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After a long hiatus, the Ed Straker Herald is up and running again!
The interviews on CD mentioned last week with Ed Bishop, Gerry Anderson, and Sylvia Anderson are now available on eBay!
"Blast from the Past" is offering rare interviews on CD with Ed Bishop, Gerry Anderson, and Sylvia Anderson, and the first two discs are now available for pre-order!
A new Skydiver model is being released in Japan this summer! This is from the WAVE corporation, the company that once released a Skydiver kit.
ANDERSONIC Issue 19 is now available, and features an interview with UFO special effects production manager Ken Holt, and also takes a look at the UFO episode THE CAT WITH TEN LIVES!
The Prop Gallery has a new article about the miniature models used in UFO!
The UFO Blu-ray set from Germany is now out! I have posted some photos of the packaging and screen grabs here on Facebook. Some things to note:
Here is a recent BBC4 radio interview with Gabrielle Drake, regarding her brother Nick Drake.
The Amazon.de page for the upcoming German UFO Blu-ray has now been updated with the correct cover artwork.
In Germany, Epix Media will be releasing UFO on Blu-ray disc on November 28. The discs will be region B encoded (not playable on USA Blu-ray players), and will have options for English audio, German audio, and German subtitles. The aspect ratio will be 4:3, although I understand it will still have the same one-minute lapse into 16:9 in the middle or ORDEAL that the Japanese set has. The audio tracks will both be mono (it will not include the English 5.1 track from the Japanese release). The video quality should be about the same as the Japanese set, except that the flashbacks in THE LONG SLEEP will actually be sepia-toned instead of black&white. As for special features, the first 1000 units will have a coated slipcase, a booklet and a SHADO patch. All 26 episodes will be presented on 6 Blu-ray discs.
Here is a link to this set on Amazon.de (the current cover artwork shown is for the older DVD set).
This Saturday (September 20), there will be two UFO guests at Autographica in Birmingham UK - Ayshea Brough and Georgina Moon!
Longtime readers might recall a documentary that was being made in the late 1990's, called "The Future Was Fantastic", narrated by Ed Bishop. This was never finished or released to the public -- until now. A limited number of copies are available on eBay -- get one while you can!
Ayshea Brough will be at an autograph signing in Barking (east of London) on August 23!
On eBay, there is currently an auction for a single paddle from an original UFO model. Starting bid? £950! (that's around 1,600 US dollars)
In Germany, Epix Media is currently working on a new UFO Blu-ray disc set, based on the same HD video masters that were previously used for the Japanese UFO Blu-ray disc set (and now streaming on Hulu.com). There is no official release date for this as of yet, but it possibly may be released before the end of this year. Stay tuned...
In Germany, the UFO compliation movie "80.000 Meilen durch den Weltraum" is being released on DVD and Blu-ray disc by Cinema Treasures! This "movie" is a compilation of the UFO episodes THE CAT WITH TEN LIVES, THE PSYCHOBOMS, and TIMELASH.
Following up on the recently discovered SHADO jeep, this did end up getting saved, and will be shipped to the UK for restoration.
Also, there are 2 events in the UK next month of interest to UFO fans. On May 11 at the Royal Air Force Museum in London there is Model Futures, featuring UFO effects designer Mike Trim, and UFO modelmaker Alan Shubrook. And on May 17-18 at the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford, there is Cosford Flights of Fantasy, featuring UFO co-creator Sylvia Anderson, UFO director Alan Perry, and UFO modelmaker Alan Shubrook.
Amazingly, someone has found a SHADO jeep in a scrap yard on Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands! Here is an article with photos.
All 26 episodes of UFO are now available on Amazon instant video! Unlike Hulu, Amazon is using the film-to-video transfers that were used for the DVD releases, and these are in standard definition (480p).
For those of you in the United States, Hulu now has all 26 UFO episodes available for viewing! These are free in standard definition (480p), and people with Hulu Plus subscriptions can watch these in high definition (720p). These use the same source video that was used for last year's Japanese UFO Blu-ray discs, but Hulu's streaming bitrate/resolution/quality isn't as good as the Blu-ray discs. However, the Blu-ray aspect ratio error on ORDEAL has been fixed here.
In CAST & CREW, I've added an audio interview with Ken Holt, who was a special effects production manager on UFO!
The Moonbase Central blog has a recent entry featuring an anecdote from UFO production manager Ken Holt, plus a nice photo of his secretary with the UFO Moonbase set!
The new issue of ANDERSONIC magazine features a look at the UFO episode CONFLICT, plus features interviews with Gerry Haylock (UFO comic strip artist) and Tony Stacey (UFO projectionist)!
Sixteen 12 (formerly Product Enterprise) have a 27" UFO Interceptor prop replica coming soon, limited to 50 units, and selling for a whopping 1200 pounds sterling!
Due to recent changes at Yahoo Groups, the SHADO Yahoo Group has shut down and has now moved to shado-forum.com.This is the oldest of the online UFO discussion groups, which started out on a LISTSERV way back in 1994!
An upcoming Gerry Anderson convention has been announced for April 2014 in London England -- Andercon 2014! So far there doesn't seem to be much of interest for fans of UFO, although the folks who are making a replica of Straker's car are hoping to have that car finished to show it at this event.
And a reminder, I've been slowly adding photos to this site's publicity photos page (these photos are also being posted on Facebook).
The Italian Section of SHADO has updated their website with photos from their latest event -- a weekend with UFO special effects technician Ian Wingrove!
Derren Nesbitt will be interviewed at the Cinema Museum in London on Saturday May 25th!
The Italian Section of SHADO website has been updated recently, with news of their next UFO event featuring guest Ian Wingrove (special effects), plus their Q&A with Mike Trim (designer) has been expanded!
On YouTube, I've uploaded a video of my interview with Antonia Ellis (Lt Joan Harrington) from the 2004 San Diego Comic Con!
Here is a nice overview/update on the Staker's car replica!
This UFO movie trailer was posted today on YouTube!
Issue 15 of Andersonic is now available, and this issue includes interviews with UFO special effects assistant Tony Harding and sound editor Tony Roper, plus has an in-depth look at the UFO episode "The Responsibility Seat"!
Here is an article about Dolores Mantez, who passed away a couple of months ago.
According to this page, the long-delayed UFO film will begin production in the first quarter of 2013!
More sad news this month - UFO co-creator and producer Gerry Anderson has passed away at age 83.
Since the release of the Japanese UFO Blu-ray discs, I've been updating this page with additional details and frame capture comparisons with the old UK DVD release. For the most part, I think the Blu-ray is an improvement with it's increased detail. However, as the frame captures demonstrate, there are some areas where Blu-rays are not as good as they should be -- the most glaring example of this is when the aspect ratio suddenly changes from 4:3 to 16:9 in the middle of ORDEAL!
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