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The whole crew on the bridge. Moscow Cassiopea (1974)

“Moscow: Cassiopea” (1974) and “Teens in the Universe” (1975)

Moscow: Cassiopea (Москва́ — Кассиопе́я) and Teens in the Universe (О́троки во Вселе́нной) are a duology of mid-1970s Soviet science-fiction comedy films, directed by Richard Viktorov (Ричард Викторов), and written by Isai Kuzentsov (Исай Кузнецов) and Avernir Zak (Авенир Григорьевич Зак). Originally intended to be a single film, a glut of footage enabled producers to split it into two eighty minute features.

The films are enduringly popular in the former Soviet Union, and were unavailable in any digital format until a 2007 DVD release, in 2016 both films were added to iTunes in high-definition, so I thought I’d take a look.

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Dragonslayer 1981 title

Dragonslayer iTunes HD Review

Dragonslayer is a 1981 ‘fantasy’ film, it tells a heroes journey tale of a young Sorcerer’s apprentice who sets out to save a kingdom from an evil Dragon. Peter MacNicol and Kaitlin Clarke star with support from Ralph Richardson and John Hallam. The film was co-written and directed by Matthew Robbins (Batteries Not Included) with Oscar nominated special effects by Phil Tippet and Dennis Murren. Perfect cinematography is provided by Alien cinematographer Derek Vanlint. Since no Blu-ray is available – I thought I’d take a look at the iTunes version, and compare it with the existing DVD releases.

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