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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete First Season On DVD 08/04!

There are a couple of television series that I was kind of programmed to love from an early age, all thanks to my Father telling me about them as I was growing up. Classic TV series like The Prisoner, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Night Gallery, The Twilight Zone, The Saint, and of course The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to name a few.

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Even before I watched my very first episode of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. one lazy Saturday afternoon as a teenager I was already well informed of the adventures of the suave Napoleon Solo, played by the Magnificent Seven’s Robert Vaughn, and his ally Illya Kuryakin, who was played by David McCallum of The Great Escape fame. The two obviously are agents for the international law-enforcement agency known as the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, or U.N.C.L.E. for short as they attempt to thwart the global schemes of T.H.R.U.S.H. ( Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity though that was only revealed in the books). Their boss is Mr. Waverly (the legendary Leo G. Carroll) and assigns them missions from their secret location disguised to look like Del Floria’s tailor shop.

For those that haven’t yet had the pleasure of watching The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I am quite happy to inform you that Warner Bros. is releasing the complete first season on August 4, 2015. That is 29 episodes from the 1964/1965 season that have been digitally remastered over 10 DVD’s for viewing enjoyment and might I add that this would be a perfect time to pick it up, think of it as a primer to your ready for the upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E. theatrical release from Director Guy Ritchie?

Now let me give you a breakdown on the episodes for season one, you will quickly notice that all episodes titles end with affair in them:

Disc One:
The Vulcan Affair: Actually edited into a first episode from the pilot movie for the series, after THRUSH attacks the tailor shop in an attempt to assassinate Mr. Waverly, Napoleon Solo is tasked with preventing another attempt on African Premier by Andrew Vulcan (Creepshow’s Fritz Weaver).
The Iowa-Scuba Affair: Solo is on a most bizarre case when an Air Force Officer is found dead in Iowa…while wearing scuba equipment. Special guest star for this episode is played by Slim Pickens.
The Quadripartite Affair: Napoleon and Kuryakin are in Yugoslavia attempting to stop a fear gas being released to overthrow governments! Special guest stars for this show are Jill Ireland and Anne Francis (Forbidden Planet).

Disc Two:
The Shark Affair: This time our duo must face a modern day pirate, played wonderfully by Robert Culp, named Captain Shark of course!
The Deadly Games Affair: Solo and Kuryakin must stop an effort by T.H.R.U.S.H. to bring back Adolph Hitler who has been kept in suspended animation. When Napoleon is capture can Illya rescure him before his blood is used to bring back Hitler?!
The Green Opal Affair: The setting for this episode is the Yucatan, where Carroll O’Connor (Archie Bunker!) plays a T.H.R.U.S.H. mastermind who is kidnapping and “programming” people of power then releasing them so they will further the evil organization’s goals. Can Solo put a stop to this?!

Disc Three:
The Giuoco Piano Affair: Anne Francis returns to the series, and our heroes are once again hot on her trail, which leads them to the Andes where they must contend with a untrustworthy Police lieutenant.
The Double Affair: Solo is seeing double in this episode and that’s because T.H.R.U.S.H. has kidnapped and replaced him with a duplicate. Hoping that their agent won’t be discovered before he can the secret plans for U.N.C.L.E.’s new weapon. Thankfully Kuryakin realizes something is up but can he stop the double in time?
The Project Strigas Affair: Okay. This episode has two important guest stars. William Shatner AND Leonard Nimoy! The plot for this show has Napoleon and Illya trying to pull a fast one over on a Balkan intellligence official.

Disc Four:
The Finny Foot Affair: It’s a young Kurt Russell and Solo teaming up to find the source of the deadly chemical that wiped out a Scottish village. I should also add that during this adventure Kurt’s character is also trying to get Solo to fall in the love with his widowed Mother.
The Neptune Affair: Napoleon must attempt to infiltrate an underwater rocket site that is launching missiles that are spreading a deadly fungus through the Soviet Union’s wheat crop.
The Dove Affair: Assassination is the subject again in this episode with Solo doing his best to outsmart the devious Satine (Fantasy Island’s Ricardo Montalban) with the aid of a school teacher, played by Lost in Space’s June Lockheart, and her wards.

Disc Five:
The King of Knaves Affair: Napoleon and Illya are together again and trying to find out why numerous criminal figures are disappearing. Their search leads them to Fasik el Pasad who having been deposed as a ruler has decided to build an army using the greatest criminals the world has known.
The Terbuf Affair: In this episode Solo gets a vacation from his world-saving efforts but of course gets wrapped up in serious affairs when he is asked by an old love interest to help get evidence out about the secret police of Terbuf.
The Deadly Decoy Affair: Napoleon and Illya must transport a T.H.R.U.S.H. official from New York to Washington…or is it actually Mr. Waverly that is transporting the real agent?

