Dennis Miller Introduces THE FUTURE of Movie and Gaming Rentals!

THE FUTURE also comes complete with early 1990s Dennis Miller smarm and smirk!

For the record, I’ve always liked that smarm and smirk.

Anyways…THE FUTURE!

Now, I Don’t Wanna Go Off In A Rant Here…

When I was almost in my teens (and carrying right into today), Dennis Miller was my hero. He never failed to amuse me (even when I didn’t get the reference), he was aware his acting skills were terrible (Bordello of Blood, anyone?), and he had books in publication. I like funny men, I like bad acting, and I love books. Say what you will about him now, but I (still) love the guy. He still cracks me up…and I still don’t get every reference.

I’ve been lucky enough to see the man perform live twice (once in 2005, another time in 2006). The first time I saw him (at Borgata’s Music Box Theater), the show was initially “sold out,” but a random Ticketmaster email with the promise of available tickets 24 hours before the show meant seeing him perform. The second time (at Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars Atlantic City), it was a surprise that I knew about three weeks before.

Most “critics” say he’s lost his edge. I don’t believe that for a second when you don’t miss a beat in your material. He’s still as esoteric as he ever was, but damn, I laughed hysterically each time.

Back to the 1990s…

In the early 1990s (post-Saturday Night Live), the man was marketable, and he turned up everywhere. ESPY hosting duties, Primetime Emmy hosting duties, Talk Show #1, Talk Show #2, a movie here, a movie there, commercial, commercial, commercial, another movie, commercial.

He was the spokesperson for everything, folks.

And as I just found out…he hosted corporate marketing videos!

Allow me to turn over a New Leaf…

New Leaf Enertainment

In 1992, Blockbuster Video, coupled with IBM, turned over a “new leaf” in THE FUTURE of home video and gaming rentals. The concept allowed retailers access to a vast digital library of films and video games, copied into a cartridge or disc.

The company name, you ask? New Leaf Entertainment!

And they asked Dennis Miller to tell us about it, while dispensing of esoteric references and technological talk, while displaying his bad acting skills and his hilarious depiction of a French accent.

That’s probably his best acting, folks.

Although, if you saw Disclosure, he’s not that terrible of an actor. But Michael Crichton wrote his part with him in mind, so…

Seriously, he was REALLY good in this movie. Especially when he turned his back on Michael Douglas. You’d think an actual actor with actual acting chops publicly questioned Douglas’s character’s “transgression.”

Anyway, I could tell you all about this amazing technology Miller can’t wait to tell us about, but why don’t I let him do that instead?

Click play, cha-cha!

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Sounds great in theory, right?

It Sounded Like a Great Idea…

But it wasn’t. Because it never happened.

Well, not in 1992.

The whole concept wound up being just that…a concept. A concept with terrible acting and presentation material that may as well have been Miller’s stand-up routine.

I wonder if Dennis Miller remembers that he did this.

The idea sounds amazing in theory, but technology as it was in 1992, as well as a weak distribution model, lead this the whole idea.

For more information on this (and the eventual testing phase in 1994), the Gaming Historian covered the gaming end of it on his show.

(That’s how I found the Dennis Miller marketing video!)

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What do you think? Was this a great idea in theory, or just an idea of what was to come once the right technological advancements were made?

Tandy Floppy Disk

Single Tandy Floppy Disk was the single serving size of floppy

I know most of you are old enough to remember 5 1/4″ floppy disks, but did you know they used to sell them in single packages? The Tandy Floppy Disk above is an example of how they were packaged.

Most commonly, blank disks were sold in packs of 10. They came in cardboard boxes, which could be used to store them. If you bought them in bulk. like I occasionally did, you could order them in 25, 50, or even 100 packs. Back then formatting a blank disk took a minute or two. So you could save money by purchasing them unformatted. However if you wanted to save a little time, but spend a little more, you could pony up for the formatted ones. If you were really crazy and desperate you could buy them without the paper sleeves. But a naked floppy is insanity and if my opinion, not worth saving.

Back before Radio Shack was your home for cellphones, batteries and remote controlled toys, they sold computers and computer accessories. Including blank disks. I found the Tandy Floppy Disk pictured above out in my garage. As you can see it is of a single floppy disk packed in plastic. A single serving size of floppy.

I really do no remember when I picked this up. But, I am imagining a scenario in which someone might need to buy a single floppy disk. Perhaps a businessman on his way to work might remember, “Oh! I forgot! I was supposed to bring a single blank disk to work today!” That lucky fellow could swing his Ford Pinto right into Radio Shack, pick up a Tandy-brand floppy disk, and be on his way in no time. I’m assuming a guy who could only afford to buy one floppy disk at a time might drive a Ford Pinto as well.

What did you need your single Tandy Floppy Disk for? Your Tandy computer, of course.

Enjoy this classic Tandy Computer Commercial