VHS Video Posters from the 1980s (both pre & post certification era) and Video Rental Chart posters! (1980s)

I guess, in a way, I am doing some free advertising for this guy here;


but he has so much excellent VHS Video / Video Rental shop nostalgia that he recently put up on ebay, it is only fair he gets the credit. Looks like the guy owned / worked at a video shop in the 1980s, because he has some cracking posters from that era, including some Video Rental charts from 1983. You cannot really see a lot of the listings for these charts, but you can make out a fair few of the entries (I spotted the likes of Kramer vs Kramer, The Cannonball Run, The Sword & The Sorceror, Candy Stripe Nurses, The Life of Brian & Q – The Winged Serpent). The posters for forthcoming Video releases are great to look at – pity the guy did not take better pictures of them, but still, it is good to reminisce about some of these old films and their great poster art. I had a couple of these hanging up in my room when I was a teenager (both The Alchemist and Metalstorm were huge posters). If you click on the title of each movie, you get linked to their IMDB entry. Enjoy.

Video Rental Chart for 4th – 10th August 1983

Video Rental Chart 1983 (not specifically dated)

Ator The Invincible (1982)

Barbarian Women (1975)

Invincible Barbarian (1982)
& 2020 Texas Gladiators (1982)

Timeslip (1979)

Thunder (1983)

The Alchemist (1984)

The Executioner (1978)

Parasite (1982)

Ninja Terminator (1985)

The Iron Master (1983), Speed Fever (1978) & The Dark Room (1982)

Metalstorm (1983)

Once again, this is the guys ebay profile;

Christmas Gifts We Left Behind – Hugo – The Man of a Thousand Faces (The Seventies, of course)

A vaguely creepy, more grown up and down right more exciting variant of the Mr. Potato Head toy – Hugo (The Man of a Thousand Faces!). Complete with a variety of props, this bald headed, Donald Pleasance look-a-like in a blue smock could transform into a Beatles impersonator mutation or whatever else you could put your young and fertile imagination too. I remember the whole affair smelling very rubbery and gluey (you got some glue to affix the various disguises to Hugos face). Lovely stuff. Hugo was produced by Kenner (released in the UK by Palitoy). Here are some pics…

Christmas Gifts We Left Behind – The K Tel Record Selector (The Seventies, of course)

The K Tel Record Selector (aka The K Tel Disc O Selector, probably rebranded to exploit the burgeoning Disco fad of the late 70s) was an ideal Christmas gift over 30 years ago – if you had lots of vinyl (and preferably that vinyl was made up of mainly K Tel compilation albums). My uncle had one of these contraptions, which were effectively the analogue / manual / real life version of the iPod click wheel. You could browse your collection of albums, stacked neatly in the ‘selector’, at different speeds – well, either ‘slow’ or ‘fast’ in reality. As I recall, the actual ‘browsing’ process consisted of you flicking the first album towards you, and the whole collection rapidly followed en masse, doling out potential injuries to the ‘browser’ (ie a real living person). Here are some pictures….


http://kay-tel.blogspot.com/ – If you remember K Tel compilations, then you really, really ought to visit this site. It would be perfect if they had this on the site;

…but there is time for that. While they are at it, can they include this as well?

Commercial break……..

Finally, check out K Tel Queens flickr page;

5 Page Preview – Dingo #1 (Boom Studios, 2009)

Debut for a new Boom title – looks interesting to say the least – expect a review this week…..

Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Francesco Biagini
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Francesco Biagini
COVER B: Paul Harmon
Diamond Code: OCT090775

A bold new mini from the writer of the best-selling FALL OF CTHULHU and the critically acclaimed series HEXED! A supernatural crime story in the vein of 100 BULLETS — a man named Dingo who’s after only one thing: a box. And he’ll stop at nothing to obtain it, no matter how many bad men get in his way. But the real question is, what’s in the box? And why is Dingo willing to kill to get it back? A rough-and-tumble thriller with a hint of the unearthly and a pinch of something nasty…

5 Page Preview – Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? #6 (Boom! Studios, 2009)

Another preview from Boom for a title out this week (02/12/09)….

Written by Philip K. Dick
Drawn by Tony Parker
SC, 32 pgs, FC, (6 of 24), SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Moritat
COVER B: Brett Weldele
Diamond Code: SEP090684

Deckard has a simple task ahead of him: retire six escaped androids. But if you’re looking for androids that look human, any human can be your target. This makes Deckard some enemies. To some he’s a cop, to others he’s a criminal. He just thinks he’s was a schlub trying to make a buck. FROM THE BESTSELLING BOOK THAT INSPIRED THE MOVIE BLADE RUNNER.

5 Page Preview – 28 Days Later #4 (Boom Studios, 2009)

Released this forthcoming week (2nd December 2009) from Boom….

Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Declan Shalvey
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Tim Bradstreet
COVER B: Francesco Biagini
Diamond Code: AUG090714

Selena and her new comrades have faced the Infected, but how will they fare against all the firepower used to enforce the U.K. quarantine? The pulse-pounding conclusion to the first arc ends here and the crew will never be the same again!

Solicitation for The Boys #39 (DE, 2010)

Out In Feb 2010….

Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art and cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
Virgin Art retailer incentive cover (1-in-15) by DARICK ROBERTSON
Signed Virgin Art retailer incentive cover (1-in-25) signed by GARTH ENNIS
32 pages

What Hughie knows is not what Butcher knows, and what Annie January knows is something else again. Meanwhile, Frenchie tries a different tack with the
Female, and MM keeps abreast of all developments. The second half of the saga kicks off with a bang that leaves everyone reeling, in this special prologue episode to the next Boys adventure: What I Know.

Review – Unknown Soldier #14 (Vertigo, 2009)

Moses, aka The Unknown Soldier, returns his young charge, the liberated child soldier Paul, back to his family. Before he does that, in a stunning opening sequence, he must traverse deadly terrain and avoid hostile Fighter Aircraft to get Paul there. These scenes, played in deafening confusion and the horror of being within the grasp of death, are amazing – with full credit to the art of Pat Masioni, who conveys the sheer terror with maximum impact.

Once arrived safely, the elder of the village does not want Paul welcomed back, despite pleas from the boys extended family. This elder states that these ‘lost children’, these abandoned, brutalised victims of circumstance – these child soldiers – are ‘ a tribe of their own now’. It is only when Moses, in a stunning single panel, confronts the elder, literally burning wih a combustible mix of indignation and sheer desperation, that Pauls fate is decided.

That fate is this – Paul must break an egg, a symbolic breaking away from his past, a reassurance to the community that te evil of death and destruction that the child was witness and party to does not infect them. For Moses, his fate is more unclear. Paul wants his rescuer to stay with him, and the elder offers hope in the ritual of ‘mato oput’, the blood of the lamb mixed with the bitter root, to celebrate the passing of hate. A ceremony of forgiveness and peacemaking.

The elder, the lawi rwodi, sees the blood of many upon Moses, and the ‘mato oput’ is the only ceremony that will cleanse the ‘Unknown Soldier’, and exorcise the ghosts of these dead. Once it is done, Moses seems to undertake a redemption, symbolised beautifully as a barren tree laden with skulls giving way to the tree, free of its grim cargo, the skulls disapearing like blossom into the air.

Paul urges his protector to stay and help his people during the dry season – this coming season ‘is not good’, and Paul, who knows the value of having this resourceful man around, sees the Unknown Soldier as a great asset in troubled times ahead. Is this a further invitation for Moses to change his life? Away from the killing and destruction, it will be interesting to see how he adapts to this challenge.

As a bridge into the upcoming ‘dry season’ arc, it is a powerful reminder of why this series works so well. It is not just about the terrible conflicts in Africa, but also the power of man to change, sometimes for the better. A message of hope here, as well as an insight into a peoples culture and rituals. Another vital issue in a vital series.

Review – Die Hard Year One #3 (Boom! Studios, 2009)

Like all good stories, some elements need to be teased out as the reader goes along with the plot. With this issue of Die Hard Year One, some of the pieces start fitting together until, by the time we get to the final pages, the picture is looking more and more complete – and it is not a pretty scenario for John McClane and Rosie Haskell (the girl who, in issue 2, was in the worst place at that the worst time).

McClane tends to make a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as the movies have more than demonstrated. In this issue, just by doing his job, he finds himself in a deadly scenario with a frightened young girl to try and protect. The plotting builds this up nicely, and the finale, with McClane striking back against a team of crooked cop hijackers, is claustrophobic and tense. And pretty exciting too…

One slight negative is the rendering of Haskell – she constantly seems to have her mouth agape, for no particular good reason, and seems more of a ‘dizzy blonde’ than she really needs to. Sure, she is a ‘damsel in distress’, but the rather vacant expressions she pulls is a bit of a distraction – and slightly comedic (surely not the intention). Some nice retro fashion depicted in the art though – and those hairstyles (all flicks and bangs) are great.

Another strong episode. Not a lot more to say than that.

Die Hard Year One #3 is out today (25th November) from Boom!

Boom! Studios kindly provided a digital copy of this issue for review.

Zeppelin versus Pterodactyls (1970s)

A fantastic high concept idea from Hammer studios from the early 1970s – complete with mock-up poster art (and marvellous Gerry Anderson / Captain Scarlet type typeface). Looks like it could have been a ‘lost world’ type movie like ‘The Land That Time Forgot’. The poster promises much (and it looks great)…..

More info here….