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Blake's Junction 7 / 'Ant Muzak' / World of Wrestling [DVD]

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  • Actors: Nick Moran, Mackenzie Crook, Steve Oram, Johnny Vegas, Tim Plester
  • Directors: Ben Gregor
  • Writers: Tim Plester
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00104YN80
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,615 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Quirky, heartfelt and flamboyantly deadpan, Tim Plester and Ben Gregor¹s acclaimed trilogy of short comedy films features a host of charming performances from the cream of British comedy; including Mackenzie Crook, Martin Freeman, Mark Heap, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Eldon, Kris Marshall and Johnny Vegas, as well as offering tantalising cameos from former Adam and The Ants bass-player Gary Tibbs and Blake¹s 7’s ‘voice-of-the-computers’ Peter Tuddenham.

This DVD is released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Blake’s 7 - the BBC cult sci-fi series – and forms a key part of the London Short Film Festival's opening night at the ICA in January 2008.

Special features include: Behind-the-scenes features on all three films; commentary on Blake’s Junction 7 with Paul Darrow and Mark Heap; "The 2 Avons" - exclusive interview with Paul Darrow and Mark Heap; Mackenzie Crook interview; Peter Tuddenham recording session; trailer; unused footage; commentary on World of Wrestling with filmmakers Ben Gregor and Tim Plester.

Imagine a twilight world in which the colourful icons from the 1980s might find themselves marooned in modern-day suburbia at 2am in the morning. Imagine New Romantic popstars Adam and The Ants browsing the aisles of a 24-hour supermarket (’Ant Muzak’). Envisage sci-fi freedom-fighters heroes stopping off at a motorway service-station (Blake’s Junction 7). Then picture old-school wrestlers Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks bumping into each other on the night-bus home (World of Wrestling)…

About the films:

’Ant Muzak’
2002, 10 min, colour, Super 16mm; written by Tim Plester; directed by Ben Gregor; cast includes: Nick Moran, Mackenzie Crook, Steve Oram, Tim Plester, Tom Meeten, Gary Tibbs and Mark Heap (voice).

Nick Moran (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Mackenzie Crook (The Office) star in this documentary-style comedy about New Romantic punks Adam and The Ants making an eventful late-night trip to their local 24-hour supermarket. Cruising the aisles like some kind of bizarre family-unit, the flamboyantly dressed band-members are thrown into crisis when one of their two drummers suddenly goes missing. It’s a charmingly off-kilter tale of tinned vegetables, consumer culture and the fickle nature of fame, shot over a single weekend on borrowed Super 16mm equipment, and also featuring a tantalising cameo appearance from former Adam and The Ants bass-player, Gary Tibbs. Even cult Eighties popstars need to shop…

"Demented fun that truly stands and delivers."—Hot Dog Magazine
"A gem. Unmissable."-- Zoo Magazine
"Piss funny. I was on the floor."—Adam Ant

Blake’s Junction 7
2004, 15 min, colour, 35mm; written by Tim Plester; directed by Ben Gregor; cast: Mark Heap, Martin Freeman, Raquel Cassidy, Susan Earl, Peter Tuddenham (voice), Mackenzie Crook and Johhny Vegas.

Imagine the kind of twilight world in which the characters from a bygone British-made space-opera, might find themselves making a much-needed pit stop at a Motorway Service Station at 2:45am on a non-descript Tuesday morning... Blake’s Junction 7 is a totally unofficial but affectionate 15-minute comedy inspired by the BBC's cult classic sci-fi series Blake’s 7. A sequel-of-sorts to Ben Gregor and Tim Plester’s first short film, ’Ant Muzak’

"Bizarre"-- Heat
"Surreal"-- Daily Mirror
"Sly. Smart. Outrageous. A short break well worth stopping off for."-- The Guardian

World of Wrestling
2007, 12 min., colour, Super 16mm; written by Tim Plester; directed by Ben Gregor; cast: Mackenzie Crook, Kris Marshall, Jonathan Ryland, Wtewart Wright, Patrick Baladi, Justin Edwards, Kevin Eldon and Miranda Hart. The third and final part of Tim Plester and Ben Gregor’s critically-acclaimed loose trilogy of short comedy films.

