Author Topic: Out of the Unknown  (Read 278 times)

Out of the Unknown
« on: December 02, 2014, 09:00:24 PM »
Anyone else splashed out on the BFI DVD release of this sixties anthology series?

I've seen a few of the stories before; Level Seven was shown at the BFI as part of an afternoon of work by Rudolph Cartier, The Machine Stops was on Youtube in terrible quality, and Thirteen To Centaurus cropped up on BBC4 as part of a night about J.G.Ballard and proved to be a right little cure for insomnia.

Two things finally convinced me to get the DVD. I hadn't realised that some of the Isaac Asimov episodes still exist, The Dead Past and Sucker Bait. Also the set contains a version of The Tunnel Under The World, which is a short story I first read as a kid and has kind of obsessed me ever since.

So far I've worked my way through the first couple of discs and seen No Place Like Earth, The Counterfeit Man, Stranger in the Family, The Dead Past, Time In Advance, and Come Buttercup, Come Daisy, Come...?

Time In Advance has been the best story so far, but is let down by some hideous set design. It's a very Tomb Of The Cybermen vision of the future; all shiny walls and perspex. It was also great to see Edward Judd in another role. He's in one of my favourite films The Day The Earth Caught Fire. The Dead Past was interesting, it's a fairly straight adaptation of the Isaac Asimov story but although the Out Of The Unknown version has a great visual ending it doesn't translate to television as well as I'd hoped.