The DTV Digest
Episode 161: Final Voyage, Endangered Species, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To, Unearth, Ripper Untold, Triumph, Tyger Tyger, Somniphobia, Final Voyage

Episode 161: Final Voyage, Endangered Species, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To, Unearth, Ripper Untold, Triumph, Tyger Tyger, Somniphobia, Final Voyage

June 28, 2021

In this bumper episode Mike, Rich and Steve face something of an endurance test...

Kicking off with FINAL VOYAGE, a German sci-fi in which two men discover and repair an old space ship, only to struggle to decide where to travel to.

Then its off to Kenya for ENDANGERED SPECIES, in which a family make some terrible choices and end up facing the consequences. 

In MY HEART CAN'T BEAT UNLESS YOU TELL IT TO, we have a teen vampire a million miles removed from the Cullens of Twilight!

UNEARTH finds farmer Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) struggling to make ends meet  and also suffering from some bad decisions when a fracking op unleashes some primordial ooze...

RIPPER UNTOLD is a low budget procedural which gives an interesting slant on a possible identity for "Saucy Jack"!

R. J. Mitte (The Oak Room) plays a highschool student with cerebral palsy who has to overcome many obstacles to achieve his goal of being on the wrestling team in TRIUMPH...

and finally, we venture into a drug fueled wilderness in TYGER TYGER...

 

Our Short Shot is the excellent SOMNIPHOBIA - grab yourself 25min and check out this excellent horror thriller!

And our DTV Throwback is FINAL VOYAGE - yes, our first and final films share the same name! This one stars Dylan Walsh, Ice T and Erika Elaniak in a Die Hard on a Cruise Liner movie! (available on Amazon Prime).

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Episode 160 - Edge of the World, Brighton, Skyjacked, Parallel, Metroid: Attack of Ridley, Men of War

Episode 160 - Edge of the World, Brighton, Skyjacked, Parallel, Metroid: Attack of Ridley, Men of War

June 15, 2021

This week Mike, Rich and Steve are joined by SEAN MALLOY of I Must Break This Podcast  to discuss this week's DTV Throwback!

But before that, we must review four current releases, starting with EDGE OF THE WORLD, based upon the real-life explorer Sir James Brooke, played here by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Then its time to get the deckchairs out and enjoy a bit of sunshine in BRIGHTON, based upon a play by Stephen Berkoff. 

Its been a while since we covered an Asylum movie so we rectify this with SKYJACKED, aka SKY BATTLE - the film is currently available on Amazon Prime under this title!

Our Short Shot is METROID: BATTLE OF RIDLEY which brought back memories of owning a Nintendo Game Cube for me!

Finally, as mentioned above, Sean Malloy of "I Must Break" This Podcast which looks at the filmography of Dolph Lundgren, joins us to talk about MEN OF WAR, now available on Amazon Prime.

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Episode 157: Vanquish, No Man’s Land, A Reckoning, Behind The Trees, Oasis, Beowulf

Episode 157: Vanquish, No Man’s Land, A Reckoning, Behind The Trees, Oasis, Beowulf

May 28, 2021

In this episode Mike, Rich, Steve and Will take a look at four new films. We kick off with VANQUISH, in which Ruby Rose is forced to act as a courier for retired, wheelchair-bound dirty cop Morgan Freeman.

Then it's off to the Mexican border for NO MAN'S LAND, which finds a young man fleeing for his life after a bit of vigilante border patrolling goes horribly wrong.

Lance Henriksen pops up briefly in A RECKONING, a low budget western in which a widow takes it upon herself to track down her husband's killer.

Finally, we're off to India for BEHIND THE TREES, in which an American couple meddle with local beliefs and supernatural forces.

 

Our Short Shot is OASIS, a very visually stunning film set in a desert where water has odd properties. This is from the same people who made Bad Hit, which we covered a few episodes ago!

 

Finally, our DTV Throwback is BEOWULF - starring Christopher Lambert and Rhona Mitra. This is set in a post-apocalyptic land which has reverted back to the days of swords and armour. It's certainly an odd one!

