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Never thought I'd see this series at all!,
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This review is from: Gerry Anderson's Four Feather Falls - The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
For years FOUR FEATHER FALLS has only existed in negative format, so kudos to NETWORK for going the distance to release Gerry Anderson's earliest original series. With this set I can now call my Anderson archive complete (I've been recording the marvellous NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET off air), and what a wonderful experience it is to look back over the many excellent series Gerry and his collaborators have produced over the last five decades. It's about time the man was Knighted...!
In 1960, no longer doing work for Roberta Leigh but not yet under the famous ITC banner, AP Films made this fantasy western series for Granada Television and it's a delight for all ages (I'm 34!). FOUR FEATHER FALLS recounts the adventures of Sheriff TEX TUCKER as he fights off villains like PEDRO, FERNANDO and BIG BEN with the help of his talking horse & dog and two guns that magically fire by themselves (but I suppose you knew all this already?)
FOUR FEATHER FALLS is presented here in it's entirity: 39 13 minute episodes spread over three discs. Extras are pretty minimal for a series of this age, which is perfectly understandable, but the colour "home movie" footage of the cast and crew is nice to see. The episodes themselves have not been mastered or restored to the quality of the likes of SUPERCAR or FIREBALL XL5 (Episode one, "How It Began", has a bad scratch down the middle for it's entire duration) but given the relatively small (but dedicated) market for this series it would be unfair of me to criticise NETWORK for this.
It is amazing to see that, even at this early stage, the "feel" of later shows is present. This is due mostly to Barry Gray's score and the omnipresent (and wonderful) David Graham providing so many character voices. The other cast members, Denise Bryer, Kenneth Connor and of course Nicholas Parsons are equally good, doing great jobs despite them working on a "kid's show".
It's very easy to dismiss the appeal of shows such as this as pure nostalgia, but I think there's far more to it than that. I love them because they're GOOD! It's now impossible to find a television series (even those geared towards children) that are as free of cynicism or crowd-pleasing low-brow humour as FOUR FEATHER or SUPERCAR. It's a cliche to say that television was so much better then than it is now, but I stand by that statement 100 percent.
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2009 13:57:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2009 13:59:11 BDT
C. W. Bradbury says:
I totally agree with you about the steady deterioration of quality in television entertainment over the years. I find it totally unbelievable that directors/editors will knowingly lie to their audiences in order to appease the politically correct lobby. One glaring example of this is the legend of Robin Hood, which dates back to the early Norman occupation of Saxon England, following the conquest of 1066. The characters of Robin, Little John, Friar Tuck etc... have been part of English folk history for some thousand years. Never during that time has Robin Hood had a Saracen bodyguard/companion, as is portrayed in the recent film starring Kevin Kosner. It is my opinion that the large and growing market for films/TV series from the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's owes much to the lack of politically correct content within these older programmes; rather than the bigoted, doctrinaire rubbish so often foisted on us as entertainment today.
Posted on 6 Jul 2012 11:03:26 BDT
Martin Ennis says:
There is an excellent copy of thr first episode on youtube... without the scratch!!!
I tried to buy this set two weeks ago, and they won't ship to the USA. Too bad. I love this show.
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