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Doomwatch

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  • Actors: John Paul, Joby Blanshard, Simon Oates, Vivien Sherrard, John Barron
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By A Customer on October 12, 2002
Format: DVD
I saw Doomwatch at the old Queen Theatre in Toronto in August/September 1974. It was part of a triple bill with Garden of the Dead and Grave of the Vampire. Cinepix, the local distributor, had changed Doomwatch's title to Island of the Ghouls for the show (a title I've never seen Doomwatch referred to anywhere else). Cinepix already owned the rights to Garden and Grave. Since Doomwatch hadn't received any distribution in Ontario the distributor figured the title change made for a perfect triple bill for the back to school crowd. All three flicks were rated "Recommended as Adult Entertainment" (what the Ontario Film Review Board used to call PG). Therefore, as an excited thirteen year old, off I went! Doomwatch is the movie version of the eponymous British television show (1970-72) about a team of environmental scientists/investigators who monitor polluters. I've never seen the tv version. However, Doomwatch the movie, is fun, albeit slow. It concerns strange incidents on an isolated island off the UK coast. If anything, Doomwatch suffers from the lack of any real villain. It's tough to anthropomorphize pollution. Still, it's worth the low price. The print is complete and in excellent condition. Unfortunately, the DVD is full frame. However, in its defence, Doomwatch doesn't appear to have been shot with more than a 1.66:1 aspect ration in mind anyway. I didn't notice any obvious misframing. Overall, worth the money for fans of British science fiction and horror.
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From the back of the DVD box:

DOOMWATCH is the nickname of a scientific group with the power to assess new technology and ban dangerous developments. It wasn't supposed to cause trouble, but unfortunately for the government, this watchdog insists on biting. This exciting '70s drama series (from the script editor of Dr. Who) is anchored in scientific fact and is frighteningly close to reality...

The Plastic Eaters:
What if a man-made virus with the power to melt all plastic became as infectious as the common cold? Toby Wren accidentally infects his own plane with a virus designed to dissolve waste plastic. Just what you need at 20,000 feet...

Tomorrow The Rat:
Genetic engineering? Tampering with nature in a quest to make Superman? They experimentation is still only being carried out on rats, but with dangerous and deadly results...

Doomwatch Facts
First airdate: 9th Feburary 1970
Episodes: 38 (including the banned 'Sex and Violence')
Seasons: 3 on BBC1
Series concluded: 24th August 1972
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MOST URGENT.
TO COMBAT WORLDWIDE POLLUTION PROBLEM
RECOMMEND FORMATION NEW GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT
TO BE CALLED...
DOOMWATCH.
That is the message rattled out on the teletype machine preceding the opening titles. The poignant scenes of dead oil-covered birds scattered on the beach and people rolling barrels down a cliff show a devastating effects of petroleum on a local habitat. A timely movie, considering how the United Nations Declaration on the Environment also came out in the 1970's, heralding ecological awareness that arose in Britain in that decade, and that filtered into Doomwatch, inspired by the TV series of the same name, and Dr. Who stories such as The Green Death. In fact, Doomwatch was written by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, the co-creators of the Cybermen in Dr. Who.
The story: a year previously, off the island of Balfe, an oil tanker spill caused ecological devastation to the sea and beach. Dr. Del Shaw is sent by Doomwatch to discover the effects of the detergent used to clean up Balfe and to send samples as well as examine the marine life. He gets more than he bargains for, as he discovers a body, and then digs around some more when headquarters report a massive increase in the phytoplankton and animal plankton concentration. His boss, Dr. Quist, asks him for fish samples, and we realize something's wrong when Del's shown a turbot the size of a very large dinner plate. Something else has clearly happened near Balfe, something even more catastrophic than the oil spill. Without giving too much of a hint, "old mother nature has been nobbled."
As for the people of Balfe, they are a "strange closed lot" with an air of secrecy about them. It's the typical small village mentality, where outsiders aren't welcome-(q.v. Dr.
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"Doomwatch" is a great environmental disaster film. It is on a par with "Prophecy," which dealt with a paper mill that was poisoning an Indian village with mercury. In "Doomwatch," an environmental watch group begins investing the effects that an oil spill may have had on nearby aquatic life. Soon they discover that fish near the island of Balfe have grown very large. Some of the villagers have gone insane, some have been hidden away by relatives, and some have died. What terrible secret are the villagers hiding? What illegal substance is being dumped in the forbidden zone on the other side of the island.

Directed by Peter Sasdy ("Hands of the Ripper"), this film is very dark and atmospheric. From the moment scientist Del Shaw (Ian Bannen of Walt Disney`s "Watcher in the Woods") steps on the island, you know that something sinister is amiss. The villagers remain aloof and secretive. The only one who will help Shaw is the pretty young school teacher Victoria Brown (Judy Geeson of Hammer Film Production's "Fear in the Night"). Shaw's life appears to be in constant danger. One night, he is attacked by a mutant creature in the barn; he is nearly clobbered to death.

"Doomwatch" presents us with some highly plausible scientific theories dealing with pollution. The special effects and make up are quite good for that time period. The acting is superb. The extras do a great job of pretending to be superstitious villagers. One can't help but feel sorry for their plight.

I only wish the disaster could've endangered the lives of all those in Great Britain and not just those living on Balfe. The fear of a widespread contamination would have added a great deal of suspense and drama. A higher body count would've also helped.
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