Doing some research for Xenorama #18 (my favorite kind, watching cartoons!) and talking to Chis Elam led me to this menu for the original DC Superheroes DVD set. Aside from the fact that all 18 episodes PLUS the documentary could have easily been on one disc, there's this slight continuity problem, as any rabid fanboy might notice and complain about (I think I did already).
Friday, March 28, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
This is how I was introduced to Varan. Heck, this may actually be the film I transferred to VHS many years ago, before VARAN was sort of available on home video. I wish this version could be released properly, as I've heard there is a nice 35mm print out there in someone's collection.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
When I started my book about Marine Boy, I had 77 episodes on tape. The quality of some of those episodes was not very good. Eventually I discovered places to get them online and and upgraded several times. Still, there were only the 77 episodes available. When I asked the late Peter Fernandez about the number of episodes that were done, he assured me there would have been 78 episodes, as that would have been enough to syndicate as long as they could (three seasons used to be the standard for syndication, 26 episodes per season, so 78 was the desired number).
Saturday, March 22, 2014
This is one of Al's funnier videos and songs. I'll be honest here, I've never heard the original, nor do I even know what it's about. It can't be as good as this song, though (says the white and nerdy guy). It's interesting, I've found that I relate less and less to Al's songs these days, since I know less of the source material. He has to stay up with current music, but I don't.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I'm on episode 45 of this fun show, and it's getting close to the end. It's been a pretty good run, despite the stupid cell phone "wands" they have to use. And of course, all the obligatory robots. I've lost count at all the different combinations that have gone in the show, and with five more episodes, I'm willing to bet there will be at least one more mega power permutation of all of them together.
Monday, March 17, 2014
I can hardly believe the entire series is subtitled and on youtube. I wish I had known this would happen. I'm also a little surprised it hasn't been taken down from TPS. Or whoever they are these days. But a lot of material is up on youtube that probably shouldn't be there.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Gai Ikari/Gokai Silver gets his powers. He saves a little girl from a truck and three dead Rangers show up and give him three grand powers. Interestingly enough, two are from teams that featured dinosaurs.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Ken Utsui passed away today. He was 82 years old. If he was known in the United States at all it is for the four "Starman" movies that were shown on TV here. As I mentioned here, I only ever saw the first one, ATOMIC RULERS. I never knew there were more of them, since information on these movies was scarce back then.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The first version is here, and here's a fun second version done by the same people. You know what? I still love this song. And now that I've learned how to play it, I love to perform it as well. Sometimes I get tired of hearing a song after listening to it a lot, but it hasn't happened to this one. And it's been at least a year!
Monday, March 10, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
This is pretty obviously the 50' version. I would know, since way back when I owned the 200' b/w version for many years, successfully trading the inferior WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH 200' version for it. I watched it plenty of times. I'm always impressed at how well Ken Films edited these into digest versions.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
One of my favorite skits that the boys do, mostly because it's fun to say "Niagara Falls!" and see if anyone else goes into the whole "slowly I turned..." I did this tonight at derby practice and alas, the girl I said it to didn't know what I was talking about. So here it is, in all it's black and white glory.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I kinda like the Zep music in the trailer. I didn't see any of these. Too bad, they are pretty evocative of the movie. It's that damn title. Why not put "Of Mars" at the end? John Carter sounds like it could be anyone, someone normal. It's all very vexing.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
This set is on sale at Amazon right now for about half price, as are Ultra Q and Ultra Seven. It's too bad the Ultra stuff is such a mess legally. Anyway, I think I may pick up the Sokko set. It's a fun show, full of action and a kid mowing bad guys down right and left. I think he can drive as well.