Disc Six:
The Fiddlesticks Affair: When Solo and Kuryakin have to try and crack the treasury vault of a T.H.R.U.S.H. controlled casino, they must rely on the skills of a safe cracker extraordinaire played by the Last Starfighter’s Dan O’Herlihy!
The Yellow Scarf Affair: Solo goes…well…solo on a trip to India in this episode to investigate the murder of a fellow agent by plane crash. Our hero has to race against an opposing T.H.R.U.S.H. agent in an attempt to locate a new polygraph device.
The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair: Napoleon and Illya are put in charge of protecting a conference that is being held at U.N.C.L.E. headquarters, hard to do when a strange man keeps appearing and disappearing within the building.

Disc Seven:
The Secret Scepter Affair: Solo meets up with his former commanding Officer and he as well as Kuryakin find themselves tasked with stealing a sceptre, an item that is a national symbol from a dictator. But are things exactly as they seem?
The Bow-Wow Affair: Mr. Waverly’s cousin is murdered by his own dog and it’s up to Illya to find out what it has to do with stocks and a gypsy.
The Four-Steps Affair: Our duo are together again and charged with protecting a young man who happens to be a Himalayan Prince.

Disc Eight:
The See-Paris-And-Die Affair: Napoleon is on his own for this episode, relying on a former girlfriend of two brothers who are attempting to control the diamond market.
The Brain-Killer Affair: When Mr. Waverly is poisoned he is of course rushed to the hospital, but sadly for him he is exposed to the altering effects of a brain machines controlled by a T.H.R.U.S.H. agent (Bride of Frankenstein’s Elsa Lanchester!). Solo teams up with young woman played by Batman 1966’s Yvonne Craig to get to the bottom of the mystery.
The Hong Kong Shilling Affair: Napoleon tries his best to discover the location of a black market in Honk Kong that is auctioning off military secrets. It’s up to Illya to infiltrate the auction as a…Mongolian warlord.

Disc Nine:
The Never-Never Affair: A practical joke of sorts turns deadly when Solo and Illya send a translator who is craving excitement on a “fake” mission that actually turns out to be real and full of danger when T.H.R.U.S.H. agents are on the translator’s trail.
The Love Affair: When Napoleon has to attend a revival meeting being held the charismatic Brother Lover, played by Green Acre’s Eddie Albert, he is shocked to learn that the evangelist is actually a leader of T.H.R.U.S.H. and is attempting to build a spaceship powered by nuclear energy.
Wait a minute…Brother Love?! Hm, Neil Diamond’s hit song “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” came out in 1969. Curious…maybe Diamond is also a big Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan?
The Gazebo in the Maze Affair: It is Illya’s turn at being captured, used as bait by George Sanders’ crazed Squire G. Emory Partridge in an attempt to get his hands on Napoleon as well to do them in with the aid of his torture chamber, in his personal dungeon.

Disc Ten:
The Girls of Nazarene Affair: Solo and Kuryakin make a trip to the Riviera to investigate claims of a serum that grants the subject supernatural strength and is even rumored to have the ability to raise the dead.
The Odd Man Affair: Napoleon and Illya find themselves sort of babysitting a retired agent of U.N.C.L.E. played by Psycho’s Martin Balsam who has been brought out of retirement to impersonate a crime lord. The problem is he doesn’t want to be saddled with the younger agents and decides to run the operation on his own.

A big thanks to our friends from Warner Bros. for letting me review this collection, if you are a fan of spies and more importantly classic television then do yourself a favor and pick up the Man from U.N.C.L.E. complete first season!

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Learn to make these magical 1980’s BLT Pocket Sandwiches

I was always cutting out things that I thought were interesting when I was a kid and Pocket Bread or “pitas” were VERY interesting to me. They might have been old hat in other towns or with other families, but our home they were exotic and not fully understood. I loved bread and novelty then (and now), so I probably cut this out in the hopes that it would make it onto the dinner table.

I am not sure it ever did back then, but I think it might be time to revisit the BLT Pocket Sandwich.

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My Grandmother and the Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Scam

My Grandmother was a great person, who could be as quiet as the sphinx and then suddenly explode with opinions about the oddest subjects. Be it her opinion on TV detectives (they should be male and handsome) or her ice cream, whenever she spoke, we listened. The ice cream thing was particularly controversial because like many families in the eighties we got caught up in the pint ice cream craze. We sought out the fancy ice creams like Haagen-Dazs and Frusen Gladje, but not my Nana. She was thoroughly convinced that any ice cream that cost that much was a complete scam and that Sealtest was good enough for anyone.

