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     Home »  Other Science Fiction/Fantasy »  Nigel Kneale's Beasts.
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    Nigel Kneale's Beasts. Views: 887
     Monday, May 28 2007 @ 05:57 PM EDT
    Has anyone ever seen it? I've just stuck it on my Amazon Rental list, but I don't know what it's like.

    I'm a big Quatermass fan, but this (to date) has passed me by.....


    I thought I'd updated this but clearly I haven't. Beasts is pretty strong. Good UK TV Sci-Fi, heavily influenced by a certain Doctor. Recommended (especially for fans of earth based stuff).

    Nothing dies of old age on Skaro!
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     Saturday, September 08 2007 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    I was in Borders (London Colney - St Albans) this morning, and I found Nigel Kneale's Kinvig DVD for the grand total of 1.

    As a fan of both Quatermass and the other NK stuff that I know of, I was a very happy chap.

    I've watched a couple of them so far today (between seeing England wobble but not yet fall against the Indians, the All Blacks spanking the Italians & the best Will Hay film of all) and it is slightly strange!

    I've just had a look at Amazon and this is (based on what I've seen) a very accurate review....

    Having killed off his main character - that of Quatermass in the series aired immediately after the end of the ITV strike in the autumn of 1979 - I guess for a time Nigel Kneale was a left a little like a canoeist without a paddle... i.e. up the creek! And thus in Kinvig he tried his hand at a blend of comedy mixed with sci-fi. Sadly, in my opinion it didn't quite work.

    Sure, the series has its funny moments, but the overall humour was weak and wasn't to my taste; and to add insult to injury as it were, canned laughter is used as well - yuck! The storyline was in my opinion pretty weak as well with a totally bizarre ending that left me thinking "well is that it then?" There are some barbs at some of the more way-out UFO/conspiracy theory followers that are funny at times, but these are pretty weak and not that obvious.

    However, it's not all bad: Kinvig does have a few redeeming features. The special effects used were for the time very advanced: check out the lasers used when the alien ship external door opens to allow Kinvig to enter - cool even by today's standards! Oh, and of course for the testosterone-charged amongst us, Prunella Gee's costumes (or rather lack of them!) have a certain appeal too!

    Network have come in for some stick in the past regarding their minimalist features on their DVDs, but this one comes with a very informative and well-researched booklet which is almost worth the purchase alone.

    Overall then, not one of Nigel Kneale's best writings by a long way, but it has some appealing qualities and an excellent booklet bundled with the DVD

    Nothing dies of old age on Skaro!
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