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5.0 out of 5 stars down to earth, 21 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Blake's Junction 7 / 'Ant Muzak' / World of Wrestling [DVD] (DVD)
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.

There's a five minute feature from the bbc news interviewing one of the actors and the writers. this is a decent little chat.

And footage of peter tuddenham's recording session. he provided the voice of super computer orac in the original, and returns to do so here. it's fascinating to watch a very talented voice artist at work. if you watch this on a pc move the pointer to the left and another logo will light up. click on this and it will show you film of him singing let's all go down the strand. presumably this can be brought up with a dvd remote control as well but I've not found out how.

Ant muzak has a short trailer for the film, and just like blakes junction seven, footage of it being made.

world of wrestling has a commentary from the writer and director of the three films, which is interesting listening and does have some good facts in it.

It has behind the scenes footage like the other two.

a montage of the wrestling footage used in the film.

and some unusued footage of the wrestlers proclaiming how good they are. something that the originals always did on tv. this is hilarous and well worth watching.

the disc contains english language subtitles.

Three great films, and a very good package for them. great stuff.
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