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Episode 093 - End of Year Review - 2019

Episode 093 - End of Year Review - 2019

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year, everyone! In this episode, Rich and I take a look back at the year in DTV. We look at what the industry as a whole has achieved, a look back at what we have achieved and what we wish we had the time and energy to cover.

As we did last year, we run through a few awards -  I wonder which film would feature there??

Originally I was going to link to some of the award winners but instead we will cover those on twitter, so make sure you add @TheDTVDigest to your twitter feed...

 

 

Episode 092 - Rise of the Footsoldier 4 - Ticks - Blade of Honor

Episode 092 - Rise of the Footsoldier 4 - Ticks - Blade of Honor

December 20, 2019

JCYvEqu3jWdpZtR4GwQJ Its Cockney Gangster time, boys, as ESSEX BOY Pat Tate (Craig Fairbrass) wreaks havoc in Southend and Marbella in RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 4: MARBELLA. Im on record for having really enjoyed the previous prequel - will I like this one? Will Rich? Have a listen and find out!

Our SHORT SHOT this week is BLADE OF HONOR, a space opera much in the vein of Battlestar Galactica and features a couple of well-known genre actors. It's available on Amazon Prime so take a look if you are a subscriber.

Finally this week, our DTV THROWBACK is TICKS - finally, Rich has chosen a film I've seen, back in the day. This is also available on Amazon Prime if you want to check it out.

Take a listen, let us know what you think of this week's picks!

 

 

 

Episode 091 - The Brave, MMA - Love Never Dies

Episode 091 - The Brave, MMA - Love Never Dies

December 9, 2019

This week Rich and i tackle a film I'd been looking forward to seeing for a while, THE BRAVE, starring Louis Mandylor and directed by William Kaufman. Will it live up to expectations? Tune in to find out! Not only that but we check out the Italian MMA thriller, MMA-LOVE NEVER DIES

Also in this week's show our Short Short is the very well directed and edited (and possibly prescient!) THE BOUNTY. 

For our DTV THROWBACK section, Rich managed to surprise me yet again by digging up not one, but two Corey Haim movies - DEMOLITION HIGH and DEMOLITION U. I'd never even heard of these, let alone seen them! Catch my reaction on the show!

Episode 090 - Egyptian Special - No Surrender, Detention Letter, The Cell

Episode 090 - Egyptian Special - No Surrender, Detention Letter, The Cell

December 1, 2019

WE'RE FINALLY BACK!!

 

We recorded this episode at the end of September but due to me not having much spare time over the past couple of months, its taken an age to get a new episode out. In the meantime, Rich and I have decided to streamline the show and use our social media platforms to carry some of the weight going forward, so check out our facebook group The DTV Digest and our twitter account, @TheDTVDigest to keep up with the chart, trailers and new releases.

In this week's show, we are looking at three EGYPTIAN films, an idea sparked by the recent release of NO SURRENDER which has an extended cameo from an actor we all know and love. From there we were able to track down DETENTION LETTER and THE CELL, both of which are available on NETFLIX. 

In our DTV Throwback this week, we take a look at a very unlikely Die Hard in a Shopping Mall movie POINT BLANK, and our Short Shot section completes our rundown of the Fighting Spirit Film Festival's short programme.

Episode 089 - Fighting Spirit Festival 2019 (inc The Mercenary and Dragons Forever)

Episode 089 - Fighting Spirit Festival 2019 (inc The Mercenary and Dragons Forever)

September 20, 2019

This episode was recorded during the Fighting Spirit Film Festival held in London, the fourth such event and one that we are proud to support. In this episode, we discuss Day One of the Festival's main event, the Short Film programme, which this year saw a phenomenal amount of submissions from all over the world. 

In addition we review THE MERCENARY, a new film from director Jesse V Johnson - a name that should be very familiar to all of you, starring long time collaborator Dominique Vandenberg. For our DTV throwback we look at Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao in the classic DRAGONS FOREVER, shortly to be re-released in a new print by 88FILMS. 

Not only all that but we have a bumper crop of trailers in our COMING SOON section and a smattering of new releases in the WASHING UP...

FOOTNOTES:

Coming Soon: Trailers...

10 Minutes Gone

Anatomy of an Antihero

Cabal

Mutant Blast

Semper Fi

Shanghai Fortress (now on Netflix!)

