Post by Gabriel Hershman on Mar 31, 2022 7:56:34 GMT
Powerhouse Films - producers of the newly remastered 1973 movie Assassin (to be released on Blu-Ray with other Pemini productions in May) - asked me to make a little commentary on the career of Ian Hendry. They asked me because I had written Ian's biography, Send in the Clowns, which is still doing well on Amazon.
The commentary runs to 22 minutes! It's me talking about his TV appearances and films interspersed with clips from his work as I mention them - e.g. Repulsion, The Hill, Vendetta for the Saint, Get Carter, The Lotus Eaters, The Internecine Project and For Maddie with Love.
It will be released as an additional feature and it's been very professionally edited by James Blackford at Powerhouse Films.
They have asked that they have exclusive rights to this for the Blue Ray release - in other words not to be released on social media for the moment. But, later on, I'm sure we can find a way to screen it and get a wider audience, i.e. not just for those who buy Assassin.
Anyway, my point is that this is the long-awaited profile of Hendry's career that I always wanted to make.
The boxset, which also contains other Pemini productions from the Seventies, Moments and Hunted, is available here.
Post by Gabriel Hershman on Mar 31, 2022 14:07:38 GMT
Thank you for your support, I hope you like the commentary on Ian. It's exclusive to the Blu-ray release of Assassin for a while but I'm sure it will eventually see light of day elsewhere. Neil Hendry, Ian's nephew, and myself always wanted to make a documentary on Ian and so I guess this is it - so now there's a filmed tribute and a biography out there.
Such is its obscurity I only discovered 1973’s ‘Assassin’ even existed a few months back and, suitably intrigued by both cast and premise, I scoured the net looking for either a full copy, trailer or just some fragmentary footage. Alas I had no success but then in a wonderful instance of serendipity I noticed its inclusion in the upcoming ‘Pemini Organisation’ box set! Better still, Indicator/Powerhouse, who for me at least are by far the best of the current crop of cult cinema reissue labels, was releasing it.
Good to hear of your involvement Gabriel and as I say, Indicator arguably lead the field when it comes to assembling extras and restoring rare and obscure film so it’s in good hands. Assassin will never look better fully restored, remastered and in HD and I can’t wait to see it…
I always enjoyed anything Ian Hendry was in - from Police Surgeon, The Avengers, The Informer and The Lotus Eaters to his many guest star roles in shows such as Danger Man, The Saint, Thriller, The Persuaders !, The Protectors, Return of The Saint, The Sweeney, The New Avengers, etc...plus the many films he made
- his name in the credits guaranteed something worth watching...