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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloon Casualties Of 1993

As most of us are fortunate enough today to gather with friends and family for the Holiday…let us take a few moments and remember those brave and brightly colored helium filled icons of 1993 that didn’t make it all the way through the parade.

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You should have known that you have to be carrying at least one ring with you Sonic the Hedgehog.
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Now all of my joking aside at least no one was truly hurt in these little accidents and that was and is of course something to be very thankful for.

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As much as I love the Italian horror genre, the cinema di Italia has plenty more to offer (such as the 4,567 Spaghetti Westerns that I, a horror reviewer by trade, have inexplicably reviewed for this site) for cinephiles lookin’ for a lil’ somethin’ different. And as coincidence would have it, I have an Italian flick from their rough and tumble crime genre right here in my hot lil’ hands by the name of WAKE UP AND KILL (although if that is the option I would rather stay asleep thank you very much)!

So what is ol’ WAKE UP about? It’s about 120 minutes…thank you, thank you; your laughter is reward enough. O.k., as much as you beg and plead for more mirth (and you do…YOU DO), I have to give you a quick synopsis; Luciano Lutring (Robert Hoffman) is a petty thief who’s robberies become ever more daring and violent (for instance this dude becomes known as “the machine-gun soloist” since he starts carrying around a machine gun in a violin case). Eventually ol’ LL becomes a folk-hero as he only targets the wealthy for his crimes which always gets a big “huzzah” from the vox-populi.

Filled to the brim with charismatic criminals, crime sprees, car chases and plenty of action, WAKE UP AND KILL is a fun lil’ flick that really delivers. It’s fast paced (even at almost two hours long) and engaging throughout. Just for subject matter alone this would be a welcome addition to your collection if ya dig on tales of Robin Hood or Bonnie and Clyde.

And, since this is an Arrow release, you can bet the picture looks fantastic (it features a new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative). In addition to the Italian version of the film, you also get the shorter English language cut as well, plus for grins they chucked the trailer on here as well.

So why not go on a shopping spree instead of a crime spree and pick up a copy of WAKE UP AND KILL right here!

Retro Radio Memories Episode 044

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Episode 044 (The Couple Next Door)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Since today is Thanksgiving it seemed appropriate to share an old time radio series that was also taking place during the Holiday, so we chose The Couple Next Door from 1958, an episode entitled “Live Turkey Delivered”.

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Retroist Podcast – Episode 195 – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

On today’s show I talk all about the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. I have tried to release this episode during past Thanksgiving seasons, but it never came together. I hope you enjoy it. I start off talking about how special this holiday is when it is spent with the people who make it special, then I move onto the special. I talk about the creator of the Peanuts, the producers, directors, animators, plot, voice talent, music and much more.

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Diary of An Arcade Employee Episode 13

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 013 (Crazy Climber)

Welcome friends to the 13th episode for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Nichibutsu/Taito’s 1980 arcade classic “Crazy Climber” as well as talk a bit about the first arcade that was in my neck of the woods and some of the fond memories I have of it.

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Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page!

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What did the Retroist himself think of Crazy Climber’s port to the Atari 2600?

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John Cleese makes a Wonderfully Silly Robot in this 1980’s Sony Commercial

This commercial is wonderful. Not only is it filled with the promise of technology that is now retro, but it combines the talents of Monty Python’s John Cleese and Star Wars legend and R2-D2 builder Tony Dyson. Set in a mid-eighties modern home, the film begin with a stereo or box or some sort of tech, rolling out on the floor and transforming into a robot that not only sounds like John Cleese, but implies through reenacting Cleese’s famous “silly walk” that it actually IS John Cleese.

I am not sure why they made Cleese into a Robot, but I am glad Sony had the foresight to help preserve this comedy legend in robot form.

After reminding us who he is, without saying who he is, Robot Cleese then begins to extol the virtues of using a laser to play music on the new Sony CD player. While doing so, some jokes are made and the whole production is wonderful, which is pretty amazing considering that they had to build a robot to appear in the commercial and according to Dyson:

For this project we were given only seven weeks to design and construct a robot look ? a ? like of the famous English actor comedian John Cleese…

The ad campaign was so popular in the UK that the robot would appear in four commercials. Sadly I do not remember seeing these ads jump across the Atlantic. As a Python fan I could only imagine how a daily dose of silly walking Cleesebot would have sent me prancing around the house attempting my best impersonation.

Here are all four of these classic commercials for your viewing pleasure.

Original Silly walking…

Vacuum Cleaner Wife…

Chasing a bee…

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The Monster of Frankenstein

Retro Records: The Monster of Frankenstein (1974)

Welcome back friends to a new installment of Retro Records! This time we are going to be sharing the 1974 Power Records presentation of The Monster of Frankenstein, which was basically a reprinting of the first issue of Marvel Comics’ book of the same name.

Published in 1973 and written by Gary Friedrich (Ghost Rider) with artwork by the legendary Mike Ploog (Man-Thing!), the comic series would last 18 issues, the first four comics in the series retold the the Mary Shelley story…but then he was placed in suspended animation so that he like Captain America could be brought into modern times.

With the Power Records offering however a much grimmer fate is in store for the Monster of Frankenstein!

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Dry those tears, my friends…just remember that the Monster of Frankenstein has further adventures!

Image courtesy of the Marvel Wikia.

Image courtesy of the Marvel Wikia.