Saturday Frights: Alfred Hitchcock Presents – The Perfect Crime

Hello, dear viewers. If I understand Daniel 13 correctly, the new attenae that has been installed atop the Retroist Vault will ensure even more of the television viewing audience shall be able to catch our weekly broadcasts.

For this week I have once more ventured into our vast collection of film and episodic television fare to bring you entertainment worthy of your precious time. I offer you ‘A Perfect Crime’ from the popular Alfred Hitchcock Presents program. This originally was broadcast on the 20th of October, 1957.

Charles Courtney, who is portrayed by the great Vincent Price is a criminologist who quite egotistically keeps and displays mementos of solved cases to celebrate his superiority. The drama for this episode comes about when a visiting Lawyer by the name of John Gregory challenges that the famed sleuth has made a terrible mistake with the conviction and execution of a man named Harrington.

R. Cade And The Video Victims - 2 Warps to Neptune

Retro Records: R. Cade And The Video Victims

It’s certainly been an interesting week for discovering video game related record albums. Just a couple of days ago we had the Donkey Kong LP and while trying to find a suitable image for the record album I stumbled over 1982’s R. Cade and the Video Victims.

Images courtesy of 2 Warps to Neptune.

Images courtesy of 2 Warps to Neptune.

Information is a little scarce but the back of the album says that the music for this record was written by both John Lombardo and D. J. Michaels and was released by Arrival Records. Beyond that I couldn’t find anything except that the album is currently available on iTunes!

[Via] Marky D. Kiehl

A huge thanks to 2 Warps to Neptune for the awesome album cover you see above!

The Art of He Man and the Masters of the Universe - Dark Horse Comics

Prepare Yourself For The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

A couple of days ago Eric LeFeber of Warpo Toys was kind enough to share the announcement over on the Savage Masters of the Universe Facebook page about this upcoming coffee table book entitled “The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”.

It is being released by Dark Horse Comics and Mattel on April 15, 2015 and is a retrospective history of the famous toy, cartoon, and comic book series. It is 304 pages and includes rare artwork for prototype toys, concept sketches, and maybe most importantly it will have restored artwork by the legendary illustrator Earl Norem!

Roboto - Earl Norem

The standard book cover is what you see at the top of the post but hop on over to Dark Horse Comics to pre-order the limited edition of the art book.

All images courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

All images courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

Anthony Perkins - Oatmeal Crisp

You’d Have To Be Psycho To Not Enjoy This 1990 Cereal Commercial With Anthony Perkins!

Anthony Perkins always seemed to get a kick out of good-naturedly poking fun at his role as Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. None more evident than this 1990 TV commercial for General Mills’ Oatmeal Crisp and Oatmeal Raisin Crisp cereal, where ‘Norman’ hesitates in reaching for a butcher’s knife or spoon and of course at the end of the ad we have a wink at the camera as we hear “Mother” mention that he is a good boy.

[Via] wtcvidman’s channel


Mattel Electronics Computer Chess

When handheld video games were popular, I remember gathering around any kid who brought one to the schoolyard and jealously cheering them on as they ate ghosts, scored touchdowns or konged donkeys. When a kid brought his brand new Mattel Electronics Computer Chess with him, we all gathered around but most of us had no idea what was going on, so we were not sure when to cheer or back slap this guy.

After a while he was one of the few kids with an electronic device that didn’t have a crowd around him, but he spent almost every recess crouched over that LCD screen. Eventually I would ask him to teach me how the game was played and what small amount of chess knowledge was born from the lessons he gave me on his Mattel Electronics Computer Chess.


Enjoy this TRON-esque commercial for the 1986 Daewoo Lemans

This South Korean commercial was made for the inaugural year of the Daewoo LeMans. If you lived in the USA this car was known as the Pontiac LeMans from 1988-1993 even thought it was just a rebadged Daewoo LeMans. I never had much interest in the LeMans, but maybe that is because they did not run this South Korean commercial for the LeMans here in the United States.

It is a simple ad, featuring footage of the car, but with TRON-like burst of light magic to call attention to whatever the narrator is talking about. It definitely makes what is otherwise a fairly hum drum compact car look much more sleek and sexy.



Moby Dick meets Jaws

Ever looked at the cover of your copy of Moby Dick and thought…why doesn’t this look more like the movie poster for “Jaws?” Terry Fan did and he put together this wonderful art print that combines tension and drama of a well put together movie poster with a legendary novel. It is nice to see derivation giving back to inspiration.

[via] Terry Fan