 

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Episode 156: Justice League: Snyder Cut, Batman: Dying is Easy, Darkman 2: The Return of Durant

Episode 156: Justice League: Snyder Cut, Batman: Dying is Easy, Darkman 2: The Return of Durant

May 26, 2021

Mike and Rich embark on the 4 hour marathon which is the JUSTICE LEAGUE SNYDER CUT and are pretty impressed by the sights along the way! In keeping with the superhero theme, our Short Shot is a Batman fan film called DYING IS EASY. The company behind this short are called Bat In The Sun and we recommend you check out some of their other shorts!

To round things off, our DTV Throwback is a DTV sequel to Sam Raimi's Darkman. In DARKMAN 2: THE RETURN OF DURANT, Arnold Vosloo takes over from Liam Neeson. Cue melting faces and big explosions!

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Episode 154: The Virtuoso, Without Remorse, The Ninth Passenger, Jack Walker, The BIke Thief, Batman: Other Worlds, Zulu

Episode 154: The Virtuoso, Without Remorse, The Ninth Passenger, Jack Walker, The BIke Thief, Batman: Other Worlds, Zulu

May 9, 2021

Mike, Rich and Steve check out THE VIRTUOSO, in which a professional assassin takes on the proverbial "one last job". Then we tune in to Amazon Prime for WITHOUT REMORSE, featuring Michael B Jordan for some Tom Clancy-inspired mayhem! Afterwards we try to figure out just who is THE NINTH PASSENGER, before rooting for fictional ex action star JACK WALKER to make a rousing come-back! Finally, we watch THE BIKE THIEF, hiding all sharp objects beforehand.

Our Short Shot is BATMAN: OTHER WORLDS, a very wry comparison between the different iterations of the Caped Crusader. We also talk about a similar themed short, BATMAN EVOLUTION, which we recommend you take a look at also!

Finally, in the DTV Throwback we check out ZULU on Amazon Prime. This is not the Michael Cain/Stanley Baker classic, rather a taut thriller set in Cape Town and stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker!

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Don't forget to also check out our main show, the DTV DIGEST on TWITTER and FACEBOOK!

Episode 153: Into The Labyrinth, Attack of the Unknown, Portal, The Oak Room, C600, Mercenary of Justice

Episode 153: Into The Labyrinth, Attack of the Unknown, Portal, The Oak Room, C600, Mercenary of Justice

May 2, 2021

In this episode Mike, Steve and Rich cross paths with Dustin Hoffman for the first time in DTV land with INTO THE LABYRINTH, an Italian procedural. We follow this up with ATTACK OF THE UNKNOWN, a lowbudget scifi effort starring Richard Greico. 

We follow this with PORTAL, another sci-fi, which has more artistic leanings but is lumbered with a title that doesn't make much sense when you see the film! Finally we hang out and share a few shaggy do stories at THE OAK ROOM!

Our Short Shot this week is actually two films: C600 and it's sequel, C600: INFILTRATION, concerning a malfunctioning android - or is it??

Finally, in the DTV Throwback we take a look at MERCENARY FOR JUSTICE, a Steven Seagal movie from 2006. Were we wise to do so? Check out our review to find out!

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Episode 147: The Banishing, The Columnist, Bloody Hell, Container, Crossworlds

Episode 147: The Banishing, The Columnist, Bloody Hell, Container, Crossworlds

March 16, 2021

In this episode Mike, RIch and Steve take a look at Christopher Smith's (Triangle) latest film, THE BANISHING - a supernatural tale set on the eve of World War 2. Christopher Smith's films are known for having a twist in their tails - is this one any different?

Next we have a look at THE COLUMNIST, a film from The Netherlands which has garnered a lot of buzz following its festival showings last year. Now we get to pass judgement!

Our final main review is BLOODY HELL, a horror comedy about the perils of travelling to....Finland? Take a listen! Also check out my interview with the film's screenwriter and editor, ROBERT BENJAMIN!

Our Short Shot is CONTAINER, an intriguing tale of time travel as a lone scientist tries to send himself back in time without affecting the rest of the world. Click the link to see the whole film!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback we take a look at CROSSWORLDS, which has a very interesting cast including  Rutger Hauer, Jack Black and Josh Charles! As is usual, you can find this on Amazon Prime.

