rumors are true. According to various sources, Universal will be releasing a high-def Blu-ray of the 1978 theatrical release version of the Battlestar Galactica pilot on May 14th, which they are labeling as the "35th Anniversary Edition."
As long-time fans know, in order to help recoup some of its high production costs, Universal released a theatrical version of the Battlestar Galactica pilot, "Saga Of A Star World," around Christmas, 1978. It primarily played in non-U.S. markets, but it got some domestic distribution too, the theatrical experience augmented by the studio's patented Sensurround audio process.
Very few details about this edition are available as yet. Presumably, this will be the matted, 1.78:1 widescreen version that Universal previously released on DVD. No bonus features or supplements have been announced. It also appears that it will be Best Buy exclusive, so bear that in mind if you want to pick it up. (It's already on their website for pre-order HERE.)
I'll be buying it for sure.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
I'm re-posting this article from 2011 because I actually found the photo mentioned in the story, and have updated the post accordingly. I also discovered that I had the year wrong - in the original post, I remembered these events taking place in 1976, but from the date stamped on the back of the photograph by the developer, it was actually the Spring of 1980.
in the Spring of 1980, when I was 16 years-old, my family took a vacation trip
to Washington D.C. with a side trip to the Amish country of
Pennsylvania. I was particularly excited to visit the Smithsonian's Air
& Space Museum because I knew that the original U.S.S. Enterprise model, used in the filming of Star Trek,
was on display there. Everything else about that trip was pretty much
of secondary importance to me. What really mattered was getting to see
that iconic starship with my own eyes.
Upon our arrival at the Air & Space Museum, I dragged my family right past the Spirit of St. Louis
and the Wright Bros. plane - though I did stop briefly to examine the
Apollo capsule they had on display - and headed for the "Life In The
Universe?" exhibit, where, suspended from the ceiling, was the Enterprise in
all her glory. With my little Kodak camera, I took almost a dozen
photos of the starship, from just as many different angles, and marveled
at being in the ship's presence. Eventually, my parents dragged me
away, and I enjoyed the rest of my visit to the museum.
when I had my film developed after our trip, I discovered that the
camera had jammed, leaving me with a single print - of a dozen superimposed images of the Enterprise from a dozen angles. Oddly, the camera worked fine before and after I tried to shoot the model. Hmmm....
|Not my photo...|
|Also not my picture...|
|THIS is my photo!|
Friday, April 26, 2013
I've been looking for this clip for a long time, and thanks to a head's up from Jerome Wybon (of the Forgotten Silver blog), I can now share it here with the rest of you Star Kids!
I dimly recall that I saw this rare Starlog TV commercial just once, and I believe it was during the 1978 airing of the Saturn Awards show. Amazingly, the Saturn Sci-fi Movie Awards, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, actually aired on one of our local television stations (WCSH) for two years during the height of the Space: 1970 era - in 1978 and '79. If I recall correctly, the 1978 awards were co-hosted by Mark Hamill and Caroline Munro! (The '79 show was hosted by William Shatner, and his performance of "Rocket Man" has since become legendary!)
Anyway, here's the great Robby the Robot pitching a subscription to Starlog magazine - the periodic Star Kid bible - in its late 70s prime!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Super7. With the aid of collectors and toy industry employees, Super7 has acquired original reference material for the abandoned toy line from 1979 as well as 34-year-old prototypes and, with authorization by 20th Century Fox, the full series will be released this year with preorders beginning at the San Diego Comic-Con.
From their website:
“Under authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of ALIEN toys as part of our ReAction Figure Series (Retro-Action). Each is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.Super7 website.
Preorders will begin at San Diego Comic Con!
Collect all five ReAction Figures -
THE ALIEN (“BIG CHAP”) – w/ removable transparent dome, extendable jaws and glow-in-the-dark head!
RIPLEY – w/ Flame Thrower
ASH – w/ Motion Detector
DALLAS – w/ Flame Thrower
KANE IN NOSTROMO SPACESUIT – w/ removable helmet and transparent visor”
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Today we've got a selection of very cool Flash Gordon character posters from the 1980 Dino deLaurentis/Mike Hodges film starring Sam J. Jones and Max Von Sydow.
These were sent to me by an anonymous Star Kid who didn't name the source or the artist, but they appear to be Italian in origin. As always, if anyone has more info (or better scans), please share!
Friday, April 19, 2013
As I've mentioned before, I did watch Mork & Mindy regularly when it originally aired, although I've found it nearly impossible to sit through an episode as an adult. Still, it was a huge part of Star Kid culture, and was - or at least, Robin Williams was - quite a pop culture phenomenon in its time. Today's YouTube find is a vintage commercial for Mattel's line of Mork toys - action figures, plush dolls, and even a "Ork Egg" variation on their popular Slime product.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Message has been available in the U.S. on DVD from Eastern Star since 2010 (it's the version I have), which contained the Japanese print with both Japanese and English audio. (My review of that disc can be found HERE.) I haven't seen the Shout! Factory edition as yet, so I can't speak as to the picture and audio quality, but the company usually does an exceptional job on their cult releases. As to the movie itself, it's one of my favorites of the International Star Wars rip-offs, and a lot of giddy fun.
The new Message From Space DVD is in stores now, and can be ordered through online retailers such as Amazon: Message From Space
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I've read some fine nonfiction books by Lupoff (his Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure is essential reading) but his prose here is awkward, clunky and amateurish. That said, I do like the cover painting, even though it looks like the Gil Gerard likeness was painted by a different artist, and I wish the starfighter wasn't obscured by the logo.
Even though I coveted these books back in the day, I only managed to get my hands on them in the past year or so. While I'm glad to have them in my collection, I'm equally glad that I didn't pay too much for them.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Dynamite kids magazine, published in February of 1975.
Show of (bionic) hands, Star Kids: how many of you had these issues?
Show of (bionic) hands, Star Kids: how many of you had these issues?
Thursday, April 11, 2013
BUY: Wonder Woman TV Movie Pilot (1974)