The Chinese Pilot

The Drone

The Rescue

The Wheel

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Wira

 

FIGHTING SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL: SHORTS PROGRAM DAY 1

most of the shorts are still in various competitions so are not available to share at the moment - the exception being the rather good....

THE KID

 

Episode 088 - Malaysian Special (Kampung Drift, J-Revolusi, PASKAL)

Episode 088 - Malaysian Special (Kampung Drift, J-Revolusi, PASKAL)

August 11, 2019

This week Mike and Rich check out all things Malaysian for their feature selection. Starting with the batty KAMPUNG DRIFT, then the big action movie J-REVOLUSI (which will definitely remind you of another, recent blockbuster), and the kind-of-based-on-true-events PASKAL. Also we check out ZERO in our Short Shot, and EVOLVER in our DTV Throwback section. All that, plus the WASHING UP, COMING SOON and DTV CHART...

 

FOOTNOTES:

COMING SOON: 

THE IRISHMAN

THE MYSTERY OF DRAGON SEAL JOURNEY TO CHINA

LUCKY DAY

HOAX

THE FANATIC

A SCORE TO SETTLE

RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL

THE FEATURE REVIEWS:

KAMPUNG DRIFT (2016)

J REVOLUSI (2017)

PASKAL (2018)

 

THE SHORT SHOT

ZERO

 

DTV THROWBACK

EVOLVER

Episode 087 - Solis, Approaching The Unknown

Episode 087 - Solis, Approaching The Unknown

August 11, 2019

A quick warning-slash-apology upfront, the audio for this episode isn't great. We had the opportunity to record in the same room for once, and I...forgot the microphone. So instead three guys were using a tiny headset mic.

Anyway - this episode sees us discussing two movies about a single guy in space - the recent SOLIS, and in our DTV Throwback section, the Mark Strong starring APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN. Find out how Mike and Rich thought about those. Also joining us this week is long time collaborator WILL BENTLEY, who chimes in on the DTV Chart, Coming Soon and Washing Up sections.

Again, sorry about the audio!

 

FOOTNOTES:

COMING SOON:

CYBER BRIDE
SCARECROW'S REVENGE
THE VELOCIPASTOR
MAYDAY
DEAD WATER
THE TRACKER
NEKROTRONIC
STAIRS

 

FEATURE REVIEWS:

SOLIS

APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN

Episode 086 - Mid Year Review

Episode 086 - Mid Year Review

July 20, 2019

We've hit the mid-point of the year, so Rich and Mike decided to take stock of the world of  DTV over the past six months. Joined by former co-presenter and manager of one of the very few remaining DVD rental stores in the UK, DAVE WAIN, the trio do their level best to take a sober viewpoint on both the present and future.

 

There are no reviews of films in this episode, nor any of our usual features, but nevertheless we hope that you will find our discussion interesting and, dare I say it, worthy of wasting your time. Enjoy!

 

 

Episode 085 - Scott Adkins Special - Triple Threat, Incoming, El Gringo, Avengement

Episode 085 - Scott Adkins Special - Triple Threat, Incoming, El Gringo, Avengement

July 7, 2019

It's about time we got around to discussing at length some of Scott Adkins' work and what better time to do so than with the DVD/Blu Ray release of his most recent collaboration with director Jesse V Johnson, AVENGEMENT? Well heck, why not throw in the star-studded TRIPLE THREAT as well? Not only that but we take a look at two of his films not directed by Jesse, INCOMING and our DTV THROWBACK is EL GRINGO (currently available on Amazon Prime). Not only that but we have our regular sections, the COMING SOON trailers and WASHING UP...

 

FOOTNOTES:

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COMING SOON:

THE MAIN REVIEWS:
 

 

Episode 084 - Evil Doll Double Bill

Episode 084 - Evil Doll Double Bill

June 29, 2019

Evil Doll movies are all the rage at the moment, what with the remake of Childs Play hitting the cinemas and Annabelle 3 due out later this year. So we decided to take a look at two recent DTV efforts - MANDY THE DOLL and CLOWN DOLL. We also take a look at a doll-themed short called DOLL IT UP, and we have our usual COMING SOON and DTV CHART - as well as a different take on the WASHING UP. Check it out and spread the word!

FOOTNOTES:

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COMING SOON - TRAILERS:

AVENGERS OF JUSTICE: FARCE WARS
THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE
DOLLS
DOLL CEMETARY

ROBERT REBORN 

FEATURE REVIEWS:

MANDY THE DOLL

CLOWN DOLL

 

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