Despite all the high tech wizardry that is associated with finding and exploring this wreck, in its initial phases, this was a pretty seat of your pants bare bones operation. It wasn’t that easy to find.
This work is told from more of a scientific viewpoint with a few cliff hanger moments thrown into to give it some watch-ability for the average viewer.
SYNOPSIS:(from Wikipedia) Newly elected Member of Parliament, Michael Dyter, fakes his own death only to reappear later in possession of a nuclear bomb which he threatens to detonate on 5 November, in London. Steed and Cathy go into politics, during a race against time to hunt him down.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Early British cool mixed with a healthy dose of British politics and theory. Long Live Guy Fawkes!
PROS AND CONS: This is a long running series in my collection and my thoughts on the series in general has already been stated in previous blogs. It is good, but dated, and therein lives the history lesson.
This is British media asserting itself to try and give a national identity and keep Britain relevant on the world stage after WWII and Suez Crisis. There is a definite bent toward being hip and unconventional here. While it seems restrained now, it was really bending the rules in early 1960s England.
The theme of this episode “November 5”, centers around Guy Fawkes day in England. A failed saboteur that tried to blow up Parliament. This episode delves deeply into British political structure and how the British government works.
SYNOPSIS: Technology and art are salvaged from the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The real Monuments Men and just how twisted and demented the Nazi regime really was.
PROS AND CONS: As war documentaries go, this is probably better than most. Unlike most other videos of this genre, it is not just recycled combat footage from the war department. There is actually some substance to this work.
The documentary is broken into three parts, the first being the recovery of stolen artwork of the Nazis. The second the collection of advanced technology from German scientists. Finally, a look at the holocaust and documenting its horror.
The level of detail here is good. Many of the place names, persons involved and artifacts are documented in great detail. Far from being the defeated enemy with a scorched earth policy, the allies found a Pandora’s Box of treasure that would affect the world for decades to come.
SYNOPSIS: Four men go on a canoeing trip on a remote river and find the unexpected in themselves and humanity
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: People live in the wilderness because they do not conform to the norms of society. Pity the fool that stumbles across them. I hope Ned Beatty got paid more than the rest of this cast.
PROS AND CONS: It has been a while since I have seen this film. It was considered controversial when it came out and it is remembered more for it’s shock value than anything else.
On this second viewing, I realized what a good film this is. It is a male bonding film (there are no female cast members). None of the actors are shown in close-up for the first 10 minutes of the film. The character development in this film is fascinating, learning about each individual and how their strong beliefs are challenged by the situations they encounter kept me interested throughout the film.
This film probably has some of the best ‘death’ scenes in cinema. People don’t just pass out here and die. The deaths are gruesome and drawn out making them even more horrific. With the exception of his turn in “Boogie Nights”, I believe that this is Burt Reynolds’ best performance.