PEZ on Entertainment Tonight in 1993

Thanks to YouTube user Neato Coolville for uploading this video from Entertainment Tonight in 1993. The segment is about collecting PEZ and features a couple of collectors and the president of PEZ (at the time), Scott McWhinnie.

I’ve been collecting PEZ since early 2000, and I have yet to get a collection like some of the ones featured. Heck, even my 4 year old is collecting PEZ (though I think it’s because Daddy is doing it and she gets candy with it…actually, it’s probably more about the candy!).

Pica Pic: Retro Handheld Gaming

I happen to be browsing through my Favorites folder in my internet browser, and I came across this site:

http://www.pica-pic.com

The site is created by a company called Hipopotam Studios. It features 26 games recreated in Flash and controlled by your keyboard. Some of the games listed are Donkey Kong, Parachute, Zelda, and The Terminator.

I remember when I was a kid, I had a Handheld Football and Handheld Baseball game, and then when I was in junior high I had an Altered Beast Game Watch by Tiger Electronics. Something about playing such a simple style game makes me wish we still had those games around now. Until I can find playable Tiger Electronic games or videogame watches again, I have this site. Definitely worth checking out!

Swamp Thing Public Service Announcement

Swamp Thing Public Service Announcement

I was watching The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) on DVD the other day (there was nothing on TV and it had been years since I watched it), and I decided that I would check out the special features. I’m glad that I did, for I had found one of the greatest hidden treasures that such a horrible movie could give me, a Swamp Thing Public Service Announcement for Greenpeace.

I think the greatest part is the pun at the end. I can’t help but laugh each time I watch this. It’s so horrible.

I love bad cinema. I also love movies based off of comics and cartoons. When I have the ability to combine the two, it makes for some interesting adventures (or torture…sometimes I get the two mixed up).

Comic Strip Serials: The Phantom

The Phantom

Based off of the Lee Falk comic strip, The Phantom graced the silver screen in serial form in 1943. Tom Tyler, who also portrayed Captain Marvel in 1941, was cast as “The Ghost Who Walks” by Columbia Pictures. The serial also stars Jeanne Bates as Diana Palmer (The Phantom’s love interest) and Ace the Wonder Dog as “Devil” (which is actually a wolf in the comic version.

The plot deals with Professor Davidson (played by Frank Shannon) and his daughter (Bates) who are searching for the Lost City of Zoloz, which has been rumored to be filled with hidden treasures. Two criminals look to stop the expedition, one being Singapore Smith (played by Joe Devlin), who wants the treasure for himself, and the evil Dr. Max Bremmer (portrayed by Kenneth MacDonald), who wants to turn the land into a secret air base for his unnamed country. The Phantom (who is also Palmer’s fiance, Geoffrey Prescott) dons the mantle of the Phantom and thwarts the evil plans of the two men at every turn.

Amazon sells the DVD here, and if you like serials based off of comic heroes, this is definitely one to watch. The interesting thing about the DVD release is that when they were gathering the movie together, Chapter 11’s audio track was badly damaged. Rather than leaving it as is and having the production quality suffer for it, they hired actors to recreate some of the voices. They did a decent job at replicating the audio tracks and it barely takes away from the actual film.

Below is the first chapter of this fantastic serial, and if you want more, head over to vladsvintagevids YouTube channel for more of The Phantom and other serial movies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OhpclRNYO0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hezRxk-Osg&feature=related

Thanks to vladsvintagevids for the video and Amazon for the poster.