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Tickets are now on sale for SHADO CON, a one-day UFO convention taking place on 3 June 2017 in Derby UK. You can purchase tickets here. The current guest list includes Ayshea Brough, Keith Alexander, and Michael Jayston. Currently there is a Facebook page for this convention here, with a website expected soon.
For those of you still waiting for your copy of "The Complete Book of UFO" (which sold out prior to its initial release), here is the latest from the publisher:
"The UFO is reprint is imminent – I would hope that the outstanding Amazon orders will be delivered to customers around the middle of this month.
There are very minor corrections/differences in the 2017 edition. It's essentially the same book."
So ignore those high prices on Amazon right now... they're about to drop.
Jeremy Summers, who directed two UFO episodes (The Psychobombs & The Long Sleep), has passed away at age 85.
Following up on the Australian UFO Blu-ray rumor, I contacted MadMan Entertainment, and they said that they were unable to confirm a release at this time, as they are still in the middle of contract negotiations for this release.
Apparently, UFO is going to be released on Blu-ray disc in Australia by MadMan Entertainment, sometime in the March - May 2017 timeframe. There has been no official annoucement yet from MadMan, but there is a listing and preliminary artwork on DVDLand.
A UFO convention has been announced, to be held 3 June 2017 in Derby, UK. So far the guest list includes Ayshea and Micheal Jayston, but is expected to grow. This convention has a Facebook page here.
Amazon uk seems all over the place with the pricing and availability of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF UFO. Some people who were told to not expect it until December 23 have already received it! And the price has again dropped, this time to .£9.99.
Amazon.co.uk has now raised the price of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF UFO to £29.99, and is also now out of stock. Some people who pre-ordered this from them are now being told that it will not arrive until December 23, while others have already received their copy.
I'm hearing reports that Amazon.co.uk is now shipping the newly revised edition of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF UFO, which is still available from them at the ridiculously low pre-order price of £6.99!
People started receiving their Network UFO Blu-ray discs on Monday! It appears that the major issues with the previous Blu-ray releases have been corrected (e.g. aspect ratio error, sepia tinting, day-for-night shots). Generally the overall response has been favorable, although there has been some complaints about the packaging, and also about excessive noise reduction in some scenes. I've updated my page on this release here with more information and photos, and have also started a frame capture comparison page here.
Now that Network has sold out of their first batch of UFO Blu-ray discs, they do not expect to get new stock until mid December.
I've created a page of information for the Network UFO Blu-ray discs here, and will update it as new information is available.
Network has posted some screenshots from their new UFO Blu-ray box, which you can see here. It appears that these are brighter, have more contrast, have less grain and less sharpness than the Japanese UFO Blu-rays from several years ago.
Also, Network is reporting that their first pressing of this set has completely sold out already, so for new orders there will be a delay.
Network is now sending out emails to UFO Blu-ray pre-buyers that their orders have shipped! Meanwhile, Network has increased the price of the set (when ordered directly from them) to £75.
Here is another Network UFO Blu-ray set promo clip, this time featuring Lt. Ellis. Less than 2 weeks until release!
Network has extended their UFO Blu-ray set pre-buy to November 7th, and have added a UFO poster based on the 1970 Anglo UFO trading cards! This poster is only available with sets purchased from Network, and is a limited edition.
The Gerry Anderson fan club Fanderson has just released interviews with Ed Bishop on CD, now available to its membership!
Network has posted two trailers for their upcoming UFO Blu-ray on YouTube, this one appears to be based on the Blu-ray menus, and this one is taken from a scene in the episode CLOSE UP!
Both HMV and Amazon.co.uk have raised their preorder price from £62.99 to £69.99. Although presumably orders already placed at the lower price will be honored.
HMV is selling the upcoming Network UFO Blu-ray box for £62.99, which is the lowest price seen to date.
The Network UFO Blu-ray box has been confirmed to have 6 discs, not 7.
The release date for the upcoming "Complete Book of UFO" is now November 25. There will be book launch event in London on that date with author Chris Bentley and Ayshea at the Cinema Museum!
