Have You Ever Heard This Song Richard Dean Anderson Composed for a “MacGyver” Episode?

Guess what?  You’re going to hear it, as well as see copious amounts of Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver. :-)

You’re welcome.

Love At First Sight…

I first started watching MacGyver in the early spring of 2009, while on a seasonal layoff from my job at the time. The first episode I saw was season three’s “The Negotiator,” The episode involved a planned building site for a marina, Mac researching the wildlife in the area to prove that the project is not a good idea, and a beautiful woman hired to persuade Mac to change his mind, by any means necessary.

I can guarantee there are plenty of women out there who would have tried #3.

Facebook, circa 1988.

I’m not exactly sure if it was great “first episode ever” material, but I bought the season one boxed set pretty soon thereafter. Does that give you an idea of how much I liked it?

And at least it wasn’t the last episode ever made. I’ve made that mistake before…


He’s Got Mad Guitar Skills!

There was a scene in the episode where the “Negotiator,” Deborah, has bugged his house. As she listens to his going-abouts, she is entering information about him into her computer. And it is during this time that we hear him break out his guitar. Because we’ve never seen him do this before so…no time like the present?

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But this, of course, is a little preview of what is to come later…

An 80s movie-style montage, complete with romance music!

In this case, it is a different arrangement of this same song, which I later found out is called “Eau d’Leo.” The song has the distinction of being composed by Richard Dean Anderson, thus adding another facet to the man I fell in love with from this very first watching.

Ok, well, I fell in love with this Everyman of a character he played, but still, love.

Ladies and gents, sit back, relax, and let the Adult Contemporary smoothness take you away!

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But Wait, There’s More…

Because well enough means more clips of Mac for your viewing pleasure, You Tube user kitfu choong made this lovely video possible. It is a montage of clips from other MacGyver episodes, and I’d like to think it is the perfect way to close this article out.

Let’s see if New MacGyver can do anything quite like this.*

*Allison likes New MacGyver. But she prefers Original MacGyver.


Shout! Select Presents: Colors Unrated Cut On Blu-Ray (1988)

Shout! Select continues to roll out the hits with their newest Blu-Ray. An uncut version of 1988’s powerful Colors. Directed by none other than Dennis Hopper it boasts an amazing 80’s cast with the likes of Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans, Seymour Cassel, as well as Maria Conchita Alonso to name a few.

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The story for Colors concerns two LAPD officers. Long time veteran Bob Hodges (Duvall) and his rookie partner Danny McGavin (Penn). Both men assigned to the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums or C.R.A.S.H. for short. As you can probably imagine, McGavin is a know-it-all, continually refusing to learn from Hodges 19 years of experience on the streets.

Problems arise when McGavin, who is not just a hotshot in fact but reckless, causes grief on the streets. In addition to being a bully he ends up at the center of attention for the LA gangs – as in they want him dead. However, Hodges has his partner’s back, even if he doesn’t agree with his actions and that means both men are drawn into the middle of a gang war. Having said that though – this war isn’t all due to McGavin’s actions.

I probably don’t need to say that both Penn and Duvall knock it straight out of the ball park with their performances. However there is some great work by Alonso as well – as Louisa. She easily carries the emotional moments between her character and Penn’s egotistical McGavin.

Now I mentioned this was the unrated edtion of Colors. Shout! Select accomplished this by using footage restored from the International Cut as well as the home video release. All in all that tacks on an additional 7 minutes of footage. In addition the Blu-Ray also features:

  • “A Cry Of Alarm” – An Interview With Screenwriter Michael Schiffer
  • “Cops And Robbers” – An Interview With Technical Advisor/Ex-L.A.P.D. Gang Division Dennis Fanning
  • Easter Egg (Which I have to admit I’ve yet to find…and feel incredibly foolish about it.)

I will say that I was rather surprised by this Collector’s Edition not having any audio commentary. But at the very least we can be glad that the movie Dennis Hopper had intended audiences to see has now been restored.

Colors is out in stores today, so if you want to enjoy a taut yet emotional 80s crime film. Head out to better retailers and pick it up or you can order it from Shout! Factory of course.

Double The Nostalgia: Video/VCR Test #4 AND Tie-In Merchandise!

In case you’ve missed the other video and VCR tests I’ve done:

Video/VCR Test – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

Video/VCR Test #2 – “The Land Before Time”

Video/VCR Test #3 – “The Albert Achievement Awards”

And by tie-in merchandise, I’m not selling anything that I emblazoned the “Allison’s Written Words” logo on. But if Retroist were to ever decide to go the tie-in route, shut up and take my money, I’d buy that for a dollar, and any other “I’ll take it!” internet memes there are!

