During the videotape format war of the late 1970s and early 1980s, JVC’s VHS would compete for market share against Sony’s Betamax. Betamax was, in theory, the superior recording format but VHS would ultimately emerge as the preeminent home video format in 1986. Consumers could not justify the extra cost of a Betamax VCR, which was often more expensive that the VHS equivalent due to the higher quality construction of Betamax recorders.
Available on television digi-networks and online, Comet is a free network dedicated to science fiction and horror programming; sci-fi adventures and shocking horror tales sure to send a shiver down your spine!
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Deadline: Tuesday 22nd November 2016
It is undeniable that media set in space is incredibly popular. Whether it is the latest Star Wars movie or the newest Call of Duty video game, space is in the forefront and in high demand. Sci-fi and space in general have a long history of TV shows, films and video games and while they have some similarities they are many radically different takes on the dark emptiness.
“Your universe awaits.”
Battlestar Galactica is one of those sci-fi sagas that never seems to totally disappear from relevance. That’s partly because the 1978 series was reimagined in 2003, satisfying old fans and creating new ones in a younger generation. But even now, both versions of the series retain a kind of cult-level popularity, albeit with a very broad audience.
“You need every pilot, and I’m the best you’ve got.”
Back in the late 80s/early 90s I was not allowed to watch the many horror films that adorned the plastic shelving of my local video store. Some might say that is wise parenting, considering I was only 5 or 6 at the time. But strangely action films were deemed ok to view (such as substandard fare from Cannon Pictures and Guild Video).
“Look, there’s a lot of us working to make a bad world better. Remember that.”
Japanese anime has become a global worldwide culture for many reasons. Becoming popular in Japan after the second world war, anime provided an alternative format for storytelling. The common misconception in the west is that animation is primarily aimed towards the children, but this is not the case in Japan.
“For most Japanese consumers of anime, their culture is no longer a purely Japanese one (and indeed it probably hasn’t been for over a century and a half). At least in terms of entertainment, they are as equally interested by Western cultural influences as they are by specifically Japanese ones.”
The Mission (1986): Other than the all-star cast—Jeremy Irons, Robert De Niro and Liam Neeson—the score of this historical drama by Ennio Morricone alone makes it material for a best of list, and while it’s not the only great reason to watch the film, it’s definitely one of the reasons you’ll come back for more.
“If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don’t have the strength to live in a world like that…”
Cesar Romero’s portrayal of The Joker as Batman’s greatest enemy was memorable to say the least.
Known for his sharp wit and malevolent laugh, The Joker was constantly escaping Arkham Asylum and a relentless threat to Gotham City.
“Have you heard this one? It’ll *kill* you, Batman!”
The year is 1996. Four inebriated friends plan to dominate a local arcade tournament but soon find themselves stalked by the undead, struggling to survive in a terrifying nightmare inspired by George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and the Pre-Code horror films of the 1930’s.
Matthew Myers has joined forces with Dixie Filloy; artist of the macabre and daughter of Arthur Filloy (animator of the The Ren & Stimpy Show).
Deadline: Monday 15th August 2016
Video games (or computer games) over time have become an interesting breed of storytelling due to the sheer amount of interactivity bestowed upon the ‘gamer’. They are structured just like any other form of storytelling and contain the conventional introduction and conclusion, or ‘cliffhanger’, found in most other media.
“It is relatively stress-free to write about computer games…almost anything goes.”
My impression on first hearing about the hugely popular [young adult] book trilogy (and now mega money-making feature-film franchise) The Hunger Games was: ‘Hey, teenage contestants forced to fight to the death in a populist amusement engineered by a manipulative, despotic master of a dystopian future world? Wow, what an interesting idea! …But wait, isn’t that just like…’
“Life is a game. So fight for survival and see if you’re worth it.”
If there is one villain that is notorious in the Batman television series [and 1963 film], it’s The Penguin played by Burgess Meredith.
The Penguin was a master at keeping his motives a secret, and disguising criminal intentions through false enterprise.