Friday, December 2, 2016

Cinema Cycle - The Avengers - 1963 - Vol 8


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 12/02/2016


FORMAT: VHS

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 44 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 22.8 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5700.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: (from Wikipedia)

Box of Tricks is the seventeenth episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Julie Stevens. It originally aired on ABC on 20 January 1963. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Peter Ling and Edward Rhodes.[1]

Death of a nightclub magician's assistant leads through a crippled general and his quack, to employment opportunities and secret documents.

Warlock is the eighteenth episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. It originally aired on ABC on 27 January 1963. The episode was directed by Peter Hammond and written by Doreen Montgomery.[1]

The inventor of a new type of fuel lapses into a coma. Steed discovers that the scientist had links to black magic and the occult.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Older British drama where dialog is everything, camera movement and hitting your mark are important and the concept of understated English cool is born.

PROS AND CONS:  There isnt much I can say about this series that I have not already mentioned in previous reviews of this series.  It is good, but in a very dated sort of way.  

The concept of British mystery and intrigue in the post WWII era is always interesting.  The plots of almost all of these episodes have to do with secret plans,  formulas or other military secrets that ‘dastardly foreign agents’ are trying to steal.  Usually in overly elaborate ways.

The most humorous thing about the whole series is the relationship between Steed and his female lead, in this case Cathy Gale.  It is always appears ambiguous and the viewer is left to wonder if the relationship is personal, professional or both.  



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.