While most of us sleep, the heroes and villains from the Golden Age of British wrestling must grapple against the odds to make it home safely from a night out on the tiles. Set predominantly onboard an iconic red double-decker bus, this is a journey into a colourfully skewed world of oversized men, ill-fitting leotards, Boston-Crabs, Half-Nelsons and the unforgiving whims of the British public transport system.

"Hilarious, surreal genius."-- Fighting Spirit Magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. K. Gungaram-smith on 10 Mar 2008
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I'll be honest here! I'm a long time Blakes 7 fan and I've been looking for this enjoyable tribute for a while! Don't get me wrong, it was funny, I was just expecting more.

The subject matter of the crew finding themselves at a service station in the early hours of the morning, even on the limited budget, I feel, could have been a little better. There are some amazing scenes in it! Avon and Blake meeting in the toilets, and Servelan and Travis discussing where they should be (whilst the storm troopers sat by are drinking soft drinks through a straw in their gas masks) are brilliant and well executed. Also the late Peter Tuddenham reprising his roll as Orac was ... well brilliant.

As for the other films Ant Muzak was entertaining and amusing, but I don't think I actually laughed out loud once. World of Wrestling on the other hand I found very funny, especially the security camera footage on the bus!

Overall entertaining but sadly... not the genius I was hoping for!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Page on 25 Jun 2008
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Loved this, its maybe more of a share with friends than a keep and watch over and over.

Blakes 7 - This is truly funny and you need to watch it several times to really get McKenzie Crook as Servelan but its worth the effort, the humour is there people! Orac drinking beer and Jenna's little accident, hilarous! All done by the original Orac, sadly no longer with us, Peter Tuddenham. (B7 fans, get this disc for the behind the scenes recording session with Peter, its a must, must, must have fan clip, missing you already Peter!)

Ant Muzak - For me a bit of a miss but can see the humour of Adam and the Ants hitting a late night Supermarket.

World of Wrestling - If you remember Giant Haystacks or watching it on Challenge then this will tickle your funny bone. Full on wrestling with all the costumes on a night bus. VERY funny!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb 2008
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a collection of three short films, all of which run twelve to fifteen minutes approx. All feature cult characters of years gone by [played by actors not the originals] and have the characters in mundane modern settings doing everyday things. Bickering and character comedy result. Except when the characters are seen through a camera, as only then do they act in the way they did in their original cult appearances.

An interesting concept [hopefully I've explained it adequately] which results in three highly entertaining movies.

Blakes junction seven has the characters from cult sf show blakes seven visit a motorway service station in newport pagnell in the middle of the night.

Ant Muzak has pop group adam and the ants shopping in an all night supermarket.

and world of wrestling has wrestlers from itv's wrestling show of the 70's that was on saturday afternoons at 4pm catching a night bus in croydon.

If you're familiar with the originals then there's enough here to make you laugh and ring some bells in your mind. as will happen if you only have a passing familiarity with them. If you don't, then you may still find it funny anyway.

The extras are actually of a longer running time than the films.

for blakes junction seven there is:

a commentary from mark heap, who plays avon, and paul darrow, who played the character on tv. doesnt quite work this commentary as paul darrow is a better and more enthusiastic talker and mark heap's contributions aren't as good.

there's an interview with the two of them which is stronger.

There's ten minutes worth of behind the scenes footage of the film being made, which is quite fascinating to watch, to see how much work goes into a short film.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Egarr on 31 July 2009
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I was looking for anything with Miranda Hart in it because there just isn't enough of her to listen to/see/buy.
I think she appeared for approx 3 seconds.
apart from that disappointment, this has got to be the least funny thing i have ever seen. EVER.
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