this six-part fan favourite that originally aired from 26 February to 2 April, 1977. The story features some great and iconic bits, the Chinese Tong of the Black Scorpion, giant sewer rats, a strange…

Airwolf (1985) – The American Dream and Inn at the End of the Road

  Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent), Dom (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin (Jean Bruce Scott) are back at it this week, flying their supercopter in to more danger! First up is The American Dream, which was written by Dennis Foley, and aired on 12 January, 1985.¬†Our trio is attending a Vietnamese wedding. The groom, Minh (Magnum’s Soon-Tek…