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Di­rected and pre­sented by Wil­liam Shat­ner, hour- long doc Chaos On The Bridge ( 2014, dig­i­tal plat­forms) takes a can­did look at Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion’s trou­bled birth – in par­tic­u­lar the out­ra­geous med­dling of Gene Rod­den­berry’s lawyer, who rewrote scripts in his name! Those who’ve seen the TNG Blu- ray ex­tras won’t learn much, but it’s good to hear from writ­ers Mau­rice Hur­ley and Tracy Tormé, ab­sent from those. Mun­ster, Go Home ( see page 101) isn’t the only Munsters film re­cently re­leased. TV movie Here Come The Munsters ( 1995, PG, DVD) starts from scratch, as the fam­ily set­tle in Cal­i­for­nia. The new cast are de­cent, it’s more re­spect­ful to the ’ 60s sit­com than 1988 re­vival The Munsters To­day, and four of the orig­i­nal ac­tors make brief ap­pear­ances. The 1939 re­make of The Cat And The Ca­nary ( PG, DVD) fea­tures all the typ­i­cal el­e­ments of the Old Dark House genre: a spooky man­sion; a gath­er­ing of rel­a­tives; cob­webbed se­cret pas­sage­ways; creepy go­ings- on with a ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tion. Star­ring Bob Hope, it’s less stylish than the silent 1927 orig­i­nal, with the em­pha­sis on com­edy; while some of Hope’s quips are dread­fully corny, oth­ers still tickle the funny bone. Fi­nally, sleazy Tai­wanese hor­ror Zom­bie Fight Club ( 2014, 18, DVD) rips off The Raid for an hour, then re­lo­cates to an arena where peo­ple must bat­tle zom­bies to the death. There’s de­cent fight chore­og­ra­phy and OTT gore aplenty, but it’s the at­ti­tude to women – there to be ob­jec­ti­fied and abused – that lingers in the mem­ory.

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