Castlevania: Vengeance

Netflix Unleashes Castlevania: Vengeance Teaser!

Holy Cow! When Neflix announced plans for Castlevania: Vengeance back in February. I think we can certainly say it took us fans of Konami’s Castlevania series by surprise. Beyond the announcement of Castlevania: Vengeance however there was very little to go on. Then again we at the very least knew this was going to be animated.
Castlevania: Vengeance - Belmont

I have been a huge fan of the Castlevania series. All the way back to 1987, with the original offering on the NES in fact. I also seem to be in the minority in regards to its 1988 sequel Castlevania: Simon’s Quest. Likewise while I enjoyed the platforming elements of Castlevania it was the RPG elements of it’s sequel that made me a fan of the Belmont clan as well.

To say nothing of of the incredible score that Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima, and Kouji Murata delivered.

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Of course we started to hear further rumblings on Castlevania: Vengeance. None other than Warren Ellis was tapped to be the writer for the animated series. While Ellis might be best known for his work on Transmetropolitan comic book series. I am an absolute fan of his Wildstorm series entitled Planetary – in fact every New Years Eve I reread the entire series.

So what I am getting at of course is that I feel that Castlevania: Vengeance is in good hands. Then just a couple of hours ago Netflix unleashed the trailer for the upcoming animated series.

Kind of hard to not have a grin slowly creep across your face when you watch the teaser announcement. Everything from the awesome looking red hued Castlvania cart to the humorous nostalgic touches. Netflix knocked it out of the park.
Castlevania: Vengeance - Netflix

Castlevania: Vengeance - Select Screen

Castlevania: Vengeance - Synopsis
I beg you not to take my word on it however but watch the trailer yourself and decide!

Furthermore, the press release that Netflix provided sheds some light on the story of Castlevania: Vengeance:
“Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.”

Let us hope that on July 7th Castlevania: Vengeance treats this Belmont a little better than Captain N: The Game Master did!


Video Professor

Learn to use the Internet with Video Professor

Many people have heard of Video Professor. They ran commercial on cable TV channels and on late night programming throughout the nineties. I recall seeing the commercials and laughing at some of the concepts. In the mid-nineties, I was already “online” most days. So a lot of the concepts in videos like Learn to use the Internet seemed comically simple.

Now I wish I had watched them back then, because it would ad a nice layer of nostalgia to my appreciation of them. And I do appreciate them. Why? Because they capture a wonderful moment in time. An era before the internet became ubiquitous and before slick video production would become commonplace.

Watching this now, I am struck by how information packed this 46 minute video is. It walks you through concepts and ideas that were new to people at the time. While at the same time gives you practical advice on using the internet through Prodigy.

We learn not only the hows and whys of getting online, but what to do once you do. From email to emojis and from auto-updates to Yahoo! It is all covered in this simple video.

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If you happened to be around during this time in the internet’s history, you will find this a fun trip back in time. When blue links lead to mysterious and unpredictable places and images were few and far between. This was the internet where I saw a possible career for myself, so watching this walk-through takes me back to a time when each click of the mouse shined a light on all the potential for this burgeoning technology.

I read that Video Professor had some legal issues in their later years. Some of them well into the new millennium. Which is shocking to me, I don’t recall seeing their ads after the nineties ended, but I guess they did. Seems like the business took a dark turn at some point before disappearing.

Now I feel guilty about my negative feelings towards Video Professor in the nineties. I don’t know much about their later products, but this video is a wonderful set of instructions for early users of the web. Without videos like these, how many people would have never gotten online in the early days? So a big thanks to Video Professor for being a cheerleader and educator of this technology I love so much.

Watch Learn to use the Internet with Video Professor

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Retroist Scoreboard: Beware the Ides of May – From Raiders To Reynolds

Mid-May has been crazy, so apologies for the Retroist Scoreboard taking an unscheduled break. But hey, there’s some seriously good stuff to talk about now that we’re back.

Intrada Records has released a new 3-CD edition of the late, great Jerry Goldsmith’s score from Poltergeist II. Now, you may well be asking yourself how one squeezes a 3-CD set out of a single movie that doesn’t even last three hours, but this set is a real treat for Goldsmith afficionados.

