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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Lovers of bad taste hor­ror will be de­lighted by the re­lease of THE HERSCHELL GOR­DON LEWIS FEAST (out now, dual-for­mat Blu-ray & DVD). This Ama­zon-ex­clu­sive box set col­lects 14 films by the cult di­rec­tor who ba­si­cally in­vented the gore film. Only a hand­ful of them – like 1967 vam­pire tale A Taste Of Blood, or 1968 sex-ro­bot tale How To Make A Doll – re­ally ex­ist in SFX ter­ri­tory, mind; psy­chos, red­necks and delin­quents are more com­mon themes – as is vi­o­lence to the fe­male form… Be­gin­ning with a multi-episode failed trip to France to try to con­vince Bon­nie Prince Char­lie not to fund the Ja­co­bite re­bel­lion and end­ing with the Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den, OUTLANDER SEA­SON TWO (out now, Blu-ray/ DVD) con­tin­ues to be the most grue­some and har­row­ing his­tor­i­cal ro­mance ever. Stylish, gor­geously shot and im­pec­ca­bly acted, it also knows how to turn pure cheese into drama ef­fort­lessly. Fi­nally, BBC Store now have some great vin­tage chil­dren’s TV avail­able (out now, down­load) – much of it avail­able to buy for the first time. They in­clude four episodes of clas­sic teatime gameshow THE AD­VEN­TURE GAME (1980); Arthurian-in­spired se­rial MOON STALLION, with Who’s Sarah Sut­ton (1978); and spooky E Nes­bit adap­ta­tion THE EN­CHANTED CAS­TLE (1979). Sadly the Beeb only an­nounced this range the day be­fore re­lease! We’ll take a look at them – plus BBC Store’s an­i­mated restora­tion of clas­sic Who story “The Power Of The Daleks”, also un­avail­able be­fore our dead­line – next is­sue.

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