To anyone who would listen, once she was up on her soapbox, she would exclaim, “you know that stuff is made in New Jersey and not in some Scandinavian country?”

She was right of course, this stuff was all marketing and we were all fooled into thinking we were getting something special for our money. To this day, I feel stupid buying ice cream by the pint. Whenever I am standing in front of the freezer section, I hear her voice in my head directing my down the aisle to larger tubs of ice cream and I find myself wanting to say to that person picking up a pint next to me, “you know that stuff is the same thing as what they put in here, just more expensive.”

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Schlitz Beer Commodores Concert Ad

I inherited several Commodores records from an unknown source when I was a kid. Maybe it was an aunt or uncle, I just don’t know. What I do know is that once Lionel Richie left the band, they stopped buying their albums (the last one I had was “In the Pocket”). Here we see the Commodores in the early eighties still with Richie in the band for Schlitz beer. No matter how you feel about the quality of Schlitz beer, you gotta admit this is a pretty snazzy cover.

“Go for it!” indeed.

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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 007 (1942)

Welcome friends to the seventh episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I talk about Namco’s WWII themed vertical shooter 1942 and have an interview with special guest and Arkadia Retrocade gaming guru Michael Dietrich!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook page.

Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth (Congrats on the Retribution gig!), you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page!

For those interested in what the new Diary of an Arcade Employee T-Shirt’s look like for the giveaway (although my camera doesn’t do it justice, the color is actually a light blue):
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Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 027 (The New Adventures Of Philip Marlowe)

Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. This week we present an episode from the New Adventures of Philip Marlowe entitled “King In Yellow”, which was originally broadcast on July 8, 1947.

If you have any suggestions for radio programs you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook of course. The Projectionist may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/projectionist.haunteddrivein if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Stan Kenton of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

If you would like to hear more old time radio adventures with Philip Marlowe then all you need to do is hop over to the Internet Archive and check out the available episodes that have been uploaded by the Old Time Radio Researchers Group!

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DVD REVIEW: Stray Cats Live at Rockpalast

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Holy cats my creeps did yer ol’ pal the Ouija Board Kid Daniel XIII e’er have a ton o’ love for Rockabilly revivalists the Stray Cats as a young fiend. I had the slicked back hair, the leather jacket…hell, I e’en had a wallet emblazoned with their distinctive crazy cat logo (won at a county fair at a ballon popping game no less…I know, my stories are nothin’ short of astounding…or maybe just the first part). Anyway, where is all this rockin’ reminiscing going? Damned if I know…oh, wait, yeah, I have a awesome new DVD/CD combo to lay on ya; Stray Cats Live at Rockpalast from those delightful lil’ devils o’er at MVD!

Contained on this DVD are two insanely energetic performances by these hep-cat hellions in their prime, one from 1981 and one from 1983, both filmed at the annual Rockpalast (I bet the title of the release gave it away, eh junior detectives?) festival in Europe. And believe me, you’ll see the boys work hard for the money…so hard for it honey as they lay down extensive setlists with very little repetition except for their greatest hits ‘natch. Seriously, slap yer putrid peepers upon the run down for these babies:

Loreley, August 20th 1983:

1. Baby Blue Eyes

2. Double Talkin’ Baby

3. Rumble In Brighton

4. Drink That Bottle Down

5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio

6. Built For Speed

7. Look At That Cadillac

8. Runaway Boy

9. Lonely Summer Nights

10. Too Hip, Gotta Go

11. Stray Cats Strut

12. She’s Sexy And 17

13. Banjo Time (Foggy Mountain Breakdown)

14. The Race Is On

15. Tear It Up

16. Oh Boy

17. Rock This Town

Cologne, July.16th 1981

1. Sweet Love On My Mind

2. Double Talkin’ Baby

3. Rumble In Brighton

4. My One Desire

5. Ubangi Stomp

6. Drink That Bottle Down

7. Storm The Embassy

8. Stray Cats Strut

9. Fishnet Stockings

10. Important Words

11. Rock This Town

12. Runaway Boy

13. Sometin’ Else

14. Gonna Ball

Now, the DVD comes with zero extras, but that is to be expected, because these shows are special features in and of themselves, but what the release does contain is two full length CDs of the concerts for you to enjoy on the ol’ go as you cruise up and down Main Street in yer souped up jalopy; Brylcreem blastin’ from yer ducktail into the eyes of any unfortunate within a 30 foot radius.

If your a Stray Cat fan, this is obviously an absolute must have collection, but I’d e’en recommend it to folks that have n’er experienced the band in order to make them instant converts! Head here and pick it up today!