‘The Martian Chronicles’ – REVIEW (Orion Pictures, 1980)

MC Title Banner.pngThe Martian Chronicles’ is a television mini-series based on Ray Bradbury‘s collection of short stories of the same name. It concerns the exploration of Mars, its inhabitants, settlers and largely acts a fable that parallels aspects of the colonisation of North America by European settlers.

It was directed by Michael Anderson, written by Richard Matheson, produced by Milton Subotsky  and Andrew Donally and starred Rock HudsonDarren McGavinBernadette PetersRoddy McDowallFritz WeaverBarry Morse, and Maria Schell.

An American-Anglo production, it initially aired on NBC from 27th-20th of January 1980,  and was shown on the BBC as late night airings, shortly thereafter. It consists of three episodes with a total running time of approximately four to five hours (depending upon version). The series was quite divisive at the time of airing and remains so, some appreciating its attempt to convey the complexity of the underlying stories, but also commenting on the production values that were marred by often sub-par special effects, some of the acting and the wide liberties taken with the original story-lines; indeed Ray Bradbury was himself one of the series greatest critics.

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‘Cookie’ loading on a real ZX Spectrum 128 – Retrollection YouTube

youtube logoA quick look at ‘Cookie‘ released by Ultimate in 1983 loading on a real ZX Spectrum 128 by Sinclair Research. Why not also take a look at my retrospective of the ‘ZX Microdrive‘?


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My Clive Barker Collection – Retrollection YouTube

youtube logoAs it’s the 29th anniversary of ‘Nightbreed’ I thought I would upload this video which showcases most of my Clive Barker collection.

It covers a range of items from comics to books, films and action figures. I have been an avid fan of Barker’s work since I first came across his fantastic ‘Books of Blood’, which were released in the mid 80’s. So this collection spans some 35 years.

This is also a ‘face reveal’ for me after some years of posting videos from behind the camera.


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‘Nightbreed’ is celebrating its 29th anniversary! – NEWS

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As unbelievable as it seems ‘Nightbreed‘ celebrates its 29th anniversary today!

Originally released on the 16th February 1990. It is a seminal dark fantasyhorror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his 1988 novella Cabal.

Nightbreed‘ was envisioned to do for horror movies what ‘Star Wars‘ did for Sci-fi. The film starred Craig ShefferAnne BobbyDavid CronenbergCharles HaidHugh Quarshie, and Doug Bradley.

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Jet Set Willy I & II (Software Projects, 1984 & 1985) – REVIEW

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Jet Set Willy is a platform video game written by Matthew Smith, originally for the ZX Spectrum. Published in 1984 by Software Projects. It was highly successful and ‘ported’ to most 8-bit home computers of the time.

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier is an updated version of the game released in 1985 by Software Projects on the majority of the 8-bit home computers. It was developed by Derrick P. Rowson.

In this review we will be looking at both ‘Jet Set Willy’ and its semi-sequel ‘Jet Set Willy II’ together, as the games are so closely related. ‘Jet Set Willy’ was itself a sequel to the seminal ‘Manic Miner’ published in 1983 and is regarded as an example of a key point in the development of the platform genre.

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‘Atic Atac’ loading on a real ZX Spectrum 128 – Retrollection YouTube

youtube logoA really quick look at ‘Atic Atac‘ released by Ultimate in 1983 loading on a real ZX Spectrum 128 by Sinclair Research. Why not also take a look at my review of ‘Atic Atac‘?


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In pursuit of the ‘Golden Hare’ – RETROSPECTIVE

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In 2016 I wrote a retrospective on the wonderful ‘Masquerade’ book by Kit Williams, which sparked an ‘armchair’ treasure hunt phenomena and presents a story that goes well beyond the book itself. However, one thing I really wanted to do was go into the exact detail of the solution to the book.. ..but within the confines of my original blog, I thought it would have be too distracting to the main context of the story and would have made the blog simply too long.

So, in this follow-up retrospective we are going to have a detailed look at the complete solution to ‘Masquerade’, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year.

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