Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Comet Carries "U.F.O."
The Comet TV network (comettv.com) shows primarily old movies and TV shows with a science fiction or horror theme. Apparently, Comet has also picked up U.F.O. for occasional airing. One wonders how many viewers will understand the movie's sober intent as a documentary, while some will behold only a sci-fi film devoid of terrifying rubber monsters and vampires. **
** I happened upon the last half of an airing a few days after posting this entry, and was disappointed to find that some cuts have been made (the scene where the Newhouse UFO film is first shown to military brass excludes the UFO films!). I assume the snip-snip occurs earlier in the movie as well. I think I understand why the cuts were performed -- assume more time to throw in TV commercials, and, after all, the Montana and Utah UFO films do turn up at the end of the movie for a brief analysis -- but regret very much the loss of continuity. Cuts were likewise made in past years as U.F.O. made the rounds on cable TV, so this is hardly a surprise. Nevertheless, it's a shame. If The Walking Dead reflected reality, the zombies would probably consist of deceased motion picture directors, returning to eat the brains of living TV movie editors -- if any such brains were to be found.