Poltergeist II

The three-disc set presents, across two discs, the distinctly different digital and analog mixes of the complete score, along with a bonus third disc presenting several key cues from the film as Goldsmith originally scored them, featuring hair-raisingly unearthly choral performances that were frequently left off the sound mix in the final movie. Best of all, Intrada isn’t charging an arm and a leg just because of the disc count, so even if you have a previous release of this soundtrack, your wallet will not be forever haunted by upgrading to this release.

Poltergeist II

Quartet Records has released a very limited edition (1,000 copies) of Frank de Vol’s scores from two ’70s Burt Reynolds movies, Hustle and The Longest Yard, on a single disc. The Hustle score, among its other selling points, has the best track title this author has ever seen on a compact disc of any genre, “Phychedelicatessen”.

Hustle

In a rare instance of what’s normally thought of as a soundtrack label dipping its toes into the mainstream, Varese Sarabande has released The Very Best Of Peter Cetera, decidedly not a soundtrack release…or is it? Crowded with tracks such as “The Glory Of Love”, “Daddy’s Girl”, “After All” and “Stay With Me”, all of which were prominently featured in hit movies, this isn’t such an “out of left field” release for Varese after all – late ’80s Hollywood saw Cetera as a soundtrack (and publicity) goldmine.

Peter Cetera

June 2nd will see the release of a new vinyl pressing of John Williams’ legendary Raiders of the Lost Ark score, this time with additional material that wasn’t featured on the 1981 LP. If you have the 2008 CD box set, there isn’t anything you haven’t already heard here, but this 2-record set from Concord is an eye-catching addition to your vinyl collection. Support for “Indy” music, indeed!

Raiders of the Lost Ark - CD Release

Track List from the CD release.

Looking even further ahead, word has hit the internet, by way of composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, that we might be getting a long, long overdue release of music from The West Wing this summer, while September will see the release of one, if not two, albums of music from Showtime’s revival of Twin Peaks. And La-La Land Records, almost the de facto label for Star Trek music these days, is apparently in early negotiations with CBS to discuss a soundtrack release for Star Trek: Discovery…even though it’s not known who will be doing the music. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for fans of TV soundtrack music…

…and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Buckle up, because there may be even more soundtrack news very soon.

Speaking of the legendary score by John Williams for Raiders of the Lost Ark – why not listen to the composer discuss his work?

[Via] Maestro Sanaboti

Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens

The Decepticon Shockwave Was In Aliens?!

Let that sink in for a second. The Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens. The 1986 sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien. As a matter of fact I didn’t learn of this interesting piece of trivia until having the chance to see Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

[Via] 20th Century Fox

In addition to enjoying Scott’s latest entry in a film series he helped to create. Being told that none other than the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens, certainly put a cherry on the top of the night. At first I will admit that I thought my friend was pulling my leg. How could I not know about this with my love of both Transformers and the Alien series?!

By all means let me point out the scene that Shockwave makes his live action film debut. To say nothing of the fact that there are three Shockwave toys in this scene.
Decepticon Shockwaves was in Aliens - Daniel Karhunen

As can be seen in that image from Daniel Karhunen. Shockwave could be spotted during the moment when Ripley attempts to get the attention of the Colonial Marines. Moreover a tense moment in Aliens as Ripley realizes that she and Newt are locked in the medbay with two free roaming Facehuggers.

Equally important is the fact that our two heroines are in that dangerous situation, thanks to the coldly calculating Carter Burke. Fitting I think you’ll agree that the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens during that moment. As the character was likewise known to be cold and calculating.
Decepticon Shockwave was in aliens - Spec Card

Despite my observations on the similarity between Shockwave and Carter Burke. This is most likely the reason why Shockwave can be seen in Aliens. Back in 1983 Toy-Co created a robot that was also a ray gun called the Astro Magnum.

A toy that found itself being often reproduced under various names. Case in point the Radio Shack version known as Galactic Man.
Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens - Galactic Man

The answer is that the Shockwave toy is probably not used in Aliens but one of it’s clones. Looking at that image that Daniel provided it certainly appears to be the same color as the Galactic Man toys. But in all honesty they are nearly 100% the same toy.

However I prefer to believe that the Decepticon Shockwave is in Aliens.


Why? Because if you in fact go by the generation one animated series. Shockwave was left behind on Cybertron, to make sure the pesky Autobots didn’t use the space bridge to take the planet back. Who is to say that Shockwave in his infinite wisdom didn’t go planet hopping to check things out on LV-426?

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