Amazon.co.uk is currently offering the upcoming revised and expanded COMPLETE BOOK OF UFO for only £6.99, which is a whopping 77% discount! Not sure if this is intentional, a mistake, or if the price will rise to something more normal at any moment...
The Official Gerry Anderson store has the upcoming Network UFO Blu-ray for pre-order. This lists this as having 7 discs (not 6), and when asked, they confirmed that it has 7 discs (despite Network's own site which says 6).
Network now has the UFO Blu-ray box available as a "pre-buy", at £20 less (£69.99) than Amazon.co.uk's price (£89.99). International shoppers should note however that Network is charging £40 for international shipping, although VAT is subtracted so the set prices falls to £58.33.
Network's description confirms this as a Region B release (not region-free), and states that there are 6 discs (Amazon said 7). And in case you thought that the "600 page book" was a typo, it's not. It's actually been confirmed at 620 pages, and contains around 200,000 words.
Network's upcoming UFO Blu-ray set is now available for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk, with a release date of 14 November 2016! Details and special features include:
ANDERSONIC Issue #21 is now out, and features a new interview with Deborah Grant (THE PSYCHOBOMBS), and a 1993 interview with Gerry Anderson, both discussing UFO! You can order this from the ANDERSONIC website.
Network's new INVASION: UFO Blu-ray started shipping on Monday, and arriving in people's homes today (Wednesday). It has now been confirmed that the discs are indeed restricted to Zone B (it is not an all-zone release). Also that the HD version of the film is presented at 24 frames per second (not 25), with a total runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Note that Network's new high definition release of INVASION: UFO on Blu-ray has some differences from the original -- it is missing all the library music that was added (except for the title sequence), and it is missing the added sound effects. Also it is in widescreen, so the top and bottom of the picture is missing. However, the original version of the movie is included in standard definition. It's not clear if any of this will be in Network's upcoming UFO Blu-ray release, or if the disc is actually region restricted (the advertising says Region B only).
Here are some links related to this release:
A bit of a surprise for today, Network now has INVASION: UFO available on Blu-ray disc, in high definition and widescreen, available now!
The "Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO" is now available for pre-order in the USA, from Amazon.com!
Chris Bentley's long out-of-print "The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO" is being re-released on November 1, 2016, this time by Signum Books. And it's not just a reprint, either -- the book is being completely redesigned, will now be in full color, will include never-before-published photos, new sections will be added, and the remaining text updated! Here is a pre-order link on Amazon.co.uk
Here is an update from Network, posted on their Facebook and Twitter pages:
"Just a little update on UFO...
We have made every effort to ensure these new versions are substantially improved on anything you've seen before and will supersede any previous versions in circulation. We have assessed all the materials available to us and invested what is necessary to bring them up to a standard that is on a par with our other restorations given the state of the materials. The previous transfers were perfectly useable but we have re-treated every scene in every episode from scratch.
Packaging for this set is still being designed, and will be revealed at a later date: we can promise you it will be something very special!"
Network has posted a YouTube video with some new information about their upcoming UFO Blu-ray set. While this looks like it will be better than the German and Japanese UFO Blu-ray sets, they are no longer saying it will be an all-new HD restoration as they said in December. Now it's merely a fixup job on the existing HD video masters, which is unfortunate, as some of the issues with the existing HD video masters can't really be fixed digitally (and would require finding better film elements and scanning them).
Unstoppable Cards now have their UFO trading cards available for pre-order! Purchasing a box guarantees that you will get a complete base set, plus some extras (autograph cards, sketch cards).
Actor Douglas Wilmer, who played Dr. Brunner in the UFO episode E.S.P., has passed away at age 96.
Actress Adrienne Corri, who played Liz Newton in the UFO episode THE SQUARE TRIANGLE, has passed away at age 84.
Some sad news... UFO co-creator Sylvia Anderson has passed away at age 88.
In the UK, Network has just announced that they will be releasing UFO on Blu-ray disc in 2016! The video on their website says that this will be a new HD restoration, and with new special features!
Here is a new fan short film, based on the UFO episode EXPOSED!
The December issue of the Ed Straker Herald is now online!
Rose Tobias Shaw, the casting director for UFO, passed away in October at age 96.
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