Inventor Portrait Video: Ralph Baer Interview (2012)

This video series by David Friedman entitled Inventor Portraits is something very amazing. David has gone and filmed interviews with contemporary Inventors like Steven Sasson, the inventor of the digital camera. With his latest video, David has interviewed Ralph Baer, the the genius behind the first home video game system, the Magnavox Odyssey. Take a few moments and listen to the man who could be considered the Father of all video games. By the way, this week marks Ralph’s 90th birthday!

Inventor Portrait: Ralph Baer from David Friedman on Vimeo.

Is it just me but did it look like he also worked on the M.A.S.K and StarCom toy lines?

For more of David’s work make sure to check out his blog at DFP: Blog! Or if you want to know more about Ralph H. Baer why not visit his website at Ralp H. Naer Consultants?

Update on the Release of M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series on DVD

I just received another press release concerning the upcoming DVD release of M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series and it looks like we have a street date of August 9, 2011.

This Summer, loyal fans and collectors can finally bring home one of the most enduring animated adventures from the 80’s when the long-awaited M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series DVD box set debuts nationwide on August 9, 2011 from Shout! Factory, incollaboration with FremantleMedia Enterprises. Poised to attract an audience of kids, young adults and parents who grew up with this animated series, this 12-DVD box set contains all 65 action-packed episodes – known to fans as the original series aired in 1985, as well as insightful bonus features. A must-have for collectors to complete their pop culture video library, M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series is available for pre-order now from and major retailers.

Led by multimillionaire Matt Trakker, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand — better known simply as M.A.S.K. — defends the world against Miles Mayhem and his nefarious international criminal organization V.E.N.O.M., the very samegroup responsible for the death of Trakker’s teenage brother. With his own son, Scott, and a secret strike force including his friends — engineer Bruce Sato, courageous historian Hondo MacLean, mechanic Buddy Hawks, rocker Brad Turner, computer expert Alex Sector, stunt driver Dusty Hayes and beautiful martialartist Gloria Baker — it’s up to Trakker, equipped with special power-granting masks and a garage of special militarized vehicles, to keep the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem).

Throughout the years, M.A.S.K. boasts a large fan following and spawned a series of toyline, comic books and video games. The complete original series of M.A.S.K. has been sub-licensed to home video distribution to Shout! Factory by FremantleMedia Enterprises.

M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series DVD Bonus Content
-Unmasking M.A.S.K.: retrospective interview with show writers on this hit animated series
-Saturday Morning Krusaders: entertaining look back with loyal fans

Technical Information:
– Street Date: August 9, 2011
– Not Rated: For all audiences
– 12 DVDs
– Aspect Ratio: 4:3
– English, Stereo
– Total Running Time: +/- 1430 min.

Shout! Factory and Fremantle are Going to Release M.A.S.K

A short press release from Shout! Factory arrived today. It might be short, but it certainly is sweet:

Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2011) – Shout! Factory and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) announced today a deal to bring the renowned classic animated series M.A.S.K. to the home entertainment marketplace. Under its multi-year agreement with FME, Shout! Factory will be the exclusive home entertainment distributor with digital rights to the first 65 action-packed episodes of M.A.S.K. (known to fans as the original series aired in 1985) in North America. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Jeff Siegel, FME VP of Home Entertainment, The Americas.

“This deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises continues to build on our proven success with some of the premiere animation and family-friendly brands in the marketplace. We are delighted with this opportunity,” state Shout! Factory founding partners. “M.A.S.K. has been one of the fan favorite classic animated series in TV history, with a highly successful presence in many countries across the world.”

Siegel stated, “FME is dedicated to bringing content from our extensive catalogue, including a classic series like M.A.S.K., to the home entertainment marketplace. We are thrilled for Shout! Factory to bring this long lost, retro series from the 80’s to its fans in North America.”

Popular animated television series M.A.S.K, debuted on television and in wide syndication during the 1980s, features M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), a secret organization led by Matt Trakker that fights crime in an unusual way. By donning specially charged masks, they have extraordinary powers to fight the villains of V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). In addition to the masks, our heroes and their counterparts have super vehicles capable of a wide range of defensive and offensive actions, from changing a car into a jet or becoming a submarine. Throughout the years, M.A.S.K. boasts a large fan following and spawned a series of toyline, comic books and video games.