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Episode 145 - Fukushima 50, The Stylist, Hellraiser: Revelations, Hellraiser:Judgement, Shadowlands, Decomissioned, Back to Even

Episode 145 - Fukushima 50, The Stylist, Hellraiser: Revelations, Hellraiser:Judgement, Shadowlands, Decomissioned, Back to Even

March 2, 2021

This week Mike, Rich and Steve look at a bumper pack of films, kicking off with FUKUSHIMA 50, a dramatisation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (the trailer in the link is horribly dubbed into American - the actual film is presented in Japanese with English subs). Then we take a look at THE STYLIST, a very stylish horror film with an iconic protagonist. You may also be interested in checking out this interview with the director, Jill Gevargizian.

Mike and Rich then delve into not one but two Hellraiser films, which have only just now been released in the UK - HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS (2011) and HELLRAISER: JUDGEMENT(2018). These are noteable for not having Doug Bradley in the role of Pinhead - but does that necessarily make them bad films? I actually have a big bone to pick with one of them - tune in to hear us discuss!

We also take a look at SHADOWLAND, a new low budget horror film set in the wilds of Scotland, co-starring Amela Eve from The Haunting of Bly Manor.

Our Short Shot is the very well-produced DECOMMISSIONED - contrast the zero gravity fx here to what Ron Howard put his cast through in Apollo 13! Click the link to watch the whole 6min film!

Finally, out DTV Throwback is BACK TO EVEN, in which an almost unrecogniseable Lorenzo Lamas runs into problems with a violent bookie who happens to be an old highschool buddy and played by Michael Pare. I couldn't find an actual trailer online for this, just the linked opening scene.

Don't forget to check out our FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages where you will find the DTV Chart and news of new DTV releases!

Episode 144 - Red Dot, Gatecrash, The Owners, Broil, What Lies Below, Archenemy, Squadron, Steal

Episode 144 - Red Dot, Gatecrash, The Owners, Broil, What Lies Below, Archenemy, Squadron, Steal

February 25, 2021

In this bumper episode Mike, Rich and Steve cover a whole half-dozen of new releases, starting with the Swedish thriller, RED DOT (available on Netflix) in which two campers are terrorised by someone with a sniper rifle.

Then we take a look at GATECRASH, a film with few characters but loads of tension! We welcome back former Doctor Who, Silvester McCoy in THE OWNERS, in which Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams wishes she had better taste in boyfriends. BROIL gives us a vampire dynasty story much more successfully than Vampires of New Orleans did. WHAT LIES BELOW involves a teenage girl discovering her mother's new boyfriend might not be who he appears to be and ARCHENEMY touches on ideas from Will Smith's Hancock but with its own flourishes.

Out Short Shot is SQUADRON, a Star Trek fan move from the Czech Republic - make sure you switch on the Closed Captions for the subs as the ones impriinted on the film are tiny! This is set in the midst of Deep Space 9's Dominion War and is well worth a look!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback we take a look at STEAL, starring Stephen Dorff, Natasha Henstridge and Bruce Payne.

 

Don't forget to check out our FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages for the DTV Chart and news of other releases.

Episode 143 - Greenland, Gundala, Abigail Haunting, The Odds, Victoria, Shadowbuilder

Episode 143 - Greenland, Gundala, Abigail Haunting, The Odds, Victoria, Shadowbuilder

February 21, 2021

In this action packed episode Mike, Rich, Steve and Will take a look at the Gerard Butler disaster movie, GREENLAND (available on Prime). Then we take a look at Indonesia's GUNDALA, the start of their very own shared comic book universe. Then we examine ABIGAIL HAUNTING, which definitely surprised us! Finally, I do a solo review of THE ODDS. (beware the trailer is a bit spoilery!)

Our Short Shot is the action-packed VICTORIA - click the link to watch the whole 20min film (definitely worth doing!).

For the DTV Throwback we check out Bram Stoker's SHADOWBUILDER  (available on Amazon Prime) starring Michael Rooker as a gun-toting priest!

 

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