Isn’t it amazing how attitudes change in the space of 10 years. In 1950, the Guinness company distributed the Christmas edition of their Guinness Time quarterly to its staff and with it a very formal Christmas meal cover showcasing a very privileged household. Move forward 10 years and this formal occasion is replaced by seven festive husbands, a short poem and the now-infamous Toucan!
In this interview from 1986, Cyndi Lauper appeared on the Japanese TV show, “The Best Hit USA”, to promote her recent album “True Colors”. I do not know much about Japanese television, but I think “The Best Hit USA” is still on television over there (or at least was recently).
In this appearance, Lauper talks about the pressures of doing a follow-up to a hit, her last appearance, her desire to act, the guests on her record and much more. I think the most interesting part of the interview is when Lauper starts talking about feminism. It offers interesting insight into the mid-1980s music culture.
I cannot be the only fan of the 1994 version of “The Shadow” out there. If you are like me, you will be pleased to hear that on February 25th of 2014, Shout! Factory will be releasing their Collector’s Edition of this film on Blu-Ray. Below is what we know so far (I will post more as I find out), along with a pre-order link:
Who knows what evil lurks in the shadow of men? The Shadow knows! Adapted from the long-running classic radio program and Walter B. Gibson’s popular pulp fiction, legendary crime-fighting superhero The Shadow comes to life in the 1994 film adaptation THE SHADOW, starring Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) from visionary filmmaker Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction, Highlander). Brimming with non-stop action and suspense, this wildly entertaining cinematic adventure also stars John Lone (The Last Emperor), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond), Ian McKellen (X-Men), Jonathan Winters (The Smurfs) and Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show). On February 25, 2014, Shout! Factory will release THE SHADOW: COLLECTOR’S EDITION Blu-ray™, featuring new high definition transfer of this cult classic and all-new interviews with filmmaker Russell Mulcahy, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller and more. A must-have for movie collectors and pop culture enthusiasts to complete their entertainment library, this definitive collector’s edition Blu-ray release of THE SHADOW is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.
Alec Baldwin stars with Penelope Ann Miller as the legendary crime-fighting superhero in “The wittiest action-adventure since Indiana Jones!” (NBC News). Donning his sweeping black cape and disguise, The Shadow takes on his most dangerous nemesis yet: the last descendant of the great Genghis Khan whose weapon of choice is an atomic bomb. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, they square off for a spectacular battle in a dazzling mixture of mind-blowing special effects, humor and a dose of the macabre that will hold you spellbound!
New interviews with Director Russell Mulcahy, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller,
Production Designer Joseph Nemec, III., Director Of Photography Stephen H. Burum and Writer David Koepp
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/DTS Master Audio 5.1/1994/Color/108 minutes/Subtitles: English
With Christmas almost upon us it has been very easy to think back on some of those gifts we received as children that entertained us for hours and hours…mainly Hasbro’s Lite-Brite like Sjgeek89 shared with us a couple of months ago.
The real question though is did anyone ever order any of the picture packs or extra pegs that were offered on the order form include with their Lite-Brite?
For myself I can say that I certainly wanted to order a few replacement pegs after a couple of months of play but I ended up getting extras thanks to a local garage sale. Check out some of these picture packs though…who wouldn’t want to make the Wizard of Lite-Brite?
Or the Indian Chief?
Surely the Red Balloon isn’t based on the film, right?
Though I guess the Christmas Tree would be the most appropriate picture for this time of year.
In Dragon’s Lair, the 1983 arcade game from Cinematronics, players led Dirk the Daring on his quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the bowels of the evil dragon Singe’s castle. I was ten years old when I first saw the machine, and if I could have had my way I would have dropped out of school to play this new animated game all day, every day. Fortunately my parents did not let me have my way, but a nice compromise was getting a Dragon’s Lair lunchbox. This allowed me to both see pictures of Dirk the Daring every day while still staying in school and obtaining an education. Win/win, in my book.
My original Dragon’s Lair lunchbox is long gone, but thanks to the wonders of eBay and credit cards, once again I am able to bring my grilled cheese sandwiches to work. Unfortunately, every day when I open the lunchbox I find that my sandwiches have been burnt.