1st September 2008
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Ceri Laing has listened to two of the recent Classic Radio
Sci-Fi titles from BBC Audiobooks (R.U.R. and The Lost World),
and offers his thoughts
here. A thread
discussing the range (past, present and future) can be found over at
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
added to the
database in the last couple of days include...
John Carpenter Collection, from Optimum; the first season of
Dream of Jeannie, in - spit! - colorized format; the first two
Tigero, a fascinating-sounding documentary about an abortive
location recee, deep into the heart of Brazil, undertaken by maverick
director Sam Fuller, recreated forty years later by Fuller and Jim
Jarmusch; a 3 Disc Seriously Ultimate Steelbook edition of
Texas Chain Saw Massacre; the long-overdue release of the first
season of Esmonde and Larbey's national service sitcom
Some In; the second seasons of
In Sickness and In Health (which features
the late Ken Campbell, already much missed) and
Mother Makes Three; and a box set of six movies starring one of
Japan's great cinema icons,
Takeshi Kitano: Collection.
Below is a look at the sleeve art for three
forthcoming Ronnie Barker releases from Network, presenting two series
which have barely been seen since they originally aired more than thirty
The first is 1969-70's Hark at Barker,
which was a real showcase for Barker's talents, as he played multiple
roles in each episode (ably assisted by Barker stalwarts David Jason and
The second is 1971's Six Dates With
Barker (an influential series which features the embryonic pilot for
Clarence; a first run at The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old
London Town serial from the The Two Ronnies; The Odd Job,
an episode that was later turned into a film that starred Graham Chapman;
and an episode written by John Cleese, which features a character (played
by It Ain't Half Hot Mum's Michael Bates) who can be seen as a
prototype Basil Fawlty).
The third image is the box set which
combines the two series, as a three-disc set. Click on any image to read
the press release. Each series has an RRP of £14.99, but the best deal
seems to be for the Collection, which is available for less than
Titan Books will release another
Primeval hardback novel on October the 24th. Here's the press
the exciting new series of original novels spinning out of the prime time
ITV series from Impossible Pictures comes Primeval: The Lost Island
[Titan Books, 24 October 2008, £6.99].
When strange anomalies in time start to appear,
Evolutionary Zoologist Professor Cutter and his team must help track down
and capture a multitude of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's
distant past. Written by Paul Kearney (The Monarchies of God,
The Sea Beggars), The Lost Island finds Cutter and his team
stranded on a mysterious island amidst the perilous Irish seas, where they
must fight to survive as anomalies wink in and out around them, releasing
untold dangers into the deadly storm.
A heady mixture of action and adventure, Primeval
has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike. Titanís first
novel, Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar [£6.99, 9781845766924] was a
Bookscan #1 bestseller, while the DVD release of the second series topped
TV DVD charts with 35,000 copies sold in its week of release. As the show
continues to be syndicated to networks across the world, these brand new
original novels take Professor Cutter and his team to places and
situations outside of the show to confront new creatures and face new
dangers in the Primeval universe. With the third series scheduled
to air in early 2009, Titanís thrilling new fiction is the perfect way for
fans to keep their appetites whet and immerse themselves in the world of
Paul Kearney is a popular writer of fantasy fiction,
including the highly successful series The Monarchies of God (Gollancz)
and The Sea Beggars (Bantam). Has also written several standalone
novels. Paul lives by the sea in County Down, Northern Ireland with his
wife, two dogs, a beat-up boat, and far too many books.
The RRP is £6.99.
Play.com have it
available for pre-order for £5.49.
it available for a mere £3.49!
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