Untouchables

Retroist Scoreboard: Untouchables And Labyrinth – Goblins And Gangsters

Two Retroist Scoreboards in one week? Well…I thought these two releases might be worthy of note for you retro-fixated collectors and listeners out there.

Dragon’s Domain Records is giving us a 2-CD set of music from an early ‘90s TV series whose scores have never seen the light of day before: the syndicated revival of The Untouchables, a series that followed Eliot Ness, a federal agent who has to push the boundaries of the law to try to bring down Al Capone’s gang operation in the era of Prohibition. Obviously the success of the then-recent 1987 film had a lot to do with The Untouchables’ return to our screens, and a big-screen musical treatment was sought, courtesy of Joel Goldsmith, who composed music for the show’s entire run after the studio was swayed by the quality of his score for the pilot episode. For the recording session involving the series’ main theme, Joel’s dad, Jerry Goldsmith, dropped by to conduct the orchestra. The younger Goldsmith would go on to score Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, the live-action Witchblade TV series, and would collaborate with his father on the music for Star Trek: First Contact. Joel Goldsmith died in 2012. There will be only 1000 copies of The Untouchables TV music pressed, which is a good reason to do a special Scoreboard column – you’d better snap this up before Capone and his gang snatch them all.

That’s the Chicago way.

[Via] The Rap Sheet

Amazon.Com is taking pre-orders for the May 12th vinyl re-release of the soundtrack from Labyrinth, scored by Trevor Jones and featuring David Bowie. This is the first vinyl pressing of Labyrinth since the LP was released alongside the movie itself, and the contents of the album are exactly the same. If your attempts to get Labyrinth on vinyl have been stymied by the steady increase in the price of the original pressing on the secondary market, the arrival of a new pressing that can be had for under $20 will be a welcome development.
Labyrinth

Okay, now I think we’ve covered all of this week’s releases and pre-orders. Tune in next time to see how the soundtrack labels decide to make my life interesting in the weeks ahead!
P.S. Mr. Nitti is waiting in the car.
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Jim Henson’s Puppeteer Workshop For The Dark Crystal (1981?)

As is often the case when I am trying to find something retro or at the very least retro related to share, I am following a totally different and unrelated subject from what I end up deciding to write about. In the case of finding this incredible behind the scenes video clip from what I believe are the weekly workshops that Jim Henson held with his crew during pre-production of 1982’s The Dark Crystal, I was looking up some Dick Cavett interviews with Stan Freberg!

[Via] The Jim Henson Company

While in all honesty my heart is more aligned with Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s second partnership with 1986’s Labyrinth, I still very much love The Dark Crystal. I can remember seeing it for the first time at the Razorback theater, immediately getting sucked into the movie right from the first few seconds, thanks in no small part to Trevor Jones’ moving soundtrack for the film.

[Via] Oinkers the Turnip

I also want to say that this was the one-sheet on display at theater when I saw it…there might even have been two different posters hanging up, one inside the lobby and the other in the vestibule.
The Dark Crystal - One Sheet

Of Muppets and Men (1980)

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I’ve been on a big Muppet kick lately, and this documentary is simply amazing. If you enjoy not just the Muppet Show but the Muppets in general, you owe it to yourself to set aside an hour and watch this documentary which has been uploaded to Youtube.

Filmed during the fifth and final season of the Muppet Show, “Of Muppets and Men” features all your favorite Muppets and “Muppeteers” and gives viewers a glimpse into just how crazy it was putting on a new episode of The Muppet Show every week. The documentary has been released twice, once by Films Incorporated (for educational outlets) and once as a bonus feature on “The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 1.” I had not seen it before I stumbled across it this morning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

1967 Jim Henson “Bufferin” TV Commercial

Image Courtesy of Jim's Redbook and Henson.Com

Image Courtesy of Jim’s Redbook and Henson.Com


Stumbled across this 1967 TV ad for Bufferin yesterday. It was filmed by Jim Henson and you’ll certainly notice the voice over work for the lead actor is handled by Jim himself. The music by the way was composed and performed by none other than Raymond Scott! The photo you see up top is a behind the scenes shot from when Jim and Raymond were working on the ad.

A huge thanks to Jim’s Redbook for sharing this on YouTube.

Jim’s Red Book Presents: “Labyrinth Royal Premiere” (1986)


I’ve talked a bit before about the awesome website, Jim Henson’s Red Book. Jim Henson started his ‘Red Book’ in 1965, writing a single line entry in the journal until 1988. The site will publish an entry with the original date it was written and sometimes expands on the entry with video and photos from the Henson Archive. Every single time I visit the site it brings a smile to my face, especially when they reveal something like the Royal Premiere of Labyrinth back in 1986 where we can see Ludo and Jim Henson meeting and visiting with Prince Charles and the late Lady Diana.

[Photo and Video Via] The Henson Company