When I was in middle school and early high school (approximately 9th and 10th grades), I used to buy “Best Of” Saturday Night Live videocassettes from my local Suncoast video. At $4.99 each, they were bargain priced, and while the quality wasn’t the greatest, I still collected those things like they were going out of style, or print.

Eventually, videocassettes went out of style, these particular videocassettes went out of print, and the company that made them…was forced to stop making them.

And then my VCR broke. It was a good VCR. I wrote about it recently.

Those Saturday Night Live videocassettes were made by a company called Starmaker, which was one of those fun budget label home video companies from the late 1980s and early 1990s. I’ll talk about them a little more next time, as well as those Saturday Night Live videocassettes.

This article dedicates itself to yet another video and VCR test, as well as a tie-in merchandising segment on another Starmaker-released video you may or may not have seen or heard of.

You’re so excited, and you just can’t hide it! Well, you can, because I can’t see you reacting to what you’re reading.  For all I know, you already fell asleep from the excitement. Or not excitement.

Come on, this is a fun article!

Ok, so the point of the story:

Years ago, I was browsing a farmer’s market with a former boyfriend, and we came across used videocassettes for sale and found a Starmaker print of the 1988 comedy 18 Again!, and he told me how great this movie was, so we bought it.

18 Again! stars George Burns as 81-year-old grandfather Jack Watson, who switches bodies with his grandson David after a car accident, leaving the younger man trapped in grandpa’s body. Jack, meanwhile, gets this nice new lease on life, but finds out some things about his family that upset him. There is also that disturbing little fact that the family is ready to pull the plug on comatose Jack, who is actually a comatose David’s soul trapped in Jack’s body. 18 Again! is one of those dime-a-dozen body switch films from the late 1980s, but like the others, it is cute and sentimental.

Unlike the others, it is about a much older man getting a fresh start and not wreaking havoc on the younger man’s life. The younger man can’t defend himself, so it is only right.

Talking about the movie makes me want to see it again.  Hmmm…

New World Pictures released the movie to theaters in April 1988, was a critical and commercial failure, and Pauly Shore was in it.

I had to throw that one fact in there. Because if I didn’t, you wouldn’t know I actually wrote this article!

The copy that I have is the 1992 Starmaker print, which was likely copied from an a New World Home Video release. There was a very interesting tidbit to the video, but it required watching the movie past the closing credits. Since that is what I do for these Video/VCR tests, we’re following the instructions set forth by the movie.


Ok, I heard ya the first time!!!!!!

After the logos and this important message (times two), the production company wanted us to partake in some tie-in merchandise for this movie. I’m not sure who felt the tie-in stuff was a great idea, but apparently they felt this movie needed black jackets emblazoned with the New World logo on the back.

But why tell you all about it, when you can watch it?!

Delight in the overly-enthusiastic cackling of two George Burns groupies and their excitement for…


T-shirts! Just $9!!!!!!

Sports shirts! The one lady says her husband always complains that he doesn’t have enough sports shirts! This one would be perfect for him!

And a – contain your excitement – JACKET!

Because you love Roger Corman and everything he stands for (which is usually bad movies), so why wouldn’t you want to wear this jacket! Only $60!!!!

If you’re dying to order this fabulous merchandise, you’ll need to follow these directions…

Of course, you can call the number, but it is 1988 and you only trust the mail, so you can do this instead…

Every Google search is a dead end for this “Watch and Wear” company, or if this was something New World Pictures did for their movies at the time. I’m not sure how successful the concept was or how much merchandise tied into this movie was actually sold because of the advertising. It seems cheesy, but if somebody bought a “sports shirt,” then hey, the marketing geniuses did their job and you look marvelous in your new shirt that looks like something video store employees wear to promote new releases.

I’m a former video store employee, I know from experience!

There you have it, another video/VCR test AND a fun segment from something from the good old days of movie tie-in merchandising.

This example, young watchers, is what life was like before every movie needed licensed merchandise to pad out the movie’s noticeably.

Allison has an interesting collection of old videocassettes, which she is working to transfer from her VCR. She recently replaced the VCR, but the fun keeps on going. If you like what you’ve seen here, then you’ll love what she has going on over at her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog and Retroist antics on her blog’s Facebook page, and over at Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

The movie plays on a hit song George Burns had in 1980 called “If I Was Eighteen Again.” Don’t ever say Allison doesn’t teach you something in each article!

Think the World of ICI

Do you know who ICI is? Do you know all the things they can do?

Click play below to watch this colorful and musically-playful 1988 ad that introduces American television viewers to everything ICI is, all to convince you that once you know who they are, you will think the world of them!

Uploaded by Allison Venezio (yes, this is yours truly’s commercial from the archives!)

World class.

You know what else is world class? Visiting Allison over at Allison’s Written Words, following her blog on Facebook, and spotting her on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut. This is just one of her many commercials from the archives (aka “The Video Collection